Moscow summons French ambassador over ‘anti-Russian’ Euro 2016

first_imgSoccer rivalry and fan violence spilled into global politics as Moscow summoned the French ambassador over detentions of Russians at Euro 2016 and warned an “anti-Russian” mood could even damage relations between Russia and France.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused other countries’ football fans of “absolutely provocative actions” at the tournament, such as trampling on the Russian flag.Police used pepper spray and tear gas to disperse English soccer fans on Wednesday near the train station in the northern city of Lille, a police source said.They intervened after fans starting running in all directions following a detonation of unknown origin, the source told Reuters. Earlier, police pushed away a group of English fans when they became “threatening”.Authorities had flooded the city with police ahead of the next matches for Russia and England in the soccer tournament.Four Russian fans were arrested in Lille and were to be deported after being detained before Wednesday’s game between Russia and Slovakia, which the Russians lost 2-1.”Two of the Russians were arrested yesterday evening during a fight in Lille and two after being found drunk in a car with weapons,” a spokesperson at the Lille prefecture said. The weapons were wooden sticks, a police source said.”Today, the measure is very simple: flood the public space with police so that there is no room for any form of hooliganism,” Sports Minister Patrick Kanner said.In Moscow, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said it had summoned French ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert on Wednesday.The French envoy was notified about “discrimination” towards Russian citizens, it said, adding that “further fanning of anti-Russian sentiments” could damage relations between France and Russia.advertisement”RUINING THE PARTY”The French embassy in Moscow said on its website the ambassador replied that arrests had been carried out “absolutely according to the law, in full transparency vis-a-vis the Russian authorities”.”Fans from a number of countries took part in unacceptable violence in Marseille,” the ambassador said during the meeting.”The French government remained determined, together with UEFA, to stop troublemakers from ruining the party that is the Euro.”Both Russia and England have been threatened with expulsion from the competition after hundreds of fans clashed for three days in Marseille on the weekend, drawing volleys of tear gas from riot police.”We cannot close our eyes to the absolutely provocative actions by supporters from other countries,” Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov told parliament.”You have probably seen the outrageous images on TV when the Russian flag is getting stamped on and when insults are being screamed about the Russian leadership and about leading Russian sports people.”President Vladimir Putin and security officials have discussed what lessons Russia can learn from the Euro 2016 for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the RIA news agency quoted the Kremlin as saying.France is desperate to avoid a repeat of the violence that marred the England-Russia match in Marseille on Saturday. Dozens of Russian and English fans were arrested.JOY IN ICELANDRussian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said he did “not have any certainty that disorder involving Russian fans will not be repeated,” and blamed England fans for provoking the trouble.Mutko called UEFA’s decision to fine his side and give it an official warning over violence inside the stadium in Marseille “excessive”.The tension has now moved north to Lille. Although Russia and England will not meet again in the group stage, they were to play their next matches just a few miles apart. England and Wales clash in nearby Lens on Thursday.Unlike in Marseille, where fans were able to drink for hours on end, they struggled to do so in Lille due to a blanket liquor ban imposed until Friday, closing bars and cafes and stopping shops and petrol stations selling alcohol.”It’s a party, and our job is to make a good party. But if you have violence, we are ready to fight against this violence,” local police chief Olivier Dimpre told Reuters outside Flandres train station, where about a dozen riot police vans were parked.In Reykjavik, the mood was brighter. Icelanders draped in blue and red celebrated their tiny country’s 1-1 draw against Portugal on Tuesday in the tournament. Some invoking the Norse god Thor, they spilled into the streets to chant “Afram (Go) Iceland!”last_img read more

Words With Friends Live brings on Garth Brooks for season finale

first_img Gaming Music Share your voice Tags Post a commentcenter_img Country singer Garth Brooks chats with Sangita Sarkar, director of product marketing for Words With Friends, about his love for the game at Zynga’s San Francisco headquarters Wednesday. Abrar Al-Heeti/CNET Excited murmurs filled the room as around 80 people, some donning cowboy hats, eagerly anticipated Garth Brooks’ arrival at Zynga’s San Francisco headquarters Wednesday. Five people in the third row held up square foam boards spelling GARTH as the country singer, wearing a black cowboy hat, blue button-down shirt and light jeans, made his way to the stage. The letters his fans held up called upon the design of those featured in Words With Friends, the popular multiplayer word game developed by Zynga.Sangita Sarkar, director of product marketing for Words With Friends, sat with Brooks to chat about his love for the game, which he says he’s been playing for nine years. It didn’t take long for the singer to chime in with a word suggestion.”I think ‘y’all’ ought to be accepted,” he joked. “We’ll see what we can do to add it to the dictionary,” Sarkar laughed. To celebrate the Words With Friends’ 10th anniversary, Zynga launched a partnership last week with Brooks featuring themed in-game activities in Words With Friends 2. Brooks dropped by to co-host the season finale of Words With Friends Live, a daily trivia game broadcast within Words With Friends 2, at 6:15 p.m. PT.20190501-181000A quick performance by Garth Brooks at Zynga’s San Francisco headquarters. The country singer co-hosted the season finale of Words With Friends Live, a daily trivia game broadcast within Words With Friends 2. Abrar Al-Heeti/CNET Brooks isn’t new to merging tech with his musical career. The country singer has used Facebook Live to connect with fans, answer questions and share the latest updates on his music. He touched on the importance of being genuine when interacting with people on social media.”You can tell even through a text, even through a post, if people are sincere or not,” he said. He later elaborated on the connections technology has allowed him to have with fans around the world.”You couldn’t get to people 10, 15 years ago,” Brooks told me. “You could sign autographs all day long, and you’d probably reach 200, 300 people. But here, you can reach tens of thousands of people in a single setting and make it personal.”Brooks also launched the final pre-order window for the Legacy Collection, a seven-disc vinyl box set featuring music spanning his career.In a world of streaming, he said, there’s an irreplaceable value to possessing physical copies of music. After all, CDs and vinyl records have been making a comeback in the music industry. “I don’t think people want their music to be background,” Brooks said. “They want it to be part of their lives.” Brooks wrapped his fireside chat by referencing the title of his hit song Friends in Low Places that just about everyone in the room saw coming.”Maybe we can talk and bring Words With Friends in Low Places,” he joked. 0last_img read more

Has Ajay Devgns daughter Nysa undergone skin lightening treatment Latest pics raise

first_imgLike other star kids, Nysa too remains under constant observation, and she is also often subjected to online trolling for various reasons. Even Ajay had earlier opened up about such trolls, and had expressed how this affects the family.”Honestly speaking, those people don’t really matter. But I feel bad sometimes when my kids go through such harsh trolling. She (Nysa) used to get upset over trolling earlier, but now she doesn’t care about it anymore. She knows how to deal with it. She has accepted that there will be some people who will keep judging no matter what,” Devgn had told IANS. Did Ajay Devgn’s daughter Nysa undergo skin lightening treatment?Instagram/Varinder ChawlaAjay Devgn’s daughter Nysa’s recent pictures on social media gave rise to speculations that the star kid underwent skin lightening treatment.A couple of photos of Nysa in Juhu showed the girl sporting a shiny orange top paired with brown trousers. While she looked quite pretty in the casual get-up, it is her apparent fairer skin that grabbed a lot of attention.The pictures of Ajay’s daughter made a lot of netizens comment that she must have undergone some treatment to get fairer skin. People have been asserting that Nysa’s skin colour suddenly appears to be fairer than before.”She got her skin lightening treatment like her mother,” said one on Instagram. “Did she get her skin lightening surgery done or it’s just strong camera flashes???” commented another.There are many such comments on her photos that speculate that the young star kid’s apparent fairness is due to some treatment. Nysa’s mother Kajol is also believed to have undergone skin lightening treatment as she looks much fairer now then during her active days in the industry.last_img read more