Cinematic version of Stratfords Macbeth adds exciting perspectives review

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: By William Shakespeare, directed for the stage by Antoni Cimolino, directed for film by Shelagh O’Brien. Information about encore and upcoming screenings: stratfordfestival.ca or 1-800-567-1600Witches, swordplay and popcorn for lunch? The Shakespeare-in-HD phenomenon serves up some unusual menus. Adding to the experience of the premiere screening of Macbeth at Cineplex Yonge and Eglinton was the knowledge that its two lead performers, Ian Lake and Krystin Pellerin, were in the audience too, in advance of a post-show discussion with the CBC’s Paul Kennedy. Stage actors, of course, usually don’t get to see the shows they perform in, and both Lake and Pellerin said afterwards it was challenging to watch themselves, but gratifying to take in the entire spectacle.Reviews of Antoni Cimolino’s production of the Scottish play last summer highlighted its viscerality, from the palpable sexual chemistry between these younger-than-usual stars, to the genuinely scary witchcraft scenes that frame the action, and ferocious battle scenes where the safety of the performers sometimes seemed at risk. Facebook Macbeth Advertisement Advertisement On the last Saturday of March break, amid families heading in to see Beauty and the Beast and Kong: Skull Island, I joined a throng of mostly senior culture buffs to take in the first of two Stratford Festival productions recorded in high-definition video being released this year (the second, Love’s Labour’s Lost, plays April 29).last_img read more

AltaCorp Capital founder oil and gas financier George Gosbee dies suddenly

first_imgCALGARY – Investment firm AltaCorp Capital Inc. says its founder and CEO, Calgary oil and gas financier George Gosbee, died suddenly on Sunday.Gosbee was a former governor of the National Hockey League and, in 2013, led a group to purchase the Arizona Coyotes and restructure the team. Current team owner Andrew Barroway tweeted he was “deeply saddened” by the news.Gosbee, 48, founded AltaCorp Capital in 2010 and struck a deal to partner it with ATB Financial, an Alberta government-owned lender.In 2000, he helped found Tristone Capital Global Inc., an energy investment firm which he and his partners sold in 2009 to Australia’s Macquarie Group for about $130 million.Gosbee served as vice-chairman of Alberta Investment Management Co., which manages $90 billion in provincial government pension funds, for eight years.AltaCorp says president Paul Sarachman will assume the role of CEO.last_img read more

BATTLEGROUND BENGAL

first_imgThe people of West Bengal are witnessing a chain of events hitherto unknown to the state. First, never have people in the state witnessed a prime minister attending more than a dozen election rallies to gain support for her/his own candidates. Second, people in the past have also never seen their leaders harp on religion more diligently than on development; that too with a clear view towards inciting one community against another. Third, neither have citizens of the state seen national leaders of important stature fabricate lies specifically targeting festivals and pitching them against progress. People have also never witnessed such blatant muscle-flexing by politicians to win an election; finally, never have the discerning people of Bengal experienced the heat of a political party that relies entirely on manipulating and spreading canards on social media to gain electoral victory. Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have addressed more than a dozen election rallies in West Bengal and in every meeting, they have criticised Mamata Banerjee for supposedly preventing Durga Puja, Saraswati Puja and Ram Navami celebrations in the state. Even Banerjee’s strongest critics living in Bengal are shocked to hear this chosen electoral pitch from prominent national leaders. Exhausted of the deliberate and calculated lies being spread by the ruling party, Trinamool Congress supremo and chief minister Mamata Banerjee urged Modi to brush his homework before addressing political meetings. Accountability to one’s people is clearly a thing of the past. In truth, since assuming charge in 2011, the TMC government has emphasised sufficiently upon popularising Durga Puja, to make this essentially Bengali festival an international event. In fact, the Sangeet Natak Akademi has nominated the inclusion of Durga Puja in UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) for 2020. What is even more, clubs are provided Rs 10,000 to organise Durga Puja and a grand carnival is organised on Red Road prior to immersion. More than one lakh Durga Pujas are held all over the state and it is the most important festival in Bengal with people from across religions and communities playing an active role. In many Durga Puja associations, the president and secretary are Muslims. The poison of communal hate that hasn’t yet crippled Bengal appears to be BJP’s chosen weapon. And, for Saraswati Puja celebrations, more than a crore are held across the state. Bengal can perhaps teach the rest of the country how being religious mustn’t necessarily complement being divisive. The lotus party is fully aware of the extent of Durga Puja celebrations as the income tax department had sent notices to several clubs demanding disclosure of account details post last year’s puja. Banerjee had strongly opposed and both Modi and Shah alleged that she was shielding the puja organisers. But while addressing election rallies, both have deliberately lied that pujas aren’t held in Kolkata to confuse people and spew more hate. Organising grand Ram Navami processions has never been a custom in traditional Bengali culture. The state government had imposed restrictions on carrying maces and swords at religious processions. The ‘Jai Sri Ram’ call, popularised by karsevaks during the pitiful demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, had only been a chant for temple walls, never a public slogan. In Bengal, along with the slogan, BJP demanded that its sympathisers be allowed to carry weapons and sketched their walking route specifically through areas dominated by minority communities. Had the state government allowed such rallies to parade through Bengal’s streets, communal tension would’ve surely escalated to riots. However, the government never imposed restrictions on any rally without weapons. This election has been a celebration of lies and BJP’s campaign in Bengal has been no different. Across its campaigns, BJP has rued over the lack of development in Bengal. But, most will agree, what Banerjee has accomplished in eight years can be matched by very few statespersons of today’s time. Her projects have touched all corners of Bengal’s rural belt – under Khadya Sathi, more than 8 crore people have been given rice at Rs 2 per kg, Kanyashree has earned United Nation’s recognition, having assisted more than 60 lakh girl students in pursuing higher education. Further, under Sabuj Sathi, which has also earned global recognition, more than one crore students in state-run and aided schools are being provided bicycles for free. With people bearing direct witness to development in the state, particularly in the construction of roads and infrastructure, the lie-coated speeches of Modi and Shah have failed to create any mentionable impact. Despite its strength, it is indeed surprising that the ruling party has to resort to lies rather than its positive promotion to earn people’s trust. For instance, a sensitive event that took place in Bangladesh was circulated as an event in Basirhat in North 24 Parganas. BJP leaders were euphoric after the party secured 17 per cent vote in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. But in the 2016 Assembly election, polling dropped to 10 per cent and BJP remained satisfied with three MLAs. Dilip Ghosh, party’s state president from Kharagpur Town, Manoj Tigga from Madarihat and Swadhir Kumar Sarkar from Malda South. BJP’s poll percentage in 2016 dropped from 21.12 to 8.84 in Nadia, from 21.43 to 6.60 in North 24 Parganas, from 27.27 to 14.85 in Kolkata, from 18.10 to 9.25 in Hooghly, from 17.62 to 8.96 in Bankura, and from 20.35 to 12.03 in Burdwan. However, BJP leaders never invested enough to strengthen their organisational power; instead, they opted for glittering lies. BJP had organised a nationwide campaign where, by sending an SMS, one could become a primary member of the party. Siddharth Nath Singh, national BJP leader who once looked after Bengal, said that new members would be given training and invited to a brainstorming session. But none of this happened. In Bengal, BJP never made any sincere attempt to train workers at the booth level. Every political party needs around 3,85,000 workers to man the 77,000 odd booths in Bengal. In every booth, political parties have to deploy five workers, including two polling agents, two election agents and one worker who acts as the reliever. Moreover, those who are appointed as polling agents and election agents are expected to know each voter. Leaders of both CPI-M and Congress had said that their party would not be able to field workers in 50-55 per cent booths. However, BJP leaders have asserted that people’s support is with them. But it is not easy. Babul Supriyo was furious that his party could not deploy polling agents in Barabani, where elections were held on April 29. Anupam Hazra, BJP’s candidate from Jadavpur, was found to criticise his party workers for not pursuing the election campaign seriously. Mamata Banerjee has said that BJP will not get more than 150-160 seats and, in Bengal, her party will bag all 42 seats. On January 19, 2019, Banerjee had organised a grand show rally of United India which was attended by leaders of 21 political parties. From the podium, Banerjee raised the slogan in Bengali: “Du hazar unish, BJP finish” (Come 2019 and BJP will be ousted). Across rallies, she has urged voters to cast their choice in favour of secularism and thereby, Trinamool nominees. Banerjee is believed to be a person whose political predictions have rarely gone wrong. But the country will have to wait till May 23 to know if her predictions were well-thought or simply a reflex of the terrible election heat.last_img read more

56 illegal immigrants apprehended in TangierFnideq coastline

first_imgTangier – 56 candidates for illegal immigration were apprehended, on Sunday, at the Tangier-Fnideq coastline, a statement by the Wilaya of Tangier said. The illegal immigrants were planning to use makeshift boats to get to the other shore and were nabbed thanks to the watch mechanism, it added.last_img

40 Percent of Moroccan Inmates Held in Pretrial Detention

Rabat – The Moroccan Minister of Justice, Mohamed Aujjar, said on Tuesday that some 33,168 inmates are held in pre-trial detention, representing 40 percent of the total prison population. When a member of the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) asked the minister about the issue of pre-trial detention during a preliminary session held in the House of Councillors, Aujjar stressed that the rate of pre-trial detention varies between 40 and 43 percent, despite the ongoing efforts made by the Ministry of Justice to curb the practice.The ministry has also submitted a new Code of Criminal Procedure to the General Secretariat of the Government in order to develop new options for the nation’s penal policy. The code includes alternative measures to the practice of pre-trial detention and custodial sentences, added Aujjar.Reevaluation of penal guidelines, according to the minister, is aimed at utilizing pre-trial detention as an exceptional measure whose implementation is only authorized once other alternatives have been exhausted, other options remain unenforceable, or if the appearance of a conditional release may influence the course of any related trial.Prison Space at CapacityAujjar also said that the total number of detainees in prison nationwide has now reached 82,512. In May 2017, Mohamed Saleh Tamek, the Delegate General of the Penitentiary and Reintegration Administration said that prisons in Morocco no longer have the capacity to house the soaring number of inmates.The Delegate General warned that the overcrowding of prisons is not only obstructing efforts that have been made to create safer and more humane conditions for inmates, but also endangers prison staff. read more

Moroccan Actress Asks People to Support Lamjarred or Stay Silent

Rabat – The Moroccan actress Sanaa Akroud has expressed solidarity with pop singer Saad Lamjarred who is awaiting two rape trials in France.Akroud has joined several Moroccan celebrities who have defended Lamjarred.Akroud, known for her role as “Aicha Dwiba” in the movie of the same name,  took to her Instagram to support the artist, who is awaiting his trials in jail. Akroud shared a long message on October 5 with her Instagram fans with a smiling picture of Lamjarred.Read Also: Nezha Regragui Sues Tunisian Alhiwar Channel for Mocking Saad LamjarredAkroud invited her fans to spread love, and if they could not do that, they could remain silent.She said that the rape allegations were designed to challenge “the reputation and credibility” of Lamjarred’s success.She also said it could be a campaign against Lamjarred because of his success. While promoting the Moroccan dialect of Arabic worldwide, Lamjarred has achieved stardom in the Arab world.She added that the Moroccan singer is faithful to his roots and his country, saying Lamjarred is an “exception” because he shared love.Read Also: To Boycott or Not to Boycott: How Saad Lamjarred Is Dividing MoroccansAkroud also criticized those who claim that Lamjarred has a mental illness or is a drug addict, saying that French courts would have sent him to a clinic then instead of jail.She also denied media rumors that the Lamjarred family had sued the Tunisian channel “Elhiwar Ettounsi’s” director, who had broadcast a comedy show mocking their son.Dressed in orange and chained, the Saad Lamjarred mimic came into the show’s court cursing and intimidating people around him. He stood to face the plaintiff, Laura Prioul, and began an argument in which each tried to defend themselves.In her post, Akroud denied that Lamjarred’s mother and renowned actress Nazha Reguragui sued the program because his family is far from the “culture of hate.”Akroud received both support and condemnation in her post. Some said that she made a good point, while others said that they would unfollow her, expressing surprise about her support for a “rapist.”Saad Lamjarred is facing trials in an October 2016 rape and an August 2018 rape.In early September, a French appeals court issued an order to remand the Moroccan singer to custody, on the prosecutor’s appeal of his prior release on bail. read more

India and Sri Lanka Coast Guard maintain close cooperation

The Indian Coast Guard and Sri Lanka Coast Guard are maintaining close cooperation and a good relationship between them, the Ministry of Defence said today.The Ministry of Defence said that a recent visit to Sri Lanka by Director General Rajendra Singh, Director General of the Indian Coast Guard, helped heighten the bond between the two Coast Guards. Director General Rajendra Singh, Director General of the Indian Coast Guard and Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunghe, Director General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard headed two delegations at the meeting. During the visit a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also reached between two Coast Guards on the establishment of a collaborative relationship to combat transnational illegal activities at aea and develop regional cooperation between the Indian Coast Guard and Sri Lanka Coast Guard. (Colombo Gazette) Rajendra Singh was in Sri Lanka recently on an official visit during which he participated in the 3rd High Level Meeting between the Sri Lanka Coast Guard and the Indian Coast Guard in Colombo. read more

Sharply deteriorating conditions in besieged areas of Syria UN aid agencies report

“Residents need immediate and urgent humanitarian assistance, particularly food, nutrition and health supplies, and there are reports of severe cases of malnutrition and deaths due to starvation,” UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters in New York. While Government stocks reportedly continue to provide bread in Deir-Ez-Zor, there are very few supplies given limited humanitarian or commercial access to the area. “Approval has been secured for an emergency inter-agency United Nations airlift to deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance to the area,” noted Mr. Haq. “However, fierce clashes in the vicinity of the military airport have prevented the operation from proceeding,” he added.The UN is also reporting that its agencies, along with the International Committee of the Red Cross and Syrian Arab Red Crescent, are on their way to take food, fuel and health supplies to Zabadani, while nutrition and health teams began conducting field assessments in Madaya and Zabadani. This is the third humanitarian convoy delivering aid to Madaya, Foah and Kafraya, and the first for Zabadani this month.Meanwhile, in an open letter to Syrian civil society, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, said he is “angry and frustrated about the situation in besieged areas in Syria and the terrifying toll it is having on its children, women and men.”He stressed that humanitarian staff work tirelessly every day to bring life-saving assistance to people affected by the conflict, often at great cost, noting that more than 80 humanitarian workers have been killed and many others remain missing. “The Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria, his team, the United Nations and its partners have taken serious and repeated risks to reach people in need, in some cases coming under direct fire from parties to the conflict or suffering the ultimate price, selflessly serving others,” Mr. O’Brien stated. “This has not and will not, however, deter them from their mission.”Underlining that he supports “all initiatives that can bring the violence to an end and help the UN and its partners on the ground reach people in need,” Mr. O’Brien said he can assure that “the UN is neither too close to any party nor acting in such a way to encourage the use of siege tactics.”“It is our duty to act impartially, neutrally and independently, and to have contact with all parties to negotiate unimpeded and safe access to those who are vulnerable and in need, regardless of how or why their need arises,” he insisted.“But let me be clear, only a political solution for peace and the respect for international humanitarian law by all parties will make the biggest difference for Syrians seeking assistance and for humanitarian organisations the ability to provide it,” he concluded.Over 100,000 Syrians in Madaya, Biqin, Foah, Kafraya and Al Waer have recently received assistance, including food and medicine. read more

Ohio State womens soccer looks to bounce back at Illinois

OSU freshman midfielder Sarah Roberts (10) during a game against Minnesota on Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost 2-1. Credit: Sam Harris / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s soccer team (6-3-2, 1-2-1) is preparing to travel to Champaign, Illinois, to face the Illinois Fighting Illini (8-2-1, 2-1-1) on Friday evening.Junior forward Nichelle Prince said she is leaving Sunday’s loss to Nebraska behind as the team looks to this week’s matchup. “We did not play to our best capabilities, so it is really important that we have a really good week at practice going into Illinois because we need that confidence back and need to get back to our basics,” Prince said.This week presents OSU with its third away game in a row, but Prince doesn’t believe the travel will serve as a challenge to the Buckeyes.“It’s just really important when we’re away to get the recovery needs that we need; making sure that even though we’re in a hotel that we’re getting the sleep we need, doing pool recoveries and stretching and foam rolling,” Prince said. “It’s not bad being away, we just need to make sure that we’re prepared and focused.”Last weekend when the Buckeyes were on the road, they had two games with a day of rest in between. The game against Illinois on Friday is the only contest on the road trip for OSU, which pleases OSU coach Lori Walker.“What I really like about this weekend is it’s a single game, and so our entire focus will go into what we need to do to compete against Illinois,” she said. The last time the Fighting Illini and Buckeyes met, OSU was defeated 4-1. Illinois is 6-0 at home this season, something that Prince said motivates her heading into the game.“I think that’s one of the things that’s really exciting because you get to go to their home and make an upset,” Prince said. “So, being on our game and playing for something, knowing that they have a lot of confidence, but so do we.”Walker said a key for success against the Fighting Illini is a well-rounded performance from all three lines — the defense, midfield and attackers. “We’ve had segments of games where each line is pretty special, but I don’t think we’ve had a full game yet where we are playing 90 minutes of quality soccer and not having lapses in our concentration,” Walker said.The Buckeyes are set to kick off at 7 p.m. at the Illinois Soccer Stadium. read more

HMS Queen Elizabeth comes to the Royal Navys spiritual home in Portsmouth

first_imgFor Captain Jerry Kyd, who was at the helm of HMS Queen Elizabeth yesterday, fears of  making history for the wrong reasons can’t have been far from his mind. At its narrowest point, the mouth to the 600-year old harbour has just 65ft clearance on either side of the 65,000 tonne ship.“I didn’t shut my eyes,” he said. “It was quite tight coming through the gap. It was also emotional because as an aircraft carrier captain, I brought HMS Ark Royal in here for her last arrival some seven years ago.”So it is full circle – bringing the new generation of the next aircraft carrier into service is something very special professionally and personally.”But as a military man, he believes the carrier sends “the right signal to our allies and indeed potentially to our enemies that we mean business”.Although, the ship is at the moment far from a fully functioning aircraft carrier, her arrival in Portsmouth signifies the next stage in her development. For the last seven weeks she’s been undergoing intensive sea trials to check, among other things, propulsion.While helicopters have landed on her deck – which is the size of three football pitches – the £100 million F35s will not touch down on her until next year. Even then, she is a few years from being truly ready for service. But for the Royal Navy officers and crew aboard, the ship’s motto “Semper Eadem” or “Always the Same” summed up the Navy’s historical relationship with both Britain and the Hampshire city they were heading for. Tens of thousands of flag waving wellwishers, including many relatives of the crew, ship builders and designers, lined the harbour to greet her arrival.Since 1194, when Richard the Lionheart summoned a fleet in the city, Portsmouth has been the navy’s most famous base. Admiral Nelson sailed from the city for the final time to command the fleet to defeat the Franco Spanish armada at Trafalgar. And, in 1545, Henry VIII, whose daughter the ship is named after, stood from nearby Southsea Castle and watched the Mary Rose sink in the Solent. First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip JonesCredit:PA Theresa May Captain Jerry Kyd Captain Jerry KydCredit:Carl Court/Getty Admiral Sir Philip Jones said the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth at her home port was a “seminal moment” in Naval history.“It is part of an unfolding renaissance in our maritime industries. Within both the Royal Navy and British industry, a generation have put their best years into making this a reality.”It is going to take time and patience to introduce this into service. I would like to acknowledge the fabulous support of the US and French navies, who we have worked with and continue to do so.”As we prepare to leave the European Union, this will take our message of partnership and prosperity to the rest of the world.”HMS Queen Elizabeth embodies the nation’s future ambition. She will be the embodiment of Britain in steel and in spirit.”She will demonstrate the kind of nation we are – not a diminished nation withdrawing from the world, but an outward-looking and ambitious nation with a Royal Navy to match.”For the families of servicemen and engineers, the event was more personal.Christine Feltham, 59, had come from Southampton to watch her 26-year-old son, a weapons engineer, arrive aboard the carrier.”The ship was even bigger than I expected. It’s great to know he was part of it on its maiden voyage. I am very proud of him.”Sarah Smith had travelled from Hull, East Yorkshire, to welcome her 20-year-old daughter, a sea spec, who was on board as it docked.”It’s very exciting. I am very proud of her. I saw the ship when it left Rosyth, but I am very excited to see it finally come home. It’s a good moment and I would not miss it for the world.”John Mander, 77, from Bude, Cornwall said he was “very proud indeed” of his son, who is one of the BAE Systems workers on board.The sheer size of the ship meant dredging vessels had to spent months removing 3.2 million cubic metres of sediment, so the ship could navigate the channel.For Captain Kyd, the role of the carrier, like the Naval vessels that sailed in the centuries before her, remains simply “Semper Eadem”.”I think it is what the country needs, I think it is what the Armed Forces needs to give a balanced power projection capability.we mean business”There were no tears in my eyes, but there was a feeling of intense pride and satisfaction. I was just so pleased for my ship’s company who have done so well and so much work over the last few years.”center_img Speaking from the flight deck, Theresa May drew parallels with the ship’s power and the steadfast spirit needed to get the best from Brexit.”Britain can be proud of this ship and what it represents. It sends a clear signal that as Britain forges a new, positive, confident role on the world stage in the years ahead we are determined to remain a fully engaged global power, working closely with our friends and allies around the world.”As highly versatile and potent assets they will be able to meet the widest range of challenges around the world.She added that the ship’s supporting task group, to include HMS Prince of Wales, a similar aircraft carrier still under construction, the UK would have “a truly world-class carrier strike capability for decades to come”. Shortly after sunrise yesterday, the colossal HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier made her way dead slow alongside the clanking Outer Spit Buoy that sways at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour.As the Royal Navy’s largest and most powerful warship began her final approach to berth for the first time at her military base, Hawk jets and Wildcat and Merlin helicopters gave a thunderous ceremonial fly past.For the Prime Minister, the arrival of the “mighty” £3 billion investment in “21st Century engineering” was proof Britain remained a “great global maritime nation”.Admiral Sir Philip Jones, the First Sea Lord, said the 900ft long carrier was the “embodiment of Britain in steel and spirit”, perfect for an outward looking and ambitious nation ready to embrace life after the Europe Union. First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones Theresa MayCredit:Ben Stanstall/AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Britains longestserving poppy seller to hang up her collecting tin after 97

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Rosemary Powell collecting in London, as the former Second World War nurse is planning to retire from selling poppies later this yearCredit:Royal British Legion /PA  During the Second World War, Mrs Powell trained as a Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurse providing civilian nursing to the military.She went on to train at St Thomas’ Hospital in London and later worked as a matron at Powderham Castle, then a finishing school, in Devon in the late 1940s.In the 1950s, she lived in Africa for a year and made poppies out of paper to give to local people during Remembrance.From 1975 to the mid-1990s, she lived in France with her Royal Navy officer husband Selwyn and sold blue cornflowers, the French equivalent to British poppies.When she returned to the UK, Mrs Powell sold poppies in London including at the Kings Mall shopping centre in Hammersmith. Rosemary Powell and husband Selwyn on their wedding day in 1952 Britain’s longest serving poppy seller is to hang up her collecting tin after 97 years. Rosemary Powell, 103, believed to be Britain’s longest-serving and oldest poppy seller, is planning to hand over to a new generation of fundraisers as she is “getting old”.As a child she lived close to where poppies were made in Richmond and sold them on Twickenham Bridge for the Royal British Legion’s first Poppy Appeal in 1921 at the age of six, alongside her mother Evelyn.She has sold poppies ever since, even when living abroad with her husband, and has carried on since she moved into a nursing home three years ago. Recalling the first poppy appeal, Mrs Powell, a widow and great-grandmother, who now lives in west London, said: “The poppies were so popular I remember that we ran out in no time.”My mother was very good at making things with paper and she left me to sell the last few while she nipped over to this sort of general flower shop not far from bridge to buy some red crepe paper to make her own poppies for us to sell.”She made these very simple little poppies and we soon sold out again. Rosemary Powell and husband Selwyn on their wedding day in 1952Credit:Royal British Legion /PA “It was the very first one so it really caught the public’s attention.”Mrs Powell’s father, Charles Ashton James, served with the 126th Baluchistan Infantry and was left wounded after being shot in the head during the Battle of the Somme, and she also lost two godfathers and three uncles during the First World War.Her first fiance, Robin Ellis, a commander in the Royal Navy, died in 1944 when the Lancaster bomber he was flying in crashed near Inverness, and her younger brother Peter, a major in the Army, died during the Second World War.”Right from the beginning, people talked about the Poppy Appeal. It has always been a very important cause for me,” she said. “We did it in memory of those men who were killed, for their sacrifice.” Rosemary Powell collecting in London, as the former Second World War nurse is planning to retire from selling poppies later this year Rosemary Powell at the age of 6Credit:Royal British Legion /PA Rosemary Powell at the age of 6 In 2015, she moved to a nursing home in Chiswick but continued collecting for the appeal by selling poppies to fellow residents.Giles Powell, the son of Mrs Powell, said he was “incredibly proud” of his mother. “Mum has led a fascinating life and now it’s time, poignantly during national Volunteers Week, for her to hang up her collecting tin and encourage the public to volunteer their time to the Legion, which is a fantastic cause.”Emma Cannings, director of membership and volunteers at the Royal British Legion, described Mrs Powell as “an incredible woman”.”Her volunteering effort has been nothing short of phenomenal, and we are incredibly thankful for her support over the generations,” she said. read more

Gerry Adams What kind of Irish leader would swear loyalty to the

first_img FOLLOWING ON FROM the very successful Assembly election in March last week’s Westminster election produced another historic result for Sinn Féin. We achieved our largest vote ever of 238,915 or 29.1%, and won seven seats – an increase of three.The Tory party lost seats and lost its majority in the British Parliament. It almost immediately turned to the DUP for a “confidence and supply arrangement” to prop it up as Theresa May scrambles to survive. She promised a “strong and stable” government and has instead delivered chaos and uncertainty. We will see the outworking of this new Tory/DUP coalition over the next few days.Attacking our abstentionist approachAs the results emerged in the early hours of last Friday morning Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Irish Labour Party, looking to their own narrow self-interests, cynically turned their attention to attacking our abstentionist approach to Westminster. It was as if they were hearing about this for the first time. In fact they know our policy will not change.The reality is that in the seven weeks of the campaign the SDLP, which had members of all of the southern establishment parties campaigning for it, used every opportunity to raise the issue of abstentionism. Sinn Féin’s refusal to take seats in Westminster became a key issue for the SDLP as it tried to claim that its presence in the British House of Commons had made a difference.It obviously thought that abstentionism would be a negative for Sinn Féin in the election. Every broadcast interview by a Sinn Féin candidate saw this issue exhaustively examined as some elements of the media rowed in behind the SDLP position.Republican voters saw through this nonsenseThe first problem for the SDLP was in its failure to produce anything of substance to bolster its claim of making a difference sitting in the British Parliament. The widely shared social media video imagery of the three SDLP MPs swearing allegiance to the English Queen and her successors also had its effect.On June 8 the nationalist/ republican voters saw through this nonsense. They chose to support Sinn Féin. Our vote increased in every constituency. The nationalist electorate made a choice. They voted for the active abstentionism of Sinn Féin and against the pointless participation of the SDLP at Westminster. The nationalist/ republican people of the North conclusively turned their back on Westminster.Ignoring the democratic choice of the electorate Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and others demanded that we should take our seats in Westminster. They bemoaned the fact that there was no longer an Irish nationalist voice at Westminster – as if being there was a good thing.One SDLP representative even went so far as to evoke the names of Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell and Michael Davitt as examples of successful participation in Westminster. The reality is that all of these leaders failed to achieve their primary political objectives. O’Connell failed to secure the Repeal of the Union, Parnell failed to achieve Home Rule and Michael Davitt was so exasperated with the British system that when he withdrew from the British Parliament in October 1899 he declared:I have for years tried to appeal to the sense of justice in this House of Commons on behalf of Ireland. I leave, convinced that no just cause, no cause of right, will ever find support from this House of Commons unless it is backed up by force.Key issue was and is one of sovereigntyThis was 17 years before the 1916 Rising. Two years after the Rising and following the 1918 election, the Sinn Féin MPs abstained from Westminster and established the First Dáil. This was not just about the taking of an oath of allegiance to an English Queen. That was certainly part of the equation. But the key issue was and is one of sovereignty.To take seats in Westminster requires that a successful Irish republican MP begin their political life by accepting that the British state has the right to sovereignty over Ireland or a part of the island. It also means that their first political act as an MP is to take the oath which states:“I … swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to Law. So help me God.”Let me be very clear. I am an Irish republican. I believe in the sovereignty of the Irish people. I am against monarchies and elites of all kinds. As the MP for west Belfast I was very proud to represent all of the people of west Belfast for decades. Those who voted for me in election after election saw no disadvantage in my being an active abstentionist. Last week Paul Maskey increased that vote again taking over twenty-seven thousand votes.Active abstentionism is about energetically representing citizensActive abstentionism is about energetically representing citizens. It’s about working with those citizens as equals and empowering communities to effectively fight for their rights, whether they be cultural rights, economic, national or political rights. Sinn Féin has an unparalleled reputation for effective constituency representation.We have also been diligently and steadily building an all-Ireland movement for equality and unity. Our MPs will attend the Good Friday Agreement Committee in the Dáil this week and we will campaign to have speaking rights in that institution in the time ahead. Our seven MPs will join thirty Sinn Féin TDs and Seanadóirí and twenty-seven MLAs.They will be actively backed by our all-Ireland team of MEPs who are showing great leadership, particularly and importantly on the issue of Brexit and the need for designated special status for the North.The building of this all-Ireland movement and strong representation by Sinn Féin across the island, including in Councils, will continue in the time ahead, beyond the distractions of temporary alliances between the DUP and the English Tories.In the late 1990’s we discovered that abstentionist MPs could avail of facilities at Westminster to represent their constituents. This was to accommodate English republicans or others who were against the Oath. We sought a mandate for active abstentionism and were given the use of offices and other resources in Westminster. We have utilised these since then to fulfil our mandate.After the 1997 Westminster election, in which Martin McGuinness and I were elected for Mid Ulster and west Belfast, the Speaker of the British Parliament, Betty Boothroyd, banned us from the facilities unless we took the Oath of Allegiance. That was overturned five years later, although periodically Conservative and Unionist MPs will raise the issue. Sinn Féin MPs contrary to some inaccurate reporting do not receive a Westminster salary.We are committed to Irish national self-determinationWhere Sinn Féin fundamentally differ from the Dublin establishment parties is in our commitment to Irish national self-determination, to the unity and sovereignty of this island and the ending of partition. Their demand that Sinn Féin MPs should take the Oath of Allegiance and accept British sovereignty has nothing to do with what is good for the people of the North, or for those who voted for us on the basis of our abstentionist position, it is about trying to do what the SDLP failed to do – present Sinn Féin as a party that refuses to represent its electorate.Fianna Fáil especially has a short memory. Its founding leaders stood on a platform of abolishing the British oath to the Dáil. The war cry was “Dismiss the Imperialists – Abolish the Oath – Vote for the Fianna Fáil candidates – One Allegiance Only.”Is Micheál Martin now telling us that if his party ever stands candidates in the North, and they are successful, that they will take the Oath to the English Queen? What kind of Irish leader of a party which claims to be “The Republican Party” would ask Irish men and women to ignore their electoral mandate, swear loyalty to the English Queen, or legitimise the British Parliament’s role in Ireland?When it comes to the North, the Fianna Fáil leader is a champion hurler on the ditch. If they gave out all-Ireland medals for making zero effort on matters of importance to northern citizens, Micheál Martin would be an All Star every year. The Fianna Fáil leader should end his abstentionist policy in respect of the North, come off the side-lines and onto the pitch, and allow his party to stand candidates in Northern elections and seek a mandate from the people. I would welcome such a development.Gerry Adams is President of Sinn Féin and TD for Louth and East Meath.‘Some parents have to open the coffin every two hours to put in ice-packs so remains stay cool’>Column: ‘It’s not fair to ask the public to subsidise uneconomic wind farms’> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 7:45 AM Gerry Adams 4,288 Views Gerry Adams: ‘What kind of Irish leader would swear loyalty to the English Queen?’ Active abstentionism is about energetically representing citizens, writes Gerry Adams. By Gerry Adams Share8675 Tweet Email8 Jun 17th 2017, 7:45 AM President of Sinn Féin and TD Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3445914 178 Comments last_img read more

Les Académies de Médecine et dAgriculture nous incitent à manger du boeuf

first_imgLes Académies de Médecine et d’Agriculture nous incitent à manger du boeufLes Académies de Médecine et d’Agriculture de France ont décidé d’inciter les Français à manger davantage de bœuf (français) en démentant l’idée largement répandue selon laquelle la consommation française de viande bovine serait excessive.L’Académie d’Agriculture de France a eu la bonne idée de s’adjoindre l’aide de l’Académie de Médecine pour booster la consommation de viande de bœuf des consommateurs français. L’objectif est de vendre du bœuf issu de nos pâturages en priorité. Ainsi, les deux organismes affirmaient hier dans un communiqué commun que la viande bovine américaine est “environ deux fois plus grasse que la française”, en soulignant notamment la “richesse en fer exceptionnelle” de la dernière. Elles rappellent que “l’équilibre nutritionnel dépend d’une alimentation variée”, mais tiennent surtout à s’inscrire “en faux contre une affirmation largement répandue selon laquelle la consommation française de viande bovine serait excessive”. “Avec 30 g de consommation quotidienne de viande bovine en moyenne, elle reste même notablement inférieure aux limites de consommations préconisées” pour “la prévention de certaines pathologies chroniques” et “la couverture des besoins nutritionnels pour les personnes les plus à risque”. Les académies énumèrent ainsi les personnes censées avoir besoin de consommer davantage de viande bovine : les adolescents, certains sportifs, les sujets âgés, les femmes en âge de procréer, enceintes, et surtout avant la ménopause, “du fait d’une carence en fer qui est un véritable problème de santé publique”. Elles mettent également en garde “les consommateurs contre le risque de carences qu’ils encourent en proscrivant la viande de bœuf de leur régime alimentaire”. Une consommation de 80 grammes par jour À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Cent grammes de viande de bœuf cuite apporteraient environ 25 grammes de protéines, indiquent-elles, en relevant “la meilleure digestibilité et la meilleure valeur biologique” des protéines animales. “La viande bovine est une des principales sources alimentaires de zinc avec les produits laitiers, les œufs et les féculents” et “le zinc des produits carnés a en outre l’avantage d’être particulièrement assimilable”.Le bœuf étant également une source de vitamines du groupe B (B12 en particulier) qui contribue à la constitution des globules rouges. Toutefois, les deux sociétés préconisent “une consommation modérée (80 grammes par jour, soit 4 steaks par semaine tout de même) dans le cadre d’un régime alimentaire équilibré et préventif, en accord avec les recommandations du Fonds Mondial de Recherche contre le Cancer sur le cancer colorectal”.Le 16 novembre 2011 à 10:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sarri slams stupid people for antiSemitic chanting

first_imgChelsea coach Maurizio Sarri described fans who were allegedly heard signing a racist song at Watford as “stupid”In the Boxing Day match at Vicarage Road, a small crowd of Chelsea supporters were reportedly heard chanting a racist song.Earlier this month, Chelsea suspended four supporters that aimed racial abuse at Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling.But more individuals allegedly got involved in the anti-Semitic chants during the Blues’ Europa League match at MOL Vidi in Budapest shortly afterwards.While unaware if the allegations at Watford are true, Sarri insisted that the “stupid people” are not a fair reflection on the Chelsea fanbase.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I didn’t hear anything,” said Sarri, according to SportsMax.“But I think first of all I want to speak with my club. Second, I don’t want to generalise.“For the 99 per cent of cases, our fans are very good, are wonderful. Then in every community I think there are some stupid [people].“Altogether we have to fight against the stupid people, but not against the Chelsea fans.”An Eden Hazard double gave Chelsea a 2-1 win over Watford on Wednesday.last_img read more

Vancouver man dies after truck hits him and two other bicyclists

first_imgA Vancouver man who was among three bicyclists hit by a truck in Washington County, Ore., on Wednesday night died Thursday. His fiancee was seriously injured.Diego Reyes, 23, of Vancouver died at Portland’s Legacy Emanuel Hospital.His fiancee, Courtney Acosta-Grates, 30, of Portland was listed in serious condition at Emanuel, an official said Thursday night.The third bicyclist, Melanie Diaz, 25, of Portland was treated at a hospital and released.They were hit by a truck about 9 p.m. Wednesday near North Plains, Ore., according to the Sheriff’s Office.The driver, whom authorities identified as 30-year-old Aaron Hughes, was traveling around a corner, according to a sheriff’s spokesman.Two of the riders reportedly were thrown from their bikes. None of the cyclists was wearing a helmet or had lights on their bikes, the official said.Hughes was not cited, and the preliminary investigation indicates he will not face criminal charges, the spokesman said. He reportedly told deputies he could not see the cyclists.last_img read more

Tuesday marks National Relaxation Day around the US

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Tuesday isn’t just a beautiful day because you made it through Monday. Aug. 15 marks National Relaxation Day.According to National Day Calendar, this day of relaxation is a time to slow down, read a good book and spend time outside. Or inside, if you’re a Netflix fan.For a list of some events around South Florida that will help you take it easy, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Visakhapatnam Education tour conducted for girl students

first_imgVisakhapatnam: As a part of the community policing, the police department, Visakhapatnam district, organised ‘Giri mahila vidyardula vignana yatra’ on Tuesday which was flagged off by K Arif Hafeez, ASP Narsipatnam. In this industrial tour 131 tribal students, including 49 girls, 80 Primitive Tribal Group students from interior villages and KGBV students were taken to Brandix India Apparel City at Atchutapuram. The day-long trip gave a new exposure to students who were briefed on various job opportunities available to them. CI Koyyuru Udaya Kumar, SI M. Sunni Babu, SI Lakshman, CI-Yelamanchili Narayana Rao, among others took part in the tour.last_img read more

Shahidul Alam seeks HC bail again

first_imgShahidul AlamRenowned photographer and Drik Gallery managing director Shahidul Alam on Tuesday filed another bail petition with the High Court in a case filed under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act, reports UNB.The lawyers of photographer Shahidul Alam submitted the petition to the concerned branch of the High Court in the noon, said his lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua.An HC bench comprising justice Rezaul Haque and justice Abu Taher Mohammad Saifur Rahman may hold a hearing on the bail petition on Wednesday, he added.Earlier on Monday, the High Court ordered the lower court concerned to dispose of the bail petition filed by Shahidul Alam within Tuesday.Later, judge KM Imrul Kayes of Dhaka metropolitan session judge’s court denied bail to Shahidul Alam in the case.The bail petition was filed on 28 August.On 4 September, one judge of a two-member High Court bench felt embarrassed to hear the bail petition.Later, another bench was formed to hear the petition.On 5 September, the HC directed the authorities concerned to provide first-class division to photographer Shahidulin in jail after hearing of a writ petition.Detectives arrested Shahidul Alam from his Dhanmondi residence on 5 August and the case was filed against him with Ramna police station on 6 August. He was also placed on a seven-day remand in the case.Police claimed that he spread propaganda through his Facebook account during the student movement demanding safe roads which is harmful to the state.last_img read more

2 brothers among 3 killed in road crash

first_imgRoad Accident LogoThree people, including two brothers, were killed in a road crash on Chuadanga-Meherpur road at Kulpala village in Alamdanga upazila of Chuadanga on Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased are Rakib Hasan, 22, Sakib Hasan, 12, sons of Akul Ali of the village and driver Liton, 34, son of Ali Hossain, a resident Pirpur village in Sadar upazila.Abdus Salam, deputy director of Chuadanga Fire and Civil Defence said a stone-laden truck hit a human hauler and the two brothers, leaving human hauler driver Liton dead on the spot and the two brothers injured.The injured were taken to Chuadanga Sadar Hospital where physicians declared them dead.Being angered by the accident, local people put barricade on the highway which halted vehicular movement for sometimes.Two teams of police from Sadar and Alamdanga police station went to the spot and brought the situation under control.last_img read more

Sediments in Gulf of Naples reveal impact on Roman water distribution after

first_img Lead in ‘tap-water’ in ancient Rome up to 100 times more than local spring waters © 2016 Phys.org Painting by Joseph Mallord William Turner (between 1817 and 1820) Vesuvius in Eruption, watercolor. Credit: Yale Center for British Art. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. To bring water to cities, the early Romans built vast waterworks systems using aqueducts and lead pipes—the water that was delivered, unbeknownst to the Romans, contained some amount of lead which in addition to making its way into the bodies of those who drank it, also made it into the ground or other water systems via sewage. In the case of the cities and towns around Naples, sewage was piped to certain locations where it was dumped directly into the harbor which resulted in sediment build up, some of which contained lead particles. Modern researches studying sediment cores can analyze the different layers of sediment and note the different amounts of lead in it and the differences in the types of lead, which can offer information about the amount of water brought into the system, and in this case, the changes to the system that came about.In studying their sediment core samples taken from the harbor, the researchers found marked changes in lead particles immediately after Mount Vesuvius erupted, likely, they suggest, because the eruption either clogged pipes, or destroyed some of the water delivery system. Differences in isotopic composition, they noted suggested lead pipes had been brought in from different locations to replace those that had been damaged. They noted also that the original water system had remained in place for approximately 15 years after the eruption before it was finally replaced. The team also found evidence of a continually expanding water system until approximately the fifth century, when natural disasters and invasions led to a sharp decline in upgrades.The researchers suggest their techniques could be used in other parts of the world, not just the area once covered by the Roman Empire—to better understand population changes, or other events that had an impact on the people that lived there. More information: Hugo Delile et al. A lead isotope perspective on urban development in ancient Naples, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1600893113AbstractThe influence of a sophisticated water distribution system on urban development in Roman times is tested against the impact of Vesuvius volcanic activity, in particular the great eruption of AD 79, on all of the ancient cities of the Bay of Naples (Neapolis). Written accounts on urbanization outside of Rome are scarce and the archaeological record sketchy, especially during the tumultuous fifth and sixth centuries AD when Neapolis became the dominant city in the region. Here we show that isotopic ratios of lead measured on a well-dated sedimentary sequence from Neapolis’ harbor covering the first six centuries CE have recorded how the AD 79 eruption was followed by a complete overhaul of Neapolis’ water supply network. The Pb isotopic signatures of the sediments further reveal that the previously steady growth of Neapolis’ water distribution system ceased during the collapse of the fifth century AD, although vital repairs to this critical infrastructure were still carried out in the aftermath of invasions and volcanic eruptions.center_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: Sediments in Gulf of Naples reveal impact on Roman water distribution after Vesuvius eruption (2016, May 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-05-sediments-gulf-naples-reveal-impact.html Explore further (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from France, the U.S., the U.K. and Italy has found evidence of disruptions to the water delivery system in the area around Naples after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes their testing of sediment cores taken from the harbor at Naples, what they found and what their study has revealed about the history of the area.last_img read more