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Promoters positive despite sales drop in Barcelona.

<div>Promoters positive despite sales drop in Barcelona.</div>
Concert promoters in Barcelona, Spain, have noticed a decrease in ticket sales as the result of protests in the city, sparked by the jailing of nine Catalan politicians and activists two weeks ago.
Promoters including Live Nation and Barcelona-based The Project, as well as venues such as el Palau de la Música and el Gran Teatre del Liceu have seen a decline in sales since 14 October, when the Spanish Supreme Court sentenced the organisers of the 2017 Catalan independence referendum to 9 – 13 years in prison.

“Sales have fallen and we still haven’t recovered the rates that we had before,” Tito Ramoneda, co-founder of The Project and vice president of Spanish Promoters’ Association APMusicales told El Periódico. According to Ramoneda, sales have dropped by around 30% over the past two weeks.


Japan counts the cost of Typhoon Hagibis

<div>Japan counts the cost of Typhoon Hagibis</div>
When Hagibis made landfall it packed sustained maximum winds of around 167 km per hour, according to data from the U.S. Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center. However, some of its strength had dissipated over the ocean before reaching the coast of Japan. Maximum sustained wind speeds peaked at 259 km per hour two days before making landfall but this was still not as powerful as last year’s Typhoon Mangkhut or the devastating Typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines in 2013.

National Geographic reporter wounded in shootout in Mexico’s Ciudad Juárez

National Geographic reporter wounded in shootout in Mexico’s Ciudad Juárez
Mexican authorities must immediately undertake a credible and transparent investigation into the October 4 gun attack on a residence in Ciudad Juárez, in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, during which a reporter for National Geographic was shot in the leg, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.

According to one member of the camera crew with whom CPJ spoke on October 6 and 7, the team had traveled to Ciudad Juárez to shoot a documentary film about drug trafficking and organized crime in that city. The crew consisted of an American, a Canadian and a Mexican reporter, a Mexican camera assistant and a Mexican security guard. CPJ was asked not to reveal the names of the members of the crew, out of concern for their safety.

Fox safety errors contributed to fatal ‘Deadpool’ crash, report finds

<div>Fox safety errors contributed to fatal ‘Deadpool’ crash, report finds</div><div><br></div>
Joi Harris, a stunt rider, was killed on Aug. 14, 2017, when she lost control of her motorcycle and crashed into the side of a building in downtown Vancouver.

Investigators from WorkSafe B.C. allege that the studio made a long list of errors, including failing to assess the risks of the stunt, failing to allow her to wear a helmet, and failing to set up barriers that would have kept her motorcycle inside the film set.

The agency said it is now considering what penalty should be assessed.

In a statement, a Fox spokesperson took issue with the report, and said that the studio had stepped up its safety measures in the wake of Harris’ death.

What happened when ABC Foreign Correspondent's story on music festival pill testing didn't go to plan.

What happened when ABC Foreign Correspondent's story on music festival pill testing didn't go to plan.
The last-minute cancellation of the front-of-house testing came down to legal complexities.

The Loop had been operating in a legal grey area and this year it had applied for a licence from the UK Government.

That application is still ongoing and, in the meantime, The Loop wasn't able to renegotiate agreements with the local authorities in time for the festival.

When we woke up in Singapore the morning after our cancelled flight, we broke the news to the team back in Sydney.

Because of the time difference with the UK, there wasn't much we could do immediately, but when we finally landed in London, we launched into Plan B mode.

Netflix to spend $500m on British-made TV shows and films

Netflix to spend $500m on British-made TV shows and films
It is the first time Netflix has detailed its spend on making and licensing British-made shows – which include The Crown, Black Mirror and Sex Education.

Speaking at the Royal Television Society conference on Friday, Reed Hastings, Netflix’s chief executive, said the UK had the second-biggest production budget after the US.

And he hinted that the company would seek to fight off competition from rivals Apple, Amazon and Disney by offering “golden handcuff” deals to top-tier creative talent.

The remaking of disgrace insurance

<div>The remaking of disgrace insurance</div>
As co-founder and chief executive officer of the predictive analytics firm Spotted, Janet Comenos knows a lot about famous actors, artists, athletes and celebrity advertising. Her Boston startup matches companies with celebrities for endorsements and advertising.

But lately Comenos has been learning a lot about insurance and talking about it with the enthusiasm of a celebrity at her own premiere. She is excited about her new insurance subsidiary, SpottedRisk and its first production, a remake of “Disgrace Insurance” that she says is nothing like the original.

Resident Evil Stuntwoman Sues After Losing Arm in Motorcycle Accident.

<div>Resident Evil Stuntwoman Sues After Losing Arm in Motorcycle Accident.</div>
Olivia Jackson, stunt double for series' star Milla Jovovich, was filming a scene for 2017's Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in South Africa. Jackson's motorcycle crashed into a film camera rig that had not been raised in time, resulting in the amputation of her left arm. The lawsuit also states that Jackson "had to be placed into a coma while doctors performed life-saving surgery," but the film's production company, Impact Pictures, and producers, Jeremy Bolt and Paul W.S. Anderson (who also co-wrote and directed the film series), have not adequately compensated her for the life-altering accident.

Jackson's lawyers estimate that the medical costs for past and future surgeries will cost between $750,000 and $1 million, but that the producers didn't arrange for proper insurance coverage during film, so only around $33,000 was made available to the stuntwoman. The lawsuit also notes that Jackson only received "a paltry $992" for salary lost, even though the accident effectively cost Jackson her livelihood.

How Drones Are Disrupting The Insurance Industry

<div>How Drones Are Disrupting The Insurance Industry</div>
The insurance industry is set to be one of the earliest adopters of drones because of the numerous benefits it offers, including better safety, efficiency, faster turnaround time, and reduced costs. Goldman Sachs estimates the global drone industry to reach $100 billion by 2020. Given that insurers today are struggling with an increasing amount of damage from natural disasters and fraud, plenty of insurance companies are aspiring to be data-driven organizations. PwC reported that drone technology could help the insurance industry save as much as 6.8 billion USD annually. 

Insurance companies already employ 17% of all commercial drones. Drones can play a part in all the stages of the insurance lifecycle, especially claims management and fraud prevention. Drone powered solutions also help with real-time insights, risk monitoring, and assessment, as well as improving customer experience during catastrophes.

Fast And Furious 9: Vin Diesel's stunt double films a high-octane chase scene in a £150,000 sports car outside Buckingham Palace

Fast And Furious 9: Vin Diesel's stunt double films a high-octane chase scene in a £150,000 sports car outside Buckingham Palace
Vin Diesel's stunt double was pictured filming a high-octane chase scene along The Mall outside Buckingham Palace in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Bearing a striking resemblance to the 52-year-old screen star, the performer sped across the royal grounds in a flashy Noble M600 sports car - worth a whopping £150,000 - as roads by the residence closed down for filming.

Crew members returned to work on the forthcoming sequel nearly two months after a body double was left fighting for life after falling 30 ft on the set of the action movie.