The Crimean Crisis

After yesterday’s shocking events in the Crimean crisis in which a Ukrainian soldier was killed and another fatally injured by Russian protesters the situation is developing at a rapidly catastrophic rate.

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Hours after signing a treaty to annex Crimea into Russian borders based on reports of 60% of Russian citizens populating the country, and after Sunday’s referendum, the gunfire occurred on Tuesday.

Though Russian President Vladimir Putin will not simply hand Crimea back, he should smooth over relations and ease tensions with Ukrainian’s and Russian protesters. After many see this as an act of Putin rallying Russians to do the work for him, Russia and all its resources are isolating itself from the rest of the world.

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With condemnation from the United States, Great Britain and Europe with the EU officials also Putin must be prepared to accept reprimands. In order to avoid this Putin could make ‘good gestures’ though handing back Crimea is unlikely. For Putin, many say he is worried about his look to people as a strong leader. For Putin isolation from the rest of the world since building communication with the west and Europe strongly over years past, is something unwelcomed by all. Everyone wants to have strong and fair dialogue with Russia but such actions are going to cause separation. No one wants a war of any kind, including Russia. After building strong communications with all, Russia must repair this bond and again, accept sanctions of some kind.

If Russia can offer an alternative, this could ease a few tensions, even if the upset is too deeply broken. If Russia plans on ‘turning off its taps’ to Europe with gas supplies, this would also be another huge mistake. Europe are a collective whole. They are as one. In times of strife if the gas is cut off, they will be forced to band together to find a new supply. This means Russia will become obsolete in terms of energy provider over time. Europe will find a new source of productivity leaving Russia alone once more.

A police officer and pro-Russian demonstrators tussle with a topless Femen activist outside the Crim

Russia have since shown no real interest to remain a part of the G8 after discussion of possible removal from the group. Unfortunately for Russia, this is one action that looks likely. Maybe this will give them a chance to reflect upon after the tensions pass on its position with the rest of the world.

We have always been supportive of Russia over handling of the Edward Snowden situation and Syrian conflict intervention. This is a very different matter however. Russia, nor any country, can act this way and expect free reign.

It is key to have Russia’s involvement in world affair’s but the mild ‘invasion’ of troops in Crimea to begin with to put pressure on nervousness in the region was not acceptable under international law, which has been broken.

Despite the signed treaty declaring Crimea to Russia, the region still belongs to the Ukraine. Should Ukraine fall into turmoil with no acting official then it falls to the hands of the United Nations/NATO to decide. The treaty is no Magna Carta. It is not worth the paper it is printed on. If Russia want to rejoin Crimea to the Russian regions it should talk and discuss political issues with its ‘owners’ Ukraine. It has to be done legally and not with short options on the ballot paper.

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The initial reports have also been stated that Catherine the Great declared should Crimea retain Independence once more, the country returns to the province of Turkey. This was stated under the Ottoman law by the Russian Queen Catherine II herself.

As reiterated, Russia need to be a part of world affairs and discussions, but cannot create these actions of tension and expect no repercussions. If an area/country wants St. Petersberg or Moscow one day when they wake up, can they have it because they want it?  For now, at this very moment, Russia’s priority is to ease the tension with gunfire with sincerity for recent actions in diplomatic terms.

 

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London 2012, Day 14 Results

London 2012, Day 14:

Ascending the astute summit

Frenchmen Renaud Lavillenie overcame the odds in the Pole Vault finals to launch himself to gold, also earning a Olympic record, surpassing Bjorn Otto and Raphel Holzdeppe. Both German’s tied on 5.91 however Bjorn won the silver as Raphael acquired bronze.

Hockey

Women’s Hockey took to the final stages for the medals where Great Britain played against New Zealand for the opportunity to snare bronze.  Team GB won 3-1 to secure that right. Argentina took silver in the final losing to the Netherlands 3-0, who swayed their sticks to gold.

BMX

Men’s Final saw Maris Strombergs charge around the dirt dunes to record a 37.576 time earning Latvia a gold medal for his efforts. Carlos Mario Oquendo Zabala held bronze as Australian world champ Sam Willoughby maintained silver. David and Victoria showed their support on the day, no not posh spice, David Beckham and Victoria Pendleton. Vickie Beckham is rehearsing for the closing ceremony with the Spice Girls.

Im-Beck-able

Colombian Mariana Pajon rode a 37.706 in the Women’s Final to capture gold. Sarah Walker (New Zealand) cycled to silver as Laura Smullders of Netherlands earned bronze.

Shanaze Reade for Team GB crossed the line in sixth after distress for starting too slowly.  The BMX corners also proved catastrophic, with numerous pile ups crushing all competition in various races at one time or another, with disastrous consequences from the unforgiving course.

For anyone inspired to get into these sports, know what you’re getting into before doing so. Sportsmen are great at what they do, but do so with consequences as a result. Being prepared in all aspects before beginning is valid to take note of.

After numerous successes, Britannia failed to ride the tide in the Women’s 470 Sailing events as Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark glided to silver in a trying effort. Gold was gained by the New Ziwi’s as Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie won. Lobke Berkhout and Lisa Westerhof took the bronze for Netherlands.

The Men’s 470 fared well for Aussie’s Malcolm Page and Mathew Belcher, leaving risky wave racers Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell for Britain as the silver surfers.  Argentina anchored to bronze with Juan de la Fuente and Lucas Calabrese.

Silver Surfers for Team GB

Taekwondo

Men’s -80kg saw Nicolas Garcia Hemme fall to Sebastian Eduardo Crismanich of Argentina in the gold medal match. Spaniard Hemme won silver as a result. Mauro Sarmiento won Italy the bronze medal.

Women’s -67kg

Kyung Seon Hwang (Korea) tanked past Nur Tatar to win gold forcing Turkey’s Tatr to accept silver. Helena Fromm of Germany, and Paige Mcpherson of the United States shared bronze.

Wrestling Freestyle

The 74kg gold medal went to Jordan Ernest Burroughs, as we expected in a well deserved battle, winning 3-0 over Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi of Iran. Russia’s Denis Tsargush tied with Uzbekistan’s Soslan Tigiev to wrangled a bronze.

Dzhamal Otarsultanov owned the 55kg classification, confirming gold as his reward for Russia toppling Vladimer Khinchegashvili of Georgia. Shinichi Yumoto grabbed bronze for Japan.

Synchronised Swimming’s free routine final saw GB in 6th, as Russia topped the gold with China trailing in second for silver. Spain styled their way to bronze. It’s a shame this sport had little coverage involved for the technical symmetry displayed, where people also are keen to witness creative designs.

Russia’s winning routine

Creative and spooky :O

Men’s 10km Marathon

Can you find your drink?

Fresh from last week’s pool events, Oussama Mellouli (Tunisia) entered a strong swim to come first in the two hour extravaganza earning gold for his fluid endurance. Thomas Lurz earned Germany a silver just seconds behind at 1.49.58.5 to Mellouli’s 1.49.55.1. Canada’s Richard Weinberger took the bronze in a tight knit race where the rippled Daniel Fogg of Great Britain flapped into fifth at 1.50.37.3 missing by a margin to rank the top three.

Today’s Goggle guru, the FoggGogg!

Fogg put on an expert showing today for Britain’s swimming hopefuls however couldn’t fight the tough competition on offer today in the waves, though held his own proudly.

Athletics

Women’s 5000m

Ethiopia romped home with another benchmark in the sprint as Meseret Defar claimed gold while Tirunesh Dibaba also gained bronze for the nation in a sterling effort. Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot ran Kenya to a silver medal.

Women’s Hammer was flung far to 78.18 by Russian Tatyana Lysenko, setting a new Olympic Record, to earn gold as Anita Wlodarczyk took silver for Poland. German Betty Heidler hurled a bronze.

Men’s 4x 400m Relay

Chris Brown, Demetrius Pinder, Michael Mathieu, Ramon Miller

The Bahamas hurtled round the Olympic stadium at 2.56.72, passing their batons to pass all competition to claim gold. Team USA ended with 2.57.05 to pass through to silver as Trinidad and Tobago clocked a close 2.59.40 for bronze just in front of Team GB on 2.59.53 in a tense tryst for track supremacy.

Women’s 4x 100m Relay saw the United States destroy the competition with a world record of 40.82 to jet towards gold success. Jamaica sailed into second on 41.41 for silver as bronze was passed to Ukraine on 42.04.

Jeter-ing home

Women’s 1500m Final

Turkey topped the board twice with silver and gold in a double whammy as Asli Cakir Alptekin won gold (4.10.23) while Gamze Bulut (4.10.40) raced to silver. Maryam Yusuf Jamal speed to a 4.10.74 time to pick up bronze in a very tight tussle.

You may have noticed the BBC broadcasting channel check, loot and pinch parts of this round up, where they claim they are running out of expressions and clichés to use for the Olympic events. Why they feel they need to compete and believe they are better than this writer then take from him as they may be running on empty is rather humorous. Do you really want to wake the beast? We stated from the beginning these would be result forms only initially, plus we understand our readership and attune to a varied set of styles from different types of contrasting media. Most can’t present/write in one sole form let alone numerous.

p.s. We are not running out of superlatives, and have numerous still left. If you run out then perhaps the media have mis-underestimated the overindulgence with Olympic fever putting all eggs in one basket. It isn’t difficult for this writer to come up with angles every time with different levels of scope involved.

If anyone needs to take from someone else, then it proves how lowly and how weak one truly may be. Surely you should hire those who have it, rather than stubborn competitiveness of egotistical thought process hiding behind a feeling supreme due to security in funding.

Diving, Men’s 10m Platform

Charismatic Klein deserved his place, though top 6 rankings are iffy

Only the top 16 of 32 would make it through. Tom Daley scraped through in 15th after some shaky starts but made up some near perfect dives, since still marked down from his first few performances in mind. Bo Qiu and Yue Lin made first and second, as Mexico entered 5th and 6th as both German’s made 3rd and 4th casting shady eyes over the judging panel, which needs to be investigated thoroughly by the Olympic committee. Australian James Connor, Peter Waterfield, and David Boudia gained higher dives than Jose Guerrera who continually messed up as did Bryan Lomas and Vadim Kaptur.

Do understand this is nothing to do with the competitors themselves, but when in a competition, it has to have some level of separation, however it seems highly divided on bias and not professionalism disgracing the sport and the Olympic committee’s involved. It needs investigating. The Springboard 3m was also an eye opener as well.

Waterfield bows out

London 2012: Day 11 Results

London 2012, Day 11:

Brit bookend’s sandwich Spain

The Brit Bros Alistair, and Jonathan Brownlee bolstered for gold and bronze on London’s streets, competing against one another, side by side.

Spain’s Javier Gomez sandwich himself in between both brothers to earn silver as Alistair, 24, took 1.46.25 to gain gold. Gomez had 1.46.36 as Jonny had twenty seconds behind on 1.46.56 in an impressive close knit ending. At one point Jonathan had to take a fifteen second time penalty in the sin bin, before eagerly aiming to resurrect his chances of a medal.

Brit bookend’s sandwich Spain

The 22 year old proved a testament at his placing as a result. He said: “Being on the podium was fantastic and thrilling. I wasn’t sure what to do. Should I smile? Should I sing? I was trying to absorb everything — the crowds, the anthem, two British flags rising into the sky.”

Running London lucratively

Laura Trott ,20, peddled to the medal for gold in the velodrome at the Omnium cycling event defeating Sarah Hammer of the US and Australia’s Annette Edmonson, 20.

The press have now all launched onto Laura, as the new poster girl of the cycling media. Congrats to her for success but media need to allow her distance instead of piling pressure onto her as the next cover star just to sell a few papers. Many young inspiring athletes have buckled under the pressure they did not ask for at such high volume.

Chris Hoy, 36, continued that tradition in the Men’s Kirin race as he stormed home to cross the finish line for gold instead of Maximilian Levy in a close call, taking silver. Hoy hails as Britain’s most successful Olympian.

Bronze seemingly went to New Zealand (Simon Van Velthoven) until a challenge from the Netherlands rider (Teun Mulder), where cameras could not see as blocked by being behind the second rider, discrediting the officials and camera angles in place. None were on the other side in a pitiful decision. As one contested the scores, officials played safe and gave both a medal to avoid national outrage. Obviously, medals can’t be won by debating alone, surely? Can I have one?

Victoria Pendleton’s last race ended in controversy also. Seemingly first and crossing the line in first place, closely chased by rival Anna Meares of Australia, Pendleton became disqualified in the female Omni race as she came slightly out of her red and black inline markings on the course.

Anna Meares on the chase, choose to ride extremely close to Pendleton which dug her elbows into Victoria forcing her off balance to move out slightly in some dirty play by Meares, which gained her the gold medal by DQ. Meares lost her credibility as a performer for such unnecessary need to win dirty. many still call for the DQ on Meares from Cycling officials, which highly embarrasses the sport by allowing the decision to stand rather than revoke foul play for honourability.

Pendleton was remarkable graceful and bowed out with an honourable silver. Guo Shuang claimed bronze.

Silver Siren Vickie Pendleton waves a British flag in appreciation

The decision is clear, officials are too easy and scared of debating controversy that the reward contested decisions to anyone. If a rival elbows you in the race that is means of disqualification as well as riding too close to cause injury. The rules are flawed and need to be re-written securely instead of changed every year when some hack has a brainwave of “We should do this…”

At the Men’s Beach Volleyball Brazil V Latvia was underway, where more empty seats were shining out from the crowd, despite Seb Coe (who was seated in the velodrome) and officials claimed tickets were being re-sold and available, then sold out, while no uploads on the website occurred, until announced yesterday it will be at 7pm in another bundle of mismanagement in catastrophic volumes of disgruntled people aiming to acquire tickets, still at a highly ‘affordable’ price tag for a country with millions on benefits.

Brazil won 2-0 and advance to finals with Germany who beat their opponents Netherlands, also at 2-0.

Wrestling

Ghasem Gholamreza Rezai of Iran grappled for gold, defeating Russian Rustam Totrov for the 96kg Greco –Roman honour of gold. Swede Jimmy Alexander Ridberg earned bronze in an emotional play.

Podium medalists

Artur Aleksanyan of Armenia delivered a near perfect bout with Turkey’s Lidem where he tired him out with a german suplex variation to earn a second point, tipping the scales to win the challenge and advance to the Bronze medal standings, he shared with Sweden, as above.

Iran’s coach suplexed the winner in celebration

Equestrian, Dressage

Team GB won gold in the dressage with three man team, Laura Bechtolsheimer, Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin as Germany fell short with silver.

Windsurfing

Nick Dempsey surfed to silver for Britain over in Weymouth. Przemyslaw Miarczynski of Poland swayed to bronze. Dorian van Rijsselberge of Netherlands took the gold for a clean sweep.

Silver surfer on his throne

The Men’s 3m Springboard provided interest, despair and dodgy markings.

Ilya Zakharov of Russia won gold in an unpredictal and deserved effort. Qin Kai took silver for China as He Chong, highly unappreciative, claimed bronze.

Troy Dumais and Ethan Warren for USA and Australia proved strong competition, though received lower scores down the table when debatefully should have been higher. Some dives performed almost apparent and similar to Qin Kai were marked lower, yet when Kai did one or two dives similar or a fraction of worse in plunging the water, gained higher than them in marking, sparking mass debate on the bias potentially involved.

Pufferfish didn’t flounder

Patrick Hausdnig came out of nowhere in the final stages to rise to fourth, pushing Dumais, 32, to fifth. Age may also have proved a factor in bigotry.

Javier Iilana Garcia started well until a string of awkward dives in desperation to reform stride fell short.

Mexico had a similar issue with Yahel Castillo Huerta, who gave excellent dives early on and remained a contender until the ending rounds falling to sixth overall, with Warren at seventh.

Chris Mears of Great Britain had some awkward attempts, however held his own and performed a near perfect dive towards the end earning 8.5 and 9.0’s which deserved at least 9’s or 9.5’s as did He Chong on his final perfect dive. Mears finished in ninth.

Kai’s final dive was awakward on entry and received high 9’s across the board.

Dumais and Warren held valid levels of ripened maturity which should have been higher marked and in the top 3-4 for Dumais and 5-6 for Warren, clouding the judgement on the Olympic panel and the backstage politics involved.

Warren held some impressive dives despite only 20 years old.

The last thing needed is a “Eurovision Song Contest” in the Olympics.

Women’s Gymnastics saw the floor exercise finals spring Alexandra Raisman to a score of 15.600 earning gold in the process. Catalina Ponor and Aliya Mustafina of Romania and Russia respectively, earned silver and bronze.

Raisman also picked up a bronze in the Women’s Beam earning a double whammy of medals, as Lu Sui took Silver and Linlin Deng were separated by one hundred points as Deng took gold for China at a score of 15.600 where Sui held silver.

Stamped her mark on the beam for 2012

Zhe Feng continued China’s success in the Men’s Parallel Bars in first for gold at 15.966. Marcel Nguyen narrowly missed out in a tight score of 15.800 to earn silver, while Hamilton Sabot proved a stronghold at 15.566 to wrest a bronze victory in a competent effort.

Up-side down…

Boy you turn me…

Epke Zonderland (Netherlands) held a 16.533 launching himself into his own wonder world with a gold medal for his efforts in the Men’s Horizontal Bar. Fabian Hambuchen took silver for Germany and Kai Zou picked up bronze for China. Danell Leyva (US) entered fifth in a notable performance, as the Gymnastic events finally ended for 2012 Olympia.