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Old Stagers: Dramatic Irony

first_imgDramatic irony is the tired old cry of ‘it’s behind you’ in a pantomime; it’s Romeo stabbing himself needlessly next to his sleeping lover; it’s even that rather irritating individual who insists on telling you what happens in the next act in a loud voice – most likely whilst gorging himself on some godawful greasy snack at the dramatic climax.The fact that the audience knows something the characters don’t seems problematic; the audience can no longer enjoy discovering new information through the plot. However, dramatic irony cranks up the tension more effectively than telling an English tutor that you quite enjoyed The Da Vinci Code, actually. This is because knowing vital information about the play makes us all the more anxious about those on stage – wanting to shout ‘it’s a trap!’ or ‘he’s lying!’ to dramatic characters who are in the dark. Think about horror films; you sit on the edge of your seat, ready to jump at any moment, biting your nails as the attractive/minority/unnamed peripheral character does something very, very stupid. The audience already knows what will happen; it is this that creates the tension in the first place.Dramatic irony is employed in almost every play written in the English language: from Jonson’s Volpone to Stoppard’s The Real Thing. The effect created by dramatic irony is different in each case. In Volpone, the audience are titillated by the possibility of Volpone’s discovery, and simply await comedic downfall. In Stoppard’s play, the audience is subjected to something much less light-hearted, waiting for the imminent discovery of an affair and the destruction of two marriages. In both plays though, the audience’s attention is focused on how and when these things will happen.This focus on the how and the why was of huge importance to Brecht. To convey the political and social messages of his plays, he wanted the audience to think critically about what was happening on stage. To prevent them being overly drawn into the plot, placards would be placed at the front of the stage stating the name and location of the scene; there would also usually be narration at the beginning of a scene stating exactly what would happen.Dramatic irony extends the notion of art mirroring life; it isn’t only present on the stage. Dramatic irony in the theatre works on the same principles as it does in real life; tension stems from being privy to information that someone else is not. Perhaps it really is true that ‘All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players.’ Then again, perhaps it isn’t. Perhaps you know something I don’t.By Ryan Hockinglast_img read more

Tottenham join Arsenal in transfer race for Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 25 Mar 2019 2:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link164Shares Tottenham join Arsenal in transfer race for Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico Advertisement Tagliafico is wanted by Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Tottenham are weighing up a move for Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico, reports say.Tagliafico has risen to prominence in the last year and is being targeted by Unai Emery as a replacement for Nacho Monreal.The Ajax left-back has become a regular for Argentina and Arsenal continue to track Tagliafico with a view to a summer transfer. Spurs will face competition from Arsenal if they move for Tagliafico (Picture: Getty)The 26-year-old spoke out about the transfer speculation while on international duty with Argentina, and said it was flattering to be linked with the likes of Arsenal and Real Madrid.He said: ‘It’s great that they talk about me, because that means things are going well. But I can only focus on the present.’Tottenham, like Arsenal, are expected to have a busy summer despite limited transfer funds.Spurs have not signed a single player in the last two transfer windows, but there have been calls from the players and their manager Mauricio Pochettino for the club to spend big like their local rivals.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citycenter_img Ajax value Tagliafico at around £15m (Picture: Getty)But the Sun claim Spurs are ready to enter the race for Tagliafico and have scouted the defender extensively this season.ADVERTISEMENTAjax would demand £15million for Tagliafico, who has scored five times and provided five assists in 34 appearances for the Dutch side this campaign.AdvertisementAdvertisementTagliafico only joined Ajax from Argentinian side Independiente last summer, but quickly made a name for himself, attracting the gaze of Arsenal. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Blue Lake Elementary hosts cross-country meet

first_imgDozens of elementary-aged children took part in a county-wide cross-country meet a Perigot Park in Blue Lake on Thursday. The kids competed in three different divisions, kindergarten to second grade, third through fifth grade and sixth through eighth grade. The fastest boy was 8th grader Brandon Bento-Jackson from Pacific Union Elementary and the fastest girl was eighth grader Ai-lan McGoldrick from Jacoby Creek.last_img

49ers draft: What do Nick Bosa, others defensive ends offer?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA – Here is a look at not only the top draft prospects but others who might fit with the 49ers. Today’s category: defensive ends.HIGH-FIVE1. Nick Bosa, Ohio State (6-4, 266): His NFL genes and beefy frame — if healthy — make him an ideal bookend opposite edge rusher Dee Ford. Aside from his impressive but limited college film, the 49ers know him well from at least four pre-draft meetings. 2. Josh …last_img read more

Labour Day Projects Will Not Affect Readiness of Fire Brigade

first_imgCommissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Laurie Williams, is assuring the public that the agency will be ready to respond to emergencies on Labour Day (May 23), despite their scheduled projects across the island on that day.The Commissioner was speaking at a media briefing at the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development on May 20.“I can unreservedly give the assurance that there will be full fire protection during Labour Day or any other public holiday. The off duty fire fighters will be doing the physical work, while persons on duty will make themselves available to respond to emergencies,” said Mr. Williams.Fire stations across the island will be carrying out individual Labour Day projects, with the refurbishing of the Portmore station as the main project. The work to be undertaken will require the services of some off duty officers from fire stations outside Portmore.According to Mr. Williams, these projects will not only help in the beautification of all fire stations, but also in the preparation of the Fire Brigade for the upcoming hurricane season, which begins June on 1.Contact: Shelly-Ann Irvinglast_img read more

COSCO Shipping International Bounces Back to Profit

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Singapore-listed COSCO Shipping International saw its turnover from continuing operations jump by 271 pct in the second quarter of 2018.The logistics management company posted a turnover of SGD 40 million (USD 29 million) for Q2 2018, mainly driven by the turnover of SGD 32.3 million from newly acquired logistics businesses, the 100% acquisition of Cogent Holdings Limited and 40% acquisition of PT Ocean Global Shipping.The results were offset by a decrease in shipping revenue from a reduced fleet of 3 bulk carriers.Overall, the group booked a net profit attributable to equity holders of SGD 2.4 million for Q2 2018 as compared to a loss of SGD 20.8 million for Q2 2017.For the six-month period, the group posted a profit from continuing operations of SGD 5.4 million on turnover of SGD 80.7 million.Through its wholly-owned subsidiary Cogent, COSCO Shipping International has established a logisticsnetwork in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.The company said that it aims to expand its logistics network in South and Southeast Asia through acquisitions andinvestments and continues to explore potential targets to acquire.last_img read more

Lululemon selects former Sears Canada Loblaw executive as CEO

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first_imgVANCOUVER – Lululemon Athletica Inc. has tapped a former Sephora and Sears Canada executive to assume the top job at the athleisure apparel company.Calvin McDonald will take on the role of CEO at the Vancouver-based retailer on August 20, Lululemon said Tuesday.“(He) has an impressive track record leading organizations through periods of significant growth and innovation,” said board chairman Glenn Murphy in a statement.“He is the ideal match for the Lululemon brand and culture,” he said, highlighting McDonald’s consumer mindset and performance drive approach.The company’s last CEO, Laurent Potdevin, suddenly stepped down in February.Potdevin, who assumed the role in 2014, engaged in a years-long relationship with a designer who worked for the company first as an employee and later as a contractor. A source told the Canadian Press the relationship was one of several instances where Potdevin fell short of the retailer’s standards of conduct.The retailer’s board of directors started searching for a new candidate immediately upon Potdevin’s resignation.The months-long search brought them to McDonald, who will also become a board member.McDonald served as president and CEO of Americas for cosmetics boutique Sephora for the past five years, starting in 2013. Before that, he spent two years as president and CEO of now defunct department store chain Sears Canada. He also spent 17 years in various roles with Loblaw Companies Ltd.McDonald will be paid an initial base salary of US$1.25-million and will be eligible to receive, among other things, an annual target performance bonus of 150 per cent of the base salary and equity rewards equal to US$6-million, according to regulatory documents.The Canadian-born McDonald earned his MBA at the University of Toronto.last_img read more

District of Taylor moves ahead with water line upgrade

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first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – At a District of Taylor Council Meeting on Tuesday, August 6, Council made the approval to go ahead with upgrading a section of the potable water line on Willow Drive.Since its installation in 2010, District Staff say there have been multiple repairs due to ground movement and two complete failures of the ductile iron pipe, which was caused by corrosion.Due to corrosion, in 2017 the District replaced a portion of the existing material with a more resilient type. Then in June of this year, the District put out a tender for the rest of the water line to be replaced from ductile iron pipe to high-density polyethylene at an estimated price of $176,000, with funding from the Water Capital Reserves.Council made the decision to award the potable water line replacement project to Big League Utilities Corp. for the amount of $289,044.last_img read more

‘Computer glitch may be possible cause of fire’

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first_imgParis: A “computer glitch” may have been behind the fast-spreading fire that ravaged Notre Dame, the cathedral’s rector said Friday, as architects and construction workers tried to figure out how to stabilize the damaged structure and protect it from the elements. The fire burned through the lattice of enormous oak beams supporting the monument’s vaulted stone ceiling, dangerously weakening the building. The surrounding neighborhood has been blocked off, and stones have continued to tumble off the sides of the cathedral since Monday evening’s devastating blaze. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSpeaking during a meeting of local business owners, rector Patrick Chauvet did not elaborate on the exact nature of the glitch, adding that “we may find out what happened in two or three months.” On Thursday, Paris police investigators said they think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire. The Parisien newspaper has reported that investigators are considering whether the fire could be linked to a computer glitch or related to temporary elevators used in the renovation that was underway at the time the cathedral caught fire. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsChauvet said there were fire alarms throughout the building, which he described as “well protected.” Charlotte Hubert, president of a group of French architects who specialize in historic monuments, told BFM television that experts plan to spread a custom-made peaked tarpaulin across the cathedral’s roof, with enough space to also shield workers rebuilding the frame. French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to set out reconstruction ideas during meetings Friday with officials from the United Nations’ cultural agency, UNESCO. Macron is moving quickly on the fire-ravaged monument’s reconstruction, which is being viewed both as a push to make it part of his legacy and a way to move past the divisive yellow vest protests over economic issues in France. Notre Dame’s reconstruction is prompting widespread debate across France, with differing views emerging over whether it should involve new technologies and designs. Macron’s office has, for example, said the president wants a “contemporary architectural gesture to be considered” for the collapsed spire, which wasn’t part of the original cathedral. Macron hasn’t offered any specifics on his vision for the roof or whether the frame should be wood, metal or concrete, according to his cultural heritage envoy, Stephane Bern. He has named a general, Jean-Louis Georgelin, former chief of staff of the armed forces, to lead the reconstruction effort. Over USD 1 billion has already poured in from people from all walks of life around the world to restore Notre Dame. Judith Kagan, a conservation official at France’s Culture Ministry, said the artworks inside Notre Dame had suffered no major damage from the fire and the pieces were being removed from the building for their protection.last_img read more

Deputy collector to lead probe, report in 15 days

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first_imgGreater Noida: Following the death of two labourers working at ATS builder’s site in sector 150 in Greater Noida on Tuesday, the Gautam Buddh Nagar District Magistrate has ordered a probe into the matter in order to find out loopholes which led to the fatal accident.According to a senior administrative officer, the team, which will be headed by deputy collector of Gautam Buddh Nagar District, will be probing circumstances surrounding the tragedy and will also check that whether the builder and building contractor followed the regulations and safety measures. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAbhay Kumar Singh, deputy collector and head of the investigating committee, told Millennium Post that they will conduct an inspection at builder’s site and will join dots to ascertain the exact cause behind the accident. “Our team will be visiting builder’s site on Thursday morning and will conduct an extensive investigation to know the reasons and identify the responsible parties and hold them accountable in case if there was any failure from their side. We will also probe the role of builder and it’s contractor and will ensure whether proper safety measures were followed at the site or not” Singh said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe officer further said that a report with recommendations will be forwarded to the District Magistrate within next fifteen days who will take necessary actions against those found at fault. The administration urges all the builders and their contractors to ensure that workplaces comply with the regulations of the occupational health and Safety Act to prevent unnecessary incidents. The incident took place on Tuesday at ATS Pristine’s under construction project in sector 150 of Greater Noida. Two labourers identified as Ajay Malik (32) from Odisha and Kishor Kumar (23) from Bihar fell to death while working at the 13th floor after the scaffolding they were standing on collapsed. Victim’s family alleged laxity from ATS builder citing that the labourers were not provided with safety belts while the scaffolding was also weak. In a similar incident reported in October 2018 from ATS builder’s site in sector 132 of Noida, two workers died after a large portion of the wall collapsed on them. Taking cognisance to both these fatal incidents, the G B Nagar District administration has sought to launch a probe to find out the reasons behind the series of these mishaps.last_img read more