President Trump wants to meet Pope Francis when he visits Europe next month. But the two world leaders have clashed in the past. “Obviously, we’d be honored to have an audience with His Holiness,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at Wednesday’s press briefing. In response, Archbishop Angelo Becciu told the Italian news agency ANSA that “Pope Francis is always ready to receive heads of state who request an audience.” But should they meet...
EARLY spring is the main selling season for recreational vehicles (RVs) and the phone on Tom Troiano’s desk has been ringing incessantly. The owner of Continental RV, a dealership in Farmingdale, a village on Long Island, Mr Troiano is on track to sell more RVs this year than in any other since the early 2000s. Buoyed by cheap financing, rising wages and inexpensive gas, travellers are once again splurging on big-ticket camper vans.RVs are a quintessentially American invention: more than two-t...
EMA ZELIKOVITCH, a 24-year-old philosophy graduate in Madrid, takes a deep breath before listing the jobs she has held over the past few years. While at university she worked as a dance teacher, waitress, street fund-raiser for NGOs, call-centre operator and greeter at political conferences for Podemos, a far-left party. Since graduating she has juggled jobs at two restaurants, but one recently sacked her. Every job was on a temporary, or “fixed-term”, contract. And while some paid her a liv...
Not quite Le MaraisOF ALL the voters fuming about neglect by out-of-touch politicians in distant Paris, the people of French Guiana have perhaps the strongest case. It is the second-poorest of France’s five overseas departments (DOMs). The unemployment rate, at over 20%, is more than double that of the mainland. Some 40% live in poverty. The murder rate is the highest in France.The department is entering its fifth week of a general strike. Thousands of Guianese have taken to the streets to pro...
Unilever, the European giant consumer products maker behind Lipton teas and Hellmann's mayo, has agreed to purchase a tiny condiments maker that has won shelf space at Whole Foods and other retailers. The New York Times has reported that Unilever has agreed to purchase Sir Kensington’s, which makes ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard products that are all GMO free. Terms of the deal for Sir Kensington--which was founded in 2010--weren’t disclosed. The small food startup had raised $8.5 ...
Though I helped come up with the idea for the TIME 100, the editors of this magazine have never let me sit in on one single TIME 100 meeting, ever. So I’ve moved on to a more important task: guessing next year’s TIME 100, or a number pretty close to 100. Here are my predictions. Pioneers Katherine Hoke She runs Defy Ventures which teaches entrepreneurship to inmates. She has a 3% recidivism rate for her graduates which is insanely low. There are, in fact, 97 percentages higher tha...
The Chewing stick, popularly called ‘Pako‘ is very common in Nigeria. Image- Afrostyle Magazine   It’s commonly sold in Nigeria, for as little as 50 Naira. Image- Afrostyle Magazine   And we’re pretty sure you’ve seen an elderly person chewing one of these Image- Pinterest   Anyhoo, a European company has completely rebranded and reintroduced the ‘Pako’ stick and are calling it the Raw Toothbrush, full of ~ minerals and vitamins ~ Watch th...
Photo credit: stokkete / 123RF. Chinese news site Toutiao has reached new heights with a recent round of fundraising, reported Reuters today citing a personal privy to the matter. The Beijing-based startup is now worth US$11 billion. Bytedance, the company that created Toutiao, declined to comment. Rumors have been circulating in Chinese media for months about Toutiao’s latest round of funding,  which is estimated to be about US$1 billion. The company currently counts Sequoia Capital Chi...
Artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn rejuvenate neighborhoods around the world with color and collaboration through large-scale painting projects. Design duo Haas&Hahn — Dutch artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn — like to ask big questions (TED Talk: How painting can transform communities). For example, why should they use their brushes and paints on a single canvas when they could take the same tools and transform buildings, blocks and entire neighborhoods? And why should ...
Starting soon, your iPhone could be made from recycled materials. In its Environmental Responsibility Report, Apple announced its plans to become greener--saying it would stop mining the materials for its products. “Traditional supply chains are linear. Materials are mined, manufactured as products, and often end up in landfills after use. Then the process starts over and more materials are extracted from the earth for new products. We believe our goal should be a closed-loop supply chain,...
Theresa May has been British prime minister since June. (Pool photo via EPA) British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday called for an early snap election. (Unlike in the U.S. system, the United Kingdom’s parliamentary system enables the ruling party to call for elections before the end of a term) The call comes as a surprise, as May came to power less than a year ago, saying then she would not call an early election. But calling early elections is not uncommon in Britain. On Wednes...
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, center, and teammates Eli Harold, left, and Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Oct. 2. (John G. Mabanglo/European Pressphoto Agency) In 2016, Colin Kaepernick, then the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, was heavily criticized for kneeling instead of standing during the national anthem. The protest was on behalf of the Black Lives M...
The White House has expressed hope of a meeting between Pope Francis and President Donald Trump when the latter visits Europe next month. “Obviously, we’d be honored to have an audience with His Holiness,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at Wednesday’s press briefing, the Wall Street Journal reports. Trump’s European itinerary will incorporate a NATO summit in Brussels and the G-7 Summit in Sicily, according to statements issued by the White ...
(WASHINGTON) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday accused Iran of ‘alarming ongoing provocations’ to destabilize countries in the Middle East as the Trump administration launched a review of its policy towards Tehran. Tillerson told reporters the review, which he announced on Tuesday, would not only look at Tehran’s compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal but also its behavior in the region which he said undermined U.S. interests in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Le...
Exxon Mobil xom on Wednesday declined to comment on a media report that it is seeking permission from the U.S. government to drill in several areas of the Black Sea banned by U.S. sanctions on Russia. The Wall Street Journal reported that Exxon had in recent months applied to the U.S. Treasury Department for a waiver to drill with Russian oil producer Rosneft. Any such request is likely to draw attention because Exxon‘s former chief executive, Rex Ti...
Poland’s government is pursuing immigration reforms that would see asylum seekers kept in fenced-off border camps where they would be housed in shipping containers in the event of a major influx. Politico reports that the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party aims to “prevent efforts to illegally move to Western Europe” if a new migrant crisis erupts. Interior Minister Mariusz Błaszczak told Polish radio the country needs to “be ready” to prevent what it calls i...
Confidence among Japanese manufacturers has risen for an eighth straight month to a level not seen since before the 2008 global financial crisis, a Reuters survey found, reflecting output and export gains led by overseas economic recovery. The Reuters’ monthly poll--which tracks the Bank of Japan’s key quarterly tankan--also showed confidence at service-sector firms hit a three-month high, a sign that the effects of an export-led economic recovery are spreading--albeit gradually. The...
(PARIS) — Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen vowed on Wednesday to end the fear of terrorism in France and stamp out the “poison” of Islamic radicals, holding her final rally in the southern port city of Marseille, where police arrested two men a day earlier on suspicion of plotting an attack around this weekend’s vote. Independent centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, who was at the top of a recent poll, reached out to the Muslim community for solutions. With...
Given Donald Trump’s predilection for bombast, it’s hard to know what to make of the tongue-lashing he gave Canadian dairy farmers earlier this week in Wisconsin. In calling the North American Free Trade Agreement “very, very bad” and in need of “very big changes,” he singled out our dairy industry as the source of “some very unfair things” that have happened to U.S. farmers. He vowed to “call Canada” (on the red phone, presumably) “to get the solution and not just the answ...
An artist’s impression shows a super-Earth passing across the disk of the faint red star known as LHS 1140. (CfA Illustration / M. Weiss) It’s not the closest potentially habitable planet, but astronomers say a world 40 percent wider than Earth could be one of the best places to target in the search for life beyond our solar system. “This is the most exciting exoplanet I’ve seen in the past decade. We could hardly hope for a better target to perform one of the biggest qu...