Unclothed man displays more than art in Moscow gallery stroll: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A man stripped down to skimpy underwear and took a stroll through Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery on Wednesday evening in what it called an “unsanctioned performance,” the RIA news agency reported. This was the third incident involving a visitor to one of Russia’s leading art galleries in under a year. Video footage circulating on Russian social media showed a relatively young man with a shaven head and wearing a red G-string walking casually through the museum and stopping in front of a large painting. The gallery said…

Levi Strauss valued at $6.6 billion as IPO prices above target

(Reuters) – Levi Strauss & Co fetched a higher price than expected in its initial public offering (IPO) on Wednesday, selling $623.3 million in shares as the U.S. jeans maker looks to return to the stock market after 34 years as a family-owned company. Jeans trousers are displayed at a Levi Strauss store in New York, U.S., March 19, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon StapletonThe success of the IPO underscores the diverging fortunes of retail companies. Tens of thousands of brick-and-mortar stores have closed in the last few years under pressure from e-commerce…

May urges parliament to back her on Brexit, tells Britons ‘I’m on your side’

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May made an impassioned appeal to MPs to support her on Wednesday after the European Union said it could only grant her request to delay Brexit for three months if parliament next week backed her plans for leaving. May had earlier asked the EU to let Britain delay its departure date from March 29 to June 30, a question that leaders of the remaining 27 member states will discuss at a summit on Thursday. European Council President Donald Tusk said it would be possible…

Cramer: The court can rein in Tesla CEO Elon Musk with one of these three moves

CNBC’s Jim Cramer on Wednesday said he thinks a federal judge should put a « special master » on Tesla’s board of directors to make CEO Elon Musk comply with a court-approved deal between him and the Securities and Exchange Commission. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Musk has been under pressure for his practice of relaying important business information about Tesla through Twitter. « At this stage, I think a special master would be a win for shareholders. Everything else a loss, » the « Mad Money » host…

Amazon is blocking ads for unprofitable products as part of a plan to bolster its bottom line

As Amazon steps up its effort to show Wall Street it can generate profits, the e-commerce giant is aggressively blocking money-losing products from advertising on its site. div > div.group > p:first-child »> In recent months, Amazon has been telling more vendors, or brand owners who sell their goods wholesale, that if Amazon can’t sell those products to consumers at a profit, it won’t let them pay to promote the items. For example, if a $5 water bottle costs Amazon that amount to store, pack and ship, the maker of…

The rise of SpaceX and the future of Elon Musk’s Mars dream

In less than two decades, SpaceX went from Elon Musk’s dream of a greenhouse experiment on Mars to conducting the majority of U.S. rocket launches. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The early years of SpaceX reveal a company that teetered on the edge of dying out, as Musk has said. After three unsuccessful attempts to reach orbit, his team scrounged together enough parts for a fourth rocket, and SpaceX made history with its Falcon 1 rocket. While Musk provided the vision, his company was not an overnight success. Key…

PM tells Brexit-weary public ‘I’m on your side’

Theresa May has appealed to the public over Brexit, telling them she understood they had had enough, and adding: « I am on your side. » Speaking from Downing Street, the prime minister criticised the actions of MPs, saying it is « high time » politicians made a decision on the next steps. Earlier, Mrs May wrote to EU Council President Donald Tusk requesting to delay Brexit until 30 June. She said the delay was a « matter of great personal regret ». This breaking news story is being updated…

May tells the public ‘I’m on your side’

Theresa May tells the British public « I’m on your side » and it’s « high time » MPs made a decision over Brexit This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the PCF News App. You can also follow @PCFBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. Source: The Guardian

Christchurch shootings: UK survivor ‘cradled young woman’ killed at mosque

Media playback is unsupported on your device A British survivor of the Christchurch shootings has described how he cradled the body of a young woman killed amid the gunfire. Nathan Smith, who converted to Islam after moving to New Zealand 13 years ago, found the woman after he escaped over a wall at the Al Noor mosque. The father of three, originally from Poole in Dorset, said he wants to find her husband to know that he survived. Fifty people died and dozens were hurt in the attack at two…

Instagram eating disorder content ‘out of control’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Content on Instagram that encourages eating disorders is « spiralling out of control », psychiatrists have warned. A PCF investigation found children swapping graphic images of weight loss and advice on how to make their illnesses more extreme. Dr Jon Goldin, of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said « vulnerable » people were finding peer groups online. Instagram says it does not allow content encouraging or promoting eating disorders and removes it when aware. In January, the case of 14-year-old Molly Russell, who…

Christchurch shootings: UK media ‘must deny terrorists a voice’

The UK media must not help terrorists by showing « harmful » content in their coverage of incidents, Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer says. Neil Basu said a « sensible conversation » was needed about how incidents like the Christchurch attack should be reported. Several UK newspaper websites used film taken by suspected gunman or posted links to his so-called « manifesto ». Mr Basu said it was wrong to « hide behind the mantra » of free speech. The attacks in Christchurch on Friday, the deadliest in New Zealand’s…

Chess champ, 8, ‘gets apartment’ after crowdfund

Tanitoluwa Adewumi is an eight-year-old US chess champion. He’s also a refugee from Nigeria, whose family fled Boko Haram. More than $180,000 (£130,000) was raised for him after he won New York State’s chess championship. The money means his family will be able to move out of the homeless shelter they’ve lived in for the last two years, according to reports. Follow Newsbeat on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 every weekday on PCF Radio 1 and 1Xtra – if you miss us you…

Google was slapped with another huge EU fine — and investors didn’t bat an eye

Google was hit with another fine from EU antitrust regulators Wednesday, and investors didn’t bat an eye. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The stock rose 2 percent by the end of trading, outpacing Apple and Microsoft for the day and adding nearly $17 billion to the company’s market value. Google was fined about one-tenth of that amount by the European Commission on Competition early Wednesday. It’s the third EU fine for Google, following a $5.5 billion fine in July related to the company’s dominance in Android and a $2.7…

Walmart’s Chief Technology Officer Jeremy King is leaving the company

Walmart’s chief technology officer Jeremy King is leaving the company, according to a memo obtained by CNBC. div > div.group > p:first-child »> King’s role has been to revamp the company’s technology presence as it looks to compete with e-commerce rivals, namely Amazon. Of late, Walmart is billing itself as a technology company, and not just a retailer, but it has struggled to rebrand itself as more consumers are flocking to the web and mobile to purchase goods ranging from clothing to medicines. « People all have their own perceptions…

Tennis: Osaka faces lawsuit questions on Miami homecoming

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number one Naomi Osaka arrived at the Miami Open on Wednesday to face questions about a multi-million dollar lawsuit for allegedly failing to honor a contract with a former coach. FILE PHOTO: Mar 12, 2019; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Naomi Osaka (JPN) reacts after being defeated in her fourth round match against Belinda Bencic (not pictured) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY SportsAccording to the lawsuit filed in Florida’s state court on Feb. 7 and seen…

Exclusive: Walmart’s Chief Technology Officer leaves company as e-commerce wars flare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Walmart Inc. Chief Technology Officer Jeremy King is leaving the company, according to an internal company memo, even as the retailer races to transform its e-commerce business and close the gap with rival Amazon.com Inc. Walmart’s logo is seen outside one of the stores in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Kamil KrzaczynskiKing, who joined the company in 2011, led a revamp of Walmart’s U.S. e-commerce technology platform by making it faster, more competitive and customer-friendly, all of which have been key to the retailer’s fight against…

Bill Murray film’s use of famed U.S. horse racing phrase draws lawsuit

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. horse racing announcer Dave Johnson, who called Triple Crown races for ABC television for two decades, on Wednesday sued the makers of Bill Murray’s 2014 film “St. Vincent” for using his signature phrase “and down the stretch they come” without permission. FILE PHOTO: Actor Bill Murray recites his words during a performance with cellist Jan Vogler from their new album New Worlds, at the Southbank Centre in London, Britain June 4, 2018. REUTERS/Peter NichollsJohnson, 77, a Manhattan resident, accused the film’s distributor Weinstein Co, the…

The pros and cons of breaking up big tech

Have tech companies gotten so big that it’s bad for the economy? div > div.group > p:first-child »> Senator Elizabeth Warren says so. She’s proposing to break up not one, but several tech giants, including Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. She says they shouldn’t be allowed to both run distributor platforms and compete on them. It’s like being an umpire and a team owner at the same time. Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek is not calling for a breakup, but he is calling for an overhaul – specifically when…

Disney’s deal for Fox will be successful if it convinces investors to value it like Netflix

Disney’s $71 billion deal for the majority of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets has closed. It will take years to judge whether Disney CEO Bob Iger spent his company’s money wisely, but the benchmark for success should be clear — make Disney look and trade like Netflix. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Iger has been pretty clear about why he was willing to break the bank for Fox — a deal that cost him nearly $20 billion more than he originally planned to spend, after Comcast topped Disney’s initial…

Brexit: EU says short delay is possible if MPs back deal

Media playback is unsupported on your device The EU will only agree to delay Brexit if the UK Parliament approves the current withdrawal agreement next week, Theresa May has been told. EU Council President Donald Tusk said a short extension, requested by the prime minister on Wednesday, was possible. Mrs May has written to Mr Tusk requesting a Brexit delay to 30 June, saying she needed more time to get her withdrawal deal passed by MPs. The UK is due to leave the EU next Friday, on 29 March. Mr…

France threatens to reject May’s Brexit delay request

LONDON (Reuters) – France threatened to reject British Prime Minister Theresa May’s request for a three-month delay to Brexit on Wednesday unless she can guarantee to get her departure plans though parliament, potentially sending Britain crashing out of the EU without a deal. May asked the European Union to allow Britain to extend Brexit to June 30 and EU leaders are expected to discuss the matter at a summit on Thursday. The decision must be taken unanimously by all remaining 27 EU members. Some EU states, including Germany, had given…

It’s sure starting to look like Apple AirPower will launch this week

div > div.group > p:first-child »> Apple announced new iPads on Monday, new iMacs on Tuesday and new AirPods on Wednesday. It’s sure starting to seem like AirPower could come on Thursday or Friday. You’re forgiven if you don’t remember what AirPower is. In September 2017, Apple unveiled AirPower, a pad that’s capable of charging an iPhone, the Apple Watch and AirPods at the same time. Apple said it would launch in 2018 but it never did. Some reports suggested that it may have been delayed, or scrapped entirely, due…

Brexit: EU says delay is possible if MPs back deal

Media playback is unsupported on your device The EU will only agree to delay Brexit if the UK Parliament approves the current withdrawal agreement next week, Theresa May has been told. EU Council President Donald Tusk said a short extension, requested by the prime minister on Wednesday, was possible. Theresa May has written to Mr Tusk requesting a Brexit delay to 30 June, saying she needed more time to get her withdrawal deal passed by MPs. The UK is due to leave the EU next Friday, on 29 March. Mr…

Cyclone Idai: Mozambique survivors desperate for help

Media playback is unsupported on your device Mozambique’s port city of Beira is reeling from the damage inflicted by Cyclone Idai. So far 200 people have been confirmed dead in the southern African country, along with another 100 in neighbouring Zimbabwe, but the death toll could be much higher. Those who survived the disaster have had little reprieve to mourn the loss of their loved ones or salvage the little that is remaining of their belongings. They are in desperate need of food, shelter and clothing, as the PCF’s Pumza…

Man’s handcuffed body found in Southampton river

The body of a man who fled police in January has been found in a river still wearing handcuffs behind his back. The 22-year-old ran off after being detained by officers in Southampton. Police launched a manhunt but found no trace of him – until a magnet fisherman discovered a body in the River Itchen at Woodmill on Sunday. The Independent Office for Police Conduct has agreed the death should be investigated by Hampshire Constabulary itself. It is not known whether the man entered the water by accident or in…

£71m lotto win ‘will change me’

Media playback is unsupported on your device A factory worker who has scooped £71m in the EuroMillions lottery is quite happy to admit it « bloody well will » change his life. Ade Goodchild, 58, was the only winner of the £71,057,439 prize on Friday. He told a press conference he will retire after 24 years as a metal worker in Hereford, travel the world and buy a home with a swimming pool. Being single, he denied he was suddenly more attractive overnight, saying « just my wallet is ».…

Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer among RTS winners

Media playback is unsupported on your device British actress Jodie Comer has beaten her Killing Eve co-star Sandra Oh to be named best female actor at this year’s Royal Television Society (RTS) awards. Lesley Manville, Lorraine Kelly and comedian Romesh Ranganathan were among others honoured at the London event. Actor Lennie James was awarded for writing Sky Atlantic’s Save Me, which was also named best drama series. Comer, who plays an assassin in Killing Eve, said her character Villanelle was how « every female role should be ». « To…

Iran just struck a hoard of deals with Iraq, and Washington isn’t happy

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has returned from his first-ever trip to Iraq with a raft of agreements for expanded trade, cross-border infrastructure, and pledges of greater cooperation with Baghdad. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Leaders of both countries embraced strengthening ties — something Washington has been watching closely. Iran is upping its game in Iraq as U.S. influence recedes, deepening ties with its war-weary neighbor and betting on bilateral economic activity to help offset tough sanctions imposed by the Trump administration. Iraq is « another channel for Iran to…

The last time the Netflix chart formed a ‘golden cross,’ it rallied 95 percent

Netflix is set to gain a new competitor next week when Apple will reportedly unveil its streaming platform. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Netflix shares have risen slightly in the past week and are up 35 percent this year. They are the best performers of the FANG stocks. Miller Tabak equity strategist Matt Maley said the name could still have more room to run. « This stock already took a little bit of a breather last month and now it’s starting to rally again, » Maley said Tuesday on…

Magnitude 6.3 quake strikes east of Luganville, Vanuatu: USGS

(Reuters) – A quake of magnitude 6.3 struck 64 kms east of Luganville on the coast of Espiritu Santo, the largest island in Vanuatu, on Wednesday at a depth of 123 kms, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. No tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Writing by Hugh LawsonOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Source: Reuters