Churches Burned In Egypt As Death Toll, Churches are burned in Egypt and the death toll from the violence has surpassed 600 on Thursday, Aug. 15. There’s no sign of the chaos in that country subsiding any time soon. Crowds are taking part of the churches that were burned in Egypt and at last count 52 churches have been attacked after the forceful removal of demonstrators, who are not sitting by unheard after the ousting of former President Mohammad Morsi.
Morsi’s supporters have taken to violence, which continues to mar the country, according to the Christian Post today. It was Bishop Angaelos, the Cairo-born head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom who reported that the count on churches being attacked is now at 52, but unconfirmed reports put the number in the hundreds of Copts being attacked.
The churches are not the only structures to see this destruction that spreads through the streets, as schools, state buildings and cultural centers are also under attack, according to Ishak Ibrahim, a researcher with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. The Upper Egyptian governorates like Minya, are seeing the most destruction today, reports Ibrahim.
The New York Times reports that Egypt’s Interior Ministry warned the demonstrators that law enforcement is authorized to use lethal force to protect themselves. He also promised that any “terrorist actions and sabotage” will face punishment after the buildings were burned on Thursday.
14-Year-Old Nails A Perfect SAT Score, Varun Jain’s stunning feat won’t be marked with a trophy – but, then, his shelves couldn’t fit another one. Middle School Student Aces SATs, Vivek Jain woke up his 14-year-old son, Varun, one early morning in early July. “Varun, you got a perfect score on your SATs,” the father said.
The sleepy teenager simply said “Wow,” and fell back asleep.
“If anybody in the United States can get a perfect score in middle school, it has to be Varun,” his father told ABC News.
In an indication of how rare it is to get a perfect 2400 score on the trio of tests that make up the SATs, only 360 students did it in 2012. More than 1.6 million students took the tests that year.
And those students were in high school. Jain, who will be a high school freshman this fall, was in eighth grade when he took the tests.
Jain did not stress over the test. His father reminded him the night before that he was to take the exam the following morning. Only then did he start preparing for the math, writing and critical thinking segments.
Just a few days before the SAT was administered, Jain took the AP Calculus BC exam, a course usually offered to the most mathematically advanced high school seniors. Jain took the course online in a month.
What Made A Beach Day Much More Interesting, French tourists and locals alike are enjoying themselves when a loud rumble signals 30,000 tons of trouble. Cliff Collapse Caught on Video, Tourists and locals alike in the Normandy region of France are being warned to watch where they step after an estimated 30,000 tons of rock came crashing down onto the sand.
The cliff collapse occurred last week near the city of Le Havre on France’s northern coast. The cliff had been cordoned off last Monday after the mayor of nearby Saint-Jouin-Bruneval issued a warning that the cliff was unstable, according to English-language French newspaper, The Local.
One beachgoer who continued to brave the area caught the landslide on video and sent it to France’s BFMTV channel.
The video shows a loud rumble before the first sign of the collapse, dirt falling down. The entire front-facing section of the cliff then comes tumbling down in a plume of smoke as onlookers can be seen trying to run away.
GM Sees Tesla As ‘Big Disrupter’, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson is known for taking the post-bankruptcy corporate behemoth to task for not innovating fast enough and for squandering research dollars on pie-in-the-sky patents.
Now the executive is reportedly looking over his shoulder at Tesla, the upstart electric-car company co-founded by maverick billionaire Elon Musk, as a potential threat to GM’s own business.
According to Bloomberg, Akerson recently warned employees that Tesla should be seen as a disruptive force in the automobile industry and that GM needs to pay attention to how Tesla operates and adapt accordingly. Akerson has even assigned a small team to study Tesla and how it could hurt the larger automaker, according to GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky.
Judge OKs Detroit Bankruptcy Filing, Federal courts will decide if Detroit is eligible for what would be the largest municipal bankruptcy ever, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, suspending challenges to the Chapter 9 filing in state court.
Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr-a bankruptcy expert appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder earlier this year to oversee Detroit’s finances-has said the federal bankruptcy filing is necessary to get the city out from under some $18 billion in liabilities.
But the city’s employee unions argued the bankruptcy is an end-run around the state constitution, which protects their pension benefits. The unions backed a series of lawsuits filed in Michigan courts to block the bankruptcy. Last week, Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina ruled the bankruptcy filing unconstitutional, but a state appeals court put her ruling on hold, and Orr argued the federal court should make that stay indefinite.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a younger incarnation of Bruce Willis’ hitman killer in new film ‘Looper,’ the young actor has revealed receiving praise from his on-screen older self was the highlight of the shoot. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ actor was astounded when the ‘Die Hard’ star said good things about his abilities on set. According to Contact Music, Joe said of Mr Willis: ”He’s a very understated guy, which I admire.
It means you know he’s being honest.” ”But we were doing a scene where we were yelling at each other and between takes he said, in his off-the-cuff manner, ‘Ah, you sound like me.’” ”That was a moment of glorious victory for me. I kept it cool, I didn’t want to embarrass myself, but I was grinning ear to ear on the inside.” Aw! The 31-year-old star spent three hours every day in makeup to get him looking more like Bruce, including having a prosethic nose fitted and his eyebrow ‘realligned’.
Joseph also studied Bruce’s acting tecnique meticulously by watching his films and studying his voice and body language, to ensure his portrayal was accurate: ”I watched his movies a lot, but I focused on the recent ones. I was less interested in coming off like a young Bruce – I was interested in matching him now.”