All posts tagged: tragedy

Griffin Dunne Recalls the Tragedy That Reshaped His Family

Griffin Dunne Recalls the Tragedy That Reshaped His Family

“They all describe Dominique as the niece of John Dunne and Joan Didion,” he complained to Mom and her mother, who had just flown in from San Diego. Mom had stayed close with John and Joan since her divorce from Dad and hadn’t the patience for his sibling rivalry. She didn’t know about the orchid from Terrail. “What difference does it make,” Mom sighed, irritated to be reminded of superficial concerns that had troubled her ex-husband when they were married. “Nick’s right,” said Gammer, my mother’s mother. “It makes it sound like she doesn’t have parents.” Dad knew his mother-in-law could barely tolerate him and was surprised by her sudden support. “All right,” Mom said after mulling it over. “Have Rupert take care of it.” Rupert led me out of earshot from the house and took a long beat before deciding to speak. “I don’t want to bother your parents with this, but when Dominique dies, a statement must be released to the press from the family. I’ve put something together that is brief and …

Turkey stops all trade with Israel over ‘humanitarian tragedy’ in Gaza | Turkey

Turkey stops all trade with Israel over ‘humanitarian tragedy’ in Gaza | Turkey

Turkey has halted all trade with Israel, citing the “worsening humanitarian tragedy” in the Palestinian territories, which prompted strong criticism from the Israeli foreign minister. “Export and import transactions related to Israel have been stopped, covering all products,” Turkey’s trade ministry said late on Thursday. “Turkey will strictly and decisively implement these new measures until the Israeli government allows an uninterrupted and sufficient flow of humanitarian aid to Gaza.” Israel’s foreign minister, Israel Katz, accused Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, of acting like a “dictator” after the restrictions were first reported. The row will probably deepen tensions between the two formerly close allies, which have deteriorated since the start of the crisis in Gaza. Hamas militants killed an estimated 1,136 Israeli citizens on 7 October and took about 250 people hostage, and since then Israel has sent soldiers into Gaza and bombarded the territory, killing more than 34,000 people, according to the Hamas-run health ministry. Turkey’s trade ministry first announced restrictions on exports to Israel in early April, stopping the export of iron and steel …

The shameful tragedy of Miriam Rivera, reality TV’s first trans star

The shameful tragedy of Miriam Rivera, reality TV’s first trans star

For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails The case of Miriam Rivera is a shameful episode in the history of reality TV. Widely described as the first trans celebrity to emerge from British reality TV, Rivera, a trans woman from Mexico, rose to fame as the star and premise of There’s Something About Miriam, a dating show that aired on (the now-defunct channel) Sky One in 2004. In the series, six twentysomething lads spent three weeks trying to win the affections of the glamorous woman, while unaware that she was trans. They discover this only at the end of the series, in a reveal that provoked widespread tabloid fascination, a lawsuit and, later, abject condemnation. In 2019, Rivera was found dead, having apparently taken her own life. Her story, explored in the new three-part Channel 4 documentary Miriam: Death of a Reality Star, is less well known than that of some other reality TV tragedies, …

Man charged over tragedy chanting at Man Utd v Burnley match | England

Man charged over tragedy chanting at Man Utd v Burnley match | England

A football fan has been charged with causing harassment, alarm or distress over alleged tragedy chanting during a Premier League match between Manchester United and Burnley. Burnley FC said it was informed about “offensive footage” on social media from some of its travelling supporters at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. Greater Manchester police said it had charged Nathan Rawlinson, 44, of Bacup, Lancashire, with section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 and that he had been bailed. The force said: “As we have enforced recently, continued incidents of tragedy chanting by anyone will not be tolerated and will be dealt with robustly.” It warned members of the public not to share videos of the chant on social media as Rawlinson would attend court at a later date. On Saturday, Burnley released a club statement on X, saying: “We are aware of offensive footage currently circulating on social media from the away end of today’s fixture at Old Trafford. “Tragedy-related gesturing and chanting is completely unacceptable, and Burnley football club take a zero-tolerance approach. “We …

Man charged over alleged tragedy chanting at Manchester United game | UK News

Man charged over alleged tragedy chanting at Manchester United game | UK News

A man has been charged with causing harassment, alarm or distress over alleged tragedy chanting during a match between Manchester United and Burnley. Nathan Rawlinson, 44, of Bacup, Lancashire, has been charged with Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 and bailed, Greater Manchester Police said. It comes as the police force warned members of the public not to share videos of the incident on social media and said “continued incidents of tragedy chanting by anyone will not be tolerated and will be dealt with robustly”. The Premier League match ended in a draw on Saturday at Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground. After the game, Burnley released a statement on X, saying: “We are aware of offensive footage currently circulating on social media from the away end of today’s fixture at Old Trafford. “Tragedy-related gesturing and chanting is completely unacceptable, and Burnley Football Club take a zero-tolerance approach. “We will continue to work with Greater Manchester Police, Lancashire Police and Manchester United to help identify and prosecute the individuals responsible.” Follow Sky News on …

A Photographic Story of An American Industrial Tragedy

A Photographic Story of An American Industrial Tragedy

Appalachian Ghost by Raymond Thompson Jr. In the 1930s, when work was scarce, roughly 5,000 people — the majority of them African American — found employment working on the Hawk’s Nest tunnel project, which would divert the New River in West Virginia. But disaster struck when faulty drilling techniques caused silica dust to fill the air, permanently harming the lungs of hundreds and hundreds of workers inside the tunnel. Over 700 of them died of lung damage that resulted from exposure to the powdered silica. Photographer Raymond Thompson Jr. strives to highlight, in particular, the Black men who worked on the Hawk’s Tunnel who are all too often left out of the history of the tunnel’s construction. While thousands of Black men worked on the tunnel, there is little visual documentation that they were ever there. As historian Catherine Venerable Moore says in her introduction, Appalachian Ghost is a “photographic reimagining of the Hawk’s Nest story.” In some of the images, we see archival photos of the work camp, the gravesite, and the tunnel itself. …

Channel tragedy spotlights Britain’s Rwanda migrant law

Channel tragedy spotlights Britain’s Rwanda migrant law

London —  French authorities say a 7-year-old girl was among five migrants who drowned in the English Channel on Tuesday just hours after British lawmakers voted through legislation aimed at deterring asylum-seekers from making the crossing. Local officials said the inflatable dinghy carrying some 112 people hit a sandbank after leaving a beach near the village of Wimereux. “A few hundred meters from the shore, the engine stopped, and several people fell into the water,” said Jacques Billant, prefect of the French Pas-de-Calais region. “Despite this complex and delicate situation, 57 people who were still in the inflatable boat remained on board. Not willing to be rescued, they managed to restart the engine and decided to continue their sea route towards Britain,” Billant told reporters. Such is the determination of the migrants to reach British shores. Over 6,300 people have made the journey across the English Channel in small boats so far this year. The tragedy happened early Tuesday morning, a few hours after British lawmakers passed legislation that the government hopes will allow it …

‘People like Connor are still left to die in squalor’: the truth, joy and tragedy behind Laughing Boy | Stage

‘People like Connor are still left to die in squalor’: the truth, joy and tragedy behind Laughing Boy | Stage

In a bare rehearsal space near Southwark tube station, south London, 11 people are in the process of forming a circle, ready for a read-through of a new play. On the top of a nearby piano is a small mountain of tea, coffee and biscuits; for two or three minutes, everything is drowned out by the wheezing and groaning of a very loud kettle. The mood is upbeat and energetic; everyone here seems to be happily immersed in the strange magic of turning the script resting on their laps into something full of life. It is quite a job. The play in question, Laughing Boy, encompasses both everyday joy and the most awful kind of sadness: some of it is about life at its most intense, but its defining event is a senseless and unimaginably tragic death. It also pulls off the rare achievement of being political – at least with a small “p” – but also full of human emotion. The preamble to the script speaks volumes: “It’s a terrible story,” it says, “but it must be performed with optimism, …

We cannot turn our backs on the tragedy unfolding in Sudan | Sudan

We cannot turn our backs on the tragedy unfolding in Sudan | Sudan

Re Nesrine Malik’s article (For a full year, the bodies have piled up in Sudan – and still the world looks away, 15 April), in 2002 I was the chief of staff to the joint monitoring mission (JMM) in Sudan’s Nuba mountains, in South Kordofan. The JMM was charged with overseeing a ceasefire agreement through dialogue, information and diligent investigation of actions that threatened the agreement. Two years later I was attached to the African Union (AU) in Darfur, attempting to pause the conflict there and allow dialogue between the conflict parties and hopefully bring a peaceful resolution. The JMM successfully achieved stability and normality in the Nuba, whereas in Darfur the conflict, although reduced, continued to simmer and displace people, mostly internally into IDP camps. The different outcomes for the two conflicts 20 years ago was due to the quality of endeavour applied by the JMM and the AU with the local populations, local officials, the UN and NGOs to achieve a result that satisfied all local communities. As in Darfur in 2004, it …