Daily Archives: October 23, 2017

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Cu o floare se face primăvară…Cîteodata si din întămplare.

Cu o floare se face primăvară…Cîteodata si din întămplare.

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France 24 :   Abe’s conservative coalition was on track to win at least 312 seats in the 465-seat parliament with only a handful left to call, according to public broadcaster NHK, putting the blue-blooded nationalist on course to become Japan’s longest-serving leader!

Abe’s conservative coalition was on track to win at least 312 seats in the 465-seat parliament with only a handful left to call, according to public broadcaster NHK, putting the blue-blooded nationalist on course to become Japan’s longest-serving leader.
It would also means Abe’s coalition would retain its two-thirds “supermajority”. That would allow Abe to propose changes to pacifist Japan’s US-imposed constitution that forces it to renounce war and effectively limits its military to a self-defence role.
The hawkish prime minister said the crushing election victory had hardened his resolve to deal with the crisis in North Korea, which has threatened to “sink” Japan into the sea and fired two missiles over its northern islands.
“As I promised in the election, my imminent task is to firmly deal with North Korea. For that, strong diplomacy is required,” stressed Abe, who has courted both US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

France 24 :  Italy’s Veneto and Lombardy overwhelmingly back greater autonomy in referendums

Italy’s Veneto and Lombardy overwhelmingly back greater autonomy in referendums

Two of Italy’s wealthiest northern regions on Sunday voted overwhelmingly in favour of greater autonomy in the latest example of the powerful centrifugal forces reshaping European politics.


Voters in the Veneto region that includes Venice and Lombardy, home to Milan, turned out at the high end of expectations to support the principle of more powers being devolved from Rome in votes that took place against the backdrop of the crisis created by Catalonia’s push for independence.
Veneto President Luca Zaia hailed the results, which were delayed slightly by a hacker attack, as an institutional “big bang”. But he reiterated that the region’s aspirations were not comparable to the secessionist agenda that has provoked a constitutional crisis in Spain.
Turnout was projected at around 58 percent in Veneto, where support for autonomy is stronger, and just over 40 percent in Lombardy. The presidents of both regions said more than 95 percent of voters who had cast ballots had, as expected, done so to support greater autonomy.
The votes are not binding but they will give the right-wing leaders of the two regions a strong political mandate when they embark on negotiations with the central government on the devolution of powers and tax revenues from Rome.
‘Our own back yard’
Secessionist sentiment in Veneto and Lombardy is restricted to fringe groups but analysts see the autonomy drive as reflecting the same cocktail of issues and pressures that resulted in Scotland’s narrowly-defeated independence vote, Britain’s decision to leave the EU and the Catalan crisis.
“What this vote has shown is that there is no ‘autonomy party’ in Veneto — what there is is an entire people who back this idea,” said Zaia.
“What’s won is the idea that we should be in charge of our own back yard.”
Lombardy governor Roberto Maroni said he would be looking to present detailed proposals on devolution within two weeks, in a bid to ensure they are considered before national elections due by May next year.
“I will go to Rome and ask for more powers and resources within a framework of national unity,” he said.
Analysts say the northern regions’ enthusiasm for autonomy does not represent a threat to the unity of Italy in the short term.
But they do see it being a disruptive force over coming decades, particularly as the heavily indebted central government can ill afford to forego the net contribution it gets from the country’s most dynamic areas.
Pandora’s box
“Although not threatening the unity of the State, this process risks opening a Pandora’s box and setting in motion widespread centrifugal forces within Italy,” said economist Lorenzo Codogno.
A former senior official in the finance ministry, Codogno expects Sunday’s referendums to feed into an ongoing discussion on constitutional reform with the likely outcome a much more federalised country on the model of Germany, rather than disintegration.
Lombardy and Veneto are home to around a quarter of Italy’s population and account for 30 percent of its economic output.
With lower unemployment and welfare costs than the Italian average, both regions are large contributors to Italian government coffers.
Lombardy sends 54 billion euros ($63 billion) more in taxes to Rome than it gets back in public spending. Veneto’s net contribution is 15.5 billion euros.
The two regions would like to roughly halve those contributions by repatriating powers in up to 23 different areas.
The two regional presidents, both members of the far-right Northern League, notably plan to ask for more say over infrastructure, the environment, health and education.
They also want new powers relating to security issues and immigration — steps which would require changes to the constitution.

BBC News: Catalonia crisis: Officials ‘will not follow orders from Madrid’

BBC News: Japan PM Shinzo Abe promises to handle North Korea threat

Today’s Holiday: Chulalongkorn Day

Today’s Holiday:
Chulalongkorn Day

Chulalongkorn Day is a national holiday in Thailand commemorating King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), the king who abolished slavery and introduced numerous reforms when the country was still called Siam. He succeeded to the throne in 1868 when he was 15 years old, was crowned in 1873, and ruled until his death in 1910. He had been a pupil of Anna Leonowens, who taught the young prince about Abraham Lincoln. The story of her stay in the royal court, and her teaching of the royal children and concubines, was told in Margaret Landon’s book, Anna and the King of Siam. More…

Today’s Birthday: Michael Crichton (1942)

Today’s Birthday:
Michael Crichton (1942)

While pursuing a medical degree at Harvard University, the intensely private Crichton began writing novels under a pseudonym. He published The Andromeda Strain during his final year and went on to write several best-selling works, many of which were made into films, including Jurassic Park and Congo. He unexpectedly died of throat cancer in 2008. While in college, he once submitted an essay by George Orwell under his own name as an experiment. What grade did he receive? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: The Hungarian Republic Is Officially Proclaimed (1989)

This Day in History:
The Hungarian Republic Is Officially Proclaimed (1989)

The defeat of the Central Powers in WWI brought the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary to an end and led to the creation of an independent Hungarian republic, which, in 1949, came under Communist control. Though a 1956 uprising was suppressed, Hungary became the most tolerant of the Soviet bloc nations of Europe and finally replaced Communism with a multi-party democracy with free elections in 1989. Hungary’s relative freedom compared to other Eastern bloc countries led to what satirical nickname? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Henry Fielding

Quote of the Day:
Henry Fielding

Guilt has very quick ears to an accusation. More…

Article of the Day: The Lindbergh Operation

Article of the Day:
The Lindbergh Operation

The first so-called transatlantic operation, the Lindbergh Operation was a telesurgical procedure performed in September 2001 by a team of French surgeons located in New York on a patient in Strasbourg, France. The minimally invasive procedure to remove the patient’s gallbladder was performed by a surgical robot that received instructions from a doctor via a high-speed fiber optic service. The virtual elimination of what inherent aspect of long-distance transmissions made the procedure possible? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: (it’s) little wonder

Idiom of the Day:
(it’s) little wonder

It is not at all surprising (that something is the case). Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: fixity

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) The quality of being incapable of mutation.
Synonyms: immutability
Usage: Darwin challenged the fixity of species with his theory of evolution.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch