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Meghan takes royal roles at UK charities for women and animals

LONDON (Reuters) – Meghan Markle, wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, announced on Thursday she would become patron of four organizations to champion causes close to her heart, including the National Theater and charities supporting women and animal welfare. Queen Elizabeth, 92, has passed on her patronages of the National Theater and the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which she has held for decades, to Meghan, who married the queen’s grandson last year. Known as the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan will also become the patron of Smart Works, a charity helping long-term…

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O’Neill and Keane leave Republic roles

Manager Martin O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane have parted company with the Republic of Ireland, the FAI announced on Wednesday. The pair took over the reins in 2013 and guided the Republic to the last 16 of the 2016 European Championships. However relegation from the Uefa Nations League and a winless 2018 has ended their spell in charge. The Republic finished bottom of Group B4 in the inaugural Nations League and won just once in their past 11 games. “I would like to thank Martin, Roy, and the management…

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Technology 

Snap hires Amazon, HuffPost executives to fill big roles

(Reuters) – Snap Inc (SNAP.N) said on Wednesday it had hired Amazon.com Inc’s (AMZN.O) head of advertising Jeremi Gorman as its chief business officer and HuffPost media company Chief Executive Jared Grusd as chief strategy officer. The moves were disclosed in an internal memo shared by Snap. Snap shares were briefly up 2.5 percent on the news, first reported by CNBC, before falling flat on Wednesday. Last month, Snap said its Chief Strategy Officer Imran Khan would step down, with his last day still undetermined. Khan was the latest top-level…

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Cate Blanchett defends straight actors playing LGBT roles

Image copyright Getty Images Cate Blanchett has defended straight actors playing gay roles in film and TV. Hollywood has been criticised for giving LGBT roles to straight actors and earlier this year Scarlett Johansson pulled out of playing a trans character following a backlash. Blanchett played a lesbian in 2015’s Carol. She said: “I will fight to the death for the right to suspend disbelief and play roles beyond my experience.” The Australian actress disagrees with the idea that a performer only really knows a character if they have shared…

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Viola Davis and other stars who ‘regret’ their big roles

Image copyright Alamy Viola Davis says she “regretted” her role in The Help, a movie she previously said changed her career. She stars as the maid Aibileen in the 2011 movie, but Viola says the voices and experiences of the maids weren’t “heard” enough. “Have I ever done roles that I’ve regretted? I have, and The Help is on that list,” she told The New York Times. “I want to know what it feels like to work for white people and to bring up children in 1963, I want to…

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Burt Reynolds turned down James Bond – and 10 other stars who rejected great roles

Image copyright Rex Features Image caption Reynolds’ role in 1972’s Deliverance made him a star Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds, who died on Thursday, had a long list of impressive films to his name, including Smokey and the Bandit, Deliverance and Boogie Nights. But he could have had even more. During his 60-year career, he claimed to have turned down several huge roles, including James Bond and Han Solo. Reynolds was eyed up as the replacement for Sean Connery’s Bond, but told USA Today in 2015 that he turned down the…

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Friends: Teenage twins who played baby Emma get Hollywood roles

Image copyright Warner Bros/REX/Shutterstock Image caption Rachel, Ross and baby Emma in Friends The identical twins who melted hearts as Ross and Rachel’s baby Emma in Friends are about to hit Hollywood – as teenagers. Noelle and Cali Sheldon shared the role as the child of Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer’s characters from 2003 until the sitcom’s end a year later. Now the pair, both 16, have been cast in Jordan Peele’s thriller, Us. In an Instagram post revealing the news on Tuesday, Noelle said they were both “so excited”…

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‘More diversity’ call for top teaching roles in Scotland

Image copyright Getty Images Just a handful of top teaching roles in Scotland are filled by people from ethnic minorities, it has emerged. Scottish government data and Scottish Liberal Democrat freedom of information requests show that there were only two BAME head teachers and two deputies in the 19 councils which replied. The party’s education spokesman Tavish Scott has called for action. The Scottish government said it had established a working group on diversity in the teaching profession. The Liberal Democrats contacted all of Scotland’s 32 local authorities. The figures…

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Technology 

ISS sides against two Tesla directors, backs split of Musk’s roles

BOSTON (Reuters) – Proxy adviser Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recommended on Friday that investors vote against Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) directors Antonio Gracias and James Murdoch, increasing pressure on the car maker over their roles on its board. FILE PHOTO: A Tesla charging station is seen in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. on September 28, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo ISS also backed two shareholder proposals to be voted on at the company’s annual meeting set for June 5, including one that would require it to separate the current chairman and CEO…

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