Garden statues turn out to be ancient Egyptian relics, selling for $265,000

Written by Amy Woodyatt, CNN A pair of carved stone statues used as garden ornaments have sold for more than £195,000 ($265,510) after it was revealed that they were ancient Egyptian relics dating back thousands of years, an auction house has said. The artifacts were acquired from a garden in Sudbury, Suffolk, in eastern England. Mander Auctioneers, which handled the sale, said they were contacted by a family looking to get rid of items from their old house before moving home. The “heavily weathered” statues, which had been used to decorate a garden patio until last month, had been bought…


Apple announces another event, called ‘Unleashed’

Apple (AAPL) will host a virtual event on October 18, the company announced Tuesday. According to the Apple rumor mill, the company is likely to use the event to release an updated version of its high-end MacBook Pro laptop. The event features the tagline “Unleashed,” according to a tweet from Apple’s SVP of marketing, Greg Joswiak. “These next six days are going to speed by,” Joswiak tweeted. The event comes barely a month after Apple unveiled a slew of new products, including four new iPhones, a new Apple Watch and new iPads. Apple has switched to its powerful in-house M1…


Squid Game is Netflix’s ‘biggest ever’ series at launch

The dystopian series, in which contestants who are deeply in need of money play deadly children’s games to win cash prizes, has been viewed by 111 million accounts since debuting on Netflix September 17. To give that number some context, Netflix announced earlier this year that 82 million households watched “Bridgerton” in the first 28 days following its Christmas debut. “Squid Game” surpassed that number in a shorter amount of time. The series is No. 1 on Netflix’s Top 10 lists in 94 countries around the world. It’s the platform’s first-ever Korean series to reach No. 1 in the United…


Dutch monarch could be in same-sex marriage, prime minister says –

Crown Princess Catharina-Amalia, 17, has not made any comments on the matter, and little is known of her personal life. The question arose after recently published books argued that the country’s rules exclude the possibility of a same-sex royal couple. But Prime Minister Mark Rutte said times have changed since one of his predecessors last addressed the issue in the year 2000. “The government believes that the heir can also marry a person of the same sex,” Rutte wrote in a letter to Parliament. “The cabinet therefore does not see that an heir to the throne or the King should…



Energy crisis is a ‘wake up call’ for Europe to ditch fossil fuels

“This experience today of the rising energy prices is a clear wake up call… that we should accelerate the transition to clean energy, wean ourselves off the fossil fuel dependency,” a senior EU official told reporters as the European Commission unveiled a series of measures aimed at tackling the crisis. The European Union is facing a sharp spike in energy prices, driven by increased global demand as the world recovers from the pandemic and lower-than-expected natural gas deliveries from Russia. Wholesale electricity prices have increased by 200% compared to the 2019 average, according to the European Commission. “Winter is coming…


Jamie Dimon says worst of pandemic may soon be over

Dimon said he is not worried about the possibility of inflation heating up in the next few months during a call with reporters about JPMorgan Chase’s third quarter earnings Wednesday. He bluntly said “that’s life” and added that the fact that we’re even talking about inflation is a good thing because it’s a sign that the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic, despite Delta variant fears, may soon be over. “We should all thank our lucky stars,” Dimon told reporters about his expectation that the US may soon be turning a corner with regards to Covid-19 cases. Dimon even dismissed worries…


Vladimir Putin: Russia is not using energy as a weapon

Speaking at an energy conference in Moscow on Wednesday, Putin called the accusations “politically motivated” and without evidence. His comments came as EU officials said lower than anticipated supplies of Russian gas were partly to blame for Europe’s energy crisis and pledged to accelerate the bloc’s efforts to wean itself off fossil fuels. “Russia is not using any weapons,” Putin said. “Even during the hardest parts of the Cold War, Russia regularly fulfilled its contractual obligations and supplied gas to Europe,” he added. Russia last interrupted gas exports to the European Union in January 2009 after failing to agree prices…



Australian-built rover to head to moon in 2026 in joint mission with NASA

Australia has signed a deal with NASA to develop a small rover that will have the ability to pick up lunar rock and dust and bring it back to a moon lander operated by NASA. The lunar soil, or regolith, is expected to contain oxygen in the form of oxide and — using separate equipment — NASA will aim to extract oxygen from the samples. “This is a key step towards establishing a sustainable human presence on the Moon, as well supporting future missions to Mars,” the Australian government said in a statement. The agreement, which includes a contribution of…


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