Thursday, 30 June 2011 09:49
‘“We’re being blackmailed again (to vote for new austerity measures)…The government doesn’t know what’s going on, it just doesn’t understand.”
As mutters from the socialist benches grew louder, Ms Papariga raised her voice:
“Greece is bankrupt.. The government calls it a crisis but that’s the fact. We’re bankrupt. The process hasn’t yet been completed but it’s on the way… it may be disorderly or not, but it doesn’t depend on this vote. It’s going to happen”.’
Thursday, 30 June 2011 10:01
A couple living an “off-grid” lifestyle say they face prison unless they move from their own land in Willand and return to an existence in the benefits trap.
Stig and Dinah Mason bought Muxbeare Orchard after a sudden windfall allowed them to quit their impoverished lives on a Hertfordshire council estate two years ago.
The couple, who have two boys, aged eight and nine, say because they moved onto the site in order to work the land, Mid Devon District Council is turfing them off as officers do not consider them to be conserving an agricultural area. They faced magistrates on March 31 when they were served with an injunction to leave within 28 days from June 1.’
Thursday, 30 June 2011 10:17
‘Although Smart Meters are promoted as energy efficiency components, the actual intent of these meters is to track your use of energy in real time across every 24hr. period, which will allow the provider to bill you for that period at the highest energy rate for the day.
They have another purpose: thanks to Smart Meters, every appliance in your home will be monitored.
As you will be rationed only so much energy for any 24 hr. period, opening and closing your refridgerator too many times during the daily billing cycle can cause your power to be disrupted. Your use of lights, appliances and even your time on the Net will be charged against your daily allowance of power.’
Thursday, 30 June 2011 10:47
he leader of one of the four unions involved in a national strike has said that the government will be “proved wrong” in its predictions that few will walkout in protest at an overhaul of public sector pensions.
Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union said “hundreds and hundreds of thousands” were expected to take part in Thursday’s strikes because the government was “failing to compromise” over pension reforms that he claimed were unfair and politically motivated.
Picket lines were mounted outside schools, government buildings, jobcentres and courts today by striking public sector workers in the biggest wave of industrial unrest since the coalition was formed.’
Thursday, 30 June 2011 10:51
‘Researchers are now probing what may turn out to be the most curious small body the solar system has yet presented for scrutiny: a globe the size of the moon that appears to be a well ordered crystalline entity. This body is poised little more than 5,000 kilometers away, yet it is completely invisible. Located at the center of the earth, it is known simply as the inner core. Two seismologists have just shown that this strange crystal sphere is turning slowly within the rocky and liquid metal enclosure that keeps it all but hidden from scientific investigation.’