U.K. Museum Offers Ethiopia Long-Term Loan of Looted Treasures

U.K. Museum Offers Ethiopia Long-Term Loan of Looted Treasures Photo A crown of gold and gilded copper with glass beads from Ethiopia is among the items in the “Maqdala 1868” exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Credit Victoria and Albert Museum LONDON — Treasures taken by British troops 150 years ago could be returned to Ethiopia on a long-term loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum, the institution’s director said.
A crown, a chalice, a wedding dress and a selection of jewelry are among the items in the museum’s collection that are included in a new exhibition, “Maqdala 1868,” set to open Thursday.
Ahead of the exhibition, which has been organized in consultation with the Ethiopian Embassy in London to observe the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Maqdala, the director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tristram Hunt, told the Art Newspaper that he had made “a clear statement to the ambassador, saying that if Ethiopia is interested in pursuing the long-term loan..

The United States Is Starting a Trade War with China. Now What?

Supported by Business Day The United States is Starting a Trade War with China. Now What? Photo The products targeted by the White House are part of an effort to go after China’s dominance in cutting-edge technologies like semiconductors, electric vehicles and advanced medical products — industries that China is pursuing dominance in as part of an industrial plan known as “Made in China 2025.” Credit Gilles Sabrié/Bloomberg The Trump administration is on the cusp of a trade war with China, one that threatens broad swaths of the United States economy, from soybean farmers to pork producers to automobile and drug makers.
On Wednesday, China threatened to retaliate against many of the American products and industries that President Trump has vowed to protect, hitting back against the administration, which detailed a list of $50 billion in Chinese imports that it plans to tax. China, in response, outlined tariffs on $50 billion worth of American soybeans, cars, chemicals and other goo..

What the ‘Pivot to Video’ Looks Like at Condé Nast

Supported by Style What the ‘Pivot to Video’ Looks Like at Condé Nast It took three men two hours to shoot a 63-second overhead instructional video of Laura Rege, a recipe developer, making a cake for Bon Appétit — what people in the food-video industry call a “hands and pans.”
At the Kitchen Studio, Condé Nast’s new 7,000-square-foot space in Industry City in Brooklyn, four to six of these “hands and pans” videos are shot daily. It is the type of video on which Tasty, BuzzFeed’s famous recipe offshoot, has built a very large audience. Condé Nast’s food brands, Bon Appétit and Epicurious, have heartily embraced the format too.
Now, the company wants to double its current video business. To do so, it will have to move beyond what’s worked in the age of Facebook video, and make something new.
A Less Wasteful Condé NastUntil now, most of Condé Nast’s food videos were made in its test kitchen in the company’s headquarters at One World Trade Center or in Airbnb rentals. But business ha..

Denmark demands former Uber drivers pay millions in unpaid taxes

Only three out of 1,195 Uber drivers in the country had paid the appropriate taxes
Almost 1,200 ex-Uber drivers have been told by Denmark’s tax authorities that they must pay 11.3m Danish Kroner (£1.3m) collectively in additional taxes dating back to 2014 and 2015, after tax avoidance had been found from almost all drivers.
Denmark made it mandatory for taxis and ride hailing vehicles to produce fare meters in February last year, a move which eventually led to Uber pulling out of the country.
An investigation by Denmark’s tax ministry found that only three out of 1,195 Uber drivers in the country had paid the appropriate amounts.
Read more Vauxhall making new investment in Luton despite Brexit uncertainty “There must be room for new digital services to operate in Denmark”, said Denmark’s tax minister Karsten Lauritzen.
“But one of the prerequisites is that, for example, drivers pay taxes like everyone else who earns money in this country”.
Tax authorities in the Netherlands, w..

'Rip-roaring' US economy creates 241,000 more jobs in March, says survey

The American private sector added 241,000 net new jobs in the month according to ADP
The US economy enjoyed another “rip-roaring” month of job creation in March, according to the latest ADP survey.
The National Employment Report estimated that the American private sector added 241,000 net new jobs in the month, following the 246,000 in February.
That was better than the 205,000 Wall Street had been expecting.
Read more US jobs rise at fastest rate in two years in February US jobs report: Five things to watch out for US job growth rebounds sending unemployment rate to near 10-year low “The job market is rip-roaring,” said Mark Zandi, of Moody’s Analytics, on the figures.
“Monthly job growth remains firmly over 200,000, double the pace of labour force growth. The tight labour market continues to tighten.”
The two biggest sectors for jobs growth according to ADP were “professional and business services”, followed by “trade, transport and utilities”.
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Samarkand Journal: Where is Googoosha, the Missing Uzbek First Daughter?

Where is Googoosha, the Missing Uzbek First Daughter? Photo President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan, left, and Almazbek Atambayev, then president of Kyrgyzstan, visiting Islam Karimov’s grave in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, in 2016. Credit Kyrgyzstan Presidency, via Anadolu Agency SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan — Every five to 10 minutes, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week, a fresh group of Uzbek pilgrims troops into the tomb of their late president, the dictator Islam Karimov, to pay homage at his white onyx sarcophagus, and listen to prayers chanted in his honor.
At this point, more than a year after the bejeweled memorial complex to Mr. Karimov opened, one of the few Uzbeks who has not visited is the woman who until recently was Uzbekistan’s most famous person: the late president’s eldest daughter, Gulnara Karimova, 45, who was once talked of as his heir apparent.
Ms. Karimova was also the only family member not to appear at her father’s funeral in 2016 — or at any of the more than 35,000 ..