Putin plays ice hockey and a new study reveals ice is melting in Greenland in the winter as well
Russian president shows off his ice hockey skills
Russian President Vladimir Putin was part of an ice hockey match in Moscow’s Red Square Saturday, reports Global Times.
Along with the President, Russian defence minister Sergey Shoigu and few ice hockey veterans took part in the game.
The match was part of the ‘Amateur Night Hockey League’ founded by the President himself together with famous Russian hockey veterans in 2011.
Putin has a tradition of playing an ice hockey match at least once every year.
Archaeologists discover relic of the Great Wall in China
A new Great Wall relic built during the Ming Dynasty has been discovered by the archaeologists in north China’s Hebei Province, reports Xinhua.
The report quotes Jia Mingtian, an archaeologist, as saying that the relic winds for about 300m between two hilltops in the mountainous area, with altitudes between 1,592 and 1,625m.
According to the report, the relic’s has been neglected for years and the central structure of its walls has been seriously damaged. Remains of draining holes and defence platforms have also been discovered at the site.
Chinese archaeologists suspect that there are many similar ‘hidden’ parts of the great wall tucked away in the hills surrounding the Great Wall of China.
World’s second and third largest ice cover is disappearing
Two different papers published this week claimed that changing weather cycle is causing ice to melt in the two largest glacier covered regions of the world, reported Quartz.
The Scottish Association for Marine Science and Johns Hopkins University published a paper this week, which said that giant waves of warm water from below the ocean’s surface are gushing up into the Greenland fjords. These waves are coming in contact with the large ice sheets and resulting to melt even in winter.
According to Neil Fraser, an ocean physicist with The Scottish Association for Marine Science and a lead author on the paper said that the “warm” water is only a few degrees above freezing, but it’s kind of enough for the ice to melt.
A report published this week found that 80 per cent of the mountain glaciers in Western Canada will disappear in the next 50 years. It has the third highest glacier cover in the world.
Apart from this, another paper published by researchers at the University of Arizona and the Idaho Power Company has found that since 1982, the maximum snowpack in the West of America has decreased to 41 per cent.
Trump’s golf club reportedly gave fake green cards to club workers
The FBI is allegedly investigating whether the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, is involved in giving fake green cards and social security to the workers at the club, New York Daily News reported.
Anibal Romero, an attorney representing the two workers, told the newspaper that the fake documents were arranged by the workers’ managers at the golf club.
The two workers, 45-year-old Guatemalan national Victorina Morales and 46-year-old Costa Rican Sandra Diaz, are among the five at least undocumented housekeepers at the club.
Both Morales and Diaz accused Trump of knowing that they were unregistered. And that they were set up with fake documents.
Armenia is the country of the year, says The Economist
The Economist has named Armenia as its country of the year for having “improved the most” in the past 12 months.
The country witnessed protests that saw the unpopular Serzh Sargsyan, who was under fire for a host of reasons, including attempting to privatise official presidential residence, being replaced by journalist and MP Nikol Pashinyan as Prime Minister.
This year’s protest didn’t involve Russia. It didn’t kill anyone either. The protests reached corners of the country, university students were included in the movement, and by the end, protestors were determined to remove Sargsyan. As a result, Armenia rid itself of turmoil and violence for a second chance to renew itself.
Its so-called “velvet revolution” — a model of democratic engagement — triggered the magazine to name it as the winner, said Quartz.