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Image by zennie62 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Aires In Anti-Gay Brunei Ellen DeGeneres Show Aires In Anti-Gay Brunei Ellen DeGeneres, who joined Sharon Osborne and other high-profile, A-list celebrities in a very public boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel (and its legendary and popular eatery and bar The Polo Lounge) because its owned by the anti-gay Sultan of Brunei, now has Ellen DeGeneres Show shown in the same nation that has the laws she and others are protesting against. And an analysis of the deal boils down to this news: Ellen DeGeneres Show, because of the way the cable system works in that nation, winds up taking money from Brunei, in effect making Ellen DeGeneres' actions with respect to the Beverly Hills Hotel look hypocritical. Moreover, Malaysia's also equally hostile to homosexuals: Malaysian law currently calls for “whipping and up to a 20-year prison sentence for homosexual acts involving either men or women.” In fact, a cursory review of the laws regarding LGBT persons in the nations carrying Ellen DeGeneres Show - Brunei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Thailand and The Philippines â€" reveal a level of hostility and legal obstacles for LGBT persons so intense in most cases that, overall, one has to question Ellen's stance on The Beverly Hills Hotel. The news places Ellen DeGeneres in the same situation as we found Sharon Osborne, who, with her husband Ozzie Osborne, produced a giant concert in anti-gay Abu Dhabi, just as she was calling for a boycott of the The Beverly Hills Hotel. A Tangled Web The deal that brought Ellen DeGeneres Show to Brunei was announced by Lifetime Asia, and reads like this according to the October 14th press release: The syndicated Ellen DeGeneres Show, now in its 12th season, will premiere on Lifetime Asia, weekdays at 8 p.m. (SIN/HK) as a same-day telecast with the United States beginning Oct. 20. “We are hugely excited to bring Ellen to Lifetime in Asia and we strongly believe we add value by broadcasting the show in less than 24 hours from the U.S. premiere,” said Michele Schofield, SVP, programming and marketing, A+E Networks Asia. “Ellen is such a topical show; we’re excited to give our viewers the same opportunities to share in the water cooler conversation.” The series will now be available in Brunei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Thailand and The Philippines. The Ellen DeGeneres Show is produced by A Very Good Production and WAD Productions in association with Telepictures Productions and is distributed internationally by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. In my research on the deal, Lifetime Asia brought Ellen DeGeneres Show to Malaysia and Brunei by way of an agreement with a company called Astro Malaysia. Lifetime Asia is owned by A+E Networks Asia, which works with Astro Malaysia, which, in 2013, announced that it will continue to carry A+E Networks channels in Malaysia and Brunei. A+E Networks Asia is a a joint venture, launched in 2007, with Malaysian pay-TV to newspapers group Astro All Asia Networks and its billionaire owner Ananda Krishnan, Malaysia's second richest person. Krishman, who also owns much of Astro Malaysia, hails from the same school as The Sultan Of Brunei, the Victorian Institution. Stay tuned for updates. Visit our blog Zennie62.com here: ift.tt/1d6iMwr ift.tt/1uvQwLZ

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Image by brizzle born and bred Who can remember "Dial a Disc" it was a telephone service provided the the Post Office (GPO) beginning in the 60's.You simply dialed the number 16 on your telephone and a current 'pop' tune would be played down the line. This tune would be different each day and played from 6pm to 6am and all day on Sundays (cheap rate). Many young teens waiting in anticipation for the parents to leave the house just to listen to the days pop record, it was played in a continuous loop! You could get a sneak preview of the song before you put your 2p in, (many never had a phone - had to use outside telephone boxes) Short of the 45p (plus bus fare into town) to buy the latest hit parade favourite? No matter, just phone up this service to hear a crackly version of it, for the price of a phone call! A tad more limited in scope than Spotify, perhaps, but a darn sight more rewarding. And for the youngsters, there was Dial-a-Bedtime-Story, wherein a celebrity (usually Johnny Morris) tell a five minute story on an infinite loop. The fact that you were almost certain to phone up in the middle of the story, thus having to listen to the end before you got the beginning, enhanced the experience tenfold. A "Dial a Disc" Service was first given a trial in Leeds from 6 p.m., 7th July to 6 a.m., 1st August, 1966. Seven records were selected each week from current popularity ratings and a different record was played each day during the cheap rate period (6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays and all day on Sunday). The equipment was used to record the pop singles on to tape, the tape was made up as a continuous loop and loaded into Equipment Announcer 9As. EA11A: Equipment Announcer 11A. This was introduced in 1972 and used a magnetically loaded neoprene tyre stretched over a rotating brass drum. It was used for announcements which needed to be frequently updated, such as the cricket scores. It was well suited to this, as recordings could be directly transferred, without the use of a tape. The people who are remembering the number as 16 or 160 are both correct. It depended upon which part of the country you were in and which exchange served your line. In London and a handful of other larger cities the equipment in use in the 1960s/70s waited for the first three digits of a number to be dialed before deciding how to route the call, so all "special" short codes had to be three digits long, and Dial-A-Disc was assigned 160. In many other towns, however, the switching equipment worked in a slightly different way and it was possible to have a two-digit code which would connect directly to a service. Thus in these places it was generally possible reach Dial-A-Disc with just 16. The same 16/160 numbers were used to announce cricket scores during test matches. www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUGsRoebaVM Button B was killing music! As with any technological system, it was open to hacking. By the 1970s five million discs were being dialled a year, an increasing number for free. Though designed to be accessed from private lines, kids soon discovered that by putting fourpence in the slot of a payphone and dialling the service, then hanging up seconds before the disc finished, they could get their money back. Remember Button A & B? And when we stopped using phone boxes in favour of a mobile phone? It was a very long time between the old phone boxes (A&B Buttons) to mobiles. I think it was around 1968 that STD was introduced and the old boxes were replaced. From memory the new boxes had for the first time codes for all areas of the UK. www.flickr.com/photos/20654194@N07/2081049800

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Image by Firstbrook Just Click 100 Text From BBC News 5,358 people killed and 12,235 wounded Fatalities include 298 people on board flight MH17 shot down on 17 July 224 civilians killed in three-week period leading up to 1 February 5.2 million people estimated to be living in conflict areas 921,640 internally displaced people within Ukraine, including 136,216 children 600,000 fled to neighbouring countries of whom more than 400,000 have gone to Russia 12 Feb The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France announced that a ceasefire would begin on 15 February. The deal also involves the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front line, but some issues remain to be settled. The pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have signed the agreement. Thousands of people have died in almost a year of fighting in the region. Not BBC Even though a cease fire has been agreed both sides continue to kill one another , mainly civilians are paying the cost , but if you are a politician away from the fighting nice and warm and well fed and watered what does a few more hundred deaths matter, i suppose they are working out the cost to kill each human and trying to make it more cost effective . Feb 14 Fierce fighting is continuing in eastern Ukraine, hours before a ceasefire is due to come into force at midnight (22:00 GMT). A police chief said the strategic town of Debaltseve was suffering a ferocious bombardment by pro-Russian rebels. Renewed fighting is also reported near the southern port city of Mariupol. Meanwhile, the US ambassador to Ukraine tweeted recent satellite images that he said showed Russian artillery near Debaltseve. Geoffrey Pyatt also said on Twitter that Russian units along the border were preparing a large shipment of supplies to separatist fighters. He said that the rebels were now better armed than some Nato countries. Ukraine and the West accuse Russia of sending troops and weapons to help the separatists in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions - a claim the Kremlin vehemently denies. Petro Poroshenko warned the deal to end the war in the east was in "great danger" "The militants are destroying Debaltseve," Donetsk region police chief Vyacheslav Abroskin was quoted as saying on the censort.net website. "The shelling of residential areas and civilian buildings continue. The city is on fire. There has been a direct hit from Grads (rockets) on the city police station." In Mariupol, reports said pro-Russian rebels were using artillery and tanks to attack nearby villages. The port city lies between rebel-held eastern areas and the southern Crimea peninsula, which Russia annexed last March. Ukrainian Deputy Defence Minister Petro Mekhed said the rebels wanted to "raise their flag" over Debaltseve and Mariupol before the ceasefire kicked in. Ukraine's military said on Saturday morning that seven service personnel had been killed and 23 wounded over the past 24 hours. The latest Minsk agreement: Ceasefire to begin at 00:01 local time on 15 February (22:01 GMT 14 February) Heavy weapons to be withdrawn, beginning on 16 February and completed in two weeks - beyond a buffer zone behind the current front line for Ukrainian forces and behind the September front line for separatist forces All prisoners to be released; amnesty for those involved in fighting Withdrawal of all foreign troops and weapons from Ukrainian territory. Disarmament of all illegal groups Ukraine to allow resumption of normal life in rebel areas, by lifting restrictions Constitutional reform to enable decentralisation for rebel regions by the end of 2015 Ukraine to control border with Russia if conditions met by the end of 2015 Feb 14 22.00 GMT Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko orders his country's forces to begin ceasefire in line with Minsk agreement describing it as "the last chance" for peace. Feb 15 Fighting in east Ukraine has subsided but not stopped since a ceasefire came into effect, the warring parties say. Spokesmen for both the government and the pro-Russian rebels said some shelling had continued, mainly around the besieged town of Debaltseve. But both sides say the truce that came into effect at midnight (22:00 GMT Saturday) is largely holding. Fierce battles raged near Debaltseve - a key transport hub - in the hours leading up to the truce. Analysts point out that previous truces initially appeared to be holding but eventually failed, and say the next 48 hours are critical. Two rebels commanders, meanwhile, have been quoted as saying they are entitled to open fire in Debeltseve, with one reportedly saying it was "their territory" and the ceasefire only applied to the frontline. The US, which has warned it could begin supplying arms to Ukraine if the peace initiative failed, claimed on Saturday it had evidence that the Russian military had deployed weaponry around Debeltseve - contrary to Moscow denials that it is playing any direct role in the conflict. The rebels say they have completely cut off supply routes to Debaltseve, encircling the town. Ukraine denies the claim. European leaders have warned Russia that it could face additional sanctions if the 13-point ceasefire agreement is not respected. Feb 16 Observers are to try again to reach the besieged Ukrainian town of Debaltseve, where fighting has continued despite a ceasefire. The OSCE were denied access to Debaltseve by pro-Russian rebels on Sunday, the European security group said. Separatists have said they have the town encircled so it should be considered theirs. In other areas of Ukraine the ceasefire has broadly been observed. But the exception has been Debaltseve, a key transport hub, which has seen some of the fiercest fighting in recent weeks. Although the fighting was reported to have lowered in intensity, shelling continued through Sunday. "Of course we can open fire (on Debaltseve). It is our territory," Eduard Basurin, a rebel commander, told Reuters. "The territory is internal, ours. And internal is internal. But along the line of confrontation there is no shooting." Meanwhile, a military spokesman said Ukrainian troops had come under fire 60 times in the hours after the truce came into force, AFP reports. But both sides have said that in most of the country, the ceasefire held on Sunday. Crucial period Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said that as of Sunday evening, "the ceasefire had been holding in the first 18 hours, with some exceptions, notably in Debaltseve, Raihorodka and Luhansk city". The monitoring mission said that on Monday it would "further seek full access, including to Debaltseve, and areas where violations have been reported". Rebel-held Donetsk was reported to quiet Despite the ceasefire, the EU is expected to proceed with adding 19 new names of Russians and Ukrainians subject to travel bans and asset freezes for their roles in the conflict. European leaders have warned Russia that it could face additional sanctions if the 13-point Minsk ceasefire agreement is not respected. Ukraine and the West accuse Russia of sending troops and weapons to help the separatists in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions - a claim the Kremlin vehemently denies. On Sunday leaders of the four countries that negotiated the truce last week - France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia - held further talks, agreeing to move towards implementing the next stage of the latest Minsk deal. Fighting is continuing in eastern Ukraine more than a day after a ceasefire was supposed to take effect. The Ukrainian military command said the pro-Russian rebels had attacked 112 times since early Sunday, mostly in the bitterly contested Debaltseve area. A Ukrainian officer said there was also fighting near Mariupol, a port city. The rebels accused Ukrainian forces of shelling Donetsk airport. Meanwhile, further EU sanctions against Russia have gone into effect. The new sanctions list targets 19 officials - most of them in the pro-Russian separatist strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk, but also two Russian deputy defence ministers and a Russian celebrity singer and MP, Iosif Kobzon. Armed separatist groups are also targeted, including a Cossack formation. Those listed are now subject to visa bans and asset freezes across the EU. Russia is accused of fomenting the revolt in eastern Ukraine and giving the separatists reinforcements and heavy weapons. Russia denies doing so, but admits that Russian "volunteers" are fighting there. The Russian foreign ministry said the latest sanctions showed that "again the EU preferred to walk on a leash behind the 'party of war' in Kiev". "Such decisions look especially ridiculous against the background of the Minsk [ceasefire] accords." Feb 17 Ukraine's government and separatist rebels have failed to begin withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line, despite a Monday deadline. The two sides were given until two days after the latest truce came into effect to start the pullout. The government said it would not pull back until fighting ended in the beleaguered town of Debaltseve. The leaders of Germany, Ukraine and Russia discussed the crisis in an overnight phone call. Germany said on Tuesday they had agreed "concrete measures" for observers to have greater access, but gave no details. Observers from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), who are charged with monitoring the ceasefire, have been trying to reach Debaltseve after being denied access by the rebels on Sunday. "The German chancellor and Ukrainian president called on the Russian president to exercise his influence on the separatists to enforce the ceasefire," German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said. Fierce fighting is reported inside the key Ukrainian town of Debaltseve despite a ceasefire deal agreed last week. Rebels say they have taken most of Debaltseve, a transport hub, but the government says it is still in control. International observers tasked with monitoring the ceasefire have been unable to enter the town. Earlier, both sides failed to begin withdrawing heavy weapons, despite a Monday deadline agreed in the truce. The two sides were given until two days after the latest ceasefire came into effect to start the pullout. A spokesman for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic told Russian news agency Interfax that the police station in Debaltseve had been taken as well as the railway station. He said most of the city was under the control of the separatists and that a mopping-up operation was continuing. The rebels also said that dozens of Ukrainian troops in Debaltseve had surrendered and others had been killed. A Ukrainian military spokesman quoted by Reuters news agency confirmed that rebels were attacking the railway station but said the town was still in government hands. Rebels have offered Ukrainian troops under siege there a safe corridor to leave. Speaking by phone from inside the town, deputy regional police chief Ilya Kiva said rebels were using small arms, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades. "There are wounded and killed but we cannot confirm the numbers yet," he said. Although Debaltseve has suffered weeks of artillery exchanges, correspondents say this is the first fierce fighting inside the town. 'Internal territory' Most of Debaltseve's 25,000 population have been evacuated but about 7,000 civilians are still believed trapped by the fighting, according to Amnesty International. The ceasefire, which came into effect on Sunday, has been broadly observed but separatists insist the agreement does not apply in Debaltseve because they have the town almost surrounded. Denis Pushilin, a spokesman for the Donetsk People's Republic, described Debaltseve as "internal territory" and said fighting for it was "a moral thing". "We do not have the right [to stop fighting]," he told Reuters. Another rebel leader in the Donetsk region, Andrei Purgin, said separatists planned to discuss the possible withdrawal of weapons later on Tuesday with representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported. In the neighbouring Luhansk region, separatist leader Igor Plotnitsky said he had begun pulling back his tanks and artillery in line with the ceasefire agreement. His claim could not be independently verified. Ukraine's military said on Tuesday that five soldiers had been killed and 14 wounded in the past 24 hours. A spokesman told AFP news agency that most of the deaths happened near Debaltseve. Ukraine's president described rebel attempts to take the town as a "cynical attack" on the ceasefire. "Today the world must stop the aggressor," Petro Poroshenko said in a statement posted on his website. "I call on the permanent members of the UN Security Council to prevent further violation of fundamental principles and rules of the UN and the unleashing of a full-scale war in the very centre of Europe." Speaking on a visit to Hungary, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he hoped the ceasefire agreements would be observed by both sides. Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged the Ukrainian government to allow its troops to surrender to rebels in the strategic town of Debaltseve. Mr Putin also said he hoped the rebels would let any captured troops return to their families. Fierce fighting raged throughout Tuesday in the town despite a ceasefire deal signed last week, with rebels saying they now controlled most areas. The UN Security Council called for an immediate end to hostilities. On Tuesday evening a resolution drafted by Russia calling on all sides to respect the deal, signed in the Belarusian capital Minsk last week, was adopted unanimously by the council. International observers monitoring the truce have been unable to enter Debaltseve. The town has become a key prize for rebels and government forces, as it sits on a strategic railway line linking rebel-held Donetsk and Luhansk. Feb 18 The US has accused Russia of violating the Minsk agreement on Ukraine, as the UN Security Council voted unanimously to approve the ceasefire deal. Vice-President Joe Biden said "the costs to Russia will rise" if it continued to violate the accord. Fighting is continuing around the strategic town of Debaltseve, with pro-Russian rebels saying they now control most areas. Media reports say Ukrainian troops are withdrawing from the town. It comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Ukraine's troops there to surrender. 'Stop pretending' Although the Security Council unanimously approved a Russian-drafted resolution to endorse the Minsk ceasefire deal agreed in Belarus last week, angry words were exchanged among ambassadors. US Ambassador Samantha Power welcomed the agreement but said that Russia had to prove its commitment to peace. She said: "Stop arming the separatists. Stop sending hundreds of heavy weapons across the border in addition to your troops. Stop pretending you are not doing what you are doing." She added: "Russia signs agreements then does everything within its power to undermine them. Russia champions the sovereignty of nations and then acts as if a neighbour's borders do not exist." Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin called her comments "offensive". "Since the very start of the crisis, Russia has actively called for a peaceful settlement through inclusive, transparent dialogue between all sides in the internal Ukrainian conflict," he said. After speaking to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Mr Biden said he "strongly condemned the violation of the ceasefire by separatist forces acting in concert with Russian forces, in and around the town of Debaltseve". He added: "If Russia continues to violate the Minsk agreements... the costs to Russia will rise." The Ukrainian president says his forces are making an "organised" withdrawal from the embattled town of Debaltseve. Mr Poroshenko said 80% of Ukraine's troops had left on Wednesday morning, with more to follow. Fighting has raged over the transport hub, with pro-Russian rebels seizing control of most areas, despite a ceasefire deal. Russia's foreign minister said Ukrainian forces had been encircled and were forced to battle their way out. "I'm reckoning that common sense will prevail," said Sergei Lavrov as he urged the rebels to provide troops who surrendered with food and clothes. Earlier US Vice-President Joe Biden accused Russia of violating the accord, agreed in Minsk last week. Mr Lavrov told reporters that the rebel attack in Debaltseve did not violate the ceasefire agreement, because Debaltseve was part of the rebel-held area at the time the peace deal was signed. Eyewitnesses saw dozens of tanks and columns of weary Ukrainian troops retreating from Debaltseve on Wednesday. This morning the Ukrainian armed forces together with the National Guard completed an operation for a planned and organised withdrawal from Debaltseve," the Ukrainian president said in a statement before travelling to the frontline in eastern Ukraine. "As of now we can say that 80 percent of our units have left," he said. "We are expecting another two columns (to leave)." The withdrawal comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Ukraine's troops in Debaltseve to surrender. International observers monitoring the truce have been unable to enter the town. It has become a key prize for rebels and government forces, as it sits on a strategic railway line linking rebel-held Donetsk and Luhansk. Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted the rebels' actions in Debaltseve had not violated the ceasefire because it was a rebel-held city when the peace agreement was signed last week. Russia's state-controlled Channel One TV showed footage of what it said were rebels raising their flag on top of a high-rise building in the city. Feb19 Russia's UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin has denounced Ukraine's call for the deployment of UN peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine as a destructive move. The Ukrainian president's call "raises suspicions that he wants to destroy the Minsk accords", Mr Churkin said. The Minsk ceasefire deal was reached a week ago but fighting round the strategic town of Debaltseve saw the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops there. Shelling significantly increased in the rebel-held city of Donetsk on Thursday. And Ukrainian officials reported mortar attacks by separatists on the coastal town of Shirokyne, near Mariupol. 'Violation' Mr Churkin accused Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of seeking a new scheme instead of doing what he had signed up to. "If one proposes new schemes right away, the question arises whether [the accords] will be respected", he said. The leadership of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic described the call for peacekeepers as a violation of the Minsk accords. The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France, the four parties to the Minsk accords, held further talks over the phone on Thursday. The French presidency said the ceasefire breaches were denounced and the leaders called for "the implementation of the full package of measures agreed in Minsk" including a full ceasefire, withdrawal of heavy weapons and the release of prisoners. Mr Poroshenko called for UN-mandated peacekeepers to enforce the ceasefire after fighting continued following the rebel advance on Debaltseve. A police mission by the European Union would be the best format for a peacekeeping operation, Mr Poroshenko said on his website. It would help guarantee security "in a situation where the promise of peace is not being kept", he told an emergency meeting of Ukraine's national security and defence council. Analysis: Jonathan Marcus, BBC defence and diplomatic correspondent Could a peacekeeping force help to secure the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine? Well for a start there would need to be a functioning ceasefire; nobody is going to send troops into an active war zone. Just getting agreement at the UN for such a force might be an insurmountable diplomatic hurdle. Russia - with a key veto power on the Security Council - is not just an interested bystander. Despite its denials, it is seen by Ukraine and the West as an active participant in the conflict. An effective peacekeeping force paradoxically might be in nobody's interests. Peacekeepers tend to fix battle lines in place. In Ukraine both sides probably have further ambitions on the ground. The Russian-backed separatists may well want to advance further and the Ukrainian government's forces certainly aspire to take back territory that they have lost. Many experts fear there is a lot more fighting to be done whether this ceasefire is implemented or not. RAF jets were scrambled on Wednesday after two Russian military aircraft were seen off the Cornwall coast, the Ministry of Defence has said. The Russian Bear bombers did not enter sovereign airspace, it said. On the same day, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon warned that Russia's President Putin posed a "real and present danger" to three Baltic states. Prime Minister David Cameron said the Russian action should not be dignified with "too much of a response". He added: "I think what this episode demonstrates is that we do have the fast jets, the pilots, the systems in place to protect the UK. "I suspect the Russians were trying to make some sort of a point." BBC political correspondent Ross Hawkins said the appearance of Russian aircraft near the UK coast was a show of strength from the Russians, and such incidents were carried out with political intent because they would be reported on. Our correspondent said it was part of a trend which had seen Russian aircraft flying close to UK airspace and there had also been concern about similar incidents in Europe. Shelling is reported from several places in eastern Ukraine despite the official ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russia rebels. Artillery fire could be heard in the region's biggest city, Donetsk, where the truce had been observed so far. Ukrainian military sources also accused rebels of shelling positions near the port city of Mariupol. The fighting comes as Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany held further talks over the phone. Most of the renewed fighting in Donetsk appears to be in the north of the city towards the airport. The BBC's Ian Pannell, who is in the city, says it sounded like shells were being fired in both directions, although that could not be verified. Further south, a spokesman for the Ukrainian government forces said rebel units had attacked the village of Shirokyne, killing one soldier, with shells also fired towards Mariupol. The government-held port city of Mariupol is in a highly strategic position, sitting between rebel-held eastern areas and Crimea, which Russia annexed nearly a year ago. The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) - which is charged with monitoring the ceasefire - also reported more shelling near the embattled town of Debaltseve which observers have not been able to reach. Thousands of people are trapped in the conflict zone in and around Debaltseve The town, a railway hub that links the two rebel-held cities of Luhansk and Donetsk, fell to the rebels on Wednesday. Semen Semenchenko, a member of the Ukrainian parliament who leads the volunteer Donbass Battalion, told the BBC he blamed the fall of Debaltseve on the Ukrainian army command and called for it to be overhauled. "I can assure you that we lost Debaltseve not because of the Russian military advantage, but because our generals refuse to take responsibility," he said. He also reiterated calls for the West to send arms to Ukraine. "I believe if we don't stop the Russian military machine now the West would have to interfere later, but it would be more serious," he said. Ukraine says 82 soldiers missing after withdrawal from strategic town of Debaltseve on Wednesday Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman says UK defence secretary's comments on Baltics were "beyond diplomatic ethics" Russia's UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin has denounced Ukraine's call for the deployment of UN peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine as a destructive move. Feb 20th Britain and the European Union have been accused of a "catastrophic misreading" of the mood in the Kremlin in the run-up to the crisis in Ukraine. The House of Lords EU committee claimed Europe "sleepwalked" into the crisis. The EU had not realised the depth of Russian hostility to its plans for closer relations with Ukraine, it said. It comes as European Council president Donald Tusk called PM David Cameron to discuss how the EU should respond to the ongoing violence in east Ukraine. The report also follows comments from Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, who has warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin poses a "real and present danger" to three Baltic states. On Wednesday, RAF jets were scrambled to escort two Russian military aircraft that were seen off the Cornwall coast. Ill-equipped The Lords committee's report said Britain had not been "active or visible enough" in dealing with the situation in Ukraine. It blamed cuts in the Foreign Office, which it said meant it had fewer Russian experts and put less emphasis on analysis. A similar decline in EU foreign ministries had left them ill-equipped to formulate an "authoritative response" to the situation in Ukraine, it said. The report claimed that for too long the EU's relationship with Moscow had been based on the "optimistic premise" that Russia was on a trajectory to becoming a democratic country. The result, it said, was a failure to appreciate the depth of Russian hostility when the EU opened talks aimed at establishing an "association agreement" with Ukraine in 2013. 'Unjustifiable and illegal' Committee chairman Lord Tugendhat said: "The lack of robust analytical capacity, in both the UK and the EU, effectively led to a catastrophic misreading of the mood in the run-up to the crisis." The UK had a particular responsibility to Ukraine because it was one of four signatories to the 1994 Budapest Memorandum which pledged to respect Ukraine's territorial integrity, the committee said. Neither Britain nor the EU had a strategic response on how to handle Russia for the long term, it added. A Foreign Office spokeswoman said no-one could have predicted the scale of the "unjustifiable and illegal" Russian intervention in eastern Ukraine. "The blame lies squarely with the pro-Russian separatists, backed by the Russian authorities, not with an Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine which had been under negotiation for more than seven years before Russia decided to illegally invade and then annex part of its neighbour," she said. "If the Ukrainian people want a closer social, economic and political relationship with the EU, that is for the people of Ukraine to decide, not Russia." 'Deep concern' In response to the call from European Council president Mr Tusk to discuss the EU's response, a Number 10 statement said: "Mr Tusk said that the EU will be scrutinising the situation on the ground very closely in the coming days and both leaders agreed that European member states would need to review the EU's response accordingly." It said both men expressed "deep concern" that Russian-backed separatists have continued to attack Debaltseve, despite the ceasefire agreement that came into effect on Sunday. "They agreed that the EU should make clear to Russia that the pro-Russian rebels must abide by the ceasefire," it went on. The European Council is made up of the heads of state or government of the 28 EU member states and it sets the EU's overall political direction and priorities. The US has also said it is "deeply troubled" by reports of continued fighting in eastern Ukraine. Shelling was reported from several areas on Thursday, including around the rebel-held city of Donetsk. The US says it is "deeply troubled" by reports of fighting in eastern Ukraine despite the ceasefire agreement that came into effect on Sunday. A White House spokesman called on all sides to abide by the commitments of the deal. Shelling was reported from several areas on Thursday, including around Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to 15 days in prison for handing out leaflets to publicise a forthcoming demonstration. His imprisonment bars him from taking part in the planned rally on 1 March. Navalny was given a suspended sentence for defrauding two firms in December. He says the legal cases against him are motivated by his opposition to President Vladimir Putin. Navalny left the courthouse on Thursday in a police car and wearing handcuffs. He urged his followers to attend the rally against President Putin's policies. The law he breached is one that restricts demonstrations. Street protests "To ease the economic and political crisis we have to pressure the authorities. Let's go to the anti-crisis rally," he said in a video posted on his Twitter account. Correspondents say that although he has little chance of posing a serious challenge to Mr Putin, he had pledged to lead 100,000 demonstrators in the march, which he says is against Kremlin policies that are leading Russia into a severe economic crisis. Mr Navalny led Moscow street protests against President Putin between 2011 and 2012. Last year he and his brother Oleg were accused of stealing 30m roubles (2,000;£300,000) from two companies. Oleg was given a three-and-a-half-year jail sentence, while Navalny was given a suspended sentence that prosecutors say they will appeal against. Critics of the Kremlin and the US say that his case is an attempt to stifle political dissent. Since he was sentenced, Navalny has taken an increasingly defiant stance, cutting off his house arrest tag in January. Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg were both found guilty in December Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has accused Russia of direct involvement in the sniper fire which killed dozens of protesters in central Kiev a year ago. He was speaking as the capital marked the first anniversary of the clashes between protesters and police which toppled ex-President Viktor Yanukovych. A top Kremlin aide, Vladislav Surkov, had organised snipers, he alleged. The Russian government hit back at the claim, calling it "nonsense". More than 100 people died in the violence on Kiev's central Independence Square, known as the Maidan, a year ago. The anti-Yanukovych revolt was called the "EuroMaidan revolution", as huge crowds demanded a pact with the EU. In a speech at the Maidan on Friday, President Poroshenko condemned the insurgency by pro-Russian rebels in the east. Earlier he told Maidan victims' relatives that, according to Ukrainian state security, "the Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov led the organisation of groups of foreign snipers on the Maidan". He was speaking just two days after his army retreated from the key town of Debaltseve, now in rebel hands. Rebel advance The Ukrainian government, Western leaders and Nato say there is clear evidence that Russia is helping the rebels with heavy weapons and soldiers. Independent experts echo that accusation. Moscow denies it, insisting that any Russians serving with the rebels are "volunteers". A Ukrainian military spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, said more than 20 Russian tanks, 10 missile systems and busloads of troops had entered Ukraine in the past 24 hours, heading for Novoazovsk, a rebel-held town on the coast. The report has not been confirmed. The Maidan ceremony includes poetry, a choir singing the national anthem, and a performance of Mozart's Requiem by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. What happened in the Maidan? A look back to the events of 20 February 2014, one the bloodiest days of Ukraine's civil unrest Mr Yanukovych - a political ally of Moscow - fled into exile in late February 2014, but soon resurfaced in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. He said he had been ousted in an "illegal coup" and lambasted the "fascists" who had taken power in Kiev. For weeks in the bitterly cold winter of 2013-2014 the Maidan was a vast campsite populated by the EuroMaidan protesters, who kept police at bay with barricades and burning tyres. Most of those killed in the Maidan clashes were shot by snipers, and some uniformed police were filmed firing at protesters. Ukrainians will remember 20 February for many years to come. It became the tipping point for the anti-government protest that had gained momentum all winter. What started as a peaceful rally against President Yanukovych's decision to steer Ukraine off its pro-European path morphed into a fight against the corrupt government. It ended in a violent stand-off between riot police and protesters. Mr Yanukovych's rule came to an abrupt end, but the price was high - more than 100 people killed in the clashes. They are now remembered as the "Heavenly Hundred". Many of them died on 20 February, the last and most dramatic day of the protests. A year on, people are coming to the Maidan again to honour those who gave their lives fighting for a better Ukraine. The untold story of the Maidan massacre Mr Poroshenko said on Friday that phone records obtained by Ukrainian state security showed a direct Russian state role in the Maidan shootings. Those records, he said, revealed "conversations between Yanukovych and Russian state security officials. "They prepared for the shooting together, in advance." Russia's foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Mr Poroshenko had been duped by his security aides. "Ukraine's investigative and security services have things to be getting on with. But at the moment, instead of carrying out investigations, they're exploiting people's deaths and putting out nonsense worthy only of a mental hospital," he said. Battlefield A ceasefire for war-torn eastern Ukraine, signed in Minsk on 12 February, looks fragile as shelling continues in some areas. An intense rebel bombardment forced some 2,500 government troops to retreat from Debaltseve on Wednesday, and dozens of others surrendered. The village of Chernukhino, near Debaltseve, is now in rebel hands too, the Kiev-appointed governor of Luhansk region, Gennadiy Moskal, said on The streets of Debaltseve were mostly quiet and mostly deserted as we entered the city for the first time since intense fighting ended. Those civilians still holed up in the city, who have been without water, gas and electricity since early January, were slowly emerging from shelters to see what was left of their homes. But there were more rebels than civilians, with convoys of victorious separatists returning from the recent clashes. Evidence of the fighting was littered across the roads and we spotted the bodies of two Ukrainian solders that had been lying in the cold for three days. Ukraine crisis: Debaltseve 'in total shock' 20 February 2015 Last updated at 19:47 GMT The Ukrainian capital, Kiev, has been marking the first anniversary of the clashes between protesters and police which toppled ex-President Viktor Yanukovych. More than 100 people died in the violence in Maidan Square in the centre of the capital one year ago. The killings triggered the collapse of Ukraine's pro-Russian government, prompting Moscow to annex Crimea and sparking a separatist war in the east. One of the towns engulfed by the ensuing violence is the strategically important town of Debaltseve, from where Paul Adams reports. Read more Ukraine accuses Russia over Maidan 2014 killings Feb 21 A rally has taken place in Moscow to condemn the "coup" in neighbouring Ukraine, a year after the downfall of its pro-Russian president. Russian state media heavily promoted the rally and march with the slogan "We won't forget! We won't forgive!". Ukraine's protests ousted pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014. Speaking on Russian TV, the ex-leader condemned "lawlessness" in Ukraine, saying the situation there had caused him "very many sleepless nights". Since Mr Yanukovych's departure, Russia has annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula and is accused of backing rebels in eastern Ukraine. A ceasefire plan agreed this month in Minsk has appeared close to collapse since taking effect just over a week ago. The Ukrainian government, Western leaders and Nato say there is clear evidence that Russia is helping the rebels in eastern Ukraine with heavy weapons and soldiers. Independent experts echo that accusation. Moscow denies it, insisting that any Russians serving with the rebels are "volunteers". Nearly 5,700 people have died since the fighting erupted last April and some 1.5 million people have fled their homes, according to the UN. In developments on Saturday: The rebels announced a prisoner exchange to take place in the Luhansk region under which between 35 and 39 Ukrainian soldiers would be handed over in exchange for 37 people held by the Ukrainian government An adviser to Ukrainian President Viktor Poroshenko, Yuri Biriukov, reported on his Facebook page (in Russian) that the Ukrainian death toll in the battle for Debaltseve was possibly 179 with 81 missing - a much higher figure than previously announced Shelling could be heard in the city of Donetsk, the rebels' main stronghold. 'Anti-Maidan' Groups of demonstrators gathered in central Moscow on Saturday under patriotic Russian banners. Police estimated that about 35,000 people in total took part. The Moscow event was styled as an "anti-Maidan" march - a reference to Ukraine's pro-EU protests that started on Kiev's central Independence Square, widely known as the Maidan. The BBC's Sarah Rainsford, at the scene, says marchers included Cossacks in full uniform and young women in anoraks emblazoned with pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Among those at the rally was Ukrainian rebel politician Oleg Tsarev, who marched alongside the leader of Russia's Night Wolves motorcycle club, Alexander "The Surgeon" Zaldostanov, a prominent Russian nationalist. One group of marchers in military fatigues could be seen with a placard which read "Maidan is an illness - we're going to cure it!" Another placard read "Maidan benefits the enemies of Russia!" Our correspondent says many people at the march blame America and Europe for engineering regime change in Ukraine. The anti-Yanukovych revolt was triggered by a sudden U-turn that ditched a wide-ranging pact with the EU in favour of closer ties with Russia. Since Mr Yanukovych fled Kiev, the new authorities in Ukraine have issued an arrest warrant for him over the "mass murder of peaceful citizens". President Poroshenko accused Russia on Friday of direct involvement in the sniper fire that killed dozens of protesters in Kiev on 18-20 February last year. Speaking at a commemorative gathering in Kiev, he said Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov had organised "groups of foreign snipers". The Russian foreign ministry hit back at the claim, calling it "nonsense". Mr Poroshenko was speaking just two days after his army retreated from Debaltseve, now in rebel hands. The rebels took the strategic transport hub in spite of the ceasefire signed on 12 February, arguing the truce did not apply to the flash-point town. US and its allies considering additional sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, US Secretary of State John Kerry says Ukraine crisis: Prisoner swap boosts ceasefire Ukrainian government and rebel forces have exchanged dozens of prisoners, a week after a ceasefire came into effect in the east of the country. A total of 139 Ukrainian soldiers were freed and 52 rebels. The exchange is the first step carried out successfully under the terms of the 12 February Minsk agreements, brokered by France and Germany Feb 22nd Tex from BBC news Rebels in eastern Ukraine have agreed to begin to pull back heavy weapons from the frontline, a Russian general involved in implementing a truce says. Gen Alexander Lentsov said the pro-Russian rebels had signed the orders to complete the withdrawal over the next two weeks, starting from Sunday. It is not clear whether the move will be reciprocated by Ukraine. This comes as Ukraine and the separatists exchanged 191 prisoners, a key part of the Minsk ceasefire deal. It was the first step carried out successfully under the terms of the 12 February agreements signed in the Belarusian capital, brokered by France and Germany. The exchange came as US Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington was considering "serious sanctions" against Russia following breaches of the truce, and that a decision would be made in the coming days. the government and rebels in eastern Ukraine have agreed to start pulling back heavy weapons from the front line more below

Saul Bosquez

Saul Bosquez

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Image by familymwr Saul Bosquez, an Army veteran who lost his lower left leg and two right toes to an improvised explosive device while patrolling Iraq on Aug. 1, 2007, works out Feb. 24 with the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla., spring training home of the Washington Nationals. The squad, which consists of Soldiers and Marines wounded in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, will play 60 to 75 softball games this year against able-bodied teams across America. U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps, IMCOM Public Affairs Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team feels like ‘America’s Team’ By Tim Hipps IMCOM Public Affairs VIERA, Fla. â€" Army Cpl. Matt Kinsey says he plays for the newest version of “America’s Team” â€" the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. “We’ve got the best fans of any team in America,” Kinsey said Feb. 24 after practicing at Space Coast Stadium, spring training home of the Washington Nationals. “Everybody says we’re America’s new favorite team. The support that we get is just unbelievable â€" everywhere we go, we get first-class treatment.” All of the players are Soldiers or Marines who lost limbs while deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. They are the first softball squadron completely assembled with wounded warriors playing on prosthetics or with missing body parts. They plan to play 60 to 75 games this year against able-bodied teams, and they expect to win most of those contests. For these guys, however, every day spent on a diamond is a win-win situation. “The fans thank you for your service and everything, but they are kind of in awe because they are not used to seeing â€" it’s the first time it’s ever been done: guys playing competitive softball on prosthetics,” Kinsey said. “I think they look at us walking in like, “Ah, I don’t know if these guys are really going to be up to snuff.’ “But they find out pretty quick that we can play. As soon as the game is over, I think they are just in awe of how hard we play and the talent level we’re at. We get a really good reception.” The team is the brainchild of David Van Sleet, 56, a former Army specialist who spent the past 32 years working with prosthetics for the Department of Veterans Affairs. “I’ve been involved with softball my whole life, managing, coaching and playing,” Van Sleet said. “I just stopped to do this. I’m the brainchild, the founder and head coach. “I saw some pretty athletic looking guys coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan,” he explained. “And the University of Arizona acquired a Congressional grant that enabled us to bring 20 guys to Tucson in 2011 for a disabled veterans sports camp. I came up with the idea to make it a softball camp. “When we were there, the camaraderie and the skill level that I saw, I was like, ‘Man, we’ve got something here.’ More importantly, the guys told me that we had something there, and they didn’t want it to end. We took it from there, and it’s just exploded.” The team carries13 to 15 players on the roster and takes 11 on each road trip to play against military teams, firemen, policemen, celebrity squads, elite women’s teams and all-comers. They will face a D.C. celebrity team following the Boston Red Sox-Washington Nationals game April 3 at Nationals Park in Washington. They have a game set for Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. More extravaganzas are set for Huntsville, Ala., and The Hamptons on Long Island, N.Y. Olympic softball star Jennie Finch has invited them to Louisiana for a “ Battle on the Bayou.” And they will play before the NCAA Women’s Softball Championship finale in Oklahoma City. Kinsey, 26, played baseball for Rockville High School in Indiana and a year of junior college ball for Danville Area Community College in Illinois. He experienced arm problems there and returned home to work on the farm for a couple of years before joining the Army in March of 2006. “I was on my second tour of Afghanistan when I stepped on a land mine on a night patrol and I lost my right foot,” Kinsey recalled of June 2, 2010, the day his life forever changed. “Half of it was missing initially. The explosion blew away from me, so I was very fortunate that happened. When I got to Walter Reed [Army Medical Center], we decided to take the rest of the foot. Now I have a nub. “I had a very quick recovery. I was running by August.” Running again, however, was a learning process. “It’s different at first. I’m not going to lie,” said Kinsey, who shifted his pitching and catching baseball prowess to shortstop for softball. “You basically retrain yourself on how to play and how to move. But as far as getting up and going and planting, I probably have more of an advantage because I create more torque. I have more leg than a lot of the guys.” Saul Bosquez played high school, American Legion and two seasons of junior college baseball at Grand Rapids Community College before joining the Army. He soon deployed as a specialist from Fort Benning, Ga., to Iraq. On Aug. 1, 2007, Bosquez had completed a convoy of Iraqi police checkpoints and was returning to base when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device that broke his left leg in 11 places and collected two of his right toes. Eventually, he became a below the knee amputee. “It was the best thing for me to do,” Bosquez said. “It was a tough decision, being 22 years old, and having to decide where I wanted my leg cut off at. I guess it’s a decision you never think you’re going to have to make.” Bosquez’s first athletic journey outside of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington was to Jim Estes’ Salute Military Golf Association clinic for wounded warriors in Olney, Md. “You can feel sorry for yourself all you want, but it's not going to make your situation any better,” Bosquez said then. “So why not try to do something? “It’s like the easiest thing to do for guys missing legs,” Bosquez recalls of the golf therapy. “It’s not very high-impact, and it gets them back out there competing. Golf is not always against other people, though, it’s a very mental game. I have a newfound respect for golf. I play a lot of golf now.” On a good day, he has a golf handicap of 13, a score most honest hacks would envy. Bosquez, however, was a former football and baseball player who swam and ran track. He still yearned for team competition and was determined to play baseball again â€" or at least softball. “I can do other things, but they don’t have a lot of programs for the things that I want to do,” he said. “I would like to start a baseball program and actually play in a league.” He since has learned how to ski on snow and water â€" something he never attempted on two natural legs. “I had never tried either one until after I lost my leg,” he said. “I picked it up just like that. Anything athletic always has just come pretty naturally to me.” Fast forward four years, and Bosquez is playing in a veritable softball league of his own. Last March, about 20 wounded warriors gathered for the tryout camp at the University of Arizona. They concluded with an intra-squad game in which Bosquez threw out a runner at home plate to preserve the victory. “That was a pretty cool moment,” he said. Kinsey said learning how to achieve daily activities was the hardest part of dealing with his injury. “Being out here on a ball diamond, your mental instincts kick in,” he explained. “I’ve played in thousands of games so it’s more muscle-memory than anything. Everyday things like showering or getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, you have to hop there â€" but you get your own system and learn what works.” Kinsey bats third in the Wounded Warriors’ lineup. “I go deep every now and then if the wind’s not blowing in,” he said with a grin. He still has difficulty fathoming this whole scenario. “If you would have asked me over a year ago when I got hit if I would be playing softball at spring training with the Nationals, let alone being on this team and getting to go to all the places that we’ve been to, I’d tell you that you were full of it,” Kinsey said. “This has been a dream come true, and it’s only getting bigger. We’ve been from the East Coast to the West Coast so far.” Kinsey, a sixth-year Soldier, is stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center but is on PCS home leave, awaiting clearance by the medical board. A former quarterback, Kinsey helped coach his high school team for the past eight seasons. Now he’s taking it to the next level. “I’m going to be coaching college football next year at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan, but between doing that, softball is basically is my fulltime job,” he said. “I’m going to be continuing my education up there.” Meantime, Bosquez is basking in the moment of traveling around the country to play softball. “We’ve blown up in the past year,” Bosquez said. “We were in “Sports Illustrated.” We were on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumble” on HBO. We just played a flag football game against retired NFL guys in Indianapolis the week of the Super Bowl, and we won by like 21 points. And we were on like a five-minute segment on SportsCenter with Rick Reilly. “It’s been a pretty big ride.” The Washington Nationals and Louisville Slugger are their primary sponsors, with Boombah providing shoes and Phiten tossing in accessories. Even Jimmy Buffett has boarded the caravan. “This past October we hung out with him in Las Vegas, where the world’s largest margarita was made,” Bosquez said. “Wherever we go, the people who bring us out will take care of us.” All but one of the former baseball players had never played competitive softball, so they are learning the nuances of the game on the fly. “Me and Matt still have the baseball swing and mentality â€" it’s kind of hard to break out of that,” said Bosquez, 27, who received Army retirement papers three years ago. “Pretty much every athletes’ dream of a second chance after they’re done, we got it, and we’re all taking the most from it.” The players hope to spread awareness and inspire others to realize that “just because you’re injured, it’s not over.” “You’re going to have to work for it, but you can do it again,” Bosquez said. “We show that, and hopefully other disabled guys and other amputees will get that. Hopefully, we can inspire them to go out there and try.” “It’s no different than someone who has a nagging injury or something that just can’t heal. You might go out there and trip over your foot or something that you wouldn’t have done before you got hurt â€" just little things like that. But like they say, a day out on the golf course or a day out on the field is better than a day of pretty much anything else, so you can’t complain.” Kinsey concurred. “As long as I can play, I’ll play,” he said. “I’ll play until my legs fall off, or my arm falls off, or whatever.” For his efforts, Van Sleet received the Veterans Administration’s highest award before Congress last year. “I’ve had a pretty good career with the V.A.,” he said. “They took the flag off the Capitol and gave it to me.”

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Image by marsmet525 MOSCOW: Two members of punk band Pussy Riot lost their appeal to stay in a Moscow pre-trial detention centre on Monday, their lawyer said, and will now serve the remainder of their terms in a remote penal colony where conditions are much tougher. . .......***** All images are copyrighted by their respective authors ...... . ... message header for Mail Online The three band members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Ekaterina Samutsevich, 30, - were convicted of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred' and jailed for two years by a district court on Aug 17. . ............................................................................................................................................................................................. . .....item 1).... Mail Online ... Daily Mail ... www.dailymail.co.uk/news ... Russian punk band Pussy Riot refuses to repent for anti-Putin song as appeal hearing is postponed ... Band members were jailed for two years for performing 'punk prayer' in Moscow's main cathedral ... Orthodox church said the three women should be pardoned if they repent for desecrating a 'holy place' ... Fights between Pussy Riot supporters and Church activists outside court ... Hearing postponed until October 10 after band member Ekaterina Samutsevich fires her attorney By DANIEL MILLER PUBLISHED: 04:04 EST, 1 October 2012 | UPDATED: 09:39 EST, 1 October 2012 www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2211101/Pussy-Riot-refus... The Russian feminist band Pussy Riot have refused to repent for performing an anti-Vladamir Putin 'punk prayer' in Moscow's main cathedral as their appeal hearing was postponed until next week. The three band members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Ekaterina Samutsevich, 30, - were convicted of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred' and jailed for two years by a district court on Aug 17. Their appeal hearing which began today, was postponed until October 10 after Samutsevich fired her attorney meaning she was left without legal representation. Scroll down for video . ................................. img code photo ... The three band members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Ekaterina Samutsevich, 30 ... i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/10/01/article-2211101-154A06... Jailed: The Russian punk band Pussy Riot refused to repent for performing a 'punk prayer' against President Vladimir Putin at Moscow's main cathedral as their appeal hearing was postponed until next week AP ................................. . The Russian orthodox Church said they should be pardoned on the condition they repented for 'desecrating a holy place'. More... ... Thousands take to the streets of Melbourne for peace march following the death of Irish journalist Jill Meagher Fights broke out between Pussy Riot supporters and pro-Church activists as around 150 people gathered outside the Moscow courthouse for the start of the appeal hearing today. The tough jail sentences they received saw the West sharply criticise Putin and the Kremlin because of doubts over the independence of the judiciary, and global celebrities, including British musician Paul McCartney and U.S. pop singer Madonna, called for leniency for the women. . ............................. img code photo ... The three band members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Ekaterina Samutsevich, 30 ... i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/10/01/article-2211101-154A07... Defiant: Pussy Riot (from left), Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, were convicted of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred' and jailed for two years by a district court on Aug 17 AP ............................. . ............................. img code photo ... An activist holds a placard reading 'Freedom to Pussy Riot!' i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/10/01/article-2211101-154A23... An activist holds a placard reading 'Freedom to Pussy Riot!'. Around 150 people gathered outside the Moscow courthouse for the start of the appeal hearing with fights breaking out between supporters of the band and Church activists Reuters ............................. . Vladimir Legoida, a senior church spokesman, said their stunt 'must not remain unpunished whatever the justification,' but said that any repentance, if expressed, should be taken into account. 'The church sincerely wishes for the repentance of those who desecrated a holy place, certainly it would benefit their souls,' Legoida said in a speech. 'If any words of the convicts indicate repentance ... we would wish that they are not left unnoticed and those who violated the law get a chance to mend their ways.' 'If they (the church) mean repentance in the sense of a crime ... it definitely won't happen. Our clients won't admit guilt. A call for that is pointless,' lawyer Mark Feigin told independent television channel Dozhd on Sunday. A recent official opinion poll showed that more than half of Russians are critical of what Pussy Riot did and consider their two-year jail sentence to be a just one, with less than a third saying the opposite . .................................. img code photo ... An activist spray paints a wall mural i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/10/01/article-2211101-154853... International outrage: An activist spray paints a wall mural in support of members of the band during a protest rally in front of the Russian embassy in Prague yesterday Reuters .................................. . .................................. img code photo ... Paris: Activists from Amnesty Internationa i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/10/01/article-2211101-154A1C... Paris: Activists from Amnesty International pose in front of the Eiffel tower demanding justice for the band AFP / Getty images .................................. . The trio's legal team and relatives hold out little hope that the sentences - which they believe are excessively harsh - will be quashed or reduced at the hearing scheduled for Monday, whether they repent or not. 'The sentence is predetermined; their repentance will not affect it in any way,' Stanislav Samutsevich, father of one of the jailed women, told Reuters. 'The fact the church is calling for that is nothing but a public relations move to sustain their reputation in the eyes of the public, as the church says it is separate from the state.' Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, has called Putin's 12-year rule a 'miracle of God' and backed his presidential election campaign earlier this year. Kirill dismissed criticism of his backing for the Kremlin on Friday, telling students that close ties between the church and state helped protect and develop society. VIDEO: Supporters and protesters turn up outside court as the hearing is postponed... . . ............................................................................................................................................................................................. . .....item 2).... The Daily Star - Lebanon ... www.dailystar.com.lb ... International ... Russian punk band members lose appeal to stay in Moscow prison October 15, 2012 10:27 PM By Gleb Bryanski Reuters . ........................... img code photo ... Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, www.dailystar.com.lb/dailystar/Pictures/2012/10/15/108050... A picture taken on October 10, 2012, shows two jailed members of the all-girl punk band "Pussy Riot," (L-R) Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, sitting in a glass-walled cage in a court in Moscow. (AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA) ........................... . www.dailystar.com.lb/News/International/2012/Oct-15/19151... MOSCOW: Two members of punk band Pussy Riot lost their appeal to stay in a Moscow pre-trial detention centre on Monday, their lawyer said, and will now serve the remainder of their terms in a remote penal colony where conditions are much tougher. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Maria Alyokhina, 24, had their two-year sentence imposed over a cathedral protest against Vladimir Putin upheld by Moscow City Court last week. They are convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. Both Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina have small children and lawyers are saying that a transfer to a colony outside Moscow where the regime is more strict than in detention centres will complicate their contacts with families. "There are many concerns there -- their safety, their health. A barrack for 150 people is not the same thing as a cell for four people," lawyer Mark Feigin told Reuters. The nearest penal colony is located about 100 km from Moscow. According to the Russian law only convicts with prison terms of less than six months can serve out their sentences in pre-trial detention centres. The law also makes an exception for inmates with skills needed in such centres. Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina's hearings took place at their detention centre, along with the appeals of 10 other inmates. Their lawyers argued that the two could work in the centre as cooks. Officials nominted 3 other inmates to stay. Russian prisons are notorious for squalid conditions and often brutal treatment of inmates by personnel. The country is facing international criticism over a 2009 death in prison of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who may have been beaten to death. . . ............................................................................................................................................................................................. . .....item 3).... POLICE BRIEFS: Three girls, two cups; 'Don't have no beer' ... FSU News ... www.fsunews.com 10:30 PM, Feb. 10, 2013 | FILED UNDER FSU News FSU News Police www.fsunews.com/article/20130211/FSVIEW4/130210020/POLICE...|newswell|text|frontpage|s --- 'Don't have no beer' On Sunday, Feb. 3, at approximately 12:12 a.m., an FSUPD officer was conducting a security check around a fraternity house on Pensacola Street. The officer observed a male carrying a 12 oz. can of beer. The male was walking with a group of people and when he noticed the officer in his police uniform, he dropped the beer on the ground and attempted to hide behind the group of people. When the officer contacted the male he stated, “I don’t have no beer in my hand.” When asked how old he was, the male stated that he was 18-years-old. The male was issued a Notice to Appear for underage possession of alcohol. . --- Marijuana outside Degraff On Saturday, Feb. 2, at approximately 1:50 a.m., an FSUPD officer was dispatched to an emergency blue light in the courtyard of Degraff Hall. While the officer was observing the area, he did not find anyone in distress. When the officer checked the south side of the building, he noticed an individual sitting on a bench smoking. The closer the officer got to the individual, the stronger the scent of marijuana became. When the officer asked the male what he was doing, he replied, “Smoking a spliff.” When asked if he was smoking marijuana, the male said, “Yes.” The marijuana cigarette was seized and weighed 0.4 grams. The male was issued a Notice to Appear for possession of marijuana less than 20 grams. . --- Three girls, two cups On Friday, Feb. 1, at approximately 11:24 p.m., an FSUPD officer was on foot patrol around FSU’s Shaw Building. The officer noticed three females walking and two drinking from plastic cups that contained a dark liquid. One cup was passed back and forth between two girls so that both could drink from it. When the females noticed the officer, one dropped the cup on the ground spilling some of its contents and the other attempted to conceal it from view. The cups contained a liquid that smelled strongly of rum and soda. The three females were all under the age of 21 and each was issued Notice to Appear for underage possession of alcohol. â€"Police briefs compiled from FSUPD reports by Jordan Shrago . . .............................................................................................................................................................................................. . .