World A German billionaire and ski enthusiast went missing while training on the Swiss Alps last week and is now presumed dead. Karl-Erivan Haub, the CEO of Tengelmann Group, a German holding company with several retail and grocery store subsidiaries, went missing last Saturday on the Matterhorn mountain. His family put out a statement Friday through the company that the search and rescue mission has transitioned into a search to find his body. Sieglinde Schuchardt, a spokesperson for Tengelmann Group called the incident a “tragedy,” in the statement. The Swiss Alps are seen from a helicopter near the Swiss ski resort of Davos January 23, 2014. Gary Cameron/AFP/GETTY Recommended Slideshows 51 In Pictures: The 50 Most Powerful Military Forces in the World 44 In Pictures: Every U.S. President Ranked From Best to Worst 37 Who Will Be Invited to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Wedding? “This misfortune is a terrible and unbelievable … [Read more...] about Billionaire Goes Missing in Swiss Alps, Presumed Dead
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HANNIBAL Barca is widely seen as one of the greatest military commanders to have ever walked the Earth. The Carthagian general's march across the Pyrenees and the Alps has echoed through the ages. Here's the incredible tale of the man Napolean rated as the greatest strategist of them all... Where was Carthage? The ancient city of Carthage was founded around 814BC and situated on the eastern side of the Lake of Tunis in modern day Tunisia. It was part of the Phoenician civilisation, which encompassed the ancient coastlines of what are now Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and beyond. At the city state's peak, it was the capital of the Carthaginian Empire, which at its peak between the sixth and second centuries BC stretched across much of North Africa into Spain. After hundreds of years of fighting the Romans, Carthage's great enemy finally destroyed the city in 146 BC. Who was Hannibal? The legendary general Hannibal Barca was born in Carthage in 247 BC, the son of leading Carthaginian … [Read more...] about Who was Hannibal, when did he cross the Alps with his elephant army and where was Carthage?
A pilot showed incredible helicopter skills during a rescue mission in the French Alps on January 2. The video on the player above shows the French mountain police helping an injured skier back up before hoisting him into the helicopter. What becomes noticeable is the extraordinary precision with which the pilot was able to get close to the injured skier as the helicopter's blades spun closely to the ground. Nicolas Derely, who took the footage, explained in a Facebook post that he was out skiing in the Pass of Anterne in Passy, France, with his family and his son's friend, Bruno Tissier, when Tissier slipped and hurt himself while going up the mountain. Derely said he then called for help and captured a video of the rescue. … [Read more...] about Watch: Extraordinary helicopter rescue in the French Alps
Updated 2:50 am CDT, Friday, July 19, 2019 BERLIN (AP) — Austrian authorities say three people have been killed in a small airplane crash in the Alps near the German border. Austrian police told the dpa news agency Friday that the identity of those killed in the Thursday evening crash was still not clear. The plane went down at about 5:30 p.m. local time (1530 GMT) in the mountains near the town of Leutasch, not far from the German resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, crashing into a rock face at an altitude of about 2,300 meters (7,500 feet). Authorities say the plane burned completely after crashing and it was not immediately clear where it was registered or where it had been heading. … [Read more...] about 3 killed in plane crash in Austrian Alps
Updated 3:08 am CDT, Friday, August 30, 2019 BERLIN (AP) — Austrian authorities say two Germans have died in separate incidents while hiking in the Alps. Police in the town of Matrei told the dpa news agency Friday a woman and her father were on a multi-day hike when the 28-year-old from Berlin slipped from a path and fell 50 meters (165 feet) to her death on Thursday. Separately, police in Graz say two men from Saxony were hiking near the town of Ramsau on Thursday when they were struck by lightning. A 37-year-old from the town of Radebeul was killed and his hiking partner, identified only as a man from Dresden, was injured. The Dresden man was able to make his way to a mountain cabin and alert rescue crews. … [Read more...] about 2 Germans die while hiking in Austrian Alps