Daily Archives: January 6, 2017

So, you say you speak Latin?


So, you say you speak Latin?

Beautiful Ravello!


Beautiful Ravello!

Sâmbăta de Sus: Mânăstirea Brâncoveanu


Sâmbăta de Sus: Mănăstirea Brâncoveanu

Guttenbrunn (Zăbrani) – Şvabă în port de Duminică


Guttenbrunn (Zăbrani) – Şvabă în port de Duminică

France 24 : Several dead after shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida

Several dead after shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida

http://f24.my/2jk42W0 A shooter wearing a Star Wars T-shirt opened fire at a baggage carousel at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday, killing at least five people before being taken into custody, officials and witnesses said.

Five people died and eight more were wounded in the incident, the local sheriff’s office said.

The shooter, who said nothing, appeared to be a man in his 20s wearing a Star Wars T-shirt who was shot by police as he attempted to reload, MSNBC reported, citing witnesses.

The Florida attack was the latest in a series of mass shootings that have plagued the United States in recent years, some inspired by militants with an extreme view of Islam, others who are loners or mentally disturbed who have easy access to weapons under U.S. gun laws.

About 90 minutes after the attack, when the scene had appeared calm, panic broke out anew with passengers and police running frantically about the airport.

Dozens of police sprinted back and forth with automatic weapons drawn, directing a large group of travelers.

A police officer screamed “Get down, get down!” from a parking garage across the street from the airport terminal, a Reuters reporter witnessed.

John Schlicher, who told MSNBC he saw the attack, described the shooter as a “slender man” who was “directly firing at us” while passengers waited for their bags to come off the carousel.

“I put my head down and prayed,” Schlicher said, adding that his wife gave first aid to someone who had been shot in the head.

His mother-in-law used her sweater to tend to another victim but it turned out that victim was already dead, Schlicher said.

The shooter reloaded once for a second burst of shooting, Schlicher said, but he could not say how many bullets were fired.

The shooting took place at the Terminal 2 baggage claim, said a post on the airport’s Twitter account.

Mark Lea, another eyewitness, told MSNBC “there was no rhyme or reason to it.”

“He didn’t say anything, he was quiet the whole time, he didn’t yell anything,” Lea said.

Security officials corralled passengers underneath jetways and on the runway apron, according to images on cable news networks.

Ari Fleischer, a former press secretary for U.S. President George W. Bush, said on Twitter shots were fired and “everyone is running.”

“All seems calm now but the police aren’t letting anyone out of the airport – at least not the area where I am,” he said.

A woman tended to a bleeding, seated man outside an airport building, according to a photo posted on Twitter by a Michigan information technology company.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office received a call at about 12:55 p.m. local time about shots fired at 100 Terminal Drive at the airport, the department wrote on Twitter.

All services were temporarily suspended, the airport’s Twitter feed said.

Florida Governor Rick Scott was traveling to Fort Lauderdale to be briefed by law enforcement, his office said in a statement.

The FBI’s Miami office was “aware of the situation” and in contact with local authorities, a spokesman said in an email. No further information was immediately available.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is the second largest in South Florida, serving as an intercontinental gateway, with Miami International Airport known as the primary airport for international flights in the area.

BBC News: US election hacking: Putin ‘sought to help’ Trump

US election hacking: Putin ‘sought to help’ Trump – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38538002

Chloe Bennett aka Skye, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D


Chloe Bennett aka Skye, agent of  S.H.I.E.L.D

Like birds on wires


Like birds on wires


My Duck today


Watch “Jacqueline du Pré ~ Haydn Cello Concerto in C – Barenboim/ ECO – REMASTERED” on YouTube

Watch “Jacqueline du Pré, Dvořák Cello Concerto in B minor op.104” on YouTube

Watch “Antonín Dvořák – Humoresque No. 7, Op. 101” on YouTube

France 24 : Russia to scale back armed forces in Syria

Russia to scale back armed forces in Syria


Russia announced on Friday that it is withdrawing its aircraft carrier and some other Russian warships from the waters off Syria as the first step in a drawdown of its forces in the war-torn Mideast country.

According to Russian General Staff chief Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the Admiral Kuznetsov carrier and accompanying ships are to be the first to leave.
The declaration comes a week after Russia and Turkey brokered a cease-fire in Syria, following a decisive Moscow-backed victory for the government of President Bashar Assad over rebels in the city of Aleppo.
It’s also the second time Moscow has announced scaling back its military presence in Syria since Russia threw its military weight behind the Syrian government in September 2015.
Russia’s support, with airstrikes and military advisers – along with the boosting of its arsenal and a naval base on the Syrian coast – changed the course of the civil war, now in its sixth year, in favor of Assad.
“In accordance with the decision by the supreme commander-in-chief (President) Vladimir Putin, the Defense Ministry is starting to downsize the grouping of armed forces in Syria,” Gerasimov said.
He did not give further details on the force reduction, which follows an order by Putin on Dec. 29.
Last March, Putin also ordered the Russian military to withdraw most of its forces from Syria, timing his declaration with a brief cease-fire in place at the time, one that was brokered by Moscow and Washington, and the launch of peace talks that took place in Geneva.
The latest declaration appeared designed to cast Russia as a peace-maker.
“The successes of the Syrian armed forces in the liberation of Aleppo have created the necessary conditions for the peaceful settlement of the conflict,” said Gerasimov. “I’m confident that it will lay the basis for the political settlement of the conflict.”
Syrian forces’ retaking of Aleppo last month and the subsequent cease-fire make Russian forces less critical to Assad at this juncture of the war – though it’s unclear how extensive the drawdown might be.
Syria’s army Chief of Staff Gen. Ali Ayoub visited the aircraft carrier on Friday, according to Syrian state television. He said Admiral Kuznetsov has become “part and parcel of the history of war on terrorism,” according to Al-Ikhbariya TV. He added that “signs of victory” loom after all the Syria military sacrifices and “Russia’s honorable position.”
Airstrikes from the Russian aircraft carrier began in mid-November and marked the first time it was used in combat. The ship has so far lost two aircraft – an Su-33 fighter jet that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea in December as it returned to the carrier following a sortie over Syria. In November, a MiG-29 crashed into the sea while trying to land on the vessel.
Russia and Turkey, a strong supporter of Syria’s moderate opposition, brokered the current cease-fire, which came into effect on Dec. 30. The truce has mostly held but not altogether halted fighting in the country, and the government and opposition have blamed each other for violations of the truce.
The cease-fire is meant to pave the way for peace negotiations in Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital, later this month. The gathering could give new impetus for U.N.-mediated talks between Syria’s warring sides. The truce, however, doesn’t include areas controlled by the Islamic State group.
On Friday, Syria’s Kurdish-led forces in the north of the country said they have taken control of a medieval castle perched on a hilltop over a strategic town held by IS militants, less than 32 kilometers (20 miles) from the self-declared capital of the extremist group.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces gained control of Jaabar Castle, which dates back to the 11th century, following days of intense clashes with IS militants. Seizing control of the castle brings the Kurdish-led forces within 4 kilometers (2.4 miles) of the dam and Tabqa, the second most important town in the province, after the Islamic State group’s de facto capital of Raqqa, SDF spokesman Talal Sillo told The Associated Press. He said the castle, which IS leaders have used for cover, was in good condition.
The castle sits on the northern bank of Assad Lake and overlooks the strategic Tabqa dam and town with the same name.
Tabqa Dam was constructed in the late 1960s with the help from the Soviet Union. It is believed to be Syria’s largest and has created the largest water reservoir in the country.
“We try to take control of the dam with the least possible damage, so we are not depending heavily on airstrikes,” said Sillo. The U.S.-led international coalition backs the SDF forces with airstrikes. Besides the dam, the town also houses a number of prisons. Sillo said there are intelligence reports that IS militants have begun transferring their captives from there to the city of Raqqa.

René Magritte ~ “Deep Waters”, 1941


René Magritte ~ “Deep Waters”, 1941

Bătălia de la Karînovasî – o bătălie poate mai importantă decât cea de la Rovine pentru Mircea cel Bătrân | Historia