An open letter signed by hundreds of members of the entertainment industry has called for a change in culture, in the wake of allegations made against Noel Clarke. Some 20 women made claims of bullying and sexual harassment against the actor, writer and director in an investigation first published in the Guardian newspaper. Clarke later had his BAFTA membership suspended , Sky halted any work with him and the season finale of ITV's Viewpoint was not broadcast. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player BAFTA has defended its decision to present Noel Clarke with its outstanding British contribution to cinema award. The letter from entertainment industry figures was shared on social media and said it was "time to put an end to this culture that turns a blind eye to predators and harassers operating in plain sight". Clarke has "vehemently" denied any sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing. Advertisement … [Read more...] about Noel Clarke: Entertainment industry pens open letter calling for change following allegations against actor
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ASHLEY Cain's sister Alissia says her baby niece Azaylia is "listening to them from heaven". Alissia has revealed she believes the "crazy moments" in the sky recently are a sign from her niece after her tragic death following a battle with leukaemia. "She's lighting up the sky for us tonight," she wrote on Instagram. And as the sky faded back to blue she added: "And just like that it's gone. "She came to us just at the right time. "There's so many of these crazy moments happening to us recently. "I speak to her every day and when things like this happen you can't deny that she's listening. "I love you baby." Yesterday, Ashley admitted that he "finds peace" from the sky following his daughter Azaylia's death, The 30-year-old star took to his Instagram page yesterday evening to share a circled screengrab from a video that he had posted earlier this morning . The devastated dad was shocked to see baby Azaylia's image above him in the clouds, with his … [Read more...] about Ashley Cain’s sister says baby Azaylia is ‘listening to them from heaven’ as she spots baby’s face in the clouds
Ashok Jain (name changed) tested positive for COVID-19 on April 30. When his oxygen levels fell dangerously low, his family sent him to a small hospital in Indore, in the west-central state of Madhya Pradesh. On May 2, he called up his son-in-law and breathed his last words: "Please get me out of here, otherwise I'll die." Jain died the next day. Prajakta (name changed), a relative of Jain's, blames a lack of investment in health care as a key reason why she believes India won't be able to contain rising deaths from COVID-19 anytime soon. "India has historically underinvested in its health care system, which has ultimately led to the collapse of the system today," Prajakta told DW. He claimed that some hospitals admit patients while knowing full well they lack the facilities to treat COVID patients. Unfortunately, Jain's story is not unique. The Indian government has come under severe criticism for its handling of the pandemic, and for not being able to control the spread … [Read more...] about COVID: How can India keep the virus from spreading further?
Ideally, cultural institutions like theaters have people debating and talking about their productions. In Berlin these days, however, venues and their leadership are the focus of attention after complaints of sexual assault, bullying, age discrimination and racist remarks. In the most recent case, Shermin Langhoff, the artistic director of Berlin's Maxim Gorki Theater, is in the spotlight. According to media reports, several employees accused her of creating a toxic work environment. Another article in Der Spiegel news magazine spoke of a "climate of fear." One specific complaint was brought to court. A female dramatic adviser sued the theater because her contract was not renewed, a decision she believed resulted from a letter of complaint she wrote about Langhoff. The adviser also said she was discriminated against for taking parental leave. Before the Berlin Stage Arbitration Court, the plaintiff and the theater agreed on a settlement on Wednesday: The adviser's contract is … [Read more...] about Allegations of abuse of power at Berlin theater
"My child is not a lab rat." The words are from a 25-year-old woman, Susan, and they're in reference to her three-year-old twin girls. While she speaks to DW, her eyes flicker between them as they begin to meander away — first together, then in different directions — in a large, open park in Bonn, Germany. "It just hasn't been tested enough," Susan insists. "A few months [of testing]? That isn't safe." So no, she says. Her kids are not getting vaccinated against COVID-19. And she isn't, either. Her husband had to, and she didn't like that. At a nearby playground, another mother, who does not want to share her name, feels very differently. "I'd vaccinate them. If it were allowed, or doable, then definitely." Her 12-year-old daughter, she says, has had two different kids in her classroom get COVID-19. That led to a two-week quarantine — each time. "That's where you realize it affects them too." At some point in the coming weeks, the European Medicines Agency is expected to … [Read more...] about COVID: How many parents will actually vaccinate their kids?