It’s being billed as France’s “marriage of the century”. The two grooms will wear suits, the vows will be simple and refer to two “spouses” but the normal wedding room at Montpellier town hall won’t be big enough for the 200 friends and family, 300 guests from activist associations, 130 journalists from across the world and one government minister present so it will decamp to a larger function hall.
At 5.30pm in [...]
People are going to lose their minds!!!
Portugal to cut 30000 government jobs and raise retirement age + Jobcuts all across Europe/Eurozone
Prime minister announces plans to make $6.3bn in budget cuts by raising retirement age and laying off 30,000 workers.
Things are going to heat up further here in Europe and the Eurozone
15000 cut in Greece as well
Peugeot sacking 11200 people in France as well.
24000 being cut in military in France also
A recent book claims to have pinpointed the top 10 jobs most likely to attract psychopaths
Basically, certain fields of work are more likely to attract psychopaths than others.
Here’s the list of jobs with the highest rates of psychopathy:
3. Media (Television/Radio)
7. Police Officer
8. Clergy person
10. Civil Servant
And the lowest rates of psychopathy:
1. Care Aide
6. Charity Worker
8. Creative Artist
Includes boxes of gold jewellery, property portfolio and shares in his firm
The groom, a civil servant, has known the bride since kindergarten
Expensive dowries have long been a marriage tradition in the region
A wealthy Chinese tile magnate gave his daughter a gigantic £100million dowry that included four boxes of gold jewellery, shares and several homes for her lavish wedding.
The extravagant gift included four boxes of gold jewellery, a bankbook with deposits worth [...]
Jean-Luc Guillaume always presumed he’d retire at about 60, just like his civil-servant father.
One year from reaching that age, the biology researcher has no plans to stop working. Cutbacks to France’s retirement benefits, the European financial crisis and the cost of a recent separation have stretched out his horizons.
“Financially, retirement just isn’t an option,” said Guillaume at a street demonstration against job cuts at his employer,Sanofi SA (SAN), that he had [...]
Greece‘s far-right Golden Dawn party is increasingly assuming the role of law enforcement officers on the streets of the bankrupt country, with mounting evidence that Athenians are being openly directed by police to seek help from the neo-Nazi group, analysts, activists and lawyers say.
In return, a growing number of Greek crime victims have come to see the party, whose symbol bears an uncanny resemblance to the swastika, as a “protector”.
July 20, 2012
Spanish police fired rubber bullets and charged protestors in central Madrid early Friday at the end of a huge demonstration against economic crisis measures.
The protest was one of over 80 demonstrations called by unions across the county against civil servant pay cuts and tax hikes which drew tens of thousands of people, including police and firefighters wearing their helmets.
Some threw bottles at police and set up barriers [...]
By Barbara Kollmeyer
MADRID (MarketWatch) — The Spanish government is planning a further 30 billion euros ($38 billion) in spending cuts and tax hikes, some of which could be announced next week, according to a report from Reuters on Wednesday. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the news agency said the multiyear program could involve hikes in sales and energy taxes, pension-system reforms, civil-servant pay cuts, toll-road hikes and bigger [...]
Greece breached the rules of its EU/IMF loan agreement by taking on some 70,000 public sector staff in two years, undermining efforts to reduce the state payroll, a report has said.
To Vima weekly said the hirings in 2010 and 2011 were highest in local administration, health, the police and culture, where the number of employees actually increased.
It cited a report from the troika of international creditors; the European Union, International [...]
Tim Ross, The Telegraph
Under-performing civil servants will be identified and fired under plans to rank all government officials by ability.
David Cameron is growing increasingly impatient with institutional failures and his ministers have complained privately about regularly receiving “useless” advice from below-par officials.
Ministers are determined to change the culture of the Civil Service, in which, they say, “lazy” staff get away with poor performance because managers are unwilling to have “difficult conversations”. Sweeping [...]
Investigators looking into alleged corrupt practices at News Corp’s UK newspapers suspect that cash payments worth more than £100,000 were made to police officers and other public officials, one person familiar with the investigation said.
News Corp’s management and standards committee, set up after the News of the World phone hacking scandal convulsed the News International newspaper division last July, has been under fire from reporters for passing information to police that has [...]
via Chinese dating website zhenai.com:
Which university do you wish your other half graduated from? What profession do you want him or her to have? Recently, media in China released rankings of colleges graduated from and professions singles took which are most loved by the opposite sex. This ranking is provided by China’s popular dating site zhenai.com, based on the number of times asked on a date by the opposite sex out of [...]
“[Obama] administration seems to be completely impervious to any rational behavior concerning the crisis”
“Banks have made 2.2T past 5 years. It is a business that doesn’t make money. And projected 5T next 10 years….It is tax on citizens”
“You make money, you keep it. You lose money, society backs you up. It doesn’t exist in any other world.”
“You need something to break the bank cartel for the sake of the financial industry”
After 12 consecutive days of protests, the biggest gathering in Athens’ parliamentary Syntagma square is currently underway. The FT reports: “Thousands of Greeks protested outside parliament on Sunday against a fresh austerity package agreed in return for the country’s second bail-out in 13 months by the European Union and International Monetary Fund. “Thieves, thieves….Where did our money go?” the protestors shouted, blowing whistles [...]
The housing bubble in China is about to pop. Jasmine will turn into Joshua Trees.
“The World Bank has cited real estate crashes in Japan and Ireland as a warning to Chinese officials to rein in their finances. â€œChina must carefully study the cases of Japan and Ireland, where the collapse of the real estate bubble caused a financial crisis and economic stagnation,â€ the World Bankâ€™s [...]
1984, by George Orwell, published in 1949, is a dystopian novel about the totalitarian regime of the Party, an oligarchical collectivist society where life is a world of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance, public mind control, and the voiding of citizens’ rights.
Winston Smith is a civil servant responsible for perpetuating the Party’s propaganda by revising historical records to render the Party omniscient and always correct, yet his meager existence disillusions [...]