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Critics' Choice Awards: Gary Oldman receives another best actor prize

Gary Oldman’s march towards the Oscars has continued with another best actor prize for playing Winston Churchill. The Briton’s Critics’ Choice award for Darkest Hour follows the Golden Globe he won last weekend and the Bafta nomination he received on Tuesday. Globe winner Guillermo del Toro was on hand to pick up another best director prize for The Shape of Water, which won best picture at the Santa Monica event. But James Franco was not there to pick up the best actor in a comedy award. A number of women…

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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany receives degree of good news over latest calf injury

Vincent Kompany should make a quick return from his latest injury setback, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed. It was feared the City captain faced yet another lengthy lay-off after being forced off with a calf injury just eleven minutes into the Premier League leaders’ victory at Newcastle on Wednesday. The 31-year-old defender was seen hitting a seat in the dugout in frustration after leaving the field but Guardiola says subsequent assessments have proved positive. Guardiola said: “It is not as bad as we thought. We think he will be…

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Mother of 3 receives liver transplant from complete stranger after Facebook plea

One woman’s plea for a liver donor seemed close to impossible until her message made its way to a perfect stranger, who ultimately became her perfect match. Melinda Ray, a 35-year-old wife and mother of three from Colorado, was dying from a genetic disease that was rapidly destroying her liver. “We had just had candidate after candidate being ruled out, and symptoms were progressing. They were progressing fast,” her husband James Ray told ABC News. “The days were getting harder.” Desperate to find a match, Ray moved her message to…

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Around the Globe, Revered Artist Ferdinand Hodler Receives His Due, the Portrait Gallery Joins In

When the National Portrait Gallery first opened in Washington, D.C. 50 years ago with a small collection, two other countries sent loans. “One was England,” says Robyn Asleson, assistant curator of drawings and media arts. “The other was Switzerland.” So, when the museum embarked on a new exhibition series called “Portraits of the World”—to feature one international work a year and surround it with works from the museum’s collections that broaden its context—it knew which country to feature first.  Back in 1968, Switzerland had lent five 19th-century portraits of American…

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News: LOT Polish Airlines receives first Boeing 737 MAX

Boeing and LOT Polish Airlines have celebrated the delivery of the first 737 MAX for the carrier, ushering the new and improved 737 airplane into the central and east Europe market. The jet is also the first MAX placed by leading airplane lessor Air Lease Corporation. LOT, the Polish flag carrier, plans to take delivery of additional MAX airplanes as part of its strategy to profitably grow its airline. “We are proud to be one of the first carriers in the world with the state-of-the-art Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in…

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News: Airbus A350-1000 receives European and US safety accreditation

Following an intensive flight test campaign performed in less than a year, the A350-1000 has received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration. The certified aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines.  The EASA A350-1000 document was signed by EASA certification director, Trévor Woods, while the FAA A350-1000 type certification was signed by FAA international section manager, Bob Breneman. Both certificates were handed over to Airbus executive vice president engineering, Charles Champion. “Receiving the A350-1000 type certification from EASA and FAA less than…

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Famed London theater receives 20 allegations against Spacey

London’s Old Vic Theatre said Thursday it has received 20 allegations of inappropriate behavior by its former artistic director Kevin Spacey, and acknowledged that a “cult of personality” around the Hollywood star had made it difficult for people to come forward. The London theater launched an investigation into Spacey last month after claims of sexual harassment emerged in the United States. Spacey, 58, led the Old Vic between 2004 and 2015. The Old Vic said it had received 20 allegations of “a range of inappropriate behavior,” from actions that made…

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