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Gary Neville hilariously mocked by Jamie Carragher following bizarre Lionel Messi claim – Yardbarker

Jamie Carragher has hilariously mocked Gary Neville after the former Manchester United defender claimed ‘players aren’t fearful of Lionel Messi anymore’ before the Argentina superstar inspired his nation to victory over Mexico. Following a shock defeat to Saudi Arabia in their opening game, the South Americans would’ve been dumped out of the tournament had they lost to the Mexicans but the PSG man registered a goal and an assist to lift Lionel Scaloni’s side upto second in Group C. This led the ex-Red to post a response to his Sky Sports colleague’s comment, tweeting: “My mate @GNev2 is having as bad a tournament as Infantino! #WorldcupQatar2022.” Gianni Infantino, the FIFA president, has came under criticism for his defence of host nation Qatar in recent weeks amid their questionable treatment of the LGBTQ+ society and concerning human rights record. Neville and our former No. 23 have always had a love-hate relationship ever since striking up a famous partnership as pundits on Monday Night Football. The former United man has also received criticism for heading to the Gulf Nation to complete punditry work despite previously voicing his concern at the decision to allow Qatar to host the tournament. Check out the Scouser’s tweet below via his official Twitter account:

Jurgen Klinsmann seeks to defuse bizarre row that’s emerged between him and Carlos Queiroz – Daily Mail

'I will try to calm things down': Jurgen Klinsmann tries to defuse bizarre war of words between him and Carlos Queiroz... with the Germany legend claiming his comments about Iran's culture and 'working' refs were 'taken out of context'By Julian Bovill For Mailonline Published: 07:42 EST, 27 November 2022 | Updated: 07:44 EST, 27 November 2022

Martin Scorsese is aware of the bizarre Tumblr fake movie trend – Far Out Magazine

Mere days ago, it came to light that a number of pesky Tumblr users had been fabricating a Martin Scorsese movie named Goncharov that had been released in the 1970s, with the director now coming out to say that he is aware of the mischief.  Regarded as “the greatest mafia movie ever made”, according to the film’s poster, the fake film follows Goncharov, played by Robert De Niro (we think), a Russian gangster who is rising up the ranks in Naples. On his rise to supremacy, he has to contend with his ambitious wife Katya (Cybill Shepherd) and a violent hitman named Ice Pick Joe (John Cazale). Also included in the epic cast are the likes of Al Pacino, Gene Hackman and Daniela Bianchi.  The bizarre trend was brought to the attention of Martin Scorsese’s daughter, Francesca, on TikTok, with the young girl confirming that her father had heard of the viral meme. “Do you guys think that Francesca has had to explain to her dad Martin Scorsese that Tumblr…” she was asked on the social media platform, whereupon the video cuts out and we see Francesca filming herself. Sharing a screenshot of her texts with her father, she asks him, “Did u see this?” referring to Goncharov, to which he responded, “Yes. I made that film years ago”.  *Not* starring Robert De Niro and Cybill Shepherd, the fake gangster epic was crowd-sourced by a dedicated Tumblr community, who made the whole thing look pretty authentic with scene dissections, Letterboxd reviews and even a seemingly real poster. Take a look at the poster of the fake movie below, alongside Francesca’s video. Most popular {{#.}} {{#articles}} {{#title}} {{/title}} {{/articles}} {{/.}}

What a bizarre time to be alive: Internet reacts to Kanye West 2024 presidential run – The News International

'What a bizarre time to be alive': Internet reacts to Kanye West 2024 presidential run Kanye West has announced his presidential race again By Web Desk November 27, 2022 'What a bizarre time to be alive': Internet reacts to Kanye West 2024 presidential runKanye West left netizens bewildered when the rapper announced to take part in the 2024 presidential race.Per Sportskeeda, the Twitter account of Raw Alerts shared three promotional videos of Ye's campaign. The first video claimed that Adidas froze his bank accounts and sued him for $275 million in advertising fees.While the second video began with slight footage of Yeezy headquarters in Los Angeles, where Ye said he asked former president Donald Trump to be his Vice President.The third video depicted Tucker Carlson discussing Donda rapper being cancelled by the fashion industry and international media after he wore a "White Lives Matter" t-shirt during Paris Fashion Week.However, Twitter did not welcome the news as Ye may have hoped.One user wrote, "@rawsalerts What a bizarre time to be alive."While another netizen commented, "Ye just needs to do what the Lord has gifted him with: Music. That's all I will say."Another user completed the point, "@rawsalerts What times we live in ...man." Copyright © 2022. The News International, All Rights Reserved | Contact Us | Authors

‘Only IIT, IIM, CA, ISB graduates’: Bengaluru landlords’ bizarre condition for tenants; chat goes viral – Business Today

Anyone who rents an apartment knows how difficult it can be to find a home. It can be very exhausting to choose a neighbourhood near your college or workplace, negotiate with the broker, and understand the landlord's preferences and requirements. Landlords in Bengaluru appear to be adding strict requirements to screen prospective tenants, making the situation even more difficult.In an unusual but amusing post, a person named Priyansh Jain claimed that landlords in Bengaluru prefer tenants with degrees only from prestigious institutes such as IIT, IIM, and the Indian School of Business (ISB). The software engineer recently shared screenshots of a conversation with a broker who asked for his background details, adding that the owner was looking for people from "specific backgrounds" on Twitter. The tweet went viral, but it has since been removed. On Facebook, a broker responded to Jain's inquiry about a flat by asking for the URL to his LinkedIn profile. His background was sought after by the person who placed the advertisement. Before asking about Jain's employment and educational background, he clarified that the flat owner was looking for someone with a specific background. Jain responded to the broker by stating that he was a vegetarian and worked for Atlassian. He was then asked which college he attended. He mentioned Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT). To which the broker replied, "Sorry, your profile does not fit." Jain inquired what was it that the owner was looking for. To which, the broker replied, "Only IIT, IIM, CA and ISB graduates". Jain wrote a post on Twitter and captioned it as, "#Bangalore flat owners, why do you do this?? P.S looking for a single vacancy (preferably vegetarian) near EGL(Indiranagar, Domlur, HAL). Flexible budget based on how good the flat is. Bonus: I can also teach house-party/campfire guitar." The tweet amassed a lot of likes and comments. “You parents must have forced you to study hard if you're in IIT. 'No, actually I got into IIT to get this apartment I've always wanted," a Twitter user replied. “Perhaps just a verification step. In other countries it takes employee letter, past landlord reference letters etc,” another said. 

New State Voter Fraud Units Finding Few Cases From Midterms

WASHINGTON (AP) — State-level law enforcement units created after the 2020 presidential election to investigate voter fraud are looking into scattered complaints more than two weeks after the midterms but have provided no indication of systemic problems.That’s just what election experts had expected and led critics to suggest that the new units were more about politics than rooting out widespread abuses. Most election-related fraud cases already are investigated and prosecuted at the local level.Advertisement Florida, Georgia and Virginia created special state-level units after the 2020 election, all pushed by Republican governors, attorneys general or legislatures.“I am not aware of any significant detection of fraud on Election Day, but that’s not surprising,” said Paul Smith, senior vice president of the Campaign Legal Center. “The whole concept of voter impersonation fraud is such a horribly exaggerated problem. It doesn’t change the outcome of the election, it’s a felony, you risk getting put in jail and you have a high possibility of getting caught. It’s a rare phenomena.”The absence of widespread fraud is important because the lies surrounding the 2020 presidential election spread by former President Donald Trump and his allies have penetrated deeply into the Republican Party and eroded trust in elections. In the run-up to this year’s elections, 45% of Republicans had little to no confidence that votes would be counted accurately.An Associated Press investigation found there was no widespread fraud in Georgia or the five other battleground states where Trump disputed his 2020 loss, and so far there is no indication of that in this year’s elections. Certification of the results is going smoothly in most states, with few complaints.Advertisement In Georgia, where Trump tried to pressure state officials to “find” enough votes to overturn his loss, a new law gives the state’s top law enforcement agency, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, authority to initiate investigations of alleged election fraud without a request from election officials. The alleged violation would have to be significant enough to change or create doubt about the outcome of an election.GBI spokesperson Nelly Miles said the agency has not initiated any investigations under the statute. The agency is assisting the secretary of state’s office in an investigation of a breach of voting equipment in Coffee County in 2021, but that is its only recent election fraud investigation, she said in an email.That breach, which came to light earlier this year, involved local officials in a county that voted for Trump by nearly 40 percentage points in 2020 and some high-profile supporters of the former president.State Rep. Jasmine Clark, a Democrat who opposed the additional authority for the bureau, said the lack of investigations validates the criticism that the law was unnecessary. But she said just the prospect of a GBI investigation could intimidate people who want to serve as poll workers or take on some other role in the voting process.“In this situation, there was no actual problem to be solved,” Clark said. “This was a solution looking for a problem, and that’s never the way that we should legislate.”Advertisement Florida has been the most visible state, creating its Office of Election Crimes and Security amid much fanfare this year and keeping a pledge that Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis made in 2021 to combat unspecified election fraud.The office is under the Florida Department of State. It reviews allegations and then tasks state law enforcement with pursuing violations.DeSantis this summer announced the election unit had arrested 20 people for illegally voting in the 2020 election, when the state had 14.4 million registered voters. That was the first major election since a state constitutional amendment restored voting rights for felons, except for those convicted of murder or felony sex crimes or those who still owe fines, fees or restitution.Court records show the 20 people were able to register to vote despite prior felony convictions, apparently leading them to believe they could legally cast ballots. At least part of the confusion stems from language in the voter registration forms that requires applicants to swear they are not a felon — or if they are, that they have had their rights restored. The forms do not inquire specifically about past convictions for murder and felony sexual assault.One of the people charged, 56-year-old Robert Lee Wood, had his home surrounded early one morning by law enforcement officers who banged on his door and arrested him. He spent two days in jail. Wood’s lawyer, Larry Davis, said his client did not think he was breaking the law because he was able to register to vote without issue. Davis called the law enforcement reaction “over the top” in this case.Advertisement Wood’s case was dismissed by a Miami judge in late October on jurisdictional grounds, because it was brought by the Office of the Statewide Prosecutor rather than local prosecutors in Miami. The state is appealing the ruling.Andrea Mercado, executive director of Florida Rising, an independent political activist organization focused on economic and racial justice in the state, said the disproportionate targeting of such would-be voters was sending a “chilling message to all returning citizens who want to register to vote.” She said her group found that many of them were confused about the requirements.“You have to go to 67 counties’ websites and find their individual county processes to see if you have a fine or fee,” she said. “It’s a labyrinthian ordeal.”Weeks before the Nov. 8 election, the Office of Election Crimes and Security began notifying Florida counties of hundreds of registered voters who potentially were ineligible to vote because of prior convictions. In letters to the counties, state officials asked that election officials verify the information and then take action to prevent ineligible voters from casting ballots.“We’ve heard stories about voters who are eligible to vote but have a criminal conviction in their past, and they are now scared to register and vote,” said Michael Pernick, a voting rights attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He called it “deeply concerning.”Advertisement A spokesman for the new office did not provide information related to any other actions it might have taken or investigations it might have underway related to this year’s primary and general elections.Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares announced he was forming his own Election Integrity Unit in September, saying it would “work to help restore confidence in our democratic process in the Commonwealth.”The formation of the unit came in a state where Republicans swept the three statewide offices in 2021 elections, including Miyares’ defeat of a Democratic incumbent.His spokeswoman, Victoria LaCivita, said in a written response to questions from The Associated Press that the office had received complaints connected to this month’s elections, but she could not comment on whether any investigations had resulted.In addition, “the EIU successfully got a demurrer and a motion to dismiss” an attempt to force the state to abandon its use of electronic voting machines to count ballots and institute a statewide hand count.Advertisement Miyares’ office said he was not available for an interview, but in a letter to the editor in The Washington Post in October he stated there was no widespread fraud in Virginia or anywhere else during the 2020 election. He said his office already had jurisdiction in election-related issues but that he was restructuring it into a unit to work more cooperatively with the election community to allay any doubts about the fairness of elections.Smith, of the Campaign Legal Center, said there are real issues related to election security, including protecting voters, poll workers and elections staff, and securing voting equipment. But he said Republican steps to boost what they often refer to as “election integrity” to combat voter fraud often are about something else.“It’s a myth that’s created so they can justify making it harder for people to vote,” he said.___Izaguirre reported from Tallahassee, Florida, and Thanawala from Atlanta. Associated Press writers Jake Bleiberg in Dallas; Bob Christie and Jonathan J. Cooper in Phoenix; Sarah Rankin in Richmond, Virginia; and Paul Weber in Austin, Texas, and contributed to this report.RelatedelectionsMidterm Electionsvoteelection fraudMidtermsMaricopa County Official Reportedly Goes Into Hiding Over Midterm Safety FearsAriz. County Lawyer Contacted Sheriff About Threat From Kari Lake Campaign: ReportKari Lake’s Faith In Arizona’s Election Plummets With Her Chances Of WinningTwitter Users Brutally Mock Kari Lake's Claim That She's 'Still In The Fight' Go To Homepage

GOP Posts Fake George Washington Quote On Twitter, Nabbed By Media Fact Checker

The Republican Party posted a quote on Twitter Friday about freedom, of all things, that was falsely attributed to George Washington.It was quickly shot down by a CNN reporter.The GOP tweeted on Friday: “Let freedom be free.” It added a quote allegedly from Washington saying: “It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.”Advertisement But CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski fired back that Washington had nothing to do with the quote, according to the George Washington Mount Vernon Estate. It lists the phrase in the GOP tweet under “spurious quotations.”Kaczynski helpfully included a link with his corrective tweet.According to Mount Vernon, this quote is fake and George Washington never said it. https://t.co/LzpnEhMU4X https://t.co/C2ej0yYWIZ pic.twitter.com/VBUnvG5QmI— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) November 26, 2022The estate has been unable to definitively trace the actual origin of the quote. One Twitter wag attributed it to a 1650 letter written by Oliver Cromwell, a British politician of the 1600s. Several other fact-checking websites agreed.It's actually Cromwell pic.twitter.com/XLZRTX70yT— River_Tam ᵖᵃʳᵒᵈʸ (@RiverTamYDN) November 26, 2022Advertisement Critics on Twitter found it searingly ironic that the GOP screwed up a quote about freedom amid the party’s crackdowns on reproductive rights for women, human rights for the LGBTQ community, people of color and voting rights. The GOP quote was still up late Saturday night, and still falsely attributed to Washington. pic.twitter.com/beEl9fBjz0— Finn the Wonder Lab (@oconnor_carol) November 26, 2022George Washington did not say this. Maybe you would know that if you stopped banning history textbooks.— Brett Meiselas (@BMeiselas) November 26, 2022Free to love the person they want? Free to decide their own healthcare? Free from the threat of gun violence. Free to read any book they want Why do you support stealing these freedoms?— Rod Jones (@Roadwalt) November 26, 2022Let's talk about freedom, shall we? pic.twitter.com/MGRLMry0Sz— Sally Deal 🇺🇸 Pro-Science/Media Sources Matter (@SallyDeal4) November 26, 2022Advertisement Tell that to the women whose reproductive freedoms you’ve stripped away.— Jen (@jenminicooper@mastodon.online) (@jenminicooper) November 26, 2022 pic.twitter.com/SNg7clt0dt— aparis5150 (@aparis5150) November 26, 2022& Thomas Jefferson Said.. pic.twitter.com/7AfT6TT6sD— SFrank (@sfranklin1926) November 26, 2022But don’t smoke weed, don’t engage in any sex or express any political ideas of which we disapprove, and certainly don’t go forming any unions. Freedom for you guys seems entirely about what you are free to own. I can’t see any deeper principle at work.— mousdrvr (@mousdrvr) November 26, 2022FakeThe real art of GOP— Irwin Glenn (@IdentityScience) November 26, 2022Advertisement RelatedTwitterPoliticsCNNGOPgeorge washingtonReports: Trump Praised Extremist Nick Fuentes At Mar-A-Lago DinnerTexas 'Anti-Woke' Bank Goes Bust In 3 MonthsFederal Judge Blocks Ron DeSantis' 'Positively Dystopian' Stop WOKE ActFlorida Schools Freeze Book Donations, Purchases In Wake Of Censoring Law Go To Homepage

Amid Fallout From Mar-A-Lago Dinner, Trump Now Calls Ye A ‘Seriously Troubled Man’

Just days after dining at Mar-a-Lago with Ye — the rapper previously known as Kanye West — and white supremacist political activist Nick Fuentes, Donald Trump is now calling Ye a “seriously troubled man.”It was Trump’s third attempt on Truth Social to backpedal from his hugely controversial meeting last Tuesday with Holocaust denier Fuentes and Ye, whose antisemitic messages (in which he vowed to go “death con 3” on Jewish people) were recently blocked on Twitter.Advertisement “So I help a seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black,” Trump wrote Saturday, offering “very much needed ‘advice.’” Ye has “always been good to me,” Trump added.The former president insisted yet again in the post that he didn’t know Fuentes, who accompanied Ye to dinner.As of late Saturday Ye had not yet responded to Trump’s latest Truth Social message. He has talked openly about his bipolar disorder diagnosis, a condition he has also referred to as a “super power.”Advertisement As for Fuentes, Trump was “very impressed” with him, according to Ye. Sources told The New York Times and Axios that Trump even praised Fuentes at the dinner. “He gets me,” the former president said, according to the Times.But in each of the three posts, Trump emphasized that he had no idea who Fuentes was.Fuentes himself hedged on the issue in his podcast Friday. “I don’t think he knew that I was me at the dinner” — at least initially, Fuentes laughed. “Let’s put it that way. I don’t know if I’m gonna say he didn’t know me. I’m not sure about that.”Fuentes is a high-profile right-wing extremist supported by key allies of Trump, like Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.). Both lawmakers spoke at a white supremacist conference organized by Fuentes early this year. That triggered heated controversy, which was widely and prominently covered by the media, which was apparently overlooked by Trump.As for Ye’s appalling statements about Jews, Trump emphasized in an earlier Truth Social post that Ye “expressed no antisemitism” — at the dinner. Trump noted that he “appreciated all of the nice things [Ye] he said about me on ‘Tucker Carlson.’”“He expressed no anti-semitism.” pic.twitter.com/zLXhwzNYoR— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) November 25, 2022Advertisement The dinner was first revealed in a video Friday by Ye, who claimed he asked Trump to be his vice president, and that Trump “screamed” at him.Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told the Times Friday that Trump’s dinner makes him an “untenable” candidate for president.“This is just another example of an awful lack of judgment from Donald Trump,” said Christie, who may make his own run for the presidency.Matt Brooks, chief executive of the Republican Jewish Coalition, issued a statement, without naming Trump, saying: “We strongly condemn the virulent antisemitism of Kanye West and Nick Fuentes, and call on all political leaders to reject their messages of hate and refuse to meet with them.”The Republican Jewish Coalition also retweeted a message from former U.S. Ambassador to Israel David M. Friedman telling Trump his meeting with both the antisemitic Ye and Fuentes was “unacceptable.”Advertisement To my friend Donald Trump, you are better than this. Even a social visit from an antisemite like Kanye West and human scum like Nick Fuentes is unacceptable. I urge you to throw those bums out, disavow them and relegate them to the dustbin of history where they belong. 1/— David M Friedman (@DavidM_Friedman) November 25, 2022RelatedDonald TrumpPolitics and Governmentkanye westMar-A-LagoNick FuentesWhite Supremacist Nick Fuentes Spills About Mar-A-Lago Dinner With TrumpReports: Trump Praised Extremist Nick Fuentes At Mar-A-Lago DinnerChris Christie: Trump 'Untenable' Candidate After Dinner With Holocaust Denier Nick FuentesTrump Hosts Kanye West, White Nationalist Nick Fuentes For Dinner Go To Homepage

Spell It: Discover bizarre events from history that are anything but boring – Gulf News

A descendent of the founder of the Mongol Empire, Genghis Khan, Khutulun wasn’t just a noblewoman – she was a wrestler. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons If you’re under the impression that history is full of dry, yawn-inducing occurrences, you are sorely mistaken. Click start to play today’s Spell It, where we find instances that surprise, amuse and even ‘appall’ us. Here are five bizarre, but true, historical events: 1. The 1904 Summer Olympics was a disaster In particular, the Olympic marathon that occurred in St. Louis, US, is considered to be the most bizarre part of the disastrous event. Firstly, the entire course was incredibly dusty, and breathing in the dust caused all kinds of injuries for runners. To top it off, the event organiser purposely withheld providing water to the runners to test the effects of dehydration! Next, Fred Lorz, who finished in first place, was only able to do so because he hitched a ride in a car to the end of the course – he later claimed he did it as ‘a joke’. The second-place finisher, Thomas Hicks, was given rodent poison as an attempt to enhance his performance – he was carried across the finish line. 2. Unsinkable Sam, the cat with nine lives Unsinkable Sam Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Georgina Shaw Baker Although his given name was Oscar, a black and white tabby cat was honoured with the nickname ‘Unsinkable Sam’ by the newspapers, in the 1940s, because of his enormous spirit. Oscar started out aboard the Nazi ship Bismarck, which was sunk by the British ship HMS Cossack in 1941. When he was found floating on a board after the ship sank, the Britons took him aboard and called him Oscar. Later, during World War II, the HMS Cossack sank after being hit by a torpedo, which killed 159 onboard. Oscar survived and was rescued again. He then found himself aboard the HMS Ark Royal, an aircraft carrier that was also torpedoed. Well, Oscar survived that event too, and later retired in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he was provided lodging in a seaman’s home. He died of old age, 14 years later! 3. Khutulun’s challenge A descendent of the founder of the Mongol Empire, Genghis Khan, Khutulun wasn’t just a noblewoman – she was a wrestler. Confident in her abilities, Khutulun would challenge any suitor who approached her to a wrestling match. She refused to marry unless she was defeated, and would always wager some of her suitor’s horses, in case she won. No one beat her, and Khutulun ended up a rich woman – with some records saying she gained up to 10,000 horses as a result of her victories. Some accounts state that Khutulun did eventually marry a Mongol ruler named Ghazan, but it was because she fell in love with him. 4. The other Hemingway You likely know about famous American author Ernest Hemingway. But did you know his younger brother, Leicester Hemingway, started his own country? He sailed a barge, made out of bamboo, out to sea and declared it a micro-nation – half-independent and half part of the US. He referenced an obscure law, the Guano Islands Act of 1856, to do this, since the law allowed US citizens to claim ownership of unclaimed islands that had guano deposits. Hemingway called his raft country ‘New Atlantis’ and wanted to use the public attention to raise money so that he could turn the raft into an oceanographic research facility. However, a tropical storm sank New Atlantis in 1966, just two years later. What do you think of these strange historical events? Play today’s Spell It and tell us at games@gulfnews.com.

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