Friday, September 4, 2015

News Headlines (539) 16 July - 31 July 2015


16 July 2015 :You're waiting for someone to say the wrong word today so you can pounce on them in defense of your position. You're probably unaware of your true motives; you're not even conscious of how intense you sound now. Although you are more bark than bite, people still might take your intensity at face value. There's little to gain by protecting your boundaries from imaginary enemies. Lowering your voice and letting others speak is a simple yet straightforward way to realign the tense dynamics. Take a deep breath and count to ten before you act in anger.

17 July 2015 : You might receive a rude awakening if you think your past accomplishments will be enough to let you slide by without having to do much real work today. It's true that wishful thinking can be a very effective tool for self-motivation but, unfortunately, your current confidence isn't necessarily based on reality. Creating a best-case scenario in your imagination won't automatically improve your life. Instead of resting on your laurels, visualize the potential at stake now and invest the sweat equity required to make something special happen. You reap what you sow.

18 July 2015 : You thrive on the unpredictable nature of the day as mischievous Mercury spars with unorthodox Uranus. Your love of spontaneity works well with the current uncertainty since circumstances can suddenly shift without warning. Thankfully, an electric burst of energy could send shockwaves through your romantic life that start your heart rocking and rolling again. Don't let pride stand in your way. Tell others exactly what you want today; you have no idea what magic is possible unless you try.

19 July 2015 : Your Sunday routine may not include going to church, but it's a perfect day to reconnect with your spiritual path in a way that resonates with your heart. Fortunately, you won't necessarily have to go anywhere special if you take time for your own brand of worship today. Prayer comes in many shapes and sizes; you don't have to fit your practices into anyone else's religious box. As the renowned theologian Matthew Fox said, "It doesn't matter where you dig the well. You reach the same water."

20 July 2015 : Sorry, Aries, you need to save your daydreaming for the night since concentrating on your work needs to be your top priority today. Spacey Neptune is like a fly in your ointment, captivating you with fascinating visions that have no practical use in the present moment. Even if you wish you could extend your weekend, it's prudent to get an early start and finish your tasks before others have a reason to complain. You might grumble a bit at first, but you will be much happier later on if you're free to pursue your dreams without worrying about chores left undone.

21 July 2015 : You're willing to work extra hard today in order to solidify your recent progress. Nevertheless, it's nearly impossible to completely override your natural tendency to rush into action. However, your impatience could jeopardize all that you have gained. Maintain a methodical pace and execute the proper follow-through to reach your goals. You don't have to gamble with your future now if you plan your course of action without expecting to change everything all at once. It may be a bitter pill to swallow at first, but sometimes slow and steady wins the race.

22 July 2015 : You might try a more cautious approach to sharing your feelings today, but you could be stressing over the wrong things. Instead of wasting time trying to guess how others will react to your emotional disclosure, just let the cards fall where they may. Your impatience can interfere with whatever stability you have already gained. But even if you feel stuck with no clear direction, there's no need to force progress now. Relationship dynamics will make more sense soon enough if you can relax your expectations and enjoy the present moment.

23 July 2015 : Expressing yourself honestly grows more complicated when you're concerned about protecting someone else's feelings. You're bursting at the seams today; your creativity is like a fireworks display that commands attention. You've been waiting for this moment and you want to put on a show that everyone will remember. Although you're running on sheer adrenaline and pure inspiration, you may still experience a bit of stage fright. Thankfully, your courage will outweigh any last-minute doubts. Take a few deep breaths and shine like the star you are.

24 July 2015 : You prefer to be in full control of your fate, but you could easily spend more time responding to external situations today than manifesting your own events. You depend on people for their well-honed skills and the resources they bring to the table, but they also expect certain things in return from you. Fortunately, creating your own personal destiny is still possible as long as you take the needs of others into consideration in the process. Developing compassion enables you to maximize your potential in ways you never imagined.

25 July 2015 : Your outrageous actions might be shocking today as revolutionary Uranus electrifies your key planet Mars. But you could lose your credibility if you rattle the cage at home just to generate a reaction. Your creative energy is irrepressible and you're willing to push the envelope, but something or someone may be blocking your inner artist from running free. If change needs to occur now, then your radical behavior is worth the ensuing drama it provokes. But if you're just looking for an adrenaline rush, hold onto your horses because the risk won't be worth the reward.

26 July 2015 : No matter how serious your intentions are today, it's too soon to say whether or not you'll be successful at getting much accomplished. You can be quite the convincing salesperson now, but you may be as good at fooling yourself as you are at misleading others. If someone accepts your over-the-top expectations as the truth, you might have to face the music when the facts are discovered. A wiser approach is to be completely realistic now so you don't have to backtrack and revise your story later. Full disclosure is the best policy.

27 July 2015 : You're on a roll, talking up a storm with everyone you meet. Your enthusiasm is stimulated by your lofty visions of the future as the fiery Sagittarius Moon inspires you to aim for the stars. Unfortunately, you could easily overextend your reach, lose your balance and fall off your unicorn. It's not easy to gain mastery of your own energy when you're so passionate about life, but it's certainly worth the effort. It's amazing what magic you can create with a little fairy dust and the right attitude.

28 July 2015 : You may be so jazzed about a new project that you're off and running today, even if you don't have a plan in place yet. However, your exhilaration won't last long unless you develop a sensible strategy. A reassessment of your resources is the first step to getting your dreams off the ground. Luckily, you can remain idealistic now without losing your footing. However, balancing your optimism with realism is not enough; once you have your angle figured out, you must also initiate action and be willing to follow through on whatever you start.

29 July 2015 : There is so much emotional noise today, it's nearly impossible to process all that's going on. You might not be very receptive to conflicting messages because you are afraid of being sidetracked by someone else's agenda. Meanwhile, you're defending your right to maintain your individuality because you're on your own mission. Nevertheless, there isn't as much at stake as you think, so pick your battles carefully before you find yourself in the middle of an unnecessary argument. Take the high road and strike out on your own.

30 July 2015 : You can push boundaries without even realizing it when you are keyed up about something new. However, today's enthusiasm might be a bit misdirected as assertive Mars is misaligned with delusional Neptune. The problem is your favorite idea may not be as brilliant as you think. Don't be so cocky that you stubbornly try to defend an incorrect assumption or an unrealistic goal. Be patient and review your plans one more time; haste makes waste.

31 July 2015 : You want to shout your opinions from the rooftop today as the Aquarius Full Moon lights up your 11th House of Networking. But you're not too concerned about what anyone else thinks now because you're sure that your perspective is the right one. Although your plan might work out just fine, your words still could sound more aggressive than you actually feel. Garner support by toning down your message and acknowledging the validity of alternate approaches. Create an environment where everyone can be a winner, not just you.

I remember our first meeting, in front of a bookstore in a very posh mall in your city. I saw the announcement on the Internet. There was a book launch. You became a speaker at the event. I was so blind and hated this city. That afternoon, I ventured to come alone. I wanted to meet you. Shortly after the event was over, I bought your poetry book which had just been published. Not just because I really wanted it, but I hopes that it could be a reason to be able to talk to you. Really, I was very nervous at that time. I stood in the corner, saw you serving people who were asking for your autograph and took pictures with you. I did not bring a camera. I didn't have it, the exactly thing was. I waited until the remaining one person who asked for an autograph, then I came to you. My hands trembled when thrusting your book to be signed. You asked me, while you stared at my face. "To whom?"

When I mentioned my real name, you looked surprised and turned to hug me. I was more surprised and more nervous. You said you had read some of my poems in newspapers and you loved it. At that time you made time and asked me to talk about poetry, also invited me to stay in your home. The first meeting on a beautiful afternoon, dahling. Our second meeting was when you and I were both invited to read a poem, also a poet of France in the same group. We read poetry and recorded by two video cameras. I was the last. You were the first. Nights later, along with several poets from other countries, we often met. I got a turn to read poetry on the third night, you were on the last night. I was nervous reading poetry in front of you. I remembered, one of the poems you read was poetry that I mentioned in my letter. I carried a camera at that time. I borrowed my friend's camera. I had some of your pictures. After that event, we met several times. I was happy to talk more things at the time. I fell in love with your simplicity and your familiarity, even to people who were just learning to write poetry, like me. Thank you, dahling.

I once wrote a poem inspired by your poetry. About the shadow of an old man in one afternoon. He walked with shadows in one evening, asking in doubt, " Do I make the shadow or the shadow shorten me?" It was a four-line bad poem. Forgive me, dahling. Thank you for continuing to write a lot of poetry to the world and our life. I learn a lot of your poems. Take care of your health. Best regards - Your partner.

NY TIMES 18 April 2012 : A Tribute to Islam, Earthen but Transcendent  || SLATE 5 September 2014 : The Magnificent Mud Mosque of Mali  ► MARKET WATCH 15 July 2015 : LA's Garcetti says $15 minimum wage will lift 600,000 out of poverty

■ 10 July 2012 : Breastfeeding your baby for six months will 'keep you slim in later life'
■ 14 July 2015 : Are Shrek, Homer Simpson and Porky Pig making children FAT? Overweight cartoon characters encourage young people to gorge on junk food, study warns  
■ 17 July 2015 : How Instagram and Twitter HID the hash tag #CaitlynJenner during the ESPYs after a slew of violently aggressive tweets  
■ 24 July 2015 : Klass of 2015! Kylie Jenner's four sisters Kim, Kendall, Khloe and Kourtney pose for a pouty family portrait as they unite to toast teen's graduation
■ 25 July 2015 : Goodbye Pluto! Final image of dwarf planet reveals strange hazy atmosphere as stunning new shots confirm the 'dark heart' has moving GLACIERS made of nitrogen
■ 27 July 2014 : Cockerels follow strict pecking order on dawn calls: Most dominant roosters crow first to announce the arrival of morning 
■ 28 July 2015 : KISSING overtakes smoking as leading risk for head and neck cancers: Top doctor warns of 'tsunami' of oral human papilloma virus cases
■ 31 July 2015 : 'I'm not a prostitute and I don't have a sugar daddy!' Blogger, Alyssa Ramos, 27, pens furious rant about 'ignorant' people who judge her because she is a 'pretty woman' traveling alone
■ 31 July 2015 : Want to boost your brain power? Try climbing trees: Childish pastimes found to improve working memories by 50%

■ 23 October 2014 : If you're over 60, drink up: Alcohol associated with better memory
■ 22 July 2015 : First evidence of farming in Mideast 23,000 years ago. Evidence of earliest small-scale agricultural cultivation
■ 23 July 2015 : Bigger, older cousin to Earth discovered. NASA's Kepler mission confirms planet in 'habitable zone' around sun-like star
■ 23 July 2015 : Four-legged snake fossil found

■ 20 July 2015 : Alexander the Great's Father Found — Maybe
■ 23 July 2015 : Pot Death: Teen Leaps 4 Stories After Eating Marijuana Cookie
■ 23 July 2015 : Why Pendulum Clocks Mysteriously Sync Up
■ 23 July 2015 : What Do Women Want in a Penis? The Whole Package
■ 23 July 2015 : Rotting Fungus Creates Beautiful, Glistening 'Hair Ice'
■ 23 July 2015 : National Tragedies Could Harm Pregnant Women's Mental Health 

■ 14 July 2015  : Stimulant Drugs Cut Brain Volume in Women 
■ 16 July 2015 : Rudeness Spreads Like Flu in the Workplace 
■ 16 July 2015 : Relationship Jealousy Boosts Alcoholism Risk 
■ 23 July 2015  : Popularity in 20s Boosts Lifelong Health
■ 23 July 2015 : Binge-Eating Gene Found 
■ 24 July 2015 : Premature Babies Linked to Withdrawn Personalities

SHANGHAIIST 20 July 2015 : Look: 3D-printed villa in Xi'an assembled within 3 hours

NY TIMES : 27 July 2015 : Muslims in Moscow Work to Break a Stereotype

JAPAN TIMES 28 July 205 : A pampered life for Okinawa's yokozuna fighting bulls

AP BIG STORY 28 July 2015 : Diner en Blanc: New York leads world's biggest popup picnic 

►  GIZMAG 29 July 2015 : Google's Project Loon balloons to cover Sri Lanka with internet access || ENGADGET 28 July 2015 : Google's balloons to provide Sri Lanka with high-speed internet  ||NPR 29 July 2015 : Google Brings Internet Service To Sri Lanka Through, Balloons? 

NEWS DISCOVERY 23 July 2015 : Roosters Crow in Pecking Order by Seniority

THE DRINKS REPORT 28 July 2015 : The first vodka from sherry wine is born 

VERGE 30 July 2015 : Facebook's solar-powered internet plane looks like a stealth bomber ||  ► DIGITAL TRENDS 31 July 2015 : Facebook's Aquila is a solar-powered drone that beams Internet down to earth ||TECHCRUNCH 26 March 2015 : Facebook's Aquila Drone Will Beam Down Internet Access With Lasers

POLITICO 31 July 2015 : Google contests global 'right to be forgotten' order ||NY TIMES 30 July 2015 : Google Fights Effort to Apply 'Right to Be Forgotten' Ruling Worldwide

DAZED DIGITAL 28 July 2015 : The untold story of New York's homeless fashion photographer. Mark Reay shot for Dazed while living on a rooftop in the East Village for five years – 'Homme Less' uncovers some harsh realities about our modern world

FILM & ANIMATIONS : NEW SPECTRE TRAILER. Watch the new trailer for SPECTRE. A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.

Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.

As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.

Released in the UK on October 26, and in the US on November 6, 2015. Published on Jul 21, 2015 by James Bond 007  

SPORTS : GoPro: Tour de France 2015 - Best of Stages 1-7. Join the peloton for the best action from stages 1-7 of the 2015 Tour de France! Ride along for all the thrills and spills and be sure to follow along the GoPro of the World YouTube channel for daily highlights from each stage as they ride their way towards Paris. Published on Jul 15, 2015 by GoPro

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY :  This past spring I spent more time chasing storms on the plains than ever before. The most I had spent prior to this was seven total days and that was last year. What I came away with from that short time made me realize that if I could double that...the stuff I could capture would be amazing. Of course I long to be out there for a month or longer, but when you live in Phoenix and have a wife and three have to be realistic.

I turned 40 years old this year and I told my wife all I wanted was 10 days chasing on the plains. She loves me though and it ended up being 14! Two days in April and then 12 straight days from May 23rd - June 3rd. Those 12 days were absolutely incredible. I'm friends with other chasers via social media, met them on the side of roads while chasing, even grabbed dinner together...but never have I felt more of a part of the chaser community than being out there for almost two weeks. Living the life...seeing the same amazing chasers over and was overwhelming to me. I missed my family, it was hard at times, but it was one of the best experiences of my life.

Both chases originated from where I live in Arizona. In April I drove out all night to Colorado, slept maybe an hour, chased all day, got a good night's sleep, chased the next day in the Texas panhandle and drove home that same night, stopping only for a quick nap in New Mexico. The second chase was the same. Left Phoenix late on the evening of May 22nd, never really slept and the chase was on the next day. All in all I drove well over 12,000 miles over the course of those two weeks, visited 10 total states (New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota) and shot over 45,000 frames of footage for this film.

I have many people to thank. Pat O'Brien for being my first private tour attendee this spring. Mike Mezeul II for one very big tip on a spot above Rapid City, SD. To James Langford who not only guided me to that spot over the phone, but "now-casted" for me many, many times. I may have missed out on four crucial clips in this film if it wasn't for him suggesting I punch the core in South Dakota. Thank you sir. And to my pal Andy Hoeland...who was with me for over a week of my time out there, driving, looking at forecasts, talking to weather experts and always helping us have a great target for that day. He's become my chase partner for most of these big plains trips and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Also thanks to Cinetics for sending me their Axis 360 to play with. I used it one time in this film and wish I had used it more. I love that scene.

Finally...above everyone else, of my wife. To let me go for that long, to never complain, to never discourage me...but to only believe in could I be so lucky to deserve a wife like that? We have three kids and that's tough on a parent to have her husband away that long. It will never cease to amaze me that I would not be here, doing this, if it wasn't for her support and encouragement.

Technical details...everything was shot on Canon 5D3's, along with an array of Rokinon lenses. I got sick of lens-twisting (mostly of FORGETTING to lens twist) so I mainly used those manual lenses on this trip. Everything was processed using LR Timelapse, Lightroom, After Effects and Premiere Pro.

I'm in absolute love with this film. The stuff I saw rivaled anything I've ever seen on the plains minus that insane Booker supercell in 2013. We saw four tornadoes (one of them appears in a deleted scene at the very end of the film), countless supercells, gorgeous shelf clouds, stunning mammatus and some awesome lightning shows. The song..well, the song for this film blew my mind. I loved it when I heard it, but then seeing how everything started coming together on the timeline, the pace, the slow build-up, the huge ending...I've said it before, but the song is 50% of the film. Thank you again Kerry for everything!

All this movie does it fuel me to want to do better next year and this summer in Arizona. Stay tuned for Monsoon II and for The Chase II next spring!

I sincerely hope you enjoy and share this film around. Thank you! Published on Jul 22, 2015 by Mike Olbinski  

AUTOS & VEHICLES : Amazing Limo vs Train Crash July 18 2015 Elkhart County Indiana. Published on Jul 20, 2015 by StudioNoeProductions

NEWS & POLITICS : Cecil the Lion of Zimbabwe: Are the powers saying something? Published on Jul 28, 2015 by Professor Doom1

COMEDY : Jimmy Kimmel on the Killing of Cecil the Lion. immy shares his thoughts on the Minnesota dentist who illegally killed a lion who was a local favorite in Zimbabwe. If you'd like to donate to the wildlife preservation group who had previously been keeping track of the lion, please visit here. Published on Jul 29, 2015 by Jimmy Kimmel Live

SPORTS : 2015 US Open of Surfing | Local perspective. Published on Jul 29, 2015 by Los Angeles Times

► Laws passed, Greece to open bailout talks as recession pushes goals further

Astronomers discover most Earth-like planet yet

Trump visits Mexico border, warns of 'tremendous danger'

► Turkish jets hit Islamic State positions in Syria: PM's office

Has MH370 been found? - By Tim Hepher and Lincoln Feast
PARIS/SYDNEY - French authorities are studying a piece of plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean to determine whether it came from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished last year in one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history.
* Malaysia Airlines working with authorities to confirm plane debris 

VIDEO : A Ukrainian artist creates a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin from remains of 5,000 bullet cartridge cases, entitled 'Face of War'. Sharon Reich reports. 

Trump shows staying power with surge ahead of first debate 

► House Speaker Boehner supports ending U.S. oil export ban

► Plane debris on remote island points to breakthrough in MH370 mystery 

► Killing of Cecil the lion triggers probe by U.S. agency: source

'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' sentenced to four years in prison 

Obama implies Cosby allegations amount to rape  

Obama becomes first president to visit US prison 

IS claims missile attack on Egypt navy boat

► Muslim devotees around the world mark last day of Ramadan

Greece bailout deal is 'hard' for all sides, says Merkel

Iran leader says policy against 'arrogant' US 'won't change'

India's Muslim devotees offer prayers at the start of Eid

Body painting day takes place in New York

Gaza car blasts target Hamas, Islamic Jihad

Eyeing Russia, US leads fresh military drills in Ukraine

Hawking launches biggest-ever search for alien life 

France delivers first batch of fighter jets to Egypt

► Obama: UN resolution 'clear message' Iran deal is path forward 

Iran's Zarif defends 'balanced' nuclear deal to MPs

France's F1 drivers mourn loss of French star Jules Bianchi

► Kenya: DNA reference library for ivory and horn launched 

Iraq bomb attack kills at least 19

One of 'world's oldest' Koran manuscripts found in UK

Kenya under tight security ahead of Obama's visit

Uruguayan fighter pilot now first female Air Force commander

After 'Goodbye Lenin', a Berlin resurrection

Saudi military plane brings aid to Yemen's Aden

► Americans pack Times Square to denounce Iran deal 

Africa no longer a 'basket case' as Obama visits: expert ||Obama back to his Kenyan roots on African trip  || Kenyans excited about Obama's visit to father's homeland    ||Obama kicks of Kenyan visit with joke about his roots ||Kenyan Students react to Barack Obama's speech

Iran says deal won't affect backing for Damascus: Syria minister 

Ethiopia prepares for Barack Obama's visit 

British PM visits Southeast Asia with trade, IS on agenda  ||Indonesia: Cameron visits Sunda Kelapa mosque in Jakarta 

Hong Kong giant panda Jia Jia becomes oldest ever in captivity

Arab female bodybuilder looks abroad for recognition. Flexing her muscles in defiance of the Gulf's conservative cultural stereotypes, bodybuilder Haifa Musawi has lost hope of pumping iron for Bahrain and is looking elsewhere for recognition. 

NATO in 'strong solidarity' with Turkey against 'terrorism'

Saudi FM denounces 'aggressive' statements by Iran

US hunter accused of killing beloved Zimbabwean lion Cecil

► Netanyahu: Iran, IS pose 'formidable dangers' to Europe

Mogherini: nuclear deal with Iran a "new chapter". EU Foreign Affairs chief Federica Mogherini visited

Iran for talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on implementing this month's historic nuclear deal between Iran and the major powers.

French teen finds 560,000 year-old tooth 

Jamestown burials identified as founders. Archaeologists revealed that skeletons found buried at the 1608 Jamestown church in Virginia were likely the remains of four leaders of the first permanent English settlement in America.

New York's Diner en Blanc draws 5,000 to riverside 

France seeks to warm up Iran ties with Rouhani invite

Zimbabweans react to death of Cecil the lion

US celebrates National Chicken Wing Day. Americans eat billions of chicken wings every year. Since 1977, the US has celebrated National Chicken Wing Day with events and food contests.

Investigators scramble to analyse wreckage for MH370 link 

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Investigators headed to a tiny Indian Ocean island Thursday to inspect whether plane wreckage that drifted ashore was from missing flight MH370, raising hopes of solving one of aviation's greatest mysteries. The Malaysia Airlines plane disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board. VIDEOGRAPHIC.

Niger promotes natural gas to fight desertification. Threatened by the advance of a desert that already covers two-thirds of Niger, the poor Sahel nation hopes to halt rapid deforestation by promoting natural gas.

U2 and Yoko Ono focus on migrants at John Lennon Day event

► Taliban will disintegrate without Mullah Omar: analyst 

Afro-Brazilians search DNA for pre-slavery origins 

Dallas Zoo's Newest Penguin Takes First Swim

Video Released of Police Killing Unarmed Man

► Obama: No Mechanism to Revoke Cosby's Medal  

NASA Reveals First Close-up Pictures Of Pluto 

Obama Visits Prison, Calls for Fairer Justice

Raw: Police at Home Near Chattanooga Shooting

► Raw: Wildfire Sweeps Over CA Freeway, Burns Cars

Trump Goes After Sen. John McCain's War Record

Black Group, KKK Hold Rallies at SC Statehouse

Largest Zumba World Record Set In Philippines

Surfer Fights Off Shark During Competition

IS Teaches Children How to Do Beheadings

Man Throws Stack of Cash at FIFA's Sepp Blatter

► Raw: Cuban Embassy Opens For Business in Washington

Trump Slams Telemundo Reporter at Campaign Stop

► Obama Urges Kenya to Improve Counterterrorism

Obama, Kenyan President Disagree on Gay Rights. During a joint press conference, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta called gay rights a "non-issue" for his country, while President Barack Obama took a different tack, trying to nudge African nations to treat gays and lesbians equally under the law.

► Raw: Ethiopia Welcomes President Obama

► Obama: I'd Win a Third Term

World's Oldest Panda in Captivity Marks Birthday

Lion Death Highlights Africa's Poaching Problem

Family Finds $1M In Gold Off Florida Coast

► Afghan Gov't: Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Dead

► Raw: Mexico Chefs Create Monster-Size Sandwich

Baby Giraffe Dies at Dallas Zoo in Accident

► Four Newborn White Lion Cubs Born in Zoo

White House to Answer Petition on Cecil Killer  ||White House to Answer Petition on Cecil Killer

George HW Bush, 91, falls at Maine home, breaks bone in neck
Kerry says Iran vow to defy US is 'very disturbing'
■Iran nuclear deal: why Saudis are wooing the Muslim Brotherhood
■ 'I love Latinos,' says Trump at US-Mexico border
■ Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal 'ridiculous,' 'sad'
North Korea official says not interested in Iran-style deal
■ Obama challenges Ethiopia on democracy but praises Shebab fight
Iran accuses Bahrain of stoking Gulf tensions
■ Bobby Brown 'completely numb' after death of daughter
■ Obama delivers frank words about Africa's problems
■ Obama draws criticism for saying Ethiopia is democratic
■ President Obama says he can win a third term. Could he?
Donald Trump offered access to the Republican National Committee's voter file
■ Luggage piece found on French island near possible MH370 debris

How many calories do I need to burn to lose a pound of fat?
Sri Lanka ties with Google for Internet beamed from balloons 

TV : Kate Middleton Looks Gorgeous Despite the Rain in First Official Outing Since Princess Charlotte's Birth

Greece debt crisis: Reforms 'going to fail' - Varoufakis
Right-to-die campaigners' case rejected in Europe
■ New Horizons probe zooms into Pluto's plains - By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent, Washington DC 
'Oldest' Koran fragments found in Birmingham University
China artist Ai Weiwei gets his passport back
■ Obama admits US gun laws are his 'biggest frustration'
How the US and China compete for influence in Africa
Obama urges UK to stay in European Union
■ Libya trial: Gaddafi son sentenced to death over war crimes
■ Mullah Omar: Taliban leader 'died in Pakistan in 2013'
■ Calais migrant crisis: Cameron warns Britain is 'no safe haven'
■ Jerusalem Gay Pride: Six stabbed 'by ultra-Orthodox Jew'
Can the Republicans win black votes in 2016?

FUTURE : What are 'skin orgasms'? A strange sensation, triggered without touch

Drugs firms are increasing their dementia spending
Google to defy French 'right to be forgotten' ruling

Obesity: 'Slim chance' of return to normal weight
■ Scientific experts: Sugar intake 'should be halved'
Tax sugary drinks by 20%, say doctors
Herbal food supplement labels 'can be misleading'
■ Early signs drug delays Alzheimer's
Malaria vaccine gets 'green light'
Ebola: 'Isn't that over yet?'

How India makes Parsi babies
Can you lower your cholesterol just by changing your diet?
Which oils are best to cook with?
Are night shifts killing me?
Why is the US still using a Nazi tall ship?

TRAVEL: Where Buddha was born : - What compels travellers to visit centres of faiths that are not their own?

Four-legged snake ancestor 'dug burrows'
New Horizons probe: Pluto may have 'nitrogen glaciers' - Nasa

TECHNOLOGY : Windows 10 launch is a 'new era', says Microsoft boss

EDUCATION & FAMILY : Mixed results in study of disadvantaged pupils in academy chains

10 Things - Why there are no female Minions, and more news nuggets. 10 things we didn't know last week 

"Twenty friends will not continue hanging out for 20 years"- A Yoruba proverb sent by Wale Adejuyigbe, Kent, The UK
"A man's beauty is judged by the number of cows he owns" - A Zulu proverb sent by Bruce Sithole, Durban, South Africa
"Rushing is not the best way to start a fire" - A Ugandan proverb sent by Ken, London, The UK
"Do not compete with an elephant when it comes to passing stools" - A Swahili proverb sent by Roland Ebole, Nairobi, Kenya

ISIS used chemical weapons against Kurds – monitor
► 'We don't hate cats': Australia to kill 2mn feral felines to protect native species 
New French Scrabble champion (Nigel Richards) doesn't speak French
Thousands of Ukraine ultranationalists gather on Maidan, announce 'new revolution'
PM Medvedev to lead United Russia list in 2016 parliamentary polls - report
► Prosecutor Poklonskaya likely to join pro-Putin United Russia party, run for parliament - report
Aliens ahoy! Massive mothership 'the size of Idaho' caught in NASA images, say ufologists
Russian sailors struggle with terrifying huge squid (VIDEO)
Multiple casualties as gunman opens fire, kills self at Louisiana movie theater 
Turkish jets strike ISIS targets in Syria 'without violating airspace' 
Pentagon's anthrax blunder reveals 'major protocol problems' 
► No grounds to keep Russia sanctions in place – French MPs visiting Crimea
We are not alone? NASA's Kepler telescope finds first planet similar to Earth
► French MP visiting Crimea buys T-shirt that says it all: 'Obama, you're a schmuck'
► 'At least he's a socialist': Nigel Farage backs Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leadership
► More Texas immigrants sue health services after US-born kids denied birth certificates
Putin: 'Europe should be more independent, defend own interests' 
Gaddafi's son, 8 other former government officials sentenced to death by 'Libyan militia' 
Apocalyptic scenes in Moscow as thunderstorm unleashes freak lightning on city (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
Lenin, Stalin lookalikes close to settlement over umbrella attack – report
Libya is McDonalds for US': How Gaddafi's 'pro-democracy' son stood up against the West
UK rabbis denounce Israel's 'unjust' demolition of Palestinian village
Alien swarm? 10 UFO-like objects filmed flying over Japan (VIDEO) 
Russia vetoes MH17 tribunal draft at UN Security Council
Saudi Arabia to buy 600 Patriot missiles for $5.4 bn
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► This video offers a guided tour of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. It was taken while visiting to conduct two Social Media Workshops. The first was held in New Delhi and the second in Jaipur, both in July, 2010. Patrick is the author of "Webify Your Business -- Internet Marketing Secrets for the Self-Employed" (2009) as well as "Make Yourself Useful -- Marketing in the 21st Century" (2008) and has spoken about Modern Entrepreneurship, Online Branding and the Social Media Revolution at conferences around the world. Patrick is a sought-after professional speaker who has spoken in Canada, the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. Call 510-282-4115 to inquire about speaking fees and scheduling. Uploaded on Jul 19, 2010 by Patrick Schwerdtfeger || ► National Geographic Secrets Of The Taj Mahal HDTV part1. Uploaded on Mar 11, 2010 by INDIA WIKIPEDIA  

"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life." ─ Omar Khayyam

There's poignancy behind the elegance of Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal was built by Mughal's empire under the reign of Shah Jahan as a mausoleum in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died while giving birth. Jeweled building was completed in about 1647 and its location in Agra city is a monument which was then considered to be the most impressive example of Mughal architecture. This mausoleum also has survived the invasion of Jat people as well as British colonial during the Indian Mutiny in 1857. Then Taj Mahal restored and fitted with scaffolding so that it was protected from bomb attacks in World War II. Many theories have recently claimed that Taj was designed not as a symbol of deep feelings of love, but rather as a map on the interpretation of Judgment Day by Sufi version, mysticism in Islam. Taj Mahal building also can't be separated from the family feud, since shortly after the construction was completed, Shah Jahan was deposed and imprisoned by his own son, but the son finally completed his devotion as a child to bury his father beside Mumtaz. The beauty of the Taj Mahal requires 22 years to be completed. During that time, the construction was done by no less than 20,000 people and 1,000 elephants. The magnificent dome nearly 200 feet tall is actually a dome in the dome, sphere of outer frame is larger than the inside. Therefore, if the exterior dome visible from the inside, its symmetry will look imperfect. Taj's peak designed with a shape like a lotus flower. Ornate sarcophagus on display for visitors to the Taj Mahal is actually empty. And the original tomb placed in the basement, hidden. Taj can be visited after dark, on a full moon night and two days before and afterward. On Fridays and during Ramadan, the mausoleum is closed. Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore, described the Taj Mahal as a "teardrop on the face of time". However, the Taj is now facing the most dangerous threat: environmental degradation. Taj Mahal stands on the edge of Yamuna river which dries slowly. The shrinking of Yamuna river's water level accelerates the wood decay that supporting its structure, so that it is feared can collapse at any time.

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"Thank you for your perception! I like your romantic side, even if I do not always comment and I'm glad that you're in my circle of friends."
(Courtesies by: Wolfgang A. Gerhardt)

Wolfgang A.Gerhardt : May be you like this Sunday collage

Cisca Zarmansyah : Before today, there never was a person doing this to me. You create a simple matter to look special. This is a special thing for me.

Cisca Zarmansyah : Thank you. I love it. I love you, my friend.

CieL- FreYa Ceastle : Hmm, he's so nice...

"I am me.
In all the world,
there is no one else exactly like me.
Everything that comes out of me
is authentically mine,
because I alone chose it --
I own everything about me:
my body,
my feelings,
my mouth,
my voice,
all my actions,
whether they be to others or myself.
I own my fantasies,
my dreams,
my hopes,
my fears.
I own my triumphs and successes,
all my failures and mistakes.
Because I own all of me,
I can become intimately acquainted with me.
By so doing,
I can love me
and be friendly with all my parts.
I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me,
and other aspects that I do not know
-- but as long as I am friendly
and loving to myself,
I can courageously and hopefully
look for solutions
to the puzzles and ways
to find out more about me.
However I look and sound,
whatever I say and do,
and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time
is authentically me.
If later some parts of how I looked,
and felt
turn out to be unfitting,
I can discard that which is unfitting,
keep the rest,
and invent something new
for that which I discarded.
I can see,
say, and do.
I have the tools to survive,
to be close to others,
to be productive,
and to make sense
and order out of the world of people
and things outside of me.
I own me,
and therefore,
I can engineer me.
I am me,
and I am okay."

(American Phychologist and Educator, 1916-1988)