Why does new Chinese head of UN food agency feed US suspicion?

As China’s Qu Dongyu takes up his new position as director general of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation next month, the burning question among Western embassies is whether Beijing can draw on China’s experience of beating poverty to feed the world. Or will it be more concerned about feeding the power of the Chinese…

US asks Swiss courts to extradite Chinese scientist accused of stealing drug secrets

Switzerland has found itself caught up in a potential dispute between the US and China after Washington began extradition proceedings in the case of a Chinese scientist accused of economic espionage.Xue Gongda, a Basel resident, is accused of helping his sister steal secrets worth US$550 million from drug maker GlaxoSmithKline.A former Swiss diplomat with knowledge…

The ancestor of the great white shark

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Mackerel sharks are a group consisting of some of the most iconic sharks we know, including the mako shark, the great white shark and Megalodon, the biggest predatory shark. Researchers found a unique feature in the teeth of these apex predators, which allowed them to trace back the origin of this group to a…

French festival cancels Netrebko

The producers of a July 20 gala concert at the Chorégies d’Orange festival in France, featuring Anna Netrebko and her husband Yusif Eyvazov, have cancelled the event due to ‘circumstances beyond their control’. The press release below is somewhat bizarre.   COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE Orange, le 6 juillet 2019 Annulation Gala Anna Netrebko et Yusif…

Revealed: Who is going to chair the European Parliament’s Committees

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn + var sbFBAPPID = ‘457641991045477’;     New Europe brings you a partial list of those you can expect to find chairing committees in the new European Parliament. As you can expect, these names are not going to be final until they are confirmed…

EU to boost cross-border digital infrastructure with €25 million

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn + var sbFBAPPID = ‘457641991045477’; The European Commission launched the second Connecting Europe Facility Telecom call of 2019, with €25 million to help European public administrations and businesses connect to pan-European digital platforms. The call focuses on projects aimed at improving the daily…

Calphalon ceramic cookware set is on sale for $40 off at Walmart

TL;DR: This 12-piece cookware set from Select by Calphalon covers all your cooking bases and it’s only $89.99 at Walmart, saving you $40 off the regular price. If you need a sign that your old pots and pans with un-washable dried food in them need to be replaced, here it is. You won’t want to…

Cool dad attempts to make a perfect splash for his daughter’s pic

Need Instagram assistance? Consider enlisting your father.  Like so many other summer enjoyers, Twitter user @CaityMarie1423 took a photo of herself shotgunning a beverage this weekend. (In her case, it was a Truly hard seltzer, which is admittedly an unorthodox choice.) But one thing set her pic apart from the others: an impressive splash effect…

Fans of ‘The Office’ will love this baseball player’s custom cleats

Bears. Beets. Baseball cleats. That’s how the quote goes now, thanks to a 21-year-old baseball player named Matt Manning. Manning, a Detroit Tigers prospect and hardcore fan of The Office, showed off his ridiculously cool custom cleats at Sunday night’s MLB All-Star Futures Game. The cleats, designed by Long Island’s KD Custom Kicks, are a…

This ‘Stranger Things 3’ moment is getting meme’d into sweet oblivion

Warning: Contains spoilers for Stranger Things Season 3. It’s a truth universally acknowledged that any time someone holds up a whiteboard on TV, it’s destined to become a meme. There’s just something about that easily-Photoshoppable surface that lends itself perfectly to mild internet vandalism. The Stranger Things characters are no exception to this rule. Here’s…

As right as rain

The phrase as right as rain is an idiom. An idiom is a word, group of words or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. Often using descriptive imagery, common idioms are words and phrases used in the English language in order to convey a concise idea,…

Ludmila Hrachovinová’s “Movement shapes the distance. Distance shapes the present” at Knoll Galerie, Vienna

Knoll Galerie in Vienna is showcasing the latest series of abstract paintings by Slovak artist Ludmila Hrachovinova in an exhibition titled “Movement shapes the distance. Distance shapes the present.” Theworks are on view through July 27, 2019.According to the gallery, Hrachovinova in her artworks questions the medium of painting and places it in various interactive…