Belarus faces imminent sanctions as pressure mounts on Lukashenko

first_imgThe four sources said the measures could come on Friday, though that might slip given the challenge of coordinating between the three countries.More than 12,000 people have been arrested, and hundreds remain in jail, since Lukashenko was declared the landslide winner of an Aug. 9 presidential election that the opposition denounced as rigged.Mass protests have left him reliant on his security forces, and backing from his ally Russia, to maintain his 26-year grip on power in the former Soviet republic.Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said: “The inauguration is as illegitimate as the elections it follows.” The European Union said the abrupt swearing-in on Wednesday went directly against the will of the people.”The so-called ‘inauguration’ … and the new mandate claimed by Aleksander Lukashenko lack any democratic legitimacy,” the EU’s 27 states said in a statement.”This ‘inauguration’ directly contradicts the will of large parts of the Belarusian population, as expressed in numerous, unprecedented and peaceful protests since the elections, and serves to only further deepen the political crisis in Belarus.”The EU, a large financial donor to Belarus, also said it was “reviewing its relations” with the country, meaning the bloc would seek to cut off direct funding to Lukashenko’s government, channeling it to aid groups and hospitals instead.Night of protestsLukashenko brushed off the condemnation.”We didn’t ask anyone to recognize our elections or not recognize them, to recognize the legitimacy of the newly elected president or not,” the news site Sputnik Belarus quoted him as saying.The 66-year-old leader defended the manner of his swearing-in.”You know about 2,000 people were invited to the inauguration, together with the military. And it is almost impossible to keep it secret,” he said.The ceremony, a major state occasion that would normally be conducted with fanfare, took place without prior warning in an apparent attempt to prevent it being disrupted by protests.Instead, it drew thousands onto the streets of the capital Minsk on Wednesday evening, where security forces chased down protesters and fired water cannon to disperse crowds.Police detained 364 people, the Interior Ministry said.A video showing a taxi driver rescuing a protester and speeding away from baton-wielding riot police went viral on social media.Detained opposition politician Maria Kolesnikova urged protesters not to give up and mocked the security forces who arrested her, in a letter to her father that was shared by the Tut.By news portal.”You must tell them not to give up, just keep going! These people who have kidnapped me are all incredibly weak and hysterical. They don’t even know how to do their job well,” the 38-year-old musician wrote.Kolesnikova burnished her status as a hero to the protesters by ripping up her passport to avoid forced deportation to Ukraine earlier this month.  The United States, Britain and Canada may impose sanctions on Belarus as early as Friday, four sources told Reuters, and the European Union told President Alexander Lukashenko it did not recognize him as the country’s legitimate leader.Diplomatic pressure on Lukashenko mounted a day after he had himself sworn in for a sixth term at an inauguration ceremony that was kept secret until after it was completed.British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that following the “fraudulent” inauguration, British, US and Canadian officials were working on sanctions against those responsible for “serious human rights violations”.center_img Topics :last_img read more

PHOTO: Borr Drilling’s Prospector 5 rig on the move

first_imgBorr Drilling’s Prospector 5 jack-up drilling rig seems ready to leave Schiedam, The Netherlands, where it’s been sitting for months.Prospector 5 – Picture by Hans TompotAccording to a photo and a Linkedin post by Hans Tompot, the rig, previously owned by Paragon Offshore (a company recently taken over by Borr), is set to depart a yard in Schiedam.“At departure, the rig of the Friede & Goldman JU2000E design will be assisted by four DAMEN Azimuth Stern Drive tugs, operated by KotugSMIT,” Tompot said in his post.The Prospector 5 jack-up rig was built for Prospector Offshore by SWS in China in 2014. Prospector Offshore was then acquired by Paragon Offshore.The rig had spent three years working for Total in the North Sea between late 2014 and late 2017, at the Elgin location, in the Central Graben area of the UK North Sea. Upon the contract expiration, the rig was stacked in the Netherlands.Offshore Energy Today has reached out to Borr Drilling, seeking more info on the rig’s next destination. We will update the article if we get a response.Worth noting, while Borr Drilling has recently started a “scrapfest” selling several older rigs bought as part of Paragon transaction for scrap, the Prospector 5, and its sister rig Prospector 1 should not fear the similar fate, any time soon.Namely, announcing the Paragon transaction, Borr said the “two modern units of the leading JU-2000E design, the Prospector 1 and Prospector 5” would complement Borr’s fleet “and further consolidate its leading position in the premium jack-up segment.”Update: July 10, 2017Mr. Hans Tompot has informed us and has updated his Linkedin post accordingly, that the Prospector 5 on Monday evening left Schiedam, bound for Damen Verolme Rotterdam.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Vineyard Wind Gets CRMC Federal Consistency Agreement

first_imgThe Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) has issued the federal consistency concurrence for the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project.The news follows Vineyard Wind’s submission of a commercial fisheries mitigation proposal and a commercial fisheries biological assessment monitoring plan summary to CRMC.The Massachusetts office of coastal zone management is expected to issue its federal consistency determination this June, while the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is scheduled to issue its record of decision for the project construction and operation plan this summer.Vineyard Wind, North America’s first large-scale offshore wind farm, will feature MHI Vestas 9.5MW turbines located some 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.The 800MW project will enter the construction phase this year and is expected to be operational in 2021.last_img read more

Aussie Open: Zverev sweeps past Wawrinka to make first Grand Slam semi

first_imgGerman young gun Alexander Zverev stormed into his first Grand Slam semi-final on Wednesday, rallying from a set down to shatter the dreams of veteran Stan Wawrinka at the Australian Open.Advertisement The seventh seed was thumped in the first set but recovered to grind down the 2014 champion 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in hot sun on Rod Laver Arena. He will face either world number one Rafael Nadal or Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem in the last four, with a final beckoning against Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer.“It feels awesome,” said Zverev who has been donating $10,000 for each win at Melbourne Park to Australian bushfire relief, and will even hand over the Aus$4.12 million ($2.78 million) winner’s cheque if he clinches the title.“I’ve done well at other tournaments and in other matches but could never break that barrier in Grand Slams. You can’t imagine what this means to me.“It hope it will be the first of many.”Big things have been tipped for Zverev since he burst into the top 10 in 2017, but until now the 22-year-old has not fully delivered, slipping down the rankings last year to seven from four at the start of the season.But after a poor build-up to the year’s opening Major at the ATP Cup, where he lost all three matches, he worked hard on the practice court and has been in fine touch to finally make a Grand Slam last four at his 19th attempt.His serve, a key focus of his extended practices, was a weapon once again against 34-year-old three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka.He fired 13 aces against just one double fault, with a first-serve percentage of 80 percent.– Crunching groundstrokes –It was Wawrinka who came out of the blocks firing, putting immediate pressure on the Zverev serve, getting his returns back to break straight away when the German netted a half-volley.Zverev won just four points in the opening three games as he struggled to get the measure of Wawrinka, and he was broken again when he shanked a forehand high into the crowd.The German finally held to get himself on the scoreboard but the Swiss was moving and serving well, unleashing some crunching groundstrokes to take the set in just 24 minutes.Zverev needed to hold his opening serve in the second set to halt the Wawrinka juggernaut and he rose to the occasion, with his court coverage and groundstrokes raising a level. Loading… center_img Read Also: Aussie Open: Injured Federer saves seven match points in stunning comebackIt went with serve until game eight when Wawrinka drilled a forehand into the net and Zverev screamed ‘C’mon’ after his first break of the match, serving out for the set.A resurgent Zverev rammed home his advantage with an early break in the third set before the wily Swiss hit back. But a poorly executed drop shot again handed the 22-year-old another break and he raced to a two sets to one lead.Wawrinka, who beat Rafael Nadal in the 2014 Melbourne final, was out of fight and Zverev had him dancing to his tune as he raced to victory, ending the popular Swiss star’s bid for a first Slam semi since Roland Garros in 2017.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Best Cars Of All TimeIt Looks Like An Ordinary Doughnut, But It Glows In The Dark!7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Dolast_img read more

Argos Hope to Take Care of Business in Huntsville

first_imgArgos Hope to Take Care of Business in Huntsville Share April 12, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – West Florida (31-12, 7-5) slipped from 18th to a tie for 27th at the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top 30 Poll this week after losing two-of-three to 16th ranked West Alabama. The Argonauts play at conference rival Alabama-Huntsville (17-23, 1-8) this weekend for a three game series. They play two games on Saturday at 1:00 pm and one game on Sunday at 1:00 pm.The Argos are in third place in the GSC East. They lose a tiebreaker to Montevallo who is also 7-5, and are two games behind West Alabama. The Chargers are in seventh and last place in the division. The top four teams from the east and west divisions qualify for the GSC Tournament on May 5-9.West Florida continues to be led by the play of senior first baseman Bo Williams (Ocala, Fla. / Pensacola JC). Williams is batting .394 with six homeruns, 13 doubles and 40 RBI. Senior right fielder Peter Antoske is hitting .361 with 26 RBI. Junior third baseman Lee Huggins (Bay Minette, Ala. / Faulkner State CC) has been on a tear in conference games. He is hitting .548 with four doubles and six RBI in 12 GSC games.Brett McCullough (Cantonment, Fla. / Tate HS) is 6-1 on the mound for UWF with a 3.21 ERA. Batters are hitting just .235 against him this year. Starter Jonathan Weaver (Molino, Fla. / Tate HS) is 4-2 with a 3.65 ERA, and closer Phil Lawhorn (Virginia Beach, Va. / Pensacola JC) is 4-0 with nine saves. He is three saves off the single season saves record held by Fred Fosson’s 12 in 2005.Alabama-Huntsville is led by Clint Harrelson who is batting .385. Adam Keenum is hitting .339 with four homers and 33 RBI. Ray Bearden leads the team in homers with seven, including 33 RBI. The Chargers pitching staff has posted a 7.20 ERA, and opponents are batting .312 against them. They were swept by Montevallo last weekend in the three game series.West Florida has played just seven games on the road this year with a 4-3 record. Alabama-Huntsville is 10-9 at home. The Argos are just 16-21 versus UAH all-time. In last year’s series in Pensacola, UWF took two-of-three games from the Chargers, including a pair of 6-0 shutouts.Listen to the “Live Audio” and follow the game using “Live Stats” at goargos.comPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Liddle leaves Sunderland coaching role

first_img The club has confirmed the 41-year-old former Darlington manager, who joined the Black Cats a year ago, has left. However, insiders insist his departure was an Academy decision and not part of new manager Paolo Di Canio’s plans for an overhaul of the senior set-up. Sunderland have parted company with development coach Craig Liddle. Sunderland recently dispensed with the services of chief scout Bryan “Pop” Robson, while Italian Roberto Di Fanti is expected to be appointed director of football in due course. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

GSA sweeps Seacoast Invitational; EHS girls 2nd, boys 3rd at sectional meet

first_imgSULLIVAN — Hancock County cross-country runners got one last tune-up before championship season Friday and Saturday at meets in Sullivan and Old Town.On Friday, Sumner hosted runners from Bucksport, George Stevens Academy and Deer Isle-Stonington in the Seacoast Invitational. Calais, Jonesport-Beals, Lee Academy, Machias, Narraguagus, Searsport and Shead also participated.On the boys’ side, GSA stole the show to place first with 22 points. Caden Mattson finished fourth with a time of 18 minutes, 52 seconds for the Eagles, who also got top-10 finishes from Ian Renwick (fifth), Andrew Szwez (seventh) and Clark Morrison (eighth).Third-place finisher Luke Barnes of Sumner was Hancock County’s top individual runner in the Seacoast Invitational with a time of 18:30, though the Tigers did not field enough runners to place as a team. Calais earned second place with 64 points with Lee Academy (74), Bucksport (101), Machias (118) and Searsport (157) rounding out the rest of the teams.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA also took first place as a team on the girls’ side. The Eagles recorded 15 points to beat out Machias, which posted 40.Individually, GSA’s Eleanor Williamson took second behind Shead’s Katherine Bartlett with a time of 23:22. Grace Broughton (fifth place), Lanny Zentz (sixth), Josie Czuj (seventh) and Jenna Eldridge (eighth) gave the Eagles five top-10 finishers.Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island competed Saturday in the Old Town Invitational. The meet pitted the Eagles and Trojans against the host team as well as runners from Bangor Christian, Brewer, Caribou, Dexter, Foxcroft, Hermon, Houlton, John Bapst, Mattanawcook Academy, Orono, Presque Isle and Washington Academy.In the boys’ race, Ellsworth’s Matt Shea crossed the finish line in 17:52.76 to finish third of 80 finishers. The Eagles also earned top-20 finishes from Nick Cormier (11th), Mark Berry (12th), Beckett Markosian (14th) and Calvin Nelson (15th) to place third behind Hermon and Caribou with 55 points.On the girls’ side, Caitlin MacPherson finished with a time of 20:34.08 to place third of 64 finishers for the Eagles. Teammate Abby Mazgaj posted a time of 21:19.38 to finish sixth for the Eagles, who placed second behind Orono with 56 points.Ellsworth has about 30 runners this season, a big step up from past years. The Eagles will only lose five of those runners to graduation, and head coach Louie Luchini believes his current crop of young athletes will provide a strong foundation for the team in the seasons to come.“We have a big freshman crop this year and a pretty big team overall,” Luchini said. “It kind of goes in waves as to what sports kids do, and we’re riding one of those good waves with a lot of young cross-country runners coming up right now. I think that will provide us with a lot of stability.”MDI finished third on the girls’ side and fifth on the boys’ side. Olivia Johnson and Katelyn Osborne finished a respective 10th and 11th for the Trojans in the girls’ race, and senior Alex Eason took 16th for the boys.The next meet for Hancock County runners will be the Festival of Champions next Saturday, Sept. 29, at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast. The first race will begin at 10:30 a.m. with boys’ and girls’ unseeded, freshman and seeded races lasting throughout the late morning and early afternoon leading up to the awards ceremony at 3:15. Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Bio Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020last_img read more

Blackmon returns to Rockies after recovering from COVID-19

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDENVER (AP) — All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon, the first major league player known to have tested positive for the coronavirus, returned to the Colorado Rockies for his first workout Monday after getting the all clear to rejoin his teammates.“I feel great. I have felt that way for at least a couple of weeks now,” Blackmon said on a video conference call with reporters before taking batting and fielding practice at Coors Field. “It’s nice to be back,” he added. “I was getting kind of bored sitting there in the basement in quarantine by myself.” Blackmon said he was only mildly affected by the virus that has killed more than 130,000 Americans and claimed more than a half-million lives worldwide.“I had a day and a half of symptoms and after that I started feeling much better,” Blackmon said, adding he hopes to be ready for the Rockies’ July 24 opener at Texas.He said his illness wasn’t even as bad as the flu.“I was blindsided” by the positive test result, Blackmon explained, adding that he had taken all the usual precautions with his family: sheltering at home, social distancing and wearing a mask when out in public.He said he has no idea how he contracted the virus but was lucky not to get as sick as so many others. Associated Press Manager Bud Black said he hopes to have Blackmon available when the season is set to begin in two weeks. If he isn’t ready to play outfield, he might serve as Colorado’s designated hitter to start out.“It’s going to be close, but I’m optimistic, knowing Charlie,” Black said. ”We’re going to watch him every single day to see how he’s doing.” ___ Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___ July 13, 2020center_img “My symptoms were what I would consider mild flu symptoms,” Blackmon said. “I had a headache, I had a bit of a cough and then I had some body aches. I just felt sick. But it only lasted for about 36 hours and I would consider it mild compared to the flu. I had the flu proper a couple of years ago and I thought that thing was going to wipe me out.“And I’m lucky that my COVID experience was not nearly as severe” as many others who have been infected, Blackmon said. “And I know that it does affect everybody a little differently. But I would consider the symptoms that I felt to be minor.”Blackmon said he’s just trying now to regain his physical fitness and added that he doesn’t foresee any long-term effects from the illness.“This is a minor, minor glitch, a minor speed bump,” he said. “It is not something that’s going to throw me off. It’s not something that I was scared of or that I’ll be scared of for any of these guys in this locker room. “I do think we’ll be as safe as we can and try not to get it, but honestly, we went through a whole lot of trouble and did a lot of changing of our life and our country for something that wasn’t that bad — in my experience,” Blackmon said. “That doesn’t mean that it won’t be more serious for other people and that it hasn’t been more serious for other people.” Blackmon returns to Rockies after recovering from COVID-19 More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseballlast_img read more

Badgers remain undefeated

first_imgFor the second time in as many years, the UW women’s basketball team is off to a 3-0 start after defeating Central Connecticut State University 75-45 Friday night.The Badgers (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) saw five of their players score in double figures, as well as two others scoring 9 points.”We had almost seven players in double figures,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “That would be pretty nice if we had that every game. I’m pleased with the fact that we shared the ball and found good shots.”Wisconsin, which never trailed in the game, took the lead just five seconds into the game and never looked back. Off the opening tip, point guard Rae Lin D’Alie found a wide-open Danielle Ward under the basket for an easy layup.”I think the biggest thing we talk about is we have to have a strong start,” guard Janese Banks said. “At halftime, we went in saying we need to keep this up. We don’t want to have any letdowns. I think that’s been one of our strong points, is how we start the game.”Leading the way for the Badgers was sophomore Caitlin Gibson with 12 points. Junior guard Jolene Anderson kept her double-digit scoring streak alive at 32 consecutive games by adding 11 points. Anderson and Mariah Dunham each had eight rebounds.Coach Stone also saw strong contributions from her new players. Freshmen Teah Gant and Dunham both notched career-high point totals, scoring 10 apiece. Ivana Mijalcevic added 9 points, including her first three-pointer as a Badger.Wisconsin shot 50 percent from the field while holding Central Connecticut State (0-2, 0-0 NEC) to just 35 percent.”We did not execute our offense, and that hurt us,” CCSU head coach Yvette Harris said. “We did not get the leadership at the point guard that I was looking for, and consequently, we did not run our plays.”Gabriella Guegbelet, CCSU’s team captain, was held in check by the stifling Badger defense. Guegbelet made just three of 11 shots on the game for 6 points.”I think that Gabby was rushing her shot,” Harris said. “She just felt a lot of pressure. She was in a hurry to try and make something happen. That hurt us because we look for her to lead us in our scoring, settle us down, and that didn’t happen for her tonight.”Leading the scoring for CCSU was senior guard Brittney Dixon. Dixon scored 12 points, including two three-pointers, and was the only Blue Devil to score in double figures.Coach Stone liked the hustle she saw out of her team Friday night, especially the play of Banks. Early in the first half, the junior went flying into the press row after diving for a loose ball.”Janese took out the monitor, the popcorn and the Coke all at once,” Stone said. “Our players are now appreciating the fact that they have an opportunity to play a game and be on the Kohl Center floor and compete, regardless of what the score is or who the opponent is. That is a tremendous sign, particularly with a young team.”Wisconsin was much improved Friday night at the free-throw line, something the team has been struggling with so far this season.Other than an early miss by Banks, the Badgers made the rest of their free throws to finish 15-16 from the line.”Janese apologized for starting off on the wrong foot because she missed the first one,” Stone joked. “This team is impressionable in what we ask them to do. We tell them to focus on certain things. They study the game plan.”UW was also successful at working the ball down low, with 44 of the team’s points coming in the paint.”We definitely emphasized that we had the height advantage,” Gibson said. “We wanted to take it to the hole. We are pretty accurate when we get it inside.”Early in the game, freshman forward Brittany Heins suffered a left ankle injury. She is listed as day-to-day; in addition, guard Annie Crangle will be out several weeks with a lower-leg injury.”It’s an overuse injury,” Stone said. “She’ll be out for a little bit. We hope to get her back as soon as we can.”Wisconsin will look to continue their home winning streak as in-state rival UW-Milwaukee (1-3, 0-0 Horizon) comes to the Kohl Center tonight.last_img read more

Copa America: Brazil crash out with shootout defeat to Paraguay

first_imgParaguay knocked Brazil out of the Copa America on penalties for the second successive tournament, setting up a semi-final clash against Argentina.Brazil crashed out of the 2011 competition with a penalty shootout defeat to Paraguay, and history repeated itself – as Dunga’s side failed to improve on that showing, lacking creativity and invention in the final third with Neymar missing through suspension.However, the Selecao took the lead after just 15 minutes, with Robinho finishing Dani Alves’ cross into the box from the right wing. But Paraguay restored parity after the break, with Derlis Gonzalez converting from the spot after a blatant handball inside the area by Thiago Silva.And Paraguay – who picked up their display in the second half – claimed victory and a place in the semi-finals in the penalty shootout – with Everton Ribeiro and Douglas Costa missing from the 12 yard spot as Brazil crashed out.–last_img read more