TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea, Liverpool buoyed as PSG boss Tuchel confirms possible Rabiot exitby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG manager Thomas Tuchel says he “cannot guarantee” whether Adrien Rabiot will be at the club beyond January.The Frenchman has yet to sign a new contract with PSG and will be a free agent in the summer.Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Barcelona have expressed an interest in the midfielder. And their chances of signing the 23-year-old have seemingly increased with Tuchel’s comments.”I cannot guarantee that Adrien (Rabiot) will finish the season with us because it is still the same thing. He did not say yes to PSG. And as a result of that, everything is possible,” he told reporters.”Like you say, it was necessary and important for me, for us, to sign a number 6 for our team this summer. Now we are in winter and it is the same thing. It depends on the situations of Adrien Rabiot and Lassana Diarra. Maybe we will need them now.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini unsure of Arnautovic futureby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini had no problem playing Marko Arnautovic for victory over Arsenal.However, he says it will be a case of ‘wait and see’ on his future this transfer window amid pressure from China.“We will see what will happen in the next days with Marko,” he said. “It’s an issue that the club must see what’s best for the club, the player and everyone. I hope the best position for everyone will be taken.“I’ve been in the situation a lot of times, I’ve been a manager for 30 years, but we will be calm about it because there is nothing 100% sure. We will see how it develops in the next days.”
TORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Looking for Jordan: The case resumes Wednesday against several former SNC-Lavalin and hospital executives charged with fraud in Montreal. The court will hear a motion from the lawyer for one of the accused to quash the case under the Jordan ruling, which set strict limits on the wait times for criminal trials.Poker face: The online gambling company formerly known as Amaya Inc. will face questions Wednesday at a hearing in front of the Ontario Securities Commission, which is investigating allegations of insider trading surrounding the 2014 purchase of PokerStars.Factory figures: Statistics Canada will release its monthly survey of manufacturing for September. Sector sales rose 1.6 per cent in August, their first move higher after two consecutive monthly declines.Not dead, yet: The fifth round of talks for renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement kicks off in Mexico City on Friday. The talks are on increasingly shaky ground after a terse end to the last round of talks as the U.S. appears closer than ever to acting on its threats to cancel the agreement.Awaiting inflation: Statistics Canada releases the consumer price index for October on Friday. The country’s annual inflation rate continued to accelerate in September, with a reading of 1.4 per cent that brought the data point closer to the Bank of Canada’s ideal target of two per cent.
LONDON — The governor of the Bank of England says most British businesses aren’t ready for a no-deal departure from the European Union.Mark Carney told the BBC on Thursday that “less than half of businesses have initiated” contingency plans designed to protect operations in the event Britain leaves the 28-nation bloc without an agreement on future trading relations.When asked if businesses are ready, Carney said “as best as we can tell, the answer is no.”The comments come as lawmakers from all parties are criticizing the agreement Prime Minister Theresa May negotiated with the EU, increasing the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit. Carney warned Wednesday that a no-deal departure would trigger a recession more severe than the one that followed the 2008 financial crisis.The Associated Press
The raging frenzy against Pakistan following Pulwama massacre after a suicide bomber rammed in an explosive-laden SUV into a CRPF convey leading to the death of 40 soldiers on February 14, had toned down considerably and was nearly put to rest until Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi claimed in a statement that based on their intelligence report, India is planning another attack on Pakistan. The western neighbour’s “reliable intelligence” specifies the time of this attack to be in between April16 and April 20. The foreign Minister’s concern was shared with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. As a matter of fact – and politics – the retaliation to Pulwama came with the widely-sensationalised Balakot air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed establishment in PoK just two weeks later. The relation between these nuclear-armed nations nose-dived to unprecedented lows after successive events of aggression. Qureshi did not give any comprehensive point on the evidence Pakistan had or the basis on which he could be so specific with the timing, but confirmed that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had agreed to share the information with the country. Such a stunt in politics deserves an independent and elaborate commentary. Prime Minister Khan blames Indian establishment for whipping up war hysteria over claims of India shooting down a Pakistani F-16 during the February standoff. India’s accomplishment in the Air strike on Jaish-e-Mohammad militant camp, however, is given to doubt after satellite images betrayed little evidence of damage. Also Read – A compounding difficultyIndia refrained from making a statement immediately but eventually replied befittingly and politically correctly that it rejects the statement by Pakistan Foreign Minister and termed it as irresponsible and preposterous. Also, that his statement comes with a “clear objective of whipping up war hysteria in the region. This public gimmick appears to be a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake a terror attack in India,” the spokesperson of Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. War hysteria was, in fact, whipped up a fortnight earlier when Pakistan sponsored the suicide attack on Indian soldiers. War-mongering is deployed as a political tool. Both sides have a pressing need to focus on development over politics at the cost of development and welfare. The possibility of war between two nuclear-armed nations is a serious international concern and will end up affecting sovereignty and integrity of especially India, given how it has carved an image in the global arena in the past 5 years. Elections happen routinely but the impact of war is suffered for generations together.
Kolkata: The Election Commission on Saturday has restricted the entry of BJP leader Mukul Roy in all the nine Lok Sabha constituencies which will go to polls on Sunday.The development came after Trinamool Congress moved the Election Commission urging it not to allow the entry of Roy into the jurisdiction of any of these nine constituencies because he is not a voter of the state. Within hours after the complaint reached the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), the election officials issued an order saying that Roy would not be allowed to enter any of these constituencies. The issue raised by the ruling party in the state was found valid by the Commission. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSoon after the order was issued by the office of the CEO, Roy urged the Commission that he would like to stay in Howrah on Sunday when the elections would be held in the Parliamentary seats of Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Kolkata North, Kolkata South, Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, Mathurapur and Joynagar. During an interview with a vernacular television channel, Roy said that he was aware of the restrictions. As he was not a voter of Bengal, he decided to stay in Howrah. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayTrinamool Congress leaders from the state on a number of occasions in the recent past have alleged that Roy has been visiting various places to intimidate voters. It was also alleged that BJP leaders were trying to distribute money among the people in order to make them cast their votes in their favour. There were instances where the BJP leadership from the state or their associates were found carrying huge amount of money. A letter submitted to the CEO office by the Trinamool Congress says that as per the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), any political leader who is a voter of another state cannot remain present is any constituency where the election is being held.
TUNIS – Tunisia’s designated prime minister Mehdi Jomaa said Wednesday he is holding consultations on forming a new government of independents aimed at ending the months-old political crisis plaguing the country.“As part of the consultations, I met the parliamentary speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar. The consultations are ongoing and we have not reached the stage of forming a government,” Jomaa told reporters.Speaking after meeting Ben Jaafar at the National Assembly, Tunisia’s newly nominated premier said his cabinet would be formed of ministers who were politically “independent” and “competent,” without elaborating. They were Jomaa’s first comments since the former industry minister was chosen by Tunisia’s political parties on Saturday to head a caretaker government of technocrats, after months of protracted negotiations.Talks on the timetable and conditions for forming the new administration to replace outgoing Islamist premier Ali Larayedh’s cabinet are to formally begin on Friday, according to the UGTT trade union, which has been mediating an end to the political deadlock.Jomaa is a 51-year-old engineer with no stated political affiliation and no involvement in politics under the regime of former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.His future government is tasked with organising fresh elections in 2014 and restoring stability to Tunisia, which was plunged into crisis with the murder of opposition MP Mohammed Brahmi in July by suspected Islamist militants.Larayedh’s ruling Ennahda party, which has been sharply criticised for failing to rein in Tunisia’s jihadists since being elected in the wake of Ben Ali’s overthrow, agreed in October to step down as part of a political roadmap brokered by mediators.
A 13-year-old in Illinois. A 47-year-old English woman. A 70-year-old Vegas oddsmaker. At first blush, there isn’t much linking them. But last year, all three were among the most successful March Madness prognosticators. That’s where the similarities end.With methods ranging from gut instinct to computational learning theory, these three characters demonstrate just how wide and varied the spectrum of strategies can be. But which strategy will you employ for your own bracket? Watch this video collaboration between FiveThirtyEight and Fictionless and decide for yourself.
Serena Williams called comments by Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev “sexist and racist” when he referred to the No. 1 women’s player in the world and her older sister Venus as “brothers.”Williams was aghast when she learned Tarpischev, on a Russian talk show with former Olympic singles champion Elena Dementieva, interjected on a question about playing against the Williams sisters to say, “The Williams brothers … It’s scary when you really look at them.”The Women’s Tennis Association is seeking to have Tarpischev suspended for a year. He was fined $25,000.“I think the WTA did a great job of taking [the] initiative and taking immediate action to his comments,” Williams said. “I thought they were very insensitive and extremely sexist as well as racist at the same time. I thought they were in a way bullying.”Asked whether he regretted his comments, Tarpischev told The Associated Press on Saturday at the Kremlin Cup that the program on which he spoke was “a humorous show.” When asked about his ban, Tarpischev said: “I can’t comment. I don’t understand it.”In a statement released later by the Russian Tennis Federation, Tarpischev denied any “malicious intent” and said his quotes had been taken out of context.Tarpischev has been chairman of the Kremlin Cup, Russia’s only WTA event, for all of its 18 years as a women’s tour event, and is also a member of the International Olympic Committee. During the 1990s, he was the personal tennis coach to Russian president Boris Yeltsin and served as his adviser on sports matters.Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova, also in Singapore for the WTA Finals, said of Tarpischev’s comments: “I think they were very disrespectful and uncalled for, and I’m glad that many people have stood up, including the WTA. It was very inappropriate, especially in his position and all the responsibilities that he has not just in sport, but being part of the Olympic committee.”
Luka Modric has won the Golden Ball award at the World Cup.Modric was named best player of the Russia 2018 World Cup after his impressive performances guided Croatia to the final on Sunday.The Real Madrid star scored twice in the World Cup against Nigeria and Argentina as well as converting two spot kicks during penalty shootouts against Denmark and Russia.Belgium’s Eden Hazard and France’s Antoine Griezmann picked up the Silver ball and Bronze ball respectively.Report: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…Kylian Mbappe was awarded the best young player of the tournament award after becoming the youngest player to score in a World Cup final since Pele in 1958.Thibaut Courtois picked up the Golden Glove award for his impressive performances as well. The Belgian kept three clean sheets at the tournament whilst conceding only six goals in seven games.England’s Harry Kane finished as the Golden Boot winner as he scored six goals in the tournament, two ahead of his closest challengers.Former world champions Spain were also honoured with the FIFA Fair-Play award after they picked up just two yellow cards all tournament.
Real Madrid have ruled out the possibility of signing Eden Hazard to focus on Francisco ‘Isco’ Alacron, according to Football Espana.Reports in Spain suggest the hierarchy at the Santiago Bernabeu have dispensed with the idea of signing Eden Hazard from Chelsea and are keen to focus on Isco’s role at the club.The complexity of the deal and lack of willingness from the other party has dampened the Spanish giant’s interest in bringing Eden Hazard to the club.Chelsea are understood to be holding out for a deal in excess of €200million for the Belgian captain and would also like the move to be done swiftly due to the early closure of the transfer window in England.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Hazard was given the Silver Ball award at the just concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia where he led his country to third place, scoring three goals in the process.The management of Real Madrid believes new manager Julen Lopetegui will bring the best out of Isco after he starred under his tutelage during his tenure as the head coach of Spain.Los Merengues are unlikely to make a galatico signing this summer transfer window with the club placing emphasis on the growth and development of players like Isco and Marco Asensio.
NEWS ITEM ON TROPICAL STORM IRMA ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION, AT 6PM WEDNESDAY 30TH AUGUST 2017.… IRMA INTENSIFYING STEADILY OVER THE FAR EASTERN ATLANTIC …AT 5:00PM EDT, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM IRMA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 16.4° NORTH AND LONGITUDE 31.2° WEST OR ABOUT 480 MILES WEST OF THE CABO VERDE ISLANDS.TROPICAL STORM IRMA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST AT 15 MPH. THE TROPICAL STORM IS EXPECTED TO TURN SLIGHTLY TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST AT A SLOWER RATE OF SPEED FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 60 MILES PER HOUR (MPH) WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS AND IRMA IS EXPECTED TO BECOME A HURRICANE THURSDAY OR FRIDAY.THE NEXT NEWS ITEM WILL BE ISSUED AT 6AM.PREPARED BY FORECASTER: ORSON NIXON Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 30, 2017 – Nassau – NEWS ITEM ON TROPICAL STORM HARVEY ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION, AT 6PM WEDNESDAY 30TH AUGUST 2017.… HARVEY STILL PRODUCING TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS NEAR THE LOUISIANA COAST …… FLOODING RAINS CONTINUING OVER EXTREME EASTERN TEXAS AND WESTERN LOUISIANA …AT 5:00PM EDT, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM HARVEY WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 30.8° NORTH AND LONGITUDE 93.1° WEST OR ABOUT 50 MILES NORTH OF LAKE CHARLES LOUISIANA OR 50 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ALEXANDRIA LOUISIANA.TROPICAL STORM HARVEY MOVING ERRATICALLY TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHEAST NEAR 8 MPH AND THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TONIGHT. A TURN TOWARD THE NORTHEAST IS EXPECTED THURSDAY OR THURSDAY NIGHT. ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE CENTER OF HARVEY SHOULD MOVE THROUGH SOUTHWESTERN AND CENTRAL LOUISIANA TONIGHT, THEN MOVE THROUGH NORTHEASTERN LOUISIANA AND NORTHWESTERN MISSISSIPPI THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 40 MILES PER HOUR (MPH) WITH HIGHER GUSTS. WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS AS HARVEY MOVES FARTHER INLAND, AND THE CYCLONE IS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN TO A TROPICAL DEPRESSION TONIGHT.THE NEXT NEWS ITEM WILL BE ISSUED AT 6AM.PREPARED BY FORECASTER: ORSON NIXON Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Share your voice Music Online Contrary to what Bieber claims, either Braun (or potentially West) must have taken the screenshot and sent it to Bieber to post on Instagram. Or Braun took it and posted it to Bieber’s account himself (it’s not unusual for celebrities’ managers to have access to their clients’ social media accounts). Representatives for Scooter Braun Projects, which represents Bieber, didn’t respond to request for comment to confirm how the screenshot taken from Braun’s end of the call ended up on Bieber’s Instagram account.Not only did Bieber claim that he took and posted the screenshot himself with the caption, but he said that Braun advised against him doing so. In the same breath he said they didn’t even discuss Taylor Swift on the call. “He didn’t have anything to do with it and it wasn’t even part of the conversation in all actuality he was the person who told me not to joke like that,” Bieber said.Fans on Twitter are speculating that Bieber may be trying to cover for his manager — the irony being that if he hadn’t spoken up, the question of who captured the screenshot and Braun’s specific role in the incident might not have even been raised. Tags Bieber, his manager Scooter Braun, Kanye West and one unidentified man are accused of bullying Taylor Swift. Tumblr Justin Bieber seems to have forgotten how FaceTime works. The popstar inserted himself into a conflict between his manager Scooter Braun and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Taylor Swift this week, and in doing so opened himself up to accusations of lying.In an Instagram comment, he claimed to be responsible for capturing a screenshot of a FaceTime call featuring himself, Braun and Kanye West, which he then posted online with a caption poking fun at Swift. But unfortunately for Bieber, there was a major discrepancy in his version of the story — as anyone who has used FaceTime could tell, he can’t have captured the screenshot from his end of the call.The reason it matters is that Bieber appears to be lying to protect the reputation of his manager.Braun’s company, Ithaca Holdings, last week bought Swift’s former record label Big Machine Label Group for $300 million, which owns the masters to her first six albums. Following the acquisition announcement, Swift posted a message to Tumblr in which she described Braun’s ownership of her masters as her “worst-case scenario,” due to his “incessant, manipulative bullying” of her over the years.Braun, in addition to managing Bieber, also works as an “advisor” to West. In 2016 West released a music video featuring himself in bed next to a model of Swift’s naked body, which she described in her post as “revenge porn.” Alongside her note, Swift posted a screenshot of an Instagram post by Bieber, in which he appears on a FaceTime call with West, Braun and another man, captioned “Taylor Swift what up.” Swift pointed it out as an example of him bullying her on social media.Coming to Braun’s defense this week, Bieber claimed full responsibility for the post and insisted his manager had nothing to with it. “I have to be honest though it was my caption and post that I screenshotted of Scooter and Kanye.” he said.But as Twitter user @Princess_Arella noticed, there’s one big problem with his statement — if Bieber had taken the screenshot from his end of the call, he would have appeared in the top-left corner. Instead his face is filling the screen, indicating that the screenshot was taken from Braun and West’s end of the call. The phone appears to be in Braun’s hand at the time. Comments in justin’s response to taylor on instagram, he takes full responsibility for his instagram post of him on facetime with kanye and scooter.THEN HOW IS HE THE BIG ONE ON THE SCREEN???????scooter obviously sent him it and made him post it… STOP. THE. LIES. #WeStandWithTaylor pic.twitter.com/Gyl6jhlb7T— Arella (@Princess_Arella) July 3, 2019 5 Justin Bieber Kanye West Instagram Taylor Swift
See it Kanye West draws attention $999 Yeezy has already built up some Star Wars fandom cred, dropping the line “But if they ever flip sides like Anakin” in the 2005 song Gone. His 2013 song Guilt Trip name-checks both Star Wars and Chewbacca.It remains to be seen whether West’s housing idea takes off, and just how much it resembles the dome-shaped architecture of Tatooine. West’s desire to provide affordable housing for people in need certainly meshes with the do-good side of the Force. See the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Millennium Falcon from every angle Share your voice Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 Originally published July 11 Best Buy Kanye West meets with Trump, reveals iPhone passcode is 000000 Kanye West’s new song is already a meme and I don’t Love It Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 53 Photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tatooine has some pretty bleak architecture. Twentieth Century Fox Film Luke Skywalker’s house on Star Wars desert planet Tatooine looks a bit like a sandy igloo. It doesn’t exactly speak to the luxury and decadence we might expect of a celebrity like Kanye West, but that hasn’t stopped the rapper from studying the look of Tatooine’s architecture. He’s using that inspiration to fuel the design for a new kind of abode that could be deployed for the homeless.”West has been working with a team to design prefabricated structures that sport the same austere aesthetic, with the goal of deploying them as low-income housing units,” Forbes reported in an article for the upcoming Aug. 31 issue of its magazine. Physical prototypes are underway. Forbes senior editor Zack O’Malley Greenburg saw them and described them as looking like “skeletons of wooden spaceships.” They’re oblong and dozens of feet tall, though the public has yet to see any images of the Star Wars-inspired designs. West told Forbes the housing could be used for the homeless and even “sunk into the ground with light filtering through the top.” Boost Mobile Tags $999 Comments TV and Movies Apple iPhone XS Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 See It 2 See It See It Sprint Kanye West Star Wars
-The authorities have suspended two police constables in connection with the incident of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Dhaka secretary being shot injured in “police gunshot”.Police’s Gulshan division deputy commissioner Moshtak Ahmed Khan confirmed this to Prothom Alo on Friday evening.The constables are: Imran Hossain and Ashraful Islam.The secretary to the education board, Shahedul Khabir Chowdhury, was allegedly shot injured in police gunshot near Westin hotel in Gulshan of the capital on Thursday night.Shahedul Khabir alleged he was waiting in front of the hotel to return home after attending a meeting of education cadres last night and several police personnel were also on duty there close to him.“The bullet from one of their guns hit me,” he claimed.
Share Photo via Twitter @grlopez4A 15-year-old girl was hospitalized Monday morning after a shooting was reported at a school in the Ellis County town of Italy.Prosecutors say a 16-year-old student shot a classmate in the neck and abdomen at a Texas high school before firing at another student and missing, prosecutors said Wednesday.Details of the attack at Italy High School, south of Dallas, were recounted during a juvenile court hearing for the boy accused in the attack.He’s charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Authorities haven’t released his name because he’s a juvenile. He appeared in court in Waxahachie wearing handcuffs and orange jail garb, accompanied by family members.He repeatedly shot the 15-year-old girl in the school cafeteria Monday morning before taking aim at the second student as dozens of others looked on, prosecutors said. The girl is hospitalized and is expected to survive.“He only stopped because he ran out of bullets,” Ellis County 1st Assistant District Attorney Ann Montgomery said after the hearing.The teen was taken into custody outside the school shortly after the shooting.Authorities have not released a motive but prosecutors said surveillance video appears to show the teen was angry with the girl. He’s seen waving his arms and stomping around her as she lay wounded on the cafeteria floor.District Court Judge Cindy Ermatinger ordered the teen to remain in custody and undergo a psychological evaluation. Another hearing is scheduled for Feb. 7.Prosecutors will review a breadth of material before determining whether they will seek to try the teen as an adult, Montgomery said.“We have to wait to receive entire police file and the psychological examination before we determine how we want to proceed,” she said.Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson spoke with reporters after the hearing, his voice shaking with emotion.“There are no winners in this, no matter how it shakes out,” he said. “It was a tragedy for everybody.”Students and parents in the aftermath of the shooting said the boy had shown flashes of anger in the past. Tina Haight, whose daughter attends the school, told KDFW-TV in Dallas that she had complained to school administrators after the boy threw scissors at her daughter.Italy Independent School District Superintendent Lee Joffre has declined to reveal any punishment the boy may have faced in the past, saying the law prohibits a district from speaking specifically regarding student discipline or any other student incidents.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen 00:00 /50:27 On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: We look back on the life of former First Lady Barbara Bush, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 92. We look back on her life, preview the public memorials for her, discuss her impact on politics, and recall her presence in Greater Houston.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live VideoWe also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share
By The Associated PressDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In an attempt to capitalize on what’s become a ratings bonanza for Arabic satellite channels during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, two comedies struck the wrong chord with audiences when their lead actors appeared in blackface, a form of makeup that darkens the skin to represent a caricature of a Black person.Criticism was swift on social media, but failed to trigger a deeper discussion on racism in the Middle East.This June 22, 2018 photo, comedian Amy Ghanem wears a wig with braids on an Egyptian show called “Azmi We Ashgan,” which aired on the privately owned Al-Nahar channel, is seen on a laptop. (AP Photo)The shows — one produced in Egypt and the other in Kuwait — also poked fun at Sudanese culture, making a mockery of the Sudanese Arabic dialect and portraying darker skinned people from Sudan as either poor or lazy.In the Egyptian show called “Azmi We Ashgan,” which aired on the privately owned Al-Nahar channel, comedian Samir Ghanem and his daughter Amy Ghanem appear in blackface, wearing wigs with Rastafarian-looking braids.Amy’s character is a half-Sudanese, half-Malawian housemaid who works for a rich, older Egyptian man who makes unwanted sexual advances toward her. Her father onscreen, played by her real-life father, arrives at the house in hopes he too can live there.Her boss responds in anger, saying: “Did I get this house for fun or did I buy it to set free some slaves?”In another sketch aired on state-run Kuwait TV, an ensemble of Kuwaiti actors appear in blackface, wearing traditional Sudanese turbans and jalabeyas, the long garment worn by men in Upper Egypt and Sudan.In the show, called “Block Ghashmara,” Kuwaiti actor Dawood Hussein’s character lounges around on a daybed and constantly falls asleep. He repeatedly says “ayy” in a horse-like pitch, exaggerating the Sudanese dialect.The backlash from Sudanese viewers was swift, prompting Hussein to issue an apology for what he said was a “misunderstanding with our brothers, loved ones and family in Sudan.”“I have the bravery to apologize if this offended people and I don’t want anyone offended by me,” he said. In a nod to Sudan’s often overlooked contribution to Arab Gulf countries, he also noted that he was proud to have been taught by Sudanese teachers in Kuwaiti schools.Khalid Albaih, a Sudanese political cartoonist living in Denmark who spoke out online against the skits, said it surprised him that so many actors, writers and producers on both shows didn’t stop to question the offensive nature of the scenes before they aired.“They need to figure out a better way to represent Black people,” he told the AP. “It is laziness and a lack of talent that gets an actor to do that.”When a viewer similarly criticized the Egyptian show “Azmi We Ashgan” on Twitter for relying on old racist tropes for laughs, writer Ahmed Mohy responded that the show did not mean to insult anyone, but he also defended the show’s take on humor.“There’s no difference between someone who is Black or White. It’s normal to also show a White person as a janitor or waiter, just as we can show a Black person working in any job,” he wrote on Twitter.Despite criticism on social media, the exchanges failed to produce a bigger society-wide discussion, analyst Hana Al-Kharmi wrote in an opinion piece for Al-Jazeera.“There is almost no public debate about it within the wider Arab society. On the contrary, there isa popular outright denial that racist attitudes against Black people exist,” she wrote.After seeing the Kuwaiti show online, Sara Elhassan, a 33-year-old Sudanese-American writer based in Phoenix uploaded videos on Instagram criticizing the show and its depiction of Sudanese people.“Everybody knows there is a discrimination issue in the Middle East when it comes to Black people or darker skinned people,” she told The Associated Press in a phone interview, “but people are still in denial a little bit about it.”“We like to say: ‘Oh we are all Muslim. We can’t be racist,’” she added.Beginning around the 1940s, Egyptian movies were not too unlike Hollywood films in that Black actors were often cast as servants and doormen. Darker-skinned women were often cast as housemaids and prostitutes.Since then, attitudes in the U.S. have shifted. As the Ramadan shows were airing, a major television network in the U.S. was quick to cancel the popular reboot of “Roseanne” after its star, Roseanne Barr, posted a racist tweet that referred to a former adviser to Barack Obama as a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes.”ABC announced Thursday it will air a spinoff of the show without its star this fall, rebranding it as “The Conners.”Film critic and curator Joseph Fahim said part of the problem in tackling racism in Arab media is that there’s a general lack of understanding among audiences in the region as to why these skits are offensive.“There isn’t a culture of sensitivity,” Fahim said. “It’s not there. It’s not as if this has been thought through. It wasn’t even thought out. This is how it’s been done over decades, and people think that it’s OK.”___Follow Aya Batrawy on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ayaelb and Fay Abuelgasim at https://twitter.com/FayAbuelgasim
Explore further A study released by the preeminent research center, Nemertes Research Group sends warning to access providers and innovators. An estimated $42 – 55 billion is needed to meet expected demands. Without investment, innovation may be crippled. Citation: Study Finds Significant N. American Internet Capacity Limitations (2007, November 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-11-significant-american-internet-capacity-limitations.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The preeminent research center, Nemertes Research Group finds that Internet infrastructure limitations will stifle innovation in the near future. The release of their findings include an analysis of Internet and IP infrastructure which they assign the term capacity. Factored into the analysis is the current and projected traffic of users which is deemed demand. The goal of the research project was to understand the effect capacity and demand have with each other and to determine if demand would ever exceed capacity.The analysis of capacity required comparing carrier expenditures, vendor revenues and compared this data against market research studies. In assessing demand, Nemertes took a unique approach and examined the user´s consumption of available bandwidth has increased over time. They call this the innovation-centric demand model which they believe is the mos reliable method of predicting the unpredictable. Thereby, adopting a model that allows reasonably accurate projections about a future scenario without the need to know the specific innovation that made it possible.While cautioning that their findings will not cause the Internet to collapse in North America within the near future. there are significant warning flags. Specifically, North American Internet access infrastructure will probably cease to be adequate for supporting demand in the next three to five years. Their findings confirm that overall core fiber switching/routing resources will scale nicely to support any conceivable user demand, but a substantial investment is required particularly in North America.The estimated financial investment required by access providers to “bridge the gap,” between demand and capacity is in the range of $42 billion to $55 billion. Unfortunately, this is about 60 to 70 percent more than current access providers intend to invest. The study concludes with the cautionary advice that while the “sky is not falling,” the ultimate effect will be that innovation will be stunted. The next Google, YouTube, or Amazon will simply not be possible without a substantial investment in infrastructure. Demand will continue to grow, but there will be a continued degenerative effect on capacity to fulfill demand. Link for further reading: www.nemertes.com/internet_sing … tifle_innovation_web Creatives in the country? Blockchain and agtech can create unexpected jobs in regional Australia