Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand, undeterred by arrest warrants and the possibility of violent attacks, staged another rally on Friday, poking fun at their critics and warning of the possibility of a military coup. The potential for violence was illustrated after their last rally on Wednesday, when in the hours after it ended, two men were reportedly shot and critically wounded. Although the incident remains murky and its connection to the rally unclear, it was a reminder that the student protesters are vulnerable, especially because of the passions they inspire among some of their opponents.
The COVID-19 epidemic in Britain is shrinking slightly with the reproduction "R" number estimated to be below 1, hinting at the impact of England's second national lockdown in bringing infections down, government scientists said on Friday. Government scientists said the estimates were based on latest data up to Nov. 24, but that lags meant the impact of national restrictions introduced in England on Nov. 5 were only just being seen and could not yet be fully evaluated. "R estimates for England may continue to decline in the future and may be below 1 for all regions already," the Government Office for Science said in a statement.
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A country enters a technical recession if its economy contracts for two successive quarters. Data released Friday by the National Statistical Office showed industry normalizing faster than the service sector. Manufacturing grew by 0.6% in July-September after shrinking by a massive 39% in the preceding quarter, the report said.
In today’s Global Bulletin, streamers face potential content quotas in Australia, Leonine hires former Red Arrow exec Nina Etspueler, Channel 4 commissions a second Diana doc and Tallinn’s industry section announces its winners. QUOTA Global platforms facing imminent local production quotas across Europe could be looking at a similar situation in Australia, where new proposed […]
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Locals in the tiny Austrian town of Fucking have had enough of outsiders sniggering and stealing their road signs, prompting the mayor of the municipality to announce a formal name change. For years, the village has had to suffer at the hands of visitors taking photos and stealing anything with its name on, with English-language media gleefully reporting their frustration. As of January 1st next year, Fucking, not far from Salzburg, will be known as Fugging. Franz Meindl is the mayor of -- you know where…. "The immediate neighbour to the town sign whose house number sign was stolen countless times, but you need such a sign. So she had one made and just let them spell it with two 'G's and since then he has had his peace." Shortly after news broke of the Fucking decision, the German mountain community of Wank released a statement to say it had no plans to follow in its footsteps.
One of EnergaCamerimage Film Festival’s most closely watched sections in a world where streaming shows rule the roost is the First Look TV Pilots Competition and this year’s winner, the Amazon Original “Hunters,” kept veteran cinematographer Frederick Elmes on his toes, he says. Elmes, with more than 60 director of photography credits spanning five decades, […]
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Pep Guardiola believes Sergio Aguero will always retain his predatory instincts in front of goal as Manchester City hope the return of the club's record scorer will end a Premier League goal drought.
This Irish foreign minister, Simon Coveney, delivered what he said was an “important message for the children of Ireland” in parliament on November 26, confirming that Santa Claus would be exempt from any travel restrictions in place this Christmas.“We regard Santa Claus’s travel as essential travel,” Coveney said, meaning Santa would be exempt from the requirement to self quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Ireland. Santa will be able to come into Irish airspace, “and indeed … Irish homes,” the minister said, “without having to restrict his movement.”Coveney did request, however, that children stay in bed, to ensure social distancing as Santa was delivering their presents. Credit: Oireachtas via Storyful
Europe's ski resorts are desperately trying to salvage the new season amid the pandemic, but travel restrictions, the need for social distancing and disagreement among governments about whether to open at all mean they have a mountain to climb. During the first wave of infections last season, some ski centres became breeding grounds for the coronavirus, accelerating its spread across Europe. "If we (Italians) are the only ones not to open, it would be an economic disaster," said Michele Bertolini, who heads a lobby group for owners of local businesses like restaurants and ski rental shops in the small resort of Passo del Tonale in the Trentino region, near Austria and Switzerland.
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It was late on the first Tuesday in November, and Captain Hussen Besheir, an Ethiopian federal soldier, was on duty at a guard post outside the military camp in Dansha.
Victoria said on Friday (November 27) it has gone 28 days without detecting any new infections, a benchmark widely cited as eliminating the virus from the community. The state also has zero active cases after the last COVID-19 patient was discharged from hospital this week, a far cry from August, when Victoria recorded more than 700 cases in one day and active infections totalled nearly 8,000. The spread of the virus was only contained after a lockdown lasting more than 100 days, leaving some 5 million people in Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city, largely confined to their homes. Australia's southern island state, Tasmania, was the last to open its border to Victorians. Tasmania closed its borders in March.
After a pretty intense couple of weeks filming in the Dolomite mountains, I’ve landed back in the UK and headed for home. The country still feels so quiet and there can be no doubting that the enforced Covid lockdown has been challenging for many families. Yet there is also a sense of quiet that is strangely beautiful. Our small nation island, a non-stop hub of traffic and rushing around and social engagements ever since the Second World War, has taken a moment to breathe for the first time in 75 years. And despite all the horror of so many bereavements and continued hardships across the country, lockdown has been a time of opportunity for many. My family included. Over the course of the year, we’ve learned that quiet moments together are a gift. Even simple things like going for a walk outdoors can be transformative for relationships – whether with our children or spouse. Maybe one of 2020’s legacies will be that it reminded us of the value of each other, and how moments of stillness can heal wounds. I was reminded again last week, when caught in some bad weather high in the mountains, that storms don’t last forever. When they eventually pass, we often see our surroundings with renewed vision and quieter hearts. Looking back on 2020 I am amazed at how many things have changed so fast. For example, with our ‘Be Military Fit’ business, I see how our teams have adapted from training tens of thousands of people in parks across the UK, to now having brought that outdoor training ethos into the home. For us as a family, these regular online sessions have become one of the staple parts of our family day during lockdown. They’ve helped to keep us healthy and keep us together. One of my lockdown fitness interests has been post-workout ice baths. I have an old iron cow trough in the garden attached to a small aquarium chiller via old hose pipes. It works great, keeping the trough at an icy three degrees. The immersion truly shocks the mind and body but is also proven to help our immune systems to stay strong. I call it the trough of resilience. The boys join me in it every now and again, although Shara isn’t yet sold on the whole ice idea.
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 27 — Mardi Corporation Sdn Bhd (MardiCorp) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nigeria’s Ondo state government to extend the former’s technical and...
Saudi Arabia formally suspended imports of meat, eggs and other products from Turkey earlier this month, the Turkish exporters' union said, after a months-long informal boycott of Turkish goods over political tensions between the two regional rivals. Turkish exporters have reported increasing obstacles to trade in Saudi Arabia, as businessmen in the Gulf Arab state have led calls for bans on Turkish imports and as ties between the two countries deteriorated. Already strained by competing ambitions for regional influence, those relations plunged into crisis two years ago when Saudi agents killed prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.