Thai king, world’s longest-serving monarch, dead at 88

This file photo taken on May 5, 2010 shows Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej sitting on wheelchair after the ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of his coronation in Bangkok. (By AFP)
This file photo taken on May 5, 2010 shows Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej sitting on wheelchair after the ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of his coronation in Bangkok. (By AFP)

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, has died at the age of 88, casting uncertainty over the Southeast Asian state’s political future.

“His Majesty has passed away at Siriraj Hospital peacefully,” the Royal Household Bureau said in a statement on Thursday, adding that he died at 15:52 local time (0852 GMT).

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Nobel Prize for Literature goes to US singer-songwriter

In this January 12, 2012 file photo, Bob Dylan performs in Los Angeles. (Photo by AP)
In this January 12, 2012 file photo, Bob Dylan performs in Los Angeles. (Photo by AP)

In a surprise announcement, the Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to US singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, the first time the prestigious award goes to someone primarily seen as a musician.

The Swedish Academy said on Thursday that the 75-year-old rock legend won the prize “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

“Dylan has the status of an icon. His influence on contemporary music is profound,” said the Swedish Academy after awarding the prize worth $930,000, adding, “He is probably the greatest living poet.”

Last year’s Nobel Prize for Literature was given to Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarusian investigative journalist and non-fiction prose writer who writes in Russian.

This image taken on April 20, 2016 shows Belarusian author, Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature, at the International Book Fair in Bogota, Colombia. (By AFP)

Literature was the last of this year’s Nobel prizes to be awarded.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to seal a landmark peace agreement with FARC rebels.

The 2016 Nobel Medicine Prize went to Japanese scientist, Yoshinori Ohsumi, for his studies on autophagy, the process of recycling cellular components whose failures cause the Parkinson’s disease and diabetes.

The Nobel Prize ceremonies take place in Stockholm where each laureate receives a gold medal, a diploma and a sum of money that has been decided by the Nobel Foundation.

If there are two laureates in a particular field, the award is divided equally between the recipients. If there are three, the awarding committee either divides the grant equally, or awards one-half to one recipient and one-quarter to each of the others.

The award is named after the inventor of dynamite, Alfred Nobel, and has been awarded since 1901 for great achievements in science, literature and peace in accordance with his will.

The Nobel Prize awarding committee is sometimes criticized by experts for its biased nominations.

Source: press tv

US destroyer comes under attack in Yemen: US military

The guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (Photo by the Pentagon)
The guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (Photo by the Pentagon)

The US military says one of its guided-missile destroyers has escaped an attempted attack off Yemen’s shore.

“USS Mason detected two inbound missiles over a 60-minute period while in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen. Both missiles impacted the water before reaching the ship,” Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said early Monday.   Continue reading “US destroyer comes under attack in Yemen: US military”

Dozens injured after two trains crash in New York

Emergency responders look at the damage of a train that sits derailed near the community of New Hyde Park on Long Island in New York, US, October 8, 2016. (Photo by Reuters)
Emergency responders look at the damage of a train that sits derailed near the community of New Hyde Park on Long Island in New York, US, October 8, 2016. (Photo by Reuters)

Dozens of people have been injured after two trains crashed in Nassau County, New York, police and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) say.

The first three cars of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train derailed a half mile east of the New Hyde Park station Saturday night after it struck a work train which caught fire afterwards. Continue reading “Dozens injured after two trains crash in New York”

The Benefits of Learning a Language Online

The Benefits of  Learning a Language Online.    world is turning faster and faster and the more countries a company seals deals with, the more likely is the achievement of economies of scale, through access to a larger market and an increased geographical expansion. It is obvious that the piece of the cake is going to be much smaller in saturated markets, which is why companies have begun targeting and expanding into the emerging economies that will be dominating the world in the future: India, Brazil and China. Nothing can be achieved without mastering English and ideally the language of the targeted country, however, and that is where companies seek the help of e-learning specialists that will help them understand, manage and administer foreign employees, legislations and customs.

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Norway Announces It Will Ban Islamic Veil From Classrooms

The burqa veil is to be banned in schools and universities across Norway following similar measures in other European countries, according to the Norwegian education minister.

The country’s right-wing government confirmed it was considering “national regulations prohibiting the full-face veil in schools and universities.”, a move supported by the opposition Labour Party.

Education minister Torbjorn Roe Isaksen confirmed the ban would only apply to the full-face veil and not to other Islamic headscarves including the hijab, chador and niqab.

UK may lose 75,000 jobs in case of ‘hard Brexit: Study’

Experts warn that a hard Brexit might cost the UK thousands of jobs and billions in tax revenues.
Experts warn that a hard Brexit might cost the UK thousands of jobs and billions in tax revenues.

The UK’s financial services sector could lose up to 75,000 jobs and billions of dollars in tax revenues in case of a “hard Brexit” from the European Union (EU), a new study shows.

The study commissioned by lobby group TheCityUK outlined different scenarios for the potential consequences of losing access to the single market, one of the main concerns surrounding Brexit.   Continue reading “UK may lose 75,000 jobs in case of ‘hard Brexit: Study’”

Russia redeploys 2 warships to Mediterranean amid escalating Syria crisis

The Russian Navy's missile corvette, Serpukhov, sails in the Bosphorus on its way to the Mediterranean Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, October 5, 2016. (Photo by Reuters)
The Russian Navy’s missile corvette, Serpukhov, sails in the Bosphorus on its way to the Mediterranean Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, October 5, 2016. (Photo by Reuters)

Russia says two of its Buyan-class missile corvettes are heading back to join its forces stationed in the Mediterranean Sea as the conflict in Syria deepens following the US suspension of contact with Moscow over the Syrian crisis.

Captqain 2nd Rank Nikolai Voskresensky, a spokesman for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, told Russian news agencies on Wednesday that the Zelyony Dol and Serpukhov warships left their home port in Crimea on Tuesday as part of Moscow’s rotational naval forces in the region.  Continue reading “Russia redeploys 2 warships to Mediterranean amid escalating Syria crisis”

US-led air raid kills 20 Iraqi pro-government fighters

This photo taken on September 21, 2016 shows a British fighter jet in flight during a coalition mission over central Iraq. (By AFP)

This photo taken on September 21, 2016 shows a British fighter jet in flight during a coalition mission over central Iraq. (By AFP)

At least 20 Iraqi pro-government fighters have been killed when the US-led coalition targeted their position near the militant-held northern city of Mosul, media reports say.

A local source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the US-led military aircraft struck a building in the Kharaeb village of the al-Qayyarah region, located approximately 300 kilometers north of the capital, Baghdad, on Wednesday morning, leaving 20 Iraqi tribal fighters dead and five others injured, Arabic-language Shafaq news agency reported. Continue reading “US-led air raid kills 20 Iraqi pro-government fighters”

Philippine Pres. tells Obama ‘go to hell’ after the US refused to sell weapons to his country

 

Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday told U.S. President Barack Obama to “go to hell” because the United States had refused to sell some weapons to his country, adding that he did not care because Russia and China were willing to sell weapons to his country.    Continue reading “Philippine Pres. tells Obama ‘go to hell’ after the US refused to sell weapons to his country”