FK Leotar Thu, 12 May 2022 10:09:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 FK Leotar 32 32 Petrol dd: With the official opening of the Ljubač wind farm, Groupe Pétrole consolidates its role as a key player in the energy transition Thu, 12 May 2022 10:09:04 +0000

Investments in the production of electricity from renewable energies are a tangible contribution of the Oil Group to solving the current energy crisis and, at the same time, to the sustainable strengthening of the autonomy and energy transition of households, economy and the country

Knin, May 10, 2022 – After Vjetroelektrarna Ljubač doo received the status of licensed producer on April 4, 2022, the Petrol Group today officially launched its second wind farm – the Ljubač wind farm near Knin (Croatia) – which provides green energy to 30,000 average households. Nine wind turbines will produce approximately 96 GWh of electricity annually. This wind farm also marks the first oil project fully implemented without any financial support or subsidy. In total, the Oil Group currently operates: 2 wind power plants, 30 small solar power plants and 6 small hydropower plants. The Oil Group is continuing its efforts towards a sustainable energy transition in Croatia with an investment in three large solar power plants in the Knin region of Croatia. The solar power plants, with a total investment value estimated at 17 million euros, will start producing electricity at the beginning of 2023.

By building its own electricity production capacities production from renewable energy sources (RES), the Oil Group is pursuing its strategic orientation aimed at becoming a visible regional supplier of global energy and environmental solutions, and a partner in the development of the circular economy for the transition to a low-carbon society. Groupe Pétrole sees great potential in wind energy and plans, builds and manages wind farms in places where it is possible to exploit wind potential in an economically efficient and environmentally friendly way.

The official commissioning of the Ljubač wind turbineplant represents an important step in the production of electricity from RES by the Petroleum Group, which aims to become an integrated partner in the energy transition, also in Croatia. The Ljubač wind farm in Croatia, near Knin, was tested by Petrol in July last year. This is its second wind farm, providing green energy to more than 30,000 average households. This is Petrol’s first project to produce electricity from RES without financial support or subsidies.

On April 4, 2022, Vjetroelektrarna Ljubač doo received the status of licensed producer, followed by the official opening of the Ljubač wind farm today, May 10, 2022. Petrol marked this milestone with a gala opened by Nada Drobne PopovicChairman of the Management Board of Petrol, and Boris AntolovicChairman of the Board of Directors of Petrol doo Zagreb, in the presence of Ivo MilaticState Secretary at the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of the Republic of Croatia, Marko JelicMayor of Šibenik-Knin County, and other guests from decision makers, business partners and the local community.

“Today’s event is reminiscent of the current energy price increases and the uncertain situation in the energy markets, which has been a year-long reminder to us of the need to act. We are already doing this within the Oil Group: investments in the production of electricity from renewable energy sources are a tangible contribution of the Oil Group to solving the current energy crisis and, at the same time, to the sustainable strengthening of the self-sufficiency and the energy transition of households, the economy and the country”, mentioned Nada Drobne PopovicChairman of the Management Board of Petrol dd, during the opening ceremony, “Petrol is one of the largest energy companies in the region and one of the first to actively engage in the energy transition to a low-carbon society. The production of electricity from renewable sources is l one of the key activities for the future development of the Petrol Group into a modern sustainable energy company. Most of our investments in renewable energy to date have been focused on the Croatian market, which is of strategic importance for the Petrol Group. On the occasion of today’s event, I would like to especially thank the local community, professional institutions and decision-makers for their partnership and support in the Ljubač project. We are also happy to see the interest of local communities and companies in Croatia for energy efficiency projects, which also make an important contribution to the energy transition that. We believe that in such projects we share a common interest in the protection of our planet and a green future. At Petrol Group, we are already seeking war to invest in three solar power plants in the Knin region, from which we can expect green electricity early next year.”

Ljubač wind farm consists of nine Nordex wind turbines with a nominal capacity of 3.6 MW, with a total installed capacity of 32.4 MW. The planned annual production is 96 GWh of electricity, enough to power 30,000 average homes. The start of operation of the Ljubač wind farm means that Petrol now owns two wind farms in Croatia. In 2017, the company established the Glunača wind farm near Šibenik, which consists of nine wind turbines, each with a rated output of 2.3 MW, which provide enough energy for 15,000 average households. Together with Ljubač WF, they now generate enough electricity to power up to 45,000 average households.

The oil group has been present for a long time in the field of renewable electricity production. In total, the Oil Group currently operates: 2 wind power plants, 30 small solar power plants and 6 small hydropower plants. Petrol implements most of its projects in the field of power generation from renewable energy sources in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, which have significant wind, solar and hydropower potential. At the end of 2021, the Oil Group has a total installed capacity for renewable electricity generation of 68.9MW. By 2025, the Oil Group aims to exceed an installed capacity of 160 MW by developing and implementing projects for the production of electricity from RES, both for its own needs and for the sale of electricity. The commitment to green energy transition means that the Oil Group will allocate 35% of its total investment potential of €698 million over the 2021-2025 strategic period to energy transition investments, the largest of which part will be earmarked for investments in renewable energies. energy production.

An important next step in Petrol’s energy transition is the investment in the Knin solar power plantsregion in Croatia. These are three large solar power plants with a total installed capacity of 22 MW and a planned electricity production of 29 GWh. The solar power plants, with a total estimated investment value of 17 million euros, will start producing electricity at the beginning of 2023. By investing in the installation of three solar power plants in the Knin region, the Group Petroleum responds to the increased demand for electricity, while continuing Petrol’s commitment to transition to a decarbonized society and a green future, and to support businesses, local authorities and households in their energy transition.

The Oil Group also supports the energy transition through energy efficiency projects. In Croatia, it has already carried out several projects of this type for local authorities, including: the renovation of public lighting (Kraljevica, Oriovac, Podbablje, Pušća, etc.), the optimization of drinking water supply (Čakovec, Međimurje Waters, Slavonski Brod) and optimization of district heating (Zagreb, Sisak, Osijek). In addition, the Petrol Group is active in energy projects in Croatian industry, with a focus on photovoltaics. Finally, the continued expansion of electric charging infrastructure contributes to the energy transition. Groupe Pétrole is present with charging infrastructures in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro. They own and operate over 300 charging stations in the region, ranging from super-fast and fast to those with conventional charging power. According to the strategy, their network will include 1,575 electric vehicle charging stations by 2025.

What will happen to the sale of the tobacco factory in Mostar? – Sarajevo Time Wed, 11 May 2022 12:30:35 +0000

What will happen with the sale of the Mostar tobacco factory (FDM), one of the four oldest companies in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in which the federal government holds 67% of the state capital.

This means that tThere is no end to the agony of 130 workers who have been waiting for more than a decade to resolve their status, writes Avaz.

Public auctions

They are pinning all their hopes on the sale of the company complex, a property that spans an area of ​​19.903 square meters, and which took place more than a month ago in the context of a public auction at the Municipal Court of Mostar.

However, they are actually witnessing the same scenario as in 2019, when, after the then auction and the withdrawal of the first and secondranked bidder, a story spread that FDM real estate, valued at 21 million BAM, would be bought by Mirsad Rahimivsan entrepreneur from Mostar based in Switzerland, for 3.5 million BAM

Why Rahimic abandoned has never been clarified to the public and the workers, just as there is no information as to why Ibrahim Jasim Abdullah Ibrahim Alhuvai from Dubai did not pay the six million BAM he offered on March 22n/a within the time limit.

EventAlthough he presented an extract from the register to the Municipal Court within the three-day time limit, he did not pay the sum. In the meantime, it has been confirmed by the law firm representing the workers, that the second highest bidder “Komochem” doo from Visoko, who bid 5.5 million BAMabandoned.

April 27andthe court announced the conclusion of the sale of real estate from FDM to the third bidder “Mikra-Mativs” from Siroki Brijeg, who offered the amount of five million and 10.000 BAM, which must be paid within 30 days,” it was Explainof the Court.

What will the workers do?

It is interesting that Rahimivs also participated in the auction this time, but, as confirmed, also dropped out, as fifth on the ranking list, with a bid of 4.8 million BAM

The workers of this long-bankrupt company are represented in the collection process with 40 percent, and the rest is mainly related to the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) Tax administration.

There is no sign of bankruptcy

For Recall, workers in late October 2013, after seven unsuccessful calls to sell 67 percent of the state capital, initiated a process of selling movable and immovable property, when all machines used in the production process were left in the hands of JTN “Tabacco” for a miserable 1.1 million.

Exactly one year ago, the FBiH government took the decision to initiate the bankruptcy of FDM, but there is no record of this procedure.


Serbia’s purchase of FK-3s from China marks a shift in Vucic’s diplomatic and defense policy Wed, 11 May 2022 10:29:04 +0000

As the eyes of the world focused on Russia and its invasion of Ukraine, a major military transaction took place between Serbia and China. On April 9, six People’s Liberation Army Air Force Y-20 transport planes landed at Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade, delivering a Chinese FK air defense surface-to-air missile system -3 to the Serbian army.

The deal was signed in 2019 and publicly announced a year later. In March, the Serbian army formed a new unit to take delivery of the FK-3 system. The timing of this transaction is striking given the war in Ukraine. For Beijing, this is part of its well-known ambition to enter European defense markets via Serbia. For Belgrade, the deal is grounded in the need to modernize its outdated defense systems, the foreign policy imperative of balancing major external powers, and its leaders’ desire for domestic support.

China has had ambitions to establish defense industrial cooperation with Europe for decades, an endeavor hampered by the European arms embargo imposed on China in response to China’s crackdown on the Tiananmen protests. (This embargo is still in place, even though some European countries are using the dual-use technology loophole to do business with China.) Serbia, as a candidate for European Union membership, is a useful test subject for Beijing as it seeks ways to enter the European defense market.

As the eyes of the world focused on Russia and its invasion of Ukraine, a major military transaction took place between Serbia and China. On April 9, six People’s Liberation Army Air Force Y-20 transport planes landed at Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade, delivering a Chinese FK air defense surface-to-air missile system -3 to the Serbian army.

The deal was signed in 2019 and publicly announced a year later. In March, the Serbian army formed a new unit to take delivery of the FK-3 system. The timing of this transaction is striking given the war in Ukraine. For Beijing, this is part of its well-known ambition to enter European defense markets via Serbia. For Belgrade, the deal is grounded in the need to modernize its outdated defense systems, the foreign policy imperative of balancing major external powers, and its leaders’ desire for domestic support.

China has had ambitions to establish defense industrial cooperation with Europe for decades, an endeavor hampered by the European arms embargo imposed on China in response to China’s crackdown on the Tiananmen protests. (This embargo is still in place, even though some European countries are using the dual-use technology loophole to do business with China.) Serbia, as a candidate for European Union membership, is a useful test subject for Beijing as it seeks ways to enter the European defense market.

This market is the first known purchase of the FK-3 system in Europe. Similarly, in 2020, China’s shipment of CH-92A drones to Serbia was its first export of military aviation equipment to Europe. In March 2021, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe went on a regional tour of southeastern Europe, visiting Serbia, Hungary, North Macedonia and Greece, all important countries for China then. that it seeks to connect to Europe.

Greece is a maritime hub linking Europe to the Middle East and North Africa. Further north is North Macedonia, a conduit for land traffic as it borders several Balkan countries, followed by Serbia, a country connecting the Balkans to Central Europe via Hungary. All of these countries except Serbia are members of NATO while Greece and Hungary are also members of the EU. The visit showed China’s ambition to conquer other defense markets in the Serbian neighborhood, and the delivery of the FK-3 system is part of this endeavor.

For Serbia, the acquisition of China’s air defense system is part of its effort to modernize its outdated military hardware, much of which dates back to the days of the former Yugoslavia. Much of its arsenal dates back to the days of communist Yugoslavia’s large state military industry, which was partly based on Soviet standards. For a while, this created a fighting force that successfully deterred NATO from a ground invasion of Yugoslavia during the Kosovo War. By then, it was no longer enough to fight the technologically advanced wars of the 21st century. Logically, technology has progressed further since then.

Following the aphorism that generals always fight the last war, control of Serbian airspace has always been at the center of Serbian defense planning. The two previous times Serbia was involved in great power conflict, it had to deal with superior air power, including the Nazi bombing of Belgrade in 1941 and the NATO intervention in Kosovo in 1999, when Belgrade and other major cities were also bombed. The need to provide air defense for the capital and other urban centers is helping to encourage defense modernization. As part of this process and driven by both historical experiences and technological transformations, the Serbian military focuses on any weapon system that flies or shoots things that fly.

Arms procurement is also part of Serbia’s well-established pattern of diversifying its defense partnerships and pitting global and regional powers against each other. The military equipment available to Serbia testifies to this. In 2019, Serbia received MiG-29 fighter jets from Russia and Belarus, but since most of these planes are on the verge of becoming obsolete, they could be replaced by French Rafale jets. Beyond that, Serbia has purchased Mistral missiles from France, an infrared portable air defense system and a rapid-fire Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile system from Russia. In addition to getting Chinese drones, Serbia is in talks to get Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones motivated by drone performance in Nagorno-Karabakh, Ethiopia and Ukraine.

By obtaining weapons systems from powers like China, the Serbian government hopes to increase its bargaining power with the West. Russia also takes into account. Namely, for two years Serbia has replaced Russia with China as the main partner in the East. Indeed, in 2020, when the purchase of the FK-3 system was announced, Russian media articles expressed anger at Serbia for acquiring the Chinese system instead of the Russian-made S-300 missile system.

While the Russians have developed more advanced missile defense systems since then, such as the S-400 purchased by NATO member Turkey and the recently inaugurated S-500, the original S-300 had a status mythical in Serbia, because it is believed that NATO would not have intervened in 1999 if Serbia had then had this system. The FK-3 represents a new wave of Chinese missile technology, and the fact that Serbia decided to go with the Chinese system instead of the Russian system speaks volumes.

With all eyes on Russia, Serbia and China believe they have more breathing room to develop bilateral relations. The ongoing war in Ukraine is already forcing Serbia to cut some of its ties with Russia. After voting in favor of suspending Russia’s membership of the UN Human Rights Council, Serbia won an exemption from EU sanctions against Russian oil companies that allegedly prevented Serbia to import crude oil, as Serbia’s domestic oil and gas industry is majority-owned by Russia. Gazprom Neft.

Although Europe obviously has a leverage effect on Serbia, it is true that Beijing can also fill a large part of the vacuum that will be generated by Belgrade distancing itself from Moscow, as the Serbian political scientist writes Stefan Vladisavljev. The heat drawn by security collaboration with Russia and Moscow’s mixed military performance in Ukraine could push Serbia to adopt even more Chinese military hardware.

Although Serbo-Russian relations are generally described as an alliance of Slavic and Orthodox nations, it is an opportunistic partnership that depends much more on the need for geopolitical leverage than on historical affinities. While it’s unclear whether Vucic will join EU sanctions on Russia to avoid angering pro-Russia voters, his survival instincts certainly tell him he needs to keep a low profile on Russia, which makes China all the more valuable.

Ultimately, domestic politics informs Serbia’s foreign and security policy. In Serbia, the army remains one of the most trusted national institutions, with an approval rating of 65%. Therefore, being seen by the public as a reinforcement of the army earns you ground. In this regard, the ruling Serbian regime led by Vucic, triggered by the war in Ukraine, has shifted the electoral narrative from economic performance to the idea that Serbia needs a strong and experienced leader to ensure the country’s security. in times of global insecurity, as exemplified by the election slogan: “Peace. Stability. Vucic.

Indeed, during the “Shield 2022” military exercise, where the public could see (among other equipment) the FK-3 system and the Chinese CH-92A drones, Vucic declared: “I don’t care about Western embassies or I don’t care about Americans, Russians, Europeans or anyone else I will make decisions in accordance with the interests of the Republic of Serbia A government that acquires advanced weapons and presents itself as a guarantor of the country’s security in troubled times strengthens the regime’s position in the post-election period.

With all of this in mind, a return to war in the Balkans is highly unlikely. Serbia is surrounded by NATO members. Kosovo has a NATO troop presence in the form of the Kosovo Peacekeeping Force. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the EU peacekeeping mission, Operation Althea, was reinforced in response to the war in Ukraine. Despite all disagreements, Serbia is a member of NATO’s Partnership for Peace program. The country practices an Individual Partnership Action Plan, the highest level of cooperation a non-member state can have with NATO.

Serbian leaders could perhaps bide their time by saying to the West, “We are slowly moving away from Russia, so give us a break on China.” It’s a bet that could pay off in the short term but not in the long term, as the Sino-US rivalry will eventually reach Serbia, making the fallout from the war in Ukraine a picnic for Belgrade.

10th Meeting of Regional Central Bank Governors Held – Sarajevo Times Tue, 10 May 2022 06:00:14 +0000

Governor of the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Senad Softic, participated in the 10th Jubilee Meeting of Governors of Regional Central Banks, which was held on May 5-6, 2022 in Rovinj.

The topics of this year’s meeting are inflation and monetary policy, uncertainty and the financial sector in the context of Russia’s presence in the banking sector, as well as economic recovery in light of the conflict in Ukraine. and sanctions against Russia.

On this occasion, the importance of financial stability for the Region, but also for each country, was again underlined. This is best illustrated by the selection as keynote speaker Mr. Klaus Regling, director of the European Stability Mechanism, the eurozone’s apex institution, responsible for maintaining long-term financial stability and prosperity.

Governor Softic stressed that the currency board in BiH is crucial for overall financial, economic and even social stability. Cooperation with responsible institutions has shown that problems, when they arise, can be resolved through good inter-institutional cooperation.

In addition to the Governor of the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the region’s governors’ meeting brought together the governors of the central/national banks of Croatia, Slovenia, North Macedonia and Montenegro.

These meetings are traditionally held each year within the framework of the business weekly “Leader”, with the aim of improving cooperation between the financial institutions of the Region and exchanging experiences in the fight and mitigation consequences of the financial and economic crises.

Now Available: “The Incredible Groves of Webster” | Webster Kirkwood Times Mon, 09 May 2022 05:00:00 +0000

Reedy Press recently announced the release of their latest local interest book, “Amazing Webster Groves,” by Don Corrigan.

Corrigan, inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame in 2020, profiles the city he covered for four decades as editor of the Webster-Kirkwood Times. A writer and professor of journalism at Webster University, he has interviewed television and theater stars such as Phyllis Diller, Charlotte Peters and Martha Mason, the “Goodbye Girl”.

America’s heartbeat is in a St. Louis suburb that’s been on the cover of Time Magazine, the subject of a CBS-TV documentary, and a magnet for pollsters at the time of the presidential elections. . In “Amazing Webster Groves”, discover Old Orchard, where prime real estate was sold in the log cabin of President Ulysses S. Grant, and Webster Park, where a governor, senator and many of the business geniuses of Saint-Louis lived.

Read the true story of the Webster TV housewife who named her husband ‘Fang’, the man whose gubernatorial election was delayed when Democrats cried foul, zoologist who pleaded for “charismatic megafauna,” an atomic-age activist who collected 300,000 baby teeth for strontium-90 detection and a Pulitzer-winning author at age 24. Discover the city’s remarkable college and a famous seminary where theologians who advised presidents taught under its Oxford tower. “Amazing Webster Groves” is available wherever books are sold.

Corrigan has reported for his news group on Russia, Bosnia, Northern Ireland and Vietnam. He won a Gannett Foundation Award and the Lewis C. Green Environmental Service Award for his environmental writing. He is the author of eight books.

book signings

• Book launch: Saturday, May 14, 1 to 3 p.m., Webster Groves Bookstore, 27 N. Gore Ave.

• Coffee meetings and book signing: May 16-20, weekdays to be determined, from 8 am to 10 am, at the outdoor terrace of the Webster Garden Café, 117 E. Lockwood Ave.

• Speech and Book Signing: Thursday, May 19, 6:30-8 p.m., at The Novel Neighbor, 7905 Big Bend Blvd.

Global Elections 2022: Global Rise of Alpha Dreamers Sun, 08 May 2022 08:44:29 +0000

Who are these five billion alpha dreamers around the world? are they globally connected, mostly silent and invisible among billions of people around the world? How did they slowly come together to form the “most informed bloc” of global audiences that has ever existed in human history? What are their main objectives and what are their targeted objectives? On the surface, they yearn for the common good and grassroots prosperity.

A new global consciousness is emerging; at this point, their lights and world influences are mostly unknown to them, accidentally and randomly stumbling across the knowledge of the world, bringing them here, as if simply growing a new world forest. A super-powerful popular force, their goals will slowly fortify themselves as a manageable world opinion, in pursuit of the common good. Not to be confused with a regular age-based generation labeled by academia; it’s more like the sum total of humanity’s intelligence once the hyper-interconnectedness has created its own new global voice, indispensable for addressing global challenges. The storm of new national elections faces a new world opinion, but how?

The old flat earth is missing: Once our ancient world believed that the earth was flat, today our world is also at the same point but needs a drastic change. Metal tubes with lenses in clever hands with special vision changed the fear of falling from flatness to accepting a spherically rotating universe. The Renaissance has happened, new worlds have been discovered, new lights have arrived. Millions of commoners have confined themselves but change has come. Unstoppable was the strength of humanity.

Observe our visible damage: Throughout the free world, there is a lack of depth in the school of political science, there is a void in the structuring of government, and there is a distinct void in national leadership of sorts. Lacks of grassroots prosperity and social justice are generally visible as global damage to global citizenship. Therefore, this is the global opinion of ordinary people on the common streets of the world, connected through the common thread of digital communication. They are ‘Alpha’ because they are the first thinking force and ‘Dreamers’ because they are the first big groups dreaming of change. Alpha dreamers for the first time have enough on-going knowledge to come up with better solutions than the old schools and failing institutions of our time.

Listen to the distant noise: Over the past two decades, societies large, small, rich and poor around the world have increasingly had individual digital connections, slowly transforming into local voices and opinions bouncing to local, regional, national and now global levels. Observe the similarity of answers to all questions about world affairs on any ordinary street all over the world. Notice the hardening of opinion and the display of diverse but sharp current knowledge on the subject. Thanks to the unstoppable global rains and thunderstorms of social media technologies. Local public opinion that once dominated and controlled the narratives of local election experts around the world is now being swept away by global opinion and a stark new warning of the lack of understanding of an interconnected global era.

Humanity is diverse and tolerant: Such a mature understanding of the problems of the world age by the world masses still largely seeks diversity, tolerance and peace. However, openly identifies the lack of grassroots prosperity as the number one problem while also acknowledging the vested interests behind all the chaos. The tribalization of local communities as special agenda planning is openly visible in developed economies. However, the global population of the world is restless, according to the Carnegie Endowment of International Peace, showing across the world some 230 demonstrations in some 110 countries in recent times. Most protests are about political discourse demanding economic well-being and rarely about attacking other nations.

Children of 2000: Overall, children born in 2000, now 22 years old, under the age of the Internet, already have much more “world knowledge”. Centuries ago it took almost 100 years to gain knowledge about the world and those lucky ones with some global understanding spoke only a few last words of wisdom on their deathbed. Therefore, flat earth believers have lasted for millennia.

Humanity is not animality: Today, the ‘children of the year 2000’ alone possess far more global knowledge at such an early age than any previous civilization ever created. Therefore, it is possible that only one generation in the years to come will be equipped enough to decide the future of humanity on the broken old systems that are now openly destroying all major functionality of humanity. Humanity is not animality. “Excerpts from the “Children of 2000” brochures published in 1985, followed by a series of lectures by Naseem Javed” Investigate more “Population Rich Nations” and “Knowledge Rich Nations” on Google.

Notice the silence in the roundhouses: Today, openly visible economic damage, openly exposed skill levels, lack of social justice and measured basic economics. Only five-star triple blanket economies, in the hands of addicted fake cash driving the world like crash test dummies towards nuclear war as if in a comedy episode, a Netflix series finale set for new colonies on Mars. No thanks. Humanity has a long way to go, let’s all go together.

National Mobilization of Hidden Talents: Observe how Imran Khan of Pakistan has mobilized and connected with the nation and how digitized nations are now oceans of connected public opinion. Notice how 100 other nations are in similar situations, beating old-fashioned political pundits for ignoring global age issues. The youth of the world needs a national mobilization of entrepreneurship to elevate the local economy of small and medium enterprises, women and untapped citizens of the world are tired of incompetence in economic development. It’s a digitized world now. Investigate more on Google.

Why is the United States not alone? In 2022 alone, around the world, some 35 other nations will also go through national elections. Here is the list, in no particular order, Sweden, Australia, Brazil, Hungary, Philippines, Tunisia, Somalia, Chad, Libya, Mali, Gambia, and Republic of Congo, Senegal, Angola, Kenya, Sao Tome and Principe, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti , Costa Rica, Colombia, Lebanon, Bahrain, Serbia, Slovenia, Malta, Latvia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nauru, Fiji, Cook Islands and Papua New Guinea.

The eye of the storm: The 2022 United States midterm elections take place on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. There are 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 34 of the 100 Senate seats contested. Thirty-nine state and territorial governors and numerous other state and local elections were contested. There are victories in the air, there are defeats in the breeze, a cyclone of uncertainty is building and the blizzard of economic frost awaits. Are Americans also becoming wiser and more connected to the world?

What is planned for a radical change? When billions are in motion to vote, choose, lose or decide, listen to the tectonic changes, certain peace repairs or certain wars created. Wars have never been decided by mobs of citizens advancing on other nations, only leadership as economic policy decisions. Our interconnectedness, humanity’s gift, the green economy, has put Lorenz’s chaos theory to the test; the flapping wings of a butterfly caused a cyclone in distant lands. Watch out, when a strategic push of a few small things suddenly sweeps across the world, creating the perfect storm of our time. A great change is now essential because a new era will break out.

Select an action plan: Will the Internet Kill Switch or Complete Elimination of Electricity Save Today’s Lingering Power? Will there be bold open national debates or an anaconda of silence will strangle all discussion? Will riot gear become the priority of budget items over basic prosperity issues? Will the connected alpha dreamer pick better options and vote smart? Nevertheless, critical thinking will eventually become common thinking; humanity is still resilient, otherwise it lives in caves. Choose wisely. The rest is easy.

Saint-Louis seeks to increase its population with Afghan refugees Sat, 07 May 2022 12:40:28 +0000 ST. LOUIS (AP) — Inamullah Niazai sits on the porch step of his red brick home in St. Louis and smiles at the bustle of activity around him — his mother and father chatting in the front yard, his two young girls chewing a chocolate ice cream bars.

“Anything is possible here,” said 23-year-old Niazai. “We are so lucky that my family can be here together.”

An aggressive effort in St. Louis is trying to attract Afghan refugees like Niazai. Around 600 have arrived so far and another 750 are expected later this year.

Civic leaders hope that over the next few years, thousands more will decide to move to the Midwestern city, helping to offset seven decades of population loss and rejuvenate urban neighborhoods – much like the arrival of Bosnian refugees. did it three decades ago.

It has been nearly nine months since the Afghan capital of Kabul was handed over to the Taliban. Since last summer, more than 76,000 Afghan refugees have moved to the United States. While California and Texas have received most of the displaced Afghans, many will eventually move elsewhere.

In the 1990s, St. Louis became the most popular American landing place for Bosnians displaced by war in the former Yugoslavia. Of the approximately 300,000 people who fled to the United States, some 40,000 now live in St. Louis and the region.

They revitalized an area on the south side of the city which is now often referred to as Little Bosnia. The area includes markets, cafes, car repair shops and other businesses owned by Bosnians. They have their own online journal, their own chamber of commerce.

Bosnians have also provided a much-needed demographic boost in a city that is losing residents at an alarming rate, from a peak of more than 850,000 in 1950 to just under 300,000 today.

The St. Louis Afghan Resettlement Initiative is supported by over $1 million in donations and more than 800 volunteers, and is supported by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis, the International Institute of St. Louis and other nonprofit groups. Supporters say they received no opposition to their efforts.

Jerry Schlichter, a lawyer who is the organizer and one of the main funders, said the initiative helps find housing and jobs, connects newcomers to training such as courses in computer coding and gave grants to start-up companies.

The St. Louis effort also provided funds to establish an online Afghan newspaper, chamber of commerce and community center.

“There is a mutual need. We have stagnated,” Schlichter said. “With this unique opportunity with Afghan refugees ending up somewhere in this country, we should take advantage of it.”

Arrey Obenson, president and CEO of the International Institute of St. Louis, said he is confident that the new refugees will revitalize neighborhoods, just as the Bosnians have done.

“The reality of the situation we face is that if we look at the city of St. Louis and the rate of population decline, we have to find a way to bring people into the community to reverse the trend,” Obenson said.

Saint-Louis is not the only city with a declining population trying to attract Afghan refugees.

Detroit also reached its population peak in 1950, when 1.85 million people lived there. Today, the population has dropped by two-thirds, to around 640,000.

Detroit business and community leaders launched the Detroit Refugee Network in April, hoping to raise more than $1 million to provide services such as housing, education, transportation and language training . About 250 Afghan refugees have settled in Detroit, and about 400 others elsewhere in southeast Michigan.

Like St. Louis, Detroit’s history has proven the value immigrants can bring, said Steve Tobocman, executive director of Global Detroit.

Tobocman and Alan Mallach, a senior fellow at the Center for Community Progress, studied two Detroit neighborhoods filled with immigrants from Bangladesh, Yemen, Mexico, and Central and South America. Both of these neighborhoods have grown by nearly 50% over the past two decades or so.

The result is less crime, more than 100 new businesses and a reduction in vacant homes and tax foreclosures, according to the study. Residents surveyed were more satisfied and optimistic than Detroit residents as a whole.

“Depopulation is what’s really driving these neighborhoods into pretty dire circumstances,” Tobocman said. “The vacancy, the lack of retail opportunities, the lack of jobs. Simply stabilizing the population or, in a few cases, growing the population can reverse this trend.”

Housing is a major obstacle for Afghan refugees. Across the country, thousands of people still live in hotels.

But in early May, only two Afghan families were still in hotels in St. Louis because the initiative has a program guaranteeing payment to landlords, Schlichter and Obenson said.

Niazai, his wife and their two young daughters fled Kabul last year. They were first sent to Washington, DC, then to temporary accommodations in Texas. They chose to meet in Saint-Louis because other parents were already there.

The initiative helped them find a place to rent – a brick house on a quiet street a few miles south of Gateway Arch which is now home to 11 family members. The volunteers provided furniture, food and what Niazai called “welcome money”. Someone even gave him a car.

Niazai said he felt at home in St. Louis.

“We will stay,” he said. “My future is good here.”

Bosnia and Herzegovina company installs largest solar power plant with EU help – Sarajevo Times Sat, 07 May 2022 09:30:07 +0000

Madi, based in Tešanj, as one of the leaders of the food industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina, now has the largest solar power plant for its own needs. Assistance in the implementation of this vital project not only for middaybut also the wider community, came through the EU4AGRI project.

“When we encountered supply problems during the pandemic, we realized how important our independence was and how important it was that the resources we use came from BiH,” said Emina Salkičević-Dizdarević, Director Marketing and General Affairs midday the society.

For more than two decades, the midday company operates in the processing and production of various meat products to the highest standards. Today it is recognized as the absolute leader in the Bosnian market and it is one of the few companies authorized to export fresh chicken meat to the European Union market.

The quality of the production process and distribution to its end users is in the hands of the army of midday‘s – about 630 of them are employed directly in this company and more than 500 cooperate through subcontracted farms.

The uncertainty caused by the global pandemic and the hampered work processes were an additional incentive for the company to embark on a new investment, unique in its kind in BiH.

“It’s about building a plant to produce electricity using solar energy. This plant was designed exclusively for our needs and is the largest project in Bosnia and Herzegovina for this purpose,” says Ermina.

Solar panels are installed on an area of ​​5,500 square meters and allow the production of electricity for midday, enough to cover about 15 percent of its total consumption. This will help the company reduce costs, ensure a smooth production process, but also a certain level of autonomy.

“We are large consumers of electricity and this investment is of great importance to us, especially given the announced increase in the price of electricity for businesses. The contribution of this investment is enormous, not only economically for us who will be using this power plant, but also for the environment,” explains Ermina.

Investing in renewable energy is part of a series of efforts by Madi to improve its work processes, while taking care to preserve and protect the environment by reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

According to the current estimate, midday will produce 1147 MWh of electricity per year thanks to its solar panels, which will directly contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions by around 900 tonnes.

In midday they do not hide their satisfaction with the project implemented, and announce new investments in order to further reduce their costs and contribute to the protection of the environment.

“After seeing all the benefits of this project, we decided to expand the plant. We will invest additional equity in increasing another 1 MWh of solar energy. In this way, we will produce around 30% of our energy from our own sources. We are very concerned about the environment as a company and this is one of the measures we want to take to contribute to our community at large”, adds Ermina.

The construction of the solar power plant was supported by the EU4AGRI project with 300,000 BAM, while the value of the investment amounted to 600,000 BAM.

Local air operators suspend flights due to increased OPEX Sat, 07 May 2022 02:42:29 +0000

By Kester Kenn Klomegah

Russia’s tourism industry, both inbound and outbound, is badly hit by the war-ravaged crisis that unfolded in the former Soviet republic of Ukraine in late February. For more than two years, the tourism industry has been affected due to the spread of Covid-19 which has turned the world upside down.

Industry operators say the impact on tourism of Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine has pushed the United States and Canada, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries to impose a series of sanctions, which currently affect the smooth operation of a tourist business.

According to statistics, in the past three years, including Covid-19 restrictions and the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, foreign airlines carried around 128.1 million passengers, but most passengers were stranded in due to border closures and repatriated in 2020. As Covid-19 subsided and the latest round of sanctions reduced travel abroad, especially to the United States and Europe for Russians.

Analysts expect tourism activity to grow significantly inside Russia. Russian tourists could instead opt for destinations in South America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa such as Cyprus, Thailand, Turkey, Malta, Maldives, Zanzibar and Egypt. Russian citizens may not be afraid of a sharp rise in airfare prices, because in the coming spring and summer, costs are determined, among other factors, by demand and the power of purchase.

Many Russian tourists are stranded due to economic sanctions, handicapped by bank withdrawals using the international credit card system. Zarina Doguzova of the Russian Federal Tourism Agency told local Russian media that nearly 90,000 tourists had been repatriated in March.

According to the agency, Egypt has the highest number of package tourists from Russia. The repatriation process has been hampered and is taking longer due to new Western sanctions targeting planes that should be used for special flights from Egypt to Russia. Tour operators have struggled to bring Russian package tourists back using different means, including foreign airline connecting flights via third countries from the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, the Maldives and Thailand.

On April 4, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced that from April 9, Russia would lift restrictions on flights to 52 countries imposed due to the pandemic, including Argentina, India, China, South Africa and other friendly countries. It applies to scheduled and charter flights between Russia and several other foreign countries.

It will take into account the epidemiological situation of each country: a previous decision was taken to completely lift restrictions on scheduled and charter flights with Algeria, Argentina, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana , Brazil, Venezuela, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Egypt and Zimbabwe.

The rest includes Israel, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Iraq, Kenya, China, North Korea, Costa Rica, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Mauritius, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Mozambique, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar, Namibia, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Serbia, Syria, Thailand, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, Fiji, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, South Africa and Jamaica.

The protracted war in Ukraine threatens several tourist destinations that rely on Russian visitors. Turkey, Uzbekistan, United Arab Emirates, Tajikistan, Armenia, Greece, Egypt, Kazakhstan and Cyprus are among the top 25 countries for outbound Russian tourism in terms of flight capacity, according to Mabrian Technologies, an intelligence platform for the tourism industry.

For example, Egypt’s economy is heavily dependent on tourism from Russia and Ukraine, with these two countries accounting for around a third of all visitors each year. Egypt is working to open up tourism markets, especially for Germany, England, the Czech Republic, Italy and Switzerland, following the lifting of travel restrictions to Egypt.

Thousands of Russian tourists visit Thai resorts. The Russian-Ukrainian crisis with Europe could further push Russian tourists to popular destinations in Asia and a few destinations in Africa. Although Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted, not all of these countries are considered popular destinations for Russian tourists. Russia seeks to develop and promote domestic tourism.

According to statistics, Russian tourists have spent more than 300 billion dollars abroad over the past 20 years, and their money could build national tourism infrastructure. Experts also say that Russia’s tourism infrastructure has seen some growth over the past year, and it’s important not to lose that momentum under the current circumstances in the world.

The Federal Tourism Agency, which promotes both domestic and foreign tours, highlighted steps taken by the Russian government to put tourism on the right track, including offers of subsidies for local destinations, an effort to encourage and promote domestic tourism, which is safe and provides comfortable conditions for Russian tourists, in the coming seasons.

The Russian government’s latest package of measures to support the economy in the face of sanctions will affect the tourism industry and a number of other sectors, and it includes tax incentives, the council’s vice president said this month. of the Federation, Nikolai Zhuravlev.

According to the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR), outbound tourism will steadily pick up despite the current international situation and the rising dollar and euro exchange rates, and the declining share of foreign tours in the volume of sales in February and March, during the months of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis.

Russia’s membership has been withdrawn from international organizations, the latest being the United Nations Human Rights Council. On March 8, the Executive Council proposed the holding of an extraordinary assembly to consider a possible suspension of Russia’s membership in the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

Inflation has not peaked yet Fri, 06 May 2022 17:58:47 +0000

ZAGREB, May 6 (2022) – Addressing a traditional conference of regional central bank governors in the northern Adriatic city of Rovinj on Friday, Croatian National Bank (HNB) Governor Boris Vujčić , said all central banks had revised down their growth projections for this year and inflation has yet to peak.

Last month, the HNB revised its growth projections for this year, forecasting real GDP growth of 3.2%, down from its previous projection of 4.1%, assuming the war in Ukraine does not does not last long and that energy prices gradually return to normal.

The HNB estimates that inflation would average 5.4% in 2022, after reaching 2.6% in 2021.

The government also recently revised its growth forecast for 2022 from 4.4% to 3.0% and an inflation rate of 7.8%.

“At the moment consumption is still good. We haven’t seen it slowing down. Inflation will continue to rise and it’s not peaking yet. We’re still waiting for the April figures. What will happen later will depend on the evolution of the However, the war has not yet had much impact on us. Nevertheless, the longer it lasts, the deeper the cumulative effects will be, “said Vujčić in his speech at the conference of governors of regional central banks, organized by the weekly Lider business.

He added that when inflation goes above 5.0%, it starts to affect expectations and spreads to more and more product groups. In Croatia, we have seen an increase in the number of products whose price has increased by more than 5.0%, he said.

“We cannot make real forecasts and it all depends on energy prices. However, inflation has nothing to do with the adoption of the euro as legal tender, as other factors affect the price development,” he said.

Regional bank governors discussed the repercussions of the Russia-Ukraine conflict and Sberbank’s resolution, with Vujčić saying that even though Croatia is the EU’s youngest member state, it has managed to convince Brussels to a resolution plan outlining what should be done with the subsidiary banks if the “parent bank goes into liquidation”.

“Sberbank turned out to be a good precedent for future cases in Europe and there will definitely be more,” Vujčić noted.

Governor of the Central Bank of North Macedonia, Anita Angelovska Bezhoska, said Europe expects slower growth this year and next.

Senad Softić from Bosnia and Herzegovina said his country had to review some parameters due to war and inflation, but the banking sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina was stable.

Central Bank of Slovenia Governor Boštjan Vasle said Slovenia’s economy had grown faster than the European average due to its milder epidemiological restrictions during the pandemic. He said the two main drivers of growth were exports and increased consumption. “Our current forecast is not so optimistic, but consumption is still strong,” he added.

Adrović: Intensive preparations for the introduction of the euro

Croatian Banking Association President Zdenko Adrović said that Croatia is preparing intensively for the introduction of the euro.

“The looming inflation and potential rise in interest rates raise new challenges for monetary policies and banks. But that’s not all, because all of this is happening as Croatia prepares intensively to introduce the euro as legal tender. Banks have a huge role in the whole process and that’s why it’s the main problem this year,” Adrović said, adding that the deadline was too short.

“Croatia will become a state with the shortest time to introduce the euro since joining the ERM II mechanism.”

The good news is that prices in the country are already closely linked to European prices, so joining the eurozone is a logical economic and political choice for the country which is largely euroized anyway, Adrović said.

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