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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

Archive for 1 ottobre 2011

Statua Wojtyla: I danni

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Il Sovrintendente di Roma, Umberto Broccoli, ha seguito personalmente le verifiche effettuate dai tecnici della Sovrintendenza sulla statua dedicata a Wojtyla poco tempo dopo l’avvenuto sfregio. L’area è stata messa subito in sicurezza e la scritta, al momento, è stata coperta. Lunedì il restauratore procederà ad un piccolo intervento di restauro a pulizia. «Ringrazio le unità operative del decoro urbano, la Polizia Roma Capitale ed il servizio controllo e monitoraggio della Sovrintendenza, che si è rivelato efficace ancora una volta per la tutela delle opere d’arte. Come hanno dimostrato le immagini riprese dalle telecamere della Sala Sistema Roma, immediatamente consegnate alla Polizia Scientifica e alla Polizia Roma Capitale, quello operato ai danni della statua è un atto vandalico che, compiuto in meno di due secondi, viene recuperato con interventi accurati i cui costi gravano sulle casse di Roma Capitale e, dunque, sulle tasche dei cittadini» lo ha dichiarato il Sovrintendente ai Beni culturali di Roma Capitale, Umberto Broccoli.

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(fidest) La repubblica romana delle due Sicilie

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Il vantato secessionismo leghista che paventa la nascita dello Stato lombardo-veneto potrebbe diventare una sorta di licenza “politica-istituzionale” per dare il via ad un’altra scomposizione del sistema Paese lanciando l’idea della “repubblica romana delle due Sicilie”. In questo caso vi sono a sostenerne la causa non tanto, e non solo, ragioni di opportunità politica ma anche di natura storica e istituzionale. D’altra parte è già esistita la Repubblica romana come lo è stato il regno delle due Sicilie e sarebbero durate in prosperità se non avessero subito il vulnus dell’occupazione militare dei piemontesi e il suggestivo scenario dello sbarco dei mille in quel di Marsala. E’ una ferita, quella del Sud, che non tutti hanno digerito, e il comportamento della Lega non fa altro che rinfocolare un passato che si pensava in via di estinzione. Il tutto andrebbe a vantaggio del sud sia per estensione territoriale sia per la capacità di generare risorse oggi occluse da una politica incapace di risvegliare interessi e passioni in un’area dotata di grandi ingegni e di fertile immaginazione e anche di possibili risorse energetiche, turistiche, industriali e di sbocchi commerciali con i paesi che si affacciano nel Mediterraneo dalla sponda nord dell’Africa e dell’Asia. Non a caso queste opportunità sono state individuate da una grande nazione asiatica che avrebbe tutto da guadagnare consolidando la sua posizione economico-strategica nel meridione d’Italia tanto che ha già stabilito solidi legami finanziari con la Sicilia. A questo punto il secessionismo padano farebbe il gioco del meridione e lo solleverebbe da un asservimento subdolo e irragionevole se si pensa che persino i tedeschi hanno capito, con la loro riunificazione del paese, dopo il crollo del muro di Berlino, che una nazione non cresce se non cresce insieme allo stesso modo. D’altra parte non possiamo sentirci italiani solo per “sfruttare i più deboli”, ma se italiani dobbiamo essere facciamolo in modo che una mano sappia lavare l’altra e tutte e due lavino la faccia, alias Italia. Se si è insieme, insieme dobbiamo crescere e prosperare, altrimenti è meglio dividersi e subito. (Riccardo Alfonso http://www.fidest.it)

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Cardinal Péter Erdő re-confirmed as CCEE President

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Tirana, Yesterday, the Presidents of Europe’s Bishops’ Conferences, members by right of CCEE (the Council of European Episcopal Conferences) elected the new CCEE Presidency for the five-year mandate 2011-2016. Cardinal Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Primate of Hungary and President of the Hungarian Bishops’ Conference, was re-confirmed as President, and to the roles of Vice-presidents were elected Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa and President of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, and His Grace Mgr Józef Michalik, Archbishop of Przemyśl and President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference. So the two Vice-presidents replace Cardinals Jean-Pierre Ricard, Archbishop of Bordeaux, and Josip Bozanić, Archbishop of Zagreb. The Plenary Assembly thanked the newly-elected Vice-presidents for their willingness and wished them a period of profitable work in the service of evangelization and the Church in Europe, At the same time, the participants thanked the members of the outgoing Presidency for the work they have undertaken for the good of the Church and for their dedication in promoting fraternal communion between the European episcopates. The new Presidency will begin its term of office at the end of this Plenary Assembly.
Ieri pomeriggio i Presidenti delle Conferenze episcopali d’Europa, membri di diritto del CCEE (Consiglio delle Conferenze Episcopali d’Europa), hanno eletto la nuova Presidenza CCEE per il quinquennio 2011-2016. A Presidente del CCEE è stato riconfermato per un secondo mandato, il cardinale Péter Erdő, Arcivescovo di Esztergom-Budapest, Primate d’Ungheria e Presidente della Conferenza episcopale ungherese e alla carica di Vice-Presidenti sono stati eletti il Cardinale Angelo Bagnasco, Arcivescovo di Genova e Presidente della Conferenza episcopale italiana e S.E. Mons. Józef Michalik, Arcivescovo di Przemyśl e Presidente della Conferenza episcopale polacca. I due vice-presidenti vengono così a sostituire i cardinali Jean-Pierre Ricard, Arcivescovo di Bordeaux e Josip Bozanić, Arcivescovo di Zagabria. L’assemblea plenaria ha ringraziato i neo-eletti per la loro disponibilità e ha augurato un proficuo lavoro a servizio dell’evangelizzazione e della Chiesa in Europa. Nello stesso tempo, i partecipanti hanno ringraziato i membri della Presidenza uscente per il lavoro svolto per il bene della Chiesa e per la dedizione nel promuovere la comunione fraterna tra gli episcopati europei. La nuova presidenza entrerà effettivamente in carica al termine di questa assemblea plenaria.

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Tattoo designer: Mo Coppoletta

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New York from 6th – 10th October, renowned tattoo designer, Mo Coppoletta, will exhibit at Art London as part of the Heartbreak Gallery stand. Mo is known for his collaborations with numerous musicians, artists and brands, including the Prodigy, the Chapman Brothers and most recently Damien Hirst in a controversial project to design the front cover of the newly launched Garage Magazine.
Singer Paloma Faith said “I’ve known Mo for a while, actually, my friend worked as a receptionist at the Family Business, so I knew his work, knew how good he is. When I decided to get a tattoo I wanted only him to do it, even though he’s in such a huge demand that it is a really long wait, because of the fact that it is forever, and I wanted something that could age with me.” Mo Coppoletta began his tattooing career at the age of 27 where upon he quickly acquired a following for his designs. He now owns The Family Business – a tattoo parlour in London’s Exmouth market that has an international reputation for delivering unique and exquisite tattoos. A book, The Family Business, was published in 2010 by Pavilion Books. Images of Mo’s latest work as well as interviews with the artist are available.(Rachel) (image001)

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China signs on to pefc

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Forest Fire

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PEFC, the world’s largest forest certification system, has announced that China Forest Certification Council’s (CFCC) application to join PEFC has been unanimously approved. The move has been hailed as a boon for China’s growing forest areas, but the approval has much bigger implications for the processing sector in China – and those importing timber to China. The forest sector in China employs around 60 million people; forest cover has increased in China from 12 per cent in 1990 to around 20 per cent in 2010. While these afforestation figures bode well for the forest products sector, it is China’s imports of timber and other forest products are of greater significance for global forest products trade. China is now the largest producer of wooden furniture and wood-based panels; it produces 25 per cent of the world’s pulp, paper and paperboard. Output of all forest products reached USD 300 million in 2010; it is expected to reach $365 billion in 2011. Much of this is being driven by domestic demand, but China’s forest product trade has been growing quickly. Total forest products trade grew by more than 37 per cent in 2010. Wooden panel exports increased by around 35 per cent; paper products still make up the majority of export revenues for the sector after years of exponential growth. Particle board exports into the EU increased by 64 per cent, and China is now Europe’s largest supplier of plywood. What does this mean for certification?
The ‘adoption’ of PEFC by a Chinese state body can be read as the effective endorsement of PEFC throughout the entire supply chain. Once China’s forest management standard has been endorsed by PEFC, it will be the PEFC standard that matters in China. While the private sector or civil society in the West may not think government endorsement is particularly important, it means everything in China. Supporters of FSC have done much in the past to undermine PEFC-endorsed standards in the US, Australia and other countries. Expect Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network and the usual suspects to kick off an anti-CFCC campaign soon.

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Cifor questions protected area effectiveness

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Will forests, like this one on San Juan Island...

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CIFOR, one of the world’s leading forestry institutions, has questioned the effectiveness of strictly protected areas in preserving forest cover. In so doing, it has returned to a common-sense approach to forest use at odds with the world’s environmental campaign groups. The journal piece, authored by long-serving CIFOR researcher Terry Sunderland, questions the ‘fortress conservation’ approach to forest cover. He draws on evidence recently published by Mexico-based forest scientists that compares strict conservation areas with ‘multiple use’ forest areas, where local communities manage a variety of interests, including commercial exploitation, agriculture and watershed management. The effectiveness measure was simple: forest cover change. The study found that strict protected areas were less effective at maintaining forest cover than areas where locals were able to make their own economic decisions on land use. Key to this was the national government management of protected forest areas. In tropical countries this is often marked by a lack of funding for adequate forest protection. The paper therefore questions the argument of many campaign organisations that argue conservation areas somehow improve livelihoods. The findings follow those argued by World Growth in a paper that was released in Jakarta at the beginning of 2011. The World Growth paper drew on research from a range of studies that found that strict protected areas were often ineffective, particularly in countries with high population growth and ineffective tenure arrangements. The introduction of REDD into developing countries, and pressure to introduce or extend moratoria on forest developments needs to be examined in a similar light. What the new research presents – and which has also been argued by World Growth – is that a blanket ‘no deforestation’ approach as advocated by groups such as Greenpeace will simply not work. Unless economic development is taken care of, deforestation will continue unchecked.

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Broward County Pending Sales Trend Upwards

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St. Paul Home for Sale

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Miami, FL – Total August cumulative pending home sales – including single-family homes and condominiums – in Broward County were 0.8 percent above what they were a year earlier, up from 7,845 to 8,124, and were down three percent month-over-month from 8,124, according to the Broward Council of the 25,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) systems. August Contract Activity The total number of listings – including single-family homes and condominiums – that pended during the month of August in Broward County increased 13 percent, up from 2,749 to 3,114, compared to a year earlier. Compared to the previous month, pended sales increased 5 percent. Single-family home and condominium sales that pended during the month increased 24 and 5 percent respectively. Cumulative pending condominium sales in August in Broward were 1.3 percent higher than they were a year earlier, up from 4,313 to 4,408, but were down 2.3 percent compared to the previous month. Cumulative pending single-family home sales dropped 0.3 percent, down from 3,406, compared to August 2010 and 4 percent compared to the previous month. Nationally, the Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, decreased 1.2 percent to 88.6 in August from 89.7 in July, according to the National Association of Realtors. The index is 7.7 percent higher than the 82.3 index reported in August 2010. A sale is listed as pending when the contract has been signed but the transaction has not closed, though the sale usually is finalized within one or two months of signing. Increased pending sales are an indication of increased future sales.
The Miami Association of Realtors was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating more than 90 years of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida. Comprised of four organizations, the Residential Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Broward County Board of Governors, and the International Council, it represents more than 25,000 real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage. It is the largest local association in the National Association of Realtors, and has partnerships with more than 60 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI’s official website is http://www.miamire.com.

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DDGS Export Growth in Japan

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Grain

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The chart to the right highlights U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) exports to Japan. According to data from the Japanese Ministry of Finance, U.S. DDGS sales to Japan in the month of August 2011 account for a 81 percent U.S. market share that totals 11,681 metric tons. Accumulated volume of U.S. DDGS exports to Japan in 2011 (January-August) enjoyed a 93 percent U.S. market share with a total of 223,850 metric tons. The U.S. Grains Council’s Japan office organized four DDGS seminars in September, specifically focused on total mix ration (TMR) for dairy and poultry feed. The seminars attracted local livestock farmers and technical service researchers as well as feed manufacturers and wholesalers. Through these seminars and other USGC programs, the Council aims to expand the market of producers who independently mix feed ingredients by including the TMR feeding system, in addition to the market for compound feed manufacturing.

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Chinese Malting Barley Outlook

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Malted Barley - Close-Up

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Chinese demand for malting barley is expected to total 3.9 million metric tons (179 million bushels) in 2011, but Chinese production is projected at just 1.7 million tons (78 million bushels), up from last year’s 1.2 million tons (55 million bushels) but still well below the 3.44 million tons (158 million bushels) China produced in 2008.U.S. Grains Council Assistant Director in China Sam Niu reports that Chinese farmers lack interest in planting malting barley and often plant it on poorer land because production costs keep increasing and there are no government subsidies. As a result, profitability is lower for barley than for corn or wheat.China is expected to import 2.2 million tons (101 million bushels) of malting barley this year.

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Mgr Šašik new CCEE member

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Panorama di Tirana

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Tirana. The CCEE Plenary Assembly has acceded to the request of His Lordship Mgr Milan Šašik, Eparchial Bishop of Mukachevo (or Mukaceve) for Byzantine Rite Ruthenians, to become a member of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences, according the formula suggested by the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. Therefore CCEE is now composed of the Presidents of the 33 Bishops’ Conferences present in Europe and the Archbishops of Luxembourg, of the Principality of Monaco, the Maronite Archbishop of Cyprus, the Bishop of Chisinau (Republic of Moldova) and the Eparchial Bishop of Mukachevo. Also participating are the President of the Bishops’ Conference of Kazakhstan and the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem with the status of permanent invitees. The Eparchy of Mukachevo (or Mukaceve) belongs of the Ruthenian “sui iuris” Metropolitan Church. Through the 1646 Union of Užhorod, the Ruthenian Church was united with the Catholic Church. The Eparchy of Mukacevo is immediately subject to the Holy See. His Lordship Mgr Milan Šašik, C.M., was born in Lehota, in the diocese of Nitra (Slovakia) on 17 September 1952.

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Mixed Picture for DDGS Exports

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Grain

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January-to-June distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) exports saw a 16 percent increase in sales to Southeast Asia, depite a 11 percent loss in total export sales, reported Adel Yusupov, U.S. Grains Council regional director in Southeast Asia. A major factor is the drop in Chinese purchasing. While China’s July imports were up almost 38 percent from June, they were still well below sales for the same period last year. Worldwide, DDGS sales for the first seven months of 2011 totaled 4.4 million metric tons, valued at more than $1 billion. The biggest buyers are Mexico, China and Canada, followed by Vietnam and South Korea.“Within Southeast Asia, DDGS shipments are up 7 percent to Indonesia, 13 percent to Vietnam, 69 percent to the Philippines, and 128 percent to Malaysia,” Yusupov reported. “Sales are down 2 percent in Thailand, where the government introduced new import requirements for feedstuffs, including DDGS. Importers of U.S. DDGS will have to submit information on the product and its origin to obtain a license.”The new rules also set a minimum protein level of 26 percent (measured at destination) for DDGS imports.“We have notified USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) office in Thailand that this could potentially limit U.S. DDGS exports to Thailand, and FAS will consider this issue as a subject to raise with the Thai government,” Yusupov said.

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