WINNIPEG – A treaty regarded by some as the founding document of Winnipeg is about to mark a milestone anniversary.The 1817 Peguis-Selkirk Treaty was signed 200 years ago this Tuesday.The treaty established the Red River Settlement in the valley of the river by the same name.It was signed after an agreement was reached between Salteaux Chief Peguis and Thomas Douglas, the 5th Earl of Selkirk.Members of the Manitoba Living History Society marked the anniversary on Sunday by dressing in the appropriate attire and re-creating the event at Seven Oaks House Museum.The treaty also established the initial relationship between First Nations and the Crown in Western Canada, despite it being signed well before Confederation in 1867.“Chief Peguis came from the Great Lakes area and settled in Netley Creek, the Selkirk Settlers arrived in 1812, and both had difficulties with seasons, with planting crops and with basically existing,” said Marie Zorniak of the Manitoba Living History Society.“They each shared their resources with each other and their knowledge, so it was an agreement set up to establish a community.”(CTV Winnipeg, The Canadian Press)
For the latest road conditions in Alberta visit 511.alberta.ca. In B.C., visit www.drivebc.caA collision on Highway 43 near the B.C./Alberta border – FacebookA photo of emergency crews on Highway 43 near the B.C. Alberta border – Facebook UPDATE #3 – as of 1:30 p.m. – The highway is now open in both directions.UPDATE #2 – as of 12:20 p.m. – The following is from Alberta 511 – Highway 43 near Demmitt is currently impassable due to ice build-up from freezing rain. Choose an alternate route if travel is essential. Maintenance crews are working to clear the ice, however no ETO is available at this time.UPDATE – The freezing rain warning has ended for the B.C. and Alberta Peace. DEMMITT, A.B. – Highway 43 is closed east of the Alberta and B.C. border.According to posts on social media, the highway is closed due to multiple collisions and freezing rain.Photos shared on the Highway 43 Road Report Facebook page show multiple vehicles in the ditch along a stretch of the highway from Range Road 130 to Range Road 135.#BCHwy2 Reports of a multi-vehicle incident on the #Alberta side of the border on Hwy23. Traffic coming from BC is backing up and could cause more incidents. Please use caution and slow down if heading east from #DawsonCreek #PouceCoupe— Drive BC (@DriveBC) January 13, 2019A freezing rain warning remains in place for the Alberta Peace including Grande Prairie, Hythe and Beaverlodge. A warning is also in place for the North Peace in B.C.This Alberta Government Camera is located at the B.C. Alberta border.
The Security Council today imposed arms and travel sanctions on Eritrea for supporting insurgents trying to topple the nascent government in nearby Somalia.The resolution, supported by 13 of the 15 members of the Council, places an arms embargo on Eritrea, imposes travel bans on the Horn of Africa nation’s top political and military officials, and freezes the assets of some of the country’s senior political and military officials.China, one of the five permanent members of the Council, abstained from voting for the resolution, while Libya voted against it.In the resolution, the Council expressed concern over Eritrea’s rejection of the United Nations-facilitated Djibouti Agreement, a 2008 peace accord between Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS).Despite that pact, fighting and humanitarian suffering continue to engulf Somalia, which has been without a central authority for nearly two decades. Eritrea and Djibouti are also engaged in a border dispute.Today’s resolution “demands that all Member States, in particular Eritrea, cease arming, training, and equipping armed groups and their members including al-Shabaab, that aim to destabilize the region or incite violence and civil strife in Djibouti.”It also calls on all nations to support the Djibouti peace process and support the TFG’s reconciliation efforts in Somalia.Further, the document demands that Eritrea acknowledge its dispute with Djibouti and actively take part in talks to defuse tensions.The Council also reiterated its “serious concern at the refusal of Eritrea so far to engage in dialogue with Djibouti, or to accept bilateral contacts, mediation or facilitation efforts by the sub-regional or regional organizations or to respond positively to the efforts of the Secretary-General.” 23 December 2009The Security Council today imposed arms and travel sanctions on Eritrea for supporting insurgents trying to topple the nascent government in nearby Somalia.
by Angela Charlton And Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Mar 5, 2017 11:36 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 6, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – By shedding the bulk of its European operations, General Motors is getting rid of a perennial money drain and gaining essential cash that it can use to reward shareholders and invest in future technology such as electric cars and ride-sharing.The Detroit automaker also indicated that it may pull out of more unprofitable markets in the future.GM on Monday sold its European Opel and Vauxhall brands to French carmaker PSA Group for roughly $2.33 billion, retreating from the world’s third-largest auto market after almost two decades of futile efforts to make money. The brands have lost $20 billion in the fiercely competitive region since last making a full-year profit in 1999.“I think they’re ready to cut their losses and move on,” said Morningstar analyst David Whiston. “They’d rather take their time and money and spend it elsewhere on something that has a better return.”The sale, expected to close by the end of the year, also includes GM’s European auto financing arm, which goes to a joint venture between PSA and French bank BNP Paribas. GM has to keep $6.5 billion in unfunded pension obligations. But it unloads any future losses and about $1 billion per year in capital expenditures on new products.Chief Financial Officer Chuck Stevens told reporters that the sale also means GM only has to keep $18 billion on hand to weather an economic downturn, rather than $20 billion. That $2 billion will go to speed up a company commitment to buy back $8 billion worth of stock. GM could repurchase as much as $5 billion this year.The sale also was influenced by stronger European clean-air regulations that will require significant spending on electric-car development, as well as currency issues caused by Britain’s exit from the European Union, GM said.“Increasing regulatory and compliance costs will continue to be a burden for the foreseeable future,” President Dan Ammann said. After the sale, PSA, with a larger scale in Europe, can spread those costs over more vehicles, he said.GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra told analysts that the sale may not be GM’s last. She said the company has work to do on some international businesses and could make a similar deal for them if they don’t make enough money. GM has operations in Asia, South America, the Middle East, North America and elsewhere.GM still will sell small numbers of high-performance Chevrolets and some Cadillacs in Europe. The deal doesn’t include ride-sharing or other mobility ventures in Europe.For PSA, which makes Peugeot and Citroen cars, the acquisition will turn it into Europe’s No. 2 automaker after Volkswagen, capping a remarkable turnaround after it was bailed out just three years ago.PSA will take over 12 Opel and Vauxhall manufacturing facilities that employ about 40,000 people, the companies said, fueling worries that jobs eventually will be cut.Executives insisted that no layoffs are currently foreseen, while analysts say they’re inevitable over the long term. CEO Carlos Tavares said there are ways to contain factory costs other than cutting workers. He said the company would focus on logistics, quality, energy, maintenance and security.Opel and Vauxhall last year sold just under 1.2 million vehicles, amounting to only 5.6 per cent of the European market, according to GM.“Unloading Opel-Vauxhall and the European part of the financing greatly improves GM’s balance sheet, allowing investments in growing markets such as China and India,” said Rebecca Lindland of Kelley Blue Book.Christian Stadler of Warwick Business School warned that job cuts likely will be coming: “PSA has done it before and there is no other way to realistically achieve the cost savings they have in mind.”“The U.K. is definitely in a bad position as Brexit makes it less competitive than Germany and the unions are stronger in Germany,” he said.U.S. investors yawned at the sale. Shares in General Motors Co. slipped about 1 per cent to $37.91 Monday. They’re up 9 per cent since the first of the year, indicating that investors already were anticipating benefits from the deal.___Charlton reported from Paris. GM sheds money drain, gains cash with sale of European unit FILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, file photo, the logo of PSA Group is pictured during the presentation of the company’s 2016 full year results, in Paris. After billions in losses and years of unsuccessful turnaround attempts in Europe, General Motors decided that a foothold in the world’s third-largest auto market isn’t worth the drag on its bottom line. The Detroit automaker on Monday, March 6, 2017, announced that it’s all but getting out of Europe, selling its Opel and Vauxhall units to French automaker PSA Group. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
A United Nations human rights expert has expressed alarm over reports that an army battalion has flown into Rakhine state in western Myanmar to help local authorities boost security in the region. “This development, which reportedly took place yesterday, is a cause for major concern,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, in a press release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “The Government must ensure that security forces exercise restraint in all circumstances and respect human rights in addressing the security situation in Rakhine state,” she added.In Kachin and Rakhine states, some 100,000 and 120,000 people, respectively, have remained displaced for more than five years following the eruption of inter-communal conflict between Buddhists and minority Muslim Rohingya.The Special Rapporteur acknowledged the State’s responsibility to provide security and protect people from attacks by extremists, but said this responsibility had to cover all residents, and the authorities could not afford more security to some than others. Ms. Lee recalled the allegations of serious human rights violations which followed security force operations in the aftermath of attacks against three border guard police facilities in Maungdaw and Rathedaung in October and further clashes in November.“There have been increasing reports of incidents affecting the local population, including the killings of six Mro villagers on 3 August,” she said. “I share the concern of the Myanmar Government and its people regarding the safety and security of those living in Rakhine state in the light of these incidents.” The expert stressed that the use of force must always be in line with the principles of necessity and proportionality to ensure full respect for human lives. The expert’s call has been endorsed by the UN the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard. Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
The Golden State Warriors beat the brakes off of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday in a 126-91 win. Basketball fans are fairly well trained not to extrapolate too much of the regular season to what will happen in the postseason, but with a walloping this thorough it’s natural to wonder if the Cavs have any chance in the Finals.But after two Warriors-Cavs games this season, we likely still haven’t seen what the teams will look like if they meet for the third Finals in a row this June.Basketball matchups aren’t really between teams, they’re between lineups. Fans are familiar with the famous five-man units, like the Warriors’ Death Lineup of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes, or the Megadeath Lineup, which swaps out Barnes for Kevin Durant. But the ramifications of more minor adjustments can be profound: In last season’s Finals, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Richard Jefferson, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson outscored opponents by 26.9 points per 100 possessions in 66 minutes; but when they swapped out Thompson for Iman Shumpert for 14 minutes, the Cavs were outscored by 16 points, or 56.6 points per 100 possessions.So lineups matter. And during the regular season, the Cavs’ and Warriors’ Finals lineups don’t play each other very much.The Cavs’ five most-favored lineups against the Warriors during the regular season have played a combined two minutes against them in the Finals. Two minutes! Obviously, injuries have been a factor: Kevin Love missed all the 2015 Finals, and Kyrie Irving was injured in Game 1 and did not play again in the series. But considering the most-played lineup against Golden State in 2016-17 includes DeAndre Liggins, and neither J.R. Smith nor Kyle Korver appears in a top-5 lineup, it’s a safe bet that we haven’t seen Cleveland’s preferred lineups against Golden State.The Warriors haven’t been much more consistent. In 2014-15, the five lineups that played most161 percent of available minutes. against the Cavs in the Warriors’ regular season games played 45 percent of available minutes in the Finals, anchored largely by the Death Lineup, which played 24 percent of the minutes (most of any lineup in that Finals) and outscored the Cavs by 21.8 points per 100 possessions.Last season, however, an injury to Bogut and a slump from Barnes threw the Warriors into disarray, as their five most favored lineups against the Cavs from the regular season played just 15 percent of available minutes in the Finals. Plus, the Death lineup didn’t play the Cavs enough during the regular season to crack the top five (and it was outscored by 12 per 100 possessions in 53 minutes anyway).All of which is to say that while the Warriors have reconstituted their roster since blowing a 3-1 lead to the Cavs in the Finals, it’s likely both teams will shuffle things again between now and June.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
Share Tweet Email 120 Comments Short URL Image: AP Photo/Evan Vucci 18,906 Views Monday 27 Feb 2017, 6:32 PM Feb 27th 2017, 6:32 PM Image: AP Photo/Evan Vucci Trump proposes a massive $54 billion increase in US military spending The result is that Trump’s initial budget wouldn’t dent budget deficits projected to run about $500 billion. By Associated Press THE WHITE HOUSE says President Donald Trump’s upcoming budget will propose a whopping $54 billion increase in defence spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid.The result is that Trump’s initial budget wouldn’t dent budget deficits projected to run about $500 billion.White House budget officials outlined the information during a telephone call with reporters given on condition of anonymity. The budget officials on the call ignored requests to put the briefing on the record, though Trump on Friday decried the use of anonymous sources by the media.Trump’s defence budget and spending levels for domestic agency operating budgets will be revealed in a partial submission to Congress next month, with proposals on taxes and other programs coming later.The increase of about 10% for the Pentagon would fulfill a Trump campaign promise to build up the military. The senior budget official said there will be a large reduction in foreign aid and that most domestic agencies will have to absorb cuts. He did not offer details, but the administration is likely to go after longtime Republican targets like the Environmental Protection Agency.The tentative proposals for the 2018 budget year that begins 1 October are being sent to agencies, which will have a chance to propose changes.ResistanceIn Congress, Democrats and some Republicans are certain to resist the cuts to domestic agencies, and any legislation to implement them would have to overcome a filibuster threat by Senate Democrats. A government shutdown is a real possibility.“It is clear from this budget blueprint that President Trump fully intends to break his promises to working families by taking a meat ax to programs that benefit the middle class,” said Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer of New York.“A cut this steep almost certainly means cuts to agencies that protect consumers from Wall Street excess and protect clean air and water.”The White House says Trump’s budget also won’t make significant changes to Social Security or Medicare.The president told American governors at the White House on Monday that “we’re going to make it easier for states to invest in infrastructure” and that, overall, “we’re going to do more with less and make the government lean and accountable to the people.”Trump’s first major fiscal marker is landing in the agencies one day before his first address to a joint meeting of Congress.For Trump, the prime-time speech is an opportunity to refocus his young presidency on the core economic issues that were a centerpiece of his White House run.The upcoming submission covers the budget year starting on 1 October. But first there’s a 28 April deadline to finish up spending bills for the ongoing 2017 budget year, which is almost half over. Any stumble or protracted battle there could risk a government shutdown as well.Read: Sean Spicer’s denials left looking thin as Trump’s choice for top Navy job steps aside http://jrnl.ie/3262107 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Hundreds of thousands of dollars will come to Southwest Washington to expand work opportunities for young people, Gov. Jay Inslee’s office announced Friday.Career Connect Southwest will receive $740,000 to develop on-the-job training programs, internships and apprenticeships in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. The local grant is part of a $6.4 million investment statewide that Washington estimates will put about 1,800 people into apprenticeships in the science and technology fields.“A four-year degree isn’t the only path to a fulfilling career,” Inslee said in the announcement. “Business leaders have told us they are looking for talent in everything from information technology to health care. And that’s what this initiative is all about: connecting students to great employers and high-quality job training.”The two-year grant locally will help pay for apprenticeships in the medical field at PeaceHealth, Rebound Orthopedics, Kaiser Permanente and Great Rivers Behavioral Health.Jeanne Bennett, chief executive officer of Workforce Southwest Washington, said the program will target unemployed teenagers and young adults who have, in some cases, dropped out of high school. Career Connect Southwest will work with nonprofit organization Partners in Careers to find those who would most benefit from the training opportunity.“When you connect young people to opportunities at a young age, you can turn them around easily,” Bennett said.
Tags First Joker trailer has a gritty, dark tone Joaquin Phoenix is Arthur, aka the Clown Prince of Crime. Nikotavernise.com/Warner Bros. Pictures The first trailer for Joaquin Phoenix’s new movie Joker isn’t kidding around.The Todd Phillips-directed origin story has been teased as a grittier take on DC’s Clown Prince of Crime, with a few images trickling in that show Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian whose hardships in a bleak city lead him to insanity.The first trailer looks suitably disturbing and delivers on that promised darker tone. A smiling Arthur in full clown makeup is, well, as scary as a clown. While a social worker attempts to help him with the aforementioned insanity, his line, “I used to think my life was a tragedy. But now I realize, it’s a comedy” and a violent encounter with street thugs no doubt point to the tragedy to come. 2 Now playing: Watch this: The Joker: See all the actors who’ve played the DC Comics villain 14 Photos The cast also includes Robert De Niro as a talk show host, Zazie Beetz (the awesome Domino in Deadpool) as a love interest, Marc Maron as someone called Ted Marco, Bill Camp as a cop and Frances Conroy as Arthur’s mother in an ever-steely Gotham City.This is the first DC film to be separate from the DC Extended Universe, so we can expect no attempt to connect events here to those in the Justice League.With eerie strings from Sicario: Day of the Soldado composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, Martin Scorsese co-producing and a tighter budget ($55 million) compared with your average superhero caper, this is looking like a Taxi Driver-level character study well worth a gander.Joker springs out of the box Oct. 4 in the US and UK, and Oct. 3 in Australia.Check out our sister sites GameSpot, Comicbook.com and Entertainment Tonight for more Joker coverage. Share your voice 2:24 DC Comics Joker TV and Movies Comments
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Student Of The Year 2 (SOTY 2) box office collectionTwitterAfter turning Tiger Shroff’s second highest opening day grosser, Student of the Year (SOTY) 2 continued its momentum at the box office on Saturday as well. The film witnessed a rise in its collection on day 2.Directed by Punit Malhotra, Student of the Year started its box office journey with an earning of Rs 12.06 crore at the domestic market on first day. Despite receiving negative response from the critics, the movie managed to make good money on opening day.Being a solo major release, Student of the Year continued its impressive run at the box office on Saturday as well. The film witnessed good rise in its occupancy at theatres on day 2. With a screen count of around 3,200 across India, Student of the Year 2 collected Rs 14.02 crore at the Indian box office on day 2. “#StudentOfTheYear2 witnesses growth on Day 2, but lacks the appreciation for a solid jump… Mumbai, Delhi, NCR plexes performing better… #IPL2019Final today [Sun] will hit biz, evening onwards… Fri 12.06 cr, Sat 14.02 cr. Total: ₹ 26.08 cr. India biz. #SOTY2,” Taran Adarsh tweeted. Starring debutants Ananya Panday and Tara Sutaria alongside Tiger, the teen drama is likely to maintain similar pace at the box office on Sunday as well.Although Student of the Year 2 failed to impress most of the critics, the film appears to be quite popular among the youth. Ananya and Tara’s performance is also being appreciated, and it is being said that they made good debut.
Anyone who has been on the internet lately knows that cuteness can get weird: lemurs with Keane-painting eyes, infants dressed as peapods, cats with toast on their heads. The internet offers up achingly sweet “cute porn” because those images grab our attention. There’s something almost aggressive about the way we crave cuteness. A social psychologist named Oriana Aragón, who was then teaching at Yale, happened to be watching. In the days that followed, she found herself pondering a subject that doesn’t usually receive much attention from the scientific community: cuteness. Read the whole story: The New York Times They couldn’t understand. And the truth is, I couldn’t either. Why are most people born with the urge that drives them to have children and others, like me, not? I began to wonder if science had an answer. Several years ago, the actress Leslie Bibb perched next to Conan O’Brien’s desk and riffed about a baby so cute that it drove her crazy. She pantomimed her extreme reaction to the infant by gritting her teeth and clenching her fists. — One night back in the 1990s, I dreamed that I’d been stabbed in the stomach. When I bolted awake, pain sent me hurtling to the bathroom where I threw up. It felt as if a creature inside my belly was trying to claw its way out. —
Along day theatre festival, ‘Thespis 3’ – the third season of the National Micro Drama Festival will be organised by Vriksh the theatre, for the theatre lovers on April 21, at Kamani Auditorium.It is going to be the first time in the history of world theatre that forty plays will be performed on a single day with a maximum duration of ten minutes and awards are offered for 10 categories like Best Production, Script, Direction, Actor, Actress, Technician, will also be given. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe event will be inaugurated by ‘Kanpur- e- Kashmir’ directed by Vijay Kapoor, the winner of last year. Further the festival would be followed by plays in English, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Urdu including ‘Hukum Malik’ by Rajiv Kohli; ‘Chand Ka Pinjra’ by Deepu Sood; ‘Natrang’ by Sumit Nair, ‘The Red String café’ by Pratibha and Ananya Sharma; ‘Shatabdir Byadhi’ by Prithwijit Chowdhury; ‘Aattam’ by M Shaji, to name a few. This year’s objective of the theatre group is to spread the idea of ‘Art for Humanity’, through different plays, different stories which will be shown. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe festival has been organised from three years, in the name of Greek artist ‘Thespis’ – who is believed to be the person first to appear on stage. Not only the festival has entertained the audience, but also to its credit, this celebration of abundance has also bagged ‘Best of India Records’ for the last two consecutive years. Due to its unique nature, questions related to this festival have found a way into competitive examinations for bank recruitments and Civil Service prelims preliminary.
The free and open internet has come under attack in recent weeks. Just last week, the European Parliament voted on the EU Copyright Directive that strengthens publisher rights online, with activists claiming the result to be a victory for everyone who opposes internet freedom. That’s why Day Against DRM 2018 couldn’t come at a better time. Now in its 12th year, Day Against DRM is a grass roots campaign that aims to raise awareness of DRM and encourage organization and action against it. Organized by defectivebydesign.org, a team of passionate activists committed to removing DRM, the day is supported by a wide range of other influential organizations (as well as Packt): The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) LeanPub Open Rights Group Creative Commons Free Software Foundation What is DRM? If you’re reading this and wondering what DRM is, exactly, DRM stands for Digital Rights Management – to opponents, it’s also know as Digital Restrictions Management. Essentially, it’s about imposing restrictions on content online, controlling the ways it can be copied and shared. For software developers, DRM is particularly important – taken to its logical conclusion, DRM would inhibit open source software to such an extent to render it unrecognizable. Here at Packt, we take the principles of a DRM free internet seriously. We know that being able to use content in different ways – to have full control over it – is essential if you’re a software developer. That’s why we’re throwing our support behind Defective by Design’s campaign. It’s also why all of our digital products are DRM free. You can learn more about the Day Against DRM here.
“Theatre is live and it’s fragile but there’s strength a lot of the time in the context,” says Slovenian director Jaša Koceli about Greek theatre and his production that will open the International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama in a couple of days.After touring Slovenia, the 35-year-old director and the Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica are bringing their production of Euripides’ Trojan Women to Cyprus for two performances, on June 28 at the Paphos Odeon and June 30 at Skali Aglantzia.Jaša is taking on an important Greek tragedy, yet his admiration for this type of theatre took a while to develop. It wasn’t until he found himself in the ancient Greek theatre of Epidaurus and falling in love with a performance there that his journey began. It was something like being on a date, he explains, shaking with the feeling of sitting there in contemporary society thinking that 2,500 years ago people did just the same things.Later, he read The Trojan Women and was shocked by how relevant its stories still are today. “We don’t have the stories of the women or of the victims of war today,” he says. “We get their pictures but we don’t take time to listen to them or we cannot come to the connection with them and it’s a brave thing Euripides wrote from the perspective of victims and women.” So, having never been done before in professional theatre, he first presented the play in Slovenia in 2018.The performances in Cyprus, although in Slovenian, should still convey Euripides’ strong verses. The text itself is so strong when it is spoken, as the director shares, that it doesn’t matter whether it’s in Greek or another language. “Maybe something will not be lost in translation but found in translation,” Jaša almost jokes. But fear not, Greek and English surtitles will be on.The Trojan Women is an enormous piece of work, not only for its context but also for the strong female roles it embodies, unusual for the history of drama. “Hecuba is possibly one of the most amazing roles for actresses. It’s a mountain,” he says. The cast performing in Cyprus is made up almost entirely of women just like in the original Slovenian production although a few men will play the male roles.Director Jasa Koceli (photo Mankica Kranjec)This production however also a includes a poet of Palestinian origin who will end the performance with her poem, half in Arabic, half in English which she wrote specifically for this performance. More elements will be added to the performance and some things will even be done on the spot, the director explains. Nonetheless, Jaša’s adaption of Trojan Women tries to stay true to Euripides as the director felt it was his obligation to have a faithful production.What Jaša is most excited about is performing in an ancient theatre, although that does present certain challenges. A play in an open theatre is bound to differ from one in a closed theatre and there are certain technical limitations to consider but the natural environment is a big plus, the director admits.In any case, no performance is the same as it depends on the setting, the audience and the local culture and history, factors the director has taken into consideration.Jaša and his team worked heavily on music and emotions for this production which he believes are universal, hoping that audiences from different parts of the world can connect. “Ancient Greek drama can be almost anything yet to find this connection with the audience is the job of every group, every director,” he says.In his theatrical, creative work, he doesn’t believe that art should just educate but an array of emotions and ideas can be experienced. “I don’t want to be educational with art but I want to be educated. I believe that democracy is a daughter of theatre because in theatre for the first time they opened the public, they started talking and sharing stories and democracy developed after that. So, it’s a strong institution man developed for his needs and we still have it. I can be really grateful to work in theatre because of this big heritage.”Perhaps this is why he wants to leave an open interpretation to his production, allowing the audience to “see what they will see and feel what they will feel. I don’t have any instructions for that. I felt that this story, this destiny of people is really important and it needed to be done.”Excited to be part of the festival, the director says it is great to see one with such a specific focus. After his performances in Cyprus, the future for Jaša’s Trojan Women seems bright despite not having confirmed performances yet. He will continue to work on ancient Greek drama as next year he is presenting Electra in Lithuania.“The ancients will be on the repertoires all the time, we will always play with them, talk with them, try to understand them, try to say things with them in this particular moment.” The Trojan Women by EuripidesSlovene National Theatre Nova Gorica presents the first Slovenian production of Euripides’ tragedy The Trojan Women, the opening production of this year’s International Ancient Greek Drama Festival. June 28. Paphos Ancient Odeon, Paphos. June 30. Skali Aglantzias, Nicosia. 9pm. €12/6. 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