Book-pricing saga enters closing chapter

first_imgThe institution is preparing to outlaw two price-fixing pacts between publishers and retailers, six months after issuing a statement of objections to the deals arguing that they breached EU competition rules.The parties to the book pacts submitted a 400-page reply to Competition Commissioner Karel van Miert, claiming that abolition of the price-fixing deals would lead to the destruction of large parts of the market for German language literary works, and put small booksellers at the mercy of bigger competitors able to slash prices.The industry maintains that the diversity of titles available in bookshops shrinks when pricing agreements are abandoned, pointing to developments in the UK and US since they ended the system to support its claims. It will get another chance to argue its case at a special hearing later this month with Commission and member state competition experts. But a spokesman for Van Miert said the institution had not changed its mind, adding that it would be ready to give a final ruling onthe price pacts “soon after” the hearings. Other sources, however, suggested that the parties could play for extra time by changing the substance of their agreements, forcing the Commission to rewrite its original statement of objections issued in January.“The hearings will give the chance for an exchange of views, but the Commission’s views are pretty much unchanged,” said the spokesman. “The statement of objections we put out is our full opinion. It is clear that to avoid a negative decision they would have to change the schemes, although this does not rule out there being schemes that could be approved.”However, industry groups, including the German Writers’ Association, have already attacked Van Miert’s proposal for a writers’ support fund to combat any threat to the future of German language literary works.Association chairman Fred Breinersdorfer pointed out that such a scheme would require the creation of a censoring body to decide which books would receive funding.The Commission began its probe into the pricing pacts between Germany and Austria six years ago following a string of complaints from libraries in both countries, as well as Libro, a 200-strong chain of Austrian shops.Van Miert has always argued that the UK and US markets have flourished since similar price-fixing deals were ended. Critics of such agreements point out that member states like France, the Netherlands and Spain, where markets are still protected, have been unable to prevent the death of small booksellers.last_img read more

‘Pampered youth’ behind Brussels attacks

first_imgThe leader of Belgium’s largest political party on Wednesday said he was tired of hearing that society had failed those behind terrorist attacks such as the one in Brussels that claimed 31 lives.Bart de Wever, head of the Flemish nationalist N-VA and the mayor of Antwerp, said it made him angry that “such people, born here, act like this, people we pampered throughout their lives, far more than they would have been anywhere else in the world.”De Wever told the broadcaster VTM that terror suspects “often continue to enjoy support within their own community.” He said that Antwerp was taking additional security measures in the wake of the Brussels attacks, but refused to go into details. Also On POLITICO Brussels sketch Belgium is a failed state By Tim Kinglast_img read more

Höegh names SSL in Finland

first_imgThe shipping line has a longstanding relationship with SSL, having acted as Höegh’s agent in Sweden and Norway for several years. SSL will now open a branch office in Helsinki and has appointed Petri Kalkkinen as general manager.  “This new office will enable us to strengthen our organisation and business in the Finnish market,” says SSL managing director Joachim Lagerstedt. “This is another step in our strategy to develop the Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics services by being closer to the customers and markets.” www.scandinavianshipping.selast_img read more

Jimmy Fallon calls blackface ‘SNL’ sketch a “terrible decision”

first_imgBy George CostantinoCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. NBC(NEW YORK) — Jimmy Fallon apologized on Tuesday after drawing criticism for appearing in blackface during a Saturday Night Live sketch 20 years ago, calling it a “terrible decision.”The sketch from 2000 featured Fallon portraying comedian and fellow SNL allum Chris Rock during interview with Darrel Hammond as TV host Regis Philbin.  NBC had previously removed the video from its website, but the clip resurfaced on Twitter and YouTube.“In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface. There is no excuse for this,” Fallon wrote on Twitter. “I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.” In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface. There is no excuse for this. I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) May 26, 2020The clip, seems to have resurfaced on the account @chefboyohdear, who drew a comparison between Megyn Kelly, who was fired from NBC in 2018 for appearing to defend blackface Halloween costumes, with Fallon, who “performed on NBC in blackface.”On Tuesday, the hashtag #JimmyFallonIsOverParty began trending on Twitter, with social media users calling to “cancel” Fallon for his impersonation.last_img read more

There’s quite a few Black hockey fans here in Pittsburgh! (June 14, 2017)

first_imgLike us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter BILL NEAL:10—Wish I could tell ya I told you so…wait a minute, I can tell ya I told you so. The Pens win 4 games to 2, just like I said. And yes, you -are-correct…I know nothing about hockey. Pittsburgh, PA, City of Champions…That’s how we roll. Five-time Stanley Cup Champions!:09—Truth be told, while I do joke about my limited knowledge of hockey, everyone should be reminded there are a fair number of African American hockey players now, and quite a few African American fans. That’s how we roll!:08—Let’s take that walk down memory lane one more time. Flashback with me, if you will.The Banks Brothers were part of all my “4 Guys” back in the day. Johnny “Dr. Curl” Banks, quiet and highly effective…Could play with anybody, anytime, anywhere. And Brother Chuckie…“The Enforcer,” if you will. Scrapper, no nonsense “Bad Boy” who could play. Just saw Chuckie for the first time in about 30 years. Looks great and doing great. And taking care of the grandkids like a good Black man should.:07—I might as well give Reggie Dukes this shout out while I am at it. You know, if I don’t call for “The Dukie Stick” he gets upset. But for real for real…Reggie Dukes was a baller. A very special baller who had all the tools and came very close to an NBA career out of Tulane University. He is 6’4,” 190 pounds, could shoot it on anybody, anywhere. The self-proclaimed youngest cat to play in the Connie Hawkins League and recent Hall of Fame inductee.:06—I went out on a very strong limb here, people. I predicted Golden State would wrap up the NBA Championship on June 12, and they did…LeBron and the Cavs put up a good fight, but KD was just too much for ‘em!:05—For your calendar: Saturday, July 1, it’s a Fourth of July weekend celebration, “Fashion and More…Upstairs at the Savoy!” The fabulous sensation models, New Edition, return to the runway for a sizzling summer fashion event starring national recording artist Jasmine Leonard, spoken words by Michael Smalls and the Dancing Styles by the Roland Ford and the Bill Ford groups. 12 p.m. is the reception, showtime at 1 p.m. Free parking, cash bar, cash kitchen (limited menu), 50/50 raffle, prizes and surprises. Dress to impress and music by DJ Shock. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Proceeds to benefit Achieving Greatness Inc. “Safe Summer” youth programs. Call AGI at 412-628-4856 for information (Now run tell that).:04—The Pittsburgh Pirates…Pittsburgh Pirates…Pirates…Pirates…Pirates…Pirates…:03—On a better note, your Pittsburgh Steelers go to camp in about a month. Yea boy!:02—This just in. Babyface is coming, Babyface is coming, stay tuned!:01—Hey “Braddock Roy”…stop talking and start walking! Give me your list of the ten greatest athletes of all time and we’ll let the people decide whose list is better. C’mon man!:00—GAME OVER.last_img read more

Robert Moreno will publish a statement on Wednesday

first_img 20/11/2019 Rubiales reveals Moreno told RFEF he wants ‘agreed departure’ Robert Moreno hará hoy público un comunicado SPORT have learned that he is ready to give a comment after not speaking following the win over Romania, because he was too emotional about his goodbye.  IN SPORT.ES RELATED STORIES Former Spain coach Robert Moreno will publish, at some point on Wednesda, a statement offering his version of events after the RFEF rehired Luis Enrique in his role on Tuesday. Moreno then sent two lawyers to a meeting with the RFEF instead of attending himself, where they negotiated his exit package. RFEF chief Luis Rubiales and sporting director Jose Francisco Molina then spoke in a press conference, but Moreno was not present there either. Today we will get his version. Upd. on 21/11/2019 at 16:54 CETlast_img read more

Crash driver speeds off after argument

first_imgBy CASEY NEILL A DRIVER slammed into a stationary vehicle and sped away following what appeared to be an argument…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Houses burgled in daylight attacks

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS BURGLARS have smashed into and ransacked two Emerald homes in what is believed to have been daylight…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

New Details About Upcoming NBA Experience at Disney Springs

first_imgThe new NBA Experience will open on the West Side in the summer of 2019. Share This!2019 is going to be a big year at Walt Disney World and one of the new additions, (minus that big carrot at the end of the year, known as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge), is going to be the NBA Experience, which is slated to open at Disney Springs in the location of the former Disney Quest. This new experience will be a one-of-a-kind destination that will feature hands-on activities all with the design of highlighting the excitement of basketball.“Developed with the NBA, and inspired by the league’s 29 arenas around the country, NBA Experience will highlight the heart-pounding action and excitement of the NBA world,” said Stan Dodd, Executive Producer, Walt Disney Imagineering. “From training simulations and clock-racing competitions to fan-favorite NBA moments – we’re bringing new experiences and thrilling games to life to make fans truly feel like a star player.”The NBA Experience will be an immersive place that will allow Guests to do things like:Experience the NBA Draft with a photo moment that recreates the big momentTrack and improve their jump shots and passing skills in a replicated NBA Combine challenge, complete with a scouting report that highlights their stats at the end of the sessionStep onto the court and participate in a series of timed jump shots and hear the roar of the crowdExecute slam dunks which are captured by camerasTest ball-handling skills with an interactive trainerUse an oversized slingshot to launch basketballs at hoops of varying heights, making as many shots as possible before the clock runsLearn the rich legacy and history of NBA and WNBA championship-winning teamsAccess a team locker room with up-to-date statistics of NBA and WNBA playersEnjoy two 180-degree cinematic presentations showcasing the in-arena experience moments, as well as special stories from the players’ perspectivesTake a seat at an interactive multi-screen module to watch replay clips from NBA games and tools to make the right callsPlay interactive basketball games, from Pop-A-Shot to modern video gamesexplore a retail store featuring exclusive NBA-themed merchandise designed by Disneylast_img read more