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A timeline of all the major events in ‘House of the Dragon’ shows how old the characters are

A timeline of all the major events in 'House of the Dragon' shows how old the characters are

101 A.C. — Old King Jaehaerys calls a Great Council to decide who will inherit the Iron Throne.

House of the Dragon character guide

King Jaehaerys at the Great Council.

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In the cold open of “House of the Dragon,” we hear Princess Rhaenyra (voiced in this scene by actor Emma D’Arcy) explain the preluding events to her direct family’s rule over Westeros. 

She explains that King Jaehaerys had ruled for 60 years — overseeing peace in the realm — but his own oldest trueborn sons, Aemon and Baelon, had died tragically in the past decade. That left him with no direct heirs.

The two most prominent candidates for succeeding King Jaehaerys on the Iron Throne were his grandchildren, Viserys and Rhaenys.

“Jaheherys called the Great Council to prevent a war from being fought over his succession, for he knew the cold truth: The only thing that could tear down the House of the Dragon was itself,” Rhaenyra’s voiceover said. 

The council voted and chose Viserys (who was the son of Baelon — the younger son of Jaehaerys) as heir to the throne.

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Edwards Opera House hosts upcoming events

Edwards Opera House hosts upcoming events

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – The Edwards Opera House has events coming up.

Edwards Arts Council chair Kathleen Huber gave us a rundown on 7 News This Morning.

Watch the video above for her interview.

Here’s what’s going on:

– Phil Hurley will perform on Thursday, August 25.

– There’s a Family Comedy Night on Saturday, August 27.

– Dar Williams will perform on Saturday, September 17.

You can buy tickets and find out more at You can also email or call 703-298-9392.

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Opinion | White House reporters object to exclusion from Biden events

Opinion | White House reporters object to exclusion from Biden events

When Salon reporter Brian Karem attended the Medal of Honor ceremony that President Biden presided over Tuesday in the East Room of the White House, he hadn’t been in that room in more than a year.

“It should be a big thing for us in this country: How to hold officeholders accountable if we’re not able to question them?” says Karem.

Access to the East Room has become a point of contention between some reporters and White House officials. Last week Karem sent a letter to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre regarding the ability of reporters on the White House campus to attend certain events the president headlines. “The current method of allowing a limited number of reporters into these events is not only restrictive and antithetical to the concept of a free press, but it has been done without any transparent process into how reporters are selected to cover these events,” reads the letter, which was written by Karem and signed by more than 70 journalists, including former ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson.

The restrictions at issue in this case — which originated in the Biden White House, according to three correspondents — aren’t a headline-making monstrosity. They’re a quiet, bureaucratic piece of statecraft that affects an indeterminate number of media outlets. But who is blocked today may be different from who is blocked tomorrow — and since access curbs tend to stick around, it’s a worthwhile fight.

White House access for journalists is a tiered and complicated affair: The Secret Service and White House officials issue security credentials — known as “hard passes” — for press-corps regulars to enter the grounds (“day passes” are available for reporters who only occasionally go to the White House). Those passes, however, don’t guarantee holders entry into every presidential event. The nonprofit White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA), whose mission includes ensuring “robust coverage of the … presidency,” coordinates “pool” coverage — that is, reporting by a small squadron of journalists — for presidential appearances in spaces where the entire White House press corps can’t fit. Frequent locations of pool coverage include the Oval Office and the Roosevelt Room.

Karem is focused on White House events in spaces where all journalists with passes have traditionally been allowed to pile in. Those include the East Room, the State Dining Room, the Cross Room Hall and the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (which has been reconfigured for virtual events and now holds fewer people than in years past). These days, according to White House reporters, Biden officials routinely ask journalists to register to attend presidential appearances in such spaces. White House staff review the requests and deny some. A White House official notes that it has sought to “accommodate as many journalists as possible in a number of different spaces under constantly changing COVID conditions — challenges unlike any other Administration has faced.”

When the events feature a large number of invited guests, says the official, there isn’t room to accommodate every journalist who wishes to attend.

Steven Nelson, a White House correspondent for the New York Post, says he was denied access to registration-required events from November until Friday, when his attendance at an abortion-policy event with the president got the green light — one day after Karem’s letter was sent. One caveat: The New York Post participates in a rotating pool with about 30 other outlets and occasionally gets into events through that mechanism.

“Frankly, that seems pretty inexcusable to me,” says Nelson, who recruited other journalists to sign the letter. “I was surprised at the number of reporters who thanked me and expressed indignation at what’s going on. It seems a lot of people are affected.”

Affected, that is, by a policy they don’t know much about. Both Karem and Nelson say there’s no transparency into decisions on who’s welcome and who’s not. Karem says he’s been denied entry to all but a “mere handful” of the large presidential events on the White House campus since Biden’s inauguration. Like Nelson, Karem has gotten more favorable responses from the White House since sending the letter.

Contesting access at the White House has become something of a side gig for Karem, who’s been on the presidential beat since the Reagan administration and roared into the national spotlight in recent years by shouting down Donald Trump’s press secretaries. After a boisterous encounter with Trumpite Sebastian Gorka at a Rose Garden event in 2019, the White House suspended Karem’s hard pass; he went to court and secured its restoration. In September 2020, he asked Trump if he’d commit to a peaceful transfer of power. “Well, we’re going to have to see what happens,” the then-president responded.

In any administration, journalists have to double as access lobbyists at the White House. The Obama administration, for instance, routinely barred news photographers from events, only to later release photographs by the official White House photographer. Trump provided White House press with endless opportunities to quiz him on the day’s issues, though his underlings targeted certain reporters for exclusion, including Karem and CNN’s Jim Acosta and Kaitlan Collins.

“You had Donald Trump, who had nothing to say and said it all the time. And you have Biden, who has something to say and he rarely says it,” says Karem, who stresses that access issues affect the entire White House press corps.

Asked about the letter at Tuesday’s briefing, Jean-Pierre said, “We’re coming into a different place of covid — things are starting to open up, we’re even doing tours here. …We understand, we want to be accessible, we want the president, at his events, to be accessible and we are working to that.” She called the matter “a priority of ours.”

The letter to Jean-Pierre acknowledges that social-distancing imperatives “played a role at first,” but the attendance restrictions have outlived the public-health rules. Nelson says that attendance-denial notices from the White House formerly cited covid restrictions but no longer do so. Nowadays, he says, they merely cite space considerations. The White House official says that “there are a lot of considerations — space considerations, covid considerations, sometimes people don’t meet deadlines.”

Although the WHCA commonly presses officials on access problems, the letter doesn’t bear the organization’s imprimatur. WHCA President Steven Portnoy, however, signed it. “We have pressed the point repeatedly privately, and I was happy to co-sign Brian’s letter,” says Portnoy.

Don’t be surprised if the attendance-request system has a long lifespan, considering that wisdom on limiting press access gets handed down from one administration to the next. “We’re worried about the precedent for the future,” says Nelson. “In the next administration, it could be The Washington Post that finds itself essentially blacklisted from presidential events.”

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The Loft to host open house events

The Loft to host open house events




Experience the Loft at Algoma Conservatory. Sit back in a leather arm chair surrounded by great sound and enjoy a one hour concert in Sault Ste. Marie’s new performance, recording and special event venue. Our Loft Open House provides a sampling of the venue with a one hour concert featuring several excellent musicians. There are four dates to choose from and all tickets are $10 and available on our website at

In addition to the live performances the Open House will include a demonstration of the laser projector and surround sound system and a tour of the facilities, including the recording studio, Loft kitchen and the historic former office of Francis H. Clergue.

The Loft is located on the third floor of the Algoma Conservatory of Music at 75 Huron Street (the historic building that was the former administration building of St. Mary’s Paper). It is fully accessible with an elevator and new washrooms. It is architecturally stunning and has been designed for outstanding sound as it is also a professional audio and video recording studio.

There will be a full season of concerts with regional and touring artists presented in The Loft beginning in September, as well as multiple recording sessions. The venue is also available for private events – including wedding receptions up to 120, business meetings and private parties. All food services for our events are catered by Rosetta Sicoli out of the Conservatory Kitchen.



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Public invited to Indigenous Day events – 100 Mile House Free Press

Public invited to Indigenous Day events - 100 Mile House Free Press

Events are being planned at Canim Lake and Clinton for National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21.

The Canim Lake Band (Tsq’escenemc) will be hosting a National Indigenous Day at Eliza Archie Memorial School, starting at dawn with separate men’s and women’s sweathouses, followed by opening remarks and prayers at 10 a.m. and a series of events that include games, Elder storytelling, a mini-fishing derby, scavenger hunt and movie night. The event will wrap up at 9 p.m.

Joseph Archie, the band’s cultural enrichment coordinator, said they would like to make it an annual event.

“We should hold it every year and make it open to the public and non-Indigenous people to help them understand the culture, or something new they might not know about the Shuswap people,” he said.

In Clinton, the High Bar First Nation will also hold its first-ever Aboriginal Day.

Set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Reg Conn Park, the event will include former Canim Lake Band chief Mike Archie and his family, who will do a couple of dance demonstrations as well we lead the celebration in prayer and song, said Trina Hawkins, service coordinator for the HBFN.

“They’re going to lead us in the cultural part,” she said.

The day will also feature music by the Melawmen Collective – described as contemporary Indigenous alternative fusion – as well as by local Clinton resident Arlen Park. Information displays on the Big Bar slide, the High Bar’s archaeological department and the band’s heritage will on site.

A bannock competition will also be held at the event, along with a by-donation concession, with proceeds to be split between different causes such as National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirit People and Orange Shirt Day. Interested vendors should contact Hawkins at 250-459-2117.

Hawkins said this is the first time they have held an aboriginal day because they haven’t previously had the staff to organize it.

Although they have 220 members, many of them are spread out as far as Vancouver and the U.S.

National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples.

Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day, now known as National Indigenous Peoples Day. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.

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DOERKSON: Welcoming spring and the return of community events – 100 Mile House Free Press

DOERKSON: Welcoming spring and the return of community events - 100 Mile House Free Press

The arrival of spring couldn’t come soon enough this year.

After a long winter, and the stress of the last few years, it has been so encouraging to see our community come alive again. Not just in the literal sense of flowers blooming and snow melting, but also with the return of community events – the things that really make our region such a wonderful place to live.

Over the last number of weeks, we have seen festivities like the Shriners’ fundraiser in 100 Mile House return as a packed success. I also had the opportunity to attend the Forest Grove Legion Ladies Auxiliary fundraiser for Ukraine. They sold a delicious spaghetti dinner and put the proceeds towards the Ukrainian Red Cross.

We also saw the creation of the Easter “Whats Hoppening“ event. Hundreds of people attended the various festivities hosted around 100 Mile House, including Easter chocolate for the kids. It brought a smile to my face to see so many of my constituents in one place, enjoying our community and engaging with one another. I could see just how much people were excited to get out and about and feel some sort of return to normalcy.

It has made me look toward the future in anticipation, and I can’t wait for the many other wonderful events that we have on the horizon. I am grateful to all those who are eagerly planning them. One of those events is the BC Trappers convention, coming up May 5-8 with a full schedule of public demonstrations.

The South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce is also accepting applications for its 2021 Citizen of the Year. People are encouraged to nominate community members they think are deserving of the title by May 16, and it will be awarded at the Chamber’s Community Appreciation Event on June 4. In addition to awarding Citizen of the Year, the event will include a parade for our fire departments, paramedics, police, Search and Rescue, and Emergency Social Services. I am sure it will be a wonderful time to honour those who have made invaluable contributions to our region.

From farmers’ markets to fundraisers, car shows, the Harvest Fair, auctions, and other community events, we have so much to look forward to this spring. We have learned we cannot take these moments for granted, and after a challenging few years, I am so excited to meet you in person around our community.

See you soon, Cariboo-Chilcotin!

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Soon, Chunnambar Boat House can be rented for weddings, events

Soon, Chunnambar Boat House can be rented for weddings, events

Puducherry government to develop more facilities for tourists, including restaurants and food trucks

Puducherry government to develop more facilities for tourists, including restaurants and food trucks

Chunnambar will no longer merely remain a tourist spot for boating as the government is planning to utilise the vast space available with the Puducherry Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) for multi-purpose activities through private participation, including renting out the lawn and beach for weddings.

For long, the Chunnambar Boat House had remained only as a place where tourists, especially weekend visitors, could catch a boat ride to the pristine Paradise Beach. Now, the government has decided to alter the character of the boat house by promoting the place as a wedding and partying destination.

Prior to renting out the place for weddings, parties and other events, the PTDC is looking to develop a well-manicured lawn with added features to make it a favoured destination to host outdoor events.

The boathouse has around 4 acres of land, of which 1.5 acre could be set aside for hosting events, said a PTDC staff. “Already a person has booked it for a wedding in August,” the staff added.

To add more value, the government has decided to outsource the management of the seven river-facing suites with the rooftop being used for dining. The PTDC has also planned to introduce a floating restaurant under the Ariankuppam bridge.

The government has plans to introduce a playpen for children in the waiting area for boating. A few days from now, the Corporation will roll out food trucks through private participation to cater to tourists visiting the boat house.

“All these value-added services are going to be introduced as a revenue earning mechanism for the PTDC, which is hitherto dependent on the earnings from the boating activity to provide salary to the staff. Obviously, when more people are going to throng the area for events, the earnings from boating will also go up,’’ Minister for Tourism K. Lakshminararayanan told The Hindu.

Booking for boating at Chunnambar will also go online shortly, he said, adding that more facilities, including at the children’s play area, would be provided through the public-private partnership mode.

According to PTDC officials, the boathouse had started receiving tourists in huge numbers after the lull in arrivals during the peak of the pandemic. On an average, during weekends, around 3,000 to 4,000 tourists visited the boathouse. The figure fell to around 500 during weekdays, the official said, adding that the PTDC was fully geared to meet the vacation crowd expected during May-June.

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Full house events with Indian diaspora on cards during PM Modi’s Germany, Denmark tour

Full house events with Indian diaspora on cards during PM Modi's Germany, Denmark tour

By Payal Mehta |
May 01, 2022 11:29 IST

New Delhi [India], May 1 (ANI): While Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on a three-nation tour, including France, Germany and Denmark on Tuesday, he is expected to address the Indian Diaspora in Berlin as well as Copenhagen.
Apart from bilateral meetings with leaders of several countries, two power-packed events have also been planned.
On May 2, PM Modi will be addressing the Indian community in a packed house of about 2000 people in Berlin.
Sources aware of the development told ANI that Prime Minister Modi is expected to be at the venue for an hour and his address to the Indian Diaspora is expected to be for about 45 minutes.
“We are very excited to have Prime Minister in our midst. Artists from all over the place have been brought in for cultural performances, which will be brief. People here are really looking to hear what the Prime Minister speaks about his vision,” Rajesh Nair, one of the volunteers for the event, told ANI.
A similar event on May 3 has been planned for Copenhagen where about 1500 people are expected to attend.
The visit by Prime Minister Modi is his first in 2022 and also comes at a very crucial juncture amid the Ukraine crisis refusing to die down. (ANI)