Пісня Джамали потрапила до «топ-10» двох чартів Великої Британії

Пісня української співачки кримськотатарського походження Джамали Solo потрапила в «топ-10» двох музичних чартів Великої Британії.

Як написала співачка на своїй сторінці в Instagram-і, її сингл зайняв сьоме місце в чарті Upfront Club 30 і восьме – в чарті Commercial Pop Top 30.

Джамала додала, що в травні на цю пісню вийде кліп.

Композиція Solo вийшла 1 лютого, її написали троє американських авторів на чолі з саундпродюсером і композитором Браяном Тоддом, чиї роботи неодноразово отримували мультиплатиновий статус, входили в «тoп-5» хіт-парадів США і Великобританії і номінувалися на «Греммі».

Українська співачка Джамала перемогла на «Євробаченні» в Швеції в 2016 році. Вона виграла, виконавши пісню «1944» про депортацію кримськотатарського народу.

Міжпарламентський союз розгляне українську резолюцію щодо неприпустимості використання найманців та іноземних бойовиків

На 140 сесії Міжпарламентського союзу розглянуть українську резолюцію щодо неприпустимості використання найманців та іноземних бойовиків. Про це повідомив народний депутат Володимир Ємець. Відповідний документ 9 квітня схвалив профільний комітет.

«Це найстаріша міжнародна організація світу. Існує з кінця 19 століття. Аналог ООН, але складається із парламентів світу. Присутні близько 1600 делегатів. Близько сотні керівників парламентів. І от вперше за історію буде голосуватись резолюція авторства України. І боротьба серйозна. Росія на відміну від ПАРЄ тут цвіте і пахне. Прихлєбатєлєй у них вистачає», – написав Ємець у Facebook.

Він зазначив, що фінальне голосування з цього питання відбудеться завтра.

Міжпарламентський союз – міжнародна організація, створена в 1889 році французом Фредеріком Пассі та британцем Рендалом Крімером. Перший постійний форум для політичних багатосторонніх переговорів. Спочатку організація складалася з окремих парламентарів, але з тих пір перетворилася на міжнародну організацію парламентів суверенних держав. Членами союзу є національні парламенти 163 країн, 10 регіональних парламентських асамблей є асоційованими членами організації.

Actress Lori Loughlin Faces New Charge in College Bribery Case

“Full House” star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and 14 other parents were hit Tuesday with a new money laundering charge in the sweeping college admissions bribery scheme.

The move comes a day after fellow actress Felicity Huffman, 12 other parents and a coach agreed to plead guilty — signaling an escalation in the case against the parents who are continuing to fight the allegations against them.

Loughlin and Giannulli were among 33 prominent parents accused of participating in a scheme that involved rigging college entrance exams and bribing coaches at elite universities.

They were arrested last month on a single charge of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. An indictment brought Tuesday adds a charge of money laundering conspiracy against the couple and 14 other parents.

Amy and Gregory Colburn, a California couple accused of paying $25,000 to cheat on their son’s SAT, were indicted on the money laundering and mail fraud conspiracy charges last month.

The parents are accused of paying an admissions consultant, Rick Singer, to cheat on their children’s college entrance exams and get their children admitted as athletic recruits at such elite schools as Georgetown and Yale.

Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew team recruits, even though neither of them played the sport.

They appeared in Boston federal court briefly last week and were not asked to enter a plea. They have not publicly addressed the allegations against them.

Other parents indicted on the new charge Tuesday include Michelle Janavs, whose family developed the microwave snack line Hot Pockets before selling their company, and William McGlashan, who co-founded an investment fund with U2’s Bono in 2017.

Huffman, the 56-year-old Emmy-winner who stared in ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” was accused of paying $15,000 disguised as a charitable donation to have a proctor correct the answers on her daughter’s SAT. She and the 12 other parents agreed to plead guilty Monday to a single charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Prosecutors say they will seek a prison sentence that’s on the low end of between four and 10 months for Huffman.

In her first public comments since her arrest, Huffman took responsibility for her actions and said she would accept the consequences.

“My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her. This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty,” she said after her plea deal was announced.

Uganda Says Arrests Made in Kidnapping of American Tourist

Ugandan police say they have arrested some people over the kidnapping last week of an American tourist who has since been freed.

Police did not specify how many people were arrested but said they are “actively investigating” the kidnapping which took place on April 2 in a national park.  

The victims – Kim Endicott of Costa Mesa, California, and local driver Jean-Paul Mirenge – were freed Sunday. 

Police said the hunt for the kidnappers, including “raids and extensive searches,” is taking place in southwestern Uganda.

U.S. President Donald Trump has urged Ugandan authorities to find the perpetrators.

The kidnappers had demanded a $500,000 ransom after abducting the two at gunpoint.

Ugandan officials say no ransom was paid, but a tourism operator said that money was paid to secure Endicott’s release.

US Congressional Committee Leaders Warn Turkey on F-35, S-400

The leaders of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees warned Turkey on Tuesday that it risked tough sanctions if it pursued plans to purchase Russian S-400 missile defense systems, and they threatened further legislative action.

“By the end of the year, Turkey will have either F-35 advanced fighter aircraft on its soil or a Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile defense system. It will not have both,” Republican Senators Jim Risch and Jim Inhofe and Democratic Senators Bob Menendez and Jack Reed said in a New York Times opinion column.

Risch is chairman of Foreign Relations and Menendez is ranking Democrat. Inhofe chairs Armed Services, where Reed is ranking Democrat.

As committee leaders, the senators have powers such as placing “holds” on major foreign weapons sales and major roles in writing legislation, which could include punishing Turkey if it goes ahead with the S-400 deal.

The senators said Turkey would be sanctioned, as required under U.S. law, if it goes ahead with the S-400 purchase.

“Sanctions will hit Turkey’s economy hard — rattling international markets, scaring away foreign direct investment and crippling Turkey’s aerospace and defense industry,” they said.

The United States and fellow NATO member Turkey have been at loggerheads over Ankara’s decision to purchase the S-400s, which are not compatible with NATO systems. Washington also says Turkey’s purchase of the S-400s would compromise the security of F-35 fighter jets, which are built by Lockheed Martin Corp and use stealth technology.

Turkey produces between 6% and 7% of the F-35.

Trump Praises Egypt’s Sissi Despite Concerns About Human Rights, Russian Arms

U.S. President Donald Trump praised his Egyptian counterpart  Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as a “great president” on Tuesday despite U.S. lawmakers’ concerns about his record on human rights, efforts to keep him in office until 2034 and planned Russian arms purchases.

Egypt’s parliament has proposed constitutional reforms aimed at allowing Sissi to remain in power until 2034, a move criticized by senior U.S. lawmakers and advocacy groups who are also disturbed by Egypt’s repression of human rights.

Asked if he backed the efforts to allow Sissi to potentially stay in power for another 15 years, Trump told reporters: “I think he’s doing a great job. I don’t know about the effort, I can just tell you he is doing a great job … great president.”

Sissi is a former general who came to power after the, military led by him, overthrew Egypt’s first freely elected civilian President Mohamed Morsi in 2013 following mass protests against his rule. Sissi was elected president the following year.

Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous nation, is of strategic importance to the United States because of its peace treaty with Israel and its control of the Suez Canal, a vital waterway for global commerce as well as the U.S. military.

The U.S. Congress has appropriated $1.4 billion in bilateral assistance for Egypt in the current fiscal year, the same amount provided the previous year, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service.

While there continues to be support for aid to Egypt, members of Congress have voiced deep concerns about its reported signing of a $2 billion deal with Russia to buy more than 20 Sukhoi SU-35 fighter jets and weapons for the aircraft.

In a letter released on Monday, leading senators also said Egypt had “unjustly detained more than a dozen Americans,” called for their release, and raised “serious concerns about the erosion of political and human rights.”

The letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was signed by the influential Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Republican chairman Jim Risch, the panel’s senior Democrat Sen.

Bob Menendez as well as 15 other senators.

“We are concerned (about) their deepening relationship with Russia, which also includes the loan that Moscow has provided to construct the nuclear power plant at Dabaa,” it said, referring to a 4,800 megawatt plant aimed to be in service by 2026.

The senators asked Pompeo to request that Sisi “reevaluate these decisions, which risk making his country a Russian dependency once again.”

Egypt and the Soviet Union were close allies until the 1970s, when Cairo moved closer to the United States, which brokered its 1979 peace deal with Israel.

Trump did not directly address the issue of Egypt’s planned Russian arms purchase. He said “a lot of progress has been made … in terms of terrorism and other things with Egypt.”

“We’ve never had a better relationship, Egypt and the United States, than we do right now,” Trump added as the two men spoke to reporters before meeting in the White House Oval Office.

“All the credit goes to you, Mister President,” Sissi responded through an interpreter. “Thank you very much for your support on all fronts.”

Capitol Hill Hearing on Online Hate Sees it Firsthand

A congressional hearing on online hate turned into a vivid demonstration of the problem Tuesday when a YouTube livestream of the proceedings was bombarded with racist and anti-Semitic comments.

YouTube disabled the live chat section of the streaming video about 30 minutes into the hearing because of what it called “hateful comments.”

The incident came as executives at Google and Facebook appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions about the companies’ role in the spread of hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism in the U.S. 

They were joined by leaders of such human rights organizations as the Anti-Defamation League and the Equal Justice Society.

Neil Potts, Facebook director of public policy, and Alexandria Walden, counsel for free expression and human rights at Google, condemned the spread of hate crimes and defended company policies that prohibit material that incites violence or hate.

“There is no place for terrorism or hate on Facebook,” Potts testified. “We remove any content that incites violence.”

The hearing was prompted by the mosque shootings last month in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left 50 people dead. The gunman livestreamed the attacks on Facebook and published a long post online that espoused white supremacist views. 

But controversy over white nationalism and hate speech has dogged online platforms such as Facebook and Google’s YouTube for years. 

In 2017, following the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, tech giants began banishing extremist groups and individuals espousing white supremacist views and support for violence. In March, Facebook extended its ban to white nationalists.

Despite the ban, accounts such as one with the name Aryan Pride were still visible as of late Monday. The account read: “IF YOUR NOT WHITE friend ur own kind cause Im not ur friend.”

On Wednesday a Senate subcommittee will hold a hearing on allegations that companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter are biased against conservatives, an allegation leveled by political figures from President Donald Trump on down. 

The companies have denied any such bias.

 

Неужели в Украине не найдётся патриотов, которые наконец посадят пожизненно грабителя Коломойского

Хозяйственный суд Киева рассматривает иск олигарха Игоря Коломойского о признании недействительным договора купли-продажи государством акций Приватбанка.

9 апреля суд принял к рассмотрению заявление об изменении предмета иска.

Коломойский и кипрская компания Triantal Investments Ltd. дополнили свой иск новыми требованиями к Украине о возвращении каждому из них соответствующего пакета акций Приватбанка.

До национализации Коломойскому принадлежали 41,6572% акций Приватбанка, Triantal Investments Ltd – 16,5748% акций.

Суд также отказал министерству финансов в удовлетворении ходатайств об оставлении искового заявления без рассмотрения.

Минфин ставил под сомнение процессуальную право – и дееспособность кипрской компании, а также указывал на отсутствие в исковом заявлении каких-либо доказательств наличия права собственности Коломойского на простые именные акции Приватбанка.

В декабре 2016 года правительство Украины по предложению Нацбанка и акционеров «Приватбанка», крупнейшими из которых на то время были Игорь Коломойский и Геннадий Боголюбов, принял решение о национализации «Приватбанка».

Банк перешел в государственную собственность, на его докапитализацию в целом государство потратило более 155 миллиардов гривень.

В сентябре 2018 года Окружной административный суд Киева подтвердил правомерность принятого Нацбанком решения об отнесении «Приватбанка» к категории неплатежеспособных, отклонив иск клиента банка.

Сейчас Окружной административный суд Киева рассматривает дело по иску Игоря Коломойського о национализации Приватбанка, следующее заседание назначено на 18 апреля.

Среди ряда исковых требований истец, в частности, просит суд признать противоправным и отменить решение правления НБУ об отнесении Приватбанка к категории неплатежеспособных, решение об утверждении предложения НБУ об участии государства в выведении неплатежеспособного банка из рынка, а также решение ФГВФЛ о введении временной администрации в банке и делегирование полномочий временного администратора соответствующего банка.

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Уряд отримав звернення Порошенка про звільнення голови Одеської ОДА – прем’єр

Кабінет міністрів України отримав звернення від президента Петра Порошенка щодо звільнення Максима Степанова з посади голови Одеської обласної державної адміністрації, повідомив 9 квітня прем’єр Володимир Гройсман.

За його словами, уряд має намір розглянути це звернення 10 квітня.

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