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As anti-racism protesters topple statues of slave traders and colonizers worldwide, some nations are pondering how to mark their dark past. In Austria, debate over confronting one link to Adolf Hitler has taken decades, and it’s not over yet.Austria recently unveiled plans to convert the house where the Nazi leader was born, in the town of Braunau am Inn on the German border, into a police station.It also suggested moving a rock that stands on the sidewalk outside, which is inscribed with an anti-fascist message, to a Vienna museum. ‘Never again’The rock, which carries the inscriptions “fascism never again” and “millions of dead” but does not mention Hitler, was installed by the town in 1989.At that point, Austria was moving away from its position of denying responsibility for the Holocaust, a post-war stance during which it described itself as the first victim of the Nazis.Partly because of that, some say that Austria has done less to confront its Nazi past than neighboring Germany.”Sometimes it feels like something that is done as a chore rather than a commitment made out of deep conviction,” said Gerhard Baumgartner, a historian and scientific director at the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance.While progress has been made in terms of education on the Holocaust and erecting memorials since the 1980s, Jewish and survivors’ groups say more remains to be done, especially in explaining how widespread and systemic the Nazis’ crimes were.”That is very important – that people really know there was something everywhere,” said Charlotte Herman, head of the group officially representing the Jewish community in the province of Upper Austria, which includes Braunau.She and Mernyi mentioned the “Stolpersteine”, or “stumbling blocks”, project as one way to raise awareness.Originally a German initiative, it involves laying small brass plaques to Holocaust victims in the pavement at relevant places, like where they lived.Those plaques cover a fraction of Holocaust victims, but are a relatively common sight in Vienna, where a notoriously repressive and anti-Semitic system was put in place with local support after Hitler’s Germany annexed Austria in 1938.”In all of Austria, in every corner, in front of almost everyone’s door, something happened, whether it’s death marches, people walking past and dying in the street,” said Herman.Hitler’s role in history is well known, so there is no need to spell it out in great detail at the house, she added. But attention should be called to the building.”Because this is where evil was in fact born.” While many agree that the house should not be allowed to become a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis, the idea of removing the rock has upset some Jewish and survivors’ groups who have said that Austria must confront its role in the Holocaust.More consultations on the rock will now be held.”Clearly [the government] wants to let the world forget that the worst mass murderer in history was born in Braunau,” said Willi Mernyi, head of the Mauthausen Committee, Austria’s main Holocaust survivors’ group.”This approach is wrong … One must recognize what happened.” Topics :
Vice President of New Edubiase Alex Akumey says Ghanaian clubs are compelled to sell players to other African countries because of the money and infrastructure development.The number of Ghanaian players sold to the leagues in DR Congo, Tunisia and South Africa has increased the last two years.Many sports fans expect local players to move to the major European league but Akumey says the offers from some clubs on the continent are too good to be turned down.”Is all about money because if a club like TP Mazembe can buy a player like 100,000 dollars which Ghanaian club can buy a player from a fellow club with that amount,” he told Joy sports“The players in question wants to improve financially and also on their skills so when opportunities like this comes, it becomes very difficult to hold onto them.“A team like TP Mazembe is now headed by the former Mali National team coach wh won bronze with the team at the last Nations Cup. The packaging in these places is super.“How many Ghanaian clubs can do the things that these clubs are doing?”
While Thompson got hurt late in Thursday’s game, Durant had been dealing with a calf injury since the second round of the playoffs and returned for Game 5 of the NBA Finals only to leave in the second quarter with an Achilles injury. He had surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles earlier this week, and it’s likely he’ll miss all of next season. When asked if he believes the Warriors made a mistake with Durant by rushing him back, Nowitzki admitted it’s a tough scenario that varies from player to player.”Well my situation was a little different,” Nowitzki said. “I didn’t sit out one game, I wasn’t out for an entire month. Obviously in Durant’s case, they obviously thought he had healed up fine. I’m sure they had all the doctors and (physiotherapists) weigh in and he wanted to play and they cleared him, but he was already sitting out a month. NBA trade rumors: Celtics refused to include Jayson Tatum in Anthony Davis offer LeBron James reacts to Anthony Davis trade: ‘Just the beginning’ “Well deserved, that fan base deserves it. It’s a fun place to play up there,” Nowitzki said, via the Dallas Morning News. “But sad, of course, for (Kevin) Durant and Klay (Thompson). Two great players, two great guys and to have them go down with major, major injuries obviously is tough for me as an ex-athlete to watch, but they’ll be back obviously. They’re great players, both Hall of Famers and they’ll be back.”Added Nowitzki: “It was tough to watch, but Toronto deserves it. They had a great year and they had some great team play and Kawhi (Leonard) was fantastic the entire playoff run. They definitely deserved it, but I do feel bad for the Warriors.” Related News Dirk Nowitzki knows from personal experience how devastating injuries can be, and commends Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson for trying to play through theirs when the stakes were highest.Speaking recently on ESPN Dallas 103.3, the Mavericks great shared his thoughts on the Raptors winning their first NBA title after defeating the Warriors in Game 6 on Thursday and saluted the injured stars for their last-ditch effort at a three-peat. LaVar Ball on Lakers trading son Lonzo: They’ll never win another championship “Durant’s situation was a lot different. I’m sure everybody weighed in and he wanted to play and the doctors cleared him. Things like this unfortunately are a part of sports.”The Warriors confirmed Thompson suffered a torn ACL but still expressed their desire to re-sign him.On the other hand, it has been speculated that Durant could leave Golden State during free agency. However, that could change after his Achilles injury left his long-term future in question.
first roundfirst setRoger FedererSumit Nagal First Published: August 28, 2019, 7:24 AM IST New Delhi: India’s Sumit Nagal received a masterclass from Roger Federer after a first-set stunner. No wonder he is on cloud nine following an impressive Grand Slam debut where he stretched the legend to four sets in the opening round of US Open.Nagal won the first set 6-4 before Federer upped the ante, winning 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 against the 190th ranked Indian. “It felt amazing, could not have asked for a better matchup on my debut Slam and on one of the biggest tennis courts I guess,” the 22-year-old Nagal told PTI from New York on Tuesday.While the capacity crowd at the Arthur Ashe Stadium were rooting for Federer, by the end of two and half hours, Nagal was seen enjoying a bit of fan following as he was asked for autographs and selfies while leaving the arena.”The crowd was amazing. I enjoyed every moment out there,” said Nagal, who came through the qualifying rounds.On a learning curve, a match against Federer is stuff that dreams are made of, and Nagal is taking away a lot of positives in defeat.”I learnt a lot from him last night. How to carry yourself, how to control emotions, mixing it (strokes) up,” the youngster said. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.