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Tough jockeys and fierce gambling at Lesotho horseracing

Written by | September 9, 2016 | 0
Semonkong (Lesotho) (AFP) – Across the rough grasslands of Lesotho, jockeys wearing wool balaclavas and scruffy old helmets urge their horses towards the finishing post as hundreds of spectators cheer from a nearby hillside. Horseracing in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho is not like at Ascot or Longchamp, but it is still highly competitive, involves lots of gambling and is a major social occasion. The course at Semonkong, in the centre of the landlocked nation, hosts races once a month in the winter, with the most prestigious days marking King Letsi III’s birthday in July and independence day in October. A jockey tries to control his horse while waiting for a race to start in Semonkong, in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho Before each race, the horses are paraded in front of a crowd

UK passport loses luster following Brexit vote

Written by | July 30, 2016 | 0
The coveted British passport is losing its luster in the eyes of many U.K. residents and foreigners following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. The U.K. passport is currently considered one of the most powerful in the world, giving holders a huge amount of global mobility. But as the U.K. is expected to exit the European Union in roughly two years, that would revoke British citizens’ automatic right to move freely through 27 other EU member countries. Any restrictions that may be placed on British travelers will be dependent on negotiations between London and Europe’s de facto capital, Brussels. In a worst-case scenario, these states could require Brits to apply for visitor visas, noted Armand Arton, president of Arton Capital, a financial firm that specializes

UPDATE: US election: Sanders supporters boo call to back Clinton

Written by | July 25, 2016 | 0
Bernie Sanders supporters booed and jeered at a rally ahead of the Democratic Party convention when he urged them to back Hillary Clinton. The Vermont senator, who lost to Mrs Clinton in the race to be the party’s presidential candidate, will call for Democrats to unite behind her in a speech to the Philadelphia convention. He will say she is a “far superior” candidate to Republican Donald Trump. But some Sanders supporters protested, vowing never to vote for her. “We have got to defeat Donald Trump. We have got to elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine,” Mr Sanders said, referring to the vice-presidential running mate, at a rally hours before the official opening of the convention. His endorsement was met by loyal supporters in the crowd jeering loudly and shouting:

Free Gbagbo’ campaign launched in Accra

Written by | July 16, 2016 | 0
Scores of Ghanaians and other African nationals have demanded the immediate release of former Ivorian President, Laurent Gbagbo, from the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. The call was made at the official launch of the ‘Free Gbagbo Campaign’ at the Teachers Hall in Accra. President Gbagbo was arrested at the Presidential Palace in La Cote D’Ivoire by French Special Forces, following the second round of voting in the disputed Ivorian General Elections of November 2010 in which he was declared winner by the Constitutional Court. The Constitutional Court’s declaration was in accordance with Article 94 of the Ivorian Constitution, which both determines disputes in and proclaims the results of Presidential elections. Since his arrest and subsequent extradition to the ICC

Turkish military units attempt uprising, PM says

Written by | July 15, 2016 | 0
Turkish PM: Military taking illegal action 02:22 (CNN)Some Turkish military units have attempted an uprising that will be not allowed to succeed, the country’s prime minister said late Friday in a phone interview with Turkish broadcaster A Haber. A report from the U.S. Embassy in Ankara said military-appearing jets had been flying low over the city and over Istanbul for about an hour. Two bridges in Istanbul are closed in one direction by the military. Developing story – more to come

Snipers kill four U.S. police officers at protest

Written by | July 8, 2016 | 0
Four Dallas police officers have been shot dead by sniper fire during protests against the shooting of black men by police, the authorities say. One suspect is in custody after a shootout with police, while a person of interest turned himself in, Dallas police tweeted. Gunfire broke out as demonstrators marched through the city. The protests were sparked by the deaths of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana. Dallas Police Chief David Brown said 11 officers were shot “ambush style” by snipers, killing three. Police later said a fourth had died. “We believe that these suspects were positioning themselves in a way to triangulate on these officers from two different perches… and planned to injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as they

Putin Warns Obama: Tell The World About Nibiru or I Will

Written by | July 7, 2016 | 0
Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a shocking ultimatum to Barrack “Hussein” Obama. In a private telephone conversation, the Russian president reprimanded his American counterpart for furthering the Nibiru cover-up, and demanded the American president “come clean” and warn the world about Nibiru’s impending arrival and publicly detail the disastrous consequences the rogue system will wreak upon planet Earth. Two weeks ago, we reported that former KGB officer Strelnikov Isaak Stepanovich revealed that American leaders used the threat of nuclear war to silence Russian leaders from alerting the world to Nibiru’s threat; Putin’s announcement not only corroborates that information but also confirms that the Kremlin is defiantly withdrawing from the thirty plus

Pope: 1 in 50 clergy are paedophiles

Written by | July 13, 2014 | 0
Pope Francis has been quoted as saying that reliable data indicates that “about 2%” of clergy in the Catholic Church are paedophiles. The Pope said that abuse of children was like “leprosy” infecting the Church, according to the Italian La Repubblica newspaper. He vowed to “confront it with the severity it demands”. But a Vatican spokesman said the quotes in the newspaper did not correspond to Pope Francis’s exact words. The BBC’s David Willey in Rome says there is often a studied ambiguity in Pope Francis’ off-the-cuff statements. He wants to show a more compassionate attitude towards Church teaching than his predecessors, but this can sometimes cause consternation among his media advisers, our correspondent adds. Anger at Vatican In the

Incredible Technology: How to Explore the Microscopic World

Written by | August 3, 2013 | 0
Editor’s Note: In this weekly series, LiveScience explores how technology drives scientific exploration and discovery. Ever since Robert Hooke first made his beautiful sketches of magnified insects, scientists have been peering at the world through microscopes. The microscopic world generally refers to things humans can’t see with the naked eye. But thanks to microscopes, scientists have the tools to visualize the detailed structures and dynamic processes inside living cells. Today’s microscopes can reveal everything from the secretion of insulin in pancreatic cells to the chemical crossfire in slices of living brain tissue. The Dutch glasses maker Hans Jansen and his son Zachariasinvented the first compound microscope in 1595, according to letters by the Dutch envoy to

5 spectators injured at old power plant implosion

Written by | August 3, 2013 | 0
More than 1,000 people had gathered at 6 a.m. in a nearby parking lot to watch the planned implosion at the plant owned by Pacific Gas and Electric in Bakersfield. After structures on the property came crashing down, a police officer at the scene heard a man screaming for help and saw his leg had been severed, police said. “It was a piece of shrapnel that came flying out of the explosion and came across and went through a couple of chain link fences, struck him and impacted into a vehicle,” said Lt. Scott Tunnicliffe. The 44-year-old victim might lose his other leg as well due to his injuries, Tunnicliffe said. Four other spectators were treated for minor injuries, said Kern County Fire engineer Leland Davis. All of the injured spectators were standing beyond a perimeter set up