February 14th 2013

Oscar Pistorius charged with murder –
Oscar Pistorius the South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete is arrested and charged with the murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his apartment in Pretoria, South Africa. Police said Steenkamp had been shot 4 times and died at the scene. A 9mm pistol has been recovered.
Oscar_PistoriusOscar Pistorius competing

Apple gives cider shop a bad name –
A family run shop In Norfolk, England that sells cider is forced to change its name after 20 years because it is called The Apple Shop. Geoff Fisher, who runs the Wroxham Barns shop said it received up to 24 calls a week from people wanting them to fix broken Apple devices. From Easter The Apple Shop will be known as The Norfolk Cider Shop instead.

February 15th 2013

Huge meteor strikes Russia –
A meteor crashes near Chelabinsk a city in the Urals, Russia injuring around 1,000 people. The meteoroid – estimated to be about 20 metres in diameter – entered the Earth’s atmosphere at a speed of at least a speed of 19 kilometres per second or 42,900 mph, producing a sonic boom. It shattered above the ground, showering Chelyabinsk with debris. It is the largest known natural object to have entered Earth’s atmosphere since the 1908 and the only meteor known to have resulted in casualties.

iMac, iPad and now a Blue Peter Badge –
Sir Jonathan Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of industrial design, is given a special gold Blue Peter badge in a special edition of the children’s programme that has been running on the BBC since 1958.
Blue-Peter-BadgeThe original Blue Peter Badge
Jonathan-IveSir Jonathan Ive

February 17th 2013

Buddha’s not for sale in Iran –
Iran bans Buddha statues from being sold in Tehran to stop religion being promoted in the country calling the Buddha statues symbols of ‘cultural invasion.’ In the past Barbie dolls and characters from The Simpsons have been banned in Iran. An interpretation of Islamic law bans the depiction of the human form in art.

Sandhurst renames hall after Bahrain King –
The British army officers training facility Sandhurst controversially renames Mons Hall to the King Hamad Hall after the King of Bahrain gave £3 million towards its refurbishment. Mons Hall was named in memory of a 1914 battle when 1,600 British soldiers were killed. An accommodation block at the Royal Military Academy has also been named after the first president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following a £15 million donation from the country.
New College Royal Military Academy SandhurstSandhurst

May 13, 2013

Top News Stories –

World’s highest base jump from Mount Everest –
We normally hear about people climbing it but a Russian extreme sport star has completed the world’s highest base jump by leaping off Mount Everest.
Valery Rozov made the jump from the north face of Everest at more than 7,000m high. The stunt took more than two years to plan and marks the 60th anniversary of the first climb to the top of the world’s highest mountain. [BBC] See Video of the Day

Roberto Mancini: Manchester City sack manager –
Roberto Mancini has been sacked as Manchester City manager a year to the day since winning the Premier League. The club said he “had failed to achieve any of the club’s targets, with the exception of qualification for next season’s Champions League”. Malaga’s Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini has been strongly tipped to replace Mancini.
Roberto_Mancini_-_Manchester_City Roberto Mancini

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Flying from Mt. Everest – The Mission – World Record BASE Jump

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