Daily Archives: February 24, 2015


Mozart – Adagio in E Major for Violin and Orchestra, K. 261

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Isaac Albéniz; Cadiz, Suite Española, Opus 47


Isaac Albéniz; Cadiz, Suite Española, Opus 47

Dame Joan Sutherland. Pastorale. Igor Stravinsky.


Dame Joan Sutherland. Pastorale. Igor Stravinsky.

BBC News – How foreign women are smuggled into Syria from Turkey


How foreign women are smuggled into Syria from Turkey

23 February 2015 Last updated at 20:27 GMT

The search for three London schoolgirls thought to be travelling to Syria to join Islamic State (IS), has refocused attention on the women and girls who are said to have left the UK to join IS.

Kadiza Sultana, Shamima Begum and Amira Abase flew to Turkey from Gatwick on Tuesday.

The BBC spoke to a people smuggler who explained how foreign women who wish to join IS are able to cross the Turkish border into Syria.

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Syria girls: Trio ‘not radicalised’ at Bethnal Green Academy

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Hear, hear America: BBC News – Clampdown on cold call companies unveiled by government


Imposing fines of up to £500,000 on the companies behind cold calls and nuisance text messages is to become easier under changes to the law being made by the government.

The move follows tens of thousands of complaints about cold calling.

At the moment, companies can only be punished if the Information Commissioner can prove a call caused “substantial damage or distress”.

But from April 6, that legal requirement is to be removed.

More than 175,000 complaints were made to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) last year about nuisance calls and text

via BBC News – Clampdown on cold call companies unveiled by government.

Video: CRIPTA Sf. Ap. si Ev. MATEI – SALERNO (Crypt of St. Matei – Mathew)


CRIPTA Sf. Ap. si Ev. MATEI – SALERNO

Saint of the Day for Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 : St. John Theristus


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St. John Theristus

Benedictine monk, called Theristus or �Harvester.� He was of Calabrian lineage, born in Sicily. His mother was a slave of the Saracens. John escaped at a young age and became a monk. continue reading

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today’s holiday: † St. Matthias’s Day (2015)†


St. Matthias’s Day (2015)†

The story of how St. Matthias was elected to replace Judas Iscariot as one of the 12 apostles after Judas committed suicide can be found in the Bible’s Book of Acts. There is no historical record of Matthias’s deeds or death. His fame rests almost entirely upon the fact that he took the betrayer Judas’ place, although legend claims that he was stoned and beheaded in Ethiopia in 64 CE. Episcopalians celebrate his feast day on February 24. More… Discuss

quotation: Faith, n.: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel. Ambrose Bierce


Faith, n.: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss

today’s birthday: Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor (1500)


Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor (1500)

Charles V was the influential 16th-century European monarch who held the thrones of both the Holy Roman Empire and Spain for approximately 40 years. He played a key role in fighting Protestantism during the Reformation and was later an ardent supporter of the Counter Reformation. He also fought several wars against France and the Ottoman Empire before abdicating in the 1550s, dividing his realms between his son and brother and retiring to a monastery. What saying about Paris originated with him? More… Discuss

this pressed: BBC News – Ukraine crisis


 

20 February 2015 Last updated at 10:23 ET

Surge in violence A new ceasefire deal is signed for eastern Ukraine – but recent clashes have been more intense Relatives and friends meet Ukrainian servicemen returning from duty in eastern Ukraine

The Ukraine story mappedEU Russia and Ukraine

How the crisis swept from west to east

Shell-damaged flats in Donetsk, 1 Feb 15Shattered lives

Ukraine evacuees run gauntlet of shellfire and shortages

In video

via BBC News – Ukraine crisis.

this pressed: BBC News – Manannán Mac Lir: Games of Thrones sculptor’s statue found


Manannán Mac Lir: Games of Thrones sculptor’s statue found

23 February 2015 Last updated at 18:36 GMT

A 6 ft sculpture of a Celtic sea god that was stolen from Binevenagh mountain, near Limavady, in County Londonderry has been recovered by soldiers on a training exercise.

Manannán Mac Lir, which is made out of fibre glass and stainless steel, was stolen last month.

BBC News NI’s Keiron Tourish reports.

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this day in the yesteryear: Marbury v. Madison Establishes Judicial Review (1803)


Marbury v. Madison Establishes Judicial Review (1803)

Marbury v. Madison was a landmark case in American law that resulted in the first decision by the Supreme Court to declare unconstitutional and void an act passed by Congress. It established the basis for the exercise of judicial review of federal statutes by the US Supreme Court. By identifying the Supreme Court as the authoritative interpreter of the Constitution, this decision bolstered power, respect, and prestige in the federal judiciary. Who were the “Midnight Judges”? More… Discuss

Space: the final frontier: Spacecraft Will Be First to Visit Dwarf Planet


Spacecraft Will Be First to Visit Dwarf Planet

NASA’s unmanned Dawn spacecraft will soon be visiting a planet that you’ve probably never heard of: Ceres, a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars. When it arrives March 6, Dawn will become the first spacecraft to visit one of the five dwarf planets, whose ranks include the former planet Pluto. Ceres was likely becoming a full-sized planet before Jupiter stunted its growth 4.6 billion years ago. It is now the largest object between Mars and Jupiter, and the largest object between the Sun and Pluto that has not yet received a visit from Earth. More… Discuss

article: Incunabula


Incunabula

Incunabula are “books of the cradle days” of printing, or books printed in the 15th century. The known incunabula represent about 40,000 editions. The books include products of more than 1,000 presses, including such famous printers as Gutenberg, Caxton, and Aldus Manutius, and give evidence as to the development of typography in its formative period. These books were generally large quarto size, bound in calf over boards of wood, and decorated with borders. What are some famous incunabula? More… Discuss

word: tergiversate


tergiversate

Definition: (verb) To use evasions or ambiguities; to change sides.
Synonyms: equivocate, prevaricate, palter
Usage: She refused to tergiversate on the subject, stating her opinion concisely and openly. Discuss.

From BBC : Sierra Leone orphanage quarantined


Sierra Leone orphanage quarantined http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-31587180

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From BBC : Skin test spots Alzheimer’s disease


.Skin test spots Alzheimer’s disease http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31585299

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From BBC : ‘Give HIV drugs to healthy gay men’


‘Give HIV drugs to healthy gay men’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31601042

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From BBC : BJP agrees Kashmir coalition deal


BJP agrees Kashmir coalition deal http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-31598836

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India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be part of a coalition government in Indian-administered Kashmir, two months after polls there produced no clear winner.

The BJP and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) announced the deal after talks in the capital, Delhi.

It is the first time the Hindu nationalist BJP have been in government in India’s only Muslim majority state.

The party won 25 seats and the PDP 28 in the 87-member state assembly.

Votes were counted on 23 December after five rounds of voting during the previous month.

“We have had discussions over several weeks and fortunately, we have agreed a deal,” PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti told reporters.

Ms Mufti, who appeared alongside BJP chief Amit Shah, said her father and PDP candidate for chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed would soon meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The details of the agreement would be shared after that, she said.

Indian media reports, quoting sources, say Mr Sayeed is expected to be sworn in as chief minister on 1 March.

 

From BBC : Row over Australia HRC chief deepens


Row over Australia HRC chief deepens http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-31615309

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From BBC : US sea level rise ‘very unusual’


US sea level rise ‘very unusual’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31604953

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From BBC : Militants, migrants and the Med: Europe’s Libya problem


Militants, migrants and the Med: Europe’s Libya problem http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-31584236

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From BBC : Is Weibo on the way out?


Is Weibo on the way out? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-china-blog-31598865

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From BBC : Europe’s young Jews face security fears


Europe’s young Jews face security fears http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31586890

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From BBC : Row over Everest climb permits


Row over Everest climb permits http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-31587654

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From BBC : US offers $3m for hacker’s arrest


US offers $3m for hacker’s arrest http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-31614819

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From BBC : Brazil roadblocks ‘affect exports’


Brazil roadblocks ‘affect exports’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-31613943

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From BBC : Surrender the UN veto, says Amnesty


Surrender the UN veto, says Amnesty http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-31617141

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From CNN : Winter 2015: Can we handle cold, hard truth?


Winter 2015: Can we handle cold, hard truth?
http://www.cnn.com//2015/02/24/us/winter-weather/index.html

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From CNN : Truck driver arrested after train collision


Truck driver arrested after train collision
http://www.cnn.com//2015/02/24/us/california-train-wreck/index.html

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From France 24 : underage marriage in Morocco…


Tackling underage marriage in Morocco

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From France 24: US WILL NOT FILE CHARGES…


US will not file federal charges in Trayvon Martin killing

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From France 24 : Why Females?….


Why female suicide bombers are Boko Haram’s weapon of choice

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USA TODAY: What is net neutrality? What does it mean for me?


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What is net neutrality? What does it mean for me?

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USA TODAY: ‘Dancing’ names 20th-edition stars


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‘Dancing’ names 20th-edition stars

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USA TODAY: Obama vetoes Keystone pipeline bill


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Obama vetoes Keystone pipeline bill

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USA TODAY: McConnell offers ‘clean’ DHS bill


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McConnell offers ‘clean’ DHS bill

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USA TODAY: Your ride is probably not at the top of the ‘best cars’ list


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Your ride is probably not at the top of the ‘best cars’ list

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From CNN : How Scottish teen became an ISIS bride


How Scottish teen became an ISIS bride
http://www.cnn.com//2015/02/23/world/scottish-teen-isis-recruiter/index.html

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From VOA : 11 Ways to Keep Yourself Safe Online


http://www.voanews.com/A/2650658.html

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From VOA : Is North Korea Really Responsible for Sony Hack?


http://www.voanews.com/A/2572345.html

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From VOA : Lithuania to Reinstate Limited Conscription


http://www.voanews.com/A/2656701.html

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From VOA : Outbreak Feared in Syria’s Future


http://www.voanews.com/A/2657126.html

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VOA : Pakistan Demands Cell Phone Users Get Fingerprinted


http://www.voanews.com/A/2656963.html

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From BBC : Enacts Broader Anti-terrorism Law


http://www.voanews.com/A/2656316.html

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From VOA : Southeast European Nations Pledge Unity in Face of Terrorism


http://www.voanews.com/A/2656997.html

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FILE - Albania's Ditmir Bushati and his fellow foreign ministers from nations within the South-East European Cooperation Process met Tuesday in Tirana.

FILE – Albania’s Ditmir Bushati and his fellow foreign ministers from nations within the South-East European Cooperation Process met Tuesday in Tirana. FILE – Albania’s Ditmir Bushati and his fellow foreign ministers from nations within the South-East European Cooperation Process met Tuesday in Tirana. (Click to access the story)

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VOA News

A group of southeast European countries has pledged to intensify cooperation in the fight against terrorism in the region, Europe and the world.

Meeting Tuesday in Tirana, Albania, foreign ministers of the 13 countries making up the South-East European Cooperation Process issued a 10-point statement condemning the “the phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters and terrorist cells in Europe” and beyond.

The ministers expressed a commitment to support through all “appropriate mechanisms” the global coalition against terrorism. The group particularly mentioned the militant group Islamic State for its “horrendous terrorist acts and atrocities.”

The ministers emphasized that terrorism is not justifiable, regardless of its “motivation or origins,” and “cannot and should not be associated with any particular nationality, religion or ethnic group.”

They said that “common threats and challenges require common responses and actions,” including strengthening the rule of law and implementing policies promoting economic development, youth, education, equal opportunities, equal access to health and the job market.

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey and Kosovo are members of the South-East European Cooperation Process.

From BBC : DRC Launches Offensive Against Rwandan Hutu Rebels


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From BBC : Diplomats Spar Over Blame for Ukraine Cease-Fire Violations


http://www.voanews.com/A/2656226.html

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From BBC : Goodyear fined $16m for bribery


Goodyear fined $16m for bribery http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-31610495

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