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Coronavirus relief: Indian Embassy in UAE distributes 1,000 food kits to people affected by Covid-19

All the Indian associations in Abu Dhabi are working round the clock to reach out to those in need. Indian Embassy Abu Dhabi, in cooperation with public-private entities, provided 1,000 food kits to Indian associations for distribution among people affected by Covid-19 pandemic. The embassy, led by Indian Ambassador to the UAE Pavan Kapoor, collaborated…

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All the Indian associations in Abu Dhabi are working round the clock to reach out to those in need.

Indian Embassy Abu Dhabi, in cooperation with public-private entities, provided 1,000 food kits to Indian associations for distribution among people affected by Covid-19 pandemic.
The embassy, led by Indian Ambassador to the UAE Pavan Kapoor, collaborated with Emirates Foundation, First Abu Dhabi Bank and LuLu Exchange for this initiative.
Indian Islamic Centre, Kerala Social Centre and Abu Dhabi Malayalee Samajam, which are among the associations organising Covid-19 relief works, received the kits.
All the Indian associations in Abu Dhabi are working round the clock to reach out to those in need.
Indian Islamic Centre general secretary M.P.M. Rasheed noted the packets will be distributed among the needy people who make calls to help desk seeking assistance.
“We are closely coordinating with the Indian Embassy. We are doing extensive relief works. We received around 400 food packets from the embassy. We will be distributing it to distressed people in the city and suburban areas,” Rasheed said.
Separately, the embassy had last month distributed kits of essentials to 60 blue-collar workers in Mussafah.
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Nomadland storms Oscar race with TIFF People’s Choice Award win

Chloé Zhao’s Frances McDormand-starring drama cements itself into the Oscar race. The Toronto International Film Festival has given a jolt of golden energy to a gloomy awards season. Chloé Zhao’s stunning drama Nomadland — starring Frances McDormand as a woman traveling the country in her van — has claimed the annual event’s prestigious People’s Choice…

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Chloé Zhao’s Frances McDormand-starring drama cements itself into the Oscar race.

The Toronto International Film Festival has given a jolt of golden energy to a gloomy awards season.
Chloé Zhao’s stunning drama Nomadland — starring Frances McDormand as a woman traveling the country in her van — has claimed the annual event’s prestigious People’s Choice Award, cementing it as a clear frontrunner for Best Picture at the upcoming Oscars, which were pushed back from Feb. 28 to April 25 due to the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on theatrical release windows for potential contenders.

The critically lauded film received standout notices for Zhao’s direction and McDormand’s leading performance, which is also expected to make waves throughout Oscar season. The TIFF People’s Choice Award has long established front-running titles in the Oscar race. Recently, across the last 10 years, nine TIFF People’s Choice winners have gone on to win (three) or be nominated for (six) the Academy’s Best Picture prize, while that number grows to 13 across the last 20 years.

Runners-up for the TIFF People’s Choice Award include Regina King’s feature directorial debut One Night in Miami and Tracey Deer’s Beans, while Chloë Grace Moretz’s horror flick Shadow in the Cloud took the Midnight Madness People’s Choice prize.
Last year’s winner, Taika Waititi’s historical satire Jojo Rabbit, ultimately received six Oscar nods, winning one for Best Adapted Screenplay. Eventual Best Picture winner, Bong Joon-ho’s thriller Parasite, screened at TIFF, though it finished the People’s Choice race as a runner-up behind Jojo Rabbit and Noah Baumbach’s Netflix drama Marriage Story.

Still, the 2020 awards season remains as unpredictable as ever due to theater closures and altered release dates in the wake of the spread of COVID-19. Major Oscar contenders have, nonetheless, emerged on the scene as typical Oscar launching pads like TIFF, the Venice International Film Festival, and the New York Film Festival held adapted editions, while other highly influential awards-positioning festivals like Telluride and Cannes canceled their 2020 installments altogether.

Contenders to watch that have emerged out of TIFF and Venice so far include Zhao’s Nomadland (also Venice’s Golden Lion winner), Kornél Mundruczó Pieces of a Woman (primarily for Vanessa Kirby and Ellen Burstyn’s performances), King’st One Night in Miami, and the Kate Winslet/Saoirse Ronan same-sex period romance Ammonite.
Nomadland is set for theatrical release on Dec. 4 via Searchlight Pictures.

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Emmys 2020: How to watch, the nominees and more

130 cameras in 10 countriesJimmy Kimmel will host the show from the Staples Center in Los Angeles but without a live audience due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Producers sent more than 130 cameras to nominees in 10 countries, a big technical undertaking for the virtual event. Kimmel told The Hollywood Reporter he’ll call the night…

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130 cameras in 10 countriesJimmy Kimmel will host the show from the Staples Center in Los Angeles but without a live audience due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Producers sent more than 130 cameras to nominees in 10 countries, a big technical undertaking for the virtual event. Kimmel told The Hollywood Reporter he’ll call the night a success if the show is interesting, but he’s also prepared for a “beautiful disaster.” Some of the nominees will even receive their Emmy with a knock at their front door. Our big question — will everyone be in their pajamas or wear couture on their couch? The only way to find out is by tuning in Sunday night. The NomineesLeading the way this year is HBO’s “Watchmen” with 26 nominations. (like CNN, HBO is owned by WarnerMedia). “Schitt’s Creek” is also getting buzz to take home the award for outstanding comedy series, earning a total of 15 nods this year. Other shows to watch for are “Succession,” “Ozark,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “The Mandalorian.” Tyler Perry will be honored with the Governors Award for his contributions to the TV industry. Click here for a full list of the nominees.Related: The Emmy Awards will be ‘live, live, live,’ and expect things to go wrongWho you’ll seeOprah Winfrey, Issa Rae, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jason Sudeikis, Sterling K. Brown are just some of the celebrities who you’ll see Sunday night. H.E.R. will also present a live performance during the “In Memoriam” segment.Where to watchThe Emmys will air Sunday at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. It will also stream on Hulu and YouTube.

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Iran vows ‘crushing response to US bullying’ after sanctions announcement

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Publishedduration42 minutes agoimage copyrightAtta Kenare via Gettyimage captionIran’s economy has already suffered with the sanctions imposed by the US since 2018Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has said the US “faces defeat” in its move to reimpose UN sanctions on the country as European allies called the unilateral declaration legally void.In a televised speech, Mr Rouhani said Iran would “give a crushing response to America’s bullying”.The Trump administration said the measures were being reimposed under the mechanism of a deal the US has quit.The UK, France and Germany said the US had no power to carry out such a move.The three countries – alongside China, Russia and the US – were parties of a landmark deal signed with Iran in 2015 to curb its nuclear programme. But President Donald Trump, a critic of the Obama-era accord, withdrew the US from it in 2018.As a result, Iran began breaching some commitments it had made, including enriching more uranium than it should.The US said the country should be punished, declaring that all UN sanctions that had been suspended would be reimposed – a mechanism agreed in the deal called “snapback” – and that a conventional arms embargo on Iran would no longer expire on 18 October.But Washington’s announcement has been dismissed by virtually every member of the UN Security Council, and the body has not taken the measure any further. The impact of the decision remains unclear.How has Iran reacted?In his speech, Mr Rouhani added: “America is approaching a certain defeat in its sanctions move… It faced defeat and a negative response from the international community.”Earlier, Iran’s foreign ministry described the US efforts as “futile”, saying that the “US approach is a major threat to the international peace and security and an unprecedented threat to the UN and the Security Council”.”Iran emphasizes that if the US, directly or with the co-operation of a number of its allies, makes any move in line with these threats, it will face a serious reaction and should account for all its dangerous consequences,” it said in a statement, without elaborating.media captionWhat is the Iran nuclear deal?How has the world reacted?The UK and France, two permanent members of the UN Security Council, as well as Germany, said Washington’s announcement was “incapable of having any legal effect” as the US used a mechanism of the deal that it had abandoned.”It flows from this that any decisions and actions which would be taken based on this procedure or on its possible outcome would also be incapable of having any legal effect,” they said in a joint statement. “We have worked tirelessly to preserve the nuclear agreement and remain committed to do so.”The foreign ministry in Russia, another permanent member of the Security Council, said: “The illegitimate initiatives and actions of the United States by definition cannot have international legal consequences for other countries.”On Saturday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council he could not take any action because “there would appear to be uncertainty” on the issue. But US officials argue that, despite having abandoned the agreement, they still have the right to trigger the “snapback” clause.In a statement late on Saturday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said measures would be announced in the coming days against countries not enforcing the sanctions, without giving details.After abandoning the deal, the US unilaterally reinstated sanctions on Iran which, combined with a drop in oil prices, have crippled the economy in the country, which has also been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.The announcement comes around six weeks before the US presidential election. Mr Trump faces Democratic rival Joe Biden who has pledged to bring the US back to the deal.
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