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Books of The Times: A Big New Biography Treats Frederick Douglass as Man, Not Myth

By JENNIFER SZALAI

David W. Blight’s “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” is an ambitious and empathetic biography of a major American life.

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Nikki Haley Pokes Fun at Trump, and Herself, at Al Smith Dinner

By RICK GLADSTONE

The United Nations ambassador, who has announced she will resign at year’s end, tried her hand at humor as guest speaker.

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Two Iowas? Candidates for Governor Try to Claim Both

By SYDNEY EMBER

Republicans and Democrats are battling over the political identity of the state, as Kim Reynolds and her opponent, Fred Hubbell, spar over who is more Iowan.

fixtures: Kathy Hourigan Is Knopf’s Secret Weapon

By STEVEN KURUTZ

“Her hovering is so fierce that it penetrates the walls,” said Sonny Mehta, the company’s chairman and editor in chief.

Stubb has β€˜zero tolerance’ for EPP rebels

By Gerardo Fortuna, Samuel Stolton

Alexander Stubb, one of the EPP’s candidates for the next European Commission president, came out in defiance against the ‘illiberal’ factions within his party on Wednesday (17 October), saying he had zero tolerance for violations of fundamental party values.

Kavanaugh chaos hangs over Feinstein’s all-Democrat Senate race

By Fred Lucas

A chorus of criticism from both sides shows how the aftermath of the Kavanaugh fight is weighing uniquely on the senior Democrat’s political race back home.

Swiss cable group offers 1 year free Netflix

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Swiss cable operator association Quickline has formed a cooperation with Netflix: As a first step, new internet customers will receive the streaming service free of charge for one year.

“We are proud that, as a relatively small provider, we were able to enter a cooperation with such an important company as Netflix. Given the size of the company, this is not a matter of course,” said Frédéric Goetschmann, CEO of Quickline.

The campaign applies to new customers who sign up for an internet access subscription for the first time between October 17 and December 31, 2018. Existing Netflix customers will be credited the value on their Netflix subscription.

The Netflix gift resembles a value of CHF190.80 (€167) [12 months Netflix standard (HD) at CHF15.90 per month].

As the next step, Quickline wants to introduce a TV product incorporating Netflix.

Quickline comprises 23 independent network operators serving a total of around 400,000 households. The network is the third largest TV provider and the fourth largest internet and telephony provider in Switzerland.

Kavanaugh chaos hangs over Feinstein’s all-Democrat Senate race

By Fred Lucas

A chorus of criticism from both sides shows how the aftermath of the Kavanaugh fight is weighing uniquely on the senior Democrat’s political race back home.

France mon Amour goes to China

By Robert Briel

France mon Amour, the first French television channel in China, will be available on China’s Viva platform.

With the carriage agreement, the channel will reach 180 million subscribers including 40 million active subscribers each month, from December 18, 2018.

France mon Amour is a channel promoting the image of France and its products. “Attracting tourists, investors, researchers and academics, helping businesses to increase their share of the world’s biggest market, and providing each French city, town or region with the means to promote its image: that’s what France mon Amour is about,” explained Frédéric Pierret, former Executive Manager of the UNWTO (World Tourism Organization) and Director of Strategy at France mon Amour.

The channel’s schedule, planned by a French-Chinese team in France, will revolve around programmes that notably give cities, towns, regions, tourist destinations, art industries, luxury products, players in French cuisine, curators of natural and heritage sites, and technological industries visibility, enabling them to manage and develop their image in China.

Films broadcasted on France mon Amour will be short or series whose approach is adapted to Chinese viewer populations. They will rely on the appeal of France to educated audiences, routine users of tablets and smartphones with high disposable income.

“Programmes and films broadcasted on France mon Amour will be modern, entertaining and adapted to patterns of audiovisual-content consumption in China,” notes Frédéric Lepage, co-founder of the channel. “On VIVA, they’ll reach a wide audience mainly made up of ‘millennials’ from the highest socio-economic brackets. 76% of those users are in the 25-40 age group, 63% have been though higher education and 68% of them have a monthly income of over $5,000, 5.5 times the average Chinese salary.”

France mon Amour was founded in 2018 by Henry Han and Frédéric Lepage. Henry Han, Chair of Viva, is one of China’s Internet pioneers, known as the cofounder of AsiaInfo and China Netcom. Frédéric Lepage, novelist, filmmaker and producer of audiovisual programs with a worldwide reputation (France Télévisions, National Geographic, NHK, RTBF, ZDF, Discovery, RAI, etc.), is also an expert on China, where he is known equally for his productions and for his role in publishing, particularly the first guide to France written specially for Chinese tourists.

France mon Amour goes to China

By Robert Briel

France mon Amour, the first French television channel in China, will be available on China’s Viva platform.

With the carriage agreement, the channel will reach 180 million subscribers including 40 million active subscribers each month, from December 18, 2018.

France mon Amour is a channel promoting the image of France and its products. “Attracting tourists, investors, researchers and academics, helping businesses to increase their share of the world’s biggest market, and providing each French city, town or region with the means to promote its image: that’s what France mon Amour is about,” explained Frédéric Pierret, former Executive Manager of the UNWTO (World Tourism Organization) and Director of Strategy at France mon Amour.

The channel’s schedule, planned by a French-Chinese team in France, will revolve around programmes that notably give cities, towns, regions, tourist destinations, art industries, luxury products, players in French cuisine, curators of natural and heritage sites, and technological industries visibility, enabling them to manage and develop their image in China.

Films broadcasted on France mon Amour will be short or series whose approach is adapted to Chinese viewer populations. They will rely on the appeal of France to educated audiences, routine users of tablets and smartphones with high disposable income.

“Programmes and films broadcasted on France mon Amour will be modern, entertaining and adapted to patterns of audiovisual-content consumption in China,” notes Frédéric Lepage, co-founder of the channel. “On VIVA, they’ll reach a wide audience mainly made up of ‘millennials’ from the highest socio-economic brackets. 76% of those users are in the 25-40 age group, 63% have been though higher education and 68% of them have a monthly income of over $5,000, 5.5 times the average Chinese salary.”

France mon Amour was founded in 2018 by Henry Han and Frédéric Lepage. Henry Han, Chair of Viva, is one of China’s Internet pioneers, known as the cofounder of AsiaInfo and China Netcom. Frédéric Lepage, novelist, filmmaker and producer of audiovisual programs with a worldwide reputation (France Télévisions, National Geographic, NHK, RTBF, ZDF, Discovery, RAI, etc.), is also an expert on China, where he is known equally for his productions and for his role in publishing, particularly the first guide to France written specially for Chinese tourists.

Is Scott Walker's winning streak nearing an end? Wisconsin race poses challenge

By Fred Lucas

On paper, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would seem a safe bet to cruise to a third term, with three consecutive electoral victories under his belt. But 2018 could be different.

Is Scott Walker's winning streak nearing an end? Wisconsin race poses challenge

By Fred Lucas

On paper, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would seem a safe bet to cruise to a third term, with three consecutive electoral victories under his belt. But 2018 could be different.

Timmermans, the right-hand of Juncker, eyes EU throne

By Sam Morgan

Frans Timmermans confirmed on Wednesday (10 October) that he wants to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission next year, dismissing concerns that he has made too many enemies to stand a fighting chance of succeeding his current boss.

In a Crucial Pennsylvania District, Gun Policy Reigns Supreme

By MAGGIE ASTOR

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in Parkland, Fla., came to Pennsylvania on Tuesday to try to push a Democratic candidate over the finish line.

Watchdog presses FEC for audit on Maxine Waters fundraising practices

By Fred Lucas

California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters is facing a new complaint about an obscure fundraising tactic that rakes in thousands from state politicians in exchange for being listed on her slate mailers -- this time, involving supporters of a former Los Angeles mayor defeated in the June gubernatorial primary.

Watchdog presses FEC for audit on Maxine Waters fundraising practices

By Fred Lucas

California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters is facing a new complaint about an obscure fundraising tactic that rakes in thousands from state politicians in exchange for being listed on her slate mailers -- this time, involving supporters of a former Los Angeles mayor defeated in the June gubernatorial primary.

Notes on the Culture: In Literature, Who Decides When Homage Becomes Theft?

By LIGAYA MISHAN

Appropriation goes both ways, and increasingly it’s being seen as a creative freedom for writers who have been excluded from the literary canon.

Ambush on the Police: An Abundance of Grief, and a Lack of Answers

By ALAN BLINDER

Sgt. Terrence Carraway was mourned in South Carolina on Thursday, a day after he and six other law enforcement officers were shot in Florence.

Trump and the Aristocracy of Fraud

By PAUL KRUGMAN

Government of tax cheats, by tax cheats, for tax cheats.

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