Art

Fashion Institute apologises for 'clearly racist' show  News

Fashion Institute apologises for 'clearly racist' show News

A New York City-based fashion college has apologised after a catwalk show was labelled racist. Models were asked to wear prosthetic ears, lips and bushy eyebrows for a collection run by fashion design students at the event in Manhattan. The accessories were heavily criticised online after an African-American model said she would not wear the "clearly racist" items. The Fashion Institute of Technology said the matter was being investigated. ... Full story

Education

13 Difficult Things Highly Successful People Learn To Do Young

13 Difficult Things Highly Successful People Learn To Do Young

Highly successful people value being "good" over always being "right." Christin Hume. To invent a product, turn a profit or start a business is to be accomplished. To be successful is to maintain ethics, principles and self-awareness regardless of how your professional pursuits are going, and it is the latter to which we should strive. "Successful people," as we'll call them here, are defined largely by their willingness to lean into difficulty ... Full story

Economics

China to cut $71.3 billion insurance fees to help firms amid coronavirus outbreak

China to cut $71.3 billion insurance fees to help firms amid coronavirus outbreak

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is expected to cut pension contributions and insurance fees by more than 500 billion yuan ($71.27 billion) this year, government officials said on Thursday, as it seeks to help companies weather the coronavirus outbreak. A man wearing face mask is seen in Qibao, an old river town on the outskirts of Shanghai, China, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, February 19, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song. The ... Full story

Entertainment

M.M. LaFleur is lending clothes to female political candidates for free

M.M. LaFleur is lending clothes to female political candidates for free

When Jeannette Rankin became the first woman to serve in Congress in 1917, media coverage paid acute attention to her style and personal appearance. In March of that year, The Washington Post published a story with the headline, “Congresswoman Rankin Real Girl; Likes Nice Gowns and Tidy Hair.” The article, which was meant to quash “speculation” that Rankin dressed like a man, described her as “thoroughly feminine” and detailed her “soft and ... Full story

Health

Worried About 5G’s Health Effects? Don’t Be

Worried About 5G’s Health Effects? Don’t Be

Even as carriers around the world race to build 5G networks, some government officials are reaching for the throttle, citing fears that the new generation of wireless technology could pose health risks. Earlier this year the Portland, Oregon, city council passed a resolution asking the Federal Communications Commission to update its research into potential health risks of 5G. (In 2013, the American Academy of Pediatrics made a similar request ... Full story

Law

Many victims of shooting in Germany had immigrant background: report

Many victims of shooting in Germany had immigrant background: report

A police officer walks outside the Midnight Shisha bar after a shooting in Hanau, near Frankfurt, Germany, February 20, 2020. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski. BERLIN (Reuters) - Many of the victims of the shooting in the German town of Hanau had an immigrant background, German magazine Focus said based on a report from news agency dpa that cited security sources. A suspected right-wing extremist shot nine people dead in two shisha bars in an overnight ... Full story

Living

Siding with Bronx Zoo, judge rules Happy the elephant is not a person

Siding with Bronx Zoo, judge rules Happy the elephant is not a person

Happy the elephant will have to be happy just being an elephant. A judge in the New York City has dismissed a lawsuit against the Bronx Zoo in which an animal welfare advocacy organization sought to declare Happy, an Asian elephant, a person with a right to be free. The group, called the Nonhuman Rights Project, sought Happy's release from the zoo, where she's lived for nearly 50 years. In this Oct. 2, 2018 file photo, Bronx Zoo elephant ... Full story

Politics

Algeria ready to mediate in Libya ceasefire talks: president to paper

Algeria ready to mediate in Libya ceasefire talks: president to paper

FILE PHOTO: Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune arrives for the opening of the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri. PARIS (Reuters) - Algeria is ready to act as a mediator in any Libya ceasefire talks, its president Abdelmadjid Tebboune told French newspaper Le Figaro in an interview published on Thursday. ... Full story

Sport

Ethiopian 18th Century crown returns home

Ethiopian 18th Century crown returns home

Image caption The crown has depictions of Jesus Christ. An 18th Century Ethiopian crown has been returned home after being hidden in a Dutch flat for more than 20 years. Ethiopian Sirak Asfaw, who fled to the Netherlands in the late 1970s, found the crown in 1998 in the suitcase of a visitor and realised it was stolen. The management consultant protected it until he alerted a historian and Dutch police of his discovery last year. On Thursday, ... Full story

Technology

Never mind electric cars, here's Australia's M&A hotspot: Petrol stations

Never mind electric cars, here's Australia's M&A hotspot: Petrol stations

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Electric vehicles have charged up investments around the world, but Australia is reveling in a slew of deals involving old-school petrol stations, with a bidding battle developing for one of its top fuel retailers, Caltex Australia ( CTX.AX ). FILE PHOTO: A motorist fills a car with fuel at a petrol station in Sydney. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne. A shake-up in the structure of the fuel industry over the past decade, sparked by ... Full story