James Wolfensohn, who served as the president of the World Bank for 10 years and was a guiding force for a couple of the most well-known cultural institutions in the U.S., has died. Wolfensohn died Wednesday at his home in Manhattan according to the Institute for Advanced Study, where he had been a past chair of the board.
The BBC’s news output has the lowest-ranked impartiality score of any British broadcaster, according to a survey of viewers. The corporation has fallen below Channel 5 for the first time. Ofcom asked audiences for each of the main channels whether they believed that the news programmes they watched were free of bias. The BBC scored just 58 per cent. Sky News was the highest-rated with 69 per cent, followed by Channel 4 (66 per cent), ITV (63 per cent) and Channel 5 (61 per cent). It is the first time in the annual survey that the BBC has fallen behind all the other broadcasters. Channel 5 has now overtaken the corporation as perceptions of its impartiality improve. Ofcom said: “We learned that people’s views of the impartiality of BBC news are shaped by a range of factors, only some of which relate directly to its news and current affairs content. “Some told us that their views were influenced by the BBC brand, its funding mechanism and its portrayal across wider media. “Once again our research shows that audiences rate impartiality as the lowest-scoring aspect of the BBC’s delivery of this purpose. “There is a risk that future relationships between the BBC and its audiences could be jeopardised if audience concerns around impartiality continue to grow.” Ofcom said it would monitor the progress made by the corporation over the next 12 months after Tim Davie, the director-general, said he planned to put impartiality at the heart of the BBC’s output. It also welcomed Mr Davie’s new rules warning presenters that they must not express political views on Twitter. Ofcom said: “Although the use of social media by BBC journalists and presenters is not within our remit, we consider that this is a useful step and is likely to help improve perceptions of impartiality.”
Britain's 100-year-old charity hero Captain Tom Moore and motor racing champion Lewis Hamilton have topped GQ magazine's Men of the Year Awards. The men's fashion and style magazine also honoured campaigning soccer player Marcus Rashford and actress Lashana Lynch, among others, at a virtual ceremony broadcast on Thursday via GQ's YouTube channel and hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall. It named veteran singer, song writer and TV personality Ozzy Osbourne as winner of its lifetime achievement award.
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For Ingrid Andress, becoming the designated face of country music in this year's Grammy nominations just seven months after her debut album came out is "mind-blowing." Among country artists, she's tied with Miranda Lambert for the most overall nominations, with three. But one of Andress' nods was for best new artist — and she's not […]
Wildlife workers in Florida helped a turtle in distress on Sanibel Island after it got into difficulties close to the shore line.This footage, shared by Jessica Tomblin on November 25 shows a person in a Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation uniform helping the turtle.Tomblin told Storyful she spotted the turtle close to the shore and noticed something was wrong when it was ‘barely moving.’“[It was] jerking its head back struggling to breathe and closing its eyes… so I called the Sanibel Police and they sent a biologist from CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife),” she said. “We moved him where he was in a safe spot in the water until they came.”Tomblin told Storyful the turtle was taken to receive care and treatment from CROW. Credit: Jessica Tomblin via Storyful
"Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek is still inspiring fans, even three weeks after he died at 80. The beloved TV personality had taped enough episodes of "Jeopardy" to last until the week of Jan. 4. Although Trebek was in the late stages of pancreatic cancer, he was still hosting new episodes of the show up until […]
A woman was filmed smashing hundreds of bottles of booze inside an Aldi supermarket in Stevenage, England, on November 25.Footage of the incident shows a large pile of broken bottles on the aisle floor as the woman swipes more bottles from the shelves. The woman is seen slipping and falling on the broken glass and several shoppers can be heard saying the woman is bleeding from her right hand.The woman was arrested and was also treated in hospital for her injuries, according to reports.Lee Clark captured this video and told Storyful he spoke to a supermarket manager who estimated the woman caused the store about £100,000 (around $130,000) in damages that include the destroyed spirits stock, lost revenue due to shop closure, and the cost of new flooring. Credit: Lee Clark via Storyful
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Lewis Hamilton revealed on Thursday that he feels he has not yet processed the impact of his achievement in claiming a record-equalling seventh title to become F1’s most successful driver.
Australia’s national broadcaster has accused The Crown of creative licence after the show pretended that the country’s former Prime Minister called the Queen a “Pom” and likened her to a pig in twinset and pearls. Peter Morgan, writer of the Netflix show, twisted a real-life interview given by Bob Hawke in 1983 to ABC’s flagship Four Corners programme. The series correctly reflected that Mr Hawke, who was then weeks away from becoming Prime Minister, said he believed that the country would be better off as a republic. But Morgan then invented lines in which Mr Hawke criticised the Queen. The character, played by Richard Roxburgh, says: “I respect and admire the Queen enormously. The desire is simply to have a head of state that embodies and represents Australian values and traditions - a head of state that looks like us, sounds like us, thinks like us.” When the interviewer asks him to elaborate, he replies: “One of them, a Pom, an unelected non-Australian who lives on the other side of the world and, for all their good intentions, is a different breed. “You wouldn’t put a pig in charge of a herd of prime beef cattle, even if it did look good in a twinset and pearls.” The audience reacts with laughter and applause. In a series of tweets, the Four Corners programme said: Hey Netflix. Huge fan. While we’re loving the fact that you’ve featured us in The Crown, we’re in the business of facts and there are a few things we want to clear up.” After pointing out that The Crown had got the date and location of the interview wrong, the Australian programme said: “And while we’ve enjoyed your creative license, Hawke did not call the Queen a pig on our show.” The show has been accused of numerous inaccuracies, and is a blend of fact and fiction. Morgan has said: “You sometimes have to forsake accuracy, but you must never forsake truth.”
Back in 2012 when it first launched, Jumia’s long-term goal was to become the leading e-commerce player on the continent. If customers wanted to buy it, Jumia—often referred to as the Amazon of Africa—wanted to be able to sell it. It was similar to the way Amazon itself started first with books and CDs and then eventually an Amazon of nearly everything.
Scottish gamekeepers have complained that rural life is facing an endless battering after it emerged that a licensing regime is to be imposed on grouse shooting businesses. Firms warned that the move, announced by SNP ministers on Thursday, risked devastating rural economies, after they were warned those that fail to follow wildlife protection rules will face being shut down. The Scottish Government claimed the new rules are necessary to protect rare raptors, and that it could not ignore several cases of birds of prey either dying or going missing in suspicious circumstances over grouse moors. However, representatives of rural businesses said the changes were completely disproportionate and meant law-abiding, responsible estates would become engulfed in a “blizzard of red tape”.
When his students express their weariness of constant lockdown drills, a sympathetic New York City math teacher offers them some cold comfort. Statistically, he says, they're likelier to be hit by a car than they are to die in a school shooting. But traffic collisions don't get constant media coverage, counters a teenage girl: Vigilant […]
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“Safety of Objects” (2001) Following a non-speaking role in the Disney Channel series “The Thirteenth Year” and a walk-on part in “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas,” Stewart appeared in the indie film “The Safety of Objects” as the tomboy daughter of a troubled single mom played by Patricia Clarkson.“Panic Room” (2002) A year later, Stewart costarred with Jodie Foster in “Panic Room,” a thriller about a divorced mom and her diabetic daughter, who are trapped in their new home by invading burglars. It was the first time critics took notice of the 12-year-old’s talent and nominated her for her first Young Artist Award.“Cold Creek Manor” (2003) Stewart was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her performance in another thriller, “Cold Creek Manor” starring as the tween daughter of Sharon Stone and Dennis Quaid, with whom she shares a birthday in real life.“Catch That Kid” (2004) It was a very busy year for Stewart, who took on her first starring role at only 14 in the action-comedy, “Catch That Kid.” The film follows Maddy (Stewart), who sets in motion a plan to rob a bank to pay for her father’s operation.“Undertow” (2004) This psychological thriller tells the story of two boys on the run from their homicidal uncle and the interesting characters they meet on their journey. Stewart was nominated yet again for a Young Artist Award“Speak” (2004) Stewart starred in this Lifetime/Showtime TV film as a high school freshman who chooses not to speak after being raped. The New York Times says of her performance, “Ms. Stewart creates a convincing character full of pain and turmoil — not an easy acting feat, since because of the nature of the story she has a limited number of lines.”“Zathura” (2005) Based on the children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg (who also authored “Jumanji”), “Zathura” centers on two brothers who play a board game that teleports their house — with them and their sister Lisa (Stewart) inside — into outer space.“In the Land of Women” (2007) Stewart goes blond in this romantic drama as Adrian Brody’s love interest and Meg Ryan’s daughter.“The Cake Eaters” (2007) Mary Stuart Masterson made her directorial debut in this indie drama that had Stewart playing a young girl with a rare, untreatable disease that causes difficulty walking and impaired speech.“Into the Wild” (2007) Sean Penn directed Stewart as a teenage singer with a crush on young adventurer (played by Emile Hirsch).“The Yellow Handkerchief” (2008) Set in post-Hurricane Katrina Louisiana, “The Yellow Handkerchief” had Stewart playing a troubled teen who ditched her parents to run off with a geeky outcast played by Eddie Redmayne.“What Just Happened” (2008) Stewart took a cameo role in this Barry Levinson-directed satirical dramedy about the Hollywood machine, which starred, Robert De Niro, Catherine Keener, Stanley Tucci, Sean Penn and his wife at the time, Robin Penn.“Twilight” (2008) The international success of the “Twilight” films shot Stewart’s career into the stratosphere and had love-struck teens around the world asking, are you Team Edward of Team Jacob? Or for those unfamiliar with the book it was based on, are you into vampires or werewolves?“Adventureland” (2009) Stewart starred alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in the this comedy-drama set in the summer of 1987 in a run-down amusement part in Pennsylvania.“Welcome to the Rileys” (2010) James Gandolfini plays a heartbroken man who loses both his daughter and his mistress, and end ends up in a New Orleans strip club. There, he meets a self-destructive 16-year-old stripper, Mallory (Stewart), who is in need of a father figure.“The Runaways” (2010) Stewart plays singer/musician Joan Jett in this biopic about the formation of the ’70s rock band, The Runaways. She not only really played guitar in the film, she also sang and record a few of Jett’s song for the soundtrack.“Snow White and the Huntsman” (2012) A dark and grim – Brothers Grimm, actually – retelling of the German fairy tale has Stewart fleeing her wicked stepmother’s castle and escaping into the forest, where Eric the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) is hot on her trail. The film earned two Oscar nomination and $396.6 million worldwide against a $170 million budget.“Camp X-Ray” (2014) Stewart’s portrayal of a young soldier stationed as a guard at Guantanamo Bay detention camp who befriends a man imprisoned there earned her a two nominations: a Women Film Critics Circle award and The Razzie Redeemer Award, given to a past Razzie Winner who subsequently “became a respected artist.”“Clouds of Sils Maria” (2014) Stewart received the Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actress at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival playing the personal assistant to an established middle-aged actress (Juliette Binoche), whom becomes sexually attracted to her.“Equals” (2015) This futuristic sci-fi romantic drama follows two young people (Stewart and Nicholas Hoult) who are diagnosed with a disease that restores human emotions in a dystopian world where they do not exist.“Cafe Society” (2016) Stewart stepped back in time to 1930s Hollywood in the Woody Allen comedy, which also starred Steve Carell as a powerful Hollywood agent and Jesse Eisenberg as his nephew from the Bronx. And, of course, he falls in love with Stewart.“Personal Shopper” (2016) Stewart was widely applauded for her performance in this supernatural thriller about a personal shopper in Paris, who tries to communicate with her dead twin brother.“Lizzie” (2018) Based on the true story of Lizzie Borden, who was accused and acquitted of killing her father and stepmother with an axe in 1892, Stewart plays the housemaid in the Borden’s house and Lizzie’s lover.“JT LeRoy” (2018) Based on the memoir “Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT Leroy,” Stewart’s Savannah Knoop spends six years posing as writer Laura Albert’s (played by Laura Dern) literary character, JT LeRoy.“Seberg” (2019) Premiering at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, “Seberg” recounts the FBI’s targeting of the New Wave film star Jean Seberg for her support of the Black Panthers. TheWrap film critic calls Stewart’s performance: “What Stewart does capture, more importantly, is the spark in Seberg’s eyes; she also knows how to turn off that spark, which adds additional heartbreak to the later scenes of a despairing, suicidal Seberg.”“Charlie’s Angels” (2019) In the third installment of the film franchise based on the classic TV series of the ’70s and early ’80s, Stewart is among the new generations of Angels at a private detective agency. Not surprisingly, she was cast as the wild, rebellious, unpredictable one of the group, whom the film’s writer, producer and director Elizabeth Banks says is “definitely gay in the movie.”“Underwater” (2020) This science fiction horror film has Stewart playing one in a crew of underwater researchers, who scramble for their survival after an earthquake ravages their ship. And what would a sci-fi flick set “underwater” be without a scary creature or two?Read original story The Evolution of Kristen Stewart: From ‘Panic Room’ to ‘Twilight’ to ‘Happiest Season’ (Photos) At TheWrap
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There are fears Winston Churchill, Lord Nelson and Mahatma Gandhi statues and street names could be removed after they were named in a Welsh Government report reviewing those “complicit” in slavery and colonialism. An audit of memorials in Wales, launched in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, has assessed the historical figures they celebrate for “culpability” in the slave trade, imperialism, and racial bigotry. The reputations of the commonly commemorated wartime Prime Minister Churchill and Trafalgar hero Nelson have been “brought into question” and their public honours are “contentious”, the report states. It’s author has said that “some could be moved to museums so people can see the links.” In a tiered, traffic light system of guilt the assessment brutal colonial governor Sir Thomas Picton, whose statue in Cardiff City Hall was covered over in July, is “red” with “definite personal culpability” in regard to slavery and empire. But just one rung down from Picton and known slavers like Sir Francis Drake in the 'Amber' section, the report named Churchill’s 17 commemorations and Nelson’s 31 as a potential cause for concern. The former Prime Minister has two buildings and 15 streets named in his honour, but on the sliding scale of culpability has been found contentious for being: “Widely hated in South Wales mining communities for his actions as Home Secretary during the Tonypandy riots.” The report adds he “expressed a belief in the superiority of the ‘Anglo-Saxon race’” was “opposed to dismantling the British Empire”, and failed “to take sufficient action to relieve the Bengal famine”. On Lord Horatio Nelson, who has seven statues, six buildings, 18 streets and numerous pubs commemorating him, the report said that despite being a “national hero”, in his earlier career a Royal Navy officer he was “tasked with commanding naval vessels that protected ships in the triangular trade to and from the West Indies.” It added: “He is known from private correspondence to have opposed the abolition of the slave trade though he doesn’t appear to have done so publicly.” Indian independence leader Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi, whose solitary statue stands in Cardiff, has also been implicated for “racism against Black South Africans”. The audit of public commemorations found more than 200 monuments, buildings and streets names with links to the slave trade, empire, and racism. First Minister Mark Drakeford has claimed the report “provides important evidence which helps us establish an honest picture” of the past, and next steps for dubious memorials would be decided. The audit was launched in July amid widespread Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd, and increasing calls to remove memorials to those linked to the slave trade. And the report published on Thursday said that “many reputations have been brought into question” and “there is a need to assess the culpability or otherwise of individuals who are publicly commemorated and celebrated”. Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny, said: “It’s rare for quite such a level of ignorance to be squeezed into one single paragraph, but the Welsh Government has exceeded itself in the bilge it has regurgitated about Winston Churchill. "Churchill did not order troops with bayonets into Tonypandy. Nor did any of Churchill’s actions make the Bengal Famine worse than the typhoon had already made it.” He added that he Welsh Government had authorised “tripe posing as history”. Leading the audit, Ms Gayor Legall told the Guardian that some contentious memorials “could be moved to museums so people can see the links. I don’t see the point of destroying things, there’s enough death and destruction around as it is.” The report makes clear that those in the “amber” section are still debatable historical figures with no proven culpability, and next steps yet to be decided. Legacies have however been cast into doubt by research and public opinion measured through petitions, though one of those cited was found by camping group Save Our Statues to have been bolstered by people from outside the UK. Other reviewed figures include four-time Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, and early socialist reformer Robert Owen for opposing emancipation. The report will now be considered and next steps decided.