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Punch Electric Motorcycle Is Weird and Oddly Cool

From Minsk The weird motorcycle you see here is from a company in Minsk, Belarus. It has a simplistic design with moderate power and is made by a company called Punch Moto. According to New Atlas, the motorcycle was designed and built by the Belarusian company to be a simple commuter electric motorcycle with a supermoto-like style.  It looks like nothing else on the road, and its fully electric powertrain is slim and fits in the frame well. There’s a unique, kind of abstract artfulness to the b...
Tags: Motorcycles, North America, Minsk, Minsk Belarus, Punch Electric Motorcycle


Police break up new protests in Belarus as Lukashenko warns of foreign plot

Police in Belarus arrested demonstrators and journalists on Friday evening to break up new protests against President Alexander Lukashenko, hours after he blamed foreign plotters for fomenting unrest. For the second evening in a row, protesters had formed a long line through the centre of the capital Minsk in solidarity after the jailing of Viktor Babariko, Lukashenko's main rival in August's presidential election. Lukashenko has ruled with an iron fist for 26 years, but faces his biggest chal...
Tags: News, Belarus, Minsk, Alexander Lukashenko, Lukashenko, Viktor Babariko Lukashenko


Fitness meets AI: This app analyzes all your movements and helps you improve

Forget your personal trainer. Vivafit is a fitness app based on AI-technologies which replaces workouts with a personal trainer. The camera analyzes all the movements during the exercises and adjust them if necessary. The app is available both on iOS and Google Play. Minsk GET IT NextBigWhat profiles interesting products and startups (India + world). If you are building something interesting, submit the details here. The post Fitness meets AI: This app analyz...
Tags: Google, Business, India, Minsk, ProductGeeks, Vivafit


Vladimir Putin Is in Deep Trouble

MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin is suddenly seen to be weaker than he has been in years, and economic pain from COVID-19 is one big reason, but not the only one. “Putin’s approval rating began to decline even before the coronavirus crisis, with oil prices collapsing and the economy deteriorating—and I don’t see what can stop this perfect storm this year,” says Denis Volkov, deputy director of the Levada Center, which does independent polling.Meet Russia’s Dr. Oz, the COVID Skeptic Who Ha...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Africa, West, United States, United Kingdom, Moscow, Belarus, Kremlin, Donald Trump, Transparency International, Minsk, Ukraine Syria, Levada Center


Victory Day: Belarus swaggers on parade as Russians leave Red Square deserted

In a tale of two cities, Moscow keeps its distance while in Minsk, thousands turn out for the traditional military spectacularCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn any other year, hundreds of thousands of Russians would have marched with portraits of relatives who fought in the second world war in a memorial called the Immortal Regiment.But on Saturday, the images of Soviet veterans and their families floated past on Russian television, a public vigil adapted for the era...
Tags: Vladimir Putin, Russia, Infectious Diseases, Second world war, Moscow, Belarus, Minsk, Alexander Lukashenko, Red Square, Coronavirus outbreak


Belarus holds Victory Day parade despite coronavirus threat

Thousands of troops paraded before crowds of spectators in Minsk Saturday to mark 75 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany as Belarus held a celebration of Victory Day despite the coronavirus pandemic. Neighbouring Russia cancelled its Victory Day parade over the pandemic and Belarus was the only ex-Soviet country with reported cases to hold the annual event. President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been dismissive of the pandemic and the "psychosis" around the virus, watched in military unifo...
Tags: News, Germany, Russia, Belarus, Minsk, Alexander Lukashenko


Belarusian football wins fans abroad as locals boycott matches

Minsk (AFP) – As Belarus resists imposing a lockdown to combat the coronavirus, its football league has stumbled into the international limelight as Europe’s only remaining top-flight competition. But players are worried about the health... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
Tags: Europe, Sport, Soccer, Belarus, Afp, Minsk


Leverice is a team messenger app that’s taking aim at information overload

Meet Leverice: A team messenger and collaboration platform that’s aiming to compete with b2b giants like Slack by tackling an issue that continues to plague real-time messaging — namely, ‘always-on’ information overload. This means these tools can feel like they’re eating into productivity as much as aiding it. O r else leave users stressed and overwhelmed about how to stay on top of the work comms firehose.  Leverice’s pitch is that it’s been built from the ground up to offer a better tri...
Tags: Apps, Messenger, Enterprise, Tech, Viber, Whatsapp, Artificial Intelligence, Munich, San Jose, Telegram, Slack, P2p, Messaging Apps, Minsk, Munich Germany, San Jose California


Fears in Belarus over strongman’s defiant virus response

Minsk (AFP) – As most people in Europe are confined to their homes, life goes on as usual in Belarus where even football is continuing — though fears are growing over the leader’s contentious response... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
Tags: Europe, Sport, Soccer, Belarus, Afp, Minsk


Russia's major oil companies resume oil supplies to Belarus in April - sources

Russia's major oil companies, Rosneft, Lukoil and Gazprom, are set to resume Urals crude supplies to Belarus refineries in April after a three month suspension after Moscow and Minsk agreed supply terms, four industry sources familiar with supply plans told Reuters on Monday.
Tags: Money, Russia, businessNews, Moscow, Belarus, Gazprom, Reuters, Minsk, Rosneft Lukoil


Belarus ploughs lone furrow over coronavirus as football league plays on

Minsk (AFP) – As the rest of Europe shuts up shop to combat the new coronavirus, Belarus remains resolutely open for business. Restaurants in the former Soviet Republic continue to serve food, and the country’s... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
Tags: Europe, Sport, Soccer, Belarus, Afp, Minsk, Soviet Republic


Cleaning Up The Hardware

Sturla Holm Lægreid (NOR) at the IBU Open European championships in Minsk (BLR) where he impressed the national team enough to name him to the World Cup team for the sprint race in Nove Mesto (CZE) this weekend. Photo: Nordic Focus Madshus juniors and U23 racers bagged no less than a dozen medals at the 2020 U23 and Junior World Championships in Oberwiesenthal (GER), dominating the tracks in both the individual and team competitions. Starting out, the young Madshus talents earned three medals a...
Tags: News, Sweden, Germany, US, Sport, Skiing, Switzerland, Minsk, Team USA, Harald, Amundsen, Sponsor News, Nove Mesto, Madshus, Harald Østberg Amundsen, Sturla Holm Lægreid


Madshus Racers Clean Up The Medals

The rising Madshus stars racers are posting impressive championships results, while veteran World Cup athletes deliver in Lahti. Starting off, Siri Wigger (SUI) bagged the bronze in the Junior World Championships sprint in Oberwiesenthal (GER) on Saturday, while Matvey Eliseev (RUS) went straight for the gold in the men’s 10km sprint at the biathlon European Championships. Related coverage:    On Sunday, the young Madshus athletes earn three championship medals in one day: Harald Østberg Amun...
Tags: News, Sweden, Russia, Sport, Ukraine, Skiing, Finland, Norway, Fis, Oslo, Minsk, Lahti, Drammen, Sponsor News, Krista Parmakoski, Parmakoski


Russia and Ukraine plan next prisoner swap in March: Kiev

Ukraine said on Sunday it had held talks with the Kremlin on swapping all remaining prisoners from the conflict in east Ukraine, and the next exchange might take place later this month. Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy agreed in December to send prisoners home, and scores were handed over just before the end of the year. The head of the Ukraine president's office, Andriy Yermak, met senior Kremlin official Dmitry Kozak in Minsk, the presidency said.
Tags: News, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Ukraine, Kremlin, Kiev, Minsk, Dmitry Kozak, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Andriy Yermak


10 great bars and cafes near railway stations in Europe: readers’ travel tips

Speedy bites, beer by the litre and ice-cream find a place to shine in cafes and bars, from classic to shabby chic, calling at all stations between Dublin and VilniusInside Vilnius’s unassuming 19th-century socialist-realist station itself is shabby-chic Bar Peronas. It serves excellent local beer (€2.50) alongside solid cocktails; if you’re feeling adventurous, try Herba Devynia, a Lithuanian take on a bitter Italian amaro made from bark, roots, herbs, fruit, blossom and leaves. Seating spills ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Rail Travel, City Breaks, Dublin, Top 10s, Short breaks, Green travel, Europe Holidays, Vilnius, Minsk, Balkan, Tony Soprano, Saint Petersburg, Rob Continue, Public transport trips


Riveters’ Tatiana Shatalova Has an Affinity for Valeri Kharlamov

There is very a specific reason why Metropolitan Riveters’ forward Tatiana Shatalova wears number-17. The NWHL’s youngest player is not only a bit of an old soul, but she is very knowledgeable when it comes to her hockey history as well. Shatalova’s favorite player – her all-time hockey hero – is Soviet legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Valeri Kharlamov. “Yes, Kharlamov is why I wear 17,” said Shatalova. “He is my absolute favorite player! I love everything about him.” Tatiana Shatal...
Tags: Minnesota, Russia, Sport, Canada, Connecticut, Belarus, Red Army, Hockey, NHL, Metro, Montreal Canadiens, Soviet Union, Minsk, NWHL, Boston Pride, Serge Savard


Fresh violence breaks out between Russia and Ukraine

Ukraine (MNN) — The war between Russia and Ukraine drags on, and civilians are caught in the cross-fire. If you haven’t heard anything about the war in Ukraine recently, it’s not because it’s over. A week ago, Russian-backed fighters attacked Ukrainian forces near the town of Zolote. Under artillery fire, the Ukrainians retreated. Read more here.  The attack came 5 years after the Minsk II agreement was supposed to have ended the conflict, and the artillery weapons used in the skirmish wer...
Tags: Russia, US, Ukraine, Christ, Minsk, Eric Mock, SGA, Mock, Slavic Gospel Association SGA, Zolote Under, Wikimedia Commons Since Minsk, Anna `` Anna, Slavic Gospel Association via Facebook Mock


AccuWeather's 2020 Europe spring forecast

The wait is over. AccuWeather's annual spring outlook for Europe is here. The widespread lack of cold air across Europe this winter will continue into the spring, as much of the continent faces above-normal warmth.Severe weather, building drought and periods of stormy weather will also be in the cards for many countries from March through May.Windstorms are not expected to be a major concern as the storm track shifts farther north, with only glancing blows for Ireland and northern parts of t...
Tags: Europe, Science, London, Greece, France, Germany, Russia, Berlin, Spain, Ukraine, Ireland, United Kingdom, Paris, Italy, Portugal, Poland


Ukrainian President Zelensky Vows to End War With Russia, Invites President Trump to Kyiv

(MUNICH) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed Saturday to end the separatist conflict in the east of his country, where fighting between Russia-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops has killed more than 14,000 people since 2014. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Zelensky said he hopes to end the conflict by the end of his presidential term in 2024. “If in five years, we will end the war, bring our people back, then I did (became president) for a reason,” he said. The confli...
Tags: News, Vladimir Putin, White House, Russia, Uncategorized, Joe Biden, Ukraine, Munich, United States, Moscow, Donald Trump, Trump, Minsk, Donbass, Crimean Peninsula, Munich Security Conference


Putin Squeezes Belarus Strongman in Bid to Skirt Term Limits

(Bloomberg) -- Vladimir Putin’s surprise firing of Russia’s government and unveiling of constitutional changes that would weaken the presidency may only be Plan B for retaining power after his final term ends in 2024.In the month before Putin’s Jan. 15 announcement, he’d pushed hard to convince his longer-serving counterpart in Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, to revive a moribund agreement to create a superstate between the neighboring former Soviet republics, two Kremlin officials said.So far, P...
Tags: Europe, News, Putin, Obama, Russia, Bloomberg, Ukraine, West, Middle East, Crimea, Moscow, Belarus, Norway, Gazprom, Kremlin, Lithuania


Putin Squeezes Belarus Strongman in Drive to Skirt Term Limits

(Bloomberg) -- Vladimir Putin’s surprise firing of Russia’s government and unveiling of constitutional changes that would weaken the presidency may only be Plan B for retaining power after his final term ends in 2024.In the month before Putin’s Jan. 15 announcement, he’d pushed hard to convince his longer-serving counterpart in Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, to revive a moribund agreement to create a superstate between the neighboring former Soviet republics, two Kremlin officials said.So far, P...
Tags: Europe, News, Putin, Obama, Russia, Bloomberg, Ukraine, West, Middle East, Crimea, Moscow, Belarus, Norway, Gazprom, Kremlin, Lithuania


Welcome to Hell: the marvelous, mad musical instruments of Ewa Justka

Some people claim electronic music is the work of the devil. Inventor Ewa Justka creates things that could actually prove it. Ewa is a Glasgow, Scotland UK-based, Polish-born sound artist, musician, and inventor. She can bang her way through a raw techno set, she can blind you wish flashing lights driven by homemade circuits, or she can open a gateway to evil realms in unbridled noise – all of this at festivals like CTM, Unsound, Insomnia, and Sonic Acts. But she also builds fantastic instrum...
Tags: Facebook, Space, Music, UK, London, Electronics, Etsy, Russia, Tech, Punk, Noise, Moscow, Glasgow, Lithuania, British Embassy, Kits


Russia, Belarus leaders meet on Friday as oil row rolls on

The presidents of Russia and Belarus, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, will meet on Friday, the Kremlin said, as the oil row between the two rolls into a second month, forcing Minsk to look for crude from as far afield as the United States.
Tags: Money, Vladimir Putin, Russia, businessNews, Belarus, Kremlin, Minsk, Alexander Lukashenko, Russia Belarus


Secretary of State Pompeo Says U.S. Can Supply Belarus With Oil and Gas After Russia Cut Off Supplies

(MINSK, Belarus) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday that the United States is willing and able to provide Belarus with 100% of its oil and gas, taking a slap at Russia which recently cut off supplies. Pompeo is the first secretary of state to visit Belarus in 26 years and arrived in Minsk amid new tensions between Minsk and Moscow over energy. In a meeting with authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, Pompeo said he hoped to help provide an opportunity for Belarus to a...
Tags: Europe, News, Vladimir Putin, White House, China, Russia, Uncategorized, United States, United Arab Emirates, Moscow, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Norway, Kazakhstan, Kremlin, Trump


#LocalCorrespondent Opinion / “It is important for CSOs not to turn into sects.” Are Belarusians ready to take part in the activities of CSOs and civic initiatives?

by Valeria Volkogonova, Local Correspondent from Belarus and Alexandra Savinich (Office for European Expertise and Communications). Why is it better to engage eco-activists in the Belarusian countryside? We discussed these and other issues with Mikhail Doroshevich, the Executive Director of Baltic Internet Policy Initiative. In June-October, 2019, the Baltic Internet Policy Initiative and the Office for European Expertise and Communications conducted a survey of Belarusian Internet audience “Ci...
Tags: Ecommerce, Eu, European Union, Belarus, E-activism, Minsk, Mikhail, Civil Society Organizations, Valeria Volkogonova, Mikhail Doroshevich, Office for European Expertise and Communications, Alexandra Savinich


A quarter of Belarusians rely on Russian media for news, new study says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia One Belarusian in four has not read the Belarusian media during the last month but instead relies on Russian media often delivered via the Internet, according to Mikhail Doroshevich, the director of the Baltic Internet Policy Initiative, on the basis of a new survey. This group watches NTV on the Internet, goes to Russian portals like Lenta.ru, and communicates with each other via Russian social media, the media expert says (svaboda.org/a/30309171.html and thinkt...
Tags: Ecommerce, Media, Microsoft, Russia, Belarus, Content, Minsk, NTV, Paul Goble, Mikhail Doroshevich, American Google, Fyodor Pavlyuchenko, Doroshevich


Ukraine to Debut in Women’s World Championship

The Ukrainian Women’s National Hockey Team will be playing in an actual IIHF World Championship for the first time ever. Nearly a year ago, the Ukrainians competed in the 2019 Division II B qualification tournament. Going up against South Africa, Belgium, Hong Kong and Bulgaria, the Ukrainians allowed a mere five goals through four games and went undefeated. “This was a victory that we had to make,” said Ukrainian defender Maryna Kobchuk. “We cried, we rejoiced, and we congratulated each oth...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Sport, Ukraine, New Zealand, Bulgaria, Hockey, Iceland, Minsk, Akureyri, Cape Town South Africa, Tkachuk, Hockey League, IIHF, Women's Hockey, Women s National Team


Russia Resumes Oil Supplies to Belarus Amid Talks on Strengthening Economic Ties

(MINSK, Belarus) — Belarus has reached an agreement with Russia for limited oil supplies after Moscow earlier this week stopped supplying crude amid stalled talks on strengthening economic ties between the neighboring countries. Belarusian state-run oil company Belneftekhim said Saturday that the country’s refineries started receiving the first batch of crude oil, sufficient to ensure “non-stop operation of the country’s refineries in January 2020.” Russian pipeline operator Transneft confi...
Tags: Europe, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Uncategorized, Moscow, Belarus, Kremlin, Transneft, Minsk, Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus Belarus, Onetime, Belneftekhim, Belarus Lukashenko


Pompeo to Visit Ukraine as Senate Weighs Impeachment Trial

(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Ukraine this week, making his first trip to the country at the heart of President Donald Trump’s impeachment. As the Senate weighs options for a trial, Pompeo will depart Thursday on a five-nation tour of Europe and Central Asia. Ukraine will be the first stop on the trip, the State Department said Monday. Trump’s impeachment on charges of abuse of office and obstruction of Congress hinges on his policy toward Ukraine. Witnesses told ...
Tags: Europe, News, Congress, Washington, Senate, Russia, Uncategorized, Cyprus, Joe Biden, Ukraine, West, House, Crimea, Belarus, State Department, Biden


War and Corruption Made Ukraine a Terrorist Twilight Zone

KYIV—Ukraine arrested one of the world’s most dangerous international terrorists last month in a special operation conducted by local, Georgian and American special services. Al-Bara Shishani, the former commander of the so-called Islamic State and deputy head of its intelligence operations, was detained on the outskirts of Kyiv. Shishani had been presumed dead for more than a year, but was hiding here and plotting international terrorist attacks, according to Ukrainian authorities. The Secret L...
Tags: Isis, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, France, Germany, Islamic State, Russia, Georgia, Syria, Ukraine, Paris, Petro Poroshenko, Emmanuel Macron, Minsk, U S State Department