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Corruption effects on the Economy

The World Economic Forum reported in 2015 on the dire effects of corruption on the Economy of developing countries, but of industrialized countries as well. It reasserted the fact that corruption is considered a strong constraint on growth and development. In fact, the WEF clasified corruption as "the hidden tax on global growth" and defined corruption in a much broader scope than is recognized by most people. They concluded that "rather than merely being a transaction between two parties, as one panelist put it, corruption can be viewed as «the privatization of public policy.» Powerful elites in business and politics collude to control public institutions, capture the policy-making process, and monopolize government contracting and procurement."

That is precisely what Ukraine is trying to solve.

 Success in Ukraine Energy Company: Less State Intervention and Zero Tolerance for Corruption

Kiev, March 20.– Since 2014 when Andriy Kobolyev was appointed as CEO of state-owned Ukrainian oil and natural gas company Naftogaz, the company turned around annual losses of $6.5 billion to annual profits of $8.5 billion, accounting for 8 percent of the country’s revenue.

Kobolyev explained during an interview at the Atlantic Council on March 3 that this success can be attributed to a new business model that the new management team under his leadership implemented. First, the company broke its dependency on Russian gas that was sold at prices higher than the fair market price.

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Covid-19 y la crisis catastrófica que se cierne sobre el Estado español

El gobierno socialista español no parece estar asumiendo su tradicional papel populista de largueza presupuestaria "a favor del pueblo" en estos momentos de crisis exacerbada por una peligrosa epidemia que amenaza dislocar la economía, caer en una violenta recesión y llevar a amplios sectores del país a la miseria. Algunas medidas encaminadas a paliar la catástrofe han comenzado a aplicarse desde el 12 de marzo, pero son tardías y todavía insuficientes.

Las medidas tributarias frente a la crisis: inefectivas y totalmente insuficientes

Madrid, Marzo 20.– Desde el día 7 de marzo el Gobierno ha aprobado cuatro normas Reunión de emergenciaReunión de emergencia–dos con rango de Real Decreto y otras dos con rango de Decreto-ley– en las que se adoptan distintas medidas para responder al impacto económico de la crisis causada por el COVID-19.

A pesar de esta avalancha legislativa, expresión de un Gobierno desbordado y desnortado, que va muy por detrás de una crisis de consecuencias incalculables, llama poderosamente la atención la resistencia del Ejecutivo a adoptar las medidas tributarias que la situación exige.

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CORONA VIRUS: ¿Qué es? ¿Cómo es el contagio? ¿Qué puede hacerse?

Un médico italiano que trabajó en el hospital de Shenzhen en China fue Designado por el gobierno chino para integrarse al equipo de estudio del virus de la Neumonía de Wuhan, o Corona-Virus. 

Escribió un artículo muy interesante cuyo resumen se indica a continuacion:

CORONA VIRUS: Información y prevención  Covid-19 (en amarillo) observado por un microscopioCovid-19 (en amarillo) observado por un microscopio

- Si una persona resfriada tiene secreción nasal con esputo, no está infectada con el Corona-virus, porque su neumonía da una tos seca sin secreción nasal. Esta es la forma más fácil de identificarlo.

Por otra parte es bueno saber que el virus de Wuhan o Corona-virus no es resistente al calor y se muere a una temperatura de 26 a 27 grados. Por lo tanto, beba mucha agua caliente como té e infusiones. No es una cura pero es bueno para el cuerpo. Beber agua caliente es efectivo para matar todos los virus. Trate de no beber hielo.
Expóngase al sol si es invierno.

- El virus es de un tamaño bastante grande (la célula tiene un diámetro de aproximadamente 400-500 nm), por lo que cualquier máscara normal (No solo la máscara de 3M N95) puede filtrarlo. Sin embargo, cuando alguien infectado estornuda delante de usted, se esparcerá alrededor de 3 metros antes de caer al suelo; es decir, queda suspendido en el aire.

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Answers to all your questions on the Covid-19 outbreak that is spreading across the world

Is there a cure for the coronavirus?

 

There is no specific treatment, although doctors are trialling existing drugs for viruses such as Ebola and HIV. Early results seem promising, but until full clinical trials have been concluded doctors cannot be certain that the drugs are effective.

How is coronavirus spread?

Like cold and flu bugs, the virus is spread via droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. The droplets land on surfaces and are picked up on the hands of others and spread further. People catch the virus when they touch their infected hands to their mouth, nose or eyes.

 What is coronavirus, how did it start and could the outbreak grow bigger?

March 2.– China’s new coronavirus (Covid-19) is spreading fast. More than 89,000 people are known to be infected and more than 3,000 deaths have been recorded.

The bulk of cases and fatalities have been confined to China but the virus is spreading internationally.

What is a coronavirus?
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Renewed U.S. foreign policy in Central Asia

The United States is developing a new policy of approaching the former Soviet republics of Central Asia in response to their manifest concern caused by Chinese and Russian hegemonism. In addition, nurturing new friends in that region can contribute to a more stable Afghanistan and some level of cooperation in the face of the Iranian threat. In fact, Washington views Uzbekistan as an emerging leader in pushing for a peace deal in Afghanistan. Nevertheless, Russia has significant influence in Central Asia through “soft power”. Russia is looked at as a political model by many Central Asian governments and a legislative trend-setter. After the election of Donald Trump, an acute domestic political crisis began in the United States (strong disagreements between him and the Democratic Party), so Central Asian foreign policy direction waned during part of the last three years. That is not so any longer. More recently, Secretary of State Pompeo is conducting a vigorous policy of renewed friendship in the region."

A New Era of Strategic Partnership:
The US Engages to Find Opportunities in Central Asia

Central Asia will generally welcome —and want— U.S. attention, but will want a degree Sec. of State Pompeo being received in KazakhstanSec. of State Pompeo being received in Kazakhstanof circumspection. 

Taskent, Feb.14.– U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s early February visit to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan marks a notable achievement for Central Asia: The United States is keeping an active eye on the region. An increased number of visits to the former Soviet republics has occurred in recent years, with U.S. officials voicing interest in strengthening relations.

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