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Activists call for ‘Mulan’ boycott over star’s Hong Kong stance – The Japan Times

September 5th, 2020

Activists are calling for a boycott of Disney’s live-action “Mulan” remake, citing a social media post from the lead actress in support of Hong Kong police.

Pro-Democracy activists from Hong Kong to Thailand highlighted a 2019 social media post by Liu Yifei, who stars as the title character, that voiced support for the police. They’re urging people to avoid the film, which launched on the Disney+ streaming platform on Friday.

“Because Disney kowtows to Beijing, and because Liu Yifei openly and proudly endorses police brutality in Hong Kong, I urge everyone who believes in human rights to #BoycottMulan,” Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong tweeted on Friday.

Spokespersons for Disney didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Liu reportedly shared a social media post in August 2019 amid widespread protests in the former British territory, with the caption, “I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong.”

Liu, a native of China and with U.S. citizenship, toned down the rhetoric in a February interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s obviously a very complicated situation and I’m not an expert,” she said.

The post came as police clashed with thousands of demonstrators who opposed a controversial bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China from Hong Kong.

While protesters have since had to shift tactics due to a sweeping national security law imposed by China in June and COVID-19 restrictions, tension remains elevated. Last week, pro-democracy demonstrators gathered at a shopping mall in Hong Kong to chant slogans ahead of the one-year anniversary of a violent confrontation with police.

The film was originally slated to be released in theaters earlier this year, but was postponed amid the pandemic. Instead, Disney opted to launch it for $30 on its streaming platform in a crucial test for the $11 billion movie-theater business.

“A premium video-on-demand success for Disney will squeeze the traditional cinema model, forcing other studios to follow suit,” according to Bloomberg Intelligence analysts Geetha Ranganathan and Amine Bensaid. They say the movie needs to be purchased 10 million times just to break even.

In line with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is strongly requesting that residents and visitors exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.

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Epic Games renews legal request to bring Fortnite back to Apple store – CNN

September 5th, 2020

Saturday Night Live to Air Chadwick Boseman’s 2018 Episode in Tribute – Vulture

September 5th, 2020

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Saturday Night Live won’t return with new episodes until later this fall, but according to Deadline, tonight, Saturday, September 5, the sketch show will pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman by re-airing his April 7, 2018 episode, the only episode hosted by the late actor.

Black Panther premiered in theaters on January 29 of that year, and was still having a huge cultural moment, which resulted in Boseman bringing you characters like T’Challa on Black Jeopardy, a Black Panther fan debating who can do the Wakanda Forever salute, and, less explicably, R. Kelly dancing with a sandwich in a Disney World magic mirror. Boseman passed away Friday, August 28 after a four-year-long battle with colon cancer. He was 43.

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As The iPhone 12 Goes 5G, Future iPad, MacBook Packing 5G May Not Be Far Behind – Forbes

September 5th, 2020

Vacationing American family escorted out of B.C. for exploiting ‘Alaska loophole’, police say – CTV News Vancouver

September 5th, 2020

VANCOUVER — An American family has been escorted across the B.C. border into Washington state after being caught apparently exploiting the “Alaska loophole,” according to BC RCMP.

A vehicle with an Alaska licence plate entered the country around August 25 and the family told officials they were heading to Washington State. When they didn’t leave the country a few days later, there was a call out to enforcement agencies to look for them.

“(The) Vancouver Police Department was able to locate the vehicle and the occupants around August 29th and confirmed that they did have a local hotel booked,” said BC RCMP spokesperson Dawn Roberts.

A spokesperson for B.C.’s Ministry of Public Safety confirmed the family was located on Granville street in Vancouver.

Working with RCMP, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency, officers determined that the family had stayed in B.C. longer than it should have.

Americans are allowed to drive through Canada to get to and from Alaska, but they are required to take the shortest route possible, stopping only for essentials and avoiding tourist attractions. They are also given a specific date on which they must exit the country, which must be displayed in their vehicle at all times while in Canada.

The family was escorted to Peace Arch Border Crossing on Aug. 29 and each member was issued a $500 fine under section 15.3 of the Quarantine Act, Roberts said.

There have been cases of American boat owners fined and escorted back to the U.S. after being caught in Canadian waters, but Roberts says escorting a family over the land border is a unique case.

She adds that the RCMP want to hear from people who are concerned that visitors may be here illegally.

“If anyone believes that there is somebody suspicious – that would include hotels and businesses – we would encourage anyone to reach out to the police,” Roberts said. “If somebody is in violation (of the Quarantine Act), they can anticipate an escort and, in addition, a fine.”

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Coronavirus model projects US deaths will top 400000 by end of year – msnNOW

September 5th, 2020

Key coronavirus model projects U.S. death toll surpassing 410,000 by January

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coronavirus models projects deaths due to the virus in the United States will top 400,000 by the end of the year, with 410,000 projected by January 1, according to new data. That would more than double the current U.S. death toll, which stood at more than 188,000 as of Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Researchers from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), which has been cited by the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said this week that deaths could skyrocket to 3,000 per day in December if current trends continue. The projections are based on data including cases, deaths, antibody prevalence, testing rates, mobility, social distancing mandates, mask use, population density, age and pneumonia seasonality.  

Deaths could be reduced by 30% if more Americans wear face masks, researchers said, adding that mask-wearing is actually on the decline among Americans. 

The U.S. currently leads the planet in confirmed coronavirus cases, with more than 6.2 million reported as of Saturday. 

“Looking at the staggering COVID-19 estimates, it’s easy to get lost in the enormity of the numbers,” said IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray in a statement. “The number of deaths exceeds the capacity of the world’s 50 largest stadiums, a sobering image of the people who have lost their lives and livelihoods.”  

The independent research institute at the University of Washington previously projected 317,697 deaths by December 1, Reuters reports

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted this week that the nation would reach between 200,000 and 211,000 deaths from the virus by September 26. Its forecasts do not extend beyond the month. 

Researchers at IHME were no more optimistic about global deaths. They project deaths to most likely triple by January 1, from 875,000 to 2.8 million, and daily deaths could reach as high as 30,000.


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Researchers said nearly 770,000 lives worldwide could be saved before January 1 if safety guidelines, including mask-wearing and social distancing, are adhered to.

“We are facing the prospect of a deadly December, especially in Europe, Central Asia, and the United States,” Murray said. “But the science is clear and the evidence irrefutable: mask-wearing, social distancing, and limits to social gatherings are vital to helping prevent transmission of the virus.” 

Other than a lack of adherence to safety guidelines, researchers also said that the increase is partially due to a likely seasonal rise in COVID-19 cases, if it continues to behave similarly to pneumonia, in the fall and winter months in the Northern Hemisphere. 

“People in the Northern Hemisphere must be especially vigilant as winter approaches, since the coronavirus, like pneumonia, will be more prevalent in cold climates,” Murray said. 

Murray cautioned against implementing a so-called “herd immunity” strategy, which could lead to looser safety restrictions as more people from certain populations recover from the virus. 

“This first global forecast represents an opportunity to underscore the problem with herd immunity, which, essentially, ignores science and ethics, and allows millions of avoidable deaths,” Murray said. “It is, quite simply, reprehensible.” 

He added that rapid action would be needed to save lives. 

“We all must learn from those leaders of nations where the virus has been contained, or where second waves of infections have occurred, and where swift action has been taken to prevent loss of life.” 

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Epic Games Asks Court to Allow Fortnite Back on the App Store – MacRumors

September 5th, 2020

Twitch will shut down its live karaoke game on January 1st – Engadget

September 5th, 2020

Square Enix Reveals Details For Marvel’s Avengers 1.05 Update – Bleeding Cool News

September 5th, 2020

County To Spray For Mosquitoes In Bristol – Levittown, PA Patch

September 5th, 2020

BRISTOL TOWNSHIP, PA — Bucks County will be spraying for mosquitoes in Bristol Township on Wednesday.

The operation, designed to reduce high populations of mosquitoes capable of spreading West Nile Virus, will be done using spray trucks in residential and park locations.

The material being used “has a very low toxicity profile to mammals and will have negligible impact to non-target insects and the environment,” county officials said.

Certain mosquito species carry the West Nile virus, which can cause humans to contract West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain.

Weather conditions and other unexpected events could delay or cancel the spray operation. If conditions do not allow spraying on Wednesday, Thursday is the backup date, officials said.

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