Ha nem jelenik meg rendesen kattintson ide!

Company plan flying taxis in time for Paris Olympics

A flying taxi company plan to offer services in time for the Paris Olympics. Volocopter will be the first industrial player to test their full-scale electrical air taxi, the VoloCity, in the Paris Region. The company explain: „In the current context of environmental transition in air transport, economic recovery, and urban densification, Paris region, Groupe ADP and RATP Group aim to develop an urban air mobility industry branch, with a focus on the electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL).” The partners have therefore decided to bring together all the conditions to make the emergence of this new mode of transport possible to complement the existing modes, whether for the public or for goods. Furthermore, the prospect of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games provides an exceptional opportunity to involve an entire industry and to make Paris Region a leader in the global market of Urban Air Mobility. Volocopter, the German electric air taxi company and pioneer of Urban Air Mobility, reinforces the project’s feasibility by bringing its 9 years of aviation experience to the initiative.

Christmas came two months early for neighbours of a house fully decked out with festive lights - to cheer people up during the coronavirus pandemic

***EXCLUSIVE*** Ian Cochran, 68, has been illuminating his house in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, for around 35 years - usually in December. But granddad-of-two unpacked his Christmas decorations at the end of September, and spent two weeks fixing them to the front of the house. The lights were finally switched on on October 1, to the delight of neighbours, particularly children.

Astronaut-like helmet goes on sale as face mask alternative

People struggling with face masks can now opt for a new astronaut-like helmet to try and keep Covid-19 at bay. MicroClimate’s AIR helmet costs £150 and looks like a futuristic fish bowl, which can be worn instead of surgical face masks...The product uses state of the art HEPA filters for both inlet air and outlet air. Used in airplanes, this filter can clear 99.97% of particles as small as 0.03 micros. Equipped with a patent-pending ventilation system, the helmet uses two high-powered fans to pull air through the HEPA filters in the mask, keeping it fresh and fog free. AIR is the only personal protection that seals around the neck instead of the face. Its impermeable fabric forces all incoming and outgoing air through its patented filtration system. The helmet comes in two sizes of head pads to make sure all of your journeys are as comfortable as possible. Its acrylic visor doesn’t interfere with expression, and it allows you to wear glasses without any issues. Weighting approximately 2 lbs, AIR has removable washable fabric and 4-hours of battery life.

Nepalese man with a tumour so big it covered half his face and left him blind in one eye finally has it removed after cruel strangers branded him a devil

***EXCLUSIVE*** CHICAGO, USA: This man’s face tumour was so big that strangers said he must have been the DEVIL in a past life - but a successful crowdfunding campaign has meant that he has finally had the tumour removed. Former accountant, Ashok Shrestha (60) from Kathmandu, Nepal, suffers from neurofibromatosis - a rare genetic disorder that causes tumours to form on his nerve tissues. Ashok has had tumours on his face since he was just two years old. By the age of 30, these had grown to over six inches in length covering over half of his face and blinding him in his right eye. Despite travelling to India for surgery in 1989, the tumours continued to grow as did the stigma from strangers towards Ashok. People would stare, interrogate him about the illness, and unashamedly take pictures without his permission. On one occasion, a man even accused him of being the devil in a past life. Despite having a master’s degree in accounting, Ashok found it increasingly difficult to find a job because of the way he looked. With his father dying of a heart attack and his mother passing soon after due to a brain hemorrhage, Ashok was left with nothing. Fed up with his deteriorating condition and the failed surgeries, Ashok searched for the best doctor in the world with the hope that the tumours could be removed once and for all. Having discovered Dr Mckay McKinnon, a plastic surgeon who specializes in the removal of large tumours, Ashok began his crowdfunding efforts. London-based singer, Kristina Allen (24), grew up in Kathmandu and used to see Ashok sitting in a local tea shop everyday. In 2015, Kristina returned to Kathmandu for the Christmas holidays after studying in the UK and wanting to help Ashtok, she set to work raising awareness for his crowdfunding campaign. Taking to social media, Kristina began a Go Fund Me page for Ashtok and the total quickly rose to over £31,000.  In March 2018, Ashok had his first surgery and since then has had five further surgeries that have reduced the size of his tumour by 90 per cent. Not only have the operations increased his confidence, but they have allowed him the ability to communicate clearly, something that the tumour covering his mouth previously prevented. Whilst Ashok remains blind in his right eye, he has been given a prosthetic eye which has significantly increased his self-esteem. This growth in confidence has led Ashok to finding employment in a Nepalese restaurant in his new home, Chicago, although he ultimately wants to return to his former career in accounting.

Small Swedish town will see eye-popping urban development experiments

Sweden: These are some of the eye-popping concepts for an ambitious urban development project which sees an abandoned Swedish train track area as a potential arena for urban experiments. Anders Berensson Architects are overseeing the ongoing Tibro Train Tracks project ear-marked for the central train track area in the Swedish small town of Tibro. The firm have worked closely with locals to generate hundreds of ideas, with the goal to seek ways to sustainably revitalise small, rural towns. The 300 proposals have been whittled down to 17. Anders Berensson tells: „The design is an ongoing project. The project took a corona break and just started again. The next thing that happens is a small project (the romantic crossing) being built in a month from now.” The architects explain: „The project takes its starting point in a citizen dialogue, an inventory of the towns manufacturing industries and the abandoned site as a potential arena for urban experiments. The information from the dialogue and the inventory has then been combined into a grid plan allowing spontaneous slow growth plus a „smorgasbord” of proposals, prototypes and projects to fill the plan based on what the citizens want and what the local industries are able to manufacture.”

Classic cinema posters go under the hammer

Prop Store, one of the world’s leading film and TV entertainment memorabilia companies, has (6 Oct) announced it is to hold its sixth cinema poster live auction this November, with the posters and artwork on offer expected to fetch in excess of £180,000. Over 440 rare and sought-after posters and artworks will be sold during Prop Store’s cinema poster auction on Thursday 5th November 2020 from 12:00pm GMT. The auction will be opening for registrations via: www.propstore.com/posterauction and will be live streamed online for fans to track the action and participate in bidding. Top items to be sold at Prop Store’s cinema poster auction include: DR. NO (1962) - UK Quad, 1962 est. £8,000 - 10,000, MAD MAX (1979) - Australian One-Sheet, 1979 est. £3,000 - 4,000, STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) - UK Quad 'Gone With the Wind' Style, 1980 est. £L2,500 - 3,500, STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE (1977) - UK Quad, 1977 est. £2,000 - 3,000, CASINO ROYALE (1967) - Italian Two-Panel (4-Fogli) - Set of Three, 1967 est. £2,000 - £4,000. The auction is suitable for fans with a variety of budgets with lots ranging from £50 - 100 to £8,000 - 10,000.

Aston Martin design first ever home complete with 2000-foot-long driveway

Luxury car maker Aston Martin has designed its first ever property which comes complete with a 2000-foot-long driveway. Developed by S3 Architecture in collaboration with Aston Martin Design, Sylvan Rock is a stunning private residential estate located in a 55-acre wooded plot located about two hours away from Manhattan. The people behind the project say it sets „new standards for a rural retreat, blending craft, health and wellness, multi-functional 'pods' and sustainability with the true luxury of space, privacy, and self-contained living.” „The Sylvan Rock estate offers a reimagined modern lifestyle,'' says S3 Architecture partner Doug Maxwell. ''At the core of the vision is a strong connection to nature, wellness, flexible use spaces and accommodation for extended stay guests.'' Reached via a winding 600 metre driveway that makes its way through the contours, historic rock walls and ridges of the landscape, Sylvan Rock rises like the dramatic natural geological rock formation - its namesake.

British Royal family’s touching letters to 'treasured loyal servant' could sell for thousands at auction

***EXCLUSIVE*** Touching private letters and cards from members of the British royal family confiding their innermost feelings to a trusted servant are expected to sell for thousands at auction. Marjorie Dawson, who grew up in a terraced house in Bolton and was orphaned at the age of 12, became Princess Alexandra of Kent’s personal maid when the royal was 18 years old. Marjorie, then 39, served her from 1954 until she retired at the age of 75 in 1990. She travelled the world with the royal family, was whisked round the dance floor by Prince Philip, attended royal weddings, became a firm friend and supporter of Prince Charles and stayed in every royal residence from Buckingham Palace to Balmoral. Now her vast collection of memorabilia, which includes letters and cards hand-signed by Princess Alexandra of Kent, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, is set to go under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers on October 13 and could make in excess of £10,000.

A rugby club that converted its pitch into Britain's biggest beer garden has been hit with a police fine after breaching Covid-19 rules

***EXCLUSIVE*** Barrow Raiders converted their pitch into a 500 capacity pub garden over lockdown in a bid to recoup money lost as a result of the pandemic.  It has now emerged they hosted an event on September 26 during which government measures were breached.  Cumbria Police said the club allowed different groups to mingle and permitted people to get up and dance without distancing themselves.

ONLY THE BRAVE: Wildfire Hotshots

***EXCLUSIVE*** ZUMA Press Photographer Paul Kuroda, a Pulitzer finalist and NPPA photographer of the year winner. Kuroda specializes in covering wildfires with unique access including ride-alongs with fire crews on the ground. Wildfires in California continue to burn, ravaging entire communities and the blazes will soon hit a tragic milestone: 4 million acres burned. The unprecedented fire season has already killed 30 people, burned down thousands of buildings and homes and forced more than 96,000 residents to evacuate. While wildfires are a natural part of California's landscape, the fire season across the West is starting earlier and ending later each year. Climate change is considered a key driver of this trend. Warmer spring and summer temperatures, reduced snowpack, and earlier spring snowmelt create longer and more intense dry seasons that make forests more susceptible to severe wildfire. Federal Hotshot hand crews are like the special forces of fighting wildfires.

Turkish drag artists

***EXCLUSIVE*** While homosexuality has been legal since modern Turkey was founded in 1923, life for LGBTQ people has never been easy in a Muslim-majority country notorious for hate crimes against the queer community. Official data is patchy, but a monitoring project by Transgender Europe consistently ranks Turkey as one of the countries with the highest rates of discrimination and murders of trans people in Europe. Today the LGBTQ community looks increasingly vulnerable. Erdo?an’s ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) originally supported gay rights when it was formed 19 years ago, and as mayor of Istanbul in the 1990s Erdo?an was popular with the city’s marginalised populations for purging the police force of elements that terrorised and raped trans people and sex workers. Gender reassignment surgery was introduced free of charge on Turkey’s national health system when the AKP took office in 2002. For a short while, it looked as though Turkey was cultivating an environment of tolerance and respect which made it a beacon for persecuted LGTBQ people in the region – but as the AKP turned more Islamist and conservative, Pride marches and queer-friendly spaces and events began to get shut down. Now, amid economic turmoil, the AKP’s conservative voter base is crumbling and the LGBTQ community has emerged as the target of a cheap scapegoating campaign designed to further split a society already highly polarised along cultural, political and religious lines.

Handwritten notes from the last man on the moon are up for auction with an $800k estimate

***EXCLUSIVE*** In 1972 American astronaut Gene Cernan became the last human to walk on the moon, during NASA’s historic Apollo 17 mission. For the landing Cernan wore an instruction booklet attached to his spacesuit, known as a “cuff checklist.”  The booklet contains hand written crib notes for Cernan’s famous speech of December 14, 1972.

Ancient humans and giant beasts that roamed Southeast Asia 100,000 years ago were killed off by CLIMATE CHANGE, study finds

***EXCLUSIVE*** They included elephants the size of a double decker bus and the biggest ape that ever lived.  The loss of grasslands was instrumental in their extinction. It probably also accounted for the demise of Homo erectus and other ancient human species.  It has implications for today's large animals, or megafauna, that face being wiped out by global warming. Gorillas, lions, tigers, rhinos and other iconic terrestrial beasts will be lost forever unless carbon emissions are reduced.

Veteran eco-warrior Swampy, 47, joined by son, 16, in tree to protest against HS2

***EXCLUSIVE*** Britain's original 'eco-warrior' was back campaigning again today (weds) after nearly a decade out of the limelight. The veteran activist known as 'Swampy' - real name Daniel Hooper - began his third day camped 30ft up a tree in a protest against the planned felling of woodland. Swampy first found fame in the 90s after sleeping underground for a week to halt road tunnelling work. Today he joined an HS2 rebellion group which has been holding out against eviction from woodland marked out for clearance for the controversial high speed rail line.

Don't take the wind out of my sails! Owner of a working mill says plan to build 120 new homes nearby will block the breeze that powers it

***EXCLUSIVE*** The owner of one of Britain's last working windmills is at loggerheads with town hall chiefs over plans to build 120 houses just a few feet away. If the development gets the green light, the homes will built in the shadow of 200-year-old Grade II listed building. The 70ft-high Berkswell Windmill near Balsall Common, West Mids., was snapped up by Jeanette McGarry in 2005 who bought it as a wreck.  She spent £200,000 and 15 years restoring the historic landmark back to its former glory, including painting the enormous five-tonne sails by hand. The 19th century mill has recently been described by English Heritage as one of the “finest Georgian windmills in Britain”. It is now working using almost all the machinery it was first built with more than two centuries ago. But now the land surrounding the impressive structure has been earmarked for a major housing development. Jeanette, 58, is now appealing for Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to turn down a planned application for 120 houses in the neighbouring fields.

Smart Energy GB launches Britain’s first 'green aisle' with homebase

London, United Kingdom: A first-of-its-kind destination for shoppers looking to be more eco-friendly, „The Green Aisle” launches from today in 137 Homebase stores across Great Britain. In partnership with Smart Energy GB, „The Green Aisle” showcases energy efficient and eco-friendly home improvement products which will help make homes greener and winter-ready in one place. The nation’s extended period spent indoors and the Government’s Green Homes Grant scheme has helped drive the trend for green home improvements, with recent research commissioned by Smart Energy GB revealing that three-quarters (74%) of Brits are keen to make their home greener. However, with half admitting that they don’t know where to start, the launch of „The Green Aisle” arms shoppers with the information needed to make more environmentally informed choices on their home improvements. Much like the specialist aisles in supermarkets for free-from products, „The Green Aisle” collates greener items based on their energy efficiency credentials, as supported by Energy Saving Trust. It will be in Homebase stores nationwide from October.

Wetland Centre shaped like sleeping flamingo wins international architecture competition

A stunning wetland visitor centre design shaped like a sleeping flamingo has won an international architecture competition. Prague-based architecture firm petrjandabrainwork conceived the design for the Abu Dhabi Flamingo Visitor Center in the protected area of the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve. Petrjandabrainwork explain the winning concept: The building is designed as a visitor centre containing elements of a small museum with emphasis on flamingo nesting, allowing exhibition and program expansion. The building blends into the landscape through materials and shape mimicry, working with the natural connection between the organic and inorganic components of nature. It is like a living habitat, there „To see and not be seen”. The main idea is to connect the visitor centre with the reserve’s nature at all levels of the project. To create an autonomous environment with the distinct genius loci. Using material and shape mimicry, the building organically connects its appearance with the environment of the reserve. It looks very old and, at the same time, contemporary or even futuristic.

'Digital daters' can tell if they have a connection within 30 seconds of video call

***EXCLUSIVE*** ‘Digital daters’ can tell if they have a connection with someone after just 30 SECONDS of a video call. Virtual dates soared by 36 per cent during lockdown – with six in 10 singletons admitting they enjoy the ‘new dating normal’. One in four will continue to keep up virtual dating even after lockdown fully ends, to screen out non-starters in the search for romance. The study, commissioned by Virgin Media, also found that in addition to first impressions, virtual dating speeds up relationships on several accounts. Relationship expert Alix Fox, who has teamed up with Virgin Media to create a digital guide for singletons looking to make lasting connections online, said: “The idea that the average digital dater has just 30 seconds to make a great, but speedy, first impression online might seem intimidating to many.

Young fawn adjudicates two white bucks rutting

***EXCLUSIVE*** A young deer looks as if it is judging a battle between two bucks as it watches them lock antlers. The deer can be seen standing just yards away from the older bucks and closely watched their contest. Amateur photographer David Gowing captured these shots of the deer rutting and their spectator at Woburn Estate Deer Park in Bedfordshire. The retired 63 year old, who lives in nearby Lower Gravenhurst, said the white animals were practising in time for rutting season.

Curd making

***EXCLUSIVE*** Hundreds of clay pots are filled with curd as workers make the traditional dish in a Bangladeshi factory. Photos taken in the country's largest curd making plant illustrate the process which sees 3,000 pots delivered in a day. The sweet dish, which is made by boiling milk to reduce it and mixing in yoghurt and sugar, is called 'Mishti Doi'. Photographer Abdul Momin, who visited the factory in Sherpur Upazila to take these pictures, said: "It is made by boiling the milk until it's reduced to half and thickened.

Egret picture in 'gold dust' as insects catch the evening light

***EXCLUSIVE*** The incredible shots were taken by photographer Will Hall on a beautiful autumnal evening as the sun was setting on the River Itchen near Winchester, Hampshire. The teacher at Winchester College said ‘I was out photographing kingfishers at sunset when I turned and saw the swarm of hundreds of thousands of small insects that were reflecting the golden sunlight. It was like a golden shower” “There were damselflies, midges, mosquitos, dragonflies and they lead to creating this phenomenal lighting display. I love how still the egret looks framed by the gold dust.”