La Liga: Luis Suarez salvages draw at Atletico Madrid to keep Barcelona unbeaten

first_imgBarcelona forward Luis Suarez preserved his side’s unbeaten record by scoring a late header to snatch a 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid as the Liga leaders’ perfect start to the season ended on Saturday.Saul Niguez gave Atletico the lead in the 21st minute with a thumping low drive into the bottom corner, beating Marc-Andre ter Stegen after the German goalkeeper had twice thwarted Antoine Griezmann.Lionel Messi had threatened to give Barca the lead less than 30 seconds into the game at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, which was packed with Spain flags as tensions from Catalonia’s banned referendum on independence continued to be felt.The Argentine ripped through Atletico’s defence only to see his shot squirm wide but the home side managed the first half better, soaking up Barca’s pressure and carefully plotting their counter-attacks.The visitors were much improved after the break, however.Messi clanged the crossbar from a free kick and inexplicably missed the target from close range while Suarez was denied by Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak.The Uruguayan goaded the home fans after deservedly pulling Barca level in the 82nd minute, putting his finger to his lips and cupping his ears in response to critics of his lacklustre start to the season.Barca top the standings with 22 points but their lead over Real Madrid was cut to five as Zinedine Zidane’s side moved above Atletico, who are third on 16, after winning 2-1 at Getafe earlier on Saturday.last_img read more

Stars Attend 2018 Princess Grace Awards Gala New York City

first_imgOn Tuesday, October 16, the Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) celebrated the 2018 Princess Grace Awards Gala at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York.Katharine McPhee, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco, David FosterCredit/Copyright: Getty Images for Princess Grace Foundation-USAHeld in the presence of Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco, the Awards Gala honored actor, director, producer, and philanthropist Tim Daly, Tony Award-winning director Sam Gold, and founder of the dance company A.I.M (Abraham.In.Motion) Kyle Abraham. Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Bebe Neuwirth served as mistress of ceremonies for the event.Tim Daly was honored with the the distinguished Prince Rainier III Award for his outstanding artistry and exemplary give-back, which was presented to him by his sister, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress, Tyne Daly. The Prince Rainier III Award recognizes a renowned leader in the arts whose own accomplishments are coupled with demonstrated service to their community. The Prince Rainier III Award includes a grant of $25,000 to the philanthropic organization of the recipient’s choice and a uniquely designed sculpture by artist Alex Soldier. Past recipients of the Award include Julie Andrews, Mikhail Baryshnikov, James Cameron, Glenn Close, Queen Latifah, George Lucas, Mandy Patinkin, Sibylle & Robert Redford, Twyla Tharp, Pauletta & Denzel Washington, Cicely Tyson, and Dick Van Dyke.During the event, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco said, “It is always so exciting to welcome new award winners to the Princess Grace Awards family and to celebrate in the city my mother-in-law began her career as an actress. It was a privilege to honor Tim Daly with the Prince Rainier lll Award. In addition to his impressive work as an actor on both stage and screen, I applaud his devotion to supporting the arts as the President of The Creative Coalition.”Tony Award-winning actor Leslie Odom Jr. (2016 Princess Grace Statue Award Recipient) presented Sam Gold and Kyle Abraham with 2018 Princess Grace Statue Awards for their continuing excellence in their respective artistic disciplines since receiving their initial Princess Grace Awards. Chicago Med actress Emma Duncan (2014 Princess Grace Award Winner) performed “Ring of Keys” from Fun Home as a tribute to Sam Gold, and A.I.M (Abraham.In.Motion) dancer Marcella Lewis (2018 Princess Grace Award Winner) performed a special dance routine as a tribute to Kyle Abraham.Additionally, the Gala awarded 22 emerging artists in theater, dance, and film with Princess Grace Awards presented to them by GRAMMY-winning songwriter, composer and producer David Foster. The 2018 Princess Grace Awards Gala continues the legacy of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, who helped emerging artists pursue their artistic goals during Her lifetime. In total, the Foundation is awarding over $1 million to artists in theater, dance, and film annually.Guests also enjoyed a spirited live auction led by auctioneer Robbie Gordy, which featured an adventurous trip package to South Africa, the home country of HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco, and a once in a lifetime opportunity to join the Riviera Bike Challenge alongside celebrities, athletes and The Princess of Monaco. The evening also featured a dazzling performance by American Housewife actress Carly Hughes who sang “All That Jazz” from Chicago.Later in the evening and prior to announcing Tyne Daly’s presentation, host Bebe Neuwirth introduced a 21-year old clip of HSH Prince Albert with Tyne Daly meeting for the first time and singing an impromptu duet.Additional VIP guests and Princess Grace Foundation-USA supporters in attendance included Gerard Butler, Katharine McPhee, Candace Bushnell, Pauline Ducruet, Gigi Gorgeous, Nats Getty, Denise Rich, H.E. Maguy Maccario Doyle (Ambassador of Monaco to the United States and Canada), Hon. John F. Lehman (PGF-USA Chairman), D. Christopher Le Vine (PGF-USA Board of Trustees), H.E. Isabelle Picco (Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Principality of Monaco to the United Nations), Alex Soldier (Prince Rainier III Award Designer), Jon B. Turk, M.D. (PGF-USA Board of Trustees), and more.The Awards Gala was co-chaired by Dennis & Phyllis Washington and Anne Sweeney & Phillip Miller. Major Gala supporters include Rod & Karen Gancas and Dennis & Phyllis Washington as Crown Sponsors.last_img read more

Nova Scotia summer games revitalizes Mikmaq spirit

first_imgAPTN National NewsReserves across Nova Scotia are looking pretty empty this week. Well all but one that is.That’s because thousands of Mi’kmaq from across their territory are on the Waycobah First Nation for the fourth annual Nova Scotial Mi’kmaq summer games.APTN’s Ossie Michelin reports.last_img

The Week In College Football More Than Just BamaLSU

Wisconsin—18245%<1%<1% Iowa9122925%7%<1% USC—20530%4%1% Mississippi18171020%8%2% Texas A&M193016<1%<1%<1% Houston25233330%2%<1% Stanford1161346%19%3% Michigan State731915%22%3% Northwestern214257<1%<1%<1% Oklahoma1516315%14%5% Mississippi St.201917<1%3%<1% What to watch for this weekSECThe No. 4,1All the rankings I’m using in this article are the committee’s. one-loss Crimson Tide face No. 2, undefeated LSU in what is as close to a play-in game for the playoff as can be devised at this point in the season. Vegas has the Tide favored by about 6 points. That seems about right. After all, the game is in Tuscaloosa, and the FiveThirtyEight model gives home teams a 3.5-point advantage. But Alabama also has a slight edge over LSU according to FPI, despite its earlier loss to Ole Miss.The FiveThirtyEight model gives Alabama a 41 percent chance of making the playoff, largely because they’re favored in this game; LSU’s playoff odds are 30 percent. But let’s answer our first what-if question: How will those odds change after this game? My colleague Jay Boice ran additional simulations contingent on each team winning. In this thought experiment, if the Tide win, their odds would rise to 53 percent; but if the Tigers were to win, their odds would tick up to 45 percent. The Tigers’ odds are still lower, even if they beat Alabama, because their remaining schedule is so grueling. A road game against Ole Miss and a matchup with Texas A&M at home stand out on what is, going into this week, the toughest remaining schedule.(As a diehard fan who was born and raised in Baton Rouge, I’d like to be able to tell my fellow LSU faithful that these numbers favoring ’Bama are made up. But I can’t. What we Tiger fans do have going in our favor is Leonard Fournette, the Heisman Trophy favorite and, as Wright Thompson wrote, emerging legend.)Interestingly, though Alabama is favored to win and gets higher odds of making the postseason, because LSU is undefeated, the Tigers have higher odds (22 percent) of winning the conference, according to our model. (That’s because if LSU stumbles, Ole Miss is in position to win the SEC West with a tiebreaker over Alabama.) But beyond Alabama and LSU, Florida is waiting in the wings with an 18 percent chance of squeezing into the playoff. The Gators are looking like a good bet to win the SEC East, as they face only creampuffs for the remainder of their conference schedule; and if they emerge as a one-loss champion of the SEC, it will be hard for the committee not to include them.Big 12Baylor and TCU are putting up basketball scores each week. High-powered offenses drive the two highest-ranked teams according to FPI. Our model gives undefeated, No. 8 TCU the best chance of breaking into the playoff, even though Baylor is notionally better according to FPI. That’s because the Horned Frogs host the No. 6 Bears on Nov. 27 in what amounts to (assuming both teams are undefeated) a Big 12 championship game the conference never planned.The Big 12 is deep — very deep. Take this week’s biggest game: TCU faces No. 14 Oklahoma State. Although the Horned Frogs look strong according to our model — which gives them a 31 percent chance of making the playoff — the Cowboys can’t be ignored (they have a 6 percent chance themselves). The conference also includes a strong Oklahoma team, whom our model gives a 14 percent chance of making the postseason.Big TenThe FiveThirtyEight model gives No. 3 Ohio State the best odds of making the playoff: 61 percent. Furthermore, we give the Buckeyes a 16 percent chance of repeating as national champs. But look beyond them and you’ll see a strong conference, with the winner likely to be placed in the playoff.Ohio State has a difficult schedule ahead. Like the LSU vs. Alabama game this week, the Nov. 21 matchup against No. 7 Michigan State could be viewed as a de facto national quarterfinal game; Michigan State has a 22 percent chance of being in the final four. The winner likely will face currently undefeated Iowa in the Big Ten championship game.ACCAfter those three conferences, there’s a huge dropoff in quality. With the exception of Clemson, the ACC looks wobbly. That said, the undefeated Tigers are viewed favorably by the selection committee, which gave them their No. 1 ranking. Our model gives them a 51 percent chance of making the postseason (the best after Ohio State), but after them, Florida State is the next best ACC squad, with a 5 percent chance. That said, the Tigers face what is probably their toughest remaining challenge at home against the Seminoles on Saturday. If they survive, a what-if simulation we ran gives the Tigers a 61 percent chance of making the playoff. Furthermore, if they run the table in their remaining games, they’re likely to make the playoff (our model would put their chances at 99 percent), but if they don’t win out, the ACC champion won’t have a guaranteed spot. Why? Because if Clemson loses this week, our model would give both Clemson and FSU about a 15 percent chance.Pac-12What a total mess. Among Pac-12 teams, Stanford has the best chance of making the playoff, at 19 percent. Despite having just one loss, Utah does poorly in our model, registering a 6 percent chance — little better than unranked USC. FiveThirtyEight reckons that if Stanford does win out, it’s 90 percent likely to make the playoffs. In other words, the Pac-12 is not guaranteed a spot right now. To push the Cardinal’s odds up, Clemson would have to slip, and still a second team from the SEC or Big Ten might leapfrog the Pac-12 champ.Beyond The Power FiveThe best bet outside the five major conferences is No. 5 Notre Dame, with a 25 percent chance of making the playoff. Memphis and Houston, as impressive as they’ve been, stand only a 6 percent and 2 percent chance, respectively, of being included. In other words, the stellar mid-major teams should keep rooting for those in the major conferences to cannibalize each other. Baylor610132%31%13% RankingProbability of … Penn State—2741<1%<1%<1% Florida1091241%18%4% Temple22324541%<1%<1% Michigan1722187%6%<1% Clemson17756%51%12% Ohio State31447%61%16% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title FiveThirtyEight can’t stop the CFP from screwing your team, but we’re going to try to use numbers and our football knowledge to prevent you from being blindsided.Each week, we’ll break down the latest CFP rankings, preview the big upcoming games and explore what-if questions. As we did last year, we’ll take an iterative and probabilistic approach to project which four teams the CFP committee will select into the playoff on Dec. 6.We’ll cover the Power Five conferences and make a special effort not to ignore the mid-major darlings. Translation: we’ll show Memphis and Houston some love. And as a born-and-raised LSU fan, I’m obliged to exhibit a cocky and blatant SEC bias intended to solicit all your angry emails.Before we dive into the new rankings and preview games by conference, a few nitty-gritty details about the model are worth reiterating from what editor-in-chief Nate Silver has written in greater detail elsewhere on FiveThirtyEight:Game predictions are based on a tweaked version of ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) for each team.Based on game results, each team is given an Elo rating that reflects, primarily, its strength of schedule and, to a lesser extent, the margin of victory in its games.Each team is given a new projected ranking based on the previous week’s ranking, the outcome of the game it has just played and its Elo rating.Then the model iterates through the season’s remaining games and, using past coaches’ polls as a guide, tries to predict what the CFP committee will decide.Latest CFP RankingsJust like last year, the CFP committee angered Big 12 fans. Baylor and TCU were ranked sixth and eighth, respectively, while Ohio State is third. One-loss Alabama sneaked in at No. 4 and LSU at No. 2, a clear sign that the committee respects an SEC schedule. But the committee really has a penchant for Clemson, the squad at No. 1. That also helps Notre Dame, whose only loss is to Clemson. The committee puts the Fighting Irish just outside the party at No. 5. Oklahoma St.14111415%6%1% Notre Dame589—25%5% Good gosh o’mighty, what a college football season so far. It’s early November, and fans have already witnessed:a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown as time expired;an eight-lateral kickoff return that was returned for a touchdown as time expired;a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown as time expired; andthe ongoing dominance of the next Herschel Walker.Amid all this excitement, in walks the selection committee to cut the ribbon on its first iteration of this season’s College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings. Unveiled over the next month, these CFP rankings will determine who plays in the second-ever four-team playoff. But reading the CFP tea leaves can be overwhelming.Confused by the CFP committee’s weird pronouncements? Fearful that Condoleezza Rice and her comrades will stab your team in the back? (Baylor and TCU fans, you know the feeling.) Trying to interpret the CFP rankings probably makes you feel like the Michigan guy who made his way around the Internet: UCLA2321225%1%<1% Memphis13143621%6%<1% Toledo24244328%<1%<1% Utah12152118%6%<1% Florida State16131513%5%<1% North Carolina—262323%<1%<1% LSU25822%30%8% TCU84237%31%11% Alabama42614%41%11% Arkansas—3926<1%<1%<1% Oregon—2532<1%<1%<1% read more

Advanced Microgrid at MCAS Miramar to Enhance Energy Security Improve Load Management

first_imgThe advanced microgrid to be built at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is still two years away from completion, but officials already are excited about the project’s potential to demonstrate the value of microgrids.The project, awarded to Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric last week, will allow operations at the San Diego-area installation to continue uninterrupted if the utility power grid is compromised or damaged.But the project is about more than simply providing backup power to enhance energy security; it can also help the installation manage fluctuations in demand and benefit the larger electric grid.Mick Wasco, the base’s installation energy manager, says he is excited about collaborating with the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Independent System Operator, reported Microgrid Knowledge. “My proposition to these organizations is that the government is spending money on energy security to make its own grid redundant and secure. There is no reason why we can’t multipurpose those assets to support the grid and make the grid more distributed,” Wasco said.The project design will be scalable to potentially power the entire installation as well as manage electricity during peak usage. The microgrid will incorporate distributed assets already on base, including 1.6 megawatts of solar photovoltaic energy and 3.2 megawatts from landfill methane gas. Schneider and Black & Veatch will add two diesel and two natural gas generators, totaling 7 megawatts.In addition to providing backup power, the generators will provide support services to the central grid and help the installation reduce its utility demand charges, manage load and participate in demand response programs. The generators also will help provide a guaranteed level of renewable energy, according to the story.“For us that’s a huge economic opportunity,” said Wasco, who said that spikes in demand created by the intermittency of landfill gas cost the installation up to $300,000 per year in demand charges. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Porsche rolls out its own car insurance in Illinois and Oregon

first_img Post a comment Car Industry Car Culture 5 things you need to know about the 2018 Porsche 911… 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S is a superhero 54 Photos 2020 Volvo XC90 first drive: An improvement worth subscribing to More From Roadshow Porsche Preview • 2018 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS: Best of the best? Enlarge ImageIt’s fair to say that most insurers don’t really understand the enthusiast side of things, so this is a smart move on Porsche’s part. Andrew Krok/Roadshow Barring exceptions for antique vehicles and contraptions of that ilk (think Hagerty), car insurance is, for the most part, kind of a one-size-fits-all sort of industry. Creating insurance products tailored to specific brands hasn’t really been explored all that much, which is why Porsche has decided to take that route and offer its owners something unique and, above all, helpful.Porsche on Thursday announced that it is launching a mileage-based car insurance program. In its news release, Porsche said this insurance, offered in partnership with Mile Auto, “meets the unique needs of Porsche drivers by limiting costs to actual miles driven, plus a low base rate.” After all, not every Porsche owner is driving the industry average of 12,000 to 15,000 miles per year.Porsche’s car insurance will track the mileage of each vehicle in a ridiculously simple way: Just take a photo of the odometer and send it to Porsche. There’s no app or tracking device necessary, which Porsche says will be a benefit to an owner’s privacy. There are other benefits, too. Having Porsche’s own insurance means that repairs stemming from claims will always use genuine parts, because Porsche isn’t out to devalue its own cars. There’s also a dedicated claims concierge for when things go wrong. The automaker also offers agreed value coverage, which means Porsche will pay out an agreed-upon value for the car in the event of a total loss. That last bit is especially important for owners of older or collector cars.Porsche Auto Insurance will be offered to owners of 1981 models or newer, so long as the vehicles are housed in Illinois and Oregon. As time goes on, Porsche will expand its offering to include additional states, but it did not offer up a timeline for doing so. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything bettercenter_img 0 Porsche Share your voice 2:13 More about 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S 2019 Hyundai Elantra review: Staying relevant in a changing segment Tags Review • 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S: One punch Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

New US inversion rules threatens PfizerAllergan deal

first_imgThe U.S. Treasury Department took new steps on Monday to curb tax-avoiding corporate “inversions,” with the pending $160 billion merger of Pfizer Inc and Allergan Plc seen as a potential casualty.The changes, less than a year before President Barack Obama ends his term, follow sharp political criticism of Pfizer’s and Allergan’s merger, which would be the largest inversion deal ever. While the rules did not single out this deal, one of the provisions takes aim directly at it.Shares of Dublin-based Allergan fell 22 percent in after-market trading, while shares of New York-based Pfizer rose 3 percent.The companies said they were reviewing the Treasury Department’s notice. “Prior to completing any review, we won’t speculate on any potential impact,” the companies said in a joint statement.The federal government has grappled with a wave of inversions in recent years as U.S. companies have sought to slash their tax bills by re-domiciling overseas, though their core operations and management usually remain in the United States even as they claim a new tax home. Several U.S. presidential candidates, including Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, have seized on the issue in their campaigns.Obama, a Democrat, has called repeatedly for action by the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress on inversions, but lawmakers have done little. He repeated his appeal to Congress on Monday and said he welcomed the Treasury’s action.The Treasury said in a statement it will impose a three-year limit on foreign companies bulking up on U.S. assets to avoid ownership limits for a later inversion deal.”In simple words, Allergan’s key deals in the prior 36 months won’t be counted (as far as meeting the inversion threshold is concerned) when doing the ownership math for the Pfizer-Allergan deal,” Evercore analyst Umer Raffat wrote in a note.These deals include the $66 billion merger of Allergan Plc and Actavis Plc, the $25 billion purchase of Forest Laboratories and the $5 billion takeover of Warner Chilcott.”The real issue is not so much what Allergan may prove or disprove, or whether Treasury overstepped its authority. The real question is whether Pfizer reads today’s regulations as reason enough to not continue to pursue the deal,” Raffat wrote.Under the agreement between Pfizer and Allergan, either party may terminate the deal if an adverse change in U.S. law would cause the combined company to be treated as a U.S. domestic corporation for federal income tax purposes. The terminating party would have to pay the other company up to $400 million for its expenses, according to the merger agreement.LEW SAYS LEGISLATION STILL NEEDEDTreasury also said it is proposing rules to tackle a practice known as earnings stripping that is often undertaken following an inversion.Earnings stripping covers a range of financial dealings that shrink the taxable U.S. profits of multinationals. A common strategy is to load up the U.S. unit of a re-domiciled foreign company with debt and then shift U.S. profits to the new lower-tax foreign jurisdiction through interest payments.The new Treasury rules would restrict related-party debt for U.S. subsidiaries in dealings that do not finance new investment in the United States. As part of these proposed regulations, the Internal Revenue Service would also be able to divide debt instruments into part debt and part equity, Treasury said.Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said the new actions would “further rein in” inversions, while he repeated his call that only legislation in Congress could prevent such deals.But at least one business group, the Organisation for International Investment, which advocates for foreign-based companies, condemned the new rules.”Treasury’s action would increase the cost of investing and expanding across the United States for all foreign companies and put at risk more than 12 million American workers that are supported by foreign direct investment in the United States,” Nancy McLemon, the group’s chief executive, said in a statement.Such tax avoidance schemes have long been a thorn in Treasury’s side. The proposed deal between Pfizer and Allergan, which would create the world’s largest drug maker, prompted renewed scrutiny.Pfizer plans to re-domicile in Ireland, where Allergan is based, and the companies expect to complete their merger in the second half of this year.Last November, following the announcement of the Allergan-Pfizer deal, Treasury clamped down on inversions by limiting a U.S. acquirer’s ability to set up a new foreign parent in a third country and to “stuff” assets into a foreign parent to meet post-inversion ownership limits.On Treasury’s latest steps, Senator Charles Schumer of New York, who has been a co-sponsor of legislation to curb inversions, said in a statement: “These regulations will make potential inverters and foreign acquirers think twice before making the leap, and those bad actors should be on notice that we intend to clamp down even further.”last_img read more

Five things to know as Ukraine goes on polls Sunday

first_imgA volunteer holds electoral materials in support of the Servant of the People party led by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy during an event ahead of the parliamentary election in Kiev, Ukraine on 18 July 2019. Photo: ReutersUkrainians go to the polls on Sunday, with president Volodymyr Zelensky’s party “Servant of the People” set to win the biggest share of votes in the ex-Soviet country’s early parliamentary election.Here are five facts about the country that in recent years has been shaken by uprisings, war and loss of territory.Russia ties “Ukraine” literally means “on the edge” and its history has been closely tied to that of its giant neighbour, Russia.Modern-day Russia and Ukraine are thought to both trace their origins to the ancient state of Kievan Rus, which at its height stretched from the Black Sea to the Baltic Sea.Much of what is now Ukraine was part of the Tsarist Russian empire although the western regions belonged at different times to various neighbours, including the Austro-Hungarian Empire.The country later became part of the USSR. In the early decades of Soviet rule it suffered during a devastating famine known as the Holodomor caused by Joseph Stalin’s policies.Tensions between Kiev and Moscow have flared in the decades following the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991.After a pro-Western popular uprising led to the ouster of Russian-backed president Viktor Yanukovych in 2014, Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula and supported separatists in the east of Ukraine.The conflict has so far cost around 13,000 lives.Economic troubleWith the start of the 2014 crisis, the Ukrainian economy went into freefall. That year, GDP dropped by more than six per cent, and the following year it fell almost 10 per cent. In 2015, inflation hit more than 40 per cent.The economy has since shown some signs of recovery but the country of 45 million people remains one of the poorest in Europe.An average monthly salary is $395 (350 euros).The country relies on transit fees for Russian gas towards Europe and Kiev has expressed concern it will be bypassed by new Russian energy projects.During disputes in 2006 and 2009, Moscow cut supplies to Ukraine during the winter, sparking knock-on shortages in Europe.- Corruption -Corruption is endemic in Ukraine and the Servant of the People” party says its primary task after the elections is to finally defeat it.Transparency International puts Ukraine at 120 out of 180 countries in a ranking of public perception of corruption — better than its 2014 rating of 142, but well below its EU neighbours.According to a Gallup poll, just nine percent of Ukrainians have confidence in their government, the lowest in the world.There is public frustration at what is seen as an out-of-touch, corrupt political elite — which explains the meteoric rise of Zelensky and his party.Anti-corruption campaigners regularly suffer physical attacks. Activists say they have recorded around 100 such attacks over the past four years.Chernobyl The world’s worst nuclear accident took place in Ukraine on 26 April 1986, at the Chernobyl nuclear power station.Thirty people were killed in an explosion and many hundreds died of related illnesses, though the exact figure remains disputed. Soviet authorities initially tried to cover up and then play down the disaster.Eventually 350,000 people were evacuated from within a 30-kilometre (19-mile) radius around the plant, an exclusion zone that remains uninhabited, apart from some 150 elderly residents who returned despite an official ban.Authorities now say it will only be safe for humans to live there again in 24,000 years.In recent years the site has become a tourist attraction, with the success of HBO’s mini-series “Chernobyl” boosting the tourism industry even more.- Borscht and Chicken Kiev -While some in the West think of borscht as synonymous with Russian cuisine, Ukraine claims the beetroot-based soup with cabbage as part of its national heritage dating back to the 14th century.A number of other dishes are contested by Russia and Ukraine, including Chicken Kiev. Some versions of its history attribute the invention of the dish to a Russian chef.last_img read more

Laurence Fishburne to CoHost Memorial Day Concert in DC

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Actors Laurence Fishburne and Joe Mantegna will co-host this year’s Memorial Day concert in Washington.Laurence Fishburne attends the “Black-ish” FYC event at the Television Academy on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)The 28th annual concert from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol will be broadcast nationwide on PBS. The company that produces the concert announced the lineup on Thursday.Performers include classical singer Renee Fleming, singer and actress Vanessa Williams, country singer Scotty McCreery and singer John Ondrasik of the band Five for Fighting. Irish tenor Ronan Tynan is also scheduled to perform.The concert will also include a 75th anniversary tribute to the Doolittle Raid, a bombing mission over Tokyo during World War II. Actor Gary Sinise will present that portion of the program, which will include a tribute to 101-year-old Lt. Col. Dick Cole, the sole surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders.last_img read more

Google Fined 57 Million in France for Breach of Data Protection Rules

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The CNIL is the first European body to sanction a global platform under the E.U.’s General Data Protection Regulation passed on May 25, 2018. The new legislation allows European bodies to levy fines worth up to 4% of annual revenue on companies that breach the data protection rules within Europe.Addressing the fine, Google said it was “studying the decision” of the CNIL to determine its next steps. “People expect high standards of transparency and control from us. We’re deeply committed to meeting those expectations and the consent requirements of the GDPR,” stated Google. Google has been fined €50 million ($57 million) in France by data regulator CNIL for breaching the European Union’s data protection rules.The CNIL said in a statement that Google had not sufficiently informed its users about the exploitation of their personnal data.“We’re not denying that Google informs users who open an account…but the information is disseminated on different documents,” and “it sometimes requires up to five actions to access the relevant information,” Mathias Moulin, the head of rights protections and sanctions at CNIL, told Agence France-Presse.“The information on processing operations for the ads personalization is diluted in several documents and does not enable the user to be aware of their extent,” Moulin added.The fine follows two complaints against Google filed with the CNIL by a pair of European nonprofit organizations advocating for data protection, France’s la Quadrature du Net and Austria’s None Of Your Business.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more