After a slow start to their English Premier League title defence, it seems that Chelsea are stepping up their bid in trying to convince Everton and John Stones to complete the move they've long been wanting.
The league champions have already played two games in the new season but have still yet to secure their first win – settling for a 2-2 draw against Swansea City at home in their first game before being embarrassed 3-0 against Manchester City in their most recent league appearance.
This has obviously resulted in the Blues conceding that they need new players to help them contend and they believe that Stones is still the missing piece in the defence that they need. more >>
Every summer, it has been a staple for the festivals in Spain to hold the famous "running of the bulls" tradition. Injuries are somehow well expected in such risky events; however, this year's festivals have caused an unusual high number of deaths in a short period of time, totaling 7 since the opening of the festival in July. Four of the deaths only being in the past weekend.
According to BBC, some of the reported deaths included a 36-year-old councilor who gored in Penafiel, a town near Valladolid, north of Madrid. While another 18-year-old man was gored in the stomach in a town further north called Lerin, Navarra. The other five deaths occurred in the regions of Valencia, Murcia, Toledo, Castellon, and Alicante. In the small town of San Fermin in Pamplona, 10 people were apparently gored during the nine-day festival, however, luckily no one had died.
This tradition is not calling as much attention as bullfighting or "corridas," as they call it in Spain. Last year alone, 7,200 bulls and steers (castrated bull calves) were killed during bullfights across the country, while the fights alone are at a nearly 2,000 count every year. However, many animal rights groups have condemned the cruelty in such activity, which started to prompt action from the part of Spanish government. The continuous decline of fights is a significant sign that protests against this barbaric tradition are seeing positive results. In 2010, Catalonia became the second Spanish region to ban bullfighting, following suit of Canary Islands. more >>
Fans of the British crime series "Sherlock" may need to wait until 2017 for the much-awaited fourth season of the hit series. Reports are pointing to the start of production sometime in 2016 and a 2017 release. The series' producers however have yet to confirm if these reports are true.
According to a report in Christian Today, what is so far confirmed is that for 2015, fans should just be satisfied with a special holiday episode of the series which is a stand-alone episode that will bring back the enigmatic sleuth and his partner to the Victorian era.
The holiday special, which has already wrapped up production, is set in Victorian London. This is straight out of the era that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes novels, pictured Holmes to be living in and solving mysterious crimes that came his way. In early July, BBC released promotional photos and a teaser trailer showing the crime-fighting duo looking dapper in their period costumes. more >>
In her latest show titled "The Road to al-Baghdadi," comedian Shazia Mirza continues her trademark deadpan delivery, this time looking into the details behind the story of the four teenage schoolgirls who disappeared into the Syrian border.
In an interview with The Guardian, Mirza said the theater hosting her show asked her to change her initial title since it could get the attention of the ISIS and might lead to potential repercussions.
After hearing that the theater heads wanted her to change the initial title, she said, "I thought, are you serious? Heads of theatre companies are now so scared they will change the names of shows?" more >>
Manchester United host Club Brugge at Old Trafford in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off match. The match will be on Aug. 18, 2015 at 2:45 p.m. ET.
Finally making their return to the elite European competition, the Red Devils are hoping that they have made enough signings and have improved well enough to challenge the top teams in the continent.
However, they will have to go through Brugge in order to seal their spot in the competition's group stages. more >>
Irish celebration band Rend Collective has said that family unity inspired their forthcoming album As Family We Go. They also shared their motivation in writing songs for the Church after witnessing growing hositility toward Christians in modern culture.
On Friday, the folky worship band from Bangor, Northern Ireland, will debut their fifth studio album, which has already hit No. 1 on the iTunes Christian albums chart. Members include Gareth Gilkeson, Chris Llewellyn, Ali Gilkeson, Patrick Thompson and Stephen Mitchell, and two bandmates (Gilkeson and Thompson) recently sat down with The Christian Post to chat about their history and mission.
"I guess our whole journey as a band has been family," Gilkeson, a drummer, told CP when asked about the inspiration behind As Family We Go. more >>