«Динамо» і «Ворскла» завершать груповий турнір Ліги Європи

Київське «Динамо» та полтавська «Ворскла» проведуть 13 грудня останні поєдинки групового турніру Ліги Європи. Для обох команд ці матчі не мають вирішального турнірного значення: кияни вже оформили вихід до 1/16 фіналу змагання, полтавці припиняють участь у Лізі Європи.

О 19:55 на НСК «Олімпійський» у засніженому Києві динамівці розпочнуть гру з чеським «Яблонцем». Після перемоги над «Астаною» команда Олександра Хацкевича має 11 очок і посідає перше місце в групі К, випереджаючи казахстанського чемпіона на три бали. Сьогоднішній суперник киян, «Яблонець», набрав лише два очки і є останнім у квартеті. Друге місце в групі розіграють французький «Ренн» і «Астана» – французів сьогодні влаштує лише перемога.

«Ворскла» завершить виступи в групі Е матчем у Португалії проти «Спортинга», початок гри о 22:00. Полтавці після п’яти турів мають три очки, стільки ж набрав азербайджанський «Карабах», із яким «Ворскла» обмінялася перемогами. Від другого місця, на якому перебуває португальський клуб, полтавців відділяє сім очок. Першим у квартеті з 13 балами є англійський «Арсенал».

12 грудня за результатами групового турніру Ліги чемпіонів до числа учасників 1/16 фіналу Ліги Європи приєднався донецький «Шахтар».

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Справа про допінг: поліція Австрії хоче допитати російських біатлоністів

Австрійські поліцейські 12 грудня прийшли до розташування збірної Росії з біатлону в містечку Хохфільцен, де сьогодні стартує другий етап Кубка світу, повідомив російський біатлонний коментатор Дмитро Губернієв.

У мережі Instagram він оприлюднив список осіб, яких прагне допитати поліція Австрії. Серед біатлоністів це Антон Шипулін, Олексій Волков, Олександр Логінов, Євген Гаранічев та Ірина Старих. Також у списку фігурують тренер Олександр Касперович, четверо лікарів та масажистів.

Губернієв вказав, що поліцію Австрії цікавить імовірне порушення антидопінгових правил під час чемпіонату світу в Хохфільцені в 2017 році. Сайт Союзу біатлоністів Росії вказує, що поліція Австрії вже висунула звинувачення росіянам.

Президент Союзу біатлоністів Росії Володимир Драчов заявив, що наразі «мало інформації про те, що трапилося, які звинувачення нам висувають».

«Ми зв’язалися з російським посольством в Австрії, підключили адвокатів. Сподіваюся, що годині об 11-й за Москвою (10:00 за Києвом – ред.) ситуація стане більш зрозумілою», – зазначив Драчов.

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Dogs Pose with Santa for Christmas Photos

The dogs were primped, pampered and posed like fashion models before their big moment in front of the camera. A pair of matching, elegant-looking pups decked out with black velvet and rhinestone collars looked like they should belong to the Kardashians. 

About 100 dogs got their pictures taken with Santa Claus by a professional pet photographer at Dogma Gourmet Dog Bakery and Boutique in Arlington, Virginia. From large Golden Retrievers to pint-sized Chihuahuas, the pups were dressed for the holidays.

“I like the ones where you can see the interaction where the dog looks like he’s having a conversation quietly with Santa,” said professional pet photographer, Jeannie Taylor. “They’re part of the family. They should have their Santa photos, just as they should be part of family photos.”

“It’s fun, it’s festive and making memories,” said Sheena Cole who came with her Corgi to the annual event.

Annual event for some

Some people bring their dogs every year, including Brian Rose who arrived with two Schnauzers he calls his kids. 

“We get the girls dressed up in their little ribbons and see all the other dogs in their costumes,” he said.

They included canines wearing a Santa hat or dressed as elves. Alycia Foley wanted the Santa picture with her bulldog Quincy to reflect both Christmas and Hanukkah. 

“I put a yamaka and scarf on him for Hanukkah because I’m Jewish. I celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah, so I wanted him to celebrate both.”

Money to charities

A large portion of the $25 cost for each photo is donated to several local dog rescue groups. Zach Klipple with Vindictive Pit Bull Rescue said the money goes to buy items like food, toys, crates and kennels.

​Many of the dogs at the event were rescues. Melinda Thalor, who calls herself a pet grandparent, asked her daughter’s rescue dog, “to show me your smile.” 

“The support this event gives to the animals is wonderful. We’ve always had rescue dogs and they’re the best kind,” Thalor said.

Say ‘cheese’

During the photo shoots it was a challenge to get the dogs to stay still, so Taylor and her assistant used innovative ways to get their attention, which seemed to do the trick.

“We make sounds that are out of the norm of their daily routine — high pitch squeaky toys, and weird noises with our mouths,” Taylor explained.

While some dogs enjoyed the attention, others tried to make a bolt for the door.

“Let’s get out of here,” said Santa laughing, reflecting on what the dogs must be thinking.

Santa knows

Jim Greer, who for years has played Santa for both children and dogs, said the pups can be like kids, too.

“Some of them will jump up in your lap. Others will run away from you. I get one once in a while that will bark at me. I’ve been nipped at a couple of times, but I haven’t been bitten, and hopefully we can keep it that way,” he said and laughed.

Penny Edwards and her 3-year-old daughter came in their matching pajamas, along with their brown-and-white dog named Blue. The little girl told Santa what she would like for Christmas, and said Blue told Santa he wanted cheese and a ball. 

Pet parent Amy Kessler is looking forward to sending Christmas cards with her cute white dog’s photo to friends and family.

“He’s so happy and smiling and it cheers everyone up, I think, to see a little pup with Santa,” she said with a smile. 

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EU to Offer Ukraine Help Over Azov Sea at Summit 

European Union leaders will offer Ukraine help for its regions affected by Russia’s actions in the Azov Sea when they meet Thursday, according to a draft summit statement seen by Reuters on Wednesday. 

But there is no mention of consideration of further sanctions against Russia, reflecting division among member states. Diplomats expect a rollover of existing sanctions but no consensus on increases sought by more hawkish governments. 

Condemning Russia, the EU will reiterate its support for Ukrainian sovereignty over Crimea’s 2014 annexation by Moscow and — referring to the capture of Ukrainian naval vessels off Crimea last month — said: “There is no justification for the use of military force by Russia.” 

The statement demanded the release of Ukrainian sailors seized during the incident, the return of their vessels and free passage to all ships passing through the Kerch Strait. 

It concluded with the offer of financial and other measures to help areas of eastern Ukraine whose maritime access was affected by Moscow’s action. 

“The EU stands ready to adopt measures to strengthen further its support in favor of the affected areas of Ukraine,” the statement said. 

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met summit chair Donald Tusk in Brussels on Wednesday and will hold talks at NATO headquarters in the city on Thursday. EU leaders will discuss Ukraine and Russia over a summit dinner later in the day.

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Hungary Creates New Court System Under Government Control

Hungary’s parliament has approved the creation of a new court system to deal with matters related to public administration, giving Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government close control over what will become a crucial part of the judiciary.

According to the bill approved Wednesday, the justice minister will have final say over the appointment, promotion and salary of judges in the new system, which could hear cases on a wide range of matters, including those involving the police, tax authorities, public procurement procedures, local governments, elections and media issues.

Critics say the minister’s prerogatives call into question the independence of the judges and the impartiality of their rulings in matters in which the government or the state is part of a court case.

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee civic group said the new court system allows the government “to `legally’ fill the judicial body with people loyal to it.”

The new court system is set to begin hearing cases from 2020. It’s expected to be led by Andras Patyi, a former head of the National Election Committee, who earlier this year could be seen apologizing to Prime Minister Viktor Orban for fining him after Orban twice campaigned among children without their parents’ consent ahead of the April 2018 elections.

The new court system “is a political decision with which the government is trying to increase its influence over the courts,” said David Vig, director of Amnesty International’s Hungary office. “The step fits in well with the government’s measures constantly reducing the state of law.”

Hungary is currently facing a legal process launched by the European Union because of EU concerns about risks in Hungary to the rule of law and democratic values. Hungary could lose its EU voting rights as a result of the Article 7 procedure, though that is unlikely.

Since Orban’s return to power in 2010, Hungary has had to reverse or amend changes to the judicial system — including the lowering of judges’ retirement age — after pressure from the EU. Poland, whose government is closely allied with Orban, is also facing an Article 7 procedure because of concerns about judicial independence there.

The Helsinki Committee called on lawmakers, to no avail, to refrain from voting on the new court system until the Venice Commission, a group of experts advising the Council of Europe, issues its opinion about the new court setup.

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Russian Nuclear-Capable Bombers Fly Over Caribbean Sea

The Russian military says two of its nuclear-capable strategic bombers were flown over the Caribbean Sea during a 10-hour training mission.

A pair of Tu-160 bombers arrived Monday at Maiquetia airport outside Caracas. The Russian Defense Ministry said they were escorted by Venezuelan fighter jets during part of the training mission Wednesday to practice interaction.

The Tu-160 is capable of carrying conventional or nuclear-tipped cruise missiles with a range of 5,500 kilometers (3,410 miles).

The Russian bombers’ deployment came as Russia-U.S. relations have worsened because of the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and other issues.

Russia has bristled at U.S. and its NATO allies deploying troops and weapons near its borders.

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‘A Star Is Born’ Tops SAG Awards Nominations, Snubs Abound

“A Star Is Born” led nominations for the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nods including best ensemble on Wednesday, firmly establishing Bradley Cooper’s romantic revival as this year’s Academy Awards front runner.

In nominations announced in West Hollywood, Calif., the actors guild — one of the most predictive bellwethers of the Oscars — threw cold water on the awards campaigns of numerous contenders while elevating others. But “A Star Is Born” fared the best of all, landing nominations for Cooper (best male actor), Lady Gaga (best female actor) and Sam Elliott (best supporting male actor).

The other nominees for the group’s top award, best ensemble, were: “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “BlacKkKlansman” and “Crazy Rich Asians.”

That category is the most closely watched because only once in the last two decades has the eventual Oscars best picture winner not been nominated for best ensemble at the SAG Awards. The one aberration, though, was last year, when Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” overcame the SAG omission on its way to winning best picture.

Unless a new trend is forming, that’s worrisome news for Oscar hopefuls like “Vice,” Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic (which led last week’s Golden Globe nominations); Alfonso Cuaron’s Netflix drama “Roma” (the overwhelming choice of critics groups); and the 1962 road trip “Green Book.”

“Vice” still scored SAG nods for Christian Bale and Amy Adams, just as “Green Book” won nominations for Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali.

But “Roma” was shut out entirely, as was Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong drama “First Man” and Barry Jenkins’ Harlem love story “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Most expected Regina King of “Beale Street” to be among the supporting female actor nominees.

Instead, Wednesday’s nominations gave an unlikely boost to “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the Freddie Mercury biopic that has been a hit with audiences but was slammed by critics. Despite being widely viewed as a riveting one-man show by Rami Malek, the film ended up nominated for its ensemble cast. Malek was also nominated for best actor.

The screen actors appeared to favor big ticket sellers over smaller independent ensembles.

Ryan Coogler’s comic-book sensation “Black Panther” also landed a nomination for its stunt ensemble team. Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” scored nods for both John David Washington and Adam Driver. “Crazy Rich Asians” co-star Awkwafina, a presenter Wednesday morning, has the unusual pleasure of announcing the hit romantic comedy’s ensemble nomination. “It was all me,” she joked.

Yorgos Lanthimos’ period romp “The Favourite” failed to crack best ensemble, but its three leads — Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone — were all nominated, as expected. Stone added a second nod for her performance in the Netflix miniseries “Maniac.”


 Emily Blunt also scored two nominations herself: one for her lead performance in “Mary Poppins Returns” and one for her supporting role in “A Quiet Place.”

The other best female performance nominees alongside Blunt, Lady Gaga and Colman were Glenn Close (“The Wife”) and Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)

Blunt’s nomination for “A Quiet Place” was among the nominations’ many surprises, as was Margot Robbie’s supporting turn as Queen Elizabeth in “Mary Queen of Scots.”

Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”) scored his second straight SAG nomination for his supporting performance in the addiction drama “Beautiful Boy.” Rounding out the category alongside Ali, Driver and Elliott was Richard E. Grant for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Usually, about 15 of the SAG’s 20 individual acting nominees line up exactly with the eventual Oscar field.

In television categories, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Ozark” led with four nominations each. “Barry,” “GLOW,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Kominsky Method” trailed close behind with three nominations each.

Up for best ensemble in comedy are “Atlanta,” “Barry,” “GLOW,” “The Kominsky Method” and “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.” The drama series ensemble nominees went to: “The Americans,” “Better Call Saul,” “The Haidmaid’s Tale,” “Ozark” and “This Is Us.”

Though Netflix was nearly shut out on the film side (its lone nomination was for the stunt ensemble of “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”), it dominated the television categories with 15 total nods.

The SAG Awards will be held Jan. 27 and broadcast live by TNT and TBS. This year’s show will honor Alan Alda with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

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Sports, Deaths Among 2018’s Top Google Searches

Sports, disaster and death were among the top searches on Google last year.

Each December, the technology company releases it’s top trending searches of the year. Topics that drew the interest of Americans included the World Cup, Hurricane Florence and three people who died in 2018 — rapper Mac Miller, designer Kate Spade and TV host and author Anthony Bourdain.

Google does not come up with its lists based on the number of total searches. Instead, the company looks at the search terms that enjoyed the highest spike compared to the previous year.

“Black Panther” topped the list of most searched movies, while rising stars in the Democratic party dominated the list of most searched politicians.

Here are the Top 10:

1. World Cup

2. Hurricane Florence

3. Mac Miller

4. Kate Spade

5. Anthony Bourdain

6. Black Panther

7. Mega Millions Results

8. Stan Lee

9. Demi Lovato

10. Election Results

Other categories include:


1. World Cup

2. Hurricane Florence

3. Mega Millions

4. Election Results

5. Hurricane Michael


1. Demi Lovato

2. Meghan Markle

3. Brett Kavanaugh

4. Logan Paul

5. Khloe Kardashian


1. Stacey Abrams

2. Beto O’Rourke

3. Ted Cruz

4. Andrew Gillum

5. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez


1. Black Panther

2. Incredibles 2

3. Deadpool 2

4. Avengers: Infinity War

5. A Quiet Place

All of the 2018 Google top trending search lists can be found here.

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Два Різдва і Новий рік: скільки відпочиватимуть українці

У період із 23 грудня до 7 січня українці відпочиватимуть дев’ять днів, а працюватимуть сім. Такий порядок своїм розпорядженням визначив український уряд.

Святкові вихідні розпочнуться із Різдва за Григоріанським календарем. 23,24 і 25 грудня є офіційними вихідними днями. За понеділок, 24 грудня, доведеться відпрацювати в суботу 22 грудня.

Після чотириденного робочого тижня на Новий рік українці відпочиватимуть теж три дні – 30 і 31 грудня 2018 року та 1 січня 2019 року. Однак за понеділок, 31 грудня, доведеться відпрацювати 29 грудня, в суботу.

На Різдво за Юліанським календарем вихідні припадають на 5,6 і 7 січня 2019 року.

У звичний робочий графік українці повернуться з вівторка, 8 січня. Саме на цей день призначений і початок третьої навчальної чверті в українських школах. Розпочнуться шкільні канікули 22 грудня.

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Ліга чемпіонів: тренер «Ліона» порівняв «Шахтар» із «Барселоною»

Головний тренер французького футбольного клубу «Ліон» Брюно Женезьйо порівняв сьогоднішнього суперника в Лізі чемпіонів, донецький «Шахтар», із грандом європейського футболу – «Барселоною».

«Шахтар» розглядається нами як складний суперник. Можу навіть порівняти цю команду з «Барселоною». Тому ми готуємось серйозно. Відзначу також, що «Шахтар» полюбляє володіти м’ячем, гравцям подобається створювати дуже непрості комбінації для просування м’яча, у складі сильні особистості, наприклад, Ісмаїлі, Марлос і Тайсон», – цитує слова французького фахівця на передматчевій прес-конференції офіційний сайт «Шахтаря».

Наставник «Шахтаря» Паулу Фонсека перед грою подякував керівництву київського «Динамо» за дозвіл зіграти в Києві на НСК «Олімпійський» (на стадіоні «Металіст» у Харкові заборонила грати УЄФА через запровадження воєнного стану на частині території України). Португальський тренер, що у «Шахтарі» «підготували найкращу стратегію для перемоги». Він також вказав, що раніше травмовані гравці основного складу Марлос, Ракицький і Тайсон готові до гри.

Перед вирішальним поєдинком «Ліон» іде другим у групі F, маючи сім очок. У гірників є п’ять балів, лише перемога гарантує «Шахтарю» місце в 1/8 фіналу Ліги чемпіонів.

Матч відбудеться 12 грудня на НСК «Олімпійський» у Києві. Стартовий свисток має пролунати о 22:00. Гру в прямому ефірі покаже телеканал «Футбол 2».

Наразі визначилися 15 із 16 учасників плей-оф Ліги чемпіонів.

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