The United States on Wednesday hailed plans by NATO ally Germany to sail a warship across the contested South China Sea, calling it welcome support for a "rules-based international order" in the region, something Washington says is threatened by China. German government officials said on Tuesday a German frigate would set sail for Asia in August and, on its return journey, become the first German warship to cross the South China Sea since 2002. "The United States has a national interest in the maintenance of peace and stability, respect for international law, lawful unimpeded commerce, and freedom of navigation and other lawful uses of the sea," a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department said.
Sri Lanka, bidding to win a cricket match for the first time in a year, made a below-par 131-9 in the first Twenty20 International against the West Indies on Wednesday.
U.S. states across the nation from Michigan, Louisiana, Texas, Massachusetts and Mississippi are all loosening or lifting COVID-19 restrictions as reported infections are on the decline, but health officials are strongly warning against it. GOV. GRETCHEN WHITMER: “Today, we are announcing that restaurants and bars can operate at 50 percent capacity. That's up from 25 percent.”On Tuesday Michigan and Louisiana eased limits on capacity for indoor dining and other businesses with Michigan’s Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer saying venues like movie theaters, bowling alleys and banquet halls will be able to have up to 300 patrons inside or 1,000 outside, with the revised order taking effect on Friday and lasting through mid-April . GOV. GRETCHEN WHITMER: “Michigan is number nine nationwide for total vaccines administered and our case count and positivity rates remain among the lowest in the nation… The increased capacity limits outlined in this order will still give us the ability to protect public health as we carefully track variants and continue leading with science and data.” Arkansas and Massachusetts this week ordered that restaurants no longer have capacity limits, and in Texas...GOV. GREG ABBOTT: “It is now time to open Texas 100 percent”The governor went even further – lifting its mask mandate entirely. GOV. GREG ABBOTT: “Removing statewide mandates does not end personal responsibility. It's just that now state mandates are no longer needed.” There were mixed reactions from residents near Houston.RESIDENT LINDEE RAMBEAU: "Wahoo! I'm about done with masks."RESIDENT DONNIE DEVAULT: "I know everybody is anxious. I'm anxious, but I think a few more weeks, a month, shouldn't hurt anybody."Mississippi also ending its mask mandate effective on Wednesday with the Republican Governor Tate Reeves tweeting “it is time!” ROCHELLE WALENSKY: “Now is not the time to release all restrictions.” But on Wednesday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky cautioned against relaxing restrictions and urged Americans to continue public health precautions despite what their states permit.ROCHELLE WALENSKY: “The next month or two is really pivotal in terms of how this pandemic goes, as we scale up vaccination. Every individual is empowered to do the right thing here. Regardless of what the states decide. For personal health for public health. For the health of their loved ones and communities...” And President Biden on Wednesday echoed that sentiment.PRESIDENT BIDEN: “Texas I think is a big mistake… the last thing we need is neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything is fine take off your mask, forget it. It still matters.” The number of new coronavirus cases in the United States dropped sharply for six weeks before plateauing last week, according to a Reuters analysis, and remains well below levels hit in January.
The prevalence of COVID-19 infections in England has dropped since January, but the rate of decline has slowed and cases might be on the rise in some areas, researchers at Imperial College London said on Thursday. The researchers said that national prevalence was 0.49%, down two-thirds from the 1.57% recorded in January, but added that compared to interim findings for February, estimated prevalence had risen in London and the South-East, as well as the East and West Midlands. "The prevalence... in England continues to fall although the rate of decline has slowed," Steven Riley, Professor of Infectious Disease Dynamics, Imperial College London, told reporters, adding that prevalence needed to be lower to give the vaccine rollout the best chance of success.
Amazon.com Inc will open its first-ever physical store outside the United States on Thursday. The world's largest online retailer said the cashierless store, dubbed "Amazon Fresh," is located in Britain, in the London Borough of Ealing. It will carry a private UK food brand it's calling "by Amazon" and will let consumers skip the checkout line when they shop.
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Many of us have, at one point or another, been stuck in a bar argument that went on a bit too long, that got a bit too hostile, with someone we didn’t know too well — and it’s rarely a memory to be treasured. Would it help if the guy at the other end of […]
In today’s TV news roundup, “South Park” premiered a preview clip of its coronavirus-themed special and Paramount Plus’ shared with Variety an exclusive clip from true-crime docuseries “For Heaven’s Sake.” CASTING Matthew Sato has been cast as Kia, a series regular role, in Disney Plus‘ new “Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.,” portraying the brother of lead Dr. […]
All 13 people killed when a packed vehicle collided with a truck in California are believed to have entered the US illegally through a nearby breach in the Mexico border fence, US authorities said Wednesday.
Before issuing his order to end mask mandates, Gov. Greg Abbott must not have looked at the recent numbers of coronavirus deaths in Texas. Another spike is possible before enough people are vaccinated to finally squelch the disease’s spread, and Abbott’s order makes it more likely we’ll see one in Texas. At a minimum, Abbott should have given local officials flexibility.
Kings of Leon is poised to make history as the first band to release an album as a non-fungible token, or NFT, a cryptographic way to buy and sell digital art and media. The Grammy-winning rock band’s new album, “When You See Yourself,” will release March 5 via streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, […]
A 200-foot marina that broke loose amid heavy flooding in Kentucky drifted under multiple bridges along the Kentucky River in Frankfort on Wednesday, March 3, ramming into the Singing Bridge as it passed, aerial footage shows.Drone footage released by Frankfort City Hall shows parts of the unmoored marina getting scraped off by the Singing Bridge, one of four Frankfort bridges that were temporarily closed to motorists on Wednesday, according to local news reports.Frankfort Plant Board crews raised electric lines to allow for the marina to fit across river streams, they said.No significant damage was inflicted on the bridge, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said. Credit: City of Frankfort City Hall via Storyful
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stressed the significance of the role that city and county chief secretaries have in improving the lives of the people and carrying out his five-year economic policies, state news media KCNA said on Thursday. North Korea's drastic measures to contain COVID-19 have exacerbated human rights abuses and economic hardship, including reports of starvation, for its citizens, already battered by international sanctions, a United Nations investigator said. Kim said the city and county chief secretaries had responsibility for taking care of their residents and urged them to embark on a fresh "turning point" to help develop their areas in line with his new five-year strategy unveiled at the January party congress.
Developers built politically sensitive applications on Binance Smart Chain as a way of showing the increasingly popular blockchain platform is not as decentralized as Ethereum. The dapps remain online.
Barcelona needed extra-time to reach the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday, with a 3-2 aggregate win over Sevilla coming just two days after a police raid on the club and the arrest of their former president.
This story about Delroy Lindo in “Da 5 Bloods” first appeared in the Oscar Nominations Preview issue of TheWrap’s awards magazine When Delroy Lindo talks about his character, Paul, in Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods,” he’s hesitant to break down the ins and outs of what makes the Vietnam vet tick. “There’s a danger that every time one deconstructs an aspect of Paul’s character, his personality, I am demystifying who this man is in a way I don’t think is helpful,” Lindo said. “In many ways, I want the man to exist and speak for himself on his own terms.” Maybe that has something to do with the travesty of Lindo’s monumental performance being overlooked by both the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards voters. When you look into Lindo’s eyes, you see not just Paul but the 50 years of baggage and torment he brings with him from the Vietnam War. Also Read: 'TheWrap-Up' Podcast: Spike Lee and Delroy Lindo From 'Da 5 Bloods' We see it most clearly when he erupts after a salesman pesters him to buy a chicken or when he’s evoking his father’s sacrifice on the beaches of Normandy to a stubborn Frenchman. It’s not just rage he’s expressing, but guilt and grief that has led Paul to feel suspicious of others and perhaps led him to vote for Donald Trump. Lindo’s preparation included speaking to Vietnam vets still experiencing PTSD, as well as reading literature, watching films and discussing the movie with Lee and the rest of his cast, which included Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Jonathan Majors and Chadwick Boseman. But all of that simply helped him inhabit the “prodigious vessel” that was Paul. “I’m bringing as much as I can to flesh that out and to enable Paul, my Paul, to live and breathe,” he said. “The notion of loss is huge for Paul. And loss is not insignificant to me.” Also Read: Spike Lee's 'Da 5 Bloods' Wins Best Film and Director From National Board of Review Late in the film, as Paul has ventured on his own into the jungle, he addresses the camera with a jittery yet focused and magnetic soliloquy. It’s not unlike the many tragic Shakespearean characters Lindo has portrayed on stage — but, he said, there’s a key difference. “In a soliloquy, you’re speaking to the person that has the answer, or you’re speaking to the person who you hope has the answer,” he said. “From that point of view, the camera was the other person that I was talking to and expressing my truth. People have referenced that Paul is losing his mind, and I have to tell you for me at that point, I’m not thinking that at all. I’m speaking my truth to this person that is in front of me. I’m speaking about reality as I see it at that moment in my life. And frankly, I’m really clear about what has happened.” Paul says it himself as he sings Marvin Gaye’s “God Is My Friend” just before he meets his fate, insisting, “I ain’t never been more sober in my life.” Lindo sees things clearly, too, and he’s grateful that audiences have been able to see Paul as more than just the sum of his imperfections. “When you have a part like this, meaning such a multifaceted, emotionally complex part, you jump in, you do the very best you can with finding and giving expression to the various aspects of who the human being is,” he said. “To have audiences say they got it, that’s profoundly rewarding.” Read more from the Nominations Preview issue here. Read original story Why Delroy Lindo’s Soliloquy in ‘Da 5 Bloods’ Differs From His Shakespeare Roles At TheWrap
Mariah Carey's older brother on Wednesday sued the singer over her recent best-selling memoir "The Meaning of Mariah Carey," accusing her of defamation and inflicting emotional distress. Morgan Carey is seeking unspecified damages in a complaint filed in a New York state court in Manhattan, including over book passages that he said falsely suggested he was violent. The lawsuit was filed one month after Mariah Carey's older sister Alison sued her for $1.25 million for alleged emotional distress over the memoir, which was published in September and topped The New York Times' nonfiction best-seller list in October.
Movies like “Gone With the Wind,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and John Wayne’s “The Searchers” are all-time Hollywood classics and beloved by many. But they also have material touching on their depiction of nonwhite characters that could make audiences cringe, especially in 2021. Beginning on Thursday, Turner Classic Movies plans to re-introduce these problematic films in a four-night series called “Reframed: Classic Films in the Rearview Mirror,” that aims to shed modern light on the history and shortcomings of 14 different classic Hollywood films. “It’s not about censoring the film, it’s not about treating your audience as though they’re not intelligent enough to see the issues, and it’s not putting a childproof lock on the movie or a caution label,” Alicia Malone, one of the hosts of the “Reframed” series, told TheWrap. “It’s about giving it some context.” Also Read: HBO Max to Keep 6 Woody Allen Movies to 'Allow Viewers to Make Their Own Informed Decisions' The discourse around some of these films has been extensively covered. Mickey Rooney’s portrayal of a stereotypical Asian landlord in “Breakfast With Tiffany’s” is a well-known sore spot. The portrayal of Native Americans in many Westerns, but especially films like “The Searchers” or “Stagecoach,”...Read original story Why TCM Is Showing Problematic Films Like ‘Gone With the Wind’ – And Won’t Rule Out Woody Allen Classics At TheWrap
Germany is entering a new phase of the coronavirus pandemic in which a staged reopening of society is possible, Chancellor Angela Merkel said, but added that an "emergency brake" will let authorities reimpose curbs if case numbers get out of control. More curbs would be lifted from next week with shops reopening provided case numbers are below 50 cases per 100,000 people over 7 days in the relevant region.
Porsche and the Volkswagen Group would consider entering Formula One if the next engine regulations due to be introduced in 2025 promote sustainable fuels, the BBC reported on Wednesday. The broadcaster quoted Porsche Motorsport vice-president Fritz Enzinger as saying it would be "of great interest if aspects of sustainability -- for instance, the implementation of e-fuels" played a role. "Should these aspects be confirmed, we will evaluate them in detail within the VW Group and discuss further steps," he said.