Paris Totally Secured

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To not be attacked from inside and save the innocent people from the organized crime, France stepped up already-heavy security in Paris Saturday as more than 140 world leaders are set to descend on the French capital for climate talks that will bring a massive police presence and extensive traffic restrictions just over two weeks after terror attacks shook the nation.

Stores in the greater Paris region have been ordered to pull from their shelves gas cylinders, domestic solvents and firecrackers as part of security measures that will also include shutting down major traffic arteries around the capital for two days and stricter border controls.

France has barred almost 1,000 people from entering the country since the Nov. 13 terror attacks because they were deemed to represent risks to security or public order, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Saturday during a visit to the eastern city of Strasbourg.

From Sunday afternoon through late Monday, the highways leading north and south out of Paris will be shut to normal traffic, as will a northern stretch of the “peripherique,” the road that circles the city. Major boulevards will be closed, while truck traffic in the Paris region will be banned. The police have asked Parisians not to use their cars and to avoid public transport Sunday and Monday, even though it will be free.

The sale of inflammable substances in stores in and around the capital is banned through Dec. 13, according to a spokeswoman for the Paris police.

Still Recovering

Organizers say 147 heads of government and state, including U.S. President Barack Obama and China’s Xi Jinping, will attend the Nov. 30 opening of the UN’s COP 21climate talks, which will take place at Le Bourget, an airport 14 kilometers north of Paris where an international air show is held every two years. The site will officially be UN territory during the duration of the talks. Some of the leaders plan to stay in Paris.

The talks come to a city still recovering from a series of attacks by Islamic radicals at a stadium, restaurants and concert hall that left 130 dead. While museums, cultural venues, street markets, and metro stations that were closed after the attacks have all re-opened, crowds of Parisians continue to flock to impromptu memorials at the sites of the killings. 

On Friday, President Francois Hollande presided over a national homage to the victims at the Invalides, a 17th-century military monument in central Paris that houses the tomb of French emperor Napoleon.

Black Friday Fever

Retailers Open On Thanksgiving Evening, Starting Black Friday Sales Early

 

Christmas holidays on the doors and US going wild this year while 136 million shoppers are expected to flock to US sales over the Black Friday weekend, both in stores and online, according to the National Retail Federation.

“Reports of long lines outside stores on Thanksgiving and Black Friday were matched by reports of record-breaking online sales,” said Matthew Shay, president and chief executive of NFR, in a statement.

On Black Friday, the day after the Thanksgiving holiday, retailers trumpet special deals that kick off the year-end holiday shopping season. Deals often start early, on Thanksgiving, as retailers scramble to take advantage of the shopping frenzy.

The origins of the name are unclear, with some saying it refers to the intense jams of shoppers. But the more common explanation is that it points to profits being “in the black” as retailers bank on year-end sales for a large part of their annual profits.

The NRF estimates that 135.8 million people will be shopping over the four-day holiday weekend, a modest 1.6 percent increase from last year. The industry group will publish the results of the weekend on Sunday.

With the boom of online shopping, bricks-and-mortar stores are also beefing up their offers on websites and mobile devices.

Digital research firm comScore predicts online sales in the November-December period will increase 14 percent this year to $70 billion. Another firm, Forrester Research, estimates an 11 percent rise to $95 billion.

Black Friday is followed by Cyber Monday, when back-to-work consumers continue their shopping online. According to the NRF, 184 million people intend to shop online that day.

Retail is part of the consumer spending that drives about 70 percent of US economic activity, and so is seen as an indicator of the strength of consumer demand. But the importance of Black Friday has faded somewhat in recent years as shopping trends change and online sales gain.

“Over the past several years, retailers have begun their holiday price promotions progressively sooner, not waiting for the traditional Black Friday day to begin offering price discounts,” said Chris Christopher, director of consumer economics at IHS Global Insight.

Many retailers open their doors on Thanksgiving Day, also known as Gray Thursday, cannibalizing Black Friday sales, he noted.

This year, Black Friday comes in the context of weak retail revenues blamed in part on relatively warm weather that has discouraged cold-weather purchases.

On Wall Street, most major retailers’ shares closed lower, including Wal-Mart, Amazon, Macy’s and The Gap.

Target was an exception. The chain climbed 0.2 percent after reporting a strong start to its Black Friday weekend, especially a 35 percent jump in online orders for in-store pickup on Thanksgiving.

But certain retailers made a point of bucking the Black Friday hoopla. Outdoor gear company REI proclaimed “We’re not here” on its website homepage, saying it had closed all 143 stores for the day.

 

Refugees crisis in Europe

Syrian refugees from the ISIS in their country won’t feel save and still suffering from that dark devil that killed their kids and distort their life

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And now a days even who looks for helping them are cursed as the German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces two crises. While the political fallout still is uncertain, in economic terms the positive impetus from European refugee influx is due to more than offset the negative effect of the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal. 

The expected absorption of some 800,000 asylum seekers into Germany, many fleeing the violence in Syria, will add 0.2 percentage point to annual growth next year, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of 24 economists, conducted Nov. 6-13.

The VW scandal’s impact will be negligible, lowering 2016 growth by just 0.03 percentage point. Based on the IMF’s October estimate of nominal German gross domestic product, the combined impact translates into roughly $6 billion in extra economic activity next year.

“The public sector directly demands more goods and services to deal with the influx of refugees and the refugees themselves boost private demand as they also spend money in Germany,” said Stefan Kipar, an economist at Bayerische Landesbank in Munich. “To sum up, the refugee influx has effects comparable to an —unplanned — economic stimulus program in the short run.”

The increased demands on public coffers to house and feed hundreds of thousands of refugees, however, means a planned budget surplus for 2016 has evaporated, according to several economists who participated in the Bloomberg survey.

Meaningful driving with Volvo Concept

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The Volvo Concept Coupe is a piece of art, technology and the future driving for a valuable and meaningful life.

I see safety molded with the luxury in this new generation from Volvo.

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 The lack of details on Volvo’s Los Angeles Auto Show concept virtually guaranteed that the car would surprise us in some way. Of course, when the new Concept 26 hit the stage, it wasn’t necessarily the styling of the car that shocked us, so much as the complete and total lack of a car in the first place.

Yes, the Concept 26 – named for the average commute time of the average American driver – is an “interior design concept,” and as such, there’s nothing to be said about things like the engine, transmission, or suspension. Instead, this study demonstrates “how luxury autonomous cars will integrate into daily life.” That means plenty of stuff that Volvo thinks owners of autonomous cars will want in their vehicle.

“It’s all about people. Our research clearly shows that some people will want to use their commuting time creatively when they have full autonomous drive available, while others will want to just sit back and relax, watch online media or listen to music,” says Volvo Vice President of Interior Design Robin Page. “Autonomous drive will make all of this possible. This is what Concept 26 has captured by reimagining the entire car experience.”
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The basis of this concept interior are the tri-mode seats. While driver-controlled cars might get Eco, Normal, and Sport modes, the Concept 26’s seats can be set in Drive, Create, or Relax mode. Drive is, rather obviously, what you’ll use when you want to do some steering or stomp on some pedals. It’s a proper driving position, compared to Create or Relax. The former telescopes the steering wheel in, slides the driver’s seat back and pops out a handy little tray table, while the latter will slide the seat back and an ottoman will deploy. In the two driverless modes, the center console will slide back as well, keeping drivers in touch with the excellent Sensus infotainment system. For passengers, meanwhile, a rather sizable display will fold out of the dash.

The Concept 26 is proof that Volvo really is serious about this autonomous vehicle stuff. While some of the features appear fanciful and borderline unnecessary, it shows that the company is thinking not only about the technical hurdles of the autonomous car, but how to deliver a satisfying experience to those willing to adopt them. Take a look at the official images from Volvo.

Good news from VW Europe

It is a pleasant to hear that VW close to complete their mission in Europe  after the announcement that repairs for cars with rigged diesel engines have been approved for more than 90 percent of the affected vehicles in Europe in a sign that the company is making progress in its effort to overcome the two-month-old emissions crisis.

German automotive regulator KBA has approved a software update for 2.0-liter diesel motors and has given its agreement in principal to a plan for 1.6-liter engines, Chief Executive Officer Matthias Mueller said Monday to about 1,000 company executives in Wolfsburg, Germany. The costs and complexity of the fixes are “manageable,” he said in excerpts of the speech obtained by Bloomberg.

Volkswagen is facing a scandal on three fronts: the cheating software installed in about 11 million vehicles worldwide with 1.2-, 1.6- and 2.0-liter diesel engines; irregularcarbon-dioxide ratings on about 800,000 vehicles; and questionable software in 85,000 larger diesel engines targeted in the latest probe by U.S. regulators. Europe is chiefly affected by the cheating software with a recall planned for 8.5 million vehicles.

The 1.2-liter diesel likely only needs a software update, with the plan to be presented to the KBA by the end of the month, Mueller said. The repair for the 1.6-liter engine is less complex than initially suspected. In addition to upgraded software, the cars will need “relatively simple changes” to the air-filter system.

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ISIS terrorist vs The world

The unofficial or unauthorized use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims. ( The Oxford Definition of terrorism )

So,this is exactly what ISIS doing now a days in the world as we see.

And after Paris terrorist attack Belgium closed the Brussels metro network on Saturday, citing an “imminent threat,” as the United Nations unanimously endorsed a resolution urging nations to combat Islamic State, warning that the terrorist group intends more attacks similar to Paris.

The Belgian government raised the terror alert in the capital, Brussels, to its highest level, shut the transit system for this weekend and warned people to avoid shopping centers and concert venues.

The UN Security Council resolution, adopted 15-0 late Friday, said the terrorist group, which killed at least 130 people and injured a further 352 in a series of attacks in Paris last week, was “a global and unprecedented threat to international peace and security.” The body called on member states to stem the flow of fighters joining Islamic State by “all necessary measures” and take steps that will cut financing for the group.

“The international community has come together and has resolved to defeat this evil, which threatens people of every country and every religion,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Twitter. The vote “shows beyond doubt the breadth of international support for doing more in Syria and for decisive action to eradicate” Islamic State.

Also on Friday, security forces in Mali stormed the Radisson Blu Hotel in the capital, Bamako, ending a siege hours after gunmen entered the hotel firing weapons and trapping as many as 170 people inside. About 20 civilians and two gunmen were killed, the army said.

Also, Islam advocates three steps against terrorism:

  1. To give an excellent moral upbringing to all Muslims, so that they become upright, just, moral, kind and loving people, thereby ensuring that they never disrupt the peace of others.
  2. Whenever the peace is disrupted, to reason and argue with the evildoers, and sincerely pray for them, to make them change their ways.
  3. If all reasoning fails, then to join forces with all good people to combat the mischief-mongers until peace has been restored, but always keeping the dictates of justice in view.

Finally, I believe that we should stand all as one against terrorism everywhere .

Defenders is still hand-built

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The Land Rover Defender has motored on for almost 70 years, and anyone present at the launch would still recognize it today. After making more than 2 million of the workhorses – a truck loved by Winston Churchill and the Queen of England – the company will cease production in Solihull, England, in late January. Blame ever tougher emissions laws and pedestrian safety rules. Jaguar Land Rover’s cachet for off-road excellence is built on the reputation of the boxy classic, used to ferry British soldiers during the Korean War and the Red Cross in crisis areas everywhere. The company has plans for a replacement model that’ll combine its “can go anywhere” pedigree with today’s touchscreens and cordless phone charging. It’s a tough act to follow.

And the Land Rover Defender (initially called the Land Rover Ninety and Land Rover One Ten) is a British four-wheel-drive off-road utility vehicle developed from the original Land Rover Series launched in 1948. In October 2013 Land Rover announced that production would end in December 2015 after a continuous run of 67 years although local sources suggested it would continue until at least February 2016.

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Backup your Facebook

Save facebooking for everyone now. thanks to a new feature that lets people untangle themselves from a relationship without cutting ties altogether.

The operator of the world’s biggest social network introduced a tool on Thursday for users to “take a break” after changing the status of a relationship with another person, letting them see less of an ex’s posts without blocking or unfriending them. People can also tell Facebook to show an ex less information.

While the feature might seem intrusive, it’s become more necessary as Facebook has worked to highlight a user’s most important relationships. The company is using its data to make better suggestions, such as who should be invited to events or whose birthdays are more important to celebrate. For example, Facebook has been serving up flashback memories of older posts, which, after a breakup, could bring back bad memories. And Facebook doesn’t want to drive away any of its 1.55 billion users.

“This work is part of our ongoing effort to develop resources for people who may be going through difficult moments in their lives,” the company said in the blog post. “We hope these tools will help people end relationships on Facebook with greater ease, comfort and sense of control.”

The tools are more subtle than unfriending or unfollowing someone—the ex won’t see any changes. Twitter, which lets users know if they were blocked, came up with a similar option last year, adding a “mute” button that would keep users from seeing someone’s posts without letting them know.

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Pound Decline Against the majors

The UK pound loses gain against most of the majors except the US dollar as the Office for National Statistics in London said retail sales including auto fuel declined 0.6 percent from September. That’s more than the 0.5 percent drop forecast in a Bloomberg survey.

“The retail-sales data disappointed across the board,” said Thu Lan Nguyen, a foreign-exchange strategist at Commerzbank AG in Frankfurt. “The market is still trying to assess when the BOE will hike interest rates and how fast it will hike interest rates.”

Mixed economic data are making investors doubt higher borrowing costs will happen anytime soon.

Citigroup’s Economic Surprise index for the U.K. shows that while economic releases are improving, they’re still falling short of analysts’ forecasts. Federal Reserve policy minutes published Wednesday point toward a December liftoff in the U.S., though forward contracts based on the sterling overnight index average, or Sonia, aren’t pricing in a BOE rate increase until after January 2017.

Sluggish Sterling

Britain’s currency slipped 0.3 percent to 70.15 pence per euro as of 2:31 p.m. London time, having touched 69.83 pence on Wednesday, its strongest level since Aug. 6. The pound rose 0.3 percent to $1.5281, after climbing to a two-week high of $1.5294 before the data were published.

U.K. government bonds advanced, with the 10-year yield falling three basis points, or 0.03 percentage point, to 1.90 percent. It slid earlier to 1.88 percent, the lowest this month. The 2 percent gilt due September 2025 rose 0.31, or 3.10 pounds per 1,000-pound face amount, to 100.99.

“No two ways about it, this morning’s retail-sales data were a disappointment and the pound is selling off across the board as investors reduce holdings,” Neil Jones, head of hedge-fund sales at Mizuho Bank Ltd. in London, said by e-mail.

Still, overall “the economy is moving in the right direction,” he said. “I expect today’s pound selloff to have limits.”