Steven Seagal Blacklisted From Entering Ukraine After Supporting Putin | LADbible

Steven Seagal

American actor Steven Seagal has been banned from entering Ukraine after being branded a ‘national security threat’.

The blacklisting follows on from publicity surrounding Seagal’s friendship with Russian president, Vladimir Putin. Apparently, they bonded over a shared love of martial arts. Seagal once referred to Putin as ‘one of the great living world leaders’.

The 65-year-old movie star made headlines last year when he was granted Russian citizenship and handed a passport by Putin himself. At the time, Putin told Seagal that he hoped their ‘personal relationship will remain and continue’. He also referred to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine as ‘very reasonable’.

French actor Gérard Depardieu, who starred in Going Places, The Man in the Iron Mask and Life of Pi, has also been blacklisted.

The ban is set to be in place for five years, according to a letter published by the news site Apostrophe. The country’s security service claimed he had ‘committed socially dangerous actions… that contradict the interests of maintaining Ukraine’s security’.

Press Secretary Elena Gitlyanskaya simply answered: “Yes, banned,” when asked by the press if he wasn’t allowed into the country.

In 2015, he and Depardieu were put forward in a proposed blacklist after being accused of speaking out ‘in support of violating the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine’.

Seagal’s grandmother was from Vladivostok in the Russian Far East.

According to the Guardian, Seagal’s relationship with Russia goes back a long way. He ate carrots in Belarus with ‘Europe’s last dictator’ Alexander Lukashenko, rode a horse at the Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan and visited the Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov.

He and his blues band also performed at a concert for pro-Russian separatists.

This comes after Russian singer Yulia Samoylova was informed that she will not be able to take part in the Eurovision song contest later this month. She too has been banned from Ukraine following her appearance in Crimea in 2015 – the peninsula was annexed by Russia the previous year.

Sources: Apostrophe & The Guardian


History made as Larissa Waters breastfeeds baby daughter in Senate

Alia Joy is just weeks old but she’s already made Australian political history.

The daughter of Greens co-deputy leader Larissa Waters graced the floor of the Senate on Tuesday becoming the first baby to be breastfed in the chamber.

Breatfeed baby

Senator Waters returned to Parliament for the first time since giving birth to her second daughter earlier this year, bringing the baby in for a feed during a vote on a Greens motion.

“So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament! We need more #women & parents in Parli,” she wrote on Twitter.


Labor frontbencher Katy Gallagher said it was a moment that deserved to be acknowledged.

“Women have been doing it in parliaments around the world … It is great to see it is able to occur now in the Senate,” she told Sky News.

“Women are going to continue to have babies and if they want to do their job and be at work and look after their baby … the reality is we are going to have to accommodate that.”

The milestone comes after Senator Waters instigated changes to Senate rules last year, extending rules that already allowed breastfeeding in the chamber to allow new mothers and fathers to briefly care for their infants on the floor of Parliament.

The House of Representatives has made similar changes.

It followed another historic achievement in the Senate on Tuesday morning, with the swearing-in of new independent senator Lucy Gichuhi, the first black African member of the Australian Parliament.

Greens colleague Sarah Hanson-Young made headlines back in 2009 when her two-year-old daughter Kora was taken from her arms and ejected from the Senate chamber.


Ronaldo’s lack of respect in Portugal baffles Euro 2016-winning coach Santos


The Real Madrid forward has faced criticism throughout his glittering career for club and country despite being one of the finest players of all time

Euro 2016-winning coach Fernando Santos cannot understand why Cristiano Ronaldo is not universally loved in Portugal.

The Real Madrid superstar is widely regarded as one of the finest footballers of all time, having helped to take the art of goalscoring and trophy collecting to a new level alongside Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi.

He has, however, faced criticism throughout his career for club and country, with this season proving to be no different.

‘Ronaldo knows he splits opinion’

Santos, though, believes that the 32-year-old should he heralded as the superstar he undoubtedly is, particularly in his homeland.

“I don’t understand why some Portuguese people value Cristiano Ronaldo so little,” he told reporters.

“In the group stages [at Euro 2016] there were complaints he wasn’t scoring enough.


“Then when he started scoring, they complained when he did so any other way.”

Santos has also sought to play down the focus placed on Ronaldo’s transformation from a goal-getting support forward to an out-and-out striker.

He says too much attention is given to the transformation he has made in his career, insisting the only man to have netted 100 times in the Champions League boasting the same qualities in his game that he has always had.

Ronaldo: I am from this planet!

“Cristiano Ronaldo has always scored goals,” added Santos.

“Ever since I’ve known him when he was 18 he’s been doing so.”

Ronaldo has found the target 35 times in 41 appearances for Madrid this season, with those efforts helping to keep Zinedine Zidane’s side on course for a Liga and Champions League double.


Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder announce they’re expecting a baby

‘Hi Little One’: Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder announce they’re expecting a baby… and post sweet Instagram message to unborn child

Twilight star Nikki Reed is expecting her first child with husband Ian Somerhalder.
The actress, 28, shared her exciting news with fans via social media on Thursday, posting a photo of Ian placing a tender kiss on her pregnant belly.
Nikki cradles her bump with both hands while her Vampire Diaries star husband kneels down with his left hand on her right hand.