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There have been all sorts of magical weaponry, cool powers and memorable superheroes i n the l ast decade of Marvel movies. But it’s six mythical gems and one obsessive cosmic villain that tie everything together.
Avengers: Infinity War (in cinemas Thursday) boasts more good guys than have ever been in a Marvel Cinematic Universe project before, and they’re all going to have to be at their best to beat Thanos (Josh Brolin), a dude wielding a legendary metal glove called the Infinity Gauntlet that holds the all-powerful Infinity Stones: Space, Power, Reality, Time, Mind and Soul.
We get it, that’s a lot to take in, especially if the only cool glove you’ve ever known is Michael Jackson’s silver number and all you’ve seen of this massive narrative is Black Panther. Here’s what you need to know about the Avengers’ biggest baddy to date and those six twinkly baubles he’s hunting. Look out for Thanos, aka the Mad Titan.
The supervillain first showed his face in the end credits of the first Avengers film. He had tasked trickster god (and Thor’s brother) Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to lead an alien army against Earth’s mightiest heroes but failed. Then in Guardians Of The Galaxy, he assigned Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) to snag a mysterious Orb — which ended up being the container for the Power Stone — but was thwarted again. Now he’s irked enough to get the job done himself: With his Black Order henchmen in tow, Thanos comes to our world to collect the stones in his gauntlet, which will give him the power to rule the galaxy.
But wait, what are the origins of the stones?
As The Collector (Benicio Del Toro) explained to the Guardians of the Galaxy (see: the first Guardians movie), the stones date back to creation itself, are concentrated remnants of pure cosmic power and can only be wielded by folks with extraordinary strength. Or big, bad dudes with really fancy gauntlets. What kind of stuff can you do with them?
The Space Stone can open portals in space, fuel dangerous weapons and also show visions of a possible future. The Time Stone gives its wielder complete control over time, from stopping it to creating endless loops of it. The Power Stone can wipe out a planet’s entire civilisation. The Reality Stone brings the dead back to life and controls darkness. The Mind Stone is used to control others. And no one really knows quite yet the capabilities of the Soul Stone, the only gem that hasn’t been introduced in the Marvel movies. In the comics, its user has mastery over every living or dead soul in the universe.
So where the heck are they?
Loki is in possession of the Tesseract (aka the Space Stone) as Infinity War opens, The Collector is assumed to have the Aether (Reality Stone), and the Power Stone is being guarded by the space cops of the Nova Corps. Doctor Strange has the Time Stone housed in the Eye of Agamotto amulet, while the Mind Stone is embedded in the forehead of the android Avenger, Vision. As for the Soul Stone, maybe Thanos has a bead on where it is because we sure don’t. One possibility is that it’s buried under Wakanda in the hightech African country’s vibranium mine, and that could explain how Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) has the ability to visit his ancestors in an ethereal realm.
Six mythical gems and one obsessive cosmic villain tie everything together
Why is it so hard to track these things down?
Because of pesky superheroes, of course. Thanos has sent minions after them in the past, but he’s been foiled by both the Avengers and the Guardians, which is why he’s getting his hands dirty and hunting them himself. He’s got his Black Order, the Avengers have a Hulk. Let’s get ready to rumble.
Born: December 1 1977 Died: November 18 Funeral: Tomorrow at 8285 Moloi Street in Umgababa, KZN, from 9.30am
Burial: At a local cemetery When arts activist, filmmaker and politician Vusi Bekezela Mhlongo staged a sit-in at National Lotteries Commission offices in Pretoria two weeks ago to challenge the new legislation on funding, little did we know that it was his last fight.
Mhlongo has been fighting for artists’ rights and recognition since relocating to Johannesburg late in the 1990s
He has had several similar protests for the rights of artists at different government departments. At some point he walked from Johannesburg to Pietermaritzburg, KwaZuluNatal, to raise funds for struggling artists.
His persistent protests paid off when he secured two meetings with the commission. They listened to his concerns but, before he could taste the fruits of his efforts, he died in a car accident last Saturday near Villiers in the Free State.
Mhlongo and friends had also formed an organisation called United ProActive Artists aimed at raising funds for artists.
Mhlongo relocated to Johannesburg to pursue a dream as a filmmaker and theatre director. He struggled before his first show The Voice from Kilimanjaro was staged at Victory Theatre in Orange Groove in 2003.
The play was set to be staged again on December 16 as part of Yeoville Afrocentric Carnival.
Those close to him knew about his fighting spirit and his caring nature for others.
His bachelor flat in Yeoville, Johannesburg, became a home to dozens of artists that he took under his arm. He understood their struggles.
The stage and television actor shared everything he had, and gave many musicians a platform to perform.
Mhlongo took a break from practising arts to focus on his studies, resulting in him graduating with an honours degree in dramatic arts from Wits University.
His film credits include Realities Beyond Fame, which was flighted on SABC1.
He also joined politics, reviving ANC’s Joe Slovo branch in Yeoville and was elected its chairman in 2015.
Mhlongo is survived by his children, mother and sister.
KINDALA MANUEL|EDIÇÕES NOVEMBRO O antigo governador da província de Benguela Isaac dos Anjos afirmou ontem que integra agora a estrutura central de coordenação da campanha eleitoral do MPLA. POLÍTICA 4
Após a sua exoneração do cargo de governador provincial de Benguela a 8 de Junho de 2017, o engenheiro Isaac dos Anjos integra actualmente a estrutura central de coordenação da campanha eleitoral, avançou o próprio ao Jornal de Angola.
A informação foi prestada ontem durante a cerimónia de abertura da reunião plenária extraordinária do Comité Provincial do MPLA em Benguela, que elegeu Rui Falcão Pintro de Andrade para o cargo de primeiro secretário provincial do partido naquela província.
A eleição de Rui Falcão surgiu na sequência das alterações havidas a nível do Governo Provincial de Benguela, com a exoneração de Isaac dos Anjos do cargo de governador. Em face disso e tendo em conta a necessidade de regularização da direcção do partido na província, com a nomeação de Rui Falcão para o cargo de governador provincial de Benguela, o secretariado do Bureau Político do MPLA, nos ternos dos estatutos do partido, decidiu convocar a conferência extraordinária com a finalidade de proceder à cessação de mandato e eleição do novo primeiro secretário provincial.
Com efeito, foi produzida a resolução nº 3 do secretariado do Bureau Político sobre a cessação do mandato do primeiro secretário provincial e membro do comité provincial do partido, Isaac dos Anjos, e a sua chamada para exercer funções na estrutura central campanha.
With one hasty and excruciatingly narrow vote, House Republicans have all but guaranteed that health care will be one of the most pivotal issues shaping the next two election cycles — including congressional, gubernatorial and state legislative races in the 2018 midterms and President Trump’s likely reelection bid in 2020.
Just as Democrats were forced to defend Obamacare in the 2010 midterms — the result was a coast-to-coast drubbing that President Barack Obama called a “shellacking” — Republicans this time will be in the hot seat.
GOP members of Congress will be asked to defend their votes for a bill that could strip insurance from 24 million Americans and jack up premiums and deductibles for the country’s sickest and oldest citizens.
Governors, gubernatorial candidates and state legislators, meanwhile, will be asked whether they intend to “opt out” of provisions in the Affordable Care Act that are overwhelmingly popular with voters, as is permitted under the Republican plan. Their plans for state Medicaid programs also will be scrutinized if massive GOP cuts to Medicaid funding are realized.
“Health care will be a defining issue,” said John Del Cecato, a Democratic strategist. “It’s hard to say if it will be the only issue
between now and 2018, but I can’t recall a vote this significant in terms of its political potential in 20 years.”
For example, Tom Perriello (D), whose 2010 vote for the Affordable Care Act helped cost him his seat in the House, is now making his support for Obamacare a centerpiece of his pitch to become governor of Virginia — depicting the Republican healthcare plan in his latest ad as an ambulance being crushed at a junk yard.
A picture of Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Calif.) taking a selfie at Trump’s Thursday Rose Garden celebration to cheer House passage of the GOP bill quickly made its way into a fundraising appeal from one of her Democratic challengers, Kia Hama-danchy — with the subject line, “I am appalled.”
And when 217 Republicans cast “aye” votes for the GOP plan on the House floor on Thursday afternoon, their Democratic colleagues bid them a rowdy adieu by singing, “Na na na na, na na na na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye.”
“Health care is a riptide,” said Mark Putnam, a Democratic media strategist. “It has now jumped from being just a federal issue to being a state issue because states are given the right to opt out of protections for preexisting conditions. Legislators and governors will have to answer for that.”
Trump’s political advisers calculated that it was less damaging electorally for congressional Republicans to pass a bill that some of their constituents see as deeply flawed than to have passed nothing at all.
“I think it’s a lot worse to have said for six years, since 2010, that this is something you were going to do and then when you had the chance to do it, you didn’t,” said Marc Short, the White House’s director of legislative affairs and a veteran party strategist.
Short said Thursday’s vote will help endear Republican House members to the conservative base as well as to Trump. “I think those members who stood with the president, the president will remember that and their voters will remember that,” he said.
In remarks at the Rose Garden event, Trump said the current law had been “a catastrophe” and made sweeping assurances about the GOP’s replacement measure, which he said he was confident would pass the Senate despite some strong reservations from Republican senators.
“Yes, premiums will be coming down,” Trump said. “Yes, deductibles will be coming down. But very importantly, it’s a great plan. And ultimately, that’s what it’s all about.”
Health care already has rever- berated in some special elections this spring, including in the race for the congressional seat in Georgia that was vacated by Tom Price when he became Trump’s secretary of health and human services.
On Friday, the Cook Political Report, which evaluates the political environment in all 435 congressional districts, shifted its assessments in 20 House races in favor of the Democrats — some from solidly Republican to likely Republican, others from likely Republican to leaning Republican, and more still from leaning Republican to toss-up.
Thursday’s vote “guarantees Democrats will have at least one major on-the-record vote to exploit in the next elections,” wrote David Wasserman, the report’s House editor. He added that the new dynamic “is consistent with past scenarios that have generated a midterm wave” and “almost a mirror image of 2010.”
Polling shows that the public disagrees with Republican health-care plans. Thirty-seven percent of Americans support repealing and replacing the law known as Obamacare, while 61 percent want to keep it and try to improve it, according to a Washington Post-ABC News survey in April.
A Quinnipiac University survey in March found that American voters overwhelmingly disapproved of an earlier version of the House health-care plan by 56 percent to 17 percent.
The latest version of the American Health Care Act was passed in the House on Thursday by a vote of 217 to 213 without an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office, which would determine its cost and impact on insurance coverage.
The bill would shift power to states to set some health insurance rules, slash Medicaid spending by more than $800 billion and cut nearly $600 billion in taxes under the health- care law, most of which will benefit the wealthiest Americans. Obama’s Affordable Care Act also prohibited insurers from charging more to customers with preexisting medical problems — one of its more popular provisions — but the Republican bill would lift that prohibition and give states the option to let insurers charge more for them.
Republican pollster Neil Newhouse, who completed focus groups in Ohio on Thursday evening that briefly touched on this topic, concluded that there was “considerable confusion over what was in the legislation.”
“The GOP would have likely faced a backlash from its base had they not passed repeal/ replace,” he said. “There is a clear sense that both Trump and Republicans had promised as much.”
Newhouse added that the Democrats in his focus groups “seemed to be in a mood to punish those who supported the AHCA” and were “more energized and focused” than the Republicans.
Away from the White House, there was a palpable sense of doom among some GOP campaign operatives, who imagined how easy it would be for Democratic challengers to launch potent attacks about health care. Even many House Republicans who voted for the bill are already distancing themselves from it, arguing that problems would be solved in the Senate.
“What we’ve done here is political malpractice,” said Rick Wilson, a GOP strategist who is sharply critical of Trump. “Democrats will run ads with weeping parents who can’t cover their premiums and Little Johnny dying. . . . Or ‘ Congressman Smith voted to end coverage of preexisting conditions. That means 875 people here in X district who have cancer cannot be covered.’”
Wilson added, “Republicans in the House right now should be on their knees praying for the Senate to kill this,” arguing that the line of attack would be less powerful if the bill does not become law.
Jesse Ferguson, a Democratic operative who has advised scores of House candidates, said, “It doesn’t take even a good ad-maker to figure out how to tell the story of the damage that this bill does to people’s health care, whether it’s the AARP saying it charges people over 50 five times more, or the American Cancer Society saying it guts protections for preexisting conditions. There’s no real way to defend that to voters.”
Democratic leaders are trying to seize the political advantage and use the issue of health care to galvanize a liberal base that was demoralized by Trump’s election. They are reporting a surge in new Democratic candidates looking to run in next year’s midterms, even in districts and states considered solidly Republican.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the House minority leader who lost her speakership after the 2010 midterms and has been plotting her return to the majority ever since, declared Thursday that Republican House members had “walked the plank” with their support for the American Health Care Act.
“This vote will be tattooed to them,” Pelosi said. “They will glow in the dark.”
Of course, Democrats also risk being too bullish.
“I love going into a campaign where the opposition is blindly overconfident,” said Chris LaCivita, a Republican strategist. “I think they’re just going to put all their eggs in one basket.”
LOUISVILLE — A trainer and jockey accustomed to success. A headstrong horse with a mind of its own. Together, they harnessed their collective talents to win the Kentucky Derby.
Always Dreaming splashed through the slop for a 2 3/4-length victory on Saturday, giving Todd Pletcher and rider John Velazquez their second victories in the race but their first together.
The New York-based duo has teamed up often over the years and is the sport’s leading money winners. On their own, they were a combined 2 for 63 coming into America’s greatest race. Joining forces, they were unbeatable on a cool and rainy day at Churchill Downs.
“This is so special to win this race with Johnny,” Pletcher said. “We’ve been together for all these years and this is sweet.”
Sent off at 9-2 odds, Always Dreaming made it the fifth straight year that a Derby favorite has won, the longest such stretch since the 1970s. He was followed across the finish line by a pair of longshots: 33-1 Lookin At Lee and 40-1 Battle of Midway.
Always Dreaming ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:03.59 and paid $11.40, $7.20 and $5.80.
“This is the best horse Todd and I have ever come to the Kentucky Derby with,” Velazquez said.
Lookin At Lee returned $26.60 and $18.20, while Battle of Midway was another five lengths back in third and paid $20.80 to show.
Pletcher won his first Derby in 2010 with Super Saver; Velazquez won the following year with Animal Kingdom.
Rarely one to show his emotions, Pletcher admitted being teary-eyed behind his sunglasses.
Going into his 17th Derby, Pletcher saddled the post-time favorite for the first time. Much had been made of his 1 for 45 Derby record.
“It’s becoming a little more respectable now,” said Pletcher, whose 48 starters tied D. Wayne Lukas for the most in Derby history. Velazquez used his colt’s speed out of the gate to get good position early in a chaotic start that saw several horses, including McCraken and Classic Empire, banged around. He steered Always Dreaming into an ideal trip behind pacesetter State of Honor, with mud flying in all directions on a surface that resembled creamy peanut butter. “The track is impossible,” said Mark Casse, who trains Classic Empire.
On the final turn, Always Dreaming took command as State of Honor faded. Despite chasing a quick early pace, Always Dreaming was still full of run. No other horses threatened him down the stretch and Velazquez furiously pumped his right arm as they crossed the finish line.
“I got a good position with him early and then he relaxed,” Velazquez said. “When we hit the quarter pole, I asked him and he responded. He did it himself from there.”
Pletcher had his hands full in the days leading up to the Derby when the colt’s behavior was less than a dream.
He was fractious in the morning, refusing to relax.
“I was nervous watching him gallop,” the trainer said.
Turns out the dark brown colt knew best. He channeled his aggression into a determined effort on a track turned into goo by on and off rain before the race. “I think he really came in here and knew it was game time, and he was ready to go,” Pletcher said. “The most important thing to do is bring the best horse to the Derby, and that’s what we were able to do.”
Always Dreaming earned his fourth straight victory, proving that his five-length win in the Florida Derby was no fluke. The victory was worth $1,635,800.
Always Dreaming’s primary ownership is comprised of Brooklyn Boyz Stables and Teresa Viola, whose Brooklyn-born husband Vincent owns the NHL’s Florida Panthers. “There’s no feeling like this,” Vincent Viola said.
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Donald Trump and aides braced for a busy week Sunday by threatening tariffs on companies that move jobs overseas, while downplaying China’s protest of an unprecedented phone call between the American presidentelect and the leader of Taiwan.
Just days after praising a deal providing tax breaks to a company for keeping jobs in the U.S., Trump renewed his threat to slap tariffs on the products of companies that outsource in the future.
“There will be a tax ... soon” of 35% for companies that go overseas and try to sell goods “back across the border,” Trump said during a Sunday tweet storm.
Trump aides, meanwhile, described the president-elect’s call on Friday with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen as congratulatory in nature and said it does not signal a change in the “one China” policy toward the government in Beijing, at least not right now.
“I think I would just say to our counterparts in China that this was a moment of courtesy,” Vice President-elect Mike Pence told NBC’s Meet the Press, noting that Trump had a similar congratulatory call with China President Xi Jinping, and “that was not a discussion about policy.”
China, which claims Taiwan is a renegade province, protested Trump’s call.
Pence also told NBC that Trump is preparing to take office on Jan. 20, and “we’ll deal with policy at that time.”
In putting together an admini-
stration, Trump is planning more appointments and post-election rallies in the days ahead.
The president-elect said last week that, on Monday, he would nominate James Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general, for secretary of Defense. Trump is also weighing a number of candidates for secretary of State.
During his Sunday series of tweets, Trump said no company should leave the United States because he plans to cut taxes and regulations, and those that do move jobs overseas will face consequences.
“Any business that leaves our country for another country, fires its employees, builds a new factory or plant in the other country, and then thinks it will sell its product back into the U.S. without retribution or consequence, is WRONG!” he said.
The tweets came days after Trump and aides celebrated a deal with the Carrier heat and air conditioning company, which abandoned plans to move some jobs to Mexico after the state of Indiana provided $7 million in tax incentives.
Even some Trump supporters, such as former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, bashed the Carrier deal as “crony capitalism.”
Now, critics are taking aim at Trump’s revival of a threat he made during the presidential campaign, saying his claim to tax products made by U.S. companies overseas will lead to higher prices for American consumers.
“Pres-Elect Trump means well,” tweeted Sen. Ben Sasse, RNeb. “But won’t his 35% tariff idea raise prices on American families? How would it not be a new 35% tax on families?”
Chris Edwards, director of tax policy at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, says introducing the 35% tariff “would have all kinds of negative and damaging repercussions.”
For consumers, it could mean paying more for goods, he said. It could also affect U.S. multinational businesses who seek to broaden their reach globally by exporting goods into other countries.
“When, for example, Dupont or GE or other American firms set up facilities in Europe or Latin America or wherever, the main purpose is to penetrate those markets and to expand their global sales” which boosts U.S. exports, Edwards says.
In his Sunday tweets, Trump said his 35% tax “will make leaving (the U.S.) financially difficult.”
Trump appeared to be provoked by news that Rexnord, the Indiana-based bearing manufacturer, is planning to move jobs to Mexico.
“Rexnord of Indiana is moving to Mexico and rather viciously firing all of its 300 workers,” Trump tweeted over the weekend. “This is happening all over our country. No more!”
The Taiwan phone call also triggered a flap.
No U.S. president has spoken officially with a leader of Taiwan since the United States recognized mainland China as the sole government of the Chinese people in 1979. Under the “one China” policy, the U.S. acknowledges the Beijing government’s claim that Taiwan is part of China.
Hitting the Sunday show circuit, Trump officials said the reaction to the Sunday phone call is overblown.
“It was just a phone call at this point,” Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said on Fox News Sun
day, and “people shouldn’t read too much into it.”
In its statement on the call, Taiwan said the two leaders “exchanged pleasantries and shared their views and principles regarding key policy matters, particularly the need to promote domestic economic development and strengthen national defense so that citizens can enjoy better lives and increased security.”
The Friday conversation with the Taiwanese president was the latest in a series of phone calls between Trump and foreign leaders that have raised eyebrows in the diplomatic community.
In a call with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Trump offered “to play any role you want me to play to address and find solutions to the country’s problems,” according to a readout from Pakistan.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said Trump endorsed his aggressive war on drugs, one in which more than 2,000 people have been killed by police in what critics describe as vigilante justice.
In its protest to the U.S. government over Trump’s call with the Taiwanese president, Beijing said, “There is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inseparable part of the Chinese territory.” The statement called the one China policy “the political foundation of China-US relations.”
State-run media in China took a lower-key approach, with China
Daily saying there is no need to “over-interpret” the Taiwan phone call, attributing it to the New York businessman’s “inexperience in dealing with foreign affairs.”
“Pres-Elect Trump means well. But won’t his 35% tariff idea raise prices on American families?” Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., on Twitter
• Laura Tardif ’s story comes together in fragments.
There is the empty bedroom in the basement of a house by the river. Or the picture that hangs above the dinner table: Laura smiling as she tugs on her scarf.
Then there is Laura’s mother, Claudie Landry, sitting at the family computer on a muggy August afternoon, scrolling through the digital footprint her child left behind.
She opens a video of Laura sporting a white karate gi in the middle of a high school gymnasium. As she fights her way across the computer screen, Laura isn’t much bigger than a paper clip. Her younger sister, Anne, watches over Claudie’s shoulder, placing a hand on her mother’s back.
There is another, colder fragment of Laura’s story — a coroner’s report that details the 18-year-old’s final moments: It’s 8: 14 p. m. on June 21, 2014, and Laura is driving her Mazda 3 north on Route de la Station in L’Isle-Verte.
She sends a text message to her friend. Two minutes later, a reply comes buzzing on Laura’s iPhone and she opens the messages.
The car approaches a rail crossing at the crest of a hill. The crossing’s red lights flash, its bells clang and the oncoming locomotive sounds its whistle four times.
But Laura never slows down. The train barrels into Laura’s car at 64 kilometres an hour.
The coroner concludes Laura didn’t see the train coming because she was using her mobile phone. It is a story unfolding across the country — in the back of speeding ambulances, on operating tables and in smouldering wrecks along the sides of highways.
Distracted driving is believed to be among the leading factors in fatal collisions in Canada. In a survey two years ago of police and groups that combat distracted driving, 76 per cent said the previous five years of data showed distraction had been responsible for a greater percentage of road fatalities than impaired driving.
Fines for using your cellphone behind the wheel range from $ 80 to $ 1,500 across Canada, with drivers facing between three and five demerit points. Experts say these measures aren’t enough.
Dr. Tarek Razek is a Montreal trauma surgeon. He said it’s alarming how commonly he operates on people who, moments earlier, were texting and driving. “It happens every day,” he said. “Over the years, as we’ve seen a decline in patients who come in because of impaired driving, we’re seeing more and more people who were on their phone during a collision. It’s scary.”
In Fatal Distraction, Postmedia examines the escalating threat of talking and texting behind the wheel, and why Canad ians do it. The five- part series explores the extent of the problem in Canada today, and why legislators need to focus on this lethal issue. It also looks at the scientific dimensions of our digital addictions, and the competitive forces at work by wireless companies and automakers to maintain the status quo.
Today, a look at the emotional toll of distracted driving, and the too-high costs for two families in different parts of the country. John Boden’s hands twitch as he clings to the walker for support. His feet move like they’re tethered to concrete blocks, inching forward in slow, painful steps.
For the next 10 minutes, the 55- year- old father of three will summon an Olympian’s focus simply to push the walker a few hundred metres as he lumbers along the hallways of St. Mary’s Hospital in Camrose, Alta.
The walk caps off another of Boden’s physiotherapy sessions — an hour of stretches, light weightlifting and callisthenics to prevent his muscles from degenerating further. When it’s over, he’ll sit back in his wheelchair for the rest of the day.
It’s been nine years since the crash that altered the course of Boden’s life — a head-on car collision caused by a teenage driver who had sent a text message moments earlier.
Boden doesn’t remember seeing the Dodge Ram as it drifted across the centre lane and into his path. But he recalls the sound of the collision: the explosion of glass and crumpled steel. “I’ ll never forget that for as long as I live,” he said. “It was an awful sound. It haunts you.”
Highway 13 slices through central Alberta. It straddles thick marshland to the south, while on the road’s northern flank, the fields spill into each other over a horizon that seems to meld with the sky. It was in this eerily typical piece of Western Canada, on a warm evening in May 2007, that Boden’s life was changed.
The truck sliced through the front of his Chevrolet convertible, then rolled and skipped along the highway. The truck ejected its passenger, a 17- yearold girl, into the ditch, breaking her femur and pelvis.
Boden, still pinned in the driver’s seat, recalled listening to the teen scream.
Investigators would conclude the truck’s teenage driver had looked away from the road to send her text message before the crash.
When the firefighters came to pull Boden from his car, he said, his body felt alien to him. “I looked over and I could see my hand on the gearshift. But it felt like it was in my lap,” he said. “I asked one of the first people on the scene, I said, ‘Charlie, could you lift my hand up?’ So he lifted it up and it was really eerie watching someone lift your hand up and still feel the hand in your lap. I didn’t feel it move at all.”
Immediately, Boden worried about what to tell his wife, Shauna. He called out to one of the bystanders gathered around his car. The man dialed Shauna’s number on his cellphone and pressed the device to Boden’s ear.
“I told her I’d be on my way to the hospital, riding in an ambu- lance, and that I was OK,” he said. “But I knew I wasn’t OK.” It didn’t seem real at first, when the officers knocked at Claudie Landry’s door in Quebec to tell her that her daughter was dead.
“You try to find a way out. You think, ‘It’s not her, you’ve made a mistake. Where is she?’ There are so many questions stirring in your mind,” Claudie said.
“I could actually feel my heart sink, I could feel a numbness overtake my body.”
The day before Laura died, she wrote a math exam to earn the final credits she needed to go to college.
Laura had struggled to grasp mathematics throughout high school, but she enrolled in adult education at 17 with a renewed sense of purpose. Her mother says she breezed through the final exam, notching a 96 per cent.
In two months, she’d begin interior design classes at Cégep de Rivière- du- Loup and Laura would have her hands full that summer waitressing at the local golf course.
That evening, though, Laura was having fun.
It was the first day of summer and she was visiting her new boyfriend in Saint- Éloi. Afterwards, she’d stop by her grandparents’ house before meeting up with her friends at a rodeo in nearby Saint-Antonin.
She left her boyfriend’s place around 8 p. m. and drove along the country roads that would lead her back home. Less than 15 minutes into the drive, a friend texted her about their plans to meet later that night.
What happened s hortly thereafter was caused in part, investigators later told Claudie and her husband, André, by spectacularly bad timing.
Had Laura’s car arrived at the rail crossing just 2.5 seconds later, they said, it would have sailed passed the train and the 18-year-old would still be alive.
The t rain was about 45 metres long — two locomotives bound for Rivière- du- Loup. By the time the conductor saw Laura’s Mazda 3, it was too late.
Even with i ts emergency br akes activated, the train plowed into the compact car and pushed it for 300 metres before coming to a stop.
There were other factors that may have contributed to the collision. As Laura approached the rail crossing, the sun faded into the mountains across the St. Lawrence River, reflecting orange light off its glassy surface and obscuring visibility.
The crossing also lacked a
Before his crash, John Boden was an active man — he played hockey, coached youth baseball and took his daughters on camping trips.
An old family photo depicts a stout, broad- shouldered Boden sporting a pair of shorts that reveal his muscular legs. He had the physique of a man who spent his life working; one who tilled the fields on his parents’ farm, who shovelled gravel and drove a dump truck on the back roads of central Alberta.
On the day of the crash, Boden was driving to a baseball game to see some local kids compete. His daughters were not playing, he just wanted to be outside and enjoy the company of neighbours on a warm spring evening.
When the truck plowed into Boden’s car, it took that life away.
“It helps if you picture my spine as a kinked hose,” Boden said, when he described his injury in layman’s terms. “The messages from my brain don’t quite make it to my muscles. And my muscles sometimes move and spasm involuntarily; they work against me.”
Boden spent months in a hospital bed before beginning a slow, painful recovery. He couldn’t dress himself, shower or perform other basic tasks without the help of his wife or a health-care aide.
Boden said he didn’t like to think of what was lost that day. The crash could have torn Boden and Shauna apart. That’s what the doctors told them early in the recovery process.
“They didn’t sugar- coat it, they said that when a husband or wife is paralyzed, something like 85 per cent of couples divorce,” Shauna said. “But I think because of the way John is — because he didn’t get angry, he didn’t hold grudges, he didn’t start drinking — I think that made it a lot easier on us.
“We had hard times. There were times I was angry that he wasn’t angry. But in the end, we made it work.”
In order to care for Boden, Shauna all but gave up her job as a nurse in the psychiatric ward at St. Mary’s. Boden said she never complained about the sacrifices she made for him. “She’s an extraordinary person,” he said. “I can’t stress that enough.”
Boden began to tour high schools i n Western Canada throughout the year, speaking to kids about his injury.
“I’m not mad at the driver. She never set out to hurt me; she has to live with what she did that day,” he said. “I don’t want to wreck her life, I just don’t want this to happen to other people.
“Seeing me in the chair, I think it shakes some of the kids up. So I try to make them laugh,” he said. “You’d be surprised how many wheelchair jokes I’ve memorized over the years.
“The message is pretty simple: We’ve changed our attitude toward seatbelts, toward drunk driving; let’s change our attitude about phones. I’ ll say, ‘ Tell your parents,’ say, ‘ Mom, Dad, can you put the phone away for five minutes?’ As a parent, how do you say no to that?” The reality of Laura’s death sunk in through small, painful changes to the Tardif family routine.
“One day, you’re setting four plates at the dinner table and the next it’s three,” said Claudie. “I started locking the front door before going to bed. I never used to do that because Laura would be out with her friends.”
Two days after the crash, Claudie and Laura’s sister, Anne, curled up on the couch and watched the season premiere of the TV show Teen Wolf.
“It seems silly, but it’s something the three of us girls used to do together, it was our show,” said Claudie.
Laura’s room is much like it was before the crash. Her bed is made. Her karate gi dangles from a wire hanger in the closet.
There’s also a photo collage Laura affixed to the wall next to her dresser. It captures the life of an outgoing teenager: Laura at the lake with friends, Laura in a formal dress, Laura making a funny face, Laura in her high school graduation gown.
On the dresser is an urn that holds her remains.
It was months after Boden and his wife had spoken with Postmedia that an unexpected call came.
Shauna’s voice cracked as she delivered the news. “John passed away,” she said. “It was peaceful.”
He died in his sleep. Boden was in the Northwest Territor- ies with Shauna and his caretaker, preparing to lead a high school assembly about texting and driving.
The caretaker found Boden lying in his hotel bed. His heart had stopped beating sometime in the night. It’s unclear whether the spinal injury was a factor in his death.
Two weeks before, the couple had purchased a plot of land near the centre of Camrose.
Building a home in town represented a new beginning. They’d be closer to friends and a social life.
“We were going to build an elevator for John, ramps, the sort of things that would have made it a bit easier on us,” said Shauna. “I’m happy John will know where I am. I don’t know if that sounds strange, but it’s comforting to me that John knows where I’ll be.” Last June, the Tardif family returned to the train tracks in L’Isle-Verte, where Laura died.
The rails trace a line from a strawberry field by the highway to a knoll that overlooks the water. They pass a barn and a rusted- out fishing boat before arriving at the crash site. Below the hilltop, the St. Lawrence River widens into the sea.
After she died, the family planted a wooden cross next to the tracks. They carved Laura’s name into it and laid flowers at the foot of the cross.
The wound isn’t as fresh as it once was, but Claudie recalls the emotions of that day. “The train passed and it blew its whistle,” she said. “In a way it was like reliving the pain from that day all over again.
“But it also felt like Laura was sending us a message, like she was letting us know she was there.”
Florence Henderson, whose portrayal of Carol Brady on the show “The Brady Bunch” created an idealized mother figure for an entire generation, died Thursday. She was 82.
Henderson died of heart failure about 7:30 p.m. while surrounded by her four children, said Kayla Pressman, her longtime manager and publicist.
As Pressman’s telephone continued ringing, the woman who has worked with Henderson for 43 years — starting as her personal assistant — said the actress was “the most vibrant, beautiful inside and out person I’ve ever known in my entire life. We just never left each other. She was so wonderful to be with, and she was most loyal.”
Fidelity proved to be one of Henderson’s trademarks, she said, adding that the actress had stayed with the same business manager since she was 18, and when he died, worked with his son. Henderson also had the same agent for more than 30 years. “She keeps long relationships,” Pressman said. “I can’t say enough about the remarkable person she is.”
Henderson was a wellknown nightclub entertainer performing in Texas when she was asked to audition for the role that would change her life.
Hoping to jet into Los Angeles, have a screen test for “Brady Bunch” creator Sherwood Schwartz and then get back in time for the evening’s shows in Texas, Henderson was delayed by LA traffic and rushed onto the Paramount lot two hours late, frantically looking for a makeup artist to get her ready for the test. Finally, she found someone with a few spare minutes — on the set of “Star Trek.”
“I was sitting in a makeup chair between William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and like six or eight space monsters. None of them had any idea who I was or made any attempt to be friendly, which really bugged me,” she recalled in TV son Barry Williams’ 1992 memoir, “Growing Up Brady.”
Bothered by what she believed to be a shoddy makeup job, Henderson joked through the screen test about how bad she looked, and Schwartz, impressed with her comic timing, gave her the role.
Henderson’s work as Carol Brady on the series, which ran from 1969 to 1974, and her slyly sexy chemistry with co-star Robert Reed made the show thrive.
The pair helped broaden acceptance of blended families. Carol, a single mother of three daughters, was married to Mike Brady, a single father of three sons.
Born in 1934 on Valentine’s Day, in Dale, Ind., Henderson was the youngest of 10 children of a homemaker and a tobacco sharecropper.
She began her show business career at 17, when she attended New York’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Henderson left the school after her first year because she got a job in the chorus of the Broadway musical “Wish You Were Here,” directed by Josh Logan. She segued from the chorus to the lead role in the final national touring company of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”
Logan remembered her from “Wish You Were Here” and cast her in the lead role of the 1954 musical “Fanny” with Ezio Pinza and Walter Slezak.
She appeared in other Broadway musicals, including Noel Coward’s final musical effort, 1963’s “The Girl Who Came to Supper.” From 1959 to 1960, she was the “Today Girl” on the “Today” show, presenting weather and light news stories.
Later, she was the first female guest host of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” in the 1970s.
After “The Brady Bunch,” Henderson became a commercial spokeswoman and coproduced “Country Kitchen,” a Nashville Network series.
It is learnt the Centre is considering reviving the income disclosure scheme for black money deposited in banks under the demonetisation of `500 and `1,000 currency notes to give a last chance to people having unaccounted funds to come clean.
Sources said that the Union Cabinet had on Thursday discussed amendments to the Income-Tax Act. One of the proposals was that people with unaccounted money can declare it and get an amnesty after paying 50 per cent tax. Half of the amount left after paying taxes (or 25 per cent of the total sum declared) will be locked in for four years, and will not earn any interest. The rest (other 25 per cent) will be immediately given back.
The money raised through this tax could be used for the development of infrastructure.
Those with unaccounted money who choose not to come clean by paying taxes will have to pay 90 per cent tax and penalty. “If the income-tax authorities come to know that a person has deposited unaccounted money in banks and has not declared it under the proposed scheme, he will have to pay 90 per cent tax and penalty,” a source said.
The government may bring this amendment in the current session of Parliament after getting the President’s approval, the source added.
People who are struggling with unaccounted funds after the demonetisation will therefore have the
option to come clean under the proposed scheme.
The tax authorities had earlier talked of levying a peak rate of 30 per cent tax and 200 per cent penalty on those who deposit unaccounted money above `fc2.5 lakhs in the banks after demonetisation between November 9 and December 30. However, it was felt such a move may not have legal backing. The government therefore decided to bring amendments to the I-T Act to plug loopholes for the money deposited between November 9 and December 30.
Under the Income Disclosure Scheme (IDS), that closed on September 30, a tax and penalty of 45 per cent was imposed. Since the black money holder did not utilise the government’s offer to declare his ill-gotten wealth, he should now pay a higher rate of tax, with curbs placed on the use of that money.
MONROVIA, LIBERIA •Africa and the rest of the world will never achieve peace and stability without empowering women and girls — and encouraging men to support them, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday on the first day of his visit to Liberia.
“When you try and settle a conflict that doesn’t involve women in the solution, it’s not going to last,” Trudeau said in the capital of Monrovia during a panel discussion on the leadership roles that women can play in peace, security, governance and sustainable development.
Trudeau opted for Liberia — an impoverished country in West Africa that lived through years of brutal civil war and was hit hard by the deadly Ebola epidemic in recent years — as the first stop on his first visit to Africa since he became prime minister.
He did so, he said, in part because of the leadership of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her role in securing and maintaining peace following civil war.
The symbolism dovetails nicely with a decision by the Trudeau government to put gender equity and the empowerment of women and girls at the heart of its international development strategy, which he talked up to the friendly — and sometimes adoring — crowd gathered for the panel discussion at city hall.
“We have to pierce through the perception that women’s issues are only for women to talk about and to fight about,” Trudeau said as he encouraged men to join the battle to improve the lives of women and girls in order to improve the lives of everyone around them.
He did not shy away from saying that development assistance should include access to abortion. Earlier in the day, however, the prime minister danced around another controversial question about human rights in Liberia.
“The fact is, different countries have different paces of evolution in terms of recognizing and enshrining those rights, but we can see that there has been tremendous progress over the years in many different areas,” Trudeau said when asked to address the fact that many in Liberia do not condone same-sex marriage.
Standing beside Johnson Sirleaf at a joint news conference, Trudeau praised the Liberian president for the leadership she has shown on female genital mutilation, another human rights issue that affects the region.
Asked for her reaction to Trudeau’s comments on LGBTQ rights, Johnson Sirleaf tried to walk a fine line between homosexual relationships and the country’s law prohibiting anal intercourse.
“Liberia has no laws that restrict the rights of individuals to their own choices,” she said.
Two wishes came true for Dwayne Johnson when he agreed to voice a character in Moana.
Johnson got to be in a Disney animated movie musical while paying tribute to his Polynesian heritage.
In the movie, Moana is a rebellious teen Polynesian girl (voiced by newcomer Auli’i Cravalho) from 2,000 years ago.
Ignoring her father’s warning, she sets sail across the Pacific Ocean to demand that a powerful island god reverse bad times. She is joined on the trip of redemption by a reluctant and egocentric demi-god Maui (Johnson).
“I feel a deep connection to this story,” says Johnson, who has Samoan and Hawaiian roots.
The wrestler-turned-actor also appreciates the underlying tone of the movie, calling the frame of reference “the Aloha Spirit.” It’s embodied by the people of the area now and in the film, which chronicles the culture’s ancient times and its mythology.
“It’s an intangible, but when you get off the plane and you have your feet on the ground there, energetically (the Aloha Spirit) takes you to a different place,” Johnson says.
Credit for the all-encompassing detail, the actor says, goes to directors John Musker and Ron Clements, who enjoy a celebrated Disney past as the filmmakers who brought us The Little Mermaid and Aladdin.
Before getting into their Moana moviemaking process, Musker and Clements led their movie team to the Pacific Islands to educate themselves about the Polynesian past.
From wardrobe to music to dance rituals, they made sure they got it right.
“And when we were in the islands, people talked about the ocean as if it were alive and they caressed it and they had these personal relationships with the ocean,” Musker says. “So we knew we wanted the ocean to be a character in the movie.”
The casting of Moana was another matter.
Hawaiian native Cravalho beat out hundreds of others after multiple auditions. The part is her first major professional gig. But the directors responded on a hunch to her “fearlessness and playful wit” and her immersion into the subject matter.
“I grew up in a small town on the Big Island of Hawaii, and I am deeply rooted to my culture,” Cravalho says.
“I actually go to an all-Hawaiian school where the mythology and the folklore of Maui is in our curriculum, and I’ve listened to his stories at bedtime.”
A show-stopping tune might not be in the repertoire of the shape-shifting demi-god Cravalho learned about in school. But the Disney movie has some fun with one number featuring Johnson’s vocals as Maui.
It’s called You’re Welcome, written by Hamilton Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda. He says he wrote the tune “in the key of DJ” after checking out some You Tube clips of Johnson as The Rock taunting a wrestling crowd in song.
“I got a really good sense of his vocal range,” Miranda says. “The rest of it was just writing lyrics that embody the spirit of Maui, an amazing demi-god.
“Once I had the title, You’re Welcome — which only Dwayne can pull off and still have you love him and root for him — we were off to the races.”
Johnson says thank you to Miranda for You’re Welcome.
“He did his research and by the time I got the song, it was in my comfortable range,” Johnson says. “We all love challenges and this was a challenge with the bar set so incredibly high — to sing in a Disney film.”
“We thought of Dwayne as the new Angela Lansbury,” Clements says.
More seriously, Johnson is relieved and pleased Moana respects and commemorates its subject matter.
“I was so moved when I saw the movie, for a variety of reasons, not only because you work on it, but because you pour your heart and soul into it.”
Lil Wayne is an open book — at least when it comes to one chapter in his life.
On Tuesday, the prolific rapper, who in 2010 was sentenced to eight months in New York’s Rikers Island on weapons charges, released the diary he kept during his incarceration. Gone ’ Til November: A Journal of Rikers Island ( Plume Books) was Wayne’s way of finding “joy in hell.” Now, it stands as a revelation to fans who get a peek behind the curtain of celebrity.
Here are seven things we learned from our sneak peek. 1HE WAS A SUICIDE PREVENTION AIDE ... BRIEFLY. After earning a perfect score on the pre- employment screening test, Wayne was tasked with monitoring the tier to ensure inmates didn’t try to commit suicide and to alert the on- duty officer about attempts. The rapper soon bowed out to focus on self- care. “It’s truly a new reality for me,” he wrote. “I was actually there when this kid that was in mental isolation tried to hang up. What’s really ( expletive) up is that it all could’ve been prevented if the COs ( correctional officers) would’ve just brought him some water.” But, as Wayne goes on to explain, officers are used to inmates banging on their cells — so much so that it doesn’t trigger alarms. 2HE HEARD HIS SON SAY ‘ DA- DA’ WHILE BEHIND BARS. Wayne’s first son was only a year old when he began serving his sentence. As such, the first time Wayne heard Dwayne Michael Carter III — fondly referred to as D. M. C. III — say “Da- da” was on the phone, a bittersweet moment. 3HE WAS ANXIOUS WHEN HE PLAYED IN PRISON. Wayne may have rocked stages in front of millions of people, but rapping in front of his fellow inmates was another story. “I was nervous as hell,” he admits of his performance for tier mates Charlie and Jamaica. 4HE
CONSIDERED CHRISTIAN RAP ... BRIEFLY. In addition to a landslide of fan mail, Wayne received a compelling letter from a church, urging him to use his artistry to spread the gospel. And for a moment, Wayne considered it. “I would truly have the power of having pop culture turn to God,” he wrote. “I would have straight killers in church every Sunday.” 5HE
MADE $ 20 MILLION WHILE IN PRISON. In the months preceding his sentence, Wayne recorded new music at a feverish pace to stagger releases throughout his sentence. As a result, the rapper outpaced his 2009 earnings, raking in an estimated $ 20 million, compared with 2009’ s $ 18 million. 6JAMAICA
WAS DEPORTED DURING HIS BID. Wayne may have been reluctant to use the “f” word in jail, but by all accounts, Jamaica was a friend. And when Wayne recounts how Jamaica was hauled away, you can sense his guilt. Wayne admits that Jamaica had repeatedly asked if he could connect him with a better lawyer, but the rapper didn’t take it seriously until it was too late. 7JAIL
MADE HIM REALIZE HIS CREATIVITY WASN’T DEPENDENT ON EXTERNAL INFLUENCES. For a book that mostly deals with the day- to- day and only occasionally scratches beyond the surface, Wayne gets particularly introspective at the close. The night before his release, he reflects on the crutches he used to lean on for inspiration: drugs, cars, women. “Once that was all taken away from me, my creativity was put to the ultimate test,” he writes. “And I passed that ( expletive)!”
Swirling snowflakes and snow-covered marshes greeted Dana Gibson the first time she and her family drove to the 1948 cottage that would become their Rappahannock River weekend place.
“It reminded me of that scene in ‘Doctor Zhivago’ when they come upon the abandoned country house frozen in time and push the door open,” Gibson says.
It was January 2014. Gibson, husband Mark Longenderfer and their two sons pushed open the front door the real estate agent said would be unlocked. Inside, the one-story house was a time capsule of vintage cottage living: whitewashed walls, heart-of-pine floors, board-and-batten walls. It was said to have been built of World War II Navy surplus materials, including Jeep crates. The house had not been lived in for several years; some old wicker with faded chintz cushions, iron beds and a few wobbly tables had been left behind. An old-fashioned but airy kitchen offered views of the water.
“We all liked it right away,” says Longenderfer, 53, a general contractor. “It was an easy, casual, come-in-and-throw-your-stuff-kind of place.”
They bought the 1,100-square-foot house, less than two hours away from their Richmond home, as a family retreat. Now Gibson, Longenderfer and sons Jack, 18, and DeWolf, 16, come to their Northern Neck house in all seasons. In the fall, that means enjoying the sound of geese flying overhead as they take Paco, their beagle, for a walk.
— Щойно Донецьк звільнять від сепаратистів, заграємо на ”Донбас Арені” своїм ”золотим складом”, — сказав Святослав Вакарчук під час концерту в Маріуполі на Донеччині.
За 22-річну історію ”Океану Ельзи” у ньому працювали дев’ятеро музикантів.
Востаннє ”золотий склад” грав разом у 2014-му в турі ”20 років разом”.
— За відчуттями це було подібне до зустрічі з далекими родичами, — каже 42-річний Павло Гудімов, галерист, гітарист першого складу ”Океану”. — Зараз моя увага зосереджена на мистецьких проектах. Працюю переважно в арт-центрі ”Я Галерея”. Найбільший проект року — виставка ”Тіні забутих предків”, присвячена культовому фільму Сергія Параджанова. Вона успішно пройшла у столичному ”Мистецькому Арсеналі”, а незабаром відкриється у Львові й Дніпрі. А ще я зосереджуюся на книжковій справі. Лише за останні півроку наше видавництво ”Артбук” презентувало сім книжок із різних напрямків.
Колишній клавішник ”Океану Ельзи” 34-річний Дмитро Шуров має власний гурт ”ПіаноБой”. Його третій студійний альбом ”Тейк офф” побачив світ торік. Отримав схвальні відгуки критиків.
— Це зовсім інакша музика, ніж в ”Океану Ельзи”, — каже музичний критик Олексій Бондаренко, 23 роки. — Ці пісні навіть можна назвати своєрідною музичною п’єсою. Гадаю, Дмитро Шуров не думає про те, як збирати стадіони. Він пише для власного задоволення. Якщо пара пісень з альбому стане радіохітами, то й добре. Звісно, відчувається, як його гурт росте, змінюється. До того ж у Дмитра є триваліший проект — він пише оперу, про яку поки що мало відомо. Як музикант він себе успішно реалізовує.
40-річний Юрій Хусточка, бас-гітарист ”золотого складу” переїхав із дружиною до Франції. Там створив власний гурт ”Мільйон копек”. Із 2004-го по 2011-й був учасником рок-групи ”Естетік едьюкейшен” із Дмитром Шуровим і бельгійським режисером Луї Франком.
— Останні кілька років у мене була перерва в професійній діяльності — народилися двоє дітей, абсолютно несподівано, — розповідає Юрій Хусточка. — Звалилися з неба на голову, і це вибило мене на якийсь час із професійної колії. Тепер починаю виходити зі стану ”батьківської сплячки”. Цього року в мене було багато контактів із моїми колишніми колегами.
Інший колишній гітарист ”Океану Ельзи” 30-річний Петро Чернявський заснував сольний проект ”Петер і вовки”.
Shakespeare can be a little challenging for a teenager, but no worries, there’s a TL;DR version now! Penguin has launched an OMG Shakespeare series (translating plays into emojis) that re-imagines his most famous plays in the digital age, with titles including Macbeth #killingit, A Midsummer Night #NoFilter and YOLO Juliet.
The plays, retold by Courtney Carbone and Brett Wright, are condensed down to terse Whatsapp-esque messages, with characters ‘checking in’ rather than walking on stage and updating their relationship statuses at key moments. ‘To be or not to be’ becomes ‘2 *b-ee emoji* or not 2 *bee emoji*’. ‘Thus with a kiss I die’ becomes ‘With a *blowing kiss emoji* I *dead emoji*’.
The books have been getting a strong marketing push and their own stand in one store stated: The classics can be *sleep emoji* Even with all the *heart emoji *heartbreak emoji* *grin emoji* *dead emoji*. Introducing OMG Shakespeare! Shakespeare’s plays like ‘Macbeth’ now read #killingit and ‘A Midsummer Night’ #NoFilter and YOLO Juliet
‘Never wanted to burn a book before’ @FreddyAmazing wrote alongside a picture of the stand, eliciting over 3,000 retweets. Srsly (short for seriously) Hamlet, Macbeth #killingit and YOLO Juliet are out now, with A Midsummer Night #nofilter launching next January.One of the books carries the dedication: “To all my extraordinary English teachers, I’m sorry.”
В австралійському штаті Новий Південний Вельс оголосили надзвичайний стан через величезну зграю місцевих кажанів — летючих лисиць. — Вони страшенно шумлять, — розповідає 64-річна Едріен Гор з околиць Сід- нея. — Не можна вийти у двір, бо лякаються й атакують. Летючих лисиць вважають рідкісним видом. За їх убивство передбачений штраф. Влада виділила гроші, щоб спробувати прогнати кажанів водою або шумом.
8-річна Вікторія має спотворену форму голови. Це наслідок гідроцефалії, або ж водянки головного мозку. Також дівчинка страждає на розумову відсталість та атопічний дерматит (запалення шкіри. — ГПУ). Виховується в Коломийському дитячому будинку-інтернаті на Івано-Франківщині. Її прізвища опікуни не називають.
До інтернату дівчинка потрапила 2,5 року тому як сирота. Журналісти програми ”Говорить Україна” на телеканалі ”Україна” з’ясували, що вона має батьків. Сім’я батька походить із села Балківці Чернівецької області. Мати — з Івано-Франківщини. Працюють в Італії. До 1 травня 2016-го не знали про доньку. Мати Вікторії Наталія написала відмову від дитини.
— Лікарі запевняли, що дівчинка помре через тяжкі хвороби. Додому після пологів нам її не віддали б. Сестра її навіть не бачила. У шоковому стані написала відмову. Що дівчинка вижила, знав лише я і мої батьки, — розповідає брат Наталії. Своє ім’я приховує. — Батько дитини в той час був за кордоном. Приїхав на другий день після пологів. Ми йому сказали про смерть Віти. Не хотіли ламати життя сестрі. Якби вона прийняла дівчинку-інваліда, у неї не було б сім’ї. Зараз у неї все добре. Народила хлопчика.
Брат породіллі оформив на себе опікунство над Вікторією. На Великдень цього року подзвонив до Італії і розказав правду про дівчинку.
— До Коломиї приїхав батько Віти, — каже по телефону директор Коломийського будинку-інтернату Марія Денис. — Він подав документи на батьківство. Привіз для Віти подарунки. Любить її, піклується. Але дівчинку не збирається забирати до Італії. Сім’я надсилатиме гроші на лікування й догляд. Батько заплатив аліменти до серпня. Державного фінансування навіть на підгузки не вистачає. Що вже казати про польські й німецькі мазі, які потрібні Віті.
Зараз Вікторію щотижня провідують родичі батька. Дівчинка не може говорити. Але їх упізнає. Радіє подарункам. Найкраща іграшка для неї — м’яч.
Державного фінансування навіть на підгузки не вистачає
In his 1968 song Mama Tried, Merle Haggard sang of turning 21 in prison. Haggard, who died Wednesday in California on his 79th birthday, had done just that, though not, as he sang in the song, “doing life without parole.”
Haggard’s youth of petty crime, financial insecurity and freightcar hopping eventually informed songs that spoke plainly but not predictably of social outcasts, blue-collar concerns and persistent restlessness.
Aside, perhaps, from Hank Williams, no other figure in country music affected the way songs would be written and how they would be sung as much as Haggard did. A 53-year recording career yielded 38 No. 1 country hits, a run exceeded only by Conway Twitty and George Strait.
Haggard was born in Oildale, Calif., in 1937, the son of a pair of Dust Bowl refugees from Oklahoma. He spent his early years living in a house that his father, James, had fashioned from an abandoned refrigerated train car.
The elder Haggard died when Merle was 9, throwing his world into chaos. Two years later, he hopped his first railroad car, starting a series of encounters with police that culminated in a stretch of hard time. He spent 21⁄ years
2 at San Quentin State Prison after a botched burglary before being paroled in 1960, at age 23.
He had dabbled in music before prison. Inspired by a Johnny Cash concert at San Quentin, he pursued it in earnest upon his release, eventually landing a gig playing bass for California country star Wynn Stewart. Haggard signed to Tally Records in 1962. His Sing A Sad Song entered the charts the final week of 1963.
He moved to Capitol Records in 1965 and had his first charttopper, The Fugitive, two years later. Rather than move to Nashville, Haggard preferred to stay in California, often recording at Capitol’s Hollywood studios. Haggard’s most famous hit,
Okie From Muskogee, came in fall 1969 and touted traditional, patriotic values. “We don’t burn our draft cards down on Main Street,” Haggard sang on country radio stations as hundreds of thousands gathered for National Moratorium demonstrations against the Vietnam War, “but we like living right and being free.”
But Haggard’s own perspectives, even when it came to that song, rarely were so cut and dried. Haggard’s politically oriented songs ran the gamut. If there was some question whether Haggard’s personal opinions matched those in Okie, no one could misunderstand his message for a certain type of protester in his next single, Workin’ Man
Blues: “When you’re runnin’ down our country, man, you’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.”
Haggard created music that invariably drew on the past, spoke to the present and influenced the future. He left an indelible mark on subsequent generations of singers, so his sound really has never left the airwaves.
It’s there, in the voices of Strait and Randy Travis, who claimed his influence, and in the songs of those who yearned for his gift of writing simply and with such emotional resonance. It’s in the music of Emmylou Harris, Alan Jackson and Dwight Yoakam, who recorded his songs.
Finally, it’s there in more than a half-century’s worth of songs that span the range of the American experience. Songs about prisons and barrooms, of highways and trains, of loves lost and remembered, of life lived in the spotlight and looking in the mirror. Nobody approached those subjects quite like Haggard, but everyone could find a piece of themselves in his songs.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY | March 27: This year you are fiery and bold. Sometimes your energy will not be greeted positively. As a result, you will find yourself escaping or acting out. Be careful with your spending, as you could do some damage. A little self-discipline will go a long way. If you are single, you open up to a new type of person. You might want to date for a while before making a commitment. If you are attached, the two of you enjoy traveling, exploring different cultures and taking a workshop or seminar together on a mutually interesting topic. Scorpio tunes in to you.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) Much of what you recently have heard might come to the forefront now and make sense. You’ll start to process what a big change someone has made without letting others know how important it was to him or her. Communicate your feelings.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You might wonder about the revolving door of friends that seems to enter your life periodically. Enjoy the moment. You rarely relax like this or have so much fun. You could be unusually willful when dealing with a partner.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You could be at a point where you need to stop and try not to relate so intensely. You have a lot to get done, and you will, but taking a break or a nap right now would be best. You can’t keep running around as you have been without a break.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) Your ability to conjure up wild ideas and have them fit the moment seems to work for you. Others love to pal around with you when you
are in the mood to simply enjoy yourself. A child or loved one could get moody or jealous.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Stay centered and make a request. You might expect some resistance, but others won’t hesitate to respond. You might wonder why it has been so easy to get what you want. Could you be making mountains out of molehills? Get into the moment.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Your ability to diagnose a problem is likely to help others, especially a friend and a close loved one. You might wonder why you do not do this for yourself. A discussion could reveal someone’s intense feelings. Handle this person with kid gloves.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You could be on the fence about a major purchase and unsure about which direction you should head in. Though you might have been open to having a discussion, you seem to be avoiding it now, as you know the impact it will have. Clear the air.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You might want to take a leap of faith. Recognize that you will land
fine because you can handle an issue. Don’t look for problems where there are none. Accept a loved one’s gesture for what it is. Try approaching this person differently.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Make this a lazy day, where you don’t feel the need to do anything. The more rest and relaxation you get right now, the better the next few days will be. You can’t sit on a problem for much longer. Open up a discussion, but make it a one-onone talk.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Resist having a conversation that could annoy a loved one. You can initiate it another time without irritating this person and still get the results you desire. You might be surprised by what this friend reveals. Try not to have a kneejerk reaction.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You might have concerns and could feel critical of some of what you hear. However, you know that this situation is partially your responsibility. One-on-one relating might push you to reveal more of what is on your mind.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Reach out for more information before you “yea” or “nay” a potential trip. Don’t fret over a certain situation; instead, escape to a movie and let go of the matter. You will see how much more relaxed you are when you emerge.
Not only will the stars twinkle in the sky but they’ll also shine on the ground at this year’s Whistler Film Festival, where cinematic legends like Kiefer Sutherland and Scottish (and Vancouver) actor Robert Carlyle will appear, to rub shoulders and even ski a few runs.
Held in six venues around town from December 2 to 6, and dubbed Canada’s Coolest Film Festival, the fest is celebrating its fifteenth year with a staggering set of stats, including seventeen world premieres, five North American premieres, eleven Canadian premieres, and nine Whistler premieres. And with forty-six feature films and forty-three shorts, it’ll be almost impossible to see them all.
Kicking off the five-day event on Wednesday at 8 p.m. is the opening gala and Canadian premiere of Carol, a provocative film about forbidden love set in the 1950s starring Cate Blanchett. It garnered a standing ovation at Cannes and has been gaining critical acclaim for its controversial story.
The tough decisions come on Thursday, with the Western Canadian premiere of A Light Beneath Their Feet, a coming-of-age indie film starring Taryn Manning from Orange Is The New Black, the light comedy Chasing Banksy, a series of short films, a feature on a taboo teen relationship, and the light-hearted The Colossal Failure of the Modern Relationship. Mountain culture junkies will get their ski fix at Hokkaido Backcountry Project, and anyone looking for a spin on a mobster classic will love Legend.
Friday opens with a National Lampoon-styled comedy The Steps, and throttles onward with two sets of short films, including the festival’s shortest one at three minutes in length, and the thriller The Demons. Fans of British films that delve into social commentary on miserable hopelessness will love Blood Cells. Don’t miss the chance to see Kiefer Sutherland at 7 p.m. at his tribute, and then catch his film Forsaken at 9 p.m.
Twenty films air on Saturday in addition to the third series of short films, a spotlight on Robert Carlyle at 7 p.m., the R-Rated Party at the Longhorn that celebrates the festival’s fifteenth anniversary, and the four-hour music café at Garfinkel’s, featuring a range of live music from soul to world-beat to acoustic to artfully innovative chamber-pop.
Sunday rounds off the festival with awards, the heartful documentary When Elephants Were Young, and the closing gala of Numb, an action film about a treasure hunt in the Coast Mountains in the middle of winter.
Regardless of the film(s) you see, you’re guaranteed to be swept away in a willing state of disbelief for the entire festival, and left counting down to next year. For tickets visit whistlerfilmfestival.com.