Putin invites Armenia, Azerbaijan foreign ministers for peace talks

first_imgRussian President Vladimir Putin invited the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan to visit Moscow for peace talks Friday and said fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh should be halted for humanitarian reasons.Putin’s invitation came as there appeared to be no end in sight for nearly two weeks of fighting between Azerbaijan and ethic Armenian separatists that has claimed hundreds of lives.”The foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia are being invited to Moscow on Friday, Putin said in a statement released by the Kremlin. Armenia on Thursday accused Azerbaijan of shelling a historic cathedral in Nagorno-Karabakh.Armenia said several journalists were injured in strikes on the cathedral after an initial bombardment left rubble strewn across the floor, pews knocked over and a layer of dust coating the interior from parts of the building’s limestone walls that had been hit.”There is no military, nothing strategic here, how can you target a church?” said local resident Simeon, who lives nearby.Azerbaijan and Armenia are locked in bitter fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, an Azerbaijani region controlled by Armenians who declared an unrecognized breakaway state after the fall of the USSR and emerged victorious from the war that followed.Hundreds including civilians have been killed in the current fighting, the worst since a 1994 ceasefire, with both sides doubling down on entrenched positions over who should control the region.Defense officials in Azerbaijan and Armenia said fighting continued into Thursday, with both sides claiming to have inflicted heavy losses and accusing the other of shelling civilian areas.There was a gaping hole in the roof of the Ghazanchetsots (Holy Savior) Cathedral, AFP journalists reported, after Armenia’s defense ministry accused Azerbaijan of targeting a cherished site for the Armenian Apostolic Church.A section of the cathedral’s metal roof collapsed and fell to the ground outside.Baku denied its forces were behind the first attack, saying that unlike Armenia, “the Azerbaijani army does not target historical, cultural, or especially religious, buildings and monuments.”Explosions and sirens sounded in Nagorno-Karabakh’s regional capital Stepanakert as the city continued to face regular shelling early Thursday, AFP journalists said.Heavy bombardments have leveled many homes since fighting erupted late last month and Stepanakert is pockmarked with unexploded ordnance and wide craters from shelling.Alongside the new bombardments in Stepanakert, Azerbaijan said Armenian shelling on several villages near the frontline had left people dead and wounded.Topics : “The President of Russia is issuing a call to halt the fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh on humanitarian grounds in order to exchange dead bodies and prisoners,” the Kremlin added.Yerevan has so far ruled out any talks between the two countries’ top diplomats as long as clashes are ongoing.Earlier talks were held in Geneva but expectations were low and no statements were likely from the negotiations which were being conducted behind closed doors – and without Armenian participation.Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov was to meet diplomats from France, Russia and the United States, who make up the “Minsk Group” that has sought a solution to the Karabakh conflict since the 1990s.last_img read more

WEDA Pacific Chapter Meeting – 1st Call for Abstracts

first_imgThe Board of the Pacific Chapter of WEDA has invited interested parties to submit an abstract for a technical presentation at their Fall 2018 conference in Honolulu, HI. The conference will take place in Waikiki, from October 23, through October 25, 2018.New to the 2018 conference is an additional half day of conference proceedings to provide attendees more presentation time slots. In addition, the conference will be held Tuesday through Thursday instead of following their regular Wednesday through Friday schedule, WEDA said.According to the official announcement, “presentations on all aspects of dredging and disposal, navigation structures, environmental restoration, and related topics are welcome and presentations specifically relevant to West Coast issues or projects are encouraged.”The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, June 1, 2018.[mappress mapid=”24972″]last_img read more

Allen, Hunt share starting quarterback spot in updated depth chart

first_imgEven a pre-Penn State depth chart released on Monday failed to bring any clarity to Syracuse’s cloudy quarterback situation.Terrel Hunt and Drew Allen are still listed as co-owners of the top quarterback spot. So, just as Scott Shafer has planned for the past few weeks, the Orange’s starter will be unannounced until kickoff against the Nittany Lions on Saturday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.Perhaps the most notable change on the entire depth chart, though, is running back George Morris II’s addition as SU’s starting kick returner. Shafer said he likes running backs to return kicks, so he’s replaced wide receiver Jeremiah Kobena, who previously occupied that spot. Running back Devante McFarlane is listed on the second team, where he will replace Wayne Morgan.The only other change on offense since the last time a depth chart was released in July at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., is that Jerome Smith or Prince-Tyson Gulley are listed as the starting running backs. Previously Smith, a team captain, was the sole occupant of that spot.The only change for the second team on offense is Daniel Anyaegbunam’s move from right tackle to right guard, with Michael Lasker slotting in at tackle. Guard John Miller is off the depth chart entirely.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe starting defense is the same as was listed at ACC Kickoff, except Ri’Shard Anderson or Brandon Reddish is now listed opposite Keon Lyn. Freshmen Isaiah Johnson and Marqez Hodge join the second team at defensive end and outside linebacker, respectively. Josh Kirkland is now the sole occupant of the second-team opposite outside linebacker position and Darius Kelly is now sharing the second-string free safety position with Morgan. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 26, 2013 at 4:47 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more