Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri: ‘Everybody said: thank you, you’re a legend already’

first_img Twitter Read more Share on LinkedIn “It has had a big impact,” Shaqiri says of his matchwinning contribution for Liverpool against the old adversary. “I can see it from the people working here.” He is referring to Melwood, a hive of activity as Jürgen Klopp’s players prepare for Friday’s visit to Wolverhampton Wanderers, pose for photoshoots and film Christmas greetings. Georginio Wijnaldum is sporting a Santa hat while recording a festive message for supporters. Jordan Henderson high-fives two young fans on a visit to the training ground. Shaqiri looks sheepish at the acclaim reserved for him since Sunday. He adds: “We had the Christmas party that night and it seemed everybody was coming over to me to say thank you. I was quite surprised. Everybody was saying; ‘Thank you, thank you, you’re a legend already!’ That was nice to hear, and it was a nice feeling that day, but I’m a guy who closes each day and looks forward. In the end it was a Premier League game with three points and now I am looking forward to the next one on Friday.” Share on Facebook The Football Association of Serbia complained to Fifa about the Kosovo flag on Shaqiri’s boot after he scored a last-minute winner against their team at this summer’s World Cup. He was fined 10,000 Swiss francs for a double-headed eagle celebration – similar to the one on the Albanian flag – and omitted from Liverpool’s Champions League visit to Red Star Belgrade last month by Klopp to avoid inflaming tensions further.“I understood his decision,” Shaqiri admits. “He wanted more concentration on the game, that was the only reason, and it was the right choice because there was a lot of attention only on me even in the game in Liverpool. It was the right decision not to bring more attention to a Champions League game.” Share on Pinterest Pinterest The forward scores against Leicester in his final season at Stoke. Photograph: Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters “This team and this coach have given me everything,” explains Shaqiri, whose 17 appearances for Liverpool so far include nine starts. “You can see on the pitch that I feel very happy here and am playing maybe my best football. I’m a player who always wants to improve and this has been the perfect move for me. I’m delighted with how it’s going.“Every player wants to play, that’s pretty normal. Every player is unhappy when he’s on the bench, that’s pretty normal too. But it’s football, only 11 players can start, and the coach has his gameplan for each game. It’s OK how it’s going at the moment. I wanted to play Champions League again. I had played in it before and I missed the Champions League a lot, so I wanted that again and the chance to play there again with Liverpool was perfect.”It was perfect also for Shaqiri’s parents, Fatime and Isen, who share both his love for English football and pride in returning to the level he enjoyed with Bayern Munich and, to a lesser extent, Internazionale.The forward says: “My parents watched the United game on TV in Switzerland and said they were going crazy when I scored. They are very proud of me that I’m playing for a top club, a great club, again. My parents wanted me to stay in England because they love the football here and how the people feel about football. It was important for them too that I stayed in the Premier League. I’m very proud with how my story has gone. I’ve played for some very big teams and it is not normal how I got there. It is a dream for every player to have this kind of career, so I am very proud of this.” The celebration against Serbia that landed Shaqiri in trouble at the World Cup. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters “I had a lot of messages from my friends when it happened,” he says of Mourinho’s sacking. “There were a lot of good messages about the United game at first and then, when the news came out about Mourinho, I had messages saying: ‘That’s your fault!’ But this is football sometimes. I don’t think it was just because we won that game that United wanted to change their manager. There were other reasons but it means the game goes down in history. It will always be in my history too.“I’m very glad I helped the team win. That is the most important thing and I was delighted to have an impact on such an important game. I knew before that there was a big rivalry between Liverpool and Man United but to score two goals was very beautiful. I will never forget this game. It was a special day not only for me but for the club, too, and to be back on top of the table is always a nice look.”Shaqiri is the first Liverpool substitute to score twice against United and Sunday’s brace took him to five goals for the season, more than he scored in his first two full seasons at Stoke City. The 27-year-old cannot avoid questions about adapting to a squad role at Anfield after being accustomed to regular football with Stoke. He does not avoid giving answers about the difficulty of the transition. He is also sincere in his belief that playing for Klopp and Liverpool, a manager who brings out the best in him and a club that satisfies his craving for Champions League football again, provides ample compensation. Reuse this content Twitter Facebook Liverpool back on top after Shaqiri double floors Manchester United The Fiver: sign up for our free football email. Read more José Mourinho must take the consequences, says Jürgen Klopp Pinterest Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook He adds: “I know how it is to lift trophies. It is amazing to have these celebrations with the fans and it is my dream to have the same again with this club. This is our goal. We have shown so far that we can hold our nerve. We are on a very good way. We are strong offensively and defensively so there is a very good balance in the team. That is very important for winning titles.” Shaqiri echoes Klopp’s instruction about one game at a time, as all his players do, a mantra that has served Liverpool particularly well during a gruelling run to the Premier League summit. In truth, however, it has been impossible for the Switzerland international to move on from scoring twice against United given the closure it signalled for José Mourinho at Old Trafford. United’s conqueror and the man with the final nails for Mourinho to boot, Shaqiri will never be allowed to forget his place in Anfield’s affections even if he wanted to. ‘Maybe they don’t like Liverpool’ – Shaqiri dismisses critics after move Share via Email Liverpool Liverpool can stay ahead of City and win the title, says Andy Robertson Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on Messenger Twitter Shaqiri celebrates scoring Liverpool’s third against Manchester United. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters Isen and Fatime left Kosovo with their three sons – who all eventually played for Basel’s youth teams – when Shaqiri was four years old, before the war started. His father washed dishes in a restaurant when the family first arrived in Switzerland before finding work in construction. His mother was a cleaner, Xherdan her assistant. His family background accompanies Liverpool’s man of the moment each time he sets foot on the pitch.“You can see my history on my football boots with my flags,” he explains. “A lot of people have misunderstood this. I was born in Kosovo and grew up in Switzerland. Some people think I’m not giving everything for Switzerland because I have the flag of Kosovo on one foot but that is totally wrong. It is a big part of my history, my life history, and will always be with me. The Swiss flag is on my left foot because I score with that but I scored one with my left and one with my right against Man United so it was one for both! I had big flags on the back of my boots for the World Cup. The flags I have now are smaller but they are there.” Pinterest Read more The reception promises to be different when Liverpool resume their Champions League campaign next year at Bayern, where Shaqiri won two Bundesliga titles, the Champions League, two German Cups, the German Supercup, Uefa Super Cup and Club World Cup in two and a half years. Often the wins were at the expense of Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund. “We were not only a very good team but we were like a big family,” he reflects. “Every player played very well and I think we were the best team that Bayern Munich ever had in their history.”Shaqiri was part of a title-winning team for five consecutive seasons between 2010 and 2014 including a hat-trick of Swiss Super League triumphs with Basel. “I hoped it would always be like that,” he says. It is a feeling he is determined to relive with Liverpool. Read more interviews “Big Shaq in the building,” boomed Virgil van Dijk as Liverpool’s victorious players returned to their changing room on Sunday. Xherdan Shaqiri – all five foot, six inches of said “Big Shaq” – had made his presence felt at Anfield before the starring cameo against Manchester United that prompted Van Dijk’s proclamation. Even so he is genuinely taken aback by the reaction to the special day that did for a former special one.last_img read more

Capital gains for Delhi

first_imgCapital gains for DelhiThe rise of Delhi Capitals after their transformation from the former Delhi Daredevils is one to watch.advertisement S Kannan New DelhiApril 28, 2019UPDATED: April 28, 2019 12:16 IST Delhi Capitals will be fancying their chances against the once formidable Royal Challengers Bangalore at the FerozeShah Kotla on Sunday (AP Photo)The heat is on, literally. With the ambient air temperature hovering around the 43 degree Celsius mark in the Capital and other parts of India also facing the heat, playing cricket is not easy.Yet, as teams in the Indian Premier League start focussing on the business end of the tournament, the heat is literal and figurative. In all, the teams have to play 14 matches in the league stage before separating the wheat from the chaff.And with the weekend derby approaching, Delhi Capitals will be fancying their chances against the once formidable Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Feroze Shah Kotla on Sunday.It has been an interesting journey for both the teams till now. In the past, RCB, led by Virat Kohli, have been favourites on paper, though, this time around, they have failed to click as a unit. Kohli was initially struggling with his own batting form before is now finding the sweet spot.The bigger success story has been the rise of Delhi Capitals. Before the start of the season, when the team underwent changes, there was anticipation as well apprehension. Diehard fans, who have been backing erstwhile Delhi Daredevils, knew that with so many changes taking place in the team – including a change in ownership – there was a lot to look forward to.And they have not been disappointed with Delhi Capitals now third in the points table after having played 11 matches till now. It has been a fairly consistent performance from the side, led by Shreyas Iyer.advertisementAt a time when most of the other IPL teams have heavyweights as captains, Iyer has been focussed on the job and has ensured the team goes about its task in a professional manner. Compared to Kohli, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and R.Ashwin, Iyer may not have that halo around him. Yet, to marshal the resources on the field and ensure the team, fires have been good for the captain.The Delhi Capitals batting has looked solid and the best part is there has been no dependence on just one player. There is star power and there are proven performers who have clicked at the right time. If Shikhar Dhawan has shown he can be devastating on his day, then the man who must be feeling ‘left out’, Rishabh Pant, has served ample notice of his explosive talent with a whiz-thud 78 against Rajasthan Royals last week.If Dhawan and Pant, two batsmen who can decimate the rival attack have been playing to potential, the job is still unfinished. Delhi Capitals have to play three more league matches and are looking at topping the table so that they will be placed comfortably in the playoffs.While one has always known Dhawan to be a batsman with enormous potential in breaking down the bowlers, Pant has come under great scrutiny. The experts and armchair critics never minced words when they said Pant needs to curb his strokeplay. Yet, when Pant goes about his demolition job and scores runs, the same critics start singing praise.Delhi Capitals have the potential to do well in future matches as big knocks from Iyer and Prithvi Shaw are also due. Iyer was circumspect while talking to the media on Friday about his team’s chances on Friday ahead of the marquee clash against RCB.If Delhi’s batting has looked solid despite the occasional collapse, in the bowling department, Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morrison have bowled with a large heart. For all those who have watched matches at the Kotla, the wicket has been very poor. With no grass on the track and it resembling a runway fit for an aeroplane to land, there has been a low bounce. Perhaps, the home advantage has been used well by Delhi Capitals with Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly quite vocal in backing the youngsters in the side.Delhi would do well to play the way are till now and not get defensive at this stage. For a team to undergo a big shakeup and come together with new players has been impressive.At a time when the IPL is being held at the same time as the general elections, it is good matches are being held on the prescribed old home-and-away format. There is great interest in both elections and the IPL, with one former captain also entering the fray — Gautam Gambhir.Controversies have been part and parcel of the IPL and even today, R.Ashwin “Mankading” Jos Butler is being debated. At a time when Ashwin may not have found too many supporters from fellow cricketers in India, the Kings XI Punjab skipper has been fully backed by well-known umpire Simon Taufel in a well-articulated column in a cricket website.advertisementThe sport needs characters who can stir the spot. So, be it Ashwin involved in a controversy or MS Dhoni entering the field and arguing with the umpires, the IPL is all about club cricket being played at a fever pitch!Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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Gov’t to Establish Town Centres

first_imgThe Government is moving ahead with plans to establish town centres across the island, and has selected St. Catherine as the pilot parish for such developments.Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan, informed that the towns of Linstead and Old Harbour will serve as the two urban centres.Making his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 25, Mr. Fagan said the town centres will be operational by November this year.He noted that the creation of town centres is part of the Government’s plans to provide citizens and communities with increased ability and space within which to participate in the management of their affairs.Under the project, job descriptions for Town Managers have been created and Mayors and Councillors in the parish of St. Catherine have been engaged and informed of their responsibilities.Mr. Fagan said discussions with stakeholders in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, and Santa Cruz and Junction, St. Elizabeth will also commence shortly, with plans for those areas to be transformed into urban centres.“Sensitisation and mobilisation at the community and Local Authority levels are advancing through the Social Development Commission (SDC),” he stated.He said the SDC will continue to be the critical enablers for participation and consensus with respect to civil society organisations and their response and relationship with the management of town centres.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

Alan Cummings Asks Fans to Support Courage

first_img Fighting lies about Obamacare — when the right-wing front group, Generation Opportunity, launched a propaganda campaign — using free beer, pizza, models, and a creepy Uncle Sam to spread lies about health insurance and bribe college students into opting out of Obamacare — Courage launched the Obamacare Reality Response Team to educate the public and spread the truth about the Affordable Care Act.Courage Campaign Institute needs you to keep doing this work in 2014. Please make a tax-deductible contribution before the end of the year.Sincerely,Alan CummingSource:Courage Campaign Institute Actor Alan Cumming sent out an email in support of the Courage Campaign Institute yesterday, asking fans and supporters to make a last minute tax-deductible donation before the end of 2013.From the email:You probably know me as an actor/director/writer. Maybe you saw me recently on CBS’ The Good Wife, on Broadway, or in London’s West End, but I’m also a committed activist. And as you’re deciding where to make your tax-deductible contributions before midnight on December 31st, I wanted to give a plug for one of my favorite progressive organizations, the Courage Campaign Institute.Courage Campaign Institute exists because folks like us have the courage to care and to fight. Courage brings us together. The voices of many become one, speaking truth to power and demanding bold leadership to solve our nation’s challenges. Your contribution will sustain public education on critical issues, move public opinion, and help organize and train local leaders.Hopefully, you’ve seen Courage’s recent emails and are aware of much of the great work accomplished in 2013 thanks to your help. Here are some highlights: Stopping the Koch Brothers from purchasing the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and eight other major newspapers — when others said it was impossible, Courage launched an innovative, ferocious campaign that torpedoed the deal. Ending Prop 8 and DOMA — the product of YEARS of work by Courage Campaign Institute to educate the public and move public opinion, which led to the Supreme Court made historic rulings in June. With 33 states still restricting marriage equality, our work is far from over.last_img read more

More than 18 Million Raised at the 20th Anniversary V Foundation Wine

first_imgThe V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity, is excited to announce the V Foundation Wine Celebration, celebrating its 20th anniversary, raised more than $18 million during a full weekend of events.This year’s total included more than $16 million in “Fund-A-Need” donations to support the V Foundation’s endowment and nearly $2 million for breast cancer research.“Since 1999, the V Wine Celebration has been a source of inspiration and generosity,” said Chairwoman Julie Allegro. “I am incredibly humbled and proud to be part of a team that raised $100 million towards our goal of Victory Over Cancer.”Hosted by five of the previous year’s hosts, Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, Duke University men’s basketball coach and V Foundation Board Member; Robin Roberts, Emmy-winning co-host of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” two-time cancer survivor, winner of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, and V Foundation Board Member; Scott Hamilton, figure skating world champion, Olympic gold medalist, and cancer survivor; Joe Theismann, Super Bowl champion and sports commentator; and Lou Holtz, legendary football coach, retired analyst for ESPN, best-selling author and motivational speaker. The three-day signature fundraising event included intimate winery dinners, live entertainment, live and silent auctions and a cancer research symposium. The event attracted attendees from all over the country to Napa Valley to benefit the V Foundation’s efforts in achieving Victory Over Cancer.“It was fantastic to be back in beautiful Napa Valley, hosting another Wine Celebration,” said Theismann. “The energy there was incredible, and the commitment to stopping cancer was as strong as ever. What an honor it was to be part of a special evening with co-hosts from past celebrations.”Highlights of this year’s event included the live auction with assistance from Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff. Top items in the auction included a 2011 limited edition Neiman Marcus Convertible Chevrolet Camaro, one of only 100 made, packaged with a luxurious weekend at the Davis Estate’s guest house; a Harbison 20-year vertical including a 9-liter bottle from their first harvest that produced only a single barrel; and a chic dinner party by Ayesha Curry and Michael Mina, co-owners of International Smoke, paired with wines at Gemstone Vineyard.“Remarkable doesn’t even describe this year’s V Foundation Wine Celebration,” said Susan Braun, CEO of the V Foundation. “Once again, our hosts have set the stage for generosity, and the guests stepped up. This momentum propels us forward, ever closer to our goal of declaring Victory Over Cancer!”In its 25 years, the V Foundation has awarded more than $200 million in cancer research grants nationwide. Twenty-five years ago, the diagnosis and prognosis related to cancer were not as optimistic as today. Because of research, we have earlier diagnoses, a better understanding of what causes some cancers, more positive prognoses of some cancers and therapies that are designed to kill cancer while preserving the patient’s overall health. The V Foundation distributes research grants for all types of cancer to the most promising scientists nationwide through a competitive process vetted by a Scientific Advisory Committee. Over the last 20 years, the Wine Celebration has raised more than $100 million for cancer research and related programs. The 21st annual V Foundation Wine Celebration will be held on August 1-4, 2019.For more information about the 2018 Wine Celebration, click here. For more information about the V Foundation for Cancer Research, please click here.last_img read more

​New campaign focused on Speed by ICBC

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – According to ICBC, every year, 82 people are killed in speed-related crashes, making speed the number one cause of car crash fatalities in B.C.*A new month-long campaign focusing on speed and urging drivers to slow down is being launched by ICBC, the government and police.Research shows that if a pedestrian is hit by a passenger vehicle at 40 km/h, 90 percent of pedestrians would survive. However, that number drops to 50 percent survival rate if the collision occurs at 80 km/h. This means speed is a concern for all road users, not just drivers. Regional Statistic’s share;On average, 26 people are killed every year in the Lower Mainland from speed-related crashes.On average, 10 people are killed every year on Vancouver Island from speed-related crashes.On average, 28 people are killed every year in the Southern Interior from speed-related crashes.On average, 19 people are killed every year in North Central B.C. from speed-related crashes.Speed Watch volunteers will also be set up in B.C. communities to remind drivers of their speed and the Police will be targeting speeders during the month of May.“Our government in partnership with ICBC is increasing speeding enforcement to save lives. Please slow down,” said David Eby, Attorney General35 existing intersection safety cameras are being upgraded to identify and ticket speeding drivers in conjunction between ICBC and the government.“Speeding, failing to yield and unsafe lane changes are high-risk driving behaviours that put everyone at risk. Drivers have to be responsible for their actions, pay attention and focus on driving. Police will be out in full-force across the province this month looking for drivers who feel the rules don’t apply to them.” said Chief Constable Neil Dubord, Chair of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police Traffic Safety Committee“Driving over the speed limit really doesn’t get you there any faster, and instead increases your chances of crashing. When you slow down you see more of the road and it gives you more time to react to the unexpected. We can all do our part by slowing down to make roads safer and save lives.” said Lindsay Mathews, ICBC’s Vice President Public Affairs *Police-reported data, five-year average from 2013 to 2017.Speed includes unsafe speed, exceeding the speed limit, excessive speed over 40km/h, and driving too fast for conditions.last_img read more

Crimes of historic proportions being committed in Aleppo UN rights chief warns

“The ancient city of Aleppo, a place of millennial civility and beauty, is today a slaughterhouse – a gruesome locus of pain and fear, where the lifeless bodies of small children are trapped under streets of rubble and pregnant women deliberately bombed,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein told a special session of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council today as the 47-member body prepared to take up a draft resolution on the issue. “The collective failure of the international community to protect civilians and halt this bloodshed should haunt every one of us,” he noted further, and warned that “its costs will be borne by our children, and future generations.” The UN human rights chief further said the “civil war – now also a proxy conflict fuelled by cynical regional and international interests” – has killed well over 300,000, wounded and traumatized countless others, resulted in the abduction, summary execution or arbitrary detention of tens of thousands and displaced more half the Syrian population. He further noted that hospitals, schools, marketplaces, water facilities and neighbourhood bakeries had been deliberately and repeatedly attacked and millions have been denied life-saving aid.Noting that his Office (OHCHR) documented a number violations of international humanitarian law by all parties in Aleppo, High Commissioner Zeid said the attacks that have caused a number of civilian casualties constitute war crimes. “And if knowingly committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against civilians, they constitute crimes against humanity,” he added. Mr. Zeid noted that though the responsibility for halting the Syrian crisis primarily fell to the UN Security Council, the General Assembly may also have a role. Urging members of the Human Rights Council to set aside political disagreements and focus exclusively on the suffering of women, men and children, he stressed: “No hypothetical advantage in global gamesmanship could possibly outweigh this pain and horror.” He further urged the Security Council to set aside rivalries and act as one, in accordance with international security and peace, and said “Influence must be used to advance a political solution to the conflict. Flows of arms and equipment to the parties to the conflict must cease.” He also underlined the urgency of referring the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court and said that all parties to the conflict “must know that they will be held accountable for the international crimes they commit – all, without selective protection or discrimination.” Calling for an immediate, prolonged and all-encompassing ceasefire to enable humanitarian aid he called on the top UN human rights body to “speak with one voice” for the protection of civilians in what he called was the defining human rights crisis of our era. The Human Rights Council’s special session comes just hours after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Envoy, Staffan de Mistura, briefed an informal meeting of the General Assembly in New York, during which Mr. Ban said the horrors committed in the Syria conflict may amount to war crimes, calling on Member States “to cooperate and fulfil your collective responsibility to protect.” Most Syrians left in Aleppo are too poor to leave and live in the carcasses of apartment blocks. Photo: Tom Westcott/IRIN read more

Automotive industry calls for stronger Industrial Policy

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Speaking today at a TUC Parliamentary briefing, SMMT stressed that a formal Industrial Policy was essential to the long-term success of UK plc and the growth of the economy. Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive, spoke of the need for a robust, internationally recognised policy that delivers long-term certainty for UK businesses and international investors.“Growing manufacturing and rebalancing the economy must be national priorities for all parts of government and all political parties,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT’s Chief Executive. “We need the State to play its part in growing manufacturing by publicly declaring its commitment to create an environment in which manufacturing can prosper.”Discussions acknowledged that UK automotive is an established success story with a long heritage of achievement. “Over the last 20 years, the country’s automotive sector has developed into a global leader for R&D, productivity and quality that exports its products around the world,” said Everitt.Parliamentarians heard that a long-term approach is required to provide the certainty and security that international investors need to commit funding to the UK. Areas such as low carbon technology were cited as opportunities the UK could benefit from as a result of being a large, open market that welcomes international collaboration and investment.Voicing the concerns of the industry, SMMT explained the need for government to ensure the UK is internationally competitive and that an Industrial Policy, that looks beyond the length of a single Parliament, is crucial to achieving global recognition and respect.UK automotive represents around 3% of total GDP, accounts for two thirds of total manufacturing turnover and is the country’s largest sector in terms of export, generating around £24 billion in revenue. Typically achieving a turnover of around £50bn, employing over 700,000 people and producing an annual net value-added to the economy in excess of £10bn, the significance of the sector cannot be underestimated. Each year the industry spends around £1.3bn on R&D in the UK. read more

SpaceX successfully tests Raptor interplanetary rocket engine

first_imgElon Musk has big plans for SpaceX, which include ferrying humans to the International Space Station within the next few years. That’s actually one of the more mundane things Musk sees in SpaceX’s future. The company has just successfully test-fired the Raptor rocket engine, a more powerful design that could take humans to Mars inside of a decade.The Raptor engine will be an integral part of the SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System, which is the new name for the previously hyped Mars Colonial Transporter. The reason being, Raptor has enough power to send spacecraft far beyond Mars. The engine has a 14-foot nozzle with three times the chamber pressure of the current Merlin engines on the Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX is targeting a specific impulse of 382 seconds and a thrust of 310 metric tons.SpaceX propulsion just achieved first firing of the Raptor interplanetary transport engine pic.twitter.com/vRleyJvBkx— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 26, 2016This test was carried out at SpaceX’s McGregor, Texas facility, which is specially equipped to handle the extremely powerful output of this engine. If all goes as planned. SpaceX wants to launch an unmanned mission to Mars in 2018 with the Falcon 9 Heavy rocket. The Raptor could be used to send as much as 100 tons of cargo to Mars ahead of a future manned mission. Musk has a very ambitious goal of sending humans to Mars in 2024. This sounds almost irresponsibly soon—NASA is expecting to have another rover on the Red Planet around that time. A manned Mars mission is tentatively planned for sometime in the 2030s.Musk will offer more detail on the Raptor engine today at the International Astronautical Congress when he discusses the firm’s plans for manned interplanetary spaceflight. He’s expected to try and convince governments and the scientific community to back the project and help absorb the cost. Making humanity and interplanetary species is a noble goal, and something we should work toward, but Musk will have to make a strong case that SpaceX is ready to get us there.last_img read more

Real Betis explain failed move for Rafinha from Barcelona

first_imgReal Betis president Angel Haro has explained that they were unable to agree on a deal for Rafinha Alcantara due to his refusal to commit long-termThe Brazilian midfielder seemed set to end his association with Barcelona this summer after spending the latter part of last season on loan at Inter Milan.But the Nerazzurri refused to sign Rafinha on a permanent deal and he was, therefore, forced to return to the Camp Nou this summer.Betis seemed like a possible destination for Rafinha and a move seemed set to materialise.However, Los Verdiblancos instead signed Giovani Lo Celso from Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan deal.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Now Haro has explained what happened in their pursuit of Rafinha this summer.”He was our first alternative to Lo Celso. PSG was asking for a forced option to buy at a price we couldn’t afford, so we focused on Rafinha,” said Haro, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.“We had agreed to all the terms with Barcelona, but the player didn’t want to commit to us long term. So we tried again for Lo Celso and you all know how that went.”Rafinha is yet to make an appearance for Barcelona in La Liga this season and is contracted at the club until June 2020.last_img read more

Scripps celebrating living organ donors with hero walks before surgeries

first_img June 26, 2019 Posted: June 26, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Scripps celebrating living organ donors with hero walks before surgeries KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO ( KUSI ) – Scripps has launched Hero Walks for living organ donors.Hero Walks take place as they are wheeled down the hallway into the operating room, dozens of hospital staff members line the walls cheering, waving signs and high fiving the donor.This new way of honoring people who literally give the gift of life could inspire others to do the same.Dr. Christopher Marsh, director of the Scripps Center for Organ Transplantation, joined KUSI this morning.KUSI also spoke with Susan Tiefenbrun, kidney donor and wife of a recipient who received the latest Hero Walk at Scripps Green Hospital and John Tiefenbrun, kidney recipient and husband of the donor who cheered on his wife along with hospital staff members during the Hero Walk. Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Maharaja Hari Singhs son Karan Singh sees positives in Modi govts move

first_img Big Kashmir move? Modi govt proposes to revoke Article 370 IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:13Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:12?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … While the Congress has remained divided on the issue, the veteran party leader believes that there are also “several positive points” of the decision.IANSFormer Sadar-i-Riyasat and the last prince of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, Karan Singh, has said he does not agree with a “blanket condemnation” of the abrogation of the Article 370, which gave special status to the state.”There are several positive points. Ladakh’s emergence as a Union Territory is to be welcomed. I had suggested this as far back as 1965 when I had publicly proposed the reorganisation of the state,” said Singh.Speaking in Rajya Sabha about J&K being a single state, he said:  “There are three regions: there is Jammu, there is Kashmir and there is Ladakh. There are these regions and they have their own problems and the youth in those regions have their own aspirations which will not necessarily coincide with each other.”But Singh believes that J&K should attain full statehood again. “The effort should be that Jammu and Kashmir attains full statehood as soon as possible so that its people can at least enjoy the political rights available to the rest of the country,” said the 88-year-old son of Maharaja Hari Singh, who acceded J&K with the Union of India.While Congress has remained divided on the issue, the veteran party leader believes that there are also “several positive points” of the decision.”The gender discrimination in Article 35A needed to be addressed as also the long-awaited enfranchisement of lakhs of West Pakistan refugees and reservations for Scheduled Tribes which will be welcomed,” said the former Governor of J&K. Close He further said that a fresh delimitation will ensure a fair division of political powers between Jammu and Kashmir regions.Reflecting on the process of implementation of the move, Singh said that a broad spectrum of people in Kashmir may be feeling “mortified” and a political dialogue needs to continue in the state.”It is unfair to dismiss the two main regional parties as being anti-national. Their workers have over the years made heavy sacrifices and besides both of them have been from time to time political allies of national parties and governments at the Centre and in the state,” said Singh, referring to the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).Former J&K Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were first put under house arrest and then arrested after Article 370 was revoked.”How ironic that elected representatives like us who fought for peace are under house arrest. The world watches as people & their voices are being muzzled in J&K. The same Kashmir that chose a secular democratic India is facing oppression of unimaginable magnitude. Wake up India,” Mufti had tweeted.Singh has appealed in his statement that the leaders of legitimate political parties in Kashmir should be released as soon as possible and a political dialogue initiated with them and with civil society in view of the drastically changed situation.last_img read more

31 Killed In Deadliest Week For Wildfires In Californias History

first_imgJae C. Hong/APFirefighters watch from their fire trucks as wildfires continue to burn on Thursday, near Calistoga, Calif.The death toll from a series of blazes in Northern California has reached at least 31 people — making it the deadliest week for wildfires in the state’s history. Officials are warning that more deaths are likely.“We’re moving into a recovery phase,” Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano said. “That is the reality part of it.”Speaking late Thursday, Giordano said that two more bodies had been recovered as search teams moved into areas where people had been reported missing in the wake of the fires.“We have found bodies almost completely intact, and we have found bodies that were nothing more than ash and bones,” Giordano said. His office released the names of 10 of the dead, all age 57 or older, on Thursday.Among the dead was 75-year-old Carmen Berriz, who died Monday in the Tubbs Fire as she and her husband, Armando, tried to shelter in a swimming pool.The San Francisco Chronicle writes:“They held on through the long hours of the night, until the flames that had destroyed the house on the forested cul-de-sac finally began to recede, until the heat was no longer unbearable. And just before daybreak, just as the worst of the inferno had passed, Carmen Berriz stopped breathing. She died in the arms of her husband of 55 years. … Her husband, 76, suffered serious burns but survived.”The fires erupted on Sunday and were swept unpredictably by strong winds, destroying 3,500 homes and other structures in places familiar to most Americans only from the labels on bottles of wine: Sonoma and Napa counties have been hard hit, as have Mendocino, Yuba, Nevada, Butte and Orange counties. Twenty-one fires spanned 300 square miles. Most were less than 10 percent contained as of late Thursday.“We are not even close to being out of this emergency,” said Mark Ghilarducci, director of the state’s Office of Emergency Services.Firefighting crews — more than 8,000 strong — have been working for days with little rest on tough terrain with no real idea when it will end, NPR’s Eric Westervelt reports on Morning Edition.“We’re pretty exhausted. It’s pretty steep terrain. We’ve been dealing with trying to save the structures,” Sonoma firefighter Steven Moore tells NPR, adding that he’s gotten very little sleep in four days of battling fires.“The winds aren’t helping,” Moore says. “All we can do is get to the structures as fast as we possibly can and save what we can.”Shirlee Zane, one of the district supervisors for Sonoma County, says she flew over communities that “looked like war zones. They looked like somebody had bombed them.”“The air quality is very dangerous right now,” she tells NPR. “It’s thick, with brown smoke. People cannot really go outside. It’s really not safe. You see a lot of people going around with face masks.”Wayne Peterson of Sonoma described the air as “acrid.”“I’m wearing the mask because I’ve been here two or three days now, I live here,” Petersen was quoted by The Associated Press as saying. “It’s starting to really affect my breathing and lungs so I’m wearing the mask. It’s helping.”The San Francisco Chronicle writes:“Ten bodies recovered in the wreckage have been identified. The youngest of those victims was 57. Most of the others were in their 70s and 80s, Giordano said.“The advanced ages of many of the deceased corroborated the suspicions of several survivors who described harrowing escapes without prior warnings and were skeptical that their elderly neighbors could have made it out.“Giordano said it would be unrealistic to think there wouldn’t be more victims. Of the 1,100 people reported missing in Sonoma County since Monday, nearly 400 are still unaccounted for, he said.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

UPDATE Cuba 3 Survivors Critical After Crash Of Jet Carrying 110

first_img Share – / 2 The only three survivors of Cuba’s worst aviation disaster in three decades were clinging to life Saturday, a day after their passenger jet carrying 110 people crashed in a fireball in Havana’s rural outskirts.Carlos Alberto Martinez, director of the Calixto Garcia Hospital in the Cuban capital, said doctors are always hopeful that their patients will recover, but he acknowledged that the three Cuban women were in extremely grave condition.“We must be conscious that they present severe injuries,” Martinez told a small group of journalists. “They are in a critical state.”Meanwhile relatives of those who died gathered at a morgue in the capital, weeping and embracing each other, as investigators tried to piece together why the aging Boeing 737 went down and erupted in flames shortly after takeoff early Friday afternoon.And the Cuban Council of Churches announced that 20 clergy members of an evangelical church were among the dead.“On that plane were 10 couples of pastors, 20 people. All of the Nazarene Church in the eastern region,” said Maite Quesada, a member of the council.The pastors had spent several days at a meeting in the capital and were returning to their homes and places of worship in the province of Holguin.Skies were overcast and rainy at the airport at the time of Cuba’s third major air accident since 2010, and state television said the 39-year-old jet veered sharply to the right after departing on a domestic flight to the eastern city of Holguin.Eyewitness and private salon owner Rocio Martinez said she heard a strange noise and looked up to see the plane with a turbine on fire.“In flames, here it comes falling toward the ground, and it seems (the pilot) saw it was an area that was too residential and makes a sharp turn,” Martinez said. “To avoid (the houses) … to avoid a tragedy, because there would have been a massacre.”Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said a special commission had been formed to find the cause of the crash. The plane had 104 passengers and six crew members.State airline Cubana, which operated the flight, has had a generally good safety record but is notorious for delays and cancellations and has taken many of its planes out of service because of maintenance problems in recent months, prompting it to hire charter aircraft from other companies.Mexican officials said the Boeing 737-201 was built in 1979 and rented by Cubana from Aerolineas Damojh, a small charter company that also goes by the name Global Air.Aviation authorities in Guyana last year stopped the same aircraft from conducting charter flights because of serious safety concerns, including fears about excessive baggage overloading and other issues.A statement from Mexico’s Transportation Department identified the pilot and co-pilot as Capt. Jorge Luis Nunez Santos and first officer Miguel Angel Arreola Ramirez. It said the flight attendants were Maria Daniela Rios, Abigail Hernandez Garcia and Beatriz Limon. Global Air said maintenance worker Marco Antonio Lopez Perez was also aboard.Outside the company’s Mexico City offices on Friday, former Global Air flight attendant Ana Marlen Covarrubias said she had worked for the company for over seven years and knows nearly all the crew members.“I don’t have the words. I’m very sad. We’re in mourning,” she said in tears. “It was something really, really, really terrible; a tragedy for us.”In addition to the Mexican crew, Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma reported that the passengers were mostly Cubans plus five foreigners from countries it did not identify. Argentina’s Foreign Ministry said two of its citizens had died in the crash.In November 2010 a Global Air flight originating in Mexico City made an emergency landing in Puerto Vallarta because its front landing gear did not deploy. The fire was quickly extinguished, and none of the 104 people aboard were injured. That plane was a 737 first put into service in 1975.Mexican aviation authorities said a team of experts would fly to Cuba on Saturday to take part in the investigation.Los 3 pasajeros que lograron sobrevivir al accidente del avión Boeing 737-200 en La Habana se encuentran en estado crítico, ya hospitalizados. #Cuba #avion https://t.co/8JBy33lXNU pic.twitter.com/MRuGEUcgCz— Periódico Granma (@Granma_Digital) May 18, 2018last_img read more

Player Spotlight on Maddy Newman

first_img The University of Louisville Softball Player Spotlight series features short interviews with each of the Cardinals’ players. Episode seven features sophomore Maddy Newman. Episode 7: Maddy NewmanThe Newman FileNumber: 1Full name: Madelynn NewmanNickname: MaddyClass: SophomorePosition: InfielderBats/Throws: L/RHometown:  Osceola, IN   High School: PennTravel Team: Indiana Magic GoldMajor: Exercise scienceFun Fact: She weighed three pounds when she was born Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img

Exploring myriad styles of printmaking art

first_imgArt is expressed in different ways and formats in different mediums. In a unique group exhibition titled ‘Pure Concept’, contemporary artists will come together and showcase the art of printmaking in the national Capital. The artists who will participate are Akbar Padamsee, Anupam Sud, Arpana Caur, Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh, Haku Shah, Jyoti Bhatt, K. Laxma Goud, KG Subramanyam, KS Radhakrishnan, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Rameshwar Broota, Rini Dhumal, Sakti Burman, Shahid Pervez and Thota Vaikuntam. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Priyank Jain, Director, Dhoomimal.com said, “Printmaking is a complex and highly technical process that needs great patience, skill, dedication and competence making it an altogether specialised study. Prints are made only by artists who have knowledge of the technique, not easily understood by the uninitiated viewer.”There are several varieties of original prints like lithograph, woodcut, engraving, intaglio, etching, serigraph and many more, each with its own characteristics and must be selected with the conceived results in mind. The virtue of etching for instance, is its wide tonal range including velvety dark shades not possible in some of the other techniques. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnupam Sud  found inspiration in both male and female sexuality and identities. Overt takes on social issues are seldom found in Sud’s art, and her figures are often self-absorbed and brooding. However, through symbolism and metaphor Sud engages with socially relevant themes, and moody depictions of interrelations between the sexes are a favorite topic in her work. Sud’s etchings are made with the use of zinc plates, a difficult medium that requires both patience and precision. Jyoti Bhatt  moved from a cubist influence in his early work, to a lighthearted and colorful pop art that often drew its imagery from traditional Indian folk designs. Though Bhatt worked in a variety of mediums, including watercolors and oils, it is his printmaking that ultimately garnered him the most attention. It was partially Bhatt’s enthusiasm for intaglio that caused other artists such as Jeram Patel, Bhupen Khakhar and Gulammohammed Sheikh, to take up the same process. Rini Dhumal’s work is characterised by her very varied choice of materials and colors. She is just at home painting with acrylic paints on glass as she is with creating a black and white linocut. Rameshwar Broota is known for his paintings of male bodies, both muscular and emaciated, testament to the passage of time. Over the years, Broota has perfected his unique technique in which he first applies layers of different coloured paints on the surface and then meticulously scrapes away the upper layers of the painting with a sharp knife, to literally unearth his luminous images.When: Dec 8 to 17Where: Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, Copernicus MargTimings: 11am-7pmlast_img read more

Microsofts Beam streaming service is called Mixer now

first_imgMicrosoft’s Beam streaming service is called Mixer now by Martin Brinkmann on May 25, 2017 in Games – Last Update: May 25, 2017 – No commentsMicrosoft revealed today that the company’s Xbox One and Windows 10 streaming service Beam has been renamed to Mixer.The name change, according to Microsoft, was necessary to grow the service in every major market in the world, and because it symbolizes better what the service is about. That’s “bringing people together” according to Microsoft.It is an odd-explanation for a name change though, considering that it seems highly unlikely that Beam would have held the service back in its world domination plans.This bringing together is a core aspect of Mixer however, and it is not just limited to joining someone’s broadcast to participate in chat. Mixer offers chat, no doubt about that, but it also introduces new interactive options. These depend on what is being streamed though, but it allows the watchers to interact with the streamer and vote for certain actions.One example that Microsoft’s gives on the Mixer welcome blog is the new Crowd Play functionality of some Telltale Games.  Telltale Games produces adventure games that are decision based, which means that you have to make decisions in these games, and that these decisions have consequences later on.The new Crowd Play functionality displays these decisions as vote buttons to watchers, who can then recommend actions to the player.A couple of new features launch today with the Mixer launch. Probably the biggest of the all is called Co-Streaming. This brings up to four streamers together in a single viewer experience. So, instead of just seeing one stream on the screen as a viewer, you get to see up to four.This feature looks similar to how the four player local play mode looked like on consoles such as SNES or newer consoles.While up to four players that play the same game may join streams, it is not a requirement. This means that you can join different streams using Mixer.This is definitely an interesting option. Think of multiplayer streams where all team members would broadcast their screen so that you could see action on all player screens at once, and not by switching between different perspectives, or relying on a commentator to do so.Microsoft published Mixer Create Beta today for iOS and Android as well. The mobile application supports self-broadcasting in this iteration, but will support mobile game streaming in a future update as well.This brings another huge audience to Mixer, and could give the service quite the boost once it becomes available and is released as a stable version.Mixer vs. TwitchMixer is competing with Twitch obviously, as well as with other streaming services such as YouTube Gaming.Mixer’s advantage is that its streaming capabilities are built-in to Windows 10 and Xbox One. If you want to broadcast on Twitch, you need to install software to do so, at least that is how it was last time I checked this out.Twitch has the numbers right now obviously. If you check out the viewers on Mixer right now, you will notice that they are lower than those on Twitch. This is likely going to change at least somewhat in the near future.Now You: What’s your impression of Mixer? SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft’s Beam streaming service is called Mixer nowDescriptionMicrosoft revealed today that the company’s Xbox One and Windows 10 streaming service Beam has been renamed to Mixer.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Update Death toll rises in horror crash in Msinga area

first_imgThe crash involved a minibus that rolled down a hill after the driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle.The exact cause is still being investigated.The scene was attended by Greytown police and other emergency services, and will be investigated by the RTMC crash investigator.The occupants of the minibus were apparently on their way to the rural area of Msinga when the crash took place.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite On this Good Friday, there is more bad news from the horror crash that occurred on the R33 between Greytown and Msinga last night (March 29).The death toll has risen from 13 to 14 people, including the driver. Two people are in a serious condition in Pietermaritzburg and one other seriously injured person is in hospital in Greytown.Read initial story: Breaking News: Multiple fatalities in horror crash in Msinga areaRead also: Update: Scene of fatal crash cleared, but other incidents cause traffic backlogslast_img read more

TRID Could Mean Trouble for GSE CreditRisk Transfers

first_img April 8, 2016 555 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market TRID Could Mean Trouble for GSE Credit-Risk Transfers Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSE Moody’s Investors Service TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule TRID 2016-04-08 Staff Writercenter_img Per the direction of their conservator and regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were instructed not to conduct loan-level residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) reviews for technical compliance with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB’s) TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule (TRID) when conducting their credit-risk transfer transactions.This guidance has the potential to expose future GSE credit-risk transfer transactions to the risk of some incremental losses for lender compliance violations, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service. However, the report cautions that the frequency of violations will be high at first.“The lack of diligence related to TRID compliance will likely cause future credit-risk transfer transactions to incur some incremental losses for lender compliance violations,” said Moody’s SVP, Yehudah Forster. “However, we expect overall losses owing to TRID violations to be fairly small, though the number infractions is likely to be high at first.”Moody’s stated that it expects lender representations and warranties (R&Ws) and the GSEs’ ability to remove defective loans from the transactions will likely mitigate some of these losses. “While the CFPB has indicated that it will be lenient on lenders that make a good faith effort to comply with the rule, such guidance does not protect against borrower claims,” the report stated.TRID went into effect on October 3, 2015 and the rule applies to loans whose borrowers submitted applications on or after this date.As of now, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac only verify that the right forms are included with the loan file, and Moody’s says this will not detect incorrect information, which could violate the rule.”Such violations could cause losses on loans backing GSE CRT transactions if borrowers successfully claim TRID violations as a defense to future foreclosures or if attorneys bring class action lawsuits within the first year after loans close,” Moody’s noted.Moody’s said that a transaction will only realize losses owing to TRID violations if the following conditions occur:The borrower defaulted and the loan went to foreclosure.The borrower successfully asserted a TRID violation as a counterclaim permitted under state law.The loan contained a TRID violation that carries assignee liability (a subset of all potential TRID violations).The TRID violation is one that carries statutory damages (a subset of TRID violations that carry assignee liability) or the borrower is able to prove actual damages (unlikely).Investors are not otherwise made whole through enforcement of R&Ws or removal of the loan from the transaction.According to Moody’s, future private-label RMBS will be less exposed to TRID violations because these issuers are conducting thorough third-party due diligence for the loans that they purchase. “While the due diligence feedback loop is enabling lenders who sell to private-label issuers to cure TRID violations and fix flawed processes, lenders who sell only to the GSEs do not directly benefit from this feedback and may be slower to improve processes,” the report explained.Click here to view the full report. Sharelast_img read more

FILE In this Oct 24 2014 file photo Chaka Kh

first_img FILE – In this Oct. 24, 2014, file photo, Chaka Khan performs at the 13th annual “A Great Night in Harlem” gala concert in New York. Chaka Khan has been named grand marshal of the 2019 Rose Parade, which will feature the theme, “The Melody of Life.” Tournament of Roses President Gerald Freeny announced the selection Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Oct 17, 2018 12:22 pm PDT Last Updated Oct 17, 2018 at 1:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Chaka Khan named 2019 Rose Parade grand marshalcenter_img PASADENA, Calif. – Chaka Khan has been named grand marshal of the 2019 Rose Parade, which will feature the theme, “The Melody of Life.”Tournament of Roses President Gerald Freeny announced the selection Wednesday. He saluted the Grammy Award-winning singer’s efforts as an activist and praised her gourmet dark chocolates.She sells her own line of gourmet chocolates called “Chakalates.”Khan will ride through Pasadena, California, in the 130th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day and participate in the celebration before the 105th Rose Bowl game, which will be a college football playoff semifinal.Khan is known for her array of hits including “I’m Every Woman,” ”Ain’t Nobody” and “Through the Fire.”After the announcement, Khan said she was honoured by her selection as grand marshal.last_img read more