Trump unveils new ‘modern’ immigration plan

President Donald Trump unveiled his new immigration plan Thursday that would give preferential treatment to high-skilled, “totally brilliant” immigrants. It would also require immigrants to speak English and pass a civics exam prior to admission. (May 16)

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Today in History for May 13th

Highlights of this day in history: Pope John Paul II shot; English colonists arrive at what becomes Jamestown; Winston Churchill gives his first speech as British prime minister; The U.S. declares war on Mexico; Singer Stevie Wonder born. (May 13)

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Champions League: English teams prepare for quarter-finals

Manchester City is preparing to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League quarter-finals at Spurs’ brand new stadium. Meanwhile, Liverpool are training ahead of their clash with Porto.

Once Upon A Dream (360 Video)

The Peony Pavilion is a 1998 production by Peter Sellars, in a mix of Chinese and English translation, of the Ming Dynasty play The Peony Pavilion.

Part One is an avant-garde staging of the traditional Kunqu form of Chinese opera’s staging of the play, which is how the play is usually performed in China. Part Two is a specially-composed two-hour opera by Tan Dun, mixing Chinese and western forms and instruments.

Kun opera or Kunqu Opera, is one of the oldest extant forms of Chinese opera. It evolved from the Kunshan melody, and dominated Chinese theatre from the 16th to the 18th centuries. The style originated in the Wu cultural area. It is listed as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO since 2001.

Kunqu singing techniques are said to have been developed during the Ming Dynasty by Wei Liangfu in the port of Taicang, but linked to the songs of nearby Kunshan. Kunqu performance is closely inter-related with the performance of many other styles of Chinese musical theatre, including Peking opera, which contains much Kunqu repertoire. The emergence of chuanqi plays, commonly sung to Kunqu, is said to have ushered in a “second Golden Era of Chinese drama”. Kunqu troupes experienced a commercial decline in the late 19th century. However, in the early 20th century, Kunqu was re-established by philanthropists as a theatrical genre that was subsequently subsidised by the Communist state. Like all traditional forms, Kunqu suffered setbacks both during the Cultural Revolution and again under the influx of Western culture during the Reform and Opening Up policies, only to experience an even greater revival in the new millennium. Today, Kunqu is performed professionally in seven Mainland Chinese major cities: Beijing (Northern Kunqu Theatre), Shanghai (Shanghai Kunqu Theatre), Suzhou (Suzhou Kunqu Theatre), Nanjing (Jiangsu Province Kunqu Theatre), Chenzhou (Hunan Kunqu Theatre), Yongjia County/Wenzhou (Yongjia Kunqu Theatre) and Hangzhou (Zhejiang Province Kunqu Theatre), as well as in Taipei. Non-professional opera societies are active in many other cities in China and abroad, and opera companies occasionally tour.

There are many plays that continue to be famous today, including The Peony Pavilion and The Peach Blossom Fan, which were originally written for the Kunqu stage. In addition, many classical Chinese novels and stories, such as Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Water Margin and Journey to the West were adapted very early into dramatic pieces.

Its melody or tune is one of the Four Great Characteristic Melodies in Chinese opera.

In 2006, Zhou Bing acted as Producer and Art Director for KunQu (Kun Opera) of Sexcentenary. It won Outstanding Documentary Award of 24th China TV Golden Eagle Awards; It won Award of TV Art Features of 21st Starlight Award for 2006.

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The most northerly African in the world

Mark Babatunde is a Nigerian who settled down in the coldest place in Russia. He works as a Chinese and English language teacher at a school in Yakutia, Siberia.

Right now he plans to make a series of videos on YouTube to explain how to live (or survive?) in Yakutia — one of the coldest places on the planet.

Would you dare?

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My First Fashion Purchase: Ella Purnell

English actress Ella Purnell can’t remember her first big fashion splash but admits to living in her Chanel boots currently. (March 5)

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On first anniversary of Salisbury incident… let’s celebrate how beautiful Bath is

Theresa May issued a statement via Twitter saying she hopes Salisbury will once again be known as a beautiful, welcoming English city. Unfortunately, the picture used with the tweet was of St. John the Evangelist’s Church in… Bath! READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9pio

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‘I’m an Arab, I love you!’ Israelis hug a blindfolded Arab kid in show of solidarity

Footage from 2016 shows a social experiment conducted by an Arab kid. He stood in the center of Tel Aviv with a sign that read: ‘I’m an Arab and I love you. Hug me if you love me back’ in Hebrew, English and Arabic.

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Dua Lipa is proud to be nominated with so many women

English singer Dua Lipa was delighted to see so many women nominated at the Grammys. (Feb. 11)

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Darwin v Christians: Play about English naturalist dropped after parents complain

The English school has found itself in the spotlight after it decided to drop a play about Charles Darwin following complaints from Christian parents.

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