Not even his most ardent critics – and there are plenty of them – dispute James Harden’s greatness. His numbers are undeniable, he efficacy is unimpeachable, and his continued evolution, still adding wrinkles to his game at 30, is inspiring. Yet it’s unlikely the Houston Rockets guard will ever be universally adored, at least not to the extent of a LeBron James or even a Stephen Curry. It is a question of style, rather than substance, that prevents so many basketball fans truly taking Harden into their heart. And, in this regard, there are parallels to be drawn between the NBA scoring machine and soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Of course, Rockets fans worship Harden, just as supporters of Juventus and Real Madrid, Ronaldo’s current and former club respectively, idolize the Portuguese forward. Fans inside the Toyota Center have watched Harden blossom from the perennial sixth man traded from Oklahoma City to escape the shadows of Kevin Durant and Russell … [Read more...] about Is James Harden the NBA’s Cristiano Ronaldo?
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“Do you want to be arrested?” the cop asks Amy Schumer. “Yes” she says simply. She was one of the 302 women held after protesting at a Senate office building against the likely confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the US supreme court. They were arrested for “unlawfully demonstrating”. One of the chants in the crowd was: “This is what democracy looks like.” Indeed, this is what democracy looks like when trust in its institutions has been shattered and civil disobedience appears to be the only option. Women’s silence explodes into anger. Anger and disbelief. What does it take to be listened to many asked, after Dr Christine Blasey Ford, the “perfect victim”, gave her testimony in what was a job interview, not a trial. What does it take to be believed? The FBI did not believe it needed to speak to her again. It produced a 1,000-page report and senators had an hour to read it. Republicans are now reassured there was no hint … [Read more...] about If Brett Kavanaugh makes it through, women’s anger will be unstoppable
The deadly eruption of a New Zealand volcano has drawn a spotlight on how active volcanoes draw crowds of tourism each year. With so many active volcanoes on the planet, tourists are seeking out thrills on mountains from Japan to DR Congo.Some of those have had eruptions in the recent past but still - or possibly because of that - are high up on the list of visitors. "Getting close to volcanoes offers a rare opportunity to experience the power of the restless earth: the smouldering, seething release of pressure from the brittle crust of earth caused by the crush of tectonic plates," says travel journalist Simon Calder. "But with the reward comes a range of risks. They can include sulphur dioxide and other toxic volcanic gases, material from the volcano being thrown out, lava flows and possible resulting wildfires, landslides and, for coastal locations, tsunamis."So here's an overview of several of the world's most popular and recently active volcanoes. IndonesiaThe recent eruption of … [Read more...] about Volcano tourism in the spotlight after New Zealand eruption
Danielle Molinari and her two-year-old Frankie face being put out on the street. So does her 70-year-old neighbour Mary White, along with her adult son (and father of two) Bill. The same goes for the rest of the 93 households on London’s New Era estate. The question is why? The obvious place to start is with American fund manager Westbrook, which bought an entire community’s homes up from underneath them and plans to jack up rents sky-high, forcing residents into homelessness. Then there’s Richard Benyon, the Tory MP whose multimillion-pound family estate partnered on the deal – until public shaming forced him last week to pull out. Got blame to spare? Then take your pick from an entire deck of weak-chinned politicians, starting with London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, all of whom have done so little to help so late in the day. But something bigger is playing out in this little redbrick square on the fringes of the City – and it makes what happens next … [Read more...] about New Era estate scandal: families at the mercy of international speculators
Thousands of women with breast cancer could be spared weeks of radiotherapy after scientists discovered a new targeted approach, taking a fraction of the time, is just as effective. A five-day course of partial breast irradiation is far less gruelling than traditional radiotherapy, which bathes the whole breast and takes up to six weeks of daily sessions. A ten-year trial of the targeted approach has found it is just as effective as the traditional technique. And experts say the less aggressive method is likely to come with fewer side effects such as scarring, sensitivity and a change in breast appearance. A five-day course of partial breast irradiation is far less gruelling than traditional radiotherapy, which bathes the whole breast and takes up to six weeks of daily sessions More than 38,000 women undergo radiotherapy for breast cancer in England each year. The procedure is given after women have a tumour surgically removed, and is designed to eradicate all remaining cancer cells … [Read more...] about Thousands of breast cancer patients could be spared weeks of gruelling radiotherapy with a five-day course of a less aggressive treatment