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Rust movie producers deny safety failures

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The producers of Alec Baldwin film Rust have disputed an official report, denying safety failures before an on-set shooting tragedy

The film’s cinematographer was killed and its director injured after actor Alex Baldwin fired a loaded prop gun.

Just last month, the New Mexico Environment Department slapped the film with its maximum fine on Rust Movie Productions for “serious and wilful” failures.

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But the company says it “enforced all applicable safety protocols” and they didn’t ‘wilfully’ violate any safety protocol”.

Rust says it held safety meetings and there was such a meeting on the morning of the shooting that killed Halyna Hutchins.

Baldwin, a main film producer as well as its star, says he believed the gun did not contain live rounds and he did not pull the trigger, but that it fired when he cocked it during rehearsals.

The production company is also arguing that it was not responsible for supervising the film set.

Also adding that previous discharges of blank rounds on set had been “properly addressed”, including with safety briefings for cast and crew, and did not violate firearm safety protocols.

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Netflix axes over 100 jobs as streamer deals with performance crisis

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The World’s largest streaming service is taking refuge in new cost cutting measures

Netflix is sacking 150 employees across the company with most of the cuts happening in the United States.

“These changes are primarily driven by business needs rather than individual performance, which makes them especially tough as none of us want to say goodbye to such great colleagues,”

the company said in a statement.

It comes after the company recorded a large fall in subscribers, for the first time in a decade.   

The news sparked an investor sell-off, with the firm’s stock plunging 35% in one day.

The layoffs represent only 2 per cent of the company’s total staff.

Netflix also plans on introducing ads as a way of building revenue.

It also wants to tackle password sharing privileges to compensate for lower revenues.

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Snapchat co-creator and supermodel pay student loans for graduating class

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Student loans still get the better of most of us, a pesky debt that hurts the hip pocket

But one graduating class got the ultimate graduation gift

Otis College of Art and Design in Downtown LA got their student loans paid by off by Snapchat co-creator Evan Spiegel and his wife and supermodel Miranda Kerr.

The president of the art college announced the gift as the single largest donation in the history of Otis College.

The previous largest gift to the school was for $10 million and the screams from the students show how much it means to them.

The president says student debt weights heavily on talented graduates and the couple’s donation will be life-changing for the Class of 2022.

Spiegel created the popular instant messaging app with two former Stanford University classmates.

The snapchat co-creator took summer classes at Otis during high school and wanted to give back to the arts college.

Spiegel and wife Miranda were given honorary degrees at the college.

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Queen Elizabeth makes surprise appearance

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Royal enthusiasts were delighted to see Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth make yet another surprise appearance, despite suffering from ongoing mobility issues

Elizabeth attended the opening ceremony of a new London train line which has been named in her honour.

Elizabeth can be seen wearing a bright yellow coat and hat, attending the event alongside her youngest son Edward and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Unveiling a plaque at Paddington Station, it comes after the Queen missed the opening of parliament for the first time since 1963.

Buckingham Palace says she is continuing to suffer from “episodic mobility issues”.

In October, the royal spent a night in hospital for an unspecified illness.

The $24 billion rail project was originally due to be opened back in December 2018, but has been plagued by delays.

The Elizabeth line will connect areas of west of London, including Heathrow airport and Reading.

Johnson says it’s “wonderful” to see the queen open the train line, adding she was in “such fine form”.

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