French literati ponder ‘brexit’ dictionary entry

FILE PHOTO: A pro-Brexit supporter is seen outside Parliament in London, Britain, June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

PARIS (Reuters) – French literary types aghast at the political turmoil engulfing Britain as it seeks to leave the European Union launched a tongue-in-cheek Twitter campaign on Wednesday to add ‘Brexit’ to the national lexicon.

French commentator Bernard Pivot’s proposed dictionary entry for “brexit”, as a common noun with a small “b” describing an insoluble mess, was re-tweeted 2,700 times within six hours.

“It would signify a cacophonous and insoluble debate or a shambolic meeting,” wrote Pivot, chairman of the panel that awards France’s prestigious Goncourt Prize for fiction.

The term might even replace “bordel”, as several of his followers suggested – a word of similar metaphorical meaning but which literally designates a brothel. Exasperated compatriots would then exclaim “Quel brexit!” instead of “Quel bordel!”

“Excellent,” another replied approvingly. “More violent and less vulgar.”

Reporting by Laurence Frost; editing by Richard Lough and Gareth Jones

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Japan Picks ‘Weathering with You’ as Int’l Feature Oscar Entry

The Japan Motion Picture Producers Association (known as Eiren) announced Monday that Makoto Shinkai’s new hit animated feature Weathering with You will represent the nation’s film industry at the Academy Awards. The teen teen summer adventure with a fantastical twist was selected out of 13 films shortlisted by a committee of seven directors, writers and film critics. The last animated project entered by Japan for the Oscar (now known as the International Feature Film Award) was Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke in 1998.

Weathering with You is currently closing in on the $ 100 million domestic box office milestone, on track to follow the smash-hit success of Shinkai’s 2016 feature Your Name., which made $ 358M worldwide and broke the Japanese animated feature record previously held by Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.

GKIDS has picked up the film for release in the States and is planning an Oscar-qualifying theatrical run for this year, in a bid for the Best Feature Animation race. The Int’l Feature Film Oscar does not require films to be released in the U.S. for eligibility.

Synopsis: The summer of his high school freshman year, Hokoda runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hokoda meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky…

Learn more at www.weatheringwithyoumovie.com.

The 92nd Academy Awards will be held February 9, 2020.

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter, Variety]


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Visual Effects Society: Rule & Procedures for 16th Annual VES Awards
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Jamaica News: Cannabis Licensing Authority Encourages Marijuana Kiosks at Ports Of Entry

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For Some Women Facing Angioplasty, Wrist Entry May Be Better: Study

FRIDAY Nov. 1, 2013 — For women at high risk for bleeding during angioplasty, the wrist may be a better entry site than the groin, a new study indicates.

It included more than 1,700 women who underwent angioplasty to clear a blocked heart artery and have a stent inserted to keep the artery open.

The Duke Medicine researchers decided to conduct the study after noting that American doctors are much less likely than those in other countries to use the wrist as an angioplasty entry site.

The study participants were randomly selected to have coronary angioplasty through the wrist or groin. Most of the women in both groups were taking a blood thinner to reduce the potential for clots.

Bleeding or other vascular issues occurred in 1.2 percent of patients in the wrist-entry group and 2.9 percent of those in the groin-entry group, a 60 percent difference, according to the study presented Oct. 29 at the annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics meeting in San Francisco.

Far more women in the wrist-entry group said they would prefer to use that site again if a repeat angioplasty was needed.

However, wrist entry did not work for all women. In more than 6 percent of cases, doctors had to abandon the wrist access attempt and use the groin entry method, typically because of spasms in the wrist artery or because the blood vessel was too small.

Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

“We have a lot of information comparing wrist-versus-leg approaches for [coronary angioplasty], but we haven’t had the data in women, and this is pretty consistent with what we’ve known for men,” study author Dr. Sunil Rao, an associate professor of medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, said in a Duke news release.

“The radial [wrist] approach appears to be safer for women at high risk for bleeding. At the same time, we need to let our patients know that if we try this approach and there are issues such as spasms, we’ll have to switch and go to the leg,” Rao added.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about coronary angioplasty.

Posted: November 2013

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Lithuania denies entry to Soviet-styled Porsche

VILNIUS | Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:56pm EDT

VILNIUS (Reuters) – A Belarusian man driving a Porsche sports car emblazoned with the red and yellow flag of the Soviet Union was denied entry into Lithuania on Tuesday on the grounds that the public display of such symbols in the Baltic country is illegal.

Under the rule of the former Soviet Union for almost half a century, Vilnius banned the public display of Soviet symbols in 2008, sparking protests from former colonial master Russia.

The bonnet of the offending Porsche 966 – driven by a 26-year-old man – had a giant Soviet flag painted on it complete with a yellow hammer and sickle symbol and star, Rokas Pukinskas, a spokesman for Lithuania’s state border guard service, told Reuters.

“The border guards suggested the driver leave his car behind and enter Lithuania by foot or by bus, which he refused to do”, Pukinskas added.

Belarus, ruled by former Soviet collective farm boss Alexander Lukashenko since 1994, revels in its past as one of the Soviet Union’s 15 republics and encourages nostalgia for the defunct state.

Lithuania and Hungary are the only two European Union countries to outlaw public displays of Soviet symbols. However, the fine of 500-1000 litas (150-280 euros) for violators in Lithuania is rarely issued.

(Reporting by Andrius Sytas via Stockholm newsroom; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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Snoop Dogg Denied Norway Entry For 2 Years For Pot

OSLO, Norway (AP) — A lawyer representing Snoop Dogg says the American rapper has been banned from entering Norway for two years after trying to enter the country with a small amount of marijuana last month.

Holger Hagesaeter, the rapper’s legal representative in Norway, told The Associated Press on Saturday that his client “can live with the decision” and has no immediate plans to appeal it.

Snoop Dogg, whose name is Calvin Broadus, was on his way to a music festival in southern Norway in June when sniffer dogs detected eight grams of marijuana in his luggage. He was also carrying more cash than is legally allowed and was fined 52,000 kroner ($ 8,600) after admitting to the two offenses, the lawyer said.

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