Abacus country and world news aggregator

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Abacus is a weather and news app which retrieves news from several sources and display them instantly as they happen. News are grouped in regions, countries and categories.

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Abacus world news aggregator is an essential app for everyone who loves reading and wants to stay connected with the latest news in their country & worldwide. It combines news from multiple sources and display them instantly as they are published, in chronological order. It also gives you 5 days weather forecast for your current location.

Abacus currently retrieves news over 300 pre-selected sources for 24 countries, 3 global regions and 5 categories which includes Sport, Science, Food, Health and Technology. The app also allows you to create your own custom group of news feed from a the full list of media sources. You can also save links in the app for future reference.

abacus world news
abacus world news

The list of countries having media sources are as follows :
Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mauritius, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA

If your country is not listed, you will get world news which includes the following sources :

CNN International, Al Jazeera English, BBC News, CCTV, Reuters, RT, Huffington Post, The Weather Channel, Al Jazeera weather, France 24, TRT World

 

 

 

Current media sources in each group are as follows

Regions

World :
CNN International, Al Jazeera English, BBC News, CCTV, Reuters, RT, HuffPost, The Weather Channel, Al Jazeera weather, France 24, TRT World

Africa :
CNN Africa, News 24, BBC News Africa, Daily News Egypt, Independent Online, Daily Nation, Guardian Nigeria

Middle East :
Khaleej Times, The Times – Kuwait, Al-Ahram, Al Jazeera, Saudi Gazette, Arab News, France 24 Arabic, The New Arab, BBC Arabic, Gulf News, alyaoum24

Categories

Science :
The New York Times – Science, , Hashem Al-Ghaili, Verge Science, Science Insider, LiveScience, Science, Seeker, Space.com, BBC Science News, WIRED Science

Technology :
FutureShift by Mashable, The Verge, NowThis Future, TechCrunch, TechRadar, Tech Insider, WIRED, CNET, The Next Web

Sport :
CNN Sport, CBS Sports, Al Jazeera – Sport, BBC Sport, Sky Sports, ESPN, SPORTbible, Daily Mail Sport

Food :
NDTV Food, BBC Food, Lebanese Food, Yum, Hebbar’s Kitchen, Food Network, The Food Ranger, Love Food, BuzzFeed Food, Food Envy, Proper Tasty, Spoon University, Bon Appétit Magazine

Countries

Australia :
The Sydney Morning Herald, news.com.au, The Age, Courier Mail, Brisbane Times, 9 News, Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, The Australian, PerthNow

Brazil :
iG, UOL Notícias, Brasil 247, Portal R7, Campo Grande News, Estadão, Gazeta do Povo, Correio Braziliense, Revista ISTOÉ, HuffPost Brasil, CartaCapital

Canada :
CBC News, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, CTV News, HuffPost Canada, La Presse, Global News, National Post, Le Journal de Montréal

China :
CCTV english, CCTV chinese, China plus news, China Xinhua News, ECNS.cn, People’s Daily

France :
France 24, Le Monde, Le Figaro, Le Parisien, Libération, L’equipe, rfi, l’express, le nouvel, observateur, Le point

Germany :
Süddeutsche Zeitung, FAZ.NET, SPIEGEL ONLINE, Bild, BILD Sport, FOCUS Online, WELT, ZEIT ONLINE, stern, EXPRESS

India :
The Times of India, Bombay Times, New Delhi Times, NDTV, BBC India, Zee News, India, Today, CNN News 18, TIMES NOW, IndiaTimes, The hindu,Indian Express

Indonesia :
Tempo Media, Okezone.com, detikcom, liputan6online, Kompas.com, MERDEKA.com, Dream.co.id, Suaradotcom, klikdokter.com, Bola.net

Japan :
ntvnews24, THE PAGE, zakzak, AFPBB News, The Japan Times, JCASTNEWS, mainichishimbun, The Asahi Shimbun, CNN japan, Japan Today, HuffPostJapan, nikkei

Mauritius :
TOP FM Mauritius, Defimedia, L’express Maurice, MBC, ION NEWS, Le Mauricien, Sunday TIMES

Russia :
Москва 24, ИА REGNUM, IZ.RU, ТАСС, Российская газета, gazeta.ru, Life Новости, ВЕСТИ.ru, Lenta.Ru, РИА Новости

Saudi Arabia :
Saudi Gazette, Arab News, Haramain info, Al-Madina Newspaper, asharqalawsat, Arabi21

South Korea :
nocutnews, The Korea Economic Daily, huffpostkorea, Ohmynews, kyunghyangshinmun, yonhap, hankyoreh, donga.com, chosun, news1kr, mediatodaynews

Sweden :
Aftonbladet, Göteborgs-Posten, Svenska Dagbladet – SvD, Dagens Nyheter, Sydsvenskan, The Local Sweden, Nyheter24, hd.se, Metro Sverige, Borås Tidning

United Kingdom :
BBC london, Sky news, The Scotsman, Financial Times, Daily Record, The Daily Star, Daily Express, The Independent, London Evening Standard, The Times and The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Metro, Channel 4 News, The Sun, The Guardian

United States :
CNN, Fox news, abc news, Yahoo news, The New York Times, CBS News, NBC News, USA today, Washington Post, BBC America, Al Jazeera America

Athena Villas – review

A review of Athena villas.

I spent 2 nights at athena villas with my family. We booked the 4 bedrooms apartment via marideal.com for 9 persons @22,000. The price on marideal.com was lower than on booking.com, however the package on marideal could only be purchased by Mauritians.

I located the villa via Google Maps, and it was about 3mins drive from Grand-baie Super U. The location is not very close to the beach. The closest public beach is around 8mins drive.

Athena villas entrance
Athena villas entrance

When we arrived at our apartment at around 12pm, fruits and juice were placed in the kitchen.

Juice during checkin
Juice during checkin
Fruits during checkin
Fruits during checkin

Here are some pictures inside the apartment :

 

The breakfast served each morning was quite generous. We got a basket full of delicious pastries.

Breakfast at athena villas
Breakfast at athena villas

The negatives were that the TV sets were outdated and of poor quality. The TV in the master bedroom had no channels or was not configured. Else the pool was quite small, not adequate for swimmers, but only for relaxing. It can be heated. Unfortunately we got our heated pool the morning we left since the heating process stopped due to an electricity cut.

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Outdated tv set

I used my DSLR to take take some shots of the villa at night :

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Night view of the swimming pool. The slide toy ( toboggan ) is ours.
Athena villa - access to apartments.
Athena villa – access to apartments.

 

We also got access to Evaco private beach during our stay. The beach is not in pereybere but in Trou aux Biches, which is about 10mins drive from the villa. Free transport is available as well. However for Mauritians it was unnecessary as we always have the opportunity to go to any beach. We only made a quick tour in our own car just to see the location and instead maximised our stay in the villa.

Evaco private beach, Mauritius
Evaco private beach, Mauritius

Ferney trail 2016

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Starting point

There Ferney trail was my second raid after Royal Raid 2016. Over one thousand people gathered at the departure point. If you wanted to compete, you had to go in front because it will would have been difficult to move ahead of the hundreds of runners in front due to congestion till midway.

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ferney trail 2016
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ferney trail 2016 – valley

ferney trail 2016

ferney trail 2016

At this point, everyone was walking because of congestion. There was also lots of steps so running was difficult. You had to wait even if you had the energy to run.

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Lots of steps to climb.

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ferney trail 2016 – Valley of ferney

Checkpoint ahead. Everyone had to wait before moving further. I waited for 5mins. Some of my friends waited for 10mins. I met some friends who are regular trailers but were also stuck in the queue. There was only 1 guy who was writing down the numbers of all participants and he had thousands to note. This was clearly a bad management and everyone was complaining about it.

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People arriving at the checkpoint. The slope was quite difficult.

Valley of Ferney

First glimpse of the sea from the mountains

Valley of Ferney - trail 2016

When it was getting very hard..

Valley of Ferney - trail 2016

Downhill was difficult as well. It was quite steepy. The landscape was magnificent but couldn’t appreciate it during the race.

Valley of Ferney - trail 2016

Not the finish point, but there was still some 200metres to go. You would also find kids running the 4km race at the end.

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Selfie with friends. I finished it in 1hr47min.

Valley of Ferney - trail 2016

Lunch served inside this hall

Valley of Ferney - trail 2016

The official website for the trail can be accessed from here : http://www.ferneytrail.com/

 

Cave madame

La cave madam is found in the east of Mauritius, at Roche noir. The access is easy, it is just beside the main road and parking is available. Once you reach there, you will need to go down the steps. Warning : It is quite smelly!

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Location of la cave madam
la cave madam
colourful rocks
la cave madam
steps for going down.
inside the dark cave with clear water.
inside the dark cave with clear water.

Note that it is very dark inside. The photo above has been shot with a DLSR using a tripod and an exposure of a few seconds. It will be difficult to observe the rich colors of the rock with only the low natural light.

Domaine de l’etoile

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