Monthly Archives: August 2015

today’s holiday: Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo


Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Augustine is best known for his spiritual autobiography, the Confessions, which details the excesses of his youth, his career as a teacher of rhetoric, his years as a believer in Manicheism and Platonism, and his belated conversion to Christianity. It is primarily for his writings that he is known as the patron saint of theologians and scholars, and one of the “Four Latin Fathers” of the Christian Church. When Spanish soldiers landed on the coast of Florida on St. Augustine’s Day in 1565, they named the U.S.’s oldest European community after him. More… Discuss

quotation: Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity. Honore de Balzac


Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) Discuss

today’s birthday: Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774)


Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774)

Seton was the first native-born US citizen canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. Six years after she founded the Society for the Relief of Poor Widows with Small Children, her husband died, leaving her with five young children. She later opened a free Catholic elementary school and is considered the mother of the US parochial school system. In 1813, she founded the Sisters of Charity, the first US religious order, and served as its superior until her death. Seton is the patron saint of what? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: The Peace Palace Opens in The Hague (1913)


The Peace Palace Opens in The Hague (1913)

Often called “the seat of international law,” the Peace Palace houses the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague Academy of International Law, and the International Court of Justice, which is the primary judicial body of the United Nations. The palace was conceived in the early 20th century and was funded by American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. To show their support for the project, many nations sent gifts for use or display in the palace, including what items? More… Discuss

The iPod


The iPod

The Apple iPod, currently the world’s best-selling line of digital audio players, was unveiled in 2001 for the Mac, and in 2002 for Windows. iPods store and play songs in a variety of digital formats, including MP3, Apple Lossless, and AAC. The combination of sound quality, sleek design, and slick user interface, coupled with a bold marketing campaign, has made the iPod a hit. By the end of 2006, over 67 million iPods had been sold. What medical problem may be associated with prolonged iPod use? More… Discuss

unwieldy


unwieldy

Definition: (adjective) Difficult to carry or manage because of size, shape, weight, or complexity.
Synonyms: unmanageable
Usage: She shifted the unwieldy groceries in her arms and looked for an empty shopping cart. Discuss.

Hungarian police arrest driver of lorry that had 71 dead migrants inside


Hungarian police arrest driver of lorry that had 71 dead migrants inside

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Obama: Katrina A ‘Man-Made’ Disaster Caused By Government Failure

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Estonia ‘plans Russia border fence’


Estonia ‘plans Russia border fence’

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Moldova Independence Day: On August 27, 1991


Moldova Independence Day

On August 27, 1991, the Republic of Moldova became an independent and sovereign state. To commemorate this momentous occasion, the country celebrates Independence Day every year on August 27. As part of the celebrations, the Moldovan President addresses the people of the country with a festive speech. Public concerts, fairs, and outdoor activities are held in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, as well as in other cities around the country. On August 27, 2001, the first military parade was held in Chisinau to celebrate the first 10 years of the country’s independence. More… Discuss

quotation: Reproach is infinite, and knows no end. Homer (900 BC-800 BC)


Reproach is infinite, and knows no end.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC) Discuss

today’s birthday: Emmanuel Radnitzky, AKA Man Ray (1890)


Emmanuel Radnitzky, AKA Man Ray (1890)

Radnitzky was a photographer, painter, and filmmaker better known in the art world as Man Ray. After forming the New York Dada group with Marcel Duchamp in 1917, he moved to Paris and became associated with the Surrealists. By placing objects on light-sensitive paper and exposing them to sunlight, he created “cameraless” pictures called “rayographs.” He later turned to portrait and fashion photography, extensively documenting Parisian celebrities. How did Radnitzky come to be known as Man Ray? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Anglo-Zanzibar War Begins and Ends (1896)


Anglo-Zanzibar War Begins and Ends (1896)

The Anglo-Zanzibar War is the shortest war in history. Lasting only 38 minutes, the conflict broke out when Khalid bin Bargash seized power after the death of his uncle, Sultan Hamad bin Thuwaini. The British, who favored a different candidate, delivered an ultimatum ordering Bargash to abdicate. When Bargash refused and assembled an army, the Royal Navy sent five warships to the harbor in front of the palace and opened fire. For what did the British demand payment after the brief war was over? More… Discuss

Istanbul


Istanbul

The city of Istanbul, which extends on both the European and Asian sides of the Bosporus strait, is the only city in the world to span 2 continents. Over the centuries, this area has been under Greek, Roman, Ottoman, and Turkish control. One of the great historic metropolises of the world, Istanbul is Turkey’s chief city and seaport as well as its commercial, industrial, and financial center. Istanbul is home to Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, and what other historic sites? More… Discuss

word: polyglot


polyglot

Definition: (noun) A person having a speaking, reading, or writing knowledge of several languages.
Synonyms: linguist
Usage: He was a polyglot who spoke nine languages fluently. Discuss.

‘Dust lady’ of 9/11 dies of cancer


‘Dust lady’ of 9/11 dies of cancer

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Oldest ever message in bottle?


Oldest ever message in bottle?

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Doctors on plague alert in U.S.


Doctors on plague alert in U.S.

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Thousands of microbes in house dust


Thousands of microbes in house dust

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Low vitamin-D genes linked to MS


Low vitamin-D genes linked to MS

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Execuţia lui Ion Antonescu


Execuţia lui Ion Antonescu

Foarte frumos scris! Vizionare placuta celor… – Cetatea Făgăraşului


Obiectiv istoric incadrat pe locul 2 mondial ca fortificatie,este mandria fagarasenilor.In fiecare an in jurul ei se organizeaza aceste zile ale Fagarasului.Anul acesta a luat parte si o garda cu comandir, copil de trupa,tobosari,-toti in costume de epoca superbe- faclii si calareti falnici pe cai minunati si tunuri pentru a da deschiderii festivitatilor acel aer medieval care adauga Cetatii un plus de frumusete misterioasa la ceas de seara. Dac-am da frau liber imaginatiei,si am face abstractie de iluminatul electric,azi atat de necesar,am putea crede ca la portile Cetatii,negutatorii cu tarabele,imbie domni si domnite cu bunatati si lucruri scumpe,iar inauntru zidurilor, mestesugarii se indeletnicesc cu lucruri si reparatii necesare traiului de zi cu zi. In muzeu,cu ajutorul istoriografilor si a restauratorilor,vizitatorilor li se pun la dispozitie incaperi mobilate in care lumina filtrata ne face sa ne inchipuim domnite si cavaleri soptind taine si facand cu mana celor alesi . Gasim si temnite intunecate in care si-au gasit sfarsitul de la tradatori de neam pana la cei oprimati de regimul comunist,…daca treci pragul lor si-asculti atent, s-ar putea sa mai auzi suspine vechi ramase intre zidurile groase…..Si toate astea in frumoasa cetate a Fagarasului pe care trebuie neaparat s-o vizitati si s-o tineti minte!!!!

Foarte frumos scris! Vizionare placuta celor… – Cetatea Făgăraşului.

Cam asa a fost la Zilele Cetatii Fagarasului in… – Cetatea Făgăraşului


Obiectiv istoric incadrat pe locul 2 mondial ca fortificatie,este mandria fagarasenilor.In fiecare an in jurul ei se organizeaza aceste zile ale Fagarasului.Anul acesta a luat parte si o garda cu comandir, copil de trupa,tobosari,-toti in costume de epoca superbe- faclii si calareti falnici pe cai minunati si tunuri pentru a da deschiderii festivitatilor acel aer medieval care adauga Cetatii un plus de frumusete misterioasa la ceas de seara. Dac-am da frau liber imaginatiei,si am face abstractie de iluminatul electric,azi atat de necesar,am putea crede ca la portile Cetatii,negutatorii cu tarabele,imbie domni si domnite cu bunatati si lucruri scumpe,iar inauntru zidurilor, mestesugarii se indeletnicesc cu lucruri si reparatii necesare traiului de zi cu zi. In muzeu,cu ajutorul istoriografilor si a restauratorilor,vizitatorilor li se pun la dispozitie incaperi mobilate in care lumina filtrata ne face sa ne inchipuim domnite si cavaleri soptind taine si facand cu mana celor alesi . Gasim si temnite intunecate in care si-au gasit sfarsitul de la tradatori de neam pana la cei oprimati de regimul comunist,…daca treci pragul lor si-asculti atent, s-ar putea sa mai auzi suspine vechi ramase intre zidurile groase…..Si toate astea in frumoasa cetate a Fagarasului pe care trebuie neaparat s-o vizitati si s-o tineti minte!!!!

Cam asa a fost la Zilele Cetatii Fagarasului in… – Cetatea Făgăraşului.

Liniştea de dinaintea furtunii la graniţa României cu Serbia. Cât de pregătiţi suntem pentru a primi refugiaţi din Orientul Mijlociu: „E o mare problemă!” | adevarul.ro


Situaţia imigranţilor din Balcani şi din apropierea graniţei cu România, în special de la frontiera dintre Serbia şi Ungaria, a pus în alertă şi autorităţile din ţara noastră.

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EXCLUSIV Refugiaţii care au speriat Europa. O noapte la gardul care se…

Ridicarea gardului de sârmă ghimpată de către Ungaria, pentru a împiedica invazia refugiaţilor din Serbia, ar putea crea un scenariu dramatic pentru România: refugiaţii care doresc să ajungă cu disperare într-o ţară Occidentală să îşi aleagă o nouă rută, cea prin România.

 

Deocamdată, acest scenariu este privit cu rezervă de autorităţi. Problema se află în mâinile Inspectoratul General pentru Imigrari (IGI), Departamentul Azil şi Integrare (DAI) – structură specializată a Ministerului de Intern, şi Înaltul Comisariat pentru Refugiaţi al Naţiunilor Unite (UNHCR), care sprijină guvernul în consolidarea sistemului de azil şi a legislaţiei în materie de azil.

 

„Inspectoratului General pentru Imigrări se ocupă de cererile şi dosarele celor care solitiă azil, ei sunt cei care le procesează cererile şi dau o decizie. IGI administrează cele şase centre regionale de recepţie şi proceduri pentru solicitanţii de azil: la Timişoara, Galaţi, Rădăuţi, Giurgiu şi Şomcuta Mare. Însă nu toţi solicitanţii de azil sunt cazaţi în centre, mulţi prefer să locuiască în oraş”, a declarat Gabriela Leu, purtător de cuvânt al Înaltul Comisariat pentru Refugiaţi al Naţiunilor Unite (UNHCR).

 

Centru pentru tranzit de la Timişoara, unic în lume

 

Centrul de la Timişoara este unul special, practic unic în lume. Acestea este împărţit între UNHCR – care a înfiinţat Centrul de Tranizt în Regim de Urgenţă, care primeşe refugiaţii în drumul lor spre destinaţia aleasă, şi IGI.

 

„Centrul de Tranzit de la Timişoara este unic în lume. A fost înfiinţat în 2008, în urma unui acord între Guvernul României, UNHCR şi Organizaţia Internaţională pentru Migraţie, semnat la .Aici ajung cei care urmează să fie relocaţi într-o altă ţară. Ei sunt scoşi de UNHCR din pericol, aduşi în România pentru a rezolva dosarele lor, iar apoi pleacă în altă ţară, în SUA, Australia, Marea Britanie, Canada, Norvegia, Olanda şi Suedia. Centrul poate primi 200 de persoane aflate în tranzit. Ei sunt refugiaţi în tranzit. Vin şi pleacă, există un flux. În paralel, IGI are în acelaşi perimetru un centru cu 50 de locuri pentru solicitanţii de azil”, a mai declarat Gabriela Leu.

 

Structuri guvernamentale care se activează în cazul de urgenţă

 

Numărul de cereri de azil inregistrate în Romania în ultimii ani a fost relativ constant, în medie 1.500 cerer pe an, cu excepţia perioadei 2011-2012 când au fost înregistrate 2.064 şi respectiv 2.982 cereri (flux mai mare datorat Primaverii Arabe).

 

„În cazul în care numărul azilanţilor va creşte, se va face o redistribuire la toate centrele de cazare din ţară. Există planuri pentru a face faţă creşterii numărului de solicitanţi de azil. Este un plan pus la cale de IGI şi alte structuri guvernamentale care se activează în cazul de urgenţă. Nu avem cum să facem estimări şi presupuneri. Totul depinde de traseele pe care le aleg migrabnţii pentru a ajunge în Uniunea Europeană. Aceşti oameni sunt epuizaţi, debusolaţi, vor să ajungă cât mai repede la destinaţie. Dar nu putem prezice se ce va întâmpla. Cert este că suntem pregătiţi. Dar se poate schimba totul în orice moment. În acest moment UNHCR face presiuni pe ţările din jur să îi primească pe refugiaţi, să le ofere cazare şi asistenţă, să primească ajutorul necesar. Este vorba de organizaţie a Naţiunilor Unite, ca atare problema trebuie rezolvată la nivel de diplomaţie ca ţările din Europa să găsească modalităţi legale să accepte refugiaţii. Ei nu pot fi trimişi înapoi. Trimiterea lor în ţarile de

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Uruguay Independence Day


Uruguay Independence Day

This national holiday commemorates the declaration of independence of Uruguay from Portuguese rule on this day in 1825. By 1828, Uruguay was officially autonomous. Patriotic ceremonies are held in the capital city of Montevideo, with speeches and the singing of the national anthem. More… Discuss

quotation: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)


If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he awake—Aye, what then?

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) Discuss

today’s birthday: Allan Pinkerton (1819)


Allan Pinkerton (1819)

Pinkerton, an American detective and spy, founded the first private detective agency in the US—the Pinkerton Detective Agency—in 1850. The agency, which specialized in railroad theft cases, soon became famous, and Pinkerton opened branches in several cities. In 1860, he discovered and thwarted a plot to assassinate newly elected President Abraham Lincoln while en route to his inauguration. He went on to serve as a spy during the Civil War and head up what would become what government agency? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: New York Sun Publishes “The Great Moon Hoax” (1835)


New York Sun Publishes “The Great Moon Hoax” (1835)

“The Great Moon Hoax” was a series of six New York Sun articles discussing the supposed discovery of life on the Moon. The discovery—allegedly made using a massive telescope—was falsely attributed to famed astronomer Sir John Herschel. In the articles, the author claims that unicorns, bipedal beavers, bat-like humanoids, and other fantastic animals inhabit a forest- and ocean-covered Moon. The series was likely intended to boost the paper’s sales and ridicule what contemporary theories? More… Discuss

The Kingdom of Swaziland


The Kingdom of Swaziland

The Kingdom of Swaziland is a small, landlocked, mountainous country in southeast Africa. In 1968, Swaziland achieved complete independence, but retained membership in the Commonwealth of Nations. The country is cut by four major river systems, which are increasingly used for irrigation. Sugarcane is the country’s leading export, but pineapple, citrus fruit, and cotton are also important agricultural exports. Why does Swaziland have the one of the world’s lowest life expectancy rates? More… Discuss

word: oenophile


oenophile

Definition: (noun) A connoisseur of fine wines.
Synonyms: wine lover
Usage: The oenophile was heartbroken when months of heavy rain ruined a particularly promising grape harvest. Discuss.

Israel imposes Heinz ketchup changes


Israel imposes Heinz ketchup changes

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Dow plunges after rollercoaster trading on ‘Black Monday’ for global markets


Dow plunges after rollercoaster trading on ‘Black Monday’ for global markets

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Islam having identity crisis?


Islam having identity crisis?

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Mystery man who wrestled AK47 from the train gunman

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Why it’s all right to be more horrified by the razing of Palmyra than mass murder


Why it’s all right to be more horrified by the razing of Palmyra than mass murder

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Dow plunges after rollercoaster trading on ‘Black Monday’ for global markets


Dow plunges after rollercoaster trading on ‘Black Monday’ for global markets

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Palmyra destruction ‘a war crime’


Palmyra destruction ‘a war crime’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34043676

Universal flu vaccine comes closer


Universal flu vaccine comes closer http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34038808

Activists say ISIS destroys first-century temple at ancient Palmyra site— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 24, 2015


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How to save a wet phone — and what not to do


How to save a wet phone — and what not to do.

Boris Godunov, Op. 70bis: Fountain Scene – Polonaise


Boris Godunov, Op. 70bis: Fountain Scene – Polonaise

historic musical bits: Kempff – Brahms Ballade op.10 no.1 in D minor


Kempff – Brahms Ballade op.10 no.1 in D minor

F. Chopin – Krakowiak, Grand Rondeau de Concert op.14 pt2/2 – Rondo a la Krakowiak


F. Chopin – Krakowiak, Grand Rondeau de Concert op.14 pt2/2 – Rondo a la Krakowiak

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN _ Symphony No. 4 in B flat Major (Opus 60)


LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN _ Symphony No. 4 in B flat Major (Opus 60)

today’s holiday: Liberia Flag Day


Liberia Flag Day

The Liberian flag bears a striking resemblance to the American flag, a reminder of the historical ties between this West African country and the United States. Eleven horizontal stripes represent the signers of the Liberian Declaration of Independence, while the single white star signifies Liberia‘s former position as the sole free black state in Africa. Flag Day, a patriotic day paying homage to Liberia’s national emblem, is an official public holiday. Citizens and public buildings display their flags, and parades often feature schoolchildren and military units. More… Discuss

quotation: Charlotte Bronte


If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved of you and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) Discuss

today’s birthday: Jorge Luis Borges (1899)


Jorge Luis Borges (1899)

Borges was an Argentine poet, essayist, and short-story writer. Much of his work is rich in fantasy and metaphorical allegory, including the story collection Ficciones, which won him an international following. In the 1920s, Borges was afflicted by a worsening hereditary blindness and was totally blind by the mid-1950s. Forced to abandon the writing of long texts, he began dictating his works. What literary movement is Borges credited with establishing in South America? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: British Troops Burn the White House (1814)


British Troops Burn the White House (1814)

During the War of 1812, a year after US troops burned Canadian Parliament Buildings in the Battle of York, British troops retaliated by marching on Washington, DC, and setting fire to its public buildings—including the Capitol and the White House. According to some accounts, First Lady Dolley Madison refused to leave the White House until just moments before British troops arrived, gathering valuables, documents, and other items of importance, including what notable painting? More… Discuss