Controversial US photographer's exhibition in Moscow extended for five more days

© Valery Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. The Moscow exhibition of controversial US photographer Jock Sturges has been prolonged for five more days, till January 13, Kristina Besstrashnova, a spokesperson for the Moscow-based Lumiere Brothers Photography Center, told TASS on Tuesday. "We are prolonging the exhibition till January 13 over its popularity among Muscovites. There were very many guests during the holidays and we have decided to extend it to give a chance to see it to those who was not able to do it during the holidays," she said, adding that exact number of visitors would be made public in a couple of days. Without Embarrassment 2.0 exhibition, offering a retrospective view of works of Jock Sturges, known for his photos of teenage nudity, opened at the Lumiere Brothers Photography Center on December 8, 2017 and was to close on January 8, 2018. The controversial project was to be demonstrated in Moscow in 2016. The exhibition was opened on September 8, 2016 to be ..

Will Trump's culture wars trickle down to Pa.? 2018 races may answer

President Trump has emerged as a culture warrior for nationalism, advocating a more restrictive immigration system, imploring NFL players to stand for the anthem, and pushing to preserve Confederate heritage in the South. But it’s unclear the extent to which Trump’s identity politics — long associated with the left, and criticized by Republicans — have changed social conservatism. Two statewide races this year in Pennsylvania, a state Trump carried in 2016, could help answer that question. In the race for the GOP nomination for governor, social issues that galvanize the religious right, such as abortion and transgender rights, are driving much of the early debate among the four candidates. Members of the state party committee will meet in a few weeks to decide whether to endorse in the May 15 primary. In the U.S. Senate race, however, the front-runner for the Republican nomination built his political career on vehement opposition to illegal immigration, well before Trump made it one of..

Laura Dern Calls Out A Culture Of Silencing Victims In Golden Globes Speech

Laura Dern won a Golden Globe on Sunday for her role as Renata Klein in “Big Little Lies,” and used her moment in front of the microphone to ask those watching to help combat a “culture of silencing” victims. “Many of us were taught not to tattle,” she said. “It was a culture of silencing and that was normalized. I urge all of us to not only support survivors and bystanders ― who are brave enough to tell their truth ― but to promote restorative justice. May we also please protect and employ them.” She added: “May we teach our children that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our culture’s new North Star.” Laura Dern's sensational #GoldenGlobes speech bears repeating: "I urge all of us to not only support survivors and bystanders who are brave enough to tell their truth, but to promote restorative justice." — Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) January 8, 2018One of Hollywood’s most politically outspoken actresses, Dern has been intimately involve..

Iran BANS English classes over 'cultural invasion' fears as tensions with US grow

Islamic leaders have stepped in at a time of growing tensions with the west and Donald Trump’s administration. Tehran has struggled to contain a string of protests about the rising cost of living, blaming the US for stirring up the trouble. And Mehdi Navid-Adham, head of the state-run High Education Council, said that English lessons were now against the law. He said: "Teaching English in government and non-government primary schools in the official curriculum is against laws and regulations. "This is because the assumption is that, in primary education, the groundwork for the Iranian culture of the students is laid.” The teaching of English usually starts in middle school in Iran, around the ages of 12 to 14, but some primary schools, below that age, also have English classes. Some children also attend private language institutes after their school day. And many children from more privileged families attending non-government schools receive English tuition from daycare through high sc..

What's The Difference Between Children's Books In China And The US?

Enlarge this image These are some of the books from the study. From left: The Cat That Eats Letters by Ge Jing. The Foolish Old Man Who Removed The Mountain by Cai Feng. The Jar of Happiness by Aisla Burrows. from left: Shandong Education Press; Shanghai people's Fine Arts Publishing House; Child's Play International. hide caption toggle caption from left: Shandong Education Press; Shanghai people's Fine Arts Publishing House; Child's Play International. What are the hidden messages in the storybooks we read to our kids? That's a question that may occur to parents as their children dive into the new books that arrived over the holidays. And it's a question that inspired a team of researchers to set up a study. Specifically, they wondered how the lessons varied from storybooks of one country to another. For a taste of their findings, take a typical book in China: The Cat That Eats Letters. Ostensibly it's about a cat that has an appetite for sloppy let..

What an ice-skating scandal can teach us about Trump

Gillian Tett January 5, 2018 This month, one thing can be predicted with certainty: as the anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration draws near, a flurry of articles will attempt to explain his rise in terms of history and economics. But if you want to get another framing for our 2018 Trumpian world, I suggest you watch a new film set in the realm of American ice-skating: I, Tonya. For anyone under the age of 30, or who has little interest in winter sports, the name Tonya Harding will not mean much. But many others will recall that Harding was a hugely talented skater who was among the contenders for an Olympic medal at the 1994 Winter games in Lillehammer. Two days before the Olympic trials that year, however, Harding’s main rival in the US team, Nancy Kerrigan, was attacked after a practice session, by an unidentified man, who struck her on the knee with a crowbar. Within days, Harding’s ex-husband, her bodyguard and two other men were being investigated for organising th..

Dow and then: charting market milestones through pop culture, as US index breaches 25000

What do Batman Forever, Cher’s song Believe and the death of Mary Tyler Moore have in common? They all occurred in the same years that the Dow Jones Industrial Average passed major milestones. With the DJIA having breached the 25,000 mark on Thursday for the first time, here are a few more benchmark moments, charted through popular culture: 1,000 points: November 14, 1972.Box office hits that year: The Godfather, Dirty Harry. [embedded content] Top song: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Roberta Flack Also on this day: Britain’s BBC marked the 50th anniversary of its first broadcasts from London. 5,000 points: November 21, 1995Box office hits: Batman Forever, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. Top song on Billboard: Gangsta’s Paradise, Coolio featuring L.V. Also on this day: Shares of Boston Beer Company, which makes Sam Adams, soared on their first day of trading. 10,000 points: March 29, 1999Box office hits: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged ..

Tuberculosis drugs work better with vitamin C: US study

Video PlayerClose WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Tuberculosis patients may have a quicker way to recover. A U.S. new study in mice and in tissue cultures suggested that giving vitamin C with tuberculosis drugs could reduce the unusually long time it took these drugs to eradicate this pathogen. The study was published Wednesday in U.S. journal of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. In the study, investigators treated Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb)-infected mice with anti-tuberculosis drugs and vitamin C together and separately. Vitamin C had no activity by itself, but in two independent experiments, the combination of vitamin C with the first-line TB drugs, isoniazid and rifampicin, reduced the organ burdens faster than the two drugs without vitamin C, it showed. Experiments in infected tissue cultures demonstrated similar results, shortening the time to sterilization of the tissue culture by seven days. "Our study shows that the addition of vitamin C to TB drug treatment potentiat..

You Can Thank Us Later – 3 Ways to Build a Better Company Culture

Company culture plays a huge role in the success of your organization and the development of your employees. In fact, many businesses that suffer from unengaged workers, unproductive environments, and high turnover rates often find that their culture slip-ups are to blame. The truth is that culture and employee engagement go hand in hand. Businesses that do not understand this value and don’t make an effort to create a positive work environment typically find themselves unable to keep talented employees around. On the other hand, businesses with healthy cultures have no problem with this and are 20 percent more profitable. AdvertisementHow to Improve Company CultureWhile it’s important to build a strong business environment right from the start, it is never too late to make positive changes that will help your business in the long run. Here are three critical steps that your business can take to improve company culture. Keep Teams Organized and Connected with AgileDisorganization is mo..

Logan Paul, and the toxic YouTube prank culture that created him, explained

YouTube star Logan Paul, a popular vlogger from a family of popular vloggers, drew a massive backlash on Monday and Tuesday for posting a video showing a dead body he stumbled upon in Japan's notorious "suicide forest." The video, which Paul uploaded on December 31 and ultimately deleted late on January 1, chronicles a visit by Paul and a few companions to Aokigahara Forest, located on the northwestern side of Mt. Fuji. Upon seeing the body, Paul calls out, “Yo, are you alive?” and then, “Are you fucking with us?” He then continues to film his reaction to the discovery, complete with laughter and joking, which he later explains is his way of trying to cope with the shock of the situation. While Paul added a preface to the video before posting it in which he gravelyinsisted that “this is not clickbait,” he also advised viewers to “Buckle the fuck up, because you’re never gonna see a video like this again!” and used a shot of the body for the video’s promotional thumbnail. Despite..

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