Last week, it was Michael Phelps reminding us that the Olympics are more than a passing photo op or filler for your Facebook feed. The American swimmerâ€™s 12th individual medal matched a record of another famous Olympic athlete â€" from more than 2,100 years ago! Leonidas of Rhodes, a runner, had won 12 solo medals at four Games between 164 and 152 BC, considered one of the worldâ€™s oldest records.
Last night it was Usain Boltâ€™s chance to reach for Olympic â€œimmortality,â€ taking home his third straight 100-meter dash title. In a year littered with doping scandals, some athletes can still achieve legendary status through sheer talent alone. The 9.81 seconds it took him to complete 100 meters in yesterdayâ€™s final, was actually the slowest of the three winning Olympic results for the now 29-year-old Jamaican star. But perhaps it was victory that carried the most meaning. â€œIt wasnâ€™t the perfect race, but the fact is I won,â€ he told reporters after the race.
Bolt was bullish about his chances to add to his legend, ahead of the 200m and 4x100m relay events later this week, aiming for a â€œtriple tripleâ€ of three gold medals in three sprints in three consecutive Games. The crowning of the â€œfastest man on earthâ€ is perhaps the singular defining moment for each Olympics. Doing it three Games running is a feat (and feet!) for the ages.
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- India celebrates 70 years of independence from British rule.
- Japan commemorates 71st anniversary of the end of World War II, which also marks the independence of South Korea.
- Clinton and Biden campaign together for the first time in Pennsylvania.
BOKO HARAM RELEASES CHIBOK GIRLS VIDEO
Islamist group Boko Haram released a video showing some of the 276 girls abducted from their northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok in 2014, Vanguard reports toayy. One terrorist says in the video that about 40 girls â€œhave been married by the decision of Allah,â€ while others â€œhave died as a result of aerial bombardment.â€ The Nigerian army is now looking for a journalist and two men who were reportedly sent the footage before public release. Read more from Al Jazeera.
SUSPECT ARRESTED IN NEW YORK IMAM SHOOTING
New York police have arrested a man suspected of killing an imam and his friend outside a mosque in Queens. The shooting, which occurred on Saturday afternoon, may have been motivated by an ongoing feud between Muslims and Hispanics in the neighborhood, the New York Daily News reports.
ANOTHER NIGHT OF VIOLENCE IN MILWAUKEE
A second night of protests in the city of Milwaukee escalated into violence with reports of gunfire, while protesters torched businesses and threw rocks at police officers. The protests were triggered by the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Sylville Smith, an African-American shot dead in a police chase after he refused to drop his gun. Read more from USA Today.
â€œModern medical techniques have allowed me to scrutinize the universe,â€ former Cuban leader Fidel Castro wrote in a public letter published for his 90th birthday on Saturday. Castro, who expressed his â€œdeepest gratitudeâ€ for the well-wishers, also seized the opportunity to criticize U.S. President Barack Obama for not apologizing to the Japanese during his visit to Hiroshima. â€œHe lacked the words to ask for forgiveness for the killings of hundreds of thousands of people,â€ he wrote.
MORE CIVILIANS KILLED IN ALEPPO
Heavy fighting in and around the Syrian city of Aleppo continued over the weekend with reports of several civilians caught in the crossfire between Syrian and Russian troops on the one hand and rebel fighters on the other, The New York Times reports. In Iraq meanwhile, Kurdish fighters have launched a new offensive to try and remove ISIS from the city of Mosul, the terrorist groupâ€™s Iraqi â€œcapital.â€
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U.S. SWIMMERS ROBBED AT GUNPOINT IN RIO
Ryan Lochte and three other U.S. swimmers were held at gunpoint and robbed early on Sunday in Rio by a group of thugs posing as armed police officers. â€œWhat is more important is that we are safe and unharmed,â€ Lochte said later in a statement. This unfortunately isnâ€™t the first crime report to emerge out of the Olympics, and many athletes teams are taking extra precautionary measures, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Britainâ€™s exit from the EU could be delayed until 2019, as the new British government wonâ€™t be ready to initiate the process early next year as initially anticipated, The Sunday Times reported. Crucial elections in France and Germany next year were also named as a cause for the delay.
FIVE DEAD IN LOUISIANA FLOODS
At least five people have died in what has been described as historic flooding in Louisiana. President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration for the state.
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HONG KONG PROTEST LEADERS AVOID JAIL
Joshua Wong and Nathan Law, two of the most prominent leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, were spared jail but were sentenced to community service. A third leader, Alex Chow, was handed a three week prison sentence, suspended for a year. Read more from the South China Morning Post.
Reflecting on the evolution of feminine fashion over the past decade, from â€œthe porn-star look sported in the good old days" by performers like Christina Aguilera and Britney Spearsâ€ to Lady Gagaâ€™s infamous meat dress, Süddeutsche Zeitungâ€™s David Pfeifer explains how fashion, for popstars and politicians alike, is a way of communicating without words. â€œWomen can't simply be dressed; they have to be dressed the way they want to be perceived. And that is why women are usually right when they stand in front of their wardrobes and say, "I donâ€™t have anything to wear." The woman who utters this sentence is not referring to the number of garments in her possession. She's talking about her inability to express herself for that particular occasion, or in her particular state of mind. Read the full article: That Straight Red Line From Lady Gaga To Angela Merkel.
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With loans and solar panels from China, the massive solar park has been opened a year and is already powering the surrounding areas. Now the Chinese supplier is pushing for an expansion.
CAUCHARI — Driving across the border with Chile into the northwest Argentine department of Susques, you may spot what looks like a black mass in the distance. Arriving at a 4,000-meter altitude in the municipality of Cauchari, what comes into view instead is an assembly of 960,000 solar panels. It is the world's highest photovoltaic (PV) park, which is also the second biggest solar energy facility in Latin America, after Mexico's Aguascalientes plant.
Spread over 800 hectares in an arid landscape, the Cauchari park has been operating for a year, and has so far turned sunshine into 315 megawatts of electricity, enough to power the local provincial capital of Jujuy through the national grid.
It has also generated some $50 million for the province, which Governor Gerardo Morales has allocated to building 239 schools.
Abundant sunshine, low temperatures
The physicist Martín Albornoz says Cauchari, which means "link to the sun," is exposed to the best solar radiation anywhere. The area has 260 days of sunshine, with no smog and relatively low temperatures, which helps keep the panels in optimal conditions.
Its construction began with a loan of more than $331 million from China's Eximbank, which allowed the purchase of panels made in Shanghai. They arrived in Buenos Aires in 2,500 containers and were later trucked a considerable distance to the site in Cauchari . This was a titanic project that required 1,200 builders and 10-ton cranes, but will save some 780,000 tons of CO2 emissions a year.
It is now run by 60 technicians. Its panels, with a 25-year guarantee, follow the sun's path and are cleaned twice a year. The plant is expected to have a service life of 40 years. Its choice of location was based on power lines traced in the 1990s to export power to Chile, now fed by the park.
Chinese engineers working in an office at the Cauchari park
Chinese want to expand
The plant belongs to the public-sector firm Jemse (Jujuy Energía y Minería), created in 2011 by the province's then governor Eduardo Fellner. Jemse's president, Felipe Albornoz, says that once Chinese credits are repaid in 20 years, Cauchari will earn the province $600 million.
The Argentine Energy ministry must now decide on the park's proposed expansion. The Chinese would pay in $200 million, which will help install 400,000 additional panels and generate enough power for the entire province of Jujuy.
The park's CEO, Guillermo Hoerth, observes that state policies are key to turning Jujuy into a green province. "We must change the production model. The world is rapidly cutting fossil fuel emissions. This is a great opportunity," Hoerth says.
The province's energy chief, Mario Pizarro, says in turn that Susques and three other provincial districts are already self-sufficient with clean energy, and three other districts would soon follow.
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