Video: NC State Football Released The Worst Rendition Of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” In History

first_imgA solo shot of Taylor Swift.BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 06: Taylor Swift attends the InStyle And Warner Bros. Golden Globes After Party 2019 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)Pop superstar Taylor Swift is going to be in Raleigh Tuesday night for the next stop on her 1989 World Tour. Apparently, NC State’s football team would appreciate if she stopped by to say hello while she’s in town. Unfortunately, that means that they produced the world’s worst “Shake It Off” parody video (and that’s saying something).There isn’t much else we can say to prepare you for this, so, here:Hey @TaylorSwift13 we did THIS to get you to come see us when you’re in town tomorrow!— NC State Football (@PackFootball) June 8, 2015We somehow doubt that it’s going to persuade her to join them in their weight room.last_img read more

Egypts Brotherhood a dramatic rise and fall

first_imgCAIRO – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood faces its toughest trial in decades after being declared a “terrorist” group following a spectacular fall from power, with its leaders imprisoned or on the run.The 85-year-old Islamist movement, which was the most well-organised opposition group during decades of dictatorship despite being banned, stepped out of the shadows after the 2011 uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year-rule.It won a string of polls culminating in last year’s presidential election, when its candidate Mohamed Morsi became Egypt’s first freely elected leader. Morsi’s rule saw the movement grow increasingly unpopular, however, as critics charged him with mismanaging the economy and betraying the democratic hopes of the 2011 “revolution” by allegedly consolidating power in the hands of the Brotherhood.On July 3, the military toppled and detained Morsi following mass protests demanding his resignation.Since then police, who have always viewed the Islamists as a threat, have been settling scores in a crackdown that has killed more than 1,000 people, mostly Islamists, and imprisoned thousands, including Morsi and the Brotherhood’s top leadership.The military-installed government signalled a widening of the crackdown Wednesday when it declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organisation and blamed it for a suicide bombing at a police compound already claimed by a Sinai-based jihadist group.The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 by schoolteacher Hassan al-Banna as a grass-roots movement opposed to colonialism and Zionism and committed to bringing an increasingly secular Egypt back to Islam.In the group’s earlier days it was more radical, and in the 1940s was implicated in a string of assassinations, including the 1948 killing of Prime Minister Mahmud Fahmi al-Noqrashi following a crackdown on the group.Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser brutally repressed the Brotherhood in the 1950s and 1960s, leading to the emergence of more radical Islamist groups now seen as precursors to Al-Qaeda.But the Brotherhood itself officially renounced violence decades ago and embraced social outreach and grass-roots political activism, eventually taking part in the deeply flawed elections held under Mubarak despite being officially banned since the 1950s.The Brotherhood amassed a following of hundreds of thousands, including non-Islamists who came to rely on its social programmes as public services worsened under an increasingly corrupt and unpopular state.The Brotherhood’s embrace of electoral politics distanced the group from Al-Qaeda and other radical Islamists, who view the ballot as un-Islamic, but the Brotherhood’s leaders may rethink their approach following the abrupt termination of Morsi’s presidency.Its leaders and cadres are no strangers to prison, having been persecuted under three presidents, but the latest crackdown is already the worst in a half-century, and looks set to widen further.last_img read more

China Is Splurging On BigName Soccer Talent

In the past few weeks, the Chinese Football Association Super League — the country’s premier professional soccer league — has been on a shopping spree. By the close of the January transfer window, the Chinese Super League had outspent England’s Premier League in the transfer market; the CSL made five of the six largest transfer signings in the 2015-16 window.The biggest splash came when the Jiangsu Suning shelled out $55 million to acquire Alex Teixeira, a star Brazilian midfielder playing in Ukraine, who was hotly pursued by Liverpool. Teixeira’s signing gives the CSL the 70th most valuable player in the world.By attracting big-name talent, CSL clubs are signaling the rise of Chinese soccer power — at least financially. (The value of the signings to club owners likely has as much to do with marketability of the players for product endorsement purposes as it does with improving the team.) This power has grown in lockstep with the league’s attendance and revenue. Since the league was founded in 2004, total CSL attendance has surged from 1.4 million to more than 5 million in 2015; per-game attendance has more than doubled as the league has grown from 12 to 16 teams.As Chinese soccer has grown domestically, the league has begun to throw around its financial weight in the international transfer market, thus boosting the total market value of CSL players. The league’s total value, according to Transfermarkt estimates of its players’ transfer market values (as opposed to aggregate transfer buys) has risen to about $380 million. Teixeira’s transfer fee alone accounts for 15 percent of that. That’s humongous. Gareth Bale’s record-breaking (unless you ask Ronaldo) transfer fee to Real Madrid in 2013 came in north of $100 million, yet represented a mere 3 percent of the more than $3.4 billion estimated market value of La Liga’s players in 2013.Although the CSL is making international news with a few big-ticket signings, as a whole, the league is still small. The league’s total estimated market value is still half as big as even Portugal’s national league, and it pales in comparison to England’s Premier League, which is valued at $4.7 billion. In fact, the total market value of all 16 CSL teams is still less than that of just Liverpool. Thus, a transfer fee comparable to the one between the CSL and Teixeira would be about $700 million (!).(As CSL teams make it rain, it’s worth noting that this cash isn’t being evenly distributed. Foreign players make far more than Chinese players. CSL teams must abide by a strict cap of no more than four overseas players, plus one from another country in the Asian Football Confederation. And according to 2012 data, these foreign players pulled in earnings more than five times larger than those of their Chinese teammates. The disparity has probably only grown as the CSL hunts for pricier international stars.)In some ways, the CSL has taken Major League Soccer’s model and supercharged it. MLS has tried — with debatable success — to gin up fan interest by splurging on a few big-name, often well-aged, international players. David Beckham joining the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007 on a (comically inaccurate) “$250 million” deal comes to mind. By the 2008 season, the entire MLS had an estimated market value of about $157 million; with more than $10 million of that being Beckham. Today, that number has crept up to $314 million — exponential growth, but well behind the pace being set in China. So the CSL is following the MLS script, to a degree, only with players in their primes instead of broken-down warhorses like Frank Lampard.Some macroeconomic context helps, too. Although there are signs that China’s economy is slowing, and its stock market has been a disaster over the past year, the appetite of Chinese sports fans doesn’t seem to be lagging. The slowdown within the Chinese economy seems to be focused on real estate, state-owned enterprises and the stock market. Although growing indebtedness is an issue, Chinese consumers are better positioned than other parts of the Chinese economy. So expect demand for — and spending from — Chinese Super League teams to keep growing. China has a very long way to go before it’s a top player in international club soccer, but if consumer interest grows at the pace it’s set, the CSL might just continue to draw stars anyway.CORRECTION (Feb. 19, 2 p.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly described the basis for determining the monetary valuation of players in soccer teams and leagues. That valuation is measured by a Transfermarkt calculation of overall player market values, not just salaries. Transfermarkt makes the calculation based on the estimated value of the player in the transfer market. References in the article to how much teams and leagues have spent on salaries have been changed to the market values of their players. read more

Martin and Snyder reach championship but Ohio State wrestling drops to 5th

OSU coach Tom Ryan congratulates freshman Myles Martin on a quarterfinals win at the NCAA championships at Madison Square Garden.Credit: Courtesy of Ben Solomon | OSU AthleticsNEW YORK CITY — The repeat title hopes for Ohio State wrestling have all but faded away after a rough second day at the NCAA tournament.After the first session of the day advanced four wrestlers to the semifinals, the Buckeyes sustained brutal loses in the 125-, 141- and 165-pound weight classes. The ability for OSU to close out matches and secure early wins like last season was nowhere to be found.Things weren’t all bad for the Scarlet and Gray, though, as two Buckeyes, freshman Myles Martin and sophomore Kyle Snyder, earned their way into the championship round.Session IIIThe Buckeyes entered Day 2 hot on the heels of Penn State and deadlocked with Oklahoma State. Midway through the second day, the story was the same for the Scarlet and Gray.OSU finished the morning session with second place all to itself. Penn State, however, stretched out its lead to 14.5 points.Both redshirt freshman Micah Jordan and redshirt senior Johnni DiJulius lost matches in the morning session. DiJulius was eliminated from the competition, while Jordan moved to the consolation bracket to fight for third place.However, four wrestlers advanced in the tournament, moving on to the semifinal round. All but one of this group reached the same round last year.Redshirt sophomore Nate Tomasello won by decision, and both redshirt sophomore Bo Jordan and Snyder earned major decision wins in the quarterfinals.As for the fourth Buckeye to earn a spot in the semifinals, the true freshman Martin, a defensive strategy paid dividends to advance the Penns Grove, New Jersey, product into the next round.Martin rode out the entire second period and picked up an escape in the third for the win. He appeared extremely confident following the match’s conclusion and not at all concerned with the pressure despite the big stage.“I wrestle guys in the room every day that are world champions, All-Americans, national champions,” Martin said. “That helps my confidence a lot when I’m competing with these guys.”Session IVMadison Square Garden erupted at the start of the semifinals, then looked on in awe as Thomas Gilman of Iowa upset Tomasello in overtime. This was the first loss for Tomasello in over 40 matches of his college career.Tomasello was driven to the mat and pinned in overtime, silencing the OSU faithful in attendance to a gasp. Last year’s national champion at 125 pounds was visibly distraught after the defeat.Things would not get better for the Buckeyes at 141 pounds. Micah Jordan lost a 6-2 decision against Randy Cruz of Lehigh. This was the second time in two matches he was the victim of an upset.Trying to get things back on track, Bo Jordan faced an opponent he had yet to beat in three attempts: his cousin, Wisconsin’s Isaac Jordan.Once again, Isaac Jordan got the better of his relative, as he took a 5-4 decision.Finally, after the Buckeyes lost their first three matches of the session, Martin turned things around. The freshman fought hard to gain an 8-2 decision, earning the right to go on to face Bo Nickal of Penn State in the finals.In the final bout of the evening, Snyder remained perfect on the year by beating Ty Walz of Virginia Tech to join Martin in Saturday’s championship round.While proud of the two wrestlers who will represent the Scarlet and Gray in the finals, OSU coach Tom Ryan seemed drained and disheartened after such an overall poor showing in the fourth session.“It’s a tough night, a real tough night,” Ryan said, his raspy voice caused by shouting out instructions seemingly reflecting the overall mood of the team.Ryan did offer praise to both wrestlers moving on to the final stage, especially Martin.“We knew early on with Myles that we had something really special,” Ryan said. “He showed that this weekend.”OSU has now dropped to fifth overall and will be looking to salvage whatever it can Saturday.The morning session is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., with the evening session slated for 8 p.m. after the parade of All-Americans. read more

Trippier praises support for England

first_imgEngland full-back Kieran Trippier has hailed the support the English international team are receiving from their supporters at the World Cup.Gareth Southgate’s men have accomplished something quite unexpected – they reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1990, where they will be facing Croatia. If they were to win, they would be heading to the finals for the first time since 1966.Support for the team has been crazy, as ‘It’s coming home’ has become one of the trending hashtags the English have been using in the past few days.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It feels amazing. Growing up and watching England, to be a part of it with the lads…it is an amazing achievement form everyone here and we can’t wait to get going against Croatia,” Trippier said, according to SportsMole.“It gives you goosebumps just to see how happy they are with how we are doing. We just want to keep on improving, stick together as a team and give more moments like that, they are special moments.”last_img read more

Alderweireld hails Kane

first_imgToby Alderweireld has hailed Tottenham Hotspur teammate Harry Kane, according to Sports Mole.Alderweireld has praised Harry Kane as one of the very best strikers in the game after Belgium’s 2-0 victory over England in the third-place playoff of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Belgium secured third place courtesy of goals from Thomas Meunièr and Eden Hazard leaving England as the fourth best team in the tournament.Kane is on course to win the Golden Boot award with six goals and Alderweireld has backed the England captain to keep improving as a footballer.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I think he’s one of the best in the world, he doesn’t just score goals, he helps his team play better,” Alderweireld said about Kane.“He has the desire to get better and he’s still very young. He was positive against us today, the only thing he didn’t do was score.”Harry Kane has signed a new deal at Spurs after scoring 41goals in all competitions last season for his boyhood club.last_img read more

BAHAMAS CTU Looks to Benefits of Single Caribbean Cyber Platform

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 28, 2017 – Nassau – Some 40 key policymakers from member states of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and 100 professionals and executives will assemble at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island to participate in workshops, conferences and seminars all week until this Friday, December 1.Yesterday, November 28, marked the beginning of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Week, facilitated by the Bahamas Government and the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA).    The opening press conference was held yesterday afternoon at Atlantis, Paradise Island and featured Chief Executive Officer of URCA, Stephen Bereaux; Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, Bernadette Lewis; and Chairman of the CTU, Philip Dalsou.Stephen Bereaux briefed the press on the main objective of the conference, which is to address Internet imperatives.    He spoke of the rise and dominance of the Internet and stressed the importance of the pending united platform that the CTU has plans to bring into action.   Mr. Bereaux believes that the benefits of a single Caribbean cyber platform will “improve social and economic development and understanding of internet intelligence in the Caribbean, while focusing on cyber security and development”.   He also commented that “As small island states, we must make sure that small economies do not fail due to lack of economies of scale and scope.”Secretary General of the CTU, Bernadette Lewis remarked, “Legislation needs to be reformed.   It is centuries old, inefficient and time consuming.”   She envisions more cost effective and transparent operations for the Caribbean.    She said, “a single Caribbean ICT space needs to be embraced to improve and transform governments.”Chairman of the CTU, Philip Dalsou said, “ICT is the most dynamic sector and we must embrace it because it has transformed economies and behaviors at more rapid speeds than before.”   He talked about how ICT also impacts things such as education, the health sector, and disaster management.   With disaster frequency and magnitude increasing, Mr. Dalsou urged that we embrace the changes that modern technology has created and use them to unite the Caribbean and improve disaster response with rapid communication.ICT Week is expected to significantly increase the awareness of Internet imperatives to bring forth further action and endless possibilities for the Caribbean Community and other Caribbean countries outside of CARICOM.By: Sydnei L. Isaacs (BIS)Photo caption:The opening press conference for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Week at Atlantis, Paradise Island, November 27, 2017:  Pictured from left — Chief Executive Officer of URCA, Stephen Bereaux; Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), Bernadette Lewis; and Chairman of the CTU, Philip Dalsou.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Pochettinos heartbreaking account of Dani Jarques death

first_imgArgentine manager Mauricio Pochettino, describes the moments of Dani Jarque’s death when he was still the Espanyol manager.It’s been nine years since the world of football lost Espanyol skipper Dani Jarque, that name sounds familiar because it’s the same name Andres Iniesta wore on his shirt when he scored Spain’s winning World Cup goal and this same man was coached by manager Mauricio Pochettino.The Tottenham Hotspur’s manager released an autobiography called ‘A New World’ with the help of Catalan journalist Guillem Balague, there is a shocking excerpt of this book in which Pochettino recalled the horror he lived on the day that Dani Jarque passed away due to a heart attack at the early age of 26.The tragedy occurred when Espanyol was doing the summer preseason in Florence, Diario AS reported the account today.“After eating I told the players that they could take a nap for a short while and then walk around the streets of Florence for a bit.”“Dani walked by my side and addressed the doctor who was right in front of me: ‘Doctor, can I get an aspirin or paracetamol? I have a slight headache.’ I immediately jumped and told him: ‘You should walk around Florence, have a cup of coffee and the headache will pass.’”“But he said no, he said he wanted to rest because he was tired. Those were the last words I heard from him.”“While I was in the Florence square with my assistant Feliciano di Blasi, our best player Ivan de la Peña, called me. He was crying, he asked me to go back to the hotel because something was wrong with Jarque.”“When we got there, the medics were in the hotel room trying to bring him back to life with CPR. They tried for three hours but he never woke up, it was a coronary at 26.””Fueron las últimas palabras que escuché de él”: Pochettino recuerda con emoción la muerte de Dani Jarque > trippier, Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham HotspursTrippier and Pochettino try to clear up a war of words George Patchias – September 13, 2019 The apparent war of words between Kieran Trippier and Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be nothing more than a misunderstanding.Trippier was sold by Tottenham…— Partido a partido (@partidoapartido) October 23, 2018“What happened was very hard for all of us, it’s was a collective dramatic moment. The doctors were trying to do their job and the players were around them, crying on the floor, everybody in shock…”“You feel impotent because a boy you love is leaving you, a person who is part of your life, I had just given him the skipper’s armband, he reminded me so much of a younger me… and I couldn’t do anything. He was gone.”“The frustration is huge. The silence on the plane back from Florence on the same day was deeply hurtful, it was deafening. But we had to carry on, we had to protect the group, we had to keep it together.”“We needed to find a way to direct all that energy into a state of recovery, a state of confidence. The grief needed to be an engine. Every single glance, every word, every gesture, they all gained a whole new meaning to all of us,” wrote Pochettino at the end of page 91 of his autobiography.Pochettino y el drama de la muerte de Dani Jarque cuando entrenaba al Espanyol.— Diego Latorre (@dflatorre) October 23, 2018last_img read more

Toyota offers limited Supra camo wrapping paper for charity in the UK

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice 42 Photos 0 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags Post a comment Car Culture Sports Carscenter_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Toyota Supra prototype looking trippy in camouflage Car camouflage is usually just a bunch of odd swirly patterns in black and white, but Toyota decided to buck the trend when it (kind of) showed off its forthcoming Supra sports car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.  The Supra’s geometric, multicolored pattern was pretty popular with folks on the internet, and now, according to a report published on Saturday by Motor 1, you can buy it in wrapping paper form so you can tease your loved ones with promises of presents for years to come, just like Toyota!Seriously though, it’s cool wrapping paper. It’s super-limited edition, and it’s being sold for a good cause. The gift wrap is being sold in the UK to benefit the Crisis at Christmas charity which helps to support the homeless. There will be just 500 sheets made of the paper and rolls of four sheets of it are being sold for the equivalent of $6.29 through the Crowdfunder website.So, if you’re so inclined, you should buy a roll for a good cause and then don’t let your friends and family open their Christmas gifts until the Detroit Auto Show, just like the real Supra. They’ll love it, we promise. More From Roadshow Toyota Toyotalast_img read more

Local Immigration Activists Criticize Trumps Tweet On Not Wanting A Deal On

first_img Share Craig Hartley for Houston Public MediaCésar Espinosa (second from the left), executive director of the Houston-based group Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle, is one of the activists that has criticized President Trump’s latest comment on the DACA program.Local pro-immigration activists criticized President Donald Trump Monday, April 2, 2018, because of a tweet he sent out over the weekend saying there will not be a deal on the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.Back in September, the President announced the termination of DACA and said Congress had until March 5, 2018, to come up with a solution for the situation of the hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries of the Obama-era program. So far, Congress hasn’t made a formal proposal to the Trump Administration.In a tweet sent on Sunday, April 1, 2018, Trump complained about the agents of the U.S. Border Patrol not being allowed to properly do their job because of “ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws” and also referred to “Caravans” of immigrants coming to the United States. At the end of the tweet, the President wrote: “NO MORE DACA DEAL!”Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. “Caravans” coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2018In another tweet, Trump blamed the Democratic Party for DACA being “dead” writing that the Democrats “didn’t care or act.”DACA is dead because the Democrats didn’t care or act, and now everyone wants to get onto the DACA bandwagon… No longer works. Must build Wall and secure our borders with proper Border legislation. Democrats want No Borders, hence drugs and crime!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 2, 2018César Espinosa, executive director of the Houston-based group Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle (known as FIEL by its acronym in Spanish) commented the President hasn’t shown “leadership” because “he hasn’t brought Democrats and Republicans together to really come up with a real, tangible deal.”Although some members of Congress came up with tentative proposals to provide a solution for the situation of DACA recipients, the White House didn’t back any of them and currently the future of the program is in the courts with the latest development being that a federal judge is allowing a lawsuit against the termination of DACA to proceed in the judicial system.Julieta Garibay, director of United We Dream, in Texas was also critical of the President’s latest comment on DACA. For Garibay, saying there will be no deal is “disingenuous” because Trump “never came to the table” to actually negotiate a solution.Mario Carrillo, state director for America’s Voice in Texas, also categorized the President’s tweet as “disingenuous” because his Administration didn’t actually get behind any of the proposals for providing relief to the program’s recipients.At the same time, Carrillo said he doesn’t think the statements Trump has made publicly and on social media about DACA are reliable because “he’s changed his position on DACA too many times at this point.”In that regard, Carrillo noted that, in the past, the President has said that his Administration intends to deal with DACA recipients with “heart.” Specifically, Trump made that comment during a press conference held in February 2017.last_img read more