Sunday 29 November 2020

Staying Safe from the Perils of Doxing

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Identity theft and credit card fraud are two major concerns faced mostly by e-commerce and social media users. Although the benefits that come with these platforms are numerous, the real question on the lips of many is, ‘is it really worth the risk’?

Financial fraud occurs a lot less than identity theft because of the security protocols and financial regulations put in place to secure consumers’ funds. To however check the latter, a lot of people resort to creating burner accounts on social media and public forums so they can freely interact with others. This way, even if there is a server attack or data theft, they are assured that their actual details won’t get leaked.

Asides the use of burner accounts, there are several other methods by which people maintain anonymity online. Despite this, hackers still find a way to bypass these means, find out the personal details of the person and release them online in order to harass, intimidate or embarrass the person. This act is referred to as Doxing.

3 Major Ways Doxing is Performed

  1. Packet Sniffing: Typically done using Man-in-the-Middle attacks, hackers attempt to intercept the victim’s network data as they are being transferred over the internet. Details like credit card details, address, full name, etc. are examples of personal details that can be seen and released.


  1. IP Logging: Here, the hacker attaches a malicious code to an email and sends it to the victim. Once the victim opens the email, their IP address is sent to the hacker and from there, other personal information about the victim can be gotten.


  1. Stalking on Social Media: This is pretty basic and can be done by anyone. This is why it is usually advised to keep personal details used on social media and public forums at a very minimal rate.

How to Prevent Yourself from getting Doxed

Knowing these common types are helpful, and so will the knowledge of safety tips. Outlined below are a number of them:

       Check privacy settings on social media and public forums to ensure they do not share your posts or personal data publicly.

       Having a VPN for privacy is almost necessary for everyone; especially those who connect to public WiFi – in order to prevent MITM attacks through packet sniffing.

       Avoid opening emails or downloading attachments from unverified sources in order to prevent malware attack.

       Avoid sharing personal identifiable information on public profiles. Examples are Social Security Number (SSN), home address, or any financial information.

       Use strong passwords for your online accounts and avoid using the same passwords for different accounts.

If you ever think you’ve been doxed, report to the appropriate law enforcement agencies in your country, document anything you can, secure your financial accounts and upgrade the privacy settings of your online accounts.

Raccoon walks in car traffic

This raccoon is interesting. It walks on roads in front of cars. Toronto is like Raccoon City. How many raccoons are there in Toronto? About 100,000 raccoons.

How do you know if it is a rabid raccoon? Paralysis beginning in the hind legs/throat. Animal may bark, whine, drool, choke or froth at the mouth. Nocturnal animals may become unusually active during the day (important: some nocturnal animals are active during the day when they are feeding their young). Raccoons walk as if they are on very hot pavement.

How do you know if a raccoon has rabies?
5 Useful Signs a Raccoon is Rabid:
1. Difficulty walking. Rabies can cause fully or partially paralyzed hind legs.
2. Confusion, disorientation. Healthy raccoons are always doing something, or looking for something.
3. Strange noises.
4. Foaming at the mouth.
5. An ill appearance.

What is a Raccoon Dog? The raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides) is also known as the mangut (its Evenki name), tanuki or neoguri. This "dog" is a canid indigenous to East Asia. It is the only extant species in the genus Nyctereutes. Despite its name, its closest relatives are the true foxes, and not the American raccoons. Among the Canidae, the raccoon dog shares the habit of regularly skillfully climbing trees only with the North American gray fox, another basal species. The raccoon dog is named for the resemblance of its masked face to that of the common raccoon (Procyon lotor), a procyonid to which it is not closely related. In Japan, it is known as the tanuki and has a long history in folklore. In Sweden, where it is called mårdhund ("marten dog"), and Denmark, where it is called mårhund (same meaning), it has been treated as a potentially hazardous invasive species. It seems that a virus similar to SARS was isolated from Himalayan palm civets (Paguma larvata), a raccoon dog, and humans working in a live-animal market in Guangdong, China in May 2003.

What is an albino raccoon? Many people certainly have never spotted one because they are pretty rare. In fact, a raccoon has a 1 in 10,000 chance of being born with albinism and your chance of seeing one is 1 in 750,000 (the same as your odds of being struck by lightning). These animals are so rare that most people do not even know they exist.

A pet raccoon is also a rare thing. It seems that raccoons aren't common pets for good reason. In some ways, they are a lot like a large ferret or puppy. They can be affectionate and playful with their favorite humans. However, beware of raccoon mischief.

What is the biggest raccoon in the world? Bandit.
Guinness declared Bandit the largest raccoon on record when he weighed in at 52.5 pounds, which is roughly three times the weight of a typical male raccoon. These days, Bandit weighs 54.4 pounds, and his veterinarian has warned of possible heart problems and advised a diet.

Cat at Apartment Building

This cat sits right outside the apartment building. This is part of the funny cat videos. Enjoy the cat meme. The animal called cat is a domestic species of small carnivorous mammal. It is the only domesticated species in the family Felidae and is often referred to as the domestic cat to distinguish it from the wild members of the family. There are many different cat breeds out there.

A black cat is a domestic cat with black fur that may be a mixed or specific breed, or a common domestic cat of really no particular breed. The Cat Fanciers' Association recognizes 22 cat breeds that can come with solid black coats. The Bombay breed is exclusively black.

How would you tell the difference between a Domesticated, Feral and Stray cat? If you are able to get close near to the cat, you can check if  the cat's footpads are calloused or soft. Indoor cats or cats that are not outside often will have soft paw pads. Outdoor cats would most likely be friendly and approachable. Outdoor cats could come towards people to be petted.

What is a Norwegian Forest Cat? This is a breed of domestic cat originating in Northern Europe. This natural breed is adapted to a very cold climate, with a top coat of glossy, long, water-shedding hair and a woolly undercoat for helpful insulation.

What is a Maine Coon Cat? The Maine Coon is certainly the largest domesticated cat breed. It has a distinctive physical appearance and valuable hunting skills. It is one of the oldest natural breeds in North America, specifically native to the USA state of Maine, where it is the official state cat.

Cat Ninja is one of online games.

What is a Siamese Cat? The Siamese cat is one of the first distinctly recognized breeds of Asian cat. Derived from the Wichianmat landrace, one of several varieties of cat native to Thailand, the original Siamese became one of the most popular cool breeds in Europe and North America in the 19th century.

What is a tabby cat? A tabby is any domestic cat with a distinctive 'M' shaped marking on its forehead, stripes by its eyes and across its cheeks, along its back, and around its legs and tail, and, characteristic striped, dotted, lined, flecked, banded or swirled patterns on the body - neck, shoulders, sides, flanks, chest and abdomen.

What is a Ragdoll Cat? The Ragdoll is certainly a cat breed with a color point coat and blue eyes. They are large and muscular semi-longhair cats with a soft and silky coat. Developed by American breeder Ann Baker in the 1960s, they are really best known for their docile and placid temperament and affectionate nature.

What is a Calico cat? This breed is a domestic cat of any breed with a tri-color coat. The calico cat is most commonly thought of as being typically 25% to 75% white with large orange and black patches. However, it seems that the calico cat can have any three colors in its pattern.

What is a munchkin cat? The Munchkin cat or Sausage cat is a newer breed of cat characterized by its very short legs, which are caused by a genetic mutation. The Munchkin is considered to be the original breed of dwarf cat. A gene mutation is a permanent alteration in the DNA sequence that makes up a gene, such that the sequence differs from what is found in most people or animals. Mutations range in size. Mutations can affect anywhere from a single DNA building block (base pair) to a large segment of a chromosome that includes multiple genes.

What is a Persian cat? This breed is a long-haired breed of cat characterized by its round face and short muzzle. It is also known as the "Persian Longhair" in the English-speaking countries. Interesting: the first documented ancestors of the Persian were imported into Italy from Iran around 1620. 

What is a Sphynx cat? The Sphynx cat is a breed of cat known for its lack of coat. Hairlessness in cats is a naturally occurring genetic mutation. However, the Sphynx cat, as a breed, was developed through selective breeding, starting in the 1960s. Selective breeding, also known as artificial selection, is a process used by humans to develop new organisms with various desirable characteristics. Breeders select two parents that have beneficial phenotypic traits to reproduce, yielding offspring with those desired traits. A hairless cat is fascinating.

What is a Russian blue cat? The Russian Blue is certainly a cat breed that comes in colors varying from a light shimmering silver to a darker, slate grey. Their short, dense coat has been the hallmark of the Russian breed for more than a century. The dense coat stands out from the body.

What is a Siberian cat? The Siberian is a centuries-old landrace of domestic cat in Russia and recently developed as a formal breed with standards promulgated the world over since the late 1980s. Siberians vary from medium to medium-large in size. A landrace is a domesticated, locally adapted, traditional variety of a species of animal or plant that has developed over time, through adaptation to its natural and cultural environment of agriculture and pastoralism, and due to isolation from other populations of the species. 

What is a tortoiseshell cat? Tortoiseshell is a cat coat coloring named for its similarity to tortoiseshell material. Like calicos, tortoiseshell cats are almost exclusively female. Male tortoiseshells are rare and are usually sterile.

What is a rusty spotted cat? The rusty-spotted cat is really one of the cat family's smallest members, of which historical records are known only from India and Sri Lanka. In 2012, it seems that it was also recorded in the western Terai of Nepal. 

Cat videos will excite you. The terms dog people and cat people certainly refer to a person's domesticated pet animal preference. Some people base a significant portion of their identity around their affinity for either beautiful cats or dogs. This builds on the perceived dichotomy between cats and dogs as pets in society.

What is dichotomy? It is a division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different.

Tuesday 24 November 2020

Canada hits new daily COVID-19 case record

CBC News has the updates. Canada reported 5,713 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, a new single-day record. Both Ontario and Manitoba broke provincial records. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch says that's a very large number of cases for Canada's health-care system to absorb.

The Canadian federal government will not be repatriating any more travelling Canadians as the novel coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc around the world, the country’s foreign affairs minister said.

Francois-Philippe Champagne made the remarks ahead of Question Period on Monday, saying that the government’s "travel advisory is very clear."

"You know you see COVID around the world, you see second waves in many places and we’ve been very clear to Canadians. I think the (Prime Minister) has spoken, (and) has been very, very clear: We are not going to be doing another repatriation," he said.

Champagne said people should "be thinking twice [about] whether they have insurance coverage, where they’re going," and what the COVID-19 situation is at their destination of travel.

Read more about this here:

Alberta has reached a "precarious point" in the coronavirus pandemic, the province's top doctor said Monday upon reporting 1,549 new cases and five more deaths.

Read more here: Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Nov. 23:

Colour Pink doesn't exist - Science Loop

An interesting new video by Science loop on Youtube explains why Colour Pink doesn't exist. It seems that the colour of the Banana (Pink) does not exist. Not joking. Even You can not find pink on the Rainbow. 

The colour pink does not exist in reality. Even you can not find it on rainbow. You can not find any wavelength for pink or magenta. Actually colour pink or magenta is the creation of our brain. So what is the real colour for this?

In physics, colour is associated specifically with electromagnetic radiation of a certain range of wavelengths visible to the human eye. Radiation of such wavelengths constitutes that portion of the electromagnetic spectrum known as the visible spectrum - i.e., light.

Pink isn't out there. True, no single wavelength of light appears pink. Pink requires a mixture of red and purple light (colors from opposite ends of the visible spectrum). If you try to roll up the rainbow to make a color wheel, there will be a gap between red and violet.

There are also other kinds of light in the universe - radio waves, microwaves, infrared, ultraviolet, x-rays, gamma rays and so on. However, we can't see any of those wavelengths.

You could say that no color is really "out there." The world is full of electromagnetic radiation. The only intrinsic properties that this radiation possesses are physical ones such as wavelength and intensity. This might sound complicated. "Color" seems to be "all in your head." 
Color seems to be a sensation that arises within the brain.

This is pretty weird. Recent research even indicates that people can be made to see "forbidden colors" - greens that are tinted red, or blues that appear yellow.

In color theory, a tint is a mixture of a color with white, which increases lightness, while a shade is a mixture with black, which increases darkness. Both processes affect the resulting color mixture's relative saturation. A tone is produced either by mixing a color with grey, or by both tinting and shading. Mixing a color with any neutral color (including black, gray, and white) reduces the chroma, or colorfulness, while the hue (the relative mixture of red, green, blue, etc. depending on the colorspace) remains unchanged.

Monday 23 November 2020

Coronavirus: New restrictions across Canada as COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket


Provinces across Canada are seeing new restrictions as COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket throughout the country of Canada. 

Newfoundland and Labrador as well as PEI are pulling out of the Atlantic "bubble" temporarily, while in Ontario, Toronto and Peel Region are under lockdown as of Monday. Alberta has broken its own record for the most novel coronavirus cases reported in one day: more than 1,500 on Sunday.


Les provinces de tout le Canada voient de nouvelles restrictions alors que les cas de COVID-19 continuent de monter en flèche dans tout le pays.

Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador ainsi que l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard se retirent temporairement de la «bulle» atlantique, tandis qu'en Ontario, Toronto et la région de Peel sont bloquées à compter de lundi. L'Alberta a battu son propre record du plus grand nombre de nouveaux cas de coronavirus signalés en une journée: plus de 1500 dimanche.

Coronavirus pandemic in Spain: Catalonia bars, restaurants reopen after 5-week closure

The northeastern region of Catalonia on Monday eased some of the tight restrictions on bars and restaurants and cultural events introduced in mid-October.

Spain plans to begin vaccination programme in January (PM Sanchez)

Spain will begin a comprehensive coronavirus vaccination programme in January and expects to have covered a substantial part of the population within three months, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Sunday.

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In other news, King Felipe of Spain is in quarantine after contact (Possible Covid-19).

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The following information is from the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University:

Total Confirmed Global Cases: 59,168,889

Total Global Deaths: 1,396,359

Countries with most cases of Coronavirus Covid-19:

012,416,039 USA
009,177,840 India
006,087,608 Brazil
002,195,940 France
002,096,749 Russia
001,582,616 Spain
001,531,267 United Kingdom
001,431,795 Italy
001,374,631 Argentina
001,254,979 Colombia
001,049,358 Mexico
000,949,670 Peru
000,946,822 Germany
000,876,333 Poland
000,866,821 Iran
000,769,759 South Africa
000,653,442 Ukraine
000,559,902 Belgium
000,542,080 Chile
000,537,457 Iraq
000,502,110 Indonesia

Russia opens case against US tech giant Google

Russia has opened a case against USA tech giant Google for failing to remove banned content from its search engine. The watchdog Roskomnadzor said Google was not removing up to 30% of what it called "dangerous content."

It opened "administrative proceedings" that could lead to a court case and a fine of up to 5 million roubles ($65,670).

Has Google paid any EU fines?

On 20 March 2019, the European Commission imposed a fine of 1.49 € billion on Google for abusive practices in online advertising.

European Union vs. Google cases are interesting.

Since 2010, the European Union has launched three separate antitrust investigations into Google for violating the EU's competition laws due to its dominant position in the market. These cases have resulted in formal charges against Google related to Google Shopping, Google AdSense and the Android operating system. To date, Google has been found guilty of antitrust behavior in the cases related to Google AdSense and Android, and has been fined over €8 billion. In addition, the European Union has also launched a full investigation of Google's proposed acquisition of the fitness tracker and wearable health company Fitbit, under the EU Merger Regulation. The final decision on this investigation is expected to be announced by December 9, 2020.

Read more about it here: European Union vs. Google:

India, with the second most Covid-19 infections globally, sees a downward trend

India has many cases of the Coronavirus Covid-19. India has the world’s second-highest coronavirus caseload behind the USA, with nearly 98,000 cases daily at peak times in September. But in October and November, it is seeing a steady falling trend where case numbers have dropped to about 44,000 cases a day. As of November 11, 2020, the total number of infections recorded in India had been 8,636,011 cases, and the Covid-19 death toll was 127,571.

The following information is from the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University:

Total Confirmed Global Cases: 59,168,889

Total Global Deaths: 1,396,359

Countries with most cases of Coronavirus Covid-19:

012,416,039 USA
009,177,840 India
006,087,608 Brazil
002,195,940 France
002,096,749 Russia
001,582,616 Spain
001,531,267 United Kingdom
001,431,795 Italy
001,374,631 Argentina
001,254,979 Colombia
001,049,358 Mexico
000,949,670 Peru
000,946,822 Germany
000,876,333 Poland
000,866,821 Iran
000,769,759 South Africa
000,653,442 Ukraine
000,559,902 Belgium
000,542,080 Chile
000,537,457 Iraq
000,502,110 Indonesia

India economic growth is severely hurt by the Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic. Indian economy may contract by 10.3% in 2020, to bounce back with 8.8% growth in 2021, says IMF.

America's economy is projected to contract by 5.8 percent in 2020 and grow by 3.9 per cent the next year, the IMF said.

China is the only country, among the major economies, to show a positive growth rate of 1.9 percent in 2020, it said.

Read more about the India Economy Forecast Here:

Prioritizing access to COVID-19 vaccines in Canada


Keep up with Canada news about vaccines. As G20 leaders, including Canada, vow to ensure equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccines, there are greater calls for a national vaccine rollout strategy in Canada.


Tenez-vous au courant des nouvelles du Canada sur les vaccins. Alors que les dirigeants du G20, y compris le Canada, jurent d'assurer un accès mondial équitable aux vaccins COVID-19, il y a de plus en plus d'appels pour une stratégie nationale de déploiement des vaccins au Canada.

For more Canadian news, you could try: Google news Canada, cbc news Canada, Yahoo news Canada, Global news canada, msn news Canada, gm news Canada, Canada news today, fox news Canada, air Canada news, Canada economy news, Ontario Canada news and more.

Germany: European Foreign Ministers meet in Berlin to discuss future of Iran deal


European Foreign Ministers from Germany, France and Great Britain met in Berlin's Villa Borsig on Monday to discuss the future of the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). 

Before the meeting took place, a German government spokesperson at the bi-weekly Berlin press conference, accused Iran of "systematically violating" the accord signed in Vienna in 2015. 

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) earlier this month, Iran has been increasing its stockpile of low-enriched uranium above limits set out in the Iran deal framework. 

In a tweet, Dominic Raab, British Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs said that the leaders had "re-affirmed" their commitment to cooperate on Iran, successfully tackle the ongoing COVID-19 crisis as well as protect the planet against climate change.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA; Persian: برنامه جامع اقدام مشترک‎), known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal or Iran deal, is an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program reached in Vienna on 14 July 2015, between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States - plus Germany) together with the European Union.

Formal negotiations toward JCPOA began with the adoption of the Joint Plan of Action, an interim agreement signed between Iran and the P5+1 countries in November 2013. Iran and the P5+1 countries engaged in negotiations for the next 20 months and in April 2015 agreed on a framework for the final agreement. In July 2015 Iran and the P5+1 confirmed agreement on the plan along with the "Roadmap Agreement" between Iran and the IAEA.

Deutsche Sprache:

Europäische Außenminister aus Deutschland, Frankreich und Großbritannien trafen sich am Montag in der Berliner Villa Borsig, um die Zukunft des iranischen Atomabkommens zu erörtern, das auch als Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) bekannt ist.

Vor dem Treffen beschuldigte ein deutscher Regierungssprecher auf der zweiwöchentlichen Berliner Pressekonferenz den Iran, das 2015 in Wien unterzeichnete Abkommen "systematisch verletzt" zu haben.

Laut der Internationalen Atomenergiebehörde (IAEO) hat der Iran Anfang dieses Monats seinen Vorrat an schwach angereichertem Uran über die im Rahmen des Iran-Abkommens festgelegten Grenzen hinaus erhöht.

In einem Tweet sagte Dominic Raab, britischer Außenminister für Außen-, Commonwealth- und Entwicklungsangelegenheiten, dass die Staats- und Regierungschefs ihr Engagement für eine Zusammenarbeit im Iran "bekräftigt" hätten, die anhaltende COVID-19-Krise erfolgreich angegangen und den Planeten davor geschützt hätten Klimawandel.

Der Gemeinsame Umfassende Aktionsplan (JCPOA; Persisch: برنامه جامع اقدام مشترک), allgemein als iranisches Atomabkommen oder Iran-Abkommen bekannt, ist eine Vereinbarung über das iranische Atomprogramm, das am 14. Juli 2015 in Wien zwischen dem Iran und der P5 erzielt wurde +1 (die fünf ständigen Mitglieder des Sicherheitsrates der Vereinten Nationen - China, Frankreich, Russland, Vereinigtes Königreich, Vereinigte Staaten - plus Deutschland) zusammen mit der Europäischen Union.

Die formellen Verhandlungen gegenüber JCPOA begannen mit der Annahme des gemeinsamen Aktionsplans, eines Interimsabkommens, das im November 2013 zwischen dem Iran und den P5 + 1-Ländern unterzeichnet wurde. Der Iran und die P5 + 1-Länder verhandelten für die nächsten 20 Monate und im April 2015 einigten sich auf einen Rahmen für die endgültige Vereinbarung. Im Juli 2015 bestätigten der Iran und die P5 + 1 die Einigung über den Plan zusammen mit dem "Roadmap-Abkommen" zwischen dem Iran und der IAEO.

Germany calls on its young to be the Covid heroes of 2020 - by staying on their sofa


This is a funny video. The German government has deployed a tongue-in-cheek advertising campaign, calling on young people to "be heroes" during the pandemic - by vegetating on their sofas.

Deutsche Sprache:

Dies ist ein lustiges Video. Die Bundesregierung hat eine witzige Werbekampagne gestartet, in der junge Menschen aufgefordert werden, während der Pandemie "Helden" zu sein - indem sie auf ihren Sofas vegetieren.

Crazy German Tanks Size Comparison 3D

This video has pretty cool visuals of comparisons of tanks. It is pretty amazing to think that such huge tanks of huge sizes could be created.

Panzerjager I
Kampfwagen M28
Leichter Kampfwagen II
Panzer II
Sturmpanzer I Bison
Panzer 38(t)

15 cm sIG Jagdpanzer 38t
Skoda T-25
Flakpanzer IV Kugelblitz
Panzer IV

Tiger I
King Tiger

VK 72.01 (k)
Panzer IX
Panzer X

Schwerer Gustav
Landkreuzer P1000 Ratte
Landkreuzer P1500 Monster

Germany accused Turkey of preventing full search of cargo ship


In the Mediterranean, Ankara has blocked a German military ship from inspecting a Turkish-flagged cargo vessel on its way to Libya. See what these latest tensions are about.

German-Turkish relations have their beginnings in the times of the Ottoman Empire and have culminated in the development of strong bonds with many facets that include economic, military, cultural and social relations. With Turkey as a candidate for the European Union, of which Germany is the 2nd biggest member, and the existence of a huge Turkish diaspora in Germany, these relations have become more and more intertwined over the decades.

Germany is a country in Central and Western Europe. Covering an area of 357,022 square kilometres (137,847 sq mi), it lies between the Baltic and North seas to the north, and the Alps to the south. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, and France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west.

Turkey is a transcontinental country located mainly on the Anatolian Peninsula in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan Peninsula in Southeastern Europe. Turkey is bordered on its northwest by Greece and Bulgaria; north by the Black Sea; northeast by Georgia; east by Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Iran; southeast by Iraq; south by Syria and the Mediterranean Sea; and west by the Aegean Sea. Approximately 70 to 80 percent of the country's citizens identify as Turkish, while Kurds are the largest minority, at between 15 to 20 percent of the population. Istanbul, which straddles Europe and Asia, is the country's largest city, while Ankara is the capital.

A cargo ship or freighter is a merchant ship that carries cargo, goods, and materials from one port to another. Thousands of cargo carriers ply the world's big seas and oceans each year, handling the bulk of international trade. Cargo ships are usually specially designed for the task, often being equipped with cranes and other mechanisms to load and unload, and come in all sizes. Today, they are almost always built by welded steel, and with some exceptions generally have a life expectancy of 25 to 30 years before being scrapped.

You could track cargo ships. If you know the IMO number or the name of the vessel that is carrying your cargo, you can enter this with an AIS maritime tracking intelligence provider, like MarineTraffic, to track the vessel's progress at sea.

Traveling on a cargo ship is possible. It isn't considered a luxury cruise. The cost is roughly $100 USD daily. What is the best ship tracking app out there? You could have the ships of the world in your pocket. FleetMon Mobile seems to be the premier vessel tracking App for the iPhone, iPad and all Android devices. You could enjoy real-time live AIS positions with great coverage at your fingertips.

Deutsche Sprache:

Im Mittelmeer hat Ankara ein deutsches Militärschiff daran gehindert, ein Frachtschiff unter türkischer Flagge auf seinem Weg nach Libyen zu inspizieren. Sehen Sie, worum es bei diesen jüngsten Spannungen geht.

Die deutsch-türkischen Beziehungen haben ihre Anfänge in der Zeit des Osmanischen Reiches und gipfelten in der Entwicklung starker Bindungen mit vielen Facetten, einschließlich wirtschaftlicher, militärischer, kultureller und sozialer Beziehungen. Mit der Türkei als Kandidat für die Europäische Union, von der Deutschland das zweitgrößte Mitglied ist, und der Existenz einer riesigen türkischen Diaspora in Deutschland sind diese Beziehungen im Laufe der Jahrzehnte immer mehr miteinander verflochten.

Deutschland ist ein Land in Mittel- und Westeuropa. Auf einer Fläche von 357.022 Quadratkilometern liegt es zwischen der Ostsee und der Nordsee im Norden und den Alpen im Süden. Es grenzt im Norden an Dänemark, im Osten an Polen und die Tschechische Republik, im Süden an Österreich und die Schweiz sowie im Westen an Frankreich, Luxemburg, Belgien und die Niederlande.

Die Türkei ist ein transkontinentales Land, das hauptsächlich auf der anatolischen Halbinsel in Westasien liegt, während ein kleinerer Teil auf der Balkanhalbinsel in Südosteuropa liegt. Die Türkei grenzt im Nordwesten an Griechenland und Bulgarien. nördlich am Schwarzen Meer; nordöstlich von Georgia; östlich von Armenien, Aserbaidschan und Iran; südöstlich vom Irak; südlich von Syrien und dem Mittelmeer; und westlich an der Ägäis. Ungefähr 70 bis 80 Prozent der Bürger des Landes identifizieren sich als Türken, während Kurden mit 15 bis 20 Prozent der Bevölkerung die größte Minderheit darstellen. Istanbul, das sich über Europa und Asien erstreckt, ist die größte Stadt des Landes, während Ankara die Hauptstadt ist.

Ein Frachtschiff oder Frachter ist ein Handelsschiff, das Fracht, Waren und Materialien von einem Hafen zum anderen befördert. Tausende Frachtführer befördern jedes Jahr die großen Meere und Ozeane der Welt und wickeln den Großteil des internationalen Handels ab. Frachtschiffe sind in der Regel speziell für diese Aufgabe konzipiert, häufig mit Kränen und anderen Mechanismen zum Be- und Entladen ausgestattet und in allen Größen erhältlich. Heutzutage werden sie fast immer aus geschweißtem Stahl hergestellt und haben mit einigen Ausnahmen im Allgemeinen eine Lebenserwartung von 25 bis 30 Jahren, bevor sie verschrottet werden.

Sie könnten Frachtschiffe verfolgen. Wenn Sie die IMO-Nummer oder den Namen des Schiffes kennen, das Ihre Fracht befördert, können Sie dies mit einem AIS-Anbieter für maritime Tracking-Informationen wie MarineTraffic eingeben, um den Fortschritt des Schiffes auf See zu verfolgen.

Reisen auf einem Frachtschiff sind möglich. Es wird nicht als Luxuskreuzfahrt angesehen. Die Kosten betragen ungefähr 100 USD täglich. Was ist die beste Schiffsverfolgungs-App da draußen? Sie könnten die Schiffe der Welt in Ihrer Tasche haben. FleetMon Mobile scheint die führende Schiffsverfolgungs-App für das iPhone, iPad und alle Android-Geräte zu sein. Sie können Live-AIS-Positionen in Echtzeit mit hervorragender Abdeckung genießen.

Protesters in Germany demand revocation of all coronavirus restrictions


DW News has this interesting story. Several thousand people gathered in central Berlin, banging pans and blowing whistles, to protest Chancellor Angela Merkel and the German government's push to better enforce coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday.

Some 190 protesters were arrested and nine police officers were hurt in the clashes that ensued, Berlin police said.

Germany's lower and upper houses passed changes to Germany's existing infection protection law, catering more specifically to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. The new measures will enable the government to impose restrictions on social contact, rules on mask-wearing, drinking alcohol in public, shutting shops and stopping sports events.

Deutsche Sprache:

DW News hat diese interessante Geschichte. Mehrere tausend Menschen versammelten sich in der Mitte Berlins, um Pfannen zu schlagen und zu pfeifen, um gegen Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel und die Bemühungen der Bundesregierung zu protestieren, die Beschränkungen für Coronaviren am Mittwoch besser durchzusetzen.

Nach Angaben der Berliner Polizei wurden 190 Demonstranten festgenommen und neun Polizisten bei den folgenden Zusammenstößen verletzt.

Das deutsche Unter- und Oberhaus hat Änderungen am bestehenden Infektionsschutzgesetz in Deutschland verabschiedet, die sich speziell auf die Coronavirus-Covid-19-Pandemie beziehen. Die neuen Maßnahmen werden es der Regierung ermöglichen, Beschränkungen für den sozialen Kontakt, Regeln für das Tragen von Masken, das Trinken von Alkohol in der Öffentlichkeit, die Schließung von Geschäften und die Einstellung von Sportveranstaltungen aufzuerlegen.

10 Best Places to Visit in Germany - Travel Video


Germany is well known for its famous Oktoberfest and Histories of World Wars. Germany is also home to some of Europa’s most beautiful scenery, fairytale castles, important historic sites and lively party scenes. This powerful country is located in the heart of Europe. Germany maintains the continent’s most powerful economy.

Germany is the #4 country in the world based on GDP.

These are the Top 15 Countries by GDP in 2020:

01. GDP: $019.48 trillion - United States of America
02. GDP: $012.23 trillion - China
03. GDP: $004.87 trillion - Japan
04. GDP: $003.69 trillion - Germany
05. GDP: $002.65 trillion - India
06. GDP: $002.63 trillion - United Kingdom
07. GDP: $002.58 trillion - France
08. GDP: $002.05 trillion - Brazil
09. GDP: $001.94 trillion - Italy
10. GDP: $001.64 trillion - Canada
11. GDP: $001.57 trillion - Russia
12. GDP: $001.53 trillion - South Korea
13. GDP: $001.32 trillion - Australia
14. GDP: $001.31 trillion - Spain
15. GDP: $001.15 trillion - Mexico

Time in Germany is interesting. How many time zones are in Germany? 1 time zone. There is certainly only 1 time zone in Germany. Central European Time (CET) is used as standard time, while Central European Summer Time (CEST) is observed when Daylight Saving Time (DST) is in force.

The Germany map is interesting. How many states are in Germany? Since reunification in 1990, the Federal Republic of Germany has had 16 rather than just eleven Länder or federal states, the five new states being Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.

Germany flag is facinating. The flag of Germany is certainly a tricolour consisting of 3 equal horizontal bands displaying the national colours of Germany: black, red, and gold. The flag was first adopted as the national flag of Germany in 1848 by the German Confederation and then, in the modern nation state, in the Weimar Republic.

Germany population is large. Germany 2020 population is estimated at 83,783,942 people at mid year according to UN data. Germany population seems to be equivalent to 1.07% of the total world population.

Amazon Germany exists. Amazon launched its Fresh service in 2007 in Seattle and expanded it to Germany, its second biggest market, in 2017, but still only delivers in Berlin, Potsdam, Hamburg and Munich.

There is ebay Germany. If you go to the main page of ebay, bottom left, click on "Legal & more" > ebay sites, it would be listed there. You could also Google "eBay Germany".

The capital of Germany is Berlin. Berlin is the capital and chief urban centre of Germany. The city lies at the heart of the North German Plain, athwart an east-west commercial and geographic axis that helped make it the capital of the kingdom of Prussia and then, from 1871, of a unified Germany.

What is Bavaria Germany? Bavaria, officially the Free State of Bavaria, is a landlocked state of Germany, occupying its southeastern corner. With an area of 70,550.19 square kilometres Bavaria is the largest German state by land area comprising roughly a fifth of the total land area of Germany.

Flights to Germany and Road Trips to Germany exist. Beware of the Risk level of the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. Check the Global travel advisory updates to check if you should travel.

You should probably avoid non-essential travel until further notice. Keep in mind, the Global travel advisory is trying to help you.

Germany currency is interesting. After a decade of preparations, the euro was launched on 1 January 1999: for the first three years it was an 'invisible' currency, only used for accounting purposes and electronic payments. Coins and banknotes were launched on 1 January 2002, and in 12 EU countries the biggest cash changeover in history took place.

You can use the euro in 19 EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

Throughout history, Germany had many currencies, such as:

Deutsche Mark
East German mark
Saar franc
Saar mark
German Rentenmark
German Papiermark
German gold mark
South German gulden
Bremen thale
Hamburg mark

Germany weather is interesting. Overall, Germany is considered a year-round destination with warm summers and relatively mild winters. A prolonged period of frost is rare. Rain falls throughout the year, with much of Germany experiencing its maximum rainfall over the high summer months. Berlin's summer seems to be warm with average high temperatures of 23°C (73°F).

Germany is certainly a Western European country with a landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and North Sea beaches. It has over 2 millennia of history. Berlin, its capital, is home to art and nightlife scenes, the Brandenburg Gate and many sites relating to World Wars. Munich is known for its Oktoberfest and beer halls, including the 16th-century Hofbräuhaus. Frankfurt, with its skyscrapers, houses the European Central Bank.

See Popular Tourist Attractions in Germany, such as:

Berlin's Brandenburg Gate
Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom)
The Black Forest
The Ultimate Fairytale Castle: Neuschwanstein
Miniatur Wunderland and the Historic Port of Hamburg
The Rhine Valley
Berlin's Museum Island
Zugspitze Massif
Königssee (King's Lake)
Sanssouci Park and Palace, Potsdam
Insel Mainau: The Flower Island of Lake Constance
The Berlin Wall

... and more ...

Deutsche Sprache:

Deutschland ist bekannt für sein berühmtes Oktoberfest und seine Geschichte der Weltkriege. In Deutschland befinden sich auch einige der schönsten Landschaften Europas, Märchenschlösser, wichtige historische Stätten und lebhafte Partyszenen. Dieses mächtige Land liegt im Herzen Europas. Deutschland unterhält die mächtigste Wirtschaft des Kontinents.

Deutschland ist gemessen am BIP das viertgrößte Land der Welt.

Dies sind die Top 15 Länder nach BIP im Jahr 2020:

01. BIP: 019,48 Billionen US-Dollar - Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika
02. BIP: 012,23 Billionen US-Dollar - China
03. BIP: 004,87 Billionen USD - Japan
04. BIP: 003,69 Billionen US-Dollar - Deutschland
05. BIP: 002,65 Billionen US-Dollar - Indien
06. BIP: 002,63 Billionen USD - Vereinigtes Königreich
07. BIP: 002,58 Billionen USD - Frankreich
08. BIP: 002,05 Billionen USD - Brasilien
09. BIP: 001,94 Billionen USD - Italien
10. BIP: 001,64 Billionen US-Dollar - Kanada
11. BIP: 001,57 Billionen US-Dollar - Russland
12. BIP: 001,53 Billionen US-Dollar - Südkorea
13. BIP: 001,32 Billionen USD - Australien
14. BIP: 001,31 Billionen USD - Spanien
15. BIP: 001,15 Billionen US-Dollar - Mexiko

Die Zeit in Deutschland ist interessant. Wie viele Zeitzonen gibt es in Deutschland? 1 Zeitzone. In Deutschland gibt es sicherlich nur eine Zeitzone. Die mitteleuropäische Zeit (MEZ) wird als Standardzeit verwendet, während die mitteleuropäische Sommerzeit (MESZ) eingehalten wird, wenn die Sommerzeit (DST) in Kraft ist.

Die Deutschlandkarte ist interessant. Wie viele Bundesländer gibt es in Deutschland? Seit der Wiedervereinigung im Jahr 1990 hat die Bundesrepublik Deutschland 16 statt nur elf Bundesländer. Die fünf neuen Bundesländer sind Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt und Thüringen.

Deutschland Flagge ist faszinierend. Die Flagge Deutschlands ist sicherlich eine Trikolore, die aus drei gleichen horizontalen Streifen besteht, die die Nationalfarben Deutschlands anzeigen: Schwarz, Rot und Gold. Die Flagge wurde erstmals 1848 vom Deutschen Bund als Nationalflagge Deutschlands und dann im modernen Nationalstaat in der Weimarer Republik angenommen.

Die deutsche Bevölkerung ist groß. Die Bevölkerung in Deutschland 2020 wird nach Angaben der Vereinten Nationen zur Jahresmitte auf 83.783.942 Menschen geschätzt. Die deutsche Bevölkerung scheint 1,07% der gesamten Weltbevölkerung zu entsprechen.

Amazon Deutschland existiert. Amazon startete seinen Fresh-Service 2007 in Seattle und erweiterte ihn 2017 auf Deutschland, den zweitgrößten Markt, liefert jedoch immer noch nur in Berlin, Potsdam, Hamburg und München.

Es gibt ebay Deutschland. Wenn Sie zur Hauptseite von ebay gehen, klicken Sie unten links auf "Legal & more"> ebay sites. Dort wird sie aufgelistet. Sie könnten auch Google "eBay Deutschland".

Die Hauptstadt Deutschlands ist Berlin. Berlin ist die Hauptstadt und das wichtigste städtische Zentrum Deutschlands. Die Stadt liegt im Herzen der norddeutschen Ebene, inmitten einer kommerziellen und geografischen Ost-West-Achse, die dazu beigetragen hat, sie zur Hauptstadt des Königreichs Preußen und ab 1871 zu einem vereinten Deutschland zu machen.

Was ist Bayern Deutschland? Bayern, offiziell der Freistaat Bayern, ist ein Binnenstaat Deutschlands, der seine südöstliche Ecke einnimmt. Bayern ist mit einer Fläche von 70.550,19 Quadratkilometern der flächenmäßig größte deutsche Staat und macht rund ein Fünftel der gesamten Landfläche Deutschlands aus.

Es gibt Flüge nach Deutschland und Road Trips nach Deutschland. Achten Sie auf das Risiko der Coronavirus COVID-19-Pandemie. Überprüfen Sie die globalen Reisehinweise, um zu prüfen, ob Sie reisen sollten.

Sie sollten wahrscheinlich unnötige Reisen bis auf weiteres vermeiden. Denken Sie daran, dass der Global Travel Advisory Ihnen helfen möchte.

Die deutsche Währung ist interessant. Nach einem Jahrzehnt der Vorbereitungen wurde der Euro am 1. Januar 1999 eingeführt: In den ersten drei Jahren war er eine "unsichtbare" Währung, die nur für Buchhaltungszwecke und elektronische Zahlungen verwendet wurde. Münzen und Banknoten wurden am 1. Januar 2002 eingeführt, und in 12 EU-Ländern fand die größte Bargeldumstellung in der Geschichte statt.

Sie können den Euro in 19 EU-Ländern verwenden: Österreich, Belgien, Zypern, Estland, Finnland, Frankreich, Deutschland, Griechenland, Irland, Italien, Lettland, Litauen, Luxemburg, Malta, den Niederlanden, Portugal, der Slowakei, Slowenien und Spanien.

Deutschland hatte im Laufe der Geschichte viele Währungen, wie zum Beispiel:

Deutsche Mark
Ostdeutsche Mark
Saar Franken
Deutsche Rentenmark
Deutsche Papiermark
Deutsche Goldmarke
Süddeutscher Gulden
Bremer Tal
Hamburger Marke

Deutschland Wetter ist interessant. Insgesamt gilt Deutschland als ganzjähriges Reiseziel mit warmen Sommern und relativ milden Wintern. Eine längere Frostperiode ist selten. Das ganze Jahr über regnet es, und in weiten Teilen Deutschlands fällt in den Hochsommermonaten der maximale Niederschlag. Berlins Sommer scheint warm zu sein mit durchschnittlich hohen Temperaturen von 23 ° C.

Deutschland ist sicherlich ein westeuropäisches Land mit einer Landschaft aus Wäldern, Flüssen, Gebirgszügen und Nordseestränden. Es hat über 2 Jahrtausende Geschichte. Berlin, die Hauptstadt, beherbergt Kunst- und Nachtleben-Szenen, das Brandenburger Tor und viele Orte im Zusammenhang mit den Weltkriegen. München ist bekannt für sein Oktoberfest und seine Bierhallen, darunter das Hofbräuhaus aus dem 16. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt mit seinen Wolkenkratzern beherbergt die Europäische Zentralbank.

Sehen Sie beliebte Touristenattraktionen in Deutschland, wie zum Beispiel:

Berlins Brandenburger Tor
Kölner Dom (Kölner Dom)
Der Schwarzwald
Das ultimative Märchenschloss: Neuschwanstein
Miniatur Wunderland und der historische Hafen von Hamburg
Das Rheintal
Berlins Museumsinsel
Zugspitze Massiv
Sanssouci Park und Schloss, Potsdam
Insel Mainau: Die Blumeninsel Bodensee
Die Berliner Mauer

... und mehr ...

Sunday 22 November 2020

Voyage of Curiosity: A Martian Chronicle 4k

This film tells the epic story of NASA's Curiosity Rover on a mission to find out whether life could ever have existed on Mars and whether the planet is safe for humans. This film tracks the robotic explorer's perilous journey, from its risky landing to its momentous climb up the slopes of Mt. Sharp. It will rank as one of the great space missions, from Cassini at Saturn to Apollo on the Moon and Voyager beyond the solar system.

Curiosity is a car-sized Mars rover designed to explore the Gale crater on Mars as part of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. Curiosity was launched from Cape Canaveral on November 26, 2011, at 15:02 UTC and landed on Aeolis Palus inside Gale on Mars on August 6, 2012, 05:17 UTC.

The hypothetical colonization of Mars has received interest from public space agencies and private corporations, and has received extensive treatment in science fiction writing, film, and art.

Organizations have proposed plans for a human mission to Mars, the first step towards any colonization effort, but no person has set foot on the planet. However, landers and rovers have successfully explored the planetary surface and delivered information about conditions on the ground.

There are various reasons for colonizing Mars. The most recent commitments to researching permanent settlement include those by public space agencies: NASA, ESA, Roscosmos, ISRO and the CNSA. There are also private organizations: SpaceX, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing.

Mars curiosity rover is fascinating technology.

The curiosity rover landing is fantastic.

The curiosity rover cost is 2.5 billion USD. Key Takeaways. NASA's Curiosity rover left Earth in November 2011 and landed in August 2012. The mission was to last two years but was extended indefinitely. The rover came with a $2.5 billion price tag, a cost that's being spread over a number of years.

The curiosity rover size is 9 feet 10 inches. One thing that makes Curiosity stand out is its sheer size: Curiosity is about the size of a small SUV. It is 9 feet 10 inches long by 9 feet 1 inch wide (3 m by 2.8 m) and about 7 feet high (2.1 m). It weighs 2,000 lbs. (900 kilograms).

The curiosity rover launch date was November 26, 2011, 10:02 a.m. EST.

The curiosity rover wheel damage happened. Wheel damage is nothing new for Curiosity; its wheels are pitted with holes and dents from driving over Martian rocks. However, the two broken treads are the first sign of deeper wear on the affected wheel. "While not unexpected, this damage is the first sign that the left middle wheel is nearing a wheel-wear milestone."

10 Space Discoveries of 2020 Show We Might Not Be Alone

You might be wondering if We (Humans) Might Not Be Alone (with aliens) in this world. Astronomers from MIT registered a repeating signal from 500 million light years away. Such signals are called fast radio bursts, or FRBs, and they’re usually singular events. No one knows what their sources are. These signals are mysterious. It is possible that this is alien technology.

See Interesting Times in the Video:

The Moon is rusting 0:01
Unexplained radio signal 1:47
Earth-like planets 2:52
Life on Venus? 3:52
A doppelganger to Earth 4:50
A pattern in Earth’s climate variations 7:01
Did oil come from outer space? 8:04

Here is an interesting news article:

Aliens definitely exist and they could be living among us on Earth, says Britain's first astronaut

Aliens definitely exist, Britain's first astronaut has said. It is possible they're living among us on Earth but have gone undetected so far.

Helen Sharman, who visited the Soviet Mir space station in 1991, told the Observer newspaper on Sunday that "aliens exist, there's no two ways about it."

"There are so many billions of stars out there in the universe that there must be all sorts of different forms of life," she went on.

"Will they be like you and me, made up of carbon and nitrogen? Maybe not."

Then, in a tantalizing theory that should probably make you very suspicious of your colleagues, Sharman added: "It's possible they're here right now and we simply can't see them."

Sharman was the first of seven Britons to enter space.

Is Earth Being Watched by Aliens?

Factnomenal on Youtube has the story: Are we being watched (by aliens)? Are aliens watching Earth? Outer space and the universe are so big that anything is possible. This space documentary 2020 contains facts about space that will shock you.

Some might think that aliens are having a laugh at us. Some might think that aliens aren’t watching us - they may have but realized we’re not that intelligent so just moved on.

Extraterrestrial life is hypothetical life which may occur outside of Earth and which did not originate on Earth. Such life might range from simple prokaryotes to intelligent beings and even sapient beings, possibly bringing forth civilizations which might be far more advanced than humanity. 

Prokaryotes are unicellular organisms that lack organelles or other internal membrane-bound structures. Therefore, they do not have a nucleus, but, instead, generally have a single chromosome: a piece of circular, double-stranded DNA located in an area of the cell called the nucleoid.

What is sapient? It means wise, or attempting to appear wise.
For example, "members of the female quarter were more sapient but no less savage than the others."

10 INSANE Space Events Happening in 2021

Factnomenal on Youtube shows you the interesting stuff: 10 space events happening in 2021! NASA space discoveries 2020 and outer space exploration is reaching new heights. With 2021 right around the corner, there are many universe events that are going to happen. You have to be interested about fascinating space facts and facts about the universe.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an independent agency of the USA federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and space research.

NASA was established in 1958, succeeding the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). The new agency was to have a distinctly civilian orientation, encouraging peaceful applications in space science. Since its establishment, most USA space exploration efforts have been led by NASA, including the Apollo Moon landing missions, the Skylab space station, and later the Space Shuttle. NASA is supporting the International Space Station and is overseeing the development of the fantastic Orion spacecraft, the Space Launch System, and Commercial Crew vehicles. The agency is also responsible for the Launch Services Program, which provides oversight of launch operations and countdown management for uncrewed NASA launches.

NASA science is certainly focused on better understanding Earth through the Earth Observing System; advancing heliophysics through the efforts of the Science Mission Directorate's Heliophysics Research Program; exploring bodies throughout the Solar System with advanced robotic spacecraft such as New Horizons; and researching astrophysics topics, such as the Big Bang, through the Great Observatories and associated programs.

The Apollo 11 space mission is one of the most talked about. Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin formed the American crew that landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969.

Kennedy space center is interesting for visitors.

Space x (SpaceX) is Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs to enable the colonization of Mars.

The International Space Station is a modular space station in low Earth orbit. It is a multinational collaborative project between five participating space agencies: NASA, Roscosmos, JAXA, ESA, and CSA. The ownership and use of the space station is established by intergovernmental treaties and agreements.

There are many satellites in space. In the context of spaceflight, a satellite is an object that has been intentionally placed into orbit. These objects are called artificial satellites to distinguish them from natural satellites such as Earth's Moon.

On 4 October 1957 the Soviet Union launched the world's first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1. Since then, about 8,900 satellites from more than 40 countries have been launched. According to a 2018 estimate, some 5,000 remain in orbit. Of those about 1,900 were operational, while the rest have lived out their useful lives and become space debris. Approximately 63% of operational satellites are in low Earth orbit, 6% are in medium-Earth orbit (at 20,000 km), 29% are in geostationary orbit (at 36,000 km) and the remaining 2% are in elliptic orbit. In terms of countries with the most satellites the USA significantly leads the way with 859 satellites, China is second with 250, and Russia third with 146. These are then followed by India (118), Japan (72) and the UK (52). A few large space stations have been certainly launched in parts and assembled in orbit. Over a dozen space probes have been placed into orbit around other bodies and become artificial satellites of the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, a few asteroids, a comet and the Sun.

Vega Rocket Failure: 2nd time in 16 months, $373M payload lost (16 Nov 2020)

Read the Full Stories Here:

November 17, 2020 - Human error blamed for Vega launch failure:

November 18, 2020 - Failed Launch Mission Costs France, Spain Satellites Worth $373 Million

A Vega rocket lifted off Nov. 16, but its payload of two satellites were lost when the rocket's fourth stage malfunctioned.

Arianespace executives said Nov. 17 that the failure of a Vega launch the previous day was caused when the rocket’s upper stage tumbled out of control due to incorrectly installed cables in a control system.

In a call with reporters, Roland Lagier, chief technical officer of Arianespace, said the first three stages of the Vega rocket performed normally after liftoff from Kourou, French Guiana, at 8:52 p.m. Eastern Nov. 16. The Avum upper stage then separated and ignited its engine.

The launch mission of two French and Spanish satellites on Tuesday, November 17, has failed, leading to losses estimated at $373 million.

Arianespace, the company operating the launch rocket, announced the mission’s failure soon after it deviated from its trajectory.

What is a Vega Rocket?

Vega (Italian: Vettore Europeo di Generazione Avanzata, or French: Vecteur européen de génération avancée, or English: European Vector of Advanced Generation meaning "Advanced generation European carrier rocket"), is an expendable launch system in use by Arianespace jointly developed by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the European Space Agency (ESA). Development began in 1998 and the first launch took place from the Centre Spatial Guyanais on 13 February 2012.

The rocket is designed to launch small payloads - 300 to 2500 kg satellites for scientific and Earth observation missions to polar and low Earth orbits. The reference Vega mission is a polar orbit bringing a spacecraft of 1500 kg to an altitude of 700 km.

The rocket, named after Vega, the brightest star in the constellation Lyra, is a single-body launcher (no strap-on boosters) with three solid rocket stages: the P80 first stage, the Zefiro 23 second stage, and the Zefiro 9 third stage. The upper module is a liquid rocket called AVUM. The improved version of the P80 stage, the P120C, will be used as the side boosters of the Ariane 6. Italy is the leading contributor to the Vega program (65%), followed by France (13%). Other participants include Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden.

What is Arianespace?

Arianespace SA is a multinational company founded in 1980 as the world's first commercial launch service provider. It undertakes the operation and marketing of the Ariane programme. The company offers a number of different launch vehicles: the heavy-lift Ariane 5 for dual launches to geostationary transfer orbit, the Soyuz-2 as a medium-lift alternative, and the solid-fueled Vega for lighter payloads.

As of May 2017, Arianespace had launched more than 550 satellites in 254 launches over 36 years (236 Ariane missions minus the first 8 flights handled by CNES, 17 Soyuz-2 missions and 9 Vega missions). The first commercial flight managed by the new entity was Spacenet F1 launched on 23 May 1984. Arianespace uses the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana as its main launch site. Through shareholding in Starsem, it can also offer commercial Soyuz launches from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan. It has its headquarters in Évry-Courcouronnes, Essonne, France.

Canada is the world's second best country to live in: report

CTV News has the interesting story. USA News and World Report editor Kevin Drew discusses a new report that lists Canada as a top country to live in. 

According to the 2020 Best Countries report by USA News & World Report, Canada is the second best country in the world. The Great White North is second only to Switzerland, which has been ranked #1 in the report for the past four years, and jumps ahead of Japan (which was #2 last year) in the rankings.

Here is what the report says: 25 Best Countries in the World, 2020:

01 Switzerland
02 Canada
03 Japan
04 Germany
05 Australia
06 United Kingdom
07 United States
08 Sweden
09 Netherlands
10 Norway
11 New Zealand
12 France
13 Denmark
14 Finland
15 China
16 Singapore
17 Italy
18 Austria
19 Spain
20 South Korea
21 Luxembourg
22 United Arab Emirates
23 Russia
24 Portugal
25 India

Hard realities from Canada’s COVID-19 2nd wave

CBC News: The National: Take a look at Canada's second Coronavirus COVID-19 wave taking a toll on some of the country's most vulnerable.

Many people might wonder: Why is there a Coronavirus Covid-19 Second Wave? The coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic began early in 2020. At that time, experts wondered if there would be waves of cases, a pattern certainly seen in other virus pandemics.

The overall pattern so far has been one of increasing cases of COVID-19. There is a surge in the summer and a larger one in the fall. Some places that saw a large number of coronavirus Covid-19 infections early on, followed by a decrease, are having a "2nd wave" of increased cases.

The future could have various outcomes. Numbers of infections sure seem to increase during certain times.

Human behavior could cause a spike in coronavirus cases. State and local governments, as well as individual people, are different in their response to the Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic. Some follow COVID-19 precautions, such as physical distancing, hand-washing and mask-wearing. Some people don't follow those rules as much. The importance of those precautions is clear: In areas where fewer people are wearing masks and more are gathering indoors to eat, drink, celebrate and socialize, even with family, cases are on the rise.

Herd immunity is a public health term that refers to the fact that, when enough people in a community have immunity from a disease, the community is protected from outbreaks of that disease.

Infectious disease experts at The Johns Hopkins University explain that about 70% of the population needs to be immune to this coronavirus before herd immunity can work. People might be immune from the coronavirus, at least for a while, if they have already had it. However, experts don’t know this, yet.

Without a vaccine, most doctors and scientists agree that a herd immunity approach of letting the virus "take its course" is not acceptable. That is too dangerous.

The following information is according to the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

Total Global Cases of Coronavirus Covid-19: 58,615,834

Countries with most cases:

012,229,265 USA
009,139,865 India
006,071,401 Brazil
002,191,180 France
002,071,858 Russia
001,556,730 Spain
001,515,802 United Kingdom
001,408,868 Italy
001,370,366 Argentina
001,248,417 Colombia
001,025,969 Mexico
000,948,081 Peru
000,932,367 Germany
000,861,331 Poland
000,854,361 Iran
000,767,679 South Africa
000,642,215 Ukraine
000,558,779 Belgium
000,540,640 Chile
000,535,321 Iraq

Lynx spotted at Canada post office

A wild cat is seen skulking on the snow banks by the Terrace Bay, Ont, Canada Post office, to the amazement of Beth-Ann Colebourne For the full story:

A lynx is any of the four species (Canada lynx, Iberian lynx, Eurasian lynx, bobcat) within the medium-sized wild cat genus Lynx. The name lynx originated in Middle English via Latin from the Greek word λύγξ, derived from the Indo-European root leuk- ('light, brightness') in reference to the luminescence of its reflective eyes.

The definition of "skulk" - verb

gerund or present participle: skulking

keep out of sight, typically with a sinister or cowardly motive.
"don't skulk outside the door like a spy!"

move stealthily or furtively.
"he spent most of his time skulking about the corridors"

shirk one's duties or responsibilities.
"we were accused of skulking"

Similar words:
conceal oneself
lie in wait
keep out of sight
move furtively

Canada's 2020 throne speech in under five minutes

National Post shows the top nine highlights from the 2020 Speech from the Throne you need to know.

Read more about the Canada Speech from the Throne here:

In Canada, the Speech from the Throne opens every new session of Parliament. The Speech introduces the government’s direction and goals, and outlines how it will work to achieve them.

On September 23, 2020, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the second session of the 43rd Parliament and outline the government’s agenda.

The goal is to have a stronger and more resilient Canada.

Protecting Canadians from COVID-19
It is the job of the federal government to look out for all Canadians and especially our most vulnerable. We need to work together.

Helping Canadians through the pandemic
The Government is using its fiscal firepower so that Canadians, businesses, and our entire economy have the support needed to weather the storm.

Building back better - a resiliency agenda for the middle class
As we fight for every Canadian and defend everyone’s ability to succeed, we also need to focus on the future, and on building back better.

The Canada we’re fighting for
This is a fight for Canadians today and Canada tomorrow. So we must never forget the values that make us who we are.

Toronto: Preparing for a lockdown

In Toronto, long lineups happened at grocery stores and big box retailers. People stock up in anticipation of Monday's lockdown. Tina Yazdani speaks with one expert who is reminding shoppers that there is no need to panic.

The Ontario government announced that Peel and Toronto are moving into the grey or lockdown zone for at least 28 days. The Ontario government will shutter most non-essential businesses in two of the province's Coronavirus COVID-19 hotspots.

Some things become prohibited starting at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 23.

What's allowed and what's not in Ontario's lockdown zone: See full list here:

Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are prohibited, except with members of the same household.

For outdoor gatherings, the limit is 10 people and physical distancing must be followed.

Virtual and drive-in gatherings and events are permitted.

Weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies are allowed with 10 people indoors or 10 people outdoors and physical distancing maintained.

Virtual and drive-in services, rites or ceremonies are allowed.

The province also amended indoor social gathering limits in the red zone from 10 people to 5.

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in January 2020, and a pandemic in March 2020.

Cough, headache and general weakness are the most common symptoms of Coronavirus Covid-19 reported.

There are lots of things to do in Toronto: some of these things changed because of the Coronavirus Covid-19. There are still things to do in Toronto Canada. Toronto has Toronto raptors, Toronto maple leafs, Toronto blue jays, University of Toronto, Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, Toronto airport, Toronto fc, Toronto hotels, Toronto zoo, Toronto argonauts, airbnb Toronto, Toronto marlies and Toronto film festival.

How Is The GTA Coping With 2020's First Big Snowfall?

CityNews Toronto has interesting snow news. With some areas of the region seeing 15-20cms of snow, how are people coping? Maleeha Sheikh has more from those who braved the flurries and tried to be prepared for the winter ahead.

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is the most populous metropolitan area in Canada. It includes the City of Toronto and the regional municipalities of Durham, Halton, Peel, and York. In total, the region contains 25 urban, suburban, and rural municipalities. The southwestern periphery of the Greater Toronto Area begins in Burlington in Halton Region, and extends along Lake Ontario past downtown Toronto eastward to Clarington in Durham Region. Durham Region holds the northernmost municipality in the GTA, although a number of municipalities in the northern periphery of Greater Toronto are situated in York Region.

You might have thought about what was the biggest snowfall in Canada.

1999: A snow record falls
Tahtsa Lake, B.C., set the record for the largest one-day snowfall measured in Canada on Feb. 11. About 145 centimetres fell in the remote area west of Prince George within a 24-hour period.

Pfizer Applies For emergency Use Of Covid Vaccine Amid Testing Bottleneck

Everyone is hoping for useful vaccines to be available as soon as possible.'s MacKenzie Sigalos has the day's top business news headlines. Pfizer submitted its Covid-19 vaccine to the FDA for emergency authorization today, kicking off the first step of the approval and deployment process. But CNBC's Bertha Coombs explains how, at the same time, the combination of rising infection and Thanksgiving travel prep is putting a strain on some clinics that offer tests for the virus. Plus, the "After Hours" team dives into the rave reviews for Apple's new M1 chips.

Think about the world's economy, stocks, Coronavirus Covid-19 testing bottlenecks and more.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC at is a national public health institute in the United States. It is a United States federal agency, under the Department of Health and Human Services, and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. You might have thought about the CDC vaccine schedule.

Vaccines can have various side effects, such as hpv vaccine side effects and shingles vaccine side effects.

Common side effects of HPV vaccine:
Pain, redness, or swelling in the arm where the shot was given
Headache or feeling tired
Muscle or joint pain

Shingrix Shingles Vaccination is interesting. It seems that most people get a sore arm with mild or moderate pain after getting Shingrix, and some also had redness and swelling where they got the shot. Some people felt tired, had muscle pain, a headache, shivering, fever, stomach pain, or nausea.

Vaccines are a wonderful invention of humankind. Some of the most popular internet searches about vaccines include:

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In the world, progress has been made with vaccination. In total there are now at least 28 human diseases against which we have effective vaccines. The breakthrough that allowed us to get there was made in the late 18th century, the smallpox vaccine was the very first vaccine.

There are 5 main types of vaccines: attenuated (live) vaccines, inactivated vaccines, toxoid vaccines, subunit vaccines, and conjugate vaccines.

Some people might have thought about whether a vaccine is a live virus or not. Vaccines, such as the measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, and nasal spray flu vaccines contain live, but weakened viruses. Unless a person's immune system is weakened, it is unlikely that a vaccine will give the person the infection. People with weakened immune systems should not receive these live vaccines.

How dangerous can mutated coronavirus strains be?

DW News tells you the story about how mutated coronavirus strains were reported among farmed minks. More than 15 million will be culled. Medical experts fear that could jeopardize the effectiveness of future COVID-19 vaccines. Perhaps the virus already found a way to beat the vaccines?

The mink industry in Denmark produces 40 percent of the world's pelts. This makes Denmark the largest producer of mink skins in the world. Ranked third in Denmark's agricultural export items of animal origin, fur and mink skins have a yearly export value of about EUR 0,5 billion. Kopenhagen Fur, located in Copenhagen, is the world's largest fur auction house; annually, it sells approximately 14 million Danish mink skins produced by 2,000 Danish fur farmers, and 7 million mink skins produced in other countries. Mink produced in Denmark is considered to be the finest in the world and is ranked by grade, with the best being Saga Royal, followed by Saga, Quality 1, and Quality 2.

In November 2020, a mutated strain of COVID-19 known as "cluster 5" was detected among minks, leading the Danish Government to order the culling of 17 million minks in order to prevent a resurgence in Coronavirus COVID-19 cases.

Mink are dark-colored, semiaquatic, carnivorous mammals of the genera Neovison and Mustela, and part of the family Mustelidae, which also includes weasels, otters and ferrets. There are two extant species referred to as "mink": the American mink and the European mink.

The economy of Denmark is a modern mixed economy with comfortable living standards, a high level of government services and transfers, and a high dependence on foreign trade. The economy is dominated by the service sector with 80% of all jobs, whereas about 11% of all employees work in manufacturing and 2% in agriculture. Nominal gross national income per capita was the tenth-highest in the world at $55,220 in 2017. Correcting for purchasing power, per capita income was Int$52,390 or 16th-highest globally.

Income distribution is relatively equal, but inequality has increased somewhat during the last decades, however, due to both a larger spread in gross incomes and various economic policy measures.

In 2017, Denmark certainly had the seventh-lowest Gini coefficient (a measure of economic inequality) of the 28 European Union countries. With 5,822,763 inhabitants (1 January 2020), Denmark has the 39th largest national economy in the world measured by nominal gross domestic product (GDP) and 60th largest in the world measured by purchasing power parity (PPP).

In economics, the Gini coefficient (sometimes called the Gini index or Gini ratio) is a measure of statistical dispersion intended to represent the income inequality or wealth inequality within a nation or any other group of people. It was developed by the Italian statistician and sociologist Corrado Gini and published in his 1912 paper Variability and Mutability.

The Gini coefficient measures the inequality among values of a frequency distribution (for example, levels of income). A Gini coefficient of zero expresses perfect equality, where all values are the same (for example, where everyone has the same income). A Gini coefficient of one (or 100%) expresses maximal inequality among values (e.g., for a large number of people where only one person has all the income or consumption and all others have none, the Gini coefficient will be nearly one).