Archive for the ‘Humanities’ Category

The Chick – Fil – A Controversy

Monday, August 13th, 2012

How a Chicken Sandwich Became a Political Statement in America’s God vs Gay Culture War


One More …

Monday, August 13th, 2012

So often we set goals for ourselves and look forward to the feeling of success when those goals are achieved. (more…)

America’s Women Gymnastic Team

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Who’s Gabby Douglas?


The come back

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

of the surrendered wife


Secrecy on the Campaign Trail

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Mitt Romney Bans Reporters from Israeli Fundraiser


Perspective: One of the Secrets to Radiant Health?

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

We’ve all heard that our perspective, which is our outlook, slant, or point of view is important when it comes to our happiness and success. (more…)

Ten Tips to Reduce Workplace Stress

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Workplace stress contributes to so many health issues including aging, weight gain, illness and disease. (more…)

You can go Back Home

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

For a Visit


Fit Body = Fit Mind

Friday, July 20th, 2012

We all know the physical and physiological benefits of regular exercise-­‐reducing our risk for disease, creating a lean, fit, toned body, improving our quality of sleep, greater energy, vitality and so much more. (more…)

The Need for Nervousness

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

I never thought I’d do improvisational comedy. It was one of those things in life that I felt I couldn’t do; I closed the door on that one. (more…)

The Link Between Fatigue and Weight Gain

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Is there any connection between eating to stay awake and the obesity epidemic? The answer is a resounding yes. Here’s how. (more…)

Restaurant Tips and Tricks

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

While traveling often involves a change in our usual eating and exercise routine, one of the greatest reasons why we put on “travel pounds” is due to how we’re ordering our food and what we’re eating at different restaurants while away. (more…)

Enjoying the Holidays -­ Weight Gain Free

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

While the holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends, for many of us, it’s also a time to kick our healthy eating to the curb until January 1st. (more…)

Want Lasting Exercise Motivation? Discover Your Fitness Personality

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

One of the reasons why we lose motivation to workout is because the exercise we’re doing isn’t in line with our “fitness personality.” (more…)

Facebook Causes Divorce!

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Lately, couples have been complaining about their significant other and their lack of Facebook involvement. (more…)

Overfed and Undernourished

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

With 24/7 access to nutritionally depleted, technologically created, chemically treated “food,” many of us are taking in thousands of calories that do little to sustain us, let alone nourish us and encourage us to thrive. (more…)

The Impact of Our Daily Choices

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Every choice me make throughout our day brings us further or closer to the health, relationships, level of financial success and lifestyle we want most. (more…)

The Who, What, When, Where, How and Why of Weight Loss

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

One of the most common reasons why many of us struggle with weight loss and weight maintenance is because we fail to look at the: who, what, when, where, how and why we actually gained the weight in the first place. (more…)

Dharun Ravi Free After 20 Days: Justice Was Not Served

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Dharun Ravi, the 20 year old former student from Rutger’s University who was convicted of bias intimidation, invasion of privacy, and witness tampering, is free after just 20 days behind bars. (more…)

Consistency: The Key To Fitness Success

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Not seeing results from your workouts? Getting frustrated with finding the right fitness routine? The problem may not be with your fitness program but with a lack of consistency. (more…)

Gents: why you should start shaving

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

An article, which I suppose was meant to be humorous, Ladies: why you should stop shaving, turned the Guardian’s website into a battleground. (more…)

Atheists: The Most Hated Minority in America

Monday, June 11th, 2012


I am an atheist. I grew up in a devoutly Christian family in the Bible Belt, and, to this day, they are still very religious. (more…)

The GOP War on Women Rages On

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

The United States Republican Party has been waging a war on women and our bodies since Roe vs. Wade gave women the right to choose to terminate pregnancies. (more…)

Finding and Fixing the Holes in Your Wellness Plan

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Why is it that we may eat well, exercise and still struggle with our weight and health? (more…)

سلام שלום (Salam Shalom)

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

سلام שלום (more…)

Women and body

Monday, May 21st, 2012

One of the most controversial topics in our society is the body of women. The issues related to this irrelevant biological accident in the lives of female human beings that is the body are many and often contrasting. (more…)

On Turning

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

When I thought about writing this essay, blog, (whatever it turns out to be), I had several real attention grabbing, and very witty, opening lines. (more…)

Without Memory

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Summer Palace in Beijing, China
What a moment (more…)

disturbing the balance of nature

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

So the other day I was having a discussion with a friend. (more…)

My random thoughts…

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

I wasn’t really sure what to write my first time out so I opted to give you some random thoughts of mine. (more…)

New Jersey man survives 4-inch nail in heart

Friday, April 6th, 2012
A nail is shown in the chest of of Dennis Hennis before undergoing life saving cardiac surgery at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey April 6, 2012. Hennis, 52, who was revived from cardiac arrest before being airlifted for surgery, shot a 4-inch nail into his heart while trying to clear his jammed nail gun. REUTERS/Cooper University Hospital/Handout

A nail is shown in the chest of of Dennis Hennis before undergoing life saving cardiac surgery at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey April 6, 2012. Hennis, 52, who was revived from cardiac arrest before being airlifted for surgery, shot a 4-inch nail into his heart while trying to clear his jammed nail gun.

Credit: Reuters/Cooper University Hospital/Handout

Fri Apr 6, 2012 4:27pm EDT

(Reuters) – A New Jersey man who survived accidentally shooting a 4-inch ( 10-cm) nail into his heart while trying to clear a jammed nail gun said on Friday he feels like he won the lottery.

Dennis Hennis, 52, who was revived from cardiac arrest before being airlifted for surgery to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, laughed off Dr. Michael Rosenbloom’s suggestion that he buy a lottery ticket.

“I’ve already won the lottery,” said Hennis of Vineland, New Jersey, in an interview.

“I got a new grandson on my birthday on March 23 and a week later I’m almost dead. Now we can celebrate birthdays together,” he said.

Hennis, a self-employed builder, was working with his son, age 28, on a neighbor’s roof on Saturday when his nail gun jammed and he tried to clear it, mistakenly pointing it toward him.

The powerful tool was built to fire 4-inch nails at 120 pounds per square inch (8.4 kg per square cm), said hospital spokeswoman Lori Shaffer.

“It was about a foot away and it went right into my chest, right into my heart,” Hennis recalled.

The nail pierced his right ventricle, which supplies blood to the lungs, and Hennis soon went into cardiac arrest.

Asexuality: the fourth orientation

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Asexuality: The fourth orientation

The results of an Internet search about the GLBT rights in the world are depressive for anyone who cares about human rights. (more…)

A Nation Comes Together As One Family In Grief

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

On Wednesday morning, the bodies of the four people killed in the shootings at a Jewish School in Toulouse, France, arrived in Jerusalem for burial, and the nation came together as one family in grief. (more…)

A Marathon Running through Jerusalem’s Ancient Streets

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Times of unrest are hard on all the people of Israel, but Jerusalem is impacted particularly hard, as it depends heavily on tourist visitation for funds, and this income is severely impacted by violence. (more…)

Belly dancing, female Muslim attire and Nargila smoking pipes

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Nargila pipes in the Bekka Valley,  Lebanon [Photo: Haifa J. Church]

Traditions of ancient Middle Eastern culture in Lebanon


MoodOff Day for Smartphones Addiction

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

I have confessed already in the lines I write here that I have a loving relationship with my Blackberry. He is like no other man, reliable, present and only mine. (more…)

Her Last Day

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

        She places the book on the table.  It’s her only salvation. (more…)

Wealthy European immigrants in New York against private schools

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

According to the International Herald Tribune, who reported the results of surveys and researches into the matter alongside with interviews, the wealthy Newyorkers migrated from Europe tend to prefer public schools to private schools. (more…)

Pope Benedict XVI to visit Lebanon

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Our Lady of Lebanon [Photo: Haifa J. Church]
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati has invited the Pope to visit Lebanon. (more…)

Step-By-Step Tactics Of Lose Weight

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Exactly why eating much more will help you lose weight fast and never feel your own starving you to ultimately shed extra pounds. (more…)

Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, there are three saints named Valentinus under the date of the day of lovers, Valentine’s Day. (more…)

“The Greatest Miracle”

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Jonah Kruvant: Grandma Naomi 95 Birthday
My adventure to Costa Rica began when I found a job teaching at the Pan American School, an international bilingual high school outside of San Jose. (more…)

2012, the Chinese year of the Dragon

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

On January 23rd the celebrations for the Chinese New Year have started. On Sunday 29th, they have reached a peak. (more…)

Quick Tactics Of Get Him Straight Back Fast – Some Challenges For 2012

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Are you attempting to get your boyfriend right back after you cheated? After that you’re not by itself. All over the world, people are trying to return a good ex-lover after a break-up. The truly exciting information is: simply because individuals get back together all the time, it’s not difficult you will too. (more…)

Revealed: Famous names who snubbed UK queen’s honors

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:59am EST

(Reuters) – Receiving an honor from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth marks the pinnacle of many careers. But for more than 250 people named in a once-secret official document, the idea was so unappealing that they turned down the monarch’s offer.

Artist Lucian Freud, sculptor Henry Moore and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” author Roald Dahl all rejected honors, according to papers released by the British government on Thursday.

“Psycho” film director Alfred Hitchcock also refused an award in 1962, only to accept a knighthood shortly before his death in 1980.

Other public figures named on the official list include painters Francis Bacon and L.S. Lowry and the “Brave New World” novelist Aldous Huxley.

The British government was forced to publish the document after repeated requests under freedom of information laws.

Previously, rejected honors only came to light through unofficial leaks or if the person involved chose to spoke about their decision to snub the twice-yearly “gongs.”

Several well-known writers appeared on the list, which only includes people who are no longer alive.

Poet Philip Larkin refused the chance in 1968 to become an OBE, or Officer of the Order of the British Empire, one of the five classes of the chivalric order set up by King George V in 1917 to recognize service in the arts, science, charities and public bodies. Larkin later accepted a higher ranking CBE, or Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Eveyln Waugh, who wrote “Brideshead Revisited” and “Scoop,” rejected an offer in 1959 to become a CBE.

Graham Greene, author of “Our Man in Havana” and “The Quiet American,” turned down the same honor three years earlier, only to accept honors later in life. “The Chronicles of Narnia” creator C.S. Lewis also said no to a CBE.

The government gave no details of why people rejected their honors.

In the past, “refuseniks” have cited a range of reasons, from antipathy to the monarchy and Britain’s colonial past, to a general lack of interest in prizes or a fear of perpetuating snobbery.

Japan and Costa Rica: An Unlikely Parallel

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

 Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Costa Rica
With my first time living abroad being in Japan, it is inevitable that I would attempt to make parallels between my experience there and my life here. (more…)

The Cost of Living and How it Depends on your Standards

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Market in  Jerusalem, Israel
Jews and Christians world over donate generously to the Israeli cause, (more…)

Living the Simple Life

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Jonah Kruvant
It was time for a change. My best friends here, Carlos, Monse, and Jacob, had either returned to the US or were about to. (more…)

2012: year of the environment

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

If you open a famous search engine and look for those keywords: plans for environment 2012, (more…)

Love and Asperger’s

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Love and Asperger's
On Boxing Day, a famous American newspaper published a news about a successful romantic relationship between two people with autism, precisely a form called Asperger’s syndrome. (more…)


Wednesday, January 4th, 2012


A History of Violence: a reflection on our society

Friday, December 30th, 2011

I have been paying little attention to the news, or the journalists underline the bad in the world and forget about all the good, but the impression I have nowadays is that our world is full of violence, and we have no more place to repress it. (more…)

At Five O’clock Do You Know Where Your Banker Has Put Your Money?

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Wall Street Bull

Banking is inarguably the most prominent component of a country’s economic construct. (more…)

The Waterfall

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Jonah Kruvant at Montezuma Waterfalls in Costa Rica
There are some things you dread. With just the thought of them your entire body convulses, and your mind, for a brief moment, is overcome with fear. (more…)

A Return to Rosa Parks? Women in Israel must also fight for their place on the bus

Monday, December 19th, 2011

A Return to Rosa Parks? Women in Israel must also fight for their place on the bus.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently commented that the status of Israel as a democracy is in danger, due mostly to its increasingly worrisome treatment of women. (more…)

The Dog Who Looks Both Ways

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

There are no street names in Costa Rica. There are no house numbers. There are no mailboxes. Ok…so how do you get around? How do you receive mail? (more…)

Christmas for everyone: a reflection

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

When I was a child, December was my favourite time of the year. It didn’t only mean the Advent Calendar (more…)

Jon Corzine (MF Global) vs. Martha Stewart (ImClone)

Monday, December 12th, 2011

In 2004 Martha Stewart was convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making false statements.  Though her sentence was light, the conviction wore all of the appearances of bigotry based on a random act of genetics. She was born female.   (more…)

"Chavez Nativity" creates controversy in Venezuela

Friday, December 9th, 2011
A figurine of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (C) is seen in a recreation of a Nativity scene in Caracas December 8, 2011. The Nativity scene in Caracas showing the socialist president standing before the traditional crib-in-a-manger has stirred up a pre-Christmas controversy in the politically polarized country. Picture taken December 8, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Fri Dec 9, 2011 12:28pm EST

(Reuters) – In the Bible, shepherds and wise men paid homage to the newborn baby Jesus. In Venezuela, it seems Hugo Chavez turned up in the manger, too.

A Nativity scene in Caracas showing the socialist president standing before the traditional crib-in-a-manger has stirred up a pre-Christmas controversy in the politically polarized country.

“It has nothing to do with the real Nativity, with religion. I don’t like it,” said passerby Arnaldo Amundaray, tutting as he took a close look at the model.

For Chavez supporters and the Nativity’s creators, it is a legitimate and innocent tribute to their man.

“The intention is to show off all the revolution’s achievements because the media silence the good things President Chavez has done,” said Maria Alejandra Mijares, a Women’s Ministry employee who helped make the Nativity.

The lovingly constructed model, which stands in a concourse of residential and business towers in central Caracas, has the traditional Christian scene at its heart. But it also politicizes the Nativity by paying tribute to some of Chavez’s most popular policies during his 13-year rule.

To symbolize his infrastructure achievements there is a miniature cable car reaching up to a replica shantytown. The flagship social projects of the Chavez government, including his Barrio Adentro (Inside the Slum) clinics, also are painstakingly represented.

In the middle — in front of and below Jesus’s crib — stands Chavez next to a model of his hero, South America’s 18th century independence fighter Simon Bolivar.

Elsewhere, there is a photo of Chavez hugging a child.

“Like Christianity, the revolution is all about love,” said another Women’s Ministry worker, Yasmina Ereu. “Some people are fascinated. Others don’t like it. But this is a democratic country. Everyone is welcome to their opinion.”

The Fight For Human Rights in Afghanistan

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Afghan Elections 2009 (Kandahar) / Élections afghanes 2009 (Kandahar)

In a rare triumph of human rights in Afghanistan, a young woman who was jailed for “zina” (adultery) has been pardoned by President Karzai. (more…)

Journey into the Jungle: Part 2 – The Coconut

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

My roommate, Jacob “the Dude” Westman, coined the term “Costa Rica, the new west” on our trip to Cahuita National Park.  (more…)

DNA Testing for the Wrongly Convicted

Friday, November 18th, 2011

DNA Evidence Frees Man Convicted Of Bronx Rape 21 Years Ago:  Alan Newton is my Hero

Advancements in forensic DNA testing are expected to improve the efficacy of our criminal justice system, but is the technology being utilized as it ought to be?


Journey into the Jungle: Part 1 – The Sloth

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Photo: Jonah Kruvant (All Rights Reserved)


5% of the world’s biodiversity (animal and plant life) is in Costa Rica, more than Europe and the United States combined, all in an area of the size of West Virginia. (more…)

Devil found in detail of Giotto fresco in Italy’s Assisi

Monday, November 7th, 2011
A detail of a fresco by Giotto is seen in the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi in this picture released to Reuters on November 5, 2011.  REUTERS/Basilica of St Francis in Assisi/Handout

Mon Nov 7, 2011 10:23am EST

(Reuters) – Art restorers have discovered the figure of a devil hidden in the clouds of one of the most famous frescos by Giotto in the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, church officials said on Saturday.

The devil was hidden in the details of clouds at the top of fresco number 20 in the cycle of the scenes in the life and death of St Francis painted by Giotto in the 13th century.

The discovery was made by Italian art historian Chiara Frugone. It shows a profile of a figure with a hooked nose, a sly smile, and dark horns hidden among the clouds in the panel of the scene depicting the death of St Francis.

The figure is difficult to see from the floor of the basilica but emerges clearly in close-up photography.

Sergio Fusetti, the chief restorer of the basilica, said Giotto probably never wanted the image of the devil to be a main part of the fresco and may have painted it in among the clouds “to have a bit of fun.”

Strapped county sacks Santa to save $660

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Mon Nov 7, 2011 10:22am EST

(Reuters) – Faced with the difficult task of balancing a budget in austere times, officials in New York’s Suffolk County said on Friday they had no choice: they had to sack Santa Claus.

The county executive said he could not justify carving out $660 from his $2.7 billion budget to pay David McKell, 83, a World War II veteran and former homicide detective, to don his Santa suit for the tenth year running and greet children on Long Island.

“How do you justify that expenditure when a health center is losing money?” Steve Levy, the Suffolk County Executive, said in an interview.

He said that some 750 county employees were facing layoffs as a result of budget restraints, including what he described as a $20 million cut in state aid to the county’s health system.

“Let either the private sector come forward with a donation, or, better yet, let’s tap the volunteers in the community,” he said.

Levy was quickly called a Grinch by his opponents.

Germany admits accounting blunder but no scapegoats

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Thu Nov 3, 2011 3:53pm EDT

(Reuters) – The German government has no plans to sack the bankers or accountants who made a 55-billion euro ($75 billion) bookkeeping blunder that exposed it to ridicule across Europe, the finance minister said Wednesday.

Wolfgang Schaeuble said it was “an extremely annoying mistake” for the nationalised mortgage bank Hypo Real Estate (HRE) and the PwC accountancy firm to have let such an error slip through undetected.

The Berlin government has been scathing about Greece’s bookkeeping practices during the euro zone crisis.

“I don’t believe in looking for scapegoats,” Schaeuble told a news conference after summoning executives from HRE and the accountancy firm to his office.

“Everyone promised improvements.”

The blunder briefly raised Germany’s total debt by more than 55 billion euros, and Schaeuble and the government were lampooned by cartoonists and pilloried in editorials.

The minister conceded the blunder did shake public confidence but called it a “communications problem” which never really put Germany’s fiscal interests at risk.

Schaeuble said the Bundesbank (German central bank) would take a deeper look into the accounting mistakes made.

Teen in recovery from accidental haunted house hanging

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Thu Nov 3, 2011 10:32am EDT

(Reuters) – A teenager who was accidentally tangled in a hangman’s noose while acting at a Halloween haunted house was out of intensive care on Wednesday and recovering from the incident that left her briefly not breathing and unconscious, police said.

Logger says cut off toes to free himself

Thursday, September 1st, 2011
Montrose, Colorado resident John Hutt is shown in this handout photo released to Reuters August 31, 2011. REUTERS/Margaret Hutt/Handout

Montrose, Colorado resident John Hutt is shown in this handout photo released to Reuters August 31, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Margaret Hutt/Handout

Thu Sep 1, 2011 3:47pm EDT

(Reuters) – A western Colorado logger said on Wednesday that he amputated all the toes on his right foot with a pocket knife to free himself after a 7-ton trailer landed on his foot, trapping him in an isolated forest.

Jon Hutt, 61, of Montrose, Colorado, said he’s “on the mend” after the harrowing August 19 incident.

Hutt told Reuters he was gathering a load of firewood for the upcoming winter months in a remote area west of Telluride, Colorado. As he was working on his tractor-trailer, the trailer lurched, became detached and landed on his foot.

“It was like stepping into a bear trap,” he said.

Lobsters liberated by Buddhist intervention

Friday, August 5th, 2011
Buddhist monk Geshe Tenley releases a lobster back into the ocean during ''Chokhor Duchen'', or the anniversary of Buddha's turning of the Dharma Wheel, from a boat in the waters off Gloucester, Massachusetts August 3, 2011. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Fri Aug 5, 2011 11:07am EDT

(Reuters) – Instead of plunging headfirst to their death in a pot of boiling water, 534 live lobsters escaped the dinner plate and belly flopped to freedom into the dark waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

A group of Tibetan Buddhists flanked the sides of a whale-watching boat at dusk on Wednesday, sprayed the lobsters with blessed water, clipped the bands binding their dangerous claws and released them one by one into the deep water below.

The 30 Buddhists of all ages trekked to this northern Massachusetts fishing hub to buy 600 pounds of lobster from a seafood wholesaler and save the critters from imminent death.

The lobster liberation was scheduled for August 3, which is Wheel Turning Day on this year’s Tibetan lunar calendar, the anniversary of the first sermon Buddha taught. On this holiday, the merit for positive actions is multiplied many times.

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Woman faces trial for fake testicles

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – The police chief of a small South Carolina town will ask a jury to decide if a woman broke the state’s obscenity laws by driving a pickup truck with plastic testicles hanging from the back.

U.S. man operates on himself with butter knife

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) – A 63-year-old American man with a hernia plunged a butter knife into his abdomen to try to fix the problem, and later put a lit cigarette in the wound, according to police.

Half of men would ditch woman who gained weight?

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Men are more concerned with their partner’s body type than women but they also seem to value family more highly, according to a new survey released on Tuesday.

Jail guard guilty of serving up hacksaw blade

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – In old movies, the inmate usually got a hacksaw blade secreted into his cell baked in a cake.

Yard banner for U.S. Marine sparks legal tussle

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – When Corey Burr left to serve with U.S. forces in Afghanistan in January, his parents erected a banner in their front yard with his photo and a message: “Our son defends our freedom”.

Mother Sets Fire to Daughter’s Gloating Rapist

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

A Spanish mother has taken revenge on the man who raped her 13-year-old daughter at knife point by dousing him in gasoline and setting him on fire. He died of his injuries eleven days later in hospital.

Thousands in Portland take to bikes for naked ride

Monday, June 20th, 2011

PORTLAND, Ore (Reuters) – It was a typical early summer evening in Portland: cloudy skies threatening rain, temperatures in the mid-60s, and thousands of naked bicyclists gathered near the city’s waterfront for a clothing-free night ride.

Erection-boosting condom gets EU backing

Monday, June 20th, 2011

LONDON (Reuters) – A British medical company has had its erection-enhancing condom recommended for European approval.

U.S. air passenger arrested in saggy pants dispute

Monday, June 20th, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. college football player who allegedly refused a request to hoist his saggy pants when he boarded a flight was arrested after a dispute with the crew, authorities said on Friday.

Green: Murder of Activists Raises Questions of Justice in Amazon

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Whether an investigation will result in punishment for the killers — or those who hired them — is uncertain. More than 1,000 rural activists, small farmers, religious workers and others fighting deforestation have been slain in the past 20 years, but only a handful of killers have been successfully prosecuted.

FBI says "mullet bandit" holds up another bank

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Ohio bank robber dubbed the “mullet bandit” by federal authorities appears to have struck again.

Metro cans French music after complaints

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Brussels may be a largely French speaking city but the operator of its metro service has ruled out playing French music at its stations after an experiment drew complaints from Dutch-speaking Belgians.

Brooding men, smiling women seen as sexy?

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Guys, want to look sexy and get the girl? Don’t smile too much. Look brooding or show a bit of shame instead. Women, ignore that advice.

Warning: Walking on a Florida street may be dangerous

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Warning to pedestrians — Walking down the street in Florida could be hazardous to your health.

Texas legislature acts to make state safe for "noodling"

Friday, May 20th, 2011

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) – Texas may still have problems like a multi-billion dollar budget deficit and public schools facing major spending cuts, but its legislature has moved to make the Lone Star State safe for “noodling.”

Illegal immigrants arrive in grand style

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Malaysian man faces charges of attempting to smuggle nine Chinese illegal immigrants into the United States as passengers on board the luxury RMS Queen Mary 2 ocean liner, officials said on Monday.

Scientists stung by theft of research bees

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

LONDON (Reuters) – Several thousand bees that were part a multi-million pound neuroscience research project have been stolen from a British university.

Pious Indians bank on holy deposits

Friday, May 6th, 2011

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – In a bank with no security gates, guards or locks, deposits from thousands of customers from across India are stacked on shelves, protected from theft by the grace of God.

South Korea’s "kiss apple" for better breath, dating pleasure

Friday, May 6th, 2011

SEOUL (Reuters) – In South Korea, home of kimchi and other pungent, garlicky food, having fresh breath for life’s big moments — such as a kiss — is a major concern.

Green: The Top 10 Solar States

Friday, April 29th, 2011

In the case of New Jersey, No. 2, the solar market blossomed because of a state government commitment to greater reliance on renewable energy.

Marijuana smoke odor in car not enough for police action?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

BOSTON (Reuters) – The smell of marijuana smoke is no longer enough reason for police to order someone out of a car, now that pot has been decriminalized in Massachusetts, the state’s highest court said in a decision published on Tuesday.

Some NY cab drivers to wear bulletproof vests

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – New York City livery cab drivers, often called to crime-ridden neighborhoods that yellow taxis tend to ignore, are being armed with bulletproof vests, an advocacy group said on Tuesday.

Exploring self-publishing

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

“When you write try to leave out all the parts readers skip.” (Elmore Leonard)

I started writing first as a literary translator, after spending years of dedicated study on interpreting books written by other people, experimenting with different styles and genres. Four years ago I began writing my own fiction. I was coming back from Greece where I used to work as a Black Jack and Stud Poker dealer. Expressing myself in my own voice wasn’t a choice but an irrepressible need.

Things worsened when I decided to publish what I had written. I was immediately assailed by an army of dissuaders, who kept telling me that it was going to be ‘very, but very hard’. Nevertheless I was determined to go on with my decision. I had to experience for myself the excruciating process of trying to find a publisher interested in my work.

Some American friends introduced me to the world of self-publishing and independent writers. I was to adopt a different perspective: becoming my own publisher. I did a lot of research on e-books and digital publishing and eventually found an ideal setting for my stories. What convinced me was the idea of creating a kind of text that could be adapted to different tablets, and converted into six different digital formats: Kindle, EPub, Pdf, Rtf, Lrf (Sony Reader), PDB (Palm Doc). The files had to be DRM-free in order to meet my potential readers’ requirements, and provide a wider transportability.

The overlapping of contents’ streams is an ever-growing phenomenon, each one of us is developing a personal way of experiencing digital narratives:

“We are living in an age when changes in communications, storytelling and information technologies are reshaping almost every aspect of contemporary life — including how we create, consume, learn, and interact with each other. A whole range of new technologies enable consumers to archive, annotate, appropriate, and recirculate media content and in the process, these technologies have altered the ways that consumers interact with core institutions of government, education, and commerce.”

(Henry Jenkins, Convergence Culture)

The usual prejudice against self-publishing is that it is the result of an improvised author. Actually, the very concept of self-publishing suspends judgement. There are no filters between the author and the reader, as there is no third party involved. It’s a solitary journey where the writer needs to juggle different abilities and acquire a managerial competence. Independent writers are responsible for everything, from editing and formatting to marketing, in complete autonomy.

E-books keep floating in a virtual world until they are selected by a reader and transported into another dimension. Unlike print editions, e-books turn into digital chameleons waiting for new configurations.


Thieves steal diamonds worth millions from fair

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

ZURICH (Reuters) – Thieves stole four diamonds worth several million dollars from a trader’s stand at the world’s biggest watch and jewelry fair in Basel on Wednesday, prosecutors said.

Struggling stewardess exposed euro coin fraud ring

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – An airline stewardess struggling to lift her bag at a German airport led to the discovery of a 6-million euro ($8.4 million) coin fraud.

Cyprus … Selling its Soul for Russian Cash

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

As I sit at my desk, overlooking an orange orchard and the mountains in the distance with the sea behind me, I wonder if I’m over exaggerating the growing sense of unease and dissatisfaction I feel. (more…)

Global Unity harmony Foundation Launch/Concert

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Come and Join us for our launch on the

23rd April 2011

launch starts at 2pm and finishes at 5pm, we are having a family funday for volunteers children from 2pm to 7pm Followed by a concert from 6pm to 10pm.

We are having this event to showcase the reason that we are being set up and to fundraise for future events. As we will be having further family fundays, concerts, fashion shows and auctions, so that we can show the public that we can show that we can encourage people that art & crafts, music, sports and outdoor activities are an excellent medium for recovery of trauma that has been inflicted by abuse.

These mediums are not only an excellent tool to heal the mental, psychological and pyscical recovery, but they heal the soul. So during our events we will always have speakers who can speak about many mediums about recovery and wellbeing. From surivors, researchers, artists and proffessionals who work within the health proffession who have used these forms of recovery for their service users.

We are also going to set up projects after the launch for people who have suffered trauma to be able to set up their own projects to enable them to take charge of their own recovery and enable them to become more socially and economically active. We will be doing this by assisting them to source micro finance to start up their projects.

We will also have a youth section of the foundation, where young people from the age 14-25 will be able to put forward projects that will enhance their communities socially. The membership will chose which projects that we assist bring into friutation. The young people whose projects are chosen will recieve a Community Champion Award from the Foundation and the trustees will oversee these projects.

Huge parking fines inspired parking watch app

Friday, January 21st, 2011

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Massive parking fines inspired one Australian man to create an iPhone app that lets users warn each other when parking officers are spotted lurking near their cars.

Burglars snort man’s ashes, thought it was cocaine

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

MIAMI (Reuters) – Burglars snorted the cremated remains of a man and two dogs in the mistaken belief that they had stolen illegal drugs, Florida sheriff’s deputies said on Wednesday.

Man admits mailing hundreds of tarantulas

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A German national who shipped hundreds of live tarantulas into the United States through the mail has pleaded guilty to a federal smuggling charge, prosecutors said.

Monk caught with nun’s skeleton at airport

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

ATHENS (Reuters) – A Cypriot monk caught at a Greek airport with the skeletal remains of a nun in his baggage on the weekend told authorities he was taking the relics of a saint back to his monastery.

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