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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A defaced statue of Cecil Rhodes is removed from the University of Cape Town in 2015 We name buildings after people, or put up statues to them, because we respect them. But what if we then discover they did wrong? In what cases should the building be renamed, or the statue be removed, asks the BBC’s in-house philosopher, David Edmonds. It’s been described as “the loveliest room in Europe”. Gothic on the outside, classical on the inside, it’s a cathedral but not for the gods. It’s a cathedral for the worship of books. The Codrington Library in All Soul’s College is one of Oxford University’s hidden architectural gems. It’s also got a back story, and one rather embarrassing for the College. Insid...

Alan Jackson Performs Classic Hits ‘Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow’ & ‘Don’t Rock the Jukebox’ at 2017 CMAs

Alan Jackson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame last month and, fittingly, the 2017 CMAs paid tribute to the hit-making legend.  Jackson took the stage late in the show to perform his 1990 single “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” to perhaps the night’s most rousing reception. The crowd at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena gave Jackson and his band a standing ovation following the familiar tune, one that lingered a little longer than most of the evening’s.  But he wasn’t done. To close out the show a few minutes later, Jackson hit the stage with co-hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley to perform his 1991 single “Don’t Rock the Jukebox.”  Check out clips of both songs below.

Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton & Glen Campbell Among Winners at Emotional CMA Awards

The 51st Annual Country Music Association Awards were held in Nashville tonight at Bridgestone Arena, and, as expected, it was a night of messages of unity, with many moments during the evening emphasizing the feelings that many have felt over the past few months. It was a night that many of the artists spoke of a deep connection with their fans — which became more prevalent after the tragic events of Oct. 1 in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Music Festival. That bond between the audience and the artist was noted by Garth Brooks, who repeated in the evening’s top category of entertainer of the year – claiming his sixth overall win. In his acceptance speech, he said “The most important thing — other than God himself — is you,” referring to those in the stands. To say the broadca...

W2W4: UEFA World Cup qualifying playoffs

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Alan Smith: Footballers must face potential threat of brain damage

Alan Smith has joined Alan Shearer’s call for more to be learned about the correlation between brain damage and football. Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith insists football has to face up to the potential threat of long-term brain damage to players and welcomed the advancement of further investigation. Sources tell Press Association Sport that a major study into whether footballers are at greater risk of degenerative brain disease is set for launch in the next few weeks with the appointment of a research group to undertake the most comprehensive study of its kind, jointly commissioned by the Football Association and Professional Footballers’ Association. Former England captain Alan Shearer expressed his concern about the effects heading a ball during his career may have on his ...

Transfer Talk: Arsenal set Mesut Ozil price for Mourinho

Ozil’s departure could be sealed in January if the asking price is met. The Gunners will need to be careful in negotiations with the risk of the former Real Madrid star walking away for nothing next summer. For more on Mesut Ozil, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

Russian official admits fraud in building of St. Petersburg WC stadium

The stadium being built in St. Petersburg has been the subject to fraud allegations and construction delays. ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — A Russian court said on Wednesday that a former deputy governor of St. Petersburg has admitted a fraud charge related to the construction of the city’s 2018 World Cup stadium. The St. Petersburg city court said that Marat Oganesyan, who was deputy governor from 2013 until 2015, admitted helping to arrange the fraudulent payment of 50.4 million rubles ($850,000) for a display screen contract at the stadium. Oganesyan was accused of arranging for a friendly subcontractor to win the contract, while knowing the subcontractor had no intention of using that payment to provide the screens. Investigators said on Wednesday that Oganesyan admitted his invo...

Will Paolo Guerrero’s suspension cost Peru their shot at World Cup glory?

Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts preview the upcoming World Cup qualifier between New Zealand and Peru. Paolo Guerrero will have the chance to appeal the 30-day suspension that was recently handed down to him by FIFA’s disciplinary committee. But that’s not going to do his Peru side much good when they play away to New Zealand on Saturday in the first leg of their World Cup playoff. And if the ruling isn’t overturned, Peru’s star centre-forward will be out of Wednesday’s return game in Lima, too. This, of course, is a huge blow. Guerrero’s is Peru’s one unquestionably world-class performer, and it is cruel to lose him for the national team’s biggest game in 35 years. Moreover, they have no like-for-like replacement — though it is interesting ...

Brad Paisley Welcomes Kane Brown for Rousing ‘Heaven South’ Performance at 2017 CMAs

Brad Paisley co-hosted the 2017 CMAs, but that didn’t mean he couldn’t duck out on that gig and bust out a song of his own. Late in the show, the country superstar took the stage for a performance of “Heaven South,” the lead track from his 2017 album Love and War.  About a minute into the song, Paisley welcomed newcomer 24-year old Kane Brown to share the spotlight. Brown, who released his self-titled debut album last year, aptly took on vocal duties alongside Paisley for the rest of the song. To get a taste of Paisley and Brown’s onstage chemistry, check out a snippet of their performance below. And click here to get caught up on Paisley’s hosting monologue with Carrie Underwood to open the show.

Eric Church Delivers Rocking ‘Chattanooga Lucy’ Performance at 2017 CMAs

“Hang on, everybody, this one is gonna rock,” said Brad Paisley, introducing Eric Church‘s performance of “Chattanooga Lucy” at the 51st Annual Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night (Nov. 8) — and it didn’t disappoint. Church played a barnstorming version of the Mr. Misunderstood track, complete with acoustic and electric guitar solos, several wailing backup singers, a lot of distortion and far more tambourine. And, of course, he kept his trademark shades on throughout. Church kicked off the night’s proceedings hours earlier, with an a capella performance of “Amazing Grace.” He’s also up for the night’s top honor, entertainer of the year.  Watch his performance below.

Chris Stapleton Delivers Heavenly ‘Broken Halos’ Performance at 2017 CMAs

Chris Stapleton was nominated for a trio of awards at the 2017 CMAs on Wednesday night (Nov. 8), so it only made sense that the revered songwriter took the stage for a song of his own. With his wife Morgane Stapleton and the rest of his backing band, Stapleton tore through “Broken Halos,” the lead track off his 2017 album, From A Room: Volume 1.  It was a short and sweet performance, but it was still a reminder of Stapleton’s songwriting and guitar-playing prowess. Fans will soon get another dose of it, as the second installment of From a Room is set to drop Dec. 1. Below, watch a clip of Stapleton’s CMAs performance at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Keith Urban Brings His Harvey Weinstein-Inspired Song ‘Female’ to 2017 CMAs

Keith Urban sang his new song “Female” at the 2017 CMA Awards, an empowerment anthem partially inspired by the Harvey Weinstein scandal engulfing Hollywood. The subject is notably closer to Urban than most country singers, given that his wife Nicole Kidman is Tinseltown A-list and worked on a number of Weinstein pictures. “As a husband and a father of two young girls, it affects me in a lot of ways,” Urban told Billboard earlier. “And as a son — my mother is alive. It just speaks to all of the females in my life, particularly. For a guy who grew up with no sisters in a house of boys, it’s incredible how now I’m surrounded by girls. But not only in my house; I employ a huge amount of women in my team. The song just hit me for so many reasons.” Watch some of it below.