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Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes, two heartthrobs, open AMAs

Oh Canada, two of your biggest stars opened the American Music Awards Sunday night.



a person wearing a suit and tie: Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes perform onstage for the 2020 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.


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Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes perform onstage for the 2020 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes recently released a duet and also blessed their fans with a joint performance.

Bieber started things off with two of his singles, “Lonely” and “Holy.”

The former is autobiographical with its lyrics bout “the money and fame at an early age,” while the latter is grown Bieber with a spiritual awakening.

Bieber and Mendes then performed their joint new single, “Monster.”

Cue all of the screaming from the Beliebers and the Mendes Army.

Sunday’s event was held live — with Covid-19 protocols — from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, though some portions were prerecorded.

Host Taraji P. Henson danced to

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Box Office Sinks to New Low as Theaters Close and Few New Films Open

The weekend before Thanksgiving is one of the most coveted release dates, but in 2020 the gross won’t even cross $7 million.

The weekend before Thanksgiving is one of the most desired release dates.  It’s been home to entries in the Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games franchises; in 2019, “Frozen II” opened to $130 million. This year, weekend grosses won’t pass $7 million and only “Freaky” made more than $1 million.

These numbers cap a week of bad-to-worse news for theaters. Announcements from Universal codifed its Premium VOD plans, which suggest that the new maximum window, likely adapted by other distributors, is five weekends after opening. Warner Bros. placed “Wonder Woman 1984” on HBO Max for 30 days, along with theaters that want to play it. (The logic behind the 30-day rule is murky; perhaps the hope is by the end of January, more theaters will be open?)

With

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Polls open in Burkina Faso for election marred by violence

Polls opened in Burkina Faso early Sunday for presidential and legislative elections marred by ongoing extremist violence in the landlocked West African nation

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has promised to secure the country and is vying for another five years against 12 other candidates. Kabore is expected to win, but the opposition hopes to split the vote, depriving the president of the 51% support needed for an outright victory in the first round, and then form a coalition behind the strongest candidate for round two.

On Saturday, opposition candidates accused the ruling party of fraud, including bribing people. The parties also accused

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Voting Now Open For The 2020 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Awards

Voting is now open for the BroadwayWorld New Jersey Awards – which are back bigger than ever, celebrating the best in local theatre of the past decade! Our local editors have set the categories, our readers have submitted nominees, and now YOU get to vote for your favorites!

In a time when theatre across the globe is facing unprecedented obstacles – we wanted to take the time to celebrate past achievements while looking forward to the productions of the future! The 2020 BroadwayWorld Regional Awards are presented by TodayTix!

Community theatre productions, student productions, and college productions are all included! (Please check respective category rules.) Eligibility is for productions which opened between 2011 and September 30th, 2020.

Voting will run through December 31. Winners will be announced in January!

Don’t miss out! Click on the link to vote today to make sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get

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Waffle House CEO slams lockdowns, keeps dining rooms open

  • Waffle House CEO Walt Ehmer slammed lockdowns and orders forcing indoor dining to close in an interview with Business Insider. 
  • “The people making the decisions are not paying the same price that the workers in this country are paying,” Ehmer added. “We’re trying to provide reliable careers and jobs for people.” 
  • The National Restaurant Association is fighting against studies linking the spread of coronavirus to restaurants. 
  • Infectious disease expert Jaimie Meyer says that there is ample evidence that indoor dining is a high-risk activity and that lockdowns can be a crucial tool in areas where community spread is on the rise. 
  • “It would be worse to keep open and keep forging ahead while people are dying left, right, and center of a disease that’s totally preventable,” Meyer said. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

As COVID cases surge across the US, Waffle House CEO Walt Ehmer does not want

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Oakland man gets 10 years in ‘open air drug market’ case

OAKLAND — An Oakland man who prosecutors say was part of an “open air” drug and gun market has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for convictions related to selling crack and possessing a machine gun, court records show.

Paul Rivera, 28, was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, after pleading guilty to the two federal offenses, court records show. Rivera was one of several people arrested and charged in federal court with drug and gun sales, all centering on a home on the 200 block of Makin Road in Oakland.

The home — according to police who secretly installed pole surveillance cameras in the area and used confidential informants to buy drugs — was a market for illicit products that operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memo that the sellers would switch shifts and receive

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Understanding Open Radio Access Networks

5G Americas white paper details key architecture aspects, key motivations, and challenges in adoption of Open RAN architectures

BELLEVUE, Wash., Nov. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Open Radio Access Networks (Open RAN) is a concept that involves the interoperability of open hardware, software, and interfaces for cellular wireless networks. 5G Americas, the wireless industry trade association and voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas, today announced the publication of a white paper titled Transition Toward Open & Interoperable Networks, highlighting how Open RAN could enable innovation in 5G networks, as network operators navigate diverse planning and deployment strategies with an interoperable multi-vendor ecosystem.

Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas said, “Open RAN is an important topic in the industry right now. It is a development that requires a full understanding of the technical architecture and interdependent multi-vendor ecosystem.” He added, “Our 5G Americas white paper provides a critical

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It Took a Century to Open a Mosque in Athens. Then Came the Pandemic.

“It’s a huge problem,” Mr. Zaki said. “We are not 10 or 20 people,” he said, referring to the roughly 200,000 Muslims from countries including Pakistan, Syria, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who live in Athens. “Where will all these people go?”

“I hurt for those who come to pray and are turned away,” he added.

Around 70 venues operate as unofficial prayer sites, many without fire-safety certificates. Though 10 of those venues have secured permits to continue operating, the remainder must either obtain permits or close, the government says.

Among those now permitted is the Greek-Arab Educational and Cultural Center, which opened in 2007 in a former textiles factory in a southern suburb with funding from a Saudi businessman.

The Greek government considers the new Athens mosque to be a pioneering project.

“It’s a very sensitive experiment as we’re trying to make sure that all Muslims have a say in the

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Open enrollment season during coronavirus pandemic means more mental health benefits, hospital coverage

In addition to providing more time off or flexibility for child care — perks that have received much attention as the pandemic has dragged on — employers are also offering workers far more access to telehealth platforms and mental health benefits.

“The big realization a lot of these companies have had during the pandemic is that there’s so much that happens in your personal life that affects your work,” said Brian Kropp, a vice president for the advisory firm Gartner.

A survey by the Business Group on Health, an advocacy group that represents large employers, found that for 2021, 53 percent of its members plan to expand virtual care options, while 36 percent plan to expand access to mental health services.

“We saw astronomical growth year over year” in virtual health benefits, as well as expansions in mental health benefits, said Ellen Kelsay, the group’s chief executive.

As Expedia Group

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2020 CMA Awards open with tribute to the late Charlie Daniels

Nov. 11 (UPI) — The 54th annual Country Music Association Awards began with a tribute to the late Charlie Daniels on Wednesday night.

Performers Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Ashley McBryde and Jason Aldean opened the broadcast from Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn., by performing a medley of Daniels’ songs in honor of the country music star who died at the age of 83 in July.

The night was also set to feature a performance of “In the Ghetto,” by hosts Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker in honor of Mac Davis, who wrote the song for Elvis Presley and died in September.

The hosts opened the evening with a monologue discussing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as McEntire joked “in 2020 it’s great to be anywhere.”

“Tonight’s a wonderful evening to sing together, stand together and be together at the end of a year when too much in this world has

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