Joseph Mariathasan: May you live in interesting times

first_imgMao Zedong must be chuckling in his grave to see one of his successors as Chinese leader espousing the cause of global free trade and capitalism while the new president of the US argues for protectionism, insularity, and what appears to be state direction to create jobs.The changing nature of the world can be summarised by comparing key sections of Donald Trump’s inauguration speech with phrases from Chinese president Xi Jinping’s speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos.Xi Jingping declared: “Whether you like it or not, the global economy is the big ocean that you cannot escape from. Any attempt to cut off the flow of capital, technologies, products, industries, and people between economies, and channel the waters in the ocean back into isolated lakes and creeks, is simply not possible. Indeed, it runs counter to the historical trend.”Donald Trump’s view is the exact opposite: “We will follow two simple rules – buy American and hire American.”  To that end, Trump pulled the US out of negotiations for the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on his first working day in office. That may well be the start of the burning of many trade agreements.Renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement has already been declared a priority with Trump scheduled to begin talks soon with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto.That philosophy makes the UK’s ability to craft an attractive post-Brexit trade agreement with the US a struggle at best and wishful thinking at worst – as the UK may discover despite the promises made by Trump during UK prime minister Theresa May’s visit last week.There has been much criticism of China’s trade policies and concern that China is not playing fair by “dumping” products such as steel on the world’s markets. Whether countries such as the US are better off by accessing cheap steel from China to rebuild its infrastructure, or producing more expensive steel locally is clearly debateable.What is more striking is the stark contrast in attitudes to the idea of global trade.Xi Jinping declared: “We must remain committed to developing global free trade and investment, promote trade and investment liberalisation and facilitation through opening up, and say no to protectionism. Pursuing protectionism is like locking oneself in a dark room. While wind and rain may be kept outside, that dark room will also block light and air. No one will emerge as a winner in a trade war.”For the leader of a supposedly communist party, accepting global trade in goods with prices set by markets would have been inconceivable 40 years ago.Yet what Donald Trump had to say would have been inconceivable just a year ago – no other candidate had such extreme ideas: “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.”Trump ended his speech by declaring: “Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.”Yet such ideas run counter to both mainstream academic theory and the historical experience of the 1930s’ Great Depression.Where this will all end, no one knows. But as the apocryphal Chinese curse goes: “May you live in interesting times.”last_img read more

Premier League, Serie A, others to show on GOtv

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend A series of exciting Premier League, Serie A, and Champions League matches will be available this weekend on GOtv.Arsenal, will on Thursday,  December 5 seek to secure another win when they take on Brighton & Hove Albion at the Emirate Stadium. The match is to air live air at 9.15 pm on SuperSport Select 2 (channel 32).Freddie Ljungberg, Arsenal’s interim head coach is currently on the hot streak, as Brighton head to north London.Following Unai Emery’s sacking, Ljungberg, will be hoping that a strong run of results will earn him the job on a full-time basis. However, there is a glimmer of hope for the Gunners as they are yet to lose at home in the League.Meanwhile, the Seagulls make the trip to north London having suffered three successive defeats in the top matches.It’s going to be a great start to the 2019-20 Serie A season as Italian giants, Inter Milan will on Friday, December 6 play host to Roma at the San Siro in what is expected to be a tough game. The match will be live at 8:45 pm on SuperSport Select 5 (channel 36).The Inter Milan team who have won just one of the last seven Serie A matches have made a stunning start to their season, sitting at the summit of Italy’s top tier after 14 games. As for Paulo Fonseca’s Roma, they are currently in fifth place on 28 points, nine behind the league leaders. They would be putting their best foot forward since they have not beaten Inter since a 3-1 victory in the San Siro back in August 2017.On Saturday,  December 7 Bournemouth will hope to begin their recovery from all their recent losses with their match against Liverpool in England.  There has been a total of 11 games between the teams.AFC Bournemouth have won in 1 of these matchups, while their opponents, Liverpool have won 9 matches. The match is scheduled to air at 4pm on SuperSport select 2 (channel 32).GOtv subscribers will have the chance to watch Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League match between Borrusia Dortmund and Slavia Prague on SuperSport Select 4 at 9pm. The German club will face a tense final day in Group F and will be taking nothing for granted against a Slavia Prague side who have already earned two draws in the section.Reconnect now on GOtv with as low as N1900 to enjoy these football matches and other programmes. Download the MyGOtv app on iOS or Android at no cost.For more info please visit www.gotvafrica.com Tags: Premier LeagueSerie Alast_img read more

Chelsea a decent bet for the Champions League despite tough draw

first_imgChelsea are struggling domestically but might well be a decent bet for the Champions League.When it comes to betting on football, sites like BettingNews.com have suggested Liverpool and defending champions Manchester City will again be the front runners for the title.Leicester have been the surprise package so far this season, while Chelsea have found the going tough after a bright start under Frank Lampard.After a cracking spell in which youngsters like Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount took the Premier League by storm, Lampard now has problems to deal with.Chelsea have looked vulnerable at the back all season and their 1-0 loss against Bournemouth was their fourth defeat in their last five league matches – and their third home defeat of the campaign.The Blues are currently fourth but have Tottenham and Manchester United breathing down their necks – so they face a tough battle in their pursuit of a top-four finish.A loss to Spurs in Sunday’s big game would take the north London club above Chelsea in the table, so these are worrying times for Blues fans.New signings expectedWhat could swing things back in Chelsea’s favour is the prospect of new players arriving in January.The Court of Arbitration for Sport lifting the club’s transfer ban means Lampard will now be able to add to his squad.A defensive signing seems like a must and there is every chance that Nathan Ake could be returning to west London.Chelsea inserted a £40m buy-back clause in the deal when Ake was sold to Bournemouth in 2017 and the Dutchman’s performances on the south coast suggest he would be a shrewd January capture.But Lampard is also in the market for attacking players, with Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha and England international Jadon Sancho among Chelsea’s targets. Borussia Dortmund are unlikely to part with Sancho at this stage but Zaha would certainly be an exciting signing – and has made it clear he wants to leave Palace.Returning to MunichImproving the squad would surely improve Chelsea’s chances in the second half of the season – and that includes the Champions League.Lampard’s side have been handed a tough draw in the last 16 in the shape of Bayern Munich. They will be underdogs, but shouldn’t be ruled out.The second leg in Munich will mean a return to the city where Chelsea won the trophy in 2012. Lampard was part of their team that night and will no doubt relish a return.While most betting sites have the likes of Bayern and holders Liverpool among the favourites to lift the trophy in May, betting on Chelsea could well be a shrewd move. The squad has real potential and with one or two signings could yet make it a season to remember. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youEldelperiodico.com了解為什麼要停止使用橡膠堵塞物Eldelperiodico.comUndoLovely&HealthyWhat the Shape of Your Buttocks Reveals About Your HealthLovely&HealthyUndoTopTechAdviser这款便宜但功能强大的智能手机正在中国销售TopTechAdviserUndoManuka FeedEat Bananas Every Day And You Will Be Surprised At What Will HappenManuka FeedUndoHair Transplant | Search AdsThe Cost of Hair Transplants Might Shock YouHair Transplant | Search AdsUndoHashtagchatterHuman Barbie Takes Off Makeup, Doctors Have No WordsHashtagchatterUndoRelocation Target10 Countries It’s Super Easy To Immigrate ToRelocation TargetUndoWork From Home | Search AdsWork From Home Jobs Might Earn You More Than You ThinkWork From Home | Search AdsUndolast_img read more

Maken blames NDA for Kalmadi’s appointment as CWG OC chief

first_imgWith the UPA government facing the heat over the Commonwealth Games fiasco, Union sports minister Ajay Maken on Tuesday chose to deflect the blame by claiming the NDA was responsible for appointing Suresh Kalmadi as the Organising Committee (OC) chairman.”The Host City agreement was signed in 2003 by the then NDA government and it clearly laid down the principle that the IOA (Indian Olympic Association) president would be the OC chairman. So where was the room to change that bid document?” Maken asked in his bid to absolve the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) which has drawn flak over Kalmadi’s appointment in the latest CAG report.Maken went to the extent of blaming the NDA government of “hijacking” the opportunity to sign the Host City agreement from the Delhi government, which he said gave rise to “the mother of all problems”. But this does not absolve his own UPA government of putting the seal of approval on Kalmadi’s appointment as OC chairman and also charting his responsibilities and core duties, which had later come into conflict with the then sports ministers – late Sunil Dutt and Mani Shankar Aiyar.A communiqu from the PMO (under the UPA government) dated December 6, 2004 and coming from the desk of the then officer on special duty, Rohit Khera, clearly said: “An Organising Committee and Executive Board responsible for the conduct of the Games and formulation of sub-committees will be chaired by Suresh Kalmadi, President IOA.” The direction issued by the Manmohan Singh government further made it clear that the OC had to deal with the Government of India through the sports ministry and the Delhi administration.”The composition of the OC will be decided by the GoM (group of ministers) or by the PM taking into account the suggestions of its chairman (Kalmadi),” the PMO communiqu had stated then.This had subsequently triggered a turf war between Kalmadi and three successive sports ministers – Dutt, Aiyar and M. S. Gill. The three sports ministers had repeatedly warned the Prime Minister against the structure and working of the CWG Organising Committee headed by Kalmadi. The same has been cited by the CAG report as having been “overlooked” by the then government, resulting in the CWG “mess.” While Dutt had said the OC should be headed by a “government nominee” like the sports minister, his successor Aiyar had criticised it for “squandering” money.Gill had even alleged that the Executive Committee of the OC “rarely” met and endorsed “post facto decisions taken in a highly centralised manner”. The CAG noted that Kalmadi continued to “rule OC at will with his cohorts”, most of whom are with him in Tihar jail now. Asked to comment on Kalmadi’s appointment as OC chief despite Dutt’s opposition, a senior PMO official said: “We had gone by the rule and had kept the sports ministry and the government informed.advertisementThe general assembly of IOA had unanimously elected Kalmadi and the decision was communicated to the Commonwealth Games Federation and the government.” On November 14, 2004, Dutt, in a letter to the PM, had protested against Kalmadi’s election. He had claimed the IOA resolution appointing Kalmadi as OC chairman was “at variance” with the decision of the GoM. “The IOA was ‘aware’ that the GoM had agreed to appoint the sports minister as OC chairman for preparation and conduct of the Games,” Dutt had written.last_img read more

PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE QUEEN OF SOUL CANADIAN ARTISTS ON ARETHA FRANKLIN

first_imgIn this photo taken April 19, 2017, Aretha Franklin performs at the world premiere of “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” at Radio City Music Hall. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at her home in Detroit. (Charles Sykes/Invision/Associated Press) Advertisement Advertisement Franklin earned the soul in her voice through a life of emotional upheavals. Her mother passed away when she was 10. She had two sons before her 16th birthday, married for the first time at 19 and had two more sons before she turned 30. Love affairs came and went. Her influential father was shot and remained in a coma for years before he died. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter On Jan. 20, 2009, Franklin performed at the inauguration for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (The Associated Press) Raised in a household filled with music and activism, Franklin was a piano-playing, gospel-singing prodigy who went pro before she outgrew her teen years. A fully confident performer by her mid-20s, she thoroughly re-envisioned and transformed an already successful tune by Otis Redding — Respect — into a empowering anthem that catapulted her to international stardom and became her signature tune.‘The gift is just the beginning’“Being supremely gifted by God does not mean that there won’t be a lot of hard work involved. I think if anything, what I’ve learned from Aretha is that the gift is just the beginning. With how much respect you treat your gift depends how far you’ll go with it,” Brueggergosman noted. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Measha Brueggergosman calls Franklin “a feat of nature in terms of her vocal prowess and flexibility.’ (CBC) With a voice like a force of nature, undeniable swagger onstage and a decades-spanning career that encompassed multiple musical genres, Aretha Franklin indisputably lived up to the honorific she earned as a young artist: the Queen of Soul.Few musical performers have been as widely revered as Franklin, who died on Thursday of advanced pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. The depth of her talent, her professionalism and her dedication to music were just some of what made her shine, according to Canadians artists mourning her passing.“Aretha Franklin was not just a feat of nature in terms of her vocal prowess and flexibility and agility, but she had real musicianship, real power, when it came to deciding what musical direction a piece would take,” singer Measha Brueggergosman said in Halifax. Advertisementlast_img read more

Deadpool 2′ ends Avengers boxoffice reign rakes in 125M

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Deadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers.Fox’s “Deadpool 2” brought in $125 million this weekend, giving it the second-highest opening ever for an R-rated movie and ending the three-week reign of Disney’s “Avengers: Infinity War” at the top of the North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.“Deadpool 2,” with Ryan Reynolds returning as the title character and co-writing this time, fell somewhat short of the $130 million the studio predicted and the $132.4 million that its predecessor earned two years ago.Analysts and the studio said the difference can be attributed to the first film opening on a holiday weekend, and could easily be made up with Memorial Day coming, despite the looming competition from “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”“I think with a holiday on our second weekend we’ll catch ‘Deadpool’ if not exceed it,” said Chris Aronson, distribution chief for 20th Century Fox.The film grossed $176.3 million internationally and opened better overseas than the first, especially finding audiences in Latin America.The Avengers are hardly hurting. Disney and Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” brought in an estimated $29 million in North America for a four-week take of $595 million domestically and $1.2 billion overseas. It’s now the fifth highest grossing film of all time worldwide.In a whole different corner of the cinematic universe, “Book Club” was third with a $12.5 million weekend that exceeded expectations.It was a successful piece of counter-programming for Paramount, which used the modestly budgeted comedy starring Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton and Candice Bergen to find older audiences and women while “Deadpool 2” dwelled overwhelmingly on young men.“There are definitely audiences out there for whom superhero movies are not their cup of tea,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore.“Deadpool 2” follows the proudly foul formula of the first, mixing the usual superhero set pieces with gore, gross-out jokes, 80s power ballads and frequent fourth-wall violations.The box office of the second film suggests that formula can become a long-term franchise, and builds its possibilities with the addition of antihero teammates from Marvel Comics for the title character, including Josh Brolin’s Cable and Zazie Beetz’s Domino.“The source material is so vast and rich that I don’t think there’s any question that it just opens the door for more,” Aronson said.Along with the earnings and acclaim for last year’s R-rated “Logan,” Fox has made itself the early leader in the burgeoning subgenre.“The R-rating may be restrictive in terms of the audience make-up, but it’s certainly not restrictive in the creative freedom it offers, so when movies like these hit, they can hit big,” Dergarabedian said. “There is a place for the R rating. In the superhero genre it offers endless and really cool possibilities.”“Deadpool 2” next faces off with “Solo,” but the two films along with the still-earning “Avengers” ought to make for a major Memorial Day for the industry.“This marketplace is big enough for all these films,” Dergarabedian said.Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “Deadpool 2,” $125 million ($176.3 million international).2.”Avengers: Infinity War,” $28.6 million ($84.4 million international).3. “Book Club,” $12.5 million.4. “Life of the Party,” $7.7 million ($1.3 million international).5. “Breaking In,” $6.4 million ($300,000 international).6. “Show Dogs,” $6 million.7. “Overboard,” $4.7 million ($4.1 million international).8. “A Quiet Place,” $4 million ($18.8 million international).9. “Rampage,” $1.5 million ($4.4 million international).10. “I Feel Pretty,” $1.2 million ($1.7 million international).___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “Deadpool 2,” $176.3 million.2.”Avengers: Infinity War,” $84.4 million.3. “How Long Will I Love U,” $36.3 million.4. “A Quiet Place,” $18.8 million.5. “Rampage,” $4.4 million.6. “Peter Rabbit,” $4.1 million.7. “Overboard,” $4.1 million.8. “Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare,” $3.4 million.9. “Burning,” $2.3 million.10. “Sherlock Gnomes,” $2 million.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.___This story has been corrected to show that “Deadpool 2” earned $176.3 million internationally, not worldwide.___Follow Andrew Dalton on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/andyjamesdalton .last_img read more

It was emotional goodbye for Maisie

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Maisie Williams says she got really emotional while wrapping up the hugely popular show ‘Game of Thrones’. What was your wrap day like? “I just said a few things about how the industry has been really difficult but coming back to the show has always been worth it and that everyone was like a family to us,” Williams said in a statement. “Everyone was pretty emotional by that point, having watched everyone wrap,” added the actor, who essays Arya Stark in the fantasy series. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe last season will premiere internationally on April 14. On the final season, Williams said: “I just think in these final seasons all of the women have started to really come into their own. One, that’s been not very predictable. Two, it just makes a lot of sense. When you read into the show and you read into their storylines and how people have been playing the game, the five women on top have really deserved to be there. That was something that we had hoped for but the fact that the show is really going that way is just so powerful, unlike lots of other shows.” What has it been like saying goodbye to the show that has made your career? “It is actually just been really lovely. For Sophie (Turner) and I it was our first gig, really exciting but the established actors have always been really lovely. It will be interesting to see how we stay in touch.”last_img read more

Mens soccer Terrapins too much for Ohio State

OSU sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed dribbles the ball against UC Santa Barbara at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Ohio State AthleticsThe Ohio State men’s soccer team knew it was heading into its toughest match of the season. As OSU stepped onto the field at College Park, a place where coach John Bluem team has never recorded a win, the Buckeyes looked to hand Maryland its first loss of the season.  The Terrapins would prove to be too much to handle, as they would go on to defeat the Buckeyes 2-0 on Friday night, handing OSU its fourth straight loss.Maryland attacked early and often in the first period and was quickly rewarded for its efforts.In the 13th minute, sophomore forward Gordon Wild netted his Big Ten-leading 10th goal of the season to put the Terps ahead 1-0.Moments later, in the 19th minute, sophomore forward Sebastian Elney was able to find the back of the net from 15 yards out to extend the Terrapins lead to 2-0.The two goals would be more than enough for Maryland, holding the Buckeyes scoreless through 90 minutes.  OSU has not been able to get on the scoreboard in its last two games, being held without a goal for the last 243 minutes. The last time OSU found the back of the net was in the 27th minute against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Sept. 28.A big reason for the Buckeyes’ loss was a very poor first period, in which they were outshot 11-2. They were able to outshoot Maryland 7-5 in the second period, but by that time the Terrapins had taken their foot off the gas and protected their lead.Despite the loss, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Parker Siegfried had a solid night in net. Siegfried made six saves, giving him a total of 37 on the year through 12 games.With the loss, the Scarlet and Gray fall to 3-9 on the season, with a 2-3 record in conference. The team will now return to Columbus, where they begin a two-game home stand with matches against Oakland and Indiana. read more

Marcelino proud of Valencias performance

first_imgValencia’s boss Marcelino Garcia Toral is delighted with his side’s display in the barren draw with Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday.Marcelino’s men were disciplined at the back thanks to goalkeeper Neto who denied the opposition on a couple of occasions but lacked the finishing touches to win the game.“We played like a very solid team and posed them problems but missed the final pass and finish,” he said after his side’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.“Still, I’m proud of the performance we gave for 90 minutes. There were five games left after Juve, and that experience helped us gauge how we’d compete in the Champions League.“Tonight we applied what we learned from that game. We were a solid and difficult team to beat, who gave away very little.“There’s a lot of competition here, but the next game we’re going to play will allow us to fight for the group.“There’s room for improvement, but we’re happy with the game we played. There were times when it looked like we could beat them.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I won’t discuss the referee. He whistled how he called it. A team show improvement when they’re balanced.“We’re not conceding goals right now, but they have never had any big chances. We’ve improved in all aspects.“We’re more intense, we’re playing better, we’re getting into our opponents’ box more, and they are less.“We’ve also got back players who were injured, while the other players who arrived late have improved their physical condition.“Mourinho was very affectionate with me before and after the game. He’s a Coach who has won an incredible number of trophies, and I always try to learn from him.“I thanked him for the treatment he gave us.”last_img read more