ESPN Releases Its Early Prediction For Alabama-Clemson

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide and head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide and head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers greet after the AllState Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)For the fourth year in a row, we will see Alabama and Clemson meet in the College Football Playoff. For the third time in four seasons, it will be for the national title.The Crimson Tide took down Oklahoma last night, hours after Clemson thumped Notre Dame. They will now meet for the national championship on January 7.Both teams are 1-1 against each other in title games. Who will break the tie this year?ESPN has unveiled its prediction for Alabama-Clemson IV. The Tide are the favorites, which isn’t a surprise.According to the FPI, Alabama has a 51.6 percent chance of winning.ESPN FPI prediction for Alabama-Clemson.Clemson and Alabama will meet at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on January 7.Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Prime Minister Theresa May hosts victorious England team at 10 Downing Street

first_img No data available! Next advertisement commentary India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 23:56 IST British Prime Minister Theresa May was also present at the Lord’s on Sunday to watch the World Cup 2019 final (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland won their maiden 50-over World Cup at the Lord’s cricket ground on SundayEngland pipped New Zealand on boundaries after the final and Super Over ended in a tieEngland had previously lost in the 1979, 1987 and 1992 World Cup finalsBritish Prime Minister Theresa May hosted the victorious England cricket team at her Downing Street office on Monday, after a “brilliant performance” that will live forever in the country’s sporting history, her spokesman said.England ended their 44-year wait for a maiden 50-overs World Cup title by beating New Zealand in a thrilling final Super Over on Sunday.”Yesterday was a brilliant performance by a brilliant team. They showed flair, courage and an absolute determination to become world champions. The achievement delivered in such a thrilling style on home soil will live forever in our sporting history.”It’s also exciting to think just how many children will be inspired by this victory to pick up a bat for the first time and hopefully become the great cricketers and World Cup winners of tomorrow,” said the spokesman for May, who is a keen cricket fan.England’s World Cup winning cricketers welcomed to No 10 Downing Street by the Prime Minister for a victory reception this evening pic.twitter.com/EQN9wmTXedDan Roan (@danroan) July 15, 2019After more than nine stomach-churning hours, the first Super Over in Cricket World Cup history, and one of the most extraordinary overs ever played, England ended its agonizing 44-year wait to be world champion of the sport it invented.”The most ridiculous game of cricket to have ever been played,” was how Buttler, England’s wicketkeeper, summed up a crazy World Cup final against New Zealand on Sunday that had pretty much everything.A sporting contest for the ages finished with England winning courtesy of a tiebreaker that few inside the home of cricket had likely ever heard of, or even understood: Boundaries countback.advertisementThat was because England and New Zealand – both bidding for a first Cricket World Cup title – couldn’t be separated after the regulation 50 overs a side (each team scored 241) and then a nerve-shredding Super Over (both teams scored 15) played in early evening sunshine in northwest London.In the end, England prevailed because it hit a total of 26 boundaries – fours and sixes scored across both the 50 overs and the Super Over – compared with New Zealand’s 17.Also Read | Overjoyed for Ben but I am still a New Zealand supporter, says Stokes’s fatherAlso Read | Sharing World Cup should be considered if finalists can’t be separated: New Zealand coachAlso Read | England vs New Zealand World Cup 2019 Final: Great show by both teams, says Virat KohliFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Theresa MayFollow England cricket teamFollow World Cup 2019 view more view less World Cup 2019: Prime Minister Theresa May hosts victorious England team at 10 Downing StreetEngland ended their 44-year wait for a maiden 50-overs World Cup title by beating New Zealand in a thrilling final Super Over on Sunday. graphs scorecardlast_img read more

Firefighters Save Provinces Forests

first_imgNova Scotia’s forests and wildlands were consumed and threatened by more fires in 2007. But the total area burned by those fires was contained to half the previous year’s losses, thanks largely to the efforts of firefighters from across the province. Statistics released today, Feb. 28, by the Department of Natural Resources show 393 wildland fires in 2007. Although the number of fires increased by almost 70 per cent over 2006, the total area consumed by those fires was contained to 711 hectares (1756 acres). “Through the quick response of the firefighting crews from our department, as well as municipal and volunteer fire departments around the province, the destruction from those fires was greatly reduced,” said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. “It’s a tribute to their hard work and expertise in fighting fires that Nova Scotia’s natural areas are being protected from the devastating effects of fire.” Last year, fire crews from the 30 Department of Natural Resources depots were first responders on 95 fires. The department oversees about four million hectares in Nova Scotia, excluding federal land and incorporated municipalities and towns. The high fire count from last season was mostly attributable to a dry spring as well as careless and criminal human activities, said Robert Uttaro, supervisor of fire management for the department. “Before the vegetation greens up later in May or early June, grasses and forest fuels are in a very dry state and at high risk of fire. After green-up, the woods stay lush until dry weather conditions remove moisture from forest fuels.” April and May, between the spring snowmelt and the green-up of the woodlands, are the highest risk months for fire. Last year, 319 fires burned through Nova Scotia’s wildlands during those two months alone. Figures from 2007 also indicate an increase in arson, which accounted for 152 fires (almost 39 per cent of fires in wildland areas) that destroyed 293 hectares. The previous year, there were 61 reported arson fires. The next leading cause was residential sources, with a total of 133 fires burning 186 hectares. Those fires were ignited by residents burning garbage, brush piles or grasslands, a dangerous practice that sparked blazes consuming 74 hectares. Mr. Uttaro said this is a good opportunity to remind Nova Scotians that spring is also the season when the province’s wildlands are at greatest risk from uncontrolled fires. Grass and brush burning by residents and arson ignite scores of fires annually that consume hundreds of hectares. “If people must burn brush, we encourage them to do so in the winter months and preferably with snow on the ground,” he said. For a complete listing of the statistics and more information on forest protection and fire management in Nova Scotia’s woodlands, see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/protection/wildfire/stats/stats.htm .last_img read more

Questions raised over retailers who shame shoplifters with photos

first_imgA Newfoundland sex store’s social-media shaming of an alleged shoplifter has raised ethical questions over retailers who display security footage to catch thieves.Provincial privacy commissioner Donovan Molloy has reportedly encouraged businesses to take the footage to police, rather than share images of people who have not been found guilty of a crime.Privacy lawyer David Fraser said reasonable, ethical judgement should be used in these cases, especially online where images can spread quickly.Fraser said taking footage to law enforcement is probably legally safer than businesses sharing it on their own, but pointed out police can also get caught up in the grey area.A woman recently sued Ottawa Police Services Board and Ottawa Capital Area Crime Stoppers for defamation and negligence over shared mall security footage alleging she “stole” a purse when she had actually taken it to a lost and found.In 2015, a store stopped posting bulletin board pictures of suspected shoplifters after Canada’s privacy commissioner found the practice “not permissible” under the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, according to the commissioner’s web site.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

AFN cannabis conference hears about ways to get into a smoking hot

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsCannabis has been legal for about year but many communities are still trying to find their place in this multi-billion dollar a year industry.Some are converting old companies to grow while others are still trying to wrap their heads around jurisdiction.Over the past couple of days in Vancouver, the Assembly of First Nations has been bring together communities to talk about their plans in this budding industry.thouse@aptn.ca@inthehouse7last_img

Snow in the Balkans disrupts traffic closes down schools

first_imgBELGRADE, Serbia — Heavy snowfall this week in the Balkans has closed down schools, left remote villages cut off and disrupted traffic and power supplies in many areas in the region.Serbia’s state TV said Friday that four municipalities in the southwest of the country have introduced emergency measures, warning of snow piling up on the roads and sealing off mountain villages. Most schools there have closed down and emergency crews have distributed supplies to some residents.In Montenegro, three towns on the Adriatic coast remain without electricity after a snowstorm on Thursday hit a key power distribution line. Meteorologists say the first 10 days of January have been the coldest in the country in years.In the central Bosnian municipality of Kladanj, the snow has disrupted power supplies and cut phone lines.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Vijay Mallya renews application for appeal against extradition

first_imgLondon: Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya has submitted a “renewal application” in the UK High Court, making another attempt at appealing against his extradition to India to face fraud and money laundering charges amounting to Rs 9,000 crores.The 63-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss failed in his first attempt at an application seeking “leave to appeal” in the court last Friday and had five business days to renew that application to seek a brief oral hearing before a High Court judge, where his lawyers will further plead his case against being extradited to India. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”A renewal form has been received and will be listed in due course,” a High Court official said on Friday. UK home secretary Sajid Javid had signed off on a Westminster Magistrates’ Court order for Mallya to be extradited to face the Indian courts back in February. Mallya then filed an application for permission to appeal against that decision in the High Court, which was refused by Justice William Davis, giving him a week to apply for oral consideration via a renewal application. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe case will now be listed in the coming weeks for a hearing before a judge, where Mallya’s legal team and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) arguing on behalf of the Indian government will go head to head to reiterate factors for and against the businessman’s extradition to Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai. As per legal procedure in the UK, Mallya’s first written “leave to appeal application had been passed on Justice Davis, who was to make a decision on the basis of papers submitted and rejected that application “on papers”. A judge must now decide following an oral consideration in coming weeks if Mallya’s appeal can proceed to a full hearing. Meanwhile, the businessman remains on bail on an extradition warrant executed by Scotland Yard in April 2017. At the end of a year-long extradition trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London last December, Judge Emma Arbuthnot had ruled that the flashy billionaire had a “case to answer” in the Indian courts. The judge found there was “clear evidence of dispersal and misapplication of the loan funds” and accepted a prima facie case of fraud and a conspiracy to launder money against Mallya, as presented by the CPS on behalf of the Indian authorities. The court had also dismissed any bars to extradition on the grounds of the prison conditions under which the businessman would be held, as the judge accepted the Indian government’s assurances that he would receive all necessary medical care at Barrack 12 in Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail.last_img read more

Madrid Hails Close Cooperation With Rabat in Fighting Terrorism

Madrid –  Spain on Thursday hailed the “close cooperation” between Moroccan and Spanish security services in fighting terrorism, following Morocco’s dismantling of a recruitment ISIS cell to fight in Syria and Iraq. This operation confirms “the close collaboration between Spanish and Moroccan security services in fighting terrorism”, the Spanish Interior Ministry said in a statement.The ministry also welcomed the cooperation between the security departments of the two countries in the investigations into terrorist networks. The Moroccan Interior Ministry announced on Thursday the dismantling of a nine-person cell recruiting volunteers to fight with the radical Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq.Investigations into the cell, based in the cities of Fez, Tetouan and Fnideq, was carried out in cooperation with Spanish authorities. read more

Annan welcomes start of direct talks between Tamil rebels and Sri Lankan

In a statement, a spokesman for Mr. Annan said he is “pleased that the two sides have successfully implemented the provisions of their ceasefire signed last February and are now entering substantive peace negotiations.” The Secretary-General hopes that the talks will lead to a political settlement of the internal conflict in Sri Lanka, which will preserve the country’s unity and integrity as well as take into account the needs and interests of all its communities, according to the statement. While paying tribute to the facilitation role played by the Government of Norway, Mr. Annan “looks forward to enhancing the United Nations role in support of the peace process, especially regarding peacebuilding activities,” the spokesman said.

Royal Academy visitors are invited to brush past naked man and woman

Abramović is known as the controversial grandmother of performance art.Andrea Tarsia, head of exhibitions, said she was a “pioneering” artist who has “consistently tested the limits of her own mental and physical endurance”.He said of Imponderabilia: “This simple gesture proposed a confrontation with nakedness, gender, sexuality and desire.”Abramović will be in London throughout the exhibition but the RA said her presence at the exhibition is “yet to be determined” – seemingly leaving the door open for her to participate in the nude display.Tim Marlow, the RA’s artistic director, said: “She’s 74 years old – her main concern is about how her work will be re-performed, as theatre and music is. But never say never with Marina.”Will she do exactly what she wants and not take any notice of anything we say to her? Almost certainly.” Nudity has only featured in two performances in the RA’s history, and on both occasions in the less visible Burlington Gardens.In 2009, Spartacus Chetwynd put on one of her risqué carnivalesque art shows, ‘Helmut Newton’s Ladies Evening’.In 2012, Eddie Peake exhibited his work ‘Touch’ – a naked five-a-side football match in which teams were only differentiated by the colour of their socks.It was intended to illustrate the inherent eroticism of contact sports.This is the first time a naked performance will take place in the RA’s main galleries, where hundreds of thousands of visitors pass through every year. The Royal Academy in Mayfair, west LondonCredit:David Rose/David Rose Eyebrows were raised in 1977 when a pair of naked performance artists stood inches apart at the entrance of a gallery in Italy, leaving just a tiny gap for visitors to squeeze through.Now it has been revealed that Marina Abramović’s jaw-dropping creation, Imponderabilia, will be replicated at the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) next year – the first time a live nude work of art has been exhibited in the main galleries.The Serbian artist’s original performance more than forty years ago was with her then boyfriend and fellow artist Frank Uwe Laysiepen at the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in the Italian city of Bologna.Passersby were unaware that they were being filmed by a hidden camera and their reactions would form part of the art work.Many were unsure which naked body to face; some squeezed past as quickly as possible; others avoided going through altogether.The brave display will be recreated by two young artists at the RA between September 26 and December 8, 2020.In a test of composure and physical stamina, they will keep in position for up to three hours in the doorway between two adjoining gallery spaces.Visitors less eager to get up close and personal with two strangers will have the option of walking around the naked duo. Abramović and her then boyfriend and fellow artist stood inches apart at the entrance of the Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderna in the Italian city of Bologna in 1977 Abramović and her then boyfriend and fellow artist stood inches apart at the entrance of the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in the Italian city of Bologna in 1977Credit:Will Oliver/AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Royal Academy in Mayfair, west London read more

I would prefer to be drunk The week in quotes

first_img Jun 24th 2018, 7:01 PM Source: PA ImagesPeople need to wake up to the fact that this president and his approach jeopardises that which makes us Americans.Former FBI director James Comey on US president Donald Trump. By Nicky Ryan http://jrnl.ie/4086660 One thing I remember was having to ask for the brown paint for my self-portrait when I was in junior infants but beyond this I felt right at home.Nicholas Ndlovu on settling into life in Ireland – he became an Irish citizen last month. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieHer mother was still living in a Magdalene Laundry, aged 50. How she was living in a derelict building dripping with damp under a corrugated tin roof. The only heat came from an open-door cooker and her mother’s thin winter coat. The year was 1998.Anne Roper, writer, producer and director of No Country for Women, on Magdalene laundries. Source: Leah Farrell/PA ImagesLast year I had the privilege of being elected Taoiseach, something that would have been unimaginable when I was born, and would have seemed impossible even a few short years ago.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in his speech to the Dáil marking the 25th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Share2 Tweet Email ‘I would prefer to be drunk’: The week in quotes Here’s what was said and who said what this week. 3 Comments center_img Sunday 24 Jun 2018, 7:00 PM Short URL I hope it kicks the Irish banks in the ass up and down the country.Fianna Fáil’s John McGuinness on the action he hopes the Central Bank takes on Ulster Bank for overcharging some customers on loan repayments. Source: Pool Picture Oireachtas/Rollingnews.ieI have some difficulties in walking. I am not drunk; I have sciatica, I would prefer to be drunk.How European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker opened his address to the Oireachtas. Source: ProPublica/YouTubeImagine getting a call from your six-year-old niece. She’s crying and begging me to go get her. She says, ‘I promise I’ll behave, but please get me out of here. I’m all alone.’Civil rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury on audio released from a US detention centre. 18,799 Views Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Want culture Head to Tarpon Springs the 3rd best town in the

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Tarpon Springs came third for culture in the USA 2019 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards, following another award recently for being the Best Historic Town in America.The town with the large Greek community is known for its sponge divers, fresh baked baklava and Epiphany Day celebrations. And the cultural heritage of the town was recognised when it was voted No 3 on the list of towns with populations less than 30,000 people.“Visit the small town of Tarpon Springs, and you might feel like you’ve been transported to the shores of the Greek Islands. The city’s Tarpon Arts Program features four cultural venues, the Cultural Center, Performing Arts Center, Safford House and Heritage Museum. Other cultural attractions include the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Historic Train Depot Museum and the Sponge Docks Fishing Village,” states the report.READ MORE: Discovering the Greeks in the heart of the American ‘South’The shortlist of 20 candidates were compiled by a panel of experts, however the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.Top towns for culture were:1.Doylestown, Pennsylvania2.Point Pleasant, West Virginia3.Tarpon Springs, Florida4.Staunton, Virginia5.Media, Pennsylvania6.Paducah, Kentucky7.Easton, Maryland8.Traverse City, Michigan9. Guthrie, Oklahoma10. York, South Carolinalast_img read more

Rumor ITVs Bradley Walsh Is Doctors New Companion

first_img Let me preface this by saying: Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.Quiz show host, comedian, and actor Bradley Walsh is rumored to be the next Doctor Who companion.According to tabloid Daily Mirror, the 57-year-old former soap star will join Jodie Whittaker next year on her travels through all of space and time.The report, picked up by equally dubious British rag The Sun, suggests Walsh—”old enough to be [Whittaker’s] father”—has already been given the role.“Bradley is super excited to be joining the cast … in such a key role,” according to an unnamed source. “It means that his schedule over the coming months will be jam-packed—so he won’t be able to continue with the full range of programs he currently makes.”That includes sports game show Play to the Whistle (on which he serves as team captain) and daytime quiz program Cash Trapped.“But, crucially, it won’t affect his role as presenter of The Chase,” the informant said of the popular broadcast. “He loves that show with a passion, and so does the audience, so he’s delighted to have found a way to make it all work.”Walsh (who is probably not actually the Thirteenth Doctor’s companion), like Whittaker, has a history with incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall.Both men worked on Law & Order: UK—Walsh as star DS Ronnie Brooks, Chibs as executive producer (13 episodes) and sometimes-writer (six episodes) in 2009.Since 35-year-old Whittaker was revealed as the first female Doctor, people have been going mad with speculation over who she’ll take along for the ride. Will we have an all-female Team TARDIS? Will the classic paternal father-daughter relationship be turned on its head?The BBC and Chibnall remain tight-lipped; there is no word on when an official announcement will be made. But my gut (and my logic) tells me whoever the Thirteenth Doctor enlists for her adventures, it won’t be Walsh.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

Dyche frustrated by Arsenal diving

first_imgBurnley manager Sean Dyche has lamented Arsenal’s diving during their 3-1 loss at the Emirates on Saturday.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completed his brace in the 48th minute before Ashley Barnes reduced the deficit to give Burnley hopes.But substitute Alex Iwobi made it 3-1, but Dyche was left frustrated and has accused Arsenal of “diving”.“No one wants to see diving in the game,” he told Sky Sports. “There was one with (Granit) Xhaka later in the game and I know he dives as he looks at the ref within a millisecond of going down in the box. I do not want to see that and I do not think anyone else wants to see that.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Ashley Barnes comes out of a tackle and their lad clearly elbows him, but our lad comes out with a booking, which is nearly impossible.“There were two dives in the game and no one got a booking. One of them was already on a booking, so that’s a red card.“I’m alarmed by the amount of diving lately, three last week and two this week. No one [the authorities] wants to touch it.“Our player got two hands in the back today and we are now 60 games without a penalty. They are big moments, important moments.”last_img read more

Divisions resurface as Germany commemorates Marx

first_imgA sign dedicated to Karl Marx 200th anniversary celebrations is seen at the Basilica of Constantine in Trier, Germany on 4 May 2018. ReutersGermany marks the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth on Saturday, but celebrations risk being marred by protests as the revolutionary philosopher remains a divisive figure almost three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall.Marx’s birth city of Trier will lead commemorations of the man officials describe as a “great son of the city”, with 600 events planned around the 19th-century scholar hailed for foretelling the ills of capitalism.The centrepiece of the festivities will be the unveiling of a 5.5-metre (18-foot) tall statue of the philosopher-a gift from communist China-with dignitaries including a Chinese delegation and the head of Germany’s Social Democratic Party to attend.But it is also before the statue that the association representing victims of communism have called protests against the thinker they blame for inspiring Stalinist regimes.“We want to protest loudly against the unveiling of the Marx statue and raise our voices against the glorification of Marxism,” said Dieter Dombrowski, president of the Union of the Victim Groups of Communist Tyranny.For Dombrowski, Trier’s decision to accept the gift from China is “disrespectful and inhuman” to those who suffered under communist regimes.Far-right party AfD, which enjoys strong support in former East German states, has meanwhile separately called a silent march with the theme “Get Marx off the pedestal” through Trier’s city centre.With the far-right in the melee, counter-protesters are getting ready to march too against the nationalists.‘Neither glorify nor vilify’Born 5 May 1818 in the western German city close to the border with Luxembourg, Marx developed his theories as the Industrial Revolution gathered pace.His works such as the Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital subsequently became compulsory course material in countries under communist regimes, with revolutionaries from Vladimir Lenin to Mao Zedong seizing on Marx’s ideas.China’s president Xi Jinping on Friday said the Asian giant’s communist party will forever remain “guardians and practitioners” of Marxism, while Vietnamese leader Tran Dai Quang also penned a gushing commentary marking Marx’s birth.Due to Marx’s reputation as the Father of Communism, he was largely derided in the former capitalist West Germany during the Cold War.But since reunification, and particularly over the past decade, unbridled capitalism and its discontents have fuelled renewed interest in Marx’s work.His theories on inequality and oppression of the working class find resonance today as societies once again see social and political upheaval.Rainer Auts, director of a company set up to oversee the exhibitions on Marx’s life, works and legacy, said that more than a quarter century after reunification, it was now time to reexamine the philosopher who left Germany deeply divided.“We’re not looking to glorify or vilify him. But we want to show him as a person in his time, as well as show where he may have gone wrong,” Auts told AFP.But the gigantic statue gifted by Beijing has sparked accusations of a city seeking to capitalise on Chinese tourists or investments.Rejecting the claims, Trier mayor Wolfram Leibe said it is simply “a gesture of friendship” from China.“There isn’t a single Chinese company in Trier. We have no economic relations with China and that means we made this decision autonomously. We are not susceptible to blackmail,” he told AFP.Leibe acknowledged that the statue could become a vandalism target, but said: “that isn’t going to give me sleepless nights. It can simply be cleaned up.”‘Marx should remain contentious’The row over Marx and his legacy has also taken on a further political dimension over the AfD’s planned silent march.A group of counter-protestors want to make themselves heard against the far-right party, saying the AfD’s controversial ideas against migrants constituted a “violation against humanity”.At the same time, the counter-protesters are critical of China’s present.“Nationalism and an authoritarian dictatorship rule in China. Trier city would have been better off using its own funds to build the long-overdue Marx statue,” said the counter-protesters, which include several local left-leaning groups.Wading into the debate on Thursday, German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Marx should remain as he has been in history-controversial.“I think that us Germans, in 2018, should neither inflate Marx nor banish him from our history,” said Steinmeier.“We should neither be afraid of Marx nor build gold statues of him. In short, Marx should remain contentious.”last_img read more

Universal picks up Steve Jobs biopic

first_imgUniversal Pictures has taken over the biopic on Apple co-founder Steve Jobs after Sony Pictures opted out.The news was confirmed by a studio spokesperson, reports hollywoodreporter.com. According to sources, the project has been acquired for more than $30 million.Filmmaker Danny Boyle is to direct the biopic, the script of which is written by Aaron Sorkin. The Michael Fassbender-starer is co-produced by Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.last_img

What to read this week

first_imgFear of yoga being culturally appropriated by the West has prompted many teachers to disassociate it from its heritage, focusing more on the body and less on the mind – a misconception that this primer seeks to reverse; then, read the story about four gusty women who took on Silicon Valley and made deals of a lifetime; and finally a handy guide to improving your linguistic skills. There’s plenty on this week’s bookshelf to keep you occupied.. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf’Yoga Mythology – 64 Asanas And Their Stories’ by Devdutt Pattanaik with Mathew Rulli ‘Yoga Mythology’ begins with a caveat: “This is not a book on the practice of yoga. This is about the mythology that nurtured the idea of yoga. With the ground rules being this set, it goes on to examine through line drawings, images and text the complete 64 asanas of yoga in four sections – Devi, Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. This is something rarely found in one volume. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe book uses various yoga postures as inspiration to lead into the world of Hindu mythology with occasional detours into Jain and Buddhist mythology. ‘Alpha Girls’ by Julian Guthrie Remember these names: Magdalena Yesil, Mary Jane Elmore, Theresia Gouw and Sonja Hoel. Yesil arrived in the US with $43 to her name and would go on to help Marc Benioff build Salesforce, one of the world’s largest cloud-based CRM (Customer Relationship Management) firms; Elmore went from the cornfields of Indiana to Stanford and on to the storied venture capital firm IVP where she was one of the first women in the US to make partner; Gouw, a first generation Asian American, helped companies including Facebook, Trulia, Imperva and ForeScout; Hoel, the first woman investing partner at Menlo Ventures, invested in McAffe, Hotmail, Acme Packet and F5 Networks. “They would be betrayed when they least expected it. Silicon valley, temming with youthful testosterone, is a deceptively rough arena, where bullying, bias, dysfunction and subjugation are part of the rules of engagement. But in the end…these resilient daughters of merchants, teachers, dentists and immigrants would come to realise there was only one way to shake up the industry they loved: by breaking and remaking its rules,” award winning journalist Guthrie writes. ‘Improve Your Word Power – Test and Build Your Vocabulary’ by Caroline Taggart The book begins with 20 questions under the broad head ‘Animal, Vegetable or Mineral’ and I must confess it had me floored. There’s no formal scoring system for the 35 themed quizzes, and a score of 15 is “not bad, while a score of under 10 is not great”, Taggart writes. “It’s up to how competitive you make it, with friends and family or with yourself. The important thing is to enjoy yourself. If you learn something along the way, so much the better,” she adds.last_img read more

Josh Gordon wont be close to Randy Moss with the Pats

first_imgJosh Gordon won’t be close to Randy Moss with the PatsThe Patriots pulled off a trade with the Browns to acquire wide receiver Josh Gordon for a late round pick, and many are comparing Gordon’s potential impact to Randy Moss when he was trade to New England. Colin thinks the comparison is ridiculous since Moss was consistently great for a long period of time and although he could be difficult, he never had substance abuse issues that affected his availability. Gordon has played 11 games in three seasons and still hasn’t shown he stay clean.Gordon is an elite talent but comparing him to Moss is absurd. Also:– Herd Hierarchy after NFL Week 2– The Bears are the Rams without an offenseGuests:Peter Schrager – Fox Sports NFL Insider on Patrick Mahomes scorching hot start, and Antonio Brown drama in Pittsburgh.Von Miller – Broncos OLB on comparisons between he and Khalil Mack, and if new roughing the pass rusher calls make it impossible to hit QB’s.; and if Case Keenum is the answer at QB.Albert Breer – MMQB Senior Writer joins the show to discuss Josh Gordon to the Patriots; and why the Giants taking Saquon Barkley over Sam Darnold looks worse every day.Tony Gonzalez – FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio on how the Patriots can make Josh Gordon work immediately; and if the Seahawks are tuning out Pete Carroll’s message. Pete Carroll’s act is wearing thin in SeattleThe Seahawks were thoroughly beaten down by the Bears, Colin thinks Pete Carroll’s motivational coach schtick is wearing thin just like it did at USC.Carroll always injects life into struggling teams. He did it with a failing USC program and turned the Seahawks into a Super Bowl winner, but his style has a shelf life, and always reaches a point where his players end up tuning him out. Carroll is a great coach, but his means of achieving success isn’t sustainable because it’s based solely on emotion and motivating. The end is rapidly approaching in Seattle.last_img read more

News guide to Georgia as it holds crucial election

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix He also promised to normalize ties with Russia that were ruptured in a 2008 Russian-Georgian war.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) TBILISI, Georgia (AP) – Here’s a guide to understanding Georgia as it holds a heated parliamentary election that will determine the future of the pro-Western government of President Mikhail Saakashvili.__Q: WHERE IS GEORGIA?A: Georgia is located in the Caucasus Mountains with its western border on the Black Sea. Russia looms over Georgia from the north, while Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan are on its southern and southeastern borders. Annexed by the Russian Empire in 1801, Georgia had a few brief years of independence after the 1917 Russian Revolution before being absorbed into the Soviet Union. ___Q: WHY DOES THIS ELECTION MATTER?A: Georgia sits on pipelines carrying Caspian crude to Western markets and has been the subject of tense rivalry between the West and its former imperial master, Russia. This vote ushers in a political reform that will give more powers to parliament and allow the winning party to name the prime minister, who will become more powerful than the president once Saakashvili, the incumbent, steps down next year.Q: WHO ARE THE MAIN PLAYERS IN THE ELECTION?A: Saakashvili’s party is struggling to retain its control over parliament in a battle against the opposition Georgian Dream coalition led by the nation’s richest man, Bidzina Ivanishvili, who made his fortune in Russia.Some 3.6 million people are eligible to vote.Q: WHAT ARE THE CAMPAIGN ISSUES?A: Saakashvili has sought to cast the vote as a choice between further movement toward economic prosperity and integration with the West with him or falling back under Russian domination under Ivanishvili, whom he has accused of serving Moscow’s interests.Ivanishvili, the challenger, has rejected the claim. He has accused Saakashvili of authoritarian trends and promises to make Georgia more democratic while continuing to move toward eventual membership in the European Union and NATO. Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   center_img ___Q: HOW DID IT GAIN INDEPENDENCE?A: Georgia declared its independence in April 1991 as the Soviet Union was crumbling. Its first president, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, was soon ousted in a violent military coup and fled the country in January 1992. Eduard Shevardnadze, who had served as the Soviet foreign minister, returned to his homeland and remained Georgia’s leader until the end of 2003.___Q: WHAT IS GEORGIA KNOWN FOR?A: Georgia is the birthplace of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, who was born in Gori in 1878 and ruled the Soviet Union from 1924 until his death in 1953.Georgia also is considered the birthplace of wine, with archeological evidence showing that it was where wine was first produced at least 6,000 years ago. The country still takes great pride in its reds and whites.Georgian wines and food were considered the best in the Soviet Union, and Georgian restaurants remain popular in Russia. Georgians also are known for their warm hospitality, with Russian visitors joking that the most difficult part about visiting Georgia today is getting up from the table or freeing yourself from an embrace, despite the chill in relations between the two countries.Georgians were also among the first to adopt Christianity, which they did in the 4th century. Stone churches built in the 10th century still stand, and the patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church is by far the most respected figure in the country today. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more