Offbeat Venice Carnival takes wing with 'flight of the angel'

15:24  05 february  2018
15:24  05 february  2018 Source:   afp.com

'Young Sheldon' reveals the origin story of the 'Soft Kitty' song

  'Young Sheldon' reveals the origin story of the 'Soft Kitty' song The boy-genius finds himself forced to confront his germophobia when the flu comes to town in the latest episode of “Young Sheldon.” However, it’s not long before germs become the least of his worries. The episode opens with Sheldon and Georgie in class together. As they learn English, the teacher sneezes. Sheldon preps his things and immediately leaves class when she sneezes again, proving to him that she has the flu. As anyone who has been in a classroom knows, leaving without permission is a big no-no. The Coopers get called in to meet with the principal where he informs them that he’ll have to give Sheldon detention.

VENICE , Feb 5 — Twenty thousand revellers, wearing masks and colourful period costumes, packed into St Mark’s Square yesterday for the “ flight of the angel ” marking the traditional opening of the Carnival of Venice .

Tourists and Venetians alike, the spectators looked on as 19-year-old student Elisa Constantini leapt from the famous St Mark's Campanile bell tower, attached to a wire 80 metres (265 feet) above the ground. The " angel " threw confetti at the crowd below, in a highlight of one of the world.

Elisa Constantini takes to the air in the 'flight of the angels', a highlight of the Venice Carnival© Provided by AFP Elisa Constantini takes to the air in the 'flight of the angels', a highlight of the Venice Carnival Twenty thousand revellers, wearing masks and colourful period costumes, packed into St Mark's Square on Sunday for the "flight of the angel" marking the traditional opening of the Carnival of Venice.

Tourists and Venetians alike, the spectators looked on as 19-year-old student Elisa Constantini leapt from the famous St Mark's Campanile bell tower, attached to a wire 80 metres (265 feet) above the ground.

Traditional carnival costumes graced Saint Mark Square© Provided by AFP Traditional carnival costumes graced Saint Mark Square The "angel" threw confetti at the crowd below, in a highlight of one of the world's most celebrated carnivals.

Airbus' drone taxi takes to the skies for the first time

  Airbus' drone taxi takes to the skies for the first time The aerospace company envisions a future with autonomous passenger taxis.Airbus created the project to "democratize personal flight" by leveraging all the latest technologies, including machine vision and electric propulsion. Based on that vision, the Vahana team created Alpha One as a single-passenger electric vertical-take-off-and-landing (VTOL) self-piloted vehicle. The company's ultimate goal is to build an autonomous passenger drone network, similar to the ride-hailing fleet of self-driving cars Waymo is preparing to launch this year, but way more ambitious.

VENICE (AFP) – Twenty thousand revelers, wearing masks and colorful period costumes, packed into St Mark’s Square on Sunday for the “ flight of the angel ” marking the traditional opening of the Carnival of Venice .

Tourists and Venetians alike, the spectators looked on as 19-year-old student Elisa Constantini leapt from the famous St Mark's Campanile bell tower, attached to a wire 80 metres (265 feet) above the ground. The " angel " threw confetti at the crowd below, in a highlight of one of the world.

"It's like we're going back in time," enthused Susie, from Verona in northern Italy, who had come to watch the spectacle.

Costumed revellers stroll past some of the famous Venice gondolas during the Carnival celebrations© Provided by AFP Costumed revellers stroll past some of the famous Venice gondolas during the Carnival celebrations But modern-day concerns were evident in the high security put on for the event.

"It's normal, these measures," said Chinese tourist Xu Hong. "You have to have them. That doesn't take away from the beauty, the magic of this event".

The carnival, which will end on February 13, is thought to have started in 1162 after a military victory. Abandoned for decades, it was revived in 1980.

Former Hells Angels hitman becomes target as Quebec bikers push into GTA .
He was once a feared enforcer for the Hells Angels, called upon to collect debts from gamblers — and even to kill — as part of the world’s largest outlaw motorcycle gang.But today, Paris Christoforou is nowhere to be seen after narrowly escaping hitmen in Toronto and Montreal.His enemies have grown to include members of the powerful Hells Angels chapters from Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières, Que., which kicked him out of the international club in the fall, police and underworld sources say.Christoforou, 41, has stopped appearing at regular GTA haunts and police say they no longer know where to find him. The Star was also not able to locate him.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!