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Courtney Love, puppets and Korean identity at NY opera fest
Korean-American composer and sound artist Bora Yoon (L) sings as Korean-born Vong Pak plays the drum during a dress rehearsal for the opera A dreamy video performance that explores Korean identity and an opera that dramatizes a disabled boy's plight through puppets are premiering in New York as part of the latest Prototype festival. Prototype, launched in 2013 to showcase experimental opera and other new theater, opened Thursday with a star provocatrice -- grunge rock icon Courtney Love. In "Sunken Cathedral," soprano and composer Bora Yoon takes the metaphor to another level, exploring each room of the cathedral as if it were part of the human body.
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Tanzanian girls return after escaping genital mutilation
Handout picture released on October 20, 2014 from Gavi Alliance shows a girl getting immunised with the measles and rubella vaccine in Moshi, Tanzania, on October 19, 2014Hundreds of Tanzanian schoolgirls returned home Monday after spending three months hiding in safe houses to escape genital mutilation, state television said. Female genital mutilation (FGM) can range from hacking off the clitoris to the removal of the entire female genitalia. Campaigners call the dangerous practice mutilation rather than the term female circumcision, so as to make clear the dangers it involves and the harm it causes. Some of the girls returning home explained that the safe houses were the only way they could ensure they would not be cut.
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Connecticut governor seeks transportation funding in second term
By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said on Wednesday that he wants to create a "lock box" for transportation funding because states that do not invest in infrastructure will face long-term economic struggles. The Democratic governor called transportation infrastructure "one of the largest challenges we face – something that has held us back for decades and that, left unfixed, would hamper our economy for decades to come. ...
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5 museum exhibitions to be shown at select US cinemas
NEW YORK (AP) — The exhibition "Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs" at New York's Museum of Modern Art is coming to the big screen for one day on Jan. 13.
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Foreign investors add Indian online property portals to shopping cart
File photo of labourers working at a construction site of a high-rise residential building in central MumbaiBy Aditi Shah NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian businessman Navin Bhartia's Internet habits make him a dream customer for billionaire foreign media moguls like Rupert Murdoch. The 45-year-old from Kolkata likes to buy homes online, sometimes without visiting them. In the last four years, he has bought five properties for 40 million rupees ($641,900) on Proptiger.com, partly owned by Murdoch's News Corp. Foreign investors like Murdoch have already put more than $200 million into portals that help people like Bhartia buy homes. ...
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Oil holds above $51 as traders search for floor
A man fills up his car at a petrol station in RomeBy Alex Lawler LONDON (Reuters) - Oil held above $51 a barrel on Thursday, supported by a surprise drop in U.S. inventories, as bulls and bears searched for a floor to the market's second-biggest rout. Crude halted a four-session decline on Wednesday after U.S. crude stockpiles fell and as data showed that the U.S. economy remained resilient amid slowing global growth. Brent crude rose 20 cents to $51.35 by 0621 ET. It dropped as low as $49.66 on Wednesday, the lowest since April 29, 2009. U.S. crude was at $48.84, up 19 cents. ...
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Scientists map genetic diversity of sub-Saharan Africa
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have made the most comprehensive map yet of African genetic variation and say it should help them learn more about the role genes play in diseases such as malaria, hemorrhagic fever and hypertension in populations there. Publishing the findings in the journal Nature on Wednesday, Deepti Gurdasani of Britain's Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, said that despite Africa being the world's most genetically diverse region, relatively little is known about potential genetic risks for disease among its populations. ...
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Review: 'Madagascar' spin-off hatches family fun
This image released by DreamWorks Animation shows Agent Classified, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from, For a movie that's more paint by numbers than Picasso, "Penguins of Madagascar" begins with something completely unexpected: a Werner Herzog voiceover.
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Alessandro Michele confirmed as Gucci's new creative director
Gucci creative director Alessandro MicheleA graduate of the Accademia di Costume e di Moda in Rome, Michele has risen through the ranks at the brand, having joined Gucci in 2002, after a stint at Fendi as Senior Accessories Designer. In September last year he was also given the role of creative director of Richard Ginori, the Italian fine porcelain brand that Gucci acquired in June 2013.
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Netflix's accelerated global rollout catches Wall Street off guard
An illustration photo shows the logo of Netflix the American provider of on-demand Internet streaming media in ParisNetflix Inc's faster-than-expected rollout in overseas markets took most analysts by surprise, setting off a flurry of price target increases on the stock. Shares of the video streaming service, which reported stronger-than-expected quarterly results, rose as much as 19 percent in early trading on Wednesday. The stock has been under pressure in recent months on fears of increased competition from Time Warner Inc's HBO, Amazon.com Inc and Hulu, as well as on-demand offerings from pay TV providers. At least 13 analysts raised their price targets on the stock, after the company said it would complete its expansion into around 200 countries within two years.
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