[og_img] My eight hundred cents on the Murali saga, Vijay Sethupathi and cancel culture – by Shehan Karunatilaka Source:Timesofindia This began as an open letter to Vijay Sethupathi, a man I have never met, but have recently become a fan of. But now Sethupathi is not doing our movie at the request of Muttiah Muralidaran, another man whom I have never met. I was going to tell Vijay the reasons why I agreed to write a film about Murali and why, as an artist, he should be excited to play the role. But now he has pulled out. Too late. He has been dismissed from the crease not by the umpire’s finger, but by the boos of the crowd. I have written an article about the man, a novel where he features and 7 drafts of a screenplay about him. But I still don’t know how to spell Muralitharan or ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/103772/eight_col_180822_WANAKA-SCENICS_05edited.jpg?1591944244 A community hub in Wanaka says it’s still seeing a high demand for social services as people struggle in the lead up to Christmas. Photo: RNZ / Tess Brunton The Wanaka Community Hub, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary next week, provides a venue for 35 social services who help those in need. Hub spokeswoman Yeverley McCarthy said the hub’s first year had been busy, with the impacts of Covid19 hitting the community hard. “Lots of people lost work and without tourism businesses are struggling. “Wanaka is an expensive town to live in so by the time people have paid their rent and bills they have little disposable income,” she said. McCarthy said with people under pressure, the services at the hub have been busy giving social services like counseling and food parcels. “It’s taken us 14 years to get the hub open and it’s been a great asset ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/76207/eight_col_eric.jpg?1552357290 In happier times – Warriors owners Sir Owen Glenn (left) and Eric Watson. Photo: Photosport “It’s hard to think of anyone in New Zealand who’s had a worse year than him.” Herald investigative reporter Matt Nippert is talking about a man who used to hit the news for his flashy playboy activities – the women, the mansion, the racehorses, owning the Warriors. Eric Watson is now in a London jail for contempt of court – basically, lying about not having any money. In the last few months his partner has left him, he’s had Covid, he has a massive tax bill, enormous legal bills, a business rival whose determination to chase him down is matched only by his vast resources – and his lawyers can’t even visit him in Pentonville because of the UK’s lockdown situation. Nippert has laid out his sorry fall from the top and talks to The ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png A better picture of the contribution Māori businesses make to the economy will be possible with changes to the way information is collected about companies and trading enterprises. Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash have announced a new option for Māori enterprises who are part of the New Zealand Business Number register at the Companies Office (NZBN). “The NZBN is a unique identifier for all businesses, big and small. It is designed to make it faster and easier to do business by holding core information on a digital register, so it doesn’t need to be repeated each time they do a transaction with another agency,” said Nanaia Mahuta. “For the first time, the NZBN will have the option to record data that identifies a business as a Māori business, alongside details like its trading name and email address and phone number. “Māori businesses will ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/231629/eight_col_141126512_l.jpg?1590276690 There have been two new cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand today, both in managed isolation. Photo: 123rf.com In a statement, the Health Ministry also said the Christchurch returnee cluster was closed, with more than 28 days since the last case. The two cases reported today include one person who arrived from Amsterdam via Singapore on 23 October; and one who arrived from the UK via Dubai and Malaysia on 19 October. Both are now in quarantine in Auckland. There were seven new cases reported yesterday in New Zealand, all in managed isolation. There are now 77 active cases and there have been a total of 1603 cases of the coronavirus in this country. There were 4401 tests processed yesterday. The Ministry said now there had been the length of two infection cycles, the Christchurch returnee cluster is now officially closed. “This cluster began with the report on ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/84714/eight_col_20190730_144259.jpg?1564466813 Three weeks have passed since Auckland joined the rest of the country in alert level 1, but some businesses in the CBD say they are still on struggle street as customers haven’t returned with the increased freedom. Sunny Kaushal outside the bar he manages in July 2019. Photo: Photo / Jordan Bond / RNZ The region jumped back into level 1 on 7 October after a second outbreak of Covid-19 prompted another lockdown. Sunny Kaushal manages the Shakespeare Hotel and Brewery in the central city and is also the spokesperson for a group of business owners along Albert Street. He was hoping for a boom on Tuesday after the Labour weekend, but the seats were left painfully empty with only one customer during the lunch period. Kaushal said businesses on Albert Street have been hit by a double whammy of Covid-19 and the City Rail Link construction – his ...

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