Tobias Figueiredo may not yet have come to grips with the English language – but he is letting his football do his talking, says fellow Nottingham Forest defender Tendayi Darikwa. Reds boss Aitor Karanka said on Saturday that the club ‘can more or less confirm that Figueiredo will be here’ next season, with an option to purchase the central defender for £1.7m included in the loan deal that brought him to the City Ground. The 24-year-old has started 11 consecutive Championship games since making his debut against Reading at the City Ground in February and his performance levels have made it a simple choice for Forest to want to activate that clause. Darikwa says there have certainly been no communication issues with Figueiredo, who has slotted seamlessly into the Reds back four. “He has done great. He has come over at a young age and he does not speak the language too much. It is a tough league to come into so, to play the way he has, is a credit to him as a … [Read more...] about ‘At the minute his football is doing the talking for him’
Talk for change
Photo: Sean P. Anderson. Flickr. Let me begin with a broad and possibly controversial statement: we don’t have an effective movement for positive change in this country. True, there are many of us working for a new economics, or a new politics, or still struggling to make progress for ‘the environment’. We may self-identify as being part of the ‘progressive movement’, ‘environmental movement’, ‘new economy movement’, ‘new politics movement’, etc. But these disparate strands have yet to converge. Are there any among us who believe that now we have May, or the Tories, or ‘the neoliberal capitalist system’ right where we want them? That the tide is turning and our time is right around the next bend? Actually, yes there are. But we’re as susceptible to confirmation bias and cognitive illusion as those with whom we fundamentally disagree. And amongst ourselves, we can be as territorial about our work and … [Read more...] about CtrlShift: An emergency summit for change
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias is heading to Skopje on Thursday with a document containing a comprehensive proposal from Athens to settle a decades old name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). The document, Kotzias said on Monday, “addresses all of our open issues with FYROM as well as a future agenda of cooperation that will bring gains to both sides. “I sent this agenda to Skopje several days ago,” he added. There are five names on the table for talks, which Kotzias will be discussing with his FYROM counterpart, Nikola Dimitrov. These are: Republika Nova Makedonija (Republic of New Macedonia), Republika Severna Makedonija (Republic of Northern Macedonia), Republika Gorna Makedonija (Republic of Upper Macedonia), Republika Vardarska Makedonija (Republic of Vardar Macedonia) and Republika Makedonija (Skopje) (Republic of Macedonia [Skopje]). The head of Greece’s junior coalition partner, Independent Greeks’ Panos Kammenos, … [Read more...] about Five names on the table for talks for FYROM
Superstar explains why the release of ‘Verna’ was a victory for all women, everywhere 0SHARES Share Tweet Email PHOTO: VOGUE INDIA An unapologetic rebel in her choices, Mahira Khan represents a new generation of Pakistani women. The 33-year-old’s latest offering Verna released in November last year, after its fair share of controversies and bans. The film – which followed the story of a rape victim her quest for revenge – proved to be a bold condemnation of the way Pakistani society victimises women. “I was nervous about how it would work as a film as well as the performances but about the subject matter? Never, because I stand by it,” Mahira said, in a recent interview with The Guardian. PHOTO: FILE “There were certain aspects of the story that people did not agree with, but not about the core message of the film. Yes, Verna was going to get banned because of the decision of a small minority, but … [Read more...] about Pakistan is ready for change: Mahira Khan
THERE are moments during an interview where you listen intently, when clarity rains down from above and something clicks into place which is special. One of those moments came while I was listening to Hardeep Singh Kohli ahead of his Alternative, Fact UK tour which is coming to The McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater, on Friday, March 9. He was talking about Trump (this will be revisited later) when he said: "Trump could be the best thing which has happened to civilisation." Hardeep said the reason Trump (was a good thing) was he (Trump) had become unknown to himself a catalyst for change in the world such as the #metoo campaign and the way in which the NRA (National Rifle Association) was being investigated by journalists following all the gun shootings in America. What flooded into my mind was a speech from The Third Man given by Orson Wells as Harry Lime which went: "You know what the fellow said – in Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder … [Read more...] about Comedian asks question What has Donald Trump ever done for us? Answer: A positive catalyst for change….