When news of a sequel to hit film Mamma Mia! was announced, the question on the majority fo ABBA fans' lips was: which songs would they use?
A huge plume of smoke billowed into the sky and several buildings were evacuated after a steam pipe exploded in mid-town Manhattan, New York. No injuries were reported but Con Edison, which owns the underground pipe, warned anyone who was covered in material following the explosion to bag their clothing and shower immediately as a precaution against possible asbestos. New York City Council speaker Corey Johnson shared a video of the explosion, saying it was "a miracle no one was hurt".
Nibbled on the slippery extra almonds requested by my chum with his Marsala martini made from Beefeater gin, Marsala dolce, dry vermouth and almond bitters at Bar Termini, the coolest dive in Soho.
In a battle among media giants for control of Twenty-First Century Fox's entertainment business, Comcast has blinked. The cable and media company said Thursday that it is dropping its bid, instead focusing on its pursuit of the European pay-TV operator Sky. Fox owns 39 percent of Sky and has also been trying to buy the 61 percent it doesn't own.
Thursday's Twenty20 clash against Somerset at Lord’s is the start of a defining week in Middlesex’s season. The Blast clashes are followed by a vital Championship fixture against Division Two leaders Warwickshire at Lord’s from Sunday. Middlesex will be without Nick Gubbins and Dawid Malan, on duty with the Lions against India A at Worcester.
World Trade Organization arbitrators will evaluate a U.S. request to impose billions of dollars worth of sanctions on European products after a final WTO ruling that found the European Union had given illegal subsidies to Airbus . The request for retaliation for losses incurred by rival Boeing in the long-running dispute over claims of illegal handouts for aircraft makers adds fuel to mounting transatlantic trade tensions. It comes as EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said in Brussels that she hoped an EU mission to Washington would help ease a trade dispute linked to steel and aluminium but that the bloc is preparing a list of U.S. imports to hit if the United States imposes tariffs on EU cars.
The fashion sector is facing calls to scale back production amid revelations Burberry deliberately destroys stock worth millions every year. Figures from the British luxury company showed it burned fashion and beauty products worth £28.6m in its last financial year. In Burberry's case, it is believed trademark items from coats and bags to perfume are incinerated though the company insists the procedure carries an energy benefit to limit the environmental impact.
Campaigners are urging Hackney council to scrap a traffic scheme after a study showed its potential impact on air quality outside a primary school named one of London’s 50 most polluted last year by Mayor Sadiq Khan. Hackney council wants to stop small streets in Stoke Newington being used as rat runs and encourage motorists to use the A10 and Church Street to traverse the borough. During consultations, the council said the changes would result in only a “minimal” increase of up to six per cent in the number of cars on Church Street outside William Patten primary school.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company says it has awarded contracts worth AED 5.88 billion ($1.6 billion) to China's largest state-owned oil company to conduct what is says is the world's largest continuous 3D offshore and onshore seismic survey.
A new report has singled out North Korea as the country with the highest prevalence of modern slavery. The Global Slavery Index shows one in 10 people in North Korea live in slavery, with most forced to work for the state. The index was compiled by the Walk Free Foundation, an anti-slavery organization founded by Australian mining billionaire Andrew Forrest.
Around 5 million British households are set for lower energy bills this winter after parliament approved a law on gas and electricity tariff price caps, energy regulator Ofgem said on Thursday. Ofgem is now required to cap prices on Standard Variable Tariffs offered by the six dominant energy providers for households using gas and electricity which studies have shown were far higher than other tariffs on offer. Some consumers could save up to 350 pounds a year on gas and electricity bills by switching suppliers," Ofgem said.
A new launch from Burleigh Pottery breathes new life into one of the brand’s most iconic designs, the Asiatic Pheasants. Burleigh is the last pottery of its kind to practice tissue transfer printing, where tissue paper is printed with the motif, and transferred by hand to the ceramics. There are just 11 people left in the world who are trained in this rare method, all of which work at Middleport Pottery where Burleigh ware is produced.
The warm weather claimed a victim today, but sympathy is likely to be thin. Energy giant SSE, a FTSE 100 giant that is one of the Big Six that dominates the power market, said first-quarter profits will be £80 million lower than the City expected. It put up gas prices by 5.7% and electricity by 7.7%, rises that came into effect last week.
Keepers at London Zoo have managed to save a tiny penguin chick named Rainbow after its parents accidentally cracked its egg before it had hatched. After realizing the chick was still alive, they removed bits of shell with tweezers and moved it to an incubation room. It was the first sign that she might just make it," said penguin keeper Suzi Hyde.
There were more than 40 permanent exclusions a day during the 2016-17 school year. The rate of pupil exclusions from state schools in England rose sharply last year, according to official figures, with teaching unions laying some of the blame for the rise on austerity and funding cuts. The number of children permanently excluded from state primary, secondary and special schools in England increased by about 1,000 between 2016 and 2017, according to the Department for Education (DfE) figures.
Authorities say an explosion at an Army depot in Pennsylvania has left some workers injured. Letterkenny Army Depot officials say the blast occurred around 7:15 a.m. Thursday. Emergency responders treated some people at the scene and others have been taken to hospitals.
Equally important is to recognise technology as a force for good. New and emerging technologies are delivering remarkable benefits, but especially for those with disabilities. From helping people with hearing impairments to enjoy the theatre, to supporting blind employees in the workplace, technology is breaking boundaries and driving increased accessibility for all.
‘There’s a lot of shoes onstage,” says Zac Carper, gesturing to the discarded footwear which, along with shirts and pint pots of beer, has been raining on to the stage since the show began nearly an hour ago. But then self-defeating stupidity is very much a grand theme for Los Angeleno punks Fidlar. Carper may have turned the corner on his heroin addiction a few years ago, but his songs draw on a certain dirtbag lifestyle, pitched between the snotty hedonism of Fight for Your Right-era Beastie Boys and Nirvana’s nihilistic edge – the sound of overmedicated kids with bruised self-esteem and motormouths.