Держкіно: в Україні починають знімати шпигунський трилер «Спадок брехні»

В Україні починається виробництво шпигунського трилера «Спадок брехні», повідомляє Державне агентство України з питань кіно.

За даними Держкіно, режисером і автором сценарію українсько-британського проекту є Адріан Бол.

У стрічці йтиметься про колишнього оперативника ЦРУ США, який змушений знову взятися за зброю, щоб домогтися зізнання агента ФСБ та врятувати життя дочки.

Над фільмом працюватиме міжнародна команда фахівців – з України, Польщі, Італії та Великої Британії.

Завершити роботу над фільмом планують у 2020 році.

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Уряд затвердив знання і вміння, які повинен мати вчитель початкової школи

Міністерство соціальної політики затвердило професійний стандарт вчителя початкової школи, що визначає його компетентності, знання і вміння. Про це повідомляє Міністерство освіти і науки, яке підготувало стандарт.

За повідомленням, у документі чітко виписана загальна інформація про стандарт, навчання і професійний розвиток вчителя, а також конкретний перелік його функцій. Їх визначено вісім:

Планування і здійснення освітнього процесу
Забезпечення і підтримка навчання, виховання і розвитку учнів в освітньому середовищі та родині
Створення освітнього середовища
Рефлексія та професійний саморозвиток
Проведення педагогічних досліджень
Надання методичної допомоги колегам з питань навчання, розвитку, виховання й соціалізації учнів початкових класів закладу загальної середньої освіти
Узагальнення власного педагогічного досвіду та його презентація педагогічній спільноті
Оцінювання результатів роботи вчителів початкових класів закладу загальної середньої освіти.

Професійний стандарт вчителя початкових класів став першим профстандартом в Україні, який затвердили на національному рівні, додали у МОН.

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«Це вперше не тільки на національному рівні затверджено професійний стандарт, а й докладно, по-поличках розкладено, яку кваліфікацію повинна мати людина, що хоче бути або працює вчителем. У цьому документі немає розмитих формулювань, кожна компетентність, знання, вміння чітко виписані. Й це дуже важливо, адже так ми дали абсолютно новий інструмент і для роботодавців, і для університетів, що готують майбутніх педагогів», – пояснила міністр освіти і науки України Лілія Гриневич.

Стандарт може використовуватися для оцінювання кваліфікації вчителя під час його прийняття на роботу, атестації чи сертифікації, присвоєння категорії.

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Київ: рух на Хрещатику 16 серпня перекриють на дві години через репетицію параду

16 серпня на Хрещатику у Києві через репетицію параду перекриють рух на дві години, повідомляє міська влада.

Як повідомляє сайт мерії, обмеження в русі будуть від 22:00 до півночі.

7 серпня військові вже тренувалися перед військовим парадом до Дня Незалежності. Тоді за репетицією спостерігав міністр оборони Степан Полторак.

Він сказав, що у параді візьмуть участь 4,5 тисячі військовослужбовців і 250 одиниць військової техніки.

Генеральну репетицію проведуть 22 серпня.

24 серпня Україна відзначатиме 27-му річницю Незалежності.

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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Dies

Musical icon Aretha Franklin, known by millions around the world as the Queen of Soul, is dead at the age of 76. The American singer — who had been ill for a while — was considered one of the country’s greatest musical artists. She sold millions of albums, received numerous honors and awards — including 18 Grammys — and was loved by generations of fans, artists and celebrities the world over. VOA’s Julie Taboh has more.

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‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin Dies

Aretha Franklin, the American singer known to millions of fans around the world as the “Queen of Soul,” has died at the age of 76.

Franklin passed away Thursday in her hometown of Detroit, where she had been under hospice care after a long battle with cancer.

Born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, Franklin was raised in Detroit, where her father, C.L. Franklin, was a popular preacher. Her talent was recognized at a young age as she played piano and sang hymns at his church services.

Franklin moved into pop and jazz music at age 18 on the Columbia Records label. But her real breakthrough came in 1967 on Atlantic Records, which allowed her to sing with her natural gospel intensity for the first time.

She rocketed to national fame that year with a series of hit singles, including “Chain of Fools,” “A Natural Woman,” and her most famous song, “Respect,” her first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song was written by singer-songwriter Otis Redding, who died the year it was released in 1967. But Franklin transformed the song into an anthem for blacks and women by rewriting some of the lyrics and adding lines that spelled out the title: “R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me.”

She eventually racked up more than 110 entries in Billboard magazine’s charts, the most by any woman in the magazine’s history. In 1987, Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

She also recorded popular and acclaimed albums such as “Amazing Grace” and “Young, Gifted and Black.”

After a downturn in the late 1970s, Franklin’s career rebounded with an appearance in the 1980 film “The Blues Brothers” and a new series of hits, including “Freeway of Love.”

Franklin struggled with weight and health problems, but even in her older years, her soaring voice remained a thing of wonder.

In 2009, she sang at President Barack Obama’s first inauguration, thrilling the crowd with a rendition of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”

She made headlines again in 2016 when she sang a four-and-a-half-minute rendition of the U.S. national anthem before a Detroit Lions football game.

Paul McCartney was among those paying tribute to Franklin on Thursday.  “Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever,” he said on Twitter.

Elton John said “The loss of @ArethaFranklin is a blow for everybody who loves real music: Music from the heart, the soul and the Church. Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated – she was one of my favourite pianists.” 

President Donald Trump said “The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead. She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. She will be missed!”

Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle sent “prayers and warmest sympathies to her family and all those moved by her song.”  

“Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience.  In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect,” the Obamas said in a statement. “Aretha may have passed on to a better place, but the gift of her music remains to inspire us all.  May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace.”

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White House: ‘We Won’t Forget’ How Turkey is Treating US Pastor

The U.S. continued to press Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to release detained American Pastor Andrew Brunson, after a Turkish court Wednesday rejected a second legal appeal to release him from house arrest. And Turkey is pushing back hard, sharply raising tariffs on a range of American goods in retaliation to the tariffs imposed last week by President Trump. VOA’s Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports from the State Department on deteriorating relations with a U.S. NATO ally.

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US F-22 Stealth Jets Take on Norway’s F-35 in Simulated Dogfights

Two U.S. F-22 stealth fighter jets squared off in simulated dogfights with two of Norway’s expanding fleet of F-35 aircraft Wednesday as part of an exercise aimed at strengthening the NATO alliance and increasing its deterrent power.

The two U.S. F-22s are among 13 in Europe for a series of short-term deployments in places such as Greece and Poland, with further training missions planned in undisclosed locations in coming days.

The Norwegian deployment lasted one day but will lay the groundwork for NATO allies as they work to integrate their stealth warfare capabilities, Colonel Leslie Hauck, chief of the fifth generation integration division at the U.S. Air Force’s headquarters in Europe, told reporters in Norway.

The deployment is part of U.S. efforts to reassure European allies after Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea.

F-35s arriving in Europe

Growing numbers of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35s are arriving in Europe as the world’s most advanced warplane and most expensive weapons program matures following a raft of cost increases and technical challenges in its early years.

“Every training opportunity that we have betters our readiness for any potential adversary of the future,” Hauck said at the Orland air base, home to six of Norway’s expected 52 F-35s.

Hauck leads a new office at Ramstein Air Base in southwestern Germany, that is working to ensure a smooth transition for about 40 F-35s scheduled to be in Europe by year’s end. The first of which are set to arrive in 2021.

Next month, a group of senior officials from the United States and seven other F-35 operator countries — Norway, Denmark, Italy, Turkey, Israel, Britain and the Netherlands — will meet to compare notes on the new warplane, which was first used in combat by Israel in May.

Better battlefield overview

The United States has more than 150 of the aircraft, whose sensors pilots say give them the most extensive overview of a battlefield of any combat jet available.

Norwegian Air Force Major Morten Hanche, who piloted one of the Norwegian F-35s, said the mock fight with the F-22s was great practice, especially since the F-35s generally surprise and overpower other nonstealth aircraft.

He declined to name the winning aircraft, saying only: “The F-22 is a very formidable opponent.”

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US: Serb Vote on Srebrenica Massacre Report ‘Wrong Direction’

The United States said Wednesday that Bosnia’s autonomous Serb-dominated region was attempting to deny history by revoking a report that concluded that Bosnian Serb forces killed about 8,000 Muslims in and around Srebrenica during the country’s 1992-95 war.

The U.S. State Department said adoption by the Republika Srpska (Serb Republic) government of the 2004 report on the Srebrenica genocide had been an important reconciliation step.

Reconciliation step reversed

“The August 14 session of the Republika Srpska National Assembly is a step in the wrong direction,” a State Department statement said.

“Attempts to reject or amend the report on Srebrenica are part of wider efforts to revise the facts of the past war, to deny history, and to politicize tragedy. It is in the interest of the citizens of Republika Srpska to reverse the trend of revering convicted war criminals as heroes, and to ensure their crimes continue to be publicly rejected.”

A vote Tuesday by lawmakers in Bosnia’s Serb Republic to revoke the 2004 report was initiated by the region’s nationalist President Milorad Dodik, and some analysts say it is the latest issue used by Serb ruling parties to mobilize voters around the nationalist agenda ahead of elections in October.

Dodik, an advocate of the Serb region’s secession from Bosnia, has always rejected rulings by two war crimes courts, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and The International Court of Justice, that the Srebrenica atrocity qualified as genocide.

Official says scope overblown

Though acknowledging a crime occurred, Dodik says the numbers of those killed had been exaggerated in the 2004 report and it should have included Serb victims.

The parliament concluded that a new independent international commission should be formed to determine the damages suffered by all peoples in the Srebrenica region.

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‘Simpsons’ Creator Brings Animated Fantasy Show to Netflix

The creator of the long-running animated TV series The Simpsons brings his first new show in 20 years to Netflix this week, a story that centers around a drunken princess, an elf and a demon.

Set in a medieval world called Dreamland, Disenchantment is creator Matt Groening’s take on shows like HBO’s blockbuster fantasy series Game of Thrones.

Speaking at the show’s Los Angeles premiere on Tuesday, Groening said the program is “more emotional” than The Simpsons or his other animated hit, Futurama. He said Netflix gave him “free rein” to create whatever he wanted.

Netflix will release all 10 episodes of Disenchantment on Friday.

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Diamond Won’t Let Parkinson’s Slow Him Down

Neil Diamond may have retired from the road because of Parkinson’s disease, but he said he’s working hard to get back onstage.

“Well, I’m doing pretty well. I’m active. I take my meds. I do my workouts. I’m in pretty good shape. I’m feeling good. I want to stay productive. I still have my voice. I just can’t do the traveling that I once did, but I have my wife there supporting me [and] friends,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press.

“It does have its challenges, but I’m feeling good and I feel very positive. … I’m feeling better every day,” he added. “Just dealing with it as best I can, and just keep the music coming.”

The 77-year-old canceled planned concerts when he announced he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in January. Still, fans will be able to see the icon perform with Hot August Night Ill, a live concert CD/DVD chronicling his return to the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in August 2012. It’s out on Friday.

1972 album

The two-hour-plus performance featuring 33 songs celebrated the 40th anniversary of his original Hot August Night live album, also recorded at the Greek in August 1972. He performed 10 shows at the venue that month.

“It brings back memories — very deep, loving and warm memories,” he said of his performance. “Playing there and doing music relating to the audience, it was special. It’s a special experience for me.”

He said he watched the 2012 footage recently as it was edited for the new release, and he called it “one of the best live performances that I’ve done and I’m proud of it.”

“I love the chemistry with the audience and myself. That’s part of the thrill of the whole thing. There’s a little magic involved in it,” he said. “I’m just going to keep on keeping on, and that’s about it.”

“The thing I love most about live performing is that it’s very much in the moment. It’s just something that you really can’t describe,” he continued. “You just have to be there and let the moment happen. Let yourself connect with the audience. Let that relationship with the audience express itself. It’s a powerful tool.”

Diamond is one of music’s best-selling singers with a number of hit songs, including Sweet Caroline, America and Love on the Rocks.

One-song shows

He’s given one-song performances since his Parkinson’s diagnosis, including at the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June and last month for firefighters battling a blaze near his Colorado home.

He said he’s not sure he can perform more than one song at the moment, but added: “The only way I could find out is to actually do it.”

“But I think I can, and I will give it a try at some point,” he added. “I’m glad to still be around. The fact that I’m still singing well is a bonus and I hope to continue doing it, but in a format that I can handle.”

Could a residency be a possibility?

“Well, I feel I can do it. I want to do it,” he said. “It’s just a matter of resting up, finding the time, preparing, and then just doing the show.”

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