Putin calls Russia list hostile as Dems decry no sanctions

first_imgMOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin described a list of his country’s officials and tycoons put together to comply with a U.S. sanctions law as a hostile and “stupid” move spearheaded by President Donald Trump’s political foes, but said Tuesday that the Kremlin would refrain from retaliating for now.A continent away, Democrats in Washington lodged the opposite complaint, charging that Trump had let Putin off the hook. They chastised the president for declining to punish anyone under a part of the sanctions law that was intended to isolate Russia’s defence and intelligence sectors for Moscow’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election.Putin’s reluctance to criticize Trump suggested the Russian leader still harbours hopes for normalizing ties with the United States. At the same time, the blanket list of 210 names — a who’s who of Russian officialdom and business elite — could help him win re-election in March by fueling anti-Western sentiment.Mixing sarcasm and scorn, Putin immediately struck that chord Tuesday, saying that the people the U.S. named control companies employing millions of Russians. The list has spooked rich Russians, who fear it could get them informally blacklisted in the global financial system. But Putin cast the action in Washington as a blow to ordinary people.“All of us, all 146 million, have been put on some kind of list,” he said at a meeting with activists for his election campaign. “Certainly, this is an unfriendly move, which further exacerbates the already strained Russia-U.S. relations and hurts international relations as a whole.”Yet in the U.S. capital, the so-called “Putin list” was greeted with a collective shrug — mocked by some after it was revealed that the Treasury Department had prepared it by simply copying and pasting Forbes’ list of Russians worth $1 billion or more.Instead, Russia hawks and Trump’s opponents were focused on why his administration opted not to punish anybody — at least for now — using new sanctions authority that took effect Monday.“The president of the United States is not taking action to defend this nation,” charged Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee. Alluding to potential future election-meddling, Cardin said that if Putin “sees softness in the U.S. resolve, he will do more.”Both requirements — that the U.S. issue a list of powerful Russians and start using sanctions to punish those doing “significant” business with Russian defence and intelligence companies — were included in a law Congress passed last year in response to alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential campaign. Trump’s administration had until Monday to take both steps.On the sanctions, though, the administration decided it didn’t need to penalize anyone — including several U.S. allies that have had multibillion-dollar arms deals with Russia in the works — because the threat of sanctions had been enough of a deterrent. The State Department said that through demarches to foreign countries and other diplomatic conversations, the U.S. had scuttled potential deals worth billions of dollars to the Russians.Senior State Department officials declined repeatedly to provide examples or public evidence of any planned sales that will no longer go through. But some of those examples were conveyed to Congress in a classified memo and classified briefings, two individuals familiar with the situation said.One said that the administration had given Congress a list of 10 deals the U.S. believes will not go forward because the sanctions threat had been effective. The officials weren’t authorized to discuss the details and demanded anonymity.“He’s ignoring them and he’s not implementing them, even though they were mandatory,” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said of Trump and the sanctions.Yet State Department officials emphasized that Monday’s deadline was merely the first date the administration could legally use the new sanctions, suggesting more action could come later. Under fire from Senate Democrats on the same issue, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday that “there will be sanctions that come out of this report.”The sanctions targeting foreigners buying defence products from Moscow are separate from the list of Russian politicians and wealthy businesspeople, who do not face any U.S. sanctions merely for being on that list. Yet some observers said the list could help Putin consolidate his support base by burnishing his image of a strong leader who stands up to a hostile U.S.,“This is a gift to Putin in the context of the presidential campaign,” said Andrei Kolesnikov of the Carnegie Moscow Center.Putin, whose approval ratings top 80 per cent, is set to easily win another six-year term in the March 18 election that would put him on track to become Russia’s longest-serving leader since Josef Stalin. But the Kremlin has been worried about voter apathy that could make his showing less impressive.Notably, Putin pointedly steered clear of criticizing Trump, describing the list as part of U.S. political infighting.“Those who are doing it are focusing mostly on internal politics. They are assailing the U.S. president,” Putin said. He said the Kremlin had pondered possible retaliation while waiting for the list to be announced, but decided to refrain from action.The idea of the seven-page unclassified document, as envisioned by Congress, was to name and shame those believed to be benefiting from Putin’s tenure, as the U.S. works to isolate his government diplomatically and economically. Russia hawks in Congress had pushed the administration to include certain names, while Russian businessmen hired lobbyists to keep them off.The list comprises 114 Russian officials — the whole of Putin’s administration, as listed by the Kremlin on its website, plus the Russian Cabinet, top law enforcement officials and senior executives at state-owned companies. A companion list of 96 “oligarchs” is a carbon copy of Forbes magazine’s Russian billionaires’ rankings, only arranged alphabetically. It makes no distinction between those who owe their fortunes to close ties with the Kremlin and those who don’t. Some of the people on the list have long fallen out of favour with the Kremlin.Officials said more names, including those of less-senior politicians and businesspeople worth less than $1 billion, are on a classified version of the list being provided to Congress. Drawing on U.S. intelligence, the Treasury Department also finalized a list of at least partially state-owned companies in Russia, but that list, too, was classified and sent only to Congress.___Lederman reported from Washington. Nataliya Vasilyeva and Kate de Pury in Moscow and Jill Colvin, Richard Lardner and Martin Crutsinger in Washington contributed.last_img read more


Stingray Digital to acquire Newcap Radio owner Newfoundland Capital

first_imgDARTMOUTH, N.S. – Stingray Digital Group Inc. is set to acquire Newfoundland Capital Corporation in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $506-million.Newfoundland Capital, which owns and operates broadcaster Newcap Radio, says it has signed a definitive agreement with Stingray, which would acquire all of its issued and outstanding shares.The Montreal-based music and digital experience provider will pay $14.75 per share, payable in a combination of cash and Stingray shares.Newfoundland Capital says the transaction value includes the assumption of net debt of roughly $112 million as of Dec. 31.The transaction will be subject to approval of shareholders, customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.Stingray’s chief executive and president Eric Boyko says the transaction positions the company as a “major player in the Canadian media landscape.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. The Canadian Press was initially given a transaction value of $508-millionlast_img read more


Youth Advisory Council is seeking new members from 1218 years old

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is seeking youth between 12-18 years that want to do something in the community geared towards youth.When you join YAC you will; Organize Activities Gain Volunteer ExperienceEnhance Public SpeakingGain Leadership OpportunitiesRyan Harvey, Communications Coordinator shared, “The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of Fort St. John was developed in 2010 as a potential solution toward anti-social behaviour in our community, to get a better sense of what Fort St. John’s youth would like to see in Fort St. John, and to act as a liaison between the youth of the community and City Council.” YAC meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month at City Hall from 4:30-5:30 pm. The next meeting is Tuesday, April 2, 2019.For more information email [email protected]last_img read more


Driving social change through sport

first_imgSt Lawrence High School, School (SLHS), Kolkata, with their alumni St Lawrence Old Boys’ Association (SLOBA) hosted Ensemble 2019 and celebrated International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) on April 6, 2019, at St Lawrence High School ground. The IDSDP is an annual celebration of the power of sport to drive social change, community development and to foster peace and understanding. St Lawrence celebrated IDSDP for the third consecutive year through a White Card initiative. Ensemble 2019 was partnered by ‘Peace and Sport’, Monaco. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainMore than 2000 students of SLHS and other schools of Kolkata along with Joydeep Karmakar Shooting Academy formed a human design on the school field. The pattern represented a pair of hands holding a green leaf with a globe inside it. The impression on the field represented peace and environmental sustainability through sports. Each person standing in the artistic diagram was carrying a national flag of a particular country. The national flags were displayed all at once before flipping it over to the other side, which was a plain white card, symbolising peace through sports and one world. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe Youth Olympic silver medalist and teenage shooting sensation Mehuli Ghosh was on the field and raised her white card for peace through sport. Mehuli was specially invited by ‘Peace and Sport’, Monaco to join and support Ensemble 2019. Along with Mehuli there were a few notable shooters including Ankur Das, national champion in para-shooting and Abhinav Shaw, the youngest gold medalist in Khelo India. “The environment was somewhat like the one we had in Youth Olympics village, with so many national flags around. In sports, the rivalry is always present, but it is only sports which bring nations, races, ethnicity together. I am happy to be part of celebrating this wonderful day,” said Mehuli The basic intention of the initiative was to make school children aware of the fact that sport can be used as a tool to foster development and peace. Rev Fr Sebastian James s j, principal of SLHS, who has been a great supporter of peace and development through sport movement said, “Initiating and creating a symbiotic relationship among children and adults through sport is very important in today’s world.” Ensemble 2019 also opened a photography contest. Just take a photograph holding a White Card and post it on social media (Facebook or Twitter) between 6 – 11 April 2019, with the hashtags #WhiteCard and #Ensemble2019. The top five photographs will get certificates from Peace and Sport, Monaco and St Lawrence High School. The logo for ‘Expression 2019’, an international painting competition on peace and sport was revealed during April 6 celebrations. ‘Expression’ has received support from many national and international organisations including the International Olympic Committee and World Anti-Doping Agency.last_img read more


B’luru techie votes after wife gives birth to child

first_imgBangalore: The early morning birth of his second child and immediate medical concerns of his family did not deter Sandeep Mishra, a Bangalore-based techie, from casting his vote for the Lok Sabha polls in the state on Thursday. Mishra (37), whose wife gave birth to their second son at about 5:45 am at a private hospital, rushed to his polling booth in Horamavu road (Bangalore North constituency) as soon as it opened at 7 am. “I had ensured that I carried my voter ID card when I rushed to the hospital with my wife and family at about 3 am after she developed labour pain. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”I quickly drove to my polling centre, about 3 km from the hospital, as soon as saw my newborn son,” Mishra said. The software professional said he was among the first voters at the booth and he cast his vote at about 7:15 am. “It is my responsibility to ensure that I vote and also look after my family and hence by voting early I will now be able to take care of the new member in the family and my wife easily,” Mishra said. He added his wife, Sudha, regretted that she would not be able to cast her vote after the birth of their child but she “fully supported” him in ensuring that he exercised his franchise.last_img read more


Lighty notches record silences Hawkeyes

When Ohio State played at Iowa on Jan. 4, the Hawkeyes proved a much tougher test for the Buckeyes than expected. OSU trailed at halftime of that game before escaping with just a five-point win. The second time around, however, was much less dramatic. Led by senior David Lighty and 40 minutes of stifling defense, No. 1 OSU (19-0, 6-0 Big Ten) routed Iowa, 70-48, Wednesday. “It was our game plan to come in and play defense for 40 minutes,” Lighty said. “It’s something that we haven’t been doing lately and it’s something that we’ve been keying on. “This week in practice it was just preparing to play real Ohio State defense and I think we came out and did it today.” Lighty finished the game with 18 points and five rebounds and became just the third player in OSU history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists in his career. The only two other Buckeyes to accomplish the feat were Jim Jackson and Evan Turner. The first half began with senior Dallas Lauderdale scoring seven of the Buckeyes’ first 12 points. Lauderdale, who has struggled since the start of conference play nearly three weeks ago, hadn’t scored more than six points against any Big Ten team this season and had been held scoreless twice in the last five games before scoring nine points Wednesday. Lauderdale put in two dunks to go along with a three-point play in the first six minutes, giving OSU an early 12-4 lead. Although Lauderdale picked up his second foul with 10 minutes remaining in the half, coach Thad Matta said he was pleased with the way his starting center played on both ends of the floor. “I thought he was good,” Matta said. “He was active on the glass and picked up a couple fouls there in the first half, but that’s the level we need him at.” Early on in conference play, the Buckeyes had made a habit of getting big leads, only to squander them away down the stretch. In the second half against the Hawkeyes, however, OSU did no such thing. The Buckeyes led by as many as 23 before completing the 22-point victory, holding the Hawkeyes to their lowest point total of the season. “When we feel good about our defense, we’re a great team and it’s going to be even harder to beat us,” Lighty said. “We have so many weapons offensively, and when we tie our defense with that there’s really not too many holes that we have in our game.” Junior William Buford scored 15 points, and freshman Jared Sullinger scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Freshman Aaron Craft, who scored a career-high 19 points in the Buckeyes’ last game, scored just three points, but his defense suffocated the Hawkeyes all night. His seven steals were a tie for second most in a game in OSU history and the most for a freshman. “That’s a team stat,” Craft said. “Everyone is in the gaps, putting pressure on the ball and just putting indecision in the ball-handler’s mind. I just happened to get the stat tonight.” The Buckeyes’ 19-0 start is the best of any OSU team under Matta, and the school’s best since the 1961-62 Buckeyes began the season 22-0. OSU’s next matchup will be against the No. 23 Fighting Illini at noon Saturday in Champaign, Ill. read more


There was no designated penalty kick taker at United

first_imgPaul Pogba had a discussion with Alexis Sanchez over who should take Manchester United’s penalty kick on the Red Devils’ win on FridayIn an article by website Goal.com, Paul Pogba explained his discussion with Alexis Sanchez over who would take a penalty kick on Friday.At the 3rd minute mark on Old Trafford, Manchester United had the opportunity to take a penalty kick after Leicester City’s Daniel Amartey handled the ball inside the area.But French midfielder and Chilean Alexis Sanchez had a small discussion about who would take the penalty kick.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…After a while, Pogba won the argument and took his chance.The French World Champion scored his 12th goal with United in 58 matches.“Paul Pogba claims Manchester United had no designated penalty taker against Leicester City,” wrote Goal.com“And [he] says he is prepared to let Alexis Sanchez take the club’s next one after winning an argument with the Chilean.”last_img read more


Fletcher Van Dijks a monster

first_imgFormer Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher hailed Virgil van Dijk’s impact at Liverpool this yearThe Reds signed Van Dijk in January from Southampton for a world record transfer fee of £75m for a defender.Since then, Van Dijk has established himself as a key member of the Liverpool team at the heart of the defence.Jurgen Klopp’s side have conceded only five goals in 11 Premier League games this season and sit just two points off leaders Manchester City.“He’s made a massive difference to Liverpool. He’s a monster,” Fletcher told Sky Sports.“He’s so big and powerful. He cruises through games. He’s top class.”The Scot also revealed how he attempted to convince his old club West Brom to sign Virgil van Dijk in 2015 from Celtic.“With my Scottish connections, I watched him play for Celtic,” Fletcher said.“We [West Brom] were looking at centre-backs after the first summer we’ve been there.“I recommended Johnny Evans who we managed to get, which was fantastic,”Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“And I also said to go and get Van Dijk. I think it was before he went to Southampton for I think it was £10 or £11 million, and obviously, West Brom felt it was maybe a bit too much.“They were umming and ahhing about £6 million for Johnny Evans. So you can maybe see the dilemma. There wasn’t much money.“I don’t think you’d call them Tony Pulis centre-halfs though, Johnny Evans and Van Dijk!”Van Dijk will likely start for Liverpool in Wednesday’s Champions League clash at Red Star Belgrade in Group C.Virgil van Dijk one of the best players in the league? Darren Fletcher has no doubt. 👊He also explains how the @LFC centre-back could have ended up at @WBA…👀Watch #MNF with @Carra23 and Darren Flecher live on Sky Sports Premier League now! https://t.co/Pu496D1spu pic.twitter.com/GwyVZ31SDL— Sky Sports MNF (@SkySportsMNF) November 5, 2018last_img read more


Exequiel Palacios to be Real Madrids first January signing

first_imgReal Madrid reportedly will shortly announce the signing of young River Plate star Exequiel PalaciosThe 20-year-old midfielder will become Real’s first signing of the January transfer window, despite there being another six weeks before it opens.Palacios is regarded as one of the brightest young prospects in South America and had reportedly captured the interest of several European giants.Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan were all believed to have expressed an interest.In August, Palacios revealed in an interview that he had turned down Serie A side Torino last year.But River Plate president Rodolfo D’Onofrio revealed that he had met with Real officials in regards to a deal for Palacios last week.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.Now Marca reports Real director Emilio Butragueno has pulled off the deal after a minor delay due to River Plate’s reluctance to sell.The transfer is set to be announced after the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors.Los Blancos will reportedly compensate River Plate with over €20m for Palacios, who will sign a contract until June 2024 upon his arrival at Madrid in January.Since debuting in 2015, the Argentine has provided four goals and five assists in 38 games for River Plate.Palacios even made his first two appearances for the Argentina senior team in September.last_img read more


BAHAMAS House Passes Constitution Amendment BillResults in FirstEver Independent Office of DPP

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 4, 2017 – Nassau – The passage of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017, Thursday (November 2) in the House of Assembly will result in the creation of the country’s first-ever Independent Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).   The now Constitution (Amendment) Act, 2017, will move to the Senate for debate and passage. Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis, whose Administration foreshadowed the Bill during the Speech From the Throne in May, said Thursday’s development was “long overdue.”The Prime Minister said the legislation is part of his Administration’s programme for transforming the country’s political culture, while simultaneously reforming the culture of governance.   The legislation, Prime Minister Minnis continued, deepens democracy in The Bahamas and advances the liberty of citizens and basic justice.Prime Minister Minnis said the creation of an Independent Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions will also help to enhance the rule of law in The Bahamas by removing the unnecessary influence of political figures.The Prime Minister said the Government is creating a new “architecture of governance” that will lead to modernization and reform in areas such as promoting transparency ad accountability in all areas of government –from the awarding of contracts to incentives for investors; public finance; policy planning and implementation; combating official corruption and the efficient delivery of public services.“This legislation is in keeping with international best practices and norms,” Dr. Minnis said.   “It is long overdue.   The Bahamas has been lagging in this area for far too long.  This reform enhances our democratic culture.  It deepens our democracy.  It advances the liberty of citizens and basic justice.“This legislation is part of my Government’s programme for transforming our political culture and reforming the culture of governance.”The Bill sought to amend the Bahamas Constitution to provide for the establishment of an Independent Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. In particular, the Bill sought to amend Article 78 of the Constitution to provide for the creation of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).By virtue of the creation of the Office of DPP, the Bill further sought to confer all powers relating to criminal prosecutions previously vested in the Attorney General.“The Director of Public Prosecutions shall have power in any case in which he considers it desirable so to do, to institute and undertake criminal proceedings against any person before any court in respect of any offence against the law of The Bahamas; to take over and continue any such criminal proceedings that may have been instituted by any other person or authority and to discontinue, at any stage before judgment is delivered, any such criminal proceedings instituted or undertaken by himself or any other person or authority.“Under the former Government, there was an abuse in the grant of the nolle prosequi, including a nolle prosequi for a former client of the former Attorney General.  We saw high-profile cases related to criminal prosecutions dropped with little to no explanation.“The legislation before us is intended to limit the abuse of power,” Prime Minister Minnis said.By: Matt Maura (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more