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Japan Inflation At New Low Since War On Falling Prices Began - Yahoo News

01 Mar 2015 








Still, the data on Friday were certain to boost speculation that the BoJ will be forced to expand its monetary easing campaign sooner than later to counter the downturn. "Currently, 80 percent of private-sector economists expect additional easing by the end of the year," SMBC Nikko Securities said in a note. "We expect additional easing will come in late April." The inflation data were among a mixed bag of figures published Friday including a better-than-expected expansion in factory activity, but analysts warned that the uptick was likely to fizzle in the coming months. Separately, the internal affairs ministry said household spending fell a greater-than-expected 5.1 percent from a year ago, as the sales tax hike to 8.0 percent from 5.0 percent weighed on shopping nationwide. The jobless rate last month ticked up to 3.6 percent from this one 3.4 percent in December. Following the levy rise in April, Japan's economy fell into recession, prompting Abe to put off a second sales tax hike this year, which was aimed at taming Japan's enormous national this link debt. Japan limped out of recession in the last quarter of 2014, with a weak 0.6 percent expansion between October and December. But over the full year the preliminary data showed zero growth. And even Friday's upbeat industrial output figure -- a 4.0 percent on-month expansion -- did not warrant much optimism, said Marcel Thieliant from London-based Capital Economics.
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France Offers The Philippines 50 Million Euros For Climate Action - Yahoo News

27 Feb 2015 










As we meet in the Philippines, where people have endured an unprecedented series of extreme weather events in the last few years, we are reminded that while the developing countries have contributed least to climate change, they are the ones that suffer the most from climate change impacts, according to the Manila Call to Action on Climate Change . [W]e call upon the international community to conclude a universal, equitable and ambitious climate deal to preserve our planet as a livable place for future generations, the statement continued. We call for climate solidarity and justice. The concept of climate justice is based on the idea that the impacts of climate change are disproportionately felt by poor people in developing nations places that have emitted comparatively less greenhouse gases. As a result, the countries that have contributed the most to climate change bear a greater burden of responsibility to take action, according to the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service , which connects http://jakesaulpa.soup.io the agency to civil society organizations. The Philippines, which was the site of typhoon Haiyan in 2013, is one such frontline state in the battle against climate change, Channel News Asia reported . The Asian archipelago was responsible for about 0.26 percent of the worlds carbon emissions in 2012, data from the Energy Information Administration shows. When the storm struck one of the Philippines poorest provinces , it killed more than 6,000 and forced nearly 4 million people from their homes. Experts have said that Haiyan and other extreme weather events of the last few years are caused at least in part by climate change. Typhoons, hurricanes and all tropical storms draw Kim Kardashian their vast energy from the warmth of the sea, Will Steffen, director of the Australian National University climate change institute, told The Guardian .
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Hollywood Prepares For Its Oscars Close-up - Yahoo News

25 Feb 2015 










While the best picture race is on a knife-edge, several of the other key categories are seen as much easier to learn more predict. Veteran star Moore is almost universally expected to win best actress for playing a linguistics professor suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's Disease in "Still Alice." Arquette is the favorite for best supporting actress as the single mother raising two kids in "Boyhood," while J.K. Simmons is widely expected to win best supporting actor honors for jazz drama "Whiplash." The best actor race is still seen as up for grabs -- a two-man contest between Redmayne this website -- as astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything" -- and "Birdman" star Michael Keaton. - Best picture/director split? - For best director, the frontrunners are Linklater and Mexico's Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the creative force behind "Birdman." This has led to speculation that the best picture and best director prizes could be shared, as they were last year when Mexican Alfonso Cuaron won best director for "Gravity," while the best picture Oscar went to "12 Years view website A Slave." A star-studded cast of presenters will hand out the celebrities blog prizes at Sunday's show, including Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Kidman, Eddie Murphy, Liam Neeson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey. The show, which starts at 5:30 pm (0130 GMT Monday), will be preceded by the traditional red carpet parade, featuring a bevy of stars kitted out in their formal finest.
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Australia Post Flags First Annual Loss In 30 Years - Yahoo News

24 Feb 2015 










Letter volumes dropped 8.2 percent in the second half of last year, the sharpest decline since they first started falling in 2008. Chief executive Ahmed Fahour said plunging profits from Australia Post's letter arm, which lost Aus$157 million over the period, were twitter swallowing up profits from its competitive parcel business. "We have been carefully managing the real decline in our letter volumes for the past seven years," he said. "But we have now reached a tipping point where we can no longer manage that decline, while also maintaining our nationwide networks, service reliability and profitability." View gallery Australia's postal service is the nation's oldest, continuously operating organisation, cele Fahour called for reform of government regulations that apply to letters, including official website increasing the price of stamps and allowing a two-speed delivery service. He pointed to a government-commissioned report last year which predicted that Australia Post will lose Aus$12.1 billion from its letter business and Aus$6.6 billion overall in the next decade without reform. "This year we are forecasting click here! a full-year loss for the first time. It is urgent we make changes this year to ensure we can continue to maintain a reliable, accessible postal service for all Australians," Fahour added.
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Belgium Charges Frenchman As Accomplice In Jewish Museum Attack - Yahoo News

24 Feb 2015 










Bendrer was picked up in http://jasperbnxi.centerblog.net/40-here-you-can-get-a-code-that-you-put-into-your-template-file December near the southern city of Marseille where Nemmouche was arrested after arriving by bus from Belgium following the attack. Bendrer, 26, denied any connection with Nemmouche at the time. Police said they found check it out a Kalashnikov style assault rifle, two automatic pistols, a hunting rifle, and a magazine and ammunition when Bendrer was arrested. Video surveillance footage of the attack on the Jewish Museum shows a man armed with a Kalashnikov. Federal prosecutors confirmed late last month that the authorities were looking for a visit the site possible accomplice to Nemmouche. Nemmouche, 29, had returned from Syria where he had been fighting with Islamist extremists and was charged in Belgium with "murder in a terrorist context." The attack was the first of its kind in Brussels in three decades and shocked the country.
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