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Former nurse accused of killing 8 seniors waves right to preliminary

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A former Ontario nurse charged with killing eight seniors and injuring several others in her care has elected to go straight to trial.Elizabeth Wettlaufer waived her right to a preliminary trial during a court appearance Friday in Woodstock.The 49-year-old former nurse was charged with eight counts of first-degree murder last October and an additional four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault in January.She is scheduled to appear in court on April 21.

Mildly eccentric men needed to keep Morris dancing alive

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first_imgMorris dancing started as a rural pursuit but its exact origins are unknown.Some claim it derives from pre-Christian fertility rites, others that it is from the French Moresque or the Spanish Morisca dances of the late 15th and early 16th centuries.The pastime has been in decline for decades, although in 2014 the Joint  Morris organisation said numbers had begun to stabilise.Like many clubs, Chelmsford Morris runs a men’s Morris dancing group and a women’s clog dancing group, which is going from strength to strength.The female activity is thought to derive its name from the dancing that took place in 19th century Lancashire cotton mills, where wooden-soled clogs were preferred to leather shoes because the floors were kept deliberately wet to prompt humidity, which helps cotton spinning. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Club spokeswoman Celia Kemp said it was pointless trying to present Morris dancing as “cool”, and is instead appealing directly to confirmed eccentrics.“Men as a whole aren’t that keen on dressing up and dancing out in public,” she said.“They think they will make a fool of themselves. It is probably where the eccentricity comes into it.”Dances usually involve six or eight men, but to put on a “good show” they require at least 10.Mrs Kemp said she was hoping to attract younger men who were “fed up” with going to the gym and wanted to try something new. Men as a whole aren’t that keen on dressing up and dancing out in publicCelia Kemp, Chelmsford Morris Morris dancing faces extinction unless it can inspire a new generation of “mildly eccentric” young men who are anxious to keep fit, a troupe has warned.A group in Essex is hoping to keep the ancient tradition alive by recruiting people keen to be physically active but who are bored with going to the gym.Chelmsford Morris boasts a membership roster of 30, but in reality it can only rely on the regular dancing services of seven men, some of whom are in their sixties and will soon be hanging up their handkerchiefs for good.last_img read more