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AGRARIAN, INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATIONS ASKING GOVERNMENT TO SOLVE PROBLEM OF SHORTAGE OF GONDOLA CARS

Representatives of large associations of industrial and agroindusitral enterprises of Ukraine have asked the Ukrainian prime minister to solve the problem in the sphere of transportation by rail, in particular, the shortage of gondola cars and rolling stock. The request is outlined in an address posted on the website of the Ukrcement association
“Rail transport provides for about 60% of the total volume of cargo transportation in Ukraine. To ensure efficient operation of enterprises of the leading sectors of the economy of our state, it is the freight transportation by rail that is critical. We are only approaching the period of the peak transportation, and the enterprises are already experiencing an acute shortage of gondola cars. These all restrains development of metallurgical, chemical, cement and agrarian sectors, “the associations said.
The authors of the document said that industrialists and agrarians do not receive the ordered cars in due time and do not have access to those for which they have already paid the rent. The cars are staying idle at cross rail stations, and enterprises continue incurring losses and disrupting the implementation of contracts.
In addition, the associations asked the prime minister to invite representatives of the associations of industrial enterprises and the agroindustrial complex to the government meeting, where the report of the board chairman of PJSC Ukrzaliznytsia will be heard.
The letter was signed by the Federation of Metallurgists of Ukraine, the association of enterprises Ukrmetallurgprom, the Ukrainian Grain Association, the Ukrainian Chemists Union, the Ukrainian Association of Ferroalloys Producers and the Association of Cement Manufacturers Ukrcement.

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YULIA TYMOSHENKO, HRYTSENKO, BOIKO LEAD PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SURVEY, POROSHENKO ONLY 8-TH – SURVEY

If presidential elections in Ukraine were held in the middle of June 2018, Batkivschyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko would receive the most votes, followed by Civil Position Party leader Anatoliy Hrytsenko and Opposition Bloc leader Yuriy Boiko, according to the results of a poll conducted by the Rating Sociological Group.
Some 16% of respondents said they would vote for Tymoshenko, 11.7% for Hrytsenko and 10.5% for Boiko, according to poll results, according to which showman Volodymyr Zelensky would receive 9.3%, with Radical Party leader Oleh Liashko, musician Sviatoslav Vakarchuk and acting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko receiving 8.6%.
Some 52% of those polled said they would not vote for Poroshenko under any circumstances, with 30% saying the same of ex-Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Liashko’s anti-rating was 23.8%, followed by Boiko with 23% and Tymoshenko with 20.8%.
Some 66% of those polled said they thought the presidential elections would not be free and fair, with only 12% believing the opposite. Some 22% had difficulty answering the question. Almost 64% favored punishing candidates who will give “material assistance” to people in exchange for votes, while 23% are not against receiving “material assistance.”
The survey was carried by means of face-to-face interviews from June 14 to June 24, 2018. Some 2,500 Ukrainian citizens over the age of 18 comprising a representative sample by sex, region and type of residence took part in the survey, which has a margin of error of no more than 2%.

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NOVOPECHERSKA SCHOOL LAUNCHES UKRAINIAN-CANADIAN INTEGRATED EDUCATION PROGRAM IN KYIV

Since its opening, the school has been working on creating a program that would integrate children into the global education system and prepare to be citizens of the world – people with a global mindset. For this purpose, it’s important to get education that meets the world’s standards, but to keep identity, not to forget about your Ukrainian heart.
The school is currently undergoing the final stage of licensing by the Ministry of Education and Training of Manitoba (Canada), and thus beginning to form a group of pupils for the integrated program.
We are launching enrollment for 8th and 9th form pupils for the Blended Program (the Ukrainian-Canadian integrated education program) for the 2018/2019 academic year, who do not study at Novopecherska School and pass the Ukrainian program without attending classes (that is, we offer only the Canadian program component).
At present, the certificate of any Ukrainian school provides access to foreign higher education institutions, but to confirm the knowledge of the subjects it is needed to learn the Canadian program and take additional licensed exams. The grade points of the certificate obtained at the end of the program, licensed by the Manitoba Ministry of Education and Training (which also concerns the Ukrainian-Canadian integrated program of Novopecherska School), are credited by foreign higher education institutions without another confirmation.
The main advantage of the integrated program certificate is that children, having mastered the Ukrainian component of the program, will form a civic identity and, having received education in any institution of the world, will develop the Ukrainian society.
Currently offered: 5 places for the 8th form (the 2018/2019 school year), 8 places for the 9th form (the 2018/2019 academic year). Tuition fee: $7,000 a year

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UKRZALIZNYTSIA BUILDS 1,300 GONDOLA CARS AT OWN PLANTS, BUYS 450 IN 2018 – UKRZALIZNYTSIA HEAD

Public joint-stock company Ukrzaliznytsia since the start of the current year has expanded the fleet of its gondola cars by 1,750, including 1,300 cars built at own plants of Ukrzaliznytsia, acting Board Chairman Yevhen Kravtsov has said.
“We carried out the deregulation of the wagon component of the tariff. We keep promises and increase the fleet of gondola cars. 1,750 cars have already arrived in the regional branches, 50 more gondola cars and a fitting platform are expected at the end of June,” Kravtsov wrote on his Facebook page.
He recalled that this year, in general, Ukrzaliznytsia plans to build 3,600 cars at its own plants.
“In the near future, we will put into operation a fitting platform for the transportation of containers built at the Ukrzaliznytsia’s plant. Earlier we bought them, now we are producing them at our facilities,” Kravtsov said.
In addition, the head of Ukrzaliznytsia said that before the end of the year Paniutynsky car-repair plant plans to start the release of the most popular wagons – grain carriers.
“Design documentation is already being developed, and later we expect the first sample and tests,” he added.
At the same time, Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan said last week at a meeting with the European Business Association (EBA) that he does not support the independent building of the car fleet by Ukrzaliznytsia.
“We must invest in the tracks and locomotives,” the minister said, giving his vision of investment priorities.
In his opinion, private freight carriers should in

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