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NO MORE WAR: British PM Theresa May vows to END 'failed' invasions like Iraq and Afghanistan

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26 January, 2017
"Britain and America will no longer invade foreign countries 'to make the world in their own image'" - Theresa May. Britain and America will never again invade foreign countries “in an attempt to make the world in their own image”, Theresa May has said in the biggest shift in UK foreign policy for more than 20 years.

Addressing US Republican politicians in Philadelphia, the Prime Minister pledged not to repeat the “failed policies of the past” in a clear reference to the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan by Tony Blair and George W Bush.

And she hailed Mr Trump's election as "dawn breaking on a new era of American renewal".

She told Republicans: “I speak to you not just as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, but as a fellow Conservative who believes in the same principles that underpin the agenda of your Party.

“The value of liberty. The dignity of work. The principles of nationhood, family, economic prudence, patriotism – and putting power in the hands of the people.

“Principles instilled in me from a young age. Principles that my parents taught me in the vicarage in Southern England in which I was raised.

“I know that it is these principles that you have put at the heart of your plan for government. “  read more »

Tourists Flee 'Nightmare' Paris - rising violence and roaming wolves - news in photos: 18 Jan 2017

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18 Jan 2017
Tourists Flee 'Nightmare' Paris Amidst Rising Theft, Assaults... Paris' regional tourism office last year reported a slump in visitor numbers to the city. Rising violence and aggression account for the drop. President of the Chinese Association of Travel Agencies in France, Jean-François Zhou, said "increasingly violent” thefts and assaults are turning France into "one of the worst destinations for foreign tourists." In 2016, there were 1.6 million Chinese tourists compared to 2.2 million in 2015. The number of Japanese tourists dropped 39 percent and Koreans 27 per cent."

18 Jan 2017
A lone wolf was spotted prowling just 200 miles from Paris - when an expert was quick to point out that they can cover 300 miles in a DAY on foot. French told not to fear wolves roaming Paris streets as 'they only eat four-legged animals.'
Parisians are frightened that the endangered beasts are now within howling distance of the capital and can't be stopped.

Only lone wolves have been spotted so far wandering its streets. Experts and eyewitnesses claim they are freely roaming French 'departments' (an administrative district) of Yvelines and Essone in Île-de-France - which overlaps with the Paris metropolitan area in the south and west - at night.

Warnings were first made last year when a lone wolf was spotted prowling just 200 miles from Paris - when an expert was quick to point out that they can cover 300 miles in a DAY on foot.

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Yahoo, no more: sold. Mayer's gain: "$365 million, 5 years at Yahoo". Who said in 2012 "Fool's bargain"?

If someone's gain at anyone's loss: who is the fool if there's a fool's bargain?
July 07, 2012: "Mayer was making a fool's bargain
to choose Yahoo over Google as the ambitious executive
shocked the tech world by leaving Google to become Yahoo’s new CEO"
Dec 14, 2015: "If she stays on board for another year and a half,
Mayer will make $365 million for 5 years of work at Yahoo"
"The vast majority of her pay isn't tied to Yahoo's performance as a company"
Jan 10, 2017: Yahoo is sold to Verizon.
"Yahoo's board voted to alter its change-in-control provision
to include the sale of a major business unit as well; and with that,
Mayer's $123 million payday was created."
"Without that vote, Mayer would have walked away with "only" around $14 million."

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Dec 14, 2015
If she stays on board for another year and a half, Marissa Mayer will make $365 million for five years of work at Yahoo.
The vast majority of her pay isn't tied to Yahoo's performance as a company
- it's tied to Yahoo's stock price.

Jan 10, 2017  read more »

Paris: free public transport to battle worst smog; Sweden tax breaks on repairs: no waste


"Transport chiefs banned drivers with odd-numbered licence plates from entering the centre on Tuesday, with cars bearing even numbers barred yesterday (Photo: AFP)"

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Paris makes all public transport FREE to cut polluting traffic after worst smog in 10 years
The Metro underground system and overground rail in the French capital were tonight said to be buckling under the strain with thousands taking advantage of zero cost fares.
Authorities have clamped down on cars as a perfect storm of high vehicle emissions, soaring numbers of domestic wood fires and windless conditions have blanketed Paris in choking smog.

Transport chiefs banned drivers with odd-numbered licence plates from entering the centre on Tuesday, with cars bearing even numbers barred yesterday, reports the Independent.

Sweden's tax breaks on repairs to clothes, bicycles, fridges, and washing machines: No more waste
To combat its "throwaway consumer culture," Sweden has announced tax breaks on repairs to clothes, bicycles, fridges, and washing machines. On bikes and clothes, VAT has been reduced from 25% to 12% and on large household products (also known in Sweden as "white goods") consumers can claim back income tax due on the person doing the work.
The incentives are intended to reduce the environmental impact of the things Swedes buy. The country has ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but has found that the impact of consumer choices is actually increasing.

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Bitcoin not money, Florida judge rules, not backed by any gov or bank, and"cannot be hidden under a mattress like cash and gold"

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MiamiHerald July 25, 2016 Judge ruled: Bitcoin is not actually money
In a case closely watched in financial and tech circles, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Teresa Mary Pooler ruled that Bitcoin was not backed by any government or bank, and was not “tangible wealth” and “cannot be hidden under a mattress like cash and gold bars.”

A Miami-Dade judge ruled Monday that Bitcoin is not actually money, a decision hailed by proponents of the virtual currency that has become popular across the world.

In a case closely watched in financial and tech circles, the judge threw out the felony charges against website designer Michell Espinoza, who had been charged with illegally transmitting and laundering $1,500 worth of Bitcoins. He sold them to undercover detectives who told him they wanted to use the money to buy stolen credit-card numbers.

But Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Teresa Mary Pooler ruled that Bitcoin was not backed by any government or bank, and was not “tangible wealth” and “cannot be hidden under a mattress like cash and gold bars.”

“The court is not an expert in economics; however, it is very clear, even to someone with limited knowledge in the area, the Bitcoin has a long way to go before it the equivalent of money,” Pooler wrote in an eight-page order.

The judge also wrote that Florida law — which says someone can be charged with money laundering if they engage in a financial transaction that will “promote” illegal activity — is way too vague to apply to Bitcoin.  read more »

UK votes for 'Brexit'. Will Denmark, Sweden or Netherlands follow - beginning of end for European Union?

UK exits from European Union

Britons take vote to withdraw from European Union

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NBC News 24 Jun 2016 While the prospect of a Brexit triggering other countries in Europe to follow suit and decide to leave is not an immediate one it would "certainly sow seeds of doubt," according to Paolo Dardanelli, senior lecturer in comparative politics and acting director of the Center for Federal Studies at the University of Kent.

"Denmark and Sweden would be the ones to watch in particular, as their position would be significantly weakened," Dardanelli added via email. "You could argue that the conversation about this could be different in a place like Denmark, or Sweden or the Netherlands, where you're looking at countries with well-functioning political institutions, and economies that are doing fairly well," Nickel said.

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Image courtesy VoxEurop and NBC News

Niles Mayor Tom Scarnecchia takes 50% pay cut $34,000 in his wage to help solve city's budget woes - "everybody's got to help"

Mayor Tom Scarnecchia

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2016/05/14 Foxnews Ohio Mayor takes a 50% pay cut in my wage to help city’s projected $130,000 deficit. His pay will drop by $34,000. He said he wanted to set an example for other employees because “everybody’s got to help” cut the deficit.

The mayor of a small Ohio city is cutting his salary in half in an effort to solve the city's budget woes. “From now until probably January 1st, I am going to take a 50 percent pay cut in my wage,” Niles Mayor Tom Scarnecchia said after a meeting on how to rescue the city from fiscal emergency.

The state requires that the city balance its budget, as Niles faces a projected $130,000 deficit. With the move, Scarnecchia’s annual salary will drop by $34,000, according to WKBN.

He said he wanted to set an example for other employees because “everybody’s got to help” cut the deficit.

“I think that him making that personal sacrifice should show the citizens that he’s doing the very best he can. He loves Niles,” Councilman Barry Steffey said.

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Image courtesy WKBN, TownMapsUSA, and TribToday.com

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