When Jim Yong Kim announced his surprise resignation in early January, he cited personal reasons for his decision, saying that he wanted to join a "firm" — whose name he did not disclose — and would focus on "infrastructure investments in developing economies." However, in a letter to staff that has been seen as veiled criticism of the organization, the 59-year-old said: "The opportunity to join the private sector was unexpected, but I've concluded that this is the path through which I will be able to make the largest impact on major global issues like climate change and the infrastructure deficit in emerging markets." The fact that the head of the world's most influential development and infrastructure-building agency has been voting with his feet appears rather revealing for the World Bank's diminishing role in an increasingly multipolar world. Watch video 01:29 Share New BRICS bank 'open for business' Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr … [Read more...] about World Bank President Jim Yong Kim bows out as the development lender looks for relevance
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WHETHER you're a karaoke aficionado or you're organising a house party, when buying your own machine, you need to know you're getting the best option for you. Depending on your needs, the best karaoke machines can simply act as a speaker for your TV or laptop - or they can be used to create entire productions. What is the best karaoke machine for home use? A Karaoke machine can brighten up any party whether you're with friends or your family. If you don't have much space, it's probably best to pick one that is portable and comes with extra features like fun LED lights, or a set of mics you can share during duets with friends. For anyone looking for something even more simple or for those who already have a speaker, you can just look for a microphone that comes with it. It's also usually a cheaper option than buying a full kit. What are the easiest karaoke songs? Classics are some of the most played songs at karaoke parlours across the country. Think “I Wanna Dance … [Read more...] about Best Karaoke machines: The best singing machines to buy in 2019
To leave or not to leave It's still the same old question. For Boris Johnson and the Conservatives, the central message of the whole campaign is clear — "Get Brexit Done." The currently ruling Conservatives are eager to capitalize on impatience among a large part of the electorate 3 1/2 years on from the referendum. They have pledged that Britain will leave the EU on January 31 next year — albeit with a transition period until the end of 2020. Question marks remain over any trade deal. Some within the party would prefer a hard form of Brexit that would prioritize a trade deal with the United States over maintaining close relations with Europe. Read more: UK election campaign: Who wants what on EU issues? The Labour Party fears losing voters in parts of the country that voted for Brexit in 2016 — particularly in the north and Midlands — if it adopts an anti-Brexit strategy. Instead, its policy since the referendum has been one of … [Read more...] about UK election: What are the big issues?
Q: Please could you recommend great lesbian literary fiction for someone who has read all the obvious? Anonymous, thirtysomething, south-east England A: Emma Donoghue, playwright and novelist, writes: Oh dear, yours is an intimidating question. Well, if any of my recommendations are what you’d call obvious, maybe we can agree that they’re good, at least. You’ll have read every word of the holy trinity (Sarah Waters, Ali Smith and Jeanette Winterson), but what about Jackie Kay’s Trumpet? Crossing the Irish Sea, Sally Rooney’s Conversations With Friends? You’d probably enjoy Sara Collins’s genre-blending (historical/queer/crime) The Confessions of Frannie Langton – I lapped that one up. Angela Chadwick’s XX isn’t exactly literary, but it is a page-turningly plausible tale of the first two-ovum baby and the cultural ructions it causes. Getting very literary again, from Canada (where I live) I’d fervently recommend Ann-Marie … [Read more...] about Christmas book clinic special – our experts’ gift ideas
I’ll never forget the day my parents told me that they were getting divorced. It was the late 90s, I was 11, and I had returned from school clutching an oil pastel copy of Picasso’s Woman In A Hat (Olga), 1935, which I had made in art class for reasons now lost to the mists of time. I was excited to show it to them. Instead, they told me I should sit down, and that their marriage was ending. It didn’t seem appropriate to show off my picture after that. Seven years later, I saw the painting in real life at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, learning, in a twist of synchronicity, that Picasso had painted this sad, unflattering portrait of his first wife shortly after their marriage had collapsed. Olga left Picasso, and my mother left my father, though it was Dad who moved out of the family home. It broke my heart. It’s now 50 years since the Divorce Reform Act 1969 was drafted. The legislation meant that, for the first time, couples could divorce without one … [Read more...] about ‘I haven’t seen a healthy version of marriage’: children of divorce on the lasting impact