FRENCH ELECTIONS: This is the worst case scenario for the markets

Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s European economics team assessed the market impact of all six potential first-round outcomes. Marine Le Pen versus Jean-Luc Melenchon in the second round is the most market negative scenario. Emmanuel Macron facing Francois Fillon is the only guaranteed market positive run off. LONDON — As France prepares to go the polls in the first round of one of the most hotly contested presidential elections in the country’s recent history on Sunday, the outcome is less clear than ever before. As it stands, four different candidates are polling at around 20%, and could realistically end up in a second round run-off. Centre-left Emmanuel Macron leads the… Read More

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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Sunday 23 Apr 2017

Jeremy Corbyn pledges four new bank holidays Jeremy Corbyn says a Labour government would create four new bank holidays. In a move that the Labour leader believes would “celebrate the national cultures of our proud nations”, the holidays would be on each nation’s patron saint day – St David’s Day on 1 March, St Patrick’s Day on 17 March, St George’s Day on 23 April and St Andrew’s Day on 30 November. Tight security for ‘wide open’ French election Voting is under way in what is being described as a ‘wide open’ French presidential election. The Observer says the outcome of the polling will be profoundly important not just for… Read More

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The Brexit campaign got 61% of its funding from just 5 of Britain’s richest businessmen

The political campaign that led to Britain voting to leave the European Union on June 23 last year, was mainly funded by just five of Britain’s richest businessmen. That is according to the team who put together the annual The Sunday Times Rich List, which lists in order the wealthiest people, those with a net worth of £110 million ($140.9 million) and over, in the UK as well Europe and the rest of the world. The list also has a number of sub indexes, including the most generous political donors. Organisations that backed ‘Leave’ during the EU referendum campaign received a total of £24.1 million in donations and loans between… Read More

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France has begun voting for its next president — here’s what you need to know about the election

The French people will on Sunday begin electing their new president, a process that will end François Hollande’s five-year tenure as the country’s leader. The final stages of campaigning were overshadowed by the attack on the Champs Elysees on Thursday, but the nation is determined not to let terror get in the way of democracy. It is likely to be the closest and most fascinating French election for some time, with eyes on far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, who could ride the wave of populism that swept Donald Trump to victory in America last year. Sunday is the first round of the election, when a field of 11 candidates will… Read More

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Marc Gasol hits game-winner as Grizzlies overcome Kawhi Leonard’s ‘offensive manifesto’ to improbably tie series

The Memphis Grizzlies pulled off a thrilling 110-108 overtime win over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday in what may have been the best game of the NBA playoffs to tie the series 2-2. Marc Gasol played hero for the Grizzlies, hitting a running jumper with .7 seconds left to play to put the Grizzlies up for good. In the process, the Grizzlies seemingly stole a game from the Spurs as Kawhi Leonard put on an offensive clinic, scoring 43 points on 14-30 shooting to go with eight rebounds, three assists, and six steals. Leonard scored 24 points in the fourth quarter and overtime combined, single-handedly keeping the Spurs in… Read More

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Sandy homeowners safely evacuated when neighbors warned them of fire

SANDY — Homeowners in Sandy were able to evacuate from their burning home after neighbors warned them of a fire. Sandy Fire Battalion Chief Chris Dawson said the homeowners were on the back patio of their home, 8998 Meadow Lark Circle, while a fire from the fireplace spread up the chimney chase and began to burn the roof. “About the same time that the homeowners smelled smoke, the neighbors came home and actually let them know that their house was on fire,” Dawson said. Dawson said the homeowners and their pets were all able to safely evacuate. Dawson said that fire crews had to pull down part of the wall… Read More

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Scientists and their supporters march in favor of actual facts in D.C.

Just inside the entrance to the Washington Monument, a handful of people hold black and white signs bearing the words ADA assistance. As one one man walks by, he briefly pauses to consider their message. “Americans with Disabilities Act, or Ada Lovelace?” he says. “She was a great mathematician.” It’s just shy of 9AM in Washington D.C., where thousands of scientists, researchers, academics, doctors, students, and concerned citizens are gathering on the damp grass surrounding the landmark. They’ve come from New York, Philadelphia, Maryland, New Mexico, and across the U.S. to show their support for science. Scientists have been planning a March on Washington since late January, shortly after Donald… Read More

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Wanted: Effective, veteran teachers willing to relocate to San Juan County

ANETH, San Juan County — Their commute starts before sunrise, and much of the year they get home at dusk or as night falls. While on the job, teachers at Montezuma Creek Elementary School face working conditions to which most public school teachers in Utah would be completely unaccustomed. The school, near Four Corners, is remote and in an area that struggles with extreme poverty, high rates of absenteeism, homelessness, substance use disorders and frequent turnover of teachers. In San Juan County’s communities to the north — Blanding, Monticello and La Sal — about half of the district’s teachers have been in the classroom 14-plus years, said Ron Nielson, elementary… Read More

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