France Administration – Val De Moder http://val-de-moder.org/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:05:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://val-de-moder.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Val-De-Moder-icon-150x150.jpg France Administration – Val De Moder http://val-de-moder.org/ 32 32 Here’s how gas prices in the United States compare to the rest of the world https://val-de-moder.org/heres-how-gas-prices-in-the-united-states-compare-to-the-rest-of-the-world/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:05:12 +0000 https://val-de-moder.org/heres-how-gas-prices-in-the-united-states-compare-to-the-rest-of-the-world/ Warning: This chart requires JavaScript. Please enable JavaScript for a better experience. It’s summer. You are taking this long-awaited road trip, perhaps for the first time since the pandemic. Your first stop, a gas station. Cue the shock sticker. In the United States and many other countries, prices have skyrocketed pandemic restrictions have eased and […]]]>

It’s summer. You are taking this long-awaited road trip, perhaps for the first time since the pandemic. Your first stop, a gas station. Cue the shock sticker.

In the United States and many other countries, prices have skyrocketed pandemic restrictions have eased and demand for fuel has increased. Labor shortages, refinery closures and the war in Ukraine have limited supplies, pushing prices even higher.

Even though prices fell before the July 4 weekend, Americans are still paying between $4 and $7 a gallon. Filling a half tank of a Toyota Camry – one of the most popular sedans in the world – costs around $40. If you drive a 2010 Camry — a model year we use based on the average age of cars on US roads — you’ll go about 32 miles per gallon.

And that means $40 will get you about 250 miles on the highway.

[Analysis | The truth about gas prices and oil production]

But how far would $40 get you in the rest of the world? As US costs at the pump hit record highs in June, they were lower than other countries with the largest economies, including France, Canada, China and Britain, but higher than those of other major oil-producing countries such as Russia and Saudi Arabia.


How far $40 worth of gas will get you

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The distances shown are for a 2010 Toyota Camry,

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How far $40 worth of gas will get you in the

countries with the largest economies

The distances shown are for a 2010 Toyota Camry,

that goes 32 miles per gallon.

How far $40 gas will get you in countries

with the greatest savings

The distances listed are for a 2010 Toyota Camry, which goes 32 miles per gallon.

How far $40 worth of gas will get you in the countries with the biggest savings

The distances listed are for a 2010 Toyota Camry, which goes 32 miles per gallon.

How much gas your money buys depends on many variables, including taxes, government subsidies, refining costs, distribution, and marketing.

“Oil is a globally traded commodity, and there are no easy substitutes,” said Jeff Barron, an oil industry economist at the US Energy Information Administration. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was “very disruptive” to the global market, he added.

Reporters from The Washington Post spoke with people around the world to see how high fuel costs are affecting their lives and what governments are doing — if anything — to cushion the impact.

France


Gas cost: $8.11/gallon

How much did gasoline cost last summer: $7.01/gallon

Average annual income: $33,724

Government action: Since April 1, France has been offering motorists a fuel discount and reimbursing service stations for the loss of profit. Estimates suggest it’s costing the government more than $2 billion.

South Africa


Fuel cost today: $5.61/gallon

How much did gasoline cost last summer: $4.55/gallon

Average annual income: $4,862

Government action: While prices in South Africa increased in June, the government temporarily reduced gasoline taxes. Many drivers say they feel they need more help.

Colombia


Gas cost: $2.17/gallon

How much did gasoline cost last summer: $2.31/gallon

Average annual income: $5,246

Government action: Gas prices in Colombia are among the lowest in Latin America due to the government subsidy. But with the fuel are now funding $3 billion in debt, the government has warned it will soon start raising prices.

South Korea


Fuel cost today: $6.33/gallon

How much did gasoline cost last summer: $5.29/gallon

Average annual income: $25,752

Government action: Prices are the highest in a decade and continue to climb, although the South Korean government has reduced its fuel tax twice.

United Arab Emirates


Fuel cost today: $4.15/gallon

How much did gasoline cost last summer: $2.34/gallon

Average annual income: $39,306

Government action: The government took no action to mitigate the price spike. In recent months the cost of gas has doubled – the first big increase since the UAE deregulated fuel in 2015.

Germany


Gas cost: $7.46/gallon

How much did gasoline cost last summer: $6.81/gallon

Average annual income: $39,093

Government action: The government cut gas taxes, driving down prices that were among the highest in Europe. Even with these measures, people are still paying over $7 a gallon. To help consumers, the cost of public transport has also been reduced. For around $10 people can travel anywhere in the country by regional train or bus.

India


Fuel cost today: $4.99/gallon

How much did gasoline cost last summer: $5.08/gallon

Average annual income: $1,822

Government action: Soaring prices this spring pushed the government to slash gas taxes and negotiating the import of discounted oil from Russia, which stabilized costs. India has been criticized for backing Russian President Vladimir Putin in the moves, but officials say they must put their own country first.

About this story

Gas data from GlobalPetrolPrices.com as of June 27. Vehicle data from the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy, Efficiency, and Renewable Energy. World Bank GDP and income data. According to S&P Global Mobility, the average age of cars on US roads is 12.2 years, so we based our calculations on a 2010 Toyota Camry.

Editing by Reem Akkad, Kate Rabinowitz, Joe Moore and Jayne Orenstein. Design and illustration by Chelsea Conrad. Design and development by Yutao Chen. Graphics by Júlia Ledur. Gerry Shih and Anant Gupta reported from New Delhi. Rick Noack and Ian Trueger reported from Marseille. DeLovie Kwagala reported from Johannesburg. Julie Yoon reported from Seoul. Loveday Morris reported from Berlin. Omnia Al Desoukie reported from Dubai. Samantha Schmidt reported from Bogotá. Chiqui Esteban provided the translations. Copy revised by Angela Mecca.

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Biden: G-7 to ban Russian gold imports to pressure Putin on Ukraine https://val-de-moder.org/biden-g-7-to-ban-russian-gold-imports-to-pressure-putin-on-ukraine/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 20:15:53 +0000 https://val-de-moder.org/biden-g-7-to-ban-russian-gold-imports-to-pressure-putin-on-ukraine/ Placeholder while loading article actions TELFS, Austria — President Biden and several of his Group of Seven counterparts announced a ban on further Russian gold imports on Sunday — and appeared to be heading for a consensus on a cap on Russian gas prices — to further isolate the country from financial markets and punish […]]]>
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TELFS, Austria — President Biden and several of his Group of Seven counterparts announced a ban on further Russian gold imports on Sunday — and appeared to be heading for a consensus on a cap on Russian gas pricesto further isolate the country from financial markets and punish President Vladimir Putin for his invasion of Ukraine.

A ban on gold imports, which could cost tens of billions of dollars in fines, has emerged as the main new economic sanction aimed at pushing Russia out of the summit. Administration officials declined to comment on whether further punitive action would be taken.

“The United States has imposed unprecedented costs on Putin to deny him the revenue he needs to fund his war on Ukraine,” Biden said. tweeted Sunday morning, noting that gold is “a major export that brings in tens of billions of dollars for Russia.”

Biden and other leaders of industrialized countries have started their meetings in southern Germany on Sunday for a summit that is expected to be dominated by discussions of the fallout from the war in Ukraine.

Biden, who arrived late Saturday evening, attended mass with a US Army priest before starting his day with a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to discuss the war.

The two leaders had a little chat as Biden, silhouetted by the Alps, joked that he had skied a lot but hadn’t in a while. “It’s beautiful,” he remarked.

The conversation then turned more serious, with Biden thanking Scholz for Germany’s resolve and ability to keep the alliance together. “We have to stay together. Because Putin was counting from the start that NATO and the G-7 would part ways one way or another,” Biden said. “But we haven’t, and we’re not going to.”

In the afternoon, summit leaders announced a new global infrastructure investment agenda, with the aim of mobilizing $600 billion in public and private investment by 2027. The spending targets – the US pledging $200 billion – would go to improving health, communications and energy infrastructure in low- and middle-income countries. It aims to help counter ambitious global spending by China, which has invested heavily in Africa and Asia through its Belt and Road Initiative.

“Our nations and our world stand at a true inflection point in history,” Biden said.

Some of the initial plans highlighted by Biden administration officials include a $2 billion project to develop a solar panel project in southern Angola; building telecommunications cables that would link Singapore to France via Egypt and the Horn of Africa, extending high-speed internet access; and the construction of a large manufacturing plant for multiple vaccines in Senegal.

The day also included hints of disagreements between some of the top leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

In a statement, Downing Street said Johnson had “emphasized” to Macron that “any attempt to settle the [Ukraine] the current conflict will only cause lasting instability and will give Putin the right to manipulate both sovereign countries and international markets in perpetuity.

The remarks appeared to be a criticism of Macron’s comments in mid-June that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his officials will have to negotiate with Russia at some point. Before Macron, Scholz and other European leaders traveled to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, the comments raised fears among Ukrainian officials that France and Germany were pushing for talks with Russia amid the economic toll of the war escalates.

Russia earned nearly $100 billion from fuel exports in first 100 days of war, report says

French officials dismissed such concerns and said it was up to Ukraine to determine when the time for talks was right. A spokesman for the French presidency said on Sunday that Macron and Johnson “had a discussion on Ukraine during which the president firmly reaffirmed his determination to support Ukraine.”

France has delivered or pledged almost a quarter of its existing stockpiles of Caesar artillery weapon systems to Ukraine, and the country’s lesser dependence on Russian fossil fuels has allowed France to become one of the first champions of a European Union embargo on Russian oil.

But Macron and Scholz have spoken to Putin several times on the phone since the invasion, drawing particular criticism in Eastern Europe.

The United States pushed for an agreement on a price cap on Russian oil imports to hurt Moscow’s ability to finance the war. G-7 leaders are heading towards a consensus on a price cap, according to a person with knowledge of Sunday’s talks who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private talks.

The aim is to simultaneously cap the amount nations pay for Russian oil, hoping to hurt Moscow’s ability to finance the war, while trying to reduce inflation at the fuel pump. Soaring oil prices have hampered some of the countries’ efforts to diversify away from Russian energy, as Moscow is paid more for lower volume.

To entice other countries to participate, the leaders discussed ways to make it difficult to insure or ship Russian oil that does not meet the price cap.

At Sunday’s meeting, Macron stressed that a price cap should also cover gas. Price caps on Russian natural gas flowing through pipelines to Europe are seen as easier to enforce because the infrastructure means it cannot be sold elsewhere.

Scholz warned that an oil price cap would only be helpful if all buyers agreed. “The issues to be resolved are not trivial issues,” said a German official. “But we are on the right track to find an agreement.”

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has raised concerns about the possible political ramifications of the price hike. “The energy crisis must not produce a return of populism,” he said, according to the individual with details of the discussion.

“Capping the price of fossil fuels imported from Russia has a geopolitical purpose as well as an economic and social purpose,” Draghi said. “We need to reduce our funding to Russia. And we must eliminate one of the main causes of inflation.

Biden calls for dramatic increase in aid to Ukraine

In a briefing with reporters ahead of the summit, administration officials touted the decision to ban gold imports as an important demonstration that the world’s largest economies are prepared to continue to punish Russia, one of the largest gold exporters in the world. The official announcement will take place on Tuesday, according to administration officials, and the US Treasury Department will make a formal decision to ban further gold imports.

“The United States has rallied the world by imposing rapid and significant economic costs to deprive Putin of the revenue he needs to fund his war,” one of the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity in accordance with basic briefing rules.

The official hinted at additional steps that could be taken to further isolate Russia, but suggested these would come in the coming weeks, rather than more immediately as part of the summit.

“This is a key export, a key source of revenue, a key alternative for Russia, in terms of its ability to transact in the global financial system,” the official said. “Taking this action cuts off that capability and is yet another continuing illustration of the kinds of actions the G-7 can take collectively to continue to isolate Russia and cut it off from the global economy.”

One of the goals of the United States and its international partners, the official said, would be to prevent Russia – which has found ways to circumvent previous sanctions – from evading the import ban. The fact that they moved toward banning gold imports, administration officials said, was actually a sign that other ways for Russia to access global financial markets had been cut off.

Russian oligarchs, for example, have sought to buy gold bullion to avoid the financial impact of Western sanctions, and G-7 leaders hope that will send another signal to Putin’s key allies.

“The measures we announced today will directly affect the Russian oligarchs and strike at the heart of Putin’s war machine,” Johnson said as part of his own announcement regarding the ban on gold imports.

“We must deprive the Putin regime of its funding,” he added. “The UK and our allies are doing just that.”

Ashley Parker in Telfs and Annabelle Timsit in London contributed to this report.

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French President Macron expresses “solidarity” with American women after the overthrow of Roe v. wade https://val-de-moder.org/french-president-macron-expresses-solidarity-with-american-women-after-the-overthrow-of-roe-v-wade/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 03:03:00 +0000 https://val-de-moder.org/french-president-macron-expresses-solidarity-with-american-women-after-the-overthrow-of-roe-v-wade/ Here’s how some governors are reacting after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade: New York Governor Kathy Hochul Hochul tweeted in response to the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade: “Today the Supreme Court struck down the rights of millions of Americans, disregarding their interests and, more importantly, their lives. Access to abortion […]]]>

Here’s how some governors are reacting after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade:

New York Governor Kathy Hochul

Hochul tweeted in response to the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade: “Today the Supreme Court struck down the rights of millions of Americans, disregarding their interests and, more importantly, their lives. Access to abortion is a basic human right, and it remains safe, accessible, and legal in New York.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds

“As governor, I will not rest until every unborn Iowan is protected and respected,” she said.

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu

Sununu released the following statement after the United States Supreme Court decided to overturn Roe v. Wade:

“Regardless of this Supreme Court decision, access to these services will continue to remain safe, accessible, and legal in New Hampshire.”

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Whitmer pledged to “fight like hell” after the Supreme Court ruling.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott

“Texas will always fight for the innocent unborn, and I will continue to work with the Texas Legislature and all Texans to save every child from the ravages of abortion and help our future mothers in need,” he said. he declares.

Florida Governor Ron. DeSantis

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis released a statement on Twitter Friday, saying, “By correctly interpreting the Constitution, the Supreme Court has answered the prayers of millions and millions of Americans.”

“The prayers of millions have been answered. For nearly fifty years, the United States Supreme Court has barred virtually all meaningful pro-life protection, but it was not based on the text, the story, or the structure of the Constitution. By correctly interpreting the Constitution, the Dobbs Majority restored the role of the people in our republic and a sense of hope that every life matters.”

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Pfizer acquires a stake in a French partner of Jab against Lyme disease https://val-de-moder.org/pfizer-acquires-a-stake-in-a-french-partner-of-jab-against-lyme-disease/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 22:00:32 +0000 https://val-de-moder.org/pfizer-acquires-a-stake-in-a-french-partner-of-jab-against-lyme-disease/ There is currently no vaccine available for Lyme disease, the tick-borne infection that, although rarely fatal, can leave patients with debilitating side effects for months. But now it’s a question of the clock. On Monday, Pfizer took a $95 million, 8.1% stake in French vaccine developer Valneva to reset the terms of an alliance to […]]]>

There is currently no vaccine available for Lyme disease, the tick-borne infection that, although rarely fatal, can leave patients with debilitating side effects for months. But now it’s a question of the clock.

On Monday, Pfizer took a $95 million, 8.1% stake in French vaccine developer Valneva to reset the terms of an alliance to develop the first Lyme disease vaccine in two decades.

“Yuppie Vaccine”

Only one Lyme disease vaccine, LYMErix from GlaxoSmithKline, has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. But its commercial rollout in 1998 — when Lyme disease was seen as a problem for pretentious vacation home owners in New England — was a bigger failure than New Coke. A panel of experts convened by the Center for Disease Control dismissed LYMErix as a “yuppie vaccine” for people who “buy from LL Bean and will have no consideration for cost-effectiveness when they want a vaccine because ‘They will travel to Cape Cod.’

Despite lack of clinical evidence, vaccine class action lawsuit perceived the negative side effects created enough bad publicity to put the jab’s prospects on ice. Sales of LYMErix fell from 1.5 million doses in 1999 to 10,000 in 2002, after which it was withdrawn from the market. Pfizer and Valneva are entering a totally different world:

  • Lyme disease is no longer a “yuppie” concern. Caused by bacteria transmitted by a tick bite, it can cause skin rashes, facial paralysis and arthritis, and about 476,000 Americans are diagnosed and treated each year – which the CDC says “indicates a heavy burden for the health system and the need for more effective preventive measures.”
  • Pfizer’s deal gives Valneva a cash injection to bring its Lyme disease candidate, VLA15, closer to market, and asks the French company to pay 40% of development costs, up from 30% in the under a previous agreement. Depending on the sales performance of the new vaccine – which will enter late-stage trials this year – Valvena could pay out $100 million in milestone payments.

One shot at the other: With $32 billion in expected sales of its Covid vaccine this year, Pfizer finds itself in a position to spend. Ironically, Valvena is focusing on its Lyme jab because its own Covid vaccine failed to spread, with the UK and EU canceling supply orders due to its lesser effectiveness as a booster compared established vaccines like Pfizer’s. One day your enemy, the next day your friend.

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‘We are preparing for the worst,’ says governor of Ukraine’s frontline region https://val-de-moder.org/we-are-preparing-for-the-worst-says-governor-of-ukraines-frontline-region/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 18:24:11 +0000 https://val-de-moder.org/we-are-preparing-for-the-worst-says-governor-of-ukraines-frontline-region/ Published on: 06/18/2022 – 20:24 Lysychansk (Ukraine) (AFP) – The governor of the eastern region of Ukraine currently in heavy fighting with Russia, Sergiy Gaiday, opened the pockets of his bulletproof jacket on Saturday to show pistol cartridges and a tourniquet. Appointed by President Volodymyr Zelensky, the 46-year-old leads the Lugansk region, including the city […]]]>

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Lysychansk (Ukraine) (AFP) – The governor of the eastern region of Ukraine currently in heavy fighting with Russia, Sergiy Gaiday, opened the pockets of his bulletproof jacket on Saturday to show pistol cartridges and a tourniquet.

Appointed by President Volodymyr Zelensky, the 46-year-old leads the Lugansk region, including the city of Severodonetsk, where Russians are fighting in the streets, and Lysychansk, where artillery fire is near-constant.

“It’s a difficult situation, in the city (of Lysychansk) and in the whole region,” he told AFP in an interview, because the Russians “are just shelling our troop positions 24 hours over 24”.

In Lysychansk, there are signs of preparations for street fighting: soldiers are digging, installing barbed wire and police are placing burned vehicles on the roads to slow traffic.

“There is an expression: prepare for the worst and the best will come by itself,” Gaiday said. “Of course we have to prepare.”

Gaiday warned of the danger of Russian troops encircling Lysychansk cutting off supply routes.

“Theoretically, it’s possible. It’s a war, anything can happen,” he said.

“It might turn out that they cut off the area and we will end up really surrounded. Maybe there will be fighting even in Lysychansk – this is war.”

From Lysychansk, Ukrainian artillery fires at Severodonetsk, where smoke billows from the Azot plant and Russian troops return shells and rockets.

“Look how long Severodonetsk held out: you can see that they (the Russians) don’t completely control the city…they can’t go any further and they can’t put their big guns or their tanks there,” said the governor. said.

He called for supplies of “long-range weapons to arrive as soon as possible”.

“The fact that the West is helping us is good, but it’s (too) late.”

“No safe place”

The governor could still theoretically visit his hometown of Severodonetsk accompanied by military personnel, he said, “but it’s very risky.”

In fact “there are no safe places in the Lugansk region,” he said, as explosions sounded in the background.

His body armor was stuffed full of shell casings and he said he had a semi-automatic rifle in his car “and if I need it I’ll fight”.

Gaiday was born in Severodonetsk and named by Zelensky after his election in 2019.

Of his current role as a wartime administrator, Gaiday said, “It’s tough, but I don’t let my emotions out.”

“It is painful for me to see how my hometown is destroyed,” he said, while watching those he knew die.

“It’s all painful, I’m a human being but I bury it deep inside of me,” he said, adding that his task was “to help people as much as possible.”

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Conditions are difficult for the civilians remaining in Lysychansk, who have no mobile phone connection, running water or electricity. They cook over campfires and shelter in caves.

“About 10%” remained in the city, Gaiday said.

“We try to talk to people and persuade them to leave. Some refuse outright.”

There is a “small percentage” waiting for Moscow to build a “Russian world” in the region, he said.

Gaiday has a significant presence on social media, including Telegram and Facebook, giving regular updates on the war.

“You have to talk,” he said, saying it could thwart the powerful influence of Russia’s state propaganda machine.

He said he also wanted people in the conflict zone to “understand that I have not abandoned them, that I am there and with them.”

Referring to a potential war crimes tribunal, he also suggested his posts “might even be a small element when we try (Russian President Vladimir) Putin in The Hague.”

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Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine https://val-de-moder.org/live-updates-russias-war-in-ukraine/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 06:56:00 +0000 https://val-de-moder.org/live-updates-russias-war-in-ukraine/ (Courtesy of Bunny Drueke and Joy Black) Two Americans fighting alongside Ukrainian forces north of Kharkiv in Ukraine have been missing for nearly a week and are feared to have been captured by Russian forces, according to their families and a fellow fighter. The men are Alexander John-Robert Drueke, 39, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Andy […]]]>
(Courtesy of Bunny Drueke and Joy Black)

Two Americans fighting alongside Ukrainian forces north of Kharkiv in Ukraine have been missing for nearly a week and are feared to have been captured by Russian forces, according to their families and a fellow fighter.

The men are Alexander John-Robert Drueke, 39, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, 27, of Hartselle, Alabama.

A man who wished to remain anonymous for security reasons, who acts as the team’s sergeant, provided CNN with photos of the two men’s passports and their Ukraine entry stamps.

The man said their unit was fighting under the command of the Ukrainian 92nd Mechanized Brigade on June 9, near the town of Izbytske.

He said Drueke and Huynh went missing during the battle and subsequent search missions found no remains. A message posted the next day on a Russian propaganda channel on Telegram claimed that two Americans had been captured near Kharkiv.

“It was absolute chaos,” he told CNN. “There were about a hundred plus infantry advancing on our positions. We had a T72 shooting at people from 30, 40 meters away.

Bunny Drueke, Alex’s mother, told CNN that “they are presumed to be prisoners of war, but this has not been confirmed.” She said the US Embassy in Ukraine was unable to verify whether her son had been captured.

“They haven’t been able to verify that he is with the Russians. All they can verify is that he is missing at this point,” she said. “They remain in close contact with me and I am confident they are working on the situation.”

Joy Black, Huynh’s 21-year-old fiancée, told CNN: “We don’t want to speculate on what might have happened at that time. Obviously, they are considering several scenarios. And one of them is that they could have been captured. But we don’t have absolute confirmation of that yet.

What the United States says: A State Department spokesperson said Wednesday that they “are aware of unconfirmed reports of two US citizens being captured in Ukraine.”

“We are closely monitoring the situation and are in contact with the Ukrainian authorities,” the spokesperson said. “For privacy reasons, we have no further comment.”

CNN’s Jennifer Hansler contributed reporting for this post.

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The radical left threatens to cripple Emmanuel Macron in the French elections | France https://val-de-moder.org/the-radical-left-threatens-to-cripple-emmanuel-macron-in-the-french-elections-france/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://val-de-moder.org/the-radical-left-threatens-to-cripple-emmanuel-macron-in-the-french-elections-france/ A few weeks after Emmanuel Macron entered the Elysée for a second five-year term, French voters could decide to paralyze their newly reelected leader by forcing him into a political “cohabitation” that would paralyze the country. The first round of legislative elections opens on Sunday to decide who will fill the 577 seats in the […]]]>

A few weeks after Emmanuel Macron entered the Elysée for a second five-year term, French voters could decide to paralyze their newly reelected leader by forcing him into a political “cohabitation” that would paralyze the country.

The first round of legislative elections opens on Sunday to decide who will fill the 577 seats in the National Assembly.

Most of the political noise and fury in France has centered on the presidential elections in April, but Macron now needs a parliamentary majority to push through his program over the next five years.

Cohabitation – a situation in which the president faces an opposition majority in parliament – would force compromises on legislation and effectively end any attempt to push through his most controversial reforms, including raising the age limit of retirement.

The biggest threat to Macron comes from a coalition of fractured French leftist groups, named Nupes – La Nouvelle Union Populaire, Écologique et Sociale (the New Popular Ecological and Social Union) led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, head of the opposition to NATO, anti-European Union La France Insoumise (LFI – La France insoumise).

Polls suggest that Ensemble, Macron’s centrist coalition, is on a par with Nupes, and while political analysts suggest the radical left alliance is unlikely to win a majority, it could rob Macron of up to 40 seats and lower house control.

In the past, when France elected a president, it logically elected a government that supported it with a working majority. However, Mélenchon, the third man in April’s presidential election, breathed new life into the French left with his coalition of greens, communists and socialists that relies on urban youth; surveys suggest that 44% of 18-24 year olds support Nupes.

Far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon, back in combat mode in Marseille last week. Photograph: Daniel Cole/AP

Manon Aubry, a member of the European party La France Insoumise, said Mélenchon’s “make me PM” campaign was effective.

“For the first time in the history of the Fifth Republic [since 1958] the elected president is not certain to have an absolute majority. We created a huge interest around Nupes; the campaign revolved around us. We are seen as a bad thing or a good thing, but it was about us,” Aubry told the Observer.

“The panic this has caused, the caricature and slander we have been subjected to, shows the uncertainty and fear on the other side. They are very afraid.

Political scientist Pascal Perrineau, director of political research at SciencesPo, said there had been no “honeymoon period” for Macron after the presidential election in April, and no real parliamentary campaign of his side.

“Apart from Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who made a show of it, no one managed to campaign,” said Perrineau. The Parisian.

Narrowly eliminated from the April 10 presidential election, Mélenchon, 70, admitted defeat and hinted that he was ready to step back and let a new generation take over. “We were so close but… the younger ones will say to me: ‘We still haven’t won, but we weren’t far away, huh? Do better,” he said at the time. Nine days later, Mélenchon was back in a combative mood, describing the legislative vote as a “third round” and asking voters to elect him prime minister.

French elections

Mélenchon is not standing for election, and constitutional rules state that it is the prerogative of the president, not parliament or the people, to decide who leads the government, but he could still be named prime minister if Nupes, who has support from left-wing economists, including Thomas Piketty, is overwhelming.

It’s unclear how that would work in practice, as the pair disagree on almost everything. Mélenchon promised to undo Macron’s first-term changes and lower the retirement age to 60, restore wealth taxes and raise pensions and the minimum wage.

Three constitutional law experts writing in a legal magazine last week suggested with admirable understatement that Macron and Mélenchon would act in a “confrontational manner”. “It would certainly be paradoxical to see the people make two opposing political choices two months apart and deprive the new Head of State of the means to govern”, they write, adding: “In these uncertain times of loss of bearings and random electoral mobilization, the hypothesis cannot be ruled out.

“We’ve lived together before and that doesn’t mean chaos,” Aubry said. “The president is responsible for foreign affairs, but with a majority in the National Assembly, we would choose the government and run the country,” Aubry added.

If no party obtains an absolute majority, each proposal for legislative modification submitted to the lower house would require the formation of alliances. Perrineau believes that an absolute majority for Nupes is “completely impossible”. “Mélenchon pretends to believe in it, he only hopes to be the first opposition group. Macron has just been chosen, the French are not strategic enough to deprive him of the possibility of applying his policy,” he told French journalists.

Abstention is another unknown, with polls showing it could reach 54%.

On Thursday, Macron called on voters to give him a “clear and strong majority” and warned the “extremes”, i.e. the Nupes and the far-right National Rally, to seek to “break alliances like NATO… and questioning Europe”. Of Mélenchon, he said last week: “It’s rare to win an election when you’re not even a candidate,” adding: “The president chooses the person he appoints prime minister from among parliament. No political party can impose a name on the president.

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Legislative elections will decide who will occupy the 577 seats in the National Assembly. Photography: Remon Haazen/ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock

Unfortunately, his political canvassers say they have found that voters are “very unmotivated, if not completely lost”.

Any candidate who obtains the absolute majority of the votes and at least a quarter of the registered voters is immediately elected. Otherwise, the candidates who obtained at least 12.5% ​​of the vote will qualify for the second round next Sunday. The first results based on the votes counted in the polling stations considered representative of France will be published on Sunday at 8 p.m. Final results will be announced early Monday morning.

Nupes needs at least 289 seats to secure a parliamentary majority. The last period of “cohabitation” in France dates back to 1997-2002, when centre-right President Jacques Chirac was forced to appoint socialist leader Lionel Jospin as prime minister after losing his parliamentary majority. .

The chances of a majority Nupes are nevertheless long. The latest Ifop-Fiducial poll suggests the alliance will win up to 205 seats. That would be well short of a majority, but would establish it as the main opposition party and eligible for a number of key administrative positions in the chamber. The same poll suggests Macron’s Ensemble will end up with 250 to 290 seats.

Left-wing Nupes groups collectively won about 60 seats in the 2017 elections, compared to about 350 for Macron’s allies. If Macron’s Ensemble fails to secure an absolute majority, it will need the support of the mainstream right-wing Les Républicains or the moderates of the Socialist Party.

Since 2002, when the calendar was changed so that presidential and parliamentary elections took place in the same year, the French have never failed to give their presidents a parliamentary majority. The question is, will it be true this time around?

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Macron appeals for support ahead of legislative elections https://val-de-moder.org/macron-appeals-for-support-ahead-of-legislative-elections/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 04:56:34 +0000 https://val-de-moder.org/macron-appeals-for-support-ahead-of-legislative-elections/ French President Emmanuel Macron has appealed for support ahead of legislative elections this month, as his ruling coalition stands to lose a majority amid public discontent over soaring prices. Candidates are vying for 577 seats in the lower house National Assembly. The first round of voting will take place on Sunday, after the presidential election […]]]>

French President Emmanuel Macron has appealed for support ahead of legislative elections this month, as his ruling coalition stands to lose a majority amid public discontent over soaring prices.

Candidates are vying for 577 seats in the lower house National Assembly. The first round of voting will take place on Sunday, after the presidential election in April.

The far-right party led by Marine Le Pen, Macron’s run-off presidential rival, and a coalition of mostly far-left parties are gaining ground with their proposals for action against soaring prices fueled by the Russian invasion from Ukraine.

Macron spoke at a rally in southern France on Thursday.

He called for a strong and clear majority for his bloc to implement its policies, saying proposals from those he called “extremists” would add “French disorder to global disorder”.

The Macron administration has proposed a series of measures in the face of rising prices, including an aid program for people who find it difficult to buy food and an increase in pensions.

But the latest polls show the president’s camp may not win a majority in parliament, where his coalition currently holds 60% of the seats.

The elections will take place on June 12. A second round will take place on June 19 in the constituencies where no candidate has obtained a majority.

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Administrators acknowledge $8.3 billion in claims ahead of Garuda creditors’ meeting https://val-de-moder.org/administrators-acknowledge-8-3-billion-in-claims-ahead-of-garuda-creditors-meeting/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 08:02:40 +0000 https://val-de-moder.org/administrators-acknowledge-8-3-billion-in-claims-ahead-of-garuda-creditors-meeting/ JAKARTA: Administrators of Garuda Indonesia’s in-court restructuring have acknowledged 120.5 trillion rupees ($8.32 billion) in creditor claims, according to documents released on Wednesday, two days before creditors were due to discuss a proposed restructuring. The list of claims, however, was not final as the trustees had yet to rule on several lessor claims, Martin Patrick […]]]>

JAKARTA: Administrators of Garuda Indonesia’s in-court restructuring have acknowledged 120.5 trillion rupees ($8.32 billion) in creditor claims, according to documents released on Wednesday, two days before creditors were due to discuss a proposed restructuring.

The list of claims, however, was not final as the trustees had yet to rule on several lessor claims, Martin Patrick Nagel, one of the trustees, told Reuters.

Lenders made up the largest portion of the verified list with 82.73 trillion rupees in claims from the debt-ridden flag carrier, according to documents dated June 7 and posted on the trustees’ website.

France-based aircraft manufacturer Airbus is the biggest among others with 7.8 trillion rupees claimed, it showed.

Garuda did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The amount is lower than the initial claims of $13.8 billion filed after Garuda launched the court-led restructuring in December last year.

Garuda creditors are due to attend a meeting on Thursday to discuss a proposal to restructure the airline before voting on the plan on June 15, according to an announcement from administrators.

($1 = 14,475.0000 rupees)

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Hearing impairment among translators slows the work of parliamentary committees https://val-de-moder.org/hearing-impairment-among-translators-slows-the-work-of-parliamentary-committees/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://val-de-moder.org/hearing-impairment-among-translators-slows-the-work-of-parliamentary-committees/ A chronic hearing-related staffing shortage among federal interpreters in Ottawa has led to the cancellation of House of Commons and Senate committee meetings, slowing down the work of Parliament. Interpreters who translate orally from English to French and vice versa help parliamentarians and members of the public follow government proceedings. Interpreters are our eyes and […]]]>

A chronic hearing-related staffing shortage among federal interpreters in Ottawa has led to the cancellation of House of Commons and Senate committee meetings, slowing down the work of Parliament.

Interpreters who translate orally from English to French and vice versa help parliamentarians and members of the public follow government proceedings.

Interpreters are our eyes and ears, we need them– Claude de Bellefeuille, Bloc member

They reported an increase in hearing damage such as headaches, nausea, “acoustic shock” and tinnitus, which can cause persistent ringing in the ears, since parliamentary work shifted to virtual formats during the pandemic. .

In a recent report submitted to the House of Commons Board of Internal Economy, the Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) said that as of April 2022, approximately 10 of approximately 60 interpreters were unavailable or were only partially available to interpret due to injuries. caused by the poor audio quality they deal with at work.

André Picotte, vice-president of the union, said the interpreters are asking to be reassigned from simultaneous translation to other tasks or to leave the Translation Bureau of Public Services and Procurement Canada entirely.

Over the past three years, 12 interpreters have retired while the Translation Bureau has only hired nine.

A federal interpreter responsible for translating English to French and vice versa is seen in the background of this photo from a debate in the House of Commons. (Archives/CBC)

Bloc Québécois whip Claude de Bellefeuille said five committees were canceled last Tuesday due to a lack of available interpreters.

She said their work is essential for French-speaking MPs to represent their constituents and contribute to the development of laws.

“Interpreters are our eyes and ears, we need them,” she told Radio-Canada.

Even in 2019, the Translation Bureau was looking into serious hearing problems among federal interpreters.

Lucie Séguin, president and CEO of the Translation Bureau, said the bureau studied hearing health, upgraded audio systems and provided advice on better headphones.

Their hours have also been reduced to protect their health and safety, she said.

Séguin noted that translators are in high demand and the office tries to recruit them straight out of school.

MPs take part in a dry run of a virtual sitting of the House of Commons. (Michelle Rempel Garner/Twitter)

Conservative Senator Claude Carignan said the situation is urgent and requires the government to offer better conditions to recruit and retain interpreters.

“We have to take care of these people in order to be able to function. It is not normal for the work of Parliament to be affected,” Carignan said in French.

In a statement, Chief Government Whip Steven MacKinnon said his office was working closely with the House of Commons administration to ensure the availability of interpretation services.

The union has also called on the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, Filomena Tassi, to intervene directly and replace the audio systems on Parliament Hill.

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