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  • 04/20/18--01:09: Article 0
  • David Copperfield forced to reveal

    magic trick in court


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    American magician David Copperfield has been forced to reveal a famous trick after a participant claimed he'd been injured during a Las Vegas performance.
    British tourist Gavin Cox, 58, filed a negligence lawsuit after falling while participating in the famed magician's "Lucky #13" trick.
    Mr Cox suffered a dislocated shoulder and claims he has since suffered chronic pain and brain injury. 
    Mr Copperfield has performed the trick thousands of times without incident.
    The 61-year-old's "Lucky #13" trick involves making 13 audience members, chosen at random, disappear on stage. 
    Then, the grand surprise - spoiler alert - is when the illusionist reveals the 13 at the back of the room.
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    Lawyers for Mr Copperfield, the world's highest paid magician, argued that revealing the trick would financially harm the magician, but a Las Vegas district court judge demanded an explanation.
    Chris Kenner, Mr Copperfield's executive producer, spilled the secrets of the trick in court on Tuesday.
    After curtains come down on the 13 participants on stage, they are hurried through passageways that lead them around the Las Vegas MGM resort. They leave the building and emerge again at the back of the theatre.
    Mr Cox, a resident of Kent, fell while being led through these passages by stagehands. He was taken to hospital with a dislocated shoulder at the time. 
    He said doctors later diagnosed him with a brain lesion. Mr Cox's lawsuit claimed he has spent over $400,000 (£239,000) on medical bills, according to NBC News.
    Benedict Morelli, Mr Cox's attorney, said in his opening statements that "there was a duty by the defendants to provide a safe environment to the audience participants".
    When Mr Morelli asked Mr Copperfield whether or not a participant's injury was his fault, Mr Copperfield responded: "It would depend on what happened. If I did something wrong, it would be my fault."
    Mr Cox alleges there was construction debris and dust in the passageways his client used, but Mr Copperfield said he walked the same path earlier and it was clear. 
    The Las Vegas resort MGM is also a defendant in the lawsuit, and claimed its passageways were clear.
    The resort's attorney, Jerry Popovich, said: "Mr Cox did not slip; he tripped."
    The trial will continue, with Mr Copperfield expected to testify again on Tuesday.

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    Ενα «Φωτογραφικό Χωνάκι», μια Έκθεση Φωτογραφίας («Blink») και μαθητές δημοτικού που διψούν για τέχνη!

    «Η Τέχνη ανοίγει ορίζοντες. Δημιουργεί στιγμές. Μας κάνει να βλέπουμε τα πράγματα από άλλη οπτική. Ένα έργο τέχνης είναι, πάνω από όλα, μια περιπέτεια του μυαλού». Σύμφωνα με τον Ευγένιο Ιονέσκο, Γαλλορουμάνο θεατρικό συγγραφέα. Κι έχει απόλυτο δίκιο. Αυτό είναι Τέχνη. Η περιπέτεια του μυαλού. 
    Η Αγγελίνα Ζουμπούλη είναι δασκάλα στο 4ο Δημοτικό Σχολείο Αχαρνών. Η φωτογραφία είναι το χόμπι της. Ασχολείται με αυτήν για μια δεκαετία περίπου. Μέσα από την φωτογραφία, μεταφέρει συναισθήματα, εικόνες και στιγμές. Αυτό το συναίσθημα, σκέφτηκε να το μεταφέρει και στους μαθητές της. Έτσι λοιπόν χωρίς κανένα δισταγμό και με την υποστήριξη των συναδέλφων της, προχώρησε το Project της. Τα τελευταία δύο χρόνια μαζί με τους μαθητές των δύο τμημάτων της ΣT’ τάξης του σχολείου της, πραγματοποίησαν ένα πρόγραμμα φωτογραφίας. Και φέτος θα απολαύσουν τη δουλειά τους στη δική τους έκθεση. Το όνομα της Έκθεσης. »Blink». «Αναβοσβήνω». Όλα ξεκινούν με ένα κλικ και τελειώνουν με «στιγμές» και συναισθήματα.
    Η αφίσα της Έκθεσης Φωτογραφίας, με όλα τα απαραίτητα στοιχεία για τις ημέρες που φιλοξενείται στο Δημαρχείο Αχαρνών…

    Η αφορμή του project; Τα παιδιά να δουλέψουν την αισθητική τους και να αναζητήσουν την ομορφιά… «Δεν έχουμε μια θεματολογία συγκεκριμένη γιατί τα παιδιά απλά βρίσκονταν σε διαδικασία ανακάλυψης της τέχνης αυτής.  Που ενώ είναι γενιά της εικόνας, αδυνατούσαν να δουν και να ξεχωρίσουν φωτογραφίες. Και ενώ είναι γενιά της γρήγορης εναλλαγής εικόνων, δεν τους δίνεται το περιθώριο να τις επεξεργαστούν.  Η αφορμή για μένα, ήταν να »δουλέψουν» λίγο την αισθητική τους και να αναζητήσουν την ομορφιά μέσα από την τριβή τους με την καλλιτεχνική φωτογραφία. Μια ομορφιά που βρίσκεται ακόμη και σε φωτογραφίες που φαινομενικά δε φαίνεται ότι τη διαθέτουν. Επίσης η ενασχόληση με την τέχνη απελευθερώνει τη φαντασία τους, διότι μεγαλώνοντας οι άνθρωποι τη χάνουμε.Ενώ βοηθάει επίσης και τους μαθητές με μαθησιακές δυσκολίες. Τους απελευθερώνει. Τους βοηθάει να εκφραστούν».
    Τα παιδιά διψούν για τέχνη. Διψούν για δραστηριότητες που τα βγάζουν για λίγο από το στενό μαθησιακό χώρο. Η επαφή με τα παιδιά προσφέρει όμορφες εικόνες. Από εκείνες που θέλεις να κρατήσεις για πάντα. «Αυτό που εισπράξαμε από αυτή τη διαδικασία είναι ότι ήρθαμε πιο κοντά.Γνωριστήκαν καλύτερα και τα δύο τμήματα και ανέπτυξαν έντονους φιλικούς δεσμούς. Περάσαμε πάρα πολύ όμορφα με γέλια, με απογοητεύσεις, με συγκινήσεις αλλά στο τέλος μας βοήθησαν να απολαύουμε τη φωτογραφική διαδικασία και να βρούμε χαρά μέσα σε αυτήν». Μας λέει η Αγγελίνα και συνεχίζει:
    «Έχουμε φτιάξει με συναδέλφους – φωτογράφους  κι ένα πανελλήνιο δίκτυο μαθητικής φωτογραφίας, το Φωτογραφικό Χωνάκι». Το φωτογραφικό Χωνάκι https://goo.gl/yR4bzb ) είναι ένα δίκτυο συνεργασίας μαθητών και εκπαιδευτικών που υλοποιούν προγράμματα Φωτογραφίας. «Το ξεκινήσαμε εκπαιδευτικοί της πρωτοβάθμιας εκπαίδευσης που γνωριζόμαστε ήδη από τον φωτογραφικό χώρο και ευελπιστούμε να ενταχθούν σ’ αυτό και άλλοι εκπαιδευτικοί και μαθητές που αγαπούν τη φωτογραφία. Σκοπός των προγραμμάτων φωτογραφίας που υλοποιούμε είναι η επαφή των μαθητών μας με το έργο των μεγάλων φωτογράφων. Η εκμάθηση των βασικών τεχνικών στοιχείων της φωτογραφικής μηχανής και η παραγωγή φωτογραφιών από τους ίδιους τους μαθητές».

    Η Αγγελίνα Ζουμπούλη είναι δασκάλα στο 4ο Δημοτικό Σχολείο Αχαρνών κι έχει μεγάλη όρεξη για να μεταλαμπαδεύσει την αγάπη της για τη φωτογραφία και τις τέχνες, στους μαθητές και στις μαθήτριες του σχολείου της.
    Η έκπληξη όμως της έκθεσης, έρχεται από το νησί των Αρκιών. Το 4ο Δημοτικό σχολείο Αχαρνών, συνεργάστηκε με το δημοτικό σχολείο Αρκιών. Με τη δασκάλα Μαρία Τσιαλέρα και τον μικρό Χριστάκη. Το μοναδικό μαθητή του νησιού.«Η συνεργασία με τους Αρκιούς έγινε μέσω μιας φίλης νηπιαγωγού που είναι μέλος της Ομάδας Αιγαίου και πραγματοποιούν τέτοιες δράσεις. Με αυτόν τον τρόπο ήρθαμε σε επαφή.  Κι έγινε η πρόταση να συμμετάσχει κι ο μικρός Χρήστος στην έκθεσή μας παρουσιάζοντας φωτογραφίες από το όμορφο νησί του μέσω των οποίων θα μας ξεναγήσει».
    Μάλιστα επιθυμία της Μαρίας Τσιαλέρα είναι το καλοκαίρι η Έκθεση φωτογραφίας των παιδιών να μεταφερθεί στο μικρό νησί. Με αυτόν τον τρόπο τουρίστες και κάτοικοι θα θαυμάσουν την δουλειά των μικρών μαθητών και το σχολείο θα ζωντανέψει ξανά και το καλοκαίρι. Θα μεταμορφωθεί σε χώρο πολιτισμού και έκφρασης. Και τα καλύτερα…έρχονται. Πολλοί μαθητές του δημοτικού σχολείου Αχαρνών, δήλωσαν την επιθυμία να γνωρίσουν από κοντά το συμμαθητή τους, τον Χρήστο και να ξεναγηθούν από τον ίδιο στους Αρκιούς. «Υπάρχει η επιθυμία από κάποιους μαθητές να επισκεφτούν τους Αρκιούς το καλοκαίρι με τους γονείς τους. Να γνωρίσουν και να παίξουν με το νέο τους πια φίλο και συμμαθητή το Χρήστο».
    «Άλλωστε, τι άλλο είναι η Τέχνη από ένας τρόπος για να βλέπεις τα πράγματα;»-Σωλ Μπέλοου, Καναδοαμερικανός συγγραφέας, Νόμπελ 1976.
    • Η 443 Photographica είναι η φωτογραφική ομάδαμε την οποία συνεργάζεται η Αγγελίναhttps://goo.gl/THm7wL

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  • 04/20/18--06:56: Article 3


  • 18 celebrity BFFs who have starred on screen together





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    Poehler and Fey played sisters.
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    While many co-stars become close friends after working together, there's something extra special about two BFFs getting the opportunity to work together after years of friendship. The chemistry between two real-life besties cannot be replicated. 
    Which is why people showed up at the box office year after year to see Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller star alongside each other in a dozen different movies, or why "Friends" fans were delighted to see Jennifer Aniston appear on her IRL best friend Courteney Cox's show "Cougar Town." 
    Most recently, longtime BFFs Michelle Williams and Busy Phillips finally got to reunite on screen — 15 years after the last episode of "Dawson's Creek," which they both starred in, aired. 
    Keep reading to see 18 pairs of friends-turned-co-stars that will have you reaching for your phone to convince your best friend to start working with you. 

    Michelle Williams and Busy Phillips have been BFF goals since their "Dawson's Creek" days, and have finally reunited on screen in 2018's "I Feel Pretty."



    Michelle Williams and Busy Phillips have been BFF goals since their
    Williams and Phillips.
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    Williams described their heartwarming friendship best when she told People "I'm so in love with her [Phillips]. She's proof that the love of your life does not have to be a man! That's the love of my life right there." Phillips is even godmother to Williams' daughter Matilda. 
    The two met on the set of "Dawson's Creek" in 2001 and have been inseparable ever since.Williams appeared on Phillip's sitcom "Cougar Town" in 2013, but since then their friendship has stayed confined to social media and red carpets — until now. "I Feel Pretty," their big screen debut as besties, hits screens on April 20. 

    Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's bromance is one for the ages, spanning more than 30 years and six movies.



    Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's bromance is one for the ages, spanning more than 30 years and six movies.
    Boston bros.
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    Affleck and Damon have been friends since they went to school in Boston together as kids. They came up together as actors, starring in "School Ties" and "Chasing Amy," before their big break came with "Good Will Hunting." 
    Even though the two have remained close friends, they've only appeared in two projects together in the 21 years since "Good Will Hunting;" they starred in "Dogma" and made a cameo appearance as themselves in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back." 
    According to Damon, they're not opposed to working together again in the future. "I'd love to work with Ben," he said. "The problem with Ben is every time he directs a movie he gives himself the best role in it, so until he's willing to give up the best role to one of his friends we're not going to get on with it." 

    Julia Roberts and George Clooney met on the set of "Ocean's Eleven" and have been friends and regular co-stars since. They most recently appeared in 2016 thriller "Money Monster" together.



    Julia Roberts and George Clooney met on the set of
    Roberts and Clooney at the premiere of their film "Money Monster."
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    Clooney and Roberts met on the set of "Ocean's Eleven," in which they played husband and wife. Since then, the two have collaborated in "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,""August: Osage County," which Roberts starred in and Clooney produced, and were reunited as co-stars and on-screen love interests in "Money Monster." 
    Clooney said of his BFF, "We've been really good friends for a really long time and I just adore her." 

    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have been friends since they were both working the Chicago comedy circuit in the early '90s, and have been making us jealous of their friendship ever since.



    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have been friends since they were both working the Chicago comedy circuit in the early '90s, and have been making us jealous of their friendship ever since.
    A dynamic duo.
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    Fey convinced Poehler to join her on "Saturday Night Live," which was the beginning of a hilarious two-year run as the first female "Weekend Update" hosts. The two have also appeared in "Mean Girls,""Baby Mama," and most recently "Sisters." 
    They also hosted the Golden Globes together three years in a row, successfully becoming the most iconic hosting duo ever. 

    Brad Pitt and George Clooney met on "Ocean's Eleven" and went on to play best friends in its two sequels.



    Brad Pitt and George Clooney met on
    Pitt giving Clooney bunny ears.
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    After playing best friends in "Ocean's Eleven," the lines between fiction and reality blurred and the two became close in real life. Pitt even flew to Clooney's house to meet his new twins after a night of partying at a music festival — true friendship. 
    That said, they haven't appeared on screen together since then, besides Pitt's cameo in Clooney's directorial debut, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind." 

    Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston met on the set of "Friends," and have continued to support each other on and off screen since.



    Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston met on the set of
    Aniston supporting Cox at the premiere of her directorial debut "Just Before I Go."
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    These two may be the most famous BFFs in Hollywood. Not only is Aniston godmother to Cox's daughter CocoCox was maid of honor at Aniston's wedding to then-husband Justin Theroux.
    Even though everyone would love to see a "Friends" reunion, you'll have to settle for Aniston appearing on both of Cox's post-"Friends" TV shows, "Dirt" and "Cougar Town." 

    Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph met at a bridal shower before they solidified their BFF status on "Saturday Night Live" and "Bridesmaids."



    Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph met at a bridal shower before they solidified their BFF status on
    Another pair of SNL besties.
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    Wiig and Rudolph met 10 years before "Bridesmaids" (an ode to female friendship) was released — at a baby shower hosted by Melissa McCarthy (another "Bridesmaids" star). 
    The two established their BFF goals status on "SNL" before starring together in "Bridesmaids," and then again in another rom-com, "Friends with Kids," along with two other "Bridesmaids" co-stars, Jon Hamm and Chris O'Dowd. 

    Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire have been buds since they were kids, but only appeared in one big-budget movie together ("The Great Gatsby") in 30 years of friendship.



    Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire have been buds since they were kids, but only appeared in one big-budget movie together (
    They've been friends since they were 12.
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    DiCaprio and Maguire, now both bona fide movie stars, met when they were just kids trying to break into Hollywood, at age 12. Their friendship has become notorious — the pair, along with two other friends, Lukas Haas and Kevin Connolly, became known as the "P---y Posse." 
    The two have stayed close: DiCaprio is even rumored to be the godfather of Maguire's daughter Ruby. DiCaprio's first move after being offered the part of Jay Gatsby in he 2013 film was to call Maguire and ask if he wanted to play Gatsby's only friend, Nick Carraway. While the two appeared in "This Boy's Life" and "Don's Plum,""The Great Gatsby" was the first big budget film the two starred in together. 

    Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman are one of Hollywood's best under-the-radar friendships — but they've appeared in five movies together.



    Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman are one of Hollywood's best under-the-radar friendships — but they've appeared in five movies together.
    Bateman and Aniston have been friends for years.
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    When Aniston gave a speech at Bateman's star ceremony at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, she got in a few good jabs, but mainly spoke about how lucky she was to have her "partner in crime" in her life. She said "he's one of the loveliest men to be around. He always gives you deep connection, full attention, authenticity, and some of the deepest belly laughs that I can remember. We are so very proud of you." 
    Aniston even made her first public appearance post-split from Justin Theroux to support her friend and co-star at the premiere of his new movie "Game Night." 
    The two have starred in "Horrible Bosses" and its sequel, "The Break-Up," The Switch," and "Office Christmas Party." 

    Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz met when Barrymore was 14 and Diaz was 16, and have stayed close since.



    Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz met when Barrymore was 14 and Diaz was 16, and have stayed close since.
    The duo are always laughing.
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    Though they were just teens when they met, their friendship has lasted over two decades. The pair first appeared on screen together in "Charlie's Angels," and reunited for the sequel, "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." 
    They have been giving us friendship envy for years. The two were bridesmaids in each other's weddings, and Diaz is even godmother to Barrymore's daughter. Barrymore confirmed their tight bond, saying that Diaz would be her first call from jail

    Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato bonded when they were just 10 years old on "Barney & Friends," and went on to star in Disney Channel Original Movie "Princess Protection Program."



    Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato bonded when they were just 10 years old on
    Both have broken free of the Disney Channel.
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    The beginning of their friendship is documented on "Barney & Friends," which is how they met. And while Gomez and Lovato both starred in their own Disney Channel hits, "Wizards of Waverly Place" and "Camp Rock" respectively, Disney couldn't wait to get them on screen together, which is why "Princess Protection Program" hit TV screens in 2009, along with a duet sung by the two called "One and the Same." 
    Through the ups and downs that both have had in the nine years since then, the two have always been vocally supportive of each other. Lovato explained "We've been through a lot together, we've had periods of times we here we grew apart and we just didn't really talk... she has a great soul, she's talented, she's beautiful and she will always be really, really close to my heart." 

    Seth Rogen and James Franco met as teenagers on "Freak and Geeks," and have starred in multiple comedy classics since.



    Seth Rogen and James Franco met as teenagers on
    Their friendship was truly forged during "Pineapple Express."
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    Though the two starred in cult classic "Freaks and Geeks" in the late '90s, Rogen and Franco didn't become close until they played stoner best friends in "Pineapple Express"— and then went on to appear in some of the biggest comedies of the decade, including "This Is the End,""The Interview,""Sausage Party," and Oscar-nominated "The Disaster Artist." 
    When Franco was honored by IndieWire, Rogen shared a story about his friendship with Franco, and finished his speech by saying "he helped me be happier with my work, and myself in general. And he's just a great friend and makes good pie." 

    Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff met during their Broadway days when they both starred in musical "Spring Awakening." Groff then had a recurring role on "Glee" as Michele's on again/off again boyfriend.



    Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff met during their Broadway days when they both starred in musical
    Imagine the duets they perform together.
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    These two met when they played Melchior and Wendla in the Broadway musical "Spring Awakening" in the mid-2000s. Even though they played love interests on the show, their real-life relationship is strictly platonic— Groff is openly gay. The pair are so close that they left "Spring Awakening" on the same night because they couldn't imagine acting with anyone else. 
    Michele told the New York Times that "I don't go a day without talking to Jonathan. I don't go a day without being in contact with him." So it made perfect sense that Michele would lobby for Groff to get a part on "Glee." 

    Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson are members of the "Frat Pack," but this dynamic duo alone has been in 13 movies together.



    Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson are members of the
    Stiller and Wilson perfecting their "Blue Steel" poses.
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    The Frat Pack was a name given to a group of comedians that starred in multiple films together in various combinations. While it included Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, and Vince Vaughn, Wilson and Stiller and have starred in a whopping 13 movies together. 
    Their working relationship began with "The Cable Guy" in 1996, and has led to movies ranging from the kid-friendly "Night at the Museum" series to the cult classic "Zoolander"— and its less-than-thrilling sequel 17 years later. 
    But the two had communicated before then. Wilson revealed that their first contact was in a letterStiller wrote to Wilson complimenting his work in "Bottle Rocket," and hoping that the two would be able to work together soon. In Wilson's own words, "that sure came to pass." 

    Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart met on the set of "New Moon," and are extremely close. Fanning told Stewart, "I love you so f---ing much."



    Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart met on the set of
    Stewart and Fanning.
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    Fanning called her friendship with "New Moon" co-star Stewart "one of the most special bonds in my life" in her speech celebrating her friend at the ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards. Fanning spoke very highly of Stewart, detailing their beautiful friendship, which has lasted through three "Twilight" movies and the Joan Jett biopic "The Runaways." 
    Stewart ended her own speech at the awards ceremony with a promise: "I'm so proud of you... I'll do this for you really soon. Just ask me." 

    Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey were longtime friends before collaborating on screen in "True Detective."



    Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey were longtime friends before collaborating on screen in
    Before they were detectives, Harrelson and McConaughey worked together.
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    Before becoming "True Detective" co-stars, the two worked together on "EDtv" and "Surfer, Dude" in 1999 and 2008 respectively. When talking about their working relationship, McConaughey said "One of the things [Woody] and I are good at [in] comedy is where I start and he ends and he starts and I end and we really get on a similar frequency and roll with it." 
    Even though "True Detective," continued without them, the pair are still giving the public heartwarming glimpses into their relationship, like when they reunited on the 2018 Oscars red carpet clasping hands and smiling at each other. 

    Cara Delevingne and Rihanna met at a fashion show and were close for five years before appearing in "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" together.



    Cara Delevingne and Rihanna met at a fashion show and were close for five years before appearing in
    Rihanna and Delevingne on the red carpet.
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    Delevingne recalled meeting Rihanna when "she came up to me and slapped me on the bum." And though the two have mainly been depicted as friends who just party togetherDelevingne explainedthat their relationship goes much deeper than that, saying "no matter where either of us are in the world, we know we can just pick up the phone and unload on each other, and that we are always ready to listen or offer advice." 
    And when the two were given an opportunity to act in a film together, Delevingne told Glamour that "I've seen her work in the studio, in concert, in meetings. But to see her act was incredible." 

    Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke have been friends since they were 11 — so it wasn't much of a surprise when Dunham cast Kirke in "Girls."



    Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke have been friends since they were 11 — so it wasn't much of a surprise when Dunham cast Kirke in
    The two have a tumultuous friendship on and off screen.
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    During an interview about the ending of "Girls," Dunham (the show's star and creator), revealed that Kirke had tried to quit during season two, and that Kirke even threatened to punch Dunham if she didn't leave her dressing room. But rest assured, the two worked it out. "Jemima and I fought sometimes because we've been close since we were 11, and that's one of the things you do when you're family," Dunham explained. 
    Kirke backed up Dunham's statement in the same interview, saying "It definitely caused us to get closer [after 15 years of friendship] and it caused us to fight. And then at the end of it, you know, [our relationship] was nicer."

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  • 04/20/18--07:10: Article 2


  • 27 waterfalls that are so beautiful they'll take your breath away





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    Ban Gioc-Detian Falls are located on the border of China and Vietnam.
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    It's hard not to be in awe of waterfalls
    From their sheer beauty to their immense power, they're one of the most picturesque things in the natural world. And since most of us don't see them nearly as often as we'd like, it's even more special when we do. 
    Falls are sometimes found in remote locations, or they're difficult to get to, or only flow seasonally, so it takes a lot of planning to be able to glimpse a view. 
    If you need some travel inspiration, here are 27 waterfalls you need to see at least once. 

    Skógafoss, Iceland



    Skógafoss, Iceland
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    Iceland's Skógafoss waterfall is easily one of the most stunning falls in the world, with rainbows appearing on most days. They can be viewed from the bottom or the top, after a 370-step climb. One of 22 waterfalls along the Skoga River, this 197-foot fall is especially unique because it flows directly from two glaciers. 

    Pearl Shoal Waterfall, China



    Pearl Shoal Waterfall, China
    Pearl Shoal Waterfall.
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    Pearl Shoal Waterfall is located in China's Sichuan province, and is named for the pearl-like colors the thin water reflects in the sun when it flows over the shoal surface beneath it. The 130-foot falls are also tied to a fascinating legend of a young girl who pulled sacred water down from the mountain, creating the falls and a dense, beautiful forest. 

    Veliki Slap Waterfall, Croatia



    Veliki Slap Waterfall, Croatia
    Veliki Slap Waterfall.
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    Located near the border of Bosnia, Plitvice National Park is Croatia's first national parkand home to more than a dozen waterfalls of varying sizes. The largest is the Veliki Slap Waterfall at 255 feet. Visiting in the winter will give you a different view, as the falls partially freeze and become surrounded by snow and ice. 

    Palouse Falls, Washington

    Palouse Falls are considered one of the last waterfalls still active from the Missoula floods, which occurred at the end of the last Ice Age. It was also designated as Washington's state waterfall in 2014. The winding path of the Palouse River and the 200-foot plunge of the falls are a must-see for any history buff and waterfall fan. 

    Iguazu Falls, on the border of Brazil and Argentina



    Iguazu Falls, on the border of Brazil and Argentina
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    These massive and powerful falls are located in the Iguazu River, which forms the border of Brazil and Argentina. Collectively, they boast a height of around 269 feet and a staggering width of 1.7 miles. Depending on the time of year, there are around 275 separate falls that make up the waterfalls as a whole. 
    To put their size in perspective, they're twice as tall as Niagara Falls and three times as wide. From November to March, enough water flows through the falls to fill five Olympic swimming pools. The Brazilian and Argentinian sides both offer completely different, yet both awe-inspiring, views of the falls. 

    Niagara Falls, New York and Canada



    Niagara Falls, New York and Canada
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    Niagara Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in the world, with about 30 million visitors a year. Those tourists are there to get a view of the three falls — Horseshoe, American, and Bridal Veil— that make up Niagara Falls. Horseshoe Falls, which lies on the Canadian side, is the tallest at 167 feet. An astounding amount of water crashes down the falls every second — 3,160 tons to be exact

    Jog Falls, India

    Also known as "Gerosoppa Falls" or "Joga Falls," the Jog Falls are among the highest waterfalls in India at 830 feet. Like many falls on this list, their appearance can change seasonally. During monsoon season — July to September — the falls transform from several segmented falls to one plunge waterfall. 

    Victoria Falls, on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe



    Victoria Falls, on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe
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    These well-known falls are on the Zambezi River, which forms the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. There are several viewing points for this incredible 354-foot fall, which can be seen at peak flow during the flood season in March and April. Although it's not the tallest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls is often referred to as "the greatest curtain of falling water in the world."

    Hanging Glacier, Chile



    Hanging Glacier, Chile
    Ventisquero Falls.
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    Chile's Hanging Glacier is also called "Ventisquero Falls" after the explorer who discovered the wonder in 1875. This attraction — the most popular in Queulat National Park— is exactly what it sounds like — a glacier that "hangs" above a rock ravine, as water plunges down into a river located in a valley formed by mountains surrounding the glacier. Although visitors can see the falls at any time of the year, snow and ice largely cover them during the late spring and early summer

    Angel Falls, Venezuela



    Angel Falls, Venezuela
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    Angel Falls is the tallest waterfall in the world at an astounding 3,212 feet from a plateau on top of Auyán-Tepuí, which translates to "Devil's Mountain." In 2009, former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez declared the falls be called by their indigenous name, Kerepakupai Merú. The falls are so deep in the jungle that it's nearly impossible to see them up close from the ground. Your best bet is to get a bird's-eye view from a plane. 

    Multnomah Falls, Oregon



    Multnomah Falls, Oregon
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    A short drive from Portland, Multnomah Falls is one of the few falls that doesn't dry up in the summer, although the flow is usually highest in the spring and winter. If tranquility is what you're looking for, this might not be the right fall for you. It's a popular tourist spot, bringing in more than two million visitors a year to see the 611-foot drop.

    Kaieteur Falls, Guyana

    Kaieteur Falls are so impressive that it's no wonder they remain the top-visited attraction in the country. Located in Kaieteur National Park, the falls consist of a single 741-foot drop. Since they are within the Amazon Rainforest, traveling there can be a challenge, but there are guided tours available

    Rhine Falls, Switzerland

    Rhine Falls is not only the largest waterfall in Switzerland, it's also very friendly to tourists. You can get an amazing view of the 75-foot-high fall, which flows heaviest in the summer, while standing on platforms that jut out over the Rhine River. While you're there, make sure to see the castles near the falls — Worth and Laufen— which are reachable by river boat. 

    Gullfoss Waterfall, Iceland



    Gullfoss Waterfall, Iceland
    Gullfoss Waterfall.
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    The Gullfoss Waterfall is truly a display of natural beauty. This multi-staged waterfall is in the Hvítá River and plunges 104 feet. It gets its water from the country's second largest glacier, Langjökull. The fall can be visited on its own or as a part of Iceland's famous Golden Circle tour

    Havasu Falls, Arizona



    Havasu Falls, Arizona
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    Located in the Grand Canyon as one of five of the Havasupai Falls, the Havasu Falls are among the most difficult on this list to visit. To see the 100-foot drop requires a 10-mile hike, in addition to a permit to visit the Havasupai Indian Reservation. There are other falls in the area that are easier to see, but the Havasu Falls are considered the most beautiful thanks to their signature turquoise water. 

    Wallaman Falls, Australia



    Wallaman Falls, Australia
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    Australia's tallest single-drop waterfall, Wallaman Falls' main drop is around 880 feet, not counting multiple smaller ledes. The falls are located in the Girringun National Park — which is part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland, a UNESCO World Heritage site— where camping and hiking is also available. 

    Huangguoshu Waterfall, China



    Huangguoshu Waterfall, China
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    The Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park contains eighteen different waterfalls, but its namesake fall is the most remarkable at 255 feet. One of the best views is from the Shuiliandong (or Water-Curtain) Cave just behind the fall. 

    Ban Gioc–Detian Falls, on the border of China and Vietnam



    Ban Gioc–Detian Falls, on the border of China and Vietnam
    Ban Gioc–Detian Falls.
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    The Ban Gioc-Detian Falls are a set of two falls on the border of China and Vietnam. Known as Ban Gioc in Vietnam and Detian in China, they make up the largest border-shared waterfall in Asia, with a plunge of 98 feet. 
    The falls can be visited from either country, and each offers amazing views. The higher the water flow, the more they appear as one singular fall, which some argue isn't as thrilling. Visitors are best off going between the months of May through July. Both hiking and rafting are great ways to see the falls. 

    Dettifoss, Iceland

    Dettifoss is not only a beautiful waterfall, but it's also said to be the most powerful in Europe, boasting the most volume out of any other falls on the continent. Every second 17,657 cubic feet of water gushes over the falls. 
    It can be viewed from within the Vatnajökull National Park, which has well-maintained trails leading to the waterfall. The 328-foot-wide falls drop from a height of 148 feet

    Taughannock Falls, New York



    Taughannock Falls, New York
    Taughannock Falls.
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    Taughannock Falls are located in an unsuspecting state park near Trumansburg, New York. With playgrounds, boating, picnic tables, and grills, it's hard to believe it's also home to a 215-foot waterfall. Some trails are closed seasonally, but the fall is usually accessible year-round. 

    Yosemite Falls, California



    Yosemite Falls, California
    Yosemite Falls.
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    There are so many waterfalls in California's Yosemite National Park that they haven't even been counted. Out of all of them, Yosemite Falls is the most spectacular. At a height of 2,425 feet, it's also the park's tallest waterfall. Peak flow is in May, but the waterfall is viewable from November to July. 

    Sutherland Falls, New Zealand

    The tallest waterfall in New Zealand, Sutherland Falls is an impressive 1,900 feet. The view is unlike anything you've ever seen, but you'll have to really work for it. It's a four-day hike via the Milford Track to get to the spot, or you can take a scenic flight if that's more your speed. 

    Nuorilang Waterfall, China



    Nuorilang Waterfall, China
    Nuorilang Waterfall.
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    Like the Pearl Shoal Waterfall, the Nuorilang fall is located in China's Sichuan Province, near the city of Chengdu. It's only 66 feet tall, but with a width of 885 feet, it's the widest waterfall in China. Nuorilang reaches its strongest flow in the summer. 

    Nohkalikai Falls, India

    These breathtaking falls are can be found in Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on Earth. Despite being named after a dark legend that tells the story of a mother jumping down the waterfall to her death after her second husband killed her child, the falls are one of the most beautiful sites in India. The 1,100-foot plunge is best viewed in the fall. 

    Tugela Falls, South Africa



    Tugela Falls, South Africa
    Tugela Falls.
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    If you've never heard of Tugela Falls, it might surprise you to know that it's actually the world's second tallest waterfall with five different falls that drop a combined total of 3110 feet. The Royal Natal National Park where the falls are located can be visited year-round, but note that Tugela Falls is very dependent on the Tugela River, which can dry up at certain points throughout the year.

    Gocta Cataracts, Peru



    Gocta Cataracts, Peru
    Gocta Cataracts.
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    Despite being one of the tallest waterfalls in the world, the Gocta Cataracts remained a well-kept Peruvian secret until 2006, when a German economist working on a project in the area accidentally came across the falls on a hike. It's a two-tiered waterfall that has a combined height of 2,531 feet. 

    Mardalsfossen, Norway

    This waterfall is a rare treat, as it's only open to tourists from June 20th - August 20theach year. For the rest of the year, water from the massive 974-foot fall is channeled elsewhere for hydroelectric power, and visitors are prohibited. If your trip to Norway falls during those dates, you'll be able to walk right up to the fall, providing an up-close view of its beauty.

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    2017The Main Ingredient lead singer Cuba Gooding Sr. dies at age 72. His son is the actor Cuba Gooding Jr.
    2011Indie rocker Gerard Smith (of TV on the Radio) dies at age 36 of lung cancer.
    2003Jazz tenor saxophonist Teddy Edwards dies at age 78.
    2002Ashanti snags the top spot on the Hot 100 with her single "Foolish," and also goes to #1 with her self-titled debut album. The #2 song is "Always On Time," her collaboration with Ja Rule.More
    2002Pop singer Alan Dale ("(The Gang that Sang) Heart of My Heart") dies at age 76. Also known for playing a rock 'n roll singer in the 1956 film Don't Knock the Rock, featuring Alan Freed, Little Richard, The Treniers, and Bill Haley & His Comets. 
    2001Italian composer Giuseppe Sinopoli dies of a heart attack at age 54 while conducting the Verdi opera Aida at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Germany.
    1994Barbra Streisand begins her first tour since 1966, performing in London.
    1993Shania Twain's self-titled debut album is released. It's an impressive debut, establishing her in the world of country music. Her next three releases, produced by her husband Mutt Lange, make her a pop superstar.
    1992Blues singer and guitarist Johnny Shinesdies at age 76 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
    1992The remaining members of Queen hold the "Concert For Life" at Wembley Stadium in London, raising money for AIDS awareness in honor of their fallen frontman Freddie Mercury. David BowieElton JohnGuns N' Roses and George Michael all perform.
    1991Steve Marriott (guitarist, vocalist for The Small FacesHumble Pie) dies in a house fire, possibly caused by a cigarette, at age 44.
    1991John Fogerty marries his second wife, Julie Lebiedzinksi, in Elkhart, Indiana. The couple met at a party following one of his concerts in 1986. "Suddenly the crowd parted, and there was the most beautiful girl I'd ever seen in my life," Fogerty said.
    1985The Commodores land their first (and only) post-Lionel Richie hit with "Nightshift," which reaches #3 in the US. The song is a tribute to Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye.
    1981John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas is sentenced to five years for helping a Los Angeles-area pharmacist sell fake prescriptions, as well as drug possession. His sentence will be reduced to one month, however, after he agrees to perform 250 hours of community service in the form of anti-drug lectures.
    1978REO Speedwagon appear in the movie FM, about a top Los Angeles radio station and its motley crew of rock 'n roll DJs who fight corporate oppression.
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    4/20 Becomes A Day Of Reefer Madness

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    Five friends at San Rafael High School in California coin the term "4:20" as a euphemism for smoking pot. April 20th becomes a popular day to spark one up, as does 4:20 pm. Note that the Boston song "Smokin'" clocks in at 4 minutes, 20 seconds, and if you multiply the title numbers in Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 And #35," you get 420. Dude!

    4/20 is a celebrated day in stoner culture, and there are almost as many tales about the origin of the term "420" as there are strains of the green stuff. Some people swear that it comes from the Bob Dylan song "Rainy Day Women #12 and 35," because if you happen to be sitting around doing math while you're high, you'll realize that multiplying 12 and 35 gets you 420. The fact that the chorus is a gleeful "Everybody must get stoned!" helps perpetuate the myth, but a myth is all it is. 

    Deadheads are known for their love of the herb, but they didn't coin the term. The Boston song "Smokin'" clocks in at 4 minutes, 20 seconds, and while that's a killer coincidence, that's not where 420 starts either. It has nothing to do with police codes or the birth or death dates of any rock legends, and it definitely doesn't originate with any historical events that we wish we could forget. 

    Here's the truth: In the late 1970s, a group of teens at San Rafael High School in Northern California discover a mutual love of the sticky sweet herb. Since toking up in the halls is frowned upon even in the liberal '70s, the students - who call themselves the Waldos because they like to lean on walls - have to wait until after school to get high, so they meet up at 4:20 every day to smoke the devil's lettuce. 420 soon becomes a not-really-secret euphemism for getting stoned, and decades later, it becomes a solid part of our cultural lexicon. 

    In perhaps the most fitting commemoration of the number 420, legendary stoners Snoop Dogg(whose "Up In Smoke Tour" ended on 4/20/2000) and Willie Nelson record the song "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" on 4/20/2009, in - where else? - Amsterdam.

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    For a decade, the Greek island of Lesbos was my one true getaway. As a travel writer, I’m usually working when I visit beautiful places, following a strict schedule and always taking notes. But on this idyllic island just off the coast of Turkey, I would do nothing but eat grilled sardines and watch the sun glimmer on the clear blue Aegean. I was content to fill my days with a swim and a book, largely because Lesbos never felt like my place. It was my husband’s, and always had been.
    Peter and his Greek-American family had been visiting Lesbos since 1992. They had no roots there but felt immediately at home in the tiny seaside retreat of Skala Eressos. They loved the village’s narrow stone streets and its beachfront boardwalk lined with unpretentious cafes, its stark, rocky landscape and its broad, placid bay.
    By the time I joined the annual trip, my husband's family had long since established their routine. Hotel: Galini; restaurant: Panagiota's or Costa's places; film at the open-air cinema: yes. They also spoke all the Greek. I nodded along vaguely, even on the day Peter and I were married in the village church. On the map that decorated every restaurant tablecloth, I would trace the rough triangle of Lesbos. I knew Mytilene, on the eastern point, for its airport and ferry dock, and ‘our’ village, near the western point. But the island’s other 1,600 or so sq km remained a mystery.
    Writer Zora O’Neill has vacationed with her husband and his family in Skala Eressos on the Greek island of Lesbos for years (Credit: Credit: Malcolm P Chapman/Getty Images)
    Writer Zora O’Neill has vacationed with her husband and his family in Skala Eressos on the Greek island of Lesbos for years (Credit: Malcolm P Chapman/Getty Images)

    In 2015, Peter and I made our summer trip to Greece just as refugees fleeing war in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond began arriving on Lesbos’ shores in numbers that made international headlines. Their overcrowded rubber boats were beaching far from our village, on the island’s other coasts, not even 10km from Turkey. I speak Arabic and had visited Syria several times, so I proposed going to help. Peter, afraid he’d be in the way, begged off, but I rented a car and set out. For the first time ever on Lesbos, I sat in the driver’s seat.
    The transit camps, where thousands of people were waiting to receive their registration papers from police, had been hastily arranged in places that weren’t marked on the tablecloth maps. I knew only that they were across the island, near Mytilene – and I barely knew how to get there. After five wrong turns in the town of Kalloni, I finally rolled down my window and called out to a man: “Pou einai drómos Mytilene?”. I was surprised to find I knew the words for ‘where is’ and ‘road’, and he answered, ‘50m’ and ‘left’.
    This was so far from the Lesbos I knew, a place I’d never thought to imagine 
    Kara Tepe, the camp designated at the time just for Syrians and Iraqis, was not so much a camp as a large car park. I joined a group of Greeks cooking pasta for lunch, hundreds of servings at a time. My Arabic helped with crowd control, and food prep was done in pantomime. There was enough English to go around, just as, after a second batch of pasta, there was enough food.
    Late in the afternoon, I felt savvy enough to drive an Afghan family who had been misdirected to Kara Tepe to Moria, another camp nearby handling migrants from Afghanistan and elsewhere. Though upon arriving, my confidence stalled, as I saw the former military installation’s high walls topped with razor wire. This was so far from the Lesbos I knew, a place I’d never thought to imagine.
    A few months later, I went back to the island alone. Since the summer, I had helped build a network of volunteers. From the days I’d worked at the camp and what else I knew of Lesbos, I co-wrote a guide for others who wanted to make the trip. The situation had turned grimmer and more complex, so I had come to strengthen the network, update the guide and support the refugees however I could.
    Over the past several years, Lesbos has become a temporary refuge for Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans fleeing war (Credit: Credit: Zora O’Neill)
    Over the past several years, Lesbos has become a temporary refuge for Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans fleeing war (Credit: Zora O’Neill)
    As my ferry from Athens pulled into the port, my project suddenly felt like folly. I knew nothing about this place – I’d driven one road on this island, worked at one camp and peeked at another. Nor did I know what I might encounter here and whether I was capable of handling it. There was only one way to quell my anxiety: move forward.
    That week, I crisscrossed the island in my rental car, collecting information and new contacts from the camps, the boat landing spots and other aid points for refugees. Along the way, I marvelled at this new-to-me Lesbos. The brown, summer-sun-baked terrain I was used to was lush and green after the autumn rain. I saw other crystal-blue bays, other stone-paved village squares, and another view out to sea, direct to the coast of Turkey.
    I felt each day more capable; each day, the people of Lesbos pushed me on 
    Every time I hopped out of my car at a new site, I forced myself to say kalimera (good morning) or kalispera (good evening). Without Peter as my safety net, I flung the only greetings I knew like a rope. Greeks grabbed it and pulled me in. They answered my questions about the needs at the camps and told me their stories and why they had come out to help. Many had refugees in their own families, only a few generations back, from the Greco-Turkish War and the ensuing population exchange of 1923, all of which forced more than 1.5 million Christians and Muslims from their homes.
    Until then, I had seen the Greek penchant for welcoming foreigners in action only at, say, a beach taverna (a small restaurant). But in this emergency, in service of those fleeing violence and religious and political persecution, it was an altogether more awesome force: fierce and righteous and driven by the island’s history. Working in its glow, I felt each day more capable; each day, the people of Lesbos pushed me on.
    Overcrowded rubber boats carry refugees to Lesbos from Turkey, a short journey that has proven dangerous (Credit: Credit: Zora O’Neill)
    Overcrowded rubber boats carry refugees to Lesbos from Turkey, a short journey that has proven dangerous (Credit: Zora O’Neill)
    The last place I visited on my return trip was Moria camp. Now vastly overcrowded, awash in mud and trimmed in a second layer of razor wire, it was even bleaker than when I’d delivered the Afghan family in summer. I walked around for an hour, handing out maps and information packs, dry socks and chocolate, but the capability I’d felt elsewhere was sapped. My gestures felt small and futile.
    Out by my car, a Kurdish family flagged me down and asked me how to get to the port. Months before, I wouldn’t have been able to answer. This time, I knew the bus timetables well enough to say they’d missed the last one, but I could offer them a lift. At the port, I helped them buy ferry tickets and made sure they ate a good meal. As they boarded the boat for the next leg of their long journey, they were smiling for the first time in hours. Playing host, I’d restored their spirits, and mine.
    Signs posted at the Mytilene port detail transportation options around Lesbos and to mainland Greece (Credit: Credit: Zora O’Neill)
    Signs posted at the Mytilene port detail transportation options around Lesbos and to mainland Greece (Credit: Zora O’Neill)
    Since then, I’ve been back to Lesbos twice more on my own and visited nearly every corner. The island feels smaller now, the mystery of the tablecloth map solved. But it also feels richer, as the place names now evoke two islands: the hazy Lesbos of my summer holidays, and the vivid Lesbos of the refugee crisis.
    Some spots on this new Lesbos are marked by tragedy – Molyvos, where villagers had to tend to the casualties of a shipwreck, and Moria, that chronic dark spot. But I also associate the island with a newfound joy, one that comes from clear purpose and common cause. As one island resident wrote to the volunteer network, “Lesbos now is a great school for all humanity,” and every place I visited stands as a lesson in generosity and compassion.
    My solo experiences on Lesbos have been so intense, so separate from my husband and so intimately mine, that when it came time for our usual family trip this past summer, I was apprehensive. Could I return to the routine of sun and sardines and open-air films? Rationally, I knew that my holiday was also a way of helping the island, as its tourism economy had suffered after all the dramatic headlines. But when we set off for ‘our’ village, I still felt as if I was sneaking from one island to another.
    Zora O’Neill: “Every place I visited stands as a lesson in generosity and compassion” (Credit: Credit: Zora O’Neill)
    Zora O’Neill: “Every place I visited stands as a lesson in generosity and compassion” (Credit: Zora O’Neill)
    A few days into our trip, I sneaked off again, to have tea with a fellow volunteer, an Australian expat who’d lived in Skala Eressos for years. (“Since when do you have friends here?” my brother-in-law asked, bewildered.) It was briefly jarring to see her at ease and not in emergency mode – and then it was comforting to catch up. As we chatted about refugee needs, volunteer dynamics and life in the village, I gradually felt less conflicted. My two experiences of Lesbos were knitting together.
    Lesbos now is a great school for all humanity 
    Everyone on Lesbos, I saw then, has had to redraw their personal maps, to reconcile their previous lives with the current situation, deciding how, when and where to help. And for the Afghan family, the Kurdish family and the hundreds of thousands of others who have passed through or are detained on the island, Lesbos is forever marked on their own life maps.
    This island is no longer just my husband’s place. It also belongs to me, and to everyone who has ever reached its shores.

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    Norway’s newest landmark is a place of absurd beauty. The redesigned rest area, situated along a section of the Norwegian Scenic Route, overlooks stunning views of the fjords and the open sea, and is a popular spot for visitors and locals to watch the northern lights in winter and the midnight sun in summer.
    Now this picturesque place is quickly gaining a stranger kind of fame, for being home to what may be the most beautiful public toilet the world over.
    As part of a project to enhance Norway’s scenic highways with innovative architecture, a sleek viewing area with marble benches and amphitheater steps leading down to the water were built along the roadside. And next to them, a striking, wave-shaped public restroom.
    Made of frosted glass and concrete, in quintessential minimalist design, the structure seems to glow in the dark as the glass is lit at night. In the daytime, the facility offers just about the most breathtaking view you could hope to enjoy while relieving yourself.
    The rest area gets its name from the World War II memorial located at the site. The monument commemorates the Norwegian “Uredd” submarine (meaning “fearless”) that sank during the war, causing 42 soldiers to lose their lives.

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  • The world faces a future of floods, famine, and extreme heat — here's how we survive

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    The warnings were plentiful. The limits were clearly defined. 
    We have long understood how to keep the Earth's average temperature from reaching dangerous levels. But as greenhouse gases in the atmosphere continue to trap more heat, we're now face-to-face with the volatile climate, intense heat waves, and large-scale storms scientists predicted decades ago. 
    Substantial damage is already locked in, even if emissions — the cause of the problem — are quickly cut. The question is no longer whether we can prevent a climate crisis. It's: Now what
    Scientists, planners, engineers, and entrepreneurs are developing solutions and adaptations to address this new reality. But surviving in an inevitably harsher environment will require fundamental changes to the way we eat, live, build, and power the world. 
    Business Insider reporters have spent months reporting on the changes we need to make and the people trying to make them for a series titled 'Saving Our World.' You can see the full series here. 

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    In Humacao, a Puerto Rican province blacked out by Hurricane Maria, residents asked for help on October 10, 2017. That month, German energy company Sonnen worked with local company Pura Energia to provide solar power to the region.
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    Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world when it comes to flooding, storms, and impact from sea level rise. 
    In 2016, Bangladesh experienced four cyclones— a record number in the country's recent history. And by 2050, sea level rise could inundate 17% of its land and displace up to 18 million people in Bangladesh, according to Atiq Rahman, the nation's leading climate scientist. 
    Extreme weather events already flood many homes, schools, and commercial buildings every year. 
    An Amsterdam-based architecture firm called Waterstudio has come up with one possible solution: floating structures that can withstand storms. 
    Waterstudio will deliver five of these structures, called City Apps, in Dhaka, Bangladesh in late November. 
    Check out the project below. 

    Waterstudio will soon premiere five City Apps in Korail, a low-income community in Dhaka, Bangladesh. They are portable and can move to different neighborhoods.

    Waterstudio will soon premiere five City Apps in Korail, a low-income community in Dhaka, Bangladesh. They are portable and can move to different neighborhoods.
    A City App classroom in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
     Waterstudio
    City Apps can be customized for several types of uses, including classrooms, water filtration systems, medical clinics, or homes. 

    During the day, one structure will be a classroom featuring 20 tablet workstations and two teaching screens. In the evening, it will be used as an internet cafe.

    During the day, one structure will be a classroom featuring 20 tablet workstations and two teaching screens. In the evening, it will be used as an internet cafe.
    A City App classroom in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
     Waterstudio

    The other four units will consist of a community kitchen, a facility with a public restroom and shower, and another with a back-up generator for electricity. The units are powered by solar panels located on the roofs.

    The other four units will consist of a community kitchen, a facility with a public restroom and shower, and another with a back-up generator for electricity. The units are powered by solar panels located on the roofs.
    A City App classroom in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
     Waterstudio

    The units will be buoyed to the sea floor, and move up and down as water levels rise, helping them withstand storms. They're designed to be air-tight to reduce the risk of flooding.

    The units will be buoyed to the sea floor, and move up and down as water levels rise, helping them withstand storms. They're designed to be air-tight to reduce the risk of flooding.Waterstudio

    The City Apps, which cost $53,000, were built in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Waterstduio CEO Koen Olthius told Business Insider.

    The City Apps, which cost $53,000, were built in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Waterstduio CEO Koen Olthius told Business Insider.Waterstudio

    Each foundation is made of wooden pallets, wire, and thousands of recycled plastic bottles, which allow the structures to float.

    Each foundation is made of wooden pallets, wire, and thousands of recycled plastic bottles, which allow the structures to float.Waterstudio

    Founded in 2003, Waterstudio is known for its floating structures. It has constructed more than 200 buildings on water around the world, including these floating villas for a neighborhood called IJburg in Amsterdam, Netherlands:

    Founded in 2003, Waterstudio is known for its floating structures. It has constructed more than 200 buildings on water around the world, including these floating villas for a neighborhood called IJburg in Amsterdam, Netherlands:Waterstudio

    Olthius hopes the City App project will provide valuable resources to neighborhoods in developing nations, especially ones threatened by climate change.

    Olthius hopes the City App project will provide valuable resources to neighborhoods in developing nations, especially ones threatened by climate change.Waterstudio
    Waterstudio is working with local developers on the project in case they want to build more units. 

    "Some people live very close to the water — in vulnerable locations," he said. "They can use these structures to improve their neighborhoods."

    Waterstudio

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  • 04/20/18--22:40: Article 7
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    Some of the corals here are already bleaching, losing their color, which is a sign that they're being stressed by heat or acidity.
    The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview Survey/Richard Vevers
    • Since 2016, coral bleaching events have killed off approximately half of the Great Barrier Reef, the largest and most extensive reef system in the world.
    • The heat and acidity devastating the Great Barrier Reef are killing other corals around the globe.
    • Without coral reefs, there could be a rippling ecosystem collapse in the oceans, with devastating effects on the planet.


    For coral reefs around the world, time is running out. That bad news for reefs is also bad news for the rest of the ocean and for humanity, since we depend on the planet's seas. 
    One-third of the 3,863 reefs that make up the Great Barrier Reef — the largest, most extensive reef system in the world — went through a catastrophic die-off after a searing heat wave in 2016, according to a study newly published in the journal Nature. A bleaching event in 2017 devastated even more of that reef, and the cumulative effects have killed an estimated half of the magnificent system in just two years. 
    The same devastation is hitting reefs around the world .According to some estimates, similar conditions around the globe have killed off about half the world's coral reefs in the past 30 years. 
    The Great Barrier Reef corals were vulnerable because they've been subjected to warming oceans that are rapidly becoming more acidic. Those changes have been driven by human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, which are warming the world and causing Earth's climate to change faster than reefs can keep up. 

    A healthy ocean depends on reefs 

    Reefs are stunning psychedelic wonderlands that snorkelers and divers love to explore — they're full of colorful shapes, swaying and branching creatures, and more. Reefs provide jobs for people in fishing and tourism industries, and they also protect coastal areas from surging seas. 
    But perhaps more importantly, 25% of fish species spend some part of their life cycle in reefs, despite the fact that they cover less than 1% of the ocean floor
    Losing such an essential part of the ocean environment could therefore have rippling effects that cause much broader collapse. 
    As Michael Crosby, a marine scientist and the president of Mote Laboratory and Aquarium, told Business Insider for a recent feature on reef restoration, loss of reefs could have potentially terrifying consequences. 
    "You like to breathe?" Crosby asked. "Estimates are that up to 80% of the oxygen you are breathing in right now comes from the ocean. It doesn't come from the land. In order for you to continue to breathe, you have to have a healthy ocean." 
    coral bleaching reefs
    There are ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ among corals as they respond to the accumulating impacts of climate change.
    ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies/ Mia Hoogenboom

    How reefs end 

    The reason reefs are dying is human activity. 
    In some places, overfishing has wiped out healthy food chains, allowing algae and parasites to overwhelm corals. At other sites, boats dragging anchors and nets — or just scraping along the sea floor — have damaged or destroyed reefs. Pollution from agriculture and runoff from cities can cause disease and kill these creatures as well. 
    But most importantly, the burning of fossil fuels has warmed the planet. And Earth's oceans have absorbed the majority of that heat, about 90% of it so far. 
    As waters rapidly warm, corals lose the components that give them color and help them produce food, a process called bleaching. That slows their growth and makes them vulnerable to algae, disease, and death. Increased ocean acidification caused by the absorption of carbon dioxide causes bleaching, too. 
    It's these bleaching events that have rapidly wiped out so much of the Great Barrier Reef. The same conditions can be seen in the Caribbean and other sites around the world. 
    At present rates, it's expected that by 2030, 60% of all coral reefs are expected to be highly or critically threatened, and 98% of reefs will be exposed to potentially fatal conditions every year. 
    It's possible that coral reefs around the world could be mostly wiped out by 2050 or soon after. 
    As the authors wrote in the recent Great Barrier Reef study, these processes are likely to continue — and they'll totally transform ocean ecosystems. 
    "The most likely scenario, therefore, is that coral reefs throughout the tropics will continue to degrade over the current century until climate change stabilizes, allowing remnant populations to reorganize into novel, heat-tolerant reef assemblages," the authors wrote. 
    In other words, reefs as we know them - and the habitats and greater ecosystems they support — will be gone. What'll remain are areas or corals that happen to be abnormally tolerant of heat or acid. But coral reefs overall won't be the same and whatever does survive likely won't be able to make up for the lost functions. 

    A last ditch effort to save reefs? 

    Around the world, scientists are trying to come up with ways to save reefs. 
    Efforts include identifying coral that's particularly resilient to heat or acidity, and pioneering ways to quickly regrow coral so that dying reefs can be re-populated. 
    Coral 2x1Courtesy Mote Marine Laboratory
    Scientists involved in this work have achieved impressive results: in some cases they've recreating coral organisms that originally took a century or two to grow in just a few years. 
    Other researchers are looking at ways to breed super-corals. On the Great Barrier Reef, researchers have been able to replant coral larvae in some sections after collecting eggs and sperm. 
    But as demonstrated by the massive die-offs at the largest reef system in the planet, these sorts of efforts won't be enough to save the world's reefs without dealing with the larger carbon emissions problem. Individual efforts can't keep up when 50% of the world's biggest reef system dies in just a couple of years. 
    As the researchers wrote in their new paper, the important question is when climate change could stabilize. If humans make that happen soon, more reef systems will be able to be preserved. Then — using these sorts of regrowing techniques — they could eventually be restored to some degree. 
    But if climate change isn't stabilized soon, the authors wrote, "[t]he large-scale loss of functionally diverse corals is a harbinger of further radical shifts in the condition and dynamics of all ecosystems, reinforcing the need for risk assessment of ecosystem collapse." 
    In other words, if we don't deal with the problem soon, we should think about what widespread ocean ecosystem collapse will look like and mean for humanity. 
    In that type of scenario, cities will lose their protection against big storm surges, fishing and tourism industries could be eliminated, and the ocean may become largely lifeless or at least extremely transformed. 
    As Crosby said, the consequences from that bleak transformation could be more severe than most of us can imagine.

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  • 04/20/18--22:47: Article 6
  • VIDEO: There are nearly as many guns as people in the United States. Mass shootings have surged in recent years, including a high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead this year, a Las Vegas shooting where 58 concert-goers were murdered in 2017, and a 2016 Florida nightclub attack that killed 49. The rash of deadly incidents has led to a boost in business for specialists who help people prepare for active shooter scenarios. VOA goes along with a security expert as he teaches a church congregation in Virginia how to be prepared should the worst happen.
    ON THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY
    On April 20, 1999, two teenage gunmen kill 13 people at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. The shootings impact school security nationwide; lockdown drills are instituted and emergency responders develop plans to deal with future school shooting situations. Most schools start locking exterior doors during the school day and allow students to bring cell phones to school so worried parents can contact them. Before Columbine, few schools locked their doors and most students were not allowed to use cell phones in school.
    Chaotic week. North Korea, a scathing assessment of the president by former FBI director James Comey; court appearances by his personal lawyer Michael Cohen; along with adult film star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with the president. It’s all added up to a tumultuous week for the the president as the political phenomenon of Donald Trump continues to break the mold.
    National Guard troops on the border with Mexico. Undocumented people taking sanctuary in churches. Desperation in East Africa and Yemen. A court decision that makes it more difficult to deport some legal immigrants with criminal records. Here’s this week’s immigration roundup from VOA News.
    VIDEO: An American father who lost his son in Iraq was comforted by a chance encounter in Washington with the nurse who cared for the soldier during his final moments. Army nurse Paula Couglin could never forget preparing 1st Lt. Nainoa Hoe’s body for burial, and the fallen soldier’s father laughed when she told him why.
    Tourists appear to be Beijing’s latest weapon to boost its claims to disputed areas in the South China Sea. China is waiving visas for foreign visitors who want to travel to its southernmost province. The move will make a nearby, widely disputed sea more accessible to curious travelers. 
    VIDEO: What if refilling a prescription was as easy as withdrawing money from an ATM? South Africa is testing ATM-like machines that can dispense HIV medications. In Johannesburg, VOA checks out the devices health experts say could be a game-changer in the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

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  • 04/20/18--22:58: Article 5
  • FRECCIARGENTO

    Με «Ασημένιο Βέλος» Αθήνα-Θεσ/νίκη σε 200 λεπτά

    Με ταχύτητες που αγγίζουν τα 250 χλμ./ώρα

    Έρχεται από τον Σεπτέμβριο του 2018 το «Ασημένιο Βέλος» («Frecciargento» στα ιταλικά), η υπερσύγχρονη αμαξοστοιχία που φέρνουν στην Ελλάδα οι Ιταλοί, και θα ενισχύσει τον ελληνικό σιδηρόδρομο της ΤΡΑΙΝΟΣΕ.
    Με ταχύτητες που αγγίζουν τα 250 χλμ./ώρα, το «Ασημένιο Βέλος» αναμένεται να σηματοδοτήσει μια σημαντική αλλαγή στις σιδηροδρομικές μετακινήσεις στην ελληνική Επικράτεια, αφού πλέον η διαδρομή Αθήνα-Θεσσαλονίκη θα γίνεται μέσα 3 ώρες και 20 λεπτά.
    Ας υπενθυμίσουμε εδώ, πως με τις ήδη υπάρχουσες αμαξοστοιχίες, το συγκεκριμένο ταξίδι πραγματοποιείται σε έξι ώρες.

    Άνετο και ξεκούραστο ταξίδι

    Το ταξίδι εκτός από πολύ γρήγορο, θα είναι και άνετο, καθώς το συγκεκριμένο τρένο της Ferrovie, διαθέτει όλες τις απαραίτητες ανέσεις για τους επιβάτες, όπως κλιματισμό, τραπεζάκια ανά κάθισμα, οθόνες LCD για την παρακολούθηση μηνυμάτων και ψυχαγωγικού προγράμματος, μπαρ κ.α.


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  • 04/20/18--23:03: Article 4
  •  το ψαροχώρι oπου γίνεται χαμός κάθε καλοκαίρι από ζάμπλουτους Τούρκους


    Με αυτό το χωριό της Σάμου με την εξωτική παραλία έχει ξετρελαθεί η ελίτ της Τουρκίας. Πρόκειται για το Ποσειδώνιο (γνωστό και ως Μουλάι Μπραχίμ) της Σάμου, το οποίο βρίσκεται περίπου 10 χιλιόμετρα νοτιοανατολικά από την πρωτεύουσα του νησιού.

    Συγκεκριμένα, αυτό το γραφικό ψαροχώρι απέναντι από το τουριστικό Κουσάντασι της Τουρκίας, αποτελεί έναν αγαπημένο προορισμό της τουρκικής ελίτ, κυρίως λόγω της μικρής απόμερης παραλίας με τα τικρουάζ νερά και την χρυσαφένια άμμο.
    Με την παραλία να είναι οργανωμένη και να έχει θέα τα μικρασιατικά παραλία, δεκάδες πάμπλουτοι Τούρκοι περνούν εκεί τις ημέρες τους το καλοκαίρι.

    Μάλιστα, η τούρκικη ελίτ φτάνει με τα πολυτελή σκάφη στον όρμο και κατακλύζει τις τοπικές ταβέρνες, οι οποίες έχουν εξοπλιστεί, με μόνιμα τοποθετημένες τσαγιέρες ώστε να εξυπηρετούν τις ανάγκες των Τούρκων τουριστών
    Επίσης, στο Ποσειδώνιο, οι πλούσιοι τουρίστες από την Τουρκία δεν φορούν μπούργκες και τουρμπάνια, αλλά μπικίνι και μαγιό, ενώ είναι πολλοί περισσότεροι από τους  Έλληνες επισκέπτες.


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       43: ο Μάρκος Αντώνιος ηττάται στη μάχη της Μούτινα (σημερινή Μοδένα). 

       753: σύμφωνα με το μύθο, ο Ρωμύλος ιδρύει τη Ρώμη. 

       1699: πεθαίνει ο Γάλλος δραματουργός Ρακίνας. 

       1748: γεννιέται στη Σμύρνη ο Αδαμάντιος Κοραής. 

       1792: απαγχονίζεται ο επαναστάτης Ζοακίμ Ζοζέ ντα Σίλβα, γνωστός ως Tiradentes , που ηγήθηκε της επανάστασης για την ανεξαρτησία της Βραζιλίας. 

       1816: γεννιέται η Αγγλίδα συγγραφέας Σαρλότ Μπροντέ. 

       1864: γεννιέται ο Γερμανός οικονομολόγος και κοινωνιολόγος Μαξ Βέμπερ. 

       1909: στο Βατικανό, εγκύκλιος εξυμνεί τον ’Αγιο Ανσέλμο, που συμβολίζει την πάλη ενάντια στο μοντερνισμό. 

       1910: πεθαίνει σε ηλικία 74 ετών ο μεγάλος Αμερικανός συγγραφέας Μαρκ Τουέιν. 

       1912: οι ομάδες New York Giants και New York Yankees συμμετέχουν σε αγώνα για την ενίσχυση, όσων επιβίωσαν από το ναυάγιο του Τιτανικού. 

       1915: "γεννιέται ο ηθοποιός ’Αντονι Κουίν, πρωταγωνιστής της ταινίας ""Ζορμπάς""." 

       1921: οι Αλβανοί πραγματοποιούν επίθεση εναντίον της Κορυτσάς και του Αργυροκάστρου, με αρκετά θύματα. 

       1922: ο Λι ντε Φόρεστ ανακοινώνει την εφεύρεση κινηματογραφικής συσκευής, που μπορεί να προβάλει εικόνες και να μεταδίδει το μαγνητοφωνημένο ήχο ταυτόχρονα. 

       1923: στην Ιταλία, ο Μουσολίνι ανακηρύσσει την ημέρα ίδρυσης της Ρώμης εθνική γιορτή, ενώ καταργεί την Πρωτομαγιά. 

       1929: σύμφωνα με τα αποτελέσματα των εκλογών για τη Γερουσία, οι Φιλελεύθεροι του Ελευθέριου Βενιζέλου καταλαμβάνουν 72 από τις 92 έδρες. 

       1930: γεννιέται η Ιταλίδα ηθοποιός και σύζυγος του παραγωγού Ντίνο ντε Λαουρέντις, Σιλβάνα Μαγκάνο. 

       1930: στο Οχάιο των ΗΠΑ, 355 κρατούμενοι χάνουν τη ζωή τους, όταν ξεσπά πυρκαγιά τεραστίων διαστάσεων σε φυλακή με 3.500 κρατούμενους, ενώ εκ κατασκευής προβλεπόταν να στεγάσει μόνο 1.500. 

       1935: 2.000 νεκροί και 13.000 άστεγοι είναι ο τραγικός απολογισμός του σεισμού, που πλήττει τη θαλάσσια περιοχή της Φορμόζας. 

       1938: πεθαίνει ο Ινδός φιλόσοφος και ποιητής, Αλάμα Μεχμέτ Ικμπάλ. 

       1941: αναλαμβάνει πρωθυπουργός ο Εμμανουήλ Τσουδερός, ενώ τα κυβερνητικά στελέχη της 4ης Αυγούστου (Μανιαδάκης, Νικολούδης, Δημητράτος κλπ.) παραμένουν στις θέσεις τους. 

       1946: πεθαίνει ο Βρετανός οικονομολόγος Τζον Μέιναρντ Κέινς. 

       1947: γεννιέται ο ρόκερ Ίγκι Ποπ. 

       1948: πωλείται η πρώτη κάμερα Polaroid στις ΗΠΑ. 

       1951: γεννιέται ο μαθηματικός Μάικλ Χάρτλεϊ Φρίντμαν. 

       1951: οι αρχές της Ουγγαρίας αφήνουν ελεύθερο τον Ρόμπερτ Φόγκερελ, ο οποίος είχε καταδικαστεί για κατασκοπεία για λογαριασμό των ΗΠΑ. 

       1953: "δύο κορυφαίοι βοηθοί του Αμερικανού γερουσιαστή Τζόζεφ ΜακΚάρθι εισηγούνται την απομάκρυνση 30.000 τόμων από τις ευρωπαϊκές βιβλιοθήκες της Υπηρεσίας Πληροφοριών των ΗΠΑ χαρακτηρίζοντάς τους ""φιλο-κομουνιστικούς""." 

       1953: τα γαλλικά στρατεύματα εκκενώνουν το βόρειο Λάος. 

       1955: στο Λάος, η Κυβέρνηση αποτυγχάνει να έρθει σε συμφωνία με τους επαναστάτες. 

       1958: γεννιέται η Αμερικανίδα ηθοποιός ’Αντι ΜακΝτάουελ. 

       1959: γεννιέται ο μουσικός του συγκροτήματος Cure, Ρόμπερτ Σμιθ. 

       1959: καθελκύεται από τα ναυπηγεία της Σύρου το πρώτο φορτηγό πλοίο. 

       1963: ο Γρηγόρης Λαμπράκης ξεκινάει από το Μαραθώνα στην πρώτη Πορεία Ειρήνης κατά τη διάρκεια της οποίας συλλαμβάνεται και κακοποιείται. 

       1967: γίνεται στρατιωτικό πραξικόπημα στην Ελλάδα υπό το συνταγματάρχη Γεώργιο Παπαδόπουλο. Οι πραξικοπηματίες ορίζουν ως πρωθυπουργό τον αρεοπαγίτη Κωνσταντίνο Κόλλια. 

       1969: 1.152 δρομείς ξεκινούν στο Μαραθώνιο της Βοστόνης δημιουργώντας ρεκόρ συμμετοχής. 

       1969: ο αμερικανικός στόλος εισέρχεται στη θάλασσα της Ιαπωνίας προς προστασία των αεροπλάνων στις ακτές της Βόρειας Κορέας. 

       1970: η επαρχία Χατ Ρίβερ αποχωρεί από την Κοινοπολιτεία της Αυστραλίας. 

       1970: "ο Oscar Robertson γνωστός σαν ""Big O.""μεταγράφεται από τους Cincinnati Royals στους Milwaukee Bucks όπου συναντά τον νεαρό Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, τον γνωστό αργότερα σαν Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Πολύ πριν από τον Jordan και τον Magic Johnson επαναπροσδιορίζει τον ρόλο του γκαρντ πετυχαίνοντας παράλληλα πολλά triple-doubles. Στην 14χρονη καριέρα του με τις δυο ομάδες σημείωσε 9.887 ασίστ ρεκόρ που κράτησε δυο δεκαετίες και καταρρίφθηκε από τον Magic Johnson και τον Stockton. Το 1997 δωρίζει το νεφρό του στην κόρη του που πάσχει από λύκο." 

       1972: θεμελιώνεται το νέο Δικαστικό Μέγαρο Αθηνών, στη λεωφόρο Αλεξάνδρας. 

       1975: ο Bill Rodgers κερδίζει τον Μαραθώνιο της Βοστόνης σε χρόνο ρεκόρ 2:09.55 ενώ την ίδια ημέρα το 1980 θα κερδίσει τον 3ο του συνεχόμενο μαραθώνιο. 

       1975: στο Νότιο Βιετνάμ, παραιτείται μετά από 10 χρόνια στην εξουσία ο πρόεδρος Θιέου, καταγγέλλοντας τις ΗΠΑ ως αναξιόπιστες και ζητώντας από τους διαδόχους του να ξεκινήσουν διαπραγματεύσεις με τις κομμουνιστικές δυνάμεις. 

       1981: με βάση τα στοιχεία της απογραφής, ο πληθυσμός στην Ελλάδα είναι 9.707.000 κάτοικοι και της Αθήνας 3.016.000. 

       1983: η Αθήνα είναι η πιο μολυσμένη πρωτεύουσα της Ευρώπης, σύμφωνα με την ΕΟΚ. 

       1985: η Νορβηγίδα δρομέας Ingrid Kristiansen κάνει παγκόσμιο ρεκόρ στον μαραθώνιο γυναικών με 2 ώρες 21 λεπτά στο Λονδίνο. 

       1985: "πεθαίνει ο Αυστριακός σχεδιαστής μόδας Ρούντι Γκερνράιχ, που επινόησε τον όρο ""μονοκίνι""." 

       1990: στην Πάτρα, οι τελωνειακοί εντοπίζουν ένα τεράστιο πυρηνικό σούπερ πολυβόλο, που προοριζόταν για τον Ιρακινό Πρόεδρο, Σαντάμ Χουσεΐν. 

       1991: "στο Αφγανιστάν, 300 άτομα σκοτώνονται από έκρηξη πυραύλων ""Σκουντ"", που εκτόξευσε ο στρατός εναντίον πόλης, που έλεγχαν αντικαθεστωτικοί αντάρτες." 

       1992: πεθαίνει από καρδιακό επεισόδιο ο διάσημος Βρετανός κωμικός ηθοποιός Μπένι Χιλ. 

       1992: στην Καλιφόρνια των ΗΠΑ, πραγματοποιείτε η πρώτη, μετά από 25 χρόνια, εκτέλεση θανατοποινίτη. 

       1993: ο Πρόεδρος των ΗΠΑ Μπιλ Κλίντον δηλώνει ότι, σύμφωνα με τα στοιχεία, οι πιστοί του αρχηγού της αίρεσης των Δαβιδιανών Ντέιβιντ Κορές προκάλεσαν την πυρκαγιά, που κατέστρεψε το κτήριο στο Τέξας. 

       1993: στη Βολιβία, το Ανώτατο Δικαστήριο καταδικάζει τον πρώην δικτάτορα Λουίς Γκαρσία Μέσα, σε 30 χρόνια φυλάκιση χωρίς δικαίωμα αναστολής για φόνο, κλοπή, απάτη και παραβίαση του συντάγματος. 

       1993: στην Ιταλία, ο πρώην πρωθυπουργός Μάριο Αντρεότι αρνείται τις κατηγορίες ότι, είχε διασυνδέσεις με τη Μαφία. 

       1994: ανακοινώνεται η πρώτη ανακάλυψη πλανητών εκτός του ηλιακού μας συστήματος. 

       1994: προσχωρούν στην ΠΟΛΑΝ δύο πρώην βουλευτές της ΝΔ, ο Παναγιώτης Κλης και ο Διονύσης Μπεχράκης, καθώς και το πρώην μέλος της Κεντρικής Πολιτικής Επιτροπής του Συνασπισμού Δημοσθένης Μανίκας. 

       1994: στη Γερμανία, νέος εμπρησμός, με ρατσιστικά κίνητρα, σημειώνεται σε ξενώνα Τούρκων προσφύγων, στο Μπίλεφελντ. 

       1995: στην Ιαπωνία, νέα επίθεση με τοξικό αέριο σημειώνεται σε κεντρικό πολυκατάστημα της Γιοκοχάμα, με αποτέλεσμα να διακομιστούν πολλά άτομα στο νοσοκομείο. 

       1996: στην Ιταλία, 49 εκατομμύρια ψηφοφόροι προσέρχονται στις κάλπες για να εκλέξουν νέα Κυβέρνηση. 

       2001: "δολοφονικό""μαρκάρισμα του αρχηγού της Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ Roy Keane στον Alfie Haaland της Μάντσεστερ Σίτι. Ο Keane, ο οποίος παραδέχτηκε ότι το έκανε για εκδίκηση, θα τιμωρηθεί με 5 αγωνιστικές και πρόστιμο ρεκόρ 150.000 λιρών για δυσφήμιση του αθλήματος. Δεν είναι η πρώτη φορά, που παίκτης ""παίρνει το νόμο""στα πόδια του. Μεγάλοι παίκτες, όπως ο Jack Charlton (που τιμωρήθηκε με πρόστιμο για τον λόγο αυτό τον Οκτώβρη του 1970), έχουν κατά καιρούς παραδεχτεί ότι κρατούν βιβλιαράκια με ονόματα συναδέλφων, με τους οποίους έχουν ""ανοικτούς λογαριασμούς""." 

       2003: "ο ακροδεξιός Ζαν Μαρί Λεπέν, καταλαμβάνει τη δεύτερη θέση μετά τον πρώτο γύρο των προεδρικών εκλογών στη Γαλλία με συνέπεια να εκτοπίσει τον υποψήφιο των Σοσιαλιστών και πρωθυπουργό Λιονέλ Ζοσπέν από τον αγώνα διεκδίκησης της γαλλικής Προεδρίας. Όλη η Ευρώπη μιλάει για το ""φαινόμενο""Λεπέν και εκφράζει φόβους για ""άνθηση""της ακροδεξιάς." 

       2003: πεθαίνει η Αφροαμερικανίδα τραγουδίστρια και μουσικός της τζαζ, Νίνα Σιμόν. 

       2004: εκατόμβη στη Βασόρα του Ιράκ από τρεις επιθέσεις αυτοκτονίας με παγιδευμένα αυτοκίνητα, που είχαν στόχο αστυνομικά τμήματα. Εβδομήντα τρεις άνθρωποι χάνουν τη ζωή τους, μεταξύ των οποίων και 17 μικροί μαθητές στις πιο αιματηρές επιθέσεις, που γνώρισε η πόλη από το τέλος του πολέμου. 

       2004: "έκρηξη παγιδευμένου αυτοκινήτου και στο Ριάντ της Σαουδικής Αραβίας στοιχίζει τη ζωή σε πέντε άτομα και αφήνει πάνω από 140 τραυματίες. Στόχος της επίθεσης ήταν το αρχηγείο των δυνάμεων ασφαλείας της χώρας, το οποίο καταστράφηκε ολοσχερώς. Τη ευθύνη για την επίθεση ανέλαβε παρακλάδι της Αλ Κάιντα με την ονομασία ""Ταξιαρχίες των Αραμαίων""." 

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  • 04/20/18--23:18: THIS DAY IN MUSIC


  • April 21st: On this Day
    1958, US country music singer Marvin Rainwater was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Whole Lotta Woman'. Rainwater was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian, known for wearing Native American-themed outfits on stage. 
    1962, Elvis Presley  started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Good Luck Charm', his fifth US No.1 of the 60s. Also an UK No.1 hit. 
    1967, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles completed the sessions for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The final recordings were a short section of gibberish and noise which would follow 'A Day in the Life', in the run-out groove. They recorded assorted noises and voices, which engineer Geoff Emerick then cut-up and randomly re-assembled and edits backwards. At John Lennon's suggestion, they also added a high-pitch 15 kilocycle whistle audible only by dogs. These were omitted from the American version of the album. 
    1969, Janis Joplin  appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London, (her first London appearance). The opening act was Yes. 
    1970, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Spooky Tooth, Jackie Lomax, Elton John (making his solo concert debut) and Heavy Jelly all appeared at The Roundhouse, London, tickets cost 25 shillings. 
    1973, Tony Orlando & Dawn started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree', (it became the biggest seller of 1973, selling over 6 million copies). The song was based on a true story of a prisoner who wrote to his wife asking her to tie a yellow ribbon around an oak tree in the town square in White Oak, Georgia, if she still loved him. 
    1976, Women Against Violence Against Women called for a boycott of all Warner Communications albums because of the promotional campaign for The Rolling Stones' new album Black and Blue. The album was being promoted with a controversial advertising campaign that depicted the model Anita Russell, bruised and bound, under the phrase ‘I'm Black and Blue from the Rolling Stones - and I love it!’ 
    1978, UK folk singer Sandy Denny died aged 31. While on holiday with her parents in Cornwall, England, Denny was injured in a fall down a staircase. A month after the fall she collapsed at a friend's home; four days later she died in Hospital, her death was ruled to be the result of a traumatic mid-brain hemorrhage. She was a member of Fairport Convention and a solo artist. Her 1967 song 'Who Knows Where the Time Goes', was covered by Judy Collins. Denny sang on the Led Zeppelin track 'Battle Of Evermore' on the bands fourth album, (the only guest vocalist on a Led Zeppelin album). 
    1982, Clash frontman Joe Strummer disappeared for three weeks, which resulted in the group cancelling a tour. The singer was found living rough in Paris, France. 
    1984, Phil Collins started a three week run at No.1 in the US singles chart with the theme from 'Against All Odds'. It was Phil's first US No.1, a No. 2 in the UK. 
    1990, Paul McCartney played in front of 184,000 fans at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Jnaeiro, creating a new world record for the largest crowd attending a rock concert. 
    1990, Sinead O'Connor started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with her version of the Prince song 'Nothing Compares To You'. The track was also a No.1 hit in 18 other countries. The video was shot in Paris, and consists almost solely of a close-up on O'Connor's face as she sings the lyrics. Towards the end of the video, two tears roll down her face. The clip won Best Video at the 1990 MTVVideo Music Awards - the first video by a female artist to win in this category. 
    2000, Neal Matthews of The Jordanaires died of a heart attack. Sang on Presley's 'Don't Be Cruel' and 'Hound Dog.' Also worked with Ricky Nelson, Patsy Cline, Red Foley, Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves, George Jones, Marie Osmond, Tom Jones and Merle Haggard. 
    2001, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was charged by police at Heathrow airport with being drunk on an aircraft and assaulting British Airways crew. Buck was taken into custody after landing on a flight from Seattle and questioned by police for 12 hours. 
    2002, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Hindu Times', the bands sixth UK No.1 and the first single to be released from their fifth album Heathen Chemistry. 
    2004, Former Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan was attacked in a London pub. The singer was assaulted at the Joiner's Arms pub in central London and suffered a fractured cheekbone after being kicked, punched and hit with a metal bar. Two men, aged 20 and 21, were arrested and later released on bail. 
    2007, Doris Richards died of cancer. The 91-year-old mother of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards bought her son his first guitar for his 15th birthday. He learned some chords from her father, Gus Dupree, a musician who instilled him with an early passion for music. 
    2008, American soul singer and songwriter Al Wilson died of kidney failure at the age of 68. Wilson had a number of US hits, including The 'Snake' in 1968 and 'Show and Tell' in 1974. 
    2013, Calvin Harris made chart history by becoming the first artist to have eight top 10 hits from one studio album. His track 'I Need Your Love', featuring singer Ellie Goulding, climbed to No.7 on the Official UK Chart. The DJ and producer from Dumfries, Scotland had overtaken Michael Jackson, who previously held the record with seven top 10 hits from both his 1987 album Bad and his 1991 record Dangerous. 
    2014, Robin Thicke's controversial hit single Blurred Lines was named the UK's most-downloaded song of all time. The song had sold 1.54 million copies since it was released in May 2013, despite criticisms of its explicit lyrics. About 20 university student unions banned the track, saying it promoted "date rape culture", an accusation Thicke consistently denied. 
    2015, Phil Rudd, drummer of AC/DC, changed his plea to guilty on a charge of a threat to kill, in a court in Tauranga, New Zealand. The court heard Rudd was unhappy about his album's launch party and asked for a former employee to be "taken out". He had previously denied the charge. He also pleaded guilty to cannabis and methamphetamine possession. The court heard that he had fired a number of employees last August after the launch of his solo album, Head Job. 
    2016, Adele was named as Britain's richest ever female musician, in the latest Sunday Times Rich List. A list of the top 50 music millionaires in the UK and Ireland placed the singer's £85m fortune in 30th place - an increase of £35m compared to last year. 
    2016, Prince was found dead at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57, after Police were summoned to his Paisley Park estate and found his body in a lift. The acclaimed and influential musician became a global superstar in the 1980s, with albums such as 1999, Purple Rain and Sign O' the Times and recorded more than 30 albums. 
    2016, American rock, blues and country singer-guitarist Lonnie Mack died of natural causes in hospital near his log-cabin home, seventy miles east of Nashville, Tennessee. In the early 1960s, he was a "pioneer" in virtuoso rock guitar soloing whose recordings were pivotal to the emergence of the electric guitar as a lead voice in rock music. For this, it has been said that he launched the era of "modern rock guitar". He scored the hit single instrumentals, 'Memphis' and 'Wham!' 
    April 21st: Born on this day
    1947, Born on this day, Alan Wagner, from British soul band The Foundations who scored the 1967 UK No.1 single 'Baby Now That I've Found You' and the 1969 US No.3 single 'Build Me Up A Buttercup'. The group was the first multi-racial group to have a No.1 hit in the UK in the 1960s. 
    1947, Born on this day, American singer-songwriter, musician and actor James Osterberg, (Iggy Pop). Member of The Stooges and solo artist, Pop is sometimes credited with the invention of stage diving. Hits include: 'Lust for Life', 'The Passenger', 'Real Wild Child', and 'I Wanna Be Your Dog'. 
    1947, Born on this day, John Weider, English rock musician who plays guitar, bass, and violin. He is best known as the guitarist for Eric Burdon & the Animals from 1966 to 1968. He was also the bass player for Family from 1969 to 1971. 
    1951, Born on this day, Nicole Barclay, from American all-female band Fanny who were active in the early 1970s. They were one of the first notable rock groups to be made up entirely of women. 
    1958, Born on this day, Mike Barson, keyboardist from English ska band Madness. They have had 15 singles reach the UK top ten, hits include 'One Step Beyond', 'Baggy Trousers', 'Our House' and 'It Must Be Love'. 
    1959, Born on this day, Michael Timmins, guitarist with Canadian alternative country/blues/folk rock band, Cowboy Junkies. 
    1959, Born on this day, singer, songwriter and musician Robert Smith with English rock band The Cure who had the 1989 US No.2 single 'Love Song', the 1992 UK No.6 single 'Friday I'm In Love', plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles. He was also the lead guitarist for the band Siouxsie and the Banshees from 1982 to 1984. 
    1960, Born on this day, John Maher, drummer with English punk rock group Buzzcocks who had the 1978 UK No.12 single 'Ever Fallen In Love, With Someone You Shouldn't've'. 
    1963, Born on this day, Scottish guitarist and songwriter Johnny McElhone who with Altered Images had the 1981 UK No.2 single 'Happy Birthday'. He joined Texas who had the 1997 UK No.3 single 'Say What You Want', and the 1997 UK No.1 album White On Blonde.

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  • 04/20/18--23:26: Article 0
  • Avicii, top electronic dance music artist, found dead at 28

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    Swedish DJ Avicii, one of the world's biggest dance music stars, has died in Oman at the age of 28.
    Avicii's club anthems include Wake Me Up, Levels, and recently, Lonely Together with Rita Ora.
    His representative said in a statement: "It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii.
    "The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time."
    No cause of death was announced, and Avicii's representative said no further statements would be issued.
    The electronic dance music (EDM) star, who reportedly made $250,000 (£180,000) a night on tour, had struggled with some health issues in the past, having his gall bladder and appendix removed in 2014.
    He announced his retirement from touring in 2016, partly because of the health problems.
    "I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist," he said at the time.
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    Who was Avicii?

    • One of the biggest names in dance music of the last 10 years, he had a catalogue full of pumping, uplifting, house smashes
    • He started his career when he won a production competition held by Pete Tong in 2008
    • He went on to notch up 11 billion streams on Spotify and was the first EDM DJ to stage a worldwide arena tour
    • He was nominated for two Grammy Awards and had nine UK top 10 singles, including two number ones
    • He suffered from health problems including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking
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    As well as working with the likes of Aloe Blacc and Rita Ora, Avicii collaborated with artists including Madonna and Coldplay.

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  • 04/21/18--02:44: Article 1
  • On This Day in History

    April 21, 2018

     Historical Events

    1526  Battle at Panipat: Central Asian conqueror Babur defeats Sultan Ibrahim Lodi, establishing the Mughal Empire in India
    1792  Brazilian revolutionary Tiradentes, is hanged, drawn and quartered in Rio de Janeiro
    1863  Bahá'u'lláh, founder of the Bahá'í Faith, enters gardens of Rivden, near Baghdad. Makes the declaration of aha'u'llah during 12 days spent there
    1918  World War I: German fighter ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen "The Red Baron", shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France, Canadian pilot Arthur Roy Brown credited with the kill
    1989  Thousands of Chinese crowd into Beijing's Tiananmen Square cheering students demanding greater political freedom
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    Famous Birthdays


    Charlotte Brontë

    (1816 - 1855)


    Elizabeth II

    92nd Birthday

    Iggy Pop

    71st Birthday


    John Muir

    (1838 - 1914)
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    Famous Deaths


    Mark Twain

    (1835 - 1910)

    Prince (Rogers Nelson)

    (1958 - 2016)
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    April 21st: A Son, A Son – My Wife For A Son!


    Henry VIII, who became King of England on this day in history, disposed of two wives in his quest for a son and heir – and was to marry four others.
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  • 04/21/18--03:04: Article 0

  • Οι τέσσερις τροφές που τονώνουν

     το ανοσοποιητικό

    Οι επιστήμονες μάλιστα ανακάλυψαν ότι μια φυσική ουσία η σπερμιδίνη 
    μπορεί να καταπολεμά τη γρίπη και άλλες λοιμώξεις

    Η ενίσχυση του ανοσοποιητικού παίζει σημαντικό ρόλο στην αντιμετώπιση των συμπτωμάτων της γρίπης και τελικά η διατροφή μπορεί να είναι καθοριστικής σημασίας σε αυτό.
    Οι επιστήμονες μάλιστα ανακάλυψαν ότι μια φυσική ουσία μπορεί να καταπολεμά τη γρίπη και άλλες λοιμώξεις. Ο λόγος για την σπερμιδίνη αποκαθιστά την εγγενή ικανότητα του ανοσοποιητικού να «θυμάται» τα μικρόβια που εισβάλλουν στον οργανισμό, ώστε να τους επιτεθεί δυναμικά την επόμενη φορά που θα εκτεθεί σε αυτά.
    Δείτε παρακάτω τέσσερις τροφές στις οποίες υπάρχει αυτή η ουσία:
    1.Τα μανιτάρια
    2. Τα όσπρια
    3. Το καλαμπόκι
    4. Τα δημητριακά ολικής αλέσεως

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  • 04/21/18--08:14: Article 3

  • I never thought I'd hire a wedding planner, but it was the best decision I made

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    Having a wedding planner can relieve the stress of planning and help you make the most of your wedding day.
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    • Wedding planning can be stressful — no matter how organized you or your family may be.
    • wedding planner can help you meet deadlines, make informed decisions, and ensure your wedding day is as special as possible.
    • I have no regrets about paying extra for a wedding planner — here's why.

    My husband and I weren't looking for a luxurious wedding. We had generous contributions from both sets of parents, but we wanted to spend our money on tangibles that our guests would enjoy: food, beverages, and a venue with a great dance floor. The idea of hiring a wedding planner seemed crazy. 
    I'd always thought of a wedding planner as a tool for the wealthy bridezilla. It wasn't until after a week or so of scouring wedding forums that I had a change of heart. One thing that everyone on the internet seemed to agree on was that not only were wedding planners an invaluable part of the wedding experience, but they were also more affordable than I'd anticipated. 
    So I went ahead and hired a wedding planner for our wedding, and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Here's why you should consider it, too. 

    What our wedding planner handled 

    There are multiple tiers to wedding planning, from full-on planning to day-of logistics. We only hired a day-of planner, and our package included the following: 
    • Three one-hour planning meetings 
    • Six hours of services the day before 
    • 16 hours the day of 
    • Two planners on-site for the rehearsal and wedding 
    Starting about 10 months before the wedding, our planners kept us on track with a list of goals to meet each month. We knew when we needed to send out save the dates cards, finalize vendor contracts, and book honeymoon flights. They took care of everything, ranging from the important issues to the smallest of details. 
    As the big day grew closer, my partner and I realized that we had a potential problem: Our beloved beagle would be stuck at the kennel during the hours of our pre-ceremony photos. It was really important to us to have her present for our wedding, but all of our friends and family were unable to pick her up, as they'd be at venue with us. 
    Our planners saved the day by arranging for a friend of theirs pick up our dog from the kennel and drop her off at the venue. Then, someone else came to pick her up after the photos were done. Every time I see a wedding picture of us with our sweet pup, I remember how amazing it was to have her there. 
    Our wedding rehearsal ran smoothly due to the careful planning and foresight of our wedding planners. They ran minor errands that relieved us of stress, such as picking up the flowers for our centerpieces and arranging them on the tables. They told us exactly where to stand and when to enter and exit during the ceremony. Our officiant couldn't make it to the rehearsal, so they filled him in before the wedding. 
    The planners also ensured that my wedding day was as stress-free as possible. On the day of the wedding, a few guests were locked out before the ceremony because our venue had a gate with a special access code. The planners went down there and relayed the code to those who were stuck outside. Without them, some guests would have missed the ceremony entirely. 

    Why I have no regrets about paying extra for a planner 

    No matter how organized you, your family, or your bridesmaids are, you'll never be able to stay on top of everything the way a wedding planner can. After all, they're professionals! I was amazed at all of the little tasks they assisted with, like helping my bridesmaids steam their dresses or packing up all the cards and gifts at the end of the night. 
    Though these details seem trivial, without our planners, the burden would have fallen on my mother or mother-in-law. Instead, everyone got to relax and enjoy the evening. 
    I was lucky. Our planners only cost $650, though I know they have since raised their rates significantly since our 2015 wedding. According to Angie's List, the average cost of a day-of planner is $1,500, and a full-service planner costs more than $5,000. 
    I regret certain aspects about our wedding, such as not having enough pie for our guests, but I've never regretted hiring a wedding planner.

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  • 04/21/18--08:14: Article 2

  • These half-million-dollar floating villas can withstand Category 4 hurricanes


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    A rendering of two of nine floating villas by Waterstudio in Zeewolde, Netherlands.
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    Much of the Netherlands sits below sea level. Rotterdam is at almost the lowest point in the country, around 20 feet below sea level
    Living in these spots can put homes at risk for storm surge and flooding, especially during hurricanes. European hurricanes are rare, but some climate scientists expect that storms could become more common in Europe if global warming continues to accelerate. 
    A new type of floating villa could withstand future storms and rising sea levels. Designed by architecture firm Waterstudio, nine villas will be complete later this month in Zeewolde, a town in central Netherlands about 65 miles from Rotterdam. 
    Waterstudio CEO Koen Olthuis told Business Insider that the homes can withstand winds of up to 156 mph, classified as a Category 4 hurricane. Each home is buoyed so that when water levels rise during a storm, it can bob with the water. 
    Check out renderings of the villas below. 

    The nine villas will range in price from $471,550 to $530,600, depending on the amenities. Construction began in June.


    The nine villas will range in price from $471,550 to $530,600, depending on the amenities. Construction began in June.Waterstudio

    One home will feature a large floating terrace next to its living room, while the other eight will have roof decks.


    One home will feature a large floating terrace next to its living room, while the other eight will have roof decks.Waterstudio

    Each 1,216-square-foot, two-story villa will feature a living room, kitchen, parking space, and three bedrooms including a master suite with a walk-in closet.


    Each 1,216-square-foot, two-story villa will feature a living room, kitchen, parking space, and three bedrooms including a master suite with a walk-in closet.Waterstudio

    The villas will be partially powered by solar energy. Four shared solar arrays will sit in the backyards.


    The villas will be partially powered by solar energy. Four shared solar arrays will sit in the backyards.Waterstudio

    Olthuis calls these homes "amphibious," meaning they touch both the land and the water. Their concrete foundations are buoyed to cables that attach to the ocean floor. If sea levels rise, so do the homes — similar to boats.


    Olthuis calls these homes Waterstudio

    Waterstudio is known for its floating structures, which it has exclusively built for over a decade. In November, the firm debuted this design for a solar-powered floating home that will go on sale next summer.


    Waterstudio is known for its floating structures, which it has exclusively built for over a decade. In November, the firm debuted this design for a solar-powered floating home that will go on sale next summer.ARKUP
    In Dubai, Waterstudio expects to also complete 33 villas on floating islands by the end of 2018, Olthuis said. 

    Olthuis believes that as cities begin to seriously grapple with the effects of climate change, floating neighborhoods will become more mainstream.


    Olthuis believes that as cities begin to seriously grapple with the effects of climate change, floating neighborhoods will become more mainstream.Waterstudio

    “It’s not about technology — It’s about re-thinking cities. We should start building for change," he said. "Most cities, like Miami, Tokyo, and New York City see water is a threat. We see it as an asset."


    “It’s not about technology — It’s about re-thinking cities. We should start building for change,Waterstudio

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  • 04/21/18--08:15: Article 1


  • Uredd Rest Area (Ureddplassen)

    Norway has built what may be the world's 

    most

     beautiful public toilet. 




    Norway’s newest landmark is a place of absurd beauty. The redesigned rest area, situated along a section of the Norwegian Scenic Route, overlooks stunning views of the fjords and the open sea, and is a popular spot for visitors and locals to watch the northern lights in winter and the midnight sun in summer.
    Now this picturesque place is quickly gaining a stranger kind of fame, for being home to what may be the most beautiful public toilet the world over.
    As part of a project to enhance Norway’s scenic highways with innovative architecture, a sleek viewing area with marble benches and amphitheater steps leading down to the water were built along the roadside. And next to them, a striking, wave-shaped public restroom.
    Made of frosted glass and concrete, in quintessential minimalist design, the structure seems to glow in the dark as the glass is lit at night. In the daytime, the facility offers just about the most breathtaking view you could hope to enjoy while relieving yourself.
    The rest area gets its name from the World War II memorial located at the site. The monument commemorates the Norwegian “Uredd” submarine (meaning “fearless”) that sank during the war, causing 42 soldiers to lose their lives.

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  • 04/21/18--08:43: Article 0