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Game of Thrones Star Conleth Hill on His Leap to London’s Virginia Woolf

first_img Conleth Hill may be best known as the manipulative eunuch Lord Varys on the international TV hit Game of Thrones, but the gifted Northern Irish actor has two Olivier Awards and a 2001 Tony nomination (for the two-hander Stones in His Pockets) to his name—not to mention additional stage credits that include playing Macbeth opposite Frances McDormand at California’s Berkeley Rep last year. Hill is back on the West End for the first time in four years as George opposite Imelda Staunton’s Martha in Edward Albee’s modern classic Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, now previewing at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Broadway.com caught up with the reflective, articulate Hill during a break in rehearsals to talk about playing half of an iconic, warring theatrical couple and why he can’t reveal much about what awaits in Westeros.George is one of the most famous roles in the American theatrical repertoire. Have you had much exposure to these plays?I did Willie Oban in O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, back in 1989, and I’m a great fan of American literature: Williams and Albee and many others, as well. I don’t know that I would have thought of George necessarily as a part for me, but I’m not very good at circling things. I assume it was Imelda who suggested me.What do you think of the comment Mr. Albee once made to me that George’s function in the play is “to come under Martha”? That’s a great observation, and I think that’s what we’re finding. George seems to just dissipate whatever kind of crazy energy Martha has by undercutting it. The thing about George, too, is that he’s a survivor. There is so much he does put up with, but the crux of this particular evening is that he can’t put up with her betrayal of a certain subject that you’ll know if you know the play; she just has to stop.Doesn’t it seem as if the stakes are especially high for George and Martha on this particular night, when they host the younger couple, Nick and Honey (played by Luke Treadaway and Imogen Poots)? There is something different about this night, definitely. I think George and Martha enjoy playing their games, but suddenly he’s not playing in the way that he ordinarily does. He stands up to her maybe more than he would have done before—not necessarily physically, but certainly intellectually.Is it challenging knowing how many notable Georges have come before, including Richard Burton in the 1966 film and recent Tony winners Bill Irwin and Tracy Letts? That hasn’t come up. Our approach to the text has been “just do it.” There has never been a term of reference to some other person who played it before, ever. If you were worried about predecessors, you would never leave the house. If people are going to make comparisons, there’s nothing you can do about it, so you might as well get on with it.Did you revisit the movie?I’ve actually never seen it, though I had met [director] Mike Nichols in New York. I just wasn’t tempted to watch it, especially now. The movie had the most powerful showbiz couple at the time [Burton and Elizabeth Taylor] playing the roles, and that’s not what we’re doing. Our task is to start at the beginning [of the text] and just go through it. It’s been hard work and pretty relentless, but I have to say I’ve been loving it.Did you have anything to do with Mr. Albee before he died this past September at age 88?The story was that he could say yay or nay to our casting, so he did approve us. He died a couple of days after we’d been told we had the roles.What’s it been like working with Imelda Staunton, who is returning to the stage for the first time since Gypsy?Just fantastic—it’s both an education and a pleasure. Imelda and I had worked together on a play for the BBC called That Day We Sang and thought, “We must look for a play we could do together.” Some while later I got the call asking whether I would play George opposite Imelda’s Martha.Is it more difficult to return to the theater given your fame as a result of Game of Thrones?It is harder because it’s more time-consuming and it’s usually away from home [in Northern Ireland]. So, yeah, definitely it gets harder the older you get. But I’m still enjoying it; I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t.Speaking of Game of Thrones, did you anticipate the show’s worldwide success? No, not at all. I wasn’t really sure what would happen. But what quickly became clear is that the production quality is second to none and all the departments work so brilliantly together. Very rarely do we get a rewrite or a change.Can you tell us anything about what the series has in store?We’ve got one more series left to shoot, and the second-to-last series hasn’t gone out yet, so I can’t really say anything—and I don’t want to spoil anything either. What I can say is that it has been one of the most fantastic experiences of my life, the whole thing, and the fact that it is made where I live makes me so proud. As long as the show is around, I am going to be there. Conleth Hill (Photo: Charlie Gray) View Commentscenter_img Londonlast_img read more

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Federal emergency unemployment compensation in Vermont still up in the air

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) provided today information on the status of the Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation 2008 (EUC 08) program.While discussions in Congress continue, Congress has still not acted on authorizing new entitlement under the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) program. EUC08 has two tiers for which Vermont currently qualifies. Tier 1 provides up to 20 weeks and Tier 2 provides up to 14 weeks of additional benefits. While individuals are still receiving EUC payments under their current Tier, absent Congress taking action, Vermont is not authorized to establish new EUC Tier entitlement. Qualifying new unemployment claimants will still be able to collect regular unemployment benefits of up to 26 weeks.At this time, the lack of an extension is currently impacting approximately 140 claimants per week who either have or soon will exhaust their regular benefits (26 weeks).The Vermont Department of Labor recognizes this is a difficult period for some who may have been counting on the additional benefits beyond the traditional 26 weeks. In the event Congress passes another extension, Vermont has developed a process where individuals may elect to continue filing for benefits using the weekly claims on-line application. This continuation of filing will enable Vermont to release payment upon passage to eligible claimants. Individuals in this situation are being provided a notice advising them to report to their nearest career resource center to set up their claim for continued filing.In addition, Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) stimulus payment of twenty-five ($25) dollars will be brought to complete phase out effective December 11, 2010. This means, based on federal law, no FAC will be paid beyond the December 11, 2010 date.The Vermont Department of Labor has 12 career resource centers and satellite offices that will continue to provide Vermonters assistance with job seeking skills and strategies including a compilation of occupational data for those interested in career changes or new entrants to the workforce. In addition, the Department continues their collaboration with Community College of Vermont to offer the Career Readiness Certificate training, free of charge, to Vermonters interested in bolstering their work readiness skills. The Department has a variety of federal and state training programs to assist unemployed individuals seeking work and/or employers needing to train new hires. Regional career resource center staff can assist folks interested in learning more about these opportunities. For a list of the Department’s resource centers and other information, visit www.labor.vermont.gov(link is external).last_img read more

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Colombia: High-ranking FARC Member Dies in Military Operation

first_imgBy Dialogo February 13, 2015 Sword of Honor III is a continuation of the counterinsurgency strategy Sword of Honor, launched by the Colombian Armed Forces in 2012 to confront and defeat the illegal groups nationwide. Under the initiative, Soldiers and Troops combat terrorist attacks, dismantle landmines, and persuade hundreds of guerrillas to demobilize and enroll in a government program that provides them with training so they can enter the workforce. A high-ranking member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) died in a military operation by the Colombian Army’s Terrestrial Combat Battalion No. 93 of the Third Division and the Colombian National Police as part of Sword of Honor III, the Army reported on February 10. As the leader of the FARC’s Daniel Aldana Mobile Company, Orlando had been in charge of installing explosive devices that would be used against civilians and Troops. He also coordinated extortion rings and other illegal activities to finance the country’s largest guerrilla group, which uses proceeds from narco-trafficking to fund its terrorist organization. In 2013, he carried out an attack on a police station in Chilví in Tumaco. A high-ranking member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) died in a military operation by the Colombian Army’s Terrestrial Combat Battalion No. 93 of the Third Division and the Colombian National Police as part of Sword of Honor III, the Army reported on February 10. Orlando Javier Guerrero Narváez, alias ‘Orlando’ or ‘el Indio’, had an arrest warrant on charges of trafficking, conspiracy, terrorism, forced disappearance, murder of protected persons, and weapons possession. He was fatally shot during a firefight at a residence in the municipality of Tumaco in Nariño Department. As the leader of the FARC’s Daniel Aldana Mobile Company, Orlando had been in charge of installing explosive devices that would be used against civilians and Troops. He also coordinated extortion rings and other illegal activities to finance the country’s largest guerrilla group, which uses proceeds from narco-trafficking to fund its terrorist organization. In 2013, he carried out an attack on a police station in Chilví in Tumaco. Sword of Honor III is a continuation of the counterinsurgency strategy Sword of Honor, launched by the Colombian Armed Forces in 2012 to confront and defeat the illegal groups nationwide. Under the initiative, Soldiers and Troops combat terrorist attacks, dismantle landmines, and persuade hundreds of guerrillas to demobilize and enroll in a government program that provides them with training so they can enter the workforce. Orlando Javier Guerrero Narváez, alias ‘Orlando’ or ‘el Indio’, had an arrest warrant on charges of trafficking, conspiracy, terrorism, forced disappearance, murder of protected persons, and weapons possession. He was fatally shot during a firefight at a residence in the municipality of Tumaco in Nariño Department. last_img read more

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5,329 respondents: Let the good times roll

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Rachel Riley comes under fire for tweet mocking Indian Arsenal fan

first_img Emma KellyTuesday 11 Aug 2020 11:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link30Shares Rachel defended her post (Picture: Twitter)He also explained that while he supports Arsenal in Europe, Mohun Bagan AC in Kolkata is his local team.Rachel, 34, was called out for her post, with many claiming it was racist to suggest that an Indian could not support Arsenal from another country.Football journalist Dale O’Donnell called it an ‘awful take’, while one tweet read: ‘Nice comment from someone championing anti-hate campaigns.’Another person asked: ‘What’s him being in India got to do with anything? You can be in a different country and still be a real fan you know that?’talkSPORT’s Phil Brown tweeted: ‘What’s so funny about this? Perhaps I’m being obtuse as you say in not recognising your right to insult someone about where they are from & what team they support. Is it just India & Arsenal you have an issue with or is it all foreign nationals who support English teams?’, and claimed that he had been blocked by Riley following his reply. View 12 comments Rachel, seen here with husband Pasha and daughter Maven, is a devoted Man U fan (Picture: Instagram)However, others supported Rachel and claimed the tweet was just ‘banter’, with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer tweeting: ‘Stupid people are claiming this is a racist tweet. It isn’t. It’s a joke and it’s not aimed at Indian people. Anyone who thinks it is racist is an idiot. @RachelRileyRR don’t let the lunatics get you down.’Following the criticism of her post, Rachel tweeted: ‘For the wilfully obtuse…‘It might be considered ironic, for someone supporting a club half way around the world, to call someone else a “plastic glory hunter”.‘End of.’She also responded to a person who tweeted: ‘Wait… I’m a Man United fan from Indonesia. The game I chose to support the club in was when we were trashed 3-0 by Chelsea . This was before I knew EXACTLY how big of a club Man United was. I mean, I know I’m not from Manchester but I fell in love with the club… :/.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe former Strictly Come Dancing contestant wrote: ‘That’s wonderful. I’ve met United fans in the jungles of Borneo and remote villages in Ecuador, can find common ground in football worldwide. I don’t care where people are from, support who you want to. People who go down the “plastic glory hunter” route are always just jealous.’Rachel – who last year welcomed her first daughter with husband Pasha Kovalev – has previously caused controversy with her tweets, despite being one of the celebrities who fronted a campaign to silence social media trolls. Back in November 2019, the star was accused of erasing Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-apartheid message as she wore a t-shirt with a Photoshopped image showing the former Labour leader holding a placard reading: ‘Jeremy Corbyn is a racist endeavour.’Metro.co.uk has contacted Riley’s rep for comment. MORE: Kylie Jenner celebrates 23rd birthday with daughter Stormi as Cardi B reaches out to thank her for appearing in WAP videoMORE: Jedward star Edward Grimes shares selfie from hospital after undergoing surgery Rachel has been called out over one of her most recent tweets (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX)Rachel Riley has come under fire for a tweet in which she mocked an ‘Arsenal fan in India’. The Countdown star has been accused of racism following the tweet, which came after she was branded a ‘plastic glory hunter’ by Supriyö Banerjee, who lives in Kolkata.Riley, a huge Manchester United fan, tweeted: ‘For an embarrassing amount of this season I’d convinced that Wan Bissaka’s first name was Obi. Just me?’Mr Banerjee, who has Arsenal in his Twitter handle and calls himself a ‘Gooner’ in his bio, replied: ‘no.every man utd fan is like that.plastic.gloryhunter [sic].’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRiley – who is from Essex, but whose father is originally from Salford – quote-tweeted the post and wrote: ‘Says Arsenal fan in India’, followed by crying laughing emojis.Mr Banerjee replied: ‘do you think being in india make me any less of a fan??’, before tweeting: ‘i am ashamed of her. as arsene once said “if you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid and not more intelligent”.’center_img Rachel Riley comes under fire for tweet mocking ‘Arsenal fan in India’ Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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KLM resolves pensions dispute with cabin staff over contribution

first_imgShe said the summons the VNC issued against the airline and the pension fund was no longer necessary, but she added that the union did not want to cancel it at this stage, “as we want to be sure KLM does not cut corners in implementing the agreement”.According to the VNC, KLM unilaterally decided to abandon an agreement that the airline would plug funding gaps.KLM, however, insisted that it had agreed with unions that shortfalls would be resolved through “natural recovery” – i.e. returns on investments.The pension fund, for its part, said it would implement the contract – concluded between the airline and the scheme – that failed to provide for a recovery contribution from the company.As a consequence, the VNC had demanded that KLM and the pension fund produce in court the documents on which they had based the new contract.The VNC said a resolution of the dispute would be conditional on starting negotiations with KLM on a new collective labour agreement (CAO), focusing on the airline’s plan to reduce the number of staff on flights.Meanwhile, a separate disagreement over pensions between the airline and its pilots is ongoing.A court recently blocked KLM from launching a new pension fund for its flight staff in a bid to circumvent the issue of additional contribution.At the moment, the airline, which terminated its contract for pensions provision with the pilot scheme as of 1 December, is weighing it options. KLM appears to have resolved a pensions dispute with the union for cabin staff after the airline offered the Pensioenfonds voor Cabinepersoneel an additional contribution of €12m.Commenting on the deal, union VNC cited a “breakthrough” and confirmed that the company had offered “future-proof arrangements without additional conditions” for both staff at KLM and its subsidiary Cityhopper.Fellow union FNV Cabine said it also supported the deal, which met the unions’ demands.Annette Groeneveld, the VNC’s chair, said KLM had agreed to raise the contribution from 34% to 40.9%, which she said was necessary to finance the new collective defined contribution plan for cabin staff.last_img read more

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Lady Wildcats Drop Battles With Lady Tigers

first_imgThe Lady Wildcats came out strong winning the first two sets but Lawrenceburg came back strong winning 17-25, 17-25, 25–23, 25-13, 15-10.It was a tough loss to swallow. Kamryn McCool had a great night with 19 kills, 2 blocks, and 2 ace serves. Kayley Schoettelkotte swung well with having 13 kills and 1 block. Taylor McCreary dug 12 balls while Autumn McDaniel had 15 digs. Jenna Orschell had 8 digs and 2 ace serves.The Lady Wildcats are off until next week when they have two home games. Senior night is Thursday night.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Tanya Wirtz.The JV Lady Cats were unable to take the win tonight against Lawrenceburg 25-20, 25-15.We had a great start and somewhere along the way the little mistakes that were made left us unable to recover. Lilli Stewart had 5 kills and 3 aces. Rachel Bischoff and Charlotte Barrett each added 3 kills. We have the weekend off and will return next week with 2 homes games.Tuesday we take on Batesville and Thursday we have Lawrenceburg. Both games begin at 5!! Come out and cheer on your Lady Cats!!!Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Jill Mergenthal.last_img read more

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Osimhen re-evaluates Napoli offer, to decide over the next 48hrs

first_img Loading… Promoted Content8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthTraditional Wedding Outfits In Different Countries7 Actors Who Quit Movies For Shocking Reasons11 Items You’ve Been Using Wrong Your Whole Life20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime A choice is expected on Monday or Tuesday, so the next 48 hours are going to be crucial. The absence of hoped-for Premier League offers to materialise also contributed to his change of heart about the wisdom of moving to Napoli. Kalidou Koulibaly confirmed to La Gazzetta dello Sport that he spoke directly to Osimhen, reassuring him there was no racism problem. read also:Osimhen asks for little time as Napoli intensify bid – Agent “It’s true, he did call me. We talked about racism and I told him that coming to Naples, he’d have no problems, this is the right city. “I too have felt the bitter experience of racist insults, but never in Naples. I reassured him, if he is to come here, it’s the best choice. The rest is up to the directors.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Victor Osimhen will make a decision over the next 48 hours, but a new intermediary has helped smooth things over with Napoli. The Lille forward has repeatedly asked for more time, as he feels undue pressure from his agent and entourage to accept the Partenopei proposal. Our sources in Nigeria stated last week that he was ready to reject the move, not so much because of Napoli, but as an act of defiance against those close to him who were trying to orchestrate the transfer. Now Radio Punto Nuovo – and our sources – suggest the situation is changing, as Osimhen is being given the time and space to make his choice autonomously. “Napoli is still a possibility,” we are told by our sources. This is largely thanks to the introduction of a new intermediary in the negotiations, who is making Osimhen feel more at ease with the decision.last_img read more

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Fourth-Ranked Argonauts Advance to First National Final

first_imgFourth-Ranked Argonauts Advance to First National Final Share ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – For the first time in school history, West Florida will have the opportunity to play for a national championship. On Friday, fourth-ranked West Florida defeated third-ranked Lynn, 5-1, to move on to the NCAA Division II National Championship at Sanlando Park. The win avenged a 5-4 loss to Lynn in the regular season. West Florida will face top-ranked and defending national champion BYU-Hawaii (31-0) in Saturday’s national championship match at 1 p.m. EST. BYU-Hawaii returned to the finals after a 5-1 win over second-ranked Armstrong Atlantic in the semifinals. West Florida and BYU-Hawaii met once this season with Seasiders defeating the Argonauts 8-1. BYU-Hawaii has won the previous 15 matches against West Florida. The Argonauts earned two points in the doubles action. The fourth-ranked doubles team of Tammy Kevey (Auckland, New Zealand) and Mandy Septoe (Port Elizabeth, South Africa) won 8-4 in the first position, giving the Argonauts the 1-0 lead. In the second position, the 15th ranked team of Suzana Cavalcante (Sao Paulo Brazil) and Paola Arevalo (Cali, Colombia) fell short in their match, tying the match and putting the pressure on the third doubles position. The third match was close, but Renata Mattos (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Anne Claire Beard (Villevaude, France) broke their opponents serve with the score tied at seven, and served for the match, giving the Argonauts the 2-1 lead. Following the doubles play, the Argonauts earned three more points in singles. Playing in the sixth position, Beard did not have much trouble in winning in straight sets. Septoe was leading the first set 5-2 in the third position, however had to go through a tie-break to win the first set. After the first set, Septoe claimed the second set win to give the Argonauts a 4-1 lead. Kevey, playing in the second position, stepped up and won in straight sets, giving the Argonauts the final point and securing a spot in the final. “We came to this match knowing that Lynn was a tough team, but we never doubted that we could win it,” said Kevey, who helped the Argonauts win two of their five points. “We all fought with our hearts and played our best tennis. It feels good to be in the final match, but our goal is to win the whole thing, and we are going for it.” Follow West Florida’s quest for women’s tennis first national championship and the fifth national championship in school history. “Live Stats” will be available on the women’s tennis page of www.goargos.com. (By Gui Amaral Jasmin) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Everton fans begin to lose faith in Roberto Martinez

first_img “It’s that naivety that is crippling them at the moment and is really dictating the results.” Ex-Wigan boss Martinez has been in charge at Everton since the summer of 2013. The Spaniard guided the Merseyside outfit to a fifth-placed Premier League finish in his first term, then 11th a year later in a season that also saw them reach the last 16 of the Europa League. “What he did in the first season was phenomenal, but the second season was a massive disappointment,” Magner said. “He didn’t have 100 per cent backing when he came in and I think he won a lot of fans over with the first season. “But in the second season, I think a lot of them were beginning to feel a little bit vindicated in their opinion of him when he came in.” Everton’s derby rivals Liverpool replaced manager Brendan Rodgers with Jurgen Klopp earlier this season, and Magner added: “If you look at other teams who have been in similar positions – Liverpool made a change when their manager wasn’t delivering, and they have someone in now with big European pedigree. “But unless results take a drastic turn for the worse, I can see Martinez still being there in May.” Martinez’s side ended up beaten 4-3 on aggregate by Manchester City after the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final on Wednesday, despite having taken a 3-1 lead in the tie early in the first half. In the Barclays Premier League, they are currently 12th with a record that shows only one win in their last 10 games and just three home victories in the entire campaign so far. The “vast majority” of Everton fans feel Roberto Martinez should no longer be the club’s manager, according to a prominent Toffees supporters group. Press Association Simon Magner, chair of the Everton Supporters Trust, told Press Association Sport on Thursday: “The feeling among fans from what I’ve seen over the last couple of weeks is that Martinez has been more and more running out of time with the fanbase. “Certainly, for a lot of fans, the semi-final was his last-chance saloon. “I have never known as many people as there are now admitting the time has passed for the manager and it is time for him to move on. “I think it is safe to say the vast majority of the fans are thinking time is up now and that it is time we tried something else.” While Martinez has complained of late – with Wednesday the latest occasion – about controversial refereeing decisions going against his team, they have conceded plenty of goals to restrict the impact of their frequently-impressive attacking play. And Magner said: “I don’t know what it is, but it doesn’t seem to be gelling. “We look like we could score against anyone, but I think what fans have been increasingly disappointed and annoyed about is that we are making the same mistakes at the back and don’t seem to be doing any sort of defensive drilling – because they are basic mistakes. “Obviously the bad decisions and controversy have played a part. But a lot of fans will also ask ‘how many times have we been in winning positions and lost?’ We don’t seem to be learning from mistakes. last_img read more

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