Daily Archives: December 20, 2014

NYPD makes 3 arrests in protest assaults

NYPD makes 3 arrests in protest assaults

I’m watching the latest FRANCE 24 weather forecasthttp://f24.my/app

I’m watching the latest FRANCE 24 weather forecast

Want to know why? Well, because like BBC, they are not so concerned with me  subscribing to their news agency, as they are to providing the news for my knowledge! unlike the LA times, the New York Times, the NBC, ABC, etc, which have taken over the public airwaves and deny access t the news, unless one subscribes (or they allow 5-10 stories /month!) I got an app, weather and newsstand from Google: the shame of any app: it takes for ever to download, but only because of being bloated with commercials, cookies etc.! Same stories, can be accessed and shared directly and very fast, from their news app!

From France 24: Turkey issues warrant for US-based Erdogan critic Gulen

Turkey issues warrant for US-based Erdogan critic Gulen


From France 24: Are IS group hackers taking jihad online?

Are IS group hackers taking jihad online?


Healthy tips for dealing with diabetes | Irish Examiner


British troops to help fight against Boko Haram as SAS target Isil – Telegraph



Caramel apples linked to fatal listeriosis

Caramel apples linked to fatal listeriosis

Unicef: 1.7 million Ukraine children at risk

Unicef: 1.7 million Ukraine children at risk

Pakistan: Several more Taliban killed

Pakistan: Several more Taliban killed

Gunman kills two New York policemen

Gunman kills two New York policemen http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30566196


Roast beef a la moi: a farberware toaster oven with rotissoire


this pressed: BP in Russia: The Nightmare Continues – Bloomberg

BP Plc (BP/) Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley has endured many scrapes in Russia during the past decade.

In 2008, when he was CEO of TNK-BP, a joint venture between the British oil major and a group of Russian billionaires, Dudley faced a stream of lawsuits and tax probes: administrative bullying, Russian style. He couldn’t even get his work visa renewed.

In July of that year, he fled Moscow, saying in a bitter statement that he’d suffered “sustained harassment” by Russian authorities and his partners. He told the U.S. ambassador at the time that he thought then–Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin was behind the attacks, according to a U.S. embassy cable released by WikiLeaks.

Now, Dudley’s fate hinges on Sechin once again as he watches BP’s $16 billion Russia bet get mauled by plunging oil prices and Ukraine-related sanctions, Bloomberg Markets magazine will report in its February issue. BP is the biggest foreign investor in Russia through its 20 percent stake in OAO Rosneft (ROSN), the state-controlled oil giant led by Sechin.

The U.S. and the European Union have locked Rosneft out of capital markets in response to Russian intervention in Ukraine. Washington has gone a step further and blacklisted Sechin, banning him, for example, from traveling to the U.S. Dudley now sits on the board of Rosneft with a man the U.S. government has deemed a pariah.


BP in Russia: The Nightmare Continues – Bloomberg.

What was so bad about a country trying to be civilized: The way Afghanistan was in the 60’s. Much has changed… #photography — Niume (@niume_official)

from National Geograohic: Why Does National Geographic Love This Photo?: find out here! (watch the video andimprove your photo taking experience)

Why Does National Geographic Love This Photo?

In 2014 National Geographic invited photographers from around the world to submit photos in three categories: People, Places, and Nature. We received 9,289 entries from amateur and … more

via Why Does National Geographic Love This Photo?.

BBC News – The Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem reflects on 2014: Must see video! IS the least we can do for our Christian Brothers and sisters in Syria, Gaza and elsewhere: Find out what is going on, from the source of their pain!

The Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem reflects on 2014

21 December 2014 Last updated at 00:44 GMT

In recent months, Church leaders have expressed concern about the departure of a rising number of Christians from the Middle East.

The civil war in Syria and the advance of so-called Islamic State militants in Iraq have led to appeals for greater support for some of the world’s oldest Christian communities.

In the holy land, the continuing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has also shown increasing signs of turning into a religious dispute, with a row over holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, is head of a diocese that covers much of the troubled region. As he prepares to celebrate Christmas this week he gave BBC News his reflections.

via BBC News – The Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem reflects on 2014.

from Encyclopedia Britannica: Time-Lapse Tour: Da Nang Fireworks Competition

Time-Lapse Tour: Da Nang Fireworks Competition

Time-Lapse Tour: Blossoming of an Iris

SLEIGH RIDE John Williams & The Boston Pops (Live): Happy Christmas! (great compositions/performances) Learn more about Leroy Anderson here at euzicasa

SLEIGH RIDE John Williams & The Boston Pops (Live)

Barbara Harbach’s Carondelet Caprice in St. Louis: make music part of your life series

Barbara Harbach‘s Carondelet Caprice in St. Louis

Aaron Copland- Quiet City (Wynton Marsalis): great compositions/performances

Aaron Copland- Quiet City (Wynton Marsalis)

Gounod Charles, “Petite Symphonie”, Pour instruments à vent, Conductor : Ohan Duryan: make music part of your life series

Gounod Charles, “Petite Symphonie”, Pour instruments à vent, Conductor : Ohan Duryan

Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3,: great compositions/performances

Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3

Joaquin Rodrigo – Concierto Para Una Fiesta (Pepe Romero):, great compositions/performances (check out the long list of compositions!)

Joaquin Rodrigo – Concierto Para Una Fiesta (Full Concerto)

From 1982, played by Pepe Romero.

Richard Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier – Waltz Sequence No. 1: make music part of your life series

Richard StraussDer Rosenkavalier – Waltz Sequence No. 1

from BBC: The Kalka-Shimla Railway: A must see video: Come watch it at EUZICASA!

from BBC: The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway: Put India on top of your “MUST VISIT” list (Bucket list may be?) This video is really a treat!

Felix Mendelssohn – Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20, (1964) : great compositions/performances

Great Movie Themes 5: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Flying Theme) by John Williams: great compositions/performances

Great Movie Themes 5: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Flying Theme) by John Williams

Asthma inhalers ‘not used properly’

Asthma inhalers ‘not used properly’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30556329

Zimbabwe issues coins for Christmas

Zimbabwe issues coins for Christmas http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30554000

Israel launches Gaza air strike

Israel launches Gaza air strike http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30558922

Millions shopping on ‘Panic Saturday’

Millions shopping on ‘Panic Saturday’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30560208

Lockerbie bomber’s guilt reaffirmed

Lockerbie bomber’s guilt reaffirmed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-30560364

Women may join front line combat

Women may join front line combat http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30539111

‘Allahu Akbar’ attacker shot in France

‘Allahu Akbar’ attacker shot in France http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30563920

NYPD officer videoed punching a teenager is suspended – The Washington Post


Study: Half of claims from Dr. Oz are unfounded | TheHill


’30 Mosques’ Explores Where Muslim Americans Fit in Modern Society | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour


Pakistan starts hanging militants in revenge for school massacre — RT News


Voice of America: US Issues General Travel Alert


Russians ‘will not cave in’ to West

Russians ‘will not cave in’ to West http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30560941

N Korea seeks joint Sony hack probe

N Korea seeks joint Sony hack probe http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30560712

Saint of the Day for Saturday, December 20th, 2014: St. Dominic of Silos

Image of St. Dominic of Silos

St. Dominic of Silos

Benedictine abbot and defender of the faith. Born in Canas, Navarre, Spain, circa 1000, he entered the Benedictines at San Millan de Ia Cogolla. King Garcia III of Navarre challenged him when he … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Carriacou Parang Festival (2014)

Today’s Holiday

Carriacou Parang Festival (2014)

The Carriacou Parang Festival has been held annually since 1977 to sustain the musical tradition of house-to-house serenading by acoustic string bands at Christmas time. Organized parang groups from villages throughout Carriacou, its neighboring island Petite Martinique, and Grenada compete for cash prizes and a challenge trophy. Groups comprise not more than eight members, all dressed in colorful outfits to reflect the festive season. Instruments used include the bass drum, guitar, violin, marack (shack-shack), mandolin, saxophone, and others. More… Discuss

quotation: H.G. Wells (“…The nearer the bone, the sweeter the meat…”)

Quotation of the Day

Dragging out life to the last possible second isn’t living to the best effect. The nearer the bone, the sweeter the meat. The best of life…lies nearest to the edge of death.H.G. Wells (1866-1946) Discuss

today’s birthday: Samuel Mudd (1833)

Today’s Birthday

Samuel Mudd (1833)

Mudd was the physician who set the broken leg of John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, just hours after Booth fled the crime scene. A Confederate sympathizer, Mudd was accused of aiding Booth’s escape and tried along with Booth’s other accomplices. Throughout, Mudd maintained that he had not recognized the disguised Booth, an acquaintance of his, and had been unaware of the assassination, but he was nonetheless convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. Why was he pardoned in 1869? More… Discuss

This Day in the Yesteryear: The Louisiana Purchase (1803)

This Day in the Yesteryear

The Louisiana Purchase (1803)

Early American settlers in the western territories depended on the Mississippi River‘s port of New Orleans for commerce. When Spain retroceded New Orleans to France in 1800, Americans feared their access to the river would be blocked, so President Thomas Jefferson sent negotiators to broker a deal for the port city. Why did Napoleon ultimately sell the entire Louisiana territory, including New Orleans, to the US for only about 4 cents per acre, or a sum total of $15 million? More… Discuss

NHL Trying to Check Mumps Outbreak

NHL Trying to Check Mumps Outbreak

An outbreak of mumps is occurring in the US among a very specific population: members of the National Hockey League. More than two dozen players on multiple teams have tested positive for the disease in recent weeks, including superstar Sidney Crosby. Mumps is a contagious disease characterized by swelling of the salivary glands. Although nearly all children in the US are immunized against the disease, immunity can decrease with age. Teams are now providing booster shots to players, and all the affected players are expected to recover without any lasting effects. More… Discuss

What Is Organic Food? (I remember a time when all food was organic: Do you?)

What Is Organic Food?

Growing health consciousness has caused organic food to skyrocket in popularity. Proponents of organic farming claim that it yields more nutritious, safer, and tastier food because it is not prepared with the synthetically compounded fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, medicated feed, and chemicals that are often used in food processing. Food whose ingredients are at least 95% organic by weight may carry the “USDA ORGANIC” label. Who is credited with coining the term “organic farming”? More… Discuss