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Russia stages grand WWII parade ahead of vote on Putin reforms

first_imgContagion fears In his two decades in office, Putin has harnessed the legacy of the Soviet victory to boost patriotic sentiment and support for his government.Ahead of the parade, he slammed the West for “insulting Russia” by playing down the USSR’s role in winning the war.Chinese leader Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron had been scheduled, before the pandemic, to stand with the Kremlin chief at the parade, in a testament to Russia’s growing international influence under Putin.Instead Putin sat with the heads of former Soviet republics like Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko.With more than 8,000 recorded deaths and over 600,000 confirmed infections, Russia has the third-largest coronavirus caseload in the world after the United States and Brazil.The Kremlin said safety precautions were observed in the lead-up to the parade, but participants were not wearing masks.The parade was held despite a ban on mass gatherings remaining in place.Dozens of regions decided to drop their own parades, fearing a surge in cases, but festivities went ahead in many cities including Saint Petersburg, Volgograd and Simferopol in Russia-annexed Crimea.Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin advised people to watch the procession on television rather than attend in person. The veterans were quarantined ahead of the event in sanatoriums.But crowds gathered along the route of the parade mostly ignored social distancing advice, with only a fraction of the spectators in masks, AFP correspondents saw. “I think it’s a great day for a Victory parade,” said 70-year-old Natalia Kapustina watching military hardware roll by on the central Garden Ring.”It’s wonderful! I’m proud of our Motherland, that our country has such equipment and that we’ve got everything we need,” said 36-year-old Maria Velikanova.Officials say precautions are also being taken for the constitutional vote, with early balloting starting on Thursday and continuing through to the official vote day on July 1.Chief opposition figure Alexei Navalny has criticized authorities for spending vast sums on the parade and urged his supporters to boycott the ballot.”One crazy, greedy man who has gone mad with power is making the whole country engage in delirium,” he said. Among other changes, the reforms Putin proposed earlier this year would reset his presidential term-limit clock to zero, allowing him to run two more times and potentially stay in the Kremlin until 2036.”It is impossible even to imagine what the world would be if the Red Army hadn’t come to defend it,” the president said in an address to troops following a minute of silence to remember soldiers who died in the fighting.Putin hailed the Soviet role in World War II praising the Red army for liberating Europe, ending the Holocaust and saving Germany from Nazism, saying it was “our duty to keep this in mind”.Last month he announced the new dates for both the parade and the vote — initially planned for April — despite Russia still recording thousands of new coronavirus cases every day. Columns of tanks and troops paraded through Moscow on Wednesday as Russian President Vladimir Putin presided over grand World War II commemorations to stir up patriotic fervor ahead of a vote on extending his rule.Putin was flanked on Red Square by elderly war veterans in uniforms laden with medals as thousands of troops carrying bright banners and Kalashnikov rifles marched in the blazing sun to mark the Soviet Union’s defeat of Nazi Germany.Forced to postpone the traditional May 9 Victory Day celebrations by the coronavirus pandemic, Putin rescheduled the parade for just a week before the July 1 vote on controversial constitutional reforms. The rate of new infections has fallen in recent weeks and cities including Moscow have lifted anti-virus lockdowns, but critics accuse Putin of rushing ahead with public events to pursue his own political ends.This year’s parade, marking 75 years since the Nazi defeat, showcased 14,000 troops from 13 countries, as well as vintage equipment and the country’s latest military hardware.The date coincides with the anniversary of the first post-war parade on Red Square, when Soviet troops threw down Nazi standards in front of the Lenin mausoleum on June 24, 1945. Topics :last_img read more

BPOM drafts accelerated ‘road map’ for Merah Putih vaccine production by 2021

first_imgWhether the pharmaceutical holding company can realize the plan, however, depends on the progress of the phase III clinical trial currently under way in Bandung, West Java.“[The BPOM] has protocols for the clinical trials of potential vaccines, and is also monitoring the process. We will evaluate the results of the trials before authorizing emergency use [of the final vaccine],” said Penny.Read also: Vaccines won’t bring back normal life at once: ExpertsIn another vaccine development effort, state-owned drugmaker Kimia Farma is collaborating with the China National Pharmaceutical Group Corp. (Sinopharm) and G42 Healthcare, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi-based artificial intelligence company Group 42 (G42). The United Arab Emirates government has reportedly promised to provide a supply of at least 10 million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine to Indonesia by the end of the year.The BPOM made an official visit to the UAE on Aug. 24 to 26 to obtain details of the vaccine, which has been certified as halal and has also received authorization for emergency use from China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA).Penny said that the BPOM would join Sinopharm and G42 in evaluating the safety and effectiveness of the final vaccine.The agency would also ensure the transfer of vaccine technology from foreign producers to Indonesian firms for future  development of locally made vaccines, she added.Topics : The Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) is to accelerate its regulatory process to facilitate the country’s efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine and ensure that it is ready for mass production and distribution by 2021.A national consortium led by the Research and Technology Ministry is currently developing the “Merah Putih” vaccine, named after the nation’s iconic red-and-white flag.President Joko Widodo told a limited Cabinet meeting on Sept. 1 that the vaccine’s development was 30 to 40 percent complete, and that the government was aiming to start mass production by mid-2021 following clinical trials early next year. Read also: Jokowi wants COVID-19 vaccine available within three months, research team says“The BPOM has created a road map for the development of the [Merah Putih] vaccine to meet the requirements for preclinical and clinical data, as well as quality [standards],” agency head Penny Lukito said on Tuesday during a press briefing at the State Palace.Penny added that the agency had submitted the “vaccine road map” on Aug. 14 to the Research and Technology Ministry for review, and expressed hope that the vaccine production “will be able to follow the accelerated timeline to meet the needs of the national vaccine program by 2021”.In a separate effort, state-owned pharmaceuticals Bio Farma is aiming to mass produce by early 2021 at least 150 million doses of a potential vaccine it is developing in partnership with Chinese company Sinovac Biotech.last_img read more

Brisbane apartment slump over with values set to rise: Moody’s

first_imgThe latest housing report believes “the worst is over” for the housing slump, especially in the apartment sector.RELIEF may be in sight for Brisbane apartment owners, with latest forecasts predicting “the worst is over” for the region’s unit market with values set to rise this year.The CoreLogic-Moody’s Analytics Australian Home Value Index Forecast said Greater Brisbane would see a massive 6.5 per cent rise in apartment values next year, which comes after several years of oversupply warnings across the region.It expected apartment values overall across Greater Brisbane to recover this year, growing 0.8 per cent in 2018, after backsliding -2.9 per cent last year. Where buyers have the power Prestige home sells in two days Entire town on sale for less than a Brisbane house The report expected 80 per cent of the region to see apartment values go into positive territory this year, with only the Brisbane Inner City (-3.5 per cent) and Moreton Bay — South (-3.3 per cent) to lag in negatives.Next year though was expected to see all ten sectors of Greater Brisbane get back in the black — with the biggest rise to come out of Moreton Bay — North units (8.7 per cent), following by those in Ipswich (8.1 per cent).The lowest growth in apartment values was expected to be 3.5 per cent coming out of both Brisbane — North and Brisbane — South. CoreLogic-Moody’s Analytics Australian Home Value Index Forecast: June 21, 2018It found apartment approvals outnumbered housing approvals on average by 2.3 to 1 from 2012 to 2016 in Brisbane — South, which saw apartment values decline 3.8 per cent last year.“However recently, approvals between the two asset classes have converged. This will likely see apartment values rebound 1.3 per cent in 2018,” the report said, with the pace picking up in the new year to 3.5 per cent.No other part of the state had the same oversupply issues as Brisbane did, the report said, with “lifestyle” areas such as the Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay, and Cairns expected to perform better with housing values forecast to rise 5.7 per cent this year and close to 2 per cent in 2019. FORMER ORIGIN STAR STILL KICKING GOALS IN 2018 RAFTER COUNTRY: HOW PROPERTY FULFILLED A CHAMPION FAMILY MARGOT ROBBIE’S SECRET WEDDING ESTATE FOR SALE More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoHome values on the Gold Coast were also expected to rise almost 4 per cent this year and 6 per cent in 2019, while in resource areas like Central Queensland, Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday, and Darling Downs-Maranoa “further declines in house values are expected before a recovery”.“For Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday, house values are expected to decline 4.8 per cent for 2018. However, as incomes stabilise and unemployment improves, the market could see a 1.7 per cent recovery in 2019,” the report said. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK BRISBANE APARTMENT GROWTH FORECASTS (%) 2018 0.8 2019 6.5 Greater Brisbane 2018 3.3 2019 3.5 Brisbane — East 2018 0.3 2019 6.9 Brisbane — North 2018 1.3 2019 3.5 Brisbane — South 2018 0.9 2019 5.3 Brisbane — West 2018 -0.3 2019 6.1 Brisbane Inner City 2018 2 2019 8.1 Ipswich 2018 1 2019 8 Logan — Beaudesert 2018 1.6 2019 8.7 Moreton Bay — North 2018 -0.1 2019 5.9 Moreton Bay — South (Source: CoreLogic-Moody’s Analytics Australian Home Value Index Forecast)last_img read more

Penguin bondage book found in Kaiapoi pre-school

first_imgStuff co.nz 16 May 2015A picture book which depicts penguins in bondage gear with whips has prompted the Ministry of Education to contact a Kaiapoi preschool after the book was discovered on its shelves.Mother of three Lana McLean found the book last month when she visited Sovereign Star Preschool and Nursery with her 3-year-old daughter. She had been the previous day with her husband to look at the pre-school.“I was there looking at it as a prospective preschool for my  child,  when other kids there brought the book over to me from the shelf and asked me to read it. I looked at it and said, ‘go choose another one’.”The book, Gus and Waldo’s Book of Love, is written by Massimo  Fenati  and is intended as an adult picture book, according to its reviews on Amazon.McLean said she was shocked by the book and took photographs of some pages to show her husband. After talking it over with him that night she returned to the pre-school the next day and laid a complaint with the manager,  Brooke Philpott.“I said to  her, ‘ I think you have some inappropriate reading material on your shelf. It’s not suitable for toddlers – in fact I don’t even think it’s suitable for my 15-year-old’.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/life/68580634/penguin-bondage-book-found-in-kaiapoi-preschool.htmllast_img read more

Saudi bidders insist £300m Newcastle takeover on course despite rumble

first_img Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Of The Most Powerful Women Across The Globe10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top The Daily Mail’s north-east football reporter Craig Hope also joined the talkSPORT host on Wednesday for the latest on the situation. And he explained how the Premier League are in the driving seat over whether the takeover will go ahead, and they will be taking the piracy allegations seriously. “It doesn’t really matter how seriously the buyers are taking it, what matters is what the Premier League think,” he said. “You said there, Jim, that you’ve spoken to some people close to the buying side, as have I, and to be fair to them their message has been consistent for a number of weeks now. “They don’t anticipate any problems, they’re very hopeful of the deal going through, they’re certainly working on the proviso that it will be passed and they’re making their plans for the football club, which is all very encouraging if you want to believe this takeover is going to go through. “But there are also voices out there of course who are more in opposition to this and do believe that the issue of piracy in Saudi Arabia is a very real issue. “And of course it’s an issue, you’ve only got to look at the fact the Premier League on nine separate occasions have tried to bring legal action against the Saudi state with regards to  the issue of illegal streaming of Premier League football on the country, it’s got to be a serious consideration. A Saudi-backed consortium is reportedly on the verge of buying Newcastle United Read Also: Ronaldo shows off new hairdo, seeks fans approval “A lot of people out there are saying journalists are contradicting themselves – they’re saying one minute it’s fine and the next minute it’s not – but we’re not contradicting each other. “What we are doing is providing two sides of the story. Sources on one side do not think this will be a problem, but other sources say it will be a problem, and as journalists we’re merely reporting all the information we can get. “To give an honest answer, I don’t know if this takeover will go through. Only the Premier League know what they’re thinking.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Sources close to Newcastle United’s takeover have told talkSPORT their £300million bid will not be affected by new allegations over their apparent role in a pirate TV network. The Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund (PIF), led by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, has made a £300m cash bid to buy the Magpies from Mike Ashley. Mohammed bin Salman is heading up the Newcastle takeover There has been plenty of opposition to the takeover bid, with Amnesty International accusing the Middles Eastern kingdom of ‘trying to sportswash their abysmal human rights records’, while the fiancée of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi has urged the Premier League to block the Saudis’ Toon takeover. And another hurdle has emerged this week, with the World Trade Organisation claiming the country is behind a pirate satellite TV and steaming service offering illegal access to sporting events – including Premier League matches. In a report that has apparently been handed to Premier League officials, the WTO claim to have established an illegal link between the beoutQ piracy service and the Saudis. It is claimed these allegations COULD see PIF fail to pass the Premier League’s owners’ and directors’ test. However, the link has been denied by the country, as well as Newcastle’s prospective Saudi majority owners. Many Newcastle fans have been left questioning just what is going on, with many beginning to fear another false dawn following news this weekend that Premier League officials are yet to examine the bid. But on Wednesday morning Jim White got in touch with a source linked with the bidding party, asking if this latest situation with the WTO has affected their bid. Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley He said: “Their answer was, ‘no, we think not’.”center_img Loading… last_img read more

Mary Louise Dulaney, 83, Brookville

first_imgMary Louise Dulaney, age 83, of Brookville, Indiana died Sunday evening January 12, 2020 at the Brookville Healthcare Center in Brookville, Indiana.Born March 2, 1936 in Liberty, Indiana she was the daughter of the late Joseph & Vonna (Pressley) Kocher.  She was united in marriage to Shirley Robert Dulaney, and he preceded her in death on February 14, 2008.She was a member of First Baptist Church in Brookville.  In her leisure time she enjoyed crocheting, and cherished time spent with her grandchildren.Survivors include a daughter & son-in-law, Shirley & Scott May of Brookville, Indiana; a son & daughter-in-law, Robert Jeffery & Jennifer Dulaney of Sterling, Virginia; five grandchildren, Scott Joseph May II, Jacob Robert May, Sarah Elizabeth May, Mark Robert Dulaney and Mary Jean Dulaney.In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Smith & Barbara Kocher; and a brother Joseph Kocher.Family & friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 Noon on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Brookville, 530 Market Street, Brookville.Rev. Mike Holman, pastor of First Baptist Church, will officiate the Funeral Services on Thursday, January 16, 2020, 12:00 Noon, at the Church.  Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial Contributions may be directed to the Franklin County E.M.S., the staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to serve the Dulaney family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Seymour woman arrested for Neglect of a Dependent and Battery

first_imgSeymour, IN —Wednesday a Seymour woman was arrested on allegations of neglect of a dependent and battery charges following an investigation into the battery of a newborn baby and a separate juvenile.The investigation began shortly around 7 pm when troopers responded to a residence on East County Road 700 North near Seymour to conduct a welfare check on a four-week-old baby at the home. Upon arriving, troopers located the baby who had been injured. The investigation determined that the male baby as well as a 15-year-old female at the residence had allegedly been battered by Amanda Jean Miller, age 36, shortly before officers were called to the home. Investigators also determined that Miller appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance while they spoke to her.The baby was transported to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour before being transferred to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries.Amanda Miller was arrested on allegations of Domestic Battery in the Presence of a Minor, Domestic Battery on a Victim Under the Age of 14, and Neglect of a Dependent.The investigation by Detectives with the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post is ongoing.last_img read more

Men’s hoops completes stunning comeback to top Stanford

first_imgSophomore guard Elijah Weaver celebrates after sending the game to overtime with a 3-pointer with the clock winding down in regulation Saturday. (James Wolfe / Daily Trojan) USC received yet another solid performance from Okongwu, who finished with a team-high 22 points — his seventh game with at least 20 points this season.  “This is big,” Weaver said. “Being No. 1 in anything is big.” The Trojans’ defense allowed them to make it a competitive game in the second half. Enfield said the Trojans increased their defensive energy out of the break, as they sliced the Cardinal’s field goal percentage from 65.6% in the opening 20 minutes to just 34.8% in the second. The Trojans came back from down 5 points in the final 15 seconds of regulation. Guards freshman Ethan Anderson and senior Jonah Mathews stole consecutive inbounds passes, resulting in 5 points to erase Stanford’s lead and forcing overtime in front of an electric Galen Center crowd.  It was an improbable comeback by USC. Through the first 10 minutes of the game, the Trojans were able to stay within one or two possessions of a physical Stanford team, but a late first half run by the Cardinal pushed the lead to double digits as the game began to slip away from USC. It was an off night for senior forward Nick Rakocevic, who went 0-7 from the field, but consistent effort on the defensive end of the floor and key rebounds in the second half salvaged the afternoon for the senior.  “We would not have won this without our fan support because they gave our players energy and that’s what a home court advantage is supposed to be,” Enfield said. The Cardinal finished the night shooting 10 of 20 from beyond the arc — aided in large part by freshman forward Spencer Jones’ 6 of 10.  USC has won nine of its last ten games and now holds a share of first place in the Pac-12 conference. But in the middle of the second half, USC had a hard time further closing the gap. Stanford’s 3-point shooting pushed the lead back up to 15 at one point.  Weaver, who is still adjusting to his role off the bench, picked up the scoring burden in overtime for USC, scoring 8 of the Trojans’ 13 points. Without their star freshman, Enfield and the Trojans relied on timely 3-pointers from sophomore guard Elijah Weaver and Anderson late in the game.  A deep 3-pointer from freshman guard Tyrell Terry beat the first half buzzer to push the lead to 45-25 in favor of Stanford, concluding an abysmal first half for the Trojans.center_img But Okongwu spent crucial minutes on the bench down the stretch after getting into foul trouble late and eventually fouling out in overtime. “Jonah made some huge plays down the stretch,” Enfield said. “It was his competitive spirit that helped will his teammates to stay in the game and try to win.” Mathews had a rough afternoon shooting — going 6 of 18 overall and hitting 2 of 8 3-pointers — but he found his stroke late in the game and hit a couple key jumpers when USC had pulled within single digits. Mathews finished with 19 points. “Trojan family, that’s what it’s all about,” Weaver said. “Big time crowd, big time game, big time shots. That’s what it’s all about.” “[In the] first half, we weren’t really playing smart, we weren’t playing together,” freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu said after the game. “We were playing soft.” USC, on the other hand, hit only 5 of 19 threes just two days after going 14 of 23 against Cal.  Free throws ended up being the difference for USC, as redshirt senior guard Daniel Utomi hit two from the charity stripe with three seconds left, giving USC a perfect 6 of 6 from the line in overtime and icing the game.  USC head coach Andy Enfield’s group showed resilience coming out of halftime, as a 10-1 run to start the second helped the Trojans cut the lead to just 8 points, awakening the Galen Center crowd and forcing a Stanford timeout.  After the final buzzer sounded, Weaver ran across the court to celebrate in front of the USC student section.  In a back and forth battle between two of the top teams in the Pac-12 standings Saturday afternoon, USC overcame a 20-point halftime deficit to edge Stanford in overtime, 82-78. The game-tying bucket came on a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Elijah Weaver while he was being fouled with just seven seconds remaining. USC will have a few days to regain its focus before traveling to Eugene, Ore. to take on the high-flying No. 8 Oregon Ducks Thursday at 8 p.m.last_img read more

Youngest B&H hockey players outshined the competition

first_imgHockey players in the age group up to 8 years from the Sarajevo club ”Stari grad” outshined their competition at this weekend’s International tournament ”Spartans 2013” which was held in Subotica. Our youngest hockey players won five times in their matches against teams from Serbia and Macedonia. Young hockey players from Sarajevo won against all their opposing  teams such as ”Tisza Volan” from Szeged, ”Crvena Zvezda” and ”Partizan” from Belgrade, NS ”Stars” from Novi Sad and ”Spartak” from Subotica who were the hosts of this International tournament.” To win against such great teams from the region such as ”Partizan”, ”Crvena Zvezda” and ”Spartak” is a great success. The conditions in which they train are next to incomparable to ours. That is why this success is so much bigger and of a greater value.”- said Adnan Mrkva.Tournament ”Spartans” for children of 8-10 years of age, which was held on the 16th of February, gathered around 150 hockey players who represent the future potential of regional hockey.last_img read more

Survey suggests economy slowing down in nine Midwest states

first_imgOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new monthly survey of business leaders suggests the economy is slowing down in nine Midwest and Plains states as the U.S. trade war with China continues.The overall index for the region slipped into negative territory at 48.6 in November from October’s 52.6.The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth. A score below that suggests decline.Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey, says the ongoing trade war and slow global growth is hurting manufacturers in the region.The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.last_img