February 2014

With the excitement of the forthcoming ITB Berlin building, we would like to extend an invitation to you for two important and informative panels on child protection. The details of these presentations follow below. If you are attending ITB this year, please come along! Is there a Place for Child Protection in Tourism? Wednesday 5th […]

Interior Minister Rasko Konjevic confirmed that Softic, a local correspondent for the daily newspaper Vijesti in the town of Berane, has obtained police protection, which will be formalized at the next government session. It comes after the National Security Agency estimated that he is not safe. After meeting police officials in Podgorica on Thursday, Softic […]

Ahead of the resumption of Karadzic?s trial next week, when the last defence witness will testify, the former Bosnian Serb leader asked for an extended break because of the huge amount of evidence and testimony that he will have to sift through and sum up. Karadzic argued that, in the only case of ?similar complexity? […]

E-cigarettes caused the biggest controversy among EU legislators Members of the European Parliament voted today (26.02.2014) on an agreement reached with the member states on regulating tobacco products. The new rules impact labels and packages and are meant to keep especially young people from smoking. The British Labour member of the European Parliament (MEP) Linda […]

The Internet has no place for your grandmother?s commonsense communication aphorisms. That old standby ?If you can?t say something nice, don?t say anything at all,? for instance, is laughably anachronistic online, where opinions need not be well thought out, facts don?t need to be checked, and rage needn?t be reined in. Considering this reality, it […]

In a special session Sunday, Ukraine?s legislature voted to give the speaker of the Ukrainian assembly temporary presidential power. Oleksandr Turchinov is an ally of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who was freed from prison Saturday. The whereabouts of ousted president Viktor Yanukovych remained unclear Sunday, one day after he left Kyiv. Border guards say […]

Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev, in Sochi for the final day of the 2014 Olympic Games, said that he did not see his visit as political but was to pay his respects to Bulgarian athletes who had earned the right to compete among the best in the world. Earlier, the anti-government Protest Network called on Plevneliev […]

Elmar Brok believes the EU doesn?t need Russian money to save Ukraine The Chairman of the European Parliament?s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Elmar Brok, travelled to Ukraine with a European delegation last weekend. In Kiev he met former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko after her release from jail. For him, it is too early for […]

Denouncing the narcissism of the young seems to have become a generational rite of passage, from the Silent Generation labeling the Baby Boomers ?the ?me? generation? to the Boomers calling their own kids ?the ?me me me? generation.? Calling young people self-centered is an easy way to annoy them, but it might do something more […]

February 24th, 2014 4:20pm Posted In: Natural Gas, News By Country, United Kingdom Shell has signed an agreement with the UK Government to move forward with the Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project in Aberdeenshire. The project is led and owned by Shell and SSE. It aims at capturing 10 million tonnes of CO2 […]

February 24th, 2014 4:26pm Posted In: Pipelines, Natural Gas, News By Country, South Stream Pipeline Gazprom’s management (Credit: Gazprom) Russia?s Gazprom and Austria?s OMV met to discuss bilateral cooperation with particular attention to the South Stream project, reads a note released on Sunday.  The two delegations led by OMV?s CEO Gerhard Roiss and Gazprom?s Alexey […]

February 25th, 2014 2:27pm Posted In: Natural Gas, News By Country, Germany Kurt Bock, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF (Credit: BASF) Germany?s BASF reiterated its interest for takeover targets in the oil and gas industry, in light of strong financial results in 2013 and a positive outlook for 2014.  The world?s […]

What happens to an art movement dedicated to perpetual movement when the world eventually moves on? This is among the tantalizing questions provoked by ?Italian Futurism: 1909?1944: Reconstructing the Universe,? the brainstorm of a show that fills most of the Guggenheim Museum. It?s an enormous exhibition, and it looks terrific in Frank Lloyd Wright?s rotunda, […]

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