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Visa-free – Educating the constituency

The 11th May witnessing the successful and penultimate round of required signatures from the EU Member States regarding Visa-free travel for Ukrainians.

Thus 18th May is scheduled to witness the final two signatures (from Malta holding the rotating EU presidency and European Council Donald Tusk) that subsequently allow the publication of the agreement that in turn, 20 days later, will bring Visa-free into force.  Ergo on or about 8th June the Visa-free regime will come into effect.

A symbolic event.

However such a significant bureaucratic change requires educating the Ukrainian constituency as to what exactly Visa-free means.  What is covered by Visa-free and as importantly, what is not.

It should necessarily be explained –  repeatedly – over the coming weeks, and indeed months, across all channels of the domestic information space.

Every effort should be made to reduce, as far as is practicable, misunderstandings or ignorance withi

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Warriors have little trouble with injury-riddled Spurs 120-108

Kevin Durant had 33 points and 10 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors beat the injury-riddled San Antonio Spurs 120-108 on Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals.

Golden State has a chance to complete its third straight series sweep in Game 4 on Monday night. The Warriors are the third team in NBA history to win their first 11 playoff games. Cleveland is 10-0, with a 2-0 lead over

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Angels’ ninth-inning rally falls short, as did their defense, in 7-5 loss to the Mets

A man resigned to his fate, Mets catcher Rene Rivera skittered to a stop at the cutout just past third base and stood up tall, knees locked.

Luis Valbuena started the rundown half-heartedly by jogging toward Rivera. After a few strides, he shoveled the baseball to teammate Jefry Marte. Too early. Like a prisoner who found his shackles unlocked, Rivera sensed new life. He sprung back toward third.

There wasn’t enough time. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons sprinted in, but the play was rushed. He couldn’t catch the ball and apply the tag, and Rivera was safe at third.

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Ukraine takes another (preparatory) step toward NOIS

Almost 2 years ago an entry appeared relating to the fairly high priority the US had relating to intellectual property rights and its place on the Ukrainian legislative agenda.

As stated at the time following a conversation with a senior US diplomat – “Certainly a matter that is not confidential nor sensitive that is a constant for the US, via its embassy in Kyiv, has been trying to quietly force up the Ukrainian legislative agenda over recent years, has been the issue of intellectual property rights/protection.

Needless to say the Yanukovych regime had very little interest in such matters, and the post EuroMaidan government has been slightly preoccupied with what it considered somewhat more pressing issues.  To be fair to the US, it too had issues it thought more pressing here as well.

However, the i

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Terence Crawford remains unbeaten by stopping Felix Diaz in 10 rounds

Terence Crawford remained unbeaten when Felix Diaz's corner stopped the fight after the 10th round of the 140-pound championship fight Saturday night.

Crawford had dominated after a couple close early rounds and Diaz's left eye appeared swollen shut, making him helpless to spot Crawford's lightning-fast combinations during the junior-welterweight fight for the WBO and WBC titles.

Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) toyed with Diaz in the 10th, backing him into the corner and then, rather than throw any punches, patting him on the head. He then unloaded a couple hard shots toward the end of the round, prompting trainer Joel Diaz to tell referee Steve Willis his fighter could no longer continue.

Crawford successfully defended his WBC and WBO titles and now could seek a matchup with Manny Pacquiao if he elects to move up to 147 pounds. Promoter Bob Arum sai

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The Presidential Presser

It is almost a year since President Poroshenko did anything approaching a press conference for the domestic press – as opposed to issued statements and/or Soviet-esque monologues.

Following Eurovision, and ahead of the final two signatures required for Visa-free to be applied to the documentation in Strasbourg in a few days time, it also has to be noted that sometime within 25 and 30 May The Netherlands seem likely to apply the final signature to complete the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

A lot of events that President Poroshenko will want to be personally associated – albeit much work was done prior to him becoming president.

So be it.   That is the nature of politics.  Claim the wins and blame the lose

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For the Record

School board election: In the May 19 Section A, an article about the potential effects of Tuesday’s L.A. school board elections on the future of the teachers union said incumbent Steve Zimmer finished first among those who cast ballots on election day but lost the mail-in tally. He lost both counts, but was closer among election day voters.

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Updates from the California Democratic Convention: Bauman elected state party chairman, but Ellis says she won’t concede

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The Verkhovna Rada returns – and with it threats to reform

The Verkhovna Rada returned to legislative duty on 15th May after a month off doing whatever Verkhovna Rada deputies do in their time off – holidays, engaging in conspiracies, intrigues, and grubby deals etc – per public perception.

There are, naturally, a lot of reform orientated legislative Draft Bills pending with such a long reform road ahead.  To be fair many reform orientated Draft Bills will be successful in their passing – particularly those where EU funding is dependent upon a passing – such as Bill 4773.  Yet although successes there will be, and which are of course welcome, what is given with one hand can be easily taken by another.

There is the truly scandalous issue of the Central Election

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Rep. Maxine Waters was cut off while speaking at the California Democratic Party convention. Her audience wasn’t happy

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