Johnson insists progress has been made in talks with the EU's Brexit team LUXEMBOURG - Six weeks after he took office and six weeks before he is due to lead Britain out of the European Union, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to meet Jean-Claude Junker.On Monday, after comparing himself to berserk comic book super-smasher Hulk, the British leader will enjoy a genteel working lunch with the EU Commission president.Downing Street has confidently billed the Luxembourg visit as part of efforts to negotiate an orderly divorce from the union before an October 17 EU summit.But Brussels has played down talk of a breakthrough, insisting Johnson has yet to suggest any "legally operable" proposal to revise a previous withdrawal accord.Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier, who will join the leaders for their talks in Juncker's native Grand Duchy, has said he has "no reason to be optimistic".And the European Parliament will this week vote on a resolution rejecting Johnson's demand that the … [Read more...] about Johnson the Brexit ‘Hulk’ finally meets EU’s Juncker
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If you’ve been to Venice, you get it. Even the most jaded globetrotter can’t help but do a double-take at the sheer originality—and beauty—of the centuries-old city built entirely on water. Yet even the quickest visit reveals that Venice is no longer a living city, with scores more tourists than actual Venetians crowding its lagoon, bridges and walkways. The numbers bear that out. The city’s population basically peaked in the 1500s, and though it rallied again to near 16th century levels in the 1970s, today there are just one third as many Venetians as 50 years ago. Once the Mediterranean’s paramount city state, Venice today seems powerless to arrest the trend of ever more tourists and ever fewer residents. When a mammoth cruise ship rammed into a boat packed with tourists earlier this month leaving four injured, civic associations and the dwindling number of Venetians were quick to remind what they have been saying for years: the lagoon is too small … [Read more...] about The long, slow death of Venice
MANILA, Philippines — On screen, Dimples Romana is someone most people love to hate as the crafty, shady, scheming Daniela Mondragon on the trending teleserye Kadenang Ginto. But off screen, the 34-year-old bedimpled actress is simply a loving mom to her teenage daughter Callie and toddler son Alonzo. And their favorite bonding activity? Would you believe, cleaning the house? “Amid all the things that I do — brand exposures, shootings, hostings, writing a book, I need to find my center and cleaning my house centers me in a very peaceful manner,” confesses the the supermom. “And you can encourage your kids to clean the house — your way — through the cleaning dance moves/grooves of Pine-Sol. It’s a perfect family bonding activity.” Her new role as brand ambassador of Pine-Sol is a most challenging move for Dimples. “I love how Pine-Sol opened a new world for me because as moms, sometimes we just … [Read more...] about Why make the children clean?
By Melanie D.G. Kaplan The Washington Post Sun., May 12, 2019 I’ve stopped counting the number of cities I’ve fallen in love with. But I think Pittsburgh might be the first city to have loved me back. On a Sunday morning in February, the sun broke through rain clouds, and I walked along Pittsburgh’s waterfront to a 10-foot tall bronze sculpture of Mister Rogers tying his shoes. I heard his voice through overhead speakers. “Did you know that wondering about things is one of the first steps to understanding them?” Birds chirped, a freight train rumbled, and I looked upriver toward the sparkling skyline. I’d intended to make this a quick stop, but I couldn’t step away from that familiar voice. By the time Fred had reminded me that there’s nobody else in the world who is exactly like me, I had cried, laughed and called my mom. Steel City remains gritty. On dreary days in western Pennsylvania, the pitter-patter of rain is the … [Read more...] about Soaking in the sights and sounds of the Steel City
To be a great documentary photographer is to disappear into the milieu of one’s subject. For only when the subject thinks no one is looking does it truly reveal its essential self. Which brings us to Cesar Hernando—screenwriter, art teacher, book and poster designer, production designer, director, overall creative collaborator and yes, photographer, too. For having inhabited the movie set for close to five decades now, no one has really captured Philippine cinema in photographs quite like he did. For years, Hernando has been clicking from the sidelines to catch moments behind the scenes that tell their own stories. There is the picture of the young Mark Gil and the ingénue Bing Pimentel at the workshop for Batch ’81, sitting on the floor at the Vera Perez house, an early encounter that betrays nothing of the on-set romance that will blossom when the cameras grind. There is the one with Vilma Santos, before she goes into character as Sister Stella L., … [Read more...] about The photographs of Cesar Hernando, “man of cinema”