Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Eiffel Tower Celebrates 300 Million Visitors


The Eiffel Tower has marked its 300 millionth visitor with a celebration.
The French capital is celebrating the 300 millionth visitor to the landmark Eiffel Tower since its opening in 1889.
To mark the milestone, 1,500 visitors were given free entry to the first level of the tower, the city of Paris said in a statement.
The 128-year-old wrought-iron structure that was designed by the engineer Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World’s Fair.
Last year alone six million visitors climbed its steps.
Following a series of terrorist attacks on the French capital, a screen made out of bulletproof glass has been erected to protect tourists waiting to enter the tower.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Nepal to measure Everest

Nepal has announced that it will measure Mount Everest to
 settle a controversy over the height of the world’s tallest 
peak day.
Nepal is home to Mount Everest and half of the world’s 14
 highest mountains, but they have never measured the peak.
 It uses the height of 8,848 meters that was
 measured by the Survey of India in 1954.
Some people believe that the mountain became a little 
shorter in the wake of an earthquake two years ago.
Many Western climbers use the height of 8,850 
meters  determined in 1999 by the National
 Geographic Society.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Secret Monet Art Collection On Display

A “secret” art collection by Claude Monet, the father of 

Impressionism, has gone on display for the first time in

 Paris last week

The exhibition comes 90 years after the great painter’s death.
French art historians spent four years tracking down the
 collection of work by contemporaries including Renoir, 
Cezanne, Pissarro and Delacroix that Monet secretly bought.
“I am selfish. My collection is for myself only… and for a few 
friends,” the master once told journalists who called on him 
at his country home at Giverny in Normandy, whose
 remarkable gardens draw half a million visitors a year.
He kept the paintings upstairs in his private apartments at 
Giverny far from prying eyes and he didn’t keep records of 
what he bought.
An inventory was taken by experts when Monet died in 1926 
but it was destroyed during World War II.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Fatberg Found In London Sewer

A 250-metre long fatberg weighing 130 tonnes has been found blocking a sewer in Whitechapel, London. Gross!!
The solid mass of congealed fat, wet wipes, nappies and oil formed in the Victorian-era tunnel.
Thames Water described it as one of the largest it had seen and said it would take three weeks to remove. The fatberg is about as heavy as 11 double decker buses.
Eight workers will break up the mass with high-pressure hoses, suck up the pieces into tankers and take it to a recycling site in Stratford.
What causes fatbergs?
The company says fatbergs form when people put things they shouldn’t down sinks and toilets.
“It’s frustrating as these situations are totally avoidable and caused by fat, oil and grease being washed down sinks and wipes flushed down the loo.” said Matt Rimmer, the company’s head of waste networks.
“The sewers are not an abyss for household rubbish and our message to everyone is clear – please bin it – don’t block it.”

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

New Zealand Celebrates Maori Language Week

Te reo is being celebrated this week in New Zealand.
The theme for this year is Kia ora te reo Māori which means, “Let the Māori Language live”.
Maori Language Week is about raising awareness about te reo in New Zealand and promoting the language.
According to Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori – the Māori Language Commission 130,000 people have conversational fluency, 300,000 are learning at school and 10,000 are learning in tertiary education.
Today, Thursday, September 14, marks the day in 1972 that the Māori Language Petition was delivered to Parliament. The petition, initiated by activist group Nga Tamatoa, contained more than 30,000 signatures, and paved the way for Māori language to be taught in schools.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Underwater Roman Ruins Found In Tunisia

Roman ruins stretching out over 20 hectares have been discovered off the coast of northeastern Tunisia, North Africa.
“It’s a major discovery,” Mounir Fantar, the head of a Tunisian-Italian archaeological mission.
He said that an underwater expedition had found streets and monuments.
The discovery also proved that Neapolis had been partly submerged by a tsunami on July 21 in 365 AD that badly damaged Alexandria in Egypt and the Greek island of Crete.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

New York Lady Leaves Fortune To Her Cat

A wealthy Bronx, New York woman recently died and left part
 of her fortune to her beloved cats.
Ellen Frey-Wouter left $300,000 of her $3 million estate to 
ensure that Tiger and Troy would be properly cared for.
Dahlia Grizzle, Frey-Wouters’ former home health aide, now 
cares for Tiger. Grizzle said it was no surprise that Frey-
Wouter left the cats with a generous sum.
“The cats were like her babies,” Grizzle said.
This isn’t the first time a pet has been left and exorbitant
 amount of money by its owner.
In 2007, New York hotel heiress Leona Helmsley left $12 
million to her dog, Trouble.