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.