Official: Dwyer is moving to Orlando

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What Orlando gives for Dwyer is of course really awesome.

1.6 million in general and targeted allocation money. If you compare that to recent trades, Dwyer has roughly the equivalent of Dax McCarty + Kevin Molino + Kekuta Manneh + AJ Delagarza.

If SKC uses that well, you can strengthen the team extremely. From the Orlando perspective, that’s the least I can understand. With Larin you have a good goal getter (even if he probably wants to go away himself and has only made negative headlines recently) and on the offensive with Rivas, Barnes, Kaka, Johnson you are already well cast.

It’s not the case that Dwyer is the all-over top striker in the MLS.

Even if it was a few days ago, I still want to reply to your comment.

Yes, Orlando pays a lot of money for Dwyer. But it’s definitely worth the money.
Dwyer is incredibly consistent. With him it is actually certain that he will perform well and that costs a lot.
In addition, the league is slowly developing.
I think that the transfer fees will go in that direction in the future.
You shouldn’t forget that in previous transfers there were always draft picks, intl. roster spots etc. were there. They are also worth something

But as I said, the replacement of Dwyers will, I think, usher in a new “age”.
You can see that the transfer fees are increasing by the amount of transfer fees that are rejected.
Accam is currently at 3 million as you can hear. At Nagbe, people only started listening from 3.5 million.
Even if these are transfer requests from abroad, it still shows that the MLS is now at a corresponding level.
And the transfers within the league are becoming more expensive.

I can absolutely understand that Orlando Dwyer of all people got himself.
For one, Dwyer knows the organization. He had already played for Orlando in 2013.
Plus, it’s only a matter of time before the offensive you’ve enumerated breaks away.
Larin will have been with Orlando the longest. At some point they will no longer be able to refuse the offers. At Kaká it looks like he’ll end his career at the end of the season.
Barnes and Rivas are both lagging behind their expectations.


Experimental HIV vaccine gives “encouraging” results

The clash between Twitter and Donald Trump splashes Facebook, in a delicate position since its boss, Mark Zuckerberg, refused to sanction controversial remarks by the president and is publicly disavowed by employees – a rare phenomenon in Silicon Valley.

“Mark is wrong, and I’m going to try to make him change his mind by making a lot of noise,” tweeted Ryan Freitas, design director for Facebook’s News Feed, on Sunday.

On Monday, the movement gained momentum with an online strike by several employees, including Sara Zhang, who said on Twitter: “We must face the danger, not stay under cover.”

Originally, two unprecedented Twitter interventions last week.

The platform first reported two tweets from the US president about postal voting with the words “check the facts”.

Mark Zuckerberg then reminded Fox News that the platforms, he said, should not play the role of “arbiters of truth online” – an interview retweeted by Donald Trump.

Then, on Friday, Twitter masked another message from the White House tenant, about the clashes in Minneapolis after the death of a black man, George Floyd, for violating the network’s guidelines on the praise of violence.

“The lootings will be immediately greeted by bullets,” said Donald Trump of the protests which degenerate into riots.

These comments also appear on Facebook, but Mark Zuckerberg decided to leave them visible, “after hesitating all day”.

In a publication on his profile, he said that he condemned the “divisive and inflammatory rhetoric” of the president as “personal”, but did not intend to delete the messages, in the name of freedom of expression and the public interest in get informed.

– The rebels of the network –

“I know that many people are unhappy (…), but our position is to facilitate as much expression as possible, unless there is an imminent risk of harm to others or of dangers as described in our regulations” .

Twitter and Facebook have set up systems to combat dangerous content (hate speech, harassment, etc.) and against disinformation.

But Facebook exempts political figures and candidates from the essential of these measures.

“I don’t know what to do, but I know that doing nothing is not acceptable. I am a Facebook employee who completely disagrees with Mark’s decision to do nothing about recent Trump posts, which clearly urge violence, “Jason Stirman, a research and development officer for the company, tweeted on Saturday on Saturday.

“I am not alone at Facebook. There is no neutral position on racism,” he added.

In fact, several other employees took the floor this weekend.

“I think Trump’s tweet (on looting) encourages extrajudicial violence and fuels racism. Respect for the Twitter team,” writes designer David Gillis.

Sara Zhang and other employees are calling for a change in the rules, which offer only two options: leave the content or remove it.

“Facebook’s decision not to act on posts that incite violence ignores other options for keeping our community safe,” she notes.

On Twitter, the president’s message in question remained visible despite the warning, but users cannot retweet, “like” or respond to it.

– Call to a friend –

To make matters worse, the American press revealed on Sunday that Mark Zuckerberg and Donald Trump met on Friday by telephone.

The conversation was “productive,” according to anonymous sources on the specialty site Axios and the CNBC channel. It has neither been confirmed nor denied by the parties concerned.

The question now arises about the ability of Facebook’s all-new “Supreme Court” to intervene.

“We are aware that people want the Council to address many important issues related to online content,” said the network’s “Supervisory Council”, which took shape earlier this month.

He is supposed to have the final say on whether or not to maintain controversial content, independently.

The network giant is directly affected by Donald Trump’s counterattack against Twitter.

The US president signed a decree on Thursday attacking a fundamental law of the American internet, Section 230, which offers digital platforms immunity from any legal action related to content published by third parties. And gives them the freedom to intervene as they please to police the exchanges.


Orlando Bloom on vacation with his famous French family

Orlando Bloom is currently spending holidays in France and took the opportunity to visit his cousins ​​in France. On social networks, everyone shared their happiness to meet again.

The joy of getting together with cousins. With his busy superstar schedule, it’s hard for Orlando Bloom to find time to see his loved ones. But when he finally manages to visit them, the actor makes the most of it, with joy and discretion. Currently in our country, it is with his French family to whom he is linked by his mother, Sonia Constance Josephine (née Copeland), that he is having a good time. On Instagram, her cousin Mathile Lockwood, daughter of soprano Caroline Casadesus and jazzman Didier Lockwood, posted an adorable photo in which she poses alongside him, accompanying the caption’s snapshot: “Dinner in Paris with my cousin, so much. ‘love”. A nice message to which the actor replied. “My little cousin, I adore you,” he wrote.

The young woman born in 1995, professional rider, is not the only member of the family to have posted a photo of her reunion with the star. His half-brother, Thomas Enhco, born in 1988 and also a renowned musician indicated on Instagram that he was in Ars-en-Ré, in Charente-Maritime with his “cousin and uncle”. An uncle who is none other than Sebastian Copeland, award-winning photographer and committed to the fight for the climate. In Match in 2015, he told of having gone on an expedition with Orlando Bloom, “on a research boat, in Antarctica, for three weeks in 2007”. “He’s a great athlete, like me,” he added. The actor never misses an opportunity to support him in his many projects.

If Orlando Bloom feels so comfortable with his cousins, it’s because like him, they’ve always been in the art world. Sebastian Copeland’s grandmother, and great-grandmother of Mathilde and Thomas is the great actress Gisèle Casadesus, now 103 years old. As for Sebastien Copeland’s father, he is the great conductor Jean-Claude Casadesus.

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Stopover on Île de Ré for actor Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom’s little cousin, pianist Thomas Enhco, posted a photo of himself with the British actor on his Instagram account on Saturday. It indicates to be in the island of Ré (Charente-Maritime), in Ars-en-Ré precisely.

We also see the photographer and adventurer Sebastian Copeland, first cousin of Orlando Bloom and uncle of Thomas Enhco.

Above: Orlando Bloom, Thomas Enhco and Sebastian Copeland in Île de Ré.

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Here are three things you may not know about the (small) links between Orlando Bloom and Charente-Maritime.

1. He has a cheeky ex who loves Île de Ré

Last year, while Orlando Bloom was still in a relationship with singer Katy Perry, the latter had also taken a vacation in the Ile de Ré. She had immortalized this moment on Instagram by posting a photo that had spilled a lot of ink in the people sections. We saw her on her bicycle showing off her panties!

The post, “liked” over a million times, was accompanied by a comment by the artist: “I know it’s a little cheeky, butt… Cycling in The ile de re, France“, which can be translated as” I know it’s a bit cheeky, but … I cycle on the Ile de Ré in France. “Katy Perry had misspelled” but “in English by writing” butt “instead of” goal “, a” butt “which can be translated as” buttocks “…

2. The music from one of his films accompanies Stade Rochelais

British actor Orlando Bloom is particularly famous for playing Will Turner, one of the main characters of the saga “Pirates of the Caribbean”. A saga that has a particular echo in Charente-Maritime since the main theme of the films, “He’s a pirate”, resonates on match days at the Stade Marcel-Deflandre, in La Rochelle. This is the music on which the rugby player at Stade Rochelais are entering the field.

3. A family of artists, from Ré to Royan (among others)

Thomas Enhco, the little cousin of Orlando Bloom who posted the photo of the actor in the island of Ré, is none other than the son of the lyric singer Caroline Casadesus, herself daughter of the conductor Jean-Claude Casadesus and granddaughter of the actress Gisele Casadesus, 103 years old, settled on the Ile de Ré since 1922.

And the stepfather of Thomas Enhco (cousin by marriage of Orlando Bloom) is the famous violinist Didier Lockwood ! The jazzman is also in Charente-Maritime at the moment since he participates in the classical music festival Un Violon sur le sable, in Royan. Her daughter Mathilde Lookwood (half-sister of Thomas Enhco) also received a visit from Orlando, in Paris, this weekend. The proof by Insta, once again:

Nuclear attack from North Korea befürchetet: Hawaii prepares

North Korea provoked the world. Due to the ongoing missile tests react the US States of Hawaii and Alaska – it is an attack of the regime with nuclear is feared weapons.

Hawaii/Alaska – The sabre-rattling from North Korea, the world’s shocks. Hawaii draws consequences from and spreads to a nuclear strike by the North Koreans. Background the ongoing missile tests by the regime. Recently, Pyongyang threatened “to be any time and any place” to a new nuclear test to be ready.

Hawaii is responsive and has launched a preparatory program for the residents, such as the World reported. Also Alaska is a guide, therefore, steps, and prepare for a possible attack with missiles. Due to the threats of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un wants to perform the United States a missile defense test on the island of Kodiak Island in the U.S. state of Alaska. Marines should have the statement on the next weekend of sea areas between the island and Hawaii to keep. The aims, Worldfrom a note the US coast guard to emerge.

The U.S. army will test parts of the missile defense system THAAD, such as a report of the Kodiak Daily Mirror to refer to be. The System is the same, that also in South Korea, and Guam is stationed, to stop a potential missile attacks from North Korea. “The North Korean leadership has shown that they can, even if it appears irrational, smart, and ruthlessly goes about it,” says expert Chris Douglas on the Homepage of the government-funded “Australian Strategic Policy Institute”. Also Australia sees itself, however, is the danger of the mercy that emanates from North Korea.

The civil protection authority, gives instructions

Most significantly, and is currently in Hawaii with the threat. There is an information campaign. This, according to the inhabitants of the island should prepare for a chain on a possible nuclear strike by North Korea. The civil protection Agency has created a fact sheet that anyone can access on the Internet. It States, in fact, that citizens should follow three steps as soon as the sirens sound In a building on a concrete house – go there for up to two weeks, and on Radio and TV on information wait.

The civil protection authority informed.

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Compared to Hawaii News Now, the head of the Hawaiian civil protection, said Miyagi Vern: An Intercontinental ballistic missile from North Korea, need to launch only 20 minutes to reach Hawaii. The residents would then have, after notification, eight to twelve minutes time, to bring themselves in safety.

But not only missiles threat: “North Korea already has a System to bring nuclear weapons anywhere in the world to your destination – it is just not rocket technology,” writes Chris Douglas. The means of choice could be instead quite ordinary Transport Container, the expert explains.


Upton Sinclar: “Boston” – attacks on the system (archive)

“Boston” begins with the funeral of a patriarch, a member of the blue-blooded caste who runs the city. Josiah Quincy Thornwell, former governor of the State of Massachusetts, still called “Commonwealth” in nostalgic transfiguration of old times, sits slumped at his desk on a summer day in 1915. What Sinclair now presents in this first chapter is a panorama of resentment, greed and delusion. It is the overture to what will follow later. Because the dead man is not even under the earth, the bickering about the inheritance begins among his daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren.

Thornwell’s son-in-law, James Scatterbridge, had practically scoured the family-owned businesses from the old man through clever financial transactions. The rest of the family does not forgive the upstart. Now it is about carpets, furniture and jewelry and whether the company commissioned with the funeral is actually befitting. Stunned and disgusted, Josiah’s widow Cornelia looks at the undignified goings-on. Cornelia, the main character in Sinclair’s novel, is not of the origin that the narrow-minded urban society intends to accept.

“Though Cornelia’s smile was a mystery, no one thought of getting to the bottom of it; precisely because they never thought it would be possible to learn from a non-Bostonian, the Thornwells had to be good or bad as real Bostonians The fact that Cornelia’s father had taught as a professor at a small college seemed to be reasonably respectable, but his father had been an ordinary immigrant, and in three generations the top ten thousand of the city were supposed to whisper to their neighbors at dinner: “But yes, mine Dear, Cornelia’s grandfather came across the Atlantic in the wood class! ”

Description of the working class milieu

At the end of the first chapter, Sinclair takes a surprising move: Cornelia writes a farewell letter to her three daughters immediately after her husband’s funeral – and makes off. Supposedly to accompany an old friend on a long trip. In truth, to start a new life in the city of Plymouth, some 40 miles from Boston. A life as a worker in a christening factory.

Frankly, this phrase is not particularly credible, but Sinclair absolutely needed it strategically. Because Cornelia finds accommodation in the apartment of an Italian couple who has another subtenant; a man named Bartolomeo Vanzetti, who is immediately likeable to Cornelia. Sinclair’s way of working demonstrates this somewhat rough construction: he is not concerned with literary elegance. Sinclair earned his degree by writing penny books. He is concerned with social relevance.

In fact, Sinclair wrote in the idea of ​​changing and improving the world with his works. “Boston” is an overtly partisan book that completely sided with the underprivileged. And so it is teeming with pathetic, declamatory passages in which Sinclair drives attacks on the system.

“Why were the rich so blind? How could you rob workers of any respect for law and justice without wasting any thought on the consequences? What should all the talk about Americanization be if you gave ordinary people all the , yes, even denied human rights? They were beaten like dogs – and then reacted in surprise when they turned around and bit your calf. ”

Mix of facts and fiction

There has never been a Cornelia Thornwell, at least not as a contemporary of Vanzettis in Boston. Sinclair mixes fictional and real figures with the aim of creating a cross-class awareness of the injustice that has happened to the two Italian anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti. And by the way, he captures the widely diverging milieus that make up the workers’ movement of the late 1920s and early 1920s. There is no unity, but distrust. Irish Catholics warn Cornelia about dealing with dangerous Italian anarchists. A bomber whispers to Cornelia that they are bombers and unbelievers.

As an alternative to this, Sinclair gradually builds up the highly intelligent, readable and quoting Dante to a real saint. An idealistic dreamer, for whom the well-being of others is more important than his own suffering. Again, the literary foil was not Sinclair’s thing; he works with stereotypes that do not stop at physiognomic features. Just think of the red-faced, fat-beaded Boston bankers and industrialists who are shown here with relish.

Vanzetti, however, as the novel insinuates, is a thorn in the side of the power elite in the troubled times of strikes and workers’ uprisings. When the United States entered the great war in Europe, Vanzetti fled to Mexico as well as the shoemaker Nicola Sacco. The two had met shortly before at a political gathering. Their fear of being drafted into military service was completely unfounded – conscription only applied to American citizens. But in the later process, the supposed flight of flags should be another piece of the mosaic that would take the jury against the two guest workers.

Cornelia literally works her sore fingers in the christening factory and at the same time builds a network of relationships in the red working class. The Thornwell clan has now found them and is using all means of power to bring the renegade relatives home and to protect the family’s reputation. Vain. When Cornelia’s granddaughter Betty seems to be in trouble during a trip to Europe, Cornelia travels after her. To be confronted with a message on the ship.

“Two days later, the newspaper said that the Boston police had launched the two leaders of a gang of criminals who were accused of murdering the paymaster and a security guard at the Slater and Morill shoe factory in South Braintree, and looting around $ 16,000 in their raid It can be assumed that the same perpetrators have already robbed several money transports in Eastern Massachusetts. ”

Cornelia only learns that the names of the two detainees are Sacco and Vanzetti in a letter from home. The two are alleged to have committed two robberies on money transporters in December 1919 and April 1920. In the latter two security guards were shot. What happens from now on is an unprecedented spectacle of lies, twists, manipulations and fakes. At least if you want to follow the version of Upton Sinclair, and he does everything to win over the reader for his view of the world.

A mercilessly narcissistic judge

From the moment Sacco and Vanzetti were arrested, “Boston” became a judiciary of such enormous proportions that it is hard to imagine today. At the center of this grotesque spectacle is by far the most successful character in the novel, which Sinclair unfolds in all its ambivalence: Judge Webster, called “Web” Thayer, an upstart with a veritable inferiority complex. A narcissistic boast who cares about the recognition of the blue-blooded Boston money company. Thayer is caught in a cycle: he feels the contempt for the top ten thousand, to which he does not belong. And he has to watch how every attempt to gain their favor makes him even more ridiculous than he already is. Thayer is a marionette with a quick temper and irrefutable judgments – which he made long before the trial started.

“Thayer ‘s angular, furrowed face symbolized the old Puritan ethos; and his voice, screeching like a hacksaw, was an heirloom from his ancestors, who had bravely defied the harsh climate of New England for three hundred years. Although he tried hard to exude calm , his hurried looks betrayed how much the many foreigners in the room worried him. As far as the Reds were concerned, he was plagued by the sheer delusion of persecution. ”

Redundancies and stereotypes

There are many objections to Upton Sinclair’s mammoth novel, which was actually published only a few months after Sacco and Vanzetti’s execution: it should be noted that the book was written breathlessly and with outrage. It is full of repetitions, redundancies and lavishly described secondary characters that will no longer play a role in the further course of the story. Sinclair did extensive research; he has filed trial files, interviewed several defenders of the two defendants and even visited Bartolomeo Vanzetti in prison. All of that, which can be felt, had to go into this novel; nothing could be left out or shortened.

And yet the book develops an ever increasing pull in the description of the course of the seven years it takes until the two delinquents are finally sentenced and executed. On the one hand, this is due to the fact that the complex socially and politically determined conflicts of interest of those involved are skillfully juxtaposed and processed into a clear picture of the times. In the growing number of supporters of the two accused, attitudes are widespread: moderate socialists fight communists; Anarchists simply refuse to cooperate with government bodies. Vanzetti says early on that he would rather die innocently than the real perpetrator, because he too is only a victim of exploitative conditions. And among the Irish workers who immigrated early there is mistrust of the new immigrants from Italy. The economic situation is coming to a head; prices go up, wages go down.

And while Judge Thayer and the sinister prosecutor Fred Katzmann pull one witness after the other out of the hat and ignore the defense witnesses, a real crime is swept under the carpet at the same time: Cornelia’s sons-in-law, who years ago robbed a manufacturer of his flourishing possessions have, wash themselves away from all guilt with legal nooks and cheers of the city society. Viola Siegemund’s new translation also depicts these social differences linguistically: Siegemund has closely adhered to the respective sociolects, especially in the transmission of the figure speech. The class society becomes audible in the verbatim speech.

“In this world of lies, lies reigned. Those who dared to speak about truthfulness were immediately labeled as utopians or dreamers, or worse – as traitors.”

Sinclair exaggerates the process into the mythical

From today’s perspective, it has a comic unlikely to be intended by the author, with what hair-raising audacity the court acts against the two accused. Sinclair exaggerates the process into the mythical; for him, there are not just two presumably innocent men on trial here, no: the Boston plutocracy is setting an example in order to establish public order and cement the shaky conditions.

The main witnesses are bribed, manipulated or unreliable. A hat that is found near the crime scene is waved around in front of Sacco’s nose until he admits that his hats were always as dirty as this one. The prosecutor’s conclusion: the hat belongs to the accused.

The ballistics expert turns his mouth around until the murder weapon and the one found at Sacco are suddenly supposed to be identical. Judge Thayer falsifies testimonials and intimidates witnesses. The bad luck of Sacco and Vanzetti: their witnesses of discharge are almost all foreigners and therefore not credible. When the lawyer suggests Cornelia to save the lives of the two Italians with a false statement, she is outraged. Meanwhile, one of the lay judges greets the American flag when entering the courtroom and publicly states before the verdict is pronounced that the accused belong in the electric chair. The jury: a collection of good, upright Boston citizens.

“Never in life could they have been made to understand that the ranks of the five eyewitnesses consisted of a convict who was convicted many times, a hysterical prostitute, a fool, a disturbed fan button and a pitiful victim of questionable questioning tactics, all of which either identified other candidates as perpetrators or at some point admitted not to have seen the criminals. Not only did the prosecutor know, the presiding judge knew more than he admitted – the trial resulted in a conspiracy between the district attorney and the judge. ”

Prisoners as saints

Cornelia’s struggle and that of the supporters’ committee is a struggle against windmills: whatever bias or evidence they submit – it ends up with Judge Thayer. In the end it is a race against time, which is finally ended by a governor described by Sinclair as smart, opportunistic and business-minded. It is known how the story of Sacco and Vanzetti ends: on August 23, 1927, both die on the electric chair.

In “Boston”, the novel, the two anarchists, but above all Vanzetti, transcend into religious spheres in their last weeks. Vanzetti becomes the all and all forgiving sage; a martyr who takes suffering to serve a higher purpose.

“That is our destiny and our triumph. In a dream we would not have thought that we could achieve so much, in the name of tolerance, of justice. Our words … our life … our pain – nothing! If we were taken away this life … the life of a good shoemaker and a poor fishmonger … everything. This last moment is ours … this agony is our triumph! “

Sinclair does not specifically spare his readers the description of the execution itself. It is part of his documentary claim to describe the smell of burned body hair in the death row and the respective strength of the electric shock. It is very likely that Sacco and Vanzetti will never be innocent again. Credible theories suggest that Nicola Sacco may have been involved in at least one of the two robberies. And that Bartolomeo Vanzetti could at least have been a know-it-all. At Sinclair, their execution becomes a breach of civilization.

Sinclair was quoted as saying that it was the most shocking crime since the murder of Abraham Lincoln. The verdict, Sinclair added, would poison public life for at least a generation. The protests against the enforcement of the judgment were immense not only in Boston and the United States, but also in Europe. Cornelia Thornwell, on the other hand, sees this only as strengthening the powers of the system to which she herself has belonged for decades.

“Men and women, young and old, rich and poor, scholars and simple workers, in the face of the sheer overwhelming power of evil, gradually came to bare despair, a helpless rage, a blind hatred, hatred of this great, important city, its immeasurable Greed camouflaged with piety – complacently, morally and insidiously, cultured and correctly and deadly. ”

But what about the topicality and readability of a novel like “Boston” in the present? Again, the literary weaknesses are obvious. “Boston” is a hybrid between documentary and fiction. You have to judge a political novel like this by special standards. Fiction has a duty to do justice to the attitudes of its characters. It has to create aesthetic consistency within its own world. Based on this, “Boston” is a book that lives up to its own claims. And if you take a look towards the center of power in the United States these days and see how political elites differentiate themselves from legal challenges and build walls of prejudice against supposed threats from outside – then you might get the idea that Upton Sinclairs ” Boston “may still be a fairly contemporary reading.

Upton Sinclair: “Boston”
Manesse Verlag, Munich 2017, 1024 pages, 42 euros

Hawaii Five-0 (2010) – TV Series 2010

Detective Steve McGarrett travels to Oahu to investigate his father’s murder. Once there, the governor persuades him to stay and join the special forces unit, which fights crime in Hawaii.

Remake of the 60’s series.

Shaquille O’Neal leaves Orlando for Los Angeles, a real NBA earthquake!

On July 18, 1996, the NBA changed its face. Indeed, that day, free agent Shaquille O’Neal decided to leave the palm trees of Orlando to join those of Los Angeles. After four seasons in the Magic jersey, Shaq signed a seven-year, $ 120 million contract with the Lakers. Back on this earthquake which upset the league.

Remember LeBron James’ decision to ditch Cleveland to bring his talents to South Beach in 2010? Or even that of Kevin Durant a year ago, when he chose to change his comfort zone by signing at Golden State after nine seasons for Oklahoma City? In 1996, the NBA experienced a similar earthquake with 24-year-old pivot Shaquille O’Neal, considered at the time as the present and future of the league. First Draft Pick (1992), Rookie of the Year (1993), All-Star every season (1993-1996), league top scorer (1995) and three-time All-NBA Team member (1994) , 1995 and 1996), Shaq had quickly succeeded in triggering steamroller mode in the NBA and placing the very young Orlando franchise on the US basketball map. The Magic, created in 1989, had become one of the heavyweights of the Eastern Conference amid the nineties, where he notably participated in an NBA Final against the Houston Rockets of Hakeem Olajuwon (1995). In short, the future looked bright in Orlando, until July 18, 1996.

This date officially marks the end of the O’Neal era at the Magic, and the start of a legendary chapter with the Lakers. Present in Atlanta with the third version of the Dream Team for the 1996 Olympic Games, Shaq justified his choice in a press conference alongside Los Angeles general manager Jerry West. Silver ? Tensions with his talented teammate Penny Hardaway? Bad relations with coach Brian Hill and the Orlando media? None of that according to O’Neal.

“Change is a good thing. I’m a child of the military, I’m used to moving every three, four years. The Lakers have a great tradition, especially among interiors. […] They have a young team, the western style of play is more open, so I hope I can show my talents a little more. […] Money was not the main factor in my decision. I’m tired of hearing about money, money, money, money. I just want to play, have fun, drink Pepsi and wear Reebok. “

In an article on the CBS Sports website last year, Joel Corry describes the behind-the-scenes look behind the move. 21 years ago, Corry was the consultant of Leonard Armato, Shaquille O’Neal’s agent. He therefore had access to all the negotiations. According to him, the Magic scuttled itself when he had all the cards in hand to extend his weapon of mass destruction. First, financially, the Florida franchise had the advantage because it held the Bird rights of the pivot. In addition, there was no maximum salary at the time, nor luxury tax. But Orlando did not take advantage of it. On the contrary, Corry indicates that the Magic initially put on the table an offer well below O’Neal’s expectations, to the tune of $ 13.5 million per season while Shaq expected a salary of around 20 million. The reason ? The Florida franchise reportedly wanted to keep some headroom in order to extend Penny Hardaway later. Then, Orlando would have put forward the slightest weaknesses of his player (such as defense and rebound) to gain a little flexibility in the negotiations. Not necessarily a good idea with regard to the pivot. And it is from there that a departure would have been considered in the camp of Shaquille O’Neal.

Meanwhile, on the Los Angeles side, Jerry West did what was necessary to free up payroll and thus place himself on the file. It is for this reason in particular that “The Logo” transferred in 1996 the interior of the Lakers Vlade Divac against the rookie Kobe Bryant. This trade is still today one of the greatest strokes of genius in history, because it not only allowed the Californian franchise to acquire Kobe but also because it gave the possibility to this one of ‘Give Shaq a better deal. Faced with this growing threat, the Magic reacted by increasing their offer for O’Neal through a seven-year, $ 109 million contract, but the Lakers offered 120 million over the same term. As a reminder, at that time, Orlando could not line up in order to keep his player, because the notion of restrictive free agent did not exist between 1995 and 1998. The rest, we know it. Shaquille O’Neal signing in Los Angeles marks turning point in NBA history. The Lakers quickly become one of the best teams in the league and turn into a real war machine when Phil Jackson arrives and Kobe Bryant explodes. During the first half of the 2000s, Los Angeles picked up three straight titles and O’Neal each time won the MVP trophy of the Finals. On the Orlando side, Shaq’s departure was logically synonymous with decline. Indeed, without its dominant big man, the Magic became an average Eastern Conference team between 1996 and 2003, a period that corresponds to the prime d’O’Neal.

While playing with fire, the Florida franchise burned down and saw Shaquille O’Neal fly to Los Angeles. If the latter declared in 2015 that he regretted this decision, it is especially the Magic which must now bite the fingers compared to the way in which the negotiations took place at the time. Well yes, with Shaq, maybe Orlando would have a title right now …

10 addresses for a perfect immersion stay in the capital of techno

Dnarrow where “The D” continues to spread ink. It seems that after the chaos, the hour of his rebirth has finally struck. In 2017, the New York Times even advised to visit it, calling it “Comeback City”. A statement that it is now easy to go check, since the airline WOW offers flights Paris-Detroit at very affordable prices (from 145.99 € one way). This is what Trax did in its last issue devoted to Techno-City, now on newsstands and on the online store. Here are ten tips to discover Detroit, or at least some.

By Marjolaine Casteigt

1. Stay at the Host of Detroit hostel in Corktown on Vermont Street.

It is the only youth hostel in the city, a non-profit association active since 2014, and it is certainly the coolest in the world. Living in a happy household for a short stay in Detroit is possible. The atmosphere is relaxed, the organization impeccable, the prices are ultra affordable, the playlist masterful. His housekeepers, Zach and Evan, are very attentive to the well-being of their guests and communicate in addition to their good humor lots of good plans for a total immersion in the city. Downtown, the city center, is only a few minutes by car or bicycle. The most in Corktown is its local community: associations, urban gardens, cultural projects like Assemble Sound and its church converted into a concert hall and studio, artists and young entrepreneurs with Ponyride, the space of co-working to visit to discover the new and creative blood of the city … These places make this ” neighborhood “, The oldest in Detroit, a lively place at the forefront of the solidarity economy.

2. Take the usual tourist route in Pat’s van, Show me Detroit.

Detroit is huge, and so are the distances. Before you rush into it solo, better let Pat clear your path. In a few hours, we take full eyes and we see everything that we have to see, in burst mode: the city center, its art-deco style and its new constructions, Belle Isle Park, the old central station , the Packard factory, the revival districts, but also whole blocks of gutted houses, not to mention the legendary Heidelberg Project. This initiatory journey is necessary to take one’s bearings. Pat knows the history of Detroit at his fingertips, from the crisis to the renaissance, from the heyday of Motown to the birth of techno. Plus: it’s with great humor that the guide likes to reveal salty anecdotes and a few well-kept secrets.

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3. Rent a bike and get lost in the city of the automobile.

The bicycle is the new trend that turns a blind eye to the both glorious and disastrous past of the automotive sector. Shops here and there allow you to borrow a bike for $ 20 a day. Host of Detroit also has a small rental park; Motor City is in fact the ideal place for this ecological mode of transport. The sidewalks are wide and the city is relatively flat. It is however recommended to remain attentive to traffic and to respect the highway code. Advantage: we still avoid a lot of taxi expenses. Everyone in Detroit will tell you, the public transportation system is not recommended. On the other hand, to get to know Downtown, you can now travel on the new tram, the recently inaugurated Q-Line, and take a ride in the famous Detroit People Mover, a sort of yellow mini-RER with a circular route.

4. Go to the museum: the techno museum first, at Submerge headquarters.

In a life of techno fan, and if you are in the city where it was born, it is highly recommended to visit the small museum installed on the ground floor of the headquarters of Underground Resistance and Submerge on Grand Boulevard. Movement pioneers like John Collins greet visitors (by appointment) and tell the story. And by the way, we are easily tempted by a record or a T-Shirt to support the good cause of a historic and fiercely independent label. See also to understand the musical soul of the city: the Motown Records museum (Histville, USA), but also the contemporary art center, MOCAD, the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African -American History, the Henri Ford museum, without forgetting the essential Heidelberg project, an ode to the open-air city, founded by artist Tyree Guyton in 1986.

5. To dig into Detroit, the must is Detroit Threads.

The Detroit Threads record store is located in Hamtramck, an outer, glued town in Detroit, which is said to be, “It’s Detroit anyway. A taxi or Uber is essential to get there, but it’s worth the effort. The house specialty: techno and house galore. Otherwise, the store has a wide choice of records, from funk to soul to jazz and rock. You can also bargain there delusional thrift stores, and other T-shirts and accessories in the colors of the city. The other vinyl shops highly recommended by Vince Patricola, DJ and boss of DEQ magazine, a quarterly devoted to techno culture: Hello Records in Corktown, Peoples Records in Eastern Market, Stay Pressed (Rust Belt Market), Found Sound (Ferndale) and Paramita Sound (West Village). Besides, take advantage of your stay to get the DEQ. The magazine is sold with a beautiful homemade pressed disc!

6. Take a stroll through Eastern Market, another neighborhood that is on the rise.

Eastern Market is Detroit reborn. Saturday is particularly busy. Street musicians rock the walk along the covered market where the stalls are full of all the good products from local urban farms. Eastern Market is also renowned for the giant barbecue at Bert’s, a must-see jazz and blues club, and for its numerous restaurants, galleries, bars, and shops. Do not hesitate to push the doors of these places of the new Detroit, to chat with young citizens very invested, and take the pulse of this renaissance so much related. To observe everywhere around the buildings and the facades of the hangars, the gargantuan wall frescoes produced by street artists from the city.

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7. Try to find the address of the most underground private club in the city.

Of course, there are plenty of places to go out and listen to good music. Are you more hip-hop? So here is your non-exhaustive list, if you want to plunge into the heart of a singular scene and attend shows that sometimes do not count more than a hundred people: The Baltimore Gallery, The Old Miami, and Bob’s Classic Kicks. For techno and house, here are four places highly appreciated by artists and connoisseurs: Motor City Wine, Mix Bricktown, Marble Bar (at MOCAD) and the TV Lounge club. However, to find THE most underground techno club in the city whose address is known to around thirty people, you will first have to meet the illustrious G. Smoove, its goalkeeper. We give you a hint: the club is in the basely from a neighborhood house somewhere in Detroit. Beware of the Dog.

8. If you missed the Movement Festival, let yourself be tempted by the Charivari Detroit in 2017.

With its legendary programming, the Movement Festival brews thousands of international tourists each year. If you missed it last May, don’t miss the Charivari Festival on Belle Isle, Detroit Central Park, a little haven of peace and greenery on the St. Clair River. This year, it takes place from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 August. This is the family gathering of electronic music Made In Detroit. “It’s a great festival, focusing on the local scene, with artists who have been making Detroit sound for years. Very good performances! “ sums up Vincent Patricola from DEQ, who knows a little bit about it.

9. Go to church to celebrate music with Assemble Sound.

Assemble Sound has only been around since 2014. The project is very representative of the cultural renaissance of the city. This collective of young music professionals settled in Corktown, in a quirky church, just a few meters from the huge central station. Inside, we no longer say mass. From indie rock to pop, hip-hop to techno and house, this is the sound of the new Detroit scene that we are celebrating. Downstairs, long wooden benches face the altar. The public participates in exchanges with resident artists, and concerts are held there. Upstairs, the church has been converted to a recording studio with a collaborative workspace. The collective also offers training. While waiting to visit this very unique place, it will be possible to discover the groups of the vintage Assemble Sound in France this summer, and for some, it will be their first date in Europe! Take a short detour to the Les Escales de Saint-Nazaire festival, from July 28 to 30. Check out the special Detroit lineup, which skillfully blends the big names in techno with the city’s ultra-emerging scene.

10. Push doors in and you’ll quickly come up with a top 100 great things to do in Detroit.

We can never advise you enough to chat with the people of Detroit, very welcoming and always ready to tell you their own story about Motor City. Ride in taxis, climb on a bike, get lost, push doors, enter the gardens and buildings, talk with the neighbor at the end of the street, meet the local association, observe its ruins but also its reconstruction and its new urban architecture… you will discover its new face. Also note that there are a multitude of free activities, so enjoy it! For zero dollars, for example: visit the huge complex of seven skyscrapers belonging to General Motors, the Renaissance Center (RenCen for friends), or go for the tourist route with the Detroit Experience Factory. And if not, get all the information you need from the Visit Detroit tourist office and, by the way, the book “100 things to do in Detroit before you die” (“100 things to do in Detroit before to die”). Local humor. Anyway, Detroit is alive and well, we assure you. Chills guaranteed.

To fulfill the wish to visit Motor City, the Icelandic airline WOW Air now has a low-cost Paris-Detroit route, with 4 flights per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday). The price for a one-way trip via Reykjavik is set at € 145.99, and it is possible to extend your leg in Iceland for one-way or return for an unlimited period at no cost. Information and reservations can be found on the company’s website.

Number # 219 from Trax Magazine, dedicated to Detroit, is now available on newsstands and on the online store.

A first in Brazil, AIDS tests on sale in pharmacies

Brazil, a country considered exemplary for its policy of combating the spread of AIDS, has started to sell HIV tests for the first time in pharmacies.

The first tests arrived a week ago on the shelves of pharmacies in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Then it’s the turn this week of the States of Sao Paulo and Espirito Santo, also in the Southeast, before the whole country by the end of the month.

“Self-test”, approved by the Anvisa health authorities, allows the user to know if he is carrying the AIDS virus or not, in this huge Latin American country of 200 million inhabitants where the population is very reluctant to be diagnosed.

In Brazil, for example, almost 20% of people living with HIV do not know their HIV status, or some 150,000 people, out of a total of around 800,000 people infected.

Brazil therefore becomes the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to sell this do-it-yourself test in pharmacies. A measure already taken by several developed countries, in particular the United States, the United Kingdom or France.

Brazil is a pioneer in the fight against AIDS and offers free treatment to anyone who is diagnosed with HIV.

Developed by the Brazilian company OrangeLife, the “Action” test works by collecting a drop of blood which, mixed with a reactive product, reveals the presence of antibodies signaling exposure to the HIV virus.

The result is known in 20 minutes, for a product sold between 60 and 70 reais – between 16 and 19 euros, a high price in Brazil. One bar and the person is negative, two bars the person is positive.

For its designers, the test is 99.9% reliable, a rate higher than that carried out using saliva sold in the United States.

According to OrangeLife director, Italian Marco Colovatti, the test is manufactured in a factory in Rio with a capacity of 100,000 units per month.

– Diagnosed very late –

For all the professionals interviewed by AFP – pharmacists, doctors and manufacturers – this test represents an important advance in terms of the fight against HIV. The earlier the virus is detected, the better it treats itself.

The problem is that many Brazilians do not take the test in the hospital, out of modesty or fear of being discriminated against.

“The advantage of the product is that people will be able to test themselves in an environment where they will not have to share this with anyone”, explains to AFP Dr Valdiléa Veloso, from the clinical research laboratory of AIDS , within the Fiocruz research institute.

In Brazil, the epidemic mainly affects homosexuals, transsexuals, sex workers and drug users “and these populations often have bad experiences with the health services”, adds the doctor. So they “avoid going to the health services, so they are diagnosed very late”.

The first indications on the reception of the Brazilians are encouraging. “The first day, I had three test boxes available, they were all sold,” said AFP Ricardo Valdetaro, pharmacist at Copacabana.

“The next day I ordered six, all sold the same day. So the next day I ordered 12. I understood that this product would work very well. A client explained to me that he was buying tests to have them done to sex workers. “

However, the diagnosis of HIV infection can be difficult to accept.

If a person “does not want to take the test alone at home, they can do it here, in a room of the pharmacy reserved for receiving patients”, says the pharmacist of Copacabana.

On the product box, a toll-free number provides psychological assistance as well as information on treatments.

“In Curitiba (South-East) tests were sent to volunteers, thousands of people participated and asked for a test to be done at home,” said Dr Veloso. “So we can clearly see that we shouldn’t be afraid that people will be desperate to be alone when the result comes.”

With AFP