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‘The Americans’ Season 6, Episode 6 Recap: The Noose Is Tightening

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The game-changing news: The F.B.I. has identified its first Illegal, a male accountant in Chicago code-named Harvest and notable (to Stan and Dennis) for his ability to seduce a male Altheon engineer and obtain a blueprint for part of the radiation sensor. The bureau is watching him and learning things about safe houses, garages and cars bought for cash that could lead them to Elizabeth and Philip. “This is it,” Dennis says to Stan. “You should be here.”

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Dennis-and-Stan operation without a loose end. Harvest figures out he’s been made and sends an S.O.S. to Central, which contacts Claudia, who tells Elizabeth she has to go to Chicago — on Thanksgiving, that most American holiday — and deal with the situation. Which is how Elizabeth ends up in the Windy City, accompanied only by a frightened Marilyn, with a shaky plan to grab Harvest despite his F.B.I. tail. And that’s why Philip ends up in that phone booth, agreeing to come save the day and possibly his wife’s life, even though she’s left in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner prep.

The tightening noose was the episode’s crisis, but its dramatic center was Elizabeth and Philip’s continuing woes. The show may be pushing the marriage and Cold War and espionage metaphors a little too hard, but they’re generally smart and effective in themselves. The opening scene cleverly conflated Philip’s announcement that he wasn’t going through with the Kimmy operation and a husband’s declaration that he was done with an extramarital fling — “It’s over” doing double duty. And Elizabeth let slip how sexual jealousy was mixed in with her anger at Philip’s dereliction of his patriotic duty. Elizabeth stomped upstairs to Paige’s room and Philip turned the other direction, to the master, a telling moment in a show that so often pictures them hanging out in bed together.

We also saw their rift through the eyes of Henry, who was home for Thanksgiving — Philip leaving the room when Elizabeth entered, Elizabeth sleeping in Paige’s bed. Philip blowing up when his slot car kept running off the track. (Was public slot-car racing a thing in the late ’80s? I missed that.) After a sad phone conversation with his mom, the kind and perceptive Henry — now that we’re actually getting to see him, he’s a great guy to have around — says to his dad, “I just really don’t understand why she’s so unhappy.” Philip, wrapped up in his business worries and his anger about Ilya (Sofia’s son), says, “What?” I’m not sure I buy that the Philip we’ve been watching for the last six seasons would be that oblivious, but it was the needed transition to the final scene.

• Why “Rififi”? It allowed for a mention of the blacklisting of the director Jules Dassin, but from the title I was expecting something that would invoke the film’s famous, nearly silent, half-hour robbery scene. Maybe there was meant to be a connection to Elizabeth’s plan, which we haven’t seen yet, to make Harvest disappear. (On a more obscure level, you could note that “Rififi” ends with the antihero putting himself at risk to save a young boy.) The script also worked in references to several other old movies, including the great Jean-Pierre Melville gangster flick “Bob le Flambeur.”

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Contacts of two South African nationals test -ve for Covid: Karnataka minister | Latest News India

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The primary and secondary contacts of the two South African nationals who tested positive for the Covid-19 have tested negative, Karnataka health minister K Sudhakar said on Tuesday.

Sudhakar on Monday had said the sample of one of the South African nationals, who tested positive for Covid-19, is ‘different from the Delta variant’. Refusing to further divulge details, the minister said that he is in touch with the Union health ministry and the Indian Council for Medical Research officials.

Two travellers from South Africa tested positive for Covid-19 in Bengaluru and their samples have been sent for genome sequencing to determine the variant. Officials said they tested positive for Covid during the RT-PCR tests conducted at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA). The first passenger arrived in Bengaluru on November 11 and the second arrived on November 20. Both were in quarantine after the positive result.

“We have sent the samples for further genome sequencing and results are expected in two to three days. But both patients don’t have any symptoms. In fact, they didn’t even require hospitalisation but we have kept them in a hospital as a precautionary measure,” he said.

A new variant of the coronavirus, classified as Omicron, has spread in several parts of South Africa, forcing many countries to shut their borders. Karnataka has instituted a mandatory test-on-arrival, and a seven-day quarantine thereafter if people are negative.

“We are taking every possible step to contain the spread of the new mutant strain. However, it is said to be spreading rapidly and I’m afraid we cannot stop it as India sees an influx of millions of people every day, being a large country. What we can do, however, is contain it,” the minister added.

Sudhakar also said that he has sought a detailed report on the Omicron variant. “We will get clear information on December 1 about how the Omicron behaves after the genomic sequencing. Accordingly, we will initiate all measures,” he explained.

Speaking about Omicron, Sudhakar, a medical professional, said he has spoken to doctors working in South Africa, who told him that the new variant is not as dangerous as the Delta variant.

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Town planning officials give nod for building on disputed plot | Coimbatore News

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Coimbatore: The city corporation’s town planning officials have given a two-year extension for building approval for a residential house on a plot at Krishna Colony in the east zone after the intervention of the Madras high court.
The town planning approved the extension through an order dated October 6, 2021.
However, the building approval, which was given in 2016, was cancelled by the then corporation commissioner in 2019 after learning that the approval was obtained by fabricating documents.
The 2,796 square feet plot at Krishna Colony was part of the 30 feet road as per the layout approved by the DTCP. The worth of the plot is more than one crore rupee. The layout owned by the National Workers House Building and Benefit Society was approved by DTCP in 1977. Subsequently, 131 plots were earmarked and sold on the 13.4 acres.
D Robinson Selvam, who claims ownership of the disputed plot, is also the owner of plot numbers 62 and 63 located next to the disputed plot. He allegedly named the disputed plot as 62A and forged documents to get building approval, despite knowing that it was part of a road. He soon started constructing a building.
He approached the Madras high court in March 2021 complaining that officials had cancelled the building approval without giving him an opportunity to explain his position and to extend the building plan approval so that he could finish the construction activity.
According to activist S P Thiyagarajan, the high court in its order on August 16, 2021, directed officials to provide an opportunity for Robinson to explain his side and take a call based on legal standings. But the town planning officials had acted in favour of the applicant in haste instead of going by documents available, Thiyagarajan alleged.
He urged the corporation officials to take action against the town planning officials responsible for acting in favour of the violator and to demolish the under-construction building.
When contacted, deputy commissioner of city corporation Dr M Sharmila said that she has instructed officials to check the genuineness of documents submitted by the applicant. Appropriation decision will be taken on the issue, she said.

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Meet the New Faces of ‘Game of Thrones’

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HBO is taking us back to Westeros again, this time with more Targaryens, more fire and more blood. The network has a handful of Game of Thrones spinoffs in the works, but the first one, House of the Dragon, is set to premiere in a matter of months. Now, fans can meet the cast and prepare to love and hate their characters to various degrees.

House of the Dragon is based on a portion of Fire & Blood — a fictional history book written by George R.R. martin about the reign of House Targaryen over Westeros. It is set about 180 years before the events of the main book and covers a civil war fought between two factions of the Targaryens, both with dragon-riders on their sides. The main players have been cast, and some set photos have already been released, along with a brief teaser. Putting these together with the source material makes for an exciting teaser.

Fire and Blood covers about 130 years’ worth of history in Westeros, ending shortly after “the dance of the dragons” — the civil war that House of the Dragon will be about. It lays out all the major events but only in a historical style, not in a straightforward narrative. This means the show will only use about a third of the book’s content and will focus on a few years of the characters’ lives where the book describes them from birth to death.

Still, it is enough to introduce the main players and their roles in the conflict to come. There are plenty more characters that need to be cast or revealed, as well. House of the Dragon is expected to premiere sometime in 2022 on HBO. Fire and Blood is available now in print, digital and audiobook formats. In the meantime, here’s a look at who has been cast so far, and who they will be playing.

Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen

Paddy Considine will play King Viserys I Targaryen — after whom Daenerys’ brother is named in the main series. He is the fifth king of the Targaryen dynasty, taking over after his grandfather, King Jaehaerys I Targaryen passed away. Viserys is a dragon rider, though by the time he took the throne his dragon had passed away, and he never bonded another. He is also a widower and is described by Martin as an amiable man averse to conflict.

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Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen

Emma D’Arcy will play the king’s eldest child, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. Rhaenyra is the only living child from the king’s first marriage to Queen Aemma Arryn, so he publicly declared her his heir to the Iron Throne. However, King Viserys would later remarry and have more children, including boys. This will call Rhaenyra’s claim to the Iron Throne into question — something she is not happy about at all, and it is never wise to displease a dragon rider like the princess.

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Olivia Cooke as Lady Alicent Hightower

Alicent Hightower is the second wife of King Viserys I Targaryen, though she is closer in age to Princess Rhaenyra. She is an ambitious woman, eager to see her own sons on the Iron Throne in spite of the king’s earlier declaration that Rhaenyra is his heir.

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Steve Toussaint as Corlys ‘The Sea Snake’ Velaryon

Steven Toussaint has been cast as one of the most interesting characters in Fire and Blood — “The Sea Snake” Lord Corlys Velaryon, Lord of the Tides and Master of Driftmark. House Velaryon did not feature heavily in Game of Thrones, but in the books, it is an island-dwelling great house with close ties to House Targaryen. That’s because it too traces its ancestry back to Old Valyria — though its ancestors were never dragon riders.

Corlys is an old man by the time of the dance of the dragons, but the book details his entire life, including his travels around the entire known world. HBO is reportedly developing another spin-off series tentatively titled 9 Voyages, about the Sea Snake’s famous nine voyages away from Westeros. If that’s the case, Toussaint may have more work ahead of him than any of his castmates.

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Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen

Matt Smith will play the rogueish Prince Daemon Targaryen — another figure described from birth to death in Martin’s book, but who is middle-aged at the time of this story. Daemon is arrogant, ambitious and bloodthirsty, and rides the formidable dragon Caraxes. At one point before the dance of the dragon, he even declared himself “king” of a small island chain off the coast of Westeros.

In this story, Daemon may remind fans of Jaime Lannister in the original series. While he is undoubtedly a murderer and a warmonger, he seems to be pursuing a bit of redemption arc here. Hopefully, fans like the ending he receives better than the one Jaime got.

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Rhys Ifans as Ser Otto Hightower

Rhys Ifans will play Ser Otto Hightower — Lady Alicent’s father and a shrewd player of the “game of thrones.” Otto served as Hand of the King to Viserys’ predecessor, King Jaehaerys, and then to Viserys himself. He then bound himself to the throne even further by persuading the aging king to marry his own daughter in the hopes of having more children to protect the line of succession. Otto will continue playing these political games throughout House of the Dragon.

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Rhaenyra and Daemon

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One of the first set photos released shows D’Arcy and Smith in costume standing on a beach, which fans speculate may be the shore of Dragonstone, or perhaps the island of House Velaryon, Driftmark. Either way, seeing the silver-blonde wigs back in action finally made the adaptation feel real for many fans out there.

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The Sea Snake

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Fans were also ecstatic to get a first look at Toussaint in costume as Lord Corlys Velaryon, one of the most interesting characters from Fire and Blood. Many had not imagined the character as Black in the books — though it makes sense and even enhances the story as Martin wrote in, in some ways. For book readers and casual viewers alike, “The Sea Snake” is sure to become a fan-favorite character.

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Alicent and Otto Hightower

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Finally, the last photo released so far shows Cooke and Ifans in costume as Lady Alicent and Lord Otto Hightower, again on a mysterious beach. The inclusion of Otto in these early photos implies something about the story, letting fans know that the character may loom larger here than he did in the book. However, at its hear the war is between Rhaenyra and Alicent.

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To Be Cast

A few actors confirmed to be cast in House of the Dragon have not yet been featured in production photos — Eve Best as Princes Rhaenys Velaryon, Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole and Sonoya Mizuno as the mysterious Mysaria. Meanwhile, other key players remain to be cast — including the sons of both Princess Rhaenyra and Lady Alicent, and the contemporary leaders of all the great houses of Westeros. Fans are likely excited to meet Tyland Lannister, Cregan Stark, Borros Baratheon, and so on.

House of the Dragon is in production now, and is expected to premiere on HBO sometime in 2022. Fire and Blood is available now in print, digital and audiobook formats wherever books are sold.

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