Saying goodbye, from a distance: Mourners craft new and innovative funeral practices to honor the dead during pandemic
CHICAGO — Hours before the grandfather died on a COVID-19 hospital floor, his closest kin entered the room two at a time, all covered in protective gowns, gloves, masks and face shields . Barely breathing, the family patriarch pointed to each of his loved ones, then to his heart, and raised a fist in the air. This was not how relatives had envisioned their last moments with 68-year-old Rubén Beltrán of northwest suburban Hanover Park, one of more than 12,000 lives lost to the new virus in Illinois and 1.4 million worldwide. “But it was a blessing that we were able to say goodbye,” said grandda...
Battle over borscht: new front in Russia-Ukraine conflict
Ukrainian chef Ievgen Klopotenko never expected to find himself at the centre of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. But that's just what happened when the 33-year-old pushed to have borscht -- the traditional beetroot and cabbage dish -- recognised as part of Ukraine's historical heritage. "I don't really like to call it a war for borscht, but in fact that's what it is," Klopotenko, a graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, told AFP in his renowned Ukrainian restaurant in central Kiev. The chef said he was fed up with how restaurants around the world -- including those serving "...
Israel, Ukraine free trade agreement to go into effect New Year's Day
A free trade agreement between Israel and Ukraine is set to go into effect when the clocks strike midnight on the New Year's Eve, eliminating import taxes on food products coming in from the Eastern European country.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky highlighted positives of the agreement, a culmination of seven years of negotiations, and congratulated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on its success on Twitter last week."This is a new level of relations between [Israel and Ukraine] and the 'green light' to the growth of exports, closer cooperation in the fields of high-tech, engineering a...
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'Not true at all': Rudy Giuliani denies talking with Trump about possible pardon
NEW YORK — Rudy Giuliani pushed back against a Tuesday report that he recently asked President Donald Trump to give him a preemptive pardon, claiming he never made any such a request.The New York Times, citing two anonymous sources, reported Giuliani and Trump talked about the potential pardon last week. The controversial topic came up in previous conversations between the two men as well, according to the report.But Giuliani — who’s spearheading Trump’s baseless legal battle to subvert Joe Biden’s election victory — vehemently denied ever talking about pardons with the president.“Not true at ...
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Will Bunch: From Terre Haute to Tehran to your grandma, Trumpism is revealed as a death cult in the end
For a man who too often talked and occasionally governed more like a mob boss than like the 45th president of a democratic republic, it’s sadly fitting that the final days of Donald Trump’s White House are playing out like a closing montage from one of “The Godfather” movies.Cue the operatic aria, or maybe the piano riff from “Layla,” as the camera pans over the bloody pavement in a faraway village in Iran and the windshield of a sedan riddled with bullet holes, as a top nuclear scientist is brutally whacked just days after a not-so-secret sit-down between the crime bosses of Saudi Arabia and ...
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The court that rules Ukraine
At the centre of Ukraine’s capital city sits a squat court building that is embroiled in an ongoing national scandal – although few seem to be interested.In the past few years, the Kyiv Regional Administrative Court has dismissed ministers, appointed new ones, revoked the nationalisation of a fraud-afflicted bank and given the go-ahead for security forces to storm a protest site during the Euromaidan revolution of 2013-14.Indeed, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) believes that the court is home to a “criminal organisation” run by its head, Pavlo Vovk. Vovk denies these accu...
Kyivstar, Vodafone LTE-900 reaching all regions of Ukraine
1 Dec 2020Ukraine’s largest mobile operator by subscribers Kyivstar has expanded its 900MHz 4G LTE network services to 90 small settlements in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions (oblasts), giving it an LTE-900 presence in all 25 Ukrainian regions, just four months after launching the service via refarmed GSM frequencies in western zones in July. Rival Vodafone Ukraine has also announced its commercial LTE-900 expansion to Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts – in 157 small towns/villages in the two regions – and declared that it too will serve all 25 regions with 4G 900MHz technology by the end of...
Ukraine to host int’l music contest in memory of Muslim Magomayev
By Laman IsmayilovaThe third International Competition of Vocalists in Memory of Muslim Magomayev will take place on December 1-4 in Truskavets, Ukraine.The contestants will perform the academic (opera) repertoire and pop song of Muslim Magomayev in two qualifying rounds, Azertag reported.The young talents, taking part in the contest, should also perform Ukrainian folk song “I Look at the Sky” from the repertoire of Muslim Magomayev.Talented singers (16-40 years old), including students of music universities and colleges are invited to take part in the international contest.All participants pa...
Azerbaijan, Ukraine mull bilateral cooperation
By Ayya LmahamadBilateral cooperation in various fields between Azerbaijan and Ukraine was discussed during the meeting between Azerbaijan Ambassador to Ukraine Elmira Akhundova and the Head of Poltava Regional Administration Oleg Sinegubov, Azertag has reported.During the meeting, the ambassador noted Azerbaijan’s readiness to increase export and import of products between two countries in the future. Noting that 85 percent of Azerbaijan’s economy is concentrated in the private sector, the ambassador underlined that Azerbaijani companies are interested in participation in natural gas producti...
National gymnasts win medals in Ukraine
By Laman IsmayilovaThe 36th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships has ended in Kyiv, Ukraine.The Championship brought together gymnasts from 23 countries.Azerbaijan was represented at the competition by 11 athletes, including junior gymnasts Narmin Bayramova, Leili Aghazade, Alina Gezalova and Ilona Zeynalova.Azerbaijani gymnasts Zohra Aghamirova and Arzu Jalilova performed in the individual program while a team consisting of Laman Alimuradova, Zeynab Hummatova, Yelyzaveta Luzan, Maryam Safarova and Darya Sorokina in the group exercises in the seniors category.On the final day of the cham...