226 killed as 7.1 magnitude quake fells buildings in Mexico

MEXICO CITY A powerful earthquake shook central Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing buildings in plumes of dust and killing at least 226 people. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped.

Dozens of buildings tumbled into mounds of rubble or were severely damaged in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby states. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in the capital alone as high-rises across the city swayed sickeningly.

Hours after the magnitude 7.1 quake, rescue workers were still clawing through the wreckage of a primary school that partly collapsed in the city’s south looking for any children who might be trapped. Some relatives said they had received Whatsapp message from two girls inside.

The federal Education Department reported late Tuesday night that 25 bodies had been recovered from the school’s wreckage, all but four of them children. It was not clear whether the deaths were included in the overall death toll of 226 reported by the federal civil defense agency.

President Enrique Pena Nieto visited the school earlier in the night. At the time, he said 22 bodies had been found, and added in comments broadcast online by Financiero TV that 30 children and eight adults were reported missing. Rescuers were continuing their search and pausing to listen for voices from the rubble.

Later, Pena Nieto issued a video message urging calm and saying the initial focus of authorities is on finding people trapped in fallen buildings.

“The priority at this moment is to keep rescuing people who are still trapped and to give medical attention to the injured people,” he said.

The quake is the deadliest in Mexico since a 1985 quake on the same date killed thousands. It came less than two weeks after another powerful quake caused 90 deaths in the …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News

German WWI Submarine Found With 23 Bodies Still Inside

BRUSSELS — An intact German World War I submarine containing the bodies of 23 people has been found off the coast of Belgium, authorities said Tuesday.

Western Flanders Governor Carl Decaluwe told The Associated Press that the find on the floor of the North Sea “is very unique.”

“It’s quite amazing that we found something like this,” Decaluwe said. “The impact damage was at the front, but the submarine remains closed and there are 23 people still onboard.”

The UB II-type dive boat that was found is 27 metres (88 feet) long and six metres (almost 20 feet) wide, and is lying at about a 45-degree angle, between 25-30 metres (82-98 feet) below the surface.

From the damage to the front of the vessel, it appears that the sub may have struck a mine with its upper deck. Two torpedo tubes have been destroyed but the lower tube is intact and closed.

Video images show the submarine encrusted with barnacles and seaweed. It is also adorned with fishing gear, including nets.

Decaluwe said the U-boat was found by researchers. He declined to provide details about its location until the site has been protected. He has contacted the German ambassador because “we need to see what can do” with the remains.

It’s quite amazing that we found something like this.Carl Decaluwe

Around 18 U-boats were stationed with the Flanders Flotilla in Bruges between 1915 and 1918. Thirteen of them were destroyed.

It’s the 11th such wreck to be found in Belgian waters.

Allied warships and cargo ships were easy pickings for the German subs that were launched from Bruges, just across the English Channel.

Virginia Mayo contributed to this report.

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Flying Cloud: Set sail with CHANEL High Jewellery

In Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the French Riviera, nestled midway up a winding road, sits a stunning home with a long history.

Dubbed La Pausa, the spacious abode boasts a rustic charm, its fair share of ocean views and an abundant collection of mature olive trees. Essentially, it has just enough awe-inspiring extras to set it apart — even among the formidable collection of mansions that call this monied hillside community in the south of France home.

But what really makes it special, is its previous owner. Completed in 1930, La Pausa was once the holiday home of none other than Gabrielle Chanel.

Gabrielle Chanel on the desk of the Flying Cloud circa 1926. Mandatory credit: Chanel Private Collection [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Gabrielle Chanel on the desk of the Flying Cloud circa 1926.

She commissioned its creation, presiding over the construction and adding her own personal design earmarks into its every nook. It then became her personal place of escape — and party venue, of course.

An artisan works on gem-setting of the “Turquoise Waters” necklace on a bust in the CHANEL workshop at 18 Place Vendôme in Paris.

La Pausa left Chanel’s possession in the early 1950s, but it didn’t take long after its re-acquisition by the French fashion maison in 2015 for speculation to run rampant about when designer Karl Lagerfeld would use it for one of his extravagant fashion presentations.

But it was the company’s high jewellery division that got to it first. In late June, CHANEL presented its latest collection of exquisite and extraordinary pieces at Chanel’s former home.

Titled Flying Cloud — after the four-masted yacht owned by Chanel’s companion, the …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun