Month: August 2020

‘What I learned from leaders’ behaviour off-camera’

For five years now, we have been meeting business leaders for the CEO Secrets series, inviting them to share their inspirational advice in short videos. More than 200 chief executives later, series producer Dougal Shaw explains some of the personality traits he’s noticed, from behind the scenes.

We spotted our first guest through a glass wall wandering down a corridor at BBC News HQ, with a flock of assistants around him, back in August 2015.

“Shall we grab him? He would be great to kick off the series!”

Sir James Dyson had just finished a TV interview in a studio. We approached him and explained the idea of CEO Secrets. Could he share some advice he wished he’d known, when he’d started out in business?

He liked the idea, and we filmed it there and then, on the spot.

That was not only my first CEO Secrets, but my first

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Pioneering LGBTQ Movies, Neil Jordan, Buster Keaton Make First Locarno Heritage Online Lineup

“Traveller,” the first major screen credit of “The Crying Games’” Neil Jordan, Canadian Denis Coté’s debut feature “Drifting States” and Arturo Ripstein’s “The Place Without Limits,” a 1977 Mexican LGBTQ movie, are three titles featured in the inaugural lineup of the Locarno Film Festival’s Heritage Online section.

Another, 1954 Egyptian transgender comedy “Miss Hanafi,” underscores the wealth of discoveries offered by Heritage Online, a digital database and screening room collating details of classic film catalogs from all over the world, facilitating the work of buyers, especially VOD platforms in search of rights holders to heritage titles.

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Heritage Online fully launches on Saturday with the distribution to its subscribers of a newsletter in which companies detail their offer on the website, plus a panel on heritage film distribution.

Aimed at “establishing a loop between the heritage industry and streaming platforms” by clarifying rights ownership, the site launches with

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Covid puts financial stress on young people

<span>Photograph: Yurkevych Liliia/Alamy</span>
Photograph: Yurkevych Liliia/Alamy

Raymond Christie is having sleepless nights. The 18-year-old is worrying about how difficult it will be to find work opportunities as he anticipates an upcoming recession. Christie left school at 16 with no qualifications and went into training on a construction scheme that went into administration during the pandemic. Since then, he has had to rely on his family for financial support.

“My mental health has never been as bad as it has been over the last few months since my mid-teens,” he says. “Losing my place in something that I really enjoyed doing and the overwhelming feeling of uncertainty has made me struggle with deep moods of depression and boredom. Most days, I don’t want to do anything or get up from my bed and I find it hard to motivate myself with nothing to do.”

Christie is not alone in being so worried. The debt

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‘Why do we need to offer people gratuitous sex in film? There’s plenty of porn online’


Timothy Dalton has a laugh like a pantomime villain. Rich, deep and playfully thespy, it booms from our Zoom chat as his press team asks me to pivot my camera away from a nice blank wall towards a pile of unwashed laundry, to improve the lighting. The laughter erupts again when he spots my broken hoover.

I’m rewarded with a third, expansive peal when I tell the 74-year-old actor that my 10-year-old son – eavesdropping from the hall earlier as I watched the delectably surreal but 18-rated series Doom Patrol – said of Dalton’s performance as Niles “Chief” Caulder: “His voice is a massive spoiler! I mean, the posh English guy in an American action thing? You just know he’s going to turn out to be a baddie! Even if he’s a good guy for now.”

“Good for your son!” Dalton chuckles. “After I shot my very first scene

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Mystery and voyeurism around Bollywood star’s death

Sushant Singh Rajput made his big-screen debut in 2013
Sushant Singh Rajput made his big-screen debut in 2013

Sushant Singh Rajput lived an extraordinary life – just like some of the characters he played in his hit Bollywood films.

But his fairy tale journey, from humble beginnings to stardom, ended on 14 June when he was found dead in his flat at the age of 34. The police in Mumbai, where he lived, said he took his own life.

The news devastated millions of his fans, who saw his success as their own.

Sushant grew up in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states. He worked hard and was admitted to one of India’s top engineering colleges – a sure way of securing a bright future for middle class families.

But his heart was set on acting. So he dropped out of college and went to Mumbai, a city that makes and breaks thousands of dreams every day.

He did

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Brits taking more cash on holidays abroad

The coronavirus pandemic has altered Brits' money habits. Photo: Robert Anasch/Unsplash
The coronavirus pandemic has altered Brits’ money habits. Photo: Robert Anasch/Unsplash

Brits travelling abroad are taking more cash with them, as the COVID-19 pandemic seems to have altered their money habits.

The average currency transaction now stands at £423 ($553) — 42% higher than before 23 March, when the figure stood at £297, data from the Post Office shows.

This could be because Brits want to have extra cash in the event of a coronavirus emergency, Post Office Travel Money speculated.

Britons are also now more likely to buy currency online than exchange it in-branch, with home deliveries more than doubling since pre-lockdown now that Post Office Travel Money is once again operational, the data shows.

READ MORE: Coronavirus — Virgin Atlantic could ‘run out of money’ without rescue plan

Since re-opening at the end of June, the exchange service is offering 60 currencies — this is down from 80.

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Florida’s lack of transparency about election security funds aided alleged coverup, watchdog says

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A public corruption scandal in a rural Florida elections office just an hour west of the state capital reveals how easily federal dollars meant for election security can be diverted to cover up malfeasance, a government watchdog says.

The former elections supervisor in the panhandle’s Liberty County is charged with using election security funds to hide $42,000 in personal spending sprees – a potential accountability problem in any small office where one person holds the purse strings and nobody else is watching, observers said. The case’s first hearing is Monday.

The lack of oversight was exacerbated by a state-mandated nondisclosure agreement supervisors had to sign to get the election security money in the first place, they said. 

“Especially when funds are meant to be used for a certain purpose, there needs to be transparency to let the public know the funds were used for the purpose given,”

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Steph Curry and 25 Athletes With Major Business Empires Outside of Sports

Being a professional athlete can easily make you a millionaire, but these sports stars have expanded their wealth by turning those team paychecks into veritable empires. See how these players have been making bank outside of the sports world.

Last updated: Aug. 7, 2020

1. Shaquille O’Neal

Former NBA pro Shaquille O’Neal has invested his money in companies he believes in — and it’s ended up paying off for him. O’Neal formerly owned 10% of Five Guys’ entire franchise portfolio and eventually sold it, telling CNBC that the burger business was “very good” to him. He was also an early investor in Google and invested in Ring before it was acquired by Amazon for $1 billion.

2. Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson

  • Magic Johnson Enterprises

NBA great Earvin “Magic” Johnson is the chairman and chief executive officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises, an investment conglomerate valued at an estimated $1 billion, according to

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California Municipal Finance Authority — Moody’s announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of Bella Mente Montessori Academy, CA

Announcement of Periodic Review: Moody’s announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of Bella Mente Montessori Academy, CA

New York, August 07, 2020 — Moody’s Investors Service (“Moody’s”) has completed a periodic review of the ratings of Bella Mente Montessori Academy, CA and other ratings that are associated with the same analytical unit. The review was conducted through a portfolio review in which Moody’s reassessed the appropriateness of the ratings in the context of the relevant principal methodology(ies), recent developments, and a comparison of the financial and operating profile to similarly rated peers. The review did not involve a rating committee. Since 1 January 2019, Moody’s practice has been to issue a press release following each periodic review to announce its completion.

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Need health insurance? Maryland reopened its health exchange due to the coronavirus again

Maryland officials have reopened the online health insurance exchange to anyone who needs coverage during the coronavirus pandemic.

Enrollment through the exchange, largely for people who do not have work-based insurance, had been reopened before, earlier in the pandemic. More than 54,000 people signed up for plans in the four months ending July 15.

While people who lost their jobs had a window to enroll in exchange coverage, officials feared too many people were missing out.

The new period will last until Dec. 15. As a result it will overlap with the typical fall enrollment period for the insurance, known as Obamacare.

Gov. Larry Hogan’s declaration of a public health emergency in March because of the coronavirus pandemic gave state Insurance Commissioner Kathleen Birrane the ability to reopen the marketplace, which now has three insurers offering policies.

Exchange plans cover testing and treatment of COVID-19, the disease caused by the

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