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POLICE Sunday afternoon allowed MDC President Nelson Chamisa to launch his much anticipated State of the Nation Agenda (SONA) 2020 mini-rally at Stodart Hall in Mbare, Harare Tuesday.
The launch was blocked last week after Chamisa had made arrangements to hold the launch at Mai Musonzi Hall also in Mbare.
Police said they were overwhelmed as schools were opening for the first term of 2020. This forced an angry Chamisa to go on Twitter and announce that he would defy any future attempts by the police to ban his public gatherings.
“ENOUGH is ENOUGH. We have exhausted all channels. We cannot continue to be victims of the law. Rights are for all. On Tuesday (21 January, 2020) we will deliver the people’s Agenda 2020 to the nation come what may #peoplesgovernment,” he said.
However, the MDC Harare provincial chairperson, Wellington Chikombo confirmed Sunday that his party had been granted permission to hold the launch.
“I am happy to inform you that police have cleared our Presidential SONA to be addressed by none other than President N Chamisa on Tuesday in Mbare at Stodart (Hall),” Chikombo said.
According to MDC Deputy Spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, SONA is MDC plan of action for 2020.
“From here, the tempo of our democratic struggle rises. President Chamisa will be laying bare to the people of Zimbabwe our cogent plan of action, our cogent plan in order of prosecution of the democratic struggle and programme of action of how we are going to reclaim the people’s struggle,” he said.
ZIMBABWE’S opening batsmen Prince Masvaure and Kevin Kasuza are the toast of Zimbabwe cricket today after they gave their country a wonderful start in the first Test match against Sri Lanka at Harare Sports Club.
Although both are very inexperienced at international level, they played their roles with great determination and their opening stand of 96 runs in more than three-and-a-half hours was an invaluable blessing for their team.
Masvaure scored 55 and Kasuza 63, and with Craig Ervine also coming good with 55 not out, Zimbabwe found themselves overnight in the most encouraging position of 189 for two wickets.
On an overcast morning, with a threat of rain during the day, Sean Williams won his first toss as Zimbabwe’s Test captain and decided to bat on a good-looking pitch.
The previous Test match to be played on this ground took place, also against Sri Lanka, in November 2016, and there are only three survivors from that Zimbabwe team: Williams, Craig Ervine and Donald Tiripano.
Zimbabwe played three debutants in opening batsman Kasuza, pace bowler Victor Nyauchi and left-arm spinner Ainsley Ndlovu.
Kasuza’s opening partner was the left-handed Masvaure, who has played in two previous Test matches.
They batted cautiously but with little difficulty in the opening overs from Suranga Lakmal and Kasun Rajitha, both right-arm seam bowlers.
Masvaure got off the mark with the third ball of the innings, which he turned to the long-leg boundary for four.
Six runs came off the first six overs, all to Masvaure, while after half-an-hour Kasuza finally got off the mark with a nudge to the boundary wide of the slips off Lakmal.
After nine overs and 14 runs, Sri Lanka took off Rajitha for their left-arm spinner, Lasith Embuldeniya, who began with a maiden over to the defensive Kasuza.
Then Lahiru Kumara replaced Lakmal, and when drinks came the batsmen had progressed to the stage where they were confident enough to work the ball around the field for singles; after 13 overs 23 runs were on the board, 13 to Masvaure and 10 to Kasuza.
Masvaure became increasingly fluent and had scored 34 when, in the 22nd over, 50 appeared on the board without loss, and the growing crowd showed their appreciation of every run.
The pair were still together at lunch, having done a magnificent job — 62 runs, of which Masvaure had scored 42 and Kasuza 20.
The first session of the match belonged to Zimbabwe all the way.
The batsmen continued their steady progress after lunch, rarely making a false stroke, although just before reaching his fifty Masvaure flicked unwisely at a ball outside his off stump from Lakmal, but missed.
He finally ran to his admirable fifty off 123 balls, with the total at 80.
Soon afterwards Kasuza, on 30, almost popped up a catch towards midwicket trying to hook a short ball, but the diving fielder just failed to hold a very difficult chance.
Otherwise most of Sri Lanka’s fielding throughout this partnership had been excellent, and some brilliant saves cost Zimbabwe quite a number of runs; also not a single extra had yet been recorded.
The batsmen at this stage became a little bogged down with the score still on 80, and there were four successive maiden overs.
Kasuza was then inspired to drive a ball from Embuldeniya over long-on for six.
Masvaure too became more daring, and he flicked a short ball from Kumara over the slips for four.
With the score on 96, though, the batsmen became bogged down again, perhaps inhibited by the approach of the 100 partnership.
Trying to break the shackles, Masvaure ended an otherwise magnificent innings by driving at a ball from Embuldeniya that was not full enough for the stroke, and sending a low catch to Dimuth Karunaratne at mid-off.
He had scored 55 off 149 balls, with seven fours, and was out in the 51st over.
The last century opening partnership recorded for Zimbabwe in Test cricket was that of Tino Mawoyo and Vusi Sibanda, who put on 102 against Bangladesh at Harare Sports Club in August 2011.
Ervine brought up the hundred for Zimbabwe when he got off the mark by turning a ball from Embuldeniya backward of square leg for two.
Zimbabwe went in to tea on 108 for one, with Kasuza on 48 and Ervine four.
A few minutes after the restart, Kasuza drove a ball from Rajitha past backward point for three to reach his fifty on début, a marathon effort of determination which took him 178 balls.
Ervine, after a slow start, picked up a ball from Dhananjaya de Silva and launched it effortlessly to the sightscreen for six.
In de Silva’s next over but one, he did it again, this time over long-on, both strokes that make him look a world-class batsman when he plays in his best form.
A little later on he hit the same bowler for a third six, this time over extra cover.
Kasuza finally fell for 63, with the score at 164 for two wickets.
He apparently failed to pick up a low full toss from Kumara and was trapped lbw; he faced 214 balls and hit 5 fours and a six.
Brendan Taylor had a narrow escape before he had scored; he almost played a ball from Kumara on to his stumps, and very nearly brushed it away unthinkingly with his hand, but fortunately it just missed his stumps.
After this shaky start Taylor soon hit back with a six over long-on, off Embuldeniya.
There was no rain during the day, but the light did deteriorate, and the batsmen struggled at times to pick up the ball, until at about five o’clock the umpires decided it was too bad for play to continue.
The players left the field with the score 189 for two wickets, with Ervine on 55 — his fifty had come off exactly 100 balls — and Taylor 13.
Without a doubt Zimbabwe won the day, but obviously the later batsmen will need to play their part as it is no more than a start to a first innings in a five-day Test match.
The Sri Lankans never flagged in the field, and undoubtedly saved many runs, while their bowlers worked hard and well all day, but were rarely able to trouble the batsmen on a good batting pitch.
They should never be underestimated and are always capable of fighting back very hard. – ZimCricket
Zimbabwe – 189-2 in 84 overs (Kevin Kasuza 63, Prince Masvaure 55, Craig Ervine 55*; Lahiru Kumara 1/37, Lasith Embuldeniya 1/69)
Sri Lanka Day 1 – Stumps
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WhatsApp’s media sharing option is down for a number of users around the world.
It’s unclear exactly how long users have been unable to send media (audios/videos/images) but down detector notes an influx of 30 WhatsApp fault reports being logged between 1230-1 pm CAT.
With WhatsApp yet to comment on the issue it’s also hard to know just how many users are affected but the following regions are affected: Regions that are also affected. PS: These are not all the affected regions but people who have complained on Down Detector
— ℕ𝕒𝕧𝕖𝕖𝕟 (@Naveen_EV) January 19, 2020
In several regions around the world, the media (Video or Pic) sharing functionality in #Whatsapp is not working..
— Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) January 19, 2020
Update: Users have the ability to send media files once again
WhatsApp is restoring the service.
The server issue should be fixed now. https://t.co/hWPrd3FKFp
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) January 19, 2020
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Conor McGregor returned to the octagon in style at UFC 246 as he beat American fan favourite Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in just 40 seconds in Las Vegas.
Irishman McGregor, 31, came out on top after one of the most spectacular performances of his career.
Two of UFC’s most popular fighters went toe to toe in the main event at the T-Mobile Arena.
But referee Herb Dean stepped in and waved off the contest inside a minute after a series of blows from McGregor.
“I made history tonight. I set a new record. I’m the first fighter in UFC history to secure knockout victories at featherweight, at lightweight and now at welterweight – across three weight divisions, so I’m very proud of that,” said McGregor.
He had not won inside the UFC’s octagon since capturing his second UFC world title in November 2016, and was submitted in four rounds by undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October 2018.
McGregor had said earlier in the week that he would look to “acquire rounds” against the 36-year-old American, but he showed no such patience as he came storming out of his corner and threw a huge left hand that immediately signalled his intent to claim a fast finish.
The Dubliner then connected with a series of shoulders to the face from the clinch, before following his man across the cage and connecting with a huge head kick that badly rocked Cerrone.
Several heavy left hands followed as Cerrone crumbled to the canvas, where he received a further barrage of strikes that sealed victory.
“One of the records he holds [is] the most head-kick knockouts. I’m so happy to be able to get him down with a head kick myself,” said McGregor.
“The UFC can strip fighters and give to other fighters make-believe belts in order to replicate my ‘champ-champ’ status. But they can’t give knockout victories across multiple weight divisions, so there you go again. Etch my name in history one more time.
“I like this weight division. I feel really good. God willing, I came out of here unscathed. I’m in shape. I don’t believe I’m there yet, though. I’ve still got work to do to get back to where I was.” McGregor walks away after his quickfire victory over Cerrone
McGregor surged to MMA superstardom when he signed for the UFC as a two-division Cage Warriors champion, then replicated the feat by capturing the UFC titles at featherweight and lightweight, becoming the first man to simultaneously hold UFC titles in two weight classes.
But those titles were subsequently stripped by the UFC after he failed to defend his belts and, after sharing wins with Nate Diaz in a pair of epic encounters in 2016, the Irishman pursued – and secured – a multi-million-dollar boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
His return to the UFC saw him unsuccessfully challenge for the UFC lightweight title against Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in an encounter full of bad blood and divisive rhetoric.
But he vowed to return, Disqusand he has kicked off what he described as his “2020 season” in spectacular fashion to set up a plethora of big-fight options later in the year.
A shot at the welterweight title, held by Kamaru Usman, or a bout with the UFC’s “BMF” champion Jorge Masvidal would allow McGregor to continue at his new weight class of 170lb, while he has made no secret of his desire to face Nurmagomedov in a rematch for the lightweight belt.
There may be options outside of MMA, too. A rematch with Mayweather is a possibility, while Manny Pacquiao is reportedly also interested in a bout with McGregor, who is sure to command a huge TV audience and payday. –bbc.com McGregor dominated his opponent in a one-sided contest
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When it comes to releasing a long-delayed sequel, or rebooting an old popular franchise, it’s risky business.
Yes, sometimes, there’s slam dunks like Jurassic World, but then you have disasters like Terminator: Dark Fate. But with Bad Boys for Life, the third title in the franchise in 17 years with two stars, who some may have believed to be on the wane (Will Smith and Martin Lawrence), Sony has resurrected a hit with the threequel set to open to a great $68.4M over 4-days.
That’s the second-best MLK weekend ever, after American Sniper ($107.2M) and ahead of Ride Along ($48.6M). The threequel also reps the best opening for the action cop franchise, besting the $46.5M of 2003’s Bad Boys II, and it’s an amount which is currently set to best the entire domestic gross of the first 1995 Bad Boys, which finaled at $65.8M. Things are going so well for Bad Boys for Life this weekend, Sony is already prepping a fourth film.
There’s been some real, blood, sweat and tears in birthing this third movie on behalf of the Culver City studio, jumping around Smith’s production schedule, having Joe Carnahan and then having him fall out as director, and hopping the release date around the calendar several times. Initially the movie was supposed to come out on Feb. 17, 2017 (dated back in August 2015) then eventually it was pulled off the calendar in August 2017, then placed back on the release schedule with this year’s MLK weekend.
Let’s face it, it’s been quite a gamble for Sony when it comes to reigniting their old IP, a matter of a heads or tails coin flip. For every Jumanji and Little Women, there’s duds like The Grudge and Charlie’s Angels. Zombieland: Double Tap was OK at $121.7M WW, but it only made $19.4M more than its first chapter from ten years ago. Sony hit the hammer on a third Bad Boys again, and again, and again, and they got it so right, with audiences enjoying it with an A Cinemascore (just like the last two movies) and 5 stars on PostTrak.
Reboots are complicated, and it’s not just a matter of plug and play (as Skydance and Paramount learned the hard way by slapping James Cameron on as producer and story by, alongside Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger, on Terminator: Dark Fate.
What was the secret sauce to making Bad Boys for Life work? The whole conceit that the movie is about the transition of young bucks becoming elders, topped off by the cadence between Lawrence and Smith. That’s the way guys talk to each other about what’s going on, and that’s why the franchise holds so much weight.
Says social media monitor RelishMix about the online chatter they noticed in advance of this weekend, “Both Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have their fans, and this core contingent is excited by the materials they’re seeing for Bad Boys for Life. As for newcomers, Kate Castillo is getting some shout-outs, as are Vanessa Hudgens and some of the other new team members. It’s clear it’s about the action for those willing to make the trip to theaters, the action and that Porsche.”
And social media was scorching for the threequel, with its total followers across Facebook, FB video views, Twitter, YouTube views and Instagram counting a huge 900M, in large part to a monstrous Black Eyed Peas song contributing to the reach. YouTube views for the movie are at 575.6M alone for the film, with RelishMix noting that “even without the Peas song, the reach easily exceeds this level.”
The pic’s viral video rate is massive at 25:1, with a mix of official clips from ESPN and Telemundo. Together, Smith and Lawrence count 137.5M fans, with Smith accounting for 86% of that tally. Like Dwayne Johnson, Smith is dominating his social feeds to alert the world that he’s got a new movie out, and both Lawrence and him have been pushing the pic since it began shooting in Miami when they announced production on Instagram. That post alone drew 11.1M on Smith’s handle.
Meanwhile that Black Eyed Peas and J Balvin song cut for the film “Ritmo” has clocked close to 411M views since Oct. 10. Being shared on the Peas’ VEVO YouTube channel (6.6M) also didn’t hurt.
“Since then, the video has grown to account for 44% of this movie’s entire social reach. Still, there’s no denying the re-posts of the music video – not to mention the immense views for other Bad Boys clips. The point is, this music video seems to have kick-started the awareness for Bad Boys for Life, whereas last November’s Charlie’s Angels (also a Sony release with a huge music video contributing to its social campaign) seems more one-dimensional, in that fan listened and liked the video – but failed to see its association to the music with the strength that Bad Boys seems to have,” adds RelishMix. In fact, if we you minus the Peas music video and Smith’s social media following, Bad Boys for Life would still be left with a near half billion worth of followers (well ahead of the action comedy average social media universe count of 156M).
And, that Dolittle. Just like Universal was trying to have some good business sense by finally bringing a legacy Andrew Lloyd Webber musical to the screen in the hands of a capable musical director like Tom Hooper, there was a logical business bet made on making a family film with Robert Downey, Jr. three years ago in the wake of him launching franchises like Iron Men and Sherlock Holmes.
The CAA-packaged $160M movie, with Oscar-winning filmmaker Stephen Gaghan, was a hot package around town that Universal won back in March 2017, beating out 20th Century Fox — which made the 1967 Rex Harrison film and the Eddie Murphy redo films — and Sony. So, Uni wasn’t the only crazy studio who believed there was gold to be mined. As has widely been reported, Gaghan, who is known for directing smaller action dramas like Syriana and Gold, bit off more than he could chew here in regards to making a VFX comedy, with the pic undergoing 21 days of reshoots last spring, with director Jonathan Liebesman and Lego Batman helmer Chris McKay overseeing rewrites.
I’ve also heard it wasn’t always simpatico between Gaghan and Downey, Jr (but still, we’ve seen such torturous projects like Venom rise like a phoenix from the ashes). Anyway, Uni knew that they had a bag of rocks on their hands with this $175M production. One finance source remarked “You can tell what they think of the movie by releasing it at a time when most kids are in school.” But, that said, if there’s a weekend to do a cash grab, it’s on a 4-day holiday where close to 100% K-12 kids are off on Monday. Not to mention, Jumanji: The Next Level would have buried this film at Christmas. At $30.6M over 4-days, it’s a pretty good start for a PG movie, under the $39.2M that 2009’s Paul Blart: Mall Cop opened to over its MLK (that pic ending its stateside run at $146.3M). However, Dolittle‘s production cost is its biggest snake bite. Dolittle gets a B CinemaScore (the same as Paul Blart), and 3 stars on PostTrak, which doesn’t guarantee any kind of long-term success. Critics at 19% Rotten on Rotten Tomatoes complain that the movie doesn’t have any human feeling, is too long, lifeless, given the VFX, with Rolling Stone‘s Peter Travers exclaiming, “Come back, Cats, we forgive you,” and NPR’s Scott Tobias hysterically sniping, “Dolittle is a not a film. Dolittle is a crime scene in need of forensic analysis. Something happened here. Something terrible. Something inexplicable.”
Number wise, Dolittle looks similar in some regards to Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. That Disney evil princess movie cost $185M before P&A ($10M more than Dolittle) and fizzled stateside, with a 3-day opening of $36.9M. Finance sources have informed me that the movie broke even with its $113.6M domestic, and $491.5M WW box office. However, Maleficent 2 had overseas working greatly in its favor, with a $153M global opening weekend.
Dolittle will likely file a number that’s around $60M WW by Monday EOD (granted, Maleficent 2 had bigger countries going in its opening suite, with China, Russia, Brazil, and Mexico, all of which are not part of Dolittle‘s offshore release this weekend). The CinemaScore was also better on Maleficent 2, with a solid ‘A’, so it had that going for it. There’s too many dark clouds around Dolittle to even suggest it could break even at this point in time. – deadline.com