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Surprise decision awards ‘greatest living poet’


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Bob Dylan, regarded as the voice of a generation for his influential songs from the 1960s onward, has won the Nobel Prize for Literature in a surprise decision that makes him the only singer-songwriter to win the award.


The 75-year-old Dylan - who won the prize for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition" - now finds himself in the company of Winston Churchill, Thomas Mann and Rudyard Kipling as Nobel laureates.


The announcement was met with gasps in Stockholm's stately Royal Academy hall Nike Vapormax Noir Pas Cher , followed - unusually - by some laughter.


Dylan's songs, such as "Blowin' in the Wind," "The Times They Are a-Changin,'" "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and "Like a Rolling Stone" captured a spirit of rebellion, dissent and independence.


More than 50 years on Nike Vapormax Pas Cher , Dylan is still writing songs and is often on tour, performing his dense poetic lyrics, sung in a sometimes rasping voice that has been ridiculed by detractors. Some lyrics have resonated for decades.


"Blowin' in the Wind," written in 1962, was considered one of the most eloquent folk songs of all time. "The Times They Are A-Changin Nike Presto Ultra Flyknit Pas Cher ,'" in which Dylan told Americans "your sons and your daughters are beyond your command," was an anthem of the civil rights movement and Vietnam War protests.


Awarding the 8 million Swedish crown ($930,000) prize, the Swedish Academy said: "Dylan has the status of an icon. His influence on contemporary music is profound."


Swedish Academy member Per Wastberg said that "He is probably the greatest living poet." Asked if he thought Dylan's Nobel lecture - traditionally given by the laureate in Stockholm later in the year - would be a concert, Wastberg replied "Let's hope so."


Over the years Nike Presto SE Woven Pas Cher , not everyone has agreed that Dylan was a poet of the first order. Novelist Norman Mailer countered: "If Dylan's a poet, I'm a basketball player."


Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Nobel Academy, told a news conference there was "great unity" in the decision to give Dylan the prize.


Dylan has always been an enigmatic figure. He went into seclusion for months after a motorcycle crash in 1966, leading to stories that he had cracked under the pressure of his new celebrity.


He was born into a Jewish family but in the late 1970s converted to born-again Christianity and later said he followed no organized religion. At another point in his life Nike Presto Safari Pas Cher , Dylan took up boxing.


Dylan's spokesman, Elliott Mintz, declined immediate comment when reached by phone, citing the early hour in Los Angeles, where it was 3 am at the time of the announcement. Dylan was due to give a concert in Las Vegas on Thursday evening.


LISBON Nike Presto QS Pas Cher , Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Tensions are rising between Portugal's finance ministry and its central bank Tuesday after comments made at a banking conference here, local media reported.


"It's not only in southern countries where there's this temptation to reduce central bank independence," said Bank of Portugal governor Carlos Costa at the opening speech of the conference Monday, adding "it's not just an issue for the Portuguese, this idea of tucking the money away somewhere and then the temptation disappears."


The conference on risk management for central banks Nike Presto Noir Pas Cher , was a joint initiative organized by the Bank of Portugal and the European Central Bank (ECB).


A source from the finance ministry told a number of media outlets, including the online newspaper Eco, that Costa's comments were "unfortunate" and that the ministry "hoped the governor would retract them."


All eyes were therefore on Costa as he made the conference's closing speech on Tuesday.


"People tend to forget about the pyromaniacs and blame the firemen," he said, suggesting a blame game is at play.


The friction dates back to when the Socialist government took power in late 2015 and criticized the central bank for transferring bad debt from the failed Banco Espirito Santo to new entity Novo Banco.


There have since been claims from the government that the central bank has been slow to pass dividends onto the state Nike Presto Mid Utility Pas Cher , which would have helped the government balance its books and satisfy European Union (EU) partners.


Meanwhile, there is added tension since the government drafted proposals that would change the way Portugal's banking regulatory body is formed and the central bank governor is appointed. The government is also negotiating the 2018 state budget -- to be presented to parliament on Oct. 13 -- with dividends again a point of contention.


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