Cunoscutul blogger Alexei Navalni care a energizat protestele de strada împotriva lui Putin înainte si dupa alegerile prezidentiale este acuzat de delapidare. Procesul va diviza si mai mult opozitia radicala la adresa Kremlinului, dar ar putea sa-i creasca pe termen lung capitalul politic tânarului lider, crede Lilit Gevorgyan, experta în spatiul CSI la firma de consultanta IHS Global Insight.
Procesul de delapidare intentat lui Navalni în 2010 a fost redeschis pe 31 iulie în fata unui tribunal moscovit. Exista temerea ca se încearca eliminarea sa de pe scena politica, cât si oprirea activitatii sale sustinute de combatere a coruptiei prin expunerea acesteia.
Avocatul de 36 de ani a devenit cunoscut si popular tocmai prin campaniile sale anti-coruptie, desfasurate prin intermediul site-ului de Internet Rospil.ru, care a reusit sa adune fonduri semnificative expunându-i pe oficialii de stat suspectati de savârsirea unor fapte de coruptie. Navalni a facut ani de zile astfel de dezvaluiri, prin cumpararea de pachete minoritare de actiuni la companii mari de stat si prin exercitarea dreptului sau de a cere si a primi acces la operatiunile interne ale acestora, în calitate de actionar. El si-a asigurat chiar si un loc în board-ul Aeroflot, cea mai mare companie aeriana rusa, cu ajutorul unuia dintre actionari, miliardarul Alexander Lebedev.
În protestele spontane anti-guvernamentale din decembrie anul trecut, Navalni a reusit sa-si creioneze un profil de lider politic al opozitiei pentru ca a fost omul care i-a adus, chiar daca pentru putina vreme, pe liberali si pe ultranationalisti împreuna în efortul de a opri realegerea lui Vladimir Putin din martie. Dar dupa esuarea acestui obiectiv, alianta conjuncturala s-a rupt.
Acuzatii vechi si noi
Initial Navalni fusese acuzat ca a prejudiciat bugetul regiunii Kirov din nordul Rusiei cu 40.000 de dolari în perioada în care lucra ca si consilier al guvernului regional. În prezent, la aceste acuzatii se adauga aceea ca s-ar fi asociat cu o mica firma de cherestea pentru a fura lemn de la fabrica de cherestea de stat KirovLes, producând un prejudiciu de 16 milioane de ruble. Navalni a respins însa acuzatiile ca fiind absurde si l-a acuzat pe Putin ca „trimite dupa gratii pe toti cei care-i sunt incomozi”.
Daca tânarul blogger va fi arestat, el va câstiga si mai mult capital politic ca urmare a statutului sau de prizonier politic, crede analista Lilit Gevorgyvan. Deocamdata însa o condamnare a sa ar fi un semnal puternic dat de autoritatile ruse ca nu vor mai tolera proteste de strada din partea opozitiei radicale. Scaderea numarului protestatarilor si divizarea miscarii de opozitie le-a permis autoritatilor sa ignore cererile acestora de reforma politica.
„Opozitia rusa este în continuare în faza de formare, dar închiderea lui Navalni nu va face decât sa-i galvanizeze pe sustinatorii sai sa duca mai departe campania sa împotriva coruptiei pe care o considera cea mai mare amenintare la adresa Rusiei. Iar capitalul politic pe care îl va dobândi prin intrarea în cercul detinutilor politici cunoscuti, îl va putea folosi cu siguranta în viitor”, concluzioneaza Gevorgyan.
Nici macar Ceausescu nu-si imagina în 1966 o autostrada pe care sa se circule cu maximum 100 de km/h.
Ne-am uitat pe raportul IPTANA unde sunt prinse informatii pretioase despre viziunea lui Ceausescu asupra autostrazilor care s-au proiectat în timpul sau.
Nu mica ne-a fost mirarea sa vedem ca pentru Autostrada Bucuresti - Pitesti, "elementele geometrice au fost proiectate pentru viteza de baza de 140km/h" desi saraca Dacie 1310, aparuta abia în 1983, nici nu putea sa ajunga la o asemenea viteza.
Executia autostrazii Bucuresti-Pitesti s-a derulat în perioada 1967-1979, se arata în raportul IPTANA.
RESTRICTII de viteza pe cea mai asteptata AUTOSTRADA
Pe autostrada Bucuresti-Ploiesti, care s-a deschis circulatiei pe data de 19 iulie 2012, la 45 de ani de la primele proiecte de autostrada din România, se circula cu o restrictie de viteza de 100 km/h.
Septimiu Buzasu, secretar de stat în cadrul Ministerului, a precizat ca viteza maxima admisa pe autostrada Bucuresti - Ploiesti este de 100 km/h, urmând sa fie ridicata la 130 km/h abia dupa ce soferii se vor acomoda si daca nu se vor înregistra accidente sau incidente.
The video shows some very disturbing images including police firing rubber bullets and letting a dog loose on a woman holding a baby. To talk more about what is going on in Anaheim, RT's Kristine Frazao is joined by Michael Prysner of the ANSWER Coalition.
At a sometimes-tense House hearing, Medicare Chief Information Officer Tony Trenkle assured lawmakers that the issue is a priority but couldn't offer a timetable for when the change might be made.
Congressional auditors said in a report Wednesday that an earlier cost estimate of $800 million to $845 million was faulty, partly because of insufficient and inconsistent data.
The Government Accountability office estimated as many as 48 million Medicare beneficiaries risk having their identity stolen because their Social Security numbers are displayed on Medicare cards required by most physicians' offices and other health care providers.
Early next week, an extraordinary machine will plunge down in a sheet of flame, pirouette through the Martian skies and come to rest, Newton willing, on the floor of a rocky crater next to a mountain almost five kilometres high. The Mars Science Laboratory, aka Curiosity, is a $US2.5 billion ($2.38 billion) robotic planetary rover. This nuclear-powered craft, a tonne in weight and the size of a small car, is by far the largest, most complex and most expensive unmanned probe ever sent to the surface of an alien planet. Curiosity's brief is to spend several years poking around Gale crater, perhaps climbing Aeolis Mons, and looking for signs of past and even present life on the Red Planet.
Just about everyone agrees that Curiosity is an example of what NASA does best: robotic planetary exploration, on a tight budget, with maximum bang (in science terms) per buck. And this, I would argue, is also the only way forward for an agency that has otherwise lost its way - a pointer to a new focus that could yet herald the true dawn of the space age.
Since the days of the Pioneers, Voyagers and Mariners of the 1960s and 1970s, NASA's star performers have been the robot brainchildren of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, its outpost in Pasadena, California. These machines have glimpsed lakes on Titan, flown through the rings of Saturn, photographed fire-fountains on Io and sniffed briny oceans on Europa - all for a total cost, over 50 years, that amounts to what the Pentagon spends in eight weeks. To see the opposite of this pure brilliance, simply fly across the US to the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas, home to the Astronaut Corps. High on expectations after the Apollo moon landings, NASA's Human Space Flight division has spent four decades pouring cash down the drain and going nowhere.
Since the Space Shuttle program was cancelled last year, America's manned program has been in chaos. Officially, a new spacecraft called Orion, revealed earlier this month, will take American astronauts out of low-Earth orbit for the first time since 1972, first to the moon, then to the asteroids and on to Mars. The first flights are scheduled for 2014, with the moon missions slated for the 2020s.
Rumbling into the future … NASA's guidance, navigation and control systems manager, Steve Lee, points out the features on Curiosity. Photo: Reuters
But it won't happen. There is no national leadership, no inspiration, no goal. Budgets will be cut, timetables will slip. The great thing about the moon as a destination is that you can stand on the White House lawn and point to it. But NASA will not get funding to send astronauts to asteroids - for the simple reason that most American taxpayers don't care about asteroids, even if they know what they are.
So what should NASA do? After all, the agency still has considerable funds at its disposal; more, theoretically, since the pointless space shuttles were finally grounded. I believe that it should, along with its international partners such as the European and Russian space agencies, refocus on one overriding goal: to search for life outside the Earth - scrapping more or less everything else.
After all, there can be no more pressing or fascinating question in the whole field of space exploration and astronomy. To discover that Earth's biosphere is unique, to find that even the most Earth-like planets out there are no more than sterile rocks, to discover that wherever we look, we see not even bacterial slime, would be extraordinary. If the evidence stacked up that we are indeed alone, our view of ourselves - of our place in the universe and our custodianship of our planet - would take on a whole new meaning.
And, of course, the alternative would be just as awe-inspiring. Finding microbial life on Mars with a different genetic make-up to earthly life (showing that the Martian bugs are not the result of meteoritic cross-contamination between the two planets) would suggest that life is everywhere. The biochemist Nick Lane, of University College London, one of the surprisingly few scientists in the world studying the origin of life, suggested recently that microbial life probably is everywhere, but that evolution to more complex forms such as recognisable animals and plants demands a series of biochemical flukes that may yet mean that life as we know it is vanishingly rare. This fascinating idea needs exploring. Under its strategy, what should NASA do in practical terms? First, expand robotic exploration of the solar system. With the money saved by cancelling the Space Shuttle, the US - with input from Europe and perhaps India and China - could send a series of flagship missions to Mars, Europa (a moon of Jupiter) and Titan (a moon of Saturn) to look for life. The European Space Agency is building an ambitious new probe to explore the Jovian system. This was originally meant to be a joint mission with NASA, but the Americans pulled out, a move that should be reversed.
Second, NASA should wriggle out of its commitment to the International Space Station, a $100 billion, orbiting white elephant. Congressional law now demands NASA continues to support this exercise until 2017. In May, a private spacecraft called Dragon successfully docked with the space station, showing commercial space flight can be a reality. Since SpaceX's Dragon capsule can carry people, NASA should effectively privatise the whole ISS enterprise - and the whole business of getting men and material into orbit. Turn the station into a hotel, get it sponsored by McDonald's; anything, really. Private enterprise may even manage to make it interesting.
With yet more funds saved, NASA should build a fleet of space telescopes. In terms of value for money, few machines can compete with the Kepler observatory. At a cost of $600 million (about the price of one Space Shuttle launch) this machine has revolutionised our view of the cosmos. In three years it has found more than 2000 ''exoplanets'' orbiting nearby stars, including dozens that are roughly Earth-like in size and temperature. Twenty years ago, we did not know of a single exoplanet; now, it is estimated that there are at least 30,000 potentially habitable planets within 1000 light years of Earth - places such as Kepler-22b, a world bigger than our own yet with similar surface temperatures and possibly a huge ocean covering its surface.
We need more Keplers, and bigger ones. Large space telescopes, or fleets of space telescopes, placed either in Earth's orbit or at the solar system's gravitational oases (known as the Lagrange points) would allow us to survey nearby Earth-like planets, sniffing their atmospheres spectroscopically for oxygen, methane, water vapour and the like - the tell-tale signs of a biosphere. With a really big telescope, we could theoretically see the dark-light colour changes that may signify continents and oceans passing as the planet rotates.
This does not mean, however, that human space exploration should cease altogether. A return to the moon makes sense, not least because the lunar far side is an ideal place to build extremely large telescopes that could explore the surfaces of ''Earth twins'' even more effectively. And if Mars looks promising, it remains the case that a human astrobiologist could achieve in a week what the best robot could do in three years.
Yet concentrating on a search for life would have the advantages of being scientifically valid, being relatively cheap and connecting with the public imagination. Since 1972, Americans have spent far more money making and watching movies about fictional aliens than they ever spent actually going into real space. Looking for ET will garner rather more enthusiasm than growing cress seeds in orbit. And there is a case for devoting modest public funds in the search for alien radio signals.
There remain scientifically and culturally valid reasons to maintain a human presence in space, not to mention more nebulous justifications such as vicarious excitement and national pride. But NASA should leave the flag-planting, for now, to the privateers and to other nations (the next humans on the moon will be Chinese, arriving in the late 2020s).
Go looking for life, and it may well find it. Once it does, all bets will be off - and NASA might just get the money to do whatever it wants. Michael Hanlon is the author of The Worlds of Galileo and The Real Mars.
Growth in employment has been slow in recent months, and the unemployment rate remains elevated. Business fixed investment has continued to advance. Household spending has been rising at a somewhat slower pace than earlier in the year. Despite some further signs of improvement, the housing sector remains depressed. Inflation has declined since earlier this year, mainly reflecting lower prices of crude oil and gasoline, and longer-term inflation expectations have remained stable.
Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. The Committee expects economic growth to remain moderate over coming quarters and then to pick up very gradually. Consequently, the Committee anticipates that the unemployment rate will decline only slowly toward levels that it judges to be consistent with its dual mandate. Furthermore, strains in global financial markets continue to pose significant downside risks to the economic outlook. The Committee anticipates that inflation over the medium term will run at or below the rate that it judges most consistent with its dual mandate.
To support a stronger economic recovery and to help ensure that inflation, over time, is at the rate most consistent with its dual mandate, the Committee expects to maintain a highly accommodative stance for monetary policy. In particular, the Committee decided today to keep the target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent and currently anticipates that economic conditions--including low rates of resource utilization and a subdued outlook for inflation over the medium run--are likely to warrant exceptionally low levels for the federal funds rate at least through late 2014.
The Committee also decided to continue through the end of the year its program to extend the average maturity of its holdings of securities as announced in June, and it is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities in agency mortgage-backed securities. The Committee will closely monitor incoming information on economic and financial developments and will provide additional accommodation as needed to promote a stronger economic recovery and sustained improvement in labor market conditions in a context of price stability.
Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were: Ben S. Bernanke, Chairman; William C. Dudley, Vice Chairman; Elizabeth A. Duke; Dennis P. Lockhart; Sandra Pianalto; Jerome H. Powell; Sarah Bloom Raskin; Jeremy C. Stein; Daniel K. Tarullo; John C. Williams; and Janet L. Yellen. Voting against the action was Jeffrey M. Lacker, who preferred to omit the description of the time period over which economic conditions are likely to warrant an exceptionally low level of the federal funds rate.
I ribelli hanno attaccato anche oggi il tribunale militare di Aleppo con granate e razzi.
Colpita anche una stazione di polizia e la sede del partito al potere Baath nel distretto meridionale di Salhin. Mentre nella notte le truppe governative hanno bombardato i quartieri di Firdoss, Al-Mashhad e Ansari.
Secondo l'ong, solo il 30 Luglio 2012 hanno perso la vita 41 civili, 19 ribelli e 33 soldati.
Il presidente del consiglio è convinto che l'Italia e l'Unione europea vedano già la luce in fondo al tunnel e che il vertice di Parigi servirà a mettere in sicurezza l'euro e dare impulso alla crescita. Hollande: faremo tutto il possibile per attuare decisioni del vertice Ue.
Italia e Francia riaffermano la loro volontà di impegnarsi e di fare «tutto il possibile» affinché «le decisioni del Consiglio europeo siano applicate» e la zona euro sia «difesa, preservata, consolidata», ha detto Hollande dopo l'incontro. Sul futuro della zona euro, «sono stati fatti progressi molto significativi, e nei giorni scorsi sono state pronunciate parole importanti da parte del presidente della Bce e dei capi di Stato e di Governo», ha aggiunto il presidente francese.
Monti. «Condivido parola per parola quanto dichiarato dal presidente francese Hollande sul graduale schiarirsi delle prospettive dell'Eurozona»: lo ha detto il premier Mario Monti, al termine del suo incontro con il presidente francese all'Eliseo. «La posta in gioco è talmente vitale che non possiamo permetterci neanche un minuto di disattenzione, la posta in palio è talmente vitale per tutti e per ciascuno di noi» e riguarda «la stabilità e la forza dell'eurozona e la sua capacità di contribuire alla crescita economica e sociale dell'Europa», ha detto Monti.
Borse. Piazza Affari inverte rotta in scia all'andamento ribassista di alcuni titoli che stanno appesantendo i mercati europei. Il Ftse Mib scende quindi in campo negativo, perdendo più di un punto percentuale. A pesare sono in particolare i conti sotto le attese di alcuni big. Tra questi, sul listino milanese, si guarda alla Fiat che sta perdendo oltre il 4% dopo aver registrato un utile sotto le attese degli analisti.
Spread. Lo spread Btp-Bund si attesta sopra quota 470, in crescita rispetto alla chiusura di ieri a 466 punti base. Il rendimento sulla scadenza decennale italiana si porta al 6,04%.
R.K. Nayak, chairman of the Power Grid Corporation of India, told reporters at a new conference in the capital that the problem was difficult to pinpoint given the network’s complexity, but that he hoped to see the system up and running by midnight.
“Some sections might have caused tripping but it is difficult to give you anything at this time,” he added.
By early evening, power officials were reporting that around 40% of the system was operating normally again.
The massive outage -- billed as one of the world’s largest, affecting half of India's 1.2 billion people -- occurred soon after the northern grid was powered back up after a 15-hour failure Monday, only to collapse again shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday That tripped the eastern and northeastern grids in quick succession, leaving much of the country in the dark and the capital with 1% of its usual electricity supply.
Nearly twice as many people were affected by Tuesday’s failure as were without power Monday.
As the outage spread, state officials stepped up their finger-pointing, accusing neighboring states of taking more than their allocated share of power, even as opposition politicians slammed the government for mismanagement and policy paralysis.
“This lowers the esteem of the country in the eyes of the world,” said Prakash Javadekar, a spokesman with the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party. “The country is suffering.”
As the Delhi Metro ground to a halt, passengers in the capital were forced to clamber down from rail cars and walk or wait until emergency power allowed trains to reach the nearest station. Some 350 trains were affected nationwide.
“This has been a big worry,” said Shobha Agrawal, 49, reached by telephone on a train from Chandigarh to Mathura that usually takes eight hours but had already been delayed for several more. “And my son’s very anxious back at home since I’m traveling alone.”
While major airports and larger hospitals switched to backup generators, smaller hospitals and clinics were forced to postpone medical procedures or make do with ambient light as even bigger ones struggled.
“We are facing a lot of problems,” said Harish Chawla, a manager at Delhi’s Holy Angel Hospital, which does have backup power. “You can’t trust generators to keep running dependably for 10 or 12 hours. We had to reschedule a surgery since it was risky to go ahead. And patients don’t want to risk an operation anyway during a power failure.”
As many as 200 coal miners working at the Eastern Coal Fields mines in West Bengal state were stranded underground when power needed to operate the pulley system went out.
“We are trying to rescue the coal miners,” Mamata Banerjee told reporters in the state capital, Kolkata. “You need power supplies to run the lifts in the underground mines."
Company officials said they had advised miners to move to a location within the mines where there was sufficient ventilation and were trying to get food and water to the men, adding that they were in no immediate danger.
This second disaster in rapid succession -- despite promises by power officials Monday that the problem was fixed -- underscores India’s weak infrastructure and crisis-management systems and the nation’s struggle to satisfy the needs of its increasingly affluent population and growing industry.
Rolling blackouts are common in Indian cities given an aging grid and a 9% electricity shortfall at peak periods, so many houses and companies have backup generators. But the collapse of an entire grid is rare, with the last such failure involving the northern grid occurring in 2001.
Richa Hingorani, who works for a civic group in Delhi, said she figured it was the usual one- or two-hour interruption when electricity first cut out around 2:30 a.m. Monday. But as temperatures rose inside their house, family members became increasingly anxious, fanning themselves for four hours with newspapers until dawn broke.
As Hingorani set off for work, things only got worse.
“With bumper-to-bumper traffic, it took me 40 minutes to travel a distance that should’ve taken 10 minutes,” she said. “Work at the office has suffered. There’s no Internet, and little respite when you leave the office since there are so many crowds.”
The government announced after the first grid failure that it was appointing a three-member panel to study the causes and submit a report within 15 days.
Oficialul crede ca sistemul fiscal din România este conceput astfel încât îi forteaza pe managerii societatilor comerciale sa încalce legea.
Constantin Mugurel Isãrescu (n. 1 august 1949, Drãgãsani, judetul Vâlcea) este un economist român, care îndeplineste în prezent functia de guvernator al Bancii Nationale a României. De asemenea, a îndeplinit functia de prim-ministru al României în perioada 22 decembrie 1999 - 28 decembrie 2000.
Guvernatorul Bãncii Nationale a României, in functie: 1990–1999 2000 – prezent
"Daca vom continua cu un sistem fiscal care te împovareaza si îti scoate ochii din cap, îti da o singura sansa sa supravietuiesti si aceea este sa faci evaziune. N-ai de ce sa speri la o transparenta. Eu o sa fiu cotat de jurnalistii din sala ca Isarescu s-a dat la sistemul fiscal si nu vede ce e la el în ograda", a declarat Isarescu, de la BNR.