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French politician accused of doctoring photo of Alpine climb | World news

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A French politician has hit back at claims he changed the angle in a photograph to make the his ascent of an icy summit in the Alps seem more perilous.

Éric Woerth, a senior right-of-centre MP, insisted the picture he tweeted of his climb up the Aiguille d’Argentiere was genuine and said he was astonished French media had judged mocking of him on social media newsworthy.

One tweeter discovered two people in the background who appeared to be walking upright at a 90 degree angle from the snow covered mountain.

Maître Nicolas
(@NicolasZeMinus)

Le plus impressionnant, ce sont ces deux personnes à droite de la photo, qui tiennent debout à l’horizontale #abdos pic.twitter.com/4H5p1I13zA


August 12, 2019

Others pointed out that the zip of Woeth’s jacket was at a strange angle if he was climbing upwards.

Tok-Ra
(@TokRa14)

En rectifiant l’angle selon la force de gravité exercée sur les languettes de la veste, c’est tout de suite moins impressionnant !! Les politiques sont désespérants !! pic.twitter.com/U2bvJuJcVE


August 12, 2019

Woerth held two ministerial posts when Nicolas Sarkozy was the president and is currently president of the Finance Commission in the French national assembly.

When Woerth challenged Twitter users to contact the mountain guide who had taken the photo, the social network exploded. “I’m the glacier and I can confirm that Mr Woerth climbed me,” wrote one. Another added: “I’m the green cord and I helped with this climb…”

One tweet showed Woerth taking part in the moon landing.

Guillaume Piolat
(@guillaumepiolat)

Petites vacances au calme sur la Lune. #spiderwoerth pic.twitter.com/kI7b7ML16c


August 12, 2019

Mountain guide Jean-Franck Charlet insisted the photograph was genuine. “I am the guide who accompanied Eric Woerth,” he wrote on Twitter. “This photo is 100% real, even if the slope at 45 degrees appears a little steeper than it is in reality. This slope is not a simple one … it’s one that has been the site of numerous accidents in the past.”

He said Woerth was “an excellent Alpinist” who had made a number of big ascents, including the Eiger, the Cervin and the Grandes Jorasses.

“I am astonished that a simple photograph has sparked so many critical and ironic comments from internet users and climbers, comments widely taken up by our great national media … who have simply picked this up easily and without any professionalism made no effort to contact the person who took the photo and by doing so establish the truth,” Charlet said.



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Wary Residents Return to Homes Near Volcano in Philippines

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MANILA — Thousands of people displaced by the threat of eruptions from the Taal Volcano have begun returning home after the Philippine authorities said the danger had subsided.

Their return comes after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on Sunday lowered the alert level because of reduced activity in Taal’s main crater.

Taal, located on an island in a freshwater lake 40 miles south of Manila, began rumbling on Jan. 12. Within hours, Taal, the second most active volcano in the Philippines, rained sulfurous ash across the island, sending nearly 100,000 people in nearby towns fleeing. Officials said more than 390,000 people were ultimately forced into evacuation centers or ended up staying with relatives after being ordered from their homes.



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Nina Griscom, Model, Entrepreneur and ‘It Girl’ of the ’80s, Dies at 65

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Nina Griscom, a model, television host, fashion plate, columnist and entrepreneur who came to be known as an “It” girl in the high society whirl of 1980s New York, died on Saturday at her home in Manhattan. She was 65.

The cause was complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which was diagnosed in late 2017, said Kelly Breheny, her personal assistant.

Ms. Griscom grew up among the rich and the influential, the daughter of Elizabeth Fly Vagliano, a major benefactor of cultural and educational institutions and later the wife of Felix G. Rohatyn, the investment banker who helped rescue New York City from fiscal insolvency in the 1970s.

Ms. Griscom, who would all but retire the title of best dressed at charity events, began modeling by posing for the fashion industry grande dame Eileen Ford while still in college.

“I wasn’t discovered at all,” Ms. Griscom told The New York Times in 2015. “I marched right into there myself.”

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She went on to model for magazines, appearing on the cover of Elle France, and in one instance famously draped only in a towel for a Gillette Bare Elegance body shampoo advertisement.

From 1990 to 1993, Ms. Griscom was a co-host of “Entertainment News” segments on HBO with Matt Lauer. She was hired, she said, because she could memorize scripts quickly when the cable network was “too cheap for a teleprompter.”

Ms. Griscom and Alan Richman, the food writer, were hosts of “Dining Around,” a series of restaurant reviews that ran on the Food Network from 1993 to 1998; they later opened home-decorating stores in Southampton, N.Y. (sharing space there with Antony Todd, the Manhattan event and floral designer) and on Lexington Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, selling such items as scented candles suggestively named “Flirt,” “Revenge,” and “Sultry.” The Southampton store closed in 2005; the Manhattan store in 2009.

Ms. Griscom was a rebel from birth. She started smoking before she was a teenager (“I picked up the habit when I was shipped off to school in Switzerland at age 12,” she wrote in her Town & Country magazine column in 2012) and had worked her way up to a pack of Marlboros a day, but stopped years ago.

Besides opening the decorating stores, Ms. Griscom styled handbags for the GiGi New York Collection, even though she acknowledged, “I am the first to say that I have zero formal training in design.”

She festooned her Park Avenue apartment with old master drawings as well as African and Oceanic artifacts. (“An African fetish in the shape of a phallus, I admit, is not for everyone,” she told Architectural Digest in 2017.)

Even past the point at which most of her contemporaries had matured, Ms. Griscom, in a gesture of support for an ailing friend, paid $150, plus tip, to get a two-inch porcupine tattooed on her right inner forearm.

“Traditional decorum suggests that getting your first tattoo after the age of 50 is like sporting a miniskirt in your 70s — a tad age inappropriate,” Ms. Griscom conceded. Her mother agreed.

“‘It’s neither savory, nor sound’ was the reaction of my famously elegant mother, Elizabeth Rohatyn,” Ms. Griscom recalled, “who, it should be noted, regularly applied that phrase to many of my well-chronicled life choices.”



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USA and IRAN.26 January 2020,Khmer Political News,Sky News

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