On 9 November 2014, Berlin celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Mauerfall. Two cities were united on that faithful night in 1989, effectively clearing the way for Germany to reunite. The Iron Curtain fell, the GDR collapsed and not long after the Soviet Union followed that example. Communism and socialisme gave way to Unionism, and the road ahead brought open borders in Europa, a single currency and wealth beyond belief. Until, of course, the European monetary crisis began in 2008. Added to the current threat of a Cold War revival due to the inflammable situation in Ukraine, Europe is once again reminded that freedom doesn't come cheap. Good thing that we will always have these images of the Wall coming down to remind us what freedom really means.
For several weeks, residents of the Hawaiian town of Pahoa have been warily watching an unusual flow of lava from Kilauea grow closer to their community. Lava from Kilauea normally flows south toward the ocean, but the June 27 lava flow has moved in a northeasterly direction instead. The flow began after several new fissures opened up on the northeast flank of Kilauea’s Pu‘u ‘O’o crater earlier this summer. During an aerial survey on October 27, 2014, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory captured this photograph. It shows the path of a finger of lava as it was heading for a more densely-populated part of Pahoa. The flow was reportedly advancing by about 15 feet (5 meters) per hour.
On the third of november several breakouts have occurred on the rear and edge of the flow. Hawaii Army and Air Guardsmen continue to support the Hawaii County Civil Defense by patrolling neighborhoods and blocking roads from curious onlookers.
"Vakbond De Unie vreest dat bij luchtvaartmaatschappij Air France-KLM een groot aantal banen verdwijnt. Met een forse banenreductie zou de Frans-Nederlandse combinatie kosten willen besparen. Dat zou kunnen betekenen dat bij KLM rond de 7500 banen op de tocht komen te staan."
Meet Willy. King of the Netherlands. Willy has an awesome life, a smoking hot wife and more money than there is water in the ocean. Speaking of which, besides water King Willy has basically no knowledge of anything. So that's probably why he build a humongous concrete jetty next to his already very expensive villa in Greece. Where else should he park his brand new powerboat then? Not in his landlocked villa in Argentina, that's for sure. Or in his former villa in Mozambique which he was forced to sell because of allegations of bribery? Get a life. In the Netherlands we have this saying: "Act normal like a king with millions and millions taxfree money on the bank, then you act crazy enough". And that's how Willy get's through the days. When you Dutch TV or newspapers you might get the impression that King Willy spends tons of public money and sits on his fat arse for the rest of the day. But that is just a load of bullcrap. Willy does things. Goes to things. And foremost: looks at things.
Italian police have released footage showing the underwater interior of wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia. The wrecked ship is now being towed to the port of Genoa for scrapping after a two-year salvage operation.
Its removal is one of the biggest ever maritime salvage operations.
The Concordia struck a reef off the Italian island of Giglio in January 2012 and capsized, killing 32 people.
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, cosmonaut Maxim Suarev and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Alexander Gerst will launch to the space station aboard the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The trio will serve as the ISS Expedition 40/41 crew and will join the three astronauts currently aboard the space station. The ISS has been relatively empty as NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, serving as ISS Expedition 40 Commander, and cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev have been waiting since May 13 for the Expedition 40/41 trio.
The annual International Air Show ILA takes place this week in Schoenefeld near Berlin. According to the organisers, 1,203 exhibitors from 40 countries will attend the aerospace trade show running until May 25, 2014.
Spanish authorities say 300 people tried to scale the barrier between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Friday morning, with more than 200 making it across.
On Thursday, more than 1,000 migrants tried to cross over but were kept back by Moroccan and Spanish forces. The presidents of the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla have appealed to the European Union for help. Melilla is feeling the pressure; nearly 2,000 people are currently being keep at the detention centre which should hold less than 500.
The Spanish government estimates that 40,000 migrants are currently waiting in Morocco, hoping to get across the fence.
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.