New Netflix Series Dubbed Danish Version Of ‘Dark’

The teaser of a new and very intriguing Danish series, Equinox, was released by Netflix

yesterday. After seeing the teaser of Equinox, many fans of the German series Dark have noted the similarities in the two storylines, with one fan asking whether Equinox is a Dark spinoff.

The highly effective teaser released on November 23 of Equinox reveals the premise of a new supernatural thriller with alternative realities. This is Netflix’s second Danish Original series, which will launch worldwide on December 30, 2020.

Equinox tells the story of Astrid, a young woman, whose sister, along with her entire class of graduating students, inexplicably disappeared without a trace when she was only 9 years old in 1999. Astrid is traumatized by her sister’s disappearance, plagued with nightmares and horrific visions. In 2020, Astrid is now living a peaceful life with her family and works as a late-night radio show host. Until, as the teaser shows, she receives the call from a stranger telling her that another dimension exists. “There is another reality. Another reality behind the one we’re living in. I was there, Astrid” he tells her.

But most crucially, the anonymous caller reveals he knows why her sister disappeared. “I know what happened back then,” he says before he is cut off. He was one the three survivors from the 1999 disappearance.

Astrid’s nightmares return. She is now determined to find out the truth, but it will turn out to be dark and unsettling for her, involving her in ways she could not have imagined.

For fans of the German series Dark—which concluded this summer with one of the most satisfying endings ever created in a series—this opening of a storyline will sound extremely familiar. Dark also began with the mysterious disappearance of young children. The search for the missing children led first to time travel between different timelines and then finally the discovery (careful! spoiler here if you haven’t seen the show) of different dimensions.

Many fans of the German series sound very excited about this new series. One fan on Twitter exclaimed: “This looks great!! Getting strong Dark vibes. I am in!” Some even see this new series as another dimension of the Dark cinematic universe (which does not sound so far fetched now that there might be a “Netflix Holiday Movie Universe” that links all the original holiday films together), while others see this new series as a fourth season of Dark.

To be fair, there is one particular image of Equinox in the teaser (shown below), where we see people in the woods, that does look a little like the entrance to the cave in Dark.

The story of the new series Equinox is based on an acclaimed podcast called Equinox 1985 which was a hit in Denmark topping the iTunes podcast chart. The podcast and series were written and created by Tea Lindeburg. The six-part series will star Danica Cucic (The Bridge), playing Astrid. The series is produced by Dorthe Riis Lauridsen and executive produced by Piv Bernth and her company, the ITV Studio-backed Apple Tree Productions, the Danish production company behind The Killing and The Bridge.

Equinox “is a very unique story about the difference between reality and imagination, and the relation between free will and fate—all set in a normal Danish family,” Piv Bernth said.

Equinox may just be the right series to fill the big Dark-shaped void in the streaming world, for those who love intricate and complex stories about different timelines and dimensions that make you question reality in very thought-provoking ways.

Equinox is due to be released on Netflix globally on December 30.

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Dangerfield fell into “dark cave” after Grand Final loss

Patrick Dangerfield admits he fell into a “dark cave” following Geelong’s Grand Final loss to Richmond last month.

Playing in his first Grand Final, Dangerfield had 12 touches and kicked a goal in his side’s 31-point loss at The Gabba.

Amid the obvious disappointment after coming so close to claiming an elusive maiden premiership, Dangerfield said he experienced a wide range of emotions both during the game and in the lead up.

“Not super well,” he said on SEN’s Whateley when asked about how he coped with the loss.

“It took me while to get out of the dark cave I was in there for a while.

“Eddie Betts probably sums it up well – in an interview he was talking about the AFL Grand Final and he said it’s the best day and worst day all encapsulated into one.

“It was certainly a bit of that, it was a wonderful achievement to put ourselves in a position to play in a Grand Final and we would have loved a different result, but Richmond were spectacular and they deserve it.

“They’ve been an incredible side over a long period of time and they are the benchmark, the challenge is in front of us and we feel with the players we’ve brought in that we’ll be every bit as competitive come next season.”

All Victorian clubs were forced to spend much of the season in Queensland hubs, as a second COVID-19 shut Melbourne down over winter for multiple months.

While some players struggled with hub life, Dangerfield said it was an invaluable experience to spend extended time with teammates.

“It was an incredible ride, he said.

“We obviously would have loved to have finished slightly different, but we’ve learnt so much as a playing group.

“We’ve loved spending time together and we’re certainly going to enjoy the time apart because it was a long time on the road.

“It would sort of what I experienced at Adelaide, you’d go away as a team and it was everyone together. Most Victorian-based clubs where they do not travel as much, they do not get a much time with the playing group – that part I found special.

“But it’s nice to be home and nice to take a depth breath after a long season and quite clearly a long year for everyone, not just those in the AFL.”

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Sky News after dark outrated by a show about… rocks

Sky News’ after dark lineup has been dominating the Foxtel ratings for months, but last night they were bumped by Outback Opal Hunters.

Alan Jones (Image: Sky News Australia)

Gee, Channels Netflix and Stan are going to get a work out tonight. but I started last night, but have Mank (Stan) and the latest series of The Crown (Netflix) down for some long viewing (AKA Bingeing — drink, a pinot gris, I think, or perhaps some bubble) over the weekend.

Mum on the ABC on Friday night might be the only free to air program worth watching, apart from the PBS News on SBS around 1pm Saturday.

Nine’s night — The Block — 1.01 million was the most-watched non-news program. It could have been any ep from the series, there’s so little competition on the other networks. It was good night folks after that.

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Coronavirus Australia live news: US faces dark winter as country records another day with more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases

Testing push for Hume and Wyndham




Deputy CHO Allen Cheng is now talking.


He said 515 historic cases have been reclassified from unknown to known cases. They are mostly from July and August.


These were reclassified due to an algorithm developed to mine the data to find whether there were any.


“It’s about as good as it can get,” Dr Cheng said.


He said it was unlikely that the cases that are known would have been passed on, but authorites are still concerned over unknown chains of transmission.


There will be a testing push for Hume and Wyndham, just to make sure that all cases are picked up in those areas, Dr Cheng said.

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Turning Out the Lights on Mania: Dark Therapy

Heading into Daylight Savings Time here in the Northeast, we are facing the darker, shorter days of winter. For many people that also means a dip in mood. And for a sub-group of those folks, the loss of daylight hours can trigger a depressive episode, which goes beyond a sad mood to include symptoms such as low energy, impaired concentration, trouble enjoying things, and hopelessness. This is referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

In addition to therapy and antidepressants, we also use “light therapy” to treat and manage seasonal depression. This means sitting in front of a specialized light box, usually for 30 minutes in the mornings, starting in September and continuing into the Spring. Light therapy provides significant relief for people who live with SAD — especially when it works to prevent the onset of an episode.

Light therapy works by re-setting people’s circadian rhythms — our 24-hour internal clocks that respond to light and dark in the environment. The clock is triggered when receptor cells in the back of the eye send light/dark signals to the brain, which then sets off cascades of responses that drive our sleep/wake cycles and energy variations through the day.

People living with depression or bipolar disorder typically experience powerful disruptions to their circadian rhythms. During a depressive episode people often have a terrible time getting to sleep at night and staying awake during the day. Energy is set to low all the time. In bipolar disorder, during a manic episode, the energy is set to high at all times. During a manic episode, they feel no need to sleep — they just keep going like the Energizer Bunny. Helping someone with mania get some sleep is a key step to shutting down the over-charged mood cycle.

Signaling the Brain to Sleep

Knowing the benefits of light therapy on depression, researchers have wondered whether “dark therapy” could calm mania. Could mimicking darkness help someone in a manic episode get better sleep, which would reduce their manic symptoms? In 2005, a researcher studied the effect of 14 hours of darkness per day on patients in the hospital with mania. The results were dramatically positive — sleep was much better compared to a control group. However, enforcing 14 hours per day of darkness was clearly not tolerable for patients.

Since then, scientists have discovered a receptor in the retina (back of the eye) that they think of as a “daylight receptor.” It responds to a limited wavelength of light — blue light in particular. When blue light hits this receptor, it sends signals to the brain’s “master clock” which then communicates the “time to be awake” message to the rest of the brain and the body. When this light is absent, the master clock signals the brain and body that the time to rest and sleep has arrived.

Blue-Light Blockers

Knowing about this receptor has led to the creation of “blue-light-blocking” lenses, which prevent blue light from reaching the “daylight receptor,” so that the master clock stops signaling the brain that it’s time to wake up. Essentially these glasses create “virtual darkness,” which delivers nearly the same benefits as keeping people in the dark for 14 hours a day without the drawbacks of actually doing so.

Now, researchers in Norway have published a paper looking at the effects of “virtual darkness” on the sleep of people in a manic episode. (Henriksen, T. E. G., Grønli, J., Assmus, J., Fasmer, O. B., Schoeyen, H., Leskauskaite, I., … Lund, A. (2020) “Blue-blocking glasses as additive treatment for mania: Effects on actigraphy-derived sleep parameters.” Journal of Sleep Research, 29(5). It was a small study, including twenty people who were hospitalized with mania. They divided patients into two groups. One group wore blue-light-blocking (BB) glasses from 6 PM to 8 AM, for seven nights, while the other group (the control group) wore clear glasses during that time. They removed the glasses only when they were in bed for sleep, with the lights out.

The results were encouraging. By the fifth night, the group in the BB group experienced more sleep time while in bed and more restful (less active) sleep than did those in the control group. The BB group also needed less sleep medication than did the people in the control group. The difference was noticeable and happened relatively quickly. More hours of darkness helped people in a manic episode sleep more efficiently and more soundly.

More studies need to be done on larger groups of people, and many more questions need to be explored, but the idea and the initial results are intriguing. Treating mania typically relies on powerful medications, which this would not replace, but can “dark therapy” play a role in helping symptoms resolve more quickly? Could it help people with bipolar disorder re-route or mitigate a potential manic episode if they use them as soon as they notice any sleep changes? Does it help us think about how to design living and sleep spaces for psychiatric inpatients experiencing manic symptoms?

For now, those of us living in four-season locations are heading into actual darkness for many more hours of our day. Looks like we have scientific explanations for feeling so tired as the days get shorter, especially until we adjust to the time change. For us, it’s not too soon to bring on the holiday lights! But those whose mania is commonly triggered by the holidays may hope for a pair of blue-light blockers in their stockings, instead.

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Residents, schools and businesses still in dark on “generational” tunnel plan

Residents affected by construction of the state’s biggest infrastructure project will remain in the dark about the future of their properties until at least the middle of next year, with the Marshall Government still several months away from delivering a detailed business plan for the $8.9 billion South Road project.

The two-tunnel ‘Hybrid+’ option for the long-awaited completion of the north-south corridor, the centrepiece of yesterday’s state budget, was spruiked as a solution that would save significant heritage items – including Thebarton Theatre and Queen of Angels Church – and hundreds of homes along the 10km route from the River Torrens to Darlington.

Premier Steven Marshall and Transport Minister Corey Wingard were today out spruiking the next stage of the “generational” plan – ground investigation works, ahead of a “reference design” that would inform a business plan to be reviewed by Infrastructure Australia and Infrastructure SA later next year.

But while the Government says up to 400 houses will need to be compulsorily acquired – far fewer than the 900-odd required under the rejected ‘open motorway’ option – affected residents won’t know until at least mid-next year whether their property will be among them.

“Community consultation is a huge part of this project,” Wingard said.

“We’ll be out there engaging with the community – we’re going to take them on that journey.”

But he conceded it would be some time before specific plans could be shared.

“We now move to the reference design,” he said.

“We started with the concept design, which gives us the bigger picture that the Treasurer outlined yesterday, then we do the drilling works, which were doing between now and the middle of next year to complete that reference design so we have that finer detail, so we can move on to that final design…

“That reference design will be part of formulating the final business case and that will go back to Infrastructure SA and Infrastructure Australia.”

While he said the decision to utilise tunnels would “save some 480 properties, which we think is really good for the community”, he noted the reference design “will drill down more specifically on the properties we’ll need to acquire and that won’t be till the middle of next year”.

He also refused to rule out any of the schools along the route – which include government-run Richmond and Black Forest primary schools and Warriappendi indigenous school – falling victim to the upgrade.

“Again, that’s back to the reference design, that’s where all that will be finalised,” he said.

“We’ve had to do these initial works, and what we’re saying here is we’re doing the planning to actually determine what’s needed and how that reference design will take shape, and that will be by the middle of next year…

“There are a number of schools along the journey – what we’re saying is we’re engaging with those schools and talking to them [but] until we have that reference design, that’s when we’ll know what it’s going to looks like [and] what properties we’ll need to acquire.”

Asked how the Government could then rule out demolishing a raft of contentious potential acquisitions including Thebarton Theatre, he said: “That’s because we’re doing tunnels.”

“That means where there’s a tunnel, it’s going under the Thebarton Theatre [so] we know for sure and certain that’s staying – we’ve made that commitment.”

There is one “heritage item” still under a cloud, a historic bunker adjacent Thebarton Oval.

“We’re engaging with that group… we are having a look at what that will mean and how significantly that will be affected,” Wingard said.

Local business owner James Franzon from the South Road Inner West Action Group said stakeholders had been told at a meeting with the minister last night it would be at least six months before they had clarity.

“There’ll be a reference plan but even then that wasn’t going to be 100 per cent definitive,” he said.

“It’s great that they’ve announced and committed to tunnels [but] there’s still unrest until we have that certainty of what’s going to be acquired and who’s going to be affected by that.”

He said already “you can see businesses starting to shift and more properties coming up for lease and sale” along the strip.

One of those is auto restoration business Rare Spares, which recently shifted from South Rd to Sir Donald Bradman Drive.

Owner Kahn Smith said the ongoing uncertainty around the roadworks was “definitely” a key factor in the move, along with a lack of carparking.

“We were right on South Rd – you step out the front door and you’re a metre from South Rd [so] the uncertainty of what roadworks were going to happen was an issue,” he said.

“There’s still a lot of unknowns.”

Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas said while Labor was “providing absolute support for this project” and are “not going to be sniping from the sidelines”, it is nonetheless “a concern that major construction isn’t due to begin till 2023”.

“You’d hope that decision would be associated with a bit of detail so we can start to quell any community anxiety,” he said.

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SHELL: Joe Biden issues mask mandate as he warns Americans of ‘dark winter’


Even as hopes of a vaccine lifted stocks, Biden said Monday another 200,000 lives could be lost before it is widely available.


He implored Americans that masks were necessary and not a political statement.


“I implore you, wear a mask. Do it for yourself. Do it for your neighbor. A mask is not a political statement,” Biden said, adding that he would spare no effort to turn the pandemic around once he is sworn in.


Biden said he would be guided by science in laying out the framework of a pandemic response, starting with members of a task force to prepare for his administration’s transition to overseeing it.


“Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face, and I will be informed by science and by experts,” Biden said in a statement.


He and vice-president elect Kamala Harris were earlier being briefed virtually on the coronavirus pandemic by a task force of experts their transition team announced only hours earlier.


The Democratic president-elect and vice president-elect sat at separate, individual socially distanced tables and took notes as the members introduced themselves on Monday.


The first to speak during the briefing was former Food Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. David Kessler. He is co-chairing the task force with former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, a Yale University associate professor and associate dean whose research focuses on promoting health care equality for marginalised populations.


Also part of the group is Rick Bright, a whistleblower who was demoted after criticizing the Trump administration’s pandemic response. Bright had been head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.


Journalists could watch only about two minutes of the proceedings and heard only the participants introducing themselves.

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Bledisloe Cup 2020, Wallabies vs All Blacks: Michael Hooper says Austrlaia in dark place vs New Zealand

Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper admitted Friday his team were in a “dark” place this week after being thrashed by the All Blacks, but insisted the scoreline didn’t tell the full story.

New Zealand’s 43-5 rout in Sydney last weekend was their highest winning margin against Australia and sealed the trans-Tasman Bledisloe Cup for an 18th straight year with a game to spare.

Hooper said the defeat was crushing for the team, coming on the back of a 27-7 loss in Auckland after a battling 16-16 draw in Wellington.

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In Russia’s Idyllic Wine Country, Dark Tales of Dreams Dashed

ANAPA, Russia — Russia has no shortage of innovators, risk-takers and freethinking entrepreneurs. But their country is not built for them. Sooner or later, the state security apparatus makes its unwelcome appearance.

Visit the velvety slopes dipping down to Russia’s verdant Black Sea coast, and you will see that this applies even to wine.

Vladimir Prokhorov, bespectacled and profane, has been making wine from the grapes bulging off the vines for 30 years. He has never been abroad, let alone to Portugal, but his Madeira is magical. His cellar is his shrine, where an icon of Jesus sits next to the thermometer, and where he and his wife never set foot when they are in a bad mood.

But the oak barrels — marked in chalk “2016 Muscat Hamburg,” “2016 Cahors” — now make a hollow sound when you tap them. The police showed up last summer at his winery in southern Russia and drained them all.

“I hate them,” Mr. Prokhorov said, referring to the authorities, slamming his left fist into his right palm. “I hate them with a fierce loathing.”

On first glance, the rebirth of Russian fine winemaking is a Putin-era success story catering to well-off Russians’ more refined tastes. But beyond the vines, a darker and very Russian tale of big dreams, dashed hopes, bureaucratic nightmares and police raids comes into view.

Many of Russia’s smallest and most innovative winemakers, with the informal approval of local officials, long operated without licenses, considering them prohibitively cumbersome and expensive. Then, about two years ago, the federal authorities started cracking down, bringing the easy boom years of the country’s upstart vintners to an end.

Russia covers almost seven million square miles of territory, most of it frozen year-round, and much of the soil yielding little except cloudberries, lingonberries and the odd mammoth tusk poking out of the thawing ground.

But then there is a sliver, from the Caucasus foothills to Crimea, where the softly undulating, deep-green land, glowing beneath the warm autumn sun, is reminiscent of a Tuscan afternoon. The ancient Greeks made wine around here, and so did the czars, who brought in French expertise.

The Soviets collectivized the vineyards and turned winemaking into industrial-scale enterprises like that château of the proletariat, Kubanvinogradagroprom.

In wine-rich areas like the resort city of Anapa, there were once vending machines dispensing chilled riesling by the cupful. At home, in their basements, people finessed their own small-batch techniques.

Nowadays, the Black Sea coast is an oenophile’s dreamland, attracting people from across the country who want to try making their own wine in its rocky soil. Most of the major European grape varieties, along with obscure Soviet-developed ones and indigenous types like Krasnostop Zolotovsky, are grown here.

To President Vladimir V. Putin, restoring the czarist-era glory days of Russian winemaking meshes with his mission to make Russia great again. Kremlin-allied oligarchs have poured millions of dollars into elite Russian vineyards, and one of Mr. Putin’s propaganda chiefs, the television host Dmitri Kiselyov, became the head of the country’s winemaking association last year.

So it makes sense that a section of the annual agricultural fair in Russia’s southern breadbasket region, Krasnodar Krai, is devoted to wine. But there was something odd in the cavernous convention hall in Krasnodar, the region’s main metropolis, when I visited the fair in early October: The men peddling their merlots and sauvignon blancs seemed very wary of journalists.

By way of explanation, Andrei Greshnov, a former Moscow banker, pointed to his bottles. There were no excise stamps, typically required for alcohol sold in Russia.

Getting licensed for making and selling wine had long been too costly for small-scale producers like Mr. Greshnov. So he and dozens of others operated outside the law, with a wink and a nod from local officials, who saw them as part of the region’s identity and also drank their wines. But in the last two years, Russia’s federal law enforcement authorities have intruded on these arrangements.

“We understood that these were green shoots that needed to be supported,” Emil Minasov, a senior official in the Krasnodar region’s Agriculture Ministry, said of the unlicensed winemakers. “They were able to strike deals with local administrations to be left alone. Now this has become impossible. They’ve been squeezed, to put it bluntly.”

Law enforcement officials say they are combating tax avoidance and counterfeit and unsanitary production, which are indeed problems in Russia. Recent changes in the law are supposed to make it easier for small wineries to be legal.

But Mr. Minasov calculates that wineries still need to produce at least 40,000 bottles a year just to cover the expense — $6,000 at a minimum — of getting licensed and, more problematically, of keeping up with the reams of building regulations and reporting requirements. He added that he believes small-scale wineries should not be required to be licensed at all, “but they don’t listen to us up above.”

On a hillside by the sea, Ivan Karakezidi, a descendant of Greeks who goes by Yannis, was on the phone with yet another lawyer. Since the 1990s, Mr. Karakezidi, 64, has been one of the region’s best-known small-batch vintners and entertainers, hosting parties on his sprawling compound, which evokes a Mediterranean village.

The police swooped in on the compound at 6 a.m. on a June morning, climbing over the fence, he says, and seized 4,545 high-end bottles, including his prized 2003 cabernet sauvignon. His son faces jail time, allegedly caught in a sting operation for selling unlicensed wine. Mr. Karakezidi insists he is the victim of a scheme by well-connected businesspeople to gain control of his choice vineyards.

If his legal woes deepen, he is prepared to leave the country. “It’s counterproductive to do business here,” Mr. Karakezidi said. “No matter what, they will convict you, lock you up, take it all away and envy you.”

Before he leaves, he will show those who take over his property “where the tasting room is and where the toilet is, so they don’t get them mixed up.”

Some small winemakers have managed to get licensed, but they question whether they will be able to make a living.

Olga and Vadim Berdyayev’s breezy courtyard on the outskirts of Anapa was suffused on a recent afternoon with the rich, yeasty scent of fermenting grapes. A neighbor helped them pour buckets of cabernet franc into a humming press while Mr. Berdyayev, in his garage lined with steel vats, checked the density of this year’s riesling in a test tube.

The couple, both architects, brewed beer in their home region, Siberia, and discovered winemaking when they moved to the Black Sea coast 12 years ago. Making a wine is like raising a child, Ms. Berdyayeva said: Sometimes it gets sick, and you have to treat it, and sometimes it shows talent, “and you start to marvel and wonder.”

They sold at fairs and to travelers on winery tours. But two years ago it became clear the good times were over: The government let it be known that even the tiniest wineries had to get licenses. That meant spending around $7,000 on paperwork, ventilation and a specialized scanner for excise stamps; submitting to strict controls and inspections; and tracking every bottle produced with specialized government software and unique 19-digit codes.

Ms. Berdyayeva quit her job to focus on the bureaucracy, and the couple got their license. But rather than being comforted, Mr. Berdyayev says he now lives in constant fear of inspections or a paperwork mistake. His stress echoed the cri de coeur of many Russians struggling with the unchecked power of the police.

“I’m in this constant state of tension, that, God forbid, I will do something wrong,” he said. “Sometimes I no longer understand the wine, and think I am ruining it. And this is truly depressing.”

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Trump votes early in Florida as Biden warns of COVID-19 ‘dark winter’

President Donald Trump voted in his adopted home of Florida before hitting the campaign trail for rallies in three swing states on Saturday, joining more than 54 million Americans who have cast early ballots at a record-setting pace ahead of the November 3 election.

Trump cast his ballot at a library in West Palm Beach, near his Mar-a-Lago resort, after switching his permanent residence and voter registration last year from New York to Florida, a must-win battleground for his re-election bid.

“I voted for a guy named Trump,” he told reporters after voting.

Democratic rival Joe Biden also hit the campaign trail on Saturday, speaking at a drive-in rally of supporters in the battleground state of Pennsylvania where he warned of a looming “dark winter” unless the Trump administration does not do a better job at fighting the coronavirus.

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