Well that came as a surprise: Russia's city Sochi became an abandoned ghost town just a few weeks after the Olympics 2014. A nice addition to the list of other abandoned Olympic areas in the world.
Figure skating is the oldest discipline in the Olympic Winter Games. As far back as 1908, figure skating competitions were included in the Olympics in London, and in 1920 at the Antwerp Games. Since the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, singles and pairs skating have been a key fixture of the Olympic Games.
At present, ice dancing competitions, like those of other forms of figure skating, consist of two programs. The short program combines a compulsory dance—consisting of one or two parts—and certain proscribed elements. The theme and rhythm of the musical accompaniment is determined each season by the ISU the sport’s governing body, while the length of this dance—currently 2 minutes and 50 seconds—is similar to requirements of other forms of figure skating. The free dance has not undergone significant changes over the years and the basis of its scoring remains, the quality of the compulsory elements in close dancing positions, the unison the skaters display and their ability to express the character of the musical selection.
An Indonesian volcano that has been rumbling for months unleased a major eruption Saturday, killing 14 people just a day after authorities allowed thousands of villagers who had been evacuated to return to its slopes, saying that activity was decreasing, officials said.
Sinabung in western Sumatra has been erupting for four months, sending lava and searing gas and rocks rolling down its southern slopes. Authorities had evacuated more than 30,000 people, housing them in cramped tents, schools and public buildings. Many have been desperate to return to check on homes and farms, presenting a dilemma for the government.
Up to 100,000 Ukrainians massed in the capital Kiev on Sunday in defiance of sweeping new laws aimed at stamping out anti-government protests. Hundreds of protesters carrying clubs and wearing gas masks faced riot police on 20 January in front of government headquarters in Kiev, a day after more than 200 people were injured in violent clashes in almost two-month of anti-government rallies. Protesters demanded Ukraine to align its politics with the European Union (EU) and Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych to resign and call early elections. Yanukovych refused in November 2013 to sign a partnership agreement with the EU and sought closer ties with Russia instead
It's that time of year again! The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show went down at the Lexington Avenue Armory in NYC on Wednesday night, with appearances from its most famous Angels: Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel and of course Dutch Doutze Kroes.
Taylor Swift and Fall Out Boy will be among the performers at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2013.
Filipinos are counting their dead as the full extent of the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan begins to emerge.
The Red Cross says more than 1000 people were killed in the coastal city of Tacloban alone. Another 200 lost their lives in the province of Samar. And the reports of casualties are still coming in. A day after the category 5 “super typhoon” churned through the Philippine islands, rescue teams are struggling to reach far-flung regions, their efforts hampered by roads destroyed, ferry services cancelled and fallen trees. People are still desperately looking for relatives missing since the storm. One local resident in Tacloban sobbed: “I am looking for my grandmother, my mother, father and my child, who I accidentally let go of during the typhoon.” Thousands of people have been left homeless. On the tourist destination island of Cebu, one woman surveyed the wreckage of her house saying “what will I do now my house is destroyed? I did not anticipate the winds would be that strong.” An average of 20 typhoons strike every year, and Haiyan is the 24th so far this year.
Forecasters said the storm is expected to pick up renewed strength over the South China Sea as it heads towards Vietnam, Laos and China.
Dubbed Pulp Fashion Week - the word "pulp" in French conjuring up luscious fruit - the event was organized by Histoire de Courbes, a Paris-based fashion group that celebrates larger women.
Weeks after labels like Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Lanvin showed off their Spring 2014 collections at Paris Fashion Week, the Pulp events were a triumph for plus-size-friendly designers and the women who wear them.
Oktoberfest 2013, currently in its 180th edition, has seen thousands of visitors ever since the world's most famous annual beer festival opened its doors to beer drinkers on 21 September in Munich, Germany.
The deadliest and most advanced weapons in the world are currently being displayed for top military brass at a conference centre in east London.
The Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) weapons conference at the ExCeL centre is the largest arms fair on the planet, featuring state-of-the-art vehicles, firearms, protective equipment and communications technology.
Its website describes it as a 'must-attend' event that 'brings together the entire defence and security industry to source the latest equipment and systems, develop international relationships, and generate new business opportunities.
The 2013 Red Bull Illume Overall Winner, Top 10 category winners and Top 50 finalists were unveiled at a spectacular ceremony held in Hong Kong on August 29th. German photographer Lorenz Holder was crowned Overall Winner for his remarkable shot of a snowboarder next to a giant satellite dish. As Overall Winner, Holder received a Leica S camera, a broncolor Move Outdoor kit and Sun-Sniper gear — a prize worth over €30,000 in total. He also won the Experimental category.
A huge wildfire raging on the western boundary of Yosemite National Park was gaining strength on Saturday and led California's governor, Jerry Brown, to declare a state of emergency 150 miles away in San Francisco. Officials fear the blaze could threaten the city's water and power supply.
A medicine mogul spent six years building his own private mountain peak and luxury villa atop a high-rise apartment block in China's capital, earning the unofficial title of "most outrageous illegal structure." Now, authorities are giving him 15 days to tear it down.
The craggy complex of rooms, rocks, trees and bushes looming over the 26-story building looks like something built into a seaside cliff, and has become the latest symbol of disregard for the law among the rich as well as the rampant practice of building illegal additions.
Angry neighbors say they've complained for years that the unauthorized, 800-square-meter (8,600-sq. feet) mansion and its attached landscaping was damaging the building's structural integrity and its pipe system, but that local authorities failed to crack down. They've also complained about loud, late-night parties.
The city of Detroit, saddled with billions of dollars in debt, filed for bankruptcy protection on 18 July 2013, the latest step in the death spiral of a American city that is the traditional home to the US auto industry. Detroit has a population of about 700,000, ranking it 18th-largest in the US. It was once the fourth-largest city in the US with a population of two million. Its collapse comes despite a multi billion dollar bail-outs the Obama administration invested in Motor City since 2008. The Motown music died years ago, then the car industry collapsed, and now the whole city puts up a 'Closed for business' sign.
Op 14 en 15 juni 2013 werden de jaarlijkse Luchtmachtdagen weer gehouden. Nationale en internationale demoteams vermaakten in totaal 220.000 bezoekers. Het evenement in Noord-Brabant stond dit jaar in het teken van 100 jaar militaire luchtvaart in Nederland. ANP liet het qua fotomateriaal nogal afweten, dus in ruil voor de 4 miljard belastingeuro's aan Vliegende F-35 Fyrae hebben we de veel betere pica's van de Facebookpagina van de Luchtmacht getrokken. 10-4, that's a roger. Gigapica cleared for take-off.
[Kwoot] Het kantoor van het CJIB, in de Marnix State in Leeuwarden, oogt aan de buitenkant enigszins sober en functioneel. Dat is binnen wel anders. [/Kwoot] Dat kun je godverdomme wel stellen ja. Zie foto hierboven. Ineens snappen we waarom de politie ruim 1300 boetes per uur uitschrijft: de facturen van de ontwerpers van de onlangs opgeleverde CJIB-inrichting moeten betaald worden. Een 'passend interieur voor een krachtig gebouw', zo noemen de interieurnichten hun aanpak van BurgerpestenHQ in Leeuwarden. Houten meubilair waarvan zelfs de outletprijzen hoog genoeg zijn om een compleet bos van te kopen. Kantoordesign dat de kantoren van de groten der aarde (Microsoft, Unilever, Skype) opleukt. We zien een veelvoud aan stoelen van 500 euro. Fauteuils vanaf 1000 euro per stuk. Driezitsbanken van minimaal 2000 euro. De meeste stoffering, plantenspul, sierstenen en overige aankleding & afwerking komt van ontwerpers en leveranciers die 'alleen op aanvraag' op hun prijskaartjes hebben staan. Arper, Vitra, Lande, ICF, Thonet, B&B Italia, Wilkhahn, Designonstock, Plank, Spectrum, Ronél Jordaan, BMA, Bene, Pilat & Pilat, Offect, Sellex, Montis, Gelderland, Steelcase, Arco, Sedus: er staat geen IKEA of Kwantum tussen dit juichverhaal (pdf). Bij het UWV rolden er ooit nog koppen vanwege zo veel schaamteloze verkloting van belastinggeld - maar het CJIB is natuurlijk een verdienmodel en geen kostenplaatje. U wilt een rondleiding? We hebben alle foto's die NIET gereproduceerd mogen worden zonder voorafgaande schriftelijke toestemming van het CJIB verzameld op een CJIB GIGAPICA. Want fuck jullie, het is ONS GELD, ambtenaartjes. Lekker puh.
Palestinian boys take part in a military-style summer camp being held by the Islamic Jihad movement during the youngsters' summer school vacation in Rafah town, in the southern Gaza Strip, on June 12, 2013. Thousands of youngsters between the age of six and 16, can participate in the summer camp where they receive military as well as religious training. Boys only.
More than 2,300 people have been injured and one person killed during four days of fierce clashes between protesters and police in Turkey, according to a doctors' association, as the prime minister blamed 'extremist elements' for the riots. More than 1,480 people have been wounded in clashes in Istanbul, the country's largest city, with some 800 more injured in the capital Ankara and the Aegean city of Izmir. EPA/SEDAT SUNA
Cities in southern and eastern Germany are on high alert as heavy floodwaters swell rivers including the Elbe. In Halle, an appeal has gone out to residents to help reinforce flood defences while Dresden is preparing for water levels 5m higher than normal.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has promised 100m euros (£78m; $130m) in emergency aid for flood-hit areas. Water levels were hitting the highest level in more than 500 years.
Daredevils have been hurling themselves down a hill in Gloucestershire as part of the annual cheese-rolling competition despite fears over the safety of the event.
The contest, which involves chasing a round of Double Gloucester down Cooper's Hill, has been held here since at least the early 1800s.
This year's event was won by an American estate agent wearing a 'stars and stripes' jumpsuit.
Images in the aftermath of a tornado that tore through Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday afternoon show a wide swath of destruction in this suburb south of Oklahoma City. At least 91 people have been killed, including 20 children, state officials said. Another 143 others have been injured.
A wildfire spurred by high winds is raging across Southern California, scorching more than 8,000 acres of land and sending thousands of resident fleeing from their homes as new evacuations are ordered.
More than 2,000 homes in the Camarillo, Calif., area have been threatened, while 15 have sustained damage. About 10 percent of the fire has been contained as more than 900 first responders are on the scene battling the flames. There have been no reports of injuries.
Up to 15 people are feared dead after a massive explosion tore through a fertilizer plant in Texas. The blast, described as "like a nuclear bomb," leveled dozens of homes.
Several hundred participants from all over Europe re-enact 'Operation Amherst'. Operation Amherst was a special mission during World War II to liberate Drenthe (a province of the Netherlands). Authentic blank firing guns where used during the re-enactment.
War is about to start between the almighty USA and the impish North Korean lad Kim Jong Un. While the world holds its breath, the Koreans try their best to take some fear away from the world. Check out these official press pics below, and rest comfortably knowing that it takes a helluva lot more than one loopy dictator to bring us to our knees.
The Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) is an astronaut training facility maintained by and located at the Sonny Carter Training Facility near NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The NBL consists of a large indoor pool of water, in which astronauts may perform simulated EVA tasks in preparation for upcoming missions. The NBL contains full-sized mock-ups of the International Space Station (ISS) modules and payloads, visiting vehicles such as the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA) HTV, the European Space Agency ATV, the SpaceX Dragon, and the Orbital Sciences Corporation Cygnus. Previously there was also a mockup of the Space Shuttle payload bay, but since Space Shuttle retirement it has been removed.
The NBL tank itself is 202 feet (62 m) in length, 102 feet (31 m) wide, and 40 feet 6 inches (12.34 m) deep, and contains 6.2 million gallons (23.5 million litres) of water. Divers breathe nitrox while working in the tank.