Jessica Contrera, Ian Shapira, Emma Brown and Steve Hendrix, The Washington Post Published 8:05 am PDT, Saturday, September 22, 2018 In this Sept. 6, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reacts as he testifies after questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Official Washington is scrambling Monday to assess and manage Kavanaugh’s prospects after his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, revealed her identity to The Washington Post and described an encounter she believes was attempted rape. Kavanaugh reported to the White House amid the upheaval, but there was no immediate word on why or whether he had been summoned. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) less In this Sept. 6, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reacts as he testifies after questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Official Washington is scrambling ... more … [Read more...] about Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford moved 3,000 miles to reinvent her life. It wasn’t far enough.
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The F-35 stealth aircraft will be part of the flypast Picture: IAN BURT Archant 2018 A spectacular flypast of aircraft spanning the history of the RAF will cross the skies of Suffolk today to mark the RAF’s 100th anniversary. Hercules aircraft will be among the aircraft in the skies Picture: MARK NICHOLLS Up to 100 aeroplanes, helicopters and jets will soar though the clouds - from wartime Hurricanes and Spitfires to Typhoon and Tornado jets. Aircraft will take off from their respective bases and fly into a holding pattern before joining the flypast. People in Suffolk are being advised to keep their eyes to the skies as the flypast begins to form to the west of Ipswich at around 12.45pm. They will then swoop to the south of the town before heading to Colchester. An RAF Chinook. Picture: SIMON PARKER It was 100 years ago on April 1, 1918, that the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged to create the RAF - the world’s first independent air service. … [Read more...] about Keep your eyes to the skies as spectacular flypast soars over region
WASHINGTON — When Metro’s new 7000 Series trains pull into a station, the space between cars can appear to be the same as an open door to visually-impaired riders. On Friday morning, a woman who witnesses said appeared to be blind fell between two cars of a new train at the Van Ness station. While it is not certain at this point that a lack of protective barriers to keep blind and visually-impaired riders from accidentally falling onto the tracks contributed to this particular incident, it is a problem Metro has been warned about before. Metro had initially promised to install the protective safety barriers — which are simply chains between all 7000 Series cars, similar to those that have always been on older rail cars — by last year. The transit system then pushed back that timeline. Metro had also said in the past that further deliveries of the cars — which would now have accounted for a significant portion of the fleet — would have the barriers … [Read more...] about Friday’s incident suggests Metro cars could still pose risk to visually impaired
I peered over the craggy rim of Erta Ale, Ethiopia’s most active volcano, at the lava lake below. Beneath a gassy haze, boiling, ruby-red, molten rock thickened and rose up, swelling like a tidal wave topped off by a fireworks of crashing surf. Earth is made up of blood and guts, I thought, just like me. I had stumbled upon the opportunity to hike to the 2,011-foot summit of Erta Ale while planning a road trip across the ancient kingdoms and lakes of Ethiopia’s Rift Valley. The East African Rift runs through Ethiopia’s crusty, northeastern Afar Region. There, the shifting of the tectonic plates beneath the parched desertscape produces a chaos of fire and gases that can be seen at the top of Erta Ale, which contains one of the world’s six lava lakes. Though navigating congested urban streets represented the extent of my recent hiking prowess, I decided I had to climb the volcano. The two-day trek turned out to be the most arduous and spectacular event in my … [Read more...] about When planning a hike on an active volcano, safety before spectacle
Tibet is home to three great Gelukpa monasteries of which two are direct outside Lhasa and form a great day trip from Lhasa. They are called Drepung & Sera Monastery of which in the latter you can witness the monks debating in the afternoon. I covered the third monastery called Ganden in a previous article. I visited the monasteries with my son on the second day in Lhasa (read my full Tibet itnerary here), our first real experience with Tibet and for sure not the last! Drepung Monastery The Drepung monastery was founded in the early 15th century at the foot of the Gephel Mountain. It has been the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Potala Palace was built. One could say Drepung monastery is a kind of university with all the colleges and monks learning, but not like we Western people are used to. We first walked up the mountain to have a nice view over the monastery and Lhasa in the valley below. Make sure to read also: TIBET – 7 days in Lhasa: a Tibet itinerary & … [Read more...] about TIBET – Drepung and Sera monastery in Lhasa with monks debating