Thursday, July 31, 2014


Qual candidato representa você?

De olho nas ruas, os três principais candidatos adotam o discurso da mudança. As pesquisas mostram que a eleição de outubro será bem mais equilibrada 
do que se pensava




Qual candidato representa você?

De olho nas ruas, os três principais candidatos adotam o discurso da mudança. As pesquisas mostram que a eleição de outubro será bem mais equilibrada 
do que se pensava


O dia 5 de outubro de 2014 começou cedo. Começou em junho de 2013, quando os brasileiros, antes de ir à urna, resolveram passar primeiro na rua. Num fenômeno tão surpreendente e súbito quanto tectônico, mais de 1 milhão de brasileiros, distribuídos por 388 cidades, redescobriu, após décadas de letargia, que política não se faz apenas no dia da eleição. Não se faz apenas sozinho, com o voto. Faz-se também com os outros, usando a voz, o corpo e as emoções compartilhadas na multidão. As demandas eram variadas, e os gritos difusos. Mas a mensagem, uma só: isto que aí está – a política tradicional – não nos representa. Eram protestos contra tudo e contra todos, resultado de insatisfação, raiva, angústia, sentimentos acumulados em anos e anos. Aqueles dias de junho desnudaram uma crise até então silenciosa. Havia uma ruptura entre eleitores e eleitos, na essência da democracia. O dia que começou em junho definirá as eleições que acabam em outubro, sob o signo da mudança que o Brasil pede. Os três principais candidatos à Presidência tentarão se apresentar como o novo, em contraponto ao velho, aos vícios da política que o brasileiro tão bem conhece.






































O Templo de Salomão, no Brás, em São Paulo (Foto: Divulgação)

Megatemplo da Universal não tem aprovação de bombeiros

Templo de Salomão, megaprojeto da Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus (IURD), com inauguração prevista para hoje (31) ainda não tem Auto de Verificação do Corpo de Bombeiros (AVCB) aprovado, o que impede a emissão do seu Habite-se, o alvará municipal que permite o funcionamento regular de imóveis. O projeto original do Templo que havia, a priori, sido aprovado pelos bombeiros, não foi inteiramente executado e ainda existem inconformidades com a regulação municipal a serem sanadas.

Torcedores cordiais, eleitores bestiais

O mesmo torcedor que encantou os turistas envergonhou a nação ao xingar 
a presidente

Há duas semanas, Dilma Rousseff reuniu 16 de seus 39 ministros para alardear que a tal “Copa das Copas” foi, por assim dizer, o êxito dos êxitos, graças ao governo federal, que seria, por assim dizer, o governo dos governos. Dilma exagera? Certamente. Mas não é a única. A oposição exagera mais.

Tão logo ela proclamou suas monumentais maravilhas desportivas, expoentes oposicionistas acorreram aos microfones para declarar que o mérito pelo sucesso do campeonato que a Fifa fez no Brasil não é do Palácio do Planalto de jeito nenhum, mas da iniciativa privada, que construiu os estádios, e do povo brasileiro, que animou a festa toda. Haja exagero. Haja cinismo. A iniciativa privada não precisou sequer ter iniciativa. Só entrou nessa porque a iniciativa foi do governo, que fez chover dinheiro público nos gramados. Agora, depois que a Copa deu certo, a mesma oposição que bombardeou quanto pôde o uso do Erário nas obras bilionárias vem acusar o governo de não ter feito nada. Se quisesse demonstrar um mínimo de coerência, teria de reconhecer que o Estado brasileiro ajudou, nem que tenha sido só pela generosidade dos financiamentos faraônicos, mas ajudou.


Turistas brasileiros preferem Buenos Aires a Miami

Os destinos sul-americanos cresceram entre as preferências dos viajantes brasileiros, de acordo com a nova edição do estudo Hotel Price Index, produzida pelo Hoteis.com. Uma das provas é que Buenos Aires, capital da Argentina, superou Miami, nos Estados Unidos, ficando com o terceiro lugar, atrás apenas de Orlando e Nova York, também nos EUA.
Os Estados Unidos seguem como referência tanto pela proximidade e o apelo das compras. No entanto, por conta da variação da taxa cambial, destinos vizinhos, como Buenos Aires e Santiago, acabaram se tornando opções interessantes para os brasileiros”, explica Juan Pasquel, diretor de Marketing da Hoteis.com para América Latina.

Paes já disse que Lula "é omisso com corrupção". E agora, que dizer de Bethlem?

Eduardo Paes
Em 2005, quando houve a polêmica alimentada pela oposição para criticar a medida provisória do Governo Federal que autorizava a criação de novos cargos, o então deputado federal Eduardo Paes (PSDB-RJ) girava sua metralhadora em direção ao presidente Lula e não economizava nas acusações: "É o Estado sendo utilizado para engolir o dízimo do PT. O Delúbio Soares deve ter comemorado cada uma dessas medidas provisórias", disse Paes naquela época à Revista Veja. Dois meses depois, fez outro ataque à Presidência, no dia 24 de agosto, para a mesma revista: "Está na hora de os caras-pintadas da UNE, que recebem recursos vultuosos, deixarem de fazer passeatas vagas, como se o atual governo não tivesse relação com a corrupção". 
Agora, em 2014, o braço direito de Eduardo Paes, Rodrigo Bethlem, que inclusive coordenou a campanha de sua reeleição, em 2012, e como prova de confiança já teve sua passagem nas secretarias Ordem Pública, Assistência Social e Governo do prefeito Paes, é acusado de denunciado pela sua ex-mulher, Vanessa Felippe, de envolvimento em esquema de corrupção na prefeitura. Pelas conversar entre Vanessa e Bethlem, que foram gravadas sem ele saber pela própria ex-mulher, o deputado assume ter recebido uma espécie de mesada da ONG Casa Espírito Tesloo, entre 2011 e 2012, além de receber cerca de R$ 100 mil mensais em propinas através de processos firmados com a sua secretaria e ainda possuir conta não declarada na Suíça. Mesmo com tantas evidências e confissões do próprio deputado federal, Paes, desta vez, não apontou sua artilharia contra seu ex-secretário de Desenvolvimento Social.
Não só Eduardo Paes, mas Pezão e todo o PMDB foi atingido pelo escândalo Bethlem", afirmou o vereador Márcio Garcia (PR/RJ). Integrando o grupo de vereadores que solicitaram a instalação da CPI na Câmara, Garcia questiona a que ponto o prefeito Paes sabia dos fatos denunciados por Vanessa Felippe. Ele acredita que pelos meios legais é possível chegar à verdade em breve. Enquanto isso, ele continua questionando os motivos do silêncio do prefeito com relação ao caso.

Boehner v. Obama: House Approves Resolution to Sue President

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In a partisan vote that marks a new escalation in the Republican confrontation with President Obama, the House of Representatives approved a resolution to authorize Speaker John Boehner to initiate litigation against the president.
Five Republicans joined a unanimous Democratic Caucus in opposition to the resolution.
In a floor speech during debate on the bill, Boehner said the vote was not about differences between Republicans and Democrats, but was “about defending the Constitution that we swore an oath to uphold, and acting decisively when it may be compromised.”
“The House cannot speak for the Senate which doesn’t agree with its position, and, therefore, cannot represent the legislative branch,” Schiff, D-California, said during debate on the bill. “This Congress has a remedy: if it does not like the way in which the president has implemented the Affordable Care Act, it can change the law. That would be a far better approach, one more consistent with our separation of powers than this expensive and ill-conceived lawsuit.”
The White House, meanwhile,  reacted quickly, soliciting email addresses on its website but also making clear that the president will continue to take executive actions if Congress continues to block him legislatively.
“President Obama is ready and willing to work with Republicans in Congress if they decide to get serious and do something for the American people,” the statement read. “But he is also committed to acting however he can to help more working families — even as Congress won’t.”

With Congress Set To Adjourn, Border Crisis Remains Unresolved


Votes are set Thursday in both the GOP-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate on bills addressing the young migrants seeking refuge. But the competing bills have little chance of being reconciled.

Internet of Things' Devices Vulnerable to Attack:

new study by HP finds that the devices and networks making up the "Internet of Things" often lack common security features, leaving them and possibly your home open to attack. The company's researchers looked at 10 unnamed devices, ranging from home alarms to thermostats and garage door openers. Few required strong passwords, allowing simple ones like "1234" that are often the first hackers try when attempting to gain access. Others fell prey to simple hacks like cross-site scripting, as well as others that are unsophisticated enough that they can be automated. And seven out of the 10 didn't encrypt some traffic, be it local or with the Internet.
These security oversights indicate a young market facing the same challenges that Web apps and Internet retailers have faced over the last few years. But when what you're protecting isn't just your credit card number but your actual home, it may be worthwhile to double-check that your Internet of Things devices aren't leaking private data or freely admitting hackers.

Ukraine declares 1-day cease-fire in MH17 crash site area

Ukraine's military announced a one-day cease-fire on Thursday to allow international experts full access to the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed two weeks ago.
Fighting between the military and pro-Russia rebels near the crash site has repeatedly prevented international monitors and investigators reaching the huge debris field where human remains and victims' belongings still lie scattered.
The Netherlands, whose citizens made up about two-thirds of those killed in the crash, is leading the international investigation efforts.
The Ukrainian parliament is holding an extraordinary, closed-door session Thursday during which it is discussing the MH17 crash.
The lawmakers are expected to vote on a motion to authorize Dutch, Australian and Malaysian investigators to operate around the crash site.
Instead, the wreckage lay in eerie silence, while smoke from weapons fire rose in the distance.
Shrapnel holes were visible in the cockpit's remains and the site still reeked of jet fuel and the stench of decay.

In Gaza, 11 members of a Palestinian family are killed in a single strike



Eleven members of the family were killed in a single strike Tuesday, their bodies now buried in two fresh graves on a sandy hilltop cemetery near their homes. The corpses — one man, eight women, a boy and a baby — were shrouded in white, in accord with Muslim custom.
As the conflict rages, displacing hundreds of thousands, U.N. and Palestinian officials say some families have made a macabre calculation: to split up, with each group seeking refuge in different parts of Gaza. If one part of the family gets killed, others will live on to help the survivors and keep their dynasty alive.
Unfortunately, many families have lost whole portions of their family,” said Adnan Abu Hasna, a spokesman for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, which is assisting some 200,000 Palestinians in its 85 schools. “The families gather together as a kind of protection, psychological mostly.. . . It’s a cultural thing. They say, ‘If we die, we die together as a family.’ 
I am against violence and killing from both sides,” Abdul Karim said. “The Israeli children are precious for them. Our children are precious for us.”
He added that he hoped Hamas leaders will meet with other Palestinian factions and work out a lasting cease-fire with Israel. He did not insist, as many Gazans have done in recent days, that a cease-fire must come only if all Palestinian demands are met — or that Hamas should fight Israel until that happens.

Bolivia declares Israel a 'terrorist state'

Evo Morales

Morales, an admirer of the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez's Bolivarian socialism, broke off diplomatic relations with the Jewish state in 2009, and has renounced Israel's treatment of Palestinians "a genocide."
South America is often a popular destination for young Israelis.
Other South American countries, including Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru, have recalled their ambassadors from Israel in protest over the fighting in Gaza.


ECONOMY GROWS STRONGER THAN EXPECTED
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government's July employment report on Friday will confirm that the U.S. has added nearly 1.5 million jobs in the past six months.
"I think the economy is starting to hum," says Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics. "The pace of growth is accelerating."
The Federal Reserve raised its outlook Wednesday, saying "economic activity rebounded in the second quarter" and "labor market conditions improved, with the unemployment rate declining further."
Strong job gains are boosting income and spending, says economist Paul Ashworth of Capital Economics. After adjusting for inflation, personal income rose 3.5% in the first quarter and 3.8% last quarter. Meanwhile, rising home and stock prices have made many households wealthier even as their debt levels have fallen.
Although the housing recovery stumbled in the first half of the year, there are signs that sales and construction will pick up. A report this week showed that the rental vacancy rate fell from 8.3% to 7.6% in the second quarter and homeowner vacancy rate dipped to 1.9%, the lowest since the housing crash.
Meanwhile, accelerating job growth is prompting more young Americans living with their parents to start their own households. Both developments should bring at least a modest pickup in home construction in the second half of the year, Zandi says.
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ARGENTINA SLIDES INTO DEFAULT AS DEBT TALKS FAIL
The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation's staggering economy.

A midnight Wednesday deadline to reach a deal with holdout bondholders came and went with Argentine Economy Minister Axel Kicillof holding firm to his government's position that it could not accept a deal with U.S. hedge fund creditors it dismisses as "vultures." Kicillof said the funds refused a compromise offer in talks that ended several hours earlier, although he gave no details of that proposal.

An earlier U.S. court ruling had blocked Argentina from making $539 million in interest payments due by midnight Wednesday to other bondholders who separately agreed to restructuring plans with the country in 2005 and 2010.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez had long refused to negotiate with the hedge fund creditors, often calling them "vultures" for picking on the carcass of the country's record $100 billion default in 2001.
The deal failed to materialize.
"It is an unfortunate situation which is pushing the country into another default. As defaults go, we all know when we get into one but it is very unclear when and how to get out of it,

10 THINGS TO KNOW FOR TODAY
. ISRAEL VOWS TO DESTROY HAMAS TUNNELS
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the network of underground passages in the Gaza Strip will be dismantled "with or without a cease-fire." His statement follows new call-up orders for 16,000 more reservists that will allow the Israeli military to substantially widen its 23-day campaign against Palestinian militants.
2. RUSSIA DISPATCHES INVESTIGATORS TO EASTERN UKRAINE
A delegation of specialists from Rosaviatsiya will attempt to reach the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 if it is safe to do so. They are expected to hand over all relevant materials to Dutch experts.
3. STATE DEPARTMENT SAYS `NO AMERICAN IS PROUD' OF CIA TACTICS
The White House document endorses the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the agency's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks.
4. COURTS SPEED UP HEARINGS FOR CHILDREN CAUGHT AT U.S. BORDER
The change follows criticism that the backlogged system lets immigrants stay in the country for years while waiting for their cases to be heard.
5. WHAT IS FUELING GOP CLAIMS OF IRS BIAS AGAINST CONSERVATIVES
Newly released emails show the agency's former official at the center of the tea party controversy referring to some right-wing Republicans as "crazies" and more.
6. ARGENTINA SAYS IT CANNOT ACCEPT DEAL WITH U.S. "VULTURES"
As talks with American hedge fund creditors collapse, the Latin American country goes into default a second time in 13 years.
7. PORTLAND'S SETTLEMENT WITH OFFICER UNSETTLES COMMUNITY
A deal with a police captain who threatened to sue over texts characterizing him as a Nazi sympathizer helped the city avoid costly litigation. But wiping the record clean for the law-enforcer who also put up plaques honoring WWII German soldiers was too much, some say.
8. TRIUMPHING OVER DONALD TRUMP
Vera Coking, 91, who became a folk hero for resisting attempts by big-name developers to buy her Atlantic City boardinghouse, puts it on the block and moves to California to be near her family.
9. WHO IS ON A MISSION TO EXPAND AFRICA'S ONLINE HORIZONS
Facebook's Internet.org app will give subscribers of the Airtel phone company in Zambia access to a set of basic Web services for free.
10. AS PANTHER REBOUNDS, RANCHERS HAVE A REASON TO WORRY
A study finds that as the population of predators is recovering from near-extinction, some Florida farmers complain the protected 6-to-7-foot long species are once again killing their calves.
ISRAEL VOWS TO DESTROY HAMAS TUNNELS

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a cease-fire," as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign in the densely-populated territory.

We have neutralized dozens of terror tunnels and we are committed to complete this mission, with or without a cease-fire," Netanyahu said. "Therefore I will not agree to any offer that does not allow the military to complete this important mission for the security of the people of Israel."


Speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to discuss the matter with the press, an Israeli defense official said the purpose of the latest call-up was to provide relief for troops currently on the Gaza firing line. However, Israeli officials have also said they do not rule out broadening operations in the coming days

Israeli officials have said Hamas uses Gaza's civilians as human shields by firing rockets from crowded neighborhoods. Palestinian militants have fired more than 2,600 rockets at Israel over the past three weeks

However, Pierre Kraehenbuehl, chief of the U.N. aid agency for Palestinian refugees, said Israel must try harder to ensure that civilians are not hurt, especially in Gaza, where 1.7 million people are squeezed into a small coastal territory. His agency has opened 80 of its schools to more than 200,000 Palestinians fleeing the violence.
"What maybe the world forgets ... is that the people of Gaza have nowhere to go," he said. "So when the fighting starts and they move, it is not as if they can cross a border to somewhere."

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Russia defiant in face of new US and EU sanctions

Vladimir Putin says Russia will turn to alternative markets for arms components

Moscow was defiant on Wednesday in the face of sweeping US and EU sanctions designed to punish its continued backing of separatists in eastern Ukraine, promising that Russia would localise production and emerge stronger.
The EU also banned any trade in arms and the US prohibited transactions with Russia's United Shipbuilding Corp, which it classified as a defence company. Both the EU and the United States will ban export of technologies to Russia for deep-water, Arctic or shale oil drilling. The sanctions from the EU, which does far more trade with Russia, will be reviewed in three months. Russia called the new sanctions "destructive and short-sighted
The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, said at a meeting with representatives of Russia's military-industrial complex on Monday that they could turn to alternative markets for arms components and that any "technological difficulties" suffered as a result of sanctions would ultimately prove beneficial.....western technologies to drill in the Arctic will not be really needed until conventional reserves begin drying up by 2020. In response to sanctions, Rosneft will likely seek to divest from non-core assets and decrease its participation in projects in Venezuela and other countries, he said.
"It's a very connected industry, [high-technology] components could be produced in Russia or China but it will take time to re-orient,


World stands disgraced' as Israeli shelling of school kills at least 15

A palestinian collects body parts in a classroom at the Abu Hussein UN school.
United Nations officials described the killing of sleeping children as a disgrace to the world and accused Israel of a serious violation of international law after a school in Gaza being used to shelter Palestinian families was shelled on Wednesday.
At least 15 people, mostly children and women, died when the school in Jabaliya refugee camp was hit by five shells during a night of relentless bombardment across Gaza. More than 100 people were injured.
About 3,300 people had squashed into Jabaliya Elementary A&B Girls' School since the Israeli military warned people to leave their homes and neighbourhoods or risk death under intense bombardment. Classroom number one, near the school's entrance, had become home to about 40 people, mostly women and children.

By daylight, the detritus of people's lives was visible among ruins of the classroom: a ball, a bucket, some blankets, tins of food, a pair of flip-flops. The corpses of donkeys, used to haul the meagre possessions of refugees to what they thought was safety, lay at the school's entrance as two lads wearing Palestinian boy scout scarves collected human body parts for burial. Five of the injured were in a critical condition in hospital.

The Israeli military said it had targeted more than 4,100 sites in Gaza since the start of the conflict on 8 July. The death toll in Gaza rose above 1,300 on Wednesday.

Gasto da Olimpíada no Rio passa a R$ 37,6 bi com novas obras

Dos 52 projetos essenciais para a Olimpíada, 15 ainda estão sem custo e prazo de início de obras definidos

Parque Olímpico no Rio de Janeiro

Com novas obras licitadas, no Complexo Esportivo de Deodoro, os custos com projetos relacionados às arenas, para os Jogos Olímpicos de 2016, passaram de 5,6 bilhões de reais para 6,5 bilhões de reais. Essa diferença representa uma atualização da Matriz de Responsabilidade da Olimpíada, documento que enumera as obras fundamentais para o evento. Agora, os gastos com os Jogos de 2016 já alcançaram 37,6 bilhões de reais, assim distribuídos: arenas: 6,5 bilhões de reais; legado: 24,1 bilhões de reais; e investimento do Comitê Organizador da Olimpíada, 7 bilhões de reais. O orçamento previsto na candidatura brasileira era de 28,8 bilhões de reais.

no próximo final de semana, na Marina da Glória, porto náutico banhado pelas águas da Baía de Guanabara. E, se por um lado o Comitê Rio assegura que os 320 velejadores de 34 países encontrarão condições adequadas para a disputa por medalhas, do outro Mário Moscatelli, biólogo que há mais de duas décadas luta contra a degradação da baía alerta: "Nós vamos passar muita vergonha".

When Debt Collector Robocalls Illegally Hijack Your Cell Phone

Heather Waites got a call on her new cell phone a few months ago from a number she didn’t recognize.
When Waites answered, she heard an automated message from a debt collection company, saying they were looking for someone she had never heard of. When she told them they had the wrong number, the message said, “I’ll remove this number.”

That automated message was a robocall, a pre-recorded message companies use to call hundreds of thousands of people at a time through computer software.
But Waites said the message never gave her a chance to opt out. The robocall she received mechanically asked for Marcie Rodriguez, and then only gave the option to “press 1 if you are Marcie Rodriguez.”
Sixty-eight percent of cell phone owners receive at least some unwanted sales calls, according to Pew Research, with a quarter of them reporting that it happens several times a week, and 34 percent say they get calls for collection of debt they don’t owe.
“Every single day across the country, people are getting hundreds of thousands of calls for debts that they don’t owe, and that’s illegal,” said attorney Billy Howard, the founder of the Consumer Protection Department at Tampa-based law firm Morgan and Morgan. “It’s a $500 minimum violation for every unwanted phone call to your cell phone, and could be worth up to $1,500 per call.”

Palestinian authorities in Gaza claimed that a United Nations school was hit by Israeli tank shells early Wednesday

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Starting at around 4:30 a.m., several shells hit the compound of the Abu Hussein school, a few minutes apart, said the principal, Fayez Abu Dayeh. He said shells hit two classrooms and a bathroom.
In one of the classrooms, the front wall was blown out, leaving debris and bloodied clothing. Another strike tore a large round hole into the ceiling of a second floor class-room.
Four of the dead were killed just outside the school compound, two in their home and two who were struck in the street after returning from pre-dawn prayers, their relatives said.
"It's the responsibility of the world to tell us what we shall do with more than 200,000 people who are inside our schools, thinking that the U.N. flag will protect them," he said. "This incident today proves that no place is safe in Gaza."
Israel has vowed to stop the Hamas rocket and mortar fire that has reached increasingly deeper into its territory and to destroy a sophisticated network of Hamas military tunnels used for attacks in Israel.
For its part, Hamas has so far rejected cease-fire efforts unless its demands are met, including a lifting of a punishing blockade.

The bitter lessons of MH17

Police secure a refrigerated train loaded with bodies of passengers from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 as it arrives in a Kharkiv, Ukraine, factory on Tuesday, July 22. The United States says a surface-to-air missile took down the Boeing 777 on Thursday, July 17, as it was flying over Ukraine from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, killing all 298 people aboard. Ukrainian officials have accused pro-Russian rebels of downing the jet, but Russia blames Ukraine's recent military operations against the rebels.

During the last four months, the people of Ukraine have been fighting for their freedom, independence and European path in a war started by Russia-backed terrorists and their accomplices.
On July 17 we believe the terrorists fired at the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, cutting short the lives of almost 300 people. This was a tragic wake-up call to the whole world. From now on Russian exporters of terrorism bring tragedy and tears to people across the planet -- from the Netherlands to Australia.
We are encouraged with the growing understanding in both the West and the East of the nature of terrorism in eastern Ukraine. While U.S. senators and European Union ministers already consider designating the Donetsk People's Republic and its Luhansk twin as terrorist organizations, we expect Russia to halt its support to terrorists. Since most of them are Russian citizens and "former" security service officers, we also urge Moscow to take them away from Ukraine. They must go home.
Ukraine has been consistently advocating not only international control of nuclear weapons, but today we also stand for the creation of a universal mechanism for international control of conventional arms.
We strive for a world based on the respect for international law and trust between nations.


Netanyahu warns Israel to prepare for long Gaza conflict, as at least 10 more are killed

Israel will press its air and ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, preparing his country for a longer and bloodier campaign and dashing hopes that thethree-week-old conflict would end soon.
Israel’s antagonist, the Islamist militant organization Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, continued to unleash deadly mortar and rocket fire, triggering air raid sirens across Israel.
In Gaza City, explosions Monday rocked a neighborhood and left at least 10 people dead, including children playing on a street, as a brief lull on one of Islam’s holiest days gave way to fresh attacks and tragedy.
The latest bloodshed occurred as international efforts to end the devastating war had been intensifying. Early Monday, the U.N. Security Council called for an “immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire.”
The Israeli military made cellphone calls and sent text messages to thousands of Palestinians living in the Shijaiyah, Zeitoun and Jabalya neighborhoods, warning them to evacuate immediately and head for Gaza City. Similar mass messages have preceded large strikes and incursions by Israel recently.
In a telephone conversation, Netanyahu told Ban that the United Nations had ignored Hamas attacks on Israeli civilians and the group’s use of civilians as human shields.
On Sunday, Obama had also urged an immediate humanitarian cease-fire, according to the White House.

5 things you need to know Wednesday

1. President Obama to speak on economy in Kansas City
The president is expected to address the status of the economy Wednesday from Missouri, as part of his two-day trip to Kansas City. Obama traveled to the city Tuesday to meet with Americans who wrote him letters about their personal economic challenges in the state.
2. Reports winter weather deadlier than summer
Winter cold kills more than twice as many Americans as does summer heat, according to a report from the National Center for Health Statistics released Wednesday. The report's authors found that "about 2,000 U.S. residents died each year from weather-related causes of death" — 63% of these deaths were attributed to exposure to excessive cold winter conditions, while about 31% of these deaths were attributed to exposure to excessive natural heat in the summer.
3. Katie Couric says farewell to talk show 'Katie'
The long-time broadcast news anchor will be leaving her self-titled talk show behind in a special "Farewell to Katie" episode airing Wednesday. Couric will shift her focus from daytime to online as Yahoo News' global anchor. In her new role, she will be interviewing a number of global power players and politicians, encouraging viewers to become a part of her interview process.
4. 'Sharknado 2: The Second One' will air on SyFy
It's still not safe to go back in the ocean. The sequel to the swirling cult favorite brings back stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid with Vivica A. Fox and Judah Friedlander joining the franchise – which already has a third release in the works for 2015. Watch the cast as they battle hoards of flying sharks Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. ET on the SyFy channel.
Syfy calls it "the most important television event of 2014." We call it 'Sharknado 2: The Second One.' VPC
5. McDonald's ruling ignites business-labor firestorm
Labor advocates are claiming a big victory after a federal agency said McDonald's central, corporate operations can be lumped in with its thousands of franchises for liability purposes. The world's largest fast-food chain promises to fight a National Labor Relations Board decision that it says "changes the rules for thousands of small businesses."

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Livre-se da alergia

Como prevenir os sintomas de  um mal que ataca tantas pessoas, especialmente no inverno.

Você conheceu recentemente alguém que não tenha alergia? Seja a poeira, a determinados alimentos ou a animais, como gato, cachorro ou barata, parece que quase todo mundo está fungando e assoando o nariz constantemente. Não é sua imaginação; a incidência de alergias – inclusive as desenvolvidas na idade adulta – está aumentando. As razões são numerosas: tempo demais em ambientes fechados, níveis mais altos de poluentes, ambientes “limpos demais” na infância que levam a sistemas imunológicos confusos. Pessoas alérgicas têm três vezes mais probabilidade de desenvolver asma e sinusite. As dicas abaixo ajudarão a evitar novas alergias ou a reduzir suas crises. Principais estratégias de prevenção Declare guerra à poeira e aos ácaros. Pense na poeira como repositório de todos os alérgenos que possa imaginar: ácaros, pelos e descamação da pele de animais, fezes de barata, pesticidas e poluição do meio ambiente, só para começar. É preciso fazer um grande esforço para reduzi-la um pouquinho que seja. Comece com as táticas a seguir. Pense em superfícies sólidas. Estamos falando de madeira de lei, laminados, azulejos e vinil para o piso e o mínimo possível de estofados. Tapetes e tecidos abrigam ácaros e atraem pelos e descamação da pele de animais. Também mofam se ficarem úmidos ou molhados. Uma pesquisa revelou que a poeira nas paredes da casa, nos pisos sem carpetes e em estantes contém menos ácaros do que a poeira encontrada em tapetes, estofados, edredons, colchões e travesseiros. Limpe com vapor. Passar o aspirador de pó não tem muito efeito na remoção de alérgenos. Na verdade, em tapetes velhos, essa limpeza apenas traz mais ácaros para a superfície. Limpar com vapor seco, porém, reduz o número de ácaros por até oito semanas. Você pode contratar um serviço profissional ou comprar um aparelho e fazer por conta própria. Depois, finalize com um aspirador de pó equipado com filtro HEPA. Forre tudo. Use forros hipoalergênicos no travesseiro e colchão. Eles evitam que os ácaros se instalem na sua cama. Lave todos os forros em água quente (60ºC) uma vez por semana e seque-os na secadora na temperatura mais quente, a fim de matar os ácaros. Se não usar os forros de travesseiro, opte por travesseiros de penas, porque estudos descobriram que eles abrigam bem menos ácaros que os travesseiros sintéticos, provavelmente por causa da trama mais apertada do forro.        Passe o aspirador no colchão – dos dois lados. Um estudo brasileiro comparou o número de ácaros da superfície inferior do colchão com o da superfície superior e encontrou mais do triplo do número de ácaros na inferior. Portanto, vire o colchão todo mês, passe o aspirador de pó em cada lado e limpe a cabeceira da cama com água quente e sabão. Depois de limpo, mantenha o colchão em um forro hipoalergênico. Arrume a bagunça. Todas aquelas bugigangas e pilhas de revistas são “ímãs” para poeira e mofo - 
Crianças saudáveis no inverno

No inverno, as doenças respiratórias afetam principalmente as crianças. Entretanto, com algumas dicas simples é possível evitar as doenças que se manifestam nesta época do ano, por causa das baixas temperaturas, o tempo seco e ao aumento da poluição na cidade.
  1. Não levar os filhos com resfriado para a escola ou creche, pois além do repouso necessário para a recuperação, será evitado que a criança transmita o vírus para as outras crianças;
  2. Evitar que pessoas com gripes ou resfriados fiquem em contato direto com os seus filhos pequenos, dentro da sua própria casa. Caso os pais ou irmãos maiores estejam com resfriado, é recomendado o uso de máscaras comuns (vendidas em farmácias) quando estão perto destas crianças, especialmente, se for um bebê;
  3. Evitar sair de casa com bebês com menos de quatro meses de idade para lugares com aglomerações de pessoas. Nessa idade, as defesas do organismo ainda não estão desenvolvidas, sendo muito mais propenso a contrair doenças com mais complicações;
  4. Manter a vacinação adequada e em dia;
  5. Fazer o aleitamento materno que, além de ser o alimento ideal para os bebês até o sexto mês de vida, transmite anticorpos da mãe que os protegerão de um grande número de doenças;
  6. Manter a casa e principalmente o quarto das crianças arejado e limpo. É importante não ter nada que possa acumular pó, pois os ácaros (grande causador de alergias respiratórias) costumam se fixar em objetos como bichinhos de pelúcia, tapetes, cortinas, protetor de berço, mosquiteiro, almofadas, caixas de brinquedos, entre outros;
  7. Manter os animais de estimação no quintal;
  8. Não fumar e não permitir que fumem dentro da sua casa, em nenhum cômodo, pois a fumaça de cigarros irrita as vias respiratórias;
  9. Consultar sempre um pediatra e procurar evitar de ir ao Pronto Socorro com o seu filho sem necessidade, pois neste local ele poderá ficar ao lado de outras crianças que podem estar com doenças contagiosas graves;
  10. Nesta época de clima mais seco, deve-se umidificar os ambientes nos quais o seu filho passa  maior tempo, para amenizar possíveis irritações de pele e mucosas.

Obama's phone calls show urgency of world crises

During times of international crisis, President Obama and Vice President Biden are quick to pick up the phone and call world leaders. Here are the top 10 countries each has called since 2009 and the current leaders of those nations:

Mounting crises in Ukraine and the Middle East have driven a surge in President Obama's telephone diplomacy, as the president has made more calls in July to world leaders than in all but one month of his presidency, according to White House records

Records also show how some nations rise and fall in importance and the evolving division of labor between Obama and his vice president, Joe Biden, whose phone calls to foreign leaders have also spiked this year. While Obama speaks most often with the leaders of the United Kingdom, Germany, Israel, France and Russia, Biden's portfolio includes Iraq, Ukraine and — increasingly — Turkey.
There's a tendency for leaders on both sides to overestimate what they can accomplish in a short phone call, Aliriza said. "Ultimately, international relations is about things that are done and not things that are said on the phone," he said. "It's a substitute for real diplomacy or real diplomatic interaction."
Biden has spoken with Erdogan four times in recent weeks.
The White House declined to comment about Obama's telephone diplomacy but did provide a written statement in response to Erdogan's complaint.
IMMIGRATION DEBATE ROILS POLITICS IN ... MAINE?
 In the whitest U.S. state, thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the debate over immigration is quickly becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races.

With its close-knit communities and a practice of labeling non-natives as "from away," Mainers have a reputation for being insular. But they have also embraced the need for immigrants as the state's population ages and declines.

Since January, more than 30,000 children, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala have crossed the nation's southern border illegally and have been placed with sponsors throughout the country. The eight minors in Maine are a fraction of the thousands sent to states including New York, California and Florida.

Immigration advocates say LePage could hurt Maine's reputation as a welcoming home for immigrants.
Maine, whose population of 1.3 million is about 94 percent white, is home to an estimated 55,000 immigrants and relies heavily on migrant workers for its blueberry harvest every August.
An influx of Somali refugees to Lewiston, a former industrial city that has fallen into decline, ignited tensions between newcomers and natives in the early 2000s. But Somalis' small businesses have since been praised for helping revitalization efforts.
Today, immigrants fleeing violence in Central Africa are drawn to Maine in part because of its safe communities and wealth of faith-based organizations that provide assistance, Roche said.

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