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Lacina and the memories of the Danube

Seven years ago, I met Austrian musician Herbert Lacina while running on the beautiful banks of the Danube.

We talked to each other for the first time when I stood enjoying the sunset view on the Danube, we ate an orange. Since then we know each other.

Quite simply a musician and a journalist met on the Danube, and then became friends at work.

A good equation has basic rules not only in music and journalism but also in the science of equivalence and calculation in the life.

Mr. Lacina is Austrian born in 1954 in Vienna.
He introduced himself in short, concise and useful sentences. 12-string base, is a jazz musician based in Vienna.
Very present in the field of jazz and improvised music. I play in several bands and orchestras.
Lacina said: “I perceive music as a stream of energy, a free form without any limitations.”

Lacina is a member of the SFIEMA (Society for Free Improvisation and Experimental Music Austria), an active member of the Kunstraum Ewigkeitsgasse with his own concert series and also a member of the IG Visual arts.

He often plays concerts in the Celeste, Vienna Künstlerhaus, Porgy & Bess, Forum Stadtpark Graz, in the old blacksmiths and many other venues and also performs in the context of “Wien Modern”.

About Lacina musicial life in Vienna, he shares his fellow musicians the musical career such as Michael Fischer (Vienna Improvisers Orchestra), Reut Regev & Igal Foni, Marco Eneidi, Martin Wichtl, Simone Weissenfels, Isabel Duthoit, Yedda Lin, Ingrid Oberkanins, Andreas Eichhorn, Lieselotte lengl, Eric & Vanessa Arn, Sylvia Bruckner, Angelina Ertel, Diego Mune, Andy Menrath, Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg, Anna Anderluh, Stefan Heckel, Gloria Damijan, Mia Zabelka, Elisabeth Harnik, Claudia Cervenca and many more …

Few days ago I met Mr. Lacina at Café Korb during a wonderful concert (The Happy Sun / Station Rose / Mia Zabelka ). we had the fruitful discussion published in this report.

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Steyr beschließt Rekordbudget im Umfang von 155 Millionen Euro

Von Dr. Michael Chvatal / Magistrat Steyr / Ein Rekordbudget im Umfang von 155 Millionen Euro beschloss der Steyrer Gemeinderat in seiner heutigen Sitzung. Der Ordentliche Haushalt weist Einnahmen und Ausgaben in Höhe von 140.901.700 Euro auf. Der Außerordentliche Haushalt (Investitionshaushalt) ist mit 14.330.100 Euro dotiert.

Eine Fülle von Investitionen

Neben den in Realisierung befindlichen Großprojekten, wie Stadtplatz-Neugestaltung und Renovierung Innerberger Stadl für die Landesausstellung 2021 (zwei Millionen Euro) stellen der Straßen-, Brücken- und Kanalbau (3,9 Millionen Euro) sowie Großinvestitionen im Pflichtschulbereich (1,1 Millionen Euro für WLAN und Brandschutz) die größten Einzelinvestitionsposten dar.

Hinzu kommen ein neues Musikhaus für die Stadtkapelle (500.000 Euro), eine neue öffentliche WC-Anlage im Durchgangsbereich zur Stadtplatzgarage (200.000 Euro), der Kompletttausch des Geschirrs für Essen auf Rädern (700.000 Euro), die Gesamterneuerung inklusive Beleuchtung der Radwegverbindung Unterer Schiffweg von Garsten bis zur Schönauerbrücke (300.000 Euro), zwei neue Motorik-Parks (200.000 Euro) im Bereich Stadtgut und im Schlosspark sowie der durch die Stadtbetriebe Steyr GmbH finanzierte, neue Panoramalift auf den Tabor (2,7 Millionen Euro).

Ausgeglichener Haushalt

„Das vorerst budgetierte Jahresminus von 1,3 Millionen Euro ist durch Rücklagen gedeckt, womit die Stadt mit einem zur Gänze ausgeglichenen Haushalt in das Jahr 2019 startet“, stellt Finanzreferent Bürgermeister Gerald Hackl fest und kritisiert einmal mehr die exorbitante Kostenbelastung durch das Land Oberösterrech.

Exorbitante Kostenbelastung durch Land OÖ setzt sich fort

„Das Delta aus Zahlungen an das Land und Bedarfszuweisungen seitens des Landes an die Stadt hat sich neuerlich um fast eine Million erhöht und schlägt sich im Budget 2019 mit der unglaublichen Summe von 18,56 Millionen Euro nieder“, so der Stadtchef.

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Michelle wurde getötet und hinterließ zwei traurige Katzen

Michelle (16), wurde getötet und hinterließ zwei traurige Katzen und einen Schock unter Freunden.

Die Szene ist sehr traurig. Gestern war Michelle aus Münichholz in Steyr am Leben, lachte und trug ein wunderschönes Kleid. Sie ging mit ihrer Freundin M, die es vorzieht, nicht genannt zu werden, und Weihnachtsgeschenke kauft, bevor der gewalttätige Ex-afghanische Freund Sabre, Asylbewerber  17 Jahre alt, ankam, der sie tötete und aus dem Hinterhausfenster lief.

Am Dienstag, dem zweiten Tag des Mordes an Michaelas, kam ihre Freundin (M), um ihre Katzen zu füttern. und entzündete eine Kerze am Eingang der Wohnung, die von der Polizei geschlossen wurde, nachdem ihre Mutter aus Sicherheitsgründen an einen anderen Ort gezogen war.

“M”, traf Michelle vor 16 Jahren im Kindergarten. Sie war die ihre engste Freundin. Sie beschrieb Michaela als eine angenehme Persönlichkeit, ruhig und schön
Sie sagte, Michelle kenne ihren afghanischen Freund seit Mai 2018, beide waren in die gleiche Liebesgeschichte geraten.

Saber war sehr gewalttätig und schrie jedes Mal in der Wohnung, wenn er Michelle besuchte. Sie wurden dreimal getrennt, aber nach einigen Tagen Trennung kehrte er zurück.

“M” Antwort auf unsere Frage: Hat sich Michelle bei der Polizei gegen den gewalttätigen Saber beschwert?

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Michelle was killed

“Michaela…” 16 years old, was killed and left behind two cats and a shock among friends

The scene is very painful. Yesterday, Michelle from Münichholz in Steyr was alive, laughing, and wearing a beautiful dress. She went with her friend “M”, who prefers not to be named, and bought Christmas gifts, before the arrival of the violent ex-Afghan friend Saber, asylumseeker, age of 17, who killed her and ran away from the back-house window.

On Tuesday, the second day Michelle murder, Her friend (M) came to feed her cats. She had lightened a candle at the entrance to the apartment, which was closed by the police, after her mother moved to another place for security reasons.

M, met Michelle at the kindergarten 16 years ago. She is the closest friend to her. She described her as a pleasant personality, quiet and beautiful.
She said that Michaela had known her Afghan boyfriend since may 2018, both of had fallen into the same routine tale of love.

Saber was very violent and screamed in the apartment each time he visited Michelle. They split three times, but always he return after few days of separation.

M Responding to our question: Did Mikhelle complain to the police against the violent Saber ?

No, Michelle was quiet, working in Bella, did not have time, and did not like the problems. But she told me she would not go back to him after the third time of separation. I think that’s why Saber killed her .
M. said that Michelle had left two cats behind her and that she come to feed them on behalf of her friend

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Renewed Action Against Organized Crime, Human Trafficking and Illicit Firearms Through Palermo Convention

Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, opened the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime today, urging governments to strengthen cooperative action against shared challenges.

The opening session was also addressed by the President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez, Italian Justice Minister Alfonso Bonafede and other high-level speakers.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Palermo Convention’s entry into force and Mr. Fedotov highlighted the continuing importance of the Convention and its Protocols on human trafficking, migrant smuggling and illicit firearms trafficking in addressing urgent threats.

He said: “The international community is confronted on a daily basis by cybercrime and the online sexual exploitation and abuse of children; the use of cryptocurrencies to launder criminal proceeds; and illicit firearms trafficking supplying terrorists with deadly weapons. Maritime crime and wildlife crime are stealing away livelihoods and endangering natural resources.

“These are complex, cross-border threats with a scale and impact that could hardly have been foreseen nearly two decades ago when the Convention was signed in Palermo. And yet the Convention and its Protocols have more than stood the test of time.”

The UNODC Executive Director called for strengthening international cooperation and technical assistance through the Convention.

“Disparities in capacities and coordination enable transnational organized crime networks to evade justice. We need to close gaps and address vulnerabilities, between countries and regions as well as online, if we are to effectively address these challenges,” he said.

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Vladimir Putin Visits Vienna to Mark 50th Anniversary of Gas Deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Austria on Tuesday in his first trip to the West since being re-elected to the Kremlin and was rebuffed when he called for European Union sanctions to be lifted.

The Russian leader was given full military honours as he met with Alexander van der Bellen, the Austrian president, and Sebastian Kurz, the Austrian chancellor.

The visit is full of symbolic importance for both sides. Fifty years ago this month, Austria became the first Western European country to sign a natural gas deal with the Soviet Union, a commercial arrangement that survives to this day. Next month, Austria takes over the rotating EU presidency, just as Russia has begun making signals that it wants to engage more with Europe. It sees Vienna as an important ally.

Mr Putin used the opportunity to argue for the lifting of Western sanctions imposed over Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, telling a joint press conference it would benefit all sides.

An Austria energy company signed a new deal with Russia’s Gazprom to secure gas supplies until 2040, and Mr Kurz spoke of how the two countries “cooperate well not only in the political but also in the economic sphere”.

Mr Kurz has made no secret of his desire to preserve good relations with Moscow, saying he wants Austria to be a “bridge” between Russia and the West.

“Today we had the opportunity to talk about international issues, that Russia as a superpower has a great significance in Syria and eastern Ukraine, and that Russia has a great responsibility. We hope Russia will contribute to people finally seeing what they are longing for: peace,” he said after meeting with Mr Putin on Tuesday.

In an interview with Austrian television ahead of the talks, Mr Putin insisted he was not trying to split Europe. “We want a united and prosperous Europe,” he said, arguing the EU is Russia’s most important economic partner.

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RSF Asks ICC to Investigate Israeli Sniper Fire on Palestinian Journalists

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) today formally asked the International Criminal Court to investigate what it regards as war crimes by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) against Palestinian journalists covering protests in Gaza since 30 March.

Submitted to ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda a few hours before today’s UN Security Council meeting and based on article 15 of the Rome Statute (which established the ICC), the request concerns the direct shots that IDF snipers have fired at some 20 Palestinian journalists during the “March of Return” protests in Gaza.

In RSF’s view, these are crimes that clearly fall under the ICC’s competence.

“The Israeli authorities could not have been unaware of the presence of journalists among the civilian demonstrators, and therefore failed in the elementary duty of precaution and differentiation when targeting these protected persons with live rounds,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.

“These deliberate and repeated violations of international humanitarian law constitute war crimes. While referring them to the International Criminal Court, RSF calls on the Israeli authorities to strictly respect international law.”

Various sources have corroborated that the following journalists were hit by shots while covering demonstrations east of Gaza City yesterday: Omar Hamdane, a cameraman working for the Algerian national TV broadcaster ENTV, sustained gunshot injuries to the foot; Al Jazeera reporter Wael Dahdouh was injured in the right hand; Zain Media cameraman Mohammed Abu Dahrouj was hit in the left leg; and Yasser Qudeih, a freelance photographer working for the pro-Hamas daily Palestine, sustained a gunshot injury to the stomach and was taken to the intensive care unit at Gaza’s European Hospital.

Two journalists also sustained gunshot injuries near the city of Khan Younis. Abdullah al-Shorbagi, a reporter for the pro-Hamas Khan Younis Media Network, was shot in the left foot while Nihad Fuad, a reporter for Forsan al-Erada community radio, was hit in the head and was taken to Gaza’s European Hospital. Farhan Hashem Abu Hadayd, a reporter for the Safad Press website, sustained a gunshot injury to the left leg to the east of the city of Rafah.

Two Palestinian journalists have been killed by live rounds fired by Israeli soldiers since 30 March, the date of the start of the “March of Return” protests by Palestinians along the border between Gaza and Israeli.

They are Yaser Murtaja, 30, a photographer for the independent Ain Media agency, and Ahmed Abu Hussein, 27, a reporter for Shaab and Bisann News. Both were clearly identified as journalists, either by a vest or by a helmet bearing the word “Press.” In all, at least 20 other journalists have sustained gunshots injuries, of whom at least three were clearly identified as media personnel.

Global Arms Industry: First Rise In arms Sales Since 2010

Stockholm, 11 December 2017 – Sales of arms and military services by the world’s largest arms-producing and military services companies the SIPRI Top 100 totalled $374.8 billion in 2016, according to new international arms industry data released today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

The total for the SIPRI Top 100 in 2016 is 1.9 per cent higher compared with 2015 and represents an increase of 38 per cent since 2002 (when SIPRI began reporting corporate arms sales). This is the first year of growth in SIPRI Top 100 arms sales after five consecutive years of decline.

US companies increase their share of total arms sales in 2016

At a combined total of $217.2 billion, arms sales of US companies listed in the SIPRI Top 100 grew by 4.0 per cent in 2016. US military operations overseas as well as acquisitions of large weapon systems by other countries have driven this rise. Arms sales by Lockheed Martin the world’s largest arms producer rose by 10.7 per cent in 2016, which was decisive to the increase in the USA’s share of overall SIPRI Top 100 sales to 57.9 per cent. ‘With the acquisition of helicopter producer Sikorsky in late 2015 and higher delivery volumes of the F-35 combat aircraft, Lockheed Martin reported significant growth in its arms sales in 2016,’ says Aude Fleurant, Director of SIPRI’s Arms and Military Expenditure Programme.

The rise in sales and the number of US military services companies ranked in the SIPRI Top 100 are noticeable trends in 2016. Some of these companies have increased their sales through the acquisition of the military services divisions of larger arms producers. This was the case for Leidos, for example, which acquired Lockheed Martin’s information technology and technical services businesses in 2016.

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