Share this article View post tag: NATO View post tag: Consequences View post tag: Naval View post tag: says View post tag: Suffer There must be consequences for Russia’s actions against Ukraine, the NATO secretary general said at the Brookings Institution yesterday. View post tag: General Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia Must Suffer Consequences, NATO Secretary General Says Russia Must Suffer Consequences, NATO Secretary General Says View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Russia Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: Secretary View post tag: must March 20, 2014 Anders Fogh Rasmussen told the think tank that “the only way for us to address these challenges is for Europe and North America to stand together.”Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has changed the world, the secretary general said. “Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine is a blatant breach of its international commitments, and it is a violation of Ukraine sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said. “The annexation of Crimea through a so-called referendum held at gunpoint is illegal and illegitimate, and it undermines all efforts to find a peaceful political solution.”The Russian action is a wake-up call for the Euro-Atlantic community, for NATO and for all those committed to a Europe whole, free and at peace, he said. The action directly violates the 1994 agreement Russia signed with Ukraine.Further, the action has occurred right on NATO’s doorstep, the secretary general said.Rasmussen called the action the gravest threat to European security and stability since the end of the Cold War and said the move threatens the freedom of 45 million people. He called the Russian action “21t-century revisionism” and labeled it as an attempt to turn back the clock to draw new dividing lines on the European map.It also signals an attempt “to use force to solve problems rather than the international mechanisms that we have spent decades to build,” he said. “We had thought such behavior had been confined to history,” he added. “But it’s back, and it’s dangerous, because it violates international norms of accepted behaviors.”Combating the move is not easy and will not be quick, the secretary general acknowledged, noting that it is the nature of democracies to debate, deliberate and consider the options before making decisions. The NATO nations do this because “we value transparency and seek legitimacy for our choices, and because we see force as the last not the first resort,” he said.NATO has condemned Russia’s military actions in Ukraine and is standing firmly behind the Ukrainian government in Kiev. The alliance also is making it clear that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to escalate the situation have consequences.“As a first step, we have suspended joint planning for maritime escort mission for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons,” Rasmussen said. “This would have been the first joint operation of the NATO-Russia Council.”NATO has suspended all staff-level civilian or military meetings with Russia, and the alliance is re-examining the entire range of NATO-Russia cooperation.NATO foreign ministers will make decisions when they meet in Brussels early next month, the secretary general said. Still, the alliance will keep the door open for political dialogue in the NATO-Russia Council. He hopes this will give Russia the opportunity to engage.On the military side, the alliance has increased readiness. More assets have been assigned to the Baltic air police mission, and NATO has launched surveillance flights over Poland and Romania.All this is in addition to steps allies have taken to impose diplomatic and economic consequences. “These are not our preferred choices,” Rasmussen said, “but they are inevitable and appropriate consequences of Russia’s choices.”[mappress]Press Release, March 20, 2014; Image: US Navy
By MADDY VITALEMary Grace Jamison was crowned Miss Ocean City 2020 on Saturday night during the annual pageant at the Music Pier.Jamison, 17, of Ocean City, an Ocean City High School senior in the fall, beat out 10 other contestants to capture the title.Other contestants who impressed the judges were first runner-up Paige Aita, 18, second runner-up, Sophia Terry, 18, and third runner-up Cassidy Diamond.Video Courtesy Just Right TV ProductionsThere were 11 contestants in all for Miss Ocean City. The contestants each competed in talent, swimwear, evening gowns and an on-stage question.The talent consisted of strong performances in tap, vocals and dance.The theme of this year’s pageant was country and the opening dance act was to Luke Bryan’s song “Country Girls,” which wowed the crowd. Miss Ocean City 2019 Megan Keenan led the contestants in a boot-stomping lively performance.Miss Ocean City Megan Keenan 2019 leads the opening act.Jamison’s talent had a particularly poignant meaning for the dancer.She suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and gave up dancing from 2016 until November of 2018.To be able to do what she loves once again, and to do it well, she said, is so fulfilling.Jamison spoke backstage, with her mom, Jennifer, and father, Michael, and friends and family celebrating her crowning. She had tears in her eyes.“I am so amazed. I feel so proud and so happy,” she said.Her parents felt the same. “I am just overjoyed for her,” Michael Jamison said.“She worked so hard,” Jennifer Jamison said, adding that her daughter had joined the Ocean City High School Dance Team.Mary Grace Jamison with parents Jennifer and Michael backstage.During her on-stage question, Jamison spoke about how it is important, when you have a debilitating ailment, not to let it get you down, to continue to strive to achieve your goals even when battling an ailment.“The best is yet to come,” she said.Jamison’s interview with the judges also won her an award.She created something called Promise Parlor, in which she and other volunteers at the high school do hair and makeup for students going to the prom who may not be able to afford getting glammed up.While Jamison was struggling with her arthritis and could not dance, she still wanted to do something positive, so she created Promise Parlor.And she plans on it being just as successful this coming spring as the last.Mary Grace Jamison walks down the runway for the first time as Miss Ocean City 2020.The pageant festivities also featured honors for outgoing Miss Ocean City 2019 Megan Keenan.Pageant Director Michael Hartman, the city’s special events coordinator, presented a piece of the Boardwalk to her.With tears in his eyes, Hartman told Keenan that she has a gift for making people feel special, especially children, and she will be missed.Keenan took center stage to perform her tap dance to James Brown’s “Get Up Offa That Thing,” a performance that helped her gain the crown the year before.Keenan attended more than 70 events during her reign.In a video retrospective of her yearlong reign shown to the Music Pier audience, she thanked all of the people who helped her along the way, from her parents to Hartman to her fellow crown holders, among others.Keenan said wonderful memories were created with Junior Miss Ocean City Julia Wilson and Little Miss Ocean City Stevie Wright.Miss Ocean City serves as an ambassador for Ocean City at iconic traditions such as Night in Venice, Pamper Scamper, the Baby Parade, Wacky Wednesdays and other activities.The runners-up with Mary Grace Jamison. At left, Paige Aita. At right (next to Jamison) Sophia Terry and Cassidy Jones. The new Miss Ocean City 2020 Mary Grace Jamison beams as her predecessor Megan Keenan places the crown on her head. Junior Miss Julia Wilson and Little Miss Stevie Wright at left.
What It TakesIt’s not often you hear about kids finishing high school at age 15 to pursue a career as an Olympic freestyle aerial skier, especially kids from the Mid-Atlantic.That, however, is exactly what Virginia native Ashley Caldwell did. Though the Blue Ridge is rarely recognized as a world-class skiing destination, that doesn’t mean our slopes can’t produce some top-notch shredders.From the runs of Round Top to the routine floor at Apex Gymnastics, Caldwell’s childhood was defined by pushing limits. That’s why when she saw U.S. aerial freestyle skier Jeret “Speedy” Peterson land a triple backflip with five twists in the 2006 Winter Olympics, Caldwell’s immediate thought was, “I can do that.”And do that she did. At age 14, Caldwell left her home in Ashburn, Va., to try out for the U.S. Olympic Ski Team in Lake Placid, N.Y. The coaches there were so impressed that they signed her on under the training of Russian coach Dmitriy Kavunov. She moved north to train full-time and just two years later, Caldwell would become the youngest to compete on the U.S. Olympics team, placing 10th overall in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.She’s since racked up the World Cup rookie of the year for women’s aerials and two World Cup podiums (gold and silver). She’s a four-time NorAm winner, a two-time U.S. Nationals silver medalist, a 2014 U.S. National Champion, a top 10 finisher in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and the only U.S. female athlete who can land triples in competition. Even more impressive is the fact that she’s managed to accomplish all of this before becoming old enough to legally celebrate such victories with a cold beer.Her road to success hasn’t been an easy journey, as she’ll be the first to tell you. At just 18 years old, Caldwell had already torn both of her ACLs, injuries that set her on the sidelines for two seasons. That certainly hasn’t slowed her down any, and Caldwell is well on the way to claiming her rightful spot on the podium in the 2018 Winter Olympics.So what’s it like to be an Olympic superstar? What does it take to launch your body over 60 feet in the air, throw a few flips and twists for good measure, and then smoothly land back on terra firma? Though Herculean in feat, Caldwell is, at the end of the day, just like any 21-year-old girl—charming, goofy, and a sucker for cookie dough.Those jumps look scary. Do people ever think you’re crazy?Yeah, some people don’t get why I do it. On the one hand, it is very crazy, but it’s extremely fun. I live for the fun of being scared and overcoming that fear.So, if hurling yourself into the air doesn’t scare you, what does?Not getting better at something—not just aerials but life.Most of the tricks look pretty similar. Don’t you get bored?It’s a technical sport, so you’re aiming for perfection. But yes, training the same tricks can sometimes get a little boring.How do you train in the off-season?Trampolines, swimming pools, and videos.What’s your signature trick? Full full full. That’s a triple flip with three twists.What do you do to get pumped to compete?Honestly, nothing. I just try to be the weirdest person at the top of the hill. You can’t take it too seriously.Really? You don’t even jam to some tunes pre-comp?During training, we listen to Alt Nation. Right now my favorite song is Stolen Dance by Milky Chance. Everybody knows I have to jump when that song comes on.How do you fuel up for the big day? Pounds of pasta? I’m a big fan of sweet potatoes. But also lots of cookie dough and whipped cream. I don’t know if my coach would be too psyched I said that, and I’m all for eating healthy, but I believe if you’re happy, you’re going to train better.You’ve skied around the world. Where’s your favorite place to shred it up?I don’t know if I could say I have a favorite, but there’s nothing like home turf (Park City, Utah).What about in our neck of the woods?I started skiing when I was around 3 years old. My dad was the one that taught me. So places like Round Top in Virginia and Snowshoe and Seven Springs, those were where my skiing really took off.Do you plan on being a professional skier forever?God I hope not. I have a degree in finance and I’d like to get my MBA in the future. My dad is into real estate development, so I want to follow in his footsteps one day.What advice would you give Olympic-hopeful athletes?Train hard, but play harder.When you’re not on the slopes what are you doing?Hanging out with friends. Bouncing around on a trampoline. I also like to read a lot.Reading? Any favorite books?Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is definitely a favorite. And Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Any words of wisdom you’ve taken away from those readings?From the books? No. But have you ever seen How I Met Your Mother? My go-to quote comes from Barney—“Whenever I’m being lame, I just stop and be awesome instead.”I think I know the answer to this already, but I’ll give it a whirl. What’s your favorite season?Summer.Summer? That doesn’t make sense.You’d be surprised how many winter athletes hate the cold. I love what I do, but I wish I could do it at a beach.The beach, huh? So what’s your favorite beach?I would say Hawaii, but that’s not fair. The Outer Banks in North Carolina is awesome. I just started surfing and I love it.Are you any good at it?Not yet. It’s cool because it’s a lot like freestyle aerial skiing—you only get a split-second chance to do it right.So if you had to choose, would you live on snowy slopes or in tropical bliss?I think ideally I want to live with a few people on a beach somewhere where I can surf and read books all day.Dogs or cats?Dogs. I’m allergic to cats. They make my eyes swell shut.Ski hero?Ryan St. Onge. But I may be biased. He’s my boyfriend.Somewhere you want to ski but haven’t yet?Anywhere in the Swiss Alps. Or the backcountry of Alaska. That’d be sweet.Coffee or hot chocolate?Coffee. But with extra whipped cream.
In the first six months of 2017, the area of the Tourist Board of Central Istria, ie the town of Pazin and the municipalities of Lupoglav, Cerovlje, Gračišće, Karojba, Pićan, Sveti Lovreč, Sveti Petar u Šumi and Tinjan, recorded a growth of 35% in arrivals and 39% in overnight stays. In numbers, there are 9.287 arrivals and 57.431 overnight stays, ie 2.410 arrivals and 16.251 overnight stays more than in the first six months of 2016.Traditionally, the most numerous are guests from Germany, who make up 58% of the number of overnight stays, and the number of overnight stays they realized is even 60% higher than the previous year. In second place are domestic guests, of which there were 40% more. They are followed by the Austrians with a share of 7,28%, followed by the British, the Dutch and the Italians, who are more and more our guests every year. There are twice as many Belgians this year, and this year there is an interesting increase in the number of overnight stays of guests from Sweden, Denmark and Russia. “We want to promote ourselves through experiences, and through three main tourist attractions: Active vacation, ie adventure, gastro and cultural destination. All through the sustainable development of green Istria and the concept of the Heart of Istria. If someone wants to escape from the city bustle and mentally relax, experience something new and taste the rich local and authentic gastronomy through taverns and restaurants that offer local food that comes directly through the family farm system, and then actively move whether running or cycling we are the right choice. ”Points out Sanja Kantaruti from the Tourist Board of Central IstriaAccording to the type of facility, the increase in the number of overnight stays is present in all segments – in private accommodation, which is dominated by holiday homes by 43%, rural households by 58%, hotels by 36% and campsites by 92%.The largest share of the number of overnight stays is realized in private accommodation – as much as 90%.Other types of facilities, which have a smaller share in our accommodation capacities, record a very small share in realized overnight stays (hotel 5%, rural households 2% and campsites, ie rest campsites and 0,5% households). “The largest increase in tourist traffic was recorded in the municipalities of Lupoglav and Cerovlje and in the town of Pazin. Most overnight stays were realized in the municipality of Tinjan – 14.130, followed by the town of Pazin with 12.899 and Sv. Lovreč with 9.253. The index of increase in arrivals and overnight stays is many times higher than the index of increase in accommodation capacity.”Kantaruti points out and adds that the largest share of the number of nights is realized in private accommodation – as much as 90%.TZSI has 3.786 beds, which is 16% more than last year (3.263), and in terms of the number of accommodation units, there are currently a total of 832, of which holiday homes account for more than 50%, apartments 37%, rooms 10 %, while the rest consists of rural households, hotels and rest camps and household camps. “The interior of Istria has great potential, especially in the pre- and post-season. We are currently in the process of making it two important documents, the Tourism Development Strategy and the Operational Marketing Plan, which will clearly show us the current situation, potentials and in which direction the tourism product should be developed, and we will get a concrete strategy and goals for long-term tourism development. These are key documents without which there is no serious development of tourism. We will also work on a new visual identity and brand ourselves as the Heart of Istria. ” Kantaruti pointed out.The increase indices are among the best in Istria, which suggests that the interior is increasingly attractive to guests of the peninsula. “Tourists discover us slowly but surely. We inland have very modest budgets and when tourists come, they come targeted. These are most often profiles of tourists who want something different and who do not just want the sea, but quality in the indigenous content.”Concludes Kantaruti and adds that the profiles of tourists who come to the interior of Istria like active holidays, good food, they want active holidays, they like to run and ride bicycles, they are interested in cultural routes, thematic museums and authentic gastronomy.In 2016, when a total of 27.800 arrivals and 217.464 overnight stays were realized in the area of TZSI, the recorded increase in the results of tourist traffic was 27%, and in 2017 we expect it to exceed 30%, concludes Kantaruti
Ozil is Arsenal’s highest earner (Picture: Getty)However, Ozil was one of three players that refused to the agreement, according to the Daily Mail. AdvertisementAdvertisementThe German is said to be willing to defer his wages and will sacrifice a greater percentage than the 12.5% to do so but at this moment in time he will not take a pay cut.The former Real Madrid star is said to want to see the full financial impact of the pandemic before making a decision. Ozil has reportedly made it apparent that he is willing to take a pay cut in the future but not until the landscape is clearer. The 31-year-old already donates a significant amount of his salary to charity each month and is an ambassador for a handful of charities outside of football. Reports circulated earlier in the day that a minority of players had rejected the club’s proposal and it’s unclear who the other two players are that reportedly joined Ozil in refusing. The German is Arsenal’s highest earner after signing a bumper new deal in 2018 worth £16.8m-a-year before tax.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOzil’s agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, is yet to comment on the reports but in March he insisted that players should not be the ones to bear the brunt of the financial impact by accepting pay cuts. ‘Deferral is an option but not to agree a cut today when the clubs may still make the same profit as last year,’ said Sogut. ‘What the exact financial impact is on the clubs, we can see three to six months later – but we can’t see it today.’The Professional Footballers’ Association appears to be in agreement with Sogut, as they insisted last week that clubs should only propose deferrals, not cuts. Arsenal are yet to comment on the reports.MORE: Paul Scholes names Peter Schmeichel as the best goalkeeper he played with at Manchester United View 4 comments Arsenal statement on salary cuts We are pleased to announce that we have reached a voluntary agreement with our first-team players, head coach and core coaching staff to help support the club at this critical time.The move follows positive and constructive discussions. In these conversations there has been a clear appreciation of the gravity of the current situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and a strong desire for players and staff to show their backing for the Arsenal family.Reductions of total annual earnings by 12.5 per cent will come into effect this month, with the contractual paperwork being completed in the coming days. If we meet specific targets in the seasons ahead, primarily linked to success on the pitch, the club will repay agreed amounts. We will be able to make those repayments as hitting these targets, which the players can directly influence, will mean our financial position will be stronger. The agreement is based on the assumption we will finish the season 2019/20 and receive the full broadcasting revenues. The resulting savings will help cover some of the financial risks we have this season in relation to our matchday and commercial income.We are proud and grateful to our players and staff for pulling together to support our club, our people and our community in these unprecedented times which are some of the most challenging we have faced in our history. Mesut Ozil will consider a pay cut at a later date (Picture: Getty)Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has reportedly refused the club’s request to take a pay cut on his £350,000-a-week wages to ease the Gunners’ financial worries during the coronavirus pandemic. The Gunners released a statement on Monday afternoon to confirm that the first team squad and Mikel Arteta’s coaching staff had agreed to a 12.5% pay cut for the next 12 months.The agreement states that the club would repay the money in full if Arsenal qualify for the Champions League this season or next, while all players would receive a £100,000 bonus for finishing in the top four. Qualification for the Europa League would see the squad reimbursed 7.5% of their pay cut, while any player sold for profit would have his money refunded.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Arsenal star Mesut Ozil refuses to take pay cut on £350,000-a-week wages Metro Sport ReporterMonday 20 Apr 2020 10:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.2kShares Advertisement
Last Updated: 14th November, 2019 17:47 IST Michael Schumacher’s Wife Corinna Is Hiding F1 Legend’s Condition, Claims Ex-manager Michael Schumacher, who won seven Formula One Drivers’ World Championships, suffered a skiing accident on December 29, 2013, which resulted in a brain injury. WATCH US LIVE Suraj Alva 13 November 1994🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆Heute vor 25 Jahren – today 25 years ago.Michael gewinnt seine erste F1 WM.Michael wins his first F1 world championship👏👏👏Fotos: AFP/motorsport.com pic.twitter.com/886yJa7vmR— Michael Schumacher (@schumacher) November 13, 2019 Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Michael’s first @F1 world championship with a special edition of the popular MSC books: MSC Blue, limited to 194 books, only in english. Numbered and therefore a one-of-its-kind. A true collector’s piece. #MSC – Go to https://t.co/qwy0RssciB pic.twitter.com/sC2QUrn6Qq— Michael Schumacher (@schumacher) November 13, 2019 WE RECOMMEND 9 months ago Formula One: Verstappen thinks Hamilton’s success getting ‘boring’ 11 months ago Michael Schumacher hope emerges: Why he’s an F1 icon like no other 🐐⭐️ 25 years to the day since he secured the first of his seven @F1 titles, we remember Michael’s very last F1 race – with us at Interlagos in 2012!Let’s see some ❤️ for a team-mate, a friend, a legend… 👏👏👏@schumacher @keepfighting pic.twitter.com/T7gLs6IEuX— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) November 13, 2019 LIVE TV 10 months ago Lewis Hamilton vs Michael Schumacher: In a league of their own Written By 10 months ago Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ F1 title victory hit by tragedy Formula 1 fans in 2013 were left stunned after hearing the news of Ferrari legend Michael Schumacher’s accident that kept him on the bed for the last six years. Ever since that shocking day, fewer updates have been discussed about the condition of the German driver who won seven world championships.Also Read: Lewis Hamilton Vs Michael Schumacher: In A League Of Their OwnMicheal Schumacher conditionAccording to Schumacher’s former manager Willi Weber, ever since he was being treated at home in September 2014, his wife Corinna has been hiding about his condition. According to a report in leading British tabloid, the manager while speaking in a German documentary ‘The Michael Schumacher Tale’, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Schumacher’s first World Championship in 1994, said that his request of seeing the German legend was turned down by his wife. FOLLOW US Also Read: Michael Schumacher: Latest Health Update Gives Hope To F1 Icon’s FansCorinna recently paid tribute to her husband in an interview with a popular magazine. She said that when she was 30, she very much wanted to have a horse and Michael went with her to Dubai, where she intended to buy an Arabian horse. She also added that he did everything for her and that she will never forget who she has to thank and that would be her husband Michael. SUBSCRIBE TO US Michael Schumacher brain injurySchumacher met with an accident while skiing on December 29, 2013, which resulted in a brain injury. He hit the right side of his head on a rock, splitting open his helmet. Doctors at Grenoble hospital removed blood clots, but others were left untouched because too deeply embedded in his brain.Also Read: Alex Albon Retains Seat For F1 2020 Alongside Max Verstappen Also Read: Michael Schumacher Hope Emerges: Why He’s An F1 Icon Like No OtherHe also said that his wife fears the truth about Schumacher’s condition coming put in public. Michael married Corinna in 1995 and the couple has two kids. First Published: 14th November, 2019 17:47 IST COMMENT 11 months ago Michael Schumacher: Latest health update gives hope to F1 icon’s fans
Berlin, Germany | AFP | Substitutes will no longer have to wear protective face masks on the sidelines during Bundesliga matches in changes to hygiene measures announced Wednesday.While fixtures in Germany’s top three men’s leagues and the women’s top-flight continue to be played behind closed doors, the rules are to be relaxed across the board from this weekend.As well as replacements not having to wear masks during games, the number of non-rights holders media allowed into matches will be raised from 13 to 26.“The adjustments have been checked and accepted by the Federal Ministry of Labour,” said the German Football League (DFL) and German Football Association (DFB) in a joint statement.“They are to apply until the end of the current season.” Bayern Munich players wearing protective face masks during Saturday’s Bundesliga win over Bayer Leverkusen. AFP File Share on: WhatsApp The German league became the first top European competition to resume in mid-May, after a two-month hiatus due to COVID-19, with strict procedures implemented which include regular testing of players and club staff.The new amendments stipulate that replacements and coaching staff on the sidelines, as well as club officials in the stands, will be able to take off their protective equipment once “they have taken their seats at a distance of at least 1.5 metres from the next person”.The same applies to the fourth match official.The DFL and DFB said the new regulations will also apply for the German Cup final to be held in Berlin on July 4.