UK, Canada slap sanctions on Belarus strongman Lukashenko

first_imgLukashenko ‘has to go’ Macron on Sunday said that Lukashenko “has to go”, but has also vowed support possible mediation in the crisis by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).”Our objective is for this mediation to begin in the next few days or weeks,” Macron said, adding that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU chief Charles Michel would “push” Belarus to accept mediation.”The aim is a peaceful transition, the release of people who are in prison for their political opinions and the holding of free elections under international observation,” he said.Tuesday’s meeting with Macron was Tikhanovskaya’s most high-profile so far.She has previously addressed the UN Human Rights Council and the European Parliament and has met with EU foreign ministers and the leaders of neighboring Poland and Lithuania.Tikhanovskaya, a political novice whose blogger husband is in prison in Belarus accused of trying to overthrow the government, told AFP after the meeting that she had accepted an invitation to speak at the French parliament.Parliamentary officials said she would address the lower house’s foreign affairs committee. Britain and Canada on Tuesday became the first major nations to slap sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko over the country’s seething political crisis.The move came as Russia lashed out at what it dubbed “unprecedented external pressure” on Minsk after Lukashenko’s disputed election victory triggered massive street protests and Western condemnation.The European Union has so far failed to impose blanket sanctions on Lukashenko, with only its small Baltic members Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania targeting the strongman leader and around 100 senior regime officials. ‘Difficult situation’Tikhanovskaya said the crisis should be resolved “as soon as possible” and new free and fair elections should be held by the end of the year.”[Macron] supports the idea of mediation because he understands that powerful countries need to be involved to begin negotiations with Lukashenko. He is ready to help with this,” she said.”I think he will speak with the Russian side about Belarus and will do everything possible to involve Russia in these negotiations.”Macron has said that Putin, Lukashenko’s main ally, is favourable to mediation in the Belarus crisis by the OSCE.But Putin on Tuesday said that Belarus was in a “difficult situation” and was facing “unprecedented external pressure”.Addressing a forum on the Belarusian and Russian regions, the Kremlin chief said Moscow was ready to stand by Minsk, describing ties as “timeless and all-weather”.Putin has promised to provide Lukashenko with security assistance if the political crisis worsens and gave Belarus a loan of $1.5 billion.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov downplayed Macron’s talks with Tikhanovskaya, saying it amounted to a meeting between the “French president and a Belarusian citizen”.Topics : But French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday signaled that EU sanctions were in the offing after he promised that Paris would help foster mediation of the crisis.London and Ottawa imposed the sanctions on Lukashenko, his son and senior regime figures for a string of alleged human rights violations.Belarus has been in upheaval since a disputed August 9 presidential election in which opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya claimed victory against Lukashenko, who has ruled since 1994.The United States, European Union, Britain and Canada regard his presidency as illegitimate, but he has the backing of long-time ally Russian President Vladimir Putin. Macron met Tuesday with Tikhanovskaya in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius in what was seen as a major show of support for the activist.Tikhanovskaya fled to the Baltic EU state bordering Belarus in the aftermath of the vote as mass protests in former Soviet republic were met with a brutal crackdown in which thousands were arrested.”Europe is putting itself in a position to exert pressure, through sanctions that we will have to take in the coming days and weeks,” Macron told reporters.EU leaders are preparing to adopt sanctions against Lukashenko and other top Belarusian officials at a summit later this week.last_img read more

Saipem Posts Wider 1H Loss, Maintains 2018 Guidance

first_imgItalian oilfield services player Saipem has reported loss in the first half of 2018 of €323 million ($377.5 million), on revenues of €3.8 billion ($4.4 billion).This result compares to net loss of €110 million ($128.6 million) on revenues of €4.6 billion ($5.4 billion) for the first six months of 2017.For the second quarter 2018, Saipem booked net loss of €321 million ($375 million) with net of write-downs and reorganization expenses of €316 million ($369 million).Adjusted result was net profit of €6 million, against €92 million in the first half of 2017, with loss of €5 million in the second quarter.Revenues in the Q2 2018 were close to €1.9 billion ($2.2 billion), while 1H 2018 revenues fell some 17 percent compared to last year result.In the first half 2018, Saipem secured new contracts worth close to €4 billion, versus €2 billion in 1H 2017, and reported backlog of €12.6 billion (€12.4 billion in 1H 2017).The company’s net debt increased since December 31, 2017 from €1.29 billion at €1.32 billion.For 2018, Saipem confirmed its previous guidance with revenues of approximately €8 billion, capex at some €500 million and net debt at €1.3 billion.Subsea World News Stafflast_img read more

Man charged with rape falls

first_imgAriola was nowdetained in the lockup cell of the Batad municipal police station. ILOILO City – A29-year-old man charged with rape was arrested in Barangay Poblacion, Balud,Masbate. Policeinvestigators said Ariola was hiding in Masbate after he was accused of trying to rape a woman. Darl JayAriola, a resident of Poblacion, Batad, Iloilo, was caught on the strength ofan arrest warrant around 1 a.m. Sept. 26.  The court recommendeda P120,000 bail bond for his temporary liberty./PNlast_img

Edna A. Lamppert

first_imgEdna A. Lamppert, age 91 of Batesville, died Thursday, November 17, 2016 at St. Andrew’s Health Campus.  Born August 17, 1925 in Franklin County Indiana, she is the daughter of Cecelia (Nee: Siefert) and Ben Fledderman.  She married Robert Lamppert April 24, 1948 at St. Mary’s of the Rock Church in St. Mary’s, Indiana.  She spent 35 years at Hill-Rom as a secretary and production scheduler, was a member of St. Anthony’s Church and a former member of the Red Hat Ladies.Edna spent a large portion of her life sewing, crocheting and quilting.  Over the years, family and friends have been the recipient of treasured pieces she made.  She had many interests which included playing the organ, watching the Reds and college basketball, collecting dolls and westerns.  She was a huge John Wayne fan.  Edna had a green thumb with plants and enjoyed working in her flower beds around the house.  Being with her grandkids is what she loved most.She is survived by her husband Bob; daughters Beverly Froman of Brookville, Indiana, Darlene Trusty of New Palestine, Indiana, Pam Brown of Shelbyville, Indiana; son Dwight Lamppert of Palm Harbor, Florida; sister Marie Connolly of Dover, Indiana; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by sisters Marcella Becker, Rita Obermeyer, Ethel Obermeyer, Elvira Moorman and brothers Raymond, Urban, Walter and Victor Fledderman.Visitation is Monday, November 21st, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 22nd, at St. Anthony’s Church with Rev. Frank Eckstein officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to St. Anthony’s Church Capital Improvement Fund or Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice.last_img read more

Raymond Elmer Luers, 80

first_imgRaymond Elmer Luers was born May 6, 1936 in Osgood, Indiana to Conrad and Emma Luers. He passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma at the age of 80.Raymond grew up in Indiana and served in the United States Army. He married Alice Effinger on September 10, 1960 and they came to Chickasha in 1976. He worked as a Supervisor for Delta for 24 years and retired at the age of 55.He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Ruth Narwold and 3 brothers: Wilbur Luers, Clifford Luers and Bob Luers.Raymond is survived by his wife, Alice Luers;Children: Tim Luers and his wife, Lisa; Tammy Singleton and her husband, Boyd;Grandchildren: Joshua Luers and his wife, Sherrie; Zackery Luers and his wife, Randi; Elizabeth Bailey; Heather Ramirez and her husband, Daniel; Brandon Doughty and Kalyssa Singleton;Great Grandchildren: Owen Luers, Blaire Luers, Jace Luers, Emery Luers, Jessalyn Luers, Kylin Chaffin, Kaylie Chaffin, Ryder Bailey, Olivia Bailey, Jaelynn and Kaydence Ramirez;Brother, Gilbert Luers.Funeral service was held on Monday, March 20, 2017, at Bible Baptist Church.last_img read more

Enright steps in to take prize

first_img Press Association “I’m delighted for the lads (the owners), they bought him last winter and he has improved with every run. They love going to Aintree, so we will probably aim him at one of the lesser two-mile handicaps there.” Paddy The Celeb had to work hard to make a winning debut over jumps in the Killarney Plaza Hotel Maiden Hurdle. Mick Halford’s seven-year-old was sent off the 11-8 favourite on the strength of some decent form on the Flat, and his ability on the level proved useful as he was pressed from two out by Indian Outlook but was able to shrug Adrian Maguire’s charge aside to score by a length under Andrew McNamara. Halford, who went on to a double with Opera Gloves on the Flat, said: “He jumped away well. The ground is well watered and it is good and safe. He was entitled to win a race like this and we will probably look for a novice for him now. “Andrew said that he wasn’t that quick away from the back of his hurdles, but he was nice and clean, and a good jump at the last probably won it for him. He is fierce genuine, but you won’t see him on heavy ground. If you see him over the winter it will be at Dundalk.” Baidin Fheilimi (11-2) came out on top in a three-way finish to the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle to supplement her victory at Cork last Sunday. Patrick Cronin’s seven-year-old, ridden by Pierce Gallagher, had a rival on either side in the fierce run to the line but got the verdict by half a length from Shantalla. The favourite Ballyfinboy was just behind in third. Cronin, who owns and bred the mare as well, said: “It is unbelievable to win two races in a week, and if she is OK after this the obvious race to go for is the mares handicap hurdle at Listowel. Pierce gave her a great ride, he is probably the best 5lb claimer in the country.” Enright got the mount on Henry de Bromhead’s 7-1 shot in the feature race after Andrew Lynch was stood down after taking a tumble from Charnley in the opener. He grasped the chance with both hands, making all to score by a length and a quarter from Mister Hotelier, with Now This Is It third. “Andrew got the fall on his shoulder, he thinks it’s OK but he has been stood down for the day. It is unfortunate for him, but Phillip gave this fellow a super ride,” said De Bromhead. center_img Phillip Enright made the most of a chance ride on The Boat People to lift the valuable KWD Handicap Hurdle at Killarney.last_img read more

Cricket News This Is How Much Time Virat Kohli Took To Give Nod For Day-Night Tests

first_imgKolkata: “Just three seconds” is all what it took Sourav Ganguly to convince India captain Virat Kohli into playing a Day/Night Test match against Bangladesh, the BCCI president revealed on Sunday. Less than a week after he took reins of BCCI, Ganguly, who had introduced pink ball at domestic level as the technical committee chairman three years ago, was successful in changing the Indian Cricket Board’s stance.India thus will finally play their first ever day/night Test versus Bangladesh at Eden Gardens here from November 22-26, about four years after Australia and New Zealand set it going in Adelaide.“Honestly I don’t know why and what was the reason they did not want to play and accept the D/N Test (in Adelaide). I met him for an hour and the first question was we need to have day/night Tests and the answer in three seconds was let’s go ahead and do that,” Ganguly said about meeting Kohli ahead of the selection committee meeting in Mumbai on October 24.Ganguly was talking at the book launch of five-time ICC ‘Umpire of the Year’ Simon Taufel, titled ‘Finding The Gaps’. The Indian team had previously put down Australia’s request for a pink-ball Test at the Adelaide Oval last year, while suggestion to host West Indies in day/night Tests too had got shelved.Also Read | Australia Frustrated As Pakistan Saved By Rain In First T20I Match“I really don’t know what happened in the past and what was the reason but I found him absolutely acceptable to play D/N Tests. He realises and thinks that empty stands in Tests is not the right way forward.”Ganguly firmly believed that this concept will help Test cricket regain its popularity in the sub-continent at a time when lukewarm response during India’s 3-0 whitewash of South Africa became a cause for concern.“I know T20 every stand is full in every game. But proper management of Test cricket will bring back crowd. It’s a start for India. I think with this concept Test cricket will be back on its feet.”“Now people’s lives have changed, you cannot leave offices so that’s when you have to make adaptability. That’s important. Most number of times change is good. A lot of time, we hold on to things thinking what you believe is right,” Ganguly said.Urging the need for better marketing, he said: “It’s when you’re forced to come out of your comfort zone, you actually find out it’s better than what you think. I think pink ball will bring back crowd and the Test cricket needs to be marketed a lot more.”Ganguly further recalled the epic 2001 Eden Test when India bounced back to defeat Australia by 171 runs.  “My 100th Test was a Boxing Day Test at MCG. You really got fortunate to get in that position in your Test career. There were close to 70,000 people in the stands in Test match on day one. You should see the Ashes also.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

PINSTRIPE : Last time they played: Syracuse vs. Kansas State

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ The 2001 Syracuse Orangemen entered their bowl game against Kansas State as an underdog with something to prove.Despite finishing the season 9-3, good for second in the Big East behind Miami (Fla.), SU was shut out of a more prolific bowl game. And to top it off, the team wasn’t even favored against a 6-5 Kansas State team in the Insight.com Bowl.But Syracuse didn’t let the pundits stop it in its 26-3 rout of Kansas State in the 2001 Insight.com Bowl in Phoenix, Ariz. Led by running back James Mungro’s 112 yards and three touchdowns, the Orangemen (10-3) became the sixth SU team in 112 years to win 10 games.It was the Orangemen’s 12th win in a bowl game, a number that still stands today.‘The fact that Kansas State was favored was an incentive to us,’ Mungro told reporters after the game. ‘We just wanted to go out and prove to America that we are a better team.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe game was a rematch between two teams that played in the 1997 Fiesta Bowl. Kansas State won that version 35-18. But outside of the school names, the two games held no similarities.Mungro, who ran for over 1,000 yards during the season, ran 65 yards for a score to give SU a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. The Orangemen would never look back, moving down the field with ease on four touchdown drives while holding Kansas State to just a first quarter field goal. Johnnie Morant had two big catches for a total of 93 yards and a score, and Syracuse outgained Kansas State 109 to 33 in rushing yards.But as quick and dominating as the SU offense was, its defense was even better. Kansas State entered the game averaging 255 rushing yards per game but were shut down completely. Orangemen junior linebacker Clifton Smith was a big reason for the Wildcats’ offensive ineptitude. Smith led the SU defense with 12 tackles and a sack.Syracuse forced Kansas State to four turnovers — two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. One Wildcats quarterback, Eli Roberson — KSU switched between two QBs throughout the game — was just 2-of-15 for the game.‘I think we played very aggressively because we were underdogs,’ Smith told reporters after the game. ‘Even with playing two quarterbacks, we knew they were a running team. But it’s nothing new in terms of our ability to stop the run.’Winning was nothing new for SU head coach Paul Pasqualoni’s 18th-ranked Orangemen. The team may not have been able to play in a New Year’s Day bowl, but the win against a previously Kansas State team that was favored by nearly a touchdown provided confirmation for Syracuse. The team was just as good as its record read.Even more impressive was SU’s record after its first two games. The team went 10-1 following an 0-2 start and had an eight-game winning streak.‘I feel very satisfied,’ Pasqualoni told reporters after the game. ‘We played 10 teams with winning records and nine of them went to bowl games. We are only the sixth team in 112 years of Syracuse football to win 10 games.’– Compiled by Asst. Copy Editor Rachel Marcus, rnmarcus@syr.educenter_img Published on December 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: rnmarcus@syr.edulast_img read more

No. 11 Syracuse blanks Colgate 2-0 for first shutout of the season

first_img Published on September 25, 2017 at 10:18 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+ HAMILTON, N.Y.— Colgate had its best scoring chance. Countering after a Syracuse corner, Jared Stroud received a pass at midfield that led him beyond the last line of a pushed-up Orange defense. But near SU’s 18-yard box, a sprinting Tajon Buchanan recovered from his forward position and stifled Stroud. A box-to-box effort following Buchanan’s corner warded off the breakaway about 20 minutes into the game Monday night.“That was probably our only real mistake of the game,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “It’s nice if your last man is the quickest guy on your team.”At Beyer-Small ’76 Field, No. 11 Syracuse (5-3-2, 0-2-1 Atlantic Coast) didn’t face much more pressure, allowing just one shot on goal to Colgate (3-6, 0-1 Patriot) in the Orange’s 2-0 win for SU’s first shutout of the season. Johannes Pieles and Hugo Delhommelle each scored for the Orange.The clean sheet that seemed so certain for the first 87 minutes of the match came under fire with 2:20 remaining. As a ball squirted out of a group of players in Syracuse’s penalty area, Colgate’s Steven DeLeo found himself all alone near the six-yard box. He tried to slot a left-footed shot into the goal’s bottom-left corner, but SU goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert threw his body in front of the ball and sent it wide for a corner.“It’s the biggest challenge I think for a goalkeeper, if you do not have that much to do during the game,” Hilpert said. “Even though I didn’t get a lot of shots, I just got one shot today. Communicating helps a lot to stay focused.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse went with a slightly altered defensive alignment on Monday. Justin Earle, a freshman, made his first collegiate start and just second appearance. He featured in the middle of SU’s back three, sandwiched by Kamal Miller on his left and Sondre Norheim on his right. Not tested defensively, Earle mostly acted as a fulcrum when the Orange played the ball from side-to-side. His biggest contribution may have come with his voice.With 10 minutes remaining in the match, Earle shouted: “Come on guys, we never stop.” Syracuse kept the ball in front of its back line basically all game, and much of that was due to Earle’s communication. He and midfielder Mo Adams yelled opponents’ uniform numbers to teammates to ensure they marked up.“I knew he was ready to come on and get the job done,” SU sophomore defender John-Austin Ricks said. “He’s one of those people who loves to communicate, loves to talk, loves to be a presence on the field. I’m happy for the guy that he did such a great job and he held us together.”After 10 games last season, Syracuse had six shutouts. It took until the 10th game of this season for the Orange to get its first. Coming off three consecutive losses, it was the result SU wanted.“The difference between being a good team and an elite team,” McIntyre said, “is keeping clean sheets and keeping that foundation from which to build.”With this result, Hilpert moves into a tie for fourth on Syracuse’s all-time leaderboard with 18 career shutouts and a tie for fourth in wins in Syracuse goalkeeping history, with 27.Following Hilpert’s lone save and two ensuing corners for Colgate, McIntyre shouted from the sideline: “Finish the game.” Two minutes later, the game was complete and for this first time this season, SU’s opponent had a zero beneath its name on the scoreboard.“It was about time,” Hilpert said. “Having a win and a clean sheet today is the perfect restart.” Commentslast_img read more

Russian Hackers Leak Files on Biles, Williams Sisters

first_imgThe World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has condemned Russian hackers for leaking confidential medical files of star US Olympic athletes.Athletes affected include tennis players Venus and Serena Williams and teenage gymnast Simone Biles.A group calling itself “Fancy Bears” claimed responsibility for the hack of a Wada database.After the leak, Ms Biles said she had long been taking medicine for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The hacker group had accused her of taking an “illicit psycho-stimulant”, but she said she had “always followed the rules”.The Rio Olympics quadruple gold medallist had obtained the necessary permission to take prescription medicine on the WADA banned drugs list, USA Gymnastics said in a statement.Wada said in a statement that the cyber attacks were an attempt to undermine the global anti-doping system.Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was “out of the question” that the Kremlin or secret services were involved in the hacking, Russian news agencies reported.The hackers accessed records detailing “Therapeutic Use Exemptions” (TUEs), which allow the use of banned substances due to athletes’ verified medical needs.“By virtue of the TUE, Biles has not broken any drug-testing regulations, including at the Olympic Games in Rio,” USA Gymnastics said.Fancy Bears said TUEs amount to “licences for doping”.The leaked documents allege that Serena Williams was granted permission to use drugs commonly used to treat muscle injuries, such as anti-inflammatories, while Biles is said to use Ritalin – a treatment for her ADHD.Former – Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority head Richard Ings said: “Nothing I see here gives me cause for alarm,” adding it looked “totally normal”.“The issue here is privacy breach.”Russia’s track and field team were banned from the Rio Olympics over an alleged state-backed doping programme. All of its athletes are barred from the ongoing Paralympics.“Let it be known that these criminal acts are greatly compromising the effort by the global anti-doping community to re-establish trust in Russia,” WADA Director-General, Olivier Niggli, said.This is the latest twist in what was already the biggest doping scandal in the history of sport, and further evidence of the bitter divisions it has sparked.The hack appears to be an act of revenge – retaliation for Wada’s damning report into Russian state-sponsored cheating.Although the Russian government has denied any involvement, it has always maintained that the country has been made a scapegoat for a much wider problem, and this will only add fuel to that fire.Although the athletes concerned have broken no rules, the revelations – along with the threat of more leaks of other competitors’ medical records – will inevitably exacerbate the controversy surrounding TUEs at a time when sport’s leaders are desperately trying to restore trust.Many athletes will now be nervously wondering if their private medical details records are the next to be made public.And with the future of WADA currently in the balance, the fact its security was so badly compromised will raise more questions over the entire anti-doping system, especially after the account of Russian whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova was hacked last month, leading to fears for her safety.US Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart called the hack “cowardly and despicable”.“In each of the situations, the athlete has done everything right in adhering to the global rules for obtaining permission to use a needed medication,” he said.The US Olympic Committee has had “zero adverse findings from the Rio Olympic Games that weren’t 100% within the medical guidelines set forth by anti-doping authorities,” spokesman Patrick Sandusky said.Earlier this month, Mr Niggli said WADA was experiencing almost daily cyber attacks originating from Russia.Fancy Bears, which is also known as Tsar Team (APT28), has pledged to release confidential records from other national Olympic teams.It’s an old adage in cybersecurity that the weakest point of any supposedly secure system is the people that use it.WADA says it believes this hack was made possible thanks to a successful spearphishing attack. Phishing is a term given to the technique of tricking a user into giving up crucial information – often by clicking a link that takes them to a malicious website disguised as a familiar one, such as the log-in page for a bank or social network.Spearphishing takes this one significant step further. While a phishing attack is often aimed at many people in the hope some will fall for it, spearphishing is highly targeted. Hackers perhaps identified a small number of people, or even just one person, and wrote a phishing attack specifically designed to trick them.Other than pushing a message of vigilance among staff, spearphishing is incredibly difficult to defend against. Attackers often scour the internet, looking for added information on the target that might make an email more believable. Sometimes even knowing a person’s favourite football team is enough to tip the balance in making a spearphishing email seem genuine.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more