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Fight Night by Miriam Toews review – a paean to the strength of women | fiction

MIriam Toews's fiction always puts me in mind of the paintings of Agnes Martin: both artists use repeating patterns, creating distinct pieces from variations on the same basic elements. For Toews, the motifs that are reworked through all her books of her are largely autobiographical. She draws on her cultural background of her – growing up in a strict Mennonite community in rural Canada – as well as her family history of her: both her father and her sister of her killed themselves after long battles with mental illness. While these recurring themes are threaded through her eighth novel de ella, fight nightthe tone is markedly different from that of its predecessor, Women Talking. That book fictionalized a historic case of sexual assault in a Bolivian Mennonite village, where multipl...
Brussels proposes to pay direct aid of up to 15,000 euros to farmers affected by high prices
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Brussels proposes to pay direct aid of up to 15,000 euros to farmers affected by high prices

Archive image of a harvester in the Extremaduran countryside. / TODAYThe European Commission offers Member States the possibility of granting a single payment to farmers and agri-food companies most affected by the increase in the prices of inputs under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development The European Commission offers Member States the possibility of granting a single payment to farmers and agri-food companies most affected by the increase in the prices of inputs charged to the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), as an exceptional measure to guarantee the food security despite market disturbances. Farmers will be eligible for aid of up to 15,000 euros and SMEs to a payment of up to 100,000 euros, and in any case disbursed before October 15, 2023,...
Davos day two: World ‘in trouble’ as food crisis intensifies – live updates |  Business
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Davos day two: World ‘in trouble’ as food crisis intensifies – live updates | Business

Adam Tooze: nuclear escalation risk not priced inLarry ElliottGeopolitical rivalries are also dominating attentions.Professor Adam Tooze of Columbia University in NYC said he was worried about China, because there didn't seem to be an “off ramp” from Beijing's zero lockdown policy.Tooze, though, is even more concerned about the Cold War turning hot, as the Russia-Ukraine war continues.“The nuclear escalation risk has not been priced in” Tooze tells us, as I have considered what Vladimir Putin might do next.Politicians in the US, he said, were aiming to deprive Russia of the ability to pursue independent military action, something that it hadn't done in the years between the end of the Second World War and the collapse of communism. "This doesn't feel like the Cold War."Tooze said he was...
Crossrail: Elizabeth line hailed as ‘fit for a Queen’ as it opens |  cross rail
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Crossrail: Elizabeth line hailed as ‘fit for a Queen’ as it opens | cross rail

The first Elizabeth line trains to carry passengers through the new tunnels under London departed on time on Tuesday morning, marking the start of an era of greater speed, space and comfort – “fit for a Queen, and Londoners”, the mayor, Sadiq Khan , said.Hundreds of people braved the rain to queue outside for the first train from Paddington through central London on the line originally known as Crossrail – finally ready for service a week before the platinum jubilee celebrations for the Queen.Crowds head down the escalator at Paddington as the Elizabeth line opened this morning. Photograph: Jill Mead/The GuardianAndy Byford, commissioner at Transport for London, and London Major Sadiq Khan disembark the first Elizabeth line train to carry passengers at Farringdon station. Photograph: Ki...
‘It’s so joyful and full of promise’: a modernism exhibition aims for hope |  modernism
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‘It’s so joyful and full of promise’: a modernism exhibition aims for hope | modernism

Although the dawn of the 20th century was a time of war, pandemic and social upheaval, it also brought with it an undeniable sense of hope and opportunity that was central to the modernist art that was flourishing at the time. Visionary new aesthetics were being unleashed on to the world, and artists truly believed in the revolutionary potential of their work. It is this unrivaled possibility, openness and optimism that the Whitney Museum's new exhibit of modernist art, At the Dawn of a New Age, seeks to channel for museum-goers.“There's this sense of ebullience that registers in the work,” said the scholar and longtime Whitney curator Barbara Haskell, who organized this show. “It seemed that it would be fitting to showcase this work at a time when we're dealing with the dystopia of ...
Mark Lawrenson’s retirement marks the end of football punditry’s innocent age |  Soccer
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Mark Lawrenson’s retirement marks the end of football punditry’s innocent age | Soccer

This is not taxed. In many ways to break out the violins for Mark Lawrenson would really be to miss the true essence of the man. You may even have missed his retirement from him last week amid the opera of season-ending farewells. Divock Origi gets a guard of honor at Anfield. Mike Dean gets a 1,500-word valedictory feature in the Athletic. Lawrenson, by contrast, simply slipped away with a droop of the shoulders and very possibly a wry quip about not letting the door hit him on the way out.Which does feel a little strange, even when you take into account the fact that Lawrenson has now been in gentle recession from our screens for some time now. There was still the odd radio gig, semi-regular appearances on Football Focus, the weekly prediction column for the BBC Sport website. ...
Jean Carne: ‘It feels like it’s my time now’ |  Jazz
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Jean Carne: ‘It feels like it’s my time now’ | Jazz

AAt 21, the singer Jean Carne had uprooted her life in Atlanta, Georgia, to elope to Hollywood with jazz pianist Doug Carn. It was 1969, and like so many American kids of the flower-power years, Carne was moving west to try her luck in the world of entertainment.While most of her generation would have struck out, Carne found herself living in an apartment block with members of a new funk collective from Chicago. These vegetarian men, who expounded on the benefits of clean living and astrology called themselves Earth, Wind & Fire. Doug and Jean soon hit it off with the band, recording backing vocals and keys on their first two albums, and even adopting their vegetarianism. The group went on to sell more than 90m records, becoming one of the best-selling pop acts of all time.In the en...
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In the Passport Office queue I see distress, despair and the dilapidated state of Britain | Polly Toynbee

At Globe House, the London Passport Office, I want to see where rightwing anarchy leads. The queues outside are a publicly visible sign of the dilapidated state, people indignantly eager to tell stories that seem to signal the collapse of public services, things once solid crumbling away.The first person I meet is a father from Chichester with his small son, on a last try for the boy's passport for a family holiday to Greece that was booked three years ago. "It's lost if we don't go tomorrow." A renewal applied for in February was “lost in the post” despite proof of postage. Then they were told a Passport Office IT “systems upgrade” in March had lost it. “Then they wanted another copy of our marriage certificate. My wife spent hours on the phone daily to get an appointment.”Next t...
Canon presents its new Canon R7 and R10, in addition to its first RF-S optics
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Canon presents its new Canon R7 and R10, in addition to its first RF-S optics

Canon presents its new EOS R7 and R10 models, in addition to its first RF-S lenses, RF mounts with APS-C sensor support. The Canon photographic company provides its mirrorless and APS-C sensor cameras to its EOS R rangein his quest to definitively put an end to reflex cameras, giving way to the aforementioned mirrorless cameras. Canon presents them as the natural successors to the EOS 7D Mark II and also to the two-digit EOS popular with the brand.It is with this that they present two new models, the R10 and R7, both with quite restrained dimensions, good specifications, and two 24 and 32 Mpx sensors respectively. Both models also stand out for having features that allow us both to take good photographs and to make videos of more than sufficient quality with 4K resoluti...
FBI Wants Cao de Bens for Helping North Korea Evade Sanctions
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FBI Wants Cao de Bens for Helping North Korea Evade Sanctions

Updated Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 08:34The Catalan could spend up to 20 years in a US prisonAlejandro Cao de Bens, special delegate of the North Korean Government in 2016.USA The New York prosecutor accuses the Spaniard Cao de Bens and a Briton for helping North Korea to evade sanctions The FBI has issued this Monday a search and arrest warrant against the Catalan Alejandro Cao de Bens, whom it accuses of conspiring together with a US citizen to help North Korea to evade some of the economic sanctions imposed by the US, for which could spend up to 20 years in an American prison.Cao de Bens, founder of the organization friends of korea and defender of the Kim Jong-un regime, would have recruited a "cryptocurrency expert" to provide services to the North Korean government during a conferenc...