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28 марта, 17:35

Nerd-shamers and perverts: why University Challenge is going viral

With his emphatic answering style, Eric Monkman is the latest contestant on the show to light up Twitter. But too often, the contestants are mocked for their eccentric brilliance – or worse, leched overEric Monkman – answering fast and fiercely to win a semi-final last night for Wolfson, Cambridge – has become the latest University Challenge contestant to go viral. Sharers were drawn to the Canadian economics student’s furrowed concentration-face from which he machine-guns answers at a pitch suggesting a fear that Jeremy Paxman, at 66, may be struggling to hear the answers. Monkman joins previous fabled Cambridge reply-machines including Ralph Morley of Trinity, who correctly answered a question before Paxo had asked it; Ted Loveday of Caius, who won 10 opening 10-pointers in a single round; and Oscar Powell of Peterhouse, who, while trying to identify the singers on the hit song Je T’aime, performed a curious charade of a someone trying to remove gobbets of something from between his teeth and hide them in his ear or hair. Plus, there was Gail Trimble of Corpus Christi, Oxford, who got 15 starters for 10 in one show. Continue reading...

28 марта, 09:43

Florida Congresswoman Tells Trump: Pay Up Or Keep Out

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20 марта, 16:28

Unite denies Momentum affiliation plan

Unite's acting general secretary Gail Cartmail accuses Tom Watson of interfering in the democracy of the union.

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20 марта, 01:51

Wonder Woman Doesn't Have Armpit Hair Because Women's Bodies Freak Men Out

The curious case of Gail Gadot's armpits has set the internet aflame.

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16 марта, 00:00

Trump Channels Old Hickory

Gail Collins, New York Times

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09 марта, 00:00

Getting Freedom From Health

Gail Collins, New York TimesWhat’s the rush on repealing Obamacare? It’s true President Trump did promise speediness during the campaign. (“You’re going to end up with great health care for a fraction of the price and that’s gonna take place immediately after we go in. O.K.? Immediately. Fast. Quick.”) But that was before he discovered that health care was … “complicated.”

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04 марта, 18:45

Unite explains decision to suspend £10,000 donation to Siôn Simon

Union alleges Labour’s West Midlands mayoral candidate had ‘mutual support arrangement’ with Len McCluskey’s rivalUnite suspended a £10,000 donation to Labour’s West Midlands mayoral candidate, Siôn Simon, because of alleged support from the union’s leadership candidate Gerard Coyne, the acting general secretary has said.Unite’s West Midlands regional board had approved the funding for the Labour campaign but the acting general secretary, Gail Cartmail, said she blocked the payment after receiving “overwhelming evidence that Mr Simon’s campaign and Mr Coyne’s campaign have entered into some form of a mutual support arrangement”. Continue reading...

03 марта, 23:08

Bernie In Kansas

Kansas Democratic Party leaders scored a genius point when they invited Senator Bernie  Sanders to rally the troops. On the same day that former Labor Secretary Tom Perez was elected national Democratic Party chair, Bernie came to Kansas to keynote the Kansas Democratic Party’s annual Washington Days celebration. Loping across the stage, red-faced and waving, the tireless Sanders said: “Apparently, I was incorrectly told Kansas is a Republican state,” referring to the Topeka High School gymnasium crowd of 4,000, plus the over 1,000 students and teachers waiting to hear him later in the school auditorium.  He said the robust turnout spoke to how many Americans are concerned and ready to “fight back.” One of the warm-up speakers, James Thompson, a civil rights attorney, is running for the 4th congressional district seat vacated by Mike Pompeo. An Army veteran who as a boy was briefly homeless, Thompson said that Bernie had told him backstage that “the revolution begins here in Kansas.” Another pre-Bernie speaker, Gail Finney, a fifth-term African-American legislator from Wichita, called herself a “Berniecrat.” I am not a Berniecrat, and was worried that attending the Vermont Senator’s speech would give me a case of “buyer’s remorse,” that I might suffer regret at not supporting Bernie, rather than Hillary, for President. But that night, watching Bernie up close from my position in the press section, I felt the way I did during the campaign. His mantra of economic equity is critically important, and I admire his energy, stamina, focus, and principles. But then, as now, I feel he lacks the range to lead the country. During the campaign, I underestimated the desire for radical change in the country. So, we have a President whose henchman Steve Bannon calls for “deconstruction of the administrative state.” The Trump administration wants to burn the house down, and in a month’s time they have scorched the foundation. Bernie was in Topeka to lift Democrats and progressives out of a post-election gloom, and he did that. The facts he presented about the redistribution of wealth upwards to the top 1 percent gained new urgency and poignancy given the dramatic post-election changes wrought by the Trump presidency. I was energized to be with several thousand like-minded souls, sardined into a gym affectionately called The Dungeon, at the beautiful, historic high school both my children attended. When Bernie reassured us that we are not returning to the days of xenophobia, homophobia, racism and sexism, the audience gave him a standing ovation, one of many. Near the end of his hour-long speech he said, “Despair is not an option,” pointing out that since Trump lost the popular vote by 3 million votes, he has “a mandate for nothing.” Sanders maintained that on every major issue, the clear majority of the American people are “on our side.” He also cited the 130 Town Hall meetings being held that day in which masses of people were exhorting their congressional representatives – whether they dared show up – not to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Bernie’s opening joke ― that he must have been mistakenly informed that Kansas is a Republican state – underscores that we are certainly not solidly Republican. And the national election that gave us Donald Trump saw Kansas Democrats gain 12 seats in the state House and one in the Senate. Those numbers, plus the moderate Republicans who beat their more conservative opponents, have made for some promising math in the Kansas legislature this session. We in Kansas have been led for over six years by an autocratic ideologue, Sam Brownback, Trump’s country cousin of sorts, and Kansas has a palpable hunger for change. Before the legislature went on break, the House passed a tax reform bill that would have raised personal income taxes, restored a tax bracket and closed the LLC small business loophole that Governor Brownback created. When the Governor vetoed that bill, the House did the seemingly impossible and overrode his veto by one vote. The Senate, the more conservative body, passed the same bill, but were three votes short of a veto-proof majority. After recess, the legislature needs to craft a tax reform bill that will sail over the governor’s veto pen in both legislative branches. A few days after Bernie spoke in Kansas, newly-elected DNC chair Tom Perez was interviewed on NPR. He cited the need for a “50-state strategy,” which he said entailed “not simply electing the president, but we’re also working to elect people from the school board to the Senate across the nation.” When asked whether this strategy had any chance in red states, Perez said: “Well, absolutely. You look at what happened in Kansas. Donald Trump won by 14 points, and they [Democrats] picked up 14 seats in the state legislature because there’s radical social engineering going on by Gov. Brownback.” That was 13 seats, not 14, but Kansas legislators seem to be showing the will to shift from Brownback’s disastrous tax policies that have public school teachers paying more income tax than lawyers. It may not be the start of Bernie’s revolution – this is Kansas, after all – but it’s a return to fairness and common sense over ideology. If it can happen in Kansas, it can happen nationwide. Top photo by Ann Leffler Palmer. -- 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.

03 марта, 12:35

‘Trainspotting’ the Cast and Characters: Then and Now

It has been over 20 years since the first 'Trainspotting' movie came out. Now, it's time to see how the characters have changed after all this time.

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02 марта, 00:00

The Three Donald Trumps Speak

Gail Collins, New York TimesDear Advice Lady: Everybody is saying how reasonable President Trump sounded in his big speech to Congress, but it made me crazy! I was yelling at the TV the whole time. If he bothers me this much when he’s trying to be statesmanlike, how am I going to make it through four years? — Sincerely, Can’t Stand Trump

23 февраля, 20:07

ASHE SCHOW: Due process defenders back Education Department critic to lead Office for Civil Rights….

ASHE SCHOW: Due process defenders back Education Department critic to lead Office for Civil Rights. Critics and supporters alike are wondering who might be the next person to lead the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, which has overseen in recent years an expansion of responsibilities related to campus sexual assault. One name being pushed […]

22 февраля, 20:38

ENDORSED: Law professor who slammed kangaroo courts could lead Trump’s education civil rights off…

ENDORSED: Law professor who slammed kangaroo courts could lead Trump’s education civil rights office. Gail Heriot would be a great choice.

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22 февраля, 16:29

CHANGE: These Republicans didn’t like Trump at first. They do now. “Trump’s a buffoon,” David Sea…

CHANGE: These Republicans didn’t like Trump at first. They do now. “Trump’s a buffoon,” David Searles said before casting a vote for Marco Rubio in the New Hampshire primary. “He scares me,” Rebecca Meyer said before settling on Ben Carson in South Carolina’s primary. “He’s not presidential,” Gail Francioli said after backing Ohio Gov. John […]

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21 февраля, 11:00

Sports are cut adrift in the drive for British Olympic medals | Sean Ingle

With the funding body coming under increasing financial pressure, sports failing its podium test are being made to pay a heavier priceWhen Gail Emms was asked about UK Sport’s decision to reject the desperate pleas of seven sports, including GB Badminton, to be funded for the Tokyo Olympics, she was poetic in her response. “It’s like someone just taking your heart, your emotions, your dreams and basically tearing them up,” said Emms, a badminton silver medallist at the 2004 Olympics, with a sigh.But UK Sport has a tin ear for poetry. Its language is cold, hard, medal-economics. Once it had decided in December that badminton – along with archery, fencing, goal ball, table tennis, weightlifting and wheelchair rugby – had little chance of winning any medals in 2020, any representations to the contrary were always likely to fall on deaf ears. Continue reading...

19 февраля, 18:00

Унижения с раздеванием в полиции США

Наше право быть свободными от необоснованных обысков и арестов было подорвано ограниченной консервативной группировкой, больше обеспокоенной защитой должностных лиц, чем прав рядовых американцев. В прошлом апреле пять консервативных судей Верховного Суда предоставили тюремщикам право раздевать и обыскивать каждого арестованного и заключенного в тюрьму человека, даже если предполагаемое преступление тривиально, и нет никаких оснований подозревать какую-либо […]

16 февраля, 19:01

Australian church sex payout hits US$213m

AUSTRALIA’S Catholic Church has paid A$276 million (US$213 million) in compensation to thousands of child abuse victims since 1980, a government inquiry heard yesterday — the first time the total compensation

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06 февраля, 23:51

Gupta named human resources director at GAIL (India)

Prafulla Kumar Gupta has been appointed director of human resources for GAIL (India) Ltd.

06 февраля, 19:01

Alleged pedophilia priests not investigated

SEVEN percent of Catholic priests were accused of abusing children in Australia between 1950 and 2010 but the allegations were never investigated, “shocking and indefensible” data showed yesterday during

06 февраля, 08:15

25 Colleges That Produce the Most NBA Players

Some schools have had an easier time producing NBA talent over the years, and we have the 25 colleges that develop the most NBA players.

04 февраля, 06:11

Trump’s Unconstitutional Muslim Ban

On January 27, 2017, President Trump made good on his campaign promise to institute a ban on Muslims entering the US. Trump’s executive order (”EO”) is titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.”The EO bars nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from the US for at least 90 days. They include Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and Sudan. The EO also indefinitely prevents Syrian refugees, even those granted visas, from entering the US. And it suspends the resettlement of all refugees for 120 days.None of the 9/11 hijackers came from the seven countries covered by the EO; 15 of the 19 men hailed from Saudi Arabia, which is not on the list. No one from the seven listed countries has mounted a fatal terrorist attack in the United States.Countries exempted from the EO include Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates — countries where Trump apparently has business ties.Trump’s EO violates the Establishment Clause, the Due Process Clause, the Equal Protection Clause, and theTake Care Clause of the Constitution. It also violates the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), as well as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR); both are treaties the United States has ratified, making them part of US law under the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause. The EO violates the Immigration and Nationality Act as well.Six Federal Courts Stay Trump’s EOIn the face of legal challenges, six federal judges have temporarily stayed implementation of parts of the EO, indicating that petitioners have a strong likelihood of prevailing on the merits.On January 28, US District Judge Ann Donnelly of the Eastern District of New York concluded that the petitioners “have a strong likelihood of success in establishing that the removal of the petitioner and others similarly situated violates Due Process and Equal Protection.” She also found “imminent danger . . . [of] substantial and irreparable injury to refugees, visa-holders, and other individuals from nations subject to the [EO].”Donnelly thus enjoined respondents Trump, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), et al from removing anyone with refugee applications approved by US Citizenship and Immigration Services as part of the US Refugee Admissions Program. Holders of valid immigrant and non-immigrant visas, and other individuals from the seven listed countries who are legally authorized to enter the US, are also protected from removal by Donnelly’s order.In spite of Donnelly’s order, CBP agents continued to detain immigrants at airports across the country and send them back, even though some could face persecution in their countries of origin.On January 28, US District Judge Leonie Brinkema of the Eastern District of Virginia forbade respondents Trump et al from removing the three Yemeni petitioners, who were lawful permanent residents being held at Dulles International Airport, for seven days from the issuance of her order. Brinkema further ordered CBP agents to permit attorneys access to all lawful permanent residents (green card holders) detained pursuant to the EO at Dulles International Airport pursuant.Nevertheless, CBP agents refused to allow detained lawful permanent residents to consult with lawyers. On February 1, the Commonwealth of Virginia asked a federal judge to force Trump, CBP and other high government officials to show cause why they should not be held in contempt for refusing to obey a lawful court order.On January 28, US District Judge Thomas Zilly of the Western District of Washington granted a stay of removal and enjoined respondents Trump et al from removing John Does I and I from the US pending a hearing on February 3.On January 29, US District Judge Allison Burroughs and US Magistrate Judge Judith Gail Dein of the District of Massachusetts found that Iranian petitioners, a married couple, both of whom are engineering professors at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, had a strong likelihood of success in establishing the detention/and or removal of them and others similarly situated would violate Due Process and Equal Protection.The two judges also concluded petitioners were likely to suffer irreparable harm. They issued a temporary restraining order, preventing respondents Trump et al from detaining or removing for seven days individuals with refugee applications approved by US Citizenship and Immigration Services as part of the US Refugee Admissions Program. Holders of valid immigrant and non-immigrant visas, lawful permanent residents,] and others from the seven listed countries who, absent the EO, would be legally authorized to enter the US, were also protected from exclusion.On January 31, US District Judge Andre Birotte in Los Angeles ruled that the government must permit immigrants from the seven listed nations who have initial preclearance for legal residency to enter the US. Birotte ordered US officials to refrain from “removing, detaining or blocking the entry of [anyone] . . . with a valid immigrant visa” arriving from one of the seven countries.Attorney Julie Ann Goldberg had filed the Los Angeles case on behalf of more than 24 plaintiffs of Yemeni descent, including US citizens. Over 200 people holding immigrant visas who had left Yemen, and are either related to US citizens or lawful permanent residents, were stranded in Djibouti and prevented from flying to the US.Meanwhile, on February 1, a counsel to the president informed government agencies that the EO does not apply to some categories of immigrants. They include lawful permanent residents, Iraqis who worked for the US government in jobs such as interpreters and people with dual nationality when entering the US with a passport from a country other than one of the forbidden seven.On February 3, US District Judge James Robart in Seattle issued a temporary nationwide restraining order halting the EO’s ban on citizens of the seven countries from entering the US. Judge Robart ruled the EO would be stopped nationwide, effective immediately.The EO Violates the Establishment Clause of the First AmendmentThe strongest constitutional argument for overturning the EO is that it violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.The Supreme Court has held “the clearest command of the Establishment Clause is that one religious denomination cannot be officially preferred over another.” The EO “imposes a selective ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries as well as establishes preferential treatment for refugees seeking asylum who are identified with ‘minority religions’ in their country of origin,” ACLU National Legal Director David Cole wrote in Just Security. Cole cited Trump’s statement on Christian Broadcast News that the intent of his EO was to prioritize “Christians” seeking asylum over “Muslims.”Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Irvine School of Law, observed in the Los Angeles Times, “Although Trump’s order does not expressly exclude Muslims, that is its purpose and effect as it bars entry to individuals from predominantly Muslim countries.”When Trump signed the EO, Cole noted, he “pledged to ‘keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the US.’ Not ‘terrorists’; not ‘radical terrorists.’ But only ‘radical Islamic terrorists.’” Cole concluded that Trump “has violated the Establishments Clause’s ‘clearest command’” as “[T]here is no legitimate reason to favor Christians over all others who are persecuted for their beliefs.”The EO Violates the Due Process Clause of the Fifth AmendmentProcedural due process forbids the government from depriving an individual of life, liberty or property without due process of law. The US government is obligated to hear the asylum claims of noncitizens who arrive at US borders and ports of entry. The Immigration and Nationality Act provides, “Any alien who is physically present in the US or who arrives in the US . . . irrespective of such alien’s status, may apply for asylum . . .” They must be afforded an opportunity to apply for asylum or other forms of humanitarian protection and be promptly received and processed by US authorities. The Trump administration’s denial of an opportunity to apply for asylum violates procedural due process.The EO Violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth AmendmentThe Equal Protection Clause prohibits the government from “deny[ing] to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of laws.” An executive order that has the “purpose and effect of disapproval of a class recognized and protected by state law” violates the Equal Protection Clause, the Supreme Court held in US v. Windsor.Muslim immigrants and non-Muslim immigrants from the seven listed countries are two separate classes of people for Equal Protection purposes. Unequal treatment of different groups based on religion, which is a suspect class, are subjected to strict scrutiny and thus there must be a compelling state interest to justify the disparate treatment. None of the 9/11 hijackers came from any of the seven countries. There have been no fatal terrorist attacks on US soil by anyone from those countries. Therefore, there is no compelling state interest for treating the two classes differently. This is particularly true in light of Trump’s statements that his order would prioritize “Christians” seeking asylum over “Muslims.”As Corey Brettschneider wrote for Politico, the Court drew a clear connection between the protection of religious liberty and the Equal Protection Clause’s prohibition of invidious discrimination in Church of Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah.The EO Violates the Take Care Clause, Art. II, Sec. 3Trump’s EO violates the Take Care Clause of the Constitution, according to Jeanne Mirer, president of theInternational Association of Democratic Lawyers. “This provision requires the President to ‘take care’ that the laws of the country are faithfully executed,” Mirer wrote on Facebook. “The EO on immigration violates this clause because it requires government officials to violate various laws as well as human rights treaties we have ratified. He is also violating it by appointing people who openly oppose the laws they are being asked to enforce. Impeachable offense,” she added.The EO Violates the Convention Against TortureArticle 3 of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) establishes the principle of nonrefoulement. It forbids states parties from expelling, returning or extraditing a person to a state “where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture.” Refugees often flee repressive regimes to escape persecution. Sending people back to a country where they may well suffer torture violates the CAT.The EO Violates the International Covenant on Civil and Political RightsArticle 2 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) forbids states parties from making distinctions in the provision of civil and political rights based on “race, colour [sic], sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.” By giving fewer rights to Muslims than non-Muslims, Trump is violating the ICCPR.The EO Violates the Immigration and Nationality ActAccording to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, no person can be “discriminated against in the issuance of an immigrant visa because of the person’s race, sex, nationality, place of birth or place of residence.” By singling out people from majority-Muslim countries, Trump has violated the Immigration and Nationality Act.Legal and political falloutAttorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia issued a joint statement condemning the EO. One thousand State Department employees likewise opposed the EO.After federal courts stayed the ban, acting Attorney General Sally Yates ordered the Justice Department not to defend the EO, saying she wasn’t convinced it was lawful. Trump responded by firing Yates, stating she had “betrayed the Department of Justice.”Ironically, Senator Jeff Sessions, who will become Attorney General once the Senate confirms his nomination, asked Yates at her confirmation hearing whether she thought the Attorney General had “the responsibility to say no the President if he asks for something that’s improper.”Sessions’ fingerprints are all over the Muslim ban. The Daily Beast reported that Sessions, Steve Bannon and senior policy advisor Steven Miller (a Sessions confidant) drafted the EO.Hundreds of people were kept in limbo after Trump issued his order. A five-year-old boy was separated from his mother for four hours. Erez Reuveni, an attorney with the Justice Department’s Office of Immigration Litigation, said more than 100,000 visas have been revoked. He could not say, however, how many people who had visas were sent back to their home countries. But, William Cocks from the State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs wrote in an email to NBC News, “Fewer than 60,000 individuals’ visas were provisionally revoked to comply with the Executive Order.”Although thousands protested the Muslim ban at airports around the country, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus told CBS News that the ban could be extended.After Donnelly’s order staying Trump’s EO, the DHS and a senior White House adviser declared that the EO remained in force. But they also said the administration would comply with judicial orders. The rubber will meet the road when federal appellate judges, and probably the Supreme Court, rule on the merits of these petitions. If the petitioners ultimately prevail, we will see whether the Trump administration fulfills its legal duty to act in accordance with those judicial decisions.Marjorie Cohn is professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and former president of the National Lawyers Guild. Her most recent book is Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues. Follow her on Twitter @MarjorieCohn.This article first appeared on JURIST. -- 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.

14 ноября 2014, 00:27

Азиатский банк развития сообщил о создании трубопроводной компании ТАПИ

Государственный концерн «Туркменгаз», предприятие Afghan Gas, пакистанская Inter State Gas Systems (Private) Limited и индийская GAIL учредили трубопроводную компанию ТАПИ — Туркмения-Афганистан-Пакистан-Индия — с равными долями участия. Об этом сообщила пресс-служба Азиатского банка развития. АБР в 2013 году был назначен странами-участниками ТАПИ транзакционным советником по созданию трубопроводной компании и выявлению лидера коммерческого консорциума, призванного возглавить строительство и эксплуатацию трубопровода, отмечает в ночь на 14 ноября ТАСС. «Учреждение ТАПИ — ключевой рубеж в развитии газопроводного проекта и осязаемый результат трансформационного сотрудничества между вовлеченными сторонами, предвещающий укрепление энергобезопасности, расширение деловых перспектив и достижение большего мира и стабильности в регионе», — заявил генеральный директор Департамента Центральной и Западной Азии АБР Клаус Герхаузер. Планируется, что по 1800-километровому газопроводу ТАПИ будет ежегодно экспортировать до 33 млрд кубометров туркменского природного газа. Туркмения обладает четвёртыми по величине в мире доказанными запасами газа. Магистраль протянется от туркменского месторождения Галкыныш до пункта Фазилка на границе Индии с Пакистаном. Стоимость проекта превышает $7,6 млрд. Как заявил президент Туркмении на прошедшем в конце октября заседании Совета старейшин, «строительство газопровода ТАПИ планируется начать в 2015 году».