Crediamo di morire per la patria, ma moriamo per le Banche!
Ci sono eroi sconosciuti che hanno dato la vita, e sono ricordati nei cuore di poche persone. Poi ci sono eroi che sono ricordati solo per un mese, perche hanno combatuto guerre sbagliate con nemici sbagliati. Questi sono gli assassini dei nostri veri eroi. (Michele Altamura)
Giubileo 2015, i servizi segreti smentiscono Ignazio Marino che nella sua intervista al Corriere della Sera aveva affermato: “Tutte le fonti a nostra disposizione parlano di rischi concreti per gli attacchi terroristici in Italia e a Roma”. Secondo gli 007, scrive oggi il Messaggero nella Cronaca di Roma, la città è costantemente monitorata, l’allerta è alto, ma parlare di rischi “concreti” sembrerebbe francamente eccessivo.
GIUBILEO 2015, I SERVIZI SEGRETI SMENTISCONO IGNAZIO MARINO
Il quotidiano romano ha sentito fonti dell’intelligence.
C’è la «massima attenzione», ma «non c’è alcun segnale specifico» di attentati in preparazione per il Giubileo. (…) Le stesse fonti assicurano che la situazione «è attentamente monitorata»; c’è una task force dei servizi che lavora specificamente sul Giubileo ed al momento non ci sono allarmi concreti né indicazioni particolari da parte dell’intelligence dei Paesi alleati sulla possibilità di atti terroristici.
Piuttosto, dicono i servizi segreti, il rischio terroristico del grande evento è strettamente collegato alle problematiche logistiche della città di Roma.
Sull’organizzazione del grande evento si gioca una partita politica di grande delicatezza, con il sindaco Ignazio Marino che negli scorsi mesi ha sostenuto che fosse “naturale” che la guida dell’Anno Santo spettasse al sindaco. Da Palazzo Chigi, come è noto, hanno deciso diversamente.
Ieri il prefetto Franco Gabrielli ha confermato la propria disponibilità ad assumere il ruolo di commissario: «Aspetto le decisioni del Governo che arriveranno perché è assolutamente consapevole dell’importanza della cosa».
Opozicione partije (SNP i Pozitivna) i manja članica vladajuće koalicije SDP pozvali su ministra održivog razvoja i turizma Branimira Gvozdenovića da povuče anekse ugovora za zakup Svetog Stefana, Kraljičine plaže i Miločera.
To su uradili da bi zajednički našli rješenja koja su prihvatljiva državi i investitoru "Adriatik propertisu",iza kojeg stoji grčki biznismen Petros Statis.
DF je preporučio Gvozdenoviću da raskine uvovor po cijenu arbitraže i da država traži drugog investitora.
U Skupštini je u toku raspravu o aneksima ugovora o kojima u toku dana treba da se glasa.
Prema aneksima, grčkim zakupcima bi se produžio zakup za Sveti Stefan i Miločer sa 12 godina na 42, a za Kraljičinu plažu sa 30 na 90 godina. Cijena godišnjeg zakupa bi se smanjila za 30 odsto, sa 1,9 miliona, odnosno 1,6 na 1,12 miliona. U Miločerskom parku gradilo bi se 88 apartmana, rekonstruisalo i dogradilo pet starih vila, čija bi kvadratura bila utrostručena, a zakupac bi vile i apartmane mogao da prodaje. Odobrilo bi se da se hotel Kraljičina plaža ruši i da se gradi četiri puta veći hotel.
Aleksandar Damjanović (SNP) je pozvao Gvozdenovića da povuče ankese ugovora kako bi se razmotrile sprone tačke i našlo prihvatljivo rješenje. Naveo je da niko nije protiv renomiranog investitora "Aman rizorta" ali da se maksimalno moraju zaštititi državni interesi.
Podržao ga je Borislav Banović (SDP) koji je naveo da im je sprono rešenje da investitor moža da prodaje apartmana jer se onda postavlja pitanje šta je sa zemljištem na kome će se graditi.
Lider Pozitivne Darko Pajović kazao je da žele da budu dio rešenje problema, te da bi ankese trebalo povući do septembra i da se nađe konačno rješenje.
"Želimo da budemo dio rješenja problema, ali nemamo namjeru da to danas podržimo kako pišu neki medijski reketaši. Hoćemo da nađemo rješenje i da za par mjeseci zaokružimo nedostatke. Malom broju ljudi je danas na prvom mjestu državni interes. Naš interes nije da tjeramo investitore i vodimo politiku na osnovu pisanja medija. Za pojedine medije su dobri oni investitori koji im plaćaju reklame, a ostali su loši" istakao je Pajović.
Milan Knežević (DF) kazao je da su aneksi ugovora kapitulacija državnog interesa, te da VDT treba da vidi šta se krije iza zakulisnih radnji.
"Kad zakupac Petros Statis počne da prodaje vile i apartmane to nije zakup, već mu se Miločer predaje. Kako onda tamo da dođu obični građani. Raskinite ugovor po cijenu arbitraže i nađite boljeg investitora", kazao je Knežević.
Gvozdenović je pitao poslanika šta da se poravi da bi predlozi bili bolji.
"Da li je zamjerka zakup na 42 godine. Po meni nije. Dao Bog da imao pet ovakvih investitora. Govorite o smanjenju rente koje je privremena. Ovaj projekat će značiti novi razvoj i jačanje Crne Gore kao visoko kvalitetne turističke destinacije", rekao je Gvozdenović.
On je dodao da investitor zaslužuje posebnu pažnju jer je od 2007. godine realizovao obaveze prema državi od 29 miliona eura od čega je 14 miliona renta u korist Budvanske rivijere, ostatak su porezi doprinosi i takse.
Ministar nije odgovorio na pitanje poslanika Nevena Gošovića zašto se kasni sa izradom planske dokumentacije za Kraljičinu plažu
Russian opposition activists have held a benefit auction in Moscow for political prisoners, despite police interference that forced the gathering to change its location several times, activists said.
Maria Alyokhina, a member of the Pussy Riot punk rock band, said via Twitter that shortly after she arrived at the event Thursday, "we got kicked out and had OMON [riot police] called on us."
The benefit auction was initially scheduled to be held at Moscow nightclub Kitaisky Lyotchik Dzhao Da, or Chinese Pilot Dzhao Da, but police ordered the management to cancel the event, independent daily Novaya Gazeta reported.
The gathering then moved to another club, Mesto (Place), only to be evicted by police once again, until finally the auction ran its course in a courtyard, ending when OMON troops and two police vans arrived there, the report said.
Among the auction lots was an OMON uniform that Alyokhina wore in the video for Pussy Riot's first English-language song, "I Can't Breathe," which was released earlier this year. Portraits of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin and slain opposition politician Boris Nemtsov were also on offer, news portal Meduza reported.
"Political prisoners in the slammer are sewing uniforms, and I am selling a uniform to support political prisoners," Alyokhina said via Twitter.
Alyokhina and her fellow Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova served time in prison for staging a performance against Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral.
Human rights advocates in Russia and supporters overseas viewed them as political prisoners.
Memorial, a leading human rights group in Russia, maintains that the country currently has at least 50 political prisoners, according to the latest list, released by the group this summer.
Maxim Shemetov / ReutersRussian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko waves as he arrives to the preliminary draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup at Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia July 25, 2015.
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko is set to become president of the Russian Football Union (RFU) after his only rival for the position, vice-speaker of the Russian State Duma Igor Lebedev, withdrew from next month's vote on Friday.
"Today we met with Mutko and we offered each other our mutual support," Lebedev said in an interview with the TASS news agency.
"He will support me in the RFU executive committee elections and I will support him in the presidential elections. Therefore, I will no longer be an opponent for him in the RFU elections," he added.
On Monday, the RFU registered both candidates to take part in the election, which is scheduled to take place on Sept. 2.
Mutko was previously in charge of the RFU from 2005-09, while Lebedev has never worked in a sporting capacity. In 2012, he sought election for the RFU presidency but was only able to muster nine votes.
The RFU has been looking for a new president since May 31, when Nikolai Tolstykh was removed from his position following a vote of no confidence. He was blamed for plunging the organization into substantial debt under his stewardship.
Also on Friday, Mutko said that Russia will name either Leonid Slutski or Alexander Borodyuk as the new coach of the national football team.
Russia has been without a coach since dumping Fabio Capello earlier this month and Mutko said a successor would be announced by Monday.
"Slutski and Borodyuk are the two coaches that will be chosen from," Mutko told the TASS news agency.
"Let's not rush into things and we will make the decision by Monday. I would prefer that the coach did not have any duties with a club side and I would want this coach to help us qualify for the European Championships," he said.
Slutski coaches CSKA Moscow while Borodyuk was deputy to Guus Hiddink and Dick Advocaat when they managed the Russian national team.
A Moscow resident has found a turtle in the Moscow River, in a case that zoologists link to a boom in the illegal turtle trade in the capital, news website Moskva24 reported on Friday.
On Thursday, Moscow resident Mikhail Nezabudkin posted a video on his VKontakte page that shows a red-eared slider turtle sliding back into the river.
“Caught a turtle in the Moscow River,” Nezabudkin wrote in the post.
This is not the first time Moscow residents have encountered turtles in local waters, although they are not native to the region.
Zoologists have connected the emergence of the creatures to black market dealers and irresponsible pet owners.
Aquariums full of small “nanoturtles” can frequently be seen next to metro and railways stations, in underpasses and markets.
The salespeople tell buyers that the turtles will never grow very big (as suggested by the name), and when the animals do grow, many owners discard them in ponds or rivers.
“These turtles will be able to survive till the first cold days only,” ecologist Natalia Dronova told Moskva24. “Their homeland is South and Central America; they won't live through the Russian winter.” Zoologist Maria Rodina, who has adopted three red-eared slider turtles, suggests that those who want a turtle should do the same.
“Don't buy a turtle on a street or in a pet store. It’s better to adopt one the owners have decided to get rid of,” Rodina said.
Shamil Zhumatov / ReutersAn employee makes preparations before the announcement of the city to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the Abai square in Almaty, Kazakhstan, July 31, 2015.
Kazakhs reacted to losing their bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics with a mixture of disappointment in missing out on the global prestige and relief at not being saddled with what some saw as a state vanity project.
About 4,000 people gathered in the scorching heat of Almaty's central square to watch the announcement on big screens. After seeing Beijing beat their city by 44 votes to 40, they folded up their flags, handed them back to the organizers and went home, leaving a few people to weep.
"We are overwhelmed with emotions," said Galiya Asylbekova, 52, with tears in her eyes. "It's a shame. It's the prestige of the country, and Kazakhstan should have won."
Svetlana, a pensioner in her seventies, tried to comfort her: "Well, we will surely win in 2026. We may not live that long to see it, but our youth definitely will."
Overlooked by the snow-capped Tien Shan mountains, Kazakhstan's biggest city had vaunted the compact layout of its venues, 70 percent of them already built, and a combination of moderate costs and reliable winters with natural snow.
After failing to win the 2014 Games, which went to Russia's Sochi, many Kazakhs see the persistent Olympic bids as an attempt to please strongman President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has ruled for 26 years.
Nazarbayev had said the Games would "make the names of Kazakhstan and Almaty ring out across the world."
News of the bid's failure was hailed by skeptics who took to social media to express their relief with ill-hidden sarcasm.
"I wonder, who will be that person to crawl into (Nazarbayev's) office and tell him this terrible news?" said Facebook user Altai Baishulakov.
"Hooray! The Olympics will be held in China, and our budget will not be plundered," lawyer Ruslan Dzhusungaliyev, a 45-year-old Almaty resident, said on his Facebook page.
An officially sponsored rally in the capital Astana was abruptly cancelled.
In Kuala Lumpur where the results were announced, the vice chairman of Almaty's bid team took the defeat in his stride.
"By bidding for the Winter Games we showed the world the amazing progress that Kazakhstan has made since its independence," Andrey Kryukov said. "This alone is a major victory for our country."
Jason Rogers / FlickrThe accident occurred on a moving escalator on Thursday evening.
A man lost two of his fingers in an accident on the Moscow metro Thursday when they became trapped in the escalator, Russian media reported Friday.
The 24-year-old man from Russia's republic of Udmurtia was traveling on the escalator down to the platform at the central Pushkinskaya station at 11.20 p.m. Thursday when he noticed that a young woman standing near him had dropped her cell phone, the TASS news agency reported, citing metro police spokesman Alexei Myshlyayev.
He went to help the woman by trying to retrieve the phone for her, but his chivalrous gesture ended in horror.
“His fingers became trapped underneath the metal and he will have to have the index and middle fingers of his right hand partially amputated,” TASS cited Myshlyayev as saying.
Ryan O'Connell / FlickrDiana's owner is distraught over the theft of her trusty companion and guide.
Moscow police are investigating the theft of a guide dog that was stolen from its owner near a busy metro station in broad daylight earlier this week, Russian media reported Friday.
“Police have opened a theft case over a guide dog that was stolen from a blind girl,” TASS cited an unidentified local police spokesman as saying. He said a search for the animal was under way.
The dog, a golden labrador named Diana, was stolen at about 6 p.m. Wednesday outside Papa Carlo, a pet store near Profsoyuznaya metro station in the city's south, Anna Arkhangelskaya, an employee of Moscow State University who launched an appeal to find the dog, wrote on her Facebook page early Thursday morning.
“The dog is a part of me, she's very dear to me — she's my friend, my companion and my eyes,” Diana's owner, Yulia Dyakova, told Moskva24 news channel in an interview aired Thursday.
“It's hard for me because I don't know how the dog is, what kind of conditions she's being kept in, whether she's being fed, looked after. Even if they won't return her, I'd like to know how she is,” Dyakova said, choking back tears.
Several hours after Diana's disappearance, Dyakova received a phone call saying Diana's collar, which had Dyakova's phone number on it, had been found near the metro station, Arkhangelskaya wrote.
In a follow-up post the next day, Arkhangelskaya wrote that several people had contacted her to say they had seen a woman get on a suburban train with Diana at Paveletsky Train Station, and that once on the train, she had been overheard telling a fellow passenger that people who beg with animals in underpasses should not be trusted and that she had saved the dog from a blind person who had been exploiting the animal.
Dyakova, who has won awards for her singing and been featured on TV, sometimes sings on the street or in city underpasses, Arkhangelskaya said.
The woman suspected of having taken Diana got off at Domodedovo station, Arkhangelskaya said, after which she was met by a man and her further movements are unknown. A photo of the suspected abductor taken on the metro was included in the same Facebook post.
Dyakova has had the guide dog for nearly two years, and is completely dependent on her, Arkhangelskaya added, calling on Facebook users to spread the word and notify her or the police if they thought they had seen the missing dog or her suspected kidnapper.
Russia's Central Bank cut its key interest rate by 0.5 percent to 11 percent on Friday, as expected, citing a cooling economy that it said outweighed inflation risks.
But mixed rhetoric accompanying the decision has added to uncertainty about the bank's next moves. The bank has effectively widened its options to respond either to a more severe economic slump or a further slide in the ruble.
Both now seem more likely than they did in the first half of the year. Oil prices briefly rebounded then, promising some relief for Russia's economy and currency, battered by last year's oil price slump and sanctions linked to the Ukraine conflict.
The resulting financial stabilization has let the bank cut rates this year by a total of six percentage points, including Friday's move. But a renewed oil price slump and global economic jitters are complicating its job, fueling a renewed sell-off in the ruble — which weakened further after the latest rate cut.
In its accompanying statement, the bank played down a recent pick-up in inflation, focusing instead on the economic downturn, which the bank said may lead it to revise down its output forecasts.
"The balance of risks shifts towards the considerable economic cooling despite a slight increase in inflation risks," the bank said.
But the bank also removed a phrase saying that it was ready to lower rates in line with falling inflation in future. Some analysts interpreted that as a sign it may now be more cautious about rate cuts.
"The Central Bank removed the phrase about lowering rates in future, in order to reserve the possibility of omitting a rate cut at the September meeting," VTB Capital economist Alexander Isakov said.
ING economist Dmitry Polevoy saw the statement as confirming a dovish bias to policy, with the bank shifting towards its more pessimistic outlook that assumes continued low oil prices.
"Even though the short-term turbulence in the ruble due to the lower oil price may keep the CBR cautious, we think the trend for the key rate is clearly down," he said.
Analysts had expected a cautious half-point cut rather than a bigger one because a recent slide in the ruble threatens to reignite inflation. But the ruble, already down over 1 percent before the Central Bank decision, still fell after the cut.
Nicholas Spiro, managing director at Spiro Sovereign Strategy, criticized the decision to cut rates with inflation high and the ruble weak.
"This chips away further at the credibility of the Russian Central Bank," he said. "The prudent course of action would have been to leave rates on hold."
The ruble fell sharply even though the Central Bank also said separately that its suspension of forex purchases would support the ruble in the third and fourth quarters — implying the suspension will continue for months.
The bank had been buying up to $200 million on the forex market daily, but halted the purchases this week — a signal that it is worried about the ruble's weakness.
"The decision to stop FX purchases announced on July 29 indicated that the CBR does not want the exchange rate to go lower than 60-65," Alfa Bank economist Natalia Orlova said.
"If oil prices deteriorate further, or there is additional flight to the dollar, we believe that the CBR might keep the policy rate unchanged in 2015."
Inflation, meanwhile, accelerated to 15.8 percent as of July 27, up from 15.3 percent in June. The bank said that was temporary result of utility tariff increases and inflation would fall to 7 percent in July 2016 and to 4 percent in 2017, meeting the bank's target.
The bank appeared much more worried about economic growth. An unexpectedly severe contraction in domestic demand in the first half of 2015, it said, meant that it may lower its output forecast for a 3.2 percent GDP contraction in 2015.
"The scenario with oil prices remaining below $60 per barrel for a long time is more probable than it was in June," the bank said.
Emergenza, ad alta quota, per un topo avvistato a bordo di un aereo della compagnia di bandiera indiana Air India. Proprio così. Il volo era diretto a Milano. L’inaspettato «ospite» ha scatenato il panico tra i passeggeri costringendo il velivolo a tornare a New Delhi. La notizia è stata riportata, venerdì, dal «The Times of India».
Inversione di rotta
L’incidente è successo un paio di ore dopo il decollo del volo di linea AI-123 dall’aeroporto internazionale della capitale indiana. A bordo del Dreamliner c’erano circa 200 passeggeri, tra cui diversi italiani. Quando l’aereo si trovava sui cieli del Pakistan, alcuni di loro hanno visto un roditore passare tra i sedili e hanno subito avvertito l’equipaggio.
Secondo il giornale, in questi casi «il regolamento prevede che l’aereo debba atterrare al più presto» per liberarsi dell’intruso. Il pilota ha quindi fatto subito un’inversione di rotta, ma essendo un volo intercontinentale ha dovuto svuotare i serbatoi che erano pieni prima di atterrare di nuovo a Delhi.
Passeggeri ripartiti con un ritardo di 4 ore
L’episodio è stato confermato da un portavoce di Air India. «Il Delhi-Milano di ieri - ha detto - è stato costretto a tornare indietro a causa del sospetto avvistamento di un topo». Anche se la sua presenza del roditore «non è stata confermata» è stato deciso di far tornare indietro l’aereo per precauzione. «Prima di tutto - ha aggiunto - viene la sicurezza dei passeggeri». Il velivolo è quindi stato ispezionato e sottoposto a una accurata disinfestazione, mentre i passeggeri sono ripartiti su un altro aereo, ma con un ritardo di oltre quattro ore. Il portavoce non ha specificato se è stato trovato il topo, ma ha aggiunto che sarà avviata un’indagine.
Non è il primo caso
AIR INDIA TOPO
È la seconda volta in un mese che un volo di Air India è stato sospeso per la presenza di un roditore. Alla fine di maggio è successo a Leh, nella regione himalayana del Ladakh, quando a bordo sono stati trovati alcuni topi. Secondo un esperto pilota, la presenza di questi animali nella cabina può portare a una catastrofe in quanto possono danneggiare l’impianto elettrico rosicchiando i fili. Tuttavia, continua, «si tratta di un problema universale che capita in tutto il mondo perché spesso i topi si nascondono nelle casse del cibo che viene caricato a bordo».