Daily Archives: September 24, 2014

U.S. imposes financial sanctions on Islamist fighters | Daily Mail Online


Kurds issue desperate plea from Syrian border town as ISIS closes in | Fox News


Obamacare to save U.S. hospitals $5.7 bln in uncompensated care -govt


Can All Work and No Play Make You Diabetic?


Ebola — A Fragile Health Care System’s Ripple Effects


Under new leadership, BlackBerry unveils Passport smartphone – SFGate


Yemen rebel chief hails ‘revolution’

Yemen rebel chief hails ‘revolution’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29338034

Japan increases sanctions on Russia

Japan increases sanctions on Russia http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29345451

Snowden wins ‘alternative Nobel’

Snowden wins ‘alternative Nobel’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29347715

Philippine rebels threaten hostages

Philippine rebels threaten hostages http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29352920

Cameron in talks with Iran’s Rouhani

Cameron in talks with Iran’s Rouhani http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-29345404

CAR’s ‘endless crimes’ to be probed

CAR’s ‘endless crimes’ to be probed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29354134

Boko Haram fighters ‘surrender’

Boko Haram fighters ‘surrender’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29352927

UN aims to block jihadist recruits

UN aims to block jihadist recruits http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29356038

EU in biggest ever crime crackdown

EU in biggest ever crime crackdown http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29344979

Day in pictures: 24 September

Day in pictures: 24 September http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-29341148

Yazidi anger at forgotten crisis

Yazidi anger at forgotten crisis http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29333327

Samsung ends laptop sales in Europe

Samsung ends laptop sales in Europe http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29350022

Novel antibiotic class created

Novel antibiotic class created http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29306807

Day out at the gallows and other bygone photographic oddities

Day out at the gallows and other bygone photographic oddities http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29246071

Why India’s Mars mission is so cheap – and thrilling

Why India’s Mars mission is so cheap – and thrilling http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29341850

Ferguson protests flare up again

Ferguson protests flare up again http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29336962

Obama sets out US leadership vision

Obama sets out US leadership vision http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29349584

Nato sees Russia pullback in Ukraine

Nato sees Russia pullback in Ukraine http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29342463

Last Mitford sister dies at 94

Last Mitford sister dies at 94 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29348946

India Mars mission arrives in orbit

India Mars mission arrives in orbit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28268186

Obama condemns IS ‘network of death’

Obama condemns IS ‘network of death’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29351672

French hostage beheaded in Algeria

French hostage beheaded in Algeria http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29352537

Exclusive: Syrian minister says U.S.-led strikes going in ‘right direction’

DAMASCUS (Reuters) – A Syrian government minister said U.S.-led air strikes against militants are going in the “right direction” because the government had been informed before they started and they were not hitting civilians or Syrian military targets.DAMASCUS (Reuters) – A Syrian government minister said U.S.-led air strikes against militants are going in the “right direction” because the government had been informed before they started and they were not hitting civilians or Syrian military targets.

via Exclusive: Syrian minister says U.S.-led strikes going in ‘right direction’.

Great compositions/performances: Ivry Gitlis: PAGANINI Violin Concerto No.2 – Stuttgart RSO, S.Skrowaczewski, live 1972

Ivry Gitlis: PAGANINI Violin Concerto No.2Stuttgart RSO, S.Skrowaczewski, live 1972

STRAVINSKY – Suite Italienne: make music part of your life series

STRAVINSKY – Suite Italienne

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, September 24th, 2014: Martyrs of Chalcedon

Image of Martyrs of Chalcedon

Martyrs of Chalcedon

A group of forty-nine Christians slain in Chalcedon during the reign of Emperor Diocletian . Records indicate that the martyrs were members of the choir in the church of Chalcedon.   continue reading

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today’s holiday: South Africa Heritage Day

South Africa Heritage Day

On September 24, 1995, the Republic of South Africa celebrated its first Heritage Day, which was declared a national holiday by the first democratically elected government of South Africa. To help South Africans celebrate their heritage, this day has been set aside to recognize all aspects of South African culture, including creative expression, historical inheritance, language, food, and the land in which they live. The first Heritage Day celebration focused on composer Enoch Sontonga, the creator of a hymn that was adopted as the national anthem. More… Discuss

quotation: Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies. Aristotle

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Discuss

today’s birthday: Jim Henson (1936)

Photo of puppeteer Jim Henson at the 41st Emmy...

Photo of puppeteer Jim Henson at the 41st Emmy Awards. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jim Henson (1936)


Henson was an American filmmaker, television producer, and puppeteer who created the puppet group the Muppets. He was the leading force behind their long, creative run in films and in the television series Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. Henson crafted the prototype for his signature character, Kermit the Frog, from his mother’s green coat and two ping pong ball halves for eyes. What Henson screenplay, discovered in his archives, was recently published as a graphic novel? More… Discuss


this day in the yesteryear: Devils Tower Named First US National Monument (1906)

Devils Tower Named First US National Monument (1906)

Rising 1,267 feet (386 m) above the meandering Belle Fourche River, Devils Tower is a cluster of rock columns in the Black Hills of Wyoming formed by the cooling and crystallization of molten matter. The site, which many Native American Plains tribes consider sacred, was declared the first US National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. A popular rock-climbing site, the monument attracts some 400,000 visitors each year. Why do most climbers abstain from scaling the tower in June? More… Discuss

New Ebola Projections: 1.4 Million Cases by Late January

New Ebola Projections: 1.4 Million Cases by Late January

Last month, the World Health Organization estimated that 20,000 people could contract Ebola by mid-2015, but revised projections now indicate that this number could be reached as early as November. By January, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of infected could rise as high as 1.4 million. New data also indicate that this outbreak is deadlier than previously believed, killing 70 percent of those who contract the illness. More… Discuss

Consuelo Vanderbilt

Consuelo Vanderbilt

Consuelo Vanderbilt, a member of the prominent and wealthy Vanderbilt family, was seen as the ultimate marital prize of the Victorian age. Though she was in love with another man, Consuelo was pressured by her overbearing mother to marry Charles Spencer-Churchill, Duke of Marlborough. The couple subsequently divorced, and Consuelo went on to marry Jacques Balsan, a record-breaking balloon and hydroplane pilot. How much money did the Duke of Marlborough collect upon marrying Consuelo? More… Discuss

word: recalcitrant


Definition: (adjective) Marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance.
Synonyms: refractory
Usage: Neither could he mobilize his army to go forth to war, nor could he punish his recalcitrant subjects. Discuss.

Bob Dylan to be honoured at Grammys

Bob Dylan to be honoured at Grammys http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29341150

Air strikes target IS near Turkey

Air strikes target IS near Turkey http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29341111