Monthly Archives: January, 2009

Brown criticises wildcat strikes

Written by Janet Prime Minister Gordon Brown told an angry crowd that “Wildcat” strikes are not defensible….since the hiring of foreign workers.   Hundreds of employees across the UK walked out over the use of overseas staff at a refinery in Lincolnshire. Gordon Brown told the BBC’s Politics Show he understood workers’ worries, but spontaneous walkouts …

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Britain-Violent Girl Crimes Rise By 50%

Written by Janet In Britain, violent crimes by girls, some as young as 10, have increased by 50% in the last 4 years.   In 2008, there were 15,413 violent attacks by girls, up from 10,412 in 2004, according to a Ministry of Justice report.  If averaged out, that comes to about 300 attacks by girls …

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Witness: Parents of ‘Baby Grace’ Seemed Happy at Picnic After Girl’s Beating Death

Written by Janet The couple that are accused of beating to death the woman’s 2 year old little girl, appeared playful and happy at a picnic less than 2 weeks after the toddler’s death, a witness testified at the mother’s trial. Angelica Zenon worked with Ziegler at Emerson Process Management offices in Stafford, a southwestern …

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Nationwide French Strike Shuts Down Public Transportation

Written by Janet Hundreds of thousands of  angry and fearful French workers mounted nationwide strikes and protests Thursday to demand President Nicolas Sarkozy do far more to fight the economic crisis. Public and private sector workers joined forces in the protest to seek increases in salaries, greater protection for their jobs and more intensive government …

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Britain: Walkouts As Oil Plant Anger Grows

Written by Janet Thousands of british workers have gone on strike as anger grows over the use of foreign contractors to build a new £200m oil plant.  One thousand staff at the South Hook Liquified Natural Gas terminal at Milford Haven in South Wales, were included.  First to walk out were 700 mechanical contractors who …

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Angry senator wants pay cap on Wall Street ‘idiots’

Written by Janet A day after President Obama ripped wall street execs, for  their “shameful” decision to hand out $18 billion in bonuses in 2008, Congress may finally have had enough.  An angry U.S. senator introduced legislation Friday to cap compensation for employees of any company that accepts federal bailout money. Under the terms of …

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‘My Heart Is Black’ Says ‘Baby Grace’s’ Mom in Note Read to Jurors

Written by Janet A prosecutor read a note to the jury written by the mother of “Baby Grace”, who is on trial for her beating death.  Galveston County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Elias Cazares testified that investigators searching the suburban Houston home of Riley Ann Sawyers’ mother, Kimberly Dawn Trenor, and stepfather Royce Clyde Zeigler II, …

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Cannabis law to stay despite UK change

Written by Janet There are no plans to legalize cannabis in Ireland, the Department of Justice told irishhealth.com.  It follows the decision of the British government to reclassify the drug, so that possession of it is no longer an arrestable offence. This new move by Britain, will in effect put it in the same grouping …

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Labour reported over £2,000 gift

Written by Janet A Conservative MP has alleged that Justice Secretary Jack Straw’s local constituency party received an impermissible £2,000 donation in 2005. Ben Wallace, MP for Lancaster and Wyre, claims the donation from Westminster International Consultants LLP was disallowed under electoral law.   The Electoral Commission said a complaint had been made. Mr Straw said …

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On second thought, never mind about that bailout

Written by Janet A growing number of small community banks are backing out of the government’s bailout, which they see as fraught with hidden strings and government interference. About 20 banks so far that applied for or had been approved to receive about $1 billion combined in taxpayer money have reversed course in the past …

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