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"A debate is raging within the administration. They are taking a second look at the entire process of exerting pressure on authoritarian rulers in the Middle East." - Fawaz Gerges
          COMO SE FAZ UM RELATÓRIO   
A consulta de um dicionário de Língua Portuguesa dá-nos a seguinte definição de relatório:
"exposição circunstanciada e objectiva, oral ou por escrito, daquilo que se viu, estudou, observou, analisou... "

Ao longo da tua vida académica e profissional, vais ter de produzir relatórios cujos objectivos são descrever situações, factos, actividades, comunicar um trabalho, uma pesquisa, um projecto desenvolvido. Para além do papel de comunicação que o relatório efectivamente tem, a sua elaboração permite uma análise crítica sobre o trabalho e a perspectivação da actividade futura. Daí que num relatório, não te possas limitar a descrever o que foi feito, mas como foi feito: deves registar os processos que te levaram a determinadas conclusões, as dificuldades sentidas, as hipóteses de trabalho levantadas, etc.

O professor avisa com antecedência o dia em que terás de apresentar o(s) relatório(s). Tens de reter dois aspectos muito importantes:
1 – Cumprimento do prazo – se entregas um relatório fora do prazo podes ser penalizado na avaliação. Na tua vida futura, pode até acontecer que o teu trabalho não seja aceite.

2 – Um relatório prepara-se com tempo. O conhecimento antecipado da data de entrega permite-te gerir o tempo da sua produção para que o documento final reflicta cuidado na apresentação e um conteúdo substancial, quer dizer, que reflicta de facto o teu trabalho.
Tipos de Relatório
No âmbito da AP vais ter de produzir diferentes tipos de relatórios:
1 - Relatório de actividade
2 - Relatório de desenvolvimento/processo
3 - Relatório do produto final
Vamos analisar os objectivos de cada um destes tipos de relatório e de seguida a estrutura que deves seguir para a sua elaboração.
1 - Relatório de actividade – o professor pode solicitar um relatório individual ou de grupo de uma iniciativa, de uma saída ou actividade de campo, de uma visita de estudo, de um conjunto de actividades produzidas num determinado período de tempo.
2 - Relatório de desenvolvimento/processo – está prevista a apresentação de um relatório do desenvolvimento do projecto em AP em dois momentos: * no fim do 1° período; * no Carnaval.
Contudo, o professor pode solicitar um relatório de desenvolvimento sempre que considere oportuno.
Os objectivos destes relatórios, também designados por relatórios de processo, são, entre outros, os seguintes:
  • permitem que o grupo e cada um dos seus elementos tome consciência do processo de execução do projecto e da participação de cada um;
  • ajudam a reflectir sobre as dificuldades e até bloqueios do projecto favorecendo a sua superação;
  • podem orientar a reformulação do projecto;
  • promovem a auto-avaliação;
  • constituem elementos de avaliação para o professor.
3 - Relatório do produto final – acompanha a apresentação do produto no fim do ano lectivo. O produto final é a concretização do projecto desenvolvido: integra a experiência do projecto.

Pode acontecer que ao longo do ano o professor solicite produtos do trabalho, e nesse caso, estás a apresentar um relatório de produto.
Em diferentes momentos terás de apresentar quer relatórios individuais, quer relatórios de grupo. A sua solicitação é geralmente acompanhada por um conjunto de instruções que te orientam na sua produção.
A estrutura de um relatório



Vamos apresentar-te um conjunto de elementos que poderás encarar como um guião para a elaboração de relatórios. Geralmente o relatório apresenta as seguintes partes: capa, índice, texto, anexos.

Capa
Na capa devem constar os seguintes elementos:
  • O nome da escola
  • O título (por exemplo. "Relatório do Trabalho de Projecto")
  • A tua identificação
  • A identificação do professor
  • A data
Apesar de a capa não ter registado o número de página, conta como página 1.

Índice
Na página 2 deves registar o índice, que tem como função apresentar a estrutura do relatório e a sua localização através do registo da página. Exemplo:
1 - Introdução .............................................. 3
2 - O carácter da Área de Projecto ................ 5
3 -............................................................... 7
4 - .............................................................. 11
5 - Bibliografia ............................................. 15
6 - Anexos .................................................. 17

Texto
Deves iniciar o teu texto com uma introdução em que justificas a razão de ser do relatório e os seus objectivos. Podes apresentar, brevemente, o plano do texto que produziste. No relatório, isto é no texto propriamente dito, identificas o objectivo do relatório, descreves o trabalho que realizaste, as metodologias utilizadas, os resultados e as dificuldades que encontraste, as questões que o trabalho suscitou.

Um relatório que se limite a descrever as actividades desenvolvidas é pobre: é a reflexão sobre as dificuldades que sentiste, a forma como as ultrapassaste, o modo como interagiste com os teus colegas e com outras pessoas com quem colaboraste que torna o teu relatório um documento único, porque reflecte a tua experiência pessoal. Mostra como organizaste e desenvolveste o trabalho e a tua contribuição para o grupo: integra, portanto, uma apreciação autocrítica do teu trabalho.

Deves incluir uma conclusão onde registes comentários finais, observações críticas e um balanço genérico da actividade ou do trabalho objecto do relatório.
No teu texto, há alguns aspectos éticos que deves respeitar:
  • só citar documentos selectivamente consultados;
  • citar as fontes a que recorreste, registando todos os dados que permitam a sua identificação;
  • ser rigoroso no registo dos dados e nos contactos que mantiveste;
  • ser autêntico na descrição das tuas experiências e na análise crítica que produzas.
Anexos
Nos anexos, deves integrar os documentos, gráficos, legislação, imagens, conforme o caso. Estes materiais devem ser numerados e a paginação deve continuar a do texto principal. Deves incluir também a bibliografia

Redacção e apresentação gráfica
No teu relatório, a forma como rediges tem muita importância.
Assim:
  • procura apresentar as tuas ideias de forma estruturada, com clareza e rigor;
  • as frases e os parágrafos não devem ser extensos;
  • a expressão deve ser correcta e clara. Procura fazer várias revisões para evitares erros ou frases mal construídas;
  • podes utilizar a primeira pessoa do singular ou a primeira do plural.
A apresentação gráfica do relatório é também relevante, devendo-se pautar pela descrição e pela regularidade. Apresentamos-te algumas sugestões:
  • tipo de letra: Deves escolher uma fonte que seja discreta e bem legível;
  • tamanho: os textos devem ter tamanho 12; as notas de rodapé devem ser escritas em tamanho 8;
  • os títulos devem ser escritos a bold (negrito), hierarquizados, isto é, usando diferentes tamanhos para os títulos e os subtítulos;
  • espaçamento – 1,5;
  • tipo de papel: A4 branco.
Avaliação do relatório

O teu professor de AP esclarecerá os critérios que terá em conta na avaliação.
Contudo, há alguns aspectos que são comuns à avaliação dos relatórios:

  • a organização do trabalho;
  • a descrição ordenada dos procedimentos;
  • a justificação das opções tomadas;
  • a organização das ideias e dos raciocínios; 
  • a clareza e correcção da linguagem utilizada;
  • a criatividade.

A título de exemplo, apresentamos dois modelos de relatórios.


RELATÓRIO DO 1° PERÍODO

O relatório que tens de apresentar para Área de Projecto é o primeiro. do ponto de vista formal. Informalmente, em diálogo com o professor ou com os teus colegas de grupo ou de turma, já produziste muitos relatórios informais. Reconheces afirmações como:

  • “Já percebo melhor o que se pretende com área de Projecto”;
  • “Não sabia que as consequências das faltas em AP eram tão graves”;
  • “Tenho tido problemas em aceder ao site x”;
  • “O tema que o meu grupo está a desenvolver dá mais trabalho do que imaginávamos”;
  • “Já sou capaz de organizar melhor as informações que recolho”;
  • “Já sou capaz de trabalhar melhor em equipa”.

Estas e muitas outras reflexões estão registadas, com certeza, no teu diário de bordo.
Tendo em conta o que acabámos de dizer e a orientação que tem sido desenvolvida na turma, propõe-se que elabores o teu relatório tendo em conta os seguintes itens:
  1. Analisar as expectativas em relação à AP.
  2. Reflectir sobre as mudanças que esta área exige e os desafios que coloca.
  3. Analisar as actividades que desenvolveste no âmbito das técnicas de investigação e das suas aplicações. Reflectir sobre as aprendizagens que fizeste.
  4. Descrever a forma como o tema foi escolhido e a sua relação com os teus interesses as tuas opções vocacionais e profissionais.
  5. A experiência do trabalho de grupo.
  6. Planificação do projecto.
  7. Perspectivas de trabalho.
O registo das dificuldades sentidas e a forma de as superar
Para elaborares o relatório irás recorrer aos diário de bordo, ao teu portefólio/dossier individual de projecto, onde tens os materiais organizados, aos registos pessoais que foste fazendo, à planificação das tarefas, etc.

          COMO SE FAZ UM PORTEFÓLIO   
"Em Área de Projecto, o portefólio é constituído pelo conjunto dos trabalhos produzidos ao longo do desenvolvimento do projecto.
Permite seguir o modo como vais construindo, com os outros, o projecto e reflectir o teu contributo pessoal. Implica organização, planeamento e contextualização dos materiais que reflectem a prática do teu trabalho.

O portefólio concretiza-se numa pasta, num dossier de argolas, que integra o material recolhido e produzido.

Pode também ser apresentado em suporte digital (por exemplo, CD). Permite a compreensão detalhada das várias componentes do processo de trabalho constituindo um importante meio de avaliação.

O portefólio é um registo global de um percurso, de um processo pessoal de aprendizagem, sendo portanto único. É um instrumento de trabalho em constante reformulação.

O que constitui o portefólio

Não é possível fazer uma listagem exaustiva dos materiais que constituem o portefólio porque este tem de reflectir o projecto, o trabalho concreto que está a ser desenvolvido. Contudo, a listagem que se segue é um indicador do que pode fazer parte de um portefólio:

documentos que são os produtos das investigações levadas a cabo e que podem ter várias origens: entrevistas, questionários, pesquisas bibliográficas, etc. Este material deve ser acompanhado por uma fundamentação rigorosa;

diários de bordo;

comentários e reflexões críticas;

relatórios de actividades e relatórios individuais de desenvolvimento;

sínteses, fichas de leitura e de análise de filmes;

mapas conceptuais;

levantamento de problemas;

grelhas de observação;

glossário;

fotografias e outras produções gráficas;

bibliografia e outros recursos;

comentários produzidos por outras pessoas;

auto-avaliação e hetero-avaliação.



Todos os materiais que reflictam o teu percurso pessoal de trabalho no desenvolvimento do projecto devem ser integrados no teu portefólio. Contudo, o portefólio não é uma acumulação mais ou menos volumosa de materiais. Se o fosse, confundia-se com um dossier.

Características de um portefólio

Que características devem ter os matérias seleccionados? Vamos apresentar algumas delas:

oportunidade/significado - no portefólio não se reúnem todos os materiais produzidos ou recolhidos. Tem de haver uma selecção, integrando aqueles que sejam significativos e adequados ao processo de desenvolvimento do trabalho. Isso não significa que não se incluam materiais que reconheces que não foram úteis para o trabalho. Nesse caso, justificas o motivo da sua exploração e posterior exclusão;

diversidade - o portefólio, para além de reflectir as diferentes fases da investigação e produção do projecto, traduz o recurso a várias fontes e pontos de vista. A lista que registámos no ponto anterior manifesta essa diversidade;

organização - enquanto que um dossier é uma colecção de documentos, o portefólio implica organização que se reflecte na integração dos documentos de modo regular e planificado. Seleccionados, tendo em conta os objectivos e o percurso de trabalho, os documentos devem ser datados e devidamente contextualizados;

criatividade — a apresentação de soluções originais é um elemento de valorização de um portefólio;

fundamentação - as opções tomadas devem ser fundamentadas, isto é, apresentam a justificação. A escolha dos documentos seleccionados deve ser também justificada;

reflexão - esta será uma das mais importantes componentes do portefólio dado que deve acompanhar os trabalhos ou realizações produzidas pelo seu autor. É a reflexão que está na base da selecção dos materiais. É pela reflexão que o aluno toma consciência dos seus progressos: distingue a forma como uma mesma actividade é encarada, por exemplo, por diferentes elementos do grupo que desenvolveram a mesma tarefa. O portefólio deve reflectir a identidade do seu autor.

Construído ao longo do ano, acompanhando a evolução do trabalho, vai assumindo diferentes versões. Por exemplo, no final do ano já integra a descrição do produto final, a avaliação da sua apresentação pública, o relatório do produto, etc. O portefólio cresce e evolui com o projecto.

Como organizar o portefólio

Como já afirmámos, o portefólio não é uma colecção, uma acumulação de materiais. Na base da concepção do portefólio está a planificação, a selecção e a organização do material. Estas características devem manifestar-se na forma como o organizas. Seguem-se algumas sugestões para a organização do portefólio:

folha de rosto com identificação;

inclusão de um índice ou sumário;

apresentação/justificação do projecto;

organização em partes que revelem uma estrutura adequada;

inclusão de separadores claramente identificados.

Deves ter muita atenção ao aspecto gráfico, que deve ser cuidado e motivador da sua consulta. Podes seguir algumas das instruções que já te demos sobre a apresentação gráfica quando abordámos o relatório. Para poderes auto-avaliar o teu portefólio, apresentamos-te uma sugestão de lista de verificação que te permitirá aferir alguns aspectos do teu produto:


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Confira o resumo da semana de "O Rico e Lázaro" de 03 a 07 de Julho. Esta semana, em "O rico e Lázaro", a vida de Daniel (Gabriel Gracindo) está em jogo. Mais uma vez, a vida do governador Daniel está em risco por conta dos seus inimigos. Agora, Beroso (Cassio Scapin) e Nebuzaradã (Angelo Paes Leme) vão atentar contra a integridade dele, que será salvo por um anjo do Senhor.

Segunda-feira, dia  03


Zac expulsa Fassur. Elga finge gostar de Joana. Asher segue para ajudar Aksumai, que grita por socorro no canteiro de obras. Larsa fica furioso ao ver que Naomi não está. Ilana pressiona Matias para que ele tome a decisão correta. Próximo ao canteiro de obras, Asher vê Aksumai, um príncipe de Meroé, gritando por ajuda. Ele avisa que foi picado por uma cobra. Asher o ajuda. Aksumai promete recompensá-lo. Yasha explica o motivo de seu tique nervoso. Ezequiel é recebido pela família de Ravina.

Zac acompanha Joana até sua casa. Abednego fala sobre o estado de saúde de Daniel. Neusta marca um encontro com Irom, pai de Yasha. Samira se disfarça para dançar na Casa da Lua. Asher e Lior ajudam o príncipe Aksumai. Talita e Samira preparam chá para os maridos dormirem melhor. Arioque convida Aspenaz para se divertir. Em conversa com Ebede, Joaquim elogia Yasha, mas diz estar apaixonado por Edissa. Samira aproveita enquanto todos dormem e sai para dançar escondida na Casa da Lua. Nabucodonosor diz estar desconfiado de Irom. Shag-Shag vê Arioque e fica envergonhada. Aspenaz fica maravilhado com o local.

Nebuzaradã e Beroso tramam contra Daniel. Sob um lenço, Samira dança para todos na Casa da Lua. Ela fica surpresa ao ver Rabe-Sáris no local. Nitócris é bajulada por Nabonido. Talita engana Shamir e Tamir. Ebede tenta acalmar Gadise. Samira chega em casa e conta como foi a noite para Talita. Aspenaz fica bêbado e é carregado por Arioque. Ezequiel diz sábias palavras à Joana. Daniel é salvo por um anjo do Senhor e recebe a visita de Ezequiel. Ebede-Meleque procura Ilana. Rabe-Sáris vê Samira com um lenço na mão e ela fica tensa. Yasha escuta Edissa falando sobre o pedido de casamento feito por Joaquim. Aksumai faz uma proposta a Asher. O príncipe diz que lhe dará a liberdade caso ele mate Nabucodonosor.

Terça-feira, dia 04

Asher se recusa a matar o rei. O príncipe Aksumai lhe presenteia com uma adaga. Yasha pede para falar a sós com Edissa. Samira fica tensa diante da presença de Rabe-Sáris. Ilana pede para ficar a sós com Ebede-Meleque. Zadoque estranha a presença do rapaz em sua casa. Talita questiona Samira sobre os encontros com Fassur. Daniel recebe a visita de Ezequiel. Matias se irrita com a presença de Ebede em sua casa. Eles discutem e o eunuco o agride. Joana tenta acalmar Ebede.

Ravina pede para falar com Matias. Nabucodonosor comemora a melhora de Daniel. O rei fica ainda mais feliz ao saber que a estátua de Marduk ficou pronta. Neusta vê Yasha conversando com Edissa. Rabe-Sáris recebe o carinho de Zelfa. Joana apoia Ebede. Lior tenta convencer Asher a desistir da vingança. Nabucodonosor pede para Lia continuar cuidando de Daniel. Ravina diz que Matias deverá se casar com Gadise. Beroso diz que convencerá o rei a fazer um decreto obrigando todos a se curvarem diante da nova estátua construída no Campo de Dura. Ravina elogia a postura de Zadoque.

Joana vai até a oficina de armas da família de Zac e encomenda alguns moldes para a costureira Dalila. Shamir e Samira falam das encomendas de amuletos feitas a Fassur. Gadise descobre que Ebede bateu em Matias e se irrita com o eunuco. Nebuzaradã diz desconfiar da união entre Neusta e Irom. Joaquim conversa com o novo sogro. Gadise se abre com Kassaia e fala sobre sua gravidez. Neusta e Nitócris se provocam. Matias convida Gadise para um jantar. Abednego estranha o comportamento de Matias. O rei manda servir algumas guloseimas para Daniel. Joaquim conversa com Yasha e confessa que ama Edissa. Neusta chega e eles avisam que não se casarão mais.

Quarta-feira, dia 05

Neusta finge não ouvir o aviso de Joaquim e Yasha. Zac presenteia Zelfa e Elga. Shag-Shag avisa que procurará clientes no palácio. Yasha agradece a sinceridade de Joaquim. Neusta inicia as preparações para a festa de casamento do filho. Nebuzaradã dá em cima de Joana e Sammu fica enciumada. Fassur discute com Zadoque. Neusta e Irom confabulam contra a Babilônia. Shag-shag sente ciúmes ao ver Arioque conversando com Namnu.

Hurzabum trata Rebeca com carinho. Fassur diz que fará de tudo para destruir Joana. Triste, Shag-Shag retorna para a Casa da Lua. Raquel e Dalila parabenizam Gadise pela gravidez. Nitócris ameaça Sammu-Ramat. Os sábios hebreus lamentam a presença de Nabonido. Joaquim avisa que não se casará com Yasha e pede apoio a Evil-Merodaque e Shamiran. Lia se apresenta à Amitis. Abednego visita Naomi. Daniel agradece a ajuda de Deus.

Em conversa com um feitor do Campo de Dura, Asher prova que é bom de arco-e-flecha. Ezequiel parabeniza a fé de Joana. Zac visita sua noiva e lhe presenteia com uma joia. Matias apresenta Gadise aos familiares. Rabe-Sáris se despede de Nebuzaradã e segue para a Casa da Lua. Nabucodonosor anuncia a partida para o Campo de Dura. Yasha aproveita a ocasião e avisa que não se casará com Joaquim. Neusta desmaia com a notícia.

Quinta-feira, dia 06

Amitis se preocupa com o estado de saúde de Neusta. Matias pede a mão de Gadise em casamento. Samira e Talita falam sobre a próxima vez que dançarão na Casa da Lua. Edissa e Ebede são avisados sobre o desmaio de Neusta. Elga e Fassur bebem vinho durante o jantar. Neusta finge estar desacordada e escuta a conversa entre Joaquim e Edissa. Hurzabum lamenta ao ver Shag-Shag bêbada.

Samira e Talita esperam todos dormirem. Matias se recusa a acompanhar Gadise até o palácio. Hurzabum se preocupa com o atraso de sua dançarina. Talita espera todos dormirem e sai escondida. Yasha pede para Joaquim fazer Edissa feliz. Nabucodonosor se declara para a rainha. Disfarçada, Talita dança na Casa da Lua. Rabe-Sáris gosta da mulher misteriosa. Mostrando sinais de loucura, Fassur procura uma prostituta. Joana conversa com Dana e diz que ainda não ama Zac.

Asher agradece pela amizade de Lior. Lia cuida de Daniel. Irom e Yasha se despedem do rei e deixam o palácio. Nitócris se prepara para a viagem ao Campo de Dura. Neusta lamenta a partida de Irom e Yasha. Nitócris humilha Nabonido. Os sábios hebreus se preparam para deixar a Babilônia. Elga flagra as gêmeas falando mal de seus filhos.

Sexta-feira, dia 07

As gêmeas desconversam, mas Elga desconfia. Nabucodonosor pede para Daniel ficar no palácio para repousar. Samira e Talita decidem dar um tempo nas danças. Kassaia apoia Gadise. Sammu e Beroso tramam contra os hebreus. Nicolau vai até o palácio para levar os moldes encomendados por Dalila. Ele é recebido por Raquel e dá em cima dela. Mesaque fica enciumado. Beroso sugere que o rei faça um decreto obrigando todos a se curvarem diante da estátua.

O sacerdote procura Joaquim e avisa que ele terá que partir para o Campo de Dura com a comitiva do rei. Gadise se entristece com o comportamento frio de Matias. Rebeca recebe a visita de Hurzabum. Eles cantam e tocam. A comitiva do rei chega ao Campo de Dura para a inauguração da estátua do deus Marduk. Asher observa Nebuzaradã se aproximando com os outros nobres. Daniel e Aspenaz dão orientações a Belsazar. Ravina e Zadoque seguem para a eleição na sinagoga. Elga implica com as noras. Dalila acha graça ao perceber que Nicolau está dando em cima dela.

Asher reconhece a voz de Kassaia e descobre que se trata da princesa misteriosa. Dalila costura um vestido para presentear Neusta. Edissa cuida da rainha de Judá. Fassur pede votos para os filhos de Elga. Asher observa Sammu e Nebuzaradã se afastando do local da construção da estátua e decide segui-los. A votação começa na sinagoga. Escondido, Asher flagra Nebuzaradã e Sammu-Ramat aos beijos. Amitis elogia a grandiosidade da estátua do rei. Kassaia também flagra Nebuzaradã e Sammu se beijando. Ela sai desorientada.

Asher a segue. Fassur vence a votação, mas Zac chega e pede a anulação dos votos. Ele avisa que o sacerdote comprou votos. Em conversa com Aspenaz, Daniel fala sobre seu amor por Lia. Dissimulados, Sammu e Nebuzaradã retornam ao local da inauguração da estátua. Gadise estranha o sumiço de Kassaia. Beroso anuncia a inauguração da estátua e avisa que todos presentes deverão se curvar ao monumento.

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Confira o resumo da semana de "Os dias eram Assim" de 03 a 07 de Julho.

Segunda-feira, dia 03

Gustavo é levado pelos agentes e Alice implora que o marido o ajude. Renato se irrita com a detenção do irmão. Vitor pede para o delegado ensiná-lo a atirar. Vera repreende Renato por defender Alice na frente de Rimena. Rudá fala de Monique para Maria. Alice discute com Vitor e pede a arma de Arnaldo. Todos aprovam o nome sugerido por Maria para a loja de Toni. Monique observa de longe o ex-marido com a nova namorada. Amaral manda Serginho pintar o muro de sua casa. Vitor ameaça Alice com a arma. Renato confessa a Rimena que a traiu e ela pede a ajuda de Gustavo. Caíque percebe Nanda adoentada e se preocupa. Vitor afirma a Alice que não lhe concederá a separação. Vera repreende Renato por pensar em se divorciar. Gustavo cuida de Rimena. 

Terça-feira, dia 04

Alice conta para Nanda sobre a conversa com Vitor e se preocupa com o estado da irmã. Gustavo tenta convencer Renato a se manter afastado de Alice. Vera decide procurar Alice. Caíque afirma a Esperança que Monique não irá mais voltar. Alice exige que Vitor mantenha Lucas longe de sua arma. Vera fala para Renato que esteve com Alice. Toni e Maria estranham o jeito misterioso de Rudá. Alice pede que Renato se afaste dela. Serginho avisa a Amaral que voltará a morar com ele e Eunice. Natália decide falar com France. Cátia fica cismada com Rimena e reclama com Gustavo. Rudá se encontra com Monique. Alice pensa em Renato. Vitor guarda sua arma na empresa. Nanda aconselha Alice a procurar um advogado. Rimena decide tentar reconstruir seu casamento. Renato e Alice pensam um no outro.

Quinta-feira, dia 05

Cátia convida Gustavo para ir a Brasília com ela. Valentim comenta que Rimena avisou que ele pode ganhar um irmão e Renato se alarma. Alice decide ir à praia com os filhos. Gustavo se preocupa com seus sentimentos por Rimena. Rudá leva Esperança para ver Monique. Ernesto se muda para um prédio em frente à livraria de Vera. Cora pede para Amaral aconselhar Vitor. Esperança se emociona com Monique. Natália revela a France que foi uma perseguida política. Vitor humilha Amaral. Lucas e Valentim brincam juntos na praia. Alice e Rimena se enfrentam. Cora se encontra com o rapaz que conheceu na boate. Gustavo pensa em Rimena durante sua viagem. Rimena tenta se aproximar de Renato, que lembra de Alice. Vitor vai atrás de Alice no ateliê. Gustavo e Cátia são impedidos de entrar em Brasília.

Sexta-feira, dia 06

Gustavo se revolta com o soldado que impede a passagem do carro de Cátia. Kiki descobre que Nanda está namorando Caíque. Esperança tenta falar com Caíque sobre Monique. Alice marca um encontro com um advogado. Renato não consegue ser amoroso com Rimena. Maria desconfia de que Leon sabe o que Rudá esconde. Cátia escreve o que vê em Brasília e Gustavo fica feliz. Monique desiste de falar com Toni e Caíque. Amaral se insinua para Ive, que fica nervosa. Cora liga para Amaral e marca de se encontrar com ele em sua casa. Ernesto vai à livraria e Vera estranha seu comportamento. Vitor obriga Alice a sair com ele. Renato enfrenta uma pessoa que tenta tumultuar a votação e Rimena o admira. Gustavo e Cátia acreditam na vitória das eleições diretas.

          Confira o resumo da semana de "A Força do Querer" de 03 a 08 de Julho   
Resumo da semana de "A Força do Querer". (Imagem/Divulgação)
Confira o resumo da semana de "A Força do Querer" de 03 a 08 de Julho.

Segunda-feira, dia 03

Todos ficam constrangidos com a presença de Bibi no casamento de Caio e Leila. Bibi não reconhece Ivana. Cândida pede para assistir ao treino de Jeiza com Edinalva. Bibi e Caio se emocionam durante o casamento. Joyce desconfia de Eugênio ao comentar sobre a traição do passado de Bibi. Edinalva provoca Abel ao mostrar as fotos de Ruyzinho. Bibi prepara sua fuga com Rubinho e Aurora se desespera. O ônibus de festa de Zeca faz sucesso, e o rapaz convida Jeiza para trabalhar com ele. Nonato comemora o show de Elis Miranda. Jeiza constata que Bibi não estava grávida.

Terça-feira, dia 04

Bibi tenta despistar a policial. Edinalva se insinua para Allan, que se incomoda com sua presença. Joyce sofre para fazer as fotos para a revista de moda com Ritinha, e Ivana se recusa a participar da sessão. Aurora pensa em denunciar a fuga de Rubinho. Alan conta para Jeiza que Edinalva tentou seduzi-lo. Silvana engana Eurico e inventa que Dita está doente para poder jogar. Jeiza revela para Zeca a possibilidade de lutar nos Estados Unidos. Bibi se despede de Aurora e Dedé. Joyce conversa com Ivana sobre Cláudio. Rubinho consegue fugir da prisão, com a ajuda de Bibi.

Quarta-feira, dia 05

A polícia descobre a fuga de Rubinho e outros traficantes e Jeiza comanda uma operação de resgate no morro. Bibi e Rubinho se apavoram com o tiroteio. Aurora tem a casa revistada e Silvana a consola. Durante a perseguição aos traficantes, Bibi reconhece Jeiza. Dantas e Eurico pensam em empregar Bibi e custear seus estudos. Nonato confunde Ivana com um rapaz. Rubinho e Bibi conseguem fugir e se instalam em um apartamento de luxo. Bibi se surpreende quando Rubinho anuncia que se tornou importante no tráfico. Aurora revela a Caio que Bibi fugiu com Rubinho.

Quinta-feira, dia 06

Caio afirma a Aurora que deixará o caso de Rubinho. Ruy desconfia do suposto curso de gastronomia de Ritinha. Irene reconhece Ritinha nadando como sereia e manipula Eugênio para ir a seu encontro. Zeca conta para Jeiza que foi abandonado por sua mãe. Eugênio diz a Ritinha que não revelará que a viu no aquário, mas teme que a menina conte sobre Irene. Eurico comenta com Dantas sobre a tendência de Silvana a jogar. Nonato é agredido por dois homens e Biga se desespera. Aurora vai ao encontro de Bibi e Rubinho.

Sexta-feira, dia 07

Aurora repreende Bibi por ficar ao lado de Rubinho e avisa que Caio deixou o caso. Eurico decide arcar com o tratamento médico de Nonato. Dantas estranha ao saber da suposta viagem de Bibi. Zu desconfia da proximidade de Eugênio com Ritinha. Jeiza não gosta de ver Amílcar com Cândida. Abeldesabafa com Nazaré sobre a mãe de Zeca. Zeca mostra a foto de sua mãe para Jeiza. Caio conta para Eugênio que assumirá um cargo na secretaria de segurança. Silvana confronta Eugênio sobre Irene. Ruy descobre que Ritinha mentiu sobre o curso de gastronomia.

Sábado, dia 08

Silvana alerta Eugênio que Irene tem intenção de acabar com seu casamento. Ruy procura Ritinha na casa de Edinalva e afirma que romperá seu casamento. Jeiza se irrita com a folga de Amílcar em sua casa. Rubinho assiste à entrevista de Caio como assessor da secretaria de segurança. Aurora não percebe que está sendo observada pela polícia. Eurico se incomoda com a demora de Silvana. Simone pede que Dita não acoberte o vício de Silvana. Edinalva revela que Ritinha trabalha no aquário e conta que Eugênio pode confirmar. Joyce questiona Eugênio sobre sua amante. Ritinha deixa a casa de Joyce com Ruyzinho.

          Confira o resumo da semana de "Pega Pega" de 03 a 08 de Julho   
Resumo da semana de "Pega Pega". (Imagem/Divulgação)
Confira o resumo da semana de "Pega Pega" de 03 a 08 de Julho.

Segunda-feira, dia 03

Cíntia ajuda Luíza a se vestir como arrumadeira para ninguém reconhecê-la no hotel. Elza e Prazeres tentam entrar na casa de Evandro, mas Mônica disfarça e dispensa as tias de Júlio. Dom propõe aos sócios da empresa que Eric avalie a possibilidade de lucro do Carioca Palace reformado, antes de decidirem pela venda do imóvel, como deseja Sabine. Eric deixa claro a Antônia que não quer colocar Luíza em risco na operação policial para deter Cássio. Antônia concorda que Eric participe da operação disfarçado. Douglas diz a Pedrinho que algum funcionário pode ter roubado o hotel. Bebeth empresta um sapato de Eric para Nelito. Siqueira avisa à imprensa que a perícia comprovou que Eric não cometeu o roubo do Carioca Palace. Pedrinho acusa Athaíde de ter roubado o dinheiro da venda do hotel.

Terça-feira, dia 04

Athaíde garante a Pedrinho que não o perdoará por duvidar de sua amizade. Lígia afirma que Athaíde não pode saber que fez as pazes com Pedrinho. Domênico tranquiliza Eric, dizendo que Cassio não fará nada contra Luiza. Cassio é preso e Eric é baleado. Júlio revela a Agnaldo que está apaixonado por Antônia. Siqueira repreende Antônia e Domênico. Lígia descobre que Sabine tem um relacionamento com Adriano. Evandro não deixa Mônica participar da festa de aniversário de Júlio. O médico anuncia a Bebeth que Eric está fora de perigo. Nelito estranha a ausência de Maria Pia no hospital. Evandro teme quando Nelito conta que Antônia é policial. Maria Pia entra no quarto de Eric no hospital e acusa Luíza de ser a responsável pelo estado do empresário.

Quarta-feira, dia 05

Bebeth expulsa Maria Pia do quarto de Eric. Maria Pia conta a Pedrinho que Luíza está com Eric. Antônia não gosta da forma como Júlio trata Cíntia. Antônia confirma para Pedrinho que Luíza participou de uma operação policial. Cíntia beija Júlio. Malagueta alerta Júlio para o perigo de seu envolvimento com Antônia. Douglas comunica aos funcionários que eles desempenharão tarefas novas e Malagueta não gosta. Sabine avisa que Dom substituirá Eric enquanto ele estiver no hospital. Maria Pia diz a Sabine que quer trabalhar para ela e ajudá-la a fechar o hotel. Júlio manda flores para Antônia e a convida para jantar.

Quinta-feira, dia 06

Maria Pia comunica a Eric que não irá mais trabalhar com ele. Elza e Prazeres avisam a Júlio que dormirão na casa de uma prima. Agnaldo apresenta Wanderley a Sandra Helena, que fica constrangida ao perceber que ele é o rapaz com quem se envolveu no Carnaval. Dom conversa com Cristóvão. Sandra Helena afirma a Wanderley que Agnaldo não deve saber que eles tiveram um relacionamento. Evandro diz a Júlio que ele deve se livrar da mala e do dinheiro escondidos no porão. Evandro confessa a Júlio que também agiu com irresponsabilidade pelo amor de Mônica.

Sexta-feira, dia 07

Evandro se recusa a contar para Júlio o que fez por Mônica. Bebeth se emociona com a fala de Márcio sobre Flor. Júlio pensa em devolver o dinheiro do roubo. Maria Pia diz a Malagueta que não cumprirá sua parte no acordo. Luíza repreende Eric por trabalhar no hospital. Sabine passa mal e Dom corre para acudir a mãe. Borges não gosta de ver Márcio com Bebeth. Athaíde é avisado que sua camionete foi encontrada e Maria Pia liga para Malagueta. Douglas consegue um emprego para Luíza. Dom encontra Cristóvão na praia. Bebeth anuncia a Eric que irá procurar um psiquiatra. Sabine se enfurece ao ver Lígia chegar à sua festa com um vestido idêntico ao dela. Nelito conta para Antônia que Júlio beijou Cíntia.

Sábado, dia 08

Antônia decide falar com Júlio. Tânia fica encantada com Dom. Pedrinho é hostilizado por Sabine. Eric ouve uma declaração de Bebeth e se emociona. Lígia provoca Sabine. Pedrinho beija Sabine e acaba sendo expulso da suíte. Júlio termina com Antônia e Nelito a consola. Pedrinho invade sua antiga suíte. Júlio sofre por causa de Antônia. Luíza não conta para Eric que esteve no hotel à noite. Nelito se surpreende ao saber que Pedrinho passou a noite em sua antiga suíte. Mônica aparece na casa de Elza e Prazeres. Agnaldo e Sandra Helena decidem ir ao esconderijo pegar mais dinheiro. Bebeth marca uma consulta com Mathias. Eric encontra Pedrinho em sua suíte.

          Confira o resumo da semana de "Novo Mundo" de 03 a 08 de Julho   
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Confira o resumo da semana de "Novo Mundo" de 03 a 08 de Julho.

Segunda-feira, dia 03

Anna disfarça para que Thomas não perceba a encenação de Olinto. Amália diz a Peter que reconheceu a voz de Sebastião. Olinto explica para Anna o plano de Joaquim. Leopoldina discute com Dom Pedro por causa de Domitila. Domitila pensa em ter um filho de Dom Pedro. Licurgo reconhece Madame Dalila. Diara pede para Ferdinando não ir embora e Jacira percebe o clima entre eles. Sebastião encontra Maximiliano sem saber que é Olinto. Germana ataca Hugo. Bonifácio tenta aconselhar Leopoldina sobre seu casamento. Thomas procura Domitila. Joaquim e Anna se encontram.

Terça-feira, dia 04

Anna e Joaquim se beijam. Olinto distrai Nívea. Joaquim procura Quinzinho disfarçado como um frei. Madame Dalila aborda pessoas na rua. Astuta e Pelópidas se hospedam na taberna com um grupo de cientistas e avisam que farão uma Feira de Curiosidades. Joaquim e Elvira esbarram um no outro, mas não se reconhecem. Cecília e Libério pensam em fugir com a ajuda de Matias. Domitila acredita estar grávida. Amália tem uma lembrança e comemora com Peter. Dom Pedro sente ciúmes de Bonifácio e Leopoldina. Anna ajuda Olinto a enganar Thomas. Cecília se assusta ao saber que Sebastião negociou seu casamento com Orozimbo. Hugo flagra Elvira com Quinzinho.

Quarta-feira, dia 05

Elvira implora que Hugo não conte que ela está viva. Anna finge se irritar com Thomas. Joaquim informa a Olinto quando irá fugir com Anna e Vitória. Pelópidas convida Licurgo para cozinhar na Feira de Curiosidades. Hugo revela a Elvira que veio ao Brasil para recuperar algo que lhe pertence. Peter e Amália se preocupam com Libério e Cecília. Joaquim pede para Leopoldina ajudá-lo em seu plano. Matias se revolta com a decisão de Sebastião de se casar Cecília. Leopoldina descobre que está grávida. Dom Pedro conta a Domitila da gravidez de Leopoldina. Matias revela a Cecília que é seu irmão. Joaquim avisa a Quinzinho sobre a fuga e ele chama por Elvira.

Quinta-feira, dia 06

Joaquim se emociona ao ouvir a voz de Quinzinho. Cecília gosta de saber que é irmã de Matias. Joaquim prepara a fuga de Anna e Vitória. Cecília pensa em se casar com Libério quando Sebastião estiver viajando. Thomas não deixa Vitória ir à Feira de Curiosidades. Dom Pedro se impressiona com o balão de Pelópidas. Leopoldina e Bonifácio procuram Anna e Joaquim. Hugo foge de Germana. Joaquim pega Quinzinho na taberna. Dom Pedro se aproxima de Isaura. Olinto, Piatã e Jacira vão ao encontro de Vitória. Anna se encontra com Leopoldina e Bonifácio. Jacira engana os guardas. Miss Liu prende Piatã, e Jacira a enfrenta.

Sexta-feira, dia 07

Jacira e Miss Liu lutam, e Piatã se desespera. Thomas percebe a aflição de Anna, e Leopoldina tenta afastá-la dele. Sebastião descobre que Cecília é Rosa Branca. Dom Pedro e Isaura se beijam. Anna afirma a Peter que não fugirá sem Vitória. Elvira vai à taberna atrás de Quinzinho. Piatã encontra Vitória. Elvira e Hugo procuram Quinzinho pelas ruas. Cecília e Libério namoram no jornal e são flagrados por Sebastião. Joaquim e Quinzinho se encontram com Anna. Thomas se junta a Liu e persegue a esposa. Jacira entrega Vitória para Anna. Elvira vê Joaquim e Quinzinho e tenta ir atrás deles. Thomas encurrala Anna, Joaquim e as crianças.

Sábado, dia 08

Anna, Joaquim e as crianças fogem em um balão, e Thomas fica furioso. Piatã, Olinto e Jacira deixam a cidade. Hugo consola Elvira. Thomas se enfurece ao saber que o balão não pode ser encontrado. O balão desce na mata e Joaquim decide acampar no local. Peter encontra Libério machucado no jornal. Sebastião prende Cecília em seu quarto. Patrício conta para Domitila que Dom Pedro saiu da feira acompanhado de uma mulher. Diara anuncia sua gravidez e Wolfgang desconfia. Schultz chega ao Brasil com Greta, irmã de Wolfgang. Joaquim, Anna e as crianças chegam à aldeia dos Tucarés

          Alesund, la ciudad que parece una maqueta Art Nouveau, en Noruega   

Esta ciudad noruega fue consumida por el fuego a principios del siglo XX, como ocurre a menudo en este país escandinavo. Cuando se pensó cómo reconstruirla, la decisión no tardó en llegar: sería hecha cual maqueta en estilo Art Nouveau, la moda por entonces, con torrecillas, agujas y ornamentación varia. El resultado es Älesund, un […]

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          Small Businesses Could Be Blamed For Their Customers' Web Piracy   
Small businesses that offer wireless connections to their customers could be on the hook for illegal downloads that happen on their networks, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) . Record labels, movie studios and other industry groups recently struck a deal where participating internet service providers (ISPs) will issue warnings to customers whose accounts are allegedly used to steal content. The NFIB says small business owners could be charged, fined or worse. The NFIB recommends that small business owners begin giving their customers a wireless password after purchase or blocking certain websites so that owners can prevent non-customers from stealing access to their connections. Businesses will be allowed five warnings before ISPs could turn to mitigation measures to stop the piracy. This could mean reduced internet speeds, or having internet services temporarily blocked. Businesses have the option of paying a $35 filing fee and requesting a second
          Cuba, Australia pledge to strengthen economic cooperation   

Foreign Ministers Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla of Cuba and Julie Bishop of Australia at the signing of the new Memorandum on Friday in Havana Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla and his Australian counterpart, Julie Bishop, Friday signed a memorandum of understanding whereby both countries will strenthen their economic ties.


          Advanced stats say Tigers' bats will improve   
Detroit enters July with reason to believe that its offense is due to perk up over the second half of the season. The club's struggles aren't for lack of solid contact.
          «Ужин»: Нечем даже закусить   

  Популярный и очень успешный конгрессмен Стэн (Ричард Гир) со своей женой Кэтэлин (Ребекка Холл) организует в одном из самых вычурных ресторанов города ужин со своим непутёвым младшим братом Полом (Стив Куган) и его женой Клэр (Лора Линни). [Читать...]

Запись «Ужин»: Нечем даже закусить впервые появилась Издательский Дом "Новый Взгляд".


          Fairline launches new brand film in honour of its 50th anniversary   

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The film showcases Fairline’s passion for perfection, beauty and performance. It brings to life Fairline’s rich history of building timeless, classic yachts, its dedication to exceptional British craftsmanship, the exquisite materials chosen, its investment in cutting edge innovation, design and technology and the attention paid to ensure every perfect detail.

The brand film is one of Fairline’s Golden Moments for 2017. The Golden Moments campaign, which was launched with the unveiling of a limited edition commemorative book at London Boat Show 2017, marks a year of celebrations in honour of the British boatbuilder’s 50th anniversary, where customers and dealers will be given exclusive opportunities to create and celebrate a whole year of new Golden Moments throughout 2017, culminating in the second volume of the commemorative book due to be launched at the end of the year.

 

 


          Fairline’s new golden chapter to be unveiled at London Boat Show   

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Furthermore, Fairline’s ever-popular models including the Targa 48 OPEN, Squadron 48 and the recently launched Targa 53 OPEN, will also be on show.

The summer of 2017 will mark 50 years of Fairline, and this is set to be celebrated by the launch of a beautiful, hard-back commemorative book in the brand’s honour. The book will include anecdotes from notable Fairline owners, key Fairline personnel, heritage images of some of the first Fairlines ever made, key moments in the brand’s history and will tell the story of Fairline’s first 50 years.

The book launch marks the start of a year of ‘Golden Moments’ for the British boatbuilder, where customers and dealers will be given exclusive opportunities to create and celebrate a whole year of new Golden Moments throughout 2017, culminating in the second volume of the commemorative book due to be launched at the end of the year.

The 2017 London Boat Show will also see the premiere of a first-of-its-kind immersive virtual reality (VR) experience, available on the Fairline stand. The first fully Alberto Mancini-designed Fairline, the Targa 63 GTO, is not set to be unveiled until Cannes Yachting Festival 2017, but the VR experience will allow visitors to the Fairline stand to explore the beautifully designed yacht both inside and out, and to experience the new age of Fairline Yachts.

Fairline’s international network of dealers will be represented on the Fairline stand, together with key personnel from Fairline’s design and manufacturing teams to provide visitors with in-depth information about the company and its ranges going into the 2017 season.


          pwtempuser pwtempuser updated API 9flats   

9flats

API Endpoint: 
https://api.9flats.com/api/
API Description: 
9flats is a service for those who want to book a place or rent out a room, apartment or house, across the world. Users can rent out single rooms or entire locations for a single night or an extended period of time. The site offers travelers a cheap way to travel and people with extra rooms a way to earn some extra cash. The 9flats API allows users to access the site's information.
How is this API different ?: 
SSL Support: 
Yes
API Forum / Message Boards: 
Twitter URL: 
http://twitter.com/9FlatsAPI
Developer Support URL: 
https://github.com/9flats/nineflats-api
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9flats
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Yes
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          updated profile   

Add To Trip

API Endpoint: 
https://api-v1.addtotrip.co/
API Description: 
Add to Trip is a centralized white-label, graph-api platform where travelers can collaborate with friends and family on a trip via their website or application. The Add to Trip API lets users manage a social travel network including user creation/authentication, social notifications, geolocation searches, trip itineraries, travel related objects and more. With the API, developers can create trips; add hotels, flights and more to that trip; invite friends to join the trip via social tools such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn; use geolocation to look up other user's trips and recommendations. The API also lets users create a social travel graph by relating objects to each other. Users can get information about travel-specific items such as restaurants, hotels, points of interest, activities, shopping, purchase history, and their relationships between each other and people. This functionality allows users to create believable recommendations based on where someone has traveled, their purchase behavior, and their friends. In addition, the Add to Trip API has a messaging mechanism, where any thread of messages can be related to any other API object. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are fomratted in JSON.
How is this API different ?: 
SSL Support: 
Yes
API Forum / Message Boards: 
Twitter URL: 
Developer Support URL: 
Interactive Console URL: 
Add To Trip
Support Email Address: 
Primary Category: 
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Popularity: 
0
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Yes
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          Fairline Chertsey celebrates delivery of its first Squadron 65   

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Prior to delivery, Fairline Chertsey’s Dealer Principal, Richard Bates, accompanied the Squadron’s new owners to the Fairline Yacht Division’s on-water facility in Ipswich for a two day handover and sea trials.

The Squadron 65 will now make her way to Southampton and then on to her final destination in Marina de Denia, Spain, at the end of April. The boat’s owners placed their order after the Southampton Boat Show, having previously owned a Fairline Phantom 50, and are delighted with their new Squadron. The sale is representative of the popularity of the design and quality of the Fairline range among Fairline Chertsey’s customer base.

Richard Bates commented: “When we joined the Fairline dealer network last September, little did we expect our first sale to be a new Squadron 65! Both the team here at Fairline Chertsey and the customer has been impressed by the overall ease and efficiency of the order and build process and the consequent technical handover and sea trials. We are thrilled to be able to offer our existing client base the prestigious Fairline brand from our Chertsey and Eastbourne locations. It’s an exciting opportunity for us.”

James Powell, Fairline International Sales Manager said: “It’s great to see Fairline Chertsey enjoying success so soon after their appointment. With exquisite showroom and marina facilities at Chertsey, Richard and his team are ideally placed to service the needs of customers who live south west of London. In addition, Fairline Eastbourne provides a second UK south coast location for the Fairline brand at Sovereign Harbour. With many of the 2,500 berths in Eastbourne and Brighton marinas already home to a number of Fairline owners we eagerly anticipate further sales across the region.”

Fairline Chertsey covers six acres, including 100 Marina berths, and offers the largest boat showroom and chandlery on the River Thames. Fairline Eastbourne is located in one of the UK’s largest marina village developments, Sovereign Harbour, making it ideally suited to handle larger power boats, offering travel hoist, yard and workshop facilities as well as dedicated sales berths.


          Fairline responds to customer demand with new Squadron 78 hard top   

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The Squadron 78 CUSTOM is now available with an integrated fixed flybridge hard top surrounding an electric retractable canvas roof. The new roof brings a permanent structure to the already commanding flybridge, with large sunbathing area and plenty of space for open-air entertaining.

The new hard top model recently concluded sea trials at Fairline’s test facility in Ipswich. The first boat has already been handed over to her new owner and the second left the test facility last week.  

Kevin Gaskell, CEO Fairline Boats, comments: “We are very excited to be launching a hard top version of the Squadron 78 CUSTOM, a model that has proved to be the most successful in its category. We have always sought ways to adapt our range to the needs of our customers and work closely with them to create high-end motor yachts that are truly unique. The Squadron 78 CUSTOM is a great example of this, as our most bespoke and customised Fairline boat ever. The new roof makes this world-beating luxurious boat even more suited to comfortable entertaining in the sunshine.”

Fairline celebrated the launch of the 100th Squadron 78 model earlier this year at the London Boat Show. The original Squadron 78 was first unveiled to the world in 2003 at a prestigious event near the Tower of London. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of Fairline’s most successful and iconic luxury motor yachts with a very loyal following. Over 10,000 individual customisations have been undertaken across all 100 Squadron 78s.


          Fairline exhibits best of British across the globe   

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The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami saw Fairline’s new Targa 48 OPEN make its highly anticipated US debut. The beautiful sports cruiser was unveiled from beneath a huge union flag during the launch, showcasing British design and manufacturing at its very best. The first of three models in the brand’s new 48ft range, the Targa 48 OPEN is created at Fairline’s state-of-the-art £2.6m manufacturing facility in Corby, using the latest technologies and industry-leading production systems.

Fairline also exhibited two models from the iconic new 48ft range in Istanbul, during the CNR International Eurasia Boat Show at the end of the month. The world’s second biggest boat and yacht exhibition on land, the show typically attracts over 1,000 high-quality brands. The stylish Targa 48 OPEN and Squadron 48 were admired by visitors from all over Europe, Asia and the Middle East, alongside four other models from the Fairline range. The show saw a healthy level of sales, with the final total exceeding last year’s figures.  

Kevin Gaskell, CEO of Fairline, commented: “We are proud to be showcasing the very best of British craftsmanship, manufactured right here in Corby and Oundle, across the world. The response from the US audience to the debut of the Targa 48 OPEN was very positive and visitors to the show in Istanbul admired our two 48ft models in particular. The year ahead promises to be an exciting one for Fairline, with planned attendance at boat shows in China, Japan, Australia, South Africa and across Europe. The success of these boats on a global platform is down to our talented British designers and factory teams in Oundle, without whom we wouldn’t have the outstanding boats to showcase.”


          Fairline Boats celebrates 100th Squadron 78 milestone   

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The original Squadron 78 was first unveiled to the world in 2003 at a prestigious event near the Tower of London. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of Fairline’s most successful and iconic luxury motor yachts with a very loyal following.

Kevin Gaskell, CEO Fairline Boats, comments: “We are incredibly proud of the fact that the Squadron 78 is now in its 12th year of production, which demonstrates the strength and appeal of its design and build quality. Our teams work tirelessly to ensure that every Squadron 78 is crafted to the owner’s exacting requirements, creating beautifully customised and bespoke luxury motor yachts.”

The 100th build of the Squadron 78 follows the recent launch of its most customised model ever, a Squadron 78 CUSTOM called MATCH 2.  This was one of the Fairline Yacht Division’s most exciting and challenging build projects to-date with almost 400 custom items. MATCH 2 was the owner’s fifth Fairline and his second Squadron 78.

James Powell, Fairline Yacht Division EMEA, commented: “When we launched the Squadron 78 in 2003 we knew we had created a world-beating luxury boat.  We have always enjoyed working closely with our customers to create high-end motor yachts that are truly unique. The entire team are incredibly proud of what we have achieved and we are very much looking forward to working with the future owners of new Squadron 78s.” 

Comments Kevin Gaskell: “The combination of great sea-keeping, the highest build quality, customisation and strong residual value underlines the Squadron 78 as a market leader and will continue to do so well into the future.”

Top statistics about the Squadron 78:
• The total value of all the Squadron 78s sold to date is over £150million
• If you laid all the 100 Squadron 78s out in a line they would be the equivalent of 1.5 miles in length – that’s 1.5 miles of refined luxury motor yacht!
• A total of 1,942,200 man hours to build all 100 Squadron 78s
• Over 10,000 customisations have been undertaken across all 100 Squadron 78s – making it the most bespoke and customised Fairline boat ever
• Over 160,000 man hours to undertake those customisations
• 7,300 square metres of teak used
• 10,600 square metres of luxury carpet
• 558 tonnes of Coremat fibreglass with 1,200 tonnes of resin


          Curry por 201   

Como se esperaba, los Warriors pusieron todo su esfuerzo para retener a Stephen Curry, quien finalmente pasó a tener un salario acorde a su condición de estrella luego de cobrar la temporada anterior "apenas" 12 millones.

El reciente campeón con los Warriors firmó un contrato de 201 millones de dólares por los próximos cinco años, que lo pone como el mejor pagado de la NBA y de todas las ligas profesionales de Estados Unidos.

Curry ahora superará en salario a LeBron James, de Cleveland, que fue el primero en felicitar a su rival una vez que se enteró de la renovación de su colega.

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Anoche a primera hora se largó la carrera de negociaciones y renovaciones entre los jugadores y los equipos de la NBA, en lo que se denomina "agencia libre". Los contratos negociados desde el 1 de julio y hasta el seis de este mes se empezarán a firmar quedarán oficializados a partir del viernes próximo.

Entre otras operaciones que fueron adelantadas por distintos medios de comunicación, el alero Paul George, de Indiana Pacers, pasó a Oklahoma City Thunder a cambio de Victor Oladipo y Domantas Sabonis.

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También, los Warriors se aseguraron la renovación de otra pieza capital en su esquema: Shaun Livingston. A sus 31 años, el escolta ha alcanzado un acuerdo por tres temporadas y 24 millones de dólares. El tercer año del acuerdo estaría parcialmente garantizado: sólo 2 de los 8 millones quedarían asegurados para el jugador.

Otro equipo que rompió la chequera fue Los Angeles Clippers: extendieron el contrato del ala pivote Blake Griffin a cambio de 173 millones por cinco temporadas, lo que convierte su acuerdo en el segundo más importante de la NBA. 

Además, se produjeron otros movimientos y, a la espera de la firma del acuerdo, otras negociaciones contractuales estarían encaminadas:

Tony Snell continuaría en Milwaukee por cinco campañas y 46.000.000.

Patty Mills habría sellado un acuerdo para continuar en San Antonio hasta 2021 (4 temporadas), por los que recibiría 50 millones.

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Jeff Teague ficharía por Minnesota a cambio de 57.000.000 por tres campañas.

Cristiano Felicio no se movería de Chicago, con los que firmaría por 32 millones y tres temporadas.

Jrue Holiday seguiría en New Orleans, a cambio de 126 millones por cinco temporadas.

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          Fairline celebrates a successful PSP Southampton Boat Show   

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The striking display of British yachts included the all new Squadron 48 and Targa 48 OPEN, orders for which are coming in thick and fast. The 2013 PSP Southampton Boat Show was very rewarding in terms of overall orders for Fairline Boats, which further demonstrates the growing demand of the European boat market.            

The PSP Southampton Boat Show featured the world première of the Squadron 48 which is the second model to launch from the Fairline 48ft IPS range. The elegant Squadron features a beautifully spacious flybridge and newly styled interior. The launch of this striking new model was a huge success and the Squadron 48 is set to become one of Fairline’s most popular boats.   

Oliver Winbolt, Head of Marketing at Fairline Boats, commented: “Fairline has enjoyed another exciting and successful PSP Southampton Boat Show. This event is one of the highlights of the international show season, with the relaxed on-water environment giving our guests a real taste of what the Fairline lifestyle has to offer. Sales have been strong, with some models now sold out until the middle of 2014. Fairline would like to thank the BMF and National Boat Shows team for their continued hard work and we look forward to returning next year with an even greater presence.”

Fairline will launch the last of the trio of 48ft boats, the Targa 48 GRAN TURISMO at the London Boat Show in January 2014.


          Fairline Squadron 48 to make world debut at this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show   

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Making her world debut at the show will be the Fairline Squadron 48. This is the second of a trio of new models to be launched from Fairline’s revamped Corby manufacturing facility, and features the same remarkable hull as the Targa 48 OPEN, as well as a beautifully spacious flybridge and newly styled interior.

Powered by Volvo Penta IPS, the Squadron 48 boasts significant weight savings thanks to the very latest technologies and industry-leading production systems being utilised by Fairline. Owners of this striking Squadron can expect no less than the very highest levels of quality and performance, as well as exceptional engineering and superb sea-keeping.

The Squadron 48 is available with an array of options to ensure it is perfectly suited to different customer requirements and markets. It will be available with variable two or three cabin options, and owners can enjoy plentiful storage throughout, considered layouts and practical yet clever touches.

The flybridge offers a large seating area around an outdoor dining table which can be lowered to convert into a sunpad. An optional BBQ package is available, which includes a sink, griddle, fridge and icemaker. This is in addition to forward-facing seating alongside the upper helm. The Squadron 48 also features an optional submersible bathing platform, which can also accommodate a jet tender and has been a very popular addition on many of Fairline’s larger yachts. The twin transom gates lead to a well-appointed cockpit.

Oliver Winbolt, Head of Marketing at Fairline Boats, commented: “We are delighted to be launching the Squadron 48 at this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show. We are incredibly pleased with our trio of new models and have no doubt they will each become iconic Fairline models. We have created these new 48 foot models using the very latest technology and look forward to welcoming many Fairline owners and prospective customers on board to truly uncover the best of British at this year’s show.”


          Show première of the Targa 48 OPEN at Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes   

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Visitors to the boat show will be amongst the first to see the latest innovations, exceptional quality of finish, and evolution of British craftsmanship that Fairline has mastered over the years.

The Targa 48 OPEN is the first of three 48ft models that the leading luxury motor yacht manufacturer is launching over the coming months, and the first model to come out of Fairline’s newly revamped manufacturing facility following a £2.8m investment.

The 48 OPEN is an exciting new addition to the Fairline Targa range and is set to take the true Mediterranean spirit and style to the rest of the world. A beautifully appointed two cabin, double en-suite model, the Targa 48 OPEN is geared towards the design trend of spacious sociable areas - both inside and out. The model also features an electric canvas roof as standard, as well as a garage for optional jet tender and a submersible platform.

James Robinson, Sales and Marketing Director at Fairline Boats, commented: “We are very excited about the launch of the Targa 48 OPEN and looking forward to showcasing her at this prestigious event.  The Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes is the gateway to the Mediterranean motor yachting world and the perfect place to launch the Targa 48 OPEN.  A lot of work has gone into this new model and we are delighted with the results.”

Fairline will launch the second new model in the Fairline 48ft range, the Squadron 48, at the 2013 PSP Southampton Boat Show, and the Targa 48 GRAN TURISMO will follow at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show in 2014.


          Fairline Boats enjoy another successful Istanbul Boat Show   

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The world’s second-largest indoor boat show played host to the regional launch of Fairline’s latest Targa 62 GRAN TURISMO.

The stunning sports yacht was a key attraction at the nine-day event and formed a central feature of Fairline Turkey’s truly impressive stand – the second-largest show stand in the world from the leading luxury motor yacht manufacturer.

Thousands of customers were served up exotic teas and champagne in beautiful surroundings with new and current owners welcomed aboard a lineup of models including the Targa 38 OPEN, Targa 50 GRAN TURISMO, Squadron 42, Squadron 50 and Squadron 65 with four cabin layout.

James Robinson, Sales and Marketing Director at Fairline Boats, commented: “Eurasia Boat Show is fast becoming one of the leading boat shows in the calendar and boasts 35,000 square metres of boats and attractions across seven halls. Our presence at the event, as well as our continued commitment to new product development, further underlines our commitment to invest and grow new and current international markets. We were delighted to share the news of the three new models coming to market during 2014 and customers were keen to hear we will be growing our product portfolio to 14-16 models, with plans firmly underway to reach this and grow our dealer support network alongside it.”

Fairline Turkey also used the event to launch its new used boat brand Boatmart.com.tr. BoatMart leads the way in Turkey for brokerage services and has become the brokerage portal of choice for many of the world’s most prestigious boat brands.


          Fairline implements manufacturing change programme   

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The significant changes see Fairline move from eight single model lines to three mixed model lines, as well as create dedicated centres of excellence for moulding and furniture production – creating a roadmap for sustained growth of this iconic British brand.

The changes will enable Fairline to achieve greater flexibility in its production processes and will drive higher levels of labour productivity and materials utilisation. The new programme will improve even further the fastidious build quality that Fairline is, justifiably, renowned for.

Alistair Schofield, CEO at Fairline Boats commented: “As a brand, we have reacted dynamically to the challenging economic environment and moved the business forward significantly over the last year. We have invested in our manufacturing facilities to create more flexibility in our production system, including the creation of a dedicated centre for excellence for furniture production, which is based on greater utilisation of CNC production technology.

“We recognise that investment in technology will improve our efficiencies, but throughout the development of this programme we have also remained relentlessly focused on the importance of retaining the high quality standards that Fairline is renowned for and ensuring this change has a positive impact on the already very high build quality of the boats we produce. We are delighted with the results of the programme and the benefits this will offer us, our dealer network and our customers for our 2013 model year.”

The trio of new 48-foot models will all be manufactured utilising the revised manufacturing facilities. The Targa 48 OPEN, the first in the range, will make its world debut in summer 2013.

Fairline Boats manufactures luxury motor yachts from 38-78ft in two distinct ranges, Targa and Squadron.


          Tips to Selling Your Second Hand Clothes   

With summer here, it's time to throw out the old and buy in some new. Thousands of people are in the process of clearing out their wardrobes, doing a good spring clean and getting rid of unwanted clothing. But what do you do with the big bag of unwanted quality clothes that you don't want anymore?


          Lot de 3 ampoules Lexmann à spirales, fluorescentes 23W , E14 à 1€ en magasin @ Leroymerlin Quimper (29)   
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          Sapphire’s new Radeon video cards are made for miners   

The use of crypto-currency has become more popular than ever. Riding to the demand of the digital money itself is the miners. And to cater these growing producers, here are the new Sapphire Radeon cards built for miners. According to the report, crypto-currency mining is more economical to do on a GPU rather than the […]

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          Re: Regulatory Board Recognises Validity of Publicly-Listed Patent Attorney Structures   

Yep, nothing to see here people, move along...until client A represented by Attorneys X of a listed (or private) entity suddenly realise deep into an opposition/litigation that their opponent B is represented by Attorney Y, which are also owned by the same listed entity with the same set of owners. Yet, while they signed the Terms of Engagement some time back which said something about common company ownership, and there was no reason for them to go to their attorney's website, their Attorneys X never actually advised them when the opposition/litigation started that Attorney Y has the same owners as Attorneys X (and neither did the Code of Conduct or Professor Christie's recommendations specifically require it (that I could find anyway - correct me if I'm wrong)). So client A, angry and also questioning whether the conflict had dragged on this long because it also benefits the bottom line of the owners of Attorneys X and Y, goes and sees his friendly senator and for the patent attorney industry in Australia, something nasty hits the fan. If you'll remember, it was Senator Heffernan (eventually joined by other senators) with some angry people in his ear who got the ball rolling which eventually led to the changes to patentable subject matter in Australia with respect to isolated nucleic acids.

So for me, in a review on Conflict of Interest, it appears as though there was a good review on whether the legal requirements of the companies are being met, but the actual interests of the clients of these patent attorney services appears to have come a distant second place. However, the scenario provided above is a relatively simple example which could easily take place today, tomorrow or in a few years' time. In my opinion, there should have been a strong recommendation/requirement that at the beginning of any such conflict (opposition filed/letter of demand), if the opponent is represented by attorneys owned by the same entity as the client's attorneys, the client must be informed immediately and advised they have the option to continue with the current attorney and go in with their 'eyes wide open', or choose to find alternate representation. Anything less than this appears not to have the client's best interest.


          Re: Regulatory Board Recognises Validity of Publicly-Listed Patent Attorney Structures   

Hi Doug,

I can't speak for New Zealand, but I think you are overestimating the power of Australian competition law, and of the ACCC to enforce it. Even if the three listed groups were to merge all of their firms we would still have more competition than we do in the supermarket sector, and less price matching than we see in the fuel market. It takes an awful lot to 'substantially lessen competition'. So long as consumers have a genuine choice between genuine competitors (even just two or three, although there is obviously much more competition than that in the Australian IP market) it is unlikely that the arrangements will fall foul of any provisions of the Australian Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

It is also worth noting that consolidation is recognised by economists as a natural consequence of a maturing market across many industries, and it is not the role of competition law to interfere with this process merely because it results in a reduction in the number of independent competitors. Indeed, consolidation can result in efficiencies, concentration of capital and economies of scale that lead to reduction in prices and/or expansion in the range of goods/services available that are beneficial to consumers and the economy.

You will note that it is not so much the Board alluding to competition concerns. The passage you quote is reporting the non-listed firms' stated concerns - hardly a disinterested opinion! Further, I think it is safe to assume that the whole of Part C, Section 1-4 of the paper is essentially a cut-and-paste of Professor Christie's report to the Board. The mooted competition issue is not taken up at all in the Board's views and proposals in Section C.5. What the Board takes out of the 67% figure is that the 'listed group scenario' is a 'significant commercial reality'.

I also happen to know that at least one of the listed firms actually wrote to the ACCC, out of an abundance of caution, to notify them of at least one of their intended acquisitions. From what I hear, not an eyelid was batted. And I am not at all surprised.

Mark


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          Sabedoria Secreta I   

Sabedoria Secreta I


1 O povo se sentava ao redor do Rabi Yahushua de nazaret, e ouvia com grande reverência. Desejavam eles ouvir as palavras que lhes dariam vida. Eram como ovelhas famintas por alimento.
2 Shimon, estando entre os talmidim, disse: "Nós não conhecemos toda a verdade – e precisamos ouvir o teu ensinamento." 3 Mashiach respondeu: "Muito bem. Tudo que existe depende da Torá, e qualquer pessoa pode encontrar o que está logo abaixo da superfície - enterrado mais profundamente do que nossos olhos. A verdade é como olhar para o branco da lua na água. Se a água é turva, não se pode ver claramente. É como palha ardente no fogo - se a palha está úmida, o fogo não pode queimar incandescente. As verdades da Torá podem ser ocultadas em umidade como esta. Portanto, Shimon, qualquer que deseje seguir o caminho deve deixar os pensamentos, e pôr de lado tudo aquilo que lhe atrapalha a habilidade de aprender toda a verdade." 4 Ser puro e calmo significa ser aberto à pureza e à longanimidade- assim, começa-se a aprender a verdade. Isto significa que a luz pode brilhar, revelando as obras de causa e efeito que conduzem ao shalom. Shimon, saiba disto: as palavras dadas a Mim pelo Pai Celestial alcançam todas as direções. 5 Pessoas lutam para tentar aprender coisas demais por vez. Essa luta, contudo, cria um desejo de fazer alguma coisa. O fazer cria um movimento que pode resultar em ansiedade. Então, é impossível encontrar descanso e contentamento. Por isso Eu ensino longanimidade e o aprendizado gradual da Torá, pois na longanimidade não há perturbação. Então, pode-se entrar no Reino dos Céus. 6 Remova de ti aquilo que te atribula e te distrai, e sede puro como alguém que respira em pureza no vazio, confiando em YHWH. Este é o princípio do conhecimento - é o caminho para o shalom e a plenitude. 7 Shimon, saiba disto. O Pai pode ser encontrado através dos céus e da terra. O Filho de Elohim é a expressa imagem do Pai. O Filho é o caminho para o Pai, e pode ser visto entre todas as pessoas que nEle crêem. 8 Aqueles que agem virtuosamente logo atingem uma reputação; mas a fama faz as pessoas agirem de forma diferente. Elas se tornam movidas por ambições mundanas. Isso as torna infladas e define o que fazem. Pessoas como tais nunca podem atingir shalom e plenitude, pois elas não conhecem o Filho e não têm longanimidade dentro delas. 9 Aqueles que não vivem uma vida de humildade e aqueles que buscam a notoriedade servem como seus próprios guias. Contudo, aqueles que são humildes e simples e não almejam servir às suas próprias carnes conhecem o caminho do shalom e da plenitude através do Filho. 10 Shimon, tu deves ver e ouvir a Torá. Não te distraias pelas coisas do mundo. Quando atingires esse nível de entendimento, serás capaz de sentir o sabor da Torá. Abrace a Tora em teu coração. 11 Tende compaixão e sede sempre compassivo sem tentar se exaltar para alguém. Todos serão libertos desta forma – e este é chamado de o caminho para o shalom e para a plenitude. 12 E todo o povo então se levantou e, após se curvarem, cantaram este cântico: 13 "Louvem todos ao Grande Rabino, pois Tu nos ensinas a Torá em verdade. Tal como ela é, e em profundidade e em mistério, além do que pudemos imaginar."

Fonte: Livro das Palavras do Ungido

De Mar Ya’akov HaTsadik (São Thiago) acerca das Palavras do Mashiach

*Mashiach= Ungido, Messias escatológico do judaísmo, que trará um novo período de paz e espiritualidade e uma nova ordem social e economica para todos os povos. Os Netzarim qualificam e reconhecem que o Rabinu Y´shua de Nazaret é o Messias.


*Torah = Conjunto de revelações e intruções da vontade do ser supremo YHWH.

             


Ordem Ortodoxa Nazarena Essenia
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Traduzido do Original em Inglês ao Espanhol por Roberto Díaz



Alhym (Elohim)

"Alhym" é a antiga palavra hebréia para "Elohim". Achamos que a (Presença) de Shakhynah de Alhym pode ser encontrada, onde quer que exista ali a paz, a verdade e a luz. O conceito de Alhym não deve ser limitado pelo adoctrinamento da infância, como a crença de que Alhym está num lugar longínquo, difícil de atingir. O antigo nome hebreu de Alhym é Yahuéh(I-A-U-É)

Yahushua haMashyakh (o Messías) disse, "Eu Sou a luz que está sobre todas as coisas. Eu Sou tudo: de mim tudo veio à existência, e através de mim se atinge tudo. Parta uma peça de madeira; Eu Estou aí. Levante a pedra e você me encontrará ali" - O Evangelho de Mar Thomas(Tomé).

Alhym está próximo de todos aqueles que O invocam a Ele e em cada esquina alta e baixa da terra.

Alhym Ekhad (Alahota)

Nós achamos que Alhym se dá a conhecer a Sua gente através de Três Aspectos:

1. A mente de Alhym, isso que concebe a todas as coisas. Este aspecto de Alhym, conhecido como o Pai, está para além daquilo que está manifesto e está para além de nosso entendimento.


2. O Miltha ou a sabedoria de Alhym, isso que molda todas as coisas. Este aspecto de Alhym comumente conhecido como o filho, é o único aspecto de Alhym mediante o qual se pode conceber qualquer criação.


3. Ruakh haKodesh ou a vida de Alhym, isso que enche toda a criação de energia e movimento; se algo na criação tem vida dentro dele ou dela, isso é devido ao Ruakh haKodesh. O qual faz que o conhecimento dos (Nazarenos)Essenios sobre o Espírito do Kadosh, seja algo muito diferente do que muitas pessoas que usam este termo, compreendem. É também o conhecimento mais exato do termo.

Estes três aspectos, são um. Significa que não têm existência separada ou autonomia de uma a outra.
O Sh'ma* diz "Escuta, Oh Yisrael! YHWH é Nosso Alhim! YHWH é Um ". Os (Nazarenos)Essenios são estritos “monoteístas”, e não crêem no conceito de "Pessoas" em relação com Alhym, o qual é uma paródia (deboche) ao monoteísmo. Portanto, nós usamos o termo "Aspectos".

* O Sh'ma - Deuteronomio 6:4

Yahushua (Yashua)

Nós achamos que Yahushua é o filho de Alhym, que Yahushua é Yahuéh! A Dabar (do aramaico: "Miltha", a "Palavra") foi feito carne na forma de Yahushua haMashyakh o filho de Miriam e Yoseph, e enquanto esteve aqui sobre terra, fez demonstração de um exemplo perfeito de Observancia da Torah, que todos devemos seguir. Achamos que Rabbeinu Yahushua foi crucificado e ressuscitou ao terceiro dia. Nós achamos que Seu sangue nos isenta e é uma manifestação do grande amor de Alhym por Sua criação, e que pode nos levar à vida livre de pecado.
Nós adicionalmente achamos que Yahushua, como Ekhad(Um) e o único filho de Alhym, chegou a muitas culturas durante toda a história da humanidade, para repartir Sua mensagem de amor e redenção. Como o Filho, Yahushua é conhecido como o "Segundo Aspecto" do Alhym-Khay (Elohim Vivente).


Escrituras Sagradas

Achamos que o Sefer Shakhynah ( Torah) é um guia para a humanidade e é o fundamento do primeiro pilar de nossa Fé Pura.
Achamos que o texto contido nas escrituras é a mensagem fornecida à

humanidade por Alhym para conhecê-lo a Ele.

Alhym também pode ser conhecido em sua própria formosa criação.
Há milhões de pessoas que nunca tiveram a oportunidade de ler uma cópia das escrituras e achamos que não obstante Alhym os quer.
Achamos que o Arameo-Hebreu Peshitta é o texto interpretativo mais exato das escrituras e como tal é um companheiro (investigação dos originais) da “Biblia”.

O Selo “Sagrado”

Nós achamos que o Ruakh haKodesh, é uma parte do Alhym Ekhad, é uma parte da Vida no Universo. Não se pode dizer que nenhuma coisa vivente pode estar "Vivendo" sem a presença da Ruakh haKodesh. Porque todas as criações entram na existência, vivem por um momento e depois se extinguem, somente se pode dizer que o Ruakh haKodesh se encontra dentro dessa criação, quando essa criação vive há uma condição especial para a alma, uma alma que recebe o selo da Ruakh haKodesh dentro dele ou dela, isso existirá com Alhym por toda a eternidade. Esta é a importância na vida de uma pessoa, a de receber o Ruakh haKodesh.

A maioria das pessoas confundem que é o que exatamente outorga o Ruakh haKodesh sobre o crente; muitos acham que é o batismo, mas este mandamento especial é um mikva, um banho ritual para a purificação dos pecados.
Similar ao que o Profeta Yokhanan ofereceu às pessoas da Judéia. Enquanto a Ruakh haKodesh desceu sobre Yahushua haMashyakh em seu batismo no rio Yarden, isto não é o mesmo para todas as pessoas que têm um mikva.
Sim, têm que ter a Tevilah(imersão), mas é essencial que recebam o Selo da "Mish´chah" (unção), o Selo da Unção é o que outorga a Ruakh haKodesh na alma.

Nós não dizemos que uma pessoa não alcançará a eternidade sem o Selo da Unção, porque nós não sabemos que ocorrerá entre o alma individual e Alhym, uma vez que deixa esta vida e entra no Sheol.

Salvação

Os (Nazarenos)Esenios crêem na obra “divina” do madeiro. O que nós dizemos por meio disto, é que todos serão ajudados a a elevar a luz de Alhym através de um processo de crescimento espiritual concedido a nós pela piedade de nosso criador.

Devido à piedade de Yahushua, todas as pessoas agora têm a oportunidade de reconciliar-se com Alhym através do sacrifício sobre o madeiro e a posterior resurreição.

O que faz aos (Nazarenos)Essenios diferentes dos outros grupos que reclamam seu amor para Mashyakh é que os (Nazarenos)Essenios estão sempre no processo de Guardar Seu Caminho (Halakha). Estamos dedicados a Perdurar na Fé.

Numa formosa e antiga oração chamada o "Tephilah Panim" esta diz:

"Alhym, ¡Eu nunca posso permanecer quieto na ociosidade; guia meus pensamentos para meditar em Ti; guia minhas mãos para fazer Teu trabalho, e controla minha atenção para escutar somente Tuas instruções, e Eu poderei caminhar sempre em sua Shakhynah".

Esta é uma curta e resumida oração da mente de um (Nazareno) Esenio Ortodoxo. É muito fácil dizer que um adora a Alhym. É muito fácil dizer que uma pessoa aceitou a salvação através do Mashyakh. É até muito fácil ir aos serviços religiosos, e é outra coisa completamente diferente guardar a Torah de Mosheh como selada no Sangue do Cordeiro. Isto é o que os (Nazarenos)Essenios Ortodoxos se comprometem a realizar diariamente.


O serviço para o Mashyakh é nosso amor a Alhym, fato manifesto. Não achamos que alguém que aceita a Alhym e ao Mashyakh deve ganhar seu "Boleto para o céu", mas o sinal desta aprovação é o guardar o Halakha de Mashyakh diariamente. Combatendo o bom combate até o final.

O Mundo

Nós achamos que o mundo está num estado moribundo e que nosso propósito é lhe brindar a luz de Alhym a todos aqueles que desejam ter um estilo de vida melhor e ser consolados com sua esperança. Achamos que este melhor estilo de vida pode ser manifesto somente através da observancia da Torah. É o desejo dos (Nazarenos) Essenios, ajudar a todas as pessoas a encontrar seu próprio caminho dentro do Caminho Estreito, e começar a tomar esses passos que os dirijam ao Olam ha'Bah (o Mundo vindouro).

O Fogo da Palavra

É muito fácil para uma pessoa dizer que crê em Alhym. Dizer que aceita a salvação, mas só dizer uma coisa, ou só levar a cabo um ato, não expressa se uma pessoa, a dizer verdade, se regressou a Deus completamente, e aceitou ao Mashyakh completamente. Somente Alhym sabe com segurança, quem é e quem não é de Suas Ovelhas. Por outro lado, o indivíduo, tem que saber se se comprometeu com o Mashyakh.

Existe uma frase que é usada entre os (Nazarenos)Essenios, e esta é "O Fogo da Palavra". Para nós, é uma pessoa que real e verdadeiramente se volta para Alhym, através do Mashyakh, e se compromete segui-lo completamente.

Agora cheio de um Fogo Sagrado, Mashyakh é A Palavra e o Fogo que é ignição e se queima dentro do Crente, é um Fogo Celestial dedicado a Elohim e deve ser compartilhado com toda a criação. O fogo estende-se de alma a alma.

Onde o Fogo da Palavra é diferente do que os Cristãos chamam ser "novo nascimento", é que o Fogo da Palavra tem que ser expressado, não só nos pedidos emotivos, senão através das ferramentas dadas a nós pelo Mashyakh. Estas ferramentas são os Três Pilares da Sagrada Fé Ortodoxa dada a nós por Alhym.

Os Três Pilares

Os (Nazarenos)Essenios crêem e aderem-se aos Três Pilares da Fé Ortodoxa, como se nos ensinou a nós por meio do Mashyakh e seus Sh´likhim (apóstolos) no século I, concretamente:

A Escritura Sagrada - A Palavra de Alhym.

A Tradição Sagrada - As Práticas da Assembléia de Jerusalém que foi fundada pelo Mashyakh.

A Revelação Sagrada - A Palavra Profética dada pelo Mashyakh através de Seus servos.

O Tzadik

Nós achamos que o Patriarca (Rosh Avkadmon) é o verdadeiro sucessor da Presidência Eclesiástica de Shaliach Mar Ya'aqob ha'Tzadik (Apóstolo Kadosh Ya´akov –“Thiago”- o Justo) e outros Apóstolos e que tem a principal autoridade terrenal em todos os temas em relação com os Três Pilares da Fé (A Escritura, A Tradição, A Revelação), e em relação com a vida da Assembléia e seus membros.

A excelencia e a autoridade do Patriarca deve ser honrada e acatada por cada um dos membros da Assembléia, o patriarca e os sacerdotes

nomeados em comunhão com Ele, recebem do Mashyakh a autoridade para tomar decisões visíveis na terra, que serão ratificadas no céu;

como tal, as denúncias provenientes de qualquer pessoa alheia à Assembléia de Jerusalém, não podem ser um recurso interposto contra o Tzadik, que todo caso que não possa ser resolvido em Sua presença, deve esperar a sentença do Mashyakh e por nenhum motivo se pode pensar ou dizer que o Rosh Avkadmon pode ser julgado pelos que estão por embaixo dele, ou por qualquer comunidade fora da Assembléia de Jerusalém, ele mesmo deve ser o juiz de todos os que se encontram por embaixo dele, ao ser um humano servo do Adom, Ele não é infalível, senão que só pode ser julgado pelo Mashyakh que o elegeu , que Ele o elevou e o colocou como a cabeça de sua Assembléia na terra junto com o Beit Knushta (Sanedrín - Sinédrio).

Ademais, nós achamos que o espírito de Yahushua ha´Mashyakh se encontra dentro do Patriarca, e que o Patriarca é a expressão física da Presença de YHWH e a encarnação do amor de Alhym e, como tal, ele deve ser honrado acima de todos os homens.

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Quem foram os Nazarenos?
by uriel Ben Levy

Nótzêr da beneficência com milhares; que perdoa a iniqüidade, a transgressão e o pecado; que de maneira alguma terá por inocente o culpado; que visita a iniqüidade dos pais sobre os filhos e sobre os filhos dos filhos até a terceira e quarta geração. Shemot/Ex 30:4

Então brotará um Nêtzér do toco de Jessé, e das suas raízes um renovo frutificará. Yeshayah/Is 11:1

E todos os do teu povo serão justos; para sempre herdarão a terra; serão Nêtzér por mim plantados, obra das minhas mãos, para que eu seja glorificado. Yeshayah/Is 60:21

Pois haverá um dia em que gritarão os Nótzêrim sobre o monte de Efraim: Levantai-vos, e subamos a Tziôn, ao YHWH nosso Élohím. Yirmeyahu/Jr 31:6

e foi habitar numa aldeia chamada Netzarét; para que se cumprisse o que fora dito pelos profetas: Ele será chamado Nêtzér. Mattityah/Mt 2:23


Os Nazarenos foram uma “seita” judaica implantada proféticamente pelo haKadosh Yahushua haMashiach durante o período do segundo templo. Inicialmente este terno
“ Nazareno” remonta à pessoa do Rabbi Yahushua Ben David Ben Avraham da cidade de Nazaré, que foi denominado na Brit chadashah de “ O Nazareno”( ver Mt 2:23). Então todos os seguidores do Rabbi Yahushua foram conhecidos na antiguidade como “ Os Nazarenos”.
Fisoloficamente refere-se a todos os seguidores Israelitas e estrangeiros em Yahushua haMashiach e todos observadores da Torah. Nêtzer ou Nêtzerim não se aplica inicialmente aos moradores da aldeia de Nazaré, mas um grupo escatológico que acreditavam ser os eleitos de YHWH em seu filho Yahushua, para andar e proteger o caminho da verdade.
O termo “nazareno” vem da palavra hebraica “ NTZR” = “Nêtzér”, que quer dizer: ramo, broto, rebento, remanescente. Ainda relacionado a palavra “Nêtzér”, temos as mesmas consoantes, da mesma raíz, e que forma a palavra: “Nótzér”; e tem o significado de: observar, cuidar, guardar, proteger, preservar, seguir (mandamentos), manter em oculto. Encontramos 74 vezes no Tanakh as mesmas consoantes! , as vezes “Nêtzer, Nátzer, Nótzêr”, e na maioria das vezes está relacionado a YHWH como guardião e protetor da Torah e de seu povo Israel, também está relacionado com o Messias como guardião da verdade e da compaixão, e uma vez como Ramo e rebento da casa de David (que se repetirá em Mt 2:23), e uma vez referente aos remanescentes seguidores do Caminho de Yah, plantados por Yah! (que se repetirá em Atos 24:5 “os Nêtzerim”), e muitas vezes refere-se àqueles que observam e guardam o testemunho de Elohim e seus mandamentos e ainda aqueles que se mantém fiéis e firmes na Verdade da Torah, tem ainda os significados de: Guardião, Protetor, Atalaia, Seguidor, Mantenedor dos segredos. Este termo também refere-se ao futuro Teshuvah-retorno para YHWH que farão os da casa de Efrayim/as dez tribos perdidas da Casa de Israel depois de um longo período vivendo no gentilismo como se fossem gentios pagãos! Portanto a Casa de Efrayim é o filho pródigo que voltará e já está voltando para casa e para os braços do Pai YAH com grande júbilo e alegria! E também provocando ciúmes no seu irmão Judah por causa do seu retorno!

Vejamos outras definições:

O “pai da igreja” Jerónimo (século 4) descreve a estes nazarenos como:

“os que aceitam ao Messias de tal maneira que não cessam de observar a Torah (“lei”).” (Jerónimo; Sobre Isa. 8:14)

O Padre Epifanio (Século IV) também descreve os Nazarenos em sua antiga obra Panarion:

"Mas estes sectários... não se chamavam de cristãos - mas de 'nazarenos'... contudo, são simplesmente judeus completos... Eles não possuem diferentes idéias, mas confessam tudo exatamente como a Torá descreve e na forma judaica - exceto, porém, por sua crença no Messias. Pois eles reconhecem tanto a ressurreição dos mortos quanto a criação divina de todas as coisas, e declaram que Elohim é Um, e que o Seu Filho é Yahushua o Messias. Eles são bem treinados no hebraico. Pois dentre eles a Torá inteira, os Nevi'im (Profetas) e... os Ketuvim (Escritos)... são lidos em hebraico...Eles são diferentes dos judeus, e diferentes dos cristãos, apenas no seguinte: Eles discordam dos judeus porque chegaram à fé no Messias; mas eles ainda estão na Torá -- circuncisão, o Shabat, e o restante -- eles não estão de acordo com os cristãos... eles não são nada mais do que judeus... Eles possuem as Boas Novas de acordo com Matitiyahu completamente em hebraico... tal qual foram escritas originalmente." (Epifânio;Panarion.29).

O historiador Justo L. Gonzales diz em seu livro História do Cristianismo dos primeiros crentes: "... Não pensem que eles pertenceram a uma nova religião. Eles eram judeus, e a unica diferença que os separavam do restante, é que eles acreditavam que o Messias havia chegado, enquanto os demais judeus ainda aguardavam a vinda do Messias”.

O Nome Nazareno pode ser lidos em grego nestas formas : Nazoreo, Nadsoraios, Nadsarênos, que são transcrições do arameu Nasraya. Algumas vezes se confundiu o nome nazareno com o voto de nazireu(apesar que na antiga história os nazarenos são descritos com aqueles que também tomavam voto de nazireu).
Algumas igrejas orientais que não se ligaram a Igreja do império romano traçam suas origens e tradições com os antigos judeus nazarenos e ainda nos dias de hoje mantém alguns costumes preservados, como as comunidades Sirio malabar de tradição Nasranis na Índia, Birmânia e Nepal e ainda eles mantém a liturgia em lingua semita e conservam o novo testamento em arameu a quem chamam de Peshita, segundo dizem que receberam originalmente do apóstolo Tomé em caracteres aramaico.
O termo Nêtzerim se conservou no mundo semítico para designar os discípulos de Yahushua oriundos do judaísmo mais os prosélitos de outras nações. Enquanto que o termo “ Kristiano, ou Cristão” prevaleceu no mundo Greco-Romano e veio a designar uma nova religião criada e apoiada pelo império romano e separada dos nazarenos judeus, como bem disse o historiado da igreja Epifanio: “ eles (os nazarenos) não se chamavam de Cristãos...”.
Nos dias atuais esta distinção permanece entre Nazarenos e Cristãos, sendo os nazarenos uma “seita” judaica e os Cristãos uma religião do estado Romano(vaticano) ou protestante.

No Tanakh, apenas pouquíssimas vezes o termo refere-se de forma negativa a um *Ramo abominável que se levantaria na Babilônia (Is 14:19) que é uma profecia referente a Nabucodonosor(Nevukadnétzar, o falso netzer), seu nome pode ser traduzido como: O Guardião do vaso do transe! Que é o vaso que contém o vinho toxicante da magia, idolatria e luxúria dado aos povos!


          Radiation Therapy Begins   

I'm keeping a blog of my cancer treatment.  If interested, here is the link. 

 

http://mythroatcancerdiary.blogspot.com/2017/06/second-radiation-treatment-today.html

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          The GoldFish Report No. 107 – Winston Shrout – Moving Towards a Two-Tiered Money System – 6-30-17 – Creating An Abundance Economy   
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          Sidedressed manure boosts profits   

Ohio farmer saves $100/acre over commercial fertilizer, with 20-25 bu./acre added corn yields.

Think Different

When Ohio farmer Tom Harrod first heard about sidedressing hog manure he was skeptical. He went to a county extension program after talking to some farmers about their use of hog manure on growing corn, then he decided to give it a try. After achieving good yields without using commercial fertilizer, he became sold on the practice.  Now, Harrod says, it’s driving profits in his operation.

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The idea to use hog manure on standing corn frightened Rossburg, Ohio farmer Tom Harrod at first. He has applied hog manure to fields, before and after crops, because they produce 12,000 hogs per year. He commonly used commercial fertilizer and soil testing for 30 years on their 1,300 acres that he farms with his son, Korey. But he knew a change was needed. That change was to utilize the nitrogen in the hog manure on a growing crop.

So Harrod began working with Ohio State University Manure Specialist Glenn Arnold and OSU Extension Agent Sam Custer to inject the hog manure as a sidedress in corn.

Manure replaces commercial fertilizer

“I admit, I didn’t think it would work,” says Harrod. Now, he thinks differently. “We don’t use commercial fertilizer on the fields where we inject hog manure, and we achieve the same yields or better than if we used commercial fertilizer.”

“This practice makes a lot of sense in these tough economic times,” adds Custer. He says farmers have success because injected nitrogen in the manure stays available longer for the corn plants; not reduced by rainfall or sunlight. Commercial fertilizer can be washed away by a rainstorm.

The hog manure application injection not only provides nitrogen for the corn crop but also has enough nutrients such as potash and phosphorus left over for the next year’s soybean crop. “The manure has the right amount of nutrient value to get two crops,” says Harrod. 

The farm is now saving close to $100 an acre using manure over commercial fertilizer. Custer says the data collected shows the injection system has yielded a 20-25 bushel increase.

Switched application methods

Harrod says a key to success is injecting hog manure as the corn plants grow. The conventional idea of applying manure in the fall loses nitrogen. But by injecting it, the plant is able to use it and not lose it. He applies 6,000 gallons of manure per acre, with a value of about 30 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 gallons.

When this sidedress research began, a tank was used but producers found compaction issues in their fields. Now they have switched to a dragline system, and there is no compaction. However, the hose does move across growing rows of corn. 

To reduce hose damage to growing corn, it’s all about injection timing. There is a short window when it can be applied. Too late and the draglines can break off the corn and it dies. After three years of application timing research by Ohio State, the researchers concluded that the hog manure has to be applied before the corn plants reach V4 or eight inches in height (see chart).

Custer says farmers interested in starting the practice must discuss critical application timing with their custom applicator. Once a farmer finds success, buying their own injector system may yield added benefits, especially timeliness.

For the Harrod operation, they normally run a hose one mile from the hog barns but can run it up to one mile and half. Some operations inject as far as two miles from the facility.

Concerns and BMPs

Custer says it is a sound practice to apply to a growing crop, but warns it is a liquid so there are precautions. One is to watch field tiles so that no damage is done to them. Another recommendation is to install tile control structures if possible. They can eliminate excess manure getting into creeks or ditches.

Another practice is to have a manure analysis completed. Know your nitrogen and phosphorus levels. Custer says most hog manure has an application rate of 13,000 gallons per acre. Farmers only need to apply 6,000 gallons per acre. He also urges producers to follow the 4R’s. Apply at the right time, the right place, the right source and at the right rate to ensure success.


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          Use data to guide fertilizer application   

Feed the A zones plenty

Like most in my generation, I had 4-H and FFA projects, and from the very beginning I was blessed with a gilt that ended up being a very prolific sow. My sow produced huge litters and was the perfect mother — giving

up everything she had to her piglets until weaning (a much longer period than now).  For every litter, her body weight would plummet.

Our next evolution in raising pigs was to build our own feeding stalls. It was very preconfinement, but for me it was a huge improvement. The stalls allowed us to feed each sow uniquely. My sow with half the body weight of other less-productive sows could be given a double ration. Less-productive sows that towered over my sow received less food.

I’m sure some of you “old school” folks can connect my animal agriculture example with what’s going on in your fields. The areas in your fields that are consistently the highest yielding are just like my 4-H sow. They produce so much that they deplete their soil-supplied nutrient reserves. Your data and variable-rate technology allow you to feed those A zones a “double ration!”

Notice how this data table illustrates how the highest-yielding areas are lower in fertility. Use your yield data and fertility data to guide your applications. Don’t be afraid to feed your A zones plenty!

soil test attributes by soybean yield


          China Completes Construction Of New Missile Shelters On Disputed South China Sea Islands   

Trump's "up and down" relationship with China may be on the precipice of taking a sharp dive into the proverbial abyss.  After frequently threatening to label China a "currency manipulator" on the campaign trail last year, Trump's relationship with China's President Xi Jinping took a decided turn for the better after a meeting at Mar-a-Lago in which China vowed to help address the "menace of North Korea" .

But apparently those efforts have officially failed:

 

And, shortly after those efforts were declared dead, the Trump administration signed a $1.3 billion arms deal with Taiwan, a deal which China has "demanded" be cancelled immediately.

Meanwhile, as the Financial Times points out today, in the midst of all the international crises, China has made great strides building out and further militarizing their disputed islands in the South China Sea.

Over the past three months, China has built four new missile shelters on Fiery Cross, boosting the number of installations on the reef to 12, according to satellite images provided to the Financial Times by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

 

China has also expanded radar facilities on Fiery Cross and two other disputed reefs — Subi and Mischief — in the Spratly Island chain, and started building underground structures that Greg Poling, director of CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, assesses will be used to store munitions.

 

“We haven’t seen any slowdown in construction, including since the Mar-a-Lago summit,” said Mr Poling. “The islands are built and they are clearly militarised, which means they already got over the hard part. Now every time they put in a new radar or new missile shelter, it is harder for the world to get angry. They are building a gun, they are just not putting the bullets in yet.”

 

The advances underscore how much progress China has made towards militarizing the man-made islands in ways that significantly enhance its ability to both monitor activity in the South China Sea and to project power in the western Pacific where the US has been the dominant power in the seven decades since the second world war.

Euan Graham, an Asia expert at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, said it was “not quite game over in the South China Sea” but that China had fundamentally altered the status quo over the islands that would be hard to change barring war or natural disasters.

 

“They already exert a strategic effect by projecting China’s presence much further out,” said Mr Graham. “They will not prevent the US Navy from operating in their vicinity, but they will complicate the threat environment for US ships and aircraft — by extending the [Chinese navy’s] surveillance and targeting net, as well as the envelope of power projection.”

 

Of course, these latest provocations come despite a promise made to Obama in 2015 that "China would not militarize the man-made islands"...a promise which the Obama administration apparently took at face value and proceeded to bury their heads in the sand.

During a visit to Washington, Mr Xi told Barack Obama in 2015 that China would not militarise the man-made islands, but in the intervening 20 months Beijing has stepped up construction, and now has runways that can accommodate Chinese fighter jets.

 

China’s legal claim to the seas around the maritime features is legally controversial since many were dredged out of coral and sand and thus not entitled to status as islands. But Vasily Kashin, an expert on the Chinese military at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, said the goal was never legal sovereignty but to give China forward bases from which it could patrol and exercise control in their vicinity.

 

“If you have this infrastructure in the Spratlys, it allows China to constantly monitor aircraft and ships in the South China Sea. The point is that no one will be able to do anything in the area without them seeing.”

 

Ely Ratner, an Asia expert who served in the Obama administration, said Washington had failed to craft a strategy to convince China to halt militarisation of the man-made islands. “Until China believes that there will be significant costs . . . I don’t think they have any reason to slow down,” said Mr Ratner. “They have been pushing on an open door and have been surprised at how little resistance they have faced.”

 

Critics say the Obama administration took too cautious an approach to avoid creating tensions that would hurt the ability for co-operation on other issues. Meanwhile, some experts say the Trump team has given China a relatively free pass to maximise the chances it will boost pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear programme.

Somehow we suspect the Trump administration will end up being slightly less "accommodating" over the long term...


          "jest we mnie kałuża w której w dzieciństwie zatonęła mi cała flota papierowyc..."   

"jest we mnie
kałuża w której
w dzieciństwie
zatonęła mi cała flota papierowych statków
które już nigdy nie zmartwychwstaną."

–Jarosław Borszewicz (via alwaystakecontrol)

[Reposted from makswilczur via y-xcv-y]


          Minister visits Dubrovnik Airport, biggest EU project in Croatia   

Regional Development and EU Funds Minister Tomislav Tolusic visited Dubrovnik Airport on Friday, saying the primary function of this big European Union development project was transport connection and that in the long term it would enable tourism development and economic growth in Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the whole region.


          214-220 Second St California, PA 15419 - $130000   
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          106 - 108 Wilkens Avenue City of Butler SE, PA 16001 - $179900   
Two homes! A three bedroom two story home, and 3 car detached garage with apartment above. Well cared for two story featuring hardwood floors, eat in kitchen, finished basement, large laundry room with built in bins, sunroom, rear patio. Apartment features large sun room and second story deck.
          350 Constellation Dr Economy, PA 15042 - $179000   
Located in Economy, this split-level style home has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and 1 half bath. 350 Constellation Dr is situated in the Ambridge School District and SUNSET HILLS neighborhood. The sale of this home includes refrigerator, dish washer, electric stove, wall to wall carpet, multi-pane windows, and washer/dryer. This home also has a 2 car integral garage, ceramic tile, wall to wall carpet floors, electric, forced air heating.
          Fearless' Kvitova ready to battle for third Wimbledon   
(Reuters) - Petra Kvitova says she feels "fearless" as she returns to the venue that is like a second home to her in search of another Wimbledon title.

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This very unique home is 100 years old!<p> A sturdy brick, there are touches of wonderful craftsmanship in almost every room. Hardwood floors with inlaid wood, a great staircase, a mirrored floor to ceiling fireplace, 10 foot ceilings! The kitchen has gleaming Carrera Glass panels in the ceiling! Great design and craftsmanship! For convenience, a powder room is located on the main floor. The staircase leads to the second floor where you find 3 bedrooms and a full bath. There is a covered patio on one side of the home, perfect for your outside barbeque! The sale of this home includes the refrigerator and electric stove. The detached garage has space for one car a
          «Ηχηρές» απουσίες στην πρώτη μέρα του Συνεδρίου της ΔΗ.ΣΥ   
«Ηχηρές» απουσίες στην πρώτη μέρα του Συνεδρίου της ΔΗ.ΣΥ - Κεντρική Εικόνα/Video
Οι πρώτες μέρες των Συνεδρίων των κομμάτων, δεν συνηθίζεται να είναι ιδιαίτερα ενδιαφέρουσες ή ουσιώδεις για την έκβαση του ίδιου του Συνεδρίου.

Οι χαιρετισμοί των εκπροσώπων των υπόλοιπων παρατάξεων, μια γενική ομιλία του επικεφαλής και η πρώτη συνεδριακή ημέρα, συνήθως αποτελεί μια καλή ευκαιρία για να χαιρετιστούν «σύντροφοι» που έχουν καιρό να τα πουν.
Όχι όμως και στο Συνέδριο της Δημοκρατικής Συμπαράταξης. Πρόκειται άλλωστε για ένα συνέδριο, στο οποίο κατά τη διάρκεια της πρώτης του ημέρας, ανέβηκαν στο βήμα του, δυο πρώην πρωθυπουργοί (Σημίτης, Παπανδρέου) και τρεις αρχηγοί κοινοβουλευτικών κομμάτων (Γεννηματά, Μητσοτάκης, Θεοδωράκης).
Στην εισηγητική της ομιλία, η Φώφη Γεννηματά ανέπτυξε τον οδικό χάρτη προς τη δημιουργία ενιαίου φορέα μέχρι τον Δεκέμβριο, με εκλογή ηγεσίας από τη βάση, ως τον Οκτώβριο.
Τα πέντε βήματα που περιέγραψε η πρόεδρος του ΠΑΣΟΚ, έχουν ως εξής:
Πρώτον: Οι αποφάσεις του συνεδρίου μας καθώς και το πλαίσιο της Επιτροπής Θέσεων και Διαλόγου για την Κεντροαριστερά, αποτελούν ισχυρή προγραμματική βάση και διαμορφώνουν ξεκάθαρη ταυτότητα και πολιτικό στίγμα.
Δεύτερον: Εκλογή επικεφαλής από την κοινωνική βάση της παράταξης, μέσα από ανοιχτές και διαφανείς διαδικασίες. Εκλογή τον Οκτώβριο 2017. Άμεση συγκρότηση ανεξάρτητης επιτροπής δεοντολογίας και πιστοποίησης διαδικασιών, η οποία αναλαμβάνει την εποπτεία και εγγυάται την αξιοπιστία, την διαφάνεια και το αδιάβλητο της πορείας προς την εκλογή ηγεσίας και το ιδρυτικό συνέδριο του νέου ενιαίου προοδευτικού φορέα.
Τρίτον: Δημιουργία μητρώου του νέου φορέα με βάση τους πολίτες που προσήλθαν στην ψηφοφορία και όλους όσους άλλους το επιθυμούν.
Τέταρτον: Εκλογή συνέδρων με βάση το νέο μητρώο με διαφανείς διαδικασίες.
Πέμπτον: Ιδρυτικό συνέδριο της νέας παράταξης, και εκλογή των κεντρικών οργάνων της. Καταληκτική ημερομηνία για το συνέδριο ο Δεκέμβριος του 2017.
Ο Γιώργος Παπανδρέου που πήρε τη σκυτάλη και ο οποίος αποθεώθηκε κατά την είσοδό του στον χώρο του συνεδρίου, έβαλε ακόμα πιο ξεκάθαρα την διαχωριστική γραμμή με τον ΣΥΡΙΖΑ, καλώντας μάλιστα τη Δημοκρατική Συμπαράταξη, να παίξει τον ρόλο της «Αριστεράς της εποχής μας», ενώ από την άλλη αναφερόμενος στον ΣΥΡΙΖΑ μίλησε για «αριστερούς ψάλτες του καραμανλισμού».
Η ομιλία του Γιώργου Παπανδρέου, ήταν πιθανότατα ο λόγος που απουσίαζε ο Ευάγγελος Βενιζέλος, ο οποίος αναμένεται να μιλήσει το Σάββατο στο Συνέδριο.
Ιδιαίτερο ενδιαφέρον είχε η ομιλία του Σταύρου Θεοδωράκη, καθώς ο επικεφαλής του Ποταμιού, άφησε… ορθάνοιχτο το ενδεχόμενο συνεργασίας με τη Δημοκρατική Συμπαράταξη, αφήνοντας πάντως σαφέστατες «αιχμές» στον μηχανισμό του ΠΑΣΟΚ, για την «μεταγραφή βουλευτών» όπως την χαρακτήρισε και αναφερόμενος προφανώς στην περίπτωση του πρώην βουλευτή του Ποταμιού, Κώστα Μπαργιώτα που εντάχτηκε στη Δημοκρατική Συμπαράταξη, παίρνοντας μαζί και την έδρα του. «οι μεταγραφές βουλευτών στη μέση της κοινοβουλευτικής περιόδου - μετά από παζάρια και υποσχέσεις - δημιούργησαν ένα χάσμα στις σχέσεις μας. Οι αλαζονικές κινήσεις των μηχανισμών, δεν είναι πολιτική» είπε χαρακτηριστικά, από το βήμα του Συνεδρίου.
Επέστρεψε ο Ραγκούσης
Λίγη ώρα μετά την ομιλία της Φώφης Γεννηματά στο Συνέδριο της Δημοκρατικής Συμπαράταξης, ο Γιάννης Ραγκούσης, ανταποκρίθηκε μέσω social media στο κάλεσμά της, δηλώνοντας πως θα είναι παρών στη δεύτερη μέρα του Συνεδρίου.
Άκουσα με προσοχή τις σωστές προτάσεις της Φ.Γεννηματά για τα βήματα που πρέπει να γίνουν προς τη δημιουργία νέου προοδευτικού φορέα (1)

Είναι ευρύτατα γνωστό ότι επιδιώκω την επικράτηση σχεδόν των ίδιων προτάσεων.(2)

ανακοίνωσα στους οργανωτές του Συνεδρίου ΔΗΣΥ ότι αποδέχομαι την πρόσκληση ως ιδρ. μέλος της Ώρας Αποφάσεων για να παραστώ και να μιλήσω.(3)

Η Άννα Διαμαντοπούλου και ο Γιώργος Φλωρίδης, μαζί με τους οποίους είχε ιδρύσει την «Ώρα Αποφάσεων» τον έθεσαν γι αυτή του τη στάση «εκτός κίνησης».
Τα στελέχη της «Ώρας Αποφάσεων» είχαν κληθεί όχι ως κίνηση αλλά ως προσωπικότητες στο Συνέδριο, με συνέπεια να μην αποδεχτούν την πρόσκληση.
Οι παρουσίες
Στην έναρξη του συνεδρίου της ΔΗΣΥ παραβρέθηκαν μεταξύ άλλων ο πρώην πρωθυπουργός Κώστας Σημίτης, ο οποίος απηύθυνε χαιρετισμό, ο πρόεδρος της ΝΔ Κυριάκος Μητσοτάκης, ο επικεφαλής του Ποταμιού Σταύρος Θεοδωράκης, ενώ από τον ΣΥΡΙΖΑ χαιρέτησε ο κυβερνητικός εκπρόσωπος Δημήτρης Τζανακόπουλος.

Επίσης, παραβρέθηκαν οι δήμαρχοι Αθηναίων Γιώργος Καμίνης και Πειραιά Γιάννης Μώραλης, ο Κώστας Λαλιώτης, ο Παρασκευάς Αυγερινός, η Βάσω Παπανδρέου, ο Μιλτιάδης Παπαϊωάννου, ο Κώστας Γείτονας, ο Φίλιππος Πετσάλνικος, ο Χάρης Θεοχάρης, οι καθηγητές Τάσος Γιαννίτσης, Γιάννης Βούλγαρης, Γιώργος Σωτηρέλλης, ο πρόεδρος της ΓΣΕΕ Γιάννης Παναγόπουλος, ο πρώην νομάρχης Αττικής Γιάννης Σγουρός, ο πρόεδρος του ΕΒΕΑ Κωνσταντίνος Μίχαλος, νυν και πρώην ευρωβουλευτές και όλοι οι βουλευτές της Δημοκρατικής Συμπαράταξης.


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          New site - and new blog!   
I know, I know, I've been terribly absent for a LONG time from blogland. But, now that Secrets & Speed Dating is on the shelves in the UK (wow!) and my second book is handed in (am awaiting revisions), I finally have a little bit of spare time. So I've finished off my new web site and blog.

From now on, you can find me at www.leah-ashton.com.

As New Voices is kicking off again VERY soon (how exciting!) I've put together a post of all of my New Voices 2010 posts and interviews. I thought it was a good way to officially start my new blog, as, after all, New Voices is why I'm published, and why I finally decided to build a real site :)

New Voices 2010 - The Winner's Journey

I hope to see you there!

Leah xx
          What I think I've learnt: Part 2 - plus, an exciting announcement!   
I'll leave the exciting bit until the bottom of this post, and start with the second thing I think I've learnt thanks to Secrets & Speed Dating:

  • Use what I've already got
I'll be honest and admit I didn't figure this one out myself. My lovely friend Nikki Logan introduced me to this concept when I got really stuck about three quarters into the manuscript (the "right" version, for those who read Part One). My hero and heroine had just made love for the first time, and I'd written this lovely "morning after" scene. But... now what? I knew what my black moment was, but it was far too early for that. I knew I needed to show both my hero and heroine's reactions to this first night together and how nothing could ever be the same again... but the scene I was writing just felt boring.

I'd made the mistake in a previous version of the book of adding in a random plot twist ("ooh, let's have my heroine's mum turn up!"), so I knew that didn't work. But I needed *something* to happen. Something that wasn't contrived but that would keep the tension rolling along nicely.

And so Nikki said, "Didn't Sophie say in the previous chapter something something, why don't you use that?" (I'll let you read the book to find out what it was). This was a massive lightbulb for me. I'd had no idea I'd already set up the absolutely perfect scene (yay for my subconscious!) but I never would have noticed without Nikki's prompting. 

But of course, it makes perfect sense. By looking back what you are really doing is revisiting your characters - and their conflicts and motivations. By making sure you use something you've already got, you're ensuring it's the characters that are driving the story forward.

While I was fortunate to have a throw away line of dialogue to set up my next scene, I'd imagine that this probably isn't always the case. But I think the lesson still stands. Next time I get stuck, in a "what happens next?" moment, I'm going to go back and review what's come before. What have my character's already done? What have they talked about? What has happened? What would they do next?

So what do you think? Am I onto something here? (with apologies to Nikki who I have stolen this from - and quite possibly butchered in my expansion and explanation :) ).

And... now for the big news!

In about two hours, I become a LoveCat!!! I feel incredibly fortunate to have been invited to join the LoveCats - a group of Australian and New Zealand Harlequin Mills & Boon authors who have the fabulous LoveCats Down Under blog!

My official welcome post will appear very soon, where I get to answer some fun questions, and visitors get the chance to win an awesome book bundle prize!

Please come along and say hello - I'll be popping in as much as I can tomorrow.

          My RWA Interview (or, I'm famous!)   
I'm not sure how I managed it, but I forgot to mention that I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Sandie Hudson from Romance Writers of Australia (an incredible organisation!) earlier this week. About my New Voices experience, of course :)

You can read the interview here: Author Spotlight: Leah Ashton.

By the way - if you haven't read the Top 10's second chapters yet, you don't have much time - the Top 4 are announced on Monday! Of course, if you like my chapter: Secrets & Speed Dating - I would LOVE you to vote for me :)

(Hey, how subtle was that!)
          Second chapter voting has begun!!!   
This is terrifying. My second chapter is right here: Secrets & Speed Dating, for anyone to read and comment about. It was scary enough posting chapter one, but this - this is something else.

I'd like to tell you how I was quietly determined to do my best this last week, and methodically worked my way through the chapter. Very calm, very controlled.

Of course, that would be a massive lie. I want this so badly and I got SO frustrated with myself that I couldn't get the chapter right first time.

On the plus side, I learnt I can write a lot when I set my mind to it. Here was my week:
  • Monday - submit Chapter Two draft to Team Jessica
  • Tuesday - get feedback
  • Wednesday - totally misinterpreting feedback, come up with an idea to address the areas of weakness.
  • Wednesday night - Team Jessica politely tells me that my idea sucks
  • Wednesday-Friday - Write almost totally new chapter, convinced that draft was awful
  • Friday - CPs tell me (very nicely) that there are some problems with my new chapter, and ask what happened to that good stuff from the draft?
  • Saturday - Take all the good bits of the draft and the new chapter, and create new chapter. Get some excellent feedback from Team Jessica and my amazing CPs.
  • Sunday - Make final tweaks and polish polish polish! 
Throughout all of this my incredible CPs kept me going with phone calls and emails (and one very timely calming cup of tea :) ), and my lovely partner even brought me cups of coffee without being asked :) I also managed to squeeze my full time job in somewhere, too.

I would love it if you could read my chapter, and if you like it, it would be super awesome if you voted for me :) To vote you need to register and log in, and you can only vote once.

Ohh - and did you see the very lovely button Lacey Devlin made for me (on the right)? How nice is she?

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          10 Things You Should Know About Steph and Ayesha Curry's Envy-Inducing Relationship   

Image Source: Getty / Johnny Nunez

Stephen and Ayesha Curry may be one of the NBA's most famous couples now, but back in the day they were just two teenagers brought together by their faith. Both devout Christians, the couple first met at their church youth group in Charlotte, NC - but it wasn't exactly love at first sight for the Canada native. "We were just kids," Ayesha told People in May. "He was the cute boy at church that all of the girls were obsessed with, so I made a generalization that maybe he wasn't for me." On the flip side, Steph harbored a crush. "I always had my eye on her, but I got a little shaken, for sure," he told Parents magazine back in June 2016. Here are more fun facts about Steph and Ayesha's slam-dunk romance.

  1. They reconnected a few years after their first meeting. Ayesha was acting and modeling in LA while Steph was playing basketball for Davidson College in North Carolina. The two met up in LA when he was in town for the ESPY Awards - Ayesha admitted that she "didn't know what the ESPYs were" and generally didn't know what Steph did at the time, which he revealed was "pretty refreshing."
  2. Ayesha originally wasn't too keen on dating an athlete, which is probably why she turned Steph down for a date at first. "My parents found this paper from my high school theater class where you had to write down what you wanted in a significant other," she told People. "At the bottom, it said, 'No athletes, because they're arrogant.'"
  3. Their first date was admittedly "cheesy." Ayesha finally agreed to go out with Steph after he reached out via Facebook. She picked him up (in a 1995 Astro van!) and they had a "cheesy" first date that included chai tea lattes and Marilyn Monroe impersonators on Hollywood Boulevard. Steph even spent all the money he had on him to impress Ayesha by purchasing a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Despite her "no athlete" rule, Steph's personality softened her up. "He was so funny and silly. . . the absolute opposite of what I thought he was going to be," she said.
  4. And their first kiss was reminiscent of a major movie. Steph and Ayesha officially began dating in August 2008. The couple had their first smooch in the driveway of Steph's parents' house in Charlotte. It happened "in the rain, like The Notebook."
  5. Three years later, Steph proposed to Ayesha in the same spot. "The plan was to act like we were going to a family cookout," he told Parents. "So we pulled up to the house, and I stopped in the middle of the driveway, got down on my knee, and went into my spiel. Little did I know the whole family was looking out the window, videotaping the moment."

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  1. They were married young. Steph and Ayesha got married in 2011 when they were 23 and 22, respectively. Of their decision, Steph has said, "I knew I had found the right woman, and I wanted to start a life with her."
  2. Ayesha had to put her acting plans on hold. "Shortly after we got married, I found out we were pregnant with [their daughter] Riley. She was a borderline honeymoon baby," Ayesha said. "That became my next move. I struggled with that for a while."
  3. They have matching tattoos. Ayesha reportedly got the ink first, and Steph followed with a tattoo of two arrows pointing at each other. "This signifies that the past is behind us and the future is in front of us, so we stay in the middle, in the moment," he has said. They even have a pregame ritual: "I smack my tattoo and she does the same."
  4. In 2015, they expanded their family. Steph and Ayesha welcomed their second daughter Ryan in July 2015, and the little one made an adorable public appearance with her sister at the NBA Championships in June 2017.
  5. But they're taking a breather before growing even more. On having a third baby, the couple has "agreed to press pause and then reassess in a year or so." Ayesha has said of Steph: "He'd have three more kids right now if he could."


          Sociale: Il caso Charlie Gard   
Charlie Gard è un neonato di dieci mesi ricoverato a Londra per una rara malattia che, secondo i medici inglesi, non può esser curata. Su decisione della High Court britannica Charlie morirà perché qualsiasi altro tentativo di tenerlo in vita sarebbe puro accanimento terapeutico. Sono mamma di un bambino che è stato in una situazione simile. Gemello nato troppo piccolo, complicazioni estremamente gravi. Coma. Danni che sembravano irreparabili, medici che consigliavano per mesi di non alimentarlo più, tutti tranne una neonatologa che con me ci ha creduto, che ha sperimentato una cura assolutamente nuova e che reinventava ogni giorno seguendo un protocollo che non esisteva ancora.
          117 Cherrington Drive Cranberry Twp, PA 16066 - $424000   
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          Re: Eshop demo suggestions   

I'd like a Snake Eater demo as well (and yes I realize we are getting one). I don't know if it can really take the transfer from console to handheld as well as other games have. All I know is that unlike in RE where some people prefer to not play with a second stick, it will pretty much be mandatory in this. A Kid Icarus demo would be nice too. Just to make sure it's worth it.


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Wonderfully updated home with beautiful hardwood floors in the lower level and some upstairs. The three Covered Porches offers many options for outdoor enjoyment. The Family Room that leads to the Living Room with "Pocket Doors" showcases a tri-book case under the window and a built-in shelf under the staircase. There is plenty of room in the Dining Room to entertain Family and Friends with a cabinet built-in for your dishes, glasses and treasured pieces. After mealtime, you can step outside on the large rear covered porch for stargazing. There are three bedrooms and a full bath upstairs with the second bedroom having access to the third bedroom for a sitting area, nursery, media r
          New country classifications by income level: 2017-2018   

Updated country income classifications for the World Bank’s 2018 fiscal year are available here.

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          Lazy Dungeon Master capitulo 129   
La santa escribió una carta. ¿Qué debería hacer…?

Cuando le di un vistazo, parecía que el contenido decía que yo les daría el derecho de destruir el dungeon core, junto con la solicitud de apoyo financiero, pero… pensando en cuánto DP y fondos nos estaba proporcionando, no puedo decir que eso sea algo malo.

Sin embargo, sería algo realmente malo si el Reino Sagrado comenzara a ponernos el ojo encima.

Una dungeon que gane la atención del Reino Sagrado, cuya doctrina dice “destruye dungeons”… tendría una esperanza de vida más baja. Literalmente.

Debido a eso, llamé a Rokuko para tomar algunas contramedidas.

— Kehma, fisgoneando en una habitación donde está una chica, ¿ese tipo de cosas son tu hobby?

Se me quedó mirando con ojos considerablemente fríos. Que fastidio. Es reconocimiento del enemigo, ¿sabes?

Síp, es porque es una enemiga. No es como si quisiera observar sus piernas bien formadas y sus descalzos e indefensos pies o algo así. Si realmente lo quisiera, me podría complacer con Meat o Ichika, así que no es como si me estuviera muriendo de hambre.

— Entonces, ¿un plan para qué? ¿Para no dejar que obtengan fondos?

— Buena suposición, Rokuko. Es correcto. Espera… no puede ser, ¿eres una impostora?

— No, es obvio que sabría eso… la pregunta es cómo podemos evitar que obtengan el dinero. ¿Reemplazar las cartas? ¿O tal vez detengamos las entregas?

— ¿Estás bien? ¿¡Te sientes enferma!?

Rokuko estaba siendo inusualmente brillante. Coloqué el dorso de mi mano en su frente para asegurarse de que no tuviera fiebre.

— ¡Oye, no estoy enferma! ¡No me menosprecies tanto!

— Estabas algo caliente…

— ¡Es tu imaginación!

— ¿Es así? Entonces está bien. Estaba preocupado porque repentinamente te volviste inteligente.

— Aunque estoy feliz de que te preocupes por mí. Fufun, podrías alagarme más, ¿sabes?

Muy bien, ahora ha vuelto a ser Rokuko.

— Entonces, ¿qué vas a hacer? Fuera de la dungeon sería difícil detener las entregas de los aventureros después de que acepten la comisión. Cierto, podríamos tomarlas cuando se las entreguen al gremio de aventureros.

— Darle al gremio la responsabilidad del problema suena como que sería problemático de varias formas. Incluso si las reemplazamos, las cartas van cerradas con sellos de cera…

Cuando puso las cartas en los sobres, la santa las estampó con su sello. Con eso, sería obvio si fueran manipuladas.

— Para eso, ¿no estaría bien si la magia de Kehma arreglara el sello? Podrías romper el sello y luego repararlo después, ¿cierto? Ah, pero si hay un efecto mágico en el sello de cera no podrías mostrar tu técnica, necesitaríamos otro también, ¿no?

— Hey, Rokuko.

— ¿Qué? ¿Se ha reavivado tu amor por mí?

— Tú… … … ¿eres la verdadera Rokuko?

— ¿¡Qué si soy la verdadera!? ¡Qué grosero, pienso que ya es demasiado!

— Lo entiendo, entonces muéstrame tu pie y lo confirmaré.

— ¿¡Puedes confirmarlo con eso!? Bueno, aunque realmente no sé por qué necesitas mi pie… T-toma.

Quitándose una de sus medias, Rokuko expuso su pie… Fuuu. Me tomé mi tiempo validándolo, pero ella es la verdadera. A decir verdad, los pies de Rokuko no tienen ninguna marca especial en absoluto, pero sé que es ella. Para ser exacto, lo confirmé mirando la función del mapa del menú.

Bueno, aunque estaría en problemas si se tratara de un imitador. ¿Se comió algo que apareció en la gacha, como una fruta de la sabiduría o algo así?

— No hay dudas, eres la verdadera Rokuko.

— Es lo que te he estado diciendo… así que, ¿tienes un plan?

— … Sí, lo tengo. Pondré una queja.

Mi plan era extremadamente simple.

También escribiríamos cinco cartas, enviándolas a la misma dirección que las de la santa.

Debido a que serían a la misma dirección, los aventureros que tomaran su comisión naturalmente iban a tomar la nuestra también debido al beneficio. El gremio incluso podría recomendar a la gente que las aceptasen de forma conjunta.

De esta forma no tendríamos que obstruir las cartas de la santa para nada.

Si se convierte en una situación en la que ninguna de las cartas de la santa llega, tampoco lo harán nuestras quejas, pero en ese caso no hay problema en absoluto.

— Heeh, el plan de Kehma es diferente después de todo.

— Pero, ¿quién iría a leer una carta del jefe de aldea cuyo pueblo ni siquiera tiene un nombre? Ese es el único hueco en el plan. Y así, Rokuko, tú lo harás.

— ¿Yo?

— Eres la hermana menor de Haku-san. Es decir, la hermana menor de Haku Raverio, ancestro del imperio.

— ¡Oh, puedo pedir prestada la influencia de Haku Ane-sama, ¿eh?!

En particular, dado que este es el lugar favorito de Haku-san. Probablemente no habría ningún problema en usar su nombre para esto… Más bien, “la hermana menor de Haku-san” podría ser un título más influyente que el de “la santa en quiebra”.

Y debido a eso, usando el nombre de Rokuko, preparamos cinco cartas para que coincidieran con las de la santa.

Su contenido: [Estamos preocupados debido al apetito voraz de la santa que está acabando con nuestras raciones de invierno, sin importarle los costos. Le hemos estado vendiendo porque somos un negocio, pero hay un límite para esas cosas. ¿Podrían por favor decirle eso a ella de forma indirecta, como sus gobernantes?].

Era una petición, una escrita de forma grandilocuente.

Lo sellaremos con cera y lo estamparemos con el sello imperial.

En verdad, es algo que Haku-san nos dio cuando Rokuko le escribió cartas de [Solicitud]. Aunque lo estamos usando para comunicarnos directamente con Haku-san a través de cartas… tomar prestado algo usado para hablar directamente con Haku-san es muy aterrador.

Por otra parte, incluso si tomamos prestado el sello imperial, tengo la sensación de que estaría bien dado que Haku-san dijo: “Este sello es para que Rokuko lo use en lo que quiera”.

… Si posteriormente le enviamos a Haku-san una nota de agradecimiento de parte de Rokuko, definitivamente se alegrará. Definitivamente. Síp. Definitivamente tomaría ventaja de ello, si muestro debilidad aquí, así que terminaré con un agradecimiento unilateral.

Parece que las cartas fueron terminadas mientras pensaba en eso, las cinco fueron completadas.

— Quedaron perfectas. Aunque escribir cinco cartas con el mismo contenido es agotador.

— Buen trabajo. Bueno, con esto estaremos haciendo algo respecto a las cartas de la santa… me apresuraré para asegurarme que sean aceptadas junto a las de ella.

— Sí, por favor.

El asistente acababa de salir del gremio, dejando las cartas de la santa. Me apresuré a adentrarme al gremio, llevando las cartas que Rokuko escribió.

La comisión fue aceptada fácilmente por recepcionista-san del gremio, que pidió la cuota para las cinco cartas… además de ser entregadas en otro país, la tarifa era un poco cara debido a que quería que fueran tomadas junto a la otra comisión, cinco monedas de plata en total. Cinco de plata no se siente como un gran desembolso en este punto, ¿eh?

Después de eso, el panfleto del encargo fue colocado en el tablón de anuncios. Fue colocado cerca de la de las cartas de la santa, un poco arriba para ser exactos. Con esto, probablemente serán tomadas en conjunto.

Además, la tarea de llegar a donde guardaban las cartas de la santa dentro del gremio habría sido un fracaso… Fueron guardados en la caja fuerte del gremio, así que no hubiera sido capaz de tomarlas. Es más, hay una restricción que hace que no pueda usar la función de recolección del dungeon para quitarle las cosas a otras personas cuando yo quiera, ¿eh?… Bueno, si fuera capaz de hacerlo, podría seguir la salvaje estrategia de hacer algo como quitarle la armadura y las armas a los guerreros en mitad del combate.

Preparar cartas por nosotros mismos fue la opción correcta.

— Fufufu, ¡el plan de Kehma era el correcto, tal como esperaba!

— S-sí.

Aunque no fui capaz de usar su plan de manipular las cartas… ¿Rokuko luce feliz por alguna razón?

…Pero incluso así, sin dinero, ¿eh? ¿Cuánto más duraran los fondos de la santa?

Tal vez sería mejor hacer algo para aprovecharme de ella.

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          Reading the Office of Legal Counsel on Emoluments: Do Super-Rich Presidents Get a Pass?    

 

I wrote last November that the Foreign Emoluments Clause “is on its face a national security provision designed to the protect the country from officers too enmeshed with foreign interests.” If the Justice Department’s recent court filing is to be believed, that protection is exceedingly limited. This new position marks a decisive break from the more conscientious approach long espoused by both the Comptroller General and the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC).

At the heart of the emoluments controversy is President Trump’s refusal to liquidate his business holdings. He has instead maintained ownership of the Trump Organization, a multibillion-dollar umbrella company with thousands of domestic and international investments, and placed the assets in a revocable trust managed by his sons Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump. Trump now faces three lawsuits alleging that he is profiting from his business empire in violation of the Constitution. Three days after his inauguration, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a government accountability watchdog group, filed the first suit in the Southern District of New York. This month, two more complaints were filed by the attorneys general of Washington D.C. and Maryland and 196 congressional Democrats, in federal district courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia, respectively.

All three suits center on the meaning and scope of the Foreign Emoluments Clause, which provides that “no person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept any present, Emolument, Office or Title of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign state” (U.S. Const. art. I, § 9, cl. 8). Citing Trump's business dealings with state governments and federal agencies, such as its lease on the Old Post Office Building that now houses the Trump International Hotel, two of the suits also allege violations of the Domestic Emoluments Clause. This provision applies specifically to the president and provides that he shall receive “for his Services” a fixed compensation during his tenure and not “any other Emolument from the United States, or any of [the states]” (U.S. Const. art. II, § 1, cl. 7).

Serious procedural challenges like standing notwithstanding, given the House and Senate’s failure to address head-on the risks posed by Trump’s financial conflicts pose, the lawsuits could prove important in forcing a much-needed conversation: Is Trump taking in profits in violation of the Constitution? And just as critically, are future presidents entitled to pull a Trump—or does the Constitution dictate that they, like Jimmy Carter, must sell their family peanut farms as a condition of taking office?

No Article III court has ever rendered an opinion on how either Emoluments Clause should be interpreted, though the Supreme Court has offered interpretations of the term “emoluments” as it appears in Foreign Emoluments Clause-related statutes periodically enacted by Congress since 1881. Because of the limited judicial precedent, the internal memoranda from the Comptroller General and the Office of Legal Counsel that have been made public over the years are among the most important sources of guidance we have on emoluments issues. And though these memoranda do not directly address the question posed by the Trump business empire, making some amount of inference and legwork necessary, in critical respects they quite clearly contradict the sweeping defense that the Justice Department put forward this month in its 70-page motion to dismiss the CREW case against Trump.

The key issue in these suits—once you get behind a set of justiciability questions that may prove dispositive—is what constitutes an emolument (though with respect to the Foreign Emoluments Clause there’s also some disagreement about what kind of entity constitutes a “foreign state”). In plain English, we are looking at an exotic presidential twist on the biggest and oldest challenge to enforcing any anticorruption law: What counts? Do the forbidden “emoluments” cover only goodie boxes, blatant quid pro quo arrangements, and employment-related compensation? Or are the profits that Trump enjoys by way of his business transactions also prohibited when they come from foreign states and domestic government entities? And if the latter, more expansive definition is the appropriate one, are the profits prohibited only when the take is in excess of  “fair-market-value”—and if so, does that definition serve as a meaningful limitation when at issue are luxury goods whose value or sales may be inflated by the fact that Trump is president and the products are prominently branded with his name?

Predictably, the dispute has taken the form of a battle for the original meaning of “emoluments.” An array of historical materials support both a limited and broad definition. The two possible interpretations are well summed up by the Oxford English Dictionary, which provides two definitions dating back to the Founding: “1. Profit or gain arising from station, office, or employment . . . . 2. Advantage, benefit, comfort.”

The Justice Department, like Trump’s lawyers at Morgan Lewis, latches onto the first definition  to argue that “the Emoluments Clauses apply only to the receipt of compensation for personal services and to the receipt of honors and gifts based on official position.” That is, President Trump is precluded only from receiving benefits in exchange for services provided to a foreign state in his official capacity as president, or—and this is crucial, given the subject matter of the OLC opinions—services provided “in a capacity akin to an employee of a foreign state.”

The plaintiffs in the three suits, on the other hand, argue for the much more expansive definition. Marshaling its own set of historical evidence, CREW asserts that emoluments are "anything of value, including money, permits, approvals, tax benefits, any other benefits, and anything else monetary or nonmonetary, regardless of whether it is given in exchange for goods or services, and regardless of whether it is part of a transaction at, above, or below market rates."

A close examination of the relevant Comptroller and OLC opinions reveals that the current Justice Department is reading the Emoluments Clauses too narrowly, while CREW and the other plaintiffs are reading them too broadly. None of the opinions approves the receipt of benefits that can even arguably be attributed to the prestige or influence conferred by an office, and together they do not support the Justice Department’s claim that presidents may, as a categorical matter, collect profits from business transactions with foreign entities and domestic government entities as long as fair value is extracted on both sides. But notwithstanding the plaintiffs’ hard pull in the other direction, the opinions also suggest that presidents may in limited cases accept certain fixed benefits—as I will explain, these might be pensions from the U.S. state that used to employ them or money damages from a foreign country against which, in a past life, they successfully won a judgment. The key is that those benefits cannot be subject to foreign or domestic government manipulation or adjustment in connection with the presidential office.

This happens to be a sensible position that accords with what the opinions repeatedly underscore as the purpose of the Emoluments Clauses and the ultimate touchstone for interpreting their meaning: “to prevent corruption and foreign influence” and to bar “payments which have a potential of influencing or corrupting the integrity of the recipient.”

 

Why Language About Emoluments Is Easily Misused

A threshold issue before turning to the OLC literature is the confusion created by cherry-picking historical materials without consideration of their factual context. For example, in its motion to dismiss, the Justice Department followed the lead of some scholars in pulling some Supreme Court language that suggests the term “emoluments” applies only to salary and other duty-related benefits. Most notably, in Hoyt v. United States, 51 U.S. 109 (1850), the Court defines emoluments as “every species of compensation or pecuniary profit derived for a discharge of the duties of office” (emphasis added).

But in Hoyt, the Supreme Court was specifically asked to decide what constitutes an “emolument of office” per a statute governing Treasury Department collectors in their official capacity; the case did not require the Court to consider or rule on the existence of emoluments of other kinds. This is a key point for purposes of properly construing any Comptroller or OLC opinion that cites Hoyt and regurgitates its definition of “emoluments.” These opinions, like Hoyt, have to be read with an eye to their facts: they do not assert that “emoluments” must derive directly from discharge of duty; rather, the kind of emoluments at issue in those opinions was the kind derived for discharge of duty. As a consequence, the reliance on Hoyt in these opinions does not serve as evidence of a limiting principle for emoluments in general.

In short, as pointed out by the plaintiffs and by assorted scholars, the proper question for purposes of discerning the historical scope of “emoluments” is not whether the term could be interpreted in a restricted way, to refer only to benefits derived from discharging the duties of an office, but whether it was necessarily so interpreted at the time the Emoluments Clauses were drafted. As John Mikhail has painstakingly documented, the answer is no—and we don’t have to look at secondary sources, however authoritative (e.g., Black’s Dictionary) to draw that conclusion. Consider, for example, some of the constitutions ratified during the first of two major waves of state constitution-making in the Founding decade. Several included “common benefits clauses” that used the word “emoluments” in a way that simply defies narrow interpretation. The Pennsylvania Constitution (1776) provides: “That government is, or ought to be, instituted for the common benefit, protection and security of the people, nation or community; and not for the particular emolument of advantage of any single man, family or sett [sic] of men, who are a part only of that community[.]” Very similar language appears in the Virginia (1776), Vermont (1777), and New Hampshire (1784) constitutions. Far more elaborate historical arguments demonstrating the broad uses of the term have been presented elsewhere: see here, here and here. The bottom line is that there is an abundance of primary Founding-era material making use of the broad definition of emoluments, so it is wrong to use language from fact-bound case law to assert that the term is an inherently limited one.

 

The Plaintiffs Define “Emoluments” Too Broadly

Does that mean, as plaintiffs assert, that all types of benefits conferred on the president by foreign countries and U.S. states are prohibited emoluments? According to the Comptroller and OLC opinions, clearly not.

A number of opinions explain that officers do not need to forego fixed benefits to which they are entitled for reasons manifestly unrelated to and uninfluenced by their office. This is a common-sense interpretation of the Clauses that avoids rigidity for rigidity’s sake, where denial of benefits would do nothing to serve the Clauses’ anti-corruption, anti-influence purpose.

For instance, the Comptroller and the OLC each independently concluded that President Ronald Reagan could collect ordinary retirement benefits from California, where he had served as the state governor, without violating the Domestic Emoluments Clause’s prohibition against the receipt of “emoluments” from a State. In its 1983 opinion, the Comptroller determined that President Reagan’s pension from California “cannot be construed as being in any manner received in consequence of his possession of the Presidency.” Coming to the same conclusion in its earlier 1981 opinion, the OLC also noted that “those [retirement] benefits are not emoluments in the constitutional sense” and their receipt does not “violate the spirit of the Constitution.” To support its reasoning, the OLC in turn relied on a 1964 opinion (not published) where it similarly decided the estate of President Kennedy was entitled to the naval retirement pay that had accrued during his presidency. Interpreting the Foreign Emoluments Clause “in the light of its basic purposes and principles,” it concluded he could receive payments to which he was entitled as a matter of law “prior to his taking office.”

The same principles support allowing officers to collect on certain kinds of money judgments, even from foreign powers. In a 1955 opinion, the Comptroller decided that an attorney in the Justice Department could receive a lump sum payment and lifetime annuity from the German government for his wrongful removal from the judgeship he held before he emigrated to the United States, as provided by German indemnification legislation. The Comptroller reasoned that those payments did not constitute emoluments from his former office, but rather “represent damages payable as a direct result of a moral and legal wrong.” Turning to its “spirit of the Constitution” analysis, the Comptroller had no trouble determining the payments were not problematic: they were “obviously . . . not intended to influence him as an officer of the United States,” were made under laws not specific to him, and were not payments voluntarily made by the German government but rather mandatory indemnification required by the Allied powers. In a 1954 opinion on the same matter, the OLC came to a slightly different place—the payments were not permitted to the extent they amounted to German retiree benefits—but like the Comptroller, it found that damages intended to redress injury were not prohibited emoluments.

Note what these opinions have in common: they generally allow the officer in question to collect payments or benefits that, patently, have nothing to do with and cannot possibly have been affected by his U.S. office. That 1983 Comptroller opinion put it best, and contains a line worth repeating: President Reagan was entitled to his pension because it “c[ouldn’t] be construed as being in any manner received in consequence of his possession of the Presidency.”

Applying this general rule, it makes sense that presidents are permitted to invest in U.S. Treasury bonds; and the rule also explains why wealth management solutions like blind trusts have long been accepted as workable resolutions to problems of conflict of interest. But it certainly doesn’t provide clearance for all profits derived from discretionary, “fair-market-value” transactions where the president is obviously and individually on one end of the sale.

 

The Justice Department Defines “Emoluments” Too Narrowly

A key move in the Justice Department’s brief is to rely heavily on a point of dubious significance: it asserts that “in every published OLC or Comptroller General opinion in which proposed conduct was determined to involve prohibited emoluments, the determination involved an employment relationship (or a relationship akin to an employment relationship) with the foreign government.”

If you think about it, there’s at least one common-sense explanation for the limited precedent: In general, the government employees on whose behalf these opinions were sought probably didn’t own hotel chains, lucrative licensing agreements, or hundreds of trademarks from which they derived significant foreign-based or domestic government-based income. Their thing of value, as civil servants, was their skill set, and thus the relevant question was whether they were constitutionally permitted to lend out that skill set to foreign governments or organizations with foreign state ties for payment.

A 1986 OLC opinion written by then-Deputy Assistant Attorney General Samuel Alito cuts against the assertion that whether the profit in question is derived from employment or personal services should be, by itself, dispositive. There, Alito determined that a NASA employee could indeed accept a fee for reviewing a PhD candidate's thesis for an Australian university. To get to this conclusion, Alito made two significant moves. First, uncertain as to whether a public university should be regarded a "foreign state," Alito instead decided to turn to the features of the proposed consultancy and consider whether they "raise[d] the kind of concern . . . that motivated" the prohibition’s enactment. This marks a functional, purpose-driven approach to the question of permissible benefits. Second, he suggested the following facts weigh against finding the fee a prohibited emolument: (1) the NASA scientist was not selected because of his position with the U.S. government, (2) the fee was an ordinary amount given the service to be rendered, (3) there was no reason for the officer to have "direct contact" with the university officials, and (4) the consultancy was "limited both in time and in substantive scope," and no "continuing relationship" was anticipated.

Note that the fact the scientist would be acting in an employment or personal services capacity did not automatically render the payment an emolument. This is the key takeaway from this opinion, and it is at odds with the Justice Department’s claim that employment is the make-or-break issue when it comes to determining whether a benefit or payment is an emolument. Second, consider the implications of the first and fourth points Alito highlighted. The scientist’s selection for the job and associated payment had nothing to do with his U.S. office, which is not a conclusion that can be readily drawn about the services purchased by foreign and state government employees newly flocking to Trump International Hotel. It may suggest the permissibility of accepting profits from truly routine transactions by truly routine hotel customers, including some government diplomats—but this possibility is undercut by Alito’s reference to the extremely limited nature of the permitted relationship and transaction in question.

The Justice Department is understandably leaning hard on the idea that an emolument must be received specifically as a function of office or employment. After all, without this very specific qualification, its argument for the permissibility of accepting profits from ordinary transactions falls apart. Two OLC opinions make this clear.

A 1982 OLC opinion determined that the Foreign Emoluments Clause barred an employee of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from working on his leave time for an American firm contracted by a Mexican government agency to review the design of a government-owned nuclear power plant. And a 1993 OLC opinion concluded that law firm partners serving as non-government advisors on the Administrative Conference of the United States could not accept partnership earnings “where some portion of that share is derived from the partnership’s representation of a foreign government” without triggering the constitutional prohibition. In the 1993 opinion, the OLC actually dismissed the argument that the conference member was not subject to the foreign government's “control” as “not decisive.” Instead, the OLC concluded that the portion of partnership profits the conference member would receive "would be a function of the amount paid to the firm by the foreign government," such that "the partnership would in effect be a conduit for that government." Acceptance of that portion of income was therefore a prohibited emolument (OLC reconsidered this opinion in 2010, but only with respect to whether the members held an “Office of . . . Trust” for purposes of the Foreign Emoluments Clause).

In these opinions, the OLC simply did not care that there was nothing out of the ordinary about the payments in these cases from a transactional or fair-market perspective. This runs contrary to the crux of the Justice Department’s argument for the innocuousness of Trump’s business-related foreign and domestic government income.

The textual kicker in all this is that even accepting the Justice Department’s insistence that “emolument” is best read to mean “profit arising from an office or employ” (Barclay’s A Complete and Universal English Dictionary on a New Plan (1774)), it doesn’t follow that all ordinary business transactions are okay: What if those transactions are, in number or value, enhanced by the prestige of the president’s office? Couldn’t the profit thereby derived then constitute “profit arising from an office or employ”? [Update, 5:17 pm: This is a line of argument that Marty Lederman compellingly and more thoroughly details here.]

It is to prevent this reading that the Justice Department argues that prohibited benefits must arise not just from the office but from the provision of services pursuant to that office. But this argument relies on a stunted conception of the power that an "Office of Profit or Trust" confers. To lift an example wholesale from Ben Wittes: If Trump owned a nondescript hotdog truck outside the White House that charged the same price for hotdogs as any other foodtruck and sold them to some incidental foreign customers, that would not be problematic under this definition of emoluments. If the truck were Trump-branded and either charged inflated prices or enjoyed inflated sales because Trump is president, and Saudi potentates lined up to put cash in his register, that would seem to constitute impermissible “profit arising from an office,” as a textual matter and in view of the historic Comptroller and OLC perspective.

At base, this is what plaintiffs are claiming—that the profits Trump is enjoying “aris[es] from” his office—so “aris[e] from” may be a definitional phrase the Justice Department is interpreting too narrowly. Trump’s status as the most powerful man in the world affects his business transactions, which are self-branded to boot. Not only is he enjoying booming business at his exclusive properties, in part thanks to foreign guests reportedly seeking to get in the president’s good graces, but he has also won Chinese trademark protection that, according to plaintiffs, he would not have received had he not become president.

Finally, on a practical note, notice the perverse upshot of the Justice Department’s fixation on employment and personal services as the place where the river divides. This assertion that payment for goods and business-related services is permissible but payment for employment and “personal services” is not means that a president can’t profit off his brain or body when it comes to cash from foreign sources or U.S. government entities, but can, without limitation, profit off the brains and bodies of those he can afford to employ in his private capacity. It’s what you might call a constitutional free pass for super-rich presidents.

The Comptroller and OLC opinions do not support such a result. They repudiate it.

***

Ultimately, the Justice Department’s view of emoluments marks a departure from the public Comptroller and OLC opinions in at least two critical respects. First, the new position is a clear abrogation of the practical “spirit of the Constitution” analysis on which the Comptroller and OLC have consistently relied to ensure a stringent rather than forgiving interpretation of what constitutes an impermissible benefit or undue influence (see, e.g., 1955 Comptroller Opinion, 1981 OLC Opinion, 1983 Comptroller Opinion; see also OLC 1962, noting “the sweeping nature of the constitutional prohibition”; OLC 1980, citing 1902 Attorney General Opinion stating the Foreign Emoluments Clause is “directed against every kind of influence by foreign governments upon officers of the United States” and the “prohibition should be given the broadest possible scope and application”). Second, the Justice Department’s quite specific argument that the president can profit from employing people to do business with foreign countries and government entities in the United States amounts to a strange carve-out, one that allows extremely wealthy officers with people in their employ to cash out as they wish on the advantages that the prestige of their office confers, without any consideration whatsoever of the sources of that cash. This interpretation is flatly at odds with executive branch tradition: I have yet to see a single opinion that has permitted an officer to collect profits even arguably enhanced by the power of his office, much less categorically benefit from discretionary, price-indeterminant transactions that foreign governments and U.S. government entities may enter into at will.

Note the issues I did not address here. What is not (yet) a point of debate in these particular lawsuits is whether these constitutional provisions apply to the president at all. The Domestic Emoluments Clause applies to the president by its express terms, and in its recent motion, the Justice Department doesn’t dispute CREW's claim, or the OLC’s preexisting determination, that the more obliquely phrased Foreign Emoluments Clause applies to the president as well (and notwithstanding the occasional argument to the contrary).

In addition, as the suits proceed in federal court, we can expect much of the legal discussion to focus on jurisdictional hurdles. There’s a strong argument that the courts don’t have a role to play, and that presidential corruption rising to the level of an emoluments violation is a political question whose resolution properly lies with Congress. Though the congressional suit spearheaded by Senator Richard Blumenthal and Representative John Conyers, Jr. alleges that Trump has failed to come to Congress for requisite permission in accepting foreign emoluments, Congress’s best recourse be impeachment proceedings. (Or if it so chose, Congress could avail itself of a lot of options short of impeachment, but in the words of Charles Black, Jr., circa 1974, “what an enormous if.” Recall that the House of Representatives has the power to demand Trump’s tax returns but has not exercised it.)

But as for the substantive question of whether the Comptroller and OLC of yore would have signed off on the Justice Department’s blessing of all monies flowing in by way of business transactions, the answer is “no.”


          210 Woodcroft Road Economy, PA 15005 - $279000   
Located in Economy, this two-story style home has 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths and 1 half bath. 210 Woodcroft Road is situated in the Ambridge School District. The sale of this home includes refrigerator, dish washer, disposal, electric stove, microwave oven, multi-pane windows, screens, automatic garage door opener, and washer/dryer. This home also has a 4 car integral garage, 1 fireplaces, wall to wall carpet, vinyl, other type floors, gas, forced air heating, and central air cooling.
          Radically Distinct Radio with Jenn Morgan - Be Your Most Powerful Brand: The RAD Method: Pillar 2, Perception: Becoming A Better CEO of Your Life & Business   
HostThis month on Radically Distinct Radio, Dr. Pat and Jenn Morgan discuss the second pillar of The RAD Method: Perception. Tune in to learn why perception is the key to making the law of attraction work, winning people over to your point of view, and becoming a better CEO of your life, career and business.
          2917 Homehurst Avenue Overbrook, PA 15234 - $84900   
Welcome to 2917 Homehurst Avenue, a beautiful craftsman style colonial with a large front porch. The clean and updated kitchen is large enough for a table. The family room is spacious and features a gorgeous decorative stone fireplace. On the second floor are 3 bedrooms and a full bathroom. The master bedroom has his and hers closets and a built-in vanity area in between! The basement is finished with a remodeled full bathroom and a "mini kitchenette" area. Enjoy outdoor activities in the large back yard or just relax on the covered front porch. Great landscaping has been done to the exterior of this home.
          Radically Distinct Radio with Jenn Morgan - Be Your Most Powerful Brand: Radically Distinct Perception: How To Be A Better CEO of Your Life, Career & Business   
EpisodeThis month on Radically Distinct Radio, Dr. Pat and Jenn Morgan discuss the second pillar of The RAD Method: Perception.    Tune in to learn why perception is key to making the law of attraction work, winning people over to your point of view, and becoming a better CEO of your life, career and business.
          Personal Care LPN - William Penn Care Center - Delmont, PA   
Ensure compliance with Infection Control policies and procedures. Within our personal care facility, we currently have one part-time second shift opening for ... $17 an hour
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          For Sale: Black Cherry with a Tubaphone tone ring Arcand Banjo no.1273-4 - $2,150 USD   
All new Arcand Tubaphone banjo 11 inches diameter by 1/2 inch thick and 3 inches total deepness hard black cherry rim with Ebony cap and purfling. Nickel plated brass Tubaphone tone ring made by Bill Rickard. All nickel plated brass hardware. Elite Amber banjo head. Hard Black cherry wood one pieces neck with ebony fingerboard and heel cap. Black cherry headstock veneer. Mother of pearl inlays, neck widths are 1 3/8 inch at the nut and 2 inches at the heel, round profile. and 7/8 of an inch thick at the first fret and 1 inch at the 15th fret. Neck scale is 25 1/2 inches. Nickel/silver frets. Bone nuts. Waverly 2 band tuners and Gotoh fifth string tuners all with amber buttons. 5/8 inch heavy gauge Moon bridge by Randy Stockwell. Nickel plated brass Kershner adjustable tailpiece. Strung with medium gauge steel strings. This is a powerful banjo with a good sustain when needed, a real old time sound with a deep forth string and clean highs. Shipping and a Superior Bump case are included. Hand made in Ulverton,Quebec by Carl Arcand / Second Life Banjo. plate No. 1273-4
          Baumarktkette: Bei Jumbo kann man bald Arbeiter mieten   
Der Baumarkt Jumbo verstärkt sein Engagement in der Sharing-Economy. Mit seiner Plattform Needelp kann man Arbeiter fürs Eigenheim mieten.
          Re: 33 and getting serious about retirement   
aristotelian wrote:
camillus wrote:Pardon me, but paying 28% fed income tax & 9.3% CA tax would have me maxing out the 401k before contributing to Roth.

Why this recommendation when OP expects his income to sharply increase?


Good point. I was going with OP's assumption that he is already maxing the Roth. You are right, it is not a given. The point is, he should absolutely get his employer match, and max the 401k if possible.

If he expects his income to increase even more - and in CA at age 33 that is a possibility - Roth may still make sense at this point in his career.


Going to take these one-by-one.

First of all, "she." :-) Second of all, thanks for all the input. I'll probably started contributing 6% (to get employer match) and see where that leaves me in terms of take-home pay versus my fixed expenses.

I am completely phased out of my Roth (unless I can backdoor Roth, I guess???) due to my salary, which is why I opened my taxable.

ruralavalon wrote:Please double check the expense ratio on the Vanguard Target Retirement 2050 Fund in your 401k, that 0.60% seems very high and not normal for that fund.

Let us know what you find on double checking that expense ratio, that can affect the advice you are given. Getting low expense ratios is critical to long-term investing returns.

If you are going to use target retirement funds (which may be better for you, since you want to set-it-and-forget-it), then there is no need to use the advisory service or pay a fee for advice.


Thanks! I will double check--maybe I was looking at the wrong line.


delamer wrote:
zaboomafoozarg wrote:With a 6% guaranteed return paying off the $200k student loans, I'd consider putting money into those after hitting the 401k match.


Agreed! Those student loans are a big drag on your investments and your lifestyle. Have you figured out how much you'll pay in interest if you just pay the "manageable" monthly payment until the loan is paid off? If you did, the number might shock you into prepaying.


Most of my loans at ~6% (though I still have an outstanding balance from undergrad of $12k that's 2.5%). I will be (and am) paying a crazy amount of interest. I think once I start get a little more settled in my career, I can definitely up my manageable monthly payments to start eating away a little more.
          Re: Foretelling Global Stock Returns, 1980-2015   
Simplegift wrote:William Bernstein has done interesting research on share dilution, summarized in his 2011 comment in The Economist:
William Bernstein wrote:In the first place, the 2% share dilution seen in the US was typical only of developed nations that had not seen their territories devastated by war. In those nations that had, dilution averaged 4% per year, and as high as 7.5% in Japan.

Further, we speculated that rapid economic growth born of technological advance was akin to physical destruction, both of which require large capital inflows from share dilution to replenish capital stock.

This was in fact confirmed a few years later by work by Speidell et al. (“Dilution is a Drag . . .” Journal of Investing, Winter 2005), who found dilution in excess of 10% per year for many Asian nations, and as high as 30% in China, which is the most likely reason for poor long-term returns of equity there.

Looking at the numbers for China (granted, an extreme example): For the decade from 1992 to 2002, China’s GDP grew by 11.5% per year. However the capitalization of Chinese equity markets grew by 39% per year, as the number of listed companies grew from 52 to 1,296. Thus the S&P price index of Chinese equities only appreciated by 3.5% a year over the decade.


The issue of share dilution is something I have never thought much about but it makes perfect sense. This is a good reason not to throw all your money at the fastest growing economies.
          Re: Beginner needs sanity check moving a lot of cash to market.   
John Laurens wrote:Ok then. Will you bet me a million dollars that a 60/40 portfolio will out perform his guaranteed mortgage rate over the next 2 years? If I win, I get a million dollars. If you win, you get the satisfaction that you guessed right over a guy on the internet.

Regards,
John


Paying off a mortgage is not a "guaranteed return" of 3.8%. And why does he need to "beat it" in 2 years? The interest on a mortgage (or any loan) is a finance charge. You know exactly what you will pay in interest over the life of the loan from day one. So, if a mortgage will cost you 100k over the life of the loan, paying it off early will save you no more than 100k. Alternatively, putting $300-400k into the stock market now and letting it sit for 20-30 years will return far more than $100k over that time (400k at 7% for just 10 years could yield over 380k in growth). Of course that is not guaranteed, but unless the world economy implodes and never recovers, he'll do much better investing now especially if he leaves the money invested for longer. Time in the market is key here. He absolutely without a doubt is much better off investing all of that cash now and keeping his mortgage for as long as he wants. At 3.8% and his current tax bracket, he's really only paying around 2% interest after the mortgage interest tax deduction anyway. That's free money. He should not pay off the mortgage. He's relatively young and wants to be financially independent in 10 years which means he needs more money in the market and he needs to get it in there asap to maximize time invested.
And great simple portfolio. If you put this money in a taxable, don't use the total bond fund there.
          Re: 2017 hedge fund contest   
While we're waiting for the official second quarter analysis, I should remind readers that the hedge fund and Bogleheads' contests are in the wiki: Bogleheads® contests
          Re: Should I Sell Energy Index (VDE) and take loss?   
danaht wrote:I would keep it if you like energy as a long term investment. A lot of people seem to think electric cars will replace ICE cars soon (in 10 years). The same group of people also believe that renewable energy will mostly replace carbon energy in the same time frame. If this happens - then everyone should sell their Vanguard energy funds now - since it mostly contains carbon based companies. I don't think either of these will be happening in my lifetime - so I continue to hold my energy ETFs / stocks (including VDE).


That is a Straw Man argument. Quite a gross mischaracterization.

I have never heard a serious expert predict the replacement of Ice vehicles in 10 years. There is no "a lot of people". What seems increasingly clear is that EVs are catching up the range and performance gaps very quickly. And that EVs will actually have a noticeable impact on oil demand by 2030.

As to your second contention. There's actually a huge row going on about whether renewable energy can replace 100 per cent. Of US consumption. Whether it is physically possible or not. Arraigned are some serious academic heavy hitters:people like Ken Caldeira (for the no). It's Been running around this past week.

No one is arguing it is doable in 10 years.

But, and I would not have written this 5 years ago, peak oil demand might be in sight. And in the 2030s.

Read Dieter Helm, a leading energy economist. He is careful not to forecast a date but his vision is provocative and well thought out.

Some serious energy economists and scenario planners at Big Oil multinationals seem to be leaning that way too.

Things are changing, and amazingly fast.

My own view is the external environment will force the pace on this.
          MUDSKIN - Sora   

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Lipstick: [ MUDSKIN ]_Sora # Lipcolor HUD (Powder Pack June 2017)
Shape: ).MYSTERIKA.( Bianca Shape (CATWA Catya Bento) SOON
Hair: TRUTH Rumor *NEW*

          Re: Advice on what are the best ways to invest on a college campus?   
Working on and near campus is usually pretty flexible for time and hours. My college age kids have had a good $$ per hour return on the time they spent writing numerous scholarship applications. I would second or third the advice to invest the extra in the target date or life strategy type funds.
          Ayashi *NEWS*   

[^.^Ayashi^.^] Tenzi hair RECENT RELEASE
[^.^Ayashi^.^] Chiharu hair RECENT RELEASE
[^.^Ayashi^.^] Sansa hair *NEW* @The Kawaii Project

Girl 1:
Glasses: .tsg. Shy Megane - Gold *deco*
Dress: Hazy. Nana Look XS. 6 gacha

Girl 2:
Choker: Hazy. Fuwafuwa look. Choker. Sky gacha
Dress: Hazy. Fuwafuwa look XS. RARE. Rainbow gacha

Girl 3:
Dress: Hazy. dreamer baby . XS 7 gacha
          Lazy Sunday   


*(Enfer Sombre*) Kyoko Skin - Lipsticks

Head: CATWA Catya
Shape: ).MYSTERIKA.( Taiga Shape (CATWA Catya)
Skin: (Enfer Sombre*) Kyoko Skin - Porcelain *NEW* @SaNaRae
Hair: taketomi - MarieRose - Fatpack (GROUP GIFT)

Accessories/Clothes
Headband: .tsg. StrawBeary Headband - White @Cutie Loot March
Collar: .tsg. Baby Diamante' Collar - Diamond RARE *NEW* @The Arcade
Lingerie: Sweet Thing. Anthea Lingerie - FATPACK RECENT RELEASE
Milkshake: *Tentacio* Pool delights Super milkshake *NEW* @Cutie Loot June

SCENE
+Half-Deer+ Tassel Garland - Pastel Rainbow - Long
Clock: darkendStare. Cat Wall Clocks [White/Pink Painted] *NEW* @Vintage Fair
{moss&mink} Desk set - Desk
{moss&mink} Desk set - Wall shelf
{moss&mink} Fluffeh Desk Chair
{moss&mink} Bench seat
{moss&mink} Memo center
Doll: Garbaggio // Slumbery Princess (Display) gacha
Laptop: .random.Matter. - Noticed By Senpai - Laptop [W] gacha
+Half-Deer+ Donut Decadence - Peach gacha
.tsg. Lop Ear Bunny - Brown Patch *MEGA* gacha
Ahegao - Lil Bunny Decor - White
          Summer Delights   

Head: CATWA Lona
Shape: ).MYSTERIKA.( Lita Shape (CATWA Lona)
Skin: .tsg. Jojo Applier for Catwa Lona *OMEGA* - B Tone
Lips: .tsg. Jojo Lips Omega Applier
Hair: TRUTH Sorcha *NEW*
Shades: .tsg. Shell Shades w/ Pearl - Blue *NEW* @Cutie Loot June
Drink: :::ChicChica::: Kade #4 *NEW* @The Arcade
Nail Polish: Ahegao - Cutie Mermaid Nail Polish *NEW* @Cutie Loot June
Bikini & Acessories: Sweet Thing. IttyBitty Bikini *NEW* @The Arcade
Sweet Thing. IttyBitty Bikini Bottoms - Mermaid FP
Sweet Thing. IttyBitty Bikini Top - Mermaid FP
Sweet Thing. Bitsy Belly Jewels
Sweet Thing. Bitsy Strap Sandals
Sweet Thing. Bitsy Wrap Choke


SCENE:
Sway's [on the Beach] *NEW* @The Arcade
  • Sway's [on the Beach] Candle big
  • Sway's [on the Beach] Shelter RARE
  • Sway's [on the Beach] Floor with Blankets . boho RARE
  • Sway's [on the Beach] Floor pillows . boho RARE
  • Sway's [on the Beach] Lantern counterpart . ocean/rose/sunshine
  • Sway's [on the Beach] Pineapple drink
  • Sway's [on the Beach] Coconut drink
*Tentacio* Pool delights Super milkshake *NEW* @Cutie Loot June
okidoki - food no.3 - ade set
okidoki - food no.1 - Watermelon punch
Bird: +Half-Deer+ Birbies - KING JUICY *NEW* @The Arcade
{Imeka} Mason Jar Candle - 1,3,5,6 *NEW* @The Arcade
          Someone's feeling fabulous   

Head: CATWA Lona
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Lips: .tsg. Jojo Lips Omega Applier - Ombre
Shape: ).MYSTERIKA.( Lita Shape (CATWA Lona)
Hair: .Olive. the Audrey Hair // Streaks RARE *NEW* @The Arcade
Glasses: .tsg. Smooch Shades - White [Brown Lens]
Choker: .Olive. the Audrey Choker *NEW* @The Arcade
Crown: .Olive. the Audrey Crown *NEW* @The Arcade
Coat: .Olive. the Audrey Fur Coat RARE *NEW* @The Arcade

SCENE:
Table: moss&mink} Vanity Table @ Cutie Loot May 2017
Dolls: Garbaggio // Diamond Delight (Display) / Mad Ex Lover (Display) *NEW* @The Arcade
Makeup decor: *Tentacio* Beauty girl
          Holograholic   

Skin: .tsg. Jojo Applier for Catwa Lona *OMEGA* - E Tone / A Tone
Hair (Girl 1): TRUTH Ambriel (VIP - June) *NEW* Group Gift (Fee to join)
Hair (Girl 2): [monso] My Hair - Vanilla *NEW* @ Kustom9
Shades: .tsg.  Smooch Shades - Pink [Black Lens]
Icecream: CUREMORE / 90's Splash! / Icecream Cup / LILAC
Top/Shorts/Skirt: :Moon Amore: Holograholic Outfit *NEW* @ Kustom9

Backdrop: ninety - side #places04 [ light ] *NEW* @Cosmopolitan
Disco balls by Gliteratti (not available)

          Le Coquette Room   


Head: CATWA Lona
Skin: more more. momo skin_7 (catwa)
Shape: ).MYSTERIKA.( Kyoko Shape (CATWA Lona)
Hair: taketomi - Yue *NEW*
Babydoll/Mask/Panties/Slippers: *Tentacio* Le Coquette Room *NEW* @The Arcade
Collar: .tsg. Corset Collar - Pink *NEW* @The Arcade

SCENE:
*Tentacio* Le Coquette Room - Dear diary, Pearls, Cookies, Rose mannequin *NEW* @The Arcade
{moss&mink} Memo center
Bed: BUENO-Day Bed *NEW* @The Arcade
ARIA - Haven Botanical Prints *NEW* @The Arcade
ARIA - Haven Cat Planter *NEW* @The Arcade
ARIA - Haven Ruffled Pouf - RARE *NEW* @The Arcade
Dolls: Garbaggio // Diamond Delight (Display) / Mad Ex Lover (Display) *NEW* @The Arcade
{moss&mink} Vanity Table + {moss&mink} Vanity seat @ Cutie Loot May 2017
Makeup decor: *Tentacio* Beauty girl
Bunny on bed: .tsg. Lop Ear Bunny - Brown Patch *MEGA*
          Elikatira @ Vintage Fair   

[e] Mabel *NEW* @Vintage Fair
[e] Donna *NEW* @Vintage Fair

Glasses: ^^Swallow^^ Dream Sunglassess
Shirt: The Secret Store - Cindy Knotted Shirt *NEW* @Collabor88
Pants: The Secret Store - Bonnie Capri Pants *NEW* @Collabor88
Choker: Pink Acid Bow Tied Choker Mesh
      Pink Acid Bow Trinket Choker - Black N Gold
Icecream: [Black Bantam] Blooming Stacked Ice Cream Berry
         [Black Bantam] Pink Berry Drip Flamingo Ice Cream 02
          Summer of 69   

Girl 1:
Hair: [^.^Ayashi^.^] Aida hair RECENT RELEASE
Glasses: {BunBun} Lace Heart Glasses -Blogger Fatpack
Bikini: {moss&mink} Summer of 69 - Bikini top RARE *NEW* @The Arcade
{moss&mink} Summer of 69 - Bikini bottom RARE *NEW* @The Arcade
{moss&mink} Summer of 69 - Bikini bows RARE *NEW* @The Arcade
Icecream: #EMPIRE - Summer Time - Softice *NEW* @The Arcade

Girl 2
Hair: [^.^Ayashi^.^] Jenica hair RECENT RELEASE
Bikini: #EMPIRE - Summer Time - Bikini 1 *NEW* @The Arcade
Armband: #EMPIRE - Summer Time - Armband *NEW* @The Arcade
Belly Chain: #EMPIRE - Summer Time - Belly Chain *NEW* @The Arcade 
Cup: #EMPIRE - Summer Time - Cup Heart *NEW* @The Arcade
Headdress: Birdy - Flower Headdress - pink

SCENE
{moss&mink} Summer of 69 *NEW* @The Arcade
  • {moss&mink} Summer of 69 - Pool RARE
  • {moss&mink} Summer of 69 - Cabana RARE
  • {moss&mink} Summer of 69 - Deck Chair Pink
  • {moss&mink} Summer of 69 - Umbrella
  • {moss&mink} Summer of 69 - Beachball
  • {moss&mink} Summer of 69 - Light orbs
  • {moss&mink} Summer of 69 - String Lanterns
+Half-Deer+ Birbies - Sakura RARE *NEW* @The Arcade
+Half-Deer+ Starbreeze Palm Tree - Short Curved *NEW* @Collabor88
.tsg. Sugar Stereo - Banana
+Half-Deer+ Chihuahua - Thinking about Stuff
MishMish - Pineapple Juice Dispenser (yellow)
MishMish - Pinneaple Juice Jar Set
          Usagi   

Hair: AMITOMO / Falling In Love GACHA / rare
Outfit: Hazy. UsagiNyan S. Usagi RARE *NEW* @The Arcade
Shoes: CUREMORE / 90's Splash! / Glitter Jellies / PURE

SCENE:
Birdies: +Half-Deer+ Birbies *NEW* @The Arcade
Seat: [RI] Park Ur Tushies - Cakie Throne - Vanilla RARE *NEW* @The Arcade
[RI] Park Ur Tushies - Dooonut - Chocolate *NEW* @The Arcade
[RI] Park Ur Tushies - Ice Cream Sammich *NEW* @The Arcade
+Half-Deer+ Donut Decadence - Tower - Pastel Rainbow
+Half-Deer+ Ice Cream Garland Lights - Rainbow
+Half-Deer+ Donut Decadence - Peach
Stockholm&Lima: Valentine's Blush Candy Box (open)
          A Hairy Post - Part XXIV: Wasabi Pills & Truth   


/Wasabi Pills/ Stephanie Mesh Hair
/Wasabi Pills/ Strawberry Mesh Hair *NEW* @FaMESHed
/Wasabi Pills/ Dahlia Mesh Hair *NEW* @Uber


Mesh Heads: .tsg. Mimi, Aya, Yui
Dress: Sweet Thing. Charisma Mini Dress - Fatpack
Purse: Sweet Thing. Ice Cream Parlour
Icream: Pink Acid Global Warming Flamingo Ice cream - Grape

TRUTH Taja *NEW*
TRUTH Scout *NEW*
TRUTH Lake *NEW*
*All hairs come with Stylist HUD.

Girl 1:
Top/Shorts: SPIRIT - Alice outfit [FATPACK] *NEW* @Collabor88
Necklace: .tsg. Cherry Necklace / Gold
Glasses: {BunBun} Lace Heart Glasses

Girl 2:
Top: SPIRIT - Bloom top [FAT PACK]
Bra: SPIRIT - Bloom bra [FAT PACK]
Shorts: SPIRIT - Bloom shorts [FAT PACK]

Girl 3:
Top: Tee*fy Sophia Top Lacey - Lemonade - Maitreya *NEW* @Collabor88
Pants: KITJA x PARKER - Fran Pants (Maitreya Lara) *NEW* @Uber
Popsicle: Pink Acid Gumball Popsicle Mango Lemonade
          Pool Delights   


Head: CATWA Catya
Lipstick: (Enfer Sombre*) Marian Lipstick Set *NEW* @Cutie Loot June
Hair: pr!tty - Jenni *NEW* @Cutie Loot June
Headpice: ERSCH - Summer Delights *NEW* @Cutie Loot June
Sunglasses/Necklace: Noodles - Ariel Set *NEW* @Cutie Loot June
Swimsuit: Luas Kawaii Swimsuit *NEW* @Cutie Loot June

SCENE:
Pool & Slider by Astralia
Trees: +Half-Deer+ Starbreeze Palm Tree *NEW* @Collabor88
Floatie: = Fashiowl Poses = My Floatie - Flamingo
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Head: CATWA Lona
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Glasses: .tsg. Trendy Summer Sunnies - Daisy [Mint-Gold]
Knee Wounds: (Enfer Sombre*) Fleur du mal {A1} - tattoo - Maitreya Applier 

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JIAN Playful Pibbles 1. Pillow Pibble RARE *NEW* @The Arcade
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SCENE
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[Black Bantam] The Friendly Fish Roped 01 *NEW* @The Arcade
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          Enfer Sombre & TRUTH *News*   

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          Enfer Sombre & Taketomi *NEW*   

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Hair: taketomi - Aimi *NEW*
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Dress: Hazy. Piyo Piyo look gacha.

[monso] My Hair - Limna /Brown
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          Addicted to Pink   


Girl 1
Head: CATWA Lona
Shape: ).MYSTERIKA.( Kyoko Shape (CATWA Lona)
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Girl 2
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Hair: Exile:: Liaison
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          Heart Of Skiing – Ep 2   
Trying to fill out his Super Unknown edit, Zane is convinced to go to Snowbird to meet one of his idols but soon realizes there is a serious problem. We also meet the second character chronicled in the Heart Of … Continued
          Give me that icecream   

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          Cinco mitos a desmontar para saber bien qué es la inteligencia artificial   

Gracias a los últimos avances en 'machine learning' y en inteligencia artificial (IA), es fácil dejar volar la imaginación y pensar en lo increíble que será el futuro. Coches automáticos, diagnósticos médicos mucho más precisos, compras 'online' completamente automatizadas mediante 'chatbots' inteligentes... Pero, ¿qué sabemos realmente sobre ella? Todos tenemos nuestra propia idea de inteligencia artificial concebida a partir de noticias, libros, películas o series de ciencia ficción. Sin embargo, esto también ha dado lugar a ciertos mitos que es necesario desmontar para entender qué es y qué supone realmente la inteligencia artificial. Inbenta, compañía española especializada en esta tecnología y en procesamiento del lenguaje natural y búsqueda semántica, los ha analizado a través de su director general en España, Julio Prada.


          Cinco mitos a desmontar para saber bien qué es la inteligencia artificial   

Gracias a los últimos avances en 'machine learning' y en inteligencia artificial (IA), es fácil dejar volar la imaginación y pensar en lo increíble que será el futuro. Coches automáticos, diagnósticos médicos mucho más precisos, compras 'online' completamente automatizadas mediante 'chatbots' inteligentes... Pero, ¿qué sabemos realmente sobre ella? Todos tenemos nuestra propia idea de inteligencia artificial concebida a partir de noticias, libros, películas o series de ciencia ficción. Sin embargo, esto también ha dado lugar a ciertos mitos que es necesario desmontar para entender qué es y qué supone realmente la inteligencia artificial. Inbenta, compañía española especializada en esta tecnología y en procesamiento del lenguaje natural y búsqueda semántica, los ha analizado a través de su director general en España, Julio Prada.


          Cinco mitos a desmontar para saber bien qué es la inteligencia artificial   

Gracias a los últimos avances en 'machine learning' y en inteligencia artificial (IA), es fácil dejar volar la imaginación y pensar en lo increíble que será el futuro. Coches automáticos, diagnósticos médicos mucho más precisos, compras 'online' completamente automatizadas mediante 'chatbots' inteligentes... Pero, ¿qué sabemos realmente sobre ella? Todos tenemos nuestra propia idea de inteligencia artificial concebida a partir de noticias, libros, películas o series de ciencia ficción. Sin embargo, esto también ha dado lugar a ciertos mitos que es necesario desmontar para entender qué es y qué supone realmente la inteligencia artificial. Inbenta, compañía española especializada en esta tecnología y en procesamiento del lenguaje natural y búsqueda semántica, los ha analizado a través de su director general en España, Julio Prada.


          From FB   
Concealed revealed
          Man charged with sex assault at Tinton Falls nursing home   
Alvin Flippin, 38, was charged with second-degree sexual assault and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact.
      
 
 

          دانلود بازی Serious Sam HD The Second Encounter برای PC   

بازی Serious Sam HD The Second Encounter در سبک اکشن می باشد که توسط استودیو Croteam طراحی و بوسیله کمپانی Devolver Digital منتشر شده است. اگر گیمری حرفه ای باشید حتما تاکنون نام Serious Sam به گوشتان خورده است. عنوانی که انتشار آن از سال ۲۰۰۱ آغاز شد و توانست با نسخه های مختلف علاقه و محبوبیت بسیاری از گیمرها را جذب کند. در هریک از این بازی شاهد پیشرفت چشمگیری در بخش های متفاوتی از بازی هستیم اما این بار قصد داریم تا عنوانی با دارا بودن تمامی ویژگی های قبلی به شما عزیزان ارائه دهیم. گرافیک، گیم پلی و داستان تنها بخشی کوچکی از تغییرات عظیم این بازی می باشد همچنین این نسخه به آخرین آپدیت بروزرسانی شده است و شامل بسته های الحاقی Fusion، Player Models و Legend of the Beast می شود و اکنون می توانید در نسخه جدید این بازی، توانایی های خود را به چالش بکشید و با همراهی سم و سفر به مکان های مختلف با دشمنان به مبارزه پرداخته و تمامی آنان را از بین ببرید تا به هدف اصلی که رئیس ..

نوشته دانلود بازی Serious Sam HD The Second Encounter برای PC اولین بار در فایل نیکو پدیدار شد.


          GeekList Item: Item for Geeklist "The Culling Forty: (Nashville,TN 37075) ends 7/12/2017"    

by jmathias

An item Board Game: Rum & Bones: Second Tide has been added to the geeklist The Culling Forty: (Nashville,TN 37075) ends 7/12/2017
          What Do You Put On A Ham To Make It Sweet   
Hayat is the guest of February 17, 2011

issue
second strand PJ Proudhon
How part Proudhon in his time, what his thought maintains links with the construction of the labor movement: not how his thinking has "influenced" the rising labor movement, but rather how Proudhon defined its report to the class struggle, the State, politics, by observing the first steps of the labor movement. Why our guest Samuel Hayat made a small return on the report to the state of the labor movement of the 1830s and 1840s, then it shows that the "anarchism of Proudhon" arises from a theory this report specifically to the state workers, particularly in light of the failure of workers in 1848. "

          Herpes Pubic Hair Under Arms   


Your help to free a person who dares to denounce violations of human rights by

Choupinette Choupi Tuesday February 15, 2011, 16:54

http://vendemiaire.over-blog.org/article-appel-pour-la-liberation-de-la-poetesse-et-journaliste-angye-gaona-65698316.html

The poet and journalist Angye Gaona was arrested. The Colombian government wants to silence her to keep the darkness of genocide. Angye Gaona Poet and witness stopped to think, Colombia, the country where the state has converted the act of thinking a crime. Angye Gaona, it is part of the committee organizing the International Festival of Poetry of Medellín.

Urgent international action is by his release and to denounce the Colombian state maintains more than 7,500 people jailed for "crimes of opinion" we are facing a real dictatorship camouflaged.

is an intolerable situation: each day they stop, are murder or disappearance of a political opponent, student union, a sociologist, a peasant ... Repression by the Colombian State against the Colombian people to appease his social claims is brutal.

It is urgent that the world moves in solidarity!


Signatures should be sent to: Aurora

Tumanischwili : a_tumanoff@yahoo.com.ar

With only:

.. . I sign for the release of the poet Angye Gaona.

... With your first and last name, your "professional", your city and your country.

No link, but an email.

summary translation of this text : http://www.bolinf.es/wp/?p=28935



Colombia is a country untouchable. The country is run by the American right. Unfortunately, once again, politicians, men of straw of the American right and wrong we want to do, with some exceptions, the international community avoid criticizing the Colombian Government. The international community silent all the abuses committed in Colombia the field of human rights.

A sampling of recent abuse of Colombian politics:

Have 7,500 political prisoners;
Dispose of Cabinet members involved in drug trafficking;
Having a connection between government and paramilitary groups;
Having a president also denounced for buying journalists
To win some voters, they believe they killed terrorists while the military has murdered innocent young people.

would have thought the international community if another country such as Ecuador, Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, etc.. This area had committed such acts?

Colombia is the only country in South America where U.S. bases are located and the Americans as corrupt Colombian politicians to believe that the Americans provide development assistance but this is false. Today, after the nightmare of Alvaro Uribe, Juan Manuel Santos chairs the country, the very man who chose to continue the policy of his predecessor. He was Minister of Defence under President Uribe with an army guilty of corruption and connections with the paramilitaries.

Day by day, human rights are trampled.

In the second week of January, the Government continued to imprison citizens opponents. One of felonies was the last stop Angye Gaona , Colombian poet and journalist, a woman who contends with the lowest single offense was to denounce the excesses that are discussed above. The government also as the prior art practice of Uribe's arrest disable members of associations which are respect for human rights. Angye was arrested with two students and a trade unionist.

Their technique: First they imprison people without charge, they keep them imprisoned for a year or so, to release them, saying they are innocent. In this way, they succeed to dismantle the social movements.

As for Kabila, we join the demand for the immediate issuance of Angye Gaona and all political prisoners who meet the Colombian jails. And we ask the Community Internationalequ'elle an end to excesses against human rights committed by the Colombian Government.

Other links:
http://poesiedanger.blogspot.com/search/label/Angye% 20Gaona
http://delitdepoesie.hautetfort.com/archive/2011/02/15/en -a-bra-angye gaona.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIEfIxZRlSA
http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=195577683785572
          How Much Does It Cost To Buy A Great White Shark   
In the Arab world, Islam and Western democracy means dictatorship

by Abdenur Prado - posted Friday, February 11, 2011
Source: UMMA . COM

The West finances dictators in the Middle East and the Arab world for over a century.
pro-democracy demonstrations against dictatorships supported by the West in the Arab world, shows once again the immense hypocrisy of our leaders. Which side Western governments are, with the demonstrators or the dictators? The answer is simple: the side of those who generate millions for the benefit of Western multinational corporations.

But that does not surprise anyone. It is well known that the West has funded more than a century of dictatorships in the Middle East and the Arab world because it is through the autocracies that [the West] were able to control the resources of this region. Even if this leads to the exploitation and misery of people facing decommissioning, orchestrated by the International Monetary Fund, their social services in order to repay foreign debt generated by the millions in arms purchases in the West ... As the aspirations of civil society, increasing poverty, torture and repression, lack of civil liberties and human rights ... No Western leader does not care at all. And all have shown, continuously, without exception, for over a century. Remarks made recently by Henry Kissinger are revealing in this regard: "We've had five presidents who have considered Hosni Mubarak as the best ally of the U.S. objectives in the region. "

Just out of the archives all the statements of Western leaders who praise the Arab tyrants: their economic policies, their continued political stability, their contributions to international security, that they safeguard secularism and prevent the advance of Islamist movements ... In short, for submission to the dictates of Western financial markets and the International Monetary Fund.

This overview does only one variable: whether or not the connivance with the State of Israel. This underscores the critical role of Israel vis-à-vis the maintenance of dictatorships in the Arab world, a fact corroborated by the comments made by Netanyahu in support of Ben Ali and Mubarak as well as decades of collusion with the family Royal Saudi monarchy and other issues of colonialism. No surprise then to learn that Israeli diplomacy has done everything possible to save Mubarak. It is true that Israel has cause for concern, not only for the danger posed by the rise of political Islam, but also because the democratic governments that might arise would maintain not only their country's complicity in the genocide of the Palestinian people. The open border between Gaza and Sinai is crucial for the survival of the Palestinian people. This is a convincing argument in favor of democracy in Egypt and the Middle East! And
"Islamism" in all this? It serves as a bogeyman to justify the support of dictatorships "secularists." However, it obscures the fact that the majority of parties "Islamists" in the Arab world accepted the idea of parliamentary democracy.
An example of this paradigm is that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. In 1944 the founder, Hassan al-Banna, supported the participation in parliamentary elections, saying that the Egyptian constitution was "Islamic" because it recognized that the authority resides in the people, ensured the decision-making through consultation (Shura) and respect for individual freedoms. In some of his writings, he defends parliamentary democracy: "The bases of political organization based on the system of parliamentary representation does not contradict the fundamental principles that Islam has set in organization of power. "Since its founding, the Muslim Brotherhood have repeatedly stated that their intention is not to take power, but to educate society and to influence the system for Islamic ideals in justice being implemented. Despite this, they are portrayed as villains by the media manipulation and by Western governments. (I'm not a fan of the Muslim Brotherhood, but I am against their demonization. For their positions, see their website in English).

There is talk now of returning to Tunisia Rachid al-Ghannouchi, founder and historic leader of the party-Nahda in Tunisia, after 22 years of exile. According Ghannouchi, Islam provides a more fertile than that of the West to carry out democracy. There is a book of Azam Tamimi, where he studied his thought in detail, Rachid Ghannouchi: A Democrat within Islam, published by Oxford University Press. Among his ideals: "an Islamic system based on the will of the majority, free elections, free press, minority protection, equality between laity and religious parties, and achieving complete women's rights in all areas, participation in elections to the freedom to dress as they wish, the right to divorce, and even the right to be head of state. The role of Islam is to provide an ethical system. "

An ethical system that necessarily involves the abolition of usury Financial, which provides a minimum of social services for the entire population and the establishment mechanisms that prevent the accumulation of capital in the hands of a few individuals. An equally valid for Spain than for Egypt.

In Brief: Islamist movements are champions of democracy against tyranny corrupt funded by the West. It is curious to see how the terms were reversed at the point of passing the opposition, which demands democracy, for ... absolutists, and dictators that suppress civil liberties as saviors. The world upside down? The world seen through a mass media manipulation. That is to say, from a perspective of the interests of major Western financial corporations.


Translation: Amy Fetchman

          Fighting My Way 2 Onederland By 12/30/08   
I have been thinking and we have 6 months left in the year. I am going to set a short term goal to reach onederland by 12/30/08. I weigh in on Tuesdays and this is the last Tuesday of the year. I believe I can lose 36 pounds by the end of the year. That would put me at 196 lbs and also get me to my second 10% goal.
          Best Temperature To Run Wood Stove   
18 - Alexis Dabin This Proudhon and mutualism February 10, 2011

Play issuance
Tier 1 PJ Proudhon
Proudhon's philosophy from what appears to be the two essential principles of his thought: Justice and mutuality.
These two concepts form the grid reading of the whole of his work . Proudhon envisaged as interpersonal relationships, economic or political relations in through the prism of these two principles. They allow him to navigate the maze of social issues and give concrete answers to the many problems affecting society.
The French Revolution is a milestone in the history of law. In the Old Regime, the society was organized hierarchically, with men were seen as inherently unequal. Proudhon said that with the French Revolution, "the spirit of morals and legislation [change] from top to bottom. More subordination of man to man, therefore more hierarchy, more church, more than dogma, more faith. " According to him, with the proclamation in 1789 of the principles of freedom and equal rights, social order is virtually transformed.

But if the Revolution was formally abolished the old social order and established the principles of a new organization of society, the revolutionaries could not deduce any practical consequences. They were unable to identify the specific rules of organization of society that guarantees everyone the freedom and equality rights. The law has not been reformed in all its branches according to newly proclaimed principles. Since this reform has not been fully resolved, the company remains the nineteenth century, in large part, subject to rules of the old legal order. The arbitrary standards, the system of privileges and social inequality that we hoped to have abolished, continue, still more virulent than under the old regime.
.............



          Avery Table Tents 5305   
Mohamed Hassan: "the causes of the revolution far beyond Tunisia Ben Ali and his party. "

Tunisians brought down the dictator Ben Ali. Today, they continue to fight against his men to head the transitional government. In this new chapter of our series "Understanding the Muslim world," Mohamed Hassan * ((photo-cons) explains the implications of the revolution of Tunisia and its root causes: how nationalism Liberal advocated by Tunisia under Bourguiba interests Western, plunging people into poverty, how a repressive state has put in place to maintain this system, why dictatorships in the Arab world are caused to fall, and how Islam became the condom imperialism




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In December 2010, riots broke out in Tunisia. A month later, President Ben Ali fled the country after twenty-three year reign. What are the causes of this revolution? And why is it popular movement succeeded in bringing down the dictator where other attempts have failed?

For there to be a revolution, it is necessary that people refuse to live as before and that the ruling class is no longer able to govern as before. On December 17, 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a young seller of fruits and vegetables, has sacrificed out of desperation after police had confiscated his goods himself, and that local authorities have to stop working. The conditions were ripe for a revolution broke out in Tunisia Bouazizi and suicide was the trigger.

Indeed, the Tunisians did not want to live as before: they were not accepting corruption, police repression, lack of freedom, unemployment, etc.. Moreover, the ruling class could no longer govern as before. Corruption under Ben Ali had taken a phenomenal amount while the majority of the population had to face insecurity. To maintain this status, police repression would be higher but it had reached its limits. The ruling elite was completely disconnected from the people for whom there was no interlocutor. Therefore, when popular revolts broke out, the ruling class had no choice but to quell the violence. But with the determination of the people, the repression reached its limit. This is one of the keys to the success of the popular revolution of Tunisia: it managed to reach all segments of society, including members of the army and police who sympathized with the demonstrators. The repressive apparatus could no longer function as before either. If a revolt occurs but is not able to combine different segments society, it can not lead a revolution.

Even after the departure of Ben Ali, the protests continue. The situation that Tunisians refuse is not the result of one man? For

signs "Ben Ali emerges" signs were followed by "CDR releases. Tunisians are attacking the president's political party because they fear that one of his men to take power. But in reality, the root causes that led to revolt Tunisians far outweigh Ben Ali and the RCD. It is not enough to turn the president for the people earns his freedom and improves living conditions.

corruption, unemployment, social inequality ... What are the effects of imperialist domination of the West over Tunisia. For Tunisia, after independence, became a project of the United States.

What do you mean by imperialism?


Imperialism is the process by which capitalist powers politically and economically dominated by foreign countries. Western multinationals plunder the resources of Africa, Latin America and Asia. They find opportunities for capital they will accumulate and exploit cheap labor market. I say that multinationals are not buying as they plunder the resources at their fair value and the local people not benefiting from these riches. And this looting would not be possible if these countries operated, there were no leaders to defend the interests of multinationals. These leaders are getting richer in the process. They constitute the so-called comprador bourgeoisie. They have no political vision for their own country does not produce wealth and do not develop a real economy. But personally enriched by trading resources their countries with multinationals. Obviously, the people are the biggest victim in all this!

When you're a nationalist anti-imperialist cons, you are looking to develop for yourself. You nationalize key sectors of your economy, rather than leaving the management to foreign companies. This will create a national economy in the country and you allow it to grow on the basis of independence. That's what I call a national democratic revolution: national independent because of the imperialist powers, democratic as against feudalism and the elements reactionaries in the country.

However, Bourguiba, Tunisia's first president, was considered a socialist. And during his reign, the state played a very important role in the economy.


Bourguiba's political party was socialist in name only. If the state played an important role, it was only for the benefit of an elite only. This is called state capitalism. In addition, Bourguiba has systematically eliminated all the progressive elements and anti-imperialist in his party. So that this party became the party of one man, completely subject to U.S. imperialism.

Habib Bourguiba , great actor in the struggle for independence, was president of Tunisia from 1957 to 1987


What Was Tunisia important for the United States?

To understand the importance of that country to the U.S. strategy, we must analyze the political context of the Arab world in years 50 and 60. In 1952, officers overthrew the monarchy of King Farouk of Egypt and proclaim a republic. With Nasser at the helm Egypt becomes the basis of Arab nationalism inspired with revolutionary ideas of socialism. As evidenced by the nationalization of the Suez Canal, Nasser's arrival in power is a blow to the West because the Egyptian president's policy is totally at odds with the hegemonic Western powers in the Near and Middle East. Worse still: the anti-imperialist ideas of Nasser are emulated in the region. In Yemen for example, where in 1962 a revolution divided the country, the South becoming a bastion of Arab revolutionary movement. The same year, the independence of Algeria sends a strong signal to Africa and the Third World, the imperialist powers put on alert. Libya also note the Qaddafi coup in 1969. The colonel took power and nationalized major sectors of the economy, to the chagrin of the West. The same year, the Islamic revolution in Iran toppled the Shah, one of the most important pillars of U.S. strategy in the Middle East.

short, at that time, an anti-imperialist movement defies strong strategic interests of the United States in the Arab world. Fortunately for Washington, all countries in the region do not follow the path of Nasser. It the case of Tunisia. In 1957, a year after the independence of Tunisia, Bourguiba was one of the first Arab leaders to send U.S. in the prestigious journal, Foreign Affairs. The title of the article? Nationalism best antidote to communism. For the United States who want to counter the influence of Nasser is a godsend! Bourguiba wrote in his article: "With the regard, Tunisia has chosen to make unequivocal its way into the free world from the West." We are in the Cold War. The Soviets argued that Nasser's influence grows in the region. And the U.S. needs pro-imperialist agents Bourguiba as not to lose strategic control of the Arab world.

Nasser announced the nationalization of the Suez Canal in 1956

Can we be both nationalist and pro-imperialist?

Bourguiba was a liberal nationalist with anti-communist ideas which led him to join the imperialist camp in the West. In fact, I feel like George Padmore Bourguiba Arabic. Padmore was a leading Pan-Caribbean origin. In 1956 he wrote a book called Pan-Africanism or Communism: The battle ahead in Africa. Like Bourguiba, he fed anti-communist ideas and even if he declared himself a nationalist, his political vision was largely subservient to the interests of imperialist powers. Nationalism served as a cover, their policy is far from being independent. Padmore had a great influence on the first president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, one of the instigators of the African Union. Its pro-imperialist ideas were able to spread across the continent with the result that we see today is celebrated around the golden jubilee of independence in Africa, but many Africans know they have never become independent. President Nkrumah himself later regretted having taken the advice of Padmore.

In Tunisia too, the submission to imperialist interests has quickly been felt and it turned out that nationalism advocated by Bourguiba was a facade. In the 70s, for example, the President has passed a series of measures intended to attract foreign investors: tax exemption on company profits for ten years, exemption from all duties and taxes for twenty years, exemption from Tax Income property values, etc.. Tunisia has become a vast workshop of Western multinationals in recent repatriation of profits.

Tunisia did she not still been some good progress under Bourguiba?

Yes, there have been positive developments: education, status of women, etc.. First, because Tunisia were the progressives in his elite players, but they were quickly dismissed. Then, because Tunisia was to be dressed in his finest dress. Indeed, this country played a major role in the strategy of the United States to counter the influence of communism in the Arab world. But what had you on the other side? Progressive revolutionary movements that had toppled backward and monarchies who enjoyed popular support. You could not counteract this movement by advocating a feudal system. Saudi Arabia has done so because it could use its oil money for that. But Tunisia, unable to rely on such resources, should provide some progressive image. In the fight against communism, it was supposed to represent a successful Third World countries have chosen the path of liberal nationalism.

But behind the scenes was less flattering. As I said, Bourguiba has systematically eliminated the progressive elements that do not follow his steps. The anti-imperialists who wanted an independent Tunisia both economically and politically, those who wanted to assert their own position in the Third World and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, all were opposed. Tunisia has in fact been used as a laboratory of the imperialist powers. And what was supposed to represent the success of liberal nationalism has become a dictatorship.

When Ben Ali Bourguiba succeeded in 1987, he continues on the same track?


Absolutely. One can even say that the submission to Western interests has grown. Ben Ali was a pure agent of U.S. imperialism. In 1980, as ambassador to Poland, he even served as a liaison between the CIA and Lech Walesa, the union leader who fought against the Soviet Union.

In 1987, when Ben Ali assumed the presidency of Tunisia, the country was deeply in debt by the capitalist crisis of 1973. Moreover, at that time, the ideas of Milton Friedman and his Chicago Boys were very popular. These ultra-liberal economists believed that the market is an entity capable of regulating themselves and that the state should certainly not interfere in the economy. The technical elite Tunisian largely from U.S. schools were highly influenced by theories of Friedman. Ben Ali then left the state capitalism in effect at the beginning of the era Bourguiba. Under the supervision of the IMF and World Bank, he began a privatization program much more massive than what his predecessor had already begun in the 70s.

What were the effects of this new economic policy?


First, privatization of the Tunisian economy has allowed Ben Ali and his wife's family, Trabelsi, personal enrichment. Corruption has reached a very high level, Tunisia has become a country totally subservient to imperialism, headed by a comprador bourgeoisie. Obviously, Ben Ali and his clan did not have many raw materials to selling out to Western multinationals. But they took advantage of the education system established under Bourguiba to develop a service economy. Indeed, the Tunisian workforce is highly educated and inexpensive at a time. It therefore attracts foreign investors.

Tourism has also developed strong as to become the mainstay of the Tunisian economy. Here we see the lack of political vision of the elite. Indeed, no country can develop its economy based on tourism if not first developed a national economic base. The tourism industry consumes a lot but reported very little to the Tunisian people. Imagine: while Western tourists consume hectoliters of water to bask in pools, Jacuzzis or golf course, the poor peasants in the south face of the drying soil.

But it's not just the farmers who have suffered from this policy. Overall, the social conditions of the Tunisian people deteriorated while the president's entourage has amassed a huge fortune. Everyone knew the regime was corrupt. So to maintain this system, the system should prevent any disputes. The repression became even more brutal penny Ben Ali simple criticism or even the desire for modernity and openness were not allowed. Such a situation could lead to popular revolt. Moreover, trying to monopolize his clan the wealth of the country, Ben Ali has also drew the ire of some of the traditional bourgeois Tunisia.


You say that political repression was very strong. Is there anyway today, opposition forces can guide the people's revolution now that Ben Ali has fallen?

Genuine opposition parties were banned under Ben Ali. However, some continued to exist underground. For example, the first Tunisian Communist Party could not live openly and organize like any political party in a democracy. But he continued to operate secretly through associations of civil society (teachers, farmers, doctors, prisoners ...). The PGWPP was able to form a social base and fired a solid experience of this period. It is exceptional in the Arab world.

I think two major challenges now await the opposition parties. First, they must come forward and make themselves known to the general public in Tunisia. Then they must organize a united front of resistance to imperialism. In fact, the imperialist powers seek to maintain the system without Ben Ali Ben Ali. We see now with the Union government National rejected the Tunisians, which is very positive. But the imperialist powers will not stop there. They will certainly seek to impose an International Electoral Commission to support candidates who defend to their best interests. It is therefore necessary to resist interference by creating a united front to build a true democracy.


Opposition parties are they able to overcome their differences to create such a front?

I know that some political parties were reluctant to associate Islamo-nationalist movement Ennahda. This movement emerged in the 80s. He advocated an anti-imperialist line and in fact, has suffered political repression. Why not combine Ennahda in front of resistance to the interference of foreign powers? Tunisia is a Muslim country. It is normal that a political force emerges with an Islamo-nationalist trend. You can not prevent that.

But each of these movements must be studied separately, with its own specificities. This was done by the communist PGWPP. They studied scientifically objective conditions that apply Tunisia. Their conclusion is that the Communists and Islamo-nationalists have been victims of political repression and that even though their programs differ, they share common ground: they want an end to dictatorship and the independence of Tunisia. The Communists have proposed an alliance with the Islamo-nationalists long ago. Of course, the PGWPP does not make Tunisia a Islamic state. Its political agenda is different from that of al-Nahda. But it is the Tunisian people who will judge these differences democratically. Elections should be a contest open to everyone. That is true democracy.

Precisely opposition parties gathered in front of 14 January to fight against the interim government of Mohamed Ghannouchi, a henchman of former President Ben Ali. A hopeful sign?

Absolutely, Tunisia is on the right track: all opposition parties banned so far have created a united front to prevent the system is maintained without Ben Ali Ben Ali. Also underline the role played by the base of the union UGTT. The head of the union authorized under Ben Ali was corrupt and working with the state police. But since the basis of the union put pressure on its leaders and members who UGTT were part of the transitional government have resigned. Although much remains to be done, democracy wins Tunisian institutions under pressure from the people.

Western powers opposed to that. They want to impose democracy in Tunisia where only low-intensity "good" candidates would be allowed to stand for election. If you look at the type of democracy that the United States enjoy, you come across Ethiopia. The U.S. government has provided $ 983 million to countries in the Horn of Africa for the year 2010. That same year, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, in office since 16 years, was reelected with 99.5 percent of the vote! It's even better than Ben Ali! The reality is this: behind their rhetoric in support of the Tunisian people, the Western powers continue to actively support many other Ben Ali in the world.

The United States could not they support other candidates pro-imperialist, but in the eyes of Tunisians, were not associated with the Ben Ali era?

It would be difficult. There is a part of the comprador bourgeoisie which was lésinée by the corrupt system of Ben Ali. But this elite is not strong enough control the popular movement and not enough grounding in the Establishment to win.

The United States had also thought of another strategy: a few months ago, while Ben Ali was still in power, the U.S. ambassador has visited a Communist leader in prison. Officially, a simple observation visit in the framework of respect for human rights. Unofficially, the U.S. anticipated the departure of Ben Ali and wanted to test the waters. Their goal was to get the Communists against the Islamo-nationalists, divide the resistance to imperialism to weaken more. But the Communists Tunisia does not fall into the trap. They are very familiar with the strategy developed by Henry Kissinger in the 80s in the Middle East. They published a very good study on the subject and know they should not take orders from outside or adhere to ideologies manufactured by foreign powers.

Why the U.S. have they abandoned Ben Ali? Had he gone too far in personal enrichment? According to a cable Wikileaks, the U.S. ambassador was very critical of the system of quasi-mafioso Tunisian president, organized corruption are obstacles to investments by foreign companies.

This is not the problem. The United States does not care about corruption. Instead, it is a key element of the system of domination on the U.S. South. In fact, Washington was aware of the internal situation in Tunisia and knew that Ben Ali would not be able to govern. The West must now ensure that the replacement of Ben Ali will continue to defend their interests. The stakes are high. The capitalist crisis is causing serious problems in the West. Besides this, China is getting stronger and now provides more loans than the World Bank and other imperialist powers combined. She even wants to buy a significant portion of the debt of the euro area partly because it has economic interests with European countries, on the other imperialist powers to divide, the EU is historically associated with states USA.

In such a context, the Tunisian people's movement, under the auspices of a revolutionary leadership, could establish an independent government and take advantage of this situation of a multipolar world. The imperialist powers fear that countries that were traditionally under his rule become economically independent, turning also to China. Tunisia could build relationships with the Asian giant to develop its commercial ports. And it would seriously question the concept of the Mediterranean Dialogue, this expansion of NATO to the countries of the Mediterranean that is not a dialogue but a mere instrument of Western domination.

Another country that seems to fear democracy in Tunisia and in the region, Israel. Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said shortly after the fall of Ben Ali that the development of democracy in Arab countries threaten Israel's security. This country often called only democracy in the Middle East, would he be afraid of competition?

Under a democratic facade, Israel is a fascist, apartheid state. In the region, it can not ally with repressive dictatorial states, led by comprador bourgeoisie that weaken the body of the Arab nation. Currently, these Arab states are rich countries inhabited by poor people. But if a democratic government in the full sense of the term emerges, it will increase economically the Arab nation as a whole. And this economic development will lead to an alliance of Arab countries against the state racist oppressing the Palestinians. Israel fears this course.

Moreover, there is a very big gap between the official positions of Arab dictatorships and the popular sentiment about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Since Egyptian President Sadat visited Israel in 1977, Egypt's position is "we want peace." But it is a position imposed by force to the population. And the current Egyptian government is not content to maintain peaceful relations with Tel Aviv. It participates actively in the strangulation of Gaza, while the majority of Egyptians in solidarity with Palestinians.

It's the same alignment of Arab dictatorships on Washington politics. Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are allies of the United States while the populations of these countries are anti-imperialists. I was in Egypt when Muntadhar al-Zaidi, a journalist in Iraq, threw his shoes on George W. Bush. The Egyptian population was celebrated as a hero. I heard of fathers wanting to marry their daughter with the reporter. Still, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is one of the most faithful allies of Washington.

Do you think the revolution Tunisia a domino effect could cause the downfall of other dictatorships in the Arab world?

70% of the population in Arab countries is less than thirty years and knows that unemployment, police repression and corruption. But all these young people want to live. And to live, they need change. This is the reality of each country. It is therefore not even need a domino effect, the objective conditions are ripe for further revolutions erupt.

People no longer want to live as before. But for their part, the ruling classes are they unable to govern as before?

course. And we see in Egypt today. There are police everywhere in this country. But it is impossible to control everything. A state police has its limitations and the Arab world have reached.

Furthermore, information plays a very important role today. Tunisians, Egyptians and peoples of the Third World are better informed through Al-Jazeera as part of an Internet and social networks on the other. The evolution of information technology has increased the level of education and consciousness of people. The people no longer a mass of illiterate peasants. You have a lot of very smart young people, with a certain practical sense, able to circumvent censorship and of mobilizing the Internet.

there in these countries the opposition forces can guide the popular revolutions?

Why Punishment is so important if these dictators were not in danger? Why the comprador bourgeoisie, so greedy, she would spend so much money in the repressive apparatus if she was not afraid to be reversed? If there was no opposition, all this would not be necessary.

the side of Western observers, many fear that the collapse of these regimes Arab favors the rise of Islamism. As summarized so finely Christophe Barbier, editor of L'Express, "Ben Ali is better than the bearded." These fears proved on of Islamism are they based?

Islamism became the condom of imperialism. Western powers justify their strategy of domination in the Arab-Muslim world under the guise of fighting against Islam. There are Islamists everywhere today. Soon, we shall find even traces of Al-Qaeda on Mars if it is useful to the imperialists!

In reality, the West has always needed to invent an enemy to justify its hegemonic designs and incredible military spending (financed by taxpayers). After the fall of the Soviet Union and the demise of the communist enemy is Islam and Al Qaeda who have played the roles of villains villains.

But the West has no problem with Islamism. It adapts very well to this trend in countries like Saudi Arabia. Moreover, he himself fostered the rise of Islamist movements to counter the Arab nationalism at a time. The real problem for the West is anti-imperialism. That's why he tries to discredit any popular movement in the Arab world who is opposed to its interests by affixing the label "Islamist."

Finally, it should not be very smart to think that the Arab dictatorships are bulwarks against the rise of religious fanaticism. Instead, these repressive regimes have led some of the population to be radicalized. Who could afford to say that such and such people have no right to democracy? In a truly democratic country, different political forces may emerge. But the bourgeoisie comprador ruling in the Arab dictatorships can not convince people. She can not even face to face. To defend the imperialist interests, you must prevent other political forces to emerge because they are likely to convince the people against a corrupt elite. The West has always sought to maintain dictatorships that served its interests by waving the specter of Islamism. But the Arab peoples need democracy. They claim it today and nobody can not go against these claims.

Source: www.michelcollon.info
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Lures & Revolutions

What happens in the Maghreb, Egypt is probably a prelude, predators waiting for their time: these insurgencies are for them, as once were the struggles of American countries South, a field of experimentation. Become cumbersome, the Ben Ali Mubarak and other (member of the International Socialist! As DSK, as Ségolène!) Will be replaced by Democrats on their own blessed by the IMF and technocrats dismal. As we will rely on the current economic system will not change anything in depth because it is the source of deadly disturbances of humanity as a whole.

All cases we defend not they come here? Address the profound evil does he not return to drastically change my lifestyle? Give yourself the luxury of denying that the neighbors poor, hitherto ignored, can live decently. Solidarity that is shared, like bread, like a handshake, like a poem, like ideas and wealth too. Let's start by sweeping our doorstep. Globalization? I felt like an illusion, an ideology of standardization and formatting of the masses. An insurgency is not a revolution: the first is the result of a situation had become intolerable while the second, in essence, is the long term, by mobilizing more than the civic conscience which should be central to any process and any political action. The game of global governance that is taking place is to discredit political thought (which has nothing to do with an ideological construct). Let us not forget that capitalism is the result of an ideology (with its strategies, policy makers and police), and in this respect is comparable to Stalinism which was only a state capitalism totalitarian. And this is capitalism, we do not too worried, is not it, when rampant in the Arab and African held an iron fist by dictators orders of multinational corporations, guided by foreign secret services. Dream holiday in Hammamet Marrakech or for a nominal price, which in the wings, has a price in human lives.

unbridled consumption, a synonym for huge profits, which suck the vast majority of people, today revealed its limitations and the risks it is incurring imminent future generations. Market forces, as we bombard the singers of the single thought, were only dressing a hateful ideology has continued to crush the living beauty of the values common to all cultures.

" That the Earth is pretty " said the poet Armand Robin, "No need also flowers!"


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Democratic Transition in Tunisia

"Tunisia is between radical and authoritarian democracy"
EROS BY SANA (January 31, 2011)

Source: http://www.bastamag .net/article1401.html

How to build the democratic transition in Tunisia? Vincent Geisser, a researcher at the Institute for Research and Studies on the Arab and Muslim world, analyzes the role played by different actors in Tunisia - political opponents, former regime of Ben Ali, "Islamist" party, army, police - and foreign powers. It describes possible scenarios of democratic consolidation in the coming weeks. Maintenance.

Basta! : Where is the revolution in Tunisia? What are the strategies of the opposing forces to build the "transition Democratic?

Vincent Geisser [1]: The "democrats" Tunisians who supported and accompanied the revolution are deeply divided over the future of the protest movement. There are those who feel the need to strengthen the nascent democracy by putting a definitive end to the protest process. They are supporters of a certain security standards, based on a historic compromise between the "doves" of the former regime, opponents and independent representatives UGTT single union (the General Union of Tunisian Workers). They want to consolidate the democratic transition, including by dealing with the army and the party more "healthy" of the security apparatus, as well as some former bosses of the regime known for their "openness." This is the position advocated by Najib Chebbi (Democratic Progressive Party), former opponent in Ben Ali, currently Minister of the transitional government.

Others want to eradicate all traces of the old regime and the party-state, and reject any compromise. This is where supporters of Marzouki (Congress for the Republic) and members of the Communist Party of Tunisian Workers (POCT). And of course leaders movement of "unemployed graduates" of the interior. They wish to push through the "democratic revolution" to give birth to a new political, economic and social development. Both camps have no real difference in political culture, they are animated by democratic ideals. What separates them fundamentally, the strategy of rupture and especially the "democracy agenda".

What remains of the old regime?


There is some disappointment today protesting actors, quite understandable - I think particularly young people "unemployed graduates". But there is no objective risk of returning to the old regime or system restore mafia. A break has occurred. The dictator is gone. This is a crucial element when it is known that while Tunisia was around him, with extreme personalization of power. mafia clans and profiteers - families Ben Ali, Trabelsi and others - have fled. Darkest segments of the security apparatus were largely dismantled.

If we can legitimately understand the disappointment of " radical democrats, "as Marzouki, Hammami, Nasraoui, and unemployed graduates who feel that their revolution was stolen, the former regime is ousted. We are in a transition phase. But this transition can lead to a regime that bastard would an independent candidate access to presidential power, with new elements but also with elements of the old regime. This will lead to reinforce a kind of "authoritarian democracy" or "democratic authoritarianism".

What role did the Tunisian army played in the revolution and what role can it play in the future?

The army has been in recent weeks a fundamental role, not supporting the plan of repression of Ben Ali. She clearly rejected the extreme policies of the supreme leader, and instead played a protective role players protesters. The reason? The army is not connected with the mafia and clan interests of power. Unlike Egypt, Syria or even Algeria, Tunisia army has no direct interest in industry or in the management of oil revenues. It is an army of about 35,000 men, composed of employees, officials, technicians and engineers.

should not be provided to paint a romantic portrait. The Tunisian army played a repressive role in 1978 to channel the social movements, and in 1981 and 1984 to quell the "bread riots". This time, she refused the role because the sources of legitimacy of the regime were exhausted. Ben Ali was discredited, corruption was widespread. Faced with this stalemate, the military has understood that the only solution was to replace the dictator.

This reaction - some would say "Republican" - is primarily dictated by pragmatic: generals and senior officers are convinced that a crackdown could lead to chaos and their own demise. As the "political fluidity" present, the Tunisian army can play a more important role in the constitutional process and the "pacification" social, oscillating between registry and registry security mediation with the forces of the country.

"security apparatus" Tunisia is it still present and operational?

France has 60 million inhabitants, Tunisia 9 million. Yet both countries have almost the same number of police officers: 135.000. is huge! Tunisia is one of the countries with the most police per capita. The security apparatus, through the Ministry of Interior is fully engaged in repression. Part of the police fired into the crowd with live ammunition. It is the security apparatus of Ben Ali who is responsible for nearly 70 deaths officially deplored and thousands injured. But the whole apparatus police is not corrupt: the "rotten" mafia of the security apparatus was largely dismantled.

There is more to fear from areas of the Department of the Interior directly to the clans and Ben Ali Trabelsi. They are currently in hiding. I do not believe in a return of "old demons" even if the future Tunisian democracy can deal with safety trends similar to those we see now in France with Nicolas Sarkozy. In this sense there is a danger of creating in Tunisia in the coming months an "authoritarian democracy".

What role can the "Islamists" in the democratic process?


The "Islamists" Tunisians have long been integrated into "democratic forums." They are "fundamentalists embedded" in the democratic debate in exile. They participated in Paris, London, Marseille numerous opposition rallies, alongside the left, communist, socialist, even anti-Islamic. Many leaders of the left Tunisian 'secular' leaders have frequently met with "Islamists". In many ways the 'fundamentalists' are already integrated into the political game of Tunisia.

For the party Ennahdha (Renaissance) Rached Ghannouchi, the model is not radical Islam or Islamism Salafi Saudi-style, but the AKP, which currently leads Turkey. This means accepting the parliamentary game and advocating economic liberalism tinged social, and especially a certain pragmatism with other Democrats. There is a huge myth about "Islamists" of Tunisia. The party Ennahdha is more of a liberal conservative party, which is not at all in a process of creating an Islamic state or Islamic theocracy. The Islamists classic "Tunisians are now looking to Ankara, they did nothing" green fascists. " How

react today Western countries and Arab neighbors?


The United States has played a leading role in the departure of Ben Ali.
support President Barack Obama to the social movement, even if he was shy, was much sharper than that of France. Beyond this symbolic support, it would seem that the Obama administration has given its support to the Tunisian army and "doves" of the regime (Mohamed Ghannouchi, Prime Minister and Kamel Morjane, the Minister of Foreign Affairs) to sacrifice Ben Ali. It is clear that the United States supported the transition scenario.

Regarding the Arab countries, we can really worry that some plans make every effort to derail the democratic process in Tunisia. Saudi Arabia, Libya, Algeria has no interest in a democracy can arise in the Arab world. A "loose coalition" of Arab dictators could be to sabotage or disrupt the democratic process in Tunisia.

Support from U.S., EU and France to Tunisian Democrats is essential. Either you play the card of democracy in the Arab world or, rather, play an ambiguous role and promotes the perverse game of Saudi Wahhabis, the megalomaniac dictatorship of the regime of Gaddafi and Algerian generals. In this case, we should not complain about the progress of the Salafist jihadist ideology!

How Does France have made such errors of analysis on the situation of Tunisia?

The official position of France was not based on an error analysis, but on a political logic of total and blind support for Ben Ali regime. Interpret the statements of Michele Alliot-Marie as a political mistake is wrong. This is not a political mistake, this is a failing policy. France has always supported authoritarian regimes . She believes that one does diplomacy in relations between States and civil societies are not important.

The United States have both supported Ben Ali and developed concrete relations with unions and all the dissidents of the regime. In contrast, France has always prohibited its diplomacy to have any contact with everything that could affect the quality of its relations with Ben Ali. This blindness is the logic of French policy towards the Arab world: "We support dictators against the risks of destabilization! It seems that France has included a number of mistakes. Hopefully it reorients its policy towards Tunisia openly supporting the democratic process.

What are the possible scenarios in the weeks and months ahead?

Tunisia has a choice between two options. Either authoritarian democratic consolidation that would lead the country until elections, with a broad coalition around an opponent as independent Nejib Chebbi (PDP), with some elements of former regime elements and the trade union left. In this case, the elections will certainly be "democratic" (at least in appearance), but the scenario is first "programmed" the government candidate will have particular ways superior to those of its opponents. This scenario of "managed democracy" is intended to protect Western interests and pursue the integration of Tunisia in the "world economy" in the footsteps of the Bank World Bank and the IMF. A scenario where the candidate would be a sort of "Tunisian Ouattara.

Another assumption: the pressure of the street continues or increases and pushes the government to resign or to go much further, with the dissolution of the party of Ben Ali (RCD), the establishment of a genuine process with the constitutional election of a constituent assembly. Total semi-democracy or democracy? Radical break with the old regime or consolidation autoritaro-democratic? This is how I would put the political future of Tunisia. A future which, in all cases, will be without Ben Ali.

Interview by Eros Sana



Notes [1] Vincent Geisser is a sociologist and researcher at the CNRS and the Institute for Research and Studies on the Arab and Muslim world (IREMAM). He is author, with Marzouki, dictators on borrowed time. A democratic path in the Arab world, editions of L'Atelier, 2009.

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pyramid, you said pyramid?

I just noticed that the one that stands in the middle of the Louvre is not even yet in this blog!


And yet ... discreet and transparent, pure and clear, she said marvel at the majesty and the expansion of the buildings around it!


Architect is IM Pei (born in 1917 in Guangzhou (China)).
Open to the public on 1 April 1988 it offers visitors unique access to the museum and the "thrill" to enter and ...


Glass and metal we see through it,


and we see the sky and its neighbors are reflected stone.


Thirty five meters side, 20.6 m high, composed of 603 diamonds and 70 triangles of glass ...


Needless reviews ... it's the look he is here take it!

Here is a pyramid with these changes ...






























him, Louis the fourteenth, he does not see ... he turns his back, he looks to the west!

And, below ...




The inverted pyramid ...


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27/01/2011 The
Source: http://crisdegypte.blogs.liberation.fr/cairote/

Cairo, January 26, 2011. Second day of protests in Egypt after call webcast , and relayed by a few printed newspapers like Al Masry Al Youm and Al Shorouk. Until 25, no one knew what would happen and we joked about the revolution announced by dint of a joke. And what are you doing tomorrow? Ah, tomorrow, I revolution. But the joke was not one. We went down the street and have taken. It was so simple. Why wait so long.

The police intimidation and fear of dying tortured lead to paralysis. That is also simple to understand and that is why we cry. We live for thirty years in fear and falsehood. The Egyptians are friendly, hospitable, peaceful and a joker. Pardon me, reader. It was a lie. We live in fear. Fear of displeasing. Fear of dying of hunger. Afraid to say something wrong and being raped, beaten, humiliated in a police station or in the street before our families and our neighbors. No, reader, Egypt is not alone in moderate Middle East is one of the most sophisticated didacture, the finest, most skillful and most vicious. His talent as despicable? Control information and control what you, outside, think of it. The real talent of Egypt is that of a Master senseless filtering information, disinformation, image creation, isolation of any event likely to snowball. Courage is viral, it is said, when the dictatorship was provided with an effective antidote, the total control of society. Official sources, security forces and Egyptian intelligence count 1,500,000 people. By themselves, they represent nearly 2% of the population.

Scoop. The demonstration on January 25, 2011 is not the first. Events, there are almost daily and for years. 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. Everywhere the people shouted his anger in the black absolute misinformation. In May 2008, Mahalla, a provincial town famous for its textile industry, thousands of workers without pay had taken possession of their factories, the street, pushed the anti-riot trucks and debunked a giant portrait of President Hosni Mubarak . In Egypt, people have seen these images do not meet the Gaumont Opera. During the events, and to control information leaks, police spotters were posted on trains and checked one by one the passengers bound for Mahalla to arrest journalists and bloggers. Challiss McDonough, VOA, was one of them.

the benefit of his own safety, the Mubarak regime leaves nothing to chance. The state allocates 15 billion Egyptian pounds (2 billion euros) to the Interior cons 4.5 billion (64 million) for education and $ 5 billion for health (71 million). Control information, therefore, at any price. Stop. Beat. Kill. Entertain.

Since January 25, the national television channels broadcast videos, soap operas and shows how essential O on rare tropical. At twenty hours, they air-finally! - Images of riots ... Lebanon, as of course. To date, access to Internet by fixed line is almost stable, but the mobile Internet is much less. Access to Twitter has been blocked on January 25 and then regained 26 to 23:00. January 26, facebook was blocked in the day then restored. Order of the Ministry of Interior, the telephone relay Mobinil and Vodafone are immediately blocked in sensitive areas, that is to say where it manifests .

But that manifests and has called for demonstrations? The Muslim Brotherhood? Fundamentalists? Triple nonsense and balderdash! Shake the specter of Islamism was the sinister strategy of the regime to justify its dictatorship in the eyes of thirty world. That we stop, out of pity and respect for those who pay for their daily bread and their lives, to support this lie worn to the bone. Those who appear, they are Egyptians free, exasperated, united, handled by individual, small, large, Muslims, Christians, atheists, rich and poor. This unit, the slogans that I translate in another post demonstrated forcefully, gaiety, humor and poetry.

But it is difficult, therefore, to communicate, coordinate, inform each other, to know where we are, what we are. You who are outdoors, sometimes in more than we know. These cries of Egypt, I will tell you what I see and read your comments to inform my countrymen on what prevents us from seeing. It is 11:10 p.m.

hours Local. An hour ago Talaat Harb Square (city center), was plunged into darkness. When the police cut the power, it is about to pull the crowd. The following

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Paris on the Nile

To keep a little of that light, sunshine and sweetness, columns, plant, tops and bas-reliefs of sphinxes, which dream ... I ' I ran Paris to find traces of Egypt, I found it and ready to smile sometimes, follow me!

the 17th century already ...
A Pierre Aubert, responsible for collecting tax on salt, the salt tax partnership building in the Marais a mansion . Built between 1656 and 1659 , the scenery is especially entrusted to the brothers Marsy. It Hotel Salé (5 rue de Thorigny, Paris 75004), Picasso museum since 1985.
Two sphinxes (lion body and bust of woman), with front paws crossed . A garland covers the sides and nemes (Egyptian headdress) is topped with crenellated towers
(I admit not having seen such Egypt ...)
Here is one who watches!

Not far away, along the Seine , 2a Wharf Celestine, 4 th arrondissement, the hotel door Fieubet (Gaspard Fieubet, Chancellor of Queen Marie-Therese) is guarded by two sphinxes,
that as the left wing and courtyard garden on the back cover are from the time of construction and renovation by the Sweat and Vicott on plans by architect Jules Mansart Hardoin in the years 1676 - 1681 . For the rest, since 1857 the hotel is a pastiche of Baroque Italian-English.


Along the Seine - stop at the Louvre, Egyptian Antiquities destination, if the desire is there, of course! - You can reach the garden of Tuileries (75001), near la Concorde to find " the Nile," marble, by Lorenzo Ottone ( 1688 - 1692)

This Italian sculptor (1658-1736) is best known for its baroque statues religious (cons-reform) in Rome.

In the next century, 18 th , and a long way to go to the park Bagatelle (Bois de Boulogne Route de Sevres to Neuilly and Allée de Longchamp , Paris 75016). Sphinxes ... by two, before the castle (18th century Folly built by the Comte d'Artois in 1777 after a bet with Queen Marie-Antoinette) ...

Oops! these, the garden, are well suited ... Egyptian character really, is not it?

A pair, controlled by Lhuillier 1778 by Belanger, architect of the Comte d'Artois to the steps of the castle. Lhuillier subcontracted in sculpture at Philip Lawrence Rolland (1746-1816) and fought in 1781.

And ... Bonaparte and then the campaign and the shipment Egypt (1798-1801).
A fighter, Maximilian Cafarelli, General (Engineering) to the wooden leg , scholar and philosopher, who held a key role in preparing the expedition will give Egypt as far his talent to improve the protection of Cairo, facilitate liaison between Alexandria and the Nile, participate in the creation of the Institute of Egypt. Creations of bread ovens, construction of windmills, water supply, irrigation, urbanization, conservation of "objects antique ", etc.. its activities are manifold.
He follows Napoleon en route to Syria, attended the massacre of Jaffa, and died before St. Jean d'Acre: the failure of Bonaparte the end of the dream of the Orient!
Even if little known, a street named after him, close to Temple Street (75003)

Part of Toulon, the expedition took with her soldiers but also 167 scientists, engineers and artists Members of the Commission of Science and Arts: Dolomieu geologist, mathematician Gaspard Monge (a founder of the Ecole Polytechnique), the chemist Claude Louis Berthollet , Vivant Denon, the mathematician Jean-Joseph Fourier, physicist Etienne-Louis Malus , naturalist Etienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire , engineer Nicolas-Jacques Conté the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers are part of the trip, the sculptor Jean-Jacques Castex ...
Dolomieu Scientists (since 1879), Malus (since 1879), Berthollet, Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire and Monge have a street in their name in the 5 th Borough Street Monge constituting a sort of central axis.

Deodat Dolomieu (1750-1801), is recruited by the chemist Berthollet January 4, 1798 to participate in the expedition to Egypt. Upon landing on Egyptian soil, he undertook the verification of spatial data he had read in ancient authors, Greek and Latin . At the same time, following his experience in Malta he set up and monitor mills, grinding wheels, gears, flour and ovens for the manufacture of rolls of the army of General Bonaparte East. Urged by his friend Sucy, chief officer of the army of the East, returning to France with him, refuses Dolomieu, as two more months living in Egypt are necessary for the study of the Nile delta. This in turn will be captured in Calabria by Queen of the Two Sicilies. Stripped of its collections and manuscripts, it survives very painfully in a cell with almost no light with a few books he has managed to hide. This prison, as a criminal State in a dark dungeon of Messina in Sicily, will last 21 months. Dolomieu owed his deliverance to the military victory of Bonaparte at Marengo, June 14, 1800. Marked by his captivity, he died 17 months later.
It owes its name to the sustainability of mineral and rock that he discovered, dolomite.

Etienne-Louis Malus , physicist and mathematician (1775-1812) working to study Light . He participated in the expedition and became a member of the Institute Egypt

Claude Louis Berthollet (1748 - 1822) chemist , hand in Egypt in the Committee of Science and Arts, where he joined the Institute Egypt in the physics section and was elected vice president. He was elected president the following year. He made important research on natron to enable it to develop his theory on the affinities. In 1802 he was appointed chairman of the committee responsible for preparing the Description of Egypt .

During the expedition, Etienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire , French naturalist (1772 - 1844) passion for archeology to zoology as well as because he found in some graves animal mummies. He studied diligently birds, monkeys, crocodiles
(in Paris it!)
and snakes of Egypt, collected many specimens and made many communications various topics. After the surrender of French troops (August 1801), he played bitterly to the English collections he had so much trouble to set up and managed to return them intact in France they are so rich that their inventory it takes several years


Gaspard Monge (1746-1818) was a mathematician whose work touches to descriptive geometry, infinitesimal analysis and analytic geometry. After playing a major role in the French Revolution, both politically and in terms of establishing a new education system, He is responsible for mission in the expedition to Egypt (1798-1799).

Jean-Jacques Castex , (1731-1822), sculptor and is part of the Expedition to Egypt.
In January 1799, he accompanied the geographer Bertre engineer in his trip to Fayoum and is part of the commission led by Girard, who share Cairo March 19, 1799 for Upper Egypt . He creates a wax model, reduced to a third of Dendera Zodiac.
He is still famous to be carved on the great temple of Philae , registration
"year 6 of the Republic on 15 Messidor / a French army / commissioned by Bonaparte, / is down in Alexandria. / The army has taken twenty days, / the Mamelukes at the Pyramids on the run, / Desaix, commanding the first division, / has on undergraduate beyond the cataracts, / where he arrived on 13 of Ventose year 7. / The brigadiers / Davoust, Friant and Belliard, / Donzelot Chief of Staff, / Latournerie comm. of artillery / Eppler, Chief the 21st light / 13 Ventôse 7 of the Republic / March 3, year of Christ 1799. / Engraved by Castex sculptor.
Pphilae
Castex Street is close to the Rue St Antoine and bd Henri IV (75004)

" County has all the sciences in the head and all the arts in hand. " said Monge.
Nicolas Jacques Conte (1755-1805), invented the pencil as we know even today, consisting of a graphite mine and clay inserted in a body made of cedar wood. He was also one of the organizers of National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts . He took part in the expedition to Egypt with the dual capacity as head of brigade balloonists and director of engineering workshops. As such, it has created and is creating all sorts of instruments and tools.
From August 22, 1798, Conte was a member of the first Institute of Egypt, commissioned by the then government to lead the creation of great work that the commission would publish Egypt, Description Egypt.
Street County is in the 3 rd district, very close to the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers
Mentioned several times, the engravings of the Description of Egypt is exciting and always consult a reference. Do not hesitate, just one click! careful surveys that are the source of these illustrations are due mostly to two boys, Prosper Jollois and Edouard Devilliers . These two men, engineers fresh out of the Ecole Polytechnique, arrive in Egypt in 1799. Members of the subcommittee that studied the regime of the Nile and the irrigation system, they are much more passionate for ancient monuments they discover. Soon completed their tasks, they "devour" the monuments. "The temples of Dendera, Esneh, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Philae, Luxor and Karnak and Thebes, the ancient Antinoe" erected by the Roman emperor Hadrian, come alive in their pencils.

Enthusiast entry Bonaparte in Cairo, Paris gave in 1799 the name Passage of Cairo, and Cairo Street (75002) tract newly created site of the former convent of the Filles-Dieu sold in batches to the revolution.




































Here the facade of the building au, 2 place in Cairo (75002), of style "return from Egypt", unique in Paris tree and surprising! Oh! Beautiful Hathor!






















A fountain 'return from Egypt "Is the fountain of Fellah at 42 rue de Sevres (75007), right beside the metro station Lapwing. This fellah, it would Antinous, a young favorite of the Roman emperor Hadrian.
A semicircular basin collects water flowing from two amphorae he holds in his hand. At the bottom of the fountain, a grotesque head of a lion. A Napoleonic eagle dominates all under the roof of the fountain.

Designed by Jean-François Bralle (1750-1832) and sculpted by Pierre Nicolas Beauvallet, it dates from 1806 .




Directorate on 19 th borough and at 211 Avenue de la Villette The fountain of lions Nubian . Built Place du Chateau d'Eau (now Republic Square) in 1811, it was renovated and transferred to the slaughterhouses of La Villette, where she served as a watering place for animals, when enlargement of the square in 1867. architecture was made by engineer Pierre Simon Girard (1765-1835), designer Ourcq canal, and the realization by the workshops at Le Creusot.
It has its place today at the Grande Halle de la Villette.


Jean-Francois Champollion (1790-1832) decipher the hieroglyphics on September 27 1822.
At Pere Lachaise Cemetery (75020), it lies beneath an obelisk .
It is very close to his friend the mathematician Jean-Joseph Fourier, who participated in the expedition to Egypt ...
friendly hands still lay stones and beetles ... double click on the picture to zoom , and look carefully on the edge of the base! Then the cursor on the back arrow at the top left of the screen in front of you, and click to go back on the blog!
the Père Lachaise cemetery if eclectic, there are also pyramids !























Between the Louvre and Opera, Underground station Pyramids


Seen in a window on the Rue de la Paix ...

Well no!
"The body of a goddess" of the Middle or new empire (2033-1069 BC), now in the Louvre, a gallery of Egyptian antiquities. Beautiful, is not it?


the center of the Place de la Concorde (75008) the obelisk of Luxor, offered to France in 1831 by the Viceroy of Egypt, Muhammad Ali, arrived and erected in October 1836.
Transportation of this monolith of pink granite, 230 tons and 23 meters tall, was an epic: it took two and a half years to ship , specially created for this event, arriving in France.


























Originally, the obelisk and its Twin carved there are over 3000 years were placed on each side of the door of the Temple of Thebes, Luxor in Upper Egypt .


The cartridge Ramses II ...


must pass through the Tuileries Gardens to meet a Sphinx on the intersection of the Quai des Tuileries, Avenue du General Lemonnier . It arrived in Paris in 1855 with the spoils of war taken in Sevastopol by General Pélissier. (source loisirs.over-my-blog.com)














On your way into the garden, you can cross this another sphinx, seated in front of marble the "Venus Callypige, after the antique" Francis Barois (1656-1726)

can certainly look back towards the Louvre pyramid superb which I do not dwell in deference to his architect, M . Pei who rejects Egyptian inspiration ... It's like you want!

To reach the Place du Chatelet 75001, just not from the bridge ... but along the Seine ... here the fountain of Palm!
Napoleon I shaved the Grand Châtelet in 1802, and there built a fountain by Jean-François Bralle, between 1806 and 1808 to commemorate his victories and give free drinking water to Paris .





Circled ring bearing the names of the campaigns in Egypt and Italy, the column the fountain is decorated with palm leaves that give it its name Palmier fountain.













The four sphinx crouching in foot of the basement, which feeds the lower pool, were designed by Gabriel Davioud (1824-1881), architect and collaborator of Haussmann, and sculpted by Jacquemart in 1858.



The Luxor is a cinema located in the 10 th arrondissement of Paris, built by the architect Henry Zipcy decorated by Amedeo Tiberi and inaugurated in 1921 located at the corner of Boulevard Magenta and the Chapel. Long abandoned (1983), it is now being restored .

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Finally, the icing on the cake, then see the program of the Paris Opera! earlier Egyptian ...




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Este tipo de contratos no genera relación laboral ni Prestaciones sociales y se celebran por el término estrictamente indispensable. Puede ser civil o comercial, dependiendo del encargo.
 
 
 
Sobre el “contrato de prestación de servicios”, la Corte Constitucional mediante Sentencia C-154/97,Magistrado Ponente HERNANDO HERRERA VERGARA, señaló que “un contrato de prestación de servicios era la actividad independiente desarrollada, que puede provenir de una persona juridica con la que no existe el elemento de la subordinación laboral o dependencia consistente en la potestad de impartir órdenes en la ejecución de la labor contratada.”
 
De igual forma mediante sentencia del 16 de mayo de 1991, proferida por el Consejo de Estado, sección primera, expediente 1323, Magistrado Ponente LIBARDO RODRÍGUEZ RODRÍGUEZ, se aclaró que a pesar de que ni el Código Civil ni el Código de Comercio definen lo que debe entenderse como contrato de Prestación de Servicios, de acuerdo con el Diccionario de la Real Academia de la Lengua y la concepción tradicional que se ha tenido de aquel, puede afirmarse que son aquellas actividades en las cuales predomina el ejercicio del intelecto y que han sido reconocidas por el Estado.
 
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          Bichara dice informe Punta Catalina permite no confundir a la población sobre costo y precios    

SANTO DOMINGO. La Central Termoeléctrica Punta Catalina debe hacernos sentir satisfechos, por su significado y por cómo fue contratada. El informe presentado por la comisión creada mediante el decreto 6-17 permitió a la ciudadanía entender el proyecto.

Estas consideraciones fueron emitidas por el vicepresidente ejecutivo de la CDEEE, Rubén Jiménez Bichara, al ser entrevistado en Telenoticias, canal 11, donde afirmó que la población “comprendió por qué el proyecto se tomó seis meses estudiándolo y profundizándolo”.

Valoró como importantes las sugerencias presentadas por la comisión encargada de investigar la licitación y adjudicación, la cual está integrada por monseñor Agripino Núñez Collado, el pastor Jorge Alberto Reynoso, los empresarios Pedro Brache Álvarez y José Luis Corripio (Pepín). Asimismo, el dirigente sindicalista Gabriel Del Río Doñé y el vicepresidente de la Fundación Institucionalidad y Justicia, Servio Tulio Castaños.

Del mismo modo, el presidente de la Sociedad Dominicana de Diarios, Persio Maldonado y el economista, Jaime Aristy Escuder. Junto a ellos, el exvicepresidente ejecutivo de la CDEEE, Celso Marranzini.

Jiménez Bichara lamentó que se haya querido confundir a las y los ciudadanos con informaciones sobre costos y precios.

“Todos los estudios técnicos de firmas internacionales dan cuenta del buen precio a que fue contratada Punta Catalina”.

La firma FTI Consulting concluyó que la licitación fue transparente y siguió las leyes dominicanas. Igualmente, que las propuestas presentadas fueron evaluadas consistentemente.

Asegura que el Gobierno ha hecho un gran esfuerzo para continuar el desarrollo de la obra que representará un ahorro anual de US$450 millones.

La construcción de Punta Catalina nunca se ha detenido y ya tiene un nivel de construcción de un 78 por ciento. “La ingeniería de la obra está en un 96 por ciento y los equipos principales de la planta están en un 98 por ciento”.

Propuestas deben respetar intereses del país

“No creo que haya en la región de Latinoamérica una planta con la calidad de Punta Catalina”.

Respecto a cualquier propuesta del sector privado para invertir en el proyecto, dijo que deberá respetar los intereses del país. Asimismo, “que no se arriesguen los objetivos que dieron origen a Punta Catalina”.

Diversificación de matriz a precios sostenibles

Esta central busca adicionar generación al sistema eléctrico interconectado a precios sostenibles. La finalidad es un sistema de servicio ininterrumpido de 24 horas para el desarrollo del país.

Primera unidad lista para junio del 2018

El cronograma de entrega actual, coloca la primera unidad de la obra para junio o julio del 2018. En tanto, la segunda unidad estaría lista para diciembre de ese mismo año.

La central está ubicada en el distrito municipal de Catalina, Baní. Se construyó en esa zona porque se habían hecho diseños de plantas de generación y estudios previos.

La urgencia era desarrollar 600 megavatios para poder abastecer la creciente demanda de generación, que en estos momentos se coloca en 125 megavatios por año.

La Central Termoeléctrica Punta Catalina está integrada por dos unidades de 337.4 megavatios cada una. Generará energía a partir de la quema limpia de carbón pulverizado. El 40 por ciento de la energía producida en el mundo es a partir de ese mineral.

Punta Catalina contribuirá, además, a reducir el 98% de las emisiones de gases. Se logrará a través de un purificador AQCS y la siembra de 1, 500,000 plantas de caoba.

Esta construcción ha generado más de 6,400 empleos. El 98 por ciento de la mano de obra es dominicana.


          Trump rompe con la tradición al no reconocer el mes del Orgullo LGTBI    

WASHINGTON. El Gobierno del presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, ha roto con la tradición de reconocer oficialmente el mes de junio como el Mes del Orgullo LGTBI, pese a que algunos miembros de su gabinete sí tuvieron palabras de distinción al respecto.

El expresidente Bill Clinton (1993-2001) fue el primero en declarar junio como el mes del Orgullo LGTBI, pero la tradición no continuó bajo el expresidente George W. Bush (2001-2009), algo que sí retomó sin embargo la Casa Blanca de Barack Obama.

El secretario de Estado, Rex Tillerson, reconoció el mes del Orgullo Gay una semana después de su comienzo, condenando “la violencia y la discriminación” contra la comunidad LGTBI en el extranjero.

“En reconocimiento del Mes LGTBI, el Departamento de Estado afirma su solidaridad con los defensores de derechos humanos y las organizaciones de la sociedad civil que trabajan alrededor del mundo para mantener las libertades fundamentales de las personas lesbianas, gais, bisexuales, transgénero e intersexuales (LGBTI) para que puedan vivir con dignidad y libertad”, apuntó el Departamento de Estado en un comunicado.

Asimismo, la hija del mandatario, Ivanka Trump, destacó la celebración apenas comenzó el mes.

“Este mes celebramos y honramos a la comunidad #LGBTQ”, escribió ella el 1 de junio.

El silencio del magnate sorprende en parte, ya que durante la campaña electoral defendió algunos derechos de los homosexuales.

El pasado mes de octubre, posó con una bandera arco iris en Colorado y en julio prometió a una multitud, en su mayoría conservadora, que “haría todo” lo que estuviera en su mano “para proteger a los ciudadanos LGBTQ de la violencia y la opresión de la odiosa ideología extranjera”.


          Sound Transit Shell Game: Watch out for FALSE car tab tax relief   

Senator O’Ban’s bill to reduce car tab taxes (SB 5893) passed the Senate, but has not had a vote in the House. In his latest video, Senator O’Ban explains why the House “alternative” to his bill is really an elaborate shell game.  Senator O’Ban breaks down the Sound Transit Shell Game in 7 seconds…  

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          Sen. O’Ban summarizes Sound Transit car tab tax controversy in 7 seconds   

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          Venus Williams, reconoce que está destrozada por choque mortal en el que se vio involucrada   

MIAMI. La tenista estadounidense Venus Williams reconoció estar “destrozada” emocionalmente por el accidente mortal en el que se vio involucrada en Florida en junio pasado y que costó la vida a un hombre de 78 años.

“Estoy devastada y con el corazón roto por este accidente”, aseguró la ex numero uno del mundo en un mensaje publicado anoche en su cuenta de Facebook.

Williams envió sus “más sinceras condolencias a la familia y amigos” de Jerome Barson y dijo tenerles en sus “pensamientos y oraciones”.

La veterana tenista estadounidense publicó el mensaje el mismo día en el que la familia de la víctima presentó una demanda civil por “negligencia” al volante, en una acción judicial que busca de una indemnización por los daños causados.

Según la demanda, tanto Barson como su esposa, Linda, de 68 años, sufrieron “heridas severas” tras chocar con el todoterreno SUV de la deportista el pasado 9 de junio, en Palm Beach Gardens, a unas 80 millas (128 kilómetros) al norte de Miami.

Jerome permaneció en la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos durante dos semanas, y murió el pasado 22 de junio, mientras que su esposa sobrevivió.

El reporte policial del accidente asegura que la mayor de las hermanas Williams cometió una infracción en un cruce de calles.

La exnúmero 1 del mundo no resultó herida en el accidente, ni estaba bajo la influencia de drogas o alcohol, según el informe de la Policía, por lo que lo que la tenista quedó en libertad. EFE


          Laptop kapot, maar geen garantie   

10 maanden geleden heb ik een nieuwe laptop gekocht van apple. 2 weken geleden ging de laptop plotseling met geen mogelijkheid meer aan. De laptop heeft 24 uur in de oplader gezeten, werd bloedheet en was ook met de herstart niet aan te krijgen (shift, ctrl, command & on knop). Vervolgens heb ik contact opgenomen met apple support waar ik samen met een medewerker een aantal stappen heb doorgenomen om de laptop weer aan te krijgen (10sec. on knop inhouden en shift, ctrl, command & on), helaas zonder resultaat. Aangezien ik nog 2 maanden garantie heb op de laptop zei de medewerker van apple support dat ik de laptop kon wegbrengen naar de media markt in Den Haag, waar ik de laptop heb gekocht of naar een officeël aangesloten apple dealer genaamd : LJS in Den Haag. Bij de media markt zouden na de reparatie alle gegevens verdewenen zijn i.v.m. reparatie en bij LJS zouden mijn gegevens bewaard blijven. Aangezien er geen back up van mijn gegevens is gemaakt en de laptop niet meer aan ging was de keuze snel gemaakt om de laptop naar LJS te brengen. Zo gezegd zo gedaan heb ik een afspraak gemaakt en ben ik met de laptop naar LJS gegaan om de laptop te laten repararen. De medewerken van LJS heeft ook geconstateerd dat de laptop met geen mogelijkheid aan ging. Na 7 dagen werden wij opgebeld dat de laptop het plotseling weer deed en dat er geen mankementen zijn gevonden waarna ik dus wel een rekening kon betalen van €80 arbeidsloon, omdat hun die volgens de medewerker altijd in rekening brengen ongeacht de garantie en omdat de laptop niet bij hun is aangeschaft terwijl de mederwerker van apple support mij wel naar deze winkel heen stuurt omdat ik nog 2 maanden garantie heb. Volgens de medewerker van LJS was dit dus al de 2e keer deze week dat dit is voorgekomen en dat apple support dit niet netjes aangeeft dat er bij hun winkel wel kosten aan verbonden zijn (apple support verteld dat het onder garantie valt) Hier ben ik uiteraard dus niet blij mee waarna ik contact heb opgenomen met apple support waarbij de medewerker op zijn beurt zegt , "omdat de laptop geen mankementen vertoont en er niks kapot is of vervangen moet worden zult u de kosten zelf moet betalen. Ik vin dit nogal bizar aangezien de laptop bij ons totaal niks meer deed en niet meer aanging in de 24u voordat wij hem voor reparatie weg brachten en ook bij de LJS winkel helemaal niets deed. Uiteindelijk heb ik nog contact opgenomen met de media markt om het verhaal uit te leggen, maar die gaven aan hier niets mee te kunnen omdat de factuur van een bedrijf van buiten af komt. Ik ben sinds dit jaar met een zware opleiding begonnen waarbij ik de laptop veelvuldig moet gebruiken. Hierdoor heb ik ervoor gekozen om een laptop van goede kwaliteit nieuw te kopen zodat ik er vanuit kon gaan dat ik geen problemen zou ondervinden en dat als dat zo zou zijn dat ik er nog garantie op zou hebben. Uiteindelijk is die garantie helemaal niks waard en vind ik dat ik behoorlijk slecht behandeld ben. Ik hoop dat Apple deze klacht serieus wil behandelen.


          Laptop kapot, maar geen garantie   

10 maanden geleden heb ik een nieuwe laptop gekocht van apple. 2 weken geleden ging de laptop plotseling met geen mogelijkheid meer aan. De laptop heeft 24 uur in de oplader gezeten, werd bloedheet en was ook met de herstart niet aan te krijgen (shift, ctrl, command & on knop). Vervolgens heb ik contact opgenomen met apple support waar ik samen met een medewerker een aantal stappen heb doorgenomen om de laptop weer aan te krijgen (10sec. on knop inhouden en shift, ctrl, command & on), helaas zonder resultaat. Aangezien ik nog 2 maanden garantie heb op de laptop zei de medewerker van apple support dat ik de laptop kon wegbrengen naar de media markt in Den Haag, waar ik de laptop heb gekocht of naar een officeël aangesloten apple dealer genaamd : LJS in Den Haag. Bij de media markt zouden na de reparatie alle gegevens verdewenen zijn i.v.m. reparatie en bij LJS zouden mijn gegevens bewaard blijven. Aangezien er geen back up van mijn gegevens is gemaakt en de laptop niet meer aan ging was de keuze snel gemaakt om de laptop naar LJS te brengen. Zo gezegd zo gedaan heb ik een afspraak gemaakt en ben ik met de laptop naar LJS gegaan om de laptop te laten repararen. De medewerken van LJS heeft ook geconstateerd dat de laptop met geen mogelijkheid aan ging. Na 7 dagen werden wij opgebeld dat de laptop het plotseling weer deed en dat er geen mankementen zijn gevonden waarna ik dus wel een rekening kon betalen van €80 arbeidsloon, omdat hun die volgens de medewerker altijd in rekening brengen ongeacht de garantie en omdat de laptop niet bij hun is aangeschaft terwijl de mederwerker van apple support mij wel naar deze winkel heen stuurt omdat ik nog 2 maanden garantie heb. Volgens de medewerker van LJS was dit dus al de 2e keer deze week dat dit is voorgekomen en dat apple support dit niet netjes aangeeft dat er bij hun winkel wel kosten aan verbonden zijn (apple support verteld dat het onder garantie valt) Hier ben ik uiteraard dus niet blij mee waarna ik contact heb opgenomen met apple support waarbij de medewerker op zijn beurt zegt , "omdat de laptop geen mankementen vertoont en er niks kapot is of vervangen moet worden zult u de kosten zelf moet betalen. Ik vin dit nogal bizar aangezien de laptop bij ons totaal niks meer deed en niet meer aanging in de 24u voordat wij hem voor reparatie weg brachten en ook bij de LJS winkel helemaal niets deed. Uiteindelijk heb ik nog contact opgenomen met de media markt om het verhaal uit te leggen, maar die gaven aan hier niets mee te kunnen omdat de factuur van een bedrijf van buiten af komt. Ik ben sinds dit jaar met een zware opleiding begonnen waarbij ik de laptop veelvuldig moet gebruiken. Hierdoor heb ik ervoor gekozen om een laptop van goede kwaliteit nieuw te kopen zodat ik er vanuit kon gaan dat ik geen problemen zou ondervinden en dat als dat zo zou zijn dat ik er nog garantie op zou hebben. Uiteindelijk is die garantie helemaal niks waard en vind ik dat ik behoorlijk slecht behandeld ben. Ik hoop dat Apple deze klacht serieus wil behandelen.


          Niet mogen terugbrengen van een broek maar wel toestemming gehad   

Ik heb mango eindhoven centrum van te voren gevraagd of ik een broek terug mag brengen zonder bon. De medewerkster heeft haar leidinggevende gevraagd of er een andere mogelijkheid is. Ze heeft me overtuigend gemeld dat ik met een afschrift van de bank (die geprint is) naar de winkel mocht komen om de broek terug te brengen ofwel te ruilen. Vandaag (1 juli) ben ik in de ochtend naar de winkel geweest waarop een medewerkster me heeft gezegd dat ik de broek mag ruilen maar dat ik geen geld terug mag vangen. Dat was voor mij prina want de broek heb ik te groot gekocht en ik wilde graag een kleinere maat. Ik heb de medewerkster wel gezegd dat ik de broek in een kleinere maat vandaag (1 juli)smiddags zou ophalen omdat ik nog naar Tilburg moest voor een vergadering en ik liever niet de hele tijd net de broek rond wilde lopen. Toen il de broek in eindhoven weer op wilde halen mocht ik geen kleinere maat zolas afgesproken meenemen omdat ze ondertussen schijnbaar alsnog heeft geconcludeerd dat de broek zonder originele bon niet geruild mocht worden. Dit is met terugwerkende kracht zomaar besloten terwijl ik in de veronderstelling was dat ik een kleinere maar mee kon nemen. Dit kan niet! Ik hen nu een broek die te groot is waar ik niks mee kan.


          Pakket niet geleverd op het juiste adres.   

Goedemiddag, Ik heb vorige week een pakket besteld bij Forever21, Ik kreeg dinsdag een mailtje dat mijn bestelling verzonden was, echter had ik dit pakketje zaterdag nog niet binnen waardoor ik mijn mail nog eens ging controleren. Ik heb expliciet opgegeven dat mijn pakket thuis afgeleverd moest worden. (dit staat ook in mijn mail) Wat schept mijn verbazing.. het pakket is afgeleverd bij een servicepunt bij mij in de buurt. (Die ik overigens niet eens kende) Ik heb nooit een briefje in de bus gehad en als ik het tracking systeem niet had gecontroleerd dan was mijn pakketje kwijt geweest. Ik vind dit een erg slordige service. Gelukkig bewaard dit servicepunt pakketjes relatief lang maar ik ken ook servicepunten die het na 5 dagen retour sturen. Ik ben erg ontevreden.


          Weekly Economic News Roundup: From Protecting Tequila to Saving the USPS   
Weekly Economic News Roundup: From Protecting Tequila to Saving the USPS

Weekly News Roundup

     

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Tuesday 06.27.17
When the real meaning of tequila matters…

           

Wednesday 06.28.17
Why toilet tissue is a part of your social score…
 

                 

Thursday 06.29.17
#TBT When men always paid for the first date…

                 
 

Friday 06.30.17
What the app economy says about innovation…

 

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          The Plural of Anecdote is Not Data   

The most common corporate buzzwords that I’ve been hearing over the last year are “transformation and “disrupt”. Companies are focusing on how to create a competitive advantage in this tough economic downturn. Markets have been shrinking during this 22 month recession and any advantage must come from focusing on business infrastructure in the reduction of . . . → Read More: The Plural of Anecdote is Not Data

          Death By PowerPoint   

We’ve all sat through long presentations that left us wondering how to get that fraction of our lives back. You know, those “FYI” presentations that are often more self aggrandizing than informative. During this economic downturn, I have seen an increased number of internal company business communications that have made me wonder who the target . . . → Read More: Death By PowerPoint

          Marine Engineer Second Class (Chief) - Department of Transportation and Works - Canada   
The incumbent inspects, cleans and performs electronic, plumbing, mechanical and hydraulic repairs and maintenance in accordance with departmental preventative... $29.83 - $33.28 an hour
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          Marine Engineer Second Class (Chief) - Newfoundland Labrador - Canada   
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          The BEST Corn Casserole   
The BEST Corn Casserole - seriously delicious! Creamed corn loaded with cheddar and bacon! SO good!! Can make ahead of time and refrigerate or freezer for later. Corn, eggs, flour, sugar, butter, cayenne pepper, cheddar cheese, bacon and Ritz crackers. Everyone RAVES about this easy casserole recipe. There are never any leftovers when I take this side dish to a party!
The BEST Corn Casserole - seriously delicious! Creamed corn loaded with cheddar and bacon! SO good!! Can make ahead of time and refrigerate or freezer for later. Corn, eggs, flour, sugar, butter, cayenne pepper, cheddar cheese, bacon and Ritz crackers. Everyone RAVES about this easy casserole recipe. There are never any leftovers when I take this side dish to a party!

Corn is one of my all-time favorite vegetables. I could eat it every day and never get tired of it. I'm always on the lookout for great corn recipes and I can finally say that this is The BEST Corn Casserole. Corn, bacon and cheese - yes, please!

This Corn Casserole is really simple to make and is ready to eat in about 30 minutes. You can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze for later. This makes a lot of corn, so it would be great for a cookout, potluck or holiday meal. I like to divide the mixture into two pans and cook one and freeze the second pan for later.

This Corn Casserole is great with grilled chicken, pork, steaks, burgers - really anything! Give it a try! I promise this is seriously THE BEST Corn Casserole!😋

The BEST Corn Casserole - seriously delicious! Creamed corn loaded with cheddar and bacon! SO good!! Can make ahead of time and refrigerate or freezer for later. Corn, eggs, flour, sugar, butter, cayenne pepper, cheddar cheese, bacon and Ritz crackers. Everyone RAVES about this easy casserole recipe. There are never any leftovers when I take this side dish to a party!

The BEST Corn Casserole - seriously delicious! Creamed corn loaded with cheddar and bacon! SO good!! Can make ahead of time and refrigerate or freezer for later. Corn, eggs, flour, sugar, butter, cayenne pepper, cheddar cheese, bacon and Ritz crackers. Everyone RAVES about this easy casserole recipe. There are never any leftovers when I take this side dish to a party!


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          Mulgrew Miller: “Living in the Shadows of Giants”   

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“Don’t cross a bridge to get home or to work:” I guess the expression contains more than a hint of caution and admonition, especially if you’ve lived some time in the San Francisco Bay area and seen the nightmarish traffic back-ups a closed bridge can cause on the local, television news.

Thankfully, I never experienced such a delay in all the years I lived and worked in San Francisco,

But I sure caught a taste of what such an experience would be like as I was headed north back to the Oakland, CA airport to catch a return flight to my relocated home in southern California following some business appointments in the Silicon Valley.

A major accident on the Bay Bridge between San Francisco and Oakland had caused a traffic back-up so serious that it extended south on US 880 to about 10 miles below the airport.

The was no alternative and plenty of later flights so I just relaxed and turned on the FM-Jazz station while I waited things out in the rental car that was crawling along at death-defying speed of 3 MPH.

The radio broadcast that I tuned into was an interview with pianist Mulgrew Miller who was appearing through the upcoming weekend with his trio at Yoshi’s Jazz Club located on a portion of the waterfront which the City of Oakland had reclaimed from surplus shipping docks and refurbished into a lovely commercial-cum-residential area.

I knew of Mulgrew’s work through recordings he had made during his long association with drummer Tony Williams’ quintet in the 1980s and 1990s, but I had never heard him play in person.

He sounded very warm and cordial during the radio interview and I thought, “Well, at the rate things are going with the crawling traffic, maybe I’ll just book into a local hotel and catch one of Mulgrew’s sets at Yoshi’s.”

Of all the remarks Mulgrew made during the exchange with the interviewer, one stayed with me: “It’s tough to get any recognition as a Jazz musician today because we are living in the shadow of Giants.”

This is not verbatim, but earlier in his talk, Mulgrew had said that many of the pianists  during the bebop era, for example Al Haig, Joe Albany, Dodo Marmarosa, John Lewis, and even some pianists during the later hard bop era like Sonny Clark, Horace Silver and Walter Bishop, Jr., were not original stylists.

They basically played in the manner of Bud Powell and gained a certain measure of recognition and approval for being able to do so.

But musicians like himself, who continue in this bebop piano tradition and perhaps add some of the newer influences like Ahmad Jamal, McCoy Tyner or Keith Jarrett to their approach get little respect because we are not “… the next Bud Powell or Art Tatum or Bill Evans.”

“Why? Not all of us can be giants like Bud and Art or Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. We are doing our part to keep the Jazz tradition alive and even move it forward a little, but we get little respect for what we do accomplish and put down for what we don’t.”


None of this was conveyed with animosity by Mulgrew, but you could certainly sense his disappointment and his displeasure.

The interview then trailed off and was replaced by the playing of one of Mulgrew’s recordings in its entirety.

By some miracle I was just pulling into the hired car parking lot when the interviewer returned so I did not get to hear the rest of Mulgrew’s talk.

The following year The Mulgrew Miller Trio Live at Yoshi’s was issued as a double CD on MaxJazz [[MXJ 212/208] and I picked up a copy along with the March 1, 2005 edition of Downbeatin which the following article about Mulgrew by Ted Panken appeared.

Mulgrew passed away on May 28, 2013 and the editorial staff at JazzProfiles thought it might be nice to remember him on these pages with a reprint of his Downbeat interview and the Nat Chinen obituary that was published in The New York Times.  

Copyright © Downbeat/Ted Panken/2005 Bell & Howell Information and Learning Company. All rights reserved.

Mulgrew Miller: No Apologies 

“Ironies abound in the world of Mulgrew Miller. On the one hand, the 49-year-old pianist is, as Eric Reed pointed out, "the most imitated pianist of the last 25 years." On the other, he finds it difficult to translate his exalted status into full-blown acceptance from the jazz business.

"It's a funny thing about my career," Miller said. "Promoters won't hire my band, but they'll book me as a sideman and make that the selling point of the gig. That boggles my mind."

Miller would seem to possess unsurpassed qualifications for leadership. As the 2004 trio release Live At Yoshi's (MaxJazz) makes evident, no pianist of Miller's generation brings such a wide stylistic palette to the table. A resolute modernist with an old-school attitude, he's assimilated the pentagonal contemporary canon of Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett, as well as Woody Shaw's harmonic innovations, and created a fluid personal argot.

His concept draws on such piano-as-orchestra signposts as Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal and Erroll Garner, the "blowing piano" of Bud Powell, the disjunctive syncopations and voicings of Thelonious Monk, and the melodic ingenuity of gums like Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan and Cedar Walton. With technique to burn, he finds ways to conjure beauty from pentatonics and odd intervals, infusing his lines with church and blues strains and propelling them with a joyous, incessant beat.


"I played with some of the greatest swinging people who ever played jazz, and I want to get the quality of feeling I heard with them," Miller said. "It's a sublime way to play music, and the most creative way to express myself. You can be both as intellectual and as soulful as you want, and the swing beat is powerful but subtle. I think you have to devote yourself to it exclusively to do it at that level."

Consequential apprenticeships with the Mercer Ellington Orchestra, Betty Carter, Johnny Griffin and Shaw launched Miller's career. A 1983-'86 stint with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers put his name on the map, and he cemented his reputation during a long association with Tony Williams' great cuspof-the-'90s band, a sink-or-swim environment in which Miller thrived, playing, as pianist Anthony Wonsey recalls, "with fire but also the maturity of not rushing."

By the mid '80s, Miller was a fixture on
New York's saloon scene. Later, he sidemanned extensively with Bobby Hutcherson, Benny Golson, James Moody and Joe Lovano, and from 1987 to 1996 he recorded nine trio and ensemble albums for Landmark and RCANovus.

Not long after his 40th birthday, Miller resolved to eschew club dates and one-offs, and to focus on his own original music. There followed a six-year recording hiatus, as companies snapped up young artists with tenuous ties to the legacy of hardcore jazz.

"I won't call any names," Miller says, "but a lot of people do what a friend of mine calls 'interview music.' You do something that's obviously different, and you get the interviews and a certain amount of attention. Jazz is part progressive art and part folk art, and I've observed it to be heavily critiqued by people who attribute progressivity to music that lacks a folk element. When Charlie Parker developed his great conception, the folk element was the same as Lester Young and the blues shouters before him. Even when Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane played their conceptions, the folk element was intact. But now, people almost get applauded if they don't include that in their expression. If I reflected a heavy involvement in Arnold Schoenberg or some other ultra-modern composers, then I would be viewed differently than I am. Guys who do what I am doing are viewed as passé.

"A lot of today's musicians learn the rudiments of playing straight-ahead, think they've got it covered, become bored, and say, 'Let me try something else,'" Miller continued. "They develop a vision of expanding through different areas - reggae here, hip-hop there, blues here, soul there, classical music over here and being able to function at a certain level within all those styles. Rather than try to do a lot of things pretty good, I have a vision more of spiraling down to a core understanding of the essence of what music is."

This being said, Miller-who once wrote a lovely tune called "Farewell To Dogma" -continues to adhere to the principle that "there is no one way to play jazz piano and no one way that jazz is supposed to sound." He is not to be confused with the jazz police. His drummer, Karriem Riggins, has a second career as a hip-hop producer, and has at his fingertips a lexicon of up-to-the-second beats. When the urge strikes, bassist Derrick Hodge might deviate from a walking bass line to slap the bass Larry Graham style. It's an approach familiar to Miller, who grew up in
Greenwood, Miss., playing the music of James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Al Green in various Upper Delta cover bands.

"It still hits me where I live," he says. "It's Black music. That's my roots. When I go home, they all know me as the church organist from years ago, so it's nothing for me to walk up to the organ and fit right in. I once discussed my early involvement in music with Abdullah Ibrahim, and he described what I went through as a community-based experience. Before I became or wanted to become a jazz player, I played in church, in school plays, for dances and for cocktail parties. I was already improvising, and always on some level it was emotional or soul or whatever you want to call it. I was finding out how to connect with people through music.

"By now, I have played jazz twice as long as I played popular music, and although that style of playing is part of my basic musical being, I don't particularly feel that I need to express myself through it," he continued. "It's all blues. The folk element of the music doesn't change. The blues in 1995 and in 1925 is the same thing. The technology is different. But the chords are the same, the phrasing is the same, the language is the same-exact same. I grew up on that. It's a folk music. Folk music is not concerned with evolving."

For all his devotion to roots, Miller is adamant that expansion and evolution are key imperatives that drive his tonal personality. "I left my hometown to grow, and early on I intended to embrace as many styles and conceptions as I could," he said. "When I came to
New York I had my favorites, but there was a less celebrated, also brilliant tier of pianists who played the duo rooms, and I tried to hear all of those guys and learn from them. The sound of my bands changes as the musicians expand in their own right. I'm open, and all things are open to interpretation. I trust my musicians-their musicianship, insights, judgments and taste-and they tend to bring things off in whatever direction they want to go. In the best groups I played with, spontaneity certainly was a strong element."

Quiet and laid-back, determined to follow his muse, Miller may never attain mass consumption. But he remains sanguine.

"I have moments, but I don't allow myself to stay discouraged for long," he said. "I worked hard to maintain a certain mental and emotional equilibrium. It's mostly due to my faith. I don't put all my eggs in that basket of being a rich and famous jazz guy. That allows me a certain amount of freedom, because I don't have to play music for money. I play music because I love it. I play the music I love with people I want to play with. I have a long career behind me. I don't have to apologize to anybody for any decisions I make." -Ted Panken” 

Mulgrew Miller, Dynamic Jazz Pianist, Dies at 57

Copyright © The New York Times/Nate Chinen/May 29, 2013.

“Mulgrew Miller, a jazz pianist whose soulful erudition, clarity of touch and rhythmic aplomb made him a fixture in the postbop mainstream for more than 30 years, died on Wednesday in Allentown, Pa. He was 57.

The cause was a stroke, said his longtime manager, Mark Gurley. Mr. Miller had been hospitalized since Friday.

Mr. Miller developed his voice in the 1970s, combining the bright precision of bebop, as exemplified by Bud Powell and Oscar Peterson, with the clattering intrigue of modal jazz, especially as defined by McCoy Tyner. His balanced but assertive style was a model of fluency, lucidity and bounce, and it influenced more than a generation of younger pianists.

He was a widely respected bandleader, working either with a trio or with the group he called Wingspan, after the title of his second album. The blend of alto saxophone and vibraphone on that album, released on Landmark Records in 1987, appealed enough to Mr. Miller that he revived it in 2002 on “The Sequel” (MaxJazz), working in both cases with the vibraphonist Steve Nelson. Among Mr. Miller’s releases in the last decade were an impeccable solo piano album and four live albums featuring his dynamic trio.


Mr. Miller could seem physically imposing on the bandstand — he stood taller than six feet, with a sturdy build — but his temperament was warm and gentlemanly. He was a dedicated mentor: his bands over the last decade included musicians in their 20s, and since 2005 he had been the director of jazz studies at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

If his sideman credentials overshadowed his solo career, it wasn’t hard to see why: he played on hundreds of albums and worked in a series of celebrated bands. His most visible recent work had been with the bassist Ron Carter, whose chamberlike Golden Striker Trio featured Mr. Miller and the guitarist Russell Malone on equal footing; the group released a live album, “San Sebastian” (In+Out), this year.

Born in Greenwood, Miss., on Aug. 13, 1955, Mr. Miller grew up immersed in Delta blues and gospel music. After picking out hymns by ear at the family piano, he began taking lessons at age 8. He played the organ in church and worked in soul cover bands, but devoted himself to jazz after seeing Mr. Peterson on television, a moment he later described as pivotal.

At Memphis State University, he befriended two pianists, James Williams and Donald Brown, both of whom later preceded him in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Mr. Miller spent several years with that band, just as he did with the trumpeter Woody Shaw, the singer Betty Carter and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, led by Ellington’s son, Mercer. Mr. Miller worked in an acclaimed quintet led by the drummer Tony Williams from the mid-1980s until shortly before Williams died in 1997.

Mr. Miller’s survivors include his wife, Tanya; his son, Darnell; his daughter, Leilani; and a grandson. He lived in Easton, Pa.

Though he harbored few resentments, Mr. Miller was clear about the limitations imposed on his career. “Jazz is part progressive art and part folk art,” he said in a 2005 interview with DownBeat magazine, differentiating his own unassuming style from the concept-laden, critically acclaimed fare that he described as “interview music.” He added, “Guys who do what I am doing are viewed as passé.”


But Mr. Miller worked with so many celebrated peers, like the alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett and the tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, that his reputation among musicians was ironclad. And his legacy includes a formative imprint on some leading players of the next wave, including the drummer Karriem Riggins and the bassist Derrick Hodge, who were in one of his trios. The pianist Robert Glasper once recorded an original ballad called “One for ’Grew,” paying homage to a primary influence. On Monday, another prominent pianist, Geoffrey Keezer, attested on Twitter that seeing Mr. Miller one evening in 1986 was “what made me want to be a piano player professionally.”

In the performance from the At Yoshi’s 2004 double CD that forms the sound track for this video tribute to him, Mulgrew has cleverly adopted Comes Love to the arrangement Ahmad Jamal used on Poinciana from his At The Pershing Room Argo LP, one of the most successful Jazz recordings ever issued.

The insistent rhythm is formed by Karriem Riggins use of mallets on the drum set’s tom toms and the insistent accent played by the high hat on the 2nd and 4thbeat of each measure.

On the original version, instead of the usual “clicking” sound made by stepping on the high hat’s cymbals to close them, Ahmad’s drummer, Vernel Fournier, played the high hat cymbals open [barely touching them together] creating more of a “chinging” sound to simulate finger cymbals.

You can hear this effect in a more pronounced manner as played by Karriem at 4:21 minutes of Mulgrew’s version.





          Pops and O.P. - "You Go To My Head"   
© -Steven Cerra, copyright protected; all rights reserved.


“Louis Armstrong  was the father of “vernacular music,” which was made possible by the microphone.  Anyone with any kind of contemporary rhythmic concept —be they singer, instrumentalist, or composer-arranger— owes a debt to Armstrong.  By the way, my favorite Armstrong performance, both playing and singing, is his 1957 recording of “You Go To My Head” with Oscar Peterson. If you want to understand where Miles Davis came from, and why Armstrong is still relevant today, listen to this.  I often play it for students, and many of them find it a life-changing record.”
- Bill Kirchner, Jazz musician


Returning to the subject of favorite recordings, Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson [825 713-2] has been included in that group since Verve released it in 1957.


Louis’ meeting with Oscar Peterson's trio, is as Richard Cook and Brian Morton in The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, 6th Ed “perhaps a mixed success, but nevertheless an intriguing disc.”


Peterson can't altogether avoid his besetting pushiness, yet he's just as often sotto voce [a quiet or understated voice; literally “under the voice”] in accompaniment, and on the slower tunes especially - Sweet Lorraine and Lets Fall In Love and You Go To My Head.”


But the important point here is that “the chemistry works, and Louis is certainly never intimidated.”


I also agree with them when they assert: “It’s good to hear [Pops] on material more obviously 'modern' than he normally tackled and, although he sometimes gets the feel of a song wrong, he finds a surprising spin tor several of the lyrics.”


But I think, the most important point to be made in its favor is that, thanks again to the intercession of impresario Norman Granz in, that the album exists!


How many times have you heard friends’ remarks about Wish List recordings - “Gee, I wonder what it would have sounded like to have so-and-so performing with such-and-such - while knowing that the reality is that’s never going to happen because those artists are no longer with us?


I’ve often longed for a Louis Armstrong-Art Tatum recording, but that never happened, either. Thankfully, this one did, especially since Oscar Peterson gets a close to Tatum as anyone ever did.


Put another way, although a modern stylist and very much his own man, Peterson’s homage to Tatum is very much apparent in his playing and is what I think that Cook-Morton are referring to when they mention Oscar’s “besettling pushiness.” But that’s not the way I hear it. What’s on display here is a great accompanist offering his talents to a great soloist, one very much deserving of his respect.


More about the special nature of Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson [Verve 825 713-2] is revealed in Leonard Feather's liner notes from the original LP release of this material:


"When I was a kid," Louis Armstrong says, "I used to go singing around in churches or choirs or on street corners. You'd get four hustlers on a corner who could make a sharp quartet. 1 was about seven years old when I started singing. We'd pass the hat and sometimes we'd make as much as $1.50 a night. That was like $150 a night now"


This recollection places Satchmo's vocal career ahead of his horn-blowing life by several years and means that he has been singing, for pleasure and money, over half a century. Since today his popularity with the general public can be credited even more to his singing than to the trumpet that originally made him a globally known figure, and since the present album is basically a set of vocal performances, it is interesting to note that this thorny, rock-bottomed approach to the use of the human voice predated (and in a sense predicted) similar melodic and rhythmic nuances on the cornet and trumpet.


As George Avakian pointed out in The Jazz Makers (Grove Press), Louis "developed a whole school of jazz singing, based on a literal interpretation of the folk and blues singers' approach to the voice as an instrument. Louis showed that the emotional meaning of o lyric can be expressed through vocal inflections and improvisations of a purely instrumental quality just as effectively — more so, in fact — as through words. This line of development paralleled the growth of his instrumental influence. It still embraces every jazz and popular singer today"


All this can be applied at full strength to the dozen interpretations on these sides of material that generally falls in the popular song category. What Louis may lack in clear understanding of the lyrics' meaning in occasional lines is more than compensated by his overall feeling for the mood of both lyrics and melody. And there are, of course, additional virtues in the presence of his companions. The Oscar Peterson Trio Plus One (Louis Bellson again rounds out the rhythm section as he did on previous albums in which Oscar's trio played for Louis, Ella Fitzgerald and others) is perhaps the most perfectly integrated rhythmic unit of its kind in contemporary jazz.

Peterson's background is about as different from Louis' as Admiral Byrd's from Dr. Livingstone's; yet it is this very contrast, and the eclectic quality in his work, that makes him the ideal accompanist, for any singer or instrumentalist of any jazz school. What Louis learned on the streets and in the Waifs' Home in New Orleans has its best possible complement in what Oscar learned during rigorous classical studies north of the border. Neither had to bend a millimeter in musical concession to the other; the blend of spontaneous musicianship and academic knowledge was natural and immediate.


All the songs in this are from 15 to 30 years old; all have been used extensively by jazzmen, though in several instances Louis had never before recorded them. ...


You Go To My Head is, unless memory fails, Louis' first recorded performance of a number he could and should have introduced as soon as it was published, over 20 years ago. Perhaps in an effort to compensate for keeping us waiting so long, he plays an entire chorus and sings another. Not since Billie Holiday has there been a comparable sympathetic treatment….


Hearing Louis in the un-frilled, ungimmicked setting of the Oscar Peterson rhythm section will be a treat for those who have often seen him in person and wished for fewer encumbrances. Basically Louis needs nobody but Louis — he could stand all alone in the middle of the Sahara, singing selected excerpts from the Tunis telephone directory, and we suspect he could make it for a week without food and water. But if there must be someone else, let it be the man whose team made this
session such a happy occasion for all concerned. The meeting of Armstrong and Peterson marked one of the most catalytic moments since the day when Peterson met Norman Granz.”


Of You Go To My Head, Ted Gioia has written in The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire [Oxford]


You Go to My Head
Composed by J. Fred Coots, with lyrics by Haven Gillespie


“In 1934, this same songwriting duo collaborated on "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," which endeared itself to Mom and Dad by getting countless youngsters to move from the naughty to nice cohort group. Four years later, some of those nice kids had grown up, but I'm confident few parents encouraged their headstrong teens to follow the lead of the new Gillespie-Coots hit "You Go to My Head." This song was a paean to romantic infatuation, packed with similes relating love to booze; in the course of a few bars — musical ones, that is, not those called "Dew Drop Inn" — we get references to champagne, burgundy, and a kicker of julep. Indeed, this song comes closer than any tune I know to capturing in musical form the feeling of losing control.


If the words were a bit too sophisticated for the kids, so was the music. "You Go to My Head" is an intricately constructed affair with plenty of harmonic movement. The song starts in a major key, but from the second bar onward, Mr. Coots seems intent on creating a feverish dream quality tending more to the minor mode. The release builds on the drama, and the final restatement holds some surprises as well. The piece would be noteworthy even if it lacked such an exquisite coda, but those last eight bars convey a sense of resigned closure to the song that fittingly matches the resolution of the lyrics.


Four artists had hit records with this song during the summer 051938. Larry Clinton's version was the biggest success, reaching as high as #3, but Teddy Wilson, Billie Holiday, and Glen Gray's Casa Loma Orchestra each enjoyed placement in the top 20 with their releases. The song fell out of circulation during the early 19403, but was widely covered during the second half of the decade, with artists from a range of stylistic camps — including Dizzy Gillespie, Gene Krupa, Lena Home, Coleman Hawkins, Dave Brubeck, Artie Shaw, and Lennie Tristano — bringing their individual talents to bear on it.


Vocalists tend to take this song at a "deep ballad" tempo, sometimes so extremely slow that they test the competence of the rhythm section to maintain a sense of swing while moving along at less than 40 beats per minute. Check out the recordings by Betty Carter and Shirley Horn for examples of how this can work when the instrumentalists on hand match the skill of the singer. In contrast, Bill Evans — whom one might expect to linger over the chart — delivers a simmering hard bop treatment on his 1962 Interplay album, helped along by Jim Hall and Freddie Hubbard.


Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond take a different approach in their 1952 duet performance from Storyville, mixing romanticism and cerebral deconstruction in equal doses. Desmond had such fondness for this recording that when he and Brubeck reunited for a duet project in 1975, he wanted to showcase "You Go to My Head" again, and the song served as the emotional centerpiece of the resulting album. Both versions are worth hearing, but the earlier track is especially revealing of the simpatico relationship between these two artists, and is my favorite performance from their work for the Fantasy label.”


Here’s a video of Pops and OP performing You Go to My Head.




          The Clarke Boland Big Band is "All Smiles"   
© -Steven Cerra, copyright protected; all rights reserved.


Georges Paczynski, the author of the immensely important, Une Histoire de la Batterie de Jazz, which won the “Prix Charles Delauney 2000,” offered this succinct, background information about the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band:

“The C.B.B.B. - The Clarke Boland Big Band - was formed in 1962 through the efforts of Francy Boland and Kenny Clarke. The pianist and the drummer wanted lo form a European orchestra whose sound would be instantly recognizable.

After recording in Cologne on May 18 and 19, 1961. with a smaller group - Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland (The Golden Eight) - the two leaders decided to put together a bigger band, and on December 13. 1961, the recording of Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland ("Jazz is Universal") took place. Among the thirteen musicians were the future mainstays of the band: the American trumpeter Benny Bailey, the English alto sax player Derek Humble, and the trombone player from Sweden, Aake Persson. After the success of this disc, the decision was made to increase the band even further; on January 25. 26 and 27. 1963 the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band recorded in Cologne with 21 musicians. Throughout its career, the band never included less than 12 nationalities.

The personalities of the two leaders. Kenny and Francy. were directly opposite of those of the legendary big band leaders, iron-fisted megalomaniacs like Buddy Rich or Benny Goodman. Not only did Francy write the arrangements for a given instrument, but in thinking of a particular musician in the band, and composed according to the sound, phrasing and style of the individual. Team spirit reigned in the C.B.B.B. Each musician was aware of his importance in creating a good ensemble sound.

The name of Kenny Clarke is definitively associated with the birth of bop drumming. Following in the footsteps of Jo Jones and Sidney Catlett. it is to him that we owe the fact that still today the rhythm is played on the ride cymbal, with snare drum/bass drum punctuations. Jazz lovers see Kenny primarily as a small group drummer, forgetting that he was also a great big band drummer [check out Kenny’s playing in Dizzy Gillespie’s first big band in the 1940’s].

Drummer/leaders have existed from the earliest times in jazz. After "Papa Jack" Laine. there were Ben Pollack. Chick Webb, Gene Krupa. Buddy Rich, Don Lamond. Mel Lewis... the list (and the beat) goes on. The C.B.B.B. is situated in the grand traditions of the big bands. The basic musical concept was of a rhythmic foundation on which the entire orchestra reposed. Here the role of the drummer is clearly vital; along with the bassist, he plays throughout the piece, and is both accompanist and soloist.

But this key role is not without its disadvantages; the drummer has incomparably less freedom than in a small group. He has to memorize the arrangement, playing strictly what has already been laid down, while still leaving room for improvised fills. Some famous drummers have never succeeded in imposing such discipline on themselves. Others have adapted magnificently to it. Such was the case with Kenny, who was able to play with what I will call "controlled madness". In the big band, he played with a big band drummer's phrasing - unlike, for example. Mel Lewis, who in a big band setting performed with exactly the same vocabulary as in a quartet. ...

Running a big band poses all kinds of difficulties, financial and organizational among others. The C.B.B.B. lasted 11 years, and broke up in 1973. It was in no sense a revolutionary band, but there was within it a fundamental and precious element: an intense love of playing. Francy Boland and Kenny Clarke had the great merit of believing that the formation of a European jazz orchestra was possible, despite the supposedly insurmountable obstacles. They believed... and they were right... and we now reap the benefit.”

Georges overview of the Clarke Boland Big Band - known to its many fans as the CBBB - assumes a new relevance with the CD reissue with enhanced audio quality of one of its later recordings on MPS - The Kenny Clarke Francy Boland Big Band - “ALL SMILES."


Mike Bloom Media Relations PROMOTION SHEET offers the following details:


RELEASE DATE: June 23rd 2017

Artist: The Kenny Clarke Francy Boland Big Band
Title: ALL SMILES
Artists: Trumpets: B. Bailey, I. Sulieman, J. Deuchar, S.
Gray Trombones: A. Persson, N. Peck, E. v. Lier
Saxophones: D. Humble, J. Griffin, R. Scott, T. Coe, S.
Shihab Piano: F. Boland Bass: J. Woode Drums: K. Clarke
Vibes: D. Pike

Format: 1CD- Digipac
Cat. No.: 0211956MSW
PPD:7,49EUR~PC:ACR
Barcode: 4029759119562

TRACKLIST
1. Let's Face The Music And Dance - 3:23
2. I'm All Smiles-3:25
3. You Stepped Out Of A Dream - 3:03
4. I'm Glad There Is You-3:29
5. Get Out Of Town-4:47
6. By Strauss-3:35
7. When Your Lover Has Gone - 4:16
8. GLoria-4:21
9. Sweet And Lovely - 3:36
10. High School Cadets - 2:05


ABOUT THIS RECORD - by Stefan Franzen [translated by Martin Cook]

“Without ever making concessions to the trend of the moment, the Kenny Clarke Francy Boland Big Band was the embodiment of the timeless art of the jazz orchestra. Its play was proof positive that a jazz big band compiled of top-flite musicians from both sides of the Atlantic could take off and soar. Regarded as the most important big band outside of the US, this bi-continental orchestra recorded over two dozen albums, close to a third of these under the SABA and MRS labels. Recorded in May, 1968, All Smiles was one of the Bands highpoints. The album exhibits a style that became synonymous with this US-European enterprise: it not only swung it was the perfect vehicle for Bolands sophisticated modern arrangements. Trumpeters Benny Bailey and Idrees Sulieman, saxophonists Johnny Griffin and Ronnie Scott, as well as special guest vibraphonist Dave Pike are some of the jazz giants among the soloists in this 17-man combo who turn out some masterly short portraits. From the fleet-footed waltz I’m All Smiles to the bluesy party piece, By Strauss and the sensuous theme from Gloria, the journey continues on through to the furious John Phillip Sousa finale, High School Cadets. Preferring varicolored intricacy over massive walls of sound, The Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band stood up against the constant flow of momentary fads, remaining true to the inventive tradition of the great big bands.”

Original Liner Notes - by Manfred Miller

[Warning these have some syntactical and grammatical challenges for native speakers of English. I decided to represent them in their original translation as I do not speak enough German to attempt my own.]

The one window is open. Hubbub comes up from the street and into the room that is in Cologne's elegant Hohe Strasse/High Street (no thoroughfare!) on the first floor above the branch of some bank. The large, plain writing-table hides itself under paper. Telegrams, notes, contracts, excerpts pile up to several layers. Two of the three phones at least are constantly in operation. On the second table, in a corner, there, too, is scarcely a spot left for an ash-tray. Sheets of notes, a bunch of newspapers, at least ten tape boxes. If a film chose to feature a manager's office like that everybody would laugh at the cliche of overburdening.

The man who hired this room does work hard. It is not that sort of work, however, which the German treasury of proverbs has always rated higher than fun. The man offers his latest product music. Powerfully swinging, precise, intelligent music, music that interests head and feet and everything in between. “All Smiles" is going to be the title of the new Clarke-Boland Big Band album. The man has to shout to make that understood. The two loudspeakers are turned on to the limits of their capacity. The one window is still open...

Gigi Campi never listens to his tapes quietly. An American trombonist, who for some time belonged to the CBBB, once complained. "Funny band. No dynamics", to the protest of his colleague Nat Peck "Yes there are! One is loud, the other is louder..." An exaggerated sentence, no doubt. Yet like every good exaggeration it catches some truth. The CBBB does not play for self-forgetting, absorbed listeners. If it provokes self-forgetfulness, it is that of rhythmical ecstasy. The CBBB does not know the charms of the morbid. This is hopelessly sound and optimistic music. All Smiles.

The Clarke-Boland guys stand for Ellington's fundamental truth: "It don't mean a thing..." It is not by chance that this band plays with two drummers - as if Klook Clarke alone were not a deuce of a swinger. Once his near namemate Kenny Clare acted as a substitute for Clarke who was prevented from making a date. The Clarke indemnification thrilled the band, he was invited to the next session. Klook personally persuaded the English studio musician to become a constant member with the CBBB - as a percussionist.

"Then there was one number", Clare reports, "a Turkish march thing on which I played snare drum. On the playback it sounded pretty good together, just like one drummer. There were some talks. The next time would I bring my drums along, too? Let's see, if it works with both of us playing together. It worked."

Indeed, Clarke and Clare together play like one musician; only that one musician alone could never realise all they play together. Clare: "There are many who would like to get that springy kind of beat Klook gets. I would, too. When I'm with him I can play that way without even thinking about it. As soon as I'm away from him I can't do it anymore. Strange. I have yet to figure it out." Whatsoever may be the key to this secret - the result is a fabulous co-ordination of the two drummers. The first piece - LET'S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE - is an example of this. The fills Klook on the snare drum (for stereo listeners left channel) and Clare on the bass drum do in concert seem as if sprung up from one and the same feeling; and a swinging feeling into the bargain.

It would be wrong, however, to list the CBBB simply under the rubric "powerhouse.” The co-leader, arranger, and pianist Francy Boland has too many ideas for that. You will never catch upon Boland copying simple riffs nor - as the legend goes - exercising. SWEET AND LOVELY forces out of the standard melody continually fresh versions, new harmonic nuances and shades of sound, variations in a strict sense (into which Johnny Griffin excellently joins with a concentrated solo citing motives from the theme once and again): that is - also - an intellectual delight. As the British musical journalist Kenny Graham noted, Francy Boland does not care for trends. Harmonically scored choruses for the reed section have become rare in jazz. Yet Francy dedicates an entire number to the saxophones and with numbers such as YOU STEPPED OUT OF A DREAM, GET OUT OF TOWN and WHEN YOUR LOVER HAS GONE shows what other arrangers do not care to miss.

Certainly who besides Boland disposes of such a reed section? The musicians of the CBBB do not know a comparison to Derek Humble's lead alto that is relaxed and vigorous at once, and ever riding the tip of the beat wave - they give a tired shrug even to the most renowned names. Each of the three tenor saxophonists takes a fine solo - "Li'l Giant" Griffin justifies his nickname time and again. Ronnie Scott blows a virile and straight solo in Gershwin's homage to the king of waltz BY STRAUSS. Tony Coe tells of Dame GLORIA'S merits with rhapsodic vehemence (,,a masterpiece", says Gigi Campi): and Sahib Shihab, who in the Barbara-Streisand-title I'M ALL SMILES solos on flute, is “the outstanding baritone saxophonist of modern jazz" according to Joachim Ernst Berendt. Each of the five reed men is himself a star with a distinguished style of his own, and yet jointly they make up a homogenous and disciplined section. Whosoever generated the rumour that precision and musical temperament were exclusive to one another; he has to be refuted by these five musicians.

And the same applies to the other sections. Benny Bailey, the brilliant, willful lead trumpeter, blows the delicately musical flugelhorn solo in I'M GLAD THERE IS YOU. Cole Porter's GET OUT OF TOWN is meant for Jimmy Deuchar's elegant trumpet and for Ake Persson's powerful trombone-Idrees Sulieman, who in the Clarke-Boland combos mostly comes out with untamed attacca and splendid bop phrases, shows off a different side now: a simple melodic lead and a warm tone in LET'S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE and in the standard ballad of WHEN YOUR LOVER HAS GONE, from which he chooses the first few bars to set out a well-controlled improvisation that does not waste a note.

To those who are still in the dark the Sousa-march HIGH SCHOOL CADETS tells what is the matter with the CBBB. That drives on straight away like - well, no: a steam roller is not likely to go so easily at 250 km/h. You had better not try to sit still to these pieces: Let's face the music and dance. Still one thing to tell you: perhaps you really ought to shut that window now.”

TO EVERY AGE ITS SOUND by Dirk Sommer, reissue producer [Translated by Martin Cook]

Yes, we have worked on the sound of the music that was stored on tapes, some of which are over 40 years old, before they were transferred to the lacquers that are used for the vinyl record production. In the music business this is commonly known as remastering. However, it says nothing about how intensively and with what a sense of purpose mastering engineer Christoph Stickel and I have worked on modifying and improving the sound of the original tapes. Of course as with any LP that appears in the triple-a-series, all the procedures took place using only the finest analogue equipment. As the headline - modeled after the Vienna Secession movement's motto: 'to every age its art' - already indicates, every period has its own typical sound esthetic. We felt that fitting the MPS records to the way recordings sound today would be a sort of sacrilege. As a result, we have simply redressed a couple of traces of aging as well as small inconsistencies in the sound that, because of the technological limitations of that time, were not optimally dealt with on the original recordings. So enjoy some of the most exciting jazz albums of the 1970's and 80's the way they originally sounded - despite or because of our remasterings!”

The following video features the CBBB on Get Out of Town:



          - Ce que nous reprochons le plus aux gens   
Défoulons nous un peu. Quels sont les défauts qui vous énervent, qui vous agacent, qui vous révulsent chez les Hommes ? Enfin, toute la connerie humaine en général.

Que ce soit ceux de vos amis, de vos collègues, ou de gens que vous avez simplement croisés. Votre réaction peut aller du simple agacement à l'explosion de colère.

En voici, quelques uns :

- De subir des autres ce qu'on aimerait pas qu'on leur fasse.

- De se faire insulter par quelqu'un aprés lui avoir dit : "Tenez, je crois que vous avez mal visé la poubelle qui est juste à côté de vous" tout juste aprés avoir balancer son emballage de sandwich devant nous.

- De voir des hauts cadres se ballader avec leur voiture de fonction pendant le week-end.

- De voir au bureau se délier les langues de vipère qui colportent des mensonges à longueur de journée.

- De voir les conducteurs circuler au ralenti en seconde ou en troisième position alors qu'ils discutent au téléphone. Généralement, nous attendons qu'ils nous regardent dans le rétroviseur et nous les applaudissons !

- De voir quelqu'un éternuer, s'essuyer de sa main droite puis nous serrer la main.

- De voir quelqu'un garer son chariot en double-file ou le laisser en plein travers d'une allée.

- De voir quelqu'un laisser les marchandises ou vêtements en désordre, par terre, dans les rayons, ou dans les cabines.

- De voir quelqu'un nous coller ou nous pousser dans une file d'attente.

- De voir une voiture se garer sur une place réservée aux handicapés.

- De voir ceux qui nous talonnent alors qu'on respecte la limitation de vitesse.

  De voir ceux qui ne se laissent pas doubler alors qu'ils roulent à 20 à l'heure et ont déjà créé un bouchon de 15 voitures derrière eux.

- De voir rouler des personnes comme des dingues au mépris du danger et de la vie des autres. Qu'ils meurent sur la route s'ils en ont envie, mais qu'ils n'emportent pas avec eux ceux qui n'ont rien demandé !

- De voir des personnes resquiller dans les files d'attentes.

- D'être le souffre douleur de notre patron qui passe ses nerfs sur nous pour avoir payer une amende.

- De voir une quelqu'un jeter par terre un mégot de cigarette encore allumé.

- De céder le passage à un conducteur qui passe sans nous remercier.

- De voir des personnes utiliser leur position de force pour leur propre gloire.

- C'est de voir quelqu'un descendre des sachets de poubelles qui dégoulinent dans l'ascenceur ou dans les escaliers.

- De voir quelqu'un fumer dans une pièce en notre présence et notamment en présence d'enfants.

- De voir quelqu'un démarrer sa voiture en laissant derrière lui un bidon d'huile vide.

- De voir notre patron broncher ou hurler sur nous, même quand notre travail est parfait. On a beau travailler des années avec lui, il trouvera toujours la moindre excuse, une virgule qu'il souhaite déplacer, une phrase qu'il veut inverser.

- De voir quelqu'un, en plein public, insulter une personne dans son portable. 

- De voir quelqu'un jeter un papier alors qu'il n'est pas loin d'une poubelle.  

- De voir notre patron réprimer le comportement d'un de nos collègues alors que lui même de nous dit pas bonjour le matin.

- De parler à quelqu'un alors qu'il regarde dans une autre direction et de nous demander ensuite de nous répéter sous prétexte qu'il n'était pas avec nous par manque de concentration.
- De voir notre patron nous ignorer quand il ne nous crie pas dessus et profiter de nos faiblesses pour tenter de nous enfoncer.

- De voir au feu rouge quelqu'un jeter une bouteille d'eau en plastique au su et au vu de tous.

- De tenir la porte à quelqu'un sans recevoir de lui un quelconque remerciement.

- De voir quelqu'un nous couper la parole sans cesse.

- De voir quelqu'un prendre une cigarette pour la fumer sans nous demander la permission.

- De voir quelqu'un entrer dans une épicerie et se faire servir avant nous.

- De voir quelqu'un pénétrer à sens interdit dans une rue, broncher en nous demandant de faire marche arrière et passer sans nous dire merci.

- De voir quelqu'un nous prendre notre place de parking. 

- De voir notre patron nous harceler pour un document à préparer sur lequel il n'apposera sa signature que 2 jours plus tard.

- De voir quelqu'un se plaindre de la panne d'ascenceur alors qu'il ne paie pas sa cotisation du syndic.

- De voir quelqu'un minimiser nos propos alors qu'ils sont d'une extrême importance.

- De voir quelqu'un de non responsable nous essayer faire porter le chapeau d'une erreur.

- De travailler avec des collègues rancuniers à vie.

- De voir quelqu'un nous parler en se décortiquant le nez puis de nous serrer la main avant de partir.

- De voir quelqu'un jeter une bouteille par la fenêtre de la cuisine.

- De voir l'état ignoble dans lequel les unes et les autres laissent les wc derrière eux, au ciné ou au restau.

- De voir les ados détruire les équipements collectifs, vider les extincteurs, casser les vitres d'escaliers, détériorer les abris-bus, détruire les équipements de parcours santé dans les bois ou les panneaux de sécurité routière...


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La poignée de main est un signe de reconnaissance de l'autre et facilite l'échange notamment dans le monde du travail. La poignée de main doit être ferme, sans être serrée trop fort et vous regardez la personne dans les yeux en disant bonjour. Une poignée de main flasque montre un manque d'énergie, et ne pas regarder la personne à qui on dit bonjour montre au minimum du désintérêt , voire du mépris.




          Caffe D'Arte   


Caffe D’arte is a Seattle based company that roasts its own coffee and has several retail locations throughout the Pacific Northwest.  It was started by an Italian family in the 1980s with the goal of duplicating styles from northern, central and southern Italy.  “Firenze,” which they say is in the northern roasting style, is D’arte’s lightest roast.  It is a bit darker than the beans coming from Portland's local microroasters.   I like its balanced flavor, and it yields amazing crema, but it does not have the citrus/nut/sweet notes found in some of the other beans I have written about here.  They also have an alderwood roasted bean that I am curious to try.

                                                  Their store on NE 15th Avenue between Broadway and Weidler has a bit of multi-unit retail aesthetic that values consistency over personality, and a couple of flat screen televisions in the corners are always turned on (why do bars and restaurants increasingly do this?  It's out of place everywhere but a sports bar.).  But there are a few reasons I keep returning here.  First, it’s walking distance from my home.  Second, the people are unfailingly nice; and, even though the store is part of a (small) chain, it has the feeling of a family run business.  Third, they sell a pound of well roasted and reasonably fresh coffee beans for about the same price that you would pay for twelve ounces of a “gourmet” brand in a supermarket.  And, you get a free coffee drink when you buy that pound.


But the true reason I Like Caffe D’Arte is the way they serve an espresso: long white plate, with cup, spoon, chocolate(!) and water all in a line.  The shot is pulled on a big Nuova Simonelli, which does a fine job.  Espresso is made with the Firenze roast.  The attention to detail never fails to put a smile on my face.


          Server/Bartender - Playa Cabana - Mas Playas - Toronto, ON   
We will be conducting interviews from May 18th onwards. Playa Cabana Cocina Economica.... $9.90 an hour
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          ANC policy conference: Why is KwaZulu-Natal reaching out?   
Out of the blue on a quiet second day of the ANC policy conference, ANC KwaZulu-Natal leader Sihle Zikalala suggested that, should there be two candidates for the presidency, the loser should become deputy. Could it be that he’s confident of a win for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma? By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
          ANC Policy Conference: From the 2nd phase of the transition to Radical Economic Transformation, the race begins   
Exactly five years ago, before radical economic transformation, state capture and white monopoly became buzzwords, the big debate in the ANC was about which phases of what transition South Africa was in. You might have forgotten exactly who won, because the winners then became the losers and in the end it probably didn’t matter that much anyway. How will it feature at this weekend’s policy conference? By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
          Public Protector can’t order the Constitution to change, Gigaba states   
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Friday that the Public Protector doesn’t have the power to order a change in the Constitution. Speaking ahead of the ANC’s policy conference, he said the economy needed a boost and it needed it now. By GREG NICOLSON.
          Directeur des finances et trésorier - Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ) - Quebec City, QC   
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          #beatmaKINGS secondo i beatmakers: i top 10 per DJ Vadim   

Photo by Blixton Dupont Abbiamo chiesto a Dj Vadim, icona del beatmaking europeo dagli anni ’90, di dirci la sua su #beatmaKINGS, la super compila organizzata da Hashetic Front: ne è rimasto entusiasta! “The beats are illl…all of them so sick its hard to choose. Wow. Please send me the mp3s of all of them....

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          ANC Policy Conference: From the 2nd phase of the transition to Radical Economic Transformation, the race begins   
Exactly five years ago, before radical economic transformation, state capture and white monopoly became buzzwords, the big debate in the ANC was about which phases of what transition South Africa was in. You might have forgotten exactly who won, because the winners then became the losers and in the end it probably didn’t matter that much anyway. How will it feature at this weekend’s policy conference? By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
          Analysis: ANC policy, radical economic transformation and ideological proxy battles for control   
The ANC policy conference gets under way on Friday against a background of factionalism, dissatisfaction over President Jacob Zuma in many circles, and vocal support in others, amid #GuptaLeaks and a tough economic environment that is shedding jobs. Many of the policy discussion documents include self-reflexive analysis of the current situation. It’s just on the solutions and implementation that there’s fudginess and inertia, highlighted throughout documents with repeated references to yet-to-be-implemented resolutions taken as far back as the 2007 Polokwane national conference. And so it’s not really about policy, but ideology, with the radical economic transformation narrative as the proxy battle within the ANC. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
          System Obsługi Zleceń PL+ 2.1   

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  • Wydruk dokumentu zlecenia wraz z pełnym jego opisem
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          Technical Director - SHARDA EDUTECH PVT LTD - Patna, Bihar   
Beside English a second language like French or German is required. _Looking for a Technical Director:.... ₹1,50,000 a month
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          How to DIY Digital Marketing Efforts (Small Business Guide)   

When it comes to digital marketing, it’s always best to consult with an expert firm or individual with vast knowledge of the business. Because, as you are about to find out, digital marketing is like running a second business on top of your existing business. But if you insist on doing it yourself, here are […]

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          Juan Manuel Santos anunció el fin de las FARC desde Francia   
El presidente de Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, anunció en París que este viernes, cuando se confirme la entrega del 100% de sus armas, las Farc, “la guerrilla más poderosa y más antigua, deja de existir”. Santos hizo este aplaudido anuncio durante su intervención en un foro económico dedicado a atraer inversores franceses a Colombia y […]
          PORTUGAL À SOMBRA DE AMBIGUIDADES AINDA NÃO ULTRAPASSADAS – VIII   



Em saudação aos 60 anos do MPLA, aos 52 anos da passagem do Che por África e aos 43 anos do 25 de Abril… e assinalando os 50 anos do início do “Exercício ALCORA” e os 50 anos do início da Guerra do Biafra.

15- O fascismo e colonialismo do Estado Novo, em função dos problemas que criou, tornou-se praticamente indigente no que ao armamento e equipamento militar dizia respeito: e vassalo nas obrigações internacionais no quadro da NATO e do Exercício ALCORA, uma vassalagem que não parou com o 25 de Abril de 1974.

Em Goa, Damão e Dio, ficou evidente que a capacidade militar do colonialismo português praticamente não existia e no campo da NATO, muito poucos tinham interesse em ajudar essa indigência avassalada, inclusive o aliado Grã-Bretanha.

Logo em 1961 relativamente a Angola, era essa a impressão do cônsul-geral da África do Sul em Luanda e por isso os portugueses recorreram desde logo ao “apartheid” para criar comunicações que levassem a futuros entendimentos com a África do Sul.

Se a vassalagem era impotente em relação à NATO, iriam buscá-la noutras paragens.

Em Setembro de 1963, a África do Sul ofereceu assistência militar e um ano depois, os portugueses manifestaram ao “apartheid” que estavam interessados num acordo permanente para o fornecimento de peças e outros serviços de apoio para os helicópteros Alouette III.

Em 1967 os dois países deram mais um passo no sentido do fornecimento por parte da África do Sul de material militar, algo que agradava ao “apartheid”, que além do mais se ia apercebendo que Portugal iria ficar em dependência em relação ao seu poderio e interesses.

Em 1968 os enlaces derivaram no sentido de se criar as bases do acordo do âmbito do Exercício ALCORA, sendo definida a entrada das SADF e Polícia sul-africana no sudeste de Angola, a pretexto do “apartheid” se juntar aos portugueses e dar caça simultaneamente às guerrilhas da SWAPO e do MPLA.

Em ambos os casos o “apartheid” aproveitou para estreitar laços com a PIDE/DGS, uma vez que o conceito e a doutrina dos Flechas às ordens de Óscar Cardoso lhes interessava, tanto como a Operação Madeira.

De entre os equipamentos que a África do Sul se comprometeu a fornecer nesse ano, estavam 5 helicópteros Alouette III, 33 autometralhadoras Panhard AML e 283 rádios TR 28C.

Algum desse armamento foi parar aos “Dragões” instalados no Bié, o que é um indicativo da percepção que o colonialismo português tinha sobre a importância geoestratégica da Região Central das Grandes Nascentes em Angola.

Para efeito desse fornecimento, os sul-africanos solicitaram ao Estado Novo que pedisse autorização aos franceses, uma vez que eram eles os produtores desses meios e o “apartheid”, que sob licença os produzia no seu território, respeitava os compromissos existentes com a França…

Portugal acedeu e os fornecimentos a partir de então passaram a ter plena garantia.

A França passou a ser um fornecedor de material de guerra que supria as necessidades do“apartheid”, no âmbito da internacional fascista que renitentemente se erguia em armas na África Austral e por tabela do colonialismo português, em especial nos teatros operacionais de Angola, Moçambique e Guiné Bissau.

É evidente que isso não teria sido possível sem que houvesse fortes laços entre os interessados da internacional fascista, ao abrigo do “Le Cercle”, um dos mentores mais reaccionários das políticas de então, unindo as tendências fascistas e colonialistas na Europa, na América Latina e em África, com respaldo das sucessivas administrações estado-unidenses.

O “Le Cercle” haveria de ter muitos êxitos nos seus “bons ofícios” na “defesa da civilização judaico-cristã ocidental” e entre eles os resultantes dos papados no Vaticano dum polaco (João Paulo II – 22 de Outubro de 1978 a 2 de Abril de 2005) e dum alemão (Bento XVI – 24 de Abril de 2005 a 28 de Fevereiro de 2013)…

As mais “conservadoras” doutrinas da Igreja Católica Apostólica Romana, impactaram em Angola nos anos da “glasnost”, nos anos de chumbo, precisa e sincronizadamente na mesma altura dos impactos do capitalismo neoliberal após o desaparecimento do socialismo real da Europa e essa, sob o ponto de vista ideológico, é uma das explicações das aproximações que em função de Bicesse se fizeram a Angola, por via de partidos como o CDS, PSD e PS, até aos nossos dias… coisas de agenciados social-democratas do âmbito da “civilização judaico-cristã ocidental” e dos negócios que ela tão bem propicia, já se vê…

Antes era nesse mesmo esteio que se movia a “Aginter Press”, no quadro das “redes stay behind” da NATO e do “Le Cercle”, acima das capacidades operacionais dos serviços de inteligência de Portugal, Rodésia e África do Sul, ainda que tivesse ficado sem efeito a Concordata do Estado Novo com o Vaticano…

O apoio da França foi garantido e a África do Sul teve luz verde para continuar o fornecimento de material militar ao Estado Novo, o que reforçou o seu relativo domínio na definição, formulação e organização das tarefas e missões implícitas no acordo do Exercício ALCORA.

O Estado Novo foi ficando cada vez mais avassalado ao “apartheid”, à medida que progredia a instalação do Exercício ALCORA.

As políticas de Richard Nixon para África por seu turno, deram outra cobertura às iniciativas em prol do Exercício ALCORA e no leste de Angola, a África do Sul desencadeou a Operação Bombaim, contra as guerrilhas do MPLA e da SWAPO, dando início a uma prolongada “border war” que só iria terminar em finais da década de 80 do século XX, quando a Linha da Frente passou irreversivelmente do paralelo de Brazzaville – Dar es Salam, para o paralelo da fronteira sul de Angola, Zâmbia e Moçambique, dando posteriormente origem à criação da “Southern African Development Community”, SADC.

O Exercício ALCORA teve início formal entre 4 e 7 de Dezembro de 1971, permitindo um aumento dos fornecimentos de material de guerra por parte da França e da África do Sul ao Estado Novo.

Em 1973 e 1974 o estudo dos riscos e ameaças, em função das informações colhidas em Kinshasa no âmbito do Exercício ALCORA (que envolveu também a “antena diplomática” que dava pelo nome de António Monteiro), apontava para a eminência dum ataque a Cabinda e norte de Angola, sob orientação do apêndice da CIA, Mobutu, Presidente do Zaíre, reforçado por outros países africanos.

O Zaíre havia adquirido armamento e os programas de acção contra o colonialismo português em suporte das FLEC e da FNLA, começaram a ganhar corpo.

A escalada de fornecimento de material de guerra em 1974, por parte do “apartheid” ao colonialismo português, subiu uma vez mais a fasquia: os sul-africanos iriam fazer reconhecimentos aéreos em Cabinda e norte de Angola, “a fim de detectar indícios de preparativos de concentração de forças inimigas”, estimularam o fornecimento de mísseis Crotale e prepararam um acordo financeiro, com uma ampla política de crédito disponível.

O 25 de Abril de 1974 inviabilizou alguns dos fornecimentos militares e o reconhecimento aéreo acordado, não terá inviabilizado o financiamento (que lhe terá sido anterior também por causa do Plano do Cunene e Cabora Bassa), mas o aproveitamento das iniciativas de Mobutu na direcção de Cabinda e do norte de Angola, estimuladas pela CIA no encontro “secreto” entre o general Spínola e Mobutu na ilha do Sal, ficaram proteladas para o quadro das disputas relativas à independência de Angola a 11 de Novembro de 1975.

Foi assim que o aproveitamento das iniciativas de Mobutu, passaram a integrar a Operação IAFEATURE, da “CIA contra Angola”, conforme a denúncia de John Stockwell.

De entre esses aproveitamentos esteve o Exército de Libertação de Portugal, ELP, um resultado dos compromissos do general Spínola, que depois de ultrapassar a hesitação de alinhamento directo com o “apartheid”, acabou por alinhar na operação da “CIA contra Angola”, tendo à frente o Coronel Santos e Castro, um profundo conhecedor das áreas a norte de Luanda (Caxito e Dembos).

O ELP aglutinou alguns sectores ligados à Frente Unida de Angola, FUA e à Frente Revolucionária de Angola, FRA (criado por Jaime Nogueira Pinto), entre outros, cujos programas levavam à independência de Angola de acordo com as ideias de Ian Smith na Rodésia e de forma a “repescar”em tempo oportuno o Exercício ALCORA.

Em “Jogos africanos”, Jaime Nogueira Pinto (membro assumido do “Le Cercle”), revela:

“… Com a partida de Silvério Marques e a chegada de Rosa Coutinho a situação agravou-se muito em todos os sectores.

O Almirante Vermelho, que logo se fizera rodear de uma segurança nunca vista, mostrava-se frio e eficaz no prosseguimento dos seus objectivos.

Achei que era tempo de passar a formas superiores de luta.

AGITPROP.

Tive então a ideia de criar a FRA – Frente Revolucionária de Angola.

O conceito era simples.

Se fôssemos fazer uma coisa de raiz, nós, os miúdos, os militares metropolitanos, não teríamos qualquer hipótese de ser levados a sério pelos civis locais.

Por isso achámos melhor recorrer à acção psicológica e à agitprop, criando um mito, uma lenda.

Engendramos então uma organização secreta – a FRA.

Redigíamos os panfletos originais da dita organização e fazíamos como se nos tivessem vindo parar às mãos.

Depois fotocopiávamos os panfletos e distribuíamo-los por círculos de activistas, onde estavam o Engenheiro Pompílio da Cruz, o capitão Seara e outros.

O Mariz Fernandes era a única pessoa, para além de mim e do Nunes, que sabia da coisa.

A ideia que passávamos era a de que existia uma forte organização secreta de resistência ao MFA e que quem aderia a essa sofisticadíssima rede clandestina passava a fazer parte duma poderosa máquina subversiva.

Assim a FRA funcionou, teve adesões, recrutou militantes e fez até algumas operações.

Era o que importava: não estar quieto, tentar coisas contra o apocalipse que se aproximava”…

…Por aquela altura já estava eu incorporado no Movimento Democrático de Angola (MDA) que, antes da chegada do MPLA a Luanda, sob orientação da Drª Maria do Carmo Medina e de Antero de Abreu, se contrapunha às influências da FUA e do FRA.

O ELP tinha influências também no sul de Angola, (Huíla, Namibe e em Benguela), com resíduos que foram permanecendo até hoje, com influência nos sectores económicos e sócio-políticos daquelas províncias, e intimamente associados a outros intervenientes dentro e fora de Angola, nomeadamente em Portugal e na África do Sul.

Era nesse cadinho que a BOSS/NIS recrutava agentes, como os que foram mais tarde detectados e neutralizados pela segurança angolana; Amílcar Fernandes Freire, Francisco Alberto Abarran Barata e Dongala Kamati, (meados da década de 80)… eu fui um dos oficiais instrutores do processo que lhes foi correspondente em defesa dasegurança e soberania de Angola… mal sabendo eu que em breve seria acusado, julgado e condenado por “golpe de estado sem efusão de sangue”(Processo 76/86)…

Foi assim também que o “apartheid”, tacitamente, desencadearia a Operação Savana, em apoio a Savimbi, em simultâneo à Operação da “CIA contra Angola” e na perspectiva de Holden e Savimbi alcançarem o poder em Luanda, a 11 de Novembro de 1975…”border war” já se vê…

… E foi assim que Portugal (onde já se vivia o após 25 de Novembro de 1975), retardou o reconhecimento da República Popular de Angola, (só o fez a 22 de Fevereiro de 1976 e foi o 83º país a fazê-lo) na espectativa de sua inviabilização!

É evidente que à medida que a aristocracia financeira mundial assumia o domínio, todas as peças da “civilização judaico-cristã ocidental” se iam encaixando na sua estrutura em pirâmide, cada vez mais avassaladora, preparando a hegemonia unipolar.

16- A passagem da linha da frente progressista e informal, para a Linha da Frente contra o“apartheid” a sul de Angola, acompanhou a trajectória da evolução do Exercício ALCORA até ao seu colapso.

Em Brazzaville, sucederam-se vários governos progressistas, fora da órbitra das redes de Jacques Foccard e para tal muito contribuiu a ajuda internacionalista da 2ª coluna do Che, que teve em Jorge Risquet um dos seus principais dirigentes.

Instalada a partir de 1965, a 2ª coluna do Che, que continuou mesmo depois da passagem do Che pelo Congo na espectativa dos sucessos da guerrilha de Mulele, vocacionou-se também e desde logo no apoio ao Movimento de Libertação em África, nomeadamente no apoio ao MPLA.

No livro “El  Segundo Frente del Che en el Congo – Historia del Batallón Patricio Lumumba”, Jorge Risquet Valdés dá conta do papel da iniciativa solidária e internacionalista para com África, nos termos da linha da frente progressista informal que se instalou entre Dar es Salam e Brazzaville, narrando com detalhe as acções e citando uma nota do Comandante Fidel de Castro de 30 de Dezembro de 1966:

“Informa a nuestros compañeros en esa,

A nuestros instructores militares, que han permanecido meses alejados de nuestra pátria, cumpliendo misión histórica de solidariedade com pueblos hermanos de África y que han puesto mu yen alto el prestígio de la Revolución cubana envio un caluroso y bien merecido Saludo en estes dias de fiestas navideñas.

La actitud firme y decidida de ustedes, combatientes revolucionários, de permanecer voluntariamente junto a pueblos hermanos, amenazados y agredidos por el imperialismo, demuenstra el alto espiritu de internacionalismo proletário y de solidariedade revolucionaria que há alcanzado nuestro Pueblo. En esse gesto está presente el ideal revolucionaria de Camilo y la decisión inquebrantable de lucha del Che.

Nuestro partido, las fuerzas armadas revolucionaias y nuestro Pueblo, que se apresentan a festejar el octavo aniversario de nuestra Revolución, se sienten orgullosos de ustedes, abnegados jóvenes por la disposición de ofrendar sus vidas si fuere necessário por la causa justa de los pueblos oprimidos, conscientes de que com ello sirven a la pátria y a la humanidade”.

Muita capacidade operativa do MPLA e do PAIGC foi forjada nessa conjuntura, inclusive as três colunas que partiriam em socorro da Iª Região Política Militar do MPLA, cercada e vulnerável
a incursões militares e de inteligência por parte do colonialismo português.

Para o MPLA foi também muito importante para reverter as situações vividas com a sua expulsão do Zaíre.

As colunas do MPLA, Camilo Cienfuegos, Cami e Ferraz Bomboco foram apenas um dos resultados dessas iniciativas progressistas a partir de Brazzaville, além da continuidade da guerrilha de Pierre Mulele e da própria consolidação do poder progressista no Congo (Brazzaville).

Os guerrilheiros angolanos forjados nessas lutas inquebrantáveis, foram utilizados depois para a abertura da Frente Leste do MPLA já no início da década de 70 do século XX, fazendo progredir em direcção a sul a Libertação em África, tendo como rectaguarda o território zambiano e ponto de apoio logístico principal Dar es Salam; muitos dos chefes estiveram na proclamação das FAPLA.

A abertura da Frente Leste foi determinante para o “apartheid” se decidir a envolver no Exercício ALCORA, dando início à “border war” em 1968 e presença de suas forças no sudeste angolano, facto que por si comprova quanto era negativamente avaliado o poder militar do Estado Novo em Angola.

A abertura da Frente Leste obrigou por outro lado a internacional fascista (com Mobutu incluído) a reforçar as linhas etno-nacionaistas da FLEC, da FNLA e da UNITA…

Com o 25 de Abril de 1974, o Exercício ALCORA desmorona-se dos termos previstos pela internacional fascista que incluía Portugal, a Rodésia, a África do Sul e alguns aliados africanos infiltrados pelo seu sistema e pela CIA.

O plano de Mobutu para assaltar Cabinda e o norte de Angola, foi então “reconvertido”, o que só por si era um obstáculo à progressão em direcção sul das linhas progressistas a partir de Dar es Salam e Brazzaville.

Com a data de independência de Angola à vista, Mobutu “fazia-se ao bife”, sob os auspícios da CIA e tacitamente alinhado com o “apartheid”, enquanto os portugueses, perdidos nas lutas internas do MFA entre o 25 de abril de 1974 e o 25 de Novembro de 1975, iam respondendo conforme cada tendência política.

O Governador de Cabinda de então, Themudo Barata, veladamente alinhou com Mobutu e a FLEC, por efeito das políticas do general Spínola, conferindo à FLEC uma representatividade que não era internacionalmente reconhecida, numa polémica que é sustentada até nossos dias, com muitas entidades portuguesas a seguirem a trilha spinolista desde o 25 de Novembro de 1975.

As FLECs contam com apoios desse tipo em Portugal desde então.

Na aproximação do 11 de Novembro, Mobutu apoia a FLEC e a FNLA, de forma a intervir em Angola ao abrigo da CIA, pelo que angolanos e cubanos tiveram de travar as batalhas decisivas de Cabinda, Quifangondo e Ebo, a fim de ser proclamada a República Popular de Angola.

Em Cuba o Comandante Fidel apercebeu-se da importância de defender a capital angolana e simultaneamente Cabinda, pois sem isso seria impossível a progressão da linha da frente infrmal entre Dar es Salam e Brazzaville, para a Linha da Frente que mis tarde daria origem à SADC.

Pouco relevo se tem dado à batalha de Cabinda, mas o general de corpo de exército das Forças Armadas Revolucionárias de Cuba, Ramón Espinosa Martin, elaborou um relato completo dos acontecimentos no seu livro “La Batalla de Cabinda”.

Desse livro destaco uma das lições geoestratégicas do Comandante Fidel em África.

“Mensage de Salida nº. 58

Destino: Luanda.

Al: 1er. Comdt. Arguelles- Gondin.

El comandante en Jefenos há pedido les trasmitamos el seguiente texto:

Para Angola se envio todo lo solicitado e incluso más.

Se decidió reforzar Cabinda com recursos absolutamente adicionales.

Se envio também personal que estuviera en disposición de combatir.

Cabinda es el punto más débil y peor defendido.

Si se pierde Cabinda no lo podran recuperar más.

Angola sin Cabinda no podrá consolidar su independenciaporque alli están los recursos económicos fundamentales.

Mobutu quiere apoderar-se de Cabinda y tarde o temprano la va a agredir, sobre todo si sabe que está indefensa.

Es necessário que ustedes entiendan esto y se lo hagan compreender al MPLA.

Se acordo además enviar a Angola el personal necessário para la técnica soviética.

Por esto no lo creemos que se deba continuar debilitando Cabinda.

Si ya bajaron los morteros 120 en Bengela, úsenlos entonces en Angola pero no reduzcan más los medios destinados a Cabinda.

Debemos atenernos a los planos acordados.

Ahora se lucha en Angola pero no sabemos lo que puede ocurrir en Cabinda y no debemos dejar nuestro personal alli debilitado, ya que en caso de ataque por fuerzas d Zaire tendrán que luchar muy duramente y prácticamente solos.

En Angola tienen ya bastantes médios.

Estan recebuiendo además el material de otros países y se puede continuar reforzando desde aqui com personal cubano.

Si Hay peligro real en Luanda es mejor reforzar esa dirección com médios de las otras escuelas antes que descuidar Cabinda.

Ustedes tienen ahi varias opciones posibles cuando lo consideren realmente necesario.

Los ruego analicen com serenidade estos hechos.

Si se gana la guerra en Angola Y se pierde en Cabinda, se habra perdido mucho.

Hay que tratr de obtener los objectivos completos en ambos puntos.

Saludos, Fidel.

Firmado: Colomé.

18.10.75”.

A Operação Carlota estava lançada e a RPA levaria a linha da frente para a sua própria fronteira sul, o que obrigaria o “apartheid” a reinventar e reconverter a “border war”, nunca desperdiçando o que quer que fosse dos “bons ofícios” à portuguesa no quadro dos sucessivos governos de após 25 de Novembro de 1975, tendo em conta a absorção de muitos conceitos e práticas do colonialismo português e dos nexos de inteligência que todos eles propiciavam.

Isso perdurou não só enquanto esteve em vigência o “apartheid”, mas também quando as políticas hegemónicas unipolares incentivadas pela “civilização judaico-cristã ocidental” se fortaleceram e impactaram da maneira mais terrível (choque neoliberal entre 1992 e 2002), quanto da maneira mais “persuasiva” (quando se foi evidenciando a terapia neoliberal em Angola, de 2002 aos nossos dias)… para esse efeito a inteligência económica dos sucessivos governos de Portugal, vassala dos poderosos, tal como do Bilderberg, esperaram a sua hora!

Em relação a Angola, por alturas do passamento físico do Comandante Fidel, foi justo o que escrevi na Embaixada de Cuba enquanto “soldado do MPLA” e antigo combatente angolano, face à fotografia do Comandante, insigne lutador pelas mais justas causas libertárias de África:

“… De Argel ao Cabo…

Cavalgando com Fidel!

… Levando o ardor progressista desde contra o baluarte do colonialismo francês no Norte de África…

… Até contra o bastião mais retrógrado e fascista que existia à face da Terra após a IIª Guerra Mundial, em seu perverso domínio em toda a África Austral…

… Precisamente no sentido inverso ao projetado pelo império anglo-saxónico sob inspiração de Cecil John Rhodes… do Cabo ao Cairo…

… Em 55 anos foi de facto um vulcão libertário que sacudiu África e se distendeu, um vulcão libertário cuja energia tem aqui e agora, no berço da humanidade, oportunidade para muito melhor se refletir, se equacionar e inteligentemente aproveitar!...

… Quanto os africanos não têm saudavelmente absorvido do legítimo contributo e histórica responsabilidade revolucionária cubana, por via das armas enquanto houvera que ser, por via da educação e da saúde enquanto nesses 55 anos o foi, o é… e o será no porvir!?

Vencido o colonialismo pelas armas… vencido o apartheid pelas armas… vencidas algumas de suas sequelas pelas armas… quando face às bombas nucleares nenhum combatente progressista recuou… a paz, a harmonia e a luta contra o subdesenvolvimento tornou-se mais possível que nunca!...”

A consultar de Martinho Júnior:
Eleições na letargia duma colónia periférica – http://paginaglobal.blogspot.com/2013/10/eleicoes-na-letargia-duma-colonia.html 
Programa soft power da CIA contra Angola, passa por Portugal – http://paginaglobal.blogspot.com/2017/01/programa-soft-power-da-cia-contra.html 
Neocolonialismo em brandos costumes e dois episódios – http://paginaglobal.blogspot.com/2017/03/neocolonialismo-em-brandos-costumes-e.html 
Portugal à sombra de ambiguidades ainda não ultrapassadas – I – http://paginaglobal.blogspot.pt/2017/04/portugal-sombra-de-ambiguidades-ainda.html 
Portugal à sombra de ambiguidades ainda não ultrapassadas – II – http://paginaglobal.blogspot.pt/2017/04/portugal-sombra-de-ambiguidades-ainda_30.html 
Portugal à sombra de ambiguidades ainda não ultrapassadas – III – http://paginaglobal.blogspot.pt/2017/05/portugal-sombra-de-ambiguidades-ainda.html 
Portugal à sombra de ambiguidades ainda não ultrapassadas – IV – http://paginaglobal.blogspot.pt/2017/05/portugal-sombra-de-ambiguidades-ainda_8.html 
Portugal à sombra de ambiguidades ainda não ultrapassadas – V – http://paginaglobal.blogspot.pt/2017/05/portugal-sombra-de-ambiguidades-ainda_14.html 
Portugal à sombra de ambiguidades ainda não ultrapassadas – VI – http://paginaglobal.blogspot.pt/2017/05/portugal-sombra-de-ambiguidades-ainda_18.html


          HORA DE ENFRENTAR FACEBOOK E GOOGLE?   


Punição da União Europeia e estudo independente reconhecem: os dois gigantes querem cercar a internet e eliminar sua diversidade. Mas como frear seu poder?

Rafael A. F. Zanatta | Outras Palavras

Essa semana, Google e Facebook – dois dos maiores gigantes do capitalismo de vigilância contemporâneo – sofreram duros golpes em suas reputações corporativas, abrindo um debate mundial sobre a ética de suas ações e as vulnerabilidades de nossa dependência a esses monopólios da era digital.

Na terça-feira (27/06), a Comissão Europeia impôs uma multa de quase 9 bilhões de reais ao Google por “abuso de posição dominante como motor de busca” e “por dar vantagem ilegal a seu próprio serviço de compras comparativas”. Trata-se da maior punição antitruste a uma única empresa já realizada na Europa.

As investigações foram conduzidas por Margrethe Vestager, comissária da União Europeia para defesa da concorrência (e forte liderança do Partido Social-Liberal da Dinamarca). Ela revelou que oGoogle situava sistematicamente em lugar destacado seus próprios serviços de compras comparativas, “colocando em lugar pior os serviços de comparação rivais nos resultados de busca”. Para a comissária, o Google “ocupa uma posição dominante nos mercados de busca de internet no Espaço Econômico Europeu” e, com suas práticas de manipulação, “abusou da posição dominante dando a seus próprios serviços uma vantagem ilegal”.

Em um processo de investigação sigiloso, realizado desde 2014, Vestager reuniu um amplo conjunto de provas, incluindo 5,2 terabytes de resultados de busca (1.700 milhões de consultas), experimentos e estudos que demonstravam a visibilidade e o comportamento de consumidores em número de cliques, dados financeiros da Google e seus competidores e o declínio de acessos em websites europeus.

Para analistas do Financial Times, a decisão é um divisor de águas na regulação antitruste aplicada à “nova geração de empresas de tecnologia dominantes dos Estados Unidos”. Um terço da receita do Google com publicidade em buscas na Europa vem dos anúncios de compras que foram analisadas pela União Europeia. A decisão, enfim, “abre o coração do mecanismo de busca do Google” e possibilita o debate sobre como outros poderão utilizar seu mecanismo para conseguir uma melhor exposição.

Para quem se recorda do chamado de Richard Sennett de 2013 para “quebrar o poder de mercado do Google”, a decisão reabre um debate sobre monopólios na era digital. “A dominação é real e deve ser combatida”, dizia Sennett, por mais que essas empresas nos pareçam boazinhas.

Na quarta-feira (28/06), o centro independente de investigação ProPublica divulgou documentos internos do Facebook sobre o modo como seus 2 bilhões de usuários têm seus discursos avaliados, passando por filtros de censura sobre o que poderia configurar “discurso de ódio”.

De acordo com a denúncia do ProPublica, os algoritmos – fórmulas matemáticas que executam ações e comandos – do Facebook geram resultados socialmente questionáveis, assegurando os direitos de grupos com posições sociais asseguradas (como homens brancos) e desprotegendo grupos minoritários (crianças negras, por exemplo). Documentos internos vazados da empresa mostram que revisores de conteúdo eram orientados a trabalhar com uma fórmula simples (protected category + attack = hate speech). “Sexo” e “identidade de gênero”, por exemplo, são consideradas categorias protegidas, ao passo que “idade” e “ocupação” não. Como a fórmula exige uma dupla combinação de categorias protegidas (PC + PC = PC), discursos voltados a mulheres motoristas não são considerados de ódio, pois há uma categoria não protegida, que é ocupação (PC + NPC = NPC).

O simplismo de fórmula matemática do Facebook e a tentativa de “proteger todas as raças e gêneros de forma igual” despertou a crítica de acadêmicos. Denielle Citron, da Universidade de Maryland, argumentou que as regras do Facebook ignoram o espírito do direito e a análise contextual da proteção. O Facebook saiu em defesa própria, alegando que as políticas não possuem resultados perfeitos e que é “difícil regular uma comunidade global”.

Em ensaio para revista Wired, Emily Dreyfuss analisou a denúncia da ProPublica e argumentou que o problema é maior é que o Facebook é “muito grande para ser deletado”. Ao conectar um quatro da humanidade, as pessoas que precisam de uma plataforma para expressão não são capazes de sair – mesmo se forem alvos de censuras arbitrárias ou desproteções, como o caso dos algoritmos de “discurso de ódio”.

Isso leva a uma situação paradoxal. Ativistas em defesa da privacidade e lideranças do movimento negro – que atacam práticas realizadas pelo Facebook, como coleta maciça de dados e tratamento tecnológico desigual para brancos e negros – dependem do Facebook para compartilhar informação, pois as perdas são muito grandes ao deletar sua conta e isolar-se da rede de Zuckerberg. “São poucos os que podem se dar ao luxo de abandonar o Facebook e utilizar outras redes”, afirma Dreyfuss.

Renata Mielli, ativista integrante da Coalizão Direitos na Redeem ensaio para o Mídia Ninja nesta quinta-feira (29/06), foi perspicaz no diagnóstico: “O Facebook está sugando a internet para dentro de sua timeline”. Ele é o “maior monopólio privado de comunicação do mundo”, colocando em cheque as bases de nossa democracia.

Retomamos, assim, à grande provocação de Richard Sennett: se sabemos que esses gigantes devem ser quebrados e se estamos cientes dos aspectos prejudiciais desses monopólios sociais, o que podemos fazer?

A The Economist, em matéria de capa no mês de maio1, surpreendeu os progressistas ao oferecer uma crítica ao poder do Google e Facebook. A revista inglesa argumentou que é necessário “repensar radicalmente” os instrumentos antitrustes para os gigantes de coleta de dados (Google e Facebook), pois os reguladores ainda estão presos a conceitos de era industrial, ao passo que os instrumentos de análise devem ser voltados a empresas de tecnologia focadas em dados.

A Economist também propôs duas ideias embrionárias: aumentar a transparência sobre como os dados pessoais são coletados e monetizados (aumentando poder de barganha dos “fornecedores” – ou seja, nós mesmos) e redefinir conceitos jurídicos aplicáveis a essa nova indústria, tratando os data vaults (bancos de dados modelados para fornecer armazenamento histórico de longo prazo) como “infraestrutura pública”, forçando o compartilhamento de dados para estimular a competição.

Seriam ideias viáveis? Talvez. O mais importante, nesse momento, é mobilizarmos essas perguntas e forçarmos uma discussão sobre alternativas políticas e institucionais.

1Regulating the internet giants: the world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data

* Rafael A. F. Zanatta é pesquisador em direito e sociedades digitais. É mestre em direito e economia política pela International University College of Turin e mestre em sociologia jurídica pela Universidade de São Paulo, onde foi coordenador do "Núcleo de Direito, Internet e Sociedade"


          Timor-Leste precisa de um Plano Nacional de Formação de Quadros | M. Azancot de Meneses   


Próximo governo de Timor-Leste terá que conceber um Plano Nacional de Formação de Quadros

No dia 22 de Julho realizar-se-ão as próximas eleições legislativas em Timor-Leste e será formado o VII Governo Constitucional. Independentemente do governo que vier a ser formado, o país tem um Plano Estratégico de Desenvolvimento projectado para 2030 que não poderá deixado de ser tomado em consideração pelo novo executivo.

O Jornal Tornado, sobre esta problemática, decidiu entrevistar o Dr. Azancot de Menezes, especialista em educação e formação, considerado um dos quadros superiores mais conceituados de Timor-Leste.
Entrevista

Jornal Tornado: Dr. Azancot de Menezes, bom dia, começamos por agradecer a sua disponibilidade em conceder esta entrevista que nos parece fundamental para quem deseja compreender melhor a situação em Timor-Leste. Num momento em que se aproxima a formação de um novo governo, gostaríamos de saber a sua opinião relativamente à implementação e cumprimento do Plano Estratégico de Desenvolvimento de Timor-Leste.

Azancot de Menezes: O Plano Estratégico de Desenvolvimento de Timor-Leste (2011 – 2030) apresenta um sumário de estratégias, acções e metas para 2020, destacando que o sistema de educação e de formação profissional deverá formar os recursos humanos qualificados que Timor-Leste necessita para continuar a construção da Nação.

O documento estratégico refere, também, que em 2030 o povo de Timor-Leste será instruído e bem formado, com longa esperança de vida e produtiva, e terá acesso a uma educação de qualidade que lhe permitirá participar no desenvolvimento económico, social e político da nossa Nação.

Segundo o plano governamental, haverá um serviço de saúde abrangente e de grande qualidade, acessível a todos os timorenses, e terá sido reduzida a pobreza porque haverá elevados níveis de rendimento e melhorado a produtividade nacional, com recursos naturais e o meio ambiente geridos de forma sustentável para benefício de todos, havendo sectores de indústria criativas que contribuirão para a nossa economia e o nosso sentido de identidade nacional.

O documento, tal como o apresenta, é ambicioso e todos sabemos que da teoria à prática há um longo caminho a percorrer, principalmente devido ao facto de Timor-Leste estar com carência de quadros. Concorda comigo? 

Totalmente! O nosso país enfrenta esse problema, de forma conjuntural e estrutural. Não temos quadros médios e superiores em número suficiente e qualificados! Portanto, a educação e a aposta na qualificação dos recursos humanos são imperativos para se dar cumprimento ao Plano Estratégico de Desenvolvimento de Timor-Leste.

Quadros médios e superiores

Em Maio de 2017 realizou-se, em Díli, o 3º Congresso Nacional de Educação. Sabemos que estiveram presentes especialistas e houve o envolvimento do governo…

Este encontro, sem dúvida, foi uma excelente iniciativa do Ministério da Educação, contudo, ao falarmos em educação e formação, na prática, continuamos sem encontrar respostas relativamente ao perfil dos professores que desejamos para Timor-Leste, informações que são imprescindíveis para a mudança qualitativa da educação e do futuro do nosso país.

Quais são os principais constrangimentos em relação à formação de professores e de quadros técnicos em geral?

Há um conjunto de questões fundamentais que devem merecer análise cuidada e necessitam de ser discutidas pelos especialistas e pelos decisores que definem as políticas do país.

No domínio da educação, por exemplo, não se sabe em rigor qual é o ponto de situação actual em relação à formação inicial e contínua de professores. Até ao momento não foi ainda realizada uma avaliação credível sobre a formação de professores em Timor-Leste.

Quais são os custos, os recursos humanos, os materiais e o equipamento necessários para darmos cumprimento a uma política educativa de qualidade defendida no Plano Estratégico de Desenvolvimento? Colocar este tipo de perguntas e encontrar respostas é um desafio crucial para a resolução de muitos constrangimentos inerentes à formação e educação.

Prioridade após as eleições?

Após a realização das próximas eleições legislativas será formado o VII Governo Constitucional. Na sua opinião, o que é que o governo deveria realizar como prioritário no domínio da formação de quadros no âmbito do plano Estratégico de Desenvolvimento de Timor-Leste?

O novo executivo nacional, seja ele qual for, não poderá deixar de assumir como relevante e altamente estratégico introduzir na agenda política nacional a importância da obrigatoriedade que se impõe em torno da concepção de um Plano Nacional de Formação de Quadros (2018-2028).

O país tem doze instituições de Ensino Superior, públicas e privadas. Estima-se que existam 1222 docentes com o grau de licenciado, 750 com o grau de mestre e 50 com o grau de doutor.

Mas, pergunto, quais são de facto as necessidades de formação graduada e pós-graduada? Há algum estudo realizado sobre essa matéria e que oriente as universidades e escolas superiores?

Quais são as prioridades e programas de acção para a formação de quadros médios e superiores, para a administração pública e outros sectores? Quais são os resultados esperados e a estimativa de custos para os programas de formação de quadros?

Há algum documento orientador sobre a política de formação profissional na administração pública? Existe um balanço de necessidades de formação da oferta educativa interna nos domínios estratégicos de formação média e superior?

Plano Estratégico de Desenvolvimento de Timor-Leste (2011 – 2030)

Timor-Leste precisa de um documento orientador para a formação de quadros que tenha em consideração as necessidades de formação? É isso que defende?

Com certeza! Para respondermos de forma eficaz a questões desta natureza é imprescindível que Timor-Leste conceba um documento orientador da capacidade em termos técnicos e científicos, em harmonia com o Plano Estratégico de Desenvolvimento de Timor-Leste (2011 – 2030), e que de forma sustentável consubstancie um plano de implementação especificando aspectos de operacionalização, acções, cronogramas e investimentos.

O próximo Governo de Timor-Leste, caso esteja mesmo interessado no desenvolvimento social e económico do país, como espelha o Plano Estratégico de Desenvolvimento de Timor-Leste (2011 – 2030), terá que assumir o compromisso
de garantir a estratégia nacional de formação de quadros mediante um Plano Nacional de Formação de Quadros e que este seja um documento estratégico, com rigor científico, pelo seu horizonte de acção, e com projecções sobre as necessidades de formação até, digamos, 2028.

Dr. Azancot de Menezes agradecemos muito o seu contributo em ajudar-nos a compreender melhor a situação de Timor-Leste. Desejamos os melhores sucessos para o próximo governo e para os timorenses.

Eu é que agradeço! A discussão e a análise com pensamento crítico é um dos défices do nosso país, portanto, será sempre um prazer e obrigação minha discutir e problematizar em torno de questões tão importantes e estratégicas para o nosso desenvolvimento.


Publicado por TIMOR AGORA

          PORTUGUESES CÚMPLICES DO GENOCÍDIO EM TIMOR-LESTE | revelado desde 2005   




A revelação de documentos secretos norte-americanos trouxe a verdade à tona sobre acontecimentos ocorridos em 1975 que comprovam a existência de conluio e indiferença de entidades portuguesas (civis e militares) na ocupação selvática levada a cabo por forças militares indonésias ao serviço de Suharto. Também esses traidores portugueses ficaram impunes. Conclui-se após a notícia veiculada pela Lusa em 2005, e que é recomendável não esquecer.

É costume em Portugal (assim como também em outros países) a culpa morrer solteira. Contudo isso não nos impede, em democracia, de recorrer às memórias da história para relembrar aos que são desses tempos mas ignoram e às novas gerações que no caso da invasão de Timor-Leste alguns portugueses têm a sua percentagem de responsabilidades perante o genocídio ocorrido naquele país, assim como a cobardia aviltante e desleixo em entregar de mão-beijada a Pátria de um povo e o próprio povo que Portugal colonizava (sendo por isso responsável).

É evidente que esses portugueses traidores e dignos de chafurdarem em chiqueiro adequado às suas práticas permanecem no secretismo e impunes. Nem a história de Portugal alguma vez fez constar quem são e o que fizeram na abrangência daquele fatídico período. Muito provavelmente alguns (ou todos) ainda foram condecorados por “bons serviços prestados à nação e a bem da nação”. Vómitos, é o que tais energúmenos merecem por tal comportamento. Decerto que inseridos numa componente política e militar. Se bem que certo é que não sabemos exatamente quem desses devemos apontar. A impunidade permite-lhes a opacidade conveniente.

Nem atualmente, mais de 40 anos volvidos, os nomes desses traidores, desses pulhas, e cúmplices dos crimes ocorridos em Timor a partir de 1975, por militares e polícias indonésias, foram divulgados. Passando-se uma esponja pelas responsabilidades e culpabilidades criminosas que lhes cabe.

Em abono da verdade deve ser facto real que na atualidade alguns deles já são ossadas ou pó. Isso não invalida que não seja escrita a história como se deve e que se lhes sejam retiradas condecorações se as tiveram recebido. Ao menos isso. Condecorar traidores é blasfémico para a história de Portugal e ainda muito mais aviltante para as centenas de milhares de vítimas timorenses.

Não são, não foram, os portugueses da plebe que agiram de modo tão sabujo e traidor dos povos timorense e português. Foram especificamente uns quantos, políticos e militares, pela certa. Quem? Quantos? Temos o direito de saber. Não só os portugueses mas também os timorenses interessados na verdade de toda a trama que causou cerca de 250 mil cadáveres timorenses.

Esta é a história pocilgueira de colonizadores cobardes e indiferentes aos destinos nefastos do povo por que se devia sentir e ser responsável. Essa seria a atitude correta e demonstrativa do respeito devido àquele povo. O colonialismo, os negreiros, decidiram ao contrário, cobardamente, com todo o desprezo pelas vidas humanas que então era fácil adivinhar serem varridas da face da terra, do Timor Lorosae. Assim se pode deduzir ao ler a seguir o que consta no jornal Público em 2005. Não só a Indonésia de Suharto é responsável pelo genocídio mas também os EUA e Portugal o são.

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DOCUMENTOS SECRETOS | Portugal disse aos EUA que não se oporia à invasão de Timor-Leste

Em Março de 1975, Portugal já tinha informado os Estados Unidos não ser sua intenção resistir a uma possível invasão de Timor-Leste pela Indonésia, revelam documentos secretos divulgados ontem em Washingon. Isto apesar de uma análise militar norte-americana ter concluído que Portugal, com o mínimo de preparativos, tinha a capacidade de "encurralar" os indonésios em Díli, devido à falta de apoio dos timorenses a uma invasão Indonésia e às dificuldades do terreno.

Os documentos mostram a frustração indonésia para com a falta de resposta de Portugal à crescente crise em Timor durante 1975 e ainda a má informação sobre a situação política em Portugal por parte de um proeminente oficial indonésio.

Por outro lado, os memorandos revelam que em Novembro desse mesmo ano o actual ministro dos Negócios Estrangeiros de Timor-leste, José Ramos Horta, contactou desesperadamente a embaixada norte-americana em Sydney, na Austrália, para apelar à " ajuda política e económica à Fretilin" e avisar que a invasão indonésia a Timor-Leste estava "iminente".

Em Março de 1975, Portugal já tinha informado os Estados Unidos não ser sua intenção resistir a uma possível invasão de Timor-Leste pela Indonésia, revelam documentos secretos divulgados ontem em Washingon. Isto apesar de uma análise militar norte-americana ter concluído que Portugal, com o mínimo de preparativos, tinha a capacidade de "encurralar" os indonésios em Díli, devido à falta de apoio dos timorenses a uma invasão Indonésia e às dificuldades do terreno.

Os documentos mostram a frustração indonésia para com a falta de resposta de Portugal à crescente crise em Timor durante 1975 e ainda a má informação sobre a situação política em Portugal por parte de um proeminente oficial indonésio.

Por outro lado, os memorandos revelam que em Novembro desse mesmo ano o actual ministro dos Negócios Estrangeiros de Timor-leste, José Ramos Horta, contactou desesperadamente a embaixada norte-americana em Sydney, na Austrália, para apelar à " ajuda política e económica à Fretilin" e avisar que a invasão indonésia a Timor-Leste estava "iminente".

Esta iniciativa de Ramos Horta foi feita por indicação do Comité Central da Fretilin e, segundo o documento confidencial do Departamento de Estado, o funcionário da embaixada norte-americana que recebeu Ramos Horta "ouviu a exposição sem comentários".

A Indonésia invadiu Timor-Leste em Dezembro de 1975 com conhecimento prévio dos Estados Unidos.

Arquivo de Segurança Nacional dos EUA revela documentos secretos

Os documentos foram dados a conhecer pelo Arquivo de Segurança Nacional (National Security Archive), um centro de estudos que se especializa em tentar angariar e publicar documentos governamentais, muitas vezes secretos.

A organização deu ontem a conhecer 39 documentos até agora secretos sobre os contactos diplomáticos em redor de Timor-Leste após a queda da ditadura em Portugal, que levou à descolonização.

Poucos meses após o 25 de Abril de 1974, o Governo indonésio começou de imediato a sondar os Estados Unidos sobre a posição de Washington quanto a Timor-Leste e a sua possível anexação por parte de Jacarta.

Henry Kissinger foi informado da invasão

Em Dezembro de 1974, um funcionário do Conselho de Segurança Nacional dos EUA enviou um memorando ao então conselheiro de Segurança Nacional, Henry Kissinger, informando-o de que num contacto com o adido de defesa da Indonésia ficou a saber que "o Governo indonésio estaria interessado em saber a atitude norte-americana para com Timor Leste (e, por implicação a nossa reacção à possível tomada de controlo pela Indonésia)".

O funcionário sugere a Kissinger que convide entidades indonésias para conversações sobre essa e outras questões, ao que Kissinger dá sua aprovação com uma assinatura no final do documento por baixo da palavra "aprovado".

Poucos meses depois, em Março de 1975, um memorando "ultra secreto" de três páginas endereçado a Henry Kissinger pelo mesmo funcionário do Conselho de Segurança Nacional avisa que a Indonésia receia que "uma retirada apressada dos portugueses deixará Timor enfraquecida sujeita aos instintos esquerdistas de uns poucos líderes do movimento independentista, líderes que os indonésios receiam serem influenciados por Pequim".

O documento informa estarem a crescer as pressões dentro da Indonésia para uma "acção militar directa". "Temos alguma informação indicando que estão a avançar preparativos para essa acção e uma informação de que Suharto deu ordens para incorporação de Timor português não mais tarde do que Agosto de 1975, pela força se necessário", lê-se no documento. 

"Entidades oficiais portuguesas informaram-nos de que não resistirão a qualquer uso da força por parte da Indonésia," acrescenta o documento, sem dar outros pormenores.

Posição da Austrália era "ambivalente"

O relatório "ultra secreto" descreve a posição da Austrália sobre a possível invasão Indonésia como "ambivalente".

O autor do documento afirma que o Departamento de Estado não sabe "qual a melhor política a seguir", afirmando que o embaixador norte-americano em Jacarta recomendou "uma política de silêncio".

O documento propõe que se o Governo indonésio voltar a inquirir sobre a posição norte-americana, a resposta seja manifestar "a esperança de que qualquer mudança no Timor português seja levada a cabo pacificamente".

Henry Kissinger concorda com esta posição e nesse mesmo mês o consulado dos Estados Unidos em Surabaya enviou um extenso telegrama secreto à embaixada norte-americana em Jacarta alertando para as dificuldades que o Exército Indonésio enfrentaria numa invasão de Timor-leste.

O telegrama é titulado "Estimativa das capacidades militares indonésias " e nele o autor avisa que os timorenses ligam a possível invasão indonésia "às memórias amargas da ocupação japonesa e não deverão fornecer guias ou informação" aos invasores.

"Os portugueses não praticaram o ‘apartheid’ e as relações inter-raciais são excelentes," diz o documento.

"Não existe qualquer possibilidade de simpatia por uma autoridade indonésia entre a elite timorense ou a população em geral," acrescenta o documento, que avisa que sem o apoio da população "operações militares no Timor português seriam um grande peso para as melhores forças armadas do mundo".

O documento faz depois uma análise detalhada do terreno de Timor-Leste, afirmando que, embora com planeamento e preparação Díli, possa ser tomada "por uma força militar capaz", as forças portuguesas, com apoio de organizações locais e com "um mínimo de preparativos defensivos e uns poucos dias de aviso, podem encurralar os indonésios em Díli sem gastarem muito sangue ou munições".

O documento analisa depois praias perto de Díli para um possível desembarque indonésio, concluindo que "a logística e manutenção seriam a chave para uma operação com sucesso contra Timor português e estes aspectos não têm sido no passado os pontos fortes dos indonésios".

"Como é que os portugueses tencionam cumprir as suas responsabilidades"

Em Agosto de 1975, a embaixada dos Estados Unidos em Jacarta enviou um documento "secreto" ao Departamento de Estado a relatar um encontro entre o embaixador dos Estados Unidos e o tenente general Yoga Sugomo, dos serviços secretos indonésios.

Neste encontro, Yoga delineou a situação em Timor-Leste e expressou frustração por não conseguir clarificar "o que o actual Governo português vê como as suas obrigações e responsabilidades no Timor português ou como é que os portugueses tencionam cumprir as suas responsabilidades".

"Yoga disse francamente que o Governo da Indonésia não sabia quem estava no poder em Portugal e não conseguia obter respostas de Lisboa ou de qualquer outra representação diplomática portuguesa em Macau, Hong Kong, Nova Iorque e noutros locais," diz o documento, que relata como o general Yoga considerou os "socialistas" portugueses como "pró-Moscovo" e os "comunistas" como "pró-Pequim".

Quando informado pelo embaixador norte-americano de que "os socialistas portugueses tendem a manter laços ideológicos com os socialistas europeus e não com Moscovo" e sobre como as "tendências" em Portugal eram "vistas como não comunistas e de dificuldades para os comunistas, o general Yoga repetiu meramente que, pelo que sabia, os "socialistas eram pró-Moscovo e os comunistas eram pró-chineses".

Interrogado pelo general indonésio sobre qual a posição dos Estados Unidos para com a situação em Timor-Leste, o embaixador respondeu que, "em primeiro lugar, o Governo dos Estados Unidos não está ansioso por se envolver de qualquer modo no Timor português", sendo o "principal interesse norte-americano o impacto de qualquer mudança no Timor português nas relações dos Estados Unidos com a Indonésia".

"Em segundo lugar, o Governo dos Estados Unidos não tem qualquer objecção à fusão de Timor português com a Indonésia, assumindo que é esse o desejo da população", acrescentou o diplomata, citado no documento.

O embaixador disse que poderia "haver problemas" se houver "uma tomada pela força" avisando que isso poderia pôr em perigo a ajuda militar à Indonésia.

O general indonésio insistiu numa opinião mais clara das autoridades norte-americanas, afirmando que "se daqui a quatro ou cinco anos Timor português for pró-soviético ou pró-chinês, então os problemas não serão só da Indonésia".

O embaixador norte-americano disse que a posição norte-americana não estava "inteiramente dependente do ramo executivo do Governo dos Estados Unidos".

"O ramo executivo pode compreender a situação, mas as suas mãos podem ficar amarradas, pelo que não é possível dizer exactamente qual seria a reacção dos Estados Unidos", disse o embaixador dos Estados Unidos.

No encontro, o general Yoga disse não acreditar que a fusão de Timor-Leste com a Indonésia pudesse angariar mais apoio entre a população timorense porque "só a Apodeti (Associação Popular Democrática de Timor) é que apoia isso".

O décimo segundo e último assunto

A 5 de Dezembro de 1975, nas vésperas de uma visita do então Presidente Gerald Ford a Jacarta, o Departamento de Estado enviou uma nota "secreta" a Henry Kissinger a mencionar a informação sobre a decisão da Indonésia de invadir Timor entre "6 e 8 de Dezembro".

O documento sugere que - embora seja de esperar que a Indonésia não tome qualquer acção antes da partida de Ford de Jacarta, para evitar um "sério embaraço" - seja enviada uma "mensagem urgente" às autoridades indonésias "pedindo que os indonésios não façam qualquer anúncio e não tomem medidas militares até bem depois da partida do Presidente de Jacarta".

Documentos preparados por Kissinger para o Presidente Ford, para a sua visita a Jacarta, indicam, contudo que para Washington Timor-Leste não era uma prioridade.
A situação em Timor-Leste é apenas o décimo segundo e último assunto do "briefing" ao Presidente norte-americano.

Lusa, em Público | 29 de Novembro de 2005, 12:08

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Discriminação de minorias étnicas aumentou desde a transição -- Académica

30 de Junho de 2017, 15:00

Hong Kong, China, 30 jun (Lusa) -- A discriminação racial em Hong Kong foi herdada da era colonial e agravou-se desde a transição para a China, considera a académica Puja Kapai, "desiludida" por o novo governo não refletir a diversidade da sociedade.

"Infelizmente, a discriminação em algumas instâncias, tem sido definitivamente mais pronunciada na era pós-transição", afirmou a professora da Direito da Universidade de Hong Kong, coautora do estudo "Status of Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong 1997-2014".

De origem indiana, Puja Kapai observou que foi "um processo gradual", mas as mudanças introduzidas desde o governo do primeiro chefe do Executivo de Hong Kong Tung Chee-hwa nas políticas linguísticas "tornaram bastante mais difícil para as crianças das minorias étnicas entrarem em escolas públicas".

Kapai apontou como positiva "a abolição do sistema de escolas segregadas" -- as chamadas 'escolas designadas' --, já no mandato do chefe do Executivo cessante Leung Chun-ying.

"Pelo menos, os responsáveis do governo estão a enviar um sinal de que essa já não é uma prática aceitável em Hong Kong. Infelizmente, como estas crianças não conseguem entrar noutras escolas, acabam por ficar nas mesmas", disse.

Nesse aspeto deu o exemplo da discriminação a que são sujeitos os filhos dos não-falantes de chinês no processo de admissão ao ensino pré-primário com financiamento público: "Se fores uma criança de uma minoria que nunca teve a oportunidade de aprender a língua em casa, porque os teus pais não falam chinês, como é que vais conseguir fazer essa entrevista [de admissão]?".

Nos últimos 20 anos, foi positiva a entrada em vigor do Decreto sobre Discriminação Racial, em 2009, porque veio demonstrar que há algo errado e isso passou a "ser reconhecido na lei", apesar das falhas existentes no diploma, que não define claramente o conceito de tratamento desigual relativamente à língua e não inclui o estatuto de imigrante e a nacionalidade entre os motivos pelos quais a discriminação é proibida por lei.

Apesar de notar uma maior pré-disposição da chefe do Executivo eleita, Carrie Lam, "para ouvir" os problemas das minorias étnicas em Hong Kong, Puja Kapai observou que "não é inteiramente claro" se as recomendações deixadas no relatório que elaborou vão ser implementadas pelo próximo Executivo.

"Fiquei desiludida por ver que a composição do governo de Carrie Lam não reflete o tipo de diversidade que eu esperaria (...), em particular, porque uma das recomendações é a da inclusão das minorias étnicas ao mais alto nível", afirmou.

"Pelo menos tens de ter um representante para que as pessoas possam sentir que podem aspirar a juntar-se às fileiras do governo quando chegar a altura", acrescentou.

As minorias étnicas em Hong Kong representam 7,8% da população estimada em 7,33 milhões de pessoas, uma proporção que tem vindo a crescer nos últimos anos, segundo dados do Intercensos de 2016.

Nos Censos de 2011, estes grupos, maioritariamente formados por indonésios e filipinos, mas também por indianos, nepaleses, paquistaneses e tailandeses, entre outro, correspondiam a 6,38% dos 7,07 milhões de residentes.

O estudo de Puja Kapai concluiu que uma percentagem significativa (63%) dos grupos étnicos residentes na antiga colónia britânica há sete ou mais anos identifica-se com o país de origem e com a identidade de Hong Kong, algo que se verifica "sobretudo nas gerações mais jovens".

A académica destacou a necessidade de Hong Kong "dar mais atenção à diversidade de talentos" existentes na sociedade, sublinhando que os jovens das minorias étnicas podem "ser a chave para ajudar a abordar o problema do envelhecimento da população chinesa na cidade".

"Se não apetrecharmos estes jovens com as necessárias habilidades para serem bem-sucedidos e capazes, em termos de integração, corremos o risco de ter mais problemas do que já temos", disse.

"Se eles não formarem um saudável sentido de pertença não vão sentir que esta é uma sociedade para a qual querem contribuir e isso pode ser potencialmente perigoso e uma oportunidade perdida", acrescentou.

O novo governo liderado por Carrie Lam, a "número dois" do Executivo cessante, toma posse no sábado, dia em que se assinala o 20.º aniversário da transição de Hong Kong para a China.

FV // PJA

Jornalistas encurralados entre a autocensura e o ativismo

30 de Junho de 2017, 15:00

Hong Kong, China, 30 jun (Lusa) -- A associação de jornalistas de Hong Kong alertou para a deterioração da liberdade de imprensa, atualmente pior que nunca, com profissionais encurralados entre a autocensura e o ativismo.

Em entrevista à Lusa, Shirley Yam, vice-presidente da associação, faz um diagnóstico negro: "Numa escala de 1 a 10, em 1997 diria que [a liberdade de imprensa] era 7 ou 8 (...). Agora diria que é 2 a 3, porque ainda temos acesso livre à Internet, o nosso direito à liberdade de imprensa e de expressão é protegido pela lei. Nenhum dos nossos jornalistas foi detido ou morto".

Yam diz que para se compreender o momento atual é preciso perceber que há dois "pontos de viragem" em Hong Kong após a transferência para a China: em 2003 e 2014.

Até à primeira data, Pequim deixou a cidade quase "entregue a si própria", mas as coisas mudaram depois do grande protesto que juntou meio milhão de pessoas contra uma lei para punir crimes de traição à pátria, secessão e subversão, o chamado Artigo 23.º.

"Uma analogia seria que antes de 2003 estavam [o Governo central da China] sentados no banco detrás do carro e depois passaram a estar sentados ao lado do condutor", comenta.

Um segundo momento foi o 'Occupy Central', protestos pró-democracia que paralisaram a cidade por 79 dias, em que [Pequim] passou "a ocupar o lugar do condutor".

"A mesma mudança aplica-se aos 'media'. Desde 2003 que se vê um maior controlo sobre os editores e os patrões, que são empresários com muitas ligações na China. [No passado] ninguém proibia que assim fosse, mas seria surpreendente se empresários da China comprassem 'media' em Hong Kong sem que perguntassem: 'Há objeção?', devido às implicações no princípio 'Um país, dois sistemas'", explica.

A vice-presidente da associação, com cerca de 700 membros, aponta vários exemplos de uma liberdade de imprensa diminuída, por uma pressão exercida não através da censura, mas do medo.

Em 2014, a imprensa de Camberra noticiou que o líder do Governo de Hong Kong teria recebido 50 milhões de dólares de Hong Kong (5,7 milhões de euros) de uma empresa australiana, existindo suspeitas de corrupção. "Surpreendentemente não foi a abertura das notícias da noite. No dia seguinte, dos 18 diários publicados em chinês e inglês, apenas quatro tinham a história na primeira página", recorda.

"Quais são os motivos para os editores de 14 jornais decidirem que este escândalo relacionado com dirigentes de topo de Hong Kong não era bom o suficiente para a primeira página? Uma resposta fácil é que se trata de autocensura", afirma.

A jornalista destaca também a agressão policiail do ativista Ken Tsang, durante uma noite do 'Occupy Central', cujas imagens correram mundo depois de serem transmitidas pela televisão local TVB.

Ainda que o guião da peça -- que descrevia a agressão -- tenha sido editado várias vezes, Yam acredita que a peça só foi emitida devido à hora. "O 'censor principal' estava a dormir, por isso conseguiram pôr no ar", comenta.

O caso teve consequências: "O editor (de madrugada) que aprovou a transmissão passou a investigador. Quase toda a gente relacionada com o caso foi castigada. Outro editor que estava lá, mas que não esteve envolvido com a decisão, foi afastado por não ter travado" a emissão.

A colunista do South China Morning Post conta que "o pior" veio depois. "O cargo do editor que virou investigador foi ocupado pelo antigo secretário-geral de um partido Pró-Pequim de Hong Kong. No espaço de poucos meses uma fatia significativa de ações da TVB foi vendida ao antigo vice-secretário-geral do Partido Comunista de Xangai", relata.

Com uma imprensa livre como peça essencial do princípio "Um país, dois sistemas", são as próprias fundações deste regime, que garante a Hong Kong e Macau um conjunto de liberdades acrescidas, que ficam corroídas.

Yam recorda como há cinco anos foi contactada por uma revista de Taiwan que lhe pediu ajuda para encontrar famílias que partilhassem as suas reflexões a propósito do 15.º aniversário da transferência.

"Abordei alguns amigos, de famílias de classe média. Das dez famílias que contactei, apenas uma aceitou. As restantes disseram coisas como: 'Não queremos tanta exposição', ou 'O meu marido trabalha na China', 'Eu trabalho na China'.

"Deviam estar muito infelizes com o que se passa, e têm medo de falar disso. Mas a lei promete-nos liberdade de expressão. E isto foi antes do movimento 'Occupy', antes dos livreiros de Causeway Bay", que publicavam livros sobre a vida privada dos líderes chineses e que desapareceram, reemergindo mais tarde sob custódia da polícia da China.

As divisões que se sentem hoje na sociedade de Hong Kong refletem-se no jornalismo.

"Quando há uma crescente autocensura, os jovens jornalistas tornam-se mais antagonistas, mais hostis contra o sistema. E isso não é bom. Quando te tornas hostil perdes a tua independência, o teu discernimento e isso compromete o teu trabalho e a confiança do público em ti", lamenta Yam.

No contexto da China, Hong Kong é vista como uma cidade com garra, um "David" feroz contra um "Golias" intocável.

Mas Shirley Yam receia que se trate mais de um caso de fama com pouco proveito: "Em Hong Kong, a opinião pública conta, mas não para mudar coisas. É suficiente para travar algo, para impedir o pior de acontecer, como o artigo 23.º, mas não o suficiente para tornar o mau em bom, como a reforma política".

ISG // PJA

Nunca haverá democracia sem questionar base constitucional -- Deputado

30 de Junho de 2017, 15:00

Hong Kong, China, 30 jun (Lusa) -- O deputado "localista" Hong Kong Eddie Chu Hoi-dick considera que o território só vai ter democracia se questionar a fundação constitucional da região administrativa especial, que nunca teve o aval da população.

"Nunca vamos conseguir ter democracia se não questionarmos a fundação constitucional ou a legitimidade do poder de Pequim sobre Hong Kong e da própria Lei Básica", defende, em entrevista à agência Lusa.

"O movimento democrático em Hong Kong nos últimos 20 a 30 anos (...) não questionou a fundação constitucional desta cidade. Aceitámos o [princípio] 'Um país, dois sistemas', aceitámos a Lei Básica, restringimos o conteúdo do movimento democrático ao sufrágio universal do chefe do Executivo. Isso foi um erro", afirma o deputado de 39 anos, que nas eleições de setembro conseguiu o mais elevado número de votos por círculo eleitoral, 84 mil.

O chamado "rei dos votos" sublinha que tal não significa que "a independência seja a única forma de conseguir democracia".

"Estou a dizer que qualquer estrutura constitucional deve ter o aval das pessoas de Hong Kong antes de ser implementada".

Ao invés de se cingirem ao "pequeno objetivo" do sufrágio universal, "a discussão sobre a fundação constitucional desta cidade deve ser renovada, seja uma nova versão do 'Um país, dois sistemas', ou independência", frisa.

Eddie Chu é um dos seis deputados 'localistas' eleitos em setembro para o Conselho Legislativo, que defendem -- uns de forma mais fervorosa que outros -- maior autonomia para a região em relação à China.

Apesar de Hong Kong ser há muito associada à luta pela democracia, Chu acredita que o movimento só começou verdadeiramente em 2014, com o "Occupy Central", protesto que paralisou a cidade por 79 dias. O trabalho feito até lá pelos 27 deputados pró-democracia "era restritivo" e "destinado a falhar".

Chu olha para este movimento social como um esforço conjunto, além-fronteiras, dos povos de países em contextos próximos, unidos pelo desejo de democracia, como Taiwan, Singapura, Tailândia, Malásia e a própria China.

"Quando olhamos para o contexto geral vemos que não é uma luta de uma cidade, mas de muitas cidades e muitos tipos de pessoas", defende.

O deputado, com 19 anos à data da transferência de Hong Kong, admite que há alguma nostalgia em relação ao tempo colonial, mas alerta que a China usa uma estrutura administrativa herdada dos britânicos.

Do ponto de vista da governação, os problemas mantêm-se: elevado fosso entre ricos e pobres, um 'boom' imobiliário que faz recear um colapso dos preços, falta de habitação, especialmente para os mais desfavorecidos.

"Estas questões estavam lá antes de 1997 e ficaram piores. O governo colonial não era muito poderoso, precisava do apoio de magnatas, profissionais, proprietários de terras. Estes tentavam proteger os seus interesses e 'sequestrar' os governadores. Isso continuou depois da transferência. Os intervenientes podem ter mudado, de britânicos para chineses, mas a estrutura está lá", explica.

Ainda que a transferência gerasse receio em muita gente -- principalmente depois da repressão violenta dos protestos de Tiananmen, em 1989 -- havia a ideia que, com o controlo do Partido Comunista, a sociedade se tornasse mais justa. "Mas foi o oposto", garante.

Existia um equilíbrio entre Londres e Pequim, em que o primeiro governava a cidade, mas tinha de ter em conta as preocupações do segundo. "Agora só temos um poder à nossa frente. Os movimentos sociais ou democráticos tornaram-se muito mais difíceis", diz.

Apesar das ideias provocadoras -- quase hereges para o Governo de Hong Kong, que não admite qualquer discussão sobre independência -- o antigo jornalista opõe-se a atos de violência e demonstra até algum desagrado com o termo 'localista', aplicado àqueles que defendem Hong Kong por oposição à China e uma maior autonomia ou até a independência.

Chu, que não conteve as lágrimas ao falar à imprensa após ser eleito, considera que o termo causa desunião e "não é muito útil tentar distinguir as pessoas de Hong Kong das pessoas da China, dentro do contexto de Hong Kong".

"Se realmente quisermos fazer progressos no nosso movimento democrático, temos de ser o mais inclusivos possível. Todos os residentes desta cidade fazem parte deste movimento", afirma.

Como inspiração no Ocidente, Chu olha para o partido espanhol Podemos, apesar de admitir que pode ter limitações.

"Nunca fui a Espanha, mas li artigos sobre o Podemos e achei que podia ser um exemplo de como pensar na organização de um movimento democrático. A mensagem principal do Podemos para Hong Kong é: Será que podemos ter uma organização interna mais aberta ao invés de elites e um modelo hierárquico?"- questiona.

Lutar apenas pela eleição direta do líder de Hong Kong tem sido "um erro", defende o deputado Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, para quem é preciso questionar a própria base constitucional da região que nunca teve o aval da população.

ISG // PJA

Fosso entre ricos e pobres atinge nível histórico em quase meio século

30 de Junho de 2017, 15:00

Hong Kong, China, 30 jun (Lusa) -- Hong Kong assinala os 20 anos de retorno à China com o maior fosso entre ricos e pobres em quase meio século e com perto de um milhão de pessoas na pobreza.

Quem sobrevive com magros subsídios e sem pensão de reforma tem poucos motivos para celebrar.

O coeficiente de Gini -- indicador utilizado para medir o índice de desigualdade -- subiu para o valor mais elevado em 46 anos, fixado em 0.539, numa escala de zero a um, em que o zero representa a igualdade.

Os dados referentes a 2016 - divulgados este mês - indicam que 10% das famílias mais ricas, com uma mediana salarial na ordem dos 112.450 dólares de Hong Kong (12.882 euros), ganhavam 44 vezes mais do que 10% dos mais pobres, com 2.560 dólares de Hong Kong (293 euros).

O governo atribuiu a disparidade crescente ao aumento de pequenos agregados familiares e ao impacto adverso do envelhecimento da população, cujo número de idosos -- fixado em 1,16 milhões -- aumentou 2,6% em cinco anos, correspondendo a 15,9% da população total.

Com 7,3 milhões de habitantes, o centro financeiro que se mantém na liderança das economias mais livres do mundo esconde por detrás dos arranha-céus uma elevada desigualdade, e graves problemas de habitação, cujos preços superam largamente os vencimentos. O salário mínimo na antiga colónia britânica é de 34,5 dólares de Hong Kong (3,88 euros) por hora.

Segundo o mais recente relatório sobre a pobreza (Hong Kong Poverty Rate Report 2015), a metrópole asiática reduziu o número de pobres de 1,34 milhões (ou 570 mil agregados) para cerca de 970 mil pessoas (ou 390 mil famílias).

A taxa de pobreza baixou de 19,7% para 14,3%, mas as carências dos mais necessitados continuam expostas até nas zonas mais ricas da cidade, onde é possível ver idosos a recolher cartão das lojas para reforçarem o magro orçamento mensal e muitos à procura de alimentos nos caixotes do lixo.

O governo tem mais do que um apoio para a terceira idade, mas nenhuma pensão de reforma universal.

A única verba que chega a todos com idade igual ou superior a 70 anos é de 1.325 dólares de Hong Kong (150 euros). Os restantes são calculados com base no património dos candidatos, podendo ir até 3,435 dólares de Hong Kong (389,6 euros) por mês, segundo os aumentos que entraram em vigor este ano.

O Hong Kong Council of Social Service, que "há mais de 20 anos" luta por uma pensão de reforma universal, propôs uma reforma mensal de 3.500 dólares de Hong Kong (392 euros) para os residentes com idade igual ou superior a 65 anos, disse à agência Lusa Anthony Wong, da direção do organismo. Depois de várias discussões e consultas no ano passado, o plano acabou rejeitado.

"Eles citam sempre os exemplos da Europa ocidental para passarem a mensagem de que [o plano de pensões de reforma] é incomportável", disse.

"Mas para nós é realista porque temos uma população a envelhecer e muitas pessoas têm doenças crónicas. Muitos, mesmo na classe média, podem vir a sofrer uma grande doença que os vai fazer gastar todo o dinheiro e bens que acumularam ao longo da vida. E se gastam todo o dinheiro e de repente ficam pobres, o que é que podem fazer?", questionou.

"Com um plano de reforma, mesmo que fiquem muito pobres, pelo menos teriam uma pensão de reforma", justificou.

O Hong Kong Council of Social Service mantém o objetivo em cima da mesa, mas tem dúvidas em relação à concretização do plano de pensões de reforma no próximo mandato.

"Vamos continuar a lutar por isto, mas a questão é que a chefe do Executivo eleita [Carrie Lam] foi quem recusou avançar com a ideia, por isso não sei, mas vamos ver", disse Anthony Wong.

"Temos uma população envelhecida. (...) Atualmente, uma em cada cinco pessoas é idosa, mas daqui a 20 anos será uma em cada três. Por isso, se cerca de 30% [da população] tiver pelo menos 65 anos, é de esperar que nas próximas duas décadas haja muito mais pessoas na pobreza", afirmou.

Em maio, o número de casos de Assistência Integral à Segurança Social (CSSA, na sigla em inglês) era de 236.259, num total de 345.666 pessoas, segundo dados oficiais. Os idosos a receber apoios totalizavam 144.906 casos.

FV // PJA


          HONG KONG | 20 ANOS DEPOIS DO REGRESSO À CHINA   


Milhares nas ruas pedem democracia e libertação de Liu Xiaobo

01 de Julho de 2017, 23:48

Hong Kong, China, 01 jul (Lusa) -- Milhares de pessoas saíram hoje à rua em Hong Kong, para pedir mais liberdades políticas e a libertação do ativista chinês Liu Xiaobo, no dia do vigésimo aniversário da transição da antiga colónia britânica para a China.

A Civil Human Rigthts Front [Frente Civil dos Direitos Humanos], que todos os anos organiza o protesto de 01 de julho, estimou o número de participantes em mais de 60.000, enquanto a polícia referiu 14.500, segundo a imprensa local.

Os números foram inferiores aos do ano passado, com a organização a estimar cerca de 110.000 participantes e a polícia 19.300.

A marcha saiu do Parque Vitória em direção ao Conselho Legislativo (LegCo, o parlamento) pelas 15:00 (08:00 em Lisboa), já depois de o Presidente chinês, Xi Jinping, ter deixado a cidade, no final de uma visita de três dias, marcada por detenções de ativistas em protestos e pela advertência de que não será tolerada qualquer ameaça contra o poder de Pequim.

"Penso que todos os que vieram à manifestação vieram porque pensam que este ano é muito especial: são os 20 anos desde a transição", disse à agência Lusa Au Nok-hin, da Frente Civil dos Direitos Humanos, a entidade que organiza a manifestação.

"Há muitos problemas por resolver por parte do Governo de Hong Kong", acrescentou o também membro do Partido Democrata.

Nesse sentido, Au Nok-hin criticou as declarações do porta-voz do Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros chinês, que na sexta-feira disse que a Declaração Conjunta sino-britânica -- assinada em 1984 e na qual assenta o princípio "Um país, dois sistemas" e ao abrigo do qual foi realizada a transição de Hong Kong para a China em 1997 --, "é um documento histórico e não tem qualquer significado prático".

O mesmo responsável disse que esperava que o Governo central reconsiderasse as declarações daquele ministério.

"Muitos de nós estão preocupados com o futuro de Hong Kong, sobretudo com as recentes limitações à liberdade de reunião", acrescentou, em alusão às restrições impostas pela polícia para os protestos dos ativistas durante a visita de Xi Jinping à cidade.

No protesto marcaram também presença os ativistas que esta manhã foram detidos pela polícia, incluindo o rosto dos protestos pró-democracia de 2014, o jovem Joshua Wong e o deputado conhecido como 'Cabelo Comprido'.

Este ano, os manifestantes viram reduzido o espaço que anualmente lhes é atribuído no Parque Vitória, de onde parte a tradicional marcha pró-democracia, uma vez que grande parte da área estava reservada a uma exposição promovida por uma coligação de grupos de cerca de 40 grupos pró-Pequim (Hong Kong Celebrations Association).

Antes de iniciarem a marcha pelas ruas, no palco montado sobre o relvado do parque, vários ativistas usaram da palavra, incluindo Lam Wing-kee, um dos cinco livreiros que em 2015 desapareceram em condições misteriosas para reaparecerem, mais tarde, detidos na China e a confessarem crimes através da televisão estatal chinesa.

Lam Wing-kee pediu a libertação de Liu Xiaobo e apelou aos manifestantes para não desistirem de lutar pela democracia.

Liu Xiaobo, de 61 anos, que em 2010 foi distinguido com o prémio Nobel da Paz por promover a reforma política da China, viu esta semana ser-lhe concedida liberdade condicional depois de lhe ter sido diagnosticado um cancro no fígado em fase terminal.

O ativista foi condenado em 2009 a 11 anos de reclusão por subversão.

O protesto decorreu de forma pacífica, sob calor intenso e alguns períodos debaixo de chuva intensa, com os manifestantes a percorrerem cerca de três quilómetros entre o Parque Vitória do LegCo, durante mais de três horas.

Os manifestantes reclamaram também uma ação legal contra o ex-chefe do executivo CY Leung, por pagamentos recebidos da empresa de engenharia australiana UGL enquanto líder da cidade, o desenvolvimento sustentável da cidade, a defesa dos direitos dos homossexuais e da diversidade étnica.

O protesto, dominado por guarda-chuvas amarelos e outros símbolos pró-democracia, contou com defensores pró-independência da cidade, que apareceram em alguns cruzamentos por onde a marcha passava com bandeiras a remeter para os tempos da colónia britânica.

A chuva acabou por levar a organização a cancelar uma concentração prevista no Tamar Park, onde estão situados o LegCo e a sede do Governo do território.

As manifestações pró-democracia são realizadas anualmente desde 01 de julho de 1997 e atingiram uma dimensão significativa desde 2003, quando meio milhão de pessoas saiu em protesto contra o plano do governo de regulamentar o artigo 23.º da Lei Básica, que prevê punir crimes de traição à pátria, secessão e subversão.

FV // VM

Pequim vai garantir aplicação firme de "um país, dois sistemas" em Hong Kong

01 de Julho de 2017, 12:58

Hong Kong, China, 01 jul (Lusa) - O Presidente chinês sublinhou hoje que Pequim vai garantir a aplicação "com firmeza" do princípio "um país, dois sistemas" em Hong Kong.

O Governo de Hong Kong "deve manter-se fiel a esta direção e respeitar integralmente" aquele princípio, afirmou Xi Jinping, perante mais de dois mil convidados que assistiram, momentos antes, à cerimónia de posse da chefe do Executivo, Carrie Lam, primeira mulher a desempenhar o cargo.

Este conceito foi criado para defender a unidade do país e qualquer desafio à soberania ou apoio à oposição representa uma rutura do princípio "um país, dois sistemas", acrescentou.

"Qualquer tentativa que ponha em perigo a soberania e segurança da China, desafie o poder do Governo central e a autoridade da Lei Básica de Hong Kong (...) é absolutamente inadmissível", declarou.

O respeito e aplicação do princípio "um país, dois sistemas" responde às necessidades da população de Hong Kong, de manter a prosperidade e estabilidade de Hong Kong, serve os interesses fundamentais da nação e as aspirações partilhadas de todos os chineses, disse, de acordo com a agência noticiosa chinesa Xinhua.

Mas o Governo de Hong Kong deve fazer mais para responder aos desafios colocados pela economia, habitação, segurança e aumentar a educação patriótica, considerou.

Xi Jinping ofereceu a ajuda e força económica da China como "uma oportunidade" para revitalizar Hong Kong, numa altura em que o preço das habitações é incomportável para os residentes e a competitividade internacional do território diminuiu.

"Criar deliberadamente divergências políticas e provocar a confrontação não vai resolver os problemas. Pelo contrário, só vai impedir gravemente o desenvolvimento económico e social de Hong Kong", advertiu.

Antes, Carrie Lam, de 60 anos, e os seus secretários juraram servir a China e Hong Kong e respeitar a Lei Básica, a miniconstituição do território.

O Presidente chinês chegou na quinta-feira a Hong Kong para as cerimónias do 20.º aniversário da transferência de soberania do Reino Unido para a China - 01 de julho de 1997 - e para investir a nova chefe do Executivo da Região Administrativa especial chinesa.

A cerca de um quilómetro de distância, um pequeno grupo de ativistas pró-democracia confrontou-se com a polícia e manifestantes pró-China. Pelo menos nove militantes pró-democracia foram detidos, indicou a agência noticiosa espanhola Efe.

EJ // DM

Ativistas condenam "abuso de poder" da polícia após libertação

01 de Julho de 2017, 15:21

Hong Kong, China, 01 jul (Lusa) -- Ativistas pró-democracia, detidos hoje em Honk Kong e libertados pouco tempo depois, condenaram a atuação da polícia, que acusaram de os ter deixado à mercê de ataque de grupos pró-China e tríades.

Pelo menos nove ativistas pró-democracia de Hong Kong foram detidos cerca das 08:00 (01:00 em Lisboa) após confrontos com manifestantes pró-China, no centro da cidade, onde decorrem as cerimónias do 20.º aniversário da transferência de soberania, tendo saído em liberdade ainda durante a manhã.

Joshua Wong, que já tinha sido detido na quarta-feira, juntamente com 25 ativistas, durante uma concentração realizada na praça Bauhinia, no centro da cidade, e libertado, foi um dos detidos de hoje.

De novo em liberdade, o líder dos protestos pró-democracia de 2014 disse em conferência de imprensa, que apesar de o protesto ter sido autorizado pelas autoridades, os manifestantes foram alvo de "ataques violentos" por grupos pró-China durante a manifestação em Wan Chai.

Os ativistas seguiam em direção ao centro de convenções, onde decorria a cerimónia de tomada de posse da nova chefe do Executivo, Carrie Lam.

"O que nós encontrámos foi gangues pró-China e tríades (...) que nos cercaram e bloquearam a nossa manifestação a pedir a democracia e a libertação [do ativista chinês] Liu Xiaobo", disse Joshua Wong, num dos vídeos de uma conferência de imprensa divulgada através da rede de mensagens instantâneas Twitter.

"Durante os ataques violentos constatámos que a polícia não fez nada e permitiu que aqueles gangues empunhassem a bandeira nacional e nos perturbassem até às 08:00 [01:00 em Lisboa, quando começaram as cerimónias oficiais]", acrescentou.

Joshua Wong classificou a situação de "absolutamente inaceitável" e "sem base legal", descrevendo que ele próprio foi algemado e que outros ativistas foram alvo de agressões de agentes no carro da polícia a caminho da esquadra.

"Condenamos veementemente a atuação da polícia por não proteger os manifestantes pacíficos e por permitir -- se não arranjou, pelo menos deixou -- estes 'gangues' atacar-nos", afirmou.

O também secretário-geral do partido Demosisto disse ainda que espera que "na manifestação de 01 de julho, na tarde de hoje, em vez de permitirem que os grupos leais pró-China continuem a perturbar o nosso protesto".

Na conferência de imprensa, Avery Ng, da Liga dos Sociais Democratas, descreveu aos jornalistas que os ativistas receberam informações contraditórias de diferentes agentes sobre se estavam ou não detidos.

"Assim que o veículo entrou em andamento, eu perguntei repetidamente aos agentes se estavámos detidos. Inicialmente, responderam que não sabiam, mas alguns minutos depois disseram que sim", contou Avery Ng. "Perguntei sob que acusações mas não responderam", afirmou.

"Assim que o veículo chegou à esquadra da polícia, outro grupo de polícias disse-nos: 'Vocês não estão presos, vocês estão livres, podem ir embora'. Este é o facto", acrescentou.

O ativista sublinhou que "a polícia está claramente a abusar do seu poder".

"Esta manhã, o objetivo era muito simples. Na verdade os objetivos tanto da polícia como das tríades são muito parecidos. O seu dever era impedir-nos de ir à cerimónia da manhã para protestar contra [o presidente da China] Xi Jinping", sublinhou.

Avery Ng acrescentou que "nas passadas 72 horas, a Liga dos Sociais Democratas foi alvo de detenções múltiplas e ataques violentos por elementos das tríades".

"O número supera a centena. Ao mesmo tempo, mais de 100 polícias foram destacados para seguir alguns dos nossos principais membros nos últimos três dias. Isto é o tipo de recursos que eles usam para reprimir um só partido político", adiantou.

Na conferência de imprensa, Joshua Wong e Avery Ng surgiram acompanhados por outros ativistas que também tinham sido levados pela polícia, como o deputado Leung Kwok-hung (conhecido por "Long hair" ou "Cabelo comprido") e pelo deputado Eddie Chu, entre outros.

O Presidente chinês chegou na quinta-feira a Hong Kong para as cerimónias do 20.º aniversário da transferência de soberania do Reino Unido para a China - 01 de julho de 1997 - e para investir a nova chefe do Executivo da Região Administrativa especial chinesa.

FV (EJ) // EJ

"Fazer barulho" nas ruas é a opção para quem não tem direito a voto

02 de Julho de 2017, 02:40

Hong Kong, China, 02 jul (Lusa) -- Aos 12 anos, Lum Lum é uma entre milhares de pessoas que, hoje, saíram à rua em Hong Kong para reclamar a eleição direta do líder da região.

Cerca de 60.000 pessoas, segundo a organização, ou 14.500, para a polícia, participaram na manifestação. Qualquer dos números está bastante aquém das manifestações realizadas há alguns anos, com muitos residentes frustrados com a falta de resultados dos protestos de rua.

Apesar de longe do 'fôlego' do "Occupy", que em 2014 paralisou durante 79 dias várias zonas da antiga colónia britânica para pedir a eleição do chefe do Executivo por sufrágio universal, os protestos continuam a fazer parte da cultura de Hong Kong, que assinalou os 20 anos da transição para a China.

Da família de Lum Lum só a irmã mais velha faltou à manifestação, "porque tinha muito para estudar", contou à agência Lusa, sob o olhar atento dos pais e de uma tia, enquanto caminhava desde o Parque Vitória em direção ao Conselho Legislativo (o parlamento da cidade).

"Estamos aqui porque queremos eleger o nosso chefe do Executivo e também porque não queremos mais corrupção no governo", disse Lum Lum à Lusa.

A pequena "ativista" começou a participar nos protestos pacíficos "desde os 3 ou 4 anos", por iniciativa do pai. Atenta ao que se passa na Região Especial Chinesa, a menina disse que a visita do Presidente chinês, Xi Jinping, não lhe despertou nenhum sentimento.

"Também não tenho qualquer mensagem para ele, porque se tivesse ele não me ia ouvir", acrescentou.

Já em relação aos ativistas que ao longo da semana foram sendo detidos e libertados, a menina mostrou determinação nas palavras. "Sinto tristeza e raiva. Eles não fizeram nada e tiveram problemas apenas porque queriam dizer ao Governo o que está mal em Hong Kong", afirmou.

Ao contrário de Lum Lum, a professora de Economia Anson Suen, de 31 anos, não é uma presença assídua nos protestos de rua. Juntou-se à grande manifestação em 2003, quando meio milhão saiu à rua, e no 20.º aniversário da região sob a soberania chinesa também achou que fazia "todo o sentido".

"Se o Governo central quer que nós amemos o país, então devia permitir mais liberdade de expressão, respeitar as nossas instituições e dar-nos a verdadeira democracia", disse.

Anson Suen seguia com um grupo de amigas, incluindo a também professora Dodo Lo, de 35 anos, que explicou o que a move nos protestos de rua.

"Talvez não faça a diferença, mas pelo menos fazemos barulho para demonstrar o nosso descontentamento. Queremos que eles saibam que não estamos felizes, mas eles ignoram-nos", disse.

Hong Kong foi integrada na República Popular da China em 1997, ao abrigo da fórmula idealizada por Deng Xiaoping para a reunificação do país, a qual permite a continuação por mais 50 anos do "modo de vida" do território, nomeadamente as liberdades de expressão, imprensa e de associação, desconhecidas no resto do continente.

Mas nos últimos anos, muitos residentes têm manifestado preocupações crescentes, denunciando interferências de Pequim nos assuntos da cidade e a erosão das liberdades.

É essa preocupação com o futuro de Hong Kong que continua a levar Choi, uma mulher de 39 anos, todos os anos à manifestação realizada a 01 de julho.

"Os padrões de vida e das liberdades têm vindo a diminuir, sobretudo nos últimos anos", afirmou, acrescentando que "a questão da democracia está pior do que há alguns anos".

Pequim prometera deixar os residentes de Hong Kong escolherem em 2017 o líder por voto direto, o que poria fim ao atual sistema de eleição através de um colégio eleitoral, mas com a condição de que os candidatos fossem aprovados por um comité de nomeação, algo que os pró-democratas contestaram, alegando que só os candidatos pró-Pequim teriam "luz verde".

Depois do "Occupy", essa reforma política foi chumbada pelo Conselho Legislativo de Hong Kong em junho de 2015, com o campo pró-democrata a votar em bloco contra a proposta.

Carrie Lam, a nova líder de Hong Kong eleita em março passado, foi escolhida por um colégio eleitoral composto por 1.200 membros. Primeira mulher a exercer o cargo, Lam obteve 777 votos.

Quando foi eleita, Carrie Lam prometeu "unir a sociedade", mas sem se comprometer com um calendário para iniciar um eventual novo processo de reforma política.

No sábado de manhã, Xi Jinping empossou Lam no cargo, no último dos três dias de uma visita oficial a Hong Kong, para assinalar a data.

FV (DM) // JLG


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          Two new bridges complete revamped AOAA walking trail   
<p>SARAH DESANTIS/STAFF PHOTO</p><p>Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area Authority Treasurer Mike Schwartz and Operations Director David Porzi stand on a new wooden bridge that helps form a walking loop near the trailhead Friday morning. A second bridge is in the distance between the two men. The approximately quarter-mile walking loop is free and open to the public and will be expanded to approximately two miles of pedestrian trails as the summer progresses.</p>
By Sarah DeSantisTHE NEWS-ITEM sarah_d@newsitem.com

BURNSIDE — Two new bridges complete the first section of a revamped walking path at the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA).

The quarter-mile path, which is free to use and open to the public anytime, circles a large retention pond near the trailhead off Route 125 and connects to a pedestrian trail system that will eventually grow to more than two miles.

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          The runways of fire that let Second World War planes land in fog: FIDO   
FIDO - "Fog, Intensive, Dispersal Of" (originally "Fog Investigation and Dispersal Operations")- was the Royal Air Force's strange but brilliant scheme that saved thousands of air crew lives.
          Concurso público do TCE-PE oferece 36 vagas com salários de até R$ 18,4 mi   





Quem tem interesse em integrar o quadro de servidores públicos do Tribunal de Contas do Estado de Pernambuco (TCE-PE) deve ficar atento. Foi publicado nesta quinta-feira (29) o edital do concurso público para o órgão. Ao todo, são oferecidas 36 vagas de nível superior, incluindo três oportunidades para pessoas com deficiência. As remunerações variam de R$ 11,6 mil a R$ 18,4 mil para uma jornada de trabalho de 30 horas semanais.


As inscrições devem ser feitas na internet a partir das 10h do dia 11 de julho até as 18h de 31 de julho. A taxa de inscrição varia de acordo com o cargo pretendido, tendo os seguintes valores: R$ 200 (para todas as áreas de Auditor de Controle Externo), R$ 190 (Analista de Controle Externo - Área: Auditoria de Contas Públicas) e R$ 150 (Analista de Gestão - Todas as áreas).

O pagamento do boleto bancário, que pode ser realizado em qualquer banco, nas casas lotéricas e nos Correios, deve ser feito até o dia 18 de agosto. Para solicitar isenção da taxa, é necessário preencher o requerimento do candidato, disponível no site da inscrição, contendo a indicação do Número de Identificação Social (NIS), atribuído pelo CadÚnico, e uma declaração constante do anexo do edital, no mesmo período destinado às inscrições.

O concurso do TCE-PE traz oportunidades distribuídas entre os cargos de Auditor de Controle Externo, sendo 13 vagas para a área de Auditoria de Contas Públicas e uma vaga para a área de Auditoria de Obras Públicas, ambos com remuneração de R$ 18.477,13, além de oito vagas para Analista de Controle Externo - Área: Auditoria de Contas Públicas, com remuneração de R$ 15.841,17. Há também 13 vagas para o cargo de Analista de Gestão - Área: Administração e uma vaga para Analista de Gestão - Área: Julgamento, ambos com remuneração de R$ 11.606,55.

Para se candidatar aos cargos, é necessário ter diploma de conclusão de curso de graduação de nível superior em qualquer área de formação, fornecido por instituição de ensino superior reconhecida pelo Ministério da Educação (MEC). Apenas para o cargo de Auditor de Controle Externo – Área: Auditoria de Obras Públicas, é exigida formação em cursos superiores de Arquitetura ou Engenharia em instituições reconhecidas pelo MEC.

Provas: A banca examinadora do concurso é o Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisa em Avaliação e Seleção e de Promoção de Eventos (Cebraspe). As provas objetivas e a prova discursiva têm durações que variam de 3 horas e 30 minutos a 4 horas e 30 minutos, conforme a função desejada. As datas prováveis de aplicação dos testes também são diferentes para cada um dos cargos contemplados no concurso.

Confira, a seguir, o cronograma:

-Auditor de Controle Externo – Área: Auditoria de Contas Públicas: 17/09, de manhã.

-Auditor de Controle Externo – Área: Auditoria de Obras Públicas: 17/09, de manhã.

-Analista de Gestão – Área: Julgamento: 17/09, à tarde.

-Analista de Controle Externo – Área: Auditoria de Contas Públicas: 24/09, de manhã.

-Analista de Gestão – Área: Administração: 24/09, à tarde.



Fonte Motiva Gente



          Governo cancela reajuste do Bolsa Família   





Estadão Conteúdo – Com a frustração de receitas e a dificuldade de cumprir a meta fiscal deste ano, o governo suspendeu o reajuste do Bolsa Família acima da inflação previsto para entrar em vigor em julho O Ministério do Desenvolvimento Social, responsável pelo pagamento do benefício, informou que o Bolsa Família não será reajustado neste momento.

Originalmente, a ideia era dar aumento de 4,6% no benefício, acima da inflação oficial acumulada em 3,6% nos últimos 12 meses. Segundo apurou a reportagem, além da escassez de recursos, uma ala do governo considerou que a crise política “esconderia” o anúncio do aumento. A média do Bolsa Família é de R$ 182 por família.

Em maio, o ministro do Desenvolvimento Social, Osmar Terra, disse ao Broadcast, serviço de notícias em tempo real do Grupo Estado, que o reajuste sairia em julho, dentro de um grande pacote de bondades do governo Temer. “Vai ter reajuste em julho acima da inflação. É uma decisão. Tem que ver quanto vai ser a inflação em 12 meses para a gente poder fixar o valor”, disse. Na época, o ministro informou que o programa contava com orçamento de R$ 30 bilhões e que a cifra já previa o dinheiro para bancar o reajuste.

A área econômica, no entanto, dissuadiu o presidente a reajustar o benefício em meio às discussões de medidas para conter os gastos e aumentar as receitas, inclusive com a possibilidade cada vez maior de aumento de impostos para cumprir a meta de déficit de R$ 139 bilhões.



Fonte Motiva Gente



          Man attempts to hide from police, fails spectacularly   

Man attempts to hide from police, fails spectacularlyThis guy must have habitually lost at hide and seek as a child. SEE ALSO: Police dog too friendly for the force gets an adorable new job The West Yorkshire Police went in search of a man who had failed to appear in court for a burglary charge. Suffice to say they found him.  They shared a picture of the arrest to the West Yorkshire Halifax Facebook page and, no, it is not a joke. In the Facebook post, they wrote, "A male in Calderdale who was wanted by Police decided to try hide this morning when they went to his property looking for him. You will not be surprised to find out that yes we did find him - he will not be winning any awards for hide and seek champion soon!!!" First of all, the first place everyone looks is under the bed. Secondly, tuck your feet in, dude. WATCH: This automated CPR chest band could save lives in remote places



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          ATHLETICS: Two podium finishes for Tim Carter of Bourton Roadrunners   
A BUSY weekend of races for Bourton Roadrunners saw Tim Carter make second place (37.14) in the undulating Kingham 10k.
          Swindon Town sign defender Olly Lancashire   
Swindon Town have completed their second signing of the day with Olly Lancashire becoming the lastest to sign on at the County Ground.
          The Ugly Canadian II: Justin Trudeau’s Foreign Policy   
When Justin Trudeau looks in the foreign policy mirror who does he see? Someone very much like Stephen Harper. On the world stage Canada under Trudeau the Second has acted almost the same as when Harper was prime minister. The Liberals have followed the previous government’s posture on issues ranging from militarism to Russia, nuclear […]
          The Uniqueness Of The Book Of Zohar   
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          My Thoughts On Twitter, 6/27/17   
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          Banks Come Under Fire For Filling In The Payday Loan Gap   
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          Album Review: Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’   
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          Libraries of Business Process Segment Links    
I think I have seen this before, but was reminded of it by some recent work.  Why not have libraries of the graphs of typical business process segments?  Then allow us to paste these together to create complete or partial business process models?  And then edit these to make them come closer to what is really done?   Model with simulation to compare the result versus the ideal?

The below shows how this is done to detect money laundering, using Linkurious, but I am suggesting could also be used to model and refine legitimate process.   That would require a library of graph segments representing specific and known common business processes, and a way to link them together. Perhaps from  business transaction flows?   And create a process model along the way. Anyone done this?

Fighting financial crimes and money laundering with graph data
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Fighting financial crimes is a daily battle worldwide. Organizations have to deploy intelligent systems to prevent and detect wrongdoings, such as anti-money laundering (AML) control frameworks. We’ll see in this blog post how graph technologies can reinforce those systems.

Using graph technologies to fight financial crimes

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Graph technologies like Linkurious can be powerful assets to help fight financial crimes. They provide exhaustive overviews of the different entities and their connections. And they support complex data queries on large data-sets in a near-real time environment.

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          Does Auckland have the infrastructure capacity to host the America's cup? Alex Tarrant reviews two of the Mexican stand-offs involving central government, the Auckland Council, the Airport and Watercare   

By Alex Tarrant

Emirates Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup win has certainly fired up the Auckland infrastructure debate (as if it needed more fuel). Every interested party is now reviewing their wish list trying to figure out whether their pet project could be completed in four years. Rail, roads, houses and water pipes.

The 2021 event (Auckland will also hold the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit that year) might be a Godsend for getting even more Auckland infrastructure work on the move (if we can find the labourers needed – don’t mention foreigners!).

But the multiple Mexican stand-offs between the Government, Auckland Council and other parties like Auckland Airport and Watercare need to be resolved. The key in each dispute is who pays for what, when, why and how.

This (rather long) column focuses on two of those stand-offs. Rail to Auckland Airport from the CBD, and cheaper, faster provision of water services for new housing in Auckland – including boosting incentives for cheaper densification. On Rail, there is a simple answer to get things moving if the project would indeed lead to benefits. On water, revised legislation debated in Parliament last week provides some hope.

Rail to the airport

Politicians were quick to jump on the success of ETNZ earlier this week and the expected economic benefits to Auckland from holding the Cup in 2021. The Green Party used the occasion to question the Transport Minister on whether Auckland would have capacity to host the event.

“Will the government start building rail to the airport sooner, if Auckland hosts the next America’s Cup regatta, or will Aucklanders still have to wait 30 years?” Julie Anne Genter asked Simon Bridges.

Bridges’ answers focussed on the current plan of protecting a sole purpose route that will originally be marked out for a busway to the Airport. This showed the government was prioritising the project, he claimed, being careful to add it was difficult to explain what the timeframe could be for progressing to rail. This would be driven by demand and usage numbers, Bridges said.

So why not just kick-start the project of rail to the airport? If central government were to lead on funding, couldn’t others like the Council be given time to come up with their share? The reason this National-led government isn’t making any firm commitments like this is down to the principle of, whoever benefits should pay.

Steven Joyce, Simon Bridges and other Ministers have in recent months been talking more about the use of value uplift taxes to help fund new projects – rates will be higher in areas that profit from increased transportation links, for example. These could be residential rates paid by homeowners in areas with improved access to the CBD from a new road, which would have boosted the value of their property. They could also be imposed on commercial businesses that benefit from more foot-traffic due to being closer to, say, a new train station.

The government openly admits that a value uplift tax would have been a perfect fit for Auckland’s inner-city rail loop. But, because the loop was announced before Ministers could start spraying the idea around, they feel it would be a bit rude (think a vote-loser) to suddenly turn around and clamp such a tax on business owners close to where the new stations would be, regardless of the economics.

They have to find a project that hasn’t yet started, and which would clearly benefit the areas linked by the project. Penlink has been talked about. I also give you the Airport-City rail link.

However, Bridges and Joyce are engaged in a stand-off with Auckland Airport. ‘If you come to the table, then we will too.’

Auckland Airport would clearly benefit from any rail link with the city. So, Bridges et al are waiting for them to come to the party. If we’re talking light rail – trams – then Dominion Road businesses and residential properties should also benefit in value uplift.

It’s a stand-off though. If the airport argues against paying more because the benefits won’t be that great, then the government can turn around and say, ‘ok well that’s a good argument for not needing to build the new connection’. If the government just starts funding the link itself, then it runs the risk of no-one else coming to the party. They also don't want to be seen starting the project with inclusion of value-uplift taxes that no-one agrees on - that's not the way this government wants to work.

In effect, the sticking point is a matter of principle. It’s a principled Mexican stand-off. Or a prisoners’ dilemma in a low-security prison.

Water pipe dream

The next stand-off is a key component in Auckland’s housing debate. Water pipes. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how the National Cabinet would love to take a swipe at the monopolistic, not-for-profit Watercare in Auckland. They’re getting nearer to it.

The Local Government Amendment Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) was introduced last year by former Local Government Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga. And boy was it popular. The Local Government Select Committee heard nearly 200 submissions on the Bill. They’ve now reported back with amendments. The Bill received a second reading last week.

The stand-off between local and central government on water pipes can best be summed up by a conversation between media and Local Government New Zealand a few weeks back. A lot of New Zealand’s water pipe infrastructure was put in in the 1960s, we were told. Those pipes had an expected lifetime of 60 years, so we’re heading towards an exponential renewals curve over the next 15 years for assets worth over $100 billion.

A couple of the journalists (including this correspondent) were a tad miffed by this. Did local councils know there was only a 60-year life span? “Yeah, they did,” was the reply. ““The renewals curve is not a surprise. But it’s here, now.”

So why haven’t councils planned over those 60 years to put replacement funds aside? The problem, we were told, was that in the 1960s a lot of the pipes were paid for by central government. Now, technically only local government is on the hook. “Unde