Monthly Archives آگوست 2020

TV Ratings: ‘Black Panther’ and ABC Chadwick Boseman Tribute Top Sunday

Following the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman Friday, ABC aired “Black Panther” and a tribute to Boseman on Sunday night.

Both programs scored big numbers for the Disney-owned network, as viewers tuned in to see the likes of fellow “Avengers” stars Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Winston Duke, Mark Ruffalo, and Paul Rudd discuss the significant legacy that Boseman has left behind.

In total, 6.1 million viewers watched “Black Panther,” delivering a Sunday night-high 1.4 rating for the Disney-owned network. The remembrance special “A Tribute For a King,” followed with a 1.1 rating and 4.7 million viewers, the second largest tally on the night.

The tribute also featured words from Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Marvel chief Kevin Feige, Disney’s Bob Iger, a...

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‘A dog’s breakfast’: NSW strata by-laws need to catch up to the 21st century


If you will excuse the pun, strata law in relation to pets is a dog’s breakfast. An appeal is pending on whether by-laws that impose blanket pet bans are “harsh, unconscionable or oppressive”. Individual NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal members have held they are, while the tribunal’s appeal panel thinks not. Since 2015, strata legislation has made it impermissible to oppress your neighbours. Before that, it was apparently OK.

This should indicate problems with strata law. Governments have never understood that private citizens cannot be given unlimited power to run their own communities...

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Govt announces 7-day state mourning on ex-Prez Pranab Mukherjee’s death

The government on Monday announced a seven-day state mourning following the death of former president Pranab Mukherjee.

In a statement, the home ministry said that as a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, state mourning will be observed for seven days throughout India from August 31 to September 6, both days inclusive.

“During the period of state mourning, the national flag will fly at half-mast on all buildings throughout India, where it is flown regularly, and there will be no official entertainment,” the statement said.

The date, time and venue of the state funeral will be intimated later, it said.

Mukherjee passed away at Army Research and Referral Hospital here on Monday at the age of 84.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Busin...

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Netflix Offers Free Streaming of ‘Bird Box,’ ‘Two Popes,’ Episodes of ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘When They See Us’ and More

Netflix has released a smattering of original movies and series completely free to stream — no account needed.

The streamer’s new “Watch Free” site, available free to any internet user worldwide, is a bid to land new paying customers: Each of the titles available free has a pre-roll sizzle reel highlighting a range of Netflix original programming. At the end, Netflix prompts viewers to sign up for an account.

“Visit netflix.com/watch-free to get a peek at the type of entertainment you can expect from us by watching the first episode of some of our most popular shows,” Netflix says on the site.

Netflix movies available free to stream right now are Sandra Bullock thriller “Bird Box,” Adam Sandler comedy “Murder Mystery,” co-starring Jennifer Aniston; DreamWorks Animation’s “The...

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Vulnerable COVID-infected people turned away from hotel quarantine


Vulnerable Victorians who tested positive to coronavirus and have nowhere to safely isolate are being turned away from hotel quarantine, which some fear could spark another community outbreak of COVID-19.

Dozens of requests for emergency accommodation from high-risk Victorians, including some who are homeless and others with complex medical needs, have been rejected, despite the applicants testing positive to COVID-19 or being deemed a symptomatic close contact of a confirmed case.

Melbourne's Stamford Hotel hosts guests in quarantine.

Melbourne’s Stamford Hotel hosts guests in quarantine.Credit:

A government employee, who spoke to The Age on the condition of anonymity, said at least 37 applications were rejected in August.

“The risk of causing an outbreak in the community because we can’t accommodate these people is extreme,” th...

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Rahul Gandhi, Congress pay rich tributes to ex-President Pranab Mukherjee

Former President Pranab Mukherjee passed away on Monday at the Army Research and Referral Hospital here after being on life support for nearly three weeks. His former party colleagues along with former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi paid rich tributes to the 84-year-old leader.

“With great sadness, the nation receives the news of the unfortunate demise of our former President Pranab Mukherjee. I join the country in paying homage to him. My deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

The Congress, too, condoled the death of the former President. The party, on its official Twitter handle, said: “We are deeply pained by the passing of Pranab Mukherjee...

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SoundExchange Names Esther-Mireya Tejeda Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

SoundExchange has announced the appointment of Esther-Mireya Tejeda as chief marketing and communications officer. Tejeda will report to SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe.

According to the announcement, Tejeda will oversee the company’s brand strategy and marketing, global communications and public relations, industry relations, and public policy groups as well as a team of nearly two dozen marketing and communications professionals, multiple partners, and agency relationships.

“The music industry is at a pivotal point, with the transformation to digital requiring us to rethink the rules and so much at stake for creators of all types,” said Huppe...

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How Victoria can leave lockdown, safely, and avoid a return


Victorians are desperate to see a road out of their current situation. After one month of stage 4 restrictions, including a night-time curfew, and six months of varying degrees of restrictions, Melburnians in particular long for a return to some kind of normal life.

A few things are clear. First, lockdown works! For example, stage 3 restrictions averted between 9000 and 37,000 new cases in Victoria. The combination of mandatory masks and stage 4 restrictions has led to a steady decline in the seven-day average of new daily cases, which is now approaching double digits.

Effective as lockdowns are for the control of COVID-19, there is huge collateral damage and as a result it is very difficult to maintain community support indefinitely...

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Solution is to double down on comedy: Vir Das on trolling of comedians

Actor-comedian Vir Das says it’s not always easy to create comedy when people are quick to take offence but the only answer to online trolling is to double down on humour.

Last month, several stand-up comedians including Das, Rohan Joshi and Kaneez Surka alleged that their personal contact information and addresses were leaked online.

Some Twitter users also dug out screenshots of past jokes of comedians to claim they had used Hindu gods in their punchlines.

When asked about the challenge of doing comedy while facing threats and social media vitriol, Das said the experience can be daunting but one must not stop creating new content.

“Since January, I’ve had fifteen legal notices and a High Court hearing to defend my comedy. But I’m privileged to hire people to do that...

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‘La Jauría’ Co-Producer Kapow Boards Conecta Fiction Series ‘Follow Me!’ From Mulata Films (EXCLUSIVE)

Marking another step in its journey to become a scripted drama force in Latin America, Buenos Aires-based Kapow is set to co-produce “Siganme!” (“Follow Me!”), a biopic of ex-Argentine president Carlos Saúl Menem, a politician whose figure and mistakes anticipate those of the contemporary world.

Set up at Argentina’s Mulata Films, which originated the series, “Follow Me!” will be introduced to possible co-production partners at this week’s Conecta Fiction, which runs Sept. 1-3 in Pamplona, northern Spain.

Although he has become a name that some Argentines refuse to even utter, arguing it brings bad luck, Menem gained power in 1989 thanks to his undoubtable charisma, wild promises of enriching Argentina and vacuous slogans, one of which provides the title to the series...

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