David Prowse, the English actor who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars films, has died aged 85, his management company said on Sunday. "It's with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that Dave Prowse MBE has passed away at the age of 85," Bowington Management said in a statement on Twitter. Director George Lucas opted to dub another voice onto Prowse's portrayal of the towering, masked antagonist Darth Vader in "Star Wars", "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi".
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In the last three weeks, the world has let out a collective sigh of relief on positive news from coronavirus vaccine trials reported by Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) and partner BioNTech (NASDAQ: BNTX), Moderna (NASDAQ: MRNA), and AstraZeneca (NASDAQ: AZN). Despite the market's reaction, I think investors have more to be excited about from the potential AstraZeneca vaccine than its efficacy data suggests. AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford's recent announcement that their vaccine candidate had 70% overall effectiveness at preventing COVID-19 requires a little more digging.
The International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government were forced to put off the Games
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Joshua Gabbana, 24, of MacLeod Road, will appear in custody at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court charged with the murder of Nathaniel De Sousa-Roper. It follows an investigation by homicide detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime after officers were called at 5pm on Friday to reports of a man stabbed at a residential address in MacLeod Road. Officers and London Ambulance Service attended but Mr De Sousa-Roper was pronounced dead at the scene.
Germany will decide in early January which coronavirus curbs can be lifted, the premier of the state of North-Rhine Westphalia said on Sunday, as he urged people to observe hygiene and distancing rules to help bring case numbers down. "We have to see at the beginning of January what is possible again and what has to stay closed," the premier of the country's most populous state said in an interview with Deutschlandfunk radio. Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed with leaders of Germany's 16 federal states to extend and tighten measures against the coronavirus until at least Dec. 20 and they are likely to extend them into January.
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Women are doing even more unpaid work because of coronavirus, new research by UN Women has found. Data pulled from 38 countries globally found that women are shouldering the burden of extra child care and additional domestic chores made necessary by the pandemic. Women globally already did considerably more unpaid work around the home than men. In the UK, women in the UK did 1.8 times as much as men even before the pandemic hit. This is a more unequal gender split than in the US (1.6 times as much), France (1.7 times as much), Canada (1.5 times as much) and Germany (1.6 times as much). In lower and middle-income countries, the situation is often even more pronounced: women in China do 2.6 times as much unpaid work, while women in Ghana do 3.4 times as much. In Egypt, women do 9.2 times as much, according to UN Women figures. Anita Bhatia, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, warned that this divide is being widened across the globe by coronavirus, telling the BBC: “If it was more than three times as much as men before the pandemic, I assure you that number has at least doubled.” She also said it was “more alarming” still that women aren’t going back to work because of the pandemic – even in the world’s most industrialised countries. “In the month of September alone, in the US, something like 865,000 women dropped out of the labour force compared to 200,000 men, and most of that can be explained by the fact that there was a care burden and there’s nobody else around,” she said. Along with increased levels of domestic violence and reduced access to abortion services, it’s yet another way in which the pandemic has been hitting women hardest since March. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Extra Emotional Labour That Comes With XmasThis Is How Much Unpaid Overtime Brits A YearHow The Coronavirus Crisis Hits Women Hardest
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