Bond producers didn't directly mention coronavirus in their statement announcing the delay. Instead, MGM said it took the decision after "careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace". Is that code for coronavirus? "Yes," says BBC arts correspondent David Sillito. "Just look at what's happening in the world. "This was going to be the first big global blockbuster of the season, and this is a film that makes two thirds of its money outside of the US, it's a huge worldwide business." Film critic Siobhan Synott tells BBC Breakfast: "This is definitely a question of economics. The promotional work was well under way, we already had the title song released in February, but now it's all on hold." Two of the next scheduled blockbusters are Disne...
Only a few weeks ago, China, where the outbreak began, was the only country to suspend classes. But the virus has spread so quickly that by Wednesday, 22 countries on three continents had announced school closures of varying degrees, leading the United Nations to warn that “the global scale and speed of the current educational disruption is unparalleled.” At the this time students in South Korea, Iran, Japan, France, Pakistan and elsewhere — some for only a few days, others for weeks on end. Italy is suffering one of the deadliest outbreaks outside China, according to the officials on Wednesday said that they would extend school closures beyond the north, where the government has urge a lockdown on several towns, to the entire nation. All schools and universities will remai
Beijing and Shanghai will now require people who have recently visited countries where infections are on the rise to undergo quarantines. A passenger arriving at Beijing Capital International Airport. Major cities across China have announced new travel restrictions on people who have recently visited countries where coronavirus infections are on the rise. On Tuesday, the authorities in Shanghai said that all travelers entering the city who have visited countries with significant outbreaks within the last two weeks must undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or at an approved isolation facility. Officials in Guangdong Province announced similar measures, the state media reported on Tuesday. And a city official in Beijing announced on Tuesday that al
Mr. Biden was moving quickly to capitalize on his South Carolina victory and recast the Democratic primary campaign as a two-man contest between himself and Mr. Sanders. Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. at Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Ala. The Democratic presidential campaign took a dramatic turn on Sunday as a top candidate, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, quit the race and started clearing the way for moderate voters to coalesce around candidates better positioned to stop Senator Bernie Sanders, the liberal front-runner for the party’s nomination. Mr. Buttigieg made his decision after a devastating loss in Saturday’s primary in South Carolina, where a fellow moderate, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., won his first victory in the presidential race. The departure
A new system uses software to dictate quarantines — and appears to send personal data to police, in a troubling precedent for automated social control. HANGZHOU, China — As China encourages people to return to work despite the coronavirus outbreak, it has begun a bold mass experiment in using data to regulate citizens’ lives — by requiring them to use software on their smartphones that dictates whether they should be quarantined or allowed into subways, malls and other public spaces. But a New York Times analysis of the software’s code found that the system does more than decide in real time whether someone poses a contagion risk. It also appears to share information with the police, setting a template for new forms of automated social control that could persist long after the epidem
The show's hosts wore headbands that featured the Japanese Rising Sun flag during a martial arts inspired performance of Ciao Adios. The flag is seen by some as a symbol of Japan's imperialist past. Anne-Marie also apologized for the "hurt" it had caused but said she had "nothing to do" with costumes. ITV said it has "taken steps to re-edit" parts of Saturday's episode for its catch-up service ITV Hub The channel said any offense "was clearly unintended" South Korea wants the flag to be banned at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games. Some politicians there have compared it to the Nazi swastika.Japan's national flag is a red disc on a white background. WHAT IS THE RISING SUN FLAG ALL ABOUT The rising sun flag has a similar red disc but with 16 red rays coming from it. Both fla...
Just a few years ago, some financial experts made the claim that only 1% to 2% of all forms of money used in the United States was physical by way of dollar bills or coins. Today, the number might be even lower as more people rely on credit and debit cards, crowdfunding platforms, and cryptocurrencies or blockchain networks to buy and sell goods, services, and assets. As of early 2018, there were an estimated 180 different national currency systems used around the world. The British Pound is the world’s oldest currency still used today, dating back to the 8th century. The newest global currency is the South Sudanese Pound introduced on July 18, 2011. Physical Assets & Their Market Value Here’s a look at the total estimated market value of some prominent types of physical assets:
The news that Disney boss Bob Iger is stepping down as the company's CEO has taken the movie world by surprise. Since becoming chief executive in 2005, Iger led the company through several blockbuster investment and the launch of the Disney+ flow service. Iger will remain Disney's executive chairman until the end of 2021. In a statement, the company said Iger would direct its "creative attempt" while securing "a smooth and successful transition". Bob Chapek, who joined Disney in 1993 and earlier ran the company's parks and products division, has been appointed the company's new CEO. During Iger's tenure as CEO, Disney took over animation studio Pixar, comic book company Marvel, Star Wars originator LucasFilm and Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox. These acquisitions, com...
The 26-year-old pitcher Tommy John have surgery,that's likely keeping him out until the beginning of next season. The injury is a big blow to the Yankees’ pitching staff. TAMPA, Fla. — Last February, the Yankees gave one of their homegrown talents, Luis Severino, a four-year contract extension worth $40 million, locking up one of the best young pitchers in baseball at an reasonable rate before free agency. A year later, it appears the Yankees might be lucky to get a season and a half out of Severino over the length of that extension. On Tuesday, Severino learned that he would require Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm, a significant blow to the rotation of a team with hopes of a World Series title this year. He will miss the rest of the 2020 season and likely some of the 2021 season.
In China, officials struggling to contain the spread of the coronavirus have delayed the start of the soccer season for months, and at least one top-division team has been marooned in the Middle East for weeks, unable to return from a preseason training camp. Also In South Korea, fans attending matches earlier this month were examined for fever before being allowed inside stadiums, and masks was everywhere in the stands in Japan recently — until Tuesday, when officials announced that there will be no league play until at least mid-March. But the consequence of the coronavirus on the global soccer calendar have crossed borders, as well. Asia’s soccer association announced three weeks ago that the matches in its biggest club championship which includes Chinese teams would not be played