SLOVENIA come to Wembley boasting one of the world’s best goalkeepers in the world in Jan Oblak. The highly regarded Atletico Madrid man is thought to be a Paris Saint-Germain transfer target. But he’s not the only top class keeper to come from Slovenia... our friends at Football Whispers look at the former Yugoslav state’s best stoppers. Oblak is one of the best keepers in the world right now, there’s no doubt about that. The CIES Football Observatory rates him as the most valuable goalkeeper in the world at the moment, above the likes of David De Gea and Thibaut Courtois. He is considerably more valuable than the four goalkeepers in the England squad. Joe Hart is valued at three times less, along with Fraser Forster, while Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland are miles behind. The 24-year-old has made it look easy replacing Courtois since his arrival at Atletico Madrid in 2014. He was won a number of awards over recent years, including being named in the Champions … [Read more...] about Why do Slovenia have a history of world class goalkeepers, but struggle outfield?
ENGLAND'S next opponents Slovenia have one of the world’s best goalkeepers in the world in Jan Oblak. The Atletico Madrid man is highly regarded and is thought to be a Paris Saint-Germain transfer target. But he’s not the only top class keeper to come from Slovenia... our friends at Football Whispers look at the former Yugoslav state’s best stoppers. Oblak is one of the best keepers in the world right now, there’s no doubt about that. The CIES Football Observatory rates him as the most valuable goalkeeper in the world at the moment, above the likes of David De Gea and Thibaut Courtois. He is considerably more valuable than the four goalkeepers in the England squad. Joe Hart is valued at three times less, along with Fraser Forster, while Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland are miles behind. The 24-year-old has made it look easy replacing Courtois since his arrival at Atletico Madrid in 2014. He was won a number of awards over recent years, including being named in … [Read more...] about Why do Slovenia have a history of world class goalkeepers like Jan Oblak, but struggle outfield?
SERGIO AGUERO is the only world-class forward in the Premier League. That is the view of Arsenal strike legend Thierry Henry. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: BET £5 GET A FREE £10 BET It has been goals galore in the top flight this season with Aguero, Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata all banging in six each in as many games. While Tottenham star Harry Kane is on four after overcoming his August jinx. But speaking on Sky’s Monday Night Football ahead of Arsenal’s 2-0 win over West Brom, SunSport columnist Henry said: “The only one who is world class or has been world class, is Aguero because of the longevity of what he has done in this league, year in and year out. “He won the league here and he has been doing it the longest. “You have to give him a bit of credit. I think sometimes we bypass Aguero like he didn’t happen.” Aguero, 29, will join Eric Brook as City’s all-time top scorer with 177 goals should he net against Shakhtar Donetsk in the … [Read more...] about Thierry Henry reveals the Premier League’s ONLY world-class striker
GETTY Thierry Henry believes Sergio Aguero is the Premier League's only world-class striker That is according to Premier League legend and Arsenal’s record goalscorer Thierry Henry.Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham’s star strikers have started the season on fire.Lukaku and Morata are joint-top scorers in England’s top flight with six goals each.Kane, meanwhile, has recovered after another slow August to score four times.Both Kane and Lukaku are edging nearer to 100 Premier League goals at the age of just 24, and Morata has adapted quickly since arriving from Real Madrid in the summer. The strikers with the best minutes per goal ratio in 2017 WHICH forwards from the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1 have been most prolific this calendar year? … [Read more...] about Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morata and Harry Kane are not world class – Thierry Henry
Image copyright Stephen Lowe Image caption William F Yates, Llandudno's new Shannon-class lifeboat A new Shannon-class lifeboat has launched in Conwy county.The £2.2m lifeboat is the first modern all-weather lifeboat to be propelled by water jets instead of traditional propellers.It can reach speeds of up to 25 knots - 50% faster than its predecessor - allowing crews to reach casualties faster.It comes after Llandudno RNLI moved to its new station.Graham Heritage, coxswain of the Llandudno lifeboat, said "This is an exciting new chapter for Llandudno RNLI and it's a great honour for all on board to be chosen and to be given the responsibility of bringing home our brand new all-weather lifeboat." … [Read more...] about Llandudno RNLI’s new Shannon-class lifeboat launches
FIRST Class carriages on trains could soon be a thing of the past. There are growing calls for the posh sections of the train to be scrapped to ease overcrowding in the normal carriages. Earlier this year, the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling suggested making trains on some of Britain’s busier train routes Standard Class only. He floated the idea for Southeastern trains, under proposals for the next franchise of the train line that operates in South London and Kent. Currently, nearly a third of rail passengers are forced to stand on trains heading into London during the morning rush hour because of overcrowding. The problem continues to grow as more people commute into the capital for work – the number of people using trains has doubled to 1.7 billion in the last 20 years. Grayling told The Telegraph: “I absolutely understand what a total pain it is if you are standing on a train for 20-30 minutes on the way to work. “I don’t really see a case for a … [Read more...] about Should First Class exist on trains? Calls for posh carriages to be scrapped due to overcrowding
The hardline conservative Laurent Wauquiez added the string of budget cuts and reforms announced by the government this summer could spell bad news for France’s struggling middle class.Making a thinly veiled allusion to the president’s start-up party, Republic on the Move, he said: “Mr Macron has no project for France. His project is himself. “We don’t know which direction he wants to take the country in because he hasn’t told us what his plan is. He’s ‘on the move,’ but where is he going exactly?” Mr Macron has no project for France. His project is himself Laurent Wauquiez The leading conservative, who is the favourite to win his party’s leadership in December, also accused Mr Macron of being two faced.He said: “Mr Macron is constantly engaging in double talk. He wants to boost people’s purchasing power … [Read more...] about ‘INSINCERE’ Macron accused of ‘double talk’ and plotting tax attack on French middle class
At 18, Olivia Katbi was answering the phones and emails in a Republican state senator’s office in Ohio. Then the legislator threw his weight behind a particularly contentious anti-abortion law. “I realised that the party I’m working for is evil. After that I identified as a Democrat but I wasn’t really happy with their policies either,” said Katbi, now 25. Back then, she couldn’t articulate her reservations about President Barack Obama. There were the drone strikes, and the limitations of his healthcare reforms. But mostly it was a frustrating sense he wasn’t serving her interests so much as those of a monied elite. So in the 2012 presidential election, Katbi voted for Jill Stein, the Green party candidate. But that didn’t change the world. It was only last year, when Bernie Sanders made his run under the banner of democratic socialism, that it all started to fall into place. “My politics were to the left of the Democratic party but … [Read more...] about ‘The S-word’: how young Americans fell in love with socialism
Recently, in a Maryland suburb, a high school baseball team competed against players from a wealthier suburb nearby. A mother was happily chanting for her son’s team when she heard the “cheers” of the other team, issued by both adults and kids. “They chanted: ‘Lower average income! Lower average income!’” said the mother, Jodi Jacobson. The taunts continued: “Can’t your parents afford to feed you? Can we call child protective services?” At another game, players sang “That’s all right, that’s OK! You will work for us someday!” “It was disgusting,” Jacobson concluded. “I was astounded at the crude and cruel things said by the people in the stands”. Echoing this episode, school bullying over social class has found an even crueler iteration in “lunch-shaming”: children being humiliated for not having enough money to pay for their public school lunches. When parents have … [Read more...] about ‘Lunch shaming’ and other humiliations: how can we teach our kids about class?
Recently, in a Maryland suburb, a high school baseball team competed against players from a wealthier suburb nearby. A mother was happily chanting for her son’s team when she heard the “cheers” of the other team, issued by both adults and kids. “They chanted: ‘Lower average income! Lower average income!’” said the mother, Jodi Jacobson. The taunts continued: “Can’t your parents afford to feed you? Can we call child protective services?” At another game, players sang “That’s all right, that’s okay! You will work for us someday!” “It was disgusting,” Jacobson concluded. “I was astounded at the crude and cruel things said by the people in the stands”. Echoing this episode, school bullying over social class has found an even crueler iteration in “lunch-shaming”: children being humiliated for not having enough money to pay for their public school lunches. When parents … [Read more...] about How should you teach your kids about their social class?
By Alison Frankel On June 30, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts disclosed an intriguing tidbit about how he reads briefs to hundreds of federal judges and appellate lawyers gathered at a federal judicial conference in Pennsylvania.According to Twitter posts by lawyers who were there, the chief justice said he reads reply briefs first, especially in complicated cases. And according to followup tweets from former Supreme Court clerks, the chief is not alone. Several lawyers said they write reply briefs assuming judges and justices will read them first.That’s bad news for Conagra and other class action defendants.Here’s why. Conagra, as you may recall, has asked the Supreme Court to grant review of a decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that affirmed certification of a class of Wesson Oil purchasers claiming the product was falsely advertised as all natural. The 9th Circuit, like the 6th and 7th Circuits before it (and the 8th … [Read more...] about 2nd Circuit’s Petrobras opinion is bad news for class action defendants at SCOTUS
The left will never win over the middle class, or so the argument used to go: now the left is accused of winning over too many middle-class voters. Four in 10 British voters opted for Labour’s most leftwing manifesto since 1983. That socialist ideas could attract such support – and leave Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour with a “straightforward” path to victory, according to psephologist John Curtice – is in defiance of political gravity. At least, that’s the belief of those who base their entire political creed on the idea that leftwing policies will invite only electoral Armageddon. And so arrives the argument that the Labour voters who delivered a historic upset were the wrong voters: too affluent, too middle class. But socialism offers emancipation for middle class and working class alike: indeed, that is Labour’s only possible winning electoral coalition. 'It's bloody brilliant!' Michael Eavis on bringing Jeremy Corbyn to Glastonbury … [Read more...] about Glastonbury is more evidence: Corbyn’s appeal crosses classes
By Alison Frankel I’ve been touting Conagra Brands’ petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the red-hot issue of class action ascertainability as an early test of the class action appetite of the newly constituted court. But in an opposition brief filed Friday, members of the class suing Conagra over its “all-natural” labels contend the Supreme Court has already addressed the only real issue Conagra’s petition raises, in 2016’s Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo.On the claims actually certified for classwide trial, this case is indistinguishable from Tyson,” wrote counsel of record Samuel Issacharoff of New York University. “How a claims process will function, and the level of proof required from claimants, are simply not relevant to establishing the scope of the defendant’s alleged wrongdoing.”Conagra argued in its petition for certiorari that the federal circuits are intractably split on … [Read more...] about Class plaintiffs tell SCOTUS no need for ascertainability review
Boxing legend Roberto Duran has paid tribute to Britain's undefeated world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, and to Wladimir Klitchsko. Four-weight world champion Duran watched live coverage of Joshua's thrilling 11th round stoppage of Klitschko while in Aberdeen at the weekend. Hands Of Stone was at the city's Mercure Ardoe House Hotel for a Night With Roberto Duran organised by Elite Promotions. The 65-year-old was impressed by the ring action at the Wembley clash and also the refreshing absence of cliched trash talk in the build-up from both fighters. Duran said: "It was great to see two boxers have so much respect for one another. "Klitschko was a great champion but Joshua was very confident during his entrance and looked like he had the manner of victory tied up. "In the first few rounds Joshua put pressure on Klitchsko and I felt when he scored the first knockdown he was going to stay down. "When the tide changed and Joshua was put down he looked gassed but slowly built up his … [Read more...] about Duran impressed with class shown by Anthony Joshua as he passed on words of wisdom at event in Aberdeen – Evening Express
It was a young and tragic marriage. T.S. Eliot's first wife Vivien Haigh-Wood suffered from a severe hormonal illness that required constant medical treatment, exacerbating an already hysterical nature.The poet wrote: "To her the marriage brought no happiness to me it brought the state of mind out of which came The Waste Land." That line, which comes in a letter published in Volume 1 of Eliot's Collected Letters, led to an awareness that the distance was less great between "the man who suffers and the mind which creates" than had previously been believed. Today, Volume 2 of the Letters (1923-1925) is published along with a revised edition of Volume 1 (1898-1922), edited by Eliot's second wife, Valerie. It covers Eliot's early years as editor of the literary magazine The Criterion, the publication of The Waste Land, his essays on the nature of poetry and his arrival at Faber, the company with which he would forever be associated. The publication of these letters is a major literary … [Read more...] about The wasteland that was T.S Eliots first marriage
Tom Hiddleston has opened up about his whirlwind romance with Taylor Swift, insisting it was “real”. Hiddleston and Swift, or Hiddleswift as they collectively became known, enjoyed a three month romance last summer – but the union was questioned by some who deemed it “fake”. Dismissing such claims, Hiddleston told GQ: “Taylor is an amazing woman. She’s generous and kind and lovely, and we had the best time. Of course it was real.” The Night Manager actor appeared to confirm his love for the US pop superstar when he was pictured wearing an ‘I [heart] T.S’ tank top while celebrating the Fourth of July at her beach house last year. Hiddleston said he was “surprised” that his choice of clothing received so much attention and explained that he wore it as a joke after hurting his back. “The truth is it was the Fourth of July and a public holiday and we were playing a game and I slipped and hurt my back,” he … [Read more...] about Tom Hiddleston insists Taylor Swift romance was ‘real’ – as he explains that ‘I heart T.S’ top
There's no "Bad Blood" between Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift. From the moment the actor and the singer were photographed kissing in Rhode Island last summer, they became one of the most talked about couples in the world. Within the first month alone, Hiddleston and Swift—dubbed Hiddleswift—met each other's parents and traveled the world together. But when the public reacted to their whirlwind romance with skepticism, Hiddleston was confused. Fans wondered: Was their relationship a publicity stunt? After a long pause, Hiddleston tells GQ, "Of course it was real." The magazine's March cover story marks the first time Hiddleston speaks in-depth about his ex-girlfriend. Ever the gentleman, he only has nice things to say. "Taylor is an amazing woman," the 35-year-old actor tells GQ. "She's generous and kind and lovely, and we had the best time." Swift had just ended her relationship with Calvin Harris when she met Hiddleston at the 2016 Met Gala. As he tells it, they were both … [Read more...] about Tom Hiddleston Defends Taylor Swift and That “I Heart T.S.” Tank Top
Justin Timberlake bounces between singing and acting, so why can't girlfriend Jessica Biel? Hollywood's newest multihyphenate visited the NightBird recording studios recently at the Sunset Marquis Hotel, where she recorded tracks for music producer Marius De Vries. A source tells E! News, "She was recording vocals for the Easy Virtue soundtrack." In the film Biel plays Larita, a devilish American divorcée who marries a naive Englishman. And apparently Biel is not just another wannabe actress turned pop star… "She can hold her own as far as singing goes. She absolutely killed it," says our source. The insider also tells us one studio onlooker even commented, "Some girls have everything. She’s a successful actress, dating Justin Timberlake, and she can sing!" But don't hate the girl too much, at least not for her songbird skills. Growing up, Biel paid her dues with vocal training and sang in musicals like Annie and Beauty and the Beast. … [Read more...] about Jessica Biel Follows in J.T.’s Footsteps
Thanks to the capricious ways of Mother Nature, with a massive assist from Los Angeles firefighters, E.T. still has a home to phone. Michael Jackson's tigers—should they, you know, be capable of pulling off such a dialing feat—may not be so lucky. The Shambala Preserve, run by Birds babe Tippi Hedren and, since 2006, home to the King of Pop's exotic felines Thriller and Sabu, has been threatened by the wildfires raging now less than a mile away from the 65-acre nonprofit sanctuary. The 64 animals housed on the preserve may be the next victims of the area's forced evacuation by the so-called Station Fire, which has already displaced some 12,000 residents in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest—though movie lovers may be relieved to know that Elliott and Gertie's abode was among those spared. The Tujunga home featured in E.T. as the hiding grounds and eventual quarantined HQ of the titular extraterrestrial was saved, though just, from the flames. Fire had … [Read more...] about L.A. Wildfires Threaten Michael Jackson’s Tigers, Spare E.T.’s Home
Ashley Tisdale is now a makeup pro—and she's taking notes from Kim Kardashian. The Clipped actress sat down to chat with E! News' Maria Menounos about her up-close, personal (and four hour!) experience at Kim's makeup master class with her glam squad bestie Mario Dedivanovic (ICYMI: The beauty expert posted makeup before and after snaps of Kim from the class to Instagram on July 25). Ashley attended the makeup marathon tutorial after getting glammed up by Mario for the 2015 Tony Awards: The beauty look he crafted at 7 a.m. lasted through the day, night and a change of time zones (Tisdale flew home to Los Angeles to watch the Tonys after attending the awards show in New York). There also may be a chance she wanted to spruce up her skills so she could offer beauty tips and tricks on her new lifestyle website, The Haute Mess. LOOK: Ashley Tisdale goes strawberry "bronde" "Me being who I am—I sometimes do my own makeup for events. I will be like ‘I can just do it … [Read more...] about Ashley Tisdale Took “Four Pages of Notes” at Kim Kardashian’s Makeup Master Class—Watch Now!