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Tue, Dec 17, 2013 - Page 7


Joan Fontaine dies at 96

Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine, whose film career was marked by a long-running rivalry with her sister, Olivia de Havilland, died on Sunday at age 96 at her home in Carmel, California, Hollywood’s two trade publications reported. The Hollywood Reporter said Fontaine’s death from natural causes was confirmed by the star’s assistant. Among Fontaine’s most memorable films was the Alfred Hitchcock picture Suspicion, co-starring Cary Grant, for which she won an Academy Award in 1942, beating out her older sister in the competition. The honor gave Fontaine the distinction of being the only performer, actor or actress, ever to win an Academy Award for a starring role in one of Hitchcock’s many movies.


Interpol appeals to public

Interpol yesterday issued an appeal to the public to help track down 15 people suspected of belonging to international crime syndicates, including the head of a Mexican drug cartel. The “public appeal” from the police agency based in Lyon said the fugitives were holed up in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and various Caribbean and Central American countries. Interpol first launched “Operation Infra-Americas” last month involving 46 countries and territories in Central and South America, the Carribean as well as the US and several European countries.


‘Geek’ Collins word of year

Once a slur reserved for eggheads and an insult aimed at lovers of computer programming, “geek” has been deemed the word of the year by the Collins online dictionary. Less brazen than “selfie” — which topped the Oxford Dictionaries poll last month — “geek” was chosen as a reminder of how an insult can be transformed into a badge of honor, according to Collins. In September, the dictionary changed the main definition of “geek” from someone preoccupied with computing to “a person who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about a specific subject,” adding “geekery,” “geek chic” and “geekdom” to the fold. Self-confessed word-geek Ian Brookes, consultant editor to Collins Dictionary and a lexicographer for the past 20 years, admitted that “geek” was not a word that had exploded into the language this year. “That would probably belong to ‘twerk,’” he said, adding: “But we felt that that is not really a celebratory word.” Instead “geek” typified the type of word that could change their meaning and expand their longevity.


Immigration cap considered

The government is considering capping the number of EU migrants entering the country at 75,000 people a year, the Sunday Times said, citing a leaked government report. The Ministry of the Interior paper suggested net migration from the EU could be cut by 30,000 from the current 106,000 a year figure. Prime Minister David Cameron wants to get overall net migration below 100,000 a year, and shake up the nation’s relations with Brussels, first renegotiating powers then staging an in-or-out referendum in 2017 based on the new settlement. The Home Office document on the EU’s fundamental free movement of people principle suggests high-skilled migrants from countries like Germany and the Netherlands can only move to the nation with a firm job offer. Low-skilled workers could only move to the nation if they have jobs on a national shortage job list, the Sunday Times said.