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Noel Clarke to be honoured at BAFTAs with special prize

Noel Clarke to be honoured at BAFTAs with special prize

Entertainment
Noel Clarke will be given the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award at next month's BAFTAs.The actor, best known for his appearances in Bulletproof, Doctor Who and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, will be given the academy's top award at the 2021 ceremony for his "pivotal role in bringing diversity to British screens in front and behind the camera". In 2007, Clarke set up his own production company, Unstoppable Entertainment, in an effort to champion diverse voices in films, but has since moved into television too. The award itself is given out every year in honour of Michael Balcon, who worked at west London's Ealing Studios, and was last handed to Lord of the Rings star Andy Serkis in 2020.Previous winners include the Harry Potter films, Kenneth Branagh, John Hurt and Curzon Cinemas. ...
Twice’s ‘Feel Special’ music video passes 300M views on YouTube

Twice’s ‘Feel Special’ music video passes 300M views on YouTube

Entertainment
Dec. 7 (UPI) -- South Korean girl group Twice has another music video with more than 300 million views on YouTube. The K-pop stars celebrated on Twitter after their video for "Feel Special" reached the milestone Monday. Advertisement "Feel Special" is Twice's eighth music video to pass 300 million views on YouTube, following "TT," "Likey," "Cheer Up," "Like Ooh-ahh," "What is Love?," "Heart Shaker" and "Fancy." Twice released the "Feel Special" video in September 2019. The video shows the members of Twice dancing on a glittering gold set. "Feel Special" appears on Twice's EP of the same name. The group last released the album Eyes Wide Open and a music video for the single "I Can't Stop Me" in October. Twice consists of Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung and Tzu...
‘Doctor Who’ special to air on New Year’s Day

‘Doctor Who’ special to air on New Year’s Day

Entertainment
Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The Doctor Who special, Revolution of the Daleks, got a premiere date and trailer on Sunday. The episode is set to air on the BBC and BBC America on Jan. 1. Advertisement The networks previously announced that Doctor Who and Torchwood alum John Barrowman would reprise his role of the immortal soace-traveler Capt. Jack Harkness in the holiday adventure. He can be seen in Sunday's minute-long preview, which is now on YouTube. Other guest stars for the episode include Chris Noth, Harriet Walter and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. "We've crammed this year's Doctor Who special with an explosion of extraordinary acting talent. Where else would you get British acting royalty, a globally renowned US screen star, an (inter)national treasure of stage and screen and one of Britain's hottes...
Report: Australian special forces unlawfully killed 39 Afghans

Report: Australian special forces unlawfully killed 39 Afghans

World
Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Australian special forces allegedly committed 39 unlawful killings during operations in Afghanistan, according to a new report released Thursday that recommended federal police to investigate 19 current and former soldiers for criminal prosecution. Australia Defense Chief Angus Campbell said Thursday that the report's findings allege the most serious breaches of military conduct, and that he apologizes to the people of Afghanistan for the crimes committed by his soldiers. Advertisement "It's my duty, and that of my fellow chiefs, to set things right," he said. Quoting the report, Campbell blamed the killings on the soldiers' embrace of a "warrior culture." "A misplaced focus on prestige, status and power, turning away from the regiment's heritage of military excellence f...
Poonawalla Finance offers special loans to company secretaries

Poonawalla Finance offers special loans to company secretaries

Finance
Puna-based Poonawalla Finance tied up with the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) to offer collateral-free loans to over 65,000 financial professionals. The non-bank entity is a part of Cyrus Poonawalla group, which owns Serum institute, engaged in developing vaccines for the coronavirus. "As the economy is recovering from the pandemic impact, our focus is on offering credit support to the MSMEs and professionals like Company Secretaries so that they can further boost the entrepreneurial ecosystem and fuel economic growth,” said Adar Poonawalla, Chairman, Poonawalla Finance in a release. The company signed a MOU with the ICSI for the special term loan plans, which should help its members fulfil the financial requirements for their professional practice as well as personal eme...