Crystal Palace defender ‘safe and well’ after being caught up in Paris terrorist attacks

first_img Martin Kelly Crystal Palace have confirmed defender Martin Kelly is safe and well after he was pictured in Paris on the day of the terrorist attacks.Kelly posted a picture on Instagram on Friday evening of a cafe in Paris, shortly before multiple attacks across the French capital left at least 128 people dead.He posted: “Found a decent little spot for tonight #paris #cafelaperle.”That sparked fears for the former Liverpool youngster’s safety, with the cafe in question said to be close to one of the attacks.But Crystal Palace announced late on Friday night that they had made contact with Kelly and he has suffered any harm.They posted on Twitter: “We have been in contact with @MartinKelly1990 tonight and can confirm he is safe and well.”He is due to return to England on Saturday after taking a short trip to Paris during the international break. 1last_img read more

Royalty Free Music to Power Your Sports Videos

first_imgFrom energetic samba to street-style percussion and beyond — here’s the perfect soundtrack for high-octane sports video projects.Right now, the world is gripped by soccer fever as people everywhere gather to cheer on their favorite teams. To mark the occasion — and to help you with your sports-themed videos — our music team has created the perfect royalty-free music playlist.This collection of 14 hand-picked tracks instantly evokes the energy and excitement of the soccer pitch and encompasses all the iconic musical styles associated with the beautiful game.Image via Yaraslau.Try out “Samba Romp,” by Faberge — a bright, catchy Brazilian-themed track with an uplifting vibe. “This Beat is Addictive,” by MVM Productions, pulses with exciting street-style percussion to create a carnival atmosphere. Or match the on-pitch action with high-energy action tracks like “You Thought I Was Playing,” by JAM Studio, and “Game Start,” by Tonemassif.Plus, no world sports tournament would be complete without an iconic anthem. “I’m Waiting For You” and “Where Are You” by Denis fit the bill perfectly. Both are epic pop ballads featuring Russian vocals.Each track in our sports playlist is royalty-free, so with the purchase of a simple license, you can use your chosen tracks in your sports videos without paying royalty fees. Find your next royalty free stock music track here.last_img read more

Japan face test of mind and muscle against South Africa in quarter-final

first_img Read more Rugby World Cup 2019: five things to look out for in the knockout stage Share on Messenger Japan rugby union team Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Japan have made this World Cup with their effervescence, verve and slickness, but to beat South Africa for the second successive tournament they will need to show a capacity to react to something they have not planned for.The Springboks feel like a customer at a bar who cannot get served. The focus has been on the hosts since their stunning victory over Scotland, a match that went ahead only after volunteers, some of whom had lost their houses when Typhoon Hagibis hit Japan’s capital last Saturday, worked selflessly from the early morning at the stadium in Yokohama. Little attention has been paid to the remarkable turnaround since Rassie Erasmus took charge of South Africa last year. Share on LinkedIn Twitter Rugby World Cup … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… features Michael Aylwin Japan secured a famous win over South Afrcia in the 2015 World Cup. Photograph: Tim Ireland/AP Reuse this content It was difficult to think of them as World Cup contenders in December 2017 when they faced a weakened Wales in Cardiff and were 21-3 down at one point in the first half, conceding two tries when not even a rudimentary grasp of defending was shown. An abiding image was of Eben Etzebeth, then captain and one of the world’s top second-rows, leading a forlorn charge from his own line and then limping off. Would he, you wondered, ever wear the green jersey again?However, Erasmus, in a short time, has South Africa playing like the Springboks again: hard, abrasive, uncompromising, well-conditioned but also spiced with some devilry. Primed by the scrum-half, Faf de Klerk, they can wing it with Cheslin Kolbe and Makazole Mapimpi, two of the most potent finishers here.The way they started their final pool match against Canada, running from everywhere when their opponents were prepared for a forward onslaught, showed they pack the element of surprise, serious contenders who have earned the renewed respect of the All Blacks.They will test Japan in a way Ireland and Scotland could not because their game, while having a fixed point, is multifaceted. By having six forwards on the bench, including a complete tight five, Erasmus is pointing the hosts to an attritional approach from the first minute to the last, sustained by fresh legs, but is it a trap?The concern over Japan is that they are a highly programmed side. From the opening week, as they prepared to face Russia, a parade of players has said the same thing: we trust our leaders and follow their gameplan. Generals and soldiers, but what happens, in the heat of battle, when commands cannot be heard and initiative needs to be taken?Japan have looked their least effective against the teams they were expected to beat, Russia and Samoa, emerging with a try bonus point but only late on. Topics Rugby union Share via Email Share on Facebook The Observer Rugby World Cup 2019 Once Michael Leitch came on after 30 minutes, they were so impressive against Ireland when they were underdogs that they spooked one of the most structured teams around into, if not panic, a radical departure, by offloading and running from deep. The team that led the world rankings at the start of the tournament were unable to control the pace of the game, their fabric unravelling to the point where their staples of scrum, lineout and maul offered no comfort.Scotland were similarly bewitched by Japan’s ability to release the ball dextrously at the point of contact, but when they rallied in the second half, scoring two tries to reduce the gap to seven points and disarming their opponents through vigorous counter-rucking, the hosts struggled to adapt. It is an inherent weakness of a side whose exposure, while greater in the past six years than that of any other tier-two nation here, is sporadic.Japan have reached the quarter-finals for the first time largely because of the brilliance of the strategies devised by their coaches, led by three New Zealanders, Jamie Joseph, Tony Brown, and Scott Hansen, together with the attention to detail, the skill of the players and an outstanding back row. But in South Africa they are up against opponents who play New Zealand twice a year and are equipped to deal with devious attacking ploys and high-octane rugby.Erasmus opted to build his side up when other coaches, given the frenzy generated by Japan, may have looked for a fence to sit on. “We prepare to win and play to our strength, which is physical rugby.”Was it five weeks ago that the World Cup had barely generated a ripple in the capital? The Japan News on Friday interviewed a customer at the tournament’s megastore. He had come looking, in vain, for a Brave Blossoms jersey, more than 200,000 sold and counting. “I really did not know about the game of rugby, but it has become a sport that has ignited the whole nation,” he said.A South Africa victory would dampen the fire, not extinguish it. The spirit of 2015 is being invoked but it was the Springboks who played most of the rugby in Brighton that day. This is a different team, meaner and focused, geared to go all the way. Japan are also better equipped and have a nation and the neutrals behind them, winning hearts as well as matches, but every dream has a wake-up moment. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Facebook South Africa rugby teamlast_img read more

10 months agoInce slams Man Utd handing England trio new contracts

first_imgInce slams Man Utd handing England trio new contractsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United captain Paul Ince has slammed the new contracts handed to three players.Ince questioned the decision to hand new deals to Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard, insisting there are too many players at the club who ‘aren’t fit to wear the shirt.'”When players like Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard are getting long-term contracts, it shows how backward they are going,” Ince told Paddy Power.“Give them two or three-year contracts to keep them hungry, but don’t spoil them when they aren’t good enough for the club anyway.”He continued: “A resounding issue at the club is that there are far too many players who aren’t fit to wear the shirt. Something has got to give.“I’m not one to call for Jose Mourinho’s head, but something urgently needs to change. The board need to decide whether they’re going to pay him off or give him more money for players.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Easy Rider star Peter Fonda dies at 79

first_imgWashington: US actor and filmmaker Peter Fonda, who became an international star in 1969 with “Easy Rider,” died at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 79. The cause of death was respiratory failure arising from lung cancer. “It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away,” the family said on Friday, Efe news reported. “In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts. And, while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life,” his family told the media. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “In honour of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom,” the family statement concluded, quoting a line from “Easy Rider.” Son of Hollywood giant Henry Fonda and younger brother of Jane Fonda, Peter Fonda entered show business in his early 20s, working on Broadway as well as in television and film. But he fell out of favour with big studios due to his long hair and drug use and spent years doing small-budget films until he was able to raise enough money to make “Easy Rider.” Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna Starring Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson, the film was a global blockbuster. Fonda, Hopper – who also directed – and Terry Southern shared an Oscar nomination for best screenplay, while Nicholson was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Nearly three decades later, Fonda earned a Best Actor nomination for his performance in the highly acclaimed “Ulee’s Gold.” Fonda, in the guise of his Captain America persona from “Easy Rider,” became a counterculture icon alongside contemporaries such as Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix, Muhammad Ali and John Lennon. “I am very sad. He was my sweet-hearted baby brother. The talker of the family. I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing,” Jane Fonda said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. Peter Fonda is survived by his third wife, Margaret DeVogelaere, and his children, Bridget Fonda and Justin Fonda. Both of the children appeared briefly in “Easy Rider” and Bridget went on to act in dozens of films as an adult, including “The Godfather III” and “Jackie Brown.”last_img read more

Mexico Canada and others may be exempted from US tariffs

first_imgWASHINGTON – The White House said Wednesday that Mexico, Canada and other countries may be spared from President Donald Trump’s planned steel and aluminum tariffs under national security “carve-outs,” a move that could soften the blow amid threats of retaliation by trading partners and dire economic warnings from lawmakers and business groups.Peter Navarro, Trump’s trade and manufacturing adviser, said in an interview on Fox Business that the tariffs would go into effect within about 15 to 30 days and the proclamation the president intends to sign would include a clause that would not immediately impose tariffs on Canada and Mexico.Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters the exemptions would be made on a “case by case” and “country by country” basis, a reversal from the policy articulated by the White House just days ago that there would be no exemptions from Trump’s plan.The update came as congressional Republicans and business groups braced for the impact of expected tariffs of 25 per cent on imported steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, appearing resigned to additional protectionist trade actions as Trump signalled upcoming economic battles with China. Trump was expected to announce the tariffs by the end of the week.The looming departure of White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive who has opposed the promised tariffs, set off anxiety among business leaders and investors worried about a potential trade war.“We urge you to reconsider the idea of broad tariffs to avoid unintended negative consequences to the U.S. economy and its workers,” 107 House Republicans wrote in a letter to Trump.At the White House, officials were working to include language in the tariffs that would give Trump the flexibility to approve exemptions for certain countries.“He’s already indicated a degree of flexibility, I think a very sensible, very balanced degree of flexibility,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told CNBC. “We’re not trying to blow up the world.”Trump signalled other trade actions could be in the works. In a tweet, he said the “U.S. is acting swiftly on Intellectual Property theft.” A White House official said Trump was referencing an ongoing investigation of China in which the U.S. trade representative is studying whether Chinese intellectual property rules are “unreasonable or discriminatory” to American business.The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said an announcement on the findings of the report — and possible retaliatory actions — was expected within the next three weeks.Business leaders, meanwhile, continued to sound the alarm about the potential economic fallout from tariffs, with the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce raising the spectre of a global trade war. That scenario, Tom Donohue said, would endanger the economic momentum from the GOP tax cuts and Trump’s rollback of regulations.“We urge the administration to take this risk seriously,” Donohue said.The president has said the tariffs are needed to reinforce lagging American steel and aluminum industries and protect national security. He has tried to use the tariffs as leverage in ongoing talks to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement, suggesting Canada and Mexico might be exempted from tariffs if they offer more favourable terms under NAFTA.Lawmakers opposed to the tariffs, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have suggested more narrowly focused approaches to target Chinese imports. But members of Congress have few tools at their disposal to counter the president, who has vowed to fulfil his campaign pledge.“I don’t think the president is going to be easily deterred,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who has suggested hearings on the tariffs.Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said Trump had listened to him and others who disagree with the direction of the trade policies. “I thank him for that and he’s been a good listener. The difficulty is so far I haven’t persuaded him,” Alexander said.Republicans in Congress have lobbied administration officials to reconsider the plan and focus the trade actions on China, warning that allies such as Canada and members of the European Union would retaliate.The EU said it was prepared to respond to any tariffs with counter-measures against U.S. products such as Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Levi’s jeans and bourbon. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said the EU was circulating among member states a list of U.S. goods to target with tariffs so it could respond quickly.The president plans to rally Republicans in western Pennsylvania on Saturday in support of Rick Saccone, who faces Democrat Conor Lamb in a March 13 special House election. Trump has told associates the tariffs could be helpful to the GOP cause in the election in the heart of steel country.__Associated Press writers Zeke Miller, Matthew Daly and Alan Fram in Washington and Lorne Cook in Brussels contributed to this report.___Follow Ken Thomas on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KThomasDClast_img read more

Nielsens illustrate the popularity of political shows

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – After Shepard Smith set off some internal Fox News Channel bickering over his description of “entertaining” opinion programming, a glance at the cable television rankings reveals the extent to which political talk has become a pastime for millions of Americans.The Nielsen company said 26 of the 40 most-watched programs on cable television last week were political shows on Fox News or MSNBC, including each weeknight telecast by Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity and Lawrence O’Donnell.Seven were telecasts of games from opening week of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament and four were professional wrestling. Only three scripted programs — AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” an HGTV episode of “Fixer Upper” and a Hallmark movie — made the list.Smith, the afternoon news anchor who signed a contract extension last week, had one show on the list. He said in an interview with Time magazine that some of Fox’s opinion programming “is there strictly to be entertaining.“I get that,” he said. “I don’t work there. I wouldn’t work there. I don’t want to sit around and yell at each other and talk about your philosophy and my philosophy. That sounds horrible to me.”Smith also said that Fox’s opinion shows don’t really have rules. “They can say whatever they want — if it’s their opinion,” he said.That comment drew rebukes from Hannity and fellow Fox prime-time host Laura Ingraham, who said both of their shows make news.Maddow’s Tuesday evening telecast on MSNBC, with 3.42 million viewers, was the most-watched news program on cable last week, Nielsen said. Hannity was in second and third place. Sixteen of the 26 political programs were on Fox, with the other 10 on MSNBC. Fox, which averaged 2.31 million viewers in prime time last week, was the most-watched cable network while MSNBC was second with 1.98 million, Nielsen said.CNN, which averaged 1.11 million viewers in prime time last week, has been losing ground to its rivals recently as viewers settle into political camps. That may be behind its decision last week to shuffle its lineup, adding a prime-time show with Chris Cuomo as host.CBS was the most-watched broadcast network last week, averaging 7 million viewers. NBC had 5.6 million, ABC had 4.7 million, Fox had 2.6 million, Univision had 1.6 million, ION Television had 1.5 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 1 million.Following Fox News and MSNBC, the remaining three networks in cable’s top five were boosted by the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. TBS averaged 1.78 million, TNT had 1.77 million and TruTV had 1.55 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.8 million. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 7.9 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.7 million.For the week of March 12-18, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “NCIS,” CBS, 13.27 million; “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 11.88 million; “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.18 million; “This is Us,” NBC, 10.94 million; “Bull,” CBS, 10.64 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10.08 million; “The Good Doctor,” ABC, 9.89 million; “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 9.25 million; “Instinct,” CBS, 9.05 million; “American Idol” (Monday), ABC, 8.41 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.comlast_img read more

Judge approves eviction of protesters from camp near pipeline construction site

first_imgVANCOUVER – A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has granted the City of Burnaby an injunction forcing pipeline protesters to take down their camp outside a Kinder Morgan terminal.Justice Geoffrey Gomery said all structures, shelters and vehicles must be removed from the site known as Camp Cloud within 48 hours of the order issued on Friday afternoon.The judge also ordered that a sacred fire burning under very dry conditions and near a Shell aviation fuel tank farm must be extinguished.However, peaceful protesting is still permitted, he said. Individuals are allowed on the site as long as they do not build more structures and camp overnight.No one appeared in court on behalf of the protesters, although half a dozen supporters watched proceedings from the gallery.In his judgment, Gomery noted that an argument based on Aboriginal title claims could have in principle qualified. However he said the position the protesters have advanced through media on that subject, so far as he understands it, is not arguable.There is no evidence the individuals are associated with the Squamish or Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, which claim rights to the land in question, he said.Gomery also said he believed the focus of Camp Cloud has shifted over time.“It is unfortunately clear that the goals of the defendants and occupants of Camp Cloud have evolved. While they established the camp for the purpose of protesting the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, they’ve now begun to view the campsite as their land. They’re blocking a public right of way and members of the public have been made to feel unwelcome,” he said.One protester threatened to “drop kick” and “kill” a fire official and an official from the parks department was chased away, he said.Camp Cloud has grown since November from a single trailer to include a two-storey wooden structure, a cabin, an outdoor shower, more than a dozen tents and multiple vehicles and trailers.City of Burnaby lawyer Gregory McDade told the judge that while the city supports peaceful protests, the camp violates several bylaws, trespasses on city property and constitutes a public nuisance.The city has had a positive dialogue with a separate protest group that gathers around a structure known as the Watch House, he said. McDade said when the city communicated the fire ban to the Watch House protesters, they conducted a ceremony and extinguished their own sacred fire.Camp Cloud spokeswoman Kwitsel Tatel, who is named as a defendant, said in a statement that putting out the sacred fire or removing any of the camp’s buildings would be a violation of not only the right to free expression, but also deeply held religious beliefs.She posted a “call for solidarity” on Facebook, hours before the ruling.“Our camp is unified and centred around the sacred fire, which since time immemorial, has been central to the governance of Indigenous peoples,” the post said.“We are a peaceful coalition that is gravely concerned for the national interest, respect, dignity of public interest, public health and the protection of safe and clean water for all our generations to come on these sacred lands of so-called Canada.”She said the group is raising awareness about the “ecocide and genocide” that is continuing to take place against Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, due to ongoing threats to water.Asked what she would do if the judge ruled in favour of the city, ahead of the ruling, she said only: “Good question for all ‘Canadians!’ “last_img read more