Thousands protest against Kremlin in Russian far east for fourth weekend

first_imgThousands of people marched in the Russian far eastern city of Khabarovsk on Saturday for the fourth weekend in a row, protesting at President Vladimir Putin’s handling of a local political crisis.Residents of Khabarovsk, around 3,800 miles (6,110 km) and seven time zones east of Moscow, are unhappy about the July 9 detention of the wider region’s popular regional governor, Sergei Furgal, who was arrested on murder charges he denies.His detention, which his supporters say was politically motivated, has triggered weeks of street protests, creating a headache for the Kremlin which is trying to troubleshoot a sharp COVID-19-induced drop in real incomes and keep a lid on unrest as the economy stutters. City authorities estimated around 3,500 people had taken part. Some local media put the number at around 10,000 or higher, but said the crowds were smaller than one week ago.The protests have highlighted anger among some in the far east over what they see as policies emanating from detached Moscow-based authorities on the other side of the country.Supporters of Furgal, the arrested governor and a member of the nationalist LDPR party, feel he is being belatedly punished for defeating a candidate from the ruling pro-Putin United Russia party in 2018. The Kremlin says Furgal has serious charges to answer.Such sustained demonstrations are unusual for Russia’s regions, as is the fact that the authorities have not yet moved to break them up.Putin has named a new acting governor, but protesters say he has no connection with the region and have called on him to step down too. Topics : Sheltering from sporadic and heavy rain beneath umbrellas, protesters chanted “Freedom!” and “We came here of our own will.”One banner read “Russia without Putin” and protesters chanted “Putin resign!”Read also: One sole Russian region says ‘nyet’ to Putin, defying the KremlinMany held up placards in solidarity with the arrested governor, reading “I am/We are Sergei Furgal”. Some marchers wore face masks with the same slogan.last_img read more

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Slow start by offense costs Syracuse in 42-29 loss to Southern California

first_img Published on September 9, 2012 at 12:04 am Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Related Stories DOWNPOUR: Syracuse fails to contain USC playmakers in 42-29 loss at MetLife StadiumGallery: Southern California 42, Syracuse 29Storify: Southern California 42, Syracuse 29 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Jeremiah Kobena chuckled when he thought back to the play he didn’t make in the remaining seconds of the first half.Syracuse had a first-and-10 on Southern California’s 20-yard line, and quarterback Ryan Nassib lofted him a pass as he crossed into the end zone. The ball hit Kobena, but Trojans defensive back D.J. Morgan batted down the arching pass. Instead of its first touchdown of the game, the Orange had to settle for a field goal.“I know I should’ve made a play on that ball,” Kobena said. “It wasn’t necessarily miscommunicated; the rule is: if the ball’s in the air, it’s mine.”It was a miscue that reflected Syracuse’s first-half offensive struggles that precluded the team from delivering an early punch to No. 2 Southern California. The Orange (0-2) stuck with the Trojans (2-0) for three quarters, but the team couldn’t overcome the offense’s slow start in a 42-29 loss at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night.When it was over, Syracuse had a four-hour trip home to consider how the early interceptions, dropped passes and inconsistency on offense derailed its upset bid.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’ve got to start faster. You could sit there and say it was another great performance, it was great this and that, but that’s coming in the second half,” offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said. “We’ve got to do that right out of the gate, and I think that’s the biggest thing now is, ‘let’s just go.’”Hackett said there wasn’t an extra emphasis on scoring early because the opponent was USC. That’s simply part of the game plan, regardless of who’s on the other sideline. But against the Trojans, a team that would capitalize on any mistake, it could have changed the game.Especially on a day when USC was sluggish early.On Syracuse’s third play of the game, Trojans linebacker Dion Bailey intercepted a Nassib pass. Then, on the second play of the Orange’s next drive, wide receiver Marcus Sales had a pass slip right through his hands.Syracuse’s ensuing possession ended with a three-and-out after wide receiver Jarrod West missed a catch. The miscues saw Syracuse finish the first half with just three points from a field goal by kicker Ross Krautman.The Orange had the chance to make a statement early, but went into halftime trailing by 11.“There were some situations out there you just wish, ‘Golly, you just make one play here or there, it could really change it,’” SU head coach Doug Marrone said. “We felt we were in it. We were in this football game.”Through two weeks, Hackett said the inconsistency of his offense has been a recurring problem.Hackett called them “mishaps.” He said Nassib played a great game, but he made some mistakes. As did Sales and the SU running backs. The mishaps built up, the hole got deeper and the Orange suffered its second loss of the season.In the bowels of the stadium after the game, Hackett could only shake his head when he thought back to the first half. Southern California piled up 102 more yards of total offense and held the ball for nearly twice as long.“We just got off to a slow start, and what we needed to do is just come together, and just get a good drive going,” Kobena said. “And you see how that worked out for us in the second half.”After a long halftime due to a weather delay, the Orange offense ran more efficiently. A well-balanced attack moved the chains, with touchdowns by Sales and running back Prince-Tyson Gulley cutting the deficit to a mere five points heading into the fourth quarter.USC answered with two quick touchdowns to put the game out of reach, but the Orange tacked on two more scores in the final period. Sales hauled in another touchdown and Nassib finished a 19-play, 70-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run late to make it 42-29.All told, Syracuse scored 26 second-half points compared to a measly three before the half.The SU offense found a brief rhythm, but the slow start doomed the team in another loss. If inconsistency hadn’t plagued his unit again, Hackett said he could see a different scene playing out on the field.The Orange fell by 13 points, but it could’ve been closer.Said Hackett: “I’d love to play this team again.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Donegal socialisers to reunite to recall memories of famous London pub

first_imgA Donegal reunion is on the cards for former regulars of famous west London pub, the Hop Poles. The charity event aims to bring back both fond and hazy memories of the Hammersmith bar, and will take place on Saturday 15th October at the Tara Hotel, Killybegs.The Hop Poles was taken over by Dungloe couple Jackie and Mary Greene in July 1968 and became a focal point for Irish men and women in London over the next 20 years. Jackie was heavily involved with Tir Chonaill Gaels GFC at the time, becoming chairman in 1970, and Donegal Gaels were to hold many meetings at the venue, from club AGMs to much less formal occasions.Alongside the Gaels, all classes of tradesmen and women, especially tunnellers, carpenters, ground workers and gas workers, converged on the Hop Poles around this time.This continued after Jackie’s sister Elle and her Galway husband Gerry Curley took over the running of the pub in the mid 70s, and up until the pub changed hands in 1975.Anyone who was about London around that time are invited to come to the Tara Hotel and share memories of drinking with friends on the Hammersmith Broadway. There will be a buffet on the night and music by Eunan McIntyre, commencing at 7.30pm.There will be a cover charge of €20 on the night, and also a raffle, with all proceeds going to the Donegal Cancer Bus and Solace Cancer Support Group, Donegal Town.Accommodation is available at the Tara Hotel (0749741700), Bayview Hotel (0749731950), Fleet Inn (0749731518), The Ritz (0749731309) & Seawinds B&B (0749732003).For further information please follow @hoppolesreunion on Facebook.Follow @hoppolesreunion on Facebook for more information. Donegal socialisers to reunite to recall memories of famous London pub was last modified: September 5th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalLondonpubREUNIONThe Hop Poleslast_img read more

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