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Sunday, 25-May-2014 14:40 Email | Share | | Bookmark
France Might Withhold 2nd Mistral Ship From Russia | Defense New

Sevastapol is the second of two Mistral-class ships to be delivered to Russia, with the option of two more. (Courtesy of Leo Van Ginderen) Filed Under Europe PARIS French defense officials are exploring ideas to avoid delivering a second helicopter carrier to Russia, including looking for an alternative client for the Sevastopol, analysts and an industry executive said. A highly discreet review is being held as armed strife rises in eastern Ukraine and top US Kim Kardashian officials call for NATO allies to boost defense spending and act as a counterweight to Russia. The deal raises a fundamental policy issue not just for France but for the alliance, said Robbin Laird of consultancy ICSA, based in Washington and here. Paris is in a political crossfire between the US and Russia. Washington has publicly called for breaking the contract, while Moscow has threatened a more.. hefty financial punishment while praising Frances reliability as a partner. In 2011, Russia signed a deal for the two Mistral-class carriers, listed as amphibious assault ships or landing helicopter dock, worth 1.2 billion (US $1.6 billion) with a first delivery in four years. Moscow also holds an option for two more vessels. <br>More:

Sunday, 25-May-2014 13:37 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Netflix To Launch In Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belg

Using the unique Netflix recommendation engine, each member is presented a personalized list of titles to enjoy from Netflix. Netflix is the world's leading Internet television network with over 48 million members in more than 40 countries enjoying more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies download per month. The continued European expansion follows the launch of Netflix in the UK and Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden (2012) this link and the Netherlands (2013). People interested in becoming Netflix members in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg can go to today and sign up to receive an e-mail alert when Netflix has launched. Further details, including pricing, programming and supported devices will be available at a later date. About Netflix Netflix is the world's leading Internet television network with over 48 million members in more than 40 countries enjoying more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series. <br>More:

Wednesday, 21-May-2014 02:54 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Kristen Grasso, Florida Mom, Upset 11-year-old Daughter May Be C

Hutchinson noted that parents may opt out of health screenings for their children. BMI is a measure of fat content that takes into account both height and weight. Under Florida state law, public school students in first, third and sixth grades must undergo "growth and development screenings" like Lily's. The CDC maintains that such screenings are necessary "to monitor trends and investigate risk factors" in order to educate residents about the dangers of obesity. In a state where more than 32 percent of children between the ages of 10 and 17 are considered overweight or obese , some might say that's a noble mission. <br>Read more:

Indiana State (No. 12 seed): Projected at-large bid from the Missouri Valley. Paul Halfacre, USA TODAY Sports 46. Southern Methodist (No. 12 seed): Projected at-large bid from American Athletic Conference. Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports 45. Arizona State (No. 12 seed): Projected at-large bid from the Pac-12 Conference. Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports No. <br>Read more:

Florida Orchestra’s 2013-14 season fine-tuned for success

Facing an uphill battle for 2014 reelection and a Florida Democratic Party poised to gain more seats and balance in the legislature, Governor Scott unveils a new voter purge plan. And he sends Secretary of State Detzner out on the road to sell it. The revised plan once again targets Floridas large and growing Hispanic population, over 70 percent of which voted Democratic in 2012. But with its stated goal of getting undocumented immigrants off the voter rolls, Haitian and other Democratic-leaning immigrant communities are also squarely in its sights. This, even though County Elections Supervisors like Leon Countys Ion Sancho have said, "We have no evidence that non-citizen voting is a problem..." In response, Detzner has said: I dont measure things to see if they are a big problem or a small problem. Im just required by law to do this. The Legislature and the governor told me that non-citizens are ineligible. <br>Read more:

New Florida voter purge for 2014 elections will be “deliberative & transparent”

Bill Young, Floridas longest-serving member of Congress and a lawmaker who has been influential on military spending during his 43 years in Washington, has decided to retire. Young said he will serve the rest of his term, which ends next year. His district is expected to be up for grabs, and Wednesdays announcement makes it likely that Democrats will pour additional resources into the district during the 2014 election. Mondays photos of the day The 82-year-old Florida lawmaker free first announced his decision in the Tampa Bay Times. His spokesman, Harry Glenn, confirmed it. In recent years, Young has become increasingly frail and has relied on a wheelchair. He was quoted by the newspaper as saying that his decision was based on both his health and a desire to spend more time with his family. <br>Read more:

Florida homeowner faces thousands in damage after pool rises from ground

The Ninth Symphony came down like an avalanche, writes Lewis Lockwood in his book Beethoven: The Music and the Life. No symphonist after Beethoven could avoid its impact, and many who were not symphonic composers were spellbound by it. Today, the music still holds listeners spellbound, especially when 250 musicians deliver its full impact in a live performance. This is what The Florida Orchestra hopes for this weekend, using the Ninth as a catalyst to generate interest deeper into the season. But isnt opening the season with the Ninth anti-climactic? Traditionally, orchestras like to position the work around the holidays or at the end of a long season. Instead, by kicking things off with the Ninth, the orchestra hopes to grab listeners early on and hold them. Holding them requires innovative programming. <br>Read more:

Florida State Football: Why 2013 Is so Much More Fun Than 2012

Every goal completed feels like a task, the pressure bears down on you and looms over you every step of the way. For me, that's what the 2012 FSU football season felt like. With a team laden with go talent and legitimate national title aspirations for the first time since the early 2000s, the season felt calculated and set up. The same aura surrounded USC last year, and Florida the year that Tebow cried after losing to Alabama. Hype and expectations weigh down and destroy the fun for the player, and the effect transfers over to the fans. Going into the 2013 season, there were a few expectations placed on the team. Yes, the hype swirling around Jameis Winston was pretty high, but other than that, the Seminoles looked to be in a rebuilding year, one that would set up a potential 2014 championship run. Jameis would work out his kinks, read this the 'Noles would lose two or three games and play in a second-tier bowl as the ACC's third place team. The ridiculously awesome that the ACC made for next week's showdown Few, if any, expected the Seminoles to be ranked sixth in the nation and be one win away from both becoming a legitimate national title threat and having a serious Heisman contender under center. And it makes this season so much more fun that way. There's something thrilling about slowly clawing into the top five rather than being gifted a spot by the preseason polls. There's something about earning believers rather than trying to prove the disbelievers wrong. <br>Read more:

Florida Republican Rep. Young to retire after 22 terms, influential on military budgets

I feel like we showed the world something, Shaw said. Winston has garnered some Heisman attention and the program already has two of the trophies on display inside the Moore Athletic Center. Charlie Ward won the award during the 1993 championship campaign. Chris Weinke won it the year after the Seminoles were crowned a second time. Ward threw for 3,032 yards, 27 touchdowns and four interceptions in 1993. Weinke reached 3,103 yards passing, 25 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 1999. Winston is on pace for 3,458 yards passing, 41 touchdowns and five interceptions through 12 regular-season games. <br>Read more:

With Winston leading way, Florida State putting up better numbers than Seminoles’ title teams

When they returned to the home on Monday night, they saw the pool jutting out of the Groundwater under a Florida homeowner's backyard forced an in-ground pool to partially raise about three feet out of the dirt, prompting fears of another sinkhole, reported. Jessica Pedraza, who lives in Brandon, which is east of Tampa, told the station that she and he husband drained the pool on Sunday. When they returned to the home on Monday night, they saw the pool jutting out of the dirt. Pedraza faces repairs that will likely total tens of thousands of dollars. Insurance will not cover the cost, the station reported. Pedraza said her insurance company told her they likely will deny her claim. They're pointing to the "exclusions" section of her policy which includes "water below the surface of the ground...which exerts pressure on...a swimming pool or other structure." "You pay for an insurance policy assuming that you have coverage and the coverage isn't actually there when you go to file the claim," she said. <br>Read more: celebrities tapes href='; ></a>

Thursday, 15-May-2014 19:59 Email | Share | | Bookmark
How To Avoid Workout Burnout

Don't lose your steam just because the weather is warmer! Here are easy tips to keep your relationship with fitness feeling fresh and strong. Skip the unsustainable schedule: Plan your weekly schedule in advance to make sure there's a solid balance of fitness, work, and fun. Biggest Loser Australia coach Michelle Bridges also offers a great reminder: "You don't have to train like an Olympian all the time!" Moderate and passive workouts need to be part of the program for long-term success and sustainability. On days when you don't make it to the gym, a long walk during your lunch break or a relaxing stretching session at home will help you stick with a program. Try a new class: Have you been holding out on trying a hybrid workout or heading to a new studio in town? <br>Full story:

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Australia, Japan Agree On Free Trade Deal - Abc News

The deal calls for Japan to gradually phase out its nearly 40 percent tariffs on Australian exports of beef. In turn, Australia is to end its tariffs on Japanese-made vehicles, household appliances and electronics. "I hope that thanks to this agreement that Australia can be pivotal in assuring Japan's energy security, its resource security and its food security," Abbott told reporters. Abbott, who led his conservative coalition to power in September elections, fitness is leading a mission of hundreds of people to East Asia, seeking to deepen economic ties. In Abe, a fellow conservative, Abbott has found an ally eager to strengthen diplomatic and defense ties. Referring to Abbott by his first name, Abe said he believed the summit would lead to a "new relationship" with Australia, a fellow ally of the U.S. Talks on the trade pact took seven years as Japan has balked at allowing foreign competition in farm products. The "basic agreement" reached by Abe and Abbott on Monday calls for the current 38.5 percent tariff on beef from Australia to drop to 23.5 percent for chilled beef within 15 years. <br>More:

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