‘Unión Europea tiene plena responsabilidad por guerra civil en Ucrania’

first_imgLo que sigue es una entrevista a mediados de septiembre con Vasilij Volga, presidente de la Unión de las fuerzas de Izquierda, ex miembro del Parlamento y ex director de la Comisión Estatal de Servicios Financieros de Ucrania, por el austriaco Wilhelm Langthaler.Wilhelm Langthaler: ¿Cuál es, en retrospectiva, su posición sobre el acuerdo de libre comercio entre Ucrania y la Unión Europea?Vasilj Volga: El acuerdo es realmente perjudicial para el interés económico nacional de Ucrania. Había un elemento populista en la propaganda de las fuerzas que protagonizaron el golpe militar como, por ejemplo, facilitar los visados, etc. Debemos cancelar de inmediato el acuerdo de comercio y reconstrucción de los lazos económicos con Rusia y toda la región con el fin de servir a nuestro interés nacionales.El levantamiento popular en el este se ha dirigido también contra este acuerdo injusto. Si la rebelión había ganado, si el interés nacional no hubiera sido traicionado, la guerra civil podría haberse evitado. Ucrania podría haber desarrollado sus fuerzas económicas de una manera dinámica como puente entre Europa y Asia.WL: ¿Qué piensa sobre el actual gobierno encabezado por Poroshenko?VV: Es realmente criminal y ha cometido el espectro completo de los crímenes contra la humanidad. Con el fin de lograr sus objetivos, Poroshenko y su equipo han sido la destrucción de las instituciones básicas del Estado. Ellos están apoyando y promoviendo el radicalismo. Podría dar muchos ejemplos de eso.WL: Es el acuerdo de Minsk un camino hacia la resolución de conflictos?VV: Para cumplir con el acuerdo de Minsk es sólo una posibilidad para lograr la paz. Estamos en contacto constante con nuestros amigos de Donbass, que no está bajo el control de Kiev. Existe, de hecho, la oportunidad de traer la región de nuevo a Ucrania si se les concede la autonomía y la federación. Pero esto requiere la plena aplicación del acuerdo.Una ley de amnistía debe ser aprobada y la condición especial de Donbass debe fijarse constitucionalmente. Necesitamos una misión de observación internacional. Tenemos que luchar contra cualquier provocación que busca la división entre naciones, lenguas o grupos étnicos. El sistema judicial debe ser devuelto de acuerdo con la constitución. Se debe procesar a los medios de comunicación y sus propietarios que han estado presionando para este conflicto. Paso a paso vamos a tener que reconstruir un estado común.WL: ¿Qué papel jugó la UE en este conflicto?VV: Fue la UE, la que trajo esta tragedia en nuestro país. Ellos firmaron un plan de paz con el presidente Yanukovich que se comprometieron a garantizar. En virtud de dicho acuerdo, Yanukovich estaba programado a retirarse después de medio año. Al día siguiente, Alemania y Francia apoyaron y reconocieron las fuerzas de derecha ultra radical. Si se trataba de un mal acuerdo, ¿por qué lo firmaron? ¿Si se trataba de un buen acuerdo, por qué no ponerlo en práctica?Si tratamos de reconstruir nuestro país y establecer la paz, ¿cómo podemos confiar en Alemania y Francia para jugar el papel de los mediadores? En cualquier caso, la UE tiene que llevar toda la responsabilidad por el conflicto – por no hablar de los EE.UU.WL: ¿Puede explicar el proyecto de la Unión de las Fuerzas de Izquierda?VV: Estamos tratando de formar una alianza de fuerzas de izquierda, que están totalmente dispersos por ahora. El régimen de Ucrania está a punto de desmantelar los últimos vestigios del estado de bienestar. Todas las fuerzas políticas que luchan por la justicia social están siendo reprimidos. Este es el sentido de la llamada ley de la descomunistización bajo la cual se prohibió también el Partido Comunista. Ni socialistas ni los socialdemócratas son capaces de operar. La Unión de las Fuerzas de Izquierda quiere establecer una plataforma jurídica para la izquierda, que está tratando de defender y proteger los logros sociales restantes. Las personas clave en el CP se unieron. Lo mismo hicieron exponentes del Partido Socialista y de la Organización de Control Civil (una organización no gubernamental se convirtió en una formación política).WL: ¿Qué pasa con la represión contra usted personalmente?VV: Mis posibilidades de expresarme son muy limitadas. Cuando fui atacado físicamente durante una conferencia de prensa en Zaporozhye en la primavera pasada, muchos canales de televisión tomaron imágenes. Así que hay un montón de pruebas. Me dirigí al ministro del interior, la presidencia y los servicios secretos para iniciar la persecución penal. En un mensaje transmitido en privado, el Ministro Avakov dio una respuesta clara: Cualquier oficial de hacerlo sería despedido. El Tribunal Supremo de Ucrania, sin embargo, decidió abrir investigaciones, pero Avakov sólo se rió de esa decisión. Nada ha ocurrido hasta ahora. Cualquier actividad pública por nuestro grupo es atacada por los paramilitares Azov y ninguna autoridad puede moverse en contra de ellos.WL: ¿Cómo, en estas ­condiciones, se puede pensar a las ­elecciones?VV: Realmente no lo sé. Las personas tienen miedo en este momento. La fuerza física se utiliza en contra de nosotros. Mi esposa está bajo constante terror psicológico de las llamadas telefónicas y correos electrónicos. Teniendo en cuenta todos estos problemas, que no sabemos si podemos asumir esta responsabilidad.Vasilij Volga está programado para abordar el No Foro Euro, que tendrá lugar en Chianciano Terme, Siena, Italia, a partir del 16 al 18 de septiembre.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Judy Kaye Begins Performances in Wicked on Broadway

first_img from $95.00 Judy Kaye(Photo by Bruce Glikas) Related Shows View Commentscenter_img We’re thrillifyed! Two-time Tony winner Judy Kaye will start performances as Madame Morrible in Broadway’s Wicked on February 16. She steps in for Kathy Fitzgerald in the role at the Gershwin Theatre.Kaye took home the Tony for Nice Work If You Can Get It and Phantom and received nominations for Souvenir and Mamma Mia! Her additional Broadway credits include Cinderella, Sweeney Todd, Ragtime, On The 20th Century and Grease.The cast also currently includes Rachel Tucker as Elphaba, Carrie St. Louis as Glinda, Jonah Platt as Fiyero, Peter Scolari as the Wizard, Dawn Cantwell as Nessarose, Michael Genet as Dr. Dillamond and Zachary Piser as Boq. Wickedlast_img read more

Parting with Your Dream Client is Such Sweet Sorrow

first_imgNever give up. Never give in. Given enough focus, time, and energy, all obstacles yield.There was the one time a client said, “We will never work with you again.” They worked with me and my company again. There was one stakeholder who promised that no one in her company would ever work with us. “Ever,” she said. She disappeared, and like magic, we were back.The only constant is change. You know it here as constant, accelerating, disruptive change (which has been around since before there was anyone around to notice it).You are going to lose clients. Sometimes it will be your fault, and other times you will be blameless. This is the reality of business, commerce, evolution, and quite especially, sales. There are times when you and your client—even the one you love—must part ways.Your client is going to be purchased by a larger rival. That company is going to have a contract with your rival. You are going to find yourself on the outside of a relationship that just acquired your relationships. Even if you are better than your rival and right for the company that bought your dream client, it will be necessary for you to displace your competitor. But remember, you have some part of the building wired with your past relationships.Some client is going to move their operations overseas. They’re going to go to Mexico, or Shanghai, or Nicaragua. Maybe they’re going to move part of their operations to Europe, or two states over, neither of which are close enough for you to manage their business. Companies leave and come back. Your company grows and expands. Forever is a long time.That favorite of all favorite clients, the one that loves you and is easy to take care of, has experienced what some call “negative growth,” which is a euphemism for declining sales and unintentionally shrinking the business. Now, the favorite client is conscious of money, and their new perception, the one that is based on survival at all cost, means they are no longer going to give you the investment you require. They want a price you can’t meet, and that means they are walking across the street to your competitor. They’re gone . . . but perhaps not forever.As much as it is in your interest not to churn clients, it is also in your interest to accept the fact that, over time, you are going to lose clients. The way you hedge here is to always have enough of a pipeline and growing sales to be able to withstand the loss of any one client. The other way you hedge is to persist over time, knowing that nothing is forever. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Now the hard part

first_imgHong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte A waste of time, cries Donnie Nietes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Alas and his team battle a rejuvenated Magnolia squad that has snapped out of a three-game slump and it is the first date in a three-match schedule where Phoenix will battle the league’s three champions last year.“The heavyweights,” Alas said of his team’s last three elimination round games. “But I firmly believe that my players can win by playing defense.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Fuel Masters (7-1) try to keep their vise-like clamp on the lead with the hope of tabbing one of two twice-to-beat bonuses in the playoffs. But the Hotshots will enter the 7 p.m. duel having regained their confidence following a 92-86 breakthrough victory over the Meralco Bolts.“What we’re eyeing for now is to take the first two spots to be able to put a foot in the semifinals,” Alas said. Louie Alas is bracing for a really tough stretch for his Phoenix Pulse squad in the PBA Philippine Cup.And how the Fuel Masters run this gauntlet will provide an idea of how deep they can go in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Larry Muyang provided the spark for the Knights, nailing 15 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, to help his team into the win column.Christian Fajarito added 15 points and seven rebounds while Jeo Ambohot contributed 14 points and 12 boards.“We’re happy we finally won,” said Petron-Letran coach Bonnie Tan in Filipino. “Then again, here in the D-League, win or lose we gain experience so it’s a win. I’m just happy that we didn’t back down from the challenge today.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Magnolia is the reigning Governors’ Cup champion. Phoenix’s last two games include Philippine Cup defending champion San Miguel Beer and Commissioner’s Cup champion Barangay Ginebra.Meanwhile, Rain or Shine—which lost its share of the top after a 100-92 loss to TNT last Sunday—takes on Columbian with the hopes of recharging its bid for a top-2 finish at the end of the elimination round and a playoff bonus as well.The 3-5 Dyip (3-5) are walking on thin ice and are hoping for a perfect run in their final three games to punch their first quarterfinals ticket since 2015.“We’re taking it one game at a time,” said Johnedel Cardel, whose Columbian is coming from a stunning loss to current league doormat Blackwater.First winOver at the D-League, Petron-Letran whipped AMA Online, 108-91, on Tuesday at Paco Arena in Manila.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

5Dimes Releases Big Ten Football Champion Moneyline Odds

first_imgThe 2015 Big Ten football champion won’t be decided until this December, but it’s already time to start thinking about which programs have put themselves in the best positions to take the crown. 5Dimes has released its Big Ten Champion moneyline odds, and as you’d imagine, the Ohio State Buckeyes, with three potential Heisman Trophy candidates at quarterback, are the favorite to repeat as champions. Michigan State, Wisconsin and Nebraska are the next-best bets.Purdue has the worst odds, as you’d imagine. If you put down $100 on the Boilermakers, you’d make $8,000 if they won the B1G title.Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 1.35.28 PMMichigan, in its first season under new head coach Jim Harbaugh, has the sixth-best odds at +1300. You can check out odds for all of the conferences, as well as the national title, here.last_img read more

Watch Tim Tebow, Nick Saban Jump Into A Lake Together

first_imgTim Tebow, Nick Saban speak with ESPN's Marty Smith.The media knows Alabama head coach Nick Saban for his long rants during media conferences and for winning four out of the last seven national championships.He has a playful side too, though.In an interview with ESPN reporter Marty Smith and college football analyst Tim Tebow, Nick Saban opened up his home on Georgia’s Lake Burton and revealed that playful side.Don’t believe it? Watch him jump into the lake with his two visitors, fully clothed:[email protected] & @MartySmithESPN invited themselves to Nick Saban’s house. See the full interview at 9:30am ET on ESPN.https://t.co/sYa0CWA2N1— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 28, 2016The SportsCenter preseason interview with the acclaimed coach set a goal of humanizing the legend. ESPN promoted the visit as “Nick Saban like you’ve never seen him before.” From previews, it definitely lives up to that expectation.The interview took at the end of July, shortly before Alabama opened fall camp. The intimate group made points to discuss non-football topics, including life and family.In addition to jumping into a lake with Saban, the two ESPN representatives grilled the coach on his keys to success while he casually drove his boat.“I don’t think about what was accomplished in the past. I really spend all my time thinking about the next challenge,” Saban told the two reporters.The Tim Tebow, Nick Saban and Marty Smith interview aired this morning at 9:30 E.T. on SportsCenter. It will continue to air throughout the day.Alabama opens its 2016 season Sept. 3 against USC.last_img read more

Emotional first day in trial of farmer accused of killing Indigenous man

first_imgBATTLEFORD, Sask. – People are bracing for another emotional day at the trial of a Saskatchewan farmer accused of killing an Indigenous man on his property.There were tears in a Battleford courtroom Tuesday as Gerald Stanley’s trial got underway.Stanley, 56, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of Colten Boushie, 22.Boushie, who was from the Red Pheasant First Nation, died from a single gunshot wound to the back of his head on Stanley’s farm near Biggar on Aug. 9, 2016.Court heard that Boushie was behind the wheel of an SUV that was trying to leave the farm when he was shot.Jurors were warned in advance that some of the evidence would be graphic.Pictures of the disabled vehicle with Boushie’s lifeless body laying on the ground, along with blood stains on the seat and dashboard, were upsetting to members of his family.“The trial’s begun and it’s been hard on us to sit there,” said his cousin Jade Tootoosis outside court.“I just want to encourage people to come out for themselves to come and bear witness and hear for yourselves as everything unfolds.”Boushie’s uncle, Alvin Baptiste, brought an eagle feather with him to the trial.“This is for truth and justice,” he said during a break. “This is a symbolic symbol of First Nations people.”He said Boushie’s mother, Debbie Baptiste, had to leave the courtroom.“She’s not sitting in the courtroom to see those graphic pictures,” he said. “The pictures are pretty graphic to see my nephew laying there and the blood splatter all over the vehicle like that and it’s reopening the wounds again.”Some of the people attending the trial were wearing T-shirts that said ‘Justice for Colten’.The trial is scheduled to last three weeks.Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more