Italy's largest live volcano Mount Etna erupted overnight on Friday spewing out lava and filling the skies over Sicily with volcanic ash. Two airports in the island's second-largest city of Catania were forced to close before eventually reopening on Saturday. The Europe's tallest and most active volcano often erupts but rarely causes damage, while the eruptions themselves do not put the local population at risk. The last major eruption was in 1992. Read more: Italy's Pompeii offers new glimpses of life before calamity Italy has a range of active and dormant volcanoes - the most famous being Mount Vesuvius on the mainland near Naples which erupted in AD79 killing thousands in the nearby towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Earlier this month, the volcano on the island of Stromboli erupted suddenly killing a Sicilian hiker who had been climbing the mountain with a Brazilian companion who was later found in shock and dehydrated but otherwise unharmed. Tourists were evacuated from the … [Read more...] about Watch: Mount Etna erupts spewing lava and ash into the sky
Volvo has issued recall notices for almost half a million cars worldwide Saturday amid safety concerns. Due to a manufacturer failure there are fears that a component inside certain diesel engines may melt. In a worst case scenario this could lead to the engine catching on fire and endangering lives. Currently there have been no reports of personal injury or accidents. According to a Swedish news platform, this technical fault affects some four-cylinder diesel engines built between 2014 and 2019. Stefan Elfström, a Volvo spokesperson, said the V40, V60, V70, S80, XC60 and the XC90 models are all concerned. This comes at a difficult time for the Chinese-owned car manufacturer which, despite rising sales figures, reported a slump in profits on Thursday. … [Read more...] about Volvo issues recall notice
Iraqi musician & conductor Karim Wasfi is working to bring music to war-torn countries. Since 2015, and after witnessing violence and destruction in his homeland, the respected cellist left the concert halls and began to perform amongst rubble. His campaign, called Music for Peace, aims to counter the intimidation of insurgents and lend support to victims of civil unrest. “It was a message to encourage people to continue, and to continue to be human. To continue be connected and attached to life.” Wasfi explains. To do it at [a war-torn] spot was to turn every element in life into a theatre, acting in full connectivity against radicalisation and against terror.” The 47-year-old has performed at approximately 25 destroyed sites, including Mosul, which suffered an attack in 2017 by the so-called Islamic State. The strike blew up the Al-Nuri mosque along with its 850-year-old leaning Al Hadba minaret. According to Wasfi, music is an essential tool for empowerment and … [Read more...] about How is Iraqi cellist Karim Wasfi using music to fight terrorism?
In a bid to regulate the social media marketing industry, the UAE has made licenses for commercialised influencers mandatory. About 1,700 licenses have been issued in the UAE so far. They’re priced at around $4,000 dollars a year and require applicants to be a minimum of 21 years old plus hold a bachelor's degree. “Before, it was rather chaotic,” says Naser Al Tamimi, the director of media licenses at the UAE National Media Council. “People know what rights they have and what they’re responsible for. Companies know what their right are and what they’re responsible for.” Influencers can bypass some of these requirements and costs, however, by joining a media agency and working under that company’s license. Founder of the brand and influencer management agency Sunday, Ashley Cadzow, states that the MENA region is home to some of the most expensive influencers in the world. It’s not uncommon, he says, for social media stars to command … [Read more...] about License to influence: UAE law regulates social media players
В социальных сетях набирает популярность российское приложение FaceApp, предлагающее пользователям "поменять" возраст или пол. Фотографии, сделанные при помощи этой … [Read more...] about Насколько обоснованы опасения по поводу FaceApp?