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Climate Change: The Darkest Hour

  • March 28th, 2009
  • Posted by Amelia Birnie

At 8:30pm tonight, people from all corners of the world will turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – and cast their vote for action on climate change. … Read More »

US vs EU – Who Will Win The Global Credit Crunch?

  • February 19th, 2009
  • Posted by Amelia Birnie

dollareuro.jpgAmerican business forecasters are predicting an extremely difficult 2009 for the European economy, in comparison with their own financial future in the US.

However, European Central Bank officials do not share this disheartening view. … Read More »

$2.3M Australian University Alliance – Expanding European Language Learning

  • February 18th, 2009
  • Posted by Amelia Birnie

language-books.jpgAn Australian-first alliance between three of the country’s main universities will expand higher learning in a range of European and Asian languages.

With $2.27 million in Australian Government funding, the Brisbane-based University of Queensland (UQ), Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) will pool teaching of at least nine languages. … Read More »

The Worst Bushfires In World History

  • February 17th, 2009
  • Posted by Amelia Birnie

The death toll from the bushfires currently plaguing the Australian state of Victoria has officially risen to 201.

The fires have destroyed four major Australian towns and are among the deadliest fires in the last century and a half on world record.

Comparable to such devastating fires as those in Greece, China, France and the US, EU Australia looks back at some of the worst fires to hit our planet. … Read More »

Venice Now Available Online

  • February 1st, 2009
  • Posted by Amelia Birnie

Venice ConnectedFrom today, visitors to Italy’s beautiful ‘City of Water’ have the option of booking and buying almost any Venice tourist service online.

Venice Connected ( is a new initiative from the Venice City Council, which will allow tourists to pre-order and pay for anything from public transport tickets to museum entrance fees.

They can even purchase a week or day pass to use the public restrooms through the website, which is available in both Italian and English. … Read More »

An Enthusiastic Europe Enters 2009

  • January 1st, 2009
  • Posted by Amelia Birnie

bigben.jpgCelebrations are taking place all over Europe to mark the end of 2008 and usher in the New Year.

From Rome to London and Athens to France, revellers greeted 2009 with stunning pyrotechnic shows and heartfelt appeals for compassion. … Read More »

Queen’s Sombre Christmas Broadcast

  • December 30th, 2008
  • Posted by Amelia Birnie

Sober expectations for 2009 were reflected in the United Kingdom, in the subdued tone of the Queen’s annual Christmas message – ending on a note of hope.

Speaking from the Music Room at Buckingham Palace (25.12.08), the Queen referred to the global credit crisis, and those suffering violence in several countries.

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“Christmas is a time of celebration,” Queen Elizabeth II said, “but this year, it is a more sombre occasion for many.” … Read More »

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