PGA Championship leaderboard 2020: Live golf scores, results from Thursday’s Round 1

After three months on hold, golf’s first major of the 2020 season is finally under way.

The PGA Championship, originally scheduled for May 14-17, was one of more than a dozen PGA tournaments postponed from the spring due to the COVID-19 outbreak, a list that also includes the U.S. Open and the Masters, which will take place this fall instead. Golf’s fourth major, the British Open, was canceled entirely.

Of course, a PGA Championship held in August isn’t such a foreign concept; the tournament had been staged this month nearly every year since 1969 until its move up in the PGA Tour schedule for 2019. This year’s tournament will be played atTPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepkais back in the field look to make it three in a row coming off a strong second-place finish at last week’s WGC-St. Jude Invitational. Justin Thomas, the winner of that tournament and a 2018 PGA Championship titleholder, reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in the world with his victory.

Thomasstarts the PGA Championship groupedwith Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, who is coming off a T40 showing at the Memorial Championship in July. The 16-time major winner has four PGA Championship titles with his most recent comingin 2007.

Follow live scores from each round of the 2020 PGA Championshipwith our leaderboard, along with updated tee times and TV coverage.

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PGA Championship leaderboard 2020

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How to watch the PGA Championship

ESPN and CBSeach havelive coverage of the PGA Championshipin 2020. The tournament airs exclusively on ESPN for the first two days before sharing the broadcast with CBS forfinalrounds on Saturday and Sunday. You canstream the PGA Championshipon bothnetwork’s subscription service, onPGA Tour Liveor via fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.

Date Time TV channel
Thursday, Aug. 6 4-10 p.m. ET ESPN, fuboTV
Friday, Aug. 7 4-10 p.m. ET ESPN, fuboTV
Saturday, Aug. 8 1-4 p.m. ET / 4-10 p.m. ET ESPN, CBS, fuboTV
Sunday, Aug. 9 noon-3 p.m. ET / 3-9 p.m. ET ESPN, CBS, fuboTV

PGA Championship tee times

Here is the complete list of PGA Championship tee times and groupings for Thursday’s Round 1:

Round 1: Thursday, Aug. 6

(All times Eastern)

Tee No. 1

Tee time Grouping
10 a.m. Brian Harman, Jeff Hart, C.T. Pan
10:11 a.m. Andrew Landry, Rod Perry, Nate Lashley
10:22 a.m. Sung Kang, John O’Leary, Dylan Frittelli
10:33 a.m. Erik Van Rooyen, Russell Henley, Carlos Ortiz
10:44 a.m. Ryan Palmer, Kevin Kisner, Michael Thompson
10:55 a.m. Bud Cauley, Lucas Glover, Tyrrell Hatton
11:06 a.m. Alex Beach, Rich Beem, Shaun Micheel
11:17 a.m. Rafa Cabrera Bello, Ryo Ishikawa, Jason Kokrak
11:28 a.m. Bernd Wiesberger, Danny Lee, Vaughn Taylor
11:39 a.m. Keith Mitchell, Matthias Schwab, Brendan Steele
11:50 a.m. Joel Dahmen, Luke List, Victor Perez
12:01 p.m. Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Marty Jertson, Tom Lewis
12:12 p.m. David Muttitt, Mackenzie Hughes, Harris English
3:30 p.m. Tyler Duncan, J.R. Roth, Christiaan Bezuidenhout
3:41 p.m. Lanto Griffin, Rich Berberian Jr., Joost Luiten
3:52 p.m. Jim Herman, Rob Labritz, Shaun Norris
4:03 p.m. Adam Hadwin, Brandt Snedeker, Xinjun Zhang
4:14 p.m. Kevin Na, Patrick Reed, Robert MacIntyre
4:25 p.m. Matthew Wolff, Bubba Watson, Graeme McDowell
4:36 p.m. Tommy Fleetwood, Viktor Hovland, Hideki Matsuyama
4:47 p.m. Rickie Fowler, Bryson DeChambeau, Adam Scott
4:58 p.m. Jon Rahm, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia
5:09 p.m. Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Webb Simpson
5:20 p.m. Matt Wallace, Matt Kuchar, Marc Leishman
5:31 p.m. Sepp Straka, Ryan Vermeer, Si Woo Kim
5:42 p.m. Sebastian Munoz, Justin Bertsch, Benjamin Herbert

Tee No. 10

Tee time Grouping
10:05 a.m. Scottie Scheffler, Danny Balin, Tom Hoge
10:16 a.m. Mike Auterson, Rory Sabbatini, Nick Taylor
10:27 a.m. Tony Finau, Danny Willett, Patrick Cantlay
10:38 a.m. Martin Kaymer, Jason Dufner, Jason Day
10:49 a.m. Daniel Berger, Xander Schauffele, Steve Stricker
11 a.m. Henrik Stenson, Collin Morikawa, Zach Johnson
11:11 a.m. Brooks Koepka, Gary Woodland, Shane Lowry
11:22 a.m. Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose
11:33 a.m. Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas
11:44 a.m. Louis Oosthuizen, Max Homa, Matt Fitzpatrick
11:55 a.m. Abraham Ancer, Charl Schwartzel, Joohyung Kim
12:06 p.m. Corey Conners, Zach J. Johnson, Chez Reavie
12:17 p.m. Scott Piercy, Alex Knoll, Andrew Putnam
3:25 p.m. Bob Sowards, Kurt Kitayama, Richy Werenski
3:36 p.m. Haotong Li, Benny Cook, Jorge Campillo
3:47 p.m. Byeong Hun An, Talor Gooch, Sungjae Im
3:58 p.m. J.T. Poston, Joaquin Niemann, Harold Varner III
4:09 p.m. Ken Tanigawa, Emiliano Grillo, Cameron Tringale
4:20 p.m. Brian Studard, Jim Furyk, Billy Horschel
4:31 p.m. Matt Jones, Jazz Janewattananond, Kevin Streelman
4:42 p.m. Jimmy Walker, Davis Love III, Keegan Bradley
4:53 p.m. Cameron Smith, Denny McCarthy, Cameron Champ
5:04 p.m. Troy Merritt, Wyndham Clark, Chan Kim
5:15 p.m. Doc Redman, Jason Caron, Brendon Todd
5:26 p.m. Judd Gibb, Lucas Herberg, Mark Hubbard
5:37 p.m. Shawn Warren, Marcus Kinhult, Adam Long

World News

Beirut explosion: Lebanese confront devastation as scores of people still missing

Residents of Beirut awoke to a scene of utter devastation on Wednesday, a day after a massive explosion at the port sent shock waves across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 100 people and wounding thousands.

Smoke was still rising from the port, where huge mounds of grain gushed from hollowed-out silos. Major downtown streets were littered with debris and damaged vehicles, and building facades were blown out.

READ MORE: More than 100 killed, thousands injured in blast in Beirut explosion

An official with the Lebanese Red Cross said at least 100 people were killed and more than 4,000 were wounded. The official, George Kettaneh, said the toll could rise further.

Scores of people were missing, with relatives pleading on social media for help locating loved ones. An Instagram page called Locating Victims Beirut sprang up with photos of missing people, and radio presenters read the names of missing or wounded people throughout the night. Many residents moved in with friends or relatives after their apartments were damaged and treated their own injuries because hospitals were overwhelmed.

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It was unclear what caused the blast, which appeared to have been triggered by a fire and struck with the force of an earthquake. It was the most powerful explosion ever seen in the city, which was on the front lines of the 1975-1990 civil war and has endured conflicts with neighboring Israel and periodic bombings and terror attacks.

Beirut explosion: Lebanese journalist says great fear in city after massive explosion

Beirut explosion: Lebanese journalist says great fear in city after massive explosion

Lebanon was already on the brink of collapseamid a severe economic crisis that has ignited mass protests in recent months. Its hospitals are confronting a surge in coronavirus cases, and there were concerns the virus could spread further aspeople flooded into hospitals.

Saint George University Hospital, one of the major private hospitals in Beirut which had been receiving COVID-19 patients, was out of commission Wednesday after suffering major damage. A physician who identified himself as Dr. Emile said 16 staff and patients, including four nurses, died in the blast. He declined to give his last name out of privacy concerns.

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Interior Minister Mohammed Fahmi told a local TV station that it appeared the blast was caused by the detonation of more than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate that had been stored in a warehouse at the dock ever since it was confiscated from a cargo ship in 2014.

Ammonium nitrate is a common ingredient in fertilizer but can also be highly explosive. It was used in theOklahoma City bombing in 1995, when a truck bomb containing 2,180 kilograms (4,800 pounds) of fertilizer and fuel oil ripped through a federal building, killing 168 people and wounding hundreds more.

Trump says top U.S. generals believe explosion in Beirut was an attack

Trump says top U.S. generals believe explosion in Beirut was an attack

There is no evidence the Beirut explosion was an attack.

Videos showed what looked like a fire erupting nearby just before, and local TV stations reported that a fireworks warehouse was involved. The fire appeared to spread to a nearby building, triggering the explosion and sending up a mushroom cloud.

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Security forces cordoned off the port area on Wednesday as a bulldozer entered to help clear away debris. A young man begged troops to allow him to enter and search for his father, who has been missing since the blast occurred. He was directed to a port official who wrote down his details.

In Beiruts hard-hit Achrafieh district, civil defense workers and soldiers were working on locating missing people and clearing the rubble. At least one man was still pinned under stones from an old building that had collapsed. Volunteers hooked him up to an oxygen tank to help him breathe while others tried to free his leg.

The blast destroyed numerous apartment buildings, potentially leaving large numbers of people homeless at a time when many Lebanese have lost their jobs and seen their savings evaporate because of a currency crisis. The explosion also raises concerns about how Lebanon will continue to import nearly all of its vital goods with its main port devastated.

Trump offers deepest sympathies following explosion in Beirut

Trump offers deepest sympathies following explosion in Beirut

Prime Minister Hassan Diab, in a short televised speech, appealed to all countries and friends of Lebanon to extend help to the small nation, saying: We are witnessing a real catastrophe. He reiterated his pledge that those responsible for the disaster will pay the price, without commenting on the cause.

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There is also the issue of food security in Lebanon, a tiny country already hosting over 1 million Syrians amid that countrys yearslong war.

Drone footage shot Wednesday by The Associated Press showed that the blast tore open a cluster of towering grain silos, dumping their contents into the debris and earth thrown up by the blast. Some 80 per cent of Lebanons wheat supply is imported, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department.

Estimates suggest some 85 per cent of the countrys grain was stored at the now-destroyed silos.

Massive explosion shakes Lebanon’s capital, Beirut

Massive explosion shakes Lebanon’s capital, Beirut

Lebanons state-run National News Agency quoted the Raoul Nehme, the minister of economy and trade, as saying that all the wheat stored at the facility had been contaminated and couldnt be used. However, he insisted Lebanon had enough wheat for its immediate needs and would import more.

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Several countries have pledged aid in the aftermath of the blast, with even Israel offering humanitarian assistance. The two countries have been in conflict for decades, and Israel fought a 2006 war with the Hezbollah militant group.

The tiny Mediterranean nations economic crisis is rooted in decades of systemic corruption and poor governance by the political class that has been in power since the end of the civil war. Lebanese have held mass protests calling for sweeping political change since last autumn but few of their demands have been met as the economic situation has steadily worsened.

Beiruts port and the customs authority are a notoriously corrupt. Like nearly all public institutions, they are controlled by Lebanons political factions, including the Hezbollah militant group.

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Indian PM Narendra Modi scores another win for Hindu nationalists in flashpoint holy site Ayodhya

AYODHYA, INDIA (AFP) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Wednesday (Aug 5) lay the foundation for a temple at a flashpoint holy site exactly a year after imposing direct rule on Muslim-majority Kashmir – twin triumphs for his Hindu nationalist government.

The site of Ayodhya and divided Kashmir have been two of the most divisive communal issues of the past 30 years in India, and Modi has attempted to draw a line under both in his second term.

For his fans both steps confirm Modi as a decisive, visionary leader, and India’s most important in decades.

His critics see him as remoulding the country as a Hindu nation, at the expense of India’s 200 million Muslims, and taking it in authoritarian direction.

“Modi has certainly been India’s most transformative leader in recent memory,” Micheal Kugelman from the Wilson Centre told AFP.

“This has made him wildly popular, but also highly controversial and quite divisive.”

The holy city of Ayodhya in northern India has long been a fault line in India’s religious divisions, and has been the spark for some of its worst sectarian violence.

Devout Hindus believe that Lord Ram, the warrior god, was born there some 7,000 years ago but that a mosque was constructed on top of his birthplace in the 16th century.

In the 1980s a Hindu movement began to agitate for the mosque to be removed and in 1992 a mob demolished it with shovels, pickaxes and their bare hands.

This triggered religious riots that killed 2,000 people, most of them Muslims.

A lengthy legal battle ensued but in November, in a major victory for the BJP, India’s top court awarded the site to Hindus, allowing a temple “touching the sky” to be built.

“(It’s) a huge achievement for (Modi). He is going to make his position permanently in history purely on the strength of this temple,” biographer Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay told AFP.


Further cementing his place in India’s annals is Kashmir, divided between India and Pakistan since 1947, the spark for two wars and the source of much bloodshed.

The BJP has long seen the special status enjoyed by the part of Kashmir controlled by India as a historical wrong, and on August 5 last year Modi abolished it.

An accompanying security operation turned the region into a fortress for weeks with all telecommunications cut and thousands taken into custody.

Now, people from outside Kashmir are being granted domicile rights for the first time, giving them the right to buy land and claim government jobs.

This has stoked fears that Modi wants to change Muslim-majority Kashmir’s demographic and religious makeup along the lines of Israel’s actions in the West Bank.

“What I see unfolding is a Hindu settler colonial project in the making,” Mona Bhan from Syracuse University told AFP.


Other actions have also alarmed Modi’s critics and delighted his fans.

Last year a new law made it easier for millions of illegal immigrants from three neighbouring countries to get citizenship, but not if they are Muslims.

A “citizenship list” in Assam state left off millions who were unable to prove they were Indian, many of them Muslims, a process many fear the BJP wants to roll out nationwide.

More may be in the pipeline.

On the BJP’s wishlist is a uniform civil code, doing away with personal laws for religious minorities in areas such as marriage, family and death – a policy aimed primarily at Muslims.

“Clearly, it’s full speed ahead with the Hindu nationalist agenda,” Kugelman said.

“The government knows it has some major challenges with the economy and the pandemic. By focusing on the social agenda… it can distract its rank and file and shore up political support.”

Movies & TV

TV Ratings: Trump Axios Interview Scores 33% Viewership Bump for HBO

Last night’s wild Axios interview with President Trump scored the HBO program a 33% total viewership bump from its average so far this year.

A total of 136,000 viewers tuned in to see Trump make an utter fool of himself with Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, according to Nielsen Media Research. That may not seem like a large number, especially compared with the millions of viewers who have since watched the interview online, but it is still a decent amount above the show’s usual audience of just over 100,000 total viewers.

The interview currently has almost 3.5 million viewers on HBO’s YouTube channel, and is the number one trending video on the platform. All told, it has been viewed over 40 million times across all platforms, including social media. A clip of the interview on Axios’ Twitter account alone currently has around 36 million viewers.

Returning to the HBO numbers, around 46,000 of those viewers were in the key news demographic of people aged 25-54, with 25,000 falling in the 18-49 demo. That represents increases of 10,000 viewers and 2,000 viewers on the show’s average in those respective demos.

In the interview, which was taped on July 28, Swan challenges Trump’s on how he uses statistics to describe the country’s fight with coronavirus. Swan pointed, rather logically, to the number of U.S. COVID-19 deaths as a percentage of the entire country’s population, to which Trump inexplicably replied, “You can’t do that.”

Later on, Swan also queries Trump on Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights leader, who recently passed away. Trump says he would not attend Lewis’ funeral, seemingly in part because Lewis did not attend his inauguration.


NBA games today: Full TV schedule, scores, results for the 2020 season restart

The race to the 2020NBA playoffs continues Tuesday, Aug. 4, with six “seeding games” on the league’s restart schedule.

A total of 13 NBA teams have already clinched playoff berths, but there is still much to be decided down the stretch. The seedings are far from finalized, and the final postseason spot in the Western Conference could come down to a play-in tournament. It will certainly be an exciting sprint to the finish line.

Below you’ll find everything you need to know about watching the NBA’s restart, including tipoff times and TV channels for the national broadcasts.

MORE: Watch select NBA games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

NBA games today

Here’s the full schedule for today’s NBAgames.Check out SN’s live scoreboard for stats from each game.

Tuesday, Aug. 4

Game Time (ET) National TV
Nets vs. Bucks 1:30 p.m. NBA TV, fuboTV
Mavericks vs. Kings 2:30 p.m.
Suns vs. Clippers 4 p.m. NBA TV, fuboTV
Magic vs. Pacers 6 p.m.
Celtics vs. Heat 6:30 p.m. TNT
Rockets vs. Trail Blazers 9 p.m. TNT

How to watch, live stream NBA games

ESPN and TNT are available fromalmost all United States cable providers, but NBA TV is only offered byVerizon (channels 89 and 589) and Comcast (channels 734 and 478).

For those who have ESPN and TNT included in their cable or satellite subscriptions, live stream presentations of those networks’NBA games can be found on the ESPN app and the Watch TNT app, respectively.

For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are fourmajor OTT TV streaming options that carry both ESPN and TNT:Sling, Hulu, YouTube TVand AT&T Now. Of the four, Hulu andYouTubeTVofferfree trial options.

Below are links to each:

Of the four services, Hulu is the only one that does not carry NBA TV. Fubo TV carries NBA TV but not ESPN or TNT.

All NBA “seeding games” will alsobe available to stream via NBA League Pass at a reduced price ($28.99) since there are so few games left in the season. However, games on NBA League Pass are blacked out in local markets.

NBA playoff bracket

Here’s what the NBA’s first-round playoff matchups would be if theseason ended today.

Eastern Conference

(1) Bucks vs. (8) Nets

(2) Raptors vs. (7) Magic

(3) Celtics vs. (6) 76ers

(4) Heat vs. (5) Pacers

Western Conference

(1) Lakers vs. (8) Grizzlies

(2) Clippers vs. (7) Mavericks

(3) Nuggets vs. (6) Thunder

(4) Rockets vs. (5) Jazz

NBAschedule 2020

(All times Eastern)

Aug. 5

Game Time National TV
Grizzlies vs. Jazz 2:30 p.m.
76ers vs. Wizards 4 p.m. NBA TV, fuboTV
Nuggets vs. Spurs 4 p.m.
Thunder vs. Lakers 6:30 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
Raptors vs. Magic 8 p.m.
Nets vs. Celtics 9 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV

Aug. 6

Game Time National TV
Pelicans vs. Kings 1:30 p.m. NBA TV, fuboTV
Heat vs. Bucks 4 p.m. TNT
Pacers vs. Suns 4 p.m.
Clippers vs. Mavericks 6:30 p.m. TNT
Trail Blazers vs. Nuggets 8 p.m.
Lakers vs. Rockets 9 p.m. TNT

Aug. 7

Game Time National TV
Jazz vs. Spurs 1 p.m.
Thunder vs. Grizzlies 4 p.m. NBA TV, fuboTV
Kings vs. Nets 5 p.m.
Magic vs. 76ers 6:30 p.m. TNT
Wizards vs. Pelicans 8 p.m.
Celtics vs. Raptors 9 p.m. TNT

Aug. 8

Game Time National TV
Clippers vs. Trail Blazers 1 p.m. TNT
Jazz vs. Nuggets 3:30 p.m. TNT
Lakers vs. Pacers 6 p.m. TNT
Suns vs. Heat 7:30 p.m.
Bucks vs. Mavericks 8:30 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV

Aug. 9

Game Time National TV
Wizards vs. Thunder 12:30 p.m.
Grizzlies vs. Raptors 2 p.m.
Spurs vs. Pelicans 3 p.m. ABC, fuboTV
Magic vs. Celtics 5 p.m.
76ers vs. Trail Blazers 6:30 p.m. NBA TV, fuboTV
Rockets vs. Kings 8 p.m.
Nets vs. Clippers 9 p.m. NBA TV, fuboTV

Aug. 10

Game Time National TV
Thunder vs. Suns 2:30 p.m.
Mavericks vs. Jazz 3 p.m. NBA TV, fuboTV
Raptors vs. Bucks 6:30 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
Pacers vs. Heat 8 p.m.
Nuggets vs. Lakers 9 p.m. TNT

Aug. 11

Game Time National TV
Nets vs. Magic 1 p.m.
Rockets vs. Spurs 2 p.m. NBA TV, fuboTV
Suns vs. 76ers 4:30 p.m.
Trail Blazers vs. Mavericks 5 p.m.
Celtics vs. Grizzlies 6:30 p.m. TNT
Pelicans vs. Kings 9 p.m. TNT
Bucks vs. Wizards 9 p.m.

Aug. 12

Game Time National TV
Pacers vs. Rockets 4 p.m. NBA TV
Raptors vs. 76ers 6:30 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
Heat vs. Thunder 8 p.m.
Clippers vs. Nuggets 9 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV

Aug. 13

Game Time National TV
Wizards vs. Celtics TBD TBD
Trail Blazers vs. Nets TBD TBD
Kings vs. Lakers TBD TBD
Bucks vs. Grizzlies TBD TBD
Pelicans vs. Magic TBD TBD
Mavericks vs. Suns TBD TBD
Spurs vs. Jazz TBD TBD

Aug. 14

Game Time National TV
76ers vs. Rockets TBD TBD
Heat vs. Pacers TBD TBD
Thunder vs. Clippers TBD TBD
Nuggets vs. Raptors TBD TBD

Sporting News’ Tadd Haislopcontributed to this story.


James Harden scores 49 in Rockets thriller over Mavs, but says ‘it’s not about the points’

James Hardenscored 49 points in a 153-149 overtime victory over the Dallas Mavericks, but it was the Houston Rockets’ defensive effort that the former MVP wanted to highlight.

Another fine offensive night from Harden saw him move past Calvin Murphy to become the playerwith thesecond-most points in the franchise’s history, behind only Hakeem Olajuwon.

With Russell Westbrook adding 31 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists too, it was a fineoutingfor Houston’s leadingduo, though Harden was quick to defer praise to the collective performance at the other end of the court.

NBA RESTART: Schedule | Playoff Bracket | Bubble, explained

“It’s not even about the points,” Harden told ESPN on thecourt after the game.”Our effort was there continuously throughout the course of the night against one of the best offenses in this league.They were going to be tough from the beginning of the game and we had to stay with it, even when we were down by double digits. We kept fighting, especially on the defensive end and forced overtime.We wanted to stay with it and give ourselves a chance at the end of the game. We did that. Our confidence defensively was building, especially in that fourth quarter. We kept pushing the tempo, kept fighting.”

LukaDoncichad a triple-double for the Mavs his NBA-leading 15th of the season but went just one-for-nine from three-point range, while Trey Burke added 31 points from the bench having drained eight of his 10 attempts from beyond the arc.

“We are a young team. We have got a lot to learn,”Doncicsaid.”We will get better, for sure. I know we are going to get together when it matters most, so I’m not worried about that.”


AFL Live Scores: North Melbourne v Adelaide

AFL round nine continues as footy fans enter day four of the festival of footy. First up, both North Melbourne and Adelaide will be desperate for a victory.

Movies & TV

Venice Competition Title ‘Miss Marx’ Scores First International Deals, Unveils Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)

Venice Golden Lion contender “Miss Marx,” starring Romola Garai as the spirited daughter of philosopher Karl Marx, has secured its first tranche of international deals ahead of the September fest. (Watch the film’s exclusive trailer above.)

Written and directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli (“Nico, 1988,” “Cosmonaut”), with Celluloid Dreams serving as international sales agent, the film has been picked up by DDDreams in China and B-Team in Spain. In Italy, 01 — the distribution arm of RAI Cinema — will distribute the film, which is produced by Vivo film with Rai Cinema and Tarantula.

In what appears to be a refreshingly rock ‘n’ roll take on history, Garai (“Atonement,” “Suffragette”) plays Marx’s youngest daughter Eleanor, a strong feminist and socialist who takes part in workers’ battles and fights for women’s rights, as well as the abolition of child labor. The film also details her tragic relationship with Edward Aveling (Patrick Kennedy), whom she meets in 1883.

Nicchiarelli — who found acclaim with 2017’s “Nico, 1988,” which picked up best film in Venice’s Horizons section — said Eleanor’s story provided her “an opportunity to explore startlingly contemporary themes within a period context.”

“But to do so properly, I was determined to first study and then overturn the clichés of the costume drama. I tried to subvert the image of a Victorian heroine and replace it with a modern, emblematic picture of a woman fighting battles on both the personal front and the world stage,” said Nicchiarelli.

“I believe that Eleanor’s story requires delicate irony: her love life was both absurd and tragic, her plight more than familiar to women today. But the story also demands profound respect: Eleanor’s battles and those of her peers are just as modern and urgent today as they were in the past.”

“Miss Marx” also stars John Gordon Sinclair as Friedrich Engels, Felicity Montagu as Helene Demuth and Philip Gröning as Karl Marx.

Venice runs from Sept. 2-12. The festival revealed its official selection earlier this week — a largely European affair due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, though a landmark year for the festival, with more representation among female directors and new filmmakers.

Miss Marx stars Romola Garai as Eleanor Marx and Patrick Kennedy as Edward Aveling
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Songs For Screens: Syncs and Scores From Smirnoff, Facebook Lead 2020 AMP Awards Winners

An Ol’ Dirty Bastard cover and a kazoo parade featuring Big Freedia were the two most-awarded pieces of music at the 2020 AMP Awards, which were held virtually on Thursday (July 30.)

The seventh annual gathering from the Association of Music Producers (AMP) recognized excellence in use of licensed and original music in advertising, led by Smirnoff’s “Infamous Since 1864” campaign, which features a cinematic cover of ODB’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya.” Wave Studios was awarded for both Outstanding Mix and the 2020 Ryan Barkan Best In Show Award for its work on the composition. All of this year’s winners can be viewed HERE.


Another two-time winner is Squeak E. Clean Studios for its work on Facebook’s “Kazoo: With the International Kazoo Players Association and Big Freedia,” which took home the awards for Outstanding Adaptation/Arrangement and Best Artist + Brand Collaboration. The :60 spot makes memorable use of the mouth instrument as the basis of a Facebook Group for kazoo enthusiasts, who form a marching band that leads to a concert with the queen of New Orleans bounce.


Originally scheduled for April, the 2020 AMP Awards were delayed until late July to allow enough time to put together a first-time virtual program. The pre-recorded broadcast, which aired via Zoom, eschewed acceptance speeches to focus on the work, and also featured two songs from Aloe Blacc, who previewed his forthcoming “All Love Everything” with a performance recorded at Playa Studios/Mophonics in L.A. “At a time when you have Chris Martin playing on his piano at home to thousands of people, we decided to reach high to get a great artist like Aloe to have him perform from this cool space,” says Georg Bissen, owner of New York-based music company MetaTechnik who in June was elected National President of the Association of Music Producers.

The common thread for all of this year’s honorees was how they each showcased the inextricable link between music and storytelling. Jay Russell, Chief Creative Officer at ad agency GSD&M and AMP Awards 2020’s Show Chair, compares watching a great commercial without music to listening to David Lee Roth’s isolated vocals on “Runnin’ With The Devil” without the Van Halen accompaniment. “It’s ridiculous watching something without music,” he says. “I’ve sold commercials based on the song. I truly think the formula for a great ad is one third the idea, one third the director and music is often more than one third.”

This year’s AMP Awards curatorial committee was comprised of agency creatives and music producers as well as executives from music production and music publishing companies. Its members included the following: Kristen Barnard, Director of Integrated Production at Tracy Locke; Joanna Batemits, Executive Producer at Carousel; Khrisana Edwards, Director of Integrated Production at; Stephanie Diaz-Matos, Head of Supervision & Library at Raedio; Jack Epsteen, SVP, Director of Production at GSD&M; Michael Frick, VP, Brand Partnerships & Creative Synch at Position Music; Karen Gereffi Goodman, VP, Creative Director at MullenLowe; Robby Hurd, VP of Sales at Musicbed; David Lapinsky, VP, Music Producer at Grey/Townhouse; Alec Stern, Director of Music at DDB; and Rani Vaz, Executive Producer at RNDM ORDR.

Sponsors for the 2020 event include FGMK Insurance, Musicbed, Reservoir Media, ABKCO Music, Concord Music Publishing, Manage Ad Music, APM Music and West One Music. The show was produced with help from Cosmo Street, Mophonics and Ataboy Studios, with media support provided by LBB, SHOOT Online and Source │Slate │Shots. Composer Bobby Lopez also appeared during the broadcast to encourage donations to the Musicians Foundation, a nonprofit that provides Covid-19 relief resources to the music community.

See below for the full list of winners at the 2020 AMP Music Awards:




Chanel Miller

“I Am With You”



Groove Guild


“Hello Light”




World of Warcraft

“A Toast to 15 Years”



Squeak E. Clean Studios


“Kazoo: with the International Kazoo Players Association and Big Freedia”



Sound Lounge

Change the Ref

“GunDependence Day”



Wave Studios


“Infamous Since 1864”



Kobalt Music


“Kazoo: with the International Kazoo Players Association and Big Freedia”




Empire State Realty Trust

“Empire State Building Sonic Redesign”



Pollen Music Group

Magic Leap

“Out There”



Wave Studios


“Infamous Since 1864”

Songs For Screens is a Variety column sponsored by Anzie Blue, a wellness company and café based in Nashville. It is written by Andrew Hampp, founder of music marketing consultancy 1803 LLC and former correspondent for Billboard. Each week, the column highlights noteworthy use of music in advertising and marketing campaigns, as well as film and TV. Follow Andrew on Twitter at @ahampp.




Davidos ‘A Good Time’ album scores over 1 billion streams on all platforms – Face2Face Africa

Sensational Nigerian Afrobeats singer, Davido, has officially reached over a billion streams on all digital platforms with his album, A Good Time. This was revealed by the Columbia Records United Kingdom. The album has garnered so much accolade in less than a year after its release.

Earlier this year, just three months of its release, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry of South Africa, and in February two singles on the album; Blow My Mind and Risky were certified platinum in the United States. Risky went double platinum.

The 17-track album which is Davidos second was released on November 22, 2019, through Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), RCA Records and Sony Music.

The album features guest artists like Naira Marley, Dremo, Peruzzi, Popcaan, Zlatan, Yonda, Wurld, Chris Brown, Summer Walker, Gunna, and A Boogie wit da Hoodie.

According to Rolling Stone magazine, Davidos hit single Fall was one of the top-100-most-Shazam-searched singles in America in January 2019. In February 2019, it became the longest-charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history. The music video for Fall reportedly stands at 174 million views on YouTube, the most for any Nigerian music video.

The visibility and presence of African artistes have gained popularity since streaming services have become easily accessible. Earlier this year, Billboard dedicated its newest special issue to Africa, celebrating the vibrant and rhythmic beats that the continent produces. Davido, Tiwa Savage and Mr Eazi were on the cover of the special edition.

Movies & TV

‘Tiger King’ Scores Six Emmy Nominations, Despite Controversy

There’s no question which series has produced the most buzz, the most memes, and the most controversy during quarantine. It’s of course “Tiger King,” which scored six Primetime Emmy Award nominations Tuesday.

“Tiger King” was recognized for directing for a documentary/nonfiction program; picture editing for a nonfiction program; music composition for a documentary series or special (original dramatic score); documentary or nonfiction series; sound editing for a nonfiction or reality program (single or multi-camera); and sound mixing for a nonfiction or reality program (single or multi-camera).

Whether or not all the chatter around the show would turn into awards success for Netflix was less of a certainty, especially given how the show polarized audiences and critics alike. However, despite the controversy, the series about eccentric zoo owner Joe Exotic and his plot to murder his rival Carole Baskin has is now back at the top of the cultural conversation once more, thanks to its Emmy-contender status.

Since it launched in March, “Tiger King” has drummed up significant backlash from an animal welfare point of view, because of the newfound stardom it has afforded its deranged protagonist, and because of the way in which it framed Baskin as the villain of the piece.

In her column on why “Tiger King” “doesn’t deserve our attention,” Variety critic Caroline Framke described the show as ” seven hours of salacious rumor-mongering and shameless gawking at misfortune.”

“The way in which ‘Tiger King’ goes on autopilot, indulging stereotypes and flattening complex events into titillating bites, turns everything it touches into a joke,” Framke wrote. “This would be bad enough were it a scripted show, but ‘Tiger King’ is about real people, real tragedies, real abuse and harm done in the name of fame and fortune. Telling these stories responsibly might have been more a bummer, but it would have, at the very least, been more humane.”

And yet in many ways, its nominations should come as no surprise. Emmy voters, like everyone else, surely struggled to escape “Tiger King” given the barrage of media coverage it has received from virtually all angles, including constant reports on just how big this big cat series was.

In April, Netflix released some traditionally closely-kept viewership data on the show, claiming it had been sampled by 64 million households worldwide in the first month of its availability.

Then there was all the news about various Joe Exotic scripted projects, which commanded their fair share of clicks.

In early May, Variety exclusively reported that Nicolas Cage is lining up to play Exotic in an eight-episode series from Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios. Even before the Netflix series premiered, “SNL” star Kate McKinnon lined up to play Baskin in another scripted project from Universal Content Productions.

The recency factor likely also played strongly in show’s favor. “Tiger King” only premiered in late March, and was always going to be be buzzing around voters’ minds come nomination time.

There’s no doubt that nominating “Tiger King” spices up unscripted categories category that typically doesn’t attract as much attention as its scripted counterparts. in the documentary or unscripted series category it will now go up against ESPN’s Michael Jordan series “The Last Dance”; PBS’ “American Masters”; Hulu’s “Hillary”; and HBO’s “McMillion$.”


MLB Opening Day 2020 live scores, updates, highlights from Friday’s baseball games

Baseball, baseball, baseball.

While the MLB season officially got underway Thursday, a nearly fullslate of games comes your way Friday, with baseball being played deep into the night. It’s Opening Day for 26teams,starting with an NL East matchup at 4:10 p.m. ET with Jacob deGrom taking on Mike Soroka and the WorldSeries-hopeful Braves in New York.

Closing out the night is a must-watch matchup between the scrappy Athletics and a sneaky-underrated Angels squad, featuring the planet’s greatest player, Mike Trout.

Thursday’s games had a little bit of everything that makes baseball great: slick defending, great pitching, dingers, starpower and more. With 13 games on today’s schedule, expect to see more of that.

Sporting News will be tracking scores, highlights and more from today’s games below.

(All times Eastern.)

MLB scores

Sporting News will be tracking the latest scores here, and highlights below:

Game Start time Score
Braves vs. Mets 4:10 p.m. ET 0-0
Tigers vs. Reds 6:10 p.m. ET
Blue Jays vs. Rays 6:40 p.m. ET
Marlins vs. Phillies 7:05 p.m. ET
Brewers vs. Cubs 7:10 p.m. ET
Royals vs. Indians 7:10 p.m. ET
Orioles vs. Red Sox 7:30 p.m. ET
Rangers vs. Rockies 8:05 p.m. ET
Twins vs. White Sox 8:10 p.m. ET
Pirates vs. Cardinals 8:15 p.m. ET
Diamondbacks vs. Padres 9:10 p.m. ET
Mariners vs. Astros 9:10 p.m. ET
Dodgers vs. Giants 9:40 p.m. ET
Angels vs. A’s 10:10 p.m. ET

MLB Opening Day 2020 live updates, highlights

This section will be updated closer to the start of the first game at 4:10 p.m.

MLB schedule 2020

Fans looking to take in some national baseball can tune in to these nationally televised games over the weekend:

Friday, July 24

Game Start time Channel
Braves vs. Mets 4 p.m. ET ESPN
Tigers vs. Reds 6 p.m. ET MLB Network
Brewers vs. Cubs 7 p.m. ET ESPN
Mariners vs. Astros 9 p.m. ET MLB Network
Angels vs. A’s 10 p.m. ET ESPN

Saturday, July 25

Game Start time Channel
Brewers vs. Cubs 1 p.m. ET Fox
Pirates vs. Cardinals 2 p.m. ET MLB Network
Giants vs. Dodgers 4 p.m. ET Fox
Yankees vs. Nationals 7 p.m. ET Fox
Diamondbacks vs. Padres 9 p.m. ET FS1

Sunday, July 26

Game Start time Channel
Yankees vs. Nationals 1 p.m. ET TBS
Angels vs. As 4 p.m. ET MLB Network
Braves vs. Mets 7 p.m. ET ESPN
Giants vs. Dodgers 10 p.m. ET ESPN


Michelle Obama Scores Barack Obama As The First Guest On Her Podcast

Last week Michelle Obama announced that she would be launching her own podcast to stream exclusively on Spotify. It’s to be called Higher Ground: The Michelle Obama Podcast, which (unsurprisingly) has us psyched — it’s Michelle Obama! She’s great! — and for her first guest, she’s snagged a pretty high-profile personality. Her husband, former President of the United States Barack Obama.

Honestly, Michelle could’ve chosen anyone as her first guest and we would’ve been just as excited, but giving us the chance to hear her chopping it up with Barack feels especially satisfying. It probably won’t be as juicy as Will and Jada’s Red Table Talk, but folks are definitely eager to find out. According to Deadline, in the debut episode which is set to air on July 29th, Michelle and Barack dive into an intimate conversation that covers community, their love for each other, and their respective journeys after leaving the White House

Given everything thats going on right now, from the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the ongoing protests and conversations that are testing our patience and our consciences not to mention all the challenges were experiencing due to the pandemic, I think that these days, a lot of people are questioning just where and how they can fit into a community, begins the first episode, according to a preview obtained by Deadline.

While we’re sure anyone would jump at the chance to chat with Michelle Obama, it’s looking like most of her guests for this first season will be people she’s close to on a personal level. “I’m so excited to kick off my podcast on Wednesday — with Barack as my first guest!” writes Michelle on an Instagram post,

“Throughout this first season, I’ll be having more conversations like this one with the people closest to me… Ill be having more conversations like this one with the people closest to me. My mother and brother stop by, as does my friend and mentor, Valerie Jarrett. Youll also hear from many of my girlfriends, the women whove always been there with a shoulder to lean on, a perspective to think about, or simply an open line to vent to. In this time of social distancing, its more important than ever to invest in the relationships that make us who we are.”

Stream the Michelle Obama Podcast on Spotify beginning July 29th.


Juice WRLDs Legends Never Die Scores Biggest Debut of 2020

Juice WRLD’s posthumously released album “Legends Never Die” posted the biggest debut of 2020 on the Rolling Stone Top 200 Albums chart, and also topped its Artist and Songs charts, with 8 of the top 10 songs on the former chart. With 517,800 album-equivalent units, “Legends” becomes the first album to shift more than 500,000 units in its first week this year. It tops The Weeknd’s “After Hours,” which debuted with 460,000 units in March. The success of “Legends Never Die” also brought the late rapper’s previous albums into the charts, with 2018’s “Goodbye & Good Riddance” hitting No. 13 and last year’s “Death Race for Love” at No. 26. See the full Rolling Stone charts here.

In a statement, Juice WRLD’s mother, Carmela Wallace, and his company Grade A said:

“The overwhelming love that millions of music fans clearly have for Jarad reminds us how much his poetic words, creativity, and bright light continues to shine throughout the world. This first collection of songs is a poignant reminder of his great artistic talent and emotional honesty. Music was his passion and recording gave him the outlet to share everything he was going through. In addition to his music, Jarad’s legacy will continue to provide help to young people through his Live Free 999 Foundation. We are incredibly grateful to the fans who continue to uplift him every single day and our hope is that his words touch your life in a way that helps you through any challenges you may be facing.”

“Legends” far outpaced the No. 2 album, also a posthumous release: Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” got more than 130 million streams in its second week on the chart after debuting at No. 1 last week. The “Hamilton” cast album continued its second wind, slipping to No. 3 on 88 million streams in the third week since the film of the show brought it back.

Of the eight songs in the Top 10 of the Songs chart, “Come & Go,” a collaboration with Marshmello, was No. 1 with nearly 30 million streams, while “Conversations,” “Wishing Well,” “Life’s a Mess,” “Hate the Other Side,” “Blood on My Jeans,” “Titanic,” and “Bad Energy” also racked up more than 19 million streams apiece. Also debuting was Kid Cudi and Eminem’s collaboration “The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady” at No. 19 (10.6 million streams), and four from Summer Walker’s new EP in the chart’s lower reaches.

Juice WRLD was also No. 1 on the Artist chart with nearly 330 streams, followed by Pop Smoke (154.4 million), Drake (105.8 million), Lil Baby (75.2 million) and Post Malone (69.4 million).

The Rolling Stone Artists 500 chart ranks the most-streamed artists of the week in the United States, taking into account audio streams across an artist’s entire catalog during the tracking period. The chart does not include passive listening such as terrestrial radio or digital radio. The Artists 500 is updated daily, and each week Rolling Stone finalizes and publishes an official version of the chart, covering the seven-day period ended the previous Thursday.


Floods kill scores in India’s tea-growing Assam; nine rhinos drown

GUWAHATI (REUTERS) – Intense rain and floods in the Indian state of Assam have killed at least 84 people and displaced more than 2.75 million since May, authorities said on Monday (July 20), as they tried to collect the bodies of nine rare rhinos drowned in the past 10 days.

Rescue teams were facing a double challenge of rising flood waters amid the novel coronavirus as villagers driven from their homes huddle in shelters.

“It’s hard to enforce social distancing when people are being ordered to move away from the rising waters,” said Sanghamitra Sanyal, a member of the northeastern state’s flood management force.

“We’re urging people to at least cover their mouth and nose with a piece of clean cloth.”

Officials warned that the water level in the Brahmaputra river was expected to rise by 11cm, two weeks after it burst its banks swamping more than 2,500 villages.

Assam, famous for its tea plantations, is hit by flooding every rainy season despite flood-control efforts.

Rights groups accuse corrupt officials of siphoning off funds meant for flood projects, resulting in shoddy construction of embankments which are often breached.

Floods have also inundated the Kaziranga National Park, home to the world’s largest concentration of one-horned rhinoceros, with an estimated 2,500 out of a total population of some 3,000 of the animals.

“Nine rhinos have drowned and over 100 other animals have been killed,” Atul Bora, Assam’s agriculture minister who is Kaziranga’s member of the state parliament, told Reuters.

With the park waist-deep in water, rhinos, elephants and deer have been forced to seek refuge on roads and in human settlements.


Live AFL scores: Adelaide v St Kilda

Follow the action live as St Kilda and the Crows close out round seven.


Live AFL scores: Carlton v Port Adelaide, Hawthorn v Melbourne, Fremantle v West Coast

Round seven continues on Sunday with three matches.

First up, the Blues face Port Adelaide at the Gabba from 1.05pm. Follow the live scores and stats here.

In the second match of the day, the Hawks and the Dees meet at Giants Stadium from 3.35pm. Click here for live scores and stats.

And to close out Sunday football action, the Dockers and the Eagles will clash in front of a 30,000-strong crowd at Optus Stadium from 6.35pm. Follow that match here.

Movies & TV

TV Ratings: ‘United We Fall’ Scores Decent Debut, Tops Wednesday

The premiere of ABC’s new sitcom “United We Fall” scored decent numbers and topped Wednesday night in the process.

The Will Sasso and Christina Vidal comedy debuted to a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49 and drew 4.2 million total viewers. While those numbers are lower than any of the network’s premieres for the fall season, they compare favorably to those put up by “The Baker and the Beauty,” which premiered to a 0.5 rating and 2.7 million viewers in April. That viewership tally is also higher than the debuts of “For Life,” “Emergence” and “Mixed-ish.” A second “United We Fall” episode followed with a 0.5 and 3.6 million viewers. Later on, a new episode of came in at a 0.3 rating and 1.4 million viewers, even on last week. Replays of “The Conners” and “American Housewife” sandwiched the new episodes with a 0.4 and a 0.3 respectively.

Over on CBS, “Tough As Nails” ticked down slightly from its premiere last week to a 0.5 rating and 3.5 million viewers. “Game On!” moved into a new time slot at 9 p.m., which resulted in a 50% rating drop. The Keegan-Michael Key-hosted show scored a 0.3 rating and 2.3 million total viewers, its lowest numbers in both metrics to date. A “Seal Team” replay rounded off the night with a 0.2 rating and just under 2 million pairs of eyeballs.

“Ultimate Tag” tagged in with its lowest rating and total viewership so far in season 1. The Fox show delivered a 0.3 rating and 1.2 million viewers, a 21% viewership slide from the previous episode. Earlier on, a “Masterchef” replay cooked up a 0.4 and 1.4 million viewers.

More to come…


Memorial Tournament leaderboard 2020: Live golf scores, results from Thursday’s Round 1

Follow SN’s live leaderboard for round-by-round scores from the 2020 Memorial Tournament featuring Tiger Woods.


Antonio scores four to relegate Norwich

West Ham midfielder Michail Antonio scored all four goals as Norwich dropped out of the Premier League after a meek 4-0 defeat at Carrow Road.

The result saw Daniel Farke’s side became the first team to lose their top-flight status this season and gave the Hammers’ own survival chances and enormous boost.

Norwich were already six points adrift at the foot of the table before the coronavirus pandemic, and their form since the restart took a turn for the worse.

Five successive league defeats followed, in which last season’s Championship winners could only manage to score once.

Antonio’s two goals in the first half put an end to Norwich’s already slim hopes of survival, but West Ham’s emphatic victory was sealed when he struck twice in the second period to become the first Hammers player to net four in a Premier League game.

Norwich had needed their first win in the league since February to avoid relegation, but fell short from the start against the London club who were 10 points better off than the Canaries at the start of the game.

Troy Deeney converted two penalties as Watford came from behind to beat Newcastle 2-1 and give their fight to avoid relegation from the Premier League a huge boost on Saturday.

Watford moved six points clear of the relegation zone, having played a game more than third-to-last Bournemouth.

With Norwich’s relegation confirmed the two other teams in the drop zone – Aston Villa and Bournemouth – without a win since the restart last month, Watford look safe from the drop.

Dwight Gayle put Newcastle ahead in the 23rd minute with a close-range finish from a corner, before Deeney rescued Watford with his first goals since the restart.

Both came in the second half and both were shots smashed down the middle from the penalty spot.

The first came in the 52nd after Kiko Femenia was fouled by Matt Ritchie, and the second was in the 82nd after Ismaila Sarr was brought down by Javier Manquillo.

Science and Technology

Brisbane-based Max Kelsen scores AWS machine learning competency

Brisbane-based AI consultancy Max Kelsen has become the third company in Australia to achieve AWS machine learning competency.

This designation recognises Max Kelsen’s ability to deliver ML solutions in production on AWS, enabling customers to generate business value and increase competitive advantage.

The company said the competency had enhanced its “ability to deploy industry relevant, in-production solutions for customers globally, across a wide range of industries including healthcare, financial services, retail, travel, and the public sector”.

“Achieving AWS ML Competency status demonstrates to our customers that Max Kelsen has validated expertise in ML experience on AWS,” Max Kelsen CEO Nick Therkelsen-Terry said.

AWS ANZ channel chief Davinia Simon said ML was an “incredibly exciting area of emerging technology, and we are thrilled to see our APN Partners like Max Kelsen specialising in this technology to support their customers.”

As a result of the certification, Max Kelsen has launched an “ML as a Service (MLaaS)” as a joint investment approach with customers, where both parties collaborate to build solutions.

The company said that once developed, these solutions will be delivered via a consumption-based pricing model, with defined outcomes.

Along with AWS, Max Klesen also counts Google Cloud and IBM’s quantum computing business amongst its partners. Its major clients include Dominos Pizza, CUA, QUT and EB Games.

The company also recently contributed to a project to trial automated case management tools at Shine Lawyers.


AFL round six live scores – Geelong v Brisbane Lions

It’s close to a top-of-the-table clash – second-placed Brisbane Lions against Geelong in Sydney.

Health and Fitness

Study: Vacuum Cleaner Bag Scores Best for DIY Face Mask

A recent study reveals that using vacuum cleaner bags to make do-it-yourself face masks is a highly efficient way to protect against contracting and spreading the coronavirus.

The researchers found that besides medical grade and N95 masks, which health officials say should be reserved for frontline workers, the material used in vacuum cleaner bags provides the best filtration for reducing the risk of infection.

According to Newsweek Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises everyone to wear face coverings in public to help curb the spread of disease. The researchers, who published their findings in the Journal of Hospital Infection, found that wearing a mask made from vacuum cleaner bags reduces the risk of infection 83% during a 30-second exposure. This compares favorably, they said, to the N95 respirator that filters 95% of potentially infectious particles.

Other suitable materials in descending order of effectiveness include: tea towels, cotton mix fabrics, an antibacterial pillowcase, linen, a regular pillowcase, silk and a 100% cotton T-shirt. Scarves were found to have the worst protection, according to Newsweek.

Lead author Amanda Wilson, an environmental health sciences doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Pubic Health, said in a statement:

“A mask can’t reduce your risk to zero. Don’t go to a bar for four hours and think you’re risk-free because you are wearing a mask. Stay at home as much as possible, wash your hands often, wear a mask when you’re out and don’t touch your face.”

Here are directions on how to make a mask from a vacuum cleaner bag.

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Science and Technology

Cirrus Networks scores millions in Govt, mining contracts

Managed services provider Cirrus Networks has revealed it has been awarded six new product and professional services contracts from both Federal Government and resources sector clients.

The contracts were valued at more than $10 million, with four Government deals worth $6.5 million and the remaining $3.6 million were from undisclosed WA-based resource companies.

Speaking on the Government wins, Cirrus managing director Matt Sullivan said, “While we are pleased with the new contracts and the revenue it brings to ensure we can continue to grow, we are delighted that the reputation of our products, service and professionalism has been recognized and backed by these leading federal government agencies.”

“This means a lot to Cirrus and we are proud to be doing our bit to help keep Australia safe,” he added.

The contract wins from the resources companies meanwhile involved vendor partners Cisco and Pure Storage, who helped Cirrus implement digital platforms.

The first project, worth $2.4 million, is a highly available high-performance digital platform controlling the automated infrastructure that handles commodity products at multiple sites. The platform aims to improve employee safety, reduce wear and tear, determine service periods more accurately and give employees some opportunities to upskill.

The second deal, valued at $1.2 million, involves the support of the client’s corporate systems and the implementation of an integrated and tailored platform.

Sullivan commented, “Cirrus is working at an integral level with two significant Western Australian resources businesses which are operating projects throughout this unprecedented period. These businesses are keeping Australians employed and our economy ticking over.”

“Cirrus is pleased to be able to bring its expertise and service to these businesses and help drive their offering in the most professional and effective way possible. We are continuing our focus on winning new business across all sectors including mining, resources, government and health and are building upon our successes to date.”

New office

Cirrus Networks also announced that it has moved its Western Australian office from Subiaco to Perth CBD, including its national operations centre that manages its managed service offerings.

The company said the move to the premier CBD location is another milestone of growth for Cirrus, while also improving its ability to service and immediately respond to client needs.

Speaking on the office relocation, Sullivan said, “We are very pleased to be working more closely with our bluechip WA clients in a more central and accessible location within the [Perth] CBD.”

“In addition, our state-of-the-art National Operations Centre provides the platform for the next phase of the company’s growth. This further highlights Cirrus’ maturity as a trusted IT advisor and managed service provider of choice to government, not-for-profit and corporate entities alike.”

Movies & TV

Finding ‘Great’-ness in ‘Catherine’ Scores: How Composers Took On Serious, Comic Treatments of Russian Empress’ Story

Viewers were treated to two different takes on an 18th century Russian empress this season: HBO’s four-part “Catherine the Great,” starring Helen Mirren, and Hulu’s 10-part satirical “The Great,” starring Elle Fanning.

The aims were very different, and so were the musical approaches by English composer Rupert Gregson-Williams, who undertook HBO’s serious dramatic adaptation, and American composer Nathan Barr, who tackled Hulu’s comedic flight of fancy.

Gregson-Williams — reunited with director Philip Martin, with whom he had done two seasons of “The Crown” –– started early, writing a song that Catherine’s lover Potemkin (Jason Clarke) would sing on screen. “I’m a great fan of Russian music,” the composer says, “but when I looked at that period, the classical music felt to me that it didn’t have that Russian passion that one recognizes in later eras.”

Turning to church and folk music from the region for inspiration, Gregson-Williams wrote a choral and orchestral score that “hopefully feels like it’s from the passionate, emotional side of Russian culture.”

The choral material, sung by a 30-voice ensemble, permeates the entire score. Inspired by the scripts, he wrote several pieces before he even saw a cut of the film, and then processed the sounds electronically for greater dramatic effect.

The story “was really about two things: about building an empire, and about [Catherine and Potemkin’s] deep love for each other. I wanted to make the audience feel that Russian passion, the size and scope of the empire.” He spent about eight months writing four hours of music (played by a 55-piece orchestra), about two and a half hours of which is in the final version.

As for “The Great,” the fictionalized comedy-drama version of Catherine’s rise to power, “the show was funny before there was any score under it,” says Barr. Music needed to “gently support the moment. We definitely wanted to avoid any overtly comic sounding music, and just play more to the place or the emotional underpinnings of what was going on.”

Demo-ing for the job, music supervisor Maggie Phillips urged Barr to be musically daring, even outrageous. “I did a super-’70s synth track for the opening scene,” the composer says, and while he won the job, Hulu urged him to “pull back a bit from being too contemporary — although the showrunners were constantly saying, ‘more synth!’”

“Something about the synth sounds plugged into the fact that Catherine was so forward-thinking as a leader, so ahead of her time,” Barr notes.

But, in a nod to more conventionally classical sounds, Barr employed a 35-to-40-piece London string section, although with “synth underpinning to a lot of cues, moving it a little bit left of center.” Back in L.A., Barr added acoustic guitar and the traditional Russian balalaika for authentic Russian color.

The pandemic interrupted the process, however, as Barr had only completed six episodes when the lockdown came in March. The remaining four were largely finished with synths, although previously recorded orchestral cues were repurposed for moments in some later episodes; “it was a bit of a challenge,” Barr reports.


Ennio Morricone’s Greatest Scores: A Shortlist for a Legend

Ennio Morricone, Rome, Italy, 1993. Luciano Viti/Getty Images

When I was growing up, we lived with my grandmother, who spoke no English but nonetheless burned through several VHS tapes of Spaghetti westerns. To my grandma, the words really never mattered. The arid landscapes were eye-popping, Eastwood’s beard was a mosaic tapestry, and when her focus wasn’t on visuals, it was on Ennio Morricone’s triumphant music. The legendary composer, after a career that spanned across continents, genres and artistic movements, has died at 91, but his work will be forever remembered through the wildly inventive sounds he left behind. In honor of him and my grandma, here’s a representative (if hilariously incomplete) shortlist of some of his greatest film scores and soundtracks. Happy listening.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The bangers in Sergio Leone’s 1966 Spaghetti western are well known for good reason. The percussion. The whistling. The flute. The ocarina. The vocals! And all that’s heard in just in the film’s first minutes in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Theme).” This film directed by Sergio Leone deploys Morricone’s talents splendidly, from the way the varying instruments serve to represent each of the three main characters throughout the score to the crescendoes and crashes of the individual tracks. Parts of “The Ecstasy of Gold” feel almost like a 21st-century pop song, because of the arrangement that accompanies and centers Edda Dell’Orso’s powerful vocals. Watch The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Netflix. Buy the soundtrack: Amazon.

The Battle of Algiers

1966 was one of the busiest early years of Morricone’s career, with several film collaborations with directors whose names entered the history books: Sergio Leone on The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, plus several of his Spaghetti western contemporaries; Pier Paolo Pasolini in the class-conscious The Hawks and the Sparrows; Franco Zeffirelli on Florence: Days of Destruction; and an uncredited turn on his first American production, John Huston’s The Bible: In the Beginning… But The Battle of Algiers, directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, was a picture about guerrilla warfare unlike any that came before. Morricone’s compositions for it are suffused with suspense and intrigue to match the uncertainty and hard-hitting brutality of the film’s uncompromising combatants. Watch The Battle of Algiers: Kanopy; Criterion. Buy the soundtrack: Amazon.

Le Professionnel

Le Professionnel is an ’80s action flick, and the song at its heart actually appeared in several Morricone compositions in various form before becoming a hit when it was used in the 1981 Jean-Paul Belmondo film. Today it’s recognized as an essential Morricone banger and was actually later used as the URL of the Ennio Morricone fansite,, home to a vibrant community of Morricone aficionados and a downloadable archive of a fan magazineMaestrodedicated entirely to discussion around his work. Watch Le Professionnel: Kanopy. Buy the soundtrack: Amazon.

The Hateful Eight

It had been over three decades since Morricone had composed for a western, but that hardly mattered. His score is just as surprising and evocative and even jarring as Quentin Tarantino’s sprawling epic can be, with its horror references and building tension. It won Morricone his first and only Academy Award for Best Original Score, which he won at 87setting a new record. Watch The Hateful Eight: Netflix. Buy the soundtrack: Verve.

The Mission

There was a theft!” is how Morricone, years later, described not winning the Oscar for The Mission, when he lost to Herbie Hancock’s score for Round Midnight at the awards in 1987. (Morricone’s indignity came from the fact that, while memorable, Hancock score used existing pieces, not an original score.) More’s the pity given that the score of The Mission is one of the film’s most enduring elements. Morricone’s music makes use of both European and indigenous South American instrumentation to define the themes of the different characters and locales in Roland Joff’s religious epic about Jesuit missionaries in 18th-century South America.Rent The Mission: Amazon. Buy the soundtrack: Amazon.

The Thing

John Carpenter’s 1981 film The Thing is today recognized as not just one of the greatest horror movies of all time and one of the greatest low-budget pictures ever made, but its music is a tricky beast to assess. It was commissioned by Carpenter, who had composed much of the music for his own films but wanted Morricone’s approach for this one, but Carpenter ultimately cut his own compositions into the finished film. Morricone created about an hour of music that ultimately went unused, as Carpenter had given him incomplete footage to score against. What is Morricone’s is The Thing‘ haunting main theme, a series of combined electronic music and orchestra that nonetheless influenced the next four decades of horror soundtracks to come. Rent The Thing: Amazon. Buy the soundtrack: Amazon.

Cinema Paradiso

The composer’s long-running relationship with Sergio Leone is perhaps better known here in the U.S., but Morricone scored a total of 13 movies for Giuseppe Tornatore to Leone’s six, and it all began with Cinema Paradisoa beautiful film about going to the movies. The “Love Theme” that Morricone wrote for the film is one of his greatest pieces of music, a whorling tribute to nostalgia and friendship. It also has lyrics, written in Italian. Here are the final lines, translated:

This is all I ask
Just like a film that fades from view.
My paradise was you
So I dream

Watch Cinema Paradiso: HBO. Buy the soundtrack: Amazon.

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Ennio Morricone: His Incandescent Film Scores Made the Past Feel Present

When I heard that Ennio Morricone had died, at 91, my first thought was that the cinema had lost one of the most romantic of all screen composers. Morricone, who worked with filmmakers from around the world but rarely left his native Rome (he insisted on not speaking in any language but Italian), wrote movie scores suffused with romance, with gorgeous waves of yearning and heartbreak and rapture and lyric melancholy. His most famous scores were the ones he composed for Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns, and that music, so gorgeous and plaintive, with a kind of Grindhouse of the Old World incandescence, was the thing that elevated Leone’s grand, crude, stylized, nearly wordless hombre operas into a pulp dreamscape, a place where bursts of violence were set off by the lonely quavering sound of an ocarina, which seemed to be suspending time itself.

Yet when you think back on those films, or the others that Morricone became best known for, it’s hard to find even one conventional love story. “The Untouchables” and “Cinema Paradiso.” “The Mission” and “The Hateful Eight.” “The Battle of Algiers” and “1900.” “La Cage aux Folles” and “In the Line of Fire.” “Days of Heaven” and “Bugsy.” The list goes on and on, since Morricone, starting in 1961 with “The Fascist” (for which he wrote a jaunty lockstep score that caught the mindset of military fascism and mocked it at the same time), composed the soundtracks for more than 400 films, which was some kind of a record. No other film composer has matched it.

It’s astonishing, in hindsight, that that roster didn’t include a picture like “A Man and a Woman” or “Love Story” or “Romeo and Juliet.” Yet the passion that coursed through Morricone’s soundtracks told a different kind of love story. A romantic drama, in the truest and grandest sense, doesn’t need to be about two people falling in love with each other. It can be about the quest that pushes someone to go to swooning extremes, like the holy (and spectacularly misguided) Jesuit pilgrimage into the jungles of South America in “The Mission.” Or the crime-fighting nobility that drives Eliot Ness in “The Untouchables.” Or the reverie of cinema itself in “Cinema Paradiso.” The music of Ennio Morricone told the story of each character’s rapture, and that’s why it seemed to light up those movies from within.

It also told the story of how the past can drape itself over the present: sadly, wistfully, transcendently. That’s part of the magic he brought to the spaghetti Western trilogy that Leone made with Clint Eastwood. When Eastwood first skulked into the vast spaces of “A Fistful of Dollars” (1964), he wasn’t just the man with no name. He was the man who barely had an existence, the Western renegade who had come out of nowhere. Morricone’s music, with its yearning bursts of Mexican trumpet, seemed to do nothing less than fill in the character’s soul.

It would be hard to think of another case in cinema history where a soundtrack created, so literally, a film’s third dimension. It was the music that lent Eastwood’s rugged presence a note of mystery, that allowed Leone to extend the tropes of the Western into druggy hypnotic action scenes that seemed to stretch out forever. The last of the three films, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966), features what is arguably Leone’s greatest score, with its coyote-howl motif and its galloping refrain. In the late ’60s, that music gave the Western its final jolt of classic grandeur and, at the same time, seemed to be bidding farewell to the genre with one last tip of the flat-brimmed hat.

Back when there were CD stores, I was in the soundtrack section of Tower Records hunting for a Morricone score, and my jaw dropped when I saw all the albums that were in his section. Dozens upon dozens of Italian import soundtracks, all for movies that had never made it here, and that surely contained riches I had never heard; I still haven’t heard most of them. Few Americans have. But Morricone churned them out with a work ethic that, by all accounts, kept him happy. He looked like a professor and thought of himself as a classical musician, orchestrating every note of his own scores. And one aspect of his extraordinary output is that he didn’t necessarily distinguish between the soundtracks that a lot of us obsess over and the ones that weren’t so famous. He thought of them all as children.

Everyone has their favorite Morricone score. There are many who love “The Mission,” which for sheer lush orchestral beauty is truly in the stratosphere. The pan-flute Proustian fantasia he composed for “Once Upon a Time in America” is a case, at least to me, of a score that so outstrips the film it was written for that you wish the movie had lived up to it. (Many think it does.) The tense, jagged, thrillingly discordant opening music of “The Untouchables” is indelible — a crime-film score that touches our collective memory of the underworld genre. And “Days of Heaven,” which is a love story (albeit one in which one of the principal characters is God), has a score that starts off every bit as shimmering and crisp as the film’s magic-hour imagery, only to melt you with its haunting mixture of faith and loss.

That said, if I had to choose my favorite Morricone score, apart from the spaghetti Westerns (which I absolutely think are his greatest), it would be the magnificent opening theme music he composed for “Burn!,” a 1969 colonial drama directed by Gillo Pontecorvo that stars Marlon Brando as a British secret agent who foments and manipulates a slave uprising in the Caribbean. The music that opens the film starts off as a single-note organ melody that turns into a chant that turns into a slow-groove island hymn that turns into a majestic soaring choral version of “Louie Louie” that turns into the most ecstatic revolutionary anthem this side of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” You could say that it’s completely uncharacteristic of Morricone, except for one thing: the way it burns itself, forever, into your heart.


Listen to Ten Essential Ennio Morricone Scores

Ennio Morricone, who died Monday at the age of 91, wrote more than 400 original film scores, many of which have entered the classic movie-music pantheon. While trying to narrow them down to the 10 best is an impossible task, here, in chronological order, are an essential 10:

  1. “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966)


This was the most popular of the maestro’s Western scores, for the last of Clint Eastwood’s “Man with No Name” trilogy. With an indelible, coyote-inspired main theme and now-famous “Ecstasy of Gold” cue, a cover version went to No. 2 on the U.S. pop charts.


  1. “Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968)

An off-key harmonica is not only central to the score but also to the plot of Sergio Leone’s operatic masterpiece, about the coming of the railroad to a tiny Western town. It’s especially notable for his use of wordless soprano in the lush title theme and Fender Stratocaster for Henry Fonda’s villain.


  1. “1900” (1976)

The maestro composed an expansive, symphonic masterwork for Bernardo Bertolucci’s five-hour epic of Marxism and fascism in Italy starring Robert De Niro, Donald Sutherland and Gerard Depardieu. His classically styled theme for co-star Dominique Sanda ranks among his most haunting pieces for piano.


  1. “Days of Heaven” (1978)

Morricone’s first Oscar-nominated score was a gentle, wistful reverie for Terrence Malick’s poetic story of love and greed on a turn-of-the-century Midwestern farm.


  1. “Once Upon a Time in America” (1984)

This was Morricone’s final work for director Leone, dramatizing a four-hour exploration of organized crime in the 1920s, ’30s and ’60s. Brooding and melancholy, flavored with panpipes and mandolin, it wasn’t even in the running for an Oscar because the studio failed to enter it for consideration.


  1. “The Mission” (1986)

Often heralded as Morricone’s masterpiece, this was his complex, widely praised orchestral and choral work for Roland Joffe’s film about Catholic priests in 18th-century South America (played by Jeremy Irons, Robert De Niro and Liam Neeson). Its failure to win the Oscar arguably became the Acad’s biggest musical disgrace, eventually rectified when it awarded the composer an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement. This nine-minute suite features the maestro conducting it live in concert.


  1. “The Untouchables” (1987)

First of Morricone’s three films for director Brian De Palma, this Oscar-nominated score is filled with staccato rhythms (reminiscent of the composer’s 1970s Italian crime-drama music), heroic fanfares for the G-men, and period touches for the Prohibition-era setting.


  1. “Cinema Paradiso” (1988)

This was Morricone’s first score for director Giuseppe Tornatore, for the director’s love letter to movies and moviemaking. It also marked a rare collaboration, this time with his son Andrea Morricone (who composed the love theme): warm, nostalgic and moving music for chamber ensemble.


  1. “Malena” (2000)

The composer’s evocative, yearning melodies – and his musical sense of humor – enhanced and enlivened Tornatore’s sympathetic portrait of a lonely widow (Monica Belluci) in wartime Sicily. It was last Oscar nomination prior to his eventual Oscar-winning work on Quentin Tarantino’s “Hateful Eight.”


  1. “The Hateful Eight” (2015)

Director Quentin Tarantino licensed various Morricone tracks, and even commissioned a song (“Ancora Qui” for “Django Unchained”) for his films before finally asking the maestro to write an original score for this 2015 western, starring Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson. Although Morricone had received an honorary Academy Award for his body of work, “Hateful Eight” marked his first and only competitive Oscar. This video features Morricone conducting the main theme in London’s Abbey Road.



Scores for Cowboys, News Magnates and Royals Bring the Drama to Emmys’ Music Race

Modern-day cowboys, cable-news magnates, corrupt school administrators and England’s Royal Family: Over the past year they’ve all been portrayed on cable and streaming services, and they all needed music.

Brian Tyler, who is usually busy with feature films like “Crazy Rich Asians,” took on scoring the entire 10-episode second season of Paramount’s “Yellowstone,” which stars Kevin Costner as a Montana rancher. Says Tyler: “[Showrunner] Taylor Sheridan really was making an extended movie.”

Tyler played most of the featured instruments himself: “a lot of different guitars, dobros, charangos, mandolins, percussion, drums, piano, cello, cimbalom, hurdy-gurdy,” he says. “That folksy sound we know as ‘western music’ is really a hodgepodge that immigrants brought from all over the world.”

In order to keep on schedule, Tyler read scripts and wrote music even before seeing cuts of the episodes. “I would write really long suites and thematic ideas,” he reveals. Then, Tyler recorded them with the London Philharmonic, later layering his solo instruments over the orchestra as appropriate.

The season finale, entered in this year’s Emmy competition, was “an unfolding tragedy,” Tyler adds. “They’re gearing up for a suicide mission. What was the music for that? Militaristic? Machismo? Not at all. It is the saddest adagio for cello and piano. You want to drive home what they’re feeling.”

A tragedy of another kind — how Fox News chief Roger Ailes treated female staffers at the network, leading to his downfall – is depicted in Showtime’s “The Loudest Voice.” “The music had to played from the point of view of Roger Ailes, not how we feel as outsiders about Ailes, but how he saw himself,” says composer Marcelo Zarvos (“Fences”). “This deranged man who became more and more paranoid and aggressive as he saw his power eroding.”

Zarvos, for the first time, undertook an orchestral score for a TV series. Producers wanted “a big orchestral sound” for something “operatic and grandiose,” reflecting Ailes’ own personality: “one foot in the Wagnerian world, low strings and the darkness of the cello.”

But music also needed to suggest “the fast pace of a news network,” which required electronics and drum sounds created in his studio. “This back-and-forth between the emotionality of the slow strings and the propulsion of the synths and percussion was almost like a battle between the two,” he adds.

Michael Abels, who taught at a private school before shifting into a full-time composing career after the success of his music for “Get Out” and “Us,” responded immediately to the challenge of the HBO film “Bad Education” — the fact-based story about an embezzlement scandal at a competitive Long Island public school.

“Classical music really lends itself to creating that hallowed-halls-of-ivy feeling,” says Abels. “It’s the sort of music that the Frank Tassone character [played by Hugh Jackman] genuinely likes to hear. But there’s also very minimalist music that represents the beginning of the unraveling [of financial misdeeds], and gradually the whole thing comes apart.”

A highlight of Abel’s score is the school anthem that features a choir singing in Latin. “It’s an aspirational anthem that schoolchildren might sing,” he says. “The lyrics [say], ‘teach us, inspire us, oh our redeemer, we will learn’ — a [student] anthem praising their fearless leader.”

London composer Martin Phipps joined Netflix’s “The Crown” just as the third season was starting filming. Creator-producer Peter Morgan wanted “something simpler, less grand, more minimal,” Phipps reports, “something that could make the audience lean in and engage with the characters in a way that perhaps they hadn’t in the past two seasons.”

After getting “briefs about themes and characters” from Morgan, Phipps “literally wrote an album’s worth of music for him, 12 or 15 tracks of just ideas,” the composer recounts. “He would say things like, ‘I want suppressed power, just bubbling away underneath.’”

Morgan said he didn’t want “The Crown” to sound like “a Sunday-night BBC drama.” So Phipps’ music could not be “stuck in period-music land. … It’s about creating an interesting, singular world and sound palette. That can include electronics, or whatever might connect with our characters.”

The most challenging episode (and the one entered for Emmy) was episode 3, set primarily in Aberfan, Wales after a coal-mining disaster killed 84 children. “I had to make the audience feel emotion for somebody who couldn’t feel emotion. The Queen was unable to feel what she should feel in a tragedy like this, and somehow I had to communicate that to viewers.”

For a dialogue-less sequence where Elizabeth walks through the village, Phipps found that “a high French horn doing a very simple little motif hopefully captured the conflict within her, the emotion she wanted to feel, and the sadness that we felt, putting ourselves in her situation.”


Nigerian troops bomb Boko Haram hideouts, kill scores of terrorists in Borno

The Defence headquarters has said that the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole have bombed the hideouts of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) leaders at Parisu and Bula Bello in the Sambisa Forest Area of Borno State.

Major Gen. John Enenche, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, in a statement on Monday, disclosed that the troops also neutralized some of the terrorists.

Enenche explained that the air interdiction missions were executed on July 3 as part of the ongoing subsidiary Operation LONG REACH II following intelligence reports indicating a resurgence of terrorists activities in the two settlements.

The statement read: The Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has destroyed the dwellings of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) leaders and neutralized some of their fighters in separate airstrikes conducted at Parisu and Bula Bello in the Sambisa Forest Area of Borno State.

The air interdiction missions were executed on July 3, 2020, as part of the ongoing subsidiary Operation LONG REACH II after intelligence reports indicated a resurgence of terrorists activities in the two settlements. Parisu, with its booby-trapped access routes, fortified checkpoints and structures camouflaged under the forest vegetation, served as a stronghold for the BHT Commanders, while recent aerial surveillance missions showed increased activities of the terrorists in a cluster of structures in the middle of Bula Bello.

Consequently, the Air Task Force dispatched its fighter jets to attack the 2 locations. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) jets, while taking turns to engage the targets, scored accurate bomb and rocket strikes, resulting in the destruction of some of the structures as well as the killing of several terrorists.

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commends the ATF for their dedication, dexterity and professionalism. The Defence headquarters equally urges them to intensify the air offensive against the terrorists and all other criminal elements threatening the peace and security of our beloved country.