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Ghosn held $260,000 Rio party billed to Renault-Nissan, documents show

PARIS, France – Former Renault and Nissan head Carlos Ghosn and his wife invited friends to a $260,000 Carnival party in Brazil last year and charged it to his employers, documents seen by Agence France-Presse (AFP) show, a move Ghosn's lawyer defended as a routine corporate function for ........»»

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Tiny T. rex sheds light on prime dino predators

PARIS, France – A tiny cousin of T. rex discovered in the United States could provide a key missing link in understanding how the apex predators evolved to top the food chain, scientists who unearthed the dinky dinosaur said Thursday, February 21. The Moros intrepidus, standing just 3 feet ........»»

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Billiards, chess endorsed to International Olympic Committee

If plans don’t miscarry, billiards and chess making the 2024 Olympic calendar in Paris, France could strengthen the Philippines chances of snaring its first ever gold in the quadrennial event......»»

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Air France-KLM doubles profits in 2018 despite strikes

Air France-KLM, which was badly hit last year by strikes and management upheaval, reported on Wednesday that its annual net profits rose by 150 percent to 409 million ($463 million). The post Air Fran.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsFeb 21st, 2019Related News

Bach and the Baroque: Highlights of 44th International Bamboo Organ Festival

For its 44th edition, the International Bamboo Organ Festival will feature "Magnificat" by J.S. Bach and other works of the Baroque period (Telemann, Charpentier, Buxtehude), performed by Johann Trummer (organ, Austria), Manu Mellaerts (trumpet, Belgium), soloists Stefanie Quintin, Sherla Najera, Michelle Mariposa, James Conde, Ervin Lumauag, Christopher Arceo, Mark Abesia, the Villancico Vocal Ensemble, and the Manila Baroque Ensemble, conducted by Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng. As has been tradition, the Gala Concert on Feb. 21, which will be for the sustaining members of the Bamboo Organ Foundation and major sponsors of the festival, will once again be held at the 200-year-old St. Jo...Keep on reading: Bach and the Baroque: Highlights of 44th International Bamboo Organ Festival.....»»

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Designer Karl Lagerfeld to be cremated without ceremony

PARIS, France – Karl Lagerfeld will be cremated without ceremony and his ashes are likely to be scattered with those of his mother and lover, his label said on February 20. "His wishes will be respected," a spokeswoman for his Karl Lagerfeld brand told AFP a day after the legendary designer ........»»

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UAAP Season 81: Lady Maroons snatch solo lead

University of the Philippines preserved its unblemished card after defeating Far Eastern University, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22, 25-20, Wednesday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The trio of Isa Molde, Justine Dorog and Tots Carlos displayed another superb showing to pace the Lady Maroons in their second straight win in as many outings. The victory was UP’s first win against FEU since the second round of Season 76. "FEU is a good team, they keep on changing tactics and that gave us a lot of challenge. It was a good win and we hope that we continue with it in the next games to come," said UP coach Godfrey Okumu.   Carlos finished with 15 points anchored on 12 spikes while Dorog got 12 markers for UP. Molde posted 11 points and added 17 digs for an all-around performance for the Lady Maroons, who got a good service game going that translated to 14 aces.   UP was quick to recover after yielding the second set and took control of the fourth set early. The Lady Tamaraws made one final push, saving four match points before Molde finished them off with a powerful hit.     FEU dropped to 1-1 slate tied with University of Sto. Tomas and Ateneo de Manila University. For the second straight game rookie Lycha Ebon fired a game-high 16 points while adding 10 digs and seven excellent receptions for the Lady Tams. Celine Domingo had 11 markers while Heather Guino-o and freshman France Ronquillo combined for 14 points FEU.        --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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Brexit: May heads back to Brussels, but EU not budging

BRUSSELS, Belgium – Prime Minister Theresa May heads back to Brussels on Wednesday, February 20,  to renew her quest to reopen the terms of Britain's Brexit divorce, but appears headed for disappointment. With less than 6 weeks until Brexit day, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has agreed to meet May ........»»

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Virginie Viard, emerging from Karl Lagerfeld s shadow to head Chanel

PARIS, France – Virginie Viard, who was the late Karl Lagerfeld's "right and left hand" for more than 30 years, is stepping out from the legendary designer's formidable shadow to take over as Chanel's creative director. Chanel announced Viard's nomination "so that the legacy of Gabrielle Chanel and ........»»

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Lyon draws 0-0 with Barcelona in last 16 of Champions League

LYON, France (AP) — Lyon kept Barcelona's vaunted attack in check as the sides drew 0-0 in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday. Lionel Messi failed to add to his six goals so far in the competition, while Luis Suarez had the goal gaping but sliced a shot wide with 20 minutes left after latching on to Jordi Alba's pass from the left. When Messi picked out Sergio Busquets five minutes from the end, the midfielder's rasping shot from the edge of the penalty area drew a fine save from Anthony Lopes. "It's always good to go away from home and not concede," Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet said. "Lyon played well but their keeper was very good." Messi had the goal in his sights in the last minute with his second free kick of the night, but struck it into the wall and did the same with the rebound. Both goalkeepers did well in a contest free of any cynical or heavy fouling, with Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen making two fine saves inside the first 10 minutes from midfielder Houssem Aouar and forward Martin Terrier. Although Lyon spent much of the half chasing Barcelona's slick midfielders, Barca's approach play too often broke down around the penalty area. Suarez was the biggest culprit, wasting several promising moves with unusually hurried passes. Coach Ernesto Valverde's side won the Spanish league last season and leads it again. But Barcelona has not reached the Champions League final since winning the competition for the fifth time in 2015. In the night's other match, Liverpool and Bayern Munich also drew 0-0 in a match between five-time champions. The return legs are on March 13. Missing its best forward Nabil Fekir through suspension, Lyon started with Moussa Dembele as the central striker with Memphis Depay playing behind him. Terrier, cutting in from the left, was the most dangerous of Lyon's forwards. Lyon almost scored after five minutes when Aouar showed great technique to receive a pass on the edge of the area, neatly make space and shoot low to the right. Ter Stegen got down well to push his shot away and moments later made an even better save to tip Terrier's powerful shot one-handed onto the crossbar. As usual, Messi was elusive to mark and often found good positions. But he had a largely frustrating first half, failing to test Lopes with a free kick and two shots. When his trickery did work, notably with an excellent scooped pass over the defense in the 39th, the disappointing Dembele fluffed his shot. Terrier shot wide seconds before the break and Depay finally got involved when he curled a shot wide in the 52nd. A tactical switch from Lyon coach Bruno Genesio saw Depay moved wide left, with Terrier through the middle and Dembele on the right. It gave Lyon greater mobility but made it at risk from a swift Barcelona counterattack. On one of those, Suarez finally found some room to turn in the penalty area, but impressive defender Leo Dubois nipped in to block his shot. After Messi had an angled drive comfortably parried by Lopes near his front post, Valverde brought on Philippe Coutinho for Dembele. Barcelona's players stepped it up and finished the match with a greater sense of urgency as they hunted a valuable away goal. Lopes cut out a dangerous Alba cross, saved from Coutinho and narrowed the angle when Messi ran onto Suarez's pass. "We tried to push them away from the middle, as they are less of a threat from the wings," Dubois said. "The result is fine for us; we still have a chance to progress even if we know it will be tough. We have the ability to go far.".....»»

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LVMH to boost measures for responsible supply of crocodile leather

PARIS, FRANCE – World leader in luxury goods LVMH announced Monday, February 18 it would boost measures to ensure a "responsible supply" of crocodile skins. The giant French retailer said in a statement it would follow new standards for crocodile leather based on criteria "developed and ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 19th, 2019Related News

New Universe map unearths 300,000 more galaxies

PARIS, France – The known Universe just got a lot bigger. A new map of the night sky published Tuesday, February 19, charts hundreds of thousands of previously unknown galaxies discovered using a telescope that can detect light sources optical instruments cannot see. The international team behind the unprecedented space ........»»

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Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85

PARIS, France (UPDATED) – Superstar designer Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85, his fashion label Chanel confirmed on February 19. The announcement came just weeks after the man known as the "Kaiser" in the industry did not appear at shows during Paris Haute Couture week ........»»

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Karl Lagerfeld, fashion s quick-witted king

PARIS, France – They called him the "Kaiser", and for decades Karl Lagerfeld, who has died aged 85 , reigned imperially over the fashion world. From his perch at Chanel, the German-born designer presided over the most famous of all fashion houses like the 18th-century absolute monarchs he modeled himself on. With his powdered white ........»»

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Pelosi pledges long-term U.S. backing of NATO, EU

BRUSSELS, Belgium – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sought Tuesday, February 19, to reassure Europeans that there is broad-based and long-term US support for the transatlantic alliance despite President Donald Trump's harsh criticism. In an implicit message the Republican president is not omnipotent, the most powerful Democrat said she and fellow visiting congressmen ........»»

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Tiger Woods, Novak Djokovic, Lindsey Vonn win Laureus World Sports Awards - Inquirer Sports

Tiger Woods, Novak Djokovic, Lindsey Vonn and the France national soccer team were among the winners at the Laureus World Sports Awards, with Woods claiming the Comeback Award 19 years after he was fi.....»»

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Woods, Djokovic, Vonn win Laureus World Sports Awards

MONACO (AP) — Tiger Woods, Novak Djokovic, Lindsey Vonn and the France national soccer team were among the winners at the Laureus World Sports Awards, with Woods claiming the Comeback Award 19 years after he was first recognized. Woods, who won the inaugural World Sportsman of the Year award in 2000, won the Tour Championship in September for his 80th PGA Tour title and his first since August 2013. Djokovic matched Usain Bolt's record by being named World Sportsman of the Year for the fourth time after winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. He also earned the honor in 2012, 2015 and 2016. Vonn, who retired during the recent Alpine skiing world championships , took home the Spirit of Sport Award, which is given to an athlete for relentless dedication to his or her career, and France was honored for winning the World Cup in July. Simone Biles was named World Sportswoman of the Year for winning four gold, one silver and one bronze medal at the gymnastics world championships. Naomi Osaka won the Breakthrough Award for winning the U.S. Open and Chloe Kim was named the World Action Sportsperson of the Year. The awards were given in recognition of outstanding sports performance in 2018......»»

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French far-right weekly barred from Twitter over hate speech

PARIS, France – A French far-right magazine had its Twitter account suspended on Monday, February 18, French officials said, after multiple complaints of hate speech including anti-Semitic abuse. Rivarol's Twitter account "called for racial hatred and sympathized with crimes against humanity," a spokesman for the government's racism, anti-Semitism, and discrimination body ........»»

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In France, the Force is strong with lightsaber dueling

By John Leicester, Associated Press BEAUMONT-SUR-OISE, France (AP) — Master Yoda, dust off his French, he must. It's now easier than ever in France to act out "Star Wars" fantasies, because its fencing federation has borrowed from a galaxy far, far away and officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport, granting the iconic weapon from George Lucas' saga the same status as the foil, epee and sabre, the traditional blades used at the Olympics. Of course, the LED-lit, rigid polycarbonate lightsaber replicas can't slice a Sith lord in half. But they look and, with the more expensive sabers equipped with a chip in their hilt that emits a throaty electric rumble, even sound remarkably like the silver screen blades that Yoda and other characters wield in the blockbuster movies . Plenty realistic, at least, for duelists to work up an impressive sweat slashing, feinting and stabbing in organized, 3-minute bouts. The physicality of lightsaber combat is part of why the French Fencing Federation threw its support behind the sport and is now equipping fencing clubs with lightsabers and training would-be lightsaber instructors. Like virtuous Jedi knights, the French federation sees itself as combatting a Dark Side: The sedentary habits of 21st-century life that are sickening ever-growing numbers of adults and kids . "With young people today, it's a real public health issue. They don't do any sport and only exercise with their thumbs," says Serge Aubailly, the federation secretary general. "It's becoming difficult to (persuade them to) do a sport that has no connection with getting out of the sofa and playing with one's thumbs. That is why we are trying to create a bond between our discipline and modern technologies, so participating in a sport feels natural." In the past, the likes of Zorro, Robin Hood and The Three Musketeers helped lure new practitioners to fencing. Now, joining and even supplanting them are Luke Skywalker , Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader. "Cape and sword movies have always had a big impact on our federation and its growth," Aubailly says. "Lightsaber films have the same impact . Young people want to give it a try." And the young at heart. Police officer Philippe Bondi, 49, practiced fencing for 20 years before switching to lightsaber. When a club started offering classes in Metz, the town in eastern France where he is stationed for the gendarmerie, Bondi says he was immediately drawn by the prospect of living out the love he's had for the "Star Wars" universe since he saw the first film at age 7, on its release in 1977 . He fights in the same wire-mesh face mask he used for fencing. He spent about 350 euros ($400) on his protective body armor (sturdy gloves, chest, shoulder and shin pads) and on his federation-approved lightsaber, opting for luminous green "because it's the Jedi colors, and Yoda is my master." "I had to be on the good side, given that my job is upholding the law," he said. Bondi awoke well before dawn to make the four-hour drive from Metz to a national lightsaber tournament outside Paris this month that drew 34 competitors. It showcased how far the sport has come in a couple of years but also that it's still light years from becoming mainstream. The crowd was small and a technical glitch prevented the duelers' photos, combat names and scores from being displayed on a big screen, making bouts tough to follow. But the illuminated swooshes of colored blades looked spectacular in the darkened hall. Fan cosplay as "Star Wars" characters added levity, authenticity and a tickle of bizarre to the proceedings, especially the incongruous sight of Darth Vader buying a ham sandwich and a bag of potato chips at the cafeteria during a break. In building their sport from the ground up, French organizers produced competition rules intended to make lightsaber dueling both competitive and easy on the eyes. "We wanted it to be safe, we wanted it to be umpired and, most of all, we wanted it to produce something visual that looks like the movies, because that is what people expect," said Michel Ortiz, the tournament organizer. Combatants fight inside a circle marked in tape on the floor. Strikes to the head or body are worth 5 points; to the arms or legs, 3 points; on hands, 1 point. The first to 15 points wins or, if they don't get there quickly, the high scorer after 3 minutes. If both fighters reach 10 points, the bout enters "sudden death," where the first to land a head- or body-blow wins, a rule to encourage enterprising fighters. Blows only count if the fighters first point the tip of their saber behind them. That rule prevents the viper-like, tip-first quick forward strikes seen in fencing. Instead, the rule encourages swishier blows that are easier for audiences to see and enjoy, and which are more evocative of the duels in "Star Wars." Of those, the battle between Obi-Wan and Darth Maul in "The Phantom Menace" that ends badly for the Sith despite his double-bladed lightsaber is particularly appreciated by aficionados for its swordplay. Still nascent, counting its paid-up practitioners in France in the hundreds, not thousands, lightsaber dueling has no hope of a place in the Paris Olympics in 2024. But to hear the thwack of blades and see them cut shapes through the air is to want to give the sport a try. Or, as Yoda would say: "Try not. Do! Or do not. There is no try.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 18th, 2019Related News

Killer cells raise hope of universal flu vaccine

PARIS, France – Scientists said Monday, February 18, they had discovered immune cells that can fight all known flu viruses in what was hailed as an "extraordinary breakthrough" that could lead to a universal, one-shot vaccine against the killer disease . Influenza epidemics, largely seasonal, kill hundreds of thousands of people each year, according to ........»»

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