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Bill Ayers Asks UN To Intervene In Chicago School Closings

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United Nations logo SC Bill Ayers asks UN to intervene in Chicago school closings

Noted American terrorist and left-wing radical Bill Ayers is among the signatories of a letter calling on the United Nations to probe the closing of 49 Chicago elementary schools based on claims that it is causing massive human rights violations.

The “letter of allegation” is 24 pages long and contains 17 footnotes.

The Midwest Coalition for Human Rights sent the missive to the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland this week.

The Coalition is a network of over 50 organizations united to fight “serious human rights violations occurring in the United States.”

A number of individuals and organizations sponsored the letter. In addition to Ayers, others signers of the letter include four people associated with Action Now, an Illinois community-organizing group that split off from ACORN just before it dissolved because of financial problems and scandals.

Read More at The Daily Caller . By Eric Owens.

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Bill Ayers, Reincarnated ACORN Ask United Nations To Intervene In Chicago School Closings

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United Nations logo SC Bill Ayers, reincarnated ACORN ask United Nations to intervene in Chicago school closings

Noted American terrorist and left-wing radical Bill Ayers is among the signatories of a letter calling on the United Nations to probe the closing of 49 Chicago elementary schools based on claims that it is causing massive human rights violations.

The “letter of allegation” is 24 pages long and contains 17 footnotes.

The Midwest Coalition for Human Rights sent the missive to the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland this week.

The Coalition is a network of over 50 organizations united to fight “serious human rights violations occurring in the United States.”

A number of individuals and organizations sponsored the letter. In addition to Ayers, others signers of the letter include four people associated with Action Now, an Illinois community-organizing group that split off from ACORN just before it dissolved because of financial problems and scandals.

Read More at The Daily Caller . By Eric Owens.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Western Journalism

Two Trains Collide Head-On in Switzerland

By Ruth Brown

It has been a bad month to be a train commuter: Canada , France , Spain , and now … Switzerland, where two commuter trains collided head-on today, injuring 44, four seriously, reports CNN . Local TV says one person is yet to be recovered from the wreckage, the AP reports. The crash happened between… …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Newser – Home

Hawking: Docs Offered to Unplug Me in 1985

By Rob Quinn

If his first wife had listened to doctors’ advice in 1985, most people might never have heard of Stephen Hawking. In the new documentary Hawking , the world-renowned British physicist reveals that he was so ill during a bout of pneumonia in Switzerland that doctors offered to turn off his life… …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Newser – Science

What You Need To Know About Watch Making And Watch Appreciation

By Blue Carreon, Contributor

The Chicago native Octavio Garcia has been designing watches for Audemars Piguet in Switzerland since 2003 when he started as a design manager. Since 2011 he’s been the chief artistic director for the esteemed watch company. Below, Garcia talks about the challenges of designing watches and his passion for the industry as well as upcoming trends in the world of time. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Family cancer risk may be wider than relative's specific type

People with a family history of cancer have an increased risk of developing not only the same cancer, but also a different form of the disease, according to a study published in the journal Annals of Oncology. Researchers from Italy, Switzerland and France analyzed 12,000 cases of cancer occurring in 13 different sites of the body between 1991 and 2009… …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Medical News Today

Devastating long-distance impact of earthquakes

In 2006 the island of Java, Indonesia was struck by a devastating earthquake followed by the onset of a mud eruption to the east, flooding villages over several square kilometers and that continues to erupt today. Until now, researchers believed the earthquake was too far from the mud volcano to trigger the eruption. Geophysicists at the University of Bonn, Germany and ETH Zurich, Switzerland use computer-based simulations to show that such triggering is possible over long distances. The results have been published in “Nature Geoscience”. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Phys.org

Researchers build self-assembling multi-copter distributed flight array (w/ Video)

Researchers at ETH Zurich, a technical University in Switzerland, have developed a unique type of copter. It’s made of several single rotor craft that physically connect to one another autonomously to create a larger multiple rotor craft. Because the craft is self-assembled, each time it takes flight, it has a different configuration. The researchers call their craft a Distributed Flight Array (DFA). …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Phys.org

SWISS Business Class: The Seats That Offer The Most Privacy on Long-Haul Flights

By Gary Walther, Contributor

 A business or first class flight to Europe from the U.S.—or any overnight flight in the front cabin for that matter—is a case of booking a hotel with wings. One of the odder aspects of such flights is bedding down next to someone you don’t even know, even in first class. (The exception is first-class suites on Singapore and Emirates, the current equivalent of a hotel room in the sky.) Major international carriers have addressed this problem with flip-up privacy screens between seats and by designing business class cabins divided into adjacent quasi-compartments, with the seats themselves some distance apart. Having flown business class on Swiss twice in the past two months, The Hotel Detective can say that the airline has taken the solution a big step farther by doing something simple: creating single seats in business class on its A340 and A330-300 aircraft. They are used for long-haul international flights to and from Zurich and Geneva, the airline’s international gateways in Switzerland. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Official: Chevy's famed Bowtie still looking dapper at 100 years

By Brandon Turkus

2014 Chevrolet Camaro front end - focus on Bowtie emblem

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The Chevrolet Bowtie, that iconic badge that’s adorned an estimated 215 million cars and trucks, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The Bowtie originally debuted on the 1914 Chevrolet H-2 Royal Mail and H-4 Baby Grand.

Rumors have long surrounded the Bowtie logo’s origins, with some claiming it was borrowed from the wallpaper of a French hotel and others saying it came from Chevrolet founder Louis Chevrolet’s homeland of Switzerland. William Durant, co-founder of Chevy, even had family members say differently.

Regardless of where the logo came from, since its first appearance on a pair of 1914 models and its appearance with the Chevrolet name in a 1913 edition of The Washington Post, it’s become one of the most identifiable symbols in America, even though it has gone through a number of subtle evolutions (check out the gallery above to see what we mean). We look forward seeing it for a long time.

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Simply the best: Tina Turner ties knot in Switzerland

Tina Turner, the US-born superstar famed for hits such as “Private Dancer”, has married her longtime German partner and will reportedly celebrate the union in a Buddhist ceremony in Switzerland Sunday.

The 73-year-old retired singer wed 57-year-old record executive Erwin Bach in a discreet civil ceremony on the banks of Lake Zurich in Kusnacht, northern Switzerland “a few days ago,” municipal official Hannes Friess told AFP.

According to Swiss media reports, the pair will celebrate the union at their Kusnacht manor on Sunday with an intimate Buddhist ceremony attended by 120 guests.

Music industry A-listers including David Bowie, Eros Ramazzoti and Sade are due to attend along with television talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, according to Swiss weekly Schweiz am Sonntag, which also reported guests were requested to wear white.

The bride herself, who traded in her US passport for a Swiss one earlier this year, will be wearing a gown designed by Italian fashion giant Giorgio Armani, according to the newspaper, which did not reveal its sources.

Swiss media reported that a small stage would be set up for Sunday’s party, and that Turner and Bach had sent out letters to their neighbours apologising in advance for the noise they might cause.

Turner, born Anna Mae Bullock in Tennessee, was the voice of such hits as “Simply the Best” and “We Don’t Need Another Hero”, over a five-decades long career, and moved to Switzerland in 1995 when Bach was transferred to the country.

Before her relationship with Bach began in the mid-1980s, Turner was famously married to her musical partner Ike Turner for 14 years.

She left him in 1976 after suffering serious domestic abuse, as detailed in her autobiography “I, Tina,” and alluded to in her 1984 hit “What’s Love Got To Do With It.”

Tina Turner retired from the public eye after a final tour in 2008/2009.

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Clooney thinks coffee a game-changer for S. Sudan

Coffee maker Nespresso is to buy coffee from the poverty-wracked fledgling state of South Sudan to expand supplies from sustainable sources, brand frontman George Clooney said on Tuesday.

“There is a real opportunity here,” the Hollywood star told a press conference in Paris.

“There is only one product coming from South Sudan right now, that’s oil, and the problem of oil is that someone, a company, takes the oil from the ground, beneath the feet of the actual people who put there, put it in a pipeline… and they sell it,” he said.

“It doesn’t seem to trickle back down to the people.”

Clooney said the young state lacked roads and other infrastructure, and “a lot of work” was needed before it could export coffee.

But with big-business resources behind it, coffee could be “a real game-changing move,” he said.

A Nespresso spokesman said coffee plantations will be developed near the town of Yei, on the Boma Plateau, in the Imatong mountains and in eastern Equatoria state.

The goal is for the first South Sudan capsules to hit the market in 2015.

Nespresso — part of the Nestle agribusiness of Switzerland — has been under fire from green activists, who complain that its throwaway coffee capsules are wasteful.

Clooney said that he pitched for South Sudan to help its economy.

He has been to South Sudan several times and last year was arrested in Washington during a protest to draw attention to its humanitarian plight.

South Sudan split from Sudan on July 9, 2011 after its people voted overwhelmingly for independence in a referendum, part of a 2005 peace deal that ended one of Africa’s longest civil wars.

The region is oil-rich, grossly impoverished and wracked by corruption and conflict, according to campaigners.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Fox World News