Mar 252018
 

A gigantic crack in Earth’s crust appeared in Kenya, in the area of the Great African Rift. It stretches over several kilometers and continues to widen and deepen.

Giant crak ripping Kenya apart along East Africa Rift Valley

Several families had to be evacuated and a portion of an intensely circulated highway collapsed.

Kenyan geologists who rushed to the spot say the phenomenon is caused by volcanic activity and amplified by the rain while other geologists say it is caused by earth crust displacements.

The split in the ground emerged in Rift Valley, a region of rifts and tectonic faults stretching over 6000 km in length, from Syria to Mozambique.

Video: Kenya splitting along Rift Valley as massive earth crack stretches

Mar 252018
 

Former President of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, was arrested in Germany on Sunday, Puigdemont’s lawyer announced. Just a day before, Finnish police revealed that they had received an international arrest warrant on the name of the former Catalan leader who was on a short visit to the Scandinavian country and subsequently reported that Puigdemont had returned to Belgium where he was in exile since last autumn after a referendum on Catalonia’s autonomy.

Carles Puigdemont

Carles Puigdemont (pic: wikimedia commons)

Puigdemont risks a 25-year prison term in Spain for revolt due to the illegal referendum held last October in Catalonia.

The tensions in Catalonia are high after the Supreme Court has decided to sue 25 separatist leaders for rebellion, embezzlement and disregard of the state and its constitution. Those accused could face up to 30 years in jail if found guilty.

Five of the accused were detained, including Jordi Turull, who was due to attend a vote in Parliament on Saturday to be named the new regional president.

Mar 242018
 

Jelena Ostapenko proved to be once again the source of delightful moments on the tennis court. The Roland Garros champion revealed deft piece of footwork at Miami Open during the match against Timea Babos whom she defeated 6-4, 6-4.

jelena ostapenko

Jelena Ostapeno (pic: wikimedia commons)

When her opponent served, Ostapenko moved like she was following some dance rhythms, fact which was also noticed by her new coach, David Taylor, who tried to make some suggestions during an on-court coaching.

Taylor: “When returning stay calm”
Ostapenko: “But I wanna do this (“making dancing moves”)

In the end the coach had to get used to the idea that she likes to dance and there’s nothing he can do about.

Photo credit: By Carine06 from UK (Jelena Ostapenko) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Feb 132018
 

The Governor of the Bank of Japan, Haruhiko Kuroda, said in front of the parliament members last Tuesday that cryptocurrencies are not a threat to the Yen and won’t pose a danger to existing standard payments in the near future.

Haruhiko Kuroda

BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda (pic: wikimedia commons)

“For the time being, the digital coins are generally used for speculative trading rather than making payments”, said the governor adding that the Bank of Japan keeps an eye on the cryptocurrency market to ensure they do not “erode public trust” on existing settlement systems the bank currently oversees.

“Cryptocurrencies aren’t legal tenders and don’t have assets to back up their value… Some people say they should be described as crypto-assets, not cryptocurrencies,” said Kuroda.

A survey conducted by John McAfee revealed that 58% of over 45,000 poll participants see cryptocurrencies more as an investment than a means of payment. However, this figure is expected to change once the virtualcoin market has matured and then increasingly more financial transactions will be done in Bitcoin, Ethereum and their alternatives.

So far, Japan is known to be one of the most crypto friendly nations in the world as cryptocurrencies have been regulated by the government and increasing number of shops and businesses in the country accept Bitcoin and other altcoins as a means of payment.

Feb 122018
 
Römerwein von Speyer is world's oldest bottle of wine and 1693 years old

The Historic Museum of the Palatinate in Speyer, Germany, is home to the oldest unopened bottle of wine in the world. The content of the Speyer wine bottle remained remarcably untouched for 1,693 years. The one-and-a-half-liter sealed vessel, which is also called Römerwein aus Speyer, was appareently buried in the tomb of a Roman noble […]

Feb 122018
 
Pyeongchang Winter Olympics resisted hack attack during opening ceremony

South Korean officials have confirmed that a cyber attack occurred during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympic Games. The hack attempt hit a number of systems, but fortunately no critical element became inoperable. The organizers did not want to clearly say who carried out the attack, but there are two primary suspects: North Korea […]

Feb 112018
 
Turkish club Harunustaspor buys player with Bitcoin in world's first crypto payment in football

Harunustaspor, a sports club competing in the regional amateur football league Sakarya First Division Group B in Turkey, acquired a player using cryptocurrency Bitcoin, a football’s first. According to local media outlets, 22-year-old Omer Faruk Kiroglu has accepted an offer of 0.0524 Bitcoin (about 431 euros) and 2,500 Turkish Lira (534 euros). “We did so […]

Feb 112018
 
Cryptocoins - an "ecological disaster," BIS chief says

Central banks need to be prepared to intervene and counteract the risks created by digital currencies, such as bitcoin, which have become a “combination of speculative bubble, pyramid scheme and ecological disaster,” said Agustin Carstens, general manager of the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), according to The Wall Street Journal. “There are strong arguments for […]

Feb 112018
 
VirtualCoin market will collapse and then strengthen, Ethereum co-founder says

The crypto market will grow stronger only when all alternative coins having “no substance” and now competing with Bitcoin, will fail. This is the opinion of Charles Hoskinson, the co-founder of one of the most successful virtual coins, Ethereum. In a recent interview with CNBC, Hoskinson said that, from his point of view, a “consolidation” […]

Feb 112018
 
VIDEO: Russian passenger airplane crashed near Moscow killing all 71 aboard

A Russian passenger plane carrying 71 people on board crashed near Moscow shortly after taking off from Domodedovo airport, informs Russian news agencies. The Antonov An-148, a 7 year old aircraft with registration number RA-61704, was owned by the Russian company Saratov Airlines and operating flight #6W703 bound to Orsk, an city in the Urals. […]