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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

NEW "BREXIT OR NOT" REFERENDUM ?


The Brexit Referendum in June 2016 produced an unexpected result when 52% of the electors voted for Britain to leave the European Union.   David Cameron immediately resigned and Theresa May was selected to replace him as Prime Minister.

She has wholeheartedly adopted the challenge of negotiating the conditions and the "cost" for Britain to leave the EU.   BUT, the  Reported discussions of  negotiations have not been clear, because the proposals of both sides vary continually.

Due to this the potential Anti-Brexiteer  voters  today could even outnumber the 51.9% of "leavers" who voted in June last year ! 

A new Referendum in Britain would provoke a real public debate and an evaluation of the advantages of staying-in or leaving the EU !    It could also provoke reactions from other EU countries which are not satisfied with the way the EU is performing at present ! 

There is unrest in Europe over many issues and the EU MUST change !   How much must Britain pay to get out before the EU changes ?

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Sunday, 5 November 2017

SEXUAL HARRASSMENT : WHAT CAN BE DONE ?


The "Weinstein Revelations" have provoked stories of similarly concealed sexual aggressions worldwide,  which have also systematically escaped prosecution.   It is necessary to understand how and why aggressors were not prosecuted.  

In order to prosecute an Aggressor evidence and witnesses are both usually necessary.   Also, the person aggressed must be prepared to testify that there was no consent. 

The absence of a witness is probably the most usual reason why a Prosecution cannot be undertaken.  There are two frequent and classic situations where a prosecution may not be possible :

a)  A young or immature girl (or boy) with little or no experience who is too afraid to confide about what happened.
b)  A woman (or man) who is aggressed at work by a "Boss" but who fears for her job.

The non-prosecution of some Aggressors quickly breeds contempt or "Habitual Aggressors", who abuse their Position of Trust.  Typical examples are Teachers, Bosses, VIPs and family relations. 

This Blog has already suggested that a "Register of Complaints" (1) should be made available in all police stations and linked to a central computer.  This would enable "timid" people, with the help of a friend, to file a report on a standard form.   This would also enable the Police to identify "Habitual Aggressors", even when they are active in a wider territory !

A sudden multitude of accusations, like that reported in the Press concerning Harvey Weinstein, could also be provoked by such a Register.  

Likewise, if MPs or VIPs are regularly "protected" from prosecution by well placed friends, such a Register could help ensure justice....... but only future experience will reveal if this is the case !

(1)  Read : "Stop sexual aggressions by the Boss"

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WHY NO EU LAWS TO DETER TERRORISTS ?


The Islamic State has perhaps never officially declared war against the EU, but it regularly quite proudly claims that its  terrorist agents were responsible for attacks and other atrocities in the EU or Western World !

How is it that the EU Leaders in Brussels have never managed to formulate a law to create a Unified Policy on how to combat these Extremist Islamic Terrorists ?

How can "Leaders" justify,

1)  The "Freedom of Circulation of people within EU countries" ?  
2)  Not ensure the control of External EU Frontiers ? 
3)  The absence of an automatic Death Penalty to punish  Terrorists who randomly kill civilians ?
4)  The absence of an official EU Army to fight  Islamic State Terrorists and Agents in the EU ?

The context of these questions is the growing number of refugees and immigrants which invade the EU : alas, they also include unsuspected terrorists !

At present Terrorists who are caught alive are sentenced to long terms in prison, at the expense of local Taxpayers !  While in prison these same terrorists are known to indoctrinate other, shorter term prisoners !   Is this really acceptable ? 

Should the official punishment, that any terrorist can expect, not be a strong deterrent to want to commit any crime or atrocity ?

They end the Human Right to live of their victims, but afterwards expect, even demand, the help of Advocates to protect ALL their own Human Rights as prisoners !


When will the EU Leaders and MEPs in Brussels act, to ensure safer security for the citizens that elect them ?

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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

INSTALLATION DE SANITAIRES DANS LES CHAMBRES DE SERVICES


Le dernier étage des immeubles anciens parisiens et particulièrement haussmanniens abritait des chambres dites de "domestique" dépourvues de tout confort. Depuis une trentaine d'années, nombre de leurs propriétaires ont entrepris de les faire aménager et notamment d'y faire installer des cabinets d'aisances.

A Paris c'est le règlement sanitaire du 23 novembre 1979 art. 47 qui fixe ainsi les conditions de ces installations soumises également à autorisation de l'Assemblée Générale des copropriétaires (1).

"Le système de cabinets d'aisances comportant un dispositif de désagrégation des matières fécales est interdit dans tout immeuble neuf, quelle que soit son affectation.

"Toutefois, en vue de faciliter l'aménagement de cabinets d'aisances dans les logements anciens qui en sont totalement démunis, faute de possibilité technique de raccordement, il peut être installé exceptionnellement et après autorisation de l'autorité sanitaire des cuvettes comportant un dispositif mécanique de désagrégation des matières fécales avant leur évacuation. Le conduit d'évacuation doit se raccorder directement et indépendamment de tout appareil sanitaire sur une canalisation d'eaux-vannes de diamètre suffisant et convenablement ventilée. Il ne doit comporter aucune partie ascendante. L'installation doit comporter une chasse d'eau et être conforme à toutes les dispositions du présent règlement sanitaire.

"Toutes précautions spéciales sont prises notamment pour qu'il ne se manifeste aucun reflux d'eaux-vannes ni désamorçage de joints hydrauliques dans les appareils branchés sur la même chute.
Les effluents de ces appareils sont évacués et traités dans les mêmes conditions que les eaux-vannes provenant des cabinets d'aisances, et conformément aux dispositions de la section 4. Par sa conception et son fonctionnement, l'appareil ne doit entraîner aucune pollution du réseau d'amenée d'eau potable.

"Des précautions particulières doivent être prises pour assurer l'isolement acoustique correct de l'appareil et empêcher la transmission de bruits vers les locaux du voisinage.
La stagnation d'une quantité d'eau dans la bâche de pompage de l'appareil doit être limitée au minimum nécessaire au fonctionnement correct de la pompe.

"Dans le cas où des opérations d'entretien rendent nécessaire le démontage de l'appareil, celui-ci doit être conçu pour ne causer aucun dommage ni aucun inconvénient au point de vue sanitaire.

"L'appareillage électrique doit être réalisé de façon à éliminer tout risque de contact direct ou indirect des usagers avec des conducteurs sous tension. A cet effet, l'installation sera réalisée en prenant l'une des précautions prévues à la norme française NF C 15-100, compte tenu du degré de protection électrique du matériel. On tiendra compte du fait qu'il s'agit d'un local comportant des appareils hydrauliques ".

Toutefois ces contraintes sont plus apparentes que réelles et de nombreux WC broyeurs ont été installés sans autorisation préalable de la ville de Paris. Ainsi que le précise le site de la Mairie de Paris, le service technique de l'Habitat ne se déplace pas pour vérifier la conformité de l'installation et ne délivre pas d'autorisation a posteriori.

Si des désordres lui sont signalés (remontées d'odeur ou de matières), l'inspecteur de la salubrité viendra vérifier sur place l'installation. Au propriétaire de se conformer à la réglementation pour mettre fin aux nuisances ou de procéder au retrait de l'installation après mise en demeure.
Une amende de 450 euros pourra sanctionner les propriétaires récalcitrants. 


(1) S'agissant de leur raccordement, ces travaux affectent une partie commune de la copropriété et doivent donc être autorisés par l'Assemblée Générale des copropriétaires.

DML

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Friday, 27 October 2017

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

HARASSMENT ?


The Weinstein harassment accusations have provoked discussions and reports of other aggressions which had until then remained secret.   These now generally reveal that at a critical point in time, girls and women were too shocked to file an official complaint.

In some countries the law does protect Women from unsolicited attacks of a sexual nature ; however the main problem  is the absense of proof particularly in work places : often there are no witnesses and when there are some, they are too afraid to testify !
     
Witnesses  fear personal consequences, like being sacked from their job or more supplely, being totally ignored afterwards ! 
 
However, taking into account these recent happenings,  will it still be possible to distinguish between a man who is gently "wooing" a girl or a woman and a man who expects a woman to submit totally to all his impulsive sexual demands !  

Is this the end of the French style of "galantry" ?                                                                                                                                                                .                                                
                                                                                  

      

Monday, 23 October 2017

BRITISH JIHADISTS GUILTY OF TREASON, but...


Sir Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, talks tough about British Subjects who have volunteered to become Jihadist fighters (or "cannon-fodder") !   He intends to withdraw their British Passports to prevent them from returning to Britain to live !

The simple fact is that they have committed TREASON by joining the Islamic State troops.  This crime used to be punished with death, but that has now been replaced with the costly modern alternative of imprisonment for life ! 

The Islamic State has organised attrocities not only in Britain but in all EU countries and World-wide !  

Therefore the EU must also act !   It has strangled its member countries with countless acts and edicts but neglects totally all problems connected with the security of its citizens !   BREXIT is one of the consequences, but other "EXITS" can be expected if nothing changes !

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# BALANCE TON PORC




Sunday, 22 October 2017

SEXUAL ABUSE NOT A CRIME WHEN.....


When not enough convincing evidence of an aggression, sexual or otherwise, is readily available, the Police are reluctant to pursue enquiries.    This is particularly true in the case of sexual aggressions when no third party is present !

The current Weinstein scandal in the Film Industry, has provoked countless discussions and articles in the Press all over the World.  Revelations also state that due to their contacts some well known Public Personalities, Politicians and "Bosses" in industry, have  escaped prosecution or even answering awkward questions.

Sometimes, if not before their death, the truth is sudddenly revealed.   What is never made public are the identities of who blocked the prosecution of a simple or habitual sexual offender !   Usually the reason given by the Police is that there was not enough evidence for a prosecution !

When young girls or women are sexually abused they are ashamed and in shock : it is then they need the help of a friend, but they are alone and have no witnesses !

In view of the foregoing, even if a centralised Computer File is created, as this Blog has already suggested (1), would all the Police stations register ALL complaints on standard forms ?   But, would the Police then also act if  enough evidence is found to justify a prosecution ? 

The simple announcement that such a register has been created would definitely comfort women and help to ensure their basic right not to be molested against their will ! 

(1) Read : "Stop sexual aggressions by the boss !"

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

SEXUAL ABUSE : ARE VIPs EVER GUILTY ?


The numerous accusations of sexual abuse in the current Weinstein Saga, have now provoked articles in the International Press about VIPs who in the past had been suspected of sexual abuse, but who were never prosecuted, because the evidence against them was considered "unsound" ! 

There have been cases like this all over the World.  It is only after their death, when it is too late for justice, that the real truth is revealed, of how and why the VIP was protected by an anonimous person !

This Blog has already proposed (1) that a register should be made available where "secret" abuse complaints could be filed at a local Police station.   In the case of VIPs, would such complaints not sytematically "get lost" or disappear ?  Would that then not always be due to a "hacker" ?

These problems remain and must be solved !

(1) Read : Stop sexual aggressions by the "Boss" !

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Monday, 16 October 2017

STOP SEXUAL AGGRESSIONS BY THE "BOSS" ?


Daily press reports of alleged sexual abuse, provoked by the ongoing Weinstein saga, also highlight the lack of efficient laws to protect any of the victims.

What can the Victims do when the sexual aggresser  is  their boss or in a dominant position and often well known ?

Young girls in particular fear losing their jobs.  Victims  often do not have any real creditable evidence and no witness and are too timid to reveal the murky details of what happened !

Habitual aggressors know this : they operate against the consent of their victims and have no fear of prosecution.

Without "clear evidence" the Police at present will not and cannot act.  There is however a way to identify, catch and ultimately punish these "long term Aggressors" !
 
A centralised Police Computor File should be officially established in every country.   Aggressed victims could then secretly complete standardised reports in their local police station.   Such a file would quickly reveal the identification of long term habitual attackers, even those operating on an "international" basis.
 
Publication of the existence of such a file would also serve as a deterrent and would definitely provide more security and justice for victims !




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Saturday, 14 October 2017

PARIS 2030 : ELECTRIC VEHICLES ONLY...?


Anne Hildago the current Socialist Mayoress of Paris   has a "clean air in 2030" plan (or dream)  for the French Capital : replacing petrol and diesel cars with electric cars. 

She is now confronted not only by her political opponents but also by the citizens of Paris, not to speak of the growing anxieties in surrounding suburbs !  

No details of her plans for 2030, nor the costs, have been made public.   Contractors will be required but who will bear the costs, only Parisien Rate-payers ?   What is the time Schedule leading up to 2030 for all aspects of her proposals ?

Which "electric vehicles" are concerned, only cars or also motor-bikes, lorries, coaches and buses ?  What about Police Cars, Ambulances, Tourist vehicles, VIP and CD cars ?   Will there still be taxis in Paris ?

If petrol stations are to be phased out, where will vehicles be able to plug-in for electricity ?  How long will it take to recharge a Car Battery and what autonomy will Cars have ?  More than 100 or 150 Kilometers ?

The additional electricity requirements for Paris alone would probably necessitate building a special Power Station !   If drivers must travel long distances, in France or abroad, will "plug-ins" be readily available ?  

There is, however, a simple alternative to avoid all these problems.  Ban all Cars, Motor-bikes and Buses in Paris and provide free travel on the Underground !  This would mean building Carparks on the fringe of the Capital, but parking charges could pay for the free Underground !

Paris Citizens would also be relieved, delighted even !   At present, much to the discomfort of pedestrians, Motor-bikes litter pavements everywhere, but parking tickets are never issued !  That would be too costly to ensure, but also it would be a vote-loser at the very next Election !

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Monday, 9 October 2017

EU AWAITS NEXT GERMAN CHANCELLOR


The recent General Election in Germany has again left the country in a stalemate situation : no one party alone can govern and appoint the Chancellor, without the help of a Coalition !

When Angela Merkel again became the Chancellor four years ago it was also due to the Coalitition of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) with the Social Democratic Party (SDP).   Alas this time the SDP Members want a different Coalition.

Merkel is now trying to form a Coalition and hopes to become Chancellor before Christmas !   Any Party in a new Coalition with CDU will certainly impose conditions and which Merkel would be expected to respect : this is quite normal.  

BUT, politicians are now hesitant about Merkel.   Out of pity, she happily invited Immigrants into Germany (and the EU) to solve the shortage of manpower in German factories !  This finally resulted in an "invasion of immigrants" in the whole EU from not only the Middle East Warzone but from many other distressed warzone areas worldwide.

EU countries are now clamouring for an update of basic principles in EU Treaties, which were conceived more than 50 years ago !
  
Must EU countries now wait until Christmas or until Germany has a new Chancellor, before any such changes can be discussed or undertaken ?
 
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Saturday, 7 October 2017

RUSSIA : NAVALNY AGAIN ARRESTED !


Western Newspapers carry reports that 41 year old Alex Navalny, has again been arrested, which is the third time this year.  

He is an anti-corruption Campaigner and it is a well known fact that he wants to be a Candidate in the Presidential Election to be held in March 2018 in Russia.

However, in Totalitarian countries like Russia, unvetted or very popular opposition candidates like Navalny, who is also anti-Putin, are definitely NOT welcome !  The proof is that he has been imprisoned because he did not (i.e. could not) get the official Permission required to hold his Meetings ! 

Putin has been at the helm as acting President since 1999 and obviously does not want opposition.   BUT there are cells in favour of Navalny in at least 60, if not more, Russian cities.  This is probably what terrifies Putin !   

If each cell selects a "clean candidate", ready to stand if selected Nationally, could all Candidates subsequently presented, be systematically rejected ?    Would the Totalitarian Hierarchy really be prepared to reject all 60 ?

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Thursday, 5 October 2017

SIGNES OSTENTATOIRES DE RICHESSE...

Edouard Philippe est »ouvert à la discussion » sur la surtaxation des signes ostentatoires de richesse.
Marin
 
 
 

MACRON REVOLUTION STUNS FRANCE !


Every sector in the French Economy seems to be critical of the many measures which Macron and his Government are proposing to introduce !   But, the proposals correspond with what he promised as a presidential Candidate .

Trade Unions are repeatedly organising Marches, Middle Class Taxpayers are writhing about planned increases inTaxes which do not affect the Super-Rich with yachts or airplanes or investments in shares !

Is Macron at fault because he wants to do too much too quickly ?   He is changing Employment Rules which could encourage Companies to expand their businesses and also to become more competitive on international markets !

After this, should he not have paused, to assess the favourable cash flow which this should produce ?  Less unemployed, less State Aid, more Production and Sales, is exactly what France needs !

Changing everything all at the same time, even though it does need changing, has even turned some of his own Electors against him ; they voted for him and his Plans and for his new Party, but they are now disappointed, even angry !

His Popularity in all Polls is plunging.  Economists everywhere must be wondering if even HE knows what his "Cash Flow" will look like, for the period ending December 2018, and also in later years !

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

FRANCE : AMATEUR CYCLIST "DOPES HIS BIKE" !


A French amateur cyclist aged 43 came out of  retirement after his wife said she wanted to see him compete ; he then won a couple of amateur races.

Aware that an electric device (with a limited time capacity) could be fitted to bikes to help competitors, he bought one and used it.   This device is available in specialist shops and purchases are frequent.

This amateur has now become the first cyclist to be charged criminally for this type of "swindling".  His club and the French Federation of Cyclists (FFC) are also considering action ! 

It is not surprising that suddenly the "World of Cycling" is reacting in this way.  After the "doped cyclists" we now have "doped bikes" !
 
But the key question now is : "Are the bikes of Professional Competitors systematically and properly checked" ?  In particular, are "reserve bikes" supplied during races also checked ?

For the last 60 years it has been a well known fact that, in France at least, Professional Cyclists used dope to improve their performances.

One should never forget that in 1967 Tom Simpson collapsed and died in the Tour de France.   In 2012 all of Lance Armstrong's Victories were all cancelled and removed from the records !

Is the "World of Cycling" today really sure that there is no more cheating through the use of Drugs ? 

Is "Throwing the Book" at an amateur aged 43, who could even end up in prison, really the right place to start cleaning-up the World of Cycling again ?

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NE MELENCHONS PAS !





MARIN

Sunday, 1 October 2017

ISF: EXCLURE LA RESIDENCE PRINCIPALE


Après la réforme de l'ISF, seul l'immobilier sera assujetti à l'impôt sur la fortune.   Si la réforme de l'ISF fait plutôt consensus, le maintien de la résidence principale dans l'assiette de l'ISF exaspère nombre de propriétaires pour qui se loger est une nécessité.

Certes pour calculer l'assiette de l'ISF, la résidence principale bénéficie d'un abattement de 30%. Mais quand les prix de l'immobilier à Paris ont été multipliés par 6 ou 7 en quelques années, les propriétaires de leur résidence principale se retrouvent "riches" malgré eux.

Exclure la résidence principale de l'assiette de l'ISF aurait l'avantage d'apaiser les nombreux retraités non éligibles à l'exonération de la taxe d'habitation et qui subissent l'augmentation de la CSG sans aucune contrepartie.



DML

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

ALLEMAGNE : LA PERCEE DE L'EXTREME DROITE

 
 
 
 
Avec 13, 6% des voix, 94 députés du AfD (le parti d’extrême droite allemand) font leur entrée au Bundestag
Marin
 
 

BREXIT ? : MACRON WANTS EU TO CHANGE !


Is Theresa May listening, but also weighing the results of the recent General Elections in France and Germany ? 

Macron is the new President of France with a comfortable majority in the National Assembly.  He was elected to reform France after the castastrophic Presidency of François Hollande !   France must become "profitable" again ! 

Yesterday Macron in his speech clearly stated he too, like many other Leaders in the EU, wanted major changes in EU Treaties to control at least, Immigration and to confront Terrorism, so as to ensure the Security of the EU.

In Germany, "Mutti" Merkel's Party again obtained the most votes (33%) but now faces the fact that she may not be able negotiate a Coalition with acceptable conditions, to remain as the Chancellor of Germany as she has been since November 2005.   Electors clearly voted for a new approach by Germany in the EU !  If she fails she could find herself rebaptised as "Oma" Merkel !

Many countries in the EU are yearning for Changes to Treaties, not only Macron in France !    In view of the current BREXIT negotiations, Theresa May is duty bound to reappraise the situation : "What does Britain want now "?

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Sunday, 24 September 2017

COPROPRIETE: REMPLACER UN GARDIEN ABSENT


En cas d'absence du concierge pour maladie ou congés payés, se pose la question de son remplacement, des tâches qui  seront demandées au gardien remplaçant et du salaire qui lui sera versé.
 
Un concierge de catégorie B, donc logé,  peut être remplacé pendant une durée déterminée par un gardien de catégorie A, donc non logé, pour des tâches  limitativement énumérées au contrat.
 
D'une manière générale, "la rémunération d'un salarié titulaire d'un contrat à durée déterminée (CDD) ne peut être inférieure au montant de la rémunération que percevrait dans la même entreprise, un salarié bénéficiant d'un contrat à durée indéterminée (CDI), de qualification professionnelle équivalente et occupant les mêmes fonctions" (Code tu travail art.1242-15).

Par ailleurs, selon la Convention Collective des concierges et gardiens d'immeuble, les remplaçants sous CDD perçoivent une rémunération "décomptée en fonction de la qualification exigée et du taux d'emploi".  Cette rémunération est majorée de l' indemnité compensatrice de congés payés, de l'indemnité légale de fin de contrat, d'un prorata du treizième mois  et pour tout remplacement de moins de deux mois, d'une indemnité conventionnelle de 10% (article 26 de la convention collective).
 
Le gardien remplaçant doit en principe percevoir une rémunération équivalente à celle du salarié remplacé.  Toutefois équivalente ne se traduit pas par identique. 

Une différence de rémunération est justifiée:

 - lorsque le remplaçant n'a pas une expérience comparable à celle du salarié remplacé (cass. soc. 8 juillet 2010 n°08-4569) ; ce qui est le cas lorsque un concierge expérimenté est remplacé par une gardienne dont les seules qualifications sont celles d'une femme de ménage;

- si le remplaçant n'exerce qu'une partie des tâches du salarié remplacé. Par exemple les travaux qualifiés tels que petite serrurerie, électricité, plomberie, peinture ou encore  surveillance de la chaufferie dont est chargé contractuellement le concierge remplacé, ne seront pas forcément dévolus au salarié remplaçant et justifieront une rémunération différente. 
Encore faut il veiller à exclure du contrat des formules telles que :  "Madame X (la remplaçante) interviendra sur l'intégralité des charges de Monsieur Y (le concierge remplacé) ".

Les Syndics ne respectent pas toujours ces principes lors de l'établissement des contrats et cela au détriment de la copropriété.  En voici un exemple :


Ce Syndic, de sa propre initiative, a majoré le salaire mensuel conventionnel du gardien remplaçant d 'un "complément contractuel" de 580 euros au motif que le concierge remplacé en bénéficiait en vertu d'augmentations personnelles accordées au fil des années par l'Assemblée Générale de copropriétaires.

 Le Conseil Syndical en a eu vent.  Bien entendu pas question de réclamer au  remplaçant ce qui lui avait été versé; mais le Syndic conscient de sa responsabilité a proposé de dédommager la copropriété.

En effet seul aurait dû être prévu dans le contrat de travail du gardien remplaçant le salaire conventionnel correspondant à la pesée de son poste et calculé au prorata de sa durée de travail.  A l'exclusion donc de tout complément non décidé par l'Assemblée Générale.

DML

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Friday, 22 September 2017

MELENCHON,COLBERT ET MADURO...

 
 
Honneur aux grands hommes !
 

Marin






 

IS DEMOCRACY RESPECTED IN FRANCE ?


Four months ago President Macron was elected and then his political Party "En Marche",  obtained a comfortable majority in the National Assembly after the General Election. 

Following the promises he made as a Candidate, Macron is now introducing changes in France to make its industries competitive again. 

This necessarily means "employment conditions" will be modified, to encourage industrials to grow their businesses. That should help reduce the very high total of unemployed in France, which Macron inherited from the previous Socialist President, François Hollande.

Some Trade Unions have reacted and organised national protest marches in coming days !  This now has led electors to question : "Who rules in  France today ?  The  Electors through the elected President and MPs in the Parliament, or the Trade Unions in the Streets ?"

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

BREXIT CHAOS : WHO WANTS WHAT ?


THE BREXIT issue has created Chaos for both sides in the negotiations, between the EU and Britain ! 

Basically one can question whether the BREXIT issue was launched before either side was really ready.

On the EU side one can even question whether anyone there really knows how the EU will evolve during the coming years ! 

In particular, the "revealing" remarks by Jean-Claude Juncker last week, that every EU country must adopt the EURO as its currency, was typical of his previous unguarded assertions.  His statement was immediately watered down by Angela Merkel.  She at present is fighting for her re-election as Chancellor of Germany. The General Election is this coming weekend ! 

Juncker's idea of the ultimate type of EU seems to be like one Country with one currency with omnipotent and centralised powers to rule.  The current type of EU already allows each non EURO Country to manage its currency and allows all countries significant local powers to tax and run their countries.

Several EU countries like Britain, do not want to adopt the EURO as their currency.  This is one important reason why Juncker wants Britain out of the EU as soon as possible but ..... not before having paid an astronomic Financial penalty to get out !

BREXIT is also causing chaos in Britain for other reasons.   Theresa May was chosen as Prime Minister after the unexpected and close majority for BREXIT in the Referendum vote.  She immediately adopted this divine mission and is fervently negotiating, to get Britan out of the EU but also to reduce the astronomic cost of the leaving penalties demanded by the EU.

Alas, the popularity of Theresa May and that of the Conservative Party, has slumped.  Does May ever hear or listen to the people around her who are having second thoughts about BREXIT !  In fact, is there now in Britain still a majority in favour of leaving the EU ?

But, to survive the EU must now quickly update its Treaties :  there is an urgent clamour for this to be done.  The main bones of contention are Immigration, Terrorism and the Insecurity in the EU, all provoked by the Islamic State aggression in the Middle East ! 

Finally, it is high time for Brussels to define the form of the future EU it proposes to adopt !   After that, will there still be a BREXIT and/or other EXITS ?
                                                       
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Monday, 18 September 2017

FONCTIONNAIRES : JOURNEE D'ACTION !

 
 
Un jour qu’il visitait une « Administration », Clemenceau qui n’était pas tendre avec les fonctionnaires dit aux officiels qui l’accompagnaient : « Parlons bas, nous pourrions les réveiller » !
 
Marin
 
*** J’espère que les fonctionnaires qui vont recevoir ce dessin ont suffisamment d’humour pour accepter cette plaisanterie. Dans le cas contraire je les invite à rechercher sur internet la méthode  de pliage qui permet de réaliser de magnifiques cocottes en papier.




 

Sunday, 17 September 2017

WHAT SHOULD THE COST OF BREXIT REFLECT ?


The BREXIT request by Britain to leave the EU has a cost which must be negotiated, but the UK is prepared to pay.  However, should adjustments  not be made to this cost for the policies which British electors found unacceptable when they voted in the Referendum to leave the EU ? 

It would be foolish for Britain to accept, or for the EU to want to impose a Financial Penalty if, as soon as Britain has paid and left the EU, Treaties are changed to prevent further "EXITS" by other EU countries !


There are several situations where clear notes should provide for a reimbursement if ultimately Treaties are changed.   The obvious ones concern the Rules for Immigration and the Freedom of movement in the EU ! 

Judging from published comments, the EU and in particular its Head of the European Commission,  Jean-Claude Juncker, may not appreciate these observations !

Albeit, but in the serious World of Business the Rules of Equity must be applied ! 

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