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The finalists of “Eurovision-2005” are already known

Posted by the Editor on May 20, 2005

News / 20 May 2005 | 18:00

The finalists of “Eurovision-2005” are already known

Semi-final of the international song contest "Eurovision-2005" was held on Thursday evening in Kiev Sport Palace. According to the voting results 10 out of 25 participators came through for the final of the contest, that will be held on May,21: the representatives of Hungary, Romania, Norway, Moldova, Israel, Dane, Macedonia, Croatia, Switzerland and Lithuania, MIGnews. reported.

The first ten places are in the following order: "NOX" (Hungary) with their song "Spin the world", "Luminita Anghel & Sistem" (Romania) with their song "Let me try", "Wig Wam" (Norway) with the song "…Come on", "Zdob si Zdub" (Moldova) with a song"Boonika bate toba", Jacob Swaystroop (Denmark) with a song "Talking to you", Martin Voochich (Macedonia) with a song "Make my day", Shiri Maimon (Israel) with a song "The Silence that Remains", "Vanilla Ninja" (Switzerland) with a song "Cool Vibes", Boris feat Lado members. (Croatia) with a song "Wolves de alone", "Walter & Kazha" (Lithuania) with a song "The war is not over".

Besides, according to the rules of the contest, there will be the representatives of the first ten countries, that got in the final in Eurovision-2004: Malta, Turkey, Albania, Cyprus, Serbia and Montenegro, Sweden, Ukraine, Greece, Russia, Bosnia and Herzogovina and also the representatives of the so-called "Big Four": Great Britain, France, Germany and Spain. In the jubilee 50th contest of Eurovision there are a record number of the participating countries- 39.


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Yushchenko agreed with Russian oil companies

Posted by the Editor on May 20, 2005

News / 20 May 2005 | 17:00

Yushchenko agreed with Russian oil companies

The Ukraine’s Head Viktor Yushchenko reached an agreement with the heads of the Russian oil companies who operate in Ukraine on the formation of petrol prices by market means without administrative intervention, reported.

According to the Head of Board of National joint stock company "Neftegaz Ukrainy" Alexey Ivchenko, the president got involved in the situation on the oil products’ market and objected the administrative pressure, Ukrainski Novyny inform.

He referred to the signed decree by the president "On the measures on stabilization of situation on the oil and oil products’ market", having said that by the very decree the president had set priorities and determined market conditions for operation in this field.

The president’s assistant, Alexander Tretiakov, announced the following prices on the domestic market: diesel fuel and petrol &#-83;76 – 2.85 UAH/litter, &#-83;92 – 3.00 UAH/litter, &#-83;95 – 3.2 UAH/litter. According to his foresight, such prices will vary in either direction with the 2-3% dynamics.

In turn, the Vice-president of "Lukoil" company, Nikolaj Chernyi, stated that the petrol price might fall after the peak over the sowing campaign.

Besides, Mr. Tretiakov denied that the increase of oil products’ prices might have resulted from the collusion between companies that operate on the Ukrainian market. He explained that these companies make business and work for self enrichment.

However, Ivchenko said that there was not any political background within the oil crisis. "What has happened on the oil market was absolutely groundlessly transferred to the political level," he said.

The "Neftegaz" head also described the occurring situation as a result of the mistakes made by both parties, in particular, erroneous calculations by the Cabinet of Ministers of limited prices on oil products, when the cost of &#-83;95 and &#-83;76 was virtually identical, which consequently led to the sharp increase in demand for &#-83;95, speculations, and finally, the deficit of &#-83;95.

On the Russian part, Ivchenko mentioned the stoppage of oil refineries due to repair works. "We have altogether played the wrong card," he said.

Besides, Ivchenko pointed out that the vertically integrated oil company will have been established by the harvesting campaign, which will operate on market and by means of interventions will be able to prevent sharp rise in prices. In his view, this company will hold 30-40% of the market.

At the meeting Mr. Yushchenko also enquired oil companies to increase the rates of oil refinery at the domestic plants in order to export oil products. "The president set the task to refine much more oil in Ukraine at the account of reconstruction, as well as at the account of reconstruction of oil refineries so as to sell oil on external markets," Mr. Ivchenko said. He pointed out that the Russian counterparts agreed upon such condition and expressed hope that after the meeting the domestic market would not face crises any more.


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Zinchenko departs to Donetsk region

Posted by the Editor on May 20, 2005

News / 20 May 2005 | 16:30

Zinchenko departs to Donetsk region

On May 24 the state secretary, Alexander Zinchenko, will visit Donetsk region. It was reported to ForUm’s correspondent by the State Secretariat press-cutting service.

In particular, the visit’s goals pointed by the president of Ukraine are following: to get to know the industrial potential of the region; to study the activity of the new regional authorities; to specify the trends of the state support and the social and economic development of Eastern Ukraine.

Zinchenko plans to visit "Nord" closed joint- stock company and Donetsk Metallurgical Works (DMZ).The first one is the greatest Ukrainian producer of home refrigeration engineering and the second one is the greatest producer of the ferrous metallurgy in Ukraine.

It is also planned to conduct a meeting with the chiefs of Donetsk region. The questions of social and economic development and the problems of the region will be on the agenda of the meeting.


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Lubkivsky knows how much officials’ wages are

Posted by the Editor on May 20, 2005

News / 20 May 2005 | 16:00

Lubkivsky knows how much officials’ wages are

The assistant secretary, Markian Lubkivsky, coming out in the briefing stated that the salary of the state secretary is equal to 765 UAH (153$), ForUm’s correspondent  reported.

His own salary is equal to 747 UAH (149.5$) per month, the deputy of Zinchenko – 727 UAH (145.4$). The chief of the Secretariat Service gets 643 UAH (128.6$), the chief consultant – 485 UAH (97$). The lowest salary is equal to 233 UAH (46.6$).

Besides, officials get lots of various raises and extra charges. That is why the real amount of the wages get by the officials differs markedly from their fixed salary, said Lubkivsky.  


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Yushchenko liquidated a newspaper

Posted by the Editor on May 20, 2005

News / 20 May 2005 | 15:30

Yushchenko liquidated a newspaper

The president of Ukraine, Viktor Yushchenko, charged the Department of State Affairs with liquidation of "Presidentsky Vestnik" ("Presidential Herald") and "Presidentsky Kontrol" ("Presidential Control") newspapers. The decree of the head of the state admitted the direction of 2003, which had approved the newspapers’ publication, to be stale.

The Department of State Affairs has to provide the dismissal law observance concerning the staff of these newspapers, "Glavred"” informed.

Additionally to this resolution, the president of Ukraine introduced changes into the other decrees and directions. In particular, he excluded "Prezidentsky Vestnik" from the list of editions publishing the legal texts.

He also excluded the above mentioned edition from the list of editions which published the works participating in the contest for the Shevchenko National Prize.

We remind that "Presidentsky Vestnik" was founded by the Department of State Affairs and was printed by the circulation equaled to 18,000 copies.


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A criminal action can be brought against Lucenko

Posted by the Editor on May 20, 2005

News / 20 May 2005 | 15:00

A criminal action can be brought against Lucenko

The parliament of Ukraine supported the request of the deputy Vladimir Nechiporuk concerning brining to account of the head of the minister of internal affairs, Yuri Lucenko. The request is addressed to the attorney general, Svyatoslav Piskun.

In particular, the request said about the necessity of institution of the criminal case against Lucenko. Lucenko is accused of the terror against the political opponents and the attempt to unduly protect the deputy Alexey Kozachenko from criminal prosecution.


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Kinakh departed to Jordan

Posted by the Editor on May 20, 2005

News / 20 May 2005 | 14:30

Kinakh departed to Jordan

The first vice-premier of Ukraine, Anatoly Kinakh, started his three-day visit to Jordan for taking part in International Economic Forum.

During the visit Kinakh plans to conduct meetings with the king Abdullah II of Jordan, the prime minister of Jordan, Adnan Badran, the minister of industry and commerce, Sharif Zubi, and the minister of foreign affairs of Iraq, Hoshyar Zebari, "UNIAN" informed.

On May 22, Anatoly Kinakh will come back to Kiev.     


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The customs will let petrol pass twenty-four hours a day and out of turn

Posted by the Editor on May 20, 2005

News / 20 May 2005 | 14:00

The customs will let petrol pass twenty-four hours a day and out of turn

The head of the State Customs of Ukraine, Vladimir Skomarovsky, charged the custom houses with the mission to legalize the light oil in the twenty-four hours regime and out of turn. This measure is to overcome the oil crisis.

The premises information and the information about legislation changes were immediately brought to the oil import providers’ notice in order to execute the commission of the Central Energy Customs.

By May 19, due to the legislation changes, 6760 t of high-octane petrol (A-92, A-95, A-98) were let pass the custom territory of Ukraine, "UNIAN" informed.

By the oil providers’ information, the total amount of oil imported to the customs territory of Ukraine is equal to 152,000 t in the next 10 days. The custom houses are ready to legalize it immediately, the State Customs of Ukraine reported.


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