NEW YORK: Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has reached a $25 million settlement with dozens of women who accused him of sexual misconduct, one of the women's lawyers told AFP on Wednesday. The once-powerful producer of 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Sin City', whose case sparked the #MeToo movement against sex crimes, faces a criminal trial next month that could see him jailed for life. The payout from a separate civil case will be shared among more than 30 actresses and former employees who have sued the 67-year-old for offenses ranging from sexual harassment to rape. Weinstein will not have to admit wrongdoing or pay from his own pocket, celebrity news portal TMZ said, with the bill instead being met by insurers for his bankrupt former movie studio, The Weinstein Company. The deal will have to be signed by all parties and get court approval to resolve almost every misconduct lawsuit brought against him since 2017 and insulate company directors from future liability. Weinstein's … [Read more...] about #MeToo: Harvey Weinstein to pay $25 mn in settlement; will face criminal trial next month
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MONKEY ISLAND, Liberia - All was quiet when the motorboat puttered to a stop. Saltwater lapped at the narrow sandy shore. Mangrove leaves fluttered in the breeze. Then the man in a blue life jacket cupped his hands around his mouth and shouted: Hoo hoo! Like a secret password, the call unlocked a hidden primate universe. Dozens of chimpanzees emerged from the brush, hairy arms extended. They waded up to the rusty vessel with the nonchalance of someone fetching the mail. "Time to eat," said Joseph Thomas, their wiry guardian of 40 years, tossing bananas into the furry crowd. Chimps aren't supposed to be stuck on their own island - especially one with no food - or mingle with much-weaker humans. But nothing about Liberia's Monkey Island is normal. It's a spectacle, an increasingly costly burden and the enduring legacy of American scientists who set out to cure hepatitis B in 1974. Animal testing has existed since doctors in ancient Greece studied the anatomy of rodents - an estimated 115 … [Read more...] about U.S. lab chimps were dumped on Liberia’s Monkey Island and left to starve. Their caretaker saved them.
Flicking through a back issue of Elle Deco recently, I came across a profile of the Hungarian modernist designer Marcel Breuer, a protege of the Bauhaus movement’s instigator, Walter Gropius, and later a teacher at the Bauhus school. Breuer, it said, was most famous for his “revolutionary, rectilinear tubular-steel furniture” and especially for a shiny “B3” armchair he designed, inspired by bicycle handlebars. Well to furniture design aficionados he may be, but to skiers he’s the creator of Flaine, the purpose-built French ski resort in the Alps’ Grand Massif. When the resort was commissioned, in the early 1960s, Breuer was an understandable choice for developers Eric and Sylvie Boissonnas: they were forward-thinking modern-art lovers who had a grand utopian plan to establish an original example of architecture and urban planning in France – a mountain resort with the feel of a city. Breuer already had stellar projects including … [Read more...] about A concrete plan: Flaine ski resort gets a modernist makeover
Julian Castro, 44, unloaded on Joe Biden, 76, about his age at the Democratic debate Thursday night, implying the former vice president was having memory problems in a not so subtle shot at concerns about Biden's advancing years. 'Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?,' Castro snapped at him during a fierce back-and-forth on healthcare as the audience gasped at the attack line. 'Are you forgetting already what you just said two minutes ago?,' he repeated as Biden looked shocked at the punches coming his way. The image of one of the youngest candidates on the stage attacking one of the oldest comes as Biden, the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, has faced increased questions about his health. Biden was the main target of the night from the start of the debate when he got into a three-way tiff with liberal rivals Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders on healthcare. Julian Castro, 44, attacked Joe Biden, 76, about his age on the Democratic debate … [Read more...] about ‘Have you forgotten what you said two minutes ago?’ Julian Castro, 44, astonishes Democrats by hinting that Joe Biden, 76, is struggling with his memory as they clash on health care
Democrats unleashed their most direct and personal attacks on one another of the 2020 election during Thursday night's presidential debate in Houston, with attacks based on age, ideology, and the legacy of Barack Obama. With increased urgency of top-tier candidates to distinguish themselves, and for lower-tier candidates to rise to close the gap from behind the top three poll leaders, contenders threw jabs in multiple directions at the third debate, with health policy as the chief battleground. Sanders went after Biden early on for having attacked his own Medicare for All plan for its explosive $30trillion price tag, claiming the status quo would cost even more. 'Well, let me tell you something, for a socialist, you got a lot more confidence in corporate America than I do,' Biden told Sanders, a self-described Democratic Socialist who caucuses with Senate Democrats. Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro, 44, tore into Biden, 76, appearing to question his memory during an angry … [Read more...] about The Democrats’ family feud: Insults fly as the top 10 candidates go head-to-head for the first time with Joe Biden targeted for his age, bitter disputes over healthcare and candidates wrestling over who is the TRUE heir to Obama
Prince William and Kate Middleton have taken a second short haul flight on a budget airline in a week.The royal couple and their children flew from Aberdeen to Norwich at 2.40pm yesterday as they returned from visiting the Queen at Balmoral, they touched down in Norfolk just 50 minutes later, at 3.30pm. The trip is believed to have cost £365 for the whole family and comes amid a row over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's four gas-guzzling trips on private jets in just 11 days. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex flew from London to Ibiza and back before making a return trip to Nice earlier this month, fuelling claims they were contributing to climate change. In new pictures, Kate sports a green dress as she holds onto baby Louis, 16 months, while William holds the hands of Charlotte, four, and, George, six. Adorable Prince George was seen bounding up steps to board the plane, as little sister Princess Charlotte trailed behind.The future King and his … [Read more...] about Kate and William catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday with their children after earning praise for shunning private jets favoured by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle