Daily Archives: March 21, 2017

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Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon



My Chakra today 

My Chakra today

Kee-yah’-ta-di aka Loti aka Lotta Atsye. Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico. ca. 1904 – 1905. Photo by Carl Moon. Source – J.Paul Getty Museum.

Kee-yah’-ta-di aka Loti aka Lotta Atsye. Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico. ca. 1904 – 1905. Photo by Carl Moon. Source – J.Paul Getty Museum.

My Duck today 

My Duck today

France 24 : Pope apologises for Church’s ‘sins and failings’ in Rwandan genocide

Pope apologises for Church’s ‘sins and failings’ in Rwandan genocide

Pope Francis asked for forgiveness on Monday for the “sins and failings of the Church” during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, saying he hoped his apology would help heal the African state’s wounds.


But Rwanda’s government indicated it felt the apology did not go far enough, saying the local Church was still complicit in protecting the perpetrators of the genocide.

At a meeting with Rwandan President Paul KagamePope Francis said that priests and Roman Catholic faithful had taken part in the slaughter of some 800,000 people from the ethnic Tutsi minority as well as moderates from the Hutu majority.

“(The pope) implored anew God’s forgiveness for the sins and failings of the Church and its members, among whom priests, and religious men and women who succumbed to hatred and violence,” the Vaticansaid in a statement.

An official Rwandan statement repeated the government’s long-standing accusation of Catholic complicity in the massacres.

“Today, genocide denial and trivialisation continue to flourish in certain groups within the Church and genocide suspects have been shielded from justice within Catholic institutions,” said a government statement.

Kagame, a Tutsi, led a rebel force to halt the slaughter in 1994 and accusations immediately surfaced that some priests and nuns had taken part in the killings.

Some of the ugliest massacres were committed in churches, missions and parishes where Tutsis who took shelter were hunted down by extremist Hutu militias.

A U.N. court in 2006 jailed a former Catholic priest for 15 years for ordering bulldozers to level a church, killing 2,000 people who were hiding inside.

Rwandan authorities have said other clergy implicated in the killings were allowed to start new lives in Europe and were protected by the Church.

A Rwandan military court sentenced a missing priest in absentia to life in prison on charges of rape and delivering Tutsi refugees from his church to militias who killed them.

Later arrested in France, where he was a popular priest in a rural parish, his case was eventually dropped and he was allowed to remain working at the parish. He has denied the charges.

The Catholic Church in Rwanda last year offered an apology, saying some of its members had fanned the ethnic hatred that led to the killings, but Kagame said at the time that he wanted the pope himself to say sorry.

“Why doesn’t he apologise like he does with other cases where more minor crimes were committed by comparison with here?,” he said, referring to sexual abuse cases where the pope has regularly apologised to victims and their families.

Francis said on Monday he hoped his “humble recognition of the failings of that period, which, unfortunately, disfigured the face of the Church, may contribute to a ‘purification of memory’ and may promote, in hope and renewed trust, a future of peace”.


France 24 : US, UK restrict carry-on electronics on flights from some Muslim-majority countries

US, UK restrict carry-on electronics on flights from some Muslim-majority countries

The United States imposed restrictions on carry-on electronic devices aboard direct flights from some Muslim-majority countries on Tuesday, with the United Kingdom announcing a similar ban shortly after in response to an unspecified terrorist threat.


President Donald Trump’s administration imposed restrictions on planes coming to the United States from eight Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

The UK later announced similar restriction for direct inbound flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia.

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said passengers travelling from those airports could not bring devices larger than a cellphone, such as tablets, portable DVD players, laptops and cameras, into the main cabin. Instead, they must be placed in checked baggage.

The airports affected by the US ban include those in Cairo, Egypt; Istanbul, Turkey; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Doha, Qatar; Casablanca, Morocco; Amman, Jordan; Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

US officials said Trump’s new policy had nothing to do with recent efforts to impose a travel ban on six majority-Muslim nations. A DHS spokeswoman said the government “did not target specific nations. We relied upon evaluated intelligence to determine which airports were affected”.

BBC News: US and UK ban cabin laptops on some inbound flights

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

US and UK ban cabin laptops on some inbound flights – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39333424

Today’s Holiday:Sitala Ashtami

Today’s Holiday:
Sitala Ashtami

Sitala Ashtami is a Hindu festival honoring Sitala, goddess of smallpox. She is named for the chill typically experienced during high fever. She is believed to have the power to protect people from smallpox, and her blessings are invoked for protection against the disease. On this day, Hindu women visit the nearest Sitala shrine in the morning, offering the goddess rice, homemade sweets, cooked food, and holy water mixed with milk. In some places colorful fairs are held near Sitala’s shrines, and there is merry-making, dancing, feasting, and the buying and selling of wares. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday:Florenz Ziegfeld (1869)

Today’s Birthday:
Florenz Ziegfeld (1869)

An American theatrical producer, Ziegfeld was best known for his Ziegfeld Follies, a series of lavish Broadway revues he produced for 24 years beginning in 1907. Combining comedy, pageantry, and beautiful women, the successful shows made Ziegfeld a legend while launching the careers of stars such as Will Rogers and Fanny Brice. He also produced the hit musical Show Boat in 1927. What actress first suggested the idea of the Follies to Ziegfeld? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:Napoleonic Code Adopted in France (1804)

This Day in History:
Napoleonic Code Adopted in France (1804)

One of Napoleon’s first priorities after coming to power was revising the outdated French legal system. The resulting code was a clear framework of laws regarding property, family, and personal rights, replacing an antiquated, confusing patchwork of feudal laws. The code has since been amended but remains in effect in France. In the 200 years since it was enacted, the code has also influenced the laws of many European countries, the US state of Louisiana, and what Middle Eastern country? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:Francis Bacon

Quote of the Day:
Francis Bacon

I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:Shiva

Article of the Day:

The Hindu god Shiva is the subject of an elaborate and sometimes contradictory mythology. He is seen as both destroyer and restorer, the great ascetic and the symbol of sensuality, the benevolent herdsman of souls and the wrathful avenger. The trident he is often depicted holding represents his three aspects as creator, preserver, and destroyer, while the snakes his is garlanded with show his power over deadly animals. Shiva is one of three gods that make up the Trimurti. Who are the other two? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day:hard-luck story

Idiom of the Day:
hard-luck story

A typically self-pitying tale of misfortune, hardship, adversity, etc., told especially to gain sympathy or charity from others. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:charwoman

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) A woman hired to do cleaning or similar work, usually in a large building.
Synonyms: cleaning lady
Usage: The charwoman cleaned every bathroom in the office building after the executives left for the evening.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch