Full coverage of the worst refugee crisis to hit Europe since the second world war and efforts in the UK to provide aid and funds
The Guardian’s Phoebe Greenwood spoke to Munich volunteers heading to Budapest yesterday. If you’re a refugee who’s crossed the Mediterranean this summer – or you’re one of those who’s helping refugees, we’d like to hear from you. We’ll feature your stories in our reporting.
Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipila has said he would offer his home, situated over 500 kilometres north of the capital Helsinki in the Kempele area, to refugees.
Sipila said the house was rarely used at the moment and would house asylum seekers from the start of next year. He told national broadcaster YLE: “We should all take a look in the mirror and ask how we can help”.
Chinese artist Liu Bolin has just completed his new work for the United Nations Global Goals Campaign. The campaign aims to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change by the end of 2030. Known as the “the invisible man,” he camouflages himself in his work by painting his body into his surroundings. The artist’s piece The Future showcases a hand-painted Bolin set against a backdrop of 193 UN flags. Bolin explains:
I want this new work to help raise consciousness about issues such as poverty, unbalanced development, and global climate change. We can’t stand idle around these issues. We need to do something.
On September 25, 193 world leaders will commit to 17 global goals to achieve these changes for the future.
Vinyl lovers looking for a quality turntable that doesn’t break the bank may have encountered Audio Technica’s surprisingly weighty AT-LP120USB turntable on their travels. Close enough in looks to easily be mistaken for a Technics SL-1200 from a distance, the direct drive groove machine continues to attract rave reviews from consumers and industry pundits alike despite being on the market for a few years now, and having a design aesthetic that isn’t exactly what you might call “living room-friendly.” At IFA this year, Audio Technica was showing off a new and more mature-looking turntable called the AT-LP5 and inviting booth visitors to sit on a comfy couch for a listen. Gizmag had a quick ears on.
Rafael Nadal hasn’t had the best of seasons by his all-time great standards in 2015. After the Spaniard’s loss to Fabio Fogninion Friday at the U.S. Open, Nadal will end the year without a Grand Slam singles title for the first time since 2005.
The Spaniard took a two-set lead in the Round of 16 tie and looked for all the world as if he’d cruise into the quarter-finals, but three sets on the spin from Fognini ensured his major woes continued.
Nadal has won three ATP singles title this season but has fallen short in the big tournaments, which is where legacies are made and the legends of the game truly distinguish themselves. He entered the U.S. Open draw seeded eighth, on a collision course with Novak Djokovic as early as the quarterfinals.
Djokovic was the man who beat Nadal in the French Open at that stage to deny the latter a shot at his 10th championship at Roland Garros.
Prior to the U.S. Open, Nadal expressed confidence in his fitness and form, eager to generate some momentum toward the end of the 2015 campaign, per the Associated Press, via ABC News:
I feel great physically, and that’s important for me because that’s giving me the confidence in my body that’s always been very important (for) the intensity of my movements. If I’m healthy and I have the chance to keep working the way I’m working now, I believe that I can keep competing well for the next couple of years and keep having chances in the big events.
And Nadal had reason to look forward to the action in the Big Apple, given his exceptional track record there of late, alluded to by ESPN Tennis:
Unfortunately, even if Nadal feels well, his game isn’t quite at the level it once was to get the better of Roger Federer more often than not and even topple Djokovic. The days of Nadal ascending to No. 1 in the world appear to have passed.
The Australian Open is next on the Grand Slam slate. Perhaps a bit of rest and the promise a new year can bring might reinvigorate Nadal. That would allow him to enter the tournament in Melbourne with a clear mind and low expectations, which could lead to a surprise run.
Hard courts are the toughest surface on Nadal’s knees, though. Movement without the assist of sliding will only grow more difficult as Nadal continues on in his career, and the fact that he’s struggled the past four years on the fast grass of Wimbledon doesn’t bode well either.
The swifter the surface, the harder it is for Nadal to contend. Granted, part of that notion stems from the deserved nickname he’s garnered for his French Open dominance as “The King of Clay.”
Among Nadal’s 14 major singles titles, only one of those has come at the Australian Open. Winning all four Grand Slam events multiple times would be an extraordinary achievement that could further bolster Nadal’s standing in tennis lore.
As the opportunities dwindle for Nadal to add majors to his resume, pressure will mount for him to rediscover his game. The likes of Djokovic, Federer, Andy Murray and even Stan Wawrinka aren’t showing signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Nadal needs a bounce-back 2016 to reassert himself as a force to be reckoned with. A deep run at the Australian Open would be an ideal start to that effort, though his U.S. Open defeat doesn’t inspire a lot of optimism that such a welcome development will occur.
Letting The Freedom Of Truth Uncover The Value Of Life