India has now excluded Hong Kong, China, Macau, UK citizens availing e-visa facility for travelling to the country as the country approached reciprocity regarding lack of mutual travel recognition between these countries. Starting November 15, India has allowed entry of foreign visitors for tourism purposes and as per the reports, tourists from the United Kingdom, […] The post India excludes e-visa facilities for China, Hong-Kong, Macau, the UK and Canada appeared first on MacroTraveller.
Britain on Thursday said that it would ban travel from six African countries after South Africa detected a more potent strain of coronavirus which has a large number of mutations. “The early indication we have of this variant is it may be more transmissible than the Delta variant, and the vaccines that we currently have […] The post UK Bans travel from 6 African Countries due to the rise of a new mutant strain of coronavirus. appeared first on MacroTraveller.
The state government of Bengal has announced that it will ban all direct flights from the UK from January 03. This move comes after a sudden increase in the omicron variant of coronavirus cases. As per the reports, this ban will remain In place until further orders. The government also issued an order stating that […] The post West Bengal bans all direct flights from the UK appeared first on MacroTraveller.
ComingSoon.net has an exclusive clip from AMC Networks’ new seaside mystery series Whitstable Pearl, starring Kerry Godliman (Adult Material, Save Me, After Life) and premiering on May 24 on Acorn TV. Godliman plays the titular Pearl Nolan in the six-part British detective drama, based on the much-loved novels The Whitstable Pearl Mystery and Disappearance at Oare by Julie Wassmer (EastEnders). You can check out the clip now in the player below!RELATED: New to Stream: Acorn TV’s May 2021 Lineup!When local celebrity Pearl Nolan, chief proprietor of the eponymous Whitstable Pearl restaurant and a newly formed detective agency, discovers the body of Vinnie, a close family friend, she takes it upon herself to investigate what she believes to be murder. Standing in the way of her detective work is DCI Mike McGuire (Howard Charles, The Musketeers), the new Kent police chief who has transferred from London in an attempt to escape from his past. Pearl and Mike clash at first, but then Mike becomes the only other person to share Pearl’s belief that Vinnie was murdered. When a second body shows up, Pearl finds herself pulled into the seedy underbelly of this picturesque town. The British seaside holiday will never be the same again.Pick up your copy of The Whitstable Pearl Mystery here!Set beneath huge skies and amid the lengthening shadows of a picture postcard town just miles from London, the friction between the locals and the moneyed arrivals from the city is palpable as centuries of village tradition grates against the inevitable pressure of money and gentrification.RELATED: Exclusive Clip: Star Trek: Lower Decks Extended Driving SceneWhitstable Pearl is brought to the screen for the first time by iconic Norwegian filmmaker Øystein Karlsen (Exit, Dag, Lilyhammer).
Olivia Colman in talks for Sam Mendes’ romance drama Empire of LightOver a year after the critical and box office success of 1917, acclaimed director Sam Mendes has finally found his next major directing project in the form of a romantic drama film titled Empire of Light. Searchlight Pictures has officially boarded the project, with Academy Award-winning actress Olivia Colman in negotiations to lead the feature.Should the deal push through, Empire of Light will be the British actress’ latest collaboration with Searchlight after 2018’s The Favourite. In addition, this will also mark the reunion project between Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins, who earned his second Oscar for his work on 1917.“I have long been an admirer of Searchlight and the dynamic way they have produced and released some of my favorite theatrical releases of recent years,” Mendes said in a statement (via The Wrap). “This project is very close to my heart, and I couldn’t be more delighted that it has found its ideal home.”RELATED: Searchlight Pictures Announces Release Dates for Antlers, Nightmare Alley & MoreEmpire of Light is being described as a love story that will be set in and around a beautiful old cinema on the South Coast of England. The film will be directed by Mendes from a screenplay he wrote. The studio is currently planning to release the film in the fall of 2022.“Sam has written an exquisite cinematic drama that captured our hearts from page one. He is a masterful filmmaker, and we look forward to working with him, Pippa, and Roger and to reunite with the great Olivia on this truly special film,” Searchlight’s David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield said.Mendes and Pippa Harris are set to produce through their Neal Street Productions. The project will be overseen by Searchlight’s Presidents of Production, Film and Television Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum along with Searchlight Pictures UK’s Head of Development & Production, Katie Goodson-Thomas.RELATED: Joyride: Olivia Colman to Star in New Feel-Good Drama Film Olivia Colman first gained recognition for her critically-acclaimed performances in TV shows such as The Night Manager and Fleabag with the first one earning her, her first Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Miniseries. For her performance in Yorgos Lanthimos’ black comedy film The Favourite, she won her first Oscar Award for Best Actress and her second Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy.She will next be seen in drama films such as Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter and the Eva Husson’s Mothering Sunday as well as Netflix and Sony’s animated film, The Mitchells vs. the Machines which is set to premiere later this month.(Photo Credit: Getty Images)
After being handed a series of antitrust fines over its apparent abuse of power, Qualcomm is now facing a consumer lawsuit that could see it forced to compensate UK phone owners. The country's leading consumer association Which? is suing the Snapdragon chip maker to the tune of £482.5 million ($683 million) in damages for allegedly breaching competition law. Which? claims Qualcomm used its dominance in the patent-licensing and processor markets by charging Apple and Samsung inflated fees for its tech licenses, which were then passed on to consumers in the form of higher smartphone prices. It estimates that individuals who purchased Apple or Samsung handsets since 2015 could be entitled to between £17 to £30 ($24 to $42) depending on the number and type of smartphones they bought. Qualcomm has rubbished the allegations. "As the plaintiffs are well aware, their claims were effectively put to rest last summer by a unanimous panel of judges at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the United States," a company spokesman told BBC News, referencing the FTC suit for unfair practices from 2017 that was dismissed last year. The latest challenge echoes the legal actions that have haunted the beleaguered chip giant over the past several years. While $683 million represents little more than 2.8 percent of Qualcomm's revenue in 2020, the company has struggled to free itself from the resulting bad publicity of fines and litigation woes. In Asia alone, it has previously been slapped with antitrust penalties in China, Korea and Taiwan that amounted to over $2.6 billion. Meanwhile, the European Commission fined it €997 million ($1.23 billion) in 2018 for paying Apple to secure an exclusive modem deal. And again in 2019, when it was struck with a €242 million fine ($271 million at the time) for alleged price dumping on 3G chips.
Guy Pearce joins Kate Winslet in HBO’s limited series Mare of Easttown Golden Globe nominee and Emmy winner Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential) is reuniting with his Mildred Pierce, Oscar-winning co-star Kate Winslet (The Reader, Steve Jobs) in HBO’s upcoming limited series Mare of Easttown, replacing Ben Miles after the actor left the project due to scheduling conflicts (via Deadline). RELATED: Mandatory Streamers: HBO Max’s The Head Introduces an Exciting New Thriller Mare Of Easttown stars Winslet as Mare Sheehan, a small-town Pennsylvania detective whose life crumbles around her as she investigates a local murder. Pearce will play Richard Ryan, a visiting creative writing professor who wrote a dazzling novel that won the National Book Award 25 years ago, but he has never lived up to his early promise. The series also stars Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart, Angourie Rice, Evan Peters, Cailee Spaeny David Denman, John Douglas Thompson, Patrick Murney, James McArdle, Sosie Bacon, Joe Tippett, and Neal Huff. Mare of Easttown is written and executive produced by Brad Inglesby who also serves as showrunner on the series. RELATED: Game of Thrones Composer Ramin Djawadi Returning for House of the Dragon Winslet, Inglesby, and Craig Zobel will executive produce with Gavin O’Connor along with Gordon Gray through Mayhem Pictures as well as Paul Lee and Mark Royball for wiip. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Toby Melville / Reuters Facebook’s dedicated News tab, first seen in the US, will launch in the UK with a promise to pay UK news sites to license articles, the social media giant announced. It’ll arrive in January 2021 with partner sites including The Guardian, The Economist and The Mirror, along with lifestyle sites owned by Conde Nast, Hearst and others. “With Facebook News, we will pay publishers for content that is not already on the platform, help publishers reach new audiences and bring more advertising and subscription opportunities,” Facebook wrote in a blog post. As with the US News section, the UK tab will offer a mix of personalized and curated top stories. Facebook will normally show top headlines and stories, but will add news digests with original and “authoritative” reporting during major news cycles. The tab will build on the success of the US site, Facebook said, “where we’ve found more than 95 percent of the traffic Facebook News delivers to publishers is new audiences that have not interacted with those news outlets in the past.” Stepping Up Our Investment in News in the UK https://t.co/fvtAhbE4os — Facebook Newsroom (@fbnewsroom) December 1, 2020 Facebook didn’t say how much it would pay publishers, but some expect millions of pounds each year from multi-year details, The Guardian reported. That means Facebook could be paying tens of millions in the UK alone, much-needed revenue for struggling news outlets. It may also feature smaller local sites that have not struck deals, provided they meet certain standards, and Facebook plans to add more major news providers down the road. Along with Google, Facebook has been heavily criticized for drawing ad dollars away from dedicated news sites. That has contributed to the failure of a quarter of US news sites over the last 15 years, according to Poynter. In the UK, 198 local newspapers have shuttered since 2005, the Press Gazette reported in 2016. Meanwhile, the professional journalism vacuum has often been filled by false or misleading news on Facebook. Facebook has attempted to stem that criticism in the UK and ward off potential government regulation with several measures. For instance, it spent £4.5 million ($6 million) training 80 journalists to cover smaller communities and recently extended that program for a year with an additional £2.3 million ($3.1 million). Last month, Google also pledged $1 billion for publishers to curate content for a new product called the Google News Showcase. Google has taken even more heat than Facebook, with publishers in Australia, France and elsewhere saying it has contributed to the decline of local journalism and should be forced to pay to show news “snippets.” However, both sites will be under further pressure and scrutiny in the UK from a new regulatory agency called the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). That body will set new limits on tech’s biggest platforms and create rules that level the playing field for smaller rivals. In this article: Facebook, UK, media, content, stories, payments, news, gear All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Mandatory Streamers: The Walking Dead Returns for “A Certain Doom” Welcome to Mandatory Streamers, our column covering the best new streaming content coming your way every week! For the week of September 28, The Walking Dead is back for its Season 10 “finale” as The Whisperer War comes to an end and we find out who is left standing. Check out the best shows debuting and returning online this week as well as the latest renewal announcements below, and be sure to visit our mother site Mandatory by clicking here! AMC/AMC+ The Walking Dead, Season 10 Finale: In the episode, “A Certain Doom,” Beta engages the final battle of the Whisperer War. The episode will premiere on Sunday, October 4, and will be available to stream on AMC’s platforms. The episode is now streaming on AMC+. Season 11 will air in 2021 and it was also announced that Season 10 will be getting six additional episodes in its tenth season which will air early next year. [embedded content] The Walking Dead: World Beyond, Series Premiere: The new spinoff series expands the universe of The Walking Dead, delving into a new mythology and story that follows the first generation raised in a surviving civilization of the post-apocalyptic world. Two sisters along with two friends leave a place of safety and comfort to brave dangers, known and unknown, living and undead on an important quest. Pursued by those who wish to protect them and those who wish to harm them, a tale of growing up and transformation unfurls across dangerous terrain, challenging everything they know about the world, themselves, and each other. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. But all of them will find the truths they seek. The series will premiere on Sunday, October 4, with episodes available to stream on AMC’s platforms. The first episode is streaming now on AMC+. [embedded content] Gangs of London, AMC+ Season 1 Premiere: Set in the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic and multicultural cities, the series tells the story of a city being torn apart by the turbulent power struggles of the international gangs that control it and the sudden power vacuum that’s created when the head of London’s most powerful crime family is assassinated. Gangs of London’s critically acclaimed first season was a huge success in the UK as it took audiences on an immersive journey into the hidden heart of the capital. The 10-episode first season of the action-packed thriller debuts on AMC+ this fall for US audiences and has been renewed for a second season with the network on board to co-produce. The first three hours are available now on AMC+ with episodes rolling out weekly. The series will debut on AMC early next year. Soulmates, AMC+ Season 1 Premiere: From AMC Studios, sci-fi drama is set fifteen years into the future, when science has made a discovery that changes the lives of everyone on the planet – a test that unequivocally tells you who your soulmate is. In a first-ever format for AMC, each of the six episodes will feature a different cast and explore an entirely new story around discovering (or opting not to discover) the results of this new test and the impact of those results on a myriad of relationships. The first episode is now streaming on AMC+ and will premiere on AMC on Monday, October 5. Showtime The Good Lord Bird, Series Premiere: Starring Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke as abolitionist John Brown and based on the National Book Award-winning novel by James McBride, the series is told from the point of view of Onion (Joshua Caleb Johnson), a fictional enslaved boy who becomes a member of Brown’s motley family of abolitionist soldiers during Bleeding Kansas – a time when the state was a battleground between pro- and anti-slavery forces – and eventually finds himself participating in the famous 1859 raid on the U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry. Brown’s raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended, but was the event that started the Civil War. The limited series adaptation will premiere on Sunday, October 4. Episodes will be available to stream on Showtime’s platforms. Hulu Monsterland, Series Premiere: Based on the short stories from Nathan Ballingrud’s North American Lake Monsters, the series is a horror anthology which will follow the story of broken people driven to desperate acts in an attempt to repair their lives and will feature encounters with mermaids, fallen angels, and a variety of other mythical creatures and horrors. All ten episodes are available now on Hulu. Cinemax Warrior, Season 2 Premiere: The gritty, action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 19th century. The series follows Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a martial arts prodigy who emigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious circumstances. After proving his worth as a fighter, Ah Sahm becomes a hatchet man for the Hop Wei, one of Chinatown’s most powerful Tongs (Chinese organized crime family). Season two follows rival Chinatown Tongs as they fight for dominance amidst the growing anti-Chinese fervor that threatens to destroy them all. The battle continues to rage on in the second season, premiering tonight on Cinemax. The episodes will be available to stream on Cinemax’s platforms and through Amazon. Netflix Emily in Paris, Series Premiere: Created and executive produced by Darren Star, the series focuses on Emily (Lily Collins), an ambitious twenty-something marketing executive from Chicago, who unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris when her company acquires a French luxury marketing company — and she is tasked with revamping their social media strategy. Emily’s new life in Paris is filled with intoxicating adventures and surprising challenges as she juggles winning over her work colleagues, making friends, and navigating new romances. The series is available to stream now. Epix Britannia, Season 2 Premiere: The Romans are here and set to stay. Two years on from his invasion of Britannia, with the help of Celt Queen Amena, General Aulus is romanising willing Celt tribes and crushing those who try to resist. Aulus’s behaviour raises suspicions that he has another agenda; one that raises ghosts in Amena’s past and makes his threat to the Druids ever more critical. The only form of hope for the Druids and Celts is Cait – a young girl being trained by outcast Druid Divis – to fulfil a prophecy that would save Britannia from the Romans. But when a dead man wakes, two Druid brothers begin an epic battle of wills that divides the Druids and puts the prophecy in jeopardy. In a world where the gods hold power over everyone, the question is how much agency does anyone have over their own actions? But while the gods don’t deal, men do. The Dead Man says ‘hello’. Season 2 will premiere on Sunday, October 4. Renewals Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers have both been picked up for two more seasons at Fox, with Family Guy now running through Season 20 and Bob’s Burgers’ renewal taking the show to its 13th season! Both animated series are available to stream on Hulu. Billions, Season 6: Showtime has officially renewed its brilliant drama Billions for a Season 6 while also bumping up Corey Stoll as a series regular! The first four seasons, as well as the first half of Season 5, are available to stream on Showtime’s platforms or Amazon.
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