WITH fears rising that the Trump administration will follow through on its threats to raise trade barriers, world finance ministers are united on one message: protectionism threatens the global economy. Except that the word “protectionism” was omitted from the final statement of the International Monetary Fund’s semi-annual meeting on Saturday. “We reaffirm our commitment to ... avoid inward-looking policies, and preserve global financial stability,” the minist...
One member of European security watchdog OSCE’s monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine was killed and two others were injured after their vehicle drove over a mine near Luhansk. An American man was killed and a German woman was injured on Sunday morning, a spokesman for Austria’s foreign ministry said. Austria holds the rotating presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Germany’s foreign ministry said two were injured, but gave no immediate de...
(PARIS) — Amid heightened security, French voters began casting ballots for their next president Sunday in a first-round poll that’s seen as a litmus test for the spread of populism around the world and a vote on the future of Europe. More than 50,000 police and gendarmes were deployed to the 66,000 polling stations for Sunday’s election, which comes after Thursday’s deadly attack on the Champs-Elysees in which a police officer and a gunman were slain. The presidential ...
The MXGP of Europe played host to the 6th round of the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship this weekend and it all started today. On the sandy and technical circuit of Valkenswaard it was Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli and Pauls Jonass whose top notch riding in their respective qualifying races put them into pole position for Sunday. We also saw the second round of the European Championship EMX250 start today with 88 entries, 8 of which were two strokes. KTM DIGA Junior Racing...
SUZUKI WORLD MXGP AIM TO GET BACK ON-TRACK AT ‘HOME’ GP Team Suzuki Press Office – April 20. After the first European round of the 2017 Motocross Championships last weekend in Italy, the whole Suzuki World MXGP team packed-up and headed north for the next round located in Valkenswaard, Netherlands, less than 25 kilometres from the team’s HQ in Lommel, Belgium. To a man, each rider is hoping to bounce back from their results at the MXGP of Trentino and show what they are really capable o...
Blood test – sample (iStock) Today, during the March for Science, it’s useful to note that women in academia don’t have as many chances to collaborate across national borders as men do. And that hurts both individual women and academic knowledge. Let me explain. Science is international This week’s March for Science on Earth Day is also drawing attention to the importance of international collaboration for scientific advancement. The organizers are calling people to “de...
Say hello to Steve.  Steve isn't a person. Steve is actually the unofficial name of a mysterious purple streak of light observed by some social media savvy skywatchers keeping an eye out for the northern lights.  SEE ALSO: I am so unreasonably jealous of this view of the southern lights The Alberta Aurora Chasers — a Facebook group devoted to the northern lights — caught sight of Steve in photos taken of the curtains of the auroras (and decided to name him).  The one...
April 22 is Earth Day: celebrated by people across the world to recognize the human impact on our planet. As much as every day should be a green day, there are already companies that practice daily green policies in their materials and process. Here are a few of such eco-friendly companies that make products you can use every day: Green Toys Courtesy of Green Toys Green Toys is a 10-year old California-based toy manufacturer that makes non-toxic food-safe toys and tablewares. Most of their produ...
When the votes are counted on Sunday, expect Marine Le Pen, lightning-rod candidate of the far-right Front National, to advance to the second round of France’s presidential election. After a first wave of anxious reaction from across France and around Europe, we’ll hear and read assurances that she probably won’t win the runoff. Comparisons will be made with her father’s surprise second-round appearance 15 years ago—with reminders that the elder Le Pen was then cr...
The department of Canadian Heritage expressed concern about the impact Google’s operating system is having on small technology companies, and suggested the reason why the Competition Bureau dropped its antitrust investigation is because Android isn’t on enough mobile phones to warrant a probe. According to a memo prepared last June by Heritage’s broadcasting and digital communications branch, and obtained by the Financial Post through an access to information request,...
When communities around the world mark Earth Day on Saturday, the issues that will be highlighted are ones that, by definition, affect everyone on the planet. And yet, over the centuries during which people have inflicted harm on the environment, the very harm that led activists to create Earth Day in the first place, it has not been the case that those problems affected everyone equally. This fact was recently highlighted by former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official Mustafa Santia...
Good news, American Air Max fans: after making its way to European retailers earlier this month, Nike's "Metallic Gold" Air Max 97 is set to hit shelves at U.S. Nike Sportswear spots next month. Arguably the most popular take on the 1997 release outside of the fan-favorite "Silver Bullet" pair, this drop echoes the look of the 20-year-old OG, but swaps out silver for gold. The Nike Air Max 97 "Metallic Gold" retro drops on May 18 for $160 USD. Click here to view full gallery at Hypebeast.com ...
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Russian military aircraft were spotted flying off the coast of Alaska for the fourth time in as many days, a US defense official told CNN on Friday. The two most recent sightings occurred late Wednesday and on Thursday, with the first involving two IL-38 maritime patrol aircraft and the second involving two Tu-95 nuclear-capable Bear bombers. Russian aircraft never entered US airspace and it is unknown at this time whether the US Air Force scrambled any aircraft in respo...
It’s just a few days before the French vote in the first round of their pivotal presidential elections, and three hundred people are packed into a lecture hall to show support for front-runner Emmanuel Macron. “Our movement is like no other before it,” Ygal El Harrar tells the crowd, to applause. It’s the kind of scene taking place across France — but in fact this event took place a hundred or so miles north in London’s Westminster University, on April 18. T...
When The Promise arrives in theaters on Friday, the film — starring Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon and Christian Bale — will do so just in time: its dramatization of a story that takes place amid the slaughter of Armenian citizens by the Ottoman Empire coincides with the annual day of remembrance in Armenia on April 24. On that day in 1915, hundreds of Armenian intellectuals were arrested in what is believed to be the start of what’s widely known as the Armenian genocide, thou...
In 1979, a law student named Eli Rosenbaum read a small newspaper item about the creation of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI), which was charged with prosecuting Nazi war criminals who had made their way to the country. Rosenbaum applied to be a summer intern. Almost 40 years later, he has spent nearly his entire career pursuing the mission. Rosenbaum is now the Deputy Chief of the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section of the Justice Departm...
Don’t bank on a relief rally in the euro area anytime soon. Markets are underpricing the prospect of Marine Le Pen emerging victorious in the French election as a sea of undecided voters throws into sharp relief pronounced apathy for center-leftist Emmanuel Macron — the front-runner by a whisker — and the backlash against the European Union project. That’s the conclusion drawn by Charles Gave, founder of Hong-Kong based asset-allocation consultancy GaveKal Research, who p...
Hotelbeds Group is buying GTA. The deal is still subject to regulatory approval. Hotelbeds GroupSkift Take: Hotelbeds appears determined to buy up the competition in order to retain its dominant position. What is unclear though is what happens to Kuoni Group once the transaction completes as GTA represents almost two-thirds of its turnover. Will it continue on as a smaller company or continue to be broken up? — Patrick WhyteThere looks set to be further consolidation in the wholesale accommoda...
French National Front Leader Marine Le Pen is likely to emerge as one of two finalists after Sunday's first round of voting in the French presidential elections. Le Pen, a far-right candidate who promises to make France "more French" through measures like a "moratorium" on immigration, sits second in the polls with 21.5% support, just behind liberal centrist Emmanuel Macron at 24%. If none of the candidates wins over 50% of the vote on Sunday--a highly likely scenario, given that the top four ca...
German piglets being readied for market. British critics blame German hog farmers for undercutting British producers with cheap pork. (Getty Images) Britain is about to start negotiations over its exit from the European Union. As our new book “Brexit — Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union” shows, Britain’s negotiators had little choice but to press for a “hard” Brexit, in which their country would pull out of European market arrangements and the free movement of wo...