SHOTLIST MADRID, SPAINSEPTEMBER 21, 2020SOURCE: AFPTV 1. Wide shot Puente de Vallecas metro station 2. Wide shot people walking 3. Tilt down Puente de Vallecas metro station 4. SOUNDBITE 1 - Alejandro Campos , travel agent and Madrid resident (male, 30 years old, spanish , 20 sec): "You can't close off one part of a neighbourhood and not another, you can't have one street open, and another one closed. Either everything is closed, which would be catastrophic, or nothing is closed. But first, I think that we should do something with the metro, for example. Here in Puente de Vallecas we have one of the most crowded stations in Madrid." "No puedes cerrar parte de un barrio si, parte de un barrio no, una calle si, pero una calle no, entonces es, o cierras todo, que seria catastrofico, o no cierras nada. Pero primero yo creo que habria que meter mano en el metro, por ejemplo. Aqui en puente de Vallecas es una de las estaciones mas concurridas de Madrid." 5. Zoom in police officer checks a car6. Wide shot cars pass by7. Mid shot police officer speaks to driver of a van 8. SOUNDBITE 2 - Katy Fernandez , cleaner and Madrid resident (female, 56 years old, Spanish, 10 sec): "It's bad, very bad. I live in this area (ed: affected by restrictions) and from here to there, the streets are not closed and I work three streets away (ed: in an area not affected by restrictions). So it's very bad. " "Pues mal, mal. Porque si yo vivo en esta zona y de ahi para alla no esta cortado y yo trabajo justo ahi, tres calles mas abajo. O sea mal, muy mal." 9. Mid shot police control10. Mid shot police officer talking to someone sitting inside a car11. Mid shot police control12. Wide shot cars and police control ///-----------------------------------------------------------AFP TEXT STORY: Partial virus lockdown in Madrid as US deaths near 200,000 By Emmanuelle Michel, with AFP Bureaus =(Picture+Video+Graphic+Videographics)= Madrid, Sept 21, 2020 (AFP) - A million people in and around the Spanish capital on Monday were under new "stay-at-home" orders to contain another coronavirus surge, as the US death toll neared 200,000.But unlike other nations that are tightening curbs to battle outbreaks, India pressed ahead with its measures to kickstart its battered economy, reopening the Taj Mahal and some schools on Monday -- despite having the second-highest caseload in the world.The restrictions in Madrid will last for two weeks starting Monday, affecting people living mainly in densely populated, low-income neighbourhoods who will be allowed only to travel for essential reasons such as work, medical care or taking children to school.On Sunday, people took to the streets in some of the affected districts in protest against the new measures.They sported placards reading "No to a class-based lockdown" or "They're destroying our district and now they're locking us up"."We think that they are laughing at us a little bit," said nurse Bethania Perez, as hundreds protested against the measure."We will still be able to go to work, and go into other areas that are not under lockdown, where we might be able to raise the infections and also still be vulnerable to infections in our own area."Authorities in Spain -- among the worst-hit nations in the world -- have insisted the step is necessary because virus cases in those districts were much higher than the national average.Global coronavirus infections are rapidly approaching 31 million, with more than 958,000 deaths. - 'We have to get used to it' - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern moved most of New Zealand to its lowest virus alert setting on Monday, saying the country was edging towards eliminating Covid-19.The Pacific nation has recorded just 25 deaths in a population of five million and has been widely praised for its virus response.In India, however, infections are surging with tens of thousands of new infections being reported every day.But with the economy reeling, the government has gradually eased what was once among the world's strictest lockdowns -- despite warnings from some experts about the virus spreading across the vast nation of 1.3 billion people."So many people lost their job during the lockdown. People have suffered a lot and it is time the country opens up fully," said bank official Ayub Sheikh, 35, who was visiting the Taj Mahal with his wife and baby daughter."We are not afraid of the virus. If it has to infect us, it will... I don't think it is going to go away soon. We have to get used to it now."In poorer, crisis-hit parts of the world, the pandemic has piled on even more suffering.In Iraq tens of thousands of Shiite Muslims participated in the annual mourning ceremonies of Ashura despite the government urging citizens to not attend large gatherings."Iraq has been through so much misery -- from war to torture to imprisonment to forced emigration and now the coronavirus pandemic," said Sheikh Hassan Dhakeri, a cleric in the shrine city of Karbala. - 'The pand-Emmys' - The United States remains the hardest-hit nation in the world, with more than 6.8 million cases and deaths approaching 200,000.The pandemic has unleashed vast destruction on the world's biggest economy, with millions left jobless, and President Donald Trump facing intense criticism of his handling of the virus.Trump has expressed confidence that a vaccine would be ready by October -- a claim contradicted by his administration's top health expert.In the absence of a prophylactic, all public gatherings carry a serious transmission risk.That worry impacted the biggest TV awards show in America on Sunday, as the Emmys ceremony was held in a mostly empty venue in Los Angeles -- with host Jimmy Kimmel dubbing them "the pand-Emmys".The theatre was filled with cardboard cutouts of A-list celebrities, and around 130 nominees joined via video link. The awards were handed to the winners by presenters dressed in hazmat suits styled as tuxedos.Kimmel signed off saying: "To all the winners tonight and all the nominees, I'll see you guys at the sad Zoom after-party."burs-qan/hg -------------------------------------------------------------
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Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese via Getty ImagesPerhaps the most extraordinary moment of last night’s interview with Harry and Meghan came when Meghan said that Harry was asked by a member of the royal family how dark their children’s skin was likely to be, and questioned what image of the family that would project.Harry, when he joined the interview, reiterated the claim. 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Those were conversations that family had with him.”Harry said it was a “conversation I’m never going to share,” but when Oprah suggested he was asked, “Like, what will the baby look like?” he conceded that he was indeed asked that: “Yeah, what will the kids look like?”Harry did not pin the conversation on his family, but did mention them in his next breath, saying: “That was right at the beginning, when she wasn’t going to get security, when members of my family were suggesting that she carries on acting, because there was not enough money to pay for her, and all this sort of stuff.”Given his previous history of racist comments, suspicion immediately alighted upon Prince Philip, Harry’s 99-year-old grandfather who is recovering from heart surgery in the hospital, as the author of the racist questions.Aware, perhaps, that Philip would be the natural target of suspicion, Harry authorized Oprah to make a stunning declaration on CBS this morning: “He did not share the identity with me but he wanted to make sure that I knew and if I had an opportunity to share it, that it was not his grandmother nor his grandfather that were a part of those conversations.”By Monday afternoon, the palace had still not issued any kind of response to any of the myriad allegations made by Meghan, including the one that a member of the royal family expressed “concerns” about her children’s skin color. The palace did not respond to specific inquiries for this story, nor did the Sussexes’ press team.Harry and Meghan must have known the allegation would cause tremendous disquiet, and inevitably set off a guessing game as to who could possibly have made the comment.Of course, there are only a small number of people who could possibly be in the frame. Realistically the only members of the royal family who could have been involved in the ancillary conversations that surrounded the specific conversation are members of the royal family more senior than Harry.It’s simply not conceivable that minor royals such as Prince Andrew or Prince Edward would have been involved in discussions about the status and future police protection of Harry’s children.By exonerating Philip, Harry seems to have pointed the finger at one of two people: Prince William or Prince Charles.But Harry had warm words for his brother despite their current difficulties, saying, “As I’ve said before, I love William to bits. He’s my brother. We’ve been through hell together.”This doesn’t sound like the kind of thing you’d say about someone who had expressed “concerns” about your child’s skin color.His relationship with Charles, however, seems to be in a much more parlous state.Talking about the run-up to their public announcement they were “stepping back” from frontline royal duties, Harry said, “I had three conversations with my grandmother and two conversations with my father—before he stopped taking my calls.”Oprah at the end of the broadcast asked Harry, “Your relationship with your father? Is he taking your calls now?”Harry replied, “Yeah. Yeah, he is. There’s a lot to work through there, you know? I feel really let down, because he’s been through something similar. He knows what pain feels like, and this is—and Archie’s his grandson. But, at the same time, you know, of course I will always, I will always love him, but there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened. And I will continue to, to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship. But they only know what they know, and that’s the thing… I’ve tried to educate them through the process that I have been educated.”Charles’ supporters were quick to defend him today. His official biographer Jonathan Dimbleby told the BBC that he found the notion that Prince Charles could have raised concerns about the skin color of the Sussexes’ baby “quite astonishing,” saying, “He is someone whose personal and professional life has been dedicated to bringing people together not pulling them apart. I find it extraordinarily difficult to believe that it might have been him.”And so, for now at least, the hunt for the alleged royal racist continues.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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