No OTT release for Vijay-starrer Master

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Amid growing speculation over Vijay’s Master releasing directly on an OTT platform, the producers issued a statement on Saturday to put an end to all the rumours.

The makers said that releasing Master in theatres is crucial for the revival of the film industry, which has suffered an unprecedented loss due to the pandemic.

“As we continue to battle the pandemic, we hope you are all safe and doing fine. We understand and can feel the amount of excitement among the audience to celebrate our #Master in theatres. We await the Big Day to come, as much as you do. With lot of rumours surfacing in the past few days, we would like to clarify our stand on it. Though we have an offer from a reputed OTT service provider, we prefer to the theatrical release, which is the need of the hour for

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Samsung phone deal: save a packet by going for these super cheap S10 deals

OK, so we all know that it’s nice to get state-of-the-art technology, but we always say that cost is king (always). And if you’re looking for a Black Friday Samsung phone deal, then choosing the S10 over the S20 seems like a sound bit of business to us.

Online phone retailer Mobile Phones Direct has come up trumps for folk wanting to save on their Samsung-shaped Cyber Monday deals. It’s offering the handset plus 15GB of data for £21 a month, or 30GB for only £23 a month. The reason for that is that data on both is tripled for a limited time, so you’re paying for a pretty low-end plan but getting plenty of data to live with.

Note that the cheaper plan requires £79 upfront, while the 30GB plan requires £49. But, if you take a look at the competition, that’s still incredible value.

Below we’ll

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Simi Valley Republican Values Center to close, reopening plans to come


Four area women have launched the for-profit Center for Republican Values LLC.

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A year after it opened, the Republican Values Center in Simi Valley is closing, but plans to resurrect itself as American Values Central.

The for-profit business center will shutter Monday because its landlord won’t renew its lease for the 3,600-square-foot space it occupies at 2878 Cochran St. in a shopping center, the group’s president, Patricia Saraceno, said Friday.

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The for-profit Republican Values Center opened in Simi Valley in November 2019. The center offered a gathering place for conservatives and leased space to vendors ranging from sellers of Trump memorabilia to a political action committee. (Photo: TOM KISKEN/THE STAR)

“The closure of the RVC isn’t necessarily by choice,” said Saraceno, of Simi Valley, one of the center’s founders. “It’s because we couldn’t get our lease renewed.”

The center opened in November 2019 to

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Here’s Why Master Makers Avoided Historical Blunder!


So, here is the official announcement from the makers of Master. It is on the expected lines and also the right one. They have avoided a historical blunder. Here’s why we think so.

Under the normal circumstances, the Thalapathy Vijay starrer Master would have been a biggie that is keenly awaited by Tamil film industry, only, like any other event movie from the star. However, in the current scenario (post coronavirus recovery period), the entire Indian film industry will likely be looking at Master.

It is all due to the frenzied and crazy fan following enjoyed by Vijay. A film like Master is no doubt a big-screen theatrical experience. The teaser has further made it clear. It is due to take an earth-shattering opening whenever it arrives. And ‘that’ precisely is what the entire trade in India is waiting to witness. Master, whenever it comes, is expected to provide the

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Black Friday 2020 online shopping surges 22% to record $9 billion, Adobe says

Customers queue outside Bath & Body Works during black Friday. Shoppers go to stores to take advantage of Black Friday sales during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Spending online on Black Friday this year surged nearly 22% to hit a new record, according to data from Adobe Analytics, as the Covid pandemic pushed more people to shop from the sofa and avoid crowded stores and malls.

Consumers spent $9 billion on the web the day after Thanksgiving, up 21.6% year over year, according to Adobe, which analyzes website transactions from 80 of the top 100 U.S. online retailers.

This makes Black Friday 2020 the second-largest online spending day in history in the United States, behind Cyber Monday last year, Adobe said. Cyber Monday this year is slated to become the largest digital sales day ever, with spending reaching between $10.8 billion and $12.7 billion, which

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What do progressives make of Joe Biden’s cabinet picks so far? | Biden administration

Joe Biden has now announced his transition team and a number of his cabinet appointees, giving us some idea of how he can be expected to govern. It’s very much true that “personnel is policy” and that the records of the people he chooses for key roles can indicate what kind of president he intends to be.

How are the picks so far? Well, the bad news for progressives is that there has not yet been a single person announced that the left can be enthusiastic about. The best that can be said of the nominees is that they are generally “not as bad as we might have feared”. Some of the choices are deeply concerning. Others border on the unobjectionable. Most are relatively predictable, as Biden is making it clear he intends to hew as closely as possible to the Democratic politics of the Obama years. Here are

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As UK stocks enjoy a record month, I’d buy these cheap shares for a passive income

As I write late on Friday, and with one trading day left in November, what an incredible month it’s been for UK shareholders. News of Joe Biden winning the US presidential election gave global markets an early lift this month. Then news of one, two, and then three highly effective Covid-19 vaccines lit a rocket under share prices. In November, the UK’s FTSE 100 index has surged 790 points (14.2%), adding over £250bn to share values. It’s a similar story over in the US, with the S&P 500 soaring to all-time highs early this week. Yet these two cheap shares in an unloved and undervalued sector have been left far behind in 2020. I’d cheerfully buy both today.

Cheap shares: Shell’s year of hell

While 40 shares in the FTSE 100 are up in 2020, 60 shares have fallen in value this year (and one joined less than a year

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Can ‘Doing Less’ Be A Smart Move For Your Business?

We live in a world of change. That’s nothing new. It’s always been so. And the only way to make sense of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

That’s not to say that change is easy or without risk. Most studies show a 60% to 70% failure rate for organizational change projects. That disheartening rate has stayed fairly constant since the early 1970s.

Fortunately, some smart practitioners have figured out how to beat the odds. One of them is Dr. Michael Canic. He’s president of Making Strategy Happen, a consulting firm that helps committed leaders transform ambition into strategy and strategy into reality. 

A specialist in the psychology of human performance, Michael is author of Ruthless Consistency: How Leaders Execute Strategy, Implement Change, and Build Organizations That Win.

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How to shop safe and smart online this holiday season

This holiday season could be a bonanza for cyber thieves, but you don’t have to be a victim.

CLEVELAND — With record numbers of consumers shopping online this year because of COVID, thieves have a whole new set of victims with first time buyers. But, they’ve also gotten so good at scams, even the most seasoned shopper can be lured in. Did you know that scammers now have tools where they learn your buying behaviors and offer you exactly what you’re looking for?

That means we’re often the ones opening the door for them to come in and do their damage.

So, the first step in safe online shopping is to find trusted sites.

In fact, online shopper Amanda Bezares, says she never buys from sites she doesn’t know. “I’m not like, ‘well it’s cheaper on this site that I’ve never heard of. Let me order it from there and

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Local businesses get creative to meet customer needs online, in person


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Whether in person or online, local businesses are working to meet customer needs the best way they can.

For some, that’s an ecommerce site. Others are interacting with customers and answering questions more on social media, and a handful are adopting a hybrid approach.

Monroe Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sue Nicholson said a lot of businesses weren’t equipped to shift online after COVID-19 restrictions limited shopping.

She said several focused on boosting social media following and encouraging curbside pickup.

They plan to boost member’s online ads and promotions via their social media channels on Cyber Monday. It’s important, Nicholson said, to remind people they can get great deals locally and pick it up that day.

Walsworth & Co. in West Monroe worked to boost engagement on Facebook and Instagram, said Jordyn Raybourn social media manager for the store.

They post specific gift and

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