What began as a sideline business selling polished metal mirrors to pilgrims in Germany (to capture holy light) evolved into an enterprise that altered the course of art, religion, politics and industry: Johannes Gutenberga€™s movable type and printing press.
We judge ourselves by our noblest acts and best intentions, but we are judged by our last worst act. There are 10,000 species of ants, and for several million years they have coved the earth, except Antarctica [no pun intended]. Credit has existed globally since the early days of trading and mercantilism, but it wasna€™t until the 1920s that oil companies issued a physical card to repeat customers who purchased fuel for their new-fangled automobiles.
Therea€™s nothing so hollow as the laugh of the person who intended to tell the story himself. CHALLENGE #111: Why is the numeric keypad on a computer (7-8-9 at the top) upside-down from the numeric keypad on phones (1-2-3 on top)? English belongs to the very large Indo-European language family [Germanic, Baltic, Slavic, Celtic, Latin, Hellenic, Iranian, Sanskrit et alia, which led to Polish, Welsh, French, Greek, Kurdish, Punjabi, and English, to name a few].
The real test of character comes when doing the right thing may not be in our self-interest.
In the past 5,000 years the human genetic code changed 100 times faster than it had in any prevous period. In the 1880s, Samuel Augustus Maverick was a Texas cattleman who refused to brand his cattle, seeing it as cruel. CHALLENGE #111 was: Why is the numeric keypad on a computer (7-8-9 at the top) upside-down from the numeric keypad on phones (1-2-3 on top)? Researchers gave cash to experimental subjects who were instructed either to spend it on themselves or on others. BIG Q #26: Pericles argued in his Funeral Oration that democracy stimulates excellence because all citizens are stakeholders with public responsibilities. When intensive-care units at Michigan hospitals followed a 5-step checklist for how to insert intravenous lines in patients, infections were virtually eliminated, saving the hospitals $175 million over 18 months.
The peace symbol began as the emblem of the British anti-nuclear movement 50 years ago on Good Friday: a combination of the semaphore positions for N and D [Nuclear Disarmament] within a circle [the earth]. CHALLENGE #114: He was a fighter who was obsessed with boxing and he abused drink and drugs. BIG Q #27: Since poverty is deeper among children than the elderly, why does public spending on the elderly vastly outstrip spending on the young? E-mail and Web searches consume 1.5% of the nationa€™s electricity last year, and if current trends continue, by 2010 the power bill to run a computer over its lifetime will surpass the cost of buying the machine. Biologically speaking, humans have changed little in the 100,000 years [or 3,000 generations] since modern humans emerged on the African savanna--not enough time for serious adjustments. Rembrandt was a master of chiaroscuro (kee-ahr-uh-SKYOOR-oh), the use of contrasts of light and shade to enhance the depiction of character and for general dramatic effect.
CHALLENGE #114 was: He was a fighter who was obsessed with boxing and he abused drink and drugs. CHALLENGE #115: What proportion of the cells in your body are not actually yours but belong to foreign organisms? BIG Q #28: Why do girls, on average, lead boys for all their years in school, only to fall behind in the workplace? Only 11% of CEOs of top 500 companies have an Ivy League degree, but 20% of the top 60 women in Forbes a€?most powerful womena€? list did.
The hormone oxytocin is naturally released in brain after a 20-second hug from a partner, triggering the braina€™s trust circuits.
CHALLENGE #115 was: What proportion of the cells in your body are not actually yours but belong to foreign organisms? CHALLENGE #116: A westerner and an easterner who each changed the world, but didna€™t want their names used to identify a religion--to no avail.
Featured Quote: a€?The truth of the matter,a€? is that a€?we havena€™t sacrificed one darn bit in this war, not one.
BIG Q #29: Why are the most powerful people in the world old white men and pretty young women? When lima bean plants are attacked by spider mites, they release volatile chemicals that summon another species of mites to attack the spider mites. Funeral directors promote embalming: replacing body fluids with formaldehyde, a carcinogen that eventually leaches into the environment when the buried body decays [800,000 gallons annually]. In 2001, President Bush exempted some 3,500 plants that spew toxic chemicals from the Right-To-Know law. Consultants get paid up to $500,000 to name a drug, and insist that letters are imbued with psychological meaning: P, T, and K, they claim, convey effectiveness.
CHALLENGE #116 was: A westerner and an easterner who each changed the world, but didna€™t want their names used to identify a religion--to no avail. CHALLENGE #117: His father a€?bluffeda€? his way into law school using a faked transcript, and went on to finish first in his class and become a successful labor lawyer. Spoken language is instinctual, the brain collects the phonemes and abstracts the rules from what it hears, but written language must be taught. Busha€™s tax cuts for the rich have reduced annual tax revenue avaiable for public needs by $300 Billion each year. CHALLENGE #117 was: His father a€?bluffeda€? his way into law school using a faked transcript, and went on to finish first in his class and become a successful labor lawyer.
FACTOID: Unusual English spelling shows the way the words were pronounced 100s of years ago. Chinoiserie (sheen-WAH-zuh-ree) is a style of ornamentation using motifs identified as Chinese. CHALLENGE # 118 was: If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it make a sound? CHALLENGE #119: Which a€?booka€™ won the Pulitzer Prize for literature and drama, in successive years? Up: Crew members of the Harmony of the Seas cruise ship attend the delivery ceremony of the boat in Saint-Nazaire on Thursday. The world's biggest-ever cruise ship, the 120,000-ton Harmony of the Seas, a luxury home on the waves for 8,500 passengers and crew, was handed over by a French shipyard on Thursday after a 40-month engineering feat. At 66 meters, it is the widest cruise ship ever built, while its 362-meter length makes it 50 meters longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower.
The floating town, which cost close to one billion dollars, has 16 decks and will be able to carry 6,360 passengers and 2,100 crew members. The ship was built for US-based Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd by the STX France boatyard in Saint-Nazaire on the Atlantic coast, where a spectacular ceremony marked the handover on Thursday.
Among the onboard attractions are "The Ultimate Abyss", a 10-story slide from the top deck to the main deck which RCCL bills as the world's biggest ship-mounted waterslide. A giant climbing wall, a rope slide, mini-golf, surf simulator, floating jacuzzis, a casino and 1,400-seat theater playing Broadway musicals are among the other attractions.
The ship even has its own high street, and a "Central Park" deck featuring 12,000 plant species. Harmony of the Seas will produce 20 percent less CO2 emissions than the next two largest ships in its class, partly thanks to air pumped into the hull to lighten its load. It took 2,500 workers at STX France around 10 million work-hours to complete the enormous vessel after work began in September 2013. STX has built 120 cruise ships over its 150 years, and has another 11 lined up for the next decade. Several hundred workers were still busy putting finishing touches to Harmony of the Seas before it leaves the port on Sunday, weather permitting, sailing for Southampton in southern England.
From there, it will embark on for its official maiden voyage on May 22 to its new home port of Barcelona, after which it will begin regular cruises through to late October. The International Rhino Foundation said the female calf was born on Thursday, weighs about 20 kilograms and looks healthy and active.
Only an estimated 100 Sumatran rhinos remain, mostly on the island of Sumatra, and several are in captivity. The species was rediscovered in the Indonesian part of Borneo through trails and footprints in 2013. But one member of the small population on Borneo died in April after a wound from a poacher's trap became infected. The calf is the second to its mother Ratu, who gave birth to a male named Andatu in 2012, which was the first rhino birth in captivity in Indonesia in 124 years.
The foundation said Ratu was given a hormone supplement daily during her pregnancy to help ensure it went to full-term. Brazil's interim President Michel Temer gives a thumb up after the Senate voted to impeach President Dilma in Brasilia on Thursday. Brazil's interim president Michel Temer kicked off his new administration on Friday, seeking to resuscitate Latin America's largest economy and steer clear of the corruption scandal that helped bring down his predecessor. The former vice-president installed a business-friendly Cabinet on Thursday, just hours after senators voted to suspend his boss-turned-enemy, Dilma Rousseff, and open an impeachment trial against her. The tumultuous transfer of power ended 13 years of rule by the Workers' Party, which helped lift tens of millions of people from poverty but became mired in corruption scandals, recession and political paralysis. But Temer faces many of the same stumbling blocks as his predecessor, plus a few of his own.
Political analysts warned his honeymoon may not even last until he opens the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Aug 5 - South America's first.
He will also face a deeply hostile left resentful of being sidelined in what it calls a "coup".
Temer appealed on Thursday for "dialogue" to heal the wounds of the impeachment battle, but stoked opponents' outrage with his cabinet appointments: all 24 of his ministers are white men. And Temer remains exposed to the swirling scandal at state oil company Petrobras, which has snared top members of his party, the PMDB, as well as Rousseff's PT. A one-time guerrilla tortured under Brazil's military dictatorship in the 1970s, Rousseff was suspended over allegations she illegally used loans from state banks to boost public spending and hide the depth of the budget deficit during her 2014 reelection campaign. She claimed the accounting maneuver, known as "fiscal backpedaling", was commonly accepted practice in Brazil and is not an impeachable offense.
But in the all-night Senate session leading up to the impeachment vote, it was clear lawmakers were holding her responsible for far more than that, as one speaker after another attacked her for presiding over an economic collapse, a multi-billion-dollar corruption scandal and political gridlock. She lost the vote 55 to 22 - far more than the simple majority the pro-impeachment camp needed in the 81-member Senate. Defiant to the end, she used what may have been her last speech from the presidential palace to condemn the "coup" against her yet again and urged her supporters to mobilize.
The International Olympic Committee and Rio 2016 Organizing Committee said on Thursday that preparations for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics will not be affected by the Brazilian Senate's vote to continue the impeachment process against the president. With less than three months to go, the Rio Olympics is facing political turbulence, the Zika virus and the country's economic recession. Carlos Arthur Nuzman, president of Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, said: "We are private, not politics. At a news conference in Tokyo, Masuzoe apologized for causing public concern and said any incorrect balance in payments regarding his expenses claimed from his former political funds body would be returned. The scandal-plagued governor said the suspicion was caused by the fact that his family were staying at the same hotel at which he was also attending an official conference and said any funds that were mistakenly expensed would be returned. Masuzoe's remarks follow harsh public criticism for his lavish lifestyle which has called into question on Japan's political funding laws and the Tokyo governor's possible misappropriation of funds. Earlier this week, Masuzoe's expenses were called into question by a weekly magazine claiming that he paid $3,400 for a two-day stay at a luxurious resort hotel in Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture, and expensed them as "conference fees" which were paid through his political fund group called Global Network Kenkyukai. The Tokyo governor has also been implicated in previous scandals, and spent $82,800 on art which he expensed through his fund group, listing the valuable collectibles as "supplies" and "expenses". Masuzoe, a former upper house member and governor of Tokyo since 2014, has also faced a public backlash this week for using an official car to make private trips to his villa located in the exclusive hot spring town of Yugawara in Kanagawa Prefecture, as well as traveling to a slew of international destinations using business class, and dining at expensive restaurants in Tokyo, including Italian and sushi restaurants. In terms of the official car, Masuzoe has been found to have used the car 48 times to travel to and from his private villa since May last year, as well as using the car to travel to different work locations. Under Japan's Political Funds Control Law, politicians must report the use of political funds to both the internal affairs ministry and election administration commission.
Straining to mend their party after months of chaos, Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan declared themselves "totally committed" to working together after a fence-mending personal meeting on Thursday. The surprisingly fervent show of unity capped a remarkable week that began with Ryan, the GOP's top elected officeholder and its 2012 vice-presidential nominee, turning his back on his party's presumptive presidential nominee just days after Trump had effectively clinched the nomination.
Ryan said at the time he was not yet ready to back Trump, who had succeeded in insulting women, Latinos, disabled people and many conservatives in the course of a brutal primary season. The two also issued a joint statement in which they pledged to work together to beat Clinton. Pilot Bertrand Piccard boards the experimental solar-powered aircraft before taking off from Phoenix, Arizona, on Thursday. A solar-powered airplane has landed in Oklahoma after taking off from Arizona on the latest leg of its around-the-world journey. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 took off from Phoenix Goodyear Airport about 3 am on Thursday. It departed from northern California in the early hours of May 2 and landed at the airport southwest of Phoenix 16 hours later. The globe-circling journey began in March 2015 from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and has made stops in Oman, Myanmar, China and Japan. After Oklahoma, the plane is expected to make at least one more stop in the United States before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Europe or northern Africa, according to the website documenting the journey. The newspaper reported the crew likely will have to stay in Tulsa a few days to wait out the weather. The Solar Impulse 2's wings, which stretch wider than those of a Boeing 747, are equipped with 17,000 solar cells that power propellers and charge batteries.
Ideal flight speed is about 45 kilometer per hour, although that can double during the day when the sun's rays are strongest. The plane had a five-day trip from Japan to Hawaii and three-day trip from Hawaii to California's Silicon Valley. The crew was forced to stay in Oahu, Hawaii, for nine months after the plane's battery system sustained heat damage on its trip from Japan. Project officials say the layovers give the two Swiss pilots - Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg - a chance to swap places and engage with local communities along the way so they can explain the project, which is estimated to cost more than $100 million. The solar project began in 2002 to highlight the importance of renewable energy and the spirit of innovation. With her arms stretched out and her hands elegantly curved, the young dancer stamps her feet with aplomb, defying prejudice. Her art is reviled by many in religiously conservative Pakistan, where it is often linked with prostitution. Graceful and poised in her richly colored sari, she practices the odissi form of dance, in which movements of the face and hands are perfectly timed.
Dance is deeply embedded in Pakistani culture, in marriages, folk festivals and films - the complex choreography similar to that found in Bollywood. But for women to be seen dancing outside of a family setting, and worse still to perform for money is deeply frowned upon in the Muslim-majority country. Historically, classical dance in the subcontinent was the domain of tawaifs, courtesans of the Mughal Empire, which ruled India for hundreds of years until the advent of British rule in the 19th century.
Like the geishas of Japan, they were known as connoisseurs of the fine arts before their status deteriorated, especially under British rule, to mere prostitutes. It is therefore necessary "to create this bifurcation and say that no, this is art also", according to Kazmi. Dance was banned in 1981 as part of an Islamization drive led by military leader Zia-ul-Haq.
His directive specifically targeted dancers wearing ankle bells, an essential accessory of the main classical forms which the authorities associated with obscenity and nudity.
The directive exists to this day but its application has eased, though new threats have emerged. Anyone in the audience "who feels that he might get to heaven by killing you can just walk up to the stage and do so," she said. Feriyal Aslam remains optimistic for the new generation, pointing out that these challenges are also an opportunity for innovation as dancers adapt traditional forms to the modern, local context. Pakistani classical dancer Suhaee Abro talks during an interview at her home in Karachi in February. Neither of the two star lots had ever been auctioned, bearing out the prevailing wisdom that despite uncertain times, top quality works fresh to the market can perform well. Driven in part by what Sotheby's said was its highest-ever number of registered bidders from Asia, the sale saw spirited and competitive bidding both in the salesroom and via telephone. A record was set for Sam Francis, whose Summer #1 fetched $11.8 million, just shy of its high estimate. Most lots sold for within or above estimates, and Sotheby's officials were clearly pleased. Sotheby's announced that two lots, including an untitled work by Christopher Wool which sold for $13.9 million and achieved the night's fourth-highest price, were bought by Japanese businessman Yusaku Maezawa.


On Wednesday, Christie's identified Maezawa as the buyer who paid a record-setting price for Jean-Michel Basquiat's untitled self-portrait, which soared to $57.3 million against an estimate of about $40 million. The collector also spent heavily on Adrian Ghenie's Self Portrait as Vincent Van Gogh, paying $2.6 million for a work estimated at just $200,000 to $300,000.
Other highlights included an untitled Alexander Calder mobile which soared to $8.3 million including Sotheby's' commission of just over 12 percent, more than double its high estimate.
The spring sales wrap up on Thursday with Christie's auction of Impressionist and modern art. Malaysia's government said on Thursday that two more pieces of debris, discovered in South Africa and Rodrigues Island off Mauritius were "almost certainly" from Flight 370, bringing the total number of pieces believed to have come from the missing Malaysian jet to five.
The aircraft mysteriously disappeared more than two years ago with 239 people on board, and so far an extensive underwater search of a vast area of the Indian Ocean off Australia's west coast has turned up empty. Though the discovery of the debris has bolstered authorities' assertion that the plane went down somewhere in the Indian Ocean, none of the parts have thus far yielded any clues into exactly where and why the aircraft crashed. An international team of experts in Australia who examined the debris concluded that both pieces were consistent with panels found on a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft, Liow said.
The jet, which vanished on March 8, 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, is believed to have crashed somewhere in a remote stretch of the southern Indian Ocean about 1,800 kilometers off Australia's west coast. Investigators are examining marine life attached to the debris to see if it could somehow help them narrow down where it entered the ocean, but haven't discovered anything useful yet. The interior part, identified by its decorative laminate, is a panel from the main cabin and believed to be part of a door closet, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said in a technical report. But even this interior piece is also unlikely to prove very helpful to investigators, said Dell, the accident investigation expert.
The lower Chamber of Deputies voted 372-51 with 99 abstentions to approve legislation already passed in February by the Senate. Gay rights activists hailed the vote as historic, given that Italy was the last of the European Union's 28 nations to grant legal recognition to civil unions. The legislation grants same-sex couples many of the same rights as married couples: the possibility of having the same last name, inheritance rights, hospital visitation rights and medical decision-making rights. The Vatican, which holds sway politically and socially in overwhelmingly Catholic Italy, maintains that marriage is a lifelong bond between man and woman.
A man dressed as a friar speaks out against samesex civil unions outside the Italian Parliament in Rome on Wednesday, as a gay rights supporter, right, tries to drown him out with a bullhorn. Libya has not faced the same risk to its antiquities as Syria and Iraq, though there is evidence Islamic Sate is involved in the smuggling of antiquities, Libyan and international experts said on Wednesday. The most famous classical sites have remained largely undamaged, though some illegally excavated artifacts are being smuggled out of the country and Islamist fighters have targeted mosques and Sufi shrines, the experts said on the sidelines of conference on how to protect Libya's cultural heritage. Libya is rich in ancient sites, including some of North Africa's finest Roman and Greek ruins as well as prehistoric rock art in the desert region of Fezzan. Islamic State took control of the coastal city of Sirte last year and established a presence in several other parts of the country, leading to fears that it would attack and damage key ancient sites as it has done in Syria and Iraq. Though Islamic State may still try to attack classical sites as they "search for visibility", a bigger risk is from illegal excavations and looting, and illicit construction by locals, said Stefano De Caro, the director-general of the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property. Ahmed Abdelkarim, head of Libya's department of antiquities, said extremist violence was the top risk one year ago, but that since Islamic State recently lost ground in and around the eastern cities of Benghazi and Derna, preventing illegal building around ancient sites was now the primary concern. Looting is also a problem, he said, with international mafia-style groups smuggling artifacts through Libya, and security forces had found antiquities last week in the recaptured house of an Islamic State commander in Benghazi.
Authorities had recovered artifacts on two other occasions in Benghazi and Derna, Abdelkarim said. Ramadan Alshebani, a senior official from the department of antiquities in Tripoli, said Roman ruins at Leptis Magna and at Sabratha, where local brigades forced out Islamic State fighters after a U.S.
But Alshebani said there was a "major problem" with attacks on mosques and Sufi shrines that the militants consider un-Islamic, with more than 20 such sites attacked in the capital alone. Activists say many of the more than 2,200 animals at the zoo in the city of Surabaya are crowded into cages and enclosures far too small for them, and they also face a shortage of proper feed. Zoo keepers attribute most of the deaths to natural causes, and said the tiger's death was still unexplained.
An 18-month African lion was found hanging dead in its cage in 2014 and a dead giraffe was found with about 18 kg of plastic in its stomach - rubbish thrown into its cage by visitors.
About 45 Komodo dragons, a large species of lizards only found in eastern Indonesia, died in battles they fought against each other in their overcrowded cage. Veterinarians treat Fitri, 35, a female elephant at a Surabaya zooin East Java province on July 26, 2011. Allen brought his 1930s Hollywood romance Cafe Society, along with stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, to Cannes to kick off the French Riviera festival. No reporters asked Allen about Farrow's column or the decades-old sex abuse allegations at the press conference and Allen's publicist didn't return an email requesting comment on Wednesday.
The famed festival is coming six months after the Paris terrorist attacks that killed 130 people and as France remains in a state of emergency. The United States switched on an $800 million missile shield in Romania on Thursday, a step it sees as vital to defend itself and Europe but which the Kremlin said is aimed at blunting its own nuclear arsenal.
To the music of military bands at the remote Deveselu air base, senior US and NATO officials declared operational the ballistic missile defense site, which Washington said is capable of shooting down rockets from countries such as Iran that could one day reach major European cities. Before the ceremony, Frank Rose, deputy US assistant secretary of state for arms control, warned that Iran's ballistic missiles can hit parts of Europe, including Romania. Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov, chairman of the Russian State Duma's defense committee, called the missile defense site a threat to Russia. The readying of the shield also comes as NATO prepares a new deterrent in Poland and the Baltics. Poland is concerned Russia may retaliate further by announcing the deployment of nuclear weapons to its enclave of Kaliningrad, located between Poland and Lithuania. The Kremlin said the shield's aim is to neutralize Moscow's nuclear arsenal long enough for the US to strike Russia in the event of war.
However, Douglas Lute, the US envoy to NATO, said NATO would press ahead with NATO's biggest modernization since the Cold War. The US said Russia has ballistic missiles, in breach of a treaty that agreed the two powers must not develop and deploy missiles with a range of 500 kilometers to 5,500 km. The local prosecutor said on Wednesday the young woman threw herself under a commuter train at the suburban Egly station, south of Paris, after claiming she had been raped by her former boyfriend.
The teenager, whose name was not released, sent a text message to a friend of her former boyfriend a few hours before she killed herself on Tuesday, prosecutor Eric Lallement said.
On Tuesday, the woman spent more than two hours overall on Periscope in five live sessions.
The video then cuts to a black screen, and what appear to be the voices of emergency personnel can be faintly heard. In her own messages, the woman spoke a lot about her life and her difficult relationship with her former boyfriend, Lallement said.
The video has been removed from Periscope, a cell phone live video-streaming app particularly popular among young people.
Political leaders and analysts warned tensions could erupt into unrest as the opposition staged rallies across the crisis-hit South American country.
Protesters were demanding electoral authorities quickly approve their call for a vote on dumping the leader. Security forces blocked the street to keep demonstrators away from the headquarters of the National Electoral Board in Caracas. Democratic Unity Roundtable, the opposition coalition known as MUD, said one of its top leaders, Henrique Capriles, was affected by the tear gas as he led the march.
The Democratic Unity Roundtable blames Maduro for an economic crisis in which Venezuelans are having to queue for hours for rations of basic food and other goods. Maduro has also imposed daily electricity blackouts and has public employees working just two days a week due to power shortages.
Thousands of supporters of Maduro also rallied separately on Wednesday in the center of the capital.
Maduro also said he was extending the special emergency powers he has to rule by decree on economic policy for the rest of 2016, to "get past the economic emergency".
The Democratic Unity Roundtable a week ago handed in 1.8 million signatures petitioning for a referendum.
Under electoral rules, the National Electoral Council was supposed to count those signatures by May 1 and then authenticate them within five days before authorizing the opposition to seek a further four million signatures to call a referendum. Venezuela has the biggest oil reserves in the world but its revenues have plunged in line with the price of crude in the past two years, starving the country of dollars to import goods. Maduro blames the crisis on a plot by capitalists and accuses the opposition of trying to mount a coup against him. An opposition supporter is squeezed between policemen during a rally to demand a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on Wednesday. The Kenyan government said on Wednesday that it will close the Dadaab refugee camp, which has hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees and is often referred to as the world's largest camp. Two suicide bombers attacked a police station west of Baghdad on Thursday, leaving two security personnel dead and eight others wounded, police and medics said.
Fourteen people, including children, have been rescued off the Solomon Islands after being lost at sea for more than five weeks, surviving on betel nut skins, reports said on Thursday. Britain's internal security service, MI5, increased the threat level of a mainland terror attack from moderate to substantial on Wednesday. Artist Randy Barton stands in front of severalmurals he painted inside an Albuquerque, New Mexico hotel room, which he transformed into an installation work he titled All Direction Protection. Dade Lahar stepped into the hotel room with splashes of electric blue and tepees outlined in neon green before scanning a mural that offered a contemporary take on Native American reservation life. It's also unique, and part of an ongoing project at Nativo Lodge, a boutique hotel in New Mexico's largest city, to transform guest rooms into spaces that owners say can be considered art pieces unto themselves.
In cities from Tokyo to Marseille, France, the concept of commissioning artists to convert guest rooms into contemporary, large-scale installation works has taken hold at a handful of hotels.
For New Mexico, where art connoisseurs and collectors may be more likely to hit places like Taos and Santa Fe, the collection of rooms at Nativo Lodge has created a new art stop along Interstate 25 amid a string of mostly chain hotels and businesses. She started recruiting emerging artists to paint rooms at the hotel several years ago with the idea of making contemporary Native American art more accessible to the general public outside of a gallery or museum setting, and at an affordable property, she said.
Guests who want to stay in an artist room can call in and request the room of their choice after viewing options online. So far, 12 artists - all from New Mexico - have transformed rooms at Nativo Lodge with large-scale paintings and murals. Scenes in the rooms convey Southwestern landscapes, figures from tribal stories and other Native American imagery.
In one room, Randy Barton, who started out as a street artist, painted a room last year with an abstract study on the 50 arrowheads of the Navajo Nation flag. Estella Loretto, a sculptor and painter from Jemez Pueblo, said she wanted to create a room that reflected on the sun and the "gift of a new day." Behind the room's queen-size bed, a turquoise sun rises against a yellow backdrop in one of several murals in the room.
Last week, the hotel publicly unveiled its four newest artist rooms, which included Loretto's work and the ultracontemporary space that wowed Dade, the 9-year-old, at an open house. A selfportrait by HaitianAmerican artist JeanMichel Basquiat, who died at age 27 of a drug overdose.
A huge self-portrait by Jean-Michel Basquiat brought $57.3 million at auction in New York on Tuesday, a record for the late US artist, Christie's said. On Tuesday, an unnamed Asian collector bought the massive two-and-a-half by five meter untitled self-portrait from 1982, painted in Italy. The young Haitian-American artist, who pictured himself in the work with a demonic image among popping colors, died of a drug overdose at age 27 in 1988.
Auguste Rodin's Eternal Springtime marble sculpture of lovers fetched more than $20 million on Monday, a record for the French sculptor, at Sotheby's in New York.
A statue of Adolf Hitler on his knees was auctioned on Sunday for $17.2 million, a record for a work by the Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan.
Basquiat's large, vibrant, untitled work from 1982 had been estimated to sell for about $40 million but two determined telephone bidders drove the final price to break the late artist's auction record by $8.5 million. The sale took in a total of $318.4 million, well within the pre-sale estimate of about $280 million-$390 million.
The Basquiat record was especially significant in the current cautious climate, which follows years of soaring prices.
Both Christie's and rival Sotheby's have assembled markedly smaller spring sales this week, with no works carrying estimates much beyond $40 million. With hardship rising due to job cuts and inflation, Argentina has adopted a scheme from Europe's economic crisis: putting food in outdoor "social fridges" for the needy.
So-called social or solidarity fridges, where people leave food for those who need it, popped up in countries such as Spain and Germany in recent years during the recession in Europe. Pondal launched his fridge in February and says there are now at least 50 others around the country.
With its countless fields and livestock, Argentina is one of the world's biggest food producers. But with inflation close to 40 percent, domestic prices are soaring and Argentines are finding their salary is not enough to buy the food they need.
Researchers at the country's Catholic University estimated in a study that 1.4 million people fell into poverty in the first three months after Conservative President Mauricio Macri took office on Dec 10. Out in the open air during the day and shut up in a wooden cabin at night, the fridge is run by the charity Red Solidaria. A rock flake found in Australia is believed to be from the world's oldest known ax and likely dates from just after humans arrived in the country around 50,000 years ago, scientists said on Wednesday. The fragment, about the size of a thumbnail, was found in Western Australia's sparsely populated Kimberley region and its age indicates that early indigenous technology was novel and inventive. The piece was excavated in the 1990s, but it was not until recently that its significance was recognized and confirmed by new technology. Hiscock said it was interesting that the earliest appearance of axes in Australia appeared to coincide with the arrival of humans in the landscape. He added that the ax fragment was not the first of its type found in Australia and showed that the nation's indigenous peoples' ancestors were good at creating the tools they needed. Australian National University professor Sue O'Connor, who found the piece in the 1990s, agreed that it was the earliest evidence of a hafted ax - one with a handle attached - in the world. The piece comes from an ax that had been shaped and polished by grinding it against a softer rock such as sandstone, the university said. The upshot, in virtually every case, has been emotional debate over privacy, personal safety and prejudice. Many of those who favor limiting transgender rights contend that expanding anti-bias protections to bathrooms and locker rooms raises the risk of sexual predators exploiting the laws to molest women and girls on those premises.
On Monday, the US Justice Department weighed in, suing to overturn North Carolina's new law restricting transgender bathroom access and warning that any similar measures elsewhere in the country could also face challenges on grounds they violate federal nondiscrimination rules.
Among those opposing the ballot initiative is John Lovick, former sheriff of Snohomish County.
Bangladesh hanged Islamist party leader Motiur Rahman Nizami on Wednesday for genocide and other crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan, the law minister said, a punishment that risked provoking an angry reaction from his supporters. Nizami, head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was hanged at Dhaka Central jail just after midnight, Law Minister Anisul Haq told Reuters, after the Supreme Court rejected his final plea against a death sentence imposed by a special tribunal for genocide, rape and orchestrating the massacre of top intellectuals during the war.
Nizami, 73, a former legislator and minister during opposition leader Khaleda Zia's last term as prime minister, was sentenced to death in 2014.
But the war crimes tribunal set up by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2010 has sparked violence and drawn criticism from opposition politicians, including leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, that it is victimizing Hasina's political opponents. Five opposition politicians, including four Jamaat-e-Islami leaders, have been executed since late 2013 after being convicted by the tribunal. Jamaat-e-Islami, which has said the charges against Nizami were baseless, called for a nationwide strike on Wednesday in protest.
About 3 million people were killed, the government says, and thousands of women were raped during the 1971 war in which some factions, including the Jamaat-e-Islami, opposed the break from what was then called West Pakistan.
International human rights groups say the tribunal's procedures fall short of international standards.
The execution comes as the Muslim-majority nation suffers a surge in militant violence in which atheist bloggers, academics, religious minorities and foreign aid workers have been killed. The number of people internally displaced by conflicts around the world rose last year to a record 40.8 million people, a report out on Wednesday showed. Outside the Middle East, the countries with the highest numbers of people fleeing were Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan and Ukraine.
Conflicts and natural disasters made for a total of 27.8 million new internally displaced people last year. Out of the top 10 countries for IDPs, the report found that five - Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, South Sudan and Sudan - have featured on the same ranking every year since 2003. The report also for the first time measured the numbers displaced by criminal violence associated with drug trafficking and gang activity - a problem it said remained "unquantified and unaddressed". India will ask the United Kingdom to extradite business tycoon Vijay Mallya to face charges of money laundering and bank demands that he pay back more than a billion dollars in loans extended to his now-defunct Kingfisher Airline, the Indian finance minister said on Wednesday.


Two people have been killed in attacks at a shopping mall and a home in Massachusetts, and the suspect also is dead.
Germany plans to beef up its military by adding thousands of new soldiers to its ranks, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced on Tuesday.
Australian police have detained five men suspected of planning to sail a small boat from the far north of the country to Indonesia and the Philippines en route to joining the Islamic State in Syria, officials said on Wednesday. New Zealand has warned hikers and climbers to steer clear of a volcano in a national park whose jagged volcanic rock formations and eerie barren landscapes featured in The Lord of The Rings movies.
A hyperloop would whisk passengers and cargo in pods through a low pressure tube at speeds of up to 1,130 kilometers per hour. Hyperloop One said that it raised $80 million in fresh funding from an array of investors, including GE Ventures and France's SNCF.
Pishevar and Brogan BamBrogan founded Hyperloop One, originally named Hyperloop Technologies, in 2013 to make real Elon Musk's well-researched vision of a lightning-fast transport system with the potential to transform how people live. Musk outlined his futuristic idea in a paper released in 2013, challenging innovators to bring the dream to life. Hyperloop One, one of the startups that picked up the gauntlet Musk threw down, plans a demonstration on Wednesday in the desert outside Las Vegas to show what it has accomplished so far. People gather at the scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's mainly Shiite district of Sadr City, Iraq, on Wednesday. A car bomb claimed by the Islamic State group in a Shiite Muslim district of Baghdad killed at least 63 people and wounded more than 78 others on Wednesday, Iraqi police and hospital sources said, the largest attack inside the city for months. Security has gradually improved in the Iraqi capital, which was the target of daily bombings a decade ago, but violence directed against the security forces and Shiite civilians is still frequent. The fight against the IS group, which seized about one third of Iraq's territory in 2014, has exacerbated a long-running sectarian conflict in Iraq mostly between Sunnis and the Shiite majority that emerged after the US-led invasion in 2003. Wednesday's attack in Sadr City could also intensify pressure on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to resolve a political crisis that has crippled the government for more than a month.
A pickup truck packed with explosives went off at rush hour near a beauty salon in a bustling market.
The IS group said in a statement circulated online by supporters that it had targeted Shiite militia fighters gathered in the area. Iraqi forces backed by airstrikes from a nearly two-year-old US-led campaign have driven the group back in the western province of Anbar and are preparing for an offensive to retake the northern city of Mosul.
The ultra-hardline Sunni jihadist group, which considers Shiites apostates, has claimed recent attacks across the country as well as a twin suicide bombing in Sadr City in February that killed 70 people. Like Brazil itself, Dayse Lima's family is deeply split over the political firestorm threatening to force President Dilma Rousseff from power. Lima, 54, a government worker and staunch Rousseff supporter, got so angry at her son Gustavo for bashing the president that she stopped speaking to him. Gustavo, 27, an energy analyst who lived with his mother, then decided to leave home and move in with his girlfriend.
Brazil, a sprawling country of great diversity and huge inequalities, is a house divided as the Senate prepares to vote on impeaching Rousseff. And the vitriolic political debate has sometimes played out over kitchen tables and between friends. Often, the fights break out through the screen of a computer or cell phone, and that was how Dayse and Gustavo started their spat.
Lima is a fierce defender of the progressive social programs rolled out by Rousseff's Workers' Party, which has governed Brazil for the past 13 years. Gustavo claimed no party, but said he likes the right-wing protest movement pushing to oust Rousseff and jail the corrupt politicians implicated in the swirling scandal at state oil company Petrobras.
To his mother's ire, he has also posted comments on social media criticizing the Workers' Party. After reaching a truce of sorts in the wake of their Facebook fight, she and Gustavo are on speaking terms again. Pro-impeachment and anti-impeachment protesters have flooded the streets in recent months, and outside Congress police have set up a huge metal barricade to separate the rival camps during the Senate vote.
But Gustavo welcomed the heightened interest in politics in a nation where football is often the only topic capable of arousing such passion. When a measure to impeach Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was introduced to Congress late last year, the possibility that she would actually be removed from office seemed remote. In the better sets, the traditional flaws of plasma (burn-in) and LCD (limited viewing angle, weak blacks, weak fast motion) have been largely eliminated. In 1958, Dinera€™s Club launched the first card available for payment to general merchants: 27 participating NYC restaurants. Kugel, an Orthodox Jew and author of a€?How to Read the Biblea€? says that there is essentially no evidence--archaeological, historical, cultural--for the events in the Torah. Koerner which he said depicts: a€?a horseman determinedly charging up what appears to be a steep and rough traila€?--representing his own political journey against steep odds and naysayers. The rope was not strong enough to carry them all; they decided 1 had to leave, or all would fall. According to the Energy Department, vampire gadgets account for about 25% of total residential electricity consumption in the U.S.
Guppy submitted a fish to the British Museum that was already classified, but the name stuck [and the fish is still in a jar at the museum]. Sadly, many people, too wrapped up in their own lives, don't realise the realities of poverty in The UK, assuming it is their own fault. They are threatened by destruction of their tropical forest habitat and poachers who kill the animals for their horns.
It praised the sanctuary's staff as "topnotch experts" and said the second birth shows that the expertise exists in Indonesia to increase the rhino population. A recent poll found he would receive just two percent of the vote in a presidential election. However, the IOC and Rio 2016 Organizing Committee show strong support and confidence toward the first Olympics in South America. Ryan suggested that after initial hesitance, he may well end up endorsing the GOP candidate for president. It landed without incident at Tulsa International Airport around 11:15 pm, the Tulsa World reported. My heart does not feel anything wrong," said anthropologist and professional dancer Feriyal Aslam, who practices Bharatanatyam, a form from southern India. Those elusive answers lie with the flight data recorders, or black boxes, which may never be found, said Geoff Dell, a specialist in accident investigation at Central Queensland University in Australia. Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said one is an engine cowling piece with a partial Rolls-Royce logo, and the other is an interior panel piece from an aircraft cabin - the first interior part found from the missing plane.
Authorities had predicted that any debris from the plane that isn't on the ocean floor would eventually be carried by currents to the east coast of Africa.
It won't, for example, answer the question that some have raised about whether anyone was still at the controls of the plane at the end of its flight, or whether the plane spiraled uncontrollably into the water after running out of fuel.
But they voiced disappointment that the government had sacrificed a provision to allow gay adoption to ensure passage. But their preservation has been threatened by the political chaos and security vacuum that followed the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
But activists point to a string of unusual incidents that undermine their confidence in the zoo, which was founded in 1916.
They say poor staff training and outdated facilities are to blame for the zoo's woeful record. But just minutes before their press conference, a column by Allen's son Ronan Farrow was posted online by The Hollywood Reporter in which he reiterated sexual abuse allegations against his father. Allen has previously denied that he molested Dylan, allegations first leveled in 1992 when Dylan was seven and Allen and Mia Farrow were in the midst of a bitter divorce.
Led by Mad Max director George Miller, it includes Donald Sutherland, Kirsten Dunst and Son of Saul director Laszlo Nemes. Moscow said the US-led alliance is trying to encircle it close to the strategically important Black Sea, home to a Russian naval fleet and where NATO is also considering increasing patrols. In response, Russia is reinforcing its western and southern flanks with three new divisions. Russia has stationed anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles there, able to cover huge areas and complicate NATO's ability to move around. The last one lasted 29 minutes and seemed to have been recorded moments before she killed herself, he said.
The Dadaab camp, with an estimated 328,000 refugees, mostly from Somalia, the government says compromises Kenya's security because it harbors some of Somalia's al-Shabab Islamic extremists and is a conduit for smuggling weapons.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts, but they followed the bloodiest day in the city this year that saw at least 93 people killed by Islamic State bombs. Another woman on their boat died from dehydration and her body was thrown over board, with two of those picked up seriously ill.
MI5 officials cited a threat of Northern Ireland-related terrorism for the change in threat-status. Owners of Nativo Lodge unveiled four new guest rooms they consider art pieces unto themselves. From one end of the wall to the other where the room's television stands, Barton painted lines shooting in nearly every direction to create asymmetrical geometric shapes in hues of beige, orange and brown. Economic hardship has led individuals to set up the refrigerators where food is placed for the needy to take. One is plugged in and operating in the central Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires, in front of the presidential palace. They say that 18 states and scores of cities have experienced no significant public safety problems linked to their existing laws allowing transgender people to use bathrooms based on the gender they consider themselves to be. Conservative activists are gathering signatures with hopes of putting a measure on the November ballot that would override state and local protections against gender-identity discrimination in public accommodations and require public schools to restrict transgender students' bathroom and locker room access. The group is called Just Want Privacy, reflecting the view that opposition to the laws goes beyond safety concerns for some.
Previous similar judgments and executions have triggered violence that killed around 200 people, mainly Jamaat activists and police. Calling Nizami a 'martyr', it said he was deprived of justice and made a victim of a political vendetta. Reports said London has made it clear that it cannot deport Mallya for he has entered in the country on a valid passport. State police said a man stabbed two people at a home in Taunton on Tuesday, then crashed a car through the front of a Macy's store at the Silver City Galleria and stabbed two other people at the mall. Von der Leyen said a personnel increase was "necessary as things currently stand", given the growing responsibilities and new challenges that Germany's armed forces are facing.
The men were held on Tuesday after towing the seven-metre boat almost 3,000 kilometers from Melbourne to Cairns in Queensland state, police said. Quake and volcano monitoring service GNS Science raised the alert for Mount Ruapehu, in the North Island's Tongariro National Park, which last erupted in 2007. Many of the victims were women including several brides who appeared to be getting ready for their weddings, the sources said. Smoke was still rising from several shops hours after the explosion as a bulldozer cleared the burnt-out chassis of the vehicle used in the blast. She was so upset the day the lower house of Congress voted to impeach Rousseff, on April 17.
But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. No man spoke, but the woman said she would voluntarily let go of the rope, because, as a woman, she was used to giving up everything for her husband, kids and men in general, and was used to always making sacrifices with little in return.
In March, investigators confirmed two pieces of debris found along Mozambique's coast were almost certainly from the aircraft.
He said the director of the archaeological site of Medinat Sultan, about 30 km east of Sirte, had told him by telephone about two months ago that it was also intact.
Farrow questioned Cannes' continued embrace of Allen and chastised the press, who she said don't ask "the tough questions".
Festival president Pierre Lescure says about 500 highly-trained security agents will be on guard around Cannes' red-carpeted headquarters, the Palais des Festivals. Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick also serenaded festivalgoers with an acoustic performance of Cindi Lauper's True Colors in a promotion for the upcoming DreamWorks Animations release Trolls, in which they voice the main characters.
Over the next 10 days, they will screen an especially strong slate of films vying for the Palme, including new releases from Pedro Almodovar, Jim Jarmusch, Asghar Farhadi, Andrea Arnold, Sean Penn and the Dardenne brothers. The Papua New Guineans were attempting to travel between two islands on their country's east coast on April 4 but they had engine problems and ended up "helplessly drifting around parts of the Pacific Ocean", media reported. The warning means a terrorist attack in England, Scotland or Wales is now "a strong possibility".
Below: A rock flake found in Australia is believed to be from the world's oldest known ax and likely dates fromjust after humans arrived in the country around 50,000 years ago. By now, confrontations have flared across the country over whether to protect or curtail the right of transgender people to use public restrooms in accordance with their gender identity. The move marks a reversal of the shrinking of Germany's armed forces, which has lasted 25 years since the country reunified in 1990. At least two cars were destroyed in the explosion, their parts scattered far from the blast site.
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Lawmakers in the lowerhouse Chamber of Deputies backed a vote of confidence in the government which granted final approval of a civil unions bill. The whole problem is that the greedy few take far more than they need, leaving the rest of us struggling.We ask you, - who really needs more money than they can possibly spend? But, therea€™s no such thing as a 1080p TV broadcast (cable, satellite, anything), and wona€™t be for years.
Actually, it was an illustration for a Saturday Evening Post short story, a€?The Slipper Tongue,a€? about a slick-tongued horse thief fleeing a lynch mob. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.
Athens, to honor god of wine & drama, Dionysus [Baccus], where comic actors wore padded phalluses as part of their costumes.
The Mark, the currency of Germany's value was not competitive in the international currency and the economic fabric became miserable with poverty, unemployment and other economic problemsIn 1931, Hitler came to power with his intrigues and Nazi propaganda. He established a racial regime where top position was given to blue eyed Aryan race of Germans .Where as Jews and blacks were given low position. Associating with Jews was not felt good and they were forced to surrender their property and send to areas where poverty and unemployment were the social outcomes. He encouraged to multiply the children of German race and given clear instructions to avoid the marriages with the Jews. MOVE FORWARD TO 2014: Disillusioned with Capitalism and Socialism, Nigel Farage joined a small party called UKIP. Through his attractive speeches, he got a wide following all over The UK.The economy is struggling, and through the ConDem's policies, there is widespread poverty, unemployment and economic problems. It was a political earthquake! Less than 12 weeks earlier, Winston Churchill (pictured right) had announced the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany.
Churchill wanted his wartime coalition to continue until Japan too had been defeated, but was not unduly dismayed when his Labour ministers insisted that the country be offered a choice. The Prime Minister called the election for early July, confident that the British people would back the greatest hero of the hour. Of all Churchill's colossal misjudgments, that was probably the most egregious! The voters wanted an end to wartime austerity, and no return to prewar economic depression.
Three years earlier, in the darkest days of the war, they had been offered a tantalising glimpse of how things could be in the bright dawn of victory. The economist William Beverage (pictured left) had synthesised the bravest visions of all important government departments into a single breathtaking view of the future.The 1942 Beverage Report spelled out a system of social insurance, covering every citizen regardless of income. It offered nothing less than a cradle-to-grave welfare state.That was the great promise dangled before the British electorate in 1945.
Though Churchill had presided over the planning for radical social reform, though he was a genuine hero of the masses, the people of The UK did not trust him to deliver the brave new world of Beveridge.There were other factors too. Sadly, many people, too wrapped up in their own lives, don't realise the realities of poverty in The UK, assuming it is their own fault.
The Mark, the currency of Germany's value was not competitive in the international currency and the economic fabric became miserable with poverty, unemployment and other economic problemsIn 1931, Hitler came to power with his intrigues and Nazi propaganda.




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