Orchestral versions of Land Of Hope And Glory and Rule Britannia! will be performed at the famous Last Night Of The Proms, the BBC has confirmed. The traditional anthems had reportedly been in doubt due to their perceived association with colonialism and slavery. The broadcaster has said the culmination of the annual celebration of classical music will include "familiar, patriotic elements". It comes after The Sunday Times claimed organisers were considering dropping several traditional songs in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. The newspaper claimed Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska was "keen to modernise the evening's repertoire and reduce the patriotic elements". Advertisement And it said the BBC was "yet to agree" the final programme amid "concern" about "how to respond to the ongoing debates over race equality". Fury then broke out about the event, which usually takes place in September in front of more than 6,000 at the … [Read more...] about BBC Proms: Organisers confirm ‘patriotic’ songs will stay – but without lyrics
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Ever been at a party where you recognize everyone’s faces but can’t think of their names? That wouldn’t happen if you were a bottlenose dolphin ( Tursiops truncatus ). The marine mammals can remember each other’s signature contact whistles—calls that function as names—for more than 20 years, the longest social memory ever recorded for a nonhuman animal, according to a new study. “The ability to remember individuals is thought to be extremely important to the ‘social brain,’ ” says Janet Mann, a marine mammal biologist at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., who was not involved in the research. Yet, she notes, no one has succeeded in designing a test for this talent in the great apes—our closest kin—let alone in dolphins. Dolphins use their signature whistles to stay in touch. Each has its own unique whistle, and they learn and can repeat the whistles of other dolphins. A dolphin will answer when another dolphin mimics its whistle—just as we reply when someone calls our … [Read more...] about Dolphin Memories Span at Least 20 Years
'If you don't have a strong political leadership, however much expertise a country may have, in pandemic preparedness or infectious disease, will not matter.' IMAGE: A view of a temporarily converted isolation ward for COVID-19 patients in the Shehnai banquet hall in New Delhi. Photograph: ANI Photo There must be an endgame for COVID-19. That's something we have been wearily, dismayingly wondering about since last March. We have pondered, without end, over when this virus, that has overwhelmingly dominated our lives for 16 months, will finally be neutralised. Infectious disease and public health expert Dr Amesh Adalja believes COVID-19 will be with us, in its present more aggressive avatar, till 2022. Dr Adalja, an infectious disease specialist, practices in the Pittsburgh area of Pennsylvania. He is also a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and adjunct assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, attached … [Read more...] about ‘Covid response is highly dependent on leadership’
New Delhi: Days after news of actor Kartik Aaryan being replaced all of a sudden from Karan Johar's 'Dostana 2' hit the internet, the latest gossip doing the rounds is that none other than Akshay Kumar will be onboard the project. While nothing has been confirmed as yet, rumours are working extra time to suggest that Akshay Kumar has been roped in for 'Dostana 2' in place of Kartik Aaryan . According to a Hindustan Times report, HT City quoting sources has claimed that Dharma Productions has requested Akki to join the film as it's a 'tricky situation' for the makers with no lead in sight. Quoting sources, the publication has reported that Karan Johar has personally requested the superstar to join the film and help him sail through as huge money is involved in it already. And in all probabilities, Akshay Kumar is likely to give his nod for Dostana 2. Dostana 2 was announced in 2019 by Karan Johar. The film stars Janhvi Kapoor in the lead role with newbie Laksh Lalwani … [Read more...] about Akshay Kumar REPLACES Kartik Aaryan in Karan Johar’s ‘Dostana 2’?
Tiger King's Joe Exotic has insisted his marriage to Dillon Passage will remain intact despite last month's public break-up announcement. The 58-year-old, who rose to fame in the hit Netflix documentary series, married Dillon, 22, in 2017. The pair had tried to make their relationship work despite Joe's imprisonment. Dillon had also helped on an unsuccessful campaign to get Joe a Presidential pardon from Donald Trump and had kept fans updated about his husband online. But Joe fired a scathing comment towards his partner online in March claiming that Dillon "no longer cared about him" and the pair announced their intentions to divorce. But now the fallen star has carried out a dramatic U-turn and insists there will be no official separation any time soon. The blonde haired former tiger owner is currently serving 22 years in prison for the murder-for-hire plot of Carole Baskin as well as animal abuse charges. He has said that he is still very much in contact with his … [Read more...] about Tiger King’s Joe Exotic and Dillon Passage ‘to remain married’ despite break up