first_imgThis ‘spice’ was Bloom’s downfall. He’s been constantly accused of misogyny ever since he stated in 2004 that women “don’t clean behind the fridge enough.”Yet he remains adamant he’s not sexist. “I’ve always been a very big supporter of women, the advancement of women in both sport and business, and I also sponsor ladies’ equestrian sport. All of which is very well documented, but none of which is ever touched by the newspapers because it doesn’t touch the pigeon hole… What it might actually give an indication of is that any accusations that I’m a misogynist are clearly ridiculous.”Nevertheless, his views on gender are undeniably provocative. He constantly refers to gender differences “that we don’t fully understand”. He refers to men’s dominance in music. “If you were to sit down with pen and paper, and I’m a keen classical music buff, you would get your first hundred great works of musical genius and you would not in your first hundred names… come to a female name.” While he hasn’t “the faintest idea why”, Bloom maintains that gender is too inexplicable to legislate on.Since leaving UKIP, Bloom has attacked the party. This week, he told The Times that Nigel Farage has “lost touch”. Today he’s similarly critical of UKIP. “I would like to see an admission that drugs policy both in America and in the United Kingdom in the last couple of years has been a dismal failure… it’s something that UKIP are absolutely determined not to talk about.”“Politicians are only interested in what’s going to happen in 2015, electorally. How can it be that the country has 1.3 trillion pounds of debt? … The answer is that it’s the most unbelievable incompetence, and failure to address fundamental economic issues, and I now feel much freer to address those.”Bloom differs from UKIP economically. He’s an advocate of the Austrian School, condemning Oxford University because “you won’t have a single Austrian economist, not one. There’ll be Keynesians, and some Chicago School, both schools of which have palpably failed completely. But your undergraduates are still being taught the most ridiculous nonsense in their economics classes.” His libertarian agenda has been “side-lined” by UKIP in the last eighteen months. Yet Bloom can’t escape his politician’s mind-set. He refers to UKIP as “we”, and is evangelical about its strengths. “The media tends to worry about Conservatives switching to UKIP, but the long and the short of it is that it isn’t like this. I mean, I won a Labour seat up here – most of my activists are Labour, old Labour. So this Conservative Party splinter group thing doesn’t play.”UKIP has won voters who’ve been “abandoned” by Labour and the Tories, “the artisan classes”, who are “pithead winders or joiners, people like that, the real middle England people who are conservative with a small ‘c’, used to vote Old Labour, and have a picture of the Queen in the parlour.”Bloom’s party career is over. He’s described anybody who enters politics as “insane”: “I went into politics for the same reason my father climbed into a spitfire in 1940 – it was to save the country.”For Bloom, there’s too much emphasis on delivery, not enough on policy. “It’s a bit like you getting a message – I send you a message with a very important letter, and you then spend hours agonising over the choice of envelope, and how I addressed it.” Politicians “need a hide like a rhino. I hide most of my stuff from my wife: she’d be horrified.”This disillusionment with politics doesn’t mean Bloom is leaving Parliament. He’s unsure whether he’ll stand again in 2014, now the whip is withdrawn. “People are asking me to. People are saying for God’s sake, let’s send an Independent! Somebody who doesn’t represent any party, will you stand again? The answer is I don’t know.”Although this optimism about re-election seems delusional, Bloom’s populist ramblings have won him thousands of fans. As he says, he’s been elected by those “completely and utterly disengaged” from mainstream politics – maybe Bloom will be gaffing through Brussels well into his seventies. Godfrey Bloom resents the idea that he’s ever offended anyone. As a man who’s been criticised heavily in the press over the last year, he has resisted the urge to cry “offense” harder than most politicians. As he notes,  “I’ve been vilified and misquoted in the media for the last eight years – I found that upsetting, I found that offensive. We need to get to the point where people aren’t held back from saying what they think because of perceived ‘offense’, mock ‘offense’.”Since arriving as a UKIP MEP in 2004, this ‘offense’ has dominated his career. Last month, a decade of gaffes culminated in his expulsion from the party.In June he’d referred to UK aid sent to ‘bongo-bongo land’, and at conference in September he jokingly called a group of women ‘sluts’, before hitting journalist Michael Crick with a party programme. The whip was withdrawn on 21st September.Bloom blames the political climate for his treatment. “We seem to take the most shallow view of politics. I mean, when I raised in my speech in Birmingham, for example, the fact that we’re sending one billion pounds a month in overseas aid with no audit trail, when they are closing A&E wings in hospitals … all people wanted to talk about for the first twenty-four hours was the fact that I’d used the word ‘bongo.’“Who was offended? The answer is nobody was offended. That’s the truth of it, nobody was offended.”The media are also culpable. “The people who write these things, I think you’d agree, tend to live in more metropolitan areas. It’s in London, not even all of London, where everybody around the dinner table agrees and everybody in the Westminster-bubble agrees with what they’re saying, even if it’s out of touch with the rest of the country.” The media are unrepresentative, he notes, “I’ve never had a bad piece written about me by somebody who had taken the trouble to get the train up here.”But Bloom has also chosen his notoriety – he’s aware of the political value of generating controversy. He describes the need for ‘spice’ in articles and speeches. “People need to be outraged, even if it’s fake most of the time; they need to be outraged, or amused, or laugh. Otherwise I wouldn’t sell an article… My articles need a bit of spice, otherwise nobody would read them.”last_img read more


first_imgDead & Company guitarist John Mayer has been honored by Billboard with the “Legend of Live Award” at their Live Music Summit and Awards—formerly known as the “Billboard Touring Conference and Awards.” The ceremony took place at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California on Tuesday and Wednesday. The “Legend of Live” award is the Summit’s highest honor.Earlier today, Mayer took to his Instagram to share his thoughts on receiving the award, as well as the trophy’s awkwardly geometrical, non-photogenic shape.“Thank you Billboard for the honor of receiving the Legend of Live award,” he humbly shared in the post. “I’m posting this here to share it with all of you who have given me this incredible life as a touring musician. Sorry I’m a day late, but this award was nearly impossible to take a good photograph of. It has like 72 sides and took me over 950 photos to get right. (I ended up going with the first one I took.)”John also went on to hint that he has “more shows coming soon,” although he didn’t specify whether or not they would be under his solo banner or with his Dead & Company comrades for another summer. The popular Grateful Dead spinoff act will be heading back down to Riviera Maya, Mexico for their Playing in the Sand destination event come January, but that’s their only scheduled event as of right now.John Mayer was quite busy throughout much of last year where he returned to focusing on his solo career with a very successful Search for Everything World Tour that earned a reported $50 Million at venue box offices. Add that to what’s become his annual summer tradition of jamming around the country with his Dead & Co bandmates since 2015, and you’ve certainly got one of the hardest-working performers in the business—certainly a deserving recipient of such an award from Billboard.Mayer and his equally famous comic friend, Dave Chappelle, also announced on Wednesday that they’ll be throwing another end-of-the-year party for fans in Las Vegas with their “Controlled Danger” music and comedy show scheduled for December 30th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. [H/T Music Connection]last_img read more


first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Harvard University researchers who have been studying a North Carolina school system to learn what makes teachers effective are reporting their findings.The Charlotte Observer reports that the Harvard researchers unveil on Tuesday what they’ve found out about Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers…Read more herelast_img


first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Prag News and Pratidin Group registered big win in the TG Barua Inter Media Cricket championship held at the Judges ground here today. Pratidin Group in the first match of the day defeated GL Publications by 8 wickets. Abhinash Thakuria (3-11), Tonmoy Dey (3-12) and Jagjit Singh (38no), all from the winning side, came out with good performance in the match. Meanwhile in the second game Prag News thrashed NE News by 173 runs. Mriganka Sarma (105 no) and Nikhil Basfore (77), Bonojit Kalita (3-2) from Prag News made brilliant performance in the match.Also Read: Assam take 2nd innings lead in Cricket tournament against Tamil Nadu Also Watch: Minister Pijush Hazarika rebuts claims of paid crowd at BJP peace rally in Jagi Roadlast_img read more


first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Sanju Samson registered his second IPL hundred. Sunrisers Hyderabad wins their first encounter of the season. Kane Williamson missed his first game of the tournament.  Rahane also played a sensational innings, registering his 27th IPL fifty. However, Rahane’s knock was ended by a great effort by Manish Pandey to fall for 70. Post this, Samson along with Stokes went berserk and hammered Hyderabad bowlers’ all-around the ground. Stokes scored 16 off 9 deliveries, eventually helping the side to put mammoth 198 runs on the board.In the chase, Sunrisers Hyderabad did what not many thought they wouldn’t be able to. Both David Warner and Jonny Bairstow hit some quick runs to start the proceedings, putting Rajasthan Royals on the back foot early in the chase innings. The 110-run opening partnership in just 9.4 overs made Rajasthan Royals’ total ‘not so competitive’.Ben Stokes provided the much-needed breakthrough, sending David Warner back to the pavilion. His counterpart, Jonny Bairstow followed Warner in just the next over which gave Rajasthan Royals some hope.However, the second wicket triggered a collapse as the Sunrisers lost three more wickets in six deliveries with the victory in sight. While Jaydev Unadkat snaffled Kane Williamson, Gopal sent back Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar. However, it was the duo of Yusuf Pathan and Rashid Khan who kept their cool and finished the chase in the penultimate over to get Sunrisers Hyderabad off the mark in IPL 2019. New Delhi: Sanju Samson’s 102, his second in the Indian Premier League had helped the Rajasthan Royals notch up 198/2. However, David Warner had some other plans and he laid the platform with a blazing 69 off 37 balls. He was well backed-up by Jonny Bairstow and Vijay Shankar and the equation boiled down to the penultimate over when Rashid Khan’s six off Jofra Archer helped Sunrisers Hyderabad not only register a five-wicket win at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on Friday, but it was their highest successful chase in the history of the IPL. It was a superb display of batsmanship on display from Sanju Samson, David Warner and it ended with a special helicopter shot from Rashid Khan as the chase got a bit cheeky.Ajinkya Rahane chose to bat on wicket where high scores were not too regular. But Rajasthan Royals put up a mammoth total on the board. The side lost the wicket of Jos Buttler early in the innings and it took a special partnership from Samson and Rahane to steady the ship. Samson and Rahane joined strung a wonderful partnership of 119 runs together as Samson played the aggressor. With ten fours and four sixes in his innings, the 24-year-old amassed 102 runs in just 55 balls. highlightslast_img read more


first_imgAn analysis by the Clippers states the project will bring only 32 new annual events to the market, while 46 other events, which would have been staged elsewhere, will instead be “market-shifted” to Inglewood and thus would not count as a net increase in greenhouse gases in the region.Meany has accused the environmental groups of operating under MSG’s guidance. The application’s analysis was verified by multiple experts, he said.The project is greenhouse gas net neutral, he says, and the development team is committed to fixing any issues, even if they are discovered after construction is finished.“We are trying to be environmental stewards,” Meany said. “We think we have a project that is the most environmentally sensitive of any project that has been brought forward.” Developer frustratedIn an interview Tuesday, developer Chris Meany of Wilson Meany expressed frustration with the hold-ups, but said he is confident CARB will certify the arena application eventually.Meany declined to speak about the specific issues stalling the approval process. He said the state agency is focused on climate change and alleges it is holding this project to a higher standard than others.“CARB thinks this is an opportunity to get extra mitigations to help with an issue that we all should be concerned about,” Meany said. “At every step of the process, we’ve been asked to do more than any other project, and you know what, we’re doing more.”The only difference, he said, is that other projects didn’t have a billion-dollar company fighting them.“Our opposition has done a lot to throw sand in the gears,” he said.Forum owners thank NewsomIn a statement, a representative of the Forum thanked Newsom for supporting the Air Resources Board and for his call that the Clippers comply with AB 987 “both in letter and in spirit.”“It is time for the Clippers to live up to the environmental promises they made to the local community, environmental groups, the Legislature and others,” the representative wrote. “The bottom line is that jamming three large-scale venues within a mile of each other would ruin the experience for all event attendees and overwhelm Inglewood through crippling traffic and completely insufficient parking, increasing pollution and decreasing the quality of life for the surrounding communities.”MSG launched a public campaign against the project last week and has multiple lawsuits pending.The $1 billion arena is expected to be built near the intersections of Prairie Avenue and Century Boulevard, just across the street from the Hollywood Park Casino and the new NFL stadium for the Rams and Chargers, which opens in 2020. The Forum, which would compete with the arena for concerts and other events, is less than a mile away at Prairie and Manchester Boulevard.Proponents of the project have argued that the area has dealt with higher traffic volumes in the past when the Hollywood Park Racetrack and the Forum, then home to the Los Angeles Lakers and Kings, were operating simultaneously. They say the development will be a much-needed economic boon for Inglewood. The city and the Clippers are negotiating a $100 million benefits package that would include $75 million for affordable housing.Opponents cite environmental harmThe Natural Resources Defense Council, Climate Resolve and four state legislators have come out against the project. They say it will harm the region and have called out its application for approval under AB 987, alleging it is not net neutral because the analysis in the application assumes Staples Center and other venues won’t replace events they would lose to the new arena.“Inglewood residents should not be burdened with the weight of hundreds of thousands of metric tons of greenhouse gases and associated toxic air contaminants,” wrote Jonathan Parfrey, executive director of Climate Resolve, in an opposition letter.Related Articles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell credits his grandmother for his love of basketball Clippers vs. Mavericks: 3 trends to watch in their NBA playoff series Clippers see room to improve vs. Mavericks in Game 2 Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener center_img Clippers mindful of Mavericks’ role players thriving in the bubble “I support holding project sponsors to California’s high standards for environmental benefit and mitigation, and I hope you collectively can find a path forward,” Newsom wrote.Assemby Bill 987, passed in 2017 and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018, was designed to speed up the process for the Clippers and protect the development from drawn-out litigation. If CARB doesn’t approve the project, it is likely to get locked down for years because of lawsuits brought by its opposition, the Madison Square Garden Co., owners of The Forum concert venue.The Clippers want to start construction in 2021 and have the arena game-ready three years later, when their lease at Staples Center expires.Earlier this month, two state legislators who support the project accused CARB of racism and said the delays have put the arena at risk.A spokesman for CARB declined to comment and deferred questions to the governor’s office. Newsom’s media representatives did not respond to requests for comment. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Efforts to fast-track a new arena for the Los Angeles Clippers in Inglewood have ground to a halt because the California Air Resources Board does not believe the project meets the necessary environmental standards, according to a letter sent to both sides Tuesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.The letter, which describes the project as an important economic benefit for the community, urges the Clippers and CARB to continue working toward a resolution.Newsom was disappointed to learn that the two sides had reached an impasse over “key questions related to environmental mitigations” for the proposed arena, according to the letter.However, the governor signaled that he would not intervene in the decision-making process by CARB, an independent body tasked with determining whether the Clippers can adequately prevent a net increase in greenhouse gases and other emissions. State law requires at least half of the reductions come from local measures, such as expanding public transit.last_img read more