Daily Archives: September 18, 2016

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France opens doors of historic sites amid tight security

France opens doors of historic sites amid tight security


Security in France was heightened on Saturday as some 17,000 heritage sites, many of them closed to the general public throughout the rest of the year, opened their doors to millions of visitors for the 33rd edition of the European Heritage Days.

The annual event, also known as the ‘Journées du Patrimoine’ in French, offers a rare glimpse inside thousands of historic monuments, government buildings and other sites across the country.

The public can peek behind the normally firmly closed doors of the Elysée presidential palace, the National Archives and have a look at the world’s oldest basketball court on Rue de Trévise in Paris.

However, with the French state of emergency still in place due to the recent terror attacks, this year’s edition is accompanied by a major security operation. This has resulted in some sites, including broadcaster France Télévisions and the Abbey de La Trappe, electing not to take part. The abbey in northwestern France opted out of the event for the first time in 33 years because of what the increased focus on security would mean for visitors.

“I can’t imagine asking visitors to open their bags or jackets [before entering],” Monk Father François told radio station Europe 1.

However, the Philharmonie de Paris has improved its event by opening its rooftop gazebo to the public for the very first time.

Ahead of the September 17-18 event, which attracts an average of around 12 million visitors a year, the French government had said “particular attention” would be paid to ensure security at the most popular sites.

France was the first country to launch the event in 1984, but other European countries have since followed suit with dozens of nations now taking part.

Small bomb explodes ahead of charity race in New Jersey

Small bomb explodes ahead of charity race in New Jersey


A small bomb exploded in a New Jersey beach town along the route of a planned road race on Saturday morning, causing no injuries but prompting authorities to cancel the event and evacuate dozens of homes as they searched for more devices.

No damage to surrounding structures was reported after the device went off in a garbage container ahead of a 5 km charity race in Seaside Park, a resort about 80 miles south of New York City, the Ocean County prosecutor’s office said on Facebook.

Even so, the explosion stirred dark memories ofthe deadly blasts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013 that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

The charity run was organized to benefit military veterans and the families of those lost in military service. The run’s name, Seaside Semper Five 5K, is a reference to Semper Fidelis, Latin for “always loyal,” the motto of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Law enforcement authorities have made no comment about a possible motive for the blast.

Authorities were evacuating about 30 homes, many of them summer homes, near the site of the explosion, Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy said in a phone interview. He said authorities were in the initial phase of their investigation and trying to keep people safe.

A second device was found near the site of the explosion, according to NJ.com, quoting the prosecutor’s spokesman, Al Della Fave. It was not immediately clear whether the second device was detonated, the website reported.

Authorities including the FBI were in the town and were investigating the possibility there was at least one other unexploded device, the office said.

About 5,000 people were set to run the 5 km charity race in Seaside Park, a family-oriented resort known for its beachside boardwalk, a local NBC affiliate reported. The race was to begin at 9 a.m. but was delayed because of late sign-ins and then canceled after the explosion, the affiliate said.

At the 2013 Boston Marathon, two brothers of Chechen ethnicity who professed allegiance to Islamist militants planted homemade bombs near the finish line of the renowned race. The subsequent explosions killed and maimed dozens of bystanders in the most high profile attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.


France 24 : Almost 30% of French Muslims reject secular laws, says poll

Almost 30% of French Muslims reject secular laws, says poll


Just under 30 percent of France’s 3 to 4 million Muslims reject the country’s secular laws, according to an Ifop poll published by the French weekly Journal du Dimanche.

When asked if they considered the Islamic legal and moral code of sharia to be more important than the French Republic’s laws, 29 percent of respondents answered “yes.”

The poll found that 20 percent of male Muslimrespondents and 28 percent of female Muslim respondents were in favour of the face veil, the niqab, and of the burqa which covers both face and body.

Another 60 percent said they were in favour of letting girls and women wear a head scarf at schools and universities which is forbidden atFrance’s secular public institutions.

Deadly attacks by Islamist militants, includingbombings and shootings in Paris which killed 130people last November and a truck attack in Nicekilling more than 80 people in July, have raised tensions between communities in France.

French Muslim leaders said last month that decisions taken by some municipal authorities to ban the body-covering swimwear the burkinicould lead to further stigmatisation of Muslims.

The Ifop poll contradicted previous estimates which said Muslims made up to 10 percent of France’s population of some 65 million. It said Muslims represented 5.6 percent of the country’s citizens aged 15 and over and 10 percent of under 25s. It said 84 percent of France’s Muslims were under 50.

It can be difficult to establish the religious background of French citizens because the country’s secular laws forbid the collection of data on religion and ethnicity.

There are also many people who may be of Muslim descent, but do not necessarily consider themselves Muslims.

The poll, commissioned by the think tank Institut Montaigne, was conducted by phone between April 13 and May 23 among 1,029 people aged 15 and older who were of Muslim faith or culture, extracted from a sample of 15,459 people.


Suspect shot dead in Minnesota mall stabbing – France 24


France 24 : Islamic State group claim Minnesota mall stabbings

Islamic State group claim Minnesota mall stabbings


 “soldier” of the Islamic State group carried out the stabbings at a mall in the US state of Minnesota that left eight people wounded, a jihadist-linked news agency said Sunday.

“The executor of the stabbing attacks in Minnesota yesterday (Saturday) was a soldier of the Islamic State who carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of countries belonging to the crusader coalition,” Amaq news agency said.


BBC News: Syria conflict: Russia fears collapse of ceasefire

Syria conflict: Russia fears collapse of ceasefire – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37395807

Beauty in a flower

Beauty in a flower

My Chakra today no.1 

My Chakra today no.1

Unnatural flower

Unnatural flower

Biserica reformată din Izvorul Crișului, mai demult Crișeu, Crișău, 

Biserica reformată din Izvorul Crișului, mai demult Crișeu, Crișău, în maghiară Körösfő, în germană Krieschwey, Krieschwej,Țara Călatei/Kalotaszeg/Kaloter Land, Transilvania/Erdély/Siebenbürgen.
Tavanul cu casete a fost creat de maestrul Lorenz Umling/Umling Lőrinc/Laurențiu Umling  în anul 1674. Biserica a fost reconstruită în 1690.
Sat atestat documentar din anul 1276, cu denumirea de Crisfeu.
sursa fotografii,


Today’s Holiday:Feast of Nuestra Senora de Peñafrancia

Today’s Holiday:
Feast of Nuestra Senora de Peñafrancia

This celebration is a grand fiesta devoted to Our Lady of Peñafrancia, held in Naga City on the Bicol peninsula in the Philippines. It is the biggest festival of the Bicol region; it starts with a nine-day novena at the Naga Cathedral. A procession then carries the image of the Virgin to a pagoda on a festooned barge, which is surrounded by a flotilla of smaller boats. The people on the smaller boats chant prayers and hymns as they proceed along the river. When the water-borne pagoda has finished its journey, there are shouts of “Viva la virgen!” and the image is taken back to its shrine.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday:Samuel Johnson (1709)

Today’s Birthday:
Samuel Johnson (1709)

Johnson was a British man of letters and one of the outstanding figures of 18th-century England. In 1755, after eight years of work, he published his monumental Dictionary of the English Language, considered the first great English dictionary. His aphorisms helped make him one of the most frequently quoted English writers. His biography, written by his contemporary James Boswell, is one of the most admired biographies of all time. How many entries did Johnson’s dictionary include?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Is Formed (1998)

This Day in History:
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Is Formed (1998)

ICANN is a nonprofit corporation that manages domain name systems, the assignment of IP addresses and protocol parameters, and root server systems. The original mandate for ICANN came from a US government proposal to privatize the management of Internet names and addresses to allow for the development of competition and to facilitate global participation in Internet management. Its functions are now performed under US Government contract. What are some criticisms of the organization?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:Ambrose Bierce

Quote of the Day:
Ambrose Bierce

The soldier never becomes wholly familiar with the conception of his foes as men like himself; he cannot divest himself of the feeling that they are another order of beings, differently conditioned, in an environment not altogether of the earth.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:Synchronicity

Article of the Day:

A term coined by psychologist Carl Jung to describe what he called “meaningful coincidences,” synchronicity is the experience of two or more causally unrelated events that are conceptually similar and have very little chance of occurring together randomly—such as the discovery of the same idea by two different people at approximately the same time. Although Jung had introduced the concept of synchronicity in the 1920s, he did not fully explain it until when?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:nonstarter

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) An idea, proposal, or candidate with no chance of being accepted or successful.
Synonyms: failure, loser
Usage: Many lawmakers are pronouncing the budget a nonstarter.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Il Consiglio alla Vendetta, Francesco Paolo Hayez – 1851 Detail

Il Consiglio alla Vendetta, Francesco Paolo Hayez – 1851 Detail

Il Consiglio alla Vendetta, Francesco Paolo Hayez – 1851 Detail

Nu pierde timpul!

Sunt o mie de feluri de a pierde o zi, însă niciunul de a o întoarce înapoi.

Charles Constantin Hoffbauer (1875-1957) – Madison Square (1906)

Charles Constantin Hoffbauer (1875-1957) – Madison Square (1906)

În adâncul inimii , la malul fiecărui sentiment, lângă tărâmul fiecarui gand, este iubirea…

În adâncul inimii , la malul fiecărui sentiment, lângă tărâmul fiecarui gand, este iubirea…