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BBC Proms: Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory will feature on Last Night

BBC Proms: Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory will feature on Last Night

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Orchestral versions of Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory will be performed at the Last Night Of The Proms, the BBC has confirmed.It had been reported the songs could be dropped over concerns of associations with colonialism and slavery.The pieces are usually sung but will be performed without lyrics this year, although they are expected to be back in full when the pandemic is over.The concert is due to take place on 12 September but without an audience.In a statement on Monday evening, BBC Proms said it was announcing the concert's programme following recent speculation.It said there would be new orchestral versions of Land Of Hope And Glory, and Rule, Britannia!, as well as a new arrangement of Jerusalem."With much reduced musical forces and no...
Virgin Atlantic races to land First Data rescue backing

Virgin Atlantic races to land First Data rescue backing

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Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic Airways is this weekend racing to secure the backing of a giant American payments group for a £1bn rescue deal that would save thousands of British aviation jobs.Sky News has learnt that First Data, a subsidiary of Nasdaq-listed Fiserv, has in recent days demanded stringent terms in return for its endorsement of a refinancing of the UK-based airline. Sources said on Saturday that Shai Weiss, Virgin Atlantic's chief executive, was trying to moderate First Data's demands that it holds on to all the cash generated by future bookings to protect itself against the risk of the carrier's collapse.Tens of millions of pounds of customer payments are understood to be at the centre of the talks.One insider said Virgin Atlantic was hopeful of reaching an agreement
OWN drama ‘David Makes Man’ to land on HBO Max July 16

OWN drama ‘David Makes Man’ to land on HBO Max July 16

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June 29 (UPI) -- HBO Max announced Season 1 of David Makes Man, a drama series from Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney, will be available to stream starting July 16. The streaming service said it has obtained exclusive streaming rights for the drama series, which earned a Peabody Award after it premiered on cable network OWN in 2019. Advertisement The Florida-set series was inspired by events from the life of McCraney, who won an Academy Award in 2017 for his screenplay for the film Moonlight. The show stars Akili McDowell as David, a 14-year-old prodigy seeking to help his mother find a way out of poverty while also dealing with the fallout from the death of his closest friend. The series also stars Alana Arenas, Isaiah Johnson, Ade Chike Torbert, Travis Coles, Cayden K. Williams, Na...
Jaguar Land Rover running out of parts amid coronavirus crisis

Jaguar Land Rover running out of parts amid coronavirus crisis

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The boss of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has warned UK production risks being damaged from next month because of supply chain difficulties in coronavirus-hit China.Sir Ralf Speth said the company had enough parts to complete the manufacturing processes at its UK sites this week and next but warned of shortfalls from March should delays to deliveries persist. He added: "We have flown parts in suitcases from China to the UK."China's efforts to combat COVID-19 - the medical name for the coronavirus strain - have resulted in factory shutdowns and movement restrictions in the world's second-largest economy.That has hit exports of goods to customers globally with Apple among a growing number of companies to acknowledge damage this week. ...
Jaguar Land Rover to cut output at two UK factories

Jaguar Land Rover to cut output at two UK factories

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Jaguar Land Rover is to cut production at two of its UK factories as the firm seeks to slash costs in response to falling demand.Britain's biggest carmaker posted a 2.3% fall in retail sales in the three months to the end of December and is looking to realise billions of pounds worth of savings in the face of the reduced call for diesel on the European market and a tough trading environment in China. The firm will halt production on selected days over a four-week period from late February at its Castle Bromwich factory in the West Midlands and stop production on some half or full days at its nearby Solihull facility until the end of March. Image: The company said the trading environment 'remains challenging' for the industry The comp...