Discussion highlights conflict in Ukraine

first_imgThe Hesburgh Center for International Studies hosted the event “Dinner and Discussion: The Crisis in Ukraine,” a discussion that focused on Russia, Ukraine and the political and ideological motivations that encompassed them on Tuesday evening.The discussion was led by Russian scholar Alexander Martin and leading international relations scholar Dan Lindley, who are both fellows of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. The pair attempted to explain the historical, political and ideological relationship Russia has with Ukraine, Europe and NATO.Martin said while there are similarities between the crisis in Crimea and the Cold War, there exists a failure to understand the Russian political system.“Russia is not a dictatorship in the sense that you might assume,”  Martin said. “The Russian government is a political machine. It’s a system in which multiple groups have to work together, but that is dominated by a small number of people, particularly Vladimir Putin”.Martin said Russia’s political system is largely influenced by people who occupy positions in the military, police and other occupations relating to defense and security, which is influential in international relations.“The people who dominate the Russian political system are people whose careers have mostly been spent in what Russians call the ‘power ministry,’ [where the] people’s number one concern has been national security. That leads them to view international affairs in terms of threats,” he said.Russia’s history and ideological viewpoint is crucial to understanding the events in Crimea, Martin said, for Russia is not just a nation, but a multinational empire.”[Russia] is a state with a unique purpose and a unique destiny,” Martin said. “Russians see themselves as having a special role or mission that is reflected in Russian orthodoxy and Soviet socialism.”Lindley mainly discussed the relationship between Russia and NATO. NATO created part of the problematic relationship between the U.S and Russia, Lindley said, due to its role in the fall of the Soviet Union.“The U.S looks at events in Crimea and the Ukraine from two main perspectives: liberal internationalism and conservative primacy,” Lindley said.Lindley defined liberal internationalism as an ideology centered on spreading western values and democracy to other countries, while conservative primacy places more importance on America’s relative position of power in the world.  Both views support NATO expansion in countries bordering Russia, yet fail to understand the implications, he said.“Both are wrong and both are dangerous in their approach and explanations to what’s going on.” Lindley said. Tags: alexander martin, Cold War, Crimea, dan lindley, dinner and discussion, Hesburgh Center for International Studies, nanovic institute fellows, nato, power ministry, Russia, russian political system, the crisis in ukraine, Ukrainelast_img read more

The renovating bug took hold for the owners of this former ugly duckling house

first_imgMore from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours ago14 Victoria Ave, Chelmer“What you look for is the ugliest property in the best street and you try and turn it into a nice property,” he said.They bought 14 Victoria Ave in Chelmer four years ago with the goal of turning it into a home that they would feel proud of.“The layout was pretty bad, it had a really small kitchen and the space in the dining room was sort of wasted,” he said.They expanded the kitchen, built a walk-in pantry and a fourth bedroom and renovated the bathrooms.The home was retiled and recarpeted and the backyard was landscaped with a new garden.“It was a pretty big piece of work,” he said. Dan and Keri van Eck with their son Kyle, 2, are selling their home at 14 Victoria Ave, Chelmer. AAP image, John GassFor Dan van Eck a house is more than a home — it is the hobby he sinks his teeth into when he’s not at his desk job.The native New Zealander is an IT worker by day, but by night and weekends he turns unloved homes into modern masterpieces.This Chelmer home is the fifth house that he and his wife Keri have renovated in their spare time to earn some extra cash.Having never learned a trade, he caught the renovation bug when he bought his first unit a decade ago in Auckland and needed to make it more animal friendly for his pet dog.“Then we went from one DIY job to the next and it just grew from there,” he said.Soon the couple realised that this new-found passion could be a tidy little earner in what was a booming Auckland real estate market. 14 Victoria Ave, ChelmerThey did intend to finish the renovation much earlier, but he said the birth of their first child, Kyle, caused a few delays.The home will be auctioned at the Queensland Tennis Centre on Tuesday, February 20 at 6pm by Cameron Crouch and Douglas May from Ray White Sherwood.last_img read more

World Champions Australia beat India in shootout to clinch 14th Champions Trophy title

first_imgIndia were pipped by reigning world champions Australia 1-3 via penalty shoot-out to settle for their maiden silver medal in the Hockey Champions Trophy here on Friday.After the 60 minutes of regulation play remained goalless in the final, Australian goalkeeper Tyler Lovell denied S.K. Uthappa, S.V. Sunil and Surender Kumar in the penalty shoot-out to drive Australia to their 14th Champions Trophy title – most by any side.Harmanpreet Singh was the only scorer for India, while for Australia, Aran Zalewski, Daniel Beale, Simon Orchard succeeded. Indian goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh could only deny Trent Mitton.GRITTY INDIA GAVE IT THEIR ALLHowever, it was India’s best performance in the history of the tournament. India’s previous best performance in the Champions Trophy was a bronze medal in 1982.India, up against the mighty Australians, put up a strong defensive display and showed good counter-attacking skills.Mandeep Singh created the first potent chance in the ninth minute as his speedy run on the right caught the Australians off-guard. His shot at goalkeeper Andrew Charter was deflected to Uthappa but the latter employed a lethargic back-hand strike to waste it as the Australians were less in numbers in front of the goal.Australia broke through the Indian defence in the very next minute, earning a penalty corner. But India saw off four back-to-back penalty corners and in their moment of turnover, earned two penalty corners but they did not bear fruit.SEE-SAW BATTLEAustralia mounted the pressure on India but the latter managed to stay strong, thanks to the heroics of central defender V.R. Raghunath. During a penalty corner defence, the ball kissed the legs of Uthappa, India’s final defender behind goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh, resulting in a penalty stroke in the 18th minute. But Blake Govers hit it wide, much to the relief in the Indian camp.advertisementIndia too earned two penalty corners before the half-time but Australian goalkeeper Andrew Charter denied V.R. Raghunath.India upped the ante in the final few minutes of the third quarter with Mandeep Singh in the centre of the action. India launched a quick counter-attack after defending a penalty corner but Charter rushed out and halted Nikkin Thimmaiah.Later, a by-line cross from Mandeep was deflected away by Jeremy Hayward, who then halted Chinglensana Singh’s speedy run.TYLER LOVELL SAVES THE KOOKABURRASChanged goalkeeper Tyler Lovell then was tested by a reverse-hand strike from Akashdeep Singh, whose direct shot was padded out of danger.Both the teams tried their best but they failed to break the deadlock, taking the game to the shoot-out, where the Australians won and claimed the title for the seventh time in the last 16 years.GERMANY CLINCH BRONZEIn the bronze-medal match, Marco Miltkau’s 40th-minute field goal gave Germany a 1-0 win over hosts Britain. It was the reigning Olympic champions’ seventh bronze medal.The game was fiercely contested, with both sides having far more chances than the score-line would suggest.Britain will rue their failure to register despite having 20 circle entries and 12 shots on target, six of which came in the first quarter.The winning goal arrived in the third quarter, with 25-year-old striker Miltkau scoring his fourth goal of the tournament to seal the bronze medal and condemn the home favourites to a fourth place finish.BELGIUM FINISH FIFTHIn the fifth-sixth classification match, Belgium showed great fighting spirit to fight back from 1-3 down to snatch a 4-3 win over South Korea, ensuring that they would not finish the event as the lowest placed team in the final standings.A second period penalty corner from Simon Gougnard (20th minute) gave Belgium the advantage before South Korean legend Seo Jongho restored parity four minutes later.A third quarter double from Yang Jihun put Korea into a commanding 3-1 lead, although strikes from Gougnard (49th), Tanguy Cosyns (53rd) and Florent van Aubel (54th) turned the result in favour of the Belgians.last_img read more