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News: Israel sees tourism surge as investment pays dividends

According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, the country welcomed 3,611,800 million tourist entries in 2017, up by a quarter on the previous year, and 29 per cent on 2015. A total of 290,000 tourist entries were recorded in December 2017, about 17 per cent more than December 2016 and 47 per cent more than December 2015. There were about 308,000 visitor entries in December (including day visitors). The United States remains the largest source country for incoming tourists, with 778,800 tourist entries in 2017, 20 per cent more…

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Jimmy Fallon holds back tears as he pays tribute to late mother

Jimmy Fallon made an emotional tribute to his late mother on Monday night’s episode of The Tonight Show. The comedian cancelled his NBC nightly programme for a week following the death of his mother Gloria Fallon, who passed away with her son by her side. Fallon described the 68-year-old as “the best audience”, adding: “She was the one I was always trying to make laugh.” Fallon then fought back tears as he recounted a story about his mother. “When we were little, my mum would walk us to the store…

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Claes Oldenburg Pays Homage to His Early Work

Claes Oldenburg, the artist, leaned back in a rolling office chair and considered some sculptures made of canvas shopping bags fashioned into mouse ears. He wore a pink shirt and round glasses, and was talking to Arne Glimcher, his dealer, about the first time he’d used mouse ears in his work—on masks, in a performance piece that took place on West Forty-first Street, in 1965. “The people came in, but they were not allowed to sit down. The only ones who were allowed to sit down were the ones who…

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FA backs down and pays Eni Aluko the money she is owed for lost earnings

The Football Association has paid Eni Aluko the £40,000 it was withholding after a dispute over a tweet she sent in August about ex-England women’s team manager Mark Sampson. It is understood it was paid soon after Aluko appeared before a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee hearing on the FA’s handling of her 2016 complaint against Sampson. The FA objected to a tweet she sent in August after news of her dispute with Sampson, who she had accused of bullying and racism, became public knowledge. She wrote: “At…

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BrightHouse rent-to-own firm pays £14.8m in redress

Rent-to-own retailer BrightHouse has been told to pay £14.8m to 249,000 customers by the financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). BrightHouse will compensate customers who had cancelled agreements after one downpayment but had not been refunded. It will also make payments to those who signed up to lending agreements that “may not have been affordable”. The FCA said BrightHouse had not acted as a “responsible lender”. The firm, which lets customers pay for household items such as washing machines and televisions on a weekly basis, has been criticised for…

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Carla Zampatti pays homage to the 'renewed confidence' of women with new collection

Carla Zampatti is not like other fashion designers. In a world full of synthetic and ill-fitting garments made by fast fashion houses, she is the Queen Elizabeth II of the local ragtrade – a quiet revolutionary with a love of heavy fabrics.  Carla Zampatti fitting a model ahead of her winter 2018 launch. Photo: Louise Kennerley On Wednesday, still basking in the glow of her golden jubilee from a few seasons ago, she showed her loyal subjects why expertly tailored clothes, like one of her famous pant suits, are a worthy investment for modern…

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