Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Quick guide Promotion and relegation: how they stand Premier League League OneChampions: Wigan (pictured)Promoted: BlackburnPlay-offs: Shrewsbury v Scunthorpe or Rotherham (Sun 27 May)Relegated: Oldham, Northampton, MK Dons, Bury Read more Premier LeagueChampions: Manchester CityChampions League: Manchester United and Tottenham in the group stage, Liverpool will face a play-off unless they win this year’s final.Europa League: Chelsea, Arsenal and BurnleyRelegation: Swansea, Stoke and West Brom Mark Noble fires West Ham to win at Leicester and safety Show Thank you for your feedback. Share on Messenger Bournemouth Jake Livermore’s late winner keeps alive West Brom hopes of staying up The Observer ChampionshipChampions: WolvesPromoted: CardiffPlay-off final: Fulham v Middlesbrough or Aston Villa (Sat 26 May)Relegation: Sunderland, Burton, Barnsley Photograph: Stephen Pond/Getty Images Europe Jordan Ayew had the chance to equalise immediately, after excellent interplay with his older brother, but his shot went embarrassingly wide of the target.The second half also began with Ayew going close, although, this time, he at least forced Begovic into another save after creating space for himself. An increasingly fretful Carvalhal paced the touchline like a man possessed whenever Bournemouth came close to threatening at the other end, with Steve Cook wasting a great chance from Joshua King’s cross. Topics Swansea City Was this helpful? ScotlandPremiership: Celtic sealed their seventh straight title with Aberdeen in second and Rangers in third qualifying for the Europa League. Ross County are relegated, with Partick playing second-tier Livingston in a promotion-relegation play-off.Championship: St Mirren are promoted as champions, while Brechin are relegated. Dumbarton also went down after losing their play-off to Alloa.League One: Ayr United are champions with Alloa joining them in the second tier. Queen’s Park and Albion Rovers are relegated.League Two: Montrose are champions with Stenhousemuir going up via the play-offs. Cowdenbeath stayed up after winning their relegation play-off with Cove Rangers. Share via Email Read more Hide match reports The manager threw on Tammy Abraham in place of the ineffective Nathan Dyer and the Chelsea loanee at least gave Swansea a platform from which to build attacks, even if no real chances of note actually materialised. Nathan Aké could have put Carvalhal out of his misery 15 minutes from time, but he headed straight at Fabianski when well placed, while Wilson will be wondering how he didn’t convert late on after a point-blank save from the Polish goalkeeper.“I think we will score – I’m not really worried because we have players who can score, even if they have not been scoring for the past few games,” said Carvalhal.Swansea fans will be hoping some of their manager’s confidence rubs off on his players over the next 48 hours. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Given that his side had failed to win on the road since the victory over Watford in his first match after replacing Paul Clement at the end of December, it was no surprise to see Carvalhal opt for a safety-first approach to his starting lineup against Bournemouth. Perhaps with the showdown with Southampton in mind, he opted to leave Sam Clucas and Kyle Naughton out to give them a chance to be ready for Tuesday.With their own Premier League status for another season virtually confirmed even before kick-off despite Eddie Howe’s protestations to the contrary, there was a carnival atmosphere for Bournemouth’s last home game of the campaign, on a beautiful day on the south coast. The home side’s intent was clear from the start and they almost took the lead inside the first 90 seconds when Federico Fernández did well to deny Callum Wilson a clear-cut chance. Mike van der Hoorn then should have put Swansea ahead in the 12th minute, after an excellent free-kick routine, but Asmir Begovic was there to deny him.Wilson was the next to waste an opportunity after a delightful ball across goal from Fraser, but, prompted by Lewis Cook’s industry in midfield, Bournemouth continued to dominate proceedings.Yet Swansea, and Alfie Mawson in particular, were the architects of their own downfall when they fell behind eight minutes before half-time.A moment’s hesitation from the defender allowed Wilson to nip in front of him and Mawson was lucky referee Kevin Friend did not point to the spot after bringing down his opponent just inside the box. He was the first to react to Bournemouth’s quickly taken free-kick, but could only divert Fraser’s shot past a helpless Lukasz Fabianski with his head. If Swansea are to survive this season of highs and lows, then they are going to have to do it the hard way.Ryan Fraser’s first-half strike was enough to inflict a third successive defeat on Carlos Carvalhal’s side, who have lost form just when it matters most. From a position of relative security a few weeks ago, they are now in serious danger of slipping through the trapdoor.At least their manager could console himself with the fact that, with Tuesday’s crucial home fixture against Southampton and another against already-relegated Stoke City to come, Swansea’s fate remains in their own hands.Yet on this evidence, after a seventh match in a row without a victory, they could be on borrowed time, even if Carvalhal appeared relaxed about the nerve-wracking week he has ahead.“I’m not worried because we depend on ourselves,” insisted the Portuguese.“When I arrived, if I had said at that moment that we would have two games at home left to stay in the Premier League, then nobody would have believed it. When you have something in your hands, let’s do it. At the Liberty we are strong and the fans can make a big impact. When we depend on ourselves we can do it all the time. We don’t need to hear about other teams on the radio or on television.”He added: “Tuesday will be a game that will decide a lot of things – we’ve known about that since I arrived. I believe we will stay in the Premier League.” Share on Pinterest League TwoChampions: Accrington Stanley Promoted: Luton Town, WycombePlay-offs: Lincoln v Exeter, Coventry v Notts CountyRelegated: Barnet, Chesterfield.National League: Macclesfield Town were promoted as champions, with Tranmere Rovers winning the play-off final. Reuse this content
Instagram/team_juju9JuJu Smith-Schuster is one of college football’s best raw athletes, but the USC wide receiver is also incredibly skilled. In a video posted to Instagram on Friday, the Trojan star showed off a drill that proves just how incredible his reaction time is, and that he has some pretty sure hands.Smith-Schuster stands what appears to be inches from a Jugs Machine, catching balls being shot directly at him.If he doesn’t make a catch in this drill, he’s taking a football right to the chest from point-blank range.Smith-Schuster has garnered plenty of accolades heading into the 2016 season. Sports Illustrated named him one of the sport’s 10 best players. ESPN’s Mark Schlabach predicted that he will be a first team All-American, alongside Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley.Last year, Smith-Schuster was incredibly productive as a sophomore, catching 89 passes for 1,454 yards, and 10 touchdowns. He went viral around the college football world in October, when he sent Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield flying with a nasty stiff arm. We expect to see more where that came from this fall, and likely on Sundays in 2017 or 2018.JuJu Smith-Schuster’s Trojans have a very tough task ahead of them to start the season, as they open with defending national champion Alabama on September 3 in Arlington, Texas.
OTTAWA — Newly released government figures suggest a rising number of newcomers to Canada are ending up in shelters or are finding themselves homeless.Two new reports were released this week by Employment and Social Development Canada, offering a glimpse into the extent of the homelessness problem across the country.The national shelter study, which looked at federal data on shelter users between 2005 and 2016, found an “observable increase” in refugees using shelters.In 2016, there were 2,000 refugees sleeping in shelters, not counting those facilities designated specifically for refugees — an increase from 1,000 just two years earlier when the figures were first tracked.Point-in-time counts were also done, offering a one-day snapshot of homelessness in 61 communities that captured not only those using shelters, but also people sleeping on the streets, in transitional houses or staying with others.That study found 14 per cent of people who identified as homeless in 2018 were newcomers to Canada.The Canadian Press
He said that just over 3000 lawyers attended the special meeting of the BASL held at the BASL auditorium today.A tense situation arose following the BASL meeting but Rajapaksa insisted that during the meeting there were no objections to the three resolutions.However he said there were attempts by some lawyers to discuss issues beyond the agenda which he as President of the BASL did not permit. (Colombo Gazette) The other resolutions were to urge President Mahinda Rajapaksa to reconsider the impeachment motion on the Chief Justice and if the government is to proceed with the motion then for the Speaker and parliament to formulate and enact procedural laws in relation to removal of the judges of the superior courts.“We believe the President will consider our requests,” Rajapaksa said. BASL President Wijeydasa Rajapaksa said that one resolution adopted was that the BASL will not accept a new Chief Justice if the current Chief Justice is removed without a fair trial. The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) adopted three resolutions during its special meeting held this morning.The special meeting was convened to discuss the state of the judiciary following moves to impeach Chief Justice Shirani Banadaranayake. Meanwhile BASL Vice President Anoma Goonetilake told the Colombo Gazette she was resigning from her post as objections raised by her at the meeting were not considered by the BASL President.
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WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats have blocked debate on the almost $700 billion Pentagon budget and other spending bills amid a feud by the chamber’s leaders over the rules of engagement for translating this summer’s hard-won budget deal into binding legislation.Minority Leader Chuck Schumer orchestrated the party-line filibuster vote, claiming GOP leaders were shortchanging health and education and violating the bipartisan spirit of July’s budget blueprint.Democrats are also upset that the Senate version of the measure would award Trump significant increases for his U.S.-Mexico border wall and permit him to shift money from military accounts to wall funding that Congress is unwilling to OK.Republicans countered that Democrats are injecting abortion- and wall-related fights with Trump into a time-tested process that relies on bipartisanship and compromise.Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press
“The quick pace with which developments have unfolded in Tripoli over the past couple of weeks are a reflection of the deeply fractured political scene which continues to hang heavily over the country, undermining its fledgling political process,” said Tarek Mitri, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).The recent turmoil has reportedly been some of the worst fighting since the 2011 uprising that ousted former leader Muammar al-Qadhafi and the North African nation embarked on its democratic transition.Mr. Mitri, briefing the Security Council via video-link from Lebanon on the latest developments, described what is taking place on the ground as an “all-out confrontation” between two major rival groups in the Libyan capital. “This confrontation, born out of deep political polarization, is playing itself out at the country’s international airport,” he said. What initially started as a minor incident on 5 July between elements from rival brigades at a checkpoint in the Janzour area of Tripoli, where the UNSMIL compound is located, rapidly escalated into a series of major clashes across a number of areas in the capital, he reported.“Much of the fighting within the past week has focused on attempts by different armed groups to assert control over Tripoli’s international airport. The battles have caused disruption to air traffic and all air travel has since been suspended. A call from the country’s interim government for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire has so far gone unheeded,” Mr. Mitri continued.“As the number of military actors mobilizing and consolidating their presence within the capital continues to grow, there is a mounting sense of a probable imminent and significant escalation in the conflict. The stakes are high for all sides.”The envoy noted that in the eastern part of the country, there has been a “marked escalation” of confrontations in the last couple of days. Benghazi’s international airport has been repeatedly shelled and is non-operational.The recent fighting in Tripoli and around the international airport brought the war closer to UNSMIL’s compound, which took direct hits from medium and high-caliber machine guns. “We were at a grave risk of being caught up in a military showdown amid indications and warnings that the fighting around our compound would intensify,” said Mr. Mitri.In view of the deteriorating situation in the capital and the closure of Tripoli International Airport, the increased security risk faced by UNSMIL and implications on the ability of its staff to carry out their work, a decision has been taken first to reduce and then later to withdraw the international staff in the country. “It was not an easy decision,” Mr. Mitri stated. “We made it clear that it would not be possible for UNSMIL to carry out its work while at the same time ensuring the safety and security of our 160 international staff present in Tripoli.”He added that the unfolding military developments in Tripoli over the past couple of weeks have cast a shadow over the election on 25 June of the 200-member Council of Representatives, which will replace the General National Congress. The final results of that poll are expected on 20 July.The Security Council, in a statement to the press, condemned the recent violence in Libya, including the fighting around Tripoli International Airport, noting that this follows “a deeply concerning prolonged pattern of politically motivated and inter-militia violence,” making it even more difficult for the Libyan authorities to govern effectively. “The members of the Security Council stressed that violence and the threat of violence is unacceptable and should not be used to pursue political goals. They reiterated the need for all sides to engage in political dialogue and refrain from violence and actions that challenge the stability of the state.”
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins arrived in the majors on August 10. By August 27, he had 11 home runs, including eight in nine days, and was already being declared the savior of the franchise. But we had seen this story unfold once already this summer. In late April, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger arrived in Chavez Ravine, where he started hitting dingers at a historic rate and basically never stopped.This isn’t supposed to happen in MLB. Call-ups from the minors often look overwhelmed and out of sorts when facing big league pitching for the first time — if not immediately, then at least at some point in their first month. But that’s not the case this season. Rookies are contending for MVP awards, young hitters across the league are mashing at a ridiculous rate and minor league prospects aren’t missing a beat when earning a first-time call-up.There’s evidence that this is not necessarily because today’s young hitters are just better than previous years’ crops, but rather because ballclubs are armed with new technologies, which is making them better at determining which players are ready for the majors and when.This skill is more important now than at any other time in the baseball calendar. Teams gained an additional 15 roster spots on Friday, which they often fill with players from the minors. About 20 percent of call-ups happen in September, and teams usually bring promising prospects up for a preview. That means we get a chance, if only for a brief moment, to see some of the best talent from each team’s farm system.Hitters called up for the first time1This category overlaps with rookies, but since rookie status is determined by service time, not all rookies are first-time call-ups. used to lag behind their more experienced colleagues. Each year from 2009 to 2014, the median batters in this group were typically below replacement level for the season. But since 2015, the same group has posted substantially higher WAR, in terms of both average and median, and these players now easily meet or (more often) exceed replacement level.Here’s a chart showing the average wins above replacement2Using Baseball Prospectus’s version of the stat. of first-time call-ups by year. The youngsters have built some of that value with the bat. From 2009 to 2014, first-time call-ups averaged a .218/.278/.336 slash line. An era of low offense didn’t help, but even compared to the league as whole, they were swinging poorly. Since 2015, first-time call-ups have improved to .234/.296/.363.But the slash lines can be a little misleading. When we look closer, it becomes clear that the post-2015 group of players derives some of its advantage from performing better in the first few months of their major league careers. It seems likely that recent batches of call-ups have been more ready to hit big league pitching when they first arrive, rather than scuffling for weeks as they adjust to higher pitch speeds and better pitcher control.It doesn’t appear to be a coincidence that this shift happened in 2015. The TrackMan system, which tracks crucial elements of hitting performance like exit velocity and launch angle, started to measure the minor leagues in 2010, but it wasn’t widely used across baseball until 2014 or 2015. Equipped with precise information about how each batted ball was hit, teams can now base their promotions and call-ups on more than just gut feel and minor league outcomes.This probably doesn’t affect star rookies much. After all, it doesn’t take a fancy tracking system to be able to see that someone like Mike Trout or Bryce Harper is pretty good at baseball and deserves a chance at the next level. Where TrackMan might be most useful is for telling who isn’t up to the challenge of major league baseball. While there are occasional exceptions, batters who can’t regularly muster exit velocities close to the MLB average will struggle to produce offensively. TrackMan offered a way for teams to screen those weaker hitters out. And just as expected, since 2014, the fraction of hitters with below-replacement-level value in their first year in the majors has dropped.The downside to TrackMan has been that players come in as mature products without the room for growth they once had. Before the advent of radar tracking, players showed a clear learning curve: Between their first 10 games in the majors and their 40th-50th, they gained an average of 92 points of OPS. Since 2015, that improvement has been much more muted, at only 47 points. The performance of the pre- and post-TrackMan era call-ups eventually converges, suggesting that much of the value that recent call-ups produce comes shortly after they join the majors.All that new information might have revolutionized how teams evaluate hitters, but it is much less useful for gauging pitchers. Hurlers don’t have as much control over how hard the ball is hit, or at what angle. Instead, the equivalent technology for pitchers is probably Pitchf/x, which was adopted in MLB in 2007 and measures such crucial characteristics as the velocity and break of pitches. Pitch tracking came into wide use in the minors in 2009, which coincides with a noticeable bump in rookie production. Young pitcher WAR totals have stayed relatively constant since then, so teams don’t seem to have built on whatever initial advantage Pitchf/x might have brought.Whether it’s baseball’s first scouting reports or the quantification of a batter’s swing, fresh data has frequently changed the balance of power between veterans and youngsters in the league. As the influx of technology at the major league level makes its way to the minors, the information gap between MLB and Triple-A will start to close. And as the risk that a call-up will flame out decreases, the league might soon be taken over by players in their early 20s making the job look easy.
Her colleague Fazila Aswat hit Mair with her handbag and pleaded with Mrs Cox to think of her two young children and get up and run.Despite being too hurt to move away, Mrs Cox’s thwarted Mair’s initial attack as she shielded her head with her hands.Mair briefly walked away to reload the adapted sawn-off .22 rifle before returning to shoot and stab her again.Mr Kenny, who by coincidence shared his birthday with Mrs Cox, staggered back and “flopped” down on the steps of a sandwich shop. .@MrBrendanCox does Jo and their family proud every single day #lovelikeJo #moreincommon https://t.co/lWc4xh8R9Y— Ruth Smeeth MP (@RuthSmeeth) November 23, 2016 A knife that was presented in evidence during the trial of Thomas MairCredit:West Yorkshire Police Police do not believe that Mair, who rarely left his home town of Birstall, was behind the theft and forensic search of his home and garden also found no evidence that he had modified the weapon.Detectives are now urgently exploring the possibility that a far-Right sympathiser provided Mair with the weapon in the knowledge of what he was planning.The 53-year-old, who hid his Nazi obsession for decades, showed no emotion as he was taken down from the dock to begin his sentence. A jury took just over 90 minutes to convict him for what the MP’s husband described as “an act of terrorism… driven by hatred”.Mair, who shouted “Britain first” and had a stash of neo-Nazi material at his home, was tried under the terrorism protocol. Mair, who had a teaching qualification and a Kirklees college student card, was a frequent visitor to Birstall and Batley libraries.An investigation of his use of library computers exposed Mair’s interest in far right, anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi politics in Britain and abroad.Two days after the killing, Mair was brought before Westminster magistrates under the terrorism protocol. Jeremy Corbyn, right, is joined by the then Prime Minister David Cameron, left, to honour Jo Cox in JuneCredit:PA Right-wing documents and books in the home of Thomas MairCredit:West Yorkshire Police Mr Justice Wilkie said Mrs Cox’s death had been “both a personal tragedy” and a crime with “great public significance”.He said her “generosity of spirit (was) evident in the selfless concern she had for others, even when facing a violent death”.The judge told Mair that the loss he had caused her friends and family would be “unbearable”, and that she had demonstrated herself to be “a credit to herself, her community, and her country” through her work. When asked to confirm his name, the defendant, described by neighbours as a shy loner, said: “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain”.He has refused to answer to the charges against him and not guilty pleas were entered on his behalf to murder, grievous bodily harm to Mr Kenny and possession of the gun and dagger. Mr Whittam went on to say it was fitting that the case had been held before another woman – whose statue holding the scales of justice adorns the Old Bailey.At the conclusion of the evidence, the scales were “weighted only one way”, he said.Mr Whittam said there was a “comprehensive” catalogue of evidence against Mair, including CCTV footage, the testimony of eyewitnesses, DNA and gunshot residue, ballistics and physical evidence.He told jurors: “The comprehensive nature of the evidence does not mean the defence case is bereft of points to make.”We submit to you that those points have no sufficient substance to cause any dent to the prosecution case.” Mair denied Mrs Cox’s murder, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon – a dagger.He also denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent to pensioner Mr Kenny when he tried to stop the attack on Mrs Cox. Mair was convicted on all counts. Jo Cox was murdered a week before Britain voted in June’s referendum on membership of the European UnionCredit: SWNS.com Thomas Mair, who is accused of the terror-related murder of Labour MP Jo Cox, entering Birstall libraryCredit:West Yorkshire Police/PA Reaction to Thomas Mair’s convictionBrendan Cox’s statement outside courtOutside court, Jo Cox’s widower Brendan delivered an emotional statement:”As a family, we will not respond to hatred with hatred. We will love like Jo did and know that, although she is dead, the ideas and values that she held so dear will live on.”And know that, although she is not with us, her energy and her love are hard-wired into our children for the rest of their lives.”Finally, we hope the country will also take something from this – that Jo’s death will have meaning.”That those in politics, the media and our own communities who seek to divide us will face an unassailable wall of British tolerance and the articulation of Jo’s belief that we hold more in common than that which divides us.”Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leaderJeremy Corbyn said the murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox was “an attack on democracy, and has robbed the world of an ambassador of kindness and compassion”. The Labour Party leader said:”Jo Cox believed passionately that all people can achieve their full potential given the opportunity. Her murder was an attack on democracy, and has robbed the world of an ambassador of kindness and compassion.”Jo’s values were lived out in her last moments, when she bravely put the safety of her staff before her own. Jo is someone the Labour Party will forever be extremely proud of. The single biggest tribute we can pay to Jo and her life will be to confront those who wish to promote the hatred and division that led to her murder.”Jo was a loving mother and wife. I hope that the verdict has delivered some sense of justice to those grieving, particularly Jo’s family, who all of our thoughts are with at this time.” As she lay mortally wounded in the street, the MP for Batley and Spen tried to protect her aides by urging them to leave her and save themselves.During the trial Mrs Cox’s family were left in tears as her constituency caseworker Sandra Major described the MP’s selfless response as she came under attack from Mair.She told jurors: “He was making motions towards us with the knife and Jo was lying in the road and she shouted out ‘get away, get away you two. Let him hurt me. Don’t let him hurt you’.”Her account prompted Mr Cox to tweet: “This is who Jo was”. Defending Mair, Simon Russell Flint QC said the killing of Mrs Cox as she carried out her “public duties” had been “truly shocking and appalling”.He told the court: “She was brutally and callously murdered and there is no issue or dispute about that.”Mr Russell Flint said: “Mrs Cox’s death, you know, has touched many hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people, some who knew her and knew her well – her parents, her sibling, her husband, her children, not forgetting her friends and her colleagues who will forever be scarred by what happened to her in the street of that small West Yorkshire town on that June afternoon and will forever mourn her passing.”Addressing the jury, he said: “It is you and you alone who have been charged with the responsibility of determining what are the true verdicts on each of the counts on the indictment.”He added: “You and you alone will determine whether Thomas Mair can return to his quiet and solitary existence or will be forever remembered as the man who assassinated Jo Cox.” Let’s remember Jo’s life not the manner of her death. Her legacy lives on. Please support her Foundation https://t.co/k0o79zcTfF— Lucy Powell MP (@LucyMPowell) November 23, 2016 Brendan Cox, husband of MP Jo Cox, is embraced by his mother-in-law Jean Leadbeater, as his sister-in-law Kim Leadbeater and father-in-law Gordon Leadbeater look on outside the Old BaileyCredit:NEIL HALL/Reuters Philip Hammond, the ChancellorChancellor Philip Hammond, speaking in the Commons, associated himself with Mr McDonnell’s remarks on Mrs Cox.He said: “(I) send my very deepest condolences to the family and her friends who will be suffering again today.”Detective Superintendent Nick WallenOutside court, Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen said: “It is still hard to comprehend the magnitude of what happened in the quiet market town of Birstall on a day in June. The murder of Jo Cox was a tragedy on so many levels.”Not only had it caused devastation to her family, the killing was the first of a female serving Member of Parliament, he said.He said: “Jo Cox championed the democracy and inclusivity of this country and for that she paid the ultimate price.”The officer paid tribute to those who came to the aid of Mrs Cox as well as the courage of the unarmed patrol officers who arrested the “cold-blooded killer” while he was still armed.He added: “Nothing can excuse the evil and horror his actions brought to the small town of Birstall on June 16 this year.”Sue Hemming, Crown Prosecution ServiceSue Hemming, head of special crime and counter-terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Mair has offered no explanation for his actions but the prosecution was able to demonstrate that, motivated by hate, his pre-meditated crimes were nothing less than acts of terrorism designed to advance his twisted ideology.”The CPS worked closely with police from the outset of their thorough investigation to build a strong case. This included the evidence of a number of brave eyewitnesses, who are to be commended. A jury has now unanimously agreed on Mair’s guilt of all offences committed during this disturbing attack.”Our thoughts are with Jo Cox’s family, who attended the court hearing and have behaved with real strength and dignity throughout. The CPS will continue to work with criminal justice partners to combat those who seek to sow hatred and division by advancing extremist ideologies.”Jo Cox’s sister Kim LeadbeaterKim Leadbeater, Jo Cox’s sister, praised the “many acts of bravery” on the day of her murder as she vowed to continue the Labour MP’s legacy.Speaking outside the Old Bailey she thanked those who witnessed the attack on June 16 for their actions and for coming forward. Despite discarding some clothes, Mair was swiftly tracked down a mile away, still carrying his holdall containing the blood-splattered murder weapons.They included a reproduction of a Fairbairn-Sykes “fighting dagger”, a design first made in 1941 for British special forces and commando units, with a 17.4cm blade. The far-Right ‘terrorist’ who assassinated Labour MP Jo Cox may have had a sympathetic accomplice who provided him with the murder weapon, it has emerged.A major manhunt was underway on Wednesday night for the person who handed the 53-year-old loner the modified bolt-action rifle, which was stolen almost a year before the murder.Mair, who was obsessed with the Nazis and white supremacy, was told he will die in jail after a jury at the Old Bailey took just an hour and a half to find him guilty of the brutal and senseless murder of the mother of two in the run up to the EU referendum in June.During the trial it emerged that he had used a German-made .22 calibre bolt-action rifle which had been chopped down to just 12in in length so it could be used with one hand. The legally-held gun was stolen along with ammunition from a car in Keighley, West Yorkshire in August last year. Ms Leadbeater said: “Jo would have been extremely impressed although not at all surprised by the courage of her staff and constituents during this process and indeed on June 16.”There may have been one act of extreme cowardice on that day but there were many acts of bravery, particularly from Fazila and Sandra and Bernard Kenny. We think about them often.”Our focus now as a family is to look forward, we can begin to consider our own loss in our own way and in our own time.”We can and we will work through our pain and as a family we are stronger and more united than ever.”What can be difficult at times is thinking about the ripple effect of Jo’s murder and the many lives it has affected. However, it has always been my belief that whilst we can not always choose what happens to us, we can try to choose how we respond.”I for one will not be beaten by what has happened and I know I am not alone. It is the last thing my sister would want and it is not who I am.”I will channel my energy into ensuring Jo’s legacy continues and as a family we will respond with strength, love, positivity and enthusiasm.”Campaign group HOPE not hateNick Lowles, chief executive of campaign group HOPE not hate, said that seeing liberal politicians as a target is a “strong pillar” of thinking among UK neo-Nazis. He said:”Thomas Mair acted alone but he was inspired by over 30 years of reading Nazi propaganda. “In targeting a British MP, Mair was following a growing list of British Nazi terrorists who believe that they are at war with the system. This ideology, which sees the state – and in particular liberal politicians – as more of a target than minorities, became dominant among UK Nazis in the 1990s and remains a strong pillar of their thinking today.”While Thomas Mair pulled trigger, neo-Nazi propagandists must share some responsibility for fuelling and directing the hatred and violence inside him.”More needs to be done to tackle the growing threat of Britain’s far Right. While it might be numerically smaller than in the past, it is becoming more violent and dangerous.”And while the authorities will always prioritise targeting those individuals who could carry out terrorist attacks, it is also vital that they target the people who peddle the hatred that inspired the likes of Thomas Mair. This is something they have repeatedly failed to do.”Rev Paul Knight, vicar of BirstallThe vicar of Birstall, the Rev Paul Knight, said: “We’re relieved that it’s gone this far and that it’s wrapping up, really.”We want to concentrate on the good things that can come out of this.”Jo was so positive and changed so many lives. We want to make sure that’s the thing that’s remembered, not the guy that did it.”Speaking outside Birstall Library, Mr Knight said: “We’re getting back to a normality but we’ll never forget Jo. That’s what we promised.”He said: “Everybody always says that kind of thing doesn’t happen round here but it did. And we had deal with it and there was an incredible outpouring of grief.”Social media reaction from other MPs Emergency services at the scene of Jo Cox’s murder in Birstall, West YorkshireCredit:Ben Lack for The Telegraph By your actions you have betrayed the quintessence of our country – parliamentary democracyMr Justice Wilkie Thomas Mair in police custody after his arrestCredit:West Yorkshire Police/PA Thomas Mair, pictured in a police custody image, will serve a whole-life sentenceCredit:West Yorkshire Police/PA Two police constables tackled Mair to the ground and in the scuffle, he cut his head.Following his arrest, police uncovered a hoard of neo-Nazi literature at his council house in nearby Lowood Lane. The attack was captured on grainy CCTV and witnessed by 16 members of the public who travelled to the Old Bailey to give evidence.They described the popping noise of Mair’s gun and how he threatened to stab people if they got in his way.Afterwards, Mair walked away as if he had “not a care in the world”, the court heard. A gun that was presented in evidence during the trial of Thomas MairCredit:West Yorkshire Police Mr Justice Wilkie said: “In the true meaning of the word she was a patriot.”You affect to be a patriot. The words you uttered repeatedly when you killed her give lip service to that concept.”Those sentiments can be legitimate and can have resonance but in your mouth, allied to your actions, they are tainted and made toxic.” Despite having the “element of surprise”, Mair failed in his first attempt and came back to shoot and stab Mrs Cox again, the court heard.Mr Whittam said: “Perhaps he underestimated Jo Cox’s tenacity and courage.”He said that all the evidence “compellingly establishes Thomas Mair was her murderer”. How the Jo Cox murder trial unfoldedAt the conclusion of the prosecution case, Mair’s lawyer Simon Russell Flint, QC, called no evidence on behalf of the defendant, of Lowood Lane, Birstall.In his closing speech, prosecutor Richard Whittam QC told jurors: “At 13.48 on the 16th of June in Market Street outside the public library in Birstall, the democratically-elected MP for Batley and Spen, Jo Cox, was murdered as she carried out her duties on behalf of her electorate.”Mr Whittam said her attack “brought out the best of the people who were with her” – the two members of staff and Birstall residents who came to her aid. In pride of place on a bookshelf was a golden Third Reich eagle ornament with a swastika emblazoned on the front. Jo Cox, the Labour MP and mother of two Credit:Jo Cox Foundation/PA Mair was also convicted of stabbing 77-year-old retired miner, Bernard Kenny, who tried to save the MP.In a statement, Mr Kenny described Mair’s actions as a “pure act of evil”.He said he would do the same thing again as it was “the right thing to do”, even though his actions were not enough to save Mrs Cox. The judge told Mair his inspiration was not from “love of country or your fellow citizens”, but was “an admiration of Nazism” and similar white supremacist ideas where “democracy and political persuasion are supplanted by violence”.He added: “Our parents’ generation made huge sacrifices to defeat those ideas and values in the Second World War. What you did, and your admiration for those views which informed your crime, betrays the sacrifices of that generation.”You are no patriot. By your actions you have betrayed the quintessence of our country, its adherence to parliamentary democracy.” Justice for Jo. Thoughts with all Jo’s family & friends & for the amazing woman we lost #moreincommon https://t.co/M0YeQkt4Ra— Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) November 23, 2016 Jo’s sister Kim Leadbeater delivers a statement outside the Old BaileyCredit:NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP/Getty Brendan Cox, the husband of murdered MP Jo Cox, speaks outside courtCredit:NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP/Getty Home Secretary Amber RuddAmber Rudd, the Home Secretary, said she was determined that we challenge extremism in all its forms. She said:”Jo Cox was a committed and passionate politician, devoted to her two young children and her husband, and our thoughts are with her family today.”The shocking and senseless murder of Jo was an attack on all of us and the values we share of democracy and tolerance.”As Home Secretary I am determined that we challenge extremism in all its forms including the evil of far-Right extremism and the terrible damage it can cause to individuals, families and communities.”Jo knew that tackling hatred and division is not something that can be done by Government alone but only by working in partnership with local people and groups, getting involved and speaking up for the values that make us the country we are proud to be.”Jo’s life was brutally taken away. It falls on all of us to redouble our efforts to make sure the principles that she stood for live on.”John McDonnell, shadow chancellorJohn McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, used his opening remarks on the Autumn Statement in the Commons to pay tribute to the murdered MP.Speaking shortly after the verdict was delivered, he said: “This morning we’ve heard the verdict from the trial following the tragic murder of Jo Cox.”Jo Cox’s murder robbed this House of a fierce advocate for social justice and a passionate campaigner. Her killing was an attack on democracy itself. Our thoughts are with her family this morning.” A Nazi eagle found on Thomas Mair’s bookcase containing books about the Third ReichCredit:West Yorkshire Police Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Thomas Mair, pictured being arrested by police, after shooting and stabbing Jo Cox in JuneCredit:West Yorkshire Police/PA The Old Bailey heard how he collected a dossier on his 41-year-old Remain campaigning MP before launching his murderous attack.As the verdicts were read out, Jo Cox’s parents Jean and Gordon Leadbeater clasped their hands together and nodded. Mrs Cox’s family hugged and shook hands with prosecutor Richard Whittam QC and appeared tearful as they left court.Mrs Cox’s husband, Brendan Cox, told the Old Bailey he was not there for “retribution” and felt “nothing but pity for” Mair. He also described the far-Right killer as “cowardice personified”.In a statement he said: “The killing was, in my view, a political act and an act of terrorism. An act driven by hatred which has instead promoted an outpouring of love.” Show more But Mr Cox said it had been a “most incompetent and self-defeating” act, as it had led to communities pulling together and “allowed millions to hear a voice instead of silencing a voice”.After the verdicts were read out, Mair, who had refused to enter a plea and did not put forward a defence, said he wished to address the court, but the judge refused to give him permission.
AA president, Edmund King, said children’s video games could be contributing to the problemCredit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images “With these games you can buy a clutch, a steering wheel, a break so even if they’re getting into a manual car for the first time, they know, or think they know how to drive it.“These games are giving youngsters the confidence to get behind the wheel even when they shouldn’t be.”In November a 15-year-old boy caused the deaths of five people in Leeds when he crashed a stolen car into a tree after reaching speeds of 88mph.The teenager, who cannot be named due to his age, admitted five counts of causing death by dangerous driving and was detained for four and a half years. Mr King added that despite the myth that children are no longer interested in driving and prioritise social media, both driving lessons and tests are on the rise and teenagers remain as enthusiastic as ever.Currently, UK courts can impose driving bans on those who are legally too young to drive. Once they have turned 17 and their disqualification period ends, they will be able to drive again.RAC Insurance spokesman Simon Williams said concerns were also being raised about how children were getting their hands on cars.He said: “There now appears to be a new way of children getting access to vehicles which involves legitimate adult drivers buying or hiring cars to let children, predominantly boys, have a go at driving, often for a fee.” Darnell Harte was killed along with four others by a 15-year-old boy driving in LeedsCredit:PA More than 1,000 driving bans were handed to children in 2017 who were not old enough to drive, thanks to video games “giving youngsters the confidence to get behind the wheel”. It is feared that video games which are “teaching” young people to drive could be contributing to the number of underage driving bans being issued, rising from 696 in 2014 to 1,024 last year.Figures obtained by the BBC showed children as young as 12 were among those banned, with 33 disqualifications issued in total during 2017 for those aged 13 and under, according to DVLA statistics.It has been suggested that the rise could be down to children learning how to drive through their computer or gaming console.AA president Edmund King said: “There are more and more video games out there now that are able to effectively teach people how to drive.
…in 1st Test of Wisden Trophy SeriesWest Indies captain Jason Holder (3R) celebrates with team mates after winning the third one day international (ODI) cricket match against India at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on October 27, 2018.Cricket West Indies (CWI) selection panel on Tuesday announced the West Indies squad to face England in the first Test match of the much-anticipated Wisden Trophy Series.According to CWI, the selectors have named an exciting squad, balancing players who have performed strongly in recent Tests with players who have been recalled or called up for the first time due to recent performances. Two uncapped players will be thrilled to join the squad ahead of this great rivalry: John Campbell the 26-year-old left-handed opening batsman and Shamarh Brooks the 30-year-old right-handed middle-order batsman.There are recalls for fast bowler Alzarri Joseph and left-hander Darren Bravo.Fast bowler Oshane Thomas has been named as cover for Joseph, who is making a comeback from injury.Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne said: “After a difficult Test Series in Bangladesh late last year the opportunity presents itself for our team to pick itself up. Although a tough series against England is anticipated, home turf has always been a place where our team has made strides.”Browne added: “With the return of Darren Bravo, who will add value to a batting department, we expect to see marked improvement. Young, exciting, fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, who was sidelined by injury, returns to the squad and Shamarh Brooks has been elevated for his solid first-class performances over the last three years. John Campbell the incumbent ‘A’ team opener, who has played first class cricket for a number of years will open the batting after a good first-class season in 2018. The panel takes this opportunity to wish captain Jason Holder and his team all the best in the upcoming series.”According to CEO Johnny Grave “The Wisden Trophy has got incredible history and the West Indies have got a proud record to defend. England have only won one Test Series on West Indies soil in 50 years. We hope that our fans will once again become the team’s twelfth man and rally to create the noise and colour that gives the squad the support they deserve and register a win in what will be a great battle.”FULL SQUADJason Holder (Captain)Kraigg BrathwaiteDarren BravoShamarh BrooksJohn CampbellRoston ChaseShane DowrichShannon GabrielShimron HetmyerShai HopeAlzarri JosephKemar RoachJomel WarricanNOTE: Oshane Thomas has been called up as cover for Alzarri JosephMatch Schedule1st Test: Kensington Oval – Jan 23-272nd Test: Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground – Jan 31 to Feb 4 3rd Test: Daren Sammy Cricket Ground – Feb 9-13 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWest Indies confident ahead of first Test match against EnglandJanuary 22, 2019In “Sports”Devon Smith returns to West Indies Test squad after three yearsMay 25, 2018In “latest news”WI vs England: Squad announced for 2nd matchJanuary 28, 2019In “latest news”
Belarussian champions Meshkov Brest celebrate their seventh domestic title after penalty – roulette against SKA Minsk! The team with the highest ambitions in Eastern Europe in this moment had a lot of difficulties to overplay team from the capital in the Play-Off Final.SKA Minsk won the first clash 33:24 in front of home fans, while Meshkov responsed with 29:26 in the second match for the title. In the decisive match in Brest, Meshkov were “lucky” winner after penalty shot-out 30:28 (26:26 – 14:12).This means that Meshkov will play for the VELUX EHF Champions League next season after fifth place in the Preliminary Round in current…Meshkov coach Željko Babić left the club with the last day of the season. He wants to focus on his job as Croatian national team head-coach. Meshkov Brest ← Previous Story El Jaish win Qatar Handball Cup 2015 Next Story → RK Vardar Skopje win 9th Macedonian title!
Not too long ago we posted about Intel’s Z68 chipset and its ability to take advantage of Smart Response Technology. This is essentially the use of a small SSD as a high-speed cache for a traditional hard drive, giving the computer the speed of an SSD combined with the capacity of a spinning disk. Now we’ve learned that hardware site VR-Zone got a sneak peak at Gigabyte’s new GA-Z68P-DS3 motherboard motherboard, which, as you can probably tell from the name, uses that Z68 chipset. The best part though is that the motherboard has a mini SATA (mSATA) slot on-board, which means that Smart Response can actually be put to use.As luck would have it, Intel has the perfect fit for that mSATA slot and Smart Response. The company’s 311 series SSD (PDF product brief here) fits into an mSATA slot and packs 20GB of blazing fast storage. The drive is 1/8th the size of a 2.5-inch disk and weighs just 10 grams so it barely takes up any room in a computer case. You can see it mounted in the dead center of the Gigabyte motherboard above.AdChoices广告Aside from mSATA the GA-Z68P-DS3 has support for second generation Core processors (Sandy Bridge), six rear USB slots, HDMI, Intel HD audio, a PS/2 port, two 6Gbps SATA ports, and 4 Gbps SATA ports, plus all the other stuff you’d expect from a modern motherboard. Intel counts the Z68 as a mainstream chipset so despite the new technology the board is a bit pedestrian, but it looks like a very solid offering for a large segment of the computer-building market.And, seemingly for a bit of irony, Gigabyte left the parallel and serial ports on the back. You know, if you have an old printer you’d like to use…More at VR-Zone
NameEleni Papaspyropoulou, 19.Your greatest achievements and how you reached themI managed to adjust in Australia in less than one year, after coming from Greece. Also, I was selected for the position of the St John’s College school vice captain and I got the Dux of Year 11 and 12. I was able to manage all these by studying many hours and being dedicated to my goal, which is university, despite all the difficulties that I faced during these two years.Goal for the futureMy goals for the future is to get a high ENTER score and get into Melbourne University to study Psychology.Best moment of your lifeThe Year 12 graduation.One word that describes you the bestDedicated.People you most admire and why I admire my parents- my mum because she always encourages me to do new things and be strong in life. Also my father because he gave me the best advice that he could have given me, in order to always do the right thing and being able to face life.Most embarrassing momentWhen I was in Greece, in the port that we used to go for coffee, I was sitting on the stairs near the sea and there were crabs on the stairs. As I went to scare them I fell in the sea and all the people around me were laughing.If I could say anything to the Greek community… Never give up our Greek background and always be proud of it, as it is one of the most important things we were born with.Favourite place to go or hang out atSantorini.Song that I can’t get out of my head at the momentSakis Rouvas-Xamogela.Favourite Greek foodXorta me lemoni kai feta.I can’t live without… Feta.If I was Kevin Rudd for a day I would… Take the opportunity and the experience of being able to help the whole state. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Panelists at The Columbian’s 2019 Economic Forecast event all offered a reasonably cheerful short-term assessment of the economy, pointing to a variety of indicators that suggest that even though growth may slow a bit, a recession is not imminent.But the long-term picture was comparatively bleak, highlighting concerns about the impacts of wealth inequality and climate change.The event’s keynote speaker was Jason DeSena Trennert, the chairman and CEO of Strategas Securities, who gave a presentation that he called a “requiem for the ‘new normal,’ ” referring to a pattern of slower growth that he said tends to take place in the years following a financial crisis.The U.S. economy has been experiencing the new normal ever since the 2008 financial crisis, he said, but, “President Trump was a disruptive force on the new normal” due to policies that have sped up growth.“We’re going back to the old normal,” he said.The growth has enabled the Federal Reserve to take more aggressive recent action to stabilize interest rates, he said, but it’s now poised to step back, marking a return to the “old normal” type of business cycle, which will mean stronger growth, more market volatility and a higher risk of recession.
Image credit: CirklePR and digital communications consultancy organisation Cirkle has launched an employee ownership trust.The London-based organisation, which has 40 employees, has sold 60% of its shares into an employee ownership trust. Founder and chairman Caroline Kinsey (pictured), who previously owned 100% of the organisation, will retain 40% of the shares.Cirkle has introduced the employee ownership trust in order to maintain the integrity and sustainability of the business, as well as to reward its employees.Law firm Lewis Silkin advised Cirkle on the employee ownership trust process.Matthew Rowbotham, head of tax, rewards and incentives at Lewis Silkin, stated that: “There are various benefits to using this new model, not least being improved employee engagement and providing new opportunities for management to move a business on to the next level.”Kinsey added: “The great thing about an [employee ownership trust] is that I am transferring a majority shareholding but preserving the integrity and continuity of the business and rewarding the contribution and loyalty of staff.“As an agency recognised for our employee engagement, our culture and a real belief in and focus on our people and our team, this was the right structure.”
This September 30, 2016 picture shows Okitsugu shrine of the Munakata Taisha at Okinoshima island, some 60 kilometres from Munakata city, Fukuoka prefecture. The island of Okinoshima and associted sites in the Munakata Region have been inscribed at the 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee held in Poland on July 9, 2017. AFPA men-only island in Japan where women are banned and male visitors must bathe naked in the sea before visiting its shrine, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.The tiny landmass of Okinoshima is permanently manned by a Shinto priest who prays to the island’s goddess, in a tradition that has been kept up for centuries.Limited numbers are permitted to land on the island in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) — this year it was 200 — for a yearly festival that lasts just two hours, but they must adhere to strict rules.Most importantly, they must be men, but they must also strip off and take a purifying dip in the ocean before they are allowed to set foot on the sacred ground of the shrine.Despite its inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage list — often the prelude to a leap in tourist numbers — shrine officials say they are now considering banning future travel for anyone apart from priests, partly out of fears the island could be “destroyed” by too many visitors.”The island has sometimes been said to ban women, but in principle anyone but the priests who pray there for 365 days a year is barred from entering,” said a spokesman.The ban on female visitors specifically “has nothing to do with discrimination against women,” the official told AFP by phone.It is considered dangerous for women to travel by sea to get to the island and the shrine will not change the centuries-old rule, he said.”It is meant to protect women, the birth-giving gender,” he added.The island, which sits off the northwest coast of Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands, was an important window for foreign trade in Japan since ancient times, forming part of a trade route that linked the archipelago to the Korean peninsula and China.Thousands of gold rings and other valuable items have been found there.”These treasures are believed to have been offered to the gods in order to pray for national prosperity and the safety of marine traffic,” says the website of Munakata Taisha, the shrine which owns Okinoshima.UNESCO’s heritage committee considered 33 sites for the prestigious status at its annual gathering in Poland.On Sunday it also accepted Taputapuatea, a portion of the “Polynesian Triangle” in the South Pacific thought to be the last part of the globe settled by humans, to the list.It also added Britain’s Lake District — muse for artists from William Wordsworth to Beatrix Potter — and the Valongo wharf in Rio de Janeiro where slaves from Africa first arrived in Brazil.UNESCO’s World Heritage list includes over 1,000 sites, monuments and natural phenomena that are of “outstanding universal value” to humankind.It includes treasures such as Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the Taj Mahal in India, and the rock-carved city of Petra in modern-day Jordan.
Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis Stay on target A certain movie comes out this weekend that would have you believe there’s a new Barry Allen in town. The powers behind said movie spent a lot of money to convince you to accept another, lesser Flash into your life. As if the true worth of a superhero lies in how much money is spent on their costume. No, friends. That is not the way. A hero’s worth is measured not by special effects budgets or bankable names, but by what’s in their heart. And heart is where Grant Gustin runs circles around the pretender.I know what you’re saying. “Why do we have to choose? Why can’t there be two Barry Allens?” I know that sounds reasonable. But that line of thinking leads to surrender. Remember the Suicide Squad. Remember how they were one of the more exciting developments of Arrow’s second season. Remember how we lost them once the DCEU turned its hungry gaze upon them. The Arrowverse Suicide Squad was no more and all we were left with is a terrible movie. That cannot be allowed to happen again. We cannot surrender the one true Barry Allen, leaving only an imitator in his place.Ezra Miller (Photo via Warner Bros.)It was a mistake to overlook Grant Gustin and the Arrowverse. Warner Bros. wanted their Cinematic Universe to be its own thing. That’s understandable. But in doing so, they looked to the wrong example, and took the wrong lessons from it. They ignored the smaller successful universe happening right under their noses. On a little broadcast network called the CW. Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 8 p.m., comics fans are taken to a fully functional, interconnected DC universe. One that grew over time. One that got a few years under its belt before attempting big crossover events. (And one that has a much more likable, inspiring version of Superman, but that’s an argument for a different time.) By the time Ezra Miller made his brief cameo appearance in Batman v. Superman, we had already seen the perfect Barry Allen. We’d watched him get his powers, figure out how to be a hero, make friends and become The Flash. Batman needs a team to defeat Steppenwolf/whatever villain they hope to CGI next? Why not turn to the guy whose been at it for years?Since the first trailer for Justice League, there’s been something a little… off about this version of Barry Allen. He needs to be told to save people. He just pushes people and runs away. He joins the Justice League because he “needs friends.” Are you kidding me? What about Cisco? Caitlin? Hell, where’s Iris? (The answer to that last one: On the cutting room floor.) Can you imagine Grant Gustin saying “I need friends”? No. You can’t because nobody wouldn’t want to be that guy’s friend. From the moment he walked on screen in season two of Arrow, we immediately fell in love with him. He was awkward, funny and bright. He was earnest in a way that makes even the most ridiculous silver age comic book villains make sense in a 2010s TV show. If that guy’s taking a giant shark-man seriously, we do too. His face just inspires that kind of trust. It’s fine that the Flash is funny. He should be. What he shouldn’t be is flat comic relief. And what he definitely shouldn’t be is every awkward nerd stereotype from the last 20 years. Though he is both of those things, he’s so much more than that. He has a warmth and optimism that radiates from the screen. Gustin’s Barry brought light, humor and hope to the dark, brooding Arrow. I can’t think of a series more in need of his services than the DCEU.Grant Gustin (Photo via The CW)From the beginning, the biggest criticism of DC’s attempt at a cinematic universe was that it was too dark. It started with Man of Steel, when Superman caused careless destruction in the middle of a crowded city before snapping his enemy’s neck. It continued with the joyless BvS, where Batman nearly killed Superman but backed off when he learned their mothers had the same name. The only movie to completely escape the criticism was Wonder Woman, which gave us the optimism and heroics we expect from the superhero. Now imagine Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman teaming up with Gustin’s Flash. What a joyous team-up that would be. Together, they could turn the DCEU into something resembling the DC Universe from the comics. Where no matter how dark things get, the heroes give the world a sense of hope. They bring an end to destruction, rather than adding to it. A team-up like that might even put some color into the DCEU’s grey, dreary world.Now there is one other Barry Allen that we haven’t discussed yet. That’s John Wesley Shipp, who played the hero in the 1990 TV series. (It’s dated now, but if you go back and watch it, it’s still a lot of fun.) Shipp had more of a flippant attitude on the show. You can see exactly what kind of character he was as Jay Garrick in the modern series, where he’s basically playing an older version of his Barry. More importantly though, Shipp played Barry’s father, Henry Allen in the new series. As great as Shipp’s Barry Allen was, his very existence is proof that Gustin is the one true Flash. Not only is he Barry Allen, his father used to be Barry Allen. Put those together and you get two Barry Allens in one person. That’s science. Who plays Miller’s father? Billy Crudup? He’s never been The Flash. That puts Gustin at two Barrys to Miller’s one. Math doesn’t lie.Grant Gustin, John Wesley Shipp (Photo via the CW)Now let’s talk about suits. Hey, a good costume is important if you want to be a superhero. Looking at the two, it’s clear that Miller’s is more intricate, more complex and much more expensive. Gustin’s suit was created with a TV budget. Miller’s was created with the budget of a movie hoping to earn Marvel money. And you know what? Gustin’s is still better. He looks like The Flash. I get that modernizing these suits to look good on the big screen in 2017 is tough. You have to deal with the fact that, as drawn in the comics, all these superheroes are wearing technicolor spandex. And Gustin makes it work. The show gives us a reason for the suit looking the way it does, and Gustin has gotten really good at fighting in it. The movements looks smooth, the fights are fun to watch, and even with a TV budget, he looks like the fastest man alive in it. Yeah, it’s kind of a goofy costume, but it fits the tone of the show. And it accentuates Gustin’s dopey smile. You know, the one that makes you want to pat is head and give him a treat. Yes, Gustin’s Barry is basically a puppy. And he’s such a good boy.Most importantly, Gustin’s suit looks like something you can get in and out of easily. Look at the one from the movie. First of all, why do big Hollywood movies feel the need to overdesign everything? Everything has to be made up of sharp angles arranged in weird patterns like a ridiculously expensive tangram puzzle. What is the point of it? It doesn’t even look all that aerodynamic. Even The Flash experiences drag, right? It’s supposed to look more like armor, but what does The Flash need armor for? The whole point is that he can’t be hit. And if anyone does manage to get a hand on him, it’s usually a big enough problem that no amount of armor will help. The biggest problem: Miller needs to be screwed in and out of it. Gustin can hop into his suit in a second, Miller has to break out a power drill. Even the fastest man alive can’t make one of those go faster.Composite: Ezra Miller (via Warner Bros.), Grant Gustin (Via The CW)Now, we need to talk about “Flashpoint.” It’s the one thing Gustin’s Barry screwed up pretty bad, and it’s the thing that Miller’s can still get right. After all, with a whole movie instead of just one episode of TV, the DCEU should be able to nail a story as important as “Flashpoint,” right? I’m not so confident. Aside from being to dark and dreary, the other main complaint about the DCEU is that it rushes into events too fast. They did Batman vs. Superman AND the Death of Superman in the second movie, rendering what should have been major events meaningless. Now, we have its first big team-up movie (which seems more preocupied with setting up the NEXT one), and we haven’t even met a half the team. Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash are all getting their movies later. And the first Flash movie is Flashpoint. That’s not something you do first. Flashpoint only works if you’re already familiar with the world and characters surrounding The Flash. Gustin’s version may have been a disappointing single hour when it should have been a multi-episode arc, but it still meant something. We had spent two whole seasons in that world. It felt good to see Barry and Iris together (before that happened in the real world). It felt good to see Barry’s parents alive and together. It was painful to see Team Flash split up. That’s all because of Grant Gustin’s performance. He is Barry Allen. His dopey earnestness embodies the character so well we root for him even when he does something stupid and selfish like Flashpoint. We haven’t seen Miller’s Flashpoint movie yet. It might be good. It might even be better than Gustin’s. But there’s almost no way it’ll matter as much. We just don’t know his Barry well enough for Flashpoint to matter at this point. Not only is he not the one true Barry Allen, he hasn’t had the screen time required to even approach that point.Grant Gustin as The Flash and Keiynan Lonsdale as Kid Flash (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)I don’t buy the excuse that in Justice League, he’s still learning to be The Flash. Gustin’s Barry went through a similar period in season one, when people were still referring to him as The Streak. Thankfully, the show put an end to that as soon as it could. Here’s the thing though. Even when he was The Streak, Barry saved people. He fought bad guys. He quickly learned that super speed means he can do more than run away really fast. He can also punch people a million times in one minute. He can vibrate so fast he can fade through solid matter. But in the movie, The Flash can’t be more powerful than Batman or Superman, so he doesn’t do any of that. Even though it would probably put an end to the fight pretty quick. More than heart, more than a perfect embodiment of the character from the comics, Grant Gustin is the one true Barry Allen because his show allows him to be. At least at this point, the same can’t be said for Miller and the DCEU.The Arrowverse is doing everything the DCEU wishes it was doing, and on a much smaller budget. Imagine how ahead of the game they would be if they cast the one true Barry Allen. Gustin worked hard to make The Flash relevant again, and he did so without compromising what The Flash always was. He made us accept the goofy silver age comic book stuff as well as the serious drama. I only wish we could say the same thing about DC’s movies. Of course, it’s important to remember we’re just talking about Barry Allen here, not everyone who’s put on the red costume. If we compared all Flashes, even Grant Gustin would come up short. He may be the one true Barry Allen, but Barry Allen is no Wally West. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
The Linux Mint Project community announced the release of LMDE 3 Cinnamon, codenamed as ‘Cindy’. LMDE( Linux Mint Debian Edition) is a Linux Mint project where the main goal of Linux Mint team is to see how viable their distribution would be and how much work would be necessary if Ubuntu was ever to disappear. LMDE aims to be similar to Linux Mint, but without the use of Ubuntu. Instead, LMDE package base is provided by Debian. LMDE 3 Cindy includes some bug and security fixes. However, the Debian base package stands unchanged. Mint and desktop components are updated continuously. Once ready, the newly developed features get directly into LMDE. These changes are staged for inclusion in the next upcoming Linux Mint point release, which is not yet disclosed. System requirements for LMDE 3 ‘Cindy’ Cinnamon 1GB RAM (2GB recommended for a comfortable usage) 15GB of disk space (20GB recommended) 1024×768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen) Some known issues resolved Locked root account The root account is now locked by default. To use the recovery console (from the Grub menu) or log in as root, one has to first give a new password to root: sudo passwd root Secure Boot If the computer is using Secure Boot one needs to disable it. Debian Stretch and LMDE 3 does not support it. Virtualbox Guest Additions To add support for shared folders, drag and drop, proper acceleration and display resolution in Virtualbox, click on the “Devices” menu of Virtualbox and choose “Insert Guest Additions CD Image”. Choose “download” when asked and follow the instructions. Read Installing the VirtualBox Guest Additions for more details. Sound and microphone issues If there’s any issue with the microphone or the sound output, install ‘pavucontrol’. This will add “PulseAudio Volume Control” to the menu. The ‘pavucontrol’ application has more configuration options than the default volume control. Issues with KDE apps If one’s experiencing issues with KDE apps (Okular, Gwenview, KStars..etc), they can run the following command: apt install kdelibs-bin kdelibs5-data kdelibs5-plugins Read more about this release in detail in LMDE 3 Documentation. Read Next Facebook and Arm join Yocto Project as platinum members for embedded Linux development Bodhi Linux 5.0.0 released with updated Ubuntu core 18.04 and a modern look Google becomes a new platinum member of the Linux Foundation