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Le Pen Wants Freeze on Visas, Then a Tax for Foreign Workers

Source: Fox News Link to original article PARIS –  French far right candidate Marine Le Pen is promising a freeze on long-term visas as soon as she takes office, followed by a tax on any company that hires foreign workers. Ahead of Sunday’s first-round election, Le Pen told RTL radio on Tuesday she would issue an order to immediately stop issuing long-term visas so the government can verify that they are not taking jobs away from French citizens. Le Pen, who has campaigned against immigration and Europe’s open borders, also wants to impose a 10 percent tax on labor contracts that go to foreigners and seize back control of France’s borders. Polls show Le Pen is among four leading French candidates, with no clear front-runner. The top two candidates advance to a May 7 runof...

New Asteroid Study Suggests Hollywood Is Wrong About Ocean Impacts

Source: NBC News Link to original article When an asteroid hits the middle of the ocean in Hollywood movies, it creates devastating waves that wipe out coastal cities. But new simulations reveal that real asteroids don’t make such a splash. That’s because the crash releases most of its energy hurling water up into the atmosphere, and very little on making waves. “The folklore has been that tsunamis from impactors will be the danger,” Galen Gisler, who studies the physics of geological processes at Los Alamos National Laboratory, said at the Lunar and Planetary Sciences Conference last month in The Woodlands, Texas. (Gisler also presented the work at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting in December 2016.) He ran 3D simulations that modeled wave formati...

Germany: Offenses Against Asylum Homes Still High Last Year

Source: Fox News Link to original article BERLIN –  German authorities say there were 169 violent offenses against homes for asylum-seekers last year, almost as many as in 2015, though the figures sank as the year progressed. The Federal Criminal Police Office said Tuesday that the number of violent offenses compared with 177 the previous years. In all, authorities counted 994 offenses against asylum shelters in 2016, a little below the previous year’s 1,031. The police office said that most of them had a far-right motive. Justice Minister Heiko Maas wrote on Twitter that the figures were “deeply shameful.” Germany saw a huge influx of asylum-seekers and other migrants in late 2015 and early 2016. That tailed off about a year ago, and the number of crimes targeting asylum...

Four Out of Five British Expats Fear They Will Lose Right to Live Abroad After Brexit

Source: Independent Link to original article UK Government says it will not act unilaterally to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in Britain Four out of five British expats fear they will have their automatic right to live abroad stripped from them after Brexit, a survey shows. The UK Government has consistently said it will not act unilaterally to guarantee the rights of three million EU citizens to remain in the UK until it has agreement that the EU 27 will do the same for the estimated 1.2 million Britons living elsewhere in Europe. But a poll of more than 5,000 UK nationals living in the EU showed that Theresa May’s policy of withholding guarantees to Europeans until reciprocal protections were provided for Britons was stoking fears in the expat community. More than a quarter of resp...

Malala Becomes Honorary Canada Citizen, Praises Refugee Welcome

Source: Reuters Link to original article Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai on Wednesday received honorary Canadian citizenship and praised Canada’s open embrace of refugees under the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Canada last year accepted 25,000 refugees from Syria and in January, when U.S. President Donald Trump issued an immigration ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries, Trudeau pointedly tweeted that refugees were welcome in Canada. “Your motto and your stand – Welcome to Canada – is more than a headline or a hashtag,” Yousafzai said in an address to legislators in the Canadian Parliament. “I pray that you continue to open your homes and your hearts to the world’s most defenseless children and families,” s...

France’s Liberal Macron Courts Expats in UK in Battle for Votes

Source: BBC News By: Henri Astier Link to original article For France’s centrist presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron this was the chance to engage close-up with thousands of expat voters. “French Londoners, France loves you,” he told a rally, urging them to come home because their country needed their drive and expertise. He cited the frequently aired claim that London was France’s sixth-largest city, with an estimated 200,000 French residents. In fact it would rank about 30th. But what drew Mr Macron to the UK was perhaps not so much the number as the type of French people living in its capital. Many are young, educated, upwardly and geographically mobile – exactly the constituency he has galvanised at home. Opinion polls suggest he has a chance of reaching ...

12 Questions We Need to Prioritise in 2017

In addition to known global problems such as climate change or poverty, what are the “grand challenges” we face in 2017? We asked a series of experts for their answers. HOW CAN WE AVOID RESISTANCE TO ANTIBIOTICS? “More needs to be done to improve our ability to diagnose, treat and prevent drug resistant infections and to speed up development of new antibiotics to replace those no longer effective in protecting us against deadly infections. Modern medicine depends on doctors having effective drugs to treat infections. But many common infections are becoming more difficult to treat because bacteria are becoming resistant to the drugs available. Drug-resistant infection – or antimicrobial resistance – is a very serious health threat to us all. Already it results in around 700,000 ...

Brexit Negotiations: How will Poland Behave Towards the UK?

Source: BBC News By: Mark Mardell  Link to original article Zachodnia bus station in Warsaw is big, bustling and busy. People laden with 57 varieties of luggage – from smart suitcases to supermarket bags tied together with string – queue in the spring sunshine, passports open, tickets in their hands. Coaches come and go all the time. To St Petersburg, Bosnia, Minsk and Vienna. And this one – after a gruelling 29-hour journey with many stops – to London. As the driver Lukasz hauls bags into the coach’s underbelly, he tells me there used to be 20 people a day going to London, but now there’s not a single one going the whole way. “It’s a very strong situation in London for Polish people, difficult,” he says. Why? It is because of Brexit. T...

End of Roaming Charges for Travellers in the EU in 2017

1. Roaming in the EU How does roaming work in the EU? When you travel to a foreign country and phone, text or surf online with your mobile phone or device using your home country’s SIM card, you are roaming. Your mobile phone operator and an operator in the country where you are travelling, work together to keep you connected, so you can make and receive mobile phone calls, write text messages, surf the internet and download content. When you roam while being abroad, your operator in your home country pays the operator in the foreign country for the use of their networks. The price paid between operators is called the wholesale roaming price. These wholesale prices represent a cost to the home country operator and therefore impact on consumers’ final bills. This is why the Comm...

Loneliness Often Follows Sudden Wealth

Source: BBC By Alina Dizik Link to original article  After more than three decades working as a flight attendant, Sandy Stein, now 65, finally hit the jackpot. Stein was 53 when she invented the finders key purse, a tool that hooks onto a handbag and makes it simple to lift out your keys rather than digging for them. That year, she paid cash for a fancy car, hired her first few employees and grossed $4m in sales. It was a dream scenario in so many ways. But, to Stein’s surprise, all this success led to, loneliness at home. She got divorced — her husband had always been the main breadwinner and grew resentful of Stein’s sudden success, she says. Some of Stein’s friendships were also strained. “People get jealous and say or do ugly things,” she says. While most people wouldn’t give up longin...

The Foreign Workers Leaving Britain Because of Brexit

Source: BBC By Elizabeth Garone Link to original article With fears of what’s next for foreigners post-Brexit, these people are uprooting their lives again, after being long settled in the UK. Katarina Karmazinova came to London aged 24 to study European business. Attracted, she says, by the UK’s multiculturalism and openness, the Slovakian native chose the Royal Holloway University for her master’s degree. After graduating, she decided to stay and work – she even bought a flat. But when the UK voted to leave the European Union in June last year, Karmazinova sold her flat, quit her job, and left the country. She has been travelling and writing since.  Of those who uprooted their lives and moved to the UK, some now find themselves facing a big decision of moving yet again  “It made me sad t...