Daily Archives: March 14, 2018

Today’s Holiday: Anna Parenna Festival


Today’s Holiday:
Anna Parenna Festival

Anna Perenna was a Roman goddess who represented the circle or ring of the year—Anna being the feminine form of annus (meaning “year”) and March, the month her festival was observed, being the first month of the Roman calendar. On the day of her festival, the plebs of Rome went to the Campus Martius, a large field outside the walls of the city, and lay about on the grass, often constructing simple huts out of stakes and branches with togas stretched across the top. They spent the day drinking, dancing, and singing, returning to the city at night in a state of deep intoxication. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory (1852)


Today’s Birthday:
Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory (1852)

Although she was born a member of the upper class, which traditionally identified with British rule in Ireland, Gregory embraced Irish cultural nationalism and became an extremely important figure of the Irish literary revival. She collected and published several volumes of Irish folk tales, wrote and translated dozens of plays, and directed multiple theater companies. The name of Irish author Denis Johnston’s play The Old Lady Says No! refers to what incident involving Gregory? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Russian Settlers Establish Fort Ross, California (1812)


This Day in History:
Russian Settlers Establish Fort Ross, California (1812)

Located in what is now Sonoma County, California, Fort Ross was in operation from 1812 to 1841 as a trading outpost for the Russian-American Company. The southernmost settlement in the Russian colonization of North America, it was established as an agricultural base to supply Alaska. Fort Ross was the site of California’s first windmills and shipbuilding yards, and Russian scientists there were among the first to record California’s cultural and natural history. How did the Fort get its name? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Jerome K. Jerome


Quote of the Day:
Jerome K. Jerome

Clothes alter our very nature. A man could not help being fierce and daring with a plume in his bonnet, a dagger in his belt, and a lot of puffy white things all down his sleeves. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Cymothoa Exigua


Article of the Day:
Cymothoa Exigua

Cymothoa exigua is a parasitic crustacean that attaches itself to the tongue of the spotted rose snapper and feeds on its blood. Eventually, the organ atrophies, and then something remarkable happens: C. exigua replaces the fish’s tongue with its own body by attaching to the muscles of the tongue stub. The fish is able to use the parasite just like a normal tongue, apparently without any further damage. Are there any other cases of a parasite functionally replacing a host organ? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: make like a banana and split


Idiom of the Day:
make like a banana and split

humorous slang To depart or leave, especially at once or in a hurry. (A pun on “to split,” a slang term meaning to leave or depart, and a “banana split,” an ice-cream-based dessert featuring a banana halved lengthwise.) Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: snigger


Word of the Day:
snigger

Definition: (verb) Laugh quietly.
Synonyms: snicker
Usage: The rude tourists snigger at the locals’ outdated ways and dress.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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Hell with the system…it’s disfunctional anyway


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UK ‘Tit-For-Tat’ Row With Russia Will Escalate Within Days, Reveals Cabinet Source


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The UK’s “tit for tat” row with Russia is set to escalate, a senior Cabinet source has warned as neither country “wants to be the first not to retaliate”.

Speaking just hours after Theresa May announced 23 Russian diplomats would be expelled from the UK, the source predicted tensions would rise further in the next few days.

The source predicted Vladimir Putin would sling out UK diplomats from Russia on Friday, to give himself a popularity boost ahead of the country’s presidential election on Sunday.

May announced the expulsion of the diplomats – the largest act of its kind in more than 30 years – after Russia refused to provide a “credible” explanation for why a nerve agent it produced was used in attack on former Moscow spy and his daughter in Salisbury.

The source confirmed the UK had further measures available to it if Russia wanted to get into a diplomatic war.

The source said: “It’s tit for tat now – it will escalate so we had to have other options open to us.”

Warning of the increase in actions between the two states, the source said: “No one wants to be the first not to retaliate.”

In an insight to Cabinet thinking, the source revealed ministers were analysing whether the Russians carried out the attack because of “operational necessity”, or the Kremlin wanted to send “a message”.

Such a message could be electoral positioning ahead of Sunday’s vote; a reminder to the UK that Russia had the capability and will to carry out the attack; or a warning to Russian dissidents that the cost of betrayal could be a murder attempt.

In a swipe at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the source questioned the notion he was acting out of principle in refusing to directly condemn Russia for the attack.

“What’s the principle? Russia is a criminal state,” said the source.

Announcing the expulsion of Russian diplomats, May told MPs they were “undeclared intelligence officers”.

The Prime Minister added the UK was suspending high-level contacts with Russia and that dignitaries, including members of the royal family, will not attend this summer’s World Cup.

London had given Moscow until midnight on Wednesday to explain whether it was behind the attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, or had lost control of the nerve agent used.

With the midnight deadline passed, May told MPs today: “No explanation as to how this agent came to be used in the United Kingdom; no explanation as to why Russia has an undeclared chemical weapons programme in contravention of international law.

“Instead they have treated the use of a military grade nerve agent in Europe with sarcasm, contempt and defiance.”

She added: “There is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian State was culpable for the attempted murder of Mr Skripal and his daughter – and for threatening the lives of other British citizens in Salisbury, including Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey.

“This represents an unlawful use of force by the Russian State against the United Kingdom.”

A statement from the Russian embassy in London said: “We consider this hostile action as totally unacceptable, unjustified and shortsighted.

“All the responsibility for the deterioration of the Russia-UK relationship lies with the current political leadership of Britain.”

Full UK response to Salisbury attack:

23 Russian diplomats expelled.

Creating new power to detain those suspected of Hostile State Activity at the UK border.

Increase checks on private flights, customs and freight.

Freeze Russian State assets wherever we have the evidence that they may be used to threaten the life or property of UK nationals or residents.

Suspend all planned high level bi-lateral contacts between the UK and Russia, including revoking the invitation to Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to visit to the UK.

No attendance by Ministers – or indeed Members of the Royal Family – at this Summer’s World Cup in Russia.

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SalutFagaras „Ce ai lua cu tine, dacă ar fi să pleci?“ – SalutFagaras


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NOUTATIProbleme la Brașov cu apa potabilă!„Ce ai lua cu tine, dacă ar fi să pleci?“De Paști, membrii nonagenari înscriși la CAR Pensionari primesc cadouriLocalitatea Paltin, sub apeJudețul Brașov: Unde intervine ISU în acest moment pentru evacuarea apei din curțiProbleme la Brașov cu apa potabilă!„Ce ai lua cu tine, dacă ar fi să pleci?“De Paști, membrii nonagenari înscriși la CAR Pensionari primesc cadouriLocalitatea Paltin, sub apeJudețul Brașov: Unde intervine ISU în acest moment pentru evacuarea apei din curți
„Ce ai lua cu tine, dacă ar fi să pleci?“
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arca„Ce ai lua cu tine, dacă ar fi să pleci?“ este tema unui proiect, la care lucrează cu mult drag mai mulți copii, tineri, dar și vârstnici din Făgăraș și Țara Făgărașului.

Asociația Jugendzentrum Seligstadt, în colaborare cu Biserica Evanghelică, Fundația Culturală „Negru Vodă“ și Primăria Făgăraș prezintă proiectul Arca Noastră. Este vorba despre un proiect de pedagogie a artei în spațiul public. Artistul Edin Bajric, originar din Bosnia, împreună cu oameni de toate vârstele din Țara Făgărașului, va încărca o arcă – ridicată în centrul orașului, în părculeț, timp de o săptămână, cu idei, imagini, cuvinte și desene.

atelier arca2„Am invitat un artist, originar din Bosnia, Adin Bajric. El a fost nevoit, atunci când era copil, să plece din Bosnia, din cauza războiului. Ca și artist, și-a dedicat multe dintre lucrări acestei teme – ce ai putea lua cu tine, dacă vei fi nevoit să pleci din țară? Cam aceasta este și tema proiectului nostru. În acest sens, am invitat elevii, tinerii, dar și cei de vârsta a treia, să aștearnă pe hârtie ceea ce cred ei că ar putea lua cu ei dacă ar fi nevoiți să își părăsească țara. Tema proiectului este Arca lui Noe, am și construit-o, în părculețul din centrul orașului, este un obiect din lemn. Cu ajutorul celor implicați, dorim să umplem această arcă cu ceea ce cred ei că le-ar folosi dacă ar pleca. În acest sens organizăm mai multe ateliere, tinerii fie pictează, fie desenează, fie scriu. Iar la sfârșit totul se va transforma într-o expoziție, pe care sperăm să o arătăm întregii comunități“, ne-a spus Cornelia Hemmann, de la Biserica Evanghelică.

atelier arca„Am primit invitația de a participa la acest proiect cu mare drag. Ni s-a părut foarte interesant ca acești copii să aibă puterea să își exprime sentimentele în culori și în desene, pentru o temă de suflet: Ce ai lua cu tine, dac ar fi să pleci undeva? Copiii sunt foarte creativi și au foarte multe idei, lucrările lor sunt ample și reprezintă tot ceea ce ne-am putea gândi, de la lucruri materiale, la sentimente și trăiri. Ceea ce face ca acest proiect să fie unul foarte frumos și complex, totodată“, ne-a spus Raluca Muntenuș, profesor de limba engleză la Școala Gimnazială „Ovid Densușianu“.

Vernisajul expoziției va avea loc joi, 22 martie, de la ora 12.00. Însă atelierul va fi deschis în centrul orașului duminică, 18 martie, între orele 14.00 – 17.00.

(A.R.)