A long train trip: But a ride across Siberia uncovers thriving Jewish communties
Jewish life in Irkutsk coalesces around the synagogue, which contains a Jewish community center, a prayer hall, a meat kitchen, a mikvah, meeting rooms for the community — including one for the chess club, as chess is a very popular pastime in Russia ...
June 26, 2015
The guerillas of Kurdistan through the eyes of New York photographer Joey ...
I can see how a 25-year old travelling solo via Turkey, (the most common entry-point into Syria), whose clothes are mostly black might sound some alarm bells. As Homeland Security walked away, I couldn't help but wonder if this will become a regular ...
June 12, 2015
Police: 'Mr. Chess' stabbed 140 times
Ronshai Jenefor, the man accused of killing "Mr. Kentucky Chess" Stephen Dillard in March, told police he stabbed Dillard more than 140 times "because he was molesting me," according to newly filed court evidence. Jeffersontown Detective Ted Spegal ...
April 15, 2015
Lightning Fill In The Blank
All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else. PETER SAGAL, HOST: Now it's time to move on to our final game "." Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as he or she can ...
Andover girl is youngest US female chess master
Carissa Yip can play chess with her eyes closed. The Andover sixth-grader doesn't need a board, no stoic chessmen at the ready. In her mind, she can lead a kingdom into a war of wits and strategy, visualizing each move. And several that will follow....
March 16, 2015
Disappointing tech: When did the future get so ugly?
buttons might not sound like the stuff dreams are made of. But at least the Nintendo powerglove had a bit of oomph about its hardware, a bit of heft. The Apple Watch, on the other hand, is like a suburban hotel alarm clock strapped to a cheap metal ...
May 11, 2015
Parishioners appeal order to vacate closed Scituate church
Parishioners holding a round-the-clock vigil at a closed Catholic church in Scituate are appealing a judge's order to end their nearly 11-year protest. The Friends of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church filed notice Thursday that they will seek an appeal ...
May 21, 2015
In May 1891, the Grand Duke Nicholas II, who later became the last czar, picked up a ceremonial shovel and emptied a wheelbarrow full of soil onto an embankment in the port city of Vladivostok. It was the beginning of the great Trans-Siberian Railway. Even if you are not a railway buff and don’t have rambling fever, you still might want to explore the vast expanse of Russia, where you’ll meet not only people from former Soviet republics, but also citizens from throughout the world. A great way to do this is to board the largest railroad in the world, the “Trans-Sib,” as it’s called. By riding the Trans-Siberian Railway, you’ll be nearer to the heart of the Russia of “Anna Karenina” or “Dr. Zhivago” than anywhere else. Then, you’re bound to realize that Siberia makes up three-quarters of Russia, which is a long distance from the unrest in Ukraine. You can fly to the major cities of Siberia: Yekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk and Khabarovsk and Vladivostok. You can travel the route in sections, and get off along the way, as your trip will cover nearly 100 degrees of longitude in Europe and Asia, and eight time zones. Conventional wisdom has it that if you can afford only one stop on the Trans-Siberian, make it Irkutsk, which stands on the banks of the Angara River.
Like the rest of the world, I watched the Syrian Civil War escalate from simple protests to a full blown conflict between the Syrian regime, rebel militias, and jihadist organisations like the Islamic State and Jabat al Nusra. Ignoring the political demarcation of Syria’s borders, militant groups began to redraw their own territorial boundaries further into Iraq. Seemingly without warning, Mosul — a densely-populated city, approximately 350km north of Iraq’s capital of Baghdad — fell into the hands of the Islamic State, allowing the organisation to capture ample amounts of American-made weapons. Leading up to this moment, the most effective fighting forces against the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS or ISIL as we see it being referred to in the press, were Shia militias with American blood on their hands, and the Peshmerga, a fighting... In this massive game of chess, there was another distinct grassroots movement that caught my attention— Kurdish guerilla groups known as the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), People’s Protection Units (YPG), and Women’s Protection Units (YPJ).
Ronshai Jenefor, the man accused of killing "Mr. Kentucky Chess" Stephen Dillard in March, told police he stabbed Dillard more than 140 times "because he was molesting me," according to newly filed court evidence. Jeffersontown Detective Ted Spegal spoke with Jenefor on March 13, the day of the arrest, and detailed his findings in an investigative report entered late Tuesday into evidence in Jefferson Circuit Court. After Dillard didn't show up for work at Carrithers Middle School two days in a row, his sister went to his home and found her brother lying face up in a large pool of blood stabbed and beaten on the floor of his bedroom. Jenefor's grandmother told police her grandson met Dillard through the young man's older brother, who was one of Dillard's former foster children, according to court records. Jenefor's aunt, Mary Jenefor, said Dillard was a long-time family friend who she considered to be part of their family. The Louisville Metro Police Department's Crimes Against Children Unit had two cases where Dillard was named and forensic interviews were performed on two juveniles, court documents show. Nationally recognized for his love of chess, Dillard was a longtime teacher and was credited with bringing the game into schools by buying thousands of chess sets for kids in Kentucky who couldn't afford.
To stop this alarm clock, you must solve logic puzzles
NEW YORK: A new alarm-clock app rouses sleepy heads by making them solve complicated math equations, logic games and other puzzles. The app, called FreakyAlarm, might drive you crazy, but it will also get you out of bed. To utilize the programme's basic ...
March 15, 2013
Clock time to change this week
Time is moving fast as noted by many. Time change is already here. Many also use this time to change out all batteries in the smoke alarm systems and other battery operated devices. It also marks the time for spring and warmer months to follow. Several ...
March 5, 2013
Home Away Dual Time Alarm Clock by Kit Men
Vancouver designer Kit Men has created an alarm clock with two faces for people who travel. The Home Away Dual Time Alarm Clock is designed to make it easier for people to know what time to call home when they're away. The product will be exhibited at the ...
August 24, 2009
Chess pieces made from nuts and bolts
I like chess sets more than I like chess -- I've always made them out of bits and pieces, but it never occurred to me to try nuts and bolts (though we've blogged a similar set before, I think this one's nicer). Headed toward the light-bulb aisle in my ...
March 22, 2009
Team Boris’ Alarm Clock Blues
Word reaches Londonist that Boris Johnson’s mayoral campaign is facing a foe more taxing than Ken Livingstone could ever hope to be: tardiness. A number of Bozzaphiles were up bright and early Thursday morning at an undisclosed location, ready to leaflet ...
February 20, 2008
Mother Suing After Being Refused Help To Deliver Her Baby
A Volusia County mother is suing two local hospitals and an ambulance service over her child's brain damage. Rita Chess claims both Burt Fish Medical Center and Halifax Medical Center refused to help her deliver her baby when she went into labor three ...
June 21, 2006