11 days ago​Redknapp tips Liverpool to win Premier League title

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Redknapp tips Liverpool to win Premier League titleby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Redknapp is hoping that Liverpool win the Premier League title this season.The former Spurs and Portsmouth manager spoke about the title race between the nation’s top two teams.The Reds are eight points ahead at this early stage of the season, but City are far from out of the race.Redknapp wants to see the Reds prevail, and he explained why.”If I had one club I’d love to have managed it would have been Liverpool,” Redknapp told the Daily Mail. “I loved them. I can see them winning the league this year. Give them the title and give it to them now.”I’ve had a big bet and I think the bookmakers should pay me out last_img read more

Taylor Swift And Lady Gaga Donate To Louisiana Flood Relief

first_imgTaylor Swift has announced she is donating $1 million to help victims of the floods that have killed at least 11 people and left thousands homeless in Louisiana.“We began The 1989 World Tour in Louisiana, and the wonderful fans there made us feel completely at home,” she said in an exclusive statement to AP. “The fact that so many people in Louisiana have been forced out of their own homes this week is heartbreaking. I encourage those who can to help out and send your love and prayers their way during this devastating time.”Lady Gaga has also announced she will be donating to flood relief efforts.The American Red Cross continues to help thousands of people impacted by the flooding in Louisiana where the situation remains dire. More than 7,000 people remained in Red Cross and community shelters Tuesday night and thousands more are without power in hot, humid conditions.The Red Cross and its partners have served almost 100,000 meals and snacks since the onset of the flooding. The Red Cross has also mobilized over 60 disaster response vehicles, nearly 40,000 ready-to-eat meals, and dozens of trailers filled with shelter and kitchen supplies to bolster relief efforts.“Thousands of people in Louisiana have lost everything they own and need our help now,” said Brad Kieserman, vice president, Disaster Services Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross. “This disaster is the worst to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy and we anticipate it will cost at least $30 million, a number which may grow as we learn more about the scope and magnitude of the devastation. Please consider making a financial donation to the Red Cross today to support the people of Louisiana.”last_img read more

Security Council asks independent commission to probe bombing in Beirut

18 June 2007The Security Council has asked the independent commission charged with investigating the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri and other killings to help the country’s authorities probe last week’s murder of the lawmaker Walid Eido. In a letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that was released today, Council President Ambassador Johan C. Verbeke of Belgium said members invited the International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC) “to extend appropriate technical assistance to the Lebanese authorities in the investigation.”Mr. Eido was killed last Wednesday, along with his son and at least six others, after an explosion struck the Manara district of the capital, Beirut. He had been a member of the Lebanese Parliament.The Council letter follows a request from Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora for help to find the perpetrators of the bombing, which was condemned by Council members and Mr. Ban.Mr. Eido’s apparent assassination is the latest in a series of targeted killings of Lebanese political figures, including Mr. Hariri, who was killed with 22 others in a massive car bomb explosion in downtown Beirut in February 2005.Last week Mr. Ban began the steps and measures to formally establish a special tribunal to try the suspected killers of Mr. Hariri – and possibly those responsible for the subsequent assassinations as well.He also extended the appointment of Serge Brammertz, the head of the International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC), through 31 December this year. In April 2005 the Security Council set up the IIIC after an earlier UN mission found that Lebanon’s own inquiry into the Hariri assassination was seriously flawed and that Syria was primarily responsible for the political tensions that preceded the attack. Mr. Brammertz told the Council last September that evidence obtained so far suggests that a young, male suicide bomber, probably non-Lebanese, detonated up to 1,800 kilograms of explosives inside a van to assassinate Mr. Hariri. read more

Agrium board wins backing of investment firm in Jana proxy battle

MONTREAL — A Montreal-based investment firm that manages about 2.3 million shares of Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) says it’s supporting the Calgary-based company’s current board in a proxy battle with U.S. fund manager Jana Partners LLC.Letko, Brosseau & Associates Inc. says it has concluded Jana’s method of evaluating Agrium’s share performance ignores improvements since last June.It also says the presence of Jana’s nominees would be “disruptive to Agrium’s business.”The shares controlled by Letko, Brosseau represent just 1.2% of Agrium’s stock. However, Agrium’s board has also recently received public support from British Columbia Investment Management Corp., with another 1%.Jana advocates splitting up Agrium, a move that the incumbent board rejects and is seeking to install its managing partner and four other nominees as directors at the company’s annual meeting on April 9.“After careful consideration of the arguments and proposal put forth by Jana Partners LLC and a review of the record of Agrium over many years in terms of governance, business strategy and execution, we have decided to vote all our shares in favour of the board nominees proposed by Agrium,” Letko, Brosseau said in a statement issued late Monday.“The impact of Jana’s proposals on the value of Agrium are, in our view, highly speculative. We find Jana’s choice of periods to measure share price performance misleading as it ignores the improved stock markets since June 2012.“While we recognize their commitment to the company in their 7.5% shareholding, their proposal to control over 40% of the board seats in unreasonable. Their business plan is so different from the one being pursued by management that we are concerned that any Jana board representation would be disruptive to Agrium’s business. For these reasons, we have decided not to vote for any of their nominees.” read more

TN fishermen arrested by navy Updated

The Navy says it arrested 49 Indian fishermen when they entered Sri Lankan waters illegally on Wednesday.Navy spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya said that 24 fishermen were arrested off Mannar while 25 others were arrested off Jaffna. At least 10 boats had also been seized, the navy spokesman told the Colombo Gazette. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has been pressing for retrieval of the Katchatheevu island, ceded to Sri Lanka in 1974, to prevent arrests and attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile the Press Trust of India reported that this is the first instance of arrest of fishermen after the end of the annual breeding season 45-day ban on mechanised trawling, which began on April 15. read more

No More Flattop Iman Shumpert Has Cut Off His

No More Flattop Iman Shumpert Has Cut Off His

New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert has been playing well for the New York Knicks, he even earned a starting position on the team as a result of his efforts. However, he wasn’t recognized for his game on the court, he was best known for  his impeccable flattop.Entering this season, Shumpert decided to cut away the very thing that identified him on and off the court, but that’s Shumpert’s point: His personality had grown larger than the team. He had moved away from basketball as his primary focus and needed to gather himself to win an NBA championship.A photo of the 6-foot-5, 220-pound guard has surfaced online with him sitting in a locker room, without his iconic hairstyle.Shumpert has even made a video explaining why he cut his hair/brand, which can be seen in the video player below. read more

The Hex Watch Band Lets You Wear Your iPod Nano

first_imgMost people thought it was a joke when Steve Jobs stood on stage and claimed that the latest version of the iPod Nano was so small it could be worn as a watch or some other kind of clipped-on fashion accessory, but as soon as the keynote ended, a number of companies appeared with watch band designs meant to attach to the new iPod Nano. Now the Hex Watch Band is the latest fashion accessory designed to let you slide your iPod Nano in or out of the band and wear it on your wrist when not in use. The Hex Watch Band has built-in soft-buttons around the band so you don’t lose the ability to control your Nano while you’re wearing it, and allows you to open or cover the audio port when you want to listen to music. The watch band is essentially a silicone strap with an adjustable closure, and it’s available in nine different colors. If you want one, they’ll set you back $29.95 retail each, and they’re available now at Hex’s Web site.last_img read more

Monastiraki hit by arbitrary interventions

first_imgAs architect Nikos Kazeros was walking through Monastiraki Square in central Athens recently, he noticed a group of workers repositioning the coloured tiles that pave the western side of the square. “In what order are you repositioning the tiles?” he asked. “It’s all random,” the men replied. Their answer came as no surprise. Over the past year, the square has seen a drastically increased number of arbitrary interventions. Public utility employees have repeatedly disrupted the pattern of the paving tiles – a key element in the design of the architects who won the competition organised by the Unification of the Archaeological Sites of Athens SA for the square’s renovation: Nikos Kazeros, Zinovia Kotsopoulou, Vasilia Manidaki, Christina Parakente and Eleni Tzirtzilaki.But that’s not all. In the part of the square which covers the Iridanos River, the metal grates that have been stolen or destroyed have been replaced with different ones. Moreover, the wooden benches have grown shabby and need to be replaced, as does the metro ventilation shaft which is covered with graffiti. Sprawling cafes and food businesses on the eastern side of the square have hampered access to Mitropoleos Street, while street vendors selling fresh and dried fruits have set up shop in front of the entrance to the ISAP train and metro station. Finally, there have been a number of random interventions around the Byzantine Church of the Pantanassa which are out of synch with the overall design.The revamping of Monastiraki Square, which cost 3 million euros, was completed in 2008. It came with a rule book regulating permissible interventions. The sorry state of the square today suggests that the rules have been mostly ignored.Only the City of Athens has the power to halt the square’s deterioration. A number of TV commercials have been shot at Monastiraki, and it might be a good idea to use a part of their revenues to ensure the square’s upkeep in line with the original design, unless of course it would be preferable to throw another 3 million euros out of the window.Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Community broadcasting goes global

first_imgNext weekend National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters Council, NEMBC, is bringing together over a hundred and fifty ethnic and multicultural broadcasters at their annual NEMBC conference in Perth.Russell Anderson, NEMBC’s Executive Officer is excited about the Conference as a “reason for broadcasters to get together, to network.”Radio is still the most powerful media in the world. Everyone listens to radio, and many spend vast amounts of time, voluntarily, burrowed in a nondescript building at all hours of the day and night, producing tailored radio programs for their listeners.With the advent of digital radio and social media, ethnic independent radio programs can now reach “thousands of their diaspora not only in their locale, as was once the case, or Australia but their whole diaspora,” says Anderson.The Syrian program on Melbourne’s 3ZZZ 92.3FM, a tiny Greek program on Queensland’s 4EB 98.1FM, or an arts program, like Tickles with Gigi and Alice on Radio Fremantle 107.9 FM, have the capacity to reach hundreds of thousands globally, consequently undermining the power of traditional media.Independent community broadcasters, unlike other media workers, are small atolls in a wild and open media ocean.“Community radio broadcasters can be isolated, so it is important to have them meet each other, to learn and to share from each other develop things,” says Anderson.NEMBC formed 32 years ago as a “reaction to the community broadcasting peak body,” he explains. “The CBAA Community Broadcasting Association of Australia is there to lobby government, but the ethnic broadcasters did not feel that it was representing its voice as effectively as they wanted.”As an advent of NEMBC, the disability sector, the Indigenous broadcasters and others now have representative councils.There is also synergy as Anderson says “we meet regularly as sector bodies.We meet at sector round tables twice a year, and we do projects supporting each other.”NEMBC is a “voice for ethnic community broadcasting” and the Government allocates $4m every year for radio stations that have ethnic broadcasting, and there is another $1m for training, there is more for digital roll out, according to Anderson there is about $20m for community broadcasting.Russell Anderson, NEMBC’s Executive Officer.Digital broadcasting excites Anderson; “there is digital broadcasting around the coast of Australia with over thirty-seven community radio stations now producing digital broadcasts,” he says.The digital footprint is handled by CBAA, the larger industry body, and NEMBC is involved in that process.“Our ethnic stations and the stations that support that program are all on the digital spectrum, sharing space with ABC Radio and SBS,” says Anderson.The NEMBC conference has real outcomes as the largest gathering of ethnic community broadcasters in Australia.Anderson is proud of Speak My Language, a project borne out of the NEMBC Conference in 2017. “I met Terri Leoleos from the Ethnic Communities Council of NSW, and we developed this amazing idea of producing aged care information in various languages, which now are programmed across SBS Radio and a stack of commercial and community radio programs,” he says.Anderson’s hunger for citizens’ media landed him on what was then East Timor, for seven years. There he worked in development work including media training for Timorese citizens.Our leaders, Labor and the Coalition, avoided confrontation with Indonesia over appalling human rights violations in Timor; we ignored the murder of five Australian journalists the Balibo Five by Indonesian Army and Australia turned a blind eye from to Indonesia’s barbaric subjugation of Timorese people.Australia was on the brink of a major confrontation with Indonesia.“A United Nations peacekeeping mission to the Indonesian province of East Timor, was pushing for independence and had the potential to put Canberra and Jakarta on a collision course,” Anderson says.Timor was recolonised by Indonesia after the Portuguese left in 1975. In 1999 the Howard Government was unable to ignore the butchery of Timorese civilians by the Indonesian military sponsored militias.The Australian Government led the UN supported International Force East Timor (INTERFET) forces into Timor, stopped the slaughter and ushered the independence of Timor.“INTERFET going into Timor was a major push by the Australian Government, but I also think Indonesia had enough as well,” adds Anderson.The NEMBC’s Multicultural AFL Football show is a regular TV program on Channel 31 Photo: Facebook/ NEMBCAnderson is ramping up the independent community radio scene; NEMBC have launched a hugely successful AFL Multicultural Panel, and soon will launch an A-League program. They also have a group of eChamps, young and emerging media workers trained-up at becoming adept at the convergence of social media and radio broadcasting.Anderson sees endless possibilities for independent broadcasters across all areas such as, politics, the arts, music, and sport.*The 2018 NEMBC Conference is taking place in Perth on the 23 – 25 November, at the Novotel Langley. For more information, visit the NEMBC website. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Trail Blazers upset bid falls apart against Cavaliers

first_imgCLEVELAND — Isaiah Thomas had one last wait.Sitting on the scorer’s table, Thomas could see the end of his seventh-month odyssey in front of him. And when the buzzer finally sounded and the Cleveland crowd erupted for a player it barely knows, Thomas took the last few steps onto the court and completed a trip he hopes to never take again.He was all the way back.The former Washington Huskies standout showed flashes of what made him an NBA All-Star in his long-awaited debut for the Cavaliers, who snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Portland Trail Blazers 127-110 on Tuesday night.“It’s been a long journey for me,” Thomas said. “I couldn’t really see the light at the end of the tunnel. For that day to come the first couple days of 2018, it’s going to be a special year.”It was a special night for Thomas, who scored 17 points and played 19 minutes in his first game in seven months, an impressive return to action for the dynamic point guard traded to Cleveland last summer. He added three 3-pointers and three assists before leaving with 8:10 remaining and the Cavs up by 12.Before leaving the floor, Thomas got a hug from LeBron James and one from Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, who pulled him close and offered two perfect words.last_img read more

Exsenator POW who blinked torture dies at 89

first_imgJeremiah Denton, the downed Navy pilot who was paraded before television cameras by the Viet Cong and confirmed U.S. suspicions of prisoner maltreatment during the Vietnam War by blinking out the word “torture” in Morse code, has died. He was 89.Denton, a former U.S. senator from Alabama, died Friday in Virginia Beach, Va. He had been in failing health for several years, a grandson, Edward Denton, said in confirming his death.From 1965 to 1973, Denton was held at the “Hanoi Hilton” and several other infamous Vietnamese prisons.Systematically starved, beaten and humiliated, he was among the first U.S. prisoners freed, declaring as he stepped from a plane at Clark Air Field in the Philippines on Feb. 12, 1973: “We are honored to have had the opportunity to serve our country under difficult circumstances. We are profoundly grateful to our commander in chief and to our nation for this day. God bless America.”A conservative and a war hero, he became the first Republican elected to the Senate from Alabama in more than a century. Taking office in 1981, he was known for his uncompromising stands on defense and social issues, including abortion, adultery and homosexuality.“He has kept his distance from the rolling carnival of legislative deal-making as if convinced that contact would taint his beliefs with shadows,” the National Journal said in 1986.last_img read more

You always do this Sonia pulls up Tharoor

You always do this Sonia pulls up Tharoor

first_imgKnown for his outspoken nature, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor was on Wednesday reprimanded by party president Sonia Gandhi, after his comments at a party meeting went public. Tharoor had reportedly said on Tuesday that he was not in favour of disrupting Parliament over the party’s demand for the resignation of three top BJP leaders.“You always do this, it’s become a habit with you,” sources quoted Gandhi angrily telling Tharoor at the meeting with MPs. Stunned Congressmen looked on, before Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi ushered them out with comments to intended to lighten the moment. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJISonia Gandhi’s rare and unexpected outburst reportedly came after other lawmakers complained against Tharoor that he had breached the party discipline. His alleged comments were carried in newspapers. Earlier in the day, Gandhi openly told media that “let them say what they want, we will continue to protest”.The Congress, which has 44 MPs in the Lok Sabha, has adopted an aggressive stance in Parliament, giving notice to the government that it will not allow the Houses to function till External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan are sacked.Gandhi has directed her MPs to voice a strong and firm opposition against the issues. They all wore black bands on their arms as they were entered Parliament on Wednesday. The first two days of the Monsoon session have been washed out by the Congress protests.last_img read more

Development of Bengal sole objective of Budget Mitra

Development of Bengal sole objective of Budget Mitra

first_imgKolkata: Asserting that the state Budget has been presented with the sole objective of ‘development’ of Bengal, state Finance and Industries minister Amit Mitra said on Tuesday that the government has increased allocation for development schemes by 13.25 percent, in comparison to the 2018-19 fiscal.”We have allotted Rs 89,320 crore during the 2019-20 fiscal for development schemes. In the 2018-19 financial year, the allocation was Rs 80,166 crore,” Mitra said during the discussion on the state Budget at the state Assembly on Tuesday. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe Finance minister also presented the supplementary budget for a number of important sectors and maintained that the capital outlay of roads and bridges will be Rs 1,090 crore. “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been stressing on physical infrastructure like construction of roads and bridges,” he said. It may be mentioned that Mitra, while addressing reporters after his Budget speech had said that allocation for physical infrastructure has gone up to Rs 8,806 crore in 2019-20, from Rs 7,760 crore in 2018-19, which is a hike of 13.48 percent. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Social sector allocation during the 2018-19 fiscal was Rs 38,000 crore, which has been increased to Rs 41,131 crore for the 2019-20 fiscal,” Mitra said. He pointed out that the debt-to-GDP ratio that stood at 40.65 percent during 2010-11, has been brought down to 31.90 percent during 2018-19. Elaborating on the supplementary budget, he stated that the allocation for SC/ST welfare has been Rs 369 crore, for Gitanjali Rs 1,029 crore and for urban transport Rs 590 crore. He further stated that allocation for pension schemes has been Rs 875 crore and Rupashree scheme has been Rs 605 crore. “When the Mamata Banerjee government came to power, the fiscal deficit in the state was at 4.24 percent. The figure has gone down to 2.83 percent in 2019-20. The revenue deficit has also dropped to 0.96 percent from 3.75 percent in 2010-11,” the minister added.last_img read more

Three methods to clear the Windows Clipboard

Three methods to clear the Windows Clipboard

first_imgThree methods to clear the Windows Clipboard by Martin Brinkmann on October 31, 2016 in Tutorials – 15 commentsThe following guide provides you with three methods to clear the Windows Clipboard from content that it holds at the time.Microsoft has not improved the clipboard functionality of its Windows operating system in a long time. Even the Windows 10 version allows you to only hold one entry in the Clipboard at all times. When you copy something new, the old is no longer available.That’s probably the main reason why third-party clipboard managers such as Clipboard Help+Spell or Clipboard Master are popular programs. These programs allow you to keep a record of previous items copied to the clipboard, and may introduce additional functionality such as spell checking, item manipulation, or fast access to the previous ten or so entries.Methods to clear the Windows ClipboardThe following methods provide you with options to clear the Windows Clipboard so that the stored entry is no longer available.While there are not that many situations where you might want to clear the clipboard, some that come to mind are to avoid pasting data accidentally, avoid that software may record what is stored in the clipboard, or block others with access to the PC from checking it out.Method 1: using the command lineOne of the easier options. Simply run echo off | clip from the command line to clear the Windows Clipboard.Tap on the Windows-key, type cmd.exe, and hit the Enter-key. You may speed this up by pinning a link to the Windows command prompt to the taskbar, desktop or start menu.Type echo of |clip and hit the Enter-key.The clipboard is now empty. You can speed things up further by creating a batch file and pinning it to a location you have access to quickly.Method 2: Overwriting the contentIf it is just about getting rid of whatever information is stored in the clipboard, you may simply copy something else into it to overwrite the previous entry.To do so select a word, letter or even a blank space and hit Ctrl-C to copy it to the clipboard. Simple but faster than the command line option listed above.Method 3: Using ClipTTLClipTTL is a free simple program for Windows that automates the process. The program wipes the clipboard in 20 second intervals.All you need to do is run it to make use of its functionality. While it is certainly more comfortable than using the other methods, it may overwrite content too early or not quickly enough due to the 20 second interval that it uses.Now You: Have another method not listed here? Let us know in the comment section below.SummaryArticle NameThree methods to clear the Windows ClipboardDescriptionThe following guide provides you with three methods to clear the Windows Clipboard from content that it holds at the time.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

US dollar trades at highest level in three years

US dollar trades at highest level in three years

first_imgRelated posts:Recent exchange rate stability offers relief to businesses Costa Rica’s Solís urges calm after Moody’s knocks investment rating down to junk status White House travel exemptions to Cuba do not cover tourism This is why the euro is collapsing In the lead-up to national elections here and following news that the United States Federal Reserve would pull back economic stimulus, the U.S. dollar reached its highest point against the Costa Rican colón, the national currency, sinceOctober 2011.The dollar strengthened nearly 5 percent since the first week of January when it sold for ₡506.73. As of Friday, the Central Bank’s (BCCR) Monex foreign currency market reported the dollar sold for ₡533.25.Adriana Rodríguez, strategy chief for the securities firm ALDESA, told The Tico Times, “We do not believe the exchange rate will return to the level it was a month ago; it could increase even more.”“We don’t see that what’s happening is a temporary thing”, she added.Max Soto, director of the University of Costa Rica’s Institute for Economic Science Research, agreed.Soto told The Tico Times that the colón’s trading near the band limit’s floor during the last several years was more a temporary result of the international financial crisis and foreign capital seeking better yields outside the United States and other industrialized economies than a reflection of the fundamentals of the Costa Rican economy.The director said that he foresaw an “orderly, moderate” devaluation of the colón. He estimated that the colón could range between 500 and 530 depending on whether and when the state injected more dollars into the economy.Soto added that the Central Bank had historically high reserves that it could mobilize to stabilize the exchange rate, if needed.BCCR officials said the dollar began to strengthen after the Fed cut back stimulus spending this year. The Central Bank’s 2014-2015 Macroeconomic Plan, released Jan. 31, predicted a moderate depreciation of the colón against the dollar and a likely increase in interest rates in dollars and colones.The Finance Ministry is expected to issue $1 billion in bonds in foreign markets, but not likely before the next presidential administration takes office in May, according to Soto. The latest bond issue was for $1 billion in April 2013.Uncertainty about the upcoming second-round presidential election here also contributed to the recent volatility in the dollar, said Costa Rican Banking Association President Gilberto Serrano in an email to The Tico Times.Opposition candidate Luis Guillermo Solís of the Citizen Action Party and Johnny Araya of the ruling National Liberation Party will face off in a runoff election April 6.L. Arias contributed to this report. https://infogr.am/colon-weakens-against-the-dollar-in-recent-weeks?src=web Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Mount Tongariro eruption disrupts NZ services

first_imgTaupo and Gisborne still affected, Rotorua services recommence. Air New Zealand has begun recommencing services, after the ash cloud plume from the eruption of Mount Tongariro on the North Island of New Zealand caused the airline to adjust flight routes and schedules.Services to Rotorua have returned to normal operations, while Taupo and Gisborne airports remain affected.Both airports continue to experience delays and cancellations but are expected to make a return to regular operations as the day progresses.Air New Zealand has been in communication with the Civil Aviation Authority, the MetService and other relevant authorities in order to remain up-to-date with the ash movements and forecasts.  “The airline is working with the relevant authorities to safely make adjustments to flight routes to ensure aircraft remain clear of any ash and keep providing a safe service to the travelling public,” Air New Zealand general manager airline operations and safety David Morgan said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

NEW YORK — Her character suffers through one of th

NEW YORK — Her character suffers through one of th

first_img NEW YORK — Her character suffers through one of the most harrowing deathbed scenes in all of opera. But that doesn’t faze Karita Mattila, who’s looking forward to performing it as “quite an adventure.”The Finnish soprano, noted for her dramatic intensity as well as her luminous voice, is returning to the Metropolitan Opera as Mme. de Croissy, the First Prioress, in Francis Poulenc’s 20th-century masterpiece, “Dialogues of the Carmelites.” The opera is adapted from a play that is loosely based on the true story of a group of Carmelite nuns who were guillotined during the French Revolution.The revival of the classic John Dexter production opens Friday for three performances, the last of which, on Saturday afternoon, May 11, will be broadcast live in HD to movie theatres worldwide.Mattila’s character appears in just two scenes early in the opera, but the grim realism of her death from cancer can leave an impression that lingers until the tragic conclusion. One of the challenges, she said, is to convince the audience that she’s writhing in agony as she sings.“It’s tough because you have to stay in bed and make it work,” Mattila said in an interview after a rehearsal last month. “But it helps to be fit, so you can find uncomfortable-looking positions for an ill person and still sing it.”Fitness has never been an issue for Mattila, who at 58 retains the willowy figure that helped make her portrayal of Strauss’ “Salome” — which included a flash of full frontal nudity — a sensation at the Met in 2004.That was perhaps the high point of a long Met career that began in 1990 and has taken her through more than a dozen leading roles totalling nearly 150 performances in operas by Mozart, Wagner and Janacek, among others.Now, at an age when many sopranos think about retiring, Mattila is thinking instead about all the new roles she’s eager to take on. Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager, said the company was looking to find new assignments for her, “since Karita has been such a major part of recent Met vocal history and still has so much to offer.”She said she had never seen “Dialogues” before, “and I just thought it would be quite an adventure.” As she studied the part, she became fascinated by the character of Mme. De Croissy, who in her delirious final moments lashes out at God.“She’s so human facing death, she becomes so bare with all her weaknesses,” Mattila said. “She has spent 30 years in that convent, and then to have such a moment at the end — it fascinates me. You can be a president, a king, whatever and you still struggle with the same issues as everybody else.”Vocally, she said, the role is tricky because although it has its share of high notes, much of it lies “lower than the usual dramatic soprano stuff,” especially her first scene with Blanche, the conflicted young newcomer who is the opera’s heroine. First Prioresses at the Met over the years have included the great French soprano Regine Crespin, who originated the role when the production premiered in 1977.Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the Met’s music director who is conducting this revival, said Mattila’s portrayal “lives up to the legendary singers” who have performed it previously at the Met. “In addition to the conviction of her acting,” he said, “being a soprano makes the high notes of the role even more effective.”The score calls for the First Prioress to emit moans or “death rattles” as she nears her end. These sound as if they might be punishing to the voice, but Mattila said, “We singers know how to make it work. We do all kinds of screams and things. You just have to do it with a supportive voice.”Besides the First Prioress, Mattila is debuting three other new roles this year. She recently sang the Foreign Princess in Dvorak’s “Rusalka” in Paris, and this fall will appear in Berlin as Kabanicha in Janacek’s “Katya Kabanova” and in Munich as Ortrud in Wagner’s “Lohengrin.”Then in 2021 she’ll undertake a role (she won’t say where because it hasn’t been announced) that’s one of the toughest in the soprano repertory — the heroine of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde.”“I’ll be 61,” she said, “but as long as one is healthy, it’s never too late, eh?”Mike Silverman, The Associated Press Painful death scene doesn’t deter soprano Karita Mattila AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mike Silverman, The Associated Press Posted Apr 30, 2019 9:51 am PDT This image released by the Metropolitan Opera shows soprano Karita Mattila, center, Paul Corona, left, and Karen Cargill during a performance of Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera via AP) last_img read more

Akinci meets with Juncker

Akinci meets with Juncker

first_imgEuropean Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday reiterated its support to the reunification talks during a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in Brussels.The commission said it was a productive meeting with the two men discussion the current state of affairs in the Cyprus talks.The two men agreed to be in touch. The meeting lasted 30 minutes.Earlier, Akinci met Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.No statements were made after the meeting.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cyprus wines honoured at local competition

Cyprus wines honoured at local competition

first_imgAgriculture Minister Costas Kadis referred to the efforts of the Cyprus wine industry to restore the reputation of the island internationally while speaking on Saturday night at the prize giving ceremony bringing to an end the 12th Cyprus Wine Competition.To this end, he said €23 million will be made available through the National Viticulture Support Programme for the period 2019-2023.“I would say, once again, it is the duty of the state to support every effort to further strengthen the wine sector and the local character developed by the wines of Cyprus in recent years on the basis of our country’s terroir. A terroir with historic vineyards, free from phylloxera, with unique native varieties, and with Commandaria as the flagship of Cypriot wine production,” he said.A total of 36 wineries and 194 wines had taken part in this year’s competition, which kicked off on Tuesday. This is the largest number to have taken part in the event.The competition, he said, is a landmark for the Cyprus wine sector, since it shows the uniqueness of Cyprus wines of Cyprus.Respect for the island’s sector was demonstrated by the fact the International Organisation of Vine and Wine’s president Regina Vanderlinde was at the event and acted as head of the judhing committee.A total of 5 Grand gold, 60 gold and 5 special mentions were handed out to the wines of Cyprus, reflecting the upward growth of the industry.You May LikeIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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