Thursday, 31 May 2012
India's Richest Man Mukesh Ambani Moves Into $1 bln Home
The richest man in India, Mukesh Ambani, has moved into his new home in Mumbai which is 27 storeys high and worth $1 bln.Ambani, his wife and three children have moved into the building which is named Antilia, after a mythical Island. It contains a health club with a gym and dance studio, at least one studio, a ballroom, guestrooms and a range of lounges and a 50 seater cinema.There is even an elevated garden with ceiling space to accommodate small trees.
The roof has three helicopter pads and there is also underground parking for 160 cars, which will come in handy for guests at Ambani's forthcoming housewarming party.From the top floors of the 173m high property are spectacular views of Mumbai and of the Arabian Sea.The 53 year-old tycoon is not only the richest man in India but the fourth richest man in the world. In total there is reported to be 37,000 square metres of space, which is more than the Palace of Versailles
.To keep it running smoothly requires 600 staff.According to Forbes magazine Ambani, who owns much of Reliance Industries, the oil, retail and biotechnologies conglomerate, is worth £18bn. He used to help run the company before falling out with his brother.The glass, steel and tiles used to make the building are reported to be from local sources.Ambani does not appear to be influenced by calls by the Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, for business leaders to be "role models of moderation".
Unusual Backdrop for the Graduation Day Photo
The graduates posed in their gowns while a blaze was raging through their university building as they collected their degrees.The students had to flee when flames engulfed a storage warehouse beside their dormitory during the events.But some appeared to be posing in front of the burning building, smiling and jesting despite the blaze.Angry college officials in Dalian, China, later uploaded pictures showing other students tackling the blaze with super-soakers.One wrote: “They show the true spirit of the college. Our students shouldn’t be celebrating destruction.”
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Somerset Place On Sale
They were nearly never built and suffered bomb damage in the Second World War but now for the first time in two centuries all the properties on one of Bath's famous crescents are going on the market.'For Sale' signs are set to go up on each of the 29 homes on the eye catching curve of Grade I listed buildings on Somerset Place in Bath.It’s thought to be the first time since the strip was completed in the early 19th century that an entire crescent has been made available at the same time.
The instantly recognisable architecture of the crescents are known around the world with thousands of tourists flocking to see the terraced properties every year.In 2010 the most famous of them, the Royal Crescent, took second place in Google’s 'Britain’s Most Picturesque Street' awards, beaten only by The Shambles in York.Somerset Place, built between 1790 and 1820 and last used by Bath Spa University, was bought in February by the Strategic Iconic Assets Heritage Acquisition Fund.
World’s First Vertical Forest in Milan
Bosco Verticale is an ambitious eco project in Milan, designed by architect Stefano Boeri, which tries to blend two discrepant mediums, urban and nature, into one harmonic whole. The project is comprised of two towers with giant cantilevered staggered balconies that permit fairly big trees to be accommodate, since there is a minimum of two storeys over every balcony. Basically, it’s a vertical forest in the heart of a blooming metropolis.
There is a wide insufficiency of urban green spaces in cities worldwide, and so much could be obtained with just a tree for every small building. Boeri takes it to a whole new level, up that is, with great results.The vertical forest will offer its residents, as well as the rest of Milan’s populace, a cleaner, greener life, as it will produce humidity and oxygen, absorb CO2 and dust particles, and protect from radiation and acoustic pollution.
The Bosco Verticale, composed of two residential towers of 110 and 76 meters height, is currently under construction in the centre of Milan, on the edge of the Isola neighbourhood, and will host 900 trees (each measuring 3, 6 or 9 m tall) , alongside a wide range of shrubs and flowers.If the apartments would have been constructed individually, the entire project would require 50,000 square meters of land, and 10,000 square meters of woodland.
Plant irrigation will be made filtering and reuse of the grey waters produced by the building.The two towers, upholding to its sustainable, renewable new age bran will also feature an array of other sustainable tech, like photovoltaic and aeolian energy systems.The towers under construction in the heart of Milan.
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Ring of Fire Eclipse 2012
A rare annular eclipse - a ring of sunlight as the new moon, passing between Earth and sun, blocks most, but not all, of the sun's disc. It is striking to see. Differing from a total solar eclipse, the moon in an annular eclipse appears too small to cover the sun completely, leaving a ring of fire effect around the moon. The eclipse cast its shallow path crossing the West from west Texas to Oregon then arcing across the northern Pacific Ocean to Tokyo, Japan.
Bision animal in house
RC Bridges, nicknamed 'The Buffalo Whisperer' and his wife Sherron, share their Texas home with two enormous bison - 2,400 pound 'Wildthing' and recent 900-pound arrival ullet'.Wildthing, who is seven years old, acted as the best man when his owners renewed their wedding vows in 2006, after five years of marriage. RC, 63, said: "He carried the rings on his horns and threw them off one at a time for us to catch."RC, who is a cowboy and horse trainer, has worked with bison - or buffaloes, as he refers to them - most of his life. After losing an eye in 2004 he had to sell his herd - except for one young male, Wildthing, who he decided to keep as a pet. His photographer wife Sherron, 39, who is part Native American and makes traditional-style clothes and headdresses using the animals' hair, said: "We love our buffaloes. I think if either one of them died, RC would probably go along with them.
" Bullet, a female, who is three and a half years old, still hasn't been house trained, or become familiar with the family's pet wolf, Jewell Spirit. She was given to the couple after her previous owner found her too hard to control. RC said: "Her owner told me if I could catch her, I could have her. She kept getting out of the pen and the sheriff's department was mad about it. Well, I just caught her, put her in a trailer and brought her home." Bison can be very dangerous animals. Their curved, sharp horns are two feet long, and lethal, and they are able to run as fast as 40 mph. RC said: "I knew they were crazy animals but it actually turned out way better than I thought it would be. I always dreamed of training a buffalo, but I never thought about training two. They're like my buddies. Bullet likes to be with me at all times, she'll even give up food to be close to me.
" RC, who insists his friends and relatives still visit the family home, said: "They're not afraid to come over because I keep everything safe. But most of them think I'm going to get hurt or killed. I don't think you can ever take all of the wildness out of the buffaloes, though. I've been hurt a lot, so I guess its just part of the game." Nevertheless, the couple's two grown-up children, son Will and daughter Taylor, are proud of the family pets and have even broken world records with them. RC said: "My son was the first person to ever ski behind a buffalo - on water skis and on sand. My daughter was the first person to ever snow sled behind a buffalo."
Monday, 28 May 2012
Celebrating Farewell To School in Russia.
Guys from Croatia are very fond of water treatment. This is how the last day of school looks like there. The most interesting thing is that they do not wear any prom dresses, they wear simple casual clothes. But this doesn't make them any different from graduates from Russia.
World's Most Popular Street Food
If you only choose luxury and expensive restaurants for your meals whenever eating out, you will miss a golden chance to enjoy street food that is truly delicious but very cheap. Each region in different countries has typical street specialities, appealing anyone to taste them.When you travel to Marrakech, Morocco in very hot days, for example, enjoy a glass filled to the rim with mint and a healthy amount of sugar. Or visiting Chilung's Miaokou Night Market means you can taste a wide range of traditional Taiwanese snack foods including savory noodle soups, tripe, oyster omelets, sticky rice and snails.Let's take a look at some of the world’s most famous street foods.
Sunday, 27 May 2012
New Nuclear Power Station Construction
Construction of Novo-Voronezh’s nuclear power station is carried out by leading Russian organizations. First works took place in June 2007, while construction of the second nuclear unit was started in July 2009. The new block energy units will stimulate development both of the Voronezh region and Central Russia in general.
Unfinished nuclear power plants - Abandoned Place
Unfinished nuclear power plant in the Crimea. (Shelkino, Crimea, Ukraine)Unfinished nuclear power plants. In 1968 in the Crimea it was decided to build nuclear power plants. The construction lasted 21 years, but then it was frozen.Crimean NPP project was similar to the Chernobyl's one.
On June 3, somewhere inside Las Vegas’s glittery Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino, Karina Brez will be standing — in very high heels — at one end of a very large stage. On the other end is a beautiful crown and a sash proclaiming the title “Miss USA.” That crown, that title and a trip to represent the entire nation in the Miss Universe pageant will, she hopes, be at the end of the journey for Brez, the 24-year-old Ukrainian immigrant turned Wellington gemologist and Miss Florida 2012. But if that shiny headwear and title aren’t in the cards for Brez, it’s certain that at least one thing is.
Brez works out with trainer Steve Caropelo in the fitness center at Versailles in Wellington. It's been a long road for Brez, whose family left Ukraine, moved to America and settled in Palm Beach County when she was in grade school, and where her parents still run a jewelry business in Boca RatonCoach Ashley Lauren Kerr, Caropelo and coach Grace Fontecha evaluate Brez as she practices her walk. Fontecha is a veteran pageant coach from Puerto Rico whose past clients have included four Miss Venezuelas, four Miss Puerto Ricos and back-to-back Miss Universes Dayana Mendoza and Stefania Fernandez.
The Oldest And the Most Unique ship In The World
The U.S. Office of Naval Research owns a very strange piece of oceanographic equipment. It’s called the FLoating Instrument Platform (FLIP), conceived and developed by the Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California. FLIP isn't a ship, even though researchers live and work on it for weeks at a time while they conduct scientific studies in the open ocean. It is actually a huge specialized buoy. The most unusual thing about this ship is it really flips.
FLIP is 355 feet (108 meters) long with small quarters at the front and a long hollow ballast at the end. When the tanks are filled with air, FLIP floats in its horizontal position. But when they are filled with seawater the lower 300 feet of FLIP sinks under the water and the lighter end rises. When flipped, most of the buoyancy for the platform is provided by water at depths below the influence of surface waves, hence FLIP is a stable platform mostly immune to wave action. At the end of a mission, compressed air is pumped into the ballast tanks in the flooded section and the vessel returns to its horizontal position so it can be towed to a new location.
During the flip, everyone stands on the outside decks. As FLIP flips, the decks slowly become bulkheads and the bulkhead becomes the deck. Most rooms on FLIP have two doors; one to use when horizontal, the other when FLIP is vertical. Some of FLIP's furnishings are built so they can rotate to a new position as FLIP flips. Other equipment must be unbolted and moved. Some things, like tables in the galley (kitchen) and sinks in the washroom, are built twice so one is always in the correct position. The entire flip operation takes twenty-eight minutes. When FLIP stands vertically, it rises more than five stories into the air.
FLIP was created 50 years ago, in 1962, by two Scripps scientists, Drs. Fred Fisher and Fred Spiess, because they needed a more quiet and stable place than a research ship to study how sound waves behave under water. Ships were unsuitable as they bob up and down and roll side to side.
FLIP is designed to study wave height, acoustic signals, water temperature and density, and for the collection of meteorological data. Because of the potential interference with the acoustic instruments, FLIP has no engines or other means of propulsion. It must be towed to open water, where it drifts freely or is anchored. When FLIP is in its vertical position it is both extremely stable and quiet.
Saturday, 26 May 2012
It’s not unusual for photojournalists to travel to places that have been scarred by genocide, accident and natural disaster. But photographer Ambroise Tézenas has spent the last few years turning that norm on its head to capture what happens to those sites after the journalists leave, when they become tourist destinations.In 2008, Tézenas was looking for his next photographic project when he read that a train, swept into the Sri Lankan jungle by a tsunami, was still there four years after the fact. Tézenas happened to have been in Sri Lanka at the time of the storm—on a vacation that became a job—and was fascinated to learn that the train had become a place of pilgrimage.“Some tourists were coming to have their pictures taken there,” the photographer says. “I thought about what the victims and the survivors would think.”That question became the seed of a long-term project, Dark Tourism, now on view at Galerie Mélanie Rio in Nantes, France. Tézenas immersed himself in the tourist experience: he always traveled with a tour group, always paid for the experience and only took pictures of things any tourist could see. Sometimes that ethos meant his pictures were restrained—he only had the time allotted by the tourism groups, so he was unable to wait for ideal light—but it also allowed the photographer to comment on more than the scenery.
1. Visitors in front of Xuankou middle school, where over 53 died, and Xuankou grade school, where about 250 died.
Friday, 25 May 2012
Top 9 Strange Streets in the World
1. Shortest Street in the World , Ebenezer Place – Scotland
Ebenezer Place, in Wick, Caithness, Scotland, is credited by the Guinness Book of Records as being the world's shortest street at 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in). In 2006 it surpassed the previous record(5.2 m, 17 ft) set by Elgin Street, Bacup, Lancashire. The street has only one address: the front door of No. 1 Bistro, which is part of Mackays Hotel.The street originated in 1883, when Ebenezer Place was constructed; the owner of the building, a hotel at the time, was instructed to paint a name on the shortest side of the hotel. It was officially declared a street in 1887.
Thursday, 24 May 2012
10 Most Beautiful Churches of the World
Las Lajas Cathedral
Las Lajas Sanctuary is a minor basilica church located in the southern Colombian Department of Nariño, municipality of Ipiales and built inside the canyon of the Guáitara River.The present church was built-in Gothic Revival style in 1949. The name Laja comes from the name of a type of flat sedimentary rock similar to shale.
10 Famous Falling Towers of Our World
1. Church Suurhusen, Germany
Suurhusen late medieval building is in the region of East Friesland in the north-west of Germany. According to the Guinness Book of Records, it was the most inclined tower in the world, although in 2010 new Capital Gate tower in Abu Dhabi broke this record. Suurhusen spire remains the most leaning tower in the world, the slope of which was ahead of world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa by 1.22 degrees.
10 Most Beautiful Castles in the World
Boldt Castle, located on Heart Island (New York) in the Thousand Islands of the Saint Lawrence River, along the northern border of New York State, is a major landmark and tourist attraction in its region. It is a beautiful century-old castle built by George C. Boldt, Waldorf Astoria Hotel proprietor, as a token of love to his wife Louise. With the sudden death of his wife in 1904 George C. Boldt has stopped the construction being struck with grief. After seven decades of abandonment the castle was acquired by Thousand Islands Bridge Authority in 1977 and has been rehabilitated ever since.
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
A Man Miraculously Survived After Jumping In Niagara Falls
A man in his 40s plunged at least 180 feet over Niagara Falls in an apparent suicide attempt, but survived and was lifted to safety during a harrowing rescue. The unidentified man was only the third person known to have gone over the falls without a safety device and lived.
Niagara Parks Police say witnesses reported seeing the man climb over a railing at 10:20am on Monday and "deliberately jump" above Horseshoe Falls and into the Niagara River.
The man was conscious and talking at first but got quiet. He appeared to have chest injuries, including broken ribs and a collapsed lung, Breathtaking images showed the victim and his rescuer dangling high above the falls by an aerial fire truck.A waiting helicopter flew him to a hospital, where a spokeswoman said he has critical but non-life-threatening injuries, which was echoed by rescue personnel.Niagara Parks Police say it appears the jump was a suicide attempt. It was the first time since March 11, 2009 that someone survived a jump into the falls.
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Transgendered Pageant Contestant Makes History
Jenna Talackova, 23, has made history as the first-ever transgendered contestant to compete in the Miss Universe Canada pageant that began Thursday and concludes Saturday with the winner’s crowning.By the looks of it, in photographs from the event, Talackova is one confident woman having walked the pageant in a white halter bikini with a side-sashed bottom, red silk dress with a high/low hemline and white body-hugging long-sleeved evening gown with a plunging backside. Judges will decide whether to advance her into the semi-finals.
Talackova, from Vancouver, was born male but had sexual reassignment surgery four years ago. She was allowed to compete in the pageant after she legally fought to be reinstated into the pageant. She had been kicked out by officials claiming she lied about her natural-born gender on her application.
News of Talackova’s oust drew criticism that resulted in an online petition that gathered 40,000 signatures. Donald Trump, who owns the pageant franchise, changed the pageant’s policy saying rules had “been modernized to ensure this type of issue does not occur again.”
On Thursday, Talackova failed to win a couple of lesser prizes–”Best Body” or “People’s Choice”–that would have guaranteed her a spot in Saturday’s finals.
On Thursday, Talackova failed to win a couple of lesser prizes–”Best Body” or “People’s Choice”–that would have guaranteed her a spot in Saturday’s finals.
Goliath Tiger Fish
Goliath Tiger Fish is one of the most fearsome killers freshwater has ever found. It got ranked as one of the top 10 hardest-fighting freshwater fish on the world by “Fisherman’ magazine”. It can weigh over 100 pounds and its mouth is armed with 32 razor-sharp teeth which can shear trough the strongest steel leaders and even straighten hooks. Goliath tiger fishes can found in many rivers and lakes on the continent.
Mostly, Goliath Tiger Fish is found in the Congo River system being the largest of the family, which is one of the recognizable and ordinary species in Southern Africa. Its teeth are as sharp as knife and its jaws and muscles are very strong. It can grow up to 24 inches. Mostly it is seen in three color silver-white-grey, but some times these fishes also found in a metallic orange or yellow sheen. It is the only fish which can live in water impure by sulfur, According to research.
РThe Goliath Tigerfish caught between dawn and nightfall. The Goliath is a difficult fish to catch. A 30-40 pound fish is considered a great catch, while 50-60 pounders would be a monster. Goliath Tigerfish is the world’s largest member of the Characins which includes of all of the fish in the following families tetras, dollars, pencilfish, and piranhas.
They are famous for their ferocity when hunting. The tiger fish are aggressive predators and have razor sharp teeth which are inter-locking, together with their streamlined, muscular body built for speed. They have also a gas-filled sac in their body, which they use as a sound receiver. They feed Guppies, Ghost Shrimp, Rosy Reds and etc. Breeding is rare in captivity. Only H. vittatus has been known to spawn in the aquarium. It is a smaller species, reaching three feet in length.
Monday, 21 May 2012
A Train House In England
When it comes to building a comfortable bungalow, Jim Higgins has got the inside track.The retired transport manager, 60, has one of the most unique houses in Britain... because it is built around a real railway carriage.The property in Ashton, Cornwall, is a fully functioning house but bizarrely has the fully restored 130-year-old Great Western Railway car within its walls.
Let's Go For The Bananas!
40 baboons tested the strength of the family Hyundai hatchback. Thus Korean automaker decided to check whether the materials can withstand the rough and careless handling. Within ten hours baboons honestly performed their duties. The test result is quite satisfactory - a few scratches and spattered salon, teeth imprints on the steering wheel and cheewed door seals.
Friday, 18 May 2012
Mich Kemeter is a world expert at free solo climbing, a discipline where participants forgo essential safety equipment in search of that extra adrenaline rush.The 23-year-old was pictured in the Verdon National Park, France, by mountain adventure photographer Alexandre Buisse, who takes extra care not to put him off in case he falls to his death.
Free-climber Mich Kemeter hangs over the edge of a 500ft cliff in the Verdon National Park, France, by the tips of his fingers without any ropes. As a free-climber, Mich does without the essential safety equipment preferred by mere mortals to give him that extra adrenaline rush.
'Mich is a free solo climber and one of the best in the world. In some of the photographs you can see he is wearing a backpack, that actually contains a parachute which he can use if he does fall off, just like Mission Impossible really.'
Thursday, 17 May 2012
Hollywood Stars Who Have Become Foster Parents
Adoption of children is almost customary procedure for the Hollywood. Everyone knows about foster children of Angelina Jolie, Madonna and Sandra Bullock, but there are much more celebrities who have decided someone else's child in their familky.
About a month ago, in early March, the Hollywood actress Charlize Theron adopted a boy from South Africa, giving him the name of Jackson.
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
The night sky on May 5 was animated by the once-a-year cosmic event of the perigee moon. Popularly known as the "Supermoon", the moon appears much larger above us when the elliptical orbit brings it within 221,802 miles to Earth, the closest point. The effect is magnified during a full moon, when we see our nearest celestial neighbor appear roughly 20 percent brighter and 15 percent larger.
Lighting the 2012 Olympic Flame
Seven years after London was selected to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, the Olympic Flame is on its way to England. Earlier today in Greece, performers dressed as priests and riestesses gathered for a ceremony in Olympia, the ancient birthplace of the Olympic games, where they appealed to the sun god Apollo to light the flame with the help of a parabolic mirror. The Olympic flame was then passed to swimmer Spyros Gianniotis to begin a seven-day relay through Greece, followed by a flight to Great Britain, where it will begin a 70-day journey, changing hands 8,000 times on its way to London.
The Most Unusual Coins All Around The World
In the XX century, after numismatics has become one of the most popular hobbies in the world, central banks around the world began to produce memorable and commemorative coins.For several decades in the world there were many-colored coins, coins with inserts of different metals and even amber, with a picture of celebrities and even the characters of books. Most of these coins, of course, are memorable, anniversary and simple collectible, but some of them are really in a wide circulation among the population.
Photo 1. Mongolia, 2011, 500 MNT