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January 09 2014

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Spicing Up Their Exercise Regimes! Mel B And Alicia Silverstone Leave The Same Bootcamp Class After A High-octane Workout

Natural beauty: Alicia happily went make-up free, showing off her rosy cheeks and glowing complexion Fancy seeing you here!: Mel B (L) and Alicia Silverstone were seen leaving the same exercise class on Wednesday Mel exited first, along with a group of other participants in the class, while Alicia followed up a short while later. The 38-year-old singer was sporting a form-fitting black top and matching cropped leggings with lime green piping, along with pink trainers. Mel, full name Melanie Brown, had her ombre locks tied in a ponytail and covered her make-up free face with sunglasses. Follow the leader: The Spice Girl was the first one to exit Barry's Bootcamp in West Hollywood Bright spark: The 38-year-old singer wore a black top and leggings with green piping, along with pink trainers She gratefully sipped on an energising smoothie to refuel after the exercise session, while carrying a bottle of water and a towel to mop up sweat. Meanwhile Alicia was happy to show off her rosy cheeks and see here flushed bare face as a result of the rigorous workout. The Clueless star highlighted her slim frame in a long-sleeved pink top over a tank top, simple black leggings and matching trainers.
Full story: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2536101/Mel-B-Alicia-Silverstone-leave-bootcamp-class-high-octane-workout.html

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Austria Business Forecast Report Q1 2014 - New Market Study Published

We forecast a budget deficit equating to 2.2% of GDP in 2014 and 1.9% in 2015. Austria's current account surplus is set to widen in 2014 to 2.9% of GDP on the back of increased exports to eurozone peers, notably Germany, as well as economic recovery in Central and Eastern Europe, where import demand has been slack over the past few years. Major Forecast Changes We have revised up our forecast for Austria's fiscal deficit in 2014 and 2015, from 1.9% and 1.4% of GDP to 2.2% and 1.9% respectively. State-owned bank Hypo Alpe Adria's request for additional capital injections in order to avoid breaching minimum capital requirements will deal a blow to government finances. About Fast Market Research Fast Market Research is an online aggregator and distributor of market research and business information. Representing the world's top research publishers and analysts, we provide quick and easy access to the best competitive site web intelligence available.
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Bharat Book Bureau: Nail Make-Up Market in Austria to 2017

Attendance for the race at Spielberg will be limited to 225,000 people over the three days, while circuit management expect a maximum of 80,000 people each day on Saturday and Sunday, despite previous forecasts of only half that number. The event, first announced last summer, will be the country's first grand prix since 2003. Austria made its debut on the F1 calendar in 1964 at the Zeltweg military airfield, but was only included for one season. It reappeared in 1970 at the Osterreichring, which remained on the schedule for 18 years until safety concerns meant it was dropped for the 1988 season. The circuit's layout was changed massively ahead of http://wallinside.com/post-9709209-us-stocks-pull-back.html its reintroduction in 1997 - renowned track designer Hermann Tilke's first F1 project - when it was rebranded as the A1 Ring and hosted seven Grands Prix through to 2003. Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz, whose race team has dominated the sport for the past four seasons winning consecutive constructors' titles and also successive drivers' crowns with Sebastian Vettel , is funding the event himself. He bought the A1 Ring in 2004, retaining the layout but completely revamping its facilities before reopening it in 2011, when it hosted DTM and Formula 2 races.
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Austria F1 return gets legal approval

This allows domestic and foreign companies to identify the market dynamics that account for Nail Make-Up sales overall and to discover which categories and segments will see growth in the coming years. Scope "Nail Make-Up Market in Austria to 2017" provides you with the following: o Historic and forecast growth dynamics by value and volume. o Distribution channel data by value. o Profiles of companies active in the global Make-up sector. o Latest news covering the global Make-up sector o Latest mergers & acquisitions in the global Make-up sector For more information kindly visit : http://www.bharatbook.com/consumer-goods-market-research-reports/nail-make-up-market-in-austria-to-20171.html Contact us at : Bharat Book Bureau Tel: +91 22 27810772 / 27810773 Toll Free No for USA/Canada : 1-866-279-8368 Email: info@bharatbook.com Website: www.bharatbook.com Follow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/researchbook Follow us on linkedin : http://www.linkedin.com/company/bharat-book-bureau Our Blog : http://blog.bharatbook.com/ For Live Chat - http://bit.ly/19m3TU4 ((M2 Communications disclaims all liability for information provided within M2 PressWIRE. Data supplied by named party/parties.
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Norway and Austria Announce Olympic Hockey Rosters

Although an unpaid position, your compensation as a featured writer with us not only includes exclusive press seats to all of the shows you cover (as is standard in your area and arranged between you and the theater) but also the opportunity to be published under your own byline and publishing profile on both the local and main pages of the site for maximum exposure to our 5M+ monthly visitors. The position offers flexible hours and the convenience of working remotely from your hometown. (**Access to New York City is NOT necessary**). There are no administrative duties associated with the contributorship. You simply see the shows, meet the talent, and write on your own time and terms!
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Austria names first Olympic hockey roster since 2002

During the Council of Ministers Deputy Chancellor and Finance Minister Michael Spindelegger announced that not only the budget for 2014 but also for 2015 will be presented in spring. The latter would have only been due in the fall. Moreover, the Deputy Chancellor called for a fast conduct in regard to Hypo Group Alpe Adria. The government has agreed http://dougcsej.tumblr.com/post/71985798842/intel-corporation-nasdaq-intc-to-invest-15-billion upon a number of tax measures This article includes a total of 251 words.
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Austria: First Tax Package to Be Presented

Its hockey tradition is not quite up to the golden standard. Austria announced its Olympic hockey roster Tuesday with three NHL forwards and almost no shot at a medal. Still, making it to Sochi is an accomplishment for a nation that had not qualified since 2002 and has never come close to an Olympic hockey medal. It surprisingly qualified over regular Olympic attendee Germany.
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BWW Seeks Editors in Austria

The Austrian line-up is headlined by New York Islanders forwards ThomasVanek and MichaelGrabner. Austrias full 25-man roster is as follows: Goaltenders: Bernhard Starkbaum, Rene Swette, Fabian Weinhandl. Defense: Mario Altmann, Florian Iberer, Andre Lakos, Robert Lukas, ThomasPock, Matthias Trattnig, Stefan Ulmer, Gerhard Unterluggauer. Forwards: MichaelGrabner, Raphael Herburger, Thomas Hundertpfund, Matthias Iberer, stocks Thomas Koch, Andreas Kristler, Manuel Latusa, Brian Lebler, Daniel Oberkofler, MichaelRaffl, Thomas Raffl, OliverSetzinger, ThomasVanek, Daniel Welser. Austria qualified for the Olympic tournament by winning its qualifying group over Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. Norway, meanwhile, qualified directly for the Olympics by virtue of being amongst the top nine teams in the world according to the IIHF World Rankings following http://wilfordixpe.wikispaces.com/Dmitri+Chavkerov+Of+Forex+Peace+Army+Shares+With+Traders+The+Diamonds+Forex+Trading+System+That+Helps+Gain+A+Trading+Edge+In+The+Forex+Trading+Space the 2012 World Hockey Championships, at which time they were ranked eighth in the world.
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Panama Canal And Construction Companies Closer To Understanding On Over-costs

Chiriqui Here, everything from the roads to the fiber optics is developed and rock solid. You can get reliable, high-speed Internet nearly anywhere. I work out of my home, and I never have to worry about staying connected. I have a wireless Internet connection strong enough to power two computers and two tablets (and possibly more). It costs me about $25 a month. Your banker and Panama attorney will likely speak English and have lots of experience dealing with international clients.
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Why Entrepreneurs Love Panama

The already delayed project aims to make the 80-kilometer waterway, which handles five percent of global maritime trade, big enough to handle new, giant cargo ships that can carry 12,000 containers. GUPC has a 3.2 billion contract to build a third set of locks for the century-old canal, which currently welcomes ships that carry up to 5,000 containers. The work began in 2009 and David was supposed to conclude this year, but it is nine months behind schedule and is now expected to be finished in June 2015. But GUPC says it ran into unforeseen costs because the canal authority gave the builders the wrong information regarding the area's geology. The canal authority resource has countered that the contractor's claims lack http://www.migente.com/your_page/blog/view_posting.html?pid=4514586&profile_id=8198384&profile_name=leopoldozzds&user_id=8198384&username=leopoldozzds any foundation and that GUPC must make its complaint in the legal bodies outlined in the contract. The extra funds proposed by canal officials would be used to pay contractors and subcontractors. Under the offer, GUPC would be required to deliver next month four canal lock-doors that were supposed to arrive last November and have already been paid for.
More: http://en.mercopress.com/2014/01/08/panama-canal-and-construction-companies-closer-to-understanding-on-over-costs

Panama Canal refuses to pay $1 billion more for expansion work

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Panama Tours Company Launches Its Highly Anticipated 2014 Panama Relocation Tours

"We are not going to have another contract like we have with GUPC right now. We'll have another contractor that works directly for us to administer the rest of the contractors and people," he said of the contingency plan. The project was originally expected to cost about $5.25 billion, but the overruns could raise it to near $7 billion. Impregilo's proposal showed signs of a split in the consortium that has been expanding the canal. People familiar with the discussions said that Impregilo perceived Sacyr as too soft in negotiations and said the Italian company could be trying to wrest control of the project.
More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/08/us-sacyr-panama-idUSBREA0714S20140108

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Ray J Releases New Video For Single I Hit It First Featuring A Look-alike Of Sex Tape Partner Kim Kardashian

The Oakland spitter has a number of notable tracks including 2010's Ray J-assisted "143," but he may have bit off more than he could chew on "I Hit It First." With all the controversy surrounding the song, Ray J could've just kept this a solo affair and achieved the same result. The Light-Up Phantom Being an industry veteran surely comes with its perks, so it should come to no surprise that Ray J has a number of toys in his car garage. In the video, Young Norwood pushes a gray Rolls Royce Phantom with illuminated blue accents on the car's exterior. Sorry Ray, we just don't see this one catching on.
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Kim and her family have since shot to fame in Keeping Up With The Kardashians and have become ubiquitous fixtures on television. The Ray J video shows the Kim look-alike in bed with the rapper with a video camera's record button showing. 'If you come back to me, we'll make another movie,' Ray J sang. Sex tape reference: Ray J made pretty blatant nods to that 2007 sex tape in his video Jetting around: Ray J and the Kim look-alike shared a plane ride in the video Holographic girlfriend: The Kim look-alike came in hologram form, too Another segment pokes fun of her TV presence by showing the fake network logo F when the look-alike is on screen, a reference to Kim's E! network.
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Ray J - Ray J Responds To Kanye's Tv Diss: 'I Deserved It'

The Sexy Can I hitmaker stirred up a feud with his ex-girlfriend Kim Kardashian's new fiance last year (13) when he released controversial track I Hit It First, and it clearly upset Kanye because he responded by dissing Ray J during a Tv performance. During an unannounced appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in September (13), West played his new single Bound 2 with music veteran Charlie Wilson, and he used his stage time to take a subtle jab at Ray J at the top of the song. The rapper stopped short of mentioning the singer by name - instead, he namechecked Ray J's only sibling, R&B star Brandy, to make it clear to fans who he was referring to. He rapped, "Brandy's little sister lame, man, he know it now/When a real brother hold you down, you supposed to drown." But Ray J, who famously featured in a 2003 sex tape with Kardashian, insists he took the jibe in his stride, confessing, "At the end of the day it was well deserved. With the song I Hit it First...
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Ray J responds to Kanye's TV diss: 'I deserved it'

The "Sexy Can I" hitmaker stirred up a feud with his ex-girlfriend Kim Kardashian's new fiance last yearAwhen he released controversial track "I Hit It First," and it clearly upset Kanye because he responded by dissing Ray J during a TV performance. During an unannounced appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" in September, West played his new single "Bound 2" with music veteran Charlie Wilson, and he used his stage time to take a subtle jab at Ray J at the top of the song. The rapper stopped short of mentioning the singer by name, instead, he namechecked Ray J's only sibling, R&B star Brandy, to make it clear to fans who he was referring to. He rapped, "Brandy's little sister lame, man, he know it now/When a real brother hold you down, you supposed to drown." But Ray J, who famously featured in a 2003 sex tape with Kardashian, insists he took the jibe in his stride, confessing, "At the end of the day it was well deserved.
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Ray Allen Mulling 'He Got Game' Sequel

Jesus Shuttlesworth may return to the big screen in the future. Miami Heat guard Ray Allen, who played the Shuttlesworth role in the 1998 movie "He Got Game," says he and filmmaker Spike Lee have spent time over the last couple months discussing a sequel. Allen says he and Lee are throwing ideas back and forth, with hopes that they can find the right storyline and lure actors Denzel Washington and Rosario Dawson into the project. Allen will wear "J. Shuttlesworth" on the back of his Heat jersey for a number of games this season.
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Whites More Likely To Undergo Weight-loss Surgery: Study

http://carltonmbdk.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/curves-workouts-with-jillian-michaels-available-locally/ WEIGH IN: Ask your fitness questions "But, in fact, the patients we talked to rarely mentioned economic barriers, so that didn't account for [the] twofold difference" between white patients and black patients, Wee noted. Ces 2014 Preview: Health And Fitness Tech Education levels and the impact of other health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes also did not explain why whites were more likely than blacks to have weight-loss surgery, the investigators pointed out. However, obesity-related quality-of-life issues -- such as mobility, sexual function, work life, self-esteem and social stigma -- did play a part in this racial disparity, the researchers said. "What we found is that a significant reason that more African Americans have not considered weight-loss surgery is that obesity has not diminished their quality of life as much as it has diminished quality of life for Caucasians," Wee said in the news release. The researchers also found that just as many blacks as whites said they would consider weight-loss surgery if their doctor recommended it, but doctors were less likely to recommend the surgery for black patients. That may be because black patients are less likely to feel that obesity affects their quality of life, so they're less likely to express such concerns to their doctor, Wee explained. "Quality of life is clearly a very important motivator to patients with obesity.
Full story: http://www.newsday.com/news/health/whites-more-likely-to-undergo-weight-loss-surgery-study-1.6758088

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California Can't Have High-speed Rail Because Of Obamacare, According To Super Smart Take

Authorities suspect someone in the home was making illegal alcohol. State laws that date back to the prohibition era ban people from making alcohol or moonshine in their home without the proper license. Late California Sen. Alan Cranston helped legalize home brewing in the 1970s, but the home distilling process which isolates the alcohol from beer or wine is still illegal there. J.J.
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California health exchange to move headquarters in Sacramento

Credit: Reuters/Pool SANTA ANA, twitter California (Reuters) - A California ex-policeman on trial in the beating death of a mentally ill transient that ignited protests in a Los Angeles suburb acted reasonably and couldn't have known that "catastrophe was around the corner," his lawyer said in closing remarks in the case on Wednesday. Defense attorney John Barnett, who represents former Fullerton policeman Manuel Ramos, said officers believed that 37-year-old Kelly Thomas was dangerous and that they responded according to their training. Ramos, 39, is on trial for second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the case, while Jay Cicinelli, a 41-year-old ex-corporal with the Fullerton Police, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force. Prosecutors accuse the two officers, who approached Thomas near a bus depot on the night of July 5, 2011, to question him about reports of vandalized cars, of turning a routine police encounter into an unnecessary and savage beating that cost the unarmed homeless man his life. The confrontation was captured on video recording from a nearby bus depot and touched off angry protests in the city of Fullerton, as well as the ouster of three city councilman in a recall election. On the recording, Ramos is seen strapping http://www.43things.com/entries/view/6206548 gloves on his hands, balling them into fists in Thomas' face and telling the transient, whom he knew from previous encounters: "You see these fists?
Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/08/us-usa-beating-police-idUSBREA071HW20140108

California woman finds illegal distillery inside her garage

The study shows that the citizen immigrant fairs better than even the U.S.-born, judging by the economic indicators of percentage at least 150 percent above the poverty level (80 percent compared to 77 percent) or percentage with home ownership (64 percent compared to 59 percent). With this picture in mind, broadly speaking the impact of these immigrant populations our society can be characterized in two sharply contrasting ways: Citizen immigrants and documented non-citizens provide a disproportionate number of high performers in the workplace, particularly in the science, technology and math areas. They http://jefferyzydn.sosblogs.com/Blog-b1/Farrah-Abraham-Tops-Google-s-List-Of-Most-Searched-Reality-Tv-Stars-b1-p23.htm excel in areas like the academic decathlon in high schools; science Olympics etc. in high schools. (For example, have you tuned in to the national spelling bee contest?) However, undocumented immigrants have families who have not gone to college. They do not understand the college going culture and what it takes to succeed. Their study skills are low.
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California Lottery is booming, creating more players ? and excitement

Schools continue to prosper. Comments 55 Mike Neis of the California Lottery grabs a shirt he hung at a San Jose gift store where one of the two winning Mega Millions tickets was bought on Dec. 18. After years of decline, the California Lottery is booming. The jackpots are bigger, and thats drawing more players and excitement.
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California Dreamers: Education for All

There is a point to be made here. The woes of the online federal health insurance exchange have served, of late, as a reliable political brickbat for Obamacare opponents to wield. But as more and more Americans turn to the web -- and their mobile devices in particular -- to assist them in the day-to-day task of solving problems, there will be a greater demand for the federal government to get in sync with the http://marcelscsv.jigsy.com/entries/general/farrah-abraham-kicked-out-of-rehab-program-early-for-disruptive-behavior-report modern world. HealthCare.gov's specific woes should serve as a wake-up call that serious reform is needed. The UK government, which endured and surmounted a similar crisis , can serve as a model -- or it would serve as one, if "constant government dysfunction as a lifestyle choice" wasn't part of the GOP's essential brand identity. That said, these problems really have no bearing on the proposed California high-speed rail line.
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California policeman accused in transient's beating death acted reasonably: lawyer

City and team officials have been working to clear the way for an arena. Last night, the Sacramento City Council moved to file eminent domain proceedings against a group that owns the former Macy's furniture and men's store in the mall. Roy Kennedy, a spokesman for Covered California, said the exchange's facilities management team is in the process of securing a long-term location. "The hope is Covered California will have a permanent home soon somewhere in the greater Sacramento area," Kennedy said. The exchange, which began taking enrollments in October, also operates a trio of service centers in Rancho Cordova and in Contra Costa and Fresno counties.
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December 26 2013

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Januzaj Is Getting Kicked But Must Stop Diving, Just Like Ronaldo Did... And Then Young Star Can Become A Great, Says Moyes

Jump around: Cristiano <a href=?teen Mom? Star Farrah Abraham Continues To Work With Mtv? Ronaldo also garnered a reputation for diving early in his Manchester United career' style='float:left;padding:5px' /> 'That is what I continually say. I just hope it doesn't take a sore one before people start doing something about it.' A decade ago, Ferguson was saying very similar things about Ronaldo. Jump around: Cristiano Ronaldo also garnered a reputation for diving early in his Manchester United career Same old? Some might say Cristiano Ronaldo still isn't the most steady player on his feet after moving to Real Madrid And while Farrah Abraham Kicked Out Of Rehab Program Early For 'disruptive' Behavior: Report Moyes fought shy of comparing the two, it is an obvious reference point for what could be achieved by Januzaj. 'Some people need to realise this is a young talent,' said Moyes. 'At the moment they are kicking him but it is right, they also kicked Ronaldo and look at the player he went on to be. 'Adnan will also go on to become a great player in time. 'At the moment the job is to make sure he is able to play.' With Robin van Persie almost certain to miss out with a thigh injury and Danny Welbeck a doubt due to the bang on the knee that forced him out of Saturday's win over West Ham, Moyes is likely to be relying on Januzaj to some extent at Hull on Boxing Day.
Full story: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2528975/Adnan-Januzaj-treading-Cristiano-Ronaldos-route-success-Manchester-United.html

December 25 2013

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Why Brittany's 'red Caps' Are A Red Alert For France's Hollande

France had added the two countries to its blacklist in August in a move paving the way for penalty taxes as it http://alvinaraff.soup.io/post/376161604/Kim-Kardashian-Wants-To-Lose-10-More tries to crack down on tax evasion. "As of today, Bermuda and Jersey have satisfied all of France's requests for information, which will enable them to avoid reprisals contained in the law," the ministry said in a statement on its website. France set up go here a blacklist of countries it considers to be opaque and uncooperative in tax matters, which are subject to sanctions in the form of additional taxes on all capital flowing to and from France. The blacklist will be updated next year after Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici and Budget Minister Bernard Cazeneuve wrote to the relevant committees of the French lower and upper houses of parliament signalling progress by the two countries. Governments worldwide are attempting to fight tax evasion and plug holes in their national coffers in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. (Reporting by James Regan)
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Hollande's government could systematically open new areas of employment and education to Muslims and link this to specific requirements for new, more whole-hearted assimilation into French society. That's a lot of walking the walk, and all uphill. But Mr. Hollande is described as increasingly energized. He is said to see France, through its positions on Iran and Syria and interventions in Mali and the Central African Republic, now playing the role of the only credible and active political/military force in Europe.
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France says row over Hollande Algeria quip 'behind us'

Hollande's office on Sunday said his remarks were "the subject of unfounded controversy" and that he expressed "sincere regrets for the interpretation of his statement." Hollande telephoned Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Monday, according to an official Algerian source cited by the APS news agency, without giving further details. "The subject is closed, I truly believe that all has been said," French government spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said. View gallery French Interior Minister Manuel Valls in Madrid on December 23, 2013 (AFP Photo/Javier Soriano) France's interior minister on a visit to Madrid also declared that the controversy over the joke "was behind us". "Obviously there was no risk and Francois Hollande's words were not an expression of any type of risk at all," Valls told reporters when asked about the affair. "This controversy, if there was one, is at any rate behind us," he added. At the same time a top lawmaker in Hollande's Socialist party, Bruno Le Roux, said in a radio interview that despite the uproar "relations have never been as good with Algeria".
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France external link to maintain a headscarf ban despite legal advice

REUTERS/Charles Platiau ) France decided on Monday to maintain a ban on Muslim headscarves for volunteer school monitors despite a warning that it overstepped the law requiring http://www.kiwibox.com/ralphvfdz/blog/entry/111681701/ray-j-taunts-kanye-west-in-new-single-i-hit-it-first/?pPage=0 religious neutrality in the public service. The Council of State, which advises the government on disputed administrative issues, said in a 32-page analysis that this neutrality did not apply to mothers who help escort schoolchildren on outings such as museum visits. Education Minister Vincent Peillon promptly announced the ban view publisher site would continue because the Councils opinion also said that schools could impose internal rules against religious wear. The memo (establishing the ban) remains valid, he said in a communique after the Councils analysis was released. France imposed the ban last year as one of several steps in recent years to tighten its policy of strict secularism.
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France Finds Itself Alone Again in Central Africa

The small business owners, entrepreneurs, artists, and some unions that also comprise the movement are calling for a new economic direction in France, inspiring similar protests across the country. There is a worry about the rise of taxes, but it's not just in Brittany, it touches a lot of people throughout France. As the fiscal pressure has grown, there is a general feeling of 'stop,' that could spread to other regions in other sectors, says Bernard Vivier, director of a French research institute on labor issues, the IST. The taxes have grown very fast, yet the government is not doing anything about cutting public spending." "We are not doing what we have to do, or fulfilling our European solidarity. 'Red caps' The first red caps emerged more than 300 years ago, in a protest in 1675 against new taxes that King Louis XIV imposed to fund his war effort. The modern red cap is a loose symbol, but one of the leaders of today's movement, union head Thierry Merret, calls Hollande a modern-day version of the 17th century French king.
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France to keep a headscarf ban despite negative legal advice

Credit: Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes PARIS (Reuters) - France decided on Monday to maintain a ban on Muslim headscarves for volunteer school monitors despite a warning that it overstepped the law requiring religious neutrality in the public service. The Council of State, which advises the government on disputed administrative issues, said in a 32-page analysis that this neutrality did not apply to mothers who help escort schoolchildren on outings such as museum visits. Education Minister Vincent Peillon promptly announced the ban would continue because the Council's opinion also said that schools could impose internal rules against religious wear. "The memo (establishing the ban) remains valid," he said in a communique after the Council's analysis was released. France imposed the ban last year as one of several steps in recent years to tighten its policy of strict secularism. It banned headscarves for pupils in state schools 10 years ago and outlawed full-face Muslim veils in public in 2011. It has also considered extending this religious neutrality, which has long been the rule in public service, to some businesses such as private child daycare centers.
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In 2013, France outplayed us at the diplomatic game

Our armed forces are of comparable strength, giving us a similar ability to project power. And we are the only European nations with permanent seats on the Security Council, along with global networks of post-imperial interests and contacts. So Britain and France find themselves in the same league: we are both positioned in the second division of world powers, with the ability to play at the very top of that level if we are clever enough. The first division, incidentally, only has one-and-a-half members. America retains its pre-eminence, but China's new economic strength has allowed it to plant at least one foot in that league. Rejoice!
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France in Distress

But suddenly, it appears France has realized the mammoth size of the task in front of it: policing a country as large as its own with a mere 1,600 troops, wading into sectarian urban warfare and persuading residents they'll be protected if they lay down their arms. President Francois Hollande has pleaded with its EU partners in the last week to offer up boots on the ground, saying his country cannot alone shoulder the responsibility of maintaining peace and security in Africa, whose stability is important for all Europeans. France is so desperate that the foreign minister announced that help was on the way, only to have several countries deny they'd be sending troops. French media reported Belgium had agreed to send 150 soldiers, but Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo told reporters that the country was only sending two transport planes and "for the moment, there is nothing else." Germany has raised the idea of sending a medevac plane, but Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday she had flatly refused to send troops. Britain and Poland also ruled out sending soldiers, though Poland is offering a transport plane with crew.
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The demonstrators had marched 70 kilometres from Brussels to see Di Rupo, who is also mayor of Mons. After learning the prime minister was on a trip abroad and would not return until Monday, they vowed to camp out in Mons's main square decked out in Christmas decorations and vendors until they could see him. The Afghans had been occupying a Brussels church for four months in a protest demanding permission to legally stay in Belgium. The archbishop of clicking here Mechelen-Brussels, Andre Leonard, has lent his support to their campaign. While Di Rupo has expressed some sympathy for their plight, his state secretary for asylum, Maggie De Block, has taken a harder line, saying the Afghans' requests would be processed as for any other would-be refugee.
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Belgium opens Ahmedabad visa centre

19, a meet-and-greet was held at the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Cleveland. Props included a fat-tired bike. Fat Tire is the Colorado brewer's flagship beer. (Marc Bona, The Plain Dealer) Email the author | Follow on Twitter on December 20, 2013 at 3:00 PM, updated December 20, 2013 at 3:05 PM CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The folks at New Belgium Brewing Co. had an idea for Northeast Ohio: In a market where shelves are crammed with craft-beer offerings and breweries pop up as fast as bartenders can pour pints, what do we really need? More beer. And hey, why not?
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Inside the abandoned Belgium mansion brimming with expensive furniture and half full glasses as if the owners just upped and left

'I couldn't believe the nine bedrooms and large rooms were used by just the one family who lived here.' Mr Govia explains: 'When people see these photographs they think that it's a waste of a links building and history. I like this reaction as I always try to capture the ambiance and textures of the location so people can feel what it's like inside' 'The most interesting part for me was the sheer size of the mansion. I couldn't believe the nine bedrooms and large rooms were used by just the one family who lived here,' said Mr Govia 'This mansion was an amazing place to visit,' said Mr Govia. 'It was very cold and creepy, heavy damp air and noises from the wind made it seem so chilling' Project: These eerie photographs were captured by London urban explorer Andre Govia, 37, after he decided to start documenting his love of abandoned buildings Disrepair: Peeling wallpaper and dusty debris on the furniture shows the extent of the decay to the grand house Abandoned: A once grand staircase now stands alone in the beautiful abandoned mansion With everything from worn slippers to books and old clothes, this old mansion has apparently lay abandoned since the early 1990s. Mr Govia explains: 'When people see these photographs they think that it's a waste of a building and history.
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Belgium's 'Devil's Pastor' serial killer dies in jail: report

We struggled to get there but we did. We gutted it out. The last play of 20-plus phases and then we got the drop kick. I think it shows how far we have come as a team, said elated captain Nick Hewson, who has a 2-0 win record since taking over the captaincy before the series. We will take any win as they come but it feels good. This has put smiles on the boys faces for Christmas so Im happy with that, Hewson added. Hong Kong head coach Leigh Jones said: You have got to be happy with a 2-0 win, havent you, but Im disappointed with our performance levels today.
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Belgium spends 2.24 pct GDP on research, development

24 (Xinhua) -- Belgium has beaten its record of investment in research and development in 2012, spending 2.24 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP), said the Secretary of State for science policy Philippe Courard on Tuesday. This represented 8.4 billion euros and nearly 95,000 jobs. Private companies were responsible for 68 percent of investment in research and development. Investment in research and development was growing in Belgium for ten years, while its neighbors, with the exception of Germany, were mostly in a less favorable situation, said Courard. Investment in research and development in Belgium was higher than the EU average of 2.06 percent, while Europe is asking its member states to allocate at least 3 of GDP in this area, a threshold that Belgium hopes to achieve by 2020. Across Europe, credits for research is reduced amid austerity, asid Courard, however, seo "it is a bad idea, because in a country like ours, without natural resources, research and development are real deposits of employment," he said. Editor: yan
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Hong Kong claim thrilling last-minute victory over Belgium to clinch series

This new initiative is in continuation to the decision of extending this service to six new locations across India. Speaking on the occasion, Bossche said, These centres will offer a high quality and expedient service to our applicants. We strive to return passports within 3 working days. With this initiative, Belgium further intensifies its cultural and economic ties with India. He further stated, In 2012 we received well over 5,000 visa applications from Gujarat. The ties between Belgium and Gujarat are particularly strong, mainly thanks to the diamond trade but also more and more other sectors. Moreover a few thousand Gujaratis have made Belgium and specifically Antwerp their home.
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New Belgium Brewing enters Ohio; CEO Kim Jordan talks about the business of beer

Described by psychiatrists as an "asocial paranoid", the preacher of Hungarian origin was sentenced to life in prison in 2002. He was convicted of killing his two wives, two sons and two step-daughters, and of raping three of his natural or adopted daughters, in a string of attacks in the late 1980s. The trial heard how some of the victims' remains had been dissolved in acid baths while others had been chopped up and left in gutters. His daughter Agnes was also found guilty of five of the six murders and was jailed for 21 years. She was a key witness against her father. The pair were only arrested in 1997 following the Marc Dutroux paedophile scandal which stunned Belgium and prompted police to reopen inquiries into several other unsolved disappearances.
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Germany To Repatriate Gold From Us, France

visit this site The total value of the returned gold is estimated at 1.1 billion euro, the head of Bundesbank, Jens Weidemann told the Bild newspaper. Weidemann explained it is part of a program to increase the reserves held in Frankfurt, and there was no doubt on the security of the gold held in America and France. The gold reserves of the country will be stored in Frankfurt because it has a special storage with the corresponding equipment, said Carl-Ludwig Thiele, a Bundesbank board member. A large part of the German gold is held in foreign banks, primarily in New York and Paris. At the beginning of this year the Bundesbank said it intended to repatriate 700 tons of gold worth 27 billion euro by 2020.
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'Jihad Tourism': From Germany To The Syrian Battlefield

According to Spiegel, one of the video's captions says he "stormed like a lion into the area of the (infidels) ... and took pleasure in fighting them." Officials tell NPR that many of the people going to Syria from Germany in what is being dubbed "jihad tourism" are German-born Muslims of foreign descent. A few are ethnic Germans who've converted to a fundamentalist version of Islam. The officials say all of those going are radicalized over an extended period of time via the Internet or acquaintances before being recruited to fight or help the warring factions. But authorities say there is little they can do under German law read more... to stop people from traveling to Syria. It's especially easy for these recruits to get to Syria, says Boris Rhein, the interior minister in the German state of Hesse, where Frankfurt is located.
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Putin critic Khodorkovsky in Germany after pardon

Their teams will meet in a pre-World Cup friendly on June 1. Andre Penner/AP FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Germany will play fellow World Cup participant Cameroon in one of its final warmups for the tournament in Brazil. The match is scheduled for June 1 in Moenchengladbach. Germany also plays Poland on May 13 and is looking for an opponent for a June 6 match, one day before departing for Brazil. German Football Federation president Helmut Sandrock says the coaching staff wanted Germany to play against a ''strong African team'' ahead of the tournament.
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Germany, Cameroon to meet in pre-World Cup friendly

Bertelsmann has built up a $2 billion war chest to spend on acquisitions and expansions after raising $1.8 billion from the sale of a 17 percent stake in RTL and some $110 million by cashing out of its 7.5 percent stake in Russia's National Media Group. Vodafone Bets Big on German Cable U.K. mobile giant Vodafone official site completed a $10.4 billion takeover ofleading German cable TV operator Kabel Deutschland, beating out John Malones Liberty Global. The mega-deal sees the British cell phone group betting big that customers will want a one-stop shop for everything from Internet, cable TV, telephony and mobile services. 2014 is likely to show first signs of how the deal is working out. Box Office, Video and Music Sales on the Up Germanys box office remained on course to beat its record gross of 2012 as theatrical revenues hit $680 million in the first half, a 7.5 percent year-over-year gain. Higher ticket charges for 3D screenings played a role, but attendance figures were also up slightly.
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Germany Right to Hold Out on Banking Union

Putin would not have allowed Khodorkovsky's release if he saw him as a threat, political strategist Gleb Pavlovsky told Ekho Moskvy radio. "Khodorkovsky is Putin's prisoner," he said. Liliya Shevtsova, an analyst at the Carnegie Moscow Centre, said the pardon was not evidence of a "political thaw" but a "demonstration of the absolute power of one man in the Kremlin who enjoys his omnipotence and who has found one more way to demonstrate it". END OF EMPIRE Yukos's prize production asset ended up in the hands of state oil company Rosneft, which is now headed by close Putin ally Igor Sechin. Sechin said on Friday that he saw no threat of legal action from Khodorkovsky, state-run news agency Itar-Tass said.
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Germany 2013 in Review: Business Booms, Rupert Murdoch Doubles Down on Sports

Poland is such a common destination for stolen cars that there are even rhyming poems about it: Heute gestohlen, morgen in Polen (Stolen today, tomorrow in Poland), http://wallinside.com/post-9531506-bodybuilding-professors-outmuscle-the-stereotype.html or the Berliners mocking and oft-repeated notion for a Polish tourism slogan, Come to Poland, your car is already here. Poland, after all, is only 50 miles from Berlin. But when police looked at the stolen cars on computer maps, they were pinging from Tajikistan. Even for German stolen cars that was a bit unusual. And unusual for stolen cars here takes some doing. For instance, the Ukrainian justice minister drives a Mercedes-Benz stolen from Germany. But these cars had passed beyond the Black and Caspian seas and then would have had to pass through either Russia or Iran to get to Tajikistan, on the northeastern edge of Afghanistan. Berlin detectives went to Tajikistan and reported online that the cars were being used by the inner circle of President Rahmon.
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Germany suspects its stolen cars traveling to Tajikistan

By Biography Dec. 22, 2013 4:05 p.m. ET By common consent, last week's eurozone deal to create a banking union was a turkey. Barely anyone has had a good word to say in its defense. Euro-zone leaders insisted that the decision to hand over power to wind up failed banks to an independent eurozone agency with access to a common eurozone fund was a significant pooling of sovereignty.
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Canada Stocks-tsx Climbs On Economic Optimism, Led By Blackberry

Canada's economy grew by 0.3 percent in October from September, Statistics Canada said, topping analysts' forecasts for a 0.2 percent advance, and boosting market hopes that the country might finally be shaking off the worst of the great recession. "Economically I think 2014's going to be better than 2013 and that should be good for the stock markets," said John Kinsey, a portfolio manager at Caldwell Securities in Toronto. BlackBerry shares rose 3.1 percent to C$7.98, building on a 16 percent rally on Friday when the smartphone maker said it was entering a handset production deal with Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Co Ltd. BlackBerry helped drive the TSX's information technology subgroup up 0.63 percent. All told, eight of the benchmark index's 10 subgroups pushed higher. The benchmark, the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index, unofficially closed up 48.10 points, or 0.36 percent, at 13,447.70.
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Canada's Supreme Court Finds Cinar Guilty of Copyright Infringement

Confidence declined in all four subjects tracked: personal finances, the economy, job security and real estate. The share of respondents who think real estate prices will rise over the next six months slipped to 34.8, the lowest since August. Canadas housing market, rated the most overvalued in the world this month by Deutsche Bank AG, is showing signs of cooling after surging earlier this year. Canadian existing home sales fell 0.1 percent in November from the previous month, the second straight decline, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Dec. 16. While the ratio of Canadian household debt to disposable income rose to a record in the third quarter, the pace of credit-market debt growth was stable, Statistics Canada said Dec.
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Canada Consumer Sentiment Falls a Second Week on Housing

The safe country list obscures the realities of violence on the ground especially against minorities, women, gay and transgender peoples that often go unreported even in countries one wouldnt expect. The Roma in Hungary and indeed across Europe, for instance, are subject to race-based violence and discrimination. Mexico is an odd inclusion given the widespread human rights violations committed by security forces and organized criminal groups. Indeed Canadas acceptance of 297 Hungarian and 154 Mexican refugees this year itself proves that even countries that appear safe may not be for everyone. Of course, not everyone who claims refugee status in Canada is legitimate. For main page this reason, a rigorous process for determining who is truly fleeing persecution and who is trying to take advantage of the Canadian system is critical.
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How have refugees become Canada's new boogeyman?

I havent turned my mind to it at this point, he Kim Kardashian said. Were not worrying about the dollars right now. Exchanges Normal The Toronto Stock Exchange operated as normal and will close at 1 p.m. today. Torontos downtown financial district, which includes the countrys biggest banks head offices, was largely unaffected by the power outages. Canadian debt markets are unaffected and will close today as planned at 1 p.m., according to Barbara Amsden, spokeswoman for the Investment Industry Association of Canada.
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Canada?s Boreal Forests ? Now Cold, Dark, And In Need Of Our Care

The report entitled Conserving the Worlds Last Great Forest is Possible: Heres How pointed out that responsible development requires that comprehensive land-use planning precede major industrial development decisions (an urgent need as development plans unfold in Ontarios Ring of Fire), and that local communities must have a lead role in land-use planning decisions. It also pointed out that maintaining ecological process and species like woodland caribou that rely on them means that at least half of large ecosystems need to be free of development and maintained as large habitat blocks. Boreal forests in the Northwest Territories, (c) Ducks Unlimited So when we are thinking extinction at this conference in Sudbury it is important that we not fall into the trap of thinking that what is http://kenyakb.wordpressy.pl/?p=10 happening in far away tropical climes and developing countries cannot happen here, because it already is. Yes, for now, Canadas vast northern boreal remains the world most intact major forest regions, and this gives Canada the opportunity to lead the world in finding the right balance between conservation and development. Conversely, Canada stands to lose what the rest of the world can only envy if it fails to learn from the mistakes of others and move ahead with progressive solutions.
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Canada Repair Crews Restore Power With 400,000 Still Dark

Ironically, it was an initial probe into Robinson's lawsuit over Curiosity that led the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to open a wider investigation into financial misadventure at Cinar that went to the heart of how the government-backed Canadian TV industry is financed and run. Also named in Robinson's copyright infringement suit was France Animation SA, Izard, Ravensburger Film + TV Gmbh and RTV Family Entertainment AG. The lower Quebec Superior visit here Court in 2009 concluded that Cinar, Weinberg, Charest, Izard, France Animation, Ravensburger Film + TV GmbH and RTV Family Entertainment AG were liable for copyright infringement for copying major parts of Curiosity without Robinson's authorization. The Quebec court of appeal in 2011 upheld the lower court ruling, which Cinar contested on grounds of legal error. Robinson also took issue with the court of appeal ruling because it reduced the punitive damages he could claim. The Supreme Court of Canada has now upheld Robinson's win in the lower courts.
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The Exercise Cure: 3 Workouts For Longer Life

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Priceless Lisbon

The Portuguese capitals singular charms, however, are drawing an increasing number of visitors. The port city on Europes southwestern edge cant boast http://hodgeyblf.blogs.experienceproject.com/2717960.html the scale or variety of, say, Paris or London. What it offers is a small scale suited to walkers, a sedate pace of life, little crime and lots of history. The famously hospitable Portuguese are another asset, and the restaurants can lay on exceptional fish and seafood from the Atlantic. During the Age of Exploration 500 years ago, when Portugal led Europe out of the Mediterranean and established an empire spanning from Latin America across Africa to Asia, Lisbon was one of the worlds wealthiest cities. The massive 1755 earthquake so catastrophic that it helped change the course of western European thought destroyed many of the greatest go Lisbon monuments. Though the city swiftly modernised after Portugal joined the European Union a quarter century ago, it has retained an old-time attractiveness as well as a beguiling blend of people from the countrys former colonies in Africa, India and Brazil.
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That summary could describe the state of play in Illinois or Detroit , where battles over pensions are playing out in front of rapt and anxious audiences. But a similar plot line leaped forward today in Portugal, where the nations highest court has struck down a proposal to cut retirement benefits for public employees. ( Patricia Kowsmann of the Wall Street Journal has the full story here .) Reuters Portugals president, foiled on pensions. Portugal, of course, is one of the PIGS (Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain), the countries hit hardest in the European debt crisis. The nation got a $107 billion bailout from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund in 2011, and the government of President Anibal Cavaco Silva is trying to demonstrate to creditors that it has put its financial house in order. According to Kowsmann, the government had proposed a 10% cut in pensions for retired civil servants whose monthly stipend topped 600, or about $820. (Six hundred euros a month is roughly half the average salary in Portugal, according to the OECD .) The cuts would have saved the government about $530 million a year.
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Portugal passes bailout review, expects to meet 2013 target

The "troika" granted Portugal the 78-billion-euro bailout in May 2011, with the country obliged to undertake tax hikes and spending, benefit and wage cuts in order to unlock the funds. Portugal has so far received 71.4 billion euros of the bailout money it was promised. Portugal's centre-right coalition government hopes it can exit its bailout as planned in mid-2014 and return to financing itself fully in debt markets, just as Ireland is doing this month. But it has said it could request some sort of precautionary loan from creditors after the exit. "If the cuts to pensions are ruled out by the court, Portugal must quickly present a credible alternative or else its borrowing rate risks spiralling upward," Pedro Lino, an analyst at Forex trading broker Dif Broker, said earlier. The bailout terms have deepened an economic downturn triggered by the world financial crisis in 2008 and sent the jobless rate soaring to record 17.1 percent in the first quarter of 2013. But the jobless rate dipped to 16.4 percent in the second quarter as the country emerged from a two-and-a-half-year recession with growth of 1.1 percent.
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Portugal Is Turning The Corner, And Things Are Getting Better

"On the transition period, there will be a program adapted to the situation at money that period of time and we have to see what sort of shape this program will have," Draghi said. But Finance Minister Albuquerque and Deputy Prime Minister Paulo Portas said there were no plans for alternative measures. "We see no reason to presume that there will be negative decisions from the constitutional court," Albuquerque said. Portas said the "evaluation was positive" and Lisbon was likely to meet this year's budget http://deweydgkq.wordpressy.pl/?p=34 deficit target of 5.5 percent of gross domestic product. Portas also said the country would meet its fiscal targets until the end of the program regardless of any upsets by the court.
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Portugal choose Campinas as World Cup base

But Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho promised on Friday that the government would find alternatives to ensure the country cuts the budget deficit as planned to 4 percent of gross domestic product next year from 5.5 percent. "The government will now study the new situation, on the basis of a close reading of this decision, to present a new measure to allow us to meet our stated goals," Passos Coelho told reporters in Brussels. "It is our profound conviction ... that external financing and the sustainability of public spending will only be assured with measures like this." Eurogroup head Jeroen Djisselbloem welcomed the government's commitment to find alternative measures quickly. "The reform effort must be sustained," he said in a statement. "An ambitious and credible fiscal consolidation strategy as well as the rigorous implementation of structural reforms will be crucial to ensure investors' confidence in the government's policies, with a view to a successful conclusion of the adjustment program." Filipe Garcia, head of Informacao Mercados Financeiros consultants, said the court decision was expected and the lack of market reaction reflected the growing belief among investors that the government will adopt alternative measures if need be.
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Portugal top court blocks austerity pensions cuts

Debt is the big problem for Portugal, which is why it required a bailout from the EU. The package expires in June and Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho said last week that the country will not need a second bailout. During the first part of my trip, I was very impressed with Switzerland and its 3% unemployment rate and 16 straight quarters of economic growth. But with Portugal just beginning its recovery and being completely ignored by the rest of the world, I suspect its a better investment opportunity. Ive been big on Europe the past few months, adding several European stocks to the portfolios in theOxford Income Letterand my other trading advisories. Europe is still off many investors radar due to the economic problems of a few years ago, but things are clearly getting better.
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Portugal court nixes public-pension cuts

The team intend to use the Moises Lucarelli stadium in Campinas. But they may have to train on other pitches nearby, because of privacy issues at the stadium. Ponte Preta's ground is surrounded by high rises and the Portuguese Football Federation has reportedly asked for the stadium to be covered, to avoid training sessions being watched by prying eyes. Stadium administrator Elias da Silva said: We know that the World Cup is a war, no? So if Portugal http://www.euronews.com/tag/portugal/ are going to practice, they want, like I say, somewhere more hidden.
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Tap Portugal Diversifies Latin America Network With Links To Star Alliance Hubs Bogota & Panama City

Bogota and Panama City, which will be served in atriangle routing from Jul-2014, are also strategically important for TAP asthey will diversify its Latin America network. TAP is the fifth largest carrier in the Europe-Latin America market but currently 12 of its 13 Latin American destinations are in Brazil . TAP recently opened ticket sales for Bogota and Panama City, which will expand the carriers long-haul network from 16 to 18 destinations. TAP will operate from 1-Jul-2014four weekly flights on a Lisbon -Bogota-Panama City routing with A330-200s. TAP currently uses its widebody fleet, which consists of 12 A330-200s and four A340-300s, to serve 12 destinations in Brazil, Caracas in Venezuela , Luanda in Angola , Maputo in Mozambique and New York ( Newark ) and Miami in the US . Bogota and Panama City will be the first destinations which are combined in a single flight.
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Jutting into the Gulf of Panama on the Pacific side, the district sits on a peninsula chosen for defense against pirates. Casco later fell into neglect as the modern city center sprouted its skyscrapers across the bay. But now Casco is experiencing a renaissance due in part to the efforts of American ex-patriots. U.S. influence isn't unusual here; for most of the 20th century, the United States held a corridor bisecting the country along the Panama Canal. Casco obviously remains a work in progress, but standing side by side with its shells of dilapidated buildings are chic new coffeehouses, gourmet restaurants, boutique hotels and some of Panama's hottest clubs. Unlike some urban-renewal projects, the Panamanians didn't just bulldoze Casco and rebuild; a small group of key visionaries, including those ex-pats, have made it their mission to preserve Casco's history and elegance.
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Panama City revival

"We have the numbers to support a team and, as long as we do, we want our school to represent itself." Panama's decision not to merge comes one week after Clymer made its predicament known at its own board meeting. According to the Dec. 9 agenda, the Clymer program will be forced to combine with hyperlink at least one other school program because the division in which it competes, the Section 6 DD class, will become nonexistent after this school year. "If we are going to have a football team next year, we are going to have to combine," Lictus said. Lictus said the Clymer board agreed to enter into discussions with Panama official site and Sherman, as Clymer has successfully arranged multiple shared sports agreements with the districts, including: golf, cross-country, track and JV football. "With respect to (varsity) football, what the board has decided to do is proceed with a merged program with any school that wants to merge within the Panama/Clymer/Sherman group.
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Retirement in Panama is Getting Better

Growth was also boosted by the ongoing construction and development of a $6.2 billion copper mine on the country's Atlantic coast, helping to expand the mining industry by a third for the quarter. Expected to become one of the world's biggest open-pit copper developments and Panama's biggest source of exports, the mine's first shipments are due in 2016, according to Minera Panama, a subsidiary of Canada's First Quantum Minerals Ltd . Logistical and transportation services linked to the canal have expanded over the past six years as Panama has positioned itself as a regional hub. Growth in the transport and communications industry accelerated 11 percent in the third quarter, the agency said. One of the fastest-growing economies in the world, Panama mostly evaded the global recession, expanding by double-digits for four of the past six years. But growth, while still high, is expected to slow slightly. Panama's Economy Ministry expects overall growth of 8.5 percent in 2013, while the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America predicts annual growth of 7.5 percent.
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UPDATE 1-Panama's economy grew 8.9 percent in third quarter from a year ago

According to a report by George Washington University and the Adventure Travel Trade Association, the adventure category spending was El Informe $89 billion in 2009 with much growth ahead. Boomers and seniors are hiking, sky diving, snorkeling, scuba diving, cycling and skiing -- and as I heard at the table, "after I raised my kids it was my turn to have the experience and not watch others do it!" Religion Over 900,000 people from the U.S. average age of 55 traveled for religious reasons, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. Holy Land includes Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Italy, Portugal and France. Ninety percent of the faith-based travelers are Christians. Culinary Cruises Boomers love their food, wine and cruising.
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Panama Football To Remain Independent; Clymer Seeks Partner

New roads, shopping malls, hospitals and health care centers are being developed not only source in Panama City but across the country, meaning retirement in Panama is becoming easier and better supported all the time. Kathleen Peddicord is the founder of the Live and Invest Overseas publishing group . With more than 28 years experience covering this beat, Kathleen reports daily on current opportunities for living, retiring and http://www.savingsdaily.com/post/a-la-moda-style-donald-and-lisa-pliner-share-their-marriage-and-fashion-secrets investing overseas in her free e-letter. Her newest book, "How To Buy Real Estate Overseas", published by Wiley & Sons, is the culmination of decades of personal experience living and investing around the world. More From US News & World Report Building trust doesn't happen in a day, but... Business Insider Westmoreland Coal Co. said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy the coal mining operations of Sherritt International Corp.
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Kim Kardashian's Baby North West Gets Designer Clothes And Shoes For Christmas?take A Look!

Kim Kardashian has been sharing some of her baby girl's Christmas gifts on Instagram today, and one thing's for sureNori is going to be one little fashionista (not that we had any doubts about that). The presents were from Kim and Kanye West 's designer friends, like Giuseppe Zanotti, Stella McCartney , Charlotte Olympia, Michael Coste and Hermes Paris. "Thank you so much Giuseppe for the amazing shoes you made for North! WE LOVE YOU," the E!
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Kim Kardashian's Daughter, North West, Is Gifted Designer Clothes

WE LOVE YOU @giuseppezanottiworld. Finally, the little diva received Giuseppe shoes. "Thank you so much Giuseppe for the amazing shoes you made for North!" Kardashian gushed. "WE LOVE YOU." Splash News/Splash News Kim Kardashian and Kanye West take heavily-gifted and budding fashionista baby North out on the town. The lavish gifts are just a preview of the direction baby North's fashion sense is heading, which mirrors that of her stylish parents. PHOTOS: NORTH WEST'S DESIGNER WARDROBE In fact, this is not the first time the famous couple's little one has been showered with expensive presents.
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Kim Kardashian, Kanye West?s daughter North West receives luxurious Christmas gifts from top designers

Kim Kardashian posted four photos to Instagram on Monday showing some incredible designer duds that baby North has received as gifts this holiday. From whom, you ask? Oh, just Stella McCartney , Giuseppe Zanotti , Charlotte Olympia and Michael Coste. Footwear certainly seems to be the hot gift for Nori this season, as Zanotti sent adorable white zippered and fringed sneakers and black jeweled flats; Olympia gifted some cute black kitty shoes; and Coste sent pink ribboned Hermes Paris slippers (along with a baby blanket).
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Kim Kardashian, Kanye West check out his cameo in 'Anchorman 2' on movie date with family, friends

"I'm just giving of my body on the stage and putting my life at risk, literally," he said in a radio interview with SaturdayNightOnline.com . "This is like being a police officer or something, in war or something." RELATED: KRIS JENNER: KIMYE'S WEDDING WILL BE 'BIG' With no impending danger in site, North West's parents enjoyed a low-key movie night with family and friends. But there's nothing low-key about their upcoming nuptials, with West recently hinting at 'fighter jets' being incorporated in the festivities. "We have a pretty big family," momager Kris Jenner told People about her daughter's wedding to the "Bound 2" rapper.
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Kim Kardashian's little sister Kendall Jenner towers over her as they spread some festive cheer at Los Angeles Children's Hospital

Kim, 33, shared photographs of clothes from Stella McCartney, and a variety of shoes and boots from Giuseppe Zanotti, Hermes and Charlotte Olympia on Instagram, as she graciously thanked each designer for their ''sweet gift''. She also wrote on Twitter: ''Thank you so much Giuseppe for the amazing shoes you made for North! WE LOVE YOU'' The reality star is clearly excited to back in Los Angeles with her family after jetting around the US for the past few weeks with her fiance, Kanye West, while he was performing the first leg of his 'Yeezus' tour. She posted a picture of her mother's festive hallway today (24.12.13), featuring a giant Christmas tree, with the caption: ''Waking up to this. Getting ready for our Christmas Eve party!'' Kim previously revealed that the 'New Slaves' rapper and her entire family, including Bruce Jenner, who announced his split from Kris after 22 years of marriage in November, would be together for Christmas.
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Kim Kardashian's baby swamped with designer gifts

The rumoured girlfriend of One Directions Harry Styles, who stands at 5' 10 carried her phone and a designer handbag in her hands, showing off her perfectly manicured nails. Different routes: While Kim found fame via her sex tape, Kendall is winning acclaim as a model Trim: Kim, who lost 50olbs following the birth of her daughter North in June, showed off her stunning figure in a casual outfit Meanwhile, new mother Kim tried to add some height to her 5'3 frame with high heeled open toed boots which she paired with pedal pushers, a black top and a leather jacket. She left her long blonde hair loose around her shoulders and carried a large carrier bag. Earlier Kim also shared an adorable throwback picture of herself with her two sisters Khloe and Kourtney from when they were younger. Giving back: The privileged pair took time out on Christmas Eve to spread some festive cheer at the medical facility Towering: Kim is almost twice Kendall's age but she was dwarfed by her younger sibling as they hung out together on Christmas Eve Christmas is a busy time for the Kardashian clan and on Wednesday evening, their mother Kris will host a huge party at her palatial Hidden Hills home. Kris' bash will include 'over 200 friends and family of the Kardashians and Kim is already getting excited.
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Gyms Power Their Way Out Of Machine Age

gym Fitness is no longer about machines, says Bhumika Grover, who specializes in FT. "At the most I will let my students use the treadmill for warm-up, the rest is all no-tech," says Grover, a trainer at the gym in Sirifort sports complex, south Delhi. Studio Bam, a-soon-to-open gym in south Delhi, has not invested in bodybuilding equipment at all. "We are focusing on group exercises and functional training," says Prince J Singh, a group exercise specialist at Studio Bam. "The functional training space has a TRX cage, a dash track, monkey bars and ropes for climbing," says Singh. Reebok master trainer Vinata Shetty says Crossfit - the fitness trend that combines weight lifting, gymnastics and endurance training and has attracted more than 10 million practitioners around the world has become an "epidemic" in Mumbai. "Even men are moving away from machine-centric workouts which are repetitive and don't benefit beyond a point," says Shetty, who does five classes of Crossfit a day with 20 members each. Leena Anand, 43, has been introduced to a variety of FT moves that imitate animal movements spider crawl, crab walk, frog jumps. "FT is excellent for homemakers as it http://brenttjfg.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/fresno-childrens-fitness-activities/ helps one do heavy chores without breaking a sweat," says Anand, a mother of two.
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Texas A&m Linebacker Darian Claiborne Arrested, Suspended

Three Texas players academically ineligible Three Texas football players have been ruled academically ineligible for the Dec. 30 Alamo Bowl. Texas officials on Sunday said sophomore tape running back Daje Johnson, sophomore offensive tackle Kennedy Estelle and redshirt http://www.fizzlive.com/member/400279/blog/view/1274916/ freshman running back Jalen Overstreet are out for the game. A team statement says all three players will not make the trip to San Antonio. The Longhorns (8-4) take on No. 10 Oregon (10-2) in the Alamo Bowl.
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Texas adds Castellanos on waiver claim from Boston

Cruz named some lawyers to the panel after taking office, including Christian conservative advocate Kelly Shackelford. There are Democrats, too, including an elected district attorney from El Paso and a former http://journals.fotki.com/huffkour/my-blog/entry/wbbqgdqrsqfbk/ Texas Supreme Court justice who serves as vice chairman of the panel. Obama filled five trial benches in Texas during his first term, though friction between the GOP senators and the White House and its Democratic allies in Texas led to delays. The process has evolved. Now, Texas Democrats offer names to the White House, which provides a list to the senators screening committee. The committee interviews and evaluates those candidates, plus any outside applicants and anyone the senators recommend, and then ranks them for the senators. Collaborative effort Earlier this month, the committee sent Cornyn and Cruz four names for Furgesons old bench, and the next-oldest openings, in Corpus Christi and Sherman, both vacant more than two years.
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Senate?s ?nuclear option? won?t help clear backlog of Texas judicial vacancies

Multiple media outlets, including Lubbocks The Fan 1340 AM , report the two schools are in the process of finalizing a home-and-home deal for the 2017 and 2018 football seasons. That set of games would follow Texas Techs highly anticipated home-andhome series with Arkansas in 2014 and 2015 in addition to coinciding with a home-and-home against Houston. Playing Texas Tech would follow Arizona States recent trend of playing teams from or in the Lone Star State. The Sun Devils took on Notre Dame this season in Arlington, will play Texas A&M at Reliant Stadium in 2015 and will visit UTSA in 2016. Arizona State has been on many Red Raider fans wishlist for years. The two schools are close to each other in relative West Texas and Arizona terms, 726 miles mostly via Interstate 10, and are the closest power five conference schools from each other outside of their respective conferences in the due east-west direction.
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Report: Texas Tech and Arizona State working on a football home-and-home

The 27-year-old was designated for assignment Dec. 12 when Boston re-signed free agent Mike Napoli. Castellanos spent most of last season with Triple-A Albuquerque, hitting .257 with 19 home runs and 61 RBIs. He is a career .171 hitter in the majors in 24 games, all with the Dodgers. With Mondays move, the Rangers have a full 40-man roster. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
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Texas Rangers take lead http://macvrsj.blogs.experienceproject.com/2688114.html on Sabine County missing person case

Maddox, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Texas Rangers are now the lead investigators on a recent missing person case in Sabine County. DPS has assisted the Sabine County Sheriff Department since the beginning of the investigation. The Texas Rangers will continue to utilize their expertise and resources as this investigation continues, and the Wright family and the community can be assured that we are official website committed to upholding the integrity of this investigation and determining the facts surrounding this case as soon as possible," said DPS Regional Commander Phillip Steen, DPS Region 2. Anyone with information about the disappearance and death of Mr. Alfred Wright is asked to call the Texas Rangers Office at (936) 435-0152 or DPS 24 hour Houston Communications Office at 281-517-1300Texas Rangers take lead on Sabine County missing person case Related Stories
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Texas preps for fast-paced Ducks in Alamo Bowl

You can see that teams that have had success against and beat Oregon are teams that have taken pride in a power running game, senior guard Mason Walters said. Playing Oregon, if you dont get pumped up and find a reason to go fight and have it be something that brings out the competitor in you, you can get embarrassed. For the third time this year, the Longhorns are double-digit underdogs. They pummeled Oklahoma 36-20, but fell to Baylor by 20 points. Were going to be doubted, junior defensive back Quandre Diggs said. Some people are going to look at that in a negative way, but Im going to look at that in a positive way.
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Obama Signs Up For Obamacare As Midnight Deadline Nears

But ... the Obama administration persuaded insurance companies to extend their deadlines to accept payments until Jan. 10 , which means you could wait and sign up retroactively. And it quietly extended today's deadline until 11:59 p.m. on Christmas Eve, according to the Washington Post . Obama was enrolled in the Washington, D.C., exchange over the weekend, aides said, purchasing a bronze-level plan that will set him back about $400 a month (with a salary of $400,000, the president doesn't qualify for subsidies).
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Low-key Obama aide at center of secret Iran talks

RECOMMENDED: Know your US presidents? See if D.C. Decoder can stump you! The botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act clearly took a major toll on Obama and the law itself is seen by Americans as both Obama's greatest achievement and his greatest failure to date, according to a new Gallup poll as did the government shutdown and NSA surveillance controversy. But perhaps most surprising, given that voters name the economy as their No.
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A polling puzzle: Obama's popularity at low ebb, even as economy improves

Last summer, Sullivan was traveling with his boss, Hillary Rodham Clinton, when he suddenly disappeared during a stop in Paris. He showed up again a few days later, rejoining Clintons traveling contingent in Mongolia. In between, Sullivan secretly had jetted to the Middle Eastern nation of Oman to http://jesusamos.blogspace.fr/7151703/Experts-Kim-Kardashian-Airbrushed-To-Look-Thinner-On-Us-Weekly-Cover/ meet with officials from Iran, people familiar with the trip said. The July 2012 meeting is (source) one of the Obama administrations earliest known face-to-face contacts with Iran and reveals that Sullivan _ who moved from the State Department to the White House earlier this year _ was personally involved in the administrations outreach to the Islamic republic far earlier than had been reported. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File) WASHINGTON (AP) Last summer, while Jake Sullivan was traveling with his boss, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he quietly disappeared during a stop in Paris. He showed up again a few days later, rejoining Clinton's traveling contingent in Mongolia. In between, Sullivan secretly jetted to the Middle Eastern nation of Oman to meet with officials from Iran, people familiar with the trip said.
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Obama signs autograph for young fan during holiday gym visit

But Obama's precipitous decline in the polls started with the ineptitude he displayed over Syria. He's perceived by our friends and enemies abroad as weak and preoccupied. SHARE 1876 CONNECT 569 TWEET 119 COMMENTEMAILMORE A lot of people are saying that 2013 was President Obama's worst year. Roll Call headlined , "Subdued Obama Hopes For Better 2014." The Hill reported , "Obama names health care rollout his biggest Kim Kardashian mistake of dismal year." Most people seem to think it was. But I think it was average, in the manner of the old Soviet joke: Ivan: So how was your day? Boris: [source] Average.
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Michelle Obama answers NORAD's Santa hotline

Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque HONOLULU (Reuters) - Ten year-old Krystin Lavelle got a surprise on Tuesday when she accompanied her uncle Rob to the gym at Marine Corps Base Hawaii: an autograph from the president. Barack Obama is not her president since she is from Toronto, Canada. Still, she was happy to score Obama's signature in her journal. Obama wrote, "To Krystin - Dream big dreams!" and his name. Her Uncle Rob, a U.S. Navy officer who declined to give his last name to reporters, said Obama, 52 and a noted gym rat, looked "very fit" during a Christmas Eve workout.
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Obama is a loser at Kim Kardashian 2013's end: Column

According to a White House spokesman, Obama answered children's calls to the Santa Claus tracker hotline from the first family's vacation spot in Honolulu, Hawaii, starting at around 11:00 a.m. local time. This marks the first lady's fourth year participating in the U.S. Air Force tradition of tracking Santa. NORAD has tracked the overladen sled's annual faster-than-light journeys since 1958.
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For Japan, Tv Technology Is A High Priority

Try again By submitting you agree to our Terms of Service Your Take contributions have not been reviewed for accuracy by USA TODAY. Contributors agree to our Terms of Service and are responsible for the content of their videos and photos. Please report any content that violates the terms. For Japan, TV technology is a high priority Lee Neikirk, Reviewed.com / USA TODAY 3:31 p.m. EST December 24, 2013 While many TV makers are working on developing 4K technology, Japan is looking beyond to 8K, trying to get a lead.
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Japan 2013 in Review: Hollywood's Box Office Woe, Sony's Wild Ride

Reportedly a pirated hit across Asia, the series was also bought legitimately by Taiwan and Hong Kong networks . Subsequent dramas featuring Masato Sakai, who played the title character, have been in high demand. Sakai has also been appearing in TV commercials as Hanzawa. Tokyo Olympic Glory -- and Shame Tokyo celebrated as it was selected to host the 2020 Games . Public broadcaster NHK is working on bringing its roll-out of 8K Super Hi-vision TV format forward in time for 2020 , and will test broadcast the super-high-definition system at Rio 2016. The shine was taken off the win somewhat by a political funding scandal that embroiled Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose, who led the bid. Inose resigned on Dec. 19 after an offer to forego his pay for 2014 was deemed insufficient penance over a shady tale of the equivalent of $500,000 delivered in a paper bag.
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Japan approves record US$922b budget

In line with defence policies announced last week that are intended to shore up the way Japan protects its remote islands at a time of rising tensions with China, military spending will increase official website for the second consecutive year. Overall, it will rise 2.8 per cent to 4.88 trillion yen, read more accounting for 5.1 per cent of the whole budget. The bulk of the increase reflects salary hikes, with just 0.8 per cent set aside for new fighter jets, drones and a new amphibious unit. Until last year, Japan's military budget had been shrinking for a decade, in contrast with China's, which has seen double digit rises most years over the same period. But that did not stop Beijing lashing out at the plans when they wereannounced last week, with a spokesman saying they "must cause concern to neighbouring countries in Asia". Social welfare spending will rise 4.8 per cent to 1.40 trillion yen and willbe partially financed by the VAT rise. The government would like to reduce medical spending, for example by using generic drugs, and divert the cash to support households with children, such as by providing more daycare as part of an effort to reverse Japan's chronically low birthrate. Science and technology spending will rise 2.8 per cent to 1.34 trillion yen, reflecting Abe's aim of revitalising the economy by helping to make Japan Inc.
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Japan's record budget spending highlights balancing act

"Abe vows to seek both growth and fiscal consolidation, but the focus now needs be on stimulus," said Hidenori Suezawa, analyst at SMBC Nikko Securities. "Hasty fiscal tightening could derail the economy and foil the sales tax plan in 2015." Spending in the general-account budget for the year starting April 2014 will rise more than 3 trillion yen from fitness this year's initial budget, the Ministry of Finance said, with higher outlays for public works, military and social security. Ministry officials played down the rise, however, saying it was inflated by technical factors such as the transfer on-budget of outlays from special accounts, and allocations from a planned April sales tax hike to shore up social security funding. Interest payments also rose while welfare costs increased as Japan's population ages. Tax revenue is estimated at 50 trillion yen, rising 6.9 trillion yen from this year to a seven-year high, reflecting both expected economic growth of 1.4 percent and an increase in the sales tax to 8 percent from 5 percent that kicks in April. New bond sales will be cut by 1.6 trillion yen from the current fiscal year to 41.25 trillion yen, a second consecutive decrease, but the government still relies on borrowing to cover 43 percent of its http://wallinside.com/post-6868745-fitness-19-announces-the-opening-of-the-lincoln-parklakeview-location.html spending, down from 46.3 percent this year.
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Japan?s Nikkei 225 Extends Six-Year High on U.S. Data

Data By Anna Kitanaka and Toshiro Hasegawa 2013-12-24T06:37:13Z Save Photographer: Junko Kimura/Bloomberg A man looks at an electronic board displaying stock prices at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo. A man looks at an electronic board displaying stock prices at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo. Close Close Open Photographer: Junko Kimura/Bloomberg A man looks at an electronic board displaying stock prices at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo. Related Japan Financials, Exporters Favored: Citi's Abe Japans Nikkei 225 Stock Average extended a six-year high as data showed the U.S. economic recovery is accelerating. The measure climbed above 16,000 for the first time since 2007 before paring gains.
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Shale From Louisiana Funded in Tokyo as MUFG Bids: Japan Credit

and Osaka Gas Co. announced 20-year contracts last year with Houston-based Freeport LNG Development LP to export 4.4 million ton of the gas from the proposed facility in Texas starting in 2017. Sumitomo Corp. and Tokyo Gas Co. also agreed to buy 2.3 million tons of LNG for 20 years from Dominion Resources Inc.s planned Cove Point terminal in Maryland , due to begin in 2017.
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John Mayer Surprises Katy Perry On 'ellen,' Responds To 'bound 2'

visit site Katy Perry in concert: Onstage and offbeat "I thought our response was a little bit more authentic because my hair was blowing in the right direction, though." "She was facing backwards, right?" DeGeneres agreed. "So her hair should have been [blowing the other way]." Interjects Mayer: "This is why I don't need to talk at home. Voice rest is just fine because then you get these chestnuts." It's OK, Perry and DeGeneres didn't know what to make of that statement either. Earlier in their interview, Perry told DeGeneres that she and her "thoughtful," http://www.journalspace.com/index.php?do=/blog/5656/solbakken-real-madrid-is-football-history-at-the-absolute-highest-level/ "creative" beau are very quiet at home because the singers need frequent vocal cord rest. Mayer spent a long time recovering from vocal cord problems, and the two found new ways to communicate nonverbally at home. "I understood that he couldn't talk, and the only way he could communicate was through an iPad ," Perry said. "Because some days I have to go on complete vocal rest, like no anything, no whispering. Whispering is actually really bad.
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