The US government is seeking more than £78m in damages after filing its lawsuit over the Lance Armstrong affair.
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it is the first case anywhere in the world in which an appeals court has been asked to extend human rights to animals.
The Maginot Line, named after the French Minister of War André Maginot, was a line of concrete fortifications, obstacles, and weapons installations that France constructed just before the border with Switzerland and the borders with Germany and Luxembourg during the 1930s. The Line did not extend through to the English Channel because the French military did not want to compromise Belgium’s neutrality.
1941 Tatra T87, s/n 49870 and engine no 12786345 via Wikipedia Historians have revealed that more Nazi officers were killed in the Czech car, the Tatra 87, than in actual combat. The Tatra 77a
In 1934, Hitler ordered Porsche to come up with a car design that could be mass-produced and was economic for the German people to drive. They came up with the infamous VW Beetle four years later. There were many similarities to the Tatra, and Porsche was in fact forced to pay the Czech-Tatra manufacturers three million Deutsche Marks in compensation for the design elements that they took from the Tatra in the early 1960s.
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There is something odd going on at the heart of European football. Earlier this month, Barcelona sealed their fourth UEFA Champions League trophy in ten years, unseating their domestic rivals Real Madrid as title-holders. The top English teams and their colossal international fan bases watched glumly from the sidelines, as they had done for the semi- and quarter-finals.
Rubbish. Redistributing revenues from successful Premier League clubs to underperforming clubs has been extraordinarily damaging to competition. In 2013, the TV deal meant that Arsenal lost out on £47 million that it earned through investment in new players, global marketing and excellent football management. On the other hand, bungling clubs such as QPR repeatedly waste their handouts on expensive, badly chosen players. And the distortion and deep unfairness doesn’t stop there. Middling English teams are rolled over in European competitions as they are financially comfortable and lack incentives to compete. Ambitious, innovative clubs in the second tier in England now find it much harder to win promotion, because the Premier League feeds relegated clubs extra money to cover their losses. This welfare system harms successful teams, discourages resourceful rising clubs and promotes waste – all for the benefit of the worst performing teams in the Premier League.
Soccer leaders at South America’s Copa America are trying to find a way to pay prize money owed to competing teams after the event rights holder had its accounts frozen following a U.S. corruption probe. South American soccer governing body Conmebol said it hasn’t been paid $45 million of the $80 million contract by rights …
New book explores the origins of puzzling Spanish expressions that can sound shocking, vulgar or nonsensical to many foreigners
Spaniards use them on a daily basis, but often don’t know the first thing about their origins. They get angry and exclaim “me cago en la mar” (I shit in the sea), they do something clumsy and exclaim “llevo una torrija encima” (I’m walking around with a fried slice of milk-soaked bread on my head.
One of Brazil's leading weekly magazines, Epoca, has revealed that former president Lula da Silva could be investigated over corruption allegations following on the imprisonment of the Odebrecht Group CEO, (Marcelo Odebrecht) which is one of the country's largest private corporations and employers, and for which Lula did much lobbying and sponsoring for public works projects in Dominican Republic, Cuba, Venezuela and Ghana.
Officials in Washington and Kabul are examining whether U.S. funds were spent for schooling in Afghanistan that never occurred
“Every time something came up, they jumped to keep this guy [the institute’s leader] happy, despite the problems, despite the lack of financial transparency,” said Kauffman, who is now a private development consultant based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In fact, USAID continued giving the institute funds, totaling at least $12.3 million through last Sunday, according to USAID spokesman Sam Ostrander.
Disgraced former IMF boss and one-time French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn made a bizarre public debut Sunday on Twitter, the go-to social network for politicians, pop stars and journalists.
“Hello Twitter! Jack is back,” the once hugely popular Socialist politician declared on his (verified) Twitter account.
His inaugural post has since been retweeted 2,400 times and he has already garnered 20,000 followers since creating his account.
Known by his initials DSK in France, Strauss-Kahn was seen as France’s best shot for president in the 2012 election, won by fellow Socialist François Hollande.
When it became clear that alluvial diamonds were fast running dry in the secretive Chiadzwa (Marange) diamond fields, one morning Mines and Mining Development Minister, Walter Chidhakwa — in a move short of nationalisation — started his day by announcing that government was going to merge all the eight diamond-mining firms operating in the area.
Before anyone had made head and tail of what the minister was driving at, Murowa Diamonds — a private diamond firm jointly owned by Rio Tinto Plc and RioZim — had been roped in as it started emerging that government was desperate to get hold of machinery and technology suitable for underground mining of the diamondiferous kimberlites remaining in Chiadzwa.
In a no nonsense tone, Chidhakwa indicated that government would not accept any objections, adding that the State was ready to compensate mining houses that would not accept the new arrangement, after which they would be asked to leave the country.
“If you do not want to be in this company, we might have to work out ways, methods of parting ways (and) the kind of compensation that we need to give to those who many not want to participate in this company,” fumed Chidhakwa. Every smash- and-grab operation has to be accompanied by tough talk!
Just like in Jebs, the rules had been changed overnight and there was nothing the mining firms could do about it! In effect, instead of Chidhakwa punishing those fly-by-night firms that looted Chiadzwa dry, he is rewarding them with a stake in a bigger enterprise.
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With law of the jungle seemingly being the law in Zimbabwe, the country does not seem to need any enemies to keep investors and development partners ashore...'
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, widely known as DSK, formerly France’s minister of the economy and finance, ex-director-general of the International Monetary Fund, frontrunner as Socialist candidate in the presidential elections of 2012, is a broken man. Or so it would seem.
He was acquitted last week by the Lille criminal court of aggravated pimping and organising an international chain of prostitution, but his reputation is nonetheless in ruins. Ever since he was taken off an Air France flight in handcuffs by New York police in May 2011, and charged with raping a maid in the Manhattan Sofitel — a case dropped after his accuser was deemed an unreliable witness — he has been living a nightmare.
No sooner was one charge dropped than another sprang up. Back in Paris, a young female journalist accused him of attempted rape during a magazine interview. When this case too was dropped on the grounds of insufficient evidence, the pimping investigation began. A parallel charge of gang rape, carrying a maximum sentence of 20 years, was withdrawn in 2012. But in preparation for the pimping trial, two examining magistrates spent four years transcribing hundreds of pages of text messages and emails. During the three-week trial, an extraordinary picture of DSK’s downtime emerged. Hours were passed in the company of a Belgian pimp called ‘Dodo la Saumure’, proprietor of ‘le Dodo Sex Klub’. Afternoons were spent arranging meetings on the Belgian frontier, or in Madrid, or in Washington, where expensive locations were hired and his friends including a Lille CID inspector flew in with what DSK called ‘the equipment’ (young prostitutes)
'No one was more pleased by the Food and Drug Administration's decision Tuesday to eliminate artificial trans fats from the U.S. food supply than Fred Kummerow, a 100-year-old University of Illinois professor who has warned about the dangers of the artery-clogging substance for nearly six decades...'
Despite Kummerow's research and warnings over the years, artificial trans fats remained a staple of processed food for decades. Well into the 1980s, many scientists and public health advocates believed that partially hydrogenated oils were preferable to more natural saturated fats. And the food industry was reluctant to do away with artificial trans fats, which were cheaper than their natural counterparts, extended shelf life and gave foods desirable taste and texture.
A 95-year-old woman is helping a last ditch effort to preserve an ancient African language before it goes extinct. Hanna Koper and her two sisters are thought to be the last remaining speakers of the San language N|uu, rated as critically endangered by Unesco . The San, also known as “bushmen”, were the first hunter-gatherers …
'N|uu has one of the biggest speech sound inventories in the world, he added, including more than 45 click phonemes, 30 non-click consonants and 37 vowels. “Language is the most important cultural asset, so if you lose your langage, you lose your culture. In Canada there is a clear link between those indigenous people who lose their language and suicide rates. In this globalised world, local identity is essential,” Brezinger...'
In Honduras, the business-lending arm of the World Bank aligned itself with a key player in a land dispute that has left more than 130 people dead, including Gregorio Chávez, a preacher who went out to tend his garden one day and didn’t come back. In the last decade, the International Finance Corp.’s lending and influence has soared, even as it has embraced financing methods that shield its investments from scrutiny.
From 2004 to 2013, the IFC approved 188 projects that may have involved physical or economic displacement of local populations, according to an ICIJ and HuffPost analysis of publicly available project documentation. Because the IFC fails to fully and clearly disclose information about cases involving displacement, it is not possible to conclusively say in every instance whether displacement actually happened. Projects may be removed — or added — as new information arises.
An internal State Department memo reveals that top officials don’t have confidence in the U.S. strategy against the Islamic State social media propaganda machine.
State Department officials have said that “countermessaging” the Islamic State is one of the pillars of the strategy to defeat the terrorist group. The memo concludes, however, that the Sunni radical group’s social media strategy has “trumped” U.S. efforts, The New York Times reported Friday.
The memo — composed by Richard A. Stengel, the State Department’s under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs and a former managing editor of Time magazine — was written for Secretary of State John Kerry after a conference of Western and Arab officials in Paris this month on countering the Islamic State.
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“The memo is an assessment not of the larger counter-ISIL messaging effort, but how the small group of coalition members communicates internally and externally,” Mr. Kirby said, adding that Mr. Kerry would “take into consideration” the recommendations made in the memo, The newspaper reported.
Did SNL’s Tommy Flanagan Oversee the New Surface Temperature Data? By Bob Tisdale and Anthony Watts, commentary from Dr. Judith Curry follows There is a new paper published the journal Science abou...
Clearly, with each revision of data, NCDC is making the past cooler and the near present warmer through their adjustment process of the original data. To revisit something said in regards to a previous news story about NCDC’s tendency to adjust data as time goes on, so much so that they can’t even tell us with certainty anymore which month in the past century was the warmest on record, this is still applicable
Plusieurs personnalités politiques de la droite et du centre viendront soutenir ce mardi 9 juin le lancement d'un nouveau cercle de réflexion intitulé "France Fière", fondé par des élus locaux issus de "quartiers populaires", ont indiqué lundi ses initiateurs.
Tony Blair scheduled a two hour afternoon slot into his diary to enjoy the company of alluring Chinese actress Li Bingbing during a 2012 business trip to China. According to documents seen by the T...
Blair first met Bingbing – who is a friend of Wendi Deng – at a climate change campaign in 2009 and has been spotted regularly with the Chinese siren since. Bada Bingbing, bada boom…