Daily Archives: May 10, 2018

Featured image from Wikimedia Commons | May 10, 2018

Umbrellas of various colours hanging over Vestergade, Viborg, Denmark. The photo was taken during heavy rain. It was composed from three photos to achieve a balance of light, exposure as well as size.

Umbrellas of various colours hanging over Vestergade, Viborg, Denmark. The photo was taken during heavy rain. It was composed from three photos to achieve a balance of light, exposure as well as size.


Main Page: Today’s featured article


Today’s featured article

Pobeda was the last of the three Peresvet-class pre-dreadnought battleships built for the Imperial Russian Navy at the end of the nineteenth century. Launched on 10 May 1900, the ship was assigned to the Pacific Squadron upon completion, and in 1903 was based at Port Arthur. During the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–1905, she participated in the battles of Port Arthur and the Yellow Sea. Having escaped serious damage in these engagements, Pobeda was sunk by gunfire during the Siege of Port Arthur, and then salvaged by the Japanese and placed into service under the name Suwo. Rearmed and re-boilered by the Japanese, Suwo was classified by the Imperial Japanese Navy as a coastal defense ship in 1908 and served as a training ship for several years. She was the flagship of the Japanese squadron at the Battle of Tsingtao at the beginning of World War I and continued in that role until she became a gunnery training ship in 1917. The ship was disarmed in 1922 to comply with the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty and probably scrapped around that time. (Full article…)

Today’s Holiday: Festa del Grillo

Today’s Holiday:
Festa del Grillo

On Ascension Day in Florence, Italy, crowds gather in the Cascine—a public park along the banks of the Arno River—to celebrate the Festa del Grillo, or Cricket Festival, the chirping cricket being a traditional symbol of spring. Food stalls are set up in the park, and there are balloons and other souvenirs for sale. People used to catch their own crickets, but today they buy them in brightly painted cages. The children carry their crickets through the park and later hang the cages outside their windows. If the grillo sings to them, it means they’ll have good luck. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Gustav Stresemann (1878)

Today’s Birthday:
Gustav Stresemann (1878)

A German statesman, Stresemann entered the Reichstag in 1907 as a deputy of the National Liberal party. During World War I, he supported the monarchy and an annexationist policy, but after the proclamation of a German republic in 1918, he founded the conservative German People’s party and turned to a conciliatory policy. As chancellor and foreign minister of the Weimar Republic from 1923, he worked to reconcile former enemy nations to Germany. With whom did he share the 1926 Nobel Peace Prize? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: US Supreme Court Classifies Tomatoes as Vegetables, Not Fruit (1893)

This Day in History:
US Supreme Court Classifies Tomatoes as Vegetables, Not Fruit (1893)

To most of us, a fruit is a sweet plant part eaten as a dessert or snack, but to a botanist, a fruit is a mature ovary of a plant. All species of flowering plants produce fruits that contain seeds. A vegetable, on the other hand, is simply part of a plant that is grown primarily for food. The tomato—one of the newer additions to world cuisine—can be said to meet both criteria but is technically a fruit. Why was the Supreme Court tasked with classifying the tomato in the first place? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: William Makepeace Thackeray

Quote of the Day:
William Makepeace Thackeray

The greatest tyrants over women are women.

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Article of the Day: The Byronic Hero

Article of the Day:
The Byronic Hero

The Byronic hero is an idealized but flawed character exemplified in the writings of English poet Lord Byron. The archetype first appears in Byron’s semiautobiographical epic narrative poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage and is portrayed as highly intelligent and sophisticated while simultaneously self-critical, mysterious, and seductive. Such characters possess many “dark” attributes not normally associated with heroes. What are some other examples from literature? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: not in a month of Sundays

Idiom of the Day:
not in a month of Sundays

Not at any point; under absolutely no circumstances. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: irradiate

Word of the Day:

Definition: (verb) Expose to radiation.
Synonyms: ray
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Israel Iran news latest: Israel bombs Damascus in retaliation for Iran missile strike on Golan Heights

Israel Iran news latest: Israel bombs Damascus in retaliation for Iran missile strike on Golan Heights
Sean Morrison

Israeli forces bombed Damascus in retaliation for a rocket attack by the Iranian military on its positions in the Golan Heights.

The Israeli military on Thursday said it attacked “dozens” of Iranian targets in neighbouring Syria in response to an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the Golan Heights,

It is the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date and has sparked fears of an all-out war.

Israel said the targets included weapons storage, logistics sites and intelligence centers used by elite Iranian forces in Syria. It also said it destroyed several Syrian air-defence systems after coming under heavy fire and that none of its warplanes was hit.

The blistering Israeli assault was by far the most intensive Israeli action in neighbouring Syria since the civil war broke out there in 2011.

A long exposure picture shows Israeli artillery deployed missiles toward Syrian military targets, on the Golan Heights, next to the Israeli-Syrian border (EPA)
Israel has largely tried to stay on the sidelines, but has previously acknowledged carrying out over 100 airstrikes over the past seven years, most believed to be aimed at Iranian weapons shipments bound for the Hezbollah militant group.

But with the civil war appearing to wind down, and Iranian forces looking to establish a foothold on Israel’s doorstep, Israel has stepped up its response.

The dramatic escalation of tensions in the early hours of Thursday is said to be the first time Iranian troops have directly attacked Israeli forces rather than using proxies.

Israeli military said Iran fired 20 rockets at its positions in the Golan Heights, which has been on high alert since Donald Trump confirmed the US’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

Tehran vented anger at Mr Trump for pulling the US out of the accord on Tuesday.

The US president’s move to exit the 2015 agreement with Iran was welcomed by Israel but has stoked fears of a regional flare-up.

The Israeli military said its Iron Dome rocket defence system intercepted some of the incoming projectiles, while others caused only minimal damage. There were no Israeli casualties reported.

The Syrian capital of Damascus shook with sounds of explosions just before dawn, and firing by Syrian air defences over the city was heard throughout the night.

An Israeli official said Israel was targeting Iranian positions inside Syria. Syrian state TV quoted a Syrian military official as saying Israel was trying to hit air defence positions and radar stations.

An Israeli military spokesman said earlier that Iran’s Al Quds force fired the rockets at several Israeli bases, but would not say how Israel determined the Iranian involvement.

The incoming attack set off air raid sirens in the Israeli-controlled Golan, which was captured from Syria in the 1967 war.

Israel “views this Iranian attack very severely,” the spokesman told reporters. He said Israel had responded, but did not provide details. “This event is not over,” he said.

Syria’s state media said Syrian air defences had intercepted “hostile Israeli missiles” early Thursday that were fired over southwestern Damascus.

Hours later, state-run Al-Ikhbariya TV broadcast a live feed of Syrian air defenses firing into the sky above the capital, and loud explosions and air defense firing were heard through the night.

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