BRUSSELS (AP) — On meeting someone who makes bars of chocolate for a living, the question that immediately springs to mind is: “After a while, do you get sick of eating the stuff?” The reassuring response, firmly delivered by chocoholic chocolate-store manager Patricia Lafargue is that it’s simply not possible to have too much of a good thing. “Every day, I have to eat chocolate,” she said, as she ladled molten sweet, dark scoops into a mold where the chocolate hardens into bars. “I cannot cope without any chocolate. That’s not possible for me.” With the Tour de France getting off to a riotous start Saturday in cycling-mad Belgium, it would have been almost criminal while here to not check out the country’s world-famous chocolate industry. Tough job, but someone has to do it. After all, one cannot live on cycling alone. Brussels, where Stage 1 started and where, after a 194.5 kilometer (121 mile) loop south of the capital … [Read more...] about At Tour de France, tasting Belgium’s chocolate is a must
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The United Kingdom intends to respond if Attorney General William Barr makes contact in his probe of the origins of the Russia investigation into President Donald Trump, an official said on Thursday. 'If we get that request obviously we'll consider it. The U.S. is an ally and we would want to be helpful,' a U.K. official said ahead of Trump's state visit there next week. 'The U.S. is a close ally. If the attorney general wants to talk to us about this I'm sure we'd respond constructively,' the person added, repeatedly relying on diplomatic language that stopped short of a pledge of active participation in an inquiry into conduct its intelligence headquarters has already denied. The United Kingdom would 'want to be helpful' to the Attorney General William Barr in his probe of the origins of the Russia investigation into President Donald Trump, a UK official said Trump has threatened to raise the topic when he meets with outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May in the UK … [Read more...] about ‘We do not have anything to hide!’ UK official says London would help with Barr’s investigation into how Russia probe got started as Trump prepares for state visit
Woods cruised to victory alongside Justin Thomas but the four-ball format belonged to Ernie Els' team, who took a 4-1 lead on Thursday (December 12). The Presidents Cup has been dominated by the USA, who entered the 13th edition at Royal Melbourne Golf Club having won seven successive titles. Not since 1998, when the event was last staged in Melbourne, have the Internationals topped the United States. Four matches in a row for the #[email protected] and Hideki Matsuyama take the final point on the opening day of the @PresidentsCup. pic.twitter.com/n3AT3Sxlzh — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 12, 2019 But the International team have boosted their chances of dethroning the USA thanks to Louis Oosthuizen and Abraham Ancer – who set the tone before Adam Scott/Byeong Hun An, Adam Hadwin/Im Sung-jae and Hideki Matsuyama/C.T. Pan followed suit. With Port Phillip Bay nearby, players and fans were greeted by cool and overcast weather, instead of summer conditions, at the start of … [Read more...] about Presidents Cup 2019: Dream start for Internationals in stunning opening against Tiger’s USA
Already leading 4-1, the Internationals are projected to score another four points as Ernie Els' red-hot team continued to impress in alternate shot on Friday (December 13). Up against a formidable USA roster – led by playing captain Tiger Woods – the odds have been stacked against the Internationals, who last won the Presidents Cup in 1998. But thanks to a dominant display in Thursday's four-ball, the International team are daring to believe at Royal Melbourne Golf Club. Of the five matches in progress, the Internationals lead four thanks to Adam Scott/Louis Oosthuizen, Abraham Ancer/Marc Leishman, Hideki Matsuyama/Byeong Hun An and Cameron Smith/Im Sung-jae. You don't have to call backboard to use [email protected] and @AdamScott take the lead.#MustSeeMoments pic.twitter.com/yszfll88xy — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 13, 2019 Only once in history has a team come from behind after two sessions to win the Presidents Cup – the USA in 2005 when they trailed 6.5 - 5.5 … [Read more...] about Presidents Cup 2019: Internationals stay hot against Tiger’s USA
On 9 December, 1979, health officials declared smallpox as the first and only human disease to be eradicated in what is considered the greatest achievement of modern medicine. Four decades on, the U.S. and Russia still maintain samples of the potentially deadly virus, and the debate on whether they should be kept or destroyed rages on.We don't know where smallpox came from. But the infection—which is caused by two related variola viruses—is thought to date back to the Egyptian Empire in the 3rd Century BCE, with its pustules found on the head of the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses V. Trade and the expansion of civilizations helped the disease, found only in humans, spread. Characterized by symptoms including a fever, a widespread rash of fluid-filled blisters, vomiting and diarrhea, smallpox is estimated to have killed as many as 300 million people in the 20th century alone.Following a failed attempt to wipe out the disease in 1959, efforts were renewed in 1967. Thanks to a … [Read more...] about Smallpox Was Eradicated 40 Years Ago, So Why Are the U.S. and Russia Still Holding Stocks of the Virus?
Surveillance technology is projected to be a $62 billion industry by 2023, and it looks like that market will be controlled by China. In 2019, the world relies on Chinese surveillance technology, with a majority of countries that use AI surveillence and facial recognition getting it from China. While many countries use American and Chinese surveillance tech together, China has far more exclusivity around the world. According to a report from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, tech from America and China are used in Australia, Brazil, India, Russia, and many European countries, as well as in the US and China themselves. Many countries in Africa, the Middle East, South-East Asia, and South America use Chinese tech only. Meanwhile, Canada and New Zealand are the only countries that rely solely on American technology. One reason for China's apparent dominance in the surveillance sphere is that the country is uniquely set up to control the world's semiconductor manufacturing … [Read more...] about The World Relies on China’s Surveillance Technology