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Army suicide tragedy as three women from same regiment take their own lives in a year
soldiers from the same unit have taken their own lives in the last year. All of the women were serving with the Royal Artillery at the time of their deaths.Gunner Sophie Madden, 23, was found hanged inside an Army camp in Kent three weeks ago. READ MORE: Brit troops must be ready 'to fight and win' to stop Putin, says top army chiefShe was serving with 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery when she died.Her death followed that of 19-Year-old Gunner Jaysley-Louise Beck, who was found dead at Larkhill Barracks on Salisbury Plain last December.Jaysley was serving with 14 Regiment Royal Artillery Recruitment Team when she died.Iraq and Afghan war veteran, Bombardier Nadine Askew, 31, was found dead in July last year.Known as Skew or Dotty, she completed a tour of Iraq, two of Afghanistan and joined peacekeeping duties in Estonia.She had served with 26th Regiment Royal Artillery, before becoming an instructor, training recruits on an AS-90 armoured vehicle with the 1 Royal Horse Artillery.Three weeks before her death, she joined a Queen’s gun salute in Edinburgh, with her role making her one of the few women to be in command of the gun.At the time of her death, her mum Amanda, said: “She was loved, she was cherished, she had a heart of gold and if there was any trouble, she would deal anybody out.“She had two families, she had us and she had her girls, her Army friends, and they were great friends and looked after each other.
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Panoramica, a Curated Spanish Film Platform, Announces Launch (EXCLUSIVE)
Anna Marie de la Fuente In response to shifting dynamics at film festivals, many of which have been impacted by the pandemic, a new curated Spanish film platform, Panoramic.film is entering the market.Spearheaded by curator Xavier Puerto, director of the Festival REC de Tarragona and a Spanish-language film programmer for the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia, Panoramica’s offer is two-fold: “We offer festivals the possibility of completing their line-up with especially curated programs and, through our selective catalogue, offer filmmakers the chance to see their films extend their rounds on the international festival circuit,” said Puerto.The idea for the platform came about after conversations with various festival heads and cultural institutions as they grappled with the changes brought about by the pandemic, with many forced to hold online or hybrid editions. “On the other hand, it is a common conversation among filmmakers that most films, for a variety of reasons, have a very ‘short’ life on the festival scene, regardless of their quality,” Puerto noted.With a number of festivals coming to realize that a hybrid version has enabled them to reach audiences beyond their borders, many have embraced it for the long term.“We want to help festivals with the sometimes rather complex process of presenting a hybrid version and help its audiences discover hidden gems,” said Puerto.In practice, Panoramica is integrated into the programming of the festival itself, as well as on its website with a series of conditions such as viewings with geo-blocking, specific dates or viewing limitations.
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Disney Plus Sets Launch Dates, Pricing for 42 Countries in Europe, West Asia and Africa
Todd Spangler NY Digital EditorDisney Plus confirmed launch dates — and pricing — for the 42 countries and 11 new territories across Europe, West Asia and Africa.Disney’s flagship streaming service will bow in South Africa on May 18, followed by all other countries listed in June (see below for dates and pricing). The media conglomerate earlier this year announced plans for summer 2022 expansion to countries including Turkey, Poland and the United Arab Emirates.The countries set to get Disney Plus are: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Oman, Palestine Territories, Poland, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vatican City and Yemen.
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Putin's list of European countries Russia could invade with 'troops there in two days'
Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine sparked fears of war spreading across the rest of Europe. With Russia sending threats to other countries in recent weeks, those fears may not be completely unfounded.In September 2014, Putin listed five European countries in a private threat over Russia's growing military strength.The countries privately warned were Poland, Romania and the Baltic states - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - which are all part of the EU, the bloc that Ukraine was also looking to join at the time.According to German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, Putin allegedly told then Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko: "If I wanted, in two days I could have Russian troops not only in Kyiv but also in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw and Bucharest."The statement, if made in these terms, represented the first time Putin had discussed the idea of invading an EU or NATO member state.European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, who is Latvian, told Politico earlier this month that Putin is likely to ramp up his military ambitions and challenge NATO in the Baltic Sea countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia if he is triumphant in Ukraine.He said: “If we do not support Ukraine, it’s not going to stop in Ukraine.
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