News That Matters

Tag: crown

Producers apologise over The Crown pay gap

Producers apologise over The Crown pay gap

Entertainment
The Crown stars Claire Foy and Matt Smith have been apologised to by the producers of the hit Netflix show that follows the life of Queen Elizabeth.The producers said in their apology statement that the actors were not privy to the pay of their colleagues.The apology follows the revelation by producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries that former Doctor Who star Smith was paid more for his portrayal of the young Duke of Edinburgh than his leading lady and co-star Foy, who had the title role of the Queen in the series.Ms Mackie has been quoted as saying that would not be the case in the third series, which sees Olivia Colman replace Foy as the Queen.Left Bank Pictures said: "We want to apologise to both Claire Foy and to Matt Smith, brilliant actors and friends, who have found themselves at ...
Saudi crown prince's visit to Britain marked by protests over Yemen crisis

Saudi crown prince's visit to Britain marked by protests over Yemen crisis

World
March 7 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May defended her meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday as activists protested Saudi Arabia's involvement in Yemen's humanitarian crisis.The crown prince dined with British Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace before making his way to 10 Downing Street for a bilateral meeting with May. His visit was marked by vocal opposition from the Labour Party, which called on the prime minister to halt sales of arms to Riyadh while the country leads a largely Arab coalition fighting Houthi rebels on behalf of the Yemeni government.The war, between forces loyal to Yemeni President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi and Shiite Houthi rebels, has killed at least 10,000 people since 2015 and led to one of the world's largest humanitarian cr...
Google's 'superhuman' DeepMind AI claims chess crown

Google's 'superhuman' DeepMind AI claims chess crown

Technology
Google says its AlphaGo Zero artificial intelligence program has triumphed at chess against world-leading specialist software within hours of teaching itself the game from scratch.The firm's DeepMind division says that it played 100 games against Stockfish 8, and won or drew all of them.The research has yet to be peer reviewed.But experts already suggest the achievement will strengthen the firm's position in a competitive sector."From a scientific point of view, it's the latest in a series of dazzling results that DeepMind has produced," the University of Oxford's Prof Michael Wooldridge told the BBC."The general trajectory in DeepMind seems to be to solve a problem and then demonstrate it can really ramp up performance, and that's very impressive."DeepMind has previously defeated several ...