Peter Micelli to Launch New Management and Production Company With Ex-CAA, WME, UTA Agents – Variety

  1. Peter Micelli to Launch New Management and Production Company With Ex-CAA, WME, UTA Agents  Variety
  2. UPDATE: Pete Micelli/Steve Cohen Management Launch Adds WME’s Rich Cook, UTA’s Roussos, Fox, Mckinnies, Moorhead To CAA’s Whigham, Sullivan, Bugliari, Cooper  Deadline
  3. Former eOne Strategy Chief Peter Micelli Launching Management Firm With Several Top Agents  Hollywood Reporter
  4. 4 CAA Agents Depart for Peter Micelli’s New Management Company  TheWrap
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Massive protests flood Belarus once more, as Lukashenko appears brandishing assault rifle – ABC News

  1. Massive protests flood Belarus once more, as Lukashenko appears brandishing assault rifle  ABC News
  2. Belarus protests continue despite crackdown – BBC News  BBC News
  3. Belarus Has Finally Had Enough of the ‘Last Dictator in Europe’  The Wall Street Journal
  4. Belarus protesters demand President Lukashenko’s resignation  Al Jazeera English
  5. Belarus opposition holds mass rally in Minsk despite ban  BBC News
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Source: Google News, Massive protests flood Belarus once more, as Lukashenko appears brandishing assault rifle – ABC News

California Wildfires Total Over One Million Acres | NBC Nightly News – NBC News

  1. California Wildfires Total Over One Million Acres | NBC Nightly News  NBC News
  2. California is burning, and once again, Trump wants to let it  The Washington Post
  3. Dangerous wildfires reach new milestone: 1 million acres burned | GMA  Good Morning America
  4. Golis: We’re just trying to survive the summer from hell  Santa Rosa Press Democrat
  5. Exhausted Firefighters Struggle To Contain California Wildfires | Sunday TODAY  TODAY
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2020 Indianapolis 500 results: Takuma Sato holds off Scott Dixon, Graham Rahal for his second Indy win – CBSSports.com

  1. 2020 Indianapolis 500 results: Takuma Sato holds off Scott Dixon, Graham Rahal for his second Indy win  CBSSports.com
  2. Sato takes Indy 500 for second time in career  Fox News
  3. RETRO: The Roast of Bobby Unser  RACER
  4. Sato Wins 2nd Indianapolis 500 Under Caution At Empty Track  Indiana Public Media
  5. 2020 Indy 500: Here’s what you need to know  Fox News
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Source: Google News, 2020 Indianapolis 500 results: Takuma Sato holds off Scott Dixon, Graham Rahal for his second Indy win – CBSSports.com

Coronavirus dampens celebrations in China’s wedding gown city

August 23, 2020

SUZHOU, China/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Store windows in the five-storey Huqiu Wedding Dress Mall in the Chinese city of Suzhou gleam with the reflection from rows and rows of elaborate gowns to entice potential buyers.

But there are few shoppers in the modern mall, a glitzy showcase of the city’s huge wedding gown production industry that usually attracts visitors not only from across China but abroad.

“Sales this year have so far not been good, I hope they will recover a little in the second half,” Ma Li, the owner of the Hua Qing Yu Wedding Dress Store in the mall told Reuters as she dressed mannequins.

Suzhou, one of the world’s largest bridal goods exporters, is feeling the chill as couples all over the world delayed, downsized or cancelled their nuptials because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The manufacturing hub in eastern China also hosts factories belonging to Apple suppliers as well as a technology center for Microsoft, but wedding dresses are a major part of its business. And it is big business.

Wedding market sales in China surged from 923 billion yuan to 1.64 trillion yuan from 2014 to 2018, according to Frost & Sullivan, and the annual compound growth rate reached 15.5 percent. By 2023, the industry is expected to be worth 3 trillian yuan.

That speedy growth was interrupted by the discovery of the first coronavirus cases in Wuhan, about 740 kilometres (460 miles) west of Suzhou, in late 2019 and lockdown measures began to be imposed in China and other parts of the world from late January.

While China recently began allowing the resumption of some large wedding gatherings following a sharp fall in the number of new COVID-19 cases, companies in Suzhou told Reuters sales were far from reaching usual levels as many couples were downsizing their celebrations due to budget or lingering guest restrictions.

“We basically have no clients,” Zhu Yuan, the chairman of Romen’s Wedding Dress, speaking from her showroom where dozens of embellished ivory dresses were crammed against each other on clothing racks.

“Out of a hundred only 10-20% survived,” said of her client businesses, including bridal studios and exporters.

Suzhou Jusere Wedding & Evening Dress Co Ltd, one of Suzhou’s largest gown manufacturers, tried to mitigate the downturn by ramping up direct sales to brides and travelling to their customers.

But the escalation of the virus to a global pandemic saw foreign orders, which used to account for a tenth of the company’s sales, all but disappear.

“I hope that the epidemic abroad can get under control which will allow wedding dress studios to reopen. That can in turn drive consumption,” said founder Xu Chuanhai.

The China Wedding Expo 2020, an annual event that draws wedding gown resellers, exporters and bridal studios descend went ahead in Shanghai last month but exhibitors said there were few visitors.

Jiang Xin, a representative of Hermosa Trading, said increasing costs of transportation because of the pandemic made exporting gowns expensive.

“The tariff is fixed but transportation costs rose because many flights were cancelled,” he said. “The ordering cycle is longer so costs are rising.”

Elsewhere in Shanghai, Wei Jiawen and her husband Pan Wenjun celebrated their nuptials with their family and friends in mid-August in a ceremony that was downsized from their originally planned celebration in February.

“We were under pressure both physically and mentally for half a year because of the delayed wedding,” said Wei, who gave birth to a daughter while waiting to reschedule the wedding.

(Reporting by Brenda Goh; editing by Jane Wardell)

Amid a slate of controversial speakers, Pres. Trump looking to stoke cultural war flames at 2020 Republican National Convention

In addition to speeches from the President at this year’s upcoming RNC, several non-lawmakers are also slated to speak, including Patricia and Mark McCloskey, the St. Louis, Missouri couple who were recorded waiving their guns at Black Lives Matter

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Source: MSDNC, Amid a slate of controversial speakers, Pres. Trump looking to stoke cultural war flames at 2020 Republican National Convention

People Straight Leakin' the Pixel 5 Now – Droid Life

  1. People Straight Leakin’ the Pixel 5 Now  Droid Life
  2. This could be the first real picture of the Pixel 5  The Verge
  3. Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G appear in new leak with alleged specs  Android Police
  4. Google’s Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 may have surfaced in the wild  Engadget
  5. Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G leaked in a major way  SlashGear
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Source: Google News, People Straight Leakin’ the Pixel 5 Now – Droid Life

Colin Farrell Is Unrecognizable as The Penguin in First Trailer for The Batman – MSN Money

  1. Colin Farrell Is Unrecognizable as The Penguin in First Trailer for The Batman  MSN Money
  2. Colin Farrell Looks Unrecognizable As The Penguin In The First Trailer For “The Batman”  BuzzFeed
  3. Colin Farrell Is Unrecognizable in Shocking Penguin Transformation for Batman  TooFab
  4. The Batman Trailer Breakdown: Riddler, Penguin, Catwoman and ‘No More Lies’ Explained  IGN
  5. Fans are realizing Colin Farrell is playing the Penguin in ‘The Batman’ and they can’t get over how unrecognizable he looks  MSN Money
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Source: Google News, Colin Farrell Is Unrecognizable as The Penguin in First Trailer for The Batman – MSN Money

US Bill Seeks To Ban Title "President" For China's Xi Jinping

US Bill Seeks To Ban Title “President” For China’s Xi Jinping

Tyler Durden

Sun, 08/23/2020 – 19:45

A new bill introduced in Washington seeks to change the way the federal government refers to the leader of China, prohibiting the use of the term “president”, and will – if passed – lead to a dramatic escalation in already tense relations between the two superpowers. According to the SCMP, the “Name the Enemy Act” would require that official US government documents instead refer to the head of state according to his or her role as head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, holds three official titles, none of which is “president”: head of state (guojia zhuxi, literally “state chairman”); chairman of the central military commission; and general secretary of the CCP. However, in the English-speaking world, Xi has generally opted for “president”, which critics say “offers unwarranted legitimacy” to an unelected leader.

Introduced by Representative Scott Perry, Republican of Pennsylvania, the House bill would prohibit the use of federal funds for the “creation or dissemination” of official documents and communications that refer to the China’s leader as “president”. A spokesperson for Perry, who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, did not respond to a SCMP request for comment on the extent to which “communications” would include public statements and remarks by US officials.

“Addressing the head of state of the People’s Republic of China as a “president” grants the incorrect assumption that the people of the state, via democratic means, have readily legitimised the leader who rules them,” the legislation states.

The bill singles out China, despite the fact that presidents in numerous countries are either unelected or in power resulting from elections that are not considered free and fair.

The legislation comes as top cabinet officials, led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have begun abandoning the term “president” in favor of “general secretary.” A White House report in May outlining Washington’s strategic approach to China used Xi’s party title exclusively.

The bill “formalises something that we’ve been taking note of in administration statements,” said Anna Ashton, head of government affairs at the US-China Business Council.

While Trump has not followed suit, he has stopped referring to Xi as a “friend” as relations between the two countries continue to sour. “I don’t want to talk to China right now,” he said last Tuesday.

Perry’s bill comes amid strategic efforts by the Republican Party to increase criticism of the Chinese government. In recent months, Perry has introduced a flurry of aggressive and somewhat unlikely bills related to China, including legislation that would cut US funding to the United Nations until the body expels China and recognizes Taiwan, and bills that would authorize the US president to recognize Hong Kong and Tibet as countries independent from China. Those bills have languished upon introduction, failing to gain support from any of Perry’s colleagues.

To be sure, the bill faces an uphill battle in the few months left to this congressional session, with legislative efforts related to the coronavirus pandemic and the November elections looming large on lawmakers’ agendas.

“I can’t imagine it will move this session,” one Democratic House aide, not authorized to speak publicly, said of the Name the Enemy Act. Any bill that has not reached the president’s desk by the session’s close in early January is wiped off the docket, and must be reintroduced the following session.

Ashton said that Perry’s bill was less likely to “gain steam” than China-related bills tackling other, more weighty subjects, such as forced labour, supply chains, and regulation of Chinese companies listed on US exchanges.



Source: Zero Hedge, US Bill Seeks To Ban Title “President” For China’s Xi Jinping

‘When young people show up, the people in power will have no choice but to listen’: Democrats make an appeal to young voters at 2020 Convention, will Republicans do the same?

As Republicans prepare for their upcoming convention, the Trump campaign is making sure they’re engaging with young voters online. MSNBC’s Alicia Menendez speaks with Ben Wessel, Director of NextGen Rising, Sarah Audelo, the Executive Director of Alliance

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Source: MSDNC, ‘When young people show up, the people in power will have no choice but to listen’: Democrats make an appeal to young voters at 2020 Convention, will Republicans do the same?

TikTok Plans to File Suit Against Trump's Order – Bloomberg Politics

  1. TikTok Plans to File Suit Against Trump’s Order  Bloomberg Politics
  2. TikTok’s Lawsuit Against Trump Order Faces Long Odds  The New York Times
  3. Mark Zuckerberg reportedly warned President Donald Trump about the rise of Chinese tech firms  CNBC
  4. Trump’s Battle With the Popular TikTok App  The New York Times
  5. WeChat Users in US Sue Trump Over Order Banning Messaging App  Gadgets 360
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Trump defends fiery rhetoric in Fox News exclusive interview: 'If I don’t fight back strong, I wouldn’t be sitting here right now'

President Trump defended his growing list of contentious exchanges with the media during a Fox News exclusive interview, telling “The Next Revolution” host Steve Hilton, “I have to fight back.”

Source: Fox News, Trump defends fiery rhetoric in Fox News exclusive interview: ‘If I don’t fight back strong, I wouldn’t be sitting here right now’

Royal rift: Meghan Markle ‘disappointed’ by Kate Middleton’s lack of support – Express

  1. Royal rift: Meghan Markle ‘disappointed’ by Kate Middleton’s lack of support  Express
  2. Piers Morgan calls for Meghan Markle to be stripped of title after US election comments  Yahoo News
  3. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Son Archie Will Become a Prince When Charles Is King  Us Weekly
  4. There Is Reportedly a Lot of ‘Jealousy’ and ‘Competition’ Between Royals  Showbiz Cheat Sheet
  5. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Converting Their Montecito Guest House for Her Mom, Doria Ragland  Yahoo Lifestyle
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Source: Google News, Royal rift: Meghan Markle ‘disappointed’ by Kate Middleton’s lack of support – Express