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Slovak Republic: Determined action needed to fight corruption in executive government posts and in the police force says GRECO - In its evaluation report published last August, GRECO urges the Slovak Republic to strengthen the effectiveness of its legal framework and policies to prevent corruption amongst persons with top executive functions (ministers and other senior government officials) and the police force. The report was prepared against the backdrop of repeated mass demonstrations demanding stronger integrity of politicians and the police…
TROUBLED WATERS OVER OIL: Russia’s contaminated oil crisis - You may never have given much thought to organic chlorides - unless you’re interested in chemistry, of course - but you have almost certainly owned or used items in whose manufacture organic chlorides played a vital part.  There are many uses, you will discover, to which organic chlorides can be put.      They are essential in the manufacture of PVC, for…
WE OUGHT TO BE GIANTS Putin tries to make Chekhov’s words come true by force - The new ICBM missile to replace the Soviet-era Voevoda © mil.ru There’s no doubt, according to expert observers, that Russia’s current military capacity is far ahead of what it was just a decade ago.   Given its rapid advances, many are beginning to wonder where it will be in another ten years.   It is certainly raising eyebrows (and hackles) at NATO.  …
WOODEN BUILDING – 10 floors will provide for 25 apartments to be built on a 400 m2 lot in Monaco - A 10 floors glued-laminated timber tower to be built in Monaco! Upbrella Construction will provide the patented Upbrella construction system for the construction of a glued-laminated timber residential building in Monaco. The project’s 10 floors will provide for 25 apartments to be built on a 400 m2 lot on Boulevard d’Italie and is to be certified to the sustainable building norm…
MONACO World pioneer with 100% 5G coverage - Other countries such as South Korea, the United States, the United Kingdom and Spain have rolled the technology out but only to select pilot cities. Monaco took advantage of its small surface area to take the giant leap forward and become the first state in the world with full 5G coverage. Since 9 July, 2019, individuals and businesses in Monaco…
CEB launches Award for Social Cohesion - The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) launches an annual competition to acknowledge outstanding contributions to social cohesion across Europe. The CEB Award for Social Cohesion will bestow a €25,000 prize on a project that addresses pressing social issues in one of the CEB’s 41 member countries.   Eligible for nomination are individuals over 18 years old and small organisations from…
Young people are key to preventing violent extremism, says new UNDP report - A New report supported by the Government of Norway underscores the need for systematic participation of young people in decision-making and governance to prevent and respond to violent extremism. Young people are key to the prevention of violent extremism and must be involved as partners in developing and implementing policies which effectively counter the growth of extremism, according to a…
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FROM GREELAND’S ICY MOUNTAINS The real estate bid that’s all too real - When I was small, my mother used to play the piano and sing an old song to me that I never liked.   She wasn’t being cruel; she genuinely liked it herself.  (Some of the others she sang to me I found scary, like The Erl King, or "Erlkönig" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, set to music by Franz Schubert and…
SUPER OR SUPINE? The EU’s craven response to bullying by China - Josep Borrell High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy© Wikicommons On May 9, in a statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, which launched Europe on the road towards the European Union, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, said “Our response to the corona virus will define our global rôle…
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