Tangled letters – Letras Enredadas http://letrasenredadas.com/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 23:27:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://letrasenredadas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/cropped-icon-32x32.png Tangled letters – Letras Enredadas http://letrasenredadas.com/ 32 32 The pocket boroughs of Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka are also in poor condition https://letrasenredadas.com/the-pocket-boroughs-of-rajapaksa-in-sri-lanka-are-also-in-poor-condition/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 17:21:54 +0000 https://letrasenredadas.com/the-pocket-boroughs-of-rajapaksa-in-sri-lanka-are-also-in-poor-condition/

The road to Hambantota may be paved with Chinese silver, but its value is up for debate. Set amid the rice paddies and coconut palms of Sri Lanka’s deep south, the place is best known as the stronghold of the Rajapaksa clan, who spent years using borrowed money to build monuments for themselves. The little-used Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, the often overgrown Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium and a memorial to Rajapaksa elders that was burnt down and destroyed by a furious mob of protesters on May 9 bear witness to this terrible mess.

A statue of DA Rakapaksa, a former MP and father of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and recently resigned Prime Minister Mahinda, was also targeted. He now lies on the ground, covered with a ragged tarp. The clock tower in their hometown of Weeraketiya was vandalized, “Gota Go Home” spray-painted on it. In the past, it was unimaginable to see this feeling expressed in the heart of Rajapaksa. While some residents say the infrastructure projects have created jobs, others swear they will no longer tolerate what they see as such misuse of public funds.

Less than 10 km away, local farmers and traders are preparing for the worst. The president’s decision to switch to organic farming overnight by banning imports of chemical fertilizers last May took everyone by surprise and hurt the agricultural sector. The ban was lifted six months later, but by then the damage was done – yields had been decimated and Sri Lanka had plunged into a food and foreign exchange crisis that ended in its default on May 19. “He destroyed his own village with this decision,” says Anura Vidana Arichi, a cinnamon farmer and local opposition politician, pointing to the rice fields. “These fields have been cultivated for decades – yields have dropped by more than 50% this season and we have given up for now. Next season only 10% will be planted, and even then we don’t know what that will grow without fertilizer.”

As inflation approached 40% last week, the government urged farmers to plant rice. This attempt to avert a deepening food crisis is likely to have little effect; there is no money to import fertilizers and without it the crops will simply not produce what is needed to feed the island’s 22 million people. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warned of an acute food shortage by September, while the president told officials to stockpile essentials.

The South Asian nation needs $4 billion to get through its worst economic crisis since independence in 1948. Negotiations are underway with the IMF and major bilateral creditors China, Japan and India, but it it will take a long time to unravel its tens of billions in foreign debt and the tangle of capital market borrowing and Chinese lending for unprofitable infrastructure projects. The Rajapaksa government’s decision in 2019 to cut taxes, especially for the wealthy and businesses, resulted in annual revenue losses of $2.2 billion. The new regime is seeking to reverse this decision in order to meet IMF bailout conditions.

In Colombo, doctors and lawyers united in an unprecedented effort to convince the government to undertake real reform. An urgent letter sent to the country’s diplomatic community in April that reported alarming shortages in the medical supply chain of 273 critical items prompted embassies and high commissions to act quickly. Some drug donations have arrived and anesthesia stocks have been temporarily replenished, but most elective surgeries have been canceled due to the crisis.

Popular anger remains palpable. People have seen politicians’ mansions and fancy cars and all those wasted billions, and now they feel the pain of default in every aspect of their lives.

A court case, in which the president was charged with embezzling around $91,000 in public funds to build a museum for his parents, was dropped shortly after his election in November 2019. There are other serious allegations against the Rajapaksa family and their associates, including money laundering, illegal transfer of state-owned weapons worth millions and a separate case of mismanagement and corruption at Sri Lankan Airlines. The brothers deny all allegations of corruption.

There is still no accountability to those who put the country in such peril. A move to curtail the extraordinary powers the president has granted himself and ban dual citizens from holding seats in parliament is already being pushed back by another Rajapaksa brother, no less. Basil Rajapaksa, who as finance minister oversaw the country’s economic collapse, is also a US citizen, so he is fighting for his career. His self-serving initiative, aimed at preserving power rather than stabilizing the country, will only fuel indignation. So it should. It’s time to put Sri Lanka first and the Rajapaksas far behind.

Ruth Pollard is editor-in-chief of Bloomberg Opinion.

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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee cannot shake the ghosts of empire and colonialism https://letrasenredadas.com/the-queens-platinum-jubilee-cannot-shake-the-ghosts-of-empire-and-colonialism/ Fri, 03 Jun 2022 07:01:00 +0000 https://letrasenredadas.com/the-queens-platinum-jubilee-cannot-shake-the-ghosts-of-empire-and-colonialism/
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When Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 1897, it marked the height of British power on the world stage.. Six decades after her accession to the throne, Victoria, then half-blind and generally crippled, was at the top of an imperial chain that wound through every continent, binding a quarter of the globe under the suzerainty of the British crown.

This global reach was represented in the ceremonies that took place across London. A multiracial army of 25,000 troops – including detachments from India, Natal in South Africa and the remote islands of Trinidad and Malta, among others – camped in Hyde Park ahead of the Jubilee Parade, while some 3 million people traveled to London for the festivities. Regiments of turbaned Sikhs and Canadian Mounties all marched in procession with the cars of Indian princes and delegations of 11 colonial prime ministers.

“No one has ever, I believe, met with such a standing ovation as I was given while walking these 6 miles of streets,” Victoria wrote in her own diary. “The cheers were quite deafening and every face seemed filled with real joy. I was very moved and gratified.

Mark Twain, a visiting Yankee not quite at Victoria’s court, understood something deeper in the crowd’s delight. At the time, the British Parliament and its elected politicians already held greater day-to-day control over the affairs of state. But Twain saw, through all the pageantry, the almost visceral connection between the monarch and the many lands at his feet. The whole purpose of the jubilee in honor of Victoria was as an ideological spectacle, a showcase of imperial preeminence.

“It was feasible that [Victoria] was the procession itself, that all else was embroidery; that in her the public saw the English Empire itself,” Twain wrote.

The history of the royal family through their balcony photos

There is no shortage of pomp and circumstance this week as Britain commemorates Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. On Thursday, 1,400 soldiers wearing bearskin caps and an Irish wolfhound named Seamus marched past the balcony of Elizabeth’s Buckingham Palace. Seventy Royal Air Force planes made a noisy overflight. A four-day holiday weekend in Britain will see an overabundance of parties and parades.

But, as the spectacle of Victoria’s Jubilee offered a vision of the most powerful political regime in the world, the commemorations of Elizabeth’s long reign cannot hide the very weakened state of Britain.

The sun set long ago on the British Empire, save for a few windswept archipelagos scattered around the oceans. The dozens of independent states that belong to the Commonwealth are, at best, indifferent to their ties to the British crown. And at home, the tangled politics of Britain’s break from the European Union has raised the possibility of the fracture of the United Kingdom itself.

Far from possessing the era-defining power that Victoria possessed, Elizabeth and her kin now rule primarily in the realms of kitsch and gossip. They live their lives as bearers of centuries of heavy traditions in a much more mundane present. For a curious public, they are objects of curiosity and even of pity. Sometimes they serve as subjects of excellent prestige television. More often than not, they’re the source of sordid tabloid storylines, ranging from Prince Andrew’s alleged sex crimes to internal family feuds in the House of Windsor.

Few Britons look to their royal family for visions of grandeur and geopolitical power. Rather, their enduring love for the Queen – who opinion polls show is undeniably popular – is about something much more comfortable. ‘Celebrating ‘Queen and Country’ is a way for buttoned-up Britons to celebrate themselves, to wrap themselves in the sweet patriotism of the Union Jack bunting, as they move past the pain of the pandemic and the feuds without end on Brexit,” wrote my colleague William Booth.

But from the moment she came to the British throne, Elizabeth was part of an imperial history that stretched far beyond Britain’s borders. After all, she learned of the death of her father, King George VI, while at a wildlife sanctuary in Kenya, then still a British colony. In the seven decades that followed, critics say she has yet to show much awareness of the misdeeds of the empire of which she remains the ceremonial figurehead, including for the violent campaign of repression waged by the British authorities in Kenya in the 1950s during the colonial anti – Mau Mau uprising.

“To this day, she has never publicly admitted, let alone apologized, for the oppression, torture, dehumanization and dispossession suffered by the people of the colony of Kenya before and after her accession to the throne” said Patrick Gathara, a Kenyan political commentator. told the Associated Press.

In the same AP story, Jamaican academic Rosalea Hamilton explained her stance on wanting to impeach the Queen as her country’s head of state. “When I think of the Queen, I think of a sweet old lady,” she said. “It’s not about her. It is about the wealth of his family, built on the backs of our ancestors. We are grappling with the legacy of a past that has been very painful.

Earlier this year, a trip to Central America and the Caribbean by Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was marred by protests and scorn. In Jamaica, a letter addressed to the couple and signed by dozens of prominent leaders and intellectuals called for a formal apology from Britain, as well as reparations for its legacy of slavery and exploitation. colonial in the region.

“We see no reason to celebrate 70 years since your grandmother’s ascension to the British throne as her leadership and that of her predecessors perpetuated the greatest human rights tragedy in the history of the UK. humanity,” the letter read.

Prince William tells Jamaicans: Slavery ‘stains our history’

Thanks to Britain’s colonial history, Elizabeth remains the head of state of 14 countries outside the UK. But that number is certain to decline further. Jamaica and five other Caribbean countries are considering following Barbados’ example and cutting ties with the British monarchy. And republicanism simmers not far from the surface in major Western democracies like Canada and Australia.

Australia’s newly elected centre-left Prime Minister Anthony Albanese paid tribute to the Queen in a speech on Thursday, saying Australians continued to hold her “in respect and affection”. But he added that his country’s relationship with Britain “isn’t what it was at the dawn of [Elizabeth’s] reign.”

Alluding to his Labor Party’s pro-republican agenda, Albanese said: “More parents and young upstarts, we’re equal.”

Scottish Greens leave Jubilee tribute; anti-monarchy activists see opening

Equality, of course, is not exactly a principle that coexists easily with a hereditary monarchy. If they feel any unease about their political arrangement, most Brits are likely to suspend judgment at least for this weekend of revelry and good cheer (although there are some notable exceptions).

Elizabeth’s advanced age and deteriorating health suggest this may be one of the last moments to celebrate her long reign. Given the unpopularity of his immediate heir and signs of growing anti-monarchism among young Britons, it could also be one of his country’s last royal jubilees.

]]> Chesebro Memo outlines Trump’s voter count bill plan for Mike Pence https://letrasenredadas.com/chesebro-memo-outlines-trumps-voter-count-bill-plan-for-mike-pence/ Wed, 01 Jun 2022 20:30:08 +0000 https://letrasenredadas.com/chesebro-memo-outlines-trumps-voter-count-bill-plan-for-mike-pence/

If the people investigating the expensive lawsuits that were busy until January 6, 2021 are focusing their efforts on trying to make constitutional salad out of constitutional shit, then I commend them for their insight. It was always going to be a long dirt road to connect the various administration-affiliated hacks and portmanteaus to the actual violence of that day, but they are all clearly vulnerable to charges related to the more “respectable.” strategy of twisting the Constitution to maintain vulgar language in the White House against the expressed will of the American people. Politicsit is Kyle Cheney found a tasty morsel in the sleaze and muck buffet that the January 6 Special Committee recently released.

It’s a note from December 13, 2020 written by an obscure lawyer named Kenneth Chesebro, addressed to a more famous lawyer named Rudy Giuliani. He outlines another method of getting Vice President Mike Pence to relinquish his constitutional authority as Senate Speaker in favor of the Senate Speaker. temporary Chuck Grassley, or another collapsible tool. Thus, explains the Chesebro memo, the president* and vice president* will be “insulated” against accusations of ratifying the electoral count. There’s even a forward-looking timeline that Chesebro has put in place for the proposed action. Last March, a federal judge called the memo “probably furthered the crimes of obstruction of official process and conspiracy to defraud the United States” and ordered it released. Of Politics:

Chesebro’s proposed plan depended on the existence of competing lists of presidential voters in a handful of states where Biden won the popular vote. In fact, just a day after Chesebro sent his memo to Giuliani, pro-Trump activists gathered in several state capitals and signed documents falsely claiming to be their states’ true presidential voters. Then, Chesebro’s strategy compelled Pence to “firmly take the position that ‘he, and he alone, is charged with the constitutional responsibility of not just opening the votes, but counting them – including making judgments on what what to do if there are conflicting votes. .'”

It is worth remembering that none of these ideas are new. In 2000, while Florida was still on fire, the Republican state legislature threatened to send Congress a list of voters promised to George W. Bush, regardless of the recounts. Monkeying around with the archaic voter count law, in order to monkey with the more dangerously archaic electoral college system, has been in the conservative playbook for some time. This is why so many conservatives defend so fiercely this grating relic of the original slave power.

And Chesebro’s letter also cites how Republicans in 1877 used the Senate presidency as “leverage” to force the creation of the ad hoc election commission that ultimately awarded the presidency to Rutherford B. Hayes. It was based on a terrible deal that ended federal reconstruction in the South, opening the door to Jim Crow. Even then, this was seen as a profound flaw in the Constitution. Write in the North American Review, a Pennsylvania congressman named Charles Buckalew, a longtime critic of the country’s election conduct, said:

It has proven difficult to draw the exact boundary between federal and state jurisdiction in presidential elections, and it is even questionable whether, on some part of this field of power, the jurisdiction of both is not concurrent, or at any rate the jurisdiction is permissive. to the states until Congress intervenes.

Buckalew wrote that, faced with an impossible entanglement in the Electoral College, Congress “found [itself] greatly embarrassed by the absence of definite laws, fundamental or statutory, to direct them and control their action. Between the two chambers, and between the two great parties of the country represented by them, the conflict of opinions was intense, and to overcome the difficulties of the time, a very peculiar and extraordinary measure of legislation was adopted.

Charles, old man, you hadn’t seen anything yet.

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Tales of 5 Orlando Roller Coasters https://letrasenredadas.com/tales-of-5-orlando-roller-coasters/ Fri, 27 May 2022 04:23:03 +0000 https://letrasenredadas.com/tales-of-5-orlando-roller-coasters/

Central Florida is on a roll with its coasters. Epcot’s new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride marks the fifth addition to the local lineup in the past year, and according to the online Roller Coaster Database, the Interstate 4 lane is now home to 45 roller coasters, s stretching from Orlando to Tampa.

If you combine his numbers for Orlando, Lake Buena Vista and Kissimmee, you land at 29 options from top to bottom. I’ve been on all 29 at least once, though it’s been a while since I’ve been on the Pteranodon Flyers ride at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, a ride that in my amateurish opinion barely counts in a list of roller coasters.

I thought I had a great story to share about each coaster, but I haven’t yet discovered any new rides, like SeaWorld Orlando’s Ice Breaker, enough to experience anything unusual. Instead, here are five of my standard roller coaster tales, presented in the order in which they happened.

Picture it, high school group trip, Tomorrowland. Sliding through the PeopleMover we come into the Space Mountain stretch and the lights are on. Spirits blown. At the time, darkness was a big part of the mystique of the mountain, so it was a rare treat. It also made it a little scarier, if I remember correctly, and it looked like a big steel knot.

I have no photographic evidence of this. We lived in the moment and the cameras were not yet an extension of our bodies. But I’m always prepared with an unlocked iPhone on PeopleMover trips now.

Ah, the late great Dragons. The two-track ride, which used to be where Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure now operates, was a big draw for me, especially during the soft opening/passholder preview phase of IOA . Although not everything was open at the time, crowds were thin for several weekends before the official opening in 1999.

That’s when I rolled into the first row of Fire, the reddish rail, then crossed the empty queue/loading platform to ride the first row of bluish ice. It started to rain halfway through the second ride, but I didn’t care. Return to the Dragons action was unlikely to happen again.

(Sidenote: In a feature in Sentinel’s Calendar section titled “Letters to Cal,” a 1999 question was asked: Could you be “too tall” to ride Dragons because of the near-miss design with your feet on the passing trains? The answer: The “thrillmeisters at Universal might not want you to know this, but the coasters don’t pass as close as they seem. So even if you had, say, Shaq on Ice and Gheorghe Muresan on Fire, everyone would be fine.” Muresan, at 7-foot-7, was the tallest NBA player in history. Shaquille O’Neal was a “mere” 7-footer 1 inch.)

Hulk ate my cell phone. It was my fault for ignoring the lockers provided. I can’t determine the year, but I have two clues: it was before the metal detectors at the ride, and I was wearing cargo shorts.

I had put my phone in the side pocket, which was buttoned. Still, halfway through the ride, I thought “Wow, that was a bad idea”, but I could feel with my hand that the phone was still there.

When I got up at the end, the phone wasn’t there. Surprisingly, I was shocked by this. We peeked into the grassy area under the rail as if it could magically land without breaking. Then it started to rain. Lesson learned.

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The coaster was still new and a colleague was eager to try it. After we sat down in the overhead vehicles, they turned to me and said, “Oh, you should know, sometimes I pass out because of these things. Do not worry.”

Then, just like in the queue, the Manta sound effect went off and the seats tilted to the super-manta position and took off. I tried not to worry and consoled myself with the thought that if you’re going to pass out, Manta’s seats are better designed to hold you upright, sort of papoose style.

Happy ending: No smelling salt was needed after we got back to the station.

Yet another colleague joined me for a glimpse of Mako. We were seated in the front row for a video shoot. There was a delay and we sat there watching the high hill and also Kraken, who (falsely) appears to be tangled with Mako.

The tension mounts, but we are finally on our way. My co-worker is screaming bloody murder, and not in a “this is so much fun” sense. As we were walking back into the station, one of the techs said the camera wasn’t working and we had to go back.

My colleague said, and I’m going to paraphrase, “Oh, no! »

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NBA fines Mavs $100,000 for 3rd bench violation in playoffs https://letrasenredadas.com/nba-fines-mavs-100000-for-3rd-bench-violation-in-playoffs/ Sun, 22 May 2022 18:35:40 +0000 https://letrasenredadas.com/nba-fines-mavs-100000-for-3rd-bench-violation-in-playoffs/

Dallas Mavericks players watch from the bench during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Basketball Playoff Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, Friday, May 20, 2022. (AP Photo/ Jed Jacobsohn)

DALLAS (AP) — The NBA fined the Dallas Mavericks a third time in the playoffs on Sunday for bench rule violations.

The fine has doubled each time, the latest to $100,000 after Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals at Golden State on Friday. Game 3 in Dallas was Sunday night. None of the fines came from games in Dallas.

Several Mavericks players have appeared in most or all playoff games, including home games. The fines were imposed on players and coaches standing for long periods, straying too far from the bench and encroaching on the pitch during the game.

The first two fines came from the Western semifinals against Phoenix, after games 2 and 7 in Arizona. The first fine was $25,000, the second $50,000 after a 33-point win at Dallas in the deciding game.

In the Warriors’ 126-117 Game 2 win, Stephen Curry threw a pass out of bounds with no teammates in the area. The pass was near Dallas’ Theo Pinson, who was wearing a white shirt as he stood and waved. Golden State wore their white uniforms at home.

“He’s got his arms up, claiming the ball,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after Sunday’s shootout. “It’s too much.”

Kerr added that Curry’s turnover was the only time he was upset by the Dallas bench in Game 2.

“I actually love their bench,” Kerr said. “They have great chemistry, great energy. They’ve had a phenomenal season, and that’s partly because they’re so connected.

Pinson signed a 10-day contract with the Mavericks during a COVID-19 outbreak early in the season. He ended up getting a two-year contract and led the cheers from the bench as his playing time dwindled. Pinson has been inactive in the playoffs.

Tim Hardaway Jr. also entered the spirit of cheers from the bench. He’s been out since January with a broken left foot and isn’t expected to return in the playoffs.

They’re not the only ones standing for long stretches, and the Mavericks may not be ready to change their approach with the bench, if Hardaway’s reaction on Twitter to the latest fine is any indication.

“It’s the league’s decision to amend, but we’re not going to sit down,” Dallas coach Jason Kidd said before Game 3. “We’re going to cheer. It’s, I think, a positive element that the bench can consider as it makes a donation to a beautiful charity.

In another Game 2 incident, Davis Bertans of the Mavericks got tangled up with Damion Lee after making a 3-pointer past the Dallas bench. The contact led to several Golden State players approaching the bench, but there were no clashes. Bertans and Lee received technical fouls.

Kidd said after the second fine the club would check with the league to see what was acceptable. He said Sunday night that he hadn’t spoken to the league.

“It’s just finding things to complain about,” Kidd said. “And we are not a complaining organization. You want to talk about the bench, then talk about the bench. It’s yours.


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Lehkonen scores twice to help Avalanche beat Blues 5-2 https://letrasenredadas.com/lehkonen-scores-twice-to-help-avalanche-beat-blues-5-2/ Sun, 22 May 2022 04:33:21 +0000 https://letrasenredadas.com/lehkonen-scores-twice-to-help-avalanche-beat-blues-5-2/

Colorado Avalanche’s Gabriel Landeskog (92) keeps an eye on the puck as St. Louis Blues Ville Husso goaltender Tyler Bozak, left, and Niko Mikkola, right, defend during the second period of the third game of an NHL Stanley Cup playoff second round game on Saturday, May 21, 2022 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Despite regaining the lead in their second-round series, the Colorado Avalanche aren’t satisfied.

Artturi Lehkonen scored twice, Darcy Kuemper stopped 29 shots and the Avalanche beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 in Game 3 on Saturday night to take a 2-1 best-of-seven series lead.

Logan O’Connor, Nazem Kadri and Gabriel Landeskog also scored as the Avalanche rebounded from a 4-1 home loss two nights earlier, and improved to 3-0 on the road in the playoffs.

“Of course it was a good response from the last game,” Lehkonen said. “We always know that we can clean up some things in our game and we have to move on to the next one.”

Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and an assist, and Colton Parayko also scored for the Blues, who may have lost starting goaltender Jordan Binnington.

Binnington made three saves before leaving the game at 6:45 of the start of the first period after Kadri and Blues defenseman Calle Rosen collided with him after tangling their skates in the slot. No penalty was called on the play.

Colorado Avalanche Samuel Girard (49) is helped off the ice by a coach after being injured during the first period of Game 3 of a Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in hockey NHL vs. St. Louis Blues on Saturday, May 21, 2022, in Saint Louis.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Colorado Avalanche Samuel Girard (49) is helped off the ice by a coach after being injured during the first period of Game 3 of a Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in hockey NHL vs. St. Louis Blues on Saturday, May 21, 2022, in Saint Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

“Look at Kadri’s reputation,” said Blues coach Craig Berube. “That’s all I have to say.”

The coach added that Binnington was assessed for a lower body injury.

“I just see a loose puck, really,” Kadri said. “I was just sitting behind him and just trying to push him with my stick. I think their defender collided with me and pushed me towards him. If it hadn’t been, I don’t think I would have hit him at all.

After the match, when Kadri was interviewed on television, he said a Blues player threw a water bottle at him and thought it was Binnington.

Ville Husso stopped 19 of 23 shots in relief to fall to 1-3 in the playoffs.

“I think there’s been a slight change in momentum there,” O’Connor said of the Blues’ goalie change. “I think even before that we felt our game coming a bit more. We got over it early. They were tough on us early on, really tightening up in the defensive zone. Then we started rolling a little more, gaining a little more confidence with the puck.

Game 4 is Monday night in St. Louis.

Logan O'Connor (25) of the Colorado Avalanche is congratulated by teammates after scoring during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL Hockey Stanley Cup second round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, May 21, 2022 in St. Louis.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Logan O’Connor (25) of the Colorado Avalanche is congratulated by teammates after scoring during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL Hockey Stanley Cup second round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, May 21, 2022 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Parayko scored his second goal of the playoffs on a slap shot from the point 3:55 into the game to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead.

O’Connor got his first at 11:54 to tie, and Kadri followed with his second of the playoffs when he deflected Cale Makar’s slapshot past Husso just after Pavel Buchnevich finished serving an interference penalty .

Lehkonen scored his third of the playoffs to give Colorado a 3-1 lead with 2:45 left in the second period. Nathan MacKinnon assisted on goal to give him points in seven straight playoff games.

O’Reilly capitalized on a Nick Leddy rebound for his seventh playoff goal to bring St. Louis to within one with 29 seconds left midway through the period.

“I think we were hoping for a little more play,” O’Reilly said of the third period. “We kind of lost our structure a bit and kind of have our numbers where we need them to generate offense. It wasn’t the best push from us.

Landeskog froze the game when he scored his fifth of the playoffs with 2:08 left after Husso started skating off the ice for an extra forward.

Lehkonen scored his second of the night with Husso fired to put Colorado ahead 5-2 in the final minute.


Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard had to be helped off the ice after his header hit the boards on an Ivan Barbashev check 1:40 into the first period. After the game, Bednar said Girard had a broken sternum and would be out for the rest of the playoffs.

“I thought it was a legal check to be honest with you,” Bednar said. was a big check. Shame.


O’Reilly has at least one point in seven straight games. He has scored seven goals and four assists during his streak


Berube coached his 48th playoff game with the franchise which moved Ken Hitchcock to third place in team history.


Former Blues defenseman and Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Pronger was shown on the video board at the Enterprise Center. Pronger, whose number 44 was retired by the club earlier this season, drank a beer to the delight of the crowd, re-enacting a scene from his shirt removal ceremony.


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This new biography makes TS Eliot’s life incredibly dark https://letrasenredadas.com/this-new-biography-makes-ts-eliots-life-incredibly-dark/ Sat, 21 May 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://letrasenredadas.com/this-new-biography-makes-ts-eliots-life-incredibly-dark/

The excellent second volume of Robert Crawford’s biography of TS Eliot fits perfectly into the continuity of the first, Young Eliot from 2015. Meet the editor, clubman, committee member, adopted Englishman, international literary operator and winner of the Nobel Prize. Here too, the reaffirmation of religious faith in bespoke Anglo-Catholic form, and the composition of major poems from ‘The Hollow Men’ (1925) to Four Quartets (1943), alongside his now unread verse pieces . Full of voices, friendships and conflicts, Crawford’s book is rich and dense like a Christmas cake.

But as Eliot intoned, “Life is very long,” with no time off for good behavior. He worked, as always, too hard – by day as an analyst at Lloyds Bank, by night as editor of The Criterion, funded by Lady Rothermere. After The Waste Land, the poems did not come. And her marriage was torture. He and Vivien Haigh-Wood have trapped themselves in a nightmare. He still loved Emily Hale, whom he had met in 1912; after Vivien’s affair with the predator Bertrand Russell, Eliot became entangled with Nancy Cunard. No one, especially Eliot, seems to have had fun: for him, revulsion seems to have been the reward. No wonder he considered art to be “an escape from personality”.

It took many years to escape Vivien, who went mad. The letters to Emily Hale, meanwhile, unsealed in 2020, suggest a depth of feeling that he was lately inclined to treat as a nostalgic illusion. Over time, and their direct encounters became fewer, her tenderness was replaced by a legalistic exactness, a setting of boundaries that must have been heartbreaking for Hale.

There is also the shadow of a degrading prejudice. His friend Leonard Woolf said Eliot would sincerely deny he was an anti-Semite, but it is clear that, like his family, he was marinated in infection. In his smooth dealings with Lord Rothermere, a potential employer, he praised his newspapers’ enthusiastic articles on “fascism”. In time, Eliot saw Hitler clearly, but when news of the extermination of European Jews emerged, he argued, “To suggest that the Jewish problem could be simplified because so many people will have been killed is meaningless: a few generations security and there are as many of them as ever.

One could object that Eliot was of his time, and not alone, and that it is not historical to subject him to the moral orthodoxies of the present. But just as we must not distort history by imposing on it a model of our own design, we are also required, as human beings, to respond to the feelings of our fellow human beings. As Crawford reads, Eliot was in many ways an unappetizing figure. Yet he suffered and sought to repent.

‘Conversations With Friends’ and the Pitfalls of Sally Rooney’s Adaptation https://letrasenredadas.com/conversations-with-friends-and-the-pitfalls-of-sally-rooneys-adaptation/ Wed, 18 May 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://letrasenredadas.com/conversations-with-friends-and-the-pitfalls-of-sally-rooneys-adaptation/
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The Internet can be a place of intense communication. Stripped of volume and perceptible tone, each word seems to have more meaning than it would in person. Each punctuation mark has additional weight.

Sally Rooney, the Irish novelist whose ‘Normal People’ was adapted into a Hulu miniseries two years ago, understands the digital anxiety that can plague young people in times of conflict. Once considered “the first great author of the millennium”, she is acutely aware of the impact of the misfortunes of a generation on the way its members go about their online lives. She writes tense love stories that live on all platforms. His characters, who struggle to communicate, find relief in emails and text messages. Their internal monologues relay what they cannot say aloud to each other.

The problem is that Rooney’s signature writing style doesn’t always transcend the screen. As “Normal People” has done before, the adaptation of its debut novel, “Conversations With Friends,” faces the challenge of emails and inner musings being completely uncinematic (not to mention nearly impossible to describe without overreliance on storytelling). The former miniseries partly overcame the hurdle by exploring the dynamics of her central relationship through sex scenes choreographed by an intimacy coordinator – an approach revisited in “Conversations With Friends”, but with less hit.

The new series, which premiered on Sunday, weaves a tangled web of romance between University of Dublin students Bobbi (Sasha Lane) and Frances (Alison Oliver) and a slightly older married couple, writer Melissa (Jemima Kirke) and actor Nick (Joe Alwyn). Bobbi and Frances, ex-turned-BFFs who perform poetry together, find themselves drawn to different halves of the couple — Bobbi to Melissa, Frances to Nick. In the book, flirtatious email exchanges between Frances and Nick, who are both established as socially awkward and uncomfortable in group settings, eventually lead to them having an affair. On screen, this happens almost immediately.

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Regardless of whether Rooney truly speaks for her generation — she’s earned plenty of comparisons to Lena Dunham, whose ‘Girls’ character proclaimed she was “at least a voice of a generation” – the writer undeniably flourishes as a “psychological portraitist”, to borrow an expression from an old New Yorker review. She makes shrewd observations about the flippant absurdity of how millennials can think, such as when Frances, after a risky interaction with Nick, is relieved to see him send her a message in all lowercase letters: “It would have been dramatic to introduce compounding at such a time. tense moment,” she says.

Much of Frances and Nick’s relationship takes place online; for readers, many of whom are millennials with an innate understanding of the hidden meanings behind a specific grammar or syntax, the recognition can be rewarding. Rooney also builds Bobbi and Frances’ backstory through snippets of their IM history. At one point, Bobbi tries to decipher the concept of love as “like a system of social values”. At another point, Frances claims that Bobbi is “attached to this view of me/as having some sort of undisclosed emotional life/I’m just not very emotional”, every time she presses play, ironically, like a catch of his breath.

“Conversations With Friends” seems to rely more on digital communication than “Normal People”, lending to an adaptation that strays further from its source material. In the novel, Frances jokes that she looks forward to an email from Nick because “I like getting compliments where I don’t have to make eye contact with the person”. The on-screen Frances doesn’t really have a choice, lest the show evolve into a series of scenes in which she stares at her phone (of which there are already too many).

That’s not to say “Normal People” hasn’t faltered at times, despite the best efforts of actors Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal. Their characters are also driven by a neuroticism that Rooney details painstakingly on the page, but it doesn’t quite translate into some scenes. In the series, for example, it appears that Connell (Mescal) and Marianne (Edgar-Jones) split up for seemingly no reason when he returns home for a summer instead of staying in Dublin.

But the spark between Edgar-Jones and Mescal makes up for whatever the storytelling lacks. If Oliver and Alwyn were such a strong couple, perhaps “Conversations With Friends” would have circumvented the pitfalls of adapting Rooney. But their lack of chemistry, coupled with the lack of explanatory messages, instead leads to confusion about why Nick would care about Frances, and vice versa.

]]> What does it take to join NATO? https://letrasenredadas.com/what-does-it-take-to-join-nato/ Tue, 17 May 2022 05:53:00 +0000 https://letrasenredadas.com/what-does-it-take-to-join-nato/

EXPLANATION : NATO is the world’s most successful military alliance, essential both to the West’s success in the Cold War and to securing the European order that followed. He struggled with many doubts about his purpose in the post-Cold War world. Yet it has grown considerably over the decades, growing from the original 12 allies in 1949 to 30 today. The last to join was North Macedonia in 2020. Now Finland, and probably Sweden, is knocking on the door. Why do countries want to join NATO and what does it take to become a member?

The main attraction is Article 5 of the Washington Treaty, NATO’s founding document, which sets out the mutual defense promise: “The parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or in North America will be considered an attack on them. This is often seen as a guarantee to militarily defend an attacked ally; in fact, a member only undertakes to “assist” and take “such measures as he deems necessary” to restore or maintain security in the North Atlantic region This may – or may not – include the armed force.

Flags flutter in the wind in front of NATO headquarters in Brussels.

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Flags flutter in the wind in front of NATO headquarters in Brussels.

There are few treaty rules for joining the alliance. NATO does not have a European-style acquis, the vast body of legislation that new members must adopt into national law. Article 10 of the Washington Treaty states that the allies may unanimously invite “any other European state in a position to promote the principles of this Treaty and to contribute to the security of the North Atlantic region”.

It does not define “European”, nor does it say what the members’ contribution should be. Membership is therefore largely a matter of political discretion – above all the wishes of America, the largest contributor to the alliance and its ultimate guarantor, which extends its nuclear deterrent through NATO.

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Greece and Turkey, although governed at various times by military juntas, have been members since 1952. But with the accession of post-Franco Spain in 1982, NATO membership became more closely linked to the democratization of Europe, especially after the collapse of the Soviet Union. . Membership therefore became a more formal process with accepted standards. One is NATO’s “open door” policy, whereby the alliance offers the prospect of membership to all European countries willing and able to join.

Others were the requirements set out in the NATO Enlargement Study, a policy document from 1995. They included: a functioning democratic political system based on a market economy; fair treatment of minorities; a commitment to the peaceful resolution of conflicts; the ability and willingness to make a military contribution to NATO; and civilian control over military forces. Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic joined in 1999.

That year, NATO launched a “Membership Action Plan” (MAP) to help other hopefuls. For many countries, NATO membership has become, in effect, a step towards EU membership. NATO members have promised to spend 2% of their GDP on defence, but this target is not binding and most allies are still not reaching it.

Two sets of problems have slowed down NATO enlargement in recent years. One concerns the tangled conflicts of the Western Balkans. North Macedonia only joined after settling a drawn-out dispute with Greece over its official name; Bosnia and Herzegovina, torn by internal tensions, remains in the antechamber.

US President Joe Biden speaks about the Russian invasion of Ukraine during a press conference after a NATO summit.

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US President Joe Biden speaks about the Russian invasion of Ukraine during a press conference after a NATO summit.

An even greater difficulty has been Russia’s hostility to NATO that has spilled over into ex-Soviet territories, particularly Georgia and Ukraine. At the Bucharest summit in 2008, the divided NATO allies agreed on an awkward compromise: the two countries were not formally admitted to the MAP, but were told vaguely that they “would become NATO members. Later that year, Russia fought a short war against Georgia in support of the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Similarly in Ukraine, in response to the Maidan revolution of 2014, Russia seized Crimea and fomented a separatist revolt that led to the creation of the separatist regions of Donetsk and Lugansk.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, allegedly in the name of further NATO expansion, caused a profound shift in mentality in the West. Russia is again an acute threat; defense spending is increasing in Europe, especially in Germany; the allies pour weapons on Ukraine; and after a brief internal debate, Finland is about to apply, almost certainly followed by Sweden.

Despite their tradition of non-alignment, both Finland and Sweden have been close to NATO, especially since 2014, sending soldiers to Afghanistan, participating in NATO exercises, sharing intelligence and attending alliance meetings. Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, declared “we will welcome them with open arms”.

Since these are mature democracies and highly interoperable with NATO, membership should be quick. Prospective members must send a letter of intent to NATO and, assuming it approves, hold talks on a range of political, defence, legal and technical issues. NATO would then draft accession protocols which could be signed by ministers or ambassadors to NATO.

While these preliminary steps can be completed quickly, within weeks, membership requires ratification by all existing NATO members, which can take months. Macedonia signed the accession protocol in February 2019, but did not officially join until March 2020. NATO officials expect the process for Finland and Sweden to be much faster. “These are not normal times,” said one.

Even so, at a time when Russia accuses NATO of waging a proxy war against it and waves the nuclear saber, the accession process creates a period of vulnerability where an aspiring state may face retaliation or harassment by Russia but not formally covered by Article 5. Allies may offer interim assurances. The most explicit came from Britain, which on May 11 exchanged letters with Sweden and Finland promising to help them if attacked. Even more reassuring would be a similar promise from America.

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]]> The forgotten Glasgow suffragette protest that saw Emmeline Pankhurst arrested https://letrasenredadas.com/the-forgotten-glasgow-suffragette-protest-that-saw-emmeline-pankhurst-arrested/ Sun, 15 May 2022 15:38:22 +0000 https://letrasenredadas.com/the-forgotten-glasgow-suffragette-protest-that-saw-emmeline-pankhurst-arrested/

On March 9, 1914, a large meeting of the Women’s Social and Political Union met at St Andrew’s Hall, Glasgow.

On a day known as the Battle of Glasgow, more than 30 suffragettes clashed with 50 police officers. At this point, the 1913 “Cat and Mouse” Act dealt with the problem of suffragettes on hunger strike – granting early release to prisoners so weakened that they risked death, who would then be recalled to prison once their health was restored. . .

The WSPU formed the Bodyguard, a group of trained women tasked with protecting suffragettes from arrest. These women traveled from London to Glasgow the day before Ms Pankhurst was due to speak – knowing she was subject to further arrest under the ‘Cat and Mouse Law’.

Inside the room, bouquets and garlands had been arranged along the stage to conceal barbed wire to hold back the police. As 4,000 people gathered for the meeting, officers hoped to arrest Pankhurst before she entered the room.

Manchester suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, centre, pictured in January 1913 (Image: Mirrorpix – Manchester Evening News Archive)

In reality, she had been smuggled in a laundry basket earlier that day and was already at the scene. When she started to give her speech, it was only moments before officers attempted to arrest her.

With the police entangled in barbed wire, the suffragettes were groomed with buckets of water and used flag poles as battering rams. Things took a turn when Scottish suffragette Janie Allan pulled a gun from her skirt.

The ensuing riots saw police fire batons, and several suffragette supporters, including Ms Pankhurst, were arrested. She was taken to Central Police Station where, according to the Aberdeen Evening Express, she refused to eat or drink overnight.

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The publication told readers on March 10: ‘Ms Pankhurst, in charge of two of Scotland Yard’s officers, left Glasgow this morning and joined an express for London, great secrecy being kept as to the arrangements of the police.

“A crowd of supporters marched in front of the central police station all night. Large numbers of suffragettes turned up at Glasgow Central Station expecting to see Ms Pankhurst join the express, and there was widespread disappointment when news of the police maneuver broke.

Following the events, complaints were made about the behavior of the police with letters written to the Lord Provost of Glasgow as well as local newspapers. Janie Allen campaigned for an investigation into police brutality at the time and wrote attendees a written questionnaire about the event.

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Authorities rejected requests for an official investigation, adding that there was “no cause for complaint against the police”.

William Thomson, Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, made a statement to the Judicial Committee. It reads: “I wish to say a few words about the Glasgow suffrage riot from the point of view of its demoralizing influence on all concerned.

The Suffragette Oak in Kelvingrove Park was planted in 1918, to commemorate the right to vote granted to certain women (Image: Wikimedia Commons -Sara Thomas)
The Suffragette Oak in Kelvingrove Park was planted in 1918, to commemorate the right to vote granted to certain women (Image: Wikimedia Commons -Sara Thomas)

“To storm a hall or its platform by large detachments of police in order to ensure a single individual dutifully supported by a meeting which embraces a large section of the citizens’ elite must at all times to be a hazardous test of the moral qualities of the men on whom this work is imposed.

It would take four years before only certain women were granted the right to vote – those over 30 who owned land or premises worth more than £5. It was not until 1928 that women achieved electoral equality, granted to all women over the age of 21, regardless of property.

Emmeline Pankhurst, synonymous with the suffragette movement, died just weeks before the Equal Franchise Act was introduced in 1928.