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22 июня, 12:34

County cricket: Essex thrash Warwickshire, Durham finally win - as it happened

Essex and Lancashire recorded big wins in Division One, while Worcestershire chased 399 and Durham finally grabbed a win 5.20pm BST What. A. Round. It’s been a belter. Middlesex got back to winning ways, Essex extended their lead at the top, Lancashire have come to the party, and Worcestershire chased 399 spinning on their wotsits (sort of). Best of all, Durham have their first win, and are into positive figures. Surely every fan of cricket will be celebrating that. Here are the results – no draws! 5.17pm BST Scenes! They have done it. All that heartache, all those close shaves, and Durham have a win in Division Two! They are in positive figures! Wonderful stuff. Cook and Burnham get them home by nine wickets, with the South African opener making 89, his highest score for the club. Lovely stuff. Continue reading...

20 июня, 15:09

Can you speak any of the Russian language’s hybrid 'children'?

Many young people today know of the existence of popular hybrid languages, for instance, the African American Vernacular, thanks to popular culture. "Take Black people from Africa, who were brought to America. They gradually learned a language mixed with their native one. This is how a pidgin language is born – a language of the marketplace," explained Alexander Volkov, professor at Moscow State Lomonosov University. As a rule, the native speaker of a standard language finds such a mixture to sound funny. Russian also has its humorous versions, for example, hybrids with Chinese, Ukrainian, Belarusian and even Norwegian. Kyakhta: Russian plus Chinese How Siberia became part of Russia Kyakhta is a pidgin language based on Russian and Chinese that existed at the turn of the 19th-20th centuries in the Amur, Manchuria and Trans-Baikal regions bordering China. The name derives from the town of Kyakhta in Buryatia. Today, linguists classify Kyakhta as "possibly extinct" – it ceased to be widely used in the first half of the 20th century. But even in the 1990s one could meet elderly Chinese traders at markets near Ulan Bator who communicated in this language. In China, Kyakhta was taught for for the benefit of officials trading with Russia. Surzhyk: Russian + Ukrainian The name surzhyk originates from bread made from mixed-grain flour. The status of this language is difficult to define: it’s a blend of Russian and Ukrainian that is different from both pure Ukrainian and the colloquial Ukrainian Russian. Surzhyk cannot be described as pidgin either because harmonious contact between two closely-related languages cannot give rise to a pidgin language. Most of Surzhyk’s vocabulary comes from Russian, while most of its grammar and pronunciation comes from Ukrainian. Surzhyk appeared among the rural population, and its written form was recorded by the first author who wrote in colloquial Ukrainian, Ivan Kotliarevsky, in his classic work of Ukrainian literature, Natalka Poltavka (1819). Nowadays, Surzhyk is common in Ukraine, especially in areas adjoining Russia and Moldova. According to the Kiev International Institute of Sociology, as of 2003 between 11 and 18 percent of Ukraine’s population communicated in Surzhyk. Trasianka: Russian plus Belarusian Like Surzhyk, the name Trasianka reflects the very essence of this hybrid language - in this case, a mixture of Russian and Belarusian. Translated from Belarusian, the word trasianka literally means "low quality hay" – what you get when peasants mix straw with hay. Like Surzhyk, Trasianka cannot be described as a pidgin language. How serious is the row between Russia and Belarus? Nowadays, linguists classify it as a chaotic and spontaneous form of mixing languages. In the vocabulary and morphosyntax of Trasianka, Russian elements and features unequivocally predominate. Trasianka has its origins in the changes that took place in Soviet Belarus after World War II, (in some areas before the War). The industrialization of the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic (BSSR) led to a massive labor migration from villages to cities and towns. At the same time, ethnic Russians from other parts of the USSR migrated to the BSSR where they took senior positions in the Communist Party and at industrial enterprises. Former villagers, native speakers of the Belarusian language, were forced to adapt to the Russian-speaking environment, something in which they did not always fully succeed. According to 2009 data, 16.1 percent of the Belarusian population speaks Trasianka, and it is common among Belarusians of different ages and levels of education. Russenorsk: Russian plus Norwegian Russenorsk, which existed in the 18th-20th centuries, was a pidgin language. Today, it’s still spoken on the Spitsbergen (Svalbard) archipelago. It arose to help Russian and Norwegian traders communicate when they traded grain and fish on the north coast of Norway. Life in Svalbard: New frontier or the last resting place of the USSR? Russenorsk contained about 400 words, and has one interesting feature that demonstrates the equality of Russians and Norwegians as trading partners. In most hybrid languages one of the languages has a dominant role, but in the case of Russenorsk, the number of Russian and Norwegian words is about the same. Russenorsk took a long time to develop into the form that survives today. Examples of some words go back to the end of the 18th century. As trade grew, merchants started learning Russian and by the mid-19th century Russenorsk was regarded as "bad Russian" rather than a separate language. The language disappeared with the end of free movement between the two countries following the 1917 Revolution. Read more: 7 aphorisms that are essential to understanding Russian civilization

19 июня, 22:00

Демографическая катастрофа или демографическая революция. Выбирать нам

Опубликовано на исп. языке моё небольшое интервью, пишет Юрий Крупнов (krupnov) кажется, позиция заявлена более чем ясно:Интервью с председателем Движения развития, председателем Наблюдательного совета Института демографии, миграции и регионального развития Юрием КРУПНОВЫМ для испанской редакции вещания на испанском языке РИА НовостиОпубликовано 13 сентября 2012 года на сайте РИА Новости на испанском языке http://sp.rian.ru/neighbor_relations/20120913/154995536.html Исходный текст на русском языке:   Может ли резкий рост рождаемости, зафиксированный в первом полугодии 2012 года решить демографическую проблему в стране?Рост рождаемости в 2012 году - последняя хорошая новость перед начинающимся демографическим спадом и затем, через несколько лет – и катастрофой. Если последние четыре года 30 % повышения рождаемости были вызваны введением государственного «материнского капитала», то 70 % - лишь тем фактом, что в детородный возраст вступили те, кто родился на так называемом «перестроечном пике» рождаемости в 1986-1989 годах. Со следующего же года во взрослую жизнь вступает поколение 90-х годов, когда взрыв смертности и невиданное падение рождаемости заставили говорить о феномене «русского креста», т.е пересекающихся кривых резкого взлёта смертности и падения рождаемости.Более того, не менее половины из 30% рождений, вызванных «материнским капиталом», приходятся на стимулирование отложенной до этого рождений, т.е тех, кто планировал иметь второго ребёнка, скажем в 2013-2016 годах, благодаря «материнскому капиталу» смогли родить второго ребёнка сейчас, но, к сожалению, они не собираются увеличивать количество своих детей до третьего, и отсюда этот успех является зеркально отобранным ближайшим годом рождения. Поэтому проворные отчёты о выправлении демографической ситуации, об успехах демографической политики - исключительно конъюнктурные.Каким образом, на Ваш взгляд, может быть решена эта проблема? Нужно делать ставку на сверхинтенсивную семейную политику. Нужен поистине культ семьи в России – причём, культ большой многодетной (3-5 детей) семьи. Безжалостная статистика требует от руководства сделать выбор – либо страна будет вымирать и к концу столетия мы опустимся до 50 и менее млн. человек, что несовместимо с удержанием 1/7 мировой суши, либо мы должны уже к 2035 году добиться чтобы 70 % семей в России были трёх–четырёхдетными. Это императив русской демографии, и для этого необходима организация русской демографическая революция, которая включает следующие меры: во-первых, надо наращивать политику «материнского капитала» - но делать его уже не материнским, а семейным, чтобы он не выступал экономическим стимулом к разрушению семьи в ситуации серьёзных проблем со статусом мужского молодого населения России. К этому семейному капиталу нужно добавлять стимулирование рождения третьего-четвёртого ребёнка, добавлять земельные участки с инфраструктурным обеспечением, и практически бесплатное предоставление современного комфортного жилья. Во-вторых, необходимы решительное развитие малых городов и районов России, ставка на усадебно-ландшафтную, а не разрушительную мегаполисную урбанизацию, свойственную государствам «третьего мира».Третий момент – не побояться и на ближайшие два столетия поставить задачу образовать русский миллиард, поскольку именно такая примерно по размеру численность населения у мировых цивилизаций к середине столетия будут определять мировую политику и экономику. США к 21 столетию подойдут к 500 – 700 млн рубежу, Ибероамериканская цивилизация – к миллиарду, не говоря уже о Китае и Индии.Ваш прогноз (краткосрочный и долгосрочный) относительно дальнейшего развития демографической ситуации в России?Прогноз означает, что мы мысленно продолжаем в будущем ту же демографическую политику, которая есть сегодня. В этом случае, как я уже сказал, к концу столетия нас ожидает уполовинивание населения и исчезновение русских из истории. На ближайшие 15 лет нужно готовиться к колоссальному демографическому спаду. Достаточно указать, что количество молодых женщин с 20 до 30 лет в 2025 году будет в два (!) раза меньше, чем сегодня. Прогнозы ведущих мировых фабрик мысли сильно различаются. Так, семь лет назад ООН к середине столетия прогнозировал 96 млн. жителей РФ по сравнению с нынешними 142 млн., ЦРУ – и того меньше. В последние два года прогноз серьезно повышен, в частности - ООН даёт показатель 116 млн., однако и оптимистическими прогнозами абсолютно нельзя довольствоваться – это всё равно дорога на геополитическое и историческое кладбище.России нужны не прогнозы, а амбициозные проекты и программы демографического развития вокруг культа большой многодетной семьи, которые в совокупности и должны составить демографическую революцию в России. Текст перевода интервью на испанский язык:http://sp.rian.ru/neighbor_relations/20120913/154995536.htmlRusia, al borde de la catástrofe si no llega una revolución demográficahttp://sp.rian.ru/neighbor_relations/20120913/154995536.html14:55 13/09/2012 El auge de la natalidad registrado en Rusia en el primer semestre de 2012 no resolverá el problema demográfico del país, que corre el peligro de llegar a 50 millones de habitantes para finales de siglo si no empieza una revolución demográfica. A las preguntas de RIA Novosti responde Yuri Krupnov, el director del Instituto de Demografía, Migración y Desarrollo regional de Rusia.El auge de la natalidad registrado en Rusia en el primer semestre de 2012 no resolverá el problema demográfico del país, que corre el peligro de llegar a 50 millones de habitantes para finales de siglo si no empieza una revolución demográfica. A las preguntas de RIA Novosti responde Yuri Krupnov, el director del Instituto de Demografía, Migración y Desarrollo regional de Rusia.¿Puede solucionar el problema demográfico de Rusia el drástico aumento de la tasa de la natalidad en el país, registrado en el primer semestre de 2012?El aumento de la natalidad en 2012 en Rusia es la última buena noticia en vísperas del desplome demográfico y la posterior catástrofe. Si en los últimos cuatro años el 30% de los nacimientos se atribuyeron a la introducción del “capital maternal” (ayuda económica por maternidad), el 70% se debió a la generación nacida en plena perestroika, es decir entre los años 1986 y 1989.Mientras, el próximo año alcanzarán la edad adulta los que nacieron en los 90, la década que registró un elevado índice de la mortalidad y drástica disminución de la natalidad que hicieron hablar del fenómeno de la “cruz rusa” cuando se cruzaron las curvas de la alta mortalidad y la baja natalidad.Además, al menos la mitad de ese 30% de nacimientos impulsados por el “capital maternal”, son nacimientos planificados, es decir los que querían tener a su segundo hijo para los años 2013-2016, gracias las ayudas a la maternidad optaron por tenerlo ahora, pero, desgraciadamente, ya no piensan aumentar la familia y tener al tercero.¿Entonces cómo, a su juicio, hay que salir de esta encrucijada?Hay que apostar por una política familiar muy intensiva. Hay que crear un culto de la familia en Rusia, un culto de la familia numerosa, donde haya de tres a cinco vástagos.Las despiadadas estadísticas obligan a las autoridades a elegir entre la desaparición de la población con 50 millones y menos de habitantes para finales del siglo, algo incompatible con la posesión de la 1/7 parte de la Tierra, o para el 2035 hay que conseguir que todas las familias rusas tengan de tres a cuatro hijos.Se trata de un imperativo de la demografía rusa y para ello hay que organizar una revolución demográfica, que incluiría las siguientes medidas: primero, aumentar el “capital maternal”, convirtiéndolo en una ayuda a la familia para que no contribuya al desmoronamiento del núcleo familiar, vistos los serios problemas existentes en Rusia con el estatus de la joven población masculina. Junto con esta ayuda, hay que estimular el nacimiento del tercer y el cuarto hijo en las familias, entregarles parcelas bien comunicadas, y viviendas modernas y confortables que les saldrán prácticamente gratis.Segundo, hay que tomar medidas drásticas para el desarrollo de pequeñas urbes y regiones de Rusia, apostar por la urbanización de pueblos, construcción de viviendas de pocas plantas en territorios extraurbanos y no megalópolis, que es destructivo y muy propio de Estados del llamado “tercer mundo”.Tercero, no hay que tener miedo de fijar objetivos como llegar a un 1.000 millón de habitantes en los próximos dos centenarios, porque serán precisamente las civilizaciones con este número de habitantes las que para mediados del siglo determinen el rumbo de las políticas y económicas del mundo. En el siglo XXI, Estados Unidos llegará a 500-700 millones de habitantes, mientras la civilización iberoamericana, a 1.000 millón, por no hablar de China y la India.¿Su pronóstico a corto y largo plazo acera del desarrollo de la situación demográfica en Rusia?El pronóstico significa que mentalmente proyectamos para el futuro la política demográfica que tenemos hoy día. En ese caso, como ya lo mencioné, para finales del siglo nos espera una reducción a la mitad de la población actual y la desaparición de los rusos de la historia. Hay que estar preparados para un desplome demográfico durante los próximos 15 años. Para comprenderlo, solo hay que saber que el número de las mujeres entre los 20 y los 30 años de edad en 2025 será dos veces menor que ahora.Por otra parte, los pronósticos de las “fábricas de cerebros” varían mucho. Así, hace siete años la ONU decía que para mediados del siglo Rusia contaría con 96 millones de habitantes frente a 142 millones que el país tiene ahora. Según la CIA, la reducción de la población rusa será aún mayor.Los últimos dos años, la ONU emite pronósticos positivos como 116 millones (para 2050 en Rusia), pero no cabe conformarse con estos datos porque igual son un camino a la muerte histórica y geopolítica.Lo que necesita Rusia, no son predicciones, sino proyectos ambiciosos y programas de desarrollo demográfico basados en el culto de la familia numerosa, que harán de detonante para una revolución demográfica.

18 июня, 10:17

Теракт в торговом центре в столице Колумбии: 3 человека погибли, более 20 пострадали

В столице Колумбии Боготе вечером 17 июня (в ночь с 17 на 18 июня мск) в одном из торговых центров прогремел взрыв, в результате которого погибли 3 человека, 11 человек пострадали. Об этом на своей странице в «Твиттере» написал мэр города Энрике Пеньялоса.

17 июня, 17:28

Celtic sign Republic of Ireland winger Jonny Hayes from Aberdeen

• 29-year-old joins on three-year deal for undisclosed fee• Hayes worked under Brendan Rodgers as a Reading youth playerCeltic have signed Jonny Hayes for an undisclosed fee from Aberdeen. The winger, who has earned three caps for the Republic of Ireland, joins Brendan Rodgers’ side on a three-year contract, with Ryan Christie moving the other way on a season-long loan.“I’m delighted,” Hayes told Celtic’s official website. “It’s been in the pipeline for a little while now but I’m pleased to finally get here. Celtic have done well over the last few seasons and with the manager coming in last year he raised the level again. It was hard last year seeing all the celebrations and all the stuff on social media, and you want that for yourself. Now it’s my chance and hopefully, going forward, I can create my own little bit of history and take the chance I’ve been given.” Continue reading...

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17 июня, 16:00

Cerys Matthews: ‘I love today’s attitude towards gender neutrality’

The musician and broadcaster, 48, on her nursing days, what motherhood taught her, and why she doesn’t miss the strangeness of fameMy childhood involved a lot of hay, rain and periwinkles. I remember being in the back seat of my parents’ car – I was maybe three – when a 15st sow leapt out of a tractor in front of us and the farmer went chasing it down the road. We started singing a Welsh song about a pig. It’s my first memory.My grandmother was a keen mezzo soprano, but she lived in a time where, if you were a woman, you got married at 18 and that was it. As soon as I was given a recorder at school that was it for me. I was mesmerised by what you can do with sound. I collected recorders for a while – really nerdy. Continue reading...

16 июня, 00:42

Rep. Steve King Says Obama Is Partly To Blame For Alexandria Shooting

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is pointing a finger at former President Barack Obama for the attack on Republican lawmakers at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday. “I do want to put some of this at the feet of Barack Obama,” the congressman said in an interview with Simon Conway on WHO Iowa radio. “He contributed mightily to dividing us. He focused on our differences rather than our things that unify us. And this is some of the fruits of that labor.” Earlier Wednesday, King stopped by the crime scene to pray and told The Washington Post: “America has been divided. And the center of America is disappearing, and the violence is appearing in the streets, and it’s coming from the left.” He also echoed this sentiment on Twitter. The center of America is disappearing, and the violence is incited by the leading cultural voices of the Left. https://t.co/A4s2HjpQxG— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) June 14, 2017 After the shooting, Obama called Sen. Jeff Flake (R- Ariz.), whom Obama maintained good relations with during his presidency, to send “best wishes and prayers to those injured,” Flake told the Los Angeles Times. Although King does have a point about the nation being divided, he is clearly unaware that his own hateful rhetoric — especially toward people who are not white, Christian or U.S.-born — contributes to the divide. In 2016, King said on “All In With Chris Hayes” on MSNBC that people who are white have contributed to civilization more than any other “subgroup.” In March, he suggested that Muslim children were preventing “our civilization” from being restored. And in April, when a King staffer failed to show up for a meeting with a Latina constituent who called him out for the runaround, he responded with a tweet that said, “Do you always lie in English?” So, basically, take his comments with grain — or an ocean’s worth — of salt. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

15 июня, 21:48

Arrest Warrants Issued For Members Of Turkish President's Security Detail

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON, June 15 (Reuters) - Washington prosecutors have charged a dozen Turkish security and police officers with assault after an attack on protesters during Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to the U.S. capital last month, officials said on Thursday. The charges send a clear message that the United States “does not tolerate individuals who use intimidation and violence to stifle freedom of speech and legitimate political expression,” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement. Once the legal case is concluded, the department “will determine if any additional steps will need to be taken,” Tillerson said in the statement read by a spokeswoman to reporters. Erdogan said he would fight back politically against the arrest warrants, broadcaster CNN Turk quoted him as saying on Thursday. The daytime brawl outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in the city on May 16 left nine protesters injured and strained U.S.-Turkish relations. A video posted online showed men in dark suits chasing protesters and punching and kicking them as Washington police struggled to intervene. “I condemn this attack,” Mayor Muriel Bowser told reporters at a news conference announcing the charges. “It was an affront to our values.” Arrest warrants for the members of Erdogan’s security detail have been issued, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham said. “If they attempt to enter the United States, they will be arrested,” he said. Newsham said there was no probable cause to arrest Erdogan, who watched the confrontation unfold from a nearby car. A total of 18 people have been charged in the incident. They include two Canadians and four Americans, according to prosecutors. Two men were arrested on Wednesday. Sinan Narin of Virginia faces a charge of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor assault, and Eyup Yildirim of New Jersey faces two charges of felony assault and a misdemeanor assault charge. Some additional suspects still have not been identified, the police chief said. (Reporting by Tom Ramstack; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Dan Grebler and Andrew Hay) -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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15 июня, 01:34

Профессии живые и мертвые

По данным опроса 2550 сотрудников российских предприятий, проведенного рекрутинговой компанией Hays, 60% россиян считают, что их профессия сильно изменится через 10 лет и потребует новых навыков. 2% убеждены, что их специальность исчезнет из-за роботизации и автоматизации. По мнению участников опроса, быстрее всего устареют рабочие специальности (37%), с рынка труда исчезнут бухгалтеры и продавцы (по 15%), водители (8%), переводчики и операторы (по 4%), турагенты и экскурсоводы.

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15 июня, 01:34

Как не исчезнуть с рынка труда вместе с исчезающей профессией

По данным опроса 2550 сотрудников российских предприятий, проведенного рекрутинговой компанией Hays, 60% россиян считают, что их профессия сильно изменится через 10 лет и потребует новых навыков. 2% убеждены, что их специальность исчезнет из-за роботизации и автоматизации. По мнению участников опроса, быстрее всего устареют рабочие специальности (37%), с рынка труда исчезнут бухгалтеры и продавцы (по 15%), водители (8%), переводчики и операторы (по 4%), турагенты и экскурсоводы.

14 июня, 02:48

Trump Reportedly Gives Mattis Authority To Set Troop Levels In Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, June 13 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has given Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan, a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday, opening the door for future troop increases requested by the U.S. commander. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said no immediate decision had been made about the troop levels, which are now set at about 8,400. The Pentagon declined to comment. The decision is similar to one announced in April that applied to U.S. troop levels in Iraq and Syria, and came as Mattis warned Congress the U.S.-backed Afghan forces were not beating the Taliban despite more than 15 years of war. “We are not winning in Afghanistan right now,” Mattis said in testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier on Tuesday. “And we will correct this as soon as possible.” Mattis said the Taliban were “surging” at the moment, something he said he intended to address. It has been four months since Army General John Nicholson, who leads U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, said he needed “a few thousand” additional forces, some potentially drawn from U.S. allies. Current and former U.S. officials say discussions revolve around adding 3,000 to 5,000 troops. Those forces are expected to be largely comprised of trainers to support Afghan forces, as well as air crews. Deliberations include giving more authority to forces on the ground and taking more aggressive action against Taliban fighters. Some U.S. officials have questioned the benefit of sending more troops to Afghanistan because any politically palatable number would not be enough to turn the tide, much less create stability and security. To date, more than 2,300 Americans have been killed and more than 17,000 wounded since the war began in 2001. Any increase of several thousand troops would leave American forces in Afghanistan well below their 2011 peak of more than 100,000 troops. The Afghan government was assessed by the U.S. military to control or influence just 59.7 percent of Afghanistan’s 407 districts as of Feb. 20, a nearly 11 percentage-point decrease from the same time in 2016, according to data released by the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. A truck bomb explosion in Kabul last month killed more than 150 people, making it the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since the Taliban were ousted in 2001 by a NATO-led coalition after ruling the country for five years. On Saturday, three U.S. soldiers were killed when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them in eastern Afghanistan. The broader regional U.S. strategy for Afghanistan remains unclear. Mattis promised on Tuesday to brief lawmakers on a new war strategy by mid-July that is widely expected to call for thousands more U.S. troops. Senator John McCain, the chairman of the Armed Forces Committee, pressed Mattis on the deteriorating situation during the Tuesday hearing, saying the United States had an urgent need for “a change in strategy, and an increase in resources if we are to turn the situation around.” “We recognize the need for urgency,” Mattis said.  (Reporting by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Andrew Hay) function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

12 июня, 20:01

Uproar Over Trumped-Up 'Julius Caesar' Ignores The Play's Actual Meaning

A 400-year-old play by an underground playwright named William Shakespeare is making headlines this week after The Public Theater’s recent production of “Julius Caesar” angered some viewers (and hence corporate sponsors) by portraying the Roman ruler with a curious likeness to President Donald Trump. Spoiler alert: The Trump-Caesar resemblance is causing tension because, as any Shakespeare or “Mean Girls” devotee knows, Caesar is assassinated in the course of the play. Or, as Fox & Friends reported, “President Trump [is] brutally stabbed to death by women and minorities.”  Of course, Shakespeare did not pen his bloody death sequence with Trump in mind. Nevertheless, artistic director Oskar Eustis’ decision to stage the killing of a mercurial, blonde-haired ruler in an ill-fitting suit and too-long red tie has drawn criticism from some viewers, various right-wing media outlets and Donald Trump Jr. I wonder how much of this "art" is funded by taxpayers? Serious question, when does "art" become political speech & does that change things? https://t.co/JfOmLLBJCn— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 11, 2017 Delta Airlines and Bank of America responded to the firestorm by withdrawing financial support from the production, which is currently running at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater as part of New York’s famed Shakespeare in the Park festival. Delta released a statement condemning the performance’s “graphic staging,” describing the show’s artistic and creative direction as having “crossed the line on the standards of good taste.” A spokeswoman for Bank of America similarly lamented that “The Public Theater chose to present ‘Julius Caesar’ in a way that was intended to provoke and offend.” American Express also tweeted that the company does not “condone the interpretation of the Julius Caesar play” despite its continued sponsorship of The Public Theater’s other endeavors. As corporations severed ties to the show, theater buffs and high school English honors students were quick to call out the absurdity of the denunciations ― not only because of a little thing called freedom of speech, but because many don’t quite seem to recall what the whole message of “Julius Caesar” actually is.  THE ENTIRE GODDAMN PLAY IS ABOUT ASSASSINATION BEING A TOTAL DISASTER! THE PATH TO RUIN!!! Read a book for the love of God.— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 12, 2017 Yes, Eustis’ production of “Julius Caesar” features, in no subtle terms, a Trumpian ruler being stabbed to death by senators, ostensibly, for the good of their nation. But the remainder of the play hashes out how this decision to off a tyrannical ruler in such an undemocratic manner yields nothing but disaster.  As New York Times’ Jesse Green wrote in his review of the show: “Even a cursory reading of the play, the kind that many American teenagers give it in high school, is enough to show that it does not advocate assassination. Shakespeare portrays the killing of Caesar by seven of his fellow senators as an unmitigated disaster for Rome, no matter how patriotic the intentions.” For those whose memories have faded a bit since 11th grade, a brief refresher: “Julius Caesar” tells the tale of a demagogue ruling the Roman republic in 44 B.C. A conspiracy grows against the ruler, a man senators feel has grown tyrannical and threatens the future of the nation. In the famed Act 3, Scene 1, Caesar is killed by his fellow statesmen, allegedly, for the good of the state.  Yet the decision to kill Caesar ends up shattering Rome’s democracy, rather than saving it. The play, then, warns viewers against violent reactions to despotic rule. As Eustis wrote in a note regarding the show: “’Julius Caesar’ can be read as a warning parable to those who try to fight for democracy by undemocratic means. To fight the tyrant does not mean imitating him.” To suggest the production advocates for or excuses violence in any way is just false. If anything, the play suggests the very opposite, advising against the power-hungriness both Caesar and his opponents embody. If the advice is not heeded, as Gregg Henry, the actor playing Caesar at The Public, warned cheekily in an interview with Backstage: “You can end up losing democracy for like, 2,000 years.” For some viewers, however, the message of Shakespeare’s words has faded into the background, overshadowed by the visceral power of a Trump-like actor’s white shirt stained with fake blood making its rounds across social media. One named Laura Shaeffer expressed her disgust in an interview with Mediaite. “To be honest I thought it was shocking and distasteful,” she said. “If this had happened to any other president — even as recently as Barack Obama or George W. Bush — it would not have flown. People would have been horrified.” Fair enough, except past productions have featured Caesar in the guise of both presidents listed above, among others. Presidents portrayed as Julius Caesar in U.S. productions: Lincoln, Reagan, Clinton, GWB, Obama, Trump. (Caesar died in all of them.)— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) June 12, 2017 In a 2013 review of “Julius Caesar” at Minneapolis St. Paul’s Guthrie Theater, a critic for Mpls St Paul Magazine described the value of casting Caesar as a “tall, lanky black man,” despite the resemblance being “too obvious.” “Like Caesar, Obama rose to power on a tide of public goodwill,” the piece reads, “like Caesar, there were many in government who doubted Obama’s leadership abilities; and now that Obama’s first term has failed to live up to the messianic hype, there are plenty of people who — for the good of the country, you understand, not their own glory — want to take Obama down.” So, this whole cast-a-Shakespearian-tale-in-modern-day-light thing is nothing new. It’s actually, a centuries-old practice. And Trump isn’t being forced to endure anything to which previous American presidents haven’t already been subjected. For eons, political leaders have been accused of greed, egotism and a lust for power. Democracy, as a result, can feel fragile ― if not under siege. Art exists in times like these to illuminate the patterns between past and present while untangling the particulars that distinguish each. It can stir provocation, yes, but also reflection, dissent and enlightenment.  The theater is often viewed as a space for pushing boundaries and critical thinking. In this production, despite the bloodshed onstage, no real person leaves wounded or endangered; audiences are not encouraged to wreck havoc on any American politician. (In fact, quite the opposite.) To suggest the staging of one of the most esteemed dramas of all time is “political speech” targeted directly and uniquely at Trump not only ignores the play’s message, but its history, too.   As one seemingly incredulous viewer said in a video interview with Inside Edition: “It’s not really the president, it’s theater. Everyone knows it’s theater.”  Have plans to see "Julius Caesar" (Shakespeare-in-the-Park) in thrilled defiance of ignorant would-be censors (Faux News, Delta airlines).— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) June 12, 2017 Julius Caesar is slated to run at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater until June 18 as part of New York’s Shakespeare in the Park festival. Tickets are free. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

11 июня, 20:18

F1: Lewis Hamilton wins Canadian Grand Prix – as it happened

Lewis Hamilton recorded his 56th race win after cruising to victory on Sunday after starting on pole in Montreal, where Max Verstappen was forced to retire 8.58pm BST Well, well, well. So the race started and finished with Lewis Hamilton in control, Sir Patrick Stewart in fine spirits and with Daniil Kvyat swearing down the team radio. Thanks for your company, that was a real belter. Have fun! Bye!Sebastian Vettel's championship lead is cut to 12 points...#CanadianGP pic.twitter.com/8m7TrXjxI2 8.55pm BST He then proceeds to drink the champers from his boot. A ‘shoey’ they call it down under. And oh my goodness, Sir Patrick Stewart follows suit. Honestly, that just happened. “I am proud of you for doing that,” says Hamilton. Continue reading...

10 июня, 13:41

The Greatest Dynasties in Major League Baseball History

If the Chicago Cubs hope to enter the pantheon, the team has work to do. Here are the 10 greatest MLB dynasties in the history of the sport.

10 июня, 00:15

10 reasons you should never travel to Russia

1. Trans-Siberian Railroad Photo credit: Lori/Legion-Media Spending a week on a train that runs 5,700 miles through eight different time-zones, stops in 87 different towns and traverses two continents? No, thank you! And they call it ‘the adventure of a lifetime.’ I bet finding a place to take a shower on this train is the real adventure.   2. Russia’s Far East Photo credit: Lori/Legion-Media This place makes travelers ask too many questions: Why do the locals admire blooming sakura trees, enjoy eating Asian food and spend their weekends in China? Is this even Russia?   Everything looks bizarre here, especially near Vladivostok. Subtropical and subarctic trees grow in the forest, and lianas with berries that taste like lemons enlace the pines. Southern fish like fugu and sharks swim in the sea along with herring and navaga from the northern part of the planet. What kind of sorcery is this? Photo credit: TASS/Yury Smityuk I haven’t even touched on the tigers living in the Russian Far East yet. The Siberian tiger has evolved – it’s grown long thick fur, which no tigers from the southern countries have, – so it can stalk its prey even in winter.  You’d better check out the wildlife in the BBC movies.   3. Kamchatka Photo credit: Vadim Gippenreiter Expensive caviar and helicopter tours to the volcano lands and the valley of geysers? You can afford this trip only if you’ve found some treasure from a wrecked ship and gotten lucky enough to sell it without getting thrown into prison.   4. Siberia Photo credit: Vladimir Chuprikov Russia is 40% Siberia, and Siberia is world-famous for its winters and freezing temperatures. Frosty air, seeing your breath in the cold, red cheeks and giant felt valenki boots on your feet will make a trip to Siberia in winter one to remember. Remember how you survived that freezing cold and lived to tell everyone that they should never ever go there. Siberia is almost 10% of the Earth's land surface, bordering both the Mongolian frontier to the south and the shores of the Arctic Ocean to the north. Only the biggest anti-social introvert could be happy here – you can walk 2000 miles without meeting a single person.    This land of convicts and heroes, gas-fields, oil derricks, coal and gold-mines is a great setting for adventure vacations, exploration and high-adrenaline activities. Siberia boasts the largest coverage of forest in the world and is full of tall mountains, clear lakes and cities filled with wooden architecture. Sounds like a perfect place to get lost and spend the rest of your life in the company of brown bears. Better safe than sorry, so stay at home.   5. Lake Baikal Photo credit: Shutterstock World’s most boring lake. It doesn’t even have a monster living in it! You can see right through the water to check: Baikal’s waters are so pure that it’s possible to observe up to 130 feet below even in winter because the ice is crystal clear as well. Lake Baikal is so huge its surface area is as large as Belgium, and it would take around four months, at normal walking speed, to walk all the way around it. What a pointless task. Baikal is home to over 300 endemic animal and bird species, and the Baikal freshwater seal is the scariest of them all – the look of its alien eyes is just mesmerizing. Thank goodness these creatures are too fat and lazy to chase a tourist.   6. Altai Photo credit: Lori/Legion-Media Stunning quiet, cosmic views of the Chuyskaya Steppe, mountain summits, an open-air museum on a rock, yurts, camels and the spirit of nomadic freedom. What if you want to stay here forever? You’ll be listening to songs performed by kaichi, the traveling storytellers of Altai, and drinking kumis to the end of your days. Horrible!   7. Sochi Photo credit: TASS/Sergei Fadeichev ‘If I had a fortune, I would live in Sochi,’ they say. Do you want to experience the winter snow and the summer heat in one trip? That’s quite possible in the ‘summer capital’ of Russia with its subtropical climate, where the temperatures can hit 39°C (102°F). The Winter Olympic games were hosted here, by the way. Photo credit: Nina Zotina/RIA Novosti Normally, Sochi is a popular beach resort, always crowded with tourists who want to swim or just relax. But when they finally leave the beaches, everyone goes up to the mountains where they ski and snowboard from December till April. What could be worse than spending your vacation shuttling back and forth between the mountains and the sea like that poor donkey between two bundles of hay?   8. White nights in St. Petersburg Photo credit: Anton Malkov The so-called ‘white nights’ of Saint Petersburg are just a disaster. Genuine night never falls here from mid-June until late July. Do you want to have insomnia?   9. The Moscow metro Photo credit: Vörös Szabolcs The worst thing about the Moscow metro is not even that 200 of its stations are cultural heritage sites and look like underground marble palaces with columns and chandeliers. The Moscow metro has free WiFi in every train on every line, and all passengers can use it. Stop staring at your smartphones, talk to each other!   10. Russian cuisine Photo credit: Lori/Legion-Media Try the local food when traveling, they say. It’ll be fun, they say. Russian regional cuisine is so confusing. Russia is home to more than 100 different nationalities with a wide variety of culinary customs, making it one of the most exotic gastronomic destinations. Bird-cherry cake, frozen sliced fish, flavorful, huge dumpling-like buuzy with milky salty tea – how are you supposed to find any real Russian dish among all these? You definitely don’t want to taste any of these dishes with odd names and ingredients.

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09 июня, 13:01

New law allows Japan’s Emperor Akihito to abdicate

Japan's parliament has cleared the way for Emperor Akihito to abdicate. The 88-year-old Emperor, the ceremonial head of state, signaled his desire to step down last year. The move will mark the first imperial abdication in two centuries. Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports from Tokyo. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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09 июня, 10:58

IN THE MAIL FROM CELIA HAYES: Luna City IV (The Chronicles of Luna City Book 4)….

IN THE MAIL FROM CELIA HAYES: Luna City IV (The Chronicles of Luna City Book 4).

08 июня, 22:00

Readers recommend: share songs that say 'love is...'

Make your nomination in the comments and a reader will pick the best eligible tracks for a playlist next week – you have until Monday 12 June This week we want to know what love is – to the lyricists behind the songs you want to share. If the lyrics include the phrase “love is...” you’re all set – whether or not it speaks of romance, heartbreak, torture or joy.You have until 11pm on Monday 12 June to post your nomination and make your justification. RR regular Paul Hayes (who posts in the comments as Fuel) will select from your recommendations and produce the playlist, to be published on 15 June. Continue reading...

08 июня, 09:27

Apple II. Юбилейное: от квадратных скобок до советских клонов

Как 40 лет назад появилась философия «яблочного» продукта, которая до сих пор процветает

08 июня, 08:28

General election 2017 live: polls show Tory lead as final hours of voting get under way

All the news as the snap election gets under way, with last-minute polls still putting Theresa May’s Tories ahead of Jeremy Corbyn’s LabourElection night: hour-by-hour guide plus live results from 10pmGet live results updates on Android devicesShare your photos and stories of polling day 8.55pm BST If you thought the offer of a free Banksy print - subsequently withdrawn as it was was warned it could invalidate the results - was good, with just over an hour until the polls end, the actor and comedian David Schneider has offered some (tongue in cheek I should add in case the Electoral Commission is reading) incentives to get out and vote:Young people. I’ve hidden some things in polling stations around the UK. If you haven’t voted, go there now, see what you can find. And vote pic.twitter.com/K7PaU3jHfG 8.45pm BST Liz, a Lib Dem supporter in the south London marginal of Kingston and Surbiton – where Ed Davey is trying to take his old seat back from Tory politician James Berry – has been pounding the street this evening offering lifts to the polling station. Apparently Cleggmania lives on, if this picture she sent from the Lib Dem HQ toilets is anything to go by:Cleggmania lives on! A Lib Demmer campaigning in the Kingston and Surbiton marginal has sent me this from the toilet of the local HQ pic.twitter.com/mTsOpe26EJA steady stream of volunteers is flowing in and out of the K&S LD HQ as we are collecting the names of any potential voters who we think might not have voted yet. It has been a long day – some were out at 6am dropping election day leaflets and are still going, fuelled by orange squash, biscuits and bananas. And if that’s not enough to keep us going, the lifesize Clegg in the ladies’ loo should do it.We’re hopeful, but not overconfident – Ed Davey is very popular with the locals, but there’s a sense that national politics is going back to a two -party system and this is impacting how people vote locally. Continue reading...