Daily Archives: September 24, 2017

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How a teacher in Guinea made a dam to power up his entire village


http://observers.france24.com/en/20170922-maths-teacher-guinea-made-dam-powering-entire-village

Ortigia, Duomo, Sicilia


Ortigia, Duomo, Sicilia

Ortigia, Duomo, Sicilia

Today’s Holiday: Whole Enchilada Fiesta


Today’s Holiday:
Whole Enchilada Fiesta

The Whole Enchilada Fiesta is marked by lots of red chili, lots of corn meal, lots of cheese, and lots of people. This festival in Las Cruces, New Mexico, draws about 100,000 people who scramble to get a taste of the world’s biggest enchilada. It’s 10 feet long and is made of 750 pounds of stone ground corn for the dough, 75 gallons of red chili sauce, and 175 pounds of cheese. The enchilada is prepared as the climactic Sunday afternoon event. Before this grand moment, there will have been a parade, street dances, arts and crafts exhibits, and a fun run. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896)


Today’s Birthday:
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896)

An American novelist and short-story writer, Fitzgerald was the literary spokesman of the “jazz age” of the 1920s. The characters in his books—which include This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and the Damned, and his masterpiece, The Great Gatsby—lead madcap, gin-drenched, spiritually bankrupt lives that closely resemble his own. In his later years, Fitzgerald was plagued by financial worries and his wife’s insanity. Why might he have lied about having tuberculosis? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Black Friday (1869)


This Day in History:
Black Friday (1869)

In 1869, American financial speculators Jay Gould and James Fisk attempted to corner the gold market by trying to prevent the sale of government gold, which they hoped to achieve by influencing President Ulysses Grant. The plan backfired when Grant discovered the plot and released $4 million of government gold for sale. On a day that came to be known as Black Friday, the price of gold plummeted, panic ensued, and thousands were ruined—though not Gould or Fisk. How did they gain access to Grant? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Herman Melville


Quote of the Day:
Herman Melville

There, then, he sat, the sign and symbol of a man without faith, hopelessly holding up hope in the midst of despair. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: The Tunguska Event


Article of the Day:
The Tunguska Event

In 1908, a massive aerial explosion near Siberia’s Stony Tunguska River flattened 500,000 acres (2,000 sq km) of forest—felling an estimated 80 million trees over 830 sq mi (2,150 sq km) and producing a shockwave that shattered windows hundreds of miles away. Known as the Tunguska event, the explosion is thought to have measured 5.0 on the Richter scale, with an estimated energy 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. What do most scientists believe caused the event? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: a legend in (one’s) own mind


Idiom of the Day:
a legend in (one’s) own mind

A person who affects or believes him- or herself to be of greater importance or notoriety than is actually the case. A humorous, ironic twist on the phrase “a legend in one’s own lifetime.” Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: cerebral


Word of the Day:
cerebral

Definition: (adjective) Involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct.
Synonyms: intellectual
Usage: She preferred to take a cerebral approach to the problem and sat for hours in deep contemplation.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

France 24 :  Prosecutor probing Argentina’s former president was murdered, investigators say


Prosecutor probing Argentina’s former president was murdered, investigators say

A team of forensic investigators has concluded that a prosecutor investigating a 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires and Argentina’s former president for her alleged role in shielding those responsible was murdered.

http://www.france24.com/en/20170923-prosecutor-nisman-probing-argentina-president-kirchner-fernandez-murdered

Preliminary investigations had concluded that Alberto Nisman’s 2015 death was probably a suicide. But on Friday a team of forensic investigators gave a prosecutor a new report on the death of the prosecutor that concludes he was a victim of homicide and that he did not kill himself, sources say.

The report, submitted by a team led by Argentina’s border police, marks a departure from previous court-ordered investigations that concluded there wasn’t enough evidence to prove foul play.

An official at the prosecutor’s office confirmed the homicide conclusion, but spoke on condition of anonymity because the findings are not yet publicly available.

Nisman had spent 10 years investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, the worst terror attack on Argentina’s soil in its modern history.

Nisman was found dead in his apartment from a .22-calibre gunshot wound to the head in January 2015, days after accusing then president Cristina Kirchner of helping Iranian officials cover up Iran’s alleged role in the bombing.

>> Read more: Doubts over ‘suicide’ of Argentine prosecutor

Nisman, 51, died on the eve of an appearance before Argentine lawmakers in which he was expected to accuse Kirchner of mounting a cover-up over the bombing, which left 85 people dead and 300 wounded.

In a criminal probe released four days before his death, Nisman alleged Kirchner and other officials had struck a deal with Iran aimed at shielding Tehran officials linked to the bombing in exchange for lucrative trade agreements. Iran denies any role in the bombing.

The revelation that Nisman had consideredseeking the arrest of Kirchner provided a fresh twist to a scandal which has captivated Argentina since the prosecutor’s death at his home in Buenos Aires.

The mysterious circumstances surrounding his death unleashed a storm of conspiracy theories.

Congresswoman Cornelia Schmidt-Liermann said that she had planned to pick Nisman up at his residence and accompany him to congress for his testimony against Kirchner. “Everybody who had contact with him in the past 24 hours says he was confident” about his testimony, she told The Associated Press at the time. “There is no indication, under any circumstances, that he killed himself.”

Kirchner has alleged that Nisman’s death was part of a plot to discredit her, suggesting that Nisman was manipulated by former intelligence agents who then killed him.

Nisman’s former wife, Sandra Arroyo Salgado, hired a private team to analyse the autopsy results and run additional tests. The results showed that he was murdered, she announced a few weeks after his death.

Early probes suggested suicide, although the lead investigator into Nisman’s death said she could not categorically say if he shot himself in the head or was killed.

“Nisman didn’t have an accident. He didn’t commit suicide. They murdered him,” Salgado told a news conference.

A week before his death, Nisman had filed a 280-page complaint charging that Kirchner had issued an “express directive” to shield a group of Iranian suspects.

Nisman himself seemed to know that he was treading a dangerous path, making a premonitory comment to reporters about his investigation.

“I could end up dead from this,” Nismantold Clarin, a leading Argentinian daily paper.

(FRANCE 24 with AP and AFP)

France 24 :  Trump criticises nuclear deal after Iran’s missile test


Trump criticises nuclear deal after Iran’s missile test

President Donald Trump on Saturday pointed to a reported missile test by Iran to renew his criticism of the nuclear agreement it reached with the U.S. and other nations.

http://www.france24.com/en/20170924-usa-donald-trump-iran-ballistic-missile-test-nuclear-deal-israel-united-nations

Iran‘s Revolutionary Guard on Friday displayed its latest ballistic missile capable of reaching Israel and much of the Middle East. The U.S. opposes Iran’s ballistic missile program and Trump signed a bill last month imposing penalties on those involved with it.

Video of the test firing of a Khoramshahr medium-range ballistic missile aired Friday on Iran’s state TV. The time or location of the test was not mentioned in the report.

Trump tweeted Saturday about the public unveiling of the missile: “Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel. They are also working with North Korea. Not much of an agreement we have!”

The nuclear agreement reached during theObama administration doesn’t strictly prohibit Iran from developing missiles.

Trump has suggested he might seek to renegotiate the nuclear deal or abandon it. He told the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday that the accord was “nothing short of an embarrassment” and the “worst one-sided deal perhaps in American history.”

Officials have said Trump might use the Oct. 15 deadline for certifying to Congress whether Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal to either declare Iran in violation or determine that the agreement is no longer in the national security interest of the U.S.

The tweet was one of several issued by Trump on Saturday covering a range of topics: athletes protesting at football games, Sen. John McCain‘s decision not to support the GOP health care bill, NBA star Stephen Curry and an event at the White House, Trump’s support of Sen. Luther Strange in Alabama’s GOP Senate runoff, and his pride in first lady Melania Trump representing the U.S. in Toronto.

(AP)