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The candy-coloured period piece Bridgerton seems to be on everyone’s must-watch list today.
According to Netflix, a whopping 82 million households around the world watched Bridgerton in the first 28 days since its Christmas 2020 launch, making it the number one show in Netflix history. The Shonda Rhimes executive-produced TV series (the brains behind Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Private Practice) was ranked number one in 83 countries including the US, UK, Brazil, France, India and South Africa. It make top 10 in all 190 countries except for Japan. And good news; Bridgerton will be renewed for Season 2!
Besides the scintillating storyline, fans of the show would be delighted to know that there were 7,500 pieces of costumes created under the guidance of Ellen Mirojnick, a 71-year-old New York native, who’s created dazzling works for Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct, The Greatest Showman and Maleficient.
According to an interview with Vogue.com, Mirojnick spoke to creator Sara, Chris Van Dusen and executive producer] Betsy Beers, “to see if it’d be possible to create something on this scale. I also knew the Shondaland aesthetic and understood that this was not going to be like a Jane Austen adaptation. How could we shift the aesthetics of a period drama to make it feel scandalous and modern? Then they asked if I wanted to do it and I jumped in because the challenge was too great. I’d never put together a costume house before.”
If you’re looking to add some Bridgerton-inspired ‘costume pieces’ to your wardrobe like a Featherington or Bridgerton sister, why not take cues from Ganni or Staud, with their lightweight, and flowy pieces that are practical for everyday wear?
China's plan to dramatically reform Hong Kong's electoral system, expected to be unveiled in a parliamentary session in Beijing starting this week, will upend the territory's political scene, according to more than a dozen politicians from across the spectrum. The proposed reform will put further pressure on pro-democracy activists, who are already the subject of a crackdown on dissent, and has ruffled the feathers of some pro-Beijing loyalists, some of whom may find themselves swept aside by a new and ambitious crop of loyalists, the people said. The measures will be introduced at the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress, China's rubber-stamp parliament, which starts on Friday, according to media reports.
China and the United States should remove all barriers to travel between the two countries if the United States achieves herd immunity for COVID-19 with 90% of its population vaccinated, potentially by August, a Chinese epidemiologist has said. The United States is the worst-hit nation in the world by case count, with nearly 30 million infections so far, though new cases have been declining. China has COVID-19 largely under control, with relatively small clusters of new local infections in recent months.
The attack in Nigeria early last month was just one of many on health workers globally during the COVID-19 pandemic. A new report by the Geneva-based Insecurity Insight and the University of California, Berkeley’s Human Rights Center identified more than 1,100 threats or acts of violence against health care workers and facilities last year. Researchers found that about 400 of those attacks were related to COVID-19, many motivated by fear or frustration, underscoring the dangers surrounding health care workers at a time when they are needed most.
Stunned Jiangsu FC fans are holding out hope that new backers will come to the rescue of the Chinese Super League (CSL) champions after the club was sensationally shut down by owners Suning this week. The Suning Group, who bought Jiangsu in late 2015 and who also own Italian Serie A club Inter Milan, announced on Sunday the club would cease operations with immediate effect. Backed by Suning's cash, Jiangsu were able to bring world-class talent to Nanjing - at one stage making a bid to lure Gareth Bale from Real Madrid.
As a presidential candidate, Joe Biden promised to make a pariah out of Saudi Arabia over the 2018 killing of dissident Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. The Biden administration made clear Friday it would forgo sanctions or any other major penalty against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Khashoggi killing, even after a U.S. intelligence report concluded the prince ordered the it. “It is undeniable that Saudi Arabia is a hugely influential country in the Arab world,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said Monday when asked about Biden's retreat from his promise to isolate the Saudis over the killing.
President Joe Biden’s choice to head the Securities and Exchange Commission is coming before a Senate panel for his confirmation hearing at a moment when a roiling stock-trading drama has spurred clamor for tighter regulation of Wall Street. Gary Gensler, a chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission during the Obama administration, has experience as a tough markets regulator during the financial crisis. Biden’s selection of Gensler to lead the SEC signals a goal of turning the Wall Street watchdog agency toward an activist role after a deregulatory stretch during the Trump administration.
PropertyGuru Ltd., the Singaporean online real estate firm backed by private-equity firms KKR & Co. and TPG Capital, is considering a US listing through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company, according to people familiar with the matter.
FBI Director Chris Wray is set to testify for the first time since the deadly Jan. 6 deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, with lawmakers likely to press him on whether the bureau adequately communicated with other law enforcement agencies about the potential for violence that day. Questions about the FBI's preparations for the riot, and investigations into it, are expected to dominate Wray's appearance Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The violence at the Capitol made clear that a law enforcement agency that revolutionized itself after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to deal with international terrorism is now scrambling to address homegrown violence from white Americans.
An enormous sheet of ice broke away from Lake Michigan’s shore near Chicago, Illinois, amid westerly winds on February 19.This time-lapse, captured by Travis McGhee, shows the sheet drifting away near Montrose Harbor.The National Weather Service said on February 19 a westward breeze was “helping to break up and push some of our ice cover eastward”. Credit: Travis McGhee via Storyful
Democrats' hopes of including a minimum wage increase in their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill seemed all but dead as the Senate prepared to debate its own version of the House-passed aid package. Four days after the chamber’s parliamentarian said Senate rules forbid inclusion of a straight-out minimum wage increase in the relief measure, Democrats on Monday seemed to have exhausted their most realistic options for quickly salvaging the pay hike. “At this moment, we may not have a path but I hope we can find one” for pushing the federal pay floor to $15 an hour, said No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Richard Durbin of Illinois.
He lost the challenger final to Ukraine's Illya Marchenko, who was ranked 212th at the time, and then went down to 83rd-ranked Belarussian Egor Gerasimov on his return to the ATP Tour in Montpellier. Murray was on the verge of another early exit on Monday in the ATP event in Rotterdam but rallied from 0-3 down in the deciding set to beat 193rd ranked Robin Haase 2-6 7-6(2) 6-3 in a match lasting over two-and-half-hours. It was the first Tour-level win since August for Murray, who is currently ranked 123rd after sliding down the rankings due to two hip operations.
Police on Tuesday ruled out investigating an unnamed Australian Cabinet minister over an allegation that he raped a 16-year-old girl more than 30 years ago. The decision by New South Wales state police adds pressure on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to establish an independent investigation to examine the accusation. The rape allegation was contained in an anonymous letter sent to the prime minister’s office and to three female lawmakers last week.
Volvo's entire car line-up will be fully electric by 2030, the Chinese-owned company said on Tuesday, joining a growing number of carmakers planning to phase out fossil-fuel engines by the end of this decade. "I am totally convinced there will no customers who really want to stay with a petrol engine," Volvo Chief Executive Håkan Samuelsson told reporters when asked about future demand for electric vehicles. "We are convinced that an electric car is more attractive for customers."
The lights dim, as at the start of any theatre performance, and the audience leans forward to look through a letter-box slot or peephole in the door in front of them as the performers break out into dance. Japanese dance company Moonlight Mobile Theater has come up with a novel way of bringing people back to their avant-garde performances while maintaining social distancing. "We intentionally created small holes and slots resembling mailbox slots," said Nobuyoshi Asai, the theatre's artistic director and choreographer, explaining how limiting the scope of viewing allows the audience to become more absorbed in the performance.
The plane laden with vaccines had just rolled to a stop at Santiago’s airport in late January, and Chile’s president, Sebastián Piñera, was beaming. The source of that hope: China – a country that Chile and dozens of other nations are depending on to help rescue them from the COVID-19 pandemic. China’s vaccine diplomacy campaign has been a surprising success: It has pledged roughly half a billion doses of its vaccine to more than 45 countries, according to a country-by-country tally by The Associated Press.
The United States is focused on "future conduct" of Saudi Arabia and will expect Riyadh to improve its human rights record, a U.S. spokesman said on Monday, after Washington imposed sanctions on some Saudis for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi but fell short of sanctions against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The United States on Friday declassified a report that said the crown prince approved an operation in 2018 to capture or kill Khashoggi and issued some sanctions against Saudi nationals and entities. Prince Mohammed, the 35-year old de facto ruler, has denied any involvement in Khashoggi’s killing, for which eight people were jailed in Saudi Arabia last year, but has said he bears ultimate responsibility because it happened on his watch.
FOLLOWING the recent incident between the police and the PDEA agents in Quezon City, Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella urged the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)
A “cheeky” little tree snake was pulled from a garden statue in Tewantin, Queensland, by a local snake catcher.Noosa-based snake catcher Luke Huntley took the statue from a residence when he was called to another emergency job, planning to remove the snake and return it to the Tewantin retirement village, where it belonged.The video shows Huntley hosing the statue to give the snake some “gentle encouragement” and flush the reptile out. The snake pops its head out of the statue before the catcher is able to get a hold of it for a safe removal.“The ornament had been sitting out the front of their house for 20+ years so breaking it wasn’t an option,” Huntley told Storyful.“Little bit of coaxing and I got the little fella out. So now the snake goes back out to the bush and the ornament I can return ‘snake free’ back to its owners.” Credit: Snake Catcher Noosa via Storyful
The Philippines has documented six cases of the South African coronavirus variant, its health ministry said on Tuesday, raising concern among its experts that the current vaccines might be less effective. The Philippines started its COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Monday, an important milestone for a country among the hardest hit by the pandemic in Asia, but the discovery of another variant could complicate its recovery effort. "While there is no evidence that this variant causes more severe disease, the pattern of mutations within this variant suggests higher transmissibility and may have an impact on vaccine efficacy," the health ministry said in a statement.