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July 2017 / 118 posts found

Greek debt crisis: People cant see any light at the end of any tunnel

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The Greek government says the country has turned a corner, but that is not the experience of people on the ground The worst is clearly behind us. Panaghiota Mourtidou pondered the words with a gravity unusual for the jovial volunteer. Even now, several days after the Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras,

Usain Bolt: now you see him, soon you wont

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Hes the fastest man who has ever lived. As Usain Bolt approaches his final race in London this week, we celebrate a sprinter who made running look both effortless and fun Theres an old EA Sports commercial I dimly remember from my childhood. They make video games (I never played any of them) but the TV ad, or at least its tagline, has stuck in my head. Somehow, it shows mankind at the beginning of time or maybe Ive conflated it with the opening from 2001: A Space Odyssey. A couple of cavemen are sitting around, arguing, until one of […]

Seven’s the charm: Dressel ties Phelps’ record with 7th gold

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BUDAPEST, Hungary –  Michael Phelps, you’ve got company. Caeleb Dressel won his seventh gold medal of the world championships Sunday, putting the U.S. team ahead to stay with another dominating swim in the 4×100-meter medley relay. Twenty-four hours after becoming the first swimmer to win three golds in one night at a major international meet, Dressel joined Phelps in another elite club: seven golds at the second-biggest meet after the Olympics. Phelps was the first to do it at the 2007 worlds in Melbourne, Australia — a prelude to his unprecedented eight golds the following year at the Beijing Olympics. […]

I’m A Trans Veteran And I Fought For Your Right To Hate Me

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For my own part, Wednesdays announcement is a shadow of my own discharge when, in 1991 while serving in a Top Secret unit in the United States Air Force Space Command, it was discovered that I was transgender when I applied for my Top Secret clearance. My career plans were destroyed as well as my ability to pay for my continuing education. Moreover, …cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs… is a complete misrepresentation of reality. Currently, theWilliams Institute estimates the number of transgender service members at 15,000, while theRAND Corporation estimates the number to be 1,320-6,630and estimates increased […]

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso gives blessing to ‘halo’ safety system

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(CNN)It has split opinion across the Formula One paddock — and among motorsport fans — but two-time world champion Fernando Alonso believes adopting the divisive “halo” cockpit safety system for the 2018 season is the right decision. “I know that, from the aesthetic point of view, it’s a big impact, it’s a change, but I don’t want to have any more fatal injuries,” Alonso told CNN’s The Circuit. Fernando Alonso makes his Indy 500 debut

St Cuthbert’s coffin is centrepiece of Durham Cathedral display – BBC News

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‘Extraordinary’ artefacts Art historian Dr Janina Ramirez said: “It is the most intact glimpse of our medieval past focused on possibly one of the most important Englishmen of the period, St Cuthbert. “These artefacts bring the time and character to life and to have them exhibited in one of the few remaining monastic kitchens in the country is extraordinary.” Who was St Cuthbert? Patron saint of northern England Getty Images Many cathedrals across the UK are suffering financial pressures with some facing closure. Durham Cathedral’s Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett said the 7.50 admission fee for the Treasures of St Cuthbert […]

EU Takes Legal Action Against Poland Over Court Reform

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The European Union announced Saturday that it has taken legal action against Polands government over new court reforms widely seen as a threat to the independence of the countrys judicial system. In a statement, the European Commission said it had begun the infringement procedure, a process that could see Warsaw slapped with fines and dragged before the European Court of Justice for a series of reforms that has triggered major street protests. Polish authorities now have one month to respond to concerns over new powers given to the countrys justice minister to dismiss and appoint chief justices and prolong the […]

Premier League at 25: the best XI, from Petr Cech to Thierry Henry

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Our team, selected in a 4-4-2 formation, finds no space for Gary Neville or Frank Lampard but includes no fewer than seven British players Eagle-eyed readers who have been following this series of all-time Premier League selections will shortly notice that as the leagues best signing], Gerrard, Giggs; Shearer, Henry) but unfairly rewards longevity of achievement over pure impact. It is hard, however, to argue that any player outside this 148 deserves serious consideration for this list. GoalkeeperPetr Cech Chelsea/Arsenal Cech has been extraordinarily dependable and with 149 clean sheets has more top-flight shutouts than any other Premier League goalkeeper. […]

Freak golf cart incident kills Florida woman who famously sought wedding ‘crashers’

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A Florida woman who made headlines after inviting hundreds of wedding crashers to her reception in 2015 died last week from injuries sustained when she was dragged by a golf cart earlier this month.

‘Golden Girls’ writer addresses reboot rumors

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“Golden Girls” writer Stan Zimmerman confirmed to Fox News that a new series inspired by the classic sitcom is in the works featuring four older gay men living together. The Golden Girls, which stared Rue McClanahan, Betty White, Bea Arthur, and Estelle Getty, aired from 1985 until 1992. Throughout its run, it racked up 68 Emmy nominations and 11 wins. 10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ‘THE GOLDEN GIRLS’ Unlike the original, which took place in Miami, Silver Foxes would be based in Palm Springs. BETTY WHITE AND CARL REINER REMINISCE OVER 70 YEARS IN HOLLYWOOD ON THE ‘YOUNG & […]