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The viral crisis in light of the crisis of capitalismThe viral crisis in light of the crisis of capitalism

first_imgThe author is a veteran Portuguese Marxist and an editor of the web magazine jornalmudardevida.net. Workers World publishes this March 24 article with his permission. Translation by John Catalinotto.It would be all too easy for people to attribute the ongoing economic crisis to the coronavirus. The propaganda peddlers already call the market collapse “the COVID-19 crisis.” But, as in chemistry, you have to distinguish between reagents and catalysts. The emergency created by the viral epidemic has only precipitated what was already unfolding and which the most attentive observers had been predicting for at least months.The outbreak of the 2008 global financial crisis was readily attributed to the “greed” of speculators. Now, the finger is pointed at the unanticipated COVID-19. In both cases, what you sense is the attempt to absolve the capitalist system and thus hide the essential causes of this new collapse.An abrupt but predictable plungeRecent precipitous stock market plunges demonstrate that the inevitable is already happening: The financial bubble created in the last decade is bursting at the seams, with fictitious capital moved for speculation evaporating at the rate of millions per hour.The “recovery,” of which there was talk a few months ago, appears to be nonexistent. All the wealth, real or virtual, amassed in the hands of a few, proves to be entirely useless in responding to both the health and the economic crises.The world’s leading economies, not to mention all of them, are shrinking and entering recession. The International Labor Organization predicts a growth in unemployment of between 5 and 25 million, on top of the almost 200 million already seen (estimated 188 million in 2019 by ILO).Poverty will hit 9 million more workers. Large companies (such as, in the case of Portugal: TAP, Autoeuropa, PSA or Continental) are closing down or going bankrupt. Thousands of small businesses close their doors to no longer open them.Twelve years later, none of the evils of 2008 has been solved, and the crash today promises to be even more violent.A crisis within the crisisIn fact, this is not a second crisis, this one attributed to the virus. It is rather a relapse of the crisis that started in 2008. Faced with the collapse of business, the “solution” then consisted of trying to cover the huge debt of financial institutions by filling their coffers with more fresh money. That is, the “solution” to the debt was to increase the debt — and make the working class pay for it, using austerity measures.Over the past 12 years, there has been a colossal accumulation of capital and wealth in fewer and fewer hands. Far from representing real progress, this has come through the impoverishment of wage labor. This included a marked degradation of infrastructures and public services, especially health and social assistance (which is now proving to be criminal); faster environmental destruction; fiercer competition among capitalists and empires; and an unrestrained proliferation of armed aggression and economic sanctions.No real economic revival has taken place — only the temporary stabilization of finance and the recovery of the profits of speculative capital. While the euphoria of the stock markets lasted, power and its mouthpieces deceived the working classes with the false idea that the economy was in recovery. They spread illusions of progress in an indefinite future in order to silence the resistance of those who were paying the costs of saving capital in the present.The order of factors countsThe epidemic acts then as an accelerator, but it is not the source of the economic crisis that is once again being unleashed now. It is, moreover, perfectly plausible to admit that, if the capitalist economy were in good health and advancing, the economic effects of the pandemic could be overcome — with damage — but without the catastrophe that is now unfolding.What is more, if the economy and the power of the governments focused on the common good, there would be extensive health care, stocks of goods and medicines, research aimed at the prevention of new diseases, open and honest international cooperation without narrow interests — and the health crisis could then be faced without panic and fought with means that now do not exist because they have been neglected.In this sense, it is the protracted crisis of this senile capitalism that makes the coronavirus epidemic a catastrophe, and not the other way around.Naked global capitalismWhat’s in sight, then, is the intrinsic weakness of today’s capitalism: the resulting inability of the entire social system shaped by it to respond to collective needs; its total inadequacy to meet the demands of an open, transnational, global, egalitarian human society.The relapse we are now witnessing not only highlights the stagnation experienced since 2008. It also confirms the limits of the globalization process that began in the 1990s. The benefits that imperialist capital has derived from the expansion seen in the last 30 years all indicate that they have come to an end. It is the perception of this limit that underlies the protectionism and nationalism used by major powers such as the U.S. or Britain.Given the dead end to which the whole system has reached, the perspective that the world faces is not a miraculous new surge of progress: It is the atrophy of globalized capitalism.State interventionIn the emergence of the pandemic, it is apparent that the glorified “private initiative” and the sacrosanct “market” are unable to meet the minimum social requirements: life and health. There is no shortage of examples: Private clinics and hospitals only become effective when incorporated into the National Health Service [in Portugal]; the practice of keeping no inventory [“just-in-time”] creates glaring shortages of essential goods and equipment; countless economic activities prove to be absolutely superfluous because there is no plan to meet social needs; state bureaucracy proves to be a hindrance in providing aid to victims; supply chain monopolies have come close to breaking down; and the private character of the banks prevents the social wealth it accumulates from being properly channelled.The state rolls up its sleeves and takes on all the burdens of collective life in order to carry out the tasks which entrepreneurs do not perform — in a further demonstration of how useless and parasitic capital has become. But the state only comes on the scene, ultimately, to rescue capital from death — by socializing losses, nationalizing companies if necessary, printing money over the top — in the hope that the wave will pass and business can later be resumed, charging interest on today’s losses.The gigantic cash injections (much higher than in 2008) that governments are already making — giving liquidity to stagnant companies, distributing money to try to maintain consumption, suspending budgetary limitations in the case of the European Union, etc. — will increase public debts and state deficits to levels never seen before, and they will not be able to prevent another massive liquidation of capital, that is, of social wealth.The foreseeable consequence will be mass unemployment, a drop in direct salaries, the irremediable loss of pensions subject to the misfortunes of stock market speculation, the further degradation of public services — all contributing to increasing the burden on the back of the working masses.What is neededAll that effort proves how the capitalist economy, which has become obsolete, cannot respond to today’s collective demands, and how the survival of capitalism drags society as a whole into chaos. The demand for a new, socialist social order has gained full strength.The emergency measures themselves, ironically, come close in formal terms to this need: to ensure minimum purchasing power for everyone, to provide free and universal health care and social support, to maintain employment and wages despite the fall in business, to requisition private companies for useful production, to nationalize strategic sectors. But the capitalist class nature of the state makes all this limited, temporary and aimed at restoring the system of exploitation further ahead.Not by chance, the rulers and the propagandists of power have referred to “war” regarding the pandemic. They aim to create an obedient unanimity in the population, to gain space to combat social protests and demands that may arise. They thus create the conditions for the arbitrariness of power, for repressive intervention, under the false argument that evil strikes everyone equally and that everyone is being defended equally.Under the banner of “war” on the pandemic, power seeks to conceal the real class war that inevitably worsens in the conditions of impoverishment and social breakdown that lie ahead. The only effective warfare, from the point of view of those who work, is against a socioeconomic system that repeatedly proves incapable of ensuring well-being, life, health.When the whole of humanity is driven to the brink of chaos — that is the imminence of where we are — the question is how to create the social force that will push into its grave a capitalism that has exhausted its capacity to provide progress. In the absence of such force, it becomes inevitable that the working class will again suffer (and now, in all likelihood, in an aggravated manner) when the costs of this stroke hit the old capitalist world.The only agent capable of real social change is the working class. It is in its hands to become conscious of its role and organize itself to impose such a change.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Freedom of information threatened by abuse of Espionage ActFreedom of information threatened by abuse of Espionage Act

first_img Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News June 3, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the frequency with which the Obama administration has reacted to leaks by bringing prosecutions under the 1917 Espionage Act.Six whistleblowers have been prosecuted under this law since President Obama’s inauguration in 2009. Previously, the Espionage Act had only been used three times in response to leaks: in 1973 (for the high-profile Pentagon Papers case during the Vietnam War), in 1985 and in 2005.These witchhunts violate the principles of the First Amendment by directly impacting on the work of journalists, who are suspected of endangering the country’s security when in fact they are just doing what their job requires them to do.“Today, President Obama said he did not believe journalists should be prosecuted for doing their job,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But there is still a complete contradiction between wanting to promote a federal shield law protecting the confidentiality of sources, which we fully support, and this conspiracy paranoia that makes the federal authorities spy on journalists in order to identify their sources.”Four of the six cases against whistleblowers were initiated in 2010, most notably against Private Bradley Manning. The most recent prosecution, initiated in 2012, resulted in former CIA officer John Kiriakou being sentenced to 30 months in prison on 25 January for revealing details about the methods used by the agency to interrogate terrorism suspects.“The U.S. public has a right to known how federal employees behave in situations in which respect for human rights is an issue,” Reporters Without Borders added.Just days after the reports about the seizure of Associated Press phone records, the Washington Post revealed on 20 May that Fox News’ chief Washington correspondent James Rosen had been investigated in an “espionage” case.The newspaper reported that the FBI obtained Rosen’s phone records, got access to his email and even extracted information about his movements from this State Department security badge in order to trace the source of a leak.Without being formally charged, Rosen was named as possible “co-conspirator” in a 2010 case against State Department security adviser Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, who is accused of leaking a classified report predicting that North Korea would respond to UN sanctions by testing a nuclear bomb. Receive email alerts WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists April 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation center_img News Help by sharing this information to go further United StatesAmericas Follow the news on United States News May 22, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Freedom of information threatened by abuse of Espionage Act NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say United StatesAmericas last_img read more

Wu-Tang Clan Announces 25th Anniversary TourWu-Tang Clan Announces 25th Anniversary Tour

first_imgStaten Island hip-hop royal family Wu-Tang Clan has announced that they’ll hit the road for a run of tour dates in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their monumental debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).The newly announced anniversary tour will make 13 stops in various markets across the U.S. including Chicago, Cleveland, Raleigh, Nashville, Boston, Atlantic City, and more. This announcement follows a pair of well-received Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) anniversary shows in Philadelphia and New York City in January.Pre-sale for the Wu-Tang 25th anniversary tour is now underway. You can grab your tickets here using the code “36CHAMBERS”.25 Years Later, Wu-Tang Clan Brings ’36 Chambers’ To Life Onstage In Philadelphia [Photos/Review]In addition to announcing their 25th anniversary tour, Wu-Tang Clan has announced a number of additional dates on their upcoming European Gods of Rap tour with fellow 90s hip-hop heavyweights Public Enemy and De La Soul.You can check out a list of all the upcoming dates below. For more information and ticketing details, head here.Wu-Tang Clan 2019 Tour Dates05/10 – London, UK @ SSE Arena *05/11 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena *05/12 – Glasgow, UK @ The SSE Hydro *05/14 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena *05/16 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome *05/17 – Paris, FR @ AccorHotels Arena *05/18 – Berlin, DE @ Parkbühne Wuhlheide *05/21 – Copenhagen, DK @ Royal Arena *05/23 – Oslo, NO @ Oslo Spektrum Arena *05/24 – Stockholm, SE @ Skansen *05/27 – Helsinki, FI @ Helsingin jäähalli *05/31 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Hill Amphitheatre06/01 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom06/02 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom06/07 – Simpsonville, SC @ CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park06/08 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater06/09 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium06/12 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues06/14 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena06/15 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Resort & Casino06/21 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater06/22 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater07/31 – Wichita, KS @ WAVE08/01 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Stir Cove08/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory (X Games)* = Gods of Rap Tour w/ Public Enemy and De La SoulView Upcoming Tour Dates[H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

CABSEC and SAMSEC 2017, Just Around the CornerCABSEC and SAMSEC 2017, Just Around the Corner

first_imgBy Roberto López Dubois/Diálogo March 15, 2017 If you are reading this article on a computer or a mobile device that was imported from another country, it most likely came in a box transported in a container ship, since the majority of goods, including a good deal of food, raw materials, and basic necessities are transported by sea. According to official statistics from the Panama Canal Authority, 3 percent of all goods transported globally by sea crossed the isthmus of Panama in 2016, through the canal connecting the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Oceans have always played a central role in many countries’ defense strategies. In order to prevent international criminal networks from operating in their waters, governments are forced to ensure security at sea. That’s why, Panama’s Air and Naval Service (SENAN, per its Spanish acronym), is co-hosting more than 100 members of official institutions responsible for security and defense from various countries. Participants in search of ways to ensure better security at sea will talk with representatives from specialized equipment manufacturing firms to discuss shared issues for countries in the region, including topics related to the joint fight against transnational organized crime, the importance of interagency cooperation, terrorism, the economy, and the environment. CABSEC 2017 The 2017 Caribbean Basin Coastal Surveillance and Maritime Security Summit (CABSEC) and the South American Security Summit (SAMSEC) will be held March 21st-23rd in Panama City, according to the website for the event. Maritime security, drug trafficking, organized crime, and interagency coordination processes will be among the key topics to be discussed at the summit. Commissioner Jesús Rodríguez, coordinator of the event for SENAN, told Diálogo that so far 120 attendees have been confirmed, including ministers of defense, chiefs of various armed forces and directors of different security forces from countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the United States, Mexico, and others. Military and civilian representatives from other parts of the world will also participate. During the summit, attendees will address recent experiences in the region with humanitarian aid, as well as topics related to interdiction operations against drug traffickers and other security issues. They will also analyze the evolution of regional asymmetric threats, challenges fighting organized crime, and the Afghan experience controlling drug trafficking, which had very good results and is used as a model to follow. Rodrigo Cigarruista, manager of Security and Surveillance at the Panama Canal, told Diálogo that event participants will split up for specialized presentations, work sessions for finding solutions to challenges, and later debates in which experts will procure supplies from different participating entities used for regional and national security and defense designs. Presenters participating in the conference from U.S. Southern Command will emphasize the coordination process of the Joint Interagency Task Force–South. They will also discuss the current nature of transnational and transregional threats. Summit participants also expect to discuss issues related to best practices for agency cooperation, the importance of interdiction during operations against drug traffickers in international waters, intelligence-driven maritime security for optimally efficient use of resources, and information exchange. “Let’s not forget that because of their circumstances, organized crime and drug trafficking are activities that tend to change quickly. It is essential to get in front of it to be able to hold back these advances that they make every year,” Cigarruista said. Among the themes discussed, there will be dynamics that will allow authorities to take charge of control, security, and defense in their countries. The officers and delegates attending the summit are responsible for providing security and defense to more than one billion people combined. Importance for Panama According to Commissioner Rodríguez, participants are seeking to “strengthen ties of friendship, and this leads to improving strategies in the fight against organized crime and current threats like drug trafficking, terrorism, and human trafficking.” The summit will also allow them to prepare for confronting other emerging threats to improve security throughout the hemisphere. Other subjects that will be covered include immigration, corruption and money laundering. All matters that cause security problems. “Every country brings its experiences, achievements, and failures to help the rest of the group,” Commissioner Rodríguez explained. Cigarruista said the event is important for Panama from the perspective of the canal. “Panama, being a multimodal logistical center and possessing the largest passageway, represented by the canal, is getting a lot out of this summit, learning the regional status of the criminal situation, since this allows us to create designs that strengthen interconnection processes and allows us to create a secure route for worldwide maritime commerce, thereby strengthening our national interests.”last_img read more

Dana Rettke: Wisconsin’s powerhouse freshman hitter reveals season goalsDana Rettke: Wisconsin’s powerhouse freshman hitter reveals season goals

first_imgFor Dana Rettke, hard work, teamwork and having fun are the keys to success. A freshman on Wisconsin’s volleyball team, Rettke has taken the volleyball world by storm. A native of Riverside, Illinois, Rettke did not start playing volleyball until her freshman year of high school. She was named No.8 on the Senior Aces list her senior year of high school, and since beginning college, has received nine Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards and two Player of the Week awards in Big Ten play.What chances does Wisconsin volleyball pose in the 2017 NCAA tournament?With the conference seasons coming to a close in a few weeks, and NCAA releasing their first round of rankings, Read…When her high school volleyball season ended, Rettke was ready to be a Badger. She graduated early, and enrolled at the university in the spring so she could get more experience and start building a relationship with fellow early enrollee and setter, Sydney Hilley.When Rettke arrived in Madison, she was not sure how much of an impact she was going to have this season on the court. Since arriving, she had been growing as a player every week and by the time the fall came around, she earned a spot in the starting lineup, and quickly started to make a name for herself.“I just knew I had a lot of work to do. I started playing volleyball so late and everyone is so good in the Big Ten, so I knew I had a lot to work on and I told myself that I was going to come in and do whatever I could.” Thus far, Rettke as proven herself to be one of the best middle blockers in the conference, and has made her case to receive Big Ten Freshman of the year. However, Rettke did not expect to receive all of this recognition.  “It’s really cool. It’s not something I strive for, I want to be the best but when I get those awards it’s not really a me thing, I think of it more as a team thing because I couldn’t really do that without by teammates.” Rettke is a team player that wants to improve to not only help her team in any way she can, but also wants to leave her own individual mark on the Wisconsin program. She is filling a space left by four-year starter Haleigh Nelson. In 2015, her junior season, Nelson had the highest hitting percentage in program history with .422, but Rettke is on track to pass that record this year by hitting .445 through Big Ten play.“I always want to be the best,” Rettke said. “Just to think that I can be, and its very attainable right now and into the future, that’s just awesome.” All the acknowledgements and success have just motived her more. She knows that other teams are watching her, but she’s willing to put in the effort to elevate her game to the next level.Hilley vs Carlini: Comparing two of the greatest Wisconsin settersLauren Carlini and Sindey Hilley have both been bringing a lot of attention to the University of Wisconsin volleyball program Read…For Rettke, getting to the gym and practicing is fun. She loves seeing the results that all of her hard work have earned her as the season continues to progress. Rettke is not worried about hitting her volleyball ceiling any time soon. She believes that as long as she is working hard, she has more space to improve. Rettke has high expectations for herself, and puts a lot of pressure on herself to keep improving and helping her team.“I still have so much I can get better at,” Rettke said, “I was watching film and seeing that there is still so much I have to get better on, so this is not my plateau. It’s going to keep going up.”Hopefully Rettke can continue making strides as a player as the NCAA tournament begins. The Badgers failed rank in the top 16, so they will be traveling to Iowa State to take on Marquette in the first round on Friday, and hopefully the winner of the Iowa State game and Princeton on Saturday. Mentally, Rettke seems prepared and warns against counting the Badgers out from making a run for the National Championship. She knows that this is a close knit team who will do anything to help each other succeed, especially during such a crucial time of the year.“NCAA tournament time is the best time for any sport, and we need to just play.” Rettke said. “We can’t play scared against anybody and we need to leave it all on the court for our seniors because any game could be their last in the tournament, so we have to play for them.”At the end of the day, Rettke wants to walk out of her freshman year a national champion. If Rettke has any say, the Badgers are going to put up a fight.They went 10-0 in their non-conference season, but have faced adversity since then. Wisconsin dropped their first match of the Big Ten season to an experienced Michigan State team in five sets. The Big Ten is the strongest conference and every night is a battle, as proven by Wisconsin’s conference record.Molly Haggerty: From Big Ten Freshman of the Year to injured reserveMolly Haggerty put in years of hard work and had an impressive resume even before setting foot on the University Read…They have played in four matches that have gone to five sets and played ten top 25 teams. In the Big Ten, players need to focus on the match in front of them, not matches in the future.The Badgers rigorous schedule during the Big Ten will only help them in the NCAA tournament where grit and focus are imperative to surviving and advancing.At the end of the day, Dana Rettke is just trying to enjoy her time in Wisconsin’s volleyball program while achieving personal and team goals. She knows what she is capable of, and wants to do everything she can to help her team succeed. She’s a hardworking individual that appreciates the game and her team’s success.last_img read more

Pochettino leads race to replace ZidanePochettino leads race to replace Zidane

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino heads the bookmakers’ list of favourites to succeed Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONPARIS, France, Jun 1 – The race to succeed Zinedine Zidane is on following the Frenchman’s shock resignation from Real Madrid on Thursday, only days after steering the Spanish giants to a third successive Champions League trophy.Tottenham’s Argentinian manager Mauricio Pochettino tops the bookmakers’ list of favourites, with Chelsea handler Antonio Conte and former long-time Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also in the mix. AFP Sport looks at the potential candidates:Mauricio PochettinoAs a former centre-back with Barcelona-based Espanyol, Pochettino has vast experience of Spain’s La Liga.But it is the 46-year-old Argentinian’s coaching nous, man-management skills and consistency with Tottenham Hotspur that has hoisted him among the favourites to replace Zidane.Under Pochettino, Spurs have secured three successive top-four finishes in the Premier League, allowing the London club to rub shoulders with the elite of European football on a regular basis.But Pochettino has yet to win a trophy in any of his coaching stints, at Espanyol (2009-2012), Southampton (2013-2014) or Tottenham.Pochettino signed a new, improved contract extension until 2023 last week and Spanish sports newspaper AS reported Friday that it does not contain any written agreement allowing him to leave if Real make an approach.Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is a notoriously tough negotiator, but apparently has good relations with Real president Florentino Perez.Antonio ConteAmid claims that Chelsea’s players are fed up with his demanding training sessions and intense ways, Conte could soon be on his way out of the club, who have been linked to current Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri.But whether the 48-year-old Italian is an adequate replacement for the taciturn Zidane, and the right choice for such a demanding club, is up for debate.Conte enjoyed unbridled success with Juventus in Italy’s Serie A, leading the club to three successive domestic titles before joining Chelsea.But in Europe, the Turin giants struggled, failing to reach the Champions League final in his tenure.Conte led Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge, in 2016-2017, but failed to repeat the achievement in a far less successful 2017-2018 season, in which only an FA Cup triumph saved his reputation.Arsene WengerArsene Wenger has a wealth of experience © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONWenger is available and has the name and the top-level experience, having coached Arsenal for 22 years in England’s Premier League and, less regularly, in Real’s favourite playground of the Champions League.But would Real Madrid’s demanding fans back the 68-year-old Frenchman, whose last piece of silverware with the Gunners came in 2017 with the FA Cup? His last league honours date back 13 years to 2004, proving the steady decline during his long reign.Wenger spent the intervening years trying, unsuccessfully, to replicate the success of his early campaigns.Real, record 13-times winners of the Champions League including the last three years in succession, are used to winning trophies and fans will expect a coach with lofty ambitions.Jurgen KloppCould Jurgen Klopp be the man to succeed Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid? © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLeading Liverpool to the Champions League final, and a 3-1 defeat to Real last Saturday, won’t have done any harm to Klopp’s chances of joining the Spanish giants.But whether the easy-going, fan-hugging German fits the bill at Europe’s most successful club remains to be seen.In coaching terms Klopp’s CV stands up to scrutiny: tactics, man management and unfettered enthusiasm for the game and his players are among his biggest attributes.But the 50-year-old’s rate of success is less impressive.Klopp led Borussia Dortmund to the Champions League final in 2013, only to suffer defeat to Bayern Munich.Three other runner-up places grace Klopp’s CV, including the English League Cup (2016), the Europa League (2016) and this season’s Champions League.Jose Maria ‘Guti’ GutierrezIn the absence of a standout favourite from outside the club, Real president Florentino Perez could opt to promote from within and push their under-19s coach Jose Maria Gutierrez, known as Guti, into the Real hot seat.A former star midfielder for Real, who made over 500 appearances between 1995 and 2010, Guti’s intimate knowledge of the club would be a distinct advantage over his rivals.As coach of Real’s under-19s, Guti enjoyed regular contact with Zidane and his successful methods.On paper, the 41-year-old Guti is an outsider as he has yet to cut his coaching teeth at senior coaching level — although, prior to his appointment in 2016, the same could be said about Zidane.The Frenchman, who made over 150 appearances for Real, became a sports director with Real in 2011 before becoming assistant to Carlo Ancelotti in 2013 and then heading the Real Madrid ‘B’ team.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

CELTIC DRAW AT IBROX GIVES HOOPS EDGE IN SPL TITLE RACECELTIC DRAW AT IBROX GIVES HOOPS EDGE IN SPL TITLE RACE

first_imgCELTIC drew 0-0 with Rangers at Ibrox today – to give the Hoops the edge over Rangers.The Hoops had the chance to win the game but Samaras missed a penalty nine minutes from the end.Steven Davis was ruled to have fouled Anthony Stokes, but McGregor pushed Georgios Samaras’s late spot-kick wide. All the controversy surrounding death threats to Neil Lennon had led to a tense build up.Celtic fans travelled to Ibrox with a huge banner which showed a picture of Lennon with the words ‘Celtic to the Core’ emblazoned on it.The first half was tense – but frantic football failed to produce many clear cut chances.Rangers’ Kyle Lafferty headed wide just after the break, while McGregor also thwarted Daniel Majstorovic when it looked like Celtic were about to take the lead. And the Scotland goalkeeper’s penalty save prevented Celtic securing a victory that would have sent them to the top of the Scottish Premier League by two points with a game in hand.The build-up to the game had been overshadowed by parcel bombs sent to Celtic manager Neil Lennon and two other prominent fans.Walter Smith went into his final Old Firm game as Rangers manager hoping to even up the scores with Celtic having won three and lost two of the previous Glasgow derbies this season.But an even game that ended both sides’ five-match winning run concluded with Lennon the happier of the managers as his side will now win the title if they win all five of their remaining fixtures.The first controversy came after 22 minutes when Samaras and David Weir were both given a yellow card for shoving. Scott Brown had Celtic’s first effort on goal with a low drive from 20 yards that curled a few yards wide after Mark Wilson dispossessed Davis.Steven Naismith wildly sliced wide from 12 yards at the other end when found in the clear at the far post by a long Sasa Papac diagonal ball as the first half deteriorated into a midfield war of attrition.Weir had the first chance of the second half but headed over from 14 yards after climbing well to meet a Davis corner, while Daniel Majstorovic did well to deflect a Naismith drive wide.Kyle Lafferty squandered a great chance to give Rangers the lead when he beat Mulgrew to a Wylde cross to the front post, but the forward flashed his header just wide. Celtic responded and a 22-yard Beram Kayal drive flew inches wide then McGregor produced a breathtaking finger-tip save to deflect a close-range Majstorovic header for a corner.Lafferty flashed a free-kick wide of the far post, while Naismith fired across the face of goal and narrowly past from the edge of the box.McGregor did well to tip an Emilio Izaguirre chip over the crossbar after the full-back had stepped inside Whittaker.It looked like Celtic would secure the victory when Thomson pointed to the spot after 83 minutes.Davis obstructed Stokes – but Samaras saw his penalty saved by Mcgregor.Stokes went down again in the box in the dying seconds under a John Fleck challenge, but this time Thomson booked the substitute for diving.CELTIC DRAW AT IBROX GIVES HOOPS EDGE IN SPL TITLE RACE was last modified: April 25th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CelticdonegaldailyRangerslast_img read more

4 days ago​Pochettino calls for unity amidst Spurs downturn4 days ago​Pochettino calls for unity amidst Spurs downturn

first_img​Pochettino calls for unity amidst Spurs downturnby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to see unity from his players.The Argentine manager knows the club is going through an uncertain period.The futures of many senior players are in question, with their contracts set to run out in the summer.But Pochettino believes the squad must stick together to achieve anything this season.He told reporters: “It is not the moment to talk [about transfers], when the time arrives we are going to take that decision in one way or another.”Now is the time to stay all together, all of the squad, with the staff and the fans and try and change the atmosphere.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Los Angeles Mission To Host End Of Summer Block Party This WeekendLos Angeles Mission To Host End Of Summer Block Party This Weekend

first_imgThe Los Angeles Mission’s End of Summer Block Party will take place this Saturday, August 9, with a star-studded guest list.The Los Angeles Mission’s End of Summer Block Party was invented to give children a chance to celebrate the simple pleasures of summer; while, at the same time, preparing them for school. This giant street fair on 5th Street is designed to give children who live in a very tough area a day of carefree summer play.Nearly a thousand children are expected to attend the Block Party where each child will get a new backpack filled with school supplies, enjoy a kid-friendly meal, and make some happy memories.Celebrities and community leaders will join hundreds of other volunteers to help serve the nearly 3,000 people who will attend. Approximately 1,000 backpacks of school supplies will be distributed to school-aged children.Scheduled to appear: Jamie Grey Hyder (True Blood), Jen Lilley (Days of Our Lives), Dylan Riley Snyder (Kickin’ It), Kiersey Clemons (Cloud 9), Bess Rous (Murder in the First), Fernanda Romero (Drag Me to Hell), Octavius Johnson (Ray Donovan), Brandon Molale (Granite Falls), Kwesi Boakye (The Amazing World of Gumball), Jimmy Deshler (General Hospital), Christopher Rich (Murphy Brown) and his wife Eva Halina Rich, Omid Abathi (Argo), Joey Luthman (Kickin’ It), Abhi Sinha (The Social Network), Ciera Danielle (Daisy’s), Brielle Barbusa (The Starter Wife), Antonio Jaramillo (Kill the Dictator), Ricky Garcia, Emery Kelly and Liam Attridge (Forever In Your Mind), Barry Fortgang, Joe Caigoy, Jules Cruz, Niko Del Rey, Trace Gaynor and V. J. Rosales (Filharmonic), State Senator Kevin De Leon, City Attorney Mike Feuer and many others.The End of Summer Block Party gives children who often experience fear, hunger, health issues and stress on a daily basis a chance to spend the day just being a kid!There is a serious side to this back to school event. School attendance is a key predictor of success in life. With the cost of school supplies continuing to rise, up 12 percent over last year, the Mission’s backpacks for kids will help more than ever. Families who receive backpacks won’t have to decide between food and school supplies for their children.WHEN: SATURDAY August 9, 2014 serving time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Set-up: 8:00 AM Celebrities and other volunteers go to street 10:45 AMWHERE: Los Angeles Mission, 303 East 5th Street (on the corner of 5th and Wall Street), Los Angeles, CA 90013.last_img read more

BJP fields Pragya from Bhopal; to face Cong’s Digvijaya SinghBJP fields Pragya from Bhopal; to face Cong’s Digvijaya Singh

first_imgNew Delhi: After a lengthy suspense, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership finalised 2008 Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur as the party’s face from the Bhopal constituency of Madhya Pradesh. The Central Election Committee released its 22nd candidate list for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections on Wednesday.The Hindu Sanyasini joined BJP on the same day morning and will take on Congress veteran and former MP chief minister Digvijay Singh from its 30 years-bastion. On the other hand, Bhopal has a sizeable Muslim population and to woo the multi-layered demography, Digvijaya Singh was asked by his party top leadership and even by Chief Minister Kamal Nath to contest from tough seat, where the Congress hasn’t won in years. Challenge accepted, was Digvijaya Singh’s response, and he was named for Bhopal. Sadhvi Pragya is out on bail in the case, in which she was cleared under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) on 27 December, 2017, but faces other charges. Reportedly, the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chauhan and BJP veteran and Union Minister, Uma Bharti declined to contest the general elections from the constituency. Chouhan, party general secretary Ramlal, and senior leader Prabhat Jha also held a meeting in the party headquarters in Bhopal. “I have formally joined the BJP, I will contest elections and will definitely win. It won’t be difficult for me,” Sadhvi Pragya told the media persons. She also added, “We all will fight together with all those who are conspiring against the nation and defeat them.” The BJP power corridor further refused to affirm the criminal charges against her and claimed her ‘innocence’ and said that “a woman has been harassed and no charges have been proved against her.” Six persons were killed and 101 were injured when an improvised explosive device strapped on a motorcycle went off at Malegaon on September 29, 2008. The incident also promulgated the term “saffron terror”- widely used by the erstwhile Congress-led- UPA government. Sadhvi Pragya has always been known for her mooted comments and provocative speeches. She had been associated with the right-wing all India student organisation affiliated to the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh- Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and ‘Durga Vahini’ or women’s wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). Meanwhile, Digvijaya Singh welcomed Sadhvi to Bhopal, tweeting – he hopes she likes the calm, educated and sophisticated ambience of the city. Alok Sanjar of BJP is the incumbent Lok Sabha MP from Bhopal. The party also preferred a secured seat Vidisha for a new candidate Ramakant Bhargava. Union Minister Sushma Swaraj is the incumbent Lok Sabha MP from the constituency. But she refused to contest this election due to her health problem. Bhargava is also a Brahmin face and has a big vote bank. In this seat, Brahmin plays a decisive role. He is also known for his clean image. He is in the state leadership for a decade now. To woo the Yadav voter of Guna Parliamentary seat, BJP also put K P Yadav as its nominee from Guna to take on Jyotiraditya Scindia. Raj Bahadur Singh is going to contest from Sagar constituency. However, the BJP is still delaying in the announcement of its Indore candidate, which is only left in 29 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state.last_img read more