Month: January 2021

Pandemic, protests and pet spiders: ‘Life in a Day 2020’ hits Sundance

Los Angeles (AFP) – When Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald created documentary “Life in a Day” a decade ago, their goal was to construct a video portrait of a typical 24 hours on Earth, as filmed by tens of thousands of amateurs around the world. Repeating the trick in “Life in a Day 2020,” stitching…

‘House of Cards’ star Wright battles wilderness in Sundance debut ‘Land’

Los Angeles (AFP) – US actress Robin Wright always wanted to direct, but it wasn’t until Netflix’s “House of Cards” crew helped her helm 10 episodes that she gained the experience to make her first movie. “What a gift that was, because otherwise I would not have had the confidence to move on and do…

Microsoft seeks to fill void if Google exits Australia: reports

Sydney (AFP) – Microsoft¬†has a “Plan B available” if Google follows through on threats to leave Australia over plans to compel digital giants to pay news organisations for content, local media reported Monday. Australia’s government has designed a mandatory news media bargaining code that would force Facebook and Google to compensate local publishers for hosting…

Major storm to hit eastern US after dumping snow on capital

Washington (AFP) – A powerful winter storm is expected to dump deep snow on parts of the northeastern United States that are home to major cities like New York, after blanketing the nation’s capital on Sunday. The National Weather Service issued storm warnings from Virginia to Maine — home to tens of millions of people…

Trump says hires new impeachment defense lawyers

Washington (AFP) – Former US president Donald Trump announced Sunday that he had hired two new lawyers to head his defense team for his historic second impeachment trial. Trump’s announcement came the day after US media reported that several of his impeachment lawyers had left his team, a little more than a week shy of…

Mostly Cloudy today!

With a high of 26F and a low of 16F. Currently, it’s 22F and Fair outside. Current wind speeds: 3 from the Northeast Pollen: 0 Sunrise: January 31, 2021 at 07:00AM Sunset: January 31, 2021 at 04:59PM UV index: 1 Humidity: 42% via https://ift.tt/39gcPzv January 31, 2021 at 02:15PM

GameStop: Two US senators call for Wall Street reform

Washington (AFP) – Progressive US senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren called on Sunday for action against what they said were the Wall Street abuses by hedge funds revealed by the recent frenzy over GameStop shares. “We need an SEC investigation,” Warren told CNN, referring to the federal Securities and Exchange Commission. “What’s happening with…

Republican Party future in balance as Trump trial looms

Washington (AFP) – US Republicans on Sunday braced for a battle over the future of their party after Donald Trump changed lawyers days before his impeachment trial in an apparent sign he is determined to maintain the 2020 election was fraudulent. Trump’s Senate trial is due to start on February 9, but he parted ways…

10 Republicans propose alternate Covid relief plan to Biden

Washington (AFP) – A group of 10 Republican senators have written President Joe Biden to propose an alternative to his massive Covid-19 relief plan, arguing that their approach could garner the bipartisan support he has said he seeks. Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from Maine, said on Twitter that she had joined the group,…

Smartphone giant Xiaomi sues to reverse US blacklisting

Washington (AFP) – Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi said Sunday it had filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the former Trump administration’s last-minute blacklisting of the electronics giant. Xiaomi said it filed the appeal with a Washington federal court Friday after former president Donald Trump’s administration barred investment in the firm, saying the Beijing-headquartered company was…