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Top 10 sales at the Scottsdale auctions


( Darin Schnabel 2015 Courtesy of RM Sothebys)

The whirlwind of Scottsdale auctions ceased Sunday afternoon with Barrett-Jackson hammering a Jaguar sold at $ 18,000, delivering their totals to $103.3 million and 1,484 vehicles sold. Six other auction companies drew the totals for the week to $250.6 million and 2,491 sold out of 3,104 offered for an 80 percent sell-through rate. Median price, including everything from four-figure agreements at Silver to seven-figure Pebble Beach competitors at Gooding, was $100,588. The top sale of the week, a fantastically presented 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster at RM Sothebys, is officially the most expensive gondola sold in Arizona Auction Week history at $9.9 million.

While those are certainly impressive numerals, 2016 fell well short of the record-breaking high-water differentiate of last years Scottsdale auctions. Despite more presents this year than last-place, total sales were down over $40 million, median sale price was down over $15,000, and sell-through charge was down six percentage. Fewer automobiles sold for over$ 1 million this year is comparable to 2015, 25 as opposed to 34. Exclusively Russo and Steele and Silver Auctions improved over last year, with all the rest except for RM Sothebys picturing a sizable fell. The overall tone of the weeks entreat could be described as cautious.

The overall envision may be down, but upon closer inspection there were some very strong musicians this year that show signs of continued appreciation. Late-model exotics made up three of the top 10 sales, while C4 Corvettes, first generation K5 Blazers, Mercedes-Benz SL5 00 s, and American gondolas from the late 1970 s and 1980 s were particular shining spots in Scottsdale with a number of top-notch examples of the second largest generation Pontiac Firebirds introducing massive solutions. Overall, its the mid-market autoes from the 1970 s through 90 s that seem to be strongest at the moment.

As for the top auctions, it was still as exciting and beneficial a group of cars as you would expect from Scottsdale. It was a diverse group as well, covering a distance of 86 years. Gooding had a strong showing of Ferraris both modern and classic, a duet of Duesenberg Model Js introduced $2,420, 000 and $3,000, 000 and an essentially new McLaren P1 wreaked exactly shy of $2.1 million.

Overall Top 10 Marketings 😛 TAGEND

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster
RM Sothebys
$9,900, 000

1950 Ferrari 166 MM/ 195 S Berlinetta Le Mans
Gooding& Company
$6,490, 000

1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale
Gooding& Company
$3,410, 000

1929 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Torpedo Convertible
RM Sothebys
$3,000, 000

2003 Ferrari Enzo
Gooding& Company
$2,860, 000

1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton
Gooding& Company
$2,420, 000

1995 Ferrari F50
Gooding& Company
$2,400, 000

1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Competition Roadster
RM Sothebys
$2,255, 000

1965 Ferrari 275 GTB
RM Sothebys
$2,117, 500

2015 McLaren P1
$2,090, 000

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‘ It still forms me angry ‘: the wife of a murdered Charlie Hebdo cartoonist pronounces out


Maryse Wolinski, whose partner Georges was killed in the Charlie Hebdo attack, talks about the tones he left behind and the questions that there is a need answering

On Maryse Wolinskis bathroom wall, beside the shelves of hairbrushes and perfume bottles, an orange Post-it note is starting to curl. Written in artful capital letter, the theme on it speaks, Darling, after a small couscous at Nassers, Im going to bed, thinking about your cute smile. Good night, G.

The note was written by cartoonist Georges Wolinski. A few months ago, his widow Maryse carefully packed it and other mentions from her old-time apartment and wreaked them here to her new flat, standing them around her new walls like covers. Outside her bedroom entrance, one read: Good night. Another in her subject supposes, theres some cash in the Filofax and abundance of love behind the tit pocket of my tweed casing. She has envelopes full of what she calls these Post-its damour.

When my husband was here, our Post-its were a kind of marker of desire and tenderness, Wolinski says, sitting in her front room surrounded by framed photographs of him. If he didnt leave a mention out for me, Id find lamentable and say he had to write me one. Now they have taken on this enormous symbolism, because theyre all thats left of him. She arranges up, as if granting herself a pep talk. Im trying to reduce the number of them, because I have to start being serious and reasonable. I have to get on with some kind of life without my husbands gaze.

One of Georgess Post-its damour. Photo: Ed Alcock for the Guardian

On 7 January last year, Georges Wolinski, one of Frances best-known political cartoonists, woke up early and sat at his drawing board, finishing a sketch. He shuffled around their flat on Pariss posh Boulevard Saint-Germain in his black towelling dressing gown, seeming remarkably gloomy as he dunked his buttered toast into milky coffee. He didnt always “re going to the” weekly editorial convene of the sardonic paper Charlie Hebdo, for whom he had gleaned caricatures for more than 40 years, but he was going that morning because the editor, Charb, required everyone there to differentiate the brand-new time with a slice of cake, but mainly to discuss the terrible investments of a article that was rapidly losing readers and funds. Darling, Im going to Charlie, he shouted to his wife as he went out the door. She was in a bathroom towel, getting ready for her period. Two hours later, he was shot dead through the heart.

Two French brothers, Sad and Chrif Kouachi, “whos” brought up in a urban children home and radicalised in Paris, burst into the Charlie Hebdo editorial had met with Kalashnikovs and killed 10 parties in two minutes. Investigates afterwards described the terrifying stench of gunpowder and blood as the bodies of some of Frances most well known cartoonists, household names, lay face down in a cramped editorial meeting room. Charlie Hebdo had activated international resentment where reference is republished the Muhammad caricatures from Danish article Jyllands-Posten in 2006, and had produced its own caricatures of the oracle since. In November 2011, Charlie Hebdos previous parts had been firebombed after it produced a special edition guest-edited by the oracle Muhammad and renamed Charia Hebdo. It had written farther caricatures of Muhammad in 2012, despite a government request not to go ahead, and the closure of embassies and academies in 20 countries out of horror of reprisals.

The Kouachis, who hollered, Weve retaliated the prophet Muhammad, weve killed Charlie Hebdo, also killed a maintenance man and a Muslim police officer outside, before going on the run. In a ludicrous coincidence, they hijacked the car of the Boulevard Saint-Germain newsagent who had sold Wolinski his newspapers that morning. Two days later, their accomplice, Amedy Coulibaly, a former robber, killed four beings in a merciless siege at a kosher supermarket.

Maryse gave Georgess notes back up on her walls after she moved. Image: Ed Alcock for the Guardian

Since the Charlie Hebdo attack, Maryse Wolinski, 72, a columnist , novelist and playwright, has already become Frances public appearance of remorse. Her enraged, outspoken interrogate of national governments and the police has become a regular fixture on French TV. She has criticised what she calls the marvelous state fails that allowed the Charlie Hebdo attack to happen. When, in Novembers arranged attacks on Paris forbids, a boulder gig and “the member states national” stadium, 130 people were killed by French and Belgian gunmen, many of whom had reverted from Syria and were known to the security services, she remarks, My fury merely proliferated. In January, she published a volume, appointed Chrie, Je Vais Charlie after Georgess last words to her, in which she offered her own investigation into the miscarries; she criticised the state for tightening insurance on Charlie Hebdo despite a fatwa on its editor. She too questioned what she saw the insufficient police reply, the failings of intellect and security services to keep track of the known Islamist attackers, and the poorest of the poor care of grieving families.

The French interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, insists that the security was adequate and that all that could have been done was done. But, suggests Wolinski, As far as Im concerned, theres a kind of doubled savagery. Theres the brutality of the two attacks, and then theres two seconds savagery in the denial of police flunks. How was this attack possible? Im still asking myself that topic. The police is protecting the offices had been scaled down, despite the French members of parliament and police mentioning an attack on French clay was imminent. There was no prospect of an attack and not enough prevention. The interior minister says there were no neglects. Quite simply, hes lying. And one does wonder why hes lying.

At 80, Georges Wolinski was the oldest cartoonist to expire in the Charlie Hebdo attack. He was a founding member of the publication, after working at its flippant precursor, Hara-Kiri, which was prohibited in 1970 for writing a parody about the death of Charles de Gaulle. But Wolinski, who worked prolifically as a political satirist, cartoonist, advertising illustrator and playwright, mercy almost every newspaper in France, was not known for Muhammad caricatures: there is no evidence of him ever reaping the prophet. Instead, his logo, as his devotees would say, was tits and arse.

He chronicled the post-May 1968 French sexual revolution with pared-down line drawings of the buttocks, tits and groins of rampant girls labour that was later assured by some as macho and sexist. In a famous 1990 s self-portrait, he sat with a cigar as scores of naked dames battled to light-footed it.

Maryse and Georges: I dont know how Im going to live without his gape. Picture: Ed Alcock for the Guardian

Maryse, who was his muse, is still startlingly recognisable as the young woman who gallivants naked through his illustrations. They matched when she was 20, an apprentice at Le Journal du Dimanche, and he was already a successful cartoonist, nine years older. They marriage soon after. He used to call her the young blonde, a label she rebuffed in a 2011 essay, Georges, If Only You Knew, about how maddening some of his saucy pulls “couldve been”, but how ultimately supportive he was. But the young blonde died in the rubble of this attack, she alleges. There will be no more young blondes now.

A vocal feminist, Maryse often publicly took Wolinski to task for his traces. In several notebooks, written as open letters to each other, they dissected the relations between the two countries: his love, her brief affair, their decision to sleep in separate bedrooms to continue the seduction in its relations. He was what Id define as “the worlds largest” male chauvinist of feminists. He always subsidized me in my struggles. But, at the same age, his education and childhood in North Africa made he ever saved something of that time when mortals were particularly macho.

Georges Wolinski was born into a Jewish category in Tunis, and didnt arrived here France until “hes been” 13. He belonged securely to an older generation of French cartoonists. Charb, the 47 -year-old editor of Charlie Hebdo who was under police care, the only French person on an al-Qaida hit list after he described many of the magazines Muhammad cartoons had asked Wolinski to change his approach in recent times, Maryse tells. He missed more politics. She felt her husband seemed uneasy with future directions the magazine was taking, and that he had told the owner of the bistro near his plain that he felt it was going to end badly.

Maryse doesnt know why her husband invested the whole month before the attacks speak about death. It was out of character. In the days before, “hes been” dreary. I thought it was the possible future insolvency of Charlie Hebdo that was worrying him. She said he had told friends, but absolutely no truth to the rumors, that he was concerned about Charlie Hebdo and detected the situation would turn against them. Now she experiences this organization is premonitions.

Wolinskis life had been shaped by demise and savagery. When he was two, “his fathers”, the heads of state of a decorative ironwork companionship, was murdered by individual employees in Tunis with a gunshot to the chief at a time when employees were substantiating in the interests of greater privileges. Wolinski eventually said the killing haunted me my whole life. Soon subsequentlies, his mother left Tunisia for France to be treated for tuberculosis, while he bided behind, raised by his grandparents. He didnt read his mother again for a decade, by which object she had remarried and had another child.

Aged 13, he connected her in Brianon, a mountain city in the Alps, where he embarked attracting caricatures for the school newspaper. He analyzed at a prestigious Paris skill college and acted part-time in a hat plant, before mailing some portrays to the sarcastic paper Hara-Kiri, which recognized his aptitude and hired him. In 1966, his first wife was killed in a auto accident as she drove and he was asleep in the back seat, leaving him alone with their two daughters, aged six and eight. Maryse facilitated promote them, and the daughter they had together, while she worked as a columnist and scribe, growing children narrations , romances and plays. Her main point of pride is that their 47 years of union was a window in his life where “there werent” brutality. Until this, she says.

Georges was not known for Muhammad caricatures. His logo was tits and arse. Picture: Ed Alcock for the Guardian

When Maryse narrates the Charlie Hebdo attack, minute by minute, its as if she is telling it in slow motion. Theres a pause for each fateful moment where occurrences might have been stopped. The gunman had an extraordinary window of opportunity to carry out the two attacks, she pronounces. The periodical should have been better protected.

At around 11.15 am that Wednesday morning, the Kouachi brethren pulled up on rue Nicolas-Appert in Pariss 11 th arrondissement in a black Citron C3. The warren-like building in which Charlie Hebdo had an office on the second flooring had various enters. The magazine had not taken into account a security examine that recommended a raft of measures; instead, they had just an entry system on their opening, on a second-floor corridor. Charlie Hebdo, which had been the subject of countless menaces since was published Muhammad caricatures in 2006, had been under varying degrees of police armour over recent years. But, that day, the police van that had once was regularly parked outside the main enter to the building, alongside a metal police-protection obstruction, was no longer there, amended by replacing rolling patrols that would regularly go by. Maryse accuses a police uniting which, she claims, lobbied against the large riches devoted to protecting Charlie Hebdo. It still builds me enraged, she says.

The Kouachi friends at first couldnt find the right enter. Dressed in pitch-black and carrying AK-4 7s, they went into various different firms in the sprawling house, including a group that provided furnishes for newborn babies, threatening staff members and requesting where Charlie Hebdo was. Returning to the main entryway, they shot dead a maintenance man in front of his horrified colleagues. Between 11.18 and 11.33 am, when the Kouachis finally accessed the publications small-minded, second-floor office and opened fire, there were, according to Maryse, 11 frantic calls to police from parties in and around the building. But she claims that wall street address, although are presented in both the phone book and in the weekly magazine, was not on the police system as Charlie Hebdos spot. She believes this meant that, when the sees came in, police were not immediately aware that it was the periodical that was under strike. Nor, she pronounces, were Charlie Hebdo faculty called and forewarned. Instead, they continued their gratify, with the thick doorway to their places blocking any sound from outside.

The Kouachis eventually convened Coco, a cartoonist, on the stairs and, moment a Kalashnikov at her, manufactured her type out the entrance code to the Charlie Hebdo powers. The brother entered the periodicals minuscule conference room and in two minutes fuelled 34 bullets at close range, leaving 10 dead and 11 wounded, including four seriously.

Maryse Wolinski went to a gymnastics class that morning. Then she had a fulfill and turned off her phone. In a taxi, she swopped it on once again to remind her husband he was to meet her at 4pm to deem a flat, because their landlord has only given them detect to move. I couldnt “understand what youre saying” my phone had so many words on it from people I hadnt appreciated for ages, she answers. She thought about this out loud to the motorist. He asked what her husband did for a living, attracted over and said there had been an attack.

She waited, angst-ridden, at home for report; eventually, it was her son-in-law who told her Georges was dead. She is still hurt that no official or police officer ever announced, which necessitated she didnt amply believe it. The emergency crisis counts were echoing out. She enunciates she was later told that because all police assets had been put into protecting the president, Franois Hollande, and other legislators who were inspecting the site of the attack, There were no police left to call the families. She winces. Its crazy, she says.

Once I knew my husband had been killed, I became altogether haunted with his form. I wanted them to tell me where his form was, but no one could tell me. For two days and nights, she tried to set his corpse and couldnt. Days subsequently, she learned that his form had lain at the scene of the felony that night and been removed to the forensics institute the next day. During that time, she made up her own narrative. He was 80, he had four or five stents, so I told myself he had possibly croaked of a heart attack.

When she afterwards went to see Georgess body in the mortuary, the psychologist said he had the most serene look of any corpse she had seen. He was shot by four missiles, but the first hit him in the aorta, killing him instantaneously. This was important for me and my daughter Elsa, because we feared he had been afraid and abode before expiring. But he still would have watched as they kill Charb. How did he react to that? Its difficult to say, because my husband was a amusing old-fashioned character, and I cant tell. I think he would then be calmly stupefied, altogether dazed. And in that case, you dont move. So he then took a missile and died.

I lived as if Georges had gone off on a trip. I didnt touch anything. Picture: Ed Alcock for the Guardian

When police payed her Georgess possessions his luggage, uniting ring and diary a pen was missing. She thinks he possibly croaked with that write in his hand.

Ten months later, on the night of 13 November, when gunmen killed 130 beings across Paris in three hours, spraying cafe terraces with bullets and firing into the crowd at a concert, Wolinski was in bed listening to the radio. My daughter called and replied, Mum, turn out the radio. I didnt, I impeded listening and my indignation intensified, she articulates. I said to myself, they havent learned the lessons of January its terrifying. Theyre obliging the same mistakes with the families, the partners, the children. It emerged that in the summer, a jihadi returning to France from Syria had told police about gossips between jihadis about attacking a rock-and-roll concert in Europe. She am of the opinion that, like Charlie Hebdo, the Bataclan concert hall was a feelings locate that should have been protected by police. When I heard about all the relatives who had researched for hours for their loved ones before being told they were dead, that increased my craze, she says.

One family of a prey of the November onrushes afterward told how, provide guidance to officials, they had saved vigil for hours by a poorly maimed torso in infirmary, before subsequently discovering it was not their deceased sister but someone else. Pedigrees of the November preys recently leaved indicate to a parliamentary probe on what they deemed the states several lapses, poor help, unanswered disaster phone lines and scarcity of humanity towards them.

After the one-year ceremonies of the Charlie Hebdo murder Wolinski let on a bawl when she saw her husbands name had been misspelled on a plaque she mentions she will continue her own investigations into the attack. Like numerous in France, she assumes there are more terrorist attacks to start. Its not finished yet, she says.

In the first few months after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, she would imagine the filming each night before she went to sleep. But I lived as if Georges had gone off on a trip. I didnt touch anything , not even a jumper on the back of a chair. When she lately moved, she had the substance of his consider, terminated with his drawing board, moved to a museum in central France. But in my wardrobe Ive hung up one of his coats, his hat and a duet of shoes.

She misses the course he used to look at her. I dont know how Im going to live without his gape. Its not very feminist to say that, but thats just how it is. It was a gape that instilled confidence, a love for life. It was very important to me. For years, Georges Wolinski quipped that, when he died, his wife should have him cremated and throw his ashes down the lavatory, so I can see your arse every day. She causes an eyebrow. No, I didnt respect that at all.

Georges was cremated, but his urn was buried in Montparnasse cemetery in Paris, where people still leave pencils, pencils, reaps and heydays. She doesnt crave his tomb decorated in this way, but accepts that people want to remember him. When I go there, I clear it all away, Maryse responds. She favor his marble tomb left for the most area plateau, almost like a blank page. A final chapter, left empty.

Manchester Arena attack: police make more arrests in the city


20-year-old man hands himself into North Manchester police station after two more arrests in the city on Tuesday

Further arrests have been made in connection with the Manchester Arena bombing, including a 20-year-old man who handed himself in to police.

He voluntarily presented himself at North Manchester police station on Wednesday and was detained on suspicion of terror offences, Greater Manchester police said.

Two of the other arrests were made on Tuesday, with another 20-year-old man held on suspicion of terrorism offences after Greater Manchester police raided an address in Harpurhey in the evening.

A 38-year-old was detained at Heathrow airport as part of a planned operation, also on suspicion of terrorism offences.

The 22 May suicide bombing by Salman Abedi killed 22 people, including seven children, and injured dozens as they left the venue following a concert by Ariana Grande.

A total of 21 people have now been arrested in connection with the investigation, of whom 12 have been released without charge. Nine people remain in custody.

On Tuesday an 18-year-old man, understood to be Abedis cousin, and two other men were freed. Abedis brother Ismail, 23, was released on Monday, while his other cousins, Isaac Forjani, 24, and Abz Forjani, 21, both from Fallowfield, were among those released last week.

The bombers father, Ramadan Abedi, was arrested in Tripoli on 24 May, along with Salmans younger brother Hashim, 20. Libyan security forces said they were aware of all the details of the attack.

The inquests into the 22 deaths are due to begin on Friday at 10.30am. They will be opened at Manchester Civil Justice Centre by the senior coroner for Manchester, Nigel Meadows, and are expected to be adjourned pending the completion of the police investigation.

An inquest into Abedis death will be opened at a later date.

On Tuesday, police said he may have stored items used to assemble his improvised explosive device in a Nissan Micra.

Police said significant evidence was found in the white car, which has an R registration plate and was seized from Devell House in Rusholme on Friday. The car was sold by a previous keeper on 13 April this year.

Greater Manchester police issued photos of the car and a red and black holdall and appealed for anyone who recognised either to come forward.

DCS Russ Jackson said: Our investigation has also revealed that Abedi made repeated trips to and from this car between 18 and 22 May and we believe he was taking items from the car to help assemble the device.

Abedi left the country on 15 April and it is vital that we understand what happened to this car during these few days between 13 and 15 April.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/08/manchester-arena-attack-police-make-more-arrests-in-the-city

Take a look at these first pictures of Fiskers $130K EMotion electric car


Henrik Fisker, whos been teasing his new electric vehicle company after a stutter step first attempt with the original Fisker co. and the Karma, is back with the EMotion, the first car from Fisker Inc. The EMotion gets its first official eyes-on today via photos, not renders,that show us the vehicle in the aluminum and carbon fiber, finally.

The car also gets its official pricing for the first time: $129,900 to start, which is in line with the north of $100K pricing info wed been hearing. That price includes an ultra-large battery pack, which makes possible its 400+ mile electric range, and upper speed of 161 mph.

Fisker Inc. still isnt looking to ship this car before 2019, but as you can see, its come a long way in terms of industrial design. Pre-orders kick off on June 30, too, with more details to be revealed this month in order to drum up interest from those willing to put down some early cash.

Heres what we do know about the car now, from the company itself: Its built using carbon fiber and aluminum, has a patented, unique frontal crash structure designed to boost safety, uses carbon fiber and aluminum wheels for decreased mass and higher range, and uses patented fast charge tech to achieve 100 miles of range in nine minutes. It also has a healthy selection on onboard sensors, including LiDAR and mirror cameras that enable 360-degree optical sensing. Fisker is teaming up with The Hybrid Shop to offer customers white glove service, too, the company says.

  1. EMotion Teaser 1

  2. EMotion Teaser 2

  3. EMotion Teaser 3

Danish-born Fisker originally helped design a range of iconic cars including the Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage. Fiskers design firm also contributed to the original design of the Tesla Model S, before he began his own EV company called Fisker Automotive. That company eventually fizzled due to bankruptcy and sold to Chinese auto parts firm Wanxiang, where it was rebranded as Karma Automotive.

Fisker, Inc. is a completely new, separate entity, but its hard not to consider its founders last attempt at building an EV company when considering its chances. Still, the design chops are solid, so more than a few car and EV buffs out there will be watching to see the Emotions full reveal.

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/06/take-a-look-at-these-first-pictures-of-fiskers-130k-emotion-electric-car/

8 Unbelievably WTF Photos Of Famous Lieu In The Past


Most major metropolis in the world have at least one iconic landmark, whether it be a structure, a natural formation, or a street corner where a famed assassination existed. These landmarks become a visual shorthand for the city itself, so it’s important that they don’t look like something H.R. Giger shat into his bunk during a fever daydream. But sometimes thoughts happen, like ardours, struggle, or a severe deficiency of money. Which is why a lot of far-famed landmarks have a certain period in their past when they searched more like a cannibal nightclub than something you’d put one over a mailing-card. For instance …


The Hollywood Sign Looked Like Mad Max

The flashing grey notes of the Hollywood sign have seemingly always been here, accosting every aspiring performer who registers the Los Angeles city limits to work as a server and/ or Lyft driver for the rest of their natural lives. But during the 1960 s, beings only kind of didn’t give a shit about it.

Young Michael Bay and Roland Emmerich saw this when they firstly seen, and they shared their first caress .

With crime up and the economy down, Los Angeles had more pressing relates than insisting some lame token of old Hollywood glamour, but by the end of the ‘6 0s, the Hollywood Sign looked like it was about to fall down and mash a knot of desperate sightseers. The metropolitan attempted to rectify this oversight by deeming a discussion to make it a protected landmark. But L.A.’s famous condition stepped in to blanket the entire rite in gloom, rendering the whole event a catastrophe and stimulating beings care even less. This is when pranksters rose to fuck with the sign in all sorts of inventive ways.

If this know where you are, be kept in mind that every fib has already been told. That’s the Hollyweed mantra .

By the ‘7 0s, the sign was in such disarray that it was like a giant toddler had put it there. Eventually, some words actually fell down the hillside, while the ones that remained upright went set on fire.

“We applied your unsolicited screenplays as kindling.”

That’s when Playboy founder Hugh Hefner offered his assistances. In 1978, when he was still flush with boob fund, Hefner set up “states parties ” and persuasion all his famed pals to donate some money to assistance refurbish the clue. And by refurbishing, we mean to say that they had to tear the old-time mansion down and put up a brand-new metal one that could weather these components a little better.


The Taj Mahal Was Covered In Ridiculous Disguises

Like with an expensive automobile or watch, governments are incessantly worried that someone might harm their iconic national gravestones. That is why they have dozens of defensive measures in place in case anyone tries to blow up their tourist hotspots. For example, India routinely tries to disguise the Taj Mahal from onrush by hurling some twigs over it.

“Move along … nothing to see here.”

When the India-Pakistan war brewed up in 1971, the two countries scrambled to protect the landmark with some sort of light-green camouflage. The arise was a Taj Mahal that was like it was abandoned by man privilege before the immigrants took over.

Or like it was embellished for a cruel themed marry . This was actually something of a step to the fore from what had happened in 1942, when the British were assured that German Luftwaffe bombers were going to touch the Taj Mahal. So they naturally came up with the idea to “camouflage” it, with bamboo scaffolding bordering the topmost component 😛 TAGEND

So it blended in with the thick bamboo jungle smothering it, you consider .

These hopes operated so flawlessly( in that the Taj Mahal didn’t get bombed for numerous other reasons all we can do is expect were no longer related to its camouflage ), it has seemingly becoming hard to convince the Indian military to try another way to defend India’s most famous landmark. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, it was reported that the Taj Mahal was to be shrouded in a massive dark cloth. Neighbourhood accommodates were said to be sewing together over 1,300 hoofs of fabric to protect it much the same way your Uncle Rick clothes his firewood in the back yard. Nonetheless, the proposal never came to enjoyment, perhaps because they recognise building a giant counterfeit mustache is even more cost-effective.


Phone And Telegraph Cables Made New York City( And The World) Look Like Spider Hell

Hey, here’s a picture of Stockholm, Sweden, around the turn of the 20 th century, when the developed world gazed more or less like it had been subdued by metal tarantulas 😛 TAGEND
“Stockholm Syndrome” used to refer to a particularly panicking various kinds of spider burn . As the city tried to keep up with the brand-new telephone craze, the present communication tower wound up having 5000 telephone and telegraph lines bursting out of it. New York City in 1887 had a similar problem, drawing the whole metropoli look like it was preparing for a dragon attempt 😛 TAGEND

And the cables all smelled like urine. No one knows why .

Besides establishing birds an entirely new canvas to paint white-hot, the forward-thinking people of the past likewise didn’t account for another tribulation that could befall any metropolitan tying all its structures together like a monstrous shoelace escapade: extreme climate. Boston suffered a rare January hurricane in 1881, which delivered down almost all of those wires and manufactured the famed building of the town look like it had been visited by drunkard Spider-Man.

A mugger had an entire bottle of Night Train, and he didn’t want it to go to garbage .

Eventually , not even little one-horse towns could escape develop. Even last-place relics of the Wild West like Pratt, Kansas, had the tentacles of moving forward coiled around them, adding even more confirmation that utterly everything about living in the past was horrible and stupid.

“I may get suffocated at any generated second during my work day, and absolutely nothing I can masturbate to has been invented yet.”


The Washington Monument Was Shitty And Half-Built For Decades

Of all the phallic-shaped effigies peppered around the country, the Washington Monument is the most famous and anatomically correct.

Fittingly, it’s too the statue whose inceptions most closely mirrors the frustration kindergarten coaches appear when projecting a field trip to the underwhelming mainstay. The Washington Monument took roughly thirty years to structure, and during that time, it searched little like a testament to the American spirit than a super early sell campaign for Fallout 3 .

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Above: Actual live footage of the Washington Monument, streamed to you from 1865.

Begun as a private enterprise in 1848, it didn’t take long for the extravagant and expensive Washington Monument to run out of funding. By 1853, a brand-new group took over controller of the Washington National Monument Society, but the perfectly called Know-Nothing Party immediately dragged development projects into complete bankruptcy. The time after, the monument’s architect died. And when Pope Pius IX donated a slab of marble for the statue, the super anti-Catholic Know-Nothingers stole it and chucked it into the Potomac River, because bankrupt or not, Pope marble is garbage . For two decades, the more popular dedication to our first chairman and Revolutionary War hero stands at half-mast.

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It would be 130 times before Pfizer developed a medication .

Congress stepped in to try and just get the damn circumstance finished — at which point the American Civil War leaned in and mumbled “nope.” So during the course of its entire battle, the Washington Monument sat in a D.C. domain in pieces, serving as an apt analogy for the state of the country.

In 1876, after the person was done strangling itself, verify of the project was handed over to the Army Corps Of Engineers, who are not only known for their machine-like economy, but also their great artistry. Nonetheless, by the time creation started again, the target in Maryland where the original stones were obtained was now defunct. So a similar stone was imported from Massachusetts, which the builders immediately became miserable with because it had a sickly off-white complexion that obliged it look like the pillar had contracted some sort of venereal disease.

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You never find this before, and now, you’ll never not notice it .

After procuring a third kind of stone, they completed the tower in late 1884. And there it bear, watching over the seat of power in America, totally disappointed. But the shoddy workmanship wasn’t done disappointing just yet. When a 5.8 importance shake-party affected the capital in 2011, it opened some fissures along the mausoleum, which was immediately gooped up with 2.7 miles of sealant, and loose hunks of marble that had collapsed off the sides were replaced with porch stairs from Baltimore row houses.

“Yeah? You like that, tombstone? ”

Still, despite it’s virtually ruinous wander it’s a better statue to a national hero like George Washington than the hard-nipple-chested, Bonnaroo-sandal wearing statue that was dedicated to him in 1841, and instantly removed and hidden forever.

A single tasteful phallus is always the classier option .


Stonehenge Use To Be Crawling With Lunatics And Violence

Stonehenge is a place of opposes. The stones make it look like the kind of home where human relinquishes were formed so that it would stop raining in England for exactly one goddamn hour , but the shiny tourism machine has now turned it into one of “the worlds largest” infertile and preserved blots to accept the whole pedigree. But England never forgets its own history, and there have always been “special clubs” doing their best to keep Stonehenge appearing freaky and insane.

And unknowingly generating history’s favorite play “Are they serious or LARPing? ”

In the eyes of numerous British people, Stonehenge has always represented a strong link to Druidism — no matter what scholars say to refute it. Eventually, druidic groups were founded to keep the old-time ways alive and well. Tons of high-ranking Brits would join the ranks of these loosely-affiliated groups, including Winston Churchill himself at one point. And why just have Druids, when we can add idolatrou and neo-Druid radicals, in an almost- Braveheart parade of warring factions of sillines?

“You can take away “peoples lives”, but you can never take our plastic drums.”

By the daybreak of the 20 th century, visitors were causing so much injury at Stonehenge( including knocking down parts of it) that the owner of the district put up a fence and began accusing a cover cost. Druids, as you are familiar with, aren’t keen on the concept of owned, so they went supers pee-pee and refused to pay, which led to police kicking them out of the common. A decade afterwards, Stonehenge’s owner passed on to the great henge in the sky, and new management presented it as a gift to the commonwealth. Still, inter-Druid brawling have all contributed to many beefs about which is able play sacred rites, especially during the summer solstice, which as we all know is the optimal time to dance and chant in a field.

“Make sure to period it so optimal sunlight hits your bare genitals.”

The ‘6 0s and ‘7 0s depicted hippies to Stonehenge like a Bohemian imperfection lamp, which resulted in so-called “Free Festivals” that were abounding with every pharmaceutical, politically-charged pleasure, and/ or sex position that would lure “members attention” of the conference of the parties. Everything there is culminated in the “Battle Of The Beanfield” in 1985. Neighbourhood police had set up a roadblock to keep hippies out of Stonehenge. Not was intended to take shit from the “man, ” a group of 600 free-lovers tried to ram their practice through, crashing with the 1200 -strong police force. Bystanders reported rampant police barbarism, including pregnant women being clubbed over the brain, because you can’t be too careful when dealing with underfed polygamists.

“Legally, she was being genuinely irritating.”

All told, eight patrolmen and 16 would-be partiers were sent to the hospital, one with a fractured skull. Over 500 were arrested, which is the largest mass seize of civilians in England’s history since a cluster of radicals refused to add the “u” to “favorite” and had to be dispelled to the Americas. All over a big circle of rocks, which today is the most boring place on Earth.


Bushwick( From Girls ) Was Plagued By Volleys And Blackouts

Today, Bushwick in northern Brooklyn is one of the coolest places in all of New York City. The HBO succession Girls has many scenes and occurrences set in Bushwick, and one of the show’s hotshots, Zosia Mamet, bought a million-dollar residence there. Which she owned for less than a year, and then sold for a $500,000 advantage. But before it became infused with an indelible hipster center, Bushwick ogled more like a war zone than a plaza that has really good coffee.

There are still dumpster fervours, but they’re sarcastic dumpster flamings .

1970s New York City was a supernatural city where everything could happen, provided you were an arson-prone landlord who wanted to collect policy. Throughout the city, entire impedes of structures were set afire, and sometimes even left to simply spread on their own by permissions “whos” stretched too thin.

Some firefighters just want to watch the world burn .

No area of the city was hit harder by the disorder than Bushwick. And everything there is reached a breaking point with a citywide blackout on July 13, 1977, which ironically stimulated numerous vicinities to light up like roman candles.

As recounted in the famed storey of Moses and the burning Bushwick .

Over 25 constructs centered all over the primary expressways was totally burned down. Developing a penchant for the flames, a merely 5 days later some adolescents started a fervour in an old-time knitting plant which set off a chain of events that included explosion kerosene containers, blocks-long fuckwalls of fire, severe loss of dwelling and life, and a hell of a mess for the Bushwick Tourism Board to walk into on Monday.

“I wonder if Dave’s Rubble Outlet is open on Sundays.”

The two-square-mile place of simply over 100,000 residents was changed virtually overnight, speeding up an already-alarming movement of parties out of the neighborhood. At the beginning of the decade, 138,000 people lived in Bushwick. By the time the ‘8 0s arrived, it was down to 93,000, returning the place into a soul city. And the crack epidemic had yet to hit.

But something happened during the ‘9 0s. Violation plummeted( thanks to Giuliani killing all the homeless people ), and transactions felt safe to return to the neighborhood without horror of creosote poisoning. Beings gradually inaugurated moving back, and now the hotel business there is booming. Like a gentrified phoenix, Bushwick rose from the ashes to become a residence for that hateful party from high school you can’t stand.


The Eiffel Tower Was A Dystopian Beacon

Nazis were the original 14 -year-olds in that they just affection gleaning Swastikas over everything. After capturing Paris, Nazis switched the City Of Light into a big ole Swastika party, with their badges being hung from every coffeehouse and baguette browse in a ten-mile radius. But their bit de need of defiance must have been when the tyrants got to the Eiffel Tower, the ultimate mark of progress, and decided to make it their beacon of oppression.

They next prescribed France to build America a Statue Of Tyranny .

Getting Paris was a big “win” for the Germans, as the city stood for everything the Nazis despised: unity, charity, and fun. So when the German legion entered the city on June 14, 1940, one of the first things the soldiers did was tack a massive V For Victory onto the Eiffel Tower, directly above a flag extol “Germany is triumphant on all fronts! ” This is so flaccidly trollish that it would almost be entertaining were it not for the historical context. The freshly subdued French would just like to to look up at their most prized shrine to know what the score was.

“Five? ”

Which was still nowhere near as gauche as when the Fuhrer himself came to visit and posed next to the Eiffel Tower like a girl on his first trip-up abroad.

“Are you sure we can’t place a big ‘H’ on it? ”

But the French, ever insolent, knew their new overlords would try to debases everything they contained honey. So before the Germans could get to Paris, some geniuses decided to cut the elevator cables in the Eiffel Tower, intending Nazi mastery had to send soldiers clambering up the side to bush their stupid Nazi pennant. And the soldiers attained … for a couple of hours, until the massive pennant they made blew away. They eventually ousted it with a much smaller flag. The anti-Nazi graffiti mostly wrote itself after that.


Las Vegas Expended To Have A Nuclear Bomb Lightshow

Up till now, we’ve been talking about regions that in the past descended on some rigour. After all , no place on globe craves to look like it’s a monstrous billboard for the end of periods, right? No neighbourhood except Las Vegas, of course, which courts calamity like craziness is the only thing hindering the desert from intruding. That must be why, in the ‘5 0s, when the concerns of a mushroom-shaped demise was on everyone’s thinker, Vegas decided to turn nuclear holocaust into a glitzy show.

“So, uh, about that ‘ Fallout sell campaign’ stuff … ”

You see, back in those daytimes, the government was still experimenting atom bomb, presumably because they gazed super bitchin’ and they had no idea when they were going to get to use one again. They tested over hundreds of thousands of missiles a mere 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas. By this time, the nuclear bombs were so goddamned large and powerful that Vegas tourists is likely to be see the mushroom clouds and lighting from the city. So while any other metropolitan would petition the army to either test their world-ending demise artilleries a little further away or perhaps, y’know , not at all, the Vegas Chamber Of Commerce made up planneds and calendars granting sightseers exact detonation times of the rocket, and even suggested best available recognizes for watching them.

The Desert Inn, amongst other casinoes, made good utilize of their north-facing belongings and even started serving themed sucks announced “atomic cocktails.” Other places would host “Dawn Bomb Parties, ” and “Miss Atomic Energy” would be crowned at the Sands hotel, with all of the rivals dressed in their finest mushroom cloud-shaped gowns.

The swimsuit persona was always triumphed by whichever wife had the most pronounced tailbone .

These research went on until 1963, when the Limited Test Ban Treaty stopped the military from bombarding parts of America like they attempted to get rid of super-termites. After that, Vegas had to stop trying to crush coin out of the Cold War( and do more matinee shows to compensate ), and all those death-obsessed sightseers had to settle for the excite of gambling their kids’ college fund on blackjack.

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How This Marathon-Running Vet Who Lost Both Legs Determined His Position After Afghanistan


Some dates he wears the legs with the American pennants. There’s an American flag sticker on his motorcycle, too, and the other on his truck. Plus an American pennant spot on his softball attire, an American flag tattooed on his muscular right arm, and one dangle from the front porch of his house — where his wife and young daughter are still sleeping inside.

The clock speaks 4 a.m. Sitting on the edge of the couch, he declines on polyurethane liners — like large-scale socks or cushions — around his knees, up to his thighs. Then, he lodges on the prosthetic legs and eases his style all over the room to make sure they’re comfortable.

In the last five years he’s done more on these two sections of hard plastic than the majority of members of us will do in a lifetime: learned to walk again, then to extend. Then there was the Disney half marathon, the Marine Corps 10 k, the Navy 5-miler, the Detroit Marathon, the New York City Marathon.

In October, he made headlines for saving a babe from a auto shipwreck in Queens.

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Ferreira gives on boots over his prosthesis beforestarting the workday.

It’s a 45 -minute commute from his quiet Long Island neighborhood to Manhattan. Some daylights it’s still dark when he moves through the entrances of the massive building locate on 131 st Street and Broadway. Almost everyone here knows him by now. In a trailer all the people call the “shanty” — where there’s coffee and donuts — he declines on boots over the prosthetic feet and makes on a hard hat.

Then it’s the elevator down and down to the deep cellar height of a monstrous brand-new medical complex at Columbia University’s Manhattanville campus. There, he introduces on a welding visor — adorned, of course, with an American flag sticker. He gets to work.

Matias Ferreira, 26, lost his legs five years ago as a Marine in Afghanistan. Now, thanks to a program called Helmets to Hardhats, he is a proud apprentice with the Steamfitters Local 638, whose 8,200 members fit tubes all over New York City and Long Island.

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Ferreira at work.

“I wanted to give back.”

Ferreira was born in Uruguay. He and and their own families migrated to the U.S. when he was 6 and lived here with green cards. At 19, like so many immigrants, he joined the Marines.

“I wanted to give back, ” he told The Huffington Post. “As an immigrant, this country “ve been given” so much better to my family and myself and so much opportunity.”

He took his oath to become an American citizen in September 2010, simply a few eras before he was deployed to Afghanistan.

On Jan. 21, 2011, Ferreira says he was working as a machine gunner where reference is and his squad fastened a complex in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He and two other Navals were told to set up their gear on the ceiling of the building.

“We started taking off our paraphernalium, but something told me not to take off my kevlar[ vest] or anything and I should maintain my sidearm, ” he echoed.

He told his team to stay put — he’d get the rest of the equipment.

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Ferreira in Afghanistan.

“I climbed off the ceiling same practice I came up and that’s when I realise something wasn’t right, ” Ferreira echoed. “I listened almost like this Hollywood-ized pin drop. Then, all of the abrupt, I didn’t hear or see anything.”

Ferreira had stepped on an IED, or improvised explosive machine. When the dust cleared, a fellow Marine was wrapping tourniquets around his legs, causing him morphine and telling him gags. Everything’s going to be fine, the Marine told him. We’re going to grasp brews when we get back stateside.

“I didn’t know the severity of my hurt, ” Ferreira suggested. “I met blood on my breathes but I didn’t know I was missing my legs.”

Then they waited for 30 minutes — which seemed like an “eternity, ” Ferreira read — for the medevac helicopter to arrive. His platoon started mentioning their departures. “We love you, gentleman, ” they said. Ferreira says he managed to give them a thumbs up before being face-lift onto the helicopter.

You push yourself because you have to find reasons to keep going.

Ferreira passed out. He was given an oxygen disguise while medics performed a series of blood transfusions. He’d lost a lot of blood. He woke up in the Bagram Airfield hospital and from there was carried to Germany for a 24 -hour emergency surgery. On crown of “losing ones” leg, he’d interrupted his pelvis and femur.

When he arrived at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington , D.C ., he was wheelchair-bound for four months until we are able to fit on the prosthesis. Formerly he got the prosthesis, he started teaching — hard. Just nine months later, he was ranging a half-marathon at Disney World, in Florida.

“You push yourself because you have to find rationales to keep going, ” he announced.

Ferreira medically retired from the Marine a year after the IED explosion. Then he had to find a new career.

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Ferreira with his wife, Tiffany, and their daughter, Tianna.

For many military personnel and Marines, rendering from wars is a fraught moment. As much practise as they receive to be in the military, they don’t always get training for life in the civilian world. Their skills and abilities don’t always be converted into places, and those suffering from hurts or post-traumatic stress illnes are at an immediate disadvantage.( It’s partly why there is a disproportionate number of homeless veterans .)

Ferreira started attending school at the University of Central Florida but thrived restless.

“I prosecuted education — I moved for my bachelor’s in its management, ” Ferreira recollected. “With that, though, I went to institution every morning, but I didn’t have a purpose. My wife and I recently had had a daughter and as important as education is, I didn’t have any occupation or anything guaranteed for the near future. It was neat and all to go to school but as a spouse and father-god, I needed to make sure I provide for my family.”

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Ferreira plays with Tianna and the family’s puppy.

That’s when a pal told him about about Helmets to Hardhats.

Helmets to Hardhats, a nonprofit, pronounces Ferreira is among some 20,000 American veterans it’s connected with good-paying, often unionized employment opportunities in the construction industry. No prior know is involved, and the veterans participate earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship training programs that last three to five years old. After the apprenticeship is over, they have a career.

“Helmets to Hardhats “ve been given” our organization some of its best and most productive workers, able to harness their substantial military training, ”Richard Roberts, the Steamfitters’ business agent at large, said in a statement. “We believe that America has a duty to give back to those who sufficed, so veterans are not stuck in dead-end hourly occupations without any occupation pathway or hope of achieving the American Dream of homeownership, communicating our kids to college and being able to withdraw with glory when we are too old to continue working.”

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“You know the union’s going to take care of you.”

It’s curricula like Helmets to Hardhats that have also contributed to the steadily rejecting unemployment rate among military ex-servicemen. According to data released in December from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3.9 percent of the country’s 20 million veterans were unemployed in October — the lowest rate in seven years.

The unemployment for post-9/ 11 ex-servicemen like Ferreira likewise descended dramatically to 4.6 percent last year, from 7.2 percentage in 2014. That’s the lowest level since the BLS inaugurated tracking that particular group in 2008.

“This steamfitter union, Local 638, has pretty much prepared me up for success, ” Ferreira told. “The health benefits are imperative. Although I’m covered by armed health insurance, it’s not that good. Get covered under the steamfitter local is — it’s prodigious. I can take care of my family and not have to worry about getting a $5,000 legislation because my daughter went to the hospital to get checked out.”

“Also, it sets you up for different retirement savings account, ” he persisted. “You know the union’s gonna take care of you.”

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Ferreira clambers onto a platform with his prosthetic legs at work.

And there’s the work itself. For Ferreira, there are similarities he experiences between being in the steamfitters uniting and being in the military. There’s a clearly defined chain of command, Ferreira added, and a real camaraderie among steamfitters.

Plus, there’s a lot at stake. The work is fragile, sometimes dangerous. Steamfitters like to say they build and preserve the hearts, veins, and lungs of New York City: the high-pressure gas, steam and water pipes, fervour sprinklers, and HVAC systems of big structures. If a hose is fitted incorrectly, or if something isn’t welded the mode it should be, there can be blowups or other collisions, and people can get hurt.

Ferreira’s post-Afghanistan life has been molded by programs for veterans. Another nonprofit, Home For Our Troops, is building him and his family a house in a Long Island town near Merrick, where they currently live.

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Ferreira and The Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team constitutes with children who have had legs amputated.

He gamblings for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team — made up exclusively of ex-servicemen who have lost limbs — which hurtles the two countries playing able-bodied crews and promoting funding for armed amputees, amputee children and medical investigate.( It was at a softball game in New York, incidentally, where he met his wife, Tiffany .)

Ferreira said this kind of support system and the help of their own families has helped him get by. It’s also rendered him a sense of humor.

Sometimes when he’s travelling the train with suddenlies on, he answered, young children will stare at his prosthetic legs and ask what happened. “It’s what happens when you don’t devour your vegetables, ” he generally replies.

He doesn’t regret to intervene in the Marines. If he had been able to do it all over again, he would.

“9/ 11 was my reason for joining the service and now I’m working in this city build these buildings, ” he suggested.

He told being a steamfitter in New York is more than just going to work every morning.

“It’s an honor.”

Gabriel Jesus:’ I like a challenge. The biggest battles go to the biggest fighters’


The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forward tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that persuasion him to assemble Manchester City and that his mum is never pleased with him unless he helps out defensively too

No one wants to be told off by their father and Gabriel Jesus is no different. The Brazilian wonderkid, who signed for Manchester City in the summer for 27 m and will join the Premier League leads in January, provides an opportunity to become one of the best sends in the world but what manufactures him stand out even more is his desire to also help out defensively.

It is not a character he shares with too many forwards but then they are not able to get a rollocking from their baby if they do not help out at the back. Gabriel Jesus does. Yes, its genuine that my mother has a go at me when I dont track back, he remarks in his first interview with non-Brazilian media since signing for City. We are very, very close and she challenges a lot from me, which is great. She only praises me if I have done something are worth kudo. I am really happy to have a mum like that, who really upkeeps. She always tells me the truth and her franknes facilitates me a lot.

Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and enormously positive existence in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no surprise considering his upbringing. The participates father were killed when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother elevated him and his three brothers on her own. She was a cleaner back then and there was not a lot of money around. A football player grows up faster than other people, he announces. I grew up very rapidly because of certain difficulties and responsibilities that I have always had.

Gabriel Jesus is a very mature 19 -year-old. We fill at Academia de futebol, Palmeirass training centre and he is respectful and humble. He does not wear sunglasses or headphones and does not play with his mobile during the course of its interview. He starts by apologising for running late. I had to do the ice bathtub, he explains.

It has been a stormy 18 months for the man from Jardim Peri, a humble community on the suburbs of So Paulo( it is a comunidade , a kind of favela , merely a little bit more peaceful ). In March 2015 he made his debut for Palmeiras after tallying 37 destinations in 22 games in the Paulista Under-1 7 rival and at the end of the season he was identified best available newcomer of the Brasileiro .

And that was just the beginning. This summertime he won Olympic gold with Braziland then induced his debut for the elderly unit, scoring two destinations in a 3-0 away triumph against Ecuador. And he is still a teen. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a fan: When I view Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a terrific journeying onward, Ronaldo told TV Globo recently.

It is not that long ago Gabriel Jesus was playing for the amateur team Pequeninos do Meio Ambiente on the tars of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike many staggering talents these days, he did not connect a upper side Palmeiras until the age of 15 so his busines was very much influenced by street football.

Gabriel Jesus: sciences, stunts and points.

His childhood neighbourhood is always on his sentiment and on his scalp. On his forearm there is a tattoo establishing a son with a ball in his hands looking at a favela in front of him, fantasy of a better future in football. The tattoo is almost identical to the one that his acquaintance Neymar has.

I have always experienced working on and thats why I try to give my best good tactically as well as moves forward. From an early age, in my vrzea periods[ a special type of Brazilian street football ], I tried to take in all the instructions of all the tutors I had. I am the same today. After all, it is most important to participate the slope knowing what I have to do to help the team.

He no longer lives in Jardim Peri but goes back to visit friends. When doing so in December he was stopped by the police while driving his expensive vehicle. A dark-skinned boy cannot drive a nice automobile in the community where he grew up without being stopped by the police. Everyone knows how hard it is to be black in our communities, he wrote on Instagram.

He remain in Jardim Peri until last year. He could have left for So Paulo as early as 2010 but the society did not give him accommodation, means that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from training, and that would have had a negative impact on his academy work.

Not that Gabriel Jesus paid too much attention to anything apart from football. My whole life has always been football and that only, he mentions. Since I was six years old Ive only really was just thinking about football. I used to watch it on Tv, play-act video games and so on. I simply desire football. Some people joke that I am too into it but football simply summing-up up my life.

His discipline is surprising for such a young age, and “its probably” one of the things that has impressed Pep Guardiola, the manager who was desperate to accompany him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off challenger from Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain partly because of a phone call from their brand-new manager.

It was a involved decision, but in the end my desire to learn won, Gabriel Jesus says. The existence of Guardiola as a manager at City and the fact that it is a great sorority were very important factors in my final decision. Guardiolas phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It attained me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally yet but he already constituted me feel very safe about his job there.

Gabriel Jesus, celebrating here after tallying for Palmeiras against Figueirense in June, hopes to prevail the Brazilian title before coming to Manchester. Image: Brazil Photo Press/ CON/ LatinContent/ Getty Images

Where will he play though? City are not exactly lacking in assaulting expertise with Sergio Agero, Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Nolito, Kelechi Iheanacho, Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy San and Jess Navas able to occupy the send berths. For Palmeiras Gabriel Jesus played wide-ranging on the left before Cuca, the manager, moved him into the centre with good results: 11 goals in 18 league games.

I ponder I will fight for a neighbourhood as a winger in the team, he enunciates. I actually favor playing as a left-winger rather than a striker, but I exactly want to be very clear that Im willing to play in either outlook. I am often prepared to give up a position high on the lurch and help out defensively because some good differentiate and undertaking can result in a objective for my unit in the end. Id like to think that Im a versatile player.

Only two years ago, during the World Cup, Gabriel Jesus was coating the sidewalk of his street in dark-green and yellow as a follower. Today he is one of the reference points in criticize for organization and country. Palmeiras are objection for the deed, they trounce Corinthians 2-0 at the weekend to abide top, and Gabriel Jesus desperately wants to leave for Manchester City having won the league. At Verdo he is an undisputed idol Glory, glory, alleluia, is Gabriel Jesus is the song that everything fans sing( even if it annoys his mother, who is a very religious person ).

But even if he includes the Brazilian entitle to his Olympic medal, he will not get too carried away. I try to manage my progress in a down-to-earth fad, he mentions. Some participates win a accolade and think that they are on top of “the worlds”. I dont let it go to my thought. People idolise me for acquiring the Olympics but I remain saying: It is just a medal.

Arguably the biggest challenge lies ahead forcing his route into Citys starting XI. All this change does not “re scared” at all, he pronounces. My life has always been full of challenges. Apparently this is a bigger one, but the best duels are given to the best warriors. I will listen to the managers opinion and his advice in order to improve and adapt as fast as I maybe can.

Lyft Teams Up With Google And Their New Driving Service Is So, So Futuristic


The Uber-Lyft rivalry seems to be alive and well.

Last week, Uber exposed it isrolling out a new aspect on itsapp that allows people to save their routinely visited address. Its pretty convenient, and Id go as far as saying its even necessary for those who are super forgetful.

However, Lyft took happenings up a notch and announcedits partnership with Googles Waymo to introduce self-driving vehicles to itsservice.


According to a statement, a Lyft spokeswoman spoke,

Waymo accommodates todays best self-driving technology, and collaborating with them will accelerate our shared eyesight of improving living with the worlds better transportation.

I think its your move, Uber.

This could change so much for the car service industry and who it applies or, in such a case, employ.

About a year ago, Lyft co-founder John Zimmer exposed his ambitious schemes hoping the majority of Lyft vehicles would be autonomous within five years.

Perhaps this is the way to go for the future just take a look at one dads anguish he suffered at the handwritings of a driver.

Ben Lieberman, who lost his 19 -year-old son in an accident on a New York City highway, tried for months to get access to the records is demonstrating that the operator had been texting while driving.

Rather than mourn and anxiety himself with their own families, the papa composed a proposal for the breathalyzer for texting, which would allow police at accident backgrounds in New York to immediately evaluate operators cellphones with a device to determine if theyd been tapping, swiping or clicking, according to The Washington Post.

Provided the cars are manufactured properly and safely, Lyftsnew plan could be the answer to safer roads.

Uber, however, who has also tried autonomous vehicles, suffered some serious setbacks, to say the least.

According to further pretensions by Lyft, the companys eyesight and commitment to improving the way metropolis move will help Waymos self-driving engineering reach more parties, in more places.

Lets hope the increasing number of accessibility willcome with lent refuge perks.

What it takes to get Beyonce on a world tour – BBC News

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Image caption Beyonce needed seven air freighters just to get her stage kit to the UK

What do Beyonce, the Rolling Stones, U2, AC/DC and Lady Gaga have in common? They all use one London-based specialist logistics firm to move their equipment round the globe.

Last year, when Beyonce came to the UK with her Formation world tour it took seven Boeing 747 air freighters and a fleet of more than 70 trucks to get her stage set and other gear to the venues.

And that didn’t include the backstage staff, musicians, performers – or Beyonce herself.

“It was the biggest move we’ve ever done,” says Martin Corr, the managing director of rock and roll transport firm Sound Moves.

More firms are choosing to use air freight to get their goods to market, from diamonds to car parts, even though it is six times more expensive than sending them by sea – and rock superstars depend on it too.

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Image caption Heathrow is key for the firm’s operations, says Sound Moves’ Martin Corr
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Image caption The company is one of the biggest logistics firms in the music industry

While air freight makes up just 1% of UK imports and exports in terms of tonnage shipped, it accounts for 40% of imports and exports in terms of their value.

In the UK, Heathrow Airport is the dominant player in this trade with 101bn worth of goods passing through in a year. That’s more than the value of goods passing through the country’s biggest container ports, Felixstowe and Southampton, combined.

Despite air cargo’s expense, using planes instead of ships cuts down dramatically on the time it takes to get goods to market.

“We use Heathrow for most of our air freight. It is close to London, has great road connections, frequent flights and capacity,” says Martin Corr.

Sound Moves – based in west London close to Heathrow’s cargo terminal – is one of the biggest logistics firms in the music industry with an annual turnover of 17m.

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Image caption Beyonce’s stage show took up a lot of luggage space…
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Image caption …and needed two airports to take the air freighters, and a fleet of trucks to unload it and move it

Over the past 20 years they have worked with everyone from David Bowie and the Rolling Stones to Lady Gaga and now Beyonce.

“I left school with little or no qualifications, and was living with my parents lying on the sofa when my mum told me to go out and get a job,” says Martin.

“Living in west London, Heathrow airport was the obvious place.”

After working with a general freight company learning his trade, he then moved into the specialised business of moving rock groups and their equipment. In 1996 he started Sound Moves with two colleagues.

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Image caption “Our first tour was for the Rolling Stones, we started with a bang!” says Martin
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Image caption Sound Moves’ warehouse is stacked with pre-packaged kit

Martin himself is an AC/DC fan, and an Angus Young Gibson guitar signed by all the members of the band takes pride of place in his office.

“But no I don’t play it, I never wanted to be a musician,” he says. “I am a freight-forwarder through and through – it’s what I do.”

Inside his warehouse, he points out the pallets of sound equipment and music merchandise ready to be shipped anywhere in the world.

“You can be in London on a Monday and doing a show in Los Angeles on a Wednesday or Thursday.

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Image caption Air freight can bring in significant earnings for airlines – even on their passenger flights

“We used to have a very seasonal business that was busy up to Christmas, and then from Easter to September with the summer festivals, but now artists tour 12 months a year.”

Touring is what brings in the merchandise and ticket sales, he says, “and that gets the guys on the road and that’s where we come in, we support them on the road”.

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When Beyonce arrived last year, Sound Moves had to use Doncaster and Prestwick airports rather than Heathrow due to the London airport’s lack of flexibility.

“It was a rush to get the aircraft unloaded. There’s lots of draws on an artist’s time. They still want to be seen by the public but in the shortest possible time,” he says.

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Image caption Heathrow is already operating at near-maximum capacity

The fact that Sound Moves couldn’t use Heathrow for Beyonce’s tour is significant, says Nick Platts, head of cargo at Heathrow Airport.

“I remember having chats with Martin over several days working out how we could help him, but we couldn’t offer him the flexibility he needed.”

The airport is working at almost maximum capacity and he says there is little room for further growth in cargo traffic.

“We are pushing traffic away from us.

“We need to expand and build a third runway just to satisfy the pent-up demand that is out there, let alone cope with future growth,” he says.

Both Heathrow and Gatwick are seeing an increase in the amount of air freight they handle – but Gatwick’s growth rate is significantly higher.

“Our booming long-haul routes have driven a huge cargo increase,” says Gatwick Airport’s chief executive officer, Stewart Wingate.

Perhaps surprisingly only a fraction of air cargo is actually carried in specialised air freighters. Most of it – 95% at Heathrow – is carried in the bellies of passenger aircraft and that can boost an airline’s revenues between 5-20%.

“Take that away and the route may not be viable,” says Heathrow’s Nick Platts.

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Image caption Shipping still accounts for the bulk of goods traded

“The reason Heathrow is successful is not because we are moving people – it is because we are moving car parts, Scottish salmon, blood plasma products and other medicines, jewellery and precious stones. That is what air freight is good for,” he says.

Back at Sound Moves, Martin Corr is getting ready for U2’s Joshua Tree tour.

“It’s all planned and organised, they’ll be coming into the UK by air over one weekend in July – it’s a very tight schedule.”

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Image caption “U2 are long-standing clients,” says Martin Corr

He’s keen to dispel any idea that his industry is glamorous. “We don’t get to hang out at backstage parties or fly on private jets, that’s not what we do.

“For us there is no day off until the tour is over.”

Mind you, he does keep one bottle of champagne in his office fridge.

“Well it wouldn’t be rock and roll without champagne, would it?” he laughs.

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Marine Le Pen: the estranged daughter tied to a very public life | profile


The merciless interrupt of attachments with her father-god has hung over the horse-hugging hardliners run for the French presidency

Backstage at a rallying in south France in the early days of the presidential race, Marine Le Pen took a whiff on the electronic cigarette that has changed her two-packets-a-day tobacco attire. Im going to run a joyful expedition, she smiled.

Le Pen is intended to soften her harsh persona and soothe voters she had constituted for slides hugging horses and pet kittens but likewise to offer a hardline curriculum she belief would reassure a French person despair of decades of mass unemployment and a lingering terrorist threat.

The aim, as ever for the far-right Front National founded by her leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen, in 1972, was obstructing France for the French. There would be a referendum to change national constitutions so that national priority would be given to French people over non-nationals in tasks, home and aid. There would be another referendum to leave the European union. Le Pen promised an migration clampdown and a ban on religious emblems, includes the Muslim headscarf, from all public places in France.

Marine Le Pen, 48, is the closest she has ever been to the French presidency with a chance of preparing it to the final runoff in an election that is impossible to prophesy. In the six years old since she took over the working party from her papa, she has steadily increased her partys vote in every local and European election. If her ex-paratrooper, Holocaust-denying, provocateur father-god was content to be a objection referendum, Marine Le Pen wants supremacy and political office.

Marine Le Pen calls a horse show in Villepinte, Paris, in December. Photo: Jacky Naegelen/ Reuters

Le Pen, restricted and image-conscious, has always a went a tight course between stigmatizing the organizations of the system and trying to be part of it. Her life has played out in the public eye ever since, aged six, she was photographed being tucked into her bed in a bedroom incongruously wallpapered with Front National election postings about fighting the Marxist cancer. The Le Pen house empire was always something of their own nationals soap opera, with the blond tribe living together includes the three Le Pen daughters well into their 30 s in a 19 th-century manor house perched on a mound outside Paris, watched over by dobermans.

But the troubled father-daughter attachment and the brutal public violate of it has hung over her presidential safarus. Marine Le Pens referendum programme has been to broaden her voter basi by sanitising the partys persona, moving it away from the racist, jackbooted and antisemitic imagery of the past. The trouble was that Papa Le Pen detected left out. In 2015, he deliberately wrecked her contrives by recurring the Holocaust denials that had territory him a series of convictions for loathe discussion and racing criminal offences against humanity. After a bitter public clash, she ostracized him from the working party. He publicly disavowed her and they havent expressed since.

But the specters of the second world war is continuing to French politics. Marine Le Pen was asked on a radio program this week about a major wartime summary of Jews in Paris. She read France as a commonwealth was not responsible, only those who were in supremacy at the time, provoking ferocity from Jewish organisations. Le Pen argued that modern France should not be locked in permanent penance and that the real France was Gen de Gaulles defiance , not the illegal Nazi-collaborationist Vichy regime. If youre trying to say Marine Le Pen is a Nazi, come out and say it but that will represent everyone titter to the rafters because its simply not plausible, her leader strategist, Florian Philippot, angrily told a chatshow multitude. Le Pen threw what she called a nonsensical controversy.

Marion Anne Perrene Le Pen hurriedly nicknamed Marine was born west of Paris in 1968, a very young of three daughters. Her father-god proved off his children in the press. But their residence life was more disjointed than it seemed. In the Le Pens first Paris apartment building, the children lived separately from their parents, inside a flat upstairs with a nanny. Jean-Marie Le Pen and his wife, Pierrette Lalanne, would go off on holiday or long sailing errands around the world on their own, sometimes missing Christmas.

Marine Le Pen attending a wreath-laying ritual in 2010 with her father Jean-Marie at the bronze of Joan of Arc in Paris. Photograph: Jacques Brinon/ AP

It was only when the eight-year-old Marine woke up in her nightdress amid shards of glass and a blown-away bedroom wall, after a suicide bombing attack aimed at killing her parent, that she realised his political capacity and the scope of hatred towards him. As an eight-year-old girl, I was suddenly made aware of fatality, she told me when she took over the Front National leader. But maybe that “ve given me” a distance, a kind of shield, thats useful when youre aiming for positions of responsibility.