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Shop closures hit record level as ‘golden quarter’ lost to COVID

Shop closures hit record level as ‘golden quarter’ lost to COVID

Business
A record percentage of retail space is lying empty as the coronavirus crisis places intolerable pressure on businesses, according to industry data.The latest BRC-LDC vacancy monitor, which excludes stores forced to shut their doors because of COVID-19 restrictions, found 13.7% of all shops were empty in the final quarter of 2020. Store vacancies had stood at 13.2% in the previous three months to September - a time when the sector had hoped to be in a position to recover lost sales in the run-up to the so-called golden quarter of Christmas. But a renewed tightening of restrictions UK-wide to control the spread of the virus, including lockdowns, since has meant that many retail businesses missed out on the chance to fully cash in.Retail parks fared best with no change at 10% though shopp...
Tracee Ellis Ross, Regina King set for ‘Golden Girls’ table read

Tracee Ellis Ross, Regina King set for ‘Golden Girls’ table read

Entertainment
Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross announced on Instagram that she, Regina King, Alfre Woodard and Sanaa Lathan will read the first episode of the sitcom Golden Girls online Tuesday at 9 p.m. EDT. "Join us in the Zoom where it happens," Ross' Sunday post said. Advertisement Accompanying the message is a photo of the actresses alternating with an image of the original show's cast -- Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty. The virtual event is free but requires registration to view. The Chi creator Lena Waithe is hosting the reading. The Secret Life of Bees and The Old Guard filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood is directing it. "Join us for an evening that takes a look back to the sitcoms of yesteryear- Before you could pause your screens or binge watch. We brin...
Golden eagles breeding success at Scottish Highlands estate

Golden eagles breeding success at Scottish Highlands estate

Science
Golden eagles have bred at a "rewilding" estate in the Scottish Highlands for the first time in 40 years. An eagle pair successfully reared the chick at an artificial eyrie on the 10,000-acre Trees for Life Dundreggan estate. This positive news came as it emerged that a young tagged gold eagle known as Tom has gone missing in Perthshire. Tom was being satellite-tracked by Raptor Persecution UK. Springwatch presenter Chris Packham has also been working on the tagging project.The Tayside and Central Scotland Moorland Group said members of the community in Strathbraan had been out looking for Tom.On the Dundreggan estate an artificial nest was built five years ago high on a rocky crag, on the remains of an old nest site.Its purpose ...
Olivia de Havilland, Golden Age of Hollywood star, dies at 104

Olivia de Havilland, Golden Age of Hollywood star, dies at 104

Entertainment
Olivia de Havilland, one of the last remaining stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood, has died at the age of 104.De Havilland's career spanned more than 50 years and almost 50 feature films, and she was the last surviving star from Gone with the Wind (1939).The film earned her one of her five Oscar nominations.De Havilland, who had lived in Paris since 1960, was central in taking down Hollywood's studio system, giving actors better contracts.She also had a tempestuous relationship with her sister, fellow Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine.At the time of her death, De Havilland was the oldest living performer to have won an Oscar. She died of natural causes at her home in the French capital, her publicist said.Obituary: Olivia d...
Golden Globe Awards: Michelle Williams praised for women’s rights speech

Golden Globe Awards: Michelle Williams praised for women’s rights speech

Entertainment
Michelle Williams has been praised by fellow actors after giving an impassioned speech about women's rights at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards.The 39-year-old made the comments, which alluded to abortion, after picking up one of the acting awards."I wouldn't have been able to do this without employing a woman's right to choose," she said. "To choose when to have my children, and with whom."But she came in for criticism from anti-abortion commentators in the US.The four-time Oscar nominee won the Golden Globe for best actress in a limited series or TV movie for her role in drama series Fosse/Verdon."I am grateful to live in a moment in our society where choice exists, because as girls and women, things can happen to our bodies that are not our choice," she to...