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Πέμπτη, Ιανουαρίου 29, 2015

Ukraine’s Naftogaz sues Gazprom for $6 billion in Stockholm arbitration (Gazprom’s report)

The Ukrainian national energy company Naftogaz is claiming $3.2 billion compensation from Gazprom in a lawsuit filed with the Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal for lower gas transit via Ukraine and related interest, according to a report released by Gazprom on Thursday...
Naftogaz’s total claim together with interest amounts to $6.2 billion, the Russian gas giant said in its financial statements for the first nine months of 2014.

The Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal will hold oral hearings on mutual claims filed by Gazprom and Ukraine’s national energy company Naftogaz not earlier than in February-March 2016, the Russian gas giant said in its IFRS financial statements released on Thursday.

Naftogaz filed a claim with the Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal on October 13, 2014, seeking to "oblige Gazprom to pay a compensation of $3,200 million (and related interest) to Naftogaz Ukraine for the failure to provide gas for transit," the Russian gas giant’s financial statements said.

Naftogaz also seeks to acknowledge that the transit tariff stipulated in the gas contract with Gazprom "should be revised in such a way as provided in further written statements of Naftogaz Ukraine in line with key principles of the Swedish contractual law," the report said.

Russia’s gas transit to Europe via Ukraine totaled 58.9 billion cubic meters in 2014 compared with 83.9 billion cubic meters in 2013 and 92.2 billion cubic meters in 2009....................http://itar-tass.com/en/economy/774077

Κυριακή, Δεκεμβρίου 21, 2014

A dynamite catch - Global Times

Two foreign fishing boats suspected of conducting illegal fishing  activities are blown up by the Indonesian navy in Ambon Bay, Indonesia, on Sunday. The destruction of the Papua New Guinea-flagged vessels follows a government ruling requiring the sinking of almost all foreign ships illegally fishing in the waters of Indonesia. Photo: IC
A dynamite catch - Global Times

Παρασκευή, Δεκεμβρίου 05, 2014

Fresh lawsuit filed against planned restart of nuclear reactors in Japan

Nine residents filed for an injunction order on Friday to suspend the planned restart of four nuclear reactors in western Japan, local media reported.

The nine people, who are from Fukui, Kyoto and Osaka prefectures, claimed that there is an "actual and looming risk" of nuclear accidents, and requested the Fukui District Court to call off the planned restart of four reactors at Takahama and Oi nuclear plants.

Takahama and Oi nuclear plants are both located in Fukui Prefecture. Both plants' No. 3 and No. 4 reactors are currently undergoing safety screening of the Nuclear Regulation Authority for resuming operation.

The Fukui District Court ruled in May that the Oi nuclear plant shall not be restarted. But another district court made a contradictory ruling last month, rejecting a demand by citizens seeking suspension of possible resumption of Takahama and Oi plants.

Currently, all nuclear reactors in Japan remain offline. Power utilities are desperate to bring nuclear plants back online due to high costs of thermal power generation, while public concerns over nuclear safety are still strong.

 Source: Xinhua - globaltimes.cn


Παρασκευή, Φεβρουαρίου 14, 2014

UN human rights commissioner criticizes Turkey’s Internet law

The Office of the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has criticized Turkey for its controversial Internet law, saying it may lead to breaches of human rights.

A statement released by the OHCHR on Feb. 14 criticized the law, which was allowing Turkey’s telecommunications authority (TİB) to block websites without first seeking a court order. The law was adopted Feb. 6 by Parliament and is currently awaiting President Abdullah Gül’s approval. 

“We are concerned legislative amendments adopted by the Turkish Parliament last week regulating the use of the Internet may lead to breaches of human rights, in particular the right to freedom of expression and opinion, and the right to privacy,” the statement said.

Law 6518 will also require Internet service providers to store data on web users’ activities for two years and make it available to the authorities upon request without a judicial order, the statement recalled, adding that Internet service providers will face severe penalties if they fail to remove content deemed to be illegal.

“Even before the amendments, Law 5651, enacted in May 2007, placed broad restrictions on Internet use. Since the law came into force, approximately 37,000 websites have reportedly been denied operation by court orders and administrative blocking orders,” the statement said.

The OHCHR said the law was incompatible with Turkey’s international human rights obligations, in particular those related to freedom of expression and the right to privacy.

  • On Feb. 8, a group of people gathered in several Turkish cities, protesting the amendment’s passing in Parliament. The protests, especially in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, were met with harsh police crackdowns. 

  • The OHCHR called on Turkish authorities “to ensure the police force does not resort to excessive use of force and other human rights violations while performing their duties during demonstrations.” 
  • “Acts of sporadic violence or other punishable acts committed by some individuals in the context of peaceful protests should not be used by the authorities to deprive others of their right to freedom of peaceful assembly,” it said. 

Τρίτη, Ιανουαρίου 22, 2013

«Περιττό βάρος» αποκάλεσε τους ηλικιωμένους ο Ιάπωνας υπουργός Οικονομικών

Taro Aso
Οργή στον κόσμο για την προκλητική δήλωση του Τάρο Ασο. 
Η νέα κυβέρνηση της Ιαπωνίας βρίσκεται μόλις έναν μήνα στην εξουσία, αλλά ήδη ο υπουργός Οικονομικών προσέβαλε δεκάδες εκατομμύρια ψηφοφόρους λέγοντας ότι οι ηλικιωμένοι είναι ένα «περιττό βάρος για την οικονομία» της χώρας του ανατέλλοντος ηλίου.

Η προκλητική δήλωση του Τάρο Ασο έχει εξοργίσει τον κόσμο στην Ιαπωνία, όπου σχεδόν ένας στους τέσσερις από τους 128 εκατ. πολίτες είναι άνω των 60 ετών. Το ποσοστό των ηλικιωμένων αναμένεται να αυξηθεί στο 40% τα επόμενα 50 χρόνια.

Ο και πρώην πρωθυπουργός Ασο είπε ότι πρέπει «να επιτρέψουμε στους ηλικιωμένους να βιαστούν να πεθάνουν» για να μην χρειάζεται να πληρώνει το κράτος για την περίθαλψή τους! «Θεός φυλάξοι αν σε αναγκάσουν να συνεχίσεις να ζεις όταν θέλεις να πεθάνεις. Εγώ θα ένιωθα πολύ άσχημα γνωρίζοντας ότι για την νοσηλεία μου πληρώνει η κυβέρνηση. Το πρόβλημα δεν θα λυθεί εκτός και αν τους αφήσεις να βιαστούν να πεθάνουν», είπε ο 72χρονος Ασο σε μια συνάντηση του εθνικού συμβουλίου με θέμα τις μεταρρυμθίσεις στο σύστημα της κοινωνικής ασφάλισης.

Η πρόκληση δεν σταμάτησε εκεί: ο υπουργός χαρακτήρισε «ανθρώπους στα σωληνάκια» τους ηλικιωμένους ασθενείς που δεν μπορούν να τρέφονται μόνοι τους. Το υπουργείο Υγείας και Κοινωνικών Ασφαλίσεων, είπε, «γνωρίζει καλά ότι κοστίζει δεκάδες εκατομμύρια γιέν» τον μήνα η νοσηλεία ενός ασθενούς που βρίσκεται στα τελευταία στάδια της ζωής του.

Εκτός από το κόστος, η φροντίδα των ηλικιωμένων είναι ένα μεγάλο πρόβλημα και για τις κοινωνικές υπηρεσίες στην Ιαπωνία. Σύμφωνα με μία έκθεση αυτή την εβδομάδα, ο αριθμός των νοικοκυριών που λαμβάνουν κοινωνικά επιδόματα και περιλαμβάνουν μέλη ηλικίας άνω των 65 ετών, ανέρχεται σε περισσότερα από 678.000, ή περί το 40% του συνόλου.

Αύξηση παρουσιάζει και ο αριθμός των ανθρώπων που πεθαίνουν μόνοι, οι περισσότεροι από τους οποίους είναι ηλικιωμένοι. Το 2010, 4,6 εκατ. ηλικιωμένοι ζούσαν μόνοι τους, και ο αριθμός εκείνων που πέθαναν στο σπίτι ανήλθε στο 61% το διάστημα 2003-2010, από 1.364 σε 2.194 ανθρώπους.

Η κυβέρνηση σχεδιάζει να περικόψει τις δαπάνες για την κοινωνική ασφάλιση στον επόμενο προϋπολογισμό, που θα αρχίσει να ισχύει από τον Απρίλιο. Λεπτομέρειες για τις περικοπές αναμένονται τις ερχόμενες ημέρες.
  • ‘Hurry up and die’: Japanese minister bemoans cost of prolonged life

The elderly should be allowed to finish their days without artificially sustaining their lives, says Japan’s finance minister. The social security system is being crippled by support for people over 60, already constituting a third of the nation. ­Well known in Japan for his harsh mode of speech, Deputy PM and the head of the Finance Ministry Taro Aso told at the National Council on Social Security Reforms that the Japanese government pays for the meaningless enforced prolongation of lives of those whose days are numbered.“Heaven forbid if you are forced to live on when you want to die,” he said. “You cannot sleep well when you think it’s all paid for by the government.”Taro Aso, 72, revealed that he has written instructions left for his relatives that prohibit artificial prolongation of his life when his hour comes.
Taro Aso, appointed as Finance and Deputy Prime Minister (AFP Photo / Kazuhiro Nogi)
Taro Aso, appointed as Finance and Deputy Prime Minister (AFP Photo / Kazuhiro Nogi)
Aso named himself as an example of a person who would not cling to life with the help of medics, keeping the spark of life with meds and a heart and lung device.“I don’t need that kind of care. I will die quickly,” Aso said.The minister has reportedly been referring to “tube people” in terminal condition who cannot feed themselves. The minister gave them advice to “hurry up and die,” reports AFP, instead of burdening the state with prodigal end-of-life medical care.Almost a third of Japan’s 128 million population are older than 60. Within next half century the number of pensioners will reach 40 per cent of the population.Though his sharp remark has sparked a scandal, Aso has not resiled from his statement, explaining that this is his personal belief and it does not correlate with “what the end-of-life medical care system should be.”“It is important that you can spend the final days of your life peacefully,” Taro Aso stressed.Taro Aso represents an influential industrialist family with proven political ties. Aso’s grandfather Shigeru Yoshida was one of the most influential and respected Prime Ministers in the country’s history, heading the Japanese government that put Japan on the road of revival after the catastrophe of WWII. A former PM himself, Taro Aso is married to a daughter of another Japanese PM.Aso has a notorious reputation of being contrary to what is generally understood as being politically correct.Back in 2001, when Aso occupied the chair of minister of the economy, he tied up the essential prosperity of a country with the desire of “rich Jews” to live in it.

Παρασκευή, Ιανουαρίου 18, 2013

Indigenous community clashes with loggers in the Amazon

Trucks filled with timber from illegal logging operations in the Amazon have been stopped in their tracks by an indigenous village protesting the continued exploitation of their lands.
With little or no support from the local or federal authorities, the Pukobjê-Gavião people in Maranhão state, Brazil, are refusing to stand aside as their forests are destroyed by illegal loggers.
The Pukobjê-Gavião have blocked four trucks and a tractor filled with fresh timber from leaving their lands. 
Frederico Pereira Guajajara, a member of the neighboring Indigenous Land “Arariboia”, says he was assaulted as he began filming the Pukobjê-Gavião protests as the trucks were trying to leave their land.

"Loggers beat me on my head, pushed me, broke my phone and wanted to throw me in the fire, but did not because the other Indians started to leave," he said.
The Federal Police were informed of the confrontation by the Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI) and the Federal Public Ministry.
The police arrived to investigate and seized the logger’s equipment but left the land empty-handed just hours later. A group of 100 people – made up of loggers, according to media reports – barricaded the access road to the territory with burning tires, preventing the police from leaving the indigenous land with the seized machinery.
According to Augusto Gavião – a leader from a village of the same name – the police have since left the area, without giving any notice.
"We are not able to go to the city, because it is dangerous for us. We are being threatened by loggers, they call here and say they will kill us," Gavião said.
"The situation is not resolved. We are waiting for Funai (the Brazilian National Indian Foundation) to contact us again, this time with the prosecutors and police. The trucks will have to be removed from here."
The public prosecutor from the municipality of Imperatriz, Douglas Fernandes, said they are demanding the Federal Police, Funai and Ibama resolve the case. He said the illegal logging of indigenous lands is common practice in the region.
In May 2012, Greenpeace denounced the destructive logging practices in the region – driven by the production of pig iron – the raw material of steel.
An investigative report about the impacts of the pig iron industry was released showing the degrading conditions in this production chain, including invasion of protected areas for illegal logging and charcoal used in the work by slave labour.
Two months after the allegations, the pig iron industry of Maranhão signed a public commitment for zero deforestation in its supply chain. Under the agreement, producers have two years to implement a monitoring system to ensure that none of their suppliers produce coal with wood from native forests or deforestation to plant eucalyptus trees that are turned into charcoal.
Lack of governance and the new Forest Code has made a case for a Zero Deforestation Law in Brazil.
In March, a petition for a zero deforestation law in Brazil was launched.
Just a few months later, over 600,000 people have signed onto the citizen’s initiative.
According to Brazil’s laws, if 1.4 million people support the Zero Deforestation initiative, it could be presented to the Brazilian Congress and become law. Learn more about the Zero Deforestation Law and support Brazil’s call to end Amazon destruction.

Σάββατο, Οκτωβρίου 20, 2012

The future of the Amazon uncertain | Greenpeace International

For ten years, the fate of Brazil’s forests have hung in the balance as the future of the Forest Code has been up for grabs. We’ve see the debate over the law come to a head over the last few years, as the agribusiness sector pressed the Congress for major changes to the law and the scientific community and 80% of the public opposed drastic changes to the law.
Today, President Dilma has ignored the call of the people of Brazil and taken final steps to approve a new law that opens the Amazon up for destruction. 
President Dilma Rouseff announced today, approval of the provisional measures of the new Forest Code with 9 partial vetoes,  making the law that has protected the Amazon for almost 70 years a thing of the past, paving the way for new areas of expansion for the agribusiness sector and granting amnesty for past forest criminals. Vetoes sound like a a drastic measure but in reality they will do nothing new to protect the Amazon. ........The future of the Amazon uncertain | Greenpeace International

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