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March 15 2015

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Stray dogs from Kabul are easier to save than our former Afghan comrades | Giles Fraser



Recent Afghan immigrants to Britain: Giles Fraser's dogs Eidi (left) and Lumpi in Kabul. Photograph: David Gill

Last week, Lumpi and Eidi were still in Afghanistan. Now, they sniff the south London air, suspiciously. Their new environment is full of weird smells and unfamiliar noises. A squirrel sets them off on a frenzy of barking and seemingly pointless running around. No wonder the foxes who drag plastic litter into my garden have vanished. They were no match for the canine mujahideen, my new dogs of war. And no, not Afghan hounds, as everyone is asking. Afghan hounds are surprisingly rare in Afghanistan. My new dogs are pure-breed Heinz 57, opportunists with that hungry look of animals that have been forced to live on their wits.

Lumpi and Eidi began life on a rubbish tip in Kabul, two of several thousand stray dogs that roam that city, living in sewers and on the streets. Eidi was rescued on Eid, hence the name, on Street 3 (better known to locals as Rubbish Street) by a journalist friend of mine, and given a cut-out Heineken box as a makeshift kennel. Lumpi was originally rescued by a German diplomat who was re-assigned to Africa and who passed her on to British journalists, and from them to me.

By western standards, most Afghans are pretty unfriendly towards dogs. Many consider contact with them to be haraam or forbidden - though the only specific prohibition in the Qur'an is that dogs not be kept inside the house. The hadith literature is generally more negative. Which is why many Afghans refuse to touch dogs, believing that contact makes them unclean and thus in need of re-doing their ablutions.

It is nigh-on impossible for Afghan interpreters who have worked for British forces to be allowed to come to the UK

While it is increasingly common for western dog-walkers to have stones thrown at them, this may reflect a more widespread antipathy to the continuing presence of westerners as much as to the dogs. Even so, dogs get a pretty raw deal, scavenging for food among refuse and surviving on their wits. Dog fighting is widespread, though this is haraam; even the Taliban, who disapprove of this sort of thing, have failed to stamp it out.

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Now, lying in my garden, the dogs seem fairly relaxed. They used to live under the flight path to the US military airport at Bagram and are apparently terrified of the sound of low-flying Black Hawk helicopters. Yet they were quite uninterested in the Chinook, Apache and Sea King helicopters that passed directly over the vicarage garden towards St Paul's Cathedral at Friday lunchtime, marking the end of combat operations in Afghanistan.

It was relatively easy to get the dogs over here. No quarantine. Rudimentary papers. Lumpi managed to escape her crate at Istanbul airport and spend 24 hours on the runway, dodging jumbo jets. But that stressful episode aside, immigration was simply a matter of a couple of flights and the Eurotunnel. For people, however, the situation is so different. For instance, it is nigh-on impossible for Afghan interpreters who have worked for British forces to be allowed to come to the UK, though they remain at continual risk of reprisals by the Taliban. Dogs can be saved but people are abandoned.

But the instinct to save is a tricky one, especially if people don't themselves want saving in the way we want to save them. Saving Afghanistan from the Taliban was a major part of the justification used for our military presence. Years later, and with much blood and gold wasted, it is hard to see that we have succeeded in anything like that. The Taliban are far from defeated. Much of Afghanistan's infrastructure will collapse again when the money stops coming in from abroad. And the rubbish will pile up again in Rubbish Street. How is this salvation?

My friend who brought the dogs over from Kabul gave me a word of advice. They find it hard to distinguish between fear and aggression, he told me. Which means that the more afraid I get of them, the more likely they are to snarl at me, and the more afraid I get - a vicious circle indeed. Which is not a bad analysis of the whole Afghanistan mess: a confusing mélange of fear and aggression that has led us nowhere.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2015/mar/13/stray-dogs-kabul-easier-to-save-than-afghan-comrades

March 14 2015

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Historic race track revamp grant





13 March 2015

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The world's first purpose-built racing circuit has been given a grant by Surrey County Council towards its restoration.

Brooklands Museum has been awarded £225,000 to help restore the finishing straight to how it looked in 1939 when the circuit was in its heyday.

After restoration, the final stretch will return to use for motoring and aviation activities.

The £7m scheme includes the removal of a World War II hangar on the track.

Brooklands opened in 1907 and went on to make motoring history.

For its first 20 years, the racing circuit was the site of many land speed record attempts.

At the start of World War Two the site was given over to use by Vickers-Armstrongs and Hawker aircraft companies.

The restored Grade II listed Wellington Hangar will become The Brooklands Aircraft Factory, where visitors will see how aircraft from biplanes to Concorde were designed, developed and built.

The racetrack said it still had to raise £370,000 to fund the restoration after an award of £4.7m from the Heritage Lottery Fund last month.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-31878192#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

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Faithful and truthful - new Archbishop's motto



Archbishop Elect Charles Scicluna today launched the coat of arms he will be using as the media were given details of his installation ceremony on March 21.

The new coat of arms is based on the traditional Scicluna coat of arms but Mgr Scicluna added a yellow rose.

Addressing a news conference this morning, he said the red background represented the Passion of Christ and the white horse St John's vision of Christ as a white steed. The moon represented light even in darkness.

The Latin motto Fidelix Et Verax, means Faithful and Truthful.

The coat of arms includes the pallium, the symbol of a Metropolitan Archbishop.

The installation ceremony will start in Lija and head on to Mdina.

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The cortege leaves the Lija Parish church at 8.30am to the Sanctuary of our Lady of Good Health in Rabat.

It will then head towards the Dominican church in Rabat, from where Mgr Scicluna will be driven to the St Paul Church, also in Rabat.

At 9.50am, the Archbishop Elect will visit Ta' Giezu Chruch before heading to St Mark's church.

He is expected to arrive at the Mdina main gate at 10.30am. and walk towards the Cathedral. Due to the limited space inside the Cathedral, a large screen has been set up in the main square to enable the public to follow the proceedings.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20150314/local/faithful-and-truthful-new-archbishops-motto.559846
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Trust in line for national award for commitment to resolving complaints at earliest possible stage



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Army truck in three-vehicle crash in Schwyz



A crash involving a Swiss Army troop carrier and two other vehicles on Thursday night in the canton of Schwyz left four people injured, two of them seriously, police said.



A 46-year-old motorcyclist driving on a road from Brunnen to Sisikon crashed head-on into the army truck after overtaking car at around 7.20pm, Schwyz cantonal police said.

The truck then collided with a van, driven by a 43-year-old man travelling toward Brunnen, police said.

Police said the collisions occurred near a tunnel on the Axenstrasse.

Both the motorcyclist and the van driver were transported by helicopter for treatment of serious injuries.

Two soldiers in the army truck were taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said.

Debris from the accident covered a nearby rail track but was cleared up after two hours.

The Axenstrasse was closed to traffic for several hours as emergency services cleared up the site.

http://www.thelocal.ch/20150313/army-truck-in-three-vehicle-crash-on-schwyz-road
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Churchill Magna Carta plan revealed





11 March 2015

Last updated at 08:06



Winston Churchill's plans to give the US a copy of Magna Carta, in return for its support in World War Two, are revealed as part of a new exhibition.

Government papers revealing Churchill's part in the bid to boost US support are on display at the British Library.

Also on display for the first time in the UK are the US Declaration of Independence and the US Bill of Rights, alongside two Magna Carta manuscripts.

Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy marks the manuscript's 800th anniversary.

Magna Carta, authorised on 15 June 1215, is considered one of the first steps towards parliamentary democracy. It included the principle that no one was above the law, including the King.

As World War Two broke out, one of the original copies was stranded in America, following its display at a trade fair in New York.

Foreign Office papers now on display at the British Library show the Cabinet contemplated giving the manuscript to the United States as a gift, describing it as "the only really adequate gesture which it is in our power to make in return for the means to preserve our country."

Winston Churchill had added handwritten comments in favour of the proposal but it fell through as the Magna Carta was not the government's to give away.

It actually belonged to Lincoln Cathedral and for the rest of the war it was guarded at Fort Knox before being returned in 1946.

More than 200 items are on display in Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy.

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They include King John's teeth and thumb bone and 800 year old clothes and crozier belonging to the Archbishop of Canterbury at the time, Archbishop Walter.

The portrait of Herbert Beerbohm Tree as King John in King John by William Shakespeare (above left) is by Charles Buchel (1900) and is on loan from the Victoria Albert Museum.

The statue of Geoffrey de Mandeville (above right), one of the Barons, is usually in the chamber of the House of Lords.

A replica of King John's tomb (above) usually resides in Worcester Cathedral.

Two of the most iconic documents in American history, Thomas Jefferson's handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Delaware copy of the US Bill of Rights (above) are in the UK for the first time. Both were inspired by Magna Carta.

The exhibition also includes two molars and a thumb bone (above) belonging to medieval monarch King John, who granted the charter of the Magna Carta. They are on display alongside his original will and fragments of clothing taken from the King's tomb in 1797, when it was opened to verify that the King was buried there.

Prominent politicians, historians and public figures including Aung San Suu Kyi, Bill Clinton and William Hague have given interviews on what Magna Carta means today, which will feature in the exhibition, alongside a recent Horrible Histories Magna Carta 'rap battle' between King John and the Barons.

Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy opens on Friday 13 March and runs until 1 September 2015 at the British Library.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-31822545#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

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'Relocate Syrian refugees within Europe': UN



As the Syrian conflict enters its fifth year, the UNHCR says there needs to be a "more equitable distribution" of refugees within Europe. Photo: Ibrahim Chalhoub/Scanpix

Syrians should be relocated from southern European countries to northern ones in order to evenly share the growing burden of new arrivals, the UN's Refugee Agency told The Local on Thursday.



As the Syrian war enters its fifth year, the UN's refugee agency is calling for a new approach in Europe to support some of the 3.9 million people who have fled the conflict.

Under the UNHCR's new proposals, presented to the EU, some Syrians would be relocated from their arrival points in southern Europe to elsewhere in the region.

"The situation in the Mediterranean is such that we think that it's urgent to come with a fresh and bold look at what is happening, and to look at proposals to deal with this situation," William Spindler, UNHCR spokesman, told The Local's team in Rome

Spindler said legal routes between southern and northern European countries must be opened up.

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"We are not going as far as saying scrap Dublin or change the regulation, it was done for a reason. What we're saying is let's find a way of applying Dublin in such a way as it doesn't cause this situation," said Spindler.

The UNHCR would not disclose the numbers of refugees included in the proposal, referring only to a "more equitable distribution of refugees", nor when an agreement could be reached. But with no sign of an end to the Syrian conflict, Spindler said the issue needed to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

"The attitude now is to shift the problem to somewhere else. We can't continue doing this; we have to show more solidarity within Europe, and between Europe and other countries receiving most refugees," he said.

In addition to the relocation scheme, the UNHCR is also pushing the EU to come up with a "much more robust search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean".

"It's unacceptable that thousands of people drown finding safety in Europe," said Spindler, with hundreds of deaths already reported this year.

This hardly marks the first time that Denmark has been called upon to increase its refugee intake. 

Sweden's former prime minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, also called on Denmark to do more to share the burden, but his calls were summarily rejected by Danish officials

Denmark took in 14,815 refugees in 2014, a far cry from the more than 80,000 asylum seekers processed by Sweden. 

The number of refugees accepted into Denmark in 2014 was twice that of the year before, but those numbers plummeted in January 2015 thanks to the implantation of new restrictions on both Syrian and Eritrean asylum seekers. 

http://www.thelocal.dk/20150312/relocate-syrian-refugees-within-europe-un
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Schism between Germany and Greece grows wider by the day



German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble, left, and his Greek counterpart Yanis Varoufakis are embroiled in a war of words. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

It is the politics of the playground. The German finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, is accused of calling his Greek counterpart Yanis Varoufakis "foolishly naive" in his dealings with the media. Athens lodges a formal complaint with Berlin, saying a minister of a country that is a "friend and ally" cannot go around insulting a colleague.

Ya boo to that, says Jens Weidmann, the president of Germany's Bundesbank. Greece is losing the trust of its partners and it is only right that the European Central Bank should think very hard about whether it wants to extend its exposure to the crisis-ridden country.

See if I care, says Varoufakis. I have never had the trust of the German government. What matters is that I have the trust of the Greek people at a time when the ECB is "asphyxiating" the country.

This outbreak of undiplomatic language might sound funny, but it isn't. The schism between Germany and Greece is growing wider by the day. Unless Berlin and Athens can come to an amicable agreement, something that looks increasingly less likely, there are only two possible outcomes: Greece capitulates or Greece leaves the euro.

Schäuble clearly believes that Greece has no intention of going back to the drachma.

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However, if Greece wants to remain inside the single currency, it is going to need the cooperation and financial support of the other members of the club, including Germany. Greece is going to have to do what it is told by the troika of the ECB, the EU and the International Monetary Fund at some point, so it makes no sense for Athens to start dredging up memories of German occupation in the second world war.

Varoufakis is making it even more likely that the rest of the eurozone will play hardball with Greece.

It is not clear if Schäuble really said the words "foolishly naive" - but that would be a fair judgment if the end result is abject capitulation to whatever the troika demands. But as the Labour peer Meghnad Desai points out in an OMFIF blog, there is a way out for the Syriza-led coalition. That is to call a referendum on the basis of who governs Greece.

As Desai notes, Tsipras and Varoufakis could say they had underestimated how difficult it would be to end austerity and it was up to the Greek people whether they wanted year after year of externally-imposed pain or exit from the eurozone.

A month ago, such an outcome to the Greek crisis looked highly improbable. It now appears far less unlikely, which is one reason why the euro has been under such pressure on the foreign exchanges. At some point, the 35% depreciation of the single currency against the dollar is going to lead to strong exports and a much-needed growth boost.

When that happens, the euro will start to climb higher against the pound and the greenback. But not yet. Not until Greece has decided whether it is going to put up or shut up.

http://www.theguardian.com/business/economics-blog/2015/mar/12/germany-greece-disagreement-varoufakis-schauble-risks-eu-exit

March 04 2015

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Record number of international companies to Amsterdam in 2014



In 2014, 139 new international companies established offices in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. These companies brought a total of 1,308 jobs to the region and indicated that this would increase to 2,359 jobs within three years. In addition, international companies that had already established a presence in the region reported creating an additional 1,611 jobs in 2014.

Alderperson Kajsa Ollongren (Economic Affairs): "In our experience, companies usually start off small when entering the European market, but grow to become major players within a few years. The increase in the number of new businesses and jobs shows that Amsterdam is living up to its ranking as the fourth most competitive city in the world."

ICT

An established trend continued in 2014, with most of the companies (33) coming from the ICT sector. The region's outstanding (digital) infrastructure attracts businesses with technologically savvy and innovative ideas that are looking to increase the size of their operations. Such rapid growth also attracts new talent. Consistent with this trend, Amsterdam is dedicated to improving opportunities for start-up companies and bringing in international ICT talent. The American companies Netflix and Uber, for example, chose Amsterdam as the location for their European headquarters. Likewise, Tesla, Palo Alto Networks and Expedia, which have been in the region since 2013, created hundreds of new jobs.

Expatcenter Amsterdam

Amsterdam is becoming increasingly attractive to international talent. The Expatcenter Amsterdam Area helped more than 8,000 internationals settle in the region in 2014, representing an increase of 30% compared to the previous year. Most of these highly skilled migrants came from India, the United States and the United Kingdom. In 2014, the collaboration with the municipalities in the region expanded to include Velsen. Like Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Haarlemmermeer, Almere and Hilversum, Velsen can now conduct the municipal registration procedure via the Expatcenter. The Expatcenter will continue its drive to seek out collaboration with other neighbouring municipalities in 2015. As part of the StartupDelta initiative led by Neelie Kroes, the Expatcenter began issuing start-up permits on 1 January 2015 and as such, expanded its services to cater for ambitious, international entrepreneurs.

North America and Asia

North America was responsible for nearly half of the new establishments (66), such as Staples Office Center, which moved its headquarters with 200 jobs from Boston to Amsterdam, and Stryker, a medical technology company, which opened a training centre in addition to a European head office.

Growth from Asian countries remained stable compared to 2013, with 30 new establishments and 198 jobs. Fourteen new Japanese companies, for instance, set up operations in the region. After the United States and United Kingdom, Japan is the largest investor in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.

Europe

Companies are increasingly opting for Amsterdam ahead of other European cities thanks to its internationally-oriented services industry, excellent physical and digital accessibility and superb price-quality ratio.

In 2014, 42 European companies established offices in Amsterdam. The majority of these were marketing and sales firms in the services and creative industries, looking to use Amsterdam as a test market for the introduction of new products in Europe.

Headquarters

Various global rankings have demonstrated that the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area's appeal as a location for companies' European headquarters is as strong as ever. The region attracted 42 head offices and 46 marketing and sales offices in 2014, representing a total of 947 jobs. Important trends related to internationalisation, such as consolidation in strong regions, the availability of high-speed internet connections and quality of life, make the region very alluring to companies.

Amsterdam inbusiness

Founded in 2008, Amsterdam inbusiness is responsible for acquisition in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. It assists international companies setting up shop in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area and supports the international business community already present in the area. If you are considering visiting Europe the following link has some more information on Cheap Dog Friendly Hotels in Geneva.Within Amsterdam inbusiness, the municipalities of Amstelveen, Almere, Haarlemmermeer and Amsterdam collaborate to create an attractive climate for international companies. In recent years, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA) attracted between 100 and 120 new international companies each year. The AMA is currently home to some 2,500 international companies.

Headed by the Mayors and Alderpersons for Economic Affairs of the municipalities of Amsterdam, Almere, Amstelveen and Haarlemmermeer, a series of trade missions were organised in 2014. These trade missions visited destinations including China, the United States, Japan and Vietnam. Activities organised during these missions included investment seminars and visits to headquarters of companies already established there.

More at The Dutch Daily News

http://www.dutchdailynews.com/record-international-companies-amsterdam/
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No appeal against development ruling





4 March 2015

Last updated at 10:10



Winchester City Council has said it will not appeal against a High Court judgement that found it made "unlawful" decisions over a £165m development.

The leader of the authority Robert Humby quit last month over the ruling on the Silver Hill scheme.

A judge said the council acted unlawfully by allowing the developer to revise plans without putting the scheme back out to commercial tender.

The council's cabinet will meet on 18 March to consider its options.

Historical character

At a meeting on Tuesday, the cabinet agreed it would not execute legal documents relating to the revised plans and acknowledged the revised scheme could not go ahead without a competitive process.

Following the High Court judgement, Mr Humby's replacement, Frank Pearson, said he would establish an independent review of Silver Hill.

Campaigners brought the legal action, claiming the development would destroy the historical character of the city centre.

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The Conservatives are the largest single party on the council and form the administration, although no party has overall control.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-31726571#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

March 02 2015

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TOP 10: Successful university drop-outs



After Hampshire-born Craig Fletcher sold his family-run computer game firm for £20m, the Daily Echo takes a look at 10 other university drop-outs to have gone on to bigger and better things.

We've found actors, musicians and technology magnates who all chose to skip higher education in the end - and never looked back.

Here is the Daily Echo's top 10:

Mark Zuckerberg

We start with arguably the most famous thanks to recent Hollywood film The Social Network.

Mark Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook while still studying at Harvard, but chose to leave during his second year in 2004. He is now worth around $33billion and became a billionaire at the age of 23.

Daily Echo: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

Bill Gates

Before he co-founded Microsoft and went on to become one of the richest men in the world with a fortune of more than $80billion, Bill Gates also attended Harvard but dropped out in 1975.

He returned to the Massachusetts-based university in 2007 to receive an honorary degree.

Daily Echo: Microsoft founder Bill Gates is one of many of the US super-rich hit by the recession

Steve Jobs

Rounding off the trilogy of computer whizzes to drop-out and make a fortune, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs left Reed College in Portland after just one semester.

Four years later he founded Apple, and at the time of his death in 2011 was worth around $8billion.

Daily Echo: Apple's totemic founder, Steve Jobs, dies

Charles Darwin

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The revolutionary thinker and father of evolution initially pursued a medical career at Edinburgh University but was "repulsed" by his studies, according to the university's website.

He left Scotland and took up theology at Cambridge, and the rest is history.

Daily Echo: The life and achievements of Charles Darwin are being celebrated today - 200 years after his birth.

Woody Allen

He's known for his unique comedy style and his prowess both in front of and behind the camera, but the Annie Hall/Manhattan director ended up leaving two institutions.

First he was thrown out of New York University for poor grades and then he dropped out of City College of New York. He went on to win four Oscars for directing and writing among countless other awards.

Daily Echo: Woody Allen will talk about his new film at Cannes Film Festival

George Clooney

The Oscar-winning actor is another double drop out, having left both Northern Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati.

His critics will argue he got by on his looks but after receiving his big break on ER he has gone on to become one of the highest regarded actors in Hollywood.

Daily Echo: George Clooney attend the London premiere of his film

Ellie Goulding

She's at number one in the charts right now with Love Me Like You Do, and perhaps Ellie knew she was headed for great success when she dropped out of a drama degree after two years at the University of Kent.

Now she has sold more than 4m albums and 15m singles worldwide.

Daily Echo: Ellie Goulding steps up for a BRIT award.

Sting

The global superstar was once University of Warwick student Gordon Sumner but abandoned his studies after just one term to become a teacher.

That didn't work out either but we doubt he minds too much after mega success as a solo artist and with The Police.

Daily Echo: Sting

Ralph Lauren

Although plenty of students wear his clothes, the fashion designer actually dropped out of a business degree after two years at New York-based Baruch College.

After a stint in the US army he spent some time working for other companies before launching his own necktie business and expanding to become a giant in men's fashion, worth $8billion.

Daily Echo: Fashion designer Ralph Lauren, whose clothing firm has been accused

Tom Hanks

Another celebrated actor and double Oscar winner, California State University, Sacramento calls Tom Hanks its most famous drop-out after he left to become a full-time intern at the Great Lakes Theatre Festival in Cleveland, Ohio, the foundation for his long career in film.

Daily Echo: Tom Hanks has been honoured for his work

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Alexis Tsipras comes under fire from Spanish prime minister



Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras at Saturday's meeting of the Syriza central committee in Athens. If you are considering taking a trip to Europe the following link has detailed information on Discounted Prague Family Hotels.Photograph: Petros Giannakouris/AP

Greece's anti-austerity government has denied that it sees Europe through the prism of "hostile and friendly countries" as the Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy hit back at accusations that Spain and Portugal had deliberately tried to topple the new leftist-led administration.

The war of words erupted when Greek premier Alexis Tsipras attacked the sabotage tactics that had, he said, been employed by Lisbon and Madrid in an effort to scupper the chances of a successful end to the negotiations over the eurozone's extension of the Greek bailout programme.

We are not responsible for the frustration generated by the radical Greek left

Mariano Rajoy

He accused the Iberian partners of deliberately taking a hard line in the talks because they feared the rise of radical forces in their own countries.

"We found opposing us an axis of powers ... led by the governments of Spain and Portugal which, for obvious political reasons, attempted to lead the entire negotiations to the brink," Tsipras told party members on Saturday.

"Their plan was, and is, to wear down, topple or bring our government to unconditional surrender before our work begins to bear fruit and before the Greek example affects other countries... And mainly before the elections in Spain."

Mariano Rajoy

Spain's prime minister Mariano Rajoy at a party meeting in Seville on Sunday. Photograph: Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters

Rajoy responded angrily on Sunday, saying that Spain had stood by Greece in solidarity by contributing to the debt-stricken country's EUR240bn (£180bn) bailout.

"We are not responsible for the frustration generated by the radical Greek left that promised the Greeks something it couldn't deliver on," he said.

Aides close to Tsipras insisted that Athens had little desire to "seek enemies abroad" but the leftist leader had a duty to disclose the details of last month's dramatic negotiations with creditors to keep the bankrupt country afloat.

"Prime minister Alexis Tsipras was obliged to relate in detail to the Greek people the hard negotiations at the crucial eurogroup that led to the agreement," said the insiders. "The attitude [shown by] governments towards the deal isn't a secret - after all such views had become publicly known from the first moment, which is only right."

With the interim deal being seen as the starting point for in-depth negotiations between Athens and its creditors in the months ahead, the war of words is unlikely to abate soon.

Tsipras is a close friend and political ally of Pablo Iglesias, the former political science lecturer who founded Spain's anti-establishment Podemos movement , which is seen as posing a serious threat to the Spanish prime minister's conservative People's party when elections are held late this year.

Tsipras has pledged to bring a number of draft laws to parliament this week aimed at alleviating the humanitarian crisis which he says has resulted from years of recession and internationally mandated austerity, the price of aid. Eurozone officials have expressed concerns that the measures will further destabilise an economy already rocked by capital flight of more than EUR23bn since December.

Rajoy urged Greece to keep its promises by implementing reforms.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/01/alexis-tsipras-comes-under-fire-from-spanish-prime-minister

February 28 2015

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Stray Tube cat gets island habitat





27 February 2015

Last updated at 17:09



A stray cat named Jubilee after being discovered in a London Underground station has been given a new home.

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The cat enjoyed being pampered by Tube staff while she kept them company during their shifts at Acton Town.

She was eventually taken to the Battersea Dogs Cats Home in Berkshire.

A Battersea spokesperson said it was "not every day" a cat found in the London Underground was brought to them.

New owner Lisa Blackmoor, who runs a livery yard in Ryde on the Isle of Wight, said: "She meets me every morning and sits on the stable doors when I come to feed the horses - she follows me everywhere.

"She's doing a great job of catching mice and is even the boss of my three Jack Russell terriers."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-31665960#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

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Pub shooter's gun license just extended



Interior minister will check whether the checking of firearm license applicants can be improved

Prague, Feb 26 (?TK) -- Interior Minister Milan Chovanec (Social Democrats, ?SSD) will submit information on the attack in Uherský Brod, south Moravia, on Tuesday in which a 63-year-old man shot eight people dead, to the government on Wednesday next week, government spokesman Martin Ayrer told the Czech News Agency today.

Seven men and one woman aged 27 to 66 years were killed and another woman was seriously injured in the Dru?ba restaurant in Uherský Brod, a town of 17,000 inhabitants.

According to ?TK information, six victims were inhabitants of the town, while two had a permanent residence in Brno and Vl?nov, all south Moravia, but they actually lived in Uherský Brod, too.

Most of the victims probably died soon after the shooter entered the restaurant and opened fire, Zlín Regional police chief Jaromír Tkadle?ek told reporters today.

None of the victims had a close relation to the gunman, a source, well-informed about the investigation, said.

Police spokesman Pavel Stránský said up to 30 persons were in the restaurant during the attack. "Some of them managed to escape," he said.

Dru?ba restaurant operator Pavel Karlík along with another seven people escaped from the pub using the other exit on Tuesday, Karlík said without elaborating.

Chovanec asked the General Inspection of Security Forces to look into the police raid on the restaurant, he told reporters.

He also said he thought that the police made no mistake during the raid.

Chovanec added that he would like to check by the end of March whether the system of control of firearm license applicants can be improved.

He said he would like to focus on communication with representatives of towns and village in emergency situations in reaction to the tragic incident, and possibly update the regions' emergency plans. He also wants to deal with police officers' training for exceptional situations and problems with firearm license holders, he noted.

The shooter from Uherský Brod was to undergo a repeated medical check-up over his firearm license extension and he received a notice about it only four days before the tragedy, Tkadle?ek told reporters.

The perpetrator has held a valid firearm license since 2000. On Jan. 19, he applied for its extension, submitting a GP's certificate on his health capability except for wearing glasses. Since he had clean criminal records, his license was extended, but he did not pick it up, Tkadle?ek said.

However, the district police had information that might thwart the decision, he added without elaborating.

Uherský Brod Mayor Patrik Kun?ar said, referring to the shooter's brother-in law, that the police investigated the man repeatedly on suspicion of common misdemeanors, such as violation of civil cohabitation and verbal attacks.

The Town Hall in Uherský Brod has received offers of help and condolences from some individuals and institutions from the Czech Republic and abroad.

Some 35,000 K? have been collected in the account for the victims' families and other people have brought money for them in cash, municipal officials told reporters today.

President Milo? Zeman will pay his respects to the victims in Uherský Brod on Friday. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (?SSD) will light up a candle and lay flowers there on Tuesday.

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February 26 2015

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Characters sell cartoon car to complete charity efforts



This wacky racer is about to embark on its next adventure after a charity trip to Monte Carlo.

The colourful car was used by Sonia Graham, 35, and her boyfriend Keith as they embarked on a 700-mile round trip to raise more than £1,000 for Naomi House hospice, in Basingstoke, last year.

After a safe return, the car was auctioned on eBay tor raise further cash for the charity and sold for £670 when the bidding ended on Saturday evening.

Miss Graham, who works for Eden Verandas in Farnborough, originally paid just less than £250 for the K-reg Toyota Corolla, and had it spray painted with drawings of cartoon characters.

She and her partner, who works for Bridges estate agents in Fleet, then took the car on the road for the three-day Monte Carlo or Bust rally last July.

The challenge involved participants driving from Saint-Quentin in France to Monaco on the Mediterranean coast.

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The pair, who called themselves the Crazy Nuts, had to complete a number of tasks along the way such as finding items in churches and buying certain postcards, and finished second in the challenge.

Miss Graham wrote the eBay listing for the car as if it were a close friend and said it was now looking for a new challenge or destination.

She said: "£670 certainly is amazing. We are thrilled that it has sold for that.

"The guy that bought it comes from Barnsley and has said he is using it as their family car.

"We are delighted that the sale of the car has raised so much money for Naomi House and will taking on new adventures with a family.

"We are overwhelmed with the total amount these adventures have raised and thank everyone for their generosity, support and interest.

"We had so much fun doing the challenge and will look forward to doing it again hopefully next year."

Southwood Business Park, Farnborough. Sonia Graham and Keith Travers who are taking part in a rally to Monte Carlo with their car decorated with cartoon characters.

http://www.gethampshire.co.uk/news/local-news/characters-sell-cartoon-car-complete-8702212

February 25 2015

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Merkel talks refugees, Ukraine with Swedish PM



Chancellor Angela Merkel greets Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at the Chancellery in Berlin. Photo: DPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in Berlin on Wednesday for talks on the two countries' shared migration and integration concerns. Between them, Germany and Sweden take in more asylum seekers from Syria than the rest of the EU combined.



"Germany and Sweden face common issues with migration and integration," Merkel said at a joint press conference following the pair's one-to-one meeting.

"We agree that people fleeing for their lives must be protected...[but] we need to get better distribution of refugees in Europe."

According to a recent report by human rights campaign group Amnesty International, Germany has received 46,265 new Syrian asylum applications in the last three years, and has promised 30,000 resettlement places.

Meanwhile, 50,235 people have sought asylum in Sweden in the past three years, which currently takes in more refugees per capita than any other European country. The Swedish government has pledged 1,200 resettlement places.

The remaining 26 EU countries have pledged just 5,105 resettlement places between them.

Merkel told reporters it was essential that the two nations exchanged positive experiences and promised "intensive cooperation" with the Swedish government on immigration and related issues.

Stefan Löfven said German-Swedish relations were "very good", describing Germany as a "close friend and strategic partner for Sweden".

"Germany is our largest trading partner. We have many Swedish artists in Berlin," he said.

The leaders also discussed the Ukraine crisis, Greece's financial problems and international security in the wake of the recent terror attacks in France and Denmark.

Describing the recent agreement to extend Greece's international bailout as a "starting point" for talks with the new left-led Greek government, Merkel said she was pleased that "in the last few days we managed to show we are all able to make compromises".

Sweden's Prime Minister dubbed Russian aggression in Ukraine "the gravest security situation since the Cold War" and said that Sweden backed "preparing new sanctions if needed" as well as helping to "support Ukraine economically".

"We can not win the diplomatic battle and then have Ukraine collapsing.

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http://www.thelocal.de/20150225/germany-sweden-diplomacy-merkel-welcomes-swedish-prime-minister-lfven
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Merkel talks refugees, Ukraine with Swedish PM



Chancellor Angela Merkel greets Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at the Chancellery in Berlin. Photo: DPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in Berlin on Wednesday for talks on the two countries' shared migration and integration concerns. Between them, Germany and Sweden take in more asylum seekers from Syria than the rest of the EU combined.



"Germany and Sweden face common issues with migration and integration," Merkel said at a joint press conference following the pair's one-to-one meeting.

"We agree that people fleeing for their lives must be protected...[but] we need to get better distribution of refugees in Europe."

According to a recent report by human rights campaign group Amnesty International, Germany has received 46,265 new Syrian asylum applications in the last three years, and has promised 30,000 resettlement places.

Meanwhile, 50,235 people have sought asylum in Sweden in the past three years, which currently takes in more refugees per capita than any other European country. The Swedish government has pledged 1,200 resettlement places.

The remaining 26 EU countries have pledged just 5,105 resettlement places between them.

Merkel told reporters it was essential that the two nations exchanged positive experiences and promised "intensive cooperation" with the Swedish government on immigration and related issues.

Stefan Löfven said German-Swedish relations were "very good", describing Germany as a "close friend and strategic partner for Sweden".

"Germany is our largest trading partner. We have many Swedish artists in Berlin," he said.

The leaders also discussed the Ukraine crisis, Greece's financial problems and international security in the wake of the recent terror attacks in France and Denmark.

Describing the recent agreement to extend Greece's international bailout as a "starting point" for talks with the new left-led Greek government, Merkel said she was pleased that "in the last few days we managed to show we are all able to make compromises".

Sweden's Prime Minister dubbed Russian aggression in Ukraine "the gravest security situation since the Cold War" and said that Sweden backed "preparing new sanctions if needed" as well as helping to "support Ukraine economically".

"We can not win the diplomatic battle and then have Ukraine collapsing.

If you are considering a trip to Europe this year then you will find that the following link has information especially relevant to those interested in ##LINK~##.Sweden would like to contribute what we can. It is also important for our Baltic neighbours to feel that support," he said.

http://www.thelocal.de/20150225/germany-sweden-diplomacy-merkel-welcomes-swedish-prime-minister-lfven

February 24 2015

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Further delays to proposed Ashford and St Peter's merger



St Peter's: Looking to merge with Royal Surrey County

First published in News Surrey Comet: Photograph of the Author by Ellie Cambridge, Reporter - Elmbridge

The intention to merge Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been taken to a second assessment phase.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it would continue to investigate plans for the merger before making a final decision on whether or not to allow the merger to proceed.

This will take about six months to complete.

Suzanne Rankin, chief executive at Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals, said: "Although this was not the decision we were hoping for, we understand that the CMA needs to carry out a more-in-depth analysis of our plans to ensure this is in the best interests of patients. Unfortunately this means we will need to wait longer until a final decision is reached."

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http://www.surreycomet.co.uk/news/11808891.Further_delays_to_proposed_Ashford_and_St_Peter_s_merger/?ref=rss

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