A Lengend was Born Today

first_imgJune 24 is a day to be celebrated because 33 years ago in Garibaldi Hospital in Argentina at six o’clock one winter morning a legend was born and was named Lionel Andres Messi Cuccitini! No one knew that this baby boy of the head [father: Jeorge] of the department at steelmaking company Acindar will become a footballer and not just a footballer but the world’s greatest Legend.The player started his career at the Newell’s old boys team, smallest of all, born in ’87 but playing with the ’86 team and not ready to give up, and same was his grandmother, who never wanted to give up on her grandchild. His first coach, Apa as was his nickname didn’t want to take him, but after he saw him playing he never wanted to take him off the field.Messi enjoyed milanesa a la napolitana — a breaded beef cutlet with tomato sauce and softened cheese cooked by his mother. But during Messi’s early days, his youth coach Carlos Marconi from Rosario noticed Messi’s affection towards alfajores, a kind of chocolate wafer. Marconi made a deal with Messi that the latter would get a cookie for each goal scored and it became tough for Marconi to keep count as Messi would score four to five goals in every game.To make it simpler for himself, Marconi came up with a new contract where he promised Messi two cookies per goal, provided each goal was a header.The next game saw Messi, as usual, bamboozling his opponents and taking the ball ahead and just as he was about to score he paused, flicked the ball in the air and headed the ball into the vacant net. He then turned towards his coach with an increasing smile on his face and showed him two fingers to ask for the two cookies that he had obtained. His eye for goal endures the same even now, although he might not be scoring for cookies anymore.Now came the year of records. Already Messi has made so many records that the coaches and player including his teammates started praising Messi.“I feel sorry for those who want to compete for Messi’s throne – it’s impossible, this kid is unique.”– Pep Guardiola after Messi became Barcelona’s all-time top scorer at age 24 in March 2012.“In Leo, we are talking about the best player in the world and when things are not going well you have to use him. Even if he is half lame, his presence on the pitch is enough to lift us and our play in general.”– Defender Gerard Piqué explains Barcelona’s reliance on an unfit Messi against Paris Saint-Germain in April 2013.these all started when Messi became the top- scorer of Barcelona and had won many precious awards.Messi’s Golden Shoe collection started in 2010. The 23-year-old won his first Golden Shoe and the collection continued!After 2010, it was again Messi in 2012,2013,2017,2018 and then 2019 making him the only footballer to win the award 6 times and that of 3 times in consecutive three years. Then comes the other major award for this legend, Ballon d’Or which he first won in 2009 and then in 2010, again in 2011 and 2012. Already winning the award in 4 consecutive years. And then the 5th time he was awarded the same award in 2015 and the recent one in 2019. Making him again the only player with six Ballon d’Or award, leaving Cristiano Ronaldo behind in the bot hof his records [ Golden She and Ballond’Or]. Some other awards are with his professional career with Barcelona, where he has won a club-record 34 trophies, including ten La Liga trophies, four UEFA Champions League titles and six Copas del Rey. Some titles with Argentina include:-Copa America Award For The Best Young Player-2007IFFHS World’ Best Top GoalscorerOzone d’Or-2009-12, 2018IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker-2015-17Globe Soccer Award-2015La Liga Foreign Player Of The Year-2007,2009,2010FIFA U-20 World Cup Golden Shoe- 2005IFFHS World’s Best Top Division Goal Scorer-2012,2013,2017Firpo Special Young Player Of The Year-2006-2008UEFA Champions League Final Man Of the Match-2011Trofeo EFE Best Ibero-American Soccer Player Of The Spanish League-2007, 2009-2012UEFA Club Forward Of The Year-2009World Soccer Young Player Of The Year-2006-2008Best International men’s Soccer Player ESPY award-2019La Liga Award For The Best Player-2008-2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018Firpo World Young Player pf the Year-2006-2008La Liga Award for Best Forward-2008-2012,2014,2015Premio Juventud for Most Electrifying Athlete – 2014FIFA U-20 World Cup Golden Ball Award-2005UEFA Champions League Top Goalscorer-2008-2011,2014,2018Alfredo Di Stéfano Trophy-2009-2011Marca Leyenda-2009Best International Athlete ESPY Award-2012,2015Milliyet Sports Award for World Athlete of the Year-2013-13,2016UEFA Club Footballer of the Year-2009Bravo Award-2007Creu de Sant Jordi-2019FIFA world cup Golden Ball-2104Footballer of the Year of Argentina-2005, 2007-2013,2015,2016, 2019Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year-2020FIFA FIFpro-2007-20019Golden Boy-2005World Soccer Player of the Year-2009,2011,2012UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award-2011,2015The Best FIFA Men’s Player-2019Ballon d’Or-2009,2019Ballon d’Or-2009Pichichi Trophy-2009,2011,2016-2018These titles are just a glimpse of Messi’s collection of awards. Messi has separated gallery for his awards and these are just a few of them! And, as we all know that legends are not just judged on their trophies, what if he hasn’t won a trophy for which he was deserving, Messi will remain a legend.Messi added another successful year in his life appreciated by all his fans and mates. Once again very happy birthday to the all-time top scorer for Barcelona and Argentina. Happy birthday to the world-record holder for most goals in a year. Happy birthday to the only six-time Ballon d’Or winner, Happy birthday to the only six-time Golen Shoe winner.Happy birthday Messi!! Support from a 13-year-old fan, wishing you another successful year!!On this occasion, I can only say ‘ Messi,’Keep calm and stay legendary’.last_img read more

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Man, woman arrested at Florida airport after luggage dispute delays flight, injures deputies

first_img(Broward Sheriff’s Office) Ida Shafir and Nick Bogomolsky in booking photos.(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) — A man and a woman were arrested at a Florida airport following a luggage dispute that delayed a flight and sent two sheriff’s deputies to the hospital, authorities said.The incident unfolded as Ida Shafir, 67, and her companion, Nick Bogomolsky, 61, were attempting to board their Delta Air Lines flight at the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport on Tuesday morning.Airline agents announced over the loud speaker that passengers would have to check all carry-on luggage at the gate, free of charge, in order to board the New York-bound plane because it was full. But Shafir “refused to check [her] luggage” and caused “a commotion at the gate,” according to the complaint affidavit.An airline agent took the pair aside on the jet bridge and explained they would have to check their bags prior to boarding the flight. The agent then contacted her manager, who arrived and noticed that Bogomolsky had three items, more than the one-carry-on, one-personal-item permitted in the plane’s cabin, the affidavit said.The manager “felt the safety of the plane and the other passengers was in jeopardy if he would allow Bogomolsky and Ida to board,” so he told them they wouldn’t be allowed to board and needed to leave the jet way, according to the affidavit.The airline agents contacted authorities for assistance after the pair “refused to leave.” Two deputies from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene and tried to deescalate the situation. One deputy explained to Shafir she needed to leave or she would be arrested, and Shafir dared the deputy to arrest her, the affidavit said. The deputy attempted to handcuff Shafir but she “got out of control and resisted arrest by tensing, bracing and pulling her hands away from him,” according to the complaint affidavit.The struggle went to the ground and Shafir bit the deputy on his left forearm, drawing blood. Then Bogomolsky pushed the second deputy out of his way and tried to grab a firearm from the holster of the deputy who was on the floor with Shafir, the affidavit said. As the second deputy attempted to regain control of Bogomolsky, the two ended up on the ground as well, causing the second deputy to injure his right knee and his right thumb, according to the affidavit.Both deputies were transported to a local hospital.Shafir continued resisting arrest until multiple deputies arrived on scene and were able to handcuff her. Bogomolsky was taken into custody. The incident delayed the Delta Air Lines flight and disrupted normal operations, according to the complaint affidavit.Shafir, who lives in Brooklyn, was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence and trespassing. Bogomolsky, who also lives in Brooklyn, was charged with robbery, resisting arrest with violence, trespassing after warning and obstructing police, according to the complaint affidavit.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Severe weather outbreak expected in South with tornadoes and large hail

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Tornado and severe weather season has arrived and a new storm system is moving across the country from the West Coast to the East Coast with a major severe weather outbreak expected across the South.Over the next three days more than 50 million people will see a threat for damaging winds, hail and tornadoes.There were already a couple of tornadoes around Kansas City, Missouri producing damage to homes on Monday and, further north, that same storm brought more than a foot of snow from the Dakotas to Minnesota with multiple accidents and spinouts around the Twin Cities.Now this storm system is moving into the Appalachians and a new storm is coming out of the West.As these two storms march through the country, 18 states are on alert for strong winds and heavy snow from California to New York.Over the next 24 hours, severe weather is expected from the Plains — including Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas — which is where there is the biggest threat for damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes.Ahead of this storm on Tuesday, a stationary front will produce strong storms from Louisiana to Alabama and these storms could also produce isolated tornado and damaging winds.As this storm moves east, the biggest threat for tornadoes and damaging winds is expected on Wednesday from Arkansas to Alabama, including major cities like Memphis, Tennessee and Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama.The worst of the severe weather will begin early in the afternoon on Wednesday or evening and overnight into Thursday morning.By Thursday, the severe weather threat moves into the Southeast from Virginia to Florida with tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail all possible across the region.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Settlement Reached in 2017 Goshen Police Involved Shooting

first_img Settlement Reached in 2017 Goshen Police Involved Shooting WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – September 10, 2019 0 349 Google+ Twitter Facebook Pinterest Google+ (Source: https://goo.gl/dMu9KF License: https://goo.gl/sZ7V7x) It all stems from an incident back in 2017 when Goshen Police were pursuing an armed 19 year old carjacking suspect. During the chase shots were fired, and the suspect was killed. However, in the middle of the chaos an officer also shot Fernando Cuevas.The Goshen News reports Cuevas was paralyzed from the waist down. The officers involved were never charged, but Cuevas did file a lawsuit.Goshen’s portion of the settlement came out to $10,000 to cover the city’s insurance deductible; the entire settlement sum is unknown.You can find a full description of the events the day that Cuevas was shot here IndianaLocalNews Previous articleBob Dylan Coming to South BendNext articleUPDATE: Missing South Bend woman found Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

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EU-US investment principles

first_imgKarel De Gucht, the European commissioner for trade, and Michael Froman, deputy assistant to the President the United States, agreed on Tuesday (10 April) a set of ‘investment principles’ and said that they wanted other countries to follow suit. The principles cover the elements that the EU and the US believe are necessary to attract long-term sustainable investment.last_img

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The ‘which Blair’ project

first_imgIn fact, this alleged conundrum is nothing of the sort. If there is a genuine conundrum about the role Blair occupies in British political life, and I contend there is, it has nothing to do with the above; so before coming to it, let’s deal with the relatively simple explanation for how a man can go from being so loved to so hated by so many so quickly. In something like ascending order, here are six reasons Blair has become a hated figure.First, exalted expectations.All agents of change in modern democracies end up disappointing. Witness Barack Obama, many of whose most fervent initial supporters feel betrayed. This isn’t because he failed; rather he set targets and created dreams that could never hope to succeed. Alas the habit of under-promising and over-delivering is a tricky sell in modern politics, when the news cycle and media reach can create hype around so much as a bacon sandwich.Second, and related, fatigue.Anyone in power for a decade, and in public life for more than two, is bound to become over-familiar.Third, spin.Blair had several communication geniuses around him, including Peter Mandelson and Alastair Campbell; but in advancing a culture of controlled messages, which reached a nadir over Iraq, he left many people feeling manipulated.Fourth, God.Curiously for a once religious nation, Britons are wary of people who flaunt their faith in public. Blair hid his throughout his time in power, but lately it has come to the fore.Fifth, and vitally, Iraq.It would be hard to overstate the strength of opposition to the Iraq invasion in Britain, when a million people marched through the streets of London. That weapons of mass destruction never materialized only added to the sense of having been taken for a ride, on an epic scale. Blair’s Iraq adventurism combined the worst effects of spin and God: the message was wrong and downright deceitful; and the whole project reeked of a millenial utopianism, whose roots were the shared faith of Bush and Blair. If you spend enough time poking its practitioners, as I for my sins do, it soon becomes obvious that British politics is still in a state of mourning after the death of ideology. As I never tire of suggesting to my American friends, the passing of socialism, the grand ideological casualty of the 20th century, had opposite effects in America and Britain. In America, it removed the very thing — a commitment to some form of social justice — that united the two main political parties, and left them deeply polarised. In Britain, it removed the very thing that separated the two main political parties, and left them united in the center ground. As a result, British politics has — until recently — become sequential rather than adversarial, with similar teams in different uniforms taking it in turns to implement a broadly agreed agenda. This voided politics not just of ideology but, for the most part, hatred too. It substituted managerialism for morality; and it promoted competence and presumed efficacy in government to perhaps the highest quality a leader could have.One man understood this better than any other: Tony Blair. It just so happened that he was exceptionally talented and — like his friend and ally Bill Clinton — in possession of a vital quality of political leadership: lucky timing. “For the creation of a masterwork of literature,” wrote Matthew Arnold in “The Function of Criticism at the Present Time (1864),” “two powers must concur, the power of the man and the power of the moment, and the man is not enough without the moment.” This formulation is similarly apt for most political careers of any significance, and Blair, who would later be referred to as ‘The Master’ by modernizing Tories, was a masterwork of modern democracy. The historical moment that he occupied linked a period of unprecedented peace and prosperity, following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the expansionary 1990s, with 9/11 and the aftermath, in which everything changed and terror came to the fore in international relations. Clinton had the good fortune to leave his seat of power before that latter calamity, whereas Blair’s reign spilled over into its messy embrace. As for George W. Bush, that poor rascal’s misfortune was to be the link between two cataclysmic events: 9/11, and the worst recession since the Depression. In terms of timing, Clinton was extremely lucky, Blair mostly lucky, and Bush not lucky at all.The arc of Blair’s time at the top of British politics illuminates the great conundrum of his career — one that is, however, widely misdiagnosed. When most people turn their minds to Blair, they ask how it is that a man who won three elections, two of them with thumping majorities; who proclaimed a “new dawn in British politics;” who oversaw relentless economic growth; whose signature achievements included peace in Northern Ireland and a country much more at ease with ethnic and sexual minorities; and whose genius at communication won the hearts and minds of millions, could now come to be so reviled. Blair, once the cherub-faced savior of a country exhausted by Tory sleaze, has become guilty until proven innocent, his every move analyzed for selfish motives, his every profile in magazines intended to uncover wrongdoing and villainy. And then he delivered the central insight of Blairism, a version of which this article began with. “But most people whose votes are up for grabs do not see themselves as left or right, although they have a preference for fairness in society. They see themselves as reasonable, balanced people who may have their hobby horses (e.g. Europe, immigration) but in the end vote on living standards, public finance, and economic prosperity.” My friend with impeccable judgement and a sense of dismay went on: “The challenge for the left, always, is to develop modern progressive (leftwing) policies without postures and language that make it hard for people to vote for these policies. This is what Tories are better at. They try all the time to make it easier for centrist voters to support rightwing policies. This is what New Labour saw through and succeeded in flipping the Tories over on to their backs.”You would be hard-pressed to find a more authentic analysis of Milband’s politics from the Blairite perspective than this. Why, then, has Miliband positioned Labour to the left of where it won three elections? Some might argue that the effect of the financial crash was to move all politics against capitalism, so that Miliband has adjusted with the times.This argument doesn’t convince. The reason Miliband has positioned Labour to the left of Blair is that he himself is to the left of Blair. Miliband is a conventional social democrat, who wants to use the state to break up markets and monopolies using competition. He is first and foremost an economist, who sees politics in terms of means of production: hence his notorious distinction between the producers and predators of modern capitalism.And what of Cameron? His takeover of the Tory party a decade ago marked the triumph of a faction known as the modernizers, who had earlier hoped Michael Portillo would be their savior. Michael Gove, by far Cameron’s most successful minister until he was dismissed as education secretary for being too successful, wrote a biography of Portillo called “The Future of the Right.” A former Times columnist and leader-writer, he infamously once wrote “I can’t hold back my feelings any more. I love Tony” — and super-charged Blair’s education reforms while in government. I asked him about his admiration for the Labour man.“What made Tony Blair such an effective politician was his ability to learn on the job,” Gove said. “His biography is called “A Journey for a reason.” He wasted much of his first term because he did not want to expend political capital and risk unpopularity. But he came to recognise how vital it was to use his time in office to pursue radical reform — including of Whitehall — rather than simply steering by the sound of applause. He hired people serious about reform like Michael Barber and Julian Le Grand and took on vested interests. Which is why, of course, the Labour Party turned on him.”Turn on him it did — but so did Cameron. In his early days he rebranded the Tory party as one for the environment, called himself a liberal Conservative, said the Big Society was what he came into politics for, and talked up the importance of General Wellbeing. Was it all a charade? In my view that is too simple and immature an explanation. I think Cameron is by instinct a centrist, but has been pulled to the right both by an economic narrative of austerity and the structural split in British conservatism. The sixth and final reason is that Blair now goes around the world making lots of money, sometimes by advising unpleasant regimes, like the Kazakhs.Never mind that he does an extraordinary amount of charity work promoting good governance in Africa or peace in the Middle East and even closer to home (be honest: have you heard of the Tony Blair Sports Foundation?). Britons don’t like their politicians becoming rich. Whereas that can be lauded in America, our stratified society holds that leaders should generally be like the common man — most of whom don’t fancy a weekend in Almaty.This is the prism through which his every action is seen. On April 19, Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, tweeted a picture of Blair shaking hands with a Saudi dignitary, with the following words: “Tony Blair in Riyadh. $$$.” After hundreds of retweets, it was left to Gideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs commentator of the Financial Times, to offer a tongue-in-cheek corrective: “Don’t be so cynical. I’m certain that Blair is in Riyadh to promote inter-faith dialogue.”To my mind, a toxic brew of all these factors, particularly rich in jealousy of his wealth and anger at the Iraq misadventure, provide a ready explanation of why Blair’s popularity has evaporated. All this relates, however, to one man, one character — not to the brand of politics that he espoused. Though brand Blair is tarnished, brand Blairism need not be; and nobody has yet produced convincing evidence that the Third Way, post-ideological formula of Blairism is resented by the British public. On the contrary, there is every reason to believe that economic growth combined with social justice, with a tough stance on law and order, is precisely what Britain would vote for.And yet, bizarrely, this is the very model from which both David Cameron and Ed Miliband have chosen to flee. This seems to me the true conundrum of Blair: not that he should personally go from being loved to hated; rather that he should lay down a method for winning elections that was unprecedented in its success, and yet his students, even those who recognise him as their ‘Master’, should spurn it. Miliband has moved to the left, and Cameron to the right, leaving a vacancy in the center ground. Nick Clegg, the Lib Dem leader, is a hugely impressive individual and very similar to Blair in outlook, being a kind of Dutch liberal. He is more metropolitan and socially liberal, and much less religious, than Blair. But the vagaries of Britain’s electoral system, and the disaster of his U-turn over not raising university tuition fees, mean he will never cut through in the same way.There are good but ultimately regrettable reasons why Miliband and Cameron, who once called himself the ‘heir to Blair’, have shifted from his axis. Before coming to those, I should confess that I take consolation from the fact that one of the architects of New Labour, whom I cannot name here, broadly agrees with this analysis, and is in despair at the abandonment of the political project which dominated his life.In December he emailed me, and it is worth quoting at length for reasons you will immediately see. “[The other day] I tried to help Labour by saying that on the deficit, the party was now occupying sensible and reasonable center ground vacated by the Tories. This was not welcome in the leader’s office, I am told, because it implied that Miliband was moving from his left position. They actually want to polarise the choice between the two parties so that people have to make a clearcut decision between left and right…” Over the course of Cameron’s adult lifetime there has been a civil war on the right, unleashed by Thatcherism. We used to call either side the dries and the wets, the Eurosceptics and the Europhiles, the traditionalists and the modernizers. Now we call them Tories and UKIP. The fact that a huge chunk of the Tory family — perhaps a million voters — has got up, left and set up its own party with a hugely charismatic leader in Nigel Farage, is a problem without a solution for Cameron. In the coming days, his best hope of remaining prime minister is to make the UKIP cookie crumble. That is why he is singing nasty lyrics on crime, welfare, immigration and Europe. It is also why Lynton Crosby, the Australian strategist running the Tory campaign, is probably the right man for the job. He compares UKIP with Australia’s hard right One Nation party, founded in 1997 but now ineffectual.This, then, is a fundamental difference between Miliband and Cameron. The former moved away from Blair by choice; the latter was forced to by expedience. With no money and no majority, Cameron has been effectively in three coalitions: with the Lib Dems, with Labour voting Scotland, and with the UKIP tendency within British conservatism. These forces cannot be reconciled. Luckily for Blair, he never had to bother trying. It turns out he did have an heir in Cameron, but the latter couldn’t marry the man and the moment to create a centrist masterwork. Blair, with big money and big majorities on his side, had advantages his successors may never have — and that, perhaps, is why we may never see his like again.Amol Rajan is the editor of The Independent, of London. He tweets at @amolrajan .last_img read more

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Turkey: Brussels, you’ve got a problem

first_imgThe failed coup attempt in Turkey marked a turning point not only for Turkish society but also for relations between the country and Brussels.The European Union portrays itself as a guardian of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, but its weak response to the most serious attack against democracy in any candidate country was disappointing.In the month since the bloody putsch, evidence has mounted suggesting that the coup was planned and executed by followers of Fethullah Gülen, the former imam whose followers have systematically infiltrated state institutions since the 1980s. Religious or secular, conservative or liberal, the vast majority of the Turkish society holds that the Gülenists were behind the coup and that Gülen, who lives in Pennsylvania, should be extradited to Turkey to face justice. Many Turks, including advocates of EU membership, have been deeply disappointed in Brussels — which appears to have forgotten that Europe cannot be safe if Turkey is insecure.Not a single European head of state has visited Turkey since the failed putsch to express solidarity. With the sole exception of Carl Bildt, who urged Europe to stand up for Turkish democracy, no public figure has even raised the issue.Some observers even tried to distract attention from European inaction by treating Erdoğan’s visit to St. Petersburg as some kind of message to Europe. But even if that claim was true, what is preventing European heads of state from visiting the country to express their solidarity with the Turkish people, their parliament, their president and their government?The EU’s reputation as an advocate of democracy, human rights and the rule of law is on the line. By giving Turkey the cold shoulder, Brussels not only alienates a major ally; it also betrays its values and principles.European heads of state should cooperate and communicate more closely with Turkish officials before making public statements that are not always trueBrussels should reverse this course and show greater sympathy to the brave Turkish people who stood up to tanks and F16s in their defense of democracy and freedom. EU officials need to understand that the actions being taken against the coup plotters are in proportion to the severity of events. A group of seventy prosecutors are working around the clock to build their case. They will find out more about the coup plotters as the investigation continues. A number of army officers and generals have already confessed to being members of the Gülenist cult, and admitted to taking orders from superiors in the Gülenist hierarchy.Embroidered images of Fethullah Gulen and Recep Tayyip Erdogan are displayed in a shop in Turkey | Ozan Kose/AFP via Getty ImagesThe failed coup’s aftermath also had major political implications. On that historic night, ordinary citizens put aside their political differences to unite against the putschists and placed their lives at risk to defend democracy. Several thousand innocent people were wounded, and some 240 lost their lives at the hands of terrorists in uniform.Every political party in the country denounced the coup and voiced their support for democracy. Over the following days, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with main opposition leaders, who then attended the largest rally in the country’s history. They sent a clear message to the world: Turkey is united and stronger than ever.Unfortunately, Brussels seems to have missed out on the newfound spirit of solidarity. Some of the first statements from EU leaders were ambiguous, leading to anger and even conspiracy theories. Instead of unequivocally condemning the coup and supporting the elected government’s efforts to bring the putschists to justice, Europe chose to attack Turkey’s leaders for holding the would-be junta accountable for their crimes.Not a single European head of state has visited Turkey since the failed putsch to express solidarityPeople from diverse political backgrounds agree that we must take all necessary steps to prevent the Gülenists or any other group from infiltrating the country’s bureaucracy. The removal of known Gülenists from state institutions isn’t very different from the Einigungsvertrag process, in which about half a million East German state employees were sacked or suspended during the German reunification over their links to the old regime, but EU officials haven’t been supportive of the Turkish effort.center_img In addition to visiting Turkey to show solidarity with its people and democratically elected officials, European heads of state should cooperate and communicate more closely with Turkish officials before making public statements that are not always true. And they must do their homework and recognize the destruction the Gülenists have caused.Similarly, the Turkey-EU migration deal, which has been a huge success story, must be preserved, by allowing Turkish citizens to travel visa-free to the Schengen zone.Turkey has been fighting against two prominent terrorist organizations, the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) and the Islamic State (ISIL). After the Gülenists’ attempt to overthrow the democratically-elected government, it is clear that it is now facing a third one. It is neither realistic nor ethical to expect Turkey to carry on this fight on its own. The country’s European and American allies should come to its aid.EU membership remains a strategic goal for Turkey, but it takes two to tango.Ibrahim Kalin is the spokesperson for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Also On POLITICO Opinion Europe, stand up for Erdoğan By Carl Bildtlast_img read more

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Noah Gragson steals not one, not two, but THREE kisses during ‘graduation’

first_imgBold move, young man.(Hey — it worked for Squints. As you may recall, he and Peffercorn wound up getting married in “The Sandlot.”)We’re not entirely sure who Gragson’s favorite musician is, but there’s a pretty solid chance it’s Ben Harper. RELATED: Gragson learns the hard way what happens when @DaleJr retweets youFriday night was a pretty good night for Noah Gragson.The Camping World Truck Series rookie picked up his first career 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the winstaronlinegaming.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway en route to a seventh-place finish — the second-best result of his young career.That alone constitutes a solid evening, but the 18-year-old Gragson also received his high school diploma from track president Eddie Gossage — a la Erik Jones — during driver intros. Pretty cool!But Gragson wasn’t done.Moments after receiving his diploma, the Kyle Busch Motorsports driver decided to pull from the Michael “Squints” Palladorous book of tricks and Wendy Peffercorn (verb) a couple of unsuspecting Texas Motor Speedway girls, who were shocked at first but laughed and took it in stride.last_img read more

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Photos: Responders Cut Man Free from Trash Can

first_imgABERDEEN, Scotland — A 52-year-old man was taken to hospital last night — after getting his head stuck in a bin. The unusual incident happened at the Castlegate, Aberdeen, around 5:45 p.m., when passers-by noticed the man struggling to break free. Worried onlookers called 999, and all three emergency services attended. Grampian Fire and Rescue officers used a high-powered saw to cut off the top of the bin and he was freed within 15 minutes. The saw can cut through metal, brickwork and timber and is normally used for rescuing people trapped in vehicles. The man, who is believed to be local, was delivered to the care of a waiting ambulance crew, who took him to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he was treated for facial cuts before being released. A spokesman for Grampian Police said: “We are unsure what he was looking for or what he had lost – and whether he found it. “We can also confirm that there were no criminal charges resulting from the incident.” People in the area were bemused by all the activity. Bar worker Ian Anderson was rushing to nearby Archibald Simpson’s pub to start his shift when the drama unfolded. He said: “I thought it must have been a fire that had been put out by the time I walked past – because there was no smoke or flames. “When I got to the pub and people told me the real story, I could not believe it. “Everyone was talking about it, and having a laugh about the commotion it caused.”last_img read more

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200 Converge on Grand Central Station in Guerilla Comedy Mission (Video)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOn a recent Saturday two hundred New Yorkers sycronized their watches, converged on the grand concourse of the world’s largest train station and froze in place like statues while hundreds of travelers gawked in awe at the Grand Central Station spectacle.The “flash mob,” as such groups are known, was organized by Charlie Todd whose website ImprovEverywhere.com is dedicated to causing “scenes of chaos and joy in public places.” Check out more about Imrove Everywhere in this special report by ABC News: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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