Monthly archives: April 2014

ukraine crisis to end in war or peace ?

Ukraine’s young government is running out of viable options for restoring its control of eastern regions and preserving the country’s territorial integrity. Government and police buildings in more than a dozen places are still held by pro-Russian protesters, sometimes led by masked and well-armed men in uniform. The response from Kiev to this assault has been inconsistent and hesitant. Amid a war of words between Washington and Moscow, the “agreement” […]

Russian social network founder says he has been fired

The founder of Russia’s most popular social network site says he has been fired and that allies of President Putin have taken over his site. Pavel Durov who ran VKontakte had previously announced he was leaving the company but said he had withdrawn his resignation. The company denied it had been withdrawn. Mr Durov had previously refused requests from the Russian government to censor posts on his site. In a […]

Are human viruses killing world's last remaining gorillas?

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda (CNN) — They are the world’s largest primates and yet the constant threat of poaching, deforestation and human diseases means that soon the world’s mountain gorillas could be completely wiped out.Living in the dense forests of Central Africa — in the Virunga Mountains spanning Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda — the critically endangered gorillas […]

What makes a great Entrepreneur?

What makes a great entrepreneur? Who achieves the American dream of prosperity and success through the application of sheer hard work, determination and innovation? Look at the numbers and you’ll find good evidence that immigrants and others who come from nothing are the ones who make it to the top. A study by the Partnership for a New American Economy, for instance, found that more than 40 percent of Fortune […]

Nigeria: Why the abduction of 100 school girls isn't shocking

 The heavily armed militants stormed the girl’s dormitory in the middle of the night, herding more than 100 students on to vehicles and burning down nearby buildings as they made their escape. That was a week ago Monday. Of the 129 students abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School from the Nigerian town of Chibok, 77 are still missing. No one knows where they are. And surprising still, no one’s […]

Indian election spoofs get voters laughing

Candidate Narendra Modi is spoofed using an iconic scene from Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator A barrage of political spoofs on the internet and TV is ensuring that every Indian politician is cut down to size, writes Jay Mazoomdaar. For a people not known to take themselves lightly, a surprising number of Indians are laughing their way to the general election. A generous dose of irreverent political humour is now […]

Why doesn't Easter have a fixed date?

Easter and Christmas are both very important Christian holidays, but while families always gather on Dec. 25 in the winter, the annual spring celebration changes drastically each year on our calendars. Steven Engler, a professor in religious studies at Mount Royal University, says the basic reason the two differ is because Christmas is fixed to a solar calendar, near the winter solstice, and Easter is based on the Jewish lunar […]

A prehistoric step: 9-year-old trods on 10,000-year-old mastodon tooth

 Mastodons — elephant-like beasts that lumbered across North America more than 10,000 years ago — are long extinct, but apparently it wasn’t tooth decay that did them in. A 9-year-old Michigan boy stumbled across something — literally — that, it turns out, is a mastodon tooth. “I was walking down at the creek last summer. I felt something that I stepped on so I picked it up and everybody in […]

Look, no hands! Chinese villagers take part in fish-catching competition... with one overzealous competitor resorting to using his mouth

Japanese cuisine is world famous for its raw fish. But this Chinese man has taken the ancient rivalry between his nation and its island neighbour to ridiculous extremes. The Jaws impressionist snapped up the tiddler during a fish-catching contest in Taijang County in China’s Guizhou province. As rivals struggled to keep hold of their slippery catches, he proved that sometimes a bit of lateral thinking can be the difference between […]

Why is Salmon A Superfood? – 6 amazing health benefits of salmon fish

Why is Salmon A Superfood – 6 amazing health benefits of salmon fish Salmon are usually classified either as Pacific (Oncorhynchus family) or Atlantic (Salmo family) salmon, according to the ocean in which they are found. There is just one species of Atlantic salmon, while there are five species of Pacific salmon including chinook (or king), sockeye (or red), coho (or silver), pink and chum. Norwegian salmon, a popular type […]