OSLO: A spy, a far away visitor or a fugitive on the run? A mysterious Beluga whale, caught wearing a suspicious harness, has ignited the imaginations of Norwegians who have yet to receive answers.The whale has been delighting locals in the area of Finnmark in the far north of Norway for the last week.But more than a week after it was first spotted by fishermen in the Arctic waters off the coast of northern Norway its origin remains unknown.When Jorgen Ree Wiig, a marine biologist working with the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries tracked down the mammal with the help of a fisherman and two colleagues on April 26, they managed to remove an obviously man-made harness attached to it.The harness had a mount suited for an action camera and the text "Equipment St Petersburg" printed on the plastic clasps.Wiig told AFP on Friday (May 3) he believed the whale could have come from neighbouring Russia, where he believed it might have escaped an enclosure."The whale is so calm around … [Read more...] about ‘Russian’ whale leads to espionage speculations in Norway
Ivanka and Jared. Sun King splendor and SoCal chic. Soft breezes -- and hard numbers. Yes, this must be Milken Fest. Each April, billionaires and mere multimillionaires flock to Beverly Hills to mingle, think deep thoughts and buff their platinum Rolodexes. And so this week, the private jets returned again, carrying a Who’s Who of Wall Street financiers, technorati and Washington insiders to the annual Milken Institute Global Conference. As even mere mortals know, the after-party is where the real action happens. And so it is at the Davos of the West, where Michael Milken, once of junk-bond infamy, has presided in Hollywood splendor for more than two decades. Some 4,000 masters of the universe -- and those cozying up to them -- have descended upon the conference, which runs through Wednesday. The days are filled with panels on reinventing the financial sector, navigating the impacts of Brexit, combating obesity in the workplace, dealing with cyber attacks by foreign governments … [Read more...] about Life on Milken’s edges: After-parties, yoga at dawn, puppies
Sport The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Tuesday it had retrieved more than 2,000 samples from a tainted Moscow laboratory that will be used to strengthen cases against athletes who may have cheated. 01 May 2019 02:45AM Bookmark REUTERS: The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Tuesday it had retrieved more than 2,000 samples from a tainted Moscow laboratory that will be used to strengthen cases against athletes who may have cheated.WADA said in a statement a five-person team retrieved 2,262 samples from the laboratory, which had been split into A and B samples contained within 4,524 collection bottles.All samples targeted in advance of the mission were located and extracted and are currently being sent to a WADA-accredited laboratory outside of Russia."These samples will be used to strengthen cases against those who may have cheated and may exonerate athletes who have not committed an anti-doping rule violation," WADA Intelligence and Investigations … [Read more...] about WADA retrieves more than 2,000 samples from tainted Moscow lab
Gilas thinks twice on Russian invite Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) - April 30, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — It’s a welcome invitation but SBP president Al Panlilio said the other day the offer for Gilas to play in Russia as a warm-up for this year’s FIBA World Cup will be re-evaluated considering the visit involves a single practice game in a venue eight hours away from Moscow. The Russian Basketball Federation tendered the invitation which the SBP initially accepted. Panlilio said he brought up the matter to the PBA Board. “Russia’s inviting us actually,” he said. “We’re reassessing our position because it’s only for one game and it’s quite a trip. We’re looking at other options. If it pushes through, we’d like to play a series of games with the Russian national squad and Russian club teams.” Russia is one of 12 European countries that … [Read more...] about Gilas thinks twice on Russian invite
By Thomas Walkom National Affairs Columnist Mon., April 29, 2019 Vladimir Putin has just made the North Korean situation more complicated. But the Russian president may have also opened up a new pathway to sidestep the current impasse between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and America’s Donald Trump. Putin has done this by the simple action of reinserting himself into the middle of the on-again off-again Korean nuclear crisis. His first-ever meeting with Kim last week in the Russian city of Vladivostok served as a signal that Moscow expects to be a part of any negotiations involving the Korean Peninsula. Up to now, Putin has lain low and let others take the lead. Russia has supported, in theory at least, U.S.-led sanctions aimed at forcing North Korea to end its nuclear missile program. At the same time, Moscow has supported Chinese efforts to try and end the conflict between Washington and Pyongyang on a step-by-step basis in which each side agrees to … [Read more...] about Will Putin help or hurt situation with North Korea?