UK News Salman Rushdie: Man facing US court accused of stabbing author
Famous musicians who can’t read sheet music
Music is something we can all enjoy and get a sense of without ever formally studying it, and actually learning an instrument is a gift that keeps giving throughout your entire life. But when you’re starting out on a musical journey, the theory can seem a little daunting, since it has its own system of notation and composition to learn across clefs and meter timings and numerous symbols and note values. Surprisingly, however, there are some musicians regarded as being at the top of their league who never actually formally learned how to read music! We’re talking about artists who have created incredibly complex compositions and songs that even influenced other artists, largely by just dedicating themselves to their craft and practicing through their pure connection to sound. Intrigued? Click through to see a list of names you won’t believe.
The man who allegedly stabbed Sir Salman Rushdie is due to appear in court in the US.
A grand jury has indicted Hadi Matar, who allegedly attacked 75-year-old Sir Salman as the renowned author prepared to give a talk in western New York state on August 12.
Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, is scheduled to appear at an afternoon hearing at Chautauqua County Court alongside his defence lawyer Nathaniel Barone.
Matar was arrested after he allegedly rushed on to the stage at the Chautauqua Institution, stabbing Sir Salman multiple times in front of a crowd.
What we know about the aggressor of Salman Rushdie
© Islam Dogru / Anadolu Agency / Anadolu Agency via AFP Salman Rushdie, Aggression, Iran p EU before 3 pm (French time), "a suspect S 'is precipitated on the scene [of the amphitheater] and A attacked Salman Rushdie and the interviewer ”. The British writer was stabbed "in the neck" and "the abdomen". Salman Rushdie was about to give a literary conference in this small town 100 km from Buffalo, near Lake Érié which separates the United States from Canada .
Initial charges were filed the next day when Matar’s court-appointed lawyer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. The prosecutor’s office did not immediately release the new charges.
Sir Salman is being treated in a Pennsylvania hospital for severe wounds and, despite “life-changing” injuries, has retained his “usual feisty and defiant sense of humour”, his family previously said.
His literary agent, Andrew Wylie, said Sir Salman has a damaged liver and severed nerves in an arm, and could lose an eye. He was taken off a ventilator on Saturday.
Sir Salman’s life has been in jeopardy since 1989 when Iran’s supreme leader at the time, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued an edict demanding his death over his novel The Satanic Verses, which was viewed as blasphemous by many Muslims.
A semi-official Iranian foundation had posted a bounty of more than three million US dollars (£2.5 million).
Chautauqua County district attorney Jason Schmidt called the attack “pre-planned”.
The author had just taken to the stage at the lakeside retreat for a discussion of protection for writers in exile and freedom of expression when the incident happened.
Henry Reese, 73, the co-founder of Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum, was onstage with Sir Salman and suffered a gash to his forehead, bruising and other minor injuries.
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Sports and film blend together like few things ever have, and it’s easy to see why. The natural highs and lows of a sports story lend themselves perfectly to the medium of film, whether that be the rough-and-tumble rise of Rocky Balboa or the goofy escapades of the Mighty Ducks. Some of the best sports movies ever made have been basketball films, and here are 20 of the greatest.