Singapore Film Festival Serves Up Strong and Diverse Local Cinema Slate

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As is customary, the local fare on offer at the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is linguistically and thematically diverse, reflecting the nature of the island city-state.

The opening film, Tan Bee Thiam’s “Tiong Bahru Social Club,” is presented in several languages, including English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Malay and Tamil. Inspired by Jacques Tati and Charlie Chaplin, the stylized satire follows a 30-year old millennial who stumbles across the eponymous club, an organization that aims to transform Singapore’s Tiong Bahru into the happiest neighborhood in the world.

While “Tiong Bahru Social Club” bowed at Busan in October, the rest of the local features are all world premieres.

In Biyun Tan’s irreverent Chinese, Hokkien, Teochew and English-language “Citizen Hustler,” a hawker seeks ways to access financial aid after the closure of the Sungei Road flea market.

Remi M. Sali’s English, Mandarin and Bahasa Melayu-language

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Pfizer and AstraZeneca slide as Moderna’s rival COVID-19 vaccine shows strong efficacy

  • Strong preliminary data results from Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine has spurred a selloff in rival vaccine developers Pfizer, BioNTech, and AstraZeneca.
  • Moderna said on Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine candidate demonstrated an efficacy rate of 94.5% in a trial of more than 30,000 patients.
  • Last week, Pfizer and its partner BioNTech said its COVID-19 vaccine candidate demonstrated an efficacy rate of more than 90% in a trial of 44,000 patients.
  • AstraZeneca could release interim data on its COVID-19 vaccine as early as December, according to the University of Oxford, who partnered with AstraZeneca to develop a potential vaccine.
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Another round of strong COVID-19 vaccine data, this time from Moderna, has put pressure on pharmaceutical companies developing their own vaccine, namely Pfizer, BioNTech, and AstraZeneca.

On Monday, Moderna said its late-stage trial evaluating a COVID-19 vaccine candidate demonstrated efficacy of 94.5%,

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FTSE 100 drops on weak oil prices and a strong pound, but is set for best week since June

A man wearing a protective face covering to combat the new coronavirus walks along a quiet street in London, England, on November 10, 2020.

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London stocks fell on Friday as the pound rose and weaker oil prices weighed on shares of heavily weighted energy companies.

The FTSE 100 index

dropped 0.5% to 6,307.67, but was still set for a 6.7% rise for the week, which would mark the best return since June. Optimism over a COVID-19 vaccine from drugmaker Pfizer


and partner BioNTech


drove gains in London, as well as global markets.

Weighing on the index was a strong pound, as it makes goods sold by international companies that derive revenue overseas less competitive.


rose 0.3% to $1.3155, in a week that is expected to end with little change for the currency.


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AFM attendees note strong business mixed with cautious optimism

The 41st American Film Market was the first AFM to take place online, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the the world of independent film has kept its chin up amid daunting challenges.

“I would say it’s a comfortable mixture of cautious but buoyant,” said David Garrett, CEO of Mister Smith Entertainment.

AFM opened on the morning of Nov. 9 on a surprisingly upbeat note as drugmaker Pfizer revealed early data from its coronavirus vaccine that showed it is more than 90% effective — good news that offered promise of a return to movie theaters and soundstages in early 2021. Neon’s distribution president Elissa Federoff expressed guarded optimism that North American audiences will return when the COVID-19 crisis begins abating, during the Future of Film Conference.

“People truly want to get out of the house,” she added.

The prospect of no parties on the Santa Monica Pier, no poolside meetings

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Tropical Storm Eta bringing strong winds and flooding to west coast of Florida

After briefly becoming a hurricane Wednesday morning, Eta has weakened slightly and is now a high-end tropical storm with 70 mph sustained winds. Eta meandered around the southeastern Gulf of Mexico for a few days, but is now heading toward a Thursday morning landfall along the west coast of Florida.

a boat in the water: Residents clear debris from a flooded street in the Driftwood Acres Mobile Home Park in the shadow of the Guitar Hotel at Seminole Hard Rock, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Eta, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Davie, Fla. Tropical Storm Eta was squatting off western Cuba on Tuesday after drifting away from South Florida, where it unleashed a deluge that flooded entire neighborhoods and covered the floors of some homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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Residents clear debris from a flooded street in the Driftwood Acres Mobile Home Park in the shadow of the Guitar Hotel at Seminole Hard Rock, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Eta, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Davie, Fla. Tropical Storm Eta was squatting off western Cuba on Tuesday after drifting away from South Florida, where it unleashed a deluge that flooded entire neighborhoods and covered the floors of some homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

With Eta’s drop below hurricane strength, the hurricane watch for portions of Florida’s west coast have been dropped.

A tropical storm

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Alex Trebek Tribute Draws 3.5 Million Viewers for ABC, ‘NCIS’ Spinoffs Return Strong

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Following the news that Alex Trebek passed away at the age of 80, ABC aired a tribute to the legendary “Jeopardy” host on Sunday night.

The tribute scored 3.5 million total viewers and delivered a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49, maintaining 100% of its lead-in. Titled “Alex Trebek, Remembered,” the one-hour special featured interviews Trebek gave over the past year with “Good Morning America” co-anchor Michael Strahan and “GMA3: What You Need To Know” co-Anchor T.J. Holmes, during which he spoke candidly about living with cancer and the lessons he’s learned.

Earlier on, new episodes of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and “Supermarket Sweep” both scored a 0.7 rating, with the former drawing just under 5 million viewers and the latter 3.3 million. That represents the third week in a row that the new Leslie Jones-hosted “Supermarket Sweep” has fallen in the ratings, dipping

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Infineon forecasts strong sales rebound after coronavirus slump

BERLIN (Reuters) – German chipmaker Infineon forecast double-digit revenue growth for the year ahead, sending its shares higher even as management proposed to trim the dividend to account for the blow inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic.

FILE PHOTO: A close-up of a the Infineon microcontroller kit XMC 4700 is pictured at an exhibition during the German semiconductor manufacturer Infineon’s annual shareholder meeting in Munich, February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert

The Munich-based power chip specialist ditched its financial guidance in March as the coronavirus hit – just before its $10 billion acquisition of U.S. Cypress Technologies closed – but has since been lifted by an auto industry recovery.

“The sequential increase in revenue is very significant and confirms that the June quarter had marked the low point,” CEO Reinhard Ploss said of the automotive segment that accounts for two-fifths of Infineon’s revenue.

Taking into account the impact of the pandemic and

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Eta could produce torrential rain, strong wind for South Florida

The former hurricane known as Eta was expected to regain strength Friday as it aimed its torrential rain and strong winds at South Florida and the Florida Keys, federal forecasters said.

Eta, which was downgraded to a tropical storm and then to a tropical depression Wednesday, caused a massive landslide Friday in San Cristobal Verapaz, Guatemala, where 100 people may have died, President Alejandro Giammattei said.

Video from Guatemala shows an army helicopter being used to rescue a family from a rooftop as flood waters inundated their community.

The storm Friday was about 115 miles east of Belize City, Belize, and was moving northeast at 7 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. It had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph as the Cayman Islands and parts of Cuba were under tropical storm warnings.

Moving across the northwestern Caribbean on Friday, Eta was expected to restrengthen to a tropical storm.

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Strong winds fan Colorado’s largest recorded wildfire

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The largest wildfire in Colorado history grew overnight as high winds pushed the blaze through rural communities and the forecast predicts more “extreme fire behavior” on Saturday.

Gusts of up to 70 mph (112 kph) overnight created “very significant” fire activity, especially along the southeast section, said Cass Cairns, a spokeswoman for the Cameron Peak fire efforts.

“The plan today is to try to hold the fire to the east,” Paul Delmerico, operations chief for the Cameron Peak fire said early Saturday. “We’re facing the same critical fire conditions today as we did yesterday.”

They’re expecting gusts of 60 mph (96 kph) midday, he said.

The fire grew to 293 square miles (759 square kilometers) by Saturday morning and was 57% contained.

Boulder County fire officials reported a new fire had sparked west of Boulder on Saturday afternoon. The Boulder Office of Emergency Management said on

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