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26 апреля, 12:15

European Youth Week – Eva Havlíčková, Czech Republic

Eva’s participation in Erasmus+ youth training projects has led her around the world and back to her native Czech Republic. Through the programme, she has evolved from being a participant, to become an organiser and an international trainer. Today, she works for the NGO Hodina H, an organisation that supports youngsters, adults, elderly people, unemployed people and other groups. Eva guides young people in their personal and professional development through events, networking and support activities.

26 апреля, 12:15

European Youth Week – Štefan Simončič, Slovenia

Štefan is involved in various projects in the human rights field that fight discrimination and promote inclusion for Roma people and refugees. At the heart of this, is his role as president of the EPEKA Association in Slovenia. The association actively participates in the Erasmus+ programme to provide mobility for youngsters, EVS opportunities and training courses for youth workers, through its facilities in Maribor, and its branches in Austria, Montenegro, Serbia, Czech Republic and Turkey.

26 апреля, 12:06

How to buy an old Soviet tank for the price of a fancy car?

Whether it’s a legendary T-34 or T-72 tank or infantry vehicles of the Airborne Troops, many decommissioned Soviet military vehicles are on sale in Russia, former Soviet republics and Eastern Europe. Nick Mead, a British collector and owner of Tanks-A-Lot, a UK-based tank restoration business, recently made a surprisingly lucrative purchase. On Ebay he acquired an ex-Iraqi army Type 69, a Chinese copy of the Soviet T-55 medium tank, but got much more than he bargained for. In one of the fuel compartments, Mead found five gold bars. Iraqi soldiers probably stole them from Kuwait during the invasion of the country in 1990. Ebay has restrictions on selling military equipment and various weapons, but the website, in some cases, allows the sale of decommissioned military equipment. Decommissioned vehicles for sale Russia’s Ministry of Defense is selling decommissioned equipment at its auctions and exhibitions, but armored vehicles are not a part of the offerings. Items on sale include transport vehicles, military jeeps, and even auxiliary ships. Armored vehicles such as tanks and armored personal carriers (APC) can be purchased via companies that specialize in the sale of such military equipment. In Russia, the Association of All-Terrain Vehicles is one such dealer. It offers the T-72, the main tank of the Soviet army for about $400,000. The legendary T-34 may be bought for $230,000. Another dealer offers the Soviet T-62 for $100,000, and even military jets, such as the Su-17 and the MiG-23. To purchase Soviet military equipment in Russia, foreigners need to get a certificate that the decommissioned military equipment has no cultural value, a spokesperson for the Association of All-Terrain Vehicles told RBTH. A large amount of decommissioned military equipment is on sale in former Soviet republics, such as Ukraine and Belarus. Still the best place for an international buyer to acquire Soviet military equipment is the Czech Republic. Eastern European countries accumulated a lot of Soviet military units when they were members of the Warsaw Pact Organization. The largest dealers are the Prague-based STV Group and Mortar Investments, which offer Soviet tanks, APCs, and attack helicopters. In addition to affordable prices (from $50,000 for the T-72), these dealers deliver to any country in the European Union. For shipping to the U.S., a buyer will have to pay another $30,000. The buyers often have the option of acquiring decommissioned military equipment in poor condition, or paying to refurbish it. Such a refurbishment may cost half the price of the vehicle. A buyer should not forget that tank maintenance is rather expensive. T-72, for example, consumes 300 to 450 liters of diesel per 100 km on a dry dirt road. Limitations and restrictions By purchasing military equipment, the buyer should know what limitations he or she will have to face. The main condition of the sale of decommissioned military equipment is its demilitarization. Tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, military aircraft or helicopters should no longer be used for their erstwhile purposes. Therefore, the seller is obliged to get rid of all the military components of the machine. Another limitation of the use of military equipment is a ban to use it on public roads. In addition, permission to use such vehicles away from public roads and places should be granted by the police. In addition, the buyer should know the import obligations and paperwork required for the purchase of military equipment. In the U.S., a buyer must fill in form DLA 1822 at dla.mil. Then he or she has to fill in form DRMS 1645, and submit the documents to the Trade Security Council and the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service. In Australia, if a buyer considers importing military equipment he or she should contact Military Vehicle Collectors Australia Incorporated.

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26 апреля, 09:00

Sands of time: Saharan Africa in the 1930s – in pictures

Czech photographer Ludwig Jindra was sent on a world tour by his government – and opened up understanding about Tuareg culture and beyond Continue reading...

26 апреля, 01:36

List of Foreign Ambassadors Who Participated in Credentialing Ceremony

Below is a list of the foreign ambassadors who participated in the credentialing ceremony at the White House with the President yesterday: His Excellency Meshal Hamad M.J. Al Thani, Ambassador of the State of Qatar His Excellency Erzhan Kazykhanov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan His Excellency Njabuliso Busisiwe Sikhulile Gwebu, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Swaziland His Excellency Geronimo Gutierrez Fernandez, Ambassador of the United Mexican States His Excellency Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan His Excellency Hynek Kmonicek, Ambassador of the Czech Republic His Excellency Frederic Edem Hegbe, Ambassador of Togolese Republic His Excellency Akillino Harris Susaia, Ambassador of the Federated States of Micronesia Her Excellency Lalla Joumala Alaoui, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco His Excellency Pedro Morenes Eulate, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain His Excellency Marlon Ramsses Tabora Munoz, Ambassador of the Republic of Honduras  

25 апреля, 13:56

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: Trump’s tax plan -- JUST WONDERING: What is the W.H. gov’t shutdown strategy? -- POLITICO names new CEO -- ANNIE KARNI on Ivanka in Berlin -- LUMBER WARS -- B'DAY: AshLee Strong

Listen to the Playbook Audio Briefing http://bit.ly/2orock8 ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfGood Tuesday morning.HILL TO W.H.: 15% CORPORATE TAX RATE? GET REAL -- The White House yesterday sent out the message that they planned to cut the corporate tax rate to 15 percent -- fulfilling a campaign-season promise. Is this an opening negotiating position or what Trump wants to achieve? We don’t know, because we haven’t seen him in a successful legislative negotiation yet.BUT PRIVATELY, CAPITOL HILL REPUBLICANS ARE SEETHING. Why? Because a 15 percent corporate rate is practically impossible to achieve without blowing a hole in the budget. The president might be willing to balloon the national deficit, but Hill Republicans -- which have made debts and deficits their central issue over the last decade -- are not. To make a cut like that permanent, Republicans would need Democratic votes in the Senate, because it would run afoul of reconciliation rules. Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republicans raise $1 trillion in new cash with the border-adjustment tax, and they can only get the corporate rate down to 20 percent. Trump is signaling he has no interest in the so-called BAT. -- WSJ’S RICHARD RUBIN: “Five Roadblocks in the Way of the White House’s Proposed Corporate Tax Cut”: “Deficits … Passthroughs … Reconciliation … Tradeoffs … Corporate Splits.” http://on.wsj.com/2p07O8y SPOTTED -- THE DINNER OF THE NIGHT -- Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), the chief deputy whip and a critical player on practically any bill that comes to the House floor, dining with White House National Economic Adviser Gary Cohn at Le Diplomate on 14th Street. … MEETING TODAY -- Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Gary Cohn and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.… TRUMP SOFTENS TONE ON BORDER WALL: The idea that the Trump administration could get funding for a border wall is fantastical, as Democrats can stop it cold in the Senate. Why did the White House take a firm position on it, only to abandon it last night? (See: Dawsey, Josh http://politi.co/2pdnhRd). When Congress passes the government funding bill in the next few days, the narrative will be that Trump was unable to secure money for the border wall, and in typical Washington fashion, has pushed off the fight to September. Sure, the administration could get a win here, if they let themselves. If they beef up border security or step up surveillance on the border they can sell that as a “down payment" on a stronger border, as Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) has been putting it. RACHAEL BADE and JOHN BRESNAHAN: “Ryan on the hot seat to deliver for Trump”: “‘He has a really tough job, and I think he’s managing it well,’ an administration official added. ‘We all look back and see things we could have done better, but he’s got a very diverse conference that has a lot of different views.’” http://politi.co/2pgoWYv -- ABOUT THAT PROGRESS ON HEALTH CARE: Remember when House Republicans wanted to show progress on health care before heading home a few weeks ago? They went to the House Rules Committee and started the process of passing a bill implementing risk-sharing pools. We hear that effort will be dropped and that House Republicans could kill the rule as soon as today. TRUMP’S FIRST 100 DAYS -- The White House is launching a website to commemorate the milestone. The site has three categories of accomplishments: “Building American Prosperity,” “Keeping Americans Safe & Strengthening Security Abroad,” and “Making Government Accountable to the People.” The president has called the 100-day construct a “ridiculous standard.” http://bit.ly/2p08J9f-- AP: “Trump’s 100-days promises: Fewer than half carried out,” by Jill Colvin and Calvin Woodward. http://apne.ws/2oGPlv9 ABOUT THOSE 100 DAYS -- THE RESISTANCE: “Trump has enabled the Democratic Party to overlook its serious problems,” by Gabe Debenedetti: “By most traditional measures, the Democratic Party hit rock bottom at the outset of Donald Trump’s presidency. The Democratic National Committee was leaderless and in shambles. Congress and the White House were under Republican control, as were about two-thirds of the statehouses. Perhaps the most popular national figure associated with the party, Sen. Bernie Sanders, refused to even call himself a Democrat.“Yet Trump’s first 100 days in office appear to have resuscitated the party, if for no reason other than the rank-and-file loathe him so deeply and furiously. Grassroots activism and organizing is surging. Irate Democrats are flooding GOP town halls even in conservative states like Idaho and South Carolina. Small-dollar fundraising is also on fire — six of the 10 Senate Democrats up for re-election in states Trump won collected over $2 million in the first three months of the year. For some of them, that represented more than had ever been raised in their state this early in the election cycle. But while the president has generated a vibrant culture of resistance on the left, it’s obscuring the depth of the hole that the Democratic Party still finds itself in.” http://politi.co/2pvfXn9FOR YOUR RADAR -- “Seoul: North Korea holds drill to mark military anniversary,” by AP’s Eric Talmadge and Kim Tong-Hyung in Pyongyang, North Korea: “South Korea's military said Tuesday that North Korea held major live-fire drills in an area around its eastern coastal town of Wonsan as it marked the anniversary of the founding of its military. The exercise took place as a U.S. guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea and envoys from the United States, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo to discuss the growing threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles program. Though experts thought a nuclear test or ballistic missile launch might happen, the morning came and went without either.” http://apne.ws/2q9DqGO-- “As North Korea Speeds Its Nuclear Program, U.S. Fears Time Will Run Out,” by NYT’s David Sanger and William Broad: http://nyti.ms/2q1pUs5 ANNIE KARNI in BERLIN -- “Ivanka Trump faces skeptical audience in Berlin”: “‘What does a daughter with no political experience have to do in the White House?’ said Andrea Seibel, an opinion editor at Die Welt, the influential conservative-leaning Berlin daily, where editors huddling in the newsroom Monday afternoon planned to give front-page coverage to the visit. ‘We have family clan experiences in autocracies,’ Seibel said. ‘Ivanka Trump isn’t elected, she is a daughter. She didn’t say anything in the elections when he was saying nasty things about women and migrants. She is his voice, but somehow she has a nicer face.’“The coverage of Ivanka Trump in the German media in the days leading up to her speech was similar to that at home, where she has been criticized on late night programs like ‘Saturday Night Live’ for being ‘complicit’ in her father’s agenda.” http://politi.co/2q0RoOJ -- VIDEO of Ivanka arriving in Berlin. http://bit.ly/2pgqBgD -- IVANKA FT OP-ED with World Bank president JIM YONG KIM, “Investment in women unleashes global gains: Female economic empowerment brings dividends for families, businesses and nations”: “We know what works. We need to increase access to finance, redistribute care work, accelerate progress to financial inclusion, and offer programmes that train female entrepreneurs and help them to access higher value markets. We need to develop new legal and regulatory frameworks to boost women’s growth and productivity. The right skills training enhances women’s capacity to better manage their businesses. And mentorship opportunities and access to networks bring learning opportunities and connections to capital and markets.” http://on.ft.com/2q17nML LUMBER WARS -- “In New Trade Front, Trump Slaps Tariff on Canadian Lumber,” by NYT’s Peter Baker in D.C. and Ian Austen in Ottawa: “The Commerce Department determined that Canada had been improperly subsidizing the sale of softwood lumber products to the United States, and after failed negotiations, Washington decided to retaliate with tariffs of 3 percent to 24 percent. The penalties will be collected retroactively on imports dating back 90 days …“The United States and Canada have been at odds over softwood lumber in one form or another since the 19th century, with the current dispute tracing back to 1982. The United States imported $5.7 billion in softwood lumber last year alone, mainly for residential home building. At the conflict’s heart is a fundamental difference in forestry ownership. In the United States, forest lands are largely held by lumber companies. In Canada, they tend to be owned by the government, and American mills contend that Canadian provinces subsidize their industries by charging low royalty rates for cutting trees. A temporary truce under President George W. Bush, which effectively limited Canadian exports to the United States, expired in 2015.” http://nyti.ms/2pgi6lC -- TORONTO STAR: “The move was expected: the historic dispute over lumber pricing has led to once-a-decade trade skirmishes over the issue, resulting in American duties, then the inevitable court battles, and ultimately negotiated settlements. What wasn’t expected Monday was the enthusiasm with which the new American administration flung itself into the lumber hostilities, touting its incoming countervailing duties as an example of U.S. President Donald Trump’s tough, America-first trade posture.” http://bit.ly/2pdfNxx TRUMP INC. -- “Flynn’s Turkish lobbying linked to Russia,” by Isaac Arnsdorf: “The Turkish man who gave Michael Flynn a $600,000 lobbying deal just before President Donald Trump picked him to be national security adviser has business ties to Russia, including a 2009 aviation financing deal negotiated with Vladimir Putin, according to court records. The man, Ekim Alptekin, has in recent years helped to coordinate Turkish lobbying in Washington with Dmitri ‘David’ Zaikin, a Soviet-born former executive in Russian energy and mining companies who also has had dealings with Putin’s government, according to three people with direct knowledge of the activities.“This unusual arrangement, in which Alptekin and Zaikin have helped steer Turkish lobbying through various groups since at least 2015, raises questions about both the agenda of the two men and the source of the funds used to pay the lobbyists. Although Turkey is a NATO ally, its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has grown increasingly authoritarian and friendly with Putin. And the hiring of Flynn by Alptekin came at a time when Flynn was working for Trump’s campaign and Putin’s government was under investigation for interfering with the U.S. election.” http://politi.co/2oHnb38POLITICO NAMES A NEW CEO -- Robert Allbritton and John Harris email the POLITICO world staff: “POLITICO’s next CEO is Patrick Steel, who is leaving a successful 16-year career at the investment bank of FBR & Co. to join us on May 8. Patrick is right for POLITICO for these primary reasons ... [H]is experience and expertise for the past 16 years has been in helping recognize companies that are poised for dramatic growth both domestically and overseas, and helping their management teams organize to achieve their potential.” WSJ story on the hire http://on.wsj.com/2orts74 THE JUICE …-- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: UBS INVESTOR WATCH is out with its quarterly report this time focused on the first 100 days of the Trump administration. The findings: 61 percent of investors are optimistic about the economic outlook, up from 42 percent last summer. Three-in-four business owners are optimistic about their business outlook for the next four months. And while health care continues to be the top concern for investors, 90 percent believe government should spend more time coming up with a better solution. The survey polled more than 2,200 people who have at least $1 million in investable assets from March 28 through April 3. More results http://bit.ly/2oFSzy9-- JONES DAY, the Trump campaign’s law firm, is running an online ad touting its “Insights on the New Administration,” listing issues it has expertise on like “energy & environment,” “financial regulation,” “government contracts,” and “health care / ACA”. One of the ads, which has a picture of the White House, was a prominent ad on NPR’s home page on Saturday. The ad links to a page (http://bit.ly/2q3yfbo) that has 14 publications analyzing the Trump administration’s policies. The law firm, whose former partner Don McGahn became White House counsel, was paid $3.3 million in legal fees by the campaign through the end of last month. At least three Jones Day lawyers joined McGahn in the White House. The firm, which does not lobby in Washington, did not respond to requests for comment on the ad campaign. See the ad http://bit.ly/2oVs773-- FROM MORNING MEDIA: “At The New York Times, Rebecca Ruiz is joining the Washington bureau as a Justice Department reporter on the team covering national security and law enforcement. She’s been doing sports investigations since 2015 and was a business reporter prior to that.”-- RANDOLPH ALLES is expected to be named the new Secret Service director. Ken Vogel and Cristiano Lima report: “Alles has served as the acting deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border protection since Trump's inauguration. He previously served stints as the CBP’s acting executive assistant commissioner of enterprise services and leading the department’s Air and Marine Operations. Prior to serving in federal government, Alles served for 35 years in the Marine Corps, retiring in 2011 with the title of Major General.” http://politi.co/2oZTqgS-- SEN. TAMMY DUCKWORTH is scheduled to deliver her first speech on the Senate floor at 2:30 p.m. The Illinois Democrat will “call for a return to the shared values of equality, opportunity, and inclusiveness that have helped make our country the strongest in the world.” http://bit.ly/2pZIfmQTRUMP’S TUESDAY -- The president will be on Capitol Hill for a Holocaust remembrance ceremony. He’ll meet with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.SCHEDULE SHIFT -- “Trump dinner with Supreme Court justices postponed,” by Josh Gerstein: “President Donald Trump has postponed plans to host a dinner this week for the justices of the just-back-to-full-strength Supreme Court, White House officials said Monday. A week-ahead schedule distributed to reporters on Sunday said Trump would attend a dinner Thursday evening with the justices, ‘including his successfully confirmed nominee Justice Neil Gorsuch.’ However, a later version of the outlook dropped the Supreme Court event. A Trump aide said Monday that the dinner was put off due to scheduling issues during this busy week where officials are going all-out to mark the president’s accomplishments in his first 100 days in office.” http://politi.co/2q9Ju1J BEYOND THE BELTWAY -- “A reelection challenge (almost) as big as Texas,” by WaPo’s Karen Tumulty in Tornillo, Texas: “Midterm elections are known to be brutal on the party in power, and if there is an anti-Republican wave in 2018, look for it to touch shore right here. The vast, volatile 23rd Congressional District of Texas is bigger in area than 29 states. It stretches from San Antonio to El Paso and includes about one-third of the entire U.S.-Mexico border. Its overwhelmingly Latino electorate last year went for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential race. But it also reelected a Republican to the U.S. House — one of fewer than two dozen in the country to split that way. Rep. Will Hurd narrowly won a second term in what turned out to be the most expensive House race in Texas history. Democrats have put Hurd’s seat in their top five targets in 2018. He will also be running to beat the fickle tendencies of a district that has ousted four different incumbents since 2006.” http://wapo.st/2pdajD3WEST COAST WATCH -- “Anticipating a shift to the right in the courts, the NRA begins its attack on gun controls in California,” by L.A. Times Pat McGreevy: “The state affiliate of the National Rifle Assn. on Monday filed the first in a series of planned court challenges opposing sweeping new gun control laws approved in California in the wake of the San Bernardino terror attacks. The flurry of legal action comes as Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court, takes his seat, returning a conservative majority to the nation’s highest court. And as the Republican administration begins appointing additional judges to the federal court system, gun-rights advocates say they hope that some of the more restrictive laws imposed in recent years will be vulnerable to legal challenge.” http://lat.ms/2q9JFKNPLAYBOOK METRO SECTION -- “Tony Kornheiser’s D.C. bar finally has its new name,” by WaPo’s Dan Steinberg: “Kornheiser announced on his podcast last week that the former Chad’s (formerly Chadwick’s) has been renamed Chatter, effective immediately. The name is both a reference to the restaurant’s new podcasting studio -- which he said should be open by May 1 -- and to a famous quote about newspapers. ... Some of his partners -- who include Maury Povich, Gary Williams and Alan Bubes -- preferred Chatters, but Kornheiser prevailed upon them to use the singular.” http://wapo.st/2oGS7AMMEDIAWATCH -- “White House turns conservative media reception into on-the-record briefing,” by Hadas Gold: “Around 50 attendees from the likes of Breitbart, the Washington Free Beacon, Daily Caller, Christian Broadcast Network, Catholic-focused The Eternal Word Television Network, as well as conservative radio hosts like Laura Ingraham, Larry O’Connor and John Fredericks mingled with senior administration officials and the president over light snacks, fruit and candy in the White House’s Roosevelt room. Nearly the entire communications staff were in attendance in addition to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, chief of staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist Stephen Bannon, senior adviser Jared Kushner, National Security Council spokesperson Michael Anton and Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland. After about 30 minutes, the president came in and, standing in the corner of the room, began to take questions from the assembled press, later turning the event on the record.” http://politi.co/2pvdBEL--Some reporters grumbled that they were unprepared when the evening turned into an impromptu presidential news conference. Reporters had been expecting a casual reception. The invitation had said the event was going to be “on background,” which the White House reiterated at the start of the event, according to an attendee. Because they thought the event was on background, some reporters at the reception weren’t jotting down exact quotes from Trump during his Q&A.--SPOTTED: Charlie Spiering, Matthew Boyle, Alex Marlow, Kaitlan Collins, Jim Stinson, Star Parker, Adam Kredo, Brent Schur, Vince Coglianese, Katie Pavlich, Trey Yingst-- “Bill O’Reilly plans to turn podcast into ‘genuine news program’,” by Hadas Gold: “Bill O'Reilly wasted no time stepping back into the media limelight following his stunning fall from grace last week, when he was pushed out of Fox News. On his podcast, which O'Reilly made free for this week, he said he plans to develop his website and the podcast, moving it from a short daily program into what would amount to a replacement for his long-running Fox show. ‘And then as we develop the website, we’ll have guests and things like that, and this will become longer and longer and longer, into a genuine news program. That’s the vision right now,’ O’Reilly said. After this week, those wishing to listen to O'Reilly's podcast will have to pay a fee.” http://politi.co/2p04v1a--“Tucker Carlson Is Shopping Around A Book,” by BuzzFeed’s Steven Perlberg: “On Monday night, Tucker Carlson assumed the prized 8 p.m. time slot on Fox News, a big step in the cable news host’s steady climb at the network over the past few months. Now Carlson is looking to raise his profile even more. According to three people familiar with the matter, the 47-year-old Fox host is shopping a book or series of books to publishers. ... [T]he ongoing auction will likely fetch Carlson millions of dollars. The book is not autobiographical in nature, but rather reflects on themes Carlson cares about ... Carlson is being represented by literary agency Javelin. The firm’s founding partner, Keith Urbahn, is a former chief of staff to former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.” http://bzfd.it/2q0V1nQ -- “Trump Adviser Gorka Walks Off Stage at a Discussion of Fake News,” by Bloomberg’s Nafeesa Syeed: “Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka, under fire for his alleged association with a Hungarian nationalist group and his views on Islam, walked off the stage during a conference in Washington after facing questions from students and protesters he said distracted from other participants. Gorka, a deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, was on a panel at Georgetown University on Monday titled ‘News, Alternative Facts and Propaganda: The Role of Cyber in Influence Operations.’ ... After intense questioning, Gorka said he was leaving the stage ‘to allow my colleagues to actually get questions about the issues on the table.’” https://bloom.bg/2q9Hg2CSPOTTED: Kellyanne Conway in first class on the 8 p.m. Acela from New York to Washington ... Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) having dinner last night with House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) at the Monocle.TRANSITIONS -- Drew Cole, a veteran Republican lobbyist who was formerly with Quinn Gillespie and DCI Group, is joining Roberti Global: Irizarry Klein Roberti as a partner. … Dan Alfaro has joined Mercury as a VP. He previously was communications director for Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio). ... ClearPath has hired Jeremy Harrell as policy director. He previously advised Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) on energy, environmental and other policies. ... Jeff Wieand started on Monday on House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s policy team as counsel. He was previously Rep. Tom Marino’s LD. ... … The bipartisan Faith and Politics Institute has named Dan Keniry, VP and head of federal government affairs for United Health Group and former deputy assistant of legislative affairs for President George W. Bush, as its the new board chairman. http://bit.ly/2pZHXwf ... Latino Victory Fund has brought on Jorge Silva as VP for communications. Silva served as spokesperson and national director for Hispanic media for the Clinton campaign. ...… John Wetzel is retiring from the Association of American Railroads after 34 years this week. Wetzel has served as VP of government affairs since 2005. Starting May 1, Bret Manley, legislative director for Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), joins AAR as AVP of government affairs. … Aaron Fobes has joined Celgene Corp. as associate director of public affairs and policy. He was previously press secretary for the Senate Finance Committee.WEEKEND WEDDING -- Former Fox News VP of PR Dana Klinghoffer said “I DO” on Saturday to Daniel Kuney, co-founder of Jumpstart Entertainment, a Broadway general management company. The happy couple was married at Pomme in Radnor, Pennsylvania, among friends and family. Their first date was a walk through Prospect Park, where they later got engaged. Now they’re off to South Africa for their honeymoon. Pic http://bit.ly/2q9WvII OUT AND ABOUT -- Jamie Weinstein and Michelle Fields hosted Trump confidante Roger Stone at their D.C. condo Monday night as part of their off-the-record Churchill Tommy Gun Society dinners. Pic http://bit.ly/2p01NZw SPOTTED: IJ Review’s Maegan Vazquez, BuzzFeed’s Adrian Carrasquillo, The Washington Examiner’s Alex Pappas, The Washington Free Beacon’s Matt Continetti and The Daily Caller’s Alex Pfeiffer.BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: AshLee Strong, national press secretary for Speaker Paul Ryan and a proud Montanan. How she’s celebrating: “My friend surprised me with a ropes, rappelling, and belaying lesson so I had an early birthday celebration rock climbing on the rims in Billings, Montana, followed by dinner with my family. I have a low-key dinner with a friend on my birthday.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2oHxUL0 BIRTHDAYS: Teddy Goff, co-founder and partner at Precision Strategies, where he leads their digital practice (h/t Tom Zigo) ... John Anzalone, spending his day training for the great bike ride across Iowa this summer ... former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) is 74 … Danielle Vogel, celebrating tonight at the annual Tenement Museum gala at Cipriani, honoring Jose Andres and former Sen. George Mitchell (hubby tip: Ken) ... Steve Murphy, managing partner at MVAR Media, is 66 ... Kathy Baird Westfall, managing director of content and social, North America at Ogilvy & Mather ... Mark McCullough, Florida comms. director at AFSCME ... David Fenton, chairman of Fenton ... Ron Tipton, executive director/CEO at Appalachian Trail Conservancy (h/ts Jon Haber) ... Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Pa.) is 55 ... Susan Orr ... clean energy guru David Gardiner ... Erica Suares, a policy advisor in Leader McConnell’s office, and the pride of Plant City, Fla., who recently celebrated over Recess with a trip to Morocco in pursuit of the perfect tile art ... David Gardiner (h/t Dan) ... Mike Gwin, N.C. Democratic Party comms director and former HFA spox (h/t Andrew Bates) ... Garrett M. Quinn, Jr. ... Zev Siegl, co-founder of Starbucks and entrepreneurial advisor, is 62 ... Adam Silver, commissioner of the NBA since 2014, is 55 ... Michael Scott Doran, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, focused on the international politics of the Middle East, is 55 ... Andrew H. Schapiro, former U.S. Amb. to the Czech Republic, is 54 (h/ts Jewish Insider) ... Emily C. Singer, senior writer at Mic ... Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-Nev.) is 37 ... Julie Roginsky, Fox News contributor extraordinaire ... Arch Campbell ... NPR congressional reporter Geoff Bennett … ... Jaclyn Rothenberg, deputy press secretary for Mayor De Blasio and a Hillary, SKDK and Teneo alum ... Jennifer Anderson, director of principal engagement at the One Campaign … Drew “Dandy” Anderson, director of news and rapid response at GLAAD … Mike Tuffin, SVP for external affairs - public affairs at UnitedHealth Group and an APCO and AHIP alum ... Melissa Musiker, global head of APCO Worldwide’s food, consumer and retail practice (h/t Anthony DeAngelo) ... Kristen Ricciardelli, president of Big Ideas Group ... Emily Hesslbrock … Smythe Anderson … Derek LaVallee … George Hunter ... Jim Mustian, staff writer at The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) ... Alex Brown of shipping brokerage firm Howe Robinson Partners in Houston ... Josie Hearn Wilson ... Wendy R. Anderson, an adjunct senior fellow at CNAS and an Ash Carter and DoD alum … Kenny “Go For The” Gold, strategy director for social at McCann and a GPG alum ... Gretchen Lowe, the pride of Madison, Wisconsin ... Lilly Susman ... Michelle McGrorty, the pride of Madison, Wisconsin #2 ... Tom Springer (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Scott Lieber ... actor Al Pacino is 77 (h/t AP)

24 апреля, 18:01

Unipetrol’s Litvinov refinery due energy study

Unipetrol RPA SRO-Rafinerie, the refining arm of Unipetrol AS and parent company Polski Koncern Naftowy SA (PKN Orlen), has let a contract to Finland’s Neste Jacobs Oy to perform a comprehensive study of the 5.4 million-tpy refinery in Litvinov, Czech Republic.

24 апреля, 13:52

Czech Republic’s Frantisek Rajtoral found dead at home

• Gaziantepspor midfielder, 31, won 14 caps for his country• FifPro says more must be done to support current playersThe president of the Turkish side Gaziantepspor has confirmed reports that the Czech Republic international Frantisek Rajtoral killed himself at his home over the weekend, with the chief medical officer of international players’ union warning more needs to be done to combat mental illness among current professionals.The 31-year-old, who played 14 times for his country and was part of the squad that reached the Euro 2012 quarter-finals, was found dead after Gaziantepspor alerted authorities to his absence on Sunday. Continue reading...

24 апреля, 12:00

Obama’s hidden Iran deal giveaway

By dropping charges against major arms targets, the administration infuriated Justice Department officials — and undermined its own counterproliferation task forces.

24 апреля, 12:00

The Iran deal: The full picture

A snapshot of those involved in the deal, including the key players Obama didn't mention.

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21 апреля, 15:00

Czech Republic Money Supply M3

Money Supply M3 in Czech Republic increased to 3990306.89 CZK Million in February from 3932182.28 CZK Million in January of 2017. Money Supply M3 in Czech Republic averaged 2503950.19 CZK Million from 2002 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 3990306.89 CZK Million in February of 2017 and a record low of 1339928.85 CZK Million in June of 2002. . This page provides - Czech Republic Money Supply M3- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news.

20 апреля, 15:01

The Kremlin Has Its Watchful Eyes Set On The French Elections

Vladimir Putin, here with French President Francois Hollande, has big plans for Europe. Kremlin Press Office, CC BY-SA Andrey Shcherbak, Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg The Ukrainian crisis, from the Maidan protests and the annexation of Crimea to the violent conflict in Donbass, has led to an unprecedented deterioration of relations between Russia and the West. As early as 2014, the West imposed diplomatic and economic sanctions on Russia. The logic behind these actions was straightforward and clear. Initially, the sanctions targeted higher Russians officials, freezing their assets and restricting their entry to Europe and the United States. Later, they were followed by “sectoral” sanctions that aimed to restrict Russian companies’ access to western technologies and investment. The sanctions were meant to undermine Vladimir Putin’s legitimacy among the Russian elite and the general population, and have contributed to the economic crisis in the country. The West thought that a “tattered economy” in Russia would force Putin to step back from his foreign policy strategies because of domestic discontent. It was naïve enough to expect the Kremlin to do nothing but sit and wait. Russia’s counter-strategy in France For the last few months, Moscow’s counter strategy has included building political alliances with “pro-Russian” political forces in the West as well as pro-Russian candidates running for top political position in countries such as Hungary, the Czech Republic and Serbia. Russia’s unequivocal support for Donald Trump in the recent U.S. presidential campaign was the first try. Although I do not believe Russia directly intervened in the U.S. presidential election campaign or that Russian hackers played a decisive role in it, I must admit that Moscow has never so directly interfered in a Western election before. In the French presidential campaign, which officially started on April 10, the Kremlin has obviously decided to support the candidates from both the right and far-right – François Fillon and Marine Le Pen. Both candidates have showed positive attitudes towards Putin and, most importantly, they advocate ending French support for sanctions against Russia. François Fillon, for example, has garnered Moscow’s sympathy by repeatedly claiming that sanctions on Russia have no effect and by pushing the idea of officially recognising Russian jurisdiction over Crimea. But Marine Le Pen – with her image of being a “Frexit” advocate and her commitment to anti-Americanism and populism – seems to be Putin’s best friend in Old Europe. Her recent visit to Moscow, a meeting with Vladimir Putin and her talk in the State Duma are clear signals that she remains the Kremlin’s favourite.     Marine Le Pen visits the Museums of the Moscow Kremlin on March 17 2017. Kremlin Press Office, CC BY And even if, until now, there is no clear evidence of Russian hacking in the French election process, Russian involvement is well documented. For Marine Le Pen, it includes media promotion and financial support, as well as informal contacts with top Russian officials and businessmen. French turbulence What the Kremlin could not have foreseen is the turbulence that has caused in the French election campaign. In particular, as François Fillon became engulfed in a corruption scandal, his chance of getting to the second round diminished significantly. According to polls, Emmanuel Macron, the former economy minister who runs on a centrist platform and would be a less helpful candidate for Moscow, could win in the second round against Marine Le Pen. The Kremlin has clearly taken that into account. Last week, the French polling watchdog warned of news reports coming from Russia with the aim of trying to re-boost Fillon’s campaign. As for left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, he seems to be a surprise for the Kremlin. Although he made a few pro-Russia statements, including criticising the new Ukrainian government and stating that he would support leaving the European Union and NATO if elected, Mélenchon’s political and ideological platform has nothing in common with Putin’s regime. Emancipation, anti-capitalism and the expansion of the social welfare state absolutely contradict the Russian oligarchs’ wild capitalism, corruption and hypocrisy that are key features of Putin’s Russia today. Remove sanctions, destroy European unity No doubt, the key goal of any Russian interventionist strategy is to reduce the burden of sanctions. In the long run, the Kremlin also aims to undermine European unity and thus be able to work with a divided Europe. It’s worth noting that all this is not just the whim of an autocratic leader. The Ukrainian crisis demonstrated that further EU enlargement to the East is unacceptable for Moscow and that the Kremlin would be ready to deter this perceived offence by all possible means. For public opinion in Russia, the shift of previously pro-Russian – or at least neutral – regimes toward the West, together with the NATO’s “open door policy” is seen as a threat to national security. Without resistance to EU and NATO expansion, many people in Russia believe that the country’s western border would be surrounded by hostile regimes repeatedly demanding deployment of NATO forces. The Kremlin’s strategy might become successful due to the fact that many people in the EU – and we are not talking about the elites – are, in fact, opposed to the Union’s enlargement, as was shown when Dutch voters rejected a referendum on closer EU links to Ukraine in 2016. And politicians representing such EU-skeptic groups surfing on the current nationalist wave are potential partners for the Kremlin. Populism in France would be a win for Russia The French election can be explored through another perspective as well. One can argue that any further victory of right-wing populists in Europe will contribute to the legitimisation of the Russian political regime. Putin’s agenda for his third presidency was built on so-called “conservative shift”, with an emphasis on “traditional values”, increasing the role of religion and the Russian Orthodox Church, and establishing the lower classes as the social base of the regime. The latter is likely to align Russia ideologically with Brexit supporters, European nationalist parties and probably the French right populist electorate as well. Thus, Russian leaders repeatedly stress political parallels with the West. In the long run, that would be the way to create a Moscow-based conservative “internationalism”, with the possibility of seeing Vladimir Putin as a symbol of resistance against America if his country’s current relations with the U.S. deteriorates even further. But wild accusations that Putin could steal the French presidential election are baseless. Any claims that the Kremlin – or any other foreign power – can have a significant impact on the will of French voters are certainly an exaggeration. To quote Vladimir Putin himself regarding the U.S. presidential campaign: “Is America some kind of banana republic? America is a great power.” The same comment applies to France. But, depending on who is elected, the next French president could have a very different attitude toward Moscow. And even if Marine Le Pen loses the upcoming election – as she most probably will – her supporters will not disappear overnight. The Kremlin has no power either to extend or reduce the right-wing electorate in Europe. But the Russian leadership is already engaged in long-term cooperation with politicians who represent this sector of the population. Andrey Shcherbak, Senior Research Fellow, Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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