Scaled-down Toronto Film Festival plans virtual red carpets and drive-in screenings

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 86,290 total views,  20 views today COURTESY BY: The Toronto International Film Festival, one of the leading launching pads for fall movies and Oscar contenders, on Wednesday announced plans for a smaller 2020 edition with virtual red carpet premieres and drive-in screenings. The Toronto festival, held annually in early September, is typically a sprawling city-wide affair that hosts between 250-400 feature-length films and the debuts of many of the fall movie season’s top releases. Due to the pandemic, organizers said that this year’s festival will be contingent on the go-ahead from Ontario health…

Proteas’ Ngidi in Black Lives Matter controversy

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 1,157 total views “Lungi Ngidi made his ODI debut in 2018. ©AFP” /> Johannesburg (AFP) – A remark about Black Lives Matter in a Zoom press conference has made South Africa discuss once we are together in person,” said Ngidi. “We have spoken about it and everyone is well aware of what’s going on.It’s a difficult one because we are not together, so it’s hard to discuss.But once we get back to playing that is definitely something we have to address as a team.” Ngidi pointed to South Africa’s history of racial…

Moeen, Bairstow in England training squad for Ireland ODIs

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 969 total views “Moeen Ali (left) and Jonny Bairstow have been included in England’s training squad for the one-day internationals against Ireland. ©AFP” /> Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow were included in a 24-man England training squad named on Thursday for the three-match one-day international series at home to Ireland. Wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow and off-spinning all-rounder Mooen were left out of the squad for the first Test against the West Indies, taking place in Southampton this week. But with England still planning to complete a full programme…

US slaps sanctions on four Chinese individuals, including Xinjiang Communist Party head

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 1,333 total views COURTESY BY: The United States on Thursday imposed human rights sanctions on four Chinese individuals, including the Xinjiang region’s Communist Party Secretary Chen Quanguo, as well as on the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau, according to the US Treasury Department’s website. The Treasury did not specify why the sanctions were imposed, though the United States is seeking to ratchet up pressure on China at a time of heightened tensions over that country’s treatment of Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang and Beijing’s new national security law for Hong Kong.

South Korean police say missing Seoul mayor found dead: Report

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 2,158 total views COURTESY BY: Seoul City Mayor Park Won-soon was found dead on Friday, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported, after his daughter reported him missing a day earlier. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency found his body at Mt Bugak in northern Seoul, near where his phone signal was last detected during a late night search, Yonhap said.

US Supreme Court denies Trump ‘immunity’, unblocks release of financial records

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 1,220 total views COURTESY BY: The US Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the release of President Donald Trump’s personal tax and financial records to New York investigators but turned down subpoenas for the same papers and information from congressional committees in a separate case. But the American public will not be able to see immediately the president’s tax records and financial information because they will be released to a grand jury, whose proceedings were secret. Using other legal recourse still available, the president’s lawyers can prevent the release of these…

India, China diplomats to meet on Ladakh stand-off tomorrow to expedite pullback

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 730 total views COURTESY BY: India and China will on Friday discuss ways to build on the disengagement process that was started this week after the conversation between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, people familiar with the development said. Friday’s meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on Indo-China Border Affairs (WMCC) is the first formal interaction at a diplomatic level after the Doval-Wang icebreaker video call on Sunday on the Ladakh stand-off. The WMCC, set up in 2012 to address tensions along…

Australia must tour Engand for ‘health’ of cricket: Langer

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 866 total views “Head coach Justin Langer says Australia are duty-bound to tour England this year. ©AFP” /> Sydney (AFP) – Australia must tour England in September “for the health of world cricket”, and players should then be released to join the Indian Premier League, coach Justin Langer said Thursday. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, Langer said Australia had to play its part in getting cricket moving again, even if it meant enduring quarantine, biosecurity restrictions and time away from family. “My personal view is we have to go.For so many…

Holder takes six as England slump to 204 all out

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 687 total views “West Indies captain Jason Holder was the star man as England collapsed in the first Test. ©AFP” /> Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – West Indies captain Jason Holder returned Test-best figures of 6-42 as England slumped to 204 all out on the second day of the series opener at Southampton on Thursday. Holder, the world’s top-ranked Test all-rounder, surpassed his previous Test-best of 6-59 against Bangladesh at Kingston two years ago, making full use of overcast conditions at the Ageas Bowl. His haul, the sixth time in his…