Sunday, 10 September 2017

Massive earthquake hits Mexico

The death toll has risen to at least 58 after a massive earthquake hit Mexico.
The 8.1 magnitude quake late on Thursday (local time) was stronger than a devastating 1985 temblor that flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands.
Damage to the city was limited as the quake was deeper and further from the capital.
Elsewhere in the country, the quake tore through buildings, forced mass evacuations and triggered alerts as far away as Southeast Asia.
The southern town of Juchitan in Oaxaca state, near the epicenter, was hit particularly hard, with sections of the town hall, a hotel, a bar and other buildings reduced to rubble.
Thousands of people in coastal areas were evacuated as a precaution when the quake sparked tsunami warnings.
Waves rose as high as 0.7m in Mexico, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said, though that threat passed

New kind of chocolate invented

A chocolate firm says they have invented a fourth type of chocolate after milk, dark and white – the first new type in 80 years.
Swiss chocolate giant Barry Callebaut says it used the ruby cocoa bean to create a confectionery with “berry-fruitiness and luscious smoothness.”
The new chocolate, named Ruby after its characteristic red colour.
It is only the fourth ever type to be created since the white version in the 1930s.
Time will tell if it will become a new type of chocolate as widespread as the others. One thing in its favour is that it has been made by the largest manufacturer of both chocolate and cocoa products

Sunday, 3 September 2017

current events

Monsoon floods in India

Rescue workers are scrambling to provide as much aid as possible to millions of people stranded by the worst floods in South Asia for years.
The death toll in Bangladesh, Nepal and India is now 1200 people.
Two weeks of rainfall has cut off thousands of villages and deprived people of food and clean water.
The United Nations said about 41 million people have been affected by the flooding and tens of thousands of homes, schools and hospitals have been destroyed.
South Asia suffers from frequent flooding during the monsoon season, which lasts from June to September, but authorities have said this year’s floods have been much worse.

Sculptures build world’s biggest sandcastle

Using almost 4,000 metric tonnes of sand, 19 sculptors have built a 16 metre tower featuring a number of famous landmarks to claim the world record for tallest sand castle.
The team spent more than three weeks in the western German city of Duisburg working on the 16.68 metre artwork.
The art work includes a sandy replica of the Great Sphinx of Giza, Venice’s Rialto Bridge and the graveside of Elvis Presley.
A Guinness World Record official was on hand on Friday to approve the new mark for the German sculpture.
The new sandcastle eclipsed the previous tallest sandcastle, a 14.84 metre world peace monument built in India in February.

Current events

Tomatia takes place in Spain

More than 20,000 revelers have taken part in the annual Tomatina celebration in Spain.
On the last Wednesday of August each year, the tiny town of Buñol , Spain, hosts the world’s largest food fight: La Tomatina.
This year over 160 tonnes of over-ripe tomatoes were thrown at each other in Spain during the epic food fight.
This festival started around the end of World War II. The Tomatina is said to have originated from a spontaneous bust-up between locals in 1945, and has since drawn a huge following across the globe.
Officials encourage participants to follow a few rules. These include crushing the tomatoes before throwing them, wearing old clothes as nothing survives the intense pelting of more than a hundred tons of pulpy fruit, and they can’t start chucking tomatoes until the official blast of cannons.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Theme Park for special needs children

Theme Park for special needs children

August 17, 2017
A Texas dad opened an amusement park for his daughter with special needs after realizing that other theme parks in the area just didn’t suit her.
Gordon Hartman began building the $15 million theme park, “Morgan’s Wonderland,” in 2007.
The park is named after his daughter Morgan, who has a severe cognitive and physical delay as well as a form of autism.
The park opened in 2010.
The 25-acre park has 26 different activities. It features a wheelchair-accessible Ferris wheel and carousel, as well as a miniature train.
Hartman said he came up with the idea in 2006 when he visited a swimming pool with Morgan. His daughter, who was then 12, attempted to play with some kids in the pool, but instead of engaging with her, they quickly left the pool.
The loving dad began thinking of places he could take Morgan. He thought of Disney, but knew parks of that nature were too noisy and crowded for her.
So the dad decided to build the world’s first “ultra-accessible theme park.”
More recently, they added a water park to the place, Morgan’s Inspirational Island. It opened seven weeks ago.
The waterpark, which cost another $17 million dollars to build, uses warm water in some of its areas to help visitors with muscular problems. Waterproof, motorized wheelchairs are also provided for those who need them.