Daily Archives: April 20, 2015

Words of wisdom.


Crying with the wise is better than laughing with the fool.
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.bmt

Posted from WordPress for Android

From NPR News


When Danish Cows See Fresh Spring Pasture, They Jump For Joy http://n.pr/1aLocPH

Posted from WordPress for Android

From NPR News


U.S. Navy Sends Aircraft Carrier To Coast Of Yemen http://n.pr/1Iza2Nc

Posted from WordPress for Android

18 dead from mysterious ailment in Nigeria


18 dead from mysterious ailment in Nigeria
http://www.cnn.com//2015/04/19/africa/nigeria-mystery-illness/index.html

Posted from WordPress for Android

‘This is a new low even for Walmart,’ say fired workers


‘This is a new low even for Walmart,’ say fired workers
http://money.cnn.com/2015/04/20/news/companies/walmart-workers-store-closing/index.html

Posted from WordPress for Android


Assad says no Iran troops in Syria, denies fresh chemical attacks

http://f24.my/1D7e380

Posted from WordPress for Android

Italy holds two over migrant deaths


Italy holds two over migrant deaths http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32390941

Posted from WordPress for Android

Kraft removing synthetic colors from iconic macaroni & cheese | Reuters (question: Are food formulators human, or some alien beings, completely different from the rest of us?)


A box of Kraft Velveeta shells and cheese is displayed in a grocery store in New York March 25, 2015. Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

(Reuters) – Kraft Foods Group Inc on Monday said it is revamping its family-friendly macaroni and cheese meal, removing synthetic colors and preservatives from the popular boxed dinner.

The move comes at a time when Kraft is battling sluggish demand as consumers shift to brands that are perceived as healthier, including foods that are organic or less processed.

The company has also been targeted by consumer advocacy groups. The groups have pressured Kraft to remove artificial food dyes from its products, complaining that the additives are not used, and in some cases, banned in other countries.Kraft spokeswoman Lynne Galia said the changes were being made to address concerns expressed by consumers, including demands for improved nutrition and “simpler ingredients.”

“We know parents want to feel good about the foods they eat and serve their families,” Galia said in an emailed statement about the changes to its macaroni and cheese product.

Galia said the changes will be effective by January 2016 for “Original Kraft Macaroni & Cheese” in the United States. The company is also removing synthetic colors by the end of 2016 in Canada for its Kraft Dinner Original.

In 2014, Kraft launched its Mac & Cheese Boxed Shapes with no synthetic colors, and in January of this year, the Northfield, Illinois-based company moved to no artificial preservatives for the Boxed Shapes product in the United States, the company said.

Kraft also said it is replacing synthetic colors with those derived from natural sources, like paprika, annatto and turmeric.

Heather White, executive director of the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy organization for health and environmental issues, applauded Kraft’s move and said it should be an example for other companies.

“The announcement from Kraft should be a wake-up call for other food manufacturers to take notice, go back to the drawing board, reformulate and get rid of these synthetic ingredients of concern, especially in food that is marketed to children,” White said.

Kraft Foods is one of North America’s largest consumer packaged food and beverage companies, with annual revenues of more than $18 billion. Its brands include Capri Sun, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Lunchables, Maxwell House and Oscar Mayer.

Kraft shares were up about 1 percent at $87.58 on Monday.

(Reporting by Carey Gillam in Kansas City, Missouri; Additional reporting by Anjali Athavaley in New York; Editing by G Crosse and Lisa Shumaker)

via Kraft removing synthetic colors from iconic macaroni & cheese | Reuters.

The Murders in the Rue Morgue (FULL Audiobook)


The Murders in the Rue Morgue (FULL Audiobook)

20th April, 1841: First detective story (Edgar Allen Poe’s “Murders in Rue Morgue”) is published. — ✍ Bibliophilia (@Libroantiguo)


this pressed for you: Middle East – Air strike on missile depot rocks Yemeni capital – France 24


© Mohammed Huwais, AFP | Yemenis walk along a damaged street following a raid by Saudi-led coalition warplanes on a nearby missile depot on Fajj Attan hill in southern Sanaa, on April 20, 2015

© Mohammed Huwais, AFP | Yemenis walk along a damaged street following a raid by Saudi-led coalition warplanes on a nearby missile depot on Fajj Attan hill in southern Sanaa, on April 20, 2015

© Mohammed Huwais, AFP | Yemenis walk along a damaged street following a raid by Saudi-led coalition warplanes on a nearby missile depot on Fajj Attan hill in southern Sanaa, on April 20, 2015

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2015-04-20

An air strike on a Scud missile base in the Yemeni capital Sanaa caused a big explosion that blew out windows in homes, killing seven civilians and wounding dozens, medical sources told Reuters.

Yemen’s state news agency Saba, run by the Houthi movement which controls the capital, said the bombing resulted in “dozens of martyrs and hundreds of wounded,” citing a government official.

Saudi Arabia has led an alliance of Sunni Arab countries in air strikes against the Iran-allied Shi’ite Houthi group and army units loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The blast hit the base on Faj Attan mountain beside Hadda district, home to the presidential palace and many embassies, and sent a thick pillar of smoke into the air.

Resident Adel Mansour said it was the largest explosion in more than three weeks of bombing by the Saudi-led coalition.

“For the first time since the start of the bombing the windows of my house smashed,” Mansour said. “My children are terrified and one of my relatives fainted because of the force of the blast.”

An eyewitness at a hospital in the area said the emergency room was overwhelmed with victims, who screamed in pain from wounds sustained by the flying debris of their homes.

The campaign has repeatedly targeted the Faj Attan facility along with other military bases and airports in Sanaa and throughout the country.

The explosion also damaged the headquarters of a television station, Yemen Today, which is owned by ex-president Saleh, knocking its signal off air and wounding several people, employees told Reuters.

(REUTERS)

Date created : 2015-04-20

via Middle East – Air strike on missile depot rocks Yemeni capital – France 24.

related reading:>>>>> HERE <<<<<

this pressed for you: read on! Flash – Will latest migrant drama prod Europe into action? – France 24


© Eurokinissi/AFP / by Christian Spillmann | Local residents and rescue workers try to help migrants after their boat sank off the island of Rhodes, Greece, on April 20, 2015

20 April 2015 – 22H05

Will latest migrant drama prod Europe into action?

BRUSSELS (AFP) –

EU nations have long had the recipes for managing migrant flows and sharing out the burden of illegal migration but have lacked the political will for action despite multiple dramas in the Mediterranean, critics say.

“It’s shameful of Europe,” a high-ranking EU official told AFP after a boat carrying more than 700 people — perhaps as many as 1,000 — capsized off Libya days after a series of similar accidents sparked international outrage.

The European Union’s 28 members states had “no more excuses” to avoid action, warned the bloc’s foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini.

Amid the anger caused by the Lampedusa disaster of late 2013, in which 366 people drowned off Italy while seeking to reach Europe’s shores, the EU finessed plans to deal with the problem.

The action plan outlined at the time included improving the legal means of migration, combatting people-smugglers, beefing up the cash made available to Frontex, the EU’s frontier control agency, and rewriting the rules on dealing with migrant and refugee arrivals.

There has been no real follow-up however.

“The latest tragedies on the Mediterranean show how urgent it is to agree a share-out of responsibility,” said Cecilia Malmstroem, the EU’s former migration commissioner.

But at a summit on the issue in December 2013, EU leaders merely agreed to “prioritise efforts to stop departures” and show “appropriate solidarity” on dealing with new migrant arrivals.

The EU’s current migrant and refugee regime is set out in what is known as the Dublin II accords. They require that the country of first arrival — most often Italy recently – process migrants as well as asylum requests and be responsible for expelling those whose applications have been rejected.

A European Commission proposal to review the rule in the interests of better burden-sharing was flatly rejected by 24 of the EU’s 28 member states.

Only Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Malta — on the frontline of the migrant tide — backed the idea.

Malmstroem said European politicians had allowed populist and xenophobic movements to dictate policy and put the emphasis on repatriation.

– ‘Something has to change’ –

Now, public anger and shock over the steadily mounting death toll at sea may force a change.

“These are people like you and me — they’re not cockroaches,” thundered The Times of London, referring to controversial remarks made by a British newspaper columnist that “gunships” should be used on migrant boats to turn them back.

Malmstroem’s successor, Greece’s Dimitris Avramopoulos, is set to introduce a new approach to the problem in May.

Among his initiatives are greater funding for Frontex’s Triton operation monitoring the Mediterranean, new European programmes and facilities to handle incoming migrants, and legal and security rules “for people fleeing conflicts.”

Central to Avramopoulos’ push is his conviction that “something has to change” in the logic of the Dublin II accord, which leaves each country to deal with its individual share of the bloc’s immigration problem, limiting collective measures.

At a March 12 meeting, EU interior ministers looked at ways of stopping would-be migrants from leaving home.

Among these was setting up centres to examine immigration and asylum requests at major departure points in Africa to help stop people from setting out in rickety boats for a perilous journey across the Mediterranean sea.

“The only way to truly change the reality is to address the situation at its roots,” a Commission statement read.

Italy suspended its Mare Nostrum search-and-rescue operation late last year in protest over its rising cost and it was replaced by a smaller and much more restricted EU-led mission called Triton.

The recent flood of migrants and the growing loss of life have put Triton in the spotlight, with EU diplomatic sources saying Monday there was an emerging consensus that it had to get more resources to cope with the growing problem.

EU leaders will hold an emergency summit on the issue on Thursday and will be under intense pressure to come up with concrete proposals.

EU foreign and interior ministers meeting on Monday came up with a 10-point plan for action to be submitted to the leaders at the summit.

by Christian Spillmann

? 2015 AFP

News videos : UK elections – Miliband wins debate as PM Cameron absent

via Flash – Will latest migrant drama prod Europe into action? – France 24.

related Readings:  HERE

From BBC news : Athlete’s foot drug may be MS therapy


Athlete’s foot drug may be MS therapy http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32378240

Posted from WordPress for Android

From BBC news : Iran to give Australia IS data


Iran to give Australia IS data http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-32376976

Posted from WordPress for Android

From BBC news : Venezuela ‘receives $5bn from China’


Venezuela ‘receives $5bn from China’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-32381250

Posted from WordPress for Android

From BBC news : ‘3D Cryosat’ tracks Arctic winter ice


‘3D Cryosat’ tracks Arctic winter ice http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32348291

Posted from WordPress for Android

From BBC news : The surreal world of Venezuela’s queues


The surreal world of Venezuela’s queues http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32349473

Posted from WordPress for Android

From BBC news : Turning Ethiopia’s desert green


Turning Ethiopia’s desert green http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32348749

Posted from WordPress for Android

From BBC news : “Race element” to Baltimore death


“Race element” to Baltimore death http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articles/32379962

Posted from WordPress for Android

From BBC news : Six US men ‘supported Islamic State’


Six US men ‘supported Islamic State’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32387105

Posted from WordPress for Android

From BBC news : Ethiopia mourns victims of IS killings


Ethiopia mourns victims of IS killings http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-32385645

Posted from WordPress for Android

From BBC news : Yemen rebel head vows to defy Saudis


Yemen rebel head vows to defy Saudis http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32380673

Posted from WordPress for Android

From BBC news : Airline bans passenger after tweet


Airline bans passenger after tweet http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32380071

Posted from WordPress for Android

From BBC news : New migrant boat alerts as EU meets


New migrant boat alerts as EU meets http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32383126

Posted from WordPress for Android

1915 Armenian Massacre Now Called a Genocide by Germany


1915 Armenian Massacre Now Called a Genocide by Germany  Added by Alex Lemieux on April 20, 2015.  Saved under Breaking News!, Germany, World  Tags: 1915 Armenian Massacre  1915 Armenian Massacre

1915 Armenian Massacre Now Called a Genocide by Germany Added by Alex Lemieux on April 20, 2015. Saved under Breaking News!, Germany, World Tags: 1915 Armenian Massacre 1915 Armenian Massacre

1915 Armenian Massacre Now Called a Genocide by Germany

Added by Alex Lemieux on April 20, 2015.

Saved under Breaking News!, Germany, World

Tags: 1915 Armenian Massacre

1915 Armenian Massacre

Germany has now reversed its stance to use the term “genocide” to describe the 1915 Armenian massacre when around 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered by Ottoman Turkish forces. The major reversal is crucial due to the fact that Germany is Turkey’s top European Union trading partner. Germany comes after France, Pope Francis, and the European parliament to condemn the violence.

Germany has resisted using the term of genocide even though other European nations have. Though, the government has come under scrutiny from officials to use the word in a resolution. Steffen Seibert, a spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel, stated Germany would support a parliamentary resolution, declaring the 1915 Armenian massacre an example of genocide.

Turkey’s government currently denies that the slaughters constituted genocide. Officials stated there was no organized nation campaign to kill off Armenians and no such other orders from the Ottoman Empire. The word Genocide has not been used by any other nations to avoid upsetting Turkey and trading negotiations.

Originally, the German government refused to use the term due to some concerns of the Herero massacres done in 1904 and 1905 by German forces. This lead to reparation demands in what is now Namibia.

By Alex Lemieux

Source:

The Daily Mail

Photo by Luke Ma – Flickr License

via 1915 Armenian Massacre Now Called a Genocide by Germany.

More>>>>>>> HERE <<<<<<<<<

best classical music, ENRIQUE GRANADOS.- Danzas Españolas ENRIQUE , Piano: Alicia de Larrocha, gregaat compositions/performances


ENRIQUE GRANADOS.- Danzas Españolas,  Piano: Alicia de Larrocha

best classical music, Giacomo Puccini: “Coro a bocca chiusa” (Humming Chorus) from Madame Butterfly , great compositions/performances


Giacomo Puccini: “Coro a bocca chiusa” (Humming Chorus) from Madame Butterfly

best classical music, Hamelin plays Gershwin – Concerto in F , great compositions/performanes


Hamelin plays Gershwin – Concerto in F

International religious freedom bill hopes to fight terrorism, promote security :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)


By Matt Hadro

Washington D.C., Apr 19, 2015 / 04:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A bill boosting promotion of religious freedom abroad could deter terror groups like ISIS, protect vulnerable minorities and foster global security, advocates say.

The bill is “an important first step in improving the ability of our nation to advance religious freedom globally,” stated Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, chair of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, in an April 10 letter to Congress.

“The increase in violence perpetrated against religious minorities has reached staggering proportions,” he warned.

The Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act of 2015 passed the House Subcommittee for Global Human Rights on Thursday and adds to the existing International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

It mandates education and training for ambassadors and foreign service officers – all the way down to the entry-level – to promote religious freedom abroad.

The bill also creates an interagency committee chaired by the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom – currently Rabbi David Saperstein – that would develop a global strategy for promoting religious freedom.

The power to sanction individuals for egregious abuses of religious freedom is also granted to the president under the proposed legislation.

“The bill we passed 15 years ago needs to be updated to match the new challenges of the 21st century,” stated Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), who authored the legislation.

“A robust religious freedom diplomacy is necessary to advance our nation’s interest in the stability, security, and economic development of countries we engage with around the globe.”

He cited global threats to religious freedom – from the bloody terrorism of the Islamic State, al Shabbab, and Boko Haram to the rising anti-Semitism in Europe – to show the need for a stronger U.S. foreign policy on religious freedom. He added that “governmental restrictions on the freedom of religion are at a seven year high,” citing the Pew Research Foundation.

The bill cites “growing evidence” of “a connection between the absence of religious freedom and increased levels of persecution of religious minorities, religiously motivated conflict, violent extremism, and terrorism, including the kind of terrorism that has reached the United States.”

“More robust efforts to advance religious freedom diplomatically will advance U.S. values around the world and help protect vulnerable religious minorities,” added the bill’s leading co-sponsor, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.).

The original International Religious Freedom Act was a landmark bill that created an ambassador position for international religious freedom in the U.S. State Department.

It also started the independent, bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which promotes religious liberty abroad and authors a yearly report on the state of global religious freedom that includes recommendations for the State Department’s list of “Countries of Particular Concern” for human rights and religious freedom abuses.

The new bill re-authorizes this commission until 2021 and expedites the process by which an ambassador is chosen. The post has been vacant for much of President Barack Obama’s tenure.

Bishop Cantu cited Pope Francis’ statements of solidarity with persecuted Christians in his support for the new bill.

“At Easter, Pope Francis acknowledged ‘the suffering of our many brothers and sisters who are persecuted for [Christ’s] name, and of all those who suffer injustice as a result of ongoing conflicts and violence’,” the bishop stated.

“The Holy Father went on to name violent conflicts in Syria, Iraq, the Holy Land, Libya, Nigeria, and most recently Kenya, many of which have a dimension of religious persecution or ethnic/sectarian tensions that have taken on religious overtones.”

“The Catholic Church views protection of religious freedom as a ‘cornerstone of the structure of human rights’,” he added, “since it is rooted in the dignity of the human person.”

Tags: Religious freedom

via International religious freedom bill hopes to fight terrorism, promote security :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

Saint of the Day for Monday, April 20th, 2015: St. Marian


St. Marian

When St. Mamertinus was Abbot of the monastery which St. Germanus had founded at Auxerre, there came to him a young man called Marcian (also known as Marian), a fugitive from Bourges then occupied by … continue reading

 More Saints of the Day

today’s holiday: Sechseläuten


Sechseläuten

This colorful springtime festival in Zurich, Switzerland, ushers in spring by exploding the Böögg (“snowman”), the symbol of winter. Sechseläuten means the “six-o’clock ringing.” On Monday, members of the guilds parade through the city in medieval costumes, accompanied by bands. Everyone converges at six that evening. The bells ring, groups on horseback gallop around the Böögg (which is stuffed with cotton wadding and firecrackers) to the music of a hunting march, and then the Böögg explodes and burns. Torchlight parades go on into the night, and feasts are held at guild halls. More… Discuss

quotation: Herman Melville


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.Herman Melville (1819-1891) Discuss

today’s birthday: Harold Lloyd (1893)


Harold Lloyd (1893)

Famous for his comic portrayals of a wistful innocent with horn-rimmed glasses who blunders in and out of hair-raising situations, American movie actor Harold Lloyd was the most popular film comedian of the 1920s. He appeared in over 500 films, including many shorts, spanning both the silent and sound eras. Noted for his use of physical danger as a source of comedy, he performed his own stunts, famously hanging from the hands of a clock far above the street in an iconic scene from what film? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: First Pasteurization Test Conducted (1862)


First Pasteurization Test Conducted (1862)

Pasteurization is the process of heating beverages or food, such as milk, beer, or cheese, to a specific temperature for a specific period of time in order to kill microorganisms that could cause disease, spoilage, or undesired fermentation. The process was named after its creator, French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur, who conducted the first pasteurization test with fellow French scientist Claude Bernard in 1862. Why is pasteurization not designed to kill all microorganisms in food? More… Discuss

Pasteurization is the process of heating beverages or food, such as milk, beer, or cheese, to a specific temperature for a specific period of time in order to kill microorganisms that could cause disease, spoilage, or undesired fermentation. The process was named after its creator, French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur, who conducted the first pasteurization test with fellow French scientist Claude Bernard in 1862. Why is pasteurization not designed to kill all microorganisms in food? More… Discuss

Marching Bands


Marching Bands

A marching band is a sporting group of instrumental musicians that generally performs outdoors. Instrumentation typically includes brass, woodwinds, and percussion instruments, and the music usually incorporates a strong rhythmic component suitable for marching. Marching bands grew out of military bands, which used to control troop movements on the field. What military traditions survive in modern marching bands? More… Discuss

word: spurious


spurious

Definition: (adjective) Lacking authenticity or validity in essence or origin; not genuine.
Synonyms: specious, unauthentic
Usage: The professor explained to the student that her essay had received a “C” due to numerous examples of spurious reasoning. Discuss.

What does classic art look like without the gluten?


What does classic art look like without the gluten? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-32348847

Posted from WordPress for Android