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‘Doctor Who’ Season 13 begins filming under strict COVID-19 safety measures

‘Doctor Who’ Season 13 begins filming under strict COVID-19 safety measures

Entertainment
Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The producers of long-running British sci-fi series Doctor Who announced filming has commenced on the 13th season of the show's 2005 revival. BBC America, which airs Doctor Who in the United States, said Jodie Whittaker is returning as the 13th incarnation of the Doctor for Season 13, which is being filmed "under strict industry and U.K. government guidelines to ensure the safety of all cast and crew." Advertisement "In this strangest of years, the Doctor Who production team have worked wonders to get the show back into production," showrunner Chris Chibnall said. "We're thrilled to be back making the show." Chibnall said the extra time required to follow the COVID-19 safety protocols led to the decision to do an eight-episode season instead of the usual 11 episodes. "But...
2 drug measures on Oregon ballot

2 drug measures on Oregon ballot

Technology
SALEM, Ore. -- War veterans with PTSD, terminally ill patients and others suffering from anxiety are backing a ballot measure that would legalize controlled, therapeutic use in Oregon of psilocybin mushrooms, which they say has helped them immeasurably.“After chemo failed, I went to a pretty dark place,” said Mara McGraw, a Portland woman who has terminal cancer. “I was feeling hopeless about treatment and about the future.”Then she tried the psychedelic mushroom, more commonly known as “magic mushrooms," with a trained facilitator standing by.“It was a very safe and nurturing experience for me. I immediately felt a release from the fear,” McGraw told a video news conference.On the national level, a clinical trial of psilocybin is underway to test its potential antidepressant properties, t
Covid: Raab defends ‘targeted’ new coronavirus measures

Covid: Raab defends ‘targeted’ new coronavirus measures

Health
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has defended the "balanced, targeted and proportionate" new coronavirus measures amid criticism from some scientists.In England, people are being told to work from home if they can and rules on face coverings have been expanded.The measures have exposed a split among scientists. Prof John Edmunds, who advises the government, said they did not go "anywhere near far enough".But other scientists say they hope they are a shift towards a coherent policy.It comes as Scotland recorded 486 new cases on Wednesday - the highest daily total since the pandemic began.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was "a real cause for concern", although she added that more people were being tested now than at the peak of the outbreak. Tighter re...
Coronavirus: Ministers eye extension of insolvency measures

Coronavirus: Ministers eye extension of insolvency measures

Business
Ministers are in talks to extend a moratorium aimed at preventing a deluge of company insolvencies amid fears that renewed trading restrictions will tip thousands of businesses beyond the brink of collapse.Sky News has learnt that officials are discussing an extension of the ban on statutory demands being used as the basis for winding-up petitions, which has been in place since late April. The move is expected to be finalised within a matter of days, given that the moratorium expires at the end of the month.Sources said this weekend that an extension was not yet guaranteed but was "overwhelmingly likely".The measure was one of several included in the government's Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act, which became law in June. ...
Syrians vote for new parliament amid measures against virus

Syrians vote for new parliament amid measures against virus

World
Syrians are heading to polling stations in government-held parts of the war-torn country to elect a new parliament amid strict health measures to prevent the spread of coronavirusBy ALBERT AJI Associated PressJuly 19, 2020, 10:08 AM4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleDAMASCUS, Syria -- Syrians headed to polling stations in government-held parts of the war-torn country on Sunday to elect a new parliament amid strict health measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The vote is the third to take place in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011. It has killed more than 400,000, displaced half the country’s population and sent more than five million as refugees mostly into neighboring countries. The vote this year follows a new wave of U.S. sanctions that cam