KUWAIT: The ministry of health on Friday announced 955 persons tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past 24 hours, taking the overall count to 19,564 cases. Nine deaths from COVID-19 took the death toll to 138, said the ministry’s Spokesman Dr Abdullah Al-Sanad in his daily press conference. The new infections include 319 Indians, 196 Egyptians, 139 Kuwaitis and 111 Bangladeshis, Sanad said.Of these cases, 332 were identified in Farwaniya governorate, 197 in Hawally, 188 in Ahmadi, 126 in the Capital and 112 in Jahra, he disclosed. There are 13,911 patients receiving necessary medical care, including 180 at ICUs, he said, noting that 3,888 COVID-19 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, took the overall total to 264,959. Earlier, the ministry of health said 310 coronavirus patients have recovered, bringing the overall tally to 5,515. – KUNA
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JERUSALEM: The United States will allow Americans born in disputed Jerusalem to list Israel as their place of birth on passports and other documents, according to a new policy announced Thursday.The move came a day after the United States amended science accords signed with Israel to apply to institutions in the occupied West Bank. The…
JERUSALEM: The United States will allow Americans born in disputed Jerusalem to list Israel as their place of birth on passports and other documents, according to a new policy announced Thursday.The move came a day after the United States amended science accords signed with Israel to apply to institutions in the occupied West Bank. The changes, enacted days before the US election, appeared to be aimed at shoring up the support of evangelical Christians and other Israel backers.President Donald Trump’s administration broke with decades of US policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in 2017 and later moving the embassy there from Tel Aviv, where most other countries maintain their missions.Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war along with the West Bank, territories the Palestinians seek as part of their future state. Israel considers the entire city its capital while the Palestinians want their own capital in east Jerusalem.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that the new passport policy was in keeping with the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Jerusalem-born Americans will be able to specify either “Israel” or “Jerusalem” as their place of birth on passports and official documents.Those who do not specify their place of birth will be listed as having been born in Jerusalem.Trump released a plan to resolve the Middle East conflict in January that was rejected by the Palestinians.The administration has succeeded, however, in improving ties between Israel and other Arab nations. In recent weeks the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan have agreed to normalize relations with Israel, giving Trump a string of foreign policy achievements ahead of the vote.
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper visited Israel on Thursday and met with top Israeli officials.Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, who visited Washington last week, said he was “deeply appreciative of our dialogue, which has ensured that Israel now has the tools it needs to contend with destabilizing forces in the region.”
MoMA PS1 Board Shifts Leadership, with Longtime Chair Agnes Gund Now Leading DEI Committee
The board of MoMA PS1 in New York will undergo a regime change, as its chair of the past 10 years vacates the position to take on a new role within the institution. Agnes Gund, who has chaired the board from 2010 to 2020, will step down from her post to become the chair of…
The board of MoMA PS1 in New York will undergo a regime change, as its chair of the past 10 years vacates the position to take on a new role within the institution. Agnes Gund, who has chaired the board from 2010 to 2020, will step down from her post to become the chair of PS1’s diversity, equity, and inclusion committee. Sarah Arison, formerly the board’s co–vice chair, will become the chair of the museum’s board.
Gund, who is also a board member at PS1’s sister institution, the Museum of Modern Art, is one of the most high-profile benefactors of her kind in the United States. The subject of a documentary by her daughter that was released earlier this year, Gund made headlines in 2017 when she sold a $165 million Roy Lichtenstein painting to form the Art for Justice Fund, which supports initiatives focused on mass incarceration, including PS1’s current exhibition “Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration.”
“I am honored to take on this role as Chair of the PS1 Board of Directors, and humbled to continue Aggie Gund’s legacy of inspirational leadership,” Arison said in a statement.
Arison is the founder of National YoungArts Foundation, a grant-making organization that offers funds to emerging artists, and she serves as president of the American Ballet Theater and the chair of the education committee at the Brooklyn Museum, as well as a trustee at MoMA, Lincoln Center, and other institutions. Her position as co–vice chair will be filled by Australian collector and art patron Simon Mordant, who previously served as chairman of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney.
The news comes roughly six months after PS1 said it was undergoing its “most serious financial crisis” ever. In April, the museum furloughed around 70 percent of its workforce. A PS1 spokesperson told ARTnews in September that most of the 47 furloughed workers were brought back, though 18 of them had been laid off.
In the announcement about the board changes, PS1 said it had launched a $5 million fund intended to achieve what it called “long-term fiscal sustainability.” Almost all of those funds have already been raised, with Gund having put up $2.5 million toward the creation of a new program focused on the museum’s relations with its surrounding community.
In a statement, PS1 director Kate Fowle said, “With the support of our Board and generous donors, we aspire to transform PS1 into a generative contemporary art institution that sits at the intersection of local allyship and global connectivity.”
2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost first drive review: An exemplar of luxury – Roadshow
Don’t get too hung up on Rolls-Royce’s theme of “post-opulence;” the new Ghost will definitely make you feel like a million bucks. It might not be as outright imposing as its Cullinan or Phantom siblings, but the 2021 Ghost nevertheless fulfills the mission of a Rolls-Royce: To be the most luxurious car money can buy.In…
Don’t get too hung up on Rolls-Royce’s theme of “post-opulence;” the new Ghost will definitely make you feel like a million bucks. It might not be as outright imposing as its Cullinan or Phantom siblings, but the 2021 Ghost nevertheless fulfills the mission of a Rolls-Royce: To be the most luxurious car money can buy.In fact, that whole “post-opulence” language really just applies to the sedan’s design. The Ghost certainly strikes a commanding pose on the road, but its body is free of unnecessary sculpting, and the brightwork is rather subdued. Of course, the metal vanes in the grille are top-lit with 20 LEDs, so the whole thing has a prominent glow at night. Post-opulence doesn’t mean total restraint, after all.
The 2021 Ghost rides on Rolls-Royce’s modular vehicle platform — the aptly named Architecture of Luxury — that also underpins the Cullinan and Phantom. At 219 inches long, the Ghost is 8 inches longer than a Cullinan, despite the two having identical wheelbases. Not long enough for you? Wait for the Ghost Extended, which adds 6.7 inches of stretch-out room between the front and rear wheels.
Regardless of wheelbase, the Ghost’s interior is nothing short of palatial. Headroom and legroom are generous for all passengers, and from the moment you open the coach doors — which can now be opened and closed electronically, by the way — you’re enveloped in an aura of luxury that you’ll only find in a Rolls-freaking-Royce.Push a button to close the door and sink into the soft, leather chair. Take a brief pause before pushing the engine start button and just take it all in: The open-pore wood, the hand-stitched hides, the real metal finish on the air vents and levers and the impeccable attention to detail. It’s all fantastic, and there isn’t a bad seat in the house.
The cabin’s design is familiar; you’ll notice strong resemblance to the Cullinan and Phantom. But there are a few new touches for the Ghost that give it a slight edge over Rolls’ other vehicles. For starters, there’s the Illuminated Fascia — a lit-up section of the dashboard with the word “Ghost” surrounded by stars. Rolls-Royce says this bit of flair uses more than 90,000 laser-etched dots across the dashboard surface, with 152 LED lights set behind the panel. Want a specific star pattern or a different word displayed here? Not a problem; Rolls-Royce has you covered.
Oh, and don’t worry, Rolls’ super-cool Starlight Headliner makes its way into the new Ghost, too, complete with a shooting star program that’ll send a beam of light across the roof every so often. That’s in addition to requisite Rolls-Royce features like a cooler, champagne flutes, picnic tables, internet-connected tablets and, uh, anything else you could ever want. True story: A Rolls-Royce rep once told me that, as far as interior customization possibilities are concerned, as long as it doesn’t affect the car’s safety systems, the company can probably make it happen if you fork over enough cash.The one complaint I have about the Ghost is that it uses outdated infotainment tech — specifically, a reskinned version of BMW’s iDrive 6 software, though Apple CarPlay is also included (but not Android Auto). The overall menu structure isn’t that difficult to work through, but it’s often quite laggy to respond. Honestly, though, this doesn’t really matter in a Rolls-Royce. The company says its clients don’t care about multimedia tech; that’s not why they’re buying a Ghost in the first place. And considering the average Rolls-Royce owner has roughly 10 cars in their stable, if you’re really concerned about cabin tech, surely one of your other cars can scratch that itch.The Ghost is one of the smoothest-driving cars I’ve ever tested.
Instead, the Ghost’s seriously cool tech is found under the sheet metal. Rolls-Royce calls it the Planar Suspension System, which is comprised of three parts. First, there’s the double-damper front suspension assembly — as in, the dampers have dampers. Next, there’s a stereo camera in the windshield that scans the road ahead and adjusts the suspension for upcoming road-surface changes. Finally, the eight-speed automatic transmission is connected to the car’s onboard GPS to preselect gears based on hills, turns, intersections and the like. All of this works together for one overarching goal: an utterly perfect ride.Does it work? Heck yeah, it does. The Ghost drives like a dream, buttery smooth at all times, virtually flattening the road beneath you — which, considering its 5,628-pound curb weight, isn’t too far of a stretch. But for all its good graces when you’re just wafting along, the Ghost doesn’t lose any of its composure should you chuck it into a corner. I definitely don’t advocate for this kind of behavior while driving a Ghost, as it simply isn’t a car that lends itself to sporty driving. But it’s nice to know that the suspension tech works wonders when the road gets twisty, too. Said another way, you can feel free to push it through bends with the confidence that your passengers won’t spill their Veuve.The Ghost will get up and go, too. Don’t forget, it’s powered by Rolls-Royce’s 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12, with 563 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. Hitting 60 mph takes a scant 4.6 seconds, which is pretty damn quick considering the size of this thing. On the other hand, the Ghost isn’t exactly what I’d call efficient, with EPA ratings of 12 miles per gallon city, 19 mpg highway and 14 mpg combined. Then again, if you can afford one, the fuel cost is hardly an issue.Big luxury, big price tag.
Because it shares a platform with the Cullinan, the Ghost now has all-wheel drive. That not only makes it slightly more agile on the road, it means the Ghost is better suited to driving in inclement weather. Speaking of agility, the Ghost now has rear-axle steering, which virtually shortens the wheelbase while cornering and makes the long sedan far more maneuverable in parking lots — or valet lanes.As far as good-driving luxury barges are concerned, the Bentley Flying Spur is a bit sportier and more eager to be hustled, but the Ghost hands-down takes the cake for overall serenity at speed. And while I’m on the subject of the Bentley, it’s worth pointing out that the Spur is the Ghost’s closest competitor, but again, if you can afford to buy one, you can almost certainly afford to buy both.”Afford” is definitely the word, too; the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost starts at $332,500 and the tastefully spec’d example you see here costs $428,625. As far as buyers are concerned, it’s not a question of whether or not it’s worth it, but whether or not they want it. And considering how lovely the new Ghost is, whether you’re the driver or the one being driven, trust me, you definitely want it.