Dec 182014

European Space Agency has released a picture that features the tiny displacements of the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest and its nearby buildings, Romanian Space Agency announced in a statement for local media.

The data come from observations made ​​over the period 2011-2014. The blue dots in the image indicate areas that rise, while red points show sinking areas, explains the agency.

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Romanian Parliament building spotted from satellite (pic: ESA)

According to Romanian Space Agency, the radar data were collected by satellites flying hundreds of kilometers up into the sky and processed by the Romanian company “Advanced Studies and Research Center”.

The observations were made ​​using Persistent Scatterer Interferometry (PSI), a method that is normally employed to detect and monitor large areas displacements with very high accuracy, the statement reads.

The institution reveals that the technique works best on solid structures such as buildings, roads and railways and can highlight various weaknesses of these structures.

A few details about the behemoth: The Parliament Palace (Romanian: Palatul Parlamentului) from Bucharest is a multi-purpose building containing both chambers of the Romanian Parliament. According to the World Records Academy, the Palace is the world’s largest civilian building with an administrative function, most expensive administrative building and heaviest building.

Dec 182014

A painting of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, was auctioned for 1.8 million pounds (2.2 million Euros).

The artwork entitled “The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell” helped Churchill fight storms, combat depression and overcome most difficult episodes in politics,” had explained previously one of his daughters.

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“The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell” by Winston Churchill (pic: Sotheby’s)

Auction house Sotheby’s says that “this is a record price for Winston Churchill’s paintings”.

The canvas was not the only object belonging to former British Prime that was auctioned. A red leather portfolio was sold for 158,500 pounds (201,100 euros) and his cigarette holder from 1930s was sold for 21,250 pounds (26,960 euros).

Wednesday’s auction was organized to commemorate the death of Mary Soames, the youngest child of Winston Churchill who died at the age of 91.

Winston Churchill, who died 50 years ago on January 24, 2015, painted hundreds of impressive canvases featuring especially landscapes, sea, and the inside of his home in Chartwell.

Dec 172014

Romania booked the last position of the 2014 European Internet Chart: 39% of Romanian population have never used the internet this year.

The Romanians sit on last place in the European Union when it comes to accessing internet. Approximately 39% of Romanians have not used the internet at all in 2014 and only 8 % of the population used cloud services.

In addition, only 32 % of Romanian nationals are believed to browse the internet daily, which is the lowest percentage among EU Member States where the average is 65 %, according to Eurostat statistics.

In Denmark, only 3 % of the population say they never used the Internet in 2014. It follows Luxembourg (4%), the Netherlands (5%), Finland, Sweden and the UK, all with 6%.

Regarding the use of the cloud resources, Denmark ranks first (42% of the population), followed closely by the UK with 38 %.

The average internet usage in the EU is 18 % while the use of cloud services is 21%, according to Eurostat.

Dec 172014

A United Airlines plane carrying 240 people on board and operating Flight UA28, returned to London’s Heathrow airport on Wednesday due to technical problems, according to sources quoted by ITV station. The plane had taken off at 10:36 a.m. from the British capital and was due to arrive at New York’s Newark airport in the United States at 1:40 p.m. local time (6:40 p.m. GMT).

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United Airlines Flight UA28 returned to Heathrow due to technical fault (photo: public domain)

The United Airlines Boeing 767 (UA28) was reportedly spotted circling in the skies just off the Isle of Wight for nearly two hours, and aviation experts claim that such an action was most likely taken in order to dump fuel before coming back to the ground.

Due to technical issues, the pilots made the request to get back to London.

“United Airlines Flight UAL28 having 227 passengers and 13 crew on board returns and lands safely at Heathrow airport after facing a technical fault”, the US airline said in a statement.

The aircraft appeared to have flow for long in the neighborhood of the UK coast as it landed at Heathrow at around 3:50 GMT, delaying entirely the flight schedule to the U.S.

Dec 172014
United States and Cuba to resume diplomatic relations after more than 50 years

United States and Cuba have decided to restore their diplomatic relations whic were discontinued back in 1961. “We made ​​the decision to create new bilateral opportunities; a new chapter of the relations between the United States and Cuba will be open,” said Obama, noting that the history of relations between the two countries is “complicated”. [READ MORE…]

Dec 172014

Ministry of Foreign Affairs MFA of various European countries informed its citizens who are traveling to Canada that outbreaks of avian influenza broke out in the province of British Columbia, Canada. According to an official press release, there were initially discovered two outbreaks, at a turkey farm in Abbotsford and a chicken farm in Chilliwack, [READ MORE…]

Dec 172014

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was invited to attend a ceremony in Russia in May, which marks the end of World War II. This would be the first visit by the leader in Pyongyang since taking power in 2011. According to diplomatic sources, Kim Jong-un would probably have a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, [READ MORE…]

Dec 172014

Alan Gross, a US citizen who was detained in Cuba for espionage, was released on Wednesday in exchange for three Cubans convicted in the United States. 65-year-old Gross was an employee of the US Agency for International Development. The American citizen was sentenced in 2011 to 15 years in prison for bringing communications equipment into [READ MORE…]

Dec 152014
Selfie makers trigger ire after mocking Sydney cafe hostage situation

Several happy bystanders sparked outrage after snapping selfies around the besieged Lindt cafe in Sydney, posting the photos on the Internet and making ​​jokes about the dramatic hostage event. They have been harshly criticized for “insensitivity”, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. A few cheerful passers-by took pictures with their ​​mobile phone cameras next to Martin [READ MORE…]

Dec 152014
Sydney cafe siege: Lindt chocolate shop faces hostage situation

Dozens people have been taken hostages on Monday inside Lindt Chocolate Café at Martin Place in Central Business District in Sydney, Australia. Local television showed images with hostages holding their hands raised and palms pressed up against the windows while two other people were holding up a black flag with white Arabic writing, raising fears [READ MORE…]