Daily Archives: April 24, 2015

From NPR News

PepsiCo Swaps Diet Drink’s Aspartame For Other Artificial Sweeteners http://n.pr/1E0aV0e

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EU allows sale of more GM food crops

EU allows sale of more GM food crops http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32450268

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Canada’s Senate speaker Nolin dies

Canada’s Senate speaker Nolin dies http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32452817

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Yemen ex-leader appeals for calm

Yemen ex-leader appeals for calm http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32458774

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From France 24 :

Frenchwoman who inspired ‘Ratatouille’ named world’s best chef


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The week in 37 photos

The week in 37 photos

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ kills off star role

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ kills off star role

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Airlines saved $3.4 billion. You saved 66 cents

Airlines saved $3.4 billion. You saved 66 cents

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Obama breaks promise on Armenian genocide

Obama breaks promise on Armenian genocide

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Working in the Capitol, sleeping on the street

Working in the Capitol, sleeping on the street

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Iranian ships turn away from Yemen

Iranian ships turn away from Yemen

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From NPR News

CDC Warns More HIV, Hepatitis C Outbreaks Likely Among Drug Users http://n.pr/1aYmFWP

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Toddlers under pressure to pass nursery entrance interviews

Toddlers under pressure to pass nursery entrance interviews http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32040752

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Vatican link in ‘al-Qaeda’ arrests

Vatican link in ‘al-Qaeda’ arrests http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32447603

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Best classical music, Leonard Bernstein, Brahms Tragic Overture Op.81, great compositions/performances


Leonard Bernstein, Brahms Tragic Overture Op.81


Bishop: Boko Haram is spreading to Cameroon – while the world looks the other way| CNA


Bishop: Boko Haram is spreading to Cameroon – while the world looks the other way
Children in the diocese of Maroua-Mokolo, Cameroon, which faces threats from Boko Haram. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need.

.- A bishop in Cameroon has sent out an urgent message that the militant Islamist group Boko Haram is increasingly spreading into his country – but that media around the world are paying no attention.  

In a memorandum made available to the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Bruno Ateba of the Diocese of Maroua-Mokolo lamented that the violence perpetrated in northern Cameroon by Boko Haram has not drawn significant international attention.

“What happened in Paris during the attacks there is something we experience here every day,” he said, referencing the January massacre at a Franch satirical newspaper by Muslim extremists, “and yet nobody in the world says anything about it.”

“Instead, the attention of the world is focused above all on the Middle East,” the prelate said.

Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sinful,” launched an uprising in 2009 in an effort to impose sharia law on Nigeria. More than 6,000 people have died in Boko Haram-led violence in the country, according to Human Rights Watch.

In 2014, Boko Haram became known worldwide when members kidnapped nearly 300 girls from a school in Borno State. Last month, the group pledged its allegiance to ISIS – also known as the Islamic State – which launched a bloody campaign in Iraq and Syria last summer.

But while the world turns its focus to the Middle East, Boko Haram is infiltrating parts of Cameroon, Bishop Ateba warned.

The bishop said that in his diocese alone, since the last quarter of 2014, two senior diocesan staff, three catechists and more than 30 faithful have been murdered, and there have been numerous abductions.

He also said that numerous mosques have been burnt down and imams have had their throats cut, because “they refused to obey the orders of Boko Haram.”

Since as early as December 2013, the native Muslim community within Cameroon has adopted an increasingly clear stance against Boko Haram, he explained, and Muslims have often come to the aid of Christians threatened by the terror group that is “sowing panic” in northern Cameroon.
Just as it does in Nigeria, Boko Haram also recruits children in Cameroon, ages 5-15, enticing them with financial benefits for their families or simply abducting them by force, the bishop reported. This year alone, he said, no fewer than 2000 Cameroonian children and adolescents have been seized by Boko Haram – including a number of girls.

The infrastructure of the affected region – already one of the poorest in Cameroon – has been severly damaged. According to Bishop Ateba, the terror attacks have caused the closure of more than 110 schools and 13 health centers, while many police stations have been destroyed.

The Diocese of Maroua-Mokolo is today home to more than 55,000 displaced Cameroonians as well as refugees from Nigeria, he added. Many have sought shelter with friends and relatives, but more than 22,000 are still hiding in the bush.

The situation is particularly bad in the community of Amchidé, where a series of attacks by Boko Haram have caused the entire population to flee, the bishop explained. As a result, the pastoral activities in the area have come to a complete standstill. The chapel has been burned down and, according to eyewitness reports, there are human skulls lying in the streets.

Praising the courage of the faithful who continue to gather for prayer despite the dangerous sitaution, Bishop Ateba also addressed world leaders with a plea: “Today we beseech your attention, your prayers and your help.”

“Help us to bring an end to this nameless brutality that is destroying all hope for the future and bringing to nothing all the hard work of generations of believers.”




Picture of the day

Civil War Pose Captain Cunningham — one of General T.F. Meagher’s staff — poses for a photo in Bealton, Virginia in August 1863. Photo: Library of Congress – See more at: http://www.historynet.com/picture-of-the-day#sthash.4JzKBOlM.dpuf

Today In History. What Happened This Day In History


Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.

April 24

858   St. Nicholas I begins his reign as Catholic Pope.
1519   Envoys of Montezuma II attend the first Easter mass in Central America.
1547   Charles V’s troops defeat the Protestant League of Schmalkalden at the battle of Muhlburg.
1558   Mary, Queen of Scotland, marries the French dauphin, Francis.
1792   Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle composes “La Marseilles”. It will become France’s national anthem.
1800   The Library of Congress is established in Washington, D.C. with a $5,000 allocation.
1805   U.S. Marines attack and capture the town of Derna in Tripoli from the Barbary pirates.
1833   A patent is granted for first soda fountain.
1877   Russia declares war on the Ottoman Empire.
1884   Otto von Bismarck cables Cape Town, South Africa that it is now a German colony.
1898   Spain declares war on United States, rejecting an ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.
1915   Turks of the Ottoman Empire begin massacring the Armenian minority in their country.
1916   Irish nationalists launch the Easter Uprising against British occupation.
1944   The first B-29 arrives in China, over the Hump of the Himalayas.
1948   The Berlin airlift begins to relieve surrounded city.
1953   Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
1961   President John Kennedy accepts “sole responsibility” for the failed invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs.
1968   Leftist students take over Columbia University in protest over the Vietnam War.
1980   A rescue attempt of the U.S. hostages held in Iran fails when a plane collides with a helicopter in the Iranian desert.
1981   The IBM Personal Computer is introduced.
1989   Thousands of Chinese students strike in Beijing for more democratic reforms.
Born on April 24
1620   John Graunt, statistician, founder of demography.
1743   Edmund Cartwright, English parson who invented the power loom.
1766   Robert Bailey Thomas, founder of the Farmer’s Almanac.
1769   Arthur Wellesley, general during the Napoleonic Wars, Duke of Wellington.
1815   Anthony Trollope, British novelist.
1856   Henri Philippe Pétain, French Marshall, WWI hero, Nazi collaborator.
1900   Elizabeth Goudge, English author.
1904   Willem de Kooning, abstract impressionist painter.
1905   Robert Penn Warren, novelist, America’s first poet laureate.
1906   William Joyce, ‘Lord Haw-Haw,’ British traitor, Nazi propagandist.

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today’s holiday: Arbor Day

Arbor Day

Julius Sterling Morton (1832-1902), one of the earliest American conservationists, settled on the treeless plains of Nebraska in 1855. Morton began planting trees and urged his neighbors to do the same. On April 10, 1872, when he proposed that a day be set aside for planting trees, the response was overwhelming: a million trees were planted in Nebraska on that day alone. All 50 states now observe Arbor Day—usually on the last Friday in April. Most observances take place in public schools, where the value of trees is discussed and trees and shrubs are planted. More… Discuss

quotation: Agatha Christie

Who is there who has not felt a sudden startled pang at reliving an old experience or feeling an old emotion?

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) Discuss

today’s birthday: Willem de Kooning (1904)


Willem de Kooning (1904)

De Kooning was a Dutch-American painter who became a leader of abstract expressionism, the New York-based school of painting that rejected naturalistic content. Examples of this period include his dramatic Black Paintings, which were black-and-white artworks created from enamel and oil paints. His later work became increasingly figurative, as is seen in his The Woman series of the 1950s, and was both criticized and lauded. In what unusual way did de Kooning immigrate to the US? More… Discuss


this day in the yesteryear: Armenian Genocide Begins (1915) (yet another day that will live in infamy forever)

Armenian Genocide Begins (1915)

Known by Armenians as the Great Calamity, the Armenian Genocide refers to the deliberate and systematic destruction of the Ottoman Empire’s Armenian population during and after World War I.

Characterized by the use of massacres and forced marches designed to lead to the death of deportees, the genocide is estimated to have claimed up to 1 million Armenian lives. The onset of the genocide is generally accepted to be April 24, 1915, the day that Ottoman authorities did what? More… Discuss
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Today’s Special Events: Armenian church canonizes victims of 1915 mass killings


 Today’s Special Events:  Armenian church canonizes victims of 1915 mass killings 


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ECHMIADZIN (Armenia) (AFP) – The Armenian Church on Thursday conferred sainthood on some 1.5 million Armenians massacred by Ottoman forces a century ago, as tensions raged over Turkey‘s refusal to recognise the killings as genocide.

The ceremony, which is believed to be the biggest canonisation service in history, came ahead of commemorations expected to see millions of people including heads of state on Friday mark 100 years since the start of the killings.

The two-hour ceremony outside Armenia’s main cathedral, Echmiadzin, close to the capital Yerevan, ended at 7:15 pm local time, or 19:15 according to the 24-hour clock (1515 GMT), to symbolise the year when the massacres started during World War I.

“During the dire years of the genocide of the Armenians, millions of our people were uprooted and massacred in a premeditated manner, passed through fire and sword, tasted the bitter fruits of torture and sorrow,” Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, said at the ceremony.

“The canonisation of the martyrs of the genocide brings life-giving new breath, grace and blessing to our national and ecclesiastical life.”

Clergymen in ornate robes sang ancient chants outside the imposing cathedral built in a pale pink variety of limestone at an open-air altar in a churchyard full of spring greenery.

At the end of the ceremony attended by President Serzh Sarkisian, bells rang out across Armenia and a minute of silence was observed.

Bells also tolled in cities around the world including New York, Madrid, Venice, Berlin and the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Armenian television said.

– ‘Triumph of supreme justice’ –

“Today’s canonisation unites all Armenians living around the globe,” said Huri Avetikian, an ethnic Armenian librarian from Lebanon who arrived in her ancestral homeland to attend the service.

“Souls of the victims of the genocide will finally find eternal repose today,” said 68-year-old social worker Varduhi Shanakian.

“Supreme justice will triumph.”

In canonising the victims, “the Church only recognises what happened: that is, the genocide”, Karekin II said ahead of the event which Christian Today, an online publication covering religious news, said could become “the biggest saint-making service in history”.

Ex-Soviet Armenia and the huge Armenian diaspora worldwide have battled for decades to get the World War I massacres at the hands of the Ottoman forces between 1915 and 1917 recognised as a targeted genocide.

But modern Turkey, which was born of the ashes of the Ottoman Empire, has refused to do so, and relations remain frozen to this day.

Ankara says 300,000 to 500,000 Armenians and at least as many Turks died in civil — rather than religious — strife when Armenians rose up against their Ottoman rulers and sided with invading Russian troops.

In a rare interview with Turkish television broadcast Thursday, Armenia’s Sarkisian expressed hope the two countries could mend fences.

“It is obvious that a reconciliation between the two peoples will have to come about through Turkey recognising the genocide,” he told CNN-Turk.

Later Thursday US hard rock band System of a Down whose members are of Armenian descent performed in front of thousands of fans in the pouring rain in Yerevan.

On Friday, hundreds of thousands are expected to join a procession to a hilltop memorial in Yerevan carrying candles and flowers to lay at the eternal flame at the centre of the monument.

In Paris, Los Angeles and other cities, members of the Armenian diaspora that came into existence as a result of the slaughter will also hold commemorations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Francois Hollande are expected to be among a handful of leaders to travel to Armenia for the commemorations, but others are shying away for fear of upsetting Ankara.

– Anger in Turkey –

In a move expected to draw an angry reaction from Turkey, German President Joahim Gauck on Thursday condemned the massacres as genocide, the first time Berlin has officially used the word to describe the bloodletting.

Speaking at a religious service commemorating the centenary, Gauck said the then German empire — the Ottoman Turkey’s ally in WWI — bore “shared responsibility, possibly shared guilt for the genocide.”

Ahead of the ceremonies, Turkey kicked up a diplomatic storm, condemning growing “racism” in Europe.

On Wednesday, Turkey recalled its ambassador to Vienna in protest at the Austrian parliament’s decision to call the massacre a “genocide.”

Earlier this month Ankara also recalled its envoy to the Vatican after Pope Francis described the killings as “the first genocide of the 20th century.”

More than 20 nations — including France and Russia — have so far recognised the Armenian genocide, a definition supported by numerous historians.

But the White House conspicuously avoids using the term.

Turkey will on Friday host world leaders to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Gallipoli, a day earlier than the actual start of fighting.

Sarkisian has accused Ankara of deliberately “trying to divert world attention” from the Yerevan commemorations.


Gotham City: DC Comics’ Batman character


Gotham City

Gotham City is a fictional city that is best known as the home of DC Comics’ Batman character. Gotham is known to be architecturally modeled after New York City, but with exaggerated elements and styles. Gotham also sometimes serves as a nickname for New York, and was first popularized as such by the author Washington Irving. What is Arkham Asylum? More… Discuss

Published on Apr 4, 2015

Cartoon Movie Batman works desperately to find a bomb planted by the Joker while Amanda Waller hires her newly formed Suicide Squad to break into Arkham Asylum to recover vital information stolen by the Riddler.
Best Cartoon Movies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE_eF…


Word of the Day: sentient

Word of the Day



Definition: (adjective) Endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness.
Synonyms: animate
Usage: The living knew themselves just sentient puppets on God’s stage. Discuss.


From France 24 :

Senate confirms Loretta Lynch as US attorney general


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After the subway: the hardships of New York’s young ‘showtime’ performers


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Armenians mark 100 years since genocide


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Italy launches ‘vast’ anti-terror operation

Italy launches ‘vast’ anti-terror operation

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Deadly IS-rebel clashes in Syria

Deadly IS-rebel clashes in Syria http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32418258

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‘High level’ radiation in Tokyo park

‘High level’ radiation in Tokyo park http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-32443450

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Venezuela ‘receives $5bn from China’

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

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Petrobras corruption costs hit $2bn

Petrobras corruption costs hit $2bn http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32422875

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Chile town blanketed in volcanic ash

Chile town blanketed in volcanic ash http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-32444840

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Switzerland ‘world’s happiest place’

Switzerland ‘world’s happiest place’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32443396

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Migrants killed on Macedonia railway

Migrants killed on Macedonia railway http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32445926

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Child star of US show kills himself

Child star of US show kills himself http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32443743

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Native Americans quit Sandler set

Native Americans quit Sandler set http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32447263

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Hope over child malaria vaccine tests

Hope over child malaria vaccine tests http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32437383

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Events mark WW1 Gallipoli centenary

Events mark WW1 Gallipoli centenary http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32432725

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Armenia remembers ‘genocide campaign’

Armenia remembers ‘genocide campaign’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32443266

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