EU fears nationalist gains in Bosnia vote

first_imgDiplomats are keeping a close eye on the elections this Saturday (11 November) in the two regions which make up the country, the Serbian Republic of Srpska and the Croat-Muslim federation.They say the results could affect the mood at the Union-Balkans summit in Zagreb later this month, where leaders from the region hope to celebrate democratic advances made in the wake of Vojislav Kostunica’s stunning defeat of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic last month in neighbouring Yugoslavia.Experts insist improved relations with the West are crucial for Bosnia and other Balkan countries, especially if they expect to receive more financial aid from the EU – and possibly even work towards membership of the bloc. “That is the main carrot for all the reforms here,” said one official working on the ground in Sarajevo. “A big nationalist showing would set that process back.” The voting is expected to produce gains for moderates in Croat and Muslim regions, but the nationalist Serbian Democratic Party (SDS) – founded by indicted war criminal Radovan Karadzic and fostered by Milosevic – could be returned to power in Srpska.Human rights campaigners have tried to prevent the SDS from taking part in the election, but acknowledge that it is too late to stop the party from making gains. “The time-frame is so short that it may be impossible to ban the party,” said Sascha Pichler of the International Crisis Group in Brussels. She also acknowledged that efforts to contain Serbian nationalism often have the opposite of the desired effect, inflaming rather than dampening isolationist sentiment.Staff at the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina have nevertheless been working to boost turnout and dilute support for the nationalists. Experts point out that moderates have been making gradual gains, starting with municipal elections in April, and say even SDS candidates are trying to soften their isolationist rhetoric. As a result, they maintain, success for the party would not necessarily bode ill for the region.“It does not actually matter what happens in the elections as long as the world community continues to push for the Balkan states to live up to the terms of the Dayton accords,” said Nick Whyte of the Centre for European Policy Studies, referring to the 1995 peace agreement.Kostunica, still basking in the positive reception he has been given by the West, has been playing both sides. His recent trip to Bosnia for the funeral of a nationalist poet was a public-relations coup for the SDS. But the new Yugoslav president also promised to improve ties with the Croat-Muslim federation – something which would have been unthinkable a year ago.last_img read more

Austin City Limits Schedule Revealed

first_imgFriday, October 3rd and October 10th: Honda Stage: 08:15 – OutKast 06:15 – Childish Gambino 04:15 – CHVRCHES 02:15 – Jimmy CliffSamsung Galaxy Stage: 08:15 – Beck 06:15 – Foster the People 04:15 – Paolo Nutini 02:15 – Capital CitiesRetailMeNot Stage: 07:15 – Belle & Sebastian 05:15 – St. Vincent 03:15 – Hozier 01:15 – Saints of ValoryMiller Lite Stage: 07:15 – The Glitch Mob 05:15 – Sam Smith 03:15 – Bleachers 01:15 – TemplesAustin Ventures Stage: 07:15 – Blackberry Smoke 05:15 – J. Roddy Waltson & The Business 03:15 – Lake Street Dive 02:00 – Robert Ellis 01:00 – The PreaturesSaturday, October 4th and October 11th:Honda Stage: 08:30 – Skrillex 06:30 – The Avett Brothers 04:30 – Interpol 02:30 – Trombone Shorty & Orleans AvenueSamsung Galaxy Stage: 08:30 – Eminem 06:30 – Lana Del Rey 04:30 – The Head and the Heart 02:30 – RebelutionRetailMeNot Stage: 07:30 – Major Lazer 05:30 – Iggy Azalea 03:30 – tUnE-yArDs 01:30 – Mac DeMarcoMiller Lite Stage: 07:30 – Broken Bells 05:30 – Icona Pop 03:30 – Kodaline 01:30 – ZoeAustin Ventures Stage: 07:30 – Juanes 05:30 – Lucius 03:30 – Polica 02:00 – Falls 01:00 – Benjamin BookerSunday, October 5th and October 12th:Honda Stage: 08:00 – Calvin Harris 06:00 – Spoon 04:00 – Fitz & the Tantrums 02:00 – AFISamsung Galaxy Stage: 08:00 – Pearl Jam 06:00 – The Replacements 04:00 – The Gaslight Anthem 02:00 – KongosRetailMeNot Stage (August 5th only): 07:00 – Chromeo 05:00 – Real Estate 03:00 – Jhene Aiko 01:00 – Vic MensaRetailMeNot Stage (August 12th only): 07:00 – Lorde 05:00 – Chromeo 03:00 – Real Estate 01:00 – Taylor BennettMiller Lite Stage: 07:00 – Zedd 05:00 – Phantogram 03:00 – Grammatik 01:00 – Reuben and the DarkAustin Ventures Stage: 07:00 – Turnpike Troubadours 05:00 – Jenny Lewis 03:00 – Cults 02:00 – Nikki Lane 01:00 – Miniature Tigers Austin City Limits will take place over two weekends this year, Oct. 3rd-5th and 10th-12th, at Zilker Park in Austin, TX. The famed festival has announced its schedule via its Official ACL Festival App, with the website version being available as of Wednesday. For the most part, the schedule for each weekend is identical, with very few exceptions.The annual festival will feature sets from CHVRCHES, Outkast, St. Vincent, Beck, Eminem, Skrillex, Broken Bells, Lorde, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, Major Lazer, Capital Cities, Interpol, The Avett Brothers, and many more. Single-day passes, as well as VIP options are still available at the ACL website. Check out the schedule below.last_img read more

Rutherford returns unopposed as cricket umpires association head

first_imgArleigh Rutherford has returned to the helm of the Georgetown Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association  (GCUSA) with the promise to build on the foundations set. At the elections held on Thursday at Union Hall Building, Woolford Avenue, Rutherford was re-elected unopposed and will have Delvin Austin as his deputy.Karen Bobb-Semple Weatherspoon will serve as secretary of the organisation along with Kelvin Morris as the Treasurer and Stephon Josiah as the Assistant Secretary/Treasurer.Ravishwer Lattif will function in the capacity of Public Relations Officer and the committee members include Guyana Cricket Board Territorial Development Officer and former West Indies cricketer, Colin Stuart, former vice-president of the GCUSA and former Headmaster of Essequibo Islands Secondary, Moses Ramnarine, Heuvel Cunha and Deon Feassal. In his charge for the new year, Rutherford who serves in the capacity of Match Referee expressed his gratitude to those who established the organisation and encouraged all to look upon the sacrifices and hard work done by them in order to see their vision realised.He explained that in the past term, the GCUSA has built closer relations with the cricketing fraternity with continuous umpiring education with the likes of Reon King and Guyana Jaguars captain, Leon Johnson being involved.Rutherford also stated that the body has been assisting umpires to elevate themselves by sitting the regional examinations while for the new year will look to better attend to scorers while trying to enlist more persons to come on board.last_img read more

Deeke, Maas among winners at Eagle

first_imgBy Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (Aug. 27) – Championship Night at Eagle Raceway saw five-year class veteran Dana Deeke win his first local NAPA IMCA Northern SportMod main event.“The track tonight, with the corrections we made, had me very good tonight,” he said. “It was nice and smooth. I really enjoy racing here. The competition is always great.”R.J. Maas was also a first-time winner at Eagle, in the Mountain Dew Kick Start IMCA Sport Com­pacts.“Finally! We had a good track tonight, nice and tacky,” the outside row four starter said. “It was amazing. I started moving up, then when I got to third I started to reel in the 11H (Nick Morris). When he dropped out I started checking the scoreboard to see how many laps were left.”Dustin Andersen topped another Kaplan University IMCA Modified feature. Jason Martin started 12th and finished first in the RaceSaver IMCA Sprint Car feature.Chad Fegley was first across the stripe in the Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock main event.last_img read more