Monthly Archives جولای 2020

Alan Parker, director of ‘Bugsy Malone’ and ‘Evita’, dies aged 76

Sir Alan Parker worked on movies such as “Fame” and “Midnight Express” during a glittering career. His films won 19 BAFTA awards, 10 Golden Globes and 10 Oscars between them.

Acclaimed British film director Sir Alan Parker died on Friday after a lengthy illness at the age of 76.

Parker was best known for directing “Fame”, “Evita” and “Bugsy Malone” but other hit movies that he worked on included “Midnight Express”, “Mississippi Burning”, “The Commitments” and “Angela’s Ashes.”

His last movie as a director was in 2003, “The Life of David Gale”, starring Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet.

Film still from The Wall, the Pink Floyd film also directed by Alan Parker (Imago Imago/Prod.DB)

Parker also directed Pink Floyd’s musical film “The Wall” starring Bob Geldof and released in 1982

Knighted in the UK in 2002

Born in London in 1944, he began working in advertising as a copywriter but so...

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ZTE and China Unicom complete China’s first 2.1G end-to-end SA commercial verification

ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, together with the Shandong branch of China Unicom, has completed China’s first 2.1G end-to-end SA commercial verification, thereby laying a solid foundation for the future 2.1G 5G commercialization.

As a major vendor in this verification, ZTE, has completed the industry’s first 2.1G SA systematic networking verification, the first 2.1G and 3.5G NR inter-frequency networking interoperability verification, and tested 2.1G SA network terminal service performance, voice service and other basic functions. The verification will accelerate the development of the 2.1G industry ecosystem, fully supporting the commercialization of 2...

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Tampa Teen Arrested for Being ‘Mastermind’ of Huge Twitter Hack Targeting Famous Users

A Tampa teenager was taken into custody Friday, accused of being the “mastermind” behind a huge Twitter hack that targeted some of the world’s most wealthy and influential people, authorities said.

The Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office filed 30 felony charges against Graham Ivan Clark, 17, for “scamming people across America” in the July 15 attack. The scheme “stole the identities of prominent people” and “posted messages in their names directing victims to send Bitcoin” to accounts that were associated with the Tampa teen, prosecutors said. The scheme netted more than $100,000 in one day.

The charges against Clark include organized fraud, 17 counts of communications fraud, one count of fraudulent use of personal information with over $100,000 or 30 or more victim...

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Zimbabwe: Star author among several arrests at anti-government protests in Harare

Booker Prize nominee Tsitsi Dangarembga was bundled into a police truck in Harare during anti-government protests. The demonstrations coincided with the second anniversary of President Mnangagwa’s election.

Award-winning author and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga was among scores of people arrested in Zimbabwe on Friday as hundreds of military troops and police attempted to thwart anti-government protests.

Dangarembga, 61, was shoved into a police truck as she demonstrated in the upmarket Harare suburb of Borrowdale. Another protester alongside her was also bundled into the vehicle.

Read more:  Tsitsi Dangarembga, the author behind one of the ‘100 stories that shaped the world’

Streets clear as military deployed

As a result of law enforcement restrictions, streets in the Zimbabwean capital...

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Mammoth Biosciences Secures Contract from National Institutes of Health to Scale Its High-Throughput CRISPR SARS-CoV-2 Diagnostic Platform to Address Testing Capacity Shortages

Mammoth Biosciences, Inc. today announced the company has received a contract from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of its $1.5 billion Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program, making it the first CRISPR based initiative to be funded by the program. The award will help scale Mammoth Biosciences’ CRISPR-based DETECTR™ test onto high-throughput automated platforms in commercial labs for COVID-19 diagnostics at an accelerated rate, increasing access to accurate tests with faster turnaround across the country...

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Here’s Where to Buy a Face Mask for Yourself or for Someone Else

If you had told us that in the near future, a face mask would be a fashion trend, we would have laughed. But, alas, it is slowly becoming one. But even more so, there are a lot of brands making face masks that you can buy that are more comfortable than those cheap one’s you might’ve sewn yourself or gotten at the store. And, even better, many of these brands are donating masks to people who might need them more than you. Because there is just so much going on right now, we’ve rounded up some brands we love, making masks we love, too. 

The Mask 1.0 (Two Pack)

These aren’t your typical face masks. Rothy’s is a footwear company that makes their fabric from recycled water bottles — and these masks are constructed with that same sustainable fabric...

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Coronavirus digest: ‘Success story’ Vietnam records first deaths

Vietnam’s Health Ministry has reported the country’s first two coronavirus deaths amid an outbreak in Da Nang. Catch up with that story and everything else you need to know from around the world with DW’s overview.

New and noteworthy

Vietnam reported its first-ever deaths  from COVID-19, as it grapples with a renewed outbreak in the tourist city of Da Nang.

The country’s Health Ministry said a 70-year-old man had died after he caught the disease while being treated for a kidney illness at a hospital in Da Nang. Later on Friday, it said a 61-year-old man had also died.

More than 100 new cases were confirmed in the past week.

Da Nang is Vietnam’s most popular beach destination, with thousands of visitors spending their summer vacations there...

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CTM360 and DarkOwl Announce Partnership to Enhance Digital Risk Protection

DarkOwl LLC, the Denver-based darknet big data cybersecurity company, and CTM360, a technology-based cybersecurity solutions provider, announce their partnership. The mission is to enhance the CTM360’s existing Digital Risk Protection platform and augment their detection capabilities in the Dark Web.

The partnership will add value to CTM360’s existing threat intelligence platform, ‘Cyber Blindspot’ (CBS), innovated by EDX Labs, which aggregates and prioritizes threat intelligence based on severity and relevance. With DarkOwl’s DARKINT data, CTM360 will be able to focus and extend better on monitoring darknet data and give end-users insights without irrelevant noise.

“Partnering with DarkOwl, a well-known Dark Web data provider, is a step in the right direction to enhance our D...

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Tammy Duckworth Wants to Know WTF Are We Supposed to Do With Our Kids During COVID?

Sen. Tammy Duckworth may be on Biden’s VP shortlist. But when it comes to childcare during the pandemic, she’s just as confused as the rest of us. 

“So my choice is five hours of homeschooling every day for my daughter and failing her, because I’m not a trained educator, or sending her to a school where she could very likely get this virus or bring it home and get her 2-year-old sister sick or my 79-year-old mom, who lives with us,” Duckworth tells Molly Jong-Fast and Rick Wilson on the latest episode of The New Abnormal.

“That’s the problem: impossible choices.”

Duckworth also opens up about just how hostile the Senate was to working moms until a hot second ago. One particularly ridiculous question stands out. “They want to know if you’re gonna breastfeed on the floor...

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Coronavirus: With EU open for travel, who can go where?

Germany wants mandatory COVID-19 testing, while Sweden’s restrictions are almost non-existent: EU travel rules are complicated these days. Which regions are high risk, and who sets the standards?

Starting next week, travelers arriving in Germany from so-called “risk areas” will be required to take a coronavirus test — making Germany the first country in the European Union to require mandatory testing.  

As the risk of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic grows, EU states have been busy preparing their own set of travel rules and restrictions ever since passing a joint resolution on travel within the bloc in mid-June. But with different standards in all 27 member countries, and rules that are constantly subject to change, the list of travel regulations is long and confusing.

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