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Councils will get an extra £6m to fulfil new duties set out in the government’s Domestic Abuse Bill.

If the bill passes in Parliament, councils in England will have to provide support and safe accommodation for abuse survivors and their families.

The new funding is intended to help councils to plan services ahead of the duty coming into force in April 2020.

Charities and councils welcomed the announcement but called for wider funding of domestic abuse programmes.

The government says it expects the bill to help thousands more people.

The additional money comes on top of a £10m emergency fund given to councils to help domestic abuse survivors during the pandemic, which has seen a dramatic increase in people looking for support.

  • Male domestic abuse ‘soars during Covid lockdown’

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) said the emergency funding had provided an extra 1,500 beds.

It added that it would be holding a consultation on how to support councils with their new obligations.

The minister for rough sleeping and housing, Kelly Tolhurst, said: “Survivors of domestic abuse need safe refuge in order to escape this heinous crime, and support to start to rebuild their lives.”

“The funding I am announcing today will help councils prepare for this new duty that will see thousands more survivors helped and a generation of their children able to grow up safely and free from fear of abuse,” she added.

Refuges ‘under threat

The £6m will be shared equally between England’s local authorities, with each receiving £50,000 – with the exception of Northamptonshire County Council, which will receive double that amount in preparation for its split into two unitary authorities in April 2021.

Funding for Wales, which is also covered by the Domestic Abuse Bill, will be distributed

LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) – Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” willed itself past the $300 million mark globally this weekend even as the overall domestic box office appeared to be on the verge of collapse.

Disney’s “Hocus Pocus,” a Bette Middler comedy that flopped when it was initially released in 1993, but became a cult hit on cable and streaming, almost matched “Tenet’s” grosses in North America and beat those of “The New Mutants.” Re-released just in time for Halloween,” “Hocus Pocus” picked up $1.9 million from 2,570 theaters. “Tenet” earned $2.7 million from 2,722 venues, pushing its domestic haul to a paltry $45.1 million. “The New Mutants” eked out $1 million from 2,154 locations, bringing its domestic total to $20.9 million.

“Tenet’ has struggled to attract stateside audiences with the kind of fervor that typically greets Nolan films such as “Inception” and “Dunkirk.” Audiences seem hesitant to return to cinemas when coronavirus infection rates remain stubbornly high in the U.S., but the weak results are also attributable to the fact that major markets such as Los Angeles and New York haven’t allowed theaters to reopen due to the pandemic.

“Tenet” has fared much better overseas, grossing $14.2 million globally this weekend from 59 markets. That pushed the international total to $262 million and the worldwide haul to $307 million. Normally, that figure would signal disaster for a $200 million film with an elaborate marketing campaign. In pandemic times, the results have to be weighed more charitably, even if they suggest “Tenet” will lose millions during its theatrical run. Warner Bros., the studio behind “Tenet,” believes the film will make more money by launching in theaters than it would have if it had debuted on video-on-demand or on HBO Max. That strategy would have been a tough, likely impossible sell for Nolan, who

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s export development agency on Thursday predicted global growth of 6.6% in 2021 after a 4.3% decline this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, but said the domestic energy and tourism sectors would suffer.

Export Development Canada (EDC), in a semi-annual forecast, said Canada’s food, advanced technology, telecommunications, wood products and minerals sectors would do well next year.

The forecast is more gloomy for the energy sector. Canada is one of the world’s largest crude exporters and even before the coronavirus outbreak slashed demand, the sector had been struggling with low prices.

“Any economy … that is energy-dependent is facing difficulties,” EDC chief economist Peter Hall said by phone.

The forecast said ample supplies and uncertain growth would “keep the lid on” key commodity prices over the near-term.

In its overall forecast, EDC said restrictions imposed to combat the pandemic had helped build up global consumer demand as well as bank balances and savings rates.

“This suggests fundamental resilience, at the very least, (and) the potential to rebound from the current mess,” it said.

EDC forecast the Canadian dollar would stay in the 74 to 76 U.S. cent range this year and next.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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A Tampa Bay Lightning fan whom police called on for screaming “shoot!” at the television during the Stanley Cup Final is using the misunderstanding to help raise money for domestic violence organizations.

Devon Garnett, 26, was watching Wednesday’s Game 3 of the Lightning-Dallas Stars series at a friend’s third-floor apartment in Tampa, Forida. The three fans were energized after Lightning star Steven Stamkos, playing in what turned out to be his only game of the postseason due to injury, scored an early goal.

On an ensuing power play, a fired-up Garnett recalled watching Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman hold the puck for too long.

“I was yelling, ‘Shoot! Shoot!’ because sometimes we get too cute with the puck,” he said.

This prompted his neighbor downstairs to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, believing there was a domestic dispute involving a firearm. According to sheriff’s office spokesperson Natalia Verdina, four deputies were dispatched to the apartment at 8:24 p.m. after the call. When police showed up, Garnett said they asked where “the guns were” because they were told there was a domestic dispute.

The fans explained the misunderstanding, opening the apartment door wide to show that the game was on television and showing them that they were decked out in Lightning gear.

“My exact words [to them] were, ‘We’re just cheering for Steven Stamkos,'” Garnett said. “They completely understood. Didn’t give us a hard time at all. The whole interaction, from when my friend answered the door and realizing it was the cops to them leaving, was maybe two minutes.”

The story spread among Tampa media and soon went viral, to the point where the Lightning invited Garnett and his friends to watch Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at a party inside Amalie Arena. Garnett, who works in

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The cost to Brazil’s government of servicing its ballooning domestic debt fell to an all-time low in August, official figures showed on Monday, following the drop in official interest rates and a dramatic shortening of the debt profile.

Treasury also said it is monitoring the short-term, floating rate “LFT” market closely, and expects it to stabilize soon as the recent spike in premiums over the central bank’s benchmark Selic rate “at some level” attracts buyers.

“We believe the market is undergoing a repricing shift and that, at some level, it should stabilize,” Luis Felipe Vital, head of debt management, told reporters online after the Treasury released its debt report for August.

As the Treasury chart below shows though, the average rate of interest on the domestic federal debt stock fell to a new low of 7.3% in August, and the average rate of interest on new domestic debt issued in the 12 months to August fell to 4.85%.

Brazil debt interest costs: https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/mkt/xklvyqbjzvg/AUGDEBT.png

The average cost of servicing the wider federal public debt load, meanwhile, slipped to 8.54%, the lowest in a year.

The Brazilian interest rate curve has steepened sharply in recent weeks, with short-term borrowing costs anchored by the central bank lowering its benchmark Selic rate to a record low of 2.00%, and growing angst over Brazil’s fiscal outlook pushing up longer-term rates.

Treasury Secretary Bruno Funchal told Reuters last week that the curve steepening was a “warning” that Brazil has “no room for error” in getting its record debt and deficit back under control.

On Monday the spread between January 2022 and January 2027 interest rate futures widened to 455 basis points, even wider than the market, economic and public health crisis peaks earlier this year.

Brazil rate curve: https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/mkt/nmovawdbbva/DI2227.png

As investors cut back