September 17, 2019

On May 20th, the kilogram was no longer defined by a lump in France

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By Christine Fisher From engadget The long-anticipated change went into effect May 20th On May 20th, World Metrology Day, the scientific community officially changed the definition of the kilogram. For 130 years, the kilo has been defined by a physical cylinder of platinum-iridium alloy, known as Le Grand K and stored in a vault outside […]

How disaster in the Caribbean affected the community in Bristol [UK]

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By Jemal Toussaint and Georgia Edwards From the Bristol Cable 18 months on from Hurricane Maria, reflections on a community response on life in the diaspora. Georgia Edwards is a Cable Media Lab graduate. Diaspora: the dispersion or spread of any people from their original homeland. “Trees stripped of their bark, houses stripped of their roofs, cars tossed around like […]

Jewish graves desecrated near Strasbourg in eastern France

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From BBC Some 80 graves have been desecrated with swastikas at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France, local officials say. The damage was discovered on Tuesday, ahead of nationwide marches against a rise in anti-Semitic attacks. It occurred at a cemetery in the village of Quatzenheim, on the night of Monday into Tuesday, town hall […]

The Monte-Carlo International Circus must stop using wild animals

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by Steve Williams From Care2 The Monte-Carlo International Circus has evolved over the years in many ways—except for its use of wild animals, and that has to end. Called ”the biggest circus festival in the world“, the Monte-Carlo International Circus is an annual event that runs at the Chapiteau de l’Espace Fontvieille in Monaco, this year […]

Translating cultures: French Caribbean history, literature and migration

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From British Library On 24 September 2018, the British Library welcomed a galaxy of leading specialists to a study dayaddressing the history, literature and arts of the French Caribbean and its diaspora. The day kicked off with a comparative overview of Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean colonisation and post-war migrations by keynote speaker Professor H. Adlai Murdoch. French […]

Severity of Alzheimer’s can vary by season

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From Newsmax The thinking ability of people with Alzheimer’s disease changes depending on the season, researchers report. These patients are better in the late summer and early fall than in the winter and spring, according to the analysis of data on nearly 3,400 Alzheimer’s patients in the United States, Canada and France. “There may be […]

Béziers train poster: French court clears controversial ad

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From BBC A French court has ruled that posters showing a woman tied to train tracks did not promote violence against women. The posters were put up around the town of Béziers last December to celebrate the arrival of high-speed TGV trains. They carried the caption: “With the TGV, she would have suffered less.” The […]

Royal Caribbean is turning 50 years old. Here’s how they plan to celebrate

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From Sun Sentinel Royal Caribbean turns the big 50 next year. To celebrate, the cruise ship company based in Miami is throwing a “50 Years Bold Birthday Cruise” which will be aboard its new Symphony of the Seas — the largest cruise ship in the world — on Nov. 2. 2019. The seven-night Caribbean cruise, […]

Pittsburgh synagogue shooting: Suspect in custody, 10 dead

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From Newsmaz People with knowledge of the investigation are telling The Associated Press that at least 10 people have died in the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Authorities say the gunman opened fire during a baby naming ceremony Saturday morning at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood. Six people were wounded, […]

Italy’s far-right in fury after France caught dumping migrants

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AFP From DAWN ROME: Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Tuesday hit out at President Emmanuel Macron after French police were caught committing the “unprecedented offence” of dumping migrants in Italian woods. Salvini, also deputy prime minister and head of the anti-immigrant League party, on Monday demanded a “clear response” after French authorities admitted […]