(Photo: Volodymyr Shuvayev / AFP) News Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV News UkraineEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information February 26, 2021 Find out more March 26, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts RSF_en Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media to go further Follow the news on Ukraine Organisation News UkraineEurope – Central Asia April 16, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition journalist gunned down in central Kiev Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns opposition journalist Oles Buzina’s murder shortly after midday today in central Kiev. Police said they were looking for two masked individuals who shot him from a moving car and then sped away.Aged 45, Buzina was known for his pro-Russian views and opposition to the government established in Ukraine after the Maidan Square revolution of February 2014. He regarded the Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian peoples “as one,” opposed the construction of a Ukrainian national identity, and advocated Ukraine’s federalization. He worked for many Russian news media and was briefly the editor of Segodnya, a daily owned by Rinat Akhmetov, a very wealthy businessman.“The Ukrainian authorities must do everything possible to quickly identify the perpetrators and possible masterminds of this murder,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk“The investigators must consider all possible scenarios and follow up all leads without their work being affected by any politicization of the case. It is now or never if the police and judicial authorities want to demonstrate that they have ended the culture of impunity.”Buzina’s murder came just one day after Oleh Kalashnikov, a former legislator and supporter of deposed President Viktor Yanukovych, was fatally shot outside his Kiev apartment.Russian President Vladimir Putin lost no time in describing Buzina’s death as the “latest political killing” in Ukraine, while Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko described the two deaths as a “deliberate provocation” designed to destabilize the country. September 7, 2020 Find out more
continue reading » Every year, Forrester analyst Alyson Clarke and her team publish a report on retail banking trends in North America that evaluates trends and provides predictions for the coming year. Overall, the predictions by Clarke and her team for 2017 were accurate. We would give them an A- for accuracy, but they could have been a bit more relevant and also considered the widening gap between credit unions that embrace digital delivery and those that do not.In the 2017 edition, Forrester made the following predictions:Optimistic uncertainty will underpin the general economic outlook.Low interest rates will keep interest earnings low. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Jose Mourinho had only one problem with Cristiano Ronaldo when he coached him at Real Madrid — he thought the world’s most expensive player was a bit of a know-it-all.Ronaldo joined Real from Manchester United for around 90 million euros ($118 million) in 2009 and took his goalscoring exploits to new heights under Mourinho, who left Real Madrid to rejoin Chelsea as manager earlier this week.Asked in an interview with Spanish television show Punto Pelota why his relationship with Ronaldo had broken down towards the end of last season, Mourinho said the player had not taken criticism well.“I had only one problem with him, very simple, very basic, which was when a coach criticises a player from a tactical viewpoint trying to improve what in my view could have been improved,” he added.“And at that moment he didn’t take it very well because maybe he thinks he knows everything and the coach cannot help him to develop more.“Cristiano has had three fantastic seasons with me, I don’t know if they were the best of his career because he had some fantastic moments with Manchester United. “I think we created a fantastic situation for him tactically in which he could express all his potential and turn that into records and goals.”Real’s failure to win major silverware last season and reports of division in the dressing room have prompted speculation Ronaldo, whose contract runs until June 2015, may be seeking a move away from the Spanish capital.Club President Florentino Perez has said the 28-year-old will stay and help Real win the 10th European crown they have been chasing since their last continental success in 2002.“Cristiano Ronaldo is priceless,” Perez, who was returned unopposed for another four-year term this week, told an Internet chat organised by El Mundo newspaper last Tuesday.“We will do it (win the 10th European title),” he added. “And Cristiano will score a goal in the final.”
Joseph King Kong Agbeko is angry at government and sports authorities for what he says is over-concentration on football to the detriment of other sporting disciplines in this country, and has expressed the fear that boxing could slump even deeper if the trend continues.The Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation has been largely dormant since the resignation of immediate past president, Ray Quarcoo last year and are only due to elect new leaders on April 18 and Agbeko is sad by the lack of activity for a hugely talented pool of upcoming boxers.Inspired by a group of amateur boxers from Kazakhstan who are currently in the US on a training tour, the former Ghana amateur team boxer took to Twitter to express his utmost disappointment at no such initiatives back home.”Kazakhstan National Boxing Team on training tour. Ghana Amateur Team is definitely sleeping by now,” King Kong tweeted very bluntly.–
Athletes at the previous Kenya marathonNairobi, Kenya | AFP | Kenya’s highest profile marathon, due on October 29, has been postponed to late November over fears of political unrest around the country’s re-run presidential election expected on October 26.The Nairobi Marathon, a road race which has often been a platform for young Kenyan athletes to launch their international careers, will now be held on November 26.“This revised date is to give runners ample time to participate in both the election and the marathon,” race organisers said. The marathon — the only regional road race recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) — is not the only sport to have been affected by the tense political climate in the country after August’s presidential election was annulled by the Supreme Court and a re-run ordered.Last month the International Cricket Council (ICC) said this October’s World Cricket League (WCL) sixth-round fixture between Kenya and the Netherlands would be moved from Nairobi to South Africa with the match set to be played at East London’s Buffalo Park cricket stadium on October 6 and 8.Share on: WhatsApp
Alexis CobbSports is my safe place. It’s what I do, when I want to blow off steam, relax, and have some fun. I’ll turn on a basketball game and root for my favorite team shamelessly.You should probably know upfront, I am a Los Angeles Lakers fan. I know, I know, it is a shock. How can I be from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and be a Lakers fan?I don’t know. It kind of just happened. The heart wants what the heart wants! But for better or worse, they are my NBA indulgence and I support them at all cost.The Los Angeles Lakers are a storied franchise and they are also one of the most hated teams in the NBA. However, like every story there is a protagonist and an antagonist. In other words, a hero and a villain.There have been several Lakers heroes that have donned the purple and gold uniforms down through the years. They have included Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabber, James Worthy, and Magic Johnson, to name a few. The current protagonist of the Los Angeles Lakers is Kobe Bryant. Lakers fans root for him to stay healthy, play within himself, and play along with his teammates. Also, we depend on the Lakers front office personnel to surround him with enough talent to produce more championships. He has five championship rings and we desperately want him to acquire his sixth ring.But in every story, there is a villain. For the Los Angeles Lakers fans, our villain, is the person, who because of his poor decision making, we will always view with disgust. Who is this villain, you ask?No, it’s not one of the usual suspects in our front office. No, it is not a former coach or a selfish brash player who may have bolted unceremoniously. Instead, our villain is David Stern. That’s right, the former National Basketball Association’s Commissioner. After 30 years of serving as commissioner, he retired in January of 2014. And may I say, good riddance!!! We, as Lakers fans do not wish him well and we loathe the thought of him.Yes, this is some strong language. But, let’s examine why Lakers fans, including myself, have such negative opinions of David Stern. In December of 2011, the league-owned New Orleans Hornets had created a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets that would send Chris Paul to the Lakers, ship Pau Gasol to the Houston Rockets and send Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin and Luis Scola to the New Orleans Hornets, along with some other pieces.When the news broke of this trade, Lakers fans were jubilant. Kobe would have Chris Paul, a brilliant point guard and a player worthy of carrying us into the future. We laughed and cried tears of joy. Fans were tweeting happily. However, within the hour of the trade being accepted, David Stern had nixed the deal. Just like that, it was gone. We did not even have 60 full minutes. Our hopes and dreams of having Chris Paul wear purple and gold had vanished. And that folks, is why David Stern is our villain.The Lakers organization tried to rebound from the failed deal by acquiring Steve Nash. However, getting Steve Nash when you thought you were getting Chris Paul is like getting your grandmother’s 2001 Geo Metro when you were promised an Aston Martin.Shortly thereafter, the organization ended up trading for Dwight Howard, but he never had enough championship fiber or grit to play for our team. It was always a recipe for disaster.I had tried to make my peace with these failed ventures. But this week was another blow to my beloved Lakers and reminder that David Stern will never see those pearly gates in the afterlife.Pau Gasol bolted for the Chicago Bulls and who can blame him. He wanted an organization that wasn’t going to use him for trade bait each year. However, just a few days later, I learned that the Lakers had picked up Carlos Boozer on waivers from the Chicago Bulls. Boozer! Short Carlos Boozer. Blasphemous. I don’t care if they had gotten him for $5.00. Some deals you just don’t make!Do you know how difficult it is going to be to cheer for Carlos Boozer as he gets pummeled by every other power forward in the league. He is listed as being 6’9. He is short and he does not jump particularly high. He is the only player I know that makes Pau Gasol look beasty. I have followed his career for years and I have never been impressed with his talent. Rooting for Carlos Boozer to actually bend his knees, jump, grab a rebound, and be aggressive is just mentally exhausting. I’m not looking forward to it.But it all comes back to Stern. It may not be reasonable. But we lay this at his feet. Had the deal gone through, the Lakers would not be sifting through the garage sell of NBA waivers trying to convince ourselves that this metal rusted fork is actually a silver spoon.Soon, I’m going to have to find another safe place. Another activity other than sports to help me relax and unwind. Oh look, they tell me there is a Zumba Class at the local YMCA for $5.00.Alexis Sara Cobb may be reached at: [email protected] or (724)561-8082 Follow her on Twitter: @alexissara
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Chamber of CommerceLeadership Thurston County (LTC) and the Thurston County Chamber Foundation are pleased to recognize members of the Class of 2017. Sponsored by TAGS Awards & Specialties, the graduation program is on June 14 during the monthly Thurston County Chamber Forum.During the 10-month program, participants met with local, community, and statewide leaders; learned about issues surrounding South Sound communities; expanded networks and resources; and explored numerous opportunities to get involved. Topics ranged from economic development and government to environmental issues, education, and health care. Field trips included visits to local businesses, schools and universities, public agencies, and non-profit organizations.Many thanks to Graduation Sponsor TAGS Awards & Specialties, all the employers who sponsored participants, local leaders who contributed to the monthly sessions, LTC Sustaining Trustees and Board of Regents, and the Thurston County Chamber for all their outstanding support during the past LTC year!In addition, thank you to our Forum sponsors, Schramm Marketing, Capital Mall, and Wolf Haven International.Leadership Thurston County Graduating class 2017. Photo courtesy: Thurston County ChamberThe 2017 LTC Graduates are:Bill BakerJustin BoyesJon BreinJennifer CarterCorinne DaffernMatthew DeBordJim DowningDonna FeddernDave ForsbergKari FyeCharlie GrothTraci HansenPamela Hartman BeyerTalia HastieCari HornbeinRachael JamisonJon KalarAshley LabradorAnne LarsenJosh MetcalfNick MilnerAlyssa NastasiErica OlsenKen PekolaLee PetersonDavid RossSierra RoundyColleen RustApril SleeShauna StewartJoanne StimacMeghan Sullivan GoldenbergerJacob WilliamsFor further information, please call Alisha Blain, program coordinator, at 360-357-8515 or email [email protected] Thurston County is a program of the Thurston County Chamber Foundation and has been developing informed, skilled and committed community leaders since 1994. For information, please visit the Leadership Thurston County’s website.