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Random News from the Rest of the World

 
 
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 14 Oct, 2019 09:28 am
@tsarstepan,
A 22.5-metre cruise liner carrying more than 900 passengers has claimed to be the largest vessel to pass through the Corinth Canal in Greece.
Some careful manoeuvring allowed the Braemar cruise liner, to squeeze down the narrow canal which measures just 25 metres in width at its widest point, leaving less than 1.5 metres on either side.

Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 16 Oct, 2019 12:18 am
@Walter Hinteler,
50 years after the disappearance of Paul McCartney's bass guitar, the Franconian guitar manufacturer Höfner is searching worldwide for what is probably the most missing musical instrument in pop history. The Beatle bought the Höfner 500/1 instrument in 1961 in Hamburg and played it as his main instrument for two years - also during the recordings for the first two Beatles albums.

The Campaign to Find Paul McCartney's Lost Bass

https://i.imgur.com/hoDkXUh.jpg
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 18 Oct, 2019 12:48 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Forget About The Tap: A City Of 2 Million Has Virtually No Running Water
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Goma, a city of 2 million people, is the command center for the world's second deadliest Ebola outbreak, which is raging some 250 miles away. When the virus briefly spread to the city this summer, the World Health Organization declared it a public health emergency of international concern.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 15 Nov, 2019 01:36 pm
@tsarstepan,
The Swedish alcohol monopolist Systembolaget has stopped selling one type of beer and started a recall. The state-owned company announced that there is a risk that the can could explode with this product.

"Some cans exploded in our stores, so we made this decision," a spokeswoman for Systembolaget told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

Anyone who has already purchased Omnipollo Tetragrammaton beer will be asked to return it to the nearest Systembolaget store. The variety has been available in 128 of the 445 stores in the country to date.

Systembolaget is the only company in Sweden allowed to sell beverages with an alcohol content of more than 3.5 percent.

Aftonbladet: Systembolaget stoppar öl – ”Kan explodera”
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 18 Nov, 2019 11:43 am
@Walter Hinteler,
China Reports 3 Cases Of The Most Dangerous Type Of Plague
https://i.imgur.com/xUhaeVy.jpg
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Olivier5
 
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Reply Sun 1 Dec, 2019 03:48 am
The murder of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was reported here some time back. It's an important case for the fight against organized crime in Europe.

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Businessman Charged in Murder Case That Rocked Malta

By Andrew Higgins, Nov. 30, 2019

VALLETTA, Malta — More than two years after a car bomb killed Malta’s best-known investigative journalist, prosecutors in the Mediterranean island nation on Saturday charged a wealthy Maltese businessman with complicity in her murder and other crimes.

The arraignment of the businessman, Yorgen Fenech, a member of one of Malta’s most prominent and richest families, capped a tumultuous week in which a long-stalled investigation into the murder of the journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, suddenly picked up pace, ensnaring senior members of the government and Malta’s business elite.

Mr. Fenech, 38, who is suspected of paying three contract killers to carry out the murder, pleaded not guilty. He was arrested on Nov. 19 while trying to flee Malta aboard his yacht. Maltese military personnel halted the vessel as it set out to sea from a marina built by Mr. Fenech’s family conglomerate, Tumus Group, and forced it to return to port.

The killing in October 2017 caused outrage across Europe, putting a harsh spotlight on Malta, the smallest member of the European Union and a country denounced as a “mafia state” by Matthew Caruana Galizia, the journalist’s oldest son.

Speaking after Mr. Fenech’s arraignment on Saturday evening, Mr. Caruana Galizia said it was “surreal and horrifying” to sit in court just a few feet from a man suspected of ordering and paying for the murder of his mother, who was 53 when she died.

In a statement read outside the courthouse in Malta’s capital, Valletta, family members demanded the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, saying that only his departure would allow a “free and full investigation.”

Maltese news media outlets reported on Friday that Mr. Muscat planned to announce his resignation “imminently,” but by late Saturday night he had not done so despite widespread suspicions that some of his close associates in government may have been involved in the murder plot.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 2 Dec, 2019 10:55 am
@Olivier5,
New Zealand's Prime Minister Apologizes For Government's Handling Of 1979 Plane Crash
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On Nov. 28, 1979, Air New Zealand Flight 901 was on a sightseeing tour of Antarctica. The 11-hour first-class tour from Auckland included a champagne breakfast and premier views of the frozen beauty of Antarctica. Most of the passengers were New Zealanders, but there were also Australians, Americans, Canadians and Japanese on board.

Shortly before 1 p.m., the plane crashed into the side of Mount Erebus, a volcano, killing all 257 people on board. It was New Zealand's worst peacetime disaster.
Olivier5
 
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Reply Sat 7 Dec, 2019 05:25 am
@tsarstepan,
Building to house world's largest tokamak fusion reactor now complete

By Nick Lavars, November 14, 2019

The structure that will house one of the largest and most ambitious energy experiments in history is now complete, with engineers working on the ITER Tokamak Building swinging their last pylon into place in readiness for the nuclear fusion reactor's assembly stage. Nine years in the making, the facility is built to host the type of super-hot high-speed reactions that take place inside the Sun, and hopefully advance our decades-long pursuit of clean and inexhaustible nuclear fusion energy.

In the works since 1985, ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) is a type of nuclear fusion reactor known as a tokamak and is a collaborative project involving thousands of scientists and engineers from 35 countries. These donut-shaped devices are designed to accommodate circular streams of plasma consisting of hydrogen atoms, which are compressed using superconducting magnets so that they fuse together and release monumental amounts of energy.

There are key technological challenges to overcome when it comes to tokamak reactors. Chiefly, these center on bringing them up to the required temperatures and keeping the streams of plasma in place long enough for the reactions to take place.

A number of experimental tokamak devices are in operation around the world and continue to make strides toward the goal of practical nuclear fusion power generation. These include UK firm Tokamak Energy’s device, which last year hit temperatures of 15 million degrees Celsius, and China’s Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak, which in 2016 maintained superheated plasma for a record 102 seconds and last year hit internal temperatures of 100 million degrees Celsius.

None will reach the heights of ITER, however, both figuratively and literally. Vinci is the construction firm behind the Tokamak Building and has just put the finishing touches on the 73-meter-tall (240-ft) structure that will house the largest tokamak reactor on the planet.

ITER will play host to streams of plasma 10 times thicker than the largest tokamak in action today. The premise for building such a large version of an experimental device is quite straightforward – the larger and longer the plasma streams, the greater opportunity there is for nuclear fusion reactions to take place.

The most power a tokamak reactor has ever put out is 16 MW, a record achieved in 1997 by the UK’s Joint European Torus tokamak. The team behind ITER has set its sights on 500 MW. With construction now complete on the building, workers will soon begin putting together the millions of parts making up the reactor.

This assembly phase is expected to take five years, with the team hoping to achieve first plasma in 2025.

https://newatlas.com/energy/worlds-largest-tokamak-fusion-reactor-iter-building/


https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/da/ITER_Tokamak_and_Plant_Systems_%282016%29_%2841783636452%29.jpg/1200px-ITER_Tokamak_and_Plant_Systems_%282016%29_%2841783636452%29.jpg
Design of the whole thing.


https://assets.newatlas.com/dims4/default/8b5d19e/2147483647/strip/true/crop/1708x1071+0+0/resize/1440x903!/quality/90/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fassets.newatlas.com%2F5d%2F2b%2Fd74b71fc45008f9bd441c5123b81%2Fscreen-shot-2019-11-15-at-4.39.45 pm.png
Inside the building that will host the tokamak
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 13 Dec, 2019 11:20 am
@Olivier5,
Olivier5 wrote:

Building to house world's largest tokamak fusion reactor now complete

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/da/ITER_Tokamak_and_Plant_Systems_%282016%29_%2841783636452%29.jpg/1200px-ITER_Tokamak_and_Plant_Systems_%282016%29_%2841783636452%29.jpg

What is this? A tokamak fusion reactor ... for ants?!


~~
In other news? China owns so many third world countries.
In Sri Lanka, China's Building Spree Is Raising Questions About Sovereignty
chai2
 
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Reply Fri 13 Dec, 2019 07:22 pm
@tsarstepan,
The look on Will Ferrels face at :55. Laughing

I remember this scene.
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Olivier5
 
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Reply Sat 14 Dec, 2019 01:32 pm
Tens of thousands of people joined a demonstration in central Rome on Saturday organized by a grassroots movement known as "the sardines", launched only a month ago to protest against far-right leader Matteo Salvini.

tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 16 Dec, 2019 02:15 pm
@Olivier5,
India Is Abandoning Its Founding Principles
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But it would be a mistake to think this new citizenship law is only about migration and refugees and nebulous notions of national identity. It is far more immediate and insidious than that, particularly when seen in combination with the other big state project in border areas: a national register of citizens, or NRC, which demands that residents produce extensive documentation, sometimes going back decades, to prove their Indian citizenship. Naturally, this exercise is particularly difficult for some of India’s poorest, who have little or no paperwork. In the border state of Assam, millions were thrown into legal limbo when they were left off the NRC. But this, for the BJP, was a mixed blessing — because many of those whose citizenship might be revoked were Hindus.

The purpose of the Citizenship Amendment Bill is simple: when combined with the NRC, it can protect poor Hindus from the regulations that could render any poor Muslim a non-citizen at the stroke of an official’s pen. The purpose is to create, through law, a permanent threat to hang over every single Muslim head in India: Don’t stand up for yourself, or we will set you the impossible task of proving that you are, in fact, Indian.

India's Citizenship Law Triggers Mass Protests And Violence As Modi Calls For Peace
Olivier5
 
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Reply Tue 17 Dec, 2019 01:44 pm
@tsarstepan,
Yes, Modi is invoking old demons...

Elsewhere:

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Dubai police arrest Netherlands’ most wanted man

Ridouan Taghi was sought on international arrest warrants for murder and drug trafficking

Agence France-Presse in The Hague
Mon 16 Dec 2019 15.12 EST

Police in Dubai have arrested the suspected head of a cocaine trafficking gang described as the most wanted man in the Netherlands.

Ridouan Taghi, 41, who was wanted on international arrest warrants for murder and drug trafficking, was held at a house in the Gulf emirate on Monday.

Taghi , who was born in Morocco, gained international notoriety in September when a Dutch lawyer for a state witness in a case against him was shot dead near his home in Amsterdam.

The Dutch police chief, Erik Akerboom, said Taghi’s arrest was of “great importance for the Netherlands”.

Dubai police said Taghi entered the city through its airport using a passport and a visa with a fake identity.

They said he was living in a residential area in Dubai where he was not engaged in any criminal activity and had assistants from various nationalities.

Dutch media said Taghi was accused of cocaine trafficking. The Netherlands and Dubai have no extradition treaty but authorities were working on transferring him, the broadcaster NOS said.

The killing of the lawyer, Derk Wiersum, in Amsterdam in September raised the pressure on Dutch authorities to act.

Wiersum was the lawyer for a state witness named Nabil B in a case against Taghi and another suspect wanted on similar charges, Said Razzouki.

The Netherlands has long been known for its tolerant attitude towards marijuana but a report commissioned by Amsterdam city council this year said it now had a big problem with drugs and the criminal underworld.

One of the main Dutch police unions said at the time that the lawyer’s shooting was “confirmation that we live in a narco-state”.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/16/dubai-police-arrest-most-wanted-man-netherlands-ridouan-taghi
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Olivier5
 
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Reply Tue 17 Dec, 2019 02:03 pm
I'm going to find myself and family right in the middle of this picture next week. Super!

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French strikes: Flights, trains, Metro and buses cancelled on Tuesday's 'day of protest'


https://www.thelocal.fr/userdata/images/article/23144e2d7691bc077a1ee3d8deb703961cb216b2acf3273d0a6486bec0fac51b.jpg
Photo: AFP

The Local, 17 December 2019, 08:20 CET+01:00

French transport strikes enter their 13th day on Tuesday with another round of street protests planned, including a major demo in Paris. Trains, flights and the Paris Metro are all facing disruption on Tuesday.

https://www.thelocal.fr/20191217/france-strikes-flights-trains-and-buses-cancelled-as-another-day-of-protest-planned
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Thu 19 Dec, 2019 03:57 pm
Tombs at Ancient Greek Site Were Gold-Lined Chambers

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The burial structures were looted during antiquity, but beads and a pendant depicting Hathor, an Egyptian goddess, suggest earlier trade links between Pylos, Greece, and Egypt.


Two large tombs have been discovered and excavated at the site of the ancient city of Pylos in southern Greece, suggesting that Pylos played a surprisingly prominent role in early Mycenaean civilization.

Although the tombs had been looted in antiquity, archaeologists reported on Tuesday that they had recovered thousands of pieces of gold foil, remnants of the sheets of gold that once lined the tomb floors and would have lent a spectacular gleam to the darkened chamber.

The larger of the two tombs is 39 feet in diameter and the smaller 28 feet. Both were originally built in a beehive shape known as a tholos but had collapsed.

...

Both the Griffin Warrior and the two tholos tombs belong on a pottery-based time scale to a period known as Late Helladic IIA, which lasted from 1600 to 1500 B.C.E., although the exact dates are disputed. The period is of critical interest because it saw the formation of the Mycenaean civilization, which lasted from around 1600 to 1200 B.C.E., when many of its major cities were burned in an unknown catastrophe.

The era of Classical Greece did not emerge until after an ensuing dark age of some 700 years.

...

Last year, Dr. Davis said: “We started the excavation and my goodness we didn’t find anything. It was getting very depressing because we’d paid a fortune for the field and I didn’t want to admit we’d made a mistake.”

When they did find the first tholos tomb, they realized to their horror that another excavator had been at work before them, using a backhoe. They were able to date this event through an unusual artifact — a chocolate croissant wrapper with an expiration date of September 2015.

The nearby Griffin Warrior grave was being excavated at this time, and presumably inspired the digging at the tholos tomb, even though plundering antiquities is a serious offense under Greek law. Fortunately the huge stones of the tholos tomb prevented even the backhoe operator from making much progress or destroying the site’s archaeological value.

more...

The exquisite Pylos Combat Agate found at the site (1.3 in.).
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/af/Pylos_Combat_Agate.jpg
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 8 Jan, 2020 11:57 am
Chinese Tech Giant Tencent Wants A Piece Of The World's Most Successful Record Label
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On New Year's Eve 2019, it was announced that Chinese tech behemoth Tencent Holdings would lead a consortium of investors to purchase a collective 10% stake in Universal Music, the world's dominant record label group and the parent company to Capitol Records, Blue Note and Republic, among many others. Vivendi, parent company of Universal Music, first announced its intentions to offload a portion of the company in 2018. (The deal has yet to be approved — Vivendi, parent company to Universal Music, expects it to be finalized within the first half of 2020.)
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 14 Jan, 2020 10:12 am
@tsarstepan,
As Philippine Volcano Belches Ash And Lava, Authorities Warn Of New Eruption
https://i.imgur.com/Ihh74qa.jpg
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Olivier5
 
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Reply Tue 14 Jan, 2020 02:19 pm
MACRON - G5 SAHEL SUMMIT: FROM PAU TO PÔ
By Alain Saint Robespierre, Observer Paalga, 13 Jan 2020

Pau, capital of the department of Pyrénées Atlantiques in southwest France. This city is home to the 5th regiment of combat helicopters, seven of which recently perished in the collision of two aircraft in Mali.

It is in this city that the French President, Emmanuel Macron, chose to meet yesterday January 13, 2020 the heads of state of the five member countries of the G5 Sahel to a summit supposed to clarify the future presence of French troops in the area.

Pô, capital of the province of Nahouri, Bukina Faso, some five thousand kilometers away.

Pô, which was once the hotbed of the August Burkinabè revolution, where Thomas Sankara commanded, from its creation, the National Commando Training Center (CNEC) after having carried out his training as a parachutist officer in ... Pau.

While the tenant of the Elysée Palace and his guests were trying to give new impetus to their military cooperation, undermined by the rise of anti-French sentiment in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, a counter-summit, “of the peoples”, gathered for its part some one hundred and fifty participants from the sub-region to say “no” to what they consider to be blackmail by France who seems to say to their leaders: “Beg me to stay, or I shall leave”.

Jupiter [=Macron]'s summons may have been badly received by the five addressees. Did they really need to swear allegiance to the great white leader at a time when terrorist attacks are becoming more and more lethal in the Sahel?

What could be more expected than, in the Joint Declaration of Pau, the five African heads of state expressing "the wish for the continuation of France's engagement in the Sahel" and pleaded for a "strengthening of the international presence at their sides"?

For its part, France has pledged to send more than two hundred additional troops to reinforce Barkhane's personnel there.

Moreover, Emmanuel Macron did not need this somewhat humiliating injunction to our leaders, who have always suported the intervention of the Gallic Rooster on their soil.

France must not fight the wrong fight. If a minister or a prominent political or military official of the G5 Sahel paddles against the official gospel, it can make a mess. But what is wrong with letting ordinary citizens and activists of all stripes roar, like those who ended up in Pô and who, by the way, are far from representing a majority in our country?

Is it necessary for "imperialism and its local servants", to borrow terminology in vogue during the August revolution, to waste time trying to muzzle the grumpy Africans, to seek to rebalance the Francophobic public discourse or "to light counterfires robust enough to face the anti-French narrative," as a close associate of President Macron put it? In this age of social media, it would be like fighting against windmills.

In any case, the real answer to French bashing is to be sought in the battlefield.

From this point of view, it is to be hoped that beyond the futile good exercise of political-diplomatic clarification, the war council held in Pau will bring vigorous solutions which will allow the populations of the zones concerned to feel a real decline in the terrorist threat.

It’s the only fight worth fighting today.


http://www.lobservateur.bf/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=4627%3Asommet-macron-g5-sahel-de-pau-à...-pô&Itemid=112

 

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Olivier5
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jan, 2020 02:16 pm
Roberto Alvim, Brazil's culture minister fired after plaggiarizing Goebbels 
17 January 2020 

Brazil's culture minister has been sacked after using parts of a speech by Nazi Germany's propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels in a video, sparking outrage.

In the clip posted on the ministry's Twitter page, Roberto Alvim detailed an award for "heroic" and "national" art.

Lohengrin by Wagner, Hitler's favourite composer, played in the background.

Earlier, Mr Alvim said the now-deleted video was a "rhetorical coincidence".

Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro said the speech had been "unfortunate".

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-latin-america-51149224
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