Brand name!?

#brand #fr #safety #clothing #Europe #usa

A few people I know, including myself, are planning to launch a clothing brand to sell Fire Safety Clothing. We still have to choose a brand name… any ideas?

Notre Dame attacker; No deaths

#NotreDame #Paris #terrorism #victims #incident #cathedral #Europe

An Algerian student, acting alone, hailed “This is for Syria”, and attacked a Police officer in the Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris. The man attacked the police officer with a hammer and was then wounded by the other Police officers who came to the rescue.

The cathedral was sealed off by the police after the incident.

France has been under a state of emergency after an increase in terrorism activities since early 2015, which has taken lives of more than 230 people in the country. Seeing military roaming in tourist places along with the police is a common sight now.

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Fortunately there were no deaths in this case and the attacker was injured & taken into custody. Jesus heard the prayers of people inside the Cathedral. 🙂

Constructing the largest telescope

#construction #telescope #space #astronomy #planets #ELT #Europe #Chile #stars

The European Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) is being built in Chile, and when completed, it will be the world’s largest optical telescope (about five times larger than current ones). The main mirror of the telescope will measure 39 meters across and will be located on a 3,000-meter-high mountain in the Atacama Desert. It will begin operations in 2024. The construction costs are estimated at $1.12 billion.

The telescope will have the ability to find smaller planets and image larger ones, going as far as characterizing their atmospheres. This is being considered one of the greatest examples of the possibilities of science, and will help in discoveries of planets orbiting other stars, which in turn might be exo-planets.

Atacama Desert was chosen because of its dry atmosphere that provides perfect observing conditions. By the 2020s, the region will have almost 20 percent of the World’s astronomical infrastructure.

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A telescope with better range and clearer observation. A great chance for humanity to know more about space & universe, spot some exoplanets, and some aliens.

Ibrahimovic injured, United reaches semis

#ManchesterUnited #Ibrahamovic #EuropaLeague #soccer #Europe #Anderlecht

Manchester United reached the Semi-finals of Europa League for the first time, after beating Anderlecht by 2-1. However, the match comes more as a negative to United manager Jose Mourinho, as Ibrahimovic was seriously injured during the match.

Ibrahamovic’s injury occured late in stoppage time, his right knee bending the wrong way as he landed following an aerial challenge in the Anderlecht box, leaving him grimacing on the deck. He has currently scored 28 goals this season, and he might be able to play again this season.

Manchester United won due to the extra-time strike by Marcus Rashford. United is looking forward for winning the Europa League title, since it is the only major title it hasn’t won as of yet.

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Get well soon Ibrahamovic. United needs you a lot. And just when it reached Semis, this had to happen.

President Erdogan announces victory in Turkey’s referendum

#Turkey #Europe #Asia #PresidentErdogan #OneManRule

Erdogan had said that about 25 million people have supported his proposal which is meant to replace the parliamentary system in the country, to an all-powerful presidency and abolish the office of Prime Minister. Thousands of supporters rallied in Ankara and Istanbul in celebration.

Erdogan, who has himself survived a failed coup in July 2016, has already detained 47,000 people and suspended 120,000 people regarding the matter.

However, the Opposition party’s Kemal Kilicdaroglu (CHP) has questioned the legitimacy of the referendum as ballots which were not stamped by the Turkey’s High Electoral Board (YSK) Officials were also declared valid. Kilicdaroglu has accused Erdogan of seeking a ‘one-man regime’. However, many of the supporters in Turkey supported the ‘One-man rule’ way.

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I wonder, if this will swell up into yet another war or political disaster in the future.


Champions League: Ronaldo hits his 100th European goal

#soccer #sports #Europe #ChampionsLeague #Ronaldo #RealMadrid #BayernMunich

In Wednesday’s match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, Ronaldo netted his 100th European goal. Real Madrid won the match 2-1, both goals being scored by Ronaldo.

Arturo Vidal headed a corner for Bayern and got a first half-lead, which was soon made level by a Ronaldo volley. In the second half, Bayern played with only ten players as centre-back Javi Martinez was given a red card for fouling twice within a span of 3 minutes. Ronaldo then kicked the second goal between Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s legs for the winner 13 minutes from end time.

Bayern had a tough time with it’s players for the match, as Bayern’s top scorer Robert Lewandowski, who has netted 38 goals this season, was dropped out due to a bruised shoulder, and defender Mats Hummels was also missing.

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Congratulations to Ronaldo! That is an amazing feat. Cheering on for Real to win the CL title!

The day when Britain officially exited. Brexit.

#Britain #Brexit #EU #Brussels #DonaldTusk #TheresaMay #Europe

Sir Tim Barrow, Britain’s new envoy to the EU rode to the European Council in his ambassadorial Jaguar, and then at 11:25 GMT, gave the narrow white envelope, that bore the Prime Minister’s Theresa May Brexit notification, to Donald Tusk, who chairs summits of EU leaders.

A few minutes later, Tusk tweeted that After nine months, the UK has delivered #Brexit. This was one topic on the routine weekly agenda for the 28 EU national envoys, and now that Brexit is underway – Barrow will get used to not being invited to all the EU discussions.

Commissioned in happier times when the EU seemed destined to go on expanding, it was no little irony that the first great moment of history, witnessed by the EU Council’s newly opened Europa Building, should be the unprecedented shrinking of the Union.

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Donald Tusk did sum up the moment in some short words: What can I add to this? We already miss you. Thank you and goodbye.

Companies can ban employees from wearing religious accessories

#Europe #EU #discrimination #business #religion #political #ECJ

European companies can ban employees from wearing religious or political symbols including the Islamic headscarf.

Although this might be strange and too professional for a workplace to ban all employees from wearing “any political, philosophical or religious sign”, I do not understand the reason to raise statements such as “companies can ban employees from wearing headscarves.” Please understand that the statement is valid for all employees, regardless of their religion or dressing, and is not a way of discriminating people. EU, as a whole, is promoting it’s own culture at workplace. (Then again, different people might see this news in different light)

In 2003, Samira Achbita, a Muslim, was employed by G4S security services as a receptionist. The company had an “unwritten rule” that employees should not wear any political, religious or philosophical symbols at work.

Samira told G4S that she wanted to wear the Islamic headscarf but wasn’t allowed to. Consequently, the unwritten rule was converted into a formal ban and was valid for all employees. Samira went to court claiming discrimination.

However, considering that G4S has a ban on all the employees, regardless of their religion, the case cannot be held true and ECJ ruled in the favor of G4S.

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European Space Agency to work closely with ISRO in space missions

#ESA #Europe #ISRO #India #space #Technology

ESA’s senior scientific advisor Mark McCaughrean has revealed that ESA plans to further collaboration with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in space missions. He alos mentioned that ESA is planning 15 space missions including Bepe Colombo to mercury in 2018 and JUICE to Jupiter in 2022.

ESA has earlier collaborated with ISRO on Chandrayaan-1 mission to the moon. In fact, ESA has had collaborative efforts with 22 countries including US, Russia, China, India and Japan. It is also expected to increase with the commercial launches.

McCaughrean also mentioned that it could be in 10 to 20 years that it is possible for a human space flight to Mars.

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Steinmeier elected as the new German President

#Germany #Trump #Steinmeier #President #AngelaMerkel #Europe #Politics

Germany’s former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected as the new head of state on Sunday. He is often called the Germany’s “Anti-Trump” who accused Trump of being a hate preacher.

At 61, Steinmeier regularly polls as Germany’s most popular politician. Social Democrats (SPD), the political party hopes to win against Chancellor Merkel in September elections with their candidate Martin Schulz following this.

Steinmeier received 931 of 1,239 valid votes after Merkel’s conservatives, lacking a strong candidate of their own, agreed to back him to replace incumbent Joachim Gauck, 77, a former pastor from ex-communist East Germany.

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