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  • “The ‘minimum requirement’ for politicians and must-read for the public” | The Day newspaper
    Den The Day still managed just like pure publishing houses to prepare hot books for visitors of the Book Arsenal And they did sell like hot cakes In particular we mean the new edition of the journalistic trilogy which includes Ivan Kapsamun s The Trap or A Case without a Statute of Limitations Valentyn Torba s I an Eyewitness Notes from the Occupied Luhansk and Catastrophe and Triumph The Stories of Ukrainian Heroes compiled by Maria Semenchenko as well as historical bestseller Return to Tsarhorod created under the general editorship of Larysa Ivshyna Additionally we presented A Case without a Statute of Limitations the English version of The Trap AN OCCASION TO MEET READERS DEN S JOURNALISTS AND AUTHORS OF NEW BOOKS IVAN KAPSAMUN AND VALENTYN TORBA CAME TO MYSTETSKY ARSENAL Photo by Ruslan KANIUKA The Day Den and its book project make up what is literally an islet which cultivates the image of a talented Ukrainian a heroic Ukrainian who cares about their history and traditions Yes this country is going through difficult times but the relationship with history and tradition is our inner core which nourishes our modern achievements And it inspires absolute confidence in our ultimate success Kozhemiaka told us April 23 was one of the most dynamic days for the Arsenal in general and Den s stand in particular Authors of two books of the journalist trilogy Kapsamun and Torba presented the English version A Case talked to readers of Den s Library series and held a book signing event In particular former mayor of Luhansk Oleksii Danylov came to the stand to buy a set of the Contemporary History for Dummies series I respect Den because I see it as the only Ukrainian daily worthy of reading Danylov noted The newspaper s team includes interesting

    Original URL path: http://day.kyiv.ua/en/article/society/minimum-requirement-politicians-and-must-read-public (2016-04-28)
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  • Bravissimo! | The Day newspaper
    on the stage The shouts of bravo accompanied Mykhailo Yermak who gave a virtuoso performance of Copland s The Cat and the Mouse A wonder with bows Kateryna Yelysieieva played Lyadov s Musical Snuffbox Kirill Bartashevich Belarus showed the highest class in Prelude No 2 by Rachmaninoff Yehor Miezentsev Kuhlau s Rondo from Mozart and Khrystyna Mykhailychenko this talented girl first played an etude by Scriabin and then Beethoven s 2nd Concerto with orchestra also received ovations The audience derived special pleasure from Prokofiev s Concerto No 1 superbly played by National Philharmonic soloist Antonii Baryshevsky who had embarked on the road to professional stage at the Horowitz competition and is now a bright star of the Ukrainian piano school Incidentally all the young musicians listened spellbound to this number and a lot of parents and teachers recorded this concert on their tablets and cell phones I gained a lasting impression of this competition says Oleksandr ZLOTNYK composer Rector of the Kyiv Reinhold Gliere Institute of Music chair of the Intermediate Group jury The main thing is that the geography of participants has widened We are particularly pleased that pianists represent not only the specialized music schools of Kyiv Odesa Lviv and Kharkiv which traditionally show the high skills of children as well as of their teachers who train them for this competition This year s contest also saw young talents from Boiarka Yahotyn Komunarsk Sievierodonetsk and other small towns This means that teachers can work very well in ordinary music schools And children are always very talented and it is important to spot this diamond and help it shine The contestants who performed at the final concert were really the best of the best There were no disputes in our jury everything was organized very well There was no major gap between the points for the first second and third places Even though there is a war going on in eastern Ukraine children go in for music and whenever you hear them play wonderfully you believe that everything will be OK in our country It is a pleasure to see that the competition is not just living but is gaining strength says the jury chairman Valerii KOZLOV a piano professor at the National Music Academy of Ukraine Kyiv has seen new stars this year This competition has always been distinguished by a high level of music performance and its standards still remain high The winners gladdened us with their mastery and many of the young musicians have a radiant future Even those who will not become professional pianists or teachers have in any case come to love music for the rest of their lifetime The children showed a versatile program and we can see that their teachers did a very good job Many sincere thanks to these devotees The competition s organization was superb The organizing committee worked very productively I was surprised to hear participants perform such difficult works as for example Beethoven s Sonata or his Concerto

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  • Pantonio’s birds | The Day newspaper
    full of frantic dynamism and motion in them one can see a plexus of muscle tissue or a strange ornament or a swarm of fanciful creatures of black and blue wavy lines Pantonio gets inspired by animals of Portugal and France sardines swallows hares horses lizards The other source of inspiration are landscapes of his childhood sea waves black cliffs mountains Many of his murals can be found both in Lisbon and in Paris where the artist lives now It was the French capital where Pantonio created the biggest wall painting in Europe in 2015 a school of fish on the wall 66 meters in height and 15 meters in width It is not the first time Pantonio has visited Kyiv in August past year he completed a large scale mural on the wall a 16 storey building at 95 Peremohy Avenue near the Sviatoshyn metro station He has also recently completed wall paintings at Mystetsky Arsenal and in Chornobyl His new artwork is located at 1 Chokolivsky Boulevard Black and blue gigantic swallows spiraling into the wall look quite appropriate in the area that is overloaded with street traffic cramped in gray concrete cluttered with countless stalls and markets In this everyday hell this picture as unusual even slightly provocative it might look is a vivid reminder that another environment much friendlier to a human being can exist Street art is not a panacea But it is a rather effective means against social ugliness By Dmytro DESIATERYK The Day Rubric Culture Issue 29 2016 Твіт Новини партнерів Recent headlines of the rubric Bravissimo Pantonio s birds It is up to us to take care of ourselves The Horowitz Competition is back Angel s Touch goes to Lviv Roman BALAIAN It is your decision whether to hear me or not

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  • “It is up to us to take care of ourselves” | The Day newspaper
    dim idea of who is fighting against whom and for what what sort of state Ukraine is that very Ukraine which for a long time was part of the Russian Empire and later the USSR which had agreed to the role of the younger brother and then suddenly declared that it has nothing in common with Russia For how long has it been independent Twenty four years Why was it silent then How am I to explain these things to the French whose country developed its relations with Russia for centuries and who know that Russia means Tolstoy Dostoyevsky Chekhov Tchaikovsky Glinka Mussorgsky Prokofiev We Ukrainians are largely to blame for this misunderstanding we still do not have a clear cut systemic policy which would be to our state s advantage working to create Ukraine s positive image both at home and abroad It might sound paradoxical but we do not quite realize who we are where we come from What is our cultural artistic state and other heritage I would like to invite you to the concert of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine on June 15 We will be performing a symphony by our fellow countryman Maksym Berezovsky which has never been performed or published in Ukraine I found it in New York And in Russia this work was performed as the first Russian symphony We do not know ourselves but we want the whole wide world to know us Well Europe knows the Klitschko brothers They have heard of Shevchenko more often than not it is not the poet Taras but the former footballer Andrii What about Nadia Savchenko maybe her name is on their radar screen I would not say so For some reason we have a misconception that the first thing a Frenchman or a German thinks about as he wakes up in the morning is How are my Ukrainian brothers faring It would be lovely but it is not so no one gives a damn Europe has a life of its own and is preoccupied with its own problems And our Donbas or Crimea annexed by Russia or our political prisoners are not among them The streets of Paris are still full of the military people are warned not to attend concerts because this can be dangerous At my son s school he is five children were instructed how to behave during a chemical attack They were told how you can survive if toxic substances have polluted water or air In Belgium stories about prevented terror attacks and neutralized terrorists have become daily news Germany has opened its door to refugees and does not know how to get it closed again Britain is shaken by offshore scandals and reports about possible bombings in London and elsewhere Ukrainians resent the outcome of the referendum in the Netherlands which suggest that two thirds of the Dutch are against the EU Ukraine association No wonder It is the highest time for us to realize that it is

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  • Streets will become comfortable for “special eyes” | The Day newspaper
    such programs Generally there are numerous navigation systems for blind people What is the peculiarity of the Open World program and the special locator There are many locators that are in Europe and the US which help people to orient with the help of the GPS navigation system But it doesn t work in buildings besides it shows the location with nearly 10 meter error This is very inconvenient for blind people We are planning to make our platform as a GPS supplement which will show exact location even in a building because with the help of the locators we remove the error given by the GPS How long have you been working on the project I started to work on the navigation system for the blind back in 2012 when I was a 10 form pupil Then I entered the Small Academy of Science and my supervisor gave me a hint that I could make such a device Later a blind artist appealed to me and I wanted to help him and to make this device helpful for people Now we communicate a lot with visually handicapped in particular those who can use Smartphone and GPS And when we develop a new prototype we immediately go to them and they tell us what should be improved This is the symbiosis we have with them Hopefully this project will be really helpful for people because this is our purpose At what stage is the development of your project today We already have a prototype but it is a long way to industrial production because there are some engineer nuances We have been using one platform but if we apply it for mass production this will considerably increase the cost of the locator Therefore we need to develop our own panel So we are looking for investors We pin big hopes on the projects Smart City and City Next which is being developed by Microsoft We have talked to the representatives of this initiatives and are working on the base of IoT lab Microsoft and hope that when we will show the results of our work they will order the locators for example to test one street in Ukraine When are you planning to implement your initiative By our estimations we can make one street in Kyiv and we will do this by the end of summer What happens next will depend on the interest the mayor s office will have in our project and whether we will find the investors to finance the project How much does one locator cost If we use the technologies we have been working with when we were developing the prototype one locator will cost about 10 dollars But it can be made much cheaper about three dollars The blind person will have just to download the application and use it Who is working with you Our team includes five people at the moment I am the chief engineer I make the entire hardware part

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  • “We should recognize the Donbas as an occupied territory” | The Day newspaper
    mind when he thinks of competition risks his property and material condition of his family looks forward to the latest achievements offers innovations changes something etc A normal enterprise strives for equal rights a fair market regulation price formation licensing etc There is also an oligarchic quasi private form of ownership when one owns a lot of businesses Kolomoisky owns a hundred private entities including a soccer club the media metal oil etc He has to deal with all this otherwise some sector will grind to a halt For this reason what helps oligarchs achieve results and profitability is not innovations and competition on the contrary they stifle competition and opt for monopoly Then these 4 or 5 people manage the entire economy As a result they influence ministries by giving them instructions Economic processes depend on the oligarchs instructions rather than on markets producers or national interests when ministers would map out strategies and set priorities and goals By influencing the government oligarchs receive additional subventions loans tax relief extension on debt repayment tariffs etc thus drawing economic profits and capitals over to their own enterprises But instead of investing them in these enterprises they smuggle them abroad They have a different type of activity to grab by way of privatization or bankruptcy as cheaply as possible what was made by others to squeeze it dry and take it abroad Almost all of our oligarchs are foreigners with their families living abroad V T Does the fact that all oligarchs are foreigners mean that we are approaching a new historical stage when we will have to build the country from scratch without them this time They must first of all understand that if they persist in going against the stream the whole structure will tumble down on them All that is connected with the Maidan has already affected their assets Buy it would be wrong to shoot from the hip in the economy e g to undermine the oligarchs holdings nationalize or shut down their businesses for this will cause damage to the entire state So the oligarchs should be stripped of their privileges This means restructuring the macroeconomy and making tariff and price formation a realistic and objective process This in turn means that it is necessary to revamp the credit system to avoid situations when somebody can receive a 20 billion worth loan and not repay it Besides we need transparent budget tax antimonopoly and privatization procedures Fighting corruption of which the new prime minister spoke and achieving macroeconomic stability are associated with changing the place of oligarchs in the system of power and replacing the very system of public administration THE TAX CODE IS WRITTEN IN THE SOVIET FINANCIAL POLICE STYLE V K Has our progressive public failed to reform this country s taxation system I haven t seen a full fledged reform program yet We can still see wolfhound taxmen do their job under any circumstances It makes no difference to them whether an enterprise has paid 22 or 40 percent to the wages fund they will come and tell it to pay 5 million in the current quarter otherwise they will impound its accounts and property and establish their own administration In addition it is wrong to revise the Wages Fund s taxation system and contributions to the Pension Fund and at the same time not to carry out the pension reform and the reform of wages taxation because these things are interconnected It s necessary to cut taxes on the wages of individuals and enable them to make high interest contribution to their own pension accounts If one earns too little he or she is told not to pay to the budget but is allowed to place 20 percent onto their own account in this case people will promptly bring over their wages Naturally the state must make sure that this monetary unit and amount of money remain of a certain value depending on indexation A D R But the progressive public worked on this reform We saw two groups of public experts enter into a public conflict over whose idea is better What is going on among our experts I am not invited There are very many careerists among our young people who want to reach the top right after getting a degree so the circle of experts is restricted I was a Harvard professor and they gave me this opportunity for a few months So what The place where you studied or taught does not mean much Some experts once came to the Maidan s Civic Council and asked me to campaign for their project of tax reform I suggested that they themselves launch a campaign that will include open roundtables where various people accountants businessmen etc could speak out and make their contribution They answered that they had no time and money V K As for what kind of taxes there should be in Ukraine do you support the position of Jaresko or of Yuzhanina Jaresko has no position at all She does not know about the tax system and its problems When asked about her position six months before the budget debate she referred the questioner to her deputy who was in charge of this I spoke and explained to them that the whole structure of tax relations needs to be changed taxmen must not come into contact with taxpayers we need a contactless form of interaction which will make bribes unnecessary Taxmen have no right to impound and shut down businesses only because they suspect something Inspectors and their bosses should be called to account for the damage they do to businesses Taxpayers should enjoy the presumption of innocence and be free to look for ways to repay a tax while tax collectors must not punish seize property or pronounce somebody bankrupt Taxmen are supposed to help entrepreneurs work and ride out a crisis they should in fact become a service not a supervisory body Therefore the entire

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  • They come to get… acquainted | The Day newspaper
    and involves loans amounting to 12 348 billion SDR or about 17 billion US dollars originally envisaged disbursing four tranches to the Ukrainian government in 2015 and another four in 2016 each tranche following a quarterly review of the program But so far we have received only two tranches amounting to 5 billion and 1 7 billion US dollars respectively The program was effectively put on hold last fall The IMF s representatives have repeatedly stated that the Fund awaits clarity on the situation around Ukraine s Cabinet and coalition stability To complete the second review of the EFF program and get the third tranche disbursed Ukraine is asked to strengthen the fight against corruption and demonstrate willingness to continue reforms Will Ukraine fulfill these requirements anytime soon In answering this question Doctor of Economics Professor Oleksii Plotnykov told The Day Unfortunately I feel rather pessimistic about it We still do not know the contents of the new version of the memorandum which probably says that Ukraine has to commit to further tariff increases raising the retirement age and other very unpopular things And given the fact that we have a new Cabinet I assume that the new prime minister will seek to get favor with the Ukrainians by supposedly populist steps like lowering or at least stabilizing tariffs and abolition of the pension tax But this does not correlate with the demands of the IMF in the slightest So the arrival of the mission is most likely due to the Fund s desire to get acquainted with the new Cabinet and ministers and it is unlikely that the new Cabinet will meet IMF demands during the visit of the mission As to this I have very serious doubts By Vitalii KNIAZHANSKY The Day Rubric Economy Issue 27 2016 Твіт

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  • Hroisman government: countdown starts | The Day newspaper
    the Cabinet is expected to take now it is about public utility rates a thing that concerns ordinary people They should be not just revised but reduced I can t understand on what grounds it was planned to raise the household gas price to more than nine hryvnias per cubic meter with due account of the gas purchase cost price and what Ukraine itself can produce Likewise it s not clear about electricity prices Besides it is necessary to increase pensions the minimal subsistence level and minimal wages People are aware of this country being in a state of war and are prepared to endure hardships but the new government must show that it has begun to take care of them We mostly criticized the Yatseniuk government particularly the Ministry of Economic Development for failure to take steps aimed at this country s economic development and job creation in as many as 18 months The launching of a few new businesses was a result of local initiatives not of the Cabinet s efforts As for Donetsk oblast it was just terrible because this ministry was doing nothing but shutting down enterprises Volodymyr Hroisman has made a very pleasant impression on me Yes when he was the parliamentary speaker he not always managed to get the time limit observed But the brand new premier is able to take decisive steps In 18 months Hroisman corrected faults in the work of the Verkhovna Rada staff he dismissed the chief of staff Zaichuk and removed the Russian ATMs and company offices that occupied a part of parliament s premises without permission Now all of parliament s structural divisions are bringing in a profit HROISMAN SHOWED DURING THE GOVERNMENTAL TALKS THAT HE IS QUITE A SELF SUFFICIENT AND STRONG POLITICIAN Andrii TETERUK Member of Parliament People s Front I am pinning great hopes on the current government it is the last attempt to save this country from an artificial political crisis Politically we ve gone for broke for if this country ends up ungoverned in a time of war and a bitter public disappointment ex Regionnaires may be reelected to power This will in fact be a bloody revanche for we saw what their previous term in power led to Being aware of all the challenges we are facing we must hold the situation in check support the government and continue the reforms the Yatseniuk government launched It was said earlier that Hroisman is not a self sufficient politician and depends on Petro Poroshenko But he showed during the governmental talks that he is quite a self sufficient and strong politician who knows what he wants what goals he sets to himself and how he is going to achieve them So only time will show how successful he will be while People s Front will support and track him in order to ward off any attempts to tame him and impair this country s interests THE PRESIDENT WILL NOW BE RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYTHING IN

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