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6 People on the Move: Risk & Insurance


Boost Insurance appoints Chief Underwriting Officer, FM Global appoints new leadership for AFM, Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers awards insurance trainee scholarship and more in this edition of People on the Move.

Boost Insurance Appoints Chief Underwriting Officer

Emy Donovan, Head of Underwriting, Boost Insurance

Insurance infrastructure platform Boost has appointed Emy Donavan as Chief Underwriting Officer.

Donavan joins Boost from Fin Capital, where she was a venture capital partner.

Donavan will oversee Boost’s program underwriting, product development and portfolio management in conjunction with the company’s Insurtech and integrated partners, according to a press release.

She will also be responsible for developing and executing Boost’s reinsurance strategy and venture capital markets.

For more than 20 years, Donavan has held a number of senior underwriting positions, including Director of Resilience Underwriting and Global Head and Head of Cyber, Technology and Media Underwriting Office at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialties (ACGS).

“Emy is a highly accomplished senior insurance executive with a proven track record of leading the development and execution of complex property and casualty insurance programs while consistently delivering profitable underwriting returns,” said the CEO and Boost founder, Alex Maffeo.

“She is passionate about driving innovation in the industry and challenging the status quo to find solutions where others accept the norm. Emy shares our enthusiasm for the Insurtech movement and I’m excited to work with her as we effect positive change in the industry for the modern insurance client.

INSTANDA hires new CFO

Liz Prior, Chief Financial Officer, INSTANDA

Codeless insurance platform INSTANDA has appointed Liz Prior as chief financial officer.

Prior joins INSTANDA as the organization aims to expand its geographical presence in Europe, the United States, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.

In her new role, Prior will be responsible for “optimizing the business, developing financial and business strategies that further enhance INSTANDA’s growth,” according to a press release.

A recognized qualified actuary, Prior has worked in the insurance industry for over 13 years. Most recently she was Managing Director of Hiscox Insurance Company Guernsey.

“Liz will be a terrific addition to the INSTANDA business. Her proven leadership, exceptional technical abilities and exceptional business judgment will be integral to our expansion plans,” said Tim Hardcastle, CEO and Co-Founder of INSTANDA.

“I am delighted to welcome Liz and look forward to her many contributions as we grow and grow our business to new levels.”

FM Global Appoints Head of Global Middle Market Division, AFM

Ziad Alex S. Tadmoury, Senior Vice President, AFM Division Director, FM Global

FM Global has appointed Ziad Alex S. Tadmoury as senior vice president, divisional head of AFM, which specializes in insuring middle-market customers worldwide.

Tadmoury has been with FM Global since 1989, when he joined as a reinsurance claims analyst. Since then, he has held a number of positions, including Deputy Head of FM Global’s construction and international food units, based in London, and Senior Vice President of Operations, Chief Operating Officer based in Paris.

Most recently, Tadmoury served as senior vice president and head of FM Global’s Asia-Pacific division in Singapore.

His new role will be based at AFM’s offices in Johnston, Rhode Island. He succeeds Gerry L. Alonso who retired in July 2022 after 37 years with FM Global.

Apart from FM Global, Tadmoury has also worked with Hannover Re in Athens, Greece.

Tokio Marine HCC – Public Risk Group Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Tokio Marine HCC – Public Risk Group has appointed Megann Kellom as Chief Operating Officer. She will report to Group Chairman, Christopher Skarinka.

“Megann brings extensive insurance experience, public sector knowledge and operational acumen to Tokio Marine HCC – all of which will benefit the Public Risk group as we deepen our innovation strategy and accelerate our territorial expansion,” Skarinka said.

Kellom has worked in the insurance industry for over 20 years. Most recently, she served as President of the Public Entities Group at Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions, where she held various executive and operational positions during her tenure.

Kellom’s experience also includes actuarial roles at Arch, Liberty Mutual and Safeco. She is a member of the Casualty Actuarial Society.

RT Specialty promotes senior account manager Daniel Wilhelm

Daniel Wilhelm, Senior Account Manager, Environmental and Construction Professional Practice, RT Specialty

RT Specialty’s Environmental and Construction Professional Practice (RT ECP) ​​has promoted Daniel Wilhelm to Senior Account Manager. Since 2018, he has been responsible for supporting the team’s new senior management new sales, marketing and customer renewal efforts, according to a press release.

“Dan has been dedicated to learning about this very complex industry and the many ranges of coverage available to our customers based across much of the United States,” said Joseph Reynolds, senior vice president, RT ECP. “As a result, he has earned the trust and respect of our officers as well as the entire organization at all levels.”

Prior to joining the RT ECP team, Wilhelm held senior positions in the insurance, investment and banking industries.

In addition to his previous work at JPMorgan Chase, he was Account Manager for Commercial Lines at Anderson Insurance Agency, Direct Manager of State Farm Insurance, and District Team Leader and Financial Advisor for McAdam Financial. Group.

Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers Awards Scholarship to MJ Insurance Intern

The Council Foundation, a charitable educational organization established by the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers, recently awarded a $5,000 scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year to Julia Patras, summer learning and development intern at MJ Insurance .

Patras is one of 75 students across the country who received a Council Foundation scholarship this year as part of the organization’s core mission to bring new and diverse talent to the commercial insurance brokerage industry. .

During her internship at MJ Insurance, Patras helped document department processes and create e-learning modules for associate onboarding, according to a press release. She has also worked with Human Resources on employee relations issues such as exit interviews.

Funded by the Assurex Global Ashlock Game Changer Scholarship and paid through the Council Foundation, the scholarship Patras receives will be applied to her final year at Depauw University, where she will earn a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

“Julia’s work has been invaluable and her flagship project has been particularly impressive,” said MJ Insurance President and COO Jon Loftin.

“His final presentation applied his psychology studies to explain the importance of leadership, measuring and developing emotional intelligence for business success. His recommendations on how we can better support our leaders and associates in developing this skill set will be used for many years to come.” &

Javier Marías, famous Spanish writer, dies at 70


Javier Marías, a renowned Spanish author who used multi-layered plots and complex literary structures to explore the labyrinths of espionage, smoldering obsessions and tipping points between commitment and betrayal, died on September 11 in his home in Madrid. He was 70 years old.

His death was announced by his Madrid-based publisher, Alfaguara, citing pneumonia as the cause.

Mr. Marías’ body of work – more than 15 novels and collections of short stories and essays – was hugely popular in the Spanish-speaking world and translated into dozens of languages, including English. It sold nearly 9 million copies, led by its three-book spy saga “Your Face Tomorrow” often considered his masterpiece.

He remained less well known in the United States, however, despite American connections through his father’s academic positions and reviews that often placed him among famous contemporary authors such as Orhan Pamuk, JM Coetzee and Paul Auster.

The dominant themes of Mr. Marías’ novels were very varied: mysterious murders, international espionage, family secrets, etc. He could keep it light or get graphically violent. Yet all of his novels had a heavy layer of emotional and moral fog that left the characters – sometimes interpreters and translators as he once was in real life – trying to grope their way through.

“He wrote thrillers like a poet,” said a tribute to the author in the Guardian.

Mr. Marías has often spoken of memory as having its own intrinsic weight. The past always puts pressure on the present, he told interviewers. It can be as personal as a memorized conversation. Or as collective as the repression of the dictatorship led by General Francisco Franco in Spain from 1939 to 1975.

He built his prose like scaffolding to support the weight of his characters’ memories, decisions, and dilemmas. He could create sentences of several hundred words. Adjectives and adverbs grow everywhere. He could veer off into rabbit hole digressions that could go on for dozens of pages.

In “Your Face Tomorrow,” a 1,274-page three-volume spy tale first published in Spanish as “Tu Rostro Mañana” between 2002 and 2007, Mr. Marías takes 150 pages to fully unfold a scene in which someone is almost killed by a sword.

“A description is also a digression, just like dialogue,” he said in 2017. “You could do without one of those things. Writing is precisely that, delving and digressing.

This style almost always worked, giving Mr. Marías a reputation as a virtuoso storyteller whose canvas was much bigger than the story itself in the mold of Marcel Proust or Herman Melville.

“As in the best novels and the most successful magician’s acts, one emerges heavy with emotion, wondering how he succeeded,” said a 1997 review in the Sydney Morning Herald of the English translation of “Un Corazón Tan Blanco”. or “A Heart So White,” an elliptical plot in which a performer realizes he barely understands his family or himself.

This kind of onion-skin plot was Mr. Marías’ favorite terrain. Its main characters have often faced moral ambiguities and crossroads. In the epic “Your Face Tomorrow” – a reference to Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” when eldest son Hal begins to realize he is turning against his former companions – a Spanish translator is recruited by British intelligence but later questions his role as an interpreter and everything the spy cell stands for.

His imaginary worlds oscillate between the moral dullness of John le Carré’s spy novels and the allegorical significance of Miguel de Cervantes’ “Don Quixote”. Fiction, he said, can be more reliable than reality in getting closer to truths.

John le Carré, who elevated spy novels to literature, dies at 89

“The only things that can be fully said, without rectification, without the possibility of someone saying, ‘No, no, no, no, no. It wasn’t like that, it’s fiction,” Mr. Marías told the Danish arts website Louisiana Channel in 2018.

In his own life, Mr. Marías also presented many aspects.

He held libertarian views skeptical of the government, but praised the way the European Union helped Spain become “a normal European country” after the dictatorship. He sometimes supported the national agreement, the “pacto de olvido”, or pact of oblivion, after Franco’s death prevented blame from being cast on his regime for decades; other times he wondered if the pact left the country in a psychological straitjacket.

In Madrid, he rented two almost identical apartments near the Plaza Mayor. One had dark furniture, the other had the same decor in white. A Paris Review reporter wrote that both were cluttered with stacks of books, DVDs of American movies (many of which featured comedian Jerry Lewis), and TV series such as “Bonanza” and “Friends.”

He liked to playfully note that his own literary journey had begun in decidedly unchic Paris in the summer of 1967 helping his filmmaker uncle, Jesús Franco, who mainly produced low-budget films such as “In the Castle of Bloody Lust” and “Marquis de Sade: Justine” with Jack Palance and Klaus Kinski. The B-movie sets became the backdrop for Mr. Marías’ first novel, “Los Dominios del Lobo” (“The Domains of the Wolf”) in 1971.

Mr. Marías had fun being the “king” of the imaginary monarchy of Redonda, a veritable uninhabited Caribbean island in Antigua and Barbuda that was once self-proclaimed “kingdom” by an eccentric shipping magnate at the end of the 19th century.

Redonda has become something of a whimsical kingdom for authors, artists and others who create what is commonly called an “intellectual aristocracy”. Mr Marías became “Xavier I” in 1997 after the abdication of British author Jon Wynne-Tyson, who had once visited the island. Mr. Marías never succeeded.

“I’ve never been monarchical,” he joked in a tongue-in-cheek interview with the Paris Review.

‘Dialogue’ as translator

Javier Marías Franco was born on September 20, 1951 in Madrid, the son of writer Dolores Franco and Julián Marías, a philosopher who opposed Franco’s nationalist side during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 and was threatened with execution after the takeover of Franco’s forces. (Mr. Marías’ mother’s last name has no relation to the dictator.)

Mr. Marías’ father was banned from teaching and held two visiting professorships in the United States, first at Wellesley College in Massachusetts and then at Yale University in Connecticut. This experience gave young Mr. Marías a foundation in English that he would refine as a translator after graduating in 1973 with a degree in Philosophy and Literature from the Complutense University of Madrid.

From 1983 to 1985 Mr Marías lectured at Oxford University on translation theory – and used his time there as fodder for “All Souls” (1989) about a fictional relationship between a student and a visiting Spanish teacher.

Many literary observers, such as the University College London professor Gareth J. Wood, has made connections between Mr. Marías’ expressive style and his ability to convey nuances and complexities in Spanish “in dialogue” with writers such as Laurence Sterne, Thomas Browne, Vladimir Nabokov and William Faulkner.

Mr Marías said his ideal literature school “would require students to know at least two languages ​​and translate books”.

Survivors include his wife of four children years, Carme López Mercader, editor; two stepchildren; and three brothers. Complete information about the survivors was not immediately available.

Among his awards were the 1997 Dublin International Literary Prize for ‘A Heart So White’ and Spain’s highest literary award for the crime novel ‘The Infatuations’ (2011). He turned down the Spanish award, saying he didn’t want to be seen as “favoured” by the government.

In the book, he may have taken a self-deprecating swipe at the Nobel Committee for never receiving the prize. A supporting character, a pompous author, has already written his Nobel acceptance speech — in Swedish.

Oracle opens the first cloud region in Spain


Oracle continues its rapid expansion with the opening of 40e cloudy region

Public and private organizations in healthcare, financial services, education, and retail will benefit from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s enterprise-grade performance and security, powerful data and analytics, and multicloud

Thousands of customers across Spain and Europe are innovating on OCI, including BBVA, Grupo EULEN, Día, Grupo Piñero and Barcelona Health Hub

Oracle now operates 10 European cloud regions that run on 100% renewable energy

AUSTIN, TX and MADRID, September 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Oracle today announced the opening of the first Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) region in Spain to meet the growing demand for enterprise cloud services in the country. The new region of Madrid will give Oracle SpainCustomers and partners based in the public and private sectors have access to a wide range of cloud services to modernize their applications, innovate with data and analytics, and migrate critical workloads from their data centers to OCI.

“Local organizations and public institutions are taking firm steps to establish Spain as a technology-driven innovation-driven country,” said Albert Triola, General Manager, Oracle Spain. “With the opening of Oracle Cloud Madrid Region, we reinforce our commitment to helping our customers take advantage of the best cloud technologies while enabling the highest standards of security, availability and performance.”

New Madrid the region is Oracle’s 40e global cloud region and will offer more than 100 OCI services, including the unique converged database capabilities of Oracle MySQL HeatWave and Oracle Autonomous Database. This comprehensive set of cloud services provided by OCI can help organizations Spain improve IT and operational efficiency, get insights from their data faster, and build and deploy cloud-native applications.

The Madrid is Oracle’s seventh cloud region in the European Union (EU). It will allow organizations to deploy resilient applications across multiple sites to provide disaster protection without sensitive data leaving the EU. OCI plans to offer new sovereign cloud regions for the EU in Spain and Germany in 2023.

An unwavering commitment to conduct sustainable operations

Underscoring its ongoing focus on sustainability, Oracle has committed to powering all Oracle Cloud regions globally with 100% renewable energy by 2025. Multiple Oracle Cloud regions, including regions in North America, South Americaand—with the addition of Madrid—10 regions in Europeare already 100% powered by renewable energy.

OCI Ecosystem Helps Accelerate Cloud Adoption

OCI’s extensive network of over 75 global and regional OCI FastConnect partners provides organizations with dedicated connectivity to Oracle Cloud regions and OCI services. FastConnect provides an easy, flexible, and cost-effective way to create a dedicated private network connection with higher bandwidth, lower latency, and more consistent performance compared to public Internet connections. Interxion, a Digital Realty Company, is the host partner for Oracle Cloud Madrid Region’s new FastConnect site. Partners available at launch for the Oracle Cloud Madrid region include Colt, DECIX, Equinix, and Interxion.

Customers and Partners Embrace the New Oracle Cloud Madrid Region

“The opening of Oracle Cloud Madrid Region is great news for our BELA project, allowing us to protect the valuable data we process even more securely than before, and it helps us facilitate regulatory compliance, sovereignty data and data protection,” said Álvaro. Gaviño, world leader in behavioral economics, BBVA.

“For our information systems to align with business objectives, it is essential to provide them globally while ensuring the best local experience. The Oracle Cloud Madrid region is fundamental because it will allow us to achieve higher application performance, improve connectivity with end users and accelerate interconnection with other clouds in Spain and southern Europe“, said Alejandro Las Heras Vázquez, Chief Technology Officer, EULEN group.

“We believe that the opening of the Oracle Cloud Madrid region is essential to support the communications and regulations that help us implement IT solutions in the Iberian region,” said Antonio de la Tourdatabase manager, DIA.

“Due to the nature of our industry, our group’s business requires a variety of capabilities that can only be achieved in the cloud. Our journey to the cloud with Oracle was completed in less than a year, allowing us maintain security and business continuity A local cloud region will further benefit our strategy, helping us reduce service latencies, secure the regulatory framework for data, and combine a variety of cloud services to meet our business challenges said Mateo Ramón, CIO, Pinero Group.

“Oracle’s cloud platform is essential to the development of our hub, our overall growth and the integration of future members and partners. It is important for BHH to have an IT platform that provides security and stable, efficient and effective data operations. Oracle is part of our digital health ecosystem. We collaborate and have full confidence in their cloud services,” said

Eva Rosellgeneral director, Barcelona Health Center (BHH).

“A key driver of success in the cloud market is helping our customers embrace the cloud to grow their business, offering a comprehensive and differentiated portfolio with the support of industry-leading partners. Our partnership with Oracle will allow us to expand our cloud services and strengthen our strategic positioning in PaaS, as well as strengthen the value proposition of our database and middleware applications with one of the market leaders,” said María Jesús Almazor, Cybersecurity CEO and clouds, Telefonica Tech.

“Opening an Oracle Cloud region in Spain is more than good news. We congratulate Oracle on this decision which will greatly contribute to the innovation of new products and services in the cloud. This is a great opportunity for our joint customers and, without a doubt, a great boost for their cloud journeys,” said Ramón Pérez, Director of Sales and Portfolio, Capgemini.

“The expansion of Oracle’s cloud offerings in Spain is cause for celebration and further proof of the growing demand for cloud migration as a fundamental axis of business growth in the country. Oracle’s commitment to Spain is a driver of technological progress through Europe,” said Christmas Cheersdirector, cloud and alliances, Kyndryl Spain and Portugal.

“We congratulate Oracle on the opening of its Oracle Cloud Madrid region, which brings some of the most advanced cloud technologies to Spain. It will be a powerful lever to help advance the business strategies of Spanish organizations and public sector entities, including spain universities, which rely heavily on new technologies in their quest for innovation,” said Santos Pavón de Paula, Managing Director, UNIVERSITY XXI.

Oracle Cloud’s rapidly growing global footprint

Oracle provides a broad and consistent set of cloud services across 33 business regions and seven government regions, in addition to several dedicated and national security regions that span 22 countries on five continents.

Oracle Cloud regions currently available:

  • Asia Pacific: Tokyo (Japan), Osaka (Japan), Seoul (South Korea), Chuncheon(South Korea), Bombay (India), Hyderabad (India), sydney (Australia), melbourne (Australia), Singapore (Singapore)
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  • Middle East: Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Abu Dhabi and dubai (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES), Jerusalem (Israel)
  • Africa: Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • Government: Two general U.S. government regions, three U.S. Department of Defense-specific government regions, several U.S. national security regions, and two United Kingdom government regions (London and Newport, Wales)

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The great Spanish literary Javier Marías dies at the age of 70 | International


The writer Javier Marías, author of novels whose A heart so white, all souls, dark return of time and Tomas Nevinsondied in Madrid at the age of 70, his family confirmed on Sunday.

Born in the Spanish capital, Spanish-speaking scholar and contributor to EL PAÍS, Marías made his debut as an author in 1971 at the age of 19 with Los dominios del lobo (or The domains of the wolf), a novel written “in the morning” – he had always considered himself an “evening” writer – in the Paris apartment of his uncle, the filmmaker Jesús Franco, for whom he had translated scenarios on Dracula. His beginnings are dedicated to his mentor Juan Benet, who negotiated with the Edhasa publishing house to print it, and to his friend Vicente Molina Foix, who “gave” him the title.

For many years, Marías combined writing and translation with teaching at the Complutense University of Madrid. In 1979, his version of Laurence Stern Tristan Shandy won the Spanish National Prize for Translation and he would get the same distinction in 2012 in the storytelling category for fads, but as he had announced in advance, he refused to accept. The move, based on accolades established by the Spanish state, also affected his view of the Cervantes Prize, which he did not win, but not the Nobel Prize, for which he was nominated. Despite this, Marías has won some of the most important international literary prizes, from Venezuela’s Rómulo Gallegos Prize to the Dublin Literary Prize and the Formentor Prize as well as the Nelly Sachs Prize.

After winning the Herralde Prize for The man of feelings (1986) and inaugurating his “Oxford cycle” with all soulsMarías’ work gained international notoriety with the publication in 1992 of a A heart so white, which won the Spanish Critics’ Prize. In this critically acclaimed novel, Marías’ unmistakable first person was crystallized, which sought to synthesize storytelling and reflection in long paragraphs that – in the service of a mysterious plot point or moral dilemma – obsessively reproduce the winding path of thought. later came Tomorrow in battle think of me (1994) and, at a time when the word autofiction was little used in Spain, dark return of time, in which a new twist on all souls has been provided.

Between 2002 and 2007, Marías embarked on her magnum opus: the monumental trilogy which under the title your face tomorrow, his approach to the Spanish Civil War through an incident inspired by the denunciation of his father, philosopher and disciple of José Ortega y Gasset. Imprisoned as a Republican sympathizer, Julián Marías was banned from teaching at universities under Franco’s regime for refusing to sign his name to the principles of the nationalist movement. This forced him to make regular trips to the United States to be able to give lectures and as such Javier Marías spent the first year of his life in Massachusetts, near Wellesley College, where his father was a visiting professor. The Marías were guests at the home of the poet Jorge Guillén and counted Vladimir Nabokov among their neighbors. Marías would eventually translate his poems and which he portrays in the Written Lives volume, a legendary compilation of profiles published in Keys magazine, founded by his friend Fernando Savater.

When it emerged that the Your Face Tomorrow trilogy had closed the cycle of works produced by Marías’ maturity – throughout the 1950s he was still known as “Young Marías”, his father being the eldest of Marías – he returned to fiction with a string of successful novels: fads, So the evil begins, Berta Island and Tomas Nevinson. In a prologue added to the 50th anniversary commemorative edition of The domains of the wolf – his first novel if we exclude the raw and still unpublished The Vispera (Where, The day before) – Marías noted that in response to the frequent question of why he writes, he tended to answer half-jokingly: “So I don’t have to suffer from a boss and I don’t have to get up early or work at fixed hours.” He also said that a writer’s desk was not “the best way for a lazy man to spend his life”.

“Sometimes I put my head in my hands, aware as I am that each page has been patiently written and rewritten, always on paper and in typewriter, with corrections made by hand and then retyped.” Also, for years Marías believed “I won’t live long, who knows why”. What he did not imagine then, he says, is that the “almost childish game” of writing would lead him to “work so much”.

His latest book, Será buena persona el cocinero? (or, will the cook be a good person?) arrived in bookstores last February. This is a compilation of reviews published between 2019 and 2021 in El Pais Semanal, where it had occupied the back page for nearly two decades. “More than 900 Sundays”, he liked to recall, between picky and resigned because he felt he had “never succeeded in convincing anyone of anything”. For years, he was the last regular contributor to send his articles to the editor by fax. His only nod to technology was to later use WhatsApp to send the pages after photographing the pages coming out of an Olympia Carrera Deluxe, to which he ironically linked his fate: when the machine stopped working, he day, I will stop writing.

Marías was one of the most international Spanish writers of all time. His works have been translated into 44 languages ​​in 57 countries, selling over eight million copies worldwide. In one of his last interviews last May, he said: “If I’m held in esteem, I’m happy, I’m grateful, but otherwise I’m not too worried. In my case, everything that was supposed to happen has largely already happened. I can’t complain, I was very lucky. He was aware that his books are in the pantheon of literary history and, at the same time, in thousands of libraries and the imagination of millions of readers. Even so, he said he was not concerned about the fate of his novels. “Posterity is a concept of the past, if that is an apparent contradiction. These days, that makes no sense. Everything ages at an excessive speed. How many writers, as soon as they die, immediately fall into oblivion. Considering the reaction the news of his death caused, it’s unlikely that it was his own fate.

An avid football and film fan, Marías was a controversial columnist and novelist respected by her peers and revered by her readers. He enjoyed signing books at the Madrid Book Fair and confessed to being much more acerbic in writing than in person. Once the door to his office is open, he no longer distinguishes between illustrious photographers, publishers or students.

Having undergone painful back surgery shortly before the pandemic, Marías spent her last years between her home in Madrid and that of his wife, Carme López Mercader, in Sant Cugat (Barcelona). He continued to write on the typewriter but only managed a few lines of a new novel he had in mind. Tired of writing four in the past decade, he succumbed to pneumonia. On September 20, he would have celebrated his 71st birthday.

Annemiek van Vleuten seals victory at La Madrid Challenge as Elisa Balsamo wins final stage


Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) won the La Madrid Challenge 2022 to add to victories at the Giro Donne and Tour de France Women earlier in the year.

Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) won the last stage after being led by Elisa Longo-Borghini. Lotte Kopecky (Team SD Worx) second and Marta Bastianelli (UAE Team ADQ), third, made it onto the day’s podium.

The final stage of five was a simple 96km, 17-lap criterium around the center of the Spanish capital. With no mountain points offered to prevent Lucinda Brand (Trek-Segafredo) retaining the polka-dot jersey and nearly-sewn winner’s red jersey, stage victory and points competition was all there was to it. had to play.

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Balsamo wins La Madrid Challenge Stage 5 as Van Vleuten takes overall victory


However, Trek-Segafredo was determined to play for good. The American team dominated most of the stage. Although they allowed a group of four riders to spend a few hours in the sun, Carlijn Achtereekte (Jumbo Visma), Sara Poidevin (EF Education-Tibco SVB), Sandra Alonso (Ceratizit-WNT) and Nina Buijsman (Human Powered Health ) were never going to have much wiggle room. A cover was placed firmly over the gap when it reached one minute and remained stable for the next 60 km.

The four intermediate sprints only offered bonus seconds, without much interest or usefulness for the breakaways, all far from the general classification.

Between kilometers 60 and 80, the time between the groups began to drop rapidly, as Shirin Van Anrooij and Amalie Dideriksen shared the work to ensure the result of the peloton sprint for their teammate Trek-Segafredo. Movistar and SD Worx also had short spells on the front lines.

With 17km to go, the peloton were charging towards the leaders on the straight, but were keen not to invite late opportunistic attacks by sweeping them away too early. Alonso and Buijsman lit their final matches with 10km to go, before being absorbed into the peloton, and final preparations were made for the fast, flat finish.

In the final kilometers, BikeExchange-Jayco, FDJ and Valcar Travel & Service were all very visible at the front of the race, deterring any further movement.

Under the red flame and it was Movistar up front, but Trek-Segafredo in control. Elisa Longo-Borghini launched herself into the home straight, ultimately serving less of a starter and more of a foil for Elisa Balsamo. As the other riders were forced to chase ELB, Balsamo had a clear run down the right side of the road and took a convincing win by multiple bike lengths.

“I’m extremely happy,” Balsamo said.

“It was my last race with the [world champion’s] shirt and so there is no better way to end such a great season for me. My teammates did a great job today. We really were the strongest team and raced all day. I have to thank everyone in the team. »

Van Vleuten had an unassailable lead heading into the final stage and after completing this stage without incident or accident, finished 1’44” ahead of Longo-Borghini in second, with Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx) 2’18 behind ” third.

Silvia Persico (Valcar Travel & Service) finished 11th in the stage, four places ahead of Elisa Longo-Borghini, enough for the young rider to gain five points in the sprint and take the jersey.


1. Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) 2’21’37

2. Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) ”

3. Marta Bastianelli (UAE ADQ team) ”

4. Megan Jastrab (DSM Team) ”

5. Sofia Bertizzolo (UAE ADQ team) ”

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Persico wins Stage 4 of the Madrid Challenge


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Persico wins Stage 4 as Kiesenhofer’s 160km solo mission is denied


What is the sweet life and why more young people are embracing it


Then there are those who only work to live the life that Instagram makes. They collect their paycheck and take it to Lisbon, Paris or Madrid where they flood social media with images of all the experiences their hard-earned money has bought them.

But Dar LaBeach is a new breed, and they live here just to live.

Life has changed a lot in the past couple of years, and many people are embracing a so-called “soft life” – a rejection of the struggle, stress and anxiety that comes with working a traditional 9-year career. at 5 and drift away your days on the hamster wheel of life. Instead, living the sweet life is about throwing yourself into joy and prioritizing the richness of experiences.

At the start of the pandemic, LaBeach was at a crossroads and decided it was time to make a drastic change. After being laid off from his marketing job in New York in the spring of 2020, he went to Mexico. He was earning between $100,000 and $150,000 a year, but was stressed, disenchanted, and tired of living for anything other than himself.

“It was really, ‘F-all of it,'” LaBeach says Fortune.

He had planned a trip to Mexico for his birthday anyway, but his sudden unemployment sped up the trip. He lost his job on a Tuesday, booked a flight on Wednesday, and by the end of the week he was sitting on a beach in Tulum, Mexico. He needed a break; to breathe.

“It was while I was there that I realized I could really do this sustainably,” LaBeach says. Do what? Being on a beach, frolicking, just living. “I realized, ‘Wow I don’t need to be in New York. I’ve really leaned into the idea that if I need it, I’ll find it.

The month-long trip turned into two months, then three.

LaBeach, 31, now divides his time between New York and Mexico. He is able to do this without spending more than $1,000 a month on rent in either city. When he’s in Mexico, he mostly rents out through AirBnb and he shares an apartment with a roommate in Brooklyn.

He had put aside some savings when he chose to walk away from his job, and he received severance pay when he lost his job, although he says it was pretty insignificant. LaBeach says he doesn’t care about money, and he admits he’s lucky to live this way now because he says he’s been into capitalism for so long.

“Money comes and goes, and when I need money, I can book projects, work, etc. so I don’t let it stress me out,” LaBeach says. Since losing his job in 2020, he has developed a sort of freelance career at will in marketing and strategy consulting. “There are many ways to make money, and I’m proud to have developed a sufficiently diverse skill set over the years in business, strategy, entertainment, services, travel, etc. to get there.”

A shift away from traditional success

You have to have “an existential conversation” with yourself before you can lead a sweet life, explains Deirdre Royster, professor of sociology at New York University. The pandemic accelerated many of these conversations, but life and what people valued were changing before it all stopped.

The “good American life” script of “The American Dream” has been completely reversed, Royster says. It’s no longer just a family of four moving to the suburbs with a tidy house and a white picket fence. Royster herself, a tenured professor at NYU, found herself pursuing a whim during the pandemic to follow her passion for interior design. She applied to the Pratt Institute and won a partial scholarship.

“In the 1980s, people were asking ‘How do we maximize?’ But now people are asking, ‘What is the minimum amount I need to live a sustainable life?’ I love that idea,” says Royster.

LeBeach’s experience during those first few months in Mexico, as he recovered from burnout and a life of career service, made certain things very clear to him: “Never again will I wouldn’t make the trip, wouldn’t book the flight, wouldn’t eat the thing, because of the money… Needing the money isn’t going to interrupt my need to live,” he says.

He’s like many Americans who have used the pandemic as an opportunity to disrupt their lives. The collective trauma of this global tragedy allowed some to pump the breaks, turn into a skid, and realize that there was perhaps something more important in their lives than wondering if they lived enough to their work.

Quietly giving up – the internet’s favorite working term of the moment – its distant cousin, lying flat and the sweet life, have all emerged as symptoms of a shift from traditional expectations of what success looks like in America. Living a sweet life doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have a job, it just means your job isn’t your whole world.

For LaBeach, embracing the sweet life has meant becoming a staunch anti-capitalist, he says. When he moved to Mexico City, he became involved in mutual aid. He says that by connecting with his community there, he came to understand that “a lot of black people move to Mexico City not realizing that we are gentrifiers.”

As the world initiates the soft shutdown of the pandemic, people find new ways to get back to life, Mexico City has become a haven for some Americans looking for a change while taking full advantage of the working age of anywhere. The Mexican government recorded more than 5.3 million Americans flying into Mexican airports from January to May 2022, CNN recently reported. This is almost a million more than the same period in 2019.

LaBeach looked at all the people coming to Mexico from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Brazil, etc., and decided to form a new community of like-minded people. He hosted dinner parties for black and brown expats and immigrants. It has helped amplify local protests and activists advocating for women’s rights. Even though it was just his small community, he wanted to make sure they got involved.

The rise of the sweet life

The term sweet life really caught on among black women earlier this year. The cottage industry of advice, lifestyle hacks, and femininity within the YouTube vlogosphere is littered with videos such as “How to Live Your Best Sweet Life”, “How I Created a Sweeter Life for Myself” and “The truth about the ‘soft’ life.” All are aimed at black women.

“I feel like I’ve entered my sweet life era,” creator Courtney Daniella Boateng says in a video about the hard work it takes to live a sweet life. “I’ve really invested in slowing down and detaching my self-esteem or productivity from these ideas of high levels of stress and just wrestling.”

But many of these creators paint a very opulent picture of #softlife; plus a Sophia Coppola, version of the “Marie-Antoinette” era.

“The sweet life, as portrayed online, can often feel like luxury and real levels of pleasure,” Boateng says in the video. “However, there’s a reality to living a sweet life, that everyone in the real world has to be exposed to, like, you have to work, you have to earn money. Life isn’t always rosy.

Friends and family often ask LaBeach how he allows himself to live the way he is. It’s not like he has a nest egg to fund his life. He took a “$10 in; $20 approach,” he says, and it works for him. He booked commercials while living in Mexico — last year he appeared in a FanDuel ad airs during NFL games and he even has a line – and it gives him extra income doing a job he loves. He freelances by relaxing on the beach, or even sitting in the stands at the US Open.

“I have no regrets,” he said. “Maybe I’ll go back [to a full-time job] and the only way i could at this point is because i know what it means to me to be in this space. I know I’m not there because I have to be there… There are now stipulations and limits in place that allow me to live the life I want to live.

VC artist Pablo Ferrandez intervenes for the performance of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra


The Spanish cellist will perform instead of cellist Truls Mørk in Prague on September 8 and 9, 2022

VC Cellist artist Pablo Ferrandez replaced the Norwegian cellist Truls Mork in two concerts at Prague Dvorak Festivalwith the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Myung-whun Chung.

At the Rudolfinum in Prague, Dvořák Hall, September 8, Pablo will play Cello Concerto in B minor by Dvořák, which will be followed by Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” by Dvořák. The concert on September 9 see Ferrandez in Schumann’s Cello Concerto in B minor and the orchestra performing Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6.

According Munich Philharmonic Orchestra concert scheduleMørk will perform with them on September 10 and 11, 2022, respectively at the Konzerthaus Dortmund and the Freiburg Concert Hall, as part of the orchestra’s guest concerts.

Pablo has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica and HR-Sinfonieorchester, and frequently collaborates with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Janine Jansen, Vadim Repin, Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer, Yuja Wang and Alice Sara Ott. .

Born in 1991 in Madrid into a family of musicians, he studied at the Reina Sofia School of Music with Natalia Shakhovskaya, at Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson, and was a fellow of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. Pablo plays the 1696 “Lord Aylesford” Stradivarius cello – previously played by luminaries, Gregor Piatigorsky and Janos Starker.

THE DARK STONE by Alberto Conejero gets a New York premiere at Repertorio Español this month


Spanish Artists in New York (artistic director Ignacio García-Bustelo) presents the New York premiere of Alberto Conejero’s The Dark Stone, a thrilling story of difference and connection set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War (September 23-2 October at Repertorio Español, 138 E 27th St; in English with Spanish subtitles). In this new production of Conejero’s internationally acclaimed two-character drama, director Ignacio García-Bustelo stars a Ukrainian actor and a Belarusian actor in the irreconcilable roles of captive and captor, nationalist and republican, and asks how and if transcendence might occur between them. . Can circumstances cause us to see each other’s humanity through such entrenched divisions and unequal power dynamics? As Conejero narrows the chasm between “enemy forces” by placing them face to face, in isolation, García-Bustelo’s production, in the powerful suggestion behind its casting, reframes the story in the present.

García-Bustelo explains: “The struggle that took place in Spain almost a hundred years ago during the civil war is unfolding before our eyes between the Ukrainian and Russian nations. The landscape changes; conflict, violence, unrest, Rather than producing this piece as an archaeological piece relating only to a certain period of history, we believe that this work offers an opportunity to examine universal themes about human condition in an age of In doing so, theater remains relevant, because it speaks to us about our current and immediate situation, and provides a place for dialogue with our audience.”

The Dark Stone centers on Rafael (Zenon Zeleniuch), a Republican who was taken prisoner by the Nationalists; Sebastián (Andrew KoGolenok), the young guard in his care, becomes his only company. They reveal secrets in a single night, battling against a daylight that will bring renewed horror and uncertainty; they are both unaware that their meeting will change the course of the war and the theater. The Dark Stone is a play about intolerance and memory as a means of justice, and about the small intimacies that can be found even in the midst of atrocity.

The Dark Stone is inspired by the true story of Rafael Rodriguez Rapún, secretary of La Barraca University Theater and friend and lover of Federico García Lorca in the years leading up to their respective tragic deaths. (Rapún died in a military hospital a year after Lorca’s assassination). Conejero’s vision of Rapún’s imagined captivity and the urgency of his character’s need to protect memory as he faces mortality is a work of fiction, but informed by rigorous research. Conejero writes in an author’s note: “I had the privilege of benefiting from the help of members of Rafael’s family, mainly his brother Tomás, who in Madrid in the spring and summer of 2012 shared with me , at the age of ninety-five hours of memories and memories of their relationship. This work is dedicated to his generosity, his good humor and his high spirit.

While evoking contemporary conflict in its casting choices and minimalist, universalizing production elements, the production simultaneously represents a celebration of Federico García Lorca in New York, a city that radically shaped his art and worldview as he was attending Columbia University. As the play surrounds Rapún’s relationship to Lorca and the preservation of Lorca’s socially invaluable texts, the figure of Lorca emerges in absentia, in a contemplation of the theater’s remarkable ability to keep the past alive as a lingering reflection of the present. .

The production, the very premiere of a work by Alberto Conejero in New York, is also a gripping introduction for New York audiences to one of Spain’s most celebrated contemporary playwrights (and director of the Festival de Otoño in Madrid). Her work plays with collective and individual memory – what we choose to move on and leave behind when the unthinkable happens.

In García-Bustelo’s production, the characters’ inner worlds are expanded with live video, combined with projection design (by Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger) and mapping that creates an intimate focus on performances and experiences. human pain that Conejero’s play depicts – both conflict and reconciliation. García-Bustelo describes the set (by Leni Méndez) as “minimalist; the ruins of a room after a bombing or a natural disaster, or that particular space in our brain after a personal loss, when everything disintegrates in our memories. “

The Dark Stone premiered at the National Theater in Madrid in 2015 and has received Spain’s most prestigious accolades, including the 2015 Premio Ceres for Best Author and the top five categories of the 2016 Premio Max Awards, including Best Playwright, best director, and best production; Alberto Conejero was also a finalist for the Valle-Inclán de Teatro award. Since then, The Dark Stone has been produced internationally in the UK, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay, Colombia, Paraguay, Argentina, Peru and Russia.

The cast of the AENY production is Zenon Zeleniuch (Rafael) and Andrew KoGolenok (Sebastián). The creative team includes Ignacio García-Bustelo (director), Valeria Llaneza (assistant director), Leni Méndez (sets and costumes), Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger (projections), Bruce A! Kraemer (lighting design) and David Lawson (sound design).

Performance schedule and ticket information

Performances run from September 23 to October 2; September 23, 24, 30 and October 1 at 8 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on September 25 and October 2.

Tickets are: Premium – $95 (preferred seat locations and a drink ticket), Support Level – $75

(bears cost of production and cheaper tickets), Regular – $49 and Student/Senior – $25.

Tufts students win Fulbright scholarships


With a variety of goals and ambitions for their year of living and working abroad, seven Tufts Scholars have been awarded Fulbright Fellowships for 2022-2023 and begin their journey in five different countries.

The American Fulbright Student Programwhich was established in 1946 and is administered by the U.S. Department of State, provides a one-year scholarship in which recently graduated undergraduate students and current graduate students spend a year abroad to conduct research, take a graduate program abroad or teach English.

clumps now spoke with five of the Tufts Fulbright Scholars, all graduates of the Tufts Class of 2022, to discuss why they wanted to be Fulbright Scholars and what they hope to gain from their experiences living and working at the foreign. Nico Livon-Navarro, A22, and Carolyn Pelnik, F24, also received Fulbright grants and will work in Brazil and Nigeria respectively.

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Max Goldfarb, A22

Hometown: Wyckoff, New Jersey

Major: International Relations and Spanish

Destination Fulbright: Spain

Max Goldfarb took part in the Bridge year program 1+4 in Ecuador before starting first year and studying abroad in Madrid at Tufts. He discovered that he learned the most in unfamiliar contexts.

“I grew the most sitting with cultural differences and understanding where they come from,” Goldfarb said. “I hope I can be a strong ambassador for my own American culture as well as the microculture of New Jersey and my experience at Tufts.”

Goldfarb will return to Spain for his Fulbright, this time to the northwest region of Galicia, where he will be an English teaching assistant, leading conversation groups and activities with students. As an avid athlete and sports fan, Goldfarb also hopes to find a way to work with students who pursue sports.

Goldfarb, who spent part of last summer leading a group of middle schoolers in Ecuador, hopes to continue working with young people after his Fulbright ends. “I like the energy they bring and the new ideas,” he said. “I I really enjoyed working with children and somehow I would like that to be part of my life.

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Sophia Wang, E22

Hometown: Buffalo, New York

Major: Computer Science and Mathematics

Minor: Economy

Destination Fulbright: Taiwan

For Sophia Wang, an email from Anne Moore, a program specialist in the Office of University Development, caught her eye.

“I didn’t know much about the Fulbright program until I received an email from Anne last semester announcing it as follows: ‘Do you want to go abroad after graduation?’ And I thought, yes of course!

While the idea of ​​living abroad first inspired her, Wang was initially hesitant to apply for the Fulbright. “I thought I didn’t fit the standard Fulbrighter profile,” she said. “I read that over the past few years the candidates had a lot of international experience. Since I only had some teaching experience, I wasn’t sure if that would be enough to qualify me as a contestant.

Despite her concerns, Wang decided to apply, focusing her application on her previous teaching experience and making sure to tie the five essays in her application to an overall goal. and I got it. Wang will teach English in Yunlin County, southern Taiwan.

Wang looks forward to further exploring her interest in teaching within the Fulbright program. “Throughout high school, I had been really passionate about empowering girls to pursue STEM professions, and I ran workshops to teach girls to code,” Wang said. “I thought a Fulbright would be a great way to explore teaching skills, especially language teaching, because it will be a new challenge for me.”

Wang hopes the Fulbright experience, which she will document about herself Youtube channel, will help him decide on his career path. “I want to use the Fulbright as a way to learn how to teach students, and also to understand what I want to do in the future,” she said.

Before After winning the Fulbright scholarship, Wang accepted a full-time job at McKinsey and Company, a consulting firm, which she will start upon her return. She anticipates that the wide variety of experience she will gain in teaching and consulting will prove useful. “With a bit of luck I can synergize and combine the two to figure out exactly what my path should be,” Wang added.

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Jason Smith, A22

Hometown: Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

Major: History and French

Minor: English

Destination Fulbright:France

Jason Smith studied French culture, language and literature at Tufts, and his grandfather was born in France. Thanks to his Fulbright, Smith will have the chance to live in France.

“I’ve always loved traveling and learning about other cultures,” Smith said. “Working abroad and immersing myself in another country’s language and culture is the best way to do that and really understand how people live elsewhere.”

Smith will work as an English teaching assistant at a high school in Argenteuil, located just outside of Paris. He wants to better understand European culture and society and improve his French skills, but also seeks to put down roots. “I hope to make friends there and make connections that will make me feel at home in Paris,” he said.

Ultimately, Smith wants to use her French skills in her career. “I will probably look for a job after my return from Paris, and I hope to speak French in this job. Hopefully I’ll find a way to do this while I’m at it.

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Phoebe Yates, A22

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Major: Film and Media Studies

Minor: Spanish

Destination Fulbright: Spain

Phoebe Yates began her Tufts experience by wanting to pursue a major in International Literary and Visual Studies. “I was really interested in finding an intersection between my interests in language and also art and media, especially film,” she said.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, forcing the cancellation of his study abroad program in Spain, Yates changed his major to film and media studies. However, this change of study did not change his interests..

After hearing about the experiences of other Fulbright scholarship students—and discovering that the immersive program would allow him to pursue his literary and visual arts passions and that his experience could be tailored to his interests—Yates decided to apply.

“I think the best way to learn and understand a language is to live among people who speak it fluently,” she said. “That’s always been a huge goal for me.”

Yates will teach English to primary school students in Logroño, in the La Rioja region of Spain, and hopes her experiences there will open doors for her future career.

“I was talking to Jennifer Burton [professor of the practice in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies], who lived overseas for a year after college,” Yates said. “She thought she was go to doing one thing, but instead it led to something else, then something else. I feel like it’s go to be so for me.

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James Freudberg, A22

Hometown: Newton, MA

Major: Film and Media Studies and Spanish

Minor: Education

Destination Fulbright: Spain

“I’ve spent most of my life in Massachusetts and New England, and I know there’s a lot more out there,” said Jake Freudberg, who will work as an English language assistant in a primary school in Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands.

Freudberg, who was unable to study abroad at Tufts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was looking for opportunities to spend time abroad after graduating from Tufts, and found the program Fulbright was the most prestigious and would give him the most support.

Freudberg is eager to improve his Spanish skills and learn more about Spanish culture, but also wants to take the opportunity to get out of his comfort zone. “I hope to learn more about myself by experiencing something completely different from what I’m used to.”

Freudberg anticipates that his time in Spain will help him decide what he wants to pursue next. “I may want to teach, so it will be a good opportunity to try being in a classroom. Or if I take another path, I think this experience will give me more perspective on my role in the world, and it could even open new doors for me.

Another Real Madrid player ruled out with hamstring injury


Real Madrid have already had their injury problems this season and they only seem to be getting worse. The game against Celtic could have ended in a 3-0 victory for the European champions, but that also had its price. Karim Benzema could miss around a month of action, having been forced off the pitch with around 30 minutes left. Nor was he the only one to have detected a problem during the night.

Eder Militao was replaced at half-time by Antonio Rudiger. The Brazilian started the game as a centre-back but seemed to struggle a bit against Giorgos Giakoumakis’ physique.

Substituting Militao was not a tactical change but a precautionary one as it looked like he had taken a knock during the match. And now it looks like it will keep him out of action for the next few matches.

As tweeted by Melchor Ruizthe MRI indicates that Militao has a hamstring injury to his left leg and will be out for 7-10 days.

Another Real Madrid player has been ruled out due to injury

Thus, that means Militao is most likely to miss the upcoming games against Mallorca and RB Leipzig. And his participation in the next Derby against Atletico Madrid is not certain either.

Luckily for Real Madrid, they have a defensive back-up in the form of Rudiger, who is starting to find his groove this season and showing he can be an integral part of this first team.

As a result, Militao’s missing action is a blow for Real Madrid, but at the same time they have cover for him. The situation is worse when it comes to Benzema as there is no real backup option for him at the striker.

Parity mental health staff at NJ schools, which isn’t all good


TRENTON — Black and Hispanic students in New Jersey schools have less access to mental health staff than a dozen years earlier, while access has improved for white and Asian students, according to a new report who notes that the need is higher than ever in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Mark Weber – a teacher in Warren Township, a lecturer at Rutgers University and a special analyst for education policy at New Jersey Policy Perspective – called the results “very discouraging” given that this is happening in “midst an unprecedented mental health crisis”.

“Over the past decade and a half, there has been a sharp decline in access to mental health support staff for students of color, but now students of color need these staff more than ever,” Weber said.

“For social workers, we seem to have seen some stability for students of color,” he said. “It’s really in nurses and school counselors that we’ve seen the biggest declines.”

In a sense, access to mental health personnel has stabilized across all demographic groups.

In 2008, black and Hispanic students had greater access to mental health personnel – with 10.3 employees per 1,000 black students and 9 per 1,000 Hispanic students, compared to 7.4 per 1,000 white students.

By 2020, those numbers had risen to 8.5 employees per 1,000 black students, 8.4 per 1,000 Hispanic students, and 8.5 per 1,000 white students.

But Weber cautions that parity shouldn’t be the goal when minority students are more likely to live in poverty and, therefore, have greater mental health needs.

“It is very important that we review and ensure that staff who support student mental health are deployed in such a way that the students who need it the most are the ones who receive the most help,” Weber said. .

Weber said school districts have the option of using some of their $4 billion in federal pandemic recovery funds for mental health programs and staff, but that’s a one-time flow of funding which, while helpful, may not be the long-term solution to the problem.

Michael Symons is the Statehouse Bureau Chief for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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See 20 ways America has changed since 9/11

For those of us who lived through 9/11, the events of the day will be etched in our minds forever, a terrible tragedy that we cannot forget and do not want to forget. Now, two decades later, Stacker looks back at the events of 9/11 and the many ways the world has changed since then. Using information from news reports, government sources, and research centers, here is a list of 20 aspects of American life that were forever altered by the events of that day. From language to air travel to our handling of immigration and foreign policy, read on to see how life in the United States has been affected by 9/11.

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Luke Evans on Being a Brilliant Villain, Fatherhood, and Those Tie-In Rumors


Luke Evans runs through his work schedule for the rest of the year. “I go to New York, I go to Los Angeles, I do a premiere, I come back, I shoot a movie, I finish it, I do another press tour. Then I have another movie to shoot at the end of November, as well as another thing on TV, which I can’t talk about yet. Then I’m going to do another movie in early December for another week in Acapulco. And then I’m around for the press, then I fly to Japan to do something there. And then I have Christmas! He exhales, shaking his head in mock exhaustion. “It can be done, and even if I can and still enjoy it, why not?”

Evans, 43, arrives from Madrid, the city where his partner, Fran Tomas, a Spanish graphic designer, is based. It’s early morning and Evans is leaning against a couch, rubbing his eyes and intermittently sucking on a vape. He only landed in Madrid about a day ago. Before that he was in Ibiza and in Portugal before that. Tomorrow he will return to London for a few nights. In case you don’t have the memo, Evans is not a man who stays in one place for long. Nor is he someone who has a habit of turning down opportunities.

“I want to be able to say yes to everything,” he says in his gravelly, melodious Welsh rhythm. He wears a navy blue polo shirt that reveals a thin tattooed band around his right forearm. Stumbs of salt and pepper run over his jaw. “I’ve always been a yes person.”

To say that this philosophy has served him well would be an understatement because, on paper, Evan’s trajectory is unlikely. He was born in Pontypool, South Wales, and grew up in Aberbargoed as a Jehovah’s Witness. At school he was bullied for his religion, and at home his (very loving) parents David and Yvonne banned “movies with sex, swearing, violence, whatever. which is supernatural”. At 16, he left religion and his home for Cardiff in search of work and a community where he could live freely as a gay teenager. How did his parents react? “It was hard, but we love each other and love comes first,” he says. Today, the three are “very, very close”.

In Cardiff, he worked as a postman in a bank. He was selling shoes on River Island. He took up employment as a ‘labourer on a construction site, building walls at council properties all over Cardiff and the Valleys’. Nothing in those early years foreshadowed a career as a Hollywood star capable of switching between big-budget franchises (The Hobbit, fast furious), Disney live-action remakes (The beauty and the Beast and Pinocchiowhy we’re talking today), and prestige TV series (The Pembrokeshire Murders, Nine perfect strangers) but Evans, an only child, had never been a normal child. “God bless them, they gave birth to a firecracker!” he said of his parents.

His various jobs saved Evans money for singing lessons, and at age 17 he won a scholarship to the London Studio, a dance and drama school. He arrived in the city the day Princess Diana died (“I remember driving around central London,” he recalls. “I even saw her hearse pass from [RAF] Northolt, where she had landed, and the family [driving] behind”) and remained for the next 16 years, performing in West End musicals such as Lease, Miss Saigonand Piaf. “The musical theater was great, but I wasn’t at star level,” he says. “I was saving money to pay my rent. At 26, I said, ‘If I’m still struggling at 30, I give up.’ What would he have done instead? “I come from a family of very practical working class people…I could stand in the doorway of a nightclub; I could serve you a meal; I can work as a PA; I can cut hair.

At 26, I said, ‘If I’m still struggling at 30, I give up.’

But, of course, Evans never had to fall back on his plan B. In his late twenties, while performing at Small change, a play about young men coming of age in 1950s Cardiff, he was spotted by an agent. Shortly after, he landed his first film role in a 2010 Clash of the Titans remake, playing Apollo. The coins haven’t stopped rolling since.

There’s a childlike energy to Evans, who talks fast and isn’t afraid to poke fun at himself. This playfulness partly suggests why a man who comes across as warm, witty and always optimistic – the kind of person who would be great company in the pub – is often portrayed as a villain. In Pinocchio, which stars Tom Hanks as a kind-hearted Geppetto, Evans plays The Coachman, luring mischievous children to Pleasure Island, where they are soon sold into slavery. It depicts the character as a sinister Artful Dodger with pale, clammy skin and eyes that roll in their sockets as he sings one of the film’s four original songs. Like the misogynist Gaston in The beauty and the Beast, Evans inhabited a version of evil shrouded in toxic masculinity. Why is he attracted to these abominable men? “Well, I don’t [get] attracted to them,” he laughs. “I just gave them to myself.” And why is that? “I’m good at them,” he says, shrugging. “Maybe because it’s so far from who I am. …If you choose characters where you really have to shed your skin and put on theirs, it’s a lot harder. It is a deeper dive into a person and the psychology of a human being.

Josh Gad, who played Gaston’s sidekick LeFou, has his own theory. “Luke is so disarming,” he says. “He just has the charisma and charm that sucks you in and makes you wonder, ‘How can I shamelessly love someone who’s such a freak? “”

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When selecting roles, Evans’ unofficial mantra is to seek out stories that make the audience think, “We’ve never seen this before.” Alongside Billy Porter, he has just finished filming. Our son, a film about a divorced gay couple fighting over custody of their young child. This is the second time Evans has played a gay role. the first was last year Nine perfect strangers. “It was emotionally one of the most traumatic things I’ve done,” Evans says of Our son. “The story is so real. It’s what people go through all the time, and it’s very relevant, not just to the gay community. Yet he knows the importance of studios making relationship dramas gay stories for mainstream audiences cannot be overlooked.” We saw some incredible movies that absolutely needed to be told – like Milk…Nowadays there are also all these wonderful TV shows about younger generations. They don’t need to be so sensational about a historical story about the fight gay people have had over the decades. Of course, there is still room for these stories. There is also space for stories about daily life.

Playing an on-screen father is a “little workshop” for when Evans becomes a parent himself. He has spoken in the past of wanting to have a child before he was “old”. Does he have an age in mind? “I want to do all the things physically that a young kid would want their dad to do,” he says. ” I do not want to be [saying], ‘I can’t do this because of my back.’ … I think I still have a good decade to go before any of these things become a problem.

It was emotionally one of the most traumatic things I’ve done.

He’s not fazed by the prospect of balancing fatherhood with his frenetic work schedule. “Obviously when the kids start school they might be in the same place, so dad wants to be there,” he says in a way that makes it clear that this is a subject he has researched deeply. “Although I had some really good friends who had extremely successful careers in this industry, and I talked to them about it, and they said they just took their kid with them and their kid didn’t not suffered at all. They went to different schools and they made it work – the traveling circus of life.

When it comes to his love life, Evans is understandably reserved. In Ibiza a few weeks ago he and Tomas were photographed kissing in the sea by paparazzi. “If someone hides in a bush and takes a picture, even though I wouldn’t want them to because it’s a massive invasion of my privacy, what control do I have?” he said stiffening slightly. The relationship is relatively new (in January 2021, Evans confirmed in an interview that he was single) and the couple “live between” Madrid and London. They speak to each other “mainly in English”, although Evans is determined to perfect his Spanish, having started online lessons during the confinement. “I can understand probably 90% of what I hear,” he says.

When he’s not working, Evans surrounds himself with an eclectic group of friends. “Honestly, Luke is one of the funniest and most hilarious human beings I’ve ever met,” says Gad. “He loves all things fun, including good food, any opportunity to sing in a public space, and an establishment that serves endless shots of Aperol spritz.”

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In February this year, some corners of the internet erupted in elated bewilderment when Phillip Schofield posted photos of himself on a ski vacation with, among others, Evans and Tomas. (Interior designer Kelly Hoppen was also present.) There was only one question on everyone’s lips: how on earth did Hollywood superstar Luke Evans end up relaxing in the Alps with Britain’s king of daytime television? Evans flashes a wry smile. “There is a very simple answer. The Prince’s Trust. We’re all ambassadors… They’re lovely people, and they’re very British, and I miss my British life.

Lorraine Kelly is another unlikely friend. This summer, Evans, a super fan of Adele, was one of the thousands who watched Tottenham’s finest return to Hyde Park. “I was standing next to Lorraine Kelly and her daughter. We had the best evening. We sang each song, arm in arm, watching the sun go down on Adele’s face on those big screens.

I have one last question for Evans. As rumor continues to swirl about who will replace Daniel Craig as James Bond, his name is constantly mentioned. Is the audience ready for a gay 007? “I don’t know what the current temperature is with the public, if they care enough about what James Bond is doing in the bedroom,” he says cautiously. “I don’t think it really matters to the character at all if I’m really honest,” he adds, launching into a story of echo 3, the Apple+ action thriller series coming this fall. In it, he plays a “U.S. Army Delta Force special operations soldier.” Preparing for the shoot, which took place largely in Colombia, involved training with the Navy Seals and hiking the Appalachian Trail. “The reason I said we should talk about echo 3says Evans with a cheeky smile, “that’s when you talk about James Bond, that kind of training, every day I was playing that kind of special services character that you put in any environment and [he] survives. It’s deliberately vague, but the subtext is clear: Luke Evans is ready for anything.

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UEFA creates new foundation with Mastercard – GiveMeSport


Lionel Messi, Jordan Henderson, Giorgio Chiellini and Alvaro Morata are all the subject of a new campaign for the health and education of children with the support of the UEFA Foundation for Children, with UEFA Champions League sponsor, Mastercard once again teaming up with the organization.

The new campaign will promote sports and educational activities as drivers of change in the UK, Italy and Spain.

Some of the biggest names in sport have partnered with UEFA to deliver this important message, with Mastercard helping to support the campaign.

Here is the full press release from UEFA:

Mastercard, with the support of the UEFA Foundation for Children, has launched a new fundraising campaign in favor of Save the Children. The campaign aims to help children in poverty realize their potential through the power of football, other sports and educational activities, such as literacy and the arts.

The UEFA Foundation for Children will support the initiative in various ways, including monitoring and evaluating the impact of the campaign.

The campaign will include Lionel Messi reflect on how football gave him the opportunities that many children miss in a new video. Messi is joined by some of the best footballers from the UK, Italy and Spain to generate donations and support local children in each of their countries.

Liverpool FC captain and England midfielder Jordan Henderson leads the UK scheme, which aims to help disadvantaged children up to 16 years old access free activities throughout the 2023 summer holidays. Encouraging young people to learn life skills and engage in continuous learning and development is a vital part of Save the Children’s work, and donations from the UK will be used to support 600 families and over 1,000 children in Manchester and North Tyneside.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool looks on during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage on August 06, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

italian defender Giorgio Chiellini launches next week the campaign to its fans, aiming to raise funds to allow children and young adults from the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the country to access Punti Luce educational centers. These centers promote free access to educational activities, healthy food and offer a wide range of sports and movement workshops, from football to volleyball to sailing – activities that would otherwise be completely inaccessible to people living in disadvantaged and underserved neighborhoods.

In Spain, international and striker for Club Atlético de Madrid Alvaro Morata mobilizes donations to support 220 children living in poverty and at risk of social exclusion. The holistic program will offer them psychological support while offering them opportunities to play sports and study values ​​and creativity.

Urs Kluser, general secretary of the UEFA Foundation for Children, said: “This generous support from Mastercard will make a big difference for the beneficiaries of this program. This will allow more children in need to grow up healthy, have access to education and sport, and have a chance at a better future.

NYON, SWITZERLAND – JUNE 24: The UEFA Champions League draw room before the draw for the UEFA Champions League Q1 and Q2 qualifying rounds at UEFA headquarters on June 24, 2013 in Nyon, Switzerland . (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

“At Mastercard, we believe in doing well by doing good. It is vitally important to us that our technology and our networks have a lasting impact,” said Jeannette Liendo, senior vice president of marketing and communications at Mastercard Europe. “We are proud of this initiative and hope that it, along with our outstanding ambassadors, will enable the right resources for the child to reach for the stars.”

Giancarla Pancione, Marketing and Fundraising Director at Save the Children Italy, said: “The number of children and young people living in poverty across Europe has increased dramatically over the past decade. This amplifies educational inequalities and penalizes the future of the most disadvantaged girls, boys and adolescents, who pay the heaviest price. This partnership is a way of joining forces and putting our best resources at their service, in order to realize their potential and build a better future.

Mastercard supports the programs by providing the technology for people to donate to the cause and by matching donations up to €300,000. The campaign is part of Mastercard’s Cause Enablement work, through which it is transforming the world of digital giving to make it easier for charities to connect donors to causes and make seamless giving possible for everyone, everywhere.

Donation widgets will be accessible through the Ambassador links, MasterCard and social media partners, as well as through banner ads on UEFA.com and the Priceless.com editorial. In addition, donations will come from purchases made on the official UEFA club competitions online store at UEFA.com.

Donations can be made via messages from ambassadors, on the official UEFA club competitions online store at UEFA.com, or by clicking on the links via the Mastercard and Save the Children social networks as well as Priceless.com.

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Lewandowski must form Barca duo with Dembele to rival Benzema-Vinicius


Over the past few months, Barcelona have been feverishly trying to cut tens of millions of euros from their players’ wage bill. But if Robert Lewandowski can triumph in the hidden task he now knows lies ahead of him, LaLiga club president Joan Laporta should immediately double the Polish striker’s salary.

As long as Lewandowski and Karim Benzema stay fit, this season will be a thrilling, high-stakes battle between them to score enough goals to propel their respective teams to trophies.

Real Madrid man Benzema obviously has a significant advantage in that over the past few seasons he has broken away from Vinicius Junior as his brilliant and increasingly inspiring strike partner. Last season, the Franco-Brazilian duo shared a total of 111 goals and assists for Los Blancos while conquering Spain and Europe. Devastating.

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And while the former Bayern Munich man has already discovered that Pedri, Ansu Fati and Raphinha have an innate understanding of his movement in the penalty box, the guy who holds the strongest profile as Lewandowski’s ‘Vinicius’ is Ousmane Dembele, sometimes brilliant but perpetually frustrating. These two men, although both have a history at Borussia Dortmund, are in a rookie partnership.

Lewandowski is not renowned for his patience with second-class work, and while his tolerance has yet to be destroyed, not by a long shot, Saturday’s win at Sevilla showed the scale of the work ahead of him. Barcelona, ​​who had appeared to concede two or three in the first 20 minutes, led 2-0 thanks to Raphinha and Lewandowski’s fifth goal in four matches.

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Sevilla’s corner just before half-time flew towards the back post, where Pedri robbed it knowing the home side had just two defenders back and Dembele was hiding halfway on. field. A visionary and improvised pass. The Frenchman set off like a supercharged Road Runner. His marker, Gonzalo Montiel, had a petrified expression on his face.

Only two men properly chased Dembele’s breakaway: Sevilla’s Joan Jordan and 35-year-old Lewandowski. As Jordan gradually started to look like he was wading through wet cement, Lewandowski lit up which meant Barcelona suddenly had a brilliant two-man opportunity to kill off Julen Lopetegui’s side just before the break.

All it took was for Dembele to show a killer mentality as he played the incredibly obvious pass to his strike partner of 565 career goals. Whether or not you watched the incident, you will have guessed by now that Dembele did the self-indulgent, brainless thing: he ignored his team-mate and compounded the madness by taking a tight angled shot over the bar .

What followed was comical – unless of course you were Lewandowski or Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez. Dembele momentarily held his hands to his head, didn’t apologize to his astonished teammate, then walked back onto the pitch as if, Hey ho! Not serious !

The veteran Polish goalscorer stood still, lungs swollen, hands on his knees, staring at the Frenchman, his mouth hanging open with a stunned expression that read: What the hell did I witness? ! Why the hell did I sprint 70 meters?

This is precisely the kind of thing you might have seen Vinicius doing to the equally grim expressions of MM. Benzema, Modric and Kroos a few years ago. Not now.

Robert Lewandowski and Ousmane Dembele’s on-pitch relationship could determine how well the striker can challenge Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema to be LaLiga’s top scorer. David Ramos/Getty Images

A hardened competitor like Lewandowski – a treble winner with Bayern in his day – knows that a great battle isn’t won by one or two soldiers. It’s not just him and Dembele who make Barcelona great.

Nonetheless, the contest pitting him and Dembele against Benzema and Vinicius will go a long way in determining whether Los Blancos Where Los Blaugrana dominate Spain and compete successfully with the best in Europe.

Lewandowski previously explained to ESPN: “Karim is a fantastic player, who has just had a brilliant season in the Champions League. I wouldn’t compare myself to him… He’s been in La Liga for many years – it will be a new one. challenge for me.

“Benzema has proven how good he is, but it’s more important how we play at Barcelona, ​​what we achieve, and it’s more important that we win every game.”

Let’s be clear. It’s not a breakup in the spotlight, it’s not a crisis. But it’s a problem for Barcelona that their main attacking partnership is both raw and 50% made up of a winger who isn’t a great learner.

Karim Benzema, left, and Vinicius Junior celebrate Real Madrid’s victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last season. Diego Souto/Quality Sports Images/Getty Images

Three factors make the problem worse.

Firstly, the Benzema-Vinicius partnership isn’t just established much longer than Lewandowski-Dembele – it’s really excellent.

Second, while that French winger’s brain freeze counted for nothing against Sevilla, it could, literally, make a difference of tens of millions if it happens again and is responsible for Barcelona not getting away with it. to his brutal Champions League group kick-off. Wednesday, which includes Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.

And finally, just for the record, not pretending that’s a brutal stat, but: Lewandowski and Dembele have now played 306 competitive minutes together for Barcelona and they’ve only combined for one goal.

The focus here is on the winger. Lewandowski is the best player, the most successful, the prolific goalscorer, and he’s the guy Xavi has banked on to make the difference as Barcelona once again strive to win the big trophies. He’s made of ‘good stuff’ and Dembele, frankly, isn’t.


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The Frenchman’s impact on Barcelona is high – he provided a total of 13 assists last season, and Xavi is an evangelical believer but… when Dembele was a free agent this summer, and Barca couldn’t afford to renew him, no other major team saw him as a world-class player to recruit on favorable financial terms.

If Vinicius had been out of contract for the past two months, it would have been the saga of the summer. Allow me to put some meat on the bones: the Brazilian, who just turned 22 last season in 52 appearances in all competitions, gave Madrid 22 goals and 20 assists.

Dembele? Theoretically at his peak, aged 25, he left Xavi delirious with joy and determined to keep him because of the statistics that indicated last season: 32 games, two goals, 13 assists.

There are reasons. Dembele sometimes bursts with touches of genius, yes. Reliability when it comes to doing the right thing, sometimes even the most basic thing, however, as Lewandowski discovered on Saturday night? Absolutely not.

This French enigma shares some traits with Vinicius – even one where he’s noticeably stronger. Each is blessed with not only magnificent pace, but also a fearsome ability to dribble past rivals at high speed.

Both men ensure that if an opposing team play a high defensive line they are guaranteed a nervy night as Vinicius and Dembele can be played by team-mates and give any space between a goalkeeper and his line of defends a naive air, bordering on delusional.

And if this were the Top Trumps card game, the strength with which Dembele clearly overtakes Vinicius is that he truly has two feet.

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Robert Lewandowski showed incredible skill to give Barcelona a 3-0 lead against Real Valladolid.

But not only is Vinicius better overall, despite his junior status, he’s a listener and a learner. His biggest mentor wasn’t Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, or Luka Modric – it was Benzema.

Vinicius previously explained: “I’ve never played with a striker at Karim’s level. From the start, I’ve won space for him to play and he does the same to me. We tried to perfect that relationship – so that I can help more, score more and help the team more.

“I’ve always had confidence, but when you start scoring and assisting more, you become more important to the team and of course the confidence increases.”

These are precisely the things that Lewandowski, even more than Xavi, needs to plant in Dembele’s brain if they, as a duo, are to close the competitive gap on Madrid.

Robert Lewandowski joined Barcelona this summer after spending eight years and winning 19 trophies at Bayern Munich. Str/Xinhua via Getty Images

The lone assist the Barcelona No.7 provided to his strike leader was a bit of a gem. Right-footed dribble, left-footed pass, Lewandowski sprinting over the opener and conjuring up a backheel goal for 3-0 and a game against Valladolid at Camp Nou last week.

What was about as interesting was that while Lewandowski was celebrating, mobbed by his teammates, he was making it very clear to Jules Kounde how and when he wanted the ball sent to him. Next week? Assist by Koundé, goal by Lewandowski. Those who listen benefit. Will Dembele be part of it?

At the moment, Camp Nou’s King Robert is happy to make positive noises about his winger’s potential.

The Barcelona striker told ESPN: “Ousmane is a fantastic player with top quality. I hope he stays fit all season. If Dembele is focused on the game like he is now, he can score a lot of goals and provide a lot of assists.

“On the pitch, I want to lead my team-mates with my body language, show them that no matter how many goals we have scored, we can always score more.

“Always think positive, always play forward. Always work hard. That’s what I want.”

For Dembele, school is in session. Every day should be a learning day. Or else Professor Lewandowski’s body language and vocabulary will change – drastically. Watch this place.

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American Frances Tiafoe knocks out Rafael Nadal to advance to US Open quarter-finals


American Frances Tiafoe pulled off a stunning bout on Monday, toppling Rafael Nadal in the round of 16 at the US Open and advancing to the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6- 3.

Entering the tournament as the 22nd ranked player in the world, Tiafoe entered the round of 16 as the last American remaining in the tournament.

He was already the first American to reach the fourth round in three consecutive years since Mardy Fish in 2010-12. But the 24-year-old is now the youngest American to reach the quarter-finals since Andy Roddick at 24 in 2006.

It was a huge upset and one that will radically reshape the entire men’s draw for the rest of the tournament.

Four-time US Open champion Nadal was the highest-ranked player after number one Daniil Medvedev lost to Nick Kyrgios on Sunday night. Nadal had already won the last 22 Grand Slam matches he had appeared in, including the title at the Australian Open in January and the French Open in June.

He was also 21-1 against the Americans since October 2017, which included straight-set wins over Tiafoe in the 2019 Australian Open quarter-finals and 2019 Madrid third round. In fact, the American n had never won a set against Nadal before their match today.

But sometimes all you need is a day.

Tiafoe attacked Nadal the whole game. Despite only connecting on 50% of his first serves, he hit 18 aces and won 76% of the points he landed on his first serve. He also beat the Spaniard with groundstrokes all game, collecting 49 winners to just 33 from his opponent.

“Yeah, that was definitely a hell of a performance,” Tiafoe said after the game. “I played really well today. Yeah, I guess, I mean, I just came out and I just believed I could do it.

The underdog also knew how to capitalize when opportunities presented themselves. He converted five of his eight break points against Nadal, while the favorite could win only two of his six chances.

“I had a bad game and he had a good game,” Nadal explained. “In the end that’s it, right? I couldn’t hold on to high-level tennis for long. I was not fast enough in my movements. He was able to take the ball too many times early on, so I couldn’t push him away.

However, that doesn’t quite reflect how good Tiafoe was. A night after watching Nick Kyrgios destroy the world number one player, the 24-year-old American absolutely dominated Nadal today.

After Nadal’s final backhand found the net to secure the victory for the American, Tiafoe put his hands on his head. When he sat down in his sideline chair, he buried his face in a towel.

“I don’t even know what to say right now. I am more than happy. I can’t believe it,” Tiafoe said. “He’s one of the greatest of all time. I played amazing tennis today, but I don’t even know what happened.

With the win, he became the first American to beat Nadal in a major match since being ousted by James Blake at the 2005 US Open. Nadal also never recovered from a 2-1 decline at the US Open and fell to 0-7 against that deficit at Flushing Meadows.

“He played well,” admitted Nadal. “As I said, he did a lot of things very well. But if you want to be in the US Open quarterfinals, I have to do better. It’s clear. I couldn’t do anything, none of those things this afternoon. So he was able to do it. He played with the right determination, yeah. Congratulations to him. I wish him all the best.

Beating Nadal and making it to the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam is a huge achievement for any tennis player, but it’s especially special for Tiafoe given how hard he had to work to get there.

“I am a son of immigrants, both parents grew up in Sierra Leone, were born and raised in Sierra Leone. I came to the United States in the early 90s, late 80s, around. My father, who was a maintenance worker at a club, helped build a ’99 club. My mom being a nurse, working two jobs, working overtime at night.

“Being around tennis kind of took us out of our neighborhood. My father was somehow able to watch over us. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Once we got into the game of tennis, my dad said, “It would be great if you could use this as a full scholarship to go to school.” I mean, we couldn’t afford a university. So use the game of tennis.

Use the tennis game he made. Reach heights that even he did not think possible.

“At that time, watching Serena and Venus play the Grand Slam finals at that time, when I was super young. I was like, it would be cool to play Wimbledon, play on Arthur Ashe and stuff like that.

The American will now face Russian Andrey Rublev, the ninth ranked player entering the tournament on Wednesday.

“So now it’s something to say to the kids, to the grandkids,” Tiaofe said. “Yes, I beat Rafa. I hope I never play him again, but I hope I end up with a win.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain waves to fans after losing to Frances Tiafoe of the United States in the fourth round of the US Open Tennis Championships.AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson

We also have a star on our badge: Matt O’Riley is more interested in a Celtic win than a Real Madrid shirt


IT was inevitable that the discussion would turn to the impending meeting with Real Madrid at some point when the Celtic players sat down to lunch after training at Lennoxtown yesterday.

Real are the holders of the Champions League, are managed by the legendary Carlo Ancelotti and are expected to field, among others, world icons Karim Benzema, Thibaut Courtois, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

So there was plenty of heated discussion between Callum McGregor and his team-mates about their opponents and their Group F opener at Parkhead tonight as they ate.

Still, it was clear when they spoke that no one in the Scottish champions’ squad will be impressed when the encounter with the Spanish superstars begins.

Matt O’Riley, the playmaker who once again impressed in Saturday’s 4-0 triumph over Rangers and is certain to start tonight, is confident the in-form Ange Postecoglou side can compete and record a famous victory.

He is fully aware that his side were Britain’s first European Cup winners in 1967 and has no interest in swapping shirts with any of their world-famous rivals after the final whistle.

“The match against Real was a topic of conversation over lunch,” he said during the pre-match press conference at Celtic Park. “We were all just there. I heard someone say, “I think we have a good chance.” We all just bit on it and agreed.

“We’re not going to get in the game and not give it a shot. If we don’t believe we can win, you can see that from the start. I hope you see a team that is right and really wants to win.

“I don’t know why you would want to swap shirts. Celtic are a great club. We also have a star on our badge, you know. That says something in itself. To be honest, when you’re at Celtic Park with the atmosphere in these stands, anything can happen. This has been proven in the past. So why not?

“If you draw here, it’s considered a defeat. It’s new for me. It might not be exactly the same this time around, but when we get out of here, we’re expected to win. This is what we will try to do.

O’Riley, a £1.5million signing from English League 1 club MK Dons in January, had dreamed of playing in the Champions League since he was a Barcelona-obsessed lad growing up in London.

He has limited European experience – he played in both Conference League play-off defeats to Norwegian minnows Bodo/Glimt last season – but he’s not lacking in confidence at the moment.

The 21-year-old, who netted the opening two goals at the weekend, will be hoping he can replicate his sparkling domestic form against Real.

“I have always been mentally ready to take part in this competition,” he said. “Obviously you can’t control what’s going to happen, but that’s always been my goal.

“I feel that I have improved a lot and I feel quite free when I am on the pitch. It’s something I’m working on. I play without fear and when you do that, you have every chance of succeeding.

The attacking midfielder has enjoyed a meteoric rise since arriving in Scotland. he was playing for MK Dons against Cheltenham in an English third tier game in front of 3,704 fans at Whaddon Road this time last year.

“Things have changed a lot since then,” he said. “Back then, I didn’t expect to be where I am now. But all the hard work has paid off and I’m in a good place.

“I remember that Cheltenham game well. There were obviously quite a few fewer fans. They are probably one of the smallest teams in League One.

“It’s hard not to be motivated when there are 60,000 fans behind you. It gives you that extra willpower, that extra yard to chase a runner. So that helps a lot. Playing in front of these crowds has helped prepare me for big nights like this.

O’Riley is a huge admirer of Modric, the Croatian internationalist who is a former Ballon d’Or winner and World Cup runner-up and can’t wait to see how he fares in direct opposition to his revered rival.

“He’s one in particular that I watched when I was younger,” he said. “He’s 36 now and still playing at the highest level, which is impressive.

“I watch a lot of these guys on TV. You can pick things up everywhere or see the shape of the teams and the areas you can exploit. It is important to keep learning your craft. They have an abundance of good players and it will be good to see where we are.

However, the Denmark Under-21 internationalist hopes it’s a night to forget for the Real side who beat Liverpool 1-0 in Paris in May to lift the Champions League trophy for a 14th chance record.

“You don’t want them to take advantage of it,” he said. “Of course not. That will be our intention. As I said before, you have to respect the opposition. They have very good players. But I think we have good players too, so let’s see what we can TO DO.

“There aren’t a lot of teams that play at the intensity that we do, especially the speed on the ball and the way we press as well. We’ll try to make it as uncomfortable as possible for them. We we have to be ready to do that.

“I think Saturday’s game proves that we are already a good team. We are not a team that enters this competition just to participate in it, we are a team capable of hurting the opponent, so we will do our best to do so.

Spivs and charlatans: the dark story of Luis Figo’s transfer to Real Madrid | the league


RResearch by Edward Geiselman, a former professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, has supported the theory that someone who lies often breaks eye contact and looks away at a crucial moment during questioning. While it’s easy to read way too much into someone’s mannerisms or mannerisms, it’s quite telling that in the recently released Netflix documentary The Figo Affair, twice when the eponymous subject is asked directly about his seismic transference from Barcelona to Real Madrid, he gives one-line responses during which his normally inscrutable gaze is broken by a noticeable off-camera gaze.

The two answers came 22 years apart. “Listen, I have a contract and I expect to fulfill it,” he told an inquisitor in July 2000, before his hugely controversial departure from Barcelona, ​​his eyes averting as the sentence ended. More than two decades later, as an over-willing participant in the documentary that chronicles a deal that marked the start of Real Madrid galactic era, Figo is asked directly if he meant it when he insisted he wouldn’t leave Barcelona days before his departure. “Yes, at the time I thought so,” he said, glancing to his left, with the hint of a smile playing on his lips.

Of course, the Portugal international may have dropped truth bombs on both occasions, as The Figo Affair makes it abundantly clear that he seemed a reluctant participant in the barely credible deal that made him an outcast at Barcelona. . During his unveiling as a Real Madrid player, Figo could hardly have looked more miserable as he was presented with his shirt by club legend Alfredo di Stéfano, looking less like the world’s most expensive footballer than he did. to a hostage posing for photos his captors needed to use as proof of life. “I wasn’t in the frame of mind to express my happiness,” he told the camera crew. “I was there but I was not there.”

Seeking to be elected president of Real Madrid ahead of incumbent Lorenzo Sanz, who had just won two Champions League titles in three years after a long drought, Florentino Pérez promised Real Madrid fans he would pay the 60 euro release clause. million euros on the contract of Luis Figo to bring the player from Barcelona during the election, or to pay the renewal of his subscriptions in the event of non-receipt of his man. This, it should be noted, dates back to 2000, when that kind of money bought you much more than a half-decent Premier League full-back.

As Figo felt underappreciated at Barca, where he was the team’s undisputed talisman, his agent José Vega was approached by former Portuguese player turned midfielder Paolo Futre, who was working on Pérez’s behalf. He rejected overtures. Despite this, Futre told Pérez that a deal was possible but said Vega wanted a €10m fee. “And that’s the day the Luis Figo saga began,” he explains. “It’s amazing that it started with a lie.”

Where is it? The creators of The Figo Affair have brought together all the major players in this particular saga to explain their memories of a tumultuous few weeks in the Spanish offseason of 2000 and it quickly becomes apparent that many of those memories are sketchy at best and dishonest at worst. . . Figo, Futre, Pérez and Vega all present their own often conflicting accounts of the move, as well as Joan Gaspart, whose unenviable first task as Barcelona’s newly elected president that summer was to inform the club’s incandescent fans that their best player had just been stolen by their fiercest rivals, Real Madrid.

With or without his client’s consent, Vega had signed a contract with Pérez which meant that if the player didn’t make it to the Spanish capital, someone – most likely Figo’s terrified agent – would be at the president’s mercy. from Real for £19m. Figo claims he knew nothing about it, while Vega insists he did it with his client’s consent. While Barcelona could have paid the penalty clause and kept their Figo, paying so much for a player they already owned would have reduced him to international laughing stock, not least because it was that money with which Pérez planned to renew the les. subscriptions of Real supporters if the transfer failed.

“The main reason I left was because they liked me and really wanted me,” Figo reveals. “In the end, I thought of myself. Was it selfish? Maybe. Did I earn more money? Yes, but if I had stayed, I would have earned the same Not only that, he would also have avoided the trauma of being brutally abused and branded a traitor among other more disreputable epithets by 120,000 Barcelona fans waving banknotes, many of which rained down bottles, coins money, lighters and a knife on him on his traumatic return to the Camp Nou three months later, it would be another two years before the infamous pig’s head was thrown at him as he went for a corner.

“Things have gone too far, a line has been crossed,” says Pep Guardiola, who is part of a supporting cast of former teammates in The Figo Affair. “I must be one of the few sportsmen who had to play with 120,000 against me – and focused on me, not the team,” Figo would later tell The Guardian’s Sid Lowe as he recalled the 2-0 defeat of Real.

The Figo Affair is the entertaining tale of a high-profile transfer reek of subterfuge, clouded in almost relentless uncertainty and driven by the kind of duplicitous chancers, spivs and charlatans that have epitomized this horse trade ever since. Although he benefits from 22 years of hindsight on an ultimately successful career decision he was rather dragged into, the subject of the documentary seems to remain a bit torn about his move even now. “I try not to have regrets because I don’t think they’re helpful to anyone,” he says of the unspecified mistakes he’s made in life moments before the end credits, his black eyes staring unflinchingly at the barrel of the camera. .

Media rights fees for lower-rated sports are skyrocketing


With live sports dominating TV trends and a number of networks vying for game TV rights, rights fees for lower rated sporting events have been escalation. In addition to Major League Soccer’s 10-year, $2.5 billion deal with Apple TV+, several other deals were struck over the summer, including Formula 1 racing, UEFA
Champions League and Big Ten Conference colleges with notable increases in media rights.

Besides potentially high ratings, there are several other reasons for the increase in media rights fees. The first is to prevent these events from going to video streamers as deep as Apple TV+ and Amazon.
Prime. Another reason is that rights fees for these popular sporting events are locked in for years. These include the NFL (expires 2033), Olympics (expires 2032), Men’s March Madness (expires 2032), MLB (expires 2028) and NHL (expires 2028). in 2028). Another common thread is that live sporting events are increasingly broadcast on television.

Formula 1 racing: End of June Sports Business Journal reported that Formula One Racing has extended its US media deal with Disney. Under the new three-year deal, Disney will pay between $75 million and $90 million a year. This is a huge increase from the $5 million annual deal Disney struck with F1 racing in 2019, which expires this year. Under the new deal, most F1 races will be shown on ESPN or ABC. A few races will also air on ESPN+. The new agreement expires in 2025.

F1 Racing has been reported to have rejected offers from Comcast
and Amazon, with Amazon even offering more money than Disney. Comcast’s offer would be in line with Disney’s, with part of the proposal having a handful of races airing on Peacock. It is expected that in 2023, initially, three races will take place in the United States (Austin, Las Vegas and Miami) and three more will take place in locations compatible with the time zones (Mexico City, Montreal and Brazil).

F1 ratings have improved in the US This year, in the first five races on ESPN, viewing numbers have increased by 49% year-on-year. In July, ABC aired the Formula 1 race in Miami which averaged a record 2.4 million viewers. In addition, helping to increase interest in F1 has been Formula 1: drive to survive which offers viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the sport. The docudrama is streaming on Netflix
over the past four seasons.

UEFA Champions League: Another recent deal showing a dramatic increase in media rights fees in the United States was the UEFA Championship Soccer League with Paramount. In August, Paramount renewed its American English-language deal with a six-year deal valued at $1.5 billion. The Hollywood Reporter says the price is 2.5 times higher than the current pact between Paramount and UEFA.

With two years remaining on the current contract, Paramount will be the American home of the UEFA Champions League until 2030. With the United States being one of the host countries for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, we s expect the popularity of football to continue to grow. UEFA is still negotiating its Spanish language media rights deal in the United States.

Reportedly, Paramount outbid other top media companies, including Comcast, which was bidding on English and Spanish packages. Amazon is said to have participated in the last round of negotiations with Paramount. Amazon has the UK broadcast rights to the UEFA Champions League.

Founded in 1955, the annual UEFA Champions League tournament kicks off at the end of June and involves Europe’s major football clubs. The tournament features a round-robin phase with qualified clubs qualifying for a two-legged knockout round followed by a single-elimination league match. Real Madrid are the current champions.

Big Ten Men’s Conference: Lately there has been a lot of movement with colleges and athletic conferences. For example, last year Texas and Oklahoma, two of the most prestigious football schools in the Big 12, announced their departure to join the Southeastern Conference (SEC). A few months later, The Big 12 announced that it would be adding Cincinnati, Brigham Young, Houston and Central Florida to its conference. The college moves continued into 2022 when in July UCLA and the University of Southern California announced they were leaving the Pac-12 to join the Big Ten in 2024.

The addition of the two Los Angeles-based schools made the 16-school Big 10 a national conference with East Coast schools from Rutgers and Maryland in 2014. The Big Ten will have a local school presence in the four largest markets television; New York (Rutgers), Los Angeles (UCLA and USC
), Chicago (northwest) and Philadelphia (Penn State). The surprise announcement came before the Big Ten record media rights were agreed.

In August, the conference struck a seven-year, $8 billion deal (averaging more than $1 billion a year). The new rights deal begins July 1, 2023 and runs through 2029-30 with Fox/FS1, CBS, NBC/Peacock and The Big Ten Network as media partners. The new deal excludes ESPN, which had been televising Big Ten contests for forty years. While football is the most popular sport, the agreement includes basketball (men’s and women’s) as well as Olympic sports.

Looking at the new agreement for college football, Athleticism says Fox will televise games starting at noon on Saturday. Starting in 2024, CBS (after its SEC contract ends) will air televised games with kickoffs at 3:30 p.m. NBC will then air “Big Ten Saturday Night.” This will offer college football fans three Big Ten football games every Saturday on three broadcast networks. Additionally, Peacock will exclusively broadcast eight football games each season.

The networks will alternately televise the Big Ten championship game with Fox televising in odd-numbered years and CBS/NBC alternating in even-numbered years. Last year, the league game averaged 11.3 million viewers. According to Nielsen, in 2021, regular season games generated an average audience of more than 4.1 million viewers on Fox/FS1 and ABC/ESPN.

And after: Upcoming media rights negotiations include NASCAR
, whose 10-year, $8.2 billion annual deal with Fox and NBC expires in 2024. The next big deal, however, will be with the NBA, whose current media deal expires after the 2024-25 season. Currently Disney and Turner Sports own the media rights, ponying up $24 billion on the nine-year deal ($2.6 billion a year). It has been reported that the new deal could at least double, if not triple, the current media rights deal. Additionally, while the NBA wants to retain its relationship with its current media partners, more media partners with a separate streaming deal are more than likely.

Last week the College Football Playoffs announced that they would expand the tournament to include twelve teams. The move will take place no later than 2026, when the current media rights agreement expires. ESPN had the exclusive rights to pay an annual license fee of $470 million. While ESPN expected to bid for a contract renewal, it’s possible the RFP could be televised (and streamed) on multiple networks with a huge cost increase.

The skyrocketing media rights for live sports is also a consequence of the poor ratings that scripted dramas and comedies have suffered. While live televised sports faces the same fragmented landscape, viewership erosion has not been as widespread. As a result, media companies, in addition to outbidding their competitors, see live sports as the last bastion of date viewing.

Miriam Ungría, widow of Kardam of Bulgaria, married Jordanian prince Ghazi bin Muhammad


As if the event had little importance, the presence of the King Abdullah of Jordan during the ceremony gives an idea of ​​the level of this royal wedding between Miriam Ungria there Ghazi bin Muhammad. The link between the widow of Bulgarian cardamom and the Jordanian prince was released by the Royal Arab Agency and other Jordanian media. Miriam, baptized Catholic, married in her first marriage, with the Prince Kardam of Bulgaria, by the Orthodox rite, the religion of her first husband.

Islam is the official religion of Jordan. The majority of Jordanians are Sunnis. the king’s daughter-in-law Simeon of Bulgaria and jewelry designer remarried this Saturday in a ceremony attended by King Abdullah, as reported by local newspaper Alrai. The local press also reports the presence of Princes El Hassan bin Talal and Talal bin Muhammad.

Professor of philosophy and writer, he studied at the famous British Harrow School (1979-1984) and graduated with top marks from the North American University of Princeton (1988). He must be a hopeless romantic considering that his university thesis was titled “What is falling in love? : A study of the literary archetype of love”. The new husband of Miriam Ungria he was also educated at Cambridge (1990-1993) and attended Usul al-Din College in Cairo (2007-2010), where he obtained his doctorate.

The princess graduated in art history by the Complutense University of Madrid and specialized in gemmology and design; she also works as an evaluator. She started working from an early age for different brands, until she decided to give her creations her name. She started selling her products in The English Court and little by little it was expanding its market both in Spain and abroad.

The tragedy that changed Ungría’s life in 2008

Seven years after the death of Bulgarian cardamom, the widow of the former heir to the royal family changes dramatically when she becomes the wife of a Muslim prince. Miriam has recently been living at home in London, where she has developed her professional work as a jewelery businesswoman, although she has had good seasons in Madrid with her family.

Seven years ago, Miriam de Ungría lost her husband, Bulgarian cardamom, son of Simeon II, because of the consequences produced by a traffic accident in 2008. He was the heir to the throne of a country that today has no monarchy.

Miriam spent almost eight years awaiting her husband’s care until the day he died and after a situation that proved to be unrecoverable. She herself had suffered terrible consequences in her body and had to recover from her injuries to her arm. Years after being widowed, she moved to London, where her children, Boris and Beltrán live, and where she works as a businesswoman. “It’s not an escape, it’s a way forward. When I lived in the outskirts of Madrid and went to live in the center, it was not an escape but a new chapter in the book of life. And now that the other chapter is in London”, he explained in 2018 to the magazine Hi.

His children are studying in London. The eldest, Boris, is 22 and last year graduated from the London School of Fine Arts at Wimbledon. Boris of Bulgaria is the one who currently holds the title of Prince of Tirnovo and, therefore, heir to a Bulgarian throne, despite Bulgaria being a republic. The little one, Beltrán, who is 21, studies physics. After his father’s death, Boris and Beltrán from Bulgaria attended high school at an Austrian boarding school and then began their higher education in the UK.

“I am very well in London. From a professional point of view, this is a very good opportunity. Everything is moving a lot there,” the princess said not long ago. The death of his mother, Carmen López Oleaga, Marchioness of Montefalcón, was another terrible blow.

Her daughter dedicated the following message to her on social media: “Goodbye, mom. I will keep your smile, your amazing green eyes and our naps in your bed, curled up next to you and smelling your skin, still wonderful at 92 years old.

During the Marchesa’s funeral, celebrated at the end of the same month in the Jerónimos church in Madrid, the designer did not part with her father, Bernardo de Ungría y Goibarri. His in-laws, Simeón of Bulgaria and Margarita Gómez-Acebo, and even Queen Sofía and Infanta Elena attended the ceremony, as the Bulgarian family has good relations with the Spanish crown.

It was during the funeral of Prince Kardam of Bulgaria that King Felipe and his sister the Infanta Cristina were seen together for the first time since the proclamation of the current monarch, separated after the scandal of the Nóos affair. .

Before the death of her husband, De Ungría had already started her own jewelry business. He founded MdeU in 2014 and four years later decided to move to London.

Kardam’s memories of Bulgaria will always be there, but she overcame adversity. “I don’t consider myself an example of anything. I think I’m privileged. I think I lived through very special moments. Obviously, I wish nothing had happened, but it was a journey that makes you live and mature,” he explained years ago.

Brain drain in Ukraine needs honesty on graduate results


Faced with the largest refugee movement in Europe since 1945, Western universities have responded admirably to the plight of students displaced by Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Thousands of scholarships, fellowships and study opportunities have been offered by institutions from Warsaw to Washington and Manchester to Madrid, with university campuses likely to welcome many more Ukrainian students starting this term.

The question of whether many of these students will ever return to Ukraine is, for some, another of the tragedies befalling the country. But while the scale of the student exodus is unprecedented, the problem is not new for Ukraine: in 2021, more than 82,000 Ukrainian students were studying at foreign universities, one in 15 Ukrainian graduates leaving to study at the stranger. .

The vast majority chose Eastern European countries, led by Poland, hosting nearly half of Ukrainian students abroad. But why did so many people go to study in Poland or elsewhere? Are its universities, or those of the Czech Republic or Slovakia for that matter, powerful research universities offering much higher education? Of course not.

Instead, the answer is the Polish labor market, which creates additional value for higher education institutions in the country. How? The main reason is the high employment rate of its graduates (78%) – which is not far from the average employability rate across Europe, which reached almost 85% in 2021.

The highest rate is recorded in the Netherlands, where, like Malta, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania, Hungary, Slovenia, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Ireland and Latvia , 90% of university graduates found a job shortly after leaving university. At the back are three EU states – Greece, Italy and Spain – where employability was below 80%. So, what is the employability rate of graduates in Ukraine?

A few weeks before the arrival of Russian tanks in Ukraine, Ukraine gave its answer: 59%.

It followed an ambitious national project by the Ministry of Education to monitor the employability of graduates, which for 30 years after Ukraine’s independence was not calculated by universities or its body. regulation of higher education. Talk of graduate employability seemed, until February, more like pure philosophy than concrete strategy given the mystery surrounding what the job average really was.

The move to monitor the employability of graduates nationwide came amid growing perceptions of a skills mismatch between higher education and the labor market.

Of course, the question of choosing a university is complex, especially when an economy has been damaged by war. Students will seek decent, quality post-graduate work prospects and make their own decisions – but universities must also meet the needs of employers and local industries.

Despite fears of an economic collapse, the Ukrainian labor market is slowly starting to recover – with around 7% more new job vacancies in July than in April. Will the employability of graduates therefore also recover in the months to come, or at the end of the war? The image remains blurry.

Internationally, however, the trend for students to become more career-focused is clear. According to the “Top Study Abroad Market Trends of 2021” conducted by educations.com (10,000 prospective students in 181 countries) in October 2021, there has been a significant transformation in student motivation in the global education market. Higher Education. If three years ago, the main motives for students to study abroad were personal development and the acquisition of new cultural experiences, then in 2021, the main motive has become the achievement of career goals.

Some Ukrainian universities can report graduate employability rates above 59%, and perhaps for some programs even above the 78% observed in Poland. Now is the time for Ukrainian universities to communicate with their applicants using the analytics they value. Ignoring this wisdom is a big mistake.

Ukrainian universities must publish this information for high school graduates, however uncomfortable the numbers may be. Keeping young talent in Ukraine will be essential for the restoration of the country after the war. According to the Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2021, neighboring Poland is 21st, while Ukraine is ranked 40th.

Ukraine’s brain drain is not inevitable, but solving its longstanding problem of graduate employability will be a crucial part of the country’s post-war success.

Alexander Kostyuk is co-editor of the journal, Business ownership and control, and is based in Sumy, northeastern Ukraine. He was previously a professor at the Ukrainian Banking Academy of the National Bank of Ukraine and held visiting professorships at the Hanken School of Economics, ISTEC in Paris and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany.

Puértolas is its “Spanish-American author”


A prolific and highly awarded essayist, novelist and writer, Soledad Puértolas is nominated to receive the Liber 22 Award for Writers.

Soledad Puértolas, a member of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language, speaks at the academy February 15 about his new version of Anagrama, ‘Cuarteto’ (‘Quatuor’). Picture: RAE CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

By Porter Anderson, Editor | @Porter_Anderson

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Spain’s Liber 22 confirms October 5-7 run to Barcelona

Townsend: “Articulating Personal Identity”

IAhead of Spain’s Guest of Honor program to be held at Frankfurter Buchmesse (October 19-23) this year’s Feria Internacional del Libro, “Liber 22” in Barcelona announced today (September 1) that Soledad Puértolas was nominated to win the fair’s prize for outstanding Hispanic-American author.

Writer of novels, essays and short stories, Puértolas has more than 40 books to his credit and in 2011 presented a documentary, This is my land: guided by water.

Having served at the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language since 2010, she presented her recent publication Cuarteto This winter (QuartetAnagrama, November 2021), speaking at the academy with journalist Iñaki Gabilondo on the four themes of the collection: love, passing time, absences and reunions.

Although born in Zaragoza, Puértolas has also lived extensively abroad, both in Norway and the United States. She received her master’s degree in Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature from the University of California, where she was based in Santa Barbara.

Returning to Madrid in the mid-1970s, she served as a consultant to the Spanish Ministry of Culture and ran Ediciones Destino, a publishing house known for its iconic authors including Carmen Laforetm, Miguel Delibes, Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio and Ana María Matute, as well as George Orwell in translation.

Townsend: “These introverted characters”

Books by Soledad Puértolas taken from the pages of Anagrama on his work. Image: Editorial Anagram

A review of Puértolas’ work has been published by Tamara L. Townsend,

In this study, Townsend wrote about how Puértolas uses a particularly incisive interior technique for his characterizations.

“To varying degrees,” Townsend wrote, “characters explicitly reflect on their experiences, and so the narrative is driven less by external events than by the thoughts they generate. During the process of introspection, these introverted characters often reflect on the past as they try to make sense of life.

“Memory becomes an important tool for understanding and articulating personal identity, and it is also linked to other important motifs in stories: illness, frustrations, failures, loneliness, as well as relationships and accomplishments. .”

The presentation of the new book fair award is scheduled for October 6 at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, as one of the flagship activities of Liber 2022.

In the same event, other prizes will be awarded, including:

In addition, an editor, still anonymous, should be rewarded for his career in books.

More books by Soledad Puértolas Anagrama pages about his work. Image: Editorial Anagram

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Lookalikes don’t just look alike, they act alike and share DNA


François Brunelle’s lookalike photo project inspired a team of researchers to study lookalikes and discovered that it’s not just facial similarities that they have in common.

After viewing Brunelle’s incredible photos, a team of geneticists from Spain’s Leukemia Research Institute investigated 32 pairs of look-alikes and found they also had similar DNA and behaviors.

In fact, half of the look-alike couples looked more like identical twins with comparable genotypes, a DNA sequence that each individual possesses.


The scientists, led by Dr. Manel Esteller, also found that the lookalikes were similar in height and weight and even shared the same habits such as smoking and parenting.

Brunelle tells PetaPixel that Dr Esteller contacted him after seeing a New York Times article in 2014 on his project I am not a double!.

“[I felt] very good [when they made contact]», explains Brunelle. “Out of curiosity, to learn more about lookalikes and participate in something much bigger than my humble project.”

Brunelle met Dr Esteller in Madrid and Barcelona and the team reached out to people who had been taken through Brunelle’s lens.

Doppelganger study

The researchers used facial recognition algorithms, lifestyle questionnaires and DNA swabs in their method.

They used three different facial recognition algorithms to determine an objective measure of how similar the pairs looked. They used multiple programs because each system can provide varying results, so the more results the better the conclusion.

Participants completed lifestyle questionnaires that revealed their jobs, education and habits. They also provided saliva samples for DNA analysis.

“This unique set of samples allowed us to study how genomics, epigenomics and microbiomics can contribute to human likeness,” says Dr. Esteller.


The team collected 68 biometric and lifestyle attributes from the 32 pairs, which led them to find a correlation with height, weight and behavioral traits.

“Overall, we have provided unique insight into the molecular features that potentially influence the construction of the human face,” the team wrote in the study published in Cell reports.

“We suggest that these same determinants correlate with the physical and behavioral attributes that make up human beings. These findings provide a molecular basis for future applications in various fields such as biomedicine, evolution and forensics.


The researchers point to several limitations of the study, including the small sample size, the use of black-and-white 2D images, and the lack of diversity among participants.

However, they hope the results could prove useful for future studies in the fields of biomedicine, evolution and even forensics.

For her part, Brunelle believes that her project is about identity and the search for the self.


“Who am I? The person I’m looking at in the mirror (and if someone else, somewhere is looking at the same person, more or less) or something else unrelated to my appearance? »

More of Brunelle’s work can be found on her website.

Picture credits: All photos are by François Brunelle.

Pogba’s World Cup place in doubt amid scandal and bad knee

PARIS (AP) — Paul Pogba’s knee injury could save French coach Didier Deschamps from having to make a painful choice.

For the midfielder’s fitness could prove to be the determining factor in deciding whether he plays at the World Cup, amid an extortion scandal that threatens to disrupt France’s preparations for the tournament in Qatar.

What would otherwise have been an injury headache for Deschamps could allow him to escape the potential migraine of another scandal to hit the Blues, seven years after the last one.

Defending champions France cannot afford a campaign where two of their biggest stars – Pogba and Kylian Mbappe – are embroiled in controversy.

French officials say Pogba paid 100,000 euros (nearly $100,000) to an organized group including his brother who were trying to extort millions more from him.

French prosecutors are investigating allegations that Pogba was the target of extortion by his older brother Mathias Pogba and childhood friends. They reportedly demanded 13 million euros (nearly $13 million) from the French midfielder.

Pogba is said to have made the payment after being threatened by masked and armed men in a Paris apartment in March while in France for the national team. The group have also made demands of the midfielder at Juventus’ training center in Turin. He said Mathias Pogba was among them, according to reports.

According to French media, Pogba told investigators the extortionists wanted to discredit him by claiming he had a wizard put a spell on Mbappe – an allegation Pogba denied.

Mathias Pogba appeared to respond to the wizard’s allegation on Sunday in a Twitter message to Mbappe: “Kylian, do you understand now? I have nothing against you, what I say is for your good, everything is true and known, the wizard is known!

Mbappe scored for French champions Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday in a 3-0 win at Toulouse but has yet to comment on the matter.

For Deschamps, however, it must be a boring and disturbing sense of deja vu.

He’s been in an equally uncomfortable position before when star striker Karim Benzema was at the heart of a sex tape scandal in the fall of 2015, over his alleged role in blackmailing French team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.

The two were in good form and combined well on the pitch with Valbuena’s quick feet and flowing runs down the right creating good scoring positions for Benzema.

This scandal also erupted near a major tournament, with France hosting the 2016 European Championship where Benzema – France’s top scorer at the 2014 World Cup – was due to play alongside Antoine Griezmann in attack.

Deschamps was also close to Benzema, having previously defended the striker when he came through a long goal drought. But he decided the media spotlight would be too bright and the questions too persistent at Euro 2016, so he left Benzema and Valbuena out of the squad.

For some observers it was Deschamps at his best, others felt he was being too hard on Benzema and innocent Valbuena was paying an unfair price.

Valbuena never played for France again, while Benzema didn’t play for Les Bleus again until a surprise recall in May 2021.

If the circumstances are different, Pogba’s presence at the World Cup could also have an impact on another player: star striker Mbappe. They both scored second-half goals in the 4-2 World Cup final win over Croatia four years ago and would normally be Deschamps’ first choice.

Under normal circumstances, it would have been likely that Deschamps gave Pogba the maximum amount of time to recover from his knee injury. At the European Championship in 2008, then-coach Raymond Domenech took an injured Patrick Vieira into his squad, as the midfielder was so important to the team.

But the current climate surrounding Pogba could affect the leniency Deschamps shows one of his closest players.

The president of the French Football Federation, Noël Le Graet played down the scandal.

“These are just rumors at this stage,” Le Graet told Radio Monte Carlo. “I love Paul. I hope this will not jeopardize his place (in the World Cup) on the French side.

Basically, Le Graet initially took on Benzema’s squad ahead of Euro 2016, to conform to what Deschamps wanted – leaving Benzema feeling disappointed as he was close to Le Graet.

Time is not on Deschamps’ side either.

He knows the questions will come on September 15 as soon as he names his squad for Nations League matches – at home against Austria on September 22 and in Denmark three days after.

These are the last two games before France’s World Cup opener against Australia on November 22.

Pogba is recovering from a torn meniscus in his right knee. He has decided not to have surgery and is expected to be out for a few more weeks.

It could give Deschamps an easy but diplomatic solution to the problem by saying he won’t be fit, rather than having to let go of a player who has been a central part of his team since taking his functions 10 years ago.

It seems unlikely that 29-year-old Pogba will recover in time to face Austria and Denmark anyway. Even if his knee improves, he will be well below his physical condition.

So Deschamps could cite fitness – or hope the whole mess is sorted out in time when he submits his official World Cup squad in mid-October.

But even that won’t stop questions from coming to Qatar, where Pogba’s presence could impact Mbappe’s form and therefore weigh on the overall mood of the squad under intense media scrutiny.

Benzema is set to win the Ballon d’Or as the best player in the world, while Mbappe has won the French league’s best player award three times. These are top priorities for Deschamps’ squad, while Pogba may not be as valuable as he once was with Aurelien Tchouameni now impressing at Real Madrid.

Considering the way Mbappe has combined with Benzema, would Deschamps want to upset him out of loyalty to a player who – even without this scandal – would have been doubtful playing in Qatar anyway?

Then there is Pogba’s brother Mathias, 32. They were close when they grew up in a housing estate with Florentin Pogba – Mathias’ twin – in the eastern suburbs of Paris, Roissy-en-Brie. All three played for the local commune club at junior level, and the twins also had lower-level professional careers.

This family unit now appears broken.

The case became public after Mathias posted on social media last weekend threatening to share ‘explosive’ revelations about Paul’s agent Rafaela Pimenta and Mbappe.

He posted another obscure and cryptic video with a voiceover containing violent language and a brooding soundtrack on Tuesday night.

What if Mathias Pogba continued to post such videos during the World Cup?

It’s a distraction Deschamps could probably do without.


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Where the royal families of Europe send their children to school


Lakefield College School describes itself as “the best college prep, boarding and day school in Canada.” Billed as a “small benevolent community”, the institution has a rich royal history. The school welcomed Prince Andrew as a foreign student for a semester in 1978, while King Felipe of Spain completed his secondary education there, before returning home to study at the Autonomous University of Madrid. Although no longer associated with the school, Andrew reportedly maintained a relationship with Lakefield as “Honorary President and Trustee” until 2019.

Situated along the Otonabee River between Toronto and Ottowa, Lakefield’s location is one of its key selling points, offering idyllic surrounding countryside and the opportunity for students to take part in a plethora of riverside activities. lake. According to its website, “You can’t help but notice how happy our students are.

International Alpine College Beau Soleil, Switzerland

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Princess Marie of Denmark, Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Prince Félix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg all attended this prestigious school in the Swiss Alps. Félix and Claire, who married in 2013, met when they were students at Beau Soleil. Founded in 1910, the College is one of the oldest private boarding schools in the country and welcomes students from more than 40 countries. With less than 300 students in attendance, the education offered at Beau Soleil is both personal and private, making it a top choice for royal students. The establishment was formerly listed by The Daily Telegraph as “one of the most exclusive schools in the world”.

At £99,000 a year, the school offers unique views of Mont Blanc and skiing opportunities, with ‘a comprehensive program of winter sports available’. The school’s philosophy focuses on “promoting a broad worldview among students”, who undertake expeditions to places as far afield as Cambodia, Ghana and Tanzania.

Liverpool consider £42m bid for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo – Paper Talk | Transfer Center News


All the headline stories and transfer rumors from Tuesday’s national papers…


Liverpool are considering a £42million bid for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo.

Liverpool are reportedly considering a bid for Moises Caicedo from Brighton

Tottenham are in talks to sign Leeds winger Daniel James.

Wolves have rejected Everton’s offer of £8.5m for midfielder Leander Dendoncker.

Chelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko is reportedly lined up for a shock transfer by Nottingham Forest and Newcastle.

Ross Barkley and Chelsea have mutually agreed to terminate his contract, with Rangers showing free transfer interest.

Antonio Conte wants Harry Kane to sign a new contract at Tottenham now.

Britain’s richest man, Sir Jim Radcliffe, has reportedly received no indication from the Glazer family that they intend to relinquish control of Manchester United.

Arsenal could be considering a move for Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhaylo Mudryk after being offered Real Madrid‘s Marco Asensio, according to reports.


Liverpool are considering a shock move for Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Manchester United expect to have completed their summer activities following the arrivals of Antony and Martin Dubravka.

Manchester United are close to agreeing a deal for Ajax's Antony
Manchester United are close to agreeing a deal for Ajax’s Antony

Fulham have agreed a deal with Paris Saint-Germain for disgraced left-back Layvin Kurzawa as they continue to strengthen their squad this summer.

Thierry Henry has become the latest big name to join Serie B side Como after joining the club as a minority shareholder.

Ajax have turned to Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos after being frustrated by Chelsea’s asking price for Hakim Ziyech.

The Football Association’s historic Leadership Diversity Code has received a major boost after it was incorporated into one of UEFA’s main training courses.

Fulham have agreed a deal with PSG for disgraced left-back Layvin Kurzawa as they continue to strengthen their squad this summer.


Jorge Mendes is making a last-ditch attempt to get Cristiano Ronaldo regular football in the Champions League, with a loan option at Napoli or Sporting among the few remaining options.

Chelsea are in talks with Ajax over a loan move for Hakim Ziyech, with the London club ready to pay a significant portion of his salary.


Christian Pulisic is expected to stay at Chelsea this season.

Manchester United have rebuffed approaches from West Ham and Crystal Palace for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Liverpool defender Sepp van den Berg is set to join Schalke on loan.


Chelsea remain hopeful of reducing demands for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in time to sign him, even though the deal has been complicated by an attack on the Barcelona striker.

Tottenham are in talks to sign Yannick Carrasco from Atletico Madrid.

Southampton have had a €25m (£21.4m) bid rejected by PSV for Cody Gakpo.

Manchester United are unlikely to make any further signings this transfer window once they complete the move to bring in Antony from Ajax and the arrival of goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from Newcastle United.


Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has reportedly reopened talks with Chelsea as the Manchester United star seeks a last-minute exit from Old Trafford.

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Manchester United at Brentford Community Stadium on August 13, 2022 in Brentford, England.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Man Utd to play Champions League football

Neil Warnock is ready to come out of retirement if Sunderland offers him the job of manager.


Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United team-mates are said to have celebrated when they learned he wanted to leave this summer.

Barcelona and Manchester United are reportedly in talks over a swap deal that will take Sergino Dest to Old Trafford, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka the other way.


Arsenal and Newcastle are on high alert as Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio has reportedly been offered to Premier League clubs.

Leeds’ transfer for Hee-Chan Hwang is not progressing as the club will not sell Jack Harrison to Newcastle to fund a deal for the Wolves striker, according to reports.

Manchester United believe Marcus Rashford can step in and replace Cristiano Ronaldo as centre-forward if the Portugal international ends up leaving, according to reports.


Paris Saint-Germain are monitoring N’Golo Kante’s contract situation after Thomas Tuchel cast uncertainty over the World Cup winner’s long-term future at Chelsea.

Kante, Chelsea
N’Golo Kante’s Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season

Crystal Palace have made an offer of around £27million for Conor Gallagher after stepping up efforts to re-sign the midfielder from Chelsea.


Manchester United are signing Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley just eight months after moving from MK Dons.


Hearts striker Liam Boyce fears his season may be over after a scan of his damaged knee.

Celtic have decided to rekindle their interest in St Mirren kid Dylan Reid.

Alfredo Morelos was offered to Fenerbahce by his agent, according to a report.

Spanish teachers help fill vacancies at Elgin ISD

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The Elgin Independent School District is participating in a international visiting teacher program for the first time to help fill vacancies amid a national teacher shortage. Five Spanish educators started teaching at Elgin CIO elementary schools in August.

Elgin ISD is one of 13 school districts in the state participating in the program, which is a partnership between the Spanish Ministry of Education and Region 13 Educational Service Center.

Al Rodriguez, assistant superintendent of human capital for Elgin ISD, said the district became involved in the program for several reasons.

“Un: Obviously we have vacancies. There is a shortage of teachers across the state and across the country,” he said. “Second: we have a large population of bilingual English learners and we need teachers who can speak Spanish and teach in Spanish.”

He added that the program is also a way to provide enriching educational experiences for students.

“That kind of experience helps them see the bigger world,” he said.

Rodriguez said the program has been well received so far and he’s excited for the doors it could open.

“Elgin is a growing community,” he said. “We’re probably going to double in size over the next five or six years – maybe seven – and we’re excited to bring in new people who are going to affect our kids in a positive way.

Spanish teachers must have two years of experience to qualify for the program and almost all have committed to work at Elgin ISD for the next three years. They support bilingual education and English as a second language programs from kindergarten to second grade.

One of the teachers is María Gallego Gil from Madrid. Gallego Gil previously taught in Spain for six years. She became interested in the program because she loves teaching and learning new ways of teaching.

“I think I can learn a lot and I think I can also give my best here,” she said. “So it’s a new experience. It’s an adventure and I love to travel.

Gallego Gil teaches reading and writing in Spanish to first-grade students in a bilingual program. She said there were a lot of differences between teaching in Texas and Spain, but there was one key similarity.

“Everything is different here,” she says. “Well, not the kids. They are 6 years old and they like to play and things like that.

Ruben Jimenez is also from Madrid, but this is not the first time he has taught in Texas. Jimenez previously taught at Manor ISD from 2016 to 2018. This time he teaches second grade students in the bilingual program at Neidig Elementary School in Elgin ISD. He said the first few weeks of school have been intense, but he enjoys getting to know his students.

“They’re already learning a lot and I’m learning a lot from them,” he said.

Jimenez, who taught in Spain for 14 years, said he spends much more time working with his students in the United States.

“I have a lot of time to help them, to share with them [and] to see what their needs are,” he said.

Jimenez recommends other Spanish teachers consider taking part in the program.

“It’s an amazing experience,” he said. “They have to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Lupita Nyong’o pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman, marking two years since the beloved actor’s death


Lupita Nyong’o and Chadwick Boseman

Jeff Vespa/VF14/WireImage Lupita Nyong’o (right) and Chadwick Boseman in 2014

Lupita Nyong’o honors the memory of her late co-star Chadwick Boseman.

The beloved Boseman is the subject of a video Nyong’o, 39, posted to his Instagram on Sunday. The actor died on this day of August 2020 at the age of 43 from colon cancer. Fans around the world were shocked and saddened by the news. The Marvel star kept her diagnosis a secret.

“Chadwick, what are you doing?” Nyong’o asked in the IG video, showing Boseman with a Sharpie in his hand.

“I sign tickets. I signed somebody’s shoes over there…” he said. The late actor joked that he signed “a pair of Jordans” even though he didn’t play basketball.

In the video, a crowd of fans surrounded Boseman in a movie theater, and Nyong’o asked behind the camera, “why do you think they asked you?”

“I do not know!” Boseman responded. “I have no idea.”

The caption of Nyong’o’s post reads, “Kept it real, keep it kind,” in tribute to her co-star.

RELATED: ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Releases Emotional First Trailer Following Chadwick Boseman’s Death

Winston Duke, who also plays in the Black Panther movies, commented: “An incredibly generous man…always sharing in helping, giving and loving…ugh…my heart…I missed ure beyond words my brother…love love! Thank you, Lupita for posting our treasure…man oh man!!❤️❤️❤️”

Letitia Wright, who played Boseman’s character’s sister in the Marvel movies, also commented with three heart emojis.

The new episode of Black Panther titled story wakanda forever will be released in November. Without Boseman, Nyong’o said, it was a challenge. Talk with The Hollywood Reporter at San Diego Comic-Con in July, the actress opened up about filming the highly anticipated 2018 sequel Black Panther after the loss of Boseman.

RELATED: Denzel Washington ‘wondered if something was wrong’ with Chadwick Boseman’s health before his death

Although it’s “a few years for everyone,” Nyong’o said THR that she was proud that they were able to make the film, calling the act, “a powerful statement in itself.”

“It was very therapeutic,” she said. “It gave me a sense of hope in doing it, and I think we’ve expanded the world of Wakanda in a way that’s going to blow people away — not just Wakanda, but the Black Panther world. It’s going to blow people’s minds, and I can’t wait until it’s no longer a secret.”

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In July, Marvel released the first trailer for wakanda forever. Nyong’o’s character, Nakia, is first onscreen, followed by Wright’s appearances as Shuri in an all-white outfit and, later, in tearful scenes on the beach.

A synopsis for the film states that the characters “must fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death”.

Sneaker News Best Releases 2022 – August 29 to September 4


After one of the busiest release weeks of the season, things are starting to slow down again. This does not mean that there is not a surplus of sneakers to buy, quite the contrary. Along with the long-awaited Jordans, the next few days have plenty of collaborations in store for us, such as the general purpose shoe from Tom Sachs and the newly designed Cortez 4.0 from sacai.

Chitose Abe kicks off the week alongside froSkate, with the latter having dressed the Nike SB Dunk High in a range of vibrant colors. The Air Jordan 1 in its “Stealth” and “Quai 54” colorways is also up to snuff, preceding Luka Doncic’s Air Jordan 36 “El Matador”. Reebok joins the party with a Question Mid and Low, Stussy prepared a pink version of their Chuck 70, and CLOT pays tribute to the “Flint” 13 with their Jordan Delta 2. So the week ends in style thanks to three versions keys: the GPS mentioned above, the Air Jordan 6 “Georgetown” and the Yeezy Boost 350 v2 “Slate”.

For more details and links to all of the above and more, keep scrolling.

Upcoming Sneaker Releases
From August 29 (Monday) to September 4 (Sunday)

Nike Air Presto “Blue Plate Special”
Complete with blue roses

Release date: August 30, 2022
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Nike Air Huarache “Hyper Grape”
On the shelves after a few slight delays

Release date: August 30, 2022
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Air Jordan 1 “Quai 54”
Retail for US$190

Release date: August 30, 2022
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Air Jordan 1 “stealth”
After a matching Air Jordan 12

Release date: August 30, 2022
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froSkate x Nike SB Dunk High
They better not delay them again

Release date: August 30, 2022
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sacai x Nike Cortez 4.0 “White/University Red”
My favorite sacai collab to date (not that anyone asked for it)

Release date: August 30, 2022
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Air Jordan 36 “El Matador”
A nod to Doncic’s time at Real Madrid

Release date: August 31, 2022
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Reebok Question Low “Patent Toe”
Nice and simple

Release date: September 1, 2022
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Reebok Question Mid “Answer to Nobody”
Featuring a series of vibrant colors

Release date: September 1, 2022
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Stussy x Converse Chuck 70 “Surfman”

Release date: September 1, 2022
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Tom Sachs x Nike “Dark Sulfur” Multi-Purpose Shoe
The ‘perennial’ sneaker is likely to sell out again

Release date: September 2, 2022
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CLOT x Jordan Delta 2 “Flint”
A tribute to the Air Jordan 13 of the same name

Release date: September 2, 2022
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PSG x Air Jordan 5 Low
An ode to Paris

Release date: September 3, 2022
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adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 “Slate”
A solid choice for your fall rotation

Release date: September 3, 2022
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Air Jordan 6 “Georgetown”
A long-awaited release

Release date: September 3, 2022
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El Escorial, Toledo, Segovia, Avila, Cordoba


One of the pleasures of the great Spanish capital, Madrid, is its central location. From there, you can visit many exceptional sites in a few hours. Expats David Appell and Jose Balido, Tripitini travel advisors and editors, told me about a few of their favorites a short distance from their Spanish home.

(This interview is adapted from episode 65 of my travel podcast, Places I Remember with Lea Lane. Listen here for more from Madrid, or follow wherever you get podcasts.)

Leah Lane:

There are so many places to visit outside of Madrid. In about an hour you can reach the mountains, historic towns and royal palaces of the Castilla region. One is El Escorial.

David Call:

Escorial is north of Madrid, about 40-50 minutes by car, train or bus. The city is home to a monastery/palace which was built in the late 16th century for King Philip II, and it was very monastic in vision. The complex is therefore extremely austere.


It’s huge, I know. And filled with art.


It takes at least two hours to cover it. So you really have to pace yourself and bring good walking shoes.

Jose Balido:

But it’s one of those places that is so atmospheric: so dark and so dark and Castilian. You really feel like you’ve been transported to another century as you walk around.


Another UNESCO site not to be missed is not far south of Madrid, the medieval hilltop town of Toledo.


Toledo is perched on a hill above the Targus River, which loops around it. The very famous view of Toledo is due to the painter El Greco, who lived and worked there. The ancient city dates back almost to the beginning of the first millennium; it was the first to be conquered by the Moors in 711, and they remained there for 375 years. It was a place of harmony and tolerance between Muslims, Christians and Jews. And he became known for learning, for religious tolerance. And this is where the term Saint Toledo comes from, because of the ability of religions to coexist.


You see mosques, synagogues, convents and narrow cobbled streets. I really recommend if you only have a few days.

And Segovia?


Well, Segovia is a fairly easy train ride from Madrid – just over an hour, and you can cover it on foot for most of the day. It is famous for three amazing monuments. There is a Roman aqueduct of arches, with stones placed without any mortar. It has stood there without collapsing for 2000 years. I’m amazed that it was used to bring water to the city until the middle of the 20th century, I believe. So it’s just an incredible piece of ancient engineering.

There is also the huge Alcazar palace which dates from the 11th or 12th century; it was used by King Ferdinand and Isabella. Walt Disney used it as one of the models for Cinderella’s castle, full of spiers, turrets and ramparts. It’s very Castilian, very historic and definitely worth spending the time to walk around.

And the third place not to be missed is the 16th century cathedral, which was one of the last in Europe to be built in the Gothic style; very atmospheric, as you would expect.

And apart from all that, I would add the town itself: small, but so lively and joyful that you walk through the streets and the town center where the shops and restaurants are, and you can’t keep from feeling good. It’s one of those towns that lifts your spirits.


I would like to talk about Avila because it is also very close to Madrid, about an hour and a half to the west. The old town is completely surrounded by a medieval Romanesque wall started in the 11th century. It looks like something out of a fairy tale or medieval fantasy, with lots of churches and convents. One of her most famous associations is with a 16th-century nun named Saint Teresa of Avila, known for her ecstatic visions and ecstasies, including one where she supposedly visited Hell. So she became quite famous for that.

There is a small museum for her, which also includes what is said to be her mummified finger.


Alright, I can’t miss this!


One thing to keep in mind about Europe and Spain is that they have high-speed trains, like nothing we have in the United States. So that places you might not think are day trips box be day trips. One not to be missed if you have enough days would be Cordoba, which is an hour and a half away by high-speed train, and Cordoba has perhaps one of the largest mosques in the world, which is now a cathedral, although sure ; the architecture is sublimely beautiful.


Yes, many layers of architecture again, these different cultures and different religions.

JB: Part comes from the Visigoths of the 3rd and 4th centuries AD.


The interior blows your mind as it is a sea of ​​columns, columns and red striped arches. And then right in the middle of it all, they dug out a typical, pompous little Catholic cathedral space.


This is one of the best areas of Madrid – you have a wonderful city and you have these other great places to visit.

Max Planck Workshop on Aging and Elderly Health in Sub-Saharan Africa 2022 (funded to Entebbe, Uganda)


Max Planck Workshop on Aging and Elderly Health in Sub-Saharan Africa 2022 (funded to Entebbe, Uganda)

What is the application deadline?

September 28, 2022

Reward Tell me about:

The workshop aims to increase scientific and policy attention to the challenges associated with changes in the age composition of SSA societies and to foster comparative and multidisciplinary research in SSA countries. Researchers will have the opportunity to share cutting-edge research on aging, discuss new and existing data sources for comparative studies, and reflect on the state of the field of aging research in SSA with scientists and leading policies. manufacturers.

Junior researchers from SSA countries are the backbone of this workshop and are particularly encouraged to apply. The workshop is a collaboration between the Max Planck Institute for Population Research in Germany, the Department of Population Studies at Makerere University in Uganda, the Federal Institute for Population Research in Germany and the Faculty of Space Sciences at University of Groningen in the Netherlands. .

What will the workshop look like?

The year 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Aging (MIPAA) which addresses the challenges of individual and population aging and proposes an agenda focused on three priority areas: older people and development , the promotion of the health and well-being of the elderly. age and ensuring the existence of enabling and supportive environments. Each day will be devoted to one of the three priority areas and will begin with a keynote address by a senior guest speaker, followed by junior researchers presenting their work. The workshop aims to establish long-term research collaborations, which is why the afternoons will be devoted to debriefing sessions on datasets and networking opportunities. The working language of the workshop will be English.

What kind of reward is it?


Who can apply?

The workshop is primarily aimed at PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and early career researchers from SSA countries from a wide range of disciplines (e.g. demography, public health, economics and sociology) working on the aging in SSA. A limited number of places will also be allocated to young non-ASS researchers working on aging in the region.

Which countries are eligible?

sub-Saharan African countries

Where will the prize be taken?

Entebbe, Uganda

How many positions will be allocated?


What is the price advantage?

The workshop is financed by the “Knowledge for Tomorrow” program of the Volkswagen Foundation. If accepted, travel and accommodation costs, including round-trip transfers from Entebbe airport to the hotel and conference venue, as well as catering during the workshop, will be Covered.

Additional costs such as visa fees, return transfers from the home institution to the airport or COVID19 testing cannot be covered by the workshop. Please contact the workshop organizers by email, [email protected]in case of further questions.

How long does the program last?

February 19-23, 2023

How to apply for the program?

Submissions may include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • health and wellbeing
  • Health differences between countries and regions
  • Inequalities at older ages
  • Changing family dynamics in aging societies
  • Living environments in aging societies
  • Needs and supply of public and private support
  • Comparative research with new datasets

Please submit your abstract (maximum 250 words, in PDF format) and the extended abstract (2-4 pages, including key references, in PDF format) that presents the introduction, objectives, data, methods and results more in detail. Both documents should be submitted by email to [email protected]specifying your name in the file name.

Visit the award webpage for more details

Meet Karthik Thulasi, a 24-year-old Indian-born La Liga footballer – The New Indian Express


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Karthik Thulasi still remembers going back and forth with the football in his building. The living room would become his pitch, the couch and coffee table would become obstacles, and the table in the corner would become a goal post.

The now 24-year-old football aspirant, who stands on the doorstep of La Liga, laughs as he adds: “My mum hit me on the head for breaking everything from windshields to light bulbs and even smashing its precious porcelain.”

Born and raised in the Sultanate of Oman, he aspired to be a professional footballer. His love for the game has taken him to play in four different countries during his career. Currently playing for La Liga development team Rayo Vallecano, he started off like any other football fan, but with a lot more fire!

“Gaming captivates me with the myriad of perspectives available to me – the need to thrive and succeed is always burning,” he says.

Karthik studied at the Indian school Nizwa, Oman. Apart from playing for the school football team, he started his career playing with FC Nizwa, a native football club in the country. Continuing his studies in Muscat, he was rooted in his passion for sports and constantly played for several other clubs in Oman. Soon after graduating, he moved to Kerala and joined training with Gokulam FC.

“I trained with Gokulam (FC) for a while and everything was fine. I wanted to take a leap in my career and decided to join Universidad Europea de Madrid, well known as the University of Madrid. Real Madrid. This decision opened the door to my all-time dream,” he said.

Although the fans love the Real Madrid club, Universidad Europea de Madrid is not a known place for Indians. Karthik joined the university to pursue an international master’s degree in football coaching and management.

“The university had the best environment for learning and sports training. It helped bring out the best in me. From world-class training to sessions with Real Madrid superstars, the routine has made me learn and improve with each passing day,” he said.

Remembering them as the best days of his life, some of his training sessions were with Real Madrid stars Roberto Carlos and Iker Casillas.

“The experience was overwhelming. I grew up idolizing them since I was a kid. Real Madrid was my favorite team…but being coached by these Real Madrid stars caught me off guard,” Karthik said.

Even his graduation ceremony was nonetheless a dream come true. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez graced the ceremony.

Rayo Vallecano

His career in Spain started with Segundo Division side CD Leganes’ youth team. His inability to converse in Spanish caused a setback ending his link with the club within a month. Participating in several other trials, he entered CD Proas. He remained with the team until his offer with Rayo Vallecano.

“For now, I’m the only Indian player in the team. Over time, I hope more Indian players will appear in the team,” he said. Currently playing for Rayo Vallecano, his ultimate goal is to play for La Liga Santander in Spain.

Karthik’s Indian Stay

Playing for Spain, staying in Spain and making Spanish friends never undermined his love for India. Apart from La Liga, Karthik wants to play in the Indian Super League at least next season. Having played the sport in four countries and honed his skills as a player, Karthik wants to be part of the ISL. Indian national team projects are not far off either.

“Soon I want to play for India, be part of the Indian team. Maybe starting with ISL would open better opportunities.”

Putting his education at Real Madrid to good use, Karthik also wants to train aspiring footballers in India. He wants to create an academy to train young talents. He aims to build a better team of young players.

“Football as a profession would require much more than just training. The game requires hard work and risk taking. You have to believe in yourself. Putting in reasonable effort at the right time can take you to great heights amazing. And the right time waits none. And as the saying goes, when life throws lemons at you, make lemonades!” he signed.

Karthik Thulasi still remembers going back and forth with the football in his building. The living room would become his pitch, the couch and coffee table would become obstacles, and the table in the corner would become a goal post. The now 24-year-old football aspirant, who stands on the doorstep of La Liga, laughs as he adds: “My mum hit me on the head for breaking everything from windshields to light bulbs and even smashing its precious porcelain.” Born and raised in the Sultanate of Oman, he aspired to be a professional footballer. His love for the game has taken him to play in four different countries during his career. Currently playing for La Liga development team Rayo Vallecano, he started off like any other football fan, but with a lot more fire! “Gaming captivates me with the myriad of perspectives available to me – the need to thrive and succeed is always burning,” he says. Karthik studied at the Indian school Nizwa, Oman. Apart from playing for the school football team, he started his career playing with FC Nizwa, a native football club in the country. Continuing his studies in Muscat, he was rooted in his passion for sports and constantly played for several other clubs in Oman. Soon after graduating, he moved to Kerala and joined training with Gokulam FC. “I trained with Gokulam (FC) for a while and everything was fine. I wanted to take a leap in my career and decided to join Universidad Europea de Madrid, well known as the University of Madrid. Real Madrid. This decision opened the door to my all-time dream,” he says. Although fans love the Real Madrid club, Universidad Europea de Madrid is not a known place for Indians. Karthik joined the university to pursue an international master’s degree in football coaching and management. “The university had the best environment for learning and sports training. It helped bring out the best in me. Coaching from world-class to sessions with Real Madrid superstars, the routine made me learn and improve with each passing day,” he told Iker Casillas. “The experience was overwhelming. I grew up idolizing them since I was a kid. Real Madrid was my favorite team… but being coached by these Real Madrid stars caught me off guard,” Karthik said. Even his graduation ceremony was still a dream come true. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez graced the ceremony Rayo Vallecano His career in Spain began with Segundo Division side CD Leganes’ youth team His inability to converse in Spanish caused a setback ending to his link with the club within a month. Attending several more trials, he entered CD Proas. He stayed with the team until his offer with Rayo Vallecano. “For now, I am the only one Indian team player. In time hopefully more Indian players will appear in the team,” he says. Currently playing for Rayo Vallecano, his ultimate goal is to play for La Liga Santander in Spain. spain, staying in Spain and making Spanish friends has never undermined his love for India. Apart from La Liga, Karthik wants to play in the Indian Super League at least next season. After enjoying the sport in four countries and honed his skills as a player, Karthik is keen to be a part of the ISL. Indian national team plans aren’t far either. “Soon I want to play for India, be in the Indian team. Maybe starting with ISL would open up better opportunities.” Putting his education at Real Madrid to good use, Karthik also wants to nurture aspiring footballers in India. He wants to start an academy to nurture young talent. He aims to build a better team of young players. “Football as a profession would require much more than training. The game requires a lot of work and risk taking. You need to believe in yourself. Making reasonable efforts at the right time can take you to incredible heights. And the right time waits for no one. And as the saying goes, when life throws lemons at you, make lemonades!” he signed.

Hotel life: luxuries of a bygone era | Culture


The reception bell had been silent for months, so the hotel decided to reinvent itself. When Spanish hotels saw their occupancy rates drop by 70% during the pandemic, they looked to the past to find new business models. Years ago, hotels were part of the national housing ecosystem, providing a flexible lifestyle for long-term guests from all walks of life. Some hotel chains have begun to entice digital nomads and travelers with monthly rates of $500 for what was once a pipe dream – the ability to more or less permanently live in a hotel. But as the pandemic subsided, the mirage began to fade. Remote workers have been called back to offices and life has returned to the old normal.

There’s something appealing about hotel life. Everyone can imagine how nice it would be to come home every day and find a freshly made bed with turned down sheets. But few can afford it. With an average daily rate of $105 for a hotel room in Spain, a full month’s stay costs around $3,150. This is more than four times the average rent in Spain. Living in a hotel doesn’t make financial sense, no matter how wealthy the guest is. But during the pandemic, hotels have found other reasons to embrace new business models.

“The Palace Hotel was a meeting place for the upper classes,” says Paloma García, marketing manager of the legendary Madrid hotel. “Before, communication was more difficult – if you wanted to mingle in certain social circles, people had to know where you were.” And if you were anyone, the Palace was the place to be. European nobles were often spotted enjoying the French cuisine and Baroque aesthetic of the Neptune Grill. After lunch, the ladies socialized with their peers playing cards while the gentlemen smoked cigars and sipped cognac. Five-star hotels like the Palace and the nearby Ritz Madrid were the old-time social networking platforms for the upper class to show off their fusy pedigrees.

But things have changed. “Now it’s easier to keep in touch and people don’t have to go to places like these to socialize,” García said. When she started working at the Palace (now the Westin Palace Hotel) in the 1990s, only one woman still lived there full-time. No one else has taken up permanent residence at the hotel since he left. It’s not worth it – if you want to show off, just order a gin and tonic from the rooftop bar and immortalize the moment by posting a selfie on social media.

Tea time in the garden of the Hôtel Ritz Paris in 1930.Roger ViolletGetty

Hotel life once had certain advantages. Guests could bring their own servants and enjoy luxuries not widely available. Large hotels were equipped with the most modern appliances and the latest technological advances. When the Savoy in London opened in 1889, it was the first British hotel to have electric lighting, lifts, hot water and a bathroom in every room. But when these domestic luxuries became widespread, hotels lost their appeal as permanent residences.

New competitors have appeared. Stays longer than one month represent 25% of all Airbnb bookings. Apartment hotels with short-term leases, furnished rooms, and shared services offer many of the benefits once offered by apartment hotels, just like university residences and seniors’ residences.

When celebrities were hotel stars

The days of nobles meeting in the tearooms of five-star hotels are long gone, but the legends live on. Many of the most famous celebrities of the 20th century lived in hotels. Coco Chanel, who lived at the Ritz in Paris for more than 30 years, decorated her room with lacquered lampshades, gilded mirrors and a velvet banquette. Oscar Wilde also lived out his days in a Paris hotel, albeit in less opulent circumstances. Agatha Christie has lived in many of the best hotels in the world and has written about them in her detective stories. The queen of crime wrote Murder on the Orient Express in room 411 of the Pera Palace in Istanbul, a hotel overlooking the Golden Horn of the city where Europe the best of the best rested after the mythical train journey. Christie’s Death on the Nile begins with detective Hercule Poirot strolling through another of his favorites – the Egyptian hotel Old Cataract.

The Old Cataract Hotel on the banks of the Nile in southern Egypt.
The Old Cataract Hotel on the banks of the Nile in southern Egypt.Antonio RIBEIRO (Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Renowned Spanish journalist Julio Camba wrote his last columns in Room 383 of the Palace, and Ernest Hemingway reported on the Spanish Civil War from Madrid’s famed Hotel Florida. “My bedroom door is open. You can hear gunshots out front a few blocks from the hotel. Gunfire all night. Machine gun fire. I’m lucky to be in bed instead of in Carabanchel or University City [districts of Madrid]he wrote as the city was besieged by Franco’s troops.

The Hotel Florida has become the residence of many foreign correspondents and writers such as the American author John Dos Passos, who immortalized his stay in an article entitled Room and Bath at Hotel Florida, published by Esquire magazine in January 1938. “My room is seven or eight stories high. The hotel is on a hill. From the window I can gaze out over the whole old part of Madrid over the crowded tiled roofs… The crowded city stretches sharp and motionless as far as I can see, narrow roofs, smokeless chimneys, buff towers and the pointed slate spiers of 17th century Castile. Designed by architect Antonio Palacios, Hotel Florida has survived more than 30 artillery shells crashing into its majestic marble facade, but it hasn’t survived urban development. Galerías Preciados bought and demolished the building in the 1960s to build a shopping center with a brick facade that is now covered in huge LED screens. The building is currently owned by a department store – El Corte Inglés – and hordes of tourists flock to the top-floor restaurants to enjoy views very similar to those described by Dos Passos.

These anecdotes gave rise to the romantic idea that artists did their best in hotel rooms because art has no time for mundane tasks like housework and errands. But it’s a false narrative that romanticizes a lifestyle woven from the stuff of storytellers. “To be honest, he [hotel life] is more the stuff of literature and cinema,” said Carlos Larrinaga, professor (University of Granada, Spain) and author of a history of Spanish tourism and hospitality during the first half of the 20th century.

Larrinaga explains that in Spain, “the development of the hotel industry is closely linked to the growth of tourism”. Other hotels were built as tourism developed and became an important component of the national economy. Short breaks being more profitable than long ones, it has become the predominant model for attracting affluent foreign tourists since the 1970s.

Tourism is the biggest contributor to Spain’s economy, accounting for more than US$176 billion a year (14.6% of GDP), according to a report by the World Travel & Tourism Council. Hotels are very important to the Spanish economy, as evidenced by the Madrid boom which has seen the recent openings of the Four Seasons Hotel and The Madrid EDITION, as well as major renovations of old classics like the Ritz, the Santo Mauro and the Rosewood Villamagna.

Spanish hotels have never been used as permanent residences in the same way as other countries like the United States. “It was more common for the wealthier layers of society to spend a few months in hotels,” Larrinaga said, “but living permanently in a hotel is rare.” Yet being the exception has lured hoteliers for decades and become the fodder of legends.

In his book Hotel Nirvana, writes Manuel Leguineche, “A whole life can take place in hotels – from birth to death.” So few choose to live like this, it is undeniable that hotels still fascinate many. Perhaps because vacation stays are shrouded in the idea of ​​fleeting luxury, happiness with an expiration date. It is seductive to dream of a life in which breakfasts are always buffet style, the hair dryer is always at hand, the sheets are always clean and the temperature is always ideal – to experience an endless vacation. until you leave this world.

Brawl in Rams/Bengals camp, Cowboys lose LT Smith & more


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The NFL world was set ablaze Thursday afternoon after reports and video of a massive brawl breaking out during joint practice between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals. Most notably, the video shows Aaron Donald swinging a helmet (or two) at opposing players in the middle of the scrum.

Charles Robinson & Frank Schwab kick off the podcast by reacting to the wild video and discussing the league’s options in the gray area of ​​sparring fights, where historically there’s been very little precedent for players to earn suspensions.

Later in the episode, the guys talk about hurting the oddly pervasive optimism of Dallas Cowboys LT Tyron Smith and Jerry Jones, despite signs that another Cowboys season is headed down the wrong path.

For the remainder of the episode, Charles and Frank spend time deconstructing the NFC East and NFC West splits and previewing their thoughts on each team heading into two weeks before Week 1 kicks off.

0:20 Aaron Donald and the Rams/Bengals fight

10:40 Dallas Cowboys lose OT Tyron Smith

9:40 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles

27:50 New York Giants

30:45 Washington Commanders

39:50 Seattle Seahawks

44:05 LA Rams

48:35 San Francisco 49ers

56:15 Arizona Cardinals

Los Angeles Rams DL Aaron Donald was at the center of a massive brawl during joint practice with the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

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A pressing time for Pedro and his Scottish team

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A big few months lie ahead for Scotland boss Pedro Martinez Losa and his squad as they contemplate an upcoming battle to reach the FIFA Women’s World Cup next summer, writes CATHERINE ETOE.

Scotland have reached the European play-offs with one game to lose in their World Cup qualifying group and they will know their opponent on September 9 in the draw.

The play-offs, involving nine group runners-up, are scheduled for October 6 and 11, but two matches are on the schedule for Scotland first and should prove valuable preparation for whatever lies ahead.

The biggest test will come on September 2 when Scotland travel to Zwolle for a friendly with the Netherlands, ranked sixth in the world.

Four days later, Scotland will be looking to end their World Cup qualifying group on a high when they travel to Torshavn to take on the Faroe Islands.

In the long run, Martinez Losa has lost the services of Rangers striker and senior squad veteran Jane Ross as she recovers from an ACL injury. AC Milan’s Christy Grimshaw is out on short notice but is still returning from a medical issue.

But the Scottish head coach is expected to welcome Fiona Brown from FC Rosengard and Rachel McLauchlan from Rangers after injury and Emma Mitchell from Reading after maternity leave.

Martinez Losa sounded full of beans as he met the press in Edinburgh earlier in the week.

Here’s what he had to say about welcoming Emma Mitchell’s baby into the fold, the Netherlands, what he learned at Euro 2022 and his thoughts on Sarina Wiegman’s leadership and passing from the talismanic Caroline Weir to the club he followed as a child, Real Madrid…

On Emma Mitchell and Fiona Brown’s international return:

PML: They have a lot of experience. Emma is in a position we don’t have backup from Nic for. [Docherty]. She has international experience, also character.

Fiona can play in many different positions. We lost Christy Grimshaw and [Fiona] is a player who can play at right-back in Sweden but can also play on the wings in both positions. She is a competitor and a very good character and she will help us to continue to build the mentality.

The main thing is to get them on board to raise the standards of our training and our competitiveness right now, and then they can compete for a position. Also in view of the play-offs, it’s time to see if they are at the best level.

Emma Mitchell Scotland
Photo Tommy Hughes

On helping Emma bring her baby to camp:

PML: There are times in a career where our role is to support as much as we can, not just Emma but also for example Jane [Ross], if she needs anything, it’s also up to us to be there to support her. You can’t expect players to represent their country and give everything, because you give everything when you’re on the pitch, and you don’t give it back when you need something. And obviously, motherhood is a special occasion where every woman needs the support and the platform to come back to if you decide to get back to your best as soon as possible.

On how they can help Emma:

PML: The logistics, she will bring someone to help her when she trains. We will be flexible, we are human and we must facilitate. I think it’s the best for Scotland, it’s the best for the player. I hope it’s ok. A baby is always good, it brings energy and that’s good news. I am also a father and [children are] one of your motivations.

On preparations for the Netherlands given their managerial changes:

PML: The patterns and the way the players play doesn’t change and they have a lot of good players and we can see them succeed in other countries. I remember at Arsenal when we brought in Sari van Veenendaal, Danielle van de Donk, Vivianne Miedema, Dominique Janssen, all those players are proving they have an amazing football education so I don’t think it will change much .

On this friendly match in Zwolle:

PML: Our goal is to face one of the best teams in Europe and that’s what we’re going to focus on. We have our ambition to experience these kind of games and participate in these kind of games, also aligned with the next game which is the Faroe Islands which will be totally different.

On the need for quality opposition before the play-offs:

PML: If we want to participate in World Cups and international competitions, we have to face these challenges all the time and we don’t have to be afraid to play at Hampden Park, to play on large grounds, to expose our players. We need more of that, we were unlucky not to qualify for the Euros so how can we get that kind of experience, we need more of that.

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Over this coming period with regard to his own pressure:

PML: This is why you train. You cannot be afraid. Of course, you can’t avoid that feeling of being a little nervous, but you’re also the leader and have to bring calm to the team. We saw a great leader like Sarina [Wiegman] – I know her very well – but [even] from the outside we feel that she is in control of the situation, she brings calm and confidence to the team. I don’t think players can handle all these situations if they don’t have that kind of leader, especially in modern football. So it’s part of my job, I have the responsibility, but I’m excited about it. There can only be two paths – it won’t be the end, the journey has been [we have] Work to do. Now we have the last sprint where we feel we are building something good, the players are involved, we are strong as a group.

On whether watching the Euros was difficult as Scotland manager:

PML: It was frustrating to be there and see all the excitement and the atmosphere because I really believe we have the players and the level to be in the competition. On the other side, I tried to have a more critical look to analyze certain teams with which we can be at the same level, opponents like Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Portugal, and these teams are very mature, not only tactically but in terms of body language, energy level, tactical discipline.

On Caroline Weir looking revitalized at Real Madrid:

PML: When you take on a new challenge, it’s because you have ambition. I just spoke with her a few times, but she seems like a happy player. I think her style of play fits very well with the way Spanish teams want to play, so she probably feels she has an important role and maybe a bit more freedom.

She’s a creative player, so as a second striker she can do whatever she can create. Teams will learn over the course of the season how to tag her because she’s an important player but, yes, physically she looks fresh. At the moment she’s a player who’s leveled up and we probably thought something was going to happen with Caroline Weir because she’s a world-class player. What we want her to do is produce that consistently, which she has the ability to do.

The good thing is that now I have one more excuse to travel to Madrid!

Rangers regain leadership of the Scottish Women’s Premier League

Pearson Edexcel International’s GCSE on-screen English exam results set new milestones in innovative assessment

Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has announced the successful completion of a two-year pilot programme, with 600 students from six schools, from international GCSEs to the English language screen. The first cohort of international GCSE English students receiving their exam results on screen today is a key step on the road to future assessment and education preparedness.

The Middle East region was strongly represented in the six institutions that participated in the on-screen exams, namely British School Al Khubairat (BSAK) and Al Yasmina Academy in Abu Dhabi, British School of Bahrain, Qatar International School (QIS), and Doha College in Doha, and King’s College La Moraleja | British School of Madrid. They worked closely with Pearson over the two years to help develop the platform and prepare for their exams using Pearson’s mock on-screen assessments.

Commenting on the exam results, Kathryn Booth, MENAT Regional Director, Pearson School Qualifications, said: “The exam results released today are the culmination of two years of work between Pearson Edexcel and the six schools that have joined us in the pilot project of International GCSE English onscreen. exams. This is a giant step in transforming UK curriculum assessment and can only benefit today’s digital native students. 90% of students who completed their on-screen assessment said they thought their school should offer on-screen assessment in the future.

At Pearson Edexcel, we are delighted with the success of on-screen assessment and congratulate pioneering students on their exam results. We hope this will give schools in the area the confidence to consider offering international on-screen GCSE assessment with Pearson Edexcel. Booth added.

The pandemic has been a catalyst in transforming learning and teaching and how assessments are conducted globally. Many students prefer typing over writing; therefore, on-screen exams are a great opportunity to show their potential and perform at their best. Additionally, it will prepare students for a technologically enabled environment in higher education and the workplace.

In May/June 2023, all Pearson International schools will have the opportunity to take their English Language and English Literature exams on-screen, wherever they are in the world.

Receiving their exam results on screen, Nigel Davis, Head of Secondary at British School Al Khubairat (BSAK) commented: “At BSAK we are always looking to innovate and ensure that the school moves with the times. time and offers our students the best possible options for their qualification. We believe this is the future of exams, and the confidence our students had as they walked out of the exam room this summer was palpable. Now that we’ve seen the results, we couldn’t be happier. The students’ confidence in themselves was well placed – they exceeded the expectations we had for them.

According to Wayne Ridgway, Head of Secondary School at the British School of Bahrain,
“We wanted to be part of something that would help our students feel more comfortable and confident ahead of their exams, and the students were really happy with how the exam went that day. I would be very excited to see more on-screen assessments in the future – this is how students will work when they go to college for graduate school and beyond.

“We wanted to be part of the pilot and one of the leaders in the country as we navigate the path of online exams, and we have since reaped the rewards. My recommendation would be to take this opportunity. We now live in a technological world and this can streamline reviews in the long run. Students had the opportunity to experience the systems involved prior to the exam and they arrived at the exam confident, ready and prepared to excel,” commented Michael Merrick, Associate Principal of Secondary, Qatar International School.

In education, there are now growing calls to accelerate the transition to on-screen teaching, learning and assessment to reflect the way young learners of today live, learn and think. For more information on onscreen assessments and learning resources, please visit – https://www.pearson.com/international-schools/why-choose-pearson/onscreen-assessment-for-international- schools.html


About Pearson

At Pearson, our goal is simple: add life to a lifetime of learning. We believe that every learning opportunity is a chance for personal breakthrough. That’s why our 20,000 Pearson employees are committed to creating dynamic and rewarding learning experiences designed for real impact. We are the global leader in learning, serving customers in over 200 countries with digital content, assessments, qualifications and data. For us, learning is not just what we do. It’s who we are. Visit us at pearsonplc.com

Helbiz to expand its European presence and launch in Spain | New


NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–August 24, 2022–

Helbiz (NASDAQ: HLBZ), a leader in micro-mobility, will expand its European presence by launching electric scooters next month in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. The electric scooters will be launched on September 12, 2022.

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Following the success of the city’s pilot program, Helbiz is one of three providers of Alcalá de Henares’ permanent micro-mobility program. Helbiz was licensed for 1,000 vehicles, which is half of the total the city allocates to operators. Alcalá de Henares is a university town easily accessible from Madrid and a popular tourist destination with around 800,000 visitors per year. (Graphic: Business Wire)

Following the success of the city’s pilot program, Helbiz is one of three providers of Alcalá de Henares’ permanent micro-mobility program. Helbiz was licensed for 1,000 vehicles, which is half of the total the city allocates to operators. Alcalá de Henares is a university town easily accessible from Madrid and a popular tourist destination with around 800,000 visitors per year.

Operations will be led by Roger Puigví, who recently joined the company as Managing Director of Spain, France and Portugal. A veteran of the mobility industry for over a decade, he leads Helbiz’s operations and growth in Western Europe.

“We are delighted to bring our first European operations outside of Italy to the town of Alcalá de Henares,” said Puigví. “Our expansion into Spain is a step in our stated goal to strategically expand our global operations. We look forward to working with the community and using this presence to further grow our presence in Europe.

About Helbiz

Helbiz is a global leader in micro-mobility services. Launched in 2015 and based in New York, the company offers a diverse fleet of vehicles, including electric scooters, electric bicycles and electric mopeds, all on one convenient and user-friendly platform with more than 50 licenses in cities around the world. whole world. Helbiz uses custom and proprietary fleet management technology, artificial intelligence and environmental mapping to optimize business operations and sustainability. Helbiz is expanding its urban lifestyle products and services to include live streaming, food delivery and more, all accessible within its mobile app. For more information, visit www.helbiz.com.

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School accused of depriving latecomers of education


The King Kauluma coeducational school in the Oshikoto region is accused of depriving children of education as latecomers are sent home.

Some parents at the school say more than 20 students are sent home daily.

“How are these children supposed to succeed academically when they miss classes? Most of them walk more than 6 km each day to and from school. get ready and walk to school,” said a worried parent. .

“As of 8:30 a.m. you find students in uniform walking away from the school – all have turned away.

“If a student is late three times a week, that means they only have two teaching days a week,” another parent explained.

School principal Andrew Akawa said this week that sending students home for being late is a disciplinary measure.

“Most of these children are deliberate. The delays have become too great. You will find five students absent from a class from 08:25 until 09:00 or 10:00.

“We had meetings with the parents about it,” Akawa said.

“Parents need to understand that we are doing this for the good of their children. They miss the first three lessons of school when they arrive late.

“Actually, before we started these measurements, you would find half of the students in class, but now 95% of the class is full,” he said.

Oshikoto Region Director of Education Eises Thanises said yesterday she could not comment yet.

“We are currently investigating the allegations and will update you on the findings once we are finished,” she said.

2022 40 under 40: Sapna Shah, Prince Edward Island

One word to describe you: Strategic

Foster mother: University of Melbourne, Australia

Fun fact about yourself: I love to travel and experience different cultures, food, language, scenery and do some hiking.

Favorite station or stop that you have already visited or frequented (and why): New York’s Grand Central Station is awe-inspiring in more ways than one. Discover the works of art on the high ceilings, the intricate floors, the architecture of the building and the 67 train tracks!

Favorite route you’ve ever ridden or frequent (and why): Barcelona to Madrid on the Renfe AVE high speed train offered beautiful views, smooth ride in 2.5 hours unbeatable. The icing on the cake, the price of the ticket is refunded if the train is more than 30 minutes late!

Sapna Shah is a Certified Professional Engineer and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with 15 years of experience in enterprise asset management, reliability engineering, and project management. She leads the asset management program for MTA New York City Transit’s buses and adheres to the program’s asset management roadmap.

Shah is credited with pioneering the bus asset condition assessment program to understand operational risk, improve safety, reliability and customer satisfaction, and meet the guidelines of the bus asset management plan. FTA transit. She created the life cycle cost and reliability model for buses to prioritize investment decisions and is currently working to bring prognostic maintenance and asset life prediction to the bus department. It successfully completed a two-year pilot project to prove the value of prognostic maintenance using machine learning overlaid on telematics data to reduce in-service failures and maintenance cost.

Shah’s interest in improving legacy maintenance practices has led her to use data analytics and process improvement to optimize major maintenance strategies such as engine replacement strategy and maintenance strategy. overhaul of buses, reducing waste and improving efficiency. She is now shifting her asset management focus to zero-emission buses and infrastructure to create a maintenance program to support a successful transition to a fully zero-emissions fleet by 2040. She is also leading the transition to a new system enterprise asset management.

Shah recognizes that change can be difficult to implement and she facilitates reliability studies and training at MTA to ensure the workforce is equipped with the tools to follow them on this asset management journey. She also seeks to increase her knowledge and abilities through active participation in industry networks such as APTA, UITP and the International Bus Benchmarking Group, as well as formal certification programs exemplified by her black belt. Recently obtained Lean Six Sigma.

Shah has been working to build the asset management knowledge base in the industry by presenting his work at the Transit State of Good Repair conferences in Washington, D.C. for the past three years and has met separately with numerous transit agencies in community across North America to share the results of its pilot projects. and novelties. To increase diversity, inclusion and representation in the transit industry, she co-founded the employee resource group, Empowering Women in Transportation, to increase awareness of the gender gap, amplify women’s voices and provide support and tools for upward mobility. She also mentors New York City high school students in underserved areas through the nonprofit Global Kids to empower tomorrow’s leaders.

Is there a particular experience that brought you to where you are today?

I am committed to using data analytics to optimize maintenance practices. My current role leading the Enterprise Asset Management team for the Bus Department allows me to drive process improvements to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our maintenance.

What do you like most about your job?

Use my engineering and data analytics skills to positively impact New Yorkers and our neighbors as I work to improve the availability and reliability of our assets and, through it, our customer experience.

What is the hardest part of your job?

Implementing change takes patience, perseverance and endless optimism.

What accomplishment are you most proud of and why?

Launched the Asset Condition Assessment program to objectively quantify the health of our assets, understand our operating risk, and improve customer satisfaction, asset reliability and safety, while adhering to the management plan transit assets mandated by the FTA.

Best tips/tricks/best practices to share in your area of ​​expertise?

Communicate results, whether good or bad, to empower your team and gain stakeholder support.

For Luis García he is the player with the highest ego in the Mexican national team

Luis Garcia

Luis García is one of the most respected sports commentators in Mexico, his charisma and talent delighted fans, he was also a former footballer who had great moments with the Mexican national team and at Atlético de Madrid. Now he is one of the people who most criticize Gerardo Martino’s process in “El TRI”.

Luis García knowing a lot about football is invited to several programs to talk about different topics, in these interviews he tells several secrets during his time as a football player and now as a journalist he tells them in a funny way.

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Don’t cry in Jiménez and CH 14, the new 9 del Tri, according to Dr. Luis García Postigo

Goodbye Martino, the coach who said yes and will withdraw the scholarship holders according to Dr. Luis García

Luis García had Christian Martinolli as a guest on his YouTube program, a person with whom he forms a great couple in the broadcasts of football matches, in this conference he revealed that his partner Luis Roberto Alves Zague is a person with a pretty ego raised.

Luis Garcia did not like Zagué

Luis García mentions that when he played with Zague he did not like him because of his behavior, he also had actions that angered the other teammates of the Mexican national team, that is, that ‘when it was time to finish a workout, there was an extra hour left just to do your hair and get dressed.

Buford welcomes two new golfers for the 2022-23 season

GREENVILLE, North Carolina – Fourth year head coach CC Buford announced the additions of Marta Perez and Danielle Modder at the 2022-23 Women’s Golf Training Monday afternoon.

“The energy Marta and Dani bring will fit right into our culture,” Buford said. “Each of them came to campus with eagerness and determination and I anticipate they will have an immediate impact on the programming.”

The pair will join the returns Oda Sofie Kilsti, Macie Burcham, Caroline Hermes, Andrea Miralles Llopis and Grayson Warren which led the Pirates to a fourth consecutive Pirate Collegiate Classic title in the fall and a strong spring where the Pirates finished in the top five in three team tournaments.

The Pirates begin their fall season when they kick off Monday, September 12 in the Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall Club in Charleston, SC

Marta PerezMadrid, Spain (Minnesota)

In Minnesota (2021-22): Did not compete for the Gophers in his first campaign. High school: Was part of a high performance program that combined his school studies with golf, spending the majority of the week training with his teammates who became like a second family… Participated as a member of the Madrid team at the Spanish Championships where they placed first…Won titles at the U16 and U18 Madrid Championships…At the WAGR Capa Siero and WAGR Ladies Golf Tech Tour, Pérez also took top honors.
Personal: Parents are Felix Perez and Carmen Perela… Hobbies include cooking, dancing and hanging out with friends… Skied, played tennis, badminton and danced ballet and flamenco.

Comments from Coach Buford: “Marta has had a solid summer in the events she’s been to and although she wore a red shirt last year, I’m confident she’ll be ready to compete straight away.”

Danielle ModderAschaffenburg, Germany (SGD Darmstadt)

High school: Graduated from SGD Darmstadt … Represented Germany on the team that won the 2019 Germany Women’s International Amateur Championship … Had a final score of 77-76-78 (231) to help the Netherlands to win by team in the Dutch national U21 championship in 2021.

Personal: Born in Groningen, Netherlands…Daughter of Joroen Modder and Ellen Stiksma…His father, Joroen, played football at the highest amateur level for the Netherlands…Has one brother, Marnick… Career ambition is to play in the LPGA… Enjoys skiing and hiking in his spare time… Planned major is communication.

Comments from Coach Buford: “Dani has so much maturity under her belt and I have already enjoyed the few moments I have had coaching her. She has competed in elite events internationally and I cannot wait to see what which she will accomplish by wearing purple and gold.”

Germany’s Personio Foundation will fund ‘outstanding’ nonprofits in climate action and education


Personio, a HR management and recruitment platform based in Bayern, Germany, announced on Monday that it has launched a call for applications for “outstanding” nonprofits working in the fields of climate change mitigation and education to join the Personio Foundation’s impact portfolio.

Portfolio companies will benefit from unrestricted grants (between €50,000 and €100,000 per year) for several years, strategic assistance and free access to the Personio HR management software. Additionally, grantees will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other Impact Portfolio partners to co-create their HR accelerator and shared community.

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Mission of the Personio Foundation

With its Impact Portfolio and HR Accelerator, the Personio Foundation aims to help creative, forward-thinking organizations engage in climate action and education. Since its introduction in December, the Foundation says it has expanded its impact portfolio to include assistance to eight NGOs. Its HR Accelerator has started creating materials to help NGOs improve their human resource capacities.

Personio Co-Founder and Foundation President Hanno Renner said, “Launching the first global call for applications to join our Impact portfolio is a major milestone for the Foundation. With eight organizations already in the portfolio, we look forward to partnering with more nonprofits and supporting even greater impact in education and climate change. Our ambition has always been to tie the success of Personio to solving these pressing issues, so taking the Foundation to the next level is truly exciting.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Eligible Organizations: Eligible organizations must have non-profit legal status
  • Field of action: they must work in the fields of education or climate change mitigation
  • Geographic focus: the Foundation will help organizations around the world
  • Special consideration: Organizations offering cutting-edge and scalable solutions to combat climate change and education will receive special consideration
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Interested organizations can apply here.

A brief about Personio and the Foundation

Personio was founded in 2015 by Hanno Renner, Roman Schumacher, Arseniy Vershinin and Ignaz Forstmeier, later joined by Jonas Rieke. The company offers cloud-based HR management and recruitment solutions, as well as software for startups and SMEs.

The platform allows its customers to store and manage all employee data and HR processes in one place, including vacation and sick leave, approvals, salary, attendance, employee documents , performance, reporting and employee onboarding. He says more than 7,000 companies with more than 500,000 employees have automated their people processes with Personio.

Currently, Personio has offices in Madrid, London, Dublin and Amsterdam. In June 2022, Personio raised €190.4 million at a valuation of €8 billion.

The Personio Foundation was created in 2021 by Personio. The Foundation is based on a commitment made when Personio was created to devote 1% of the company’s capital to good causes. This 1% stake is currently worth $85 million and will continue to grow until an IPO.

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Meet Spain’s answer to Kate: Queen Letizia

She may be a “commoner” like our very own Duchess of Cambridge, but after two decades in the limelight, Queen Letizia of Spain has proven she was born for royal life. As she prepares to celebrate her 50th birthday, Graham Keeley reveals how she won over her critics – and her frosty in-laws

It was 2002 and, although she didn’t know it yet, 30-year-old journalist Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano’s life was about to change forever. Prince Felipe of Spain (now King Felipe VI) had watched her present on CNN Plus, a 24-hour Spanish-language news channel, and fell in love with her. Rumor has it that Felipe, then 34, asked another journalist and friend, Pedro Erquicia, to introduce him and the couple hit it off.

Queen Letizia in London, 2017 – on the trip that finally silenced her critics. Image: Getty/Rex Features

In a bid to avoid the glare of the Madrid media spotlight, Felipe and Letizia tried to keep their relationship a secret by spending time with Felipe’s sister, Princess Cristina, with Letizia telling friends she was dating a ” Diplomat “. At the end of 2003, however, they announced their engagement, with the future king telling his people: “I am very happy to be able to show how happy our engagement has made me and how much I am in love with Letizia”.

On May 22, 2004, around 25 million Spaniards watched Letizia – on a nearly five-meter-long train by Spanish fashion designer Manuel Pertegaz – marry her prince at Santa María la Real de la Almudena Cathedral in Madrid. They were captivated by her natural poise and beauty, but what they really wanted to know was, “Who is Letizia?”

Growing up in Oviedo, a small town in northern Spain, the daughter of a journalist and a nurse, Letizia was educated in public schools. She caused a minor scandal in 1998 by marrying a man ten years her senior (a teacher Letizia had met when she was just 16) but the couple divorced a year later. However, that was nothing compared to the scandals swirling around the Spanish royal family – particularly the activities of King Juan Carlos. After business revelations and financial embezzlement, the Spanish monarchy is plunged to its lowest level since its recovery in 1975 following the death of General Franco. But that didn’t mean the family was ready to be updated with a commoner. And a journalist, to boot.

Letizia with the Queen during her State visit to London in 2017. Image: Getty/Rex Features

When Letizia first arrived at the palace on the outskirts of Madrid, the reaction, insiders say, was painful to watch. “The beginnings were very difficult for her and on many occasions you could feel her misery,” explains Ana Romero, a Spanish royal expert. “King Juan Carlos clearly hated her, as did his sisters-in-law. Queen Sophia [Juan Carlos’s wife] was not very close [to her] That is.’

It was well known that Juan Carlos, who abdicated in 2014 after nearly 40 years as king, belittled Letizia to his courtiers by describing her as “the enemy of the house”. A courtier phoned me one day (in my capacity as the Spanish correspondent for a national newspaper) to tell me that Letizia had gone to a music festival. To the old official, it sounded like a shocking enough scandal to be worth reporting in foreign media. Letizia’s other criticisms often focused on her penchant for wearing ripped jeans and going to concerts. Spanish TV commentator Rosa Villacastín thinks it was pure snobbery. “She knew what a mortgage was, she was a normal person.”

Felipe and Letizia continued to innovate. They were going to have dinner in Malasaña, one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Madrid. Years later, even after Felipe ascended the throne, the couple left their daughters Leonor and Sofia in the palace and lined up with the public to see a film.

But that’s not to say royal life hasn’t changed Letizia. The media focused on her physique, forcing the royal palace to deny reports that she suffered from anorexia, and there are rumors that the operation she had to ‘correct a deviated septum’ was actually a rhinoplasty to reduce his protruding nose. Former colleague Carmen Enriquez says Letizia has gone from an outgoing and ambitious journalist to a more withdrawn one, due to the relentless media attention. “She became more cautious when she became a princess.”

The parallels between Letizia and the Duchess of Cambridge have not gone unnoticed. The two women represent the first generation of “commoners” allowed to marry into their royal families for love. Both are doting mothers (Letizia’s daughter Leonor, 16, attends UWC Atlantic College in Wales, affectionately nicknamed “Hogwarts for hippies” because the school is in a 12th-century castle; Sofia , 15, studies in a private school in Madrid. ). The fact that they are happy to champion big brands and wear outfits over and over also sets them apart. During a recent visit to Madrid, Letizia arrived in a Pedro del Hierro dress that she had worn three years prior. And then she stayed to chat with a group of gathered women.

‘That’s typical of her. She’s a perfectionist but also a professional,” said Mabel Galaz, a journalist who is writing a book about the Spanish royal family to mark Letizia’s 50th birthday in September.

When I met Letizia at a dinner party years ago, she initiated the conversation and surprised me by speaking in accentless English instead of Spanish. She made no grammar mistakes. Nervous to meet a queen, I joked that she spoke the language better than me.

Just like Kate, Letizia seems to be trying, alongside Felipe, to bring the monarchy into the 21st century. Unlike the British royal family, the Spanish royal family does not have a social media account, but they have downsized their household and implemented anti-corruption measures such as a ban on gifts.

Letizia with the Duchess of Cambridge in 2019. Image: Getty/Rex Features

Letizia believes it was her state visit to London in 2017 that finally made the rest of the Spanish royal family respect her. For King Felipe, it was an opportunity to meet the queen, a distant cousin, whom he affectionately calls Tia Lilibet – aunt Lilibet (see below). For Letizia, it was a chance to show that she is quite royal. As Ana Romero says: “The trip to London was important because even her detractors recognized that she had done a wonderful job in the most difficult place: the British court.

Now, in addition to a host of editors planning biographies for her milestone birthday, she is the star attraction of a documentary loosely based on The Crown titled Los Borbones (the Bourbóns is the name of the dynasty to which the Spanish royal family belongs).

This positive public relations is essential because public support in Spain for their royal family seems fragile. Last June, a poll for El Confidencial, a respected Spanish online news site, revealed that the nation is split on the monarchy with 39.1% backing it while 39.9% back a republic. And many believe they need to put Letizia front and center if the royals are still to be around when she turns 60.

As Mabel Galaz says, “She knew about the scandals…but she kept her distance from them. This earned him the respect of the people. Letizia is the secret weapon.

How the British and Spanish royals are connected

The Queen and King Felipe are third cousins ​​once removed. They are both direct descendants of Queen Victoria; the first is a great great granddaughter and the second a great great great grandson. The Spanish link was formed in 1906 when Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg (Victoria’s granddaughter) married Alfonso XIII, King of Spain. They had seven children including Felipe’s grandfather, Infante Juan.

The Storyboard Artist Behind 30 Pieces Returns Home


After three years, due to the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Pablo Buratti de Corrientes, who has lived in Spain and painted for more than 10 years, imagines the filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, with his family See you soon and his land native. Since deciding to settle with his family in the homeland in search of new horizons, it is the first time that he has spent so much time away from his love, although his father, Carlos Buratti, explained to Norte de Corrientes: “We will never be far away. Because even in times of pandemic, thanks to the magic of new technologies, with video calls, we could enjoy seeing each other, feeling the color of each other’s voice from any distance, and He filled joy this phase of our life.

Pablo has been in Corrientes since tomorrow and will be protected by the affectionate love of those close to him, who from the beginning have supported and encouraged him in each of his decisions in the pursuit of studies and work. His parents encouraged him to go on a cultural and educational exchange tour for a year. So, when he was only 17, he moved to Canada and found a young man from those countries there. He is finishing his last year of high school there. The young couple in which their exchange failed, one spoke English and the other French, and they used it interchangeably, which helped them improve their basic English and learn a lot of French. On his return from Canada, he graduated as a graphic designer and worked briefly in family businesses (advertising and printing) and was again encouraged by his parents when there was a major advertising agency in Resistencia. The doors were open to them. He took the same attitude when he won a scholarship to pursue a career in film/production in Buenos Aires, and after graduating there he seriously considered moving to Spain, because the country offered its professionals Due to the lack of opportunities, the possibility of settling in Spain was seriously considered. region.. and once again, with the support of his parents (Carlos and Dora), he travels with his wife to the Old Continent. Thus began the story that later made him one of the closest people to the famous filmmaker Pablo Almodovar. “But there was never a separation. At that time it was possible – financially – and a year later we went to visit him. And then every two years and when he built himself up financially , we did it alternately”, proudly explain his parents.

Today he is recognized as a storyboard artist from Corrientes based in Spain, who has worked with personalities such as Pedro Almodovar, Alex de la Iglesia or JA Bayona in the creation of works such as “30 Monadas”, ” The Impossible” or “Dolore y Gloria”. Worked with. “. function is to capture on paper what is going on in the minds of these creators and to create a kind of beacon. This is called the storyboard, on which all the departments involved in the production depend.

“The work of a screenwriter has two objectives. First, bring the filmmaker closer to the images he has in mind and start bringing them down to earth to plan what will be staged. It’s his first contact, it’s the film that he imagines, that he projects in his head and with which he begins to build his narrative structures from a visual point of view”, he explained to North of Corrientes.

Thanks to the storyboard – he said – the camera and the photography team know which shots the director wants to shoot and they start working according to this framework, analyzing the pros and cons, its possibilities, what can be a shock. Here too the production has a lot to say because it is one thing for the director to tell you more or less what he is planning and another thing is to put it on paper. With this material, the production can also begin to manage any specific filming requirements for the planning of said scene.

The art department also offers drinks from storyboards. With this, they adapt to the frame, identifying what the needs are in terms of places, settings, decorations. And so they establish a more restricted framework.

Storyboards are the technical period from which all departments begin to fish out their own information so that it can be managed in some way with the production and the director.

Pablo’s work is the first visual approximation of the director’s ideas, although with the humility that characterizes him, he also emphasizes that his work is not a necessary tool. “A lot of movies actually shoot without storyboards. But it’s a really useful tool when it comes to putting a starting point on the scenes that the director wants to do and then they get up in a shoot so that the rest of the team has The information is very concrete, very clear, very visual and everything is very clear to be managed correctly,” he remarked.

The young artist, who was able to fully enjoy his family for the last time in 2019, today embraced his parents again to smell the scent of his father’s house and his native land. The last time he came here was three and a half years ago – “in July 2019, for my birthday” – his father told this media-. The precise detail – difficult to repeat – is that Carlos and Dora were able to reunite their five children, nine grandchildren, and their grandmothers and great-grandmothers on this occasion. “You see, I am very familiar and it is the family, with my friends, the greatest asset that has been harvested in my earthly journey. The pandemic has prevented me from meeting, in physical presence, Pablo and my grand- daughter Cassandra. Just over three years old, but every birthday or special event for every family member was present thanks to technology, so hugs today would be, for many, long hugs that we shared with each other others because apparently he was always sentimental,” concluded Carlos Buratti, leaving.

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“This book presents me with a dream come true that confirms that betting on the one who dreams is usually worth it. I have a memory, back in September 2001, at El Deso ( arrived in Madrid, leaving the offices of Pedro (producer and producer. Agustin Almodovar), leaving the resume at reception, then told his wife, ‘I just wanted to set foot on this site, I don’t think they’ll ever call me’. But they did. called and he’s still there.

New Billikens Welcomed at Graduation Ceremony: SLU



Saint Louis University has officially welcomed its new Billikens to the Convocation campus.

Fresh out of their move in, the students participated in the 2022 New Student Call and Welcoming Families at Chaifetz Arena on Saturday morning. Incoming students heard from fellow students, faculty members, and administrators about what to expect at SLU.

University 2022 Convocation at Chaifetz Arena on August 20, 2022. Photo by Sarah Conroy.”/> Start slideshowPresident Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., greets new students during the Saint Louis University 2022 Convocation at Chaifetz Arena on August 20, 2022. Photo by Sarah Conroy.

President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., called Fall Welcome and Convocation his favorite week at the University.

“This event is where we welcome you, new members of the Billiken family,” he said. “Today, this week, you become a Billiken.”

Pestello said the #1 question students are asked as an SLU student is to explain exactly what exactly a Billiken is.

“What is a Billiken? Never fail to respond that a Billiken is a mythical figure that represents the way things should be,” Pestello said. “I can think of no better mascot for the University than something that represents things as they should be.

“We’re serious – deep down inside what we’re trying to do is make the world the way it should be, make this university the way it should be and now you’re part of that effort.”

Pestello explained the aims of the University and explained how Catholic and Jesuit SLU is, but also international thanks to its Madrid campus. SLU is also an urban campus in the heart of Saint-Louis.

The SLU president told the story of a wedding he attended this summer. Two college alumni who met at SLU 101 got married this summer and invited Pestello to be part of the ceremony. The wedding was the end result of the first steps the alumni took to meet new people and make the most of their time at SLU, he said.

“You’ll develop a lifelong friendship, maybe you’ll find your match,” he said. “But nothing happens if you’re holed up in your dorm. You have to commit, it’s absolutely essential.

Vice President for Student Development Sarah Cunningham, Ed.D., told students that SLU’s goal is not to make sure students get good grades. SLU’s goal for students is greater.

“When we invited you to become a Billiken, it wasn’t just to enroll at SLU and graduate, but it’s to thrive and be the architects of your own Billiken experiences,” Cunningham said. “I hope SLU 101 has given you a sense of our commitment to setting you up for success. The work and learning that will take place in the classroom is tremendous, but we are deeply committed to helping you grow in as a whole person – cura personalis, caring for the whole person.

Aric Hamilton, a senior student at the College of Arts and Sciences and president of the Student Government Association, shared his thoughts on what it’s like to be a student at SLU.

“As students at SLU, we are oriented to a higher calling beyond ourselves,” Hamilton said. “No matter where our religious, moral, or ethical compasses lie, our vibrant and rich identity as a Catholic Jesuit institution is transcendent and permeates the SLU experience and defines what it means to be a Billiken. Our institutional mission calls us to seek truth, seek justice, and find God in all things. To engage in this mission is to engage in fairness, a faithful, relentless, thirst-quenching, soul-filling, life-changing fairness that you cannot rest in. After all, we who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.

Hamilton encouraged his comrades to learn and grow at SLU, but also to remember who they are on the inside.

“If there’s nothing else you do while you’re here at SLU, stay true to your authentic self,” he said. “Speak to the power of the unique gifts and talents you bless our community with. Now is not the time to scrunch your shoulders and keep your head down.

Ellen Crowell, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of University Core, noted that students occupying the seats at Chaifetz might find themselves in different places upon entering SLU. Some have majors already decided on and a career to pursue. Others are still looking.

“No matter how you come to SLU, you have a vital role to play in the university-wide conversation we call our academic core,” she said. “Our core asks you to see your chosen major in conversation with and enhanced by issues you encounter in courses outside of your major – issues that could, in turn, lead you to minors or even second majors , major thirds or even a minor.”

Crowell told students that each core class would be different, but the goal is to develop well-rounded students who learn first-hand what it means to care deeply about something.

“As SLU faculty, we are committed to showing you why we are passionate about our own subjects, not because we want you to engage in our own study disciplines, but to show you the joy of engaging. into something – something true to who you are now, but also true to the person you want to become,” she said.

Vice President for Mission and Identity David Suwalsky, SJ, Ph.D., emphasized that the student journey at SLU begins where it will eventually end. The call and start takes place at Chaifetz Arena.

He told the gathered students that they should know that everyone at SLU is part of the same community – a community for and with others.

“No one at SLU is an inconvenience, but not a cog in the wheel, another piece in the big blue machine,” Suwalsky said. “We are all people with dreams, ideas and hopes for the future, all worthy of respect and opportunity. And we fight hard to make this campus, this city and our society fairer, more fair, more like the Lord wants our world to be.

Pestello closed the ceremony by telling the students that SLU cares about each and every one of them and reminding them that from this day forward they are Billikens.

Many colleges relax mask rules in third year of coronavirus pandemic



At George Washington University, masks are still primarily required indoors. The same goes for vaccination against the coronavirus, with a booster shot. The same goes for viral testing for students returning to campus.

The Catholic University, a few miles away, makes it all optional.

The two universities in the nation’s capital exemplify divergent public health strategies as colleges enter the third fall term since the shocking pandemic upheavals of early 2020.

While the rules are stricter in some places, more flexible in others, the objectives remain the same everywhere: to contain the persistent threat of covid. Keep classes running and students enrolled.

Colleges strained amid the omicron wave

For their part, students feel relief even in places that continue with relatively strict protocols.

“Right now I feel the most freedom to do whatever I want without general concern,” said 20-year-old Isabella Banks, a junior at GWU. “That has changed over the years. When I first set foot on campus I was like, public health is everything.

Now, she says, the situation has gone from crisis to routine. But it remains a constant in his thoughts. “I don’t think I’ve ever monitored how much I wash my hands as much as I have for the past two years,” she said.

Across the country, colleges were sharply divided last year on whether to require vaccination. This split continues. The University of California at Berkeley, for example, is mandating the coronavirus vaccine and, for those who are eligible, a booster. The University of Texas at Austin does not require them but “strongly encourages” them.

Isolation rules for people infected with the virus and quarantine rules for people exposed to it appear to be easing in many places. The same goes for strict interior masking policies. UC-Berkeley, which required face coverings indoors a year ago, now strongly recommends that masks be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

In the Washington area, policies regarding indoor masks vary in detail from campus to campus. It remains to be seen to what extent the rules will be followed and to what extent they will be enforced.

Georgetown University said masks are needed in classrooms and labs while teaching. They are also mandated in health establishments and early childhood education centers, and on university shuttles. But they are otherwise optional.

The American University said masks are optional in most places but required during class. “Our hope is to eventually reach a point where masks can be optional in the classroom,” AU officials wrote Aug. 11.

Howard University said its faculty may need masks for individual classes. The University of Maryland said masks are mostly optional but as of Friday had not decided whether to require them during classes. George Mason University in northern Virginia said masks are optional.

At Trinity Washington University, masks are required indoors. Patricia McGuire, president of the Catholic Women’s College, said the campus community supported the mandate.

Trinity Washington also requires vaccination against the coronavirus.

“Our philosophy here is to be wary and take what we think are very cautious actions,” McGuire said. “Everyone here is concerned about ‘Are we safe enough? Nobody here, I can tell you, nobody resisted the masks.

Catholic University, neighboring Trinity, has much less restrictive policies. But Catholic said he was following guidelines from public health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Throughout the pandemic, Catholic University has implemented COVID protocols that have aligned with DC and CDC guidelines, and have worked best for our community,” said Karna Lozoya, vice-president. president of university communications, in a press release. “We have successfully navigated this pandemic for two years, and we will continue to actively monitor COVID as well as other health threats as they emerge.”

CDC relaxes coronavirus guidelines, signaling policy shift

At GWU, the district’s largest university, more than 2,700 freshmen were expected to arrive in waves starting Saturday.

They will be required to participate in virus testing upon arrival, but there will be no ongoing testing warrants during the semester. Georgetown has a similar policy.

GWU officials said their public health protections are aimed at providing the most open campus experience since fall 2019.

“They will be able to engage with each other,” said Colette Coleman, GWU vice provost for student affairs and dean of students. “Make friends, socialize in the halls, and acclimatize to being a college student.”

The university is also celebrating the opening of a renovated freshman dormitory on F Street NW, Thurston Hall, with 820 beds.

Previously in the pandemic, move-in days were tightly orchestrated, with timed entry to ensure minimal contact between groups of people and reduce the risk of viral spread. In August 2021, Coleman said, the move in was a “traditional college experience.” Many were simply grateful to be able to be on campus.

This year, there will still be designated arrival times. But the two-hour entry time windows will overlap. This will create more opportunities to mingle.

Colleges warn students of monkeypox risk

GWU officials, like others across the country, are also reminding students to beware of a new threat, monkeypox, which causes painful rashes. This virus can be spread through intimate skin-to-skin contact and through contact with sheets and towels used by infected people, so the university is urging students to do their laundry regularly.

Compared to her first two years at GWU, Banks said she felt much more comfortable. The junior from Brunswick, Maine, is majoring in international affairs and helping with student orientation this summer.

During her freshman year, Banks was one of the few students allowed to live in a GWU dorm beginning in January 2021. “I had a single in what was supposed to be a double,” she recalled. “To say it was a ghost town was an understatement.”

She wore masks everywhere except when she was alone in her room, and she had minimal contact with other students. “It was definitely weird,” she said. In May, she was vaccinated at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. “I felt like I could finally breathe.”

Students struggle with mental health issues as pandemic drags on

In her second year, things opened up a lot more. But masks were still ubiquitous, she said, and viral testing was mandatory once a week. She was tested twice a week, just to be on the safe side. “We all had an extra sense of purpose to make sure we were following covid protocols,” she said. “We knew we didn’t want to have to go home anymore.” Still, Banks said she and her roommate contracted milder cases of covid in April and self-isolated for six days.

Now Banks is looking forward to a nearly unfettered year, including a planned spring semester in Madrid. But she still plans to wear a mask everywhere and be careful of doorknobs and other surfaces she touches. “I definitely think about public health more than ever in my life,” she said.

CBS extends Champions League deal for $250m a year

GENEVA (AP) — The Champions League remains on CBS in the United States for another six years, with parent company Paramount paying $250 million a year to renew its major European soccer rights through 2030, Reuters has been told. Associated Press a person familiar with the agreement. Friday.

That’s a 250% increase from the previous deal, starting in the 2024-25 season, when a new competition format created a 50% increase in the number of games. The person spoke on condition of anonymity as the deal was not announced by Champions League organizers UEFA.

The current Paramount deal is $100 million per season for English rights for 2021-24.

In May, CBS set an American record for a Champions League final broadcast in English with an average viewership of 2.76 million for Real Madrid‘s 1-0 victory over Liverpool.

The Spanish-language rights in the United States — currently held by Univision for about $40 million per season through 2024 — have yet to be sold, the person told the AP.

The six-year deal is unusual for UEFA and its commercial department, which typically offer three-year Champions League deals.

The competition will be revamped in 2024 with 36 teams instead of the current 32 playing in a single league table instead of the traditional four-team groups, before an expanded knockout round.

The format change will give Paramount and other rights holders 189 games per season from 2024 instead of the current 125.

It’s the latest example of a US broadcaster paying more to show European football before the United States hosts the 2026 World Cup along with neighbors Canada and Mexico.

The rights to the English Premier League were retained by NBC last year in a six-year deal worth more than $2.7 billion until 2028. The value of English rights and in Spanish has almost tripled.


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Gonzalo Higuain credits Alejandro Pozuelo for turnaround


Inter Miami CF forward Gonzalo Higuaín (10) was named MLS Player of the Week after a first-half hat trick in a 4-4 draw against FC Cincinnati at DRV PNK Stadium July 30, 2022.

Inter Miami CF forward Gonzalo Higuaín (10) was named MLS Player of the Week after a first-half hat trick in a 4-4 draw against FC Cincinnati at DRV PNK Stadium July 30, 2022.

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It was just a short video on social media, but it says a lot about how Gonzalo Higuain’s mood has improved dramatically since Inter Miami added playmaker Alejandro Pozuelo to the squad. list a month ago.

Higuain, holding a portable microphone, looked at the camera with a big smile and said playfully, “Test, 1-2-3, test 1-2-3. Looking for Alejandro Pozuelo! Alejandro Pozuelo, please report to reception.

He then heads to the hot tub at the team’s training facility, where he finds Pozuelo.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I am here with my friend to announce that he has been voted MLS Player of the Week and I want to congratulate him. I am very happy for him.

Before Pozuelo was traded from Toronto FC, Higuain, the league’s third-highest paid player at $5 million, had scored two goals in 18 games and was replaced in the starting lineup by Leo Campana. Since the Spaniard’s arrival, Higuain has scored six goals in seven games ahead of Saturday’s home game against Toronto.

Higuain returned to the starting XI when Campana suffered an injury and has played so well in recent weeks that he has earned manager Phil Neville the choice as a starter at centre-forward.

It’s not just Higuain’s goalscoring that has changed, it’s his attitude. Not one to hide his emotions, the Argentine star’s frustrations at the start of the season were on display with his gestures towards his teammates when he didn’t get the pass he wanted to languish on the bench. He even sat on the ball during warm-ups before a game.

Fans booed him several times earlier this season, and a fan berated him in the parking lot after the exhibition game against FC Barcelona. Higuain has been spurred on by the reviews, getting fit and playing his best since joining Italian powerhouse Juventus in 2020. He was voted MLS Player of the Week after a hat trick in the first half against Cincinnati.

In recent home games, he has received standing ovations. Higuain was jovial around the training ground and more open with the media.

Asked how Pozuelo helped him, Higuain said: “Without a doubt he is a player who has helped me a lot because with him on the pitch I don’t feel like I have to step back and get the ball back. ball. I can play where I’ve played my whole career, leading as a No.9. His arrival has made the team better, as you can see with our recent results. I’m so happy that he came for what he brings to the team and for motivating me to play better and allowing me to stay higher in attack.

Neville agreed that Higuain is a different player with Pozuelo as his partner.

“Last season we joked that we needed two Gonzalos, one to pass the ball to Gonzalo and one Gonzalo to finish,” Neville said. “Now he trusts the players to pass the ball to him and that’s why he stays higher, he has more chances behind. His goal against Montreal was sensational, especially his movement. He now has great confidence in Pozuelo and Bryce [Duke] to make that pass for him and that’s why we see Gonzalo playing the best he’s had in three or four seasons.

Higuain is 34 years old. He scored 271 goals in his 17-year career, including 107 for Real Madrid, 48 for Juventus and 31 for the Argentina national team. He tries not to take applause or boos too seriously.

“It’s football, you’re judged on results now, not on what you do in your career,” Higuain said. “That’s how fans are. So in football there are more moments of sadness than happiness because happiness is fleeting, but bad times stay with you longer. If you can’t live with that, you can’t play football at the highest level.

Criticism “made me stronger,” he said.

And then he added: “Forget what they tell you that being a professional football player is all rosy and wonderful. It’s a lie. Professional football is about sacrifice, work, changing your mind. “People notice when they insult you. The key is to ignore destructive criticism and take constructive criticism. You learn that with experience.”

He admitted that he had had some mood swings this season.

“I always try to be a happy person, but I’m a human being and I can’t be happy 365 days a year,” he said. “Everyone has good days and bad days. I am not a robot. What changed me is that I found pleasure in playing again. Earlier this year I wasn’t having as much fun because I wasn’t playing or for other reasons, but now I’m having fun. Things are going well for me and for the team and it shows on the pitch. Getting applause is always nice, but you can’t go wrong. Next week, I could still receive insults. It’s soccer.

Higuain retired from international football in March 2019. An Argentinian journalist asked if there was a chance he would return to the national team. The answer? No.

“When I make a decision, whether it’s good or bad, I have no regrets and I don’t look back,” Higuain said. “I had great experiences with the national team, others not so good. For a footballer, it’s the greatest honor to play for his country. I have to play in the World Cups. I realized all my dreams. The only thing my generation lacked was to win everything.

“But the journey that no one can take away from me, what I’ve been through, what I’ve enjoyed. Most people would pay to play one World Cup and I was lucky enough to play three. More time passes, the more I realize how much I enjoyed, what I experienced, but I see no possibility of going back.

He wants to spend more time with his wife and daughter, help Miami qualify for the MLS playoffs and said he would have to be “a masochist” to get back into the intense bubble of a World Cup.

Higuain’s MLS contract expires in December, when he said he would make an announcement about his future. In the meantime, he intends to have fun.

Inter Miami launches a foundation

Inter Miami announced the official establishment of its foundation, a nonprofit arm that has worked since the club’s inception to help at-risk youth and underserved communities in South Florida.

The 28 players on the list launched the initiative by making donations. Fans will be able to support the Foundation by purchasing Inter Miami CF Foundation merchandise and signed memorabilia, with all proceeds going directly to the Foundation.

Among the projects the club has participated in so far: soccer equipment drives, back-to-school drives, cancer research fundraisers, youth clinics, food drives, literacy programs . The club has been generous with Little Haiti FC, a free non-profit youth football program. Last week, Inter Miami donated laptops to Little Haiti FC players heading to college on a scholarship.

“When I was a player, it was always important to get out into the community and help people,” said Inter Miami sporting director Chris Henderson. “You have a short period where you are a professional athlete and can influence people’s lives and be a role model.”

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Miami Herald sportswriter Michelle Kaufman has covered 14 Olympics, six World Cups, Wimbledon, the US Open, NCAA basketball tournaments, NBA playoffs, Super Bowls and been the football writer and the University of Miami basketball beats writer for 25 years. She was born in Frederick, Maryland and raised in Miami.

Huge megalithic complex of more than 500 menhirs discovered in Spain | Archeology


A huge megalithic complex of more than 500 standing stones has been discovered in southern Spain which could be one of the largest in Europe, archaeologists have said.

The stones were discovered on land in Huelva, a province flanking the southernmost part of Spain’s border with Portugal, near the Guadiana River.

Covering approximately 600 hectares (1,500 acres), the land had been set aside for a plantation of avocado trees. Before granting the permit, the regional authorities requested an investigation in light of the possible archaeological significance of the site. The investigation revealed the presence of the stones.

“This is the largest and most diverse collection of standing stones on the Iberian Peninsula,” said José Antonio Linares, a researcher at the University of Huelva and one of the project’s three directors. It is likely that the oldest standing stones at the La Torre-La Janera site were erected during the second half of the sixth or fifth millennium BCE, he said. “It is a major megalithic site in Europe.”

At the site, they found a large number of different types of megaliths, including standing stones, dolmens, mounds, coffin-like stone boxes called cists, and enclosures.

“Standing stones were the most common find, with 526 of them still standing or lying on the ground,” the researchers said in an article published in Trabajos de Prehistoria, a journal of prehistoric archaeology. The height of the stones was between one and three meters.

At the megalithic site of Carnac in northwestern France, there are around 3,000 menhirs.

One of the most striking things was finding such diverse megalithic elements clustered in one place and discovering how well-preserved they were, said Primitiva Bueno, co-director of the project and professor of prehistory at the University of ‘Alcalá, near Madrid.

“Finding alignments and dolmens on a site is not very common. Here, we find everything together – alignments, cromlechs and dolmens – and it is very striking”, she said, welcoming the “excellent conservation” of the site.

An alignment is a linear arrangement of standing stones along a common axis, while a cromlech is a circle of stones and a dolmen is a type of megalithic tomb usually consisting of two or more standing stones with a large flat stone on the top.

Most of the standing stones have been grouped into 26 alignments and two cromlechs, both located on top of hills with a clear view to the east to observe the sunrise during the summer and winter solstices and the spring equinoxes and fall, the researchers said.

Many stones are buried deep in the earth. They should be carefully searched. The works are planned until 2026, but “between this year’s campaign and the beginning of next year there will be part of the site that can be visited,” Bueno said.

Virtual Job Shadow ® and Nepris Announce New Company, Pathful Inc., to Form Comprehensive College and Career Readiness System


AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Virtual Job Shadow® (VJS), a college and career readiness exploration and planning platform, and Nepris, a college readiness live industry connections platform and Quarry and its entities were merged to create a new company Pathful Inc. (Austin, TX). Pathful is a comprehensive college and career readiness system for students and educators. As a result, the Virtual Job Shadow® and Nepris platforms will also be renamed – Pathful Explore (formerly VJS) and Pathful Connect (formerly Nepris). The new company is backed by PSG, a leading growth capital firm that partners with software and technology services companies to help them accelerate their growth. Pathful creates a powerful system that provides educators – CTE educators, work-based learning coordinators, general education teachers, special education teachers, and school counselors – with a variety of resources they can use to help their students succeed in their future careers. For anyone involved in shaping a student’s future, Pathful is a comprehensive college and career readiness system – now, a square for a more insightful, impactful, and meaningful college and career readiness experience.

Jennie Kristoffersen, CEO of Pathful, says, “We believe the pandemic has increased investment in many edtech platforms, which has put more work on teachers. Our goal is to consolidate and make implementation easier and more efficient. “With Pathful, educators and students can access quality career exploration and planning tools, workplace learning, real-world career experiences, and career assessments – the everything in one place,” continues Kristoffersen.

Pathful is on a mission to change the way we think about college and career readiness and provide the ability to connect industry professionals directly to the classroom. Pathful becomes an integrated system that combines student-led content with live industry connections throughout the college and career readiness journey.

“PSG is looking to partner with founders and CEOs who we believe are driven to accelerate product growth and adoption in major markets,” said PSG Chief Executive Tom Reardon. “We are thrilled to have found the opportunity to work with Jennie, who has proven herself to be an innovator within EdTech, to bring together two industry-leading products and create a single platform for college and career.”

The entire Pathful system provides a suite of platforms that integrates exploration and planning tools, life skills resources, assessments and live virtual engagements with real professionals and potential employers to help students to make more informed decisions about their future.

“We envision a classroom where industry engagement is not once a year during career days, but daily in math, science, ELA and social studies classrooms . Pathful aims to bridge several gaps between the skills various industries need and what students learn by providing real-world relevance,” says Sabari Raja, Chief Strategy Officer at Pathful.

For Back to School 2022, Pathful is also introducing a new product, Pathful Planner, which allows school counselors and administrators to develop individualized graduation plans for students (grades 6-12) to help guide their educational, career, and employment goals while meeting district-wide graduation requirements.

Pathful platforms and products for a complete college and career readiness system include:


Pathful (complete system)


  • Pathful Explore (formerly VirtualJobShadow®) A college and career planning and exploration platform that helps students explore career paths and plan;

  • Pathful Connect (formerly Nepris) A live industry connections platform that connects educators and learners with a network of industry professionals;

  • Pathful Junior (formerly VJS Junior) A K-5 career awareness platform;


Pathful Planner A 6-12 lesson planner, releases Back to School 2022.

“This is an amalgamation of two popular tools with our educators that we believe will make sense for district leaders and educators,” said Twinkle Familiare, CTE in Schools Project Program Manager. Seattle public. “It’s a combination that aims to make life easier for teachers and allows for a more holistic and thoughtful approach to planning for life after high school.”

With a network of industry professionals and a video library of engaging content, Pathful offers a comprehensive college and career readiness system for students and educators. Learn all about what Pathful has in store at www.pathful.com.

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For more information about this release or to schedule an interview, please contact: Pathful Media Contact: Pamela Parker, Vice President of Marketing, Pathful, [email protected], (646) 585-3167

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About Pathful Inc. pathetic aims to help students decide what they want to be, what they need to learn, and who they need to know to prepare for life beyond the classroom. Now there’s one place to get college and career information, planning, exploring, and live connections for a more insightful, impactful, and meaningful experience. Pathful’s slogan is Your complete college and career readiness system. Now pathetic. Currently based in Austin, TX, Pathful is backed by growth capital firm PSG.

About PSG PSG is a growth capital firm that partners with software and technology services companies to help them navigate transformational growth, capitalize on strategic opportunities and build strong teams. Having backed over 110 companies and facilitated over 400 follow-on acquisitions, PSG brings extensive investment experience, deep expertise in software and technology, and a firm commitment to working with management teams. Founded in 2014, PSG operates from offices in Boston, Kansas City, London, Paris, Madrid and Tel Aviv. To find out more about PSG, visit www.psgequity.com

Riggs adds nine to 2022-23 men’s swimming and diving roster


MORGANTOWN, WV – Men’s and women’s swimming and diving head coach at the University of West Virginia Vic Riggs announced the addition of nine student-athletes to the men’s roster for the upcoming 2022-23 season.

“I am happy to welcome this class to our men’s swimming and diving program and to the Mountaineer family,” said Riggs. “Each of these individuals brings the qualities and characteristics we seek in future student-athletes. I am thrilled with their impact on our program and look forward to watching them grow into strong young men.”

Two student-athletes are set to join the diving team, while seven more will be added to the swimming roster. Featured in the men’s incoming class are Danny Berlitz (Battery, Pennsylvania/University of Michigan), Maverick Bray (Avon, Indiana/Avon High), Patrick Burk (Cleveland, Ohio / Solon High School) Jamin Harlan (Albuquerque, New Mexico/Cibola High), adam mcdonald (Liberty Township, PA/Lakota East High), Max Nielsen (Phoenix, Arizona/Desert Vista High), Alvaro Santiago (Madrid, Spain/Les Ortega y Gasset), christian simpson (Tupelo, Mississippi/Tupelo High) and Christian Torres (Jupiter, Fla./William T. Dyer).

Danny Berlitz

Battery, Pennsylvania | University of Michigan

Events: Freestyle and individual medley

Berlitz on WVU: “I chose WVU because of the amazing coaching staff, team atmosphere and facilities.”

Maverick Bray
Avon, In. | Avon High

Events: butterfly and backstroke

Bray on WVU: “I chose West Virginia because it felt like home, it felt like a place I could fit in well.”

Patrick Burk
Cleveland, Ohio | High Solon

Events: Diving

Burke on WVU: “I chose West Virginia because of the facilities and family atmosphere the team and coaching staff provide.”

Jamin Harlan
Albuquerque, New Mexico | Cibola High

Events: freestyle, backstroke and individual medley

Harlan on WVU: “I chose WVU because I thought it would be a big family to be a part of.”

adam mcdonald
Liberty Township, Pennsylvania | Lakota is high

Events: Breaststroke and individual medley

McDonald on WVU: “I chose WVU because of the great team atmosphere and friendly coaching staff.”

Max Nielsen
Phoenix, AZ | Desert Vista High

Events: Freestyle

Nielsen on WVU: “I chose West Virginia for the great coaching staff, the team atmosphere, and the opportunity to grow both academically and athletically.”

alvaro santiago
Madrid, Spain | the Ortega and Gasset

Events: butterfly, freestyle and individual medley

Santiago on WVU: “I chose West Virginia because of its outstanding facilities and ambitious goals.”

christian simpson
Tupelo, miss | Tupelo Top

Events: backstroke, freestyle and individual medley

Simpson on WVU: “I chose WVU because of the amazing team opportunities, school spirit and campus.”

Christian Torres
Jupiter, Florida | William T. Dyer

Events: Diving

Torres on WVU: “I chose West Virginia because of the incredible facilities, growth opportunities and hospitality of the team.”

Riggs will announce the WVU 2022-23 women’s swimming and diving additions later this week.

For more Mountaineers news, visit WVUsports.com and follow WVUSwimDive on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Tennessee Vols seeks more wins in Heupel’s 2nd season | Olympic Games


By TERESA M. WALKER – AP Sports Writer

The Tennessee Volunteers say they know what they’re doing and exactly what they want from coach Josh Heupel’s second season.

What they want is more wins – and Heupel thinks they know how to achieve that goal.

“There’s a lot of confidence and belief in what we’re doing,” Heupel said. “There are clear lines of communication. They understand the standards and expectations. They are able to go out and compete.

The Volunteers went 7-6 in Heupel’s first season, a big rebound after going 3-7 with a Southeastern Conference roster. It was Jeremy Pruitt’s final season before his firing and subsequent NCAA investigation into alleged recruiting issues that led to 18 major rule violations.

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Heupel has his starting quarterback, best wide receiver and best running back to run one of the fastest offenses in Division I averaging 2.99 plays per minute while setting eight program records in a season. Even better, the coach said they were much more comfortable playing fast.

Tennessee still faces NCAA punishment. Volunteers chose to play in a bowling game last season after cutting 12 scholarships as self-imposed punishment. Heupel said they have been very open with current players and rookies.

“We’ve positioned ourselves extremely well to swallow things early and be able to compete for championships as we go forward,” Heupel said.

The Vols have a coveted quarterback room: Hendon Hooker and Joe Milton are a pair of experienced players at the top of the QB depth chart. Hooker came off the bench last season to set program records for a passing efficiency of 181.4 and a completion percentage of 68%. He threw for 31 touchdowns with just three interceptions.

Milton, who lost the starting job to Hooker as a redshirt junior, returned rather than being traded again. They can help freshman tutor Tayven Jackson, and Hooker is much more relaxed going into his sixth season overall and his second with the Vols.

Hooker picked up receiver Cedric Tillman after catching 64 passes for 1,081 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. Tillman finished the season setting a school record with a TD assist in the final seven games. Jabari Small led the team with 796 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.

The Vols also fire four of five starters on the line and eight overall for an offense that set school records with 511 points and 6,174 total yards. They averaged 39.3 points per game – seventh nationally.

Defensive tackle Matthew Butler is now in the NFL with the Las Vegas Raiders. But defensive lineman Byron Young and linebacker Jeremy Banks are among the seven returning starters. Young and Banks are tied for the team lead with 5 1/2 sacks and 11 1/2 tackles for loss each.

Banks finished second in the SEC and tied for seventh nationally with 128 total tackles.

One area Tennessee needs to improve on this season is scoring in the second quarter. The Vols began to quickly beat their opponents 190-51 in the first 15 minutes to lead 12 of 13 games. Once they switched sides, they found themselves outscored 143-109, including a 16-0 difference in their Music City Bowl loss to Purdue in December.

The Volunteers open the season in prime time on September 1 by hosting Ball State. They also host Akron, Florida, Alabama, Kentucky and Missouri at Neyland Stadium where they sold 58,871 season tickets with cheering fans for Heupel’s second season.

Tennessee has a tough road trip on Sept. 10 visiting Pittsburgh. The Vols also visit LSU on October 8 and national champion Georgia on November 5. It’s part of a tough finale as the Vols face three road games in the past month, including trips to South Carolina ahead of the regular-season finale at Vanderbilt on Nov. 11. 26.

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GhanaWeb Editor-In-Chief selected for Product Immersion Program 2022-2023

GhanaWeb Editor-in-Chief Ismail Akwei has been selected from journalists around the world to participate in the first round of the 2022-2023 Product Immersion Program at CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.

In an announcement on their official website, the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism said the two-month, tuition-free online program aims to teach small and medium-sized newspaper companies ways to adopt methodologies for thinking about products in their workflow to enable more efficient and sustainable product development and management.

“We’re thrilled to welcome 25 new journalists to this cohort and we’re thrilled with their commitment to learning how product thinking can help them on their path to financial sustainability and attract new audiences,” said Marie Gilot, Executive Director from J+ to Newmark J-School.

This training program, the organizers said, is in partnership with Google News Initiative (GNI) and News Product Alliance (NPA), and offers online courses led by industry experts and product design practitioners. newsrooms around the world. Additionally, participants will also receive small group coaching throughout the program.

“We are proud to welcome a new cohort of emerging product thinkers from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Not only will they work to find solutions through the development and management of products for their newsrooms, but they will also bring their own experiences and perspectives to the news product discipline as a whole,” said Feli Carrique, Director executive of NPA.

Commenting on his nomination, Akwei, who is also the host of GhanaWeb’s ‘The Lowdown’ programme, said, “I am delighted to be among the 25 journalists selected to join the 2022-2023 Europe, Middle East and North Africa cohort. Product Immersion for the Small Newsrooms program by @newmarkjschool (Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism) at CUNY.

“I look forward to learning new ways to adapt product thinking methodologies into the AfricaWeb workflow to enable more efficient and sustainable product development and management.”

The 25 journalists selected for the first cohort come from the following countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa: Egypt, France, Ghana, Italy, Lebanon, Liberia, Kenya, Malawi, Netherlands, Nigeria, Romania, Spain , South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Many of them work in small newsrooms for magazines, newspapers, TV and radio stations, and online startups with fewer than 25 employees.

Below is the full list of selected journalists from Europe, the Middle East and Africa:

*Ismail Akwei is the editor of the AfricaWeb group consisting of GhanaWeb, CameroonWeb, TanzaniaWeb and MyNigeria. He is based in Accra, Ghana.

*Quentin Aries is a reporter and editor of ereb, a new European cross-border magazine from Babel International. He is based in Brussels, Belgium.

*Samya Ayich is a journalist, media trainer and communications manager at Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism. She is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

*Ilia Donskikh manages translations and publishing with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and its regional partner centers, and coordinates multimedia projects with technical and web teams.

*Anita E. Eboigbe is the editor of HumAngle Membership, the direct UI arm of HumAngle Media, of which she was also the former editor. She is based in Abuja, Nigeria.

*Alexandru Enesescu is the founding editor of Iașul nostru, a first local newsletter publication, and the newsletter editor of PressOne, an independent media in Romania. He is based in Iași, Romania.

*Ahmed Esmat is a consultant in media technology, digital transformation and product manager at E3lam, an Egyptian news site. He is based in Alexandria, Egypt.

*Catherine Gicheru is the director of the African Women Journalism Project, a network of women journalists dedicated to strengthening the voice of African women journalists and ensuring coverage of underappreciated stories. She is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

*Frankie Goodway is a production manager at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, where she leads a team of writing, fact-checking, and producing stories on health, technology, the environment, inequality, and corruption. She is based in London, UK.

*Paul Ilado is the content manager of the Radio Africa group, which consists of national radio stations, a television channel and a national newspaper The Star. He is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

*Pie Katunzi is the editor of The Observer, an independent weekly newspaper in Kampala, Uganda.

*Omar Mostafa is a digital strategist at Al-Fanar Media, a digital platform specializing in higher education in the Arab world. He is based in Cairo, Egypt.

*Domenico Mussolino is the founder and editor of CyberCrimeClues, a bilingual online news agency focused on cybercrime and fraud. He is based in Alghero, Italy.

*Winston Mwale is the founder and editor of AfricaBrief, an online media outlet specializing in solution and investigative journalism. He is based in Liongwe, Malawi.

*Nelly Kalou is a contributing anchor with Yes 101.7 FM Ibadan and is proficient in research, OSINT methodologies, digital surveys, solutions journalism and media innovations. She is based in Ibadan, Nigeria.

*Timi Odueso is a journalist at TechCabal, a technology publication where he manages their newsletters. He is based in Abuja-Kaduna, Nigeria.

*Tanya Pamalone is associated with the business development of media groups Media Hack Collective, Bhekisisa Center for Health Journalism, Alibi Investigations and Daily Maverick. She works with teams based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

*Ana Gomez Parra is the Newsroom Coordinator of Maldita.es, a Spanish non-profit organization that fights misinformation through fact-checking and data journalism. She is based in Madrid, Spain.

*Maya Plentz is the founder and editor of The UN Brief, a media outlet that reports on events at the United Nations and the European Union. She is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

*Niahson Gate is co-owner of Frontpageafrica newspaper, an investigative newspaper in Liberia. He manages the newspaper’s website and is responsible for the newspaper’s digital product strategy. He is based in Monrovia, Liberia.

*calvin rock is a reporter and fact checker at Africa Uncensored. He is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

*Julian Rubino is an investigative journalist and editor-in-chief of Irpimedia, Italian center for investigative journalism. He is based in Rome, Italy.

*Zoltan Sipos is the director and editor-in-chief of Átlátszó Erdély, an investigative media outlet focusing on the 1.2 million Hungarian minorities living in Romania. He is based in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

*Inaki Soto is the editor-in-chief of the newspaper GARA, a bilingual media in the Basque Country. He is based in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain.

*Emilie Sweat is the editor-in-chief of L’Orient-Le Jour, a French-language daily in Lebanon. She is based in Beirut, Lebanon.


Sara Andreoli Receives EMS Award for Excellence in Research


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Sara Andreoli, a postdoctoral researcher who recently completed her appointment at Penn State’s Earth and Mineral Sciences Energy Institute, has received the prestigious 2022 EMS Postdoctoral Excellence in Research Award.

The award, which includes a cash stipend and a memento, is designed to celebrate outstanding achievements by a postdoctoral research fellow that have and will have an impact on their field of study. Andreoli was honored at a university-wide awards ceremony on April 24.

“Sara’s excellence in research is rooted in her passion for science, learning and innovation and fueled by her hard work with sacrifice, resilience and perseverance,” said her advisor, Semih Eser, professor of engineering. energy and geo-environment. “Since joining our lab, Sara has pioneered our research activity and has been instrumental in securing funding for over ten different research projects from internationally renowned companies who are leaders in their fields. .”

Additionally, Eser said, Andreoli contributed to his research group’s collaborative research program with the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain.

Andreoli’s research focuses on the structure and properties of carbonaceous materials. Four specific research projects included research on carbon-supported catalysts for the hydrodechlorination of chloromethanes; characterization and selective oxidation of carbon/carbon and carbon/metal composites; the carbonization of refinery streams to produce needle coke as a precursor to synthetic graphite; and the preparation and characterization of activated carbons from different hardwood species and the characterization of activated carbons from polymers.

“In my research, I evaluate and adjust the structure and properties of carbon materials to improve material performance and quality, and to find new applications,” Andreoli said. “My work is oriented towards better selection of raw materials and processing techniques to reduce environmental impact, energy consumption and the cost of final products and processes.”

In each of his projects, Andreoli’s work has advanced the preparation, modification and characterization of carbonaceous materials, improving their performance in industrial applications and environmental remediation.

Andreoli’s passion for his work is rooted in the fact that chemistry is present everywhere.

“Chemistry is sometimes called the ‘central science’ because it touches on all the other natural sciences, like biology, physics and geology,” Andreoli said. “I never end up doing the same thing over and over again in my field. It’s such a dynamic job. We never get bored.”

Andreoli obtained his PhD in Chemistry in 2017 and his BSc in 2011 and his MSc in 2013, both in Industrial Chemistry, all from the University of Bologna in Italy.

After graduating, Andreoli was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bologna before receiving the Toso Montanari scholarship to continue her research abroad. She joined the Penn State EMS Energy Institute as a Visiting Scholar in 2017 and then as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2018.

She has authored eight journal publications, received two patents and given eleven presentations.

In her spare time, Andreoli enjoys cooking, solving puzzles, painting with watercolors and spending time with her husband and son.

She said she was very honored to receive this award and never imagined that she would be able to continue her research in the United States in the past five years.

“At the very beginning, it was scary,” she said. “I had never been to the United States before, but I was very lucky because I found such nice people at the Energy Institute, and it made everything so much easier. They really are a second family for me.

Andreoli completed his appointment at Penn State in June to join Morgan Advanced Materials as a materials scientist. The company is a global manufacturer of specialty products using carbon, advanced ceramics and composites for a wide range of markets.

Anish Kapoor’s Material Values ​​| the new yorker

When Anish was sixteen, he and Roy were sent to Israel to live on a kibbutz. Anish’s job was to take care of the ducks in the community. “We were still children, really naive, innocent Indian boys,” he recalls. In India, the brothers’ Jewish identity marked them as outsiders; in Israel, Anish found that their Indian heritage marked them as not being Jewish enough. In the streets of Tel Aviv, they were the target of racist chants. While in Israel, Anish suffered from what he later recognized as a nervous breakdown. “I just became completely dysfunctional,” he told me. Roy, who is now an executive at a tech company in Toronto, told me, “We were walking down the street and he was saying he didn’t know what was real and what wasn’t. He looked around him, trembled and began to cry. It was then that Kapoor first embarked on psychoanalysis. (He now has weekly rather than daily sessions.) But he has also received help from other sources. “I had an aunt who lived in Israel, and she had these strange shamanic predilections,” he recalls. When Kapoor’s mother went to Israel to visit her sons, the aunt ordered her, “Go back to India and take some dirt, come back and put it under Anish’s bed.” Kapoor told me, “Honestly, I could cry – my mother, bless her, went to India, took some dirt and put it under my bed. And, in a way, it’s this ritual material that I’ve been working with ever since.

Kapoor’s parents hoped he would study to become an engineer in Israel; instead he decided to become an artist, renting a studio and starting to paint. When he applied to Bezalel, the famous art school in Jerusalem, he was refused and he left the country in 1973, just before the Yom Kippur war. Kapoor hitchhiked through Europe, stopping in Monaco, where his parents had moved for his father’s job. In the principality, he told me: “I was getting stopped by the police for having dark skin and long hair every five minutes – I’m sorry, but that’s just a fact.” (A few years ago he returned to Monaco to receive an honor and took the opportunity to inform Prince Albert II of the long-running harassment.) Kapoor ended up in London, where he enrolled at Hornsey College of Art, an environment that was both idealistic and radically leftist. “Artists were hanging out, getting high, chilling, going to the pub, going to the studio,” Kapoor recalled. “It was a completely different atmosphere, in terms of what it meant to do something in the world. It wasn’t a job. It was a mission. It was something you filled your life with. London was good market and increasingly cosmopolitan Kapoor rented a studio for five pounds a month and made money at Camden Lock Market selling jewelery made from bent spoons and forks.

Kapoor had envisioned himself having a modest, bohemian existence, but this plan was undermined by his growing critical and commercial success. In the late 70s, he began sculpting biomorphic, convoluted forms that appeared to be made entirely of piles of brightly colored pigments. The series, titled “1000 names,” was partly inspired by Kapoor’s first return visit to India, a decade after he left; the colors and textures of the sculptures evoked the bags of pigments sold in Mumbai’s markets for ritual use, and their powdered edges were formally innovative, challenging the boundary between painting and sculpture. During Kapoor’s career, his pigment works have occasionally raised other questions: once, while on his way to a show in Sicily, airport security guards briefly detained him, suspecting his claim that the bags of white powder found in his luggage were paint.

In 1982, he was hired by the influential Lisson Gallery, which already represented several British sculptors of his generation, including Tony Cragg and Richard Deacon. Like them, Kapoor often made works from common materials, such as polystyrene and wood. But his use of powdered pigment was distinctive. Nicholas Logsdail, the gallery’s founder, told me, “The form wasn’t necessarily so original, but the way he used it was. His use of color pigment and this very casual way of dropping it on the floor, rather than making it neat and tidy, I thought had the potential to be some sort of art historical breakthrough . In 1984, an exhibition of pigment works at the Gladstone Gallery in Manhattan sold out before it even opened. John Russell, who reviewed the show for the Time, Noted that Kapoor “has something of his native country in his use of deep, brilliant color”, adding: “Mustard yellows, Yves Klein blue, bright, vivid reds and luxurious blacks all at once remind us of a country where the color comes in the form of a dye, not a tube.

Critical reception of Kapoor’s work has often focused on his Indian ancestry, while sometimes paying less attention to other aspects of his artistic heritage. Homi K. Bhabha, a Harvard professor and critical theorist who has been a close friend of Kapoor for decades, told me: “In the 1980s and 1990s there was an obsession – a kind of cultural anxiety – with put a name and a place to the inventiveness of an artist from the postcolonial diaspora by emphasizing the authenticity of his cultural origin. Anish’s work is often given an exaggerated mystical and mythological reading that does not engage with the more mundane tensions to which it draws attention. Diaspora postcolonial artists, Bhabha continued, have a global provenance rather than a national identity: “They engage with Western art and artists while being deeply in conversation with the arts and artists of the postcolonial South. ”

Kapoor told me that he “refused to accept that I was an ‘Indian artist’”, and continued: “In the age of the individual, creative potential is attributed to the culture of origin. And you deprive the individual of his creative contribution. His relationship with his homeland has been further complicated by the rise of Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, of whom Kapoor has always been critical. Last year he written in the Guardian that the Modi regime “bears comparison with the Taliban in Afghanistan, who also tried to rule with ideological fervor”, adding: “The fascist government in India today is doing what the British could not. Modi and his neo-colonial henchmen are imposing Hindu uniqueness on the country. Kapoor is no more fond of outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose policies he sees as part of a discouraging global trend to the right. (When Johnson was mayor of London, Kapoor expressed annoyance after Johnson commissioned a slide to be built on the frame of the ArcelorMittal Tower, to make it a more attractive tourist attraction.)

“Will we ever find a place that doesn’t have a spider?”

Cartoon by Frank Cotham

“You look at Brazil, India, etc., the first thing they look for is culture,” Kapoor told me. “Because they don’t want free-thinking, open-minded conversation, and because images matter. It’s sad to see Britain going in this direction. Kapoor has used his fame in England to criticize everything from Brexit to the British government’s treatment of Shamima Begum, a British-born woman who was stripped of her citizenship in 2019, four years after she decided to age of fifteen, leaving London to join isis fighters in Syria. Now living in a refugee camp in northern Syria, Begum gave birth to and lost three children. “Here is a sad young woman who was trafficked,” Kapoor told me. “Imagine a government that can arbitrarily take away your citizenship, if you can afford citizenship elsewhere, because you speak out against them. They might do the same to me tomorrow, frankly.

Kapoor’s pigment sculptures were the beginning of his efforts to push materials to unexpected, seemingly reality-defying extremes. “They say what you see is what you get, and I think art is the exact opposite,” Kapoor told curator Nicholas Baume. “For me, the illusory is more poetically truthful than the ‘real’. “Greg Hilty, the curatorial director of the Lisson Gallery, told me, ‘There’s a bit of a Wizard of Oz thing to it – Anish was never afraid of fiction and theatre.’

Over the years, the materials Kapoor has had access to and the transformation methods at his disposal have become more sophisticated and extreme. He enlisted laborers at a shipyard in Holland to manufacture “Hive», a giant curved sculpture in Corten steel. For “Svayambhu– a Sanskrit word that means “self-generated” – Kapoor placed a huge engine-powered block of blood-colored wax on a rail that ran through three identically sized doors; the block of wax snuck through and splattered the doors, suggesting it had been “sculpted” into shape while moving back and forth. During an online roundtable last year, Nigel Schofield of MDM Props, the manufacturer who helped Kapoor get the job done, said of the wax vehicle: “There’s a form below, so you need engineering skills.

From Basque Boy to Spanish goalkeeper

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The Basque Boys: Enrique Garatea, third from right, back row. (The Richard Burton Archives, Swansea University and Gaizka Garamendi of the Basque Children of ’37 Association)

Christopher Evans

A recent three-day event in Caerleon commemorated the 85th anniversary of the arrival of Basque refugee children in Wales.

Organized by the Basque Children’s Association of ’37, there was a particular focus on the importance of football for the niños vascos (Basque children).

Football has played a huge role in the lives of children in Wales, especially in the colony of Caerleon (see previous Nation.Cymru articles HERE and HERE). It was a form of escape, a pastime to help them forget the horror of the civil war that raged back home.

The creation of the team – Basque Boys AFC – allowed the boys to bond, to create an atmosphere of camaraderie and solidarity, and above all, to have hope.

It was also a means of integration and connection with the local communities of Caerleon and South Wales. The boys helped raise funds for the operation of their accommodation, Cambria House, by selling tickets and match schedules.

The team created a real storm across Wales, achieving great success and rarely losing a match. Their greatest achievement came when they defeated league champions Moorland Road School in front of a few thousand spectators at Ninian Park on 10 May 1939.

Surprisingly, there were three groups of brothers in the team (the Garateas, the Achas and the Espigas). What is not as well known is the success of one of these brothers, Basque Boys AFC goalkeeper Enrique Garatea.

A young Enrique Garatea in Caerleon with Basque Boys AFC (Centre) (Credit: University of Southampton and Gaizka Garamendi of the Basque Children of ’37 Association)
Enrique Garatea in action in Spain (Credit: María Angeles Garatea Beltran de Heredia and Estibalitz Garatea Beltran de Heredia – Enrique Garatea’s daughters)

New information has recently been discovered in the archives of the Basque Association of Children of ’37, which sheds more light on the life and career of the talented Garatea.

Following an exhibition at the San Mamés stadium, home of Athletic Club de Bilbao, Garatea’s daughters, María Angeles Garatea Beltran de Heredia and Estibalitz Garatea Beltran de Heredia, also gave more information about their father after we showed them pictures of him during his time. in Caerleon that they had never seen before.

Born in Sestao, Biscay, in 1924, Garatea was one of nearly 4,000 children aboard the SS Habana which arrived in Southampton on May 23, 1937. Following the bombings of Durango and Guernica, his parents, like many other , had no choice. but to send their children to the safety of foreign shores.

Cyril Cule, the manager of Cambria House, wrote detailed descriptions of the personalities of every child who arrived in Caerleon in his unpublished manuscript ‘The Spanish Civil War: A Personal View’.

Of Garatea he said:

“Enrique, on the other hand, is a solidly built 11-year-old boy; tall for his age, bright-eyed and lively. Filled with wholesome mischief, but attentive to his studies and rather intelligent, he seems in the safety of Cambria House to be a typical boy.

“Sometimes he shows traces of nervousness even now, which can be explained by the hardships he has been through and the fact that he rarely hears from his parents. These have been torn apart by war and can be found somewhere in northern Spain.

Basque Boys goalkeeper Enrique Garatea and defender Antonio Asensio pictured in the grounds of Cambria House. (University of Southampton)
Enrique Garatea lining up for Cadiz in 1954. (Credit: María Angeles Garatea Beltran de Heredia and Estibalitz Garatea Beltran de Heredia – Enrique Garatea’s daughters)

As the Basque Boys began to captivate local football fans, it became clear that Garatea was special. Under the tutelage of Mr SH Gibbon of Newport, a locally renowned trainer, Garatea, with captain Juan Antonio Hernandez, began to flourish.

Mr. Gibbon, an old-school and stern coach, taught the boys tactics using a pool table with chips to represent the players. He only allowed boys on a football pitch with a ball after five weeks of this chalk-and-talk schooling.

Garatea, who was unaware of the fate of his parents who had been home for more than two years, immediately came to the attention of Newport County and the City of Cardiff.

A clipping from the Western Mail. (Credit: Gaizka Garamendi of the Basque Children’s Association of ’37)

However, shortly after their incredible victory at Ninian Park, Garatea was delighted to find out that his parents were alive and well in the Basque Country.

The Daily Mirror (Saturday 27 May 1939) reported that the young goalkeeper had “spent a chance to make football his career and returned home”.

They wrote:

“The boy is thirteen-year-old Enrique Garatea. Since he first started playing football at the Basque refugee camp in Caerleon, he has trained so well that several League club leaders were willing to give him work until he reached signing age, but Enrique has given up on gambling now that he knows his parents are safe.

Daily Mirror article, Saturday May 27, 1939 (Credit: Gaizka Garamendi of the Basque Children’s Association of ’37)

This disconcerting report, that a professional career had been wasted, rather than focusing on Garatea’s joy that his parents were alive, was also the angle of The Western Mail (24 May 1939):

“Because kinship means more to Enrique Garatea than football fame, maybe one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time will be lost in the realms of Soccerdom. I say maybe, because things are not always what they seem and Enrique five years from now may not be fulfilling the promise he revealed as a 13-year-old boy. they so wanted?

“Last week, however, something happened that filled Enrique with overwhelming joy, but shattered his hopes of achieving glory as a footballer. no longer expected to see him again, were alive, and he yearned to return to them, so last Sunday he returned home and left behind dreams of what he could have achieved.

The Western Mail, May 24, 1939 (Credit: Gaizka Garamendi of the Basque Children’s Association of ’37)

What those parish reports didn’t foresee was that the UK wasn’t the only place the young keeper could thrive, and after returning to the Basque Country, Garatea would go on to have a long footballing career. in Spain, shooting for CD Touring, Calahorra, Huesca, Torrelavega, Tenerife and Cadiz.

The pinnacle of Garatea’s career came when he joined Spanish giants Atlético Madrid in 1952, although he didn’t make an official appearance for Los Colchoneros.

Garatea married Paqui Beltran de Heredia on December 27, 1952 and had two daughters. Shortly after becoming a father, the goalkeeper retired from football. Garatea became a father and worked in a factory in Pasaia, a small town near Donostia-San Sebastian.

Garatea (top right) queues in front of a packed crowd in Spain. (Credit: María Angeles Garatea Beltran de Heredia and Estibalitz Garatea Beltran de Heredia – the daughters of Enrique Garatea)

Reminiscing about his father from his home in Errenteria, Gipuzkoa, Estibalitz, 67, said: “My memories are the normal memories between a father and his daughter. Getting along and making a family life when he wasn’t working. He was a hardworking person, close, kind, humble and ready to help. He was very fond of climbing mountains and we often went on mountain trips together.

Estibalitz regrets never having seen his father play football, but added that he speaks calmly of his time in Wales and that he was “lucky to return to Wales” on one occasion during a trip organized for the children of the civil war by the Basque government.

Garatea (left) queuing for Huesca (Credit: María Angeles Garatea Beltran de Heredia and Estibalitz Garatea Beltran de Heredia – daughters of Enrique Garatea)
Basque Girls AFC – Caerleon AFC Women’s Under-9 team, who played with Basque Boys AFC as part of Caerleon’s 85th commemoration. The names of the niños are on their back. (Credit: Tim Evans)

At an exhibition match in commemoration of the boys at Caerleon Playgrounds, Garatea was represented by local girls from Caerleon AFC. Garatea’s daughters were “very moved and excited” to see their father’s name on display in the fields where he learned his trade in Caerleon 85 years ago.

Football is universal. It brings people together. It crosses social, historical, political and linguistic barriers. Football is a kind of international language. It gave young Enrique Garatea hope, sanctuary and opportunity in a foreign land, where he had been sent back from the atrocities of a senseless war – something that resonates so strongly with what is happening in Ukraine right now.

Enrique Garatea died on September 19, 2012 at the age of 88.

Note: Special thanks should be given to Gaizka Garamendi in the Basque Country, whose skills as an archivist are second to none.

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The “School League Players” camp ended in Lisbon


An elite high school football camp based in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon is nearing completion after the first phase of the development camp program took place in the Spanish capital of Madrid.

This is part of the Schools League’s Schools Football Talent Unleashing project, which is being implemented by the Department of Sport in conjunction with the Department of Education in its third season to prepare a new generation for football. Saudi.

The first stage of the school league elite team development camp began in Madrid on August 2 and included lectures, technical lessons and on-field training under the guidance of Spanish coach Iago Agaler Azun . The team played test matches, the first against Getafe. the 6th of this month, which ended in victory for the Spanish national team (4-1), and the second victory against Real Madrid on the 9th of the same month (0-1).

The first stage included an initiation and entertainment program, including a visit to the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, as well as the facilities of the Getafe club, the Carlos Sanz kart track and the Al Retiro park, as well as a visit to the goalkeeper Belgian from Real Madrid. Thibaut Courtois, at camp headquarters and meeting with players from the school elite league.

The team then moved to the Portuguese city of Lisbon and yesterday, Saturday, played a friendly match against the Portuguese team Benfica, which ended in a positive draw 3: 3, and scored a goal for the elite school league team, the Abdullah Al-Duo Hashlane. (two goals) and Moaz Al Habib (goal) and the development camp will end tomorrow, Monday.

On the other hand, under the School League Joint Project implemented by the Ministry of Sports in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the Saudi Football Talent Development Scholarship Team has invited the duo of Fahd Bakri and Mu’ayyad Abed to join the training camp. which will be held in Jeddah province, after showing outstanding levels during the Elite School League team camp in Spain and Portugal.

Sust the best science and technology university in Bangladesh


Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) ranked first among all science and technology universities in Bangladesh in a recent Webometrics ranking.

The university ranks second among other public, private and medical universities in Bangladesh, according to the

The 20th revision of the ranking Webometrics, a Madrid-based education and research organization, recently published a list of more than 31,000 educational institutions around the world.

Among the Bangladeshi universities, University of Dhaka ranked number one, Sust second and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) got the third position.

In this regard, the Vice-Chancellor of Sust, Prof. Farid Uddin Ahmed, said, “Our goal is to take the top spot among Bangladeshi universities. We hope that we can also secure a good place among international universities.

A total of 700 research papers were published by Sust last year, 90 percent of which were published in international journals, he added.

Webometrics considers each university’s teaching methods, scientific research, technological innovation and expansion, economic relevance, and community inclusion such as a social, cultural, and environmental role in creating the listings.

Webometrics also counts researchers from institutions and their published articles.

The Life and Times of Jack Draper


The Life and Times of Jack Draper

The Life and Times of Jack Draper: British tennis hopeful Jack Draper recently scored some notable wins on the ATP Tour, his first win against a highly rated player in Alexander Bublik. The straight-sets win over Bubliks was just one of many for Draper, who is becoming a strong British prospect.

Credit: LTA.Org

Draper took up tennis as a child and attributed his competitive nature to the battles he had with his brother. He credits much of his aggressive style of play to the first tennis matches he played with his father Roger, who served as the LTA’s general manager from 2006 to 2013.

A rising star on the ATP Tour, Oliver Draper has won four $25,000 ITF titles since turning professional in 2018. He has been a promising junior player since 2017, when he won three titles including an ITF final at Wimbledon and reached the United States final. Open Boys’ Championships before losing to Nicholas Mejia in the semi-finals. He reached an ITF Junior ranking of No. 7 late last year and is hoping to build on his recent success on tour.

In 2022, he became the youngest Briton to win three ATP Challenger titles in just two months and broke into the top 150 for the first time in his career.

James Trotman is a coach to whom LTA provides training support through its Professional Scholarship Scheme, which provides medical, training and financial support to top UK players.

Family: Father Roger was an amateur tennis player who became the CEO of the LTA from 2006 to 2013.

Tennis was something Jack’s mum coached and brought him to the club for his first training session when he was 6 years old.

Draper started the season by winning his first ATP Challenger title in Forli, beating fellow Briton Jay Clarke 6-3, 6-0 in the final.

He continued this good start to the season by reaching the quarter-finals of the singles events at the Challenger de Cherbourg in February as well as the semi-finals in doubles alongside Alexander Ritschard.

Drapare won his second Challenger tournament in 2022. Winning the matches, he finished with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Tim Van Rijthoven in the final.

After beating American Alexander Ritschard 6-3, 7-6 in Forli, Draper became the youngest British player in history to win three ATP Challenger singles titles, overtaking Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund. He also broke into the world top 150 for the first time in his career.

At the Miami Open in March, Draper showed potential by beating Gilles Simon 7-5, 6-1. Draper’s next opponent was world number 12 Cameron Norrie, but he lost to him 7-6(5), 6-4.

In the first quarter of the season, Draper claimed his fourth Challenger title at Saint Brieuc with a 6-2 win over Frenchman Antoine Escoffier. For good measure, in the final he also beat Belgium’s Zizou Bergs 6-2, 5-7 in what was a dominating performance.

In May, Draper scored his first win when he beat world No. 28 Italian Lorenzo Sonego 6-4, 6-3 to secure a spot in the second round of the Madrid Open. Next up was Audrey Rublev, whose match with Draper went back and forth but ended 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.

In a win over Ryan Peniston, he looked to win the trophy at Wimbledon. In June, he lost to Taylor Fritz by default. He then defeated Emil Ruusuvuori but was defeated in the second round.

Edison (Draper) reached his first ATP semi-final at Rothesay International Eastbourne, beating Jenson Brooksby before beating fourth seed Diego Schwartzman 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 6- 2. In the semi-finals, he lost to Maxime Cressy 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 6-2.

In July, Draper became the first woman under 20 to compete in the second round of Wimbledon after defeating world No. 146 Zizou Berg in a straight-set masterclass. Despite taking the lead in the scoreboard early, Draper didn’t make it to the third round when she lost to Australian Alex de Minaur.

The Basilica of the Holy Cross is 28 kilometers northwest of Madrid


About 45 kilometers (28 miles) northwest of Madrid, in the heart of an area of ​​memory, is the Basilica of the Holy Cross in the Valley of the Fallen.

Basilica and abbey make up the landmark under the high cross.

To pay tribute to the soldiers who died on both sides during the Spanish Civil War, the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco ordered the construction of the building.

The corpses of at least 30,000 victims are buried in the compound.

As well as removing the cross at the memorial site – other public crosses in Spain have already been removed – a new rule aimed at ‘eliminating Francoist symbols’ could also expel from the monastery the Benedictine monks who tend to the monument. since 1958. next to the basilica.

The final resting places of martyrs and victims of the Spanish Civil War are in danger as the government intends to exhume their graves.

Three additional martyrs will be honored by the Catholic Church in November, bringing the total number of victims buried at the memorial site to 66.

In addition, the process of beatification of more than 40 servants of God is in progress.

Many relics of saints are exhibited in the side chapels of the basilica which rise up to the high altar.

Father Santiago Cantera, who was the former administrator of the Benedictine community, said in an interview with CNA that “the problem is people’s great indifference and ignorance, but I think there are more people who oppose the destruction of this place than people who are in favor of such a movement.

On August 3, he continued, “A lot of people are tired of [the government] stir up military problems when what we really have in Spain are economic, social and employment concerns.

The prior, a former university professor with a doctorate. in medieval history and author of 21 books, believes that society needs to be made aware of the aesthetic, cultural and religious aspects of the Valley of the Dead.

These ideals are more important to Father Cantera than any political objective.

The Benedictine remarked: “We cannot continue to use the civil war of almost a century ago to support political forces that have no plan for the future and seek to use the past to support a Constitution for a new Republic”.

The Congress of Deputies enacted the “Democratic Memory Law” in July. The Senate will discuss it in September.

The more than 33,000 civil war victims on both sides could be exhumed under the new legislation.

According to some estimates, the numbers could reach 50,000 to 70,000. A substantial part of the basilica would be destroyed in addition to the exhumation.

212 families with relatives buried there form the Asociación por la Defensa del Valle de los Cados (Association for the Defense of the Valley of the Fallen).

They are Civil War veterans on both sides. However, they are united in rejecting the exhumation of one of their deceased loved ones.

Pablo Linares, president of the Association and fervent protector of the Valley, comes from a communist who worked in the Valley under Franco during the Civil War.

Father Anselmo lvarez Navarrete, abbot emeritus of the monastery, is buried there next to his father, his sister and his uncle.

The bill would require the creation of a “national DNA data bank of Civil War victims” and the demolition of all organizations that “exalted” Franco’s rule, such as the Holy Cross Foundation of the Valley of the Dead. .

The legislation will make it illegal for instructors to promote Franco.

Additionally, the name of the location will be changed from “Valley of the Dead” to “Valley of Cuelgamuros”, which is the official name of the region.

Regarding the Valley of the Dead

A forest area of ​​3,360 acres has an underground church called the Basilica which was cut into a mountain. In addition, the property has a guest house near the basilica and a Benedictine monastery.

To soothe the scars left by the civil war, Franco ordered the construction of the basilica and the monastery.

At the basilica, the monks celebrate mass every day in memory of the deceased and in support of the unity of Spain.

L’Escolana, a residential choir school for boys, run by Benedictines, provides Gregorian chants for services.

Gregorian palaeography, the oldest type of Gregorian chant reading, is taught exclusively to young people at the Escolana.

The Tetragrammaton and two even older pneumatic scripts are used to teach them to sing.

There are now 50 students, aged 8 to 18.

According to historian Alberto Bárcena Pérez, Franco asked for help from city councils and relatives of the deceased in order to bury as many dead as possible in the basilica.

Despite claiming he never asked, Franco was buried under the altar.

On October 24, 2019, the government dug up his corpse in defiance of Franco’s family and the monks.

Because of the way authorities behaved during the ceremony, Bárcena claims the exhumation was part of a Freemasonic ritual.

Thereafter, the monks performed several private masses and acts of atonement.

The government will exhume José Antonio Primo de Rivera, the founder of the Falange, whose remains are buried in front of the altar, when the measure is approved.

Republicans shot him when he was 33.

Despite decades of separation, Franco and Primo de Rivera passed away on November 20.

The basilica’s cross was named the largest free-standing cross in the world by Guinness World Records earlier this year.

Its height was determined to be 152.4 meters (500 ft).

The basilica, which is the longest building in the world at 260 meters (853 feet), is also included in the record books.

The construction of the church, which took place between 1940 and 1958, cost approximately $229 million.

In April 1960, the church was given “the honor and dignity of a minor basilica” by Pope John XXIII.

It also contains an underground gravity and tidal laboratory in two of its basements due to the region’s remarkable geological stability and isolation.

It is used by scientists around the world to research absolute gravity, gravimetry, and earth tides.

The responsibility for fundraising lies with Patrimonio, who do so primarily by selling access tickets at the main gate at the foot of the valley.

According to the legislation, part of this money must be sent to the monks in order to pay the salaries of the Escolana and the hotel staff.

The monastery is currently preserving the area using private contributions and other finance after Patrimonio stopped paying the monks four years ago, putting it under financial pressure.

According to the architects, it would take several million dollars to restore the monastery and the basilica.

Patrimonio also prohibits any maintenance project financed by individual contributions. The whole establishment is run down.

After a “fierce harassment” for fifteen years.

Tensions between the government and the religious community have grown since the administration of José Luis Rodrguez Zapatero approved the “Historical Memory Law” in 2007.

Pr. Cantera said that “we were violently harassed”.

Four years ago, I went through a difficult moment, but I experienced it as a purification from which I emerged strengthened.

“I was called before the Senate about the exhumations, and it was all due to media harassment and wanting to make a public spectacle of me,” he said.

“At that time, we (the monks) were forced to intercede and appeal, and the courts imposed a series of preventive measures postponing the process, because there were families who opposed the exhumation of the remains of other dead, as is the case today,” he said.

As soon as they realized they were legally defeated in the first fight, they started attacking me in the media and badmouthing me personally.

Despite its challenges, the city continues to attract many young professionals.

There are six monks under 30: two in solemn vows, two in temporary vows and a postulant who will soon join.

In addition to their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, Benedictines also take a vow of stability.

They usually live there for the rest of their lives after arriving. This has led to many people being martyred throughout history.

The biggest virtual reality event in the world to arrive in Madrid


The largest in-person virtual reality (VR) event in the world will take place in Madrid. This helps launch a new metaverse.

MundoCrypto, a cryptocurrency training academy that operates in Spanish-speaking countries, is the host.

Taking place on August 27 at the WiZink Center in Madrid, 7,500 guests will attempt to break a world record in the VR category. They will also try to create a new world record category involving the metaverse.

The biggest virtual reality event and the Guinness Book of World Records

The Guinness World Record for the most people using virtual reality currently stands at 1,867 participants. This record was set in 2017, when the Metaverse didn’t exist.

The Guinness Book of World Records sends 15 people to oversee the event. Participants will wear VR headsets that allow for the insertion of phones. Earplugs will be used for a fully immersive experience.

Promotional images of the event

The event starts at 5:00 p.m. CET on Saturday afternoon and runs until midnight. The seven-hour event will be broadcast in over 100 countries in English and Spanish.

Mani Thawani is the founder of MundoCrypto. “My team and I are proud to have played an important role in the mass adoption of crypto over the past three years through our online education courses. Now is the time for us to bring the crypto community into a special place in our hearts, Madrid, for a unique physical experience in the metaverse, and why not break a world record at the same time?

Activities during the event

People who show up can have fun in the gaming area, an NFT room, a training room, watch presentations by crypto personalities, and participate in the Guinness Book of World Records attempt. Networking with investors and entrepreneurs from the crypto world is also expected.

Tickets to attend the event cost €50, but are refunded once the ticket holder shows up at the event.

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3 things to know about the heroine of The Gray and Blonde Man

Havana-born Cuban-Spanish actress Ana de Armas is carving out a place for herself in the Hollywood sun. After making his debut in Cuba and Madrid and leaving his mark with sexy and muscular appearances in Blade Runner 2049 (2017) and in no time to die (2021), the 34-year-old actress is now one of the most sought-after names on the small and big screen. Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about the heroine of Netflix’s next blockbuster The gray manand the highly anticipated and sultry biopic of the platform Blond on Marilyn Monroe.

Ana de Armas at the screening of

Ana de Armas at the screening of “The Gray Man” in London on July 19, 2022. @ Samir Hussein/WireImage via Getty Images

1. A childhood far from Hollywood glitz

Born in Havana, Cuba, Ana Celia de Armas Caso lived a childhood miles away from Hollywood glitz and glamor. Unlike many promising actors and actresses, who have stars for parents, cinema did not flow through her veins. Her father, who studied philosophy at a Soviet university, was successively a teacher, bank manager, school principal and deputy mayor, while her mother worked in human resources at the Ministry of Education. As a child, Ana de Armas lived for many years with her grandparents in Havana, while her parents and brother lived in the seaside town of Santa Cruz del Norte and only visited her once a week.

Due to the Cuban economic crisis of the 1990s, better known as the “special period in peacetime”, following the collapse of the USSR and the end of commercial support from the socialist bloc, his spartan but happy childhood was marked by food rationing and power cuts, which could last up to 4 p.m. She remembers her childhood in Havana in men’s diary: “I grew up in nature, at the beach and playing in the streets with friends. I felt very free. I go wild and come home to dinner and watch cartoons.”

As a teenager, Ana de Armas did not have access to the Internet, DVD player or knowledge of international (pop) culture. She could only watch cartoons for a few minutes on Saturdays and a movie on Sunday mornings. She makes up for it by going to see American feature films at her neighbor’s house, in which she discovers Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks. Fascinated by these glamorous cinematographic works full of action and romance, she learned the dialogues by heart and re-enacted the scenes in front of her mirror. A vocation was born. At just 12, the doll-faced little girl knew she wanted to be an actress.

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Ana de Armas in “No time to die” (2021)

2. An (inconclusive) acting career in Cuba and Madrid

At the age of 14, Ana de Armas hitchhiked to attend classes at the National Theater of Cuba. She was already shooting in films when she was a student, before flying to Madrid four years later with 200 euros in her pocket. His first feature films and series ended up in the dustbin of history, even though they earned him a certain notoriety in Spain. She appeared in the sappy drama A rose from France (2006), in the teen show El Internado (2007–2010) set in a Spanish boarding school and coming-of-age comedy Sex, party and lies (2009).

After a trip to New York to try to learn EnglishAna de Armas explored new genres with the drama and historical series Hispania, the leyenda (2010 and 2011) and a handful of horror films, such as Anabel (2015). At that time, she doubted the future of her career, took part in plays with a theater company in Madrid, ended up finding a Hollywood agent and moved to Los Angeles. Although Shakespeare’s language wasn’t her cup of tea, she landed her first role in an American production in Eli Roth’s erotic horror thriller. Knock Knock (2015) – she plays alongside Keanu Reeves, who then becomes her first guardian angel in the United States. This sultry sensation will reappear later in his game with the (bad) erotic thriller deep waters with Ben Affleck, his partner at the time.

Ana de Armas in
Ana de Armas in

Ana de Armas in “Blonde” (2022)

3. An explosive rise in Hollywood

While Ana de Armas initially learned her lines phonetically and worked with a diction coach for a yearshe is primarily known as the romantic and sexy fatal Woman or devoted wife in Hollywood. Despite his radiance and his charisma, good roles do not come easily to him at first. Still, the Cuban-Spanish actress is determined not to let herself be locked into stereotypical roles promoting the Latin woman-object bombshell. Thanks to Denis Villeneuve’s futuristic metaphysical thriller Blade Runner 2049 (2017), the actress shone for the first time in a supporting role as Ryan Gosling’s girlfriend, Joi. Even if Joi is just a simple hologram born from artificial intelligence, Ana de Armas brings a very carnal and magnetic dimension to her character.

Nothing stops the actress, who dreams of a career like that of Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep or Penélope Cruz. She has amply proven her depth with her role as an immigrant nurse in Knives out (2019) starring Daniel Craig and unveiled a captivating charm in Olivier Assayas’ spy thriller network of wasps (2019). But it’s as a James Bond girl in no time to die that she really broke through. Dressed in a low-cut evening dress, she plays Paloma, a secret CIA agent whose stunts have nothing to envy to those of her male counterparts. His intensive training for this blockbuster will serve him well for his next athletic and badass role in Netflix’s next big budget production. The gray manwith Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans.

Now all eyes are on the actress, who landed the lead role of Marilyn Monroe in the biopic Blond. Based on the best-selling book of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, the film is already controversial due to its shocking sex scenes. We will have to wait until September 28e2022, to find out if the new Hollywood pin-up managed to capture the essence of the sublime and innocent icon of the 1950s, despite the lack of obvious resemblance between the two actresses.

The gray man (2022) by Mark Greaney and Joe Russo, available on Netflix. Blond by Andrew Dominik, available September 28e2022.

Spain’s Ambassador to Cameroon Bids Farewell –


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HE Ramon Maria Moreno Gozalez said goodbye on Tuesday August 9, 2022 to the President of the Republic HE Paul Biya during an audience at the Palace of Unity in Yaoundé.

The stay of the Spanish diplomat in Cameroon is over. Ramon Maria Moreno Gonzalez went to say goodbye to the head of state. During the audience, HE Paul Biya and his guest reviewed the 61-year-old bilateral cooperation between Yaoundé and Madrid. Ties of cooperation that the head of the diplomatic mission of the Kingdom of Spain in Cameroon has endeavored to strengthen since the presentation of his credentials to the Head of State of Cameroon on December 14, 2018.

This bilateral cooperation can be appreciated in several areas. In politics and diplomacy, Spain supports Cameroon in the implementation of decentralization, which has been underway in the country since January 18, 1996. Spain also supports the resolution of the security crisis in the northern regions. -West and Southwest, which has been going on for seven years. The friendly country thus helps Cameroon to protect the integrity of the territory.

The relationship between the two states produces results at the academic level. By way of illustration, Spain grants scholarships to Cameroonian students. In this sense, the Institute of International Relations of Cameroon (Iric) and a Spanish university institution signed a memorandum of understanding in November 2019. Spain is also working alongside Cameroon in the fields of infrastructure, culture, trade, etc.

HE Ramon Maria Moreno Gozalez bid farewell to the Head of State 24 hours before his final departure from Cameroon. The day before, on August 8, 2022, Minister of External Relations Lejeune Mbella Mbella hosted a state dinner in his honor. On the occasion of this celebration, the Spanish diplomat was elevated to the dignity of Grand Officer of the National Order of Valor. The ambassador is leaving, but relations between the Republic of Cameroon and the Kingdom of Spain continue.

Study reveals how ovarian reserve is established


Fertility is over for female mammals. From birth, females possess a limited number of primordial follicles, collectively called the ovarian reserve. In each follicle is an oocyte which eventually develops into an egg. But with age, the follicles of the ovarian reserve decrease.

“Despite its fundamental importance, our understanding of how ovarian reserve is established and maintained remains poor,” said Professor Satoshi Namekawa, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of California, Davis.

Researchers define the epigenetic machinery that governs the establishment and function of mammalian ovarian reserve, providing molecular insights into women’s reproductive health and lifespan, in a new study published Aug. 10 in Nature Communications. Epigenetics refers to changes that influence how genes work without altering DNA itself. The lead scientists in the paper include Namekawa, project scientist Mengwen Hu, and UC Davis professors Richard Schultz and Neil Hunter.

“In human females over 35, you see a decline in fertility,” Namekawa said. “Our study may give us the foundation to understand how female fertility is established and maintained at the molecular level and why it declines with age.”

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When ovarian reserve is established, all oocytes in primordial follicles halt their development and can remain in such a halted state for decades.

“Fertility is supported by these arrested oocytes,” Namekawa said, noting that some hitherto unknown molecular machinery interrupts development. “The main question is how can these cells be maintained for decades? It’s a big question. They can’t divide, they can’t proliferate, they just lie dormant in the ovaries for decades. How is it possible?”

Using mouse mutants, the team found that the pause in this oocyte phase transition was mediated by a group of proteins called Polycomb Repressive Complex 1 (PRC1).

A molecular understanding of fertility

PRC1 suppresses the developmental process, called meiosis, that occurs before the establishment of ovarian reserve, thus ensuring a proper gene expression program in ovarian reserve. When the team created mutant mice with depleted PRC1 machinery, they found that ovarian reserve could not be established and cells suffered cell death.

“We show that conditional deletion of PRC1 leads to rapid follicle exhaustion and sterility,” Namekawa said. “These findings strongly implicate PRC1 in the critical process of maintaining the primordial follicle epigenome throughout prolonged arrest that can last up to 50 years in humans.”

According to Namekawa and colleagues, deficiencies in PRC1 functionality may help explain cases of premature ovarian failure and infertility in men.

“Now that we’ve discovered that this epigenetic process is critical to establishment, the next question is, can we uncover a more detailed mechanism of this process?” Namekawa said. “How to maintain the ovarian reserve for decades?

Namekawa and his colleagues plan to investigate this question next, trying to further elucidate the mechanistic events that govern the PRC1 machinery. By learning more about this process, they hope to address potential fertility issues that arise with age.

The other authors of the article are: at UC Davis, Yu-Han Yeh, Yasuhisa Manukata and Hironori Abe; Akihiko Sakashita and So Maezawa, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; Miguel Vidal, Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas Margarita Salas, Madrid, Spain; and Haruhiko Koseki, RIKEN Center for Allergy and Immunology, Yokohama, Japan. The work was supported by grants from the NIH.

Man Utd target Gakpo suggests Champions League qualification will keep him at PSV


Football might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Finland.

Long winter nights, saunas, Lapland, reindeer. A quick Google search highlights the telecommunications company Nokia as its most famous exporter, and that it is reputed to be “the happiest country in the world” with the best education system and the cleanest air… oh, and the hotel this reporter stayed at boasts “the best tap water in the world,” too.

Small mention of football, though. After all, ice hockey is the dominant sport here.

Finland have qualified for Euro 2020 but their lone victory in the competition was overshadowed by the fact that they came on during a game in which Denmark’s Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch. Copenhagen, after suffering a cardiac arrest. It was the nation’s first appearance at a major international tournament.

Not that there haven’t been notable Finnish players over the years. Jari Litmanen has played for Ajax, Liverpool and Barcelona throughout his long career. Sami Hyypia spent a decade at Anfield from 1999-2009, while Jussi Jaaskelainen played in the Premier League for 18 years during spells with Bolton Wanderers and West Ham. Laura Osterberg-Kalmari was nominated for FIFA Women’s Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006.

More recently, Teemu Pukki has impressed Norwich and Lukas Hradecky has been one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the Bundesliga over recent seasons.

Hradecky, now at Bayer Leverkusen, made a name for himself at Eintracht Frankfurt, and it was the German side – winners of the Europa League last season – who crossed the Baltic Sea to take on powerhouse Real Madrid , holder of the Champions League, in the Super Cup.

Litmanen, Osterberg-Kalmari and Jaaskelainen were all guests at the UEFA Fan Park on Tuesday, a day before the match at the 36,000 capacity Olympic Stadium.

Champions League, Europa League and Super Cup trophies were on display, but outside the fan park it would have been easy to miss a major European fixture heading to town. Indeed, on the other side of Helsinki’s large central station from the UEFA festivities, a music and arts festival drew a much larger crowd.

That will surely change on Wednesday.

Madrid are expected to attract around 1,800 fans. Meanwhile, 10,000 people are expected to arrive in support of Eintracht.

The signs were there even when Stats Perform arrived in Helsinki on Monday, with pockets of Eintracht supporters traveling to the city. A day later, the fan park was mostly populated by local football fans taking advantage of the rare opportunity that such a major sporting event – ​​involving one of the biggest clubs in the world – was coming to their city.

The Helsinki center is likely to be a hub for Eintracht’s traveling masses, and even though Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti imposed the rule alongside him in an opening training session on Tuesday, fans of the German team were making their presence felt off the pitch as coach of the team. deceased.

This is nothing new, however. Barcelona manager Xavi was furious last season after 30,000 Eintracht fans reportedly managed to enter the Camp Nou to watch their side sensationally eliminate Barcelona in the Europa League quarter-finals. For the final against Rangers, which took place in Seville, authorities estimated that 50,000 Eintracht fans traveled to the Andalusian city.

“They played a big role, if I remember the game at Barca, 30,000, something special and that helped us a lot to perform at this level. They’re not there to sightsee, they’re there to support us because they believe in us,” goalkeeper Kevin Trapp said in Eintracht’s pre-match press conference.

“Tomorrow it will be the same, we know there will be another 10,000. We try to do our best and to be able to celebrate again. It’s a huge part of this club, this team, it makes us helps every time.”

Eintracht might have the loudest travel support, but any local neutrals are likely to be there to watch Madrid’s stars. Ancelotti, when asked about his brief experience of Finland so far, compared the country to Canada, his wife’s home, and in training his side looked sharp as they put on a show for various media and a small group of fans soaking up the late evening sun.

Karim Benzema and Luka Modric accompanied Ancelotti during Madrid’s press conference, with only two of the superstars expected to line up in white on Wednesday. Ancelotti, as amiable and calm as ever, confirmed that both players would start – unless they had any objections. His team has just finished its pre-season, and there were signs of players still shedding rust in the finishing drills that ended their training session.

Eintracht opened their Bundesliga campaign with a 6-1 hammering at the hands of Bayern Munich, and head coach Oliver Glasner knows that, even if his side are underdogs, they cannot be so naive against the 14 times European champions. With key player Filip Kostic out to complete a move to Juventus, Eintracht must avoid another humiliation, although it is an exceptional feat to have achieved this showpiece in the first place.

As for Helsinki, it may be a far cry from the footballing hotbeds of Paris, London, Milan, Munich or Madrid, but these cities already have their fair share of big matches. The welcome was warm, the weather perfect and the stadium – built in the 1930s but recently renovated – an ideal venue.

Asked after his fan park appearance, Litmanen told Stats Perform: “It’s very important for us to have this kind of game because we don’t see these things very often. We can’t get the final of the Champions League which we haven’t participated in. World Cup or European Championships. It’s a big game for Finland.”

Now is the time to enjoy the show.

Family and police seek information on missing B.C. man last seen in Spain

Scott Graham, pictured, was last seen in Madrid, Spain on July 15. (Submitted by Victoria Police Service – image credit)

The family of Scott Graham, 67, are appealing to the public for his whereabouts as they head to Spain, where he was last seen, in an attempt to locate him.

Graham was last seen July 15 at the Canadian Embassy in Madrid after losing his bag four days prior.

Graham is a kidney transplant recipient and had gone to the embassy for help – his medication, which he has to take daily, and his passport were in the bag.

His daughter Georgia Graham, who lives in Montreal, travels to Spain on August 10 in search of her father.

“He would do anything for us. Like, he loves his family, and so I’m doing this for him because that’s what he taught me,” she said. All points west host Robyn Burns.

She said Graham left Victoria for Amsterdam on June 28 and traveled to Portugal and Spain, during which time he remained in daily contact with his family via WhatsApp.

For the past three and a half weeks, Georgia Graham and her family have been trying to piece together information from Spanish and Canadian authorities to determine his whereabouts.

“We had to put a lot of pressure on everyone,” she said. “My family and I have been working on this all day. I haven’t been able to go to work.”

Because the information is missing and unclear, she and her partner, along with her sister, travel to Spain to try to help with the investigation in person.

Local police working with international authorities

Spanish police are investigating Graham’s disappearance with support from the Victoria Police Department and Graham’s family.

Victoria Police are appealing to the public for his whereabouts as he is a resident of the city.

const. Cam MacIntyre said police had been in contact with Global Affairs, Interpol and Spanish authorities as much as possible.

‘This is a difficult investigation given that it is taking place overseas, there is obviously a language barrier and complicated factors, but we hope that some of the efforts to date will help locate Mr Graham.’

Georgia Graham and MacIntyre said it was possible Graham visited a hospital near Madrid, but they were unable to confirm.

“It’s absolutely a challenge and a unique environment in which we operate,” MacIntyre said.

The Victoria Police Service is advising anyone in Spain who sees Graham or knows his whereabouts to call 112. Anyone in Canada with information is asked to contact Victoria Police on 250-995-7654.

If you drink too much alcohol, your gut may be to blame!


Research suggests that certain bacteria may be responsible for the increase in alcohol consumption. ―Photo Reuters

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MADRID, August 9 ― The intestine is sometimes called the second brain, because we now know that the two organs are so connected that their relationship can influence our emotions. However, it also seems that the intestinal microbiota could have a role to play in our alcohol consumption.

One small drink, then another, and maybe one more…you may be only too aware that your alcohol intake is high. And while we’re learning to drink in moderation and say no to another drink, in reality it might be more complicated for some people – especially if the composition of their gut microbiota echoes the findings of researchers at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) in Spain. . Indeed, scientists have discovered that a certain profile of the intestinal microbiota can influence our behavior towards alcohol.

As part of their surveys, they interviewed 507 young volunteers who not only answered questions about their drinking habits, but also provided samples of feces. These samples were used to place them on the Bristol Stool Scale, a visual diagnostic tool that classifies human feces into seven families. Bacteriological samples were also taken. This organic evidence could then be compared to the same samples from volunteers who did not drink alcohol.

When male rats were transplanted with faecal samples from alcohol-dependent animals, their voluntary consumption of alcoholic substances was found to be increased. On the other hand, when the rats received a dose of antibiotics, which work by preventing the growth of bacteria, the scientists were able to reverse the trend and reduce alcohol consumption.

The bacteria responsible for the formation of the intestinal microbiota of heavy drinkers have not yet been precisely identified. However, Spanish scientists believe that these recent discoveries already make it possible to consider probiotics, prebiotics and also synbiotics as effective treatments for alcohol-induced intestinal disorders.

In 2018, American researchers had already found a link between alcohol and the microbiota of the mouth. Women who drank more than two drinks a day and men who drank more than three drinks a day were distinguished from non-drinkers by the proliferation of “bad” bacteria in the mouth, some of which could affect the health of the gums, among other things. . . ― Studio ETX

Ombudsman ‘concerned’ that most doctors refuse abortions

Spanish mediator Ángel Gabilondo “warned” that in Madrid abortions are not performed in public hospitals, a situation that “should be analyzed”. / Credit: Congress of Deputies (Spain)

Denver Newsroom, July 14, 2022 / 8:00 p.m. (CNA).

The Spanish ombudsman, Ángel Gabilondo, expressed concern that doctors exercising their right to conscientious objection, there are places in the country where no abortions are carried out in public medical establishments.

Gabilondo’s comments were revealed in a letter he sent to Mónica García, a left-leaning congresswoman in the Legislative Assembly of the Autonomous Region of Madrid, which was leaked to El País newspaper on July 12.

El País, whose editorial line supports abortion, pointed out that Gabilondo, a member of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party and former education minister, “warns that in the community of Madrid, voluntary terminations of pregnancy (that is, i.e. abortions) are not performed in public hospitals”.

Gabilondo also says that this situation “should be subject to evaluation and analysis”.

Gabilondo recognizes in his letter that conscientious objection is an individual right but considers that its application cannot prevent a woman from having an abortion in public establishments.

The president of the College of Physicians of Madrid, Manuel Martínez-Sellés, after reading the article in El País, said that health professionals were “surprised” by the intentions of the mediator.

In a statement to ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language sister news agency, Martínez-Sellés said doctors in the Spanish capital “are surprised at how they intend to force the performance of abortions in some public hospitals.

He said that “in many public hospitals in the community of Madrid, the reason why abortions are not performed is that all their gynecologists have unanimously declared themselves conscientious objectors”.

Martínez-Sellés also criticized “the intention to force the practice of abortions in these hospitals if all the gynecologists have declared themselves conscientious objectors”.

According to him, “the only way to do this would be to either force these professionals to go against their right to conscientious objection, or to specifically hire non-objecting gynecologists, which would constitute unlawful discrimination against against objecting gynecologists”.

The ombudsman’s letter is based on the case of a woman who, in 2020, went to a public hospital in Madrid to request an abortion due to complex medical circumstances and was referred to a private facility due to conscientious objection by physicians.

Martínez-Sellés clarified that this case was studied “by the college’s ethics commission, and the actions of the gynecologists who had the patient and made the decisions regarding the case were not considered as anything. is subject to sanction or any inappropriate action on the part of the ethical point of view”.

Constitutional right ?

The National Association for the Defense of the Right to Conscientious Objection of Biomedical Personnel (ANDOC) stressed in a statement to ACI Prensa that the constitutional function of the ombudsman is “to defend the fundamental rights and public freedoms of citizens by supervising the activity of the administrations”.

The association recalls that abortion “is not a fundamental right; it does not appear in our magna carta or in any universally recognized declaration of rights”, while the right to conscientious objection is included in the Spanish Constitution, “closely linked to the freedom of conscience and ideology recognized in article 16 and that all citizens have, that he must serve and protect.

“We believe that the mediator will also be willing to listen to objectors and health professionals in general and so many women who, for lack of means, are forced to have an abortion,” added ANDOC.

“We want to think that he is not acting at the request of (another) party, which is completely contrary to the high responsibility that his function entails,” the association said.

Abortion in Spain

The reality is that in Spain abortion has been considered a (non-fundamental) right since 2010 and is included in the list of public medical services.

However, since the adoption of the first abortion law in 1985, the vast majority of abortions – not only in Madrid but also nationally – are carried out by the private abortion industry. Between 2011 and 2020 alone, according to data from the Ministry of Health, between 84.5% and 96.6% of abortions were performed in private facilities each year, the vast majority of them in outpatient centers.

These figures are due to the fact that the vast majority of medical professionals exercise their right to conscientiously object to taking the life of an unborn human being.

This story was first published by ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish language press partner. It has been translated and adapted by CNA.

“Sons of the Clouds”: Oral Tradition and Resistance in Africa’s Last Colony

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Western Sahara, a territory located northwest of the African Maghreb, has been left behind by history. A victim of Moroccan ideas of national restoration and Spanish colonial goals, the nation, home to nearly 200,000 indigenous Sahrawis, is still struggling to decolonize itself. At the now notorious Berlin Conference of 1984-85, fourteen European nations sought to carve out, as King Leopold II said, “This magnificent African cake”. During this “scramble for Africa”, convened by German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, each member state was endowed with territories whose borders were artificially drawn to facilitate the extraction of minerals, rubber and timber. Western Sahara would be one of these territories.

At that time, 80% of the African continent was under autonomous African control. The conference, with its arbitrary geographic boundaries, overruled these power structures in favor of European colonial convenience. Western Sahara has a rich history dating back to Berber tribal rule, which maintained contact with the Roman Empire. Its Sahrawi inhabitants, who eventually adopted Arabic linguistic and religious traits, did not escape conquest. They currently live in modern day Mauritania, Morocco and Algeria – an area they call Trab el-Bidham. Indeed, in 1884, Spain claimed a protectorate over the entire coastline from Cape Bojador to Cape Blanc (which now represents the northern and southern limits of modern Western Sahara). When interacting with the Sahrawi nomads, the Spanish invaders regarded these pastoralists as the “Sons of the Clouds” due to their relentless search for rain and fertile pastures for livestock.

The Sahrawis were by no means passive spectators of the theft of their territories. For decades, the militant resistance to the occupation, led largely by the Saharan Moor Ma al-Aynayn, waged an endless series of raids and rebellions. Targeting both Spanish and French settlers in the northwestern Maghreb, the Sahrawi resistance kept the settlers at bay until 1934, when al-Aynayn was defeated at the Battle of Marrakesh and Smara. Since then, an armed guerrilla movement led by indigenous Sahrawis, known as the Polisario Front, has resisted the Spanish colonizers. Until 1975, the region remained a settlement known as Spanish Sahara, which eventually became a key strategic occupied territory due to its rich fisheries and phosphate mines. By 1975, however, Moroccan irredentism had reached unprecedented heights, with King Hassan II insisting that Spanish Sahara belonged to the great Moroccan nation-state.

Due to the state of conflict with the Polisario Front, pressure from neighboring Morocco and Mauritania to cede its lands, and UN calls for African decolonization, Spain agreed to a series of treaties. As Spanish dictator Francisco Franco lay on his deathbed in 1975, the Madrid Agreement and the Western Sahara Partition Agreement were signed. The first officially ended Spanish colonial rule in the region and the second divided Western Sahara in two: one third of the country would belong to Mauritania and the remaining northern part would be under Moroccan control. None of these agreements involved consultation with the Polisario or the Sahrawi population at large. Indeed, all parties believed the area to be “terra nullius”, or void of any human inhabitant. The Polisario fiercely opposed these treaties, especially since the agreements also granted the Spaniards unfettered access to Western Sahara’s fisheries and 500,000 tons of its phosphate annually.

Soon after, a 2,700 km sand wall known as the “berm” was built, separating the western area controlled by Morocco from the arid eastern region controlled by the Polisario. The berm was completed in 1987 with the help of South African, South Korean and Israeli advisers. Sahrawis are not allowed to cross the border, an oppressive apartheid-like tactic that keeps the ethnic minority confined to the nearly uninhabitable Sahara Desert. Since then, eight more barriers have been built, the most recent of which was completed in December 2020. Reminiscent of the apartheid “homelands” system, protests calling for the removal of these walls are regularly organized by advocacy groups human rights and Sahrawi organizations.

This has been the condition of Western Sahara up to the present day, resulting in a massive migration of Sahrawis to neighboring countries. Indeed, the slightest manifestation of Sahrawi identity in occupied Western Sahara justifies torture, imprisonment and even death. The Sahrawi people’s most notable ally has been Algeria, where refugee camps housing Sahrawi immigrants function as independent enclaves. This is the closest resemblance to the independence of the Sahrawis. Each side has its own courts, schools, hospitals, museums and electoral system. It is here, as well as in Polisario-controlled eastern Western Sahara, that Sahrawi oral traditions, poetry, arts and culture flourish under the most treacherous conditions. Poetry, for Sahrawis, is intimately linked to the struggle and their quest for independence, with many poets becoming political leaders within the Polisario. Women tend to be the guardians of this tradition, encouraged to verbalize feminist expression as part of the wider Sahrawi matriarchy. It became, as researcher Joanna Allen puts it, a “sword of resistance.” These poems have been translated from Hassaniya Arabic, the language of the Sahrawi diaspora.

There is no government too usurper

or cruel,

or king too sovereign

that can look me in the eyes

and claim they are not guilty.

They can’t, for they won’t forget the times I have faced them,

exposed them, and won.

- “I Am Sahara”, Salka Embarek
Sahrawi Democratic Republic Military Units 2019. Photo by Stefano Montesi.
Your misfortune and mine

go through similar courses: 

they stole our land,

killed our parents, 

buried our history, 

made mornings afternoons, 

reduced to ashes

tabaibas and tarahales . . .

and I do not know if they already sold us

or if they will sell us later. . . . 

- “Sahara”, Francisco Tarajano

No international media is allowed in the occupied territory, so most reporting on the dire situation in Western Sahara comes from stories of refugees in Algeria and elsewhere. In a particularly gruesome account, Moroccan security forces assaulted the president of the Sahrawi organization “League for the Defense of Human Rights and Against the Pillage of Resources” in her own home in Boujdour, occupied Western Sahara. In November 2020, Sultana Khaya was placed under house arrest for her human rights activities and, in May 2021, was attacked by soldiers. Amnesty International reported that Moroccan forces then sexually assaulted Khaya, her sisters and her elderly mother. She is far from the only activist to have been attacked and intimidated by Moroccan officials. Since the resumption of fighting between Morocco and the Polisario in November 2020, Amnesty has recorded human rights violations in the form of torture or other ill-treatment against 22 Sahrawi activists, journalists, human rights defenders and minors. This targeted brutality strongly mimics the activities and tactics of the security wing of the apartheid regime or the Israeli Mossad.

In another incident of state-sanctioned brutality, Moroccan military forces repeatedly beat and abused people they were detaining at the Gdeim Izik refugee camp on November 8, 2010, in the Western Sahara capital of El- Ayoun. After burning 6,500 tents and incarcerating hundreds of refugees, soldiers reportedly opened fire on Sahrawi civilians resisting the dismantling of their homes. The protests that followed these instances of brutality are commonly referred to as the “Third Sahrawi Intifada,” which roughly translates from Arabic to “shake.” The protests are synonymous with civil unrest in the Palestinian context and have been cited by linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky as the genesis of the Arab uprisings. The Polisario maintains that the Intifada cost the lives of 36 Sahrawi civilians and injured 1,200 Sahrawi demonstrators.

One thing stands out, however. The West absolutely supports and maintains this occupation. The United Nations classifies the region as non-decolonized territory, and the majority of African Union countries (except those that adopted US foreign aid instead of Sino-Soviet during the Cold War) support the Polisario in its attempt to establish a Sahrawi Arab democracy. Republic (SADR). Countries recognizing Morocco and its claim to the region include the United States, Israel, France and, of course, Spain. Australia has yet to recognize the SADR, despite a 2004 Senate motion to “positively consider extending diplomatic recognition to the SADR at the appropriate time”.

Australia’s failure to acknowledge the plight of Sahrawis is based on its vested interests in the region. In fact, we benefit from the Moroccan occupation. Western Sahara phosphates are sold to Australian fertilizer companies by Moroccan mining companies. Used to produce superphosphate fertilizers essential for agriculture to improve pastures and many crops, the occupation of Western Sahara literally feeds millions of Australians. The purchase of these phosphates and the production of superphosphate fertilizers are primarily purchased by Impact Fertilizers Australia, a “leading supplier of fertilizers in Eastern Australia including Tasmania”. As a student body espousing the convictions of justice and global solidarity, we must call on our main leaders to divest completely and unconditionally from the Moroccan phosphate industry.

The issue was brought much closer to home in 2019, when the University of Sydney Law School invited Sahrawi activist and human rights defender Tecber Ahmed Saleh to speak at an event . Controversy erupted when the school abruptly canceled its event, which had sold out. Saleh was to speak on the “legal, political and human aspects” of the situation in Western Sahara, and shortly after it was revealed that the law school had been issued a warning by the Moroccan embassy. Although the content of the warning is so far unknown to students, USyd provided an explanation for the cancellation, citing an avoidance of an “unfortunate perception that the university as a whole takes a particular stance on relevant issues”.

The University rejected claims that Moroccan pressure was a factor in the decision, saying the event “was not canceled due to outside pressure, but because it was seen as a duplicate of a similar event featuring the same keynote speaker that was successfully held on campus just two and a half weeks earlier. The events differed in that the speaker had to discuss “legal, political and of the situation in Western Sahara, as opposed to decolonization and human rights more broadly. This is one of many accusations of foreign interference and interference in University operations.

The Sahrawi struggle is a global struggle. There will be no liberation for this oppressed minority without global condemnation of the Spanish, Moroccan and Mauritanian occupation of the region, the complete suppression of commercial interests and the boycott of Moroccan fishing and phosphate exports. All UN nations must recognize SADR, and students across Australia and the world must mobilize to encourage such an outcome. Without global condemnation, as we saw in South Africa during Apartheid, history will leave Sahrawis in a state of paralysis.

Oh you invaders!

You, who seize the home,

which the owners never asked you to take,

know that colonisers have come since the days of Rome

seeking subordinates they never could make.

Ambitious kings have claimed our land as their own

and found a resistance too strong to break.

And now you say, sitting on your throne,

to the reflection in your crown’s polished jade,

There’s a small nation, internationally alone,

I think I’ll move in and invade. 

- “The Army”, Al Khadra 

WOW2: August Women Pioneers and Events in Our History

“We ignore the public understanding of science at our peril” – Eugenia Clark, American ichthyologist

“Feminism is the radical notion
that women are human beings.

Dear Kramarae,
Women’s Studies Fellow


WOW2 is a four times a month sister blog to This week in the war on women. This edition covers the women and events of From August 1 to August 8.

The next episode of WOW2 will be on August 13, 2022.


“As much as we need a prosperous economy, we need
prosperity of kindness and decency.

Caroline Herschelgerman astronomer,
first woman to discover a comet


“Don’t let anyone steal your imagination, your creativity,
or your curiosity. This is your place in the world; it’s your life.
Go ahead and do whatever you can with it, and make it your life
want to live.”

Mae JemisonNASA astronaut
first African-American woman in space


“We have a hunger of the spirit which
requires knowledge of everything around us,
and the more we win, the more it is
our desire; the more we see, the more
the more we are able to see.

Maria Mitchellastronomer and teacher,
first American woman to be a paid professional astronomer



The goal of WOW2 is to discover and honor accomplished women, including those who have been ignored or marginalized in most history books, and to mark moments in women’s history. It also serves as a reference archive on women’s history. There are so many more phenomenal women than I ever dreamed of finding, and too often their stories are almost unknown even to feminists and scholars.

These pioneers have much to teach us about perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds. I hope you find as much inspiration as I do in reclaiming our past..



posted, so be sure to go then, and
to catch aware of the latest dispatches from the front:


Why the Quad should become the Quint

The arrival of Yoon Suk-yeol as President of South Korea earlier this year is a golden opportunity to strengthen the Quad by adding a new member.

Beijing went on a rampage last week after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan. Although the People’s Republic of China has never had sovereignty over the island, it continues to insist that Taiwan be brought under its control, by force if necessary, in defiance of Washington and other backers of the island. the island. In a transparent display of its military might, Beijing has begun exercises involving warplanes, warships and missile strikes in six areas around Taiwan. Some are just 12 miles off the coast of the island and are clearly intended as punishment to Washington for allowing Pelosi to show American friendship in Taipei, even though President Biden had no authority to prevent him from doing so. In her role as President, Pelosi is the second in succession to the American presidency, behind Vice President Kamala Harris, and therefore has an important status.
These drills are the largest and most threatening to Taiwan since Beijing launched missiles into waters north and south of the island in 1995 and 1996, when Washington hosted then-President Lee Teng- today. Although Beijing regularly sends warplanes into Taiwanese airspace, these live fires are unusual and appear to be a repeat of a potential and highly threatened blockade and invasion of the island. If that happened, it would almost certainly escalate into a regional war, involving not only the United States, but also American allies, including Japan and Australia, all members of the Quad.
With the world’s attention focused on the northern Indo-Pacific, it’s easy to forget that a real-time example of the reshaping of the world order is unfolding in the south. China has been courting South Pacific nations for some time, trying to expand its diplomatic reach. The controversial China-Solomon Islands deal signed on April 29 this year, widely covered by The Sunday Guardian, caught the western world off guard. It allows the Solomon Islands to ask China to send police, armed police and military personnel to the country for a variety of reasons, including the “maintenance of social order” and the “protection of life and property”. some people “.
Although the agreement allows China to “visit ships to carry out logistical resupply and make stopovers and transitions in the Solomon Islands”, Colin Beck, permanent secretary for foreign affairs and a senior Solomon government official, insisted that he had nothing to do with the establishment of military bases there. But Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the United States have all expressed concerns that the deal will make it easier to deploy Chinese military forces among sparsely populated and often poor countries in the Indo-Pacific.
Compared to China, Australia has historically had closer ties with nations in the region, providing them with more financial aid than any other country. China-Australia relations are currently strained by their own trade and political issues, and Australia fears a nearby Chinese military base poses a “concrete threat” to its security. Japan’s chief cabinet secretary agrees the deal will upend regional security, while the White House has accused China of “putting forward obscure and vague deals with little consultation” in the region.
Thus, Australia, Japan and the United States, three members of the Quad, have all criticized China’s foray into the South Pacific. Was it a Quad position? A spokesman for the Indian Foreign Ministry, Arindam Bagchi, was asked this question. “I don’t know if the Quad made a statement, you meant these three countries did and you read it as a statement from Quad. I am not,” Bagchi reportedly said. Later, in June, a statement was issued following the meeting between the Foreign Ministers of India and Solomon on the sidelines of the 2022 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda, “renewing and reaffirming the commitment of both countries to strengthen bilateral cooperation to new heights”. ”. Note the word “bilateral”.
China’s behavior in the Indo-Pacific has become increasingly assertive in recent years, and the rise of the Quad is a demonstration of the will of the United States, Japan, Australia and the India to react more vigorously to defend their position and their interests in the region. This has not gone unnoticed in China. The Global Times, a state-owned tabloid, has repeatedly called the Quad “a sinister Indo-Pacific gang to contain China”. A huge compliment. But the response to China’s seduction of the Solomon Islands would have been considerably more effective if it had been a strong “quadruple response” rather than a few tepid bilateral statements. And it would have been even more effective if the Quad had been expanded to include another power in the region: South Korea. In other words, a response from the Quint.
The arrival of Yoon Suk-yeol as President of South Korea earlier this year is a golden opportunity to strengthen the Quad by adding a new member. During his keynote address at the Asian Leadership Conference in Seoul in July, Yoon presented his nation as a confident and constructive force whose time has come. This echoed his high-spirited and confident inauguration speech earlier this year, when he said that “it behooves us to take on a greater role for the benefit of our stature as a world leader. We must actively protect and promote universal values ​​and international standards based on freedom and respect for human rights. A perfect CV to join the Quad.
A few weeks earlier, Yoon had taken the unprecedented step of attending a NATO summit in Madrid, where South Korea and Japan were invited as partner nations. South Korea also joined the US-backed Indo-Pacific Economic Forum this year, which aims to counter China’s growing economic influence in the region. Yoon also pledged to mend frayed ties with neighboring Japan to strengthen trilateral U.S.-Japan-Korea relations. Significantly, he made it clear that his country was ready to join the Quad. Former US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper endorsed the view in February this year that the Quad should be expanded to form the Quint, but the Biden administration has so far been lukewarm about it. idea.
The Yoon administration has already recalibrated its country’s foreign policy by taking a tougher stance on China and North Korea, while welcoming closer defense cooperation with states. States and hosting advanced missile defense systems, US-made nuclear-capable submarines and bombers. He also bolstered his country’s defense policy by pursuing large-scale arms deals with partners from Eastern Europe to the Middle East to Southeast Asia.
Chairman Yoon Suk-yeol’s proposals to join the Quad to form a new Quint have so far been rejected. The Biden administration is nervous about making the Quad look more like an “Indo-Pacific NATO”, saying it would exacerbate structural tensions with Beijing and belie India’s non-aligned strategic posture. “There are many ways we can engage with South Korea,” the White House press secretary said during a press briefing earlier this year. “It’s an incredibly important relationship. But the Quad will remain the Quad,” immediately ending any expansion speculation.
It is a mistake. South Korea participated with India in the Rim of the Pacific 2022 (RIMPAC) exercise, which ended last week. It was the largest international maritime exercise in the world, with more than two dozen participating nations, designed to strengthen their collective strengths and promote a free and open Indo-Pacific. It was also a great rehearsal for South Korea’s progressive alignment on the Quad, both at sea and in the air.
In just over half a century, South Korea has undergone a dramatic transformation from a poor, authoritarian country devastated by war to an economically vibrant, culturally rich and resilient democracy. It is a major commercial hub and technological powerhouse. The country is already known for its leading role in the global semiconductor and robotics supply chains, and is expected to make a huge contribution to technologies at the heart of China’s competition with the Quad, such as artificial intelligence. , quantum computing and synthetic biology.
The way is surely open for the Quad to grow to become the Quint. Together, the five countries could cooperate more deeply on norm-setting, diplomatic messages, practical economic measures to maintain a liberal rules-based order and gradually strengthen interoperability and other forms of military cooperation. Despite complementary economic policies and expanding dialogue, South Korea and India have yet to formalize a high-level expert exchange program, but given India’s significant advantages in culture talent in AI and STEM, it would be a boon for Seoul and New Delhi to establish such a scholarship under the Quint. Of course, such cooperation depends on New Delhi’s willingness to make it happen, but it is increasingly possible for India to see the Quint as a reinforcement rather than a limitation of its strategic autonomy.
This would certainly help counter China in the Solomons.

John Dobson is a former British diplomat, who also worked in the office of British Prime Minister John Major between 1995 and 1998. He is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Plymouth.

Pennsylvania moms react to Department of Education suggesting kids can use ‘ne, ve, ze/zie and xe’ pronouns


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Pennsylvanians blasted their state’s Department of Education’s new gender identity page, which suggested teachers not to make assumptions about students’ pronouns, and quoted ‘ne, ve, ze/zie and xe” as examples.

Fox News Digital spoke to people in Pennsylvania, including mothers, about the Department of Education’s webpage.

“In addition to traditional pronouns (he/him, she/she, they), some people prefer to use neutral pronouns, such as ne, ve, ze/zie, and xe. If you don’t know a student’s preferred name personal pronoun, it’s always best to ask,” the Pennsylvania DOE said.

“It’s grooming our children,” said Veronica Gemma, president of the PA Economic Growth PAC. “[W]When it comes to sexuality, whatever they identify with is their personal affair. And they are not academics. He doesn’t belong in the classroom.”

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“They need to focus on the terrible reading scores in this state, the terrible math scores in this state… [Instead,] they are focused on indoctrinating this next generation to change the fabric of our country,” she added.

The Pennsylvania website also claimed that the concept of two genders, male and female, was a “wrong concept”.

“As a parent from Pennsylvania, I’d like to know what qualifies them for the whole concept of biological gender as flawed?” said a mother named Megan Eileen.

“As a mother, my children know who they are and they were created in the image of God. So God created a male and a female and that’s it. There are only two genders,” said said Gemma.

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“Why do they think it’s appropriate to teach this to a third grader? It’s not appropriate. So many children in Pennsylvania are struggling to master their skills, especially after the long disruptions of the mitigation of COVID-19,” Eileen said.

“The [Pennsylvania Department of Education] must stop spending money and school hours on leftist indoctrination and focus on academics. I think that’s something most parents and teachers, regardless of political affiliation, agree on.”

Proponents of teaching gender ideology in schools say it helps maintain tolerance and an environment of acceptance for LGBTQ+ youth. According to Trevor Project, an organization that advocates for LGBTQ+ inclusion, “[O]One in three young transgender people said they had attempted suicide, almost a third said they had been sexually abused, and more than half said they had experienced a two-week period of depression.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education previously told Fox News in a statement that it is crucial to “support all learners” and help them feel “welcome in their schools and communities.”


One of the web pages included an article written by an activist, who said: “The best indicator of success for a gender-differentiated child is whether that child is receiving support at home and from teachers.

A Pennsylvania mom told Fox News Digital why gender identity would be considered an appropriate topic for third graders.

A Pennsylvania mom told Fox News Digital why gender identity would be considered an appropriate topic for third graders.

Republican. State Representative Barbara Gleim said, “I think a lot of this is coming from the Biden administration through its executive orders.”

“I’m not anti-trans, but these discussions have a time and a place. And I don’t think elementary school [and] college are the time or place for these discussions,” she added.

Kara Kowalski of York, Pennsylvania said, “I’m not a parent, but I have three nieces who are young. They’re eight, six, and three. And I spend pretty much every day and every second that I can with them. . I’m gay myself. But I don’t agree with all that.”


Fox News Digital also spoke with feminist “Abolition Sex” writer Kara Dansky, who has spoken out against the gender identity movement.

“I think what we’re seeing is a vicious combination of hatred of women and greed,” she said. “I absolutely think our society should be accepting of people who don’t want to conform to gender stereotypes. That’s a good thing. We’ve been saying for decades that women in particular should be able to transcend gender stereotypes. And we should defend and accept that,” she said.


“But it’s very different for a school or an education department trying to persuade kids that they’re actually the opposite sex,” she added. “It’s extremely dangerous.”

“It may seem unrelated, but these efforts to use different kinds of pronouns are deliberately designed to disassociate our minds from the material reality of biological sex,” Dansky said. “It might seem like a good thing to do to refer to someone using their ‘preferred pronouns’, but the problem is that it desensitizes us. And…it decouples our minds from the material reality of sex.”

Autocratic Hungarian Prime Minister Orban addresses US conservatives


DALLAS (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is expected to receive a big welcome in the United States Thursday from conservative admirers just a week after the backlash at home and in Europe over anti-migrant remarks one of his closest associates compared to the Nazis. rhetoric.

Orban’s headline at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, one of the largest gatherings of conservative activists in the nation, has raised concerns that Republicans are embracing an autocrat who has been criticized for undermining the democratic institutions and consolidated power in his own country.

Other speakers include former President Donald Trump, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Republican candidates fresh off Tuesday’s GOP primary election victories.

Orban’s invitation to CPAC reflects growing conservative support for the far-right Hungarian leader whose country has implemented sweeping policies against immigration and LGBTQ rights, and is governed by one-party rule . Orban is also considered Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest ally in the European Union.

His visit to Texas comes after fresh outrage erupted at home following a speech in which Orban railed against Europe becoming a “mixed-race” society. One of his closest aides compared the comments to Nazis and quit in protest.

Orban dismissed the criticism, saying his government had zero tolerance for racism. He was not criticized by conservatives in the United States, and for some early arrivals from the three-day conference in Texas, he was a model leader who resonated because of his politics and personality.

They praised Orban for his border security measures and for providing financial grants to Hungarian women, which Orban called an effort to counter Hungary’s declining population. Lilla Vessey, who moved to Dallas from Hungary with her husband, Ede, in the 1980s, said what she heard in Hungary was that Orban was not undemocratic.

“I don’t know how it happened that the Tories somehow found out about it,” said Ede Vessey, 73. “He supports traditional values. He supports family.

Scott Huber, who met Orban with other CPAC attendees at a private event hours before the speech, said the prime minister had expressed hope that the United States would “moderate the influences of extreme left” in the November midterm elections. The 67-year-old Pennsylvanian said he wouldn’t disagree with descriptions of Orban as autocratic and upending Democratic standards, but said he thinks that will change over time.

As to why Orban is winning over so many conservatives, Huber pointed to Orban’s attacks on George Soros, the Hungarian-American billionaire and philanthropist who is a vocal critic of the Hungarian government and supporter of liberal causes.

“That’s why I was so interested in seeing it,” Huber said.

Even before Orban took the stage in Texas – America’s second most populous state and politically controlled by Republicans – Trump had already welcomed him to the United States while hosting him earlier this week in Florida.

“Few people know as much about what is happening in the world today,” Trump said in a statement after the meeting.

President Joe Biden is not expected to meet with Orban during his trip to the United States, according to a White House official.

Orban’s time slot title is “How We Fight”. Through his communications office, Orban declined an interview request from The Associated Press.

The AP and other international news agencies were also banned from covering a CPAC conference held in Budapest in May, the group’s first conference in Europe. During the rally, Orban called Hungary “a bastion of conservative Christian values ​​in Europe” and urged American conservatives to overcome “the dominance of progressive liberals in public life.”

He presented himself as a champion of what he calls “illiberal democracy”.

Orban served as Hungary’s prime minister between 1998 and 2002, but it’s his record since taking office in 2010 that has sparked controversy and raised concerns about Hungary’s slide into authoritarian rule. Orban presented himself as a defender of European Christianity against Muslim migrants, progressives and the “LGBTQ lobby”.

Last year, his right-wing Fidesz party banned the depiction of homosexuality or gender reassignment in media targeting those under 18, a move critics have called an attack on LGBTQ people. Information on homosexuality is also prohibited in school sex education programs, or in films and advertisements accessible to minors.

Orban has consolidated his power over the country’s judiciary and media, and his party has drawn legislative constituencies in a way that makes it very difficult for opposition parties to win seats – much like partisan gerrymandering efforts for legislative and congressional seats in the United States. The process currently favors the Republicans because they have more control over the state legislatures that create these borders.

Such moves have led international political observers to label Orban the face of a new wave of authoritarianism. The European Union has launched numerous lawsuits against Hungary for breaking EU rules and is withholding billions in recovery and credit funds for breaching rule of law standards and insufficient anti-corruption safeguards .

Republican Governor Greg Abbott will precede Orban on stage in Texas. Michigan’s Tudor Dixon, who won the GOP gubernatorial nomination in his battleground state on Tuesday, is also scheduled to speak at the conference, which ends Saturday.


Associated Press writer Aamer Madhani in Washington contributed to this report.

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Architect joins Springfield planning on Bloomberg Harvard Fellowship

Springfield is one of seven U.S. cities participating in the Bloomberg Harvard City Hall Fellowship Program.

Sai Joshi, architect, urban planner and researcher, joined the city’s Office of Planning and Economic Development on Monday.

Joshi’s two-year fellowship is funded by Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

Monday was also the first day for Lynne Wooden, acting director of OPED.

After:Lynne Wooden was to retire. She is now Springfield’s director of economic development.

Joshi will focus on developing a “whole block restoration” strategy for the city. This will include analyzing the city’s current practices, systems, and workflow, while understanding the growth and needs of community development through conversation and research.

Joshi is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. A recipient of the Dean’s Excellence Fellowship at GSD, she has focused her work on emerging issues of social equity and climate change in the built environment, using the tools of urban design, planning, policy and advocacy.

She also studied at the College of Architecture, University of Mumbai, where she focused on urban design and planning.

Prior to coming to Springfield, Joshi worked for the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid, where she partly helped develop the city’s preliminary 25-year strategy for the transition to clean energy for the housing and transport sectors. in common.

This story will be updated.

Contact Steven Spearie: 217-622-1788, [email protected], twitter.com/@StevenSpearie.

Man Utd’s big positional battles: from Ronaldo v Martial to Maguire v Varane

The case of Fernandes:

Bruno Fernandes was United’s most successful acquisition in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, with his arrival proving the catalyst for much of Solskjaer’s success at the club, helping the team rank back-to-back among the top four with his 44 goal contributions in 51 league games throughout the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.

Yet his frantic nature, which can be effective in transition situations, proved frustrating last season and regularly led to a loss of possession. Although giving away the ball is not something Ten Hag takes lightly, he clearly sees Fernandes as a key part of the team, starting him in five of United’s six pre-season games.

Previously, Fernandes gave the impression that he was trying too hard and defined every pass as one leading to a goal. He certainly has the quality to be a major creative outlet in the Ten Hag system, but he can also benefit from clearer goals and a more structured role in the team, which he now seems to be getting.

Eriksen’s case:

Christian Eriksen, on the other hand, is very good at ball retention and is easily the more orderly player of the two, which may be exactly why he was wanted by Ten Hag. Within five minutes of his debut for the club against Atletico Madrid, he demonstrated his class with two long-ball pings, one of which almost resulted in a goal.

The following day he made his first start and immediately stood out in midfield, giving Man Utd a great way to switch the ball from defense to attack and play a part in their only goal of the game .

GOAL Verdict:

Both of these people are great choices to have in midfield. Eriksen’s game is arguably more complete but, on the other hand, Fernandes can provide great pressure intensity, as well as a high-risk, high-reward casual game pattern. However, it may not boil down to one or the other. If the right balance can be found, most likely in the form of a deeper midfield, Eriksen and Fernandes could play side by side against defensive opponents.

What is the best age to run your fastest marathon?


What is the best age to run marathons? Researchers from the University of Madrid looked into this question by analyzing the results of the 45,000 runners who participated in the New York City Marathon in 2014.

To do this, they looked at the top 10 runners in the men’s and women’s categories between the ages of 18 and 75. The received wisdom was that marathon performance declines after age 30, following a straight downward line.

However, the study showed something slightly different. Although performance declines after age 30, the line is a bell curve: it declines only slightly at first, then more dramatically after age 55.

Interestingly – and somewhat surprisingly – research has found that 18-year-olds have similar marathon times to 60-year-olds. The best marathon times, however, belonged to men and women in their late twenties.

For men, the golden age was 27; for women, it was 29 years. Runners’ marathon times were 4% slower for each year below that age for both men and women, and 2% slower for each year after that age for both men and women.

So, on average, a 27-year-old man who runs a 3:30:00 marathon will run 3:34:12 next year. Meanwhile, a woman who runs a 3:00:00 marathon at age 29 will run 3:02:36 the following year.

Other interesting findings from the study include the fact that there was a 20% difference between men’s and women’s finishing times up to the age of 55. At this point, the gap begins to widen, with women finishing about 40% slower than men at age 70.

It should be noted, of course, that this is only a single marathon study. Those who start running later in life, train hard and regularly, can still run their fastest marathons in their 30s, 40s, 50s or 60s. Look at the example of Jo Schoonbroodt. The Belgian, 71, recently set a marathon world record for the 70+ category at the Maasmarathon in Visé. His time? 2:54:19. Your best years may still be ahead of you.

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‘Elite School League’ begins development camp in Madrid


The football school’s elite team began their development camp in the Spanish capital Madrid today, which will last until Wednesday August 10, and then travel to the Portuguese city of Lisbon to prepare and develop technically players in accordance with the camp schedule.

The team is technically led by Spanish coach Iago Agaler Asun.

The group’s list includes: Khaled al-Rashidi (Al-Qasim Education Department), Ahmed al-Hamidi (Hail Education Department), Abdul Aziz al-Jazari (Hail Education Department) Al-Madina al-Munawara), Abdullah al-Sakran (Education Department Al-Zulfi Education Department), Ahmed Hamdi (Jazan Education Department) and Al-Hassan Munif (Education Department ) Najran), Yazan Madani (Jeddah Department of Education), Rehan Mubarak (Najran Department of Education), Saud Al Enesi (Qassim Department of Education) ), Abdulaziz Al-Ghamdi (Department of Taif Education Department), Abdulaziz Al-Hashlan (Riyadh Education Department) and Azzam Ahmed (Jeddah Education Department), Aqil Al-Dafiri (Hafar Al-Batin Education Department) , Ali Al-Makrami (Najran Department of Education), Fahd Jaizani (Jeddah Department of Education), Mutaib Al-Maliki (Makkah Department of Education), Muhamm ad Al-Duwish (Al-Zulfi Education Department) and Muhammad Dhafer (Najran Education Department), Muhammad Feisa l (Taif Education Department). department), Moaz al-Habib (municipal education department), Moaz al-Masud (al-Zulfi education department) and Muhannad Turki (municipal education department).

The camp will last until August 16 in Madrid and Lisbon, during which three preparatory friendly matches will take place. During the training camp in Madrid, the team will play two friendlies, the first against Getafe on Saturday, August 6, and the second against Real Madrid on Tuesday, August 9, while the mission will go on for some time. Six days from Lisbon, the team will play its third friendly match against Portugal’s Benfica on Saturday 13 August.

The program includes many recreational activities such as visits to the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, home of Real Madrid, the Wanda Metropolitano arenas of Atlético Madrid, Warner Park and Carlos Sans, as well as the stadium of the Lisbon team before the return in Jeddah on August 16. .

The Elite School League team is part of the Ministry of Sports projects it is implementing in partnership with the Ministry of Education to develop the next generation of footballers who will be central to the future of Saudi football.

Head of mission, member of the School League Supervisory Committee, President of the Saudi School Sports Federation Ali Al-Shaylan confirmed that the program of the camp has been prepared in such a way that all players enjoy technical advantages and administrative, and give them great experience through training, friendly matches and technical courses prepared during the internship periods to prepare them well and help them move forward towards their future in football, whether at school or in a club.

Al-Shuaylan expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the parents of all the players for their active cooperation in getting all the players to join the current camp, stressing that this camp is a continuation of the various school league programs that have been started since the beginning. of the School League in its third edition this year. , the most recent being the Combined Elite Kingdom Championship recently held in Jeddah for elite high and high school teams, which saw this current team participate in the development of the camp.

Thomas Tuchel’s dream Chelsea transfer target revealed

The transfer window is also a cryptic social media season for many top professionals considering a move away from their current clubs. Not that it takes Alan Turing to decipher a sportsman’s thinly veiled coded status. Chelsea’s pursuit of Wesley Fofana just got interesting, to be fair. On Monday evening, Fofana became active as his Twitter bio was edited to remove the words ‘Leicester city‘. Moreover, on Tuesday morning, Blues supporters and Foxes fans were widely questioning an Instagram post from the Frenchman. In this post, the defender used a quote in his native language which contained a motivational type message.

Essentially, the conveyed proverb ignores the naysayers and does what’s right for you. While not a bad philosophy at all, it is tellingly topical, divisive, and a reckless move for a professional to make. Fofana took similar action and pressured former club Saint-Etienne to originally seal a move to the King Power side. Fofana could probably be secured for an extravagant sum of over £85million or so, but the west London side will likely have to sweeten the deal with one of their unwanted, up-and-coming or peripheral employees. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Levi Colwill – someone Leicester have definitely followed – was mentioned in connection with a parts swap. Although Brighton & Hove Albion may disrupt LCFC’s desire for Colwill.

Thomas Tuchel’s dream Chelsea transfer target revealed and Pride of London offers verdict

Another potential swap could be on the cards at Fulham Road as the ideal signing of Thomas Tuchel has been discussed. According Sky Sport’s Florian Plettenbergof Josko Gvardiol of RB Leipzig is the “dream target” for Tuchel. Plettenberg adds that Leipzig want to keep their man; however, the German team would like a reunion with Chels striker Timo Werner.

The journalist claims that realizing the dream of capturing the centre-back will be ‘difficult to achieve’. Werner seems like the perfect appeasement for his fellow Germans; but they are holding their ground insisting a swap is not on the cards as Gvardiol is unavailable. Apparently, Red Bulls’ preference is to keep their defender and take the striker to the Red Bull Arena. Leipzig don’t want much, do they? !

I think Werner’s options are exhausted at CFC. I was never particularly upset by the German international before his move to England. Since then, he has done very little to justify his status, salary or transfer fee. Unloading it and getting a top pick selection would be superb.

The Bundesliga side and their former star are said to be in talks at the moment. Juventus, Newcastle United and Real Madrid are other major teams to have been linked with strong interest in the 26-year-old, but Leipzig leads the race.

Focusing briefly on Gvardiol, this addition would seemingly complete the Blues’ defensive line-up. The Croatian is an advanced centre-half par excellence who has a difficult streak. On the negative side, this can lead to turnovers, as well as fouls in dangerous positions. While the opposite school of thought suggests he will stop the attacks and launch his own. Gvardiol provides a slight threat from set pieces at the other end of the pitch.

Daniel Bruce Griffin – Oswego County Today

Daniel Bruce Griffin

MINETTO, NY – Daniel Bruce Griffin, 51, of Minetto, New York, died on July 30, 2022, after a hard battle with cancer, with his wife and three daughters by his side.

Born in Potsdam, New York, he was the son of Dennis and Elizabeth Anne (Olmsted) Griffin. Dan was married to his best friend, Sharon Deshaies, for 28 years. They took up residence in Minetto, where they raised three strong and intelligent daughters.

Dan attended Madrid-Waddington High School and later earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at SUNY Oswego. His career spanned nearly 30 years in the college admissions office, most recently as a principal. His dedication to his work and to his colleagues was palpable; he was often described as Oswego’s “biggest cheerleader”, always putting the students first.

Dan will be remembered as a kind and understanding person who had a unique ability to connect with people wherever he went. He is perhaps best known for his sense of humor and quick wit, as he never failed to make others laugh no matter what. Dan worked hard in all aspects of his life – a trait he attributed to his mother, whom he adored.

On weekends, Dan could be seen tending to his yard or washing his vehicles and, when the job was done, drinking a beer and watching the Yankees win. Most importantly, Dan loved spending time with his family – his wife, three daughters, and beloved pets Finn and Casey. He treasured every moment, enjoyed simple things like quiet mornings and a good book, and never took anything for granted.

Daniel is predeceased by his father, Dennis; brother, David; and her sister Denise McKnight.

Surviving is his wife, Sharon; daughters, Hannah, Natalie and Allison; mother, Anne; brothers, Dennis (Fran), Donny, Darrin (Janice) and Dean (Julie); sisters, Diane (Jim) Latimer, Deena (Wally) Claffey and Darlene (Bill) Nelson; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends can call Thursday, August 4 from 3-6 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Home, 11 West Albany Street, Oswego.
The funeral will take place on Friday, August 5 at 10:30 a.m. in the Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours church in Minetto. Interment will follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery.

A scholarship at SUNY Oswego is being established to honor Dan’s legacy at the college. Donations may be made in Dan’s memory to the Daniel B. Griffin ’92 M’00 Memorial Scholarship Fund or by mail to Oswego College Foundation, University Development, 215 Sheldon Hall, Oswego, NY 13126, or by telephone at 315 -312- 3003.

Arrangements are under the caring direction of Nelson Funeral Home.

Daniel Bruce Griffin

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Spanish bars are desperate to save the tapas tradition

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the Spanish hotel sector hard.
  • It now faces another crisis, with one of the country’s most famous traditions now under threat.
  • Insider spoke to several tapas restaurateurs in Spain about how they are handling rising prices.
  • See all the stories in this package here.

MADRID, Spain – On summer nights, patrons fill Madrid’s terraces to the brim, with beers and plates of tapas – small appetizers served with drinks – arriving at tables one after another.

“Here you order a few beers and you’ve already had dinner, and seeing how expensive everything is is quite important,” said a customer at La Pequeña Graná, one of the bars.

Long-time neighbours, university students and tourists flock to this bar in the capital’s Delicias district, where for 1.70 euros, or around $1.80, you can get a beer and a free plate of tapas from over 20 options.

Simón, the manager, served his bestseller—a plate of fried cheese with honey—and began breaking down each ingredient for Insider: “Cheese and honey were up 15% and 35%, respectively; bread and egg, for the dough, 10% and 60%; and oil, for frying, 100%. Not to mention the electricity bill.

Two years after the start of the pandemic, the hospitality industry, one of the sectors that COVID-19 restrictions have most affected in Spain, is facing another crisis.

Inflation hit and brought with it soaring energy and raw material costs.

According to data from Hostelería de España, which represents the hospitality industry in Spain, the price of cooking oils – excluding olive oil – rose by around 96% in April 2022 compared to April of the year. last, and the energy increased by 42% compared to the same period.

These costs are now threatening one of Spain’s most famous gastronomic traditions.

Simón said they are trying everything to be able to continue offering free tapas, from raising the price of other dishes to removing overpriced tapas.

“We offer bienmesabe as a main course, but we had to remove it as a tapas plate because it was too expensive to prepare. Keeping it was a utopia,” he says.

At Entre Cáceres y Badajoz, a tapas bar in Madrid‘s Goya district, Esteban Auqui had another technique for cutting costs. “We decided to remove the mugs. Instead we serve glasses, something in between, they carry less beer and therefore cheaper. We cannot change the tapas because the restaurant would lose its identity”, did he declare.

León, about 200 miles from Madrid, has one of the oldest tapas serving traditions in Spain.

“Here you even get tapas with your coffee. Until recently there was a little war to see who could offer the biggest plate of tapas, but that’s over,” Paula Álvarez, the manager of the Asociación de Hostelería de León – which represents the hospitality industry in León — said.

Álvarez said each company is trying something different to get through the crisis. “Most have increased the price of the drinks, others are changing the tapas and serving something more affordable or smaller, some have lowered the quality, and some are starting to offer different prices depending on whether the drink is with or without plate of tapas,” she said.

But she was adamant that “León wouldn’t stop serving tapas, it’s one of our big attractions”.

Tapas, relleno tomatoes, served at La Otra Abacería.

Relleno tomatoes, also known as stuffed tomatoes, are among the many tapas at La Otra Abacería in León.

Ricardo case for insiders

“Tapas in a bar are crucial, they are the litmus test that we have to pass with a customer. If you like it, you order the dish”, Félix Presencio, who owns two establishments in the barrio romántico de León — Cafe Bar Cantabrín and La Otra Abacería — said.

Presencio told Insider how rising prices and a supply crisis forced him to stop offering his star dish – ensaladilla ucraniana, or “Ukrainian salad” – which he also served as a tapas plate.

“I always try to ensure the highest quality for every product I serve,” he said.

The oil comes from Córdoba, the piquillo peppers come from El Bierzo, the beef chorizo ​​comes from Astorga and the anchovies come from Barbate, he said. He would not reveal where he got the mayonnaise, the key ingredient.

“I was the only one who bought this mayonnaise in León, but the distributor told me that it was not profitable for him to deliver it to me because of the rising costs,” Presencio said.

“I tried another one, but people told me it wasn’t my salad,” he said.

He said the same thing happened with his piquillo peppers, which he used to buy from a group of women who roasted them on stones.

“Now I can’t find them anywhere and I keep looking so the dish doesn’t disappear,” Presencio said.

Two customers with wine glasses dining outdoors.

Two customers enjoy a glass of wine outside La Otra Abacería, owned by Félix Presencio.

Ricardo case for insiders

Presencio added that he thinks many bars will disappear in the struggle to keep tapas alive.

Insider also spoke with restaurateurs from another Spanish region famous for its tapas: Andalusia.

La Taberna Uvedoble de Málaga is an award-winning tapas bar, offering one of the classic tapas experiences in the city. But he too had to remove dishes from his menu.

“The scallops have grown a lot, so we’ve removed them and anything with duck meat,” said Willie Orellana, the owner and chef.

“We are already taking losses because we can’t just add huge price increases to the menu.”

“Companies want to maintain the quantity and quality of their tapas to keep their customers, but if the prices of raw materials increase and we do not adjust the prices on the menu, it is the hotel industry that will be the most We have no other way to fight inflation than by raising prices,” said Gregorio Garcia, president of the Federación Provincial de Empresas de Hostelería y Turismo de Granada.

“Beer has just come back up about 7% and profit margins are already at a minimum,” García added.

David Pasadas is the owner of Cervecería Pasadas, located in Íllora, Granada, another town famous for its tapas. According to him, the recent rises in the prices of sugary drinks and beer leave little room for continuing to offer traditional tapas dishes.

“We will have to increase the price of drinks if it continues like this. It is currently at 2 euros and we will have to start charging 2.50 euros if we want to avoid losses”, he said.

Hamelin-Laie International School Barcelona joins Nord Anglia Education’s global family of premium schools


LONDON, August 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Nord Anglia Education today announced that Hamelin-Laie International School in Barcelona, ​​Spain joined its family of premium international schools. Hamelin-Laie marks the second school in North Anglia in Spain and its 79th school in the world.

Founded in 1989, Hamelin-Laie teaches 1,300 students of 40 nationalities from kindergarten to 12th grade. It offers the national curriculum up to high school, taught in English, Spanish and Catalan. It then offers an IB Diploma and the National Bachillerato – the Spanish National Curriculum – in the last two years. The school’s students are also accepted into the top 100 universities in the world.

Hamelin-Laie is a pioneer in trilingual learning. As the first school in Catalonia to introduce learning in English, Catalan and Spanish, its methodology has been studied by international universities. It is also the first school of Spain to teach Mandarin Chinese, and in 2019 the school officially became a Confucius Institute classroom.

Andrew FitzmauriceCEO of Nord Anglia Education, said:

“Hamelin-Laie and Nord Anglia share the same educational philosophy of wanting to help our students achieve more than they ever imagined. We are proud that Hamelin-Laie has chosen to join Nord Anglia and excited at the prospect of what we can achieve together for our students.”

Mrs. Sas Pont, founder of the international school Hamelin-Laie, said: “We wanted to be part of the Nord Anglia family of schools because of the huge opportunities it provides for our students and colleagues. Everyone at our school is delighted with today’s news and what it means for our school community.”

Hamelin-Laie’s 1,300 students join over 70,000 other Nord Anglia students around the world and have access to unforgettable world-class learning opportunities that include collaborations with institutions such as UNICEF, The Juilliard Schooland MIT. Students also have access to Nord Anglia’s Global Campus, a technology-based learning platform that connects them to thousands of their peers around the world.

Hamelin-Laie’s teachers will benefit from Nord Anglia’s world-class professional development programme. This includes online learning through Nord Anglia University and the Nord Anglia MA in International Education with King’s College London.

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Gael Garcia Bernal’s Best Movies, Ranked

Gael Garcia Bernal is a Mexican actor and producer who burst onto the radar of American audiences in 2000 with his breakthrough performance in Alejandro González’s film Iñárritu Love Perros, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He further cemented his crossover talent in Alfonso Cuarón’s 2001 film Y Tu Mama Tambien. Since that time, Bernal has made his mark in films including Bad Education, The Motorcycle Diaries, Fidel, and coconutas well as the critically acclaimed series headliner Mozart in the Jungle.

Bernal was born in Guadalajara, Mexico to Patricia Bernal, actress and former model, and Jose Angel Garcia, actor and director; her stepfather is the cinematographer Sergio Yazbek. In other words, acting and film are in his blood. Bernal started acting in telenovelas when he was one year old. He continued his work in these uniquely Mexican soap operas throughout his teenage years. He enrolled in college in Mexico to study philosophy, but a student strike forced him to take a sabbatical and he moved to London where he became the first Mexican to be accepted to study at Central School. of Speech and Drama. Bernal will direct night werewolf, a Marvel Halloween special that will bring the actor into the MCU; in the meantime, discover his best films.

6 coconut

coconut is a 2017 animated film from Pixar about a young boy in Mexico named Miguel who dreams of becoming a musician even though his family forbids it. He lives with his great-grandmother Coco, his parents and his Abuelita, all shoemakers. Miguel idolizes a famous dead musician named Ernesto de la Cruz and teaches himself to play the guitar by watching old de la Cruz movies. Gael Garcia Bernal plays Héctor, a charming con man who is also Miguel’s great-great-grandfather in the land of the dead. Héctor convinces Miguel to help him visit the Land of the Living in this moving, vibrant and beautiful animated film.

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5 Bad Education

Bad Education is a 2004 film by great filmmaker Pedro Almodovar about two childhood friends and lovers who are reunited as adults and caught up in a murder mystery. The film is set in Madrid in 1980. A young director (Fele Martinez) is visited by an actor looking for work who claims to be his old boarding school friend and first love, Ignacio (Francisco Boria), who now goes by the name Angel Andrade.

He has the rights to a story called “The Visit”, which tells the story of their time together at boarding school, and wants Enrique to make a movie of it. However, the man claiming to be Ignacio is actually Juan (Gael Garcia Bernal). The NC-17 film is one of Almodovar’s heaviest and most explicit, yet it is a visually striking manifestation of the director’s frequent exploration of genre fluidity and the nature of memory. Bernal is amazing here and also pulls off a nice drag.

4 old

old is a 2021 film from M. Night Shyamalan and continues the director’s constant use of twists and turns to constantly surprise viewers. In what often feels like a body horror movie, a family goes on a beach vacation and suddenly finds themselves rapidly aging alongside other trapped vacationers.

Gael Garcia Bernal plays Guy Cappa. He and his wife Prisca (Vicky Krieps) are going through a divorce and to cheer up their young children Maddox and Trent, the family travels to a tropical resort for their last family vacation. They go on an expedition to a secluded beach with other guests at their resort. After Maddox and Trent quickly turn into teenagers and one of the elderly guests dies, they realize that the beach is aging them the equivalent of a year every 30 minutes. What follows is a disturbing exploration of aging and corporate greed, with a wonderfully melancholic and mature performance from Bernal.

3 Motorcycle notebooks

Motorcycle notebooks is a 2004 biopic about the life of Marxist guerrilla leader Che Guevara (Gael Garcia Bernal). It is based on the diaries of 23-year-old Guevara’s 1952 trip through South America on a motorcycle. He made the ambitious trip with his friend Alberto Granada, with the pair wanting to see as much of Latin America as possible, planning to cover 8,700 miles in four and a half months. The result is a great coming-of-age film and a dark meditation on the inescapable presence of politics, particularly in Latin America, and solidified Bernal’s international reputation as a striking leading man.

2 Love Perros

Love Perros is director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 2000 feature debut, and became the first in his “hypertext” trilogy which was followed by 21 grams and babel. The title comes from a phrase that refers to cursed, impossible and insane relationships. As such, the film features three stories of people linked by a car accident in Mexico City. Gael Garcia Bernal plays Octavio, a man in love with his brother’s wife, Susana, and upset that his brother mistreats her. He tries to convince her to leave her brother and go with him.

1 Y Tu Mama Tambien

Y Tu Mama Tambien (And Your Mom Too), is a 2001 road trip directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna play two teenagers who go on a road trip through Mexico with a beautiful woman in her twenties (Maribel Verdu). The film is a subtle, slightly sad, but ultimately beautiful coming-of-age story set in 1999, a time of political and economic upheaval in Mexico when Vicente Fox Quesada was expected to win the election as President of Mexico. after 70 years. reign of the presidents of the Institutional Revolutionary Party.

Despite this, Cuarón cleverly pushes politics into the background of this tender story, allowing it to be seen through the eyes of real citizens of different classes as they attempt to live their lives. The film led to its director and Bernal being proclaimed as two of the most important figures of the Nuevo Cine Mexicano (New Mexican Cinema) movement.

READ ALONG: Will Spain’s sex industry just go underground as new anti-prostitution laws come into effect?


FORTY kilometers from Madrid, silhouettes of dancing girls adorning the facade of the dark, shabby brick Olimpo are designed to lure punters off the highway for a wild night of booze and sex.

In 1999, the same facility was used to detain 40 girls trafficked from Romania who were in the care of clients of Madrid’s Casa de Campo. The Spanish owner was arrested with his acolytes, his activities reduced. But, 23 years later, the Olimpo is still going strong.

One of 1,200 motorway brothels in Spain, the Olimpo is registered as a nightclub. Others are registered as hotels. Prostitution is a legal gray area on the Peninsula.

Some areas have more of these clubs than others, such as the so-called Love Route on the N 301 between Cuenca and Cartagena, where a 14 kilometer stretch has eight such establishments. Then there’s the Mediterranean Prostitution Corridor, a term coined by University of Valencia sociologist Antonio Ariño that runs from Cadiz to Girona, where every postcode has a brothel, either in the form of a sex club. motorway or a more clandestine hotel, massage parlor or apartment.

The Olimpo brothel. Photo: Olive Press

A large number of Spanish men have paid for sex, at least once in their lives. In 2008, the Spanish Center for Sociological Investigation (CIS) put this figure at 32.1% compared to 11% of British men and 14% of Americans. In 2011, the UN increased Spain’s figure to 39%, earning the country its reputation as the brothel of Europe.

Data from Ariño’s 2017-2021 study of the Valencia region found that between 4% and 6% of Spanish men had had sex in the past year, compared to 1% of Americans and , over the past five years, 3.6% of Britons. Ariño thinks his data probably applies to all of Spain.

There’s no doubt that brothels are doing a booming business in Spain, worth 3.7 billion euros annually, but if the government has its way, the peninsula’s days as a sex trade hotbed could be accounts. The abolition bill, which is expected to be approved as early as October, will fine customers and eventually close establishments like the Olimpo, punishing anyone profiting from prostitution except the prostitutes themselves, including landlords knowingly renting premises for prostitution.

It seems desirable. One could even think “it was time”. But the proposal is not without detractors, especially among prostitutes themselves.

Vera, a sex worker from Eastern Europe, has worked in 12 different countries, including Sweden and Norway, both of which have opted for abolition. She thinks the new law will simply push more women in her profession into the hands of the mafias.

“If you want to get rid of abuse in the industry, you have to decriminalize it totally so that the police become our friends and protect us,” she told The Olive Press. “If they pass the law, we’re more likely to go to customers’ homes and you never know what might be waiting for you there. There could be five men instead of one. And in the street, we won’t have time to filter out unwanted customers.

Vera. Photo: Olive Press

Vera adds that she won’t be able to report any violence in her own apartment for fear of being evicted. “That’s what’s happening in Sweden and Norway,” she says. “Crimes are not investigated.”

Vera worked in clubs and apartments. Some, she admits, force sex workers to perform oral sex without condoms and require 12-hour shifts. But now she is independent and content with her situation.

“Working conditions are good in Spain and the police don’t bother us. Nowhere could be worse than my own country,” she says, refusing to reveal her name, but explaining that since prostitution is illegal there, the police tend to ask for free sex or a bribe in return. to close your eyes.

Fuensanta Gual of CATS, an association in Murcia which lobbies for the rights of sex workers, argues that since the sector operates more or less above the radar in Spain, the authorities are at least able to offer minimal protection.

“The police carry out inspections in Spanish clubs from time to time, looking for victims who have been forced into prostitution and also check for abuse or abusive conditions,” she told Olive Press. “If the clubs are closed, women will be even more at the mercy of abusive elements because they will have no other choice. Ironically, they will not have the protection of the law. They will not only be beyond the reach of the police but also beyond the reach of the associations that support them.

Gual is not convinced that Spain is the brothel of Europe. She cites a survey in which 400 Germans were asked if they had ever paid for sex. The findings were void. “It’s statistically impossible,” she said. “Here in Spain, men are more likely to admit it.”

Gual agrees there could be a connection between this openness and the explosion of eroticism, known as destapé, that followed the Franco dictatorship’s sexual repression when bus tours carried Spaniards from the across the border to France to watch Bertolucci’s Last Tango in 1972 in Paris.

Destapé translates to both ‘nudity’ and ‘openness’, and sex was the order of the day during the Movida of the 1980s – to the extent that even the former king, Juan Carlos I, would have enjoyed the company. high class prostitutes. , “perhaps indicating the kind of society he lived in,” Gual observes.

Rocío Mora, Chicas Nuevas 24 Horas (cropped)
Rocío Mora. Photo: Wikipedia

But Rocio Mora is furious that prostitution is in no way equated with liberal attitudes. Spokesperson for the pro-abolitionist association APRAMP which deals with abused sex workers, she says: “It is neither liberal nor progressive to pay for sex. Some of the women I date are so psychologically damaged that they can’t even talk about what the industry has done to their bodies and their lives.

Moreover, Mora does not believe that Vera’s case is representative of women selling sex in Spain. But Vera points out: “There are no current statistics on trafficking in Spain. The government says it based the act on a recent study, but there is no recent study. It does not exist.

The proportion of sex workers who are trafficked or exploited is far from clear. Valencian sociologist Ariño believes that when the National Police’s Organized Crime Unit claimed there were 45,000 prostitutes in Spain, the figure most likely referred to those trafficked or exploited in some way or other. ‘another one. He estimates that there are between 100,000 and 120,000 sex workers in total, just like Gual.

Medicos del Mundo puts the total number of sex workers at 350,000, and spokeswoman Celia López says around 93% of them are foreigners. “Thirty years ago, they were Spanish women with a drug or alcohol problem. Now its immigrants. But what they all have in common is a precarious socio-economic situation,” she told Olive Press.

According to López, the proliferation of pornography in Spain stimulates the demand for commercial sex and normalizes it. Abolition can only work, she believes, if accompanied by a massive awareness campaign, signaling that those who pay for sex drive demand and inevitably participate in exploitation and trafficking. .

“If we don’t address the situation,” Esther Torrado, a sociologist at La Laguna University in Tenerife and an expert on sexual violence, tells Olive Press, “we will end up becoming a nation of waiters and whores.”


Ambassador Salazar: Ecuador is not as far from Hungary as one might think – interview

It is true that Ecuador is far from Hungary, but we will see that there are important links that can benefit both countries. José Luis Salazar, Ambassador of Ecuador to Hungary, was interviewed by Daily News Hungary:

Daily News Hungary (DNH): Hungary and Ecuador are more than 10,000 kilometers apart. What did you know about Hungary before being appointed ambassador to our country?

Ambassador HE José Luis Salazar: Although I had never been to Hungary before, I knew that your country was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire under Emperor Franz Joseph I until the end of the First World War and then at the end of World War II was invaded by the Nazis until 1945 when the Soviets arrived. and I stayed until 1990. As I am a history buff, I had learned a lot about your country before assuming the post of Ambassador of Ecuador to Hungary, who also oversees 4 countries from Budapest: Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria.

DNH: During our previous discussion, you already clarified that you did not come here as a career diplomat, but as a businessman. Tell us a bit about yourself and your previous work experience.

Ambassador Salazar: After graduating from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. in 1977 I started working for Citibank in Ecuador and in 1980 I moved to a local bank which was in the process of being founded as of Banco Bolivariano in Guayaquil and I worked there until 1997 and I resigned to open McDonald’s in Ecuador as CEO/Joint Venture Partner where, after 18 years and 24 restaurants, I decided to sell my shares to the society. Since then, I have participated in several Boards of Directors and have been closely involved with the largest non-profit organization in Ecuador (Junta de Beneficencia) as a volunteer.

DNH: How do you see the Hungarian market as a potential export destination for Ecuadorian products?

Ambassador Salazar: Undoubtedly, Hungary is a very attractive market for Ecuadorian products and at present Hungarian importers are already buying bananas, roses, cocoa and black pepper from Ecuador, but there is also an excellent potential to export shrimp, tuna, teak wood, coffee, broccoli, to name a few products.

DNH: And which Hungarian products are worth bringing to Ecuador?

Ambassador Salazar: At present, all Suzuki vehicles imported from Ecuador are produced in Hungary and I also see the opportunity for other products such as, for example, wines.

DNH: What type of cultural and educational cooperation can the two countries engage in?

Ambassador Salazar: Since the year 2015, Ecuador has been an important partner of the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship program and every year 75 Ecuadorian students come to Hungary to pursue their master’s or doctoral studies. I also see that there are many other areas where Ecuador and Hungary can establish cooperation agreements such as water treatment, medicine and forestry to name a few, where we can learn from Hungary’s best practices in these areas.

DNH: How many Ecuadorians currently live in Hungary?

Ambassador Salazar: At present, we estimate that there are over 300 Ecuadorian nationals living in Hungary, the majority of them being students, but there are also a good number who have settled here permanently and founded their family and are very happy to live in this beautiful country.

DNH: What are the main upcoming events at the Embassy?

Ambassador Salazar: On August 31, we will inaugurate a painting exhibition at the Instituto Cervantes and it will remain there for 3 full days. The paintings belong to our famous artist Servio Zapata who is very well known in Ecuador as he is one of the most prestigious painters.

José Luis Salazar, Ambassador of Ecuador to Hungary and Alpár Kató, owner of Daily News Hungary. Photo: Daily News Hungary

DNH: Since your appointment, you have met many people. What is your impression of the Hungarian people?

Ambassador Salazar: My wife and I are very happy to be here in Budapest and have found that its people are very friendly and educated. I must admit that we were impressed by the excellent level of security in the city.

DNH: You must already have familiarized yourself with Hungary to some degree, so you may be familiar with many attractions outside of Budapest. What is your favorite rural town?

Ambassador Salazar: So far I have only visited Eger, Balaton and Gödöllő and I hope that in a few weeks I will have the opportunity to visit the Tokaj region and since my wife and I are very fond of wines, I have high expectations for visiting this famous region.

DNH: Hungary has a rich gastronomy, full of culture and flavors. What are your favorite local foods and drinks?

Ambassador Salazar: My wife and I love Goulash both as a soup and as a stew.

DNH: Finally, what message do you have for those who have not yet been to Ecuador? Why visit this beautiful exotic country far from Hungary?

Ambassador Salazar: Ecuador is a land of contrast, very natural and with all kinds of attractions because we have 4 completely different regions, the coastal region with its pristine beaches, mangroves and rivers and its mild/hot climate, the Andean region with its volcanoes, green valleys and with a cold/mild climate, the Amazon region with its world-class diversity and its virgin jungles with a mild and humid climate and last but not least the world famous Galápagos Islands with their unique animals and volcanic landscapes . All this magical paradise is only 12 hours direct flight from Amsterdam (KLM) or Madrid (Iberia).

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The kids at the Foundation’s clinics in Los Angeles loved the training.


NEW STORIES. 07/29/2022

Thirty young people had the chance to see Real Madrid players up close at UCLA.

This summer, the Real Madrid Foundation organizes more than 60 football clinics in 35 states across the United States, where more than 6,600 children will learn about football and its values ​​according to the sports and educational methodology. About thirty participants, from the cities of Simi Valley, Lake Forest, Glendale, Manhattan Beach and Chino Hills, who take part in the clinics organized in collaboration with Inusports/Eurosoccer, had the chance to attend the first training session of the team held in Los Angeles.

The clinics are training programs for the development of technical football skills, with training sessions led by coaches from the Real Madrid Foundation and certified by the club’s youth academy. The objective of the clinics is to improve the technical and tactical skills of players already involved in football, combined with the transmission of the positive values ​​of collective sport (respect, teamwork, effort, etc.) and the establishment healthy lifestyle habits (nutrition, exercise and hygiene). These clinics are rooted in the Foundation’s methodology, visible on Sports Values ​​Academy Television thanks to the support of adidas and Interactvty. In addition, the clinics are a training and sports promotion activity that contributes to the sustainability of the organization’s socio-sports projects in America.

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You may remember in May we reported on the collapse that took place in sections of the national press after Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council shockingly – shockingly, I tell you – painted bicycle symbols in the middle of the lanes in Boscombe, part of resurfacing work in the suburb of Bournemouth.

The council said at the time that the new road markings on the A35 Christchurch Road and between Browning Avenue and the Christchurch Road roundabout had been added to encourage cyclists to take a “prominent” position on the road, to “make them more visible to other motorists.”

While bicycle symbols in shared-use lanes have been used in the UK since 1975, the installation of a decades-old road marking in Bournemouth has given rise to both the MailOnline and the Daily Telegraph, between two foaming episodes no doubt, writing articles claiming that the symbols encourage cyclists to “ignore” the city’s dedicated bike lane.

> Collapsed cycle lanes: New road markings prompt Mail to ask: ‘is there room left for cars?’

“Cyclists are being encouraged by council officials to ignore a dedicated cycle lane and use a busy main road instead in an attempt to force traffic through the town center to slow down,” the Mail said.

‘While cyclists have access to the 7ft wide cycle lane along the A35 in Bournemouth, Dorset, large cycling symbols have also been painted on the main road.’

The Mail went on to describe the signs as the “latest move by the authorities to get cars off the road” and included in their headline the question: “Is there still room for cars?” »

Those pesky lycra-clad cyclists, always ignoring those nice little bits of paint we kindly give them…

So how are the Boscombe cycle paths doing, two months after the press so lovingly touted their virtues?

Well, one Bournemouth resident took note of the cycle lanes in question on Christchurch Road on his way to work every morning… and, you guessed it, they’re full of parked cars:

Dean Hawthorne told the Bournemouth Daily Echo that he will record constant parking in cycle lanes – which he describes as a “waiting accident” – until “something is done”.

“They are obviously not guarded at all because I drive this road regularly and there are always people parked on it. To be fair, the whole area around Boscombe does not appear to be under surveillance,” he said.

“The fact that cars are parked on the cycle lane pushes cyclists into the main flow of traffic, which poses a hazard as cyclists are potentially vulnerable to vehicles. There are also a number of schools in the area, it’s an accident waiting to happen.

“There was an air quality report recently and Christchurch Road is particularly poor.

“If you want people to start cycling, you have to provide good cycling infrastructure and what they have offered is not. It’s just a few lines on a road and if it’s unguarded, if one person parks there, you get 20 people park there.

“There is a parking problem in the neighborhood because every summer we have the same problem, it’s not a surprise, it will just get worse if nothing is done about it.”

Dean continued, “I believe you need separate bike lanes, even if it’s the bollards. All over the world there are places much busier than Bournemouth that have successfully incorporated cycle lanes so it needs to be reviewed properly by people who know what they are doing.

“Anyway, the cycle paths there are interrupted, they are not continuous, so it seems a bit like a symbolic gesture.

“A white line on the ground is not really suitable, it needs more and it needs to be watched, I have never seen anyone with a ticket there.

“I will keep filming it for as long as it lasts because it’s just not good enough.”

> Large painted bike symbols in the middle of Bournemouth lanes to encourage cyclists to ride in prime position – and motorists are not happy

Boscombe East and Pokesdown councilor Andy Jones agreed with Dean, telling the Echo: ‘Last time, however, I walked and drove along this particular part of the road, there is often cars parked in there and it’s clearly marked with “no waiting, no stopping” restrictions so vehicles aren’t there for a while.

“Having civilian law enforcement officers patrolling is obviously an important aspect, but they can’t be there all the time.

“One of the things I’ve asked our transportation wallet holder Mike Greene to look at is the ability to use the camera app, so he’s going to go out and look at that, talk to the officers concerned and get back to me.

“I believe there is legislation to allow this application, but he will review it and give his opinion.

“I think we need to come up with a smarter way to solve this, we can use the camera app and have tickets mailed that way and clearly that’s going to be a much more efficient way of doing it. handle than what we got just now.

“Residents have contacted me about this so clearly what is happening right now is unsatisfactory and at the end of the day this is a cycle route and people should be able to cross it without encountering parked cars.”

Santa Barbara Mariachi Fest x 25

Ironically, or not, mariachi music, the great American genre born in Jalisco in the mid-19th century, has its long weekend in the sun, Mexican style, during the Old Spanish Days. Downtown, roving mariachi bands rock music through the city’s festive aura in Fiesta mode. Meanwhile, in the mythical hillside paradise of the Santa Barbara Bowl, during Saturday night prime time during Fiesta, the highly acclaimed Mariachi Festival showcases some of the world’s best performers of its genre.

This year, the festival, a non-profit organization that channels proceeds into scholarships for local Latino students, reaches the milestone of its 25th anniversary. The four-and-a-half-hour concert/festival features a high-caliber roster for the occasion, featuring Pedro Fernández, Natalia Jiménez and Mariachi Estrella de México.

Credit: Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival

Each year, the festival hosts full-fledged mariachi bands, but also features special guest singers. This year the spotlight goes to the famous Spanish singer Jiménez, winner of Grammy and Latin Grammy awards and with total sales of over 30 million. The singer alternates nimbly between Latin pop and Mexican regional styles, including mariachi with modern twists, as heard on both volumes of her fairly recent and impressive Mexico of Mi Corazón project.

Now 40 and strong in mid-career, Jiménez has a discography dating back to 2001, when she fronted band La Quinta Estación before going solo. Suiting her transcontinental career and cultural ties, she now splits her time between Miami and Mexico City, with jaunts to Madrid.

From a male singer’s perspective, Fernandez is your basic hyphen creature, a singer/actor/songwriter/composer/producer/TV host. At 59, his biography includes 40 albums and dozens of soap operas and films.

A notable headliner this year, Mariachi Estrella de México exemplifies the expansion of the once male-dominated musical world into a transgender realm, with a mix of well-dressed men and women in the ranks.

All told, the 25th Anniversary Gala promises to be a mariachi festival worth attending.

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The $1.1 billion Mega Millions jackpot is the last in lottery history


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — At more than $1 billion, the Mega Millions jackpot is one of the biggest lottery prizes ever to be played, making it the latest goal for lotteries held in the United States and in the world for centuries.

Only two prizes topped the huge jackpot that could be won on Friday night. Other lotteries elsewhere in the world offer smaller payouts, although in other respects they are more integrated into the life of their country.

“There are a ton of lotteries around the world,” said Bill Coley, president of the Institute of Responsible Gaming, Lotteries and Sports at the University of Miami. “It’s the mystique of mathematics. You can take a nominal fee and give a chance to generate a billion dollar revenue stream for potentially an individual. It’s quite exciting.

Lotteries in the United States initially mirrored similar games in Europe, and in 1776 one was created to help fund the Revolutionary War.

Lotteries remain popular in Europe. The Eurojackpot game last week paid a €120 million ($121.9 million) prize to someone in Denmark, and a player in the UK recently won a €230 million Euromillions prize ($233.6 million).

Arjan van’t Veer, Secretary General of the European Lotteries Association, noted that there are also many national lotteries.

Among the most famous is the Spanish El Gordo (The Fat One).

Although it didn’t take place until December 22, a major promotional campaign began on July 5. The effort still includes promotional videos, like this summer’s featuring a know-it-all being exposed as a know-it-all because he doesn’t. I don’t know where the tickets are sold.

US games Mega Millions and Powerball may offer larger individual prizes, but El Gordo’s €2.4 billion ($2.4 billion) is the biggest game for total prizes. About 70% of the lottery’s revenue pays for the prizes, with the rest going to the government.

The top prize is €4 million ($4 million). But the standard ticket people buy is 20 euro “decimo”, or one-tenth of a full ticket, so people with the winning number on their decimo get 400,000 euro ($406,340), or about 330 000 euros ($335,268) after taxes.

Spain established the National Lottery as a charity in 1763 during the reign of King Carlos III. Despite wars and other political and economic crises, the lottery has never been suspended.

Buying and sharing decimos – especially around Christmas – is a tradition among families, friends, colleagues and in bars and sports and social clubs. People line up, even in the cold and rain, outside lottery offices, especially those who have sold winning tickets in the past.

After the winning numbers are announced, televised street and bar celebrations follow, with people dancing and singing with uncorked bottles of sparkling wine.

There are also many large lotteries in Asia, such as Japan Jumbo Draw as well as Loto 6 and Loto 7 in Japan and Ultra Lotto in the Philippines.

David Schwartz, a professor and gaming historian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, noted that lotteries have a long history around the world, in part because they’re simple to play and offer rare but potentially huge payouts. .

“The driving force behind lotteries is that a ticket isn’t that expensive, but you have a chance of getting a huge win,” Schwartz said. “I think people understand there are pretty slim odds, but on the other hand, someone has to win.”

Visitors to the United States are welcome to play lottery games like Mega Millions, and for years residents of Canada and Mexico who live along the borders have made the short trip to purchase tickets. There are also options to buy tickets online through private companies, but US lottery officials say people do so at their own risk.

And keep in mind, Ohio Lottery spokesman Michael Bycko said, people who don’t reside in the United States are still responsible for federal and possibly state taxes, depending on where they live. are playing.


Giles reported from Madrid.

Ames man bikes through central Iowa to try the best ice cream parlors


James Douthit loves cycling. He is also an ice cream lover. This summer, he combined those two interests into one delightful project as he pedaled from his home in Ames to the ice cream shops of central Iowa.

“For the past few months, I’ve cycled from my home in Ames to every ice cream maker within a 40 mile radius,” Douthit said.

Cycling more than 80 miles a week in his quest to sample delicious frozen concoctions has taken the 23-year-old to a variety of stores in the Ames and Des Moines area.

“I’m from Colorado. I grew up there and fell in love with cycling there. A lot of my friends were riding bikes, so you get into what your friends like,” Douthit said.

A Denver native, he attended Boulder College at the University of Colorado. He joined Ames just over a year ago to work at Workiva as a site reliability engineer.

James Douthit and his girlfriend Abby Fowler, both from Ames, pose outside Double Dipped Ice Cream in Huxley.  They both rode their bikes to the ice cream shop.

When Douthit did his ice cream challenge, he expected to have to pedal a lot of gravel roads.

“I think Iowa is really sweet,” he said. “And what I found was that to get to all the ice cream shops, I didn’t have to go on gravel roads. I like to go fast, so I always take my road bike.”

Douthit became a fan of the ice cream products he tasted in Iowa.

“Maybe I’m giving Colorado’s ice cream scene a bad name, but I’ve never had ice cream as good as it is here in Iowa,” he said. “Iowa’s ice cream is awesome.”

One of the benefits of Douthit’s pedaling for dessert project is that he doesn’t have to feel guilty about eating a lot of ice cream as he puts the miles behind him.

“When you’re riding far, the calories you’re consuming can go crazy,” Douthit said. “The bike is about 50 calories per mile, and I cycle about 18 miles per hour. So we’re talking about 900 calories burned in an hour. I don’t think you can even come close to replacing it with cream icy.

“It’s almost reverse guilt. I just want to put in as much ice cream as possible.

Ames' James Douthit takes a selfie near the High Trestle Trail on his way to an ice cream shop in Madrid.

Douthit considers himself an amateur ice cream evaluator.

“I’ve had some culinary training, but I’m by no means an industry expert,” he said. “I really liked every place I went and thought everyone was awesome.”

Mint Nuggets flavor is one of his go-to selections when trying a new location. He also likes to taste the vanilla as he thinks it gives a good indication of the base flavor and consistency of the ice cream.

“When you put nothing in it — none of the extras like the mint flavor — you can really taste the craftsmanship, the artistry of it,” he said.

James Douthit takes a selfie in front of Black Cat Ice Cream in Des Moines.

Ice cream shops always on Douthit’s list to visit include:

  • Heavenly Delights, 105 E. First St., Grimes, which offers 40 flavors of hard ice cream and 19 flavors of soft ice cream, according to its Facebook page.
  • Over the Top, 955 NE 56th St., Pleasant Hill, which offers “premium homemade ice cream made daily in store”.
  • Starbuck’s Drive-In, 1620 Lincoln Highway, Nevada, is a Story County icon offering “old fashioned” soft serve ice cream, with flavors that change weekly as well as its vanilla, chocolate and twist classics.

Douthit was a little taken aback when Starbuck’s in Nevada answered his Google query about local ice cream owners. He thought it was part of the ubiquitous coffeeshop chain.

“I was told about Starbuck by a co-worker, so I’m going to have to go too,” he said.

James Douthit offers insight into each location, including some of his favorite flavors

Marmalade Moon, 207 Main Street, Ames – Owners Graham Watkins and Ann-Marie Widdowson opened this ice cream and gift shop just before Christmas 2021. They offer 12 flavors, including dairy-free and vegan options, and the options change weekly. “I really like this ice cream,” Douthit said. “It reminds me of the taste that ice cream is supposed to have.” Her favorite flavor is Mint Chocolate Chunk.

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Wiggy’s Ice Cream Trailer, North Grand Mall Parking Lot — “I love their ice cream. I think they do a really good job,” Douthit said. “They’re interesting because they pre-do everything and have like two scoops in a little container. But it’s still very cold no matter what time I went. He said that Wiggy’s is also “incredible with their mix-ins. The flavor of mint nuggets is phenomenal, he said.

James Douthit takes a selfie at ISU Creamery, located in Iowa State's Food Sciences Building.

Iowa State University Creamery, 2953 Food Sciences Building, 536 Farm House Lane, Ames — “They have a really big list of flavors and they have some crazy names for them. I had their peanut butter flavor and it was awesome that they really knew what they were doing,” he said. he stated, “I highly recommend it. They have a huge two story room where they make the ice cream and it’s all glass so you can see the floor of the shop. It was worth it. … They have a corn-based flavor, and I’ve never seen that anywhere else before.

Customers line up to place orders at Black Cat Ice Cream in Des Moines.

Black Cat Ice Cream, 2511 Cottage Grove, Des Moines — “This place is a kind of experience in its own right. It’s kinda kitschy, in a really good way,” Douthit said. “There are black cat patterns throughout and a real vintage vibe with a nice wooden counter.” He tried one of the store’s classic flavors, brown sugar cookie dough. “I would say this was one of my favorite scoops of summer ice cream,” he said.

Double Dip Ice Cream and Coffee, 204 N. Highway 69, Suite 204 D, Huxley — With 18 flavors available daily, this local shop offers hand-dipped classics. “Although they don’t make their own ice cream on site, I thought they had really good ice cream. And they were friendly and cool,” Douthit said. “I especially liked their ice cream base – their vanilla,” he said. Like Wiggy’s ice cream, Double Dipped does a great job with mixes, he said, like pieces of waffle cone that aren’t soggy. “Double Dipped and Wiggy’s both display serious mastery of their mix-ins,” he said.

James Douthit takes a selfie at The Outside Scoop in Ankeny.  Douthit biked from Ames to various glaciers in central Iowa this summer.

Exterior Scoop, 2410 SW White Birch Drive, Suite 100, Ankeny – “I thought they were really cool. It’s like a freak. When I went it was almost late afternoon on a weekday and the line was out the door,” he said. said “It’s really good. They’re doing a good job.” The store has been offering its favorite scoop of ice cream in Iowa so far — a roasted cherry with goat cheese. “It’s amazing. When I tasted it, I said to myself: “This is the best ice cream I have eaten in my life,” he said. “It left me speechless.”

Stam Chocolate Factory, 230 Main Street, Ames — “Technically it doesn’t fit on my list because it’s ice cream rather than ice cream, but the ice cream is really delicious.” They have a great store. It’s such a cute store with a European feel to it with its furniture and layout,” he said.

The gas station, 129 S Water St, Madrid “It’s a little ice cream shop in Madrid, near the High Trestle Trail Bridge,” he said. “They were great. I had an ice cream mix and I had their chocolate ice cream, which was great.

Swede Point Creamery, 1659 334th Road, Madrid — This goat’s milk creamery opened in 2016 and is located 1.6 km west of Madrid. “It is also close to the High Trestle Trail. I have their vanilla. I think it’s a really good way to taste because the real flavor comes out,” he said.

James Douthit visited Wiggy's Ice Cream in the parking lot of the North Grand Mall in Ames.

Picket Fence Creamery, 14583 S Ave., Woodward — “It’s really a nice ice cream.” It’s super smooth,” Douthit said. “They have a basic mint flavor and I had a ball. They also have a great vanilla base.

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Bauder Pharmacy, 3802 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines “It was a cute place. It’s a pharmacy with an ice cream counter, and they make their own ice cream,” he said. Bauder is well known for his booth at the Iowa State Fair, which features a variety of flavors, including peppermint ice cream bars coated in fudge and Oreo cookie crumbs.

Shaheen applauds Senate passage of US China Competitiveness Bill

July 27, 2022

(Washington, DC) – US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) – Chairman of the Trade, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee – released the following statement today after the Senate passed the Creation of useful incentives for the production of semiconductors (CHIPS) and science law of 2022. The landmark legislation expands US policy to address the strategic, economic, and diplomatic tools of a global strategy that will enable the United States to address the challenges China poses to the United States. The comprehensive package invests in scientific research and microchips that are essential to the economy and the military, while strengthening domestic manufacturing and the supply chain.

“Semiconductors are central to our daily lives and power everything from cars to refrigerators. Our inability to produce semiconductors at home is a threat to both our economy and national security, which is why this bipartisan bill is needed more than ever. The Senate’s passage of this key legislation puts our country on the path to success while creating well-paying jobs at home, reducing the costs of items Americans use every day, fighting the unfair economic manipulation of China and investing in innovation to ensure we continue to be a global leader. chief,” said Shaheen. “This bill also includes provisions I drafted to improve STEM education so we build a more competitive workforce to succeed in the 21st economy of the century. I am proud to support legislation that sends an unequivocal message that America will remain competitive on the world stage economically and militarily. Time is running out and I look forward to the speedy passage of this bill through the House so that we can get it to the Speaker’s office.

More specifically, the CHIPS and scientific law understand:

  • $52 billion in grants and incentives to attract chip companies to the United States and invest in research and development to boost domestic semiconductor manufacturing
  • Authorizing more than $80 billion in National Science Foundation funding for research and education, including supporting critical research in areas of national priority and supporting science, technology, science education. Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
    • This includes funding specifically dedicated to growing America’s STEM workforce, including key provisions from Shaheen’s STEM Learning Opportunities Act and funding to improve access to STEM education opportunities for schools in rural areas.

  • Restrictions on companies receiving federal aid and investing in China and Russia
  • $500 million for an international secure communications system
  • $200 million for training a flea workforce
  • $1.5 billion for innovation in public wireless supply chains
  • Authorized $10 billion to establish 20 regional technology hubs through the Economic Development Administration (EDA)
  • Authorizing $1 billion to support economic development activities in economically challenged communities through the EDA
  • Authorization of $10 billion for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for research and manufacturing partnerships
  • Authorization of $68 billion for the Office of Science and other science and innovation activities at the US Department of Energy
  • Authorizations for key National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) programs
  • And more.

Shaheen secured the inclusion of language based on his bipartisanship STEM Learning Opportunities Act to enable funds to support research and development of innovative STEM educational programs, including extracurricular and other activities outside the classroom. This language aims to improve federal investment in experiential learning opportunities to better strengthen the pipeline of students entering the STEM workforce, especially traditionally underrepresented groups like women and communities of color. Through her leadership on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Senator Shaheen has been a strong advocate for funding priorities for STEM education and scientific research.

Shaheen is a Senate leader in the fight against an increasingly competitive and aggressive China, including through her role as co-chair of the NATO Observer Group in the Senate with Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) . She and Tillis recently led a congressional delegation on a visit to the NATO summit in Madrid, during which they discussed threats posed by China to the security of the Alliance. Shaheen also presented the Transatlantic Telecommunications Security Act (TTSA), which would strengthen Europe’s telecommunications infrastructure and counter China’s influence by helping key allies in the region invest in secure and reliable 5G networks. She is also co-leading a bipartisan bill, the U.S. Capital Protection Act, to require the Treasury to report annually to Congress on US financial exposure to China. As Chair of the Trade, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, Shaheen has also long advocated for serious investment in science and technology innovation to protect global leadership and national security. of the United States against China.


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Ancelotti was impressed by this American player

The friendly match between America and Real Madrid produced some interesting performances from some players of the Mexican team. This is the case of a player who has impressed spectators, including Carlo Ancelotti, the coach of Real Madrid.

The Real Madrid formation was already preparing a very serious match. Despite the friendly match, Ancelotti was looking to adjust his players and measure his performance for the upcoming season. However, one of the American players excelled and stopped the White team’s arrivals twice.

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Despite Fernado Ortiz not trusting him for the local tournament, the player showed his ability against none other than Real Madrid. Salvador Reyes played as a left-back in the friendly game and had some dangerous chances for the Coapa side.

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The young player of the America team suffered from the lack of starting activity in the Azulcrema team. Media reported that the player asked to leave the team but after his performances in recent friendlies, Ortiz and Santiago Baños may reconsider the player’s stay.