Originally growing in the South-American region, cassava is a perennial, starch-tuber plant that grows best in well-drained and tropical soils. The size of a completely grown plant usually reaches more than four meters. Its chewy and sweet underground tuber enjoys a high degree of popularity as an edible root vegetable. For centuries people in Asia, Africa and South America have been using cassava as the source for staple food. Millions of the inhabitants from regions mentioned above consider cassava an integral part of their everyday menu.
For the first time the plant was documented long time ago, almost five thousand years ago. Its exact place of origin is still unknown, but the most recent investigations have shown its roots somewhere in South or Central America, probably along the Brazil border. In South America cassava was the staple crop used by the Amerindians. They processed it into meal and bread just like the Amerindians of the XXI century do. As the Portuguese started importing slaves from the African continent in 1550, cassava was the number one provision on the board.
If you consider yourself the biggest movie fan and you know what a good movie is, it goes without saying that you love Alan Rickman. He is an actor that our generation is proud of, better to say one of the most prominent British screen actors. Hollywood star Alan Rickman had a varied cancer and died at the age of 69. But the star of British film and theater left a great bunch of terrific big-screen performances!
Sense and Sensibility, 1995
By the logic of the gurus of Academy Award, this role was the one that Alan was most likely to get the Oscar for. Even though he didn’t, Alan Rickman is now known and praised as one of the most prominent working actors, who have never had the statuette.
In Ang Lee’s masterpiece Alan Rickman depicts the role of Colonel Brandon. The latter appears in a love triangle tied to Marianne and John Willoughby. And what a performance that Rickman delivers! We didn’t get used to seeing Alan in such a warm role, but the producer’s choice is definitely perfect. A brilliant performance indeed. Continue reading
From now on former intelligence professionals, who exercised their skills on the battlefields, will be chasing bad guys in the investment banks.
Desperate to stay away from the overly expensive run-ins imposed by the regulators, the banks begin to hire former intelligence experts in order to monitor e-communications inside the establishments. The number one goal is to virtually scrutinize all aspects of the personnel routine, starting from how long they tend to have their coffee-breaks to what web pages they prefer to visit. The whole point is that the risks limits are quite high. Barclays, the brightest example, was fined a total of $2.2 billion for co-operating with other banks in order to manipulate the foreign-exchange and electricity markets. Continue reading
When the experts of the companies such as Alphabet Inc. and Amazon talk about the drone delivery as the next technology in the consumer retail area, the world is getting skeptical. But the reality is that it’s already happening in some parts of the globe and it has nothing to do with magic.
The technology is out there, experts say. And the skepticism over drone delivery is pretty similar to the negative responses towards the very first motor cars. But the fact is that drones require neither drivers, nor free traffic lines. Besides, drones are much more time- energy- and cost-efficient in contrast to the car delivery. The company inventors believe drones can be of great help in case of natural disasters, when the safe drugs delivery to the hazardous areas is crucial. Let’s take a closer look at how the drone delivery works and what kind of not-too-distant future is looming for the invention. Continue reading
As stated by the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, his country, together with Saudi Arabia, will launch a range of operations in order to fight the Islamic State group in Syria. ISIS or the Islamic State has become one of the most dangerous security threats on the globe because of its ruthless track record in Iraq and Syria. But before we focus on the coalition of Saudi Arabia and Turkey against common nemesis, the question is who and what is ISIS?
First of all, ISIS is a terrorist group set and led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The tTerrorists from ISIS are exactly the ones responsible for the horrific attacks in Paris, Baghdad and Beirut in 2015. 46 people died in Beirut, with another 129 dead in Paris and 18 in Baghdad. Besides, ISIS is also responsible for downing Russian plane in Egypt, taking lives of 224 people. Continue reading