A law has just been passed in Belgium to control the stray cat population by obligatory sterilisation of all cats, starting with those being adopted being sterilised before they go to new owners (from now) then being applied to all cats that are sold or given away by individuals and breeders from sept 2014. Finally all stray cats in communes will be identified and sterilised (trap, neuter, release) A public petition has been started to get the same law passed for France. With our massive amounts of stray cats and cats and kittens killed everyday because they are unwanted I think this is something that we should support. You can sign the petition here http://www.petitionpublique.fr/?pi=P2012N29902 make sure, when you have signed that you click on the link in the email that you are sent to confirm your signature, this is to stop people just signing people up without their consent! More info on the new belgian law here http://wamiz.com/chats/actu/les-chats-domestiques-belges-bientot-tous-sterilises-2440.html (with a great illustration of how 2 cats can become over 20,000 in 4 years)
Hi...Is ther anyone from or near Swansea, Toronto, Canada that can help me in my research of how my Great Grandfather might have lived for over 40 years working for The Royal Canadian Pacific Railways...I have the adresse where he lived & it still exists on Google Earth.
If you were born between 6 April 1953 and 5 April 1960 the government's recently published proposals to increase the State Pension age for us AGAIN, will affect you. It will mean for me, that having accepted, (reluctantly) that I will receive my State Pension at age 63 and made plans accordingly, it will, if this legislation is passed, be changed again so that I will receive it at age 65. You can check out your predicted proposed pension age here, http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/SpendingReview/DG_192159 You will need to act fast, and register your protest if we wish to STOP this being approved by Parliament. Iain Duncan Smith is the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and can be emailed here, firstname.lastname@example.org
Most stray cat associations and refuges in France are fully occupied helping to alleviate feline suffering. I wonder if you could help us, here in Poitou Charente, by supporting our petition asking for approval by Local Government of Trap-Neuter-Release as the only means of humanely reducing stray cat numbers. If just one Department in France, out of 95, adopts TNR, then a door will be open to the rest of France. Our petition is entitled 'HELP FRANCE BECOME A CAT-FRIENDLY COUNTRY' which we will present to Madame President of the Conseil General of Charente Maritime - Department 17 - France. You can click on the link to our website - http://www.la-protection-des-chats.com - and sign the petition there, or you can go direct to the petition by clicking on - http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/help-make-France-a-cat-friendly-country. You will doing a great service for stray cats in France - thank you.
Hithere,I was wondering whether or not there would be time to process postal votes as the post may be compromised by the recent events. When I went to the Post Office this morning they said that the delays will mean weeks backlog. I'm concerned that they may not process myr postal vote. My council said they wouldn't take into account the postal delays. Does anyone have any other information/advice? many thanks.
I shall be walking from my current home in the Aude, to the house where I was born, in Blackpool, Lancashire. I plan to take 70 days for the walk and to arrive 70 years, to the day, after I was born. I will be walking an average of 30 kms a day, 6 days a week, for 10 weeks. If anybody wants to follow my planning, preparations, training, and eventually the walk itself (starts on May 15th 2010) my blog address is:
www.lingq.comI've tried a lot of methods for learning foreign languages over the years, but this one is the best I've seen (and the most fun!).It's been going for a couple of years and has been set up by a Canadian guy called Steve Kaufmann, who has become fluent in TEN languages by using this method (check out his videos on Youtube). It's all about focussing on INPUT activities, i.e. listening and reading, and not worrying too much about producing the language (speaking, writing) - that comes automatically over time. Listening - and reading what you've listened to - is key. There is a huge library of content - audio and text - which is linked to an online dictionary, so you can select the words you don't know and the system looks them up and saves them, so they're always highlighted (until you know them) ! I download the audio files onto my mp3 player and listen to them while commuting to work, jogging, doing chores etc. My French has improved enormously since starting this method a few months ago.As well as French you can learn German, Italian, Japanese and several other languages. You can sign up for a free account, which is fully functional. A lot of the users at LingQ are free subscribers and don't pay a penny !I'd be interested in others' views on either this site or other good language learning sites out there.
I have just watched the BBC news and there was an item about ex pats in France being poverty-stricken by the fall of the pound against the Euro. So much so, they say "that lots of people are wanting to return to the UK". What a lot of tosh, talk about propaganda? They featured a family who lived in the north of France who said, " they had to go back to England to do their shopping as it was cheaper". Excuse me, I suppose if you are stocking up on Baked beans and Mothers Pride then those products are cheaper. The fact of the Pound being down against the Euro makes no difference to our shopping bills at all. Côte de Rhône is still the same price; I still pay a Mercedes Garage 52 Euro an hour, where in England the hourly rate is over £100. My take is; if you can’t afford to live in France then you certainly couldn’t afford to live in England. The problem is of course is that the buying power of our British equity has dropped. I wish I had bought our wood burner a year ago, as it would have cost me 20% less on the exchange rate, i.e. 400 Euro cheaper.( But then in England I wouldn’t have got a 14% rebate on the VAT). It seems the BBC like all today’s media want to make news not just report it. Rant over. I shall just enjoy the peace and quite of our wonderful home in Tranquil, crime free, St Jacques Des Guerets, and at this morning’s market in Montoire enjoy the fresh, wonderful tasting fish and vegetables. A very happy ex pat living in France.NickP