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9
Dec

A (Grudging) Defense of the $120,000 Banana

Let me reassure you, you are not a hopeless philistine if you find this all a bit foolish. Foolishness, and the deflating sensation that a culture that once encouraged sublime beauty now only permits dopey jokes, is Mr. Cattelans stock in trade. But perhaps y…

9
Dec

Trump Cripples W.T.O. as Trade War Rages

While the W.T.O.s ability to facilitate trade negotiations was largely paralyzed, its other arm, which settles trade disputes, has been much more active, reviewing dozens of cases a year. Unlike other international organizations, whose rules have no way of …

9
Dec

Caroll Spinney, Big Bird’s Alter Ego on ‘Sesame Street,’ Is Dead at 85

As for Oscar the Grouch, Mr. Henson had wanted to model the gruff character on a magnificently rude restaurant waiter. But Mr. Spinney found another inspiration: the belligerent New York cabdriver he encountered on the way to his first day on the show. Where …

8
Dec

News24.com | Namibia vows to change ‘status-quo’ of white-farm ownership

Okahandja – Vibrant rows of neatly lined plants grow on a patch once trampled by the cattle of a large commercial farm run by a family of German descent in Namibia. From that 2 400 square-metre rectangle of sand in the northern Otjozondjupa region, Korne…

8
Dec

News24.com | WATCH | Do you know these suspects wanted for arson at Cape Town train station?

Do you know these men? Metrorail has released footage captured on CCTV of two of the men wanted for the fires which recently effectively crippled Cape Town’s rail network. A reward of R100 000 is being offered for information that will lead to the convictio…

8
Dec

News24.com | UPDATE | Names of Tau Lekoa mine disaster victims released after last body recovered

The final casualty in the Tau Lekoa mine disaster near Orkney, North West, has been located and was being retrieved, Village Main Reef Limited confirmed on Sunday. According to the company, the four workers who died were Xolani Meva, 42, of Elliotdale an…

8
Dec

After a Dominant Comeback, Ohio State Believes It Should Stay Atop the Playoff Rankings – Sports Illustrated

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports INDIANAPOLIS — Chase Young has a message for the College Football Playoff selection committee: “I think we’re No. 1,” he said. “Point-blank period.” In a few hours, we’ll find out if the committee agrees. What we know for sure …

8
Dec

Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney dies

Image copyrightGetty Images US puppeteer Caroll Spinney, famous for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on children’s TV show Sesame Street, has died at the age of 85. He passed away at his home in Connecticut after living with dystonia for some time, a S…

8
Dec

US rapper Juice Wrld dies aged 21

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Juice Wrld, real name Jarad Anthony Higgins, was considered to be a rising star of rap music US rapper Juice Wrld has died at the age of 21, authorities say. The musician’s death, first reported by celebrity news w…

8
Dec

US orders foreign military check after base attack

Image copyrightUS Navy Image caption Mohammad Sameh Haitham and Joshua Kaleb Watson were two of three young sailors killed US Defence Secretary Mark Esper has ordered a review of the screening process for foreign military in the US after a Saudi soldier la…