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National civil codes encompass property, contracts, tort and general obligations at the core of civic life, which stem directly from the traditions of each country. They also govern family or employment relations, areas in which the EU’s competences are strictly limited.
A European Civil Code would represent a substantial step forward for the EU’s internal market, allowing companies and consumers to operate more easily in another country without having to face different laws. But it is likely to face strong resistance in countries like Britain, as it would make the EU appear more of a ’superstate’ than a loose confederation of nations.The Electronic Journal of Comparitive Law (EJCL) held lectures on the European Civil Code in 2000 and has further info on Ius Commune.
'History shows that major communities have generally adopted standard codes of civil law.' The document then mentions the continental European legal systems as examples and the United Kingdom as a notable exception. It continues: 'However, it is safe to say that a position of economic supremacy can only be attained if there is a certain degree of "legal rationality".Differences between common law and civil law systems
"Thus, this invention provides the ability to put unprecedented amounts of power in the Earth's atmosphere at strategic locations and to maintain the power injection level particularly if random pulsing is employed, in a manner far more precise and better controlled than heretofore accomplished by the prior art, particularly by detonation of nuclear devices of various yields at various altitudes... "DARPA: manipulating lightning ( Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency)
"Weather modification is possible by, for example, altering upper atmosphere wind patterns by constructing one or more plumes of atmospheric particles which will act as a lens or focusing device.
... molecular modifications of the atmosphere can take place so that positive environmental effects can be achieved. Besides actually changing the molecular composition of an atmospheric region, a particular molecule or molecules can be chosen for increased presence. For example, ozone, nitrogen, etc., concentrations in the atmosphere could be artificially increased."
Charities also fear that the change, due to come into effect in April, will be used as a smokescreen to hide cuts in health spending, with ministers reducing funds for organisations such as children’s hospitals that have successful charitable arms...
Ministers were banned from counting charitable donations towards the central NHS budget under the original legislation that created the NHS in 1948. But this looks set to be reversed after the Treasury agreed to implement International Accounting Standard (IAS) 27. Now all NHS Trusts whose trustees have the “power to control” their charitable arm look likely to be forced to consolidate both sets of accounts in one.
"...Mr Lord Mayor, we will not forget that the first and foremost duty of government – as the governor has reminded us – is to maintain and indeed to strengthen the monetary and fiscal stability that has enabled us, successively, to grow and remain free of recession over the last decade, even when facing the Asia crisis, the American downturn and now the rapidly rising oil and commodity prices of the last 3 years.Same old same old Gordon Brown, cheque-bouncer and party-crasher.
I can assure you that through the vigilance of the Bank and our determination to ensure future public sector pay settlements are founded on our 2 per cent inflation target, we will maintain our anti-inflation discipline.
And even at a time of global uncertainty, government debt in Britain is lower than France, Germany, Italy, America and Japan and growth in Britain is strengthening - growth expected to be stronger this year than last, and stronger next year than this..."
It is being organised by Constable Mark Hughes, an investigative skills trainer with Cheshire Constabulary. ‘Putting people in a receptive brainwave state makes it likelier that the truth would come out,’ PC Hughes told Police Review. ‘Forensic hypnosis does not prove guilt but it can give new lines of inquiry when traditional methods have failed. For me it is the next logical step for investigators to take. It is the next frontier.’
Derek Barnett, president-elect of the Superintendents’ Association, said the idea was innovative. He said: ‘If people never took risks we would never have progressed beyond fingerprints.’
As he arrived in Copenhagen, Mr Brown painted an apocalyptic picture of the consequences of failure at the summit, saying that the world economy would suffer an unprecedented “catastrophe” if temperatures rise too far.He's actually revelling in this. No doubt he goes to bed at night assured of his own righteousness and consoling himself with a passage in the Bible: 'a prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house'. Poor old Brown; he's just misunderstood.
"If we do not act to tackle climate change, the costs to our standard of living will be huge - a reduction in our national income of up to 20%, an economic catastrophe equivalent in this century to the impact of two world wars and the great depression in the last."