Russian journalist expelled

first_img BelarusEurope – Central Asia Organisation BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Receive email alerts Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF_en News June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further May 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today protested against yesterday’s announced expulsion of Pavel Selin, the Minsk correspondent of the Russian television station NTV, because of an allegedly “tendentious” report on the funeral of a writer opposed to President Alexander Lukashenko. The Belorussian foreign ministry withdrew Selin’s accreditation, banned him from entering the country for five years, and threatened to close NTV’s Minsk bureau if the station does not screen an apology.Coming after the forced temporary closure of at least five independent newspapers in recent weeks, Selin’s expulsion and the threatened closure of the NTV bureau seem to be part of a deliberate policy to eliminate news diversity in Belarus. If the authorities do put an end to NTV coverage in Belarus, they will deprive the public of one of the few easily accessible non-governmental news sources. Reporters Without Borders therefore called on the authorities to reverse their decision and allow Selin to resume working in Belarus and, in general, not to obstruct the work of foreign journalists.The foreign ministry on 27 June asked Selin to explain a report two days before on the funeral of writer Pavel Bykov, in which he said the police deliberately obstructed the 20,000-strong procession and that Bykov’s widow had been stripped of her permission to reside in Minsk. The report also stressed the presence of the red and white flag that was used when Belarus won independence but has since been banned and is now a symbol of opposition to the Lukashenko regime.Selin, who was told yesterday of the interior ministry’s decision to expel him, said the authorities were especially annoyed that he included an interview with Stanislav Shushkevich, Belarus’s first leader after independence, in which he said “Lukashenko was afraid to come to the funeral.”Selin had come under pressure from the authorities in the past about his reporting in Belarus. The foreign ministry announced on 25 April 2002 that it had warned him about a series of reports on repression of the Belorussian opposition. Selin had been summoned to the ministry the day before and asked to deny the truth of the reports and to apologise for their “biased and groundless” content. RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News News Follow the news on Belarus June 29, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Russian journalist expelled May 27, 2021 Find out more “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF sayslast_img read more

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David Byrne Adds Even More Dates To American Utopia Tour

first_imgDavid Byrne is currently on tour in support of his most recent release American Utopia, his first solo album in 14 years. With an enormous tour including North American festival appearances at Coachella, Shaky Knees, Jazz Fest, Panorama, Sasquatch, Beale Street Music Festival, and more already on the books, Byrne has officially added another wave of dates, bringing his tally of upcoming shows from now until October over 100.The former Talking Heads frontman is bringing his new tunes on the road and keeping the familiar favorites in rotation. Recently described by Byrne as “the most ambitious show [he’s] done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense,” David Byrne’s current production is being regarded as one of the best on the road today (see photos here).The new dates will take David Byrne up and down the East Coast in September, with opening support from tUnE-yArDs. The new wave of dates will hit Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maine, South Carolina, and several cities in Florida before wrapping in Dallas, Texas. Click to see the full list of tour dates below, and head to David Byrne’s website for more information.David Byrne 2018 Tour Dates:Newly added dates in bold*03/16 – Santiago, CL @ Lollapalooza Chile03/18 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Lollapalooza Argentina03/19 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Teatro Gran Rex03/20 – Montevido, UY @ Teatro de Verano03/22 – Porto Alegre, BR @ Pepsi On Stage03/24 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brasil03/26 – Curitiba, BR @ Teatro Positivo03/28 – Rio de Janerio, BR @ Km De Vantagens Hall03/29 – Belo Horizonte, BR @ Km De Vantagens Hall04/03 – Mexico City MX @ Metropolitan Theater04/05 – Monterrey MX @ Auditorio Pabellón M04/07 – Guadalajara, MX @ Corona Capital Guadalajara04/12 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Centre %04/14 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival04/15 – Tucson, AZ @ Centennial Hall %04/17 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Theater %04/18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Smith Center for the Arts %04/19 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater %04/21 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival04/24 – Dallas, TX @ Winspear Opera House %04/25 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion %04/27 – San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts %04/28 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Outside Lawn %04/29 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz Fest05/04 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival05/05 – Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival05/06 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium #05/08 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Civic Auditorium #05/09 – Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium #05/10 – Durham, NC @ Durham PAC #05/12 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem #05/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center for the Arts #05/15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater #05/16 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater #05/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theater #05/18 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theater #05/20 – Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium #05/21 – Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium #05/23 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theater #05/24 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater #05/25 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival05/27 – Portland, OR @ Keller Audiorium #05/28 – Eugene, OR @ Hult Center #05/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Capitol Theatre #06/01 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theater #06/02 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theater #06/03 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theater #06/05 – Des Moines, IA @ Des Moines Civic Center #06/07 – Kansas City, MO @ Kauffman Center for the Arts #06/08 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House #06/09 – Indianapolis, IN @ Farmers Bureau Lawn Amphitheater #06/14 – Oxford, UK @ New Theatre *06/15 – Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall *06/17 – Birmingham, UK @ Birmingham Symphony Hall *06/18 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Apollo *06/19 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo *06/20 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo *06/23 – Prague, CZ @ Metronome Festival06/25 – Zagreb, HR @ INmusic Festival06/26 – Wien, AT @ Museumsquartier06/27 – Berlin, DE @ Tempodrom06/30 – Ewijk, NL @ Down The Rabbit Hole07/03 – Paris, FR @ Days Off Festival07/05 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival07/06 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival07/08 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter07/11 – Oeiras, PT @ Cool Jazz Festival07/13 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live Festival07/14 – Barcelona, ES @ Cruilla Barcelona07/17 – Zürich, CH @ Theater 1107/19 – Ravenna, IT @ Ravenna Festival07/20 – Perugia, IT @ Umbria Jazz Festival07/21 – Trieste, IT @ Piazza UNita07/27 – Camden, NJ @ XPoNential Music Festival07/28 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion #07/29 – New York, NY @ Panorama Music Festival07/31 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion #08/01 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion #08/03 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Center for the Performing Arts #08/04 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Center for the Performing Arts #08/05 – Canandaigua, NY @ Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center #08/07 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautcia #08/08 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Devos Performance Hall #08/10 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theater #08/11 – Huber Heightes, OH @ Rose Music Center #08/12 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend #08/16 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater &08/17 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater &08/18 – San Jose, CA @ City National Civic Auditorium &08/21 – Sacramento CA @ Community Theater &08/22 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium &08/24 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl &08/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium &08/27 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater &08/28 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater &09/07 – West Long Branch, NJ @ OceanFirst Bank Center ^09/08 – Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre ^09/09 – Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre ^09/11 – Portland, ME @ Merill Auditorium ^09/15 – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium ^09/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre ^09/23 – North Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Performing Arts Center ^09/26 – Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theater ^09/28 – Orlando, FL @ Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts ^09/29 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore ^09/30 – Tampa, FL @ Mahaffey Theater ^10/06 – Dallas, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie ^% = w/ Perfume Genius# = w/ Benjamin Clementine* = w/ Laura Mvula& = w/ Ibeyi^ = w/ tUnE-yArdsView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

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Olmstead leads Dawson County Hobby Stocks flag to flag

first_imgBy Kelly Ninas LEXINGTON, Neb. (June 8) – Jake Olmstead led from the beginning to take the checkered flag in Sunday’s IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature at Dawson County Raceway.Olmstead started on the outside of the first row to get the early edge. Dillon Thompson earned runner-up honors. Olmstead, Thompson and Kyle Bond were three-wide for many laps in the closing circuits of the feature before a tough break sent Bond to the rear of the field on a yellow flag. Getting into the mix in the final laps was Tiffany Bittner as she earned third place honors.Grabbing the lead on lap 14, veteran David Murray Jr. held off all challengers in the final laps to win the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main event. Fast at the finish was Chad Dolan in pacing the field during the final five laps to earn the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod victory.Breaking through for the win in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division was fan favorite Mikey Dancer, who led the final 11 laps.last_img read more

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Wins keep coming for Grabouski as World Nationals checkers pay $10,000

first_imgCarter had started 13th while Benji LaCrosse drove from 18th starting to sixth.  Grabouski and Gustin had lined up on the front row for the start of the 50-lapper. Grabouski grabbed the immediate lead and was still in front when the race was red flagged at 20 laps down after Jeff Larson went over turn three. Kaden Reynolds topped both IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock features during the World Nationals weekend. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) Northern SportMods – 1. Thompson; 2. Kyle Olson; 13. Schmitt; 4. Tony Olson; 5. Kaplan; 6. Logue; 7. Schrage; 8. Roth; 9. Inman; 10. Peterson; 11. Bartz; 12. Schmidt; 13. Soppe; 14. Carter; 15. Dusty Masolini; 16. Zackery Raab; 17. Kauffman; 18. Dylon Waldvogel; 19. Tim Fobian; 20. Hults; 21. Dan Melton; 22. VanWyk; 23. Ryan King; 24. Logan Anderson. Joel Rust, defending race winner Richie Gustin, Cayden Carter and Jeff Aikey completed the top five. By Joyce Eisele The wins keep coming for Jordan Grabouski, with his Saturday IMCA Modified checkers at Mar­shalltown Speedway’s World Nationals good for $10,000. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) Stock Cars – 1. Jordan Grabouski; 2. Damon Murty; 3. Jimmy Gustin; 4. Todd Reitzler; 5. Benji LaCrosse; 6. Mike Coel; 7. Josh Mroczkowski; 8. Jeff Mueller; 9. Jason Cummins; 10. Dan Macken­thun; 11. Jeff Wollam; 12. Tyler Pickett; 13. Leah Wroten; 14. Hannah Chesmore; 15. Da­vid Atcher; 16. Elijah Zevenbergen; 17. Jeremy Christians; 18. Troy Burkhart; 19. Jared Daggett; 20. Mitchell Evens; 21. Kevin Rose; 22. Dallon Murty; 23. Bob Ahrendsen; 24. Brock Badger. Hobby Stocks – 1. Kaden Reynolds; 2. Solomon Bennett; 3. Miciah Hidlebaugh; 4. Jason Fussel­man; 5. Wayne Gifford; 6. Jamie Coady; 7. Seth Janssen; 8. Curt Reed; 9. Josh Saunders; 10. Josh Vancannon; 11. Scott Ellis; 12. Matt Wahl 13. Austin Mehmen; 14. Breyden Forbes; 15. Kinser Ellis; 16. Andy Peck; 17. Dylan Nelson; 18. Austin Hoeft; 19. David Simpson; 20. Aaron Martin; 21. Eric Knutson; 22. Ben Newhouse; 23. Jerry Glass. The race resumed with Grabouski leading the field to green. Rust was running second when the next lap was scored and set his sights on overtaking the leader.  The $10,000 paycheck came near the end of a campaign that saw the Beatrice, Neb., driver race to IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco national crowns. His 69 total feature wins during the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season also included the April Frostbuster at Marshalltown. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock national rookie of the year Kaden Reynolds swept the weekend’s $500 to win features.center_img Modifieds – 1. Jordan Grabouski; 2. Joel Rust; 3. Richie Gustin; 4. Cayden Carter; 5. Jeff Aikey; 6. Benji LaCrosse; 7. Brandon Beckendorf; 8. Michael Long; 9. Ken Schrader; 10. Mike Mullen; 11. Jimmy Gustin; 12. Ethan Braaksma; 13. Tim Ward; 14. Tyler Droste; 15. Marcus Yarie; 16. Taylor Musselman; 17. Jacob Hobscheidt; 18. Ronn Lauritzen; 19. Tom Berry Jr.; 20. Kyle Brown; 21. Jacob Murray; 22. Jeff Larson; 23. Todd Shute; 24. Kollin Hibdon. Grabouski had also won Friday’s opening night feature for the Stock Cars. Damon Murty took the $1,000 top prize in that division on night two.  It wasn’t to be on this night, however, as Grabouski held tight to his lead and flashed under the checkers first for the win. The 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying victory was already his third.  Northern SportMods – 1. Dylan VanWyk; 2. Cody Thompson; 3. Brayton Carter; 4. Austin Kaplan; 5. Tyler Inman; 6. Travis Peterson; 7. Johnathon Logue; 8. Jake McBirnie; 9. Brandon Schmitt; 10. Austin Schrage; 11. Tony Olson; 12. Kyle Olson; 13. Jason Bass; 14. Josh Sink; 15. Brian Kauffman; 16. Gabe Zellner; 17. Ronnie Hults; 18. Jordan Bartz; 19. Bernie Miller; 20. Kevin Bethke; 21. Tyler Soppe; 22. Jason Roth; 23. Jayden Schmidt; 24. Chase Rudolf.  Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod winners were Dylan VanWyk on opening night and Cody Thomp­son on night two. Both victories were good for $1,000.  Oct. 26 Feature Results  MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (Oct. 26) – Jordan Grabouski made a banner 2019 season even more memorable Saturday night, winning the IMCA Modified main event at Marshalltown Speedway’s 13th annual World Nationals.  Stock Cars – 1. Damon Murty; 2. Mroczkowski; 3. Zevenbergen; 4. Christians; 5. Reitzler; 6. Mueller; 7. Johnny Spaw; 8. Trent Nolan; 9. Cummins; 10. Troy Jerovetz; 11. Wollam; 12. Macken­thun; 13. Burkhart; 14. Atcher; 15. Badger; 16. Pickett; 17. Doug Russell; 18. Grabouski; 19. Dallon Murty; 20. Scooter Dulin; 21. John Watson; 22. Gustin; 23. Coel; 24. Jason Fisher. Oct. 25 Feature Results Hobby Stocks – 1. Reynolds; 2. Fusselman; 3. Hidlebaugh; 4. Cody Williams; 5. Mehmen; 6. Reed; 7. Knutson; 8. Bennett; 9. Vancannon; 10. Coady; 11. Justin Shearn; 12. Martin; 13. Janssen; 14. Forbes; 15. Peck; 16. Eric Stanton; 17. Brandon Nielsen; 18. Jack Phillips; 19. Kinser Ellis; 20. Saunders; 21. Jeremy Ertman; 22. Wahl; 23. Kyle Jared.last_img read more

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Pellegrini holds his hands up

first_imgManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini will turn his attention to this weekend’s big clash with Arsenal after attempting to lay to rest his recent mathematical blunder. Press Association “I tried to think better about how to arrange the game that we were losing 2-0. “First of all I recognise absolutely my mistake but I don’t have any guilty conscience about what we did because we always tried to score the fourth goal. “I apologise for me and the team that we couldn’t score four goals against Bayern Munich.” Pellegrini believes his team will take much confidence from their performance as they look forward to playing in the knock-out stages for the first time. He said: “That is the most important thing. I am not afraid of who we are going to play in the round of 16. “I believe the 16 best teams in Europe are all exactly the same for us. “I think the trust the team has after beating Bayern Munich in their own stadium, that is much, much more important than being first in the group.” With the early European business now taken care of, City can focus on domestic matters and the Saturday lunchtime visit of Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal. Arsenal have a six-point advantage over City but Pellegrini’s men boast a 100 per cent home record and have a perceived advantage because their midweek Champions League game came a day before the Gunners’. Pellegrini said: “For Arsenal and our team it is very important, the game. “They played one day after we did and maybe our match was not exactly the same, but I don’t think that will be an advantage or those things will decide the game. “I think the way both teams will play will be more important.” Pellegrini has previously spoken of his aim to be within three points of the leaders by new year. The Chilean, speaking at his pre-match press conference, said: “It is our opportunity to discount three important points from the best team at the moment in the Premier League. “But if we win, all the other teams will be nearer the top of the table so at least six or seven teams will continue fighting for the title.” Pellegrini insists champions Manchester United, despite slipping to ninth, are still one of the teams in that fight. He said: “They have very good players, a very good team, good manager. “In football you never know and a strong team like Manchester United always has chances.” Pellegrini would not confirm reports England goalkeeper Joe Hart would be restored for the game ahead of Costel Pantilimon. He said: “We will see tomorrow the 11 starters.” The goalkeeping situation has been a recurring theme at Pellegrini press conferences since he dropped Hart last month, a decision which also sparked speculation about potential new signings. Pellegrini told reporters: “Now when the transfer window starts you will have a lot of difficulties to know who the first-choice goalkeeper will be because we will have Casillas, Valdes, Neuer, Caballero, Begovic – so I think you will have to ask me about six new goalkeepers.” Because of that he claims his conscience is clear and he is happy to accept the runners-up spot in Group D, even though it means a theoretically tougher draw in the next round. City’s achievement in memorably recovering from a 2-0 deficit to beat the European champions was tarnished by confusion over whether they understood the goal difference rules. A 4-2 victory would have been enough to leapfrog the Germans with a superior head-to-head record and so there was bemusement when Pellegrini failed to send on top-scorer Sergio Aguero in the latter stages. But City had got into a mindset of thinking they could only better Bayern’s 3-1 success at the Etihad Stadium by winning by three clear goals. Pellegrini said: “It shouldn’t have been happening but it is very easy why it happened. “After they scored the first goal, I continued (thinking) that 3-1 was not enough because they had a better goal difference, so I continued (to think) that we had to win by three goals, 3-0 or 4-1. “After they scored the second goal, I didn’t continue thinking about what happened if we scored four goals. “That was my mistake, but not many teams score four goals against Bayern Munich. Pellegrini accepts he made a mistake that could have cost his side top spot in their Champions League group in midweek. But while the Chilean has apologised for not scoring another goal against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, he insists his team never stopped trying to better their 3-2 victory at the Allianz Arena. last_img read more

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‘Bank-in-a-box’ brings payment control to MuchBetter clients

first_imgShare FCA suspends all Wirecard UK transactions and services June 26, 2020 Interwetten expands instant payment capacity with MuchBetter November 29, 2019 StumbleUpon MuchBetter launches CashDuster to bridge payments and marketing dynamics November 28, 2019 Share Submit Related Articles MuchBetter has targeted the gaming industry with ‘Bank-in-a-box‘, a fully managed solution which lets operators get to market quickly and take control of their users’ payments experience.The white-labelled payments service, compatible with both iOS and Android, has been designed to be ultra-secure for the operator, while enabling the end-user to make online and offline payments with just their phone and fingerprint.MuchBetter’s CVV technology also enables Bank-in-a-box clients to create unique theft/loss proof debit or credit cards.The product, which has already partnered with respected service providers such as Wirecard and GPS, has been aimed at gaming, travel and retail, all industries trying to cut time to market, keep costs low and differentiate their services in a crowded market.“The launch of the MuchBetter wallet has been a tremendous success and it has attracted a lot of envious glances,” said MuchBetter co-founder, Prasannaa Muralidharan. “Over the last year, we have been approached by a number of companies including gaming firms and fintech start-ups who wanted to white label our solution and build various offerings on top of it.“Bank-in-a-box offers precisely what the name suggests. It comes with out of the box back-end and front-end solutions, which can be branded to meet the needs of our clients and with full API support to develop completely custom applications using our infrastructure.”Muralidharan added: “We have re-architected our entire system to create a platform which can be used to launch several branded solutions with different issuers and processors to launch various bank and prepaid programmes.”last_img read more

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With Spence-Garcia, boxing fans have chance to witness something truly special

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearFor Errol Spence and Mikey Garcia this weekend, a spectacle awaits them where greatness can only be bestowed on the latter. A tad unfair on the outstanding Texan, but every single advantage that a boxer could take into battle with him lies with the 2012 Olympian, but that’s not to say that he doesn’t deserve credit.A perfect record, world champion, and on his way to becoming one of boxing’s mainstream stars, Spence will be showered with taunts if he doesn’t obliterate the much smaller Garcia in his home state on Saturday night, and the plaudits should he win will be largely muted.In a perfect landscape, an environment rarely occupied within boxing, Spence would ideally be preparing for the threat possessed by Nebraska’s Terrence Crawford, but the egos of promoters and television crazily outweigh those of fighters, so without a major upheaval from either PBC’s Spence or Crawford of Top Rank, that fight may get added to that ancient scroll that features Aaron Pryor vs. Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman against Mike Tyson, and Lennox Lewis taking on Riddick Bowe.Another fight potentially to be chalked on the list is Garcia vs. Vasyl Lomachenko, but as with Spence/Crawford, this is another contest struggling to get off the ground due to several unfortunate political wrangling’s combined with a previous lengthy legal battle between Garcia and Bob Arum’s Las Vegas based juggernaut. Although not the fight that the world wants to see, don’t let anybody tell you that Spence vs. Garcia is anything but must-see as two of the finest boxers around today will try to win this intriguing battle using their respective repertoires of contrasting ability.As mentioned, Spence will bring strengths into the fight that will surely become a factor regardless of what version we see of Garcia. Hometown support will ensure he’s the house fighter throughout and his massive welterweight frame, possibly ready for a crack at the division above, will surely dominate any inside exchanges that ensue between the pair. Add those ingredients to Spence’s impressive fight I.Q. and what we see is a justified favorite heavily backed by the boxing community. But not the fighter chasing immortality.For Garcia, wealth and titles are secondary now as the humble Californian has both in abundance. A four-weight world champion and arguably the finest fighter at both 135 pounds and the category above, Garcia is going full pelt at 147 pounds after experimenting just below that limit when easily schooling Adrien Broner, a former welterweight world champion in the summer of 2017.His relationship with Al Haymon’s company could easily have seen him land a fight with either Shawn Porter or Danny Garcia, but that wouldn’t enhance Garcia’s glistening reputation the way a win over Spence will. For Garcia to be considered the finest fighter on the planet and to go down as a modern icon, it had to be Spence. It couldn’t be nobody else. Boxing seldom gives fighters the opportunity to acquire incredible feats. An historic sport forever bogged down with alphabet confusion that leads to nonsensical rankings, undeserving mandatories, and unfulfilling voluntaries, the chance for boxing’s participants to register that one victory, a defining moment when the whole world surely must acknowledge one’s efforts comes along as often as a Fres Oquendo fight.On Saturday night in Dallas, Texas, boxing fans may be privileged enough to witness such a miracle. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearOn Saturday night, Spence and Garcia will fight for different reasons. One, his reputation, the other, the chance to obtain a victory that will be spoken of generations down the line when boxing is hopefully a place of peace where those running it can one day put the sport before their pockets and allow fights like this weekend’s to be a regular occurrence.Garcia will know early into Sunday morning if the challenge of Spence is one obstacle too many, but his balls to approach such a task should be universally praised. Saturday could see the crowning of boxing’s new pound-for-pound superstar. It’s a fight everyone should take notice of as it could be a long time before something as monumental happens again.last_img read more

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Country needs a more responsible sensitive govt at the Centre Mamata

first_imgItahar/Narayanpur (North Dinajpur): Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said the people are fed up with a non-performing government at the Centre and the country needs a more responsible and sensitive government and not the one that creates division on the basis of religion.Addressing twin rallies at Itahar and Narayanpur respectively under Balurghat Lok Sabha constituency here on Tuesday afternoon, she said: “For the past five years, the people have seen this non-performing government. What India now needs is a responsible and sensitive government that will provide roti, kapra aur makaan.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe also added: “Two crore people have lost their jobs, farmers have committed suicide and small traders and businessmen have been ruined due to note ban and hasty implementation of the GST. Look at the Prime Minister for the past four-and-a-half years. He was busy travelling abroad,” she said. “India has never seen such a non-performing, humbug and publicity-crazy Prime Minister.” Banerjee said in 2014, Modi had introduced himself as a chaiwala and now he has become a chowkidar. “We do not need a chowkidar that protects only the interest of the rich.” She added that the BJP is spreading hate politics and are trying to confuse people. Reacting sharply to the procession of Ram Navami where weapons were carried by the participants, she said: “Only the Gods carry weapons which are used to kill the demons. But humans cannot carry weapons. Do they think themselves as Gods?” Banerjee also hit out at the RSS, saying the right-wing outfit had imbibed the “shopping mall culture”, in an apparent reference to its change in dress code. Last year, the RSS shed its 90-year-old dress code and khaki shorts were replaced by brown trousers. Continued on P7last_img read more

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