The angry chef or the Michelin guide: which giant ego are you rooting for? | Dale Berning Sawa

The standoff between Marc Veyrat and the famous guide is about power and who has the last word, says food writer Dale Berning Sawa Marc Veyrat, the French weekly Le Point, saying: Hello, call me back please, its urgent. And when they did, he proceeded to relay, in great, indeed in operatic detail, quite how awful the fallout has been. He has been depressed, he has had dark thoughts. He hasnt been able to sleep or feed himself. He has cried as if his parents had passed away all over again. He has envisaged the very worst. The worst, of course, to his mind, had already happened. The Michelin, he said, would never be able to atone for this terrible …

Mick Jagger Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of singer, songwriter and Rolling Stones front man, Mick Jagger. Father: Basil “Joe” Jagger, a teacher Mother: Eva (Scutts) Jagger Marriages: Jerry Hall (November 21, 1990-August 13, 1999, annulled); Bianca (Pérez Morena De Macías) Jagger (May 21, 1971-November 2, 1979, divorced) Children: with Melanie Hamrick: a son, 2016;with Luciana Gimenez Morad: Lucas, 1999; with Jerry Hall: Gabriel, 1997; Georgia, 1992; James, 1985; Elizabeth, 1984; with Bianca (Pérez Morena De Macías) Jagger: Jade, 1971; with Marsha Hunt: Karis, 1970 Education: Attended the London School of Economics Other Facts:Plays the harmonica, tambourine, guitar and piano. Childhood friends with bandmate Keith Richards. Nominated for 16 Grammy Awards, solo and with The Rolling Stones, and won three. Once …

Montpellier melts under a 45C high as Europe hit by record heatwave

The south of France is like August in Death Valley, officials say, but lessons have been learnt from the deadly summer of 2003 Where shall we put it? asked Luc Gomel, the director of Montpellier zoo. Right on the front gate, to make sure the joggers see it, came the reply from the reception desk. They always complain if bits of the park are shut. Gomel, sweat patches already blotting his armpits in the early morning heat, pinned the red notice to the gatepost. It warned that, because Montpellier was both on red alert for a heatwave and rated as a severe wildfire risk, special measures had been put in place at the zoo. The city, in the Hrault region …

Russia plans to tow a nuclear power station to the Arctic. Critics dub it a ‘floating Chernobyl’

Murmansk, Russia (CNN)Next month, a floating nuclear power plant called the Akademik Lomonosov will be towed via the Northern Sea Route to its final destination in the Far East, after almost two decades in construction. In theory, floating nuclear power plants could help supply energy to remote areas without long-term commitments — or requiring large investments into conventional power stations on mostly uninhabitable land. But the concept of a nuclear reactor stationed in the Arctic Sea has drawn criticism from environmentalists. The Lomonosov platform was dubbed “Chernobyl on Ice” or “floating Chernobyl” by Greenpeace even before the public’s revived interest in the 1986 catastrophe thanks in large part to the HBO TV series of the same name. Rosatom, the state …

Are your tinned tomatoes picked by slave labour?

The long read: How the Italian mafia makes millions by exploiting migrants On 6 August last year, 14 immigrant farmhands in Foggia, on the ankle of the Italian boot, were coming home from a 12-hour shift picking tomatoes in 40C heat. The minibus carrying them was registered in Bulgaria; the driver didnt have a licence or insurance. The seats inside were wooden planks, and it was so crowded that passengers couldnt even see out. The vehicle was travelling at speed when it collided head-on with a truck loaded with tomatoes. After the crash, you could see contorted limbs through the smashed windows. The entire front third of the vehicle was concertinaed and the roof was ripped open. Bags and clothing …

‘Like a horror film’: vast swarms of flies plague Russian villages

Local residents in Urals describe sweeping bucketfuls of dead flies from their homes Villages in Russias Urals region have been invaded by vast swarms of flies that have sparked health concerns and fears for local harvests. You cant hang out your washing to dry or open your windows, let alone go outside, a woman in Lazorevy told state television, which aired images of thick clouds of flies crawling and buzzing through the village. Another local was shown sweeping up piles of dead and dying flies from the floor of his home. Every day or two theres enough to fill a bucket, half a bucket, he said. Residents described scenes as like something from a horror film. (@channelone_rus) June 13, 2019 …

Prince William Fast Facts

Here’s a look at the life of Prince William, who is second in line to the British throne. Father: Charles, Prince of Wales Mother: Diana, Princess of Wales Marriage: Catherine Elizabeth (Middleton) Windsor (April 29, 2011-present) Children: George Alexander Louis, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana and Louis Arthur Charles Education: University of St. Andrews, in Scotland, 2001-2005, MA, Geography; Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, 2006 Military: British Army, Captain-Household Cavalry; Royal Air Force, Lieutenant, 2006-2013 Prince William opens up about loss of his mother Other Facts:He has achieved the highest educational degree, Masters of Arts, of any member of the royal family. During his military career, participated in more than 150 helicopter search and rescue operations. Full title: His Royal Highness Prince William …

Science institute that advised EU and UN ‘actually industry lobby group’

International Life Sciences Institute used by corporate backers to counter public health policies, says study An institute whose experts have occupied key positions on EU and UN regulatory panels is, in reality, an industry lobby group that masquerades as a scientific health charity, according to a peer-reviewed study. The Washington-based a 2015 email copied to ILSIs then director, Suzanne Harris, and executives from firms such as Coca-Cola and Monsanto, ILSIs founder Alex Malaspina, a former Coca-Cola vice-president, complained bitterly about new describes as a longtime scientific and regulatory affairs leader said he expected many nations to follow the new guidelines, adding: We have to consider how to become ready to mount a strong defence. According to ILSIs declared mandatory principles, …

French doctor accused of poisoning patients in order to ‘save’ them

Frdric Pchier denies charge of triggering heart attacks so he could bring patients back to life A French anaesthetist has been accused of giving patients lethal injections to trigger heart attacks in order to pose as a hero for bringing them back to life. Sometimes he failed and seven people died as a result, prosecutors claim. Investigating magistrates have linked Dr Frdric Pchier to the poisoning of 24 patients, aged four to 80, between 2008 and 2016 at two clinics in the eastern city of Besanon, where he practised. On Friday, Pchier, who has denied all the allegations, was freed on conditional release after appealing against a ruling that he should be held in custody until his trial. His defence …

Virtual reality game shows Danish teenagers how to party without a hangover

Online tool will tackle the worst youth alcohol problem in Europe So youre 16 and at a schoolfriends party. Youve had three or four drinks already, and are just starting to feel it. The most popular guy in the class comes up and demands you have another. And then another. What happens next? Rather than finding out in real life, researchers in Denmark, who are trying to cure Europes worst teenage binge-drinking problem, hope the likely consequences can be shown virtually in a game due to launch later this year. Virtual reality can provide a really intense experience, the feeling of actually being there, but without the real-life harm of getting drunk and blacking out, said Gunver Majgaard, a robotics …

German who poisoned colleagues’ sandwiches receives life sentence

Victims of Klaus O suffered serious damage to health from ingesting mercury and lead A German man has been sentenced to life in prison for poisoning his co-workers sandwiches with mercury and other substances over several years, leaving one in a coma and two others with serious kidney damage. A judge at the regional court in Bielefeld, about 330 kilometres (205 miles) west of Berlin, found the 57-year-old defendant guilty on Thursday of attempted murder and gave him the maximum possible sentence. The man, identified only as Klaus O in line with German privacy rules, was arrested in May after surveillance video showed him putting a suspicious powder on a colleagues sandwich at a business in the town of Schloss …