Tag Archives: Ukraine

06Nov/17

U.S. commerce chief Ross says nothing improper about investments

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (NOVEMBER 6, 2017) (BBC) – U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said, in an interview with the BBC on Monday (November 6), there was nothing improper about his investments in a shipping firm with significant ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. Continue reading

30Oct/17

Trump tweets Manafort charges refer to ‘years ago’ before his campaign

INTERNET (OCTOBER 30, 2017) (SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE – TWITTER VIA DONALD TRUMP) – Paul Manafort, a former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, was indicted on charges of money laundering and conspiracy against the United States, the most serious step yet in a special counsel investigation into Russian links with Trump’s 2016 White House campaign. Continue reading

24Oct/17

Pussy Riot protest for political prisoners in Trump Tower

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 23, 2017) (TWITTER/@PUSSYRRRIOT) – Trump Tower was briefly shut on Monday (October 23) after Russian activists Pussy Riot staged a protest in the hotel, activist Maria Alyokhina said on her Facebook page. Continue reading

16May/17

Ukraine imposes sanctions on Russian web firms, citing cyber threat

KIEV, UKRAINE (MAY 16, 2017) (REUTERS) – Ukraine imposed sanctions on Russia’s largest internet group Yandex and other popular online firms on Tuesday (May 16), saying it wanted to guard against cyber attacks, and the Kremlin threatened retaliation. Continue reading

14May/17

Portugal’s Eurovision champion Salvador Sobral says he wants to change music

KIEV, UKRAINE (MAY 14, 2017) (REUTERS) – Portugal’s Salvador Sobral won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday (May 13) performing a jazz-style ballad written by his sister, taking the top spot for the first time in the country’s history and celebrating with a call to “put emotion back into music”. Continue reading

12May/17

“Big 5” nations look ahead to the Eurovision grand final

KIEV, UKRAINE (MAY 12, 2017) (REUTERS) – The “Big 5” nations consisting of Germany, Spain, France, Italy and Great Britain were hopeful on Friday (May 12) ahead of the glitzy Eurovision final in Kiev. Continue reading

26Apr/17

Anti-Putin protesters get a smart phone app to help get out of jail

A smart phone app aims to give anti-Kremlin protesters a helping hand when they are detained by Russian police at demonstrations. Continue reading

06Mar/17

Pendant device turns your voice into text

Ukrainian programmers have developed a device in the shape of a pendant that can record your voice and transcribe it into a text file. Roselle Chen reports.

LVIV, UKRAINE / VARIOUS LOCATIONS, UNITED STATES (REUTERS / SENSTONE INC) – This little pendant packs a lot of punch by making it possible to convert your ideas into text.

Senstone was devised by programmers in the Ukrainian cities of Lviv and Kiev and transforms the user’s voice into notes stored on their phone or tablet.

SENSTONE INC CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, NAZAR FEDORCHUK,

“It’s relatively small. It records your voice once you tap it and converts it into text notes. The good thing about it – it can work anywhere, you can do it on the go while walking, driving, hiking, when your hands are busy or in any other situation.”

SENSTONE DESIGNER, YURIY KYRYLIV,

“Senstone is a sort of alien’s stone which records your thoughts and saves the moment when an idea comes to you and you have a short amount of time to write it down.”

Users press a button, and a series of tiny LEDs flash to indicate that recording is taking place.

Pressing the button again stops the recording.

An app on the user’s phone will sync with the Senstone automatically via Bluetooth.

The sound files are downloaded and speech is automatically transcribed.

The device recognizes twelve languages, including Ukrainian and English.

A Kickstarter campaign that ran to the end of February easily raised the required $50,000 (USD) funding.

06Feb/17

Oliver Stone talks fake news and Trump’s America at awards ceremony

American director and producer Oliver Stone decries fake news and bad diplomacy as he receives award in Los Angeles.

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06Feb/17

Kremlin demands apology from Fox News over Putin comments

The Kremlin is demanding an apology from Fox News Monday, after Bill O’Reilly’s one-on-one interview with President Trump on Super Bowl Sunday, in which the TV host called Russian President Vladimir Putin a ‘killer’. Alva French reports. Continue reading