Downing ONE VCT plc
Net Asset Values
8 February 2021
Downing ONE VCT plc announces that its unaudited Net Asset Values as at 31 December 2020 and 31 January 2021 were 58.1p per share and 58.7p per share respectively.
Downing ONE VCT plc
Net Asset Values
8 February 2021
Downing ONE VCT plc announces that its unaudited Net Asset Values as at 31 December 2020 and 31 January 2021 were 58.1p per share and 58.7p per share respectively.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyBy Victoria Knight | KHNAs cold weather descended upon Washington, D.C., last fall, I deleted my dating apps.I had tried a few video-chat dates when the pandemic was new last spring. They were fun and novel at the time, and felt like a “quarantine experience.” By summer, I went on several physically distant dates in the park.But once the temperature started dropping, meeting outside lost its appeal. First dates are awkward enough without shivering as your breath freezes to your mask, all while trying to uncover the title of someone’s favorite book. So I bailed.Something happened recently, though, that made me return to the dating app world. A local website published an article about people announcing their vaccination status in dating app profiles. Other news outlets followed. I had to see it with my own eyes.So, I redownloaded my favorite apps: Hinge, Bumble and Tinder. I disclosed in my bio that I was a journalist working on a story about people announcing their vaccination status in dating profiles. Then, I spent the next three hours madly swiping.Lo and behold, I found several 20- and 30-somethings proudly displaying their vaccine status. One wrote at the top of his profile, “I got both doses of the Pfizer, Covid vaccine!” Another said, “im covid19 free got vaccinated too.”I messaged them all. Noel, a nurse who lives in the D.C. area, got back to me. He said he put “COVID vaccinated” in his bio as a statement for what he stands for. (KHN is not identifying Noel by his last name because he’s concerned about being identified by his employer.)“I take very seriously the responsibility to care for myself in order to keep others safe,” he wrote. Noel, who has received both vaccine doses already, said his status announcement has gotten him only positive responses so far. Some people even seemed reassured by it.It made me wonder: Should this declaration give people the peace of mind to start increasing the frequency of in-person dates? When considering whether to meet up with someone who is vaccinated versus unvaccinated, vaccinated does sound safer. It even initially gave me a spark of hope. But should it?I polled a few friends who use dating apps. They told me they had indeed spotted the same trend. One who lives in Los Angeles is even going on a FaceTime date with a guy who had “PS I’m vaccinated” in his Hinge bio. She still opted for a video chat, though. “Can’t they still be carriers even if they’re vaccinated?” she texted me. The next day, I called Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency room physician, public health expert and visiting professor at George Washington University.I asked her what those of us who might be swiping on the apps should think if we come across someone who advertises that they have been vaccinated.First, Wen gave me the reality check I expected, and kind of deserved.“It’s not a free pass,” she said. “We don’t know whether ‘if’ somebody is vaccinated means they will no longer be a carrier of coronavirus. They may still be able to infect you even if they are safe from coronavirus themselves.”Studies have shown that the Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, the three vaccines currently available in the U.S. under emergency use authorizations, significantly reduce COVID symptoms and are effective in preventing hospitalizations and death from the disease. But it’s still possible for those who are vaccinated to get sick with COVID. And research is pending on how great the risk is that those who are vaccinated can carry the virus and pass it on to others.Are COVID Vaccine Selfies Hot or Not?Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a recent White House COVID-19 press briefing that early studies from Spain and Israel indicate vaccination seems to lead to lower viral loads in the body, which can mean a fully inoculated person is less likely to pass COVID on to someone else. But questions remain about transmissibility.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that those who are vaccinated continue to wear masks and maintain physical distance as the vaccine rollout proceeds. Public health experts also point to the emerging COVID variants that are finding a foothold in the U.S. The available vaccines appear to be less effective against the variants, another reason for people to be vigilant.Wen said if two unvaccinated parties who match on a dating app want to meet up, they should take the precautions we’ve heard about since the beginning of the pandemic: meet outdoors, keep 6 feet apart, and ask about your favorite book from behind a face-fitting mask.If both unvaccinated people eventually want to meet indoors, she added, and they both live alone, they could. But it is not exactly a romantic process. They could quarantine for several days. Then both could get a COVID test and, as long as they both have negative results, meet up.However, if you’re like me and live with roommates, and especially if your new paramour also lives with others, too, then that adds more layers of complications.“Then you take on the risk of all those individuals that live in the other house,” said Wen. “Let’s say all those other people have relationships with someone else, who then have extended networks too. Now your pandemic pod is not with four roommates, it’s potentially with dozens of individuals.”“You’re only as safe as the highest-risk person,” she added.There is one silver lining, though, said Wen. She believes if two people are vaccinated they can safely get together.“We don’t know this for certain, but here’s what I would say for people who are vaccinated and live alone,” said Wen. “I actually think you could pretty safely see somebody else who is vaccinated.”Wen issued this advice, she said, with the assumption that both people are trying to mitigate their COVID transmission risk by wearing masks in public, washing hands, minimizing social circles and not frequenting indoor spaces. Matches should discuss what safety precautions they’re taking before meeting up.This recommendation also applies to us unvaccinated daters—we should all be having open conversations with our matches about what COVID precautions we’re taking and in what circumstances we would feel comfortable meeting in person.Spring Break COVID-19 Mayhem Is Coming for FloridaThink about this open communication the way you would talk to a potential sexual partner about the precautions you’re taking to prevent sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy. If it’s not something the person is willing to discuss, then perhaps they aren’t someone with whom you want to meet up.But, never fear. As eligibility for the COVID vaccine opens up to groups that may include younger people, it’s likely vaccine status will gain more prominence in dating profiles. While vaccines were initially limited to health care workers, long-term care facility residents and those 65 and older, eligibility categories in some states are widening to include other essential workers and people with underlying medical conditions.It also seems possible that dating app companies may eventually roll out a feature to select or highlight your vaccination status in your profile, rather than having to write it in the bio, said Jennifer Reich, a sociology professor at the University of Colorado-Denver, who studies vaccine attitudes.“I think we could imagine a range of things around COVID. We could imagine fields about working from home, vaccine status, antibody status,” said Reich. “Adding these to your profile could help users figure out how they want to manage risk in their lives and what levels of risk they want to take.”As for me, now that the dating apps are downloaded on my phone again, maybe I’ll give video dates another shot. At least until it’s summer again or I get my own vaccine—whichever comes first.KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a nonprofit news service covering health issues. It is an editorially independent program of KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) that is not affiliated with Kaiser PermanenteRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Photos Courtesy Mikael Garner, Michael B. Maine, Michael B. Maine, Sunny WolfA recent uptick in anti-trans legislation and political bigotry is throwing into question the progress and protection for transgender Americans announced by Joe Biden as he assumed the presidency. Although it’s been a little over a month since the Trump administration departed, calls from Republicans at the national and state level to remove transgender athletes from playing in competitive sports, and teens from getting proper gender-confirmation health care, have gained traction. Then there was the prejudice expressed by Republican lawmakers in Congress in the debate over the Equality Act.The LGBTQ Equality Act Is Back. Its Sponsors Are ‘Optimistic’ for Senate Victory.Black transgender people are now speaking out against policies that will hit them the hardest as the most vulnerable population within the LGBTQ community. A report by the National LGBTQ Task Force with the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) revealed that Black transgender people had “an extremely high unemployment rate” at 26 percent that is two times the rate of the overall transgender community sampled (and four times the general population). Other major disparities in experiencing extreme poverty (34 percent), homelessness (41 percent), and facing harassment for their identity (5o percent), provides context to the devastating high rate of Black transgender people being murdered in America. Last year, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) described 2020 as the “deadliest year on record” for transgender Americans with at least 37 transgender and gender non-conforming people violently killed—22 of them being Black.“As a Black trans community activist, I have made it my life’s duty to personally put my own life on the line daily,” says Mikael Garner, CEO of Chosen With A Purpose Enterprise in Philadelphia. “My life and the existence of my fellow trans brothers and sisters matter and cannot be overlooked, dismissed, nor erased. This is true especially for those of intersectional identity, being black and trans in America.”Garner, and several other Black transgender community members, have been alarmed by the recent roll-out of bills in various state senates and houses across the country specifically targeting their healthcare and overall inclusion in society.Mississippi’s SB 2536, an anti-transgender sports bill, marks the first piece of specifically anti-transgender legislation to be passed this year, and sent to a governor’s desk for assent.Black transgender activists in Mississippi are concerned that such bans will create a “double trap” for them in a deep-red state. Some fear that Black neighborhoods with LGBTQ individuals will be profiled and discriminated against more under anti-LGBTQ laws that can be used as a form of “repackaged racial bias.” For example, if a Black transgender person self-identifies, they fear racists can use their trans identity as a covert way to push them out altogether for being Black. Activists fear that SB 2536 will only create new pathways for Black transgender people to be discriminated against, given how much Black youth are involved in sports in Mississippi.In Tennessee this week, state legislation advanced that would ban transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sports. Tennessee Republicans argued that the bill is to stop school-aged girls from facing unfair odds at sports. After passing the State Senate, the likelihood of the bill passing the state’s Republican-controlled House is very likely.“This hateful and unconstitutional bill is unnecessary—the bill sponsors have admitted that they do not know of a single instance of a Tennessee student facing any harm from a transgender athlete playing sports,” the Tennessee ACLU said in a statement. “Protecting women’s sports is important, but transgender girls do not threaten them.”Such legislation is following a coordinated, anti-trans push of eight bills across seven states (mostly Southern) in the past month. Mississippi, Iowa, Arizona, Georgia, and others are either pushing anti-trans sports bans, bathroom bans, birth certificate bans, and/or medical bans. This week, Alabama state senators voted to ban gender-affirming healthcare. Called the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, the Republican-backed law aims to prohibit medical professionals from administering hormones or puberty blockers to anyone under the age of 19, with prison as a consequence for doctors who don’t comply.“When I hear a powerful politician question the morality of a kid they have never encountered, I am curious,” says J Mase III, Co-Director of The Black Trans Prayer Book. “I’m curious at how these folks would be rated by their own children and the children of their neighbors if given the chance. Politicians and community members intentionally stripping away the autonomy of kids are not just enemies of trans children, but of all children.”“As someone who transitioned after high school, removing a youth’s right to chose whether they would hormonally transition gives people the idea that teens are not smart enough to make their own decisions about their bodies and that being cisgender is somehow the standard or norm,” says Sunny Wolf, a Black nonbinary advocate for disability rights. “Putting power behind bills that actively erase the existence is transgender individuals is not only wrong but harmful to the future generation coming up. The only harmful thing that comes out of transitioning is the world’s perception on the transgender population and every youth should be able to decide that, not the government.”As Democrats began to take back the House and Senate at the federal level the year, Republicans resorted to expressing transphobic sentiment more outwardly on the national scene. During his controversial return to the public spotlight after facing his second impeachment trial, former President Donald Trump’s recent speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) spewed transphobic rhetoric that promoted the actions being carried out in conservative states.“Joe Biden and the Democrats are pushing policies that would even destroy women’s sports,” Trump said to the crowd, who immediately booed in agreement with him. “Young girls and women are incensed that they are now being forced to compete against those who are biological males.”“It’s not good for women,” the 45th president added, before telling a lie that only increased fearmongering. “It’s not good for women’s sports, who worked so long and so hard to get to where they are. The records that stood for years, even decades, are now being smashed.”Similar anti-transgender banter can also be seen in Congress as Republicans have resorted to bigotry to dismiss the Equality Act, an all-encompassing LGBTQ rights protection bill, that recently passed the House. Two congressional Republicans who voted in 2019 to support the Equality Act, Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL), flipped their votes this time around, with Stefanik claiming the progressive law “eliminates the role of single-gendered organizations and activities throughout our society.”Making matters worse, the Colorado Republican Lauren Boebert has even gone as far to suggest that the Equality Act is actually about the “supremacy of gays and lesbians and transvestites” above all other Americans.“It is crucial that the Equality Act is passed to protect all LGBTQ people from discrimination of any kind,” says Blossom C. Brown, a Black trans activist and spiritual life coach in Los Angeles. “Adults who think it is fine to bully kids, especially trans youth are disgusting, despicable and must be stopped. If it does not get passed it can cause a detrimental domino effect for our LGBTQ community. The physical, mental, emotional health of our community is at stake.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Mark Schiefelbein-Pool/GettyMOSCOW–With Vladimir Putin’s popularity already in decline, news of the United States’ latest round of sanctions on Russia has alarmed the Kremlin, prompting its cast of experts, advisers, and anti-American ideologues to float several possible responses.Senator Olga Kovitidi promised that Russia would “send America to a blind knockout.” One expert suggested publishing lists of Russian media “spreading fake news.” Certain military experts proposed the formation of “information battalions” in cyberspace, modeled after the masked Russian soldiers deployed in the 2014 Ukraine crisis. Ultimately, the government landed on a familiar strategy: they will try to change the perception of Russia by pouring even more money into propaganda.After the sanctions were announced—this time in response to the poisoning of the opposition politician Alexei Navalny–the Russian government is reportedly aiming to expand the global audience of the Kremlin-funded RT television channel from 800 to 900 million viewers. They want to raise viewership on online platforms by promoting the internet content of the entire fleet of both Russian and foreign-oriented media outlets, including RT, RIA Novosti and Sputnik radio. In order to achieve this, the Kremlin has ramped up the state media budget to 211 billion rubles (about $2.8 billion)—a 34 billion-ruble ($460 million) increase from previous years.“No doubt, RT’s information soldiers will use this significant budget effectively to influence Euro-sceptics, anti-globalists, and Washington critics,” an opposition politician in Moscow, Ilya Yashin, told The Daily Beast. “Putin believes that if the West has its state-sponsored Radio Liberty or BBC, the Kremlin should become serious in what they like to call a ‘mirror response.’ This is a new stage of the ongoing Cold War.”“Do not underestimate RT’s growing influence,” he added.Some say the media battle goes both ways. Maria Baronova, a former opposition activist covering Russian social issues for RT, was banned from American social media platforms last year. “The Cold War goes for both sides. I have been banned on Twitter for working for RT in April, 2020. That is nonsense,” Baronova added.Russia’s Opposition Movement Starts To CrackInvestment in propaganda at home has already turned Russia into a nation of skeptics. In the early days of the conflict in Ukraine, 48 percent of Russians told the Public Opinion Foundation that they think propaganda harms their society.According to a social study by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center, 88 percent of young Russians aged 18-24 said they were on YouTube. Even the Kremlin’s most notorious propagandist, Vladimir Solovyev, admitted in a recent interview for Komsomolskaya Pravda that “the television audience is growing terribly old.”Young Russians are hungry for the truth, and in recent years, influential Russian YouTubers have started to take a more open approach with their content. Russia’s top online interviewer, Yury Dud, has 8.7 million subscribers and more than 500 million views on his channel. Tens of millions watched Dud’s documentaries on the AIDs epidemic and poverty and neglect in Kamchatka, Russia’s forgotten peninsula. More than 29 million people viewed Dud’s interview with Alexei Navalny soon after the politician recovered from his poisoning attack.In spite of state pressure on opposition bloggers, emerging YouTube stars are now covering some of Russia's most acute political issues. Irina Shikhman, another popular blogger, focuses on making celebrity-oriented videos in which she asks public figures uncomfortable questions about their personal lives. But some of her most popular clips are political in nature: over two million people viewed Shikhman’s interview with Navalny ally Lyubov Sobol.Russia’s only independent online television channel, TV Rain, has 2.3 million subscribers on YouTube. The channel’s founder and owner, Natalya Sindeyeva, says she isn’t worried about the Kremlin’s boosted promotion of RT.“We have been competing with state television channels without any state budget, without any administrative resources, for 11 years and we managed, which means money is not the main thing,” Sindeyeva said. “If they boost social media, the algorithms would recognize the artificial traffic. We don’t see any threat, since we are experienced in responding to challenges. Our audience trusts us and independent bloggers, our main job is not to lie. Trust cannot be purchased for money,” she said.It is too early to know for sure whether RT’s reports will crowd out independent media in Russia. “It depends on the quality of their content,” TV Rain’s editor-in-chief, Tikhon Dzyadko, told The Daily Beast.Some independent bloggers saw the government’s increase of spending on internet content as a positive sign. “It seems the Kremlin realized they cannot ban YouTube, so they decided to choke it with propaganda,” blogger Karen Shainyan, host of the YouTube show “Straight Talk with Gay People”, told The Daily Beast. “Authorities spend shockingly huge money on RT, more than on any other television channel.”Pavel Kanygin, who manages a YouTube channel for Novaya Gazeta, a legendary independent newspaper in Russia, says the government has begun to view social media platforms as a real threat. “We can see that the Kremlin has become serious about YouTube,” he said, especially after over 100 million people viewed an investigative report about Putin released by Navalny’s organization on the site in January.“One thing is to get clicks and another to get people engaged, to comment on the publication–that is a completely different story that cannot be artificially created,” Kanygin said.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. 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Disney+Disney does not deserve Kelly Marie Tran.In 2017, the Vietnamese American actress became the first woman of color to co-lead a Star Wars movie, playing the resourceful rebel mechanic Rose Tico in director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi. It was her first major screen credit after years spent in bit parts and on improv stages, rocketing her from obscurity to worldwide blockbuster recognition.The once-in-a-lifetime experience came with daunting responsibility; to be the “first,” one person tasked with representing many, is an important but sometimes lonely position. Still, Tran met her task with wide-eyed enthusiasm. Rather than play it cool during the press tour leading up to the film’s release, she was a beaming, excited presence. Her director told stories about her shadowing other departments on set, eager to absorb the experience from every angle. And onscreen, it was Tran’s sincerity and guileless warmth—and not just the features of her face—that marked Rose as a new kind of Star Wars character. It felt natural that she delivered the film’s thesis herself, redefining heroism for the new saga: no longer “fighting what we hate, but saving what we love.”Tran was “too pure for this world,” as besotted fans often noted at the time. Still, as the actress herself recalls in a Hollywood Reporter cover story published this week, that open-heartedness also seemed to make her a target. Reactionaries took aim at her online for everything from her character’s choices to her race to her weight. Tran disappeared from social media to protect herself, but their words inflicted pain. In a New York Times op-ed, she later reflected on blaming herself for the vitriol: “I thought, ‘Oh, maybe if I was thinner’ or ‘Maybe if I grow out my hair’ and, worst of all, ‘Maybe if I wasn’t Asian.’” She wrote that the ordeal hardened her resolve to tell stories that reflect the diversity of human experiences, so that episodes like hers might become less common.Gorō Miyazaki on Studio Ghibli’s First CG-Animated Movie and Fan BacklashWhen she reemerged on her next Hollywood red carpet—for 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker, in which Rose Tico barely appeared at all, inexplicably—Tran debuted a markedly different presence. Less bubbly and overwhelmed than glamorous and poised. In form-fitting blue sequins, she looked untouchable. Statuesque. Almost defiant. And then she’d burst into full-throated laughter.It’s difficult not to recall Tran’s journey through Hollywood while watching her newest film, Disney’s animated fantasy Raya and the Last Dragon. It’s her first leading role since the Star Wars films, and exactly the kind of story Tran resolved to help tell. Not only inspired by a number of Southeast Asian cultures and voiced by an all-Asian cast, it spotlights the diversity of the cultures it draws from with a range of skin tones, facial features, styles of dress, weapons, even traditional food dishes. (A warning: It’s got the most mouthwatering animated food this side of a Hayao Miyazaki film. Do not go into this movie hungry.)But more than that, the story of Tran’s heroine Raya resonates with the actress’ own in perhaps unexpected ways. It’s a cautionary tale in part about the harm of hardening oneself with anger or mistrust as a means of self-preservation—even after trauma. Over the course of the movie, Raya must learn to connect with others again, at the risk that they might abandon, hurt, or disappoint her. Tran’s return to the spotlight—to press interviews, the pressures of representation, and to Disney, no less, after the studio failed to meaningfully support her in any way amid the online attacks and allowed her groundbreaking Star Wars character to be all but written out—implies a similar sort of grace.It is also a story about emotional and spiritual rebirth. Tran has experienced one of her own. Three years after disappearing from public view, she has risen to claim the title of Disney princess. But as Raya and the Last Dragon shows, it’s really Disney that’s lucky to have her more than vice versa.Directed by Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, Raya and the Last Dragon is an action-heist movie, starring a strong, plucky heroine cut from familiar Disney cloth. In an early prologue, a young Raya announces herself with acrobatic leaps of weapon-wielding skill (and a painfully cute animal sidekick), navigating through booby traps straight to the heart of an ancient temple. She is part Indiana Jones, part don’t-need-no-man Disney princess of the post-Frozen age. And while Disney’s animation teams have outdone themselves here—Raya is the most visually beautiful film of the studio’s CG-dominated animation era—it is Tran’s voice work that first brings the movie to life.Raya’s world is meant to evoke parallels to our own. It is deeply fractured by cultural divides that seem unbridgeable, sometimes for reasons like hurt from past betrayals and sometimes out of baseless prejudice. The hatred between these groups has allowed mindless, malevolent forces called the Druun (“a plague born from human discord”) to ravage the earth, turning it into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. More frighteningly, direct contact with a Druun instantly hardens humans into statues. It’s not a difficult metaphor but arresting onscreen nonetheless: Anger and resentment literally turn people to stone.A group of dragons, we learn, once saved this world from the Druun by sacrificing themselves and concentrating their magic into an orb that repelled them. 500 years later, Raya and her father Benja (voiced by Daniel Dae Kim) are tasked with guarding the orb in their home capital, in one of the five splintered nations that once made up a land called Kumandra. Benja is a stubborn idealist, confident that the nations can set aside their differences if only they all get to know one another over a nice hot stew.Following his example, a young Raya befriends a cool-looking girl from a rival nation. Possibly bamboozled by her new friend’s asymmetrical undercut, Raya shows the girl the dragon stone’s secret hiding place—and is shocked when Namaari (Gemma Chan) betrays her and tries to steal it. The chaotic free-for-all that follows among the people of all five nations ends with the sacred stone itself now broken into five pieces, too, allowing the Druun to attack and turn thousands of people, including Raya’s father, to stone. Six years later, wracked with survivor’s remorse, a far less trusting Raya sets out to collect the stone pieces, drive away the Druun, and somehow, hopefully, summon the last surviving dragon to free her poor dad.Blessedly, the plot (as scripted by Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim) is never as unwieldy as it looks on paper. That’s in part due to the ever-changing texture and feel of the movie as Raya sojourns from one nation to the next, staging shard-stealing heists. And in part it’s a credit to the movie’s cast. With each pit stop it expands, creating a found family of weirdos as inspired as Con Baby, an actual baby con artist (voiced by Thalia Tran), and the dragon Sisu, brought to life with rambling earnestness by Awkwafina. Their world of chimeric creatures like Tuk Tuk—half-hedgehog, half-armadillo, for some reason the size of a rhinoceros—is as wonderfully strange as that of Avatar: The Last Airbender. And though her role as the straight woman in a crew of loons could have rendered Raya bland by comparison, Tran ensures she is instead a beacon of emotional relatability. Kelly Marie Tran arrives for the world premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on December 16, 2019, in Hollywood, California. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty The characters are astonishingly expressive, miming voice actors’ micro-expressions to a sometimes stunning degree. In Raya’s case, Tran’s warmth and vulnerability are as vivid onscreen as the colorful world she inhabits. The most expressive actors can sometimes run into difficulty channeling a nuanced range of emotions through their voice alone, but Tran does it effortlessly. Her Raya is childlike and unburdened at the start of the film; swashbuckling if wary and faintly sad through her time alone; centered and wise enough to inspire a leap of faith by movie’s end.She emphasizes Raya’s struggle throughout with the assured hand of someone who can deeply relate. You hear it in her voice: The part of her that wants to believe in people again and the part that insists she knows better. Indeed, it was Tran who engineered one of the film’s most moving examples. When Raya first recites the incantation that summons Sisu, as Tran recalled to THR, it was her idea to rewrite the dialogue to underscore Raya’s reluctance to reach out and trust again.The movie unfolds its plot gently, without denying the selfish realities of human nature. When a character has the opportunity to lie, cheat, or recoil in mistrust, more often than not, they do. Does all of it get suddenly tied up in a neat, Mickey Mouse-patterned bow by movie’s end? Of course. People’s better instincts triumph over evil, we all learn to live in harmony, everyone smiles and dragons prance. Still, there is something to be said for the way it gets there.Unlike in so many modern action stories, saving the world in Raya and the Last Dragon does not mean subduing the hero’s archenemy—it is not Raya’s strength in combat or her wit that turns the tide of her lifelong battle with Namaari for control of the stones. Instead, Raya’s final act of heroism is an act of total surrender. It is sacrifice and forgiveness, defying every instinct she’s cultivated for self-preservation.The movie posits Raya as an example for our bitterly polarized world: Someone willing to open their heart to human connection again, refusing to turn to stone in the face of human cruelty. A better one might be Tran herself.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. 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Warren Buffett is the world's most famous investor, and he's arguably the most quotable, too. Here are four essential lessons from Buffett's 2020 letter, released Feb. 27, to hold onto whether you're a beginning investor or a pro. In 2008's shareholder letter, Buffett described his $433 million purchase of Dexter Shoe using Berkshire stock as his worst deal ever.
FORM 8.3 PUBLIC OPENING POSITION DISCLOSURE/DEALING DISCLOSURE BY A PERSON WITH INTERESTS IN RELEVANT SECURITIES REPRESENTING 1% OR MORERule 8.3 of the Takeover Code (the “Code”) 1. KEY INFORMATION (a) Full name of discloser:CANACCORD GENUITY WEALTH LIMITED (for Discretionary Clients)(b) Owner or controller of interests and short positions disclosed, if different from 1(a): The naming of nominee or vehicle companies is insufficient. 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POSITIONS OF THE PERSON MAKING THE DISCLOSURE If there are positions or rights to subscribe to disclose in more than one class of relevant securities of the offeror or offeree named in 1(c), copy table 2(a) or (b) (as appropriate) for each additional class of relevant security. (a) Interests and short positions in the relevant securities of the offeror or offeree to which the disclosure relates following the dealing (if any) Class of relevant security: ORDINARY 1p InterestsShort positionsNumber%Number%(1) Relevant securities owned and/or controlled:33,626,7367.5789 (2) Cash-settled derivatives: (3) Stock-settled derivatives (including options) and agreements to purchase/sell: TOTAL:33,626,7367.5789 All interests and all short positions should be disclosed. Details of any open stock-settled derivative positions (including traded options), or agreements to purchase or sell relevant securities, should be given on a Supplemental Form 8 (Open Positions). 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Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastJihadists have a thing for Drake. Not his music, but his now omnipresent internet meme showing contrastive images of the rapper reject something in disgust and then welcome something else as just the ticket.Since the loss of the Islamic State’s physical caliphate two years ago, ISIS supporters have been grappling with their diminished relevance online, reinventing their propaganda through a range of bizarre strategies, from pornographic ultraviolence to meme-based shitposting. In fact, ISIS’s virtual caliphate has grown exponentially since 2014, when black-clad terrorists stormed into the Iraqi city of Mosul, facing little resistance from the Iraqi military. Not ones to be outflanked by the alt-right, QAnon, or MAGA-minded militiamen, ISIS supporters have spent the last half-decade or so creating their online community complete with its own winking argot, much of it derived from seemingly counterintuitive items lifted from American popular culture. ISIS fanboys love Breaking Bad, SpongeBob Squarepants and Iron Man.ISIS Fanboy Applies for Job at FBI. Guess What Happens Next.Unlike the terror network’s official propaganda portals, which are still limited to earnest and messianic content, these memes aren’t hosted on encrypted platforms. They’re readily available on Facebook, the world’s largest social media company.Their largest Facebook page is the 11,000-follower strong “Company for the ‘Clanging of the Memes’,” which is in and of itself a play on ISIS’s notorious “Clanging of the Swords” video series released in 2012, as equal parts snuff film and recruitment effort. The “company” specializes in collating the latest jihadist memes from across the internet with three primary interests: attacking the leadership of rival terrorist organizations, mocking the United States and its global “ineptitude” in the face of domestic civil unrest, and pining for the now-demolished caliphate.These have long been the themes of jihadist discourse; what’s different this time is how images from recognizable TV shows and blockbuster Hollywood movies are being used to peddle them. And while technology companies automate the process of wiping “99 percent” of official terrorist videos and content from their sites, a younger generation of ISIS supporters reared on likes and lulz carry on unencumbered. They deride Silicon Valley’s efforts to silence them with memes of a beheaded Mark Zuckerberg—hosted on Zuckerberg’s own platform. And they eschew the earnest appeals to messianic Islamism that characterized their predecessors with arcane in-group references, laden with the kind of smirking nihilism and pseudo-irony typical of other online subcultures.The same instinct that led the far-right anti-government Boogaloo movement, which took its name from a cult ’80s movie about hip-hop dancers turned online meme, is leading ISIS cheerleaders to co-opt their own viral symbolism.“Drakeposting,” after all, came from video game message boards on the platform 4Chan, the primary digital forum for white supremacists and incels. And there are plenty of ISIS Drakes to go around. There is the War on Christmas Drake who says yes to Santa hats, and no to disbelievers—a menacing warning to “liberal Muslims” not to partake in any yuletide festivities. There is Hardcore Jihadist Drake, who says no to Abu Mohammad al-Julani, the founder of the Nusra Front, the former al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, and yes to the balaclava-wearing militants of ISIS. Then there is the Islamic Conquest Drake, tricked out in a turban, who rejects the idea of a Muslim world only relegated to the Middle East and North Africa and a sliver of Spain, but endorses an expanded one stretching across Africa, most of Asia, and parts of the United States and South America.ISIS doesn’t just use images of Drake as an arbiter on what they like and don’t like; they also edited his photos into images of a soon-to-be-beheaded hostage in an orange jumpsuit—his punishment for rejecting the Koran.ISIS memes of SpongeBob Squarepants also build on what prior online shitposters have done, including one scene of the underwater invertebrate holding a fish and asking him to come closer as he sputters “I need...” over and over again, climaxing in the revelation: “a Prophetic caliphate.” Another meme has SpongeBob’s boss Mr. Krabs, his neighbor Squidward, and his best friend Patrick sitting around a table, with Krabs and Squidward preoccupied with “the demise of populations with the rise of global protests and lawlessness” and “global governments on the brink of economic collapse.” Patrick sits between them, grinning because ISIS “is waiting for the prime time.”Many of ISIS’s meme attacks are focused on trash-talking opponent jihadists, including al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri (now rumored to be dead) and the Nusra Front commander al-Julani. Breaking Bad’s Walter White is al-Zawahiri in the eyes of al Qaeda supporters, and al-Julani is Walter White in the eyes of Nusra supporters. In reality, according to ISIS, both are Jesse Pinkman’s band of idiot meth-head friends Badger and Skinny Pete from the popular AMC series.This is an audience also conversant in the Expanded Marvel Universe, using superheroes and supervillains as a means of galvanizing those who might otherwise condemn comic book mythology as un-Islamic. Thanos, the genocidal alien of The Avengers, typically plays the role of America and Europe, while ISIS is cast as Tony Stark or Iron Man. As with its cooptation of SpongeBob, the gay-friendly talking sea creature, ISIS is either oblivious or indifferent to the fact that Robert Downey Jr.’s character was formerly the embodiment of America’s military industrial complex turned U.S. government-contracted counterterrorist.That ISIS has developed its own digital subculture might be easy to dismiss as a harmless side effect of its growing real-world obsolescence but for the fact that the terrorist group continues to recruit willing executioners around the world. As of late, ISIS attacks have increased in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Nigeria, Mozambique and Afghanistan.As the greybeards of al-Baghdadi’s generation get killed or captured on the battlefield, we should expect to see more of this youth-oriented recruitment drive, borrowing liberally from what other digitally hatched extremist groups have pioneered. Nothing illustrates this fact more than the co-option of Pepe the Frog. The alt-right symbol is now firmly a part of online jihadist sub-cultures. Jihadi Pepe, like his far-right counterpart, takes umbrage with Salafis, and the Muslim Brotherhood, just as much as Westerners. Pepe the Takfiri channels the “us against the world” narrative espoused by Islamic State fighters. ISIS studies the West as much as the West studies ISIS and the jihadists are all too well aware that what begins with Pepe the Frog avatars culminates in Charlottesville.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Disney+ has been hit by some technical issues as vast numbers of fans flooded to watch the finale of WandaVision. Disney’s troubleshooting website says that error code 39 is used to indicate “that the video you are trying to watch cannot be watched at this time”. The show had already proven incredibly popular among fans before star Elizabeth Olsen indicated that the last episode would include a surprise guest appearance.
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Britain will extend a year-long business rates exemption for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses to the end of June, finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Wednesday as part of his annual budget statement. "For the remaining nine months of the (financial) year, business rates will still be discounted by two-thirds, up to a value of 2 million pounds for closed businesses, with a lower cap for those who have been able to stay open," Sunak told parliament.
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“Us Kids,” a documentary set in the aftermath of the tragic 2018 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has been acquired by New York-based global documentary film sales agent Cargo Film & Releasing. On Feb. 14, 2018, a gunman with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, […]
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