Football “definitely” coming home, Prince Harry predicts on Irish trip

Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex watch a demonstration during a visit to Croke Park, home of the Gaelic football association in Dublin on the final day of their two day visit on July 11, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 11 July 2018
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Football “definitely” coming home, Prince Harry predicts on Irish trip

  • Harry was asked during a visit to the Irish President’s residence in Dublin whether football was “coming home” to England
  • Harry and his American wife Meghan began a two-day visit to the Irish capital on Tuesday

DUBLIN: Britain’s Prince Harry confidently predicted that England would lift the World Cup as Gareth Southgate’s men prepare for their semifinal against Croatia later on Wednesday.
Asked during a visit to the Irish President’s residence in Dublin whether football was “coming home” to England, Harry replied “most definitely.” The phrase comes from a 1996 soccer anthem “Three Lions.”
Harry and his American wife Meghan began a two-day visit to the Irish capital on Tuesday, their first trip abroad since their wedding in May.
Harry, whose brother William is the President of England’s Football Association, is due to leave Ireland later on Wednesday and return home in time for the 1800 GMT kick off in Moscow.
On the second day in Ireland, Harry paid a symbolic visit to Dublin’s Croke Park stadium, the scene of a massacre by British troops almost a century ago.
The newlyweds also met Irish President Michael D. Higgins, his wife Sabina and their two large Bernese mountain dogs, Brod and Sioda, known for crashing many a photo opportunity.
They then watched young Gaelic footballers and hurlers play the traditional Irish sports at Croke Park, where Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney was pitchside to explain the rules.
The stadium is an iconic place for Irish nationalists. In 1920, during Ireland’s war for independence, British troops opened fire on a crowd there after 14 British intelligence officers were killed in the city the night before.
Fourteen civilians, one aged 10, were killed on a day that became known as Bloody Sunday.
Harry recognized Britain’s complex and “at times tragic” shared history with Ireland in a speech on Tuesday, saying he and Meghan hoped to reflect on some of the difficult passages when they visited the stadium and a memorial to Ireland’s Great Famine of the 1840’s.
Britain’s royal family has played an important role in developing Anglo-Irish relations in recent years, in particular in 2011 when Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, made the first state visit by a British monarch since Ireland won its independence from London in 1921. During the trip, the Queen also visited Croke Park.
The couple met cheering crowds who braved the first rain showers an unusually sunny Ireland has seen in weeks at Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university which was founded with a charter from Queen Elizabeth I.
Some students lent out of windows around the university’s grand courtyard to catch a glimpse and a photo of the pair.
Their visit captured plenty of attention in Ireland with pictures of their first day making the front page of most newspapers. The country’s tourist board predicted the trip would boost the number of holidaymakers coming from Britain, which has slowed since the 2016 Brexit referendum.


‘Star Wars’ producer Kennedy wants new movie voices ‘to bring world to its senses’

Updated 19 November 2018
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‘Star Wars’ producer Kennedy wants new movie voices ‘to bring world to its senses’

  • Kennedy was the first woman to receive the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Irving. G. Thalberg award
  • Kennedy said recent efforts to improve diversity in Hollywood and give women better roles in front of and behind the camera must be embraced

LOS ANGELES: “Star Wars” producer Kathleen Kennedy on Sunday accepted a lifetime achievement award from the organizers of the Oscars and said she hoped it would open the door for new voices in the movie industry who “might bring the world back to its senses.”
Honored with her producer husband Frank Marshall, Kennedy was the first woman to receive the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Irving. G. Thalberg award.
In 2012, Kennedy became president of LucasFilm, reviving the sci-fi saga and producing multi-billion dollar movies “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” that have made her one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood.
“I am very proud to be the first woman to accept this award. But I am also not the first to deserve it and I am 100 percent sure I am not the last,” Kennedy said to wild applause at a gala dinner attended by studio executives and many of Hollywood’s biggest actors and directors.
Kennedy and Marshall co-founded Amblin Entertainment with director Steven Spielberg in 1981 and produced of blockbusters including “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Jurassic Park” and “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial.”
Kennedy said recent efforts to improve diversity in Hollywood and give women better roles in front of and behind the camera must be embraced.
“It is my hope that with the inclusion of these powerful new voices, we might just bring the world back to its senses and maybe, just maybe, shatter a few glass ceilings along the way,” Kennedy said.
Veteran actress Cicely Tyson, who turns 94 in December, was presented with an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement, along with Argentinian musician Lalo Schifrin, the composer of scores for “Dirty Harry” and “Mission: Impossible,” and publicist Marvin Levy, who has worked with Spielberg for more than 40 years.
New York-born Tyson, who has appeared in numerous films, television shows and stage plays, was praised by record producer Quincy Jones for her “grace, dignity and class” and for focusing on roles that highlight the struggles of African-Americans.
Filmmaker Tyler Perry noted that Tyson began her career in 1950 “when black people weren’t allowed to come in through front doors.”
She became known for playing strong black women in TV series such as “Roots” in the 1970s, the 1972 movie “Sounder” and more recently “The Help.” “She is a queen to us,” Perry said.