Daily Archives: September 16, 2014

The plight of Moldova’s orphanage children

The plight of Moldova’s orphanage children http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29204924

Five bugs that lurk in changing rooms

Five bugs that lurk in changing rooms http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29219867

The end of Atlantic City’s hot streak

The end of Atlantic City’s hot streak http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29226159

US man tried to ‘swim to N Korea’

US man tried to ‘swim to N Korea’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29233502

Tardy ex-minister chased off plane

Tardy ex-minister chased off plane http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29218939

Russians urged ‘don’t panic’

Russians urged ‘don’t panic’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29222192

Ebola global security threat – Obama

Ebola global security threat – Obama http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29231400

UN brokers Gaza reconstruction deal

UN brokers Gaza reconstruction deal http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29232825

Jury Indicts Rochester, N.Y., Man for Allegedly Plotting Terror Attack – WSJ


Waistlines ‘grow an inch in a decade’ in US – BBC News


Suspect in Pennsylvania Cop Shooting Is a Sharpshooting Survivalist – ABC News


King Richard III killed by skull and pelvis injuries – BBC News


Report: Federal auto regulators ignored early information on ignition switch failure – The Washington Post


Cops: Wrong dog killed by man upset over barking


St. Louis County chief defends militarization of police


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Hamas says Palestinians remain committed to Gaza truce | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR


Obamacare Data Mismatch Could Leave Thousands Uninsured at Election Time – US News


Military asks museum for spare parts

Military asks museum for spare parts http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-29224170

Call for further cut in sugar intake

Call for further cut in sugar intake http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29212780

Day in pictures: 16 September

Day in pictures: 16 September http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-29219725

Odile storm moves up Mexico coast

Odile storm moves up Mexico coast http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-29225208

Russia ‘must boost Crimea forces’

Russia ‘must boost Crimea forces’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29224482

Red card for ‘greenest’ government

Red card for ‘greenest’ government http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29210467

Bosses and cash vanish at shoe firm

Bosses and cash vanish at shoe firm http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29227907

Russian rouble falls to new low

Russian rouble falls to new low http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29222192

Apple releases U2 album removal tool

Apple releases U2 album removal tool http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29208540

Giant sensor for Panasonic phone

Giant sensor for Panasonic phone http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29222543

The Globe and Mail (@globeandmail) September 16, 2014: New Zealand thaws out colossal squid to probe mysteries of deep

this pressed: House Majority’s Last-Ditch Effort to Undermine Public Protections, Award Corporate Giveaways | Center for Effective Government

About the Author:
Katie Weatherford is a Regulatory Policy Analyst for the Center for Effective Government’s Regulatory Policy team. Her work focuses on the regulatory and rulemaking processes that impact public health, safety, and the environment.

House Majority’s Last-Ditch Effort to Undermine Public Protections, Award Corporate Giveaways | Center for Effective Government.

this pressed: ISIL shoots down Syrian jet | Reuters.com

ISIL shoots down Syrian jet | Reuters.com.

Trick? Treat? Male Halloween pennant dragonfy on pond’s edge await female. — USFWS Refuge System – September 16, 2014

just a thought: “Choosing the pass of minimal resistance leads always to…disaster.”

just a thought: “Choosing the pass of minimal resistance leads always to…disaster.”

From EUROPARL: Nigel Farage: Stop playing wargames with Putin – Video source: EbS (European Parliament)

Nigel Farage: Stop playing wargames with Putin

Old Debts, Fresh Pain: Weak Laws Offer Debtors Little Protection – ProPublica

Old Debts, Fresh Pain: Weak Laws Offer Debtors Little Protection – ProPublica.

Robert Schumann: Introduction & Allegro in D minor Op. 134: make music part of your life series

Robert Schumann: Introduction & Allegro in D minor Op. 134

Palestinian Christians

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Palestinian Christians are Palestinians who belong to one of a number of Christian denominations in Israel and the Palestinian territories, including Oriental Orthodoxy, Anglican, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholic (Eastern and Western rites), Protestant, and others. In both the local dialect of Palestinian Arabic and in classical or modern standard Arabic, Christians are called Nasrani (a derivative of the Arabic word for Nazareth, al-Nasira) or Masihi (a derivative of Arabic word Masih, meaning “Messiah“).[1] In Hebrew, they are called Notzri (also spelt Notsri), which means “Nazarene”.

Today, Christians comprise less than 4% of the Palestinian population of Israel and the Palestinian territories – approximately 8% of the Arab population of the West Bank, less than 1% in the Gaza Strip, and nearly 10% of the Arab population in Israel.[2] According to official British Mandatory estimates, Palestine’s Christian population in 1922 comprised 9.5% of the total population (10.8% of the Palestinian population), and 7.9% in 1946.[3] The Palestinian Christian population greatly decreased from 1948 to 1967. A large number fled or were expelled from the area during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, and a small number left during Jordanian control of the West Bank for economic reasons. Since 1967, the Palestinian Christian population has increased in excess of the continued emigration.[4]

Worldwide, there are nearly one million Palestinian Christians in these territories as well as in the Palestinian diaspora, comprising over 10% of the world’s total Palestinian population. Palestinian Christians live primarily in Arab states surrounding historic Palestine and in the diaspora, particularly in South America, Europe and North America.

Demographics and denominations

In 2009, there were an estimated 50,000 Christians in the Palestinian territories, mostly in the West Bank, with about 3,000 in the Gaza Strip.[5] Of the total Christian population of 154,000 in Israel, about 80% are Arabs, many of whom also self-identify as Palestinian.[5] The majority (56%) of Palestinian Christians live in the Palestinian diaspora.[6]

According to the CIA World Factbook, as of 2013, the population statistics on Palestinian and related Arab-Israeli Christians are as follows:[7][8][9]

Population group Christian population  % Christian
West Bank* 214,000 8
Gaza Strip 12,000 0.7
Arab Christians in Israel** 123,000 10
Non-Arab Christians in Israel 29,000 0.4
Total Arab Christians 349,000 6.0
Total Christians (including non-Arabs) 378,000 3.0
* The figure includes Samaritans and other unspecified minorities.[dubious ]**Arab Christians in Israel do not necessarily identify as Palestinian.

Around 50% of Palestinian Christians belong to the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem, one of the 16 churches of Eastern Orthodoxy. This community has also been known as the Arab Orthodox Christians. There are also Maronites, Melkite-Eastern Catholics, Jacobites, Chaldeans, Roman Catholics (locally known as Latins), Syriac Catholics, Orthodox Copts, Catholic Copts, Armenian Orthodox, Armenian Catholic, Quakers (Friends Society), Methodists, Presbyterians, Anglicans (Episcopal), Lutherans, Evangelicals, Pentecostals, Nazarene, Assemblies of God, Baptists and other Protestants; in addition to small groups of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons and others.

The Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theófilos III, is the leader of the Palestinian and Jordanian Orthodox Church of Jerusalem, but Israel has refused to recognize his appointment.[10] If confirmed, he would replace Patriarch Irenaios (in office from 2001), whose status within the church became disputed after a term surrounded by controversy and scandal given that he sold Palestinian property to Israeli Orthodox Jews.[11] Archbishop Theodosios (Hanna) of Sebastia is the highest ranking Palestinian clergyman in the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, is the leader of the Roman Catholics in Jerusalem, Palestine, Jordan, Israel and Cyprus. The Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem is Suheil Dawani,[12] who replaced Bishop Riah Abou Al Assal. Elias Chacour, a Palestinian refugee, of the Melkite Eastern Catholic Church is Archbishop of Haifa, Acre and the Galilee. Bishop Dr. Munib Younan is the president of the Lutheran World Federation and the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL).

Alessandro Marcello, Concerto in D minor for Oboe, Strings Orchestra and Continuo: make music part of your life series

Alessandro Marcello, Concerto in D minor for Oboe, Strings Orchestra and Continuo

Mozart – Violin Sonata No. 27 in G, K. 379: make music part of your life series

Mozart – Violin Sonata No. 27 in G, K. 379

Saint of the Day Saint of the Day for September 16th, 2014: St. Cornelius

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 16th, 2014 Image    St. Cornelius

Cornelius whose feast day is September 16th. A Roman priest, Cornelius was elected Pope to succeed Fabian in an election delayed fourteen months by Decius‘ persecution of the Christians. The main … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine Matsuri

Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine Matsuri

After the opening ceremonies on September 14, the annual celebration at the Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine in Kamakura, Japan, begins on the 15th with a parade of three mikoshi, portable shrines to which the spirits of the gods are believed to descend. But the highlight occurs the following day, when the Yabusame takes place. Three skilled archers dressed in hunting clothes called karishozoku ride on horseback down a straight track near the shrine’s entrance. The archers then shoot at three targets set up along the route while traveling at high speeds. More… Discuss

quotation: The wise man does at once what the fool does finally. Niccolo Machiavelli

The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) Discuss

today’s birthday: Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov (1745)

Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov (1745)

Kutuzov was a Russian field marshal who commanded the Russian army during major engagements with Napoleon between 1805 and 1812, including the battles of Austerlitz and Borodino. Though his forces suffered great losses in both of these engagements, Kutuzov nevertheless managed to rout the French, forcing them to leave along the path they had devastated when they entered the country. For Napoleon, this was the beginning of the end. In what epic novel does Kutuzov appear as a major character? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Federation of Malaysia Created (1963)

Federation of Malaysia Created (1963)

The Japanese occupation of the Malayan region during World War II weakened British influence there and unleashed anti-colonial, Malayan nationalism. With the help of the Chinese, the Malayan Communist Party grew stronger, fought the Japanese occupation, and threatened British interests. In response, the British established the multi-ethnic Federation of Malaya in 1948 as a part of a wider anti-communist plan. In 1963, “Malaya” became “Malaysia” with the acquisition of what territories? More… Discuss

endangered species: Yangtze Fish Nearing Extinction

Yangtze Fish Nearing Extinction

The Chinese sturgeon, considered a “living fossil” due to its 140-million-year history, may not be around for much longer. It is teetering on the brink of extinction, thanks in large part to rising pollution levels and the construction of numerous dams along the Yangtze River it calls home. Only 100 specimens are thought to remain in the wild, and for the first year on record, none reproduced naturally in the river in 2013. Without additional conservation efforts, there is little hope for the future of this ancient creature. More… Discuss

Carnaby Street

Carnaby Street

Once a fashionable quarter, London’s Soho district became popular among writers and artists in the 19th century and then became associated with the “Swinging London” of the 1960s. The epicenter of the scene was Carnaby Street, which housed many fashion boutiques and designers and drew “Mods” who embraced new trends like bell-bottoms and miniskirts. Bands such as The Who and the Rolling Stones were also frequent visitors. What major change came to Carnaby Street in the 1970s? More… Discuss

word: alfresco


Definition: (adverb) In the fresh air.
Synonyms: outdoors
Usage: Dining alfresco is one of my great summer pleasures. Discuss.

New York Sues to Block Early Withdrawal of Alzheimer’s Drug – WSJ


Australian man pays $200 to have tumor removed from 10-year-old goldfish (VIDEO) – NY Daily News


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