Thursday, January 20

Day: December 26, 2015

Dealing with a pet plant
ENGLISH, Life Style

Dealing with a pet plant

Choices The toughest decision you'll need to make is getting the right plant. The aptly named creepers have no sense of privacy and I don't advise getting one. Tubers show signs of growth underground, and are uninteresting without a see-through container. If you have pet birds, I suggest killing two with one stone by planting bird seeds. You don't have to buy bird seeds in the future if you cultivate it and you get to keep both pets. Money plants are a popular catch these days on the false premise it will bring you money. Cacti are trendy desktop buddies that have large watering cycles, but are very aggressive towards foreigners. Why can't the cactus be more socially and racially accepting? Fruits and vegetables take a lot of space and wouldn't be classified as pets but more of what cows a...
Planes in near-miss at Dublin Airport after air traffic control mix-up
ENGLISH, Europe

Planes in near-miss at Dublin Airport after air traffic control mix-up

    A Ryanair plane lands at Dublin Airport Departing and arriving aircraft came within 800 metres of colliding at Dublin Airport, an air accident investigation report has said. The airport was busy on March 8 this year and a scheduled flight to London Luton was cleared for take-off as an incoming plane approached. An air traffic controller misheard a radio signal from the pilot of the departing aircraft requesting more time to prepare and asked it to take off speedily. As the plane slowed on the way to the runway the controller changed his mind and tried but failed to stop it. Air accident investigators said: "At their closest point the aircraft were 807 metres apart; however the rate of closure was low." A few weeks later two Ryanair planes clipped wings as they taxied in Du...
Muslim prayer hall in Corsica vandalised after attacks on firemen
ENGLISH, Europe

Muslim prayer hall in Corsica vandalised after attacks on firemen

    A Muslim prayer hall in Ajaccio, Corsica, was vandalised on December 25, 25015 Demonstrators ransacked a Muslim prayer hall and attempted to burn copies of the Koran on the French island of Corsica Friday, police said, following a night of violence that left two firefighters injured. Tensions had mounted in Ajaccio on Christmas Day after two firefighters and a police officer were wounded overnight in Jardins de L’Empereur, a low-income neighbourhood of the city when they were “ambushed” by “several hooded youths”, authorities said. On Friday afternoon around 150 people had gathered in front of police headquarters in the island’s capital in a show of support for the police and firefighters, officials said in a statement. But some in that crowd broke away to join as many as ...
Turkey’s Erdogan talks man on bridge out of suicide
ENGLISH, Europe

Turkey’s Erdogan talks man on bridge out of suicide

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used his celebrated rhetorical skills to save a life on Friday, preventing a man from jumping off Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge. The man was apparently preparing to jump to his death when Erdogan's motorcade was passing over the bridge linking Europe with Asia after Friday prayers. News footage showed Erdogan's bodyguards bringing the sobbing man, who appeared to be in his early 30s, to talk to him through the window of his car. After a few moments, the man can be seen kissing Erdogan's hand behind the barrier of the Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul, on December 25, 2015 The man was then escorted to safety, the Dogan news agency reported. It said police had been trying for almost two hours to talk the man out of committing suicide after he a...
Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande offer David Cameron three year EU migrant benefits ban
ENGLISH, Europe

Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande offer David Cameron three year EU migrant benefits ban

    The German and French governments have offered David Cameron a deal that partially meets his demands to renegotiate European Union migrant welfare rules, it has been reported. The Politico Europe website cites French officials close to the talks who say Francois Hollande and Angelea Merkel have told Mr Cameron they would support EU migrants being banned from claiming in-work benefits for three years. Banning EU migrants from claiming in-work benefits, like tax credits, for four years when they first arrived is Mr Cameron’s main goal in the talks. “British officials are open to compromises and alternatives, and David Cameron got the impression last week that several heads of state and government were ready for compromise as well,” a French official close to the talks report...