Former French president Giscard d'Estaing released from hospital
Former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing returned home on Thursday after a three-day stay in hospital, sources close to the elder statesman told dpa.Giscard d'Estaing, 94, was being treated for mild pneumonia, but doctors had ruled out a coronavirus infection, the sources had said earlier in the week.The liberal Giscard d'Estaing was president of France from 1974 until 1981. His aristocratic manner earned him the reputation of being cool and technocratic.After losing the 1981 presidential election to socialist Francois Mitterrand, he long harboured hopes of returning to the Elysee Pala...
Power shedding to be history in Kagera: Magufuli
Bukoba. CCM presidential candidate John Magufuli yesterday promised to end electricity challenges, including power shedding in Kagera Region, should he be re-elected for the final five-year term.Dr Magufuli, who addressed a campaign rally at Gymkana grounds in Bukoba, said the plan is to increase power production to 5,000-megawatts in the next five years.Some parts of Kagera Region, including Bukoba town, are connected to electricity imported from Uganda.“I will make sure people in Bukoba are relieved from begging for electricity from other countries. In the next five years, I want to see Tanz...
Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett make ACMs history as joint winners for Entertainer of the Year
Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett made history at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs) as they were announced as co-winners of the Entertainer of the Year prize in the first-ever tie for the accolade.Shocked host Keith Urban - who won last year's Entertainer of the Year - announced there were joint winners of the gong during the event's remote telecast on Wednesday night (16.09.20), before revealing Thomas was one of the lucky ones and presenting him with a trophy.Thomas said: "Oh my goodness gracious. Keith, what is happening right now?"Thank you to the Lord Jesus Christ, my Lor...
How the coronavirus crisis forced the largest oil supply cut in history
DUBAI: Early last spring, global oil markets were in free fall as the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic hit demand forecasts for crude. Members of the OPEC+ alliance, led by Saudi Arabia and Russia, watched as prices more than halved in a few weeks, and wondered what to do. Pulitzer Prize winner, Daniel Yergin, in the first of two exclusive excerpts from his new book “The New Map – Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations,” narrates the inside story of the month that shook the oil world.It was this decline that precipitated, in the first week of March, a meeting of OPEC+ – OPEC and...
Virtual conference to explore history of pandemics in the Arab World
Abu Dhabi: A virtual conference next week will explore the history of pandemics in the Arab World.Organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism — Abu Dhabi (DCT), the annual GCC Heritage and Oral History conference will be livestreamed on the Abu Dhabi Culture YoutTube channel on September 22. This year’s theme is ‘History of Pandemics in the Arabian Peninsula’.Every year, the annual meeting, now in its eighth edition, convenes oral history experts and scholars in an attempt to safeguard this shared heritage of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.“We cannot progress without taking h...
Trump: 'We are here this afternoon to change the course of history'
US President Donald Trump says the signing of normalization deals between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain will be the "dawn of a new Middle East" and enable people of different faiths to live together."We are here this afternoon to change the course of history," Trump said as the signing ceremony outside the White House got under way.
No lessening of relevance for OPEC
On September 14, 1960, the five founding fathers of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) - Juan Pablo Pérez Alfonzo of Venezuela; Abdullah Al-Tariki of Saudi Arabia; Dr Tala’at al-Shaibani of Iraq; Dr. Fuad Rouhani of Iran; and Ahmed Sayed Omar of Kuwait - gathered in the Al-Shaab Hall in Baghdad.The ‘Baghdad Conference’ saw these five visionaries put up the premise of cooperation and with the need to write their own story. Pérez Alfonzo said after the meeting and the creation of OPEC: “We are now united. We are making history.”It is a story that encapsulates a family o...
Paul Sullivan: From Bears to Cubs to White Sox — Sunday was one of the greatest sports-watching afternoons in Chicago history
CHICAGO — Growing up in Chicago, you learn at a young age to make the best of a difficult situation.When the streets were shut down during the blizzard of 1967, the kids in my neighborhood built what we were quite certain was the biggest snow fort in existence. When the Oak Lawn tornado that spring brought cascading rains that clogged the sewers, we floated down a drainage ditch in plastic swimming pools like we were riding the rapids.There was no problem that couldn’t be solved with a little ingenuity, and nothing could get in the way of a good time.I thought of those days Sunday when the Chi...
Stubborn rumours of lost Nazi gold draw treasure hunters to the Alps
Whoever broke into the Bavarian barn was persistent, at least, even if they didn't know their history.The barn, in the village of Pfronten, was broken into several times within a few weeks by people hunting for hidden Nazi gold."They moved all the stuff to the side, tore up the floor and started digging," says Hubert Haf. "They just found rocks though. The barn was only built in 1975."Haf, 82, has spent his whole life in Pfronten, which borders with Austria, and ran a grocery shop there for 30 years. The town gets plenty of tourists keen to visit the ruins of Falkenstein Castle - as well as hu...
Aizuwakamatsu in western Fukushima Prefecture is known for its pristine landscapes, quality sake, traditional crafts, and rich samurai history. It’s a bustling former castle town with friendly locals deeply proud of their history and culture. Home to thousand-year-old hot springs, lakes swimming with swans, and the last refuge of loyal samurai, Aizuwakamatsu is worthy of history buffs and nature lovers alike.Aizuwakamatsu CastleTsuruga Castle (also called Aizuwakamatsu Castle) is Aizuwakamatsu’s symbol and city center. Once the seat of the powerful Aizu Domain, it was the site of the Battle of...