Fabulous Performances: Sayaka Shoji – Tchaikovsky : Violin Concerto in D major op.35 (YouTube Viral – 2,429,203 [posted: Oct 14, 2011]


Sayaka Shoji is the first Japanese and youngest winner at the Paganini Competition in Genoa in 1999.
She was born into an artistic family and spent her childhood in Siena, Italy. She studied at Hochschule für Musik Köln under Zakhar Bron and graduated in 2004. Her other teachers have included Sashko Gawrillow, Uto Ughi and Shlomo Mintz.

Zubin Mehta has been her strong supporter. When Shoji auditioned for him in 2000, he immediately changed his schedule in order to make her first recording with the Israel Philharmonic possible in the following month, then invited her to perform with Bavarian State Opera and Los Angeles Philharmonic. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

New at euzicasa: Valentina Lisitsa – Franz Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody No 12

[Quelle: Servus TV]

“The summer has finally arrived to Paris: balmy 30 degrees, sweaty tourists…. It is even more amazing that the moment music begins sounding all those people who a minute ago were hurrying along busily , those people suddenly stop in their tracks and dive into the magic of sound, like it was a cool pool. Enjoy this short report for http://www.streetpianos.com and next time you suddenly hear piano sounds on a hot summer day on a street – it’s not an aural mirage , it’s for real – come and join in !” Continue reading

WordPress.com: Should “Settings” Be Your Choice? (Please take part in this important survey)


I have recently experienced some unwanted activity on my website. To be more specific, some of the followers have associated with you too, my very welcome and followers.

In today’s world ,  I should think that the most fundamental right as a blog administrator would be to decides, upon revising the content who will, or not be approved to become your blogging family.
As I requested several times and through different avenues, WordPress.com so far dismissed my requests to implement Setting choices, allowing us to decide who will, or will not follow us, based upon subject matter, interests, language, and so many other valid criteria in existence here at WordPress.com.  

At this time WordPress.com has no way to allow us the choice of moderating access, compared to Twitter, or even Facebook.

I think that Twitter services have a direct, easy to use, friendly way of empowering a member to freedom of association, and everyone of us is entitled to, without having o ask WordPress.com administration to do that for us upon request (which as I said earlier does not work, or even worse to have to directly contact such followers, which is beneath me (at least).

Here is how Twitter deal with this issue, at a immediate action of the twitter user (highlighted in yellow): 

Twitter v. WordPress Settings

Twitter v. WordPress Settings

Following is a Poll (my first) asking for your input in this issue, and the question is:

“Should the administrator of a WordPress.com be allowed to decide upon the membership at their site?”

Should you need further clarification on this matter, please feel free to comment, before voting! 

Thank you Friends! (as you can see this is NOT about you, it is about us all, I am sure you can too see why

Following is one example for the reasons I requested that word.press.com, allow for administrators’ settings. It would save time, and allow one the peace and tranquility of not having to interact with unwitty profane and vulgar characters!

Phylospher's Stone


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Hello World!

Air bridge overheadWelcome to: euzicasa.wordpress.com 

        This website is about art, artists and the way some of them  have influenced my whole life.
If at times the content may seem nostalgic, is only when it resonate in quality, in message and in power to influence human knowledge of one’s feelings.
        I am reminded of the little time we have to meditate upon the beauty around us, in an infinity of forms.
It is a duty, I think to share values, like leaflets over a monotonous life, and troubled civilization, away from the roll of coins that cannot buy neither a soul, nor that which makes us human.
        So happy trails, and I hope you too will find something in theses pages that you’ll like to share with others.

Thank You Friends,

George. Continue reading

Danee Robinson – Debussy’s 1883 “Mandoline”, L 29 (The poem of Paul Verlaine)

Danee Robinson is gifted with a pure, soprano angelic voice. She is an evolving presence in the world of classical music, and is getting more and more attention in the world of music, from an ever larger audience. 

How to describe in words her presence in the universe that’s larger than any imagination, the universe of music:

‘I am therefore I sing’

I feel  her  message  throughout her musical career, in her album “Canto di Gioia” (Song of Joy) on stage, and in this beautiful interpretation of “Mandoline”, composed by Claude Debussy, in 1883, for piano and soloist on the poem of Paul Verlaine. A composition exuding youth, and its capacity of playfulness, freedom and happyness…Of love everlasting. Continue reading

Georg Janny (1864-1935) – Summer night (1926)

Georg Janny (1864-1935) - Summer night (1926)

“Virgin of the cherries” Annibale Carracci-1593 oil on canvas

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France 24 : Trump says transgender people barred from US military

Trump says transgender people barred from US military


President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that transgender people may not serve “in any capacity” in the US military, citing the “tremendous medical costs and disruption” their presence would cause. In late June, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis delayed for six months a plan put in place under Barack Obama’s administration to start accepting transgender recruits. An estimated 2,500 to 7,000 transgender people are among the 1.3 million active duty service members. “After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US Military,” Trump tweeted. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.” The issue of transgender rights in America has been increasingly in the spotlight in recent months, especially over how states regulate the use of public restrooms. The Trump administration faced protests earlier this year after it reversed Obama-era federal protections that urged schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity, not the gender on their birth certificate. Last month, the Pentagon said the five armed service branches could delay accepting transgender recruits until January 1 as they “review their accession plans and provide input on the impact to the readiness and lethality of our forces,” spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement. Last week, White explained that the different services were not in agreement on when to accept transgender recruits. “The service chiefs all had to give their what needed-to-be-done timeframes” for integrating transgender troops, she told reporters. “Different services had different takes. Some asked for time… there were all kinds of different recommendations.” Perhaps the most famous transgender US soldier is former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, who served seven years in prison for one of the largest dumps of classified documents in US history. Manning, who served as Bradley Manning, was initially sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 for leaking more than 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks three years earlier. She twice tried to take her own life last year alone, before then-president Obama commuted her sentence just days before he left office in January. Manning walked free in May. During her incarceration at the Fort Leavenworth military prison, Manning battled for — and won — the right to begin hormone treatment to begin transitioning toward her female identity. Manning, who is still employed by the army and retains its insurance coverage, has become an icon for transgender activists.

France 24 : ‘Anti-migrant’ wall that divided French town comes tumbling down

The wall – nicknamed “the wall of shame” by some residents


FRANCE / DISCRIMINATION – 07/26/2017 ‘Anti-migrant’ wall that divided French town comes tumbling dow!

In the middle of the night from Sunday 23 to Monday 24, a group of locals in the southern town of Séméac quietly constructed a concrete wall around the entrance of a disused hotel in protest against plans to turn it into a shelter for migrants. The wall – nicknamed “the wall of shame” by some residents – became a symbol of anti-migrant rhetoric, and divided opinions in the small town, before it was eventually demolished on Wednesday morning. About 30 protesters in the “Collectif Séméac” (the Séméac Collective) built the wall, which measured 1.8 metres high and was about 20 metres long, across the entrance to the Formule 1 hotel in the dead of night. When locals discovered the wall in the morning, it generated quite a buzz in the Pyrenean town and across France, and shed a light on how smaller, more rural French towns are dealing with the arrival of migrants. A photo published on Facebook by an inhabitant of the town. They captioned it, ‘However they justify their act, these “builders” in the shadows are insulting this country of human rights.’ Posted with permission. The caption reads: “Thank you to the “Séménac [sic] Collective” for giving such a disastrous image of their region and their country across the whole world. A reminder: the Formule 1 Hotel is supposed to urgently welcome 80 people, including 40 children, who asked the French state to protect them and want to request asylum as they are allowed to do by law.” The protesters say that they are not against migrants per se, but against the opaque way in which local authorities have gone about setting up the migrant centre. The hotel previously belonged to the AccorHotels group and was sold to Adoma, a company that manages social housing. The town says that 85 migrants are expected to arrive in August – around 40 of which will be children – and locals are worried about how the town is going to cope with the added strain on infrastructure. One member of the collective, who preferred to remain anonymous so we have given him a pseudonym, firmly rejected insinuations that members of the Collectif Séméac are racist. ‘The wall was symbolic – not anti-migrant’ Loïs H. See profile The wall was symbolic. It wasn’t against migrants. It was a symbol for the state, to tell them that you can’t just sell off a building like that without talking about it first, without reassuring locals and telling them what’s going to happen to it. There was a huge lack of information, and that’s what we’re protesting against. This is not xenophobia. We’re not scared of foreigners, we’re just scared of what’s going to happen. People are writing on Facebook that we’re racists, and it’s not true. Politically, this is a left-leaning town [Editor’s note: In the 2017 presidential and legislative elections, Séméac came out with strong support for far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon and for centrist, now-president, Emmanuel Macron]. I don’t think people are scared of migrants, but it’s not the same culture – it’s more a worry about cohabitation. The collective was careful to stay entirely within the law when building the wall – even going to the length of renting the parcel of land in front of the hotel and sending off a request for planning permission, which was granted within 24 hours. But other locals expressed their disgust on social media at what they perceived as a racist provocation, drawing comparisons between the West Bank barrier in Israel, the Berlin Wall and even US President Trump’s proposed border wall between Mexico and the United States. Catherine, a resident of the town who lives near the Formule 1 hotel, said that there has been a lot of discussion in the town about the wall. “It’s going to shake up the town, that’s for sure, but I’m not against that”

France 24 : US House votes for tough new sanctions on Russia, Iran, North Korea

US House votes for tough new sanctions on Russia, Iran, North Korea

The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to impose tough new sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russia, a move that will antagonize the Kremlin as well as European nations fearing economic ramifications.


The measure notably constrains President Donald Trump’s ability to waive the penalties. The sanctions package, which passed 419 to three after weeks of negotiations, “tightens the screws on our most dangerous adversaries in order to keep Americans safe,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said after the vote. The measure now heads to the Senate, where there is support for sanctions but debate about whether to include penalties on North Korea. The legislation is the result of a congressional compromise reached last weekend and is aimed at punishing the Kremlin for meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and Russia’s annexation of Crimea. “Under Vladimir Putin, Russia has invaded its neighbor Ukraine, seizing its territory and destabilizing its government,” House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce said in applauding passage. “Left unchecked, Russia is sure to continue its aggression.” But the bill could end up penalizing European firms that contribute to the development of Russia’s energy sector. New sanctions against Iran and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which stands accused of supporting terrorism, and North Korea, for its missile tests, are also included in the bill. Key among the provisions is one that handcuffs the US president by complicating any of the leader’s unilateral efforts to ease penalties against Moscow in the future — effectively placing him under Congress’s watch. Trump has faced accusations that his administration had sought to reassure Moscow that sanctions imposed near the end of the Obama administration could be lifted under a President Trump. Initially, Trump resisted the legislation. But faced with near-total consensus among Republican and Democratic lawmakers, the White House blinked, but did not say directly that the billionaire president would sign it into law. “While the President supports tough sanctions on North Korea, Iran and Russia, the White House is reviewing the House legislation and awaits a final legislative package for the president’s desk,” spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. Veto likely not effective In mid-June, the Senate voted 98-2 in favor of tough sanctions on Moscow and Tehran, but the text stalled in the House. With the North Korea sanctions now included, the new measure would need to be passed by the Senate before heading to the president’s desk, likely before summer break begins in mid-August. Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said he wants the new measure passed and sent to Trump’s desk “without delay.” US lawmakers, including Republican leaders, have remained wary of the intentions of the billionaire businessman-turned-president — who has called for better relations with Moscow — regarding a relaxation of pressure on Putin. But even if Trump were to veto the legislation, Congress would likely be able to overcome such a blockage with a two-thirds majority in each chamber. Russia calls sanctions ‘counterproductive’ The Kremlin warned that fresh sanctions on Russia would adversely affect both sides. “We consider such a continuation of the rhetoric of sanctions counter-productive and harmful to the interests of both countries,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday. From Paris to Berlin, the sanctions bill was seen as a unilateral action by Washington that disrupts a carefully crafted order. To date, sanctions against Moscow have been coordinated on both sides of the Atlantic, to maintain a united front. European Union member states were due to meet Wednesday and discuss the issue — and a possible response. Several European nations, including Germany, are livid because the new law would allow punishing companies working on pipelines from Russia, for example by limiting their access to US banks. The provision could theoretically pave the way for sanctions against European partners in Nord Stream 2, a project to build a pipeline carrying Russian gas across the Baltic that could boost supplies to Germany from 2019. To date, Washington and Brussels had agreed that sanctions would not affect Europe’s gas supply. In an apparent concession, the House modified a provision so the bill only targets pipelines originating in Russia, sparing those that merely pass through, such as the Caspian pipeline that carries oil from Kazakhstan to Europe. (AFP)

France 24 : Senate Republicans to open debate on Obamacare repeal after 51-50 vote

Senate Republicans to open debate on Obamacare repeal after 51-50 vote

The US Senate voted 51-50 Tuesday to proceed with a debate on Republican plans to repeal Barack Obama’s health care reforms.


“This was a big step,” Trump said shortly after the vote at a press conference in the White House Rose Garden, calling Obamacare a “disaster for the American people.” Senator John McCain, who announced last week he is suffering from brain cancer, cast a vote for the measure, leaving the total at 50-50. All 48 Democratic and left-leaning senators voted against, along with Republicans Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski. Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie, as the US Constitution calls on him to do in such a case. McCain received a standing ovation from his colleagues as he entered the chamber, having made the trip from his home state of Arizona, where he was convalescing. He called for more bipartisan cooperation in the days ahead, saying: “Why don’t we try the old way of legislating in the Senate, the way our rules and customs encourage us to act?” Shortly before the vote, about 20 protesters burst into the Senate’s public gallery in a bid to interrupt the proceedings, shouting “Shame!” before being removed by Capitol police. Tuesday’s vote was only a first step. Senators will now launch into long hours of debate, with Republican conservatives and moderates divided over how to proceed. ‘Big day’ The latest Republican plan would dismantle Obamacare but delay actual implementation of the repeal to allow time for a viable replacement to be crafted. That bill is unlikely to ultimately pass in its current form, but the Senate leadership insisted on the importance of at least voting on it in order for changes to then be introduced. “We can do better than Obamacare,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who highlighted McCain’s return as he urged fellow Republicans to close ranks. “Today’s vote to begin debate is the first step, and we should take it.” On Monday, in a stark warning to fellow Republicans, the president bluntly declared “Obamacare is death” and that the Senate must act. “Any senator that votes against starting debate is telling America that you are fine with the Obamacare nightmare,” he added. ‘Hard, calculated rhetoric’ Trump has repeatedly grilled fellow Republicans for not following through on their — and his — campaign pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare. As some Republicans expressed frustration with the process, and skepticism about what the Senate might pass, others were eager to see where colleagues stood. “Now is the time to prove that our rhetoric of the past seven years regarding the repeal and replacement of this disastrous bill will lead to substantive action,” Senator Ted Cruz said in a statement. On the Democratic side, senators urged cooperation — and restraint. “I can’t believe this process and the hard and calculated rhetoric we see,” Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia said Tuesday. “The Affordable Care Act is not a perfect piece of legislation. It needs repair. We both agree to that. Then we need to fix it.” Secretive process Forecasts by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office on various health reform bills have predicted that millions of Americans would lose health care if the measures become law. In the case of a bill that repeals Obamacare and provides no replacement, 32 million more people would be uninsured by 2026 as compared to current law, CBO forecast. Some Republicans have expressed concern with how legislation would impact Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor and the disabled. The latest repeal-and-replace bill would roll back an expansion of Medicaid and slash its federal funding. It would also end the mandate that most individuals have health insurance, and allow states to let insurance companies offer bare-bones plans not allowed under current law. Democrats have blasted the secretive process, accusing Republican leaders of rushing a mammoth bill to the floor without sufficient discussion or debate. Several outside health groups have criticized the various iterations of the repeal-and-replace effort. One of the most emphatic rejections came from a group of some 7,000 Catholic nuns, who wrote Senate leaders on Monday to say the bill “would be the most harmful legislation for American families in our lifetimes.” (AFP)

BBC News: Russia sanctions: EU vows to retaliate over US measures

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Russia sanctions: EU vows to retaliate over US measureshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40727044

BBC News: Trump: Transgender people ‘can’t serve’ in US military

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Trump: Transgender people ‘can’t serve’ in US militaryhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40729996

Today’s Holiday: Teej

Today’s Holiday:

Teej is a way to welcome the monsoon, the season when the wind from the Indian Ocean brings heavy rainfall. This is also a celebration for women and is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva and patron goddess of women. On Teej, specially decorated swings are hung from trees in every village, and women swing on them and sing songs in praise of Parvati. Married women go to their parents’ home and receive gifts of clothes and jewelry. There are also local fairs and processions carrying the image of the goddess. On this day, she is supposed to have been reunited with Shiva. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Aldous Huxley (1894)

Today’s Birthday:
Aldous Huxley (1894)

Huxley was a British writer known for his works of witty and pessimistic satire, like Antic Hay (1923), which established his reputation as a novelist. In his acclaimed Brave New World, he envisions a nightmarish, scientifically controlled future society that underscores the dehumanizing aspects of technological progress. His later works reveal an interest in philosophy and mysticism. Though he spent much of his life in the US, he was repeatedly denied citizenship for what reason? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: US President Truman Signs Executive Order Desegregating Military (1948)

This Day in History:
US President Truman Signs Executive Order Desegregating Military (1948)

Expanding on 1941’s Executive Order 8802, which prohibited discrimination in the defense industry, Order 9981 required that all persons in the armed forces be treated equally without regard to race or other factors. It also called for the establishment of an advisory committee to facilitate the implementation of this policy. The order eliminated segregation in the armed forces within years, though racism was another matter entirely. What historically black boot camp was eliminated by Order 9981? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Jonathan Swift

Quote of the Day:
Jonathan Swift

Positiveness is a good quality for preachers and orators, because he that would obtrude his thoughts and reasons upon a multitude, will convince others the more as he appears convinced himself. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: The Principality of Sealand

Article of the Day:
The Principality of Sealand

The Principality of Sealand is a purported micronation located on HM Fort Roughs, a former World War II sea fort located in the North Sea six miles (10 km) off the coast of Suffolk, England. Since 1967, the installation has been occupied by the associates and family of Paddy Roy Bates, a former British Army Major and pirate radio broadcaster who claims it is a sovereign and independent state. What court rulings have involved Sealand and its status as a sovereign nation? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: jump at the chance (to do something)

Idiom of the Day:
jump at the chance (to do something)

To accept or seize with alacrity an opportunity (to do something). Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: disjunct

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Marked by separation of or from usually contiguous elements.
Synonyms: isolated
Usage: The islands were like little isolated worlds, as abruptly disjunct and unexpected as a palm-shaded well in the Sahara.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

BBC News: Musk and Zuckerberg clash over future of AI

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Musk and Zuckerberg clash over future of AI – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40716301

A river runs thru it

Today’s Holiday:Grotto Day

Today’s Holiday:
Grotto Day

In England during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, oysters were not considered the rare delicacy they are today, and the large number of oysters eaten at that time meant there were lots of shells around. On St. James’s Day, which was observed on August 5 before the Gregorian, or New Style, Calendar came into use and on July 25 thereafter, children used the shells to construct small decorative grottoes. Sometimes the children begged for pennies as a reward for their efforts. Most of this grotto-building took place in London, and the custom continued up to the 1950s. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday:Thomas Eakins (1844)

Today’s Birthday:
Thomas Eakins (1844)

Perhaps the greatest American artist of the 19th century, Eakins lived, worked, and taught in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for most of his life. There, he painted The Gross Clinic in 1875. Depicting a surgical operation, it was initially criticized for being too realistic, but it is now seen as his masterpiece. Eakins was an influential art teacher, but his decision to use nude models of both sexes in mixed-gender classes caused an uproar. What incident led to his resignation in 1886? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:Bob Dylan Plugs In (1965)

This Day in History:
Bob Dylan Plugs In (1965)

At the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, erstwhile acoustic folk musician Bob Dylan performed with an electric guitar for the first time, marking a major shift in his career. The move did not go over well. Expecting an acoustic set like his two previous ones at Newport, the audience was caught off guard by Dylan’s apparent betrayal of the folk genre, and some fans booed him loudly. His first appearance at the festival, in 1963, constituted his premiere national performance. Who invited him to play? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:W. Somerset Maugham

Quote of the Day:
W. Somerset Maugham

The most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:Jogo do Pau

Article of the Day:
Jogo do Pau

Literally translated as “stick game,” Jogo do Pau is a Portuguese martial art that is perhaps more accurately described as “stick fencing.” First used for self-defense and the settlement of disputes, the art evolved into a sporting competition during the 19th century. Urban migration and greater access to firearms later led to the art’s decline, but it was revived in the 1970s. Still, the origins of the art are not known. What are some of the theories about how and why it was developed? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day:a juggling act

Idiom of the Day:
a juggling act

A difficult and/or precarious situation in which several things are being attempted or must be maintained at the same time. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:char

Word of the Day:

Definition: (verb) Burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color.
Synonyms: blacken, sear, scorch
Usage: The fire charred the ceiling above the mantelpiece, and my mother had to hire a painter to cover up the discoloration.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

De pe la Breaza Făgăraşului : “Dincolo de nori e-întotdeauna soare”.

De pe la Breaza Făgăraşului : “Dincolo de nori e-întotdeauna soare”.

Watch “The Architects of Western Decline: A Study on the Frankfurt School and Cultural Marxism” on YouTube

Watch “FULL SPEECH: President Trump Speech to 40,000 Boy Scouts at National Scout Jamboree” on YouTube

France 24 :  Deadly suicide bombing strikes Pakistan’s Lahore

Deadly suicide bombing strikes Pakistan’s Lahore

An explosion killed at least 25 people and injured dozens in a busy vegetable market in the Pakistani city of Lahore Monday, officials said, but the cause of the blast was not immediately clear.


The powerful explosion hit a bustling main road in the south of Lahore and blew out windows in nearby buildings.

“(The explosion) seems like a suicide blast targeting police, but we are still ascertaining the nature of the explosion,” said the city’s commissioner Abdullah Khan Sumbul.

A spokesman for Lahore police, Syed Hammad Shah, put the toll at 25 dead with 40 injured. Senior local administration official Sumair Ahmad Syed confirmed the death toll, though he put the number of injured at 35.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told a press conference held minutes after the blast that most of the casualties were police officers, but was unable to confirm the nature of the explosion.

Senior police officer Haider Ashraf told AFP that at least 10 police officers were among the dead.

The area was busy with police at the time because officers had been sent to the market to clear stalls that had illegally spilt onto the road.

Provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah said the blast had appeared to target the vegetable market, which was crowded with shoppers at the time.

‘Deafening blast’

Eyewitness Sher Dil, who works at an office close to the site of the explosion, said it blew out the windows of his office building.

“I was in my office when it all happened. It was a deafening blast, which shook the entire Arfa Karim Towers,” Dil told AFP.

Pakistan‘s president, prime minister and army chief all issued statements expressing condolences for the loss of life.

Lahore has been hit by significant militant attacks in Pakistan’s more than decade-long war on extremism, but they have been less frequent in recent years.

The last major blast in the city was in March last year, when 75 were killed and hundreds injured in a bomb targeting Christians celebrating Easter Sunday in a park.

But the country was hit by a wave of attacks in February this year, including a bomb that killed 14 people in Lahore.

In April a further seven were killed in an attack in the city targeting a team that was carrying out the country’s long overdue census.

After years of spiralling insecurity, the powerful army launched a crackdown on militancy in the wake of a brutal attack on a school in late 2014.

More than 150 people, most of them children, died in the Taliban-led assault in the northwestern city of Peshawar — the country’s deadliest ever single attack.

It shook a country already grimly accustomed to atrocities and prompted the military to step up an operation in the tribal areas, where militants had previously operated with impunity.

Explosions caused by gas cylinders — which are used for cooking as well as in cars — are also common in Pakistan. A blast in Lahore in February was initially thought to be a militant attack, but turned out to be a gas explosion.

Officials have since been cautious about prematurely confirming the nature of explosions.

Lahore, a city of around six million, is Pakistan’s cultural hub and the capital of its most powerful province, Punjab.


Hungary’s PM: E.U. is ‘in Alliance’ With Soros to Flood Europe With Refugees


BBC News: Irish immigrant’s arrest highlights race’s role in deportation

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Irish immigrant’s arrest highlights race’s role in deportation – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40332646

France 24 :  Interpol circulates list of 173 IS group suspects

Interpol circulates list of 173 IS group suspects

Interpol has distributed a list of 173 Islamic State (IS) group fighters it believes might have been trained to launch suicide attacks in Europe.


According to this list, British daily The Guardian reported, these fighters may be entering Europe as part of a plan to hit back after theterrorist group’s battlefield losses in Iraq and Syria.

The Interpol database was composed by US intelligence, drawing on information obtained during the fight against the IS group as territory from its so-called caliphate was recaptured in Syriaand Iraq.

European counter-terror officials are concerned about the threat of IS group militants moving to Europe to carry out attacks as they move out of the Middle East after the “caliphate”’s demise.

So far there is no evidence that any IS group fighters – the names of which The Guardian obtained – on the list have crossed into Europe.

However, the Interpol report – with the purpose of seeing if EUintelligence agencies have further information on the people mentioned – highlights the difficulty of the task Europe faces.

Interpol classifies the group of IS group combatants as people who “may have been trained to build and position improvised explosive devices in order to cause serious deaths and injuries. It is believed that they can travel internationally, to participate in terrorist activities”.

US intelligence agencies originally collected the information – “through trusted channels”. They passed the material to the FBI, which in turn handed the list to Interpol, to be shared across countries.

A note added to the Interpol list circulated in Italy spells out the intelligence agencies’ method of composing it. They constructed the list by gathering lots of different forms of information, mostly obtained when allied forces took local IS group headquarters.

“The people,” the note says, “have been identified through materials found in the hiding places of Isil, the Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant.” The note emphasises that “those subjects may have manifested willingness to commit a suicidal attack or martyrdom to support Islam”.

The database contains the suspects’ names, the date when they joined the IS group, their last probable address including the mosque where they have worshipped while fighting in the Middle East, their mother’s name and any photographs.

In 2015 a UN estimate put the figure of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria at 20,000 – with 4,000 of these from Europe. However, until this point there has not been a list of fighters including those born in the Middle East, who have been noted as potential suicide bombers.

BBC News: White House uncertain on fresh sanctions against Russia

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White House uncertain on fresh sanctions against Russia – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40699751

BBC News: Jerusalem: Israel installs security cameras near holy site

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Jerusalem: Israel installs security cameras near holy site – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-40698402

BBC News: San Antonio: Eight found dead in truck in Walmart car park

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San Antonio: Eight found dead in truck in Walmart car park – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40696306

Heat Exhaustion and Heat Strke:  If you’re going to hike this weekend, please hike in the early morning or late evening!

If you’re going to hike this weekend, please hike in the early morning or late evening (the Preserve is open sunrise to sunset). Take more water than you think you need (or rehydration fluid), wear a hat, and use all the usual precautions! Dogs can’t sweat enough to stay cool, so it’s best to leave them at home. Be safe out there as you enjoy the outdoors.

Today’s Holiday:Osorezan Taisai

Today’s Holiday:
Osorezan Taisai

Mt. Osore, located on the Shimokita Peninsula in the north of Honshu, Japan, is a spiritual center for many Japanese. It is known as a place where departed souls congregate. During the Osorezan Taisai Festival, or Osorezanrei Grand Festival, people flock to the mountain at Mutsu City, Aomori Prefecture, where psychics endeavor to summon the spirits of the dead by chanting. The priests who cross the weathered slopes of the mountain in procession add to the festival’s grim and ghostly atmosphere. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday:Emil Jannings (1884)

Today’s Birthday:
Emil Jannings (1884)

Jannings was an acclaimed silent film actor who, in 1929, won an Academy Award for best actor—becoming the first person presented with an Oscar. He earned the award for his performances in two films, one of which, The Way of All Flesh, is now considered a “lost film” since no copies of it are known to exist. The advent of sound in film effectively ended his Hollywood career, as he had a thick German accent. What scandalous association doomed any chance he later had of making a comeback? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:Egyptian Revolution of 1952 Begins (1952)

This Day in History:
Egyptian Revolution of 1952 Begins (1952)

The Egyptian Revolution was a coup d’état led by a group of army officers that overthrew Egypt’s King Farouk I. Organized by Gamal Abdel Nasser, the “Free Officers Movement” decried the Egyptian monarchy as corrupt, pro-British, and ineffective and was incensed by Egypt’s defeat in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Days after the coup began, Farouk abdicated and General Muhammad Naguib took over as leader of Egypt. The monarchy was later abolished, and a republic was declared. What became of the king? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:W. Somerset Maugham

Quote of the Day:
W. Somerset Maugham

When you are young you take the kindness people show you as your right. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:Jade Burial Suits

Article of the Day:
Jade Burial Suits

Considered a mere myth by archaeologists for years, the use of jade burial suits among wealthy Han Dynasty nobles was proved in 1968 with the discovery of two complete suits in tombs in China’s northern province of Hebei. Belonging to Chinese prince Liu Sheng and his wife Dou Wan, the ceremonial burial suits were constructed using 2,498 plates of solid jade and 2.5 lb (1.1 kg) of gold wire. Experts now believe the practice was fairly common. What other wire materials were used? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day:jolly (someone) up

Idiom of the Day:
jolly (someone) up

To make (someone) happier or more cheerful; to cheer (someone) up. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:scathing

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Bitterly denunciatory; harshly critical.
Synonyms: vituperative
Usage: This scathing remark caused the Prince to hide his face for shame, and Steve to erect his head in the proud consciousness that this shot was not meant for him.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

BBC News: YouTube to redirect searches for IS videos

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YouTube to redirect searches for IS videos – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40681625

BBC News: Poland court reforms: Hungary vows ‘solidarity’ as bill approved

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Poland court reforms: Hungary vows ‘solidarity’ as bill approved – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-40692318

My birds on the wire today 

My birds on the wire today

My Chakra today 

My Chakra today

My Duck today 

My Duck today

Triptych of Garden of Earthly Delights- Central Panel , detail C.1500Artist: Hieronymus BoschPeriod: Northern Renaissance Location: Museo del Prado , Madrid, Spain

Triptych of Garden of Earthly Delights- Central Panel , detail C.1500

Artist: Hieronymus Bosch

Period: Northern Renaissance 

Location: Museo del Prado , Madrid, Spain

Wikipedia Main Page: Today’s featured article


Today’s featured article

Bradley Wiggins at the 2012 Tour de France

Bradley Wiggins

The 2012 Tour de France was the 99th edition of the race, one of cycling’s Grand Tours. The 21race stages, including theprologue, covered 3,496.9 km (2,173 mi), from the Belgian city of Liège on 30 June to the Champs-Élysées in Paris on 22 July. Bradley Wiggins(pictured) from Team Skywon the overall general classification, becoming the first British rider to win the Tour. Wiggins’s teammateChris Froome placed second, and Vincenzo Nibali(Liquigas–Cannondale) was third. Wiggins maintained leadership of the race after stage seven, the first mountainous stage. Thepoints classification was won by Nibali’s teammate Peter Sagan, who won three stages, as did André Greipelof Lotto–Belisol and Team Sky rider Mark Cavendish.Team Europcar‘s Thomas Voeckler won the mountains classificationBMC Racing Team‘s Tejay van Garderen, in fifth place overall, won theyoung rider classification. The team classification was won by RadioShack–Nissan, and Chris Anker Sørensen(Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank) was given the award for the most combative rider. (Full article…)

Today’s Holiday:Gambia Revolution Day

Today’s Holiday:
Gambia Revolution Day

The Gambia, a former British colony in West Africa, celebrates the anniversary of a coup in 1994 that ousted the country’s president, Sir Dawda Jawara, and ushered in a military government. Following the bloodless coup, the government made the transition to civilian leadership and the people elected Yahya Jammeh president. The commemoration is essentially a vehicle to show the Gambian people’s approval of their president. Past celebrations have included the unveiling of new development initiatives as well as cultural festivities. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch