May 26, 2018

France vows to tackle noxious seaweed disaster in Caribbean

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From The Straits Times PARIS (AFP) – The French government is preparing a plan to deal with a new invasion of stinky seaweed that is covering the beaches of some its islands in the Caribbean, causing health problems for residents and threatening key fishing and tourism industries. The brown sargassum algae “is one more disaster […]

Iran nuclear deal: Trump pulls US out

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From BBC US President Donald Trump says he will withdraw the US from an Obama-era nuclear agreement with Iran. Calling it “decaying and rotten”, he said the deal was “an embarrassment” to him “as a citizen”. Going against advice from European allies, he said he would reimpose economic sanctions that were waived when the deal […]

Étienne Terrus museum in Elne uncovers fake art in collection

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From BBC A French museum dedicated to painter Étienne Terrus has discovered paintings it thought were by him were fakes. The Terrus museum in Elne in the south of France discovered 82 works originally attributed to the artist were not painted by him. More than half the collection is thought to be fake. The paintings […]

Government websites fall prey to cryptocurrency mining hijack

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By Jon Fingas From engadget The US, UK, Australia and other countries were affected. It’s not just private companies’ websites falling victim to cryptocurrency mining hijacks. Security consultant Scott Helme and the Register have discovered that intruders compromised over 4,200 sites with Coinhive’s notorious Monero miner, many of them government websites from around the world. […]

Arnaud Beltrame: French police ‘hero’ dies of wounds

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From BBC Lt-Col Beltrame suffered fatal injuries after volunteering to trade places with a female hostage A French police officer who swapped himself for a hostage in a supermarket siege on Friday has died, officials say. Lt-Col Arnaud Beltrame, 44, “fell as a hero” and showed “exceptional courage”, French President Emmanuel Macron said. The gendarme […]

10th RORC Caribbean 600

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History in the making: Record entry for the 10th RORC Caribbean 600 by RORC Press From Sail – World A record entry of 88 yachts has entered the tenth edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 which has grown both in stature and entries since the race was first contested in 2009. For the 10th anniversary, […]

History of Valentine’s Day – in view of different era

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From different data sources about Valentine’s Day combination of both ancient Roman rituals and Christian tradition. Confuse matters, three different saints named Valentine, is recognized by the Roman Catholic Church.Different legends described the history of valentine’s day. One legend says Valentine was a priest in Rome during the third century. Emperor Claudius II decided that […]

Film documents intra-Caribbean immigration

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BY ALEXANDRA SIMON From Caribbean Life The 10th season of the series “AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange” premiered this month on Martin Luther King day. This season is being hosted by actor Nicholas L. Ashe and the series is showing two documentary films by Caribbean filmmakers. One is “Between 2 Shores,” by Guadeloupean filmmaker Mariette […]

A bridge too far? UK’s Boris Johnson suggests span to France

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By ASSOCIATED PRESS From This Is Money UK LONDON (AP) – Britain may be leaving the European Union, but Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson wants to build bridges with the Continent. Literally. Johnson has suggested that the U.K. and France should build a bridge across the English Channel to bolster links between the two nations after […]

How pirates of the Caribbean hijacked America’s metric system

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By Joe Palca From NPR This 1793 grave is an early version of the kilogram. It is possible this object, now owned by the National Institute of Standards and Technology museum, was once pirate treasure. NIST Museum If the United States were more like the rest of the world, a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder might be […]