Daily Archives: December 12, 2016

BBC News: Colombia plane crash: Second Bolivian suspect charged

Colombia plane crash: Second Bolivian suspect charged – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-38277788

BBC News: Venezuela closes border with Colombia ‘to destroy mafia’

Venezuela closes border with Colombia ‘to destroy mafia’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-38297927

Today’s Holiday:Jamhuri Day

Today’s Holiday:
Jamhuri Day

The biggest of the national holidays in Kenya, Jamhuri is observed to commemorate the full independence of Kenya from the British in 1963. A year later, the country became a republic with Jomo Kenyatta (c. 1894-1978) as the first president. The day is celebrated nationwide but with special events in Nairobi: speeches by the president and other officials, parades, fireworks, and ngomas (dances) performed in public plazas.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday:Edvard Munch (1863)

Today’s Birthday:
Edvard Munch (1863)

Best known as the painter of The Scream, Munch was a Norwegian artist and an important forerunner of expressionistic art. His early life was marked by the deaths of his mother and favorite sister, and he said about his father: “From him I inherited the seeds of madness.” Aestheticizing his trauma, Munch visually explored primal themes like death, sex, and fear. Reaction to his stark and sometimes fearsome images caused his first major exhibition to be closed. How did he feel about this?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:Kenya Gains Independence from the United Kingdom (1963)

This Day in History:
Kenya Gains Independence from the United Kingdom (1963)

European settlers began establishing themselves as large-scale farmers in the Kenyan highlands in 1903, taking lands from local tribes like the Kikuyu and Masai. In 1920, the British designated the interior of the region Kenya Colony and a coastal strip the Protectorate of Kenya. Africans began protesting their inferior status, and the Kikuyu staged an armed revolt in the 1950s. Britain eventually put down the rebellion, but Kenya gained its independence soon after. Who was its first president?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:Lucy Maud Montgomery

Quote of the Day:
Lucy Maud Montgomery

It’s so easy to be wicked without knowing it, isn’t it?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:Automatic Writing

Article of the Day:
Automatic Writing

Used as a form of channeling by proponents of Spiritualism and the New Age movement, automatic writing is a writing process that is performed without conscious thought or deliberation, at times, while the writer is in a trancelike state. Practitioners often attribute the resulting message to aliens, the deceased, the subconscious, or even God. Skeptics note, however, that there is no evidence to support such claims. Which books have allegedly been written using this technique?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:runnel

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) A small stream; a brook.
Synonyms: streamlet, rill, rivulet, run
Usage: He could tell from the impression carved into the landscape that the runnel’s flow had drifted a few feet to the north.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

France 24 : France arrests 11 people in Bastille Day truck attack in Nice

France arrests 11 people in Bastille Day truck attack in Nice


French police on Monday arrested 11 people suspected of helping to arm the Tunisian who killed 86 people by driving his truck into a crowd in Nice, sources close to the investigation said.

Ten suspects, including one or more Albanians, were arrested in various parts of Nice and another was detained in the western city of Nantes, the sources said.

The arrests come five months after Tunisian extremist Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a 19-tonne truck into a crowd on the Nice seafront, further traumatising a country reeling from a series of terrorist attacks.

The victims, from 19 different countries, were watching a fireworks display on the Bastille Day public holiday. Over 400 people were injured.

The 11 people arrested Monday are believed to have been in contact with three people, including two Albanians, arrested on July 6 and charged with supplying Bouhlel, who was 31 years old, with an assault rifle and a pistol.

Bouhlel used the pistol in a firefight with police, who shot him dead at the scene, ending the rampage.

“They (the 11) did not necessarily know about the attack, but they are part of a criminal milieu involved in arms smuggling,” a source said, adding that the person arrested in Nantes had lived in Nice.

Under France’s anti-terror laws, the suspects can be held for four days before being brought before a magistrate to face charges or being released.

Six people have been charged so far and accused of having links to Bouhlel, but investigators have yet to prove that any of them knew what he was planning.

The Islamic State group moved quickly after the attack to claim Bouhlel as one of its followers.

Investigators said Bouhlel suffered from depression and appeared to have become radicalised quickly.

The deaths on the Promenade des Anglais was the latest in a series of jihadist attacks that have rocked France over the past two years.

The violence began with the January 2015 attacks on a satirical newspaper and a Jewish supermarket in Paris and continued 10 months later with coordinated strikes on the capital’sBataclan concert hall, national stadium and cafe terraces.

The attacks have hardened attitudes on security and immigration, fuelling the rise of the far-right ahead of next year’s presidential election.


BBC News: Aleppo battle: Rebels on brink amid rapid losses

Aleppo battle: Rebels on brink amid rapid losses – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-38288018

BBC News: Emoji translator wanted – London firm seeks specialist

Emoji translator wanted – London firm seeks specialist – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-38287908