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Puteri Indonesia mempesona di Polandia

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Indonesia yang diwakili Jesica Fitriani (24 ) , Puteri Indonesia Pariwisata 2019,  berhasil membawa harum nama Indonesia di Ajang Miss Supranational 2019 yang berlangsung di Kota Katowice, Polandia.Acara pengumuman ...


          

AP Interview: Ex-Polish #President defends Biden and Burisma

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Aleksander Kwasniewski, a former Polish president and currently a board member for Ukrainian gas company Burisma, says Hunter Biden was chosen to join its advisory board because ...
          

Former Polish #President served on Burisma board with Hunter Biden. Here’s what he says about it.

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Aleksander Kwasniewski, a former Polish president who is on the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma, said Thursday that Hunter Biden was indeed chosen to join its advisory ...
          

Former Polish #President defends Hunter Biden, Ukrainian gas company

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WARSAW, Poland — Aleksander Kwasniewski, a former Polish president who is on the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma, said Thursday that Hunter Biden was indeed chosen to join its advisory ...
          

Walsh “heartbroken” over anti LGBTQI comments in EU Parliament

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Fine Gael MEP Maria Walsh says it was heartbreaking to hear anti-LGBTQI comments in the European Parliament last night

She addressed MEPS during a debate on hate speech and discrimination.

It came about over concerns about the creation of so called ‘LGBTI free zones’ in Poland.

Maria Walsh says he was shocked to hear some of the contributions from Polish MEPs

Out words: no words

 

Dur: 00:30


          

“No one has the right to tell me how I should live” – Maria Walsh

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Fine Gael MEP Maria Walsh has condemned hate speech and discrimination against LGBTI people during a debate in the European Parliament.

It was prompted by concerns over attempts to create so-called “LGBTI free zones” in Poland.

The Midlands-North-West MEP called for EU institutions to take action.

She also criticised comments made by other MEPs in the chamber last night

 

Out words: (clapping fades out)

Dur: 00:18


          

471 EU Politicians VOTE IN FAVOR of pedophilia in Poland

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471 Members of the European Parliament have voted to pass a resolution criticizing a Polish bill called “Stop Pedophilia” that seeks to protect minors from sexual abuse by adults. Look there is no gray area here, ok? Do not even listen to what these scumbags have to say, what explanations they give, its all a […]

          

Play introduces Ukrainian OTT service Megogo

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(Telecompaper) Poland mobile operator P4, working under the Play brand, said customers can now use the Ukrainian OTT service Megogo...
          

Orange Poland adds Family option under Orange Flex service

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(Telecompaper) Mobile operator Orange Poland has re-freshed its Orange Flex service. Customers can now get a Flex Family service with up to six telephone numbers for family members, on a single balance...
          

Xiaomi opens new sales points in Poland

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(Telecompaper) Xiaomi has opened two own branded Mi Store shops in Poland but has postponed the launch of a third shop, reports Rpkom.pl...
          

Play to run 5G tests on 2,100 MHz band in Gdansk, Gdynia, Sopot

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(Telecompaper) Poland mobile operator P4, working under the Play brand, has been cleared by regulator UKE to test 5G services on its commercial network in the...
          

Wytrzymała skóra naturalna

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Przedsiębiorstwo Agent Mastrotto Spa działa na rynku polskim jako kontynuacja hurtowni Duma Poland Sp. z o. o. Firma proponuje skóry różnego gatunku, ...
          

Polish protesters take to streets to back embattled judges

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Protesters in Poland have held demonstrations across the country to express their solidarity with judges who say they are facing increased political pressure and intimidation from the right-wing government. The largest protest Sunday took place in the capital, Warsaw, in front of the Justice Ministry. Polish media reported that protests were […]
          

Science warnings, US retreat add urgency to UN climate talks

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Science warnings, US retreat add urgency to UN climate talksMass protests, a last-minute venue change and talk of climate tipping points are adding some unplanned drama to this year’s international talks on tackling global warming. Delegates from almost 200 countries had hoped to put the finishing touches to the rules governing the 2015 Paris accord, ironing out a few wrinkles left over from last year’s conference in Katowice, Poland, and setting the scene for a major review of their efforts in 2020. Next, President Donald Trump served formal notice that the United States was quitting the Paris accord, delivering a symbolic blow to one of his predecessor’s signature achievements.



          

Sarwan - male - Warsaw, Poland

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Added and Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 24 to 30 November 2019

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I am trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at FamilySearch   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list) every week.

As of 30 November 2019, there were 2,673 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 7 from last week):

The added or updated collections this week are (as Marshall provided them):

--- Collections Added   --

*  Texas, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1947  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2729394); 1,794,395 indexed records with 1,794,395 record images, ADDED 28 Nov 2019

*  Italy, Trieste, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1924-1944   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2684447); 38 indexed records with 38 record images, ADDED 30 Nov 2019

*  Montana, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2796752); 144,392 indexed records with 144,392 record images, ADDED 27 Nov 2019

*  Kansas, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2796751); 429,561 indexed records with 429,561 record images, ADDED 27 Nov 2019

*  Australia, Convict Tickets of Leave, 1824-1874  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3499251); Index only, no images, ADDED 26 Nov 2019

*  Oregon, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2803937); 295,077 indexed records with 295,077 record images, ADDED 27 Nov 2019

*  California, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2786603); 2,083,701 indexed records with 2,083,701 record images, ADDED 27 Nov 2019

--- Collections Updated ---

South Carolina, Charleston County, Charleston, Birth Registers, 1901-1926       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2834217); 30,445 indexed records with 1,965 record images (was 23,191 records with 1,490 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1877097); 1,261,468 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 1,261,434 records with 4,192,353 images), Updated 25 Nov 2019

England, Yorkshire Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1613-1887    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3477664); 4,035 indexed records with 4,019 record images (was 3,395 records with 3,390 images), Updated 29 Nov 2019

Georgia, Chatham, Savannah, Laurel Grove Cemetery Record Keeper's Book (colored), 1852-1942     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3479704); 18,181 indexed records with 473 record images (was 12,874 records with 345 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

France, Vienne, Census, 1896    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2858067); Index only (4,915 records), no images (was 4,740 records with 0 images), Updated 27 Nov 2019

American Samoa, Vital Records, 1850-1972        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3438751); 9,693 indexed records with 3,762 record images (was 8,024 records with 2,240 images), Updated 29 Nov 2019

Alabama, County Birth Registers, 1881-1930      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3335352); 292,738 indexed records with 48,396 record images (was 291,849 records with 48,371 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1710-1928       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3405096); 19,776 indexed records with 2,081 record images (was 18,036 records with 1,889 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

Hawaii, Board of Health, Marriage Record Indexes, 1909-1989     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3463469); 154,259 indexed records with 26,814 record images (was 129,358 records with 26,315 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2333694); 34,153,310 indexed records with 46,885,712 record images (was 34,153,310 records with 46,885,712 images), Updated 29 Nov 2019

Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2057674); 781,447 indexed records with 53,295 record images (was 682,667 records with 45,624 images), Updated 27 Nov 2019

Georgia, Columbus, Linwood and Porterdale Colored Cemeteries, Interment Records, 1866-2000      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3491475); 22,286 indexed records with 1,026 record images (was 7,962 records with 375 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

England, Oxfordshire Parish Registers 1538-1904 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3293406); 67,492 indexed records with 4,736 record images (was 54,319 records with 4,115 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2860782); 9,377,986 indexed records with 1,398,490 record images (was 9,277,839 records with 1,393,994 images), Updated 27 Nov 2019

French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2549721); 60,777 indexed records with 62,712 record images (was 60,777 records with 9,903 images), Updated 26 Nov 2019

England, Lincolnshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1990      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2540411); 3,913,885 indexed records with 394,372 record images (was 1,364,635 records with 181,487 images), Updated 25 Nov 2019

Tennessee, Davidson County, Nashville City Cemetery Records, 1843-1962  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3491876); 15,333 indexed records with 488 record images (was 4,394 records with 138 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2199956); Index only (875,610,625 records), no images (was 875,610,625 records with 0 images), Updated 29 Nov 2019

Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1682798); 4,945,578 indexed records with 4,581,756 record images (was 4,945,342 records with 4,581,756 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018(https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3460240); 3,182 indexed records with 982 record images (was 2,846 records with 850 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

Louisiana, New Orleans, Interment Registers, 1836-1972  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3288441); 206,461 indexed records with 5,177 record images (was 171,276 records with 4,137 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3155913); 1,048,386 indexed records with 87,632 record images (was 1,048,370 records with 87,631 images), Updated 25 Nov 2019

*  Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2016197); 22,469 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 20,610 records with 1,038,133 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2704794); 110,375 indexed records with 2,520 record images (was 85,850 records with 2,049 images), Updated 25 Nov 2019

Louisiana, Orleans Parish, Birth Records, 1819-1906     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3326847); 269,349 indexed records with 126,972 record images (was 265,387 records with 126,031 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

Poland, Lublin Roman Catholic Church Books, 1784-1964   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1867931); 331,917 indexed records with 395,682 record images (was 325,395 records with 395,682 images), Updated 25 Nov 2019

Colombia, Bogotá, Burial Permits, 1960-1991     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3212241); 137,590 indexed records with 78,384 record images (was 112,736 records with 67,546 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

Peru, Ayacucho, Civil Registration, 1903-1999   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3460906); 1,693 indexed records with 1,179 record images (was 670 records with 669 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Vital Records    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2704829); 37,242,588 indexed records with 37,242,588 record images (was 37,235,904 records with 37,235,904 images), Updated 26 Nov 2019

Hawaii, Grantor and Grantee Index, 1845-1909    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2821304); 428,648 indexed records with 21,480 record images (was 198,815 records with 10,526 images), Updated 26 Nov 2019

Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1983330); 66,004 indexed records with 708,628 record images (was 59,409 records with 708,628 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

--- Collections with new images ---

Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis, Board of Health Death Records, 1848-1913     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3460987); 44,835 indexed records with 44,810 record images (was 44,825 records with 44,800 images),  23 Nov 2019

Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1417491); 1,681,924 indexed records with 1,680,470 record images (was 1,681,924 records with 1,680,430 images),  4 Nov 2019

Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2790268); 2,043,205 indexed records with 194,249 record images (was 2,043,205 records with 194,010 images),  12 Sep 2019

Utah, Cemetery Abstracts    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2576051); 125,183 indexed records with 4,698 record images (was 125,183 records with 4,695 images),  29 Aug 2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

Florida Deaths, 1877-1939       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1595003); 471,799 indexed records with 471,266 record images (was 471,799 records with 471,267 images),  8 Aug 2019

France, Dordogne, Church and Civil Registration, 1540-1896      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2796817); 7,882,907 indexed records with 3,097,791 record images (was 7,882,907 records with 3,099,653 images),  28 Mar 2018

United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2761958); 5,620,882 indexed records with 278,776 record images (was 5,620,882 records with 288,893 images),  8 Nov 2019

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In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner and use keywords (e.g. "church england") to find collections with those keywords.

My friend, Marshall, has come up with a program to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED.  Thanks to Marshall for helping me out here!
Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link).  It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.

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We Need To Talk About Poland

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With the US deep in questions of impeachment, what lessons can we learn from divided societies abroad? This week, On the Media travels to Poland, where conspiracy, xenophobia and the rise of illiberalism have the country in an existential fight for its future. On the Media producer Leah Feder reports.

1. Anne Applebaum [@anneapplebaum] on the conspiracy theories around a 2010 plane crash that redrew lines in Polish politics.

2. Pawel Machcewicz on the Law & Justice party's takeover of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk. Also featuring Anne Applebaum [@anneapplebaum], Janine Holc and Angieszka Syroka.

3. An exploration of left and right strategies in contemporary Poland, with Igor Stokfiszewski of [@krytyka], Anne Applebaum [@anneapplebaum] and Jaroslaw Kuisz of [@kultliberalna].

 

Music:

OldNova - Taniec Kikimory
Chopin - Nocturne en mi Bémol Majeur op 9 no° 2
Wojciech Kilar, Tadeusz Strugala, The Warsaw Philharmonic National Orchestra of Poland - Moving to the Ghetto Oct 31, 1940
Chopin - Nocturne no° 1 in B Flat Major
Chopin, Ivan Moravec - Berceuse in D Flat Minor, Op. 57
Przepis Po Polsku (Polish Recipe)
BOKKA - Town of Strangers


          

World Day of the Rights of the Child

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In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important: freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom …


On November 20, worldwide, the World Day of the Rights of the Child is celebrated. on November 20, 1989, after hard work lasting almost ten years (after the initial proposal of Poland), all the UN countries signed what is still today the UN convention signed by several countries: of the 196 countries that are part of the UN only one has not ratified it: the United States of America! To make this agreement special, the obligation for signatories to ratify or transform it into law. In Italy it took two years to do it.


2019 is a special year for children’s rights around the world: thirty years have passed since the signing of that document (followed by three in-depth studies on specific topics). The time has come to take stock of how the rights of minors are respected.



 


One of the peculiarities of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is its simplicity: the articles (the most important are certainly the first 42) that compose it are synthetic, almost concise [today it seems that we are no longer able to write such clear laws, NDR ]. But their meaning is very clear.


For example, the Art. 4 states that “States Parties undertake to adopt all legislative, administrative and other provisions necessary to implement the rights recognized by this Convention. Since they are economic, social and cultural rights, they adopt these measures within the limits of the resources they have, and, where appropriate, in the context of international cooperation “. In other words ALL the countries of the world MUST think first of all about the rights of children (the norms on the environment or the wars in progress and the walls on the border come back to mind, more and more numerous and then the billions of dollars spent every year for weapons and armaments to be used in “peace missions”.


“Art. 7 The child is registered immediately at the time of his birth and since then he has the right to a name, to acquire a citizenship and, as far as possible, to know his parents and to be raised by them. States Parties shall ensure that these rights are implemented in accordance with their national legislation and with the obligations imposed on them by the international instruments applicable in the matter, in particular in cases where this is not done, the child would find himself stateless ” .


To see what happens in the world it would seem that all this, for migrant children, should not apply. All over the world, migrant children are forced to live in inhuman conditions. Not only in third world countries but also in many “developed” and “civil” countries.


Only a few days ago, in a hearing at the EU Parliament, the Greek Minister for migration Mikalis Chrisochoidis launched a heartfelt appeal asking EU partner countries to help Greece take care of 4,000 children living in inhuman conditions in the reception centers on the islands of Lesvos, Samos, Kos and other islands of the northern Aegean. Mind you its was not an appeal addressed to the redistribution of migrants (subject to disputes and never-ending disputes). His was a cry for help ONLY for migrant children.


But his request for help remained unheard (only one country responded to his appeal). so much so that even the media have preferred not to talk about it.


In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important one is perhaps freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom. Four are the essential themes of his work: evaluating the extent of the phenomenon of children deprived of their liberty, including the number of children deprived of their liberty (disaggregated by age, gender and nationality), as well as the reasons invoked, the causes of root, type and duration of deprivation of liberty and places of detention; document the real situation and propose good practices; promote a change in stigmatizing attitudes and behavior towards children at risk of being or being deprived of liberty; and provide recommendations for the law, policy and practices to safeguard children’s rights.


The results of the painstaking and extremely difficult work (as he himself stated, it was often difficult even to obtain the data from the authorities they had been asked for) carried out by Nowak have recently been published and the numbers are shocking. Hundreds of thousands of children are detained, forced to live in inhumane conditions in adult facilities (in obvious violation of their human rights), are “at high risk of violence, rape and sexual violence, including acts of torture and cruel treatment or punishment , inhuman or degrading “. And a huge number of children are “held ever younger and held for longer periods of time” with frightening consequences both on “their physical and mental development and on their ability to lead a healthy and constructive life in society”. Their fault: very often only that of being migrants.


Hundreds of thousands of migrant children would have been locked up or deprived of liberty.


What happened to human rights champions? And what happened to the Convention on the Rights of the Child? And yet in Art. 22 of the Convention states: “States Parties shall take appropriate measures so that a child who seeks to obtain refugee status, or is considered a refugee under the rules and procedures of applicable international or national law, alone or accompanied by his father or from the mother or any other person, may benefit from the protection and humanitarian assistance necessary to enable him to enjoy the rights granted to him by this Convention and by the other international instruments relating to human rights or humanitarian in those States they are parts. To this end, the States Parties collaborate, in the ways deemed necessary, to all the efforts made by the United Nations Organization and other competent intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations that collaborate with the United Nations Organization, to protect and help children who find themselves in such a situation and to seek out the parents or other family members of each refugee child in order to obtain the information necessary to rejoin him with his family. If the father, mother or any other family member cannot be found, the child will be granted, according to the principles set forth in this Convention, the same protection as that of any other child permanently or temporarily deprived of his family environment for any reason “.


Art. 37, then, goes further: “States parties ensure that: a) no child is subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without the possibility of release must be decreed for crimes committed by persons under the age of eighteen; b) no child is deprived of liberty illegally or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child must be carried out in accordance with the law, constitute a provision of last resort and have the shortest duration possible … “.


In presenting the results of the study, a few hours ago, Nowak could not help admitting that there are hundreds of thousands of children in prison only because they are migrants. And many of them even in countries where one would not expect to find them: in the US alone there would be over 100 thousand children whose freedom was violated for the sole reason that they had sought a better country to live in. But the US is the only country in the world that has never turned the Convention on the Rights of the Child into law. And the others? There are few countries where governments have adopted ad hoc laws (in Italy, from 2017, law 47 is in force, which concerns precisely the Unaccompanied Foreign Minors).


The Greek minister’s appeals come to mind as he asks his colleagues for help for thousands of children currently crammed into overcrowded and uninhabitable reception centers. And the indifference of the audience in front of his prayers.


We need to be sure: tomorrow, November 20, all the central governments of these countries, the local administrations and hundreds and hundreds of associations will compete to celebrate the World Day of Rights (denied) of the Child …


C.Alessandro Mauceri


Chairman Minori Stranieri Non Accompagnati


Kiwanis Int. Distr. Italia S.Marino


Aneddotica Magazine - Collaborative Blog since 2012 https://www.aneddoticamagazine.com/world-day-of-the-rights-of-the-child/
          

World Day of the Rights of the Child

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In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important: freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom …


On November 20, worldwide, the World Day of the Rights of the Child is celebrated. on November 20, 1989, after hard work lasting almost ten years (after the initial proposal of Poland), all the UN countries signed what is still today the UN convention signed by several countries: of the 196 countries that are part of the UN only one has not ratified it: the United States of America! To make this agreement special, the obligation for signatories to ratify or transform it into law. In Italy it took two years to do it.


2019 is a special year for children’s rights around the world: thirty years have passed since the signing of that document (followed by three in-depth studies on specific topics). The time has come to take stock of how the rights of minors are respected.



 


One of the peculiarities of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is its simplicity: the articles (the most important are certainly the first 42) that compose it are synthetic, almost concise [today it seems that we are no longer able to write such clear laws, NDR ]. But their meaning is very clear.


For example, the Art. 4 states that “States Parties undertake to adopt all legislative, administrative and other provisions necessary to implement the rights recognized by this Convention. Since they are economic, social and cultural rights, they adopt these measures within the limits of the resources they have, and, where appropriate, in the context of international cooperation “. In other words ALL the countries of the world MUST think first of all about the rights of children (the norms on the environment or the wars in progress and the walls on the border come back to mind, more and more numerous and then the billions of dollars spent every year for weapons and armaments to be used in “peace missions”.


“Art. 7 The child is registered immediately at the time of his birth and since then he has the right to a name, to acquire a citizenship and, as far as possible, to know his parents and to be raised by them. States Parties shall ensure that these rights are implemented in accordance with their national legislation and with the obligations imposed on them by the international instruments applicable in the matter, in particular in cases where this is not done, the child would find himself stateless ” .


To see what happens in the world it would seem that all this, for migrant children, should not apply. All over the world, migrant children are forced to live in inhuman conditions. Not only in third world countries but also in many “developed” and “civil” countries.


Only a few days ago, in a hearing at the EU Parliament, the Greek Minister for migration Mikalis Chrisochoidis launched a heartfelt appeal asking EU partner countries to help Greece take care of 4,000 children living in inhuman conditions in the reception centers on the islands of Lesvos, Samos, Kos and other islands of the northern Aegean. Mind you its was not an appeal addressed to the redistribution of migrants (subject to disputes and never-ending disputes). His was a cry for help ONLY for migrant children.


But his request for help remained unheard (only one country responded to his appeal). so much so that even the media have preferred not to talk about it.


In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important one is perhaps freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom. Four are the essential themes of his work: evaluating the extent of the phenomenon of children deprived of their liberty, including the number of children deprived of their liberty (disaggregated by age, gender and nationality), as well as the reasons invoked, the causes of root, type and duration of deprivation of liberty and places of detention; document the real situation and propose good practices; promote a change in stigmatizing attitudes and behavior towards children at risk of being or being deprived of liberty; and provide recommendations for the law, policy and practices to safeguard children’s rights.


The results of the painstaking and extremely difficult work (as he himself stated, it was often difficult even to obtain the data from the authorities they had been asked for) carried out by Nowak have recently been published and the numbers are shocking. Hundreds of thousands of children are detained, forced to live in inhumane conditions in adult facilities (in obvious violation of their human rights), are “at high risk of violence, rape and sexual violence, including acts of torture and cruel treatment or punishment , inhuman or degrading “. And a huge number of children are “held ever younger and held for longer periods of time” with frightening consequences both on “their physical and mental development and on their ability to lead a healthy and constructive life in society”. Their fault: very often only that of being migrants.


Hundreds of thousands of migrant children would have been locked up or deprived of liberty.


What happened to human rights champions? And what happened to the Convention on the Rights of the Child? And yet in Art. 22 of the Convention states: “States Parties shall take appropriate measures so that a child who seeks to obtain refugee status, or is considered a refugee under the rules and procedures of applicable international or national law, alone or accompanied by his father or from the mother or any other person, may benefit from the protection and humanitarian assistance necessary to enable him to enjoy the rights granted to him by this Convention and by the other international instruments relating to human rights or humanitarian in those States they are parts. To this end, the States Parties collaborate, in the ways deemed necessary, to all the efforts made by the United Nations Organization and other competent intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations that collaborate with the United Nations Organization, to protect and help children who find themselves in such a situation and to seek out the parents or other family members of each refugee child in order to obtain the information necessary to rejoin him with his family. If the father, mother or any other family member cannot be found, the child will be granted, according to the principles set forth in this Convention, the same protection as that of any other child permanently or temporarily deprived of his family environment for any reason “.


Art. 37, then, goes further: “States parties ensure that: a) no child is subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without the possibility of release must be decreed for crimes committed by persons under the age of eighteen; b) no child is deprived of liberty illegally or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child must be carried out in accordance with the law, constitute a provision of last resort and have the shortest duration possible … “.


In presenting the results of the study, a few hours ago, Nowak could not help admitting that there are hundreds of thousands of children in prison only because they are migrants. And many of them even in countries where one would not expect to find them: in the US alone there would be over 100 thousand children whose freedom was violated for the sole reason that they had sought a better country to live in. But the US is the only country in the world that has never turned the Convention on the Rights of the Child into law. And the others? There are few countries where governments have adopted ad hoc laws (in Italy, from 2017, law 47 is in force, which concerns precisely the Unaccompanied Foreign Minors).


The Greek minister’s appeals come to mind as he asks his colleagues for help for thousands of children currently crammed into overcrowded and uninhabitable reception centers. And the indifference of the audience in front of his prayers.


We need to be sure: tomorrow, November 20, all the central governments of these countries, the local administrations and hundreds and hundreds of associations will compete to celebrate the World Day of Rights (denied) of the Child …


C.Alessandro Mauceri


Chairman Minori Stranieri Non Accompagnati


Kiwanis Int. Distr. Italia S.Marino


Aneddotica Magazine - Collaborative Blog since 2012 https://www.aneddoticamagazine.com/world-day-of-the-rights-of-the-child/
          

World Day of the Rights of the Child

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In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important: freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom …


On November 20, worldwide, the World Day of the Rights of the Child is celebrated. on November 20, 1989, after hard work lasting almost ten years (after the initial proposal of Poland), all the UN countries signed what is still today the UN convention signed by several countries: of the 196 countries that are part of the UN only one has not ratified it: the United States of America! To make this agreement special, the obligation for signatories to ratify or transform it into law. In Italy it took two years to do it.


2019 is a special year for children’s rights around the world: thirty years have passed since the signing of that document (followed by three in-depth studies on specific topics). The time has come to take stock of how the rights of minors are respected.



 


One of the peculiarities of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is its simplicity: the articles (the most important are certainly the first 42) that compose it are synthetic, almost concise [today it seems that we are no longer able to write such clear laws, NDR ]. But their meaning is very clear.


For example, the Art. 4 states that “States Parties undertake to adopt all legislative, administrative and other provisions necessary to implement the rights recognized by this Convention. Since they are economic, social and cultural rights, they adopt these measures within the limits of the resources they have, and, where appropriate, in the context of international cooperation “. In other words ALL the countries of the world MUST think first of all about the rights of children (the norms on the environment or the wars in progress and the walls on the border come back to mind, more and more numerous and then the billions of dollars spent every year for weapons and armaments to be used in “peace missions”.


“Art. 7 The child is registered immediately at the time of his birth and since then he has the right to a name, to acquire a citizenship and, as far as possible, to know his parents and to be raised by them. States Parties shall ensure that these rights are implemented in accordance with their national legislation and with the obligations imposed on them by the international instruments applicable in the matter, in particular in cases where this is not done, the child would find himself stateless ” .


To see what happens in the world it would seem that all this, for migrant children, should not apply. All over the world, migrant children are forced to live in inhuman conditions. Not only in third world countries but also in many “developed” and “civil” countries.


Only a few days ago, in a hearing at the EU Parliament, the Greek Minister for migration Mikalis Chrisochoidis launched a heartfelt appeal asking EU partner countries to help Greece take care of 4,000 children living in inhuman conditions in the reception centers on the islands of Lesvos, Samos, Kos and other islands of the northern Aegean. Mind you its was not an appeal addressed to the redistribution of migrants (subject to disputes and never-ending disputes). His was a cry for help ONLY for migrant children.


But his request for help remained unheard (only one country responded to his appeal). so much so that even the media have preferred not to talk about it.


In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important one is perhaps freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom. Four are the essential themes of his work: evaluating the extent of the phenomenon of children deprived of their liberty, including the number of children deprived of their liberty (disaggregated by age, gender and nationality), as well as the reasons invoked, the causes of root, type and duration of deprivation of liberty and places of detention; document the real situation and propose good practices; promote a change in stigmatizing attitudes and behavior towards children at risk of being or being deprived of liberty; and provide recommendations for the law, policy and practices to safeguard children’s rights.


The results of the painstaking and extremely difficult work (as he himself stated, it was often difficult even to obtain the data from the authorities they had been asked for) carried out by Nowak have recently been published and the numbers are shocking. Hundreds of thousands of children are detained, forced to live in inhumane conditions in adult facilities (in obvious violation of their human rights), are “at high risk of violence, rape and sexual violence, including acts of torture and cruel treatment or punishment , inhuman or degrading “. And a huge number of children are “held ever younger and held for longer periods of time” with frightening consequences both on “their physical and mental development and on their ability to lead a healthy and constructive life in society”. Their fault: very often only that of being migrants.


Hundreds of thousands of migrant children would have been locked up or deprived of liberty.


What happened to human rights champions? And what happened to the Convention on the Rights of the Child? And yet in Art. 22 of the Convention states: “States Parties shall take appropriate measures so that a child who seeks to obtain refugee status, or is considered a refugee under the rules and procedures of applicable international or national law, alone or accompanied by his father or from the mother or any other person, may benefit from the protection and humanitarian assistance necessary to enable him to enjoy the rights granted to him by this Convention and by the other international instruments relating to human rights or humanitarian in those States they are parts. To this end, the States Parties collaborate, in the ways deemed necessary, to all the efforts made by the United Nations Organization and other competent intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations that collaborate with the United Nations Organization, to protect and help children who find themselves in such a situation and to seek out the parents or other family members of each refugee child in order to obtain the information necessary to rejoin him with his family. If the father, mother or any other family member cannot be found, the child will be granted, according to the principles set forth in this Convention, the same protection as that of any other child permanently or temporarily deprived of his family environment for any reason “.


Art. 37, then, goes further: “States parties ensure that: a) no child is subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without the possibility of release must be decreed for crimes committed by persons under the age of eighteen; b) no child is deprived of liberty illegally or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child must be carried out in accordance with the law, constitute a provision of last resort and have the shortest duration possible … “.


In presenting the results of the study, a few hours ago, Nowak could not help admitting that there are hundreds of thousands of children in prison only because they are migrants. And many of them even in countries where one would not expect to find them: in the US alone there would be over 100 thousand children whose freedom was violated for the sole reason that they had sought a better country to live in. But the US is the only country in the world that has never turned the Convention on the Rights of the Child into law. And the others? There are few countries where governments have adopted ad hoc laws (in Italy, from 2017, law 47 is in force, which concerns precisely the Unaccompanied Foreign Minors).


The Greek minister’s appeals come to mind as he asks his colleagues for help for thousands of children currently crammed into overcrowded and uninhabitable reception centers. And the indifference of the audience in front of his prayers.


We need to be sure: tomorrow, November 20, all the central governments of these countries, the local administrations and hundreds and hundreds of associations will compete to celebrate the World Day of Rights (denied) of the Child …


C.Alessandro Mauceri


Chairman Minori Stranieri Non Accompagnati


Kiwanis Int. Distr. Italia S.Marino


Aneddotica Magazine - Collaborative Blog since 2012 https://www.aneddoticamagazine.com/world-day-of-the-rights-of-the-child/
          

World Day of the Rights of the Child

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In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important: freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom …


On November 20, worldwide, the World Day of the Rights of the Child is celebrated. on November 20, 1989, after hard work lasting almost ten years (after the initial proposal of Poland), all the UN countries signed what is still today the UN convention signed by several countries: of the 196 countries that are part of the UN only one has not ratified it: the United States of America! To make this agreement special, the obligation for signatories to ratify or transform it into law. In Italy it took two years to do it.


2019 is a special year for children’s rights around the world: thirty years have passed since the signing of that document (followed by three in-depth studies on specific topics). The time has come to take stock of how the rights of minors are respected.



 


One of the peculiarities of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is its simplicity: the articles (the most important are certainly the first 42) that compose it are synthetic, almost concise [today it seems that we are no longer able to write such clear laws, NDR ]. But their meaning is very clear.


For example, the Art. 4 states that “States Parties undertake to adopt all legislative, administrative and other provisions necessary to implement the rights recognized by this Convention. Since they are economic, social and cultural rights, they adopt these measures within the limits of the resources they have, and, where appropriate, in the context of international cooperation “. In other words ALL the countries of the world MUST think first of all about the rights of children (the norms on the environment or the wars in progress and the walls on the border come back to mind, more and more numerous and then the billions of dollars spent every year for weapons and armaments to be used in “peace missions”.


“Art. 7 The child is registered immediately at the time of his birth and since then he has the right to a name, to acquire a citizenship and, as far as possible, to know his parents and to be raised by them. States Parties shall ensure that these rights are implemented in accordance with their national legislation and with the obligations imposed on them by the international instruments applicable in the matter, in particular in cases where this is not done, the child would find himself stateless ” .


To see what happens in the world it would seem that all this, for migrant children, should not apply. All over the world, migrant children are forced to live in inhuman conditions. Not only in third world countries but also in many “developed” and “civil” countries.


Only a few days ago, in a hearing at the EU Parliament, the Greek Minister for migration Mikalis Chrisochoidis launched a heartfelt appeal asking EU partner countries to help Greece take care of 4,000 children living in inhuman conditions in the reception centers on the islands of Lesvos, Samos, Kos and other islands of the northern Aegean. Mind you its was not an appeal addressed to the redistribution of migrants (subject to disputes and never-ending disputes). His was a cry for help ONLY for migrant children.


But his request for help remained unheard (only one country responded to his appeal). so much so that even the media have preferred not to talk about it.


In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important one is perhaps freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom. Four are the essential themes of his work: evaluating the extent of the phenomenon of children deprived of their liberty, including the number of children deprived of their liberty (disaggregated by age, gender and nationality), as well as the reasons invoked, the causes of root, type and duration of deprivation of liberty and places of detention; document the real situation and propose good practices; promote a change in stigmatizing attitudes and behavior towards children at risk of being or being deprived of liberty; and provide recommendations for the law, policy and practices to safeguard children’s rights.


The results of the painstaking and extremely difficult work (as he himself stated, it was often difficult even to obtain the data from the authorities they had been asked for) carried out by Nowak have recently been published and the numbers are shocking. Hundreds of thousands of children are detained, forced to live in inhumane conditions in adult facilities (in obvious violation of their human rights), are “at high risk of violence, rape and sexual violence, including acts of torture and cruel treatment or punishment , inhuman or degrading “. And a huge number of children are “held ever younger and held for longer periods of time” with frightening consequences both on “their physical and mental development and on their ability to lead a healthy and constructive life in society”. Their fault: very often only that of being migrants.


Hundreds of thousands of migrant children would have been locked up or deprived of liberty.


What happened to human rights champions? And what happened to the Convention on the Rights of the Child? And yet in Art. 22 of the Convention states: “States Parties shall take appropriate measures so that a child who seeks to obtain refugee status, or is considered a refugee under the rules and procedures of applicable international or national law, alone or accompanied by his father or from the mother or any other person, may benefit from the protection and humanitarian assistance necessary to enable him to enjoy the rights granted to him by this Convention and by the other international instruments relating to human rights or humanitarian in those States they are parts. To this end, the States Parties collaborate, in the ways deemed necessary, to all the efforts made by the United Nations Organization and other competent intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations that collaborate with the United Nations Organization, to protect and help children who find themselves in such a situation and to seek out the parents or other family members of each refugee child in order to obtain the information necessary to rejoin him with his family. If the father, mother or any other family member cannot be found, the child will be granted, according to the principles set forth in this Convention, the same protection as that of any other child permanently or temporarily deprived of his family environment for any reason “.


Art. 37, then, goes further: “States parties ensure that: a) no child is subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without the possibility of release must be decreed for crimes committed by persons under the age of eighteen; b) no child is deprived of liberty illegally or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child must be carried out in accordance with the law, constitute a provision of last resort and have the shortest duration possible … “.


In presenting the results of the study, a few hours ago, Nowak could not help admitting that there are hundreds of thousands of children in prison only because they are migrants. And many of them even in countries where one would not expect to find them: in the US alone there would be over 100 thousand children whose freedom was violated for the sole reason that they had sought a better country to live in. But the US is the only country in the world that has never turned the Convention on the Rights of the Child into law. And the others? There are few countries where governments have adopted ad hoc laws (in Italy, from 2017, law 47 is in force, which concerns precisely the Unaccompanied Foreign Minors).


The Greek minister’s appeals come to mind as he asks his colleagues for help for thousands of children currently crammed into overcrowded and uninhabitable reception centers. And the indifference of the audience in front of his prayers.


We need to be sure: tomorrow, November 20, all the central governments of these countries, the local administrations and hundreds and hundreds of associations will compete to celebrate the World Day of Rights (denied) of the Child …


C.Alessandro Mauceri


Chairman Minori Stranieri Non Accompagnati


Kiwanis Int. Distr. Italia S.Marino


Aneddotica Magazine - Collaborative Blog since 2012 https://www.aneddoticamagazine.com/world-day-of-the-rights-of-the-child/
          

World Day of the Rights of the Child

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In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important: freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom …


On November 20, worldwide, the World Day of the Rights of the Child is celebrated. on November 20, 1989, after hard work lasting almost ten years (after the initial proposal of Poland), all the UN countries signed what is still today the UN convention signed by several countries: of the 196 countries that are part of the UN only one has not ratified it: the United States of America! To make this agreement special, the obligation for signatories to ratify or transform it into law. In Italy it took two years to do it.


2019 is a special year for children’s rights around the world: thirty years have passed since the signing of that document (followed by three in-depth studies on specific topics). The time has come to take stock of how the rights of minors are respected.



 


One of the peculiarities of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is its simplicity: the articles (the most important are certainly the first 42) that compose it are synthetic, almost concise [today it seems that we are no longer able to write such clear laws, NDR ]. But their meaning is very clear.


For example, the Art. 4 states that “States Parties undertake to adopt all legislative, administrative and other provisions necessary to implement the rights recognized by this Convention. Since they are economic, social and cultural rights, they adopt these measures within the limits of the resources they have, and, where appropriate, in the context of international cooperation “. In other words ALL the countries of the world MUST think first of all about the rights of children (the norms on the environment or the wars in progress and the walls on the border come back to mind, more and more numerous and then the billions of dollars spent every year for weapons and armaments to be used in “peace missions”.


“Art. 7 The child is registered immediately at the time of his birth and since then he has the right to a name, to acquire a citizenship and, as far as possible, to know his parents and to be raised by them. States Parties shall ensure that these rights are implemented in accordance with their national legislation and with the obligations imposed on them by the international instruments applicable in the matter, in particular in cases where this is not done, the child would find himself stateless ” .


To see what happens in the world it would seem that all this, for migrant children, should not apply. All over the world, migrant children are forced to live in inhuman conditions. Not only in third world countries but also in many “developed” and “civil” countries.


Only a few days ago, in a hearing at the EU Parliament, the Greek Minister for migration Mikalis Chrisochoidis launched a heartfelt appeal asking EU partner countries to help Greece take care of 4,000 children living in inhuman conditions in the reception centers on the islands of Lesvos, Samos, Kos and other islands of the northern Aegean. Mind you its was not an appeal addressed to the redistribution of migrants (subject to disputes and never-ending disputes). His was a cry for help ONLY for migrant children.


But his request for help remained unheard (only one country responded to his appeal). so much so that even the media have preferred not to talk about it.


In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important one is perhaps freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom. Four are the essential themes of his work: evaluating the extent of the phenomenon of children deprived of their liberty, including the number of children deprived of their liberty (disaggregated by age, gender and nationality), as well as the reasons invoked, the causes of root, type and duration of deprivation of liberty and places of detention; document the real situation and propose good practices; promote a change in stigmatizing attitudes and behavior towards children at risk of being or being deprived of liberty; and provide recommendations for the law, policy and practices to safeguard children’s rights.


The results of the painstaking and extremely difficult work (as he himself stated, it was often difficult even to obtain the data from the authorities they had been asked for) carried out by Nowak have recently been published and the numbers are shocking. Hundreds of thousands of children are detained, forced to live in inhumane conditions in adult facilities (in obvious violation of their human rights), are “at high risk of violence, rape and sexual violence, including acts of torture and cruel treatment or punishment , inhuman or degrading “. And a huge number of children are “held ever younger and held for longer periods of time” with frightening consequences both on “their physical and mental development and on their ability to lead a healthy and constructive life in society”. Their fault: very often only that of being migrants.


Hundreds of thousands of migrant children would have been locked up or deprived of liberty.


What happened to human rights champions? And what happened to the Convention on the Rights of the Child? And yet in Art. 22 of the Convention states: “States Parties shall take appropriate measures so that a child who seeks to obtain refugee status, or is considered a refugee under the rules and procedures of applicable international or national law, alone or accompanied by his father or from the mother or any other person, may benefit from the protection and humanitarian assistance necessary to enable him to enjoy the rights granted to him by this Convention and by the other international instruments relating to human rights or humanitarian in those States they are parts. To this end, the States Parties collaborate, in the ways deemed necessary, to all the efforts made by the United Nations Organization and other competent intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations that collaborate with the United Nations Organization, to protect and help children who find themselves in such a situation and to seek out the parents or other family members of each refugee child in order to obtain the information necessary to rejoin him with his family. If the father, mother or any other family member cannot be found, the child will be granted, according to the principles set forth in this Convention, the same protection as that of any other child permanently or temporarily deprived of his family environment for any reason “.


Art. 37, then, goes further: “States parties ensure that: a) no child is subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without the possibility of release must be decreed for crimes committed by persons under the age of eighteen; b) no child is deprived of liberty illegally or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child must be carried out in accordance with the law, constitute a provision of last resort and have the shortest duration possible … “.


In presenting the results of the study, a few hours ago, Nowak could not help admitting that there are hundreds of thousands of children in prison only because they are migrants. And many of them even in countries where one would not expect to find them: in the US alone there would be over 100 thousand children whose freedom was violated for the sole reason that they had sought a better country to live in. But the US is the only country in the world that has never turned the Convention on the Rights of the Child into law. And the others? There are few countries where governments have adopted ad hoc laws (in Italy, from 2017, law 47 is in force, which concerns precisely the Unaccompanied Foreign Minors).


The Greek minister’s appeals come to mind as he asks his colleagues for help for thousands of children currently crammed into overcrowded and uninhabitable reception centers. And the indifference of the audience in front of his prayers.


We need to be sure: tomorrow, November 20, all the central governments of these countries, the local administrations and hundreds and hundreds of associations will compete to celebrate the World Day of Rights (denied) of the Child …


C.Alessandro Mauceri


Chairman Minori Stranieri Non Accompagnati


Kiwanis Int. Distr. Italia S.Marino


Aneddotica Magazine - Collaborative Blog since 2012 https://www.aneddoticamagazine.com/world-day-of-the-rights-of-the-child/
          

World Day of the Rights of the Child

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In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important: freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom …


On November 20, worldwide, the World Day of the Rights of the Child is celebrated. on November 20, 1989, after hard work lasting almost ten years (after the initial proposal of Poland), all the UN countries signed what is still today the UN convention signed by several countries: of the 196 countries that are part of the UN only one has not ratified it: the United States of America! To make this agreement special, the obligation for signatories to ratify or transform it into law. In Italy it took two years to do it.


2019 is a special year for children’s rights around the world: thirty years have passed since the signing of that document (followed by three in-depth studies on specific topics). The time has come to take stock of how the rights of minors are respected.



 


One of the peculiarities of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is its simplicity: the articles (the most important are certainly the first 42) that compose it are synthetic, almost concise [today it seems that we are no longer able to write such clear laws, NDR ]. But their meaning is very clear.


For example, the Art. 4 states that “States Parties undertake to adopt all legislative, administrative and other provisions necessary to implement the rights recognized by this Convention. Since they are economic, social and cultural rights, they adopt these measures within the limits of the resources they have, and, where appropriate, in the context of international cooperation “. In other words ALL the countries of the world MUST think first of all about the rights of children (the norms on the environment or the wars in progress and the walls on the border come back to mind, more and more numerous and then the billions of dollars spent every year for weapons and armaments to be used in “peace missions”.


“Art. 7 The child is registered immediately at the time of his birth and since then he has the right to a name, to acquire a citizenship and, as far as possible, to know his parents and to be raised by them. States Parties shall ensure that these rights are implemented in accordance with their national legislation and with the obligations imposed on them by the international instruments applicable in the matter, in particular in cases where this is not done, the child would find himself stateless ” .


To see what happens in the world it would seem that all this, for migrant children, should not apply. All over the world, migrant children are forced to live in inhuman conditions. Not only in third world countries but also in many “developed” and “civil” countries.


Only a few days ago, in a hearing at the EU Parliament, the Greek Minister for migration Mikalis Chrisochoidis launched a heartfelt appeal asking EU partner countries to help Greece take care of 4,000 children living in inhuman conditions in the reception centers on the islands of Lesvos, Samos, Kos and other islands of the northern Aegean. Mind you its was not an appeal addressed to the redistribution of migrants (subject to disputes and never-ending disputes). His was a cry for help ONLY for migrant children.


But his request for help remained unheard (only one country responded to his appeal). so much so that even the media have preferred not to talk about it.


In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important one is perhaps freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom. Four are the essential themes of his work: evaluating the extent of the phenomenon of children deprived of their liberty, including the number of children deprived of their liberty (disaggregated by age, gender and nationality), as well as the reasons invoked, the causes of root, type and duration of deprivation of liberty and places of detention; document the real situation and propose good practices; promote a change in stigmatizing attitudes and behavior towards children at risk of being or being deprived of liberty; and provide recommendations for the law, policy and practices to safeguard children’s rights.


The results of the painstaking and extremely difficult work (as he himself stated, it was often difficult even to obtain the data from the authorities they had been asked for) carried out by Nowak have recently been published and the numbers are shocking. Hundreds of thousands of children are detained, forced to live in inhumane conditions in adult facilities (in obvious violation of their human rights), are “at high risk of violence, rape and sexual violence, including acts of torture and cruel treatment or punishment , inhuman or degrading “. And a huge number of children are “held ever younger and held for longer periods of time” with frightening consequences both on “their physical and mental development and on their ability to lead a healthy and constructive life in society”. Their fault: very often only that of being migrants.


Hundreds of thousands of migrant children would have been locked up or deprived of liberty.


What happened to human rights champions? And what happened to the Convention on the Rights of the Child? And yet in Art. 22 of the Convention states: “States Parties shall take appropriate measures so that a child who seeks to obtain refugee status, or is considered a refugee under the rules and procedures of applicable international or national law, alone or accompanied by his father or from the mother or any other person, may benefit from the protection and humanitarian assistance necessary to enable him to enjoy the rights granted to him by this Convention and by the other international instruments relating to human rights or humanitarian in those States they are parts. To this end, the States Parties collaborate, in the ways deemed necessary, to all the efforts made by the United Nations Organization and other competent intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations that collaborate with the United Nations Organization, to protect and help children who find themselves in such a situation and to seek out the parents or other family members of each refugee child in order to obtain the information necessary to rejoin him with his family. If the father, mother or any other family member cannot be found, the child will be granted, according to the principles set forth in this Convention, the same protection as that of any other child permanently or temporarily deprived of his family environment for any reason “.


Art. 37, then, goes further: “States parties ensure that: a) no child is subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without the possibility of release must be decreed for crimes committed by persons under the age of eighteen; b) no child is deprived of liberty illegally or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child must be carried out in accordance with the law, constitute a provision of last resort and have the shortest duration possible … “.


In presenting the results of the study, a few hours ago, Nowak could not help admitting that there are hundreds of thousands of children in prison only because they are migrants. And many of them even in countries where one would not expect to find them: in the US alone there would be over 100 thousand children whose freedom was violated for the sole reason that they had sought a better country to live in. But the US is the only country in the world that has never turned the Convention on the Rights of the Child into law. And the others? There are few countries where governments have adopted ad hoc laws (in Italy, from 2017, law 47 is in force, which concerns precisely the Unaccompanied Foreign Minors).


The Greek minister’s appeals come to mind as he asks his colleagues for help for thousands of children currently crammed into overcrowded and uninhabitable reception centers. And the indifference of the audience in front of his prayers.


We need to be sure: tomorrow, November 20, all the central governments of these countries, the local administrations and hundreds and hundreds of associations will compete to celebrate the World Day of Rights (denied) of the Child …


C.Alessandro Mauceri


Chairman Minori Stranieri Non Accompagnati


Kiwanis Int. Distr. Italia S.Marino


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World Day of the Rights of the Child

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In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important: freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom …


On November 20, worldwide, the World Day of the Rights of the Child is celebrated. on November 20, 1989, after hard work lasting almost ten years (after the initial proposal of Poland), all the UN countries signed what is still today the UN convention signed by several countries: of the 196 countries that are part of the UN only one has not ratified it: the United States of America! To make this agreement special, the obligation for signatories to ratify or transform it into law. In Italy it took two years to do it.


2019 is a special year for children’s rights around the world: thirty years have passed since the signing of that document (followed by three in-depth studies on specific topics). The time has come to take stock of how the rights of minors are respected.



 


One of the peculiarities of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is its simplicity: the articles (the most important are certainly the first 42) that compose it are synthetic, almost concise [today it seems that we are no longer able to write such clear laws, NDR ]. But their meaning is very clear.


For example, the Art. 4 states that “States Parties undertake to adopt all legislative, administrative and other provisions necessary to implement the rights recognized by this Convention. Since they are economic, social and cultural rights, they adopt these measures within the limits of the resources they have, and, where appropriate, in the context of international cooperation “. In other words ALL the countries of the world MUST think first of all about the rights of children (the norms on the environment or the wars in progress and the walls on the border come back to mind, more and more numerous and then the billions of dollars spent every year for weapons and armaments to be used in “peace missions”.


“Art. 7 The child is registered immediately at the time of his birth and since then he has the right to a name, to acquire a citizenship and, as far as possible, to know his parents and to be raised by them. States Parties shall ensure that these rights are implemented in accordance with their national legislation and with the obligations imposed on them by the international instruments applicable in the matter, in particular in cases where this is not done, the child would find himself stateless ” .


To see what happens in the world it would seem that all this, for migrant children, should not apply. All over the world, migrant children are forced to live in inhuman conditions. Not only in third world countries but also in many “developed” and “civil” countries.


Only a few days ago, in a hearing at the EU Parliament, the Greek Minister for migration Mikalis Chrisochoidis launched a heartfelt appeal asking EU partner countries to help Greece take care of 4,000 children living in inhuman conditions in the reception centers on the islands of Lesvos, Samos, Kos and other islands of the northern Aegean. Mind you its was not an appeal addressed to the redistribution of migrants (subject to disputes and never-ending disputes). His was a cry for help ONLY for migrant children.


But his request for help remained unheard (only one country responded to his appeal). so much so that even the media have preferred not to talk about it.


In 2019, throughout the planet, children’s rights continue to be violated! And the first right not to be respected is perhaps the most important one is perhaps freedom. This is what emerges from the report that bears the signature of Professor Manfred Nowak, an independent expert to whom the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with Resolution 72/245, commissioned a global study to analyze the situation of private children Of freedom. Four are the essential themes of his work: evaluating the extent of the phenomenon of children deprived of their liberty, including the number of children deprived of their liberty (disaggregated by age, gender and nationality), as well as the reasons invoked, the causes of root, type and duration of deprivation of liberty and places of detention; document the real situation and propose good practices; promote a change in stigmatizing attitudes and behavior towards children at risk of being or being deprived of liberty; and provide recommendations for the law, policy and practices to safeguard children’s rights.


The results of the painstaking and extremely difficult work (as he himself stated, it was often difficult even to obtain the data from the authorities they had been asked for) carried out by Nowak have recently been published and the numbers are shocking. Hundreds of thousands of children are detained, forced to live in inhumane conditions in adult facilities (in obvious violation of their human rights), are “at high risk of violence, rape and sexual violence, including acts of torture and cruel treatment or punishment , inhuman or degrading “. And a huge number of children are “held ever younger and held for longer periods of time” with frightening consequences both on “their physical and mental development and on their ability to lead a healthy and constructive life in society”. Their fault: very often only that of being migrants.


Hundreds of thousands of migrant children would have been locked up or deprived of liberty.


What happened to human rights champions? And what happened to the Convention on the Rights of the Child? And yet in Art. 22 of the Convention states: “States Parties shall take appropriate measures so that a child who seeks to obtain refugee status, or is considered a refugee under the rules and procedures of applicable international or national law, alone or accompanied by his father or from the mother or any other person, may benefit from the protection and humanitarian assistance necessary to enable him to enjoy the rights granted to him by this Convention and by the other international instruments relating to human rights or humanitarian in those States they are parts. To this end, the States Parties collaborate, in the ways deemed necessary, to all the efforts made by the United Nations Organization and other competent intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations that collaborate with the United Nations Organization, to protect and help children who find themselves in such a situation and to seek out the parents or other family members of each refugee child in order to obtain the information necessary to rejoin him with his family. If the father, mother or any other family member cannot be found, the child will be granted, according to the principles set forth in this Convention, the same protection as that of any other child permanently or temporarily deprived of his family environment for any reason “.


Art. 37, then, goes further: “States parties ensure that: a) no child is subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without the possibility of release must be decreed for crimes committed by persons under the age of eighteen; b) no child is deprived of liberty illegally or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child must be carried out in accordance with the law, constitute a provision of last resort and have the shortest duration possible … “.


In presenting the results of the study, a few hours ago, Nowak could not help admitting that there are hundreds of thousands of children in prison only because they are migrants. And many of them even in countries where one would not expect to find them: in the US alone there would be over 100 thousand children whose freedom was violated for the sole reason that they had sought a better country to live in. But the US is the only country in the world that has never turned the Convention on the Rights of the Child into law. And the others? There are few countries where governments have adopted ad hoc laws (in Italy, from 2017, law 47 is in force, which concerns precisely the Unaccompanied Foreign Minors).


The Greek minister’s appeals come to mind as he asks his colleagues for help for thousands of children currently crammed into overcrowded and uninhabitable reception centers. And the indifference of the audience in front of his prayers.


We need to be sure: tomorrow, November 20, all the central governments of these countries, the local administrations and hundreds and hundreds of associations will compete to celebrate the World Day of Rights (denied) of the Child …


C.Alessandro Mauceri


Chairman Minori Stranieri Non Accompagnati


Kiwanis Int. Distr. Italia S.Marino


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The EDEC project: “Report on the Functioning of Adult Education Systems in the Partnering Countries”

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In the context of the project “EDEC- Extending and Developing adult Educators’ Competences,” a report was elaborated by the project partners regarding the current situation of adult education and training systems within their European countries (Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom). This report entitled ” “Report on the Functioning of Adult Education Systems in the […]

L'articolo The EDEC project: “Report on the Functioning of Adult Education Systems in the Partnering Countries” proviene da CSC Danilo Dolci.


          

New digital platform MyACCA launches for members

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As part of ACCA’s (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) digital transformation programme, its members in Ireland, Poland, Pakistan, Hong Kong and Singapore have helped the professional body to redesign a new digital platform called MyACCA. Offering a new and personalised way of working with ACCA for members and students, the platform is customised so that members can see clearly where they are on their journey with their professional body.
          

Join the last day of Ajyal Film Festival celebrations this Saturday

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Experience magical performances and compelling feature films on the last day (23 November) of Ajyal Film Festival 2019, the annual cinema event hosted by the Doha Film Institute (DFI) at Katara Cultural Village.

As the festival curtains draws to a close, Ajyal’s Wonder & Under the Moonlight Cine-Concert will offer a unique musical show, presented by the Forum des Images, to delight young and old. A feast for all the senses, a thrilling selection of shorts about tales of the stars, sun and moon will be held at 11.30 AM at Katara Building 16 and is free to the public. Live musicians will accompany: Get the Moon by Jutta Schünemann, Sooner or Later by Jadwiga Kowalska, Lunette by Phoebe Warries, A Little Star by Svetlana Andrianova, and Little Wolf by An Vrombaut.

Ajyal Tunes got off to a rocking start yesterday with electrifying performances from Doha’s underground music scene, featuring talented youth artists Sana Zharandi, Amjad Essam, Savanna Rose, Varun, Omar Abdulaziz, Ayman Shukur, Jerin Jose, Jueun, Mothanna, and Omar Alyafai among others, curated by Qatari artist Dana Almeer. Qatar-based singer/songwriter and rapper Mvrs rounded off the show with a stirring rap performance. An exciting celebration of musical talents from every discipline, Ajyal Tunes is part of the festival’s growing artistic scope – showcasing and celebrating arts and culture from every discipline.

Don’t miss out on the last day of the Ajyal Creativity Hub and its bustling activities at Geekdom, Qatar’s largest pop-culture event presented in partnership with Qatar National Tourism Council, and ARC, Ajyal’s interactive multimedia exhibition featuring artworks by 19 of Qatar’s most promising artists and creative talents. Located in Katara Buildings 18 and 19, all performances and exhibits will remain open to the public until 10 PM.

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The Feel short film programme will explore the power of intuition in shaping our sense of the world with a curated selection of ten short films screening at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City, at 12.30 PM, including Belles étoiles (France/2017) by Naïma Di Piero and Elhadj Sidib; Like an Elephant in a China Shop (France/2017) by Louise Chevrier, Luka Fischer, Rodolphe Groshens, Marie Guillon, Estelle Martinez, Benoit Paillard, Lisa Rasasombat; Hedgehog (France/2018) by Vaibhav Keswani, Jeanne Laureau, Colombine Majou, Morgane Mattard, Kaisa Pirttinen, and Jong-ha Yoon; Maha’mel (Ships) (Qatar/2018) by Dhabya AlMuhannadi; The Stained Club (France/2018) by Mélanie Lopez, Simon Boucly, Marie Ciesielski, Alice Jaunet, Chan Stéphie Peang, Béatrice Viguier; Beit Byoot (Jordan, Qatar/2019) by Mayar Hamdan; The Unlucky Hamster (Qatar, Indonesia/2019) by Abdulaziz Mohammed Khashabi; Child of the Earth (Switzerland, USA/2018) by Claudio Fäh; The Kite (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland/2019) by Martin Smatana; and Nada Bedair’s Paper Kite (Qatar/2019).

The Overcome short film selection, screening at 3 PM at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City, is a testament to the ability of people to overcome obstacles in pursuit of their dreams. The programme includes: Layla (UK/2019) by Celine Cotran; Jolanta Bańkowska’s Story (Poland/2019); Youth (Egypt, USA/2019) by Farida Zahran; Thermostat 6 (France/2018) by Maya Av-ron, Mylène Cominotti, Marion Coudert,  Sixtine Dano; Maradona’s Legs (Germany, Palestine/2019) by Firas Khoury; Esperança (France/2019) by Cécile Rousset, Jeanne Paturle, Benjamin Serero; Fault Line (Iran/2018) by Soheil Amirsharifi; Baptiste Drapeau’s Half and Half (France/2018); The Helmet (Yemen/2019) by Osama Khaled; Memo (France/2017) by Julien Becquer, Éléna Dupressoir, Jules Durand, Viviane Guimarães, Ines Scheiber; Refuge (Qatar/2019) by Maha Essid; and Fragile (Qatar/2019) by Kholood Al-Ali.

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Today is your last opportunity to watch an exciting selection of feature films:

  • For Sama (Syria, UK/2019) by Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts screening at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City at 5.30 PM. Please note that the screening is rated PG-18.
  • Ailo’s Journey (France, Finland/2018) by Guillaume Maidatchevsky will screen at Novo Cinemas, the Pearl, at 5.30 PM.
  • DFI-supported feature Bombay Rose (India, France, UK, Qatar/2019) by Gitanjali Rao screeening at 8.30 PM at Novo Cinemas, the Pearl. Please note that the screening is rated PG-18.
  • DFI-supported film You Will Die at Twenty (Sudan, France, Egypt, Germany, Norway, Qatar/2019) by Amjad Abu Alala will screen at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City at 8.30 PM and is rated PG-15.
  • Honeyland (North Macedonia/2019) by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska will screen at 6 PM at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City.

Tickets for the 7th Ajyal Film Festival are available for purchase at the Ajyal Main Box Office located in Katara Building 10; at the Ajyal Box Office at VOX Cinemas Doha Festival City for screenings taking place at VOX Cinemas; and from the Novo Cinemas Box Office for screenings at Novo Cinemas, the Pearl. For ticket purchase and up-to-date information on the Ajyal Film Festival, please visit: https://www.dohafilminstitute.com/filmfestival/ticketinformation https://www.dohafilminstitute.com/filmfestival/films

2019 Ajyal Film Festival’s Official Partners include: Katara Cultural Village – Cultural Partner; Qatar National Tourism Council – Principal Partner; Novo Cinemas, Ooredoo – Strategic Partner, St. Regis Doha - Signature Partner.

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Josephine Kalisz

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Josephine Kalisz, 91 of Plainville, CT (formerly of New Britain) died Monday, November 25, 2019 at home. Josephine was born in New Britain, CT and was the daughter of the late Stanley and Eleanor (Lenarciak) Komosa. She went to Poland after her 1St birthday and returned when she was about 7. Josephine worked for Stanley Works as an inspector for many years before retiring. During the 70’s Josephine spent time as a Holmes School Do-Re-Me Mommies Choir and enjoyed singing with her friends. During the holidays she enjoyed making homemade pierogis and poppyseed bread with her grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoyed knitting, going to the casino with her New Britain neighbors. Josephine adored her grandchildren and always wanted to spend as much time with them as possible. She will be missed. A special thanks to Kinga a wonderful nurse/caregiver who spent countless hours caring for Mom. Josephine always looked forward to your visits and speaking Polish with you. Josephine is survived by her three sons, Michael Kalisz of Plainville, CT., Christopher Kalisz and his wife Virginia of Waterford, CT., Stephen Kalisz and his wife Beth of Plainville, CT., her eight grandchildren, Jessica, Sydney, Hayley, Allan and his wife Faith, Jessica, Amy, Billy, and Jimmy. Josephine was predeceased by her husband William Kalisz who she spent more than 50 years with and her two brothers Hilary and Henry Komosa and her sister Sophie. A Celebration of Josephine’s life will be held Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 10 a.m., at Holy Cross Church, Farmington Ave., New Britain, CT. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, 662 Burritt St., New Britain, CT. There are no calling hours. Service of comfort provided by the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, 764 Farmington Ave., New Britain, CT. To extend condolences to the Kalisz family or to share a memory of Josephine, please visit SHAKERFUNERALHOME.COM


          

St. Andrew's Eve (Poland)

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The eve of St. Andrew's Day is a special night for young Polish girls who want to find husbands. They play Andrzejki, or "Andrew's games," a kind of fortune telling. They break off dry branches from cherry trees, place them in wet sand, and tend them carefully for the next few weeks. If the branch blooms by Christmas, it is believed that they will marry within the year. Pouring liquid wax into cold water is another popular method of foretelling their romantic futures. The shapes into which the wax hardens often provide clues with which they can read their fate. More...
          

Nobel at Noon: Literature

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The Nobel Prize in Literature 2019 was awarded to Austrian writer Peter Handke “for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience.” In the same announcement, the Nobel Prize committee also awarded the 2018 Nobel to Olga Tokarczuk, an experimental novelist and poet from Poland, “for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.”

Cynthia Wong, PhD, professor of English at CU Denver, will lead a discussion about the two authors for the November 21st Nobel at Noon Series.

The Nobel at Noon Series spotlights each Nobel Prize with an informal presentation and discussion. CU Denver faculty experts discuss the meaning and importance of the Nobel Prize while drawing the audience into a discussion about why this award matters to society as a whole.

The lecture begins at 12 p.m. on Thursday, November 21 in the Wartgow Welcome Center (Student Commons Building, Room 1300). Light refreshments will be provided. Feel free to bring your lunch.

More information: https://news.ucdenver.edu/nobel-at-noon-literature/


          

2020 Poland Insurance Market Data | Industry Insights as Per OG Analysis Latest Report

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(EMAILWIRE.COM, November 22, 2019 ) Strong demand for insurance of vehicles, property, health and other insurances across Poland are driving the revenues of insurance companies in the country. Growing life expectancy, tax incentives on insurance products, favourable savings associated with insurance...
          

Julia Krzysztofiak-Szopa odchodzi z funkcji szefa fundacji Startup Poland. Szuka nowych wyzwań

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Julia Krzysztofiak-Szopa, obecna prezes fundacji Startup Poland zapowiedziała odejście ze stanowiska. Szefowa organizacji wyjaśniła swoją decyzję potrzebą poszukiwania nowych wyzwań zawodowych, zadeklarowała także pozostanie w kierownictwie fundacji w roli członka jej rady.
          

Poland: Thousands rally to support country's judges

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Protesters demanded the reinstatement of a judge, dismissed last week by the justice minister.
          

Philips wins IP infringement disputes with power toothbrush and brush head manufacturers and sellers

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  Royal Philips  (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced the successful outcome of several intellectual property (IP) infringement disputes with power toothbrush and brush head manufacturers and sellers following targeted legal actions in Europe. Financial details will not be disclosed. In the interest of consumers and to safeguard Philips' innovation efforts, the company took legal actions in Germany and Poland against several companies for infringin...

Read the full story at https://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=250668


          

AMAZON SPRZEDAJE OZDOBY CHOINKOWE Z NAPISEM „AUSCHWITZ POLAND”

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OCEŃ TEN WPIS ! DZIĘKUJĘ ZA OCENĘ Źródło: twitter.com/AuschwitzMuseum Na stronie sklepu „Amazon” możemy kupić ozdoby choinkowe i otwieracze do butelek ozdobione… zdjęciami niemieckiego obozu koncentracyjnego w Auschwitz-Birkenau. Do sprawy… Czytaj dalej
          

L'insostenibile costo dei resi, è boom negli USA dove nel 2020 arriveranno a 550 miliardi di dollari con un aumento del 75%

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L'INSOSTENIBILE COSTO DEI RESI, BOOM NEGLI USA DOVE NEL 2020 ARRIVERANNO A 550 MILIARDI DI DOLLARI CON UN AUMENTO DEL 75%

Allarme resi: lo scorso anno il valore dei capi restituiti ha raggiunto quota 369 miliardi di dollari, il 10% delle vendite. Numeri destinati ad aumentare con effetti collaterali su aziende e ambiente: il trasporto è la prima fonte di inquinamento e l'aumento degli imballaggi si traduce ogni anno in 1 miliardo di alberi abbattuti. I resi sono solo uno dei problemi del fast fashion, un'industria che emette il 5% delle emissioni globali di CO2.

 

Ordinare, provare, rendere: è questo il circolo vizioso che sta intrappolando l'economia e soffocando il Pianeta. La possibilità di poter restituire un vestito o un oggetto comprato online è, oggi, uno dei principali elementi che influenzano l'acquisto, tanto che secondo uno studio pubblicato su The Journal of Marketing, le aziende che offrono resi gratis aumentano le proprie vendite del 457%. Ed è così che, di conseguenza, il numero dei resi sta crescendo esponenzialmente, costringendo alcuni marchi a limitarne le richieste per evitare danni e perdite. Come evidenziato da un report di Appriss Retail, lo scorso anno negli Stati Uniti il loro valore è stato di 369 miliardi di dollari, pari al 10% delle vendite. Una cifra destinata ad aumentare se non si interviene: come riporta GreenBiz, l'anno prossimo negli USA il valore dei resi toccherà la cifra record di 550 miliardi di dollari, segnando un +75% rispetto al 2016. Ma in che modo i resi minacciano la salute del Pianeta? Innanzitutto, come rivela il New York Times, il trasporto si piazza al primo posto tra le principali fonti di gas serra nell'atmosfera, un primato recentemente raggiunto dopo aver superato le centrali di energia. A questo si aggiunge la produzione record di imballaggi che genera grandi quantità di rifiuti che stanno mettendo in ginocchio le città.

 

"Il fashion renting può rivelarsi particolarmente utile per ridurre il numero dei resi, contribuendo alla salute dell'ambiente – spiega Caterina Maestro, fondatrice di DressYouCan – Con il noleggio, infatti, è possibile ottimizzare il consumo rendendolo sostenibile, indossando abiti sempre nuovi senza alimentare gli sprechi tipici del fast fashion. Meno acquisti e più noleggio: con DressYouCan è possibile sfoggiare capi d'alta moda, senza comprare vestiti che, probabilmente, non verrebbero utilizzati mai più. Inoltre, il fashion renting è candidato a diventare un prezioso alleato di brand e stilisti poiché noleggiare i fondi di magazzino potrebbe rivelarsi la soluzione per diminuire il volume dei rifiuti tessili, un grave problema per l'ambiente dal momento che solo l'1% viene veramente riciclato".

 

Tra gli effetti collaterali dei resi non va, inoltre, dimenticato il packaging, con l'enorme quantità di scatole di cartone e involucri di plastica che vengono generati nel processo di restituzione: secondo quanto calcolato dalla rivista statunitense Fast Company, ogni anno negli Stati Uniti vengono spediti 165 miliardi di pacchi, un numero consistente che si traduce nell'abbattimento di 1 miliardo di alberi. L'aumento degli imballaggi sta diventando un problema anche per le città, costrette a far fronte a quantità sempre maggiori di rifiuti, una situazione che ha già costretto l'amministrazione di San Francisco ad aumentare la tassa dei rifiuti. Inoltre, come segnala il rapporto di Forter Fraud Attack Index le frodi legate ai resi costano ai retailer più di 15,3 miliardi di euro l'anno. Una questione che riguarda soprattutto i rivenditori che offrono resi in negozio: grazie alle facili opzioni di ritiro, i truffatori prendono le informazioni personali degli acquirenti, ordinano i prodotti e se ne appropriano.

 

Come evidenziato da The Business of Fashion, tra le cause che spingono i consumatori a rendere la merce acquistata, rientra il fatto che le misure spesso non sono calcolate in modo accurato e, una volta ricevuto il capo, i clienti si accorgono che la taglia non corrisponde affatto a quella desiderata. Ma non solo, secondo la rivista Women's Wear Daily, esistono dei veri e propri serial returner:

 

1)    Il compulsive shopper: non può fare a meno di acquistare grandi quantità di vestiti, un po' come Rebecca Bloomwood, la protagonista del film "I love shopping". Tuttavia, una volta ricevuta la merce ordinata, tende a sentirsi in colpa e restituire i capi acquistati. Il fashion renting può aiutarlo, soddisfacendo sfizi e capricci senza sprechi e senza spendere cifre da capogiro.

 

2)    Il wardrober: acquista un capo con l'intenzione di indossarlo per una serata e restituirlo l'indomani. Secondo The Guardian, nel Regno Unito 1 consumatore su 5 fa wardrobing e il fenomeno costa 1,7 miliardi di euro. Anche in soccorso dei wardrober, arriva il noleggio, che nasce proprio per evitare di acquistare vestiti che difficilmente sarebbero riutilizzati.

 

3)    Il social media wardrober: acquista un outfit solo per sfoggiarlo sui social, perché si sa, ogni giorno occorre un nuovo #OOTD (outfit of the day). Grazie al fashion renting, si diffonde il pay-per-use, andando a soddisfare le esigenze di tutti quei consumatori che comprano abbigliamento a puro scopo di uso e consumo anziché di possesso.

 

4)    Il bracketer: compra diverse taglie o colori dello stesso capo, riservandosi poi il diritto di provare il tutto una volta ricevuto l'acquisto e tenere solo la versione che gli sta meglio. Un problema a cui far fronte noleggiando un vestito su DressYouCan dal momento che i piccoli lavori sartoriali sono inclusi nel prezzo e ogni capo farà risplendere.

Ridurre i resi significa anche porre un freno al fast fashion, un'industria che emette il 5% delle emissioni globali di CO2 e crea in 48 ore ciò che, anche con le più avanzate tecnologie, occorrerebbe 12 anni per riciclare. La soluzione potrebbe essere più vicina di quanto si pensi però: d'accordo con uno studio riportato da The Telegraph, il valore dell'usato dovrebbe, infatti, superare quello del fast fashion entro il 2028. Il resale guadagnerà sempre più spazio e, soprattutto, tra i consumatori alto spendenti, che oggi rappresentano il 12% dell'audience e sono pronti a raddoppiare le proprie spese nei prossimi 5 anni.



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Blowing a fresh breeze of renewable energy into operations

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For the next ten years, Signify will purchase renewable energy for its operations in Poland from the Green Investment Group’s (GIG’s) Kisielice onshore wind farm. Kisielice wind farm is a 42-megawatt (MW) project located 200 kilometres north of Warsaw and was acquired by GIG in August.

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Turkey Time

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How to Avoid Holiday Heartburn Even if you aren’t a “foodie” most people look forward to indulging in the culinary delights of holiday time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. This means that even people who are typically disciplined eat too much in one evening, eat rapidly, imbibe amounts of alcohol they are unaccustomed to and consume foods that may not be part of their regular diet because “tis the season.” While nobody likes a medical grinch, there are ways to have gastronomic fun without paying the price with holiday heartburn. Dr. Niket Sonpal is an internist and gastroenterologist at Touro College of Medicine. He shares his tips for having your holiday cake and eating it too.   Heartburn happens when stomach acid flows backward into the esophagus. It can also go by two names: GER (gastroesophageal reflux) or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). GER is also known as acid indigestion, happening only once in a while. GERD is chronic heartburn that can lead to esophageal cancer if left untreated. Here are some tips for avoiding holiday heartburn: Eat light turkey, not dark High-fat food can spell trouble if you are prone to heartburn, so do yourself a favor and skip the skin when it comes to turkey time. Your best bet is to eat turkey breast and avoid oilier dark meat. The same goes for gravy. If it isn’t fat free, it may be smarter to skip this dish. Choose baked, not mashed If you have chronic heartburn, you don’t have to give up your favorite foods. You just have to choose wisely to save yourself some pain later on. For example, mashed potatoes can trigger heartburn, but baked potatoes may not. When it comes to dairy products, the less fat the better. Limit butter and avoid sour cream. Choose multigrain rolls or bread When choosing grain-based food for the holiday, you can’t go wrong with multigrain bread or rolls. Corn bread and white bread are good choices too,if you want to avoid heartburn. One side dish that should be strictly for the kids, however, is macaroni and cheese. This is one of those dishes known to trigger acid reflux, according to the National Heartburn Alliance. Selecting a salad Salads are good news for those with chronic heartburn or GERD — if you have the right salad dressing and ingredients, that is. High-fat foods are a known trigger for acid reflux, so the National Heartburn Alliance recommends avoiding creamy salad dressings, as well as oil and vinegar. Your best bet is a low-fat salad dressing, and avoid tomatoes, raw onions and other acid-aggravating ingredients. (Want fruit in your salad? Choose apples, not oranges, if you want to avoid heartburn.) Avoid foods that cause heartburn People who suffer from heartburn often know the trigger foods that cause symptoms. Common foods include chocolates, caffeine and greasy foods. These foods relax the lower esophagus sphincter muscle, when this muscle is relaxed, the food will go back up and cause heartburn. Other foods that can trigger heartburn include acidic foods such as citrus fruits or carbonated beverages. This means avoid Champagne! Skip mint desserts Candy canes and chocolate mint desserts are best left for others. These dangerous holiday delectables are notorious for helping acid reflux on its way. Eat more ginger Ginger is one ingredient that can help ease heartburn, if you don’t get too much of it. (More than 2 to 4 grams per day can actually cause heartburn.) Ginger is a natural match for root vegetable dishes commonly served during the holidays. Heartburn-friendly vegetables include carrots, cabbage, peas, broccoli and green beans Linger over your food Take the time to eat slowly and enjoy your food. Rushing through your meal or chewing with your mouth open can increase your chances of indigestion or heartburn. Linger over your food and allow yourself to feel full by giving your food time to digest. Limit alcoholic beverages Have to have that holiday egg nog? Limit it to one glass. This festive beverage can do double the damage. Not only does it contain alcohol that irritates your stomach, but it contains the added dose of diary that can cause bloating and gas. Cut yourself off After-hours holiday parties can keep you snacking all night, but eating too close to bedtime can make acid reflux worse. Stop eating and drinking (water included) three hours before bedtime. Ditch the post-meal nap Sleeping right after eating can increase GERD symptoms. Instead of falling asleep, try going for a walk. Dr. Niket Sonpal is a native of Long Island, N.Y. and a graduate of the Medical University of Silesia – Hope Medical Institute in Poland. He is an adjunct assistant professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and clinical instructor at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn. Sonpal completed his fellowship in gastroenterology at Lenox Hill Hospital.
          

Bomar Poland

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Chiarapoland.eu

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Szukasz niebanalnych, oryginalnych, wygodnych i modnych bluzek, sukienek lub spodenek? Skorzystaj z oferty Chiara Poland – jest to polska firma, produ...
          

Murderous terrorist taken down with a narwhal tusk, fire estinguisher, and the bare hands of an unarmed man!

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Reporter Thompson has this additional information. The man with the Narwhal tusk is a chef from Poland working in a London restaurant. One of the three heroes is a convicted murderer out of prison on a day pass.
          

Amazon pulls Auschwitz-themed Christmas ornaments

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Poland's Auschwitz Memorial called on the retailer to halt sales of the "disturbing" merchandise
          

Traces of Golden Horde in history of Poland

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NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM A group of the nomadic people who separated from the Golden Horde six centuries ago were given the name of the «Tatars» in the history of Poland. Today, the descendants of these nomads make efforts not to forget that they are the Turks in origin.
          

NI or Republic could join Spain, Sweden & Poland at Euros

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Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland could join Spain, Sweden and Poland in Group E at the 2020 European Championship finals.
          

Tadeusz Seibert w finale The Voice of Poland - sprawdź jak oddać głos na wokalistę

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Tadeusz Seibert – wokalista z Malborka – wystąpi w finale programu muzycznego TVP2 The Voice of Poland. Na tym etapie wszystko zależy od telewidzów i ich SMS-ów. Przypominamy, że nie trzeba czekać aż…
          

Arkona - Age of Capricorn (2019)

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Just when you think that 2019 can’t get any better in terms of Black Metal release, Polish Arkona decides to drop their triumphant release “Age of Capricorn”. Delivering one of the most savage and yet melodic and refined BM releases of the last decade, we are treated to over 46 minutes of vicious music. If you are a fan of the genre that wants both relentless aggression and high-octane atmospherics, this is the best album you can get in 2019.

After a creepy intro with some eerie samples, “Stella Inferno” quickly unleashes grim riffs and bestial drums. This track is both atmospheric and in your face, blowing past your eardrums and rattling your brain as Khorzon and company spew their madness. The playful synths perfectly combine with the blistering pace of the demonical “Alone Among Wolves”. As if the BM aural assault wasn’t enough, some super creepy wolf samples add and insane amount of depth and vigor to this track.

The band’s musical savagery reaches new levels with the demoralizing album title track. Perfectly blending atmosphere with inhuman screams, layered guitars and hyper fast drums, this track is what hellish dreams are made of. Coming off such a high from the previous song, tracks like “Deathskull Mystherium” and “Towards the Dark” do not give the listener any room to breath with even more powerful waves of riffs, haunting atmospherics, and a furious pace.

As this release dawns to a close with the bestial “Grand Manifest of Death”, we can’t really recover from such a precisely crafted savage onslaught of both brutality and atmosphere. While most bands focus their energy on a limited aspect of their sound, Arkona has truly mastered all their influences together in one massive and cohesive sound. If you are not afraid of aural savagery, move forward and check out this magnificent release.

Band: Arkona Album: Age of Capricorn

Label: Debemur Morti Productions

Release: December 13th, 2019

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BUSINESS PROCESS ADMINISTRATOR | Rockwell Automation

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Katowice, Poland, DESCRIPTION Analyzes, plans and implements process improvement needs. Evaluates and models existing processes. Organizes, leads and facilitates cross-functional projects. Identifies improvement opt
          

Газом их надо, газом.

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Тридцать лет и три года сиднем сидел Илья Муромец. И еще б сидел, кабы не амнистия...

Я не об импортозамещении, партайгеноссе. Я о замещении нашего с вами благодушия.

Тут Б. Марцинкевич высоко оценивает перспективы нового поляка, назначенного в Еврокомиссии на энергетику. А кто-то из коллег вообще оценивает новый состав Еврокомиссии по их наклонностям в сторону РФ. Что вот вроде у испанца даже отмечались некоторые просветления

Не будем пустыми оптимистами, камрады. Борису можно все: он выстрадал это право. Но мы-то с вами - не наивные чукотские юноши, а закаленные бойцы всех фронтов? Помню, какой энтузиазм был по поводу назначения Могерини главной евродипломаткой... И даже первую свою речь она ухитрилась сделать позитивной к России - но девушку с итальянской социальной ответственностью быстро образумили.

Потому что у европейца главное на горизонте планирования - не какое-то абстратное всеобщее благо, мир дружба и жвачка народов, чтоб никто не ушел обиженный и недожеванный - а личное благополучье. Необлагаемая налогами зарплата и прочие перки, почет и уважение, камера берет интервью а газета цитирует. Это пик в еврокарьерах.

И пик этот возможен ТОЛЬКО если будешь танцевать корпоративную чечетку.

А теперь немного фактов.

Еврокомиссия суть инстанция русофобская по определению, должность еврокомиссара по энергоделам - русофобская в квадрате. Оттого и назначаются туда люди, с Россией, как предполагается, знакомые, по русски говорящие и не выбивающиеся из генеральной линии танца.

В Еврокомиссии ответственный в 2004-2010 г.г. по энергетике был прибалт Пиебалтис. (или -тас?, не упомню). Это как раз когда третий энергопакет против РФ с Газпромом принимали. В 2010 после укрогазокризиса его сменил немец Отингер - но ненадолго. В 2014 срочно поставили словака Шефчовича. Почему? Да потому что Украине нужен был виртуальный реверс из Словакии. На Словакию (в смысле дальше через нее) шло 90 млрд м3, якобы шел обратно на Украину - под ТРЕТЬ.

Шефчович этот - отдельная песня. Бывший убежденный коммунист, окончил МГИМО (просто НЕубежденных из братских республик на обучение в СССР не посылали). Говорит по-русски.

Ты говно, трепло и му...ак, Шефчович. Ничего личного - ты просто пляшешь в своей корпоративной подтанцовке - нам это хорошо видно с нашей печки.

И таким же и для того же и поставлен будет новый поляк, и др прсонажи.

Вне всякой зависимости от собственных, в глубине души убеждений, здравого смысла и бкувы заключенных ранее контрактов.

Это война против нас, партайгеноссе.ИХ война.

10 лет уже вроде как бы в открытой форме.

С печи мы вроде уже слезли, пора надевать ратные доспехи, прогревать верных коней и распечатывать с Яндеха карты Брюсселя и Карфагена.


ЗЫ. А вот вам и подходящая субботняя строевая, в тему

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Neville Chamberlain, Sir Horace Wilson, & Britain's Plight of Appeasement

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Adapted from Fighting Churchill, Appeasing Hitler by Adrian Phillips, published by Pegasus Books. Reprinted with permission. All other rights reserved.

 

In 1941, as his time in office drew to a close, the head of the British Civil Service, Sir Horace Wilson, sat down to write an account of the government policy with which he had been most closely associated. It was also the defining policy of Neville Chamberlain, the Prime Minister whom Wilson had served as his closest adviser throughout his time in office. It had brought Chamberlain immense prestige, but this had been followed very shortly afterwards by near-universal criticism. Under the title ‘Munich, 1938’, Wilson gave his version of the events leading up to the Munich conference of 30 September 1938, which had prevented – or, as proved to be the case, delayed – the outbreak of another world war at the cost of the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia. By then the word ‘appeasement’ had acquired a thoroughly derogatory meaning. Chamberlain had died in 1940, leaving Wilson to defend their joint reputation. Both men had been driven by the highest of motivations: the desire to prevent war. Both had been completely convinced that their policy was the correct one at the time and neither ever admitted afterwards that they might have been wrong.

 

After he had completed his draft, Wilson spotted that he could lay the blame for appeasement on someone else’s shoulders. Better still, it was someone who now passed as an opponent of appeasement. In an amendment to the typescript, he pointed out that in 1936, well before Chamberlain became Prime Minister, Anthony Eden, the then Foreign Secretary, had stated publicly that appeasement was the government’s policy. The point seemed all the more telling as Eden had been edged out of government by Chamberlain and Wilson in early 1938 after a disagreement over foreign policy. Eden had gone on to become a poster-boy for the opponents of appeasement, reaping his reward in 1940 when Chamberlain fell. Chamberlain’s successor, Winston Churchill, had appointed Eden once again as Foreign Secretary. Wilson was so pleased to have found reason to blame appeasement on Eden that he pointed it out a few years later to the first of Chamberlain’s Cabinet colleagues to write his memoirs.

 

Wilson’s statement was perfectly accurate, but it entirely distorted the truth, because it ignored how rapidly and completely the mean­ing of the word ‘appeasement’ had changed. When Eden first used the word, it had no hostile sense. It meant simply bringing peace and was in common use this way. ‘Appease’ also meant to calm someone who was angry, again as a positive act, but Eden never said that Britain’s policy was to ‘appease’ Hitler, Nazi Germany, Mussolini or Fascist Italy. Nor, for that matter, did Chamberlain use the word in that way. The hostile sense of the word only developed in late 1938 or 1939, blend­ing these two uses of the word to create the modern sense of making shameful concessions to someone who is behaving unacceptably. The word ‘appeasement’ has also become a shorthand for any aspect of Brit­ish foreign policy of the 1930s that did not amount to resistance to the dictator states. This is a very broad definition, and it should not mask the fact that the word is being used here in its modern and not its con­temporary sense. The foreign policy that gave the term a bad name was a distinct and clearly identifiable strategy that was consciously pursued by Chamberlain and Wilson. 

 

When Chamberlain became Prime Minister in May 1937, he was confronted by a dilemma. The peace of Europe was threatened by the ambitions of the two aggressive fascist dictators, Hitler in Germany and Mussolini in Italy. Britain did not have the military strength to face Germany down; it had only just begun to rearm after cutting its armed forces to the bone in the wake of the First World War and was at the last gasp of strategic over-reach with its vast global empire. Chamberlain chose to solve the problem by setting out to develop a constructive dialogue with Hitler and Mussolini. He hoped to build a relationship of trust which would allow the grievances of the dictator states to be settled by negotiation and to avoid the nightmare of another war. In other words, Chamberlain sought to appease Europe through discus­sion and engagement. In Chamberlain’s eyes this was a positive policy and quite distinct from what he castigated as the policy of ‘drift’ that his predecessors in office, Ramsay MacDonald and Stanley Baldwin, had pursued. Under their control, progressive stages in aggression by the dictators had been met with nothing more than ineffectual protests, which had antagonised them without deterring them. 

 

Chamberlain’s positive approach to policy was the hallmark of his diplomacy. He wanted to take the initiative at every turn, most famously in his decision to fly to see Hitler at the height of the Sudeten crisis. Often his initiatives rested on quite false analyses; quite often the dictators pre-empted him. But Chamberlain was determined that no oppor­tunity for him to do good should be allowed to escape. The gravest sin possible was the sin of omission. At first his moves were overwhelming­ly aimed at satisfying the dictators. Only after Hitler’s seizure of Prague in March 1938 did deterring them from further aggression become a major policy goal. Here, external pressures drove him to make moves that ran counter to his instincts, but they were still usually his active choices. Moreover, the deterrent moves were balanced in a dual policy in which Hitler was repeatedly given fresh opportunities to negotiate a settlement of his claims, implicitly on generous terms. 

 

Appeasement reached its apogee in the Czech crisis of 1938. Chamberlain was the driving force behind the peaceful settlement of German claims on the Sudetenland. He was rewarded with great, albeit short-lived, kudos for having prevented a war that had seemed almost inev­itable. He also secured an entirely illusory reward, when he tried to transform the pragmatic and unattractive diplomatic achievement of buying peace with the independence of the Sudetenland into something far more idealistic. Chamberlain bounced Hitler into signing a bilateral Anglo-German declaration that the two countries would never go to war. Chamberlain saw this as the first building block in creating a lasting relationship of trust between the two countries. It was this declaration, rather than the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia under the four-power treaty signed by Britain, France, Germany and Italy, that Chamberlain believed would bring ‘peace for our time’, the true appeasement of Europe. At the start of his premiership, Chamberlain had yearned to get ‘onto terms with the Germans’; he thought that he had done just that. 

 

Appeasing Europe through friendship with the dictators also required the rejection of anything that threatened this friendship. One of the most conspicuous threats was a single individual: Winston Church­ill. Almost from the beginning of Hitler’s dictatorship Churchill had argued that it was vital to Britain’s interests to oppose Nazi Germany by force, chiefly by rearming. Unlike most other British statesmen, Churchill recognised in Hitler an implacable enemy and he deployed the formidable power of his rhetoric to bring this home in Parliament and in the press. But Churchill was a lone voice. When he had opposed granting India a small measure of autonomy in the early 1930s, he had moved into internal opposition to the Conservative Party. Only a handful of MPs remained loyal to him. Churchill was also handicapped by a widespread bad reputation that sprang from numerous examples of his poor judgement and political opportunism. 

Chamberlain was determined on a policy utterly opposed to Churchill’s view of the world. He enjoyed a very large majority in Parliament and faced no serious challenge in his own Cabinet. Chamberlain and Wilson were so convinced that their policy was correct that they saw opposition as dangerously irresponsible and had no hesitation in using the full powers at their disposal to crush it. Churchill never had a real chance of altering this policy. It would have sent a signal of resolve to Hitler to bring him back into the Cabinet, but this was precisely the kind of gesture that Chamberlain was desperate to avoid. Moreover, Chamberlain and Wilson each had personal reasons to be suspicious of Churchill as well as sharing the prevalent hostile view of him that dominated the political classes. Wilson and Churchill had clashed at a very early stage in their careers and Chamberlain had had a miserable time as Churchill’s Cabinet colleague under Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin. Chamberlain and Wilson had worked closely to fight a – largely imaginary and wildly exaggerated – threat from Churchill’s support for Edward VIII in the abdication crisis of 1936. 

 

Churchill was right about Hitler and Chamberlain was wrong. The history of appeasement is intertwined with the history of Churchill. According to legend Churchill said, ‘Alas, poor Chamberlain. History will not be kind to him. And I shall make sure of that, for I shall write that history.’ Whatever Churchill might actually have said on the point barely matters; the witticism expresses a mindset that some subsequent historians have striven to reverse. The low opinion of Chamberlain is the mirror image of the near idolatry of Churchill. In some cases, his­torians appear to have been motivated as much by dislike of Churchill – and he had many flaws – as by positive enthusiasm for Chamberlain. Steering the historical debate away from contemporary polemic and later hagiography has sometimes had the perverse effect of polarising the discussion rather than shifting it onto emotionally neutral territory. Defending appeasement provides perfect material for the ebb and flow of academic debate, often focused on narrow aspects of the question. At the last count, the school of ‘counter-revisionism’ was being challenged by a more sympathetic view of Chamberlain. 

 

Chamberlain’s policy failed from the start. The dictators were happy to take what was on offer, but gave as good as nothing in return. Chamberlain entirely failed to build worthwhile relationships. Chamberlain’s advocates face the challenge that his policy failed entirely. Chamberlain’s defenders advance variants of the thesis that Wilson embodied in ‘MUNICH, 1941’: that there was no realistic alternative to appeasement given British military weakness. This argument masks the fact that it is practically impossible to imagine a worse situation than the one that confronted Churchill, when he succeeded Chamberlain as Prime Minister in May 1940. The German land attack in the west was poised to destroy France, exposing Britain to a German invasion. It also ducks the fact that securing peace by seeking friendship with the dictators was an active policy, pursued as a conscious choice and not imposed by circumstances. 

Chamberlain’s foreign policy is by far the most important aspect of his premiership and the attention that it demands has rather crowded out the examination of other aspects of his time at Downing Street. Discussion of his style of government has focused on the accusation that he imposed his view of appeasement on a reluctant Cabinet, which has been debated with nearly the same vigour as the merits or otherwise of the policy itself. In the midst of this, little attention has been paid to Wilson, even though Chamberlain’s latest major biographer – who is broadly favourable to his subject – concedes he was ‘the éminence grise of the Chamberlain regime … gatekeeper, fixer and trusted sounding board’.Martin Gilbert, one of Chamberlain’s most trenchant critics, made a start on uncovering Wilson’s full role in 1982 with an article in History Today, but few have followed him. There have been an academic examination of his Civil Service career and an academic defence of his involvement in appeasement.Otherwise, writers across the spec­trum of opinions on appeasement have contented themselves with the unsupported assertion that Wilson was no more than a civil servant.Wilson does, though, appear as a prominent villain along with Chamberlain’s shadowy political adviser, Sir Joseph Ball, in Michael Dobbs’s novel about appeasement,Winston’s War. 

 

Dismissing Wilson as merely a civil servant begs a number of questions. The British Civil Service has a proud tradition and ethos of political neutrality, but it strains credulity to expect that this has invariably been fully respected. Moreover, at the period when Wilson was active, the top level of the Civil Service was still evolving, with many of its tasks and responsibilities being fixed by accident of personality or initiative from the Civil Service side. Wilson’s own position as adviser to the Prime Minister with no formal job title or remit was unprecedented and has never been repeated. Chamberlain valued his political sense highly and Wilson did not believe that his position as a civil servant should restrict what he advised on political tactics or appointments. Even leaving the debate over appeasement aside, Wilson deserves attention. 

 

Wilson was so close to Chamberlain that it is impossible to understand Chamberlain’s premiership fully without looking at what Wilson did. The two men functioned a partnership, practically as a unit. Even under the extreme analysis of the ‘mere civil servant’ school whereby Wilson was never more than an obedient, unreflecting executor of Chamberlain’s wishes, his acts should be treated as Chamberlain’s own acts and thus as part of the story of his premiership. It is practically impossible to measure Wilson’s own autonomous and distinctive input compared to Chamberlain’s, but there can be no argument that he represented the topmost level of government. 

 

Wilson’s hand is visible in every major aspect of Chamberlain’s premiership and examining what he did throws new light almost everywhere. Wilson’s influence on preparations for war – in rearming the Royal Air Force and developing a propaganda machine – makes plain that neither he nor Chamberlain truly expected war to break out. One of the most shameful aspects of appeasement were the measures willingly undertaken to avoid offending the dictators, either by government action or by comment in the media; Wilson carries a heavy responsibility here. 

 

Above all it was Wilson’s role in foreign policy that defined his partnership with Chamberlain and the Chamberlain premiership as a whole. He was also the key figure in the back-channel diplomacy pursued with Germany that showed the true face of appeasement. Wilson carries much of the responsibility for the estrangement between Chamberlain and the Foreign Office, which was only temporarily checked when its political and professional leaderships were changed. Chamberlain and Wilson shared almost to the end a golden vision of an appeased Europe, anchored on friendship between Britain and Germany, which was increasingly at odds with the brutal reality of conducting diplomacy with Hitler. The shift to a two-man foreign policy machine culminated in the back-channel attempts in the summer of 1939 intended to keep the door open to a negotiated settlement of the Polish crisis with Hitler, but which served merely to convince him that the British feared war so much that they would not stand by Poland. Chamberlain and Wilson had aimed to prevent war entirely; instead they made it almost inevitable.


          

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A campaign poster showing environmental activists Taher Ghadirian, Niloufar Bayani, Amirhossein Khaleghi, Houman Jokar, Sam Rajabi, Sepideh Kashani, Morad Tahbaz and Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, who have been detained since early 2018 in Iran. An Iranian court in November 2019 sentenced Bayani, Tahbaz, Jokar, Ghadirian, Khaleghi and Kashani to prison terms of 6 to 10 years. 

© 2018 #anyhopefornature Campaign
Protecting the endangered Asiatic cheetah. Tweeting a satirical poem. Attending a climate conference. Campaigning against a power plant. These actions hardly conjure images of suicide bombers or coup plotters. Yet, they have been labelled “eco-terrorism,” “extremism,” or “threats to national security” by governments and businesses that seek to block the work of environmental activists.

As young people around the world gather for a global climate strike on Friday, and as the 25th Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) begins in Madrid on Monday, conference delegates would do well to consider that one important way to protect the environment is to protect environmental defenders.

Activists from mining communities protesting at the Pietermaritzburg High Court on August 24, 2018, KwaZulu-Natal.

© 2018 Rob Symons
To be sure, environmentalists face dangers beyond being labelled security threats. From the Amazon rainforest to South African mining communities, activists defending ecosystems and ancestral lands are threatened, attacked and even killed with near-total impunity. But the unjust labelling of environmentalists as dangerous criminals or threats to national security is often more insidious, as it is generally carried out under the aegis of the law.

Authorities have an obligation to prosecute criminal acts. But typically, environmental defenders peacefully exercise their rights to freedom of speech, association, and assembly. Only in exceptional cases would their acts meet a generally-accepted definition of terrorism. And when environmentalists engage in civil disobedience, they do not usually aim to undermine the rule of law. Yet, we should consider the following:

  • In Poland, days before hosting the COP24 in December 2018, authorities issued a terrorism alert and denied entry to at least 13 foreign climate activists registered to attend, calling them security threats. Poland also empowered the police to collect data about conference participants without judicial oversight or participants’ knowledge.
  • In France, days before hosting the COP21 in November 2015, authorities placed at least 24 climate activists under house arrest using emergency counterterrorism measures enacted after the deadly Paris attacks that month. The activists were accused of flouting a ban on COP21 protests.
  • In Iran, eight members of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, imprisoned since early 2018, were just handed prison terms of up to 10 years for allegedly spying for the US. During a flawed trial, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards accused them of using their work protecting the endangered Asiatic cheetah as a cover. The group’s founder, also arrested in 2018, died in custody under suspicious circumstances.
  • In Kenya, authorities have unjustly accused environmental activists opposing a mega-infrastructure project of ties to the extremist armed group al-Shabab and threatened, beat, and arbitrarily detained them. In July, a court suspended the project’s coal-fired power plant. Activists contend the development will still destroy forests, kill fish, and displace communities.
  • In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018 placed 600 civil society activists, including environmentalists, on a list of alleged members of the country’s communist party and its armed wing, which he declared to be a terrorist organisation. Until a court intervened, the list included Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, an indigenous Filipina who is the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples and has protested Philippines mining projects.
  • In Ecuador, eight years passed before environmental activist José “Pepe” Acacho was cleared of “terrorism” charges for opposing mining and oil exploration in the Amazon.
  • In the US in 2018, the then-interior secretary blamed wildfires on “environmental terrorist groups” that opposed logging. In 2017, a pipeline operator sued Greenpeace and other environmental groups for a “rogue eco-terrorist” campaign against an oil pipeline. A court dismissed the lawsuit in February. Largely peaceful protesters said the underground pipeline threatened Native American sacred sites and drinking water.
  • In Russia, since 2012, at least 14 environmental organisations have had their work curtailed and in June, the head of the group Ecodefence!, fled the country to avoid being targeted under an abusive “foreign agents” law. In April, a court fined an environmental activist for “mass distribution of extremist materials” for posting a satirical poem about mining oligarchs.

During the COP25, participating governments should encourage activists to air their concerns about the climate crisis and their own safety, and draw on their combined expertise to help identify solutions.

They should also commit to rigorously implementing treaties that protect environmental defenders. One is the Aarhus Convention, which the European Union and Poland have been criticised for flouting. Another is Latin America’s Escazu Agreement, which requires just five additional ratifications to enter into force. Chile, which will preside over the COP25, should lead by example and ratify it.

COP25 delegates should recognize that to genuinely protect the environment, they also need to protect its defenders—including those unjustly targeted in the name of security.

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On November 29, 2019, young people will gather at locations around the world for a Fridays for Future Global Climate Strike. On December 2, United Nations delegates, world leaders, business executives, and activists will meet at the 25th Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) in Madrid to discuss ways to protect the environment. Participants in these events should also discuss ways to protect the protectors: the individuals and groups targeted around the world for their efforts on behalf of the planet.

The dangers facing environmental defenders do not stop at accusations that they are national security risks. From the Amazon rainforest to South African mining communities, activists seeking to preserve ecosystems and ancestral lands are being threatened, attacked, and even killed with near total impunity, Human Rights Watch has found. But in contrast to many of these illegal acts, the unjust labeling of environmentalists as security threats is often more insidious, as it is generally carried out under the color of law.

And while not all environmental activism is peaceful, only in exceptional cases would the actions of environmental activists meet a generally recognized definition of terrorism – actions aimed at terrorizing populations by causing or threatening death or serious physical harm to others to advance an ideological or political agenda. Nor, in nearly all cases, do their actions aim to undermine the rule of law. Typically, these individuals and groups are peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of speech, association, and assembly. When they engage in civil disobedience, their aim is usually to strengthen – and improve the enforcement of – existing environmental protection measures. Here are a few examples where environmental activists have been smeared as terrorists or other national security threats:

  • In Poland, the authorities denied entry in December 2018 to at least 13 foreign climate activists who were registered to attend COP24 in the southern city of Katowice, contending they posed a threat to public order and national security. Along with other individuals and groups, the activists had planned to press COP24 participants for rapid action to address climate change.

    Protesters march during the United Nations COP24 climate change summit in Katowice, Poland, on December 8, 2018.

    © 2018 SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images/Damian Klamka)

    The authorities had previously passed a special law empowering the police to collect data about conference participants without judicial oversight or the participants’ knowledge and consent and ban spontaneous protests during COP24. They also issued a terrorism alert that authorized increased vehicle checks and other security controls for Katowice and surrounding areas for the duration of the summit. Border officials detained and questioned several activists for hours, in some cases without allowing them to communicate their location or contact a lawyer.

  • In November 2015, French police used a sweeping counterterrorism emergency law enacted in response to the deadly Paris attacks earlier that month to place at least 24 climate activists under house arrest without judicial warrant, raid activists’ homes, and seize computers and personal belongings.

    Police raid a building suspected of housing climate activists in Paris on November 27, 2015, prior to the UN COP21 climate change summit. 

    © 2015 AFP/Laurent Emmanuel
    The activists were accused of flouting a ban on organizing protests related to COP21, which was being held in France the following week to sign the Paris Agreement on reducing emissions that contribute to global warming.

  • In Iran, six members of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation (PWHF), imprisoned since early 2018, were handed prison terms of up to 10 years in November for allegedly spying for the United States. During a deeply flawed trial, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards said the environmentalists used their work to protect the Asiatic cheetah – one of the world’s most endangered species – as a cover. A charge against four of the accused of “spreading corruption on Earth,” a crime that can carry the death penalty, was reportedly dropped in October. Two other PWHF members also detained in early 2018 were awaiting judgment. A ninth environmentalist, PWHF founder Kavous Seyed Emami, died a few weeks after his arrest under suspicious circumstances in what the Iranian authorities alleged to be a suicide.

    A campaign poster showing environmental activists Taher Ghadirian, Niloufar Bayani, Amirhossein Khaleghi, Houman Jokar, Sam Rajabi, Sepideh Kashani, Morad Tahbaz and Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, who have been detained since early 2018 in Iran. An Iranian court in November 2019 sentenced Bayani, Tahbaz, Jokar, Ghadirian, Khaleghi and Kashani to prison terms of 6 to 10 years. 

    © 2018 #anyhopefornature Campaign

    Issa Kalantari, the head of Iran’s Department of Environment, said there was no evidence that the detained environmentalists were spies. He said the arrests have had a chilling effect on environmental groups in the country.

    The arrests appear to be motivated both by Iran’s “paranoia” about foreign countries using environmentalists as cover and its recognition that anger over environmental degradation can unite populations against government policies, said Kaveh Madani, the country’s former deputy environmental director. Madani returned to his native Iran from London in 2017 to take up the post, but said he was immediately detained and questioned by Revolutionary Guards, who broke into his phone, computer, emails, and social media accounts, and called him a “bioterrorist,” a “water terrorist,” and a spy. He left Iran after seven months, alleging repeated harassment including for his criticism of dam projects, which are constructed by the Revolutionary Guards.

  • In Kenya, the police and military have frequently labeled environmental activists opposing a mega-infrastructure project in the Lamu coastal region, including a coal-fired power plant, as “terrorists” while subjecting them to threats, beatings, and arbitrary arrests and detentions. In 15 cases documented by Human Rights Watch between 2013 and 2016, the authorities accused environmental defenders of membership in, or links to, the extremist armed group al-Shabab but provided no compelling evidence.

    Residents and environmental activists on Lamu island, Kenya, protest the proposed Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia (LAPSSET) project on March 1, 2012.

    © 2012 Reuters/Joseph Okanga

    The activists are protesting construction of the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor, the biggest infrastructure project in Central and East Africa, which is to include a 32-berth seaport, three international airports, a road and railway network, and three resort cities. They contend that LAPSSET will pollute the air and water, destroy mangrove forests and breeding grounds for fish, and take farmland without just compensation, displacing communities and destroying their livelihoods.

    In July, Kenya’s environmental tribunal blocked approval of the power plant absent a new environmental impact study, finding the China-backed developers’ original assessment and public consultation process inadequate. The rest of the LAPSSET project continues. So does the intimidation campaign, activists protesting LAPSSET told Human Rights Watch.

  • In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018 placed 600 civil society members, including environmentalists and indigenous rights defenders, on a list of alleged members of the country’s communist party and its armed wing, which he declared to be a terrorist organization. Duterte’s “terrorist list” included Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, an indigenous Filipina who is the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples and a climate change activist.

    Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, at UN headquarters in New York in April 2018. 

    © 2018 New York Times/Annie Ling
    In late 2017, Tauli-Corpuz had criticized the government for attacks and other abuses against indigenous communities that opposed coal and diamond mining on ancestral lands. Although a Manila court months later ordered the government to remove Tauli-Corpuz from the list, a Philippines military official in 2019 renewed the campaign against her, accusing her of “infiltrating” the UN for the communist insurgents. Several UN human rights experts condemned Tauli-Corpuz’s listing.

  • In Ecuador, eight years passed before the prominent environmental activist José “Pepe” Acacho, a Shuar indigenous leader, was able to clear himself of “terrorism” charges for his activities opposing mining and oil exploration in the Amazon. Acacho was charged with terrorism in 2010 for allegedly inciting violence during Shuar protests against a mining law.

    Pepe Acacho, second from left, leaves a courtroom in Quito, Ecuador, on February 8, 2011, after a judge granted his habeas corpus petition.

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    He was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Human Rights Watch reviewed the trial documents and found no credible evidence of terrorism-related crimes. In 2018, Ecuador’s highest court threw out the terrorism conviction but instead sentenced him to eight months in prison for “public services obstruction” – a charge for which he was never tried and hence never had the opportunity to contest. Acacho spent 17 days in jail before receiving a presidential pardon in October 2018.

  • In the US in August 2018, then-US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke blamed “environmental terrorist groups” that opposed logging for wildfires on the West Coast – a proposition immediately attacked by leading environmental organizations including the Sierra Club. In 2017, 84 members of the US Congress, most of them Republicans, asked the Justice Department if activists mobilizing against the construction of oil pipelines could be prosecuted as terrorists. (The department’s response was that in some cases, yes.)

    Native Americans protest construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota on September 4, 2019. 

    © 2019 AFP via Getty Images/Robyn Peck

    That same year, a major pipeline operator, Energy Transfer Partners LP, filed a lawsuit against Greenpeace and other environmental groups, accusing them of launching a “rogue eco-terrorist” campaign against the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline. Environmental activists and Native American tribes had tried to block construction of the 1,172-mile-long, underground pipeline through North Dakota during a protracted standoff with the authorities in 2016, saying it threatened sacred sites and drinking water. A federal court dismissed the lawsuit earlier this year.

    Although the protesters were largely peaceful, some resorted to violence and were convicted of protest-related crimes, but none for offenses that even remotely approximated terrorism. UN experts condemned security force responses to the protests as “excessive,” including their use of rubber bullets, teargas, compression grenades, mace, and “inhuman and degrading” detention conditions.

  • In Russia, at least 14 environmental groups have stopped work in recent years, and the head of the prominent group Ekozaschita! (Ecodefense!), Alexandra Koroleva, fled the country in June to avoid prosecution under the draconian Law on Foreign Agents. The 2012 law requires any Russian group accepting foreign funding and carrying out activities deemed to be “political” to register as a “foreign agent,” a term that in Russia implies “spy” or “traitor.” Authorities have used the law to silence groups that opposed state-sanctioned development projects and petitioned authorities for the release of imprisoned environmental activists, a Human Rights Watch investigation found.

    Alexandra Koroleva, the head of the Russian nongovernmental organization Ecodefense, fled to Germany in June 2019 to avoid being targeted under the abusive Russian “foreign agents” law. 

    © 2019 Ecodefense

    Russian officials including the special envoy for environmental protection, Sergey Ivanov, have applied the “extremist” label to Greenpeace Russia. An activist with Stop GOK, a Russian group seeking to block mining and enrichment plants, was fined in April 2019 for “mass distribution of extremist materials” because he published a poem on the organization’s social media page that the government had banned as extremist in 2012. The Russian nongovernmental organization SOVA Center, which analyzes counter-extremism trends, found that the poem, “Last Wish to the Ivans,” is a satirical address to destitute, alcohol and drug-addicted Russians from oligarchs and authorities profiting from extracting natural resources.

    Stop GOK and Greenpeace Russia were among groups named in a 2018 report by pro-government technologists as “environmental extremists” working for “influential forces in the West” bent on sabotaging strategic industries. The report was widely covered by state-controlled media.

Civil society participation will be crucial to ambitious outcomes at COP25. Parties to the summit, which include all UN member countries and the European Union, should allow activists ample opportunity to air their concerns about the climate crisis and use their combined expertise to help identify solutions. They should also provide activists with a safe space to speak out about the threats they face for carrying out their work.

In addition, parties should publicly commit to robustly carrying out international and regional treaties that protect environmental defenders. One of these treaties is the Escazu Agreement (the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean), the world’s first covenant to include specific provisions promoting and protecting environmental defenders. Twenty-one countries have signed the 2018 agreement. But only six countries have ratified it – five shy of the ratifications needed to enter it into force. Chile, which stepped down as COP25 host because of protests stemming from economic grievances, but will still preside over the negotiations in Madrid, should lead by example and ratify the agreement.

COP25 participants should also commit to upholding the Aarhus Convention (the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters), to which Spain is a signatory. The convention – an environmental pact for Europe, the European Union, and Central Asia – grants the public, including environmental groups, an array of rights including public participation and access to information and justice in governmental decisions on the environment, without harassment or persecution. Parties to the treaty, including the EU, and Poland for its crackdown at COP24, have been criticized – including in some cases by the Aarhus Convention’s own oversight body – for flouting these provisions.

COP25 delegates should recognize that to genuinely protect the environment, they also need to protect its defenders – including those unjustly targeted in the name of security.


          

‘The Witcher’ Executive Producer Tomek Bagiński Won’t Say If We Could Get An Animated Version

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With ‘The Witcher’ already being wildly popular before the Netflix release, thanks to a successful book series by Andrzej Sapkowski and video game franchise, you might wonder what other mediums it could show up in. Well, IGN Poland asked the executive producer Tomek Bagiński just that. Specifically, they asked if an animated version of ‘The Witcher’ could ever see the light of day. As we’ve already seen stunning cinematics in the video games, this idea isn’t completely out of the realm of possibility when you think of other shows on Netflix such as ‘Castlevania‘ being a perfect example of how it could work. What is surprising here is that Bagiński doesn’t outright deny an animated series could happen: “I don’t want to give away too much here, but who knows if we won’t see The Witcher in this style. However, these are things I would rather not talk about too much for now.” Bagiński isn’t just an executive producer on the series but has been directly involved with the cinematics for the CD Projekt Red video games. He knows exactly what would be needed for an animated series to happen and it would be an easy way to even further […]

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Call for Papers - 'Globalization in the Modern Era'

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<p class="MsoTitle" style="text-align:center">&nbsp;</p> <img alt="IT&amp;FA logo 1" data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="eaf56795-b8f0-4bb4-953e-42597eb9f5d9" src="https://d35w6hwqhdq0in.cloudfront.net/e284c32df74fddf284639cc3956bdbd1.png" /> <p class="MsoTitle" style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:36pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Palatino Linotype&quot;,serif"><span style="color:red"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:22.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Call for Papers</span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier 10cpi&quot;"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:16.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">30<sup>th</sup> International Conference</span></span></b></span></span></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier 10cpi&quot;"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:16.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The International Trade and Finance Association</span></span></b></span></span></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier 10cpi&quot;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:14.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:red">Abstract Submission Deadline January 31, 2020</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier 10cpi&quot;"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:14.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Theme:&nbsp; Globalization in the Modern Era<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; May 27 – 30, 2020</span></span></span></b><br /> <b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:14.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia, USA</span></span></span></b></span></span></p> <p><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black"><b>Graduate Student Mentoring Event Included!</b> There will be a <b>special mentoring event this year for graduate students</b> on <b>Wednesday, May 27</b>. Members of ITFA will hold a day-long mentoring session to help students understand what is required of them as they progress through their academic or other professional careers. Please indicate your intention to attend this important, helpful event. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><strong style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">BACKGROUND</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black"><span style="letter-spacing:-.25pt">IT&amp;FA was founded in 1990 by a prestigious group of academics and professionals who believed that the study of "international" issues had not received the emphasis and attention that it should. The Association has professional members in over 30 countries. These include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States. Thirty years later, there are still some of the original founding members and many others who attend year after year. ITFA members welcome others to join our helpful, open group to further intellectual literature and discussions concerning the international realm.&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><strong style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">CONFERENCE INFORMATION</span></span></strong> </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">IT&amp;FA is a multi-disciplinary association, and welcomes scholars and professionals from economics and finance, as well as all other areas of business, law, communications and other disciplines with an interest in globalization and the global economy.&nbsp; The conference will consist of regular competitive sessions, as well as plenary sessions dealing with high-profile issues.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">We invite theoretical, conceptual and empirical proposals and completed papers on all aspects of international trade and finance, including such emerging issues as cyber security and economic warfare, digital free trade and e-commerce, intellectual property protections, and trade in various services. IT&amp;FA also seeks papers on trade policy, exchange rates, investments and capital flows, banking, migration, tourism, communications, transportation, governance and law, and management and marketing.&nbsp; Industry-specific studies are welcome (such as agriculture, retail, textiles, and entertainment), as are proposals dealing with multilateral, regional, and national issues impacting international trade and finance are also invited.&nbsp; </span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="color:black"><span style="tab-stops:list 36.0pt"><span style="text-autospace:ideograph-numeric ideograph-other"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier 10cpi&quot;"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Program</span></span></b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">: Offers discussions of economic topics across many disciplines via speakers and panels.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="color:black"><span style="tab-stops:list 36.0pt"><span style="text-autospace:ideograph-numeric ideograph-other"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier 10cpi&quot;"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Special Events</span></span></b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">: The Presidential Address, award presentations, paper/panel presentations, gala dinner, and networking opportunities.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="color:black"><span style="tab-stops:list 36.0pt"><span style="text-autospace:ideograph-numeric ideograph-other"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier 10cpi&quot;"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Paper Awards</span></span></b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">: We offer US$500 for the best faculty paper submitted to the conference and US$250 for the best student paper (no faculty authors included), along with certificates confirming each. These must be uploaded to the Awards section of the website. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">REGISTRATION</span></span></b><br /> <br /> <span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">IT&amp;FA’s registration fee is US$300 for <u>all</u> participants/US$125 for students who submit abstracts by January 31, 2020. This fee will cover registration, associated conference expenses, and one year’s membership in IT&amp;FA, with access to the <i>Global Economy Journal</i>. </span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="text-autospace:ideograph-numeric ideograph-other"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier 10cpi&quot;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">Cancellations: Before March 31, 2019, 100% of the registration fee is refundable. After March 31, 50% of the fee is refundable.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="text-autospace:ideograph-numeric ideograph-other"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier 10cpi&quot;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">The conference will open with a reception on Wednesday, May 27, hold sessions on Thursday and Friday, including a banquet on Friday evening, and conclude with final sessions or a group event on Saturday, May 30. Those planning to depart on Sunday, May 31, will have time to investigate the unique circumstances that connect Richmond, Virginia, and the surrounding Washington, DC, area to the evolving global economy. These include important history, world-class cultural beautiful parks, and shopping. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="text-autospace:ideograph-numeric ideograph-other"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier 10cpi&quot;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">IT&amp;FA seeks both proposals for individual papers and for complete sessions. Complete sessions should have three to four papers. In the case of multiple authors for a paper, at least one author must register for the conference. All attending must pay the registration fees. No participant will be permitted to present more than two papers. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="text-autospace:ideograph-numeric ideograph-other"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier 10cpi&quot;"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">DEADLINES: </span></span></span></span></b></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="text-autospace:ideograph-numeric ideograph-other"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier 10cpi&quot;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">November 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020 – Registration Materials and Abstracts submitted for Peer Review</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="text-autospace:ideograph-numeric ideograph-other"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier 10cpi&quot;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">February 23, 2020 – Notification of Acceptance by this date. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="text-autospace:ideograph-numeric ideograph-other"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier 10cpi&quot;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">March 15, 2020 – Payment of Registration Fee Due. <u>Visa documentation requests due along with payment, if not requested earlier.</u> Cancellation for 100% returned fees, 50% return fees hereafter.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="text-autospace:ideograph-numeric ideograph-other"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier 10cpi&quot;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">March 15, 2020 – <u>Deadline for Hotel Registrations</u>. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="text-autospace:ideograph-numeric ideograph-other"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier 10cpi&quot;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">May 10, 2020 - Conference schedule posted online.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="text-autospace:ideograph-numeric ideograph-other"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier 10cpi&quot;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">May 27 to May 30, 2020 – Conference convenes in Richmond, Virginia.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="text-autospace:ideograph-numeric ideograph-other"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier 10cpi&quot;"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">For additional registration information and updates, please see the association website:&nbsp; </span></span></span></b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black"><a href="http://www.itfaconference.org" style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; color:#0563c1; text-decoration:underline"><b><span style="color:black">http://www.itfaconference.org</span></b></a><b> &nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">If you have any questions, please contact </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="text-autospace:ideograph-numeric ideograph-other"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier 10cpi&quot;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">Prof. Sarah K. Bryant, Executive Vice President, at </span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">skbryant12@outlook.com.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p>
          

SR ENGINEER, SOFTWARE | Rockwell Automation

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Thread: Twilight Struggle:: Organized Play:: ITSL 2019 - 2020: Schedule and Preview (December - January)

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by Bidaiak

So we're starting now. We had our draw yesterday, so schedule is ready here:

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Preview for first 4 games:

GAME 1 (Due Date - January 5th):

For starting France and North America East Division are playing games in their own divisions, while the others will have to play against other Divisions in sames conference: UK (USSR) vs Italy (USA), Poland (USSR) vs Eastern Europe (USA), North America West (USSR) vs America East (USA), and last but not least Asia-Oceania (USSR) vs North America Central (USA). Very interesting games like Michael Patnik vs Anthony Russo who will fight for 1st place in their division

Match of the week: Ziemowit Pazderski (USSR) vs Juri Golomako (USA). Probably the 2 strongest players in Europe, playing in the first game. We hope they can broadcast or at least record a video of this game.

GAME 2 (Due Date - January 12th)

In this second game, Italy and America East will be playing in their own divisions, while the others will play again against other divisions in same conference: France (USA) vs Eastern Europe (USSR), UK (USA) vs Poland (USSR), North America East (USA) vs North America Central (USSR) and North America West (USA) vs Asia-Ocania (USSR).

Match of the week: Wayne Bonnett (USSR) vs Tomas Tvaroh (USA)

GAME 3 (Due Date - January 19th)

In the third game, every player will have a game against a rival in the same division.

Match of the week: David DiCarlo (USSR) vs Michael Stryker(USA). Very strong players in North America Central Division

GAME 4 (Due Date - January 26th)

And for the fourth game, every player will have a game against a rival in different division, same conference, including great exciting games like Youngbae Park (USA) vs Anthony Russo (USSR) or our match of the week

Match of the week: Michael Stryker (USSR) vs Michael Patnik (USA). They might the 2 strongest players in their conference. A very interesting game, that we'd love to see.
          

Blueprint Global

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Midnight Sun Rifle Challenge Pt3

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Kit lists. I’ve made a few. Mistakes I’ve made, a few more. Days when the sun never sets, I’ve only seen one. 

In the shambling spirt of Newby and Carless’ English amateur adventurism on their Short walk in the Hindu Kush, having watched a few videos by Thomas Haugland, I send a text to One Man Rifle-Maker. 

‘Midnight Sun Rifle Challenge 2019… fancy it?’ and receive the reply “ texted Thomas to say we’re entering”

Of all the events in the Viking Rifle Series calendar the MSRC is quite possibly the least appropriate entry point. It’s billed as ’24 hours of misery and fun’. Which in legal terms means they did give us fair warning. 

This is my second whistle-stop holiday with OMR. 
The last one was a pistol shooting trip of less than 24 hours, he’s not a fan of; travel, Europe, or anything other than the plainest food. He does like Norway though and despite his obvious discomfort he was a font of good cheer, I’d defiantly have cracked without him. Never did get to see him eat pickled Herring, which was something of a disappointment.

I spend a while talking up the plan, clearly no one believes i’m actually going. I make a few half hearted attempts to start a fitness plan, I will admit they look deeply unconvincing. I get sciatica, I enrol in a pilates class, the pilates class finishes and somehow i leave the yoga milfs to their fate and don't re enrol.  

The moment where you get to represent your country on the world stage is an honour few of you will ever be afforded, but just occasionally its possible to promote yourself to those dizzy heights without a man in a blazer, with a clipboard, telling you legal action will ensue should you continue. 
Still flying high on a moment of optimism, bravado and irony we become The Precision Wombles aka Team GB [self appointed]. Secretly hopeful that no more deserving competitor will make themselves known.

All of a sudden we’ve committed to flying to the top bit of Europe to compete against real Vikings in a sport where, at best we’re the founder members of the veteran-novice division, just two ill-prepared chubsters who should be old enough to know better. 

It’s not like we’ve entered the Marathon des Sables. How bad can it be?


It turns out Vikings learned to shoot across valleys at concealed targets with their first plate of fermented herring. We’re squadded with lads two thirds of my age. One of ‘em  takes second overall. Most of them are probably only two thirds of my weight too.

As members of separate gun clubs we both tried to inveigle others into joining us. We set up a facebook group which we join a few friends to, responses are for the most part muted. The clubs both have a lot of 308 and 223 shooters who work it all out in Minutes Of Angle, so perhaps ‘Build a 6mm/6.5mm rig with a scope that reads in Milliradians ’ as a minimum bid was a big ask. 

All I got was flat out refusal(s) to even contemplate entering: 

The Tall Geek: No. I’d have no chance of winning. 
Club matriarch-in-waiting: That sounds like its an long way from the hotel. No.
South Side D: No. Walking! No. Are you mad? Did I say No?

OMR at least mustered a few broken promises. But in the end it was just two tubby Precision Wombles who make up Team GB [self appointed]

There is a saying [often attributed to the British Army] : Proper Preparation Prevents Piss-Poor Performance. 
I wouldn’t know, but I can attest to the opposite being completely true.



On one of my sporadic trips to practice I’d suffered catastrophic scope failure, On the whole I’d still recommend a Delta Stryker for the money [and the new model looks even better] but my first one died losing its lateral tracking after just over 200 rounds. Delta are making some serious inroads into the VRS so later  I took the opportunity to canvas every other user I met, and it seems I was in the unlucky 1%. The vendor had arranged for me to be sent a replacement. It arrived with about ten days to spare, time and tide being what they are that equated to one and a bit  panicked visits to the range. 

I say ‘one and a bit’ as on the first outing the staff found the perimeter fence had been cut, which necessitated a cease fire order while the whole facility was searched, needless to say this took up most of our booking. Our non-refundable booking.

When I got my rig it came with a couple of cases of home loads which proved to be accurate at 100 and 200 yards, so pressed for time, I duplicated them. 140 SST’s sitting long in the case and right at the bottom of the charge table, hindsight is a wonderful thing, a hotter load with a flatter trajectory may also prove to be a wonderful thing out at 1210m.   

Amateurish I know, ‘schoolboy error’ I hear you say, but OMR was not to be out done. On our return from Norway within a couple of weeks he’s sold most of his battery and bought himself a very handy Ruger Precision in 6.5CM which, being a fair bit lighter than the Tiktac, looks just the ticket for these competitions. I only mention this as it’s the dawn come to cast out the mordor-ish  shadow of the strategy he employed during the actual competition. Although he owned some highly accurate stalking rifles, just like the rest of us there are slots in the battery that are filled by rifles bought on a whim. In his case it was a Steyr Pro in .260 that would more honestly be marketed as the Steyr Flex-O-matic. Its nasty plastic stock distorts if you tighten the action screws, it wobbles if you don’t, several people claimed to be able to see the barrel whipping from side to side like a tuning fork. Perhaps remembering Thomas’ video where Thomas felt that a ten round magazine would give the shooter an advantage on several of the stages, OMR brought the Flex-O. A decision he was to regret. Frequently. 



I’ve never traveled internationally with a firearm before so its with some trepidation that i rock up at Gatwick Airport, at OMR’s instance, four hours early, I’ve got my pack and a Peli 1750 with my rifle in it. Which probably weighs as much as my ex wife. 
That morning in Gatwick airport it dawns on me that I’d not prepared an opening gambit, walking up to a woman you’ve never met before, in an airport, and saying “I have a gun” is frowned upon pretty much everywhere. I decide to go with the euphemism ‘sporting goods’ 
I’ve now got the massive rifle case and fairly substantial pack balanced on an airport trolly, buffeting other passengers aside, I make it over to the woman organising the queue, and enquire where I should be.
“Gun?”
‘Yes it is’
“Have you got a licence for it?” 
‘Yes and I brought it with me otherwise I’m in a fair amount of trouble’, 
“Just go and stand over there babe’ 

OMR arrives before the armed response team and we wait together. The next woman gesticulates calling us to her desk, “Sporting goods to Oslo? “ She seems genuinely delighted to have something out of the ordinary to do and having drawn a blank over the phone leaves us at the desk to make procedural enquires in person. She in turn hands us to a fella who also seems nonplussed by this freak event, he goes off, he comes back and he goes off.

You need a European Firearms Pass to travel in Europe with your guns, but not to return [we’ll come to that later], Of course Norway was in the EU, but left. Being the pragmatic sorts that they are, and having long, permeable land borders with both Sweden and Finland [both still in the EU] they kept the simplified traveling-with-guns process. If you have an EU firearms pass you just walk through Nothing To Declare channel. If you don’t you need to be issued a temporary pass at the airport. 

Its fashionable to moan about our firearms licensing system but credit where credit’s due the Metropolitan Police turned around my request for a EU pass in less than a week. 
OMR’s force seemed to mistake ‘issue’ with ‘grant’ and had to be reminded of their service obligation by the NRA’s legal team. Whatever Brexit ends up meaning, if you have even the vaguest intention of traveling in Europe you’d be wise to get one issued, they’re free, and existing passes will probably be grandfathered in. People without EU passes will need a day off at each end of the trip to complete all the forms. 

Flying with firearms is notoriously a hassle, Ryan Air, my carrier of last resort, won’t even let you take a bow and arrows. Perhaps because Norway is a long country and the roads are clogged with Moose the national carrier almost expects you to have your rife with you. To fly with your firearm on Norwegen Air its £30 each way in advance or £60 on the day. OMR had spent much of the previous day on the phone forlornly trying to pay. Norwegen Air’s london office wouldn’t accept payment as the tickets had been sold by a third party, the seller wouldn’t accept payment as the request had Guns in the the title. 

The morning is ticking by. I’m putting a brave face on the growing sense of urgency. OMR isn’t keen on travel at the best of times. We’ve been passed from pillar to post. Eventually we meet with a nice man from Border Farce in a side office who makes a cursory inspection of our toys. We’ve handed over our rifles and ammo and he’s recorded us, and our rifle’s serial numbers in a ledger the trip is firmly in the lap of the old norse gods. We could arrive as competitors, or as observers awaiting compensation with a lot of explaining to do. The UK licensing authority takes an extremely dim view of allowing others to lose your rifle and ammo. 
In the excitement no one has extended their enquires as to how to charge us. So far so cheap. 

There are two sorts of english people at airports. Glam people and bus people. The glam people who seem to imagine there’s still something glamorous about air travel; they have their hair done, they dress up in their designer duds, and many of them spend time in an orangeification booth, all in a futile attempt to pass themselves off as classy international travellers. Like a horrible parody of what a poor person imagines a rich person looks like. Europe’s low cost airlines are often somewhere between the bus and the train in price, once out of earshot the staff will refer you and your loved ones as ‘the mud people’. Its all about as glamorous as a picnic in a supermarket carpark.  On Team Bus we bring our own grub and only travel with hand luggage. 

Gatwick is a horrible place and the airport its low point. The GBP [great british public] has little great about them. As usual its full of wildly over dressed women accompanied by their moody aggressive spouses, teenage girls with those handbags that cost as much as a pelican rifle case, dribbling children being towed along on garish suitcases by overwrought parents. Probably a hub for air rage. Defiantly a hub for bad skin. 
My usually solution would be to put a few away, but its still a bit early for more than a cursory Gin & Tonic, so we have breakfast instead. There’s a ‘spoons’. We have burgers. I have vague memories of OMR only eating plain food. He has his burger with nothing, just a patty and a bun, so plain that the barman says ‘mine are the same, kids can be so fussy, I bet next week they’ll want it with chilli sauce’.
Feeling a rush of bonhomie I ask the barman ‘Can i  have his pickles on mine? “This is the spoons mate, it’s not like we have real chefs”.

A couple of three hours later Oslo airport is everything you might expect it to be; spotless, made of laminated birch, and populated mainly by calm attractive tall people. The food stands look to be about he same standard as the hipster bars of hackney, the seating looks like it won a design award, the litter bins look like they came second. Here, to our consternation, the system breaks down momentarily. Our rifles need to be checked out of customs, then in again and the stop over will be conducted against the clock. 
Some speedy wombling later.  At the far end of the concourse we find a baggage guy who restores order, and we head upstairs to the check in for the next leg of the journey. 
Pillar-to-post begins again.  At the second counter we’re sent to the woman in charge gives us the cold one and asks why we haven’t paid, resisting the urge to haggle I offer to pay and we’re indignantly told she won’t be accepting payment, in retrospect this may have been some kind of super-dry Norwegian joke, we’re sent back the way we’ve come to see yet another chica check in, where we re-tell the story of our needs, convey our growing sense of urgency, and general mystification. An unexpected, yet welcome, “But why should you pay?” later our bags are checked and once again we really do seem to be £120 up on the morning. 

Leaving the unexpected delights of Oslo Airport behind we’re off the ground and on route.
From the air Norway looks like a archipelago of little blue-grey islands set in a narrow green sea,
We touch down on a small airport surrounded by snow covered peaks. Being Norwegians there’s none of the tedious pushing and grumbling you get when a plane full of English people arrives in Spain. So disembarking takes half the time. 
We wait by a luggage carousel so small you’d wonder why they bothered. Bardufoss airport serves some far flung military outpost where very young soldiers are sent to feel home-sick, and there are soldiers of both sexes, still in uniform, leaving for their holidays. One of them, as evidenced by his name tags, is literally called THOR. 
How Viking is that?

To say the Viking Rifle Series appeared bemused by our entry would be an understatement. But as competitors from Poland and Belgium all seemed to manage it, perhaps it was just us? 
We  registered in plenty of time, we’re offered places a while later, tried to pay but the transfer service didn’t like paying to accounts held in two names. Thomas kindly made a call on our behalf and the match director helped us with registration and promised to send someone to pick us up.


A Tall fella in outdoor dungarees and a thousand yard stare meets us at the airport, outdoor dungarees are more a sign of the outdoorsman than camo ever is, and when they’re patched with different ages and colours of patches you know he’s spent a few days afield. I mention this as you’ll meet him again later. He’s our driver, and a bit of a wag. He has that great northern thing where its still played for laughs, but delivered totally deadpan. For example this was his opening gambit. Delivered from behind a thousand yard stare

So what are your first impressions?
SBW: Its very beautiful, you’re all very tall, and the wit is very served dry
So I’m a cliche? 

He drops us off in town and we spend a sunlit expensive night in a very tolerable hotel. Overcome with excitement I buy a beer, just a can of beer. 100 NK or a tenner! Its not even a nice beer. One of the kids working the hotel’s night shift has lived in london, he rubs it in by reminding me a tenner is dinner two in The ‘Spoons.

For readers overseas: ‘The Spoons’ is a pub chain called JD Wetherspoons, where large commercial spaces like car showrooms, are repurposed into giant soulless pubs selling very cheap food and drink. Open from 8am they are both a cheap place to have breakfast, and perform the role that drop-in centres used to, for care-in-the-community types before austerity cut the funding. You’re very likely to be accosted by half hearted beggars on the doorstep, bags of shop-lifted steaks may be offered for sale, and its not unknown to find the staff crying in the toilets. I despise the owner, his childish politics and the way he treats his staff. But principles are for rich people, its a fine breakfast that comes with endless refills of Lavazza. For a fiver. I cant stay out of the place. 

Next time I’m in Bardufoss I’ll probably have transport and get an Air BnB as there are some really nice looking places on offer just outside town, but the hotel was fine, spectacular water pressure and flow rate in the shower, a firm supportive bed, and blackout curtains worthy of the name. I slept like a log. OMR tells me his nights sleep was stolen from him by horrendous snoring like a banjo duel played on chainsaws, cant say I heard it, must have slept though it. 

At Hotel Bardufoss they lay on a truly spectacular breakfast buffet, determined to claw back the tenner for that beer I shovel down breakfast in every European tradition: fruit course, cold cuts, muesli, yogurts [plural], fried things, and eggs a plenty. 

OMR has toast. Just plain toast. I knock up a few rounds of sandwiches for later.  

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EBI celebrates 10-year anniversary with high-level policy event in Brussels

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EBI 10 year anniversary   Bogusław Liberadzki (Member of the European Parliament)   1European Boating Industry (EBI), the voice of the recreational boating industry celebrated its 10-year anniversary in early November. Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission and leaders of the European recreational boating sector gathered in Brussels for high-level discussions, setting a vision for the next decade. Strengthening the EU’s Single Market, de-escalating the EU-US trade war, harmonising qualifications, tackling environmental challenges and strengthening European industrial excellence are the key priorities.

The high-profile event celebrating the anniversary of the 2009 founding of the European Boating Industry (EBI) took place at the Representation of the Region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine to the EU. The recreational boating industry is central to the development of many maritime and coastal regions.

Opening the anniversary, EBI President Jean-Pierre Goudant remarked “Our anniversary is a great time to lookEBI 10 year anniversary   Jean Pierre Goudant (President, EBI)   1 back at EBI’s achievements and celebrate ten years of advocacy for our sector. It is also an opportunity to emphasise the importance of our sector as an economic actor for the EU. Our members, many of them SMEs, provide tens of thousands of jobs and are often the backbone of local communities and economies. As EBI, we will work to strengthen them and our sector through a truly European approach in close collaboration with the EU institutions and our stakeholders.

Tiziana Beghin (Member of the European Parliament) opened the event with an introductory statement highlighting the positive impact of the recreational boating industry in Europe and Italy, as well as its relevance for the EU institutions. Moderated by prominent journalist Jennifer Baker, the debate brought together Felix Leinemann (European Commission, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries), Mirna Cieniewicz (Groupe Beneteau), Bogusław Liberadzki (Member of the European Parliament), Sebastian Nietupski (POLBOAT) and Dr. Anne-Cécile Dragon (WWF European Policy Office).

Topics taking centre-stage were the de-escalation of the EU-US trade war harming the sector, strengthening the EU’s Single Market for the boating industry, harmonisation of qualifications to address skills and workforce shortages, the circular economy and the development of an environmentally friendly industry.

Following the event, EBI Secretary-General Philip Easthill commented “We are committed to strengthening our work with the EU institutions, EBI 10 year anniversary   Philip Easthill (Secretary General, EBI)   2our members and stakeholders in order to contribute to common challenges at European level. We look forward to advancing discussions around trade, environment, circular economy, skills and the Single Market in our second decade. Getting economic and environmental sustainability right is crucial for our sector to grow, provide jobs and further develop. Clean and healthy oceans and seas are the lifeblood of our industry.”

 Quotes from the panelists 

EBI 10 year anniversary   Felix Leinemann (Head of Unit, European Commission)   1Felix Leinemann (Head of Unit, European Commission DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) - “In the context of the European Green Deal, we will need to balance growth in nautical tourism with sustainability. I appreciate EBI’s commitment to work with the Commission on several sustainability elements: climate change, circular economy, respect for the environment, and especially our cooperation towards developing a European concept for the recycling of end-of-life recreational craft

 

Tiziana Beghin (Member of the European Parliament) – “The recreational boating industry is a key economic EBI 10 year anniversary   Tiziana Beghin (Member of the European Parliament)   1activity and employer for many regions across Europe, including the region of Liguria where I come from. Key for the industry is its export orientation where the EU has an overwhelmingly positive trade ratio. It is crucial for us as policy-makers to support this development and ensure that European companies can continue to grow by removing tariffs and trade barriers.”

 

EBI 10 year anniversary   Sebastian Nietupski (President, POLBOAT)   1Sebastian Nietupski (President, POLBOAT) - “One of the major challenges for our industry is that customers are getting older and younger generations have a different approach. As is happening with cars, bikes and houses, sharing is becoming the new norm and the same is true for boating. The sharing economy has the benefit to make boating even more accessible, but it forces producers to adapt their strategy in a new and wider way. A boat will not just be a boat - it will be a full-service package including financing and maintenance. This shift from product to service will be crucial for the EU to take into account when looking at its future industrial policy and extending the Single Market.

 

Mirna Cieniewicz (Director, Groupe Beneteau) - “Being sustainable is no longer a question, it is just about how to get there. EBI 10 year anniversary   Mirna Cieniewicz (Director, Groupe Beneteau)   1Life-cycle assessment, eco-design, advanced production processes and materials are all areas to be investigated. We need more of this together with the support from the EU institutions to ensure progress is made across all the Single Market for the boats and their equipment. Having contributed to the creation of European Boating Industry as first-ever Secretary-General ten years ago and now working for Europe’s largest boatbuilder Groupe Beneteau, I am delighted to participate in these discussions at a European level within EBI

 

EBI 10 year anniversary   Bogusław Liberadzki (Member of the European Parliament)   2Bogusław Liberadzki (Member of the European Parliament) - “The boating industry has a positive economic impact for Europe as I have clearly seen at the example of my own country Poland. As Member of the European Parliament, my vision for the coming years is to support and develop the boating industry and ensure it can thrive and grow across Europe. Ensuring coherence between sustainability and providing the basis for growth is the duty of the European Parliament and all EU institutions

 

Dr Anne-Cécile Dragon (Policy Officer, WWF EU) - “The coming years are crucial to protect our ocean and the resource base on which aEBI 10 year anniversary   Dr Anne Cecile Dragon (Policy Officer, WWF EU)   2 sustainable Blue growth depends. Integrated maritime policies, sustainable financial and investment flows, as well as ecosystem-based Marine Spatial Planning are all important means to ensure an environmentally sustainable development of blue economy. WWF looks forward to working with the EU institutions and stakeholders, such as the European Boating Industry to make this a reality


          

EMBEDDED SW ENGR, SR | Rockwell Automation

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Katowice, Poland, Analyzes, designs, programs, debugs and modifies software. Troubleshoots code for firmware (IC embedded code) applications. Involves analog and digital hardware and software operating systems.
          

Me And That Man – My Church Is Black

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Blackened blues project ME AND THAT MAN – founded in 2013 by Behemoth frontman Adam Nergal Darski – has officially signed a worldwide contract with Napalm Records (excluding Poland). ME AND THAT MAN released their debut album, Songs of Love and Death, in 2017 – introducing the world to their unique brand of folk and blues, mixed with hints of outlaw country. The atmospherically dark album provides a strong contrast to Behemoth with its catchy melodies and relaxed rhythms, and gives Nergal space to express his creativity in a different setting. Since its release, the album’s lead single, “My Church is Black”, has racked up over 2.5 million streams on Spotify. ME AND… Continue reading
          

Trade Ban in Poland for Watch

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  Go to App Store If you are planning a stay in Poland, this is undoubtedly an application for you, thanks to which it will be easier to plan your shopping. From March 2018, there is a ban on Sunday trading in Poland. Each month, the shops are open only on the first and last […]
          

Amazon pulls Auschwitz-themed Christmas ornaments

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Auschwitz was the largest of the Nazi concentration camps Amazon has withdrawn a range of “Christmas ornaments” displaying images of a former concentration camp that sellers had posted on its website. The move followed a tweet from Poland’s Auschwitz Memorial calling on the retailer to remove the “disturbing and […]

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Poland: Thousands rally to support country’s judges

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protesters gathered in over 100 cities and towns across Poland Thousands of people have protested in cities and towns across Poland to show solidarity with judges who they say are facing increasing intimidation. They demanded the reinstatement of one judge who was suspended for questioning the appointment of another […]

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12/2/2019: The Verdict : Premier League: LEEDS: WE’RE NOT BEST TEAM IN LEAGUE!

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WITH each passing week, Leeds look more like the real deal, but Mateusz Klich insists they’re not even the best side in the Championship. The Poland midfielder scored twice as Middlesbrough were swatted aside with contemptuous ease and Marcelo Bielsa’s...
          

Science warnings, U.S. retreat add urgency to U.N. climate talks

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MADRID – Mass protests, a last-minute venue change and talk of climate tipping points are adding some unplanned drama to this year’s international talks on tackling global warming.

Delegates from almost 200 countries had hoped to put the finishing touches to the rules governing the 2015 Paris accord, ironing out a few wrinkles left over from last year’s conference in Katowice, Poland, and setting the scene for a major review of their efforts in 2020.

But then Brazil pulled its offer of hosting the talks and stand-in Chile, rattled by anti-government protests, canceled five weeks before the meeting. Next, President Donald Trump served formal notice that the U.S. was quitting the Paris accord, delivering a symbolic blow to one of his predecessor’s signature achievements.

And scientists? Well, they didn’t have any good news either. Study after study published in recent months has underscored the rapid pace of global warming and the need to urgently cut emissions of greenhouse gases.

Against that backdrop, the Dec. 2 to 13 meeting in Madrid has gained fresh impetus.

“We have to do more in less time,” said Spanish environment minister Teresa Ribera, whose country stepped in at short notice to host the talks, saying it wanted to support “constructive multilateralism” in the wake of Chile’s announcement and the U.S. withdrawal.

U.N. climate chief Patricia Espinosa said Saturday that “science tells us we are still in time” to tackle the climate crisis.

“That doesn’t mean changing the world by tomorrow, but we must make decisions today,” she said during a visit to the meeting venue.

Organizers expect about 25,000 visitors, including heads of state, scientists, seasoned negotiators and activists to attend the two-week meeting.

The main items on the agenda include finalizing rules on global carbon markets and agreeing how poor countries should be compensated for destruction largely caused by emissions from rich nations.

Proposals to create a worldwide market for emissions permits have been around for decades. The idea is that putting a price on carbon dioxide – the main greenhouse gas – and gradually reducing the available permits will encourage countries and companies to cut their emissions, notably by shifting away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy sources.

The European Union and some other jurisdictions already operate limited emissions trading systems, but efforts to roll these out worldwide have been hampered by fears that the lack of robust and transparent rules could corrupt the market.

“It would be great news to finalize this issue,” Ribera said. But she warned that the “solvency and integrity of the system” was a concern.

“If we cannot complete it correctly, it’s better to lay the ground for later completion,” Ribera said.

That view was echoed by Yamide Dagnet, a former EU climate negotiator now with the Washington-based environmental think tank World Resources Institute.

“Without proper oversight and robustness, these mechanisms could severely undercut climate action by creating loopholes, letting countries off the hook for making meaningful emission cuts, resulting in double counting and jeopardizing environmental integrity,” she said.

The question of compensating poor countries for environmental destruction – technically referred to as loss and damage – also is likely to be sensitive, said Dagnet. Attributing specific weather disasters such as hurricanes and floods, or slow but irreversible changes like sea level rise and desertification, to climate change remains a delicate issue given the potential sums involved.

Concerns about the cost of climate change are growing on all fronts. Trump cited financial demands on the U.S. as one of the reasons for quitting the Paris accord; European countries have hesitated to raise fuel prices for fear of sparking yellow vest-style protests like those seen in France; meanwhile, businesses are beginning to consider the price not just of reducing emissions but also of failing to do so.

Scientists say the time to act is now if the world wants to meet the goal set in Paris of keeping global warming well below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit. By some measures average temperatures have already increased by 1 degree Celsius since pre-industrial times, with the sharpest rise occurring in the last few decades.

“Global warming is going faster,” said Johan Rockström, co-director of Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. “Climate impacts are occurring earlier and we are approaching potentially irreversible thresholds earlier than we previously thought.”

Rockström and several colleagues recently warned that the world is heading for several “ tipping points ” that could sharply accelerate the pace of climate change. They include deforestation in the Amazon and the decline of ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica.

Such messages resonate with environmental activists like Laura Laguna, a member of the Madrid chapter of Fridays for Future, one of the groups planning to protest during the climate talks, known as the 25th Conference of the Parties, or COP25.

“We are close to the point of no return on global warming,” Laguna said. “Our generation’s future depends on what we do now.”

Ribera, whose formal title is interim minister for ecological transition, indicated that European Union leaders may try to send a strong signal during the meeting that the bloc is prepared to make sharper cuts to its emissions than previously pledged. A recent proposal to aim for “climate neutrality” by 2050 failed to win support from all of the EU’s 28 member states – including the host of last year’s talks, Poland.


          

Cyfrowy Polsat withdraws from Huawei deal

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Cyfrowy Polsat withdraws from Huawei deal November 29, 2019 11.36 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul Poland’s Cyfrowy Polsat has announced that its subsidiary Polkomtel has withdrawn from an agreement with Huawei Polska. The agreement, concluded on June 23,2016, was for the implementation of the BES IT system and provision of software assistance. Cyfrowy Polsat adds that one of the reasons for the withdrawal was Huawei’s failure to complete the project during 18 months. It is now 41 months since the deal was signed and the date for the implementation has not been met despite having signed the extending annex. It adds that Polkomtel has informed Huawei that it intends to submit claims related to the refund of mutually fulfilled services Failure to meet these claims will result in the initiation of procedures for calling on the bank guarantee and recovery of liabilities.
          

America's troubled alliance with Ukraine

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How did the U.S. become so involved with this former Soviet republic? Here's everything you need to know:

How did modern Ukraine emerge?
Ukraine's history is intertwined with Russia's. Both cultures descend from the medieval Slavic empire Kievan Rus, founded by Vikings in the 9th century with a capital where Kyiv stands today. After the empire was overrun by Mongol invaders in the 13th century, the Rus leadership moved northeastward, to a small trading outpost called Moscow. The lands around Kyiv were carved up by competing powers, who prized the fertile plains and rich, dark soil that later earned Ukraine the nickname "the breadbasket of Europe." Poland and Lithuania dominated the country for hundreds of years, but by the end of the 18th century, the Russian Empire had taken the eastern lands, while the western were controlled by the Austro-Hungarian Empire — a division that resonates to this day. Both empires collapsed at the end of World War I, and in 1917 a Ukrainian state was declared, but it was quickly swallowed by the communist Soviet Union. It was only in 1991, after the Soviet Union dissolved, that the modern borders of Ukraine were established. Russia has never really accepted Ukraine's independence, and Ukraine has been careening between pro-Western and pro-Russian leaders ever since.

Why do Russians still see it as theirs?
The cultural and Orthodox religious ties between the two peoples go back centuries. But perhaps more importantly, Russia has no natural mountain or river borders to protect its western front, and it has long seen Ukraine as a vital strategic buffer. "Russia without Ukraine is a country," explains Daniel Drezner, an international politics professor at Tufts University. "Russia with Ukraine is an empire." Russian President Vladimir Putin wants at all costs to keep Ukraine out of the European Union and NATO, and he has used Ukraine's dependence on Russian natural gas as a weapon — cutting off supplies in 2006 as Ukrainians froze in the winter cold. Ukraine is bitterly divided between Ukrainian speakers in the west, who mostly want to align their country with the West, and Russian speakers in the east.

Why did the U.S. get involved?
Since 1991, the U.S. has sought to guarantee Ukraine's independence and security, seeing it as a key bridge between East and West. When the USSR dissolved, Ukraine inherited the third-largest nuclear arsenal in the world, with some 1,900 strategic nuclear weapons pointed at the United States. Keen to avoid a proliferation of nuclear powers, the U.S., U.K., and Russia in 1994 signed the Budapest Memorandum, which transferred the weapons to Russia in exchange for a commitment by Washington, Moscow, and London to "respect the independence and sovereignty and existing borders of Ukraine" and to "refrain from the threat or use of force" against it. Russia continued meddling in Ukrainian politics, though, and overtly broke the treaty in 2014.

What did Russia do?
Ukraine's 2004 election was a showdown between pro-Western Viktor Yushchenko and pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovych. During the campaign, Yushchenko was disfigured by dioxin poisoning widely attributed to Russia, and after the vote was rigged for Yanukovych, Ukrainians rose up in the Orange Revolution, which culminated in a revote and a victory for Yushchenko. In the 2010 election, though, Yanukovych came roaring back to win the presidency with the help of both Russia and American political consultant Paul Manafort. In 2013, Moscow forced Yanukovych to cancel the country's bid to move closer to the EU, leading to an uprising that forced Yanukovych out. In the tumult that ensued, Russia invaded and annexed Crimea and later sent troops into Ukraine's eastern regions to start a separatist war. The Obama administration punished Russia with sanctions, but chose not to send weapons to Ukraine out of fear of triggering a larger war.

How is the war going?
Armed by Russia and supported by Russian paramilitaries, two ­Russian-­speaking Ukrain­ian regions collectively called the Donbass declared independence in 2014 and have been fighting with Ukraine ever since. An estimated 13,000 people have been killed and some 1.5 million displaced. In 2018, then–­national security adviser H.R. McMaster and other aides persuaded a reluctant Pres­i­dent Trump to send $400 million in military aid to Kyiv, including counter-artillery radar systems and Javelin anti-tank missiles. Without that aid, Mariya Omelicheva of the Pen­ta­gon's Nation­al De­fense Uni­ver­si­ty told The Atlan­tic, the 300-mile-long front line in the eastern Don­bass region "would have been moved further west into Ukraine, and ­Russia-backed rebels would have controlled more Ukrain­ian territory." That's why the possibility of U.S. aid being held up — the subject of the impeachment ­inquiry — is so important to Ukraine. Ukraine's new president, Volody­myr Zelen­sky, finds himself caught in a struggle between Democrats and Trump — who has reportedly been echoing Vladimir Putin's claim that Ukraine is corrupt and "not a real country."

Americans cash in
As Ukraine emerged from communism and struggled to build a rule-of-law economy, politically connected Amer­i­cans saw ways to make money. Paul Mana­fort, President Trump's former campaign manager, earned at least $13 million — and possibly much more — ­working for pro-­Russian Ukrainian oligarchs. His consultancy for a pro-Russian party that tried to undermine the U.S. alliance with Ukraine was crucial to the triumph of Yanu­ko­vych in the 2010 election. Mana­fort is now serving 7½ years in prison for tax fraud over those earnings. Joe Biden's son Hunter joined the board of Buris­ma, a Ukrain­ian gas company, in 2014 at a reported salary of tens of thousands of dollars a month, although there is no indication that either Biden broke any laws. Rudy Giu­li­ani, meanwhile, the president's personal lawyer, had a 2017 ­security-­consulting contract with the Ukrain­ian city of Kharkiv, and in 2018 he began working with two Soviet-born Amer­i­can executives, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, Repub­li­can donors who wanted to sell gas to Ukraine. Federal prosecutors have indicted Par­nas and Fru­man for illegal campaign contributions and are now reportedly investigating whether Giu­li­ani "stood to profit personally from a Ukrain­ian natural-gas business" pushed by those two men.


          

United Nations opens two-week climate change summit in Madrid

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United Nations opens two-week climate change summit in MadridThe United Nations opened a two-week climate summit in Madrid on Monday, where world leaders face growing pressure to prove they can muster the political will to avert the most catastrophic impacts of global warming. Michał Kurtyka, Poland's climate minister who led the last round of U.N. climate negotiations in the Polish city of Katowice in December last year, said a surge in climate activism among young people underscored the urgency of the task. "Maybe the world is not moving yet at the pace we would like but my hope is still particularly with the young people," Kurtyka told the official opening ceremony of the talks at a vast conference centre in Madrid.



          

Nearly 200 countries attend ambitious climate talks

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Nearly 200 countries attend ambitious climate talks“Those who don't want to see it will be on the wrong side of history,” she said, calling on governments to make more ambitious pledges to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases ahead of a deadline to do so next year. “We have a common challenge but with differentiated needs and urgencies, which we can only overcome if we work together,” said Schmidt as her country took over the chairing of the meeting from Poland.



          

Joshua Smith, Bezt Collaborate on Miniature

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Joshua Smith, known for his captivating miniatures, recently worked with muralist Bezt of Etam Cru on a collaborative sculpture. Smith says it's the first of a series he plans on doing in this vein. For this particular work, Smith based the building off of a structure in Bezt's home of Lodz, Poland. (Smith was last featured on our site here, while Bezt was last shown here.) The piece will be shown in an upcoming group show at KIRK Gallery, titled "Up the Wall."
          

Portugal, France and Germany in Euro 2020 super group

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Germany coach Joachim Loew, Portugal coach Fernando Santos and France coach Didier Deschamps pose with the trophy after being drawn in group E.
Germany coach Joachim Loew, Portugal coach Fernando Santos and France coach Didier Deschamps pose with the trophy after being drawn in group E.

BUCHAREST, Saturday - Defending champions Portugal and the last two world champions, France and Germany, were thrown together in what German coach Joachim Loew described as the group of death following a lop-sided and complicated Euro 2020 draw on Saturday.

England were drawn against Croatia in a repeat of last year’s World Cup semi-final while other favourites were given a much easier ride in the 24-team tournament which will be played in 12 different countries across the region.

The clear pick of the six first round pools was Group F, to be played in Munich and Budapest, which pitted France, Portugal and Germany, plus the winners of either playoff A or D. However, the sting was slightly taken away by the format which allows four of the six third-placed teams to qualify for the round of 16, UEFA’s decision to rank the teams according to their result in the qualifiers, combined with Portugal’s performance in their group, meant they ended up among the third seeds while France were one of the second seeds.

“This is a group of death,” said Loew whose side will play all three games at home under competition rules. “The expectations will be quite high. For our young team, this will be huge challenge but also a big motivation.”

England and Croatia, who have met in the Nations League since Croatia’s 2-1 win in Moscow last year, will be joined in Group D by the Czech Republic and the winners of playoff C - either Scotland, Norway, Serbia or Israel.

The Group D winners will face the runners-up from Germany’s group in the round of 16 while the second-placed team will travel to Copenhagen to meet the Group E runners-up - potentially an easier match.

The Group will be played in London - host for the semi-finals and final - and Glasgow.

Other favourites were given a much easier-looking ride.

Italy, who won all 10 qualifying games as they bounced back from failing to make the last World Cup, will face Turkey, Wales and Switzerland in Group A, in Rome and Baku.

“We have a slight advantage by playing at home. Maybe some will think we are favourites but we need to confirm everything on the pitch, as always,” Italy coach Roberto Mancini said.

Euro 2008 and 2012 champions Spain, who will jointly host Group E in Bilbao with Dublin, play Sweden, Poland and playoff winner B - either Bosnia, Slovakia, Ireland or Northern Ireland.

Belgium’s opponents in Group B will be Denmark and Russia -who are both host nations - and Finland, who will be making their first appearance in a European Championship or World Cup. The Netherlands, who like Italy missed out on the last World Cup, were pitted against Ukraine, Austria and playoff winner A or D in Group C, which will be played in Amsterdam and Bucharest.

Under the complex rules, all host nations will play their group games at home, meaning a number of teams had been allocated their groups before the draw

“The rules are clear, they were accepted by everybody,” said UEFA deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti. “Portugal are in pot three because they didn’t win their group, and the winner of their group was Ukraine. And Ukraine, thanks to their results, are in pot one, and everybody accepts it because once again we have clear rules.” – Agencies 

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Miss Tourism International 2019 - Final Result

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Hello ma kabagayan.... Yari ku piyos in result sin Miss Tourism International 2019 amun piya aun kabieh sin pitca 8 november 2019 ha Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Ini in result niya.

Philippines Philippines - Cyrille Payumo
Winner

Indonesia Indonesia - Gabriella Patricia Mandolang
1st Runner Up 

Ukraine Ukraine - Katernya Kachashvili
2nd Runner Up

Poland Poland - Joanna Babynko
3rd Runner Up

Cambodia Cambodia - Chan Sotima 
4th Runner Up 






TOP 10
Thailand Thailand - Chompoonut Phungphon

India India -  Rhythm Singh Randhawa

Malaysia Malaysia - Cheryl Loo

Uganda Uganda - Kyeru Phiona
 
Estonia Estonia - Karolin Kippasto
 





SPECIAL AWARDS
Thailand Thailand - Chompoonut Phungphon
Miss South East Asia Tourism Ambassadress 2019/2020

Thailand Thailand - Chompoonut Phungphon
MISS DSWISS Beauty 

Thailand Thailand - Chompoonut Phungphon
Miss SOGO Trendsetter  

Indonesia Indonesia - Gabriella Patricia Mandolang
Miss AGAPE Wellness Beauty

Indonesia Indonesia - Gabriella Patricia Mandolang
Miss Popularity

Indonesia Indonesia - Gabriella Patricia Mandolang
Perak Tourism Ambassadress

Malaysia Malaysia - Cheryl Loo
Miss GINTELL Wellness

Malaysia Malaysia - Cheryl Loo
Miss Glamorous Carlo Rino

Malaysia Malaysia - Cheryl Loo
Miss Glorious Beautyful 

India India -  Rhythm Singh Randhawa
Best In Social Media 

India India -  Rhythm Singh Randhawa
Miss Legend Age Fascinating Lips 

Japan Japan - Kana Matsumura
Miss XMA Charm    

Philippines Philippines - Cyrille Payumo
Best National Costume

Bulgaria Bulgaria - Dzhenifar Ohanes Koyunian
Best In Talent

Australia Australia - Charli Kiarra Wookey
Miss Photogenic

Finland Finland - Daneila Kalvilainen
Miss Friendship

Ukraine Ukraine - Katernya Kachashvili
Miss Focus Point Dazzling

          

Miss Earth 2019 - Final Result

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Hello guys....
Sorry ampa aku ini naka post sin result sin Miss Earth 2019. Maka hati kamu busy kita ok....
Na ini na in result sin Miss Earth 2019 amun piya aun ha Cove Manila at Okada Manila, Parañaque, Philippines sin pitca 26 october 2019.



 Puerto Rico – Nellys Pimentel
Miss Earth 2019

 United States – Emanii Davis
Miss Earth Air 2019

 Czech Republic – Klára Vavrušková
Miss Earth Water 2019

 Belarus – Alisa Manenok
Miss Earth Fire 2019





TOP 10
 Chile – Fernanda Méndez Tapia

 Netherlands – Nikki Prein

 New Zealand – Tashan Kapene

 Nigeria – Modupe Susan Garland

 Poland – Krystyna Sokołowska

 Russia – Anna Baksheeva




TOP 20
 Colombia – Yenny Carrillo

 England – Stephanie Wyatt

 Ghana – Abena Appiah

 Guam – Cydney Shey Folsom

 Guyana – Faydeha King

 Japan – Yuka Itoku

 Philippines – Janelle Tee

 Portugal – Bruna Silva

 Spain – Sonia Hernández Romeo

 Thailand – Teeyapar Sretsirisuvarna

 
 

          

Engineering: Staff Mechanical Engineer - Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Location: Colorado Springs Job type: Permanent Sector: Manufacturing Category: Engineers Jobs Date Posted: :00 Country: United States of America Location: HCO01: Interiors (Seats) - CO Springs 1275 N Newport Road, Colorado Springs, CO, 80916 USA At Collins Aerospace, we're dedicated to relentlessly tackle the toughest challenges in our industry - all to redefine aerospace. Created in 2018 through the combination of two leading companies - Rockwell Collins and United Technologies Aerospace Systems - we're driving the industry forward through technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for global aerospace and defense. Every day we imagine ways to make the skies and the spaces we touch smarter, safer and more amazing than ever. Together we chart new journeys, reunite families, protect nations and save lives. And we do it all with some of the greatest talent this industry has to offer. We are Collins Aerospace and we hope you join us as we REDEFINE AEROSPACE. At Collins Aerospace, our Interiors team is focused on innovation, safety and cost efficiency. But we don't just get people from point A to point B. We're committed to making air travel more comfortable, connected and secure. As a leader in aviation interior products and services, we're helping airlines and original equipment manufacturers create a positive experience for their customers. With offices and manufacturing facilities in more than 12 states across the U.S. and more than 10 countries around the globe, we're changing the game of aircraft interiors. Are you ready to join our team? Collins Aerospace makes modern flight possible. Of course, that wouldn't be possible without the capabilities and technologies of our organization, as well as our engineers - a highly skilled, accomplished network that spans more than 180 sites, 24 countries and 6 Strategic Business Units (SBUs). Our industry-leading experts are setting the standards for the aerospace industry and paving the way for the future. But as new challenges present themselves, we need fresh, creative and motivated minds to overcome these hurdles, help us break barriers and achieve new levels of innovation. Do you have what it takes to join a global, diverse organization that doesn't shy away from big opportunities? If so, we invite you to join our ranks and create the next generation of aerospace technologies. Together, we will nurture an engineering culture that values intellectual curiosity, risk takers and integrity. A place where we will challenge ourselves, our teams, and the status quo and where we will work to find a way - the right way - to achieve what others can only dream of. Role Overview The Mechanical Engineer is charged with creating robust designs of structural components, electro-mechanical mechanisms, upholstery, cushions, decorative panels, and assemblies of these components.These designs are created using 3D CAD modeling software; and verified through finite element analyses and testing.The individual contributor will provide engineering deliverables through all phases of development from concept generation through certification testing and initial production implementation.This includes identifying root causes of issues, analyzing alternatives and executing the optimal design ************ addition, the individual will support efforts for design release, compliance to requirements, and internal cross-functional ************* certain cases providing technical direction to engineering resources at our Global Engineering Center - India can be expected. Primary Responsibilities: * Successfully execute design and development tasks required to certify and release specialty aircraft seats * Execute designs utilizing Unigraphics NX CAD system and Team Center Product Lifecycle Management software * Work as part of a cohesive engineering team and Integrated Product Develop Team (IPDT) * Understand requirements and evaluate new product structural integrity and functionality in support of meeting those requirements * Facilitate necessary regulatory and customer requirement testing to ensure product safety * Interact with internal and external customers and ensures satisfactory deliverables * Assist Engineering Management to coordinate the timely delivery of product design and customer proposal requests * Conceptualize and prepare preliminary and final detail design and documentation of systems components and assemblies * Support testing including the design and release of test fixtures * Create conceptual designs for proposals and document designs in technical documents * Work as a liaison with multi-site technical teams in Peshtigo WI, India, and Poland * Adhere to all UTAS rules and codes of conduct Qualifications Preferred Qualifications: * Working as a design engineer, preferably in a manufacturing environment * Strong communication skills * Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team environment * Strong analytic skills including Root Cause Analysis, Strength of Materials, Statics * Unigraphics NX 3D CAD experience * Experience presenting solutions to internal and external customers * Experience with manufacturing processes (machining, sheet metal, plastic injection molding, plastic thermoform, etc. * Experience with Plant Operations and Assembly * Experience with Finite Element Modeling and Analysis * Experience working with international engineering support * Knowledge of upholstery design and execution * Team Center and Team Center Multi Site PLM experience * Experience in aerospace requirements/design * Knowledge of FAA and aerospace specifications * International design collaboration experience Basic Qualifications: This position requires a Bachelor's degree in the appropriate discipline and 7 years of relevant experience or an Advanced degree in the appropriate discipline and 5 years of relevant ************* the absence of a degree, 11 years of relevant experience is required. At Collins, the paths we pave together lead to limitless possibility. And the bonds we form - with our customers and with each other -- propel us all higher, again and again. Some of our competitive benefits package includes: - Medical, dental, and vision insurance - Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees - Generous 401(k) plan that includes employer matching funds and separate employer retirement contribution - Tuition reimbursement - Life insurance and disability coverage - And more now and be part of the team that's redefining aerospace, every day. United Technologies Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class. Date Posted: :00 Country: United States of America Location: HCO01: Interiors (Seats) - CO Springs 1275 N Newport Road, Colorado Springs, CO, 80916 USA At Collins Aerospace, we're dedicated to relentlessly tackle the toughest challenges in our industry - all to redefine aerospace. Created in 2018 through the combination of two leading companies - Rockwell Collins and United Technologies Aerospace Systems - we're driving the industry forward through technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for global aerospace and defense. Every day we imagine ways to make the skies and the spaces we touch smarter, safer and more amazing than ever. Together we chart new journeys, reunite families, protect nations and save lives. And we do it all with some of the greatest talent this industry has to offer. We are Collins Aerospace and we hope you join us as we REDEFINE AEROSPACE. At Collins Aerospace, our Interiors team is focused on innovation, safety and cost efficiency. But we don't just get people from point A to point B. We're committed to making air travel more comfortable, connected and secure. As a leader in aviation interior products and services, we're helping airlines and original equipment manufacturers create a positive experience for their customers. With offices and manufacturing facilities in more than 12 states across the U.S. and more than 10 countries around the globe, we're changing the game of aircraft interiors. Are you ready to join our team? Collins Aerospace makes modern flight possible. Of course, that wouldn't be possible without the capabilities and technologies of our organization, as well as our engineers - a highly skilled, accomplished network that spans more than 180 sites, 24 countries and 6 Strategic Business Units (SBUs). Our industry-leading experts are setting the standards for the aerospace industry and paving the way for the future. But as new challenges present themselves, we need fresh, creative and motivated minds to overcome these hurdles, help us break barriers and achieve new levels of innovation. Do you have what it takes to join a global, diverse organization that doesn't shy away from big opportunities? If so, we invite you to join our ranks and create the next generation of aerospace technologies. Together, we will nurture an engineering culture that values intellectual curiosity, risk takers and integrity. A place where we will challenge ourselves, our teams, and the status quo and where we will work to find a way - the right way - to achieve what others can only dream of. Role Overview The Mechanical Engineer is charged with creating robust designs of structural components, electro-mechanical mechanisms, upholstery, cushions, decorative panels, and assemblies of these components.These designs are created using 3D CAD modeling software; and verified through finite element analyses and testing.The individual contributor will provide engineering deliverables through all phases of development from concept generation through certification testing and initial production implementation.This includes identifying root causes of issues, analyzing alternatives and executing the optimal design ************ addition, the individual will support efforts for design release, compliance to requirements, and internal cross-functional ************* certain cases providing technical direction to engineering resources at our Global Engineering Center - India can be expected. Primary Responsibilities: * Successfully execute design and development tasks required to certify and release specialty aircraft seats * Execute designs utilizing Unigraphics NX CAD system and Team Center Product Lifecycle Management software * Work as part of a cohesive engineering team and Integrated Product Develop Team (IPDT) * Understand requirements and evaluate new product structural integrity and functionality in support of meeting those requirements * Facilitate necessary regulatory and customer requirement testing to ensure product safety * Interact with internal and external customers and ensures satisfactory deliverables * Assist Engineering Management to coordinate the timely delivery of product design and customer proposal requests * Conceptualize and prepare preliminary and final detail design and documentation of systems components and assemblies * Support testing including the design and release of test fixtures * Create conceptual designs for proposals and document designs in technical documents * Work as a liaison with multi-site technical teams in Peshtigo WI, India, and Poland * Adhere to all UTAS rules and codes of conduct Qualifications Preferred Qualifications: * Working as a design engineer, preferably in a manufacturing environment * Strong communication skills * Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team environment * Strong analytic skills including Root Cause Analysis, Strength of Materials, Statics * Unigraphics NX 3D CAD experience * Experience presenting solutions to internal and external customers * Experience with manufacturing processes (machining, sheet metal, plastic injection molding, plastic thermoform, etc. * Experience with Plant Operations and Assembly * Experience with Finite Element Modeling and Analysis * Experience working with international engineering support * Knowledge of upholstery design and execution * Team Center and Team Center Multi Site PLM experience * Experience in aerospace requirements/design * Knowledge of FAA and aerospace specifications * International design collaboration experience Basic Qualifications: This position requires a Bachelor's degree in the appropriate discipline and 7 years of relevant experience or an Advanced degree in the appropriate discipline and 5 years of relevant ************* the absence of a degree, 11 years of relevant experience is required. At Collins, the paths we pave together lead to limitless possibility. And the bonds we form - with our customers and with each other -- propel us all higher, again and again. Some of our competitive benefits package includes: - Medical, dental, and vision insurance - Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees - Generous 401(k) plan that includes employer matching funds and separate employer retirement contribution - Tuition reimbursement - Life insurance and disability coverage - And more now and be part of the team that's redefining aerospace, every day. United Technologies Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class. Email me jobs relevant to my job search ()
          

Dec 26, Poland: St. Stephen's Day

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26th December is the Feast of St. Stephen in Western Christianity. It is observed as a second day of Christmas holidays in several countries.. For more information on this holiday, visit the link.
          

mikenov on Twitter: London Bridge attack: Poland honors narwal tusk-wielding hero | DW | 01.12.2019 p.dw.com/p/3U2TH?maca=e…

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London Bridge attack: Poland honors narwal tusk-wielding hero | DW | 01.12.2019 p.dw.com/p/3U2TH?maca=e…




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mikenov on Twitter: Deutsche Welle: London Bridge attack: Poland honors narwal tusk-wielding hero - Google Search google.com/search?q=Deuts…

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Jan 01, Poland: New Year's Day

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New Year's Day is a public holiday in all countries that observe the Gregorian calendar, with the exception of Israel. For more information on this holiday, visit the link.
          

Jean G. Linkowski

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Jean G. Linkowski (nee Figiel) of No. Carolina formerly of Rutherford passed peacefully on November 27, 2019 at the age of 89. Jean was born in Poland and later became a lifelong resident of Rutherford. She was an administrative assistant for an Accounting firm in NYC where she her first met her StanleyLinkowski, whom she trained for his job. They formed a personal relationship which blossomed in to a beautiful marriage later in life, in their 40's. Stanley passed away in 2003. Shortly after that, Jean moved No. Carolina near her nephew Paul and his wife Angie where she lived for the next twenty-five years. Together, Jean and Stanley loved to travel. they visited Greece, her homeland of Poland and many other different parts around the world. She was a member of the Polish Women’s Association and she also loved her Tea Group. Jean was a devout Catholic and a parishioner of Church of St. Mary in Rutherford. Jean will be dearly missed by her nieces and nephews Paul and his wife Angie Figiel, Kathy Neal and her husband Brian, Barbara Figiel, Joe Figiel and great-nieces, Rachel and Clare. She is pre-deceased by her brother Joseph Figiel in 2008. Friends are welcome Wednesday from 9am to 10:15am at the Calhoun-Mania Funeral Home, 19 Lincoln Avenue, Rutherford, followed by 10:30am Funeral Mass of Christian Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary, 91 Home Ave, Rutherford. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, No. Arlington.


          

Inganno mondiale, preludio alla guerra mondiale

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La maggior parte delle persone rimane beatamente ignorante delle operazioni psicologiche di cui cadono vittime attraverso i media ufficiali. Sebbene i leader politici occidentali stiano manipolando, soggiogando e distraendo il pubblico, non stanno ‘salvando’ nessuno. Che si tratti della violenza strutturale delle politiche economiche neoliberali o di una vera e propria violenza militare, non rientra in questa equazione di dominio universale il benessere della gente comune.
          

Żolnierze Niezłomni

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In album Polish Forces
          

ORP " Orzeł "

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In album Polish Forces
          

Janina Lewandowska

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In album Polish Forces
          

ORP „Dzik"

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In album Polish Forces
          

Monte Casino - Hejnał

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In album Polish Forces
          

Spitfire PL

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In album Polish Forces
          

27 Dywizji Piechoty Armii Krajowej

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In album Polish Forces
          

Interview: Juliusz Lewandowski, queer antifa artist

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"Right now, we fight in hell." As Poland’s oldest squat faces eviction, George F. met with queer painter and ex-worker Juliusz Lewandowski to discuss the upcoming antifascist art festival Rokantyfazystowski and how the themes of eroticism and anxiety, solidarity and sexuality are expressed through his innately political artwork.
          

POLAND = THE HOSTS WITH THE MOST (POINTS!) | Reviewing Junior Eurovision 2019 and Viki’s big victory

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Just like that, the maximum amount of joy has been shared and Junior Eurovision is over for another year. In news that shouldn’t surprise anyone –…
          

Paper 1st anniversary gift or stocking filler for women: daisy flower with personalised message. by artangel

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10.00 GBP

A perfect 1st (paper) anniversary gift or stocking filler, this little acrylic bottle has a tiny paper daisy inside. Your personalised message can also be added to the tag tied around the bottle neck.

The bottle has a tiny cork topper. Your message will be hand-written in black ink on a white tag, and tied around the bottle neck with white thread.

The bottle measures approx. 4.5 cm x 1.7 cm and will arrive in a white organza bag, ready for gifting.

Your message can be up to 25 characters.

As this item is made to order, please allow 3 business days for your bottle to be made, in addition to postage time. Thank you!

You can find more of my work here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/artangel***LAST RECOMMENDED ORDER DATES CHRISTMAS 2019***

Monday, December 2nd: Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, Far and Middle East

Wednesday, December 4th: Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia)

Thursday, December 5th: Greece, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand

Saturday, December 7th: Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Canada and USA

Monday, December 9th: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland and Spain

Wednesday, December 11th: Belgium, France, Ireland and Luxembourg

Saturday December 14th: UK

PLEASE NOTE: the above dates apply to non-personalised items. If your item requires personalisation please allow additional time (as detailed in the listing) for it to be made for you.
If you need you item quickly, please contact me to discuss options for priority shipping.
Thank you!


          

Mistletoe Christmas ornament. Hand-painted decoration / wood bauble in green & white. by artangel

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6.00 GBP

A hand painted wooden Christmas bauble with an unusual mistletoe design. In classic white and soft green, with a white satin ribbon hanger.

The back of the bauble is plain white (shown in picture 4) and it measures approx. 4" (10 cm).

You can see more of my work here - http://www.etsy.com/shop/artangel***LAST RECOMMENDED ORDER DATES CHRISTMAS 2019***

Monday, December 2nd: Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, Far and Middle East

Wednesday, December 4th: Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia)

Thursday, December 5th: Greece, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand

Saturday, December 7th: Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Canada and USA

Monday, December 9th: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland and Spain

Wednesday, December 11th: Belgium, France, Ireland and Luxembourg

Saturday December 14th: UK

PLEASE NOTE: the above dates apply to non-personalised items. If your item requires personalisation please allow additional time (as detailed in the listing) for it to be made for you.
If you need you item quickly, please contact me to discuss options for priority shipping.
Thank you!

***LAST RECOMMENDED ORDER DATES CHRISTMAS 2019***

Monday, December 2nd: Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, Far and Middle East

Wednesday, December 4th: Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia)

Thursday, December 5th: Greece, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand

Saturday, December 7th: Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Canada and USA

Monday, December 9th: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland and Spain

Wednesday, December 11th: Belgium, France, Ireland and Luxembourg

Sunday December 15th: UK

PLEASE NOTE: the above dates apply to non-personalised items. If your item requires personalisation please allow additional time (as detailed in the listing) for it to be made for you. If you need you item quickly, please contact me to discuss options for priority shipping.

Thank you!


          

Christmas dinosaur ornament in gold, modern alternative party decoration or quirky home gift by artangel

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10.00 GBP

This gold dinosaur would be a great talking point in your Christmas decor, or makes the perfect gift for a dinosaur lover who wants to add a modern, alternative touch to their home!

Free-standing, the dinosaur measures approx. 5 inches (12.5 cm) wide, and 4 inches (10 cm) tall.

He is made of plastic and been hand-painted in metallic gold.

You can browse the rest of my shop (including other dinosaurs!) here - http://www.etsy.com/shop/artangel


***LAST RECOMMENDED ORDER DATES CHRISTMAS 2019***

Monday, December 2nd: Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, Far and Middle East

Wednesday, December 4th: Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia)

Thursday, December 5th: Greece, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand

Saturday, December 7th: Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Canada and USA

Monday, December 9th: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland and Spain

Wednesday, December 11th: Belgium, France, Ireland and Luxembourg

Saturday December 14th: UK

PLEASE NOTE: the above dates apply to non-personalised items. If your item requires personalisation please allow additional time (as detailed in the listing) for it to be made for you.
If you need you item quickly, please contact me to discuss options for priority shipping.
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Dark teal blue and gold Christmas tree decorations. Stag's head ornaments / modern wood baubles. by artangel

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A set of 3 Christmas ornaments in deep teal blue and gold.

Each ornament consists of a teal blue wooden bauble, topped with a gold wooden bauble with a laser cut stag's head.

Hand-painted and perfect for a modern country, woodland or rustic scheme.

Ornaments come with gold satin ribbon for hanging.

Backs are plain teal blue (shown in picture 4).

Size: Approx. 8 x 8 cm.

You can see more of my work here - http://www.etsy.com/shop/artangel***LAST RECOMMENDED ORDER DATES CHRISTMAS 2019***

Monday, December 2nd: Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, Far and Middle East

Wednesday, December 4th: Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia)

Thursday, December 5th: Greece, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand

Saturday, December 7th: Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Canada and USA

Monday, December 9th: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland and Spain

Wednesday, December 11th: Belgium, France, Ireland and Luxembourg

Saturday December 14th: UK

PLEASE NOTE: the above dates apply to non-personalised items. If your item requires personalisation please allow additional time (as detailed in the listing) for it to be made for you.
If you need you item quickly, please contact me to discuss options for priority shipping.
Thank you!

***LAST RECOMMENDED ORDER DATES CHRISTMAS 2019***

Monday, December 2nd: Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, Far and Middle East

Wednesday, December 4th: Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia)

Thursday, December 5th: Greece, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand

Saturday, December 7th: Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Canada and USA

Monday, December 9th: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland and Spain

Wednesday, December 11th: Belgium, France, Ireland and Luxembourg

Sunday December 15th: UK

PLEASE NOTE: the above dates apply to non-personalised items. If your item requires personalisation please allow additional time (as detailed in the listing) for it to be made for you. If you need you item quickly, please contact me to discuss options for priority shipping.

Thank you!


          

Fun Christmas decor, gold dinosaur ornament, dino lover gift by artangel

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10.00 GBP

A fun dinosaur Christmas ornament, made from plastic and painted in metallic gold.

He measures approx. 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) wide, and 3.5 inches (9 cm) tall.

Free standing and can be displayed on a table, shelf, bookcase etc.

You can see more of my shop (including other dinosaur options!) here - http://www.etsy.com/shop/artangel


***LAST RECOMMENDED ORDER DATES CHRISTMAS 2019***

Monday, December 2nd: Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, Far and Middle East

Wednesday, December 4th: Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia)

Thursday, December 5th: Greece, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand

Saturday, December 7th: Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Canada and USA

Monday, December 9th: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland and Spain

Wednesday, December 11th: Belgium, France, Ireland and Luxembourg

Saturday December 14th: UK

PLEASE NOTE: the above dates apply to non-personalised items. If your item requires personalisation please allow additional time (as detailed in the listing) for it to be made for you.
If you need you item quickly, please contact me to discuss options for priority shipping.
Thank you!


          

Sleeping bears force Polish TV to shift New Year party

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Sleeping bears force Polish TV to shift New Year partyA Polish TV channel learnt the truth of the saying on Friday, being forced to abandon plans to hold its noisy New Year's Eve party near bear caves. The TVP station -- which hosts a gala event each New Year featuring concerts and a lot of drinking -- wanted to relocate the party to Poland's most famous ski resort in the Tatra mountains. TVP chief Jacek Kurski confirmed the event would move back to its previous location in the town of Zakopane, saying New Year's Eve "must unite us, not divide us".



          

Starožitný fén FEMA - 250

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Nabízím tento starý plně funkční fén značky Fema Poland. Včetně pěkné krabičky. Téměř nepoužívaný - pozůstalost. Poštovné po platbě předem 85Kč. Dobírka možná pouze po platbě předem poštovného 130Kč. ...
          

Samsung szuka dostawców z Polski

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W Poznaniu 26 listopada odbywają się targi EU Sourcing Fair 2019. To inicjatywa Samsung Electronics Poland Manufacturing, w ramach której do Polski zaproszono ponad 80 firm – dostawców i producentów komponentów do sprzętu AGD z regionu. Celem EU Sourcing Fair 2019 jest nawiązanie nowych relacji biznesowych i rozwój sieci dostawców komponentów do urządzeń AGD o produkty spoza Azji.
          

Hija ya Papa Francisko nchini Japan: Salam, baraka na matashi mema kwa viongozi wa serikali

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Baba Mtakatifu amewatumia salam na matashi mema wakuu wa nchi ya Japan, Urussi, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Jamhuri ya watu wa Czech, Slovenia, Croatia pamoja na Italia. Kwa namna ya pekee kabisa, Papa amemshukuru Mfalme Naruhito wa Japan na watu wote wa Mungu nchini humo, kwa mapokezi ya makubwa na ukarimu waliomwonjesha wakati wa hija yake Japan.
          

Steamforged Games LTD. Dark Souls the Card Game: Seekers of Humantiy Expansion

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Steamforged Games LTD. Dark Souls the Card Game: Seekers of Humantiy Expansion

Steamforged Games LTD. Dark Souls the Card Game: Seekers of Humantiy Expansion

Release Date : 04/12/2019 This product is a pre-order and has not been released yet. Please note that any items ordered together with this item will ship upon the UK release of this product. If you require other items sooner please place a separate order for them.


          

Rebel Ticket to Ride Poland: Map Collection 6.5 (Polish & English Rules Included)

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Rebel Ticket to Ride Poland: Map Collection 6.5 (Polish & English Rules Included)

Rebel Ticket to Ride Poland: Map Collection 6.5 (Polish & English Rules Included)

Release Date : 04/12/2019 This product is a pre-order and has not been released yet. Please note that any items ordered together with this item will ship upon the UK release of this product. If you require other items sooner please place a separate order for them.


          

Zapowiada się boom na pojazdy ciężarowe zasilane gazem ziemnym. Mogą one pomóc polskim przewoźnikom utrzymać pozycję lidera w UE

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Auta na gaz mogą pomóc polskim przewoźnikom w utrzymaniu pozycji lidera na europejskim rynku przewoźników – ocenia Jacek Nowakowski z IVECO Poland. Tańsze w użytkowaniu od diesla sprawdzają się lepiej…
          

Hyper Poland Reveals Its MagRail Transport Technology

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In October 2019, a live demonstration of MagRail technology, a high-speed rail transport system developed by Hyper Poland, took place in Warsaw. During the demonstration, the ride of a MagRail vehicle on a test track was shown. The 48-meter track was made to a 1:5 scale. The maximum speed during the test was about 50 […]
          

European Economics Preview: Eurozone Final Factory PMI Data Due

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Final factory Purchasing Managers' survey data from euro area and the UK are due on Monday, headlining a light day for the European economic news.

At 2.00 am ET, GDP data from Turkey is due. The economy is forecast to expand 1.1 percent on year in the third quarter, following a 1.5 percent fall in the second quarter.

At 2.30 am ET, the Federal Statistical Office is scheduled to issue Swiss retail sales for October.

At 3.00 am ET, foreign trade from Hungary and manufacturing PMI from Poland, Turkey are due.

At 3.45 am ET, Markit is slated to issue Italy's manufacturing PMI. Economists forecast the index to fall to 47.5 in November from 47.7 a month ago.

Thereafter, final PMI reports are due from France and Germany.

At 4.00 am ET, Markit is slated to issue euro area manufacturing PMI data. The final PMI is seen at 46.6 in November, unchanged from flash estimate.

Half an hour later, UK Markit/CIPS final PMI report is due. The factory PMI is expected to fall to 48.3 in November, as initially estimated, from 49.6 in October.


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Amazon pulls Auschwitz-themed Christmas ornaments

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Poland's Auschwitz Memorial called on the retailer to halt sales of the "disturbing" merchandise
          

Poland slams Amazon for Auschwitz Christmas ornaments

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Poland slams Amazon for Auschwitz Christmas ornamentsA Polish museum on Sunday slammed US e-commerce giant Amazon for selling Christmas ornaments with images of the Nazi German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, calling them inappropriate. The museum at the site of the former camp in southern Poland tweeted screenshots of the items showing train tracks and barracks and requested that Amazon remove them from their site.



          

Suggest new bands/artists to JMA : Marek Raduli [Poland]

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Author: snobb
Subject: Marek Raduli [Poland]
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Poland’s Fire Department hosts first Breakfast with Santa

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Poland's Fire Department hosted it's first ever Breakfast with Santa Sunday.
          

WATCH: Poland falls in State Semifinal heartbreaker

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The Poland Bulldogs dream season came to an end Saturday night with a 25-24 loss to Licking Valley in the Division IV State Semifinals.
          

Poland community sends off Bulldogs

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Saturday night, the Poland Bulldogs are vying for a ticket to the state championship game next week, but first they must get past Licking Valley.
          

WATCH: Poland passing attack strike just before half to give Bulldogs the lead

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Going into halftime, Poland Bulldogs are in the lead after a passing attack strike over Licking Valley.
          

Poland: Thousands rally to support country's judges

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Protesters demanded the reinstatement of a judge, dismissed last week by the justice minister.
          

Renoma to be refurbished again

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 The new concept of interior design of the department store was created in the Maćków design studio. “Located in the very centre of the city, the building was innovative and ahead of its time from the beginning. We will refer to the most luxurious history of the Wertheim department store with a new interior design idea. We will combine modern and historical elements,” announces Zbigniew Maćków, who also managed the architectural work on creating the new Renoma wing in 2005-2009. An active, open to residents space with a view on the Puppet Theatre and Staromiejski Park as well as gardens of original restaurant concepts will be created at pl. Czysty. Globalworth does not provide many details of the project, it is only clear that the first rearrangement work is to start in Q4 2020. “Due to the comfort of our customers, the work will be carried out in several stages, in parts of the building that were previously out of service,” insists Barbara Wójcik, the director of the Renoma department store. “Centres with multifunctional areas and extensive gastronomy are playing an increasingly important role on the market. The number one concept in Poland in this respect is Warsaw's Hala Koszyki, which we own. It combines offices, commerce, modern services, entertainment, original restaurant projects and conference spaces,” commented Anna Merta, the leasing director at Globalworth Poland.

Source: Eurobuild CEE

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Teledysk do najnowszego singla Tadeusza Seiberta już w sieci!

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Dla nas i tak wygrałeś - takie słowa najczęściej pojawiają się na malborskich forach internetowych po sobotnim występie Tadeusza Seiberta w finale programu The Voice of Poland. Przypomnijmy, że wokalista…
          

Global Climate Protests Ahead of Madrid Meeting

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Protesters in cities across the world staged rallies Friday demanding leaders take tougher action against climate change, days before the latest global conference, which this year takes place in Madrid. Photo by Li-An Lim on Unsplash

BERLIN (AP) — Protesters in cities across the world staged rallies Friday demanding leaders take tougher action against climate change, days before the latest global conference, which this year takes place in Madrid.

The rallies kicked off in Australia, where people affected by recent devastating wildfires joined young environmentalists protesting against the government’s pro-coal stance.

Janet Reynolds said she had come to the rally in Sydney after losing everything in an “inferno, an absolute firestorm that raced through my property.”

“It's so unnatural that I started investigating, reading science and really exploring what's happening with climate change,” she told Australian television.

Student Daisy Jeffrey said protesters had come to help raise money for those affected by the fires and to demand action from the government

“People have lost their homes, people have lost their lives. We have to ask: How far does this have to go before our government finally takes action," she said.

Teenage activist Greta Thunberg, who is traveling across the Atlantic by sailboat to attend the climate talks, sent a message of support to protesters. “Everyone’s needed. Everyone’s welcome. Join us,” she said on Twitter.

Since starting her one-woman “climate strikes” in Sweden more than a year ago, Thunberg has drawn a huge following around the world and inspired thousands more students to regularly skip school on Fridays and join climate protests.

Further rallies took place in Germany, South Korea, Poland, England, Turkey, Italy, Spain and France — where environmental protesters took a swipe at Black Friday.

In Berlin, about two dozen environmental activists jumped into the chilly waters of the Spree river in front of parliament to protest a government-backed package of measures they say won’t be enough to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. The package was blocked Friday by Germany’s upper house, which represents the country’s 16 states.

Later, tens of thousands of students rallied in front of the Brandenburg Gate.

“The generations before us messed it up,” said 17-year-old Robin Ebelt. “And we’re the ones that will feel the consequences. I would like to spend another 60 years on this planet, grow old and have grandchildren.”

Quang Paasch of the activist group Fridays for Future said governments attending next week’s annual climate conference should keep in mind the goals of the 2015 Paris accord, which set a target of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit). “We need to keep taking to the streets, we need to defend Paris.”

In South Africa, a few dozen people holdings signs saying “Not Cool” and “Stop Pollution Now” protested outside the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in the summer heat of the Southern Hemisphere.

One protester lay on the ground faking death, holding a sign saying “Black Friday Reason to Grieve.”

Africa contributes least to climate change and is the least prepared to deal with it. Temperatures in parts of the continent are projected to rise more quickly than the global average.

“The reality is that we have a climate change emergency,” protest organizer Elana Azrai said. She noted water shortages in parts of the country amid a drought in southern Africa.

Elsewhere, officials have raised the alarm over unusually severe rainfall in East Africa and a pair of cyclones that ripped into Mozambique within weeks of each other early this year.

Scores of young Nigerians marched in downtown Lagos displaying messages such as “There is no planet B” and “Stop Denying the Earth is Dying” as passing vehicles slowed and honked in support.

The megacity is Africa’s most populous and is among its coastal cities threatened by rising sea levels.


          

Blondin claims silver and Dubreuil secures bronze at the long track World Cup in Poland

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On Sunday at the ISU Speed Skating World Cup in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Poland, Ivanie Blondin won the mass start silver...
          

Cyberpunk 2077: all new details including side quests, crime system and more

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A load of new Cyberpunk 2077 details have been revealed. In a Q&A over on Reddit with the CD Projekt Red team, more details about Cyberpunk 2077’s immense depth have come to light. The event was held in Warsaw, Poland, and featured a great deal of CD Projekt memorabilia for anyone who’s a fan of […]

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Former Nazi Prison Guard On Trial For 5,230 Murders At Concentration Camp In P...

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In what could be the very last case of its kind, a former Nazi prison guard has begun trial on charges that he was an accessory to 5,230 murders at a German concentration camp in Poland during World War II. Bruno Dey, 93, has claimed he had no idea Jews were being murdered in the Stutthof camp near what s now Gdansk, where he began working in 1944. But he admitted at trial that he saw Jews taken into gas chambers at the camp, heard their screams and watched the frantic rattling of locked steel d ...
          

Transfusions of Joyce: Joyce Panel at the 15th April Conference, Kraków

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Kraków, Poland, 23-25 April 2020 (posted 1 December 2019)
          

Turkey not 'blackmailing' NATO over Baltics plan, has full veto rights - source

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Turkey is not blackmailing NATO with its rejection of a defence plan for the Baltics and Poland, and has full veto rights within the alliance, a Turkish security source said on Monday ahead of a NATO leaders summit in London.

          

Amazon was asked to remove 'Auschwitz' Christmas decor

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The Auschwitz Memorial in Poland has asked Amazon on Twitter to remove 'Auschwitz' Christmas ornaments and other items like an 'Auschwitz' mouse pad.
        

          

Re: TUNISZEWSKI FAMILY FROM POLAND

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My paternal grandmothers’s maiden name was Tuniszewski. Her father Ludwig, was from Kowal, Poland and came to the states in 1909 I believe. Tuniszewski is a rare name so we may all be related. Message me, I have more info.
          

ENGINEER L2, REMOTE SUPPORT | Rockwell Automation

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Katowice, Poland, The primary responsibility of the Technical Support Engineer position is to provide technical support to Rockwell Automation customers', field engineers, technicians, and product support personnel wh
          

ENGINEER L2, REMOTE SUPPORT | Rockwell Automation

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Katowice, Poland, The primary responsibility of the Technical Support Engineer position is to provide technical support to Rockwell Automation customers', field engineers, technicians, and product support personnel wh
          

ENGINEER L2, REMOTE SUPPORT | Rockwell Automation

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Katowice, Poland, Position summary: The primary responsibility of the Engineer, Remote Support position is to provide technical support to Rockwell Automation customers', field engineers, technicians, and
          

Europe Car Rental Market Outlook to 2025: Ken Research

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Europe Car Rental IndustryBuy Now The report titled “Europe Car Rental Market Outlook to 2025- By Region (France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Poland and Others), By Fleet (Compact, SUV, Luxury) and By Purpose (Leisure and Business), Car Sharing By Fleet Size and Users and Cab Aggregator By Revenue and User” provides a comprehensive analysis of [...]
          

Comment on Bansko – Nightlife in the Leading East European Ski Resort by Jon H

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I've been thinking about heading east again for some snow time after going to Zakopane in Poland last year. Bansko sounds like the perfect place, and at a decent price. Nice one :-)
          

: Heavy rain south - Dry & bright for many Tuesday, 02 Dez - 04:43

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Heavy rain and snow affects southern parts of Europe through the next two days Monday Heavy outbreaks of rain affecting southeastern Spain on Monday. Drier and brighter to the northwest and for Portugal. Heavy rain continues too for northern Italy and spreads into the northern Balkan states turning to snow over the Dinaric Alps. Increasing cloud over Greece with isolated showers to the west. Dry and sunny for much of Turkey. A mostly dry and bright day for France, the Low Countries and Germany. Feeling cold with isolated showers for northern coasts. Some snow showers over Switzerland, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia while it stays mostly dry but cloudy for the Czech Republic. A cloudy day for Poland too with scattered snow showers. A dry day for Denmark with varying amounts of cloud. Snow clears east from the Baltic States to leave a bright but cold end to the day here. Continuing windy for much of Norway, Sweden and Finland with snow becoming confined to northern areas and to the western coast of Norway. Plenty of good spells of sunshine here.

Tuesday Heavy outbreaks of rain continue for southeast Spain, spreading to the Balearic Islands later. Dry and bright for the rest of Spain and Portugal. Showery rain and cloud clear to the south from Italy with dry and sunny conditions following from the north. A band of rain affects northern portions of Greece and Turkey but it stays dry and bright to the south. High pressure brings dry and settled conditions to a large part of Europe on Tuesday. A chilly but sunny day for much of France, the Low Countries, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. Any early snow showers over eastern areas quickly clear away. A band of showery rain spread across Norway, Denmark and Sweden. This turns to snow over higher ground and to the north. Rain reaches Finland later but ahead of this it's a dry and bright day. Dry and sunny too for the Baltic States though cloud builds form the west later.


          

repatriating gold

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More and more big players are hedging their financial security against the looming collapse of the USofA Dollar-based economic world. BRICS, the Brazilian, Russian, Indian, Chinese, South African economic partnership began working twenty years ago to reduce dollar dependence in international trade. Several times that many countries are beginning to displace fiat dollars with solid currency, primarily gold and silver. If you haven’t begun, you should … real soon. – Ted – Poland Brings Gold Home SchiffGold.com Poland has repatriated 100 tons of gold from England. National Bank of Poland Governor Adam Glapiński announced the yellow metal’s return home on Monday. “The gold symbolizes the strength of the country,” Glapiński told reporters. He noted that the country could generate multi-million [...]
          

Wysokiej klasy skóra naturalna

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Przedsiębiorstwo Agent Mastrotto Spa funkcjonuje w branży polskim jako kontynuacja hurtowni Duma Poland Sp. z o. o. Firma oferuje skóry różnego rodzaj...
          

Black Friday In Wrocław: Which Stores Are Participating?

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Like it or loathe it, Poland has jumped on the Black Friday bandwagon. So we thought we’d take a look at some of the places promising promotions in the coming days. Yes, you heard right – Black Friday is now a thing in Poland. There are not quite the same dramatic offers, while there are …
          

Wrocław’s Councilors Vote In Favour Of More IVF Funding

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Last Thursday Wrocław’s councilors voted in favour of allocating more funds towards IVF treatment for city residents.  Ever since the PiS Government changed the law, IVF has only been available in Poland in areas where it is funded by local authorities. During Rafał Dutkiewicz’s time in office, the proposal to fund IVF was voted down …
          

Are You Letting Society or the Spirit Shape Your Story?

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Kanye West, Beth Moore, John MacArthur, President Donald Trump and Adam Schiff—what do all of these people have in common? Certainly controversy—lots and lots of controversy. But what else? They all have purpose that should be revealed in their life story. Regardless of the circumstances and choices that have landed them in the news and on the lips of people across the country and around the world, God has a purpose for each one of them. The Holy Spirit wants to shape their life story even though we may see the world trying to define and write their life story, and our life story, for us.

God is transforming lives and filling people with the power of the Holy Spirit, and woe to those who try to prevent that holy work. That's why 2 Corinthians 5:16 (NIV) reminds us of this important truth: "So from now on we [should] regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer." While the world and our flesh tempt us to view others through judgmental eyes and shape people's stories for them, the Holy Spirit is constantly working in people's lives to inspire their story. His presence always invites freedom and brings real change.

This past week I watched an extraordinary moment of God's grace when Kanye West was not only recognized, but received by one of my favorite preachers, Joel Osteen. The backlash was deeply disheartening. If our society will not even accept that a rapper proclaiming "Jesus is King" has been truly saved, imagine how we would have treated Paul. He persecuted and murdered Christians, and God still shaped his story into something that glorified Him! After his conversion he immediately went to get baptized by Ananias and ended up writing several books in our New Testament Bible, not to mention the way God used him to work multiple life-changing miracles. Imagine how different all of our lives would be today if Paul had listened to everyone's opinions about his relationship with God and allowed himself to become discouraged about following the Lord's leading.

What about Peter? He denied Jesus before the crucifixion but then repented of his mistake, and God was able to use him in miraculous ways.

Or what about Abraham? He lied not once but twice about his relationship with his wife to save his own skin, among other indiscretions, and he is still counted as one of the fathers of our faith.

Moses was far from perfect, yet God chose him and used him mightily for the saving of His people anyway. Like Abraham, he appears alongside other giants of our faith in Hebrews 11.

When the power of the Holy Spirit came in Acts 2, all that Jesus had done for His followers came to supernatural life. Just like Peter and Paul were drastically changed, we are too when we receive the Holy Spirit. Since the Holy Spirit changes, restores and radically renews people to Him, who are we to decide if their salvation is authentic? Even if it happens not to be, God is the author of that person's story, and our judgment is like an ugly, black smear on the pages of their lives.

Who are you letting shape your story? And how are you shaping others? Are you letting the Holy Spirit do His work, or are you tuning in to—or even joining—the chorus of voices shouting their opinions? It is clear that Kanye West is not letting the voices of the media define his story. He is unapologetically sharing his faith with the entire world, and the Holy Spirit is working, in Kanye's life and others'. Wow! What a thought—unapologetically sharing your faith with the entire world while the Holy Spirit works in your life. That sounds like a follower of Christ.

You are beautiful! I see Jesus in you.

Have a great week! {eoa}

Mikel French has challenged spiritual awakening all across America, where many celebrations extended into multiple weeks, and has conducted celebrations in France, Sweden, Russia, Romania, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia, Germany, South Africa, Malawi, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Haiti, Japan, Singapore, India and Thailand. He conducted an outreach celebration in Manila, Philippines, reaching 200,000 teenagers with the book of hope. Through the generous support of partners, he has presented the message of Jesus Christ to millions of people in the nation of Russia through televised citywide soul-winning celebrations. Mikel considers it an honor to assist in conducting the annual pastor's conference, where thousands of pastors from Russia's 11 time zones come for training, teaching and equipping. Mikel and his wife, Marsha, reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


          

Re: Asa Poland family in the Shapleigh, York, Maine 1790 census

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Hi,

All members of a household weren't listed on the Censuses until 1850.

The only way to reliably identify descendants that early in time is to find the person's probate records.

Asa Poland, b. 1763, Waterbury, Washington, VT and d. 1851, Franklin Co., NY
Married: 1763, Ipswich, MA, Abigail Nale, b. 1763, Essex Co. MA and d. 1844, Washington Co. VT
Source: Kelly Josko Family Tree, Ancestry

This tree lists their children but you'll need to verify the information. Successful Searching!
          

Climate Action Day: A Just Transition from Coal Where No One is Left Behind

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Republic Thermal Power Plant, Bulgaria © WWF-BulgariaEvery region and every community is different. As EU countries wake up to the climate emergency and the need for a swift transition to a sustainable and carbon-neutral society, it is becoming increasingly clear that we need regional and community-level transition strategies to ensure that no one is left behind. Indeed, the UN Paris Climate Agreement itself recognises this. The countries in the Danube Basin, Green Heart of Europe are no exception.

Phasing out fossil fuel-based electricity generation, especially coal, is a prerequisite for fulfilling the European Union's commitment to the Paris Agreement and the leadership role the EU strives to have in global climate policy. Not all regions will automatically benefit from the transition to net-zero emissions. However, with proactive and inclusive management, the transition can be a driver for sustainable economic development and social progress everywhere. Such a major change must be accompanied by a comprehensive Just Transition strategy aiming at minimising hardships for workers and their communities in the associated industries through active political and financial support, as well as shifting local economies towards sustainable economic activities.
 
A Just Transition from Coal in Eastern and Southern Europe Project
The goal of this project is to develop tailor-made transition strategies away from coal and towards sustainable economic activities to economically transform specific regions in Bulgaria (Southwest Bulgaria), Greece (Western Macedonia), and Poland (Silesia). The work is being supported by best practice examples from Germany. A key message is to make the stakeholders from Bulgaria, Greece, Poland, as well as Germany and Brussels recognise "just transition" as a fully legitimate part of climate change policy.
 
WWF's call for a just transition to a sustainable and carbon-neutral society by 2050 and a New Deal for Nature and People requires action and engagement from all stakeholders to develop and implement bespoke economic diversification and transition plans. To ensure public acceptance and transparency, the project includes capacity-building workshops in Bulgaria, Greece and Poland to engage local stakeholders, trade unions, journalists and civil society organisations, as well as relevant regional, national, and EU decision-makers. Study trips for relevant stakeholders are organised in each of the four countries to learn about the regional challenges and experiences with transition so far, and to meet local stakeholders. The study trips catalyse cross-fertilisation of ideas amongst the stakeholders from the different regions. Moreover, a range of advocacy activities are being conducted towards national and EU institutions with the objective of raising awareness on just transition among policy makers so as to make it an appropriately funded, integral component of national and European climate policy.
 
Signs of Change
On October 16 in Brussels, a group of 41 mayors from 10 coal regions in 9 European countries launched  a statement supporting a just transition to the post-coal era, including mayors from Germany, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Greece, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. Two of the mayors presented this statement to the EU Commission's Deputy Director-General for Energy, Klaus-Dieter Borchardt at the meeting of the EU "Coal Regions in Transition Platform." The Platform aims to help regions overcome their dependence on coal by developing sustainable economic activities.
 
A recent study by WWF-Bulgaria in the southwest coal region in Bulgaria provides 3 scenarios for possible development of the region. The study will become the basis for an active public discussion that will catalyse solutions based on the region's advantages. They should overcome the gradual depopulation and depersonalization of the territory and should lead to the formation of prosperous and attractive areas for the development of sustainable economic activities. Decarbonisation policies and measures may in fact become the driving force for sustainable economic growth and social progress. This can be done with the active participation of the employees and workers who are most directly affected.

The analysis is an attempt to plan the future of coal regions in Bulgaria and to serve as a tool for policy planning and long-term strategic decision-making first in the districts of Pernik, Kyustendil, Blagoevgrad and Sofia (without the city of Sofia); mainly in the municipalities of Bobov Dol (Bobovdol field) and Pernik (Pernik field), as well as the already non-operational Simitli (Pirin field) and Gotse Delchev (Kanina mine)
 
The Energy Situation
The total coal reserves in Southwest Bulgaria are estimated to be small, consisting predominantly of lignite. Struma Province contains 85% of the lignite deposits and reserves in Bulgaria. The area includes the Bobovdol field, Pernik field and Pirin field. There are two operational thermal power plants (TPPs) in the region. Closing down TPP Bobov Dol (Bobov Dol municipality and TPP Republika (Pernik municipality) will leave an annual 903,781 MWh energy gap that will need to be filled by alternative sustainable sources.
 
Economic Alternatives
There are over 150 protected areas of all types in Southwest Bulgaria, including two of the country's three national parks: Rila NationalPark (the largest in Bulgaria) and Pirin National Park (also a UNESCO World Heritage Site). These conditions favour the development of various forms of tourism, organic farming, organic stock-breeding, sustainable forestry and fishing. Moving in this direction would also comply with the desire that economic activities should be compatible with the conservation of valuable species, habitats and nature in general. This fact should be a prerequisite for a sustainable future and be taken into account when deciding on alternative economic investments in the region.
 
Scenarios Outlined in the Study
  • Scenario 1: Maintaining the Status Quo is extremely insufficient to bring about changes in the socio-economic situation of the region, the demographic trends and the investment climate. It could ultimately lead to an unplanned closure of the energy and coal industry in its present form, a situation which does not meet the objectives of a just transition to a clean energy economy. Therefore Scenario 1 is not recommended.
  • Scenario 2: based on the Internal Opportunities and Advantages of the region provides for economic and territorial transformation. This transformation must overcome the extraction and burning of coal, but at the same time should preserve the regional economy. This comes close to the goals of just transition.
  • Scenario 3: A "Creative Upgrade" with the participation of foreign investors is the most favourable for the region. The scenario envisages complete economic and territorial transformation, overcoming the negative demographic trends and establishing a favourable investment climate  – factors that can lead to the achievement of a just transition.
The present analysis is not a panacea; it does not discuss all the possible solutions, nor does it propose all possible measures and actions that could be taken. Their number cannot be exhausted within a single document. Nevertheless, it is a necessary begin the process of transition to a clean energy economy in order to create new growth. Regardless of which route will be chosen, it will be long and will require the efforts not only of those directly employed in the coal mining and coal burning sector, but also of the state, business, trade unions, regions and the non-governmental sector.
 
Meanwhile, while not part of the WWF project, the CEE Bankwatch Network supported local residents in Slovakia to get a Just Transition plan for the Slovak Upper Nitra coal region approved in June, 2019. The local community had been working to prepare their inputs and scenarios for the transformation of the region since 2018. CEE Bankwatch says that while the plan rejects Hornonitrianske bane Prievidza's (HBP) scheme to open a new mine at the Novaky Coal Complex, and local input has resulted in a plan that aims for "developing economic activities in symbiosis with a clean environment," it fails to set a clear date for the phase-out of coal in Slovakia. If the Action Plan had contained clear commitments to put an end to coal, Slovakia could have become a true model of good practice for Central and Eastern Europe and show how other coal regions in neighbouring countries could transition away from coal in a participatory manner.  Without a coal phase-out, however, the plans for carbon neutrality are more difficult to implement. The organisation says that the Slovak Government should muster the courage to set a deadline for coal. This would be the definitive sign that the Action Plan is taken seriously and will be implemented. Even so, it is a true victory for local communities in the Upper Nitra.
 
Next Steps
In order to assist regional and national authorities develop strategies for, and implementing a just transition at the regional level, guidelines in the form of Seven Golden Rules were identified by the partners of the Europe Beyond Coal Network. The full implementation of these rules will ensure effective stakeholder participation in the process of selecting and implementing projects, without which the transition strategies will be much less effective, or could even be counterproductive. Applying these rules will be important to enable a speedy, socially-just regional transformation beyond coal in line with the EU's obligations under the UN Paris Climate Agreement. We call on the European Commission to adopt these guidelines to ensure a just and sustainable transition for all.
 
Just Transition in Eastern and Southern Europe contributes to local development in the target regions by having a positive in all the important aspects of the transition process – social, economic and environmental. The project is funded through the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the German Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.
 
For more information:
Georgi Stefanov
Chief Climate and Energy Expert, WWF-Bulgaria
Tel: +359 889 517 976
Email: gstefanov@wwf.bg
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18 Wind and Solar Markets to Watch in 2020

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The world’s total renewable power capacity will grow 50 percent between 2019 and 2024, according to the International Energy Agency. For investors keen to tap into this growth, mostly driven by solar and wind, the question is where to look.

To find out, GTM asked a range of industry experts and insiders for their recommendations on wind and solar markets to watch in 2020. We ignored those markets that already made the list last year.

What follows is a smattering of mature markets returning to form and some that are brand-new.

Without further ado, and in alphabetical order...

Australia: Wind

We listed Australia as a solar market to watch last year, and the country remains one of the more interesting places to invest in PV. But it’s also a big deal for wind power, said Karin Ohlenforst, director of market intelligence at the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). Even though the country’s large-scale renewable energy target has been reached, she said, “the fundamentals for wind are so good a market of up to 2 gigawatts is expected by 2020.” 

Brazil: Wind

Brazil is another maturing renewable energy market where GWEC sees ongoing opportunities for wind in 2020. The wind industry group expects growth in Brazilian installations, along with those in Argentina and Chile, that will come from the execution of auctioned capacity and growing opportunities for bilateral power-purchase agreements. 

Chile: Solar and wind

Chile has long been seen as one of Latin America’s strongest markets for renewables, and the country continues to attract investment from solar developers such as Spain's Solarpack. “Opportunities can still arise for new solar capacity” in the country, said Solarpack’s CEO, Pablo Burgos, although it remains to be seen whether investor confidence might be dented by the anti-government protests that erupted in October. 

China: Solar and wind

China is hardly a new market for wind and solar, but the offshore wind market “is expected to almost double [in 2020] compared to 2019,” said Rolf Kragelund, director for global offshore wind at Wood Mackenzie. GWEC estimates the offshore wind market could hit 4 gigawatts of capacity. Turning to PV, Wood Mackenzie believes a subsidy-free project pipeline could add 9 gigawatts of capacity to the grid in 2020. 

Ethiopia: Solar

Ethiopia’s hydro-heavy generation mix means the country already has enviable levels of clean energy on the grid. The trouble is that most of the country's residents aren’t on the grid, which is why Ethiopia is looking to boost solar development, said Global Green Growth Institute Director General Frank Rijsberman. “You can put solar on the rooftops, and [then have] mini grids and smaller independent systems” sited in rural areas, Rijsberman said. “Small...utility-scale solar that can deal with secondary cities and so on: That, I think, is the future.”

Greece: Solar

Greece is one of several European markets that Solarpack's Burgos is keeping an eye on in 2020. Renewables investment could benefit from the Greek administration’s decision to phase out coal generation by 2028, announced in September. “Greece is the only country in Southeast Europe to have announced a coal phaseout date,” noted advocacy group Europe Beyond Coal in a press statement. “Details of the strategy to achieve the target will be announced by the end of 2019."

Hungary: Solar

Like Greece, Hungary in Eastern Europe has announced plans to abandon coal, with a switch-off date of 2030. In November, the Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority launched the nation’s first renewable energy auction, giving clarity to the future project pipeline. Burgos said Hungary is now among the European markets “putting solar schemes at the forefront of their renewable energy commitments.”

India: Solar

India’s massive and multifaceted solar market continues to deliver opportunities for investors, with Wood Mackenzie’s Q2 2019 Global Solar PV Market Outlook reporting on “auction activity starting to pick up now that [the] election period is over.” Long-term solar growth in the country is likely to be buoyed by a government target of 500 gigawatts of renewable generation by 2030.

(Credit: MHI Vestas)

Indonesia: Solar

With its vast population and 6,000 or so inhabited islands, Indonesia harbors massive potential for solar developers. So far, progress has been sluggish, with a rooftop net metering scheme failing to stimulate interest. However, lawmakers changed the rules for rooftop PV in October, potentially paving the way for increased growth. Indonesia only had around 60 megawatts of solar installed at the end of last year but plans to boost capacity to 6.5 gigawatts by 2025.

Netherlands: Solar

Although relatively mature, the Dutch solar market still has plenty of room for near-term growth, with 5 gigawatts of capacity expected to be installed between 2019 and 2020. Despite the country’s low irradiance, its "support mechanisms, in the form of feed-in tariffs and tax incentives, help to boost solar” there, said Burgos.  

New Zealand: Wind

Wood Mackenzie’s wind power outlook for Asia-Pacific gained a lift from an unusual source in September. The analyst firm reported that contract wins in New Zealand would “boost an otherwise dormant market” in Asia-Pacific. Just two large projects, Waipipi and Turitea, added 252 megawatts of capacity to New Zealand’s wind industry pipeline this year. The question now is whether that momentum will be sustained in 2020. 

Oman: Solar

Middle Eastern markets remain a magnet for PV developers thanks to their excellent solar resource, growing energy needs and often favorable regulation. In its Q2 2019 Global Solar PV Market Outlook, Wood Mackenzie singled out Oman for special treatment. “Competitive state tenders continue to be launched at a fast clip, including 1,100 megawatts of new project sites at Manah,” WoodMac said.

Poland: Solar

GTM highlighted Poland’s growing wind potential last year. Despite previous setbacks, the country now seems earnest in wanting to foster renewables, with offshore wind in particular looking to benefit. Solar developers are keen to grab a piece of the action, too. Burgos said the Polish solar market had much in common with Hungary. Both states “have committed to reduce their carbon footprint and both are supporting PV with feed-in tariff models,” he said.

South Africa: Wind

South Africa’s once-vibrant renewable energy market has had a rocky few years courtesy of Eskom, the nation’s beleaguered electricity behemoth. But with the too-big-to-fail state utility slowly getting its affairs back under control, the picture for wind is improving, said Ohlenforst. “After two years of pausing, installations are [set] to pick up again in 2020,” she predicted, with the market poised to top 700 megawatts next year.

South Korea: Wind and solar

South Korea “would like to scale up” on renewables, said Rijsberman of the Global Green Growth Institute. “They have the money [and] the government has the targets.” The problem for developers is finding affordable land in the crowded country, he said. This is hampering efforts to scale up solar development and increasingly putting the focus on offshore wind as a major contributor to South Korea’s clean energy plans.

Ukraine: Solar

Last year the Ukraine was enthusiastically hyped as a wind destination. And in October the market delivered with the announcement of Europe’s largest onshore wind farm, a 750-megawatt monster in the southeast of the country. The country’s PV market, which is now approaching 3 gigawatts of capacity, also remains buoyant despite moves to replace feed-in tariffs with an auction system. Developers such as Solarpack and Scatec Solar are eyeing the market, with the latter installing its first Ukrainian plant in August.

U.S.: Wind and solar

Even as the renewables industry waits to see if there will be an extension to the supporting federal tax credits, developers are bullish about the U.S. market. In the immediate term, the country is in the middle of its biggest-ever build-out of onshore wind capacity, and the offshore market is taking off as East Coast states increase their targets.

Vietnam: Wind

The end of a generous feed-in tariff in June this year saw developers rushing to connect almost 4.5 gigawatts of PV capacity to the grid in a matter of months. Now that the solar rush is over, the government is looking to repeat the trick with wind, also offering enticing incentives, said Rijsberman. “A lot of companies are now doing the same thing for wind in Vietnam as they were doing for large-scale solar,” he said. “What hasn’t really happened yet is rooftop solar, partly because the regulation doesn’t favor it.”


          

Mitsubishi Eyes Leading Position in Europe’s Energy Market With Eneco Acquisition

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A group led by Mitsubishi beat out other bidders including Shell in reaching a €4.1 billion ($4.5 billion) deal to buy Dutch energy company Eneco, which the Japanese conglomerate intends to make the centerpiece of its growth in the European energy market.
 
The winning consortium includes Mitsubishi, with an 80 percent stake, and Japanese utility Chubu, with the remaining 20 percent.
 
Owned by several dozen Dutch municipalities, Eneco is the second largest electricity supplier in the Netherlands and is also active in Germany and Belgium. The company operates about 2 gigawatts of wind capacity, roughly a quarter of it offshore, alongside nearly 300 megawatts of solar.
 
Mitsubishi is already a substantial investor in Europe's electricity market, including a 20 percent stake in U.K. electricity supplier OVO. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, part of the Mitsubishi Group, is co-owner of offshore wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas. 
 
Mitsubishi plans to transfer 400 megawatts of offshore wind assets to Eneco once the all-cash acquisition goes through.
 
Eneco offers "a platform to further grow in the European market, in which we intend to have a leading position in the energy transition," Takehiko Kakiuchi, CEO of Mitsubishi Corporation, said in a press statement.
 
Offshore wind is at the center of an existing collaboration between Eneco and Mitsubishi dating back to 2012. The two companies have jointly invested in a trio of offshore wind farms, all of them using MHI Vestas turbines, as well as in a 48-megawatt battery in Germany.
 
In a presentation used to introduce the consortium that was shared with GTM, Chubu and Mitsubishi pointed to five growth areas they will focus on with Eneco, including growing their renewable energy asset base and expanding the utility business to new territories.
 
The financial backing of Mitsubishi and Chubu will bolster Eneco's credit rating, making it more competitive in future offshore wind auctions, the companies said.
 
The next two years will see offshore wind auctions in the Netherlands, the U.K., Denmark, Belgium, France and Germany, with a total capacity of up to 9.5 gigawatts on offer. Poland is also preparing to pursue an 8-gigawatt offshore wind target by 2040.
 
The final shortlist of bidders for Eneco reportedly included private equity firm KKR and a joint bid from Shell and the Dutch pension fund PGGM. 
 
Shell said its ambitions for growth in the power sector remain unchanged by the loss of the deal.
 
"We respect this outcome but are disappointed," said Maarten Wetselaar, director of Shell's integrated gas and new energies units. “We believe that together with PGGM we made a competitive bid for Eneco, including an attractive package of non-financial terms and long-term growth plans."
 
Eneco's current CEO, Ruud Sondag, will resign when the deal is finalized, to be replaced by an as-yet-unnamed Dutch CEO.

          

Poland: Third-Party Intervention to the European Court of Human Rights in the Case of Jan Grzęda

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Budowa hali warsztatowo - badawczej wraz z zapleczem socjalno - biurowym.

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Przedmiotem zamówienia jest utworzenie zaplecza badawczo-rozwojowego firmy TRUCK POLAND Albert Furmanek, Wiktor Furmanek s.c.
          

Hotel Bonum Gdansk Poland

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Zaskakująca obsada trenerów w The Voice Senior

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The Voice Senior premiera już niedługo w TVP. Trenerami będą wybitne gwiazdy polskiej muzyki, a wśród nich zasiądzie Andrzej Piaseczny. Z kim popularny piosenkarz będzie rywalizować o najlepsze głosy uczestników programu? Bardzo ciekawa wydaje się również kwestia prowadzących muzyczne show. W porównaniu do The Voice of Poland zajdą w tym aspekcie pewne zmiany. Z pewnością […]

Artykuł Zaskakująca obsada trenerów w The Voice Senior pochodzi z serwisu OTOPRESS.


          

IGF 2020 to be Held in Katowice, Poland

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InternetNews.me InternetNews.me: The 2019 IGF drew to a close this Friday afternoon in Berlin, Germany. The 15th IGF will be hosted by the government of Poland who have chosen to hold the event in Katowice, Poland from November 2nd to November 6th. This year’s event drew 3406 participants from 161 countries. No details of the 2020 event […]
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Italian VS Polish Drivers

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I’ve written about polish drivers in a different article, this time I will write about Italian drivers instead. This is from my limited experience so I don’t know if this is widespread of just a factor of luck.

  • In Italy drivers are way less polite than in Poland.

In Poland if you make a mistake lining up or need some space to manouver most people will understand and help you, in Italy they just ignore you and sometimes even try as much as they can not to leave you any space to merge. That unless they’re truck drivers, they’re usually good everywhere.

  • In Italy drivers don’t know how to drive on highways

You notice that you’ve passed the border into Italy by counting the number of people staying in the left lane even though they’re not passing anyone and the right lane is completely empty. I haven’t seen any other European country where drivers drive like that so consistently.

  • People bonking on red

You have surely heard about Napoli: everybody is certain that people there ignore any kind of road rules, including red lights and just go through them nonchalantly. I have never been there so I cannot confirm or deny the allegations, but we have seen something similar in Turin. It is obviously not widespread and probably just some crazy guy that you might find anywhere, but it is the only place where it actually happened. A car was stopped at a red light and the following car started bonking and screaming for it to go that there was no one.

  • People ignoring stop/yield signs

If you want to avoid being in a car crash on a weekly basis in my city, you need to know which intersections the local population decided that they can ignore respecting the right of the way and they just blaze through. Rules don’t apply to them. Everyone knows that nobody is going to yield there so you need to be extra careful not to find a car ramming your side because they didn’t respect the stop signal. They go through it full speed, even though you can’t see if there is someone coming or not since it is behind a blind corner in the road.

  • Cutting people off

Let it be on a highway or a normal road a lot of drivers just merge into your lane without looking if there’s anyone coming and forcing you to break hard to avoid a crash. I’ve seen it happen in many countries, but in Italy it happens more often than most other countries I’ve driven.

  • Ignoring Limits

People love to speed, but not as much as Polish drivers love to overtake. Even if there is a signal that there is a speed check in 200 meters they would rather pay the fine than slow down not to get it.


          

Группа BEHEMOTH вернется в Россию весной

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Одна из самых знаменитых европейских метал-групп современности масштабно вернется на сцены российских клубов!

BEHEMOTH (Poland)

Пожалуй, среди людей, которые хоть немного интересуются современной музыкой, независимо от жанровых предпочтений, вряд ли найдутся те, кто не слышал этого имени. За без малого 30 лет творческого пути, квартет из Гданьска прошел тернистый путь от безвестности до вершины мирового музыкального Олимпа.

Шоу Behemoth — это не просто концерт, но масштабное театральное действо с декорациями, спецэффектами и пиротехникой. Завораживающее и величественное представление, которое не отпускает зрителя с первой до последней ноты. Behemoth, безусловно, имеют неповторимый стиль во всем и создают вокруг себя свой собственный мир. Мир кошмаров, наполненный темными силами и магией древних ритуалов, мир, где истина познается через преодоление страхов и сомнений.

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European Pirates voted against the new European Commission

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In today’s vote, Pirates MEPs voted against the new European Commission under the leadership of Ursula von der Leyen. Neither the digital policy, nor the personal composition, nor the process of Commission setup are satisfactory.

Pirates disagree on the program, which is often in direct contradiction with the principles of free internet and respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms, such as the right to privacy. “Ursula von der Leyen advocates upload filters, and even on such a simple matter as promising not to deepen the interference with the privacy of Europe’s citizens (surveillance moratorium), she failed to make a clear commitment,” said Marcel Kolaja, head of the Pirates’ delegation. “Freedom of the Internet and digital rights are key issues for our voters and us, which we have come to defend in the European Parliament, and this Commission does not have our confidence,” said Pirate MEP Patrick Breyer.

The newly elected Commission shall act as defender of the Treaties in the member states. “Commissioners nominated by Hungary, Poland or Czechia remain in close contact with the ruling nationalistic parties of the countries. Such a conflict of interests effectively prevents independent actions on behalf of Commission to protect the Rule of law in the countries,” comments Mikuláš Peksa, chairperson of the European Pirate party. “French commissioner Breton responsible for IT industry is close to the board of a major digital company thus establishing a danger for data protection of European citizens. ” adds Peksa.

The nomination of Ursula von der Leyen to the position of Commission President is a major problem. We support direct involvement of citizens in European affairs. The Councils decision to appoint a person who was not participating in the European election is not acceptable. “The citizens of Europe did not have enough opportunities to form and express their opinion on von der Leyen because she was not a Spitzenkandidat. It is an arrogance of the Council to withdraw your Spitzenkandidat and nominate someone else. That is why I say that Ursula von der Leyen’s nomination has a democratic deficit,” said Markéta Gregorová, vice-chairperson of the European Pirate Party.


          

Within a single generation, Poland has gone from one of the most egalitarian countries in Europe to one of the most unequal

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Poland experienced a sharp rise in inequality during its transition from communism to capitalism, and this trend has continued into the 2000s. Pawel Bukowski and Filip Novokmet chart a century of data on Polish inequality to examine the key causes. Their work illustrates the central role of policies and institutions in shaping long-run inequality. This rising inequality and promises to […]
          

Минск дрейфует быстро, или Так всё начиналось на Украине

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22 ноября в Вильнюсе торжественно перезахоронили останки участников польского восстания 1863-1864 годов. Наибольшее внимание привлёк к себе Викентий Константин Калиновский, один из предводителей мятежников на территории современной Белоруссии, этнический поляк, католик, ненавистник православия и всего русского. За находившимися в его подчинении отрядами тянется кровавый след убийств, поджогов, насилия над крестьянами, казней священников. В 1864 году его поймали и по приговору суда Российской империи повесили. Сейчас повешенный преступник почитаем в Польше, в Литве и является кумиром белорусской оппозиции.

В 2017 году в ходе раскопок на Замковой горе в Вильнюсе были обнаружены неизвестные останки; объявили, что это прах Калиновского. Литовские специалисты определили принадлежность останков, сравнивая размеры черепа с сохранившимися фотографиями. В Белоруссии Следственный комитет провёл эксгумацию останков из могилы брата Калиновского. Данные ДНК не совпали, но в Вильнюсе заявили, что в белорусской земле лежит кто-то другой. В общем, всё сильно отдавало подтасовкой, но верх взяла политическая целесообразность, властям Литвы и Польши было нужно красочное антироссийское шоу на государственном уровне.



Пышная церемония перезахоронения длилась шесть часов. Фото: prezydent.pl


 

Возглавляли церемонию перезахоронения президенты Литвы и Польши – Гитанас Науседа и Анджей Дуда, участвовали премьер-министр Речи Посполитой Матеуш Моравецкий, министр национальной обороны Польши Мариуш Блащак, вице-премьер Белоруссии Игорь Петришенко, представители правительств Украины и Латвии. Церемонию использовали для пропаганды общности судеб территорий, входивших в старую Речь Посполитую. Как заявил Матеуш Моравецкий, повстанцы являются героями, связывающими «наши народы». Имелись в виду Литва и Польша.



Президенты и первые леди Польши и Литвы на траурной мессе в Вильнюсе. Фото: delfi.lt


 

В том же духе выступал Анджей Дуда, вспоминавший царскую Россию, которая уничтожила «наше общее государство», и называвший мятежников борцами «за нашу и вашу свободу». Эту фразу он произнес на трёх языках – польском, литовском и белорусском.

Тему Речи Посполитой как родного дома разных народов (включая белорусов и украинцев) Варшава эксплуатирует давно, и Киев с Вильнюсом ей подыгрывают. Минск до последнего времени держался от этого в стороне, но тут официальная белорусская делегация прибыла в Вильнюс чествовать Калиновского. Ранее белорусское государство не участвовало в пропаганде его культа; ни на 150-летие мятежа, ни на 155-летие никаких официальных мероприятий не проводилось. Максимум – выставка в Национальной библиотеке в Минске и всё. 

Однако Минск дрейфует быстро. И вот в октябре министр иностранных дел РБВладимир Макей сообщает: белорусская сторона, скорее всего, примет участие в перезахоронении. О Калиновском Макей отзывается как о человеке, принадлежащем «нашей истории». Вроде  и сказал что-то, и ничего не сказал. Затем о Калиновском высказывается Александр Лукашенко: «Он действовал на нашей территории, был нашим человеком, если хотите, гражданином. Это был человек нашего государства, и от этого никуда не денешься».

Белорусское ТВ освещает церемонию перезахоронения предполагаемых останков «нашего человека» довольно скромно, но повторяет посыл Макея – Лукашенко: пусть историки спорят, а Кастусь Калиновский принадлежит нам. В кадр белорусского ТВ стыдливо не попали бело-красно-белые флаги, которых в Вильнюсе хватало. Не дошли до белорусских зрителей и такие слова«Я из белорусского Минска, мы приехали с друзьями почтить память повстанцев. Сегодня Россия остается нашим общим врагом и угрожает нашей свободе и независимости». Это корреспондент «Радио Щецин» услышал от одного из белорусских «борцов с режимом», приехавших на церемонию в Вильнюс. Оппозиционер, кстати, общался с журналистом по-польски.

Политика Минска меняется на глазах. Новые тенденции распространяются из столицы на области. Все постсоветские годы Белоруссия заботливо хранила наследие СССР, включая памятники, – и вдруг в Гродно демонтируют скульптуру Чапаева, в городе Горки отказываются устанавливать мемориальный знак Петру I, в Лиде открывают памятник литовскому князю Гедимину, Новогрудский райисполком собирает деньги на монумент Миндовгу, основателю Великого княжества Литовского

Не первый год происходят перемены в сфере языка. Русский является в РБ одним из двух государственных языков, на нём говорят от 95 до 98% населения Республики Беларусь, независимо от национальности. А белорусский в быту чаще всего употребляют поляки – 40,9% от их количества, тогда как 50,9% белорусских поляков дома говорят по-русски. Число белорусов, использующих язык Пушкина в повседневном общении, достигает 69,8%. Это данные переписи 2009 года (информация, собранная в октябре 2019-го сейчас обрабатывается).

И вдруг с улиц Минска начинают исчезать таблички на русском. Реклама постепенно переводится на белорусский. Железнодорожное начальство в панике бросаетсявыяснять, на каком языке им обслуживать пассажиров. На возмущённые запросы граждан местные органы власти дают витиеватые, малопонятные ответы. Да что там чиновники, если главу государства качает из стороны в сторону: во время переписи Лукашенко указал родным языком только белорусский, а через пару недель выразился о русском языке как об общем достоянии, в которое «мы душу вложили».

Несмотря на «вложенную душу», вытеснение русского языка продолжается. Сейчас институт языкознания имени Якуба Коласа занят переводом законодательных актов РБ с русского на белорусский. Пока перевели два кодекса, а всего их больше двадцати.

Так всё начиналось на Украине – убирали русский язык с уличных указателей, заменяли героев на антигероев. Роднит Беларусь с Украиной и культ «вышиванки». На Украине его продвигали как бы снизу, в Белоруссии кампанию возглавило государство – несколько лет подряд «Дзень вышыванкі» проходит под патронатом властей разного уровня.


Кажется, что снимок сделан на Украине, но это Белоруссия. Фото: osh.by


На новую политику официального Минска благосклонно взирает Варшава, но  поляки не доверяют Лукашенко: ведь президент РБ для давления на Россию не раз обещал совершить разворот на Запад и приём срабатывал. Во всяком случае до сих пор.

Только могут ли такие манёвры, когда заверения в дружбе сменяются возгласами «На хрена нужен кому такой союз?», длиться бесконечно?


Сергей Павленко, по материалам: Фонд стратегической культуры


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Автор: Dimitriy
Добавлено: 29.11.2019 3:03 (GMT 3)


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28 нояб. 2019 г.
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Визит президента Грузии в Украину отложен на 2020 год
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"Визит президента Украины запланирован не был. В ноябре текущего года планировался визит президента Грузии Саломе Зурабишвили в Киев, однако, в связи с процессами в Украине, по просьбе украинской стороны, визит отложен на 2020 год", - заявили в администрации президента Грузии.
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Мир на невыгодных для Украины условиях может усложнить ситуацию в стране – замминистра МВД
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"Мы считаем, что единственным путем, чтобы был мир, конечно, является путь переговоров. Но надо помнить, что мир на условиях, которые будут выгодны России и невыгодны Украине, может привести к дальнейшему усложнению внутренне- и внешнеполитической ситуации. Мы верим в то, что президент Украины сделает все необходимое для того, чтобы Украина победила на этих переговорах",- сказал Геращенко во время конференции "Прекращение огня и разведение войск на Донбассе: безопасностные и гуманитарные аспекты" в Киеве в четверг.
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В Раде обозначили для Зеленского "красные линии" для "нормандской встречи"
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Из уважения к президенту. Нардеп от Слуги народа предложила «приглушить» свободу слова в Украине
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Притопить Джулиани. Зачем Коболев играет против Трампа
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Украинцы продолжают решать через Америку свои политические вопросы, впрочем, как и наоборот. Но на этот раз речь может идти не о смутных тенях подозрений, а о вполне осязаемых материях
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Все дороги ведут к войне: Почему у "Нафтогаза" исчезли шансы договориться с "Газпромом"
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Поэтому, очевидно, что безотносительно к юридическому и морально-этическому преимуществу Украины в этой ситуации, ездить дальше в Москву и пытаться о чем-то там договориться, кажется, не представляет особого смысла. Следует готовиться к дальнейшим судебным конфискациям имущества "Газпрома" за рубежом – и к очередной газовой войне.
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Украина успешно испытала крылатую ракету "Нептун" с радиусом до 280 км

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AP Interview: Ex-Polish president defends Biden and Burisma
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“I understand that if someone asks me to be part of some project it’s not only because I’m so good, it’s also because I am Kwasniewski and I am a former president of Poland,” he said. “And this is all inter-connected. No-names are a nobody. Being Biden is not bad. It’s a good name.”
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“He was a normal member of this group,” he said. “We didn’t ask him — and he never said anything — about his father.”
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He said Hunter Biden carried out research and brought a unique American perspective to the company, including in the areas of corporate governance, capital markets and gas drilling equipment, where Americans are world leaders.
“He collected information,” Kwasniewski said. “He was useful for us because he knew something that we didn’t know.”
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Asked to respond to Trump describing Hunter Biden as a “disgrace” due to his Burisma connection, Kwasniewski shot back: “This man is speaking about someone who is disgraced? Donald Trump? It should be forbidden for him.”
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Kwasniewski acknowledged that the company has a difficult past “because the past of all companies, all fortunes in Ukraine — diplomatically speaking — are very complicated.”
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“But now the company is really well organized,” Kwasniewski said. “They want to work according to the rules. The role of this company is very important for Ukraine because the success of Burisma means less dependence of Ukraine on Russia.”
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“For the company it’s a difficult time,” he said. “And they are innocent in this situation.”

He said Burisma now produces about 25% to 30% of the gas on the Ukrainian market and Ukraine — where Russia in past winters has turned off the gas flow as a form of political pressure — is in fact becoming “less and less dependent on Russia.”
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"У греко-католиков зреет идея уйти от Ватикана к Варфоломею". Как нарастающий конфликт между Папой Римским и УГКЦ может привести к новому церковному расколу в Украине
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"Среди греко-католиков распространено мнение, что Франциск слишком тесно сошелся с Путиным и РПЦ на почве общей нелюбви к американцам и потому не хочет делать каких-то шагов, которые будут раздражать Россию, - сказал "Стране" источник в УГКЦ. - Поэтому и тормозится вопрос с патриархией и даже вопрос о беатификации (причисление к лику блаженных, что является этапом, предваряющем канонизацию - Ред.) митрополита Шептицкого также не решается. Не говоря уже о более сложных вещах вроде объединения с ПЦУ".

По словам источника, в УГКЦ растет недовольство политикой Франциска.

"Наиболее горячие головы вообще предлагают самовольно объединиться с ПЦУ и уйти от Рима к Вселенскому патриарху Варфоломею, если Франциск будет продолжать свою политику. Но это такой крайний вариант, который даже обсуждать боятся. Ведь понятно, что тогда будет новый раскол. На этот раз - уже внутри греко-католиков. Но то, что отношения между УГКЦ и Ватиканом сейчас стали напряженными - это факт", - говорит греко-католик.
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Посольство Украины возмутилось отменой переименования улицы в Перемышле в честь греко-католического епископа
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Eurobites: Three Ireland Postpones 5G Launch

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Heel turn was performed (brilliantly by savage ticket fans lot

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We want to dominate this city because that’s how we are – and the other lot are exactly the same.What do you think?Longtime thorn in the Celtics side, Aldridge was held in check.This was largely attributed to weak trading in Poland and Thailand eclipsing sales growth in its domestic market. But that’s certainly not what […]
          

Alexis Svitac (F) from Briançon to Poland

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Date: 12/02/2019
Player: Alexis Svitac (F)
From: Briançon
To: Poland
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Amazon removed ‘disturbing’ Christmas ornaments featuring pictures of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz

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Screenshot of the bauble sold by Amazon (left) and a photograph of Auschwitz (right) from May 2019.The Auschwitz museum in Poland scolded Amazon for allowing the products to be sold on its site, calling them "rather disturbing" and "disrespectful."
          

SCRUM MASTER | Rockwell Automation

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Katowice, Poland, Essential functions You will be a part of autonomous and self-organizing agile team, as well as leadership team. You are a servant leader who helps the team understand agile principles and uses t
          

PROJECT MANAGER | Rockwell Automation

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Katowice, Poland, Project Management * Manages internal and external new product developments with minimal direction. This includes planning, scheduling, reporting and providing technical coordination guidance acr
          

Poland to Acquire Second-hand Submarines from Sweden? Head of the MoD Confirms the Negotiation’s in Progress

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Poland is currently involved in talks pertaining to procurement of second-hand submarines from Sweden. The acquisition is aimed at obtaining a gap filler, until the Orka new generation submarine procurement programme is finalized. We have found out, unofficially, that the talks concern two A17/Södermanland Swedish submarines.
          

Powidz - A New US Army Base. Polish-German Consortium to Work on the Largest NATO Investment Ever

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Permanent Representation of Poland to NATO announced that a Polish-German consortium won a tender concerning the construction works of a Long Term Equipment Storage Maintenance Complex (LTESM-C) facility at the Powidz airbase in Poland.
          

GFRP rebar for rail transit

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Welcome to Our Company
Antop Global is an high technology company that specializes in high performance composite fibre reinforced(FRP) components.
Antop Global was set up in 2007 and passed the ISO9001 Quality Management System Certification in 2008. Due to our outstanding constructions in the industry, now we are a member of The Association of China Composite Industry. We also achieved some honors, such as “National High-Tech Enterprise”, “China FRP composite Materials Engineering and Technology Research Center” etc. In 2013, we are involved in editing with National standard “Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastics Rebar for Civil Engineering”, due to the advanced technology, we are participant of editing standard “Technical Regulation of Fibre Reinforcd Concrete Bridge”.
Why Antop Global?
Because we care ,we listen, we take action!
Our Factory
Antop Global is a high-tech enterprise for developing the GFRP rebar and GFRP rockbolt field. We successfully developed the full-thread FRP rebar and full-thread FRP rockbolt filled the gaps in the world. At present, the products are widely used in many fields, such as tunneling roadway, coal mine, slop stabilization, rock surface anchoring, half coal-rock roadway reinforcement, metro, marine construction, port foundations and civil engineering.
Our Products
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BFRP Rebar, CFRP Rebar, GFRP Rebar for Metro/Subway, High Durability of GFRP Bar, GFRP Rebar for Coal Mine. Template Rod, FRP Tray and Other Accessories.
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GFRP Hollow Rockbolt, GFRP Rockbolt for Coal Mine, High Torsion of GFRP Rockbolt,
Normal Solid GFRP Rockbolt/Soil Nail, Self-drilling Hollow Rockbolt etc.
Fitting: FRP Nut, FRP Plate, Steel Coupling, Steel Nut, Bit etc.
Product Application
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Our Certificate
ISO9001,
Mining Product Safety Certificate, a number of utility model patents.
And all the products meet the international safety standard ( including CJJ-T192-2012 and JGT 406-2013)
Our Market
Products have been sold in the United States, Canada, Australia, Russia, Poland, India and southeast Asia, Middle East, etc.GFRP rebar for rail transit
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lownn - All Black Coordinate.

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久しぶりの晴天となった休日!
やっとこのスタイリングをお届けする日がやって参りました。

今シーズンより UNDERPASS に新規参戦となった、新進気鋭の双子のデザイナーが立ち上げた lownn!!

早速、ご紹介といきましょう。

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lownn
コート Overcoat 105,000 +tax
ブランドの代名詞でもあるロングオーバーコート。
上質なウールとカシミヤを混紡させ着心地を追求。
ドロップしたショルダーに、膝下まで伸びるロング丈が上品かつどことなくストリートも匂わせる仕上がりとなっています。
デザイナーでもある Swan と Loic も愛用しているアイテムです。
made in Poland
サイズ 48 着用。

visvim
ニットキャップ KNIT BEANIE (WOOL) 14,000 +tax
定番で人気のニットキャップ。
カシミヤに匹敵する超極細ウールを今シーズンは採用。
被り心地の良さと、表情豊かなカラーリングがスタイリングのアクセントに。

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パンツ "Oro" Double pleated wide trousers 45,000 +tax
こちらのアイテムはタック入りのスラックスパンツ。
上質な素材感と、独特なワイドなシルエットは存在感も抜群。
丈感もスッキリしており、モードスタイルにもストリートスタイルにも落とし込める仕上がりとなっております。
made in Poland
サイズ 48 着用。

visvim
シューズ UTE MOC TRAINER MID-FOLK 82,000 +tax
新型となる UTE MOC TRAINER。
アッパーには、スウェーデン製 VEGGIE SUEDE 牛革と台湾製メッシュのコンビネーション。
履き馴染みも非常によく、レザーライニングなので、通気性も良いアイテムです。
EVA 素材のミッドソール仕様。
VIBRAM SOLE のアウトソールはソールの減りも少なく、クッショニングにも優れております。
サイズ 9 着用。

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パーカー "Lownn" signature hoodie 35,000 +tax
ブランドロゴを刺繍で落とし込んだプルオーバーパーカー。
やや大きめに設定されたサイジングは絶妙で、バルーン調のシルエットとなります。
上質な生地感と、他のブランドにはない洗練されたフォルムが好印象な1着。
裏地はループとなり、年間通して着用いただけます。
made in Poland
サイズ 52 着用。

モデル
身長 173cm 体重 53kg


いかがでしたでしょうか!?
モードとストリートを融合させたようなスタイルを提案する lownn らしいスタイリングとなりました。

何と言っても、ここのブランドの売りは、生地から選んだセミオーダーのアイテムがほとんどとなり、世界にも数少ない希少なアイテムばかり。

また、取り扱われている店舗も多くなく、手に入れるには一苦労。。
是非、店頭でご覧いただきたいブランドです。

ここで、今一度どんなブランドなのかご紹介です。
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lownn / ローン
2016年にインディペンデントプロジェクトとして Paris で ローンチされたブランド 「lownn」。
元々アイコニックな存在でインフルエンサーであった Swan と Loic の双子が運営を行い、シルエットに重きを置いたクリエイションが特徴。

ルメールの生産ラインを使っており、製品のクオリティの高さは折り紙付き。
上質なマテリアルを使用し、装飾品をそぎ落とし、 ミニマルなディテール追求しており、ワンランク上のハイセンスなデイリーウェアに仕上がっています。

ちなみに、デザイナーはこの二人。
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まず二人ともモデルをやっていただけに、スタイルも良くイケメンです。笑
そしてなんともスタイリッシュな着こなしをする二人なわけです。。

パリで直接二人に会った際、洋服への情熱、人としての気持ちの良さを感じ、僕はすっかりこの二人のファンに。
これからも長いお付き合いをしていきたいブランドです。

兎にも角にも、リリースとなっているアイテムはどれも一級品です!
是非、店頭でお試しくださいね!

それでは明日も皆さんのご来店を心よりお待ちしております。


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Warga Polandia terpidana makar tertekan dalam sel tahanan Polres Jayawijaya

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Konsulat Polandia dan PH pertimbangkan pemindahan terpidana makar ke luar Papua

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Re: Жизнь после Евровидения

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Мудик на The Voice of Poland (Италия 2019)


с польской поклонницей (JESC 2019)

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Pearl Jam Announces 2020 European Tour

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The post Pearl Jam Announces 2020 European Tour is published on LIVE music blog.

Pearl Jam has announced they’re touring Europe next summer! The 13 dates will kick off at the end of June in Frankfurt, Germany and wind through Europe hitting Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Italy, Austria, United Kingdom, Poland, Hungary, Switzerland, France and finally the Netherlands. Are you ready, Europe? Pearl Jam is coming in 2020. More info: [...]

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Halo Gel Nails LED/UV Gel Polish Collection - Starter Kit 3 (5053)

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Halo Gel Nails LED/UV Gel Polish Collection - Starter Kit 3 (5053)

Halo Gel Nails LED/UV Gel Polish Collection - Starter Kit 3 (5053)

Silver Sparkle: A light tone grey with tiny black,gold white sequins. Obsession: A sparkling dark tone red. Topcoat & Basecoat: Easy to apply. Gives halo colours a fantastic shine. Helps the colour last longer on the nails. Provides a 14 days of chip free wear. Buffer: Designed to provide a shiny manicure/pedicure.Simply file, smooth, buff and polish. Prep & Scrub: Dehydrator that perfectly prepares the nail plate and helps to eliminate lifting. Say good-bye to any dust, oils and contaminates. Pro-longs the life of your manicure/pedicure. Gel Wipe: The Gel Wipe helps remove the sticky residue from the Nails. It also helps remove sticky residue from cured gel nails. It does not affect the shine of the nails. It can be used with any gel system. Lint Free Wipes: Made lint-free non-woven fabric. Great for removing polish, preparing the nails before polish is applied, cleaning brushes and tools. Can be used on artificial nails. Super Absorbent. The Brand Products manufactured in the UK, Germany, Poland, Netherlands, USA, China and Korea. Continually offer the latest formulas in their brand, to give the nails a professional finish. Pure Nails aim is to give the best service to its customers. Developing a new range, so that there is a colour to suit everyone's taste. Developing a range of treatments to keep all their customers happy with healthy cuticles. Application Remove any excess cuticle, then gently buff the nails to remove any surface shine. Clean the nail plate with the Nail Prep, to remove any remaining dust and oil. Apply a thin layer of Halo Base Coat, which seals the free edge of the nails. Cure the nails for 60 seconds under a 12w LED Lamp or for 120 seconds under a 36w UV Lamp. Apply a thin layer of Halo Gel Polish to the nails, which will then seal the free edge of the nails. Apply the magnet over the gel before curing to create the pattern. Cure the nails for 60 seconds under a 12w LED Lamp or for 120 seconds under a 36w UV Lamp. Apply a second layer of Halo Gel Polish, Repeating the previous steps and seal the free edge of the nails. Once this has been done, apply a thin layer of Halo Top Coat again sealing the free edge of the nails and then cure under the light. Wait for 5 seconds and then wipe the sticky layer with a gel cleanser with a lint-free wipe. Removal: Gently buff the shine from the Halo Gel Polish that has been applied, with a buffer. Soak a lint-free wipe with acetone remover, apply it around your nails. Once it is applied around your nails, wrap with nail foil. Wait for 5-7 minutes. Remove the foil and simply slide off any excess gel polish their may be with a manicure stick.


          

Halo Gel Nails LED/UV Gel Polish Collection - Starter Kit 2 (5053)

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Halo Gel Nails LED/UV Gel Polish Collection - Starter Kit 2 (5053)

Halo Gel Nails LED/UV Gel Polish Collection - Starter Kit 2 (5053)

Cranberry: A dark tone elegant red. Gold Leaf: A sparkling gold glitter. Topcoat & Basecoat: Easy to apply. Gives halo colours a fantastic shine. Helps the colour last longer on the nails. Provides a 14 days of chip free wear. Buffer: Designed to provide a shiny manicure/pedicure.Simply file, smooth, buff and polish. Prep & Scrub: Dehydrator that perfectly prepares the nail plate and helps to eliminate lifting. Say good-bye to any dust, oils and contaminates. Pro-longs the life of your manicure/pedicure. Gel Wipe: The Gel Wipe helps remove the sticky residue from the Nails. It also helps remove sticky residue from cured gel nails. It does not affect the shine of the nails. It can be used with any gel system. Lint Free Wipes: Made lint-free non-woven fabric. Great for removing polish, preparing the nails before polish is applied, cleaning brushes and tools. Can be used on artificial nails. Super Absorbent. The Brand Products manufactured in the UK, Germany, Poland, Netherlands, USA, China and Korea. Continually offer the latest formulas in their brand, to give the nails a professional finish. Pure Nails aim is to give the best service to its customers. Developing a new range, so that there is a colour to suit everyone's taste. Developing a range of treatments to keep all their customers happy with healthy cuticles. Application Remove any excess cuticle, then gently buff the nails to remove any surface shine. Clean the nail plate with the Nail Prep, to remove any remaining dust and oil. Apply a thin layer of Halo Base Coat, which seals the free edge of the nails. Cure the nails for 60 seconds under a 12w LED Lamp or for 120 seconds under a 36w UV Lamp. Apply a thin layer of Halo Gel Polish to the nails, which will then seal the free edge of the nails. Apply the magnet over the gel before curing to create the pattern. Cure the nails for 60 seconds under a 12w LED Lamp or for 120 seconds under a 36w UV Lamp. Apply a second layer of Halo Gel Polish, Repeating the previous steps and seal the free edge of the nails. Once this has been done, apply a thin layer of Halo Top Coat again sealing the free edge of the nails and then cure under the light. Wait for 5 seconds and then wipe the sticky layer with a gel cleanser with a lint-free wipe. Removal: Gently buff the shine from the Halo Gel Polish that has been applied, with a buffer. Soak a lint-free wipe with acetone remover, apply it around your nails. Once it is applied around your nails, wrap with nail foil. Wait for 5-7 minutes. Remove the foil and simply slide off any excess gel polish their may be with a manicure stick.


          

Halo Gel Nails LED/UV Gel Polish Collection - Starter Kit 1 (5052)

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Halo Gel Nails LED/UV Gel Polish Collection - Starter Kit 1 (5052)

Halo Gel Nails LED/UV Gel Polish Collection - Starter Kit 1 (5052)

Winterberry: A transparent shade with red sequins. Rose Gold Sparkle: A light tone pink with gold, white sequins and hints of small black sequins. Topcoat & Basecoat: Easy to apply. Gives halo colours a fantastic shine. Helps the colour last longer on the nails. Provides a 14 days of chip free wear. Buffer: Designed to provide a shiny manicure/pedicure.Simply file, smooth, buff and polish. Prep & Scrub: Dehydrator that perfectly prepares the nail plate and helps to eliminate lifting. Say good-bye to any dust, oils and contaminates. Pro-longs the life of your manicure/pedicure. Gel Wipe: The Gel Wipe helps remove the sticky residue from the Nails. It also helps remove sticky residue from cured gel nails. It does not affect the shine of the nails. It can be used with any gel system. Lint Free Wipes: Made lint-free non-woven fabric. Great for removing polish, preparing the nails before polish is applied, cleaning brushes and tools. Can be used on artificial nails. Super Absorbent. The Brand Products manufactured in the UK, Germany, Poland, Netherlands, USA, China and Korea. Continually offer the latest formulas in their brand, to give the nails a professional finish. Pure Nails aim is to give the best service to its customers. Developing a new range, so that there is a colour to suit everyone's taste. Developing a range of treatments to keep all their customers happy with healthy cuticles. Application Remove any excess cuticle, then gently buff the nails to remove any surface shine. Clean the nail plate with the Nail Prep, to remove any remaining dust and oil. Apply a thin layer of Halo Base Coat, which seals the free edge of the nails. Cure the nails for 60 seconds under a 12w LED Lamp or for 120 seconds under a 36w UV Lamp. Apply a thin layer of Halo Gel Polish to the nails, which will then seal the free edge of the nails. Apply the magnet over the gel before curing to create the pattern. Cure the nails for 60 seconds under a 12w LED Lamp or for 120 seconds under a 36w UV Lamp. Apply a second layer of Halo Gel Polish, Repeating the previous steps and seal the free edge of the nails. Once this has been done, apply a thin layer of Halo Top Coat again sealing the free edge of the nails and then cure under the light. Wait for 5 seconds and then wipe the sticky layer with a gel cleanser with a lint-free wipe. Removal: Gently buff the shine from the Halo Gel Polish that has been applied, with a buffer. Soak a lint-free wipe with acetone remover, apply it around your nails. Once it is applied around your nails, wrap with nail foil. Wait for 5-7 minutes. Remove the foil and simply slide off any excess gel polish their may be with a manicure stick.


          

Orange Poland picks Juniper Networks for major core network upgrade

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Sudan (Darfur)

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In December, the Security Council will receive the semi-annual briefing of the ICC Prosecutor related to the court’s work on Darfur. Ambassador Joanna Wronecka (Poland), chair of the 1591 Sudan Sanctions Committee, is expected to provide the quarterly briefing to Council members on the Committee’s work.
          

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In December, the Council will receive a briefing on the Secretary-General’s 90-day report on South Sudan. Ambassador Joanna Wronecka (Poland), chair of the 2206 South Sudan Sanctions Committee, is also expected to brief on the Committee’s work. Consultations are expected to follow the briefing.
          

Amazon pulls death-camp-themed Christmas ornaments after complaints from Auschwitz museum

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A Holocaust museum in Poland called on Amazon to remove a range of WWII death-camp-themed...
          

Selling in Amazon UK with Kevin Sanderson

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Selling in Amazon UK is worth exploring. Even if a lot of American sellers don’t want to jump through the hoops to sell in international marketplaces. www.maximizingecommerce.com  Helps people grow their Amazon e-commerce businesses internationally.   Also the host of a podcast and Youtube Channel with the same name.  TOPICS International  Does a launch service for people - helps people figure things out.  People in the USA are often afraid.  Amazon world tour from US perspective  EUROPE Should you consider Europe? When? Europeans If you’re already in Europe, it makes sense! North Americans If you’re in North America, it seems like an intimidating thing! Maybe start in Canada if you’re based in the USA.  When you’ve launched on Amazon.com Kevin did it early on - 1 SKU, 4 coming in, registered for Amazon Canada.  Tried Etsy, Shopify etc.  We think in terms of diversification but Amazon usually gives more growth.  He tacked on 30% revenue with Canada. It’s just WAY easier to expand onto other Amazon’s marketplaces  Shopify is all about affordable traffic.  Two things Block people From starting Forms and money! Forms If someone has a driver’s licence and a passport and has passed 6th Grade maths.  The forms to get a VAT (Europe) or GSTN (Canada) is no more complex than that.  The general flow of how you register for things is pretty similar when selling in Amazon UK.  Money! The symbol for the pound or dollars looks different, but it’s just numbers.  His sister overseas Kindergarten math.  If you asked a child, "Say $1 in the US=£0.75 So what would $20 be?”. That is literally 6th Grade Math.  Basics of tax Sales tax and income tax. Generally speaking, if you have a company in your home company, you can usually register in the other companies.  You’ll owe the income tax based on sales to your home government when selling in Amazon UK.  And the sales tax is owed to the country the sales are made in.  In Canada, it’s just once a year, you file and both countries US and Canada, you add in sales tax to the sales price.  UK How do you deal with VAT personally? Americans mostly go into the store, buy things -whatever it says on the shelves - we will pay 6 or 8% on top of that. They are used to that.  US Sales tax cf. VAT If you buy an $8 beer, included in that is some form of sales tax - if you buy a beer for $8, that technically is not $8 that the stadium keeps when selling in Amazon UK.  You should think of it as “everything is like buying something in a stadium.” If there is cash involved, the retailer just adds sales tax to keep it simple.  Accountants and sales taxes/VAT If you go to the doctor, you’re not going to go to a foot doctor if you need heart surgery.  Your accountant is similar.  Kevin uses a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) for most stuff. Uses Avask to handle VAT. Uses an accountant who understands the Canadian system (based in Texas) What are the other barriers? Fear of will it works out and VAT! VAT Fear is that it will cost you a lot of money to do.  Pan European from the US perspective Amazon talked Kevin into it! The simplest way to say if you have VAT requirements, if you’re outside Europe and you’re shipping goods in from outside Europe and you're STORING goods there, you’re required to register for VAT.   European Fulfilment Network (EFN) You could send in your goods into the UK.  You pay at the border to UK government.  Then if you had the goods sold in Italy, Amazon can ship from the UK to Italian customer.  Pan European Programme Amazon wants to be able to send goods to near the end customer because of the quick delivery.  If you store in a European country, you’re responsible for VAT.  You need to be registered in 7 countries (the 5 marketplaces plus Poland and the Czech Republic) In France, Poland, Czech Republic, you have to file every month. 
          

PROJECT ENGINEER | Rockwell Automation

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Katowice, Poland, Stanowisko obejmuje prace w dziale Centrum Inzynieryjnego Rockwell Automation. Polega na wsparciu inzynieryjnym oraz rozwoju juz istniejacych produktow automatyki przemyslowej. Wsparcie inzyniery
          

Dzieci z Sądecczyzny zaśpiewały dla duńskiej pary książęcej [Zdjęcia]

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25 listopada dzieci i młodzieży z zespołów ludowych Bystro Kicora (Przysietnica), Rytrzoki (Rytro) i Małe Piwnicoki (Piwniczna-Zdrój) wspólnie z Czesławem Mozilem zaśpiewały dla księcia Fryderyka oraz księżnej Marii Elżbiety podczas koncertu z okazji 100-lecia stosunków dyplomatycznych Polski i Danii, który był zwieńczeniem wizyty duńskiej pary książęcej w Polsce.

Artykuł Dzieci z Sądecczyzny zaśpiewały dla duńskiej pary książęcej [Zdjęcia] pochodzi z serwisu miastoNS.pl.


          

Fascists lead huge demo on Poland’s Independence Day

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By any measure, November 11’s fascist-led Independence Day march in Warsaw was terrifying. The authorities said 50,000 people marched through the Polish capital, while the organisers claimed 150,000. The true figure is likely to be somewhere in between. The march was obviously huge, however. Participants lined up in over sixty rows at the start; the demo took more than an hour to go past its starting point. Thousands more joined it en route and at the final rally. Dream Deferred has reported on this annual march over the past few years (see our previous reports in 2012, 2014, 2015 and last year, 2018). Apart from last year’s demo – marking 100 years of Poland’s independence, backed … Continue reading
          

La Hongrie se retire de l'Eurovision, le concours jugé "trop gay"?

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La Hongrie ne participera pas au concours de l'Eurovision 2020. Des sources internes à la chaîne publique assurent que cette décision est motivée par le fait que la compétition serait "trop gay".

CHANSON - Vocalises homophobes. La Hongrie a décidé de ne pas participer au concours de l’Eurovision 2020 qui se déroulera aux Pays-Bas et dont le slogan est “Open up”. Une première depuis 2010.

MTVA, la chaîne publique qui diffuse habituellement la compétition n’a pas donné d’explications quant à cette décision mais, questionnée par le Guardiandans un email, elle dément les accusations d’homophobie et précise: “Plutôt que de participer au concours de l’Eurovision en 2020, nous soutiendrons directement des productions de qualité créées par des talents hongrois de la pop”.

En interne, c’est pourtant une tout autre explication qui circule. Une source de MTVA a ainsi confié au journal britannique que pour de nombreux employés c’est tout simplement parce que la compétition est “trop gay”. Elle a également précisé que les traitements médiatiques positifs de l’actualité et des personnalités LGBT+ n’étaient pas encouragés, bien au contraire. D’autres sources de la chaîne, interrogées par le site hongrois Index.ru, vont également dans le même sens. 

Si le porte-parole du président hongrois Viktor Orban a démenti, il n’a pas pour autant apporté d’autres explications au retrait du concours. Cela n’a d’ailleurs pas empêché un commentateur habitué des plateaux de télévision et proche du pouvoir de se féliciter que son pays ne prenne plus part à cette “flottille homosexuelle”.

 

Une décision qui a commencé à susciter des réactions à l’instar de celle de l’eurodéputé belge Guy Verhofstadt

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First we had the “gay-free” zones in Poland, now Hungary pulls out of Eurovision because it’s “too gay”. Even Putin shows more restraint in his homophobia. It’s an attack on our European way of life and it must stop. 🏳️‍🌈🇪🇺 https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/nov/27/hungary-pulls-out-of-eurovision-amid-rise-in-anti-lgbt-rhetoric …

Hungary pulls out of Eurovision amid rise in anti-LGBT rhetoric

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“D’abord il y a eu des zones “sans gay” en Pologne, maintenant la Hongrie se retire de l’Eurovision parce que c’est “trop gay”. Même Poutine se retient plus quand il s’agit de son homophobie. C’est une attaque à notre mode de vie européen et ça doit s’arrêter”.

En Hongrie, les contenus véhiculant des images positives des  personnes LGBT+ sont souvent source de polémique. En août dernier, un député du parti d’Orban avait même appelé à boycotter Coca-Cola après qu’une pub a montré un couple homosexuel.

Viktor Orban a par ailleurs lancé sa politique de “la famille d’abord”, comprendre la famille “traditionnelle” et régulièrement répété qu’un mariage devait être “entre un homme et une femme”. Quant au speaker du parlement hongrois, il n’a pas hésité à comparer l’adoption par des couples homosexuels à de la pédophilie.

Avant la Hongrie, la Turquie s’est déjà retirée du concours depuis 2011 le jugeant “inadapté” pour les enfants et évoquant des valeurs morales. 

À voir également sur Le HuffPost: Pour Bilal Hassani, l’Eurovision est bien plus qu’un concours


          

Canada as a middle power in an upended world: Time for a foreign policy reset?

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The world has rarely looked this inhospitable from Ottawa's vantage point.

Authoritarianism, nationalism and isolationism are on the rise, even in the neighbourhood. The liberal world order is in apparent decline, or at least being severely tested.

 

Add to that Canada's uncharacteristically craggy relationship with not one but three major global powers — Russia, China and the United States — and several lesser powers (Saudi Arabia chief among them), and things haven't entirely been going Canada's way.

If, as former prime minister Lester B. Pearson once said, diplomacy is letting someone else have your way, then Canada needs to step up its diplomacy.

As a middle power, there are limits to what Canada can do to influence global machinations that turn on the say-so of major powers, many of them in flux.

But experts believe it can do more, and better. A growing chorus is calling on Ottawa to urgently review — and then rescript — Canada's role in light of the shifting international terrain.

And if Ottawa isn't willing to lead that self-examination, then the intention is to go ahead with a "citizens' foreign policy review" anyway.

'Canada needs a clearer, crisper foreign policy'

It was the palpable sentiment at the end of a one-day think-tank in Toronto last month convened by the Canadian International Council (CIC) and Global Canada — both non-partisan, ground-up organizations that focus on engaging Canadians on Canada's role abroad. Some 150 academics, NGOs, diplomats, business leaders and interested citizens took part.

"We heard repeatedly that Canada needs a clearer, crisper foreign policy," said Robert Greenhill, executive chairman of Global Canada.

The idea of a "root-to-branch" review came up when Justin Trudeau's former foreign policy adviser, Roland Paris, suggested it in the midst of the election campaign — during which foreign policy was barely mentioned beyond a Conservative Party promise to cut foreign aid by a quarter. The lone planned debate on foreign policy was cancelled when Trudeau refused to participate.

We should be the most actively multilateralist in the world, and there is a greater need for us now than ever.- Joe Clark, former Progressive Conservative prime minister

The last foreign policy review, Paris points out, was held in 2005.

"We held the conference before a new government was formed because Canada's role in the world is not only the responsibility of our elected leaders and our diplomats," says Ben Rowswell, president of the CIC. The gathering was timed right after the election "to remind citizens that it is up to us, as Canadians, to project our country's influence abroad."

The momentum for a review continues to build ahead of a major summit hosted by Ottawa this week, also on retooling Canada's global leadership in an upended world.

The flurry of free foreign policy advice for the new government — and for Canada's latest foreign minister, François-Philippe Champagne — comes at a crucial time.

The challenges of the fast-evolving global picture, which among other things has seen the U.S. withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate change, and the U.S. and Russia unravel a cornerstone nuclear arms treaty, is increasingly alarming.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin both pulled out of a 32-year-old arms control treaty on Aug. 2, 2019, freeing the U.S. to test new weapons systems. ( Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

"Our most critical ally is continuing to disengage globally, and sometimes that disengagement is dramatic," said Jennifer Welsh, professor and director of the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies at McGill University, at the one-day conference.

"It's not showing a deep interest in sustaining the multilateral system, let alone strengthening it. It's reconfiguring alliances almost daily. And it is flouting key rules." Some of those trends, she added, are likely to outlast the Trump administration.

Among other challenges Welsh outlined are the rise of nationalism, the return of proxy wars and backsliding on democracy and values such as human rights.

We cannot pretend that we have … the level of capacity and power that we did when we were one of the original members of the G7.- Bill Graham, former minister of foreign affairs 

The larger question is how and whether Canada can be influential on the world stage amid such transformation.

There is no shortage of issues to take up or resolve: from climate change, to human rights abuses, major conflicts, poverty, mass displacement, governing big tech, cyberwars, to bolstering multilateral organizations against a sustained challenge.

Can Canada reinvent the multilateral order?

Canada has historically made its biggest impact globally by working within multilateral organizations like the UN. But international diplomacy is nothing like it used to be in Pearson's time, and neither is the global power game itself.

"We cannot pretend that we have … the level of capacity and power that we did when we were one of the original members of the G7 with an economic base higher than that of Russia — we were a world player. It's a totally different world [now]," said Bill Graham, one of four former foreign ministers invited for a rare discussion moderated by CBC Radio's Ideas at the CIC/Global Canada gathering in Toronto.

The UN Security Council, which Canada is bidding to join next year, "doesn't represent the global structure anymore," Graham said, adding, "And Canada's been, to some extent, a victim of that."

So what's a middle power to do to help reinvent the multilateral order? What can it do?

The view from abroad, from experts on Canadian foreign policy, is similar.

"I am rather pessimistic about the prospect of Canada becoming a global influencer in the upcoming years of Trudeau's second term in office," says Tomek Soroka, a Canadian expert and assistant professor at the Institute of American Studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

That skepticism has less to do with Trudeau's plans, he added, and more to do with geopolitics, the "shift toward populism and isolationism of some of Canada's stronger and most influential allies."

From left to right: Ideas host Nahlah Ayed; Joe Clark; Lloyd Axworthy; Bill Graham and Peter MacKay. The Canadian International Council and Global Canada convened a discussion with four former foreign ministers to reflect on Canada’s foreign role and how it can evolve in an upended world. (Eric Carriere/Canadian International Council)

Joining the Security Council is one thing — though winning that seat is by no means guaranteed. Other options proposed by the ministers include seeking out allies beyond traditional turf, and building coalitions issue by issue.

"We should be the most actively multilateralist in the world, and there is a greater need for us now than ever," Joe Clark, former Progressive Conservative prime minister, said.

"We have some extraordinary assets outside the developed world. There is a real risk that we will not take advantage of those assets. Africa is a case in point."

"We better start doing a diplomacy of climate," said Lloyd Axworthy, foreign minister under Liberal prime minister Jean Chrétien, who helped make a global landmine treaty a reality in 1997.

Canada can use its reputation and "soft power" as a foreign policy tool, especially on standing for progressive values, says Soroka. But to do that, Canada has to be "credible and reliable."

"It is not easy to believe that multilateralism is a serious matter for the Canadian government when Canada's participation in foreign development aid or its participation in peacekeeping missions has for years been, euphemistically speaking, rather modest," he said in an email conversation.

"It is also hard to trust Ottawa's declarations to fight the climate crisis when Canada is the highest emitter of GHG per capita among all G20 members. Selling arms to such notorious women's rights violators as Saudi Arabia does not make Canada a credible defender of human rights, either."

Canada's role in the world

Canada's posture on the world stage since Trudeau first declared "we're back" in 2015 also came in for criticism at the conference for focusing more on being a "moral superpower" and less on acting as a convener and consensus-builder on the world stage.

Peter MacKay, foreign minister in 2007-8 and a possible contender for an eventual Tory leadership contest, called out the previous government's foreign-policy-by-tweet. Chrystia Freeland's public comments on Saudi Arabia's human rights record, for instance, unleashed a ferocious response last year.

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"You can't lecture countries, you can't hector them," said MacKay.

"We have seen examples of that, where this has actually harmed Canada's interest."

Similar criticism came from another former foreign minister in the room — Perrin Beatty, who is currently president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

He was among six participants who pitched ideas for a renewed foreign policy: everything from using Indigenous know-how in international development, to stepping up the engagement of Canada's diaspora, to "greening" foreign aid. Those ideas will now be taken to CIC events across the country for further discussion, said Rowswell.

Former Progressive Conservative prime minster Joe Clark says Canada needs to find new allies on the international stage beyond the West. (Eric Carriere/Canadian International Council)

At the conference, the majority of participants backed Beatty's pitch for an urgent review of Canada's foreign policy.

"Canada's role in the world should be to do what we've historically done very well: to engage, to convene, to present innovative ideas and to build consensus," he said.

Ideally, he said, a review would be led by political leaders.

"But if they are incapable of doing so … business, the academic world, non-governmental institutions and others like those in this room have the obligation to lead the way.

"The world won't wait for us. The stakes are simply too high." 

Clarifications

  • This story has been updated to note that Joe Clark was leader of the Progressive Conservative Party when he served as prime minister, not the Conservative Party of Canada.

    Nov 25, 2019 7:22 PM ET


          

Amazon removes products showing images of Auschwitz after criticism

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Amazon on Sunday removed from its marketplace holiday ornaments, a bottle opener and other products displaying images of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz after the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland shared images of the products on social media, prompting widespread outrage. In a Twitter post early Sunday morning, the memorial said the ornaments were […]
          

Turkey not using Baltics defense plan to 'blackmail' NATO for support in Syria, says security source

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She earned wrestling gold in Poland, then returned to work at Riley

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By Maureen Gilmer, IU Health senior journalist, mgilmer1@iuhealth.org

Nicole Higham is not one to throw her weight around – unless it might earn her a medal. Or better yet, a trophy and a world title.

Higham, a maintenance technician in the facilities department at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, just returned from Poland, where she won a gold medal at the Mas-Wrestling World Cup 2019 international competition.

“Right now I am still on cloud 9 and going 100 mph,” she said when she returned to work after clinching the title in a sport that dates back to the Vikings. “It’s weird to talk about yourself because it sounds like you’re bragging,” she said, “but in Russia and Poland, it’s kind of like being Michael Jordan, which is pretty cool.”

Mas-Wrestling essentially is “a very heated fight over a stick,” the 24-year-old explained.

It is a two-person tug of war using a wooden stick, also known as the “mas.” In a match, the competitors sit on the floor facing each other, with their feet pressed against the footboard divider between them.

Mas-Wrestling, which could become an Olympic sport in the next five years, is the national sport of the people in the Sakha Republic in northeastern Russia. So imagine how they felt when an American beat them at their own game.

Higham went undefeated in 16 matches in the most recent competition, where athletes from 49 countries gathered to show off their strength.

“It’s kind of fun to make other countries listen to your national anthem,” she said, recalling how she accepted the gold medal while women from Russia and Kyrgyzstan to her right and left on the podium took home silver and bronze.

Higham had never heard of the sport until just a few years ago when she was attending a fitness expo for CrossFit and got roped into signing up for a competition.

Turns out she was pretty good.

“When I started, I wasn’t all that strong compared to the other girls, but I have really good grip strength, so once I grabbed hold of the stick, they couldn’t take it away from me. I have since gotten a lot stronger.”

What Higham didn’t know in that first competition was that she had cancer. She was diagnosed about a month later at age 21 with cervical cancer. She has the date of her first chemo treatment – 5-29-2017 – tattooed on her right arm to remind her of her fight.

The cancer helped her become stronger – in body and spirit, she said.

Beating it “gave me a sense of hope and purpose and pride.”

Though now in remission, she decided not to grow her hair back. Instead, she wears a mohawk, sometimes adding glitter to the sides.

“The kids think it’s cool,” she said.

Working around the kids at Riley helped her through her own cancer journey.

“They’re never sad and sometimes they’re in the worst possible situation. When I was sick, that helped me a lot. If they can’t be sad, I can’t be sad.”

By virtue of her gold medal, Higham is now ranked as one of the strongest women in the country. She can’t claim the title outright because the rankings in strongman competitions are separate from wrestling, but she competes in those as well.

She even demonstrated her skills on the lawn across from Riley last week – lifting a 95-pound atlas stone atop her shoulder and doing overhead presses of about 120 pounds.

“Overhead pressing is my jam. It’s where I get to show off and excel,” she said.

Higham and her fiancé (and fellow strongman), Ryan Korner, built a strongman gym in their garage. Next up is a trophy case to hold all of their awards. Higham came home from Poland with two large trophies and two medals to add to her collection. She sat with the larger trophy in her lap on the long flight home because it wouldn’t fit in her suitcase.

It was a small price to pay for her big adventure.

“Before I started this, the world was very small to me. I’d never been out of the country,” she said. “I have friends all over the world now.”

Photos submitted and by Mike Dickbernd, IU Health visual journalist, mdickbernd@iuhealth.org


          

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Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Suffered at the Hands of Her Own Family

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"Priests, my Son's ministers, priests, by their evil life, by their irreverences and their impiety in celebrating the holy mysteries, love of money, love of honor and pleasures, priests have become sewers of impurity. Yes, priests call forth vengeance, and vengeance is suspended over their heads. Woe to priests, and to persons consecrated to God, who by their infidelities and their evil life are crucifying my Son anew! The sins of persons consecrated to God cry to heaven and call for vengeance, and now here is vengeance at their very doors, for no longer is anyone found to beg mercy and pardon for the people; there are no more generous souls, there is now no one worthy of offering the spotless Victim to the Eternal on the worlds behalf.

"God will strike in an unparalleled manner. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth! God will exhaust His anger, and no one will be able to escape so many evils at once. The heads, the leaders of the people of God, have neglected prayer and penance, and the devil has darkened their minds; they have become those wandering stars which the ancient devil will drag with his tail to destruction. God will permit the ancient serpent to sow divisions among rulers, in all societies and in all families; both physical and moral punishments will be suffered. God will abandon men to themselves and will send chastisements one after the other for over 35 years.

"Society is on the very eve of most terrible scourges and greatest events; one must expect to be governed by a rod of iron and to drink the chalice of God's wrath. (The Message of Our Lady of La Salette.)

The era of apostasy and betrayal in which we live has indeed sown divisions all across the vast expanse of the ecclesiastical divide, especially in our families. There is hardly a family in the Church today that has not been riven by the events of the past fifty years. A state of "cold war" exists in so many families over the most important matter in their lives: the salvation of their immortal souls as members of the Catholic Church. Husbands and wives, parents and children, brothers and sisters are estranged from each other as the adversary seeks to embitter hearts in the midst of his advances in the popular culture and within the counterfeit church of conciliarism itself.

These family divisions exist even in families who are immersed in all things conciliar, including their "full, active and conscious" participation in the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service. A wife, for instances, might see, at least in shadow form, "problems" with the Novus Ordo while her husband does not, considering that any discussion of "problems" is a sign of "disloyalty" to the "pope" and to the Church. A husband might want to enforce standards of modesty within his household, only to find that his wife has received carte blanche from their local conciliar "pastor" to dress herself and her children as she pleases. Some other wife, fearful of the curriculum found in their local conciliar schools, might want to home school her children while encountering deep resistance from her husband. Other families in the conciliar structures are torn apart on matters of whether to watch television at all, no less the offensive programming that is broadcast around the clock each day, and whether to consider "rock music" evil, finding little comfort and support from their local "pastors," especially when "youth" "Masses" feature "rock music" and immodesty.

Some families are riven over the most basic issues of the Faith: Who is God? Why should I obey Him? Why are His Commandments unchanging? Why should I believe that there is one, true Church? What can't I dress as I want and watch what I want on television at at the movies? Why don't all people go to Heaven no matter what they believe or how they behave? Why do I have to pray to Mary when I can go "straight" to Jesus Himself? Who says there is a Purgatory? What's the big deal about shopping on Sunday? Why can't women be priests? Why can't I limit the number of children I want to have? Who says women can't wear pants and short skirts and sleeveless blouses? Why can't men walk around shirtless or sleeveless themselves?

Such has been the triumph of the conciliar revolution that large numbers of baptized Catholics get married even as they have been denied a true understanding and love of the Holy Faith, leading to untold amounts of grief in the future in the event that one spouse actually grows in the Faith and wants his family's life to revolve around It so that each family member can strive for sanctity and be in Heaven for all eternity. All manner of "mixed marriages" exist even between baptized Catholics as one spouse's belief in and commitment to the Faith varies from the other spouse's. A desire to grow in sanctity on the part of one spouse can clash with the other spouse's desire to be worldly and to be accepted as "normal" by others who are equally worldly.

This is a problem that exists across the ecclesiastical divide, but it is heightened considerably when one spouse embraces the Immemorial Mass of Tradition while the other "prefers" the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service, no less when one spouse comes to understand that the Catholic Church cannot be responsible for the novelties and abominations and sacrileges and blasphemies of the past fifty years while the other spouse thinks that such a conclusion is a sign of "mental illness." Hard feelings are sometimes engendered. Battle lines are drawn. Phone calls are made to relatives and friends to convince the "wacko" spouse who is committed to that "old Mass" and/or who believes that the "pope" is not the pope that he is wrong and in need of psychological, if not psychiatric, assistance. Imagine being "different from others, especially when somewhere around 99.99% of people completely reject any semblance of a view that the "Vatican," of all places, is wrong about the "new" "Mass" and false ecumenism and religious liberty and separation of Church and State?

The battles that have been and continue to be fought within families as a result of the loss of the Faith are tragic. Children are sometimes told that their father or their mother (whichever the case might be) is in need of "help" because he or she has been inspired by Our Lady's graces to quit the ways of the world and to grow in sanctity. People who have studied nothing of First and Last Things and who have a contempt for the glories of the lives of the saints consider themselves "expert" about the Faith, being reaffirmed these days in their utter ignorance by men masquerading as "bishops" and "priests" in the conciliar structures.

What?

Embrace a life of Holy Poverty?

Renounce the acquisition of more material goods?

Vacation only where one can find a true offering of the Mass at the hands of a true bishop or a true priest who makes no concessions to conciliarism?

Throw out the television?

Don't participate in the devil's holiday on October 31?

Don't participate in "holiday" parties during Advent?

What?

Be different from the rest of the world?

Why, why, this is, this is, this is crazy, isn't it?

Being "misunderstood" by one's closest relatives is certainly a difficult cross. So what? Nothing we suffer in this passing, mortal vale of tears is the equal of what one of our least Venial Sins caused Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to suffer during His Passion and Death as those Seven Swords of Sorrow were plunged into His Most Blessed Mother's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Rejected, misunderstood?

So what?

Everything gets revealed on the Last Day at the General Judgment of the Living and the Dead. The intentions of all hearts and the circumstances of each life will be revealed then. While we pray for those who we believe have misunderstood us in this life and those who might even have rejected us, we may have to wait, barring Divine intervention in many cases, until the Last Day for a reconciliation with those from whom we have become estranged as a result the events of our current circumstances in the Church and the world.

For those who are suffering at the hands of family members because of their embrace of the Faith and/or because of their having come to see the truth of our ecclesiastical situation, the great and wonderful and humble saint we commemorate today, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, one of the earliest followers of Saint Francis of Assisi, should be embraced as a model and intercessor par excellence. Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, who was married at the age of fourteen to her husband, Louis of Thuringia, was misunderstood by most of those who lived in Wartburg Castle. Saint Elizabeth was held in particular disdain by her brothers-in-law during her husband's life because of what was considered to be her "eccentric" habit of giving away everything that she had to the poor. These same brothers-in-law drove her out of the castle entirely after Louis, known in the German language as Ludwig, and then spoke against her to the very poor people who she had assisted so generously when her husband was alive.

Consider this passage from Blanche Jennings Thompson's magnificent Saint Elizabeth's Three Crowns:

It was the third hard winter in village and castle. The weather was bitter cold, food was scarce, and tempers short in the Wartburg. Henry and Conrad [Louis's brothers] meant very well, but they did not understand Elizabeth. Without Louis to protect her, they treated her with little respect. Henry scolded and Conrad sneered. To them she was just queer and unreasonable. She made everybody uncomfortable, they said. Nobody likes to have his conscience prodding him constantly, and that was the effect that Elizabeth seemed to have on other people.

Landgravine Sophie [Louis's mother] stayed at the castle and tried to defend Elizabeth. there was now a strong bond between them. They had both loved Louis deeply. But, in spite of Sophie's sympathy, Elizabeth was ill-treated in the castle. It is hard to say whether or not Henry and Conrad deliberately turned people against her, but they certainly did nothing to protect her. Guda and Ysentrud shuddered at the cruel talk they heard again, just as in the olden days when Elizabeth was the little strange princess from Hungary. Even then she disturbed the ladies of the court by being "too pious," "too religious," or by "trying to act holy."

Down in the village the people whispered what they had heard from the servants in the castle.

"She wasted all the landgrave's money--gave it to undeserving beggars."

"Yes, and remember how she gave away the precious grain right and left? She should never have been trusted with money."

"It is a good thing that Prince Henry knows how to be firm with her. He has put strong locks on the granaries and gives her no money at all. Louis was always too lenient."

The minds of the people were poisoned against Elizabeth. The very ones whom she had nursed and cared for turned against her now.

One dark, cold night she suddenly made up her mind. She walked down the icy path to the village, leaning on cane for safety's sake. She planned to find some place for herself and the children to live. There were lights in several houses, and she tried one after another.

"Who is there?"

"The landgravine, May I come in?"

Silence. No one would open. At last a tavern-keeper took pity on her and let her stay in an old tool shed.

"I will drive out the pigs, my lady," he said, so that you can sleep."

Some old work clothes hung on a hook. These he put on a bench and over her knees and left her. There she sat in the cold until dawn. Then she heard the Mass bell from the Franciscan church.

The friars were chanting their morning prayers when they saw in the half darkness the figure of the landgravine. She walked toward the altar, surrounded by the light of their candles as by a glory, and began in a clear voice to sing the Te Deum. After a startled moment the friars joined her. She was welcome in the House of God.

Elizabeth had always wanted to give up everything and be a beggar like Brother Francis [of Assisi]. This was her change Guda and Ysentrud [her loyal attendants] brought the children down to her, and she took them with her as she begged from house to house. But door after door was shut in her face. The royal princess, Elizabeth of Hungary, Landgravine of Thuringia, accompanied by the royal children, were turned away by her subjects. Guda and Ysentrud wept bitterly.

A poor priest gave them shelter and a bed of straw, but orders came from the castle that they must all move immediately to the home of a certain nobleman who was an especial enemy of Elizabeth. Unwilling to offend Henry, he did give them a small dark room, but refused food, heat, or any other comfort. The next day Elizabeth took her little family back to the friendly tavernkeeper's shed. Before she left, she touched the walls of the room as she used to as a child in the Wartburg Castle.

"Thank you, kind walls," she said, "for sheltering us against the weather as well as you could. I should like to thank you master, but I have nothing to thank him for."

Of course Elizabeth could not keep the children with her in the kind of life she was leading. She had to send them to trusted friends of their father--at least for a time. She herself continued to live in the shed, supporting herself by spinning and weaving. Something deep in her heart had made her turn from the medieval idea of servant and master. Long, long before the rest of the world would accept the doctrine of brotherhood, she, like St. Francis, believed in the equality of men. She preferred poverty to luxury made possible by the misery and labor of serfs and slaves. In spite of her sufferings, she was happy to be like Christ. [Blanche Jennings Thompson, Saint Elizabeth's Three Crowns, Vision Books: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1958, pp. 150-153.]  

Yes, many even in a Catholic world at the beginning of the Thirteenth Century thought that anyone who took the Faith too seriously and saw the very image of the suffering Christ in the faces of the poor was just a little "nuts," a little "crazy" in the head. What? Pray a lot before the Blessed Sacrament? Practice severe mortifications? That's just not quite right, huh? "Normal" people don't do such things. Ah, may we all be as crazy as Saint Elizabeth of Hungary and suffer much from those around us for being so! Such is the path to sanctity by dying to self and disordered self-love.

Saint Elizabeth forgave her persecutors, her own brothers-in-law. She forgave the poor people whom she served so generously when she was their queen. Imbued with the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi, who said "Deo Gratias!" whenever he was spat upon or beaten up by thieves or insulted by worldly Catholics, Saint Elizabeth never harbored grudges. She willed the good of those who insulted her, those who calumniated her, those who subject her to homelessness and a life, if for a time, of begging from door to door. She imitated her Divine Redeemer, who forgave and made excuses for His executioners, namely, each one of us by means of our sins, as He hung on the gibbet of the Holy Cross. We can do no less. We must will the eternal good of all men, especially those of our own households who may, for one reason or another, hold us in the same contempt with which Saint Elizabeth of Hungary was held by her brothers-in-law (and by her mother-in-law before she had a change of heart over the years) and her fellow countrymen who had benefited so much from her selfless acts of generosity in their behalf.

Our Lady of La Salette predicted that families would be torn apart. As noted before, we must pray for a happy reconciliation in eternity with all of those from whom we are estranged in this life. Nothing matters save that we save our immortal souls as members of the Catholic Church who die in states of Sanctifying Grace. No amount of misunderstand, ridicule, ostracism, rejection, humiliation or other injustices at the hands of others matter at all. Our sins did far worse to Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and His Most Blessed Mother. We must accept the sufferings of the present moment with joy and with gratitude, always remembering friend and regrettable foe in the Memento for the Living in the Canon of the Mass and remembering those who have died in the Memento for the Dead in the Canon.

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, who was indeed an exemplar of the Social Reign of Christ the King (and suffered for it in her own castle!), can help reunite divided families in eternity, if not before, if we turn to her Heavenly intercession.

The Divine Office for today's feast highlights the virtues of this truly wondrous daugher of Saint Francis of Assisi:

Elisabeth, daughter of Andrew II., King of Hungary, was born in the year 1207. She began to fear God even from a little child, and grew in grace as she grew in years. (In her fourteenth year) she was married to Lewis, Landgrave of Hesse and Thuringia, and thenceforth gave herself up to the things of her husband, with as much zeal as to the things of God. She rose in the night to make long prayers. She consecrated herself to works of mercy. She waited continually on widows and orphans, the sick and the needy. When a sore famine came in the year 1225, she provided corn bountifully from her own house. She founded an house of refuge for lepers, and would even kiss their hands and feet. She built also a great hospital for the suffering and starving poor.

After husband died (on his way to the Holy War, on the eleventh day of September, 1227.) Then Elizabeth, more utterly to be God's only, laid aside all the garments of earthly state, clad herself in mean raiment, and entered the Third Order of St Francis, wherein she was a burning and shining light of longsuffering and lowliness. (Her brotherin-law) stripped her (and her three little children) of all their goods, and turned them out of their own house. She was deserted by all, and assailed with insults, gibes, and calumnies, but she bore it all with patience, yea, even rejoicing that she suffered such things for God's sake. She gave herself to the meanest services toward the poor and sick, and sought for them the needfuls of life, while she lived herself only on potherbs and vegetables.

In these and many other holy works she prayerfully passed the rest of her life, till (in the twenty-fourth year of her age,) the end of her earthly pilgrimage came, as she had already foretold to her servants. With her eyes fixed on heaven, absorbed in the thought of God, by Him wondrously comforted, and strengthened by the Sacraments, she fell asleep in the Lord, (upon the 19th day of November, in the year of salvation 1231. ) Forthwith many miracles were wrought at her grave, which being known and duly proved, Gregory IX. numbered her name among those of the Saints. (Matins, The Divine Office, Feast of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary.)

Dom Prosper Gueranger summarized the life of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary as follows in The Liturgical Year:

Although the blessed in heaven shine each with his own peculiar glory, God is pleased to group them in families, as he groups the stars in the material firmament. It is grace that presides over the arrangement of these constellations in the heaven of the saints; but sometimes it seems as if God wished to remind us that He is the sole Author of both grace and nature; and inviting them, in spite of the fall, to honour Him unitedly in His elect. He causes sanctity to become a glorious heirloom, handed down from generation to generation in the same family on earth. Among these races none can compare with that royal line which, beginning in ancient Pannomia, spread its branches over the world in the most flourishing days of Christendom: ‘Rich in virtue and studying beautifulness’, as Scripture says, it brought peace to all the royal houses of Europe with which it was allied; and the many names it has inscribed in the golden boo of the blessed perpetuate its glory.

Among these illustrious names, and surrounded by them as a diamond set in a circle of pearls, the greatest, in the esteem of the Church and of the people, is that of the amiable saint, who was ripe for heaven at the age of twenty-four years, and who ascended on this day into the company of Stephen, Emeric, and Ladislas. Elizabeth was not inferior to them in manly virtues; but the simplicity of her loving soul added to the heroism of her race a sweetness, whose fragrance drew after her along the path of sanctity her daughter Gertrude of Thuringia, and her relatives Hedwige of Silesia, Agnes of Bohemia, Margaret of Hungary, Cunigund of Poland, and Elizabeth of Portugal.

All the poetry of those chivalrous times appears in the beautiful pages of contemporaneous writers, as they describe to us the innocent child transplanted like a tender flower from the court of Hungary to that of Thuringia; and her life of devotedness there, with a bridegroom worthy to witness the ecstasies of her lofty but ingenuous piety and to defend her heroic virtue against her slanderers. To the stewards who complained that during the absence of Duke Lewis she had, in spite of their remonstrances, exhausted the revenues upon the poor, he replied, ‘I desire that my Elizabeth be at liberty to act as she wishes, provided she leaves me Wartburg and Naumburg.’ Our Lord opened the landgrave’s eyes to see transformed into beautiful roses the provisions Elizabeth was carrying to the poor. Jesus crucified appeared in the leper she had taken into her own apartments that she might the better tend him. If it happened that illustrious visitors arrived unexpectedly, and the duchess having bestowed all her jewels in alms was unable to adorn herself becomingly to do them honour, the angels so well supplied the deficiency that, according to the German chroniclers of the time, it seemed to the astonished guests that the queen of France herself could not have appeared more strikingly beautiful or more richly attired.

Elizabeth indeed was never wanting to any of the obligations or requirements of her position as a wife and as a sovereign princess. As graciously simple in her virtues as she was affable to all, she could not understand the gloomy moroseness which some affected in their prayers and austerities. ‘They look as if they wanted to frighten our Lord,’ she would say, ‘whereas He loves the cheerful giver.’

The time soon came when he herself had to give generously without counting the cost. First there was the cruel separation from her husband, Duke Lewis, on his departure for the crusade; then the heartening scene when his death was announced to her, just as she was about to give birth to their fourth child; and thirdly the atrocious act of Henry Raspon, the landgrave’s unworthy brother, who, thinking this a good opportunity for seizing the deceased’s estates, drove out his widow and children and forbade anyone to give them hospitality. Then, in the very land where every misery had been succoured by her charity, Elizabeth was reduced to the necessity of begging, and not without many rebuffs, a little bread for her poor children, and of seeking shelter with them in a pigsty.

On the return of the knights who had accompanied Duke Lewis to the Holy Land, justice was at length done to our saint. But Elizabeth, who had become the passionate lover of holy poverty, chose to remain among the poor. She was the first professed Tertiary of the Seraphic Order; and the mantle sent by St. Francis to his very dear daughter became her own only treasure. The path of perfect self-renunciation soon brought her to the threshold of heaven. She who, twenty years before, had been carried to her betrothed in a silver cradle and robed in silk and gold, now took her flight to God from a wretched hovel, her only garment being a patched gown. The minstrels, whose gay competitions had signalized the year of her birth, were no longer there; but the angels were heard singing, as they bore her up to heaven: ‘The kingdom of this world have I despised for the love of Jesus Christ my Lord, whom I have seen, whom I have loved, in whom I have believed, whom I have tenderly loved.’

Four years later, Elizabeth, now declared a saint by the Vicar of Christ, behold all the nations of the holy Empire, with the emperor himself at their head, hastening to Marburg, where she lay at rest in the midst of the poor whose life she had imitated. Her holy body was committed to the care of the Teutonic Knights, who in return for the honour made Marburg one of the headquarters of their Order, and raised to her name the first Gothic church in Germany. Numerous miracles long attracted the Christian world to the spot.

And now, though still standing, though still beautiful in its mourning, St. Elizabeth’s at Marburg knows it glorious title only by name. And at Wartburg, where the dear saint went through the sweetest episodes of her life as a child and as a bride, the great memorial now shown to the traveller is the pulpit of an excommunicated friar, and the inkstain with which, in a fit of folly or drunkenness, he had soiled the wall, as he afterwards endeavoured with his pen to profane and sully everything in the Church of God. (Dom Prosper Gueranger, The Liturgical Year: Time After Pentecost, Book VI, pp. 295-298.)

That friar, of course, was none other than the hideous heretic named Father Martin Luther, O.S.A., who has been praised by the conciliar “popes,” including, of course, the “restorer of tradition,” Joseph Alois Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, and Jorge Mario Bergoglio (see  and .)

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary embraced a life of asceticism as she, disdaining her royal privileges and accepting the injustices visited upon her by her mother-in-law and brothers-in-law, preferred to store up treasures in Heaven by her service to the poor and her humble acceptance of suffering for the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ Crucified. Saint Elizabeth of Hungary was humble and devout.

The hideous drunkard and lecher named Martin Luther was filled with pride and impiety, which are the exact same curses that afflicted each of the conciliar "popes."

May we make our own Dom Prosper Gueranger’s prayer to Saint Elizabeth of Hungary:

What a lesson thou leavest to the earth as thou mounted up to heaven. O blessed Elizabeth! We ask with the Church for ourselves and for all our brethren in the faith: may thy glorious prayers obtain from the God of mercy that our hearts may open to the light of thy life’s teaching, so that despising worldly prosperity we may rejoice in heavenly consolations. The Gospel read in thy honour to-day tells us that the kingdom of heaven is like to a hidden treasure, and to a precious pearl. Thou didst well understand this ‘good traffic,’ as the Epistle calls it, and it became the good fortune of all around thee: of thy happy subjects, who received from thee succour and assistance for both soul and body; of thy noble husband, who found an honourable place among those princes who knew how to exchange a perishable diadem for an eternal crown; in a word, all who belonged to thee. Thou wast their boast; and several among them followed in thy footsteps along the heavenward path of self-renunciation. How is it that others, in an age of destruction, could abjure their title of children of saints, and draw the people after them to deal so wantonly with the sweetest memorials and the noblest traditions? May our Lord restore to His Church and to thee the country where thou didst experience His love; may thy supplications, united with ours, revive the ancient faith in those branches of thy stock, which are no longer nourished with that life-giving sap; and may thy glorious trunk continue, in its faithful branches, to give saints to the world. (Dom Prosper Gueranger, The Liturgical Year: Time After Pentecost, Book VI,pp. 301-302.)

It might be a very good idea to send this prayer to a man is perhaps even more hideous and irresponsible than was Martin Luther, namely, Jorge Mario Bergoglio himself.

More importantly, of course, we need to invoke the heavenly intercession of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary every day so that we can have a happy reconciliation in heaven with all of those from whom we may be estranged, perhaps irreparably so, in this life because of the state of the world and the state of the Church Militant on earth in this time of apostasy and betrayal.

 

We would do well today to pray a Rosary in honor of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary as we ask the Queen of the Friars Minor, Our Lady herself, to exhibit the love of the Most Sacred Heart of her Divine Son that was exhibited so perfectly by Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, who now rests in the abode of that same Sacred Heart as she, Saint Elizabeth, gives praise to the Heart out of which It was formed, the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  

 

Our Lady of the Rosary, us.

 

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.

Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.

Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.

Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.

Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, pray for us.

Pope Saint Pontianus, pray for us.


          

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Law and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad beat around the bush and never got to the point, despite questioning from the Opposition, but was quoted by Reuters as saying in Parliament, The Indian Computer Emergency Team (CERT-In) “sought submission of information from WhatsApp on November 9, 2019, including a need to conduct an audit and inspection of WhatsApp’s security systems and processes.” 

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The Reuters report said that WhatsApp had declined to comment on such an audit.

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Europe leads the world with its number of liberalized laws on abortion, but many women still face access barriers due to regulatory restrictions or regressive threats
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(PRESS RELEASE) --A new comparative overview of European abortion laws, released today by the Center for Reproductive Rights, reveals that more than 95% of women of reproductive age currently live in countries where laws allow abortion either on request or on broad social grounds.

This impressive statistic nevertheless masks the fact that some of these countries maintain restrictive pre-conditions, such as mandatory counselling or enforced waiting periods, that can impede or delay women accessing services. In addition, abortion is still outlawed or extremely restricted in six countries in the region.

The report, European Abortion Laws: A Comparative Overview, outlines that the trend is squarely towards positive and progressive liberalizing reform in the European region, such as the recent legalization of abortion on request in Cyprus, Ireland and Iceland. It also warns, however, that the region remains at considerable risk of attempts to rollback abortion rights, such as current proposals before the Slovakian parliament that would introduce extreme mandatory requirements prior to abortion that are contrary to international human rights principles and law. 

The new report reveals that, currently, across the European region:

  • Thirty-nine countries (ranging right across the continent, from Portugal and Spain in the West to Turkey and the Russian Federation in the East) have legalized abortion on request (i.e where abortion is legal without the need for a medical practitioner or other authority to certify a particular reason for the abortion)
  • Two countries (Finland and the United Kingdom) have legalized abortion on broad social grounds
  • Six countries retain highly restrictive abortion laws – Andorra, Malta and San Marino do not allow abortion in any circumstances; Liechtenstein allows abortion only when a woman’s life or health is at risk, or where the pregnancy resulted from sexual assault; Monaco and Poland allow abortion only when a woman’s life or health is at risk, following a sexual assault, or where a severe foetal anomaly has been detected

Some countries have set time limits on abortion on request at between 18-24 weeks of pregnancy, while others set these limits around the end of the first trimester of pregnancy. All of these countries’ laws allow access later in pregnancy in specific circumstances, such as where a woman’s health or life is at risk, and here the standard practice is not to impose any time limitation at all.

Despite having legalized abortion, some European countries have maintained a range of procedural rules and regulations that can impede and delay women’s access to abortion care.  These include:

  • mandatory waiting periods between the date on which an abortion is first requested and the date on which it may take place;
  • laws compelling women to undergo counselling, which can sometimes be required to be biased or directive;
  • short rigid time limits for accessing abortion that may disproportionately affect certain groups of women; and
  • criminalising women or medical professionals who act outside of the legal framework for abortion provision

Although the general trend in Europe has been towards increasing liberalization and removing barriers to access, in recent years some countries in Europe have attempted to roll back existing legal protections for women’s access to abortion care. Initiatives have ranged from attempts to introduce regressive pre-conditions before abortions can take place, such as mandatory biased counselling, or waiting periods, to attempts to fully ban abortion or remove existing legal grounds for abortion.

“Women in Europe have fought long and hard for legal entitlements to access abortion care,” said Leah Hector, Regional Director for Europe at the Center for Reproductive Rights.

As recent events in Poland and Slovakia demonstrate, rights to access abortion may be arbitrarily threatened by attempts to introduce new barriers or scale back on the legality of abortion care, and we must be ever vigilant.

“Comparative reports like this one help to capture the current status of abortion law and practice across the region, and provide advocates and policy makers with information on where and how their efforts should be focused moving forward. There is much progress still to be made if Europe is to achieve the promise of gender equality.”

To download a copy of European Abortion Laws: A Comparative Overview go to: https://reproductiverights.org/document/european-abortion-law-fact-sheet

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