EASTENDERS character Whitney Carter has had a tumultuous love life so far with her marriage to Lee Carter crumbling and getting involved in some steamy smooches with father-in-law Mick. After a break, Whitney returned last summer with a new man in her life, Woody Woodward and thought she had found happiness...only to be dumped again. Here's the lowdown on the character... Who is EastEnders' Whitney Carter actress Shona McGarty? Shona Bernadette McGarty was born in Borehamwood, Herts on October 14, 1991. She started her acting career in an amateur musical theatre group and then joined the Young Stars drama school playing leading roles in the Wizard of Oz and Alice In Wonderland. Shona joined the cast of EastEnders in 2008 as Whitney Dean, the troubled stepdaughter of Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer). She was nominated for Best Newcomer at the British Soap Awards in 2009 following her performances in the troubling sexual abuse and sexual exploitation storylines her character endured. Shona … [Read more...] about Who is Whitney Carter actress Shona McGarty on EastEnders and what the character’s love triangle with Woody and Halfway?
As the sun comes up on the little village of Riace on the southern coast of Italy, two men leading two donkeys pulling two carts make their way through the narrow streets. It's Riace's eco-traditional refuse collection. Only of the men is Italian. Romano's ancestors built this village a thousand years ago, five miles back from the sea to make it less vulnerable to pirate raids. The other man is an immigrant. Many Italians still see the people who "come from the sea," as they put it here, as a threat. In another Calabrian village, Rosarno, there have been clashes between local people and immigrant farm workers. But this is not the way in Riace. The man working with Romano is one of the 300 people living in this village of 1,700 that "come from the sea." Daniel, 32, is from Ghana. He lives in Riace with his wife and two sons. Five years ago, he crossed the Mediterranean to Italy's southernmost island of Lampedusa. He laughs when I ask him if it was a dangerous crossing. "Of course, … [Read more...] about Riace, the village that loves immigrants
Factories closed down, schools shut and half of cars were taken off Beijing's normally traffic-clogged roads on Saturday in an attempt to cut levels of stifling smog engulfing northern China. The government issued the second red alert this month after the city's environmental protection office predicted that high levels of particle pollution would envelop the capital of 22.5 million people and surrounding areas until at least Tuesday. Levels of PM 2.5, tiny and dangerous airborne particles, rose to as high as 303 in parts of Beijing on Saturday and could rise as high as 500 over the coming days. China issues a red alert when particle levels are expected to rise above 200 for more than 72 hours. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exposure to no more than 25 in a 24-hour period, while the US Embassy deems 200 to be "very unhealthy." Support and criticism Many Beijing residents supported the government's measures to reduce air pollution. This comes as the perception … [Read more...] about Dangerous smog smothers northern China
Five journalists from Syria, Uganda, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Azerbaijan have been involved in the "Dear Germany" project. DW wanted to know from them: how is it going for you, one, two or even eight years after your escape? What do you think about your home country? What frustrates you and what do you hope for? What would it be like if you wrote everything down as a letter to Germany? These questions gave rise to the concept of “Dear Germany.” Starting from scratch Thirty four-year-old Afghan journalist Shakila Ebrahimkhil was thrust into journalism by a cruel twist of fate: her husband was killed by the Taliban. She decided to defend herself against terrorism by working as a journalist and give a voice to suppressed people. Her topics were corruption, women’s rights and warlords. Ebrahimkhil worked under life-threatening circumstances. In 2016, the Taliban eventually blew up a truck belonging to the broadcaster she worked for. Seven of her colleagues … [Read more...] about Dear Germany: Journalism became my love story (Part 2)
The conflict in Syria is escalating again. Peace talks had barely begun and then were quickly shelved. Saudi Arabia would like to demonstrate its resolve as a regional power. An adviser to Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud has even said that the country would take part if the US-led international coalition were to deploy ground troops against the "Islamic State" (IS). Saudi Arabia has long been accused of exporting extremist ideas throughout the world and not taking enough action against citizens who financially support IS. Now Saudi Arabia seems prepared to deploy soldiers to fight a ground war against the group. Hadn't the United States and Europe been waiting for an Islamic nation to press the fight against IS? Yes - but not quite like this. One of the aims of the mostly Sunni Muslim IS is to overthrow the Saudi monarchy. However, officials in Riyadh see an even greater potential danger from their country's Shiite Muslim minority and the … [Read more...] about Opinion: Saudi Arabia has a dangerous love of adventure