King’s Day is a tradition marking the 12th night after Christmas and the official start of the Mardi season. Carnival is celebrated along the Gulf Coast with parties, balls and parades culminating on Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, a final day of celebration before Lent. Mardi Gras falls on Feb. 17 this year.
Baltimore photographer Tim Shahan, set up his Nikon D750 with a Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens to shoot a time lapse of the New Year’s celebration at the Inner Harbor from the countdown, the fireworks, and a tug taking the fireworks barge away. He shot a 2.5 second exposure every 3 seconds at ISO 100 at f/3.5.
Two years ago this weekend, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of Khaled El Masri, a German man who was held by police near his European vacation destination for having a name that was somewhat similar to one on a list.
He was then locked for months in a secret CIA prison without charges before being dumped on a roadside in a different part of Europe without explanation.
This gallery comprises a visual timeline of some countries, cities and places involved in his journey.
ADDITION: McClatchy published some additional updated information on El Masri’s current state of affairs on Saturday.
Some graphic scenes are described.
A look at the making of a dollar bill at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington.
Home to more than 2,500 Hispanic residents, Georgetown, Delaware — locally known as ‘Kimmeytown’ — became a Guatemalan enclave beginning in the 1990’s being within walking distance of a Perdue chicken processing plant, which employs a large number of the Latin Americans immigrants who live in town.
One down….888,245 to go.
The poppy exhibition at the Tower of London has become a national sensation, with some 4 million people expected to have seen it by the time the last of the 888,246 poppies — one for every Commonwealth soldier who died in the First World War — was planted on Nov. 11, the day the war ended in 1918.
The removal is estimated to take 8,000 volunteers around two weeks.
All along the ragged shore of Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic coast of the Delmarva Peninsula, north into New England and south into Florida, along the Gulf Coast and parts of the West Coast, people, businesses and governments are confronting rising seas not as a future possibility. For them, the ocean’s rise is a troubling everyday reality.
As Switzerland prepares to vote on a proposal to dramatically limit immigration Reuters photographer Denis Balibouse travelled along the Swiss border from the summit of Breithorn to a stalagmite filled cave and documented the landscapes of this landlocked nation.
Switzerland will vote on November 30 on an initiative from the group Ecopop which proposes a cap on the number of immigrants. The group says it is motivated by concerns about a lack of living space exerting too much pressure on the land and natural resources, rather than by opposition to foreigners. It proposes limiting immigration to just 0.2 percent of the resident population, equivalent to 16,000 people per year. This would represent a cut of more than 75 percent in annual net immigration from current levels. In Switzerland’s system of direct democracy, any voter can trigger a referendum by collecting 100,000 signatures within 18 months.