ROME, Italy. Emma Morano, the world’s oldest person and the last one known to be born in the 1800s, has died at 117 – @AceHistoryNews

#AceHistoryNews – Apr.17: Emma Morano, an Italian woman believed to have been the oldest person alive and the last survivor of the 19th century, died Saturday at the age of 117, Italian media reported by ➖ @cnnbrk ➖ on Saturday

Morano, born on November 29 1899, died at her home in Verbania, in northern Italy, the reports said.

She had an extraordinary life, and we will always remember her strength to move forward in life,” said Silvia Marchionini, the mayor of Verbania, a small village of some 2,000 residents.

According to the US-based Gerontology Research Group (GRG), Morano ceded the crown of the world’s oldest human being to Jamaican Violet Brown, who was born on March 10, 1900.

Morano’s death, at the age of 117 years and 137 days, means there is no one living known to have been born before 1900.

Her first love died in World War I, but she married later and left her violent husband just before the Second World War and shortly after the death in infancy of her only son. That was 30 years before divorce became legal in Italy.

She had clung to her independence, only taking on a full-time carer a couple of years ago, though she had not left her small two-room apartment for 20 years. She had been bed-bound during her latter years.

In an interview with AFP last year, she put her longevity down to her diet. “I eat two eggs a day, and that’s it. And cookies. But I do not eat much because I have no teeth,” she said in her home at the time, where the Guinness World Records certificate declaring her to be the oldest person alive held pride of place on a marble-topped chest of drawers.

She also refused to be taken to hospital, with the exception of a cataract operation. Her eyesight did become very poor and she spent much of her days sleeping. But she kept her sense of humour till the end.

How does my hair look,” she asked before blowing out the candles on her 117th birthday cake last year.

What impresses me most is her memory. She forgets nothing,” Yamile Vergara, her nurse for over 40 years, said at the time. “Her sense of humour is her therapy”.

The eldest of eight children, Morano outlived all of her younger siblings.

Robert Young, director of the Los Angeles-based GRG’s Supercentenarian Research and Database Division, said he had been following Morano ‘s progress for the past seven years, calling her an example of “super-ageing individuals who seem to age at a slower rate than normal — maybe even a few percentage points slower, but enough to make a difference”.

The world longevity record, he noted, remained with French woman Jeanne Calment, who died at 122 in 1997, having outlived both her daughter and grandson. “That’s superconfirmed,” Young said.

Emma Morano goes into the record books as the fifth longest life ever verified.

In 1900, when Violet Brown was born, Jamaica was part of the British West Indies, so her records are from the British government, in Queen Victoria’s time.

Unless a surprise candidate comes out of the trees, she is the oldest living Victorian,” said Young.

Contributions by CNN – Express Tribune to this report.

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CHRIST THE REDEEMER: The Crucifix by Cimabue at Santa Croce 1265 Painted in Distemper – @AceHistoryNews

#AceHistoryNews – Apr.14: The Crucifix by Cimabue at Santa Croce is a large wooden crucifix
painted c. 1265, one of two attributed to the Florentine painter and mosaicist Cimabue.

Painted in distemper, it was commissioned by the Franciscan friars of Santa Croce and is built from a complex arrangement
of timber boards. Displaying technical innovations and humanistic iconography, it is one of the first Italian artworks to break from the late medieval Byzantine style.

The gilding and monumentality of the cross link it to the Byzantine tradition. Christ’s static pose is
reflective of this style, while the work overall incorporates newer,
more naturalistic aspects. It presents a lifelike and physically
imposing depiction of the passion at Calvary.

Christ is shown nearly naked: his eyes are closed, his face lifeless and defeated. His body slumps in a position contorted by prolonged agony and pain. The painting is a graphic and unflinching portrayal of human suffering, and has influenced painters from Michelangelo to Francis Bacon.

It has been in the Basilica di Santa Croce since the late 13th century, and at the museum at Santa Croce since restoration following flooding of the Arno in 1966.

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CAIRO: Archaeologists discover massive statue in slum when Ramses II ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago – @AceHistoryNews

#AceHistoryNews – Mar.11: An Egyptian-German team of archaeologists find an eight-meter statue submerged in ground water in a Cairo suburb that they say probably represents Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago, as well as the upper part of a statue of Pharaoh Seti II, Ramses II’s grandson USAToday reported on Friday..

Archaeologists discover massive statue in Egyptian slum A team of archaeologists from Egypt and Germany recently unearthed a massive ancient Egyptian statue in Cairo.

The statue is believed to be of Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago, Reuters reported. The statue was found submerged in groundwater near what was the ancient city of Heliopolis.

A bulldozer pulled the head of the statue out from the mud Thursday, according to Reuters.

The statue is “one of the most important archaeological discoveries” made in the area, Khaled al-Anani, Egypt’s antiquities minister, said in a Facebook post.

Reuters reported that the team also uncovered a statue of Ramses II’s grandson, Pharaoh Seti II.

Egyptian workers prepare to lift parts of a statue

Ancient Egyptian royal statues unearthed in Cairo

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SCOTLAND: World War II survivors celebrate 71st Valentine’s Day together as a Hungarian Jew, who survived Auschwitz, and the Scottish soldier who helped save her – @AceHistoryNews

#AceHistoryNews – Feb.15: World War II survivors celebrate their 71st Valentines Day together. ♥️♥️

John Mackay, 96, was in the ranks of a commando team that liberated a number of Jewish prisoners from their Nazi guards in Poland.

The prisoners, who were held in Auschwitz were being marched to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany to face summary execution in the death throes of the Third Reich.

Hidden in the mass of prisoners was 20-year-old Hungarian Jew Edith Steiner, alongside her mother – the only two members of their family not sent to the gas chambers.

After they were saved Steiner caught 23-year-old Mackay’s eye at a village hall dance to celebrate their liberation.

Mackay spotted Steiner at the dance but was too shy to approach her.

He sent a friend over to ask if she would dance with him, Steiner insisted she would only dance with him if he plucked up the courage himself.

He did, and what followed was a whirlwind romance that saw her and her mother whisked back to Mr Mackay’s native Scotland.

The couple married on July 17, 1946, and have been ‘wholly dedicated’ to each other ever since.

John and Eci married in Scotland in July 1946 and owned a hotel in Pitlochry before retiring.

The elderly couple now. PHOTO:MAIL ONLINE

The elderly couple now. PHOTO:MAIL ONLINE

The couple have gone on to have a family of two children, seven grandchildren and five great-grand-children.

The devoted couple, now aged 96 and 92, will mark their 71st Valentine’s Day tomorrow with a party.

Their advice to young couples is to be romantic all year round – and not just on February 14.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. The aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), was decommissioned during a ceremony held in the ship’s hangar bay, Feb.03:ending a 55-year career and first decommissioning of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier – @AceNewsServices

#AceHistoryNews – Feb.04: The ceremony not only marked the end the ship’s nearly 55-year career, it also served as the very first decommissioning of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

Capt. Todd Beltz, commanding officer of the Enterprise, addressed the ship’s company, former commanding officers and distinguished visitors and spoke of where the true spirit of “The Big E” comes from.

For all that Enterprise represents to this nation, it’s the people that bring this ship to life,” said Beltz. “So as I stand in this ship that we all care so much about, I feel it’s appropriate to underscore the contributions of the thousands of Sailors and individuals that kept this ship alive and made its reputation. We are ‘The Big E.'”

Enterprise was the eighth naval vessel to carry the name. It was built by the Newport News Shipbuilding Co. and was christened Sep. 24, 1960, by Mrs. Bertha Irene Franke, wife of former Secretary of the Navy William B. Franke. The ship was put to sea in 1961 and safely steamed more than 1 million nautical miles on nuclear power over its entire career of more than 50 years.

Key-note speaker Rear Adm. Bruce Lindsey, commander, Naval Air Force, Atlantic, used his own experiences aboard Enterprise to emphasize the unmatched adaptability and capability of not just this ship but of all nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.

One cannot influence world events if you are not on station and stay on station; in other words: to be where it matters, when it matters,” said Lindsey. “Nuclear carriers are tough and no other country can match us in this respect.”

Though Enterprise’s history is long and filled with numerous successful deployments, Beltz offered highlights from a letter written by Adm. James Holloway III, Enterprise’s third commanding officer, which looked toward the future of the namesake in the proposed construction of the ninth Enterprise, CVN 80.

“As this ship retires,” Beltz recited, “we know the memory will live beyond her and we–the Sailors, the shipbuilders, the supporters of Enterprise–we are that link to the next Enterprise.”

For more information on the ex-USS Enterprise, visit www.public.navy.mil/airfor/Enterprise/Documents/Enterprise/home.html

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NEVADA, Las Vegas. Casino bosses hated Edward O. Thorp — so much so that, in 1964, personnel at the Mafia-backed Dunes allegedly tried to off him Admittedly, Thorp was a worthy foe — a former MIT math professor, he invented the art of card counting – @AceHistoryNews

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Las Vegas casino bosses hated Edward O. Thorp — so much so that, in 1964, personnel at the Mafia-backed Dunes allegedly tried to off him.

Admittedly, Thorp was a worthy foe — a former MIT math professor, he invented the art of card counting. On that night in ’64, he was winning once again. He turned down several free cocktails before finally requesting a coffee. “I drank it, and I lost my ability to focus. I couldn’t count,” Thorp told The Post.

One of his pals, a nurse, noticed that the professor’s pupils were dilated in the manner of someone flipped out on pills. “Clearly, I had been drugged. [My friends] kept me on my feet, kept me walking, and I was eventually OK.”

Twenty-four hours later, he got kicked out of the Sands — with no reason given — while ahead by about $2,500. The next day, after retrieving their car from the casino’s valet, Thorp and his wife began driving home to Arizona. “We went down a steep hill and the accelerator locked. Thinking fast, I geared down as low as I could, put on the emergency brake and switched off the engine,” he recalled. “It turned out that the linkage between the gas pedal and whatever made the car go faster had been tampered with.”

As expressed in his new memoir, “A Man for All Markets,” this was not where Thorp expected his mathematical calculations to take him. He only got into gambling to prove a point. “All my life I have been an independent thinker,” he said. “When somebody says a casino game can’t be beaten, I ask why. In reality, some of the games, under some circumstances, can be beaten.”

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He became convinced that there was a mathematical model for yielding profits from blackjack — once viewed as an unwinnable game — based on the cards that have been dealt and those remaining in the deck. He spent nearly a year running computer calculations to show that players who bet higher when the deck is still rich in 10-value cards and aces will be at an advantage, then presented his findings at a 1961 math conference. “I had no intention of proving it — until the casinos made clear that they thought I was an idiot and the Washington Post wrote that my findings were a scam,” said Thorp. “That pissed me off mightily.”

Armed with $10,000 provided by backers who also wanted him to be proved right, “over three years, I won $25,000 at blackjack” — and got himself banned all over Nevada.

“If someone is too lucky, [casino managers] don’t want you there. They thought I could count every single card, and I told them that nobody can do it.” But, Thorp added, “I was bluffing. I could have taught myself to do it in a couple of weeks.

“I had fun figuring out how things worked and how to beat the games,” he said. “But I did not enjoy grinding it out in the casinos.” So instead of keeping his card counting a secret, he wrote a 1962 how-to book called “Beat the Dealer,” which went on to sell more than 1 million copies.

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Soon, he forsook gambling dens for the biggest casino on Earth: Wall Street. While teaching at the University of New Mexico in 1965, He used mathematics to devise a system “to evaluate probabilities of things happening in the marketplace and taking financial positions on them,” said Thorp. In 1969, he launched a hedge fund from his new home in Newport Beach, Calif. “We made 20 to 25 percent per year. It was a lot like card counting, [but] I could do it and not get my legs broken.”

He attracted an impressive list of boosters and investors, including Warren Buffett and Paul Newman. Rudy Giuliani, however, was not a fan. In December 1987, Giuliani, then the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, ordered a raid on Thorp’s affiliate office in Princeton, NJ. Though Thorp was not indicted, a number of his partners were charged with racketeering. Most charges were later dropped, but the fund closed in 1988.

Once the smoke cleared, Thorp put together a second fund, Ridgeline Partners. He retired from managing other people’s money in 2002.

“I live my life with math,” said Thorp, who is now 84 and living in a multimillion-dollar home in Newport Beach. “I hear information, run the numbers and usually find my way to the truth.” http://nyp.st/2jln36R

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Photographer know as Boogie shoots celebs and soccer players but his Grim Photos of Gang Life in Brooklyn from the Early 2000s are amazing – @AceHistoryNews

#AceHistoryNews – Dec.22: The career of the photographer known as Boogie is as diverse as it comes. He’s known for #shooting athletes like Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt and soccer star Mario Balotelli for high-profile companies like Puma and Nike—but he’s also published six monographs that focus on the harrowing street culture of cities such as São Paulo and Belgrade.

All photos by Boogie from ‘It’s All Good,’ published by powerHouse Books.

Warning: This article contains some graphic images.

Boogie was born and raised in Belgrade, and grew up around cameras; his father and grandfather were both amateur photographers. He didn’t take an interest in the art until his country descended into war-torn chaos in the 90s. At the time, photography helped him to distance himself from the living hell around him. Boogie credits witnessing the turmoil in Serbia as the catalyst that defined the subject matter he’d continue exploring throughout his career, which gained steamed once he started shooting in Brooklyn.

Bushwick, Brooklyn, 2004

In 1998, Boogie won the green card lottery and moved to New York. He worked all kinds of odd jobs to survive, while still shooting on the side. Through a chance encounter, some gang members in Bed-Stuy asked him to take photos of them holding guns, leading him down a rabbit hole into the underbelly of some of New York’s roughest neighborhoods. It’s All Good, his first monograph, published in 2006, was the result. The book features photos of members of the Latin Kings and other gangs, as well as drug dealers, drug users, and marginalized people stuck in destitution. But unlike the average street photographer who snaps away without getting to know his or her subjects, Boogie is a documentarian who actively enters the lives of the people he shoots, building trust and gaining access to their homes, their safe houses, their squats.

“People always say you shouldn’t cross certain lines, but the deeper you go the better shots you take, and no one can tell you where those lines are,” he told us. “Then, all of sudden, you’re in the middle of madness and it becomes very interesting.”

At the same time, he says, “I think my shots show there’s nothing glamorous in any of that shit.” powerHouse Books is publishing a tenth anniversary addition of It’s All Good, featuring a variety of photos that never made the original edition. VICE talked to Boogie about his work, and he provided us with commentary on some of the more provocative images from the updated collection.

Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, 2004

This shotgun, nicknamed “The Terminator,” is displayed with Blood members’ bandannas covering it in the hallway of some projects. I think my shots show there’s nothing glamorous in any of that shit. Even in movies they’re trying to glamorize the whole gang thing. I think it’s rough, it’s hard, and it’s shitty that people die over $20.

Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, 2006

After the first edition of It’s All Good came out, I took it to the gangsters and they loved it. They took me to some safe house and showed me all kinds of other shit. When I said, “Dudes, I needed this for my book, what the fuck, why are you showing me this now?” they were like, “Man, you could have put us all in prison, man. Now you can see it all.” I started shooting around 2003 and I finished around 2006, so some of these photos in this updated anniversary edition were taken after the first exposé was published.

When I was done with It’s All Good, I kept going to the projects, and went to these gangsters to give them the book. They were really happy about it, but I saw that nothing is changing, and it seems like nothing will ever change.

Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, 2003

I remember the first time I went to Bed-Stuy, just walking around, a white guy with a camera and my photo bag. I’m walking around and these guys from across the street were like, Hey, man, come over here, and we started talking. I guess it was my accent—I don’t sound like anyone they hate—and ten days later they’re like, Hey, Boogie, would you like to take some photos of us with guns? I’m like, Man, this is not happening. What the fuck? That was pretty amazing.

Bushwick, Brooklyn, 2005

This is a warning sign from the Latin Kings to a snitch. I heard that they later killed the guy. When you go to these neighborhoods, you realize that probably at least 50 percent of the people who live there have something to do with drugs. They’re dealers or junkies or ex-dealers and ex-junkies. A lot of ex-convicts.

Abandoned Parking Lot, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, 2003

I love pit bulls, but one of the worst things I saw while taking the photos that ended up in It’s All Good was a pit bull killing a cat. Even now when I think about it, it makes me sick. I couldn’t get it out of my head for years. I really don’t know why, but I shoot a lot of dogs.

Bedford-Stuyvesant, 2006

Guns, money, and drugs—and plenty of them. You cannot really plan these things. I’m going to go to this ghetto and I’m gonna take photos of people with guns. It doesn’t happen like that. It’s impossible. One thing that surprised me was the amount of money people were actually making. They would probably make more money working at McDonald’s than selling crack on the street. Only the top guys are making serious money. These kids are killing each other over $20.

Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, 2003

This was the first time invited me to take photos of them with guns. It was insane. We were running around the hallways with guns, loaded guns, pointed at my face. I couldn’t sleep that night, but the next day I went back for more. It takes time to build the trust. For example, I have photos with the face and the gun in the same shot, but I didn’t use those for the book. I never wanted to get anyone in trouble. I would never do that.

Bushwick, Brooklyn, 2004

I was babysitting while their mom went to buy drugs. They are now in foster care. These drug users live on welfare and they have kids and they feed shit to their kids and the rest of the money they spend on drugs. They steal, they shoplift, they sell shit, and they buy drugs. It’s crazy, and I’m pretty sure it’s not better now. With the kind of photography I do, thinking is the enemy. If you start thinking too much, you lose the shot. I just react and shoot. Usually the first one is the best.

Bushwick, Brooklyn, 2005

She’s 23. I remember the first time I took photos of this girl shooting up I was like, Why the fuck do I need this in my life? I was standing on the bathtub as she was shooting up. While I was taking photos it was fine. I can disconnect. It’s all good, and then later it’s like, Wow, what the fuck? But I went back again and kept taking photos. Thank God this book happened.

Bushwick, Brooklyn, 2005

Broadway between Williamsburg and Bushwick, Brooklyn, 2003

Bushwick, Brooklyn, 2004

Grim Photos of Gang Life in Brooklyn from the Early 2000s Courtesy of Vice News

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