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Britain on high alert ahead of King’s coronation



The U.K.’s Security Minister has confirmed anti-monarchy groups will be allowed to protest at the King’s coronation

The coronation of King Charles is just hours away now.

Among the fanfare and celebration, Britain is on high alert.

The U.K.’s Security Minister has confirmed anti-monarchy groups will be allowed to protest at the King’s coronation.

This follows news one group planning a demonstration on the Coronation route was warned of new laws banning “serious disruption”.

The group, called Republic, accused the Home Office of sending an intimidating message.

The security operation will be one of the largest in the history of the Metropolitan Police, with protests and any threats to crowds closely monitored.

The Met’s authority is granted under the Public Order Act, which came into effect on Wednesday.

Just days before this, the Home Office wrote two letters to Republic to list how it had tightened laws on the right to protest.

Republic’s chief Graham Smith says the letter was out of line.

Opinion polls do show support for the monarchy has weakened in recent years.

The coronation comes at a time when Britain is gripped by double-digit inflation, and some residents are questioning the expense of the event.

There’s also the controversy surrounding Prince Harry and Prince Andrew which doesn’t help the monarchy’s cause.

Regardless, the findings from a large survey found well over half of the U.K. would still vote for a constitutional monarchy, with less than a quarter against.

When given five identities to choose from, 39 per cent described themselves as ‘committed’ or ‘mainstream monarchists’ – with 37 per cent identifying as ‘modern republicans’ or in favour of abolishment.

Others chose the ‘neutral’ category, saying that while the monarchy needs to be scaled back, any alternative to it might end up being worse.

King Charles isn’t the most popular royal, either.

He has a positive approval rating of just 54 per cent, well below that of his late mother, on 76 per cent, William, on 64 per cent.

Prince William was out wooing crowds with wife, Kate, in Soho.

But regardless of what you think about the monarchy – the coronation is sure to a be a spectacle and millions will be tuning right around the world to watch.

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Streaming service shift and the award season snubs



Netflix Introduces Changes to Subscription Model, Academy Award Nominations Spark Cinematic Buzz, and the Doomsday Clock Continues its Ominous Ticking.

Netflix is set to discontinue its ad-free Basic subscription in select countries, commencing with Canada and the UK in Q2 2024.

This strategic shift introduces a significant price increase for the baseline entry, signalling potential adjustments to Netflix’s global pricing structure.

Simultaneously, the 96th edition of the Academy Award nominations has stirred cinematic debates, with the prevailing question being whether the upcoming season will be dominated by “Barbie” or “Oppenheimer.” These contrasting narratives set the stage for a fierce competition, highlighting the diverse and compelling offerings in this year’s film industry.

Beyond the realm of entertainment, the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic representation of the likelihood of a human-made global catastrophe, continues its ominous countdown.

Maintained since 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the clock serves as a metaphor for threats arising from unchecked scientific and technological advances. As global tensions, environmental challenges, and technological risks persist, the ticking of the Doomsday Clock serves as a poignant reminder of the urgent need to address multifaceted threats to humanity.

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Adidas faces potential $320M Yeezy shoe write-off post-Kanye split



Adidas is contemplating a significant financial blow as it considers writing off $320 million worth of Yeezy shoes following its separation from music and fashion icon Kanye West.

The sportswear giant’s decision to sever ties with West’s Yeezy brand has left a mountain of unsold merchandise, threatening to dent the company’s balance sheet.

The partnership between Adidas and Kanye West, which began in 2013, had been immensely successful, with Yeezy shoes becoming a highly sought-after fashion statement.

However, recent controversies and disagreements between West and Adidas prompted the sportswear company to distance itself from the celebrity designer.

The massive inventory of Yeezy shoes now presents a dilemma for Adidas, as it grapples with finding a solution to deal with the surplus stock. A $320 million write-off could significantly impact the company’s financial performance in the short term.

Adidas is currently exploring various options, including discounting, donating, or repurposing the unsold inventory to mitigate the financial hit.

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Warner Bros discovery warns of Hollywood’s ‘real risk’ post-strikes’



Warner Bros Discovery, has issued a stark warning regarding the ‘real risk’ that Hollywood faces in the aftermath of the recent strikes that have taken a considerable toll on the industry’s financial health.

The strikes, which disrupted film and television production for several weeks, resulted in substantial financial losses for studios, production companies, and countless industry professionals.

Warner Bros Discovery emphasised the necessity for a resilient and adaptable approach to navigate the ongoing challenges and uncertainties facing the film and television sector.

The conglomerate stressed the importance of implementing measures to mitigate such risks in the future, which include fostering better labour relations and contingency planning to safeguard against potential disruptions.

The message underlined the need for the industry to adapt to the evolving landscape of content creation and distribution, particularly in the digital era.

This warning from Warner Bros Discovery highlights the need for the entertainment industry to recognise the ever-changing dynamics and economic challenges, and the importance of preparedness to maintain its prominent position in the global market.

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