Верховний суд відхилив апеляцію Гриценка щодо агітації за Порошенка

Верховний суд України 10 березня відмовився визнати розміщені на сайті президента України фото- та відеоматеріали про робочі поїздки незаконною передвиборчою агітацією. Це рішення суд ухвалив за підсумками розгляду апеляції на рішення Шостого апеляційного адміністративного суду за позовом кандидата у президенти Анатолія Гриценка, повідомляє «Інтерфакс-Україна».

Як повідомив представник Гриценка в ЦВК і його адвокат Руслан Чорнолуцький, у мотивувальній частині свого рішення Верховний суд вказав на те, що доводи апелянта «не підтверджуються належними, достатніми і допустимими доказами».

На думку Чорнолуцького, рішення суду є неправосудним.

«Ухвалюючи такі рішення на користь чинного президента, який є і кандидатом в президенти, судова система ще раз доводить, що вона реформована виключно на користь вертикалі діючої влади», – заявив Чорнолуцький.

Він також зазначив, що аналогічне рішення прийнято і за позовом Гриценка до Порошенка про визнання передвиборною агітацією фоторепортаж (74 фотографії) на сайті президента про його робочу поїздку 2 березня на Одещину. 

6 березня суд першої інстанції відмовив кандидату в президенти Анатолію Гриценку у задоволенні позову, в якому він просив визнати передвиборною агітацією розміщення на сайті президента України відеозапису під назвою «Глава держави: Є факти – в тюрму. Немає фактів, тоді припиніть розхитувати ситуацію» з робочої поїздки Порошенка 1 березня на Донеччину і фоторепортажу про цю ж поїздку у кількості 56 фотографій.

7 березня Шостий апеляційний адміністративний суд відмовив у задоволенні аналогічного позову Гриценка, який стосувався робочої поїздки Порошенка на Одещину.

Гриценко просив суд зобов’язати Порошенка оплатити цю передвиборчу, на його думку, агітацію з його виборчого фонду та утриматися від використання для ціх цілей бюджетних коштів.

Теніс: Козлова програла Халеп в Індіан-Веллсі, Світоліна зіграє вночі

Українка Катерина Козлова, яка через кваліфікацію пробилася до основної сітки турніру серії Premier Mandatory в американському Індіан-Веллсі, в третьому колі поступилася другій ракетці світу румунці Сімоні Халеп – 6:7, 5:7.

«У першому сеті суперниці виконали по два брейки. На тай-брейку на три міні-брейки Халеп українка відповіла одним. Козловій вдалося зрівняти рахунок з 2:5 у другій партії, але в наступних двох геймах наша тенісистка не взяла жодного очка», – повідомляє портал «Великий теніс України».

У ніч із суботи на неділю до третього кола турніру вийшла 24-та сіяна Леся Цуренко. У важкому матчі (3:6, 7:5, 6:4) українка здолала опір американки Джессіки Пегули, якій організатори престижного змагання надали спеціальне запрошення, так звану wild-card.

Перша ракетка України Еліна Світоліна зіграє з австралійкою Дар’єю Гавриловою на вечірній сесії (це буде не раніше 18:00 за місцевим часом або 3:00 понеділка, 11 березня, за Києвом).

Біатлон: Бьо достроково виграв Кубок світу – попри програш Підручному

Норвезький біатлоніст Йоганнес Тінгнес Бьо достроково здобув перемогу в загальному заліку Кубка світу. Попри те, що лідер сезону програв гонку переслідування на чемпіонаті світу українцеві Дмитру Підручному, відрив Бьо від решти конкурентів у боротьбі за Великий кришталевий глобус за підсумками сезону став нездоланним.

В активі норвежця стало 1050 очок. Згідно з правилами змагань, за підсумками сезону з балів спортсмена віднімаються два найгірших результати. У Бьо це 0 і 32 бали. Після гонки переслідування перевага Бьо над найближчим переслідувачем, росіянином Олександром Логіновим, становить 317 балів. До кінця сезону біатлоністи проведуть ще п’ять гонок, в яких можна набрати 60 очок.

Після перемоги в гонці переслідування на чемпіонаті світу в шведському Остерсунді українець Дмитро Підручний назвав «великою честю», що саме йому «вдалося «вкрасти» в Йоганнеса золото»

US-Backed Forces Launch Final Assault to Wipe Out IS Enclave

Clashes and fierce fighting are being reported in northeastern Syria, where U.S.-backed forces say their final assault on the Islamic State terror group enclave of Baghuz is underway.

A spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces made the announcement on social media Sunday, writing the offensive to wipe out the last remnant of the terror group’s self-declared caliphate resumed at 6 p.m. local time.

Earlier, he tweeted the last chance for any fighters or civilians still holding out in the small path of land on the banks of the Euphrates River to leave had come and gone.

“The timeline that we give it for ISIS to surrender themselves is over,” the SDF’s Mustafa Bali wrote, using an acronym for the terror group.

The SDF is “ready now to start and finish what is left in ISIS hands,” he added.

Officials with both the SDF and the United States are expecting a difficult battle over the collection of tents and wrecked buildings spanning no more than 1.6 square kilometers on the outskirts of the northeastern Syrian town of Baghuz.

They say IS has been using a network of tunnels, caves and trenches to hide and launch counter attacks. They describe the tunnel system as complex, extending possibly for more than two kilometers, and rigged with explosives and booby traps.

There are also questions about how many IS fighters are left to defend the last shred of the terror group’s self-declared caliphate.

In late February, SDF officials estimated that no more than 1,000 people remained the bombed-out farming community on the banks of the Euphrates River, including perhaps 300 of the terror group’s most hardened and devoted fighters.

But as more than 20,000 civilians and fighters have emerged from the area to surrender over the past week, taking advantage of a brief cease-fire, they have been forced to reassess their estimates. Officials now say it is possible thousands of IS fighters are still there, prepared to fight to the death.

“We have been consistently wrong as have our SDF [Syrian Democratic Force] partners on how big this is,” a senior U.S. defense official said Friday.

“The number of civilians coming out of Baghuz has exceeded any prediction of humanitarian actors,” Hedinn Halldorsson, with the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Damascus, told VOA late last week.

Yet as surprising as the numbers have been, U.S. defense officials do not believe it is an accident or a happenstance of the campaign to liberate this part of Syria from IS rule.

“What we are seeing now is not the surrender of ISIS as an organization but a calculated decision,” the commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, Gen. Joseph Votel, told U.S. lawmakers Thursday.

He, and other officials, warn IS’ goal is to preserve as much of the group’s capabilities as possible as it completes a transition from an almost traditional army to a clandestine insurgency, counting on every man, woman and child to do their part.

“The vast majority of these are assessed not to be innocent civilians,” the senior defense official said of the thousands of stragglers who evacuated Baghuz in recent days.

The prolonged battle to wrest Baghuz from the control of IS has played out as U.S. President Donald trump has repeatedly declared victory over IS and its caliphate.

“We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency,” he tweeted Dec. 19, 2018, adding in a video released by the White House that “we have beaten them and we have beaten them badly.”

Most recently, on February 28, he told troops at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska of the self-declared caliphate’s demise, “You kept hearing it was 90 percent, 92 percent, the caliphate in Syria. Now it’s 100 percent.”

“We have the whole thing,” he added.

Trump’s national security adviser defended the president’s comments Sunday.

“The president has been, I think, as clear as clear can be when he talks about the defeat of the ISIS territorial caliphate,” Bolton said told ABC News’ “This Week.” “He has never said that the elimination of the territorial caliphate means the end of ISIS in total. We know that’s not the case.”

“We know right now that there are ISIS fighters scattered still around Syria and Iraq and that ISIS itself is growing in other parts of the world,” Bolton added. “The ISIS threat will remain”

Despite losing administrative control over almost all the land it once held in Syria and Iraq, U.S. defense officials warns IS still has “tens of thousands” of fighters working either as part of sleeper cells or as part of an active, clandestine insurgency.

A series of reports issued starting last year warned IS could have as many as 30,000 followers and fighters in Syria and Iraq, with officials cautioning they remain “well-positioned” to rebuild a physical caliphate.

US: ‘No Illusions’ about Possible N. Korean Missile Activity

The White House said Sunday it does not “have any illusions” about whether North Korea is preparing to resume missile testing, but refused to assess commercial satellite imagery suggesting Pyongyang is assembling a new rocket.

National security adviser John Bolton told ABC News the U.S. watches North Korea “constantly,” but added, “I’m not going to speculate on what that commercial satellite imagery shows.”

The Feb. 22 imagery seems to show new North Korean missile activity at an assembly operation, but Bolton said the U.S.”relies on its own” satellite surveillance and draws its conclusions from those images.

“We see exactly what they’re doing,” he said. “We look every day at the intelligence. I don’t want to get into speculation as to what they’re doing.”

After last month’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, U.S. President Donald Trump said he trusted Kim’s pledge to him that he would not resume nuclear or missile testing.

Bolton said that Trump “is confident in his relations with Kim Jong Un.”

Asked about the commercial satellite images on Friday, Trump said he would be “very disappointed” if North Korea resumed nuclear testing. He said he has greatly improved U.S. relations with North Korea during his time in office.

“Look, when I came in,” he said, “under the Obama administration, North Korea was a disaster. You were going to war, folks, whether you know it or not. . . . I inherited a mess.”

He continued, “Right now you have no testing, you have no nothing. Let’s see what happens, but I would be very disappointed if I saw testing.”

North Korean state media said for the first time on Friday that the summit late last month made no advances and its people were blaming the U.S. for the lack of an agreement.

Trump and Kim met in Vietnam in a summit meant to reach an agreement on North Korean denuclearization. But the meeting collapsed over an impasse over how many weapons sites North Korea would shut down and the extent of economic sanctions relief the U.S. would offer in return.

Following the summit, South Korean newspapers reported there was evidence of new activity at the Sohae long-range rocket site, a site Kim agreed last year to shut down as part of confidence-building measures with the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Center of Christianity Has its First Mormon Temple

Europe’s largest Mormon temple will be dedicated over three days starting Sunday. Russell Nelson, president of the world’s 16 million Mormons, will be in Rome for the dedication ceremonies. No expense has been spared on Italy’s first temple, a magnificence, Mormons say, that is justified by faith.

The entire leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, widely known as the Mormon Church, has for the first time gathered outside of the United States for a very special occasion, the dedication of its temple in the eternal city. For the more than 25,000 Italian Mormons and the many others who will travel to Rome, this temple has special significance, as Italy’s representative of the Mormons, Alessandro Dini-Ciacci explains.

“Rome is the center of Christianity. Here’s where the apostles Peter and Paul, the early apostles of the Church of Christ came to preach and bear their testimony. We are followers of Jesus Christ. We love the Savior,” says Dini-Ciacci. “The temple we just built as a statement of our belief in Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world in our belief that life goes on after we die and that families can be together. That is the focus of our temples. The ordinances that bind families together.”

 

The Mormons have 162 temples in different parts of the world and 40 more have already been announced for a church growing in numbers. No expense was spared for Rome’s towering white “house of the Lord.”

“The temple was built with the finest materials, is very refined, as our offering of love. Our show of love for the Savior and his father. That’s why we choose the best materials possible,” said Dini-Ciacci. “There’s Carrara marbles, stained glass, fine fabrics. It is all a tribute to our heavenly father.”

 

Elder Dini-Ciacci said it took a decade to build the 3,800 square meter temple.

He would not give a figure for how much the temple cost but simply said “it’s a cost of faith.” One of the 10 commandments of the Mormons, he added, is to keep the law of tithing which allows the church to pay for temples and all operations. He said the money spent on temples is far less than what the Church spends on humanitarian aid.

 

Members of the Church abide by rules which include chastity outside of marriage.

 

“We keep the Ten Commandments. We ask people to treat their bodies as temples. So we ask them not to pollute them with drugs or alcoholic beverages. We ask them not to smoke. That is what we believe was revealed to one of our prophets for the benefit of all out members,” said Dini-Ciacci.

 

The church’s leader, Prophet Russel Nelson, met with Pope Francis on Saturday at the Vatican. It was the first time a head of the Church of Latter Day Saints met with a pope. While the two churches differ in doctrine, they share concerns like human suffering, the importance of religious liberty and of building bridges of friendship.

 

 

 

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Are Engaged

Jennifer Lopez said yes to Alex Rodriguez’s proposal, and with the rock he presented, who could say no?

The couple posted an Instagram photo of their hands with a massive engagement ring on Lopez’s ring finger. The former Yankees shortstop captioned his photo with “she said yes” and a heart emoji.

 

The couple has been dating since early 2017 and later that year landed on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine with their celebrity couple nickname, J-Rod.

 

In January, Rodriguez told The Associated Press that he and Lopez had similar backgrounds and her latest film “Second Act” reflected the ties that drew them together.

 

“It really resembles a lot of the arc that Jennifer and I lived in our life: Both born in New York, both come from immigrant parents, both have two children, both Latino Americano — her from Puerto Rico, me from Dominican Republic. We’ve been through our ups and downs, but here we are in our 40s and trying to live the best lives possible and, at the same time, give back and pay it forward,” Rodriguez said.

 

It will be Lopez’s fourth marriage and Rodriguez’s second. Each has two children from previous marriages.