Міжнародний союз біатлоністів виключив російський етап з календаря Кубка світу

Виконком Міжнародного союзу біатлоністів (IBU) відмовився включити російський етап у попередній календар Кубка світу сезону-2018/2019 років у зв’язку з опублікованою раніше доповіддю незалежного експерта Всесвітньої антидопінгової агенції Річарда Макларена. Про це повідомляє сайт IBU.

За новим оприлюдненим розкладом, етапи Кубка світу відбудуться в Словенії, Австрії, Чехії, Німеччині, Італії, Канаді, США, Швеції та Норвегії. Перший етап словенська Поклюка прийме 3–9 грудня 2018 року.

На наступному засіданні, яке відбудеться 9–10 грудня 2017 року в Австрії, виконком обговорить, чи слід вдатися до будь-яких заходів на підставі роботи комісії Міжнародного олімпійського комітету щодо Олімпійського комітету Росії.

У лютому 2017 року IBU запропонував Росії відмовитися від проведення чемпіонату світу з біатлону у 2021 році в місті Тюмень. МОК рекомендував відмовитися від проведення в Росії великих змагань до закінчення розслідування інформації з доповіді. Добровільної відмови Росії IBU не дочекався і самостійно позбавив Тюмень права проводити чемпіонат.

Нинішній біатлонний сезон стартує 26 листопада в шведському містечку Остерсунд.


Miami Faces Future of Rising Seas

Sue Brogan’s street is barely above sea level on a good day.

During autumn’s “king tides,” when the sun and moon align to create the highest tides of the year, Biscayne Bay backs up through storm drains and flows into Brogan’s street, in Miami’s low-lying Shorecrest neighborhood.

Roads flood. The salt water rusts cars and kills greenery. For now, it’s mostly a nuisance several days a year. But Brogan knows it’s only going to get worse.

“It’s more of a warning situation. Where is it going to go from this?” she asks.

Climate change is expected to raise sea levels a minimum of three-quarters of a meter by the end of the century, according to the estimates that regional planners use. That puts most of Shorecrest underwater year-round, along with other low-lying waterfront neighborhoods. And higher seas mean increased risk of tidal flooding and storm surges across this hurricane-prone city.

The planners’ high-end estimate is two meters of sea level rise. That would submerge most of the glitzy city of Miami Beach, across the bay.

And scientists say three to three-and-a-half meters is extreme but plausible. In that scenario, Miami Beach is gone and Miami is an archipelago.

Planning for this future is difficult, expensive and often controversial. But the Miami region has little choice.

“Sea level rise is an existential threat,” said City of Miami Chief Resilience Officer Jane Gilbert. “But it is not an imminent existential threat … We have time to plan.”

Miami Beach leads way

As a barrier island with some of the most expensive real estate in the region, Miami Beach is quite literally on the front lines of climate change. The city has the motivation, and the resources, to take some of the most aggressive action in the region.

Residents are paying for roughly half a billion dollars’ worth of seawalls, raised streets, sewer pumps and more.

“Thankfully, our residents — the folks that are footing the bill for this work — realize that the cost of doing nothing is much greater,” said Public Works Director Eric Carpenter.

There have been some hiccups. Raising roads put adjacent properties below street level. At least one flood-damage insurance claim has been denied as a result, and residents and businesses are worried there will be more.

Miami Beach is working to resolve the dispute.

“I think there are inherent risks with being first,” Carpenter said.

But the city gets credit for moving forward despite the challenges.

“It’s not working perfectly. But they’re at least doing the experimentation,” said Zelalem Adefris with the advocacy group Catalyst Miami.

Redesigning Shorecrest

Across the bay, she added, the City of Miami has been slower to act. But there are signs of progress.

Just this November, city voters approved a $400 million “Miami Forever” bond issue, half of which is earmarked for sea-level rise adaptation.

Shorecrest will likely see some of that money to upgrade sewers and raise roads.

More controversial proposals are on the table, too, like buying up some of the most flood-prone homes and turning the land into a flood-absorbing park. Residents could move to higher-density housing to be built on higher ground.

Brogan’s building would be demolished. But she doesn’t mind.

“With climate change, with rising water, we’re going to have to abandon certain property,” she admitted.

But like many in the mixed-income neighborhood, Brogan rents her apartment. Others are skeptical of the idea.

“I don’t think the homeowners are going to be very happy about that,” said Daisy Torres, president of the Shorecrest homeowners’ association.

Objections come not only from residents whose houses would be torn down. Some people living near the areas where the city proposes building that higher-density housing don’t like the idea, either, she added.

Jane Gilbert stresses that there are no immediate plans to rearrange Shorecrest. “They have a good amount of time to still be in that area,” she said. “It’s really much more long-term.”

“We feel the more we are having those conversations now, the easier it is for everyone to adapt over time,” she added.

High and (not) dry in Highland Village

Meanwhile, in another flood-prone low-lying community just a short drive north, those conversations are further behind.

Frank Burrola lives in a trailer in Highland Village, a mostly low-income neighborhood of homes and trailers on small plots in the city of North Miami Beach. Fall high-tide flooding is a virtual certainty on his street. And a storm several years ago left his yard with knee-high water.

“Right now, we’ve got a real serious problem,” Burrola said. “I don’t know if we’re still going to be around in five years if this keeps up.”

While the cities of Miami and Miami Beach are beginning to prepare, “there are other areas that really don’t have the funding, and they’re the ones that are really suffering,” said climate analyst Keren Bolter with the South Florida Regional Planning Council.

North Miami Beach is considering putting homes on stilts, and replacing trailers that flood with “tiny” homes that meet building codes, according to community development director Richard Lorber. But he doesn’t know where the funding will come from.

“My little city can’t stop king tide,” Lorber said, using the term for the fall high tides.

North Miami Beach officials say Miami-Dade County will have to take the lead. The county says the city is in charge. Neither has immediate plans for Highland Village.

It may take a disaster before major changes happen.

“It’s ironic, but in our way of doing emergency management, it’s tough to get the money before the storm. And after the storm there’s a lot of money,” said Miami-Dade County Chief Resilience Officer Jim Murley.

Barring a disaster, Murley said, “it’s easier to find the money” if a community comes to a collective decision on what it wants to do.

However, “most of the time, you just sort-of continue getting by,” he added. “And people make a decision on their own accord if they want to stay or leave.”

Engineering or retreat?

In the long run, the fate of Miami and many of the world’s coastal cities depend largely on how much, and how fast, the oceans rise. Scientists still have a lot to learn before they can make accurate predictions. But, they warn, the pace of sea level rise is increasing.

For many, retreat from the coast is inevitable.

“We’re going to have to leave sooner or later,” said Caroline Lewis, founder of the climate advocacy group the CLEO Institute. “But if we can have a planned retreat, and we could implement some of our ideas about keeping people as safe as possible for as long as possible, then we would have accomplished a great deal that the whole world could learn from.”

But in a city that carved itself out of a swampy wilderness, optimists abound.

“There’s an engineering solution to every problem,” Carpenter said. “It just comes down to, is there the political will to go through whatever pain may be associated with that solution, and the will to try and fund it.”


Venezuela Arrests Top Citgo Executives

Venezuelan authorities arrested the acting president of Citgo, the U.S. subsidiary of state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), along with five other senior executives Tuesday for alleged corruption.

Attorney General Tarek William Saab told a press conference that interim president Jose Pereira and other managers allegedly arranged contracts that put Citgo at a disadvantage. The company operates refineries in Illinois, Texas and Louisiana with a capacity of 749,000 barrels per day.

“They did it with total discretion, without even coordinating with the competent authorities,” Saab said. “This is corruption, corruption of the most rotten kind.”

The six were accused of misappropriation of public funds, association to commit crimes and legitimation of capital, among other crimes.

The other five detainees were identified as Tomeu Vadell, vice president of Refining Operations; Alirio Zambrano, vice president and general manager of the Corpus Christi Refinery; Jorge Toledo, Vice President of Supply and Marketing; Gustavo Cardenas, Vice President of Strategic Relations with Shareholders and Government, and Jose Luis Zambrano; Vice President of Shared Services.

Last month, a senior executive of PDVSA and a dozen officials were arrested for alleged embezzlement.

But members of the Venezuelan opposition argue that recent investigations do not demonstrate a genuine intention of the government to eradicate corruption, but only reflect internal struggles of PDVSA.

VOA Latin America contributed to this report.


Ліга чемпіонів: донецький «Шахтар» програв італійському «Наполі»

У матчі п’ятого туру групового турніру Ліги чемпіонів на арені «Сан-Паоло» проти італійського «Наполі» донецький футбольний клуб «Шахтар» поступився супернику з рахунком 0:3. Авторами голів у ворота донеччан стали Лоренцо Інсіньє, Пьотр Зелінський та Дріс Мертен.

За підсумками гри «Шахтарю» не вдалося достроково вийти в плей-офф турніру, у команди залишається 9 очок, «Наполі» набирає 6.

Щоб вийти в 1/8 Ліги чемпіонів, донецькій команді треба не програти в останньому матчі «Манчестер Сіті», або сподіватися на те, що «Фейєноорд» відбере очки у «Наполі».


Ліга чемпіонів: «Шахтар» зіграє в Італії з «Наполі»

Донецький футбольний клуб «Шахтар» 21 листопада проведе в Італії поєдинок п’ятого туру групового турніру Ліги чемпіонів проти «Наполі».

На зустріч із лідером італійської Серії А головний тренер гірників Паулу Фонсека взяв 20 футболістів. Це воротарі Андрій П’ятов, Микита Шевченко та Олег Кудрик; захисники Богдан Бутко, Іван Петряк, Іван Ордець, Ярослав Ракицький, Давид Хочолава, Ісмаїлі, Марсіо Азеведо; півзахисники Тарас Степаненко, Фред, Віктор Коваленко, Алан Патрік, Тайсон, Марлос, Бернард, Дентіньо та нападники Факундо Феррейра, Густаво Бланко Лещук.

Після чотирьох турів групу F, у якій виступає «Шахтар», очолює англійський «Манчестер Сіті» (12 очок), донеччани мають дев’ять балів, «Наполі» – три, голландський «Феєноорд» – жодного.

У четвертому турі «Шахтар» забезпечив собі вихід до наступної стадії євротурнірів. Щоб це була Ліга чемпіонів, команді Паулу Фонсеки достатньо набрати одне очко в двох матчах – або сьогодні в Італії, або 6 грудня, коли до Харкова завітає лідер групи.


Virtual Reality As a Mental Health Tool

It is a simple, but startling, statistic: one in four people around the world will have a mental or neurological disorder at some point in their lives. But dealing with mental health issues is so much easier if they are caught early. VOA’s Kevin Enochs reports that is the thinking behind a new method using virtual reality to gauge mental health.


EU’s Top Court Orders Poland to Stop Logging in Ancient Forest

The European Union’s top court Monday ordered Poland to stop logging in the ancient Bialowieza Forest, or pay an $118,000 daily fine.

“Poland must immediately cease its active forest management operations in the Bialowieza Forest, except in exceptional cases where they are strictly necessary to ensure public safety,” the European Court of Justice wrote.

The forest is home to rare plants, birds and mammals and is one of Europe’s last remaining primeval habitats. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The court first warned Poland against logging in July.

Poland says the trees are weak and damaged by a beetle outbreak. It says cutting them down is necessary to prevent people foraging for mushrooms from getting hurt if the trees fall.

The logging argument is another in a series of a war of words between the European Union and the right-wing Polish government, which accuses the EU of infringing on its sovereignty.

The EU has said it is worried about the decline of democratic values in Poland.


US Sues to Stop AT&T’s Takeover of Time Warner

The U.S. Justice Department is suing to stop AT&T’s multi-billion dollar bid to take over another communications giant, Time Warner, calling it illegal and likening it to extortion.

“The $108 billion acquisition would substantially lessen competition, resulting in higher prices and less innovation for millions of Americans,” a Justice Department statement said Monday.

“The combined company would use its control over Time Warner’s valuable and highly popular networks to hinder its rivals by forcing them to pay hundreds of millions of dollars more per year for the right to distribute those networks.”

CNN, HBO top Time Warner products

Time Warner’s products include CNN, HBO, TNT, The Cartoon Network, and Cinemax — these networks broadcast highly popular newscasts, movies, comedy and drama series, and sports.

AT&T and its subsidiary DirectTV distribute these programs, as well as others, thorough cable and satellite.

The Justice Department decries the possibility of AT&T not just controlling television productions, but also the means of bringing them into people’s homes.

In its lawsuit, it threw AT&T’s words right back at the communications giant, noting that AT&T recognizes that distributors with control over the shows “have the incentive and ability to use … that control as a weapon to hinder competition.”

It also cited a DirectTV statement saying distributors can withhold programs from their rivals and “use such threats to demand higher prices and more favorable terms.”

Assured transaction would be approved

AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson told reporters the Justice Department’s lawsuit “stretches the reach of anti-trust law to the breaking point.”

He said the “best legal minds in the country” assured AT&T that the transaction would be approved and said the government is discarding decades of legal precedent.

AT&T and Time Warner are not direct competitors, and AT&T says government regulators have routinely approved such mergers.

President Donald Trump has made no secret of his contempt for one of Time Warner’s crown jewels — CNN, the Cable News Network — because of his perception of CNN being a liberal biased provider of “fake news,” including direct attacks against his administration.

Trump vowed during last year’s presidential campaign to block the merger.

Stephenson called the matter “the elephant in the room,” saying he said he “frankly does not know” if the White House disdain for CNN is at the heart of the Justice Department lawsuit.

But he said a proposal that Time Warner sell-off CNN as part of a settlement with the Trump Justice Department would be a “non-starter.”


Після актів вандалізму біля кількох пам’ятників у Києві встановлять камери спостереження – КМДА

У Київміськдержадміністрації повідомили, що після почастішання актів вандалізму біля декількох пам’ятників у столиці найближчими днями встановлять камери відеоспостереження.

«До кінця поточного місяця столична влада планує встановити камери відеоспостереження біля пам’ятників Володимиру Великому, Миколі Щорсу і Меморіалу Вічної Слави. Ці камери будуть підключені до загальноміської системи відеоспостереження. Планується, що камери захищатимуть пам’ятники від вандалізму», – повідомили у КМДА з посиланням на відповідне розпорядження столичної влади.

Згідно з повідомленням, камери мають встановити до 29 листопада цього року.

«Зараз чи не щотижня вандали руйнують пам’ятники. Камери – перший крок до того, щоб уберегти їх. Звичайно, потрібно працювати і з поліцією, і з населенням, піднімати рівень особистої відповідальності», – заявив перший заступник голови КМДА Геннадій Пліс.

Раніше сьогодні у парку Вічної слави в Києві невідомі особи вдруге за місяць пошкодили Вічний вогонь, заливши його бетоном. У поліції повідомили, що на місці події виявили та вилучили хрест, який правопорушники вставили у залитий бетоном Вічний вогонь. У ніч з 6 на 7 листопада невідомі також залили цементним розчином Вічний вогонь у парку Вічної Слави. Про те, чи знайшли зловмисників, поліція не повідомляла.