The happiest of pensioners, who collect up to 8,000 euros per month ●We will run out of slopes by the end of the century ● Russian deserters from Germany ●The Moskvich plant began delivering the first cars. Moskvich 3 costs at least 26,500 euros ●Romanian artists who died in 2022 ●Why are we not feeling economic growth? Milchev: Some have eroded purchasing power. For them, the economy is not growing ●How do airplane toilets work? Where does in-flight waste go? ●The “rail file” test or how foreigners who want to work in Romania are put on the road ●CJ Iași gives the money for sports to an unknown club, to which the vice president’s son is registered
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The happiest of pensioners, who collect up to 8,000 euros per month
The biggest “special” pensions in 2022 are those of some magistrates who retired before the law came into force stating that no allowance can be more than the salary in pay.
Some of the highest incomes of this type were obtained by prosecutors or judges who retired while serving as a member of the Superior Council of Magistracy (SCM).
The most recent case is that of military prosecutor Codruț Olaru. He did not wait another week to complete his six-year mandate in the CSM, but retired as of December 31.
Last year, Olaru declared a salary of 27,500 lei per month from the CSM. Although he had an apartment in Bucharest, he established his domicile in the town of Săucești, Bacău county.
Thus, the military prosecutor collected 157,000 lei per day and secondment to the CSM in each year of his mandate, even if he lives in the capital.
In order to collect a pension higher than his salary, Olaru left the system before the end of his mandate in the Council. Given that he has the rank of general, his monthly pension amounts to approximately 45,000 lei/month, writes Free Europe.
We will run out of slopes by the end of the century, climatologists warn
The number of days with low temperatures in Romania is already continuously decreasing since the beginning of the 2000s, while the number of days with high temperatures is increasing, notes Bogdan Antonescu, an expert in atmospheric physics and climatology, in his article published on the Infoclima platform . It analyzed data provided by Copernicus, the European Union’s Earth observation programme.
The IPCC estimates four possible scenarios in relation to the evolution of the concentration of carbon emissions, from the most optimistic to the most pessimistic: scenario 1: CO2 emissions decrease and reach 0 in 2100; scenario 2: emissions peak in 2040, then slowly decline; scenario 3: emissions peak in 2080 and then begin to decline; scenario 4, the most pessimistic: emissions continue to rise throughout the 21st century, writes Freedom
Russian deserters from Germany
Since the partial mobilization order was given in September, hundreds of thousands of Russians, men and women, have left their country. Some sought refuge in Germany. DW spoke to some of them.
Ilia lived in Yekaterinburg and was engaged in the car trade. Vladimir Putin’s speech got him to work. “I immediately packed my things and resigned. We were among the first to be mobilized. I have military training as a sniper, combat vehicle commander and grenade launcher gunner. From the moment of receiving the order, I should have reported to the military unit within 38 hours. It was clear to me what it would mean to stay in Russia. I wasn’t going to play with my fate.”
After receiving his degree in nuclear physics, Ilia decided to enlist in the Russian army. “I had imagined the army as something grand, powerful, even fun. What I discovered instead was immense chaos. There I also learned about politics in Russia”. In fact, all his military qualifications are only on paper. He wasn’t really trained for either weapon. On the front it would be completely ineffective, says Ilia, for DW
The Moskvich plant began delivering the first cars. Moskvich 3 costs at least 26,500 euros
The first Moskvich cars, a Soviet brand established more than ten years ago, have arrived at Moscow dealers, and Russian customers can order two versions of a crossover based on the technology provided by the Chinese at JAC.
The departure of most foreign manufacturers from Russia, and especially the French group Renault, which owned the main auto plants AvtoVAZ and Avtoframos, has put the Russian authorities in a position to look for solutions to provide customers with new cars. In this context, after renaming the Avtoframos plant near Moscow to JSC Moskvich in June 2022, Russian officials presented a plan by which production could be resumed thanks to the involvement of Russian truck maker Kamaz and China’s Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. (JAC), writes Economica.net
Romanian artists who died in 2022
The year 2022 was one in which we lost many of the famous actors of the 70-80s with whom a generation formed an important part of film and theater culture. Urban.ro makes a review of some of these artists, with a bow to the work of their masters and a thought of deep appreciation.
In March, baritone Nicolae Constantinescu passed away at the age of 84. Since 1990, Nicolae Constantinescu was an associate professor at the National University of Music in Bucharest. He was married to the music critic and TV producer, Luminita Constantinescu, who had died a year before in January, writes Urban.ro
Why are we not feeling economic growth? Milchev: Some have eroded purchasing power. For them, the economy is not growing
Although we are going through a difficult period, Romania’s economy grew this year beyond expectations. Even in this context, Romanians are increasingly burdened by rising prices. Alex Milcev, leader of the Fiscal and Legal Assistance department at EY Romania, explained in an interview with wall-street.ro why Romanians do not feel the economic growth but also how possible it is to go through a recession in 2023.
“The immediate reality, the higher rates, and especially the perception that everything has become more expensive has increased. All together prevent Romanians from seeing economic growth. It is true, wages increased by 12%, inflation by 15%, and the phenomenon of price growth looks less good compared to the news regarding the growth of the economy. It should be noted that they are different phenomena and for some the purchasing power can be eroded, so that, for them, the economy does not grow”, explains the EY representative for Wall-Street.ro
How do airplane toilets work? Where does in-flight waste actually go?
During a long-haul flight, airplane passengers flush the toilet up to 1,000 times. You’ve probably wondered what happens to the waste after the toilet is used, given that there are no facilities, writes Reader’s Digest.
The first airplane toilets were primitive, being a kind of more sophisticated bucket. Airlines used a deodorant gel that eliminated waste and bad odor. However, this method created problems because the planes had to store this product, thus wasting fuel and limiting passenger space. In addition, the storage tanks were located directly under the toilets, so the smell sometimes reached the cabin, write the Truth.
The “rail file” test or how foreigners who want to work in Romania are put on the road
The state authorities say that they have gradually simplified the procedures for hiring non-EU personnel, but the aspects related to combating illegal immigration must also be taken into account.
“Without disputing the need for labor, within the limits of the MFA’s attributions, the system of employment of foreigners in Romania must be made more efficient, including taking into account the need to increase security and reduce asymmetric risks, in parallel with the facilitation of the entire process” , mentioned the representatives of the Government, in the preface of the GD regarding the contingent of foreigners, from January.
Eugen Saulea, the manager of a group of companies specialized in marketing but also personnel leasing from Bucharest, told for Free Europe how the process of bringing dozens of workers from Sri Lanka lasted even more than nine months. “We were even laughing that during this time you were making a child, you were conceiving it, you were giving birth to it.”
He was going to bring workers for a retail chain to work during the summer on the seaside. Finally the people arrived in the country only at the end of August and they were good for work from September, when the season basically ended.
“I clapped hands in November, until December I stayed with the preparation of the orders; external partner, from Sri Lanka, on the recruitment area, we also had an internal partner on the immigration legislation side; we had a very strict calendar from the client and we completed the recruitment and selection procedure by the end of January”, writes Free Europe
CJ Iași gives the money for sports to an unknown club, to which the vice president’s son is registered
More than ten percent of the tiny budget put by the county officials on the local sports table in 2022 was allocated to ACS Prosperitatea, an obscure local fencing club, which does not even have its own website. At the Prosperitatea club, the son of the vice-president of the County Council, Marius Dangă, an official very involved in the county strategy for sports, is registered. The most famous sports groups in Iasi, such as CS Politehnica and CSM, did not receive a single leu from the CJ! What accusations did the opposition politicians bring against the distribution of money for sports at the CJ, writes Ziarul de Iasi