Before COVID-19, visits to Greece's paper-strewn labour offices were a ordeal of queues and case files, often for basic matters that in less than a year have moved online as the pandemic upended old administrative routines. "Essentially overnight, two thirds of the visits were no longer necessary," said Spiros Protopsaltis, head of OAED, the Organization of Employment and Unemployment Insurance. Crammed with thousands of folders and blue OAED registration cards spilling out onto desks and floor space, the corridors of the building where he spoke still offer a daunting vision of the challenge to overhauling public services in Greece.
Alaska may need to brace for more thunderstorms — along with the landslides, floods and wildfires they can bring — if current climate trends continue, a team of scientists warns. Two studies suggest the rapidly warming U.S. state could see triple the number of thunderstorms by the end of this century. But Alaska is also affected by the rapid retreat of Arctic sea ice, which is exposing more open water nearby, allowing more water vapor to enter the air, the scientists explain in the two related papers published in the journal Climate Dynamics.
The increase comes amid a surge in demand from companies wanting to create an online presence due to the coronavirus pandemic. "The trend of businesses, brands and commerce moving online accelerated in 2020, and we believe this momentum will continue to 2021," said Nir Zohar, Wix's president. Last week, Wix said it expects to grow by one third in 2021.
Central Singapore District Mayor Denise Phua on Thursday criticised Leader of the Opposition Pritam Singh in Parliament for his “belittling” remarks about Community Development Councils (CDCs).
China approved two more COVID-19 vaccines for wider use Thursday, adding to its growing arsenal of shots. The National Medical Products Administration gave conditional approval to a vaccine from CanSino Biologics and a second one from state-owned Sinopharm. Both are already being used among select groups of people under an emergency use authorization.
Though the original “Candyman” came out when she was only 2 years old, it had a big impact on Nia DaCosta. As a kid she would play the game — saying his name in the mirror five times. So when she was asked to pitch herself as director to Jordan Peele’s Monkey Paw Prods. for […]
Pixar has released the first official trailer for its upcoming film “Luca,” a coming-of-age adventure set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera. It will release in theaters on June 18. Marking Pixar’s 24th feature-length animated film, “Luca” follows two young boys who form an unlikely but strong friendship while they’re actually sea […]
Katherine Tai, President Joe Biden's nominee for U.S. trade representative, on Thursday will explain to senators her approach to competition with China, rebuilding battered American supply chains and patching up strained ties with U.S. allies. At her confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee, Tai will lay out her plans for enforcing existing trade deals and forging new ones that treat Americans as "workers and wage earners, not just consumers." Tai, who served seven years as the Democratic trade counsel for the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, said in prepared remarks that she would maintain a "healthy partnership" with Congress.
China's National Medical Products Administration said on Thursday that it had approved two more COVID-19 vaccines for public use, increasing the number of domestic vaccines approved in China to four. The two newly approved vaccines are made by CanSino Biologics Inc and Wuhan Institute of Biological Products, an affiliate of China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm).
Facebook Inc on Thursday launched a campaign to explain to users how small businesses depend on personalized advertising, ahead of upcoming plans by Apple Inc to prompt iPhone users to allow apps to use their data for ads. The campaign called "Good Ideas Deserve To Be Found" highlights several advertisers that have grown their business on Facebook and Instagram, such as Houston-based fashion brand House of Takura. A commercial will air on TV, including during the Golden Globe Awards this Sunday, Facebook said.
Vice President Kamala Harris visits a Washington, D.C., pharmacy that’s participating in a federal program to distribute the coronavirus vaccine.
Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr.’s assured feature debut plays like a much-needed corrective to decades of problematic depictions of the indigenous community on film. “Wild Indian” grapples with the full weight of the pain and suffering that has been inflicted on Native Americans and a drama that is unafraid to challenge the pat depictions of indigenous characters throughout movie history. “I hope people […]
Supporters of the losing candidate in Niger's presidential election burnt tyres, threw rocks and set several buildings on fire on Thursday, in a third day of violent protests in the capital Niamey. Niger's electoral commission on Tuesday declared ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum the winner of Sunday's runoff election with 55.75% of the vote, but his rival, Mahamane Ousmane, a former president, has alleged fraud and claimed he won with 50.3%. President Mahamadou Issoufou is stepping down after two five-year terms.
Supporters of Niger's opposition leader Mahamane Ousmane set up burning barricades and clashed with riot police in the capital Niamey on Wednesday, as the former president declared himself the winner of Sunday's vote, despite losing the official tally. On Tuesday the election commission declared ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum winner with 55.75% of the ballots cast, sparking overnight street demonstrations that continued into Wednesday. Elsewhere a group of young men walked down a road with a picture of Ousmane, waving sticks and threatening passersby.
The video was captured off the coast of Newport Beach, where the mammal swam right up to a boat in a behavior known as "mugging," which is when a whale swims close to a boat and stays nearby interacting with those on board for an extended period of time.Humpback whales can grow up to 60 feet and 40 tons while living about 80 to 90 years, according to NOAA Fisheries.Along the North American west coast, the whales breed along the Pacific coast of Mexico and will travel as far north as Alaska.
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ViacomCBS’ Paramount on Wednesday became the latest studio to adopt Hollywood’s new business model, prioritizing content for its fledgling Paramount+ streaming service and slashing in half the traditional 90-day period between a new film hitting theaters and going to home consumers. Granted, the studio’s assault on theatrical windows — starting with two of its biggest upcoming blockbusters, “Mission: Impossible 7” and “A Quiet Place — Part II” — isn’t as drastic as Warner Bros.’ decision to release all 17 of its 2021 movies in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously. And 45 days, which will be shortened to 30 days for smaller films from the studio, is significantly longer than the window Universal brokered with the cinema chains AMC and Cinemark. Under that deal, Universal films can stream new films as early as 17 days after they hit theaters, or 31 days if the film earns more than $50 million in its opening weekend. But cinema chains, which had fought to preserve 90 days of exclusivity for decades, are not in any position to push back as the pandemic has kept most theaters shuttered for the last year. “With release windows collapsing everywhere, movie theater industry will never be the...Read original story Did Paramount Just Put a Nail in the 90-Day Theatrical Window? At TheWrap
Welsh helmer Prano Bailey-Bond didn’t call herself a horror director until someone beat her to it. “I didn’t realize I was one for a long time,” she says. As a teenager she was obsessed with David Lynch, Harmony Korine and Quentin Tarantino; college added a Douglas Sirk fixation to the mix. “I loved dark worlds, […]
Bangladesh has begun administering coronavirus vaccines to sex workers from the country's largest brothel, a vast warren of shacks home to around 1,900 prostitutes.
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