February 16, 2015

Top News Stories –

Lance Armstrong made to pay –
Lance Armstrong is forced to refund $10 million (£6.5m) to SCA Promotions a Dallas-based company that paid him around $12 million in bonuses during his career which included 7 Tour de France titles that were consequently revoked. When Armstrong’s drug doping cheating was exposed, SCA sued to get its money back and an arbitration panel has found in the company’s favour.

Snowman building world record set –
A new world record has been set in the city of Iiyama, north-west of Tokyo, Japan for the most snowmen built in one hour. Over 600 people helped to break the old record by making 1,585 snowmen to beat the previous record of 1,279 snowmen, set by more than 350 participants in the United States in 2011. The competition was part of the Iiyama Snow Festival and the Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort is near to city.
Nozawa-Ski-resortNozawa Onsen Snow Resort

Amazon drones off –
The Federal Aviation Authority’s (FAA) sets draft rules for the use of drones in US airspace which state that pilots must remain within eyesight of their unmanned crafts. This would not allow Amazon to launch its Amazon Air delivery service which the firm said last year it had the technology in place to launch as soon as regulations were in place.

Video of the Day –

The Snowman

The Snowman from Neil Wrischnik on Vimeo.

August 4, 2015

Top News Stories –

British men become youngest to row Atlantic Ocean –
Two British men have become the world’s youngest to row across the Atlantic Ocean. Tom Rainey and Lawrence Walters, both aged 23, left New York on 3 May in their boat Yves, bound for the UK. They landed in Salcombe, Devon, after rowing for about 3,800 miles and were welcomed by hundreds of well-wishers. Team Ocean Valour is raising funds for the Brain Tumour Charity, in memory of Mr Rainey’s father who died from the disease. The pair, who survived capsizes and huge waves, also set an unexpected world record on route after they rowed 112.5 nautical miles (129 miles) in 24 hours at the end of May, breaking the record by nearly 10 nautical miles. The first thing they did after they got out of the boat was to eat a bacon sandwich. Their on-board food would have run out on Wednesday. [BBC]
Ocean Valour Crew ©Ocean ValourTom Rainey and Lawrence Walters ©Ocean-Valour

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale file for divorce –
After almost 13 years of marriage, Gwen Stefani has filed for divorce from Gavin Rossdale. The No Doubt musician cited irreconcilable differences for their split. Stefani filed her petition for divorce on Monday 2 August, Los Angeles Superior Court spokeswoman Mary Hearn said. The former couple, who married in 2002, have three sons together, and are seeking joint custody of their children Zuma, Kingston and Apollo. [The Guardian]
Gwen_StefaniGwen Stefani

Video of the Day –

What Is Fire? – It’s OK To Be Smart

Top Twitter Trends –

Worldwide USA UK
1 #1DonGMA #ArchThatBackChallenge #92Live
2 #NoMeVaEsoDe Lenny Kravitz #OVOFest
3 #EstoyConGanasDe Perrie Les Munro
4 #وظيفه_تحس_انك_… #1DonGMA #1DonGMA
5 #لو_تتمني_لاعب_… Kelly Osbourne #SignsYoureRightWing
6 Perrie #BadSharkTankPitches #examresults
7 야마자키 Miss Piggy Perrie
8 Kelly Osbourne #TravelTuesday Gwen Stefani
9 Gwen Stefani Happy Birthday Mr. President #BritishUpAMovie
10 #قصه_رعب_في_كلم… #CMAfest Vic O

Other News Stories –

Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • A street-corner sized sinkhole forms at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 64th Street in Sunset Park in Brooklyn, New York City, ruining the street corner, around 7:30 AM. The northbound N Broadway Local train is delayed; there is at least one disconnected pipe and gas lines are being repaired by National Grid workers; and the police have cordoned off the area. No fatalities or injuries have been reported. (Business Insider, via MSN)
  • At least 31 people are killed and about 100 injured as two express passenger trains (12 coaches of the Kamayani Express; to Varanasi fromMumbai, or Bombay) derail, partially swept off a bridge while crossing flooded tracks in India‘s Madhya Pradesh state. Related to this incident are monsoon rains and the end of a cyclone which have killed more than 100 in India. (NDTV), (Reuters, via MSN)
  • Several people are dead after two boats collide between Kiwa and Remba Islands on Lake Victoria. (The Nation)

News from Wikipedia – please support this valuable resource