Daily Archives: August 3, 2017

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France 24 : Air France expands North Korea no-fly zone after missile test

Air France expands North Korea no-fly zone after missile test

The French airline has said it is expanding its “non-flyover area around North Korea” while denying that passengers were at risk last week when one of its jets flew past the location where a North Korean missile splashed into the sea minutes later.


Last Friday’s relatively close encounter between the missile and Air France Flight 293, first reported by ABC, has raised fears that North Korea’s increasingly brazen missile tests may pose a threat to airlines operating in the region. Flight data suggests the aircraft, travelling from Tokyo to Paris with 323 people on board, passed just east of the site where the intercontinental ballistic missile splashed into the water, roughly five to 10 minutes later. At the time of the missile’s splashdown, the Air France flight was approximately 100 kilometres further north. Had the jet taken off a few minutes late, experts warn, the trajectories could have been much closer. Contacted by FRANCE 24, the French carrier confirmed that the available data pointed to the missile “falling into the sea at more than 100 kilometres from the plane’s trajectory”. “Even if this distance was proven, it would not question the safety of the flight,” Air France cautioned in a written reply, adding that flight AF293 “was operated in accordance with the flight plan and without any reported incident.” However, the company said it was expanding its no-fly zone above North Korea and the surrounding seas as a “precautionary” measure. “In cooperation with the authorities, Air France constantly analyzes potentially dangerous flyover zones and adapts its flight plans accordingly,” it said. “At this stage, as a precautionary measure, the company has decided to expand the non-flyover area around North Korea, a country that it does not overfly.” The North Korean missile launched on Friday reached a peak altitude of 3,700 kilometres (2,300 miles) before dropping into the sea. Under guidelines issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization, states are required to issue advisories regarding potential threats to the safety of civilian aircraft. South Korea has repeatedly accused its northern neighbour of failing to meet such obligations when carrying out missile tests.

BBC News: Trump calls state of New Hampshire ‘drug-infested den’

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Trump calls state of New Hampshire ‘drug-infested den’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40809722

BBC News: Japan’s historic Tsukiji fish market catches fire

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Japan’s historic Tsukiji fish market catches fire – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-40817293

BBC News: Trump ‘pressed Mexico to stop talk of wall payments’

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Trump ‘pressed Mexico to stop talk of wall payments’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40817253

Today’s Holiday: Shravana Putrada Ekadashi

Today’s Holiday:
Shravana Putrada Ekadashi

The Hindu Ekadashi, or 11th-day fast, known as Putrada Ekadashi is observed primarily by parents who want to produce a son. A fast is observed, Vishnu is worshipped and meditated upon, and the Brahmans are fed and presented with robes and money. Fasting and piety on this day are believed to ensure the conception of a boy, especially for those who sleep in the same room where Vishnu has been worshipped. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Elisha Graves Otis (1811)

Today’s Birthday:
Elisha Graves Otis (1811)

By 1852, Otis had already devised several inventions, including a safety brake for trains. While setting up a factory that year, he developed an automatic safety device to prevent heavy machinery from falling if a rope broke while the machinery was being hoisted. The first fail-safe, fall-safe passenger elevator quickly followed. It made possible the construction of skyscrapers, greatly altering the landscape of modern cities. What daring publicity stunt helped launch sales of Otis’s elevators? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: The National Basketball Association Is Founded (1949)

This Day in History:
The National Basketball Association Is Founded (1949)

Prior to 1949, there were two main rival basketball organizations in the US—the National Basketball League, which had been founded in 1937, and the Basketball Association of America, which had been founded nearly a decade later. They merged to form the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1949 and racially integrated the following year. In 1995, the NBA expanded to include two Canadian teams, and in 1996, a women’s league was founded. What rule, instituted in 1954, encouraged more shooting? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quote of the Day:
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Zoroaster

Article of the Day:

Zoroastrianism is a dualistic religion founded by Iranian prophet and religious poet Zoroaster, who lived between 628 and 551 BCE. At the age of 30, Zoroaster had his first vision and began teaching that Ahura Mazda was the highest god and alone was worthy of worship—a concept that rejected the polytheism practiced in Iran at the time. His attempts to proselytize initially failed, but after he converted King Vishtaspa, the religion rapidly spread. What are the main tenets of Zoroastrianism? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: keep a cool head

Idiom of the Day:
keep a cool head

To maintain a calm demeanor and think clearly in a difficult, stressful, or troubling situation. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: facet

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) A distinct feature or element in a problem.
Synonyms: aspect
Usage: He carefully studied every facet of the question before offering his response.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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