Russia jails ex-US marine Paul Whelan for 16 years over espionage

first_imgWhen asked about such an idea, the Russian Foreign Ministry told the RIA news agency it had proposed prisoner swaps to the United States many times but gave no further details.Moscow has repeatedly called on Washington to secure the release of two Russian nationals – convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko, a pilot serving 20 years in the United States for conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into the country.Zherebenkov said Whelan had no objection to the idea of formally asking Russia to pardon him, something that if granted could secure his release.Whelan will serve his sentence in a maximum security prison, Moscow’s city court said. His trial was closed because authorities said it involved the discussion of state secrets.State prosecutors, who accused Whelan of having at least the rank of a US military intelligence colonel, had asked the court to sentence Whelan to 18 years in a maximum secuTopics : A Russian court found former US marine Paul Whelan guilty of spying for the United States on Monday and sentenced him to 16 years in jail, a move the US ambassador to Moscow called an egregious violation of human rights that would harm ties.Whelan, who holds US, British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained by agents from Russia’s Federal Security Service in a Moscow hotel room on Dec. 28, 2018.Russia says Whelan, 50, was caught red-handed with a computer flash drive containing classified information. Whelan, who pleaded not guilty, said he was set up in a sting and had thought the drive, given to him by a Russian acquaintance, contained holiday photos. US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan told reporters after the verdict that no evidence had been produced to prove Whelan’s guilt and demanded he be released immediately.”His conviction is a mockery of justice,” said Sullivan.He said the ruling would not have “a good influence” on already poor ties between Moscow and Washington, but that dialogue would continue.Vladimir Zherebenkov, Whelan’s lawyer, said his client had been told when detained that he would be part of a prisoner swap with a Russian national held in the United States.last_img read more

The historic character of this Gold Coast home is part of its charm

first_img4 Garden Grove, Carrara. 4 Garden Grove, Carrara.THIS riverfront homehas an “old-school” character rarely seen on the property market today.Owner Ruth Duthie said its peaked roof and brick and Tasmanian oak features were all part of its charm.“It’s a very warm home, it’s got a lot of character,” Mrs Duthie said.4 Garden Grove, Carrara.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago4 Garden Grove, Carrara.She and her husband have lived in the property with their children for the past 16 years.She said they had put a lot of work into it over the years, including repainting, fixing bathrooms and re-landscaping the entire property, so hoped the new owners “love it the way it is.”4 Garden Grove, Carrara.last_img read more

Andrew Harrison Johnson, Jr.

first_imgAndrew Harrison Johnson, Jr. 74, of Sunman passed away at U.C. Hospital in Cincinnati, Saturday, January 18, 2020.  “Junior” was born Saturday, June 30, 1945 in Hazard, Kentucky, the son of the late Andrew and Eunice (Pelfrey) Johnson, Sr.  He married Debra “Debby” Bulick September 21, 1974 and she survives. Junior worked for 39 years at Seagrams Distillery where he was affectionately known as “Whitey” by his co-workers.  After retirement, he spent much of his time caring for his home and never wanted to travel far from it. He enjoyed country music and watching IU and UK basketball in addition to Bengals football on tv.  However, his greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren. In his younger years, he was known for his talent at dancing the jitterbug and loved to dance with his sisters.Junior is survived by his wife Debby of Sunman; sons: Andrew J. (Jennifer) Johnson of Greensburg, Travis Johnson of Hamburg, and David (Alexandra) Johnson of Sunman; daughter Kayla (Craig) Rutledge of Willow Branch; brothers: Logan Johnson of Sunman, Jack Johnson of Sebastian, Florida and Carl Johnson of Moores Hill; sisters: Joan Bowcock of Fairfield, Ohio, Lexa Baker of Osgood, Carolyn (Richard) Bocock of Sunman, and Edna (Harold) Himes of Okeana, Ohio; stepsister in-laws Hazel Napier and Betty Napier; and eight grandchildren: Aaron, Allie, Erica, Samantha, and Nathaniel Johnson, Zoey Griffith, and Emery and Charlotte Rutledge.  He was preceded in death by his parents Andrew and Eunice Johnson Sr; step-father Henry Napier; brother in-laws: William Bowcock and  Al Baker; stepbrothers: Tom Napier, Bill (Sue) Napier, Andy Napier, Larry (Kay) Napier, Ernest Napier, and Byrd Napier; stepsisters: Virginia (Elihu) Thompson, Violet (Potter) McFadden, and Henrietta (Bob) Moberly.A service celebrating his life will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, January 22, at the Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan with his nephew, Pastor Tom Gillespie, officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Pius Cemetery. Family and friends may gather to share and remember him 11 AM – 1 PM Wednesday also at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in honor of Junior for Masses at St. Charles Church or Milan Sons of American Legion.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 S Main Street, Box 243, Milan, IN 47031, (812)654-2141. You may go towww.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Alexander: Spurs fans hold the key

first_img Press Association “We would do everything in our power to meet the test of transitioning our fans to a new identity or away from the present one,” he added. West Ham’s fans had been under intense scrutiny before Sunday’s game after last year’s corresponding Barclays Premier League fixture was marred by a small section of the away support using anti-Semitic language and hissing loudly in an attempt to mimic the gassing of Jews during the Holocaust. The Hammers’ co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold, as well as manager Sam Allardyce, had pleaded with fans ahead of the game to avoid a repeat of such instances and, with no arrests linked to chanting made amongst their supporters, it appears the West Ham fans listened. The Metropolitan Police on Monday confirmed that nine other arrests were made for other public order offences during and after the match, which the away team won courtesy of second-half goals from Winston Reid, Ricardo Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison. Sullivan issued a statement on Monday afternoon praising the behaviour of West Ham’s travelling contingent. “It was a truly memorable afternoon for West Ham United at White Hart Lane on Sunday and I want to personally thank our fans for the important role they played in it,” he said. “While Sam Allardyce’s tactics and the players will rightly be praised for an absolutely outstanding 3-0 win at our local rivals, our fans made sure that today’s headlines were all about football rather than events in the stands. “On Sunday morning, I wrote an open letter to supporters attending the game to remind them they would be acting as ambassadors for our club. As expected, they did not let us down.” Sullivan also acknowledged the role played by his fellow chairman Gold, who himself is Jewish, in preventing a repeat of the distasteful chants from last season. “They [the fans] also showed respect for the occasion and understanding of the magnifying glass that was on them in the build-up to the game,” he added. “I would also like to save a few words of praise for my joint chairman David Gold for the emotive and highly personal interview he did ahead of the game. “Discrimination is an issue that is close to our hearts, which is why we were clear beforehand that it has no place at West Ham United.” While Alexander thinks no progress can be made on resolving the issue until that case comes to court he hopes a planned club consultation with fans can help to find a way forward. “The whole police position on this issue is absolutely wrong,” said Alexander, who is critical of the Metropolitan Police’s policy of arresting Tottenham fans who use the term. Both sets of fans travelling to the match at White Hart Lane had been warned by police that they could face arrest if they were heard chanting the word, which has been a recurring theme amongst Spurs supporters for some time. Yid is a term for a Jewish person which is often considered derogatory, but fans of the north London club chant the word as an act of defiance against those who taunt them because of their links with the Jewish community. Despite the police warning, home fans sang ”Yid army” and “we’ll sing what we want” before kick-off and the chants did not cease throughout the match. Police confirmed that a 51-year-old man was arrested after committing a section five public order offence at half-time in the stadium’s East Stand and he will now appear in court later next month. The Tottenham Supporters Trust would like both fans and the club to explain to members of the Jewish community why fans use the term. “It is different when Spurs fans use the term to when fans from other clubs use it,” explained Alexander. Once a consultation has been carried out if supporters come out against use of the term that will be respected, according to Alexander. Spurs fans have come in for criticism over the use of the term, which in some instances is considered anti-Semitic, with one being arrested at half-time during Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to West Ham for using it. He has been released on bail until November. Darren Alexander, joint-chairman of the Tottenham Supporters’ Trust, wants the club and fans to explain to the Jewish community why they chant “Yid army” but feels the approach taken by the Metropolitan Police is the wrong one. Tottenham supporters could do more to educate the wider community over their use of the word “Yid” according to an official fans group.last_img read more

Grade the Orange’s performance against No. 18 Connecticut and pick the player of the game

first_img Published on November 26, 2015 at 5:37 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ What grade would you give Syracuse’s performance?ABCDFVoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comWhat grade would you give Syracuse’s performance?Who was player of the game for the Orange?Michael GbinijeTyler LydonTyler RobersonVoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comWho was player of the game for the Orange? Commentslast_img

Simone Biles sets record for most medals at gymnastics worlds

first_img LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US Simone Biles broke the all-time record for most medals by any gymnast at the world championships by winning the balance beam competition Sunday.It’s the 24th world championship medal for Biles, breaking a tie on 23 with the Belarusian men’s gymnast Vitaly Scherbo. Biles scored 15.066 on the beam after a near-flawless routine, opting for a simpler dismount than the double-double she performed earlier in the championships.China took silver and bronze with Liu Tingting on 14.433 and Li Shijia on 14.3, respectively.It’s the fourth victory for Biles at these world championships after team gold Tuesday, individual all-around gold Thursday and vault gold Saturday.A fifth place on uneven bars Saturday ended Biles’ chances of winning a medal in all six events, which she did last year in her comeback world championships after a sabbatical in 2017. Of her 24 career world medals, 18 are gold, against 12 of 23 for Scherbo.Earlier, Russia’s Nikita Nagornyy won the men’s vault for this third gold medal of the championships. He’s the first European man to win the vault since 2010.Nagornyy scored an average 14.966 from his two vaults, beating his friend and Russian teammate Artur Dalaloyan into second place. The bronze went to Ukraine’s Igor Radivilov.The 38-year-old Romanian Marian Dragulescu, a four-time world champion, secured qualification for his fifth Olympics by placing fourth. First Published: 13th October, 2019 21:10 IST SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img Last Updated: 13th October, 2019 21:10 IST Simone Biles Sets Record For Most Medals At Gymnastics Worlds Simone Biles broke the all-time record for most medals by any gymnast at the world championships by winning the balance beam competition Sunday. Written By COMMENT Associated Press Television News last_img read more

Maiden edition of Ghana Golf Awards launched in Accra

first_imgThe maiden edition of the Ghana Golf Awards has been launched at the media centre of the Accra sports stadium.Twenty-five award categories will be rewarded to the best golf performers in the National golf tournaments, Amateur Golf Championships, corporate and affiliated bodies which ensured the successful run of the competition, Amateur golfer of the year (Male and Female), Most promising golfer (Male and Female), Golf manager of the year, Best dressed golfer (Male and Female), Golf club of the year, Golf personality of the year and Media Houses which have supported golf in the year under review.Other categories are Golf company of the year, Most improved golfer (Male and Female), Junior golfer of the year (Male and Female), Senior golfer of the year (Male and Female) PRO golfer of the year, Golf spot of the year and Golfer of the year.Recognition awards will be given to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II for their varied contributions to the sport of golf in their respective regions.The President of Ghana Golf Association, Dr. Felix Frimpong, said the golf association wants to use the awards ceremony to motivate Ghanaians to participate in the golf of sports.”We want to improve and encourage Ghanaians to participate in Golf Championships. Golf is an interesting sports and we hope the awards will inspire people to get into golf,” Dr. Felix Frimpong said. This year’s Ghana golf awards has been scheduled for Saturday December 22, 2013 at the La Palm Beach Hotel in Accra.last_img read more

Gyan: Ghana ready for 7th straight Afcon berth

first_imgGhana captain Asamoah Gyan believes the friendly against Togo on Monday was timely ahead of the qualifier with Mauritius later this week.The June 14 game will Ghana’s first step in what could be a seventh straight Afcon since failing to qualify for Tunisia 2004.Ghana won the match through a 30 yard goal from debutant Bernard Mensah in the first half and for Gyan, the result was not as important as the game’s objective.”I think the match was part of our plans for the match on Sunday and the main focus was to practise a lot of the things we had done in training,” he said post-match.”We are fully ready to start the journey to qualify for the Afcon in 2017. The coach wanted us to move the ball around more to help build our confidence. It was a good, competitive match between us and our rivals.” “We were more focused on the day and we wanted to improve in terms of our tactics but I must admit that the pitch was not in the best of shapes to help our ball circulation but I think we did our best.”  TeamsTogo XI: Mensah – Dakonam, Akakpo, Amevor, Mamah – Amewou, Wome, Aboubakar, Dossevi – Gakpe, Abraw.Ghana XI: Fatau Dauda; Edwin Gyimah, Baba Rahman, Johb Boye, Jonathan Mensah; Mohammed Rabiu, Christian Atsu, Mubarak Wakaso, Frank Acheampong; Majeed Waris, Bernard Mensah–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Four stars who could be on the move during the 2019-20 season

first_imgIt’s a fool’s errand to predict the major trades that will be completed once the NBA returns for another year of drama, but it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise if these four stars spark lively conversations over the next few months.NBA SCHEDULE RELEASE: Opening Night, Christmas Day, star return games for 2019-20 seasonBradley Beal, Wizards2018-19 season stats: 25.6 points, 5.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 47.5 percent shooting, 35.1 percent 3-point shootingA two-time All-Star, Beal is a perfect fit on just about every roster. He’s a threat off the ball as a 3-point shooter, and he displayed improved playmaking with John Wall out for 91 of a possible 164 games over the last two seasons. His production and efficiency in 2018-19 has only been matched by some of the greatest players in hoops history. And Beal is also just 26 years old.Would the Wizards actually consider trading Beal? So far, the answer has consistently been something along the lines of “no, shut up about it.” Washington would prefer to sign Beal to a three-year, $111 million max extension prior to the 2019-20 season. Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski there are no plans to begin trade discussions should Beal decline that extension.Beal has two years left on his current contract, so Sheppard’s strategy is fine. But the clock is already ticking. Beal doesn’t have much help with this Wizards roster, and Washington is looking like a lottery team. That could be a major factor as he decides what to do with that extension.”I’d be naive to say I wouldn’t be (interested in extension talks),” Beal told The Washington Post’s Candace Buckner in June. “Washington is where I’ve been the last seven years, going on eight. It would be great to play in one place forever.”But at the same time, you want to win and make sure you’re in a position to do so.”Kevin Love, Cavaliers2018-19 season stats: 17.0 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 38.5 percent shooting, 36.1 percent 3-point shootingThe veteran power forward struggled with injuries last season, missing 60 games for a bad Cavs team. Love signed a four-year, $120 million extension in 2018, so there may be health concerns for the soon-to-be 31-year-old. Still, Love can be a terrific complementary player and elevate the right team from really good to great.Cleveland reportedly wants both young players and picks in any Love trade. That asking price feels too high at the moment. Perhaps a contender sees Love as the missing piece, but the bet here is he remains in a Cavs jersey to start the year before trade talks intensify closer to the deadline. Chris Paul, Thunder2018-19 season stats: 15.6 points, 8.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 41.9 percent shooting, 35.8 percent 3-point shootingAfter sending Westbrook to Houston, the Thunder were hoping to flip Paul for more assets with Miami emerging as the top destination. Unfortunately for Oklahoma City, the market for Paul is essentially nonexistent because of trade limitations following free agency and Paul’s massive contract. It seems Paul has accepted he will start the 2019-20 campaign with the Thunder.Paul is no longer in “Point God” territory, but he did average 15.6 points, 8.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals after the 2019 All-Star break. He also scored 27 points (11 of 19 from the field), grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists in the Rockets’ Game 6 loss to the Warriors, which eliminated Houston from the 2019 playoffs. Let’s not pretend overpaid means bad.If Paul shows a little bit more of his old self in OKC (and doesn’t annoy his new teammates), he could become an intriguing in-season trade target. Salary-matching will be tough, but as Kevin Garnett once said, “Anything is possible!”D’Angelo Russell, Warriors2018-19 season stats: 21.1 points, 7.0 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 43.4 percent shooting, 36.9 percent 3-point shootingGolden State unexpectedly acquired Russell in a sign-and-trade with the Nets, allowing the Warriors to get something in return for Kevin Durant. As soon as the deal was completed, though, there were already reports the Warriors were simply treating Russell as a trade asset. “They got a 23-year-old All-Star, and they will trade him,” Marc Stein of The New York Times said back in July. “It’s just a matter of when. … (Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson) aren’t going anywhere. There really isn’t room for Russell. Obviously Klay is going to miss the rest of next season, so in the shortterm, yes. But this was really about the Warriors protecting themselves for the future.”Warriors general manager Bob Myers has rejected that idea, saying the team “didn’t sign (Russell) with the intention of just trading him” and wants to “just see what we have.” That’s an understandable approach, but will Myers change his mind once Thompson recovers from the ACL injury he suffered in the 2019 NBA Finals?How Russell works next to Curry could dictate how Golden State handles this situation. There might not be room in the family for a “Splash Cousin.” The 2019 offseason only confirmed what we already knew about the modern NBA: Lucrative contracts for the league’s top stars, regardless of the years and dollar amounts attached, can be quickly rendered irrelevant if a general manager wants to make a move — or if a player is ready to request a trade.Anthony Davis and Paul George wanted out of New Orleans and Oklahoma City, respectively; they both landed in Los Angeles. Russell Westbrook seemed like a lock to be a Thunder player for life; he is now a member of the Rockets. Team situations can change in the blink of an eye, and the constant worries about roster turnover are unlikely to dissipate. (At least David Griffin and Sam Presti control the NBA Draft for the next century).last_img read more

Two more COVID-19 cases in Cerro Gordo County, 66 new cases in state, two dead in Linn County

first_imgDES MOINES — Two more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Cerro Gordo County, bringing the total number of cases to ten in the county. The Iowa Department of Public Health this afternoon confirmed a total of 66 new positive cases of coronavirus for a total of 614 positive cases. Two more deaths have been reported, both in Linn County, with the victims being older adults, aged 61-80. The two Cerro Gordo County cases were reported in middle-aged adults, 41-to-60 years old. The additional cases raise the number of COVID-19 positive tests in north-central Iowa to 18. Besides the ten in Cerro Gordo County, there have been three positive cases in Hancock County, two in Mitchell County, and single cases in Butler, Kossuth and Wright counties.last_img read more