Truss surges ahead, wins key backers in UK leadership race
U.K. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss cemented her place as front-runner in the race to replace Prime Minister Boris Johnson, winning endorsement Saturday from an influential former rival for the top job. Tom Tugendhat, who was eliminated from the contest in earlier rounds of voting by Conservative lawmakers, said Truss had the “resolution, determination, and passion” to be prime minister. The endorsement is a blow to ex-Treasury chief Rishi Sunak, the other finalist in the race for the next Conservative leader.news.yahoo.com
Ukrainian soldiers train in UK as war with Russia rages on
The U.K. Ministry of Defense says the first cohort of Ukrainian soldiers, many of whom have no previous military experience, have arrived in the U.K. for combat training as the eastern European nation races to replace troops killed and wounded in the war against Russia.
Ukrainian soldiers train in UK as war with Russia rages on
The first cohort of Ukrainian soldiers, many of whom have no previous military experience, have arrived in the U.K. for combat training as the eastern European nation races to replace troops killed and wounded in the war against Russia. The first few hundred recruits are receiving instruction at sites across Britain in the first phase of program that aims to train up to 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers in weapons handling, battlefield first aid and patrol tactics, the U.K. Ministry of Defense said. It is part of broader package of support for Ukraine that includes 2.3 billion pounds ($2.8 billion) of anti-tank weapons, rocket systems and other hardware.news.yahoo.com
Pistons legend Ben Wallace to star behind bar at Kalamazoo’s Green Door Distilling Co.
Detroit Pistons legend and four-time NBA defensive player of the year Ben Wallace will be happy to oblige this Friday, June 17, at the Green Door Distilling Co., 429 E. North St. in Kalamazoo. Related: Ben Wallace joins ownership group at Kalamazoo’s Green Door Distilling Co. The tasting room has been closed since May 22 as it underwent renovations and the staff went through a complete overhaul. The new Green Door team, which Marvin joined in May is led by the ownership team of Wallace, Marvin, Scott Benton and Steve Jbara. Also on MLive:A weekend of celebrations in the name of emancipation planned for Juneteenth in KalamazooMarijuana store with product line from Pistons legend Ben Wallace to open in KalamazooMermaids and dragonboat races to kick off South Haven summer season at 2022 HarborfestHall of Fame-bound Pistons legend Ben Wallace ready for next chaptermlive.com
Justices rule for American woman in custody dispute
The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously for an American woman who is involved in an international custody dispute with her Italian husband over their young son. The high court determined that the boy would be at risk because of the father’s abuse of the mother.news.yahoo.com
Rip Hamilton to represent Pistons at NBA Draft Lottery
Last season, Detroit Pistons Hall of Fame center Ben Wallace brought the team luck when it won the top pick in NBA Draft Lottery. This year, the Pistons will turn to another team legend to represent them at Tuesday’s lottery. The team announced on Monday that NBA Champion and three-time All-Star Rip Hamilton will be their representative in Chicago. MoreNBA mock draft roundup: Where do experts project the Pistons fall with lottery one week away? Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren, Jabari Smith top NBA Draft Combine participantsNBA Draft lottery: Duke’s Paolo Banchero could give scoring punch Pistons needNBA Draft lottery: Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren would give the Pistons solid two-way playerNBA Draft lottery: Auburn’s Jabari Smith would give Pistons plenty of versatilitymlive.com
Ben Wallace joins ownership group at Kalamazoo’s Green Door Distilling Co.
KALAMAZOO, MI — Detroit Pistons legend and NBA Hall of Famer Ben Wallace has joined the ownership team at Green Door Distilling Co. in Kalamazoo. “Steve, Scott and I have been friends ever since we partnered together on the Grand Rapids Drive,” Wallace said. Green Door has won numerous medals from the American Distilling Institute and at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in the past two years. Now that Green Door is back to focusing on spirits, the company’s newest owner said he would be unveiling his own branded spirit this summer. Also on MLive:Hall of Fame-bound Pistons legend Ben Wallace ready for next chapterWhen is last freeze normally at your Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Southwest Michigan locations?mlive.com
Marijuana store with product line from Pistons legend Ben Wallace to open in Kalamazoo
KALAMAZOO, MI — The Jackson-based Rair cannabis company is set to open its fifth location in the state and will do so on marijuana’s most-celebrated day this coming week. News of the Kalamazoo opening follows the announcement of Rair’s new partnership with NBA Fall of Famer and Detroit Pistons legend Ben Wallace. A four-time NBA defensive player of the year, Wallace was a key component to the Pistons NBA championship team in 2004. Rair offers a large variety of cannabis products including flower, pre-rolls, edibles, vape cartridges and concentrates, both online and at each of its retail locations across Michigan. Also on MLive:How this ‘Rair’ Michigan cannabis company is breaking the industry moldMichigan blocks sale of marijuana products worth millions without explanation1,300 acres of pristine wilderness donated to Michigan state parkmlive.com
Russians should not assassinate Vladimir Putin, says Boris Johnson
Brexit on back burner due to Ukraine Anger over knighthood for Gavin Williamson NHS axes free flu jabs for over-50s and secondary students Fraser Nelson: Putin will regret a war that has united Europe Labour holds seat in by-election with reduced majority US says Nato is 'ready for conflict' seizure of nuclear plantnews.yahoo.com
Russia Used Beatings and Tricks to Forcibly Send Rookie Troops to Ukraine, Rights Group Says
GettyRussian soldiers from all across the country were deceived into heading to the Ukrainian border, and some were beaten if they resisted, according to the Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers, a Russian non-governmental organization that works to expose human rights violations within the military.The group is reportedly preparing a complaint for the Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office alleging that their sons only recently joined the military as conscripts and were told they were going to the bordernews.yahoo.com
Pistons legend Ben Wallace visits Detroit Lions ahead of game against other Big Ben
As the Detroit Lions prepare to face Big Ben, they got a visit from the original Big Ben. Former Pistons great Ben Wallace visited the Lions’ Allen Park training facility on Tuesday as the club returned from the bye week and began preparations for Sunday’s game against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He began his college career at a place called Cuyahoga Community College, which is better known for producing Halle Berry than professional basketball players. But Wallace averaged 17.0 rebounds and 6.9 blocks per game, which was nice enough to draw the eye of a Division II school called Virginia Union. He became a Division II All-American, which he parlayed into a professional career in Italy, which he parlayed into a spot on the end of the Washington Wizards’ bench.mlive.com
Detroit Pistons add HOF, team legend Ben Wallace to basketball operations staff
DETROIT -- Recently inducted Hall of Famer Ben Wallace has been ready to embrace a new chapter in his life. The team announced on Friday that Wallace has re-joined the franchise, this time as a basketball operations and team engagement advisor. Related: Hall of Fame-bound Pistons legend Ben Wallace ready for next chapterThat means Wallace will assist general manager Troy Weaver and the basketball operations staff, as well as head coach Dwane Casey and the coaching staff. Casey shared that Wallace would be with the team all week to work with the big men on post defense. “Ben is a Hall of Famer and a Pistons legend who has continued to come back home and support our team and our organization,” Gores said in a statement.mlive.com
Detroit Pistons prioritize teaching in coaching staff turnover
The Pistons brought aboard four new assistant coaches and a player development coach in an effort to shift their focus toward teaching and reinforcing the fundamentals. They hired Rex Kalamian, Jerome Allen, Jim Moran and Bill Bayno as assistant coaches, and Andrew Jones as a player development coach to Casey’s staff. Additionally, Jordan Brink and Austin Dufault were promoted to player development coaches. Ultimately, the team decided to overhaul its coaching staff since it pivoted toward restoration instead of a playoff run. So far he has worked closely with the team’s coaching staff and development coaches to analyze, implement and execute player skill development programs.mlive.com
Pistons great Ben Wallace enshrined in Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
The legacy of Detroit Pistons defensive great, Ben Wallace will forever live on not only in the rafters of Little Caesars Arena but also in the Naismith Hall of Fame. The four-time Defensive Player of the Year shared that early on in his life, basketball wasn’t in his life plans. As Wallace mentioned in his speech, he internalized the words of his mother to stand tall and keep his head high. Stand tall. Stand tall, stick your chest out, keep your head up.’If you build it, then you can’t tear it down.mlive.com
Unforgettable moments from Pistons’ great Ben Wallace
The day is here and Detroit Pistons great Ben Wallace will be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The 2004 NBA Champion went undrafted out of Virginia Union and played 1,088 career NBA games. In 655 games with the Pistons, Wallace averaged 6.6 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.5 assists in 32.6 minutes per game. 2006 Wallace blocks O’Neal -- Game 5 Eastern Conference Finals vs. Miami HeatAnother memorable moment includes Wallace’s block of O’Neal in Game 5 of the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals. The Pistons were down 3-1 against the Heat and Wallace continued to be the defensive anchor for the team.mlive.com
The Latest: US strikes at IS in retaliation for bombing
The United States military has struck back at the Islamic State, bombing an IS member in Afghanistan less than 48 hours after a devastating suicide bombing claimed by the group killed as many as 169 Afghans and 13 American service members at the Kabul airport.
Afghan withdrawal extension would cross a 'red line', warns Taliban
Any extension to the deadline for withdrawal from Afghanistan would cross a red line that will lead to "consequences", the Taliban has said, as the British defence minister warned that the UK was "down to hours now, not weeks" in its evacuation plan.news.yahoo.com
UK unveils plan for smaller, more high-tech armed forces
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks, during a visit to BAE Systems at Warton Aerodrome in Lancashire, England, Monday, March 22, 2021 to mark the publication of the Integrated Review and the Defence White Paper. (Christopher Furlong/Pool Photo via AP)LONDON – Britain plans to cut the size of its army and boost spending on drones, robots and a new “cyber force” under defense plans announced by the government on Monday. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the British Army would shrink from 76,500 soldiers to 72,500 by 2025. He said the army hadn't been at its “established strength” of 82,500 for several years. In November the government announced a 16.5 billion-pound ($23 billion) increase in defense spending over the next four years, focusing on the future battlefields of space and cyber rather than traditional resources such as army troops.
Where are they now: 2004 Detroit Pistons championship team
AUBURN HILLS, MI - JUNE 15: Ben Wallace #3 (C) of the Detroit Pistons holds up the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship trophy as he celebrates with teammatesafter defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 100-87 in game five of the 2004 NBA Finals on June 15, 2004 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images)This article first appeared in the Pistons Pivot Newsletter, a periodical newsletter for Pistons fans with breaking news, analysis and more. Welcome to the Pistons Pivot Newsletter, our newest ClickOnDetroit offering for Pistons fans! 🏆 Catching up with 2004 PistonsFor me, my biggest Detroit Pistons team is the 2004 championship squad. So, I figured, let’s take a look: Where are key members of the 2004 Pistons team now?
The Latest: Mexico sees near-record daily coronavirus deaths
(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)MEXICO CITY — Mexico reported a near-record 1,707 confirmed coronavirus deaths Wednesday, as the country runs out of vaccines. Ad___THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:Spain surpasses 60,000 confirmed virus deaths. British officials say Oxford study backs up their decision to delay second vaccine shot for up to 12 weeks. Ad___OKLAHOMA CITY -- About 11,500 doses of the coronavirus vaccine will be shipped to pharmacies across Oklahoma next week, state health officials said. ___MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Nicaragua’s government says it has approved Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for emergency use.
UK defense spending boost stokes concerns about overseas aid
Johnson said the armed forces will receive an additional 16.5 billion pounds ($21 billion) over and above the governments earlier plans. Since the end of the Cold War in the early 1990s, Britain, like many other Western countries, cut defense spending in order to reap a peace dividend. Starmer and others, including members of Johnson's Conservative Party, voiced concerns that the government is about to abandon its commitments on overseas aid to pay for the higher military spending. The government has already rolled the department overseeing overseas aid into the Foreign Office. Some in government have argued for a reduction in the commitment to maintain aid spending at 0.7% of national income to 0.5%, which could free up billions of pounds for use elsewhere.
Crew safe, 7 detained after UK special forces raid tanker
The Nave Andromeda oil tanker is docked next to the Queen Elizabeth II Cruise Terminal in Southampton, England, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. The U.K. military seized control of the oil tanker that dropped anchor in the English Channel after reporting it had seven stowaways on board who had become violent. (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire via AP)LONDON – All crew members of an oil tanker that was stormed by British naval special forces after a group of stowaways threatened violence are “safe and well,” the ship‘s operator confirmed Monday. Seven people were detained in the raid, which unfolded in the English Channel after darkness fell on Sunday. “I commend the hard work of the armed forces and police to protect lives and secure the ship,″ Wallace said.
14 years later: Remembering the 2004 Pistons-Pacers brawl
The ordeal, known as the "Malice at the Palace," is 14 years old, having taken place on Nov. 19, 2004. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)The brawl did not end in the stands, as players and fans continued the brawl on the court. ESPN's John Saunders infamously declared Pistons fans to be "a bunch of punks." An ESPN poll taken at the time showed that 46 percent believed fans were to blame for the brawl. On Dec. 8, 2004, five Pacers players and five fans were charged with assault and battery.