Some Photos Of National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 – Cities Category

14 07 2017

This spectacular view of Frankfurt is the perfect example of the modern city at night. (Pic: Vitaly Pankratov)

[Yahoo News}- Cities can often be looked at negatively, full of unsightly buildings and coloured by smog.

However, they can also be dazzling, scenic sights that provide stunning backdrops good enough to be framed.

National Geographic has compiled a group of photos taken in cities across the globe – and the sights on display are jaw-dropping.

From sprawling urban jungles to dazzling lights to incredible examples of modern architecture, each photo is vying to be crowned the cities photo of the year.

Here are just some of the entries in this year’s contest:





British Airways Cancels All Flights From Heathrow and Gatwick

28 05 2017

The British Airways has suffered a major global IT system failure which cancelled all its flights out of London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Saturday.

The incident happened before 6PM (UTC+1), and some parts of British Airways’ website and check-in features were unavailable too.

According to the British Airways chief, Alex Cruz in an apology video, the failure was likely caused by a “power supply issue”, and that they have not found any evidence of a server attack.

Even the contact center server was affected and customers were advised to go to the British Airways twitter and website, Heathrow and Gatwick airport websites instead for any information.

Yahoo! News reported that this is the sixth major crash for its recently installed system in the space of roughly a year.





A Real Life Ice Age On The Way?

30 06 2016

A real life ice age?

Below is an article from the Yahoo News:

The Sun Has Just ‘Gone Blank’ – Could There Be An Ice Age On The Way? – By Rob Waugh

Don’t be alarmed, but our sun has just ‘gone blank’ – with a total lack of sunspots leaving the surface like a snooker ball.

It’s part of the sun’s cycles – a sign that the ‘solar minimum’ is approaching – and some experts have suggested a new ‘mini ice age’ might be on the way.

Meteorology expert Paul Dorian of Vencore Weather says, ‘For the second time this month, the sun has gone completely blank.

‘The blank sun is a sign that the next solar minimum is approaching and there will be an increasing number of spotless days over the next few years.

‘At first, the blankness will stretch for just a few days at a time, then it’ll continue for weeks at a time, and finally it should last for months at a time when the sunspot cycle reaches its nadir.  The next solar minimum phase is expected to take place around 2019 or 2020.’

Some experts predict that we could soon see a ‘Maunder minimum’ phase – a mini ice age similar to one which began in 1645.

During the ‘Maunder Minimum’, temperatures plunged so much that the Thames froze over.

Prof Valentina Zharkova of Northumbria University  predicts that there will be a sharp decline in solar activity between 2020 and 2050.

Zharkova said, last year, ‘I am absolutely confident in our research. It has good mathematical background and reliable data, which has been handled correctly. In fact, our results can be repeated by any researchers with the similar data available in many solar observatories, so they can derive their own evidence of upcoming Maunder Minimum in solar magnetic field and activity.’





Colourful Patterns Of Enormous Group Of Animals

31 07 2014
A huge flock of flamingos in Kenya, East Africa. (Ferrero-Labat/Ardea/Caters News)

A huge flock of flamingos in Kenya, East Africa. (Ferrero-Labat/Ardea/Caters News)

These breathtaking photographs show that some animals take no chances when it comes to safety in numbers. Seen in every shape and size, from huge herds of wildebeest to colossal colonies of penguins, these creatures have no qualms when it comes to the issue of personal space.

Often seen during mass migration, these enormous groupings can be found in countries all over the world and prove an effective method of keeping themselves safe from predators. (Yahoo News)

Blue and yellow snapper fish seen in moving vast schools along the reef in Fiji. (Ron & Valerie Taylor/Ardea/Caters News)

Blue and yellow snapper fish seen in moving vast schools along the reef in Fiji. (Ron & Valerie Taylor/Ardea/Caters News)

A huge school of salmon seen in the waters of Hawaii. (Valerie Taylor/Ardea/Caters News)

A huge school of salmon seen in the waters of Hawaii. (Valerie Taylor/Ardea/Caters News)

Common zebras seen in Masai Mara, Africa. (Ferrero-Labat/Ardea/Caters News)

Common zebras seen in Masai Mara, Africa. (Ferrero-Labat/Ardea/Caters News)

Female red crabs after spawning on Christmas Island. (Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News)

Female red crabs after spawning on Christmas Island. (Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News)

A colony of king penguins seen in South Georgia. (Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News)

A colony of king penguins seen in South Georgia. (Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News)

Thousands of Monarch butterflies rest on a tree in North America. (Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News)

Thousands of Monarch butterflies rest on a tree in North America. (Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News)





Photos: 30 Years Of The Apple Mac

29 01 2014

In 1984, on January 24th, Apple released the first Macintosh home computer.

It was a revelation – mainly for its incorporation of a graphical display when its rivals could only display text.

The following year, founder Steve Jobs left the company.

Apple continued to make progress with innovative machines, but only after his return in 1996, that Apple’s computers began to achieve the popularity and recognition with new, design-led strategy – Yahoo News.

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Photos: 4 People Killed After Metro North Train Derails In NYC

2 12 2013

A Metro North train derailed along the Hudson River, about 100 feet north of the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx early Sunday.

Four people were killed while sixty-three others were injured in the accident.

The train was travelling to the New York’s Grand Central Station from Poughkeepsie, New York.

Yahoo News reported that Aaron Donovan, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), said that the derailment occurred at approximately 7:20 a.m.

In the tragic incident, five of the train’s seven cars were derailed, but none went into the Hudson River.

It is reported that the MTA identified the victims as 54-year-old Donna L. Smith of Newburgh; 58-year-old James G. Lovell of Cold Spring; 59-year-old James M. Ferrari of Montrose; and 35-year-old Ahn Kisook of Queens.

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Photos: 13 Killed In Washington Navy Yard Mass Shooting

17 09 2013
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The building where the mass shooting happened. Please click the photo for larger image. (Ahmad Ali Karim for Ahmad Ali JetPlane Pics)

 

13 people including the gunman were reported killed in a mass killing at the Washington Navy Yard.

America’s Navy stated that the tragedy happened inside the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters building (Bldg. 197) on the Washington Navy Yard at 8:20 a.m. (Eastern Time) September 16.

Yahoo News reported that the victims ranged in age from 46 to 73, and were either civilians or contractors.

Janis Orlowski, chief medical officer at Washington Hospital Center, said one Metropolitan Police officer and two civilians are being treated there and that they arrived in critical condition.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation or FBI identified the suspect as Aaron Alexis, 34 years old, a civilian contractor from Queens, New York.

Washington Mayor Vincent Gray said Alexis was shot during a gun battle with officers.

Yahoo News reported that Alexis was a full-time reservist from 2007 to 2011 and left the Navy on January 31, 2011, as a petty officer 3rd class and had been working for the fleet logistics support squadron No. 46 in Fort Worth.

A Navy official told Reuters that Alexis received a general discharge from the Navy in 2011 “after a series of misconduct issues.”

A ‘shelter in place’ order was issued for Navy Yard personnel after the shooting.

Access to the Washington Navy Yard will be restricted Tuesday, Sept. 17 to mission essential personnel only as the FBI continues its investigation.

Authorities are still investigating the case to determine the motive of the shooting.

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