18 марта, 18:50

Popular TV Shows Audiences Can’t Believe Were Actually Canceled

Every show must come to an end, but that doesn't mean it's easy for fans. Here are the popular shows we really miss in 2017.

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14 марта, 19:32

Royal College of Music head criticises decline in provision in schools

Budget cuts and subsequent loss of specialist teachers has led to skills loss, says Colin LawsonThe director of the Royal College of Music has criticised the “steady decline” of music provision in UK state schools.Prof Colin Lawson used a speech celebrating Prince Charles’s 25-year association with the school to add his voice to a situation that Andrew Lloyd Webber has called a “national scandal”. Continue reading...

13 марта, 13:25

How Trump Is Winning the Democratic Primaries

The party’s candidates are letting the president decide what they campaign on.

26 февраля, 22:19

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(Don Boudreaux) Tweet… according to SMU economist Bob Lawson (via e-mail), “saw the movie Cast Away and thought, ‘What fun!'” DBx: The protectionist will protest that comparing a lone individual who is prevented by natural circumstances from trading with others, to a group of individuals who are prevented by artificial circumstances (that is, state “trade policy”) from […]

26 февраля, 11:00

Labour must learn to love the Greens | Neal Lawson

Corbyn would be prime minister if he had given an inch to the idea of a progressive alliance last yearOne of the three local councillors for the Highgate ward in Camden, north London, brims with radicalism. She is an astute campaigner, who is hard-wired with the values of social and environmental justice. And yet Labour is hoping to oust her in the local elections in May.This is Siân Berry and she is a Green. Ipso facto, for Labour, she is the enemy and must be replaced with one of its own. Missing out on the seat by only 75 votes last time, the Labour juggernaut is well-placed to get its way this time. Berry is the only Green on Camden council and one of only four across the whole of the capital. (She is also on the management committee of Compass – the progressive cross-party organisation I chair.) But as a long-time Labour member I see only the value that people like Berry bring to radical politics, and the danger of extinguishing their voices. Continue reading...

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25 февраля, 11:00

Debi Cornwall’s Welcome to Camp America by Zack Hatfield

In this essay, one of two runners-up in the Observer/Anthony Burgess prize, Hatfield views the horror of Guantánamo Bay through what an exhibition leaves unsaid• The winning review: Felicity James on Nigella Lawson’s At My Table• Runner-up: Björk’s Utopia album by Rennie McDougallFor most Americans, Guantánamo Bay is defined by distance. As the US-controlled detention centre prefers to keep its activities secret, there is a visual inaccessibility: many photographs depict the facility from an aerial vantage, reducing a confusing and gruesome place to neat, monotonous geometries. When there is a lack of compelling imagery, emotional and political apathy is expected. There is also the physical distance, as the prison lies more than 500 miles from the tip of Florida.Given all of these distances, it should be unsurprising that the wrath surrounding Guantánamo’s human rights violations has cooled in recent years. Guantánamo’s place in the public and political imagination is now dwarfed by other concerns and the entire operation seems more like an ignoble relic from the “war on terror” than an area where 41 detainees still live, held without a trial. Continue reading...

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25 февраля, 11:00

Nigella Lawson’s At My Table by Felicity James

This year’s £3,000 Observer/Anthony Burgess prize for arts journalism goes to Felicity James’s reflection on 20 years of sharing her kitchen with the self-styled domestic goddess• Runner-up: Björk’s Utopia album by Rennie McDougall• Runner-up: Debi Cornwall’s Welcome to Camp America exhibition by Zack HatfieldThe mouse had clearly been dead a while. It was entombed in the entertaining section, its grey bootlace tail – it was a field mouse – bookmarking a picture of a party meatloaf. It wasn’t clear whether it had crawled into my mother’s Good Housekeeping to die, or whether the assorted canapes had crushed the life out of it. Either way, there would be no more devilled eggs.And even worse, the whole cupboard of cookery books was doomed. Mrs Beeton’s intricate dinner party menus; the lurid 80s cakes of Jane Asher; Delia soundly holding a brown egg. All of them gnawed at and nested in, in the years since my mother had got ill and my father had begun to subsist on beans and Heinz tomato soup. Into the skip with them all. Continue reading...

24 февраля, 18:45

Scotland 25-13 England: Six Nations – as it happened

Scotland shocked Eddie Jones’s side as Huw Jones scored two tries to earn a first Calcutta Cup victory in 10 years, beating England for the first time since 2008 7.00pm GMT Well, how about that? A stonking result for Scotland, with a stellar performance to boot. England slumped on a miserable afternoon ultimately typified by silly errors. Thanks for your company. All the reaction from Murrayfield will be here in a moment or two. Until then, re-live all the action. Bye! 6.57pm GMT Dylan Hartley says England “lacked intensity”, particularly in the breakdown. “We had a lot to chase in the second half, we gave it a good crack but ultimately it was too much. Scotland played a great game. It’s a quiet changing room, it’s disappointing and some players are down, but we have to learn from it.” Continue reading...

23 февраля, 19:46

The Most Expensive Comment in Internet History?

A new book pieces together the strange legal saga that was sparked by a 2007 Gawker post outing the billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel.

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21 февраля, 19:01

Celebrity-endorsed vegan yoghurt recalled for containing milk

FSA warns people with dairy allergies not to eat Co Yo brand, popular with Nigella Lawson A vegan food brand endorsed by Nigella Lawson and other celebrities has recalled all its yoghurt products after they were found to contain milk. Continue reading...

19 февраля, 00:50

Lawson eyes utilizing AI to decide opening of new stores

Convenience store chain Lawson Inc is considering utilizing artificial intelligence in making decisions on opening new stores, company officials said Sunday. Lawson aims to enhance the capability of…

16 февраля, 17:10

Can Allegion (ALLE) Pull a Surprise This Earnings Season?

Allegion's (ALLE) fourth-quarter revenues are likely to benefit from product innovation, acquisition and increased revenue contribution from the Americas segment.

11 февраля, 17:10

Scotland 32-26 France: Six Nations – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the match at MurrayfieldTownsend shakes up Scotland as redemption is soughtEmail [email protected] or tweet @benfisherj 4.44pm GMT Greig Laidlaw speaks. “It wasn’t pretty at times today but sometimes that’s international rugby,” he says. “I am so proud of the whole team and I thought the forward pack, in particular, were tremendous.” And it is England next up? “It’s been a few years since we’ve turned them over so hopefully we can do it this time.” 4.42pm GMT A second half short on glamour but full of composure sees Scotland, carried by Greig Laidlaw’s boot, earn their first Six Nations win of this campaign. There were four first-half tries, with Les Bleus leading at the interval but they appeared to tire a little and Scotland showed a steely reserve to eke out victory, in the end by a six-point cushion. Continue reading...

11 февраля, 03:18

We're Number 17, by David Henderson

Last year the Cato Institute, along with the Fraser Institute and the Liberales Institut at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, published the Human Freedom Index 2017. In it, the authors, Ian Vasquez and Tanja Porcnki, assign scores to various key components of what they call "economic freedom" and "personal freedom" and then rank the various countries on those two. They take the average of the two indices to get the overall Human Freedom Index. Ian Vásquez is the director of the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity at the Cato Institute and a columnist at El Comercio, a newspaper in Peru. Tanja Porčnik is president and cofounder of the Visio Institute, a think tank based in Slovenia, and an adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute. They do a meticulous job, one that I would never attempt. For what measures they put in which index, go to their Table 1 on page 15. There are 79 measures overall and they rate and rank 159 countries. Their data are for 2015. The slightly bad news: On a scale of 0 to 10, where 10 represents more freedom, the average human freedom rating for 159 countries in 2015 was 6.93. Among countries included in this report, the level of freedom decreased slightly (−0.05) compared with 2014, with 61 countries increasing their ratings and 97 decreasing. Since 2008, the level of global freedom has also decreased slightly (−0.12), with about half of the countries in the index increasing their ratings and half decreasing. Their overall index is a simple average of the countries' scores, with no weighting by population. It turns out that this isn't much of a problem. The two most populous countries in the world are China (1.371 billion in 2015) and India (1.309 billion in 2015.) While China's score rose from 5.97 to 6.01, India's score fell from 6.58 to 6.55. So the two countries that account for almost 40% of the world's population basically cancel each other out. Vasquez and Porcnik acknowledge their intellectual debt to the people who track the Economic Freedom Index, writing; Our index builds on the work of the Fraser Institute's economic freedom project; thus we owe a debt of gratitude to Michael Walker, the Institute's former executive director and initiator of that research program, and to the authors of the annual Economic Freedom of the World report, James Gwartney, Robert Lawson, and Joshua Hall. They also credit Liberty Fund for one of the seminars out of which the index arose. Of course you can always quibble with both their choices of components of the indexes and with the particular number they assigned to each index. My own quibble: State control of internet access, which they place under personal freedom, surely also qualifies as economic freedom. I wouldn't be surprised if they agreed with this quibble. But they have to put it somewhere and it certainly is an important component of human freedom. One nice thing about the study is that you can drill down and if you want to know, for example, the state of freedom of association, freedom of assembly and demonstration, and freedom to establish and operate organizations, in Egypt, you can. (see p. 144 for those data.) (11 COMMENTS)

08 февраля, 19:33

Mathew Knowles Says This May Be 1 Reason Why Beyoncé Became Successful

Mathew Knowles talks about colorism in his book and says Beyoncé is successful because of her lighter skin complexion.

28 января, 20:32

‘Captain Marvel’: What We Know About Jude Law’s New Role in the Movie

Marvel Studios has cast Jude Law as Mar-Vell in the 2019 film, 'Captain Marvel.' Here's what we know about that character that Law will be playing.

25 января, 03:45

New HHS Secretary Alex Azar: The Fox Guarding the Henhouse

Appointing Alex Azar, who ran the pharmaceutical company that skyrocketed drug prices, is the wrong way to go, unless your goal is to "enrich the pharmaceutical industry at the expense of the public health," says Alex Lawson, executive director of Social Security Works Visit http://therealnews.com for more stories and help support our work by donating at http://therealnews.com/donate.

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22 января, 22:41

Lord Lawson: Civil servants want to 'frustrate Brexit'

Former chancellor Lord Lawson tells BBC Newsnight Whitehall is uneasy because it presents radical change.

22 января, 20:32

Nigella is right – here's the truth about why women mollify men | Suzanne Moore

What lies beneath Lawson’s comments about not making men feel bad about themselves? Fear of what some of them doThe knowledge passed from mother to daughter should be a beautiful thing, but often it’s ugly. The undertow of what women pass on is to stop us going under. “Ask who it is,” I tell my teenage daughter, before she answers the door, “especially when you are on your own”. I don’t say anything more. I don’t want her to think everything is a threat. I just want her to be “sensible”.Bad stuff still happens to sensible women and I speak as an insensible one. God knows I wonder about the times I didn’t fight back or say anything, because of fear, tiredness or wanting to be considered “fun”. All of this has been put down to experience. Them’s the breaks. You live with the past. You live with the present. Where shall I sit on the tube to avoid being targeted? Where can I walk? Must I smile at the idiot innuendo from an optician when I get my eyes tested? Must I continue to work in places where men are humoured by women far cleverer than them? Continue reading...

23 июля 2016, 19:05

Самая большая частная яхта в мире

Немецкая компания под названием Lürssen, которая специализируется на выпуске элитных и роскошных яхт выпустила в 2013 году самую огромную в мире мега яхту, назвав ее Azzam.Данная яхта является самым большим чартерным моторным судном. Фото 2. Помимо того, что модель класса Аззам является самым большим судном на всем свете, даже больше чем яхта самого Романа Абрамовича, она также является одной из самых скоростных в своем классе. Её размеры поражают. Только представьте: 180 метров – это два футбольных поля или 12 железнодорожных вагонов. При этом Azzam может легко разгоняться до максимальной скорости 30 узлов (55 км/ч). В этом ей помогают две газовые турбины общей мощностью 94 000 л.с., четыре водомётные установки и турбокомпрессорный дизельный двигатель Wärtsilä-Sulzer RTA96-C мощностью 108 920 л.с. (80 088 кВт).Это самый большой двигатель в мире: его длина – 27,1 м, высота – 13,4 м, вес – более 2 300 т. Изначально разработанный для контейнеровозов, он идеально подошёл для 180-метровой мега-яхты. Можно не сомневаться, что при таких габаритах на борту мега-яхты осталось достаточно места, чтобы реализовать любые фантазии заказчика. Даже главный салон у неё не имеет аналогов в мире: длина – 29 м, ширина 18 м.Фото 3. Для обслуживания судна таких внушительных размеров необходимо пятьсот человек экипажа. В бак яхты этого класса можно залить около одного миллиона топлива, что дает возможность своему владельцу и гостям путешествовать по миру круглый год, при этом не заходить в порт для заправки судна. Одним из достоинств яхты класса аззам является, то, что она с легкостью может ходить по мелководью на очень большой скорости.Фото 4. Дизайном внутренней отделки занимался популярный и талантливый французский дизайнер, имя которого Кристоф Леони. Знаменитый дизайнер в своей работе придерживался стиля ампир.Фото 5. Подробной информации об интерьере судна на данный момент нет, однако известно из достоверных источников, что площадь самого большого салона azzam составляет тридцать на двадцать метров, данный салон не содержит столбов, которые разделяют внутреннее пространство. Также известно, что длина открытой террасы составляет свыше восемнадцати метров.Фото 6. Интерьер яхты, Кристоф Леони оформил в великолепном императорском, дорогом и роскошном стиле. Большинство мебели, которые гармонично размещены на судне, являются антикварными, изготовленными из ценных и дорогих пород деревьев.Частично антикварная мебель расписана золотом и украшена ювелирными камнями. Говорят, что яхта этого класса на своем борту имеет подводную лодку, а также вертолет.Фото 7. Конструкторы сообщили, что данное судно является наиболее сложным и длительным проектом фирмы. Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi является ведущим инженером, который занимался строительством суперяхты.Фото 8. Заказчик и текущий владелец яхты Azzam – Халифа ибн Зайд Аль Нахайян, президент ОАЭ и эмир Абу-Даби, чьё состояние оценивается Forbes в 15 миллиардов долларов США. Постройке судна предшествовал конкурс проектов, в котором победили экстерьер от миланской студии Nauta Yacht Design и интерьер от французского дизайнера Christophe Leoni. Техническое управление постройкой осуществляла компания Burgess Yachts. Главным инженером выступил Мубарак Саад аль Ахбаби. Была версия, что вот этот Принц на белой яхте владелец яхты.Фото 9. Nauta Yachts является итальянской компанией, которая занималась проектированием судна класса Azzam, а непосредственно строительством этой великолепной и величественной мега яхты занималась немецкая фирма Lurssen, которая расположена в городе Бремен.Фото 10. Известно, что стиль, в котором оформлены внутренние помещения Azzam, близок к неоклассицизму начала XIX века – времени правления Наполеона Бонапарта. В отсутствие фотографий с борта мега-яхты – их ещё никому не удавалось получить, даже авторитетным международным яхтенным изданиям – можно представить нечто напоминающее императорские спальни в Версале.Фото 11. Azzam зарегистрирована как чартерная яхта, однако открытой информации о возможности и стоимости её чартера нигде не представлено. Крайне редко яхту можно встретить в Аравийском море, ещё реже в Средиземноморье. В мае 2015 года очевидцам удалось увидеть её проходящей Гибралтар. В настоящее время – и большую часть времени года – Azzam пришвартована в порту Халифа в Абу-Даби.Фото 12. Фото 13. Фото 14. Фото 15. Фото 16. Фото 17. Фото 18. Фото 19. Фото 20. Фото 21. Фото 22. Фото 23. Фото 24. Фото 25. Фото 26. источникиhttp://yachtrus.ru/yacht-azzam/http://www.themilliardaire.co/yacht/azzam-the-worlds-largest-yacht-5927/http://ruyachts.com/journal/azzam-lurssen-0960/http://www.pravda.ru/photo/album/21532/http://www.infoniac.ru/news/Azzam-samaya-bol-shaya-yahta-v-mire-sdelano-v-Germanii.htmlВот еще несколько интересных кораблей: вот например действительно ли Экраноплан необходим нам … как покойнику калоши, а вот Самый длинный в мире контейнеровоз. Помните про Невезучего великана «Thomas W.Lawson» и Самая большая подводная лодка в мире. Вот еще Мобильная платформа десанта или пирс в океане и знаменитая Неуязвимая Вайолетт