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Recording Academy Postpones 2021 Grammys Awards Due to COVID-19

The 63rd Grammy Awards have been postponed due to rising COVID-19 cases in California where the award show is hosted.

According to EWN, the 63rd Grammy Awards show has been postponed due to rising COVID-19 infection rates in California. The highly acclaimed recording academy released a statement that the awards will no longer take place at the end of January. This follows after the Los Angeles County was announced as the epicenter for the pandemic in California, according to USA Today. Interim CEO and President of the Recording Academy Harvey Mason Jr. reportedly released a statement this past Tuesday evening stating that they were acting on sound reason.


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Mason Jr. and CBS executive Jack Sussman and Grammys executive producer Ben Winston reportedly released a joint statement explaining the reason for the postponement. Below is a segment of the statement as captured by USA Today.

"The deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, with hospital services being overwhelmed, ICUs having reached capacity, and new guidance from state and local governments have all led us to conclude that postponing our show was the right thing to do. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of those in our music community and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly on producing the show. We want to thank all of the talented artists, the staff, our vendors and especially this year's nominees for their understanding, patience and willingness to work with us as we navigate these unprecedented times."

According to Rolling Stone, the postponement follows a day after SAG-AFTRA, the union representing industry professionals, alerted the Grammys and CBS of the gravity of the coronavirus crisis. Los Angeles has been reported with fatalities at 40 percent with a recorded 25 000 deaths. Consequently, President of SAG-AFTRA, Gabrielle Carteris, reportedly communicated with the organisers that it was unsafe for any in-person production to take place. Following the revelatory announcement by the union, the 63rd Grammys have been rescheduled to take place on Sunday, the 14th of March 2021.

This year's Grammys were set to be held at the famous staples center hosted by South Africa's Trevor Noah of The Daily Show. The award show will, for the first time, have no audience and only the presenters and performers will be on site. The Emmys, Latin Grammys and Oscars have reportedly also had to push back dates for the award shows in line with monitoring the coronavirus pandemic.

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Sudan Declares State of Emergency, As Military Dissolves Transitional Government

As the North African country edged closer to democracy, Sudan's military has seized power.

Sudan's military has seized power over the North African country, arresting multiple civilian leaders, including the current Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The power-sharing, unstable coalition, called the Sovereign Council, was created as a transitional government after the fall of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, in an attempt to move towards a democratic Sudan.

The Sudanese public has been split in recent weeks as groups protested for a military-run state, while others pushed for a civilian lead, democratic nation. Last week, the Prime Minister vocalized his plans towards a full transition to civilian rule, and his plans to have that body in place by November 17, echoing the voices of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators who showed up in hoards to demand that the promise of Sudan's pro-democracy movement be honored. But on Monday the PM and multiple government ministers and officials were placed under arrest, resulting in Sudan's top general's declaring State of Emergency.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in a televised statement, "To rectify the revolution's course, we have decided to declare a state of emergency nationwide… dissolve the transitional sovereign council, and dissolve the cabinet." His statement came as soldiers fired live rounds at anti-military protestors, outside of the army headquarters in the capital.

Internet services were cut across the country around dawn and the main roads and bridges into Khartoum shut, before soldiers stormed the headquarters of Sudan's state broadcaster in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the ministry said. After months of rising tensions in the country, army and paramilitary troops have been deployed across the capital city, Khartoum, with the airports and internet access being shut down. As a result of the coup, hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets, demanding the return of a civilian ruled and the transitional government, the BBC reports.

Demonstrators have spread to a number of Sudanese cities including Atbara, Wad Madani, and Port Sudan, and more are expected to attend the call for action. "We will not leave the streets until the civilian government is back and the transition is back," protest attendee Sawsan Bashir told AFP. While demonstrator Haitham Mohamed says, "We are ready to give our lives for the democratic transition in Sudan."


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