This year’s ADIPEC will be an all-virtual affair from November 8 to 12
DubaiThe Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) will this year be held via virtual means from November 8 to 12. The event is one of the signature events for the global energy industry.The announcement comes after a directive from Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism that events should not take place in the wake of continuing COVID-19 restrictions. The next full in-person annual exhibition and conferences will take place from November 8 to 11 next year, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, which hosts the event, said on its website.This year’s event comes a...
Russia: Turkey’s Hagia Sophia decision ‘an internal affair’
The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Vershinin, has defended Turkey’s decision to convert the status of the Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul into a mosque saying the decision is a Turkish internal affair.“We proceed from the fact that this is a Turkish internal affair in which neither us nor others should interfere,” Vershinin told reporters yesterday, however he stressed the importance of Hagia Sophia for “world culture and civilisation”.Earlier on Friday, a top Turkish court annulled a 1934 cabinet decree, which had turned Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia from a mosque into a museum.The Russian...
The Middle East Monitor
The Hanegbi affair: populism and detachment
Nobody is ever going to accuse Minister without Portfolio Tzahi Hanegbi of having an over-abundance of empathy.On the contrary, time after time Hanegbi has made comments that show a lack of sensitivity, even if they contain salient points that deserve a fair hearing. Often, in Hanegbi’s case, what he has to say gets lost in the way he says it.For instance, in June of 2018, when inflammable kites and balloons were all the rage in Gaza and were setting fields and forests alight in areas near the Gaza border, Hanegbi took to the radio and said that people were overreacting.“I’m not excited by the...
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Top 5 Tips for 2020 Summer Dining
As a man who paid for his college education by working as a waiter and bartender, I have a unique appreciation for enjoying a meal out. But I notice things in restaurants, too—especially those that affect my brothers- and sisters-in-aprons, and particularly during these strange times when dining out isn’t the same simple affair it has always been.With this in mind, a new awareness is needed among the dining public—a set of simple rules, if you will, designed to ensure that servers are earning what they can with fewer tables, and that customers are not unknowingly sabotaging that effort.So, on ...
New Woody Allen film to open Spanish film festival
Madrid (AFP) - Woody Allen's new romantic comedy "Rifkin’s Festival", is to open Spain's San Sebastian film festival in September, which will also be its international premiere, organisers said Thursday. Shot last summer in and around the northern seaside resort itself, the story centres on an American couple who come to its international film festival and are swept up by the fantasy of cinema and the charm and beauty of Spain. Characteristic romantic entanglements ensure when she has an affair with a brilliant French film director and he falls in love with a beautiful Spaniard who lives in th...
Coronavirus pandemic makes D-Day observance in Normandy a lonely affair
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France — At daybreak on Saturday, Charles Shay stood lonesome without any fellow veteran on the very same beach where he waded ashore 76 years ago, part of one of the most epic battles in military history that came to be known as D-Day and turned the tide of World War II.Compared to last year, when many tens of thousands came to the northern French beaches of Normandy to cheer the dwindling number of veterans and celebrate three-quarters of a century of liberation from Nazi oppression, the coronavirus lockdown turned this year's remembrance into one of the eeriest ever.“I a...
Author of new book uncovers alleged Johnny Hallyday/Catherine Deneuve affair
Paris-based journalist Gilles Lhote, who was a close friend of Hallyday, claims the music star and Deneuve set up liaisons where they would never be caught with one another - and no one ever suspected there was something going on.Lhote alleges the two stars met as teenagers in the early 1960s and fell in love.Neither wanted a public romance, so Deneuve would often travel in the boot of Johnny's car or lying down by his feet to avoid being spotted with her secret lover, and the writer insists the affair continued almost until the singer's death from cancer in 2017.Meanwhile, Hallyday was marrie...
Bill Clinton says Lewinsky affair was to 'manage anxieties'
New York (AFP) - Bill Clinton said he had an affair with Monica Lewinsky to help him deal with the stress of being president as he opened up in a documentary released Friday about the scandal that led to his impeachment.In the four-part Hulu series, Clinton says his sexual relationship with the then White House intern was a means "to manage my anxieties," and that he felt "terrible" the affair came to define Lewinsky's life."It was awful what I did," added the 73-year-old. "We all bring our baggage to life and sometimes we do things we shouldn't do." Clinton described the affair as motivated ...
Bill Clinton says Lewinsky affair was to 'manage anxieties'
New York (AFP) - Bill Clinton said he had an affair with Monica Lewinsky to help him deal with the stress of being president as he opened up in a documentary released Friday about the scandal that led to his impeachment.In the four-part Hulu series, Clinton describes his sexual relationship in the 1990s with the then 22-year-old White House intern as something he did "to manage my anxieties for years."He said it had been motivated by life's "pressure and disappointments and terrors, fears of whatever" and said he felt "terrible" that the affair had defined Lewinsky's life."We all bring our bag...
Jonas Brothers Color Coordinate For Women’s Cancer Research Fund Gala!
The Jonas Brothers practiced some color coordination when they appeared in matching outfits at a recent cancer benefit. On February 27, the annual Women’s Cancer Research Fund’s fund-raiser, An Unforgettable Evening, was held in Beverly Hills, California. The event was a star-studded affair, with celebrities in attendance including comedian Ken Jeong, wedding dress designer Monique […]