LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A commission created by former President Donald Trump that promoted “patriotic” education and downplayed slavery’s role in history has disbanded, but lawmakers in Republican states are now pressing for similar action. Several proposals are pending in state legislatures that would put new limits on how race and slavery is taught in the classroom. They include bills in Arkansas, Iowa and Mississippi that would ban schools from using a New York Times project that examines slavery’s legacy. Supporters say they’re countering what they call indoctrination. But the moves are worrying opponents who say students are harmed by efforts to whitewash crucial parts of the nation’s history.
The Irish Repertory Theatre has announced the full cast and creative team for the previously reported world premiere of Transport. With a book and lyrics by Thomas Keneally (Schindler’s List) and music by Larry Kirwan, the show will feature stars including Jessica Grové (A Little Night Music) and Emily Skeggs (Fun Home). Directed by Tony and Oscar winner Tony Walton, the production will begin performances February 7 and run through April 6 on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage. Opening night is set for February 16. View Comments Joing Grové and Skeggs onstage will be Mark Coffin, Patrick Cummings (Jack…), Terry Donnelly (Juno and the Paycock), Sean Gormley (The Weir), Pearl Rhein (Volpone) and Edward Watts (Scandalous). Inspired by a true story, Transport follows the journey of the impoverished Irish women and young girls (the so-called “undesirables”) who were deported on The Whisper, a prison liner, to the Australian penal colonies. Transport transcends time, place and character intertwined with the strong Irish spirit and a shared and enduring humanity. The Transport creative team will include set design by Tony Walton, costume design by Linda Fisher and lighting design by Richard Pilbrow
continue reading » Ahead of today’s Senate Banking Committee hearing on consumer data security at the credit bureaus, NAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt sent a letter reiterating NAFCU’s call for a stronger national data security standard under which companies that maintain consumers’ financial records are incentivized to protect the data.The hearing – further follow-up to the Equifax data breach that affected potentially more than 145 million Americans – begins at 10 a.m. Eastern.In her letter to Senate Banking Chairman Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Hunt wrote that credit reporting agencies already subject to parts of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), like Equifax, should be subject to the same regulatory requirements as depository institutions. 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season may have officially begun June 1, but there’s already been significant activity. Recently making waves, Colin was the third named tropical storm to churn up the coast before going out to sea, marking an early record.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted that 10 to 16 named storms will form this year, with four to eight of them becoming hurricanes. Four storms are expected to develop into a Category 3 hurricane or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale, producing “devastating damage” from winds above 111 mph.For Long Island, just one direct hit from a hurricane could cripple our region.It doesn’t even have to be a major storm to leave a trail of destruction in its wake. “Superstorm” Sandy wasn’t classified as Category 1 on the scale because the National Hurricane Center said it was more like a nor’easter than a hurricane. Knowing what Sandy did to LI, our benchmark for gauging the damage an actual hurricane would bring is truly concerning.“Had Sandy remained a ‘warm-core’ system, it would have officially been a Category 1 hurricane,” explained Michael Leona, a professional freelance meteorologist. “This was a point of contention, especially considering hurricane coverage from insurance companies, and among meteorological purists.”Calling Sandy a “superstorm” instead of a hurricane stirred some controversy, Leona noted, which has prompted the National Hurricane Center to change its policies regarding warnings it issues about these powerfully destructive weather systems.“The media needed a fancy word to describe the storm, since it wasn’t really a hurricane or tropical storm when it approached and made landfall,” he added.“Not calling Sandy a hurricane was an increasingly terrible error,” Craig Allen, chief meteorologist for WCBS since 1981, told me. “It still definitely had tropical characteristics, and to me, it was still equivalent to a category one hurricane,” Allen said, adding that the lack of hurricane label may have prevented the storm from being taken seriously.But in some shape or form, the next big one is coming, without a doubt. The question is whether the Island is adequately prepared.Before Long Island had to cope with “post-tropical cyclone” Sandy, its official classification, other hurricanes left their mark. Gloria, a Category 2 hurricane, made landfall in September 1985 and left almost 700,000 LILCO utility customers—two-thirds of its users—without power and caused about $100 million in damages. Unnamed nor-easters in ’91 and ’92 brought record high tides and serious flooding. And that’s just a sampling.By far the benchmark for these events was set in ’38 when the “Long Island Express” crushed the Island. Estimated later to be a Category 3 (the Saffir-Simpson scale wasn’t created until the late ’60s), this huge storm brought lasting changes to the region’s erosion patterns. Over the decades since the Express struck, LI’s population has exploded, especially on the East End and the South Shore, with subdivisions replacing critical wetlands, increasing our vulnerability to storm surges and wave action.This May, both Nassau and Suffolk county executives urged residents to take the 2016 hurricane season seriously. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano insists that the region is better prepared since Sandy hit thanks to a “myriad of improvements” in communication technology and “asset acquisition,” while Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone wisely said that extreme weather events are “the new normal,” echoing past sentiments shared via The Foggiest Idea.PSEG Long Island has been preparing for the next catastrophic storm, learning from the failings of LIPA after Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, which left half a million people powerless, and Sandy. As local motorists have seen for themselves, PSEG LI has been hard at work trimming thousands of trees near power lines, and fortifying substations and conducting circuit upgrades. Policymakers have also overseen hard infrastructure improvements like fortified bulkheads in coastal areas, the strategic placement of new dunes in the City of Long Beach, for example, and property buyouts fueled by federal relief funding, which prohibits new homes built on certain parcels.But all these claims of supposed readiness remain to be tested, since our region hasn’t been put seriously to the test since 2012.These fortifications touted by public policymakers and utility operators should accelerate recovery efforts in a storm’s aftermath, but they do little to address the larger issues of the Island’s vulnerability to extreme weather. The coastal floodplain running south of Sunrise Highway from the Queens border to Rockville Centre and south of Montauk Highway to the end of the South Fork is home to some of Long Island’s densest population centers.The detrimental impact of this rampant residential development—principally high levels of nitrogen from antiquated outfall pipes discharging wastewater and subdivisions without sewers—all but eliminated the presence of eelgrass in the Great South Bay, an essential natural barrier for keeping coastal sands from shifting. From hurricanes to nor’easters, homes and businesses have been left exposed, and yards and roads flooded. Every strong storm weather event is now essentially guaranteed to result in property loss—a sobering fact that hasn’t changed despite the best proclamations.Our coastal development policies have long allowed water views and real estate pricing to trump sound planning. When Sandy hit, Long Islanders gained a new, darker perspective on their romanticized coastline—but stressful memories quickly fade, and developers are already salivating as they covet the waterfront parcels left empty by the superstorm and auctioned for pennies on the dollar. Many of those who watched their homes battered and destroyed by high tides and strong winds have moved to higher ground.But surplus shoreline properties at the right price have attracted a new generation of LI families and buyers, thinking it won’t be so bad next time. Maybe it won’t—but given global warming, the odds are it will be worse.This year’s hurricane season is predicted to be “normal or above normal,” as the meteorologist Leona noted, and that normalcy poses problem for a vulnerable region like ours.“This year, a prediction of four to eight storms sounds about right,” agreed WCBS Chief Meteorologist Craig Allen, “but that doesn’t matter. It only takes one.”Unwise development in the floodplain and poor coastal planning have put serious pressure on our infrastructure. Will Long Island ever be really ready?“Since this is Mother Nature, nothing is by the book, and we could see an exception [this year],” added Leona. “But that’s what happens. You prepare for the worst, and hope for the best.”But hope is not a plan.
Photo: Norwegian air Norwegian airline two times a week will connect Oslo and Dubrovnik te Oslo and Split, until once a week to connect Split with Copenhagen and Stockholm. As of July 1, Norwegian air will reconnect Scandinavia with Split and Dubrovnik, the CNTB reports. “The new airlines, which will start on July 1, will contribute to a larger number of arrivals from the Scandinavian market, especially in Dalmatia, which is traditionally a favorite part of Croatia for Scandinavian guests, ” pointed out the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić. “After the decision that the Swedes can travel outside their country from June 30, tour operators have launched a campaign to book a trip to Croatia with their charter flights, so Apollo and TUI plan to share a plane to Split.”, Said the director of the CNTB in Sweden, Vedran Sušić, emphasizing that it is in the Swedish daily newspaper Expressen announced that the Swedish government will lift the travel ban in two groups of countries as of June 30. The ban for the first group will be lifted on June 30, and for the second at the end of August, with Croatia included in the first group of countries.
The Indonesian Military (TNI) is set to dismiss its personnel found to have been involved in a recent attack on the Ciracas Police station in East Jakarta, Army chief of staff Gen. Andika Perkasa has said.A mob reportedly comprising TNI personnel burned down two vehicles at the police station and vandalized nearby stores along Jl. Raya Bogor on Saturday. Authorities believe the attack was triggered by misinformation.Two police personnel were injured in the attack. “It’s better to lose 31 or any number of personnel who were involved in the attack rather than have the TNI’s reputation tarnished by irresponsible actions that do not represent the vows of the Indonesian Military,” he said.Andika also ensured that all charged personnel would compensate the victims for any injuries and losses they suffered.Read also: To close for comfort? BNPT wary of military’s proposed counterterrorism role“There would be a mechanism that ensures they pay for the damages. The Jakarta Military commander [Maj. Gen. Dudung Abdurachman] will calculate the damages caused by the incident and he will report it to me.”According to the TNI, the incident started after Second Pvt. MI was caught in a single-vehicle crash at the Arundina three-road junction in Ciracas on Friday.MI allegedly told 27 of his fellow officers that he had been physically beaten by the Ciracas Police, fueling their anger and instigating them to attack the Ciracas Police station.However, TNI Commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said on Sunday that based on the testimonies of witnesses and CCTV footage, MI had sustained injuries “from the single-vehicle accident, not from a physical attack”, kompas.com reported.Saturday’s incident was not the first to have happened at the Ciracas Police station and it also came in the wake of a series of clashes involving military and police personnel in the past years.In 2018, dozens of TNI personnel reportedly ransacked and burned down part of the police station on Dec. 13, damaging police vehicles and leaving several officers and reporters injured. The attack was allegedly triggered by the mob’s disappointment over the police’s handling of an assault on TNI personnel in Ciracas.In February, some TNI personnel also attacked a police station in North Tapanuli regency, North Sumatra, following a traffic dispute.In September 2019, the two security forces in separate locations were involved in multiple clashes during mass protests. Police officers allegedly fired tear gas at TNI personnel and the two forces were seen involved in a verbal battle among protesters, causing speculation of the ever-increasing dispute between the two. (trn)Topics : The Military Police have questioned 31 TNI personnel as part of the investigation into the incident, including a low-ranking soldier identified as Second Pvt. MI, who was allegedly the provocateur of the attack, Andika said.Twelve have been detained at the Jakarta Military Command Police in Central Jakarta, while 19 others were sent to other detention centers belonging to the Army after being questioned, he said.”The results of the investigation so far show that all the questioned personnel could face dismissal, as mandated in the Military Criminal Code,” Andika said on Sunday.The four-star general further explained that each officer involved in the incident would be charged under different articles of the Military Criminal Code.
Primoz Roglic retained his lead on compatriot Tadej Pogacar atop the Tour de France standings after stage 18 as British outfit Ineos claimed a one-two finish on Thursday.Bedevilled by problems that saw them withdraw their captain Egan Bernal on Wednesday, team-mate Michal Kwiatkowski won the stage as Richard Carapaz took the King of the Mountains jersey with the pair crossing the finish line three minutes ahead of the elite pack.”I had the best legs ever, the way we rode together with Richard was just incredible,” said Ineos’s Polish rider who is a former world champion. Topics : “When Egan left the race he was very sad but wished us well, and now we have this wonderful day,” he said.”That’s the Tour de France,” he beamed.Giro d’Italia champion Carapaz has been a revelation over the three Alpine stages that culminated with the Ineos-led escape here as the Ecuadorian has relentlessly attacked, picking up climb points to take the polka dot jersey. Beaming with joy Carapaz was drafted into the race at the last minute as Geraint Thomas was farmed out to the Giro, but he fell on stage one in the deluge in Nice and is only finding his full form now.Carapaz and Kwiatkowski were clearly brimming with joy over the fruits of their partnership, which will have brought some relief for Ineos team principal Dave Brailsford, who had to pull out his protégé Bernal to protect him.”Adapting quickly to change is one of the main keys of success,” Brailsford said ahead of the Tour in Nice.”We worked so hard since we changed our objectives,” Kwiatkowski said fighting back tears.In the race for the overall standings only Saturday’s individual time trial presents a chance for the second-placed Pogacar to stage a coup.Roglic leads Pogacar by 57 seconds with Friday’s stage 19 and the culminating run up the Champs-Elysees on Sunday both set to be decided in a mass bunch sprint.Roglic once again looked at ease during the run over three major mountains.”I managed to relax, everything went fine, another good day for us,” Roglic said, as he grows into the role of leader which seemed to weigh on him when he took the lead in the first week.”I’ve been thinking about the time trial, I’ll make the decision how I play it on the day,” he said looking to Saturday’s decider.Stage 17 solo winner Miguel Angel Lopez of Colombia is still third 1min 27sec off the lead but is less of a time-trailer than his rivals.Often unlucky Australian Richie Porte survived a puncture atop the final plateau section where the peloton had to negotiate a gravel surface.Spain’s Mikel Landa rounds out the top five after Briton Adam Yates lost some time over the final climb.
NewsRegional Reflections by Comrade Fidel: World Peace Hanging by a Thread by: – January 18, 2012 13 Views no discussions Share Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Fidel Castro. Photo credit: globalresearch.caYesterday I had the satisfaction of having a pleasant conversation with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. I had not seen him since 2006, more than five years ago, when he visited our country to participate in the 14th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement of Countries in Havana. During the summit, Cuba was elected for the second time as president of the organization for a three-year term. I had become gravely ill on July 26, 2006, a month and a half prior to the summit, and could barely sit up in bed. Many of the most distinguished leaders who participated in the event were kind enough to visit me. Chavez and Evo visited me several times. One afternoon four visitors came by whom I will always remember: UN Secretary General Kofi Annan; an old friend, Abdelaziz Buteflika, the president of Algeria; Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran; and the vice minister of Foreign Affairs and current Foreign Minister of China, Yang Jiechi, on behalf of the leader of the Communist Party and the president of China, Hu Jintao. It was really an important time for me; I was in the midst of intense physiotherapy on my right hand that I had seriously injured when I fell in Santa Clara. With all four I spoke about some of the difficulties facing the world at the time; problems that have become progressively more complex. During our meeting yesterday, I noted that the Iranian president was absolutely calm and tranquil, completely unconcerned about the Yankee threats and, fully confident in the capacity of his people to confront any aggression and in the effectiveness of their arms —which, in large part, they produce themselves— to inflict an unpayable price on its aggressors. In reality, we hardly spoke about the topic of war. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was focused on the ideas he had presented at the Main Hall of the University of Havana during his conference on the struggle of humankind: “Moving towards reaching and achieving peace, security, respect and human dignity as a fundamental desire of all human beings throughout history.”I am convinced that Iran will not commit any rash actions that might contribute to setting off a war. If a war were to be unleashed, it would inevitably be completely as a result of the recklessness and congenital irresponsibility of the Yankee Empire. I believe that the political situation surrounding Iran and the associated risks of a nuclear war that involves us all —regardless of whether one possess nuclear weapons— are extremely delicate because they threaten the very existence of our species. The Middle East has become the most troubled region on the planet, the same region that produces the energy resources vital for the world’s economy. The destructive power and the mass sufferings caused by some of the weapons used in World War Two led to a strong movement to ban weapons such as asphyxiating gas and others. Nevertheless, conflicting interests and the huge profits made by arms manufacturers led to the production of crueler and more destructive weapons; modern technology has now added the means and material to build weapons that if used in a world war would lead to extinction. I support the opinion, undoubtedly shared by all those with a basic sense of responsibility, that no country big or small has the right to possess nuclear weapons.They never should have been used to attack two defenseless cities such as Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing and irradiating with horrible and long-lasting effects hundreds of thousands of men, women and children, in a country that had already been militarily defeated.If fascism indeed forced the allied nations against Nazism to compete with this enemy of humanity in the production of such weapons, once the war ended and the United Nations was created, the first duty of this organization should have been to prohibit nuclear weapons without exception.However, the United States, the strongest and richest power, forced the rest of the world to follow its lead. Today, they have hundreds of satellites that spy and monitor the entire world from outer space. Their naval, air and land forces are equipped with thousands of nuclear weapons; and they control the world’s finances and investments at their whim via the International Monetary Fund. Analyzing the history of each Latin American nation, from Mexico to Patagonia, by way of Santo Domingo and Haiti, one can observe that each and every country, without exception, have suffered for 200 years, from the beginning of the 19th century up until today. And, in one way or another, they are increasingly suffering the worst crimes that power and force can commit against the rights of a people. Brilliant Latin American writers are emerging in an increasing number. One of them, Eduardo Galeano, author of the book Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent that describes the aforementioned, has just been invited to open the prestigious Casa de Las Americas Awards as a recognition to his outstanding body of work. Events happen incredibly fast; but technologies report them to the public even faster. On any given day, like today, important news comes out a dizzying pace. A cable report dated from January 11 states: “The Danish presidency of the European Union confirmed on Wednesday that a new series of more severe European sanctions against Iran, because of its nuclear program, will be discussed on January 23. The new sanctions will not only target the oil industry but also the Central Bank.” During a meeting with international journalists, Danish Foreign Minister Villy Soevndal said that “We will increase sanctions against the oil industry in addition to sanctions against financial structures.” This clearly demonstrates that, in order to impede nuclear proliferation, Israel can go on accumulating hundreds of nuclear warheads while Iran is not allowed to produce 20% enriched uranium. Another article, from a respected British news agency, states that “China gave no hint on Wednesday of giving ground to U.S. demands to curb Iran’s oil revenues, rejecting Washington’s sanctions on Tehran as overstepping …”The sheer tranquility with which the United States and civilized Europe carry out this campaign with incredible and systematic acts of terrorism is enough to shock anybody. Just look at these lines reported by another important European news agency: “The murder on Wednesday of Iranian nuclear specialist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan [a scientist at the Natanz nuclear plant] was the fourth attack to kill a leading scientist in the country in almost exactly two years.”On January 12, 2010: “Massoud Ali Mohammadi, a particle physics professor at Tehran University is killed when a booby-trapped motorcycle explodes outside his home in the capital.”On November 29, 2010: “Two attacks target leading Iranian nuclear scientists on the same day. Majid Shahriari, a key member of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency, is killed in Tehran by a limpet bomb attached to his car. His colleague Fereydoon Abbasi Davani is also targeted by a bomb attached to his car, but escapes.” The car was parked in front of the Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran where both men worked as professors. On July 23, 2011: “Gunmen shoot dead Dariush Rezaei-Nejad, a senior scientist who is reportedly associated with the defense ministry, and wound his wife as they waited for their child outside a Tehran kindergarten.”On January 11, 2012 —the same day that Ahmadinejad travelled from Nicaragua to Cuba to give a conference at the University of Havana—, scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, “a deputy director at the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, is killed in a car bomb blast outside the [Allameh Tabatabai] University in east Tehran.” As in previous years “Iran once again accused the United States and Israel.”The killings represent a systematic and selective slaughter of brilliant Iranian scientists. I have read articles by known Israeli sympathizers who write about crimes carried out by Israeli intelligence services in cooperation with the United States and NATO as if they were the most normal occurrence. At the same time, Moscow news agencies report that “Russia warned that in Syria a similar scenario is developing as to that in Libya, and added that this time the attack will be launched from neighboring Turkey. “The secretary of the Russian Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, said the West wants to ‘punish Damascus not as much for repressing the opposition, but because it is unwilling to sever ties with Tehran.’”“…NATO members and some Persian Gulf states, operating according to the Libya scenario, intend to move from indirect intervention in Syrian affairs to direct military intervention…This time the main strikes forces will not be provided by France, the U.K. or Italy, but possibly by neighboring Turkey.” “Washington and Ankara are now assumed to be negotiating a “no-fly” zone over Syria, where Syrian armed insurgents can be trained and concentrated, added Patrushev.” News is not only coming out of Iran and the Middle East, but also from other parts of Central Asia near the Middle East. These reports show the great complexity of the problems that can arise from this dangerous region. The United States has been led by its contradictory and absurd imperial policy to get involved in serious problems in countries such as Pakistan, whose borders with Afghanistan were drawn up by the colonialists without taking into account culture or ethnicities.In Afghanistan, which defended its independence against English colonialism for centuries, drug production has multiplied in the wake of the Yankee invasion. Meanwhile, European soldiers, supported by drone airplanes and armed with sophisticated US weapons, carry out deplorable massacres that increase the people’s hatred and ward off any possibilities of peace. All this and other dirty actions are also reported by Western news agencies.“WASHINGTON, January 12, 2012 – US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta called the actions of four U.S. marines who urinated on corpses in Afghanistan “utterly deplorable” The video of the act was circulated in the Internet. “’I have seen the footage, and I find the behavior depicted in it utterly deplorable…’ “’This conduct is entirely inappropriate for members of the United States military and does not reflect the standards of values our armed forces are sworn to uphold…’”In reality, Panetta neither confirms nor denies the action, and anyone, including the Secretary of Defense himself, may harbor doubt.But it is also extremely inhumane that men, women and children, or an Afghani combatant fighting against the foreign occupation, be murdered by bombs dropped by drone planes. Another very serious incident: dozens of Pakistani soldiers and officials who safeguarded the country’s borders have been killed by these bombs. Afghani President Karzai stated that the outrage committed against the bodies was “simply inhumane.” He asked for the US government “to urgently investigate the video and apply the most severe punishment to anyone found guilty in this crime.”Meanwhile Taliban spokespersons declared that “over the last ten years, hundreds of similar acts have been carried out that were not reported…”One even feels sorry for those soldiers, thousands of kilometers away from their family, friends and country, sent to fight in countries that they might not have even heard of during their school days, where they are assigned the task of killing or dying to enrich transnational companies, arms manufacturers and unscrupulous politicians who each year squander funds needed to feed and educate the uncountable millions of hungry and illiterate people around the world. Many of these soldiers, victims of the trauma suffered, end up taking their own lives. Is it an exaggeration to say that world peace is hanging by a thread?Fidel Castro RuzJanuary 12, 2012, 9:14 p.m.
Loading… Football legend, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known as Pele, has dismissed health fears, saying that they invented it that he was depressed’. Football fans around the world began to worry when reports emerged last month of Pele’s deteriorating health. According to his son, the 79-year-old – widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time – had become reclusive following complications as he recovered from hip surgery. Though Pele still requires the aid of a walking frame to get around, the Brazil great says he remains in high spirits and dismissed suggestions that his health had let him to be depressed. “This depression thing, I don’t know if they got it wrong because in the last two years I had a bruise, a femur operation and then, when I started training or making a commercial, I had to stop,” Pele told CNN Brasil’s Reinaldo Gottino. “They started to worry and I really appreciate it, but then they invented that I was depressed. I got here with a walker but, thank God, I only can’t ride a bike. Even some of the times when I was hurt, bruised, I did not fail to give an interview and I said that I was sad because I had been injured. “That is exactly what I am going to talk about now: I would rather have arrived here without a walker, doing a little training, playing ball. But I’m recovering and, thank God, after everything I’ve done in sports, I’m fine. Thank goodness I’m recovering.” So much has changed in football since Pele made his debut for Brazilian club Santos in 1956, though sadly, he says, racism is one thing that has remained constant.The past two seasons have seen a sharp increase in the number of footballers suffering racist abuse during matches, notably affecting leagues in Italy, England, Germany and Ukraine. Pele recalls occasions he was racially abused — by both fans and fellow players — while playing in South America and Europe, but says the media now plays an important role in bringing this incidents of abuse to attention.“I don’t think that much has changed today,” he says. “The only thing that must have changed, I think, was the press. When one player spoke nonsense to another (in the past), it was among us. “When I went to play in Europe it happened a lot. Playing here against Argentines, they called us apes, chimpanzees and creoles. See if there was any scandal — and they already said these things at that time.”Brazilian footballer Pele in training for Brazil's match against England in 1963. Pele spent all but two years of his career at Santos and scored more than 600 goals for the club, winning the Copa Libertadores twice and multiple domestic titles. He remains the only player in history to have won three World Cups and this year marks the 50th anniversary of Brazil’s 1970 World Cup final win, with that Brazilian team widely regarded to be the best of all time.Pele was a crucial member of the side that outplayed Italy to win 4-1 in the final on June 21, 1970. When asked at which point during his illustrious career — which spanned more than 20 years — he realized he would become one of the game’s greats, Pele admits his own success took even him by surprise.“This question is difficult to answer, I never thought I was going to be great. I swear to God,” Pele says. “I remember that Athiê Jorge Cury, Santos’ president at the time, talked to my father, who worked at the health station in Bauru. “He learned that at Baquinho [nickname of Bauru AC] there was a boy and asked if he could take his son, Pelé, to practice at Santos. I always thought it was a joke. I was 13 to 14 years old and I wasn’t even a main player at Baquinho.“Coincidentally, Athiê Jorge Cury was a friend of my father and I went for a trial at Santos and was approved. I thought it was a dream.“There are things I remember as if it were today … I remember my father taking me to the Bauru bus station to practice in Santos. It seemed like something out of this world that was happening to me, but today the player catches a jet plane. How funny life is.” Despite the vast improvements in technology and training, Pele believes modern day football is far more challenging than it was during his era.He says that while his generation and those that followed put on more of a performance for the fans, modern players who just want to “destroy” the ball, as he puts it, makes it more difficult for today’s artists to put on a show.“I think it is more difficult. Playing soccer today is much more difficult that in the past, no doubt at all,” he says. “Because in my time, with all due respect to colleagues, I think we had a little more freedom to stop the ball. Now there’s not so much anymore.“Therefore, even some players who are friends of mine at that time say that it is not so. I talk to Beckenbauer, Maradona and Cruyff. I say: ‘In the past, people used to play ball, now the guys don’t want to play ball, they just want to destroy it, they don’t want to let one play.’ Read Also:Pele suffers depression due to health issues, says son“It gets boring because those who pay to go to the stadium, pay to go to see a show. They don’t pay to be seen fouls every time. So, in our time I think that it was better for the fans because we gave more shows than the current soccer.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. 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Loading… Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Superhero Castings That People Hated But Were Amazing10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The WorldSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith Chilean midfielder, Arturo Vidal, will, according to Sky Sport Italia, land in Milan tonight, before having his medical at Inter tomorrow. The broadcaster reveals Inter are close to completing a move for the Barcelona man, who will undergo the usual medical and sign with the Nerazzurri tomorrow. read also:Vidal declares Barcelona best team in the worldAdvertisement It means Vidal returns to Italy five years after having left Juventus and will reunite with former Bianconeri coach Antonio Conte at San Siro. The Nerazzurri reportedly reached an agreement with the Blaugrana on Saturday and the Spanish giants will receive variable compensation, ‘without the fixed base of €1m as initially agreed between the parties’. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享