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Rita Ora faces another backlash after travelling to Australia for The Voice

Rita Ora faces another backlash after travelling to Australia for The Voice

Entertainment
Rita Ora is facing criticism once again after travelling to Australia for her role as a coach on The Voice.The British pop star arrived on Monday to begin a two-week period of quarantine in Sydney before filming for the talent show. Under current COVID-19 restrictions in the UK, travelling abroad is banned without a legally permitted reason. It is not clear whether Ora had sought permission before flying, although her trip is for work and not leisure, which is banned. Image: Ora is also a judge on The Masked Singer in the UK. Pic: ITV The trip has come under fire from Australia's opposition home affairs spokeswoman, who said the singer and TV star had been prioritised over tens of thousands of the country's citizens currently stranded...
Nashville bombing spotlights vulnerable voice, data networks

Nashville bombing spotlights vulnerable voice, data networks

Technology
PHOENIX -- The Christmas Day bombing in downtown Nashville led to phone and data service outages and disruptions over hundreds of miles in the southern U.S., raising new concerns about the vulnerability of U.S. communications.The blast seriously damaged a key AT&T network facility, an important hub that provides local wireless, internet and video service and connects to regional networks. Backup generators went down, which took service out hours after the blast. A fire broke out and forced an evacuation. The building flooded, with more than three feet of water later pumped out of the basement; AT&T and said there was still water on the second floor as of Monday.The immediate repercussions were surprisingly widespread. AT&T customers lost service — phones, intern...
British singer Rumer finds her country voice with ‘Nashville Tears’

British singer Rumer finds her country voice with ‘Nashville Tears’

Entertainment
Aug. 14 (UPI) -- British singer Rumer said Nashville Tears (The Songs of Hugh Prestwood) represents the "culmination" and "encapsulation" of the seven years she spent living in the southern United States. Rumer, whose real name is Sarah Joyce, said the story of Nashville Tears (The Songs of Hugh Prestwood), which is out Friday from label Cooking Vinyl, began when she left London to move to the United States -- first to Los Angeles and then to Arkansas and finally to Macon, Georgia. Advertisement "I had a baby, I worked a little job, and I was just living as an ordinary mom in Georgia," Rumer, 41, told UPI in a recent interview. "I had kind of run away from the music business." The singer of pop hits "Slow" and "Aretha" said life in the South sparked an appreciation for the music of countr...
‘It was wrong’: Kristen Bell will no longer voice mixed-race character

‘It was wrong’: Kristen Bell will no longer voice mixed-race character

Entertainment
Kristen Bell says she will no longer voice the role of mixed-race character Molly Tillerman in the animated series Central Park.The 39-year-old Frozen star made the announcement on social media, sharing a message from the production team with her 14.4 million Instagram followers. In a message written alongside the group statement, Bell said now was "a time to acknowledge our acts of complicity".She went on: "Playing the character of Molly on Central Park shows a lack of awareness of my pervasive privilege. Image: She said her casting demonstrated her 'pervasive privilege' "Casting a mixed-race character with a white actress undermines the specificity of the mixed race and Black American experience. It was wrong and we, on the Central ...
Fearful minor-leaguers crave union, voice amid baseball shutdown

Fearful minor-leaguers crave union, voice amid baseball shutdown

Sports
June 8 (UPI) -- Hundreds of Minor League Baseball players have been released during the pandemic's suspension of play -- or had their poverty-level pay cut -- with many afraid to speak out because they have no union representation. "They know they can be released anytime for any reason," Minnesota Twins prospect Mitch Horacek said in a recent interview. "That brings up so many problems. It's really hard to speak truth to power because you could be done and that's the end of your career, so you have to weigh the consequences." Advertisement Those who lost their jobs also lost health insurance during the coronavirus crisis. With families to support, some can no longer justify pursuing a lifelong dream to play baseball and have moved into other careers.MLB teams agreed to pay MiLB players $ ...