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The logo of Australian casino giant Crown Resorts Ltd adorns the hotel and casino complex in Melbourne, Australia, June 13, 2017. Shares of Crown soared 11% in early trading before settling up 7.5% by mid-afternoon, against a flat overall market (.AXJO). Earlier this year, the NSW inquiry led to the freezing of Crown's licence for a new A$2.1 billion casino tower in Sydney. A third inquiry into Crown's remaining casino, in Perth city, is ongoing. As with the other two, the Melbourne inquiry heard detailed accounts of Crown enabling money laundering and failing to act on regulatory concerns.
Persons: Jason Reed, James Packer, Packer, Crown, John Ayoub, Nathan Bell, Melissa Horne, Horne, Jonathan Barrett, Shashwat Awasthi, Byron Kaye, Sam Holmes, Stephen Coates Organizations: Crown Resorts Ltd, REUTERS, Company, Crown Resorts, Royal Commission, Star Entertainment Group, Wilson Asset Management, Crown, Thomson Locations: Melbourne, Australia, SYDNEY, Crown's Melbourne, Investsmart, New South Wales, NSW, Sydney, Perth city
The military arrested civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and dissolved the country's transitional government on Monday, sparking protests in several cities. KHARTOUM, Sudan - Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok chairs an emergency cabinet session in the capital Khartoum, on October 18, 2021. After a number of coups and a protracted civil war, the south of the country voted for independence and became the separate state of South Sudan in 2011. Wider implications Located in northeast Africa, Sudan is politically important for stability in the Horn of Africa, North Africa and the Sahel. KHARTOUM, Sudan - Sudanese demonstrators take to the streets of the capital Khartoum to demand the government's transition to civilian rule, on October 21, 2021.
Persons: Abdalla Hamdok, Zaynab Mohamed, Mohamed, Omar al, Bashir, Edward Hobey, Verisk, General Abdel Fattah al, Burhan, Mausi, ASHRAF SHAZLY Organizations: AFP, Getty, Reuters, Sudan's, Getty Images Telecommunications, Oxford Economics, Sovereignty, Port Sudan, IMF, Sovereign Council, Human Rights, UAE, Russian Ministry of Defense Locations: KHARTOUM, Sudan, Shajara, Khartoum, Oxford Economics Africa, Khartoum's, Africa, Port, Juba, OMDURMAN, Omdurman, AFP, Democratic, South Sudan, Mausi Segun, Horn of Africa, North Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya, Saudi Arabia, U.S, Israel, Russia, Port Sudan
William Shatner rode horses with Jeff Bezos the day before his Blue Origin launch, his wingman said. William Shatner with his wingman Don DiCostanzo Don DiCostanzoDiCostanzo said he's known Shatner for eight years and that they're good friends. According to DiCostanzo, Shatner spent the day horseback riding with Bezos on the billionaire's ranch. William Shatner sat next to wingman Don DiCostanzo on a plane. Pedego's YouTube video about the Blue Origin launch shows Shatner riding the electric bike after he got off a private jet.
Persons: William Shatner, Jeff Bezos, Don DiCostanzo, Shatner, Captain Kirk, Van Horn, DiConstanzo, Don DiCostanzo Don DiCostanzo DiCostanzo, he's, DiCostanzo, New, we've, Don DiCostanzo Shatner Organizations: Pedego Bikes, Service, Shepard, Origin, Pedego, DiCostanzo, New Shepard, Origin's, YouTube Locations: New York, Texas, Bezos, Los Angeles
As my friend said, "The way you find out what's cool is someone cooler than you telling you it's cool." But Spotify, along with Netflix and many other digital products that provide personalized media recommendations, failed to realize what my friend already knew: Cool recommendations come from cool people. We're not waiting for anyone to tell us what's cool, Spotify implies. Users don't encounter algorithmic recommendations in a vacuum; their preferences have already been socially shaped at the moment they begin streaming. In the most algorithmically-mediated digital environments, like Netflix, there's nobody cool around to tell you what's cool — just machines mirroring your own past behavior back to you.
Persons: Drew,, we'd, Robert Zatorre, it's, We're, We've, Chris Taylor, Taylor, Taylor —, Pascal Baspeyras, Netflix isn't, Rob Horning, one's inbox, they're Organizations: Service, Spotify, Netflix, MIT, McGill University Locations: Brooklyn, United States
Actor Alec Baldwin fired the prop gun that killed Hutchins after being told it was not loaded, according to authorities. "Rust" was just one of many projects being filmed around the state, which has become a key hub for Hollywood by offering producers a generous 25% to 35% refundable tax credit. A pool of experienced workers has helped attract Hollywood to the state, filmmakers and TV executives say. About 9,000 people who live in New Mexico work in the industry, earning an average salary of $56,000, according to the New Mexico Film Office. Forty-eight movies and TV shows were produced in New Mexico in September, state statistics showed.
Persons: Alec Baldwin, Halyna Hutchins, Adria Malcolm, Hutchins, Bill Horn, ViacomCBS, Horn, Christoph Waltz, Willem Dafoe, Rachel Brosnahan, Jimmy Stewart's, Butch Cassidy, Tom Hanks, Jesse Casias, Jon Hamm, John Slattery, Slattery, Lisa Richwine, Daniel Wallis Organizations: REUTERS, Adria, Hollywood, Santa Fe, Netflix Inc, Comcast, New, New Mexico Film, Netflix, Sony Corp, Paramount Pictures, International Alliance, Fox, Sundance, Albuquerque Studios, AMC, Thomson Locations: State, New Mexico, Santa Fe , New Mexico, U.S, Santa, Albuquerque, Laramie, Old, Belen
The vetting procedures and the deliberations over the fate of the evacuees were described by nearly a dozen officials on condition of anonymity. Former President Donald J. Trump claimed to Fox News last month that there were “absolutely” terrorists and “very bad people” among the evacuees. This week, some House Republicans mounted fresh claims that the Biden administration is bringing tens of thousands of Afghan evacuees to the United States without screening them. Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, who leads the U.S. Northern Command, has told reporters that the crime rate among the evacuees has been lower than the American average. Many faced particular danger because they had worked for the United States during the conflict and were trying to get out with their families.
Persons: Biden, Donald J, Trump, , Tom Cotton, ” Emily Horne, , Glen D, VanHerck Organizations: Fox News, Republican, Republicans, Biden, National Security Council, U.S . Northern Command Locations: Afghanistan, American, Arkansas, United States, Kabul
REUTERS/Wolfgang RattayBRUSSELS, Oct 21 (Reuters) - EU leaders on Thursday will debate their response to soaring energy prices, which have exposed familiar rifts over the bloc's climate change goals and divided countries on whether the price crunch warrants an overhaul of EU energy market rules. read moreMost EU countries have already drawn up emergency action plans to shield consumers from the price spike, including energy tax cuts and subsidies for poorer households, and on Thursday leaders will encourage others to follow suit. Countries including Spain, Italy and Greece want the EU to respond with regulatory changes. They propose joint gas buying among EU countries to form strategic reserves, and decoupling European electricity prices from the cost of gas-fuelled generation. The Commission said gas prices were expected to stabilise at a lower level by April.
Persons: Wolfgang Rattay BRUSSELS, Thursday's, Kate Abnett, Marine Strauss, John Chalmers, Nick Macfie Organizations: REUTERS, EU, Reuters, Member State, Thomson Locations: Bad Honnef, Bonn, Germany, Brussels, Russia, Spain, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Poland
The two photographs show both men wearing navy space suits emblazoned with their respective names along with the logo for the space flight company founded by Bezos, Blue Origin. Shatner’s face was later superimposed into another image, wearing the Blue Origin jacket worn by Bezos. Direct links to the official Jeff Bezos and William Shatner crew images can be seen (here), (here). A side-by-side image of Jeff Bezos and William Shatner wearing the exact same Origin Blue space suits is not proof that space flight does not exist. The image of Shatner was digitally altered, and was not an official photograph released by Blue Origin.
Persons: Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, Shatner, Bezos, , Mark Ralston, CBS's, Captain James Kirk, Shepard, Read Organizations: Facebook, Origin, Reuters, Agence France, Presse, Washington Post, , Trek, Shepard Locations: AFP, Hollywood , California, France, Van Horn , Texas
The soft-spoken Hollywood firebrand wonders where the executives with both creative and commercial instincts have gone. Robinov, who is working with Ben Affleck, Robert Rodriguez, and others on a handful of new projects, said Hollywood can be a great business again. The former Warner Bros. film chief exited in 2013 and founded independent film and TV production company Studio 8. It takes more than money to attract talent, he noted — given the variety of deep-pocketed tech players now operating in Hollywood, talent goes where it can find the most welcoming environment. "The current cycle is streaming, streaming, streaming," and "consolidation, consolidation," as evidenced by CAA's acquisition of rival talent agency ICM.
Persons: Jeff Robinov, Robinov, Ben Affleck, Robert Rodriguez, Jeff Robinov burnished, Harry Potter, Christopher Nolan's, he's, Affleck, Noah Oppenheim, Jackie, Steven Soderbergh, Feelgood, Sean Penn, Alfonso Cuarén, Sue Kroll, Kevin Winter, Scarlett Johansson's, HBO Max, Tenet, Christopher Nolan, Nolan, creatives, Alan Horn, Les Moonves, Donna Langley, Toby Emmerich, David Zaslav, Nielsen, David Fincher's, it's Organizations: Warner Bros, NBC, Hollywood, Disney, Warners, HBO, Universal, Warner, CBS, Entertainment, Warner Bros . Pictures, AMC Networks, Netflix, ICM Locations: creatives, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Texas
The first time Adam Granduciel hinted at a possible career change, he tossed it off as a humorous aside. “Basically my whole family are educators,” he said in a video interview last month from his Los Angeles home. Who knows?”The second time — a week later, calling from a parked car outside the warehouse where he had been rehearsing with his bandmates — he dug deeper. Like, is this the last record?” It was a thought exercise more than a declaration of intent, but striking to hear from a presumed lifer at the top of his game. By conventional measures, Granduciel — the 42-year-old frontman and primary creative force behind the War on Drugs, a once-scrappy indie band that he started in Philadelphia in 2005 — is a modern-day rock star.
Persons: Adam Granduciel, , , ambivalently, , Granduciel, it’s Locations: Los Angeles, California, Philadelphia
Ron Watkins in a video said he would be running for Congress in Arizona as a Republican. Watkins has long been rumoured to be the man behind the QAnon movement. A statement of intent to run was filed with state authorities using an email address associated with Watkins. The 8chan messaging board became a notorious hub for conspiracy theorists and far-right extremists during Watkins' time as administrator. A recent HBO documentary, "Q: Into the Storm", posits that the real identity of "Q" was likely Watkins.
Persons: Ron Watkins, Watkins, Dylan Rosenblatt, Mike Rothschild, Arizona's, Tom O'Halleran, Tom Horne, Kari Lake, Donald Trump, Trump, Biden Organizations: Republican, Service, Washington DC, NPR, NBC, GOP, HBO, 8chan, Trump Locations: Arizona, Washington, Japan, Maricopa County
Dave Chappelle May Help Tame Wokeness
  + stars: | 2021-10-14 | by ( Peggy Noonan | )   time to read: +1 min
“I hope I never recover from this,” William Shatner said after the capsule set down in scrub near Van Horn, Texas. “I hope I can maintain what I feel now, I don’t want to lose it,” he told Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos. I watched the launch and touchdown on TV, was surprised to be moved, and near the end walked toward the screen to miss nothing. Over 3½ hours I checked my watch only once, at 10:05, hoping there was more time and it wasn’t about to end. I used to do that when “The Sopranos” first aired, hoping there were 20 minutes left and not eight.
Persons: Kirk, ” William Shatner, He’d, , , Jeff Bezos Organizations: Blue Locations: Van Horn , Texas
U.S. donates 17 million J&J doses to African Union
  + stars: | 2021-10-14 | by ( Steve Holland | )   time to read: +2 min
The meeting with Kenyatta at the White House marked Biden's first as president with an African leader. The United States and Kenya have long cooperated on economic and security initiatives including counterterrorism. Biden said the 17 million doses will be in addition to 50 million the United States has already donated to the African Union. The donation of the vaccine doses will help the African Union's own regional procurement of J&J via the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust, the White House said. The 17 million doses of J&J are available for delivery immediately and will be delivered to the African Union in the coming weeks, the White House said.
Persons: Thomas Mukoya WASHINGTON, Joe Biden, Uhuru Kenyatta, Johnson, Kenyatta, Biden, drugmakers, John Nkengasong, Steve Holland, Nandita Bose, Heather Timmons, Alistair Bell Organizations: Bissil Health, REUTERS, Kenyan, African Union, Kenya, . Security, United, Trust, World Health Organization, COVID, Thomson Locations: Iibissil, Kajiado county, Kenya, United States, Africa, COVID, U.S, Horn of Africa
Joining Shatner for what is expected to be a roughly 10-minute journey are former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen, clinical research entrepreneur Glen de Vries and Blue Origin vice president and engineer Audrey Powers. The four crew members went through training on Tuesday and the mission team completed a flight-readiness evaluation to ensure "all systems are go for launch," Blue Origin said on Twitter. Blue Origin had a successful debut space tourism flight on July 20, with Bezos and three others aboard, flying to the edge of space and back on a trip lasting 10 minutes and 10 seconds. Bezos, the Inc (AMZN.O) founder and current executive chairman, formed Blue Origin two decades ago. Branson inaugurated his space tourism service on July 11, riding along on a suborbital flight with six others aboard his company's VSS Unity rocket plane.
Persons: William Shatner, Mario Anzuoni VAN, Jeff Bezos's, Shatner, Van Horn, Chris Boshuizen, Glen de Vries, Audrey Powers, New Shepard, Wally Funk, James T, Kirk, Elon Musk's, Richard Branson's, Branson, Mike Blake, Eric M, Johnson, Will Dunham Organizations: REUTERS, Billionaire U.S, Shepard, NASA, Blue Origin, Twitter, Inc, Enterprise, CBS, Elon, Elon Musk's SpaceX, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc, VSS Unity, SpaceX, International Space Station, U.S . Federal Aviation Administration, Thomson Locations: Agoura , California, Mario Anzuoni VAN HORN , Texas, Texas, Van, Seattle
It will mark the second of what Blue Origin hopes will be many space tourism launches, carrying wealthy customers and thrill seekers to the edge of space. On Blue Origin's website, it states the following criteria for passengers:You must be 18 years of age or older. Blue Origin passengers could experience up to 5.5Gs, which can also make it difficult to breathe or move their hands and arms. The essay states that many of its signatories "say they would not fly on a Blue Origin vehicle." But Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic also plan to parlay their technologies into other ventures.
Persons: William Shatner —, Captain Kirk, Jeff Bezos, Shatner, Bezos, Chris Boshuizen, Glen de Vries, who'll, Audrey Powers, Blue, New Shepard, Wally Funk, Shepard, CNN's Anderson Cooper, shouldn't, Dorit Donoviel, TRISH, Donoviel, , Powers, Erica Hill, I've, They'll, they'll, Origin's, Richard Branson, NASA —, It's Organizations: CNN, Shepard, Amazon, Planet Labs, SpaceX, Institute, Space Health, Baylor College of Medicine, NASA, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, Virgin Locations: York, West Texas, New, , Texas, Van Horn, El Paso ., United States
Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin is set to launch its New Shepard rocket for the fifth time this year on Wednesday, and Canadian actor William Shatner will join the second crewed spaceflight for the company. Called NS-18, this New Shepard mission will carry a crew of four: Shatner, Blue Origin VP of mission and flight operations Audrey Powers, Planet Labs co-founder Chris Boshuizen and Medidata co-founder Glen de Vries. The record was previously held by aerospace pioneer Wally Funk, who at 82 flew on Blue Origin's first crewed launch in July. This photo provided by Blue Origin, Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket sits on a spaceport launch pad near Van Horn, Texas, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Blue Origin | Reuters
Persons: Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, Shepard, Shatner, Audrey Powers, Chris Boshuizen, Glen de Vries, Kirk, Wally Funk, New Organizations: Shepard, Planet Labs, New Shepard, Blue, Origin, Reuters Locations: West Texas, U.S, Texas, Van Horn , Texas
As one of four passengers selected for the flight, Shatner, at age 90, is poised to become the oldest person ever to venture into space. Demonstrating safety and lowering ticket costs are crucial in tapping a nascent space tourism market that, according to UBS, could reach an annual value of $3 billion in a decade. Blue Origin, founded by Bezos in 2000, promised to investigate any claims of misconduct and defended its safety record, calling New Shepard "the safest space vehicle ever designed or built." Branson inaugurated his space tourism service on July 11, riding along on a suborbital flight with six others aboard his company's VSS Unity rocket plane. SpaceX debuted its space tourism business by flying the first all-civilian crew to reach Earth's orbit in a three-day flight ending Sept. 18.
Persons: VAN HORN, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, Shatner, Captain James T, Kirk, Van Horn, NBC's, I'm, Elon Musk's, Richard Branson's, Shepard, Wally Funk, Chris Boshuizen, Glen de Vries, Audrey Powers, Bezos, New Shepard, Branson, Musk, Mike Blake, Steve Gorman, Eric M, Johnson, Will Dunham Organizations: Origin, Enterprise, Shepard, Elon, Elon Musk's SpaceX, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc, UBS, Inc, NASA, U.S . Federal Aviation Administration, VSS Unity, SpaceX, Tesla Inc, Space Station, Thomson Locations: VAN HORN , Texas, Texas, Van, Los Angeles, Seattle
Media veteran Alan Horn to retire as Disney Studios head
  + stars: | 2021-10-12 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
Alan Horn, Chairman of Walt Disney Studios, poses for photographers as he arrives for the National Board of Review Awards gala in New York City, New York, U.S., January 8, 2019. A former U.S Air Force captain, Horn joined Disney in 2012 and led the integration of Marvel Studios, home to some of the biggest box-office successes worldwide. Disney named Horn chairman of Disney Studios in 2012 but he started splitting duties along with longtime executive Alan Bergman in the last two years. Horn led the unit as its chief creative officer most recently. Before joining Disney, Horn was credited with the success of the Harry Potter and Batman franchises, "Seinfeld" and "The Shawshank Redemption".
Persons: Alan Horn, Mike Segar, Walt Disney, Horn, Bob Chapek, Bob Iger, Alan Bergman, Harry Potter, Alan Braverman, Disney's, Zenia Mucha, Gary Marsh, Eva Mathews, Saumyadeb Organizations: Walt Disney Studios, National Board, REUTERS, Walt Disney Co's, U.S Air Force, Disney, Marvel Studios, Disney Studios, Batman, Disney Branded Television, Thomson Locations: New York City , New York, U.S, Bengaluru
Longtime Disney Studio Head Alan Horn to Depart
  + stars: | 2021-10-11 | by ( Erich Schwartzel | )   time to read: 1 min
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One of Hollywood’s senior statesmen announced his retirement on Monday, adding to a startling changing of the guard at the Walt Disney Company. Alan F. Horn, 78, will step down on Dec. 31 as chief creative officer of Disney Studios Content, a division that includes Marvel, Lucasfilm, Searchlight Pictures, Pixar, 20th Century Studios and Disney’s traditional animation and live-action movie operations. “It’s never easy to say goodbye to a place you love, which is why I’ve done it slowly,” Mr. Horn said in a statement. “But with Alan Bergman leading the way, I’m confident the incredible Studios team will keep putting magic out there for years to come.” Mr. Bergman, a steady hand at Disney’s movie division since 1996, succeeded Mr. Horn as chairman of Disney Studios Content last year. Mr. Bergman, 55, called Mr. Horn “one of the most important mentors I’ve ever had.”Mr. Horn’s retirement adds to brain drain at the world’s largest entertainment company as a new generation of executives rise to power — led by Bob Chapek, who became chief executive last year.
Persons: Alan F, Horn, It’s, ” Mr, Alan Bergman, Mr, Bergman, I’ve, , Bob Chapek Organizations: Walt Disney Company, Disney Studios, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Searchlight Pictures, Pixar, Century Studios
William Shatner's much-anticipated trip to the edge of space will have to wait a day because high winds in west Texas prompted spaceflight company Blue Origin to postpone the voyage. Originally scheduled for Tuesday, the launch from the spaceport in Van Horn, Texas, will now take place at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Blue Origin said in a statement Sunday. "As part of today's Flight Readiness Review, the mission operations team confirmed the vehicle has met all mission requirements and astronauts began their training today," Blue Origin said. Amazon's executive chairman, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Blue Origin, tweeted that Shatner is described by the word "Legend." In July Bezos himself took the company's official inaugural trip to space alongside his brother and two other people.
Persons: William Shatner's, Van Horn, William Shatner, Christopher Polk, NBCUPhotoBank Shatner, Audrey Powers, Blue, Glen de Vries, Chris Boshuizen, Shatner, Jeff Bezos, Bezos Organizations: Origin, Weather Service, Shepard Locations: Texas, Van Horn , Texas, Van, Beverly Hills, Calif
Winds delay Blue Origin's space launch with Shatner
  + stars: | 2021-10-10 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
William Shatner tours the launch tower with Blue Origin's Sarah Knights at Launch Site One near Van Horn, Texas, U.S. in an undated still image from video. Blue Origin/Handout via REUTERSOct 10 (Reuters) - Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin said on Sunday it had pushed this week's launch target of its New Shepard vehicle to Wednesday, delaying "Star Trek" actor William Shatner's sojourn to the edge of space by a day. "Due to forecasted winds on Tuesday, October 12, Blue Origin's mission operations team has made the decision to delay the launch of NS-18 and is now targeting Wednesday, October 13," the company said in a statement. Best known as Captain Kirk in the original "Star Trek" television series, Shatner will be part of a four-person crew aboard the suborbital NS-18 mission. The 90-year-old actor is flying as a guest of Blue Origin, but the company has said that it has also sold nearly $100 million in tickets to paying customers.
Persons: William Shatner, Sarah, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner's, Captain Kirk, Shatner, Vishal Vivek, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: Sarah Knights, REUTERS, Origin, Shepard, Bezos, Thomson Locations: Van Horn , Texas, U.S, Bengaluru
In our research, we define infrastructure as the most efficient mechanism through which a society stores or distributes value. Schools are the most efficient medium to distribute knowledge, once there’s demand for workers with knowledge and skills. In Afghanistan, there was too much infrastructure and too little value, as the recent report from the Special Investigator General for Afghanistan Reconstruction makes clear. Two hospitals that cost $18.5 million to build operated at costs higher than what the Afghanistan government could sustain. Ryan Crocker, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, said, “The biggest lesson learned for me is, don’t do major infrastructure projects” in Afghanistan.
Persons: we’ve, Ryan Crocker, , it’s, Roshan Organizations: United, Railway, Kenya “, Afghanistan Reconstruction, U.S, Samsung, LG, Hyundai, Kia, South, U.S . Agency for International Development, America Locations: Afghanistan, United States, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Mombasa, Nairobi, Kenya, U.S, , Korea, South Korea, Washington
William Shatner Anjali Sundaram | CNBCScience fiction will soon become reality, as William Shatner is scheduled to launch on the next crewed spaceflight of Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin. Blue Origin plans to fly the Canadian actor, who famously played Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek television series, as one of the passengers on the company's New Shepard rocket. Blue Origin’s New Shepard crew (L-R) Oliver Daemen, Jeff Bezos, Wally Funk, and Mark Bezos pose for a picture near the booster after flying into space in the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket on July 20, 2021 in Van Horn, Texas. Joe Raedle | Getty ImagesA trip on Blue Origin's New Shepard lasts about 10 minutes from liftoff to landing. The New Shepard Blue Origin rocket lifts-off from the launch pad carrying Jeff Bezos along with his brother Mark Bezos, 18-year-old Oliver Daemen, and 82-year-old Wally Funk prepare to launch on July 20, 2021 in Van Horn, Texas.
Persons: William Shatner Anjali Sundaram, William Shatner, Jeff Bezos, Kirk, Chris Boshuizen, Glen de Vries, James T, Shepard, Shatner, Wally Funk —, Origin’s, Oliver Daemen, Wally Funk, Mark Bezos, Bezos, Joe Raedle Organizations: CNBC, Star Trek, Shepard, Planet Labs, Kirk CBS, Getty Locations: Van Horn , Texas, U.S
The Last Jew of Afghanistan is gone, and everyone is glad to be rid of him. Zebulon Simentov, Afghanistan’s only remaining Jew, escaped three weeks ago after refusing early opportunities to flee Kabul amid this summer’s American withdrawal. He described his experience with the Last Jew as “two weeks of being a shrink.” Mr. Simentov’s wife finally received her divorce just this week. The story of Mr. Simentov, whose name incongruously means “good omen,” was primarily presented as a moment of lightness amid the horrors of the Taliban takeover. This was also true when Mr. Simentov appeared in the news in the early years of the American occupation nearly 20 years ago.
Persons: Zebulon Simentov, Simentov, , Mr, Simentov’s, Mel Brooks, Muammar el Organizations: Associated Press Locations: Afghanistan, Kabul, Israel, American, Libyan, Tripoli
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