Sunday, July 31, 2011

Dominique Strauss Kahn: Cyrus Vance: Reculer pour mieux sauter?




 Dominique Strauss Kahn, une affaire de vérités...
                                      



Cyrus Vance est bien ce procureur de tous les superlatifs...  Alors qu'il semblait vouloir abandonner "purement et simplement"  les principales charges qui pèsent contre Dominique Strauss Kahn, il semble que son bureau se lance dans une nouvelle opération en forme de "task force de...  la dernière chance!". Car celui qui vient de décider le report de l'audience est aussi "celui sur qui tous les regards sont rivés." Élu par le bon peuple de New-York, il sait qu'un cuisant échec de l'affaire Dominique Strauss Kahn le privera d'une nouvelle élection en 2012. "Nombreux bruits se font jour, le procureur ne ferait plus "recette en confiance"  dans les salons de la société New-Yorkaise, certains parlent d'une future candidature en forme de peau de chagrin..." 

Le principal problème du procureur est bien la crédibilité de son témoin principal, "Aux États-Unis, en droit plus que partout ailleurs, on ne fait pas une croisière sur un "bateau qui prend l'eau!".  Pour de nombreux observateurs éclairés des rouages de la justice américaine "que de bateaux justement!". Dans un premier temps, le procureur s'était montré comme précipité dans la teneur de ses décisions, désireux d'en découdre.  "Quoi de plus normal tant les faits annoncés dans leur horreur pouvaient suggérer une réponse efficace et soutenue de la justice!" Mais il fallait bien reconnaître que les premiers effets du bureau du procureur sont restés imprécis voir incomplets. "De bonne guerre que sa relative précipitation, monsieur Dominique Strauss Kahn est bien d'un pedigree hors du commun!" "Il est une personnalité qui par ses éminentes responsabilités au FMI et plus que potentiel candidat à la présidence de la république française" devait marquer un intérêt particulier "mais en rien supérieur à l'équité que doit pouvoir garantir la justice américaine!", "le passage en prison de Dominique Strauss Kahn étant la plus édifiante démonstration..."  


Méthode

Cet épisode, très lourdement médiatisé, s'était révélé bien plus contre-productif "dès lors que les premières failles de la plaignante remontaient à la surface". Aujourd'hui le bureau du procureur "change de méthode", et avance dans un contexte qui voit "l'implémentation de l'opinion publique." Organisée par Kenneth Thompson, avocat de la présumée victime mais surtout nouvel électron libre de cette partition. Un avocat qui se doit de mettre "toutes les chances" du côté de sa cliente. Madame Nafissatou Diallo qui se retrouve propulsée dans un véritable road-show médiatique pour inverser un doute "qui pointait un peu trop son nez," voir clairement envahissant! Le procureur a le crucial besoin de compulser des éléments de preuves irréfutables et donc solides. Mercredi dernier, le bureau du procureur était en plein travail: "Une audition fleuve de huit heures pour analyser et surtout décrypter tous les échanges téléphoniques entre madame Diallo et son ami incarcéré pour trafic de drogue en Arysona. Un travail minutieux pour sortir du maquis de la langue foulani (ou peul). Voir mais surtout entendre si les propos relatifs à l'argent et le potentiel profit attendu de la plaignante était bien une légende... comme son avocat le précisera au sortir de cette séance, "l'occasion lui étant donnée pour remettre certaines pendules à l'heure!".

Casanova

Maintenant que la montre du procureur est "enfin  réglée" sur celle de l'avocat de la plaignante, on devrait pouvoir s'attendre au retour d'une forme de cohérence dans la mise en état d'un dossier qui ne manque pas de rebondissements. Le dernier en date, cette prétendue ex-compagne de Dominique Strauss Kahn, Marie Victorine "M" qui depuis la Suisse vient nous donner "ses vérités" sur son amant plutôt "furtif" dont elle n'hésite pas à décrire toutes les qualités et "gentils petits défauts compris!". L'histoire "banale" du coup de foudre que seul le philosophe pourra décrypter, celui qui sait différencier "un Casanova d'un Cupidon..." Renvoyant les fins limiers du dossier à leurs classiques. "Victorine, un doux nom porteur de victoire que ne pourra faire mentir la beauté?" Pas si sûre à lire les premiers effets pervers de cette nouvelle sortie médiatique qui s'invite comme "une ficelle un peu grosse" pour de nombreux observateurs éclairés. "Il y a des coïncidences qui font relativiser toutes les entreprises à destination de l'opinion publique." Soyons sport, imaginons que cette charmante demoiselle soit réellement éprise de la même quête de vérité... ainsi partagée.

Et puis il n'y a pas de mal à prendre note d'un témoignage "si charnel" qui nous éloigne de cette thèse toujours plus incroyable d'un Dominique Strauss Kahn clairement transformé en tout aussi " incroyable Hulk au sortir d'une douche que certains souhaiteraient toujours plus froide..."  "L'intérêt de ce témoignage réside dans sa capacité à lever certains doutes persistants sur "certaines coutumes" si répandues dans une presse toute aussi "trash"..."

Experts...

Le plus important est de savoir comment Cyrus Vance va pouvoir "démêler tout ce dossier", doit-il baisser les bras et s'en remettre à la logique d'un procès au civil? Doit-il persévérer et profiter de ces récents évènements pour s'intéresser à d'autres pistes. Le choix est disponible: "Conspirationnistes, une piste qui risque de pointer en force dans les jours à venir, l'immixtion du cas Tristane Banon, marquant un parfait sillon qui se creuse avec le temps, mais qui souffre de contradictions difficilement acceptables dans un système si spécifique de la justice américaine". "Car cette nouvelle séquence pourra t-elle véritablement contribuer au devoir éthique d'un procureur qui devra prouver la culpabilité de l'accusé pour maintenir les charges qui  feront force face au doute?"  Dieu seul le sait, comme tout bon procureur, il doit pouvoir savoir que "le diable se cache dans les détails!" Comme ceux de l'ADN?  "...Sauf que les "experts" c'est à la télé! Ici, le scénario diffère, le timing est différent et les rebondissements toujours plus nombreux, imprévisibles!" On entend parler d'expertises psychiatriques qui pourraient pointer dans le déroulé du dossier, "L'horreur des faits rapportés est assimilable à un acte de démence, une pathologie psychiatrique qui mérite autant d'égard que la pertinence de nouvelles expertises médicales pour déterminer s'il y a bien eu blessure à l'épaule comme l'affirme l'avocat de la présumée victime... " Que penser de la psychologie d'un accusé ainsi décrit par ses présumées victimes voir prétendues rencontres d'infortune?  Que penser d'une présumée victime en état traumatique lancée dans un tel road show médiatique après avoir concédé quelques omissions ou faits si graves pour se sortir d'un passé malheureux si tourmenté, l'évocation d'un viol collectif  relevant pour le moins là aussi d'une psychologie que certains jugent comme possiblement altérée ? Autant de bonnes questions qui sont entre les mains du procureur Cyrus Vance qui doit mesurer l'opportunité d'un non lieu face à la logique d'un procès au civil qui semble faire plus consensus. "La déposition de la plaignante devant le grand jury et la recherche de compensations financières par l'avocat de la plaignante suggèrent une issue qui sauverait un ensemble qui manque cruellement de cohérence, ce que certains éminents analystes judiciaires assimilent déjà comme "reculer pour mieux sauter..." Option à double tranchant pour la réélection de Cyrus Vance qui doit s'imposer une rigueur sans failles pour un exercice serein de la justice.   A suivre...




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Clarification: email and RSS subscriptions

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Library Data Beyond the Like Button

"Aren't you supposed to be working on your new business? That ungluing ebooks thing? Instead you keep writing about library data, whatever that is. What's going on?"

No, really, it all fits together in the end. But to explain, I need to talk you beyond the "Like Button".

Earlier this month, I attended a lecture at the New York Public Library. The topic was Linked Open Data, and the speaker was Jon Voss, who's been applying this technology to historical maps. It was striking to see how many people from many institutions turned out, and how enthusiastically Jon's talk was received. The interest in Linked Data was similarly high at the American Library Association Meeting in New Orleans, where my session (presented with Ross Singer of Talis) was only one of several Linked Data sessions that packed meeting rooms and forced attendees to listen from hallways.

I think it's important to convert this level of interest into action. The question is, what can be done now to get closer to the vision of ubiquitous interoperable data? My last three posts have explored what libraries might do to better position their presence in search engines and in social networks using schema.org vocabulary and Open Graph Protocol. In these applications, library data enables users to do very specific things on the web- find a library page in a search engine or "Like" a library page in a Facebook. But there's so much more that could be done with the data.

I think that library data should be handled as if it was made of gold, not of diamond.

Perhaps the most amazing property of gold is its malleability. Gold can be pounded into a sheet so thin that it's transparent to light. An ounce of gold can be made into leaf that will cover 25 square meters.

There is a natural tendency to treat library data as a gem that needs skillful cutting and polishing. The resulting jewel will be so valuable that users will beat down library websites to get at the gems. Yeah.

The reality is that  library data in much more valuable as a thin layer that covers huge swaths of material. When data is spread thinly, it has a better chance of connecting with data from other libraries and with other sorts of institutions: Museums, archives, businesses, and communities. By contrast, deep data, the sort that focuses on a specific problem space, is unlikely to cross domains or applications without a lot of custom programming and data tweaking.

Here's the example that's driven my interest in opening up library linked data: At Gluejar, we're building a website that will ask people to go beyond "liking" books. We believe that books are so important to people that they will want to give them to the world; to do that we'll need to raise money. If lots of people join together around a book, it will be easy to raise the money we need, just as public radio stations find enough supporters to make the radio free to everyone.

We don't want our website to be a book discovery website, or a social network of readers, or a library catalog; other sites to that just fine. What we need is for users to click "support this book" buttons on all sorts of websites, including library catalogs. And our software needs to pull just a bit of data off of a webpage to allow us to figure out which book the user wants to support. It doesn't sound so difficult. But we can only support to or three different interfaces to that data. If library websites all put a little more structured data in their HTML, we could do some amazing things. But they don't, and we have to settle for "sort of works most of the time".

Real books get used in all sorts of ways. People annotate them, they suggest them to friends, they give them away, they quote them, and they cite them. People make "TBR" piles next to their beds. Sometimes, they even read and remember them as long as they live. The ability to do these same things on the web would be pure gold.

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New mosque plans for Athens

by Kathy Tzilivakis 
31 Jul 2011

ATHENS’ Muslim immigrants will soon have their own official place to pray - a former naval building in Eleonas. This is the latest twist in a long-running saga to establish the first mosque in Athens since Ottoman rule ended nearly 200 years ago. 

Details of the government’s latest plan for an official mosque in Athens were included in a last-minute amendment to a new environment bill discussed in parliament on July 27. However, it was quickly removed at the request of far-right Laos party MPs who argued the mosque has nothing to do with environmental issues. Environment Minister Yiorgos Papakonstantinou agreed - as “a show of good faith”, he said - and announced the mosque amendment would be included instead in an upcoming bill to regulate illegal construction.

All the while, the city’s estimated 120,000 Muslim immigrants currently have to squeeze into basements and other rented spaces, which members of this growing community have converted into makeshift mosques. There are more than 100 unofficial mosques scattered around the city, according to Naim El-Ghandour, chairman of the Muslim Association of Greece.  

“If we had an official mosque,” El-Ghandour said, “there would no longer be any need for all these underground places of worship.”

“Muslims - and I’m not just talking about immigrants, because there are also second- and third-generation immigrants, as well as Greeks, who are Muslim - feel like second-class citizens because of their religion,” he said. “Why should all these people be made to feel like this? I’m optimistic that things will now start to change. It is also very important for us to have an official imam [to lead prayers at the mosque].”

The imam, according to a 2006 law and the amendment, will be appointed by the education ministry. The mosque will be managed by a group of five Greek officials and two Muslim community representatives.

Once renovated, the old naval base will be able to accommodate some 500 worshippers at a time.

Arab ambassadors in Athens have been calling on Greece to build a proper mosque in the capital for more than 30 years. Athens is the only capital city of the EU-15 that does not have an official mosque. 

The current plans for a mosque in Eleonas, three metro stops west of Syntagma, are a long way away from a decision a decade ago to construct a multimillion-euro Islamic centre and mosque in Peania, a town about 20km north of downtown Athens, near the airport. It was to be entirely funded by King Fahd of Saudi Arabia. 

There will be no traditional dome or crescent-capped minaret - the familiar beacon known to Muslims everywhere. At least, not yet, said El-Ghandour, a naturalised Greek citizen who arrived in Athens some 38 years ago from Egypt. 

“This is only a temporary solution,” he said. “The government explained to us that the navy building [a 1,000 square metre warehouse] in Eleonas is just a temporary solution until an actual mosque is built. This is because it could take years. We will need at least two years to actually build it, and we’ll also need about two or three more years before that to fight any possible lawsuits against this project in the courts.”

El-Ghandour and other members of the local Muslim community are in support of the plan. Many of them have even volunteered their services to paint and renovate the warehouse. “We have painters, craftsmen and construction workers who would be more than willing to volunteer,” El-Ghandour said. “We’re waiting for the authorities to get back to us about it.” 

According to the amendment, the ministry of education and religious affairs will cover the cost.

Opposition

Apart from the anti-immigrant and far-right groups that have been quick to oppose any and every plan for a mosque in Athens, most political parties seem to be more or less in favour of a mosque in Athens. An exception is Laos, whose spokesperson Kostas Aivaliotis recently suggested that, rather than establishing mosques, Greece should find a way to send Muslims abroad to countries where mosques exist.

Greece is 97 percent Orthodox Christian but both ruling Pasok and main opposition New Democracy (ND) are in agreement about the need to have a mosque in the capital. 

ND had first proposed establishing a mosque in Eleonas back in 2006. But even before that, former ND leader and prime minister Konstantinos Mitsotakis had publicly defended the plans for the mosque. He had said that even a public debate on the matter would be inexcusable and expose the country to condemnation. “As people of the diaspora, we build Orthodox churches from Australia to America and even South America. and Korea,” Mitsotakis said in 2000.

July 2000 Parliament approves plans to build an Islamic centre and mosque in Peania, on the northeastern outskirts of the city, near the Athens international airport. 

June 2001 Ambassador Abdallah Abdallah of the Palestine diplomatic representation in Greece, the dean of Arab ambassadors in Athens, says King Fahd of Saudi Arabia will finance the building of the Peania mosque.


July 2002         In a report, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Alvaro Gil-Robles notes that “the secretary-general for religious affairs [Ioannis Konidaris], as well as Archbishop Christodoulos, assured [him] that they had no objection to the building of a mosque for Muslims established in the Athens district”. 

October 2002     Father Epifanios, Church of Greece spokesman, says that the church will oppose the creation of a mosque in the downtown area because the average Greek is not yet ready to accept a minaret in the city centre. 

April 2003    Asked why construction hasn’t begun in Peania, foreign ministry spokesman Panos Beglitis puts the blame on Arab ambassadors. “Six months have passed and, despite repeated calls by the Greek side to the head of the Arab negotiating team here in Athens, there has been no answer. The delay does not lie on the Greek side.” Foreign Minister George Papandreou renews the government’s pledge to build a mosque in time for the 2004 Olympic Games.

August 2003    Peania Mayor Paraskevas Papakostopoulos appeals to the Council of State - Greece’s highest administrative court - to block the building of the mosque in his town. 

September 2003  The Greek Orthodox Church comes out against the plan for a mosque in Peania. Archbishop Christodoulos conveys his disagreement in a letter to Foreign Minister Papandreou. He urges Papandreou to change the location of the planned mosque because he is concerned that its dome and a minaret will send the wrong message about Greece, a Christian country, to visitors landing at the airport. Foreign ministry spokesman Panos Beglitis says the government has not and will not back down. “We remain firm on our position regarding the establishment of the mosque in Peania,” he notes. Papandreou tells The Guardian that the mosque will be built “in the spirit of multicultural, democratic Europe, of which Greece is a part”. He says that “the necessity of a mosque is even greater because Athens’ Muslim population has got that much bigger”. 

April 2004     Ambassador Panayiotis Makris, the foreign ministry official overseeing the planned mosque, says the newly-elected New Democracy government is determined to push through with the construction of the mosque.  


July 2004       Foreign ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos says the mosque project is in “the final stage now and only bureaucratic procedures are outstanding”. 


October 2004   Makris says new legislation concerning the Peania mosque will be discussed in parliament in coming days. He says it is a top priority. 

March 2006      In a report, Gil-Robles expresses his dissatisfaction over the fact that Muslims in Athens are forced to “meet in secret in places unsuitable for prayer”. 

April 2006     Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis is reportedly against the plan to build a mosque in Peania and says she prefers it be situated closer to the downtown area. Greece’s powerful Orthodox Church says it will not oppose efforts to build a mosque in Athens, dropping past concerns. 


May 2006         As many as 10,000 local immigrant Muslims sign a petition demanding the establishment of a mosque in Athens. Representatives of the Muslim Association of Greece meet with the education ministry’s special secretary Athanasios Kyriazis to discuss the matter.  The parliament approves several amendments to existing legislation, allowing non-Orthodox religious groups to build their places of worship without having to first obtain approval from the Church of Greece. 

December 2010    Prime Minister George Papandreou announces in parliament that procedures for the construction of a mosque in the greater Athens region have been accelerated because the right to a place of worship is fundamental and adds that broad consensus has been achieved on the issue.


January 2011   Education and Religion Minister Anna Diamantopoulou tells parliament the mosque in Athens will be smaller in size than initially planned. She said the construction design will “respect the national framework and culture”.

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New mosque plans | Athens News

My Comment:

Europe is going broke bailing out Greece, and Greece is spending its money on…mosques.

What economic crisis? Greek government spending $15 million to build mosque in Athens.

And no one, of course, will vet what is taught there. To do so would be “Islamophobic.”

Reminds one of the old saying that Nero fiddles while Rome burns!

If Muslims want a place of worship in Athens, let them build their own. After all, I have never heard of Saudi Arabia paying for any Christian Church in Mecca!!! Has anyone?

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Taxi strike destined for third week

by Constantine Callaghan 1 Aug 2011

AS THE taxi strike edges towards its third week, neither the government nor the unions have come close to reaching a solution.

Traffic around central Athens’ Syntagma Square came to a halt on July 26 as taxi drivers blocked the surrounding roads. Some 3,000 cabbies are estimated to have marched in central Athens waving flags as music blared from megaphones mounted on top of their vehicles. The protest was sparked by the government’s plan to liberalise taxi licensing laws and allow private companies to compete for business. 

The European Union and IMF have demanded that Greece liberalise 135 protected professions to encourage competition and increase the economy’s competiveness. Taxi drivers, in turn, fear that the value of their taxi licences, for which some say they paid in excess of 100,000 euros, will dwindle to as little as 3,000 euros. 

The taxi drivers, on strike since July 18, have vowed to continue their action until their demands are met. 

Prime Minister George Papandreou reached out to the striking cabbies on July 27, urging talks take place to put an end to the strike, which coincides with the peak tourist season and has seen visitors endure blocked roads at airports and sea ports. 

Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Minister Yiannis Ragousis was scheduled to hold separate meetings with taxi owners and drivers on July 29.

“The Greek family makes a living from tourism,” Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos said. “It is a sector we should all protect. This is not the time to turn the tourism sector into a battlefield.”

Tourism contributes almost 16 percent of gross domestic product and is seen as vital to the recovery of the struggling economy.

The British foreign office has warned Britons about the strikes. Last year, some 2.35 million British citizens visited Greece.  

The cabbies had scaled down their strike at the beginning of the week, allowing for roads, airports and ports to operate without hindrance. However, on the morning of July 28 the striking drivers re-emerged, blocking the exit and entrance to the Piraeus cruise ship terminal.  

Some 2,000 cabbies gathered at the cruise terminal gates in Piraeus, upon the arrival of five cruise ships, and attempted to disrupt the disembarkation of tourists. Police said that two protesters threw oil on a nearby street in a bid to prevent vehicles from exiting the port. Fifteen of the scheduled 35 tourist coaches could not leave the port.

Taxi strike destined for third week | Athens News

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1º de Agosto-2011 = Se cumplen 20 años de la Mayor Nevada de la Ciudad de Mar del Plata.


El 1º de Agosto del año 1991, presentó en Mar del Plata una Histórica Nevada.
La Nieve se extendió entre las 00 y las 09 de la mañana, dejando a toda la Ciudad Blanca.
La Temperatura Mínima de esa jornada fue de 1ºC bajo cero, a las 06 hs, y la Temperatura Máxima, nada más que 3º7 a las 14 horas.
Se cumplen entonces, 20 años de esa Histórica Nevada.

--- Fuente de las Fotos: Diario La Capital de Mar del Plata.

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SEGUIMIENTO METEOROLÓGICO ESPECIAL 30-7-2011 ESPECTACULAR DÍA DE TORMENTAS EN EL MEDITERRÁNEO


Hola a todos amigos. Pues aquí la tenéis, la tormenta más espectacular que se ha vivido en los últimos años en la ciudad de Barcelona y alrededores. Por comentar solo un dato, se ha batido el record de intensidad de lluvia, la cual cayó durante unos minutos a 560 mm./h, es decir, que si hubiera caído una hora con esa intensidad se hubieran recogido 560 litros, simplemente brutal. También destacar que es muy posible que se haya producido un reventón, en catalán esclafit, según el meteorológo Alfred Rodriguez Picó, un desplome repentino del aire que hay en altura que al chocar con el suelo, provoca un aumento de la velocidad del viento casi espontáneo, que fue de 100 Km/h con gran cantidad de agua. 

Calles de la ciudad condal quedaron convertidas en un río, inundaciones en estaciones de metro, trenes parados en medio del trayecto en El Maresme en los que sus pasajeros tuvieron que ser rescatados por los bomberos, La zona comercial del Maremagnun en el puerto de Barcelona también tuvo que ser desalojado por la fuerte intensidad de la lluvia. Unos pescadores tuvieron que ser rescatados también en la zona del espigón del hotel vela, palmeras tumbadas en el Paseo de Colón también en la zona del puerto, viento huracanado también en la zona de Montjuich, donde estuvo mi compañero y amigo de afición Cristian Gaspar, del cual me ha cedido unas imágenes impactantes de la zona, inundaciones en las rondas,  bajos y garajes inundados, fueron los desperfectos más destacados producidos por esta espectacular tormentas.

Esta es la imagen del radar de la supertormenta en el momento que pasaba por la ciudad condal y nuestra zona. Una auténtica línea de turbonada, que dejó espectaculares cielos, piedra, vientos huracanados y que produjo muchos desperfectos materiales, afortunadamente ninguno personal directamente relacionado con el fenómeno, aunque si indirectamente por causa de un accidente de tráfico en Vaquerisses. 



Desde Sant Boi estaba haciendo el seguimiento en directo especial desde casa, conectado a twitter y con todos los mapas y radares para seguir de cerca la situación y también, por supuesto, cámara en mano. Esta es una pequeña muestra de las imágenes que pude captar mientras la potente tormenta se acercaba hacia Sant Boi.




Pero vamos por partes. Primero destacar la megatormenta que se formó entre la zona de Castellón y Baleares, un auténtico monstruo que fue viajando de oeste a este y que dio fenómenos muy severos, incluso se pudo captar un tornado tocando tierra muy espectacular en Mallorca.

En las imágenes del radar se ve perfectamente las dimensiones de esta tormenta que se formó en esta zona.




En la siguiente imagen se puede apreciar como se forma otra tormenta sobre el mar cerca de Tarragona.




En el mapa de rayos del AEMET se ve perfectamente la alta actividad eléctrica que esta primera tormenta del día.


Y en estas imágenes del satélite podemos ver a la nuestra, a la que nos afectó de lleno con registros espectaculares de viento, lluvia y piedra, que algunos lugares llegaron al tamaño de una pelota de ping-pong. Esta imágenes son de justo el momento que nos estaba pasando por encima en nuestra zona.



En el mapa de Rayos del METEOCAT y del AEMET vemos la espectacular cantidad de rayos caídos durante la jornada.




En las imágenes del radar se puede ver la evolución de todo el día y la espectacular formación de la línea de turbonada que nos pasó literalmente por encima, y que aunque en Sant Boi no fue mucha la cantidad de lluvia recogida, las cantidades más hacia el norte, en Barcelona y alrededores fue brutal en poco tiempo.



En las imágenes del radar del AEMET se ve las precipitaciones que dejaron las tormentas entre la Comunidad Valenciana y Baleares y después la gran tormenta que nos afectó en nuestra zona, provinente del norte de Catalunya.



En las imágenes completas del día del satélite se ve la evolución de estas tormentas perfectamente.




Este es el fotoseguimiento de este fantástico sábado, donde podréis ver en modo time lapse, como se fue acercando la tormenta echándose literalmente sobre nosotros.



En estos dos vídeos que os pongo a continuación realizados por mi desde mi observatorio en Sant Boi, podréis ver la potencia que tenía esta tormenta a su paso por nuestra ciudad. En el primero podréis un cielo realmente espectacular. En los dos siguientes un par de rayos nube tierra.







Este es el vídeo que realizó mi compañero Cristian Gaspar desde la zona de Montjuich de la auténtica tromba de agua que cayó en Barcelona.


ESPECTACULAR TORMENTA EN BARCELONA (DIA 30 DE JULIO 2011) from CRISTIAN BARCELONA (ZONA SANTS) on Vimeo.

Estas son las fotos que hizo tembién Cristian después del paso de la tormenta, de los desperfectos y destrozos por el viento huracanado que se produjo en la montaña de Montjich, realmente espectaculares.

















Estos fantásticos mamatocúmulos  captados también por Cristian, denotan la gran actividad de esta tormenta.


En esta foto se puede ver una estación de metro con las vías totalmente inundadas por la tormenta.



Y aquí os dejo algunos vídeos subidos por ciudadanos de Barcelona que captaron con sus cámaras afortunadamente para los aficionados meteorológicos, la espectacular tromba de agua con rayos, truenos e inundaciones.

En este vídeo vemos como se circulaba por la ronda litoral y se puede escuchar como caían las piedras de granizo. 


En este podemos ver como se iba acercando la tormenta, grabado por un compañero de afición también, desde el barrio del guinardó de Barcelona.



En este podemos ver la espectacular pedregada que estaba cayendo, esta vez en el interior.



En este se puede ver la espectacular intensidad con la que caía la lluvia y el viento fuerte.



En este vídeo, la calle se convirtió en un río.



Otro vídeo de la tromba de agua.



En este vídeo se puede ver como varias palmeras del Paseo de Colón no aguantaron el embiste del fuerte viento huracanado que las tumbó directamente.



Este vídeo es impactante a la vez que simpático, ya que los containers navegaban por la calle como si barcas se trataran, parecía que iban haciendo carreras.



Otra zona donde cayó la tormenta con mucha intensidad de la ciudad condal. Esta vez la fuerte lluvia incluso penetra en la terraza donde se está grabando el vídeo.



También en otras poblaciones del área metropolitana cayeron muchos litros haciendo que rieras normalmente vacías sufrieran crecidas bastante espectaculares, como esta en Cerdanyola del Vallés.



En este vídeo espectacular podemos ver un impresionante tornado que se formó en Mallorca por causa de la tormenta que os he mencionado más arriba que afectó la zona por la mañana, antes de que nos afectara a nosotros por la tarde.



Y aquí, por último, os dejo un par de vídeos de la repercusión mediática que ha tenido esta tormenta.


www.btvnoticies.cat



Estos fueron los registros de este fabuloso día tormentoso. Fijaros en las cantidades de precipitación de Barcelona. Aquí en Sant Boi poca cosa en comparación.

REGISTROS DE MI ESTACIÓN METEOROLÓGICA EN SANT BOI CIUDAD COOPERATIVA:


TEMPERATURA

MIN.19.5ºc
MAX.28.4ºc


HUMEDAD

MIN.62%
MAX.82%

PRESIÓN

MIN.1010.7 HPA
MAX.1014.8 HPA

VIENTO
MAX. 34 KM/H


PRECIPITACIÓN

7.6 mm.

REGISTROS DE CATALUNYA:

Temperaturas máximas (ºC)
Observatorio Máx.
Mora d'Ebre (Tarragona) 32,3
Alcarràs (Lleida) 32,1
Ulldecona-S. Joan del Pas (Tarragona) 30,8
Balaguer - (Nord) (Lleida) 30,7
Tortosa (Tarragona) 30,7
Piera (Barcelona) 30,6
Ulldecona - Pou Jua (Tarragona) 30,5
Fals (Bages) (Barcelona) 30,3
Castellnou d'Ossó (Lleida) 30,2
Olesa de Montserrat (Barcelona) 29,9
Temperaturas mínimas (ºC)
Observatorio Mín.
Refugi d'Amitges (CEC) (Lleida) 7,0
Refugi J.M. Blanc (CEC) (Lleida) 7,4
Refugi Ventosa (CEC) (Lleida) 8,5
Barruera (Lleida) 10,4
Tregura-Vilallonga de ter (Girona) 11,1
Bagergue (Lleida) 11,1
Queixans - La Cerdanya (Girona) 12,2
Queralbs - La Manet (Girona) 12,4
Ribes de Freser-Càmping (Girona) 12,7
Prades - Tossal Baltasana (Tarragona) 12,8
Racha de viento (km/h)
Observatorio Máx.
Barcelona - Parc Guinardó (Barcelona) 101
Mollet - Barri Santa Rosa (Barcelona) 86
Roda de Ter (Barcelona) 74
Sant Pere de Riudebitlles (Barcelona) 68
St. Fost de Campsentelles (Barcelona) 64
Mollet-Estació de França (Barcelona) 64
Barcelona - Eixample (Barcelona) 64
Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona) 61
Berga (Barcelona) 61
Montmeló-T.de la Bandera (Barcelona) 60
Precipitaciones (mm)
Observatorio Act.
St. Fost de Campsentelles (Barcelona) 69,6
L'Hospitalet GV2 (Barcelona) 57,4
Barcelona - Sant Gervasi (Barcelona) 50,9
Barcelona - Sants (Barcelona) 47,7
Alella (Barcelona) 46,8
Montmeló-T.de la Bandera (Barcelona) 46,2
Cerdanyola - Centre (Barcelona) 45,8
Sabadell - Centre (Barcelona) 44,8
Mollet-Estació de França (Barcelona) 44,6
Barcelona - Can Bruixa (Barcelona) 43,8


REGISTROS DE ESPAÑA:

Temperaturas máximas (ºC)
Observatorio Máx.
Vegas del Genil (Granada) 39,0
Alhaurín de la Torre (Málaga) 37,5
La Orotava (Tenerife) 37,4
Moraleja - San Cristobal (Cáceres) 37,2
Villa de Ingenio (Gran Canaria) 36,3
Badajoz - Ciudad Jardín (Badajoz) 36,2
Benacazón (Sevilla) 36,1
El Rosario - Radazul (Tenerife) 35,9
Santiponce, Itálica (Sevilla) 35,8
Madrid-Moratalaz (Madrid) 35,7
Temperaturas mínimas (ºC)
Observatorio Mín.
Los Ángeles de San Rafael (Segovia) 0,2
Refugi d'Amitges (CEC) (Lleida) 7,0
Refugi J.M. Blanc (CEC) (Lleida) 7,4
Duruelo de la Sierra (Soria) 7,4
Puente Pumar -Polaciones- (Cantabria) 8,3
Refugi Ventosa (CEC) (Lleida) 8,5
Sopeña de Curueño (León) 9,4
Cidones (Soria) 9,7
Sta María del Condado - O (León) 9,7
Barruera (Lleida) 10,4
Racha de viento (km/h)
Observatorio Máx.
Barcelona - Parc Guinardó (Barcelona) 101
Mollet - Barri Santa Rosa (Barcelona) 86
Roda de Ter (Barcelona) 74
Sant Pere de Riudebitlles (Barcelona) 68
St. Fost de Campsentelles (Barcelona) 64
Mollet-Estació de França (Barcelona) 64
Villa de Ingenio (Gran Canaria) 64
Valverde (El Hierro) 64
Barcelona - Eixample (Barcelona) 64
Los Baldíos (Tenerife) 61
Precipitaciones (mm)
Observatorio Act.
St. Fost de Campsentelles (Barcelona) 69,6
L'Hospitalet GV2 (Barcelona) 57,4
Barcelona - Sant Gervasi (Barcelona) 50,9
Barcelona - Sants (Barcelona) 47,7
Alella (Barcelona) 46,8
Montmeló-T.de la Bandera (Barcelona) 46,2
Cerdanyola - Centre (Barcelona) 45,8
Sabadell - Centre (Barcelona) 44,8
Mollet-Estació de França (Barcelona) 44,6
Barcelona - Can Bruixa (Barcelona) 43,8Any source

Mardi 16 Août 2011 orages

Des orages pour ce Mardi 16 Août 2011 ?

Matin :
Nous aurions un flux d'Ouest mou, c'est-à-dire que les perturbations défileraient très lentement au sein d'un gradient de pression faible.
En conséquences, une dégradation orageuse particulièrement virulente concernerait les régions allant du Sud-Ouest à l'Alsace en passant par le Massif Central : l'activité électrique pourrait être remarquable tout comme les précipitations parfois soudaines.
A voir aussi le risque de fortes rafales de vent.
Autrement, la journée commencerait dans le calme pour les autres régions.

Les températures minimales oscilleraient entre 11°C à Rennes et 21°C à Ajaccio en passant par 12°C à Grenoble, 14°C à Paris et à Brest, 15°C à La Rochelle, 16°C à Lacanau et 19°C à Hyères (Var).

Après midi :
Une amélioration serait possible en marge du retour d'une bulle anticyclonique.
Cependant, une nouvelle évolution orageuse se produirait sur l'ensemble des régions cette fois : elle devrait être moins intense que les précédentes.
Cette tendance sera évidemment à confirmer avec les modèles déterministes quelques jours voire plusieurs heures avant.

Les températures maximales seraient globalement contrastées par rapport aux normales de saison (à confirmer) : elles partiraient de 19°C à Perros Guirec (Bretagne) pour aller à 21°C à Rouen, 22°C à Nantes, 25°C à Blois et à Rueil Malmaison (Ile de France), 26°C à Bourges et 27°C à Strasbourg.
Au Sud, entre 21°C à Saint Jean de Luz (Pyrénées Atlantique) et 31°C en Isère en passant par 25°C à Bordeaux, 26°C à Marseille, 28°C à Bastia, 29°C à Toulouse et à Perpignan, et 30°C à Montpellier.
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Previsión semana 1-4 de Agosto de 2.011

Buenas...

Otros días que pasan y ni gota de agua. Llevamos un mes bastante seco con muy poquitas tormentas. De hecho el mes se va a cerrar con poco más de 50 litros en Eriste, o 75 en los Llanos del Hospital. Cifras bajas y, en su mayor parte, debidas a precipitaciones muy concentradas. Además, parece que las tormentas que van a darse estos próximos días podrían dejarnos bastante de lado.

El finde, como dijimos, ha sido espectacular para hacer montaña. Días soleados, calor sin agobios y sin riesgo de tormentas.

Temperaturas que han rondado los 25ºC en Eriste, y los 20ºC en el Ampriu. Las mínimas también llevaderas, entorno a los 10ºC en las localidades del fondo del valle. Más calorcito a la entrada del valle, en Campo, donde las máximas han estado entorno a los 28ºC.



Ose dejo un pantallazo de la webcam del refugio de Estós de hace unos minutos. Como veis, mucho sol y sólo algunos congestus, y seguramente algún humilis, sin más desarrollo:



Los próximos días se presentan un poco más movidos, aunque las predicciones han ido desplazando hacia el Oeste la zona de inestabilidad más acusada. 



Una pequeña bolsa fría se va a descolgar al Oeste de la Península y, en su camino para ser reabsorbida por el jet pasará sobre el cuadrante NW peninsular dejando inestabilidad en esos sectores, donde son probables tormentan intensas durante últimas horas del lunes y el martes. Cuidado si estáis por allí o por la zona más occidental del Pirineo, ya que hay una fuerte zona de difluencia en altura que hace prever tormentas potentes.

Pero nosotros nos quedamos un poco al margen, de hecho parece que ha de ser el miércoles el día más gris y tormentoso de la semana, sin ser nada alarmante.

De esta forma la previsión es la siguiente:

Lunes: Día soleado en general. Por la tarde habrá más nubes de evolución que no parece que hayan de dejar tormentas. Si tenéis planes por el Pirineo más occidental contad con tormentas a última hora. Las temperaturas con pocos cambios. vientos flojos en general.

Martes: Día con alguna nube más, sobre todo por la tarde, con mayor riesgo de tormentas que, si se cumplen los modelos, deben ser locales y poco importantes. Temperaturas estables. Vientos flojos.

Miércoles: Parece que el miércoles nos podría acabar cruzando una zona de mayor inestabilidad lo que nos dejaría un día mas nuboso, con tormentas a partir de mediodía, que podrían ser puntualmente intensas. Vientos flojos salvo en momentos de tormenta. Temperaturas que subirán un poco.

Jueves: Vuelve la estabilidad según parece. Sol, escasas nubes, temperaturas estables y vientos flojos.

La tendencia parece marcar algunas colas de frente con giros de vientos a norte y refrescamientos sucesivos. Pero siempre dentro de unas temperaturas llevaderas, sin extremos y con escasísimas perspectivas de precipitaciones.


Resumiendo, para la licencia de obras:

Lunes y martes: Sol en general. Algunas nubes de evolución pero poco riesgo de tormenta. Temperaturas estables.
Miércoles: Día más gris, con tormentas. 
Jueves: Estable, sol y calorcillo llevadero.


Saludos.

-dani...-


Fuente:


www.meteored.com
www.aemet.es
www.meteociel.fr
www.chebro.es
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What if US failed to increase Debt Ceiling? (31 July 2011)

Deadline gets closer and closer, yet US have not come out a concrete solution to calm the world. Whether tax increases should be included in a deficit reduction agreement or not, both Democrats and Republicans are standing firm without compromise. Republicans insist that any deal to cut deficits should involve spending cuts only while Democrats have been demanding both spending cuts and tax increases.


Although Finance Malaysia reckons that the Congress would pass the bill to increase debt ceiling, let us analyzed and prepare for the unfortunate outcome. What if the debt ceiling limit is not raised by 2nd August?

  1. US bondholders will get paid first, while other payments such as social security, military payment, and Medicare services will stall.
  2. Downgrading by rating agencies is unavoidable, which will lead to an increase in Treasury's borrowing costs.
  3. US will be losing its AAA ratings, damaging the important role of USD as one of the world's preferred currency.
  4. USD will slump to yet another all-time low, while Gold price will recorded yet another all-time high
  5. Commodities prices traded in USD will shoot up.
  6. Inflation rate in Emerging Markets will pushed up by rising resources and food prices.
  7. Hence, this will dampen the growth of the economy and China being the world's growth engine will stall by high inflation, lower domestic consumption.

It's such a nightmare for the world's economy. Anyway, Finance Malaysia thinks that both Democrats and Republicans will reach a solution and pass the debt limit increase. Ultimately, who is going to blamed for if US default? Both sides of politicians, not only Obama. The world is just not prepared for such unfortunate events while recovery is just started.


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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Dominique Strauss Kahn: Marie Victorine M. témoigne! Bientôt les expertises psychiatriques?


De nombreuses questions restent posées...

                                       
Dans son interview exclusive  à la télévision Suisse Romande (visible en fin d'article), madame Marie Victorine "M". reconnaît que monsieur Strauss Kahn est une personne "plutôt physique" dans ses rapports, mais ne peut imaginer " un seul instant" son prétendu ex-amant "sortant de la douche et sautant littéralement et donc  directement sur la présumée victime"... Elle ne cache pas avoir connu "de façon plutôt directe"  Dominique Strauss Kahn, décrivant de façon à peine voilée là aussi d'une  certaine façon  ""un homme plutôt direct dans son approche"" mais "ne semble pas reconnaître l'homme ainsi décrit" par les propos de la présumée victime. Dominique Strauss Kahn qui serait un "ex-amant" de cette juriste qui annonce repartir bientôt aux U.S.A...


 Madame Marie Victorine "M"...
                                                        

Témoin dont la réponse à une question d’Arnaud Bédat, journaliste à l’Illustré, est pour le moins sans ambiguïté:

«DSK a-t-il été parfois violent avec vous?

Kenneth Thompson m’a aussi posé la question. C’est quoi la violence? Un homme qui vous plaque au mur et qui vous embrasse, c’est violent? Il y a violence et violence. Pour moi, ce n’était pas violent. Il ne l’a jamais été avec moi. Ni physiquement ni verbalement. Je considère notre relation davantage comme de la passion que comme de la violence. Nous étions dans une relation consentie. Donc, même s’il l’avait été dans l’intimité, ça ne regarderait que nous.»



Un témoignage qui intervient alors que pointent des critiques sur  la méthode des investigations en cours.  Plusieurs bruits font état de questions pour le moins ciblées et jugées parfois clairement "salaces" ...dans les détails.  Le bureau du procureur et les différents investigateurs "commandés" par la défense tout comme l'accusation  semblent toujours plus lancés dans une forme de surenchère de la recherche de témoignages "en tout genre" pour creuser le "parfait sillon des faiblesses des deux parties..."

De nombreux juristes considèrent les dernières sorties médiatiques de madame  Nafissatou Diallo comme contre-productives dès lors que pointe la volonté de déplacer le procès au civil, "assimilé de fait à une question de "gros sous"..."

Pour d'autres éminents observateurs de l'affaire, Kenneth Thompson "n'a pas d'autre choix" pour "inviter" le procureur Cyrus Vance "à ne pas laisser tomber sa cliente" sous le seul prétexte que -toujours selon certaines sources- "cette dernière s'était largement embarquée dans l'annonce maladroite" d'une sombre histoire "qui la rendait victime d'un supposé viol collectif dans son pays d'origine  "pour obtenir "plus" facilement "des papiers par l'immigration américaine...".  Ce que certains experts assimilent à une maladresse "frauduleuse" qui marquerait une personnalité "plutôt encline aux mensonges..."

Expertises psychiatriques?

Un point que ne partagent pas d'autres observateurs qui parlent plus d'une personne acculée et devant "coûte que coûte" obtenir "son salut" en obtenant la chance d'une nouvelle vie. " Enfermer la présumée victime dans un tel portrait de simple menteuse patentée ne serait pas sérieux, tous les experts en sociologie et surtout psychologie comportementale clinique vous indiqueront qu'une personne qui fonde un "espoir sincère" ou "ultime"  peut logiquement tomber dans le piège de certaines facilités ou maladresses, à savoir la "prise de risques extrêmes".  Il serait donc  plus important de voir comment madame Nafissatou Diallo s'est "après son prétendu mensonge rapporté par différentes sources" comportée aux Etats-Unis, "a-t-elle abusée du système social? A-t-elle refusée de travailler dignement pour retrouver sa dignité de femme et par ailleurs, beaucoup plus important, celle de très jeune maman confrontée aux pires difficultés? Enfin différentes analyses comportementalistes de spécialistes en analyse transactionnelle et programmation neuro-linguistique semblent toujours plus  accréditer que l'interview réalisé par ABC New-York ne souffre pas "d'altérations" comportementales "manipulatoires de la présumée victime." Comme de nombreux experts le soulignent, "elle pratique des gestes amples" (une critique formulée par certains observateurs qui parlent "d'exagérations poussées..."), alors que les experts parlent plus "de gestes ouverts", "le regard plutôt fixe et en avant, ne ferme ses yeux ou baisse la tête que dans des descriptifs -clairement identifiables-  comme traumatiques". C'est toute la difficulté "de voir une personne propulsée" dans une "logique démesurée...  pour le commun des mortels!". Une personne qui "ne maîtrise pas les codes de la communication propres aux coutumes des médias" qui sont dans une posture "clairement inquisitrice" au sens très psychologique clinique par les effets induits " sur une personne en état traumatique".

Triste dramaturgie...

On le voit, c'est une bataille d'expertises qui risque de s'inviter dans la mise en état des travaux de l'accusation "celle qui se doit de prendre tous les effets de la prudence qui...  s'impose!"

Les premiers ressorts de la médecine légale devraient se voir possiblement compléter par une expertise médicale et donc psychiatrique de la présumée victime mais comme le soulignent  déjà certains experts, le cas de monsieur Dominique Strauss Kahn devrait également faire l'objet d'une expertise toute aussi "sérieuse". "Un cadre volontaire serait le plus approprié, empreint d'équité et adapté aux deux personnalités qui font force à la triste mais bien réelle dramaturgie de cette affaire..."

Le risque premier de confronter les travaux d'experts "est bien celui de la contre-expertise...", ce qui fait dire à certains observateurs que "la bataille des expertises est une option qui à elle seule résume un risque inhérent pour les débats et la qualité des éléments que devra porter le bureau du procureur..."

Le plus important sera bien l'apport "des preuves formelles" qui devront "par essence s'inscrire dans le rôle même de la justice pénale", et donc prioritairement "ses fondements!" A suivre...




Insert Vidéogramme: Interview TSR Marie Victorine M.


Courtesy:Télévision Suisse Romande: Tous droits réservés pour tous pays.






Photographie: Montage, Tous droits réservés.
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Greece Parties. Euro Cracks.

Even on a stiflingly hot summer's day, the Athens underground is a pleasure. It is air-conditioned, with plasma screens to entertain passengers relaxing in cool, cavernous departure halls - and the trains even run on time.

There is another bonus for users of this state-of-the-art rapid transport system: it is, in effect, free for the five million people of the Greek capital.

With no barriers to prevent free entry or exit to this impressive tube network, the good citizens of Athens are instead asked to 'validate' their tickets at honesty machines before boarding. Few bother.

This is not surprising: fiddling on a Herculean scale — from the owner of the smallest shop to the most powerful figures in business and politics — has become as much a part of Greek life as ouzo and olives.
Indeed, as well as not paying for their metro tickets, the people of Greece barely paid a penny of the underground’s £1.5 billion cost — a ‘sweetener’ from Brussels (and, therefore, the UK taxpayer) to help the country put on an impressive 2004 Olympics free of the city’s notorious traffic jams.

The transport perks are not confined to the customers. Incredibly, the average salary on Greece’s railways is £60,000, which includes cleaners and track workers - treble the earnings of the average private sector employee here.

The overground rail network is as big a racket as the EU-funded underground. While its annual income is only £80 million from ticket sales, the wage bill is more than £500m a year — prompting one Greek politician to famously remark that it would be cheaper to put all the commuters into private taxis.

‘We have a railroad company which is bankrupt beyond comprehension,’ says Stefans Manos, a former Greek finance minister. ‘And yet, there isn’t a single private company in Greece with that kind of average pay.’

Significantly, since entering Europe as part of an ill-fated dream by politicians of creating a European super-state, the wage bill of the Greek public sector has doubled in a decade. At the same time, perks and fiddles reminiscent of Britain in the union-controlled 1970s have flourished.

Ridiculously, Greek pastry chefs, radio announcers, hairdressers and masseurs in steam baths are among more than 600 professions allowed to retire at 50 (with a state pension of 95 per cent of their last working year’s earnings) — on account of the ‘arduous and perilous’ nature of their work.

This week, it was reported that every family in Britain could face a £14,000 bill to pay for Greece’s self-inflicted financial crisis. Such fears were denied yesterday after Brussels voted a massive new £100bn rescue package which, it insisted, would not need a contribution from Britain.

Even if this is true — and many British MPs have their doubts — we will still have to stump up £1billion to the bailout through the International Monetary Fund.

In return for this loan, European leaders want the Greeks’ free-spending ways to end immediately if the country is to be prevented from ‘infecting’ the world’s financial system. Naturally, the Greek people are not happy about this.

In Constitution Square this week, opposite the parliament, I witnessed thousands gathering to campaign against government cuts designed to save the country from bankruptcy.

After running battles with riot police, who used tear gas to disperse protesters, thousands are still camped out in the square ahead of a vote by Greek politicians next week on whether to accept Europe-imposed austerity measures.

Yet these protesters should direct their anger closer to home — to those Greeks who have for many years done their damndest to deny their country the dues they owe it.

Take a short trip on the metro  to the city’s cooler northern suburbs, and you will find an enclave of staggering opulence.

Here, in the suburb of Kifissia, amid clean, tree-lined streets full of designer boutiques and car showrooms selling luxury marques such as Porsche and Ferrari, live some of the richest men and women in the world.

With its streets paved with marble, and dotted with charming parks and cafes, this suburb is home to shipping tycoons such as Spiros Latsis, a billionaire and friend of Prince Charles, as well as countless other wealthy industrialists and politicians.

One of the reasons they are so rich is that rather than paying millions in tax to the Greek state, as they rightfully should, many of these residents are living entirely tax-free.

Along street after street of opulent mansions and villas, surrounded by high walls and with their own pools, most of the millionaires living here are, officially, virtually paupers.

How so? Simple: they are allowed to state their own earnings for tax purposes, figures which are rarely challenged. And rich Greeks take full advantage.

Astonishingly, only 5,000 people in a country of 12 million admit to earning more than £90,000 a year — a salary that would not be enough to buy a garden shed in Kifissia.

Yet studies have shown that more than 60,000 Greek homes each have investments worth more than £1m, let alone unknown quantities in overseas banks, prompting one economist to describe Greece as a ‘poor country full of rich people’.

Manipulating a corrupt tax system, many of the residents simply say that they earn below the basic tax threshold of around £10,000 a year, even though they own boats, second homes on Greek islands and properties overseas.

And, should the taxman rumble this common ruse, it can be dealt with using a ‘fakelaki’ — an envelope stuffed with cash.. There is even a semi-official rate for bribes: passing a false tax return requires a payment of up to 10,000 euros (the average Greek family is reckoned to pay out £2,000 a year in fakelaki.)
Even more incredibly, Greek shipping magnates — the king of kings among the wealthy of Kifissia — are automatically exempt from tax, supposedly on account of the great benefits they bring the country.

Yet the shipyards are empty; once employing 15,000, they now have less than 500 to service the once-mighty Greek shipping lines which, like the rest of the country, are in terminal decline.

With Greek President George Papandreou calling for a crackdown on these tax dodgers — who are believed to cost the economy as much as £40bn a year — he is now resorting to bizarre means to identify the cheats. After issuing warnings last year, government officials say he is set to deploy helicopter snoopers, along with scrutiny of Google Earth satellite pictures, to show who has a swimming pool in the northern suburbs — an indicator, officials say, of the owner’s wealth.

Officially, just over 300 Kifissia residents admitted to having a pool. The true figure is believed to be 20,000.

There is even a boom in sales of tarpaulins to cover pools and make them invisible to the aerial tax inspectors!!!!!

‘The most popular and effective measure used by owners is to camouflage their pool with a khaki military mesh to make it look like natural undergrowth,’ says Vasilis Logothetis, director of a major swimming pool construction company. ‘That way, neither helicopters nor Google Earth can spot them.’

But faced with the threat of a crackdown, money is now pouring out of the country into overseas tax havens such as Liechtenstein, the Bahamas and Cyprus.

‘Other popular alternatives include setting up offshore companies in Cyprus or the British Virgin Islands, or the purchase of real estate abroad,’ says one doctor, who declares an income of less than £90,000 yet earns five times that amount.

There has also been a boom in London property purchases by Athens-based Greeks in an attempt to hide their true worth from their domestic tax authorities.

‘These anti-tax evasion measures by the government force us to resort to even more detailed tax evasion ploys,’ admits Petros Iliopoulos, a civil engineer.

Hotlines have been set up offering rewards for people who inform on tax dodgers. Last month, to show the government is serious, it named and shamed 68 high-earning doctors found guilty of tax evasion.

‘We will spare no effort to collect what is due to the state,’ said Evangelos Venizelos, the new Greek finance minister of the socialist  ruling party. ‘We promise to draft and apply a new and honest tax  system, one that has been needed for decades, so that taxes are duly paid by those who should pay.’

Yet, already, it is too late. Greece is effectively bust — relying on EU cash from richer northern European countries, but this has been the case ever since the country finally joined the euro in 2001.

Two years earlier, the country was barred from entering because it did not meet the financial criteria.

No matter: the Greeks simply cooked the books. Two years later, having falsely claimed to have met standards relating to manufacturing and industrial production and low inflation, the Greeks were allowed in.

Funds poured into the country from across Europe and the Greeks started spending like there was no tomorrow.

Money flowed into all areas of public life. As a result, for example, the Greek school system is now an over-staffed shambles, employing four times more teachers per pupil than Finland, the country with the highest-rated education system in Europe. ‘But we still have to pay for tutors for our two children,’ says Helena, an Athens mother. ‘The teachers are hopeless — they seem to spend their time off sick.’

Although Brussels has now agreed to provide the next stage of its debt payment programme to safeguard the country’s immediate economic future, the Greek media still carries ominous warnings that the military may be forced to step in should the country’s foray into Europe end in ignominy, bankruptcy and rising violence.

For now, the crisis has simply been delayed. With European taxpayers facing the prospect of saving Greece from bankruptcy for the second year in a row, some say even the £100bn on offer will pay off only the interest on the country’s debts — meaning it will be broke again within two years.

Meanwhile, there are doom-laden warnings that the collapse of the Greek economy could be the catalyst for another global recession.

Perhaps if the Greeks themselves had shown more willingness to tighten their belts and pay taxes due to the state, voters across Europe might not now be feeling such anger towards them.

But having strolled the streets of Kifissia, and watched the Greek hordes stream past the honesty boxes on the underground, it does not take a degree in European economics to know when somebody is taking advantage — at our expense.

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