Boris Johnson does not look like a prime minister who believes he is just about to lose the office he has coveted since boyhood. Brandishing a giant cod and joking with fishmongers, he is in his campaign comfort zone. It is the mode of the Vote Leave tour bus: eye-catching photo ops, a snappy slogan and informal stump speeches that play fast and loose with the facts about Brexit. The scene is Grimsby fish market, three days before the country will decide whether to grant Johnson another five years in power or cut him loose after just six months in No 10. The prime minister certainly appeared to be relaxed. But his advisers and many Tory MPs who remember their nightmare of 2017 are still anything but. One senior aide says he is “waking up in a cold sweat every night” at the thought that a hung parliament is a very real possibility. “I walked into CCHQ on election night in 2017 and was being told we were on course for a 60-seat majority. So excuse me if I’m not … [Read more...] about With two days to go, Boris Johnson is in his comfort zone
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US Catholic priests have described the turmoil they face because sex abuse scandals have made the public think they are all predators. More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under siege due to stresses, challenges and sex abuse scandals complicating their lives and those of their fellow priests across the United States. US Catholic priests have described the turmoil they face because sex abuse scandals have made the public think they are all predators. Pictured is Reverend William Tourigny The Reverend Mark Stelzer is among those trying to persevere. He's a professor at a Roman Catholic college in Chicopee, and its chaplain. He travels frequently to out-of-state events organized by a Catholic addiction-treatment provider, recounting his own … [Read more...] about ‘If you walk in a park with your collar on, people think you’re on the lookout for children’: US Catholic priests describe the turmoil that plagues them after sex abuse scandals
What does a perpetrator of violence against women look like? For many, the question still evokes images of shadowy strangers pouncing in the dark or thuggish drunken husbands stumbling home from football matches – stereotypes challenged tirelessly by women’s organisations and campaigners, especially throughout the current 16 days of action against gender-based violence. In reality, women are statistically most likely to be assaulted by someone known to them, and domestic abuse can be, and is, also perpetrated by handsome middle-class professionals. Busting myths is therefore a crucial tool in the fight against a culture which relies on them. But for all these vital and urgent conversations about the true face of perpetrators, there is one that remains largely invisible in spite of both ubiquity and power: the state itself. Violence does not exist solely in the instant that blow meets body, but in the circumstances that facilitate it and the systems which excuse it. One … [Read more...] about The state is an enabler of sexual violence. So what hope for the victims?
FC Augsburg Perennial underdogs Augsburg got a taste of Europe in the 2015-16 campaign and, having kept the core of their side intact, are talking about a surprise run at a top six finish again this season. Possible lineup for matchday 1: Luthe — Schmid, Gouweleeuw, Hinteregger, Max — Baier, Khedira — Hahn, Gregoritsch, Richter — Ji Transfer window: Augsburg's squad has grown with a number of loanees returning, while Andre Hahn, who scored 12 goals and provided 13 assists in 48 games in his first stint with FCA, also makes a comeback. Not signing a replacement for number one Marwin Hitz could prove a costly decision. Grade: D+ Key player: Don't let the meager two assists from last season fool you. Michael Gregoritsch is just as capable of creating chances for teammates as he is creating for himself. The Austrian is just better at finishing them as proven by the 13 goals he scored last season despite not playing as an out-and-out striker. Fun … [Read more...] about Bite-size Bundesliga breakdown: 2018-19
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Thursday toured Canada's far north, a vast but fragile region coveted by the United States as a potential defrosted "Northwest" shipping passage between the Atlantic and Pacific. Little publicized is that since 2016, a German-Canadian research team coordinated by Germany's Fraunhofer Institute has been testing a "passive radar" method intended to help ships navigate the shoals and narrows of the Northwest Passage. Last May, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stumped an Arctic Council summit in Finland by welcoming "steady reductions in sea ice" that he said would open "new opportunities for trade" via the Arctic by shortening voyages. His demurral led to the failure of the eight-nation council, which includes Canada, Russia and Norway, to issue a final statement on climate change as a serious threat — likely to have included a warning that the Arctic's Barents Sea was nearing a "tipping point" as waters turn … [Read more...] about Germany’s Maas tours Canada’s melting Arctic