September 17, 2019

Europe heatwave: Paris latest to break record with 42.6C

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From BBC Paris saw a record high temperature of 42.6C (108.7F) on Thursday, amid a heatwave that broke records across Western Europe. A red alert was issued in north France. Germany also set a new national temperature record of 41.5C, passing the figure set just a day before. The UK recorded a record temperature for July […]

The once and future Notre-Dame de Paris

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By Justin Davidson From New York Mag The terrible thing about destruction is that it can happen so fast. Almost as soon as the pillar of bilious smoke appeared on the Paris skyline, it seemed foregone that flames would consume the cathedral’s wooden roof, hurl gargoyles to the ground, melt the luminous 13th-century stained-glass windows, […]

Notre-Dame cathedral: Firefighters tackle blaze in Paris

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From BBC A fire has broken out at the famous Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris and has spread rapidly across the building. The cause is not yet clear, but officials say that it could be linked to renovation work. A major operation to tackle the blaze is under way at the 850-year-old Gothic building, but the […]

Destinations of the week

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Disappointing photos show what 9 top luxury destinations look like in real life Part 2 By Katie Warren from Business Insider Some places around the world are known as go-to spots for luxury travel, shopping, or experiences. The Champs Elysées in Paris, for example, with its Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and Longchamp boutiques, is consistently ranked one […]

Safran, Aon and ASML on managing IP risk

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IPBC Europe From IAM Later this month at IPBC Europe 2019 (27-28 March, Paris) a panel of distinguished IP professionals will come together to discuss the important topic of risk management.  As IP becomes a more valuable corporate asset, managing the risks around it has become a major business priority. During this unmissable session, representatives from Safran, Aon and […]

Gatwick Airport: Drones ground flights

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From BBC Tens of thousands of passengers have been disrupted by drones flying over one of the UK’s busiest airports. Gatwick’s runway has been shut since Wednesday night, as devices have been repeatedly flying over the airfield. Sussex Police said it was not terror-related but a “deliberate act” of disruption, using “industrial specification” drones. About […]

Strasbourg shooting: Gunman shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he attacked

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From BBC The Strasbourg gunman yelled “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest” in Arabic) as he opened fire on people enjoying an evening out at a Christmas market, the Paris public prosecutor told reporters. Rémy Heitz said two people had been killed and one left brain-dead after the attack in the eastern French city on Tuesday. […]

Not everything needs an explanation

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By Paul McGowan From PS Audio In 1975, while riding a moped in Bermuda, a man was accidentally struck and killed by a taxi. One year later, this man’s bother was killed in the very same way. In fact, he was riding the very same moped. And to stretch the odds even further, he was […]

Climate change: CO2 emissions rising for first time in four years

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By Matt McGrath From BBC Global efforts to tackle climate change are way off track says the UN, as it details the first rise in CO2 emissions in four years. The emissions gap report says that economic growth is responsible for a rise in 2017 while national efforts to cut carbon have faltered. To meet […]

French singer and actor Charles Aznavour dies at age 94

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BY LORI HINNANT Associated Press From Herald Sun PARIS Charles Aznavour, the French crooner and actor whose performing career spanned eight decades and who seduced fans around the world with his versatile tenor, lush lyrics and kinetic stage presence, has died. He was 94. One of France’s most recognized faces, Aznavour sang to sold-out concert […]