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New York City Lost Two-Thirds of Its Arts and Entertainment Jobs in 2020, a New Report Finds

New data is shedding a harsh light on how hard New York City’s arts and culture has been hit by the pandemic. Between December 2019 and December 2020, employment in the city’s arts, entertainment, and recreation sector plummeted 66 percent—the…

/ February 25, 2021
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Jimmy Kimmel Roasts Donald Trump With Long List Of Words Retired By Biden

President Joe Biden’s administration is ditching terms used by ex-President Donald Trump’s White House — such as “illegal alien” — and Jimmy Kimmel is there for it. “The president has been clear to all of us — words matter, tone matters and civility matters,”…

/ February 25, 2021
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Obituary: Sir Michael Somare, ‘father’ of PNG and colossus of Pacific politics

Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, former prime minister of Papua New Guinea and a giant of Pacific politics, has died from pancreatic cancer. He was 84. Known as “Mike” to some and “the chief” to others, Somare in more recent…

/ February 25, 2021
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Sexual assault: what can you do if you don’t want to make a formal report to police?

The alleged rape of former Liberal Party staffer Brittany Higgins has raised many questions about how sexual assault gets reported. Members of the Morrison government have repeatedly stressed the appropriate response to allegations of sexual assault is to go to…

/ February 25, 2021
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Black People Five Times More Likely To Be Homicide Victims Than White People

Friends mourn the death of Hani Solomon, 18, who was stabbed outside Parsons Green tube station, London on February 11. Photo: PA/AlamyThe number of street homicides where young people – and particularly young Black people – are the victims or suspects…

/ February 25, 2021
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Indian Central Bank Informs Government of Major Crypto Concerns — Digital Rupee ‘Receiving Our Full Attention’

India’s central bank governor Shaktikanta Das has revealed that the bank has “major concerns” about cryptocurrencies, and it has informed the government of them. He expects that the government will soon make a decision on cryptocurrency. Meanwhile, the Reserve Bank…

/ February 25, 2021
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Grattan on Friday: Linda Reynolds’ future as defence minister is in her own hands

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds faces an agonising question. Should she say to Scott Morrison she doesn’t feel up to staying in what is one of the most demanding portfolios in the government? Reynolds broke down in parliament last week. On…

/ February 25, 2021
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Sabine Hossenfelder: searching for beauty in mathematics

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/ February 25, 2021
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The Good, the Bad, and the Embarrassing in America’s COVID-19 Response

The pandemic has been both a bad and an embarrassing time to be an American. Bad in an actuarial sense, because per-capita death rates here have been among the highest in the world. Embarrassing at the level of national identity.…

/ February 25, 2021
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The modern way to hire a big-city police chief

When it comes to picking a city's top cop, closed-door selection processes have been replaced by highly public exercises where everyone gets to vet the candidates — who must have better community-relations skills than ever. Why it matters: In the…

/ February 25, 2021
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Speculative crypto art market takes off

Move over, GameStop. The newest speculative game in town is NFTs — digital files that can be owned and traded on a plethora of new online platforms.Why it matters: Most NFTs include some kind of still or moving image, which…

/ February 25, 2021
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Quitting London Isn’t Just For White People

Photo:  Jansos / Alamy Stock PhotoAs the ongoing pandemic makes more people reconsider their living situations, the conversation about moving out of London has reared its head again. Recent months have seen revulsion directed toward images of the wealthy fleeing cities…

/ February 25, 2021
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Brittany Higgins’s alleged rape encourages more women to come forward with sexual assault allegations – ABC News

The intense publicity surrounding Brittany Higgins's alleged rape in a ministerial office has prompted a surge of women reporting sexual assault to police in the nation's capital.Key points:Some of the fresh allegations relate to other incidents at Parliament House with…

/ February 25, 2021
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A year on from the arrival of COVID-19 in NZ: 5 lessons for 2021 and beyond

Exactly one year ago tomorrow (February 26) the first confirmed case of COVID-19 arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand. Identified only as “a person in their 60s recently returned from Iran”, the case marked the beginning of an extraordinary period in…

/ February 25, 2021