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smokesigsNext stop, Portugal. Senior employees of JP Morgan are piling into Lisbon bigtime. Their job? Helping expats and the other Portuguese who really need to make advance plans about getting their savings and occasionally ill-gotten gains out of Portobanks and offshore.

The Great Portuguese bailin, they think, is imminent.

Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva rejected the plan to heal a government rift yesterday, igniting what critics called a “time bomb” by calling for early elections next year. The Lisbon Stock market fell 1.7%, and 10-year bond yields climbed eight basis points to 6.97%.

The false confidence of crowds. Word reaches me that the Conservatives are now so confident UK construction growth and property prices can be their Get out of Jail Free card  in 2015, more manipulations and elector bribes are planned to give voters a strong feelgood emotion. The cynical relaxing of building regs (and secretly ignoring…

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Protecting the Powerless

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” No reform is possible unless some of the educated and the rich voluntarily accept the status of the poor. . . . .and instead of taking avoidable hardships, discourtesies and injustice as a matter of course, fight for their removal.”   Mahatma Gandhi 

This is one of the TV  segments that I enjoyed very much during my time in India. images (18)

People would nominate  their heroes who are making a difference where they lived. At the end of the year, ten are selected as heroes and finally one is chosen as the hero of the year. I would like to  introduce you to three of the heroes and include YouTube video for each, for those of you have a few minutes to watch and be inspired.  There are so many challenges in India and it would be easy to just throw up ones hands and say “It has always been…

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UK: Teacher Refused To Give Boy, 10, Water During Hottest Day Of The Year To Avoid Offending Muslim Pupils Observing Ramadan

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A public school teacher bowing down to “Allah” in an effort to not offend the perpetually offended should be suspended. If it was the other way around, would a Muslim teacher in a predominantly Muslim country have cared if a Christian student may have thought they were being treated “unfairly”? …

Daily Mail – “An angry mother has accused a primary school of denying her child water on one of the hottest days of the year for fear of upsetting pupils observing Ramadan.

Kora Blagden, 32, claimed a teacher at her son Luke’s school refused to let the 10-year old drink from his water bottle because it was unfair to fasting classmates.

Many pupils at Charles Dickens Primary School, Portsmouth, Hampshire, are fasting during Ramadan, which means they refrain from taking food or water between sunrise and sunset for around 30 days, depending on the moon.

Mother-of-four Kora said: ‘Just…

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