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Special Diwali Recipes For Dhanteras.}

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Special diwali recipes for dhanteras.

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Coming close on the heels of Dussehra, Diwali is celebrated on the last day of the Gujarati calendar year, and generally comes in the months of October or November, on the English calendar. This festival has become an universal festival, and is celebrated all over the world.

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Dhanteras is celebrated by two days before diwali. Everybody goes out of their way to make big purchases and buy new clothes and jewellery. This is because this day is considered auspicious for wealth, and it is said that if you buy any silver or gold on this day, you will be lucky throughout the year. The goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on this day through a Lakshmipujan, which is performed not only in the homes but in shops and offices as well. People prepare diwali recipes a week before diwali. The diwali recipes are distributed to families and friends.

The other version is that when Lord Vishnu in the guise of Vamana, sought three feet of land from the generous demon king Bali, the latter had to surrender his head as Vamana had conquered the earth and the sky in two strides. Lord Vishnu banishes Bali into the Pathala Loka by keeping his third stride on Bali’s head. Later, pleased by his generosity, Lord Vishnu grants him a boon and he in turn requests the Lord to guard his palace at Pathala Loka.

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Apr

19

French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent dead at 71

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French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent dead at 71

By 5Mu3Ji

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Yves Saint-Laurent, one of the major fashion designers of the 20th century, died Sunday evening of cancer at the age of 71, after four decades at the top of his profession. Friends say he died while at his home in Paris, France.

Saint-Laurent was born Yves Henri Donat Dave Mathieu-Saint-Laurent on August 1, 1936 in Oran, Algeria. Saint-Laurent was famous for designing women’s clothing and at age 21 he became the head designer for the company House of Dior. He was hired to take the place of the late Christian Dior, who died in 1957.

He retired from his job there and ultimately left the fashion industry in 2002, but not before starting his own clothing line and shop with Pierre Berge in 1962. It was once rumored that woman who wore his newly designed pantsuits were not allowed to eat at restaurants or stay in hotels in New York City and London, England.

“Fashion was not only supposed to make women beautiful, but to reassure them, to give them confidence, to allow them to come to terms with themselves,” Saint-Laurent once said.

Saint-Laurent not only fought the effects of cancer, but through the years dealt with drug use and depression.

“I’ve known fear and terrible solitude. Tranquilizers and drugs, those phony friends. The prison of depression and hospitals. I’ve emerged from all this, dazzled but sober,” stated Saint-Laurent.

Apr

19

Choosing A Cotton Nightgown And Cotton Sleepwear

By 5Mu3Ji

By Carmen Petitclerc

Nothing can be more comfortable than getting into a loose fitting and cosy cotton nightgown, especially after a hard day’s work. Cottons have been a favorite material for night gowns and lingerie virtually ever since the idea of wearing nightgowns became popular and commonplace. Today you can find nightgowns and sleepwear that fit from size zero right up to the plus sizes and beyond in different varieties of materials, designs, styles and colors. Nowadays, the idea of the nightgown as more than just sleepwear has taken a more serious turn and there are a number of fashion designers like Ralph Lauren, Eileen West, and Thea who have become well known for their nightwear designer collections.

One of the most important features to look for when buying cotton nightgowns, sleepwear lingerie or any lounge wear for that matter is the material or fabric. Take a moment to read the label or better yet, feel it to get a sense of whether it is pure cotton or if it is a mix of cotton together with another man made material like polyester, nylon or spandex. Cotton sleepwear really is the best for that relaxed feeling and because it is a natural fiber it has the benefit of breathability.

In most countries, nightgowns and sleepwear styles and lingerie fabrics are usually determined by the climate. For example, in countries around the world where tropical or even the Mediterranean climate is the norm, light weight cotton nightgowns are the most suitable. And, the reverse tends to be true in colder northern climates, where heavier cotton fabrics that are warmer are more popular. Cottons can be thin and lightweight or thick and heavy. And, they can be woven with no stretch to them or combined with spandex or lycra for a soft cosy stretch. It really depends on what a woman is looking for and what is most comfortable.

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There are a multitude of different cotton nightgown styles to fit virtually every woman’s taste and requirements. The variety of nightwear in cotton, ranges from simple full length nighties with no decorative paraphernalia to speak of to the highly laced and frilled chemises that are ultra feminine and sexy. Contemporary fashion designers have come up with designs that suit the mood of the modern woman who needs to be comfortable and wants to look great at the end of the day. So, a nightgown that is not only very comfortable and soothing but also has a dash of style added to it can brighten up a woman’s mood after a long hard day.

Cotton nightgowns are usually available in light pastel shades, though today you can also buy bright floral designs, polka dotted ones and even striped or checked ones. More ladies sleepwear in cottons are also available in the form of caftans, pajamas, long flowing full length nightgowns and the length of the sleeves range from either full length to half or even sleeveless. You can also opt for the environmentally friendly organic cotton nightgowns or soft and cosy supima cotton which is slightly stronger and hence more durable. Keep in mind that some cheaper cotton nightgowns can be rough if the quality of cotton used is not superior, though most of the cotton nightgowns that are available in today’s market are very soft, silky and comfortable.

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19

China responds to US plan for import quotas

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China responds to US plan for import quotas

By 5Mu3Ji

Tuesday, April 5, 2005

China is questioning a decision by the U.S. Commerce Department that seeks to re-impose trade quotas on Chinese textiles. The three-decade long system of quotas was lifted on January 1.

“This is not reasonable,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters. “This is unfair. This is protectionist.”

The U.S. administration justified their decision by presenting data which showed increases of over one thousand percent for cotton knit shirts and cotton trousers. The administration also cited a 300 percent increase of imports of underwear.

Qin disputed the U.S. reasoning for the decision.

“The major reason for this issue is that the United States has over-protectionist, irrational and unreasonable arrangements,” he said.

“Other countries that are more competitive will still take over from China, and the US can’t impose safeguards on those countries,” Peter Liu, chairman of the textiles and apparel committee at the American Chamber of Commerce, told the Financial Times in Hong Kong. “Obviously, the US textile industry has concerns about job elimination, but on the other hand there are a lot of US industries that like to do business with China by exporting to China. If this escalates into a trade war, that’s to nobody’s benefit,” he said.

The U.S. Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel (AITA) also supports China’s product imports.

“There is no reason to believe that imports of these products from China are causing market disruption,” AITA spokeswoman Laura E. Jones said.

The U.S. administration cited a need to avoid “market disruption.”

“Free trade must be fair trade, and we will work to ensure that American manufacturers and workers compete on a level playing field,” read a statement issued by U.S. Commerce department spokeman Carlos M. Gutierrez. “The decision is the first step in a process to determine whether the U.S. market for these products is being disrupted and whether China is playing a role in that disruption.” The statement also said the administration was “providing assistance to our domestic textile and apparel industry consistent with our international rights and obligations.”

“We are very pleased that the government is taking this action,” Lloyd Wood, a spokesman for the American Manufacturing Trade Coalition told The New York Times. “It sends a strong message to China that predatory trade practices will be investigated.”

The U.S. Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements issued its decision on Monday, under the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO). China joined the WTO in 2001.

Shirts, trousers, and underwear are one of the few remaining types of clothing manufactured in the United States. The United States is running an all-time high trade deficit with China of US$162 billion.

Apr

16

What To Use For Your Dollhouse Furniture}

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Picking Walnut Material for Dollhouse Furniture

Walnut is a special type of wood that grows slow and dense. Its color is softer than mahogany and fits traditional dollhouses very well. It is seen in most bedroom and kitchen sets as the material of choice. Walnut’s characteristics also lend themselves well to dollhouse furniture because of its durable scratch resistant nature.

Outdoor Dollhouse Furniture

Your beautiful dollhouse will be even more fascinating when you put some furniture items around the outside areas. Items such as patio furniture and porch swings distinguish your dollhouse from typical ones, and show the pride in details you take. Another benefit to outdoor furniture is that they bring some attention to the stunning exterior of your dollhouse

Mahogany Wood

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Mahogany wood is ideal for dollhouse furniture because it is dense and strong enough to resist most playtime scratches. It not only is strong, mahogany has a very rich color that attracts the eye in any dollhouse ensemble. It almost seems that a dollhouse is not complete without a piece of mahogany. Traditionally mahogany is found in most victorian dollhouse furniture and would fit perfectly with a colonial or victorian dollhouse kit.

dollhouse Modern Furniture

Do you enjoy a modern look? Modern dollhouse furniture is designed post 1960’s and has a distinct look and shape to the furniture style. This style works well with any traditional or modern style dollhouse kit.

Dollhouse Furniture Colors: Green

Green dollhouse furniture is not usually thought of as an option, but it has some great qualities for your dollhouse. Green dollhouse furniture is the colorful choice for many fun pieces of dollhouse furniture. There are many varieties of shades and colors to make your dollhouse coordination a snap

Bathroom Furniture

Typical dollhouse bathroom furniture consists of a few basic items; namely, a toilet, a sink, and a tub. There is actually an extensive variety of colors, patterns, and materials for these items, so there are just as many choices for you in the bathroom as in any other room in the dollhouse. A few well-placed accessories, such as a towel closet or a tube of toothpaste and a hairbrush, will go a long way to add personality to your dollhouse bathroom.

Is Half Inch the right size for my dollhouse?

To make sure you are getting the right sized item, check the scale of the furniture. All furniture is built on a 1 inch scale unless you see inch or inch in the title of the item.

This item is built on a half inch, or 1:24 inch, scale. This means that half an inch of dollhouse furniture represents a foot of dollhouse furniture. So, a 3 inch dollhouse sofa represents a 6 foot real sofa. Other scales include the one inch (1:12) and quarter inch (1:48) scales.

To figure out which scale your dollhouse uses, figure out the height from floor to ceiling of one level of your dollhouse. An 8-12 inch height means it is built on a 1 inch scale. Half inch scales will have heights between 4-6 inches; for a quarter inch scale, there should be 2-3 inches between floor and ceiling.

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Apr

14

Tornadoes cause millions in damages in Waco, Texas

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Tornadoes cause millions in damages in Waco, Texas

By 5Mu3Ji

Saturday, May 6, 2006

Early Saturday morning winds up to 90 miles per hour struck Waco, Texas and central McLennan County, United States, causing widespread damage and leaving many households without electricity.

No deaths or serious injuries have been reported; however, there is a tremendous amount of damage in 15 areas of the city, leading Mayor Virgina DuPuy to declare the city a disaster area.

The hardest hit area was Franklin Avenue, where the Coca-Cola bottling plant’s roof was peeled open as if by a giant can-opener. There were Sprite bottles spread out onto the street. The nearby Furniture Row shopping center was also hit hard. Some furniture was found as far as three-quarters of a mile away. Other hard-hit areas were Robinson, Hewitt, Woodway, and Speegleville. Densely populated Inner Waco was spared of any catastrophic damage, though hundreds, and possibly thousands, of trees have fallen, and roofs destroyed.

The main concern is restoring power to over 23,000 households and businesses. Many gas stations and grocery stores in the disaster areas were closed until power is restored. Those that remained open have had to throw out all perishable items. Also of concern is getting electricity to those with medical needs. The city has provided help to those without power at the Dewey Recreation Center.

The storm is the hardest to hit the area since the tornado that struck on May 11, 1953, which tore through downtown and killed 114 people.

Waco has seen more than its share of tornadoes recently. Only a week ago, an F1 tornado damaged many houses along Orchid and Kendall Lanes. No people were injured, though two horses were killed when their stable collapsed.

The National Weather Service confirmed this morning’s winds were a F2 tornado, where wind speeds may have reached 115 miles per hour in some locations.

Apr

14

Irish inflation creeps upwards to 2.4%

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Irish inflation creeps upwards to 2.4%

By 5Mu3Ji

Saturday, June 11, 2005

The inflation rate in Ireland, as measured by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), edged upwards to hit a five month high in May at 2.4%. This represents a 0.2% rise on the previous month when the rate stood at 2.2%.

The major contributors to the rise were increased transportation, healthcare, and education costs. In April the EU25 average rate of inflation was 2.1%, with Latvia having the highest rate at 7.1% and Sweden the lowest at 0.4%.

Despite the increase in the rate, Irish inflation remains very low – having hit 7% during 2000 and remaining around the 5% until the beginning of 2003. Another major factor easing any worries about the increase is Ireland’s very strong GDP growth – expected to be around 5.5% this year

On an annual basis the cost of footwear and clothing have fallen by 2.7% whilst energy costs have soared by 10.4%. The cost of food, furniture, and communications also fell over the last 12 months.

The Consumer Price Index is made up of over 55,000 prices consisting of 613 headings which cover over 1,000 different items.

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14

G20 protests: Inside a labour march

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G20 protests: Inside a labour march

By 5Mu3Ji

Wikinews accredited reporter Killing Vector traveled to the G-20 2009 summit protests in London with a group of protesters. This is his personal account.

Friday, April 3, 2009

London – “Protest”, says Ross Saunders, “is basically theatre”.

It’s seven a.m. and I’m on a mini-bus heading east on the M4 motorway from Cardiff toward London. I’m riding with seventeen members of the Cardiff Socialist Party, of which Saunders is branch secretary for the Cardiff West branch; they’re going to participate in a march that’s part of the protests against the G-20 meeting.

Before we boarded the minibus Saunders made a speech outlining the reasons for the march. He said they were “fighting for jobs for young people, fighting for free education, fighting for our share of the wealth, which we create.” His anger is directed at the government’s response to the economic downturn: “Now that the recession is underway, they’ve been trying to shoulder more of the burden onto the people, and onto the young people…they’re expecting us to pay for it.” He compared the protest to the Jarrow March and to the miners’ strikes which were hugely influential in the history of the British labour movement. The people assembled, though, aren’t miners or industrial workers — they’re university students or recent graduates, and the march they’re going to participate in is the Youth Fight For Jobs.

The Socialist Party was formerly part of the Labour Party, which has ruled the United Kingdom since 1997 and remains a member of the Socialist International. On the bus, Saunders and some of his cohorts — they occasionally, especially the older members, address each other as “comrade” — explains their view on how the split with Labour came about. As the Third Way became the dominant voice in the Labour Party, culminating with the replacement of Neil Kinnock with Tony Blair as party leader, the Socialist cadre became increasingly disaffected. “There used to be democratic structures, political meetings” within the party, they say. The branch meetings still exist but “now, they passed a resolution calling for renationalisation of the railways, and they [the party leadership] just ignored it.” They claim that the disaffection with New Labour has caused the party to lose “half its membership” and that people are seeking alternatives. Since the economic crisis began, Cardiff West’s membership has doubled, to 25 members, and the RMT has organized itself as a political movement running candidates in the 2009 EU Parliament election. The right-wing British National Party or BNP is making gains as well, though.

Talk on the bus is mostly political and the news of yesterday’s violence at the G-20 demonstrations, where a bank was stormed by protesters and 87 were arrested, is thick in the air. One member comments on the invasion of a RBS building in which phone lines were cut and furniture was destroyed: “It’s not very constructive but it does make you smile.” Another, reading about developments at the conference which have set France and Germany opposing the UK and the United States, says sardonically, “we’re going to stop all the squabbles — they’re going to unite against us. That’s what happens.” She recounts how, in her native Sweden during the Second World War, a national unity government was formed among all major parties, and Swedish communists were interned in camps, while Nazi-leaning parties were left unmolested.

In London around 11am the march assembles on Camberwell Green. About 250 people are here, from many parts of Britain; I meet marchers from Newcastle, Manchester, Leicester, and especially organized-labor stronghold Sheffield. The sky is grey but the atmosphere is convivial; five members of London’s Metropolitan Police are present, and they’re all smiling. Most marchers are young, some as young as high school age, but a few are older; some teachers, including members of the Lewisham and Sheffield chapters of the National Union of Teachers, are carrying banners in support of their students.

Gordon Brown’s a Tory/He wears a Tory hat/And when he saw our uni fees/He said ‘I’ll double that!’

Stewards hand out sheets of paper with the words to call-and-response chants on them. Some are youth-oriented and education-oriented, like the jaunty “Gordon Brown‘s a Tory/He wears a Tory hat/And when he saw our uni fees/He said ‘I’ll double that!'” (sung to the tune of the Lonnie Donegan song “My Old Man’s a Dustman“); but many are standbys of organized labour, including the infamous “workers of the world, unite!“. It also outlines the goals of the protest, as “demands”: “The right to a decent job for all, with a living wage of at least £8 and hour. No to cheap labour apprenticeships! for all apprenticeships to pay at least the minimum wage, with a job guaranteed at the end. No to university fees. support the campaign to defeat fees.” Another steward with a megaphone and a bright red t-shirt talks the assembled protesters through the basics of call-and-response chanting.

Finally the march gets underway, traveling through the London boroughs of Camberwell and Southwark. Along the route of the march more police follow along, escorting and guiding the march and watching it carefully, while a police van with flashing lights clears the route in front of it. On the surface the atmosphere is enthusiastic, but everyone freezes for a second as a siren is heard behind them; it turns out to be a passing ambulance.

Crossing Southwark Bridge, the march enters the City of London, the comparably small but dense area containing London’s financial and economic heart. Although one recipient of the protesters’ anger is the Bank of England, the march does not stop in the City, only passing through the streets by the London Exchange. Tourists on buses and businessmen in pinstripe suits record snippets of the march on their mobile phones as it passes them; as it goes past a branch of HSBC the employees gather at the glass store front and watch nervously. The time in the City is brief; rather than continue into the very centre of London the march turns east and, passing the Tower of London, proceeds into the poor, largely immigrant neighbourhoods of the Tower Hamlets.

The sun has come out, and the spirits of the protesters have remained high. But few people, only occasional faces at windows in the blocks of apartments, are here to see the march and it is in Wapping High Street that I hear my first complaint from the marchers. Peter, a steward, complains that the police have taken the march off its original route and onto back streets where “there’s nobody to protest to”. I ask how he feels about the possibility of violence, noting the incidents the day before, and he replies that it was “justified aggression”. “We don’t condone it but people have only got certain limitations.”

There’s nobody to protest to!

A policeman I ask is very polite but noncommittal about the change in route. “The students are getting the message out”, he says, so there’s no problem. “Everyone’s very well behaved” in his assessment and the atmosphere is “very positive”. Another protestor, a sign-carrying university student from Sheffield, half-heartedly returns the compliment: today, she says, “the police have been surprisingly unridiculous.”

The march pauses just before it enters Cable Street. Here, in 1936, was the site of the Battle of Cable Street, and the march leader, addressing the protesters through her megaphone, marks the moment. She draws a parallel between the British Union of Fascists of the 1930s and the much smaller BNP today, and as the protesters follow the East London street their chant becomes “The BNP tell racist lies/We fight back and organise!”

In Victoria Park — “The People’s Park” as it was sometimes known — the march stops for lunch. The trade unions of East London have organized and paid for a lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries and tea, and, picnic-style, the marchers enjoy their meals as organized labor veterans give brief speeches about industrial actions from a small raised platform.

A demonstration is always a means to and end.

During the rally I have the opportunity to speak with Neil Cafferky, a Galway-born Londoner and the London organizer of the Youth Fight For Jobs march. I ask him first about why, despite being surrounded by red banners and quotes from Karl Marx, I haven’t once heard the word “communism” used all day. He explains that, while he considers himself a Marxist and a Trotskyist, the word communism has negative connotations that would “act as a barrier” to getting people involved: the Socialist Party wants to avoid the discussion of its position on the USSR and disassociate itself from Stalinism. What the Socialists favor, he says, is “democratic planned production” with “the working class, the youths brought into the heart of decision making.”

On the subject of the police’s re-routing of the march, he says the new route is actually the synthesis of two proposals. Originally the march was to have gone from Camberwell Green to the Houses of Parliament, then across the sites of the 2012 Olympics and finally to the ExCel Centre. The police, meanwhile, wanted there to be no march at all.

The Metropolitan Police had argued that, with only 650 trained traffic officers on the force and most of those providing security at the ExCel Centre itself, there simply wasn’t the manpower available to close main streets, so a route along back streets was necessary if the march was to go ahead at all. Cafferky is sceptical of the police explanation. “It’s all very well having concern for health and safety,” he responds. “Our concern is using planning to block protest.”

He accuses the police and the government of having used legal, bureaucratic and even violent means to block protests. Talking about marches having to defend themselves, he says “if the police set out with the intention of assaulting marches then violence is unavoidable.” He says the police have been known to insert “provocateurs” into marches, which have to be isolated. He also asserts the right of marches to defend themselves when attacked, although this “must be done in a disciplined manner”.

He says he wasn’t present at yesterday’s demonstrations and so can’t comment on the accusations of violence against police. But, he says, there is often provocative behavior on both sides. Rather than reject violence outright, Cafferky argues that there needs to be “clear political understanding of the role of violence” and calls it “counter-productive”.

Demonstration overall, though, he says, is always a useful tool, although “a demonstration is always a means to an end” rather than an end in itself. He mentions other ongoing industrial actions such as the occupation of the Visteon plant in Enfield; 200 fired workers at the factory have been occupying the plant since April 1, and states the solidarity between the youth marchers and the industrial workers.

I also speak briefly with members of the International Bolshevik Tendency, a small group of left-wing activists who have brought some signs to the rally. The Bolsheviks say that, like the Socialists, they’re Trotskyists, but have differences with them on the idea of organization; the International Bolshevik Tendency believes that control of the party representing the working class should be less democratic and instead be in the hands of a team of experts in history and politics. Relations between the two groups are “chilly”, says one.

At 2:30 the march resumes. Rather than proceeding to the ExCel Centre itself, though, it makes its way to a station of London’s Docklands Light Railway; on the way, several of East London’s school-aged youths join the march, and on reaching Canning Town the group is some 300 strong. Proceeding on foot through the borough, the Youth Fight For Jobs reaches the protest site outside the G-20 meeting.

It’s impossible to legally get too close to the conference itself. Police are guarding every approach, and have formed a double cordon between the protest area and the route that motorcades take into and out of the conference venue. Most are un-armed, in the tradition of London police; only a few even carry truncheons. Closer to the building, though, a few machine gun-armed riot police are present, standing out sharply in their black uniforms against the high-visibility yellow vests of the Metropolitan Police. The G-20 conference itself, which started a few hours before the march began, is already winding down, and about a thousand protesters are present.

I see three large groups: the Youth Fight For Jobs avoids going into the center of the protest area, instead staying in their own group at the admonition of the stewards and listening to a series of guest speakers who tell them about current industrial actions and the organization of the Youth Fight’s upcoming rally at UCL. A second group carries the Ogaden National Liberation Front‘s flag and is campaigning for recognition of an autonomous homeland in eastern Ethiopia. Others protesting the Ethiopian government make up the third group; waving old Ethiopian flags, including the Lion of Judah standard of emperor Haile Selassie, they demand that foreign aid to Ethiopia be tied to democratization in that country: “No recovery without democracy”.

A set of abandoned signs tied to bollards indicate that the CND has been here, but has already gone home; they were demanding the abandonment of nuclear weapons. But apart from a handful of individuals with handmade, cardboard signs I see no groups addressing the G-20 meeting itself, other than the Youth Fight For Jobs’ slogans concerning the bailout. But when a motorcade passes, catcalls and jeers are heard.

It’s now 5pm and, after four hours of driving, five hours marching and one hour at the G-20, Cardiff’s Socialists are returning home. I board the bus with them and, navigating slowly through the snarled London traffic, we listen to BBC Radio 4. The news is reporting on the closure of the G-20 conference; while they take time out to mention that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper delayed the traditional group photograph of the G-20’s world leaders because “he was on the loo“, no mention is made of today’s protests. Those listening in the bus are disappointed by the lack of coverage.

Most people on the return trip are tired. Many sleep. Others read the latest issue of The Socialist, the Socialist Party’s newspaper. Mia quietly sings “The Internationale” in Swedish.

Due to the traffic, the journey back to Cardiff will be even longer than the journey to London. Over the objections of a few of its members, the South Welsh participants in the Youth Fight For Jobs stop at a McDonald’s before returning to the M4 and home.

Apr

10

The Freight Services Market In Germany}

By 5Mu3Ji

Submitted by: Stephen Willis

Germany is Europe’s largest economy and a star performer in world trade. It is therefore no surprise that the freight services market in Germany is well served by a wide range of shipping companies and freight companies. Germany performs extremely well in international trade and has trade surpluses with most of its trading partners. In fact it was the world’s leading exporter every year from 2002-2008 and was surpassed only in 2009 by China, when Germany was toppled into second position. Germany’s trade surplus was over 12 billion euros in February 2009, making it the most export-led country in Europe.

Germany is clearly therefore a highly export oriented country, although it imports fuels and raw materials. The needs of these German imports themselves fuel a robust number of freight forwarders that are able to serve these particular sectors and the distinctive international freight needs of these kinds of products.

Germany’s most important trading partners are the European Union and the United States. Freight forwarding connections between Germany and the United States as well as to and from other EU countries are thus highly developed and the international freight market is sophisticated and competitive.

Since the expansion of the European Union in 2004, Germany has enjoyed an increase in freight transport and trade with Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. As the markets have developed in these new EU countries, they have spawned many a new freight company and shipping company keen to capitalise on the emerging opportunities presented by the increasing market for freight transport.

However, Germany’s single most important trading partner is France. France is followed in importance by the United States. Other significant markets are the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, then Austria, Switzerland, Poland and Spain – and these relative strengths are reflected in the corresponding activity in the international freight transport market.

Germany’s main exports are motor vehicles, machinery, chemical products and electrical engineering products. The country’s reputation in motor vehicle manufacturing is legendary and its brands such as BMW and Audi lead the automotive sector worldwide. As a result, there are many freight services companies that are highly geared towards serving the needs of the automotive sector, all focussed on ensuring that the freight transport of these expensive cars is as streamlined and efficient as the German cars themselves.

It is less well known that Germany is also the leading exporter of solar energy equipment and wind turbines, driving the burgeoning market for eco-energy, and also setting the pace in international freight of these specialist items, which have specific freight forwarding needs. Freight forwarders operating in Germany have been able to build on their substantial experience to find new solutions that are ideal for the new kinds of products manufactured in Germany today.

On imports, the most important suppliers to Germany after France and the United States are the Netherlands, Italy, Great Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg and Japan. Germany’s largest trade imbalance has long been with Japan.

One recent event that will continue to help the market for German exports still further is the drop in value of the Euro against other major currencies, which is aiding the competitiveness of German exports. This in itself is likely to give a further boost to the freight services sector that serves the market, helping many a freight company and shipping company to face the future with growing confidence after the turbulence of global markets and the economic slowdown in 2008 and 2009.

About the Author: Stephen Willis is Managing Director of

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British rail minister Claire Perry steps down

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British rail minister Claire Perry steps down

By 5Mu3Ji

Saturday, July 16, 2016

British Rail minister Claire Perry resigned on Thursday evening, after continuing problems with Southern Rail.

Southern has an ongoing dispute with the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) about increasing driver-only services, without conductors or guards. The union objected, citing concerns about job losses and driver safety.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said “This utter mess is now an embarrassment to our city” and that he was “calling on the government to strip Southern of its franchise and take over the temporary responsibility of running these services.” Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin focused instead on the union, saying “Most industrial disputes are about threats to employment or conditions so the RMT’s attitude is absurd. There is no threat to safety, no threat to jobs, no threat to pay and yet they continue disrupting passengers’ lives on a daily basis.”

In an attempt to reduce cancellations and delays, on Monday the company cut 341 trains a day, in light of the current staff shortages. They said since this change the trains’ reliability improved from 60% on-time to 80%.

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