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James Lovelock: Gaia theory creator on coronavirus and turning 101

James Lovelock: Gaia theory creator on coronavirus and turning 101

Science
James Lovelock, one of Britain’s greatest scientists, is famous for developing the Gaia hypothesis, which sees the Earth as a self-regulating system.In his long and influential career, he also revealed the chemicals that were destroying the ozone layer.He’s just celebrated his 101st birthday and the BBC's chief environment correspondent Justin Rowlatt visited him at his home in Dorset.Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Science & Environment
Army culture, strategy need to transform for 21st century, Gen. James McConville says

Army culture, strategy need to transform for 21st century, Gen. James McConville says

Business
The Army is fighting institutionalized racism and needs to see troops as individuals with distinct experiences instead of as a homogeneous unit, Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said Friday. The Army doesn't have a problem with diversity, but inclusion, McConville said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event. Advertisement The service branch is already relatively diverse -- the Army is 39% minority, while only 24% of the country is minority. But diversity drops off in higher ranks; 71% of officers are white. In addition to the Army's overt efforts to combat racism, such as effectively banning Confederate flags, promotion boards no longer see photos of candidates to prevent implicit bias, he said. The Air Force has also been discussing race and diversity this su...
Amber Heard didn’t want Johnny Depp to know about James Franco romantic scene, court hears

Amber Heard didn’t want Johnny Depp to know about James Franco romantic scene, court hears

Entertainment
Amber Heard asked her former assistant to conceal the fact she was filming a romantic scene with James Franco from her then partner Johnny Depp as an "insurance policy", the High Court has heard.Kate James, who was Heard's personal assistant for three years, said the actress asked her not to let Depp or his team know she was doing the scene with her co-star in 2015 thriller The Adderall Diaries. Ms James appeared as a witness on day seven of Depp's libel action against the publishers of The Sun, following two estate managers who gave evidence earlier on Wednesday. Here are some of the other key moments from day seven in court: ...
Margarita Pracatan: Cuban singer beloved of Clive James dies at 89

Margarita Pracatan: Cuban singer beloved of Clive James dies at 89

Entertainment
Margarita Pracatan, the flamboyant Cuban singer who broadcaster Clive James helped make a household name in the UK, has died at the age of 89.Known for her appearances on James's ITV chat show, the woman born Margarita Figueroa in 1931 brought a Hispanic flourish to numerous well-known songs.James discovered her on US cable TV and hired her as his show's "resident New York-based Latin American chanteuse".Her social media said she had "left for the ultimate Happy Hours in the sky". Pracatan's flamboyant fashions, thick accent and often wayward grasp on her musical material made her a popular fixture on 1990s television.'She's really like that'"Margarita gives everything she's got, every time," sai...
Coronavirus: Theatres need bailout to survive, warns writer James Graham

Coronavirus: Theatres need bailout to survive, warns writer James Graham

Business
Playwright James Graham has said an "aggressive government bailout" is needed to save theatres from the impact of the coronavirus crisis.UK venues have been shut for four weeks, with all West End performances cancelled until at least 31 May.In several months' time, "all of the reserves will have dried up and there will be no money left", Graham warned."I don't even know if there will be a theatre or film industry that we can recognise when this is all over."Graham, one of the country's leading dramatists, has turned his hit West End play Quiz, about the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? coughing scandal, into an ITV mini-series.'No middle ground'While some theatres have started streaming online, he told the PA news agency it was "a ...