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40,000 skeletons uncovered in UK railway dig

Archaeologists painstakingly clear burial site to make way for high-speed rail link from London to Birmingham A field archaelogist measures a coffin as she works on the excavation of a late 18th to mid 19th century cemetery under St James Gardens near Euston train station in London on November 1, 2018 as part of the HS2 high-speed rail project. London: Tucked beside one of London’s busiest railway stations, a small army of archaeologists dig through clay as they clear a burial site of 40,000 bodies to make way for a new train line. They have already unearthed the first 1,200 skeletons from St James Gardens, a park next to the Euston terminal, which was a cemetery between 1788 and around 1853. It is one of Britain’s largest ever digs, and one of more than 60 archaeological sites that have emerged during the construction of a new high-speed rail link from…

Solari wins first game as Real Madrid boss in Copa del Rey

Goals from Benzema, Asensio, Odriozola and Gonzalez earn 4-0 win over third-tier Melilla Real Madrid’s interim coach Santiago Solari, right. Madrid: Santiago Solari’s reign as interim Real Madrid coach got off to an encouraging start on Wednesday as the European champions made light of third-tier hosts Melilla in the Copa del Rey. Goals from Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Alvaro Odriozola and Cristo Gonzalez earned the 19-time champions a 4-0 win on their first visit to this Spanish enclave on the north African coast. Solari was promoted from boss of Real’s Castilla B team on Monday after the sacking of Julen Lopetegui only 139 days after his appointment. Sunday’s 5-1 Clasico humbling by Barcelona proved the last straw for Real president Florentino Perez, who will nevertheless have been warmed by the team’s display in this last 32 first leg clash. Melilla may not be Barca or Manchester City but there was…

Here Are the 3 Times in Past Century That President’s Party Gained Seats in Midterms

History is not on any president’s side in a midterm election. But there are three occasions since 1934 when a president’s political party actually gained seats in Congress. Since 1862, the president’s party on average loses 32 House seats and more than two Senate seats in a midterm election. And in the 47 midterms since 1826, the president’s party lost seats in 41 of them, according to The Wall Street Journal. Here’s a look at the three notable exceptions. 1. FDR’s Democratic Party in 1934 President Herbert Hoover, a Republican, presided over the Great Depression spurred by the 1929 stock market crash. In 1932, Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated Hoover in a landslide and went on to push his New Deal legislation. Recovery wasn’t happening as quickly as promised. But, coming back from an economic crisis, the country gave FDR another nine House Democrats and another 10 Senate Democrats in…

Fake News Threatens Our Nation

President Donald Trump was right to tweet out: “There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true enemy of the people, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news honestly and fairly. That will do much to put out the flame…” He’s right. I open to the opinion section of The Washington Post and find the following headlines: “Trump has stoked the fears of the Bowerses (the Pittsburgh synagogue murderer) among us.” “Fox News and the rest of the right-wing media can’t escape responsibility.” “Trump’s America is not a safe place for Jews.” All on one opinion page in one day. As I wrote recently, we learned in the confirmation hearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh that Democrats are no longer pretending to care about facts. An outstanding American was almost destroyed…

Media Should Examine Itself Before Blaming Trump for ‘Climate of Hate’

Members of the media and their allies on the left should look in the mirror—or at least take a moment for the country to mourn tragedy—before blaming violence and incivility on President Donald Trump and conservatives in general. They certainly haven’t done that in the last few weeks. First, authorities arrested a seemingly disturbed man in connection to pipe bombs that were mailed to CNN and prominent Democratic politicians. Then, last weekend, a Jewish congregation was attacked by a raving anti-Semite, who killed 11 people and wounded six others before police apprehended him. The media was quick to blame these incidents on the president, saying that he has created a climate of hate and fear that is producing these kinds of incidents. Progressive columnist Paul Krugman wrote in The New York Times: “All of these hate crimes seem clearly linked to the climate of paranoia and racism deliberately fostered by…

Dominant Pakistan sweep Australia

Pakistan beat Australia 3-0 in the series after impressive 33-run victory in third T20 International Pakistan’s cricketers celebrate. Dubai: Pakistan recorded a clean 3-0 sweep over Australia with an impressive 33-run win in the third and final Twenty20 International match of the series at the Dubai International Stadium. Australia’s top-order batting once again crumbled before Pakistan’s tight bowling attack. Pakistan had won the first T20 match of the series by 66 runs in Abu Dhabi and the second match by 11 runs. Australian batsmen had failed repeatedly in this series. Pakistan posted 150 for 5 in 20 overs riding on a fine 93 runs opening partnership through opener Babar Azam’s 50 which came off 40 balls with five boundaries and a six and Sahibzada Farhan’s 39 runs off 38 balls with two boundaries and three sixes. Mohammad Hafeez remained unbeaten on 32 off 20 balls with three boundaries and a…

Ruthless Suarez sticks knife into Lopetegui

Barcelona forward Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as his side thrashed arch-rivals Real Madrid 5-1 on Sunday in a highly entertaining ‘Clasico’, which surely will signal the end of hapless coach Julen Lopetegui’s spell in charge of Real. Barca’s Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring in the 11th minute following a slick team move and Suarez doubled their advantage on the half-hour mark by converting a penalty awarded after consultation with the video assistant referee (VAR). Real had looked lifeless in the first half but produced a courageous display after the break following a tactical switch from Lopetegui. They deservedly pulled a goal back through Marcelo and came close to grabbing an equaliser as Luka Modric struck the post and Sergio Ramos headed narrowly over. Barca reasserted their authority and ran riot in the final 15 minutes with two more goals from Suarez, while a header from substitute Arturo Vidal further…

PayPal Bans Social Network After Pittsburgh Shooter’s Profile Surfaces

Social network service Gab has been banned from using PayPal after the anti-Semitic profile of the man suspected of gunning down multiple people at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning gained attention. However, in a statement to The Verge, PayPal made its reasoning more clear: “The company is diligent in performing reviews and taking account actions. When a site is explicitly allowing the perpetuation of hate, violence or discriminatory intolerance, we take immediate and decisive action.” PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 27: Police rapid response team members respond to the site of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood on October 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. According to reports, at least 12 people were shot, 4 dead and three police officers hurt during the incident. The shooter surrendered to authorities and was taken into custody. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) Gab brands itself as “The Home of…

Dubai to turn into open-air museum

International artists to paint murals on Dubai Metro bridge pillars as Dubai’s beautification project The themes of the Metro bridge pillar murals have been chosen to inspire creativity and spread happiness while also reflecting Dubai’s character, vision and future aspirations. Dubai: International artists will paint murals on pillars of the Dubai Metro bridges as part of a beautification project by Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO) and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). The Dubai Metro Murals Project is an initiative that aims to transform Dubai into an open-air museum celebrating art, creativity and aesthetic excellence, a statement said on Saturday. Under the project, two international artists, Peruvian Daniel Cortez and Dominican-born, Miami-based artist ‘Evoca1’ also known as Elio Mercado, will paint murals on bridge pillars of the Dubai Metro on Shaikh Zayed Road between the Dubai International Financial Centre and Emirates Towers…

No, This Is Not the Most Important Election of Our Lifetimes

If you believe that a midterm election in a time of relative peace and economic prosperity is the most important in history or even the most important in your fortunate lifetime, you either are oblivious to history or don’t have a single nonpartisan synapse firing in your skull. Yet it’s now become standard for partisans to claim that every presidential election is the most important ever. Seeing as many people view the president as an emperor, perhaps they believe it. That’s one thing. But now we have people foisting this insufferable cliche on us for House elections, which happen every two years in every single district. The 2018 election is “the most important election of our lives,” writes a hysterical David Corn at Mother Jones. Prognosticator Charlie Cook explains, “Everybody always says, ‘Oh, the upcoming election’s the most important since Moby-Dick was a guppy.’ This one actually is really important.”…

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