Friday’s games mark the start of the quarterfinals and feature a UEFA vs. UEFA matchup in the morning followed by a CONMEBOL vs. CONMEBOL game in the afternoon. In the first match of the day, Germany has a 52.5 percent chance of defeating France and advancing to the semifinals, according to FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup predictions. In the second, however, Brazil is heavily favored to defeat Colombia (72 percent to 28 percent) and play the winner of Germany vs. France in the semifinal next week.France vs. Germany: 12 p.m. EDTBrazil vs. Colombia: 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHAll eight teams still in the tournament won their respective groups, so there are no true underdogs left. But if we go back to the beginning, Brazil and Germany both had very good chances of reaching this stage of the knockout rounds (80 percent and 68 percent) compared to Colombia and France (46 percent and 45 percent).France and Germany are old foes, having faced each other 25 times since 1930 (prior to 1990, Germany competed as West Germany). In those games France has been victorious 11 times compared to Germany’s eight. However, almost all of these games were friendlies. The last time these two teams met competitively was in the 1986 World Cup semifinals, and Germany edged France 2-0. ESPN’s Soccer Power Index rates France vs. Germany as the most evenly matched of all the quarterfinal games.Brazil vs. Colombia, on the other hand, is supposed to be anything but even. Strangely, these teams have also met 25 times, and Colombia has managed to win only twice. A Seleção have slaughtered Los Cafeteros on more than one occasion, 9-0 in 1959 and 6-2 in 1969, but this is a different Colombia team. Their last meeting with Brazil, a friendly in the U.S. in 2012, ended in a 1-1 draw.Brazil trumps Colombia in overall and offensive SPI ratings (90.6 and 3.1 to 89.4 and 2.6) but Colombia’s defense is slightly better, with an SPI rating of 0.4 average goals allowed to Brazil’s 0.5 (lower defensive scores are better). Brazil’s defense has something to worry about in James Rodriguez, this World Cup’s breakout star for Colombia, who has tallied five goals — the most of any player so far — including this beautiful chest-to-volley on the turn against Uruguay:But Brazil’s Neymar (and Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Germany’s Thomas Muller) are only one goal behind Rodriguez, so if Brazil clinches a win in this clash of the golden boys, Rodriguez may be out of the race for this year’s golden boot.OFF THE PITCHFrance and Germany are neighbors, and each has international power and its own distinct culture — berets and baguettes vs. lederhosen and bratwurst. So given the ease of travel between the countries, it’s not surprising that there’s a lot of cross-tourism. According to the French Ministry of Handicrafts, Trade and Tourism, there were about 6.3 million overnight stays in France from German tourists in 2012. Conversely, the German National Tourist Board reported that there were roughly 3.1 million, or half as many, overnight stays in Germany from French tourists in the same year. When adjusted for each country’s total population at the time, this means that about 8 percent of Germany’s 80.4 million people stayed overnight in France at least once in 2012, while about 5 percent of France’s 65.7 million people stayed overnight in Germany. They may not be the best of friends, but it looks like the old enemies have at least upgraded to a friendly rivalry — at least as far as tourism goes. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWith the U.S. Out, Which World Cup Team Will Americans Root For?Tim Howard Lost, But He Just Had the Best Match of the World CupA Chart For Predicting Penalty-Shootout Odds in Real TimeCORRECTION (July 4, 10:57 a.m.): An earlier version of this post had the incorrect year of the last competitive meeting between France and Germany. While the two teams did face off in 1982, they also met in the 1986 World Cup semifinals.
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) vowed to fight the Army’s planned restructuring after learning from Army Secretary John McHugh on Wednesday that two Georgia posts would lose a total of 4,350 soldiers.“I am demanding answers from the Department of Defense on how they are justifying these troop cuts in Georgia,” Isakson said of the Army’s plans to eliminate, on a net basis, 950 soldiers from Fort Stewart and 3,400 troops from Fort Benning.“I have talked in great detail with Secretary McHugh today and will continue to fight to see to it that we preserve every soldier in Georgia that we can,” according to his press release.Isakson also threatened to stop a nominee to a senior DOD position from gaining a confirmation vote in the Senate.“I have also taken steps to block a Senate vote on the president’s nomination of a new congressional liaison for the Department of Defense in light of the department’s failure to give Congress a heads up before these cuts were made public,” he stated.Isakson’s comments came one day ahead of the Army’s public announcement of which installations would be affected by its plan to shrink the Army by 40,000 soldiers by fiscal 2017 to comply with stringent spending caps. The service also is expected to announce 17,000 civilian layoffs.The chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services committees also decried the pending cuts that would reduce the service’s active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000.Senate Armed Services Committee Chair John McCain (R-Ariz.) called the Army’s plan a “dangerous consequence of budget-driven strategy,” reported Defense News.“Any conceivable strategic rationale for this cut to Army end-strength has been overturned by the events of the last few years from the rise of ISIL, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Ebola crisis, and more,” McCain said.McCain called for a bipartisan budget deal to lift the spending caps, which would force Army officials to cut end strength to 420,000 and increase “the risk that in a crisis, we will have too few soldiers who could enter a fight without proper training or equipment.” Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Former Miss Uruguay Fatimih Davila Sosa found dead in hotel in Mexico City.InstagramBeauty queen, ex-Miss Uruguay Fatimih Dávila Sosa was found dead in a hotel in Mexico City, say reports. Fatimih was found hanged on Thursday, May 2, in the guest bathroom at a hotel in the capital city of Mexico. She was 31.Investigations are still on and the nature and cause of her death have not been revealed yet. Probe is still on whether it was suicide or murder, as Fatimih Dávila Sosa was found hanging in the bathroom of a hotel. According to the Daily Mail, a press statement from the prosecutor’s office regarding the death read, “From the investigations carried out so far, it was established that an acquaintance helped her to settle in the aforementioned hotel.”Fatimih Dávila Sosa represented Uruguay at the Miss Universe 2006 pageant as well as the Miss World 2008 pageant. She made a living as a model in Mexico and had reportedly also worked in the USA. The beauty queen also studied as an actress in Chile and acted in the soap opera El Triunfo del Amor (The Triumph of Love).The Daily Mail also quotes Uruguayan newspaper El Pais that talks of Fatima Dávila’s name in a 2011 sting operation into a prostitution ring in the country, operated by public relations agent Jose Miguel Acosta. The PR agent knew Argentine model representative Luis Santos very well, an acquaintance of the beauty queen.Dávila was reportedly recorded by investigators as saying, “I was talking to Leandro (Santos) and he told me that it would be good if I got into something of that to put myself in higher demand, to make myself better known, because nobody values the subject matter of Miss Uruguay.” Fatima gave a court declaration in 2012 after the sting.Fatimih Davila Sosa’s last Instagram post comments show it was 17 weeks ago. She looked happy in her last picture, in a white shirt, as she smiled and looked down. In general, in all her pictures, she looked like a happy soul and it is unfortunate that she had to pass away in tragic circumstances.
Just in time for the holidays, The Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar brings in an abundance of local crafters, artists, and artisans. Those looking for a unique gift idea can shop from dozens of local vendors selling handmade items like jewelry, wine racks, clothing and accessories, soaps and candles. The Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar also has an abundance of trees, wreaths, greenery, and seasonal food to give as gifts or use for holiday cooking. The market opens on December 3rd and will open every Sunday through December 17th. For more information about the bazaars, visit www.promotionandarts.org.
Kolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a woman who succumbed to her burn injuries when she was taken to a hospital in East Midnapore.The victim’s family members alleged that she was tortured and set on fire. However, the police were told by her in-laws that she set herself on fire on Saturday night and her husband also received burn injuries while trying to save her.The incident took place in Pataspur area of East Midnapore on Sunday morning. A senior police officer from the district said they have started an unnatural death case and they would probe into all possible angles of the incident. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe woman was admitted to the hospital on Sunday morning and she succumbed to her injuries on Friday morning. Allegations against the victim’s in-laws that they had set the woman on fire as her parents failed to give them money have also been levelled.The police officer said they haven’t received any such complaint yet. But they have initiated a case to probe in this connection. They will be taking statements of the victim’s parents and at the same time, they would try to find whether there was any foul play by the victim’s in-laws. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAnother police officer said even if they consider that the woman had committed suicide, then there must be a reason behind it. Police are trying to know what had happened on Thursday night that led to the incident.According to police, the victim Maya Mondal (45) was found in charred condition by the locals at Patashpur II close to Pariharpur jungle. Police are not also ruling out the possibility of suicide. The victim had married one Chandan Mondal a few years ago and they have no child.
Kolkata: Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Tuesday collected samples of carcass meat from the cold storage at Narkeldanga and sent it for tests by food analysts. It may be mentioned that after initiating the probe, the South 24-Parganas police had came to know about the cold storage at Narkeldanga and had conducted a raid on April 26. During the raid, the police had recovered a huge quantity of meat. Samples were then sent to laboratories to carry out necessary tests. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe case was later taken up by CID and the investigating officers felt the necessity of carrying out another test. So, concerned officers of CID, along with officials from the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), went to collect the samples.According to a senior officer of CID, the tests will be carried out by a food analyst of the civic body.The police had come to know about the cold storage at Narkeldanga after interrogating Sunny, who was arrested from Bihar in connection with the carcass meat case. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedLater, the police also came to know that Biswanath Ghorui, alias Bishu, was the kingpin of the carcass meat selling racket. He was also arrested and from him, the police had come to know about another cold storage in Kolkata itself, where meat was stored. CID officers had raided the cold storage and confiscated six tonnes of meat.The CID officers are in search of the owner of the cold storage, as he would be able to reveal from where the packaged meat was brought and also the name of the places where the same was sold. The police had suspected that the same was exported to other states and some of the neighbouring countries as well. The state government has also formed a high powered committee headed by Chief Secretary Malay De, to take necessary steps to completely uproot the menace. The first meeting of the committee was held in Nabanna.
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