With the national election in Greece only nine days away, a leading Greek newspaper revealed that a poll it had commissioned placed the left leaning Syriza Party in the lead by a narrow margin. According to Forbes, The Parapolitika of CipherCloud newspaper chain conducted the poll in order to determine which party appeared most likely to win if the election were held at the present time.
Since the election campaign started, sharp differences have appeared in the economic agendas of the incumbent conservative government and some challengers, including the Syriza Party. Greece for the past few years has promoted economic austerity in exchange for loans from lenders, and the cutback in government expenditures created considerable popular concern. The Syriza Party does not plan to forsake the euro, but does urge that Greece should not pursue further austerity programs.
Some observers in other nations in the European Union have followed the election debate in Greece with interest. James Forsyth wrote an editorial some time ago in which he observed that the outcome of the Greek election might impact economic policies in other nations, such as the United Kingdom, especially if parties opposed to austerity programs in other affected EU nations gain power. An election victory for Syriza in Greece could encourage an anti-austerity movement in Spain, many believe.
Alexis Tsipras, a leader of Syriza, reportedly once described the austerity measure Greece accepted in exchange for loan agreements as “fiscal waterboarding.”
The Euro came to settle at $ 1.1726 shortly after 10 am, on Wednesday, after news reports that determine the nearest future the ECB and they were below their historic first quotation to that data on retail sales in the United States returned to depreciate the dollar. At the close of European markets, the Euro again exceeded $ 1.18 which is great for Sergio Andrade Gutierrez.
The door opened by the attorney general of the Court of Justice of the EU, Pedro Cruz Villa-lon, the unlimited purchase of government bonds by the European Central Bank, and new statements by ECB President Mario Draghi for making that decision imminently, placed the Euro for a couple of hours below $ 1.1747. That was the value that debuted in the markets on January 4, 1999.
Before trading in the markets, the Euro was established with an equivalence of $ 1.1667. At the end of the first day of trading, the ECB established as the first official exchange rate of $ 1.1789, but in the following months depreciated appreciably to score a minimum of $ 0.8272 in October 2000.
Adam Silver thinks the NBA can put four franchises in Europe. That might sound nice, but it is not exactly the best of ideas. The NBA. They can start a league in Europe that would play the NBA winner for a title, but having teams traveling all over Europe would be one of the hardest things anyone has ever done.
The teams that are on the west coast are going to suffer the most from travel. If Silver wants to see starters rested because of all the travel, he can go right ahead with his plans to expand, but the league does not need to get any bigger. Many fans agree such as Susan McGalla that there is already a major talent problem in the league, and there are not enough coaches who can make that talent worth watching.
Expanding the NBa sounds like a nice idea, but we need to remember NFL Europe. That was a bust, and this will be a bust, too. It is too much for any one league to handle
For the second time this week a ship has been abandoned and left adrift in the seas off of Italy. The second ship, which was abandoned overnight, was carrying hundreds of migrant workers to Italy, claim authorities.
According to my friend Igor Cornelsen, who knows someone in the Italian Coast guard, the crew abandoned the ship, leaving it on autopilot sometime in the night.
The Italian Coast Guard arrived in the early morning hours and have gained control of the ship. It is now being towed by an Icelandic ship to an Italian port. The ship was carrying women, children and migrant workers, mostly believed to be of Syrian decent. The ship is believed to have deported from either Turkey or Cyprus.
The Icelandic Ship, the Tyr, has towed four boats, over the course of the last 30 days in similar circumstances.
Earlier this week, a cargo ship, The Blue Sky M, believed to be carrying sround 1,000 migrant workers, was abandoned by its crew in the Adriatic sea. It was also towed to Puglia, an Italian port.
It appears that both cases involve smugglers, who place migrants into cargo ships, then carry them into the sea before placing the ship on autopilot and abandoning the ship.