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IMF raises $320 billion in an effort to boost rescue firepower

April 19, 2012 Leave a comment

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via IMF raises $320 billion in an effort to boost rescue firepower.

Timothy Geithner, U.S. treasury secretary, arrives for the start of a meeting of the Financial Stability Oversite Council in Washington April 3, 2012. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

WASHINGTON | Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:40am EDT

(Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday it had raised $320 billion so far in a bid to boost its firepower to deal with the euro zone debt crisis, with Poland and Switzerland joining the effort.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said she had received commitments of $34 billion on Wednesday, including $8 billion from Poland and “a substantial amount” from Switzerland.

“Ensuring that the Fund has sufficient resources to tackle crises and to promote global economic stability is in the interests of all our members,” she said in a statement.

Lagarde is hoping to secure at least $400 billion in commitments from finance officials from around the globe, who meet this week in Washington under the auspices of the Group of 20 nations and the IMF and World Bank.

The issue has taken on new urgency given increased borrowing costs in Spain and Italy that have reignited fears the euro zone crisis could flare again, and that the fallout could imperil the global economic recovery.

The United States has declined to provide fresh funds, saying it had done its part by ensuring dollar liquidity for banks in Europe, but it threw its weight behind the fundraising effort on Wednesday.

“We’re actually very supportive of that process and we’ll be very supportive of it this week,” U.S. Treasury Timothy Geithner said, avoiding past rhetoric about Europe needing to do more first to erect its own financial firewall.

Europe had already said it would provide about $200 billion to the IMF and Japan pledged $60 billion on Tuesday, becoming the first non-European nation to make a commitment.

Sweden said it would commit $10 billion and increase the amount to $14.7 billion later, while Denmark said it would give $7 billion. Norway pledged about $9.3 billion.

The effort to expand the IMF’s coffers is expected to dominate a meeting of G20 finance officials over dinner on Thursday and during the day on Friday. It will also be front and center at the IMF’s semi-annual session on Saturday.

Speaking at the Brookings Institution, Geithner said the commitments that had already flowed in should make it apparent to financial markets that the fund can bulk up quickly when necessary, a prospect that could ease crisis-related jitters.

He said it was a positive that the IMF could raise money quickly to “cushion if necessary the effects of European trauma” on the economies of other nations.

HOPING FOR A DEAL

While Europe has won some praise for actions it has taken to build up its own defenses to keep its debt troubles contained, the IMF warned this week that the crisis was still the single greatest threat to the world economy.

“Solving the issues in Europe is not about a firewall, it’s about decisions that will be taken in Europe over a sustained period of time; and it’s European actions that will be decisive here as opposed to outside money,” Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney told a news conference.

Carney, who also heads the global Financial Stability Board, said the G20 had yet to reach a consensus on how to proceed.

Like the United States, Canada has ruled out putting more money into the IMF. “Really, the Europeans need to step up to the plate much more than they have,” Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty told reporters in Toronto.

But Canada seemed increasingly isolated.

In Mexico, Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade sounded an optimistic note about a deal for more IMF money. He said commitments made by Japan, Sweden and Denmark were a sign of good progress – a potentially significant comment because Mexico, as this year’s G20 chair, has a chance to shape not only the agenda but the outcome of this week’s talks.

“It creates a good environment for the meeting,” Meade said of money pledges.

Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, predicted in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday that a deal would be reached this week.

A number of emerging market economies, including China, Russia and Brazil have been cautious about providing more money to the IMF. They want commitments the new resources will be accompanied by more voting power at the global lender.

In a report on global financial stability, the IMF offered advice for Europe: set a course for fiscal union to match the existing monetary union so that unified policy can be passed that works equally for members and makes it harder for financial markets to single out the weakest for attack.

“European authorities need to provide investors with a clear vision of where monetary union is going, because the answer to this is more and better Europe, not less Europe,” IMF financial counselor Jose Vinals said as he issued the report.

The IMF urged central supervision of European banks. It also suggested that the European Union should consider injecting public capital into banks – a tactic the United States employed in 2008 when its banking system was at risk of collapse.

(Additional reporting by Stella Dawson and Rachelle Younglai in Washington, Krista Hughes in Puerto Vallarta and Louise Egan in Ottawa; Editing by Dan Grebler and Peter Cooney)

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韩国判处中国渔民有期徒刑30年 中方称不接受

April 19, 2012 Leave a comment

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via 韩国判处中国渔民有期徒刑30年 中方称不接受.

外交部发言人:中方不接受韩方单方面适用“专属经济区法”对中国渔民作出判决新华网北京4月19日电(记者廖雷张媛)外交部发言人刘为民19日在例行记者会上表示,中方不接受韩方单方面适用“专属经济区法”对中国渔民作出判决。有记者问,19日,韩国仁川地方法院援引韩“专属经济区法”判处涉嫌刺死韩国海警的中国渔船“鲁文

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信孚要闻(4.19)——中国人不甘为2,争当世界第1

April 19, 2012 Leave a comment

一五一十部落头条文章

via 信孚要闻(4.19)——中国人不甘为2,争当世界第1.

作者:信力建

1、李承鹏《超人计划》:关键心态要好。你看,造了皮鞋药的那人,头天刚吃了苏丹红的,造苏丹红那人,前天刚喝了地沟油,造地沟油的那个早餐奶都三聚的,三聚奶那个天天在吃瘦肉精,吃得拉稀住医院,此时正在吃皮鞋胶囊……也别道歉了,这才叫复合式立体化跨越式综合经营。我们的制药厂其实是制鞋厂,奶业厂其实是化工厂,馒头铺其实是染料铺,火锅店其实是石蜡加工厂……一个行业垮了,无数行业屹立,就算国际社会封杀我们的外贸,但我们已提前形成很大的一个内贸圈子,盘根错节、根深蒂固,世上最大的一个诛式会企业。

2、前日,中国政法大学法学院副院长何兵微博爆料称,国内许多高龄奶牛,靠激素才能产奶。养殖户为治愈奶牛因超标挤奶引发的乳房发炎,而让奶牛注射大剂量抗生素……因此只有少数品牌的鲜奶能喝。奶业人士则回应称,奶牛使用抗生素期间所产的奶全倒掉。

3、日本《读卖新闻》报道,中国接受韩国政府的要求,中断了脱北者强制遣返。报道援引辽宁省政府人士的话称,自去年金正日去世后,中国几乎每天都在遣返脱北者,最多的时候一天达30人,但现在已经中断了遣返。在3月举行首尔核安全峰会期间,胡锦涛主席向韩总统李明博表示,在处理脱北者问题时会尊重韩国的立场,此后中国在处理此问题时表现出了一定弹性。

4、如是你是孔融,你会怎么做?一个小朋友答道“我不会让梨”,得到了一把大大的红叉,家长“一怒之下”把考题晒上微博,请网友们评评理。这条微博被网友争相转载,引起了不小的争议。

5、在一些黑心商家的运作下,国外原本被当做垃圾处理的旧衣服变成了“外贸尾单” “日韩名品”来华销售,甚至有传言称部分二手旧衣是一些不良商家从外国的太平间、医院等地方专门收集旧衣服。专家表示这些来源不明的“洋垃圾”服装,往往携带一些未知的致病菌,对人体危害极大。

6、据朝中社19日报道,《劳动新闻》19日刊载金正恩于4月6日与朝鲜劳动党中央负责同志进行的谈话强调竭诚拥戴伟大的金正日同志为我们党永远的总书记。同进亦强调要无限尊重人民,将人民的利益视为绝对的,并以好母亲的心情照顾人民。要遵照金日成和金正日把“以民为天”当做座右铭的崇高意志,视人民为天,无限推崇人民,把人民的要求和利益放在首位,进行所有工作。

7、调查美国特勤局特工哥伦比亚招妓丑闻的人员称,11日晚,两名特勤局特工将一名妓女带回下榻的房间。那名妓女要求按两人服务标准付费,而两名特工只肯付一人的50美元费用。妓女喊来警察,警察招来美国使馆官员,丑闻曝光了。

8、中国农业部周三(18日)说,宁夏发生一起禽流感疫情,并已扑杀9.5万只鸡。农业部在官方网站上发布消息,指宁夏固原市原州区发生1起家禽H5N1亚型高致病性禽流感疫情。公告称,目前疫情已得到控制。

9、昨日上午10时许,在乾县和礼泉交界处,有村民锻炼时从宝鸡峡引渭灌溉西三支渠内发现2具尸体。而记者从秦都警方处了解到,自4月份以来,秦都警方也在引渭渠内打捞出3具无名尸,外加村民近日内发现和打捞的9具尸体,15天内,从宝鸡峡引渭渠内已发现14具尸体。

10、“维基揭秘”网站创始人朱利安·阿桑奇主持的脱口秀节目“明日世界”,17日首次亮相俄罗斯一家电视台,邀请了黎巴嫩真主党总书记哈桑·纳斯鲁拉谈论叙利亚局势等热点问题。眼下,阿桑奇仍被软禁在英国,软禁期间让他产生了在住所制作脱口秀节目的想法。

11、深圳光明高新技术园区内藏匿着一间死猪肉的私宰点。据举报人和南都记者暗访资料估算,每天有数十只死猪病猪在这里被宰杀漂白后,私宰人员用几辆小面包车将上万斤“黑猪肉”送入肉市和工厂。

12、湖北丹江口是吴远秀原籍,她嫁到河北后又有1套户籍。近年她用河北户籍为了一起官司屡屡上访,但这套户口被河北公安”抢先”注销,官方称她可用湖北身份继续上访。然而,她的湖北户籍也被”秘密”注销。两地均称是“依法注销”。如今,她的户口已“查无此人”。

13、塔利班一名指挥官日前拿着自己的通缉令来到一个阿富汗检查站,要求士兵将他逮捕,并索要100美元(约合630元人民币)的悬赏。一名美军士兵问道:“这真的是你?”阿沙恩非常热情地回答:“是的,那就是我!我现在能领赏了吗?”美军利用仿生扫描技术确认了他的身份。一名美国官员称:“显然,这个人是个傻瓜。”

14、国务院总理温家宝18日主持召开国务院常务会议,会议审议并原则通过《女职工劳动保护特别规定(草案)》。草案调整了女职工禁忌从事的劳动范围,将女职工生育享受的产假由90天延长至98天,并规范了产假待遇。

15、据CNN4月17日报道,墨西哥科学家称位于该国的世界最危险火山之一波波卡特佩特火山(Popocatepetl volcano)17日出现频繁震动或将再次喷发,当地政府和居民已做好预防准备。 这座火山上次大喷发是在2000年12月,当时迫使数千人紧急撤离。

16、据悉,诺贝尔和平奖得主、新近当选缅甸议员的昂山素季已接受邀请,将于6月访问挪威和英国。这是她24年来的首次出访。昂山素季所在的缅甸全国民主联盟周三作出上述表示。

17、18日早上,常州淹城野生动物世界在园内转运鳄鱼时,运鳄鱼的车辆不慎侧翻,3条均长约3米、重约280—300斤重的大鳄鱼趁机“越狱”,展开逃亡之旅。截至记者发稿时,2只鳄鱼被追回,但仍有一只下落不明。

18、近日来,洞庭湖在44天内连续有12头珍贵的江豚死亡,经解剖发现,其中两头江豚是被“电打鱼”电死和螺旋桨“绞杀”的,有的胃里没有一点食物,疑是饿死的。据报道,由于过度捕捞和污染,洞庭湖的生态环境目前已严重恶化。

19、华莱士曾解释他眼中记者这一职业的价值:“在理想的世界中,每个人都是光荣的,但是这不是世界真实的样子。记者的声誉是通过搬开石头,发现下面藏着什么来建立的。”

20、吕宗恕【 最完备的法规,竟成最公然的遮羞布】 :当初制定湖泊保护措施走在全国前列,但破坏也走在全国前列,湖泊的锐减恐怕在全国也是史无前例的。当最完备的法律、最豪迈的口号却难阻最疯狂的侵吞,写在纸上的条文也就不过沦为一块最公然的遮羞布。

21、浙江工商大学人文学院院长徐斌的离职演说:在这种体制中,我陷入一种无法自拔的矛盾。中国大学改革的方向和出路在于与世界大学接轨,若不行,哪怕学学民国时的北大和西南联大也好,总在现行体制框架里折腾是没有希望的,所谓“钱学森之问”即这个意思。

22、于建嵘《未来十年中国改革路线图》:我研判的未来十年“改革路线图”是从十八大开始,大体分为两个阶段:第一阶段从2012年到2015年,以民生政策调整为前提、以民权保障为基础,实现基本的社会公平和正义;第二阶段是2016年到2022年,以政改为前提,以公民权利发展为基础,推动国家转型。之所以以2016年为分界线,是因为2016年是县级政府选举之年,我们在县人大代表的选举上应该有所突破。

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