Nancy Wilson, Song Stylist, Dies at 81

Grammy award winning singer Nancy Wilson has died. She was 81 years old.

Wilson, who retired from touring in 2011, died late Thursday  after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, a California desert community.

Wilson referred to herself as a “song stylist” instead of a singer and she did have a way of styling a song to make it her own.

Probably her best-known and most stylized song is “Guess Who I Saw Today,” a tour de force of cool  in which she ever so patiently waits for her lover to come home so she can share the details of her day.  

She sweetly asks him, “Guess who I saw today” after stopping in “a most attractive French cafe and bar.”  

She saw two people “so in love even I could spot it clear across the room.”  

And then she teases, asking over and over “Guess who I saw today” and finally and dramatically  reveals  “I saw you.”

Wilson resisted being identified with any one genre of music, winning musical accolades in several categories, from R&B to jazz and funk..

“How Glad I Am” brought her a Grammy in 1965 for best R&B performance, and she later won Grammys for best jazz vocal album in 2005 for the intimate “R.S.V.P (Rare Songs, Very Personal)” and in 2007 for “Turned to Blue,” a showcase for the relaxed, confident swing she mastered later in life. The National Endowment for the Arts awarded her a “Jazz Masters Fellowship” in 2004 for lifetime achievement.

Wilson also had a busy career on television, film and radio, her credits including “Hawaii Five-O,” “Police Story,” the Robert Townsend spoof “Meteor Man” and years hosting NPR’s “Jazz Profiles” series. Active in the civil rights movement, including the Selma march of 1965, she received an NAACP Image Award in 1998.

Wilson listed Nat King Cole, Dinah Washington and Jimmy Scott among her influences.  

The Associated Press reports that in accordance with Wilson’s wishes, there will not be a funeral service.  Instead, a celebration of her life will likely be held in February, her birthday month.

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Nancy Wilson, Grammy-Winning Jazz Singer, Dies at 81

Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning “song stylist” and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died.

Wilson, who retired from touring in 2011, died after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, a California desert community near Joshua Tree National Park, her manager and publicist Devra Hall Levy told The Associated Press late Thursday night. She was 81.

Influenced by Dinah Washington, Nat “King” Cole and other stars, Wilson covered everything from jazz standards to “Little Green Apples” and in the 1960s alone released eight albums that reached the top 20 on Billboard’s pop charts. Sometimes elegant and understated, or quick and conversational and a little naughty, she was best known for such songs as her breakthrough “Guess Who I Saw Today” and the 1964 hit “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am,” which drew upon Broadway, pop and jazz.

No labels, please

She resisted being identified with a single category, especially jazz, and referred to herself as a “song stylist.”

“The music that I sing today was the pop music of the 1960s,” she told The San Francisco Chronicle in 2010. “I just never considered myself a jazz singer. I do not do runs and — you know. I take a lyric and make it mine. I consider myself an interpreter of the lyric.”

Wilson’s dozens of albums included a celebrated collaboration with Cannonball Adderley, “Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley,” a small group setting that understandably could be called jazz; “Broadway — My Way”; “Lush Life”; and “The Nancy Wilson Show!” a best-selling concert recording. “How Glad I Am” brought her a Grammy in 1965 for best R&B performance, and she later won Grammys for best jazz vocal album in 2005 for the intimate “R.S.V.P (Rare Songs, Very Personal)” and in 2007 for “Turned to Blue,” a showcase for the relaxed, confident swing she mastered later in life. The National Endowment for the Arts awarded her a “Jazz Masters Fellowship” in 2004 for lifetime achievement.

Wilson also had a busy career on television, film and radio, her credits including “Hawaii Five-O,” “Police Story,” the Robert Townshend spoof “Meteor Man” and years hosting NPR’s “Jazz Profiles” series. Active in the civil rights movement, including the Selma march of 1965, she received an NAACP Image Award in 1998.

Wilson was married twice — to drummer Kenny Dennis, whom she divorced in 1970; and to Wiley Burton, who died in 2008. She had three children.

Chose her profession at age 4

Born in Chillicothe, Ohio, the eldest of six children of an iron foundry worker and a maid, Wilson sang in church as a girl and by age 4 had decided on her profession. She was in high school when she won a talent contest sponsored by a local TV station and was given her own program. After briefly attending Central State College, she toured Ohio with the Rusty Bryant’s Carolyn Club Big Band and met such jazz artists as Adderley, who encouraged her to move to New York.

She soon had a regular gig at The Blue Morocco and got in touch with Adderley’s manager, John Levy.

“He set up a session to record a demo,” Wilson later observed during an interview for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. “Ray Bryant and I went in and recorded ‘Guess Who I Saw Today,’ ‘Sometimes I’m Happy,’ and two other songs. We sent them to Capitol and within five days the phone rang. Within six weeks I had all the things I wanted.”

First album in 1959

Her first album, “Like in Love!,” came out in 1959, and she had her greatest commercial success over the following decade despite contending at times with the latest sounds. Gamely, she covered Beatles songs (“And I Love Her” became “And I Love Him”), Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” and “Son of a Preacher Man,” on which she strained to mimic Aretha Franklin’s fiery gospel style. She was so outside the contemporary music scene an interviewer once stumped her by asking about Cream, the million-selling rock trio featuring Eric Clapton.

“It took me years to know what that question was about. Remember, I was constantly working or I was traveling to perform. The ’60s for me were about work,” she told JazzWax in 2010.

In the 1970s and after, she continued to record regularly and perform worldwide, at home in nightclubs, concert halls and open-air settings, singing at jazz festivals from Newport to Tokyo. She officially stopped touring with a show at Ohio University in September 2011, but had been thinking of stepping back for years. When she turned 70, in 2007, she was guest of honor at a Carnegie Hall gala. The show ended with Wilson performing such favorites as “Never, Never Will I Marry,” “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and the Gershwin classic “How Long Has This Been Going On?”

“After 55 years of doing what I do professionally, I have a right to ask how long? I’m trying to retire, people,” she said with a laugh before leaving the stage to a standing ovation.

In accordance with Wilson’s wishes, there will be no funeral service, a family statement said. A celebration of her life may be in February, the month of her birth.

She is survived by her son, Kacy Dennis; daughters Samantha Burton and Sheryl Burton; sisters Karen Davis and Brenda Vann and five grandchildren.

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Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Janet Jackson joins her brother Michael and the Jackson 5 as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, earning induction on Thursday along with Stevie Nicks and the top fan vote-getter, Def Leppard.

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in next spring at the 34th induction ceremony. It will be held March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Jackson’s induction comes after her third time as nominee and many saw it as overdue, given her prowess as a hitmaker with “All For You,” “That’s the Way Love Goes,” “Nasty,” “Together Again” and “What Have You Done For Me Lately.”

Her career suffered from the fallout after the infamous 2004 Super Bowl appearance where her bare breast was briefly exposed by Justin Timberlake; both said it was a mistake.  

Jackson became eligible for the rock hall in 2007 and wasn’t nominated until 2016.

The Roots’ Questlove, in a social media post earlier this year, said her exclusion had been “highly criminal.” He cited the influence of her 1986 album “Control,” which he said set off the New Jack Swing trend.

 “This was no one’s kid sister,” he wrote.

Jackson said on Thursday: “Thank you Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I am truly honored and I am happy to be in there with my brothers.” 

It will be Nicks’ second induction into the rock hall, since she’s already there as a member of Fleetwood Mac. She launched a solo career in 1981 with her duet with the late Tom Petty, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” Other hits followed, including “Edge of Seventeen,” “Stand Back” and “I Will Run to You.”

Def Leppard earned more than half a million votes from fans, which are incorporated into more than 1,000 ballots from artists, historians, industry professionals and past winners in deciding who gets honored. The British heavy metal band with a pop sheen were huge sellers in the 1980s on the back of songs like “Photograph” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me.”

Thanks to Jon Bon Jovi

Frontman Joe Elliott said he was initially ambivalent toward the honor until Jon Bon Jovi suggested it would change his life.

“When I look at the list of who’s in, it’s just obvious you’d want to be in that club, isn’t it?” he told Billboard earlier this year. “When you think that every band that means anything in the world, starting from the Beatles and the Stones and any artist that influenced them — your Chuck Berrys, your Little Richards, etc., etc. — then of course you want to be in. Why wouldn’t you?”

Def Leppard, Nicks and Roxy Music were voted in during their first years as nominees. Other 2019 nominees who didn’t make the cut included LL Cool J, Devo, Rage Against the Machine, MC5, John Prine, Todd Rundgren and Kraftwerk.

There’s some question about whether Radiohead will shrug its collective shoulder as an inductees. The English band seemed like generic grunge rockers on their initial hit “Creep,” but with the album “OK Computer” and beyond have become consistent sonic pioneers. Among its rock hall class, Radiohead has the most impact on the current music scene.

An ‘American thing’

In an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood said “I don’t care” when asked about the rock hall. Bandmate Ed O’Brien said, “culturally, I don’t understand it. I think it might be a quintessentially American thing.”

The Cure and frontman Robert Smith resist their initial label as goth rockers, champions of fans who like black makeup, black clothes and darkly romantic songs. They have a durable catalog of hits, including “Friday I’m in Love,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Pictures of You” and “Let’s Go to Bed.”

Roxy Music came out of the 1970s progressive rock scene and had hits with “Love is the Drug” and “More Than This.” Dapper member Bryan Ferry had a successful solo career and Brian Eno has been an influential producer.

The heyday of British rockers the Zombies’ career was the 1960s, with big sellers “She’s Not There” and “Time of the Season.”

The hall will announce ticket sales for March’s ceremony next month. HBO and SiriusXM will carry the event.

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Sondra Locke, Oscar-Nominated Actress, Dies at 74

Actress and director Sondra Locke, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her first film role in 1968’s “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” and went on to co-star in six films with Clint Eastwood, has died.

Locked died Nov. 3 at her Los Angeles home of cardiac arrest stemming from breast and bone cancer, according to a death certificate obtained by The Associated Press. She was 74. Authorities were promptly notified at the time, but her death was not publicized until RadarOnline first reported it Thursday. It is not clear why it took nearly six weeks to come to light.

Locke was best known for the six films she made with Eastwood, whom she dated for 13 years, starting with the Western “The Outlaw Josey Wales” in 1976 and ending with the Dirty Harry movie “Sudden Impact” in 1983.

Praised by critics

Born Sandra Louise Smith, she would later take on a stepfather’s last name and take on the stage name Sondra, Locke grew up in Tennessee, where she worked at a radio station and appeared in a handful of plays before winning a nationwide talent search in 1967 to be cast opposite leading man Alan Arkin in the movie adaptation of Carson McCullers’ 1940 novel “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.”

She would win raves for the role along with nominations for a Golden Globe and an Oscar. Both awards went to Ruth Gordon for “Rosemary’s Baby.”

She had a run of unmemorable film and TV roles until meeting Eastwood on the set of “Josey Wales,” which he both directed and starred in.

Her career would mirror his for the next several years. The pair’s hit films also included the 1978 street-fighting and orangutan comedy “Every Which Way But Loose” and its 1980 sequel “Any Which Way You Can.”

Locke also played singer Rosemary Clooney in a 1982 TV biopic, and directed the 1986 film “Ratboy,” which flopped in the U.S. but was popular with critics in Europe.

End of charmed life

In 1989, Locke’s charmed life came to an end as Eastwood broke up with her, she later wrote. The locks were changed and her things were placed outside a home she thought had been a gift from Eastwood.

She sued Eastwood for palimony then later sued him for fraud saying a movie development deal he arranged for her was a sham to get her to drop the palimony suit. They settled the highly publicized lawsuit for an undisclosed amount during jury deliberations in 1996.

The following year she released her memoir, titled “The Good, the Bad and the Very Ugly: A Hollywood Journey,” which also detailed the double mastectomy and chemotherapy that came with her first bout with breast cancer.

She told the AP at the time that the title, a play on one of Eastwood’s films, was “applicable to the story.”

“I try to cover the good years as well as the bad and the ugly,” Locke said. “Also, that in even the worst ugly things there can sometimes be a lot that will make you a better person.’’

Locke had married actor Gordon Anderson in 1967. According to her death certificate, the two were still legally married when she died, and he was the person who reported her death. She described their relationship to the AP in 1997 as just good friends. A phone number listed in Anderson’s name rang without being picked up.

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Negro League Bobbleheads Part of Fundraising Campaign

Fans of the former Negro League are being asked to help a campaign to create bobbleheads of 30 stars from the league — with a goal of commemorating the league’s upcoming centennial.

Organizers of the effort, which was unveiled Wednesday, have created a team of 30 Negro League stars who would be honored with bobbleheads if the campaign raises enough money. The first bobblehead of pitcher Satchel Paige of the Kansas City Monarchs has already been produced.

The Paige bobblehead stands on a baseball-shaped base in front of a replica of the Kansas City YMCA at 18th Street and the Paseo, where the Negro National League was organized on Feb. 13, 1920, The Kansas City Star reported.

Kickstarter campaign underway

Production of the rest of the licensed, limited-edition bobbleheads will depend on a Kickstarter campaign launched Wednesday by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum and Dreams Fulfilled, which was formed to promote the Negro League centennial.

“The Negro Leagues Centennial Team series will bring long overdue recognition to players who were not only among the best to play the game, but also early civil rights pioneers who helped pave the way for integration in baseball and the country,” Dreams Fulfilled founder Jay Caldwell said in a statement.

The goal is to raise $10,000 by Jan. 7. Any donation is welcome but those who give $20 or more will get first choice and better pricing for the bobbleheads, which will be individually numbered up to 2,020.

The bobblehead series is licensed by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. 

Centennial Team

Museum President Bob Kendrick and Caldwell on Wednesday announced the African-American and Hispanic players selected for the Centennial Team. They played between 1895 to 1947, when Jackie Robinson became the first African-American in the major leagues.

“This is really important because not only is it a way to perpetuate the legacy of the Negro leagues but it’s such a tremendous way to educate the public about these legendary athletes who the majority of people have no idea about,” Kendrick said.

Paige’s eldest child, Pamela, who attended the announcement, said she wasn’t aware her father was famous while she was a child.

“When my father came home off the road, it was all about his children and family and we did family things,” Pamela Paige O’Neil said.

If the Kickstarter campaign is successful, bobbleheads of the 30 Centennial Team players, plus a manager and an owner, will be introduced on average of two a month through February 2020.

Available online

The bobbleheads will be available at the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s online and retail stores, at the Dreams Fullfilled website and at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum store and other outlets. They are expected to retail for $30 plus $8 shipping.

A portion of the proceeds of each sale will go to relatives of the players and to the Negro Leagues museum.

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US Budget Deficit Hits Record $204.9B for November 

The federal budget deficit surged to a record for the month of November of $204.9 billion, but a big part of the increase reflected a calendar quirk. 

 

In its monthly budget report, the Treasury Department said Thursday that the deficit for November was $66.4 billion higher than the imbalance in November 2017. 

 

But $44 billion of that figure reflected the fact that December benefits in many government entitlement programs were paid in November this year because Dec. 1 fell on a Saturday. 

 

For the first two months of this budget year, the deficit totals $305.4 billion, up 51.4 percent from the same period last year. The Trump administration is projecting that this year’s deficit will top $1 trillion, reflecting increased government spending and the loss of revenue from a big tax cut. 

 

The new report showed that the higher tariffs from President Donald Trump’s get-tough trade policies are showing up in the budget totals. Customs duties totaled $6 billion in November, up 99 percent from November 2017. 

 

Trump has imposed penalty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from a number of countries and on $250 billion of Chinese imports as the administration seeks to apply pressure to other countries to reduce their barriers to American exports. However, China and other nations have retaliated by imposing penalty tariffs on U.S. exports, sparking a tit-for-tat trade war. 

 

The administration still believes it will prevail and is currently in talks with China over trade practices the administration feels are unfair to American companies and workers. 

Three years of $1 trillion deficits

 

Last year’s budget deficit totaled $779 billion. The administration is projecting that this year’s deficit, for a budget year that runs from October through September, will total $1.09 trillion. The administration sees the deficit remaining above $1 trillion for three straight years. 

 

The only time the government has run deficits of this size was for four years from 2009 through 2012 when the Obama administration was boosting spending to grapple with the 2008 financial crisis and the worst recession since the 1930s. 

 

Trump has said that the new budget he will unveil next February will require 5 percent spending cuts for domestic agencies in a bid to trim future deficits. The administration is also counting on government revenues to be increased by faster economic growth from the $1.5 trillion tax cut passed a year ago. 

 

The $204.9 billion deficit last month was the biggest deficit ever recorded in November, a month when the government normally runs a deficit. Outlays were also a record in the month of November. 

 

Through the first two months of this budget year, revenues total $458.7 billion, 3.4 percent higher than the same period a year ago. Outlays totaled $764 billion, up 18.4 percent from the same period a year ago.  

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Stocks Lose Steam as Nerves Persist, Euro Dips

A gauge of world equities was little changed after giving up early gains on Thursday, continuing a pattern seen for the past several sessions, while the euro eased after the European Central Bank formally ended its bond purchasing scheme.

In the United States, the S&P and Nasdaq finished in the red while the Dow closed well off its session highs as cautious trade optimism faded.

Nervousness has heightened volatility in stocks recently, with a tendency for stocks to lose morning gains as the day wears on. 

In Beijing, a commerce ministry spokesman said China and the United States were in close contact over trade, and any U.S. trade delegation would be welcome to visit.  

Although signs of a trade thaw have been welcomed by investors, other worries have kept stocks from sustaining gains.

“It’s a market that’s been very nervous. Investors get excited in the morning and then their fears come back,” said Omar Aguilar, chief investment officer of equities at Charles Schwab Investment Management in San Francisco. 

“We need a catalyst to get us a more consistent trend — it could be good economic data or more clarity on the Fed’s intentions for next year or more certainty in U.S.-China. I don’t think it’s going to happen any time soon.”

Dow Jones rises while S&P 500 dips

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 70.11 points, or 0.29 percent, to 24,597.38, the S&P 500 lost 0.53 points, or 0.02 percent, to 2,650.54 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 27.98 points, or 0.39 percent, to 7,070.33.

U.S. economic data showed jobless claims fell last week to near 49-year lows, while import prices dropped as the cost of petroleum products tumbled. Shares in Europe edged lower to snap a two-session winning streak, as concerns about Britain’s exit from the European Union and euro zone growth outweighed a budget compromise in Italy.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index lost 0.17 percent and MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe gained 0.05 percent.

Help from ECB to continue

Britain’s weakened prime minister, Theresa May, survived a late night no-confidence vote, and then said she did not expect a quick breakthrough in Brexit talks that would help get the deal through parliament. 

The ECB officially ended its post-crisis asset purchase program but promised to keep feeding stimulus into an economy struggling with an unexpected slowdown and political turmoil.

The euro and sterling were choppy on the Brexit uncertainty and in the wake of comments from ECB President Mario Draghi investors viewed as dovish following the policy announcement.

Dollar index slightly up 

The dollar index rose 0.02 percent, with the euro down 0.04 percent to $1.1363.

Sterling, rebounding from earlier declines, was last trading at $1.2662, up 0.26 percent on the day.

Oil prices were higher after data showed inventory declines in the United States and as investors began to expect the global oil market could have a deficit sooner than previously thought.

U.S. crude settled up 2.8 percent at $52.58 per barrel and Brent was last at $61.45, up 2.16 percent.

 

  

  

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«Схеми» зафіксували непублічну зустріч Порошенка з Пінчуком і Ложкіним

Український олігарх Віктор Пінчук та екс-очільник Адміністрації президента Борис Ложкін зустрічалися з президентом України Петром Порошенком в будівлі його адміністрації в листопаді цього року. Зустрічі з олігархами в Адміністрації визнають лише постфактум, коли їх зафіксували журналісти, бо списки відвідувачів Банкової засекречені. Про це йдеться в матеріалі Михайла Ткача «Таємниця адміністрації президента» у програмі «Схеми: корупція в деталях» (спільний проект Радіо Свобода і телеканалу «UA:Перший»).

 

Зустріч відбулася пізно ввечері у будівлі Адміністрації президента. Обидва кортежі бізнесменів майже одночасно приїхали та поїхали з адміністрації.

Віктор Пінчук володіє кількома телеканалами, серед яких СТБ й ICTV. Журналісти дослідили, що у прямий ефір ток-шоу «Свобода слова» на ICTV президент Порошенко приходив тричі за останній рік. Усі три ефіри стосувалися досягнень президента і позитивних для нього тем: томосу, воєнного стану. «Це – єдине прямоефірне ток-шоу в країні, на яке почав ходити Порошенко за рік перед президентськими виборами», – мовиться в матеріалі «Схем».

​Візит на Банкову у прес-службі Віктора Пінчука не прокоментували.

Так само без коментарів залишили і запит журналістів у прес-службі Бориса Ложкіна. Тільки протягом останніх трьох місяців 2018 року журналісти «Схем» систематично фіксували заїзди його кортежу до Адміністрації президента. Щоразу це відбувалося ввечері. Ложкін навідувався на Банкову у вересні, жовтні й листопаді 2018 року.

Коли Борис Ложкін керував адміністрацією Порошенка, ЗМІ називали його «головним комунікатором» президента з олігархами. Контактувати з ними Ложкін не припинив і після звільнення.

​Так, восени цього року знімальна група «Схем» стала свідком короткої емоційної зустрічі Бориса Ложкіна та бізнесменів братів Суркісів на парковці п’ятизіркового готелю в центрі Києва. У березні 2018 року «Схемам» вдалося зафіксувати Ложкіна у Женеві (Швейцарія) під час зустрічі з олігархами Ігорем Коломойським і Геннадієм Боголюбовим у ресторані п’ятизіркового готелю.

​Журналісти надіслали запит Борису Ложкіну з проханням пояснити, з якою метою бізнесмен, який, зі слів його прес-служби, «більше не займається політикою», і «всі його зустрічі є приватними», регулярно відвідує Адміністрацію президента. У його прес-службі спочатку пообіцяли відповісти, але згодом відмовилися від коментарів.

Аналогічний запит «Схеми» надіслали і в Адміністрацію президента. А також вкотре попросили надати копію журналу відвідувачів.

«Президент України провів зустріч з Віктором Пінчуком і Борисом Ложкіним в рамках підготовки щорічного візиту на Всесвітній економічний форум в Давосі», – пояснили в АП. А копію журналу на запит журналістів вкотре не надали.

Всесвітній економічний форум (ВЕФ) проводить свої щорічні збори у швейцарському Давосі наприкінці січня. У 2019 році ці збори ВЕФ пройдуть із 22 по 25 січня 2019 року.

З 2005 року Фонд Віктора Пінчука організовує під час щорічних зборів ВЕФ «український сніданок» – ланч-конференцію, що має на меті рекламувати Україну й об’єднувати разом українських і міжнародних лідерів.

Сайт Фонду повідомляє, що ключовою частиною заходу цього року була промова президента України Петра Порошенка та дискусія з його участю. Також як спікери виступили міністр закордонних справ Канади Христя Фріланд, перший заступник керівного директора МВФ Девід Ліптон, голова Мюнхенської конференції з безпеки Вольфганг Ішингер, президент Польщі Александр Квасневський (1995–2005), генеральний секретар НАТО Андерс Фог Расмуссен (2009–2014).

У 2017 році Порошенко проігнорував «український сніданок» Пінчука. Тоді журналісти пов’язали цю відмову із публікацією Пінчуком статті у Wall Street Journal, де він закликав піти на «болючі компроміси» з Росією заради завершення конфлікту в Україні.

Раніше цього року «Схеми» стали свідками зустрічей Віктора Пінчука й лідера партії «Батьківщина» Юлії Тимошенко в офісі олігарха. Журналісти програми зафіксували щонайменше дві такі зустрічі пізно ввечері у одному і тому ж місці – у будівлі на Рильському провулку в Києві, що неподалік Софійської площі.

Очільниця партії «Батьківщина» і кандидатка у президенти пояснила «Схемам», що зустрічалася з олігархом, щоб обговорити участь своєї команди у «Ялтинській європейській стратегії» (YES) – міжнародному форумі, який також організовує Фонд Віктора Пінчука в Україні; на час окупації Криму Росією форум відбувається у Києві.

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Висновки саміту ЄС не передбачають можливості нових санкцій проти Росії

Лідери країн-членів Європейського союзу не передбачили можливості запровадження нових санкцій проти Росії у висновках щодо ситуації в Азовському морі, повідомляє кореспондент Радіо Свобода.

В остаточному тексті схваленої 13 грудня заяви за підсумками саміту ЄС йдеться: «ЄС готовий ухвалити заходи для посилення своєї підтримки постраждалим територіям України».

При цьому, за даними кореспондента Радіо Свобода в Брюсселі, раніше формулювання передбачало можливість нових заходів проти Москви.

Як повідомив голова Євроради Дональд Туск, лідери ЄС також закликали Росію негайно відпустити всіх захоплених українських моряків, повернути Україні кораблі і гарантувати вільний прохід усіх суден Керченською протокою.

Раніше сьогодні лідери ЄС також вирішили продовжити на наступні півроку економічні санкції проти Росії.

25 листопада російські силовики у Керченській протоці відкрили вогонь по українських кораблях, захопили їх і 24 членів їхніх екіпажів. Троє моряків при цьому були поранені.

Через цей акт агресії, як заявляв спеціальний представник Держдепартаменту США з питань України Курт Волкер, США та Європа можуть посилити санкції проти Росії або запровадити нові обмежувальні заходи.

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Рішення кримського суду про арешт Бекірова може призвести до його смерті – адвокат

Рішення підконтрольного Кремлю Київського районного суду Сімферополя про арешт кримськотатарського активіста Едема Бекірова може призвести до «найсумніших наслідків, аж до смерті підзахисного», заявив у коментарі проекту Радіо Свобода Крим.Реалії адвокат Олексій Ладін.

«Бекіров є інвалідом першої групи. У нього – цукровий діабет, ампутована нога, і ще маса хвороб. Він потребує постійного догляду, який неможливо забезпечити в рамках слідчого ізолятора. Є відчуття, що це рішення може привести до найсумніших наслідків, аж до смерті підзахисного. Всі ми знаємо, що в СІЗО Сімферополя – умови тримання близькі до тортур», – зазначив Ладін.

За словами адвоката, Бекірова підозрюють в тому, що він нібито зберігав і передавав боєприпаси (вибухівку і патрони) в сумці, загальна вага якої, на думку слідчого ФСБ і опитування таємного свідка, становить 14 кілограмів.

«На суді ми з’ясували, що Бекіров за станом здоров’я не може піднімати вагу більшу ніж півторалітрова пляшка. Якщо він підніме вагу більше трьох кілограмів, то будуть катастрофічні наслідки. Всі ці неузгодженості не завадили суду визнати клопотання слідства про арешт обґрунтованим», – підкреслив Ладін.

Підконтрольний Кремлю Київський районний суд Сімферополя 13 грудня заарештував Бекірова на два місяці. Таким чином він буде перебувати за ґратами до 11 лютого 2019 року. Міністерство закордонних справ України висловило «рішучий протест» у зв’язку з рішенням суду і закликало звільнити активіста.

Російські силовики затримали жителя селища Новоолексіївка Херсонської області Едема Бекірова на в’їзді в анексований Крим вранці 12 грудня. Відомо, що він прямував до Криму для відвідування 78-річної матері та родичів. Пізніше його доставили в будівлю ФСБ Росії в Сімферополі.

На засіданні суду, який обирав йому запобіжний захід, Бекірову стало зле.

 

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