Illegal workers’ pay to be seized in Cameron’s immigration clampdown (5)

Illegal workers will be stripped of their earnings under “radical” new laws to control immigration being unveiled by David Cameron.

Foreign criminals who face being kicked out of the country will also be tagged and tracked by GPS satellites while “deport first, appeal later” measures will be extended to all non-asylum cases, the Prime Minister will announce.

The plans to curb legal and illegal migration include “rooting out” those not entitled to be in the country, he will say.

Mr Cameron made a “no ifs, no buts” pledge in 2010 to reduce net migration – the number of people entering the country minus the number leaving – to the tens of thousands but spectacularly failed to meet the promise. Under the coalition Government, the figure rose from 244,000 in 2010 to 298,000 in 2014.

He will give his immigration speech in central London as the Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes its latest round of migration figures.

“A strong country isn’t one that pulls up the drawbridge, it is one that controls immigration,” Mr Cameron will say. “Because if you have uncontrolled immigration, you have uncontrolled pressure on public services and that is a basic issue of fairness.

“Uncontrolled immigration can damage our labour market and push down wages. It means too many people entering the UK legally but staying illegally. The British people want these things sorted.

“That means dealing with those who shouldn’t be here by rooting out illegal immigrants and bolstering deportations. Reforming our immigration and labour market rules so we reduce the demand for skilled migrant labour and crack down on the exploitation of unskilled workers. That starts with making Britain a less attractive place to come and work illegally.

“And we’re going to get far better at training our own people to fill these gaps from overseas.

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#1 — David Cameron won’t ‘cave in’ on migration target despite new figures

#2 — EU referendum: Pro-Europe campaign unites to fight ‘No’ camp

#3 — Cameron to publish EU referendum bill one day after Queen’s speech

#4 — Merkel dampens eastern states’ hopes for EU membership

#5 — ECB gives Greek banks smallest aid rise yet ahead of summit

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Does our galaxy have a HALO? (1)

Scientists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have discovered our nearest galaxy is surrounded by an immense ‘halo;

The halo of gas enveloping the Andromeda galaxy, our nearest massive galactic neighbour, is six times larger and 1,000 times more massive than previously measured.

The dark, nearly invisible halo stretches about a million light-years from its host galaxy, halfway to our own Milky Way galaxy.

This finding promises to tell astronomers more about the evolution and structure of majestic giant spirals, one of the most common types of galaxies in the universe.

‘Halos are the gaseous atmospheres of galaxies,’ said lead investigator Nicolas Lehner of the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

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#1 — The Science of the Local Group

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Hendrie: Hawaii Obamacare Enrolls ZERO People During Special Enrollment Period

The numbers are in: Hawaii’s Obamacare Exchange enrolled a grand total of ZERO — yes, zero people during its special enrollment period.

The Obama administration had implemented the special enrollment period from March 15 – April 30 to assist individuals who were unaware they would face a tax penalty for not having “qualifying” health insurance. In all, less than 250,000 individuals decided to enroll nationwide meaning that millions of Americans would rather pay the tax than enroll in Obamacare.

While Hawaii enrolled zero individuals and is the worst performing state, it is not alone. Vermont signed up only 97 households, while Rhode Island enrolled just 25 households.

Hawaii’s dismal performance should not be surprising. The website cost taxpayers $205 million but could only enroll 8,592 individuals in year one. Cost to taxpayers per enroll: $23,899.

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Goldstein: Carbon tax utterly insignificant

British Columbia’s carbon tax has been described by admirers as among the best in the world for fighting climate change.

Today I’m going to use it, including the most optimistic projections by its supporters, to show you why it is utterly meaningless in the absence of a truly global plan to combat greenhouse gas emissions.

The tax, introduced in 2008 at $10 per tonne of industrial carbon dioxide emissions, now $30, is portrayed by its supporters as helping to transform B.C. into a low-carbon economy that is leading the way in showing other Canadians how it can be done.

Not only did it lower gasoline and fossil fuel use in general, they say, it did so without causing economic pain, since the $1.2 billion it raises annually is returned to the public in lower income and business taxes.

While there are many valid criticisms that can be made about this rosy picture of B.C.’s carbon tax, for our purposes today let’s say everything its supporters say is true.

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Pierre Karl Peladeau: Canada Is An ‘Imaginary Country’

QUEBEC – Imagination is overflowing in Quebec City these days.

A day after Premier Philippe Couillard attacked the sovereignty option being proposed by Pierre Karl Peladeau as an imaginary solution to a problem that doesn’t exist, the new Parti Quebecois leader fired back.

“Listen, I think the imaginary country that the premier is talking about: it’s Canada,” Peladeau told reporters in Quebec City.

He noted that Canada unilaterally repatriated the Constitution in 1982 without Quebec’s approval.

“So, if there’s an imaginary country, it’s the one that the premier had so much hoped for and we know that it is an optical illusion…it’s the famous co-operative federalism,” Peladeau concluded.

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Gunter: Notley faces challenges

Do you know that Alberta’s new NDP government isn’t in favour of the Northern Gateway pipeline across B.C. to a tanker port to be built on the West Coast?

A lot of Alberta voters probably overlooked that in their rush to dump the 44-year-old Tory dynasty.

There was nothing wrong with wanting the Tories out. Under former-premier Alison Redford, the party had shown itself to be horribly entitled and arrogant. And her replacement, Jim Prentice, did far too little to prove the party no longer saw the province and its people as existing for the benefit of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta, rather than the other way around.

But two post-election polls by Abacus Data indicate voters may not have understood what they were getting into when they put Rachel Notley and the NDP in power. Frankly, they didn’t care. The NDP could have been pushing for same-sex-only marriage and taxing away all income over $60,000 a year and still Albertans’ desire to be done with the Tories would have trumped their concern about New Dem policy.

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Spengler: Are the American people as corrupt as the Clintons?

From Asia Times.

I have been reading Peter Schweizer’s book Clinton Cash with brief pauses to wipe the puke off the computer screen. For the past fifteen years, there has been no sewer too stinky for Bill and Hillary to bathe in. Most of Schweizer’s research has already made the mainstream media, but the sheer mass of it still amazes. It’s not one malfeasance or three, but an unbroken pattern of overtly corrupt behavior trading half-million-dollar speaking fees and multi-million-dollar payoffs to the Clintons’ foundation in return for billion-dollar mining concessions and corporate takeovers staged by the most revolting gangsters in the jungle of Third World governance. The English language needs a word like the Yiddish term “chutzpah” to describe them, but without the connotation of modesty and discretion.

What kind of people are we Americans, that we allow these kleptocrat’s hirelings to persist in public life? The answer, I fear, is that we have become corrupt ourselves. I’ve seen enough corruption in the Third World to know that it requires the consent of the governed. Between 1988 and 1993, I directed a Mexican research project on tax and regulatory reform. In 1990, I advised Violeta Chamorro after her election victory over Nicaragua’s Sandinistas for exactly one week, coaching her team in negotiations with the International Monetary Fund. Back then I was chief economist for the consulting firm Polyconomics, and I canceled the contract after one of Mrs. Chamorro’s advisers handed me our fee in the form of an envelope full of $100 bills–duly declared and reported to the U.S. tax authorities. In 1992, I was asked to advise Russian Finance Minister Yegor Gaidar on currency stabilization after the fall of Communism, and made several trips to Moscow. I never did meet Gaidar, but I saw enough of the looting of state assets to persuade me to get out of Dodge. Rather than pursue emerging markets, I shifted to quantitative modeling of high-grade bonds. Even that field turned rotten in the subprime scam two decades later, but that’s another story.

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Hanson: Think Like a Liberal–or Else

What happens when the public does not wish to live out the utopian dreams of its elite leaders? Usually, the answer for those leaders is to seek more coercion and less liberty to force people to think progressively.

Here at home, President Barack Obama came into power in 2009 with a Democratic Congress, a sympathetic press, and allies in Hollywood, academia, unions, and philanthropic and activist foundations.

Yet all that support was not sufficient to ensure “correct” public attitudes about Obama’s agenda on health care, entitlements, taxes, guns, abortion and cultural issues.

In the 2010 midterm elections, the Democrats forfeited their majority in the House. In the 2014 midterms, they lost their Senate majority and also lost ground in state legislatures and with governorships across the country. Since early 2013, President Obama’s approval rating has been consistently below 50 percent.

How, then, do politically correct planners force the people to think and act properly when they push back?

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Morning Update May 22nd, 2015 (10)

CANADA

#1 — CNews | Halton Region, Ottawa public high school teachers to begin work-to-rule

TORONTO – Public high school teachers in Halton Region and Ottawa are slated to begin work-to-rule campaigns Thursday.

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#2 — CTV | Pakistani said to be bent on Toronto terror; lawyer calls RCMP story ‘fanciful’

TORONTO — A Pakistani man accused of plotting bomb attacks on downtown Toronto lied during his truncated testimony and his evidence cannot be believed, his deportation hearing was told Wednesday.

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#3 — Global | Stopping on highways to help ducks cross is a hazard: Ontario police

OTTAWA — Ontario provincial police are warning that helping wild animals across the highway creates a hazard for motorists.

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#4 — Globe | Wynne says Canada’s ‘future prosperity’ depends on emissions cuts

With the greenest speech a Canadian politician has delivered in Washington in at least a decade, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne sought Tuesday to recast the bilateral conversation as something other than wrangling over Keystone XL.

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#5 — Postmedia | NDP asks Governor General to wade into Senate residency debate

The NDP is turning to Rideau Hall to settle a long-running constitutional conundrum, the answer to which could determine whether any senators in the upper chamber aren’t eligible to be there.

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WORLD

#6 — BBC | LHC smashes energy record with test collisions

A new record has been set by the Large Hadron Collider: its latest trials have smashed atoms with vastly more energy than ever before.

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#7 — CNS | Iran’s Idea of a ‘Snap’ Inspection: 24 Days’ Notice

(CNSNews.com) – Lifting a lid on the confidential negotiations for a final Iran nuclear agreement, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius disclosed Wednesday that Tehran wants to be given 24 days’ notice ahead of any inspection of its nuclear facilities.

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#8 — Fox | Saudi Arabia seeks top spot on U.N. human rights council

Saudi Arabia is making a bid to head the United Nations’ Human Rights Council (HRC) just days after it posted a slew of new job openings for executioners who would help carry out beheadings amid a massive uptick in state-sanctioned killings in the country.

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#9 — DM | Did a megaflood kill off America’s first metropolis?

It was America’s first metropolis.

Cahokia, the largest prehistoric settlement in the Americas north of Mexico, flourished in the 1200s, with a population of 20,000 people at its peak – but was mysterious abandoned by 1400.

Now researchers think they know why – a megaflood that raised the Mississippi River by 10m.

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#10 — WT | Teamsters spend big on politics while preparing to cut pensions

The Teamsters have begun informing retirees and current workers that their pension benefits may soon be cut, the final ironic twist to a lobbying campaign that saw the union spend its own members’ dollars to win the right to shrink their retirement pay.

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