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Belarus intensifies crackdown after mammoth demonstration

first_imgBelarusian authorities stepped up arrests of political opponents and strike leaders Monday, after Sunday saw the latest unprecedented demonstration against President Alexander Lukashenko’s disputed re-election. While the protest movement against Lukashenko’s 26-year reign entered its third week, the man known as “Europe’s last dictator” responded with fresh rhetoric and martial imagery.Most prominently, Nobel Literature Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich was summoned for questioning over her ties to the opposition.  Alexievich, who won the Nobel Prize in 2015, has supported opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and is a member of the Coordination Council set up by her allies to oversee a peaceful transition of power, although the 72-year-old writer has not attended its sessions.The Investigative Committee summoned Alexievich for questioning on Wednesday as a witness in an ongoing criminal probe into the council’s creation, focusing on alleged calls to seize power. Another presidium member, former arts minister and diplomat Pavel Latushko, faces questioning on Tuesday. The announcement came hours after police reported the detention of two other Coordination Council members on suspicion of organizing illegal strikes. Meanwhile a top US diplomat met Tikhanovskaya in Lithuania after tens of thousands took part in some of the largest protests in the country’s recent history for a second Sunday in a row.  Topics : ‘We are under pressure’ Tikhanovskaya fled to neighboring Lithuania after August 9 polls that she claims to have won against Lukashenko. His insistence on his own landslide victory and police violence against demonstrators have sparked the huge protests against his rule.The opposition said two members of its Coordination Council were detained on Monday: Sergei Dylevsky, a tractor plant worker who has come to prominence as a strike leader and Olga Kovalkova, a member of Tikhanovskaya’s staff.Allies of Tikhanovskaya formed the council this month to oversee efforts for a peaceful transition of power.”We are under pressure. This morning two members of the presidium of the Coordination Council were detained,” another presidium member, Liliya Vlasova, told a press conference.Vlasova, a lawyer and mediator, said Dylevsky and Kovalkova were accused of illegally organizing a strike, an administrative offence.A mobile phone video by a witness posted by news site Tut.by apparently showed Dylevsky and Kovalkova being led to a police van, watched by uniformed workers from the Belarus tractor plant.Three more people were arrested Monday evening on the sidelines of an opposition protest in capital Minsk. ‘Belarus will not waver’ As the vast crowd of protesters held their unsanctioned march through Minsk, Lukashenko mounted a bizarre display of force.Footage released by his press service showed him landing at his residence in Minsk with his 15-year-old son Nikolai, both in bullet-proof vests and carrying assault rifles. He then praised riot police manning a heavily fortified barricade as “beautiful guys”.On Monday the presidency and state news agency Belta used the footage in a montage set to stirring music, titled “Belarus will not waver”. It featured scenes of heavily armed riot police and warnings that Lukashenko will impose “order”.Tikhanovskaya’s campaign ally and Coordination Council member Maria Kolesnikova on Monday called for an official investigation into how Nikolai, a minor, was allowed to carry a combat weapon, and ridiculed Lukashenko.”We think it’s very strange when someone who heads a country allows himself to run about in very strange clothing, with a very strange weapon in the center of Minsk,” she said.”If he thinks 80 percent of Belarusians voted for him, why does he fearfully hide behind barbed wire and those chains of ‘beautiful guys?'” Call with Putin “We consider these actions of the authorities are absolutely unlawful,” Vlasova said. “We are negotiators.”Vlasova said that investigators had also summoned her for questioning later Monday.In the industrial city of Soligorsk, police detained a strike leader at the Belaruskaly potash plant, Anatoly Bokun, and another, Alexander Lavrinovich, at the MZKT plant, which makes heavy-duty trucks, factory workers told AFP. US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun met Tikhanovskaya in Lithuania, calling her a “very impressive person”.He condemned “the violation of human rights and brutality that we’ve seen play out in Belarus,” saying Belarusians must “determine their own future”.Tikhanovskaya said Lukashenko “does not have the support either of the Belarusian people or the international community”.Visiting Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called for Lukashenko “not to resort to violence, to respect the rights of the protesters”. The Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin had spoken by phone with Lukashenko on Monday, the latest in a series of calls between the two leaders, whose countries are closely linked.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov praised protesters for lack of “provocations” and said law enforcement behaved “very appropriately” during Sunday’s demonstration.While police did not crack down at the time, the opposition warned Monday that anyone who took part could potentially be detained.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Renewal of Opioid Disaster Declaration, Passage of Legislation to Aid in Crisis

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf today announced the second renewal of his 90-day opioid disaster declaration, which was introduced in January, renewed in April and set to expire July 4. The renewal allows for the initiatives introduced in the past 180 days to continue without interruption.The governor also signed Senate Bill 978, giving hospice staff the authority to properly destroy unused drugs following a patient’s death. Previously, hospice staff had to return any unused pharmaceuticals to the family. This process can, and had in some cases, been abused with undesirable outcomes. It also placed another burden on grieving families as they had to seek out a legal collection mechanism in their community.“It’s my hope that by simplifying the process for disposing of unused medications following a death, we are taking another step toward taking dangerous medications out of the hands of anyone who might misuse them,” Gov. Wolf.“An effective way to combat this crisis is to prevent prescribed drugs from falling into the wrong hands,” Sen. Lisa Baker said. “This avenue opened as the unintended consequence of a change in federal regulations. When the Wyoming County coroner alerted us to the problem, we were able to quickly move a remedy through.”“We have made real progress during the disaster declaration to stem the tide of this epidemic and provide better resources and coordination for those on the front lines,” Gov. Wolf said. “But it is critical that we keep building on our efforts at prevention, rescue, and treatment and by extending the disaster declaration for another 90 days we ensure that my administration and local partners can continue to use every tool available to them to help people and communities in need.“Extending this declaration will allow us to continue our efforts to break down silos and enhance collaboration across state government, as we add more departments in this concerted effort and extend our efforts through regional Opioid Command Center meetings and increased data collection with the Opioid Data Dashboard.”While the declaration renewals continue, Gov. Wolf and Sen. Jay Costa in April announced legislation to empower the secretary of health to declare a public health emergency, creating a more streamlined vehicle for deploying resources specific to that emergency – opioids or another health crisis.Senate Bill 1001 would create the designation of a public health emergency declaration, which empowers the Department of Health to waive regulations, create new temporary regulations, publish notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for tracking and treating a disease, illness, or event, and allow public workers to provide treatment to control the emergency. The legislation passed the Senate unanimously, has been referred to the house health committee.More information on the Wolf Administration’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and how people suffering from this disease can get help is here. June 28, 2018center_img Governor Wolf Announces Renewal of Opioid Disaster Declaration, Passage of Legislation to Aid in Crisislast_img read more

Could the Gold Coast property market dictate the State of Origin outcome?

first_imgREIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson.“So now, it is NSW who is under performing,” he said.“A similar storyline could potentially exist when you examine property prices. “The NSW property market has long been dominant but during the past two years it has been the underdog Queensland’s time to shine.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe median house price in Sydney sits at $830,000 while on the Gold Coast it is $625,000.Mr Henderson said that gap was narrowing as the market’s way of moving to “correct any errors”.“The Sydney property market is retreating while the Gold Coast market is heading forward,” he said. MORE NEWS: Price tag attached to Scott Prince’s palace The Gold Coast property market is thriving. Queensland for the win!IF the property market is a sign of what’s to come in this year’s State of Origin series, diehard Queensland fans could be about to score.The Blues and Maroons share a similar storyline to their state’s property markets when taking a look back through history.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson has crunched the numbers ahead of the first game in this year’s series.He said NSW demolished Queensland before the highly competitive competition started, with Queensland winning just one series between 1956 and the birth of State of Origin.However, since the launch of the best-of-three series in 1982, Queensland has won 21 and NSW 14. MORE NEWS: What the interest rate cut means for the marketcenter_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenNRL stars tackling the property game00:50 “And when you put aside money for a minute and examine the quality of the lives of residents, it’s no wonder that a shift to the Gold Coast is an attractive proposition. “Who wants to sit in Sydney traffic for two hours a day when you can walk along the beach on the Gold Coast for two hours instead.“The Gold Coast alone recorded more than 5000 new residents arriving from Sydney during the past year, that means we needed to build an extra 2000 dwellings just to house the Blues supporters.”So could this be a sign of another Queensland win this year?last_img read more

Panaad Stadium opens for non-contact sports activities

first_imgAlthough Panaad Stadium’s grandstand has been closed for renovation months before in preparation for this province’s hosting of the Palarong Pambansa in 2021, its other facilities are available for sports enthusiasts to use. Negros Occidental’s Panaad Park and Stadium, located in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, is now open for residents who want to engage in non-contact sports activities after months of waiting due to coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak. Jogging, walking, running, tennis, and Badminton, among others are the sports activities allowed in the stadium. ATTRACTTOUR On May 22, the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) approved the resumption of non-contact sports in areas under GCQ. “Panaad is open already. Certain sports are allowed except for team sports. Badminton, tennis, ping-pong, and chess are allowed.(But) I heard that senior citizens are not allowed in the tennis courts. (For) me, I will allow them. You can (now also) go running, jogging and walking,” he said on March 27. IATF-EID Resolution No. 38 stated that athletes and enthusiasts of running, biking, golf, swimming, tennis, badminton, equestrian, and skateboarding, among others, in GCQ regions can now play the sports they love again “provided that the minimum public health standards, such as the wearing of face masks and maintenance of physical distancing protocols and no sharing of equipment when applicable are observed.” “Lagoon is still closed. But if they will allow me, I’d like to open it. We just have to control the number of people coming in,” he added.center_img These areas include Negros Occidental and Bacolod City. BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental’s Panaad Park and Stadium has reopened for residents who want to engage in non-contact sports activities.Since March 26, the stadium, located in Barangay Mansilingan here, has been allowing entry to those who want to use its facilities while this province is under general community quarantine (GCQ), Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said. On the other hand, the Capitol Lagoon and Park in this city, which is also frequented by joggers and runners, remains closed, the governor said. The resolution also stated that facilities that cater these sports events can reopen but would be “limited to basic operations.”(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Local student earns Archdiocese of Indianapolis honor

first_imgSunman, In. — Congratulations to St. Nicholas 8th grade student, Mary Kate Ketcham, who won the Serra Vocations essay contest with her essay giving honor to former St. Nicholas pastor, Father Pascal Nduka.Mary Kate’s essay was the winner out of all 8th graders in the Archdiocese. Mary Kate traveled to the Fatima Retreat House in Indianapolis on Tuesday, April 17, to receive a certificate and $100 prize. Her essay will also be published in the Catholic newspaper, The Criterion.The Serra Club fosters vocations awareness and sponsors a yearly essay contest for 7-12 graders in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.last_img read more

Government officials urge healthy Halloween celebrations

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is encouraging Hoosiers to celebrate a healthy Halloween by limiting the amount of sweets they consume and increasing their physical activity this season.According to the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health, 18.5 percent of Hoosier children between the ages of 10 and 17 were considered obese and 15.4 percent were identified as being overweight. Additionally, reports from the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey show that 6.5 percent of Indiana children did not consume fruits or 100 percent fruit juices and 7.3 percent did not eat vegetables.“It’s always fun to celebrate the traditions of the season, but it’s also important to maintain healthy habits,” said ISDH Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity Director Lindsey Bouza. “As a community, Indiana parents should consider options other than sweets to help limit the amount of sugar their children consume.”While many people make Halloween a time to indulge in sugary snacks, providing alternatives like whole fruit or fruit snacks, temporary tattoos and glow-in-the-dark toys can help reduce the amount of candy consumed during the holiday.Behaviors that influence excess weight gain for children include consuming high-calorie, low-nutrient foods and beverages and not getting enough physical activity, among others. Consuming a healthy diet and being physically active can help children maintain a healthy weight throughout childhood.Bouza also suggests that parents take the focus off of candy and concentrate on fall activities like taking a trip to the pumpkin patch, picking apples at the orchard or going for walk in the park.“Not only can you increase your activity levels, you can also create some new, healthy fall traditions for your family,” she said.last_img read more

JUST-IN: Debutants Willian, Gabriel inspire Arsenal to huge win at Fulham

first_img The Brazilian – a free-transfer signing from Chelsea – then struck the post with a free-kick as Arsenal threatened another before the break. However, it was 2-0 four minutes into the restart when Willian curled over an outswinging corner-kick and Gabriel rose highest to nod past Marek Rodak from close range. Fulham were now forced to come at Arsenal and a stylish team goal ripped them apart for the third. With the Cottagers pressing high, Arsenal played their way out from the back with some smart passing. Willian then picked up the ball before splaying a fine cross-field ball to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The prolific Gunners skipper still had work to do, but he engineered some space for himself before lifting a fine shot into the roof of the net. Gabriel Magalhaes marked his Arsenal debut with a goal – but it was Willian who grabbed the headlines with three assists in a comfortable 3-0 win at Fulham in the Premier League curtain-raiser. The Cottagers are back in the Premier League after just a season in the Championship. Scott Parker’s side bounced back after beating Brentford in the play-off final. However, they were caught cold just eight minutes into their return. Alexandre Lacazette tapped in from close range after good work from Willian. The Brazilian – a free-transfer signing from Chelsea – then struck the post with a free-kick as Arsenal threatened another before the break. However, it was 2-0 four minutes into the restart when Willian curled over an outswinging corner-kick and Gabriel rose highest to nod past Marek Rodak from close range. Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World6 Most Overpowered Live Action Disney Characters7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? Read Also: Barcelona keen on loan move for Arsenal defender Mikel Arteta opted to bring Willian off after 75 minutes with Nicolas Pepe on in his place. It was a debut to remember for the Brazilian and one that earned Arteta’s appreciation. The Cottagers, who started with Aleksander Mitrovic on the bench, rarely threatened. The result serves as a huge wake-up call to Parker. They will need to raise their standards if they’re to avoid relegation again this season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Bale going nowhere, says AVB

first_imgAndre Villas-Boas insists Gareth Bale will not be leaving White Hart Lane this summer despite Real Madrid’s very public pursuit of the Tottenham star. Real’s partnership with Tottenham – forged last year following the sale of Luka Modric to the nine-time European champions – has not stopped Zidane flirting with the idea of Bale moving to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer. In May the former France star said Bale, who has recently returned from his holidays in the United States, would fit in well at the Spanish club and last weekend he intimated that Bale could speed up a transfer if he asked to leave Tottenham. Franco Baldini’s appointment as director of football has raised hopes that Spurs will start moving to bring in new additions soon, but it is understood that the club are unlikely to announce any signings in the next couple of weeks. Villas-Boas will be hoping that Baldini can land at least one big-name signing this summer after missing out on Joao Moutinho and Leandro Damiao in the last two windows. A striker remains a priority for the Portuguese because of Tottenham’s reliance on Bale last season. Barcelona striker David Villa is a leading target, but it is thought that Tottenham’s interest in Brazil striker Damiao has cooled. Fellow Brazilians Paulinho and Bernard are also reported to be on Villas-Boas’ radar as he looks to secure the top-four spot that eluded the north London club last term. Real have not hidden their desire to sign Bale, with club ambassador Zinedine Zidane making a number of flattering comments about the Welshman, who scored 31 goals for club and country last season. Yet Daniel Levy pledged not to let go of the north London club’s top stars this summer, and Villas-Boas sees no reason why the Spurs chairman will go back on his word. “We have the pledge of the chairman that Bale is not going to leave the club,” the Tottenham manager is quoted as saying in Madrid-based newspaper Marca. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Moyes has our support – Fletcher

first_img United finally registered a victory against Swansea on Saturday after a terrible start to 2014. The 2-0 win, courtesy of second-half goals from Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck, should at least quieten the noise building up around manager David Moyes, even if a trip to Chelsea next weekend is likely to see it grow again. Press Association Fletcher’s frustration is that United’s players have not been able to stop it much earlier. For that may have ended the debate about Moyes’ relationship with his players, suggestions of disenchantment over perceived preferential treatment of Wayne Rooney and even Sir Alex Ferguson’s presence at matches becoming an unwanted sideshow. “It gets us angry because we know it is not true,” said Fletcher. “We are there every day. The players are fully behind the manager. “And Alex Ferguson being in the stand has no bearing on anything. It is great to see him there supporting the team. It would be a worry if he wasn’t. “We have got to believe in ourselves and keep a close-knit group, making sure that the experienced players are guiding the younger players in the right way. Winning games helps that.” There has been a feeling, going back long before Moyes’ arrival in the summer, that United’s army of critics were waiting for the club to fail. That day does appear to have arrived, giving oxygen to all manner of debate, including over Moyes’ future, even though there has been no such demand from the Old Trafford stands and leading United fanzine, Red Issue, has conducted a poll that puts the figure of those who support the Scot to be at 72.98 per cent. Darren Fletcher has laid bare the growing anger inside the Manchester United dressing room at claims there are splits in the camp. “It is as if some people have been waiting for it to happen and are really relishing it,” said Fletcher. “We’ve got to use that as fuel to prove them wrong. “We have got some great, talented young players in this squad. We have to keep reiterating to them that they believe in themselves. “They will come through it without a shadow of a doubt and will be better and stronger for it. “Hopefully they will be the ones passing on advice to the next generation when I am long gone.” For Fletcher, his vast experience brings added responsibility at a time when, by rights, he should be free to continue his quest for full fitness after successfully coming through surgery to combat ulcerative colitis, which threatened his entire career. Not that the Scot is complaining. At 29, he is old enough to remember the dark times between 2004 and 2006, when it seemed the club’s era of dominance was at an end and Roy Keane delivered his damning verdict on MUTV, which included Fletcher, the after-effects from which are still rumbling on. “I have been in situations when we were written off and booed,” said the midfielder. “At those times I had experienced players around me who backed me and gave me great advice. “I am just playing on experience.” United will hope Rooney’s groin injury has responded well to the warm-weather training in Egypt he has been sent away for. Whether Robin van Persie is fit for Sunday’s trip to Chelsea is another matter entirely, with the Dutchman’s return date from a thigh problem that has kept him out for a month presently unknown. Normally, a trip to Stamford Bridge would not be an occasion to relish. However, having won there last year and with present expectations so low, it might turn out to be the best test United could be presented with. “We will be all right,” said Fletcher. “Sometimes in bigger games you really come together. It brings out your best performances because you are really focused and really intent on proving people wrong. “Going to Chelsea is a great challenge. “We can take some confidence from beating Swansea and are fully confident of going down there and getting more of the same.” last_img read more

Moyes defends chips ban

first_img Rio Ferdinand lifted the lid on Moyes’ turbulent tenure at Old Trafford in his recent autobiography ‘#2Sides’, highlighting the removal of low-fat chips on a Friday night as a particular bone of contention. The pre-game treat had been a ritual under Moyes’ illustrious predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson, but the former Everton boss, famed for his discipline and hard work on the training ground during his time with the Toffees, was not sure they deserved it. Press Association Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has admitted he did ban the Red Devils squad from having chips – because he felt some of the players were overweight.center_img “Yes, I did ban chips,” Moyes told Four Four Two magazine. “It was because a couple of players were overweight and I didn’t think chips were good for their diet.” Moyes, who only lasted 10 months of his six-year contract at United, is now rebuilding his career in the Primera Division with Real Sociedad. His first task is lifting his new team clear of a relegation battle – they were above the drop zone only on goal difference when he took over – and a surprise 1-0 win over Barcelona last month has helped to move them four points clear of danger. It was in similar circumstances that Moyes swept into Goodison Park in 2002, taking over a club in disarray after Walter Smith was sacked, but, after steadying the ship, he turned the team into top-half mainstays over an 11-year spell on Merseyside. He did that despite a meagre budget, which was enough to earn him a shot at United, despite failing to add to Everton’s trophy cabinet. When Moyes left Goodison, he did so with a rousing send-off from Evertonians, but this good feeling soon turned sour when he came back with bids for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines that were deemed to be derisory by his former club. Further comments from Moyes during the pursuit of the pair angered Toffees supporters, who roundly booed their former boss as United lost 2-0 at Goodison last April in what proved to be his final game in charge of the Red Devils. The 51-year-old revealed the reaction of the Everton faithful stung, adding: “I wasn’t surprised, because I know how supporters react and I had left their club. But I was disappointed. “I got Everton competing at the top end of the league with a mid-table budget. I gave everything I could in trying to make Everton the best I could. It was a long process but we did it – my staff, my players and others at the club. “We had some glorious nights at Goodison and the fans were superb. I’ve got huge affection for Everton – it was my life for over a decade.” last_img read more