The files were released just after 2:30pm GMT on January 4 — I've barely scratched the surface of the content, but what I've seen so far contains a panoply of bombshell revelations — to say the least, the organization(s) now have serious questions to answer about what role they played in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in March, and its aftermath both nationally and internationally. Sinister Timeline One file apparently dating to "early 2015" — "Russian Federation Sanctions" — written by the Institute's Victor Madeira outlines "potential levers" to achieve Russian "behaviour change", "peace with Ukraine", "return [of] Crimea", "regime change" or "other?". The suggested "levers" span almost every conceivable area, including "civil society", "sports", "finance" and "technology". In the section marked "intelligence", Madeira suggests simultaneously expelling "every RF … [Read more...] about Shock Files: What Role Did Integrity Initiative Play in Sergei Skripal Affair?
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Jesse Yomtov USA TODAY Published 9:21 PM EST Dec 10, 2018 Free-agent reliever Adam Ottavino certainly isn't selling himself short this winter. In an interview on MLB.com's Statcast Podcast, Ottavino said that Babe Ruth would struggle in the modern game. "I had an argument with a coach in Triple-A about Babe Ruth's effectiveness in today's game," Ottavino recalled. "I said, 'Babe Ruth, with that swing, swinging that bat, I got him hitting .140 with eight homers.' "He was like, 'are you nuts? Babe Ruth would hit .370 with 60 homers,' and I'm like, 'I would strike Babe Ruth out every time.' "I'm not trying to disrespect him, you know, rest in peace, you know, shout out to Babe Ruth. But, it was a different game, I mean the guy ate hot dogs and drank beer and did whatever he did. It was just a different game." Ruth hit .342 in a 22-year career from 1914-1935 and his 714 home runs are the third-most in history. Ottavino, 33, has been with the Colorado Rockies since 2012 and … [Read more...] about Adam Ottavino: ‘I would strike Babe Ruth out every time’
JAMES 'Whitey' Bulger was one of America's most wanted fugitives. But what happened to him, did Johnny Depp portray him on the big screen, and did he do time in Alcatraz? Here's our lowdown... Who was James 'Whitey' Bulger? James 'Whitey' Bulger was an American gangster who was murdered in prison aged 89. He was second only to Osama Bin Laden as one of America’s most wanted fugitives after living a double life as one of Boston's most notorious mobsters and as a secret FBI informant. In the late 1970s and 1980s, Bulger terrorised Boston’s underworld as the leader of the notorious Winter Hill crime gang, murdering and extorting his way to the top of the Massachusetts He was arrested in Los Angeles in 2011 after 16 years on the run, and was convicted in 2013 of a string of gangland crimes - including participating in 11 murders. What film did Johnny Depp play him in? Bulger was portrayed by Johnny Depp in the 2015 film Black Mass. The film - directed by Scott Cooper - also … [Read more...] about Who was James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, what film did Johnny Depp play him and when was he held in Alcatraz?
Until now, Mike Leigh has been something of a film festival darling. In 1993, the British filmmaker won the Best Director award at Cannes for his black tragicomedy Naked. His next film, 1996’s Secrets & Lies, earned him the festival’s even more illustrious Palme d’Or, and the following year, he was chosen to be on the jury. In 1999, his Gilbert & Sullivan drama Topsy-Turvy was given the coveted centrepiece position at the New York Film Festival, and in 2012, he was the president of the Berlin International Film Festival jury. And yet, despite his decorated past, Leigh’s new film Peterloo – his grandest and most expensive project to date – was flat-out rejected by most festival gatekeepers. “As far as Cannes is concerned, it’s not a red carpet type of a film,” Leigh concedes, playing with the zip of his fleece vest – the same black, Burghaus fleece vest he’s sporting in … [Read more...] about Mike Leigh: ‘What role did the truth play in Brexit?’
Jimmy Hascup USA TODAY Published 1:28 p.m. UTC Aug 7, 2018 Matt Davidson is not your average position-player pitcher. Not only does he throw four pitches, with a fastball that touches the low-90s, he's now in elite company with Babe Ruth as the only players in American League history to make at least three pitching appearances in a season and notch 15-plus home runs. The corner-infielder-turned-mop-up-pitcher tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the New York Yankees in a 7-0 loss on Monday night. Davidson gave up a hit, walk and struck out slugger Giancarlo Stanton with a nasty 71-mph curveball. According to STATS LLC, Davidson is one of four position players since 1973 to start his career with three scoreless outings. "Just wanted to get ahead and get in a good count to throw that pitch multiple times like I did," he told MLB.com. "Luckily, he didn't hit that hanging one 800 feet. I got away with that one." Davidson, who is batting .222 with 16 home runs and … [Read more...] about White Sox infielder Matt Davidson joins Babe Ruth with rare pitching, hitting feats