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Some Russians flee Ukraine conscription as Moscow remains defiant at U.N

KYIV/NEW YORK  – Some draft-age Russians rushed to leave the country on Thursday to escape their country’s biggest conscription drive since World War Two, as world powers at the United Nations demanded Moscow be held accountable for alleged atrocities in Ukraine. Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, responded with defiance, defending Moscow’s record and accusing Kyiv and […] The post Some Russians flee Ukraine conscription as Moscow remains defiant at U.N appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerSep 23rd, 2022

Russia says it gained full control of Ukraine s Lyman city

MOSCOW - Russia's Defense Ministry said on Saturday that the Lyman city in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine had fallen under the full control of Russian forces.Igor Konashenkov, the spokesman for the ministry, told a press briefing in the capital Moscow that the Russian and Russian-back.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 29th, 2022

Russia handang tumulong vs food crisis pero…

RUSSIA – Handa ang Moscow na gumawa ng “makabuluhang kontribusyon” para maiwasan ang nagbabantang krisis sa pagkain. Pero ito ay kung tatanggalin ng Kanlurang bansa ang mga parusang ipinataw sa Russia bunsod ng pakikidigma nito sa Ukraine, sinabi ni Pangulong Vladimir Putin sa isang tawag sa telepono kasama ang Punong Ministro ng Italya na si […] The post Russia handang tumulong vs food crisis pero… appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 27th, 2022

Folayang talks future, has sights on Akiyama, Lee

Despite his recent struggles, Eduard “Landslide” Folayang remains defiant, knowing that his current situation wouldn’t last forever. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 25th, 2021

EU foreign ministers to meet on Navalny health as tensions with Russia soar

EU foreign ministers are set to meet virtually Monday for talks on the health of dissident Alexei Navalny, as the United States warned Moscow of "consequences" if the Kremlin critic dies in prison and tensions soared over a Russian military build-up on Ukraine's border......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 19th, 2021

EU ministers to meet on Navalny& rsquo;s health

BRUSSELS—European Union foreign ministers are set to meet virtually Monday for talks on the health of dissident Alexei Navalny, as the United States warned Moscow of “consequences” if the Kremlin critic dies in prison and tensions soared over a Russian military build-up on Ukraine’s border......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 19th, 2021

Russia, Ukraine expel diplomats as tensions soar

Russia on Saturday said it would expel a Ukrainian diplomat, prompting an immediate pledge of retaliation from Kiev, further escalating tensions over Moscow's troop build-up on Ukraine's eastern flank......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 18th, 2021

Moscow warns West against sending troops to back Ukraine

Moscow warned the West Friday against sending troops to Ukraine to buttress its ally, after Kiev accused Moscow of building up troops on its border......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2021

After two arrests, Zimbabwe journalist remains defiant

The ruling party in his native Zimbabwe has declared him an enemy of the state. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 25th, 2020

French church attacker tests positive for Covid-19

The Tunisian assailant who killed three people at a church in France has tested positive for Covid-19, which could further delay his questioning, a source close to the inquiry said Tuesday. A woman lights a candle outside Notre-Dame de l’Assomption Basilica in Nice on October 31, 2020, to pay tribute to the victims two days after a knife attacker killed three people, cutting the throat of two, inside the church of the French Riviera city, and police arrest a young Tunisian migrant from Sfax who arrived in Europe only last month, according to French prosecutors. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP) Brahim Issaoui, 21, remains hospitalized after being shot several times by police after the knife rampage at Nice’s  Notre-Dame basilica on Thursday. “He hasn’t yet been questioned, his prognosis remains uncertain,” another inquiry source told AFP late Monday. Issaoui, who was known to Tunisian police for violence and drug offences, arrived in France only last month, having first crossed the Mediterranean to the Italian island of Lampedusa. Italian media reports say he was initially placed in quarantine with nearly 400 other migrants aboard a ferry boat, before being allowed to disembark  at Bari on October 9. Investigators have since determined he arrived in Nice on October 27, just two days before the church attack. One woman had her throat cut and a church employee was also fatally stabbed inside the church, while another woman managed to flee but later died of her wounds. Police say Issaoui yelled “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) as they apprehended him, leading officials to say it was the latest in a string of jihadist attacks on French soil in recent years. Six people have been detained for questioning over suspected links with Issaoui, but only one remained in custody Tuesday, a 29-year-old Tunisian who was aboard the boat that brought Issaoui to Lampedusa, sources said......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2020

Russia reports record virus cases but shuns new restrictions

Russia registered its highest-ever number of new coronavirus infections on Friday after officials warned that tight restrictions could be put back in place if people continued to flout restrictions. New cases in Russia have surged past the record levels seen in May Dimitar DILKOFF AFP/File/ MANILA BULLETIN Restaurants and bars in Moscow were bustling and many residents were ignoring orders to wear masks in public as nationwide infections surged in September, but officials stopped short of imposing new sweeping measures to slow the spread of the virus. European leaders across the continent are scambling to amend virus regulations against the backdrop of a surge in new cases, and even Germany, which was praised for its early handling of the pandemic, has suffered a large increase in new infections. But officials in Russia, which has the world’s fourth-highest caseload after the United States, India and Brazil, have so far dismissed the idea there is a second wave of infections or any need for a new lockdown.   A government tally registered 12,126 new cases on Friday, surpassing the country’s previous record set in May by several hundred cases. “I’m really afraid that things will go back to how they were in the spring, that everyone will be quarantined and we won’t be allowed to go to work,” Vladimir, a teacher in Saint Petersburg who declined to give his last name, told AFP.  – Training dogs to detect virus – As Russia is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases, the country’s flagship airline Aeroflot is training sniffer dogs to detect the coronavirus by scent. Aeroflot uses a special jackal-dog hybrid called Shalaika in Russian to detect explosives. Now dog handlers say the Shalaikas — who have a powerful sense of smell — can be taught to sniff out the coronavirus. “The dog is not looking for the virus, the dog is looking for a person with signs of the disease,” Elena Batayeva, head of canine monitoring at Aeroflot, told reporters. Russia imposed one of the most severe nationwide lockdowns at the beginning of the pandemic. Non-essential businesses were shuttered and Moscow residents only permitted to move freely with official digital passes. But most restrictions were lifted ahead of a large WWII military parade in June and a nationwide vote on amendments that paved the way for President Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036. Officials in Moscow, which is the epicentre of Russia’s pandemic, have taken only minor steps to slow the spread of cases. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has ordered the elderly and vulnerable to stay at home and told employers to keep at least a third of staff working remotely.  Mask-wearing is compulsory on public transport and inside shops, but some Muscovites are not convinced others are doing enough to stop the spread of infections. “The city is making the necessary decisions. But it won’t work without people responding to these measures, helping themselves and those around them,” Sobyanin said Friday. Tatyana Nemirovskaya, a 30-year-old PR specialist, told AFP that Muscovites are “definitely not” following the government’s guidelines. The head of Russia’s consumer rights watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, which is spearheading the country’s virus response, warned this week of “new measures” if the current rules were not followed. The Kremlin said Friday that if the situation continues to deteriorate it will “require some actions, decisions”. – ‘Without masks, having fun’ – But Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov placed the blame on Russians for the surging caseload, saying it was clear that “many people don’t think it is necessary to take care of providing the safety of their health.”  Standing next to a memorial to medics who have died during the pandemic in Saint Petersburg, Stella, a resident of Russia’s second city, said people had dropped their guard after mass restrictions were lifted. “The rules were slightly eased and people calmly walked around without masks, having fun and everything began again,” she said. Russia announced in August it had registered the world’s first coronavirus vaccine, named Sputnik V after the Soviet-era satellite and a number of officials have said they volunteered for inoculation, including Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.  Putin this week said “around 50 people” in his inner circle, including staff and family, had been vaccinated. Russia has recorded a total of 22,257 fatalities from the virus, a much lower figure compared to other badly-hit countries. Kremlin critics have suggested the authorities have downplayed the death rate to hide the severity of the outbreak......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

Pro-bound Eumir Marcial could make debut by October

After signing his MP Promotions contract earlier this month, there already seems to be a number of plans in place for Eumir Felix Marcial.  While Marcial is taking steps towards his professional career, the 24-year old decorated amateur pug has maintained that his prime objective right now is to bring home a gold medal for the Philippines in the Olympics. (READ ALSO: Eumir Marcial set on going pro but maintains Olympic gold medal is top priority) Marcial secured his spot in the Tokyo Olympics before the COVID-19 pandemic forced oa postponement of the Summer games to 2021.  Keeping that in mind, MP Promotions appears to be all-in on making Marcial’s gold medal dream into a reality, and that includes gearing his professional training towards becoming the best version of himself in time for Tokyo.  “We have a lot of great things in store, getting Eumir’s career going, we’re bringing him to the US, we’ll train him here, working under some of the top trainers and good sparring, and we’re really just kind of focused on the for first year is winning that gold medal, so everything we do leading up to Tokyo, when he has a few professional fights, is gonna be with in mind that we keep everything good for Tokyo,” explained MP Promotions President Sean Gibbons on Tuesday’s PSA Forum.  With about a year before Tokyo, Gibbons hopes to have Marcial compete in around three professional bouts starting this October.  “We’d hope to possibly have about three fights, because you have about nine months, you have a year before the Olympics, almost to the day right now, but I think you have to stop about three months before, so hopefully, we’ll do something in October, and then we’ll work from there, hopefully three fights before he has to stop and go fully concentrate on the Olympics.”  Gibbons maintains that for now, all of Marcial’s moves will have his Olympics appearance in mind, meaning that his first few pro bouts will likely be 4 to 6-round contest, which is similar to what he’ll be competing in at the Summer games.  To start out, just [4 and 6-rounders] because again, we’re trying to keep in line with what he’s going to be doing in Tokyo, so everything is geared towards preparation for that, and that’s why you start off with a 4 or 6-rounder, then another 4-6 depending again, we have to talk to Eumir, talk to his coaches, talk to everybody, but the idea is to sharpen up a lot of out-of-competition, not the actual fights itself, but all the training he’ll do and, let’s say when he comes to Los Angeles, all the different types of sparring and whoever we work with, along with his coaches,”  Gibbons also gave credit to Marcial’s current coaching team with the National Team, coach Ronald Chavez and coach Don Abnett, the men who have helped transform Marcial to the decorated amateur star and prospect that he is today.  “That’s one of the things I want to say also:  he’s had very good coaches so far, they’ve done very well, so we’re going to adapt whatever Eumir wants, with his coaches, whoever the team chooses in LA to work with,” said Gibbons.  “Yung gusto ko parin kasi, yung makasama ko sa training yung coaches ko, yun parin yung gusto ko makasama dito,” explained Marcial. “Sila pa din yung gusto ko makasama dahil siyempre, Olympics parin, ito parin yung pinag-hahandaan natin, so yun yung gusto kong makasama na mga coach, kasi siyempre amateur parin yung lalaruin natin doon, and gusto ko parin ma-maintain yung style ko yung paano mag-laro sa amateur.”  The commitment to the Olympics, Gibbons says, is something that Marcial has been focused on.  “Eumir has always told me, ‘I promised my dad, I promised the country that I’m gonna win the gold medal.’, so that’s what were doing everything to start the career with, in mind to get better to beat the guy from Ukraine, to beat the Russians, to beat those guys.” As for weight class, Gibbons says that Marcial should be competing around 160-162-pounds or at middleweight in order to keep him in the same division as the one he'll be competing at in the Olympics.  "It appears that we’ll probably  be doing it at middleweight, 160-pounds right in there, 160-162-pounds because again, Eumir is fighting in the Olympics at 165-pounds, that’s 75 kilos, and again, you don’t want to take a guy too low when you’re basically just preparing everything for Tokyo. Somewhere around the weight that he’s been fighting at as an amateur."  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 21st, 2020

Russian vote to allow Putin reelection

MOSCOW, Russia — Russians overwhelmingly approved a package of constitutional changes in a nationwide vote, partial results showed Wednesday, allowing President Vladimir Putin to potentially extend his two-decade rule until 2036. With almost 30 percent of polling stations reporting after the end of six days of voting, 74 percent of voters had supported the reforms, […] The post Russian vote to allow Putin reelection appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2020

SpaceX launch awes Russians

MOSCOW (AFP) — Russia’s space agency, until now the only one able to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, on Sunday congratulated the US SpaceX company over its successful launch of a manned rocket. Saturday’s launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida was the first of American astronauts from US soil in nine years, […] The post SpaceX launch awes Russians appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 31st, 2020

Marine cable break an ever-present risk

The suspected sabotage of undersea gas pipelines linking Russia to Europe in the midst of the war in Ukraine has set us wondering about the vulnerability in a period of conflict of the submarine communication cables connecting the Philippines to other countries......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2022

Barbie Forteza learns about Noli and El Fili from acting

In this pandemic-new normal milieu, Barbie Forteza remains enthusiastic in playing new roles......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 1st, 2022

Magnolia disconnects Converge; Bay Area remains spotless

After trailing by double digits heading into the final salvo, the Hotshots uncorked a 14-0 run in four minutes to tie the game at 87-all with 7:33 left in the game......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 1st, 2022

Left in Limbo: For some families, foster care is the right choice

While a family remains the best environment for a child, says registered child psychologist Aileen Sison, not all families and parents are capable of providing the needed care and support for their children.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 30th, 2022

Kanye West retains interest in a political position

Rapper Kanye West said Thursday in an ABC interview that he remains interested in running for political office, after running for president in 2020 with.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2022

Never forget | Thousands march in UP to mark 50 years of Marcos Sr.’s martial law

"Let us not be cowed. We are on the right side of history. We will continue to fight for the country. In the midst of lies and oppression, our call remains - we will struggle on." The post Never forget | Thousands march in UP to mark 50 years of Marcos Sr.’s martial law appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2022

Barcenas: Commemorating Martial Law struggles under a Marcos administration remains ‘relevant’

CEBU CITY, Philippines — For Martial Law survivor and retired Cebuano politician Atty. Democrito Barcenas, this year’s commemoration of the struggles of those who sacrificed and died during the Martial Law period, even under a Marcos administration, remains a “relevant” endeavor. “This is very relevant in the light of the efforts of the Marcos family […] The post Barcenas: Commemorating Martial Law struggles under a Marcos administration remains ‘relevant’ appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 21st, 2022