Poland calls for EU summit on Belarus

first_imgA European official said consultations were underway ahead of a probable statement on the “very serious developments” in Belarus but warned it was “very difficult” to confirm reports from the country because of official restrictions and slow internet.Michel wrote on Twitter that “violence against protesters is not the answer”.”Freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, basic human rights must be upheld,” he said.Belarus borders Russia to the east, Ukraine to the south and EU member states Poland, Lithuania and Latvia to the north and west. In a joint statement on Sunday, Polish President Andrzej Duda and Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda had urged Belarus “to fully recognise and uphold basic democratic standards” including freedom of speech.”We are convinced that closer cooperation with the European Union is in the interest of Belarus… and stand ready to continue to provide further support to Belarus in deepening its relations with the united European family,” they wrote. Topics :center_img Poland on Monday called for an emergency European Union summit on the situation in Belarus after clashes in the night in Minsk over a disputed presidential election.”The authorities have used force against their citizens, who are demanding change in the country. We must support the Belarusian people in their quest for freedom,” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in a statement.Morawiecki said he had written to European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and EU Council President Charles Michel with the request for a summit.last_img read more

Brisbane unit decorated by well-known interior designer for sale

first_imgThe kitchen and dining area inside 2/100 Macquarie St, St Lucia. Picture: realestate.com.au.Think lots of paisley, wallpaper and cushions in strong patterns, a blue and white base colour palette and floral wall art. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThe property is being marketed by Taylor Kleinberg and Simon Caulfield of Place Estate Agents. Anna Spiro at her Birkdale home. Photo: Mark Cranitch.Mr Kleinberg admits the apartment is very much one of a kind.“It’s very unique; a conscious blend of wallpaper and ornaments,” he said. The lounge room at 2/100 Macquarie St, St Lucia. Picture: realestate.com.au.And it’s only a walk to UQ, the CityCat terminal and Toowong Village.It’s scheduled for auction on Thursday, October 26. Interior designer Anna Spiro at her Birkdale home. Photo: Mark Cranitch.LOVE or loathe her work, there’s no denying Anna Spiro has an eye for detail.The well-known Brisbane-based interior designer of Black and Spiro and creative genius behind the boutique hotel Halcyon House has worked her magic on her aunt’s riverfront St Lucia apartment, which is now on the market. One of the bedrooms inside 2/100 Macquarie St, St Lucia. Picture: realestate.com.au.“Even the outdoor tiles are in a light pastel blue to match the walls inside.“It’s really either you love it or not.” center_img The lounge room at 2/100 Macquarie St, St Lucia. Picture: realestate.com.au. Fastest selling suburbs Mortgage stress continues to rise Tenants from hell on the rise The apartment is one of just 14 in a boutique, riverfront complex, which offers a private river deck, pool, spa and gym. One of the bedrooms in the unit at 2/100 Macquarie St, St Lucia. Picture: realestate.com.au.Spiro’s passion for vibrant colour and mix-and-match collections is on show in the three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment at 2/100 Macquarie Street. If you’re a fan of Black and Spiro’s interiors, this is definitely the place for you. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The view from the balcony at 2/100 Macquarie St, St Lucia. Picture: realestate.com.au.last_img read more

Ferguson gives support to Di Canio

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson has admitted he has a soft spot for Paolo Di Canio. “As I wrote the other week, he wears his heart on his sleeve and I like his football philosophy, wanting to play the ball on the ground rather than in the air. “I have this picture in my mind of him being in the technical area pointing to the sky and then the ground in an effort to get his players to keep the ball down. “He has a tough challenge on his hands with his fight to keep Sunderland in the Premier League.” Di Canio faces a baptism of fire at Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, when defeat would send Sunderland hurtling into the relegation zone should Wigan beat QPR. Press Associationcenter_img Di Canio’s appointment as Sunderland manager has been overshadowed by the furore over his links to fascism, which after three days of hot debate, finally triggered a statement from him in which he denied supporting the ideology. Ferguson has not got involved in that particular argument. However, speaking to United Review ahead of Manchester United’s derby encounter with City on Monday, Ferguson said he does like Di Canio’s management philosophy. “I must confess to a liking for the fellow and his approach to the game,” said Ferguson. last_img read more

Phillips still stuck in Australia

first_img(CMC) – Barbados and West Indies left-hander Omar Phillips has been forced to wait even longer before he can return home, after the Australian state of Victoria extended its state of emergency for another four weeks, in response to the continued spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.Australia closed its borders last month to mitigate against rising cases of the virus and while the travel ban does not apply to international departures, several airlines have grounded flights until May-June, leaving hundreds of travellers stranded.Based in Melbourne where he has been playing for Stratmore Cricket Club, the 33-year-old Phillips was scheduled to return home on April 12 but as tension heightened amidst the outbreak, he re-booked his ticket for March 23.However, that flight was subsequently cancelled and attempts to secure a flight for the following day also proved futile.Perhaps the biggest blow to his chances of leaving Australia came earlier this week when Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, extended its shutdown for another four weeks until May 11.“Every day it’s something new so I’ve just got to play by ear at the moment. I’m just waiting on word on when they will start back flights,” Phillips said.“(The club) has been great, (they’ve been) fantastic. It’s a good family club and everyone’s been chipping in and trying to make sure I’m as comfortable as possible because it’s not easy being away especially in this time.“For me, I have to give them top marks because before they realised how serious it was, they had certain measures in place to make sure I was comfortable and they made a promise to my Mom that they would look after me so I really have to tip my hat to them.”Phillips, an opener, played two Tests for West Indies as part of a second-string team during the tumultuous players’ strike of 2009, when Bangladesh toured West Indies.He narrowly missed out on joining an illustrious club of batsmen with centuries on debut when he perished for 94 in the first innings at Arnos Vale in Kingstown.Overall, he has played 57 first-class matches and scored a single hundred but has not featured in the domestic championship in nearly two years.Phillips said he was trying to make the best use of the time while the city remained under the state of emergency.“I’ve been on a couple bike rides out just to get some exercise. The gym I was in do the online fitness courses so it’s been good,” he explained.“Staying indoors can be mentally challenging especially for someone who is not accustomed to being locked indoors all day.”Australia has already recorded nearly 6 500 infections and 63 deaths. Victoria, meanwhile, has reported 1 291 infections and 14 deaths, and Premier Daniel Andrews said he had not yet ruled out extending the curfew “well beyond” the May 11 date.last_img read more