German Exports Strong, Beating Forecast in April

Europe’s largest economy, Germany is off to a strong start this second quarter. While the United Kingdom is still struggling to boost its export numbers, German exports and industrial output increased more than expected.

German exports went up by 1.9% according to new numbers from the Federal Statistics Office published at the beginning of this week.

While economists predicted German imports to rise by 0.5%, this number instead dropped by 1.3%, adding to the country’s trade surplus.

ING economist Carsten Brzeski to the press: “This morning’s data shows that the economy has left its industrial hibernation behind”. According to him, the newly released numbers are indicating a good start into the second quarter.

Meanwhile, analysts in the United Kingdom are urging that the UK is stepping up its exports. The British government wants to double exports by 2020, yet it’s uncertain whether this goal can be achieved. For instance, exports from the UK to China had been at $16 billion in 2014 while those from Germany had been at $82 billion. This is the more troubling seeing that the United Kingdom has a very rich trading history. Industry analysts agree that stepping up the U.K.’s exports, especially to emerging markets in Asia would be crucial for a better economy in the UK.

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If You Love the Horses: Some Horse Racing Tips

horseracing UKAndrew asked me last Wednesday whether I had some horse racing tips and betting strategies that actually work.

I assume he came up with the idea to ask me about that since I told him that I won some money at the track a month ago.

To be honest, turning a newbie into a horse racing professional is anything but easy.

I mean I wish there would be ways that I can share some sort of “magical” system or strategy to help my buddies to win at the races. However it’s simply not that easy. Fact is that those whom you may want to call “horse racing pros” are normally dedicated folks who possibly spent decades on their passion, it’s not something you’re born with or some type of knowledge you can share with someone on a piece of paper.

Obviously this opens up to question whether it’s even possible that the casual racetrack visitor can become a professional without having such an extensive background in researching the horses and tracks all over the United Kingdom. Then again, this is possible if you know where to look since some of the betting professionals out there are indeed willing to share their tips although most of the time for a fee. Some betting professionals in the UK or indeed offering subscription services where you can sign up with to get horse betting strategies for the racetracks in your area. You can even access a handful of those strategies for free, as a teaser so to speak.

And this is what I always tell my buddies when I see that they have an interest in getting into horse racing betting but where it’s clear that they don’t have that  extensive experience and time. The key here is simply to take advantage of the fact that some of the pros are willing to share. With those types of horse racing strategies you can win if you apply them intelligently.


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Some of the U.K.’s Biggest Companies Want to Promote Energy Savings

With the cost of energy in the UK rising steeply and no signs on the horizon that this will stop anytime soon, saving energy has become a priority for many.

What’s worse, according to a recent UK study, more than 60% of those surveyed stated they believe there is nothing they can do to combat the rising energy costs.

It is this uncertainty and unease over energy bills that led to a new partnership of leading UK businesses that are now  wanting to promote a culture of energy efficiency and cost savings.

According to those companies, one priority must be how the issue of energy savings is communicated to the general public. Households in the United Kingdom must become aware of the fact that the can indeed control a large portion of the energy use.

Some of the largest British names in retailing other types of businesses such as Homebase, B&Q but also groups such as the National Trust and the Energy Saving Trust have joined the coalition named as Big Energy Vision.

The idea behind the coalition is that the combined, new case power of several large businesses and charities in the nation can make it easier to help Britons save money on their energy bills.

One goal of Big Energy Vision is to highlight practical actions that anyone can do when they want to take over control over their energy costs.

West Bowling Residents Can Learn About Fire Safety This Friday

If you happen to live in West Bowling you can learn about how to increase fire safety for your home or business this coming Friday.

The Bradford Council along with local firefighters will go door-to-door to talk to residents about fire safety.

Those who live in Bowling Park Drive, Burras Road, Parkside, Avenue Road and Bowling Hall Road can discuss important topics such as better home fire safety, escape plans, smoke alarms and smoke detectors.

The council is planning to extending the service to other streets in the area should it be deemed a success.

A council spokesman said to the press that they would not only provide home fire safety tips and advice but will also ask about some recent fires in the Bowling Park area. By doing this they aim to encourage people to contact emergency services”.

To learn more about modern fire prevention methods  such as the new F-cam fire spotting camera can also visit and take a look at the Argos Fire Ltd. website.