(REYKJAVIK, Iceland) — When an Icelander arrives at an office building and sees “Solarfri” posted, they need no further explanation for the empty premises: The word means “when staff get an unexpected afternoon off to enjoy good weather.” The people of this rugged North Atlantic island settled by Norsemen some 1,100 years ago have a unique dialect of Old Norse that has adapted to life at the edge of the Artic. Hundslappadrifa, for example, means “heavy snowf...
No matter whether centrist economist Emmanuel Macron or far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen wins France’s presidency in two weeks’ time, Sunday’s first-round election made history in France—ripping up the political system that has governed for generations over the world’s sixth-biggest economy and a powerhouse of the European Union. Both the ruling Socialists and the conservative Republicans suffered crushing defeats, as millions of French voters express...
Preliminary results for Sunday’s French president runoff election set up a stark choice on May 7 between finalist presidential candidates Marine Le Pen’s isolationism and protectionism and Emmanuel Macron’s focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and globalism. As Macron himself said on Sunday, "The French have expressed their desire for change. We're clearly turning a page in French history." Macron represents the politics of hope over fear. He understands that trade and immigra...
HONG KONG — Investors breathed a sigh of relief after centrist reformer Emmanuel Macron emerged as the front runner to become the next French president. With 96 percent of polling stations declared in the first round of voting Sunday, the former economics minister and investment banker had won 23.7 percent, beating far-right leader Marine Le Pen into second place on 21.8 percent. They will now face off in a second round on May 7. Deutsche Bank’s director of foreign exchange strategy ...
The hidden gem in BMW’s buying process has been and still is, the European Delivery Program. BMW, as well as many other German car makers, offers a European Delivery option when ordering a brand new Bimmer. Many people don’t realize that this program exists, otherwise we feel like there would be significantly more Americans doing it. It’s a wonderful program that allows the customer to not only get a significant discount on their car but a trip to Germany and other European countries ...
We’ve just landed in Munich for a few days to drive some killer BMWs which we will be reporting on shortly. Each time we come to Munich we try to drop by the BMW Welt, a stunning building that is one of the top attractions in Munich and situated by BMW World Headquarters and Olympic Park. The displays inside the BMW Welt are continuously updated and we always find something different. The BMW Welt serves multiple functions, including deliveries of new BMWs to customers, as it is more cus...
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Sunday welcomed the projected success of centrist Emmanuel Macron in the first round of the French election, saying he was sure Macron would become the next French president. “I am certain that Emmanuel Macron will be the next president of France. Great for Europe,” Deutsche Welle reported Gabriel as telling the broadcaster. Gabriel, a Social Democrat, had taken the unusual step of endorsing Macron. German politicians from across the spectrum...
Millions of people came out this Earth Day to clean up and care for the planet. But space agencies and companies took a different approach, choosing to celebrate our Earth from up above. SpaceX on Saturday shared a breathtaking image captured during the recent launch of its SES-10 communications satellite.  Elon Musk's private spaceflight company made history in late March when it reused a previously flown Falcon 9 booster to launch the satellite over Central and South America. View from...
France’s far-right leader Marine Le Pen will face a relative novice, the independent centrist Emmanuel Macron, in the final round of the country’s presidential election, early projections suggest. According to estimates from CNN affiliate BFMTV and polling company Elabe, newcomer Macron secured 24% of the vote, with National Front leader Le Pen close behind on 21.8%. The result, if confirmed, is a comprehensive rejection of traditional French politics. Neither candidate hails from th...
In this photo taken April 15, 2017, Salome Sigurjonsdottir, 10, tests a voice-controlled television in an electronics store in Reykjavik, Iceland. Sales assistant Einar Dadi said none of his TVs understood Icelandic. Egill Bjarnason / Associated PressSkift Take: We certainly hope that overtourism, which in Iceland requires the import of foreign tourism workers to handle the influx of travelers, doesn't doom the Icelandic language. There's nothing like watching a 'hundslappadrifa...
AFTER the most volatile and closely run campaign in recent history, the French first-round vote has yielded an extraordinary outcome, putting two party outsiders into the final round of the country’s presidential election. According to estimates by Ipsos, a pollster, for France 2 Télévision based on a sample of polling-station results, Emmanuel Macron, a pro-European centrist independent, came first with 23.7%. Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front (FN) followed with 21.9%. The pair ...
THE Netherlands seeks closer clean technology collaboration with China, which provides great opportunities to develop the business, Dutch officials said over the weekend. The European country has expertise in clean technologies such as converting fertilizers into electricity and recycling wasted heat because it is urgent that “we spur the development of renewables as a country heavily reliant on imported crude,” said Sigrid Bollwerk, manager at the Energy Research Center of the N...
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...