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Football or Hunting: the UK's election campaign promises to be a sporty one

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown wants fans to be able to own shares of their favorite football clubs, while David Cameron might just allow dogs during a fox hunt. It all depends on who moves into downing street after the general elections.

Italians headed to the polls in regional elections on Sunday, and the turnout was quite low; 9 points lower than in 2005.

The headline of LA STAMPA reads “The turnout collapsed”

Some 41 million Italians are eligible to vote in the elections for governors ….

And it had been seen as a referendum for Berlusconi…

Experts say he looked like a shoe-in, but with recent scandals and the exclusion of his party in Rome because they did not register on time, he is facing quite a challenge.

He still has today, poles are open till 3 pm. But voter turnout is expected to remain low.

 

Staying with elections, football might make a difference in the UK. THE GUARDIAN reads: it’s a whole new ball game. Prime Minister Gordon Brown is proposing that fans can buy shares of their favorite clubs. One reason obviously is debt. This measure could help finance the clubs expensive lifestyles.

Two possibilities: One, clubs will be required to hand about 25 percent of their shares to supporters. They would elect a representative who would have a say in club decisions.

Or, fans can get together a make a takeover bid when their club is being put up for sale.

Both schemes need some fine tuning, but Brown-who by the way wanted to be a football player- is believed to be serious and that could mean quite boost in the polls.

 

And if you prefer to go hunting, you might just be supporting Tory candidate David Cameron… This according to THE INDEPENDENT

He has announced that he “might” allow dogs to again be used for hunts.

Using dogs to track down foxes had been made illegal in 2004…

So hunt supporters will “ride into action” as soon as the campaign kicks off, going from door to door and handing out pamphlets.

 

For this story, you don’t have to be a sports fan, just environment friendly. The BANGKOK POST reports, in Thailand, not far from the Burmese border, the local government is building “Green Schools.” They are built with materials grown in the region –so less pollution because of transport-, they have larger windows to let in more light and only use the wind instead of air conditioning.

The reason I chose this article is not just because I like the idea of a green school, but because of the interview with a 13-year-old student. She says that is it keeps getting hotter in the region because all the trees are gone…

So going green is a good thing, but apparently not all positive.

 

They are called “Kabul Dreams” and their studio is located between a clothing and a cell phone store. The FIGARO takes a closer look at the trio, that offers Kabul a fresh taste of rock’n’roll. All three are from different ethnic backgrounds and are the FIRST rock’n’roll group from the city.

They decided to sing in English because none of them actually speaks the same language.

For now, the only concerts they’ve given were abroad, because of security concerns. They’d intended to give one in Afghanistan last fall, but because of the election and increasing political tensions, they had to cancel. Organizers said they feared the group was too easy of a target.

 

By Carla WESTERHEIDE

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