united states – Tromso Sjakklubb http://tromsosjakklubb.com/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 06:18:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-16.png united states – Tromso Sjakklubb http://tromsosjakklubb.com/ 32 32 Why dental practice consolidation is accelerating https://tromsosjakklubb.com/why-dental-practice-consolidation-is-accelerating/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 06:08:32 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/why-dental-practice-consolidation-is-accelerating/ In the last 60 days of 2021, Invisible Dental Support Organizations (IDSOs) have monetized over $4 billion in value for their physician partners and investors. This was in addition to $1.4 billion in the first 30 days of 2021 for a single IDSO. In 2022, tens of billions of dollars will be returned to physicians […]]]>

In the last 60 days of 2021, Invisible Dental Support Organizations (IDSOs) have monetized over $4 billion in value for their physician partners and investors. This was in addition to $1.4 billion in the first 30 days of 2021 for a single IDSO. In 2022, tens of billions of dollars will be returned to physicians and investors as dozens more IDSOs and DSOs recapitalize or sell to larger investors. Some doctors and investors will earn returns of three to ten times or more on their equity in many of these transactions, some in less than three years.

Today, hundreds of IDSOs in all 50 states are eager to partner with dentists of every specialty. IDSOs buy 51% to 90% of a practice at record values ​​for cash up front. Physicians retain ownership and continue to run their practices as owners—along with the physician’s brand, team, and strategy—for years or even decades. An IDSO partnership is not a short-term transition strategy, but rather a wealth creation partnership.


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Physicians benefit from an IDSO partnership with the resources of a great silent partner to grow their practices better, faster, and more cost-effectively. Every IDSO is different and their support services vary widely. Most IDSOs will reduce physician administrative burdens and costs and provide superior marketing and recruitment, with some achieving higher reimbursement rates from payers. IDSOs act as silent partners and do not attempt to micromanage or homogenize the practices of their partners.

The majority of IDSOs only partner with general practitioners, but specialist IDSOs are growing exponentially. There are now a dozen IDSOs that partner only with oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS) practices and another 13 for orthodontics. Endo and perio also have multiple single-specialty IDSOs. Some of the fastest growing IDSOs are dental trifecta groups, which partner with pediatric, orthodontic, and OMFS practices that are in the same regions. Also expect to see several new implant-focused IDSOs.

The benefits are many

Physicians as young as 30 enter into IDSO partnerships. They may not want to work as employees for a branded DSO, but many are excited about the support of a partially owned firm. The potential to build generational wealth over time through their retained ownership with an IDSO partner can be very attractive.

Dental practice consolidation has been a lucrative and safe investment for over 30 years and is attracting new investors. Many IDSOs are backed by private equity (PE), family offices and small business investment firms, and some will go public in 2022. The world’s third-largest private equity firm, KKR, is owner of Heartland Dental, the largest DSO in the United States. , since 2018, and has helped Heartland add more than 400 firms in 2021. In August, Blackstone, the world’s largest private equity group with more than $650 billion in assets, entered a consolidation frenzy dentistry by acquiring Deca Dental. This has not gone unnoticed by the more than 3,000 other global investment firms. Luckily for doctors, the new capital is driving up practice values.

Most practices will receive interest of five and sometimes 10 or more qualified IDSOs through a well-advised bidding process. Multiple bidders not only create significantly higher practice values, but allow physicians to meet many potential partners. Physicians should understand all of their options and choose the IDSO that best fits their vision for practice and with the greatest potential for equity. There are more enthusiastic IDSO partners than outstanding practice partnership opportunities. Leading physicians are in a very powerful position to partner with many qualified IDSOs.

Whether or not you are considering an IDSO partner, you need to understand the value of your practice in today’s market. Physicians can confidentially learn about the potential value of their practice in an IDSO transaction, at no cost or obligation.


Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the March 2022 print edition of Dental economy magazine. Dentists in North America can take advantage of a free print subscription. Register here.

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Austin Frerick `12 Launches State Senate Campaign – The Scarlet and Black https://tromsosjakklubb.com/austin-frerick-12-launches-state-senate-campaign-the-scarlet-and-black/ Sun, 06 Mar 2022 21:12:03 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/austin-frerick-12-launches-state-senate-campaign-the-scarlet-and-black/ By Nina Bakerbakernin@grinnell.edu On October 16, in the atrium of the Humanities and Social Sciences Center (HSSC), Austin Frerick `12 and her husband became the first couple — but certainly not the last — to be married at the CSSS. “I am eternally grateful to Grinnell. A liberal arts education changed my life forever,” Frerick […]]]>

By Nina Baker
bakernin@grinnell.edu

On October 16, in the atrium of the Humanities and Social Sciences Center (HSSC), Austin Frerick `12 and her husband became the first couple — but certainly not the last — to be married at the CSSS.

“I am eternally grateful to Grinnell. A liberal arts education changed my life forever,” Frerick said of his choice of venue. Her husband, a Middlebury graduate, agreed with the sentiment. “We actually got engaged in Middlebury and married in Grinnell.”

An extraordinary location isn’t the only thing Frerick took away from his time at Grinnell. On January 27, four months after his marriage, Frerick announced his candidacy for Iowa State Senate District 37, a decision he attributes in part to the upbringing he received at Grinnell.

District 37, located northeast of Iowa City, is currently owned by Zach Wahls, a popular Liberal Democrat from Coralville. If Frerick stays in the race, Frerick will face Wahls in a competitive Democratic primary on June 7.

In 2018, Frerick ran an unsuccessful campaign to represent Iowa’s 3rd congressional district. He dropped out three months before the Democratic primary. Cindy Axne, who won this primary, currently represents the 3rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.

In his state Senate platform, Frerick advocates raising the minimum wage beyond Iowa’s $7.25 an hour, increasing funding for K-12 education, and to create universal childcare services. But Frerick mostly spoke about a different issue that closely affects him: the proliferation of industrial animal facilities (CAFOs) and the corporate consolidation of agriculture.

“During my life in Iowa, I saw the collapse of the family farm. You were driving and you saw cows and you saw pigs. You don’t see any more animals,” he said. “I think that’s one of the worst things that’s happened in modern Iowa history.”

Frerick’s interest in agricultural advocacy stems from his childhood on his grandfather’s farm. This interest only deepened at Grinnell.

In 2011, Frerick completed two Advanced Mentoring Projects (MAPs) on Iowa’s slaughterhouse towns and the effects of large meatpacking plants on rural school districts. Slaughterhouse towns are characterized by small rural populations where the largest employer is a slaughterhouse or factory livestock factory.

These cities are invading Iowa. In Columbus Junction, a slaughterhouse town described in Frerick’s MAP, more than 1,000 people are employed by a Tyson Foods meat processing plant. Columbus Junction has a total population of just 1,883.

While completing the MAPs, Frerick said he developed an ideological framework that was skeptical of corporate consolidation.

“I think collectively, rural Iowa is basically an extractive colony at this point. And we are the Stockholm syndrome. People fought for power and they lost.

Frerick graduated from Grinnell with a successful but non-linear career trajectory ahead of him. He received a full college scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for an MPA in tax and social policy, and later worked in the Congressional Research Service and the U.S. Department of the Treasury in the Office of Fiscal Analysis.

While working in Washington, Frerick began writing about farming and corporate farming for Voice, Forbes and Data for Progress. But Frerick rejects the label of journalist.

“I’m not a journalist,” he said. “I like to write because for me it allows me to really sharpen my thinking and my vision to understand how power accumulates.”

In 2018, Frerick left his post at the Treasury and became director of special projects at the Open Market Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening antitrust law.

During my life in Iowa, I saw the collapse of the family farm. You were driving and you saw cows and you saw pigs. You no longer see any animals. . . I think that’s one of the worst things that’s happened in modern Iowa history. –Austin Frerick `12

Frerick said he had always been critical of the consolidation of corporate power, but Frerick’s shift towards antitrust accelerated when he met Lina Khan, author of the famous article “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox.“One afternoon, while Frerick was still living in Washington DC, they got together to discuss coffee monopolization. Frerick would eventually become the deputy director of Yale’s Thurman Arnold Project, an initiative dedicated to antitrust research and advocacy.

Frerick said he decided to run in 2022 because he said he was angry and exhausted that a pervasive problem with a seemingly bipartisan solution had yet to be resolved.

“You have pretty much everyone and their mothers mad at meat consolidation, from ranchers to workers to Great Plains Republicans to urban Democrats. Yet nothing significant is really being done about it.

See Frerick’s full campaign platform here.

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“First move in the chess game between Eastern and Western capitalism” – Medya News https://tromsosjakklubb.com/first-move-in-the-chess-game-between-eastern-and-western-capitalism-medya-news/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 11:12:40 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/first-move-in-the-chess-game-between-eastern-and-western-capitalism-medya-news/ Selahattin Demirtaş*, the imprisoned former co-chairman of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), answered questions from some young journalists on a number of topics ranging from the invasion of Ukraine by the Russia to a recent statement by an opposition bloc on the “transition to a strengthened parliamentary system”. Below is Demirtaş’ response to […]]]>

Selahattin Demirtaş*, the imprisoned former co-chairman of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), answered questions from some young journalists on a number of topics ranging from the invasion of Ukraine by the Russia to a recent statement by an opposition bloc on the “transition to a strengthened parliamentary system”.

Below is Demirtaş’ response to a question from journalist Ahmet Ayva, who asked: “While a full-scale war has started between Russia and Ukraine, and is likely to have on Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the rest of the world, what is your assessment of the statements made by the [Turkish] political administration?

Above all, it is important, as a matter of principle, to oppose war and to cry as loud as possible for peace. It’s only ethical to oppose invasions while respecting the will of the people. Yet war, a painful and destructive part of human reality for thousands of years, continues to exist as a political instrument. War in the global capitalist-imperialist system is also one of the means of implementing brutal strategies to shape markets and deal with crises.

The “Western” world today perceives the capitalist system of China and Russia, which it calls “the East”, as a threat, and tries to limit its growth by various means. The “threat” was communism in the past, and now it is “authoritarianism.” It has been made clear for some time now that we will be transitioning during Biden’s presidency in the United States to a bipolar world, a world of “democrats” and “authoritarians.” An international conference on democracy was recently held in the United States, and it was strongly implied that the uninvited states were emphatically the authoritarians.

China, Russia and Turkey were among the non-invitees. The United States and the EU tend to act in coordination with “democratic” countries as they reshape NATO, transforming it into a more than military entity with the aim of restraining the growth of Eastern capitalism, in particular in the economic sphere. Russia and China have long been aware that they are targets and they are trying to find new breathing channels. Their economic activities have increased considerably globally and particularly in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The control that these two great military powers have over a significant portion of the world’s energy sources as well as human labor, and the level of their capitalist power beginning to win out over Western capitalism in economic terms, has begun to force the West to act in unison. and take steps to limit eastern expansion.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the first major blow to the very heart of Europe in this great game of chess, played on a global scale. This is the first step in a series of demonstrations of power that will lead to essential changes. Pain and suffering, on the other hand, fall in full force on the oppressed. We are meant to view this war game through the perspective of the oppressed and exploited. We should say that another world is possible as an alternative to capitalism and imperialism, and engage in efforts to make more visible the left perspective which is based on radical democracy, civil rights, labor rights , the rights of different social identities and beliefs, and women’s equality.

In an attempt to deal with the crisis it faces domestically and internationally, the AKP administration [Justice and Development Party] and MHP [Nationalist Movement Party] pursues a pragmatic and unprincipled policy aimed at profiting from the spoils of war.

We, on the contrary, should focus on getting through this process unscathed and should seek victory by defending peace, making the goal of democratic administration a real alternative, supporting workers’ resistance and uniting this resistance with the dynamic struggle for freedom of the Kurdish people.

* Former HDP co-chairs Selehattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ have been incarcerated since November 2016, when their parliamentary immunities were lifted and they were arrested. Demirtaş is kept in prison despite a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that he is imprisoned for political reasons and should be released immediately.

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Indonesian stock market could see further consolidation on Friday https://tromsosjakklubb.com/indonesian-stock-market-could-see-further-consolidation-on-friday/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 02:00:10 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/indonesian-stock-market-could-see-further-consolidation-on-friday/ (RTTNews) – Ahead of Thursday’s Hindu New Year holiday, the Indonesian stock market ended a two-day winning streak in which it had climbed over 100 points or 1.6%. Jakarta’s composite index is now just below the 6,870 plateau and it could take further damage on Friday. The global outlook for Asian markets is negative and […]]]>

(RTTNews) – Ahead of Thursday’s Hindu New Year holiday, the Indonesian stock market ended a two-day winning streak in which it had climbed over 100 points or 1.6%. Jakarta’s composite index is now just below the 6,870 plateau and it could take further damage on Friday.

The global outlook for Asian markets is negative and volatile, in response to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and resulting sanctions. European and American markets were down and Asian stock exchanges are expected to follow suit.

JCI ended slightly lower on Wednesday following losses in financial stocks and cement companies, while resource stocks were mixed.

For the day, the index fell 53.04 points or 0.77% to end at 6,868.40 after trading between 6,861.96 and 6,973.36.

Among assets, Bank Danamon Indonesia was down 1.24%, while Bank CIMB Niaga was down 0.94%, Bank Negara Indonesia was down 1.89%, Bank Central Asia was down 0.93%, Bank Mandiri fell 0.33%, Bank Rakyat Indonesia fell 1.51%, Indosat fell 2.26%. , Indocement plunged 3.09%, Semen Indonesia fell 5.28%, Indofood Suskes added 0.40%, United Tractors jumped 2.72%, Astra International fell 3.07%, Energi Mega Persada rebounded 2.89%, Bakrie Sumatera Plantations gained 0.85%, Astra Agro Lestari climbed 4.46%. , Aneka Tambang climbed 1.33%, Bumi Resources jumped 1.96% and Vale Indonesia and Timah were unchanged.

Wall Street’s lead is weak as major averages opened higher on Thursday and bounced off the unchanged line before late selling pressure saw them end firmly in the red.

The Dow Jones lost 96.69 points or 0.29% to end at 33,794.66, while the NASDAQ fell 214.08 points or 1.56% to end at 13,537.94 and the S&P 500 fell 23.05 points or 0.53% to close at 4,363.49.

The day’s volatility came as traders monitored developments in Ukraine as Russian forces continued to intensify their attacks, forcing thousands of Ukrainians to flee the country.

Traders fear that the sanctions imposed on Russia, and the resulting spike in oil prices, could derail the economic recovery even as the Federal Reserve prepares to start raising interest rates.

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell appeared before the Senate Banking Committee and reiterated that the central bank would likely raise rates by at least 25 basis points at its meeting later this month.

In economic news, the Labor Department noted a slight decrease in first jobless claims in the United States last week. Additionally, the Institute for Supply Management reported a continued slowdown in the pace of growth in U.S. service sector activity in February.

U.S. crude oil prices fell on Thursday, pulling back from multi-year highs on speculation over a possible nuclear deal with Iran. West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures for April ended down 2.6% at $107.67 a barrel.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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Comment: Chess player Vucic ponders his next moves – Exit https://tromsosjakklubb.com/comment-chess-player-vucic-ponders-his-next-moves-exit/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 14:11:47 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/comment-chess-player-vucic-ponders-his-next-moves-exit/ Serbian President Alexandar Vucic is said to be good at chess. In politics, too, he is doing well: although he is accused of authoritarianism, monopolizes the media and changes his opinion frequently, his power seems unshakeable, writes Svetla Miteva. Serbia will hold 3-in-1 elections on April 3 – presidential, parliamentary and local elections in the […]]]>

Serbian President Alexandar Vucic is said to be good at chess. In politics, too, he is doing well: although he is accused of authoritarianism, monopolizes the media and changes his opinion frequently, his power seems unshakeable, writes Svetla Miteva.

Serbia will hold 3-in-1 elections on April 3 – presidential, parliamentary and local elections in the capital of Belgrade. Opinion polls suggest that Vucic’s ruling Serbian Progressive Party will win more than 50% of the vote.

Vucic said his bid for a second presidential term was likely in a recent interview but “still under consideration.”

Of course, no one doubts his candidacy. It should be supported by the Socialist Party of Ivica Dacic, the Socialist Movement of Alexander Vulin, the United Party of Pensioners, the Union of Hungarians of Vojvodina and the United Serbia of Dragan Markovic Palma.

Although Vucic has been accused of authoritarianism, media monopolization and frequent changes of opinion, his power seems unwavering.

The first days: hostility to EU

Vucic’s political career began in the ranks of ultranationalists Vojislav Seselj, which the 23-year-old joined shortly after graduating from law school in Belgrade University. Only a year later, in 1994, he became secretary general of the Serbian Radical Party, which campaigns against Serbia’s rapprochement with the EU and in favor of close cooperation with Russia.

At the time, Vucic could be seen at the forefront of rallies fueling nationalist passions in Bosnia and Croatia.

He became a critic of some of Vojislav Šešelj’s books. Later, the court in The Hague tried the politician for war crimes against non-Serbs in Croatia, Vojvodina and Bosnia and Herzegovina. One of the books reviewed by Vucic concerns Tony Blair and the former British Prime Minister’s role in the bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999.

“Tony Blair has done much against the freedom of mankind against all nations of the world,” wrote book reviewer Vucic. This did not prevent him from appointing the same Blair as a consultant to the Serbian government nine years later.

Vucic is also known to have been Minister of Information in the government of Milosevic between 1998 and 2000. During this period, a law on the media was passed (1998), which closed down several newspapers and television stations in pro-Western orientation. This provoked massive protests from journalists and the opposition.

At the time, Vucic was on a list of Serbian officials banned from entering the EU and the United States.

New start

In September 2008, amid a split within the Serbian Radical Party, Vucic resigned as party chairman. Only a month later, he co-founded the Serbian Progressive Party, of which he was elected vice-president. Four years later, he became its leader. The new party describes itself as centre-right and conservative.

In July 2012, a coalition government was formed, led by the leader of the Socialist Party of Serbia, Ivica Dacic. Alexander Vucic became deputy prime minister in charge of defence, security, anti-corruption and crime.

In March 2014, the Serbian Progressive Party, led by Vucic, won a landslide victory in the parliamentary elections and Vucic was elected Prime Minister. Two years later, his coalition won the parliamentary majority and, on April 2, 2017, Vucic was elected president with 55% of the vote.

Vucic as President

Vucic says he has a vision of Serbia as a modern, economically renewed, well-functioning European state, a regional leader in the fields of economy, politics, infrastructure and energy. People learned that their president plays chess, is a basketball and football fan, speaks good English and Russian.

Vucic’s dizzying rise shows that he came to power surprisingly quickly, although he often changed many of his 180-degree views.

“In Serbia they say only donkeys don’t change their minds,” Vucic said in response to criticism that he was a defector. Political analyst Jadranka Jelinic said all of this is possible because the West is turning a blind eye to the skeletons in Vucic’s closet.

The Serbian president presents himself as a guarantor of stability, but analysts believe that the nationalist and authoritarian nature of the Serbian regime poses a threat to Serbia and the region. Vucic’s claims to be a pragmatic European conservative may have been persuasive in his early years in office, but they are increasingly ringing hollow, according to Austrian political analyst Florian Bieber.

Vucic is positioning himself as a regional leader through his Open Balkans initiative, also known as Mini Schengen, which would give Serbia economic advantages and bring the rest of the region closer together. Similar to this idea is the “Serbian world”, a term meaning the Serbian sphere of influence based on nationality.

Serbia exercises its influence through the Serbian parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Kosovo. Although he does not entirely control them, it allows him to influence the internal policies of his neighbors and to block important decisions.

The Serbian world

Ivo Goldstein, a prominent Croatian historian, criticized the nationalist policy of President Vucic and his Interior Minister, Aleksandar Vulin, who spoke for the first time of the “Serbian world” last July.

According to Goldstein, the concept of the “Serbian world” promoted by Belgrade is a dangerous challenge for Bosnia, Montenegro and Kosovo. The idea of ​​the “Serbian world” is borrowed from the Russian concept (Novorossiya), which legitimizes Russian influence in the post-Soviet space.

The concept of the “Serbian world” aims at the domination of Serbia in the post-Yugoslavian space, explains Bieber.

According to observers, Vucic’s political career distances Serbia from the West and the EU. In particular, Vucic and his government-controlled media draw a line against the West.

“For seven or eight years, we were told, you cannot be friends with Russia, EU, China and the United States at the same time, it is not possible to sit on two chairs at the same time. But we are sitting on one chair – the Serbian chair,” Vucic told supporters on February 20.

He emphasizes that Serbia will never join NATO and has done nothing to the detriment of Russia or Russia to the detriment of Serbia. However, Vucic has a problem with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as he remains silent on support for sanctions.

In December 2019, Vucic said his country valued Vladimir Putin more than any former Russian leader. According to him, if Putin was in charge in 1999, “nobody would have bombed us”. At that time Yeltsin was still President of Russia.

Vucic also has excellent relations with Beijing, where he attended the opening of the Winter Olympics. During his visit, a multitude of trade agreements with China were signed. Many Chinese companies operate in Serbia, and trade between Serbia and Beijing amounts to $5.3 billion and is expected to reach $8 billion.

Vucic, a junior chess champion in Belgrade in the late 1980s, cleverly takes advantage of the fact that the EU has other problems. In the meantime, he pursues a nationalist policy which is not fundamentally different from that of his predecessor, Milosevic. Just more moderate.

Svetla Miteva is a Bulgarian journalist specializing in the Western Balkans, working for over 30 years with the Bulgarian telegraph agency BTA. She contributed this text to EURACTIV Bulgaria.

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Chess player Vucic ponders his next moves – EURACTIV.com https://tromsosjakklubb.com/chess-player-vucic-ponders-his-next-moves-euractiv-com/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 15:22:32 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/chess-player-vucic-ponders-his-next-moves-euractiv-com/ Serbian President Alexandar Vucic is said to be good at chess. In politics, too, he is doing well: although he is accused of authoritarianism, monopolizes the media and changes his opinion frequently, his power seems unshakable, writes Svetla Miteva. Svetla Miteva is a Bulgarian journalist specializing in the Western Balkans, working for over 30 years […]]]>

Serbian President Alexandar Vucic is said to be good at chess. In politics, too, he is doing well: although he is accused of authoritarianism, monopolizes the media and changes his opinion frequently, his power seems unshakable, writes Svetla Miteva.

Svetla Miteva is a Bulgarian journalist specializing in the Western Balkans, working for over 30 years with the Bulgarian telegraph agency BTA. She contributed this text to EURACTIV Bulgaria.

Serbia will hold 3-in-1 elections on April 3 – presidential, parliamentary and local elections in the capital of Belgrade. Opinion polls suggest that Vucic’s ruling Serbian Progressive Party will win more than 50% of the vote.

Vucic said his bid for a second presidential term was likely in a recent interview but “still under consideration.”

Of course, no one doubts his candidacy. He should be supported by the Socialist Party of Ivica Dacic, the Socialist Movement of Alexander Vulin, the United Pensioners’ Party, the Union of Hungarians of Vojvodina and the United Serbia of Dragan Markovic Palma.

Although Vucic has been accused of authoritarianism, media monopolization and frequent changes of opinion, his power seems unwavering.

The first days: hostility to EU

Vucic’s political career began in the ranks of ultranationalists Vojislav Seselj, which the 23-year-old joined shortly after graduating from law school in Belgrade University. Only a year later, in 1994, he became secretary general of the Serbian Radical Party, which militates against Serbia’s rapprochement with the EU and in favor of close cooperation with Russia.

At the time, Vucic could be seen at the forefront of rallies fueling nationalist passions in Bosnia and Croatia.

He became a critic of some of Vojislav Šešelj’s books. Later, the court in The Hague tried the politician for war crimes against non-Serbs in Croatia, Vojvodina and Bosnia and Herzegovina. One of the books reviewed by Vucic concerns Tony Blair and the former British Prime Minister’s role in the bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999.

“Tony Blair has done much against the freedom of mankind against all nations of the world,” wrote book reviewer Vucic. This did not prevent him from appointing the same Blair as a consultant to the Serbian government nine years later.

Vucic is also known to have been Minister of Information in the government of Milosevic between 1998 and 2000. During this period, a law on the media was passed (1998), which closed down several newspapers and television stations in pro-Western orientation. This provoked massive protests from journalists and the opposition.

At the time, Vucic was on a list of Serbian officials banned from entering the EU and the United States.

New start

In September 2008, amid a split within the Serbian Radical Party, Vucic resigned as party chairman. Only a month later, he co-founded the Serbian Progressive Party, of which he was elected vice-president. Four years later, he became its leader. The new party describes itself as centre-right and conservative.

In July 2012, a coalition government was formed, led by the leader of the Socialist Party of Serbia, Ivica Dacic. Alexander Vucic became deputy prime minister in charge of defence, security, anti-corruption and crime.

In March 2014, the Serbian Progressive Party, led by Vucic, won a landslide victory in the parliamentary elections and Vucic was elected Prime Minister. Two years later, his coalition won the parliamentary majority and, on April 2, 2017, Vucic was elected president with 55% of the vote.

Vucic as President

Vucic says he has a vision of Serbia as a modern, economically renewed, well-functioning European state, a regional leader in the fields of economy, politics, infrastructure and energy. People learned that their president plays chess, is a basketball and football fan, speaks good English and Russian.

Vucic’s dizzying rise shows that he came to power surprisingly quickly, although he often changed many of his 180-degree views.

“In Serbia they say only donkeys don’t change their minds,” Vucic said in response to criticism that he was a defector. Political analyst Jadranka Jelinic said all of this is possible because the West is turning a blind eye to the skeletons in Vucic’s closet.

The Serbian president presents himself as a guarantor of stability, but analysts believe that the nationalist and authoritarian nature of the Serbian regime poses a threat to Serbia and the region. Vucic’s claims to be a pragmatic European conservative may have been persuasive in his early years in office, but they are increasingly ringing hollow, according to Austrian political analyst Florian Bieber.

Vucic is positioning himself as a regional leader through his Open Balkans initiative, also known as Mini Schengen, which would give Serbia economic advantages and bring the rest of the region closer together. Similar to this idea is the “Serbian world”, a term meaning the Serbian sphere of influence based on nationality.

Serbia exercises its influence through the Serbian parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Kosovo. Although he does not entirely control them, it allows him to influence the internal policies of his neighbors and to block important decisions.

The Serbian world

Ivo Goldstein, a prominent Croatian historian, has criticized the nationalist policies of President Vucic and his Interior Minister, Aleksandar Vulin, who spoke for the first time of the “Serbian world” last July.

According to Goldstein, the concept of the “Serbian world” promoted by Belgrade is a dangerous challenge for Bosnia, Montenegro and Kosovo. The idea of ​​the “Serbian world” is borrowed from the Russian concept (Novorossiya), which legitimizes Russian influence in the post-Soviet space.

The concept of the “Serbian world” aims at the domination of Serbia in the post-Yugoslavian space, explains Bieber.

According to observers, Vucic’s political career distances Serbia from the West and the EU. In particular, Vucic and his government-controlled media draw a line against the West.

“For seven or eight years, we were told, you cannot be friends with Russia, the EU, China and the United States at the same time, it is not possible to sit on two chairs at the same time. But we are sitting on one chair – the Serbian chair,” Vucic told supporters on February 20.

He emphasizes that Serbia will never join NATO and has done nothing to the detriment of Russia or Russia to the detriment of Serbia. However, Vucic has a problem with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as he remains silent on support for sanctions.

In December 2019, Vucic said his country valued Vladimir Putin more than any former Russian leader. According to him, if Putin was in charge in 1999, “nobody would have bombed us”. At that time Yeltsin was still President of Russia.

Vucic also has excellent relations with Beijing, where he attended the opening of the Winter Olympics. During his visit, a multitude of trade agreements with China were signed. Many Chinese companies operate in Serbia, and trade between Serbia and Beijing amounts to $5.3 billion and is expected to reach $8 billion.

Vucic, a junior chess champion in Belgrade in the late 1980s, cleverly takes advantage of the fact that the EU has other problems. In the meantime, he pursues a nationalist policy which is not fundamentally different from that of his predecessor, Milosevic. Just more moderate.

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Arthur Feuerstein, chess player with a comeback game, dies at 86 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/arthur-feuerstein-chess-player-with-a-comeback-game-dies-at-86/ Tue, 22 Feb 2022 19:22:43 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/arthur-feuerstein-chess-player-with-a-comeback-game-dies-at-86/ Arthur William Feuerstein was born on December 20, 1935 in the Bronx. He was the third child of Benjamin and Sidonie (Abraham) Feuerstein, who immigrated from Hungary in 1919 and owned and ran a small grocery store. It was out of a desire to be closer to his brother, Harry, who was 16 years older, […]]]>

Arthur William Feuerstein was born on December 20, 1935 in the Bronx. He was the third child of Benjamin and Sidonie (Abraham) Feuerstein, who immigrated from Hungary in 1919 and owned and ran a small grocery store.

It was out of a desire to be closer to his brother, Harry, who was 16 years older, that Mr. Feuerstein learned chess at the age of 14; he had seen his brother playing with friends.

He became enthralled with the game. He soon organized a chess club at William Howard Taft High School in the Bronx and began challenging other schools to matches. After graduating in 1953, he went to Baruch College in Manhattan, where he earned a business degree. All this time he participated in local tournaments.

It was a golden age for the game in the United States, particularly in New York, which fostered a generation of future stars. Among them were William Lombardy, who won the World Junior Championship in 1957 with the only perfect score in tournament history; the Byrne brothers, one of whom, Robert, later became a World Championship contender and The New York Times chess columnist; and Bobby Fischer, the most prodigious talent of all.

Mr. Feuerstein might have been lost or overwhelmed in such company, but he held on.

At the 1956 United States Junior Championship, he took third place, behind Mr. Fischer. He then edged out Mr. Fischer for the United States Junior Blitz Championship, in which each player was given five minutes for the entire match.

The third Rosenwald tournament, played in October 1956 at the Manhattan Chess Club, is generally remembered because of Mr. Fischer’s remarkable victory over Donald Byrne, Robert’s younger brother. But Mr Fischer finished tied for eighth, while Mr Feuerstein was third – just behind Arthur Bisguier, another New York prodigy, who had won the United States Championship two years earlier.

Then, in the 1957-58 championship, Mr. Feuerstein finished tied for sixth with Arnold Denker, a former champion, and Edmar Mednis, a future grandmaster. Mr. Fischer, then just 14, won the championship, beating Mr. Feuerstein in the process for the first and only time. During his career, Mr. Feuerstein had a record of one win, one loss and three draws with Mr. Fischer.

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2022 Burlington Carl Dunn Memorial Chess Tournament https://tromsosjakklubb.com/2022-burlington-carl-dunn-memorial-chess-tournament/ Mon, 14 Feb 2022 16:41:24 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/2022-burlington-carl-dunn-memorial-chess-tournament/ The February chill was no match for the spirited competition at the seventh annual Carl Dunn Memorial Chess Tournament Saturday and Sunday in Burlington. It was a quiet setting in The Loft on Jefferson, where 30 players competed in open and reserve chess contests. Competitors were mostly new to Burlington, having traveled from six area […]]]>

The February chill was no match for the spirited competition at the seventh annual Carl Dunn Memorial Chess Tournament Saturday and Sunday in Burlington.

It was a quiet setting in The Loft on Jefferson, where 30 players competed in open and reserve chess contests.

Competitors were mostly new to Burlington, having traveled from six area states to compete in the Iowa Chess Association international sanctioned event.

“It’s exciting to have all these players come out to celebrate chess,” said tournament director Eric Vigil of Iowa City.

Players traveled from Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri and were rested and ready for departure at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

“It was a quiet weekend in February,” said Chris Nagyi of Waseca, Minnesota, explaining why he braved the windy road to Burlington for the tournament. “My goal is not to kiss. I haven’t played a ranked game in years, and this tournament fit my schedule.

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Chess: Carlsen drops hard-earned ranking points in single club game in Oslo | Magnus Carlsen https://tromsosjakklubb.com/chess-carlsen-drops-hard-earned-ranking-points-in-single-club-game-in-oslo-magnus-carlsen/ Fri, 11 Feb 2022 20:14:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/chess-carlsen-drops-hard-earned-ranking-points-in-single-club-game-in-oslo-magnus-carlsen/ Magnus Carlsen’s vintage performance in Wijk aan Zee earned the world champion three ranking points in his quest for a world record 2900. A week later, the 31-year-old Norwegian returned them all with interest a Saturday night in Oslo at Tallaksen Ostmoe, ranked 399 points below No. 1. The very first meeting 22 years earlier […]]]>

Magnus Carlsen’s vintage performance in Wijk aan Zee earned the world champion three ranking points in his quest for a world record 2900. A week later, the 31-year-old Norwegian returned them all with interest a Saturday night in Oslo at Tallaksen Ostmoe, ranked 399 points below No. 1.

The very first meeting 22 years earlier between then-nine-year-old Carlsen, rated under 1,000, and 15-year-old Ostmoe, rated over 2,200, had also been a draw and an upset rating, but c was the reverse. tower.

Carlsen vs. Ostmoe

In Saturday night’s game, Carlsen, White in a Caro-Kann 1 e4 c6, caused an early queen trade, took a slight lead…and then missed a winning move. Can you do better?

Carlsen’s progress towards 2900 has been handicapped by his lack of opponents over 2800, meaning his rating gain after a win is small while a draw is guaranteed to drop him rating points. There has also likely been some deflation at the highest level of the ratings system since 2014, when Fide’s March ratings list showed 50 players rated 2700 and above, contrasting with just 38 players out of 2700 in the current live rankings.

It would be bizarre for the world champion to drop his 2900 target so soon after announcing it as a preferred alternative to meeting anyone of his own generation in a title match, and it looks like he will turn to the Grand Chess organized by St Louis. Filmed this spring for his next major tournament, before returning home to Stavanger in June. He will also start next Saturday, February 19, in the Airthings Masters, the first event of the year in the online Meltwater Champions Tour which Carlsen won in 2021.

Yuri Averbakh became the first-ever centenarian grandmaster on Tuesday, when the 1954 USSR champion and famous endgame writer celebrated his 100th birthday. Last week’s column marked the veteran’s achievement with an elegant Averbakh puzzle whose brief answer is worth solving if you missed it.

Averbakh has written a dozen books, but the one that stands out for aspiring players is Chess Endings: Essential Knowledge, around 120 pages and still available free online for around £10.

The American grandmasters dominated their Russian rivals in the first leg (of three) group stage of the Fide Grand Prix, which qualifies its first two for the eight-man contenders in Madrid in June. Hikaru Nakamura and Levon Aronian advance to this weekend’s semi-finals, while Wesley So and Leinier Dominguez face off in a quick tie-break on Friday (2pm start). On the other hand, Alexander Grischuk, Andrey Esipenko, Vladimir Fedoseev and Daniil Dubov were all eliminated.

In Friday’s tie-breaks (best of two quick matches), Richard Rapport (Hungary) beat Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Poland) and Dominguez (USA) beat So (USA), both by 1.5 -0.5. The pairings for the Saturday and Sunday semi-finals (2 p.m. start) are Nakamura vs Rapport and Aronian vs Dominguez.

Aronian has been the standout player so far. The former Armenian not only won his group in impressive fashion with one lap to spare, but he is now neck and neck with Fabiano Caruana in the standings in a race to establish himself as the US No.

Nakamura sparked controversy when Fide President Arkady Dvorkovich picked him as his personal joker amid expectations that he would prefer 19-year-old Esipenko. called a “statement gamein response to criticism of its inclusion. White 24 b4-b5! leads to well-calculated tactics.

Nakamura’s strong showing in Berlin baffled those who called him just an online streamer who didn’t deserve his Grand Prix wildcard. The five-time United States champion believes online play is still the same game as off-board chess.

He said: “It’s good to win games and prove to people that there really is no difference. See who won most of these online tournaments. It was this guy called Magnus, and he seems to be pretty good at overboard chess too!”

Thursday’s return match between Esipenko and Nakamura was in the last round of the group stage. The Russian needed a victory with the white pieces, the American a draw to take the lead of the group. Too much tension? The game turned out to be chaotic and riddled with errors as both GMs made many mistakes until Nakamura managed to reach a drawn queen ending.

Chinese world No. 3 Ding Liten, who was considered out of the current round of world championships after his trip to Berlin was cut short by visa difficulties, may yet have another opportunity.

If Ding reaches the semi-finals or better at the second Grand Prix stop in Belgrade, then he would be eligible to fill a vacancy should he perform at the third and final stop in Berlin. A possible scenario would be if the second Chinese player, Yu Yangyi, hurts Belgrade and then gives up.

The rules seem to say that in the event of a withdrawal, Dvorkovich decides who will be the replacement. The politically savvy Dvorkovich will be well aware of the importance of maintaining friendly relations between Fide and China, and that under certain circumstances Ding might have a chance of having a direct match with Carlsen should the world champion refuse to meet the candidate nominated by Fide.

3802: 1 Bg2! Ke3 (Rxg2? 2 h4 wins) 2 h4 Rxf4 3 Bf3! Ke5 4 h5 Ke6 5 Bd5+! (stops Kf7) Ke7 6 h6 Kf8 7 Kd2! and win. The BK is kept away from g7/h8, while the WK eats the black pawns after which the BK is in zugzwang and has to move away from f8, allowing the h6 pawn to queen. Carlsen vs. Ostmoe: 1 Bb6! win. If 1…Bxb6 2 Ra8+ and 3 Rxh8. If 1…Bb8 2 Rxg7. If 1…Bd8 2 Bxd8 Rxd8 3 Rxg7, all with a hopeless ending for Black. Instead 1 Ra8+? Bb8 2 Ba7 Kb7 leads to an even pawn end.

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Chess game in Ukraine – Then24 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/chess-game-in-ukraine-then24/ Mon, 07 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/chess-game-in-ukraine-then24/ sharp bobby fischerthe only North American to have been world chess champion, precisely beating a Soviet champion (later nationalized French) Boris Spassky, that “chess is life”. Today, a game of chess is being played in Ukraine between Russians and Americans, with a few guests, including the Ukrainians themselves. The American abandonment of Afghanistan was interpreted […]]]>

sharp bobby fischerthe only North American to have been world chess champion, precisely beating a Soviet champion (later nationalized French) Boris Spassky, that “chess is life”. Today, a game of chess is being played in Ukraine between Russians and Americans, with a few guests, including the Ukrainians themselves.

The American abandonment of Afghanistan was interpreted by many as a failure. This is also my opinion. But that Biden abandoned the Afghan regime doesn’t mean it had to be his policy anyway. In Afghanistan, the United States came to two conclusions. First, that it was not at all clear what he had lost there, and second, that the Afghan regime he had established was unwilling to defend itself, let alone put an end to the Taliban. Therefore, Biden, who had also lost a son in this war, gave the order to withdraw American troops. As we all know, the Afghan regime collapsed before the Western withdrawal was complete.

At the time, some analysts thought that this sign of weakness would jeopardize other countries in which the United States guaranteed, in one way or another, their defense, as in the cases of South Korea, Taiwan or Israel. But, in these cases, it seems clear that the United States is very clear about what it has lost, and moreover, in the event of a conflict, these countries are ready to defend themselves.

That Biden abandoned the Afghan regime doesn’t mean it had to be his policy anyway

To consider the withdrawal from Afghanistan as a sign of the immediate decline of the United States is probably a mistake. And the first place where this can be demonstrated is in Ukraine. Russia has concentrated more than 120,000 men on the border. But, so far, the only thing it has achieved is that neighboring non-NATO countries such as Finland and Sweden consider joining, because now their public opinion supports it. . What else, in Ukraine, all pro-Russian sentiment has disappeared. At the same time, the supply of weapons has increased and more and more civilians are armed.

Unlike the annexation of Crimea, it seems that the Western reaction this time will be more forceful. The problem for Russia is that an invasion can cost a lot of human lives, in addition to facing harsh economic retaliation. It is true that Europe, and especially Germany, would be hard hit if Russia stopped supplying gas. However, this does not affect the The United States, which will probably become the world’s largest gas exporter this yearaccording to forecasts by the International Energy Agency.

If the Ukrainians are prepared to defend themselves, then a tough stance on Ukraine costs the United States little. On the other hand, for Europe, the more than foreseeable cut in gas supply would mean an aggravation of the energy crisis. But still, Europe does not take the decisions within NATO, and nor can he allow a sovereign country in Europe to be invaded and make no decision.

It does not appear that Putin has anything to gain from an armed invasion of Ukraine. What is happening is that it seemed the opposite, that with the mere threat, Russia could take a new piece. The background was that in Crimea, the population did not oppose the Russians and the Western reaction was lukewarm. On the other hand, Europe, especially Germany, needs more expensive gas than ever. And the Afghan precedent highlighted the weakness.

The problem is that, although there are cultural and historical affinities, the population of the rest of Ukraine is not that of the Donbass, nor that of the Crimean peninsula. And that Biden can’t afford another humiliation for domestic political reasons, but mainly because of the rivalry with China. Of course, the European piece is the most misplaced in this game of chess.

We Europeans should invest more in the Common Foreign and Security Policy in Europe

Two lessons to be drawn from this game of chess are that we Europeans should invest more in the common foreign and security policy in Europe. The second lesson is that energy policy is of enormous geostrategic importanceand this must be taken into account.

For example, the German decision to closing its nuclear power plants early has not only been very expensive for its electricity consumers, but has also weakened its geostrategic position. On the other hand, the fact that Spain has regasification plants and a gas pipeline with Morocco will allow Spain to supply the natural gas that Moroccans buy on the international market. This freed Morocco from a very serious supply problem and Spain from enormous instability. A political decision made possible because the energy infrastructure existed.

In this game of chess time is running out, fortunately, against the war. On the one hand, gas consumption is significantly reduced at the end of winter. On the other hand, in the spring, large-scale military operations are much more complicated in muddy terrain. Let’s hope all sides act rationally and don’t miscalculate, let alone believe that full-scale war solves problems, let alone brings security.

*** Francisco de la Torre Díaz is an economist and tax inspector.

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