Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sergiy Stakhovsky - the man who tamed Roger Federer



London: Sergiy Stakhovsky, the man who hails from Kiev in Ukraine and is ranked outside the world's top 100, wiped the smile off Roger Federer's face on Wednesday after evicting the Swiss from his own backyard at Wimbledon. Since winning the first of his record 17 grand slam titles on the Centre Court here in 2003, no one had managed to eject the grasscourt master before the quarter-finals. On Wednesday, the world finally met a man who did.
Sergiy Stakhovsky is the 116th ranked tennis player in the world. Today he defeated Roger Federer at Wimbledon in the second round. You would assume that is the greatest thing he has ever done, but you would be wrong because two years ago, the 27-year old Ukranian married Anfisa Stakhovsky (formerly Anfisa Bulgakova. Or “Anfissa Bulgakova.”). She happens to be a 5-foot-10 Russian model. In addition to being tall and pretty, Anfisa holds a Masters degree in Strategic Marketing.
Stakhovsky, 27, turned professional in 2003 and reached his career-high singles ranking in September 2010, when he was world no. 31. He waited for five years to win his first career title, when he won the Zagreb Indoors after qualifying for the tournament as a lucky loser ranked 209th. He beat Ivan Ljubicic in the final, thus becoming the first lucky loser to win a title since Christian Miniussi in 1991.
As a junior, the Ukrainian rubbed shoulders with Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. While he lost to Murray in the final of the US Open in 2004, he managed to beat Djokovic in the quarter-finals of Luxembourg.
Before doing what most thought was impossible - i.e. beating Federer at Wimbledon - Stakhovsky had won four titles as a professional, winning the Zagreb Indoors (2008), St. Petersburg Open (2009), UNICEF Open (2010) and Pilot Pen Tennis (2010). After his twin titles in 2010, he became the first Ukrainian to lift two trophies in a season since Andrei Medvedev in 1994.
Stakhovsky also has three doubles titles to his name. He won the Kremlin Cup in 2008 partnering Italy's Potito Starace and followed it up by winning two titles with the Russian Mikhail Youzhny - the 2010 Gerry Webber Open and the 2011 Dubai Tennis Championships.
But his best day under the sun arrived in the English Summer on Wednesday, where he beat a man who has his name written in almost every tennis record book. Stakhovsky proved that the impossible was possible, even though the odds could not have been stacked more against him.
Federer's Wimbledon win-loss record stood at 67-7, Stakhovsky' 2-4. Federer had chalked up a 257-39 win-loss record in grand slam matches, Stakhovsky's was 11-18. Federer's grasscourt record was 122-17, Stakhovsky's 12-12. Federer's career record was 905-205, Stakhovsky's was 107-121. Federer's prize money amounted to $77,564,273, Stakhovsky's was $2,728,393. Federer's world ranking was third, Stakhovsky's 116.
"When you come here, on the cover of the Wimbledon book... is Roger Federer. Our sport is Roger Federer," Stakhovsky said after beating the legend 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 7-5, 7-6(5) victory. "He's the greatest player we had. He's the biggest name we had and we still have. You're playing the guy and then you're playing his legend, which is following him because he won it seven times. He's holding all possible career records."
Steve Darcis brought Spain's Rafael Nadal to his knees in a first-round shock two days ago, but by beating Federer on the grasscourts of Wimbledon, Stakhovsky has done the unthinkable.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Babi Yar memorial to be built in Kiev in honor of 100,000 massacred by Nazis


World Forum of Russian-speaking Jews presents plans for site, which is expected to be constructed within three years.



A new memorial complex will be built at the site of the Babi Yar massacre in Kiev, where an estimated 50,000 Jews were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust, the World Forum of Russian-speaking Jews announced Sunday.
The model of the memorial site was presented at a gathering of the Governing Board of the Jewish Agency, which is currently convening in the Ukrainian capital.
According to WFRJ President Alexander Levin, the new memorial site seeks to provide visitors from around the world with an emotional connection to the massacre.
In addition to a Jewish center and synagogue at the site, there will be a display of historic material including remains of clothes and belongings of the murdered, documents from the Nazi archives, a 3D film, and interviews with survivors, the WFRJ said in a press statement.
Construction of the site, which is expected to take two-and-a-half years to complete, will begin in the coming months.
In his speech on Sunday, Levin said the memorial site “will commemorate not only the killings of Jewish people, but also all other victims who were brutally murdered by the Nazis on Ukrainian territory."
Some 100,000 people were murdered by the Nazis at Babi Yar, more than half of whom were Jews. On September 29 and 30, 1941 alone, German SS troops, supported by other German units and local collaborators, gathered 33,771 Jewish civilians at the ravine outside Kiev and murdered them with machine guns.
Attempts to commemorate the massacre after the war were thwarted by the Soviet Union.
In September 2009, plans to build a hotel on the Babi Yar memorial site were announced, but within a week Kiev’s mayor used his veto power to scrap the plan.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

FEMEN - Free Belarus!!


At  midnight sextremists FEMEN staged a late-night raid of the residency  of Belarusian dictator Lukashenka in Kiev, that is protected by dozens of policemen.  FEMEN with screams and fire tried to attack sadist Lukashenko. On their bodies they wrote: " Viva Belarus", "Dictator, get out". 
FEMEN reminds Lukashenko the wild  brutal harassment of FEMEN activists by the KGB  in Gomel in the forests in the  2011. FEMEN reminds Lukashenko about  beaten and repressed Belarusian heroes who called to fight against Lukashenkos dictatorship. FEMEN reminds Lukashenko about escapes of  journalists who were criticizing the regime. 
FEMEN can't stand the  President Yanukovych for his  friendship with garbege like Lucashenko that breakes the  European course of development for Ukraine. 
FEMEN fights for overthrowing Lukashenko, the last dictator of Europe for free Belarus without dictatorship, prisons and deaths! 
FEMEN calls the world to the psychological war with dictators! Watch them night and day, don't let them act! Through them out from each corner, from each hole. 


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Eurobasket 2015 in Ukraine

In September 2015, Ukraine will host Eurobasket 2015, which is one of the top 3 sport events in Europe.
Ukraine expects to host 24 participating European national teams, to host 90 matches in 6 cities in 7 sports arenas and the whole event will be broadcasted internationally. The tournament is organized every 2 years.
 In February 2013 a Local Organising Committee was set up to to organize and to promote the tournament, as well as to monitor the sports arenas construction according to the requirements of the Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) and international standards. Private investors will develop 6 new multipurpose indoor arenas in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Lviv, Odessa and Dnipropetrovsk. In addition, the government will renovate the current Palace of Sports in Kyiv as the 7th venue. The capacity of the arenas will vary between 5,000-18,000 guests. The three private investors are United Basketball Investments (Kyiv, Lviv, Odessa, Dnipropetrovsk), Donbass Hockey Club (Donetsk) and Kharkiv Arena (Kharkiv). The sites for the arenas have been identified and procured. The investors together with their project managers are now in the process of identifying contractors and subcontractors to start the construction.

Ukrainian Catholics, Orthodox move to mend ties

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the leader of the Eastern-rite Ukrainian Catholic Church, has issued an invitation to the country’s most prominent Orthodox leader to attend services for the opening of a new Catholic cathedral in Kiev. The Orthodox Metropolitan Vladimir expressed thanks for the invitation and “wished God’s blessings” on the cathedral, the Ukrainian Catholic Church reports.
The invitation to the Orthodox prelate, and his friendly reply, could mark a thaw in the often tense relations between the Catholic and Orthodox churches in Ukraine. The Russian Orthodox Church had strongly objected to the plans to move the headquarters of the Ukrainian Catholic Church from Lviv to Kiev. But Metropolitan Vladimir—whose Ukrainian Orthodox Church- Moscow Patriarchate is allied with the Russian Church—seemed ready to accept the development.
In conversations with Catholic prelates last week—during a visit to Ukraine by Cardinal Kurt Koch, the president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity—Metropolitan Vladimir observed that “unfortunately,” many of the Orthodox faithful regard ecumenical dialogue as a betrayal of the Orthodox faith. His use of the word “unfortunately,” if it was accurately reported, suggested that the Orthodox leader would like to correct that perception.
Metropolitan Vladimir also said that tensions between Catholics and Orthodox should be resolved by the Ukrainian faithful, not by directives from Moscow.

Friday, June 14, 2013

FEMEN has scared to death Merkel by its attack and battle shout "Free FEMEN!"

 FEMEN has scared to death Merkel by its attack and battle shout "Free FEMEN!". The chancellor will here this scream of the soul for a long time till she will contribute to free FEMEN. FREE FEMEN! FEMEN disrupted the speech of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, demanding the release of their fellow members from the Tunisian prisons. FEMEN calls from world leaders to force the Islamist savages to implement the provisions of international human rights and contribute immediate release of all four, illegally detained in Tunisian prisons activists.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

UK, 'This hooker's ugly': 999 caller phoned police to complain about a prostitute's looks after meeting her.


A man has received a warning from police after calling 999 to complain that a prostitute he met outside a hotel was not as attractive as she had promised.
The nuisance caller claimed that the woman had 'breached the Sale of Goods Act' by mis-representing her looks in a newspaper advert.
However, officers in Solihull told him that the prostitute had not committed an offence - and reminded him that he may have broken the law against soliciting for sex.
West Midlands Police have now tracked the man down and sent him a letter warning him about wasting police time with frivolous complaints.
A spokesman for the service said: 'A 999 call was received by police at around 7.30pm on Tuesday evening from a man wishing to complain about a sex worker he had met on a hotel car park.
'The caller claimed that the woman had made out she was better looking than she actually was, and he wished to report her for breaching the Sale of Goods Act.
'When he raised this issue with the woman concerned, she allegedly took his car keys, ran away from the car and threw them back at him, prompting him to call police.

IS PROSTITUTION A CRIME?

Prostitution is not in itself illegal in Britain, although a number of related activities are.
It is a crime to solicit for sex in a public place, pimp out someone for sex, or run a brothel.
Although postcards advertising the services of prostitutes are common sights in some places, it is illegal to advertise for sex work.
In addition, it is a crime to pay for sex with anyone under 18 - even though the usual age of consent is 16.
One of the main concerns over prostitution in Britain is human trafficking, as a number of prostitutes are believed to have been brought in from abroad and to be effectively.
'An officer in the Solihull contact centre advised the caller that no offences had been committed by the woman and that soliciting for sex was in fact illegal.'
It is believed that the man had contacted the prostitute himself after she placed an advert in the paper, but it is not known whether any transaction ultimately took place.
The police statement added: 'Despite the man refusing to give his details, police have been able to identify him and have sent him a letter warning him about his actions.
'Wasting police time is a serious offence and carries a maximum sentence of six months imprisonment.'
Police released a recording of the 999 call, in which the man complains: 'I arranged to meet with her. But beforehand I have asked for a description of her - give me an honest description, otherwise when I get there I'm not going to use your services.
'She's mis-described and misrepresented herself totally. She was angry - she thinks I owe her a living or something.'
After the operator terminated the call to free up the line for genuine emergencies, Sergeant Jerome Moran called him back to offer advice on the bizarre situation.
'It was unbelievable - he genuinely believed he had done nothing wrong and that the woman should have been investigated by police for misrepresentation,' Sgt Moran said later.
'I told him that she'd not committed any offences and that it was his actions, in soliciting for sex, that were in fact illegal.
'Unhappy with the response, he then insisted on coming down to the police station to debate the matter.'
The officer continued: 'On this occasion the man in question was given a warning, but wasting police time is a serious offence and carries a maximum sentence of six months imprisonment - next time he may not be so lucky.'
The Sale of Goods Act 1979 gives consumers legal rights, stipulating that goods which are sold must be of satisfactory quality, be fit for purpose and must match the sellers' description. 
If the items are not as described or do not work as they should be expected to, the buyer is entitled to a full refund.
However, the act does not apply to services - and can certainly not be invoked in transactions which are themselves illegal, such soliciting a prostitute.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Dieumerci Mbokani target set for Dynamo


West Brom and Hull City look set to miss out on Anderlecht striker Dieumerci Mbokani, who is set for a medical at Dynamo Kiev.
The DR Congo striker is ready to travel to the Ukraine to finalise the move on a three-year contract even though Anderlecht have not confirmed whether they have agreed a fee for him.

The Belgian champions' asking price is believed to be £9million for the 27-year-old frontman, who scored 19 league goals last season.

Mbokani was waiting on an EU passport application which would have opened up the door for a move to the Premier League as he would not have needed a work permit.

But it looks as though his hopes of receiving the documentation have been hit, forcing him to consider Dynamo Kiev's offer which has been on the table for over a month.

West Brom had been chasing Mbokani but knew that they would have been struggling to get a work permit for him if they went to the Home Office as DR Congo are currently outside the top 70 on the Fifa World Rankings.

Exotic Monkeys Seized at Kiev Borispol Airport


KIEV, June 12 (RIA Novosti) – Customs officials at Kiev’s international airport have seized a total of 15 rare monkeys, Ukraine’s Ministry for Revenue and Duties said on Wednesday.
The ministry said officers found the endangered animals hidden in two suitcases belonging to a Syrian national, who has permanent residence in Ukraine.
The suspect tried to sneak the animals past customs.
The monkeys have been taken to the airport’s storage facility and will be later under the care of local veterinarians.

Monday, June 10, 2013

DuPont Opens Ukrainian Seed Facility to Meet HIgh Demand.


DuPont Co. (DD), the largest U.S. chemical company by market value, is opening a seed plant in Ukraine tomorrow to meet increasing demand in the region that supplies corn and sunflower products.
The facility, with a planned annual capacity of 500,000 units and the potential to expand, cost DuPont $41.5 million, Jeffrey D. Rowe, the regional director for DuPont Pioneer Europe, said in an interview in Kiev today. The central Ukrainian plant will process seeds from this year’s harvest mostly for sale to domestic customers in 2014, Rowe said. Some output may be shipped to Russia.
“We feel that Ukraine is in a great position because of the location, the access to the Black Sea region, the ability to export, the ability to improve productivity on hectares that are in production right now and the ability to bring new hectares into production,” Rowe said.
Ukraine is the world’s biggest supplier of sunflower seed oil and the fourth-biggest exporter of corn in the marketing year ending Sept. 30 after the U.S., Argentina and Brazil, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s statistics. Farmers increased corn plantings for the 2013 harvest by 48 percent to 2.8 million hectares as of May 3, Ukraine’s state statistics office shows.
The seed input will allow Ukrainian farmers to increase exports, “which the world needs,” Rowe said. Ukraine is “in a very good position” for export increase.
DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Co.’s agriculture division, is a market leader in Ukraine in production of corn seeds and the second-biggest producer of sunflower seeds, he said.

Yield Potential

The country, which has 32.5 million hectares of arable land, has “a very good potential to dramatically increase the yields,” and is “a fantastic area” to grow corn and sunflower, he said. Ukraine’s average corn yields fell by more than 25 percent last year to 4.8 tons per hectare because of drought.
DuPont will use its global research to select products for Ukrainian farmers, in particular to supply seeds resistant to drought and heat stress, Rowe said.
If global commodity prices do not decline further than 15 percent to 20 percent, Ukraine will be increasing corn and sunflower planting areas in the future, Rowe said. He declined to give a forecast for the Ukrainian corn and sunflower harvest.
Macroeconomics for agriculture will continue to stay strong as global commodity prices continue to be “relatively high,” he said.
“I would expect double-digit growth to continue,” Rowe said. DuPont’s sales in agriculture rose 13.7 percent to $10.4 billion in 2012 from a year ago and had a 16.8 percent increase in 2011, according to its website.

National Bank of Ukraine sets an upper limit on cash payments

On 6 June 2013, the Board of the National Bank of Ukraine adopted the Resolution on setting an upper limit on cash payments, which takes effect from 1 September 2013, the press office of the National Bank of Ukraine announced.

In accordance with the requirements of the above Resolution, settlements in cash carried out between enterprises (entrepreneurs) within one business day shall be limited to UAH 10,000. Cash payments for goods (works and services) between a natural person and an enterprise (entrepreneur) shall not exceed UAH 150,000. In addition, cash payments of up to UAH 150,000 are permitted between natural persons under purchase and sales agreements subject to notarization.
Natural persons are allowed to make payments exceeding UAH 150,000 by transferring funds from one current account to another one, depositing and/or transferring funds to current accounts, including notary's deposit account, or separate current account in national currency.
The Board of the National Bank of Ukraine has approved amendments to the Regulation on conducting cash transactions in the national currency in Ukraine. By virtue of recent amendments to the Regulation, if payments made against one or several payment documents between enterprises (entrepreneurs) and/or enterprises (entrepreneurs) and natural persons within one business day exceed the upper limit, they are to be made in cashless form only via banks or non-banking financial institutions that, in accordance with the procedure established by the law, have been granted licenses to transfer funds without opening an account. Enterprises (entrepreneurs) and natural persons are allowed to settle transactions with an unlimited number of counterparts within one business day.
"The main purpose of imposing restrictions on cash payments is to increase the volume of cashless payments and raise additional resources to boost lending to the economy. The growth in cashless payments will increase the inflow of financial resources of the economic agents to the banking system and enhance banks' liquidity. Restrictions on cash payments are expected to lead to lower levels of deposit dollarization and an increase in the use of cashless payments by natural persons. The reduced amount of physical currency in circulation (paper money and coins) will have a positive effect on the economy. We hope this measure will promote additional economic growth, boost national currency lending to the economy, and reduce the amount of foreign currency cash outside banks,” said Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine Vira Rychakivska.
The Resolution adopted by the Board of the National Bank of Ukraine on 6 June 2013 will come into effect after the state registration hereof with the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Another very good video from city of Kiev.

Another very good video from city of Kiev.

Dutch company Multi Development's first shopping centre in Ukraine under construction.




On June 6, Dutch company Multi Development Ukraine LLC started the construction of the Forum Lviv shopping centre in the inner city of Lviv. It is Multi’s first shopping centre in Ukraine and it will be one of the most prestigious retail projects in the country.
Multi is developing Forum Lviv together with two experienced Ukrainian real estate partners, Galereja Centre and Bud House Group. Forum Lviv covers an area of 69,000 m2 with retail, restaurants, entertainment, a cinema and an underground car park. The EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) and UniCredit are responsible for financing the construction of the project. The opening of Forum Lviv is planned for the first quarter of 2015.

Multi Corporation bv
Ellen van der Feltz, Communication Manager
T: +31 (0) 182 690 900
E: evdfeltz@multi-development.com

Multi Development Ukraine LLC
Arvid Krechting, Project Manager
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Kiev puts up monument to Sweden Euro 2012 fans on the Trukhaniv Island.

Kiev has unveiled an unusual monument paying tribute to the thousands of exuberant Swedish football fans who flooded into the city last year for the 2012 European championships hosted by Ukraine and Poland.

Up to 25,000 Swedish supporters visited Kiev where their team played all of its three matches. They were the largest group of fans and generally left a favourable impression on locals, who are keen for them to return as tourists.
City officials on Saturday unveiled the sculpture on the picturesque Trukhaniv Island in the Dniepr River where many Swedish fans camped out in tents.
The sculpture is topped with Viking horns and depicts the number "12" in Sweden's national colours of blue and yellow. Fans are sometimes described as the "number 12" player in a team.
Nevertheless some Swedish fans complained the figures also brought back bad memories of the first game of the championship when Sweden lost 1:2 to Ukraine.
"I see the numbers. It is a little sad that we can see the result of the match," said the former leader of the Swedish fan camp Ola Sjostedt, who flew in specially for the opening, wearing a bright-yellow T-shirt.
The city authorities hope the new memorial will encourage Swedish fans to make a return visit to Kiev.
"Every Swede who comes to Ukraine will want to look at this monument because it is a sign of friendship," said Kiev city manager Olexander Popov.
Both Ukraine and Sweden exited at the group stage of the championship, which was the most important sporting event ever hosted by Ukraine.