Warner Bros. Apologizes After ‘The Witches’ Draws Backlash

first_img“In adapting the original story, we worked with designers and artists to come up with a new interpretation of the cat-like claws that are described in the book,” the statement continued. “It was never the intention for viewers to feel that the fantastical, non-human creatures were meant to represent them. This film is about the power of kindness and friendship. It is our hope that families and children can enjoy the film and embrace this empowering, love-filled theme.”Hathaway’s character, Grand High Witch, is seen in the movie with missing fingers, which is similar to the limb abnormality ectrodactyly — also known as “split hand.” The condition manifests as the absence of one or more fingers or toes on the hand or foot.Warner Bros Apologizes After Anne Hathaway The Witches Character BacklashAnne Hathaway as Grand High Witch in ‘The Witches’. Courtesy Warner Bros. PicturesBritish Paralympic swimmer Amy Marren was among those who called out the film’s depiction of Grand High Witch. “Disappointed in the new Warner Bros film The Witches…I myself am a huge advocate of celebrating differences and especially limb differences,” she wrote via Twitter on Monday, November 2. “It’s not unusual for surgeons to try and build hands like this for children/adults with certain limb differences and it’s upsetting to something that makes a person different being represented as something scary.”- Advertisement – The Princess Diaries star has yet to comment on the controversy, but she told PopSugar in October that she was “really swinging for the fences with the performance” and decided to “put my own spin on it.”Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! The athlete, 22, added: “Yes, I am fully aware that this is a film, and these are Witches. But Witches are essentially monsters. My fear is that children will watch this film, unaware that it massively exaggerates the Roald Dahl original and that limbs differences begin to be feared. This opens up all new difficult conversations for those with limb differences and sets back what we are trying to achieve which is to celebrate who you are!”The Witches was released on HBO Max on October 22. The film is a remake of the 1990 movie and based on Dahl’s 1983 book, which describes the titular characters as having “square feet with no toes” and “claws instead of fingernails.” The new adaptation stars Hathaway, 37, Octavia Spencer, Chris Rock, Stanley Tucci and Jahzir Bruno and follows a group of witches who plan to turn children into mice.- Advertisement – Time for a mea culpa. Warner Bros. issued an apology after people with disabilities spoke out against the depiction of Anne Hathaway’s character in the HBO Max remake of The Witches.A Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement that the company was “deeply saddened to learn that our depiction of the fictional characters in The Witches could upset people with disabilities,” adding that it “regretted any offense caused” by the film.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Amy Klobuchar considered for attorney general, USDA chief

first_img– Advertisement – If Klobuchar was chosen to join Biden’s Cabinet, Gov. Tim Walz, D-Minn., would be responsible for appointing her replacement. She is up for reelection in 2024.If she is asked to succeed William Barr at the Justice Department, Klobuchar could face another round of scrutiny on her tenure as Hennepin County attorney.The senator drew heavy fire from civil rights activists and Black community leaders in February after the Associated Press published an investigation that raised questions about whether a Black teenager, Myon Burrell, was wrongly convicted of murder during Klobuchar’s tenure as the county’s chief lawyer.The senator had for years cited the 2002 Burrell case as proof that she is tough on crime and of her pursuit of justice for Black communities plagued by gun violence.But Burrell, who was 16 years old when convicted for the murder of 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards, has insisted he is innocent and has rejected all plea deals. The AP report also quoted one of Burrell’s co-defendants as saying that he, and not Burrell, was the gunman responsible for the murder.Others being mentioned for attorney general include Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala, who recently lost his Alabama Senate seat, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, according to Politico.When Klobuchar ran for president in the 2020 election, she published an op-ed on CNN proposing the creation of a “clemency advisory board as well as a position in the White House – outside of the Department of Justice – that advises the president from a criminal justice reform perspective.”One of the areas that could interest Biden in choosing her to lead the Department of Justice is her stance on antitrust and her pushback on the tech giants. During her run for president, she said strong antitrust enforcement means looking back at the deal between Facebook and Instagram.Klobuchar, along with a group of bipartisan lawmakers, have introduced the Honest Ads Act, which looks to “help prevent foreign interference in future elections and improve the transparency of online political advertisements.”That said, the Department of Agriculture, which is led by Sonny Perdue, may be where Klobuchar ends up.As a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and a former presidential candidate, Klobuchar has supported tying farmers’ subsidies to their cost of production, which would likely augment the amount of money they receive.She also backed greater funding for disaster relief and spending more on conservation programs that pay farmers to adopt certain environmentally friendly practices. She proposed that taxpayers cover a greater percentage of farmers’ premium payments for crop insurance. – Advertisement – Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is being floated for a Cabinet post inside President-elect Joe Biden’s administration, according to people briefed on the matter.Klobuchar, according to these people, is being considered by Biden and his team for a number of positions, including attorney general and secretary of Agriculture.Her name has risen on the list of possible Cabinet appointees since Election Day as the Senate remains up for grabs after Democrats failed to pick up key victories for seats within that chamber of Congress, these people added. They declined to be named as these deliberations have been made in private.- Advertisement –center_img Sen. Amy Klobuchar, (D-MN) speaks during the fourth day of the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 15, 2020.Susan Walsh | Pool | Reuters The Senate is responsible for confirming Cabinet appointments. If Republicans maintain their majority, Biden might have to choose more moderate nominees if he wants a smoother confirmation process. Klobuchar is considered a moderate and a member of both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.The Senate majority is up for grabs as two races in Georgia have yet to be settled.Representatives for Klobuchar and the Biden transition team did not return requests for comment.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Chedi Aquarius Koh Chang pencilled in for 2023 | News

first_imgOlderSteenbergen appointed chief financial officer at Lufthansa Scheduled to open in 2023, the new Chedi would complement hotels in Muscat (Oman), Sharjah (United Arab Emirates), Andermatt (Switzerland) and Luštica Bay (Montenegro), as well as hotels under development for the Maldives, India and Taiwan, all set to open in the coming year.“This new resort is shaping up with an integrity of design and a certain poise that are hallmarks of the Chedi experience,” said GHM chief executive, Tommy Lai. “We’ve been on the lookout for a way back into Thailand since 2013, and the Chedi Aquarius Koh Chang is the perfect vehicle.”- Advertisement – Though Koh Chang lacks the name recognition of either Phuket or Koh Samui, Thailand’s largest and second largest island, its relative obscurity is partly a function of its natural splendour: a national park covers 83 per cent of the island.GHM, by design, is a resort group that has focused on emerging, rather than mature, destinations.“We are delighted to partner with GHM to bring the prestigious Chedi brand back to Thailand,” said Nixon Chung, chief operating officer of AQI.- Advertisement – “With its pristine location in this ecotourism haven, impeccable design and exceptional amenities, the Chedi Aquarius Koh Chang will represent the very best of Thai hospitality. “We look forward to welcoming guests from the fourth quarter of 2023.”Readily accessible by air and by road from Bangkok, flights to the nearest airport in Trat take one hour; overland, the drive is 300 kilometres. The ferry from the mainland takes less than an hour.center_img – Advertisement – GHM has signed a management agreement with Aquarius International Development to operate a 200-key resort on Koh Chang, the third largest island in Thailand.The Chedi Aquarius Koh Chang will feature an all-day-dining restaurant, a cliff-edge restaurant, rooftop bar, spa, infinity pool with pool bar, and conference facilities overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Facebook employee mood after election 2020: Mostly relieved

first_imgThe feeling inside Facebook is mostly relieved as the company got through the 2020 U.S. election without any claims of foreign interference or rampant misinformation, two employees told CNBC. A third person who worked closely on the election characterized the mood as guarded, with continued vigilance necessary against posts that would encourage civil unrest.After preparing for the election over the past four years, Facebook provided users with authoritative information about the U.S. election throughout Tuesday and Wednesday, posting notifications to users at the top of their Facebook and Instagram apps. Numerous Biden campaign officials have taken to Twitter to criticize Facebook’s handling of election ads and its overall impact on democracy, a signal that the incoming administration may not go easy on the company, which has come under increasing government scrutiny in recent years.- Advertisement – Additionally, Facebook removed a network of pages tied to former Trump advisor Steve Bannon after it tried to organize a group named “Stop the Steal.” Among the company’s most notable tactics in the lead-up to the election was a decision to ban political ads temporarily, starting on Nov. 4. On Wednesday, it extended that ban until at least December. The company also paused a number of features in the final days before the election, including the “Recent” tab for hashtags on Instagram and the recommendation of new groups on Facebook. These temporary measures put in place to protect against post-election unrest will remain in place, the employee working closely on the election told CNBC. So far, there is no team at the company rushing to turn these features back on or lift the ban on political ads, this person said. In 2016, Facebook became the national scapegoat for Trump’s victory after fake news ran rampant on the service and Russia used the platform to influence Americans and sow discord. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg initially refuted the idea that fake news on the service had influenced the election, calling it “crazy.” A year later, Zuckerberg said he regretted saying that.Zuckerberg addressed the 2020 election last week during an all-hands meeting, thanking employees for their work, according to one employee (as previously reported by BuzzFeed). Zuckerberg, however, has yet to comment on the election publicly.Facebook has faced plenty of obstacles during the election season. The company came under heavy criticism for allowing candidates to include false information in their political ads, and more recently for changing and adding new policies so close to the election. The company also experienced issues with a policy to ban any new ads in the final week before the election that it rectified just a few days ago. But for the most part, the company appears to have successfully navigated the most contentious presidential election in recent history.  – Advertisement – But unlike four years ago, Facebook is not being blamed for the outcome of the election, and that’s a relief, two employees said. Employees know the election process is still ongoing and remain focused, but compared to four years ago, employee morale is positive. No one is putting any “mission accomplished” banners up just yet, they said. But internally, the 2020 election feels like a strong counter to the last cycle, they said. These employees asked not to be named, as they are not authorized to discuss internal company matters.The biggest test for the company has been President Donald Trump, who has been posting unsubstantiated and false claims about victories in battleground states throughout Wednesday. The company has largely debunked those claims by posting labels on them that inform users that votes are still being counted and a winner has not yet been projected. Those labels also include links to the company’s voting information center, where users can see accurate information about the election. – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., arrives for a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019.Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Imageslast_img read more

Nordstrom Pre-Black Friday Deals: Our Absolute Favorite Picks

first_imgThis time around, online shopping is going to take centerstage, and with the majority of the country glued to their screens, it’s important to have a game plan. Luckily for Us, some of our favorite retailers are starting the Cyber Weekend festivities early — including Nordstrom! Check out our top picks below while they’re still in stock!1. Up to 78% Off Caslon styles at Nordstrom!Our Absolute Favorite: These lightweight linen joggers may be better suited for summer, but it’s never too early to start planning your wardrobe for next year! Who can resist with this amazing deal? They were $59, but you can get a pair for as little as $35 right now!- Advertisement – Check out more Zella leggings on sale here!3. Up to 60% Off Nordstrom home decor!Our Absolute Favorite: This leopard-print beige throw can add some subtle but wild style to any bedspread or living room couch setup. Plus, shoppers are obsessed with how cozy it is! It was $79, but you can get it for just $47 right now!Check out more Nordstrom-made home decor here!4. Up to 73% Off Halogen at Nordstrom!Our Absolute Favorite: We love Halogen because their styles are clean and always on-trend, and this faux-leather moto jacket is a classic closet staple. Originally $129, you can get it now for $77!Check out more Halogen styles on sale here!5. Up to 64% Off Treasure & Bond at Nordstrom!Our Absolute Favorite: If you’re looking to up your shoe game this winter, look no further than these studded faux-leather booties. They were $100, and now they’re just $60!Check out more Treasure & Bond styles on sale here!6. Up to 54% Off Nordstrom bedding!Our Absolute Favorite: This textured duvet cover is so luxurious and will make your bed feel heavenly. Plus, the set includes two matching pillow shams to complete the look! Prices originally started at $129, but now you can score the set for as little as $60!Check out more Nordstrom bedding on sale here!7. Up to 75% Off Rachel Parcell at Nordstrom!Our Absolute Favorite: Looking to get cozy? This shawl sweater will get you into the most comfy mood. It was $99, but right now it’s just $50!Check out more Rachel Parcell styles on sale here!8. Up to 62% Off Nordstrom handbags!Our Absolute Favorite: This genuine leather backpack is sleek, stylish and incredibly sophisticated. Plus, the sale price is hard to beat! It usually costs $189, but now it’s just $76!Check out more Nordstrom handbags on sale here!9. Up to 62% Off Caslon shoes at Nordstrom!Our Absolute Favorite: This pair of slip-on sneakers has an awesome wedge heel that will provide you with some extra inches without causing pain. We’re digging their trendy snakeskin print too! They were $90, but they’re just $34 right now!Check out more Caslon shoes on sale here!10. Up to 64% Off Nordstrom Signature styles!Our Absolute Favorite: This luxuriously soft cashmere sweater is the ultimate “treat yourself” gift. It was $299, but you can pick it up for yourself for just $179 during this sale!Check out more Nordstrom Signature styles on sale here!Check out more of our picks and deals here!This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon-style leggings and all the best gifts for everyone in your life. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at [email protected] Happy shopping! – Advertisement – Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.Black Friday is going to look slightly different this year. In light of the ongoing pandemic and safety restrictions that are in place to regulate social distancing, Friday morning at the mall just won’t have the same energy.- Advertisement – Check out more Caslon styles on sale here!2. Up to 40% Off Zella Leggings at Nordstrom!Our Absolute Favorite: Zella leggings are known for their high quality and comfort, and we’re currently obsessed with this adorable print version! They were $69, and now they’re starting at just $41 — a serious steal!- Advertisement –last_img read more

Thailand has first avian flu case in a year

first_imgOct 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A 48-year-old Thai man who died yesterday had H5N1 avian influenza, marking Thailand’s first human case in more than a year, according to Thai officials and the World Health Organization (WHO).The man, who fell ill after slaughtering sick chickens, had the first case in Thailand since Oct 8, 2004, the WHO said. Thailand has had 18 confirmed cases, including 13 deaths, since the current wave of H5N1 outbreaks began in late 2003.The man’s 7-year-old son became ill with respiratory symptoms Oct 16 and is hospitalized, with test results awaited, the WHO said. The man lived in Kanchanaburi province, where several poultry outbreaks of H5N1 were reported earlier this month, the agency said.Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said today that new test results had confirmed the father’s case, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. Officials previously said the man had tested negative. The WHO said samples from the man will be tested further at a WHO reference laboratory.The man, named Bang-on Benphat, got sick shortly after cooking and eating his neighbor’s chickens, which had been sick, the AP story said. His son had also had contact with the chickens.According to the AP, Dr. Thawat Suntrajarn, head of the Thai Department of Communicable Disease Control, said, “The people in this area should have known better. They took sickly chickens and killed and ate them. This is extremely dangerous.”Thawat said the father and son didn’t catch the virus from eating the chicken, because others who shared the food didn’t get sick, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.Despite control efforts, Thailand has contended with scattered avian flu outbreaks in poultry since early 2004. In a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) last week, Thailand said it had had 53 outbreaks in seven provinces in the preceding week.The last human H5N1 case confirmed by the WHO was in a hospitalized 21-year-old man from Sumatra in Indonesia on Oct 10. The WHO’s overall case count now stands at 118 cases with 61 deaths.The latest case comes amid growing fear over the recent detection of H5N1 in birds in Turkey, Romania, European Russia, and possibly Greece, along with concern that the virus may spread to Africa. But a WHO representative in Thailand, William Aldis, said the Thai case doesn’t signal an increase in the threat of a human flu pandemic, according to the AP report.”It doesn’t mean the pandemic is any closer,” he said. “The virus probably isn’t any different, and it doesn’t mean Thailand has failed in its control efforts.”In other news, some smuggled birds seized from a freighter arriving in Taiwan tested positive for the H5N1 virus, according to news services. Taiwan has not yet had any H5N1 outbreaks.A Panamanian-registered freighter that was stopped by the Taiwanese coast guard was carrying 1,037 smuggled birds from China, according to a Reuters report. Officials said 276 of the birds were dead, and when 46 of them were tested for H5N1, eight were positive, the report said.The birds, of 19 species, were intended to be sold as pets, according to the news reports.Elsewhere, the European Union’s executive commission said a preliminary test on a sample from a Greek bird had tested negative for the H5 virus, according to an AFP report. Officials reported on Oct 17 that a turkey on a Greek island had tested positive for an H5 virus.An EU spokeswoman said further testing is necessary and precautions remain in place, the AFP report said.In Macedonia, officials began killing thousands of poultry after a disease outbreak last weekend killed about 1,000 birds in the village of Mogila, according to an AFP report today. The story said authorities referred to the disease as “Newcastle flu,” but one official quoted in the story also mentioned an “H1” strain of avian flu. Exotic Newcastle disease is devastating to poultry but does not affect humans.See also:Oct 20 WHO news releasehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_10_20a/en/CIDRAP case count (official and unofficial numbers)http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/case-count/avflucount.htmllast_img read more

Tests confirm Salmonella in peanut butter

first_imgFeb 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Tests have confirmed a link between Salmonella-contaminated peanut butter and an outbreak involving 329 illness cases in 41 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced yesterday.”Product testing has confirmed the outbreak strain of Salmonella [enterica serotype] Tennessee in opened jars of peanut butter, obtained from ill persons,” the CDC said in a news release.The agency said public health officials in several states have found Salmonella in Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter. “For four jars, the serotype has been confirmed as Tennessee and DNA fingerprinting has shown that the pattern is the outbreak strain,” the statement said.The outbreak was revealed Feb 14, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers not to eat any Peter Pan peanut butter bought since May 2006 or any Great Value peanut butter with a product code starting with 2111. Both classes of products are made at a ConAgra Foods plant in Sylvester, Ga. The company recalled all the products.Dave Daigle, a CDC spokesman in Atlanta, said opened jars of peanut butter obtained from patients in New York, Oklahoma, and Iowa were found to contain Salmonella, the AP reported today.ConAgra is advising consumers to return peanut butter to the store where they bought it for a refund or to send jar lids or labels to ConAgra.”We are truly sorry for any harm that our peanut butter products may have caused,” ConAgra Chief Executive Officer Gary Rodkin said in a Feb 22 news release. “We are committed to taking all reasonable steps to remedy the situation.” The company said it has been working with the FDA to find the source of contamination.The latest CDC statement said 60% of the cases began after Dec 1, 2006, though illness onset dates ranged from Aug 1, 2006, through Feb 2. PulseNet, the national network of labs that subtype foodborne pathogens, detected a gradual increase in S Tennessee cases last fall, the agency said. Subsequently, OutbreakNet, a CDC-coordinated network of health officials that investigates enteric disease outbreaks, then worked for several weeks to identify the food involved.The CDC has reported no deaths in the outbreak, though 51 patients were hospitalized. However, the AP report said the family of a woman named Roberta Barkay is alleging in a lawsuit that contaminated peanut butter caused her death on Jan 30 and also sickened her husband and daughter.See also:Feb 22 CDC news releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/salmonellosis_2007/outbreak_notice.htmFeb 22 ConAgra news releasehttp://media.conagrafoods.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=202310&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1008642&highlight=last_img read more

Lošinj is a proud holder of the Superbrands Croatia label

first_imgLošinj, the island of vitality is once again recognized as a brand of top quality and overall content. Based on the high marks of excellence obtained in the Tourism category, this year is also the proud holder of the SUPERBRANDS CROATIA 2017/2018 label.The selected list of market-exposed brands on the Croatian market was again evaluated by the Superbrands 2017/2018 Expert Council, formed by a narrow circle of recognized experts from the world of media, marketing, public relations and the business world, assessing factors that differentiate brands and their strength in the open market-communication field: quality, diversity, reliability and emotional impact.  “With this label, Lošinj once again confirmed its place among world-renowned destinations. Thanks to the synergy of visitors and the population, the effort that the destination invests in its sustainability has once again been rewarded. Based on this, the island of vitality is considered a long-term destination that connects the natural beauty and preservation of the landscape with the quality of life on the island. With quality destination management, as well as the tradition of health tourism, Lošinj has developed a brand of health and vitality, so active vacation, wellness and health, as well as the possibility of year-round business, are the leading trump cards of the tourist offer of the island of vitality” said the President of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj Ana Kučić.The Superbrands label of excellence has been recognized and used in ninety countries around the world for more than twenty years and is also a significant communication factor in the value of the brand.last_img read more

Peljesac Cellars Open Days 2017 announced

first_imgPelješac winemakers are organizing this year as well Open days of Peljesac cellars  from 01 to 02 December, and with a traditional tour of the wineries this year, the main part of the program of the event takes place in the House of Wine Tradition in Putnikovići.Pelješac Cellars Open Days is a presentation of a wine tourism product that aims to create the habit of targeted visits to Pelješac wine routes and other business entities (wineries, wine cellars, family farms,…) on Pelješac.”Preparations for the twelfth manifestation Pelješac cellar open days they are in full swing. According to the announcements of organized arrivals from Zagreb, Zadar, Split, and our county, this has become the largest wine event in Dalmatia. This year we expect a record number of visitorsa “, point out the organizers of the event, which gathers more than three thousand visitors in December each year in the Plavac mali – Pelješac and Pelješac Wine Routes Associations.There, on Friday, December 1, 18 young Pelješac oenologists will evaluate young wines of indigenous varieties of the 2017 vintage, and a competition in the preparation of hunting goulash will be held. In addition to delicious goulash and excellent wines, everyone who visits the House of Wine Tradition will enjoy an exhibition of black and white photographs showing the former way of life in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Saturday, December 2, is reserved for a tour of Peljesac cellars and wine tasting that have made this peninsula famous around the world.last_img read more

Finishing works have started on the last section of the Istrian Y, from Rogović to the Učka tunnel

first_imgThe continuation of works on the construction of Phase 2B1 of the Istrian Y has started, from Rogović to the Učka tunnel. After the completion of the last section, it will finally mean the completion of the construction of the Istrian Y, which is of crucial importance in economic, traffic and tourist terms,This is an investment worth 1,237 billion kuna without VAT. As part of the project, the full profile of the 28-kilometer highway from Pazin to the Učka tunnel would be upgraded. In addition to upgrading the full profile, 11 viaducts, 14 underpasses, three overpasses and the Rebri rest area will be built. A total of 31 buildings 2510 meters long.After the completion of the second pipe of the Učka tunnel, with the continuation from Učka to Matulji, the Istrian Y will be fully integrated into the network of Croatian motorways. By amending the contract, the concession period for the management of the Istrian Y will be extended for an additional five years, until 2032.The Istrian Y is the lifeblood of Istria and its completion will contribute to the development of transport infrastructure and make life easier for all people in Istria and those who come to Istria.last_img read more