December 14, 2017

Heaviest snowfall in Britain in 4 years, travellers in northern Europe stranded

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Agence France-Presse, London From hindustantimes Some 330 flights were cancelled by 5:00 pm (1600 GMT) after heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures struck the region around Frankfurt in Germany. The heaviest snowfall in four years in Britain caused travel mayhem on Sunday, while more than 300 flights were cancelled in Germany’s busiest airport and a ferry […]

German hunter is killed by wild boar he was trying to shoot

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From WN A hunter in northern Germany was killed by a boar he was trying to shoot as a trophy on Sunday, according to Deutsche Welle. There are conflicting reports whether the pig was injured but the wild boar in question attacked and fatally wounded a German hunter while the man was out for the […]

German government tells parents to destroy children’s smartwatches

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BY MARK KAUFMAN From Mashable The German government isn’t just banning some children’s smartwatches — its telling people to “destroy” the gadgets already circulating around the country. On Friday, Germany’s telecom regulator the Federal Network Agency announced that a number of these devices, designed for ages 5 to 12, can allow someone to remotely tap […]

Israel air drill

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8 countries took part in Israel’s largest-ever air drill — here are the impressive photos By Ben Brimelow From Business Insider The largest air drill in the Israeli Air Force’s history, “Blue Flag 2017” at the Israel’s Ouvda Air Force Base in Southern Israel concluded last week. With some 1,000 personnel from eight countries, the […]

Isle of Man complies with international standards

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From IOM Today The Isle of Man’s critics ignore the great progress it has made in keeping its business above board. Last week the island received a ringing endorsement from the OECD. We have retained the top ’compliant’ rating by the global body reviewing tax transparency – one of only six countries worldwide. The Organisation […]

Climate Reality: Confronting sea level rise

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OECS joins The Commonwealth Secretariat in discussions at COP23 in Bonn, Germany Monday, November 13, 2017 — As large ocean states, maritime matters are at the forefront of climate change discussions in the OECS and have been linked to every Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) given the significant role it plays in the daily lives of […]

The Editor speaks: Why we remember them

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I am speaking here about the Remembrance Day Service last Sunday (12) held outside Elmslie Church on Harbour Drive. Although I do not remember the last war in Britain as I was born in 1943, I do have a remembrance of sheer terror of hearing an air raid siren. My mother told me, even as […]

Refugees are paying German men to claim paternity of their children

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Up to 700 men in Berlin are claiming to be the fathers of refugees’ babies in exchange for cash, German prosecutors alleged. According to the German broadcaster rbb, pregnant refugees from Vietnam, Africa and Eastern Europe are applying for asylum in Germany. To help this process along, they are paying up to 5,000 euros, or […]

ILO calls for new strategies to help SMEs get loans

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Bank loans can help firms improve job quality and productivity, but are often difficult to get for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Consequently, policy-makers should look into ways to make it easier for SMEs to access such external funding. A 10 percentage point larger proportion of bank loans in working capital is associated with 2.2 […]

The obscure imprints of the German elections

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The German elections of September 24th, 2017, due to the country’s specific political, financial and historical strength, have undoubtedly been at the center of international and European interest. Their results were marked by the winning of the Christian Union CDU / CSU led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, even with a lower percent, -33%, while in […]