TIME Music

Iran Bans Famous Conductor For Israeli Citizenship

BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 09: Conductor Daniel Barenboim performs at Brandenburg Gate during celebrations on the 25th anniversary of the fall of Wall on November 9, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with an installation of 6,800 lamps coupled with illuminated balloons along a 15km route where the Wall once ran and divided the city into capitalist West and communist East. The fall of the Wall on November the 9, 1989 was among the most powerful symbols of the revolutions that swept through the communist countries of Eastern Europe and heralded the end of the Cold War. Built by the communist authorities of East Germany in 1961, the Wall prevented East Germans from fleeing west and was equipped with guard towers and deadly traps. (Photo by Target Presse Agentur Gmbh/Getty Images)
Target Presse Agentur Gmbh/Getty Images Conductor Daniel Barenboim performs at Brandenburg Gate during celebrations on the 25th anniversary of the fall of Wall in Berlin, on November 9, 2014.

Daniel Barenboim was going to conduct a concert in Tehran but has been barred for security reasons because he's an Israeli citizen

Iran won’t let Daniel Barenboim, the music director of the Berlin State Opera House, enter the country because he holds Israeli citizenship.

Barenboim was supposed to conduct a concert in Tehran, the Agence France Presse reports, but he has been barred for security reasons.

“We have no problem with the German orchestra coming to Iran, but we are opposed to the person leading that group,” Iranian culture ministry spokesman Hossein Noushabadi said. “He has multiple nationalities and one of them is Israeli. For security reasons and to prevent issues following the entry of certain people into Iran, we stopped it.”

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he supported Barenboim’s plan to conduct in Iran because of his “dedication to making music accessible to all people, irrespective of national, religious or ethnic boundaries.”

TIME celebrities

Ian McKellen: Taylor Swift Kicked Me Out of My Apartment

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Walter McBride—WireImage/Getty Images Sir Ian McKellen attends the "No Man's Land" & "Waiting For Godot" Opening Night after party at the Bryant Park Grill in New York City on Nov. 24, 2013.

The actor says the pop star bought an apartment he was living in and kicked him out

Sir Ian McKellen wants everyone to know that he’s not part of Taylor Swift’s squad.

In an interview with Gay Star News, the actor was asked how it felt to be in the pop star’s famous posse of friends. (Fellow actor Patrick Stewart recently said that he and McKellen were part of the squad; they were asked to appear on Swift’s 1989 tour.)

“I’m not,” McKellen responded. “When I was living in Peter Jackson’s apartment in New York, Taylor Swift bought it while I was there and I was thrown out before I wanted to leave! That hardly puts me in Taylor Swift’s team, does it?”

According to the interview transcript, McKellen then laughed and explained, “She bought it, she had every right to – I was just lodging there for free!”

And as for turning down the offer of appearing on stage with her: “She did ask me to appear with Patrick Stewart at her show in LA, but I had something else to do that night.”

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TIME Australia

Viral Video of Pregnant Tourist Was a Marketing Stunt

A viral video that purportedly showed a pregnant woman pleading with social media users to help find the father of her unborn child was revealed to be a marketing stunt late Tuesday.

The video, posted to YouTube on Sunday, depicted a woman who identified herself as “Natalie Amyot” saying she met an Australian man on the last night of a vacation, lost his number and later discovered she was pregnant.

But a new video posted on the same YouTube account Tuesday night revealed that the original video was a marketing stunt by a social media company and acknowledged, “there’s gonna be a lot of you that are upset by this.”

This article has been revised to reflect that the video was a marketing stunt.

 

TIME White House

Karl Rove Thinks Obama Needs a New Way to Honor McKinley

'I would hope that he would find a gracious way to honor McKinley, who is an important figure in American history.'

One of the most well-known William McKinley enthusiasts thinks President Obama needs to find a new way to honor the 25th President after changing the name of an Alaskan mountain.

Karl Rove, a top political strategist for President George W. Bush, has a book coming out about the former President in November called The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters.

TIME spoke with Rove about Obama’s controversial decision to change the name of Mount McKinley to Denali.

Why are you so interested in McKinley?

For the 36 years after McKinley is elected President, Republicans dominate Congress and the White House. He’s a modernizer. He saw the Republican party faced a demographic challenge and that in order to win, it had to get blue collar workers and immigrants. He was a unifier. He was faced by a charismatic, slash-and-burn Democrat who attacked Wall Street and the wealthy… And yet McKinley adopted a unifying tone in his campaign. He inherited the presidency during the time of a long and dark and deep depression, where unemployment is at 15 or 20 percent and people are literally dying of starvation, and he becomes President and the country rights itself. He wins reelection in 1900 by a huge margin because the country is enjoying peace and prosperity.

What do you think of Obama’s decision to rename Mount McKinley?

In a serious vein, I would hope that he would find a gracious way to honor McKinley, who is an important figure in American history. And I’m not certain he has the authority to have done what he did; the designation was granted by law of Congress in 1917. In a more jocular way, the guy ought to be more gracious to the guy who made it possible for him to be President. [Hawaii, Obama’s home state, was annexed under McKinley’s presidency.]

How do you respond to the reasoning behind the name change to Denali, that it honors the name Alaska natives call the mountain and is a more fitting tribute than to a President who never visited the state?

Madison never visited Montana, but we have a river named after him. We have many cities, many towns, many physical places named after people who never visited there. Roosevelt, Texas, was never visited by either Franklin nor Teddy, but it’s important to honor them. I would hope that the President would be gracious enough that in his attempt to honor the native peoples of Alaska, he would also find a gracious way to honor one of his illustrious forebears.

So how should Obama honor McKinley instead?

I think that he would be well advised to sit down with the governor of Ohio and the Speaker of the House and the Senators from Ohio [McKinley’s home state], and see if he can’t arrive at a thoughtful way to honor this important figure in American history.

This interview has been edited for length.

TIME Military

This Is the U.S. Army’s Replacement for the Famous Humvee

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Danny Johnston—AP Prototype of a Lockheed Martin Joint Light Tactical Vehicle parked in front of the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. on May 26, 2015.

The replacement will be called the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle

The U.S. Army this week picked the vehicle that will succeed the current Humvees.

The Army awarded a $6.7 billion contract to Oshkosh Corporation, which beat out Lockheed Martin and AM General, to build 17,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, CNN reports.

“The Oshkosh JLTV allows troops to travel over rugged terrain at speeds 70% faster than today’s gold standard, which is our Oshkosh M-ATV. Looking to future battlefields, we know that our troops will face a myriad of threats. Soldiers and Marines can be assured that the highly capable Oshkosh JLTV will perform the mission,” said retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John M. Urias.

The Army felt it needed more modern vehicles than Humvees equipped with extra protection to defend against explosive devices.

TIME Labor

Labor Board Ruling Could Boost Fast Food Unions

Customers are served at a McDonald's in Times Square in New York on July 23, 2015.
Brendan McDermid—Reuters Customers are served at a McDonald's in Times Square in New York on July 23, 2015.

The ruling will make it easier for workers to bargain with their parent company

A new ruling by the National Labor Relations Board will make it easier for labor unions to bargain for higher pay.

Under the ruling, a parent company that hires a contractor is considered a joint employer of the workers at its facilities even if it has only indirect control over working conditions, the New York Times reports. This means a union representing the workers could bargain with the parent company itself, not just the contractor. In other words, this ruling makes it easier for workers at McDonald’s to negotiate with the corporation, not just the individual McDonald’s location where they work.

Previously, the parent company would have had to directly oversee its employees to be considered a joint employer.

“This is about, if employees decide they want to bargain collectively, who can be required to come to the bargaining table to have negotiations that are meaningful,” said Wilma B. Liebman, a former N.L.R.B. chairwoman.

Not all are in support of the decision; some worry it could de-incentivize opening franchise businesses by taking control away from the smaller employers.

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TIME 2016 Election

Hillary Clinton Compares Republicans to ‘Terrorist Groups’ On Women’s Issues

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Daniel Acker—Bloomberg/Getty Images Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, listens during her introduction at an event in Ankeny, Iowa, on Aug. 26, 2015.

"Extreme views about women - we expect that from some of the terrorist groups"

Hillary Clinton swung hard at Republican candidates’ views on women’s health Thursday, comparing the GOP field to “terrorist groups.”

Speaking in Cleveland, Ohio Thursday, Clinton talked about Republicans’ attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, saying, “Extreme views about women – we expect that from some of the terrorist groups. We expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world. But it’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States. Yet they expose of out of date and out of touch policies,” NBC reports.

Republican National Committee Press Secretary Allison Moore put out a statement saying, “For Hillary Clinton to equate her political opponents to terrorists is a new low for her flailing campaign. She should apologize immediately for her inflammatory rhetoric.”

Many members of the Republican field have called to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood in the wake of leaked videos showing employees discussing the sale of fetal tissue. Clinton’s comment represents another escalation in the emerging battle between Democrats and Republicans on this issue.

TIME Drones

Construction Workers Are Now Being Monitored By Drones

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Drones fly over the construction site to monitor progress

Constructions workers building the stadium for the Sacramento Kings in California have a boss watching over them in a very literal way. Their work is being monitored by drones.

Drones periodically fly over the construction site and take videos that are converted into 3D images, which can then be compared to construction plans to highlight areas of structure that are falling behind schedule, MIT Technology review reports.

Some concerns have been raised about worker privacy or incentivizing construction workers to work longer hours. But Mani Golparvar-Fard, who helped develop this drone software, says the drones aren’t so different than normal bosses.“It’s not new to the construction industry that there would either be people standing and observing operations, or that there would be fixed cameras,” he told MIT.

Chris McFadden from Turner Construction Company, which is overseeing the project, told TIME that drones are only flown when the workers are offsite. “To be clear, we are not using drones to monitor workers or their activities,” he said. “Drones are actually flown once a week during off-hours when few people are on site, typically on Sunday, and they follow strict safety protocols such as not flying above people.”

The stadium is set to open in October 2016, if the drones keep construction on schedule.

TIME Bacteria

How the Dust in Your Home Can Tell People Your Gender

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Paul Düsterhöft / Eye—;Getty Images/EyeEm Sweeping dusty room

Dust can also show the geographic location of your house and whether or not you have pets.

It turns out that dust collecting in the corners of your house is more than just a nuisance: it can also contain valuable information about you.

According to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, dust in people’s homes contains bacteria and fungi that can point to the geographic location of the house, the gender makeup of the people who live there, and whether or not they have pets.

Of those, “Geography is the best predictor of fungi in your home,” Noah Fierer, an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at CU-Boulder and a co-author of the study, said in a press release.”The reason is that most fungi blow in from outdoors via soil and leaves.”

But researchers were also able to use the dust samples from the 1,200 homes around the U.S. they studied to figure out whether the home occupants had dogs or cats, and whether only men lived in the home or if women lived there as well.

“If you want to change what you breathe inside your house, you would either have to move very far away or change the people and the pets you live with,” Albert Barbarán, a graduate researcher in CU-Boulder’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and lead author of the study, said in the release.

On average, each home contained more than 5,000 different species of bacteria and about 2,000 species of fungi.

TIME Usain Bolt

Watch Usain Bolt Get Mowed Down By a Cameraman on a Segway

Usain Bolt knocked off his feet moments after winning his record 10th gold medal

Usain Bolt always outruns his competition. But the world’s greatest sprinter was recently taken down — by a clumsy cameraman on a Segway.

Moments after winning his fourth consecutive world 200m title, with a 19.55 second time over American Justin Gatlin, Bolt was toppled by the Segway only to leap up, seemingly unharmed. But that hardly put a damper on the fact that he had just won a record 10th gold medal at the world championships.

The Jamaican sprinter also beat Gatlin in the 100m days earlier in a photo finish – Bolt won the raise at 9.79 seconds, just 0.01 seconds over his rival.

Here’s the other photo finish moment again in slow motion:

 

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