MANIFESTATION contre la Corrida a AIGNAN Gers 32 -DIMANCHE 20 Avril 2014

MANIFESTATION contre la Corrida a AIGNAN Gers 32-DIMANCHE 20 Avril 2014.@11.00 et 17.00  PARTAGEZ ET INVITEZ !Share on Facebook

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Article 521-1 – Le fait, publiquement ou non, d’exercer des sévices graves, ou de nature sexuelle, ou de commettre un acte de cruauté envers un animal domestique, ou apprivoisé, ou tenu en captivité, est puni de deux ans d’emprisonnement et de 30000 euros d’amende.

A titre de peine complémentaire, le tribunal peut interdire la détention d’un animal, à titre définitif ou non. Les dispositions du présent article ne sont pas applicables aux courses de taureaux lorsqu’une tradition locale ininterrompue peut être invoquée. Elles ne sont pas non plus applicables aux combats de coqs dans les localités où une tradition ininterrompue peut être établie.

MANIFESTATION CONTRE a AIGNAN - Dimanche 20 Avril 2014 @ 111.00 ET 17.00hr

MANIFESTATION CONTRE a AIGNAN – Dimanche 20 Avril 2014 @ 11.00  & 17.00hr

Le Programme complet :

11 h 00 – Novillada SP
Ganaderia Lartet – Novillos de Paul et Jérôme Bonnet pour Paco Aguado, Yannis El Adureño et Andy Younes.

17 h 00 – Corrida
Ganaderia Valdefresno – pour David Mora, Thomas Dufau et Juan del Alamo.

Renseignements et réservations :
05 62 09 20 96


Mouvement citoyen d’opposition à une novillada et une corrida, à Aignan

Agenda des Manifestations






Belgium Bans Wild Animals in Circus !

Belgium Bans Wild Animals in Circus ! Belgium passed a bill introduced by the Minister for Animal Welfare that will ban the use of wild animals in circuses. Sign the PETITION FOR YOUR COUNTRY 

Concerns about the living conditions that animals who travel in circuses are forced to endure have raised concerns for some time. Last year, Belgium adopted laws that would require circuses to adhere to the same standards as zoos, but according to the Belgian animal advocacy organization Global Action in the Interest of Animals (GAIA), those standards wouldn’t, or couldn’t, be met, reports FarmingUK.

While many cities in the country had banned circuses with wild animals, the organization and animal advocates continued to fight for a full ban. “The government’s decision is the culmination of a ten-year long struggle conducted by GAIA for a Belgian ban on circuses with wild animals,” said Ann De Greef, Director of GAIA. “It is clear that the welfare of wild animals cannot be guaranteed in circuses; they have no place there. A ban is the only logical step.

We are very pleased; it’s yet another victory in the fight for animals.” Belgium now joins other progressive countries that have taken steps to stop cruelty by enacting bans on animals in circuses including Cyprus, Greece, Croatia, Columbia and Austria, which will be joined by the UK in 2015.

As the treatment of animals continues to gain attention, those advocating for their freedom continue to fight to end this industry’s exploitation of animals who have no business being forced to travel and perform ridiculous tricks for our entertainment.




Problems that different species face continue to be exposed and range from severe confinement, grueling transport, an inability to engage in natural behaviors, the stress of being forced to perform for large crowds and the physical and psychological issues that their living conditions cause. In some situations animals are blatantly abused, but circus owners don’t seem to ever face the full repercussions of harming them, while taxpayers continue to foot heavy bills for inspections. According to the Performing Animal Welfare Society, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspected the Carson & Barnes Circus 42 times from 2007 to 2010, which ended up costing $57,246. But the show continued to go on despite repeated violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

In the U.S., animal advocates have been working to get the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (TEAPA), which would ban wild animals in circuses, passed. It was introduced in 2011 by Rep. Jim Moran, but legislators failed to pass it. According to Animal Defenders International, which worked on the bill, they hope to reintroduce this vital piece of legislation again this year. “Keeping elephants in chains, confining wild animals like lions and tigers in small cages, and forcing them to perform unnatural tricks for the sole purpose of human amusement is increasingly difficult to justify the more we learn about these intelligent, social creatures,” said Moran at the bill’s original announcement.

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U.N. Court Orders Japan to Halt Antarctic Whaling

U.N. Court Orders Japan to Halt Antarctic Whaling.The decision to ban Japan’s annual whaling drive off Antarctica, handed down by the United Nations’ highest court, is a hard-won victory for conservationists who have long argued that Tokyo’s whaling research is a cover for commercial whaling.

The ruling by the International Court of Justice in The Hague halts a Japanese program that has captured hundreds of minke and other whales each year in the Southern Ocean since 2005, all in the name of biological research.

Japanese whaling on an industrial scale began around the 1890s when Japan began to participate in the modern whaling industry, at that time an industry in which many countries participated. Japanese whaling activities have historically extended far outside Japanese territorial waters.

During the 20th century, Japan was heavily involved in commercial whaling. This continued until the International Whaling Commission (IWC) moratorium on commercial whaling went into effect in 1986. Japan continued to hunt whales using the scientific research provision in the agreement, and Japanese whaling is currently conducted by the Institute of Cetacean Research. The whale meat from these scientific whale hunts is sold in shops and restaurants.This is allowed under IWC rules, although most IWC members oppose it.The International Court of Justice has ruled that the Japanese whaling program in the Southern Ocean is not for scientific purposes and has ordered that Japanese whaling in Antarctic waters cease immediately.




The Japanese Government claims that whaling is a long standing part of Japanese culture that the international community should not interfere in. But the Australian Government, who first launched the case against Japan in 2010, were quick to challenge this idea — as Greenpeace has consistently done in the past. They pointed out that Southern Ocean whaling in fact began in the 1930s, and that it takes place some 6000km from the Japanese coastline.



The fact is, the whale meat industry is dying in Japan. Statistics commissioned by Greenpeace Japan found that up to 80% of respondents disagreed with whaling on the high seas. And 85% said they did not know endangered species were being hunted by Japanese ships in the Antarctic Ocean. What’s more, thousands of tonnes of whale meat today remains in frozen storage in Japan because demand is so low. Despite falling catches, the stockpile of whale meat continues to grow.

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Charge your mobile /Cellphone in 30 seconds ?

Charge your mobile/ Cellphone in 30 seconds ?On Monday at the Think Next symposium in its hometown of Tel Aviv, StoreDot demonstrated a prototype biological battery — roughly the size of two cigarette packs — which charged a Samsung Galaxy S4 in about 30 seconds.

The rapidly-charging smartphone battery is fabricated with chains of amino acids known as peptides. The same naturally occurring protein building-blocks that are at the heart of professional sports’ clubs controversial supplement programs.

Keep in mind that StoreDot’s real advances are in the battery, not the charger. StoreDot is using a new battery chemistry that features “nanodots” derived from bio-organic material. These nanodots are used in both the electrode, which stores the battery’s energy, and the electrolyte, which transfers energy between the battery’s anode and cathode ends. StoreDot says the electrical properties of these nanodots allow the electrode to charge much faster, while still discharging at a rate similar to conventional lithium-ion batteries. And because the technology is based on naturally occurring organic compounds, it’s supposedly cheap to produce.

StoreDot - the secret of fast battery Recharging ?

StoreDot – the secret of fast battery Recharging ?

Although the demo is impressive, it will face some hurdles on the road to commercialization. In the current demo, StoreDot’s battery is physically larger than the one inside Samsung’s Galaxy S4, but its capacity is smaller. So while it can charge much faster, it won’t last as long on a charge. StoreDot says it’s working on the capacity issue and hopes to reach its goal of matching conventional batteries within a year. The charger is much larger as well–though StoreDot says it’s working on reducing the size–and it’ll be roughly twice as expensive as a normal charger. Finally, the phone itself needs to be modified to accommodate a high current during charging, but again, StoreDot says it’s hoping that users could eventually drop the battery into existing phones.

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Vast Numbers of Animals Flee Yellowstone Park USA -Sign of Super Volcano Eruption?

Vast Numbers of Animals Flee Yellowstone Park USA -Sign of Super Volcano Eruption?Video .Are these animals telling us something ? Nearly one quarter of the northern elk herd at Yellowstone National Park is missing, according to the annual winter count, but biologists aren’t sure if there’s been a stunning decline in the herd or if other factors have skewed the tally.

Following a 4.8-magnitude earthquake in Yellowstone National Park, there are  concerns about large droves of animals leaving the area. Could this be evidence that the infamous Yellowstone Supervolcano is on the verge of eruption ?

Current Helium releases at 1000 times above normal. Complete media blackout. Herds of bison running for their lives on the public roadways and they were not being chased or rounded up, the bison were running down the mountain slopes onto roadways running right past a filming crew. They detect something vast and deadly. The Yellowstone Supervolcano is the only thing there that would fit the bill. Watch the animals and watch them close, they will always give you a heads up before an event. Very strange, is the caldera about to blow?

Animals on the move - Yellowstone Park - March 2014

Animals on the move – Yellowstone Park – March 2014

Park rangers and scientists say no.Yes, Yellowstone Public Affairs Chief Al Nash said, the March 30 earthquake was the biggest Yellowstone has seen in 34 years.

The 4.8 quake was part of a series of smaller quakes that have hit the greater Yellowstone region over the past few weeks. Many believe those quakes are linked to a recent 5.1-magnitude quake (and aftershocks) that hit in the Los Angeles region earlier in March.

The Yellowstone Caldera is the volcanic caldera and supervolcano located in Yellowstone National Park in the United States, sometimes referred to as the Yellowstone Supervolcano. The caldera is located in the northwest corner of Wyoming, in which the vast majority of the park is contained. The major features of the caldera measure about 34 by 45 miles (55 by 72 km). The caldera formed during the last of three supereruptions over the past 2.1 million years.

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Where is Yellowstone ? –

Scientists Investigate Wildlife’s Possible Warning Systems -Source :Washington Post 2005

In Khao Lak, 50 miles north of Phuket along Thailand’s western coast, a dozen elephants giving tourists rides began trumpeting hours before the Dec. 26 tsunami — about the time the 9.0-magnitude quake fractured the ocean floor. An hour before the wall of waves slammed the resort area, the elephants reportedly again grew agitated and began wailing. Just before disaster struck, they headed for higher ground — some breaking their chains to flee.

Flamingos that breed this time of year at Point Calimere sanctuary on India’s southern coast left for safer forests well before the tsunami hit, forest officials told the India News.

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Nigella Lawson denied USA entry

Nigella Lawson denied USA entry  .UK celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, whose private life hit the headlines when she testified about drug use last year, was prevented from boarding a flight from London to the United States, a U.S. official said Thursday.Source CNN 4/4/2014. Nigella  was turned back from boarding British Airways Flight 283 from London Heathrow to Los Angeles on March 30, said Lynne Platt, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in London.

Platt would not say why Lawson had been stopped. A representative for Lawson declined to comment.

Lawson made headlines late last year when she admitted to drug use during the fraud trial of two former personal assistants to Lawson.

Let’s Celebrate Nigella Lawson ! She has given us so much pleasure through her recipe books and TV programmes always looking ,beautiful , mischievous and HUNGRY ! Private lives are not our business and we all go through difficult times particularly during divorce and bereavement .

Nigella Lawson - Beautiful ,mischievious and HUNGRY !

Nigella Lawson – Beautiful ,mischievous and HUNGRY !

The daughter of Nigel Lawson, the former British Chancellor of the Exchequer (under Margaret Thatcher ), her cooking genes come from her mother Vanessa’s family -the Salmons , whose family owned the J. Lyons and and catering business.

Lawson met journalist John Diamond in 1986, when they were both writing for The Sunday Times. They married in Venice in 1992, and have two children. Diamond was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1997, and died in March 2001, aged 47.

One of his last messages to Lawson was:

“How proud I am of you and what you have become”

Source:Youtube -Jimmy Kimmel Live

Now starring in her own USA TV series -’The Taste’

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Many of us cannot image Christmas without Nigella’s Tips -So lets show her our support by buying more of her Books !

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Portuguese Artist Joana Vasconcelos brings Serious BLING to Manchester

Portuguese Artist Joana Vasconcelos brings Serious BLING to Manchester .The first woman and youngest artist ever to exhibit work at the Château de Versailles, Joana Vasconcelos brings her monumentally-sized works to Manchester. Lilocoptère, originally part of the show in France, features a Bell 47 helicopter adorned with pink ostrich feathers, Swarovski Crystals and gold leaf.

Lilicopter 2013 -Joana Vasconcelos -Manchester City Gallery 2014

Lilicopter 2012 -Joana Vasconcelos -Manchester City Gallery 2014

Other creations are similarly ambitious in scale, such as War Games, a black Morris Oxford car covered in toy rifles and LEDs, that brims with toys that move and squeak.

War Games, 2011-Joana Vasconcelos - Manchester City Gallery

War Games, 2011-Joana Vasconcelos – Manchester City Gallery

Meanwhile, a series of water lily-shaped sculptures are shown together for the first time.  With steam irons for petals, they are coloured red, yellow and green in tribute to the Portuguese flag. The pieces open and close to mimic the movement of real flowers, slowly unfurling as they release steam to create a humid robotic flower garden.

Full Steam Ahead - Joana Vasconcelos - Manchester City Gallery  2014

Full Steam Ahead – Joana Vasconcelos – Manchester City Gallery 2014

The artist has also selected a number of smaller works for display. These carefully placed interventions create humorous and thoughtful connections with both the historical architecture of the building and with works of art from the city’s collections.

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The Exhibition is at the Manchester City Gallery until June 1st 2014

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INMARSAT – UK company solves mystery of MH370 .

INMARSAT – UK company solves mystery of MH370 .Malaysia’s prime minister has announced that new satellite data showed that flight MH370 crashed into the Indian Ocean. In a brief statement Najib Razak said: “It is with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that… flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”

Malaysian Airlines

Malaysian Airlines

Malaysia Airlines announced that it was “beyond reasonable” doubt that the plane was lost with no survivors. ”We must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean,” it said in a statement. The new certainty about the plane’s fate was confirmed in analysis by British aerospace experts INMARSAT based on satellite data. They found that the plane’s last position was in a remote location in the middle of the Indian Ocean far from any landing strips. INMARSAT was originally founded in 1979 as the International Maritime Satellite Organization (Inmarsat), a not-for-profit international organization, set up at the behest of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a UN body, for the purpose of establishing a satellite communications network for the maritime community. Originally, the model was that of Intelsat, an international consortium which provided satellite communications among the member countries. The founding member of Intelsat, and the USA member, was Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT). Comsat also took the lead in the founding of Inmarsat. Inmarsat began trading in 1982. From the beginning, the acronym “Inmarsat” was used. The intent was to create a self-financing body which would improve safety of life at sea. The name was changed to “International Mobile Satellite Organization” when it began to provide services to aircraft and portable users, but the acronym “Inmarsat” was kept. When the organisation was converted into a private company in 1999, the business was split into two parts: The bulk of the organisation was converted into the commercial company, Inmarsat plc, and a small group became the regulatory body, IMSO. Immarsat was the first international satellite organization that was privatized. LINKS -click below for moreinformation Inmarsat INMARSAT BIO LINKS – click below for more information

Celebrity Youtube Cats earn their owners fortunes

Celebrity Youtube Cats earn their owners fortunes .Making cat videos may have previously appeared to be a fantastic waste of time but this hobby is now a legitimate source of income. Some cat owners are making tens of thousands of dollars a year from their prized felines who, via YouTube, entertain millions of cat lovers around the world.

William Braden’s spoof French new wave films starring his cat, Henri le chat noir (Henri the black cat), have been viewed more than 15 million times, netting the owner more than $US25,000 ($27,500).

A select few are even in a position to quit their day jobs to live off their cats alone, according to Scott Stulen, founder of the non-profit Internet Cat Video Festival.



Dozens of people make a living from publishing cat videos, he says, earning between $US40,000 and $US75,000 a year.

He believes hundreds more make up to $US20,000 a year from their hobby, through YouTube royalties and small merchandising deals.



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How our Dogs drink – Video discover in slow motion

How our Dogs drink – Video discover in slow motion.

Source – The secret Life of Dogs – BBC UK

We have an extraordinary relationship with dogs – closer than with any other animal on the planet. But what makes the bond between us so special?

Research into dogs is gaining momentum, and scientists are investigating them like never before. From the latest fossil evidence, to the sequencing of the canine genome, to cognitive experiments, dogs are fast turning into the new chimps as a window into understanding ourselves.

Drinking Dogs !

Drinking Dogs !

Where does this relationship come from? In Siberia, a unique breeding experiment reveals the astonishing secret of how dogs evolved from wolves. Swedish scientists demonstrate how the human/dog bond is controlled by a powerful hormone also responsible for bonding mothers to their babies.



Why are dogs so good at reading our emotions? Horizon meets Betsy, reputedly the world’s most intelligent dog, and compares her incredible abilities to those of children. Man’s best friend has recently gone one step further – helping us identify genes responsible for causing human diseases.

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France House for sale in Forest with Lake/Beach view Pyrenees

France House for sale in Forest with Lake/Beach view Pyrenees
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An Exceptional Modern Country House

with independent Garden Apartment

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The only house set in  300 hectares of National Forest 


Swimming Lake and Beach





Boasting Stunning Panoramic Views to the Pyrenees.


from all principal rooms and terraces.






This stunning modern architect designed property in an enviable location, set as it is in 2.21 ha of forest woodlands on the side of a hill, making it remarkably private. If that were not private enough, the property is then surrounded by a further 300 or so hectares of woodland. Constructed over three levels in the mid-70s when planning laws were much more relaxed (so there is no danger of acquiring unwanted new neighbours as you would never get permission to construct here nowadays) the house has been very well designed and has the style of a building by Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect.




Adhering to the philosophy of organic architecture for which Wright was known, indoor and outdoor living spaces are very well integrated. Despite being a modern building, the house fits very naturally into its environment.






There is an attractive vine on the side of the house and a huge wisteria growing over the front. Although there is obviously a main door, the most natural way to enter the house is via the ramp from the garden to the first level balcony that runs along the entire front of the house. From this balcony, you have the most wonderful view across the forest to the pretty local market town and beyond that to the Pyrenees. Every floor of the house has either a balcony or terrace and every room on the south side of the house has been designed to take advantage of the beautiful view.




The terrace and the balconies have been cleverly constructed so that in the summer when the sun is high there is no direct sunlight into the rooms so they remain cool whereas in the winter when the sun is lower, direct sunlight floods in to provide additional warmth.





Located just outside the village of Aignan , the property provides ~ 240 m² of habitable surface area with an additional ~ 60m² of space in the annexes.


The property comprises 3 floors.






On the first level:

Through the front door into a lobby (3m²) with space for storing coats and boots and with steps down to the lower level. Main hall (8.30m²), with cloakroom, sink and Wc (1m²). Stairs to first floor. There are doors through to the dining room and living room. The living room (32.80m²) has 3 large floor-to-ceiling sliding double doors with access out on to the balcony and providing lots of natural light and wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. The feature fireplace divides this large double Salon heating it from both sides, the other half of the room is 25.5m² and has stairs up to the galleried library/study. The kitchen (8.15m²) has fitted units and views out over the hills.






Next to the kitchen is a room (5.10m²) with a bath (the lady who commissioned the house was elderly) but this could easily be removed and the two rooms could be knocked into one giving you an area of 15m² to create a much larger kitchen. Dining room (17.70m²) with large floor to ceiling double sliding doors out to Terrace.




This huge part covered terrace has disabled access and large summer dining (10 pers) and seating areas with wonderful views.




On the second level:


2 Suites – 3 bedrooms ,WC, 2 bathrooms one with shower ,one with bath.

From the landing there is a corridor with large built-in cupboards.

Immediately to your left is the door to the galleried library (10.90m²).


Suite 1 (18m²) Bedroom 1 = en-suite with bath, bidet and sink and fitted cupboards ,private terrace overlooking the hills and Pyrenees





Suite 2 Bedroom 2 (12m²) with doors out to a private terrace. Bedroom 3 (11m²) with large fitted wardrobes.

Bathroom (5m²) with shower, sink – Separate Wc (1.10m²).






Garden Floor:


Independent Apartment


Stairs down from the lobby, Door through to corridor leading to bathroom (2.20m²) with shower, bidet and sink. Separate Wc (1.10m²).


Studio Room (25m²) with doors out to the terrace. Separate Kitchen (9.10m²) with fitted cupboards.


Huge Covered terrace with dining and seating areas


Laundry room (5.40m²). . wine cellar (8m²), large 2 car garage (49m²).









The Estate

– easily managed organic gardens and grounds






The garden and parkland is incredibly peaceful and private with wonderful views .



The area immediately surrounding the house is laid to lawn and includes a croquet pitch, golf practice driving range and tennis practice wall..






The rest of the Organic Park (2.21 hectares in total) is to the sides and front of the property and has not seen chemicals for 10 years and is presently mowed in a regime as a wild flower meadow. The Forested borders  provide firewood .


Wildlife abounds in this forest with roe and muntjac deer ,badgers ,wild boar ,red squirrels and pine marten, lizards and salamanders


The bird life many of whom snack from the feeders on the terrace include hoophoe, golden Oriel , nuthatch, woodpeckers ,woodcock ,Kites, buzzard and peregrine falcons.




The Forest of Aignan was donated to the community by the Duchess of Bouillon in 1640

and this is the only house ever to have been built in this Forest.







At the other end of the 300 hectare forest there is a swimming and fishing lake with a beach and a small cafe – ideal of long hot summer days and barbacues.


PRICE  400,000 euros



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Panoramic WATERSIDE House for Sale-UK Wales

Panoramic WATERSIDE House for Sale-UK Wales - Rare renovation opportunity to create stunning Home &/or B&B right on the BEACH Panoramic views from all windows.
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Despite the tragedy of Flight MH370 – Flying is the safest mode of travel

Despite the tragedy of Flight MH370 – Flying is the safest mode of travel .Here are seven reasons why you should not be afraid to take flight.

1. Crash Rate

In 2008, the USA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found there were 1.27 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. To provide a contrast, that same year, the equivalent aviation data, compiled by the National Transportation Safety Board could report only 20 accidents for U.S. air carriers operating scheduled service. While plane crashes are often highlighted by the media, the occurrence is extremely rare. In fact, these statistics suggest that “you are more likely to die driving to the airport than flying across the country.”

2. Flying Is Only Getting Safer

Ever since the Wright brothers invented the airplane in 1903, flying has only become safer. According to a Huffington Post article, “the past 10 years have been the best in the country’s aviation history with 153 fatalities.” To put this statistic into perspective, the Associated Press determined it is equivalent to two deaths per each 100 million passengers flying commercially. Compare that tiny fraction with the 30,000 plus deaths from motor vehicles that take place per year.

Boeing 777

Boeing 777

3. Air Traffic Control

While no one is helping you watch the road from behind your steering wheel, pilots have many eyes assisting them from take-off through landing with Air Traffic Control. They rotate around the clock 24 hours a day using radar procedures to track the planes in the sky, give instructions, clearance and information about flight conditions. Your pilots are never the only people in charge of your safety in the air.

4. Rigorous Training

If you have a license, think back to your driver’s test. To pass the New York State driving test, administered by the Department of Motor Vehicles, the applicant must simply demonstrate a mastery of steering, breaking, signaling, a three point turn and a parallel parking job behind a single parked vehicle. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, pilots, on the other hand, go through rigorous training and certification processes. Many pilots are retired members of the U.S Air Force. Plus, one must go to flight school and receive a license from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Most airline companies also require pilots to attend at least 2 years of college. Unlike on the road, there is an intense screening process to determine those licensed to fly.

5. Technology

Without belittling your car’s latest technology, airline technology makes motor vehicles look like vessels from the stone age in comparison. Sure, your GPS might be able to detect traffic and highlight an alternate route, and maybe you like driving in cruise control, but technology on airplanes controls almost the entire flight. According to Executive Travel magazine, planes contain turbulence detection programming that can ”predict the intensity, altitude and movement of turbulence.” In addition, runway safety technology communicates between planes to “warn pilots to stop if another plane or vehicle might be coming.” These technological improvements control all aspects of flying, from the run way to the cockpit. The responsibility of a pilot to steer a plane is almost obsolete. ”Fly-by-wire” planes, which include the most recent and common vessels in the sky, feature electronic controls that have replaced outdated mechanical controls.

6. No Reckless Flying

Many drivers are reckless because operating a motor vehicle feels so mundane. Errors such as multi-tasking, failing to wear a seat belt, talking on the phone while driving, or simply forgetting to use a blinker signal result in deadly accidents. On the other hand, the airline industry has been made extremely cautious not to commit any errors, no matter how large or small. According to the New York Times, the entire cast of pilots, regulators, and airline crew possess ”extensive information about flying hazards, with the goal of preventing accidents rather than just reacting to them.” The pilot will not take flight unless he has been cleared and is positive the plane is safe to fly.

Malaysian Airlines

Malaysian Airlines

7. The Availability Heuristic

Psychologists can explain why people believe airline travel is more dangerous than other methods of travel: the effect of the availability heuristic. Put simply, the availability heuristic is when people “make a judgment based on what we can remember, rather than complete data.” Vivid, memorable images, such as plane crashes that are magnified by the news and TV and film industry stick in the public memory. When we think of traveling, these images immediately come to mind, causing us to incorrectly evaluate the danger of airline travel. Car accidents are far less likely to dominate the mind because they are less vivid and less publicized.

Source : Policy

Our love and thoughts go out to the families and passengers of MH370

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Does Qatar deserve the Football World Cup 2022 ?

Does Qatar deserve the Football World Cup 2022 ?“The number of workers killed in the construction industry in Qatar each year is up to eight times higher than in the UK and other developed countries. “Qataris are the richest people in the world but the average construction worker toils 15 hours , 6 days a week for 8$ a day.

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“The number of workers killed in the construction industry in Qatar each year is up to eight times higher than in the UK and other developed countries. “Qataris are the richest people in the world but the average construction worker toils 15 hours , 6 days a week for 8$ a day.

“Football fans everywhere will be shocked to learn of the way in which workers are treated in Qatar - both  footballers currently signed to clubs and for construction workers tasked with building the World Cup infrastructure. – conditions akin to a modern form of slavery – and will want UEFA’s support to put pressure on Qatar to reform or risk having FIFA re-run the vote for the 2022 World Cup.”

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A former FIFA executive facing a probe over $2m in payments he allegedly received from Qatar has dismissed the accusations as a “witch hunt” against the 2022 World Cup host.

According to the UK’s The Telegraph newspaper, US investigators are looking into payments allegedly made to a company controlled by ex FIFA vice president Jack Warner just days after the Gulf state was announced as the successful bidder for the tournament in 2010.

Those payments were said to have been made by a firm owned by Qatar’s Mohamed bin Hammam, who was at the time head of the Asian Football Confederation and has since been banned from the game for life over a separate bribes scandal.

Also send your words of support to Zahir and his family on their FACEBOOK

Like something out of a 19th Century Novel – French Footballer Zahir Belounis was   ‘Kidnapped’ in Qatar since 2011 says his lawyer Franck Berton . When he sued his club for 21 months pay, he was told that he must drop the case in order to obtain an exit visa. Qatar authorities continue to refuse to give him back his passport and exit visa and have not paid him for 2 years using the notorious ‘kefala’ sponsorship system because he did not complete his contract period. His wife Johanna and two daughters are with him in Qatar. He was eventually released after pressure by FIFA in November 2013.


KIDNAPPED - Zahir Belounis

KIDNAPPED – Zahir Belounis


“The number of workers killed in the construction industry in Qatar each year is up to eight times higher than in the UK and other developed countries. ”

Qataris are the richest people in the world but the average construction worker toils 15 hours , 6 days a week for 8$ a day.




Before going to Qatar in 20o7 , where he played for second division club Al-Markhya , the talented 33 year old Belounis , who was born near Paris  played for :

Noisy-le-Sec (Ile-de-France), L’Ile Rousse (Haute-Corse) ,Saint-Lo (Basse-Normandie) ,Melka TMFC (Malasia) , La Tour-Le Paquier (Switzerland )

FIFA awarded Qatar  the 2022 World Cup and will become the first Arab country to host the World Cup. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, son of the present Emir of Qatar, was the chairman of the bid committee .

Qatar planned to promote the bid as an Arab unity bid and hoped to draw on support from the entire Arab world and were positioning this as an opportunity to bridge the gap between the Arab and Western worlds.

The bid launched an advertising campaign across the nation in November 2009.


Qatar FIFA Football World Cup Bid -Source YouTube

Some concerns with Qatar’s bid deal with the extreme temperatures. The World Cup is always held in the European off-season in June and July and during this period the average daytime high in most of Qatar is in excess of 40 °C (104 °F), with the average daily low temperatures not dropping below 30 °C (86 °F). Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the 2022 Qatar bid chairman, responded saying

“the event has to be organised in June or July. We will have to take the help of technology to counter the harsh weather.  A stadium with controlled temperature is the answer to the problem. “ The first five proposed stadia are planned to employ cooling technology capable of reducing temperatures within the stadium by up to 20 degrees Celsius. Additionally, the upper tiers of the stadia will be dis-assembled after the World Cup and donated to countries with less developed sports infrastructure.

President of FIFA Sepp Blatter endorsed the idea of having a World Cup in the Middle East, saying in April 2010,”The Arabic world deserves a World Cup.

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UK Union Letter to FIFA

RFI  Press Conference

Harrods Owners

Extraordinary Chef Clarissa Dickson Wright, star of Two Fat Ladies, dies aged 66

Extraordinary Chef Clarissa Dickson Wright, star of Two Fat Ladies, dies aged 66 Video Dickson Wright initially trained as a barrister and, at 21, became the youngest woman to be called to the Bar.She embraced her passion for cooking while recovering from alcohol dependency, working at St James’s Club in London and at the Notting Hill store ‘Books for Cooks.’

Dickson Wright joined up with the late Jennifer Paterson for the pilot episode of Two Fat Ladies in 1994, and the duo worked together between 1996 and 1999, travelling around the UK in a motorbike and sidecar.

After Paterson’s death in August 1999, she decided not to continue the show without her co-presenter, but worked with the BBC on a regular basis.

Source : DigitalSpy




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3 Rare Endangered Sumatran Tiger Cubs born at London Zoo-Video

3 Rare Endangered Sumatran Tiger Cubs born at London Zoo-Video.The world’s rarest tigers were born to five-year-old Sumatran tigress Melati on February 3 after a 106-day pregnancy.In the Seventies there were 1,000 Sumatran tigers in the wild; today there are believed to be just 300 individuals. If numbers continue to decline at that rate, they face a very real threat of extinction within the next decade.


While mother Melati relaxes with her cubs, visitors to the zoo can still see six-year-old father Jae Jae in Tiger Territory at the Zoological Society of London.The entire birth process was monitored using remote camera technology, but the zoo has yet to establish the sex of the cubs.


The New Sumatran Tiger Cubs caught on hidden Camera at the Zoological Society of London

The New Sumatran Tiger Cubs caught on hidden Camera at the Zoological Society of London


The Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) is a rare tiger subspecies that inhabits the Indonesian island of Sumatra. It was classified as critically endangered by IUCN in 2008 as the population was estimated at 441 to 679 individuals.

It is the only surviving member of the Sunda Islands group of tigers that included the now extinct Bali tiger and Javan tiger.]Sequences from complete mitochondrial genes of 34 tigers support the hypothesis that Sumatran tigers are diagnostically distinct from mainland populations.

In the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, nine prey species larger than 1 kg (2.2 lb) of body weight were identified including Great Argus Pheasant, Pigtail Macaque, porcupine, Malay tapir, wild pig, Greater and Lesser mouse-deer, muntjac and Sambar deer.

Major threats include habitat loss due to expansion of palm oil plantations and planting of acacia plantations, prey-base depletion, and illegal trade primarily for the domestic market.

In 1994, the Indonesian Sumatran Tiger Conservation Strategy addressed the potential crisis that tigers faced in Sumatra. The Sumatran Tiger Project (STP) was initiated in June 1995 .

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Sumatran Tiger Project

London Zoo-ZSL

If Eating chicken breast is as dangerous as smoking -become a Vegetarian?

If Eating chicken breast is as dangerous as smoking -become a Vegetarian? !Eating too much cheese and meat in middle age could increase your chance of an early death by almost 75 per cent a new study says . Should we all become vegetarian ?

Researchers  said eating a lot of protein increased the risk of cancer almost as much as smoking 20 cigarettes a day.

They reached their findings, published in the journal Cell: Metabolism, after tracking thousands of people over 20 years.

“We provide convincing evidence that a high-protein diet – particularly if the proteins are derived from animals – is nearly as bad as smoking for your health,” said one of the academics behind the work, Dr Valter Longo, of the University of Southern California

Dieters who rigorously follow Atkins and Paleo-style regimes may be putting themselves at risk, with excess protein — classed as more than 90g each day — appearing to heighten the chances of cancer and diabetes.

Here are some helpful reasons for considering becoming a Vegetarian

  1. Cut the fat. While meat provides a lot of protein, it also provides a ton of fat — especially saturated fat. Which means that by cutting out meat, you’ll be cutting out a lot of bad fat, and replacing it with things that are probably not only lower in fat, but that contain some good fats. This greatly reduces your risk of heart disease, and in fact numerous studies have shown that vegetarians tend to have a lower risk of heart disease, as well as hypertension, diabetes, cancer and other diseases. Read morehere.
  2. Less food poisoning. Food poisoning gets millions of people each year — and many of them from meat, which is a good breeding ground for harmful bacteria, especially if not stored, prepared or cooked exactly right. Cut out meat and you lower your risk of food poisoning (especially if you also cut out eggs and dairy, but that’s optional).
  3. Reduce the suffering. You probably don’t want to hear about the horrific treatment of animals that are raised for food, even before they are slaughtered for our benefit. But suffice it to say, there are great amounts of suffering involved, and by cutting out meat, you are reducing your involvement in that.
  4. Help the environment. There are actually numerous ways that the meat industry harms the environment, from a waste of our resources (animals raised for food eat enough grain to feed the world), to a waste of fuel, to the pollution caused by their waste matter, and much more.
  5. Help your weight loss. It’s possible to be vegetarian and eat very unhealthy foods, including Coke and fries and fried stuff and pizza and chips. But it’s much more difficult. Studies repeatedly show that vegetarians are slimmer and are less likely to be obese than meat eaters. If you’re trying to lose weight, being a vegetarian can be a good part of your program.
  6. Get more nutrition. In general (though not necessarily), vegetarians replace meat with more nutritious foods, such as fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, and so on. If you do that, you will be getting more of the nutrients your body needs, giving you better health, less illness, and more energy.

20 Tips for Becoming a Vegetarian
So, if you’d like to become a vegetarian, without too much trouble, here are my suggestions:

  1. Have good reasons. If you just want to become vegetarian for kicks, you probably won’t stick with it for long — not because it’s hard, but because any lifestyle change or habit change requires a little bit of motivation. You need to first think about why you want to become vegetarian, and really believe in it. The rest is easy.
  2. Read up. Before starting anything new, I tend to read as much as possible about whatever it is that I’ll be doing. I suggest you do so with vegetarianism. Check out a couple of good books from the library (or better yet, borrow from vegetarian friends). And there are tons and tons of good sites on the Internet.
  3. Find good recipes. You don’t need to go out and buy a bunch of new cookbooks, although that’s certainly an option. But again, there are many great recipes online. Try … another favorite of mine is Post Punk Kitchen . In fact, it can all be a little overwhelming … but don’t worry, you don’t need to decide on anything. Just look through the recipes, take note of a few that look really good, and decide to try a few of them. You have the rest of your life to test out other recipes!
  4. Try one recipe a week. My suggestion is just to try one new vegetarian recipe a week. If you like it, add it to your collection of staple recipes that you eat on a regular basis. If the recipe isn’t that great, try another next week. Soon, you’ll have a good list of 5-10 great recipes that you love to cook and eat. And really, whether you’re vegetarian or meat eater, that’s probably all you really eat on a regular basis anyway (for dinner, at least). Most people only have 7-10 recipes that they cook regularly. Once you have that many vegetarian recipes, you are good to go.
  5. Substitutions. Also try your regular recipes that you love, but instead of using meat, use a meatless substitute. So if you love to eat spaghetti or chili, for example, substitute a ground-beef alternative from Bocca or Morning Star and just cook it the way you normally would. There are alternatives for just about any kind of meat, and some of them are quite good. You can go on eating what you normally eat, but meatless.
  6. Start with red meat. I suggest a gradual transition into vegetarianism … although you can do it all at once, I’ve found that for many people, a gradual transition works better. There’s no need to give up all meat at once. Try a few new recipes, maybe eat one vegetarian meal for the first week, two for the second, and so on. If you do this, start with red meat, as it is typically the least healthy.
  7. Then the other meats. After a couple of weeks of going without red meat, try cutting out pork for a couple of weeks. Then cut out chicken, the seafood. With this two-week approach (and you can even make it 3 weeks or a month for each stage if you want to go more slowly), you’ll hardly notice the difference. I’ve found that I don’t crave meats anymore, although I did for about a week.
  8. Consider dairy & eggs. Vegetarians vary widely on this, so there’s no mandate to give up dairy or eggs if you’re giving up meat. Do what feels right for you. But if you go meatless for awhile, and want to try to go a little further (in terms of health, the environment, and helping animal suffering), consider these foods. For one thing, they are often high in saturated fat, especially compared to soy alternatives. It was easy for me to give up eggs, as I’ve never been a huge fan, but transitioning to soy milk took a few days to get used to … although I can’t stand the taste of milk now. :)
  9. Think about your staples. A useful exercise is to make a list of foods you regularly eat, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and snacks. Not meals, but ingredients. And then think about vegetarian alternatives, and make a new list. For example, instead of eating chicken in a stir-fry dish, you might try tofu. With a new list of staples, you should have no trouble stocking your fridge and pantry.
  10. All in one go. Some people prefer to give up meat all at once. While this takes a little more determination than the gradual solution I advocate, it’s not that hard, really. Just prepare yourself by taking some of the steps above (finding recipes, substitutes, a new list of staples, and reading as much as possible), and then give it a shot. It should only take a few days to get used to it, and then you’ll have very little trouble after that. The only issues you’ll have to work out, once you’re used to going without meat, are things like eating out, eating at others’ houses, and other similar issues. Read on for more on these.
  11. Adequate protein. One myth about vegetarianism is that you don’t get enough protein. Actually, meat eaters usually take in way more protein than they need. Protein requirements for the average adult are lower than people think. If you eat a varied diet (not just junk food, for example) that includes vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, soy protein and the like, you will be fine. It would hard to create an eating plan where you’re getting inadequate protein (the junk food example would be one). Another myth is that you need to eat different types of protein within a single meal (or even a single day) to get complete protein from plants … actually, as long as you eat varied proteins (such as those listed above) over a few days, you’ll be fine. And soy protein is a complete protein, just like meat.
  12. Junk food. Again, you can be a vegetarian and be very unhealthy, if you eat junk food. Being a vegetarian is not a license to eat junk food (although you can probably indulge yourself a little more often now that you’re not eating meat). Try to stick with fruits and veggies, whole grains, beans, nuts, soy protein, low-fat dairy and other nutritious foods for the most part.
  13. Ethnic food. One of the great things about becoming a vegetarian is that it often spurs people to try new and interesting ethnic foods (or reminds them of foods they love but don’t eat much). Great vegetarian dishes can be found all over the world, from Italian pasta to many Indian dishes to spicy Thai food to Chinese, Ethiopian, Moroccan, Mexican, South American and more. It can be interesting to do a series of theme weeks, trying vegetarian dishes from a certain country for one week, and then moving around the world and sampling other great ethnic foods.
  14. Tell friends & family. If you’re really going to become a vegetarian, you’ll have to talk to the people you know and love about it. You’ll still be dining with them, at restaurants, at their homes, at social gatherings, at work, and so it’ll be better for everyone involved if they know what you’re doing (they might prepare a vegetarian dish for you, or you might bring one for them to try), and if they know the reasons why. Some people might have a hard time with it. Just try to explain it to them, without getting defensive or argumentative, and ask them to be understanding (and maybe to give some of your food a try). Don’t try to force vegetarianism on anyone, or sound preachy, but do give them more information if they’re interested.
  15. Have fun. Most of all, don’t make becoming a vegetarian be a restrictive, grueling ordeal. If you feel like you’re depriving yourself, you won’t last long. But if you feel like you’re doing something good, and trying out some great-tasting food, you’ll stick with it for much longer (for life, I hope). Have a great time along the way.
  16. Plan ahead. Often what gets in the way of new vegetarians is that they go somewhere, and don’t think of what they might have to eat. Going to a party or a dinner can be much better if you prepare a great dish and bring it along (let the host know about it first). An errands trip doesn’t have to result in you going to McDonalds, starving, if you pack a lunch or bring some snacks.
  17. Cook ahead. Another problem is when we don’t have any vegetarian food ready to eat, and so we resort to whatever is easiest (if we don’t feel like eating or are too hungry to wait). Instead, you could cook a big pot of vegetarian chili or soup or something, and have it in the fridge for when you’re hungry and don’t have time to cook.
  18. Vegetarian snacks. I love to eat fruits and cut-up veggies, but there are lots of other great snacks you can eat. Roasted (or raw) almonds, hummus and pitas or veggies, blue corn chips and salsa, low-fat granola, berries with soy yogurt, whole-grain cereals, Kashi crackers … dozens and dozens of snacks, actually, if you take a look around. Have plenty on hand, at home, at work, and on the road.
  19. Vegetarian restaurants. You might live in an area with dozens of great vegetarian restaurants. Give them a try! You might discover some wonderful food, and thank your lucky stars you decided to give vegetarianism a try. Otherwise, most restaurants will have some vegetarian options, or can cook you a vegetarian dish on request.
  20. Vegetarian convenience foods. In your supermarket’s frozen section, you’ll probably find a lot of vegetarian foods that can be microwaved. You might give some of these a try . Beware that, like most convenience foods, these are more expensive than home-cooked stuff, and most likely not as healthy. But you can find some fairly healthy foods there too. At any rate, it’s always good to have a couple of convenience foods in the freezer, just in case

Source:Thankyou – Zen

Smoking/Chicken-Smoking Gun

Smoking/Chicken-Smoking Gun

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Protein and Nutrition

Vegetarian Recipes -Post Punk Kitchen

Peta Vegan Recipes

Learn more about the History of Ukraine in Film and its relationship with Russia

Learn more about the History of Ukraine in Film  and its relationship with Russia.In August 1991, a conservative faction among the Communist leaders of the Soviet Union attempted a coup to remove Mikhail Gorbachev and to restore the Communist party’s power. After the attempt failed, on 24 August 1991 the Ukrainian parliament adopted the Act of Independence in which the parliament declared Ukraine as an independent democratic state.

The territory of Ukraine was first inhabited at least 44,000 years ago,with the country being a candidate site for both the domestication of the horse and for the origins of the Indo-European language family.

After the Russian Revolution, Ukraine declared its independence from Russia on Jan. 28, 1918, and several years of warfare ensued with several groups. The Red Army finally was victorious over Kiev, and in 1920 Ukraine became a Soviet republic.

Ukraine Beauty -

Ukraine Beauty –

In 1922, Ukraine became one of the founders of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. In the 1930s, the Soviet government’s enforcement of collectivization met with peasant resistance, which in turn prompted the confiscation of grain from Ukrainian farmers by Soviet authorities; the resulting famine took an estimated 5 million lives.

Ukraine was one of the most devastated Soviet republics after World War II.

On April 26, 1986, the nation’s nuclear power plant at Chernobyl was the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident. On Oct. 29, 1991, the Ukrainian parliament voted to shut down the reactor within two years’ time and asked for international assistance in dismantling it.
When President Leonid Kravchuk was elected by the Ukrainian parliament in 1990, he vowed to seek Ukrainian sovereignty. Ukraine declared its independence on Aug. 24, 1991. In Dec. 1991, Ukrainian, Russian, and Belorussian leaders cofounded a new Commonwealth of Independent States with the capital to be situated in Minsk, Belarus. The new country’s government was slow to reform the Soviet-era state-run economy, which was plagued by declining production, rising inflation, and widespread unemployment in the years following independence.

The U.S. announced in Jan. 1994 that an agreement had been reached with Russia and Ukraine for the destruction of Ukraine’s entire nuclear arsenal. In Oct. 1994, Ukraine began a program of economic liberalization and moved to reestablish central authority over Crimea. In 1995, Crimea’s separatist leader was removed and the Crimean constitution revoked.

Map of UKraine - The borders of Europe

Map of Ukraine – The borders of Europe

The Russian financial crisis in fall 1998 led to severe problems for the Ukrainian economy, which is dependent on Russia for 40% of its foreign trade. Ukraine remains saddled with its Soviet-era economy, and most of its major industries are still under state control. Corruption is rampant, and as a result, Western investors have shown only minimal interest. The election of the reform-minded Viktor Yushchenko as prime minister in Dec. 1999, however, was greeted with optimism by the West. He was also highly popular among Ukrainians.

In 2004, Kuchma announced he would be retiring. A presidential election pitted Viktor Yushchenko, the former reformist prime minister, against Viktor Yanukovich, the current prime minister and Kuchma’s chosen successor.

The campaign was an especially dirty one. Yushchenko was nearly fatally poisoned with dioxin and had to be hospitalized for several weeks shortly before the election. His doctors predicted that the poisoning will affect his health for years to come. In the Nov. 21 runoff election, Prime Minister Yanukovich received 49.5% of the vote and Yushchenko 46.5%. International monitors declared the elections massively fraudulent.

Hundreds of thousands of Yushchenko’s supporters took to the streets of the capital and other cities in protest, and what became known as the Orange Revolution (after Yushchenko’s signature campaign color) continued full strength over the next two weeks. On Dec. 3, the supreme court invalidated the election results. On Dec. 8, parliament voted in favor of an overhaul of Ukraine’s political system, amending the constitution to reform election laws and transferring some presidential powers to the parliament.In the final presidential runoff on Dec. 26, Yushchenko won 52% of the vote to Yanukovich’s 44.2%.

On Jan. 23, 2005, Viktor Yushchenko was sworn in. Fellow reformist Yulia Timoshenko became the prime minister. But within the year Yushchenko’s reformist reputation was tarnished by his administration’s infighting and allegations of corruption. He fired Prime Minster Timoshenko and her entire cabinet in Aug. 2005.
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History of Ukraine

Viktor Yanukovych

Viktor Yushchenko

Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Yulia Tymoshenko

UK treated to a rare glimpse of the Northern Lights

UK  treated to a rare glimpse of the Northern Lights after the natural display lit up skies across the country.The unique Aurora Borealis formation, which consisted of spectacular red and green lights, was visible as far south as Gloucestershire, Essex and Norfolk on 27 th February 2014

Northern lights, St Mary's lighthouse, Whitley Bay, Britain - 27 Feb 2014  Photo by Thomas Heaton/REX
Northern lights, St Mary’s lighthouse, Whitley Bay, Britain – 27 Feb 2014Photo by Thomas Heaton/REX

Stargazing Live Video – Don’t miss this inspiring BBC series. Northern Lights and american astronauts -this series will inspire you to look up to the Sky at night.

Broadcast from Jodrell Bank Observatory in UK and presented by Professor  Brian Cox and Dara O’Briain – you will be inspired by their enthusiasm. They explain in simple terms many of the mysteries of space that fascinate us.

Jodrell Bank Observatory

Jodrell Bank Observatory

There  are beautiful live films of the Aurora Borealis even taken from a plane flying alongside .

An aurora is a natural light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere (thermosphere). The charged particles originate in themagnetosphere and solar wind and, on Earth, are directed by the Earth’s magnetic field into the atmosphere.

In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis (or the northern lights), named after the Romangoddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas, by Pierre Gassendi in 1621.

Northern Lights -the aurora borealis in the skies over Hammerfest, Norway

Northern Lights -the aurora borealis in the skies over Hammerfest, Norway

Its southern counterpart, the aurora australis (or the southern lights), has features that are almost identical to the aurora borealis and changes simultaneously with changes in the northern auroral zone. It is visible from high southern latitudes in Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, and Australia. Aurorae occur on other planets. Similar to the Earth’s aurora, they are visible close to the planet’s magnetic poles.

Later episodes have fascinating interviews with American Astronauts and a Commander of the International Space Station.

Commander Chris Hadfield has become a media star after these broadcasts. He is to promote tourism in Ireland as one of his projects.

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Auora Borialis  (Northern Lights)

Jodrell Bank Observatory

BBC Stargazing Live 

Chris Hadfield

International Space Station -NASA


STOP – Accept this moment- You can go back to worrying about everything else later

STOP – Accept this moment- You can go back to worrying about everything else later .We all suffer, every day: worry, procrastination, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, irritated, angry, frustrated, wishing things were different, comparing ourselves to others, worried we’re missing out, wishing other people would be different, feeling offended, loneliness, fear of failure, not wanting to do something, wishing we had less fat or bigger boobs or bigger muscles, angry at being controlled, wanting to find the perfect someone, wishing our partner was more perfect, stressed about finances, not wanting to think about problems, not knowing how to fix things, uncertain about choices, rushing from one task to the next, not liking our jobs.

And yet, these problems are self-created.

They’re real, but our tricky minds have created them. The problems are in our heads, created by some ideal/fantasy/expectation of how we wished the world would be, or hope it will be but fear it won’t be. It exists in our heads.

Try this, for a minute: let all of that go for a moment, and just pay attention to the physical things around you right now. Your body, the light, sounds, the thing you’re sitting on, the things moving or sitting still around you. Don’t judge them against what they should be, but just observe what they actually are.

See this moment as it is, without all the things you’re worried/frustrated/angry about. Let go of all of those things, and just see this moment.

It is perfect, as it is.



Accept this moment. Cherish it. This is real, and it is wonderful.

You can go back to worrying about everything else in a moment.

Source : Zenhabits-This Moment-By Leo Babauta

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