Daily Archives: August 25, 2017

France 24 : Trump pardons controversial Arizona sherrif just one month after criminal conviction


Trump pardons controversial Arizona sherrif just one month after criminal conviction

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday granted a pardon to controversial former Arizona lawman and political ally Joe Arpaio less than a month after he was convicted of criminal contempt in a case involving racial profiling.

http://www.france24.com/en/20170826-usa-trump-pardons-controversial-arizona-sherrif-just-one-month-after-criminal-conviction

“Throughout his time as sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration,” said a White House statement announcing Arpaio’s pardon, the first of Trump’s administration. Arpaio, 85, the self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff in America” lost a bid for re-election in Arizona’s Maricopa County in November after 24 years in office. He is known for his crackdown on undocumented immigrants and investigating unfounded Trump-supported claims questioning former President Barack Obama’s citizenship. “I have to thank the president for what he has done, that’s for sure,” Arpaio told Reuters in a brief telephone interview from his Arizona home. “He’s a big supporter of law enforcement.” Arpaio said his lawyer was sent a copy of the pardon on Friday afternoon and he planned a press conference to discuss what he said were new details in the case. He declined to say if he would run again for sheriff. “I’m not going away,” added Arpaio. Arpaio told Reuters that he would reveal more about the case on Monday or Tuesday and detail the “real story” behind the case that brought him to trial. He has long maintained that the prosecution by the administration under President Barack Obama was political, aimed at helping oust him from office. He said his attorney delivered the good news the same day as his wife’s birthday, adding “he came over to give my wife a birthday gift and it was a pretty good one,” said Arpaio, alluding to the pardon, as he was about to leave for her celebration dinner. Civil rights advocates slammed Trump’s decision as an endorsement of racist and unlawful immigration policies. “Once again, the president has acted in support of illegal, failed immigration enforcement practices that target people of color and that have been struck down by the courts,” said American Civil Liberties Union Deputy Legal Director Cecillia Wang, who sought the court injunction against Arpaio. The pardon sent “a dangerous message that a law enforcement officer who abused his position of power and defied a court order can simply be excused by a president who himself clearly does not respect the law”, Vanita Gupta, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and former head of the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division, said in a statement. Alejandra Gomez, co-executive director of Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA), said: “President Trump pardoned a terrorist tonight. Joe Arpaio intentionally terrorized immigrant communities across Arizona for decades and traumatized an entire generation of Arizonans… “The only proper place for him is in a jail cell,” Gomez said in a statement. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy said it was “disheartening that he set the bar so very low for his first pardon… The ex-sheriff is a self-aggrandizing braggart who promoted racist law enforcement practices and cost taxpayers millions, and that is a reason they did not reelect him. “After the racism and hate in Charlottesville, our country needs to come together and heal. But that healing will not come from a president who only exploits divisions and fears,” Leahy said in a statement. Arpaio, who campaigned for Trump in 2016, was convicted on July 31 by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, who ruled he had willfully violated a 2011 injunction barring his officers from stopping and detaining Latino motorists solely on suspicion that they were in the country illegally. Arpaio admitted to inadvertently disobeying the court order but said his behavior did not meet a criminal standard. He said the prosecution was a politically motivated attempt by the Obama administration to undermine his re-election bid. Arpaio had been scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 5 and faced a fine and maximum sentence of six months in jail. His controversial tenure as sheriff brought Arpaio national headlines for massive roundups of suspected illegal immigrants and for the way he ran the Maricopa County jail. He reinstated chain gangs, made inmates wear uniforms that were pink or old-fashioned black and white stripes and forbade them coffee, salt and pepper. Critics said as sheriff Arpaio spent too much time courting publicity and not enough on basic policing. The East Valley Times newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for a 2009 series showing that arrests in the county had dropped while many violent crimes were not investigated and response call times had increased.

BBC News: President Trump pardons controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio


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President Trump pardons controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41058851

Biserica evanghelică fortificată din Cincșor


Biserica evanghelică fortificată din Cincșor

Biserica evanghelică fortificată din Cincșor

Sezatoare la Feldioara 2,3 Septembrie 2016 curtea bisericii sasilor Descifratul Iilor cu Doamna Vasilica Crisan


Sezatoare la Feldioara 2,3 Septembrie 2016 
curtea bisericii sasilor 
Descifratul Iilor cu Doamna Vasilica Crisan

Sezatoare la Feldioara 2,3 Septembrie 2016 curtea bisericii sasilor Descifratul Iilor cu Doamna Vasilica Crisan

Celebrate our National Park Services’ birthday with FREE entrance into CA National Parks! Great weekend for an adventure! www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks-state.htm


Celebrate our National Park Services' birthday with FREE entrance into CA National Parks! Great weekend for an adventure! www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks-state.htm

Celebrate our National Park Services’ birthday with FREE entrance into CA National Parks! Great weekend for an adventure! http://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks-state.htm

” Choir of Patriarchs ” 1499-1502 Artist: Luca Signorelli Fresco at Chapel of San Brizio in Orvieto Duomo


” Choir of Patriarchs ” 1499-1502 Artist: Luca Signorelli Fresco at Chapel of San Brizio in Orvieto Duomo

France 24 : French music icon Charles Aznavour gets star on Hollywood’s ‘Walk of Fame’


French music icon Charles Aznavour gets star on Hollywood’s ‘Walk of Fame’

French music legend Charles Aznavour, one of the 20th century’s most prolific entertainers who continues to write and perform at 93, was honoured Thursday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

http://www.france24.com/en/20170824-french-music-icon-charles-aznavour-star-hollywood-walk-fame

With a career spanning eight decades, the crooner has recorded 1,400 songs – 1,300 of which he wrote – and produced over 390 albums in multiple languages. The star, who is also credited in more than 60 movies, defied detractors who pointed to his unconventional looks to become one of France’s most iconic singers, dubbed the country’s Frank Sinatra. “Sinatra once said every song is a one-act play with one character, and Charles is an extraordinary actor as well as an extraordinary singer,” film director Peter Bogdanovich, a friend of the star, said at the unveiling ceremony. Aznavour delivered a brief message thanking well-wishers, explaining that he rarely speaks publicly in English as he doesn’t feel his command of the language is good enough. “French is my working language but my family language is always Armenian,” he said, in front of hundreds of fans from both countries, as well as supporters from across the world gathered outside the historic Pantages Theater. “After today, after that star there, I can be somebody that can say I’m also now a little bit Californian because I have my daughter here and my grandchildren.” Bogdanovich – whose movies include “What’s Up, Doc” and “The Last Picture Show” – went through some of Aznavour’s most popular hits, including “She,” which he described as the greatest ever song about women, and paid tribute to Aznavour’s energy and dedication. “That he does what he does at 93 is an inspiration to all of us. He doesn’t lack anything. He’s the best,” he added. ‘An actor who sings’ Born Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian in Paris to Armenian immigrants on May 22, 1924, Aznavour has sold more than 100 million records. Aznavour’s parents fled the Turkish-ruled Ottoman empire to escape the massacres being committed against their compatriots and landed in Paris, where they were waiting for a visa to head to the United States. When the visa never materialized they ended up making their home in France, producing shows which Aznavour and his sister would take part in from a very young age. He said in a recent interview with BBC radio he always saw himself “more as an actor who sings than a singer who acts.”

BBC News: Middle-aged told to walk faster


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

Middle-aged told to walk faster – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41030630

BBC News: How a divided India fuelled the rise of the gurus


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

How a divided India fuelled the rise of the gurus – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-41052605

BBC News: Cuba acoustic attack: What is a covert sound weapon?


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

Cuba acoustic attack: What is a covert sound weapon? – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41047721

BBC News: Janet Yellen defends US regulations


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Janet Yellen defends US regulations – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41053738

Today’s Holiday: Uruguay Independence Day


Today’s Holiday:
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…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Ivan the Terrible (1530)


Today’s Birthday:
Ivan the Terrible (1530)

Ivan IV was the first ruler of Russia to formally assume the title “czar.” His early reign saw modernization, expansion, and reform. However, after a near-fatal illness, a failed war against Sweden and Poland, and the death of a wife, Ivan’s mental state deteriorated. He withdrew to his personal territory, and his later reign was marked by extreme violence, repression, and tyranny. He rid himself of unwanted wives by forcing them into convents. Why did Ivan murder his son—and only heir—in 1581? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Uruguay Declares Its Independence from Brazil (1825)


This Day in History:
Uruguay Declares Its Independence from Brazil (1825)

In 1811, José Gervasio Artigas, who would become Uruguay’s national hero, launched a successful revolution against the Spanish authorities who ruled a combined Uruguay and Argentina. Ten years later, the eastern province of Uruguay was annexed by Brazil, which was still under Portuguese rule. Brazil became independent from Portugal the following year, and in 1825, Uruguay declared independence from Brazil. Why is the country now called the Oriental Republic of Uruguay? 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

The remedy is worse than the disease. More…
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Article of the Day: Ars Goetia


Article of the Day:
Ars Goetia

Ars Goetia is the title of the first section of The Lesser Key of Solomon, an anonymous 17th-century book of magic that became one of the most popular texts of demonology. The Ars Goetia describes the 72 demons that King Solomon is said to have confined in a magic vessel and includes instructions on how to use magic rituals to call up the same demons to do the conjurer’s will. What famous British occultist published a revised version of the Ars Goetia? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: the lady of the house


Idiom of the Day:
the lady of the house

A woman who looks after and runs the house; the matriarch of a family or household. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: embodiment


Word of the Day:
embodiment

Definition: (noun) A new personification of a familiar idea.
Synonyms: avatar, incarnation
Usage: The State is the visible embodiment of justice under the conditions of human society.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch