"We have said that we will review all our economic measures in place to support people through coronavirus at the upcoming budget in the first week of March," Sunak said in Parliament on Tuesday, after a lawmaker urged him not to let businesses go bust now, after the government had invested so much in keeping them going throughout the pandemic. … [Read more...] about UK is mulling more help for businesses to alleviate impact of novel coronavirus
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It is the bank's intention to have the Commbank app at "the centre of customers' digital lives" and Norton-Smith said that in order to do that well, the bank needs to recognise it cannot do it all, and needs to bring in the "best of external partners, including ventures from X15". … [Read more...] about Commonwealth Bank’s refreshed digital strategy to focus on the power of AI
The New Mutants One might wonder what could be special about a film that had 5 (yes, 5) release dates. Initially, this saga of 5 mutants in the X-Men universe who are net yet adults, had its release postponed for reshoots and then our present situation. Eventually, it came out in the fall of 2020 and was skewered fairly hard by just about everyone. However, there's always a bright spot in movies like this and one of them is Anya Taylor-Joy's depiction of Illyana Rasputin aka Magik. With powers of sorcery and teleportation, Taylor-Joy gives a layered performance in a movie that could be seen as little more than a superhero action flick. With her shimmering blonde locks, the actress straddles the fence between presenting evil but having a strong core of goodness. There are other standouts in this cast as well (Stranger Things Charlie Heaton being one of them), but what The New Mutants might ultimately be remembered for is showcasing this stand-out performance from Taylor-Joy before … [Read more...] about Must-See Anya Taylor-Joy Movies and Shows That Aren’t The Queen’s Gambit
When it’s working, Cyberpunk 2077 is at once extravagant, ridiculous, sophisticated, silly, hateful and joyous. As an action-packed role-playing game for people who are happy to view the cyberpunk genre as something about robots and hacking and cool guns, it is exhilarating. It tries to have something to say about the corporate dismantling of democracy and the systemisation of our lives as we become slaves to invasive devices and their creators, but never quite manages; it also attempts to explore themes of sexuality and gender in a transhumanist landscape, but in the end that amounts to littering the city with dildo shops and allowing you to romance a couple of same-sex allies. Like a schoolboy studying The Handmaid’s Tale, it shows a vague understanding that dystopias are bad and sexist, but it can’t help giggling at the rude bits anyway. … [Read more...] about Cyberpunk 2077 review – could it ever live up to the hype?
➔ INTERNATIONAL: As Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinBlinken says US has 'deep concern' about Navalny safety Putin warns Davos of 'all against all' fight if global disagreements not resolved Russia's parliament approves extension of New START treaty MORE continues to try to punish domestic critics, police conducted raids in Moscow and detained allies of Alexey Navalny ahead of expected Sunday protests. Demonstrations calling for Navalny’s release from jail took place in more than 100 cities across the nation on Saturday, a strong show of rising anger toward the Kremlin. Nearly 4,000 people were reported arrested at those protests (The Associated Press). … In France, President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronThe world is 'remembering to forget' the Holocaust's tough lessons The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Focus on vaccine, virus, travel Biden talks NATO, climate change in first presidential call with France's Macron MORE, … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Dems question trial; January becomes deadliest pandemic month