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Discussion Of Cabinet

The British Cabinet is the main decision-making organ of the executive and who’s the executive committee of Her Majesty’s Privy Council. It is made of Cabinet Ministers, who’re the most senior government ministers.

The principle executive group within government has been the Cabinet since the reign of King George I. Both King George I and George II relied heavily on this select group of advisors as both didn’t speak English as their native language and were unfamiliar with British politics.

The Cabinet is the top decision-making body within the British Government. Is at the heart of the United Kingdom’s political system. The members of the Cabinet, or cabinet ministers are the highest ranking ministers of the government and most of the government departments have one or more cabinet ministers.

Most members of the Cabinet serve under the title’ Secretary of State’. John Hutton’s title is the Secretary of State for Defence, for example. The head of the Cabinet is the Prime Minister who also serves as’ Minister for the Civil Service’ and’ First Lord of the Treasury’.

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David Lloyd-George created the modern Cabinet system during his time in office between 1916 and 1992. He made a Cabinet office and Secretariat as well as committee structures and a much more defined relationship with Cabinet Ministers.

Cabinet Ministers are nominated by the monarch on the notice of the Prime Minister. The Cabinet is led by the Prime Minister who is the chief of Government. Cabinet Ministers are generally heads of governmental departments.

The majority of Cabinet Ministers are known as the Secretary of State for the relevant department. Bob Ainsworth is the Secretary of State for Defence, for instance.

At the time of writing there were 22 Cabinet Ministers, with this number fluctuating between 21 and 24. The Cabinet is mainly composed of members of the House of Commons, although members of the House of Lords can be Cabinet Ministers. Lord Peter Mandleson, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills is the First Cabinet Minister.

Very occasionally, Cabinet Ministers are selected from outside of the Houses of Parliament. All members of the Cabinet are also Privy Councillors, as the Cabinet is a committee of HM’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Cabinet meets regularly, usually each week on a Tuesday (this had been the case since Gordon Brown became Prime Minister in 2007). The meetings can be as brief as 30 minutes in length as most discussions and announcements are made at other times.

The Cabinet has a number of sub-committees which deal with particular areas. These can be either permanent or temporary depending on the subject.

The Conservative Party, which is presently the Offical Opposition (the party with the second highest number of Members of Parliament) has a similar group of decision makers known as the Shadow Cabinet.

Obama Warns More Unemployment in EU

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday called on Congress to approve the country’s Transport Act to prevent further unemployment.
The president also urged lawmakers to give the green light to a plan to prevent a rise in interest rates on student loans, which would affect students.

“There is no excuse for inaction. Now, missing only seven days for thousands of Americans have to do a work stoppage because Congress has not approved a draft law on the carriage,” said the Democrat in their Saturday’s message to the nation.

The president added that missing eight days for nearly seven and a half million students to experience a doubling of interest rates on their loans “because Congress has not taken steps to prevent it.”

He said that the unemployment rate among Americans with university or college is about half the national average.

He warned that if not approved this month the Transport Act will be an immediate impact on employment in the construction sector.

He said the bridges are deteriorating after years of neglect and the roads are crowded.

“Delays in transport cost the people and businesses in the country billions of dollars each year. And there are hundreds of thousands of construction workers who have never been more anxious to return to work.”

“We know this is an election year, but most important responsibilities we have elections, we respond to the American people and he is demanding action,” Obama said.

 

Europe Paves the Way for Eurobonds

BRUSSELS – In June, the European Council President, Herman Van Rompuy, will present a road map to “strengthen and deepen” the monetary union, in an attempt to lift the euro in the current crisis.

“We have to bear the monetary union to a new phase. There is a consensus that we must intensify integration,” said Van Rompuy at a press conference this morning, at the end of an informal meeting with the leaders of the European Union (EU) in the Belgian capital.

Greater fiscal and monetary integration in the euro area is considered by many countries as a prerequisite for the creation of so-called Eurobonds, an initiative by France, which relies on it to help stimulate growth in the commonwealth.

However, after nearly eight hours of discussion with their counterparts, French President, Francois Hollande said he understood that “certain countries are totally hostile” to the idea, particularly Germany, a historical ally of France.

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said that, “Eurobonds are a tool for integration, not growth.”

“I respect your point of view (Merkel) when you say that Eurobonds are not an instrument of growth in themselves. But they are tools that can help you get growth,” the French President added.

Moreover, the rulers agreed on the need to adapt EU policies to promote growth, including the area of ​​international trade, and improve labor mobility and investment in training to support job creation.

It also called on the European Investment Bank (EIB) to analyze, in the face of June, how it will strengthen its capital to improve access of SMEs to credit.

The OECD and World Bank said that emerging countries have taken steps to help them cope with the crisis.

 

Anonymous Threat to Vladimir Putin

MOSCOW – The computer activist group, Anonymous, said Friday it plans to attack sites on the Internet of the Russian government to support opposition protests before the law and President Vladimir Putin.

In an Internet video that has been widespread, the Russian division of the group said it would close the main YouTube page of the Government on Sunday, when protesters plan to hold a march of a million people in central Moscow.

That would be followed by another attack against Prime Minister page on Monday, the day when Putin assumed the presidency, according to the message, which includes instructions on how the Internet can join.

Putin easily won the presidential elections in March for a term of six years, despite a wave of protests started after a parliamentary election in December, that the opposition considers tainted by fraud on a massive scale in favor of the ruling party.

The mass demonstrations in Moscow and other Russian cities did not stop the return of Putin to the presidency, but stripped the former head of the KGB’s aura of invincibility that has characterized his 12 years in power. First, as president and later as Prime Minister .

“On May 6 there will be mass demonstrations against the illegitimate elections. We will support this protest closing pages of the government lying,” Anonymous said in a message on YouTube.

“If you did not choose these authorities and you are against a president that elected himself to be crowned for the third time, join us,” the group added.

The video indicated that Anonymous launched attacks against government page, Government.ru at 09:00 hours from Mexico City on May 6 and against the prime minister’s Web, Premier.gov.ru on May 7 at 04: 00.

Anonymous agreed this year to e-mails from pro-Kremlin youth organization, in what they said was a response to the growing number of attacks by pro-government groups against independent media and opposition bloggers.

Both sides are turning to increasingly accessible technology that can be used for computer attacks, and to find more people willing and able to conduct virtual attacks, according to a recent report by British human rights group OpenDemocracy.

Moscow has called for a binding global treaty at UN to prosecute cyber crime on the Net.

Western countries have been reluctant, but the well-known attacks by hackers like Anonymous groups and LulzSec, pages that have affected U.S. government and Britain, have highlighted the vulnerabilities on the Internet.

The Luxurious Home of Alan Garcia

 

LIMA, Peru -President Alan Garcia, after separating from Pilar Nores , rented a residence on Summit Street, Las Casuarinas for not less than $4,500 per month.

The splendid house is reported to be about 2,500 square meters, with an aerial view and sits on a solid block of stone. “They say the house has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a walk in closet the size of a department Mivivienda,” added the journalist César Hildebrandt.

They also said that president has homes in Paris and Bogota, apart from the beach house in Chacarilla. After separating from Garcia, Pilar Nores would have stayed with the latter, detailed weekly. In addition, Garcia also owns a BMW that costs $160,000.

Governors of State Do Not Want Producers to Vote on Royalties

 

BRAZIL – Governors and representatives of more than 15 states began a movement to vote on the bill by collecting royalties from oil. This has been approved by the senate, which benefits the non-producing states. They also want to modify the calculation of the base salary of teachers and advocate renegotiation of the debts of the states with the Union.

The governors decided to make a movement of pressure and met with the presidents of the Chamber, Marco Maia (PT-SP), and the Senate, José Sarney (PMDB-AP). At the meeting, Marco Maia said that governors should mobilize their benches and a window can vote in the second half of March. But there are states such as Rio and Espirito Santo who refused to vote. The governors of these states were not present at the meeting.

The project is awaiting the assessment of members, authored by Senator Vital do Rego (PMDB-PB) and approved by the senate. This can cause loss of $48.8 billion by 2020 in Rio de Janeiro.

Earlier, the governors gathered at the house of the governor of Maranhão, Roseana Sarney (PMDB), and outlined a plan of action to press for a vote of royalties and other points. These were only attended by the governors interested in the royalty rate. In this first meeting, without the presence of Maia and Sarney, governors rose tone and charges made for greater involvement by the federal government.

Senator Marcelo Crivella (PRB-RJ) attended the meeting and heard in the senate to vote on the request of the royalties. “What Rio will lose is not true. They want the board to approve that excrescence”, Crivella said.. They had six priority issues: debt renegotiation, not voting the PEC 300, establishing a mandatory national floor for firefighters and police officers, approval of the project royalties, project commerce on the Internet, and change in the law and the Fund State Participation (FPE).

The governors advocate change in the calculation of the base salary of teachers. The Ministry of Education announced on Monday the new national floor of $1,451 for 40 hours, which means an adjustment of 22.22% compared to 2011. The value is retroactive to January 1.

Deficit Ended 2011 with Deviation of 2.5 Points on PSOE Forecast

 

All the government closed 2011 with a deficit of 91.344 million. The Minister of Finance and Public Administration,Cristobal Montoro, announced that the GDP is 8.51%, compared to the 6% forecast.

At a press conference, Montoro has reported that the deficit recorded last year for the state is 5.10% of GDP (against 4.8% expected), the regions, 2.94% (compared with 1, 3% predicted) and local authorities, the 0.38% (compared to 0.30% predicted). Meanwhile, Social Security ended the year with a deficit of 995 million euros, 0.09% of GDP, while the target predicted a surplus of 0.4% of GDP.

In his view, this diversion of Social Security is “disturbing” because it is speaking of “the public pension system” and emphasized that we have to clean it up more. Montoro has indicated that these data, confirm the imbalance of public accounts that has been 2.51 percentage points higher than the fiscal consolidation target of 6% last year, committed by the Spanish Government to the European Commission. Montoro has refused to blame the deficit diversion to the regions and said it has been a lack of central government “derogation” from the financing system. “We should not blame anyone.  We are all autonomous communities”, he stressed.

In this regard, Montoro reiterated that there is a need to devise a system, to see how public services are financed independently by the administration that manages them. Montoro also stressed the importance of budgetary stability law to control the institutions and avoid a deficit and breach of targets. 

 

Indonesians speak out against the Islamic Defenders Front

 

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, is often held up as good example of how democracy can get along with moderate Islam.

But the freedom that has given the country its reputation, has also allowed the vigilante group, the Islamic Defenders Front, to raid bars and nightclubs over the last decade.

The group’s violent tactics have bothered many citizens since its founding in 1998.  The Indonesians have rarely taken a public stand against the group.

In more recent times, the FPI has expanded to target religious minorities. The group has forced the closure of churches in West Java and was allegedly at the center of a brutal mob attack on a minority Islamic sect,  that ended in the fatal beating of three of its members in February 2011.

The shift in tactics and increased focus on religious minorities has spurred a smattering of citizens to finally speak their mind. Last Tuesday, activists and celebrities rallied in central Jakarta, shouting “Indonesia is more peaceful without the FPI”.

What Interests Has Russia in Cyprus?

Cyprus became home to thousands of Russians, but Putin regime may have greater interest in the small nation, The Guardian comment.

Last month, a mysterious Russian transport ship sought refuge during a storm, in the Cypriot port of Limassol. On board of MS Chariot were hidden four containers loaded with 60 tons of ammunition for AK-47 machine guns and rocket launchers. Load came from Rosoboronexport, the state company holding a monopoly on Russia’s arms exports. The buyer was none other than the Syrian government.

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