Student Leadership Board host ‘Music Fest’ to benefit Tampa’s senior & homebound neighbors

Tonight students from 6 local high schools gather to perform and raise funds to benefit Tampa’s elderly and homebound neighbors. Join us at the parking lot of Tampa Prep 5:30-7:30pm. Raffle prizes, food and fun!

Tonight students from 6 local high schools gather to perform and raise funds to benefit Tampa's elderly and homebound neighbors. Join us at the parking lot of Tampa Prep 5:30-7:30pm. Raffle prizes, food and fun!

Rain thwarts Tamim’s hundred bid against Ireland

The first match of the tri-series in Dublin between Ireland and Bangladesh was abandoned after just 31.1 overs because of rain, cutting short a fine innings by Tamim Iqbal.The Tigers were 157 for four against hosts Ireland when the players were forced …

The first match of the tri-series in Dublin between Ireland and Bangladesh was abandoned after just 31.1 overs because of rain, cutting short a fine innings by Tamim Iqbal.

The Tigers were 157 for four against hosts Ireland when the players were forced off the field, with Tamim 64 not out from 88 balls.

The opening batsman was unable to play the full range of his attacking strokes because his side found themselves in trouble at 70 for four. But in partnership with Mahmudullah he led an impressive recovery, with the latter 43 not out when the rain came.

Peter Chase, who had been Ireland's most consistent bowler in last weekend's one-day internationals in England, was again their best bowler, striking twice in four balls to dismiss Soumya Sarker, caught behind from the fifth ball of his first over, and then Sabbir Rahman, to only his third ball, after a rash pull shot was well caught at long leg by the diving Tim Murtagh.

Mushfiqur Rahim hit three boundaries in his 13 from just 17 balls before he got a thick edge and was well held at slip by Gary Wilson off the bowling of Durham seamer Barry McCarthy.

Shakib Al Hasan, captain for the day while Mashrafe Mortaza serves a one-match ban, also scored quickly but he was Chase's third victim when the bowler returned for a second spell, to a second catch by wicket-keeper Niall O'Brien.

But Tamim and Mahmudullah finally hauled the world's seventh ranked team back into the match and both were looking dangerous after adding 87 from 99 balls.

The rain, which had delayed the start by 25 minutes, returned at 1.30pm and just over three hours later with the rain still falling the captains shook hands with both teams taking two points.

There was a blow for Ireland on the morning of the match, when leading batsman Ed Joyce was ruled out with a stiff back. Stuart Thompson was brought in as the extra seamer on a green Irish wicket.

Joyce hopes to be fit for Ireland's next game against New Zealand on Sunday while Bangladesh will return to action next Wednesday for their game against the Kiwis, when Mortaza will be available.

Attorney Julie Wade Selected as Executive Director of Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter

Local attorney and school board member Julie Wade has been named executive director of the Park Place Outreach — Youth Emergency Shelter, which provides support and temporary residential services for at-risk children and teens in Savannah and the…

Local attorney and school board member Julie Wade has been named executive director of the Park Place Outreach — Youth Emergency Shelter, which provides support and temporary residential services for at-risk children and teens in Savannah and the...

Thailand to press charges against Facebook if ‘illicit’ video of king not taken down

Preview Thai authorities have issued a warning to Facebook Thailand to remove all “illicit” content which they say violates the country’s law, including a video of the king wearing a crop top, as well as posts critical of the monarchy, by next Tuesday.
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Preview Thai authorities have issued a warning to Facebook Thailand to remove all “illicit” content which they say violates the country’s law, including a video of the king wearing a crop top, as well as posts critical of the monarchy, by next Tuesday.
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International SAP Conference for Treasury Management

Treasury of Tomorrow. Connected. Live. Reimagined. T.A. Cook is delighted to announce the International SAP Conference for Treasury Management, taking place in Prague, Czech Republic.

Treasury of Tomorrow. Connected. Live. Reimagined. T.A. Cook is delighted to announce the International SAP Conference for Treasury Management, taking place in Prague, Czech Republic.

Venezuela fires health chief in deadly crisis

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro fired his health minister after statistics showed infant deaths surging, as elderly protesters angry over medicine shortages planned fresh rallies Friday demanding the socialist leader quit.The health ministry on We…

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro fired his health minister after statistics showed infant deaths surging, as elderly protesters angry over medicine shortages planned fresh rallies Friday demanding the socialist leader quit.

The health ministry on Wednesday released data showing deaths of infants under the age of one soared by 30 percent in 2016 and deaths of women linked to childbirth by 65 percent.

The government replaced minister Antonieta Caporale on Thursday with Luis Lopez Chejade, the official journal said.

Wednesday's data referred to 2016, but Caporale took over as health minister only in January this year.

Hospitals and protesters are complaining of severe shortages of medical supplies from an economic crisis that has fueled opposition calls for early elections.

Elected in 2013, Maduro is resisting pressure for an early vote, calling the crisis a US-backed conspiracy.

His opponents have branded him a dictator.

- Infant deaths -

The ministry's data said 11,466 babies died in 2016, up from 8,812 the year before. The report gave no comparative rate in relation to the number of births.

Cases of malaria also rose by 76 percent to more than 240,000, even though the disease was said to have been eradicated in Venezuela.

A collapse in prices for Venezuela's crucial oil exports has left the country short of cash to import medicine and basic goods.

Protesters interviewed by AFP over recent weeks have said relatives are suffering and dying due to the lack of medicine.

The Venezuelan Medical Federation says hospitals have only three percent of the medicines and supplies they need to operate normally.

"Yet another new health minister. What a disaster this government is!" Francisco Valencia, director of the non-government Coalition of Organizations for the Right to Health and Life, wrote on Twitter.

"Replacing the health minister has become like changing your socks."

- Deadly unrest -

The opposition blames Maduro for the crisis. Deadly unrest broke out on April 1 as his opponents protested to demand elections.

Security forces have fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters who have hurled stones, petrol bombs and excrement.

The government and opposition have accused each other of sending armed groups to stir up violence in the protests.

The death toll from the unrest hit 38 on Wednesday, when a 27-year-old man was shot dead in a protest in Caracas, the government said.

In the latest demonstration on Friday, retired representatives of the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable coalition, calling themselves "the grandparents," marched in Caracas, despite brief scuffles with riot police.

It was a challenge and a test for the security forces, who have repeatedly driven back younger protesters trying to reach the state institutions in central Caracas, in often violent clashes.

"We ask those police officers, who could be our own sons or grandchildren, not to take action against us," said Emilio Lozada, president of the Venezuela Pensioners' Federation.

"We have lived long enough and may lay down our lives on the way, but we will achieve our aim."

- President alleges 'coup' -

Maduro has accused the opposition of waging an "armed insurgency" and a "coup."

He called on his own elderly supporters to stage a counter-demonstration on Friday.

"Nothing and no one will hold us back. We will succeed in neutralizing this ambush," he vowed late Thursday, referring to the protests.

"Venezuela demands that the rioting and the coup d'etat stop."

French trio Monfils, Tsonga and Gasquet miss Rome Masters

French trio Gaël Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet will all miss the clay court Rome Masters tournament, organisers revealed on Friday two days ahead of the prestige event.

Monfils, ranked 16 in the world, twisted his ankle during the Madrid Masters after being previously sidelined for over a month with an Achilles tendon injury picked up at Indian Wells.

Tsonga, ranked 11, has a sore shoulder and world number 24 Gasquet also missed out on the Madrid tournament because of a bad back.

The news is worrying for French fans ahead of the French Open at Roland-Garros, also on clay, from May 28 to June 11.

French trio Gaël Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet will all miss the clay court Rome Masters tournament, organisers revealed on Friday two days ahead of the prestige event.

Monfils, ranked 16 in the world, twisted his ankle during the Madrid Masters after being previously sidelined for over a month with an Achilles tendon injury picked up at Indian Wells.

Tsonga, ranked 11, has a sore shoulder and world number 24 Gasquet also missed out on the Madrid tournament because of a bad back.

The news is worrying for French fans ahead of the French Open at Roland-Garros, also on clay, from May 28 to June 11.

China is ‘very active’ in spying on Australia – defense chief

Preview Beijing has been actively spying on Australia and trying to control the Chinese community and media in the country, according to Australia’s outgoing secretary of the Department of Defence.
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Preview Beijing has been actively spying on Australia and trying to control the Chinese community and media in the country, according to Australia’s outgoing secretary of the Department of Defence.
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Attend the Queens Chamber of Commerce 2017 Business Expo on May 17th at Citi Field

The Queens Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Queens Library to support a wonderful effort. The Tiebrary program was launched in 2016 to aid customers who used the library’s job-seeking services.

The Queens Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Queens Library to support a wonderful effort. The Tiebrary program was launched in 2016 to aid customers who used the library's job-seeking services.

Prosecutors open pay probe into top VW worker rep

German prosecutors opened a fresh legal case targeting troubled car behemoth Volkswagen on Friday, saying they were probing the salaries offered to top worker representatives at the world’s largest auto maker.”I can confirm that Brunswick state prosecu…

German prosecutors opened a fresh legal case targeting troubled car behemoth Volkswagen on Friday, saying they were probing the salaries offered to top worker representatives at the world's largest auto maker.

"I can confirm that Brunswick state prosecutors are leading an investigation on suspicion of fraud in connection with compensation for activities on the works council," a spokeswoman told AFP.

While prosecutors did not name any suspects, multiple sources pointed to works council chief Bernd Osterloh.

A statement from Volkswagen's supervisory board said the committee was "aware of an investigation in progress against current and former members of the board and human resources managers at the company."

Osterloh holds two roles at VW, serving both a member of the supervisory board and with a full-time job as head of the works council.

Both Volkswagen and the works council defended Osterloh's pay packet.

A spokesman for the firm said an internal evaluation had "concluded that the pay scale the company offered Bernd Osterloh meets the requirements of the law on works councils" and that VW was "cooperating fully" with the probe.

Volkswagen has suffered scandals before over its relations with powerful worker representatives.

Works council chief Klaus Volkert was jailed for almost three years for accepting millions of euros in bribes, exotic travel and visits to prostitutes from executives in exchange for smoothing industrial relations.

Human resources head Peter Hartz was slapped with a two-year suspended sentence and a fine over the same scandal, which came to light in 2005.

"A works council member ought to be paid as if they had had a normal career," labour law expert Professor Volker Rieble of Munich's Ludwig-Maximilian University told AFP.

"Extra compensation for works councillors is banned, because it's supposed to be an honorary position," Rieble added, arguing that extra payments could be part of a "culture of corruption".

A works council spokesman said that Osterloh was paid comparably to a VW divisional head, and had recently passed up an offer to become human resources director -- a job that would have come with a big pay rise.

"Especially in the coming years marked by uncertainty and change for employees, it's important" that the worker representative remain at the head of the council, he said.

VW has launched a massive restructuring that will see it shift much of its focus to electric vehicles in the coming years, responding to the "dieselgate" scandal which saw it install software designed to cheat regulatory emissions tests in 11 million vehicles worldwide.

Managers spent months hammering out an agreement with worker representatives over the change programme, which will see the car giant shed some 30,000 jobs by 2020.

Gunfire as I.Coast troops resume protest despite ‘apology’

Disgruntled Ivorian soldiers took to the streets of Abidjan and two other cities on Friday, firing angrily into the air a day after publicly apologising for a string of recent uprisings.Rebellious troops surrounded the military’s headquarters in Abidja…

Disgruntled Ivorian soldiers took to the streets of Abidjan and two other cities on Friday, firing angrily into the air a day after publicly apologising for a string of recent uprisings.

Rebellious troops surrounded the military's headquarters in Abidjan after a spokesman for the protesters publicly apologised to the president for a January mutiny which triggered months of unrest.

At the heart of the matter is an unresolved dispute over pay, with the soldiers demanding hefty pay rises in a protest which has found echoes across the country.

Troops took up position in front of the sprawling Gallieni military camp in the Plateau neighbourhood of Abidjan, the country's economic capital, as other soldiers and police set up a security cordon, an AFP journalist said.

With ammunition belts slung round their chests, berets or camouflage caps on their heads, they fired sporadically into the air, blocking off access to the surrounding area.

"Money or death!" roared one of the soldiers, as the noise of the gunfire sent a colony of bats nesting in the nearby trees shooting into the air.

One soldier could be seen wandering around with a rocket launcher, another carried a machinegun with a string of bullets looped around his shoulders, Rambo style.

The renewed shooting which also affected two other cities, began hours after national television broadcast a ceremony in which a soldier presented as a spokesman for the rebellious troops said they wished to apologise to President Alassane Ouattara for the mutiny.

"This is our answer to yesterday's announcement," one of the rebel soldiers told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"We're not like teachers who express themselves with pens, our profession is guns."

- 'Very frightened' -

Among those stranded in Abidjan was a school teacher who had come to the area to collect a document from a nearby administrative building.

"It's not good for the country, we don't know what's going to happen and everyone is very frightened," he said, without giving his name.

A handful of civil servants could be seen hiding behind walls, watching the situation as the soldiers let off sporadic rattles of gunfire to keep the curious at bay.

"They began to shoot at around 8:00 am, military trucks drove past and soldiers got out. They've been firing in the air every couple of minutes," one civil servant told AFP, whose offices overlook the camp.

Shooting was also heard overnight in Korhogo, a town in the north, witnesses told AFP.

And in Bouake, Ivory Coast's second city where the protest movement began in January, angry soldiers could be seen driving round in trucks or wandering the streets, firing potshots into the air.

Most of the city's shops were closed along with its university.

- 'Ouattara must pay us' -

January's uprising saw former rebels who had been integrated into the army's ranks staging a mutiny over their demand for bonuses.

The troops, one-time rebels who backed Ouattara and controlled the northern half of the country between 2002 and 2011, were demanding the government pay them 12 million CFA francs (18,000 euros) per soldier.

They received five million francs (7,500 euros) in January and had been due to receive the rest this month, rebel sources say.

"Twelve minus five is seven! They still owe us seven. There is nothing to discuss," said one of the soldiers.

"Ouattara must pay us. The fact he's still in power is down to us," explained another.

Thursday night's ceremony, which was organised without knowledge of the press, appeared to signal a dramatic end to the protest movement.

As well as apologising, a spokesman for the former rebels, identified as Sergeant Fofana, said they were giving up all their financial demands

"We apologise for the various situations we know we have caused. We definitively renounce all our financial demands," he said, in remarks hailed by Ouattara as "sincere".

The world's top cocoa provider, Ivory Coast has an army numbering around 22,000 soldiers, among them many former rebels who were integrated into the armed forces after years of conflict.

Last year, the government unveiled an ambitious plan to modernise the military, part of which would involve the departure of several thousand men, particularly ex-rebels, who will not be replaced.

British hospitals hit by cyber attack

Several British hospitals were hit by a cyber attack on Friday, the country’s National Health Service said, forcing some to divert ambulances to other clinics and urge people not to contact their doctors.

“A number of NHS organisations have reported to NHS Digital that they have been affected by a ransomware attack,” the public health service said in a statement.

Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre is assisting the investigation into the incident, apparently caused by a piece of malware called Wanna Decryptor, it said.

“At this stage we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed,” the statement said, adding: “This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS and is affecting organisations from across a range of sectors.”

Several individual British health service trusts, each responsible for several hospitals, reported problems with their computer systems.

“We are aware of a major IT secure system attack. All IT systems have been temporarily shut down,” Derbyshire Community Health Services said on Twitter.

Blackpool Hospitals NHS Trust, which includes six hospitals, said: “Please don’t attend A&E unless it’s an emergency” and “Please avoid contacting your GP practice unless absolutely necessary”.

A spokesman for Barts Health NHS Trust in London said it was experiencing “major IT disruption” and delays at all four of its hospitals.

“We have activated our major incident plan to make sure we can maintain the safety and welfare of patients,” the spokesman said.

“We are very sorry that we have to cancel routine appointments, and would ask members of the public to use other NHS services wherever possible.

“Ambulances are being diverted to neighbouring hospitals.”

Several British hospitals were hit by a cyber attack on Friday, the country's National Health Service said, forcing some to divert ambulances to other clinics and urge people not to contact their doctors.

"A number of NHS organisations have reported to NHS Digital that they have been affected by a ransomware attack," the public health service said in a statement.

Britain's National Cyber Security Centre is assisting the investigation into the incident, apparently caused by a piece of malware called Wanna Decryptor, it said.

"At this stage we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed," the statement said, adding: "This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS and is affecting organisations from across a range of sectors."

Several individual British health service trusts, each responsible for several hospitals, reported problems with their computer systems.

"We are aware of a major IT secure system attack. All IT systems have been temporarily shut down," Derbyshire Community Health Services said on Twitter.

Blackpool Hospitals NHS Trust, which includes six hospitals, said: "Please don't attend A&E unless it's an emergency" and "Please avoid contacting your GP practice unless absolutely necessary".

A spokesman for Barts Health NHS Trust in London said it was experiencing "major IT disruption" and delays at all four of its hospitals.

"We have activated our major incident plan to make sure we can maintain the safety and welfare of patients," the spokesman said.

"We are very sorry that we have to cancel routine appointments, and would ask members of the public to use other NHS services wherever possible.

"Ambulances are being diverted to neighbouring hospitals."

MyStemKits™ Becomes Part of Konica Minolta’s New K-12 Classroom Solution

3D printing has been popular among the maker movement for years, but Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc. is focusing on making it more mainstream in the K-12 classroom.

3D printing has been popular among the maker movement for years, but Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc. is focusing on making it more mainstream in the K-12 classroom.

Local Heating and Air Conditioning Company Among Best Places to Work in the Washington D.C. Market

Modern Mechanical One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® (One Hour) in Ashburn is proud to be named to the latest Best Places to Work list published by the Washington Business Journal.

Modern Mechanical One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® (One Hour) in Ashburn is proud to be named to the latest Best Places to Work list published by the Washington Business Journal.

4th Annual Movement in the Park on Sunday, May 21

Dawn Baker and Fleet Feet Sports Present Movement in the Park Zumba, Walk, Run, Dance! It doesn’t matter how you move … just move! Join the fourth annual “Movement in the Park,” a health and wellness fair for all ages on Sunday, May 21, 2 – 5 p.m.

Dawn Baker and Fleet Feet Sports Present Movement in the Park Zumba, Walk, Run, Dance! It doesn't matter how you move … just move! Join the fourth annual "Movement in the Park," a health and wellness fair for all ages on Sunday, May 21, 2 – 5 p.m.

‘Contradictions abound in the Trump administration’

FRANCE 24’s correspondent in Washington Philip Crowther talks about the Trump administration’s difficulty in sticking to a consistent story line on ex-FBI director Comely’s dismissal.

FRANCE 24's correspondent in Washington Philip Crowther talks about the Trump administration's difficulty in sticking to a consistent story line on ex-FBI director Comely's dismissal.

Triumph Donnelly Studios Signs Karolina Muller to Exec Produce and Jalen Harrison for VV Fashions

Super Model / Actress and Cast Member of Vendetta Vette Karolina Muller to be an Exec Producer and Jalen Harrison Fashion Designer will Design the Vendetta Vette Fashions for the Official Movie Trailer.

Super Model / Actress and Cast Member of Vendetta Vette Karolina Muller to be an Exec Producer and Jalen Harrison Fashion Designer will Design the Vendetta Vette Fashions for the Official Movie Trailer.

United Way Volusia-Flagler Could Win $10,000 in FamilyWize’s “Healthy You, Happy Orlando” Campaiign

FamilyWize Community Service Partnership and the United Way Volusia-Flagler Counties have announced the launch of “Healthy You, Happy Orlando,” a 60-day campaign dedicated to improving the lives of Central Florida residents through prescription drug…

FamilyWize Community Service Partnership and the United Way Volusia-Flagler Counties have announced the launch of "Healthy You, Happy Orlando," a 60-day campaign dedicated to improving the lives of Central Florida residents through prescription drug...

Iran candidates exchange barbs in fiery final debate

Iran’s six presidential candidates exchanged barbs in their final debate on Friday, accusing each other of corruption and economic mismanagement a week ahead of the election.Seeking a second four-year term, moderate President Hassan Rouhani has been on…

Iran's six presidential candidates exchanged barbs in their final debate on Friday, accusing each other of corruption and economic mismanagement a week ahead of the election.

Seeking a second four-year term, moderate President Hassan Rouhani has been on the offensive all week, framing the vote as a choice between greater social freedoms and repression.

But the theme of Friday's debate was the economy, where continued stagnation and high unemployment have given plenty of ammunition to his conservative opponents.

Hardline Tehran mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf repeatedly returned to his theme that Rouhani's administration had only benefited the "four percenters" at the top of society.

"The country is facing an economic crisis, with unemployment, recession and inflation. A tree that has not born any fruit in four years will not yield anything positive in the future," said Ghalibaf.

"Tens of thousands of our factories have been closed and they are continuing to close."

Rouhani hit back that Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers had ended sanctions and brought a windfall from the return of oil sales over the past year that could now be invested.

"We want to allocate $15 billion for investments... and $3-5 billion for supporting the poor and needy," he said.

He said handouts would be focused on rural and deprived areas -- places where conservatives have tended to perform more strongly.

Cleric and jurist Ebrahim Raisi is seen as the leading conservative, though still a distant second to Rouhani in unofficial polls ahead of the May 19 vote.

He kept up his efforts to reach out to poor and religiously conservative voters.

"The people expect government members to fear God," he said.

"Poverty has increased with this government from 23 percent to 33 percent. We must increase direct aid to the poor," he added, accusing Rouhani's government of only boosting subsidies at the last minute to grab votes.

"Why did you wait for the election campaign to increase aid? Why didn't you do it four years ago? The people are intelligent and they will decide."

The six candidates selected to run by the conservative-dominated Guardian Council are evenly split between moderate-reformists on one side and hardliners on the other, and the debates have the feel of two teams clashing.

Some of the fiercest exchanges were between Ghalibaf and Iran's reformist vice president, Eshaq Jahangiri, who accused each other of corruption and making empty promises.

"We should check how many of the statements by the candidates are real and just slogans to fool the people," said Jahangiri.

He said the Tehran municipality had sold properties at cut-rate prices to allies, while Ghalibaf hit back that the vice president had himself acquired huge houses on the cheap.

Ghalibaf's attacks appeared carefully prepared, with documents alleging to back up his claims released on to social media within minutes of him speaking.

Toll Brothers and Lennar Release Renderings and Floorplans at Altair Irvine

Be in the know and among the first to get a sneak peek of the long-awaited renderings and floorplans of Altair Irvine, now available at www.altairirvine.com! Right now is your chance to preview the ten upscale neighborhoods that embody a whole new level..

Be in the know and among the first to get a sneak peek of the long-awaited renderings and floorplans of Altair Irvine, now available at www.altairirvine.com! Right now is your chance to preview the ten upscale neighborhoods that embody a whole new level..

Trump warns ex-FBI chief Comey over leaks to media

President Donald Trump warned ousted FBI Director James Comey on Friday against talking to the media, suggesting there might be tapes of conversations between the two men that could contradict his account.

President Donald Trump warned ousted FBI Director James Comey on Friday against talking to the media, suggesting there might be tapes of conversations between the two men that could contradict his account.

Britons would vote to leave Eurovision: poll

Britons are not finished severing their ties with Europe, according to a new poll on Friday showing a majority would support leaving the Eurovision Song Contest.The online poll by YouGov showed that 56 percent would be in favour of leaving and 44 perce…

Britons are not finished severing their ties with Europe, according to a new poll on Friday showing a majority would support leaving the Eurovision Song Contest.

The online poll by YouGov showed that 56 percent would be in favour of leaving and 44 percent in favour of staying, excluding those who did not know or would not vote.

Britain has won the Eurovision five times since it was first staged in 1956, making it joint third on the list of winners along with France and Luxembourg.

But many Britons complain that in recent decades their contestants have been unfairly overlooked and left near the foot of the leaderboard and the dreaded "nul points".

"The British public is not done attempting to disconnect the country from European institutions," the polling company said in a statement.

In last year's EU membership referendum, 52 percent of Britons who cast their ballots voted to leave the European Union while 48 percent wanted to stay.

The poll found roughly the same dividing lines.

Those who wanted to leave Eurovision included 76 percent of people who voted for Brexit, 81 percent of those who intend to vote for the anti-EU UK Independence Party at the upcoming general election and 78 percent of people aged 65 and over.

Those who wanted to stay included 65 percent of those who voted to remain in the European Union, 70 percent of those who intend to vote for the pro-EU Liberal Democrats and 69 percent of 18-24-year-olds.

The poll also found that 19 percent of Britons were going to watch Saturday's extravaganza in Kiev and only nine percent were watching because they liked the music.

First and second on the list of Eurovision winners are Ireland and Sweden.

Britain's only victory since 1981 was in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves performing "Love Shine a Light".

Sotheby’s holds debut African modern art sale

Sotheby’s, one of the world’s oldest auction houses, is holding its first ever sale of modern and contemporary African art in London in response to a surge in demand.

African artists currently account for just 0.01 percent of the international art market but the auctioneers are confident they are tapping into a fast-growing market.

Some 115 artworks by 63 artists from 14 countries across the continent are going under the hammer on Tuesday next week.

They include works by Ghana’s El Anatsui and William Kentridge and Irma Stern from South Africa, all of whom have sold for more than $1 million (920,000 euros) before.

“Sotheby’s has been watching this market grow for several years,” said Hannah O’Leary, head of modern and contemporary African art at the auction house established in 1744.

“We’re on the verge of African art finally being acknowledged and represented in the international art scene,” she told AFP.

“In recent years, I’ve seen an exponential increase in market demand,” she said.

The sale is expected to fetch £2.8 million-£4 million ($3.6 million-$5.1 million; 3.3 million-4.7 million euros).

The main countries represented are South Africa and Nigeria, but there are also works from Angolan, Malian and Ugandan artists, among others.

Six of the artists have never had their work sold in an auction before.

“There’s a real gulf in representation of Africa in the art market that really needs to be addressed,” O’Leary said.

“There are great opportunities, while the market is young, to really start collecting in this field.

“This auction has really caused a lot of excitement in the international art world.”

The highest-priced artwork is Anatsui’s “Earth Developing More Roots” (2011), a large-scale hanging sculpture made from discarded foil bottle-neck wrappers and copper wire.

It is expected to fetch £650,000-£850,000.

Francisco Vidal’s “Icarus Chocolate” (2013), valued at £15,000-£20,000, is painted directly onto machetes, one of the symbols on the Angolan flag.

“Crash Willy” (2009) by the Nigerian-British artist Yinka Shonibare, depicts a headless driver strewn across the back of a vintage car, its window pane broken and wheels coming off. It is set to fetch £120,000-£180,000.

Pre-sale exhibitions have been held in Paris, Johannesburg, Cape Town, New York and London.

Sotheby's, one of the world's oldest auction houses, is holding its first ever sale of modern and contemporary African art in London in response to a surge in demand.

African artists currently account for just 0.01 percent of the international art market but the auctioneers are confident they are tapping into a fast-growing market.

Some 115 artworks by 63 artists from 14 countries across the continent are going under the hammer on Tuesday next week.

They include works by Ghana's El Anatsui and William Kentridge and Irma Stern from South Africa, all of whom have sold for more than $1 million (920,000 euros) before.

"Sotheby's has been watching this market grow for several years," said Hannah O'Leary, head of modern and contemporary African art at the auction house established in 1744.

"We're on the verge of African art finally being acknowledged and represented in the international art scene," she told AFP.

"In recent years, I've seen an exponential increase in market demand," she said.

The sale is expected to fetch £2.8 million-£4 million ($3.6 million-$5.1 million; 3.3 million-4.7 million euros).

The main countries represented are South Africa and Nigeria, but there are also works from Angolan, Malian and Ugandan artists, among others.

Six of the artists have never had their work sold in an auction before.

"There's a real gulf in representation of Africa in the art market that really needs to be addressed," O'Leary said.

"There are great opportunities, while the market is young, to really start collecting in this field.

"This auction has really caused a lot of excitement in the international art world."

The highest-priced artwork is Anatsui's "Earth Developing More Roots" (2011), a large-scale hanging sculpture made from discarded foil bottle-neck wrappers and copper wire.

It is expected to fetch £650,000-£850,000.

Francisco Vidal's "Icarus Chocolate" (2013), valued at £15,000-£20,000, is painted directly onto machetes, one of the symbols on the Angolan flag.

"Crash Willy" (2009) by the Nigerian-British artist Yinka Shonibare, depicts a headless driver strewn across the back of a vintage car, its window pane broken and wheels coming off. It is set to fetch £120,000-£180,000.

Pre-sale exhibitions have been held in Paris, Johannesburg, Cape Town, New York and London.

Several Spanish firms targeted in cyber attacks

Telecom giant Telefonica and several other Spanish companies were targeted in cyber attacks Friday, the government said.The energy ministry said it had “confirmation of various cyber attacks targeting Spanish companies”, adding the attackers used so-ca…

Telecom giant Telefonica and several other Spanish companies were targeted in cyber attacks Friday, the government said.

The energy ministry said it had "confirmation of various cyber attacks targeting Spanish companies", adding the attackers used so-called ransomware which blocks access to files until a ransom is paid.

Some staff computers at the firms were affected, but service and network operations were not, the ministry said.

The firms' clients were also unaffected.

It added that there had been no breach of data security.

Spain's national cryptology centre, a division of the country's intelligence services, said the ransomware used in the attacks was of the WannaCry type which locks targeted files with a secret encryption algorithm.

It affected Windows operating systems and any linked networks, it said.

Telefonica reacted by switching off all computers at its Madrid headquarters, after hundreds of PCs came under attack, a source at the company told AFP.

Telefonica staff were told in megaphone announcements to urgently shut down their workstations, the source said.

Spanish energy company Iberdrola, a client of Telefonica, meanwhile shut down its computers as a precaution, a spokesman told AFP, but later found them to be unaffected by the attacks.

Boateng, Sanches to stay at Bayern: Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti on Friday insisted Germany star Jerome Boateng and under-performing Renato Sanches will next season stay at Bayern Munich, who aim to assert their Bundesliga domination at title-rivals RB Leipzig this weekend.Ancelotti’s Bayern, the con…

Carlo Ancelotti on Friday insisted Germany star Jerome Boateng and under-performing Renato Sanches will next season stay at Bayern Munich, who aim to assert their Bundesliga domination at title-rivals RB Leipzig this weekend.

Ancelotti's Bayern, the confirmed 2016/17 Bundesliga champions, need a win at second-placed RB Leipzig on Saturday to maintain the status quo as Germany's top club.

As head coach, Ancelotti needs a moral-boosting victory to steady the ship with rumours of unrest behind the scenes amidst disappointment after last month's Champions League quarter-final exit.

Boateng had reportedly been considering his future and was unhappy about being left out of the starting side for their German Cup semi-final home defeat against Borussia Dortmund.

A first-choice player for Germany Boateng has a Bayern contract until 2021.

He faces stiff competition for a first-team place next season alongside Javi Martinez, Mats Hummels and Niklas Suele, who will join from Hoffenheim.

However, Ancelotti says Boateng is going nowhere having spoken to the defender.

"He is our player and will be our player next season," said Ancelotti.

"His standing in the team is good, we don't need to discuss it."

Ancelotti has also spoken to Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches, 19, a disappointing signing having spent his first season mainly on the bench after costing 35 million euros ($38.2m) from Benfica.

"He will be here next season and he will play often," said the Italian, with Sanches set for more chances after Xabi Alonso retires at the end of the season.

"We have to be patient.

"Of course, we expected more from him, given his qualities, but it's not easy for a young player to switch to a new country with a new style."

Bayern's match at Leipzig is a top-of-the-table clash.

However, with a fifth straight German league title secured and a ten-point gap between Germany's best two teams, there is just pride -- and a few records for Leipzig -- at stake.

"It's all about prestige," added Ancelotti, while forward Thomas Mueller said their aim is clear: "we want to once again prove we're number one."

Boateng is set to partner David Alaba at centre-back in Leipzig with Hummels and Martinez sidelined.

Bayern will also field third-choice goalkeeper Tom Starke with Manuel Neuer (foot) and Sven Ulreich (elbow) injured.

Bayern hammered Leipzig 3-0 when the teams met in Munich in December and Saturday's hosts have a score to settle.

"There couldn't be a better opponent to motivate us and to settle a score from the first match," said Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuettl.

Leipzig's defender Willi Orban is out with an ankle injury with the hosts chasing some Bundesliga records.

RB have marked their first Bundesliga season with a direct place in the Champions League next season.

They need just one more win to claim a record 21 victories for a team in their first year after promotion and with 66 points, they are just two short of the record for a new team in Germany's top flight.

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Regime change leads to chaos & persecution of Christians – senior Russian cleric to RT

Preview The policy of regime change “in the name of democracy” gives terrorists control over vast territories and makes Christians flee and suffer, Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev told RT during his Washington visit.
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More than 1,200 ‘quit Damascus rebel zones’ under deal

More than 1,200 people including rebels left two opposition-held districts of Damascus on Friday under an agreement that will bring Syria’s government closer to exerting full control over the capital.For more than two years, the government of President…

More than 1,200 people including rebels left two opposition-held districts of Damascus on Friday under an agreement that will bring Syria's government closer to exerting full control over the capital.

For more than two years, the government of President Bashar al-Assad has touted such "reconciliation deals" as the best way to end the country's brutal war.

Friday's evacuations were part of the first such deal for the Syrian capital itself.

According to Syrian state news agency SANA, 718 rebels were among a total of 1,246 people evacuated from the Damascus districts of Barzeh and Tishrin.

"The exit of armed fighters and their families will be completed in several waves in the coming days until the district is completely free of any signs of armed people," the agency said.

Earlier on Friday, SANA said that 664 people including 103 rebels had left the northern district of Barzeh, but it did not give a number for Tishrin.

A source from the pro-government National Defence Forces confirmed the same number of evacuees from Barzeh and told AFP they left on 12 buses.

"The evacuations are part of the deal reached first in Barzeh, to which the neighbouring northeastern district of Tishrin was later added," the source said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that months of negotiations had been held to secure the evacuations of three rebel districts of Damascus: Barzeh, Tishrin and Qabun, also in the northeast.

The deal for Barzeh was agreed first and the evacuations began on Monday, with 1,022 people including 560 rebels leaving the district and heading to the country's north.

Talks over Tishrin continued in secret throughout the week until Friday, according to Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.

No deal has yet been reached on Qabun, where government forces on Thursday seized control of a number of apartment blocks and a power station, the Observatory said.

Abdel Rahman said the advance was part of efforts to push rebels there to join the evacuation agreement.

Syria's government has announced its intent to include more Damascus neighbourhoods in the deal, among them Qabun and the Palestinian camp of Yarmuk in the south.

"We are working on Qabun and there is the Yarmuk camp, where talks are under way for the evacuation of armed groups," Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said earlier this week.

Ebola outbreak declared in northeast DR Congo: WHO

An Ebola outbreak has been declared in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization said Friday, after the virus caused three deaths in the area since April 22.The WHO said the outbreak affects an equatorial forest region in Ba…

An Ebola outbreak has been declared in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization said Friday, after the virus caused three deaths in the area since April 22.

The WHO said the outbreak affects an equatorial forest region in Bas-Uele province, bordering Central African Republic.

The last Ebola outbreak in Congo in 2014 was quickly contained and killed 49 people according to official figures.

In a television address, Health Minister Oly Ilunga confirmed the outbreak while urging the population "not to panic".

The country "has taken all necessary measures to responde quickly and efficiently to this new outbreak", he said.

The WHO said it was working closely with DR Congo authorities to help deploy health workers and protective equipment in the remote area, which is difficult for teams to access, in order to "rapidly control the outbreak".

In 2013, an Ebola epidemic began in west Africa that killed 11,300 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and has left thousands more survivors with long-term health problems.

The WHO was criticised at the time for responding too slowly and failing to grasp the gravity of the outbreak.

President seeks to assert South Sudan authority after sacking army chief

South Sudan’s president insisted Friday that the security situation was “normal” and that people had no reason to worry, three days after dismissing powerful army chief Paul Malong.President Salva Kiir’s dismissal of Malong on Tuesday night has raised …

South Sudan's president insisted Friday that the security situation was "normal" and that people had no reason to worry, three days after dismissing powerful army chief Paul Malong.

President Salva Kiir's dismissal of Malong on Tuesday night has raised concern among the population who fear confrontation between soldiers loyal to each man.

Speaking at the presidential palace in Juba, Kiir presented Malong's dismissal as "routine work".

However, Kiir berated Malong who he said had erred by failing to thank him for the job he held and by not congratulating his successor, James Ajongo, on his new appointment.

"I was talking to him, I said, Malong, you did a mistake: the first thing that you should have done was to thank me personally for the period I have given you to serve the people of South Sudan. Secondly you are supposed to call James Ajongo and also congratulate him for his new assignment," Kiir said.

Kiir said that when he last spoke to Malong he was "in a fighting mood".

"I tried to calm him down but he was rather wild," said Kiir adding that the situation would be "contained".

Malong was due to return to the capital Juba later Friday.

The general is widely regarded as the mastermind of fighting that erupted in the capital, Juba, last July killing hundreds and dashing hopes of a power-sharing government between Kiir and his former deputy turned rebel leader Riek Machar, a member of the Nuer tribe.

The Dinka and the Nuer are the two largest ethnic groups in South Sudan and have a history of bloody rivalry.

UN investigators were among those who blamed Malong for the bloody attacks in July in which civilians were killed and foreign aid workers raped.

The US subsequently failed to get Malong sanctioned and put on a UN blacklist, subject to an assets freeze and travel ban, for his role in the ongoing conflict.

South Sudan has been at war since December 2013 when Kiir fell out with Machar, accusing him of plotting a coup.

The conflict -- characterised by brutality and human rights violations -- has triggered famine in parts of the country, forced millions from their homes and killed tens of thousands so far.

Dutch court urged to order DNA tests on late sperm bank doc

A group of Dutch people born through IVF treatment petitioned a court on Friday seeking DNA tests on the late head of a sperm clinic to determine if he was their father.The 23 parents and children claim that Jan Karbaat, who died last month, may have u…

A group of Dutch people born through IVF treatment petitioned a court on Friday seeking DNA tests on the late head of a sperm clinic to determine if he was their father.

The 23 parents and children claim that Jan Karbaat, who died last month, may have used his own sperm instead of that of the chosen donor at the fertility clinic he ran close to the port city of Rotterdam.

"It's a fundamental right to know where one came from," the lawyer for the families, Tim Bueters, told the Rotterdam court.

"It's a question of identity, it helps someone to form their personality," he said, asking the court to order DNA tests to prove whether Karbaat was the father.

Karbaat reportedly admitted to having fathered about 60 children in his time at the clinic, which closed in 2009 amid reports of irregularities.

Bueters highlighted some inconsistencies, such as that one of his clients had brown eyes when the sperm donor was supposedly blue-eyed, or that another male client physically resembled the doctor.

But Lisette de Haan, the lawyer for Karbaat's family, shot back: "There is not the slightest evidence that Mr Karbaat was the donor."

She also urged the court to respect the Karbaat family's right to privacy.

Karbaat, who billed himself as "a pioneer in the field of fertilisation", even asked in his will that no DNA tests be carried out after his death.

But court officials at the request of the families seized some personal objects such as a toothbrush from his home on May 2. DNA tests on these objects would be the preferred option, but the court could also order a test on one of his legitimate children or even call for the body to be exhumed.

The court will return its decision on June 2.

"As a mother, this judgement won't give me anything," said Esther Heij, one of the plaintiffs, after the hearing.

"But I see at home how my son's life has been affected. He was so angry when Karbaat died, and that he was taking this to his grave."

On paper, her son and daughter were conceived thanks to the same sperm donor. "Tests are underway, but it's not clear if they really are brother and sister. My daughter looks like Karbaat... tall and thin."

Moniek Wassenaar, 36, who also attended the hearing, met the head of the sperm bank in 2010. She recently recounted to Dutch media how he had told her "it was possible I was his biological child."

He said he was proud of what he had done, saying "he was in good health and intelligent, so he could share some of his genes with the world. He saw it as something noble. He had no concept of ethics and minimised the impact on the children," she added.

Karbaat allegedly falsified his clinic's data, analyses and donor descriptions and exceeded the permitted number of six children per donor.

Hollywood star Dempsey goes from Grey’s Anatomy to Giro pink jersey

American actor Patrick Dempsey played a starring role at the Giro d’Italia on Friday — when he donned a vintage pink jersey and rode with the peloton for the opening kilometres of the seventh stage at Castrovillari.Dempsey, who played a doctor in the …

American actor Patrick Dempsey played a starring role at the Giro d'Italia on Friday -- when he donned a vintage pink jersey and rode with the peloton for the opening kilometres of the seventh stage at Castrovillari.

Dempsey, who played a doctor in the popular television series Grey's Anatomy, was appearing as a guest of the BMC team, who were celebrating on Thursday after seeing their Swiss rider Silvan Dillier clinch the fifth stage.

Dempsey appeared at the start line of Castrovillari and was also pictured on the riders' podium, where he was asked who his favourite cyclist of all-time was.

"Merckx," replied the 51-year-old American, referring to retired Belgian legend Eddy Merckx - generally considered the greatest stage racer of all time.

Dempsey then hopped on his bike, clipped into his cleats and rode alongside Luxembourg's Bob Jungels -- wearing the real pink jersey as race leader -- for the opening kilometres of the route which lead to the official start line.

Friday's stage is a 217 km ride from Castrovillari to Albrobello, close to Bari in the 'heel' of Italy's boot.

Thieves break into German military compound, steal weapons from armored carrier

Unidentified thieves stole weapons from inside a Fox armored personnel carrier after breaking into a military facility in northern Germany, the Bundeswehr confirmed to local media. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Festive mood and tight security for Tunisia Jewish festival

?An annual Jewish pilgrimage to Africa’s oldest synagogue on Tunisia’s Djerba island began on Friday under tight security but in a festive mood.An AFP journalist saw dozens of pilgrims from the North African country and from France heading to the rever…

?An annual Jewish pilgrimage to Africa's oldest synagogue on Tunisia's Djerba island began on Friday under tight security but in a festive mood.

An AFP journalist saw dozens of pilgrims from the North African country and from France heading to the revered Ghriba synagogue to pray, light candles and write wishes on eggs.

Some celebrated the centuries-old Lag BaOmer festival by sipping glasses of boukha, a liqueur made from figs.

"My parents brought me to Djerba when I was a little boy and each year since I have returned," said Sylvain, who travelled from Paris.

"This year I came with my oldest brother and some friends. We are happy to be here," said the 55-year-old interior decorator.

Organisers expect the two-day festival to attract up to 3,000 visitors, 1,000 more than last year when Tunisia was still reeling after a series of jihadist attacks.

They said pilgrims were expected from Belgium, Spain, the United States and even Israel, despite the government there warning its citizens for the third consecutive year against taking part.

The festival passed off without incident last year and in 2015.

Since its 2011 revolution, Tunisia has experienced an increase in jihadist attacks that have cost the lives of dozens of members of the security forces and 59 foreign tourists.

The country has also been under a state of emergency since November 2015, when a suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed 12 presidential guards.

"We trust the Tunisian authorities to guarantee security," the head of the synagogue, Perez Trabelsi, told AFP. "I am optimistic."

A helicopter overflew the area and checkpoints were set up around the synagogue which was heavily guarded by police, soldiers and members of the anti-terror brigades.

The number of pilgrims visiting the Ghriba synagogue has fallen sharply since a suicide bombing claimed by Al-Qaeda struck Ghriba just before the 2002 pilgrimage, killing 21 people.

Before then the event attracted as many as 8,000 people a year.

Believed to have been founded in 586 BC by Jews fleeing the destruction of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, the Ghriba synagogue has long been a destination for pilgrims, especially for Jews of Tunisian descent.

Some 1,500 Jews live in Tunisia, down sharply from an estimated 100,000 before the country won independence from France in 1956.

Huge Rio slave cemetery faces crisis after cuts

When Merced Guimaraes found piles of human bones under the floor of her Rio de Janeiro house during a refurbishment, she thought she’d stumbled upon evidence of a serial killer.Guimaraes even worried that police would “think I killed them.” The “terrif…

When Merced Guimaraes found piles of human bones under the floor of her Rio de Janeiro house during a refurbishment, she thought she'd stumbled upon evidence of a serial killer.

Guimaraes even worried that police would "think I killed them." The "terrified" builders doing the work fled.

What she'd discovered, though, was something more terrible: her house sat on the remains of many thousands of African slaves -- the biggest slave cemetery ever found in the Americas.

That accidental brush with history in 1996 transformed Guimaraes, an energetic, cheerful woman who is now 60.

She ceded control of her small family business to her children and instead of trying to build a comfortable home, set out to turn the property into a museum. She wanted to create "a living testimony to a crime against humanity."

In 2005, she finally succeeded, opening the Institute of New Blacks. The exhibit, centered on a large pit crammed with yet-to-be exhumed bones, had attracted 70,000 visitors by last year, with the traffic on a rapid upward curve.

Despite that success, the institute is close to shutting down.

Lack of money is the obvious reason.

A government subsidy has been cut amid fierce recession and the hangover of hosting the Rio Olympics, leaving the institute struggling to pay electricity bills or even to buy cleaning supplies.

But ultimately the problem, Guimaraes says, is deeper: Brazilians simply don't want to confront their "national shame."

Ten times as many slaves -- almost five million in all -- were shipped to Brazil as to the United States before the country abolished slavery in 1888, the last nation in the Americas to do so.

- Hidden history -

That mass movement left Brazil with the largest black population outside Africa and a rich musical and cultural heritage. Yet the dark side is rarely discussed and even less effort is made to honor the victims.

Rio's old port area was once the heart of the slave business. Ships docked there, so-called "new blacks" were quarantined, and the survivors were sold.

But with the physical reminders mostly gone or buried, the history has been lost to all but the specialists.

The finding of what are believed to be tens of thousands of human bones under Guimaraes' house -- and also the 2011 discovery nearby of the Valongo slave ship wharf -- have not been enough to cure that amnesia.

Plenty of schools and scholars visit the institute, but it's barely known to the general public, a pinprick on the Rio tourism map. Ambitious plans for expansion to a three-floor facility look like a fantasy.

"The Brazilian government has and never did have any interest in these questions. The problem isn't today's financial crisis. This has been going on for years," said Antonio Carlos Rodrigues, the museum's general secretary.

"It's racism," Guimaraes said.

- 'Children of the house' -

For years, Guimaraes funded the project with her own business, a pest control company. Then in 2013, a Rio urban renewal fund established ahead of the Olympics came to her help, covering the approximately 9,000 reais ($2,800) monthly operating costs.

This year, amid near bankruptcy in the Rio government, that aid was suddenly axed, leaving the institute with only enough funds to survive until July, Guimaraes said. Then "we'll have to close for an indefinite period."

One obvious solution to the funding problem -- making people pay for tickets -- is unthinkable, Guimaraes says.

"It's not right to charge people to see a crime."

Visitors to the institute get to see a short documentary film and artefacts, like a branding iron used to mark newly purchased slaves. But the bone fragments, tibias and broken skulls lying in the dirt are the real draw.

The mass grave is documented to have been in use from 1769 to 1830. But no one really knows how many people lie there, with conservative estimates at around 50,000, according to archaeologist Reinaldo Tavares, volunteering from Rio State University.

Bones were generally burned and crushed to make space and cataloguing is "extremely slow," Tavares said.

Last week he found a complete skeleton of a woman. She lies stretched out, her mouth open, as if in a silent, endless cry.

Leticia Valdetaro, a 12-year-old girl who came on a school tour, called the sight "unreal."

"I feel really bad, I feel ashamed," she said. "This happened in our country."

But whatever happens to the museum, Guimaraes will never abandon her unplanned housemates.

They were tossed away like "garbage," she says, wiping a tear from her cheek. But to her, "they're children, children here in the house, in our house."

Guardiola sharpens knife for Manchester City clearout

Pep Guardiola says he has made his mind up on the futures of Manchester City?s seven out-of-contract players, but added that they will have to wait until the end of the season to find out.Yaya Toure, Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Willy Cab…

Pep Guardiola says he has made his mind up on the futures of Manchester City?s seven out-of-contract players, but added that they will have to wait until the end of the season to find out.

Yaya Toure, Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Willy Caballero, Jesus Navas and Tosin Adarabioyo have yet to discover if Guardiola will keep them on for next season.

However, City?s manager has made clear that he only wants focus on the final three matches of the season, starting with Saturday's home game against Leicester, as his side try to secure Champions League qualification.

Asked if he had spoken to any of the seven players about their futures, Guardiola said: ?No.?

He did, however, make clear that their fates have been sealed, adding: ?It does not depend if they play the last three games.

?The decision is already made. We are going to communicate after the season. I know in my mind.?

Toure, who has been impressive since regaining his place in November after an early-season fall-out with Guardiola, celebrates his 34th birthday on Saturday.

The midfielder memorably got involved in a public controversy three years ago when his agent Dimitri Seluk accused the club?s owners of not showing him enough respect on his birthday.

Guardiola joked that there would be no such problem this time, saying: ?We?ll get him as big a cake as possible. We are going to do that. But after the game.?

Sergio Aguero and John Stones could both play a part against Leicester, having returned to training after recovering from injury.

- seven points -

Top scorer Aguero missed last Saturday?s 5-0 win over Crystal Palace with a groin injury, while centre-back Stones has not played for more than a month because of a muscle problem.

Guardiola admitted that City have not done as well as he expected this season, but believes the club are making progress ? and is confident that they can get the seven points from three games needed to make certain of a place in next season?s Champions League.

He said: ?I enjoyed it. I expected us to fight until the end in the table, especially in the Premier League, because in the Champions League we were not ready to compete with the best teams in Europe.

?But I was expecting to compete until the end, the last three, four, five games, to fight for the Premier League title.

?We were not able to do that because again I think in the boxes we were not good enough to be able to fight until the end.

?But I?m so optimistic. Of course, over the last three games, we are able to qualify for the Champions League. I think we will be stronger next season.?

Finishing third would ensure City a place in the Champions League group stages, while fourth place will require them to go through a play-off in August, as they did this season.

Three wins would guarantee third place, but Guardiola said he would be ready for a play-off if necessary.

He said: ?If we finish fourth, we?ll go into the Champions League play-off like this season and my first at Barcelona.

?The pre-season will already be done. We?re going to the United States to play tough friendly games. You go there, you have to make a good performance there.

?Of course, if we have already qualified for the group stages, we are going to prepare and arrive at the first game in the Premier League ready.

?If it doesn?t happen, we?re going to prepare for the play-off. When you play that, it becomes the most important game of the season.

?If we?re not able to do third or fourth we?re going to prepare for the first game of the Europa League.?

Missouri State Championship Mountain Bike Races Coming to Warsaw

The Missouri State Championship “The Down and Dirty Mountain Bike Race” is coming to Warsaw, MO on May 21, 2017. This makes the second consecutive year at the Truman Lake Mountain Bike Park.

The Missouri State Championship "The Down and Dirty Mountain Bike Race" is coming to Warsaw, MO on May 21, 2017. This makes the second consecutive year at the Truman Lake Mountain Bike Park.

Canada rallies to beat France at ice hockey championships

The 2017 World Ice Hockey Championship on Thursday saw titleholders Canada prevail against a tenacious French side in Paris, with the tournament’s hosts hoping they can still secure a ticket to the quarter-finals.

The 2017 World Ice Hockey Championship on Thursday saw titleholders Canada prevail against a tenacious French side in Paris, with the tournament’s hosts hoping they can still secure a ticket to the quarter-finals.

Launch of KTools OST to PST Converter with Office365 Migrating Support

The release informs about the KTools OST to PST Converter update version that recently took place. It brought forward an upgraded move Office 365 option for OST data management.

The release informs about the KTools OST to PST Converter update version that recently took place. It brought forward an upgraded move Office 365 option for OST data management.