Party Coverage: Scene City: Coming Out for Debutantes

Party Coverage: Scene City By DENNY LEE The 62nd International Debutante Ball (yes, it still takes place) was held Dec. 29 at the Pierre Hotel in New York. This year’s ball featured 46 young women “of distinction” from the United States and abroad who were “introduced” to society. The evening, which began with a receiving line, culminated with each debutante presented in the Grand Ballroom, accompanied by a male escort in white tie and tails as she took a bow. Dancing followed. Source: NY LIFE

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Crash was economists' 'Michael Fish' moment, says Andy Haldane

The failure to predict the financial crisis was a “Michael Fish” moment for economists, the Bank of England’s chief economist has said. Andy Haldane compared financial forecasts to the famously inaccurate forecast by the BBC weatherman, ahead of the UK’s great storm of 1987. He said the profession was “to some degree in crisis” following the 2008-09 crash and the Brexit vote. The Bank denies claims it gave gloomy forecasts to support the Remain side. Mr Haldane was speaking to an audience at the Institute for Government in London on…

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Riyad Mahrez named African Footballer of the Year

Riyad Mahrez named African Footballer of the Year By Afp Published: 23:04, 5 January 2017 | Updated: 23:04, 5 January 2017 Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez was Thursday voted African Footballer of the Year after he inspired Leicester City to the English Premier League title last season. Mahrez, 25, beat Gabon skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scooped the prestigious accolade last year, into second place, with Senegal star Sadio Mane, who features for Liverpool, taking third place. The France-born forward said it was an honour to be named the best African player…

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Guy Philippe, Haiti's former rebel leader, arrested after radio show

A former Haitian rebel leader turned politician has been arrested after taking part in a radio show. Guy Philippe, a former soldier, was the rebel leader of the 2004 Haitian rebellion, and was recently elected a Senator. He was appearing on a radio programme in the capital, Port au Prince, before being arrested outside the studio. He is wanted by the the United States on drug charges, but it is not yet clear if that was why he was arrested. Mr Philippe was elected as Senator for the Grand’Anse district…

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Social Q’s: Should I Help My Son Use My Friends?

Social Q’s By PHILIP GALANES My adult son would like me to “lay the foundation” (as he calls it) for him to stay with longtime friends of my husband and me in Washington this month. He wants to participate in a big event there, and hotel rooms are hard to find. He has known this couple since he was a boy. They are lovely people, but my son has told me many times how much he dislikes them. I am sure they would say yes. But under the circumstances, I…

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Social Q’s: 36 First-Dance Songs That Aren’t ‘At Last’

Social Q’s By PHILIP GALANES Last week in Social Q’s, Abigail from New York asked me to referee a friendly dispute with her fiancé over their wedding dance. (He wanted “At Last,” sung by Etta James; she wanted … well, something she hadn’t heard a million times before.) I made a suggestion and asked readers to chime in, which they did by the hundreds — with songs from artists as diverse as Eddie Cantor and the Talking Heads. (Most popular suggestion: “Our Love Is Here to Stay,” sung by Ella…

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Pep Guardiola: First FA Cup tie with Manchester City will be 'special'

West Ham v Manchester City – FA Cup third round Venue: London Stadium Date: Friday, 6 January Kick-off: 19:55 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 live and BBC local radio; text commentary on the BBC Sport website & app Pep Guardiola says he is looking forward to a “special” first FA Cup game in charge of Manchester City in their third-round tie at West Ham. City face the Hammers at London Stadium on Friday night, live on BBC One. “The cup is special because the lower team…

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#Awkward Kingston Police burglary letter gets mixed response

A police force’s open letter to a suspected burglar – which included emojis and hashtags – has met with a mixed response online. Kingston Police tweeted the note addressed to Tracey Dyke, who is suspected of multiple burglaries, accusing her of “blanking” them. Some users applauded the “novel” social media appeal, while others accused the Met of “public shaming”. Police said Ms Dyke was a suspect in crimes involving “vulnerable victims”. Officers posted the appeal, featuring a photograph of Ms Dyke, and the caption: “Please stop ignoring us Tracey”. ‘Hip…

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Israel PM Netanyahu questioned again in corruption probe

Israeli police have questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a second time as part of an inquiry into corruption allegations. The five-hour questioning at his Jerusalem home followed a slightly shorter session on Monday. The PM is being investigated for allegedly accepting “improper gifts” worth thousands of dollars from businessmen, media say. Mr Netanyahu has continually and strongly denied any wrongdoing. Police said Thursday’s questioning had also included a separate matter but gave no details and Mr Netanyahu’s office has not commented. Ahead of the first questioning on Monday, Mr…

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