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Thursday July 24th 2014

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Boston Marathon runners run final mile

After the terrorist attacks in Boston it was nice to see that some of the affected runners came back to the city and were cheered on by over 2000 people to complete the last mile again.

 

 

UK Public sector staff to lose auto pay rise

The British chancellor announced today that annual incremental pay increases in the British civil service would be axed in 2015 and a fresh push to remove automatic pay rises for time served in NHS, prisons and police. The armed forces will be excluded from the changes.

He told MPs: “Progression pay can at best be described as antiquated; at worst, it’s deeply unfair to other parts of the public sector who don’t get it and to the private sector who have to pay for it.”

Mr Osborne also announced a cap on the total amount the government spends on welfare each year, including housing benefit, disability benefit, tax credits and pensioner benefits – but excluding the state pension.

While many public sectors will no doubt be horrified by this the reality is many have very cushy jobs and they do not deserve to have a better deal than private sector staff, especially when the likes of teachers seem to spend most of their time on holiday.

Tibetan monks to perform at Glastonbury

Tibetan monks who have been exclied from their homeland are to be given a slot to perform at this year’s Glastonbury festival in the United Kingdom.

They are currently on tour with the exiled spiritual leader, but will take a break from their schedule for their appearance in Green Fields at Glastonbury on June 27.

The event will mark the 100th anniversary of the Tibetan Declaration of Independence, and the monks will also build a symbolic picture of the universe out of coloured sand.

It is also believed that they have been given a record deal in the United States.

 

The Euro Project is Failing

A very influential player in German economic politics has give the EURO currency about five more years to run, and these are conservative estimates.

The EURO has been plagued with problems ever since its inception in 2002. The basic issue is that you have very rich powerful countries like Germany sitting along side weak countries such as the so called PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain) who are all completely screwed and slowly falling down the World order.

In fact many young people from these countries are already escaping to go and live in Third World countries in Latin America and better off regions such as Asia / Pacific.

The fallout of the EURO failing will be felt for many years.

If you are travel regularly to Spain, Portugal etc ensure your holiday insurance is up to date.

BBC loses on Lonely Planet

The BBC have lost a huge sum of money buying out and subsequently ruining the Lonely Planet brand.

Lonely planet make travel guides that are some of the most used in the world. In fact it seems like every other backpacker in SE Asia has a lonely planet book.

The blame for the massive loss has been placed on the strong Aussie dollar compared to the USD/GBP and EUR.

If you are travelling abroad then ensure you have taken out decent travel insurance over 85s  in case you have a medical emergency.

 

Obama wins second term!

Good news for those in the world who want a free world, Obama has been re-elected for another four years after he swept aside the Republicans.

Obama, the nation’s first African American president, scored a decisive victory by stringing together a series of narrow ones. Of the election’s seven major battlegrounds, he won at least six.

“While our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up,” Obama told a cheering crowd of supporters in his home town of Chicago early Wednesday morning. “We have fought our way back. And we know in our hearts that, for the United States of America, the best is yet to come.”

We learned about the news while on a solo woman traveler  trip to America and it was awesome to have been there.

 

 

Blade runner makes Olympic history

Oscar Pistorius, known as the blade runner, made history this week when he competed in the London 2012 Olympic games and made the semi-final of the 400m for men.

80,000 adoring fans were on hand to watch him make history Saturday as the first amputee to compete in track at the Olympics.

“I’ve worked for six years … to get my chance,” said the South African, who finished second and advanced to Sunday night’s semifinals. “I found myself smiling in the starting block. Which is very rare in the 400 metres.”

Oscar  was born without fibulas and his legs were amputated below the knee before he was a year old.

This incredible story illustrates that anything is possible in life and those who work hard will be rewarded.

Supermarket giant Tescos is struggling

Tesco, who’s stores have without doubt put a lot of smaller stores out of business, has seen sales in the 13 weeks to 26 May were 1.5 per cent lower than the same period last year, although the fall was less severe than the 1.6 per cent drop for the preceding quarter.

Tescos have been trying to break into financial markets too such as travel insurance over 75 85 markets that cater for senior holidaymakers.

Tesco’s management, headed by new chief executive Phil Clarke, is struggling to re-energise the retailer, the UK’s largest, which boasts 2,800 stores across the UK, following the firm’s first profit warning in 20 years in January.

Facebook shares tumble again

SHARES of Facebook have taken another tumble, continuing a downward spiral that began at the start of the week.

The blame game has already begun with some pointing fingers at Nasdaq, where technical issues created confusion during the first day of trading, and others blaming the lead underwriter of the offering, Morgan Stanley, for failing to divulge last-minute changes to revenue projections.

After being priced at $38, the shares opened at $42.05 on Friday and fluctuated between $45 and $38 throughout the day, before closing up just 23 cents.

The California company’s shares began to tumble on Monday and closed down 11%.

Dalai Lama rocks up in Hawaii

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama participated in a panel discussion with Native Hawaiian leaders on his second day in Hawaii at the University of Hawaii’s East-West Center and spoke about peace at a sold-out public talk on Sunday.

He has also presented in front of up to 9000 Hawaii student.

The topic of the panel discussion was “the Importance of Native Intelligence in Modern Times,” and the co-panelists were Dr. Pualani Kanahele, writer and expert on Hawaiian cultural practices and Mr. Nainoa Thompson, President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

It’s the Dalai Lama’s fourth visit to the islands and his first since 2008, when he went to Maui.

The Dalai Lama is next scheduled to head to San Diego as part of a North American tour.

If you head to North America for a vacation then be aware that health and medical cover can be very expensive.

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