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« Reply #8175 on: Mar 17th, 2013, 11:17am »

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World’s Most Bizarre iPhone Accessories, From Creepy Cases to the iPotty

By Christina Bonnington
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Feeling lonely? Need a helping hand? This iPhone case from — where else? — Japan is here to give you a hand. Literally.

This Hand iPhone Case features an adult- or child-sized hand affixed to the back of a black iPhone case. It’s one of the weirdest iAccessories we’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, it appears to be out of stock, so if you think a case like this would be handy, you’ll have to scrounge around the interwebs for one.


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« Reply #8176 on: Mar 17th, 2013, 11:20am »

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For sale: Buzz Aldrin's 1969 guide to landing on the moon

Buzz Aldrin, the Apollo 11 astronaut, is to sell the instruction sheets used during the first Moon landing.

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11:37AM GMT 17 Mar 2013

The notes were part of Aldrin's own manual used while Armstrong piloted the Lunar Module Eagle towards the Moon in 1969.

Also included in the sale is a second-by-second account by Aldrin of the fraught final minutes as the Module approached the surface of the moon.

It reveals that the first words spoken on the surface were "Contact Light", spoken by Aldrin to confirm touch down.

The primary guidance and navigation papers also have computer procedures on how to perform the lunar lift-off to enable the pair to leave the Moon.

The papers would also have shown the astronauts how to lift off from the Moon if an emergency arose.

Aldrin is selling the sheets after a change in the law last year paved the way for Apollo astronauts to retain legal ownership of items they kept from their missions. It is thought they will raise around £60,000.

A letter by Aldrin which accompanies the sheets tells just how dramatic the famous Moon landing was.

In the letter Aldrin describes the moment an alarm sounded when the astronauts were close to landing on the moon.

The craft's computer was loaded with so many tasks the alarm kept sounding - meaning the men were behind in the jobs they needed to do before they could safely land.

Aldrin's letter states: "The lunar landing was an experience I will always remember...some eight minutes into our descent engine burn, we started our most challenging part of the landing - the approach phase sequence.

"We were behind on flight tasks due to the distractions caused by the alarms. Neil was monitoring our instruments and the visual view out his window.

"Neil's flying tasks suddenly became more complicated because the computer was sending us into a large crater containing and surrounded by boulders.

"At about 500 feet above the lunar surface, Neil Armstrong entered the commands to manually fly Eagle to the lunar surface with computer support.

"He slowed the descent rate to just a few feet per second and studied the surrounding terrain.

"Neil asked me about our fuel status and I indicated we had eight per cent remaining.

"I was then able to glance outside and began to understand why the landing sequence was taking longer than planned - the craters, rocks and boulders seemed to be everywhere.

"Mission Control radioed we had '60 seconds' of fuel remaining. Then '30 seconds' rang in our headsets.

"Neil was almost to the surface when a haze of dust was kicked up by engine exhaust. He could not see the surface and had to locate something just above the dust cloud.

"Finally Neil was able to see a rock that appeared fixed in the stream of dust. This gave him a surface reference.

"Just as Neil placed Eagle gently on the lunar surface, I spoke the first words from the Moon: 'CONTACT LIGHT!' This was the indicator light on our control panel that told us that Eagle had touched the lunar surface.

"We only had about 20 seconds of fuel remaining onboard."

Matthew Haley, specialist in space history at auctioneers Bonhams, said: "Apollo 11 is pretty much the high point of the American space programme and the highlight of space exploration full stop as it was the first manned lunar landing.

"These documents have been to the Moon and back are the equivalent of Christoper Columbus's logbook.

"They might appeal to an institution but this market is very much dominated by private collectors.

"The cards are pretty technical so having the letter from Buzz Aldrin with them is the icing on the cake as it helps explain just how relevant the cards were.

"The key points are the printed text about the powered ascent, when they come back from the surface of the Moon after becoming the first people to step on it.

"They would have been getting instructions from Mission Control throughout, hence the annotations."

The sheets will be sold by Bonhams auctioneers in New York on March 25.

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Wonder if that iPhone hand can be set on vibrate??


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Feel the force and the burn with Star Wars Jedi training school

Not a long time ago - in a galaxy not far away - a group of Star Wars fans created a combat exercise class for Jedis in training.







5:26PM GMT 16 Mar 2013

Alain Block is an instructor with the Golden Gate Knights. And his martial arts and stage combat experience has earned him Jedi master status.

He says picking up a lightsaber is like an initiation to a whole new world.

"When a person gets their lightsaber, suddenly you're part of this other group of people that are a little more in touch with the secrets of the universe, I don't know."

He teaches students how to do lightsaber twists and turns.

Asked what people think of the idea of Jedi training, student Julio Reyes says people are incredulous but enthusiastic about the experience.

"At first they giggle, because they think it's a little silly. Then they're like, actually that's kind of cool. Then they start asking more questions."

Many students want to be their childhood hero, Luke Skywalker.

There is a meditation to release the dark side, and calm down.

"We actually do a meditation at the end. Meditation is really good for the mind. Helps us to be free of all those negative emotions that might arise, the dark side so to speak," says Block.


And while the class attracts everyone from the Jedi Master to the wannabe - it won't be long until all Jedis are feeling the force.

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« Reply #8181 on: Mar 18th, 2013, 09:28am »

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Cyberattacks sound alarms, spark DC scramble to bolster defenses

By Jennifer Martinez
03/18/13 05:00 AM ET

Fears the United States could fall victim to a catastrophic cyberattack have reached a new high in the capitals of business and politics.

With just a few strikes on a keyboard, officials warn, hackers could knock out the electric grid of a major city, leaving millions without power or heat.

The threat is focusing minds in Washington, where the White House has stepped up its push for major new legislation amid reports that Chinese hackers are waging an extensive cyber-spying campaign against American companies. It is also getting new attention in the corporate world, with companies previously quiet about the attacks becoming more willing to reveal them, in part to draw public attention to the growing threat.

Cybersecurity has finally reached a “tipping point” according to Sen. John McCain, who said it has “become far more salient” than it used to be relative to other high-profile policy issues. The Arizona Republican suggests the recent report by information security firm Mandiant that more than 100 U.S. companies have been targeted by an elite Chinese hacking unit based in Shanghai has brought new intensity to fixing the problem.

“When they identified the building of the People’s Liberation Army — that’s a tipping point,” he said. “There’s always one of these and that’s it. I think prospects of legislation have been dramatically improved.”

“There are some folks around the world who are developing the capability to wipe out the electric grid,” said Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Such an advanced attack could wipe out the power for “a couple days, a week, or more.”

“That’s something that gets my attention,” he said.

President Obama planned to address cybersecurity in all of his meetings with the four congressional caucuses last week, highlighting how the issue has leapt to the top of his list. The president also met with a group of 13 CEOs in the Situation Room to discuss the threats companies are observing and how the government and private sector can work together to thwart them.

The nation’s military and intelligence leaders have raised the volume on their alarms, with National Intelligence Director James Clapper on Wednesday saying a cyberattack was the number one threat to the country.

“You don’t hear a gun shoot, you don’t hear a plane fly, you just have this situation where [hackers] are gaining access to our most sensitive information,” said McCain, who added that people are beginning to realize the magnitude of the problem.

The capabilities of hackers are getting stronger and the threat is on the country’s doorstep, according to James Lewis, director of the technology and public policy program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

“It’s like being on the Titanic and seeing this big white thing getting closer and closer,” Lewis said. “We see the threat coming [but] we haven’t taken adequate action to prevent harm, and every week the threat gets a little closer.”

Congress has failed to move legislation in part because of disputes between the White House and congressional Republicans.

The Senate tried twice to pass a sweeping cybersecurity bill last year but GOP senators blocked the measure over concerns that it would saddle critical infrastructure firms with new regulations.

The House passed a set of cybersecurity-focused bills last spring, but the core measure went untouched in the Senate after the White House said it would infringe on Americans’ privacy rights and fail to protect critical infrastructure.

Those efforts are now being revived with reports of hacker attacks on The New York Times, Apple, Microsoft and other major U.S. companies. More than 140 cyberattacks against Wall Street have taken place in the past six months, Gen. Keith Alexander, the head of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, told lawmakers this month.

Congress has held at least four hearings on cybersecurity just this month, and the leaders of the House Intelligence Committee re-introduced a bill last month aimed at improving information-sharing about cyber threats between government and industry.

Some question whether hackers really have the capability to carry out a “cyber 9-11” and believe the seriousness of the threat is often overstated, largely because a catastrophic cyberattack has not hit the United States yet.

So far the most public attacks have happened in the Middle East. More than 30,000 computers at the Saudi Arabian oil company Aramco were rendered useless after being hit by a deadly virus last August. The New York Times reported last year that the United States and Israel were behind an attack that disrupted Iran’s nuclear program.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, said the rising cyber threat “keeps me up at night.”

“It has the ability to shut down electric grids, to stop manufacturing plants, to actually disrupt the ability for the bank to know how much money you have in your account and the ability to access your money. It is real and can be incredibly catastrophic,” Rogers said.

“This problem is upon us and most people are not really aware of how dangerous it is,” he added.

Amid the congressional gridlock, the president issued a cybersecurity executive order last month that’s aimed at addressing the security gaps in the computer networks of critical infrastructure. The order intends to improve information sharing about cyber threats between government and industry and establish a set of cybersecurity best practices for companies that operate critical infrastructure, such as water systems, power plants and telecommunications networks.

During his State of the Union address, Obama described how hackers are targeting the United States to steal companies’ trade secrets and also inflict harm on critical infrastructure. The president noted that he took executive action to address the threat but said it’s time for Congress to act and pass legislation.

The issue hit home for the president last week after a website claimed it hacked first lady Michelle Obama’s personal and financial information, as well as personal data from Vice President Biden and other prominent government and celebrity figures. The FBI and Secret Service have launched an investigation into the matter.

The president would not confirm whether the website’s claims were true in an interview with ABC News, but called hacker attacks “a big problem.”

Top White House officials have also sharpened their tone when talking about cyberspying campaigns stemming from China and called on the country to take “serious steps” to stop hackers from breaking into the computer networks of American companies.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew plans to hammer home that message when he meets with Chinese leaders in Beijing this week.

The government cannot solely protect key American infrastructure from cyberattacks because more than half of that infrastructure is owned by private companies.

Administration officials have stressed the importance of collaboration between the public and private sectors during recent speeches and the significance of that relationship was illustrated during the president’s meeting with CEOs last week.

Carper is optimistic this is the year Congress will take action on a cybersecurity bill.

While past efforts were stopped at the 20 yard line, he said: “We can get it into the end zone and God knows we need to.”

Jeremy Herb contributed to this story


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Originally published Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 4:28 PM

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on a law requiring Arizonans to prove U.S. citizenship in order to register.

By JACQUES BILLEAUDJESSE J. HOLLAND
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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will struggle this week with the validity of an Arizona law that tries to keep illegal immigrants from voting by demanding all state residents show documents proving their U.S. citizenship before registering to vote in national elections.

The high court will hear arguments Monday over the legality of Arizona’s voter-approved requirement that prospective voters document their U.S. citizenship in order to use a registration form produced under the federal “Motor Voter” voter-registration law that doesn’t require such documentation.

This case focuses on voter registration in Arizona, which has tangled frequently with the federal government over immigration issues involving the Mexican border. But it has broader implications because four other states — Alabama, Georgia, Kansas and Tennessee — have similar requirements, and 12 other states are contemplating similar legislation, officials say.

The Obama administration is supporting challengers to the law.

If Arizona can add citizenship requirements, then “each state could impose all manner of its own supplemental requirements beyond the federal form,” Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. said in court papers.

A federal appeals court threw out the part of Arizona’s Proposition 200 that added extra citizenship requirements for voter registration, but only after lower federal judges had approved it. Arizona wants the justices to reinstate its requirement.

Kathy McKee, who led the push to get the proposition on the ballot, said voter fraud, including by illegal immigrants, continues to be a problem in Arizona. “For people to conclude there is no problem is just shallow logic,” McKee said.

The Associated Press reported in September that officials in pivotal presidential-election states had found only a fraction of the illegal voters they initially suspected had existed.

In Colorado, election officials found 141 noncitizens on the voter rolls — 0.004 percent of the state’s nearly 3.5 million voters. Florida officials found 207, or 0.001 percent of the state’s 11.4 million registered voters. In North Carolina, 79 people admitted to election officials that they weren’t citizens and were removed from the rolls, along with 331 others who didn’t respond to repeated inquires.

Opponents of Arizona’s law see it as an attack on vulnerable voter groups such as minorities, immigrants and the elderly. They say Arizona’s law makes registering more difficult, which is an opposite result from the intention of the 1993 National Voter Registration Act.

More than 28 million Americans used the federal “Motor Voter” form to register to vote in the 2008 presidential elections, according to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

Opponents of the Arizona provision say they’ve counted more than 31,000 potentially legal voters in Arizona who easily could have registered before Proposition 200 but who were blocked initially by the law in the 20 months after it passed in 2004. They say about 20 percent of those thwarted were Latino.

The Arizona voting law was part of a package that also denied some government benefits to illegal immigrants and required Arizonans to show identification before voting.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the voter-identification provision. The denial of benefits was not challenged.

The Arizona proposition was enacted into law with 55 percent of the vote.

This is the second voting issue the high court is tackling this session. Last month, several justices voiced deep skepticism about whether a section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was still needed. The law has helped millions of minorities exercise their right to vote, especially in areas of the Deep South.

This case involves laws of more recent vintage. The federal “Motor Voter” law, enacted in 1993 to expand voter registration, allows would-be voters to fill out a mail-in voter-registration card and swear they are citizens under penalty of perjury, but it doesn’t require them to show proof.

Under Proposition 200 approved in 2004, Arizona officials require an Arizona driver’s license issued after 1996, a U.S. birth certificate, a passport or other similar document, or the state will reject the federal registration application form.

This requirement applies only to people who seek to register using the federal mail-in form. Arizona has its own form and an online system to register when renewing a driver’s license. The court ruling did not affect proof of citizenship requirements using the state forms.

State officials say more than 90 percent of those Arizonans applying to vote using the federal form will be able to simply write down their driver’s license number, and all naturalized citizens simply will be able to write down their naturalization number without needed additional documents.

The main legal question facing the justices is whether the federal law trumps Arizona’s law. A 10-member panel of the 9th Circuit in San Francisco said it did.

The appeals court issued multiple rulings in this case, with a three-judge panel initially siding with Arizona. A second panel that included retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who from time to time sits on appeals courts, reversed course and blocked the registration requirement. The full court then did the same, and that decision will be reviewed by the justices in Washington.


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Pew Pew! Scientists Build Lasers Out of Sound, Call Them Phasers

By Adam Mann
03.18.13
6:30 AM

Using a nanoscale drum, scientists have built a laser that uses sound waves instead of light like a conventional laser.

Because laser is an acronym for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation,” these new contraptions – which exploit particles of sound called phonons – should properly be called phasers. Such devices could one day be used in ultrasound medical imaging, computer parts, high-precision measurements, and many other places.

A laser is created when a bunch of light particles, known as photons, are emitted at a specific and very narrow wavelength. The photons all travel in the same direction at the same time, allowing them to efficiently carry energy from one place to another. Since their invention more than 50 years ago, almost all lasers have used light waves. Early on, scientists speculated that sound waves be used instead, but this has proved tricky to actually achieve.

It wasn’t until 2010 that researchers built the very first sound lasers, coaxing a collection of phonons to travel together. But those first devices were hybrid models that used the light from a traditional laser to create a coherent sound emission.

“In our work, we got rid of this optical part,” said engineer Imran Mahboob of NTT Basic Research Laboratories in Japan, co-author of a paper describing the new sound lasers that appears Mar. 18 in Physical Review Letters. Because they need one less part, these new phasers “are much easier to integrate into other applications and devices.”

In traditional lasers, a bunch of electrons in a gas or crystal are excited all at the same time. When they relax back to their lower energy state, they release a specific wavelength of light, which is then directed with mirrors to produce a beam.

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Skull found in KC area may be prehistoric

Published March 18, 2013
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two Kansas City teenagers walking along a dry creek bed in northern Kansas City have found what a forensic anthropologist says is the skull of an American Indian woman who likely died centuries ago.

Hunter Collins, 15, and his girlfriend, Heather Johnson, 17, thought they had found some dead animal bones when they spotted the skull Jan. 28. But then Heather gathered up four pieces of the half skull and fit them together. They also poked around the mud with a stick and found a tooth, The Kansas City Star reported.

'The tooth displays a wear pattern consistent with earlier human populations.' - Michael Finnegan, who teaches anthropology at Kansas State University

"When I first saw it and realized what it was, I was scared," said Heather, a junior at North Kansas City High School. She thought perhaps someone had been murdered.

The teens alerted a security guard at a nearby business. When police arrived they also thought they might have a homicide on their hands, in part because the skull had a hole that looked like it could have been from a bullet.

"We started ramping up, thinking we may be working a serious investigation," police Maj. Steve Beamer said.
The skull and the tooth were sent to the Jackson County medical examiner's office, which shipped them to a forensic anthropologist in Manhattan, Kan., to see if the skull belonged to a homicide victim, Beamer said.

Three days later, Michael Finnegan, who teaches anthropology at Kansas State University, told authorities there was no crime and that the skull belonged to a mongoloid female of a historic or prehistoric era. He said the puncture on the top of the skull likely happened after she died.

"The tooth displays a wear pattern consistent with earlier human populations (American Indian)," Finnegan reported.
The skull will be sent to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, which plans to place it in the secure room at the Rock Bridge Curation facility at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park near Columbia, department spokeswoman Steph Reed said. Such artifacts are protected through the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. As a show of respect to the culture, no photographs are being allowed.

State officials eventually will send a report to Indian tribes associated with Missouri. Reed said the remains will be held until one of the tribes formally requests possession of it. The work of the medical examiner and forensic anthropologist was also sufficient in identifying the remains as of American Indian origin, and there are no further plans to identify the skull, Reed said.

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Photo gallery of US Marines in 2013

Semper Fi: Here Are Some Incredible Pictures of U.S. Marines in 2013

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Many of you know about Combat Correspondents (photojournalists) in the U.S. military and the great work that they do.

However, perhaps you haven’t seen some of the most recent photos from correspondents embedded with the U.S. Marine Corps. The following images, compiled by Business Insider’s Geoffrey Ingersoll, from January, February, and March 2013 are so good, we thought they were worth a post:


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7 Marines killed during explosion at Nevada's Hawthorne Army Depot

Published March 19, 2013

DEVELOPING: An explosion at a military ammunition storage facility in Nevada during a Marine Corps training exercise killed seven U.S. Marines and wounded several others, military officials said.

The North Carolina-based soldiers with the 2nd Marine Division were killed late Monday when a 60-millimeter mortar exploded during a live-fire training exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot as Marines were preparing to fire it, NBC News reports.

The cause of the incident remains under investigation. The identities of those killed were not released pending notification of their families, officials said in a statement from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp LeJeune, N.C.
"We send our prayers and condolences to the families of Marines involved in this tragic incident. We remain focused on ensuring that they are supported through this difficult time," said Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox, the force's commander. "We mourn their loss, and it is with heavy hearts we remember their courage and sacrifice."

Stacy Kendall, a spokeswoman for Renown Regional Medical Center, told NBC News the facility was treating eight people wounded in the blast. Three were listed in serious condition; five were listed in fair condition. Kendall said the injuries included traumas and fractures.

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7 Marines killed during explosion at Nevada's Hawthorne Army Depot

Published March 19, 2013

DEVELOPING: An explosion at a military ammunition storage facility in Nevada during a Marine Corps training exercise killed seven U.S. Marines and wounded several others, military officials said.

The North Carolina-based soldiers with the 2nd Marine Division were killed late Monday when a 60-millimeter mortar exploded during a live-fire training exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot as Marines were preparing to fire it, NBC News reports.

The cause of the incident remains under investigation. The identities of those killed were not released pending notification of their families, officials said in a statement from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp LeJeune, N.C.
"We send our prayers and condolences to the families of Marines involved in this tragic incident. We remain focused on ensuring that they are supported through this difficult time," said Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox, the force's commander. "We mourn their loss, and it is with heavy hearts we remember their courage and sacrifice."

Stacy Kendall, a spokeswoman for Renown Regional Medical Center, told NBC News the facility was treating eight people wounded in the blast. Three were listed in serious condition; five were listed in fair condition. Kendall said the injuries included traumas and fractures.

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I saw this as soon as I got up this morning. My prayers are going up for the families.

R.I.P. Thank you.

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March 19, 2013 – 01:06 PM

Broken Levy: Cyprus Central Bank Warns of Capital Flight

It appears unlikely the Cypriot parliament will on Tuesday approve a law forcing the partial expropriation of accounts held by the country's depositors. Central bank officials are also warning a new compromise proposal will fall to raise the billions needed.

The vote was already delayed by two days, but the government in Cyprus is warning that legislation imposing a one-time levy on bank depositors is likely to be rejected on Tuesday anyway. Government spokesman Christos Stylianides said Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades had informed German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Economic and Currency Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn on Monday evening of the law's expected rejection.

The European Union wants to force customers of Cypriot banks to participate in the country's multibillion euro bailout. The one-time levy, which is expected to raise around €5.8 billion ($7.5 billion), is the precondition being set for additional aid of around €10 billlion that would come from the permanent euro rescue fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).

The Cypriot parliament is expected to convene on Tuesday afternoon at 5 p.m. to vote on the planned depositor tax. So far, 28 members of the 56-seat parliament have said they would reject the law. One additional parliamentarian will miss the vote because she is currently travelling in Argentina.

Fears of Contagion

The deal over the weekend to levy all depositors, including the middle and working classes, at Cypriot banks led to massive international criticism in Europe on Monday and also unsettled markets over fears the move could lead to a run on banks in other crisis-plagued European countries, where depositors might worry the same could happen to them.

Under the deal reached in Brussels over the weekend on the long disputed bailout for Cyprus, all those who have deposited money in Cypriot banks would be forced to pay a one-time levy -- regardless whether they are Cypriots, Greeks, Britons, Russians or other nationals, and regardless whether they have €1,000 in their account or €10 million. It would even include pensioners who had put their savings in a Cypriot bank, a move many believe violates the core principles of Europe's cradle-to-grave social welfare system.

The plans also envision the richest customers at Cypriot banks paying a significantly higher contribution, a provision that is expected to hit Russian oligarchs who have parked their money -- or, laundered it, as critics allege -- in Cyprus. Now concerns have emerged that a large number of foreign investors and depositors will withdraw their money from the country en masse. Critics warn this would devastate Cyprus as a financial center and also threaten the country's entire economy.

EU Insists on Levy

Still, the EU is insisting that Cypriot bank customers be required to participate in the bailout. A bailout package of €10 billion alone already represents 60 percent of Cyprus's annual gross domestic product. Even without the EU aid package, the country's debt ratio is expected to reach 93 percent of GDP this year. The bailout loans will now further increase that figure. If Cyprus were to be given the €17 billion it had originally requested, the country's debt ratio would exceed the amount that EU officials consider to be sustainable.

At the moment, the terms of the one-time levy are being renegotiated. On Monday night, EU finance ministers agreed to greater flexibility in how Cyprus implements the tax. Following Monday's tumult over applying the levy to small-scale savers, the finance ministers have recommended that it not be applied to any bank customers with less than €100,000 in their accounts, the amount covered by EU deposit guarantees. But they are also calling for a stiffer levy to be applied to depositors with sums greater than that amount in their accounts.

Cyprus Seeks to Prevent Capital Flight

On Tuesday, the government in Nicosia came forward with its own new proposed plan, under the terms of which:

◾Those with savings of up to €20,000 would not be hit by the levy.

◾For savings of between €20,000 and €100,000, a 6.75 percent tax would have to be paid to the state.

◾Accounts with over €100,000 would be hit with a 9.9 percent levy.

◾Finally, customers hit by the partial expropriation would be given compensation in the form of shares in the bank.


It appears the Cypriot government has decided to also impose the one-time levy on accounts with funds of €20,000 to €100,000 in order to prevent the flight of capital from the island nation's richest investors, a development that could inflict serious damage on Cyprus' economy. Previous reports suggested that the richest might be hit with a levy as high as 15.6 percent.

Still, even the current proposal has central bankers nervous. Officials at the Cypriot central bank are still fearing a massive capital flight. Central bank head Panicos Demetriades said he expects that at least 10 percent of deposits will be transferred abroad during the first few days after the banks reopen. That has the potential to significantly worsen the country's economic crisis. Demetriades also warned the government would fall short of its needs. "We will take in less than €5.8 billion," Demetriades told a parliamentary committee according to news agency Reuters, because the draft bill on deposits does not compensate for the lost revenue by raising it for those who have deposits above €100,000.

Markets Less Uncertain

Despite the massive level of uncertainty in Cyprus, the nervousness seen on markets on Monday appeared to be more contained on Tuesday. The euro was down slightly against the dollar, at $1.29. And Asian markets largely showed gains.

"The worry about Cyprus is overdone, as the scenario is unlikely to spread to bigger euro-zone countries," said Lee Young-gon, an analyst at Hana Daetoo Securities in Seoul, South Korea, told Reuters. The analyst said it appeared that small-scale savers might be excluded from the levy and that Cyprus would still be able to succeed in raising its own portion of the bailout through other bank customers. The analyst said it was not likely that investors and depositors in other euro-zone countries would panic and make a run on their accounts.

Some financial experts also believe that concerns over Cyprus' future as a financial center are exaggerated. "At issue are fears the Cypriots have that their business model will be destroyed," Norbert Bathle, the budget policy point man in parliament for Germany's conservative Christian Democrats told a public radio broadcaster. But, he added, reform of Cyprus' financial sector is long overdue. A country's prosperity, he warned, cannot be built on low taxes and high interest rates for foreign investors.

Meanwhile, the head of the ESM rescue fund warned the government in Nicosia against watering down the bailout package. The country's disorderly default, "could at the current point in time bring the entire euro into danger," Klaus Regling told Germany's mass-circulation Bild newspaper.


http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/cyprus-central-bank-warns-of-capital-flight-a-889740.html

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