Mona the Siberian cat has the bluest eyes you'll ever see! Stunning! Credit to 'mona_the_siberian'.
Mona the Siberian cat has the bluest eyes you'll ever see! Stunning! Credit to 'mona_the_siberian'.
A rare public protest in Cuba of more than 300 artists, activists and members of the public outside the culture ministry to denounce repression and censorship ended early on Saturday after demonstrators said they agreed with officials to open an unprecedented dialogue. Thirty of the protesters including performance artist Tania Bruguera and film director Fernando Perez met for more than four hours with Deputy Minister Fernando Rojas and said they had agreed to start a series of meetings to resolves differences. Cuba's Communist government had previously dismissed both as mercenaries directed by its arch enemy the United States, as it generally does with dissidents.
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Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller became the first woman to participate in a Power Five conference football game when she kicked off to start the second half against Missouri on Saturday. Fuller kicked off the turf with a holder rather than using a tee, and she sent a low kick to the 35-yard line where it was pounced on by Missouri’s Mason Pack. Fuller didn’t get any opportunities in the first half as the Tigers opened a 21-0 lead over the Commodores.
At least three people have been killed by flooding after heavy rain swept over the east side of the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, Italian authorities and local media said on Saturday. In Bitti, a town in the province of Nuoro, streets were turned into rivers of mud which covered cars and flooded cellars, video footage showed. "The situation in Bitti has been particularly dramatic," regional environment councillor Gianni Lampis told reporters.
For all the piles of research and miles of column inches that have been devoted to it, the controversy over the creative authorship of "Citizen Kane" — a kerfuffle that’s now 50 years old, and one that’s been given new heat by the release of David Fincher’s "Mank" — would seem to revolve around a […]
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Cars were set on fire in Paris on November 28 as thousands took the streets to protest a new law that would restrict sharing photos or video footage of police officers on duty.The controversial elements of the new security legislation would make it a crime to publish photos or video footage of police officers on duty with intent to harm their “physical or psychological integrity.”The nationwide protests on Saturday came after footage showing officers beating a Black man went viral in France. President Emmanuel Macron condemned the footage on Friday and called it an “unacceptable attack.”This footage shows demonstrators gathered around two cars engulfed in flames near Place de la Bastille on Saturday. Credit: Taha Gueffaf via Storyful
A surprise awaits in the church of St Peter and St Paul in the little town of Duszniki near Wroclaw in Poland. A huge sea monster leaps from the wall, scaly with great fins and a knotted tail, its big mouth agape, studded with square molars and sharp foreteeth like a hippo’s. Its saucer eyes stare upward and its red palate is visible in the cave of its open jaw. The preacher will stand in that mouth, as this is a pulpit, in a most exuberant baroque style. It doesn’t stop at the fish, for round its mouth sit, miraculously supported in air, the four Evangelists in robes of gold. Human skulls lie on top of its snout, next to an extraordinary figure, skeleton down one side of the body and flesh down the other, reaching upward. Figures and clouds swirl higher towards a sunburst at the summit where the risen Christ stands triumphant. What is going on here? The delirious pulpit was made in the 1720s in a wildly imaginative convention. The church looks staid enough on the outside, with a pleasing splay-footed shingled spire, but, inside, the high altar near the pulpit is also in explosive baroque. The town is in Lower Silesia, which has suffered a complicated territorial history as part of Poland, Bohemia, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Prussia and Germany. After the Second World War, Russia gobbled up eastern Poland, and Germans were expelled from Lower Silesia, which became part of Poland again. Duszniki is near the border of the Czech Republic. Since the 18th century it has been a spa resort. Chopin came here, aged 16, for the waters. The pulpit was designed by Michael Kössler, born in Bavaria and responsible for flamboyant altarpieces in what is now Poland. Yet, although baroque art took its name from the grotesque (perhaps from the word for an uneven pearl), this pulpit would have been recognisable to Christians of the third century. There is, in the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio, a pair of white marble sculptures 14in high of Jonah and the sea monster. (In the Hebrew original of the book of Jonah it is called a “big fish”.) One shows just Jonah’s legs disappearing into its maw. The other shows him diving out again on the third day. The creature has gills and paws and a curly tail like the pulpit at Duszniki. To the early Christians, as to the people of Duszniki, the tale of Jonah prophesied the Resurrection of Jesus. Jonah was also a suitable patron for a preacher, as he was sent by God to preach to Nineveh. But then the architect of the pulpit took in the main theme of the Gospel, represented by the Evangelists – mankind’s participation in the Resurrection. The skeleton clothed in flesh stands for the resurrection to eternal life, with reference to the valley of dry bones in the book of Ezekiel, where the prophet saw how “the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them.” Connecting Jonah with the Resurrection of Jesus was not arbitrary, for Jesus is quoted in the Gospel according to St Matthew saying: “As Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.” I suppose the people of Duszniki grew used to their parson speaking from the whale’s mouth, but were no doubt moved occasionally to contemplate the whole achievement.
Across the globe, teams paid tribute to Diego Maradona on Saturday with moments of silence before European soccer games and a touching gesture from New Zealand's rugby team. Manchester City and Burnley players and coaches stood and applauded as a video showed Maradona’s famous solo run and goal for Argentina against England in the quarterfinals of the 1986 World Cup. “Football will never forget Diego.”
Sean Astin has revealed the brutal criticism he received from Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson during filming.
Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was killed on Friday, led a life of such secrecy that even his age was under wraps but much about the clandestine nuclear weapons programme he is believed to have run has long been known. The U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it suspected Fakhrizadeh oversaw secret work to fit a warhead on a ballistic missile, test high explosives suitable for a nuclear weapon and process uranium. Iran insists it never had such a programme nor any ambition to make a bomb.
Barack Obama has said "yes, you can" to Drake's ambition of playing the former president in a biopic. In a new interview with Complex's Speedy Morman, Obama gave the rapper his official "stamp of approval" should the opportunity arise. "I will say this, Drake seems to be able to do anything he wants," Obama told […]
VIDEO SHOWS: HIGHLIGHTS FROM MACAU TABLE TENNIS TOURNAMENT SEMI-FINALS AS CHEN XINGTONG, SUN YINGSHA MAKE THE WOMEN'S FINAL AND MA LONG AND WANG CHUQIN MAKE IT THROUGH TO THE MEN'S FINAL WITH WINS IN THEIR SEMIS SENDING WITH SHOTLIST, COMPLETE SCRIPT TO FOLLOW SHOWS: MACAU (NOVEMBER 28, 2020) (IMG - SEE RESTRICTIONS BEFORE USE) (CHEN MENG [BLUE] v CHEN XINGTONG [RED]) 1. MENG SERVING / MENG WINS RALLY 2. XINGTONG SERVING / XINGTONG WINNING RALLY 3. MENG SERVING AT MATCH POINT TO XINGTONG / XINGTONG WINS WITH SMASH 4. PLAYERS TOUCH BATS TO CONGRATULATE EACH OTHER ON MATCH (SUN YINGSHA [BLACK] v WANG MANYU [RED]) 5. MANYU SERVING / MANYU WINNING RALLY 6. REPLAY OF POINT 7. YINGSHA SERVING AT MATCH POINT TO MANYU / YINGSHA WINS POINT AFTER LUCKY HIT OFF NET 8. REPLAY OF POINT 9. YINGSHA SERVING AT MATCH POINT FOR HERSELF / MANYU HITS BALL LONG / YINGSHA WINS 10. PLAYERS TOUCHING BATS (MA LONG [BLACK] v LIN GAOYUAN [RED]) 11. LONG SERVING AT SECOND SET DECIDING POINT / LONG WINNING RALLY TO CLINCH SECOND SET 12. LONG SERVING / LENGTHY RALLY WON BY LONG AFTER GAOYUAN HITS BALL LONG 13. REPLAY OF POINT 14. LONG SERVING AT SET POINT TO GAOYUAN IN THIRD SET / LONG HITTING BALL LONG / GAOYUAN WINNING THIRD SET TO HALVE LONG'S LEAD (WANG CHUQIN [RED] v MATTIAS FALCK [BLUE]) 15. FALCK SERVING / CHUQIN WINNING POINT IN SHORT RALLY 16. CHUQIN SERVING AT MATCH POINT / CHUQIN SERVING ACE TO WIN MATCH 17. PLAYERS TOUCHING BATS
England did just about enough to subdue a spirited but limited Wales with a 24-13 victory in Llanelli on Saturday to secure top spot in Autumn Nations Cup Group A and set up a probable title decider against France at Twickenham next week. A Johnny Williams try gave new-look Wales an early lead but they were second-best for most of a messy, largely forgettable match as Henry Slade and Mako Vunipola crossed for England and, after their powerful bench wrested control, captain Owen Farrell brought them home with four penalties. England topped the group with 13 points from their three wins.
Tensions escalated during protests in Paris on November 28 as thousands took to the streets over a new law that would restrict sharing images of police officers.A controversial provision of the law would make it a crime to publish photos or video footage of police officers on duty with intent to harm their “physical or psychological integrity.” The nationwide protests on Saturday came after footage showing officers beating a Black man went viral. President Emmanuel Macron condemned the footage on Friday and called it an “unacceptable attack.”This footage shows a crowd surrounding a fire burning on a boulevard near Place de la Bastille in Paris. Police fired tear gas to disperse rowdy demonstrators in what was a largely peaceful crowd, Le Monde reported. Credit: @_jollyfoxx via Storyful
Marseille put their humiliating losing run in the Champions League to one side as Florian Thauvin and Dimitri Payet were among the scorers in a 3-1 win over Nantes in Ligue 1 on Saturday.
England booked their place in next week's Autumn Nations Cup final with a 24-13 win away to Wales at Llanelli on Saturday.
Black Friday online sales hit a new record this year as pandemic-wary Americans filled virtual carts instead of real ones. Consumers spent an estimated $9 billion on U.S. retail websites on Black Friday, according to Adobe Analytics, which tracks online shopping. The company expects Monday to be the largest online sales day in U.S. history, with estimated spending of between $10.8 billion and $12.7 billion.
Talks between Britain and the European Union over a trade deal are continuing, British interior minister Priti Patel told UK media on Saturday. "Those talks are going to continue," Patel said. "As a government, we're very clear in our commitment to make sure that those talks continue so we can get to a conclusive end, but at the same time we are preparing in the way in which our country would expect us to prepare for the end of transition."