Russia expels EU diplomats over Navalny as tensions rise

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Foreign Ministry says it is expelling diplomats from Sweden, Poland and Germany, accusing them of attending a rally in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, as international tensions grew over the jailing of the Kremlin’s most prominent foe. The announcement came as the European Union’s foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that the treatment of Navalny represents “a low point” in the relations between Brussels and Moscow. The Russian Foreign Ministry said the diplomats took part in what it called “unlawful” rallies Jan. 23. Tens of thousands of people across Russia took to the streets that day to protest Navalny’s arrest. European officials immediately denounced the move.last_img read more

Bombadil: Comeback Kids

first_imgBombadil bassist Daniel Michalak played through the pain until it wasn’t possible anymore. In 2008, the tuneful indie rock quartet from Chapel Hill, N.C., was steadily gaining momentum. The group released a debut album, A Buzz, A Buzz, on Ramseur Records, the independent label owned by longtime Avett Brothers manager, Dolph Ramseur.  A growing cadre of fans was also starting to flock to the band’s energetic live shows, which blended quirky expansive folk with melodic, piano-driven throwback psychedelia.But as Michalak—who suffers from a neural tension condition—gradually lost the use of his hands, it became obvious the band could no longer continue.“We were going full-steam ahead, but it soon became apparent that Daniel was overdoing it,” says Bombadil drummer James Phillips during a recent phone interview. “The pain in his arms got to the point where he was pretty much incapable of doing anything.”The band’s future looked grim. They decided to stop touring indefinitely and members soon moved to various locations across the country. The desire to play together, though, never really waned. Material already recorded came out as 2009’s Tarpits and Canyonlands, and by the next year, after sharing musical ideas consistently via email, the group convened in Phillips’ new home of Portland, Oregon, to record another album—2011’s All That the Rain Promises. Shortly after, the group received an invitation to open for the Avett Brothers.Through rest and physical therapy, Michalak has gotten his condition under control. It’s enabled Bombadil to be on the road consistently since last fall. The prolific studio band, which also includes guitarist Bryan Rahija and Stuart Robinson on piano, is getting ready to release a new album next month. Metrics of Affection was recorded in an old house that the band members now share in Durham, N.C.Lyrically, the effort is surprisingly straightforward and personal for a band who’s always been honest yet at times emotionally cryptic; something Phillips attributes to  “experiencing the disappointment of stopping and getting older.”Michalak unloads some blatant insecurity in “Learning to Let Go” that would almost be cringe-worthy if the song weren’t so catchy. He also laments the frustration of his condition (“Even the best docs and psychiatrists can’t help”) through spoken word, as the British Invasion meets hip-hop in “Isn’t It Funny.”“We all have diverse interests in music,” Phillips adds. “Because Daniel couldn’t use his hands he was looking for different ways to make music. He became inspired both by the attitude of hip-hop and the production strategies—making beats and loops on his laptop without using his hands.”While Bombadil continues to toy with their own sonic boundaries, the group’s foundational dynamics remain intact. With Rahija now off the road pursuing a graduate degree, the band has been reduced to a piano trio and forced to accentuate vocal harmonies—the element that has always been their best first impression.“All of us take singing very seriously and want to be better than we actually are,” Phillips says. “We’re trying to tell stories and share feelings with the music. You have to do that with singing and melody at the forefront.”Bombadil performs at Snug Harbor in Charlotte, N.C., with the Overmountain Men on June 21. The band will also play the Camel in Richmond, Va., on July 26, and an album release show at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, N.C., on July 27.Americanarama Rolls into the SouthAn icon and a pair of roots music innovators are teaming up for one of the most anticipated tours of the summer. Visiting amphitheaters across the country, the Americanarama: A Festival of Music will feature Bob Dylan sharing headlining duties with Wilco and My Morning Jacket. The tour includes this triumvirate of Americana heroes with generational differences but similar tendencies towards evolution. Dylan, the 1960s folk bard of yesteryear, has gone through many musical shifts to get to his current state as a scrappy, blues-rock-based song-and-dance bandleader. Expect to hear a few classics, but know that he leans on his later material, which in current context is a good thing. Wilco and My Morning Jacket first emerged seemingly focused on alt-country revivalism, but with subsequent albums and years on the road, both bands have journeyed far beyond the parameters of twang into various realms of experimental rock. At different points in the tour, the three bands will be joined by either British folk hero Richard Thompson or outlaw country torchbearer Ryan Bingham. Stops in the region include Atlanta (June 29), Nashville (June 30), Columbia, Md. (July 23), and Virginia Beach, Va. (July 24).last_img read more

‘He could’ve spread the virus’: Medan Police investigate cop who allegedly spat at driver

first_imgThe Medan Police in North Sumatra are investigating an incident involving a police officer identified only as RS, a video of whom circulating on social media since last Saturday appears to depict him spitting at a car driver.Medan Police chief Sr. Comr. Jhonny Eddizon Isir immediately expressed his regret over the incident after watching the video.“It is such a shame. RS’ act has tarnished our institution amid the police’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. He could’ve spread the virus by spitting at the car driver,” Jhonny said last Saturday.The recording was made during an activity that seemed to be a street operation, after the driver allegedly refused to pay hush money to the cop.Read also: National Police detail tightened measures to combat COVID-19, support government policyThe video was recorded by another driver, who was also stopped by RS. The driver who recorded the video claimed that his driving license was detained and later returned by a colleague of RS, identified as WI, who is not a police officer, after the driver handed over Rp 10,000 (US 65 cents). Jhonny apologized to the public for the dishonorable action conducted by RS. He said he would request a transfer for RS.“We suggest that he no longer work at the Medan Police,” he said.North Sumatra Police spokesperson Tatan Dirsan Atmaja said Sunday if proven guilty, RS would be put on disciplinary trial and given sanctions by the Medan Police’s division of internal affairs.“The North Sumatra Police head, Insp. Gen Martuani Sormin Siregar, would not hesitate to punish police officers whose behavior has unsettled the public,” he added. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Preemployment card may not help people return to work despite ‘new normal’: Experts

first_imgRecipients of funds and training under the government’s preemployment card may not be able to practice the skills they learn through the program because the labor market has not recovered, experts say.Tadjudin Nur Effendi, an expert on labor issues from Gajdah Mada University in Yogyakarta, said the ongoing transition toward the so-called new normal, with regional administrations easing coronavirus restrictions, had yet to create new jobs.“I do not think that [people getting back their job] has taken place, because demand in the labor market is still low,” Tadjudin told The Jakarta Post in a phone interview on Tuesday. Luhur Bima, a researcher at SMERU Research Institute, said firms were most likely to employ people they previously furloughed.“Employers will be very cautious in restarting their business activity, so demand for labor amid the transition may not increase significantly,” Bima told the Post.With a budget of Rp 20 trillion (US$1.4 billion), the government introduced the preemployment card in mid-April to help 5.6 million people whose job or small businesses were hit by the pandemic. The government estimates that 3 to 5.2 million people may lose their jobs because of the severe economic impact of the pandemic.People affected by the pandemic are mostly young and educated, in line with the survey’s finding that 88 percent of the respondents were below 35 years of age and 59 percent were senior high school or vocational school graduates.The unemployment rate was highest among people aged 15 to 24 years, which stood at 16.28 percent in February, an increase of around 1 percentage points from a year earlier.Deni Purbasari, the executive director of the preemployment card program, maintained that the program was “not misdirected”, despite criticisms of its relevance to train the workforce at a time when employers are not hiring.“If they are unemployed, young and educated, they are obviously a wasted resource,” Denni said in a virtual briefing on Monday. “We have to make sure that this jobless generation is learning something while the job market plunges.”The survey found that 3,185 of the respondents, an overwhelming majority, hoped they would get new skills from the program, which partners with eight online learning platforms, including e-commerce giant Tokopedia.The most popular training courses in the program are languages, entrepreneurship skills, digital marketing, makeup, coffee brewing and information technology, said Panji of the program’s management team.The government offers Rp 600,000 in monthly aid as an incentive to encourage people to take the training, but those funds will only be disbursed once the recipient completes a course. Recipients are free to choose how to spend the money.In the survey, 4,105 respondents said they would use the aid to make ends meet, clearly in line with the backdrop of losing income.The second-most stated use of the aid was as capital to start a business, followed by funds to find a new job and for savings. Only 611 respondents told the survey they would use it to pay back debt.Panji said Monday that the survey did not evaluate the impact of the preemployment card on job placement rates of the recipients, because “that would require a more rigorous analysis”.“We have to see the preemployment card in the pandemic context with a semi-social assistance mission,” Panji said at the same briefing. “One of the achievements is disbursing the assistance and the feedback from recipients.”As few as 7.7 percent of the respondents considered the training ineffective, some of them arguing that the absence of in-person learning compromised the effectiveness.Despite the transition period, Panji said his office had not decided when to start conducting in-person training. The comments come as around 400,000 people or 60 percent of preemployment card recipients have completed their first training, according to Panji Ruky, the director of communication, partnership and ecosystem development for the preemployment card program.With many nonessential businesses shutting factories, the coronavirus restrictions have forced more than 1.7 million people out of work as of May 1, according to data from the Manpower Ministry. More than half of them were formal-sector workers furloughed by their employers.In line with the ministry’s report, a survey on the program’s eligible recipients by the National Team for Accelerating Poverty Alleviation (TNP2K) found that 80.8 percent of the respondents were unemployed in May.In January, only 37.6 percent of them told the survey they were unemployed, which suggests that they lost their jobs due to the pandemic.center_img Topics :last_img read more

No expense spared in luxe build

first_img127 Sunhaven Blvd, BurdellRay White Julie Mahoney agent Mark Pritchard said the home would suit an older family searching for their dream home or people who loved entertaining.“It would suit a third home purchaser who is very cemented in Townsville,” he said.“It’s an entertainer’s home with a great kitchen that has a butler’s pantry.“It blends the inside and outdoor areas really well.” 127 Sunhaven Blvd, BurdellThe spacious home has around 300sq m of under-roof space.Mr Pritchard said the house had been built to the highest quality and included luxurious touches such as Smeg appliances in the kitchen.“I don’t think Michael Case Homes spared anything in the build of this house,” he said.“I believe Michael Case Homes are really well-known for their amazing eye for styling and this property has been styled to a tee. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020127 Sunhaven Blvd, BurdellThe immaculately presented house uses architectural features to provide plenty of natural light in the living areas. An in-ground swimming pool caps off the multiple outdoor entertaining areas. The master bedroom has a luxurious ensuite and a walk-in wardrobe with custom cabinetry.There is also a media room that could be used as a children’s retreat near the three guest bedrooms. 127 Sunhaven Blvd, Burdell“There is also an amazing atrium in the centre of the home.”The house is located only 16km from the CBD and is near schools and shopping centres.It is also designed to capture the cool breezes at North Shore. 127 Sunhaven Blvd, BurdellAN entertainer’s paradise filled with mod cons and built by one of Townsville’s best builders has hit the market.The property at 127 Sunhaven Blvd, Burdell, is on the market priced in the mid $600,000s.The four-bedroom, two-bathroom, two-car house was built by Michael Case Homes in 2005 and caters to high-end buyers.last_img read more

Carabao Cup semis: Man Utd star doubtful for Man City clash

first_img Read Also:Man Utd held by Wolves in FA Cup stalemate Solskjaer added on MUTV: “We were not sure if he should continue in the second half, but he was adamant he was going to be OK. “He struggled a little bit but let’s see how he’ll recover. It’s not many days, it’s Sunday, Monday and then we go again Tuesday.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Phil Jones was preparing to come on for Maguire but the centre-back eventually completed the 90 minutes and Jones was an unused substitute. Solskjaer admitted he considered taking Maguire off at half-time and, when asked by BT Sport after the game whether the defender would be fit for the first leg against City at Old Trafford, he replied: “I don’t know. “We were close to taking him off at half-time, but he battled through. Let’s see how he recovers. We hope so.” Maguire has only missed four games in all competitions this season and has played every minute of the club’s Premier League campaign.Advertisement Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unsure if England defender Harry Maguire will be fit to face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday. The 26-year-old appeared to be limping following a first-half challenge on Adama Traore during United’s 0-0 draw with Wolves in the FA Cup third round on Saturday. Promoted Content10 Body Features That Are Extremely Rare But Very Remarkable8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterMeet The World’s Most Striking Animals HereBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe 10 Most Irresistible Asian Actressescenter_img United are already missing defenders Axel Tuanzebe, Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly and if Maguire is deemed unfit Jones will likely play alongside Victor Lindelof in the heart of the defence. Loading… last_img read more

Ripley County Basketball Tourney Pairings Released

first_imgThe 2018 Ripley County Basketball Tourney pairings have been released.  Batesville will battle Milan in Game 1 starting at 6 and South Ripley will square off against Jac-Cen-Del in Game 2 of the Opening Round of the tournament starting around 7:30.The Girls games will be on Tuesday, January 2nd, and Friday, January 5th, at Jac-Cen-Del.  The Boys games will be on Wednesday, January 3rd, and Saturday, January 6th, at Batesville.Tickets will be on sale at the high schools.Listen to all of the games of The Ripley County Tourney on WRBI with The Countdown To Tipoff at 5:30.last_img read more

Janice E. Hosmer

first_imgJanice E. Hosmer, 71, of Sunman passed away Friday, October 4, 2019 at Ripley Crossing in Milan.  Janice was born Friday, April 2, 1948 in Batesville, the daughter of Harvey and Dorothy (Brandt) Lauber.  She was a former employee at the Osgood Shoe Factory.  She was the former owner of Hosmer’s Restaurant in Sunman.  Janice was a very active member of St. Paul Methodist Church serving on the board of directors as church secretary and treasurer, also serving as sexton of the St. Paul Cemetery Board.  She was a former EMS member for 30 yrs., serving on Sunman Life Squad, which later led her to becoming a paramedic for 17 yrs., EMS coordinator for Margaret Mary Hospital/Health for 20 yrs., primary instructor for EMT classes in Ripley County for 25 yrs., served on the Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM) for 15 yrs., and very active attending meetings on the state level.  Hobbies included stained glass artwork and hand-crafting all occasion cards.  She also enjoyed spending time with her family.Janice is survived by sons: Darrell (Chris) Hosmer of Sunman and Mark “Doc” (Michele) Hosmer of Dillsboro; brothers: Robert (Posey) Lauber of Sunman and Donald (Peggy) Lauber of Florida; sister Bernetta Dobson of Sunman; 7 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and a host of friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Esther Edmondson.A service celebrating her life will be held 10 AM Friday, October 11 at St. Paul Methodist Church, 8805 N State Road 101, Sunman, IN 47041, with Pastor William Helms officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Paul Methodist Cemetery, Sunman.  Family and friends may gather to share and remember her 5 – 7 PM Thursday, October 10 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan.  Memorials may be given in honor of Janice to the family.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 S Main Street, Box 243, Milan, IN 47031, (812) 654-2141.  You may go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Free legal aid phone clinic Tuesday

first_imgSoutheastern, IN—Legal Aid is holding a Free Legal Aid Phone Clinic for residents of their eight-county district on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The district includes Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson, Rush, and Shelby Counties. The phone clinic will be conducted from 3 pm – 5:30 pm though registration is required between 12 pm to 1:30 pm.The Legal Aid Clinic and Pro Bono Program utilizes local volunteer attorneys, offering free legal consultations to low-income individuals for the provision of legal advice and assistance in furtherance of equal access to justice within our communities who might not otherwise be able to afford the counsel of an attorney.Individuals calling to the Legal Aid Phone Clinic can expect to receive a brief consultation to answer general questions, offer legal information, or to receive other limited pro se assistance or advice, over the phone. Individuals seeking legal consultation must register by calling Legal Aid at 812-378-0358 on Tuesday, July 21, between 12 pm and 1:30 pm. A volunteer attorney will return calls to registered individuals between 3 pm and 5:30 pm. Individuals must be available between 3 pm and 5:30 pm to answer a call from an attorney.Legal Aid will be offering additional Phone clinics throughout the service region. The next Legal Aid Phone Clinic is on Tuesday, August 4 with the same registration requirements and time frame.last_img read more

Di Canio still wants new signings

first_img An early header from diminutive Emanuele Giaccherini at St Mary’s looked set to secure the Black Cats’ first win of the season. However, Jose Fonte’s last-gasp header secured Saints a deserved 1-1 draw and strengthened Di Canio’s resolve when it comes to improving his squad further. “When I asked 45 days ago for another central midfield player with a physical presence, with good quality and ability, preferably British, there was a reason,” the Italian said. “I know this league better than some managers who have managed for 20 years in England. I know, this is why I continually asked for two more players with a physical presence. “I had the same situation two years ago at Swindon, a different level. We brought 12, 13 players from abroad and straight away I said I wanted two, three British ones with a physical presence. “At the end of the season we won the league. Obviously I can’t promise we’ll win the league here but it is obvious that we will have less problems.” Di Canio did not enjoy the best preparation for the match, having been involved in a late-night altercation with drunk Southampton fans. His side looked unaffected, though, and he was proud of the way in which they dealt with Saints’ attack “I feel 50-50,” Di Canio said. “Obviously we defended for the whole game, like Fulham did against us last week. “The defence have done an amazing job because playing Lambert, Rodriguez, Lallana and then Ramirez and Osvaldo – I tell you, this is one of the best sides up front in the league. Press Association Sunderland may have signed 11 players already this summer but manager Paolo Di Canio wants more before the transfer window closes. “Their frontline gives them a chance for them to finish in the top 10, play good football, a physical presence, energy and quality. “My back four, central midfield and wingers, have done a very, very good job in defensive moments.” Sunderland’s resilience was impressive, but Southampton’s leveller was deserved. Fonte’s goal had been coming and continued their unbeaten start, although manager Mauricio Pochettino was left frustrated at what could have been. “At the moment, I am not really happy,” he said. “I am more disappointed “I am not disappointed in the way we conceded the goal early on – I take full responsibility for that. “That is not acceptable and it will serve as a wake-up call because it can never happen ever again. It is not right. “At the same time I am happy and content with our industry during the second half. “We created a host of chances and, if you look at the second half, we deserved to win the match. “We secured a draw in the last few minutes of the game and it showed us that all the work we did after conceding that early goal was important and we fully deserved to get that goal. Perhaps even more. “I am very clear that in the sense that we’ve had a very good pre-season. It shows in the effort that we put in today, that we are physically strong over 90 minutes like we were last week as well.” last_img read more