Aida, opera review: Empathy amidst bewildering eclecticism 

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For their new Aida, Phelim McDermott and designer Tom Pye have trawled far and wide in their search for iconography to represent the opera's clash of romantic love and authoritarian theocracy. The result is a contemporary/hieratic blend, with Egyptian notes. Exuberant headgear for the ladies includes jackals' heads, antlers, a skull - one wears a porcupine - while men's costumes range from anti-riot gear (for the priests, naturally) with an excess of gold braid and national flags. There are human pyramids (nice idea, if a bit wobbly), there's glitter. The triumphal procession resembles a Walpurgis Night in Ruritania as conceived by Magritte. This bewildering eclecticism only rarely exudes the insidious power intended. Elsewhere, far too much happens outside the curtain, with the Silk Effects Choreographer, the happily named Basil Twist, in overdrive. Latonia Moore's Aida is already highly accomplished and has even greater potential. Gwyn Hughes Jones has some fine moments as Radamès and Matthew Best is an impressive King. Special mentions also for Robert Winslade Anderson as Ramfis and Musa Ngqungwana as Amonasro. Yet there was a general stiffness on press night both in vocal delivery and in stage gesture, not least in the Amneris of Michelle DeYoung, whose fixed facial expression, limited movements and idiosyncratic diction suggested she was never quite inside the character, for all the flashes of vocal brilliance. Despite the inertness on stage, Keri-Lynn Wilson conducted with enormous flair and empathy. Until Dec 2, Coliseum; read more
26. maaliskuuta 2018 14:24:07 Categories: Evening Standard

Ross McCormack opens up on his Aston Villa "disaster" - and his plan to come back fighting 

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The Scot has been very frank in his assessment of his time at Villa Park so far... read more
26. maaliskuuta 2018 14:24:05 Categories: Birmingham Mail

Best places to have Christmas dinner in Birmingham 

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Find out what's on the Christmas menu in Birmingham, how much they'll cost per head and what early bird deals and discounts are on the table.... read more
26. maaliskuuta 2018 14:24:03 Categories: Birmingham Mail

Juventus confirm Emre Can bid - but will not make new offer in January 

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Can has less than one year to run on his contract at Anfield... read more
26. maaliskuuta 2018 14:24:00 Categories: Liverpool Echo

Route 91 Harvest festival shooting: Footage captures terrifying moment gunman opens fire on crowds 

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A concert-goer in Las Vegas captured on camera the terrifying moment a gunman opened fire on crowds of people at a music festival. The Mandala Bay resort and casino has been placed on lock-down as police hunted an "active shooter" after automatic gunfire broke out at the Route 91 Harvest music festival. Police said one suspect was "down" and at least two people were killed in the shooting, with about 26 others injured. One music fan, who was attempting to film the band when shots were heard around the festival, captured the moment on camera. The footage shows a few seconds of the stage before the music is interrupted by what sounds like machine gun fire. Shooting: People take cover at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival (Getty Images) Members of the crowd can be heard screaming in the distance as the shooting continues for almost 10 seconds. The music then cuts out and the man filming can be heard saying "that's gunshots!" as people around him begin shouting to "get down". Panic: Crowds scrambled to get away from the gunfire (Getty Images) The panicked crowd then attempt to flee from the direction of the suspected shooter before gunfire erupts again and terrified fans drop to the ground, screaming and crying with fear. Read more Gunman opens fire on crowd in Las Vegas - live updates The gunman then opens fire for the third time and a woman can be heard screaming "help, help". The video then goes black amid screams of "don't push" as crowd members scramble to get away from the arena. A hospital spokesman said that at least two people have been killed and 24 people injured in the shooting. Shooting: The music fan was filming the concert when gunfire broke out (Drew Akiyoshi) A second video, filmed from a height above the arena, shows dozens of people who appear to be injured on the ground as the woman filming shouts "there's people laying there, look!" Las Vegas police wrote on Twitter: "We're investigating reports of an active shooter near/around Mandalay Bay Casino. Asking everyone to please avoid the area. #LVMPDnews." It is not clear how many shooters there were, with some witnesses claiming to have seen multiple gunmen. One witness she was told to stay in her room after the gunfire broke out. "I went to the rooftop," she said. "We both saw people running, and bodies hitting the floor."... read more
26. maaliskuuta 2018 14:23:57 Categories: Evening Standard

Brother of gunman who attacked French Jews goes on trial 

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Five years ago, Mohamed Merah went on a nine-day shooting spree in southern France, killing three soldiers and gunning down a teacher and three children at a Jewish school before being shot dead by police.... read more
26. maaliskuuta 2018 14:23:53 Categories: AFP

Kremlin: Saudi King Salman to visit Russia on Thursday 

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King Salman of Saudi Arabia will visit Russia on Thursday, senior Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov was quoted by the TASS news agency as saying.... read more
26. maaliskuuta 2018 14:23:51 Categories: AFP

Catalan government to meet to plan independence declaration 

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Catalonia's government will hold a closed-door Cabinet meeting to discuss the next steps in its plan to declare independence from Spain following a disputed referendum marred by violence. Regional officials say the vote, which Spain insists is illegal and invalid, shows that a majority favor secession.... read more
26. maaliskuuta 2018 14:23:48 Categories: Associated Press

Trump to point out efforts to undo Obama regulations 

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President Donald Trump has set out to upend some of President Barack Obama's regulations, which he says circumvented Congress in the first place and cost American businesses and the economy billions of dollars.... read more
26. maaliskuuta 2018 14:23:47 Categories: Associated Press

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The family of a young man killed during a night out have spoken of their grief after losing a "nice, quiet young man".... read more
26. maaliskuuta 2018 14:23:45 Categories:

King Lear, theatre review: Ian McKellen's detailed, intelligent performance is a triumph 

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Ian McKellen played King Lear ten years ago, a wistful presence at the heart of Trevor Nunn's vehemently operatic interpretation for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Here in a more intimate setting he gives a strikingly conversational reading of the part, savouring the nuances of Lear's nostalgia, dark logic and fragility as much as his scalding fury. At first McKellen makes Shakespeare's tragic monarch a military hero. Sporting medals and gold braid, he takes a startlingly blithe approach to splitting his kingdom between his three daughters, simply clipping a map into thirds with briskly wielded scissors. But when Lear's status as an imposing patron dissolves, McKellen movingly conveys his bewilderment - commands and thunderous oaths giving way to plaintive questions and social criticism. Jonathan Munby's modern-dress account, clear-sighted rather than radical, begins with pageantry and ritualistic song. Yet it's satisfyingly brisk and finds some uncomfortably visceral ways to embody the play's imagery of a society plunged into chaos. The supporting roles are luxuriously cast. Sinéad Cusack brings radiant authority and then a rugged abruptness to Lear's loyal retainer Kent. Dervla Kirwan is a memorably glacial Goneril, and Kirsty Bushell's shimmying Regan is a chilling mix of glee and twitchy malice, while rising star Tamara Lawrance has a restrained dignity as their noble-hearted, modest sister Cordelia. Read more Ian McKellen to play King Lear in new Chichester season Jonathan Bailey's Edgar is a touching study of transformation - from naive innocence into morally serious worldliness - and Damien Molony captures the self-seeking resentment of his half-brother Edmund. As the Fool, Phil Daniels makes a strong initial impression, strumming a banjo ukulele, and Danny Webb, who less than a year ago played the brutish Cornwall in Deborah Warner's staging at the Old Vic, is now superb as his victim, the complacent yet ultimately courageous Gloucester. But it is McKellen's detailed performance that's the production's triumph. With finely measured intelligence he traces Lear's inexorable movement from pomp via rage and shambolic delirium to melancholy tenderness and the agony of belated self-knowledge. Until Oct 28, Chichester Festival Theatre; read more
26. maaliskuuta 2018 14:23:42 Categories: Evening Standard

Mass shooting on Las Vegas strip leaves at least two dead and dozens injured 

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University Medical Centre spokeswoman Danita Cohen said 26 people had been admitted... read more
26. maaliskuuta 2018 14:23:41 Categories: Birmingham Mail

What to do if you've booked a holiday with Monarch 

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Airline goes into administration leaving thousands of customers concerned about their holidays... read more
26. maaliskuuta 2018 14:23:38 Categories: Liverpool Echo

The moment Manchester United great Nemanja Vidic stopped Rio Ferdinand from crying 

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Man Utd greats Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic were celebrating a huge Champions League win - and it nearly got too much.... read more
26. maaliskuuta 2018 14:23:36 Categories: Manchester Evening News

Las Vegas shooting: Live updates as gunman opens fire at Route 91 Harvest festival 

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Police in Las Vegas are hunting for at least one gunman who opened fire on a crowd at a music festival. People were sent running in terror and hiding for cover after a long stream of gunfire rang out at the Route 91 Country Music festival on the city's famous strip. At least two people were reported to have been killed. The Mandalay Bay resort across the road has been placed on lockdown, while there are reports of multiple people being taken to hospital with gunshot wounds. Dramatic footage from the scene showed the terrifying moment gunfire rained down on the crowd and the ensuing panic. Follow our live blog for the latest updates:... read more
26. maaliskuuta 2018 14:23:34 Categories: Evening Standard

Monarch Airlines flights: What to do if you've booked with collapsed airline 

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More than 100,000 people have been stranded and 300,000 more who have had flights and holidays cancelled by the collapse of Monarch Airlines. The company went into administration on Monday morning and here is the advice on what customers can do: Monarch passengers abroad What should I do now? The Government has told Monarch customers to continue their holidays as planned and is organising special flights back for passengers who are affected at no cost to them. At least 48 hours before you are due to return home you should visit the dedicated website, call the helpline on 0300 303 2800 if calling from the UK or +44 1753 330330 if calling from overseas to confirm your new flight details. Repatriation flights are for all passengers who purchased tickets with Monarch irrespective of their nationality. When will I be able to fly? You should expect to be flown as close as possible to your planned departure dates, no earlier, and prepare for disruption to journeys. Some passengers may need to speak with their accommodation provider in case they need to extend their stay. When should I go to the airport? You should arrive at the airport more than three hours before your confirmed new flight as they will not be able to take earlier services. Foreign Office staff will be available at affected airports to help any vulnerable British citizens with specific needs. Any Britons requiring additional consular support should visit Can I check in online? There will be no online check-in. You will be issued with a new flight and new boarding card and will not be able to check in with your old flight details. Will I have to pay for the flight? Read more Monarch Airlines goes bust and tells customers don't go to the airport Once on board the plane, you will be asked to provide details of your original Monarch booking. If you are not Atol (Air Travel Organiser's Licence) protected, this will allow the Government to claim the cost of their replacement flight directly from your credit or debit card company. You will not be asked to pay for your flight yourself. Do I have to pay for extra accommodation costs? Passengers with Atol protection are entitled to reasonable accommodation and subsistence costs if they are delayed by more than four hours. Those without Atol protection may be able to claim from credit card providers or insurers. Further information will be made available via the website. The CAA will process your refund as quickly as possible - check the dedicated website for more information. How do I know if I am Atol protected? Check if you have received an Atol certificate, or check with your travel agent. Will I be flown back to my departure airport? You may be flown back to different UK airports, with coaches available to take you to your destination airport. Monarch customers yet to travel: Check the dedicated website or contact your travel agent if you booked with one. They will be able to advise on whether you can change your holiday booking or are entitled to a refund or compensation. If you are not covered by the Atol scheme, you should also contact your credit card company or travel insurer.... read more
26. maaliskuuta 2018 14:23:32 Categories: Evening Standard

In Puerto Rico, shortages plunge the masses into survival struggle 

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<p>Brian Jimenez had burned through dwindling supplies of scarce gasoline on a 45-minute drive in search of somewhere to fill his grandmother's blood thinner prescription. He ended up in Fajardo, a scruffy town of strip malls on Puerto Rico's northeastern tip, where a line of 400 waited outside a Walmart.</p>... read more
26. maaliskuuta 2018 14:23:30 Categories: Reuters

Cuba, Bolivia, remembering "Che" 50 years after death 

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A half-century after his death, Ernesto "Che" Guevara will be remembered in ceremonies next week in Cuba and in Bolivia, whose CIA-trained troops sent shockwaves around the world when they executed the Cold War revolutionary icon in 1967.... read more
26. maaliskuuta 2018 14:23:28 Categories: AFP

'Skin and bones': doctors fear for malnourished Rohingya kids 

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The five-year-old Rohingya boy was so emaciated that doctors could not insert a drip into his tiny arm, one of thousands of children facing life-threatening malnutrition in overstretched Bangladeshi refugee camps.... read more
26. maaliskuuta 2018 14:23:26 Categories: AFP

Sinckler may miss Autumn Internationals over alleged eye-gouge 

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England prop Kyle Sinckler has been cited for an alleged eye-gouging incident in Harlequins' Aviva Premiership defeat at Northampton on Saturday.... read more
26. maaliskuuta 2018 14:23:23 Categories: Press Association
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