鐖变笂娴?涓婃捣榫欏嚖419,涓婃捣419璁哄潧 – Powered by Darcie Brannon! http://dpchj88.com Tue, 20 Apr 2021 22:05:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.1 鐖变笂娴?涓婃捣榫欏嚖419,涓婃捣419璁哄潧 – Powered by Darcie Brannon! http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10405 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10405#respond Tue, 20 Apr 2021 22:05:48 +0000 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10405 first_imgNew proposals obliging large and listed companies to publish detailed information about their payment practices and performance have been unveiled by Business Minister Matthew Hancock [pictured].The changes will provide robust information making it easier for small businesses to “compare the role models with the less reputable.â€?Specifically, the average payment time will be revealed; the proportion of invoices paid beyond terms; and the proportion of invoices paid within 30 days, over 30 days, over 60 days and over 120 days.The new proposals show “how the government intends to use the prompt payment powerâ€?in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill which is currently going through Parliament. Reporting on a quarterly basis will be mandatory.last_img

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鐖变笂娴?涓婃捣榫欏嚖419,涓婃捣419璁哄潧 – Powered by Darcie Brannon! http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10404 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10404#respond Tue, 20 Apr 2021 21:58:13 +0000 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10404 first_imgAs part of the operators ongoing vehicle enhancement programme, Shearings Holidays has now launched free on-board wi-fi on all of its branded coaches.Jane Atkins, Managing Director at Shearings Holidays says: “We are always looking for ways to improve and update our holiday experience and this is a great addition to our branded fleet.“We know our customers are tech savvy and like to stay in touch while away and this is now easier than ever before.?img src="http://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/C2061/IMG14400.jpg" alt="last_img" />

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鐖变笂娴?涓婃捣榫欏嚖419,涓婃捣419璁哄潧 – Powered by Darcie Brannon! http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10403 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10403#respond Tue, 20 Apr 2021 21:51:08 +0000 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10403 first_imgBus patronage in Britain predictably plummeted in the early days of 2021 after strengthened movement restrictions were introduced. But it has not plumbed the depths seen in the earlier stages of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, according to figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT).Outside London, on the year’s first working day ?Monday 4 January ?buses carried 29% of the passenger volume recorded in the third week of January 2020, which DfT uses as a reference. That figure dropped to 24% by Wednesday 6 January. It rallied slightly to 26% on Monday 11 January, the most recent day for which data is available.Weekend ridership is at similar levels. Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 January saw 25% and 31% respectively, declining to 23% and 25% respectively seven days later. In London, usage figures have hovered in the mid- to low-30% area, bottoming out thus far for 2021 on Friday 8 January with 31%.Outside the capital, the last full working week of December saw patronage peak at 58% on Tuesday 15 December 2020. That return has been bettered on only 10 days since 18 March 2020.Bus patronage in London for the early part of January 2020 was ahead of that in the remainder of Britain, but it is still much lower than late 2020January’s decline in bus patronage has undone most of the good work done by operators during the second half of 2020.But the figures for early 2021 thus far are stronger than those seen during the first period of movement restrictions in the early months of that year.Outside London during that period, bus use was at 20% or below for 81 of 82 consecutive days from 24 March to 13 June 2020. No data was recorded on 8 May 2020. Patronage bottomed out at 10% on four of those days.Despite the low figures in the early days of 2021, bus patronage both within and outside London as a percentage of previous figures is ahead of other public transport modes. Neither national rail nor London Underground services have exceeded usage of 20% since 29 December 2020, although differing methodology is used in both those instances. In the former case, some returns are provisional.last_img

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鐖变笂娴?涓婃捣榫欏嚖419,涓婃捣419璁哄潧 – Powered by Darcie Brannon! http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10402 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10402#respond Tue, 20 Apr 2021 14:25:54 +0000 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10402 first_imgIndianaLocalSouth Bend Market Google+ By Tommie Lee – July 19, 2019 0 373 Twitter WhatsApp FILE – This March 23, 2018, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2018 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident as part of the nation’s only test run of the 2020 Census. A trial will begin in federal court on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in San Francisco, over the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith, File) Workers are needed for the 2020 Census.The US Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people to take temporary jobs across the nation, and there are numerous opportunities for Hoosiers.The 2020 Census Jobs website allows applicants to apply for a number of jobs in the state, including recruiting assistants, office operations supervisors, clerks, field supervisors, and census takers. People with language skills, including Spanish, are needed.Applicants under 18 can apply but they will need to be 18 years of age by the time they start work.Learn more at http://2020census.gov/jobs Twitter Pinterest Google+ 2020 Census looking to hire Hoosiers for temporary jobs Facebook Pinterest Facebook Previous articlePolice: Granger man jailed after being found with 3+ pounds of potNext articleRagu Pasta Sauce recall due to possible plastic contamination Tommie Lee WhatsApplast_img

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鐖变笂娴?涓婃捣榫欏嚖419,涓婃捣419璁哄潧 – Powered by Darcie Brannon! http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10401 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10401#respond Tue, 20 Apr 2021 14:23:20 +0000 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10401 first_img Google+ Twitter Facebook Facebook Previous articleVehicle crashes into Zolman Tire in MishawakaNext articleBiden endorsement from Oliver Davis Jr. Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. Pinterest Kendallville police officer shoots suspect during struggle By Associated Press – November 23, 2019 0 344 Google+ (“Police car lights” by Scott Davidson, Attribution 2.0 Generic) KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (AP) ?Authorities say a northeastern Indiana police officer struggling with a domestic violence suspect shot and wounded the man after he pulled a handgun from his waistband.Indiana State Police say the shooting occurred about 8 a.m. Friday at a home in Kendallville.Police say the Kendallville officer arriving first at the home contacted the man and a struggle ensued outside. When the man produced the handgun, the officer fired his service weapon.Police say the suspect was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital for treatment. The extent of his injuries wasn’t clear. The officer wasn’t hurt.State police are investigating the shooting. Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp IndianaNewslast_img

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鐖变笂娴?涓婃捣榫欏嚖419,涓婃捣419璁哄潧 – Powered by Darcie Brannon! http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10400 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10400#respond Tue, 20 Apr 2021 14:19:41 +0000 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10400 first_img Previous articleScrap over old Indiana gay marriage ban derails popular billNext articleTests show Porter County patient does not have coronavirus Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Google+ IndianaNews Pinterest Facebook Twitter By Associated Press – February 2, 2020 0 239 Ex-boyfriend accused of killing woman targeted in November WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest (Photo supplied) HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) ?A northwest Indiana man who was set free on bond on attempted murder charges is accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend, who he allegedly previously attempted to kill.Hammond police say Charles Goforth is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Sylvia Williams.A relative on Wednesday found the 55-year-old Williams dead in her mobile home. Goforth was charged with attempted murder for shooting Williams on Nov. 1.He was freed on a $7,945 bond and a judge allowed him to return home to Independence, Missouri, where he was arrested Thursday.last_img

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鐖变笂娴?涓婃捣榫欏嚖419,涓婃捣419璁哄潧 – Powered by Darcie Brannon! http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10399 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10399#respond Tue, 20 Apr 2021 00:25:43 +0000 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10399 first_imgAs our political leaders lamented the plight of the Union’s jobless, one of Ireland’s top business leaders was due in town. Eager to show that power and influence had not gone to his head, the intrepid captain of industry told ‘his people?back in Ireland not to bother ordering a chauffeur-driven Mercedes to meet him ?he would take a taxi.But he had failed to take into account the effect the summit would have on the availability of taxis. To put it another way, there was an enormous queue.At this point the Irish industrial mogul decided enough was enough. He turned around, got back on the aircraft which had just brought him over from Dublin and was home in time for a pint of Guinness by the banks of the Liffey.last_img

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鐖变笂娴?涓婃捣榫欏嚖419,涓婃捣419璁哄潧 – Powered by Darcie Brannon! http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10398 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10398#respond Tue, 20 Apr 2021 00:23:34 +0000 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10398 first_imgFrance and Germany are insisting the EU executive should not be given the right to determine whether a group of member states can press ahead with ‘enhanced cooperation?in the foreign policy arena, although it will be able to do so in other areas of policy-making in its role as guardian of the Union treaty.French diplomats have suggested that enhanced cooperation could be used, for example, to allow some states to form a special high-level task force to deal with the conflict in the Great Lakes region in Africa even if others did not wish to take part. But Paris argues that the Commission should not be given in a say in whether this happens.France has traditionally been the strongest advocate of giving the EU a more united position on external relations issues, but through greater coordination of individual member states?stances rather than by boosting the Commission’s role.However, Patten argues that trying to improve the effectiveness of the Union’s foreign policy while marginalising the Commission is self-defeating because the executive can provide considerable aid and controls essential policy tools for dealing with crisis situations.He emphasised the importance of his institution’s role in a speech in June, saying: “While the Commission has nothing to say ?nor do we seek a role ?in defence, it is impossible to separate purely military matters from related issues in which we are competent, and have a real contribution to make. Military and the non-military actions cannot be placed neatly into separate boxes. Nor should they be, because they need to be closely coordinated in the service of a single strategy.”The debate comes as EU leaders prepare to boost Solana’s role by giving him control of the Union’s new permanent political and security committee (PSC), which will run crisis management operations from next year. The paper on ‘effective conflict prevention?will emphasise the executive’s importance in dealing with humanita-rian emergencies such as the situations in Bosnia and Kosovo, although it will not be involved in the military side of crisis management operations.It will also argue against any attempt to marginalise the Commission, while acknowledging that the Union’s usual decision-making procedures will have to be telescoped if it is to take rapid action to deal with crisis situations.The move comes as most EU governments are fighting French-led attempts to limit the Commission’s role in deciding whether some Union countries can go ahead with new foreign policy initiatives without all 15 member states being involved.last_img

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鐖变笂娴?涓婃捣榫欏嚖419,涓婃捣419璁哄潧 – Powered by Darcie Brannon! http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10397 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10397#respond Tue, 20 Apr 2021 00:21:51 +0000 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10397 first_img“If we are the ‘main business representative body?[as Byrne described them] then we are surprised that the Commissioner keeps reporting that there is ‘broad support?for the plan,?said Chauvin.“That is because, from the very outset, UNICE has expressed high scepticism and has asked, from the very beginning, for clarification. “Maybe it’s time to get that clarification. The reform Byrne is proposing is far-reaching and could have an impact not only on consumers but the whole internal market. But we have not had a satisfactory response and we are not in a position to support it.”Chauvin admitted that industry was encouraged by Byrne’s initial promise to replace some of a patchwork of EU consumer protection laws covering many sectors with a single framework directive that would force companies to trade fairly with their customers.But he said this plan appears to have been scaled back and that the new directive might be an extra layer of red tape that will make life more complicated for companies ?particularly small firms. “Now they [Byrne and his officials] are saying the broad framework could co-exist…it is changing, and moving like an amoeba ?but the contours are not shaped,?added Chauvin. The linchpin of Byrne’s plan ?to be in place when he leaves the Commission in 2004 ?is a framework directive that would force businesses from plumbers to e-commerce bookstores to abide by common levels of ‘fairness?in their dealings with customers. In an interview with European Voice last week, Byrne said a green paper outlining his proposals had received “a very good response?from business groups. However Jérôme Chauvin, head of company affairs at Brussels-based EU employers?federation UNICE, suggested the Irish Commissioner’s statement was overly positive. The business group said it also has concerns over the way the Byrne blueprint will fit in with other pressing areas of EU policy.These include Commission President Romano Prodi’s proposals on European governance, the Convention on the future of Europe and a separate initiative on sales promotions, launched by Internal Market Commissioner Frits Bolkestein.At the same time, UNICE said it was unclear how Byrne’s plans would affect industry’s efforts to police itself.last_img

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鐖变笂娴?涓婃捣榫欏嚖419,涓婃捣419璁哄潧 – Powered by Darcie Brannon! http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10396 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10396#respond Tue, 20 Apr 2021 00:20:47 +0000 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10396 first_imgDarfur is headline news ?but actually, the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today is in southern Africa. I mean it. While the devastating effects of the three-year drought now appear to be receding, southern Africa is still crippled by a blight of cataclysmic proportions ?the HIV/AIDS pandemic.So far, around a million people have died. This is the tip of the iceberg: with as many as one in three adults in some countries infected with the HIV virus, the deaths can only increase. There are already 11 million AIDS orphans in southern Africa; by 2010, this number is expected to swell to 20m. Imagine every child under five in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom losing their parents and you begin to get the picture.One of the worst aspects of HIV/AIDS is that it hits people at the most productive stage of their lives. Southern Africa is now losing teachers, doctors and civil servants at a faster rate than it can train them. The effect this has on social services is obviously devastating. In Africa as a whole, seven million farmers have so far died of AIDS ?a much more lethal blow to agricultural production than any drought.Horrific as these statistics are, they do not seem to impress donors as much as the short-term, high-profile crises caused by conflict or natural disasters. There is, for understandable reasons, something of a fire-brigade mentality among donors. A big conflagration ?such as Darfur ?attracts generous donations. But getting funds for a long, smouldering, but far more destructive fire is a considerably more challenging task.So why is this so important for WFP? Because food aid can make a huge difference. For most people living with HIV/AIDS, drugs are still not available or affordable. But in the battle against HIV/AIDS, good nutrition can prolong their lives and keep them active and producing. And even for those fortunate enough to have access to anti-retroviral drugs, the medicine works better for the well nourished.There is also the fact that even in areas with the highest HIV prevalence, the vast majority of children between the ages of five and 15 are free of the virus. We need to do everything in our power to keep them that way. And while scientists continue to search for a vaccine and a cure for AIDS, the best hope we currently have is to keep children in school as long as possible. A recent World Bank study showed that young people with little or no education were twice as likely to contract HIV as those with a primary school education. The study also found that in comparison to children who do not go to school, those with an education were more likely to respond to HIV prevention campaigns and thus more likely to change behaviour that puts them at risk of contracting HIV. This is not to say that it is not serious ?I saw for myself the horrendous plight of some two million people forced out of their homes, their livelihoods destroyed, women raped and whole families butchered. This dreadful injustice has rightly attracted the attention of the international press and world leaders.And WFP is there. So far, we are trucking and airlifting food aid to some 300,000 internally displaced people in the Darfur region and more than 100,000 refugees across the border in Chad. center_img There is, unfortunately, a tendency in some quarters to see Africa’s struggle with HIV/AIDS as “not our problem? But we may soon encounter what amounts to societal meltdown. You can already see it in rural areas whose small communities are being abandoned and fields lie fallow. Children are raising other children and they are all lost and hungry.I therefore have one crucial message to our already generous donors and in particular to the newly expanded and booming European Union: thank you for the big donations for the emergencies that we all see on the evening news. But it is even more important to invest now in warding off this millennium’s most deadly scourge, before it is too late.James Morris is the executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme and the UN secretary-general’s special envoy for southern Africa.last_img

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鐖变笂娴?涓婃捣榫欏嚖419,涓婃捣419璁哄潧 – Powered by Darcie Brannon! http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10395 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10395#respond Tue, 20 Apr 2021 00:19:38 +0000 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10395 first_imgWhat value should be ascribed to a painting put together by the EU’s finance ministers and national bank governors over the course of a well-fuelled dinner?Guests at the Ecofin meeting were asked to wield a paintbrush in a good cause. The painting is to be auctioned in aid of an Austrian charity over the Easter weekend. Clearly it is a priceless work of art, even if it did feature a few too many currency symbols. Prominent amid the scribblings was a subtle message about Malta’s ambitions for eurozone membership.last_img

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鐖变笂娴?涓婃捣榫欏嚖419,涓婃捣419璁哄潧 – Powered by Darcie Brannon! http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10394 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10394#respond Tue, 20 Apr 2021 00:17:56 +0000 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10394 first_imgThe legislation, which was signed into law on 25 April, lists types of “unacceptable behaviour?for media organisations, including politically motivated hatred. There are concerns that the legislation could be manipulated by the government to silence critics. It has been strongly criticised by the Organisation for Co-operation and Security in Europe (OSCE) and international journalists?associations. Miklos Haraszti, a media freedom representative for the OSCE, said in January that the draft law would “severely restrict?press freedom. Caplovic, who is responsible for human rights issues, told European Voice in an exclusive interview that the law was “very similar?to legislation in France and Germany, adding “these laws are not criticized? He said that the law was “democratic?and was designed to protect “ordinary citizens?as well as politicians.  Next week’s edition (8 May) of European Voice will feature an interview with Deputy Prime Minister Caplovic talking about Slovakia’s hopes of joining the euro.center_img Responding to the criticisms by the OSCE, he said that that Gianni Buquicchio, the secretary-general of the Venice commission, the constitutional branch of the Council of Europe, the human rights watchdog, “didn’t find anything?to criticise  and “not the criticism made by Haraszti of the Organisation for Co-operation and Security in Europe? Haraszti set out his concerns in a letter to Jan Kubiš, the foreign minister of Slovakia. Caplovic said a case concerning the law had been brought before Slovakia’s constitutional court. “If the decision is that it’s against the constitution we are prepared to amend the law,?he said. Caplovic pointed out that the government had withdrawn plans to include the possibility of fines of 200,000 Slovak Koruna (?,200) after they were criticised. last_img

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鐖变笂娴?涓婃捣榫欏嚖419,涓婃捣419璁哄潧 – Powered by Darcie Brannon! http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10393 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10393#respond Tue, 20 Apr 2021 00:16:48 +0000 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10393 first_imgIn contrast, the ministers agreed that it was too soon for the EU to say how much money it will give to developing countries to help them adapt to unavoidable climate change. Their conclusions state that global spending will need to increase to ?75 billion a year by 2020 if the EU is to meet its objective of restricting global warming to 2°C. They also take note of United Nations estimates that developing countries will need ?3bn-?4bn per year by 2030 to adapt to climate change. Italy and France had argued that these figures should be deleted, because they could be seen as a tacit spending commitment, but in the end the figures stayed. The ministers agreed that any agreement at the UN’s climate change summit in Copenhagen later this year must be based on the most recent scientific evidence, which shows that climate change is happening faster than scientists had previously thought. The UN negotiations are based on the IPCC’s scientific reports, which are drawn up by thousands of scientists, but their latest report from 2007 has been overtaken by new data showing that the Arctic is melting and seas are rising faster than predicted. The European Union will call on other developed countries to set greenhouse-gas targets by the middle of this year, a meeting of the bloc’s environment ministers decided yesterday (2 March). The declaration is an attempt to step up pressure on other wealthy nations, as the world prepares to negotiate a global deal on climate change at the end of the year.The EU has pledged to cut its emissions by 20% by 2020 and promised to increase this target to 30% if other countries join in. At yesterday’s meeting in Brussels, the environment ministers of the 27 EU states re-confirmed their 30% target and called on other developed countries to come up with plans for emission limitations or reductions as soon as possible and no later than the middle of the year. According to evidence from the United Nations?Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was cited by the ministers, developed countries must reduce their emissions by 25-40% by 2020 and by 80-95% by 2050, compared to 1990 levels. The EU is anxious to ensure that other rich countries take on similar commitments for 2020 and beyond. The ministers also stated that they want other rich countries to pass measures that are similar to the EU’s climate and energy package that was agreed last year.But ministers were divided over how to calculate what a “similar?commitment would be. In the end they agreed that targets should be based on a country’s ability to pay, potential to make greenhouse-gas reductions, efforts made since 1990 and population trends. Some countries, notably France, Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Spain, had pressed to include emissions per person, but other countries thought this would cause problems at the UN negotiating table. The ministers compromised, by agreeing that all countries should work to limit their emissions to two tonnes per person by 2050. last_img

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鐖变笂娴?涓婃捣榫欏嚖419,涓婃捣419璁哄潧 – Powered by Darcie Brannon! http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10392 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10392#respond Tue, 20 Apr 2021 00:16:13 +0000 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10392 first_imgClearer thinking on the part of European leaders is needed if they are to avoid going deeper into a crisis with unpredictable consequences.  It is vital to separate in one’s mind the urgent steps needed to contain the crisis in Greece today from far-reaching proposals such as the European Monetary Fund and others like it that would make the eurozone work better in the future. The latter are ten-year projects, and might prove as irrelevant as they are divisive if ?as is possible ?the eurozone were to break apart. Here is a five-point plan for dealing with today’s ?rather than tomorrow’s ?crisis: Uri Dadush is the director of the international economics programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and was previously director of international trade and of economic policy at the World Bank. First, recognise that the Greek debacle is not just a fiscal crisis but also ?with its unit labour costs rising by 35% against Germany’s and 60% against the US’s within ten years ?a competitiveness crisis. The single currency makes it very difficult to grow out of the fiscal/competitiveness trap. It also makes other vulnerable countries ?such as Spain ?more susceptible to contagion, even though, fiscally, they are in better-than-average shape, because markets recognise that their fiscal situation will only deteriorate if they do not fix their competitiveness problem. Second, containing the crisis in Greece requires that measures agreed upon in principle are taken in sequence and in a balanced fashion. Fiscal consolidation in Greece must move ahead convincingly, for international help to have a chance of working ?politically and economically. Fiscal measures are clearly not enough; reforms must also address competitiveness directly, with measures to develop skills, promote innovation and make labour markets more flexible. Some of these reforms would take a long time to work, but starting to take them is nevertheless crucial to reassure markets that the conditions for sustained growth are being re-established. Third, an apolitical analysis is needed of whether Greece can actually repay its debt without unacceptable social disruption or abandoning the euro. If, as I fear, the only realistic solution in Greece is a restructuring of debts, then policymakers need to face up to the need as soon as possible. Achieving an orderly debt write-down or rescheduling will require measures to alleviate the shock on the still fragile European banking system. Fourth, a co-ordinated macroeconomic policy approach must ensure that aggregate demand growth in Europe is supportive of the painful adjustment that will be needed in vulnerable countries over many years. The main elements of this plan are understood, though politically fraught, and include: measures to stimulate domestic demand in surplus countries, the persistence of low interest rates and an expansionary monetary policy, and a weaker euro. The latter will require careful co-ordination with G20 partners to avoid competitive devaluations, but it should be evident to the US, China and others that a series of sovereign crises in the heart of Europe is now the main risk to a global recovery. Fifth, it has become painfully clear in recent weeks that not only do European institutions lack the instruments, expertise and track record to tackle these policy challenges, but ?more ominously ?there is an acute shortage of political space. Providing Greece with financial support requires a political mandate, but imposing tough conditions on Greece over an extended period risks creating a rift between EU nations that would be remembered for generations. The International Monetary Fund is far from a perfect answer to these challenges, but it is the best option available. The sooner European leaders recognise these tough realities, the greater the likelihood that the eurozone as we know it will survive and perhaps emerge stronger from the ordeal. last_img

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鐖变笂娴?涓婃捣榫欏嚖419,涓婃捣419璁哄潧 – Powered by Darcie Brannon! http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10391 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10391#respond Tue, 20 Apr 2021 00:15:16 +0000 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10391 first_imgSanta Claus came early this year for four former executives of Washington Mutual (WaMu), a large US bank that failed in fall 2008. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) had brought a lawsuit against the four, actions that included taking huge financial risks while “knowing that the real estate market was in a ‘bubble.’?The FDIC sought to recover $900 million (?88m), but the executives have just settled for $64m (?9m), almost all of which will be paid by their insurers; their out-of-pockets costs are estimated at just $400,000 (?06,000).To be sure, the executives lost their jobs and now must drop claims for additional compensation. But, according to the FDIC, the four still earned more than $95m (?3m) from January 2005 through September 2008. So they are walking away with a great deal of cash. This is what happens when financial executives are compensated for ‘return on equity?unadjusted for risk. The executives get the upside when things go well; when the downside risks materialise, they lose nothing (or close to it).At the same time, their actions ?and similar actions by other bankers ?are directly responsible for both the run-up in housing prices and the damaging collapse that followed. That collapse has impacted non-bankers in many negative ways, including through the loss of more than eight million jobs. It is also leading to austerity ?taxes are increasing and government spending is falling at the local and state level around the country. A difficult fiscal conversation still lies ahead at the federal level, but cuts and contractions of various types seem likely.Some people argue that Americans need to tighten their belts. That is an interesting discussion, particularly at a time with unemployment is still above 8% (with recent declines largely the result of many jobless workers?decision to stop looking and drop out of the labour force altogether). Precipitate austerity is hardly likely to help the economy find its way back to higher employment levels.But what about US government support for the big banks? Is this contracting in the light of the current fiscal pressures on it? Unfortunately, it is not; much government support remains, implicitly through allowing banks to be ‘too big to fail? and explicitly through various kinds of backing provided by the Federal Reserve.The rationale ?or perhaps we should call it ideology ?behind supporting big banks is that they are needed for the economy to recover. But this position looks increasingly doubtful when the banks are sitting on piles of cash while creditworthy consumers and businesses are reluctant to borrow.The same situation exists in Europe today, where the reality is even starker. Banks are receiving ever-larger bail-outs, while countries that borrowed are cutting social programmes and face rising social tensions and political instability as a result. Countries like Greece, Italy, and arguably Portugal over-borrowed, and now their citizens face severe consequences. But the bankers face no consequences whatsoever for over-lending.To be sure, some major European financial institutions may now face difficulties, and ?who knows ?perhaps some of their executives will end up being fired. But does anyone think that the people who ran European banks into the ground will leave their positions with anything less than considerable wealth? There is no real austerity ?now or possibly in the future ?for leading bank executives. The protesters of ‘Occupy Albany?issued a powerful consensus statement recently, which reads in part:“The interests of those who purchase influence are rewarded at the expense of the People, from whom the government’s just power is derived. We believe that this failure in our system is at the core of many interconnected issues we face as a society, and its resolution is key to a just future. We therefore demand true democracy, decoupled from the corrosive influence of concentrated economic power, and we call all who share in this common goal to stand with us and take action toward this end.?Big banks represent the ultimate in concentrated economic power in today’s economies. They are able to resist all meaningful reform that could really change their compensation schemes. Their executives want to get all the upside while facing none of the true downside.But capitalism without the prospect of failure is not any kind of market economy. We are running a large-scale, non-transparent, and dangerous government subsidy scheme for the benefit primarily of a very few, extremely wealthy people.Jon Huntsman, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, is addressing this directly ?insisting that we should force the largest banks to break up and to become safer. No other candidate for the presidency is seriously confronting this issue head-on: just saying ‘we’ll let them fail?is no kind of answer when the failure of megabanks would cause so much damage.We should learn from both the WaMu and the Occupy movement. In both cases, the lesson is the same: concentrated financial power is a gift that keeps on giving ?but not to you.center_img Simon Johnson, a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is co-founder of a leading economics blog, BaselineScenario.com, a professor at MIT Sloan, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and co-author, with James Kwak, of ?3 bankers? © Project Syndicate, 2011.last_img

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鐖变笂娴?涓婃捣榫欏嚖419,涓婃捣419璁哄潧 – Powered by Darcie Brannon! http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10390 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10390#respond Tue, 20 Apr 2021 00:15:14 +0000 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10390 first_imgEuropean Union documents about relations with India are full of ritual invocations of the values the two sides supposedly share, starting with the fact that India is the world’s largest democracy. But on many questions of the day India has sided with the dictators rather than the world’s democratic caucus, much to the frustration of Western diplomats.  In recent months, this frustration has been boiling over as India ?currently at the mid-point of its two-year turn on the United Nations Security Council, and hoping one day to join the Council as a permanent member ?has sided with Russia in blocking any condemnation of Syria’s regime for its vicious crackdown on protesters. “This has created a poisonous atmosphere within the Security Council,?says Richard Gowan, associate director of the Center for International Co-operation at New York University. The motivations behind such behaviour are complex. Unlike Russia, India has no particular sympathy for or ideological affinity with the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and no major economic interests in the country. But India has a deep-seated aversion to what it sees as Western moralising and double standards. It is still reeling from the experience of UN backing for the protection of civilians in Libya, which in its view (shared by Russia and China) was subsequently misused by the Western powers to engineer regime change in Tripoli. India is deeply sceptical of ‘humanitarian interventions?on principle and has a deep attachment to a fairly absolute notion of state sovereignty and non-interference. Action by coalitions of the willing outside the UN ?such as the French and British-led attack on Libya (later transferred to NATO) ?is anathema; and as a country facing numerous local insurgencies, India is not a friend of insurgents abroad. Leading arms-buyer India’s location in one of the world’s most volatileregions, meanwhile, has turned it into the world’s leading arms-buyer in the five years to 2011, according to SIPRI, a think-tank based in Stockholm. Russia provided more than 80% of India’s arms imports during that time, and is expected to deliver military supplies worth ? billion this year alone ?more than 60% of Russian arms sales. Recent deals with the United States show that there is nothing ideological about the way India buys in its arms; the US now appears set to join Russia and Israel as India’s top arms suppliers. And on Tuesday (31 January), India became the first foreign buyer of France’s Rafale fighter jet, in India’s single biggest arms deal to date, worth ?.4 billion for 126 planes. For India, unlike the EU, issues of hard security are at the core of its foreign policy. Instinctively, therefore, its positions are closer to the non-Western powers on the Security Council ?China and Russia ?than to the EU’s liberal worldview. India has been a difficult partner to a European Union seeking to use its ‘soft power?to affect the behaviour of foreign governments. In general, Indian diplomacy is driven by three overarching goals: to contain its neighbour and arch-enemy, Pakistan, especially in the divided province of Kashmir; to join the UN Security Council as a permanent member; and to secure India’s commercial interests, especially its energy supply, which in recent years has often put it in direct competition with China. In none of these is the EU a crucial or even relevant actor. In some, it is distinctly unhelpful. India worries that the rush by NATO’s allies to leave Afghanistan will give Pakistan even more influence in that country, allowing all manner of Islamist radicals to operate from there. “Have the Europeans done any calculations as to what pulling out of Afghanistan means for India and Iran? I don’t think they have,?says Gowan. “Most Europeans just want out of Afghanistan, and that’s going to leave India with a huge mess.?This has other implications for India. “From an Indian perspective, weakening Iran risks compounding the mess on their north-western border,?Gowan says. As a result, the best that the EU can hope for as it imposes an oil embargo against Iran is that India will not snatch up the surplus production. Even that minimal co-operation, however, appears doubtful. Pakistan Relations between Pakistan and India are less tense than during most of the two countries?existence as independent (and separate) states; plans for joint energy projects suggest that the two governments recognise the potential of strategic co-operation (see box, above). But Pakistan’s volatility reduces the scope of any rapprochement; improved relations could be undone at once if there were regime change in Islamabad. Much of India’s attachment to countries in the ‘global south? democracies and dictatorships alike, which are resisting Western preponderance in international institutions has to do with its colonial past ?its domination by Britain, which ended 65 years ago. But this attachment has weakened in recent decades; India is no longer so sure that its future really lies in leading the non-aligned movement. It is now simultaneously pursuing, together with Brazil and South Africa, a reform of the Security Council that would allow it to join the big league of world powers. The EU is split on the issue, with Germany ?as a direct beneficiary of future UN reform ?in favour, and Italy and Spain leading a group against. A recent spat pitted India, which is seeking higher reimbursement rates for its UN peacekeepers ?one of the largest contingents ?against the Europeans, led by the UK, which have come to view everything that happens at the UN through the prism of the budget. Turkmen gas India and Pakistan are negotiating an agreement to build a 1,700 kilometre pipeline through Afghanistan to import gas from Turkmenistan’s Yolotan-Osman gas field. Asim Hussain, Pakistan’s energy minister, said on 25 January that the two sides were drafting a joint strategy and preparing to discuss transit fees with Afghanistan. The pipeline is projected to bring up to 33 billion cubic metres per year to Pakistan and India. Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan’s president, was in Turkmenistan in January for talks on the pipeline project with Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, his Turkmen counterpart. Foreign Aid Traditionally a recipient of development aid, India has in recent years increased the aid it gives to other countries. According to annual reports by the foreign ministry, India’s aid and loan programme provided $488 million (?70m) in the fiscal year 2009-10, down from $610m (?65m) the previous year. Most of this aid goes to countries in India’s immediate neighbourhood, such as Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Afghanistan is a special case, with Indian pledges of $2 billion (?.5bn) in a bid to counter Pakistan’s influence. Aid to Bangladesh has a similar geopolitical dimension, with India extending a $1bn (?60m) credit line two years ago in the context of counter-terrorism co-operation. However, India also has plans to increase its aid to Africa, and last year set up a foreign aid agency that is supposed to disburse $11.3bn (?.6bn) in the coming five to seven years, including $5bn (?.8bn) for Africa. India had pledged a similar amount in 2008 for infrastructure development in Africa, where it competes with China for business opportunities. Fact Filelast_img

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鐖变笂娴?涓婃捣榫欏嚖419,涓婃捣419璁哄潧 – Powered by Darcie Brannon! http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10389 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10389#respond Tue, 20 Apr 2021 00:14:38 +0000 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10389 first_imgAlgirdas Šemeta, the European commissioner for taxation and anti-fraud, has said that he is disappointed that European Union finance ministers failed to agree tougher rules on tax evasion today.Maria Fekter, the finance minister of Austria, the last country to oppose a revision of the EU’s savings tax directive, said during today’s meeting of finance ministers that while she “accepted?the text of the draft legislation, it was too early to approve it.Luxembourg, which ended an eight-year resistance to the proposals in April, also did not approve the revision of the rules during today’s meeting. The failure sets up the possibility of a row at the summit of member state leaders next week (15 May) where most countries will put pressure on Austria and Luxembourg to give in.Šemeta said that today’s talks had been a “big opportunity?to take “decisive action?on tax evasion and that expectations had been high that a breakthrough would be made today.“I cannot honestly say expectations were met,?he said.Finance ministers did however agree to give the Commission a mandate to negotiate stricter bank transparency agreements with Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco and San Marino.Šemeta said the Commission wanted to negotiate “ambitious agreements?with the countries. The aim is to ensure that these countries apply transparency measures equivalent to the EU’s savings tax directive. Negotiations will be based on the proposed revised legislation.“It’s undoubtedly a step forward,?Šemeta said. “Let’s hope what leaders agree next week at the summit is more like a giant leap.?img src="http://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2016/IMG2862.jpg" alt="last_img" />

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鐖变笂娴?涓婃捣榫欏嚖419,涓婃捣419璁哄潧 – Powered by Darcie Brannon! http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10388 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10388#respond Tue, 20 Apr 2021 00:13:45 +0000 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10388 first_imgThe United Kingdom will not participate in the European Union’s planned search and rescue operation for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea.Joyce Anelay, the UK’s minister for the foreign office, informed the British Parliament in a written statement that the UK would not be participating in the operation, called Operation Triton, because the mission might encourage more migrants to attempt the crossing. The operation is being co-ordinated by Frontex, the EU’s border-management agency.The mission is meant to help Italy in particular and will complement its Mare Nostrum mission. The statement was submitted to the Parliament earlier this month but was revealed by the British press yesterday (28 October). Anelay wrote that it would create an “unintended pull factor?for potential migrants. She said the government believes that it would be better to focus attention on countries of origin and transit, and to stop people smugglers.Human rights organisations have criticised the UK’s refusal to participate in the mission.last_img

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鐖变笂娴?涓婃捣榫欏嚖419,涓婃捣419璁哄潧 – Powered by Darcie Brannon! http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10387 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10387#respond Tue, 20 Apr 2021 00:09:43 +0000 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10387 first_imgThe budget for the federal police has been boosted to a projected ?.95 billion this year, compared with just under ?.6 billion spent in 2014, and the government said last September it would create 3,000 new positions on the force. Walter insisted, however, on the need for additional funding and headcount staff to protect the country.Behr, the criminologist in Hamburg, cautioned that the police union was defending “what’s in the interest of their members,?adding: “Since the end of World War II, there has never been a situation when the police unions were happy with their staffing.? Also On POLITICO Europol needs more staff from EU nations to respond to terrorist attacks By Zoya Sheftalovich A year earlier, foreign intelligence services had informed German authorities that terrorists groups were planning attacks against railway stations in Berlin and Dresden, according to media reports.Within Germany’s security apparatus, there are 40 federal and regional agencies with highly trained and well-armed special counterterrorism units. Just last December, Germany set up another national unit called the Evidence Collection and Arrest Unit Plus (BFE+). Its members are specifically trained for wide-ranging manhunts during anti-terrorist operations and to offer other support to the existing GSG9 elite force and the states?SEK special response units.However, Walter said that as well-prepared as these units are, their colleagues patrolling vital installations like airports and stations are not equipped to handle an attack, even though they are most likely to provide the first response. In urban areas, special units need at least 20 minutes to reach the scene of an attack and in more remote areas it could take hours, said Walter.Furthermore, the recent influx of refugees and deployment of German federal police officers to Frontex, the EU agency coordinating efforts to secure the union’s external borders, means staffing levels are lower than usual, Walter said.“Currently, at some of the larger train stations in the country, we are working with only 50 percent of our regular staff,?he said, adding that the degree of understaffing became clear after the Brussels attacks, when federal police were sent to the borders with Belgium, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, to prevent any fugitive terrorists from entering Germany.If these officers “really came across a terrorist, they would have no chance, with their current equipment,?said Walter. “I can only pray that no terrorist with a Kalashnikov ever comes through one of those border crossings ?I’m afraid this would leave our colleagues dead.?“In every patrol car, there should be two titanium helmets, certain bulletproof vests, and our officers should have access to bulletproof cars if they are sent to set up terrorism checkpoints at the border, for example,?Walter said in an interview.However, one expert cautioned that police patrols that look like military units could have an adverse effect on the public.“It doesn’t make sense to try to fight terrorism by arming foot police with weaponry of war,?said Rafael Behr, a criminologist at the Hamburg Police Academy. “It’s ineffective ?and it’s the wrong signal to the population. Militarizing policemen on patrol will only create more fear of a potential terrorist attack.”Germany has not suffered a major terrorist attack by Islamic extremists but officials say there has been a high risk for years.“The situation is serious, it’s deadly serious,?Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said in a TV interview last month.“ISIL has declared war on us, Germany and the West, and the group wants to carry out terrorist attacks,?said Hans-Georg Maaßen, chief of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, during a radio interview in January.center_img BERLIN – Germany’s Federal Police, who patrol borders, airports and railway stations, are ill-equipped to respond to a Paris- or Brussels-style attack or hinder terrorists from entering the country, according to their union leader.“We are short-staffed, and our policemen on the ground don’t have the equipment to deal with this sort of terrorism we are observing,?federal police union leader Ernst Walter told POLITICO. “This puts both our officers and the population at great risk.”In the wake of the November 13 attacks in Paris and the March 22 bombings in Brussels, Walter demanded better protection for police officers patrolling on foot and by car, including bulletproof vests and armouring some of their vehicles.last_img

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鐖变笂娴?涓婃捣榫欏嚖419,涓婃捣419璁哄潧 – Powered by Darcie Brannon! http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10386 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10386#respond Tue, 20 Apr 2021 00:06:21 +0000 http://dpchj88.com/dzksl10386 first_imgAfterward, they tried to tell everyone they’d gotten along and everything was going to be all right.Glasses of water with the presidential seal were on the tables at either side, still with their protective paper tops on, untouched. They refused to answer any questions beyond their prepared remarks, including one that is on many minds: “Do you still consider him a threat to the republic?”President-elect Donald Trump barely looked at him, his eyes on the floor, darting around the room.President Barack Obama spoke first. President-elect Donald Trump barely looked at him, his eyes on the floor, darting around the room, his face a little red, his son-in-law Jared Kushner ?who had just had a long walk around the South Lawn of the White House with Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough, potentially indicating the sort of role he’ll have in the Trump administration ?taking photos of the meeting on his iPhone. He was framed by a painting of the Statue of Liberty’s torch on the curved wall above his head, a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. that Obama treasures behind him.At points, Obama spoke to the reporters, at points to Trump. But he looked straight at him at the end.“Most of all, I want to emphasize to you, Mr. President-elect, that we now are going to want to do everything we can to help you succeed ?because if you succeed, then the country succeeds,?Obama said, Trump’s face turning to him fully for the first time. Trump called him “a very good man.”Then he started his remarks with something that was not true: “This was a meeting that was going to last for maybe 10 or 15 minutes,?Trump said.The meeting had been scheduled to last an hour. The reporters brought into the Oval Office at the end were told long before not to even assemble for the brief access at its end until the meeting would have been going on for 30 minutes.There was no vitriol, no bluster. He spoke calmly, a little hesitantly, but still distinctively Trump.“We really ?we discussed a lot of different situations, some wonderful and some difficulties,?Trump said. “He explained some of the difficulties, some of the high-flying assets and some of the really great things that have been achieved.”Obama looked straight at Trump throughout, his hands clasped, his back a little hunched, as Trump said he expected to be calling on the president’s counsel, and to being with him again many times in the future. They had never met before.They have hated each other intensely from afar, each to the other the prime example of what so many Americans get wrong, and what they needed to run for president to try to correct.Thursday, they spent 90 minutes alone in the Oval Office. Which is true in the sense of preparing to hand over the keys. But it’s completely not true in the sense that Obama was completely unprepared for this moment until 60 hours before, and doesn’t seem to really have been on Thursday.Earnest was asked whether Trump and Obama had talked about tweeting from the Oval Office, or about birtherism. He said he didn’t know.While he was speaking, Obama walked onto the South Lawn. The motorcade was gone. The president-elect was gone. The Trump aides who’d been walking around taking videos on their phones were gone.In their place were the Cleveland Cavaliers, there for a world champion celebration. They even had prominently anti-Trump Ohio Gov. John Kasich out there with them.Calling this basketball team champions was a pleasure, Obama said.“That’s what we’re talking about when we’re talking about hope, and change.? Trump’s first test as president-elect By Nolan D. McCaskill center_img They did not fight, he insisted. They did not argue. But Obama hasn’t changed his mind about why he never wanted Trump anywhere near the room where they sat together Thursday.“They did not re-create some sort of presidential debate in the Oval Office today,?Earnest said. “What I’m saying is that the forceful case that the president made on the campaign trail leading up to Election Day reflected his authentic views about the stakes of the election.”As for Obama calling him totally unfit for office, Earnest said, “The two men did not re-litigate their differences in the Oval Office?we’re on to the next phase.”Obama was completely unprepared for this moment until 60 hours before.Earnest also tried to toe the line on peaceful transition.Obama “has been preparing for this moment and this meeting for the better of a year,?he said. White House press secretary Josh Earnest, stone-faced as he joined reporters in the Oval Office for their brief access, entered the briefing room shortly after, having taken a moment with Obama to get up to speed with what was discussed.Earnest kept using the word “tone?to explain why Obama and the White House staff are not as panicked as they clearly are. Trump’s tone early Wednesday morning after the race was called and he spoke to Obama. Trump’s tone in his victory speech. Trump’s tone in speaking to reporters in the Oval Office.Earnest said Obama, among other things, briefed Trump on his trip to Greece and Germany next week, explaining the kinds of questions he’s likely to be asked from a nervous world and what he’s likely to say. They talked about organizing the White House, Earnest said.They didn’t talk about Trump tweeting in August that “Obama will go down as the worst President in history on many topics but especially foreign policy.?They didn’t talk about Obama responding in a segment for “Jimmy Kimmel Live?two weeks ago, “Well @realDonaldTrump,?Obama said, “at least I will go down as a president.?Obama nodded at the end.Another question that Obama didn’t answer, shouted at him by a reporter: Do you think Trump will uproot your legacy?The anger is bubbling at the White House, along with the shock. The traditional couples photo with the Trumps and Obamas at the arrival was scrapped. Instead of driving in to come in through the West Wing lobby entrance, as was expected, Trump’s motorcade pulled in to the South Lawn, out of view of reporters or the White House staffers who had gathered on the steps of the Eisenhower Old Executive Office Building to see him arrive.In the Secret Service shed at the entrance to the White House Wednesday morning, two riot gear shields rested against the wall.As reporters waited to enter the Oval Office, emergency vehicle sirens went off, creating a buzz. Several heard something they were convinced was a gunshot ?though nothing was reported, and a cameraman insisted, probably correctly, that it was just a grounds lawnmower engine backfiring. Also On POLITICO last_img

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