Monday, September 16, 2019



Apple TV+ premieres with star-studded period drama ‘Dickinson’ at Tribeca Festival


‘Leaving Neverland’ wins Emmy, Beyonce snubbed for ‘Homecoming’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A documentary about alleged sexual abuse by Michael Jackson won an Emmy on Saturday while RuPaul was named best reality show host and Beyonce went home empty-handed. “Leaving Neverland,” which features two adult men who say they were befriended by Jackson and sexually abused by him starting from when they were…


London Fashion Week opens its doors with public catwalk shows

LONDON (Reuters) – South African accountant Shaista Hamdulay never imagined she would one day mingle with fashionistas at London Fashion Week. Yet on Saturday, Hamdulay got a taste of a world usually reserved for fashion editors, buyers, bloggers and celebrities, with a coveted front row seat at a catwalk show. The 30-year-old was one of…


‘The Sky is Pink’ stars honor real-life family’s loss at Toronto red carpet

TORONTO (Reuters) – Walking the red carpet ahead of the world premiere of “The Sky is Pink” at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas contrasted her life while filming with the experiences of the characters in the movie. The Hindi-language film tells the true story of the Chaudhury family, narrated…



Japan culls 753 hogs to contain swine fever outbreak

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese officials have culled 753 pigs in Saitama Prefecture north of Tokyo after detecting an outbreak of swine fever, the Yomiuri newspaper said on Sunday. The cull, which took place on Saturday, was necessary after it was determined that pigs raised in the prefecture for shipment to central Japan were infected, the…


E-scooter injuries rising, often involve drugs or alcohol

(Reuters Health) – As the popularity of electric scooters increases, so do injuries sending users to the hospital, a U.S. study suggests. Those injured riders are most often young men, without helmets, drunk or stoned, researchers found. The analysis was done at three southern California trauma centers. The authors found that since introduction of the…


Five confirmed cholera deaths in Sudan since August 28

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – There have been five confirmed deaths from cholera in Sudan’s Blue Nile state since Aug. 28, the health ministry said in a statement. The ministry reported 67 cases of cholera since that date, with 18 of them still receiving treatment in isolation rooms, it added in the statement late Friday. On Wednesday,…

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Apple TV+ premieres with star-studded period drama ‘Dickinson’ at Tribeca Festival

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Apple TV+ premiered its first show at the Tribeca TV Festival on Saturday, flaunting feminist snark, lavish period costumes and a star-studded cast in “Dickinson,” a series that sheds a modern light on the life of an iconic American poet. Emily Dickinson, the prolific American poet, is played by Hailee Steinfeld,…


Global regulators to question Facebook’s Libra amid EU concerns: paper

(Reuters) – Global regulators will question Facebook on Monday about its Libra cryptocurrency, amid concerns from European Union governments over the threat the digital currency poses to financial stability, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. Officials from 26 central banks, including the U.S. Federal Reserve and the Bank of England, will meet with representatives of…


VW CEO shifts strategy from empire building to efficiency

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) has abandoned its decades-old obsession with empire building and no-expense-spared engineering to free up resources for the development and mass production of electric cars, its CEO Herbert Diess told Reuters. A global clampdown on toxic exhaust fumes has triggered a new wave of consolidation in the auto industry as carmakers…


Nestle institute aims to develop packaging of the future

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Nestle has set up a research institute to develop more environmentally friendly packaging for its products and reduce plastic waste, taking matters into its own hands rather than relying on its suppliers. Having been identified by environmental group Greenpeace as one of the biggest producers of plastic waste that is polluting…


France and Germany agree to block Facebook’s Libra

PARIS (Reuters) – France and Germany have agreed to block Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency, the French finance ministry said on Friday. In a joint statement, the two governments affirmed that “no private entity can claim monetary power, which is inherent to the sovereignty of nations”. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Thursday that Facebook’s…



Newfound comet likely an ‘interstellar visitor,’ scientists say

(Reuters) – A newly discovered comet hurtling toward the orbit of Mars has scientists scurrying to confirm whether it came from outside the solar system, a likely prospect that would make it the second such interstellar object observed in our planetary neighborhood. The trajectory of the comet, first detected by Crimean astronomer Gennady Borisov, follows a…


Water found in atmosphere of planet beyond our solar system

LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists for the first time have detected water in the atmosphere of an Earth-like planet orbiting a distant star, evidence that a key ingredient for life exists beyond our solar system, according to a study published on Wednesday. Water vapor was found in the atmosphere of K2-18b, one of hundreds of “super-Earths”…