Hollywood Insiders Cheer as Home State Star Kamala Harris Lands VP Spot

The news that Kamala Harris would join the Democratic presidential ticket hit Hollywood with a jolt on Tuesday, as the entertainment community celebrated the elevation of its home-state senator.

Harris has long-standing connections to the industry, thanks to more than a decade as a rising star in California politics. Her showbiz connections also come close to home. Harris’ husband, Douglas Emhoff, is an entertainment lawyer at DLA Piper in Century City.

Damon Lindelof, creator of HBO’s “Watchmen,” has been a strong supporter of Harris, co-hosting a fundraiser for her early in the 2020 presidential campaigning.

“I didn’t realize how excited I would be until the moment I heard Kamala was the pick,” Lindelof told Variety. “I actually pumped my fist and said ‘Yes! Yeeeeeeessss!’ and it’s perfectly OK that I was alone when I did it. My wife Heidi and I have been big supporters since we first met her — we couldn’t imagine a better candidate to make history.”

ICM Partners CEO Chris Silbermann also hosted a fundraiser for Harris during her run for Senate in 2016. He praised Harris as “a great choice.”

“She’s tough,” Silbermann told Variety. “She’s going to be a great campaigner. She’s got the right mix of warmth and charisma and toughness that is so hard to come by. She balances Biden out in a great way. In places where he’s weaker, she’s really strong. It’s a great balance for him.”

During her own campaign for the presidency last year, Harris was the leading recipient of Hollywood dollars.

“A lot of people have deep relationships” with Harris, said Lara Bergthold, partner at Rally Communications. “They appreciate the craft of politics — the media craft — and are excited about the energy and engagement she’ll bring, and how she’ll bring it to Trump in a real way.”

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden also has strong ties to the business, and is especially remembered for his early support for gay marriage. But Harris — a veteran of the high-dollar donor circuit — can be expected to take on a special responsibility to raise money in Hollywood in the closing months of the campaign.

A native of Oakland, Calif., Harris brings a wealth of experience from her years as district attorney for San Francisco, followed by her historic election as California’s attorney general. In 2017, she moved into the U.S. Senate seat held for 23 years by Barbara Boxer. Harris is not only the first Black woman and the first woman of Asian American descent to be selected for a major party presidential ticket, she’s also the first native Californian to run on a Democratic presidential ticket.

Harris has had high-wattage industry backing from the start. Among the contributors to her first statewide campaign in 2010 were Jamie Foxx, Tyra Banks, Aaron Sorkin and Steven Spielberg. Chris Rock and Disney Television Studios/ABC Entertainment chief Dana Walden were among the donors to Harris’ first bid for San Francisco district attorney in 2003. Among Harris’ closest friends is Chrisette Hudlin, former entertainment PR executive and the wife of director-producer Reginald Hudlin.

On Tuesday, “The Chi” and “Twenties” creator/executive producer Lena Waithe was among the industry heavyweights who applauded the historic selection of Harris in a statement to Variety.

“I’m very excited we have a VP,” she said. “Now, let’s get to work.”

Adam B. Vary, Cynthia Littleton and Marc Malkin contributed to this story.


Coronavirus updates LIVE: 21 more deaths, 410 new cases in Victoria; AMA president says NSW has become complacent; Auckland back in lockdown

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Victoria records 21 deaths, 410 new cases

Victoria’s coronavirus death toll is sadly climbing, with the state recording 21 more deaths overnight. This marks Victoria’s deadliest day in the pandemic so far, after 19 deaths were recorded on both Monday and Tuesday.

The state has reported 410 new cases of COVID-19, according to the latest figures released by the Department of Health and Human Services via Twitter.

We will bring you more information about these figures as soon as they come to hand.

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Treasurer and Liberal MP face off in fiery start to Victoria’s parliamentary inquiry

And the first question Treasurer Tim Pallas faced was about … Victoria’s hotel quarantine program.

Liberal MP Richard Riordan, deputy chair of the parliamentary committee, asked Mr Pallas whether he was aware, as a member of Victoria’s crisis cabinet, of problems in hotel quarantine early on.

Mr Pallas referred Mr Riordan to the upcoming inquiry into the quarantine program by retired judge Jennifer Coate.

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas at the parliamentary inquiry today.

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas at the parliamentary inquiry today.

“As a member of the cabinet committee and the way the Westminster system of governance operates, it is not appropriate for ministers to disclose what is the content of matters that come before a cabinet committee,” Mr Pallas said.

Things are already testy between the politicians, with Mr Riordan quickly cutting the Treasurer off.

“It was a yes or no, I don’t need to hear the whole ‘there’s a judicial inquiry’. Victorians have heard that for three weeks,” Mr Riordan said.

Lizzie Blandthorn, the Labor MP chairing the parliamentary inquiry, called for order.

“Mr Riordan, you are being rude,” Ms Blandthorn said. “Could you allow the Treasurer to answer the question please?”

Mr Pallas explained that more than 100,000 pages of documents have been sent to the hotel quarantine inquiry, before Mr Riordan cut him off again.

“OK Treasurer, I don’t need a lesson on … inquiries,” he said.

It appears Mr Pallas will be toeing the party line on quarantine hotels, and refusing to elaborate on what he knew about issues in the hotels and when.

You can watch the hearing live, in the post below.

Language warning for MPs at Victoria’s parliamentary inquiry

Victoria’s public accounts and estimates committee is chaired by Labor MP Lizzie Blandthorn.

The committee includes five Labor MPs, three Coalition MPs, Greens MP Sam Hibbins and Liberal Democrat David Limbrick.

All 10 members of the committee are participating via Zoom, which threw up some technical issues yesterday – starting with complaints that Premier Daniel Andrews’ microphone wasn’t loud enough. Welcome to 2020, folks.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews before the public accounts and estimates committee on Tuesday.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews before the public accounts and estimates committee on Tuesday.

The MPs take turns asking questions, meaning Labor MPs ask predetermined, unintrusive Dorothy Dixer questions followed by harder questioning from the opposition and crossbenchers.

Today’s proceedings started with Ms Blandthorn warning MPs to mind their language, after Liberal MP Richard Riordan was accidentally caught swearing in the afternoon.

Liberal MP Richard Riordan during Tuesday's hearing.

Liberal MP Richard Riordan during Tuesday’s hearing.

“Before we begin today’s proceedings I would like to acknowledge that yesterday there was some colourful and indeed unacceptable language from an unmuted microphone of a committee member,” Ms Blandthron said.

“Hundreds of thousands of people including children, could be seeing this footage in the days proceeding. Yesterday’s language was unacceptable.”


MP demands Andrews returns to inquiry

Ms Reynolds said Victorian authorities had refused or ignored multiple offers of support from the ADF to help with hotel quarantine.

Mr Riordan said Mr Andrews should be forced to return to the public accounts and estimates committee to correct the record.

“[Mr Andrews] made it quite clear that he was basically unaware of any ADF involvement, and I think it’s most important that we get that clarified for both the committee and Victorians,” Mr Riordan said.

“So I would like to move on immediately inviting or recalling – in fact, insisting, that the Premier come back to clarify that evidence for our committee. We do have time later this afternoon.”

Lizzie Blandthorn, the Labor MP chairing the inquiry, said Mr Riordan’s proposal would have to be debated later today because the committee cannot cut into the two hours allotted for Treasurer Tim Pallas.

Mr Pallas is making his opening presentation, stating Victoria’s gross state product is forecast to drop by 9 per cent in 2021, while the state is expected to experience a $10 billion fall in revenue in the September quarter compared to the government’s July forecast.

CBA profit falls 11% to $7.3b as COVID-19 bites

The Commonwealth Bank has posted a 11 per cent drop in full-year profit and will pay a final dividend of 98c a share, as the banking giant’s bottom line was hit by charges for bad debts as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

In one of the most keenly-anticipated results of this earnings season, CBA on Wednesday reported cash profits from continuing operations of $7.3 billion for the year, mainly because of previously announced provisions for soured loans.

CBA’s final dividend was 31 per cent lower than last year, but still higher than many expected, and at the maximum level allowed under recent guidance from the banking regulator.

The profit result is below market analysts’ expectations of cash profits of $7.56 billon, but higher than the expected dividend of 71c a share, according to consensus estimates from FactSet. However, there was more uncertainty than usual about the lender’s results, making consensus numbers difficult to interpret.

CBA shares were worth $74.70 before trade on Wednesday, and have slipped 6.5 per cent in 2020 against an 8.2 per cent decline for the ASX 200.

Emergency commissioner says ADF never offered support for hotel quarantine

The blame game over Victoria’s bungled hotel quarantine program continues, with Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp saying the ADF never offered to support the scheme.

A statement just released by Mr Crisp says:

“I can confirm that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) were involved in the initial planning of the hotel quarantine program. Representatives of the ADF participated in the Operation Soteria planning and coordination meetings on 27 and 28 March 2020. During these discussions I did not seek nor did representatives of the ADF offer assistance as part of the hotel quarantine program.

“Subsequent communications with the ADF on the 12th and 15th of April did not relate to ADF assistance as part of the program.”

It comes after Federal Defence Minister Linda Reynolds last night directly contradicted evidence Premier Daniel Andrews gave to a parliamentary inquiry, saying Victorian authorities had refused or ignored multiple offers of support from the Australian Defence Force to help with hotel quarantine.

At yesterday’s public accounts and estimates committee hearings, Kym Peake, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, said Mr Crisp signed off on the state’s hotel quarantine plans.

Watch live: Victoria’s COVID-19 parliamentary inquiry

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas is the first person to face day two of the state’s parliamentary inquiry into the government’s COVID-19 response.

Mr Pallas is joined by the secretary of the Department of Treasury and Finance, David Martine, and the deputy secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Matt O’Connor, who oversees industrial relations. Our state political reporter Michael Fowler is there and will bring us the latest.

The hearing should make for very good viewing again today. You can watch it live, below:


NSW has become complacent: AMA president

The president of the NSW branch of the Australian Medical Association has said she is more worried now than she has been “at any other stage during this pandemic”, as cases with no known source in the state continue to climb.

Speaking on Today this morning, Dr Danielle McMullen said she believed NSW residents had become too complacent in their adherence to social distancing.

“The fact we have any community transmission, particularly cases where we don’t know where they’ve come from, means we all really need to be taking action to reduce the spread,” she said.

Health authorities are still searching for the source of an initial infection in a student at Tangara School for Girls at Cherrybrook in Sydney’s Hills District.

The school is now linked to 17 cases, many of whom attended an Opus Dei-run study camp outside of school hours.

Low numbers of cases – one or two – with no known source have been reported in the NSW Health daily case numbers for the past week.

Victoria records 21 deaths, 410 new cases

Victoria’s coronavirus death toll is sadly climbing, with the state recording 21 more deaths overnight. This marks Victoria’s deadliest day in the pandemic so far, after 19 deaths were recorded on both Monday and Tuesday.

The state has reported 410 new cases of COVID-19, according to the latest figures released by the Department of Health and Human Services via Twitter.

We will bring you more information about these figures as soon as they come to hand.

Rotorua on alert after infected Aucklander visited NZ tourist town

New Zealand’s director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield has revealed one of the four people infected with COVID-19 in Auckland visited a popular tourist destination on the country’s north island while infected.

“Following further interviews with the public health unit with the people who have tested positive, that has revealed that one of the cases, a woman in her 20s, travelled to Rotorua on Saturday while symptomatic,” Dr Bloomfield said.

“We are working with urgency to find out what places the family may have visited while in Rotorua over the weekend.

Rotorua is a popular tourist destination in NZ.

Rotorua is a popular tourist destination in NZ.

“People in Rotorua and around the country should be vigilant about their health and seek advice if they have symptoms. We know Rotorua is a popular tourist destination and people will have been around there …

“Should we get a [further] case it would in fact require a nationwide response.”

Testing stations have now opened in Rotorua and tourists and locals alike are encouraged to get tested if they have symptoms.

Could NZ’s latest COVID cases be the result of hotel quarantine breaches?

Keeping with New Zealand for a moment, and Michael Baker a professor of public health from Otago University says it’s likely the country’s latest cases could have come from hotel quarantine.

Sound familiar?

“The assumption is, it will probably be someone who has been looked after in a managed isolation, quarantine facility,” Professor Baker told ABC radio’s AM program.

Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media.

Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media.Credit:

“We have about 6000 returning New Zealanders in these facilities around the country, and obviously a lot of staff who look after them. That would be the obvious source for this outbreak.”

Professor Baker says it’s highly likely there are more, undetected, cases in the community given the four people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Auckland do not have any apparent connection to quarantine facilities.

“It’s possible the exact source will never be found, but obviously there will be work done on the genetics of the isolates from these cases and also of specimens from people who have already been tested in those facilities. So that may give us an idea of what happened.”

All this comes ahead of New Zealand’s election on September 19.

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Foreign investors of AIFs in IFSC given exemption from furnishing PAN

The government has granted an exemption to non-residents (NRs) investing in category I and category II alternative inv­e­s­tment funds (AIFs) located in the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) from furnishing the permanent account number (PAN).

This was a long-standing demand from foreign investors wanting to pool money at IFSC, instead of other offshore jurisdictions, such as Mauritius and Singapore, which do not req­uire investors to obtain PAN. Currently, a sizeable number of overseas investors do not invest directly in AIFs but through offshore feeder funds.

The exemption will apply provided the TDS (tax deducted at source) has been deducted from the investor’s income by the fund. The fund is required to give quarterly returns, providing all details of foreign investors’ income.

“Foreign investors have, for long, been demanding that they be exempted from tax compliance since the fund at IFSC would be withholding tax payable by investors. This would go a long way in making it easy for fund managers to attract foreign investors to a fund set up at IFSC and would give impetus to IFSC as a fund jurisdiction,” said Sunil Gidw­ani, partner, Nangia Andersen.

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“The CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxes) notification of July 2019 had exempted non-resident investors of category I and category II AIFs located at IFSC from the requirement to file returns (subject to certain conditions and limitations). The PAN exemption now made available to the same class of investors…,” added Pallabi Ghosal, partner, AZB & Partners.

On Monday, the CBDT inser­ted rule 114AAB, notifying classes of persons to whom provisions of Section 139A for obtaining PAN will not apply.

According to the new rule, the provisions will not apply if a non-resident does not earn any income in India, other than the income from investment in category I or category II AIFs located at IFSC, and if the TDS on such income is deducted by the specified fund according to Section 194LBB.

The provisions will also not apply in case a non-resident investor furnishes details, such as name, address, country of residence and tax identification number in the country or specified territory of his/her residence or a unique number on the basis of which the non-resident is identified by the government of that country.


Maya Rudolph on Kamala Harris as Biden’s Vice President and If She’ll Reprise Her ‘SNL’ Role

When the news broke that Joe Biden selected Senator Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running made for the 2020 presidential election, one of the most immediate reactions could be summed up by this tweet from NBC News White House correspondent Geoff Bennett:

During the Democratic primary, Rudolph’s joyful performances as Harris were a standout on “Saturday Night Live,” even earning Rudolph an Emmy nomination for best guest star on a comedy.

When Biden announced Harris as his pick, Rudolph happened to be in an interview with Entertainment Weekly about her Emmy nomination.

“That’s spicy,” she said. “Oh s—. Ruh-roh.”

Rudolph told EW that she was “as surprised as you are” about Harris’ selection as VP, and she indicated that she would return to play the California senator on the upcoming season of “SNL,” if executive producer Lorne Michaels asks her and COVID-19 precautions allow.

“I just didn’t really anticipate traveling during this pandemic, but if there’s anyone who can work it out I’m sure Lorne has some kind of invisible helicopter that can get me there,” she said. “I don’t know that I’m ready to go right this minute, but it’s so nice to have this nomination be associated with the show because it’s my true love.”

Rudolph, who was a cast member on “SNL” from 2000–2007, has regularly returned to the show to play several famous figures like Beyoncé, Whitney Houston and Michelle Obama. Rudolph played Harris three times during in 2019, most recently on the episode hosted by Eddie Murphy — which earned her the Emmy nomination.

In an interview with Variety conducted before Harris landed the VP slot, Rudolph said she prefers to approach her impersonations inclusively, rather than make them the butt of the joke.

“I like to look for the joy and the fun and the game in something they say or do,” she said.


Why mid-week AFL matches should be the new normal

The fallout of COVID-19 has thrown up all manner of “learnings”, as Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin would say, in AFL land. Some helpful, some not so, and some, well, perplexing, as we saw with the Tigers on Friday. But this much is clear – mid-week football should become the new normal.

Standalone games on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights have been well received by viewers during this unprecedented footy frenzy and Wednesday games certainly should be reprised next season when the virus is hopefully under control.

THe Tigers and Lions clashed on a Tuesday night and drew 224,000 viewers on Foxtel, where it was exclusively broadcast.

THe Tigers and Lions clashed on a Tuesday night and drew 224,000 viewers on Foxtel, where it was exclusively broadcast.Credit:Getty Images

Ratings for the matches have been strong, according to Oztam. The Wednesday clash between Richmond and the Western Bulldogs had 482,000 viewers on Channel Seven, and 184,000 on Fox Footy, with similar figures the following night when Port Adelaide and Melbourne met.

Last Monday’s clash between Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs, shown exclusively on Fox Footy, had 182,000 viewers, and was its top-rating show. A night later, the potential grand final preview between Richmond and Brisbane had 224,000 viewers, and again was Foxtel’s No.1 show.


The double-header on Wednesday, exclusively broadcast on Fox Footy, had 176,000 for the twilight clash between Geelong and North Melbourne and 251,000 for Melbourne’s crunch clash against Adelaide. This compares favourably to the Sunday clash between Fremantle and Collingwood, which had 228,000 viewers.

Supporters may be the lifeblood of AFL and there are few greater experiences in world sport than taking a seat at a packed MCG. But the bottom line is this – it’s the broadcasters who pay a key chunk of the league’s bills, including players’ wages. This season went ahead completely without fans in Melbourne, as the broadcast deal was so important.

Thursday night football, generally staged during school holidays, should be weekly, allowing Wednesday games to be held during school holidays, even if this was only in the northern states where the weather is generally warmer. The Gold Coast Suns appear an emerging force. Wouldn’t it make sense for the Suns and, say, the Magpies, to have an annual Wednesday-night billing at Metricon Stadium, thereby removing the need for a graveyard Saturday twilight slot? You would think plenty of Magpie fans would make the trip north.

Standalone games are a boon for club and league sponsors seeking mass eyeballs. They also generate more storylines and news – keeping the league in the headlines. The decision to release match-review findings the day after all matches has been an inspired one. It drives news, as we saw with Alex Neal-Bullen and even Tom Papley last week. This dovetails into having more mid-week matches. No one wants to see players hurt, but the Isaac Quaynor “stud-gate” case generated headlines and talkback through Friday.

In terms of fixturing, there’s no need to be concerned about players having enough of a break between matches. Teams that play on a Wednesday could have had their previous match on a Thursday or even Friday. They could then have at least a week off – perhaps even up to 11 days – until their next game.

As Damien Hardwick said, “I think the great thing about our footy club and other clubs as well is I would say that the professionalism of our strength and medical conditioning sides are very, very strong. They have a very good understanding of what gets players on the field.”

Geelong coach Chris Scott had this to add: “I am an advocate for it. I will put the caveat in that I haven’t really thought through and I am not privy to all the complexity around broadcasting deals and what’s best for the game in terms of commercial outcomes.

“But, as a fan and as a participant at a club, I am an advocate for more footy, more standalone games across the week, certainly playing Thursday through Monday makes a lot of sense. Even if we had a situation where the players played a little bit more often throughout the season and trained a little bit less, I think it would be better for everyone. The bottom line is I think it’s something worth pursuing.”

The AFL wants to recoup the millions of dollars lost through COVID-19 as quickly as possible. Players want their pay cheques to remain bountiful. Networks want more content. Sponsors want bang for their buck. And all know there is nothing better than prime time content at a time when live sport remains one of the few non-streaming “shows” that attracts widespread eyeballs.

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Proxy firms play by new rulebook as Sebi tightens procedural guidelines

Firms that advise investors on how to vote on shareholder resolutions floated by listed companies will now be regulated more closely after the Securities and Exchange Board of India’s (Sebi’s) issuance of so-called procedural guidelines.

The new framework is aimed at increasing accountability, addressing conflict of interest, and establishing greater communication between proxy advisors and their clients and the company. More importantly, Sebi has allowed India Inc to present its counterview and has also put in place a grievance redressal mechanism.

Proxy advisors are firms that give voting recommendations on resolutions floated by companies to their clients, who are typically institutional investors, such as mutual funds and private equity investors. Their advice influences shareholders’ vote on top executive compensation or reappointment of directors or how listed firms structure the related party transaction. Given their growing clout, it is not uncommon for them to be at loggerheads with India Inc when it comes to contentious issues.

Heads of proxy firms say are already playing by the new rule book. “We welcome Sebi’s new guidelines. These are procedural and consistent with what we have been practising — be it disclosures, managing conflict, or transparency. It is difficult to say how corporates will react to critical recommendations in future. Suffice to say, from our side, we’ve been transparent since we started operations,” says Amit Tandon, founder and MD, IIAS.

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Sebi has said it will now examine non-compliance by proxy advisors if listed firms approach it with grievances. Some believe this may increase the scrutiny on the reports issued by proxy firms. This may, in turn, increase the cost for them.

“The vote recommendation reports cannot be considered adversarial as they are informed opinions that are research inputs to institutional investors. Investors choose to act or not act on our recommendations. And, these opinions are primarily in the private domain. We already adhere to many of these guidelines in some form or other. The overall guidelines will enhance costs for proxy advisory firms. Over the past 10 years, proxy advisory firms have contributed to improving good governance in the country, and this seems to be lost on the regulator,” said Shriram Subramanian, MD, InGovern.


Sebi’s move to tighten regulations around proxy advisors comes close on the heels of a similar move by its American counterpart Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Last month, the SEC approved new rules that were seen to rein in the influence of proxy advisors. Just like the SEC, Sebi has asked proxy advisors to share their recommendations with listed firms at the same time as clients.

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Sebi has directed proxy advisors to formulate voting recommendation policies and disclose them to clients. Industry players said it is important than ever before to formulate a code of conduct and adhere to it.

“I don’t think it will be easy for corporates to make life difficult for proxy advisories for the simple reason any complaint with Sebi will not stand if we are adhering to the code of conduct. We are quite confident that we will comply with the conduct. Corporates will have some problem with us if we come out with some recommendations against their resolution. But there won’t be problems if we explain our rationale and wherever the law restricts us, we say this is the law and this our policy,” said JN Gupta, MD, Stakeholder Empowerment Services.


Hollywood Reacts to Kamala Harris Being Named Biden’s VP: ‘Finally a Presidential Ticket That Looks Like America’

Hollywood was left buzzing after Democratic candidate Joe Biden officially announced that Sen. Kamala Harris will be his running mate in this year’s presidential race.

Many celebrities shared their reaction to the news on Twitter, including actor and filmmaker Rob Reiner, who celebrated the fact that Harris is the first Black and South Asian woman to join a presidential ticket for a major party.

“Finally a Presidential ticket that looks like America!!” Reiner wrote. “Now we all go to work to restore the soul of our Nation. VOTE!!!!”

Sarah Paulson and Amy Schumer were among the celebrities who used their platforms to shed light on the issue of sexist and racist terminology in news coverage of elections. “The sexist and racist political attacks on @KamalaHarris have already begun,” Paulson and Schumer wrote as part of coordinated messaging from Time’s Up, attaching a petition to sign from the org. “Let’s demand that the media keep these ignorant, bad-faith attacks out of their 2020 election coverage.”

Mia Farrow celebrated Biden’s choice, writing: “They will lead an administration of knowledgeable people we can trust to make the best decisions. No more liars, grifters, simpletons, imbeciles and sycophants.”

Comedian Billy Eichner kept his reaction simple: “I will be voting for these people. Thank you.”

Actress Meredith Salenger expressed her excitement for the news, while also pointing out that the choice means Maya Rudolph will be making more appearances as Harris on “Saturday Night Live.”

“The best part of today is hearing that @KamalaHarris is going to be the next Vice President,” Salenger wrote. “The second best part of today is knowing that we are going to get to see a lot more of Maya Rudolph!”

Salenger’s husband, comedian Patton Oswalt, added some humor to Biden’s announcement by comparing Harris’ debate skills to those of current vice president Mike Pence.

See more reactions below.


Man charged with Michelle Bright murder after public appeal

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are warned that the following article contains an image and the name of a deceased person.

A man has been charged with the murder of country schoolgirl Michelle Bright more than 21 years ago after police increased their reward for information to $1 million on Monday.

Michelle disappeared on February 27 in 1999 when a friend dropped her off at a birthday party in Gulgong, in NSW’s central west.

A man was arrested at Mudgee last night and charged with the murder of Michelle Bright.

A man was arrested at Mudgee last night and charged with the murder of Michelle Bright.Credit:NSW Police

The then 17-year-old’s body was located in long grass at nearby Barneys Reef Road three days later.


Police arrested a 53-year-old man near Mudgee at about 9.30pm on Tuesday.

He was taken to Mudgee police station and charged with murder, two counts of inflicting actual bodily harm with intent to have sexual intercourse with a victim and attempting choke/strangle with intent to commit an indictable offence.

The man was refused bail to appear at Mudgee Local Court on Wednesday.

The reward for information regarding the case was upped to $1 million on Monday after it was announced the matter would be re-investigated by detectives from the unsolved homicide unit under Strike Force Mitcham II.

The reward for information in the case was previously at $500,000, based on a recommendation by a 2009 coronial inquest into the girl’s murder.

“After two decades of unanswered questions, Michelle’s family deserve to know who took the precious life of their much-loved daughter and sister,” Police Minister David Elliott said on Monday.

It is the first time a person has been charged in relation to the death.

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دموکرات نامزد ریاست جمهوری بایدن شیپور خاموشی سناتور هریس به عنوان همسر در حال اجرا

دموکرات نامزد ریاست جمهوری جو بایدن روز سه شنبه شنود گذاشته سناتور کامالا هریس از کالیفرنیا به عنوان انتخاب خود برای معاون رئیس جمهور در مبارزات انتخاباتی خود گفت: حامیان در یک پیام به صورت متن.

هریس, 55, می شود اولین زن در عمده ریاست جمهوری بلیط در تاریخ ایالات متحده و ارائه او را با یک شریک مناسب برای رفتن در این حمله علیه جمهوری خواه رئیس جمهور دونالد مغلوب ساختن پیشی جستن.

“من این افتخار بزرگ را اعلام کند که من برداشت کرده ام @KamalaHarris — بی باک جنگنده برای پسر کوچک و یکی از کشور را بهترین بندگان عمومی — به عنوان من در حال اجرا همسر” بایدن گفت در توییتر.

با ناآرامی های اجتماعی بیش نژادی و بی عدالتی و خشونت پلیس علیه سیاه آمریکایی ها تاب کشور برای ماه بایدن شده بود تحت فشار برای انتخاب یک رنگ به عنوان همسر در حال اجرا. او همچنین اولین آسیایی-آمریکایی در عمده ریاست جمهوری بلیط.

در هریس سناتور کالیفرنیا ساخته شده است که خود را برای اجرا به کاخ سفید قبل از پایان دادن به آن و حمایت بایدن سود او عمیقا سیاستمدار با تجربه در حال حاضر نبرد-تست شده توسط لرز از سال 2020 انتخابات ریاست جمهوری که به عنوان کشش نهایی از نوامبر. 3 انتخابات.

هریس شد که تنها آمریکا و دومین زن در تاریخ آن زمانی که او انتخاب شد در سال 2016 خواهد بود متکی به کمک درایو آفریقایی-آمریکایی رای حزب دموکرات وفادار ترین حوزه. چهار سال پیش اولین شیب در میزان مشارکت در 20 سال کمک به حزب دموکرات هیلاری کلینتون ناراحت از دست دادن به مغلوب ساختن پیشی جستن.

بایدن که foundering کمپین نجات توسط رای دهندگان کارولینای جنوبی اولیه در ماه فوریه نیاز به حمایت قوی خود را در برابر مغلوب ساختن پیشی جستن. از آن خواهد شد بسیار مهم در میدان نبرد متحده مانند میشیگان و پنسیلوانیا و ویسکانسین که برنده برنده با باریکترین حاشیه در سال 2016 اما که در آن نظر سنجی در حال حاضر نشان می دهد او را انتهایی خود را دموکراتیک رقیب.

سیاه و سفید رای نیز مرکزی به بایدن را به امید برنده شدن در جنوب ایالت جورجیا و فلوریدا که مغلوب ساختن پیشی جستن انجام شده چهار سال پیش اما این نظر سنجی نشان می دهد رقابتی خواهد بود این سال است.

بایدن به عنوان معاون رئیس جمهور به مدت هشت سال تحت ریاست جمهوری باراک اوباما, اولین بار, سیاه جمهور ایالات متحده است.

هریس 55 دادستان سابق امور خارجه و دادستان کل در کالیفرنیا است که به خوبی شناخته شده برای او گاهی تهاجمی سوال سبک در سنا, مهمترین, از برت Kavanaugh در طول سال 2018 دیوان عالی کشور تایید شنوایی.

به عنوان یک نامزد ریاست جمهوری او نیز در زمان بایدن به کار در سراسر کشور بحث تلویزیونی بیش از گذشته خود را در مواضع اجباری busing برای دانش آموزان به عنوان وسیله ای برای desegregate مدارس. برخی از بایدن مشاوران باید به رویترز گفت که حملات آنها سوال که آیا او می تواند اعتماد شریک کار به دلیل جاه طلبی های سیاسی.

در حالی که ارز موفق به افزایش کاخ سفید امیدوار است که بایدن در مبارزات انتخاباتی خواهد شد در حال حاضر به دنبال او به او آموزش دادستانی آتش تهمت و معاون رئیس جمهور مایک پنس. هریس برنامه ریزی شده است به بحث پنس در Oct. 7 در سالت لیک سیتی ایالت یوتا است.

انتخاب یک همسر در حال اجرا اضافه شده است اهمیت برای بایدن که به نوبه خود خواهد 78 در ماه نوامبر و قدیمی ترین فرد برای تبدیل شدن به رئیس جمهور اگر او انتخاب شده است.

بایدن سن نیز منجر به گمانه زنی های گسترده ای او را تنها در خدمت یک مدت ساخت هریس یک پتانسیل بالا مدعی برای نامزدی در 2024. برخی از متحدان خود نگران بودند که او را بد و متناسب برای ردیف 2 و سوال وفاداری خود را.

بایدن علنا متعهد به انتخاب یک زن به عنوان شماره 2 در مارس بحث پس از بحث در مورد این موضوع با همسرش جیل و در نظر گرفته شده بود دیگر سابق ریاست جمهوری رقبا مانند سناتور ctq و الیزابت وارن.

پس از این تظاهرات که فوران بیش از 25 مه قتل جورج فلوید یک مرد سیاه پوست توسط یک پلیس سفیدپوست در مینیاپولیس بایدن جستجو تمرکز عمدتا بر روی نامزدها از رنگ.

هریس خواهد بود تایید کرد که بایدن در حال اجرا همسر در کنوانسیون دموکراتیک است که آغاز می شود در روز دوشنبه که در آن بایدن نیز خواهد شد به طور رسمی معرفی شده برای به چالش کشیدن مغلوب ساختن پیشی جستن.

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هریس تبدیل به یک متحد کلیدی برای بایدن در زمانی که مسابقه بوده محوری به خط مقدم مبارزه است.

پس از فلوید مرگ او برجسته شد صدای در فشار برای عدالت نژادی و پلیس اصلاحات ایستاده با راهپیمایان و مبارزه با جمهوری خواهان در سنای آمریکا بیش از اصلاحات قانون.

هریس در زمان تحت انتقاد از برخی در جامعه و از مترقی طرفداران برای ضبط موسیقی خود را به عنوان دادستان کل کالیفرنیا که در آن آنها می گویند او انجام نشده بود به اندازه کافی برای بررسی تیراندازی پلیس و بیش از حد اغلب طرفه با دادستان در محکومیت غیر قانونی موارد است.

او مدافعان می گویند او همواره اصلاحات-فکر – و اشاره به رکورد او در مجلس سنا که در آن او دفاع و پشتیبانی پلیس-لایحه اصلاحات و ضد مجازات لایحه, در میان دیگر اقدامات. هریس خودش گفته او دادستان به منظور مترقی رویکرد به دفتر.

دختر و یک مادر و یک جامائیکا پدر هریس را زدم موانع در طول زندگی حرفه ای خود را. او اولین زن به عنوان سان فرانسیسکو دادستان منطقه انتخاب شد که در سال 2003 و به عنوان کالیفرنیا دادستان کل انتخاب شد که در سال 2010.

بایدن در نظر گرفته سیاه و سفید زنان در علاوه بر این به هریس از جمله سابق دولت اوباما مشاور امنیت ملی سوزان رایس آتلانتا شهردار Keisha لنس کف و ما نماینده وال Demings سابق رئیس پلیس در اورلاندو ، بایدن نیز در نظر گرفته آسیایی-آمریکایی سناتور Tammy Duckworth و جدید مکزیک فرماندار میشل Lujan گریشام, یک, لاتینا.

از لحاظ تاریخی, معاون ریاست جمهوری نامزد شده است یکی به رهبری در انتقاد از مخالفت بلیط اگر چه برگ برنده تا حد زیادی خرد آن سنت است. برایان Brokaw کالیفرنیا مشاور سیاسی که موفق هریس’ کمپین برای دادستان کل و سنا گفت هریس متناسب با آن نقش را به خوبی.

“او کسی است که واقعا می تواند جمهوری خواهان زلزله در چکمه های خود را,” Brokaw گفت.


Amid India’s Pandemic, Independent Artists Thrive Outside the Bollywood Machine

August is traditionally a vibrant period for India’s music industry, with myriad music festivals announced from October through February and tour dates booked for international artists — all of which provides a crucial boost for the independent community operating outside the film arena. In the cautious months throughout the pandemic, none of this has been possible, but new innovation across the industry is helping audiences go beyond film-led music to discover a bustling independent scene.

In the 18 months since Spotify launched in India — focusing on India’s independent artists who are mostly unattached to film music aspirations — digital music distributors, record labels and more are releasing music outside of the Bollywood machine. This drive comes at a time when theaters remain shut and many Bollywood and regional films are entirely premiered on platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, ZEE5 and Disney Plus Hotstar.

According to data provided by audio streaming platform JioSaavn, at least 50% of their top tracks were non-film between May 1 and July 15. The top three tracks included “Genda Phool” by rapper Badshah (launched by Sony Music), singer Jubin Nautiyal’s “Meri Ashiqui” and siblings Neha and Tony Kakkar’s “Bheegi Bheegi” (both released via T-Series).

Over on Apple Music and Spotify’s charts, artists such as Punjabi actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh, Hindi pop crooner Darshan Raval, Hindi-English singer-songwriting star Prateek Kuhad and fusion/electronic producer-singer Ritviz saw their songs enter the top 50.

JioSaavn’s chief operating officer Gaurav Sharma (pictured, left) notes that while Bollywood isn’t churning out any new hits, their trends show listeners going back to older songs from previous eras. “There hasn’t been a noticeable loss of interest in Bollywood music. There has instead been a new-found interest in music that falls outside of it. In many ways, the lockdown and pandemic may have created a more inclusive music ecosystem in the country,” he says.

CD Baby’s India rep Ritnika Nayan says the pandemic situation has helped independent artists become more distinct.

“A lot of artists who mainly focused on touring have now realized that they have to release music if they want to still be relevant,” says Nayan. “We see a lot more releases coming out. Live music and management companies who now have to change their business models are also focusing more on releasing music and hence starting their own labels.” In the last four months, Nayan says CD Baby has seen an approximate 70% increase in releases compared to 2019.

On the digital music distribution front, India has had the likes of OK Listen, Horus Music and more cater to Indian independent and mainstream artists. TuneCore, however, officially launched in July and has since been chipping away at increasing its presence in India. On setting up during a pandemic, country manager Heena Kriplani says, “The need to launch a local version of TuneCore was more important because at a bleak time like this, we’re working to offer musicians more localized resources while continuing to be their window to the world.”

Meanwhile, the publishing world has also muscled in, with Kobalt signing a sub-publishing deal with Mumbai-based Turnkey, one of the few major players in India’s music publishing scene since 2013. With an eye on the increasing number of young Indian voices who are gaining popularity on YouTube and Instagram for covers, Turnkey’s managing director Atul Churamani says they want to help artists in India figure out “legitimate covers of global hits they can release officially on all audio platforms.”

As Nayan mentions, the labels started up pre-pandemic and have operated throughout India’s lockdown, with the intention soon becoming about capturing the attention of the film music-loving audience. Bollywood music composers such as Amit Trivedi started AT Azaad at the end of March to release his own music, while veteran filmmaker-composer Vishal Bhardwaj and sibling duo Salim-Sulaiman launched VB Music and Merchant Records, respectively, in July for their own music.

One of the country’s best known talent management companies, Tarsame Mittal Talent Management, had its eponymous boss launch TM Music — a label that’s currently working with younger artists in hot genres such as Punjabi and Hindi pop and hip-hop.

While each label has its own scope in terms of selecting and championing bankable artists, the unsigned and self-made independent artists like Prateek Kuhad, Raghav Meattle, Mali and Dhruv Visvanath (pictured, right) are doing well enough on their own. Making the most of streaming avenues and creating communities, they know the importance of growing their own audience.

Visvanath, who’s releasing a song every month, says he’s seen his listener base grow “almost four times over the space of four months.” He adds, “I can only give myself as an example because I know my statistics, but I pay attention to the data of a lot of (other) artists as well.”

As far as turning a profit and fostering a livelihood goes, Visvanath admits that artists continue struggling for a sizeable royalty payout, but says they’re no longer being lied to about “exposure,” which is often the carrot dangled by independent promoters and venues in India. “We’re getting this new level of appreciation now.”