China Moves to Sideline Underground Bishop, His Colleagues Say

China Moves to Sideline Underground Bishop, His Colleagues Say Photo A Palm Sunday Mass at an underground church near Shijiazhuang, China, last year. The Roman Catholic Church in China is divided between churches loyal to Rome and those approved by Beijing. Credit Kevin Frayer/Getty Images The authorities are trying to keep out of the public eye during Easter week an underground Chinese bishop at the center of a controversial deal between Beijing and the Vatican, according to people working in his office.
A Rome-based news agency has reported that Guo Xijin was briefly detained on Monday because he refused to celebrate the upcoming Easter Mass with the government-approved bishop, but people working in his parish office said the aim was to keep him out of the spotlight during the days around Easter, which is celebrated this coming Sunday.
Bishop Guo, 59, of the Mindong diocese in central-eastern China, was taken to the city of Xiamen. He was allowed to return home on Wednesday for famil..

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New Creative Time Leader From Dallas Contemporary

Creative Time, the New York-based nonprofit arts organization that is known for large-scale public art projects, has chosen Justine Ludwig, who has served as deputy director and chief curator at Dallas Contemporary, as its next executive director.
The appointment ends a nine-month search for a new leader at Creative Time. Ms. Ludwig is to take up the post on June 15.
Her predecessor, Katie Hollander, a Creative Time veteran, was chosen in 2016 to fill the shoes of the organization’s longtime, Anne Pasternak, who departed for the Brooklyn Museum. Ms. Hollander left Creative Time in June after a year and a half as executive director.
“We are thrilled to be working with Justine,” Jon Neidich, Creative Time board member and head of the search committee, said in a statement. Her “commitment to social justice and devotion to the realization of artists’ dreams make her the perfect person to further Creative T..

Melrose takeover offer approved in GKN shareholder vote

Today's shareholder vote brings the months-long saga to an end
GKN investors have voted to approve a takeover bid by turnaround specialist Melrose.
Shares in GKN surged by more than 5.5 per cent after the results of the vote were announced, with Melrose's offer gaining approval with 52.4 per cent in favour of the bid. Melrose's stock went up more than 1.3 per cent. Melrose chairman Christopher Miller said: “We are delighted and grateful to have received support from GKN shareholders for our plan to create a UK industrial powerhouse with a market capitalisation of over £10bn and a tremendous future. We are looking forward to working with GKN's talented workforce and to delivering for customers and all stakeholders. Melrose has made commitments as to investment in research and development, skills and people and we are very excited about putting these into action.”
The investment group made those commitments in response to demands by business secretary Greg Clark ea..

Amazon becomes new broadcast sponsor for The Great British Bake Off in £5m deal

'We’re looking forward to working with Amazon as we build towards the launch of one of the biggest TV events of the year'
Amazon has been announced as the new broadcast sponsor for the second series of Channel 4’s The Great British Bake Off in a deal reported to be worth around £5m.
The sponsorship also extends across The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, any festive episodes and Bake Off: The Professionals.
Last year’s sponsors were Lyle’s Golden Syrup and Dr. Oetker, marking the first time the popular baking programme had received sponsorship following its move from the commercial free BBC to Channel 4.
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Yulia Skripal, Poisoned Daughter of Ex-Spy, Out of Critical Condition

Yulia Skripal, Poisoned Daughter of Ex-Spy, Out of Critical Condition Photo A picture of Yulia Skripal obtained from her Facebook account. She “continues to receive expert clinical care 24 hours a day,” a hospital statement said. Credit via Associated Press LONDON — Yulia Skripal, who was found poisoned on a park bench in a small English city earlier this month along with her father, the former Russian spy Sergei V. Skripal, is showing improvement and is no longer in critical condition, the hospital that is treating her said on Thursday.
The British authorities have blamed Russia for the poisoning, which they say was carried out with a deadly nerve agent developed by Soviet scientists and known as a “novichok.” The attack has significantly raised tensions between the West and Russia, which has denied any involvement.
“I’m pleased to be able to report an improvement in the condition of Yulia Skripal,” Dr. Christine Blanshard, the medical director for Salisbury District Hospital, said in..